Keepin the Peace: Early-day Justice on Colorados Western Slope | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/keepin-peace-early-day-justice-colorados-western-slope[12/8/2015 12:39:46 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Home Keepin the Peace: Early-day Justice on Colorados Western SlopeKeepin the Peace: Early-day Justice on Colorados Western SlopeSubmitted by jainlayconley on 10-5-2010 05:49 PMAuthor: Judy Buffington Sammons Publishing: Lake City, CO: Western Reflections Publishing Company, 2010. Black and white photos, bibliography. 160 pages. 5 x 8. $12.95 paperback. Reviewer: Duane A. Smith Reviewer Affiliation: Fort Lewis CollegeDurango, Colorado Western Reflections Publishing Company has become the Western Slopes Homer in preserving and recounting the regions local history. The press found a dedicated sloper in Judy Sammons, a Gunnison resident, author, and retired teacher. Sammons presents her readers with one fast-paced short story after another about lawlessness and law upholders beyond the Continental Divide. Readers may find some of the stories familiar, but most they will not. There is, however, more to be learned from this book than just law and order. Sammons has a good feel for the region and its people. For an easy afternoon or cold winters evening reading, Keepin the Peace is recommended. The author respects her subjects and the region. This reviewer has only two quibbles. One is that an index should have been included, which would have helped those who are looking up a particular subject or individual. The other is a familiar one in many books. Sammons does not equally balance out her stories between events in the whole region of the Western Slope. Understandably perhaps, there is much more on the Gunnison and northern San Juans than on the southern part of the Western Slope. Reviewer Info: Duane A. Smith is a professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he has taught Colorado history since 1964. Known as The Sage of the San Juan, Smith has authored more than fifty books and innumerable articles. Smith received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado. Add new comment EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanCasimiro Barela, state senator for over 37 years, fought to ensure Colorados first constitution was published in English, Spanish and German.