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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 February 2012



Volume 9 Number 2

The Brothers Akomplice Locals Patrick and Mike McCarney take flight with global design company

Helicopters, wildlife and hotspots page 5

Winter Series page 6

Marble Times pages 9-12

From left, Mike, and Patrick McCarney grew up in Carbondale and Paonia, so the Crystal Valley has generarted its share of creative ideas for their graphic arts company, Akomplice Clothing. Here the two get to know another new critter, center, they’ve dreamed up. See story, page 3.

Photo illustration by Akomplice

Third Annual Redstone Snowshoe Race / Fun Walk Feb. 4 • 10 a.m. Kids’ Sports page 15

Echo Travels page 18

Registration the day of the race will be held at the Redstone Church from 8-9:45 a.m. Check website for more information or call Sue McEvoy at 704-1843.

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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.

Drilling not appropriate among North Fork’s organic farmlands Dear Echo: Normally I keep a very low profile when it comes to political issues, but this one is way, way too close to home. If you are a consumer of any produce from the North Fork Valley or Paonia, please read below. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is putting up 30,730 acres of land for lease for oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley, home of Paonia, Hotchkiss, and Crawford. Unlike some of the gas development we have been seeing in the surrounding beautiful hills of McClure Pass, these parcels are literally in and around the town of Paonia and around local organic ranches and farms. In particular, our Ranch on Bone Mesa, which is located right in the

middle of the valley, is surrounded by BLM and is part of this lease. As we all know, gas drilling is all too common in western Colorado, but there are appropriate and inappropriate places for all activities. In the middle of the richest concentration of organic farms in the United States, the North Fork Valley is not an appropriate place for drilling The good news is that the public is being heard. The meetings that have been held have been so well attended there has not been room for all the people. The BLM really is listening to people's comments and the tide may be turning. Thank you, Landon Deane T Lazy 7 Ranch, Aspen Eagle Butte Ranch, Paonia

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Dee Malone, Ray Pojman, Sharon Clarke, George Newman, Bettie Lou Gilbert, David Boyd, MCS students and staff, Ellie Kershow, Bruce Gledhill, Maura Masters, Debbie Crawford, Oni Butterfly, Larry Good, Bensch Family, David and Cathy White, Maguran Family, Andrea Palm-Porter, Sarah Johnson The Crystal Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout the entire Crystal Valley. 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 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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Art with a global reach Native sons Mike and Patrick McCarney of Akomplice Clothing create graphics with a purpose By Carrie Click, Echo editor Patrick and Mike McCarney know Highway 133 through the Crystal River Valley as well as anyone. Growing up and living in both Carbondale and Paonia, they’ve been traveling up and down the valley and over McClure Pass even before they could drive themselves. “Oh yeah, this is home,” said Patrick. “This area has the highest concentration of people I know and grew up with.” Now 27 and 25, respectively, the two brothers are home for just a while. “For the past three months we’ve been nomadic,” said Patrick. “With our schedule it hasn’t made much sense to put down roots or be paying rent somewhere. So we’ve been in California, New Mexico and Colorado staying in sublets and hotel rooms. When you do that, you find you don’t need much stuff.” The McCarney brothers may not need much stuff, but they are living life to the fullest. In 2004, they started what has become a global graphic design company out of a trailer they were sharing in Paonia. They called their company Akomplice, and they’ve been going non-stop ever since. Their modus operandi is simple. With Akomplice’s mission statement of “evolution through innovation” the brothers believe in breaking stereotypes on all levels. “We enjoy life,” said Mike. “We don’t hide behind a niche.” Akomplice’s graphic designs, which appear on Tshirts, jackets, hats and more,

From left, clockwise: a graphic represenation of war and oil; NFL’s Vernon Davis in an arts education campaign with Akomplice (see pg. 17); a statement on fear and freedom; Akomplice in color.

Images by Akomplice

are the brainchildren of both brothers, though Patrick says Mike is the head designer. “He’s a prodigy,” Patrick said.

From hip hop to hot The two grew up the sons of Mary and Steve McCarney. Mary owned and operated Planted Earth for years, and Steve was one of the founders of Solar Energy International. The boys attended public schools in both Paonia and Carbondale, as well as, separately and together at times, the Mountain Sage School, the Aspen Community School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Colorado Mountain College. Always into music, the two became interested in hip hop after Mike finished an internship at a New York City record label. Then – without formal training – Mike began wanting to create graphic art for clothing to promote the music. He learned Photoshop and Illustrator so he could get his and Patrick’s ideas on paper. Soon, his designs were catching on and the brothers produced a catalog initially targeted to skateboard shops. Akomplice grew from there. “We’d take designs to trade shows and take orders before printing shirts,” said Patrick. “We borrowed a little money. It grew organically.”

‘Based on intuition’ Today, Akomplice’s graphic designs are is available in 22 countries and 200 retailers. On television, Akomplice has appeared on everything from ESPN to HBO. The McCarney brothers’ graphic designs are popular with Carbondale local and X Games medalist Peter Olenick, skateboard legends Tony Hawk and Tony Alva, Snoop Dog, Carmelo Anthony, and the boys on the TV series “Entourage.” Although Akomplice sales are in the millions, Patrick and Mike say their focus is on their message and what they can do with their ideas. “We could’ve bought a Rolls Royce,” said Patrick, “but we drive a Toyota van. It makes more sense for us. One of the greatest freedoms we have is that we’re not doing this for money. It was never based on money. It is based on intuition and stuff we think is cool.” One of the things the brothers think is cool is having the opportunity to generate funds for causes in which they believe. The latest project is a collaboration between Akomplice and NFL football player Vernon Davis. The 49ers tight end was a studio arts major in college and strongly supports arts education. Patrick, Mike and Vernon created a T-shirt image incorporating a stylized photograph of Vernon on top of one of Vernon’s colorful abstracts. Money raised from T-shirt sales are going to Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a national arts education organization. In addi-

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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 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.

• Feb. 10: Entries due to Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) for “Art & Fashion for a Sustainable Future,” open to all CCAH members, for CCAH’s March exhibit in the Third Street Center. 963-1680,

• 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.

• Feb. 2: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard.

• Feb. 10-12, 16-19: CMC Theatre presents “Dangerous Liaisons,” at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, 3000 County Rd. 114. “Dangerous Liaisons” will be performed Feb. 10-11, and 16-18 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. $15/adults and $10/students, seniors, staff and faculty. Contact 9478177,

• 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.

