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Serving the Crystal Valley since 2002 •

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


Volume 9 Number 12


Filoha Meadows page 3

Jack Roberts exhibit page 5

Vintage Valley page 6

Dyllan Young sits on Santa’s knee while her parents Chris and Ali of El Jebel take part in this classic tradition during Redstone’s Grand Illumination festivities at the Redstone Inn on Nov. 23. People came from miles around to enjoy the Grand Illumination’s giant bonfire, Christams carolers which welcomes the holiday season every year.

Photos by Alyssa Ohnmacht

Bev Goss page 13

Marble Times pages 16-17

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Write us a letter! The Echo welcomes your input, opinions, thanks and whatever else you’d like to share with your fellow readers, provided it’s written in a respectful, civil way. (Please, no unsubstantiated attacks, etc.) Please shoot for 500 words or less. The Echo reserves the right to edit and proofread letters. Send your words to The Crystal Valley Echo,, or 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623. Thanks.

Generous person picks up lunch tab Dear Echo: Heritage Park Care Center of Carbondale would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the anonymous gentleman who paid for lunch for our residents at the Redstone Inn on Nov. 14.

The Heritage Park group included 12 residents and four staff members. The generous person paid the entire bill. Thank you from the staff and residents for such a kind and caring act of generosity. Susan Reed, Heritage Park, Carbondale

O B I T U A R I E S Gale Stokes

Gale Stokes, part-time resident of Redstone for many years, died unexpectedly at home in Texas on Nov. 4. He was 79. Gale was a professor of Eastern European history and nationalism at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He retired in 2005 after 37 years of extraordinary teaching, scholarship and service to Rice. A distinguished scholar, he was the author of five books and more than 40 articles, and just last year he saw into publication a second, revised edition of his prizewinning book, “The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.” A 1970 Ph.D. from Indiana University, he taught at Rice since 1968 and was twice chair of the history department (1980-1982 and 1997-2000) and was also dean of the School of Humanities (2000-2003). Along with giving hundreds of lectures, he appeared and was quoted as an expert on Eastern Europe and Balkan history through the years on the MacNeil-Leher News Hour, CNN, NPR, Washington Post, Newsday, World Monitor News and the Voice of America, among other media outlets. A former captain in the US Air Force, Gale ran a tight school and was always fair and decisive. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the humanities building, and the renovations to Rayzor and Herring halls. He will be greatly missed. Gale's life was filled with many loves and pleasures; his family, friends, reading, research, writing, being a professor at Rice, the arts, watching sports events, eating and drinking well, folk dancing, trips to Europe, playing Texas Hold'em Poker, spending summers in Redstone, and so much more. Gale is survived by his wife Roberta, son John, daughter-in-law Deborah Warshaw, granddaughters Maya and Hannah, daughter Karen Stokes and son-in-law Yves Delepine, sister Jane Ingram, her husband Sam, and niece and nephew Victoria and William. Gale's family notes that he especially loved the arts on Rice campus and suggests the Rice Gallery to anyone who might like to make a gift in Gale's memory in lieu of flowers. Gifts may be made Rice University, please note "Gale Stokes – Rice Gallery" and sent to: Office of Development MS-81, PO Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892 If you give a memorial online at, please note that your gift is in memory of Professor Stokes in the "special instructions" section. A memorial service for Gale is being held on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at the Rice University Chapel in Houston, with a reception to follow at Brochstein Pavilion.

Karen Buchanan Mulhall Dec. 3, 1963 – Oct. 28, 2012

Karen Buchanan Mulhall, who worked as recently as this year as the Marble town clerk, died on Oct. 28 in Denver. She was 49. She was born in Greeley, Colo. to John and LeeSanne Buchanan, the oldest of five children. She had three children: Liam, Julia and Eleanor. Karen loved books, gardening, cooking and most of all spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, intelligence, sense of humor and most of all, her love for her children. She is survived by her three children, parents, two sisters Kristin and Kim, and her brother Tim, as well as her seven nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be announced at a future time.

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 Assistant Copy Editor Jae Julgran Advertising Sales Alyssa Ohnmacht • 963-2373 Distribution Dawn Distribution • 963-0874

Contributors to this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo: Linda Barbour Fine, Denver Public Library, CMC, Kristin Carlson, Santa Claus, Alan Pilkington, John Emerick, Bettie Lou Gilbert, Danielle Madril, Charlotte Anderson, LEAP, Renelle Lott, David Hamilton, LIFT-UP, Bev Goss, Connie Hendrix, the McCormicks, Dan Prazen Marble Charter School students and staff

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Project underway in Filoha Meadows this fall

A prescribed burn was a part of the plan for thinning out vegetation and fuel reduction this year but was postponed due to the summer season’s high fire danger. Phil stresses the project reflects cooperation between the USFS, DOW and OST, and that cooperative government interactions are important to this kind of work. All three organizations contribute financially and with in-kind support for the project. “The partners see this area as a critical area for wintering bighorn sheep and other wintering wildlife. We recognize the unique value that Filoha Meadows and the adjacent forest have for these resources and we recognize that the community of Redstone and neighboring communities see that area as very important to quality of life in the valley,” said Phil. Any work that is not completed this fall due to snow or the arrival of wildlife is scheduled to continue next summer.

B U S I N E S S In October and November, the USFS oversaw the cutting and thinning of pinyon juniper and oakbrush on the northern end of Filoha Meadows to improve winter wildlife habitat. Photo courtesy of Phil Nyland, district wildlife biologist

By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer Work is underway this fall to improve winter wildlife habitat and conduct fire mitigation in a 50- acre area bordering and including a portion of Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve in the mid-Crystal Valley. According to Phil Nyland, the US Forest Service (USFS) district wildlife biologist based in Carbondale, the Forest Service is working in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (DOW) and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails (OST) to conduct the work before wildlife and winter snow arrive in Filoha Meadows. “The project has two objectives; there’s an objective for bighorn sheep and other wildlife habitat improvement and there’s a component that’s going to come a little bit later for fire mitigation around the urban interface,” said Phil. Beginning in early October, the USFS has been using crews of eight to 18 inmates from the Rifle Correctional Center to cut pinyon juniper and oak brush on the north side of Filoha Meadows. Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve is a unique 191-acre parcel of land acquired by OST in a series of purchases made between 1991-2003; it is located two miles north of Redstone on the east side of the Crystal River. “Filoha” is an Ethiopian word for hot water and there are numerous hot springs on the property. The preserve also hosts many animal species including bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bears, beavers, 46 species of birds, reptiles and the endangered Canada lynx and Townsend’s big-eared bat.

