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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 June 2012



Volume 9 Number 6

Endangered The Crystal River has a new status as national, regional and local groups and conservationists strive to protect it. See story and photos, pages 6-7

July 4 in Redstone page 2

Coal Creek page 3

Redstone Rally page 5

Great Outdoors page 10

On May 15, American Rivers named the Crystal River one of the Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers of 2012. Local and national groups are working to preserve its priceless natural beauty. Photo by Sue McEvoy

Best in Show page 27

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Get ready for a Redstone ‘Fourth’ By Carrie Click, Echo editor

Last year, Redstone’s Fourth of July made the big-city news when The Denver Post featured it in their colossal state-wide Fourth of July calendar. Redstone may be tiny, but the Fourths here are big-time, all-American fun. The day begins with kids decorating their bikes for the parade at 11 a.m. in front of the Redstone Inn, followed by the scream of F16s doing a flyover courtesy of the Air National Guard right above the village. The parade follows around noon. Redstonians, with no judging from anyone else, claim that Redstone has “the best small-town Fourth of July parade in Colorado!” Everyone enjoys Redstone’s July 4th Parade! The parade is kind of a two-for-one deal. Participants march, trot, peddle, roll or drive north on the Boulevard, then turn right around and come back for a second look (benefitting both the spectators and the parade participants). Après parade, people like to hang out in Redstone Park, get in line for ice cream at the Redstone General Store, buy a piece of homemade pie (or an entire one) served up in front of the Redstone Museum on the Boulevard, purchase a rubber ducky for the Ducky Derby held at 2:30 p.m. on the Crystal River, and most fun of all, get completely drenched (if you’re a kid, anyway) at the Water Games. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District firefighters outfit the little ones in full-on firefighter gear so they can blast each other with fire hoses. It’s even better if it’s a hot day. For fireworks, you’ll need to trek to Carbondale, Glenwood or Aspen, which typically host their fireworks shows just after dusk. Or just enjoy a beautiful summer evening in Redstone. For more information, go to – and see you on the Fourth!

Summer Music Schedule

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Roaring Fork Conservancy partners with US Forest Service Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts on ‘critical’ Coal Basin restoration work Coal Basin tour June 22 By Sharon Clarke and John Emerick Coal Basin, just a few miles west of Redstone, has been characterized as a “gaping wound” in the Crystal River watershed. Just about anyone who has lived in Redstone knows about the coal mining legacy of the area, and the story of John Osgood, who created a coal and steel manufacturing empire during the late 1800s, became one of the richest men in America, and built the company town of Redstone in the process. His mining operations in Coal Basin lasted for only about a decade, and resulted in a relatively small scar on the landscape. It wasn’t until Mid-Continent Coal and Coke started mining during the late 1950s that several new mines were opened, an extensive network of tunnels and wide haul roads were cut into the mountainsides, and large piles of waste rock and coal refuse were created. When the company went bankrupt in 1992, the raw mine areas, already located in a steep, geologically unstable valley, contributed to rampant erosion, deeply incised creeks, and sediment-laden runoff. There were large areas, originally forested, that were devoid of vegetation. Much of the sediment torn from the barren slopes during heavy rainstorms was carried down Coal Creek to the Crystal River, and turned the river gray for miles downstream, choking its aquatic life. From 1994 to 2002, the Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety spent nearly $4 million conducting reclamation work in the area. They focused on reclaiming haul roads, mine entries, mine facilities areas, and refuse piles. They also reconstructed stream channels and installed check dams to control sediment. Much of the work involved contouring the land and trying to establish vegetation in what is essentially a “highdesert” environment with poor soil conditions. While this was a valiant effort, the problems continued. Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC), in partnership with the US Forest Service, recently concluded an intensive, two-day workshop on May 1-2 to develop

a strategy for carrying on critical restoration work in the 27-square-mile Coal Basin region, along Coal Creek, and at Coal Creek’s confluence with the Crystal River. This area was targeted for urgent action in the recently completed Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, and the workshop was funded by a grant from Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers and Streams Board. Nearly 50 people attended, including hydrologists, soils scientists, geomorphologists, fish biologists, water quality analysts, plant ecologists and other technical experts together with highway engineers, mining reclamation experts, recreational planners, and other key stakeholders from multiple federal, state and local government entities, as well as local nonprofits and private interests. The watershed is “in bad shape,” said Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Scott Snelson. He encouraged workshop participants to “think big, think bold, think innovation,” as they discussed potential restoration strategies. The restoration effort will involve a series of projects staged over a number of years. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has just awarded Roaring Fork Conservancy a $40,000 grant to be applied toward a pilot project that will evaluate the use of a soil additive called biochar – essentially carbonized wood chips – to enhance watershed restoration in Coal Basin. And Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers and Streams Board contributed more than $48,000 toward the overall restoration project, including the funds to host the recent workshop. Because of the poor soil quality, as well as the effects of cattle grazing during the reclamation effort, many of the reclaimed areas have less that 30 percent vegetation cover. The US Forest Service is also planning its own biochar tests to see if revegetation efforts can be improved. Revegetation projects using the additive have been successful at other mine sites. RFC will coordinate the restoration effort with the assistance of a newly formed working group called the

The Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) is sponsoring an all-day tour of Coal Basin on June 22. Experts from the Department of Reclamation, Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association and White River National Forest will join the RFC to provide a history of the area, impacts to Coal Creek and the Crystal River, and plans to address critical restoration work. The event is free to the public and all are encouraged. Registration is required; call 9271290 or register at – Sue McEvoy

Coal Basin and Crystal River Area Restoration Project, consisting of multiple stakeholders, including the US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Colorado Department of Transportation, Pitkin County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Coal Creek Cattleman’s Association, private landowners, and the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association, among others. “We are privileged to have been selected to coordinate this multi-faceted restoration effort,” said RFC Executive Director Rick Lofaro. “We built a strong network of partners, associates and volunteers during our years of work on the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, and we are excited to have another opportunity to use the full scope of our combined expertise.” A comprehensive public outreach and communications plan will be a critical component of this initiative, as specific projects are scoped and prioritized for implementation. An all-day public tour of Coal Basin led by several resource experts is scheduled for June 22 (see box).

Sharon Clarke is the land and water conservation specialist for the Roaring Fork Conservancy. John Emerick is with the Coal Basin and Crystal River Area Restoration Project Working Group.



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

Ron Leach Marble


Age: Over 50 Occupation: Fire Chief [of Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District] Birthplace: San Diego When did you move to the Crystal Valley and why? Lise and I built our house and we moved to Marble in 2001. Before that we lived in Carbondale for many years.

What three things would you like people to know about you? 1) Husband to Lise 2) Father to Monica and Jason 3) Grandfather to Will, Nick, Gavin and Tanner Which living person do you most admire? [Former Pitkin County Sheriff] Bob Braudis What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Attitude is everything! What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? Fish and hunt with my grandkids.

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.

• June 1-2: The first annual Bread and Brew Festival featuring beer tastings, samples from the Carbondale’s community bread oven, chef demos, concerts and more. 925-1663.

• June 1: 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 this First Friday, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission leads a tour of its 10th annual Art aRound Town sculpture exhibition. Meet at 5 p.m. at Third and Main to see work by 12 artists from seven states. Go to, 963-1890.

• June 1: 7 p.m. As part of the Bread and Brew Festival, the Itals, the Jamaican reggae group, play at PAC3 Performing Arts Center at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. $25/advance, $30/day of show. For tickets and info: 925-1663.

• June 2: Roaring Fork Conservancy’s annual Community River Float takes place today on the Roaring Fork River. This event is open to the public (kids 60 pounds or more), but space is limited. You must register online at $20/members; $30/non-members. Call Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290.

• June 2: 7 p.m. As part of the Bread and Brew Festival, the incomparable David Bromberg and the David Bromberg Quartet play with local favorite Dan Sheridan opening; at the PAC3 Performing Arts Center at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. $35/advance, $45 day of show. For tickets and info: 925-1663.

• June 3: 4-6 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCF) Take Steps Walk takes place at Rifle’s Centennial Park. Contact Mary Lee Mohrlang at (970)216-5058 or Mary Moore at (970)3098589.

• June 5: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn. Learn about upcoming Redstone events, and help plan for them.

• June 7: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard.

• June 8: 6:30 p.m. The Crystal Club presents the Jeff Strahan Band, 467 Redstone Blvd, Redstone. 963-9515.

• June 11: Ride the Rockies bicycle tour comes over McClure Pass after spending the night in Hotchkiss and stops in Redstone for a rest and water stop before traveling onto Carbondale and spending the night there for the first time in its 27-year history. Lots of free events planned for the thousands of riders and the public centered around the Fourth Street Plaza downtown such as live music presented by Steve’s Guitars.,

• June 12: 7 p.m. The Marble Hub annual meeting is at Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church. Public invited. 704-9482.

• June 15-17: The 115th Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs’ theme is “Glenwood’s 125th Birthday.” Colorado’s oldest civic celebration takes place in Sayre Park. Highlights include live entertainment, artisan and food booths, Kidsfest, carnival, parade, and free strawberries and ice cream. 945-6589,

• June 19: 6 p.m. The Summer Community Potluck Picnic is at Redstone Park. Everybody is invited. Brats and hot dogs provided; bring a side dish or dessert to share. 9630326,

• June 20: First day of summer.

• June 21: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard.

