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THE CRYSTAL VALLEYandE CHO Marble Times Providing a voice for community-based organizations and individuals that enrich the life of the Crystal Valley April 2012

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Coming down… going up An essential Redstone building gets replaced

“Frozen” page 9

Around the Valley page 10

One of Redstone’s most important buildings is getting replaced.

Great Outdoors page 15

Top left, Redstone's old sewer plant is going to be dismantled and hauled away. Photo by Carrie Click

A new facility is being constructed adjacent to the old plant next to the Redstone fire station at the north end of Redstone Boulevard. Photos by Nancy Chromy

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Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs taking reservations

Avalanche Ranch’s new hot springs pools have become so popular that in order to avoid overcrowding, the ranch has started a reservation system. All guests staying at the ranch’s cabins have complimentary, 24-hour access to the pools. However, only a limited number of paid public access passes are being accepted on a daily basis. To ensure availability, Molly Ogilby of Avalanche Ranch asks day users to call 963-2846 or e-mail info@avalancheranch.com to make a reservation prior to visiting the pools. Day use is available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for non-lodging guests. Day use cost, Mondays through Thursdays, is $15 for adults, and $9 for children 314 years. Fridays through Sundays is $18 for adults, and $12 for children. The pools are closed on Wednesdays until 3 p.m. for cleaning. The pools are family friendly; clothing is required and there are no pets, glass or smoking allowed in the pool area. For more information, go to avalancheranch.com. – Echo staff

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MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a voice for Crystal Valleyites; to bring attention to the individuals and local businesses that are the fabric of the Crystal Valley region; to contribute to the vitality of our small town life. Publisher Alyssa Ohnmacht Editor Carrie Click Staff Writer Sue McEvoy Advertising Sales Alyssa Ohnmacht • 963-2373 echo@crystalvalleyecho.com Distribution Dawn Distribution • 963-0874

Contributors to this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo: Nancy Chromy Sean Jeung, John Emerick, George Newman, the Walter family, Ron Leach, Town of Carbondale, Faux Reel Films, CMC, Pitkin County, Bruce Gledhill, RCA, Pat Bingham, Andrea Waldmann, YouthEntity, Dan Prazen, Beneshes, Marble Charter School students and staff The Crystal Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout the entire Crystal Valley.

In Marble… A salon experience in a natural setting. In Redstone… a convenient location for all your beauty needs. Lower Level of the Redstone Inn • 970-963-2526 170 Crystalline Drive • Marble CO 81623 • 970-963-0998 • 970-319-5716

Home delivery is available for many locations throughout the valley. Newspaper box locations: Carbondale City Market (inside) • Village Smithy Carbondale Post Office • Dos Gringos • Red Rock Diner Redstone General Store • Marble Charter School The Echo is also available at businesses from El Jebel to Glenwood Springs and throughout the Crystal Valley. For subscriptions Please send $35 and address information to: The Crystal Valley Echo 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 For information Please contact us: 963-2373 echo@crystalvalleyecho.com All copy submitted to The Crystal Valley Echo will be edited and reviewed by our staff for style, grammar and content. The Crystal Valley Echo reserves the right to refuse publication of any submitted material that does not meet the our standards for a positive, informative, educational community newspaper.


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So long sewer plant, hello wastewater treatment facility By Carrie Click, Echo editor One of Redstone’s most important buildings is getting replaced. No it’s not the Redstone Castle, or the Redstone Inn, or even the Redstone General Store. It’s Redstone’s old, green, metal sewer plant that sits next to the Redstone fire station on the back road to the village. You may scoff, and you may chuckle, but you would not want to live in a community where the sewer plant was going to….well, you know. “The beams [in the old plant] were starting to crumble,” said John Chromy, Redstone Water and Sanitation District president. “That building is almost 40 years old. It wasn’t meant to last this long.” The old plant has been financed on a 40-year note. The new plant is being financed on a 20-year note. And John said the new building is expected to last a lot longer – at least 50 to 60 years. “It’ll probably last 100 years, and we’ll pay for it in 20,” he said. With the passage of three tax increase measures on the November 2011 ballot, Redstone voters secured funding for water district operations, including the loan for the new facility. “It’s a bad time to expect people to vote to increase their taxes but the voters came through,” said John, of district residents who apparently saw the necessity of a fully operational water treatment plant. “We designed the funding structure so that the increases won’t rock anyone’s world. They’re slight and incremental.” At a reported cost of $2.1 million, the new facility will be able to process up to 50,000 gallons of water daily. “We planned it so it could take double the current capacity of the old plant,” said John, referring to the possibility of the Redstone Castle tapping into the district’s sewer line in the future. Like an old battleship, the old green building will be decommissioned and disassembled. “It’s coming apart,” said John, of the structure, which will soon be a faded memory. Schmeuser Gordon Meyer of Glenwood Springs are the engineers on the project, and Hydro Construction from Denver, which specializes in building water treatment facilities, is the contractor on the job. John said the new building’s crew have been renting a house during construction in Redstone, going home to the Front Range on the weekends. John said the new plant is expected to be up and running by June – and maybe a little earlier. “We’re shooting for the landscaping to be completed by the Fourth of July,” he said.

Redstone’s new wastewater treatment facility is a far cry from the old metal Photo by Nancy Chromy sewer plant that will soon be dismantled.

Turn the page to learn TWO AMAZING FACTS about our community… W H O

Sean Jeung

Birthplace: Mountains of Virginia Age: 57 When did you move to the Crystal Valley and why? In February of 1987 I moved to the Crystal Valley to get my infant daughter, Shelby, out of Orlando, Fla. to a safer, more powerful, more sacred and more aligned place to grow up. I lived along the Crystal River just outside of Redstone for two years.

Photo by Kim Doose

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“Who We Are” is a Q&A about Crystal Valleyites and/or those who work in the Crystal Valley area. Our objective is to give community members better connections and familiarity with each other. Occupation: Chaplain of HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley that services the entire Crystal Valley and beyond.

Sean Jeung.

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When did you start working in the Crystal Valley? What do you do here? When I lived in the Crystal Valley, I worked at the Mt. Sopris Montessori School in Carbondale. My current work in hospice allows me to still visit Redstone and Marble regularly.

Where do you live now? No Name

What three things would you like people to know about you? 1) I do what I love. 2) I love what I do. 3) Right now, right here, is all we have for sure. Which living person do you most admire? My husband, Greg

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? We are all one.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? Watch and listen.

Who are you? Would you like others to know who you are and what you’re about? Or do you know someone who lives and/or works in the Crystal Valley who would make an interesting Who We Are subject? Let us know by contacting the Echo at cve@crystalvalleyecho.com, or call 963-2373.


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C A L E N D A R Your calendar for goings on in and around the Crystal River Valley

Help the Echo’s calendar grow; let us know. Send event items to echo@crystalvalleyecho.com by the 15th of the preceding month. Be sure to include the five Ws (who, what, when, why and where); contact info, cost and anything else you think readers need to know. • April 1: April Fool’s. • April 1: 6:30 p.m. “India & Nepal: Volunteering and Trekking in the Himalayas,” a slide show presented by Sue McEvoy, volunteer coordinator with Global Dental Relief, is at the Redstone Inn. Free; sponsored by the Redstone Community Foundation. 704-1843. • April 2: 3:30-5 p.m. Junior Masters painting class taught by painter Garry Michel for ages 9-12 runs on Tuesdays starting today through May 14 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale. For more information or to register, go to carbondalearts.com or call 963-1680. • April 3: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn. Learn about upcoming Redstone events, and help plan for them. redstonecolorado.com. • April 3: Town of Marble mail-in election today. All ballots must be into Carbondale Town Hall by 7 p.m. • April 3: 6-8 p.m. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers hold their big season kick-off at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Find out 2012’s nine work projects on public lands in the Colorado River and Roaring Fork River valleys. Call 927-8241, or e-mail rfov@sopris.net. • April 5: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • April 5: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) Crew Leader Kick-off is at the Village Smithy in Carbondale. Find out more details about RFOV’s Crew Leader Program. Learn what it takes to become a crew leader. Call 927-8241, or email rfov@sopris.net. • April 6: 6-8 p.m. At First Fridays, Carbondale’s celebration of the arts, shopping, dining and music, galleries and shops stay open late and restaurants run specials. Go to carbonalecolorado.com, 963-1890. • April 7: 10 a.m. Redstone Easter Egg Hunt at Redstone Park for children 12 and under. Jen, 9632365. • April 10-15: Aspen Shortsfest in Carbondale. All films are 40 minutes or less and cover the gamut, from documentaries to comedies. Go to aspenfilm.org to see which shorts are screening in Carbondale. • April 14: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. A yarn spinning class is being held today, and the two following Saturdays, April 21 and 28, at Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Taught by Ruth Hollowell for age 15 and up for $75. At the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale. 963-1680, Ruth 963-1924, carbondalearts.com.