• Feb. 2: 6 p.m. “Hearts Healing, A Carbondale Community Gathering” an interfaith community event to restore civic health in Carbondale following the Village at Crystal River development vote, is at The Gathering Center at the Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Dr. in Carbondale. Oni, 963-3394. • Feb. 2: 7 p.m. The Marble Board of Trustees meeting is at Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church, 384-0761. • Feb. 3: 3:30-5 p.m. Nature photography for kids with Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH). Every Friday through March 23, kids ages 9-11 can create a digital portfolio of their nature images; class taught by Karen Lanier. Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale, 963-1680,, • Feb. 3: 6-8 p.m. First Fridays, Carbondale’s celebration of the arts, shopping, dining and music. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities opens the Valley Visual Art Show at the Third Street Center, downtown activities and openings. 963-1890. • Feb. 3: 6-8 p.m. Majid Kahhak paints the theme of love and romance inspired by Valentine’s Day on First Friday at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres served. 704-0622, • Feb. 4: 8:30 p.m. La Chat Lunatique is at Steve’s Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., Carbondale. Call for ticket prices, info. 963-3304,, • Feb. 4: 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start. The Redstone Community Association is sponsoring the third annual US Snowshoe Association-sanctioned Redstone Snowshoe Race/Fun Walk 5K at the Redstone Castle. Approximately three miles, the race/walk starts in the west parking lot of the Redstone Inn. Registration available at the Church at Redstone starting at 8 a.m.; pre-registration is at Independence Run and Hike at the La Fontana Plaza in Carbondale. Sponsored by the Redstone Community Association; benefits Hospice of the Valley. Registration is $20, which includes a raffle ticket for donated prizes. Contact Sue, 704-1843, or

• Feb. 10: 5-8 p.m. “A Child’s Eye,” an exhibit featuring the photos of 20 Carbondale youth ages 9-18 opens at CMC’s West Garfield Campus in Rifle. The opening features George and Patti Stranahan, who sponsored the show, and a catered reception with musician Frank Martin. 3695 Airport Rd., Rifle. 947-8380. • Feb. 11: 9 p.m. Support the Carbondale All Stars by attending Vic’s Route 6 Grill House in West Glenwood as they host a Valley Cruisers Car Club-sponsored concert, featuring Geoffrey Morris, Dave Johnson and Lee Dudley, for good time rock and roll. 230-9284. • Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day. • Feb. 16: 7-11 p.m. Juno What?! (really; that’s the name of the band – even the punctuation) plays at PAC3 at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Expect “high energy disco booty jams” (really; that’s what the press release says). $10/ticket pre-show, $15/at the door. 520 E. Third St., Carbondale. Tickets available through 925-1663. • Feb. 16: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Feb. 20: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Marble Charter School Open House. Come anytime. If you have a child from kindergarten-eighth grade, come by to see what the school offers. 412 W. Main St., Marble, 963-9550. • Feb. 25-26: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. “Visual Journaling – Beyond the Basics” with Sheri Gaynor is at the CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center, Suite 9. $75 for adults only. 963-1680, • Feb. 29: The public comment period deadline has been extended to today for he Bureau of Land Management’s draft Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan, of which the Crystal River Valley is included. Comments can be faxed to 970-876-9090, or submitted online at (and search “CRV Draft RMP”).

• Feb. 4: Colorado High School Athletic Association high school Nordic race in Carbondale. Eliott Norquist, 704-0498.

• Feb. 5: Mount Sopris Nordic Council’s Ski for Sisu ski-athon at Spring Gulch outside of Carbondale. Greg Fitzpatrick, 319-8531.

• Feb. 5: 4 p.m., 4:25 p.m. kickoff. Super Bowl Sunday: NY Giants vs. New England Pats.

• Feb. 7: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn. Learn about upcoming Redstone events, and help plan for them.

• Feb. 8: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Those interested and eligible in serving on the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s board of directors may obtain a self nomination and acceptance form from today through March 2 from Jenny Cutright at the Carbondale Fire Station, 301 Meadowood Dr., Carbondale. Directors serve four-year terms. Election is May 8. 963-2491. • Feb. 8: 8:30 p.m. Willy Porter at Steve’s Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., Carbondale. 963-3304,

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle during the winter are on the weekends. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 9639656 or • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Redstone. $25/person. Winter horseback rides available, too. 9632526, • The Marble Hub’s winter hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 105 W. Main St., Marble, 704-9482. • The Valley Visual Art Show opens on Feb. 3 and runs through Feb. 24 at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale;, 9631680. • AA in Redstone is every Thursday at 7 p.m. Closed step discussion meeting at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Men and women welcome.

• 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, • 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. • 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, 9451398, or • 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. • 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.

UPCOMING • March 2: 6-8 p.m. “Art & Fashion for a Sustainable Future” opens at the R2 Gallery at the CCAH Center for the Arts in the Third Street Center. 963-1680, • March 4: 7 p.m. Coal Basin: Then and Now, is a presentation with Sharon Clarke, Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Mark Lacy, White River National Forest, in the Lady Bountiful Room at the Redstone Inn. • March 8: 7 p.m. Crystal River Caucus’ regular meeting is at the Church at Redstone, on Redstone Boulevard. • March 9-10: Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza is at the Carbondale Rec Center. 963-1680, • March 15-16: 7 p.m. Marble Charter School’s spring musical, “Barefoot Book of Earth Tales,” is at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. 963-1009. • March 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roaring Fork Conservancy’s McClure Pass Snow Science Field Day meets at the Redstone Inn. Find out how the snowpack is used to forecast upcoming stream flows during this snowshoe field trip. $70, or $50 for members. Registration required by contacting, 927-1290.



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Choppers in the Crystal The Crystal Valley attracts a host of helicopters in January By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer

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

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

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During the first week of January, low-flying helicopters were seen hovering above the Redstone cliffs and along power lines from Redstone to Marble. It seems both the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) and Holy Cross Energy were performing annual surveys of their territory.

Counting wildlife On Jan. 2, District Wildlife Manager John Groves was aboard a helicopter allotted eight hours of flight time to conduct the annual census of deer and elk in Unit 43. According to John, Unit 43 consists of “basically everything from Glenwood over Four Mile, Thompson Creek, down through Coal Basin, Marble, Redstone, back across towards the Crown, Snowmass Creek and back over to Avalanche Creek; it’s a big area.” The DOW has used helicopters for decades to count deer and elk on their winter range where they are normally easier to spot and more concentrated. “We fly this time A trio of elk seen from the DOW’s annual count in the Crystal Valley. Photo courtesy of DOW of year on an annual basis for our post-hunt age/sex classifications,” John said. “We use the data we obtain to put into our population modeling programs and use that to set license quotas for the following year.” Generally the helicopters fly just above known winter range while DOW staff visually count the animals, reporting the age and sex into a tape recorder. This year’s census proved somewhat difficult due to the lack of snow. “We were probably less than half of what we normally see and classify,” John said. “We had different places where we still saw elk at 12,000 feet. They just weren’t on the winter range like normal.” While the purpose of the flight is to count deer and elk for the post-harvest census, DOW personnel also take note of any bighorn sheep and moose that they spot. A herd of bighorn sheep was spotted high above East Creek and a moose was seen in the Thompson Creek drainage. John estimates the moose population between the west side of the Crystal River and Four Mile Creek at about 15 moose. For questions about the annual census flights, contact John Groves at 947-2920.