• June 21: Eleventh annual Sopris Music Fest hosted by Steve’s Guitars features local bands, food, and more. 9633304,

• Zumba Gold, dancing lessons for seniors, with professional Latin dance instructor Paula Valenti meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

• June 22: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Roaring Fork Conservancy Watershed Explorations features Coal Basin Tour: Mining to Restoration. For ages 12 years and older. Pre-registration required; 927-1290,

• 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

• June 22-23: 6:30 p.m. The Crystal Club presents Lincoln Durham. 467 Redstone Blvd, Redstone. 963-9515. • June 29-July 1: The third annual Redstone Rally includes motorcycles, food, vintage car show, music, A tribute to the fallen, poker run, various events; benefits Project Sanctuary for military families. 963-2691,

• 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.

• June 29: Fresh Fridays Farmers’ Market and Wine Tastings begin today and run every Friday through the summer on the lawn at the Redstone Company Store, adjacent to the Redstone Inn. 117 Redstone Blvd., Redstone. 963-3408,

• 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.

• June 30: 10 a.m. A Tribute to the Fallen honors military veterans and is part of Redstone Rally at 10:30 a.m. in Redstone;

• 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;

• June 30: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Poker Run with a cash prize is part of the Redstone Rally in Redstone; • June 30: 12 p.m. Bald eagle demonstration with HawkQuest is part of the Redstone Rally at Redstone Park in Redstone; • June 30: 2:30-6 p.m. Valley Cruisers Car Club display their classic cars and motorcycles at a sock hop at the Redstone Rally at Crystal Valley Manor in Redstone; • June 30: 7-10 p.m. Johnny O. Band plays at the Redstone Rally at the Crystal Club on the Boulevard in Redstone. 963-2691,

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are daily at 1:30 p.m. during the summer. Visit the baronial home of Redstone’s founder, John Cleveland Osgood. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone, the Redstone General Store and the Crystal Club. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 963-9656 or • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Redstone. $25/person. 963-2526, • The Marble Hub is now open seven days a week during the summer from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 105 W. Main St., Marble.

• AA in Redstone is every Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a closed step discussion meeting at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Men and women welcome. • Painting with Expression and Creativity, an art class for seniors, meets on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale with instructor Gerry Michel. Inquire at 963-2536 or 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. UPCOMING • July 1: 9:30 a.m. Morning After Party is at the Hightower Trading Post & Café, and is part of the Redstone Rally. • July 1: 6 p.m. Chuck Prophet and his band play at Carbondale’s Summer of Music at Sopris Park. Free. 9631680, • July 2: 7-9:30 p.m. Filoha Meadows Firefly & Rare Orchid Walk with plant ecologist Lisa Tasker; for ages 12 years and older. Register at 927-1290,

• 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. is for all levels. Everyone welcome, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. 704-1843.

• July 2-9: MARBLE/marble Symposium XXIV attracts sculptors of all levels of experience to carve marble in Marble. Also held July 15-22, July 29-Aug. 5; 303-2971429,,

• 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.

• July 4: High noon: Fourth of July in Redstone includes a village parade at 12 p.m. and old fashioned, small-town family activities all day including the kids fire hose competition, a pie sale and the Ducky Derby.

• 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.

• July 5: 7-9:30 p.m. Filoha Meadows Firefly & Rare Orchid Walk with plant ecologist Lisa Tasker; for ages 12 years and older. Register at 927-1290, • July 12: Crystal River Caucus meets at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Contact 963-2143,

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Motorcyclists will once again come to Redstone to be part of the Redstone Rally, which raises funds for Project Sanctuary, a nonprofit that supports the military and their families. Echo file photo Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10-5:30 Saturday 10-4:30

Redstone Rally is a ‘go’ Third annual event is being held June 29-July 1

Soaps Jewelry Scarves Pottery Quilts Wall Art

Rugs Handbags Blown Glass Metal Works Vintage Fabrics Leather Goods

1154 Hwy 133, Carbondale Mountain View Plaza building Next to “The Blend Coffee Company”

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By Carrie Click, Echo editor

This year’s Redstone Rally has been approved and preparations are being finalized for the threeday motorcycle rally. Now in its third year, the rally is scheduled for June 29, June 30 and July 1. The rally is packed full of events, from live music to vendors to a tribute to fallen soldiers. The event’s proceeds all go to Project Sanctuary, which provides vacation opportunities to the military and their families. On Friday, vendors will be set up throughout Redstone, selling their wares starting at 1 p.m. Live music starts at 4 p.m. and will run through 10:30 p.m. There will also be silent auction at the Church at Redstone. Saturday’s activities begin at 10 a.m. with poker run registration, vending, and A Tribute to Our Fallen Soldiers through the village of Redstone. At 10:30 a.m., the poker run begins at Redstone Park and includes a trip up to the town of Marble and more before the finish at the Crystal Club by 3 p.m. Events include a classic cars show at Crystal Valley Manor from 2-6 p.m., a tattoo contest at the Crystal Club at 5 p.m., and awards presented at the Crystal Club at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. The Johnny O. Band plays at the Crystal Club. After a morning-after party at the Hightower Trading Post & Café at 9 a.m. and a church service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, the rally winds up. Although a few Redstonians expressed concern about the rally, supporters gathered about 200 signatures in favor of the event before organizer Mitch Acala received a special event permit from the Pitkin County Special Events Committee, comprised of the sheriff’s office, county communications, and the emergency manager. For more information about the Redstone Rally, go to