New natural foods company founded by Redstonians planning to launch in 2013 or 2014 Aspen Valley Foods is a new online company based in Basalt. It will nationally market a broad range of high quality, healthy, natural, organic and sustainably produced foods sourced from some of North America’s finest family owned ranches, farms, dairies, bakeries, vineyards and food artisans. Initially, Aspen Valley Foods will offer over 400 food products from 16 food categories with an emphasis on working with smaller, Colorado-based producers. All of the food will be source verified and produced in harmony with rigorous natural, organic and sustainable standards and selected and tested under the direction of an executive chef to ensure superior taste and quality. Founded by Alan Pilkington and Martha Silva of Redstone, the company will be based in Basalt and expects to have more than 100 employees within five years. The founders have secured commitments for a significant amount of the capital needed to begin operations, which are expected to commence late 2013 or early 2014. An online community funding project is now seeking to raise additional working capital. This will enable people in the Roaring Fork Valley to support this local venture. More information can be found at and – Alan Pilkington, co-founder, Aspen Valley Foods, LLC




With “Who We Are," our objective is to give community members better connections and familiarity with each other.

Santa Claus

Occupation: Gift distributor Age: Ageless Where do you live?: North Pole, which looks an awful lot like Redstone, actually. Birthplace: I was never really born. Or more accurately, I was born this way. I’m pretty much a onedimensional guy. When do you visit the Crystal Valley and why? It’s part of my world tour that I take every Christmas Eve. Which living person do you most admire? I have to say Mrs. Claus.

What three things would you like people to know? 1) The rules of physics don’t apply to me. 2) Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. 3) You better watch out, You better not cry, Better not pout, I’m telling you why, Because I am coming to town. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Be sure to bring an extra coat on Christmas Eve. What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? Deliver presents!

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, or call 963-2373.

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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 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. • Dec. 1: 5-7 p.m. “Me, Myself and I,” a fundraising concert featuring Carbondale local Gregory Chandler, who has had Parkinson’s disease for many years, presented by Redstone teenager Olivia Savard. All proceeds benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. $20/ticket. For more information, and if you can’t attend the concert but would like to donate, contact Olivia at 963-9616, or e-mail • Dec. 1: 8 p.m. PAC3 at the Third Street Center in Carbondale present Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. $17/advance, $22/day of show. 9251663,

• Dec. 1 - Dec. 17. If you have been a good little boy or girl, let Santa know what you would like for Christmas. Write a letter or draw a picture and address it to Santa at the North Pole. Drop it off at Santa's mailbox at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. The letters will then be delivered to Santa at the North Pole. Make sure to sign and address so Santa can write back.

• Dec. 6: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard.

• Dec. 6: 7 p.m. Town of Marble Board of Trustees meets at the Marble Fire Station.

library’s youth services librarian and children's musician Sue Schnitzer. Interactive and fun for elementary school-aged children and adults. 9632889, • Dec. 20: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Dec. 24: Garfield County public libraries (including Carbondale) are closed today and Christmas day, Dec. 25. Normal library hours resume on Dec. 26, opening at 10 a.m. • Dec. 24: 7 p.m. Marble Community Church’s Candlelight and Drama Service. Cookies and hot cocoa follows service. • Dec. 31: Garfield County public libraries (including Carbondale) close early at 5 p.m. and stay closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Normal library hours resume on Jan. 2, opening at 10 a.m. • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve. Good-bye 2012, hello 2013! • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve party at the Redstone Inn with The Strolling Scones. 963-2526,


• Dec. 6: 7:30 p.m. Thunder River Theater Company in downtown Carbondale presents “A Christmas Carol”. Additional dates: Dec. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16. All curtain times are 7:30 p.m. except Sunday matinees which begin at 2 p.m. For tickets and additional information, call 963-8200 or visit

• Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are at 1:30 p.m. on weekends through the winter. Visit the baronial home of Redstone’s founder, John Cleveland Osgood. 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

• Dec 7: 3 - 8 p.m. Parade of Bike Lights. The Town of Carbondale Recreation Department along with Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities invite children and adults of all ages to light up downtown Carbondale and welcome Santa. For kids under 6 years, Santa will make a special stop at the Third Street Center in the afternoon from 3-4:30 p.m. All trikes, bikes, and other wheeled-revelers are invited to join the second annual Parade of Bike Lights. Meet at the Third Street Center at 4:45 p.m.

• Take a horse-drawn carriage (or sleigh, depending on snow) ride around Redstone. $25/person. 963-2526,

• Dec. 7: 5-8 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. For more info go to, 963-1890.

• Dec 7: SoL Theatre Company presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Little Star,” set to the music from the classic Vince Guaraldi Trio album. The famous childhood Peanuts characters will come to life with the songs that will transport you back to your own childhood. Tickets are available at or Other performances on Dec. 8, 9 and 14,15,16 at the Carbondale Middle School.

• Dec. 8-15: Hanukkah.

• Dec. 8: 1 p.m. Santa visits the Gordon Cooper Branch Library. Picture taking, tree decorating, ormanent making, cookies and candy canes. Free. 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. 963-2889,

• Dec. 10: 4 p.m. Hanukkah Party. Come celebrate the Festival of Lights: Sing Hanukkah songs, light a menorah, play with driedels (spinning tops) and eat latkes (potato pancakes) at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Free. 963-2889,

• Dec. 11: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn.

• December 15: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Have lunch with Santa. Bring your preschooler to a catered lunch and enjoy a visit from Santa Claus. This special lunch hour will include “A Christmas Story” read by Santa himself. There will be time to sit on his lap and to let him know if you have been good and what you want for Christmas. MUST PRE-REGISTER. For ages 1-6 years. $10 (first child), $5 for each additional child. For more information go to

• Dec. 17: 4 p.m. Seasonal Songs with Sue at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. 4th St., Carbondale. Free. Come to a holiday sing-along the

• Diane Kenney Pottery has a Holiday Studio Open House and Sale every Saturday before Christmas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The studio is located just six miles from Carbondale, just off Highway 133. Turn and cross wooden bridge next to the BRB campground. More info 963-2395 or • The Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Story Time sessions for all ages of children, art classes, and more. 76. S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Call 963-2889 for more info. • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has a full lineup of classes and workshops for kids. Most classes are at the CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center. For more information or to register for a CCAH fall class, contact, 963-1680. • Pilates is held in Redstone 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. is for all levels. Everyone welcome, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Sue, 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 cost but there is a model’s fee and attendees need to bring supplies and easels. 963-1680. • Total Body Fitness schedule in Redstone is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:3010:30 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. • On the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Movie Day @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library for popcorn and a movie. • Zumba Gold, dancing lessons for seniors, with professional Latin dance instructor Paula Valenti meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at

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the Third Street Center. • 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 • On Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m.on, the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Teen Zone where teens can study, surf the net, read, write, draw or hang out. Bring a laptop or borrow one of ours. 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Free. Call 963-2889 or visit for more info. • Volunteer in the kitchen at the Pitkin County Senior Center and they’ll feed you a delicious lunch. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the Senior Center at 920-5432 for details. • 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. • Hospice of the Valley grief and support groups meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the hospice’s offices in Basalt. All who have experienced loss are welcome. Contact Sean Jeung, 927-6650, • The Aspen Art Museum is partnering with the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St. in Carbondale, to offer Story Art, a free children’s program that combines learning to read with making art. Story Art is held on the first Thursday of every month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Registration recommended. 963-2889. • Food Bank of the Rockies’ Mobile Food Pantry will be handing out food to anyone in need on the second Thursday of every month: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14. For more info call 920-5235. • 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; • 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. • Get assistance with resume writing and developing employment connections on the first Thursday of every month between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m from a Colorado Workforce representative at the Pitkin County Library. 429-1900 • One Moment, a local support group for bereaved parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or early infant loss meets on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marcia Viallarreal and Amanda Emerson-Burger lead the group, and bring their experience in pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and motherhood. Meetings are held at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Glenwood. Free. 9637110, 379-5387, • 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. 963-2536, 948-7033. • Carbondale Recreation offers classes and programs for a range of activities for kids and adults. 704-4190, • 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.