• April 19: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • April 20: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. "2012 Regional Trails, Biking, Walking Summit: Health, Economic and Clean Energy Benefits," is at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd., Glenwood. Discover how our regional trail system boosts the economy by extending the length of visitors' stays and shoulder seasons, and the benefits of having an infrastructure to bike for miles between communities. Registration is $15 and includes lunch; 704-9200 garfieldcleanenergy.org/register. • April 22-May 20: Earth Day clean-up of Highway 133, Redstone. Contact Steve at dawndist@hughes.net • April 25-30: During the latter part of this month, be aware that the Forest Service is planning several prescribed burns in the Avalanche Creek and Filoha Meadows area. Those with respiratory concerns should be aware of this smoke. Call Jim Genung at the Forest Service office in Carbondale at 963-2266 with questions. • April 26-29: 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale focuses on films of adventure and challenge. This year’s program includes special guests: climbers Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin, and Hayden Kennedy; paddlers Erik Boomer and Jon Turk; and skateboard legend Tony Alva. Go to 5pointfilm.org for a full schedule and details.

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 963-9656 or redstonecastle.us. • Speaking of the Redstone Castle, if you missed the “American Greed” TV special on CNBC that aired in March regarding the scam involving the castle that occurred in the 2000s, watch for reruns. It is episode #58 and is called “Loan Scam: Money for Nothing.” • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Redstone. $25/person. 963-2526, redstoneinn.com. • Pilates in Redstone is on Monday and Thursday mornings; 8-9 a.m. is advanced; 9:30-10:30 a.m. is beginner; and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. – all levels, everyone welcome, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. 704-1843. • A drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing session is held every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third, Suite 9, Carbondale. No fee but there is a model’s fee and attendees need to bring supplies and easels. 963-1680. • Roaring Fork Combat Veterans Support Group, a safe place for veterans who have served in combat operations to share, meets every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Circle Club, 123 Main St., Carbondale. Contact Adam McCabe, bigmac309@gmail.com.

• Total Body Fitness schedule in Redstone is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Have a two-hour body experience: Sculpt your figure with low impact to burn body fat, weight-bearing exercises to strengthen and breathing and mindful stretching for flexibility and body/mind awareness. Free to the community. All abilities welcome. Since 1995. Personal training available. Instructor: Lisa Wagner, 963-8240. • Zumba Gold, dancing lessons for seniors, with professional Latin dance instructor Paula Valenti meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. seniorsmatter.org. • HEARTBEAT – support for survivors after suicide – meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper St. (the Bethel Chapel entrance), Glenwood. Call Pam Szedelyi, 945-1398, or pamsz@sopris.net. • Want to be "In Stitches"? Every first, third and sometimes fifth Wednesday, bring the stitches (knit, crochet, needlepoint etc.) of your choice to the Redstone Inn Library Room from 4-6 p.m. Beginner to advanced. Call Kay Bell, 963-9811, or Mary Dorais, 963-3862. • Recycling in Redstone is on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Bring your cardboard, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, aluminum, steel cans and office paper to the Pitkin County bin parked adjacent to the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Zingers, a group of seniors who sing all over the Roaring Fork Valley, meet at 2 p.m. every Thursday with Betsy Schenck for practice at Seniors Matter, in Room 33 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale; seniorsmatter.org. • AA in Redstone is every Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a closed step discussion meeting at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Men and women welcome. • Painting with Expression and Creativity, an art class for seniors, meets on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale with instructor Gerry Michel. Inquire at 963-2536 or 9487033. • Carbondale Recreation offers classes and programs for a range of activities for kids and adults. 7044190, carbondalerec.com. • Get help: Crystal Valley residents living in Pitkin County (that’s you, Redstonians), are encouraged by the Aspen Counseling Center to pick up the phone if you are in an emotional crisis and need to talk to a trained professional. Don’t wait. Call 920-5555.

UPCOMING • May 10: 7-9 p.m. Crystal Rive Caucus meeting will be held at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. For more information, contact the Crystal River Caucus at crcaucus@gmail.com or call 963-2143.


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District Ranger Scott Snelson makes decision on White Banks Mine Plan By Carrie Click, Echo editor On March 2, District Ranger Scott Snelson decided that virtually no mining operations will be permitted during winter months at a proposed mine up Avalanche Creek. The mine can operate with restrictions from May 1-Nov. 30. Snelson’s decision is based primarily on the effects such operations would have on bighorn sheep in the area. The White Banks Mine (more recently known as the Mystic Eagle Mine) is an alabaster, marble and gypsum mine located on national forest east of and across Highway 133 from Swiss Village and Avalanche Ranch. It’s unknown if the inability of White Banks’ operators, Elbram Stone Company, (ESC), to mine during winter months will curtail their efforts to open and operate the mine. During a site visit in February 2011, ESC representative and part owner Walt Brown of Glenwood Springs said that a year-round operation was necessary to make the venture feasible. ESC submitted a mine plan in October 2010 of the White Banks Mine. A previous plan of operations was approved by the Forest Service in 1995 and expired in April 2010. The new proposed plan requested a continuation of alabaster mining within the White Banks’ claims over the next 20 years. Other notable additions in the proposed plan include mining marble and gypsum; year-round surface

operations; drilling a well to provide 1,000 gallons of water per day; constructing a bypass road around the mine; on-site camping for mine workers; and the construction of a log office building to replace an existing mobile bath house. After considering information provided in the EA, design features, public comments, consultation with Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, review of the White River National Forest Plan, and internal Forest Service specialist input, Snelson decided to accept what’s known as Alternative 3 with modifications. “My decision to select this alternative was developed in response to the key issue raised about potential impacts to bighorn sheep during critical winter periods,” stated Snelson. Under the selected Alternative 3 with modifications: • A bypass road can be constructed but no on-site employee camping or additional buildings. • The existing mobile home at the mine must be removed. • No worker camping is allowed on site. • All mining-related equipment must be removed from the site at the end of each operating season (prior to Nov. 30). • Foot traffic to and from the mine portal entrance is allowed during the winter months, excluding Jan. 16-March 15 when there is no surface use allowed at the mine site.

• Truck travel and associated snowplowing is allowed on a temporary basis during two weekends in December and April, excluding the Christmas holiday. • Monitoring winter truck travel and associated snowplowing is required. • To receive authorization for winter hauling, ESC must notify the Forest Service. Other provisions and restrictions are included in the Alternative 3 decision. Snelson said besides concerns about bighorn sheep habitat, his rationale for selecting Alternative 3 is based on the operator’s past performance, and current market demand for alabaster, marble and gypsum. “Since 2003, no production has been recorded from this mine operation,” he said. “Past performance and market conditions indicate that the operation is still in an early development phase. My decision allows for a phased approach to continue mining in the development stage while establishing a viable market prior to initiating a larger scale production phase of operations.” A public meeting was held on March 22 in Redstone with Forest Service officials to discuss Snelson’s decision. Eight citizens attended the meeting. Principal questions from citizens concerned the area’s bighorn sheep population, water quality impacts, light pollution, and bridge stability on the Avalanche Creek Road leading to the mine. Individuals or organizations may appeal the Forest Service’s determination within 45 days of March 2, the date Snelson filed his notice of decision. For more information, contact the Forest Service’s Skye Sieber at 945-3212 or ssieber@fs.fed.us. To see the complete decision paper, go to fs.fed.us search for “Decision Notice for White Banks Mine.”