Thousands set to ride through the Crystal Valley to Carbondale By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer

The Crystal Valley’s Highway 133 and Redstone Boulevard are scheduled to host an estimated 3,500 cyclists, and support crews as Ride the Rockies rolls through the valley on June 11. Now in its 27th year, The Denver Post’s Ride the Rockies begins in Gunnison where the riders navigate the north rim of Gunnison National Park to spend the night in Hotchkiss. From there, it’s 68 miles over McClure Pass and through Redstone before reaching Carbondale, the tour’s next overnight stop. Carbondale is hosting a big party to welcome the riders and their support crews starting around noon with live music and large paper mache puppets at Roaring Fork High School. The fun continues through the afternoon and evening in downtown Carbondale with street performers, a Bonedale bike parade, beer garden, Taste of Carbondale food vendors, more live music and an evening fire show. All valley residents are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists as they pass by and Carbondale’s events are free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Carbondale chamber at 963-1890.

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American Rivers lists the Crystal as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2012 By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer What would the Crystal River say to us? This is the question posed throughout a short film that was shot and produced by award-winning Roaring Fork photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride. The short was created for Pitkin County prior to a recent announcement that the Crystal River is endangered. At a May 15 press conference, the national environmental organization American Rivers announced the listing of the Crystal River as one of their Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers of 2012. Following the press conference, Pete’s film was viewed by speakers, press and concerned citizens. The nomination to the American Rivers’ listing, made by officials from Pitkin County, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA), and the Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC), united local government and environmental agencies together against the threat of a hydropower dam, a reservoir, and a significant water diversion in the Crystal River watershed. Since the late 1950s, the West Divide Conservation District and the Colorado River Water Conservation District have held conditional water rights on the Crystal with plans to build large reservoirs at Redstone and Placita. In 2011, plans for the proposed Osgood Reservoir, which would have completely submerged the village of Redstone, were abandoned and plans at Placita were downsized to 4,000-acre feet. The West Divide Conservation District contends that the reservoir at Placita, another reservoir on Yank Creek, which is a tributary of the Crystal, and a large diversion on Avalanche Creek would benefit the Crystal Valley by preventing the river from running dry. Bill Jochems, a Redstone resident and a longtime member of CVEPA, argues that there would be no benefit to Crystal Valley residents. “If [the Placita Reservoir] were built, it’s not something people should think of as a recreational amenity,” Bill said. “It’s something with one purpose in mind and that’s to capture water in the runoff and then let it out in the late summer, so eight or nine months out of the year it’s a mudflat.” The project at Placita would put about 10 homes underwater and would change the alignment of Highway 133. It would also flood one of the few wide, alluvial areas in the narrow Crystal Valley. RFC Land and Water Conservation Specialist Sharon Clarke shared the sentiments of the Roaring Fork Conservancy and others involved in the designation. “It’s hard to be excited about a designation of a most endangered river but we’re excited that the attention is being brought to the Crystal River,” Sharon said. She also noted the importance of Placita’s valuable ecological features. “We call Placita an ‘alluvial hot spot’ because of its significant value for fish and wildlife,” she said. “It also dissipates flood flows so that we don’t have a lot of channel down-cutting and it acts as a filter for water quality.”

In his film, Pete McBride comments on his surprise to learn that the 42-mile long Crystal River is one of only two undammed rivers in Colorado. “It’s not a very long river but it’s remarkable on many fronts,” he notes. As for the reservoir, Pete adds, “I think you would lose a natural ecosystem river. People are saying the dam would help sustain the river; it would be put in for the river’s health. In my experience, dams are built for people’s use of water, not for rivers.” Dorothea Farris of the CVEPA chaired the press conference and watched Pete’s Crystal River film. “I thought the film was fantastic,” she said. “Pete’s skill in photography and then his comments about what would the river be thinking were very appropriate, novel and to the point.” Pitkin County, CVEPA and RFC hope that the

American Rivers’ most endangered designation will rally support for the Crystal River to remain in its natural state. The next scheduled hearing for the West Divide Project’s unconditional water rights comes up for review in Colorado water court in August of 2013. “Does it make sense to ruin one stretch of a river to benefit another?” asked CVEPA member Bill Jochems. “Our position is no, it makes no sense. So we’re hoping this publicity will make them see the folly of their ways and if it doesn’t, we still have the litigation which is set for trial in 2013.” Pete’s film featuring the Crystal River is scheduled to be available on the web as a tool to increase awareness by the involved agencies and organizations. For more information on the designation to American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers of 2012, visit or