Checking for hot spots As the skies quieted above the wilderness, another very low-flying helicopter was seen hovering over power lines in the Crystal Valley. Between Jan. 4-6, Holy Cross Energy performed an annual maintenance item in the valley. Using an infrared camera, Holy Cross linemen are able to detect hot spots in the conductors that carry electrical current to homes and businesses in the area. Again, this annual maintenance is performed in the early winter. “Holy Cross is typically a nighttime winter peaking cooperative,” said Stephen B. Casey, manager of member services for Holy Cross Energy. “When I talk about peak, it’s the hour during the day, during the month, where the greatest demand is placed on the generation system.” With the coldest temperatures occurring in early January, the greatest exertion is placed on the overhead lines. Any potential areas to be looked at are identified by the hot spots. And, demand for energy is much higher in Holy Cross’ territory during winter. “Typically our winter peak might be 250 megawatts and our summer peak conversely is about half of that, probably in the 120-125 megawatt range,” said Stephen, “so the beauty of doing it during the wintertime is that you’ve got a higher load on your facility.” Holy Cross Energy’s territory consists of the area covering Glenwood Springs, East Vail, Battlement Mesa, Carbondale, Redstone and Marble, and includes 55,000 meters. Of the 55,000 meters, Stephen said 36,000 of those are residential with the rest being large or small commercial. Since the territory served is largely between 5,000-8,000 feet in elevation, heating costs during the winter far exceed the cooling costs demanded in the summer months although they are starting to see an increase there. For questions about Holy Cross Energy power line maintenance, contact Stephen B. Casey at 945-5491.

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Mining possible up Avalanche Creek – and drilling in Coal Basin? Plus, the caucus approves a collaborative planning process for the Crystal River Trail By Dee Malone and Ray Pojman, Crystal River Caucus

About 50 people attended the Crystal River Caucus meeting on Jan. 12 at the Church at Redstone. Scott Nelson, a US Forest Service (USFS) district ranger, gave an overview of Crystal Valley activities. He said the Coal Creek restoration project is going to take place in cooperation with the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The project will encompass approximately 18,000 acres. He also said a decision regarding the prospective mining operations up Avalanche Creek at the White Banks mine will be made within the next few weeks. Finally, Scott just received a request from Raven Resources for an exploration permit in Coal Basin. If approved, the permit allows for drilling and sampling cores, and might include the Gunnison side. While the BLM handles permits for minerals, the Forest Service addresses surface requirements. Again, if approved, access would be from the Redstone side since there is no practical access on the Gunnison end. Martha Moran of the USFS provided information on the Redstone and Avalanche campgrounds. The recent Redstone slide triggered a risk assessment of the area with the possibility of two additional emergency access roads to service the campground. Along with a possible catch basin to collect debris, the phone line will be replaced at a greater depth. In order to protect riparian habitat, the Avalanche Creek campground is closing eight sites and opening an additional 10 sites in the area to the northwest of the existing campground. Parking facilities and the installation of a horse camp are still being reviewed. If anyone is willing to volunteer with equipment or labor please contact Martha at 963-2266. The remainder of the meeting was a discussion on moving forward with the Crystal River Trail planning process. On Dec. 12, the caucus board met and approved a proposal to collaborate with Pitkin County for the trail’s location and design during the next phase of the trail project starting from the BRB Resort to Redstone. Those involved hope to model the recent Redstone parks improvement process and will include all stakeholders – USFS, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Transportation, caucus members and others. Dee Malone gave a visual presentation of the project. “This may be the largest development activity in the Crystal Valley since Highway 133 was built,” she said.

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

Dee’s presentation first reviewed the caucus’ master plan that was adopted by the Pitkin County in 2003. It covered core values, transportation, recreation, growth and the environment. Dee reviewed the current issues of alignment and design options which were coordinated through Gunnison and Pitkin counties’ public works. Although the study did not try to select a route, several alignments were identified to be determined through environmental review and public input. To date there have been numerous wildlife reports generated by the Division of Wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (formerly called the Colorado Department of Wildlife), and Pitkin County Open Space along with the caucus’ Wildlife Task Force Report. Studies show the decline in mule deer and bighorn populations due to habitat loss, human development and recreational use beyond compatible limits. Dee also discussed “going forward” while maintaining core values of the master plan, creating a public input process and forming a steering committee. A steering committee will convene before any decisions are made regarding the alignment for the trail’s next phase. Following Dee’s presentation, meeting attendees discussed how a steering committee would work with the county, who would be involved, what their responsibilities would be, when the committee shoul be formed, and many other issues. Discussion also included whether the caucus should start work on their own or wait until 2014 after the county has completed their engineering. Some caucus members worried that if the caucus waited until after the engineering was completed, the county would simply “rubber stamp” the route. Gary Tennenbaum of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails said his agency and other involved entities would never do that, and that the entire process will be transparent from the start. He added he was looking forward to working with all the stakeholders. A motion to approve a collaborative planning process for the trail passed with 30 “yes” votes and two obstentions. As for the future, the next phase of planning and construction by Pitkin County is anticipated to begin in 2014 at the earliest. Regularly scheduled caucus meetings are held on the second Thursday of every odd-numbered month at the Church at Redstone on Redstone Boulevard; the next meeting is March 8.

Winter Series: Coal Basin - Then and now

Coal Creek has long been known to be the tributary most persistently injurious to the water quality of the Crystal River. Coal Creek, the Crystal River, and the community of Redstone have been significantly altered by coal mining activities and Highway 133. Sharon Clarke, Roaring Fork Conservancy and Mark Lacy, White River National Forest, will lead a presentation about Coal Creek at 6:30 p.m. on March 4 in the Lady Bountiful Room in the Redstone Inn. They’ll provide an overview of the history of the area, impacts to the river and describe the current work and planning process for future work in this area to address these impacts. Photo courtesy of Roaring Fork Conservancy


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A community church serving Redstone and the Crystal Valley.

Commissioners comment on draft BLM Resource Management Plan By George Newman, Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner

The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) recently submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the updating of their guiding document known as the Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan. The area encompasses Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Rio Blanco and Routt counties. The BLM’s draft document outlines four alternatives (known as A, B, C and D). In most cases, Alternative C (with a theme of “Conservation”) best aligns with the values and goals of our county; however, no single alternative clearly provides for the full range of management preferences of Pitkin County. We propose a hybrid management scheme containing elements of Alternatives C and B (mixed use). We also introduce the concepts of employing carrying capacity, enforcement approaches, adaptive environmental management, and winter core wildlife designation. Federal public lands comprise 83 percent of Pitkin County. Of this, the BLM manages 27,490 acres, not to mention subsurface mineral rights under both public lands (USFS) and privately owned parcels (split estates). These mid-elevation parcels are a critical part of our ecosystem in the Roaring Fork Valley, possessing outstanding scenic quality, wildlife habitat and important recreational access. As your county commissioner, I have represented Pitkin County during the last three years in many meetings with the BLM to ensure that our local concerns would be addressed. Additionally, we held public meetings seeking citizen input, and coordinated our comments with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department as well as with our neighboring municipalities and counties in the valley. Our comments cover a myriad of issues such as emergency management plans including search and rescue and wildfire response, to land tenure and public access, recreation and mineral resource development. Our comments regarding oil and gas exploration concentrate on environmental concerns such as water and air quality. We insist the BLM give public health and safety issues priority consideration relative to the development of oil and gas and other mineral extraction activities. To this end, the county participated financially in an air quality study which disclosed that, based on their own projections for future oil and gas development, the BLM would be in violation of federal air quality standards. We also helped fund a base line water quality study for Thompson Creek. We strongly believe any energy development should be accompanied by carefully selected monitoring programs establishing baseline data prior to the commencement of operations and continued monitoring should be mandated. Popular parcels such as the Crown area merit a special planning effort given the intense demand for a wide range and mix of sometimes conflicting recreational, mechanized and motorized uses, grazing and cattle management, and critical winter range for deer and elk. We recommend a separate “sub-area” plan be developed for the Crown area to study its overall carrying capacity, sustainability, and compatibility of uses. This may include limitations on users, winter closures for wildlife protection, and re-visiting current recreational trails with the understanding that not all existing trails including “bandit trails” may be appropriate. In regards to land tenure, any diminution of federal public lands, or loss of public access (including land exchanges and land disposal), is a serious concern for Pitkin County and should be avoided whenever possible. Clearly, the lack of enforcement is a major issue associated with any closures and/or management decisions. Given the shortage of federal funding and staff, we believe the BLM should consider collaborating with groups made up of citizens, local, federal and state agencies as this could also foster more trust between users and the agencies that manage our lands. The BLM has extended the public comment period on the Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan to Feb. 29. Comments can be faxed to 876-9090, or submitted online at (and search “CRV Draft RMP”). To view the BOCC comments in their entirety, please go to and then to “County Spotlight.”

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 published in newspapers throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, and online at In this column, your Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at For more on the BLM's Resource Management Plan see next page.

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Marble Board of Trustees Plans for restrooms at Mill Site Park moving forward By Bettie Lou Gilbert, Echo contributor The Marble Board of Trustees met on Jan. 5. Items discussed: • The trustees paid Jason Rusby for snowplowing for December and January. • The Mill Site Committee gave the Town of Marble the money from the donation box in the park. • A decision will be made in February about whether or not to do a mail-in ballot for the April 3 town trustee election. The quarry presented a letter to the town proposing to build a septic system at Mill Site Park that would serve a private bathroom in a quarry trailer, and a bathroom to be built by the town. The Mill Site Committee will look at possible locations and Marble Town Clerk Karen Mulhall will notify the Small Business Administration that plans are being made to install restrooms in the park. The meeting concluded with an executive session concerning legal issues. An additional public meeting was held on Jan. 8 to further discuss options concerning the filing of a pending lawsuit. The next meeting is being held at the Marble Community Church’s Fellowship Hall on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.

BLM extends comment period to Feb. 29 for draft Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan By David Boyd, Bureau of Land Management

SILT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the public comment period on its draft Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan (RMP) until Feb. 29. The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on 505,000 surface acres and 707,000 acres of subsurface mineral estate administered by the BLM Field Office in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties for the next several decades. The comment period on the draft was set to end on Jan. 17, but BLM extended the comment period in response to requests from Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, and Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Our goal from the beginning of this comment period has been to get specific, detailed comments from the public about our draft alternatives,” said Acting Colorado River Valley Field Manager Karl Mendonca. “If you have already submitted your comments, you will be able to amend those comments if necessary.” The draft RMP for the Colorado River Valley Field Office was released for a 90-day public comment period on Sept. 15. In early December, BLM extended the comment period an additional 32 days. With the additional extension in January, the public comment period for this plan will be a total of 165 days. “We appreciate that this draft plan is large and complex,” Mendonca said. “We believe that extending the deadline through the end of February should give everyone enough time to review the document and provide detailed comments.” The draft RMP analyzes four alternatives covering all aspects of BLM land and mineral management within the Colorado River Valley Field Office boundaries, including recreation, travel management, energy development, resource protection, wildlife habitat, special designations, grazing, and realty actions. For additional information including how to provide comments or obtain a copy of the either Draft RMP, visit BLM will use the public comments to help develop a proposed RMP/Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is scheduled for release later this year. For more on the Pitkin County Commissioners' comments on this draft, see "What's up with Pitkin County?" on page 7.




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

Director’s Corner

Volunteers needed for our spring musical

Box Tops News

by Maximus “We need volunteers to help us with costumes and props, so if you or someone you know would like to help with this please let us know!” says Amy Rusby, who is the producer of this year’s spring musical “Barefoot Book of Earth Tales.” Debra Winston, MCS director, says “we need parents to help their children learn and memorize their lines and study.” The following is a list of materials and items needed for the musical: Plain light colored sheets Pillow filler/batting Lumber- Anything that can be used to build props and set items Fabric for costumes Please call Amy Rusby at 963-1009, if you would like to help with this years MCS musical.

Students working on a hut door for the upcoming musical.

Many Thanks

Some interesting facts: • Last month we had 12 online shoppers, we now have 14! • The grand total of boxtops turned in for Nov/Dec was just 4 weeks, the classes have collected a total of 454!! • There are still 7 weeks left in the current contest. We have been averaging about 110 box tops per week (which means there is a potential chance of collecting a total of almost 800 which equals $80.) The current contest runs until March 15th. The class that wins this contest will be treated to an Ice Cream Social. So far the Dinomites have a total of 99, the Wildcats have a total of 108 and in front of the pack is the E-Team with 247 boxtops. • The goal for the year is $500.00. • If you want to help support our school, go to and sign up, it is easy! Over 175 retailers give eBoxTops to our school when you shop online. Or, remember to clip box tops from your groceries and send them to MCS or drop them off at The Redstone General Store.

The Wildcats enjoying hot cocoa and s’mores for winning the last Box Tops contest.

By Debra Winston

Celebrate Learning!

Join us on Feb. 20 as we celebrate some wonderful learning experiences. As Feb. 20 is not a school day for the Roaring Fork District, we would like to invite children and parents to the Marble Charter School to check us out. We will have parent-student-teacher portfolio presentations that day, offer a gallery of our stained glass creations, and illuminate our snow sculptures. Shannon Muse and Leo Johnson have been offering stained glass apprenticeships to select students since early January and they will have completed some amazing original stained glass works by Feb. 20. We are also celebrating Marble by sculpting snow; when packed it behaves like marble! Students have been learning about the physics of glass, snow and the craftsmanship that excellent work requires. In addition, students will present their projects and school work. If the weather cooperates, our ice skating rink should be up and running, and students will offer sweet treats, hot chocolate and chili. We will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. so bring your skates, your sleds and your curiousity! If you’d like to know more about this event, please call us at 9639550.