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Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District will be holding a mail ballot election on May 8, 2012.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible electors between April 16 and April 20. Mail ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at Carbondale Fire District Headquarters, 301 Meadowood Drive, Carbondale, CO, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm Replacement ballots can be obtained at the same address. The Elections Office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, May 8th.

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TWO AMAZING FACTS about our community… 1. We truly live a life of the “unforseeable” 2. We are truly blessed with wonderful friends THANK YOU to all of our friends that just “showed up” and offered help in so many ways. – Mitch


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Is that smoke on the horizon? By John Emerick, Crystal River Caucus You might be asking yourself that question this spring, if not throughout the summer. Speakers at our last caucus meeting on March 8 focused on emergency preparedness, particularly with regard to wildfires in the valley, as well as prescribed burns planned by the Forest Service. There hasn’t been a major fire in the Crystal Valley for decades. However, there is ample evidence of numerous past fires, from charcoal layers in the soil – especially under oak brush stands. This year, we seem to be headed toward another drought, at least in the near term. Climate conditions in our area are predicted to range from abnormally dry to moderate during the next three months. We are already witnessing a much lower than normal snowpack. Last year, peak flows in the Crystal were a bit above 3,000 cubic feet per second at the stream gauge near Avalanche Creek, and forecast flows for this year will only be about half that. So the thought of wildfires will be on the minds of many residents this season. Prescribed burns for wildlife mitigation This spring, the US Forest Service plans to conduct prescribed burns on around 500 acres near Filoha Meadows and near the mouth of Avalanche Creek as part of a wildlife habitat improvement project. At our March meeting, Jim Genung and Phil Nyland of the

Forest Service described various aspects of the project, which will involve brush and tree thinning with chainsaws and other equipment as well as prescribed fire. They said the objective of the project is to replace some of the older decadent habitat with young growth that is more nutritious and palatable, and offers better cover for wildlife. The prescribed burns will probably be conducted over one to three days in late April, though the biggest factor in determining the timing of this event is going to be the weather and when the snow comes off. The burns are planned to be low intensity “probably more smoke than anything,” Nyland said. One of Genung’s concerns with the public is if there are any people in the Crystal Valley who may have smoke-related health issues. “We work very closely with the National Weather Service and Colorado state health officials to ensure that we are burning on days with good ventilation,” Genung said. “With our plan in place it is likely that no one in the valley will be affected by smoke.” As a precaution, if folks are concerned or are smoke sensitive they can contact Jim Genung at 963-2266. Emergency preparedness As valley residents know, not only is there the threat of wildfire, but summer thunderstorms can cause mudslides as well as potential flooding near the river. Any of these events could displace people from

their homes with little warning. Tom Grady, from Pitkin County Emergency Services, pointed out at our March meeting that while Pitkin County has the capability of sending out reverse-911 calls to warn county residents of an emergency, it is incumbent on all residents to prepare for an emergency beforehand. This includes being aware of evacuation routes, having an emergency kit with food, water, and medical supplies ready, and being aware of physically impaired neighbors who might have difficulty evacuating. Many homes have only single-road access, and that is a concern if the road is blocked by a wildfire or mudslide. Genung stressed the importance of creating a fire buffer around homes, That includes the elimination of dense vegetation adjacent to structures, not stacking firewood against the side of the house, keeping areas under attached decks free of combustible materials, and keeping roof gutters clean. If you want to learn more about protecting your home against wildfire, check out the Colorado State Forest Service website at http://csfs.colostate.edu. Next Crystal Rive Caucus meeting on May 10 The next meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. and will be held at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. For more information, contact the Crystal River Caucus at crcaucus@gmail.com or call 963-2143.


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Town of Marble News Election day is April 3 By Carrie Click, Echo editor Marble’s April 3 mail-in election will decide who will serve on the town’s five-member board, which is composed of four trustees who run at large, and a town mayor. All five seats are up for election.

For mayor: • Robert Pettijohn (uncontested) For trustees: • Jim Aarts • Tony Petrocco Write in trustee candidates: • Lance Allee • Craig Blevins • Vince Savage All write-in candidates had to submit an affidavit of intent to run as a write-in by March 13 at 5 p.m. As of press time, Gunnison County officials were still determining if Robert Pettijohn, according to county regulations, could serve as mayor, as he is an employee of Gunnison County; county regulations may preclude his eligibility to run for a town office. Carbondale Town Clerk Cathy Derby must receive all ballots between 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. on April 3 to be included in the official election count. Contact Marble Town Clerk Karen Mulhall at 384-0761 or Cathy Derby at 510-1206 with questions. In other news, Karen said the Marble Town Trustees meeting was cancelled on March 1 due to a snowstorm. Karen said, “We decided not to meet again until the new board is seated.”

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Redstone Boulevard, Coal Creek Road, Redstone Coke Ovens to see improvements

The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) receives regular updates from our departments, such as Public Works, Road and Bridge, and Human Services, as well as the library and the airport. Our landfill is currently projected to last 29 more years: five years longer than projected in 2005 thanks to the grinding program for construction and demolition debris that began in late 2008. By sorting and grinding waste before placement in the fill, we have been able to reduce the volume of material by up to 50 percent. We’re also able to recover items with recycling value, such as metal objects and boulders. Extending our landfill is critical as no other suitable landfill locations have been identified in the county. As one staff member said, “After all, a landfill is a terrible thing to waste.” From our Road and Bridge department we received a recommendation in March for a pedestrian bypass at the Aspen Airport Business Center (AABC). This bypass will provide safer access to and from RFTA’s bus stops at the AABC. It will also link up with new bus stations and accommodate future design plans for the airport terminal. I succeeded in securing the majority of funding needed for this project through my involvement with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Intermountain Regional Planning Commission. Our staff is also coordinating with CDOT to complete a large paving project on Highway 82 from Gerbazdale to the AABC, slated to begin mid-summer. In addition, planning continues to move forward on BOCC-approved road projects including a Redstone Boulevard chip seal and a Coal Creek culvert replacement. Finally, Phase 1 of the Redstone Coke Ovens stabilization and restoration is complete and Phase II is underway. The latter will bring the site together, including a visitors’ walking path and interpretive site markers. The BOCC also serves as the board of social services and is relied on by the state to oversee local efforts addressing public assistance and welfare duties and responsibilities, and activities of the human services department. Pitkin County collaborates regionally with Eagle County on cost sharing and providing a wide variety of economic services such as Medicaid, food stamps, emergency assistance, and the low-income energy assistance program, to name a few. Our partnership with Garfield County provides Pitkin County residents mandated services including adult and child protection services, child support enforcement, and childcare licensing. One of the issues we wrestled with this year was related to the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), a state-mandated program that covers a portion of childcare costs for low-income families for children under 13 years of age. Based on current needs, I supported staff’s and Kids First’s recommendation to lift the cap on the number of families able to participate in this program, which then passed by BOCC resolution. We have allocated additional funds to meet incremental needs above the previous cap of 13 families and will continue to monitor the situation. The Pitkin County Library has been designated a “Star Library” by Library Journal and its performance places it in the top 3.5 percent of the 7,513 libraries in the country. Library use continues to increase with all the new technology available. To address the demand for an interactive learning area for children, programs and space for teens, public meeting spaces, etc., building renovation and expansion is required. Through a community outreach program, these needs have been identified and preliminary design plans with costs have been laid out. Much work still needs to be done and funding addressed. The county is also seeking public input as it updates the Airport Master Plan: a 20-year guide for the airport. The BOCC is reviewing potential needs for future general aviation facilities as well as design options for a new terminal. Citizens can learn more about the status of the master plan and provide comments by going to aspenpitkin.com and clicking on the link to Airport Master Plan. As always, I welcome your questions and comments on any of these issues.