One man’s voice: Watch the river flow By Russ Cunningham, Special to the Echo The designation by the conservation organization American Rivers on May 15 that the Crystal River is among America’s most endangered rivers has alarmed residents all through the valley and surrounding communities. The Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) has requested a judge in regional water court to keep conditional water rights on the books so they would be able to build the dam near Placita at some time in the future. There is strong opposition to the possible dam by environmental groups, community organizations and government entities including American Rivers, Pitkin County, the Crystal River Caucus, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association and Trout Unlimited. Perhaps the most vehement opposition is from the upstream homeowners whose houses will be inundated by the new reservoir (perhaps including this author). American Rivers is encouraging the CRWCD to abandon the conditional water rights as well as any plans to construct dams on the Crystal River and its tributaries. Instead, American Rivers believes the CRWCD should support federal recognition of the Crystal River as a Wild and Scenic River. The Wild and Scenic River Act (WSRA) was passed by congress in October 1968. The essence of the act is to protect the free flowing character of rivers. The Crystal River’s scenic value is indisputable to anyone who has driven upstream from Redstone and rounded that corner to catch a glimpse of the river tumbling down through the U-shaped glaciated valley with the Chair Mountain cirque as a backdrop. The river’s recreational value is realized by kayakers maneuvering through the rapids and the fly fishermen carefully dropping a hopper pattern along the grassy bank that will disappear under the possible reservoir. There are not many (any?) places in Colorado where one can see the results of two major orogenic events that occurred in different geologic time periods. The Maroon Formation outcrops within the Crystal River Valley and represents the eroded remains of the Paleozoic ancestral Rocky Mountains, while igneous intrusions and contact metamorphism formed during the uplift of the present day Rocky Mountains are expressed in the coal mines outside Redstone and in the world-class marble mined above Marble as well as the many natural hot springs in the valley. The fish and wildlife of the Crystal River valley are renown throughout the region. Those who live along the river are well aware of the phrase “busy as a beaver” and the results of these little critters’ efforts. The riparian habitat that is directly endangered by the possible reservoir is teeming with wildlife including deer, elk, beaver, and bears. The fish habitat will be degraded by silt accumulation behind the possible dam. A reservoir or even a “pond” as it has been curtly described by the CRWCD will dramatically change the character of the Crystal River Valley. What’s more, the Crystal River Valley represents so much of what is great about America: history, western spirit, unspoiled natural beauty; the river and the valley should be considered a national treasure! History has taught us when man alters his environment, there is a price to be paid. The best scientific studies and engineering designs pale in the face of the power of earth processes. Although the concept may have noble intentions, there will be consequences that can’t be predicted, i.e. there are variables that are as yet unknown. All things considered, it is best to leave nature alone and enjoy its beauty and power, and appreciate the complexity of natural systems. The Crystal River deserves the Wild and Scenic designation. We don’t need more government intervention into our lives, especially when those decisions will affect the natural environment for generations to come. I encourage everyone to have your voice heard; the regional water court will consider this petition in August 2013. If you support keeping the river free flowing, please contact any or all of the below listed people and groups to help us all maintain and enjoy the natural condition of the Crystal River Valley: Matt Rice, American Rivers, 303454-3395; John Ely, Pitkin County attorney, 920-5190; William Jochems, Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Streams Board, 963-3662; Dorothea Farris, Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association, 963-9509; Delia Malone, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, 963-2143; John Emerick, Crystal River Caucus, 963-2143.

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Clockwise from top left, the May 15 press conference near Placita; American Rivers signage; the endangered Crystal; news teams, citizens and environmental representatives witnessed the American Rivers' "endangered" announcement; Dorothea Farris of the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association. Photos by Nancy Chromy Photo on right by Sue McEvoy


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What’s up with Pitkin County?