Join us February 20th! Anytime IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE:


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Feb. 1: Literacy Night. 5:30 potluck, 6:30 workshop Feb. 20: MCS Open House - A celebration of learning and a grand illumination of our snow sculptures. All are invited to stop in anytime from 8 am to 8 pm. Mar. 15-16: MCS Musical at Thunder River Theater Company

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Student Interview

Teacher Spotlight:

Elijah by Ava

Debby Macek, 6-8 teacher, MCS by Maximus Who has influenced you the most? I really admire people who have “gutted it out,” people who have stayed the course against all odds. People such as Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela show such strength of character. This is also why I love stories like Lord of the Rings and Batman. Who would you most like to meet? The Dalai Lama What is your favorite movie? The Power of One, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy What is your favorite sport or hobby? Running What is your pet peeve? Students drumming pencils, loud noises and when somebody says “I can’t” When were you the happiest? My wedding day and my two kids birthdays When is your birthday? March 24 Where did you grow up? Southwest Denver Where did you spend your best vacation ever? When I was a kid my parents used to take me to all of the National Parks and now Craig and I are doing the same with our kids, so it’s like a vacation tradition. How would you describe yourself, using three adjectives? Determined, growth mind-set and flexible. How will you be remembered? As someone who inspired her students, as a good wife and mother, as someone you could come to. How do you feel about the P.O.W.* ? I love it! I think it is a great way to teach kids problem solving and to express themselves in math language. (*P.O.W. – Problem of the Week is a challenging word problem kids in Debby’s class are given each week. They are encouraged to work together and with their families to solve the problem.) What made you want to be a teacher? The job of teaching is always rewqrding and never boring, you get to be a life-long learner.

Who has influenced you the most? Erica Who is your favorite teacher? Christy Who is your hero? Kosara Who would you most like to meet? Baylee What is your favorite movie? Thor What is your favorite book? Biggest pop -up book What is your favorite TV show? Star trek What is your favorite subject in school? Reading What is your favorite sport? Soccer What is your career choice? Window washer What is your pet-peeve? Barbies When are you happiest? swimming When are you saddest? not swimming When is your birthday? 1-12 Where would you like to visit? Grammas and poppas

Recess without snow By Megan Winter recess at MCS has been a bit disappointing for us students this year. That’s because we’re always used to racing into the hall and rushing to get our snow pants, hats, goats and gloves on and jump into a pile of snow. But, not this year… we’ve only made small, p[itiful snowmen. But we don’t let that get us down… we carry on and have fun, even without the snow. We play in Smith Park and crunch through the remains of earlier snowfalls. In a normal winter recess, we go sledding and have snowball fights, and shake the snow from trees onto our heads, but his year we run through mud and leaves and jump over logs! This experience has shown that at MCS, we have fun outside, no matter what the weather. by Megan

NOTE: As of press time: WE HAVE SNOW and are making up for the lost playtime!








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2012 MCS Musical By Megan The musical this year is based on the book, “Barefoot Book of Earth Tales.” Each class is taking one story from the book and putting it together into a scene in our lovely musical. It will have singing and dancing and all the students will be participating in it. There are mainly African Folk Tales, but others, too. This year our musical will be on March 15th and 16th at The Thunder River Theatre Company in Carbondale! We are all very excited, so come and watch our show when the time comes.

Left, Leo and Sam, right, Shannon and Julie, lower left, Katie works on her stained glass project.

Stained glass apprenticeship By Megan For the first time here at MCS we are having an apprenticeship with two stained glass artists. Only 16 out of 23 students from the 3-8 classes were chosen to learn all about stained glass. All the students that wanted to be in the class wrote a persuasive essay that stated reasons why they thought they deserved to be selected. The teachers read them all and chose the ones they thought showed most effort. 8 kids go at a time on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for three weeks then they rotate. The first 8 students all made their own designs for a small rectangular window. They all look so cool and creative. The instructors are Shannon Muse and Leo Johnson. Leo, who lives in Marble and is Shannon’s helper with this workshop is an artist who works as a blacksmith and sculptor. Shannon lives in Carbondale and has her own stained glass studio. It is an interesting experience and we will have our works of art around the school for visitors to see.

Carin Long becomes a citizen I had been a permanent resident for over 10 years. Finally I decided it was time for me to be able to vote, so I needed to become an American citizen. After a lot of money, paperwork, reading, writing and an American history test I was invited to attend the Naturalization Ceremony in Grand Junction to take the Oath. There were 20 people from 17 countries. For many it was very emotional; they had gone through a lot to get to this point in their lives. I never expected it to be such a big deal! It made me cry too, even though I will be able to also keep my Dutch citizenship. The next day at school, the staff and students had an even bigger surprise waiting for me. The kids made me a crown and sash that said “Miss America” and they had me lead the Pledge of Allegiance! It feels really good to finally be an American!





Anti-tobacco commercials By Max and Ava

In the month of January Dan and Amy were teaching the E team and the wildcats about tobacco and the affects it’s users experience. During the process they made anti-tobacco commercials explaining the affects tobacco has but adding comedy to keep the attention of the viewers. There were 2 commercials, one was based in a waiting room with a doctor, nurses, and patients suffering from the effects of using tobacco and the other was based in a factory showing how tobacco is manufactured and all of the strange ingredients found in tobacco products. This was a fun and interesting way to learn about the ill-effects of using tobacco.

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Ava’s Valentine Crossword Puzzle

by Gabe

Down 1. Flowers of love 2. Yummy brown stuff 5. I _ _ _ _ You. 6. A color close to red 7. Second month of the year

It feels good to invent stuff, because you get to use your brain. To make stuff out of broken things or new things. Some inventions I’ve made are: the lead collector; the six legged chair; and the double pencil. Inventing is sort of like art. For an example, making a pop-up-book or a painting. I love inventing!


2 Across 3. XXOO - also known as _ _ _ _ and kisses 4. A very sweet treat 8. Be my _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 9. A color close to pink 10. Lots of people give chocolate in the shape of a _ _ _ _ _



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By Ellie Kershow

Cypress of the Crystal One evergreen found in the Crystal Valley may not be the tallest or most glamorous species, but it is a beautiful native tree. Junipers are in the cypress family, Cupressaceae, which happen to have one of the largest ranges in the world. This evergreen has needles that are more scale-like rather than smooth like pine, spruce, and fir trees found in the valley. Another common name for juniper is cedar; you will often hear people call juniper, cedar and vice versa. Cedar is a plant name that is used to describe different species within the family Cupressaceae, but also trees in the family Cedrus. Western trees like incense cedar and western red cedar are in this family. Cypress is yet another common name for junipers or cedars. Ahhhh! Name games like this exemplify the importance of using the scientific names when discussing plants and trees. In the Crystal Valley, Juniperus scopulorum or Rocky Mountain juniper is a close companion of the piñon pine in the P-J (piñon/juniper). This tree has a conical shape usually from a single trunk and has a maximum height of about 20 feet. Its elevation range is 5,000 to 9,000 feet in Colorado. This species of juniper is found throughout the Rocky Mountain region and western U.S. Juniper can be found in small populations without piñon, typically in the upper reaches of the Crystal Valley where cold air comes down from the mountains into the Crystal River drainage. Across from the pond outside of

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Marble, there is a great patch of juniper trees up on the hill facing the West Elks. There is also a nice population of juniper trees across from Filoha Meadows on the west side of Highway 133. Another type of juniper found in the valley is common juniper, Juniperus communis. It only gets to about three feet tall with spreading branches. The needles of this juniper are much pricklier compared to its Rocky Mountain counterpart and it is definitely a shrub rather than a tree. Common juniper is found in mixed conifer and aspen forests throughout the valley and the west. It is also found throughout the North American continent. Juniperus osteosperma, Utah juniper, can be found in some parts of western Colorado, but usually at lower elevations, up to 8,000 feet and up to 15 feet tall. This tree/shrub is common throughout Utah, giving Cedar City its name. This species is very similar to Juniperus monosperma and the two are easily confused. One-seed juniper is distinguished by having one seed, opposed to one to two seeds in Utah juniper. Also, the berries of one-seed juniper are copper colored, as opposed to the blue color of other juniper berries. If your commute is interjected with some of the most amazing mountain scenery I have ever seen, look for juniper. With its shredded, fibrous bark and shaggy stature it is yet another awesome evergreen growing in the Crystal Valley.