The Pitkin County Commissioners hold weekly work sessions on Tuesdays and bi-monthly public hearings on Wednesdays in the Plaza One building (next to the Pitkin County Courthouse) in Aspen. Both meetings are televised live and repeated on locater CG12 TV. They are also streamed live and available on the county website, aspenpitkin.com. Agendas are published in newspapers throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, and online at aspenpitkin.com. In this column, your Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at georgenewman@co.pitkin.co.us.

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Please let’s keep our community fire hydrants clear of snow or debris… your life might depend on it. If you need help, please call Lisa at 963-8240.


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Obituary Graden Wesley Walter July 26, 1938 – March 13, 2012 Graden Wesley Walter, of Wabash, Ind., died on March 13, 2012 at the Wabash County Hospital in Wabash. He was 73. Graden was born July 26, 1938 in Wabash to John F. and Helen (Cowles) Walter. He was a 1956 graduate of Wabash High School, and graduated from Michigan State University. He was a US Army veteran serving in the Airborne Division as a paratrooper. Graden married Shirley DeLauter in Wabash on June 17, 1961. He was the fourth generation to lead B. Walter & Company, and served as its president, until his retirement in 2002. He also served as president of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association, attended the Wabash Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club. Graden had a deep love of dogs, particularly Westies. He was a true connoisseur of “The Three Stooges.” He loved the outdoors, being in the woods, hiking, cutting wood; just being in nature. He spent a great deal of his life in the mountains of Colorado, where he built a home on the Western Slope. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Walter of Wabash; three children, Amy (Mark) Ford of Wabash, Heather (Courtney) Malott of Indianapolis; and Christopher (Karen) Walter of Wabash; six grandchildren, Graden and Macy Malott of Indianapolis, Melissa and Erika Ford, and Jasper and Samantha Walter, all of Wabash; three siblings, Stephen Walter of Seattle, Wash.; and Posy (Art) Jasen, and Stan (Judy) Walter, of Wabash. Memorial services for Graden were at the Wabash Presbyterian Church in Wabash on March 17. Preferred memorials are to the Westie Rescue of Colorado, the Crystal Valley Preschool of Marble, the Wabash Valley Dance Theater, or the Wabash County Historical Museum. The memorial guest book for Graden may be signed at grandstaff-hentgen.com.

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It’s “Frozen” in Redstone Indie filmmakers highlight Redstone’s “picturesque, storybook” qualities in their new thriller By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer It is the story of a young couple stranded in the wilderness following a harrowing snowmobile accident. Events take a turn for the worse as the couple gets separated and a mysterious hunter stalks the young woman. While part of this story takes place in Redstone, fortunately this is the script for an independent film recently shot in Redstone, Carbondale and Old Snowmass. The Fox Hill Productions movie was filmed entirely on location at the Redstone General Store and Redstone Castle in Redstone; Mushroom Rock and The Pour House in Carbondale; and at the Child Ranch in Old Snowmass. “The Frozen” was shot between Feb. 8-24 and stars Brit Morgan (who plays Debbie Pelt in the vampire TV series “True Blood”), Seth Mitchell and Noah Segan. Additional local talent includes Jeff Groom, Sedona Cohen, Russell Criswell, Kiko Peno, Laurie Stone, Carter Graham, Ben Ludlow, Jess Wiley and Todd Merriam, who all attended a casting call at the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale on Feb.1. Most of the film was shot at night, including the shoot at the Redstone Castle, which took place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Feb. 23-24. Working in 12-hour shifts, the cast and production crew also spent many cold, snowy nights filming the outdoor scenes. Colorado native Andrew Hyatt, who worked on the production crew on 2007’s "Ghost Rider” starring Nicholas Cage, is the screenwriter and director of “The Frozen.” For producers Samantha Lusk, Brian Girard and Seth Mitchell, Redstone made a big impression during the shoot here. “We thought that Redstone was an absolutely amazing town,” said Samantha. “Coming from Los Angeles, it was hard to imagine that such a picturesque, special place could actually exist outside a storybook.” In fact, after scouting the Redstone Castle as a location for the indoor shots, they lengthened part of the script to utilize all the castle has to offer. “When we set foot in the Redstone Castle, we knew we had to figure out a way to shoot there,” said Samantha. “We think our time in Redstone will absolutely make the visuals of our film go above and beyond what we ever could have imagined.” “The Frozen” is scheduled to premier at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, with a special preview at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale for the friends and family of those who helped make it happen. Check out facebook.com/thefrozenmovie for more information.

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Scenes from filming at Redstone Castle top and right. Some of the cast and crew at the Redstone General Store. Photos by Douglas McMillin of BDM Photography

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Above and right, a group of Carbondale ladies – Allie Kurzka, Melissa Graf, Megan King, and Allie’s mom, Kathleen Drennan – and a group of bighorn sheep had the same idea on the same March day: to hang out at Penny Hot Springs. Photo by Sue McEvoy.

Learning to help

Sixteen locals completed a First Aid/CPR course in Marble in March through a partnership with the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, The Marble Hub, and the Marble Community Church. The fourpart course was offered free of charge to residents of Redstone and Marble to give as many locals as possible the information needed to render care in emergency situations – a real concern in a remote location such as the Crystal Valley. Here, from left, Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach and local students Steve Fowler, Glen Burnett, and Izzy Palins watch as Mario Villalobos opens an automated external defibrillator (AED) case, while Mariah Villalobos practices on a CPR mannequin. Ron said upcoming courses are being planned in Redstone and Marble, and will again be offered free of charge to Redstone and Marble residents. Photo courtesy of Ron Leach


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SPECIAL PULL-OUT SECTION - MARCH 2012

T HE M ARBLE T IMES A L O O K AT L I F E AT T H E M A R B L E C H A R T E R S C H O O L

Marble Charter School – Recipient of The John Irwin Award for 2011

Marble Charter School’s Spring Trip

Making the change from TCAPS to CSAPS at the Marble Charter School

By Bella

By the Marble Charter School staff

Marble Charter School is going on their annual spring trip. This year we will spend four hours on the bus to get to Arches National Park, Moab. We will leave May 15th and return May 17th. Sadly, only the 3rd-8th graders will be attending this trip. But the K2nd will be going on daily excursions at school. The focus of the trip will be about geology because we will soon start a unit learning about geology. One day while we are on our trip, we will depart from the campground and go to a place called The Fiery Furnace. The Fiery Furnace is like a red-rock maze. You can’t go into it without a ranger because you will get lost. That’s how confusing it is. We will be doing water color workshop paintings and putting them up on the red-rocks to make a gallery. We are also doing environmental book clubs. Students will get to choose which book club they want to be in. Hikes will be a daily activity. We will have a ranger come one night and he will tell a story as we roast marsh-mellows by the campfire. All the students are very excited and we will look forward to start our geology unit with this spring trip!