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Paintings from Redstone’s Jack Roberts featured in CMC exhibit in Rifle By Kristin Carlson, Colorado Mountain College Captured by the spirit of the West, Jack Roberts, who worked out of his Redstone studio for years, translated the story of the region into visual art for more than 50 years. Now Roberts’ work is on exhibit at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Rifle, accompanied by an audio recording of the stories behind those paintings as told by the artist’s son, Gary Miller. At the exhibit, viewers are invited to bring cell phones, so they can listen to the late artist’s son, Gary Miller of Rifle, as he narrates about the origins of each work. For visitors without cell phones, loaners will be provided. A troubled beginning Jack Roberts was a self-professed “flawed character” whose struggle with alcohol plagued his early years. As a young man, he married a creatively gifted woman, had a son, Gary Miller, and then left the family and located to western Colorado. Miller was 20 when he first met his biological father in 1966. According to Miller, his father’s greeting was, “Do you drink?” “He didn’t say hello,” Miller said, “just launched into his burning question. Jack dried out in 1962 and stayed that way. But that just shows you how much alcohol affected his life.” Over the years, Miller and Roberts developed a strong bond, and Miller now represents his father’s paintings and manages his legacy. “The longer he’s dead, the more interested people are in his paintings,” Miller said. “Jack just won’t go away. He’s here to stay.”

The late Redstone artist Jack Roberts’ paintings are featured in an exhibition narrated by Roberts’ son, Gary Miller, and will be on display from Nov. 30 through Jan. 25 at Photo courtesy of CMC Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle.

A prolific, driven talent In his studio south of Redstone, Roberts created as many as 40 paintings a year. Public collections of his work can be seen at the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, the Leanin’ Tree Museum in Boulder, the Colorado Press Association in Denver, the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Spa of the Rockies in Glenwood, U.S. Bank and the Redstone Castle. According to Miller, one reason for his father’s prolific output was a tendency to become consumed by an idea that drove him to the canvas. “He was kept awake by something that haunted him, and he couldn’t sleep until he’d painted it,” he said.

A knack for translating history into art Roberts’ Rifle exhibit includes historic paintings commissioned for an Equitable Life Insurance calendar, a 10-foot by two-foot mural of a World War II scene discovered in the old Odd Fellows Lodge above what is now Downtown Drug in Glenwood, and a cartoon Roberts drew when he was just 8 years old. Miller also includes in the exhibit a series of what he calls “really rough sketches” that illustrate his father’s methods. “He’d have these sketches all over the floor,” he said, “and they’d be covered with grocery lists and footprints. A lot of them ended up in the fireplace. But toward the end of his career, I convinced him to save them.” The exhibit is on view through Jan. 25 at CMC’s West Garfield campus at 3695 Airport Rd., in Rifle. Left, the late Jack Roberts in his studio.

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The story of the South Gatehouse By Sue McEvoy Editor’s note: This column is excerpted from a Grand Junction Free Press article published on May 5, 2011. It was written by Priscilla Mangnall, a Grand Junction history columnist and was titled “The Story of First Fruitridge Gatehouse.” Through the years, several buildings and architectural fixtures have been removed from the Redstone Castle’s grounds to other locations. This is the story of one of them that was removed to Grand Junction. One thing always leads to another. In my history-sleuthing world, it is the one true thing. This week’s column came about because Linda Barbour Fine showed me a photograph that had fallen loose in the family photo album. The snapshot was probably taken in 1944, while the Redstone Gatehouse was being reconstructed on First Fruitridge. In my lifetime, I have probably walked, ridden a bike, ridden a horse or driven a car by that place 100,000 times. On a hot summer day, I’ve wallowed in the ditch that ran down First Street in its front lawn and heard from my folks that it was moved down to Grand Junction from the Redstone Castle, piece by piece. After seeing the photo, I had to now know more. I asked one-time owner of the Redstone Castle, Ken Johnson, what he knew about the gatehouse. He wrote me, “In my memory, Lincoln Coit, a lawyer, got fined by the War Production Board for building the thing with ‘vital’ lumber that should have gone to the war effort. He bought the gatehouse from Mrs. Lucille Osgood and had old Mr. Grasso move it, block by block, and put it back up…salvaging everything he could possibly salvage from timbers to ironwork. It was ‘flipped’ in a mirror image, since originally at Redstone the big arch was on the left.” Tom Coit, retired banker turned Realtor, was my next call. Tom grew up in the gatehouse and had many happy memories. He told me that the late Dale Luke took over the construction of the stone house from Earl Barbour. He relayed an amusing story. “When the gatehouse was dismantled in Redstone,” he said, “Grasso and his workers carefully numbered all the stones with chalk. A bad rainstorm ensued and washed away the markings. The building had to then be reassembled like a puzzle.” Dale Luke told Tom before he passed, “It was a good thing that they were able

Above, the South Gate Lodge of Cleveholm Manor sat upstream from the Osgood mansion from 1900 to circa 1940. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library Right, after being moved, block by block, to Grand Junction, the building was reconstructed but with the large arch now on the right side, circa 1944. Photo courtesy of Linda Barbour Fine

to finish the construction. We used thousands of nails just to shore it up.” Coit remembers the neighborhood much as I do. It was very rural at the time. First Street was part of the old Fruita highway and before that the Midland Trail. The Coit family sold the house in the early 1970s. It’s changed hands a few times and was once the Gatehouse Bed and Breakfast. Seems like there was a lot involved in bringing this landmark to the Grand Valley. As a part of John Osgood’s Cleveholm Manor (now Redstone Castle), the South Gate Lodge sat on the east side of the Crystal River, upstream about a halfmile, in what is now Redstone Ranch Acres. “Vintage Valley” features stories of the Crystal Valley’s past. Thanks go to Priscilla Mangnall for sharing this column. For information on the Redstone Historical Society, to contribute and/or become a member, contact Sue McEvoy at 704-1843.

