How retirees and a changed economy reshaped rural politics

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How retirees and a changed economy reshaped rural politics

How a wave of retirees and a changed economic landscape reshaped rural politics
The Huerfano County Republican Pary celebrates on Inauguration Day.
The Alpine Rose Café was a booming business in downtown Walsenburg when Phyllis Cordova bought it in the 1970s. “Now, all the old-timers are gone,” she says.
A bustling downtown Walsenburg, circa 1960, as seen in a photo in the Huerfano Heritage Center.
A man walks across a street in Walsenburg, where population has dropped by about half and businesses are struggling.
The Spanish Peaks are a backdrop to the 12,500-square-foot home of retiree Stanley Mann outside Walsenburg.
Debi Sporleder watches coverage of the Trump Inauguration at her day job at the local newspaper. As chairwoman of Huerfano County GOP, she helped turn her county from blue to red.

Brooke Warren/High Country New

How retirees and a changed economy reshaped rural politics

The Huerfano County Republican Pary celebrates on Inauguration Day.
The Alpine Rose Café was a booming business in downtown Walsenburg when Phyllis Cordova bought it in the 1970s. “Now, all the old-timers are gone,” she says.
A bustling downtown Walsenburg, circa 1960, as seen in a photo in the Huerfano Heritage Center.
A man walks across a street in Walsenburg, where population has dropped by about half and businesses are struggling.
The Spanish Peaks are a backdrop to the 12,500-square-foot home of retiree Stanley Mann outside Walsenburg.
Debi Sporleder watches coverage of the Trump Inauguration at her day job at the local newspaper. As chairwoman of Huerfano County GOP, she helped turn her county from blue to red.

Brooke Warren/High Country New
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