Public schools are accountable to parents and taxpayers who entrust the schools with the education of our future citizens. To check to see if schools are doing the job, each state has established standards of academic expectations for every subject and grade. Based on these standards, each state has developed tests that measure student growth from year to year. This provides a yearly measure of progress, often referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Schools that do not have a significant number of students meeting AYP must make changes. In Colorado, the statewide test has been the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or the CSAP. But the Colorado legislature, along with several other state legislatures, reviewed and revised these standards to better reflect higher expectations and to align with national standards. And while we don’t have national standards for every subject and grade that is taught in our country, we are coming closer to having a unified set of expectations that are comparable across state lines. While we transition from the previous set of standards into the new set, our students will take the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP. The TCAP begins to address the current set of standards, with a three-year development of tests that will, by 2015, move from assessing the previous set of standards to assessing the new standards. The testing window began in each school during the week of Feb. 27, when third graders began their reading assessments. From mid-March through mid-April, students are taking the remainder of the reading, writing, and mathematics tests for 3rd graders as well as all tests for 4th through 8th graders. Students in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades are also required to take a science test based on the science standards for those particular grade levels. The test results will help schools assess the growth of their students over the past year. Based on these tests, schools will gain information on how they might improve, and often schools will be faced with mandated changes, based on that student growth or AYP. At the Marble Charter School, we use the standards as a tool to guide our curricular choices, design learning activities, and assure that students have the adequate knowledge to do well on these tests. And while we are proud that our students score among the top eight percent of schools in the state, we do not always make AYP. When there are fewer than 10 students in each grade, the statistics can become skewed, leaving gaps in perceived growth of a school when one or two students do not meet AYP. If, in a class of four, one student does not do well, the school may not make AYP, as 94 percent of students need to make AYP. In this class of four, the AYP would be 75 percent, inadequate for the school to be considered successful. We continue to work with the Colorado Department of Education to review our scores in light of our population, and we have had great successes in having our scores reviewed. We also participate willingly and fully in the process of creating a Unified Improvement Plan, based on our scores but also based on knowing all of our students very well. So begins the time of testing: an opportunity to demonstrate to our stakeholders – parents and taxpayers – that our students progress adequately every year. Parents are partners in student success, and your support during testing time is essential. We ask that you ensure your child gets adequate rest and healthy nourishment in order to allow them to perform at their very best on every test day.

MCS Students Spring Break By Bella Spring break for Marble Charter School students sstarted on March 26. School starts back up on April 2. We interviewed what some MSC student are doing over their spring trip: Megan is going to Cancun Mexico, Jose is going to Phoenix to visit family, Patrick is going to Florida, Kosara is going to Camp Runamuck, and Mason is skiing and going to Denver.

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April 2: School resumes after spring break April 12: MCS School Board Meeting 4:30 p.m. May 5: Professional Development Day - no school for students May 31: Last day of school for students June 1: Final P/T/S conferences for the year


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Why? Earth Tales: The Musical

Bus Driver Spotlight:

Growing up creative

AVA’S INTERVIEW WITH JIM AARTS By Debby Macek and Debra Winston Who has influenced you the most and why? Of course there are many, but most recently Amory Lovins for being a thinker and doer of smart and good things. What is your favorite movie? “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” What is your favorite book? “The Natural Way of Farming: The theory and practice of green philosophy” by Mason Bu Fukuoka What is your favorite TV show? I don’t have a favorite TV show because I don’t watch TV When were you the happiest? Happiest is when I am planting a seed and seeing it grow. When were you the saddest? Saddest is when the seed does not grow. Where did you spend your best vacation ever? France How old are you? 60 Why did you decide to be our bus driver? Because I am a good driver and I think the bus driver should be a good driver. And, it’s been really fun so I am glad I am doing it. What was the best thing about working for the X-Games? It’s a lot of work, but more like a paid vacation where I get to hang out with the new friends I’ve made there. What are the best things about having a greenhouse? I get to feel a sense of connection with gratitude for the earth while watching miracles happen. I don’t need to go to the store to buy GMO products grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Why write and produce an original musical? The Marble Charter School closed “Earth Tales: The Musical” last month. As we process what the students have learned, we will begin with some theoretical underpinnings. In “Out of Our Minds,” Sir Kenneth Robinson argues against the testing system that focuses on testing math, language arts and science ? our NCLB focus. “Why do the disciplines at the top of the hierarchy get all the attention? Why does this hierarchy exist in the first place? The first answer is economic: some disciplines are simply assumed to be more relevant to the world of work and to command a higher rate of pay when finding a job. Generations of young people have been steered away from the arts with benign advice about: ‘Don’t do art; you won’t make a living as a musician.’ Benign advice maybe, but it is now profoundly wrong...” At MCS, we are engaged in the testing for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) while reaching for communal excellence through the arts, and nothing is as encompassing of all of the arts than a musical! One of the primary skills gained through this arts experience is to cultivate useful ways of thinking and avoid negative ways of thinking. There is a camaraderie that evolves by doing something so difficult together. Everyone cheers one another on toward excellence. It’s difficult to assess, but a growth mindset is the primary expected outcome of this learning experience. A myriad of other cognitive skills are honed by producing an original musical. Students learn to generate mental images, perform mental rehearsals, and become aware of interpretations. In “Earth Tales,” as they dramatized folk tales, they created environments to sustain their shared interpretations of the stories. They actively performed mental rehearsals to memorize their choreography. Opportunities for problem solving were abundant. The whole school collaborated in both classroom groups and in cross-age groups. Everyone had to work together in new and unusual ways. These are 21st century life skills. We believe our students will never forget this experience. We trust that all they have been learning will serve them for a lifetime of problem solving, as thoughtful and creative citizens. It’s going to take a while for our school to assess all we have learned. “Longitudinal data of 25,000 students involved in the arts, conducted at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education by Dr. James Catterall, shows that consistent participation greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Students who make time for the arts are also more involved in community service, and less likely to drop out of school. And we’re not just talking about upper middle class kids. These facts remain, regardless of a child’s socio-economic background.” (Why Children’s Theatre Matters, 2012)

Student Interview

Favorite thing to do while skiing

Justin’s interview: Erica, 3rd Grade

By Maximus

Who is your favorite teacher: Dan Who would you most like to meet? Seabiscuit What is your favorite hobby or sport? Horseback riding What is your career choice? Stable hand When where you the happiest? Horseback riding Where would you like to visit? TEXAS How old are you? 9 years old How will you want to be remembered? A crazy weird person What is your favorite ice cream? Chocolate ice cream

Skiing…why is it so popular? What’s so fun about skiing? I’ve done an experiment to see out of the E-team (grades 68) and Wildcats (grades 3-5) of MCS who goes skiing at all, who goes skiing or snowboarding and the percentages. Out of the 20 students we were able to interview 60 percent skis and 5 percent snowboards 20 percent do both and 15 percent don’t do either. I’ve made a graph showing what the E-team and Wildcats favorite things to do while skiing or snowboarding.

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Earth Tales: The Musical A few scenes of MCS students making costumes and posters, and the performance.

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A brief look into the classrooms… The Dino Mites • K-2nd • Gina Miles As most of you know, much time last month was spent on this year’s musical “Earth Tales” that was performed at the Thunder River Theatre. The most exciting part of this to me is how we as a school have learned to incorporate the musical into our curriculum. “Earth Tales” was so appropriate for this. Learning about different cultures in our world and the impact that humans have on the environment ties into social studies and science beautifully. Having the students write and edit the scripts along with studying the literary components of each story became a part of language arts – not to mention reading over the scripts as they studied their lines. Being a part of the curriculum to me was important but looking back, some life lessons that were learned may be even more important. By working together, each skit had to determine how each story would look. Yes, the teachers help to guide the students, but over all this was the students’ work. The collaboration that happened was incredible. They had to help each other thoughout the whole process. The confidence and accomplishment felt by the students was well worth the time and effort that went into “Earth Tales.” The students shined and learned so much about theater, dance, collaboration, problem solving and the world. They also have tackled this challenge realizing when they work hard at something they can accomplish incredible results. What important lessons for all of us to learn. I am so proud of every single student at our school. So now we are getting back into our “normal” classroom rhythms: • Math: We are finishing up with measurement and will be moving on to geometry. • Language arts: The students are learning how to write a persuasive paper. • Science: We are continuing on with our study of endangered species; next up is learing about light and sound waves. • Social studies: The students are studying U.S. geography.

Science • Amy Rusby Third through 8th grade Marble Charter School (MCS) students have been working hard to learn and understand the periodic table and how atoms make up the various forms of matter (solid, liquid, gas, and plasma). The students used gumdrops and toothpicks to create an atom, which showed the protons and neutrons within the nucleus and the electrons circling the nucleus. They were then asked to pick a substance from the periodic table and create that substance out of the gumdrops and toothpicks.