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Wild and Scenic again on minds of Crystal Valley residents By John Emerick, Echo contributor The on-again and off-again discussion of a Wild and Scenic Crystal River was on again when Pitkin County and several environmental organizations sponsored two Wild and Scenic Rivers educational forums for the Crystal River. Ever since the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was authorized by Congress in 1968, Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal has been a sporadic topic for discussion. An obvious catalyst for the renewed interest was the selection of the Crystal River to be among the 10 most endangered rivers in the country in 2012 by the national organization American Rivers. Another important factor was the support of Pitkin County, which, through its Healthy Rivers and Streams Program, provided the funding for the Wild and Scenic forums in Redstone and in Carbondale. Other sponsoring organizations included Roaring Fork Conservancy, Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association, Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Audubon, the Town of Carbondale, and several others. More than 100 citizens attended the two meetings, representing a cross-section of valley residents, including ranchers, recreationists, business owners, local elected officials, and lots of homeowners. The forums included a panel of four experts on the Wild and Scenic: Kay Hopkins, Wild and Scenic River program manager for the White River National Forest, Mike Moody, executive director of the Native Fish Society, Chuck Wanner, a long-time river conservationist, and David Moryc, senior director of river pro-

tection for American Rivers. Well over half of the time was devoted to questions and comments from the audience. When asked what their vision was for the Crystal 40 years from now, audience members volunteered a range of responses such as “No dams on the Crystal” and “Better water quality.” According to the panelists, a number of benefits to the Crystal River would accrue from the designation, such as prohibition of federally-licensed dams or any federal project if it would negatively impact the river’s scenic, recreational or historic values. Designation would also help preserve water quality and enable efforts for stream-bank and other river restoration projects. Moryc also pointed out that there is usually an economic benefit to the local communities. While most attendees from the audience seemed to be supportive, some were concerned about effects on private lands. Mike Moody offered clarification on several common misconceptions: The government will take ownership of riverside land when a river becomes protected. False. Existing private ownership of land will most likely remain unchanged. The government usually acquires riverside lands through voluntary purchase or easements. The use of “eminent domain” is very rare, and has been used on only four of the more than 250 rivers in the national system. My rights as a private landowner will disappear with Wild and Scenic designation.

False. The act carries no authority to control the use of private land, even if the land is included within the boundaries of the protected river corridor. Landowners will be able to use their land, including water rights, just as they had before designation.

There will be no future development of land alongside a designated river. False. Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation does not affect private landowners’ ability to develop their lands within the designated area.

The federal government will control zoning of private lands along a Wild and Scenic River. False. The federal government has no power to regulate or zone private lands under the act. That authority is reserved for state and local governments. Some valley residents fear that Wild and Scenic designation would encourage the local government to tighten zoning and building regulations. This emphasizes the importance of having local government involvement in public discussions about a Wild and Scenic Crystal River. It is the opinion of this writer that valley residents have much more influence over their local elected officials than many believe, and given the potential economic and environmental benefits of the act, changing local regulations purely in response to designation wouldn’t be in the best interests of the public or local government. One point that was repeated by all panelists was that achieving Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal is likely to take many years, even if the valley residents are strongly behind the idea.


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The Crystal Valley’s Great Outdoors (GO)

Soaking it up at Avalanche Ranch By Sue McEvoy

All I needed for this outdoor adventure was a bathing suit, a towel and a reservation. On the chilly morning of Nov. 9, I arrived at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs just after 9 a.m. and was soon soaking in one of their three geothermal pools. The two upper pools average between 100 and 104 degrees, and the larger pool connected by a waterfall ranges between 96 and 98 degrees. All three are about 4 feet deep, are surrounded by red sandstone and flagstone and have pebble bottoms. There’s something special about the feel of the water in these hot springs. No chemicals or chlorination are needed as the pools are designed to completely replenish within the state mandated twohour turnover time with only raw geothermal water. The pools are closed every Wednesday morning for a complete draining and cleaning. Avalanche Ranch Cabins and Hot Springs is a family-owned and operated business. Chuck Ogilby has overseen the complete construction of the pools and continues to learn about and troubleshoot the day-to-day operation. Meredith Ogilby manages the gift shop and antique store and Molly Ogilby administers the cabin rentals and pool’s day guests. Molly lives in the original 1913 cabin on the ranch and mom and dad live next door on Hell Roaring Ranch. The Ogilbys purchased Hell Roaring Ranch in 1978 and acquired Avalanche Ranch in 2004. But they did not discover geothermal water on the west side of the highway until 2008 when son Kayo, a geology professor at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, brought a group of students to look for heat vents. After drilling a 200-foot well, they hit 96-degree water at a good flow rate. The well was tested Sue McEvoy soaks in the upper pool at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs while fresh water flows from the cabin above that to ensure that it did not impact Penny Hot holds the cedar intake tank. Photos by Alyssa Ohnmacht Springs or any other springs or water rights.


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G O V E R N M E N T Marble Board of Trustees

Construction underway on Mill Site Park restroom By Bettie Lou Gilbert, Echo contributor

On Nov. 1, the Marble Board of Trustees passed out a statement regarding Karen Mulhall, the long-time Marble town clerk, who was found dead in Denver on Oct. 28. The town expressed its condolences to her family. She was the focus of an investigation into the embezzlement of Marble town funds in excess of $300,000. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is continuing the investigation. The Town of Marble’s insurance company, CIRSA, is paying the town $150,000, which they say is the maximum they are required to pay under the employee dishonesty portion of the town’s coverage. Tom Russell addressed the board, arguing that the property next to his is not a buildable property. He contends that the septic cannot be brought up to code. The Mill Site Committee asked the town to send thank-you notes to those organizations (Marble Charter School, Marble Crystal River Chamber, Marble Community Church, Crystal River Heritage Association and Gunnison County) and individuals who contributed to the fund for building the bathroom in the Mill Site Park. Construction is underway. Marble is renewing its snowplowing agreement with Gunnison County to plow County Road 3 and up to the Marble Charter School. The trustees plan to address snowplowing in the rest of the town at the next meeting. There will be a public hearing on the proposed budget for 2013 at the next meeting, which will be held on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Marble Fire Station.

Government Briefs Aspen-Pitkin County Communications Center awarded grant

The Church at Redstone

Aspen-Pitkin County Communications received $1,915 during the last year in grant funds to replace current lighting with more energy efficient lighting. The grant comes from an employee-funded organization of Pitkin County and City of Aspen called the Green Team. The Green Team is a voluntary effort to support county and city environmental values. The communications center, where calls to 911 are received for Pitkin County and portions of Eagle and Gunnison counties, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and dispatches police, fire and medical, serving more than 1,000 square miles. Existing lighting at the communications center was replaced with LED lighting, which can be up to 90 percent more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs. A heat generation reading conducted at the time the new light bulbs were installed showed that each bulb decreased the amount of heat expelled by as much as 50 degrees. LED bulbs can last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. Interim Communications Director Bruce Romer said he is aware of the amount of energy required to run a center that is continuously operating, and wants to be as environmentally responsible as possible. – Danielle Madril, Aspen-Pitkin County Communications

Volunteer citizen board vacancies

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

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Nursery provided HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Christmas Caroling • 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16 Daystar Vocal and Handbell Choir • 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 Christmas Eve service • 6 p.m., December 24

Bruce A. Gledhill, Pastor • 970-963-0326

A community church serving Redstone and the Crystal Valley.