The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Master Plan process By George Newman, Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is currently updating the master plan for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. There seems to be some confusion regarding the process and purpose for this. Public airports receiving funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) face certain obligations that include identifying facilities and any projects that may be eligible for federal funding in a capital improvement plan produced through a master planning process. It is important to note this is a long-term physical development plan for airport facilities: a policy guidance document intended to reserve space for potential improvements. However, it does not approve any specific project or design for construction. Any projects moving forward would go through a whole new public process including full environmental reviews. The ultimate design would be based on specific projections of needs, based on facility utilization and industry business models. Reserving space for expansion of our current facilities does not commit to the full utilization of that space. It allows options for future development and again, only after much additional scrutiny to determine if the need exists and if it is financially and environmentally appropriate. The primary goal of any work contemplated through the master plan is to improve safety, efficiency and environmental stewardship. The principal areas that have been identified for reserving space for future needs are the commercial terminal complex and the general aviation facilities. The current terminal contains approximately 45,000 square feet, including airline functions (front and back office), concessions, secure and non-secure public areas, baggage storage, administration, and mechanical. With this, we currently offer up to 35 flights per day in and out (varies seasonally). In 2011, we handled 223,038 passengers. The current terminal space is challenged with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements, secured overnight baggage storage, mechanical needs and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The potential future space needed to address these concerns may add up to an additional 35,000 square feet; however, it does not mean a future terminal would need to be that large. Again, the master plan would only reserve space for a larger terminal but does not commit to anything. Parking has also been identified as a problem. The airport currently offers 926 parking spaces to serve the public, rental car companies, employees, and fixed based operations (FBOs)/general aviation. The projected future need is 1,231 parking spaces (an increase of 33 percent). Whereas now the parking spaces are spread out, an option is to consolidate them using less paved ground. As you know, those of us living downvalley have few public transit options to and from the airport. Again, planning for the future does not mean granting approval to build but if determined so, then I believe a phased-in approach makes the most sense. We are required by the FAA to consider requests for additional FBOs. In order to do that, we must identify potential locations that meet Pitkin County’s minimum standards. There are only two options to consider: one on the east side of the airport adjacent to the current FBO, and one on the west side adjacent to the airport administration/equipment facility. Again, the purpose of the master plan is just to identify a potential site and reserve space for potential future needs – not to approve any construction. The master plan process has been going on for several years now with a public process well beyond FAA requirements. We understand the importance of a thorough public process and to date have held 11 facility planning charrette sessions with more than 100 citizens participating as well as two open houses, airport tours, and ongoing presentations to BOCC and Aspen City Council. As a resort community, we understand the importance of having a convenient airport to act as the gateway/entrance for many of our guests as well as our own residents. We recognize the need to preserve the easy, quaint, and welcome feeling of the current facility and to be environmentally friendly. This includes ensuring that any future facility blends into our natural landscape, protects our mountain views, and provides ease of access and transit. For more information and an opportunity to comment on the airport master plan, go to and click on “Airport Master Plan.”

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 Aspen and Glenwood Springs newspapers, 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

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The rally, airport, and watershed all discussed at May 8 meeting By John Emerick, Crystal River Caucus The Crystal River Caucus held its regular meeting on May 8, which included a brief discussion of the Redstone Rally, a presentation on the Aspen Airport Master Plan Update, and a presentation on the newly finalized Roaring Fork Watershed Plan. The caucus also elected Nancy Chromy to fill a vacant caucus board position. Redstone Rally discussion The discussion of the Redstone Rally, an event where 300 to 400 motorcycles descend on Redstone during a summer weekend, revealed a number of concerns from residents in and around Redstone. While many appreciated that the rally’s proceeds support US armed services veterans and their families, there were concerns about the three-day disruption of Redstone’s tranquility by so many motorcycles. There were also questions about the appropriateness of this sort of event for the community. Some were upset that decisions on the event were being made without adequate communication with the Redstone community. As of press time, the county had approved the rally’s special use permit application. The rally will be held June 29-July 1. (See story, page 5) Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Master Plan Update While the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport isn’t actually part of the Crystal River Valley, the airport is an important facility for many valley residents. The air-

port completed a major runway expansion last year, though many claim the facilities are outdated, inefficient, and inadequate to handle today’s air traffic. Aspen Airport Manager Jim Elwood presented the master plan update for the airport. The plan will consider facility needs over the next 20 years. No formal proposals regarding airport facilities will be considered until the master plan is completed this summer. Elwood promised that any future proposals, such as renovating or expanding the main airport terminal, must be consistent with the master plan, and will each be subjected to an extensive planning process with lots of public involvement. For more information on the master plan and the issues that are being considered, and to submit comments, visit (See story, page 8) The new Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Recent completion of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, which includes the Crystal River Valley, culminates an effort that began in 2005. Sharon Clarke, of the Roaring Fork Conservancy, talked about the plan and its importance to the Crystal River Valley. She said there is an enormous demand for Western Slope water. Most of the demand comes from the Eastern Slope of the Rockies, where 80 percent of the state’s population lives, and where only 20 percent of the state’s precipitation occurs. This demand will certainly increase over time, as Colorado’s population is expected to grow by 60 percent by 2030. Already around 40 percent of the water in the upper Roaring

Fork and Fryingpan drainages is being diverted to the Eastern Slope. Even though the Crystal River drainage has no transbasin diversions, there are threats of proposed reservoirs and diversion ditches that could be built if conditional water rights held by the Colorado River Water Conservation District are exercised. As more water is removed from the river, in-stream and riparian habitats are degraded, fish and wildlife are threatened, water treatment costs increase, local agriculture suffers, and our quality of life is degraded. What the watershed plan does is set forth goals and priorities for actions that can be taken to conserve, protect, and enhance our river resources. The major town and county governments in the watershed, as well as numerous citizens and local non-governmental organizations have contributed to the plan. It will help set local funding priorities for river-related projects, as well as enable local organizations to take better advantage of state and federal funds and other opportunities as they become available. For more on the watershed plan, visit

Next caucus meeting July 12 The next regular caucus meeting will be held on July 12 at the Church at Redstone. Check this column next month for meeting details. For more information, contact the Crystal River Caucus at or call 963-2143.