Ellie Kershow lives in the Crystal River Valley where she writes about botany and environmental science. She has a master's degree in environmental science and policy.

Eligible electors of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District interested in serving on the Board of Directors may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance form from the District Designated Election Official (DEO) between Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8 am and Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. The District will hold an election on May 8, 2012. Two directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms. To obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form or if you have questions contact : Jenny Cutright, Designated Election Official, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District 301 Meadowood Drive, Carbondale, CO 816323, (970) 963-2491 The Office of the Designated Election Official is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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As I See It

Echo Briefs Meg rocks X Games


Real or counterfeit? By Bruce Gledhill A few weeks ago I heard about a guy who tried to pass a counterfeit bill at Walmart. The main problem…it was a one million dollar bill. I laughed. If you have money like that, you should at least go to Target! People a little smarter than that guy don’t make up their own denominations for counterfeit money. No one bothers to make a three-dollar bill because there isn’t a real one to imitate. The existence of counterfeit money doesn’t make us question the real thing. In fact, the fake currency actually gives evidence for the reality of the genuine. Counterfeits can only be made because there is something real and valuable to copy. Throughout history some religions or religious leaders have turned out to be counterfeit. Although such revelations are disillusioning, they don’t prove that all religion is worthless. In fact, the presence of a counterfeit actually gives evidence for the existence of something true and valuable. I’m not going to tell you I have the one true religion and that all others are poor facsimiles. My set of beliefs is not perfect, and my living of those beliefs is even less perfect! I have no monopoly on true religion; I am merely among the company of those who are seeking it. The ultimate test, whether in currency or religion, is source. Counterfeit currency may look very much like the real thing. But the determining factor for money is not how good it looks or feels, but its source. To have real value, money has to come from the correct source. What has been made by others may look just as good, but it’s worthless. If you hold a recent twenty dollar bill up to the light, you will see a small vertical band of print that says “USA TWENTY.” It’s invisible until you let a bright light shine through. That’s nearly impossible to counterfeit, and confirms that the bill comes from a genuine source. Religion is a matter of faith, but it doesn’t have to be blind faith. Faith that is worth having will stand up to the bright light of serious evaluation. May our faith be genuine and may it be in something that is also genuine and worthy of our trust. Bruce Gledhill is the pastor at the Church at Redstone.

The Echo’s favorite Carbondalian XGames superstars, Peter and Meg Olenick, gave the Echo an update… well, actually their mom Molly Garland did. “For the first time in eight years Peter won’t be in the X Games,” wrote mom Molly, “and yet for the fourth year in a row Meg will be.” Meg’s event – the Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final – was taking place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 – literally as we were sending the Echo to press, so we don’t know how she did, but we’re happy for her and her family nonetheless. Way to compete on a world level, Meg! – Carrie Click

Attention river runners: Ruby Horsethief going to permit system GRAND JUNCTION – A new camping permit system is beginning this May for the Ruby-Horsethief stretch of the Colorado River to better manage the increasing use of this popular area between Loma, Colo. and Westwater, Utah. Beginning this year, permits will be required to camp on this stretch of river from May 1-Sept. 30. Camping is only allowed in 35 designated sites, and a permit system will require boaters to reserve a campsite before they depart. For the 2012 season, the permits will be issued with no fee. Beginning in 2013, a fee based on group size will likely be charged for the camping permits. Camping permits for Friday and Saturday nights will be issued by the Grand Junction Field Office by phone or in person Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on a first come, first served basis beginning the Monday 60 days before the weekend of use. Permits will be issued to a trip leader and an alternate trip leader. An online system may become available at a later time. Camping permits would be selfissued at the Loma boat launch for Sunday through Thursday overnight use. A permit is also required for day-use and motorized-use of Ruby Horsethief. These permits will help BLM track use of the area. They are unlimited and free, and they will not be part of the fee system planned to begin in 2013. Specific details about the permit system are available by logging onto, by e-mailing, or by calling 970- 244-3000. – David Boyd, Bureau of Land Management

Valley Visual Art Show opens Feb. 3 The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) is opening the 32nd annual Valley Visual Art Show (VVAS) on First Friday, Feb. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the R2 Gallery at CCAH’s Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center. The show features local artists who are CCAH members. The opening is free and open to the public. "Our gallery is beautiful, spacious and developing a reputation for its outstanding art exhibitions, and artists,

and we know that the VVAS will be no exception," said Ro Mead, CCAH program director. The R2 Galley is named in honor and memory of Ron Robertson, a strong supporter of the arts and preliminary architect for the CCAH studio at the Third Street Center before his death in January 2010. The Valley Visual Art Show runs through Feb. 24, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to or call 963-1680.

Call for artists for “Art & Fashion for a Sustainable Future” Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) is seeking submissions from all CCAH members who would like to be included in the council’s March exhibit. Called “Art & Fashion for a Sustainable Future,” this year’s theme is “Everything old is new again and seen with new eyes in this new world.” The council is looking for two- and three-dimensional art, according to CCAH Program Director Ro Mead “using recycled materials, clear vision, and artistic integrity that will intrigue and inspire.” Artists must submit their entries by Feb. 10 for this juried show. Artists are asked to send a digital image or conceptual drawing by the entry date to Ro Mead at Notification is Feb. 17. All art must be delivered by Feb. 27 and picked up on March 27. The show opens on First Friday, March 2 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in the R2 Gallery, named after the late Carbondale architect and arts supporter Ron Robertson, at the CCAH Center for the Arts in the Third Street Center. Contact 963-1680, for more information. – Maura Masters, CCAH

Stranahan photo exhibit featuring young Carbondale photographers to open in Rifle Carbondale residents George and Patti Stranahan will open “A Child’s Eye,” a new exhibit of photos taken by Carbondale-area youth, in Rifle on Feb. 10. The opening, which runs from 5-8 p.m. is being held at Colorado Mountain College’s West Garfield campus in Rifle. It will start with a tour led by the Stranahans of more than 80 famed, vintage black and white photographs the Stranahans donated to CMC in 2009 currently on display at the West Garfield campus, followed by the opening reception of the new exhibit featuring the Carbondale youths’ photos. The reception is catered and features area musician Frank Martin, and highlights the work of 20 young artists, ages 9-18, from the Carbondale area. As part of an artist mentorship program, they used digital cameras for five months in 2011 to capture their images. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required. Call the CMC Foundation at 947-8380. – Deb Crawford, CMC