Give back to your community and advise the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners by serving on a volunteer citizen board. There are current openings on the Agricultural Building Review Committee, Conflict Committee Pool, Election Commission, Healthy Rivers and Streams, Redstone Historic Preservation Commission, Senior Services Council, Translator Advisory Board and Weed Advisory Board. You can find board descriptions and applications at or 920-5200 . – Charlotte Anderson

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00 pm 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

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THE ANNUAL 5K SNOWSHOE RACE/WALK The Annual 5K Snowshoe Race/Walk around the Redstone Castle will be held on Saturday February 2nd at 10AM. The Redstone Community Association has voted to once again donate half of the profit from this event to Hospice of the Valley. If you would like to help out with this event, please contact Sue McEvoy or Cathy Montgomery



Steve Pavlin: President Cathy Montgomery: Vice President Harry Remmers: Treasurer Jacob Robbins: Secretary Billy Amicon Karen Kashnig

Grand Illumination, held on Friday Nov 23rd, brought Santa and his Elf to the Redstone Inn where he greeted over 90 children and their families. The five carolers sang their way up and down Redstone Boulevard stopping into most of the open businesses to spread their holiday cheer. Next it was onto the wonderfully decorated stage by the roaring bonfire to entertain the crowd with their spirited singing. The vocalists are members of the group known as "Mixed Emotions" and have been a part of our Redstone Grand Illumination celebration for a number of years. Thanks to the following community members who contributed financially and/or with their time to make Grand Illumination a success: Bob Stifter (Santa), Lisa Wagner (Elf), Steve Pavlin, Linda Cerf-Graham, Sara Lewis, Harry Remmers, and Cathy Montgomery. A special thanks goes out to the Fire Department volunteers for once again making our bonfire safe and fun.

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The next RCA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10 AM at the Redstone Inn, Library - Come join us -- we need your support and your input! Your membership dues directly fund RCA projects and events. Thank You for your support!

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The 2013 proposed general fund budget addresses county’s longterm health By District 5 Commissioner George Newman

Although at the time of writing this column Pitkin County’s 2013 budget has not yet been adopted, I hope to give you a good overview of what the General Fund budget will look like. Much like last year’s budget process, the overall goal continues to focus on investing in services and infrastructure that will produce results our citizens need and desire. This column focuses on the General Fund that includes the county’s core services (Road and Bridge, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Community Development, Administration, Clerk and Recorder, County Attorney, Public Works/Fleet). The projected 2013 budget for these core services is $30,664,409. This year’s budget, as well as our five-year strategic plan, was developed in partnership with the county’s Financial Advisory Board and a budget review team. Revenues to the General Fund are derived from property taxes (24 percent), sales taxes (26 percent), program and service fees (19 percent), intergovernmental revenue (26 percent), and miscellaneous other sources (5 percent). Property taxes that go towards the General Fund represent less than .06 per tax dollar collected. In addition, Pitkin County levies a 3.6 percent sales tax, which is dedicated as follows: 1.5 percent sales tax for mass transit; 0.1 percent for the Healthy River and Stream fund; and the remaining 2 percent split between the County and the municipalities of Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt. In the end, Pitkin County’s final allocation is less than 25 percent of the sales tax it collects, or less than a penny collected for every dollar in sales. Based on our Strategic Plan, we will continue the major structural changes implemented in 2012 and provide adequate funding to: 1) maintain roads, bridges and facilities and information technology infrastructure; 2) shift resources to improve efficiency based on current year demand; in 3) focus on the recruitment, retention and development of a qualified and professional workforce; 4) maintain a very healthy fund balance and fund reserve. The proposed 2013 budget includes $9.7 million in capital expenditures, representing 32 percent of the overall budget. Work will include drainage and pedestrian enhancements at the Aspen Airport Business Center, facility projects to increase our energy efficiency and a pedestrian underpass at the AABC and Highway 82 to coincide with RFTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. These capital project costs are offset by sales tax revenues, project-specific grants and a transfer of funds from a surplus this year in our operating budget. The remainder of the General Fund is distributed as follows: Law Enforcement (23 percent); No class General Government (12 percent); Public Works, Health and Human Services and Community Monday, Dec. 31 Development (8 percent each); Facilities Maintenance and Improvements (5 percent); and Clerk and Elections (4 percent). HAPPY Our local economic recovery is showing more strength than projected one year ago, however, HOLIDAYS! Pitkin County’s economy must still contend with continued volatility in national and international arenas. With the help of the Financial Advisory Board, the BOCC continues to take a conservative outlook over the next five years. We are projecting a modest increase in sales tax revenue (3.5 percent each year over the next five years), an average increase of just over 3 percent in property tax revenues as the real estate market slowly adjusts, a gradual improvement in our investment income, and Community Development fees beginning to rebound in 2013. Peak Pilates Certified Instructor Although the final budget will not be approved until mid-December, I believe the county is going in the right direction, adapting to our recovering economy while being fiscally responsible SUE MCEVOY and conservative. The proposed 2013 budget and five-year plan continue to address our long-term financial and organizational health, while advancing community and environmental well-being. Mat Classes at The Historic Redstone Inn



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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. Agendas are posted in the Aspen/Glenwood newspapers and online at In this column, your District 5 Commissioner, George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at

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Echo Briefs Low Income Energy Assistance applications available Applications for Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) are now available from any Pitkin, Eagle or Garfield County Health & Human Services offices and at the Pitkin County Senior Center. Qualifying limited-income households may receive assistance to pay a portion of their home energy bill one time per winter season through April. To request an application by mail or for more information on LEAP and other available resources, call Discover Goodwill at 888-775-5327. – LEAP

Area businesses lend support to LIFT-UP during the holiday season Area businesses are stepping up with a wide range of initiatives to help LIFT-UP assist local families in need during the holidays. Alpine Bank recently selected LIFT-UP as a participant in their Fall Non-Profit Facebook Challenge. Whole Foods Market in Basalt ran a promotion throughout the entire month of November called Grab & Give, in which customers purchased pre-filled bags of food containing items for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three meals) for a family of four, with the meals being donated to LIFT-UP to distribute through their seven-area food pantries. Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers in Glenwood Meadows is running a similar campaign in their store through the end of the year, where customers may purchase bags that have been pre-filled with non-perishable food, or opt to fill a bag with their own selection of food items. For the second year in a row, Roaring Fork Liquors is donating their entire net profit from Black Friday's sales. Scott Black, owner of two Subway restaurants in Glenwood Springs, donated $1 for each six-inch sub and $2 for each 12-inch sub sold on Black Friday. Mike Powell, LIFT-UP's executive director said, "This support from local businesses is greatly appreciated, and it comes at our busiest time of year." In addition to serving an average of more than 1,800 people per month at the food pantries (in October, more than 2,500 people received assistance), and serving more than 1,200 meals each month at the two soup kitchens, LIFT-UP also provides holiday meal boxes for families in need for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. "This is what LIFT-UP is all about," said Powell. "We provide a way for the community to show their concern for their struggling neighbors, not just during the holidays but throughout the entire year." The year 2012 marks the 30th anniversary for LIFT-UP, and Mike Powell credits the generosity of the community for the effectiveness of the organization during the past three decades. – LIFT-UP

Garfield County children adopted as part of National Adoption Day Three boys in Garfield County have only had each other. And now, they have more than that: They have an adoptive father and mother to complete their family and their dreams. The adoption of these three brothers was complete in November, a celebration not only for this new family, but also one heralding National Adoption Day. There are more than 100,000 children in the United States that are in foster care, waiting to find permanent, loving families, and thousands of these are in Colorado. In total, National Adoption Day has helped nearly 40,000 children move from foster care to forever families. Communities across the nation celebrate National Adoption Day the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. Garfield County Family Resource Manager Susan Garcia speaks from personal experience about the adoptions of her own children, whom she adopted as a newborn and a one-year old.