Regularly scheduled caucus meetings are held on the second Thursday of every odd-numbered month.

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

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The Crystal Valley’s Great Outdoors (GO)

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Rafting with Elk Mountain Expeditions By Sue McEvoy

Grab your paddles and life jackets: It’s on! With warm temperatures this spring and low snowpack, this year’s whitewater rafting season is happening early. On May 10, I joined the valley’s newest adventure company, Elk Mountain Expeditions (EME), on their first commercial trip on the Crystal River. With the whole EME team, and Mike and Pam Owens – customers from Michigan – we loaded into the company’s shuttle bus/gear room and drove from Carbondale to the putin just below the Avalanche Creek Road bridge off of Highway 133. In the bus, we were each outfitted in brand new wetsuits, splash jackets, booties, helmets and personal flotation devices (PFDs). Following the safety talk, what to do if certain situations arise, such as finding oneself in the water and not in the boat, we put our paddle boat onto the Crystal River running at 465 cubic feet per second (cfs) that day. Our river guide, Delfo, although new to the Crystal River, has experience guiding on the Colorado, Roaring Fork, and countless rivers across the country. He quickly had us paddling to his commands as he guided the boat through several class II and III rapids, over boofs (small rock drops) and around obstacles such as downed trees. Running this section of the Crystal River, you forget that the highway is just above you. Trees obscure the road; large chunks of marble are deposited along the bank below the abandoned railroad grade, and the river skirts around the west flank of Mount Sopris. Delfo, knowledgeable in the area’s history, geology and wildlife, kept us informed and entertained. We paddled to jump the boat over rocks smoothed by the river and even high-centered on one, just like he said we would. Water licked at our faces and chests but nobody swam (got ejected from the raft). Too soon we found ourselves at the take-out just above the BRB cabins where WITH: Elk Mountain Expeditions (EME), the valley’s newest the bus held our dry clothes, adventure company, is located inside Ragged Mountain cold drinks and a digital Sports, 902 Hwy. 133, Carbondale. slideshow of our adventure WHO: Long-time friends, and mostly native Roaring Fork already playing on a laptop for Valley kids James Foerster, Lange Adams, Kevin Delves, and all to see. Elly Harder launched the company this year. Although the rafting seaWHAT: Specializing in quality rafting adventures designed son on the Crystal is expected for small groups, Elk Mountain Expeditions offers beginner to be short this year, I highly to advanced trips on the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers. recommend any trip with Elk “We will be running guided tubing trips on the Crystal as Mountain Expeditions. (See the water begins to get too low to raft,” says James. box for their full information.) “Although people are focused on the impending drought, we are still excited to get people out on the river to enjoy Top, Along the banks of the this amazing natural resource.” Crystal River are huge chunks of WHAT ELSE: EME’S big, green bus is an old Snowmass marble, called rip rap, that were Village shuttle that EME converted to run off used vegetable deposited by the Yule Marble oil procured in the valley from local restaurants to minimize Company to shore up the railroad tracks during heavy spring their carbon footprint. EME can pick up guests at their runoff. Bottom, rafting the hotels throughout the valley or you can join them right in Crystal. Carbondale for your trip to a selected river. For more inforPhoto courtesy of Elk mation visit or call 456-6287. Mountain Expeditions

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From the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District: Multiple fire bans and restrictions • No open burning on private property as of May 25 are now in place in and around the until further notice. Crystal River Valley as a result of the low snowpack and high-level From the BLM: drought conditions throughout west• Campfires are only allowed within designated fire ern Colorado. grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, inFire managers base decisions ground containment structure – fire pans and rock about fire restrictions on specific campfire rings are not acceptable). moisture measurements in vegeta• No fires of any type including charcoal outside of tion. The unusually dry spring has developed areas. increased fire danger to high levels at • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or elevations below 8,000 feet. building, a developed recreation site or in a barren According to David Boyd, public area free of vegetation. information officer for the Bureau of • No use of explosive materials. Land Management’s (BLM) Colorado • No welding, or operating an acetylene or other River Valley field office in Silt, the torch with open flame, except within an area that is restrictions began on May 24 for barren or cleared of all flammable materials at least BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa ten feet on all sides from equipment. and Pitkin counties. • No operation of any internal combustion engine Gunnison County has issued fire without a spark arresting device properly installed restrictions for all-ownership lands. and in working order. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison national forests (GMUG) In addition: have issued fire restrictions for the • Note that fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, Gunnison Ranger District only. National Forest and National Park Service lands. The remaining GMUG ranger districts and the White River National Forest are not enacting fire restrictions at this time, because of generally higher elevations and variability in fuel moisture conditions. Forest officials remind visitors, however, that fire danger is always present and urge visitors to be very careful with fire, smoking, chainsaws and vehicle exhausts and converters – all of which can cause fires. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire. For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to or call the Grand Junction Field Office at (970) 244-3000 or the Colorado River Valley Field Office at 876-9000.