“Dangerous Liaisons” at Spring Valley CMC Theatre presents “Dangerous Liaisons,” opening Feb. 10 at the college’s theater in Spring Valley. An exploration of social and moral decay in a society of decadent excess, “Dangerous Liaisons” will be performed Feb. 10-11, and 16-18 at 7 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114. On Feb. 12 and 19, a 2 p.m. matinee will be performed. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, staff and faculty. Call 947-8177 or email

“Hearts Healing” event on Feb. 2 planned post-VCR vote Community leaders from eight spiritual and integral health organizations in Carbondale are hosting “Hearts Healing, A Carbondale Community Gathering.” The event is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2, at The Gathering Center at the Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Dr. in Carbondale. The event’s overall goal is to help restore relationships, friendships and civic health following the recent decision put to Carbondale voters to approve or reject the Village at Crystal River, a mixed use development proposed in Carbondale. This is an interfaith community gathering. Community members are invited to bring cookies to share; appetizers will be provided with the generous support of more than 10 Carbondale restaurants. Contact Oni Butterfly 963-3394 for more information. – Oni Butterfly

Film and TV industry finding its way to Carbondale and the Crystal Valley Film and television producers are finding their way to Carbondale. According to Terry Kirk at Sopris Liquor & Wine, producers, crew and cast of The Cooking Channel show, “The Four Coursemen” were in Carbondale last summer. The show they produced here recently aired in January. In the show, four cooking friends travel across the country and prepare meals made only with local, sustainable foods. While in Carbondale, the “coursemen” bought wine from Sopris produce at Liquor & Wine, Carbondale’s Farmers Market, and meat from Crystal River Meat, and prepared elk heart and marinade, goat cheese ice cream, and lamb shanks in hay. Yes. Hay. They staged the episode at Jock Jacober's ranch up the Crystal Valley. To find out about screening the episode, contact Jock at 963-9996 or check out cookingchanneltv/the-fourcoursemen, episode CCFCM-SP2H. Another project is filming in Carbondale. From Feb. 6-21 is “The Frozen,” an independent feature film starring Brit Morgan (of the vampire series “True Blood”). Producer Samantha Lusk of Fox Hill Productions said that Carbondale was chosen because of its “gorgeous scenery.” Much of the filming is being shot outdoors. – Carrie Click

Kids’ Sports & Outdoors Hockey with the Bensch brothers


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By Larry Good

If you're heading through the 'quiet end' of Redstone Boulevard, you might see two boys, obviously brothers, 9 and 11 years old, whacking a hockey puck at each other across a homemade rink. These are the Bensch brothers. Lucas and Tomas Bensch live hockey. If the TV is on, it's hockey. If they are playing outside, it's hockey. If there is an electronic game going on, it's a hockey game. These Bensch boys are all about hockey. Although only two years apart, they play in different age divisions on Glenwood Springs teams. This means that their parents, Ivo and Mirka Bensch, have to split up over the weekends to cover both boys' games. Ivo and Lucas might head south to Pueblo for a game, while Mirka and Tomas go north to Steamboat Springs. Or the opposite could be true. Their league also includes teams from Aspen, Eagle, Breckenridge, Vail and Gunnison. Winning isn't necessary to create a positive league hockey experience for the Bensch boys. In fact, winning isn't all that important at this point. Lucas' team stays loose. "We're always joking around together, even after we have lost,” says Lucas. “We want to win, but losing doesn't upset us. We are 0-6, but we're having fun. I like the friends I make, the quickness, the physicality.” And there’s something else. Lucas, left and Tomas, right. "It feels good to check people,” he adds.

"I only check people who check me," says Tomas. "It feels good to check people when it's payback." "But we're not really allowed to check people in our leagues," Lucas admits. Lucas is in the Pee Wee Division, and Tomas is in the Squirt Division with coach Adam McPherson "who is really funny," says Tomas. Lucas and Tomas both play wing and center, and both have a particularly sympathetic teammate that they can team up with. For Tomas, it's the coach's son Nolan McPherson, and for Lucas it is Dylan Lee. "We play well together,” says Lucas. “We always know where we are, and we're good at passing to each other." Tomas' fondest hockey moment came when he was in the Mites Division, when he scored three goals in the first game his team ever won. Another unforgettable day was when his team scrimmaged on the Pepsi Center ice, where the Colorado Avalanche play. Tomas believes his best hockey skill is "skating fast," while Lucas feels his strength is in "seeing the ice, where the players are, and keeping up my endurance and speed through the whole game." In fact, Lucas and Tomas have both shown impressive endurance in successful running and cross-country skiing competitions. The challenges in hockey are also what make the sport fun. Tomas remembers that when he started hockey, it was hard to understand what they were trying to do as a team, but now he finds the strategies fascinating. Both Tomas and Lucas are working for agility in their 'backwards crossovers,' which means skating backwards while crossing one skate over the other. While 'crossing over' they have to maintain control of the puck and turn without looking. It appears effortless.

Photos courtsy of the Bensch family

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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

For Lucas and Tomas Bensch, the biggest difficulty this year is in meeting their responsibilities that aren't related to hockey. One can imagine that those activities are more difficult for their parents as well. Does Ivo Bensch now regret having built his sons their own home hockey rink? No. But why do they do it? The travel, the time spent at the rink, the split schedule nightmare? Lucas says his parents must have a reason to be that dedicated to hockey. "It's because they paid a lot of money to be in the league,” he says, “or they hope that we'll get better, and so maybe get paid someday, or maybe get a hockey scholarship to college." There isn't a sensible, rational answer to that question. But it's not the hockey that the sensible, rational Bensches are dedicated to. It is the hockey players. They do it because the Bensch boys love hockey, and when your children are that excited about something, you seize the moment, gratefully, and you do whatever it takes to support them in developing that interest. The Bensch boys also climb, run, ski, and play baseball, but nothing has hit them as hard as hockey. I ask the boys if there is anything they would like to add, before they are done with their first-ever hockey interview. "I wouldn't ever check somebody unless they checked me first," says Tomas.

In Kids’ Sports, I wish to recognize the thrills and agonies of our children’s sporting pursuits, but with a grateful wink to the parents, grandparents, siblings and other guardians who quietly make it happen. Our community is a better place for all that support. Shoot me an e-mail at if you have a kids’ sports story that needs telling!

Kids' Sports note: Marble Hockey Rink update The Marble Hockey Rink reopened at the end of January, for those kids whose dads didn't build them a private hockey rink. Erected every year by volunteers, this rink has lights, boards, marble warming slabs, and a dead Zamboni. Rink donations can be made through the Marble Charter School, or you can sign up to be on the call list for some really fun community work days that usually include coffee, baked goods, opportunities to spray with a fire hose, get rolled under a giant tarp, and play with screw guns – with a great group of volunteers! Contact me at – Larry Good if you need more info.