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This activity was especially effective since the older students were paired with the younger students to foster a more concrete learning experience. Doing this type of cross-age activity is common at MCS and is one of the great benefits that our school can offer to each and every one of its students. The month of April brings with it the Life Science Unit. We will be studying geology, which will include the following topics and how they correlate with one another: • Plate Tectonics • Earthquakes • Volcanoes • Earth Processes • Rock Cycle • Rocks and Minerals We are looking forward to meeting the educational specialist from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. She will be coming to speak with each classroom regarding Colorado Geology and Fossils. Please don’t be shy…you are always welcome to join us to share in our science learning experiences!

The E-Team • Debby Macek • 6th-8th grades “April showers bring May flowers” is sometimes true of the weather around here, but definitely a metaphor for what is occurring in the E-Team classroom this spring. April is a month of examination and endurance, while May will become a month of reaping what we’ve sown. In April, real exams test the skill and knowledge of kids across Colorado – the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) asks kids to prove their proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, and for 5th and 8th graders, science as well. April is also the month where students re-examine their goals and decide what they must do in order to reach them by the impending end-of-school deadline. Portfolios fill up with work showcasing progress, learning, and exemplary work. I love this time of year; students actually begin to be able to measure their progress and success, much like seeing a seed that’s been planted weeks before finally poke its green growth into the sunlight and begin to reach for the sky. When 7th and 8th graders head to San Francisco to try out skills in decision-making, navigating, and functioning in the “real world,” they’ll be able to measure in real time how ready they are to move on to high school or to become the leaders of our school. Each student will have multiple opportunities to measure progress and reflect on growth. In April, our class will put to work the knowledge we’ve gained studying literary devices by creating Earth Day poems and writings employing many fun techniques. We’ll culminate our language arts study of persuasive language and form-

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ing arguments by debating subjects from our US history curriculum. We’ll come closer to completing our mathematics curriculum for the year with geometry and probability projects. We’ll continue to cultivate our gardens for their imminent blooming in May!

Wildcats • Dan Poll • 3rd-5th grades Congratulations to our students for doing such a wonderful job on “Earth Tales: The Musical.” The Wildcats would like to thank all of you for your help and support for helping us succeed in creating, designing and performing our musical. The Wildcats have been working together to advance our knowledge on geometry concepts and how to classify them. Students are using rulers and protractors to create the polygons we are studying. The Wildcats are excited to see what spring has in store for us.

Redstone’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt by Ava Hey kids! Don’t miss out! There’s an Easter Egg Hunt in Redstone on Saturday, April 7th, 10 a.m. SHARP, at Redstone Park. (Only for children 12 and under)

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The Crystal Valley’s Great Outdoors (GO)

It’s the in between season By Sue McEvoy

Welcome to our newest column detailing outdoor recreation opportunities around the Crystal Valley. From the headwaters of the Crystal River near Schofield Pass high above Marble to the red sandstone features of Mushroom Rock overlooking the confluence of the Crystal and the Roaring Fork rivers, each month we will explore a trail, mountain, river or cliff face. Bordered by the Raggeds Wilderness and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness areas, the Crystal Valley is host to a plethora of off-the-beaten path trails for hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and outdoor activities. That said, our first month, April, is proving a little tricky for recommending that perfect local adventure. The snowpack has been considerably unstable for most of the winter, so I’m staying away from backcountry skiing. I did have a great morning on March 9 climbing the Pillar, the ice feature behind the Redstone ski area on the way to Redstone Castle but alas, I fear the Crystal Valley ice is all melting by press time. Many valley residents take time during the off-season to get away to places where the climate is more suited to summer pursuits like rafting, mountain biking, camping or lounging on a beach. Destinations like Moab or Mexico come to mind. But if you are staying put, think about checking the air in the bike tires or pulling out the hiking boots for a trip up to Mushroom Rock in the Red Hill Recreation Area at the intersection of Hwy 133 and 82. For a little less elevation gain, try out the Crystal River Trail bike path from Carbondale to BRB, with its amazing view of Mount Sopris. The idea is to get out and explore new trails, adventures and pursuits or to revisit some of the classic ones like hiking up Sopris or biking around the Lead King Loop. So stay tuned each month as we offer a sampling of the best in outdoor adventure. As for me, I’m headed up to Aspen Highlands for another lap in the Bowl.

Sue McEvoy ascends the Redstone Pillar on her final climb of the season; Chuck Downey salutes the end of ice season in the Crystal Valley; The Crystal River Trail is open. Climbing photos courtesy of Doris Downey

Bike photo by Ed Kosmicki


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Yes, Wii bowl in Marble Slow Groovin’s Snow & Bowl has a successful first season

has opened its doors for dinner and Wii bowling. There are now 25 competitors on five teams: 1) The Strikers 2) The Musketeers 3) The Marble Marmots By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer 4) The Bowling Stones 5) The Marble Mashers It’s not what or why, it’s Wii. This winter, Marble residents As of press time, The Marble Marmots are in the lead with the Musketeers close behind. found a way to put an end to the doldrums, at least for one night According to Slow Groovin’ owner Ryan Vinciguerra, Wii is a game system that simulates real of the week. motion. Competitors play by swinging a remote control in the same motion they would a bowling Each Friday night since Feb. 17, Slow Groovin’ BBQ in Marble ball. The bowling lanes and pins are displayed on a television screen. “The game itself is easy and anyone can play,” said Ryan. “The difficult part is the technical aspect; which angle, how fast, when to release. To bowl, the best a person needs to have a great strategy and be consistent. It’s easy to get up and throw the ball; the hard part is to knock ‘em all down.” Along with Ryan, Connie Hendrix and Karen Good of Marble were somewhat instrumental in bringing bowling to town. They all agreed that dinner with an activity would encourage enough people to come out one night a week. Now, there is a different buffet meal offering each Friday. “The inspiration for the league was BBQ withdrawals,” said Ryan. “I needed a draw besides our delicious food to ensure a social and fun atmosphere so we decided to play. A little competitive edge always brings smiles and laughter.” Besides being one of the instigators of Marble Wii bowling, Connie is also one of the competitors. “The hard part is adapting to virtual bowling from real bowling – the transition of using a control in place of a ball,” she said. “You can still twist your wrist and get a curve ball just like using a real ball.” However, the advantages of not having to build a real bowling alley in Marble outweigh any transitional difficulties. “The easy part is not having to drive to some bowling lanes,” she said. “You can play in your own home or, as in our case, at your local restaurant.” The Slow Groovin’ Wii Bowling League is scheduled through April 6. The “lanes” open at 7 p.m. Ryan hopes that the success of the first Snow & Bowl season will lead to future, similar events.

Wii bowling action in Marble. Left from top: Linda Menard of the Marble Mashers throws her ball right down the lane; all eyes are on the ball as Scott Kleckner of the Bowling Stones makes his move; Debbie Russell of the Bowling Stones gets a spare; right above, Steve and Linda Menard, both of the Marble Photos by Alyssa Ohnmacht Mashers, celebrate Steve’s double strike!