“They are my kids, adoption for me is the best thing that ever happened,” Garcia said. “They make my life better, and I forget that I am an adoptive mother, because they are my own.” Garcia says the paperwork takes about half the time that a pregnancy takes. “You have that wait, and then to have a child that you can call your own and be a part of your family is just phenomenal and we are there to help and be resourceful in the adoption process,” she said. For more information on National Adoption Day, visit – Renelle Lott, Garfield County

The Carbondale Chamber announces the 2013 Carbondale Card The Carbondale Chamber is introducing a new program called the Carbondale Card. The card offers specials,discounts and coupons from participating chamber businesses to all Carbondale cardholders. Cardholders will be able to scan the QR Code on their card or visit the chamber website for monthly specials and participating businesses. The cards can be purchased by anyone, but only Chamber members will be able to offer a special, discount or savings on the card as part of their chamber membership benefits.There is no cost to the retailer or service to be a part of this program. Contact the chamber to register your special. The cards are on sale now, just in time to be an ideal stocking stuffer or holiday gift for teachers, employees, clients, friends or family. Cards are $25 each and will be valid from Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2013. The cards can be purchased from the Carbondale Chamber, located in the Third Street Center, or from key retail locations. Visit for a list of retailers selling the card or call 963-1890.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers 2012 volunteer awards Each year, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) recognizes project and committee volunteers, agency partners, and food sponsors who have gone the extra mile to help fulfill the nonprofit’s mission of promoting stewardship of public lands through volunteer opportunities for trail work and conservation projects. Scott Gordon was named this year’s Volunteer of the Year. Gordon serves as secretary on the RFOV Board of Directors and is a passionate ambassador for RFOV and stewardship of our trails and public lands. The Pulaski Award goes to the volunteer who has completed the most RFOV projects in the season. This year’s winner is Michael Hutton, who volunteered on a total of eight project days. One of RFOV’s founders, Hutton has been a dedicated volunteer throughout RFOV’s 17-year history. Gail Mason was named Crew Leader of the Year for the second year in a row. Gail has sustained strong leadership, volunteering on 6 projects this year. This year’s Agency Partner of the Year Award recipient is Steve Anthony of Garfield County. Anthony has been the indispensable partner in various projects, playing a key role in identifying project sites and providing the resources required. Food Sponsor of the Year is Glenwood Canyon Resort for generously providing their property for parking, registration and a dinner on their outside deck overlooking the river for volunteers during the No Name Trail project. The 2012 Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Dick Wells, who served as ambassador on three projects this year. RFOV is dedicated to promoting stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects. For more information, visit or call 927-8241. – David Hamilton, RFOV

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Bev Goss: Moving on from The Redstone Art Center By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer It’s been one of the few businesses on Redstone Boulevard to be open seven days a week through all the change of seasons and changes to the town. For the past 16 years, Bev Goss has been the gallery owner and resident sculptor of the Redstone Art Center and a vibrant member of the community. Bev came to the Crystal Valley in 1996 to participate in one of the early MARBLE/marble symposia that attracts professional and beginning sculptors for weeklong sessions along the Crystal River in Marble in July and August. While staying in Redstone at the home of college friend Pam Darnell, Bev learned that the Redstone Art Center, then owned by Eric and Sherry Johnson, was for sale. “Well, I said I’ve never wanted a gallery but it would be nice to have a studio especially in a place like this. So I did look at it and that’s when I knew I just had this feeling I was going to do it,” said Bev. “I’ve certainly been very happy and I don’t think there’s a place in the world you couldn’t love more, being able to live and work in a town like Redstone.” In June of 1997, Bev sold her home in Albuquerque, took an early retirement and moved into the gallery and studio at 173 Redstone Blvd. Just one month later she hosted the first

annual Stone Carvers’ Exhibition and for the next 16 years, this event has been one of the highlights of the summer in Redstone. Bev felt strongly about the business being open seven days a week. Whether it was just a place for people to stroll to after a holiday meal at the Redstone Inn or a destination for shoppers and art lovers. Bev also made several friendships among the people who have worked in the gallery, people serving on volunteer organizations with her, and her neighbors.

“ While working here, it surprised me to learn how many people made a special trip to Redstone to come in and shop; many returning year after year,” said Lee Beck, a friend who worked in the gallery. “It would be impossible to estimate how much business this small gallery brought to the community as a result of her activities and sponsorships of workshops, artist openings and more.” Bev was also active in the Redstone Art Foundation, Redstone Association and Community Redstone Historic Society. She started a snow sculpture event to coincide with the Sled Dog Races and then continued it as part of Winterfest. “We all love Redstone and we do amazing things for the 90 people or however many we are. I think that’s what Redstone is, having all those nice businesses and then to have people who really love their community so much that they want everything they try to do to be successful,” said Bev. The Redstone Art Center hosted artists’ workshops throughout the year including renowned painter Henry Isaacs and local jewelry designer Barbara Sophia. “I loved working there,” said friend and gallery employee Michelle Sorter. “I not only learned about art from Bev but by observing her, how to handle artists in a professional and kind way. To put Redstone on the map as an artist colony takes work like Bev did, from openings or new artists to shows for long term ones, the stone carver's exhibition, the Christmas tree trimming. Every little act was for the sake of Redstone.” Several years ago, Stephanie and Michael Askew visited the Redstone Art Center and explained to Bev, “This is just what we want to do in the future.” When Bev thought of selling the gallery this year, she found Stephanie’s card and contacted her. The Askews are the new owners of Redstone Art Gallery and plan to be open during renovations this winter. To see a list of their events go to As for Bev, she is looking for a new home, hopefully not far from Redstone, with a small studio to continue sculpting, holiday visits with her sons and grandchildren in Albuquerque and a new lease on life seven days a week.

From top, Bev Goss working in her gallery studio. Progress being made carving in Tinos, Greece. Quartz working with Jesus Morales in 2006. Bev with Eric Johnson with in 1997.