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Steve Pavlin: President Cathy Montgomery: Vice President Harry Remmers: Treasurer Jacob Robbins Secretary

Barbara Albin Billy Amicon Cary Hightower Debbie McCormick

3RD ANNUAL REDSTONE SNOWSHOE RACE/FUN WALK Sat., Feb. 4, 2012 The snow is looking perfect for this year’s race/fun walk – Mark Saturday, February 4, 2012 on your calendars for this 5K event. It is sanctioned by USSSA. The beautiful Redstone Castle will be the course location. Come join as a race/walk participant or spectator. Registration the day of the race will be held at the Redstone Church from 8AM to 9:45 AM. Dogs are welcome with snowshoe walkers on a delayed start. No spectators will be allowed on the race course. The race/fun walk will start at 10AM in the lower parking lot of the Redstone Inn. Each registrant will automatically be entered into the raffle drawing for prizes after the race. Some proceeds from this event will be donated to Hospice of the Valley. Check website for more information or call Sue McEvoy at 704-1843.

This wine tasting event is co-sponsored by the Redstone Inn and the RCA. It will be held at the Redstone Inn on Saturday February 18th from 1 to 4PM. A $10 cover will be charged and up to 10 wine distributors will be featuring local, national and international wine for tasting. Come and learn more about wine, meet and greet your neighbors, and have a great afternoon.

We would like to welcome the following new RCA members: Theodore and Anita Allegra James and Jane Hornsby

RCA will once again be sponsoring a children's Easter egg hunt Saturday April 7th at 10AM. Start thinking about donating Easter baskets for this fun family event. We will have more information in the March Echo.

Ann Martin

Alternate Members:

The next RCA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th at 10 AM at the Redstone Inn, Osgood Room Come join us -- we need your support and your input! Your membership dues directly fund RCA projects and events. Thank You for your support!

Kim Amicon


Linda Cerf-Graham

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______ Individual/Family $35.00 ______ Business $135.00 ______ Multi-Business $210.00 “Citizen empowerment and sense of community make people happier.” – Dan Buettner

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THE ECHO CLASSIFIED ADS FOR SALE: FOR SALE: Original pew from Church at Redstone for sale. Beautiful 10 foot long, Douglas fir, handcrafted pew. Good condition. Perfect addition to any home. Local seller. $450 OBO. Call Staci 379-9419. BL FOR SALE: Seven-month-old guinea pig comes with cage, hay, big bag of food, some bedding. Very friendly. I have had her since she was 2-1/2 months old. New puppy doesn't get along with her too well. $65. Call Danielle 963-3949. PD1X SERVICES: SERVICES: Notary Public: Closing documents, Wills and Sales, Contracts and more. Call Lisa Wagner 963-8240.


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tion T-shirts are being sent to clothe needy children in Africa. Close to home, Patrick and Mike are getting involved in the battle to oppose leasing of federal lands in Paonia’s North Fork Valley area to natural gas fracking activities that are close to Akomplice’s images often combine art with a message. Courtesy of Akomplice organic farms. “We’ve supported work with water pumps in Africa and anti-global warming campaigns,” said Patrick. “Now we’re talking to the Josh Fox of ‘Gasland’” [the documentary nominated for an Academy Award in 2011]. With Akomplice gone global, the brothers still keep close to their roots in Colorado. They bank at Alpine Bank, and their cell phone still has a 970 prefix. Locally, Akomplice clothing is available at Zumi in Glenwood Springs, Casual Culture in Carbondale, and Radio Boardshop in Aspen. “We’re enjoying life,” said Patrick. “There are no limits.”


Please send name, address, phone, ad copy and payment to: The Crystal Valley Echo 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 IF YOU ARE RUNNING A PHOTO CLASSIFIED, SEND PHOTO TO

Vernon Davis & Akomplice for the Arts The McCarney brothers and San Franciso 49ers’ Vernon Davis have teamed together to raise money for arts education (see T-shirt, pg. 3) Go to www.akompliceclothing/akxvernon/,, and for more information.

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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

Colton Maguran, top, of Marble and his family traveled to England and France during the holiday break. Here's Colton with his Echo in front of the Tower of London. Left, Colton and brother Bode in Morzine, France.

David and Cathy White of Marble hold a Crystal Valley Echo in front of a carousel at the indoor amusement park at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Back by popular demand…

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Book your winter adventure by calling 963-1144 or 963-2526


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Parent Talk launches Facebook page

Plan to attend Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Snow Science Field Day Five regional youth and family organi-

zations form new resource for parents

McClure Pass Snow Science Field Day Saturday, March 17, 2012 • 10:00-4:00 pm Meet at Redstone Inn, Redstone Cost: Non-members: $70 / Members: $50

By Andrea Palm-Porter, Parent Talk Five established regional organizations serving children, youth, families and parents recently collaborated to create a dynamic resource for Pitkin County parents. Parent Talk is the result of YouthZone, The Buddy Program, Family Visitor Programs, Kids First and Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers teaming up to provide parents with information and resources about strengthening family relationships. One way Parent Talk is reaching parents is through a newly launched Facebook page. “Parents converse on social networking sites like Facebook,” said Charla Belinski, director of children, youth and families at Snowmass Chapel, and parent educator and host of Moms TV. “They blog, tweet, and chat their way through parenting and if we want to be the support they need so must we.” Found at, the page provides a centralized way for parents and caregivers to get information about both free and paid parent resources available in the Roaring Fork Valley. Additionally, the page includes tips about parent-child interaction and play, children’s nutrition and develop-

Explore how the snowpack is used to forecast the upcoming summer’s stream flows during a dynamic hands-on snowshoe field trip to McClure Pass. Join Dennis Davidson of the Mt. Sopris Conservation District and Sarah Johnson of the Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) to gain background information on snow telemetry (SNOTEL) sites and dust on snow at the Redstone Inn before lunch and then slip on snowshoes and visit the McClure Pass SNOTEL site during the afternoon and also learn how snow surveys are conducted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowshoes are required (please note if you need to borrow a pair). Morning coffee and tea and instruction is included; bring your own lunch or eat lunch at the Redstone Inn on your own. Please be prepared to carpool to McClure Pass from the Redstone Inn. The workshop is ppropriate for ages 12 years and older. Please dress appropriately; the event will happen snow or shine. The workshop runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and costs $50 for RFC members and $70 for non-members. Registration is required and is open now at Call 927-1290 with questions or contact – Sarah Johnson, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Parent Talk is a collaborative organization coordinated by five local nonprofits: • Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers – Connects families, schools and communities to improve student health, well-being and academic achievement • Family Visitor Programs – Offers parenting education, and support through home visits for families during pregnancy and their child’s first three years • Kids First – Provides early childhood and childcare resources and information • The Buddy Program – Offers mentoring programs to youth age 6-18 • YouthZone – Provides prevention, advocacy and direct services to youth ages 6-18 and their families

mental stages, learning games, local activities, parental involvement in school, articles and books, and other resources. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to go to the new Facebook page and “like” the page to stay current on the page’s postings, resources and activities. For more information, contact Andrea Palm-Porter, at 274-9023.








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The Echo’s Parting Shot…

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