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“The Rocky Horror Show” comes to Spring Valley

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Get ready to do the “Time Warp “The Rocky Horror Show” again,” when Colorado Mountain When: April 13-14, 20-21 and College (CMC) 26-28; curtain time is 7:30 p.m., presents nine perwith a late night show April 21 at formances of “The 11 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee ON Rocky Horror April 29 Show” this month. Where: At the New Space This long-running Colorado Mountain Theatre, British horror/comCollege, 3000 County Road 114, edy musical, writSpring Valley, Glenwood Springs ten by Richard Tickets: $20 general admission, O’Brien, tells the $15 students, seniors, CMC faculty story of a newly and staff. Reservations: 947-8177 engaged couple or svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu who get caught in a storm and seek shelter in the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. The 1973 musical was adapted for the 1975 cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This show contains strong adult themes and is not recommended for young children unless you’d like to explain what a transvestite is to your young'uns. The CMC Theatre production, directed by Tom Cochran, features a cast of student and community actors. – Carrie Click

Crystal Valley resident Hamilton Pevec has until April 14 to raise money for a documentary he is making about the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. “The Water Handler” will be a 35- to 40-minute film that will investigate fracking with a former gas worker who saw first-hand the contamination and ecologic issues that occur as a result of this process of underground natural gas extraction. As of press time, Hamilton and his company, Faux Reel Films had raised just more than $2,100. The filmmakers must make their goal of $8,000 this month in order for the project to move forward. For more information about “The Water Handler” and to donate, go to kickstarter.com/projects/358880437/the-water-handler. To learn more about Hamilton’s work, go to fauxreelfilms.com. To contact Hamilton Pevec, call 319-8235. – Faux Reel Films

The Church at Redstone We invite you to come and worship God with us in a peaceful and beautiful setting next to the Crystal River in Redstone

Crystal Valley filmmaker seeks backing for fracking film

Carbondale receives Governor’s Art Award The Town of Carbondale and the City of Lafayette have been selected as the recipients for the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The Governor’s Arts Award recognizes Colorado municipalities for their collective efforts to enhance their community and their economy through strategic use of the arts. Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot and Lafayette Mayor Carolyn Cutler will be presented with the awards at the Creative Industries Summit on April 13 in Breckenridge. "Extremely honored only begins to describe our reaction to being named a recipient of the 2012 Governor's Art Award,” said Mayor Bernot. “Art and creativity are attributes that have been interwoven into the fiber of Carbondale for generations. We are grateful and proud to be this year's award recipient." Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, annually convenes a panel to review nominations. Other nominated cities were Aspen, Durango, Greeley, Lone Tree, Louisville, Mancos, Parker and Westminster. “The communities being honored by this award have each made a major commitment to the arts and creativity,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “They have invested in arts centers and downtown arts districts. They have made sure their young people continue to have access to the arts in school, and they have encouraged their citizens and their businesses to support local artists and arts organizations. I offer them each my hearty congratulations for their work to promote and grow Colorado as a premier creative hub.” – Town of Carbondale

Mountain Fair food vendor deadline is April 6 The deadline for food vendors at the 41st Carbondale Mountain Fair is April 6. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) have a preference for booths that serve local, healthy fare. Mountain Fair attracts between 15,000 to 20,000 people. This year’s event, held July 27-29, includes many nonprofits and local businesses. CCAH accepts 22 food booths and more than 120 arts and crafts vendors. This year’s theme is “Let Carbondale Change You” and will feature live music, a family area and friendly competitions. The Infamous Stringdusters will perform at this year’s fair along with Diego’s Umbrella, The Congress, 7Sector G and Spore Favore. For more information about the food vendor deadline or vendor applications, go to carbondalearts.com, mountainfair@sopris.net, or 963-1680. – CCAH

CCAH’s art and fashion award winners receive cash and accolades

Worship 10:00 a.m. • Nursery provided EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE (joint service with Marble Community Church) Be at McClure Pass parking area at 7 a.m. Service is at the overlook at 7:15 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.

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A community church serving Redstone and the Crystal Valley.

Several local artists took home awards from Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ (CCAH) Valley Visual Art Show (VVAS) and Collage Designer Challenge. Chris Hassig won the People's Choice award for his pen and ink drawings, and both his pieces were sold to an Aspen gallery. Chris’s art will be featured on next year's VVAS poster. Second place went to Will Grandbois for his panoramic photography, and third place went to sculptor Barry Sheehan. The Collage Designer Challenge winners from the CCAH Green Is The New Black Fashion Extravaganza were Jenna Bradford in the Functional Fashion Forward (ready to wear) category, and Tanya Black in Creative Couture. Each received a $500 cash prize from Collage Creative Collections. The 32nd annual VVAS was the CCAH February gallery exhibit. The VVAS artists represented all media, two- and three-dimensional, with original pieces that had not been shown in the Roaring Fork Valley in the last year. For more information, go to carbondalearts.com or call 963-1680. – CCAH


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As I See It A MONTHLY COLUMN BY BRUCE GLEDHILL

The symbolism of Marble In the past few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of trucks hauling huge blocks of marble on the beginning of their long journey away from our valley. The trucks stirred this question in my mind: How would you describe the two primary materials that have been exported from this valley? You can, of course, give a very “black and white” answer to that question. The black is coal and the white is marble. In March of 2004, our state legislature designated Yule marble as the official state rock of Colorado. We already had a blue state gemstone, Aquamarine, and a red state mineral, Rhodochrosite. By adding a white rock, Colorado became the only state to have a red, white and blue trio of geological symbols. That seems especially fitting since Colorado is the Centennial State. Yule marble is not just white, it is brilliantly white because it is 99.5 percent pure calcite. The swirls and visual texture in other marble are due to various mineral impurities. Our local marble is mostly free of impurities. White marble like we have here has been a symbol of purity and immortality, making it a good topic for this month that includes Easter. Among the stones commonly used in sculpture, only marble has a slight surface translucency similar to that of human skin. Unlike most stone, calcite allows light to penetrate several millimeters before being scattered. In polished marble, that gives a rich, deep, waxy appearance to the surface. When marble is fresh from the quarry it is relatively soft and easy to sculpt and polish. But as the finished marble ages, it becomes harder and more durable. Because of that hardening, the sculptures of Michelangelo have remained largely unchanged for about 500 years! In this month of Easter, we pray that God will find our lives easy to sculpt and shape, and that when the desired result is achieved it will have permanence and durability. Bruce Gledhill is the pastor at the Church at Redstone.

Echo Briefs Concepts sought for Elk Park design Pitkin County Open Space and Trails (OST) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the final design of Elk Park in Redstone. OST Recreation Planner Lindsey Utter said that a design consultant will be hired by the end of April and OST staff will start holding steering committee meetings in May. It’s possible, under this time frame, that construction on Elk Park could be completed in 2013. For more information, contact Lindsey Utter at OST, 920-5224, lindsey.utter@co.pitkin.co.us. – Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Applications available for free CMC First Ascent Youth Leadership program Rising ninth- and 10th-graders in north-central Colorado can attend the free First Ascent Youth Leadership program this summer at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Leadville. Now in its 18th year, this program offers students a chance to learn leadership skills in a residential, outdoor college setting, then return to counsel other students in future years. The program will run from June 24-29. First Ascent teaches leadership, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and communication. Students build self-esteem through new challenges such as rock climbing, summiting Mt. Elbert and rafting the Arkansas River. Each year, the program accepts 40 students who show potential to be leaders and successful students. Applications are due May 1, and are available through high school counselors or online at coloradomtn.edu/firstascent. For more information, contact program coordinator Paul Edwards at 970-947-8329 or pedwards@coloradomtn.edu. – Colorado Mountain College

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REDSTONE COMMUNITY BULLETIN www.redstonecolorado.com

REDSTONE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

RCA presents Sue McEvoy and her travels •••

REDSTONE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ————

Steve Pavlin: President Cathy Montgomery: Vice President

Redstone resident Sue McEvoy is pleased to present a glimpse into her many trips to Nepal and India over the past decade. Sue has trekked in five different remote regions in the Himalayas including Everest Base Camp and the restricted areas of Manaslu and Mustang in Nepal. In 2009, she became a volunteer coordinator for Global Dental Relief, a Colorado-based organization that provides free dental care to children in India, Nepal, Guatemala and Vietnam. Come share in Sue’s experiences with friends new and old as she explores different cultures, communities and landscapes. This event will take place at 6:30 on April 1 at the Redstone Inn.

Harry Remmers: Treasurer

EARTH DAY CLEAN-UP April 22-May 20

Jacob Robbins Secretary

In honor of Earth Day 2012, RCA is sponsoring clean-up of Hwy 133, Redstone, and both sides of the river bank.

Barbara Albin Billy Amicon Cary Hightower Debbie McCormick

RCA will provide bags and vests donated by CDOT. Interested persons should contact Steve Pavlin at dawndist@hughes.net to choose your clean up area. See redstonecolorado.com for more information.