Photos courtesy of Bev Goss


inter in the Crystal Valley…

• Pick up more business this year with an ad in The Crystal Valley Echo. • The Echo is a great way to reach winter visitors and locals alike with your message and specials. • With affordable prices, a variety of sizes, and access to long-time local readers; placing an ad in the Echo is a good move overall. • Call me with any questions and I can help tailor an ad for your specific needs. Thanks! Ellie Kershow The Crystal Valley Echo • Advertising Sales Representative • (970) 963-3903

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Todd L. Fugate, Agent 590 Hwy 133 Carbondale, CO 81623-1884 Bus: 970-963-5610 Jeff Leonard Insurance Agency, Inc. Jeff Leonard CLU CPCU, Agent Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Bus: 970-945-2345


Christmas In Marble December 1 & 2 and December 8 & 9 Saturdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm & Sundays 12:00 - 5:00 pm Experience Christmas In Marble and pick up a punch card at any of our 4 locations... go to each location and get your card punched... once you have all 4 punches, your card will be entered into the Christmas In Marble drawing. The drawing will take place on December 9th. The winning name will have an opportunity to choose from three pieces of art of equal value: 1) A marble clock by Mario Villalobos 2) A Crystal Mill drawing by Charlie Manus or 3) A watercolor by Connie Hendrix.

Marble Community Church


Celebrate Christmas In Marble with us!

December 1st (12-4 pm) & 8th (12-9 pm) only. v SANTA IS COMING TO MARBLE! v Join us for Santa photos - purchase a CD of digital photos or prints! (12 - 4 PM ONLY!)

• Gift Baskets – On display and available for a donation of $100 per chance or 10 chances for $500.

v FUN HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS! v Make gifts to give for the holidays! v COOKIES & HOT COCOA! v Yummy festive snacks while you wait for Santa!

• Lunch – Shop in Marble and have chili and cornbread for lunch in the Fellowship Hall by donation.

v HOLIDAY DINNER & FAMILY MOVIE! DON'T COOK ON DECEMBER 8TH! v Join us for a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, then stay for a showing of The Polar Express - complete with popcorn & theater atmosphere! Dinner served beginning at 5:30 pm - $12 Adults, $6 Children. Movie starts at 7 pm - $5 donation - with popcorn!

• Gift Wrapping – FREE for purchases made in Marble during our Christmas In Marble event.

(All proceeds support the MCS Student Trip to Washington, DC)


Christmas In Marble at The Marble Gallery!

• Offering new original art, jewelry and pottery. Plus new special gift items available just for Christmas. Something for all ages. Plus something special for your pets.

• Large selection of local arts and gifts

Featuring: Marble Coolers Marble Lamps Scented Wax Pottery Wooden Bowls Raku Clayworks Marble Jewelry Custom Denim Coats

• Face painting for kids!

620 West Park Street • Marble

Call for a weekday appointment.


Studio & Gallery

• Wine & appetizers for your enjoyment

Visit the newest business in town. Located one block west of the Marble Charter School on Main Street.

640 West Main Street (1-1/2 blocks west of the Marble Charter School) Marble, CO 81623 970.963.5815

• Gallery decorated for the holiday spirit and for your shopping adventure in Marble. • Apple cider, coffee and cookies to warm you up while you shop. Call for a weekday appointment


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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) Right, Scott Gordon, a passionate and active ambassador for RFOV and stewardship of the valley’s trails and public lands was awarded the 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Scott dedicates countless hours to RFOV each year.

PITKIN COUNTY GOVERNMENT Now streaming Board of County Commissioner meetings on the internet! Go to

Also on the Pitkin County website:

Below, Michael Hutton hauls soil from the reroute of the Skyline Ridge Trail, a work day that was held on June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day. Photos courtesy of RFOV

County Commissioner Agendas Vehicle and Title Registration Property Tax Information Maps

On the left hand side of the Home Page look for the blue box that says: Watch Live & Recorded City Meetings County Meetings

Library online services Open Space and Trails Senior Services

Click on the Agenda on only the topic of the meeting you wish to watch.

And More!

Physical Mailing Address: Pitkin County Administration 530 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611

QUESTIONS? Call 970-920-5200

Freeze! Freeze your radio dial to KDNK Community Radio at 88.5 in Redstone and Marble and 88.1 FM throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and streaming online and via smartphone app at Volunteer DJs, Local News, NPR, Youth Radio and Local Public Affairs


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


Colorado History

Welcome Jennifer…

The MCS 3rd – 8th graders traveled to several places in Colorado to learn about Colorado History. We went to Leadville, hiked to an old mine and near some mining ghost towns near Buena Vista, visited South Park Historical Town in Fairplay, visited the historic town of Cripple Creek, and went to the History of Colorado Center and the state capitol in Denver. We covered a lot of miles, and learned a lot. Take our quiz and check out our writing about the trip! (answers on next page) Colorado? Colorado Trivia Quiz!

Jennifer Beuter, a Marble resident and mother of 3 MCS students, the position of accepted Administrative Assistant and Lunch Program Director this November. Jennifer is taking the place of Andi Wofford, who is moving back to Idaho to be with her daughter. We will miss you Andi! Jennifer had been on the job for a week at the time of this interview. Some MCS students asked her how things were going!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1977. I have lived in six states. I’m in the process of getting my PhD in clinical psychology. I have three children. I just moved to Marble with them, and they are going to MCS! What do you think about the job so far? I love my job. My job is wonderful! It is like Goldilocks and the Three Bears: not too hard, and not too easy! What is your favorite part about the job? The children! I love all of them and I love listening to the K-2 classroom next door to my office. What are some challenges? Figuring out what to make for lunch! What is new for you? Cooking for a large amount of people. Thanks Jennifer, and welcome to MCS! We are so glad to have you as part of our family!

1. How many cavalry divisions did Colorado have in the Civil War? 2. What is the highest mountain in CO? 3. Who chose the colors in the Colorado State Seal? 4. Does the Colorado River flow through the Rocky Mountains? 5. What do the colors on the Colorado flag symbolize? 6. How many 14er’s are in Colorado (mountains over 14,000 feet)? 7. What land formation is high, flat, and surrounded by mountains? Colorado has 4 of these. 8. What is the national park west of Boulder,

9. The state of Colorado is divided north to south by what line? 10. What did the miners mine in Colorado? Circle all the correct answers: gold, emeralds, coal, silver 11. How many nicknames does the state of Colorado have, and what are they? 12. The state of Colorado is divided by the Continental Divide. Which side has the most land on it when divided this way, east or west? 13. In which National Park does the Colorado River start? 14. What is the Colorado state gem?