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

Two Marble town officials’ contracts terminated By Carrie Click, Echo editor

At the Marble Board of Trustees meeting on April 26: • Trustees selected Lance Allee as Mayor Pro Tem. • Trustees terminated the contract with Marble Town Attorney Sherry Caloia. At the May 31 meeting (after press time) the board considered entering into a contract with Marcus Lock, an attorney from Gunnison. • Trustees terminated the employment of Marble Town Clerk Karen Mulhall. The board asked Karen to place ads for a new town clerk and for Karen to be available to train the new clerk. • Trustees enacted a fire ban within the Town of Marble. Open burning and fireworks are prohibited until further notice. If a property owner needs to conduct an open burn, please contact the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District at 963-2491 for permission. • Trustees discussed constructing a new building in the Mill Site Park to conduct town business. The town needs a place to meet, store records, and receive mail. • Trustees heard a presentation from Kimberley Perrin of Colorado Stone Quarries. The quarry is offering to pay for and construct a septic system in Mill Site Park. The septic system will be shared by the quarry and the town and will be big enough to allow public restrooms in Mill Site Park. The board was receptive to the idea but wanted to make sure that the Small Business Administration approves of the installation of a public restroom in the park. • Trustees approved a sign request for Connie Hendrix’s new gallery, The Connie Hendrix Studio and Gallery.

Government Brief Final design process is beginning for Redstone’s Elk Park Elk Park, which is now a weedy, unpaved parking area joined to Redstone Park by a pedestrian bridge to the east and across from the Redstone coke ovens to the west, is about to get a significant makeover. According to Lindsey Utter, the recreation planner for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, the landscape design firm Bluegreen will be leading a team of consultants in developing the final construction plans for Elk Park. “We anticipate a process very similar to the Redstone Parks and Open Space Management Plan process where the steering committee and staff work closely with the consultants to direct design,” said Lindsey. The process will include the full site design, interpretive panels, and an information center. Lindsey said the steering committee comprised of locals “will contribute greatly” to the process – and particularly, the content of the interpretive panels that will be installed at the park. The first steering committee was held on May 30. The plan is to meet every two weeks for the first few meetings to get the design process moving. Previous members of the committee that worked on the Redstone Parks and Open Space Management Plan are invited to return, as well as new, interested members of the community. Contact Lindsey Utter at 920-5224, if you’d like to get involved. – Carrie Click

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Our Spring Trip to Arches National Park By the E-Team

This May, the 3rd – 8th graders traveled to Arches National Park for our Spring Outdoor Education Trip. We camped in the park, hiked, and enjoyed the desert and learning about geology. Our bus ride to Arches was a great time for all of us to get to know each other a bit more. The bus ride there was long; there were a lot of amazing views that not many students had seen before. This trip there were no electronics allowed. Thanks to the great driving skill of Jim Aarts we were able to make it to Arches National Park campground in good time. This trip, all the kids were separated into crews. There were the Cliffhangers, Runny Babbits, and the McDags (Marble Charter dudes and girls). Each team was in charge of at least one thing every day, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening games. All the crews worked well together to get jobs done. One of the highlights of our trip was the 5-hour hike in Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park. Students hiked to Double O Arch, Landscape Arch, and some students hiked even further and saw the Dark Angel pillar, Black Arch, Navajo Arch, and Partition Arch. It was a hot day, but the scenery was incredible and it made the hike very worthwhile, even though many of us had sore feet or knees or were very tired at the end! After our long, hot hike, we went swimming! In Negro Bill Canyon in the Colorado River Recreation Area, a stream flows through the canyon. There was a mini waterfall that led to a knee-deep hole, perfect for cooling off and washing the dust and sweat off. We also waded further upstream in that same canyon when we hiked there on our way to Arches on our first day. That was a cool place to try to catch mini fish! The last place we went swimming was on the rafting trip; many of us jumped off the boat and swam in the river. One of the main reasons we went to Utah was because of the geology. So, after we went swimming and ate dinner, we walked over to the amphitheater to listen to a National Park Ranger talk about how Arches were formed. We learned about how all the different layers were formed millions of years ago from seas that receded and beaches with tides. It was very interesting, and surprisingly, the moon is very important to Earth – did you know that without the moon, the Earth might be pulled off its axis and cause much more instability in geologic activity and weather? We are much more appreciative of our moon after listening to the Ranger! On the morning of our last full day in Arches, our school went to three arches, called the North Window, South Window, and Turret Arch. They were about a