Redstone Annual Easter Egg Hunt: When: Saturday April 7th 10 am Sharp Where: Redstone Park Who: Only children 12 and under Also: Volunteers 16 yrs & older are needed This event can only happen with your donations of Easter Baskets or cash. Contact Jen Stanazek at 963-2365 if you have questions. Please drop off baskets/donations in the office of the Crystal Valley Manor on Redstone Blvd.

St. Patty’s Day 2012 Painting the Boulevard

Ann Martin

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Echo Briefs Aspen/Pitkin County Airport names new assistant aviation director Brian Grefe has been named the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport’s assistant aviation director of administration. A one-time airport employee in Aspen, Brian has been the director of operations at the Duluth Airport Authority in Duluth, Minn. since 2007. Grefe begins his new position on April 23. “We are very excited to have Brian aboard,” said Jim Elwood, Pitkin County Airport’s director of aviation, “We are in the final stages of a 20-year master planning process and will have numerous key projects before us in the coming years. Brian’s experience with master planning, contract management and financial planning will be very valuable to help us keep the airport running smoothly.” The Assistant Aviation Director’s position in Aspen involves overseeing the administrative, financial, and customer service functions at the airport in addition to security and ground transportation. – Pat Bingham, Pitkin County

Study addresses poverty levels in Pitkin County New figures for Pitkin County based on the state’s “Self Sufficiency Standard” were unveiled in a free community presentation at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen on March 13. The figures revealed the high cost of living in Pitkin County, what kind of jobs and how much they must pay to keep people above the poverty level here, and what the obstacles and opportunities are in creating more self-sufficiency among residents. The State of Colorado Family Economic Security Program Manager Tracey Stewart is taking what is called the “Take Action Challenge” on the road across the state in an attempt to engage local communities in finding innovative solutions for their most vulnerable citizens. The goal of the program is to cut poverty in Colorado by half by 2019. “It’s often alarming for a community like Aspen and Pitkin County to hear that there are more people struggling to make ends meet here than is evident,” Stewart said. “Often times they are what we call invisible employees in service jobs that we all rely on who are not making enough to pay for childcare, housing, their commute, and healthcare,” Stewart said. In Pitkin County, affordable housing rises to the top as one of the biggest economic challenges for

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employees whereas in other communities health care might be the biggest challenge. Stewart said she hopes her program will inspire locals here and across the state to break down barriers and find innovative solutions and promising practices for the most vulnerable people. Go to http://2019colorado.blogspot.com for ideas on how individuals can take action. – Pat Bingham, Pitkin County

Isaacson School for New Media at CMC launched The newly formed Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) will being offering classes this fall at the college’s campuses in Aspen, Carbondale, Spring Valley and Glenwood Springs. The school honors author and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Isaacson most recently wrote a New York Times bestselling biography about the late Steve Jobs. He is past editor of Time magazine and chairman and CEO of CNN. The Isaacson School will offer accessible, affordable education and retraining for students who want to be prepared for jobs in the evolving digital landscape. “Whether they’re traditional-aged college students who want to apply their digital communication skills to start a career or mid-career professionals needing retraining to become more marketable, they can find what they need by going through this program,” said CMC President Stan Jensen, Ph.D.. “I am grateful to President Jensen and to Colorado Mountain College for this most generous of honors,” Isaacson said. “I believe deeply in the mission of community colleges and, especially, in the important role this school will play for generations to come in the Roaring Fork Valley.” “By naming our new media program in Walter Isaacson’s honor,” Jensen said, “we acknowledge and thank him for his lifelong experience in media and his outstanding leadership in highlighting the role of community colleges.” An independent feasibility study found that 96 percent of Colorado employers surveyed expect they will expand new media activities for their businesses in the near future. This could take the form of social media marketing campaigns, new and redesigned websites that include audio and video content, and multimedia approaches to communicating and connecting with clients and customers. – Debra Crawford, Colorado Mountain College

The Art of Marriage seminar hosted at The Orchard The Orchard, a community meeting space and spiritual center, is offering a special seminar for couples called The Art of Marriage on April 27 from 7-9:30 p.m. and April 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Art of Marriage brings together respected and influential experts on marriage and family in one setting. This video event weaves together several elements that help the principles come to life including engaging stories, real-life testimonies, man-on-thestreet interviews and humorous vignettes. The cost of $45 per couple covers the cost of the seminar and the seminar manual, which is designed to be used during and after the event. It offers articles, date night ideas, and useful tips for continuing to strengthen the couple’s marriage. Childcare will be available onsite for a nominal charge. The Orchard is located at 110 Snowmass Dr. in Carbondale. For more information or to register contact 945-8940 or roz.fowler@msn.com. – Andrea Waldmann, Promotional Concepts

YouthEntity receives grant to expand financial literacy programs YouthEntity, a nonprofit organization that provides real-world learning experiences to youth in the Roaring Fork Valley, has received a $75,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its “I am financial knowledge” program. “The grant will enable us to triple the number of fourth to sixth graders served with our program and develop a new program for eighth to ninth graders based on state and national standards,” said Kirsten Petre McDaniel, executive director. YouthEntity’s “I am financial knowledge” DVD won a Telly Award for excellence in 2011. The program combines hands-on experiences to help prepare youth for future success. The students also have the opportunity to earn extra interest on their savings accounts at the YouthEntity Alpine Bank as an incentive to save. Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org. For more information about YouthEntity, call 970-963-4055, email info@youthentity.org, or visit us at youthentity.org, – YouthEntity

Welcome to the church in the midst of a cathedral created by God

Marble Community Church Traditional worship, Sundays 10:00 a.m. 970-963-1464 • Pastor Jon Stovall www.marblecommunitychurch.org


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Echo-Travels‌ Thanks to all who share their travels! Take The Crystal Valley Echo along on your next travel adventure. Send your photo and info to echo@crystalvalleyecho.com.

Dan Prazen of Marble recently went to Florida to visit former Marble residents Woody and Jane Norton. Above left, Dan at the top of an old fort in St. Augustine; above right, Dan and Woody at the top of the Old Spanish Lighthouse, also in St. Augustine; and right, Woody and Jane at the sign for the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument.

The Benesh family of Redstone recently took the train to Denver for a long weekend. Above, clockwise from top left, Scott, Alicia, Wyatt Benesh and family friend, Spencer Tuggle. Left, Wyatt and Spencer enjoy some time reading the Echo while riding the train.


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W E AT H E R

This is it? Apparently not Mother Nature sneaks in some snow – but clearly not enough By Carrie Click, Echo editor

The Echo’s cover story last month asked the question, “Is this it?” We’ve been watching this winter’s snowpack – or more like lack thereof – and wondered if we were going to get any significant snow in March, which is typically one of the snowiest months of the winter. No sooner had we published the March Echo than a substantial snowstorm came through the area right on March 1 dumping blankets of snow up and down the Crystal Valley. Well, that answered the “Is this it?” question we had emblazoned all over the front page of the Echo. It felt similar to washing your car only to have a torrential downpour come through immediately after and muck it all up again. But we weren’t complaining. Any snow at this point was welcome in a decidedly low-snowpack season. As of the end of February, the Crystal Valley’s snow water equivalent (SWE) was only at about 70 percent of average. The snowstorm on March 1 struck us funny: it was dumping snow while the Echo was questioning the lack of it. But by the end of March, snowpack is looking alarmingly sparse. That big dump at the beginning of the month is a fond memory. According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s snowpack report for March 27, the Crystal River is running a snow water equivalent (SWE) of between 61 and 63 percent of average. That’s at least at least 11 percentage points lower than at the beginning of March. And the trend continues. Further downstream, the Roaring Fork River’s watershed SWE is currently at just 61 percent of average. Maybe it would help to tease Mother Nature once again by putting a headline on the cover of April’s Echo. “Is that all you got?” might work. Still, the fact remains. We need some precip.

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Kids enjoyed painting the Boulevard in Redstone on St. Patrick’s Day. Photos by Sue McEvoy


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