Sunny Side Mine by Wyatt and Tomas The Sunny Side Mine, in the Colorado history center, was a replica of the real Sunny Side Mine in Silverton, Colorado. We learned mules pulled the wagons to the mines shaft were a mule at the top would pull it out, we learned that miners had crusts on their sandwiches so they wouldn’t get poisoned, we learned that miners had to put the dynamite into the right places so they could direct the rocks into the center, we learned about their lunch boxes, we learned that it was really loud in the mine, and that it takes 30 minutes to get to the bottom of Sunny Side Mine in the cage. Some other things we learned at the Colorado History Center were about the lives of children and what their jobs were. We also learned about some mountain men like Kit Carson, a very famous mountain man, we learned about some trading posts like Bents fort and fort Davy Crockett. There was a set up of a map there and we were either exploring for farmers, miners, fur trappers and ranchers. We then had to make a map of how to find the resources they were looking for. We really enjoyed Exploring the Colorado History Center and we hope to make it back there someday

Hike to Swiss Boy Mine by Maia and Maddiy

This is Swiss Boy mine above Winfield. We learned how the miners slept and hauled the rock up and down the steep mountain. The wagon way was steep and narrow. We couldn’t imagine how the miners could move the big rocks to make the trail. Bella says, “She loved it!” We learned many things about Swiss Boy mine and if you get the chance you should explore it too.

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Scenes from Marble Charter School

Halloween on the Play ground. Can you guess who these students are? Thank you Veterns for sharing you time and experiences with us.

Here we are counting the Money we raised for UNICEF. Thanks to everyone who gave and collected money to help students around the world.

Look at all the creative costumes. Karen Good helped many students become exactly what they wanted this Haloween during the After school program.

MCS thankful Turkey. We are thankful for so much at our school.

Some Highlights of our Trip: My highlight of the trip was visiting the Colorado Capitol Building. – Ralph My highlight was going to the historical town of South Park, because it was very interesting and I learned the most there. – Julia

Shania and Zaida making Pan des los Muertos to celebrate Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead.

My highlight of the trip was going to the Colorado History Museum because the museum was interactive and I gained a lot of knowledge from going there. – Bella

Thank you Patsy for all you do!

My highlight was the state capitol, because it was a really cool place and I learned a lot about the paintings and things inside. –Megan My highlight of the trip was the tour of the State capitol Building because I’ve never been in a building so cool. – Lucas My highlight of the trip was the capitol building because I loved all the architecture and all the interesting things we learned about the building and our state. – Nyah

Most interesting part of our Colorado Trip: Julia - The most interesting things I learned were that the capitol building is made of mostly materials from Colorado, and what an old-time passenger train car looks like.

Julia teaching us about the process of becoming the President.

Bella - The most interesting thing I learned was: There are 54 14’ers in Colorado.

show, Middle Park, North Park, 8. Rocky Mountain National Park 9. The Continental Divide 10. Gold, coal, silver 11. 5: The Silver State , The Mother of Rivers, The Highest State, The Centennial State, and Colorful Colorado. 12. East 13. Rocky Mountain National Park 14. The aquamarine





Answers to Colorado Trivia Quiz:

Lucas - The most interesting thing that I learned was that miners made an average of three dollars a day.

1. 2 2. Mount Elbert 3. A Colorado 4th grader! 4. Yes 5. The red C is for Red Soil, the yellow is for Gold, the white is for snow, and the blue is for blue skies. 6. 54 7. A park (South Park – made famous by the cartoon TV

Megan - I thought it was cool that the marble floor in the state capitol was from Marble.

Getting to know the Crystal River.

Please save your Box Tops for Marble Charter School! Send in with your favorite MCS student, or drop off at MCS or the Redstone General Store. Thank You!

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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

Deb and Bob McCormick of Redstone are spending several weeks traveling in Italy. Here's Deb and her Echo in Carrara. Note the Carrara marble quarry in the background.

Dan Prazen of Marble, in the black shirt holding the Echo in the back, enjoyed a Thanksgiving visit with his family in Colorado Springs. From left, Ryan Halazon, Kristen Halazon, Leandra Prazen, Dan Prazen, Clay Kline, Kelly Prazen, Kris Ellis, Gracie Jane Elis-Prazen (in the high chair) and JoLynne Wilson.

The Connie Hendrix Studio & Gallery in Marble held several holiday art workshops during November. Photos courtesy of Connie Hendrix Studio & Gallery WREATH: Sue Eller taught a wreath workshop on Nov. 4 and everyone left with a finished wreath. From left, Leslie Shacklette, Sue, her granddaughter Trinity, and Connie Hendrix. Right is Leslie Shacklette, Instructor Sue Eller and granddaughter Trinity and Connie Hendrix. ORNAMENTS: On Nov. 18, participants turned recycled jewelry into ornaments at a workshop taught by Sue Eller. From left, Peggoty Stovall, Connie Hendrix, Betty Bradley, Lisa Dupre', Barbara Rynearson and Sue at the workshop. SANTA: A build-your-own Santa workshop taught by Betty Bradley on Nov. 10 left everyone in attendance with a completed Santa.From left, Connie Hendrix, Leslie Shacklette, Pam Stalter, Mary Dorais, Lisa Dupre' and Cyndi Fowler. Photos courtesy of Connie Hendrix

Warm wishes for a safe and happy hoiday season from your friends at The Crystal Valley Echo.



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Thirty-five years

Christmas 2012 is rapidly approaching, and I have a question for you: Where were you and what was going on in your life 35 years ago? In 1977, Connie and I were recently out of college, and living near Salina, Kan. We were managers of a Christian summer camp, and I was teaching fifth grade in the local public school. Our life was changing a lot because our first child had been born that summer. About a year later I would start my first full-time position as pastor of a church in that same area. We didn’t know it at the time, but something very important was happening here in Redstone. The Church at Redstone was started in December of 1977. Doug and Rebecca Self were the pastoral couple who started this church, devoting about a dozen years to the church and the community. The group that started the church had clearly defined goals, and with God’s help, they saw growth. Thirty-five years. Over a third of a century. Perhaps one of the most amazing things about that span of time is that the church has had only three pastors. In America the average length of time a pastor stays in a community is only four years. To me, that doesn’t seem like long enough to really get to know the community and have a positive influence. Here in Redstone the average has been closer to 12 years. Thirty-five years. Time goes by so quickly, doesn’t it? Let’s switch from thinking about the past to thinking about the future. We’ll soon be into 2013. What are your hopes and goals for 2013? Or can you be bold and think about your goals for five or 10 years from now? What kind of goals do you have? With God’s help, what kind of growth would you like to see in your own life during that time? Did you notice the three Gs? We don’t yet have cell service in the Crystal Valley, but we can have our own personal 3g network: clear goals, God’s help, and the result of growth.








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The Echo’s Parting Shot…

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Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $10 children 5-18, Children under 5: FREE (FOR GROUP TOURS CALL 970-963-9656)

Tickets available at Tiffany of Redstone, and the Redstone General Store. CASH OR CHECK ONLY

See you next month!

DECEMBER AT THE REDSTONE INN WINE TASTING @ 6pm on Dec. 12th HOLIDAY TEA from 3pm-6pm Dec. 16th COAL DAYS TRIVIA & food specials @ 6:30 Dec. 20th CHRISTMAS DINNER starting @ $36 per person (please call for reservations) BINGO @ 6pm Dec. 27th NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL w/ Strolling Scones $130 per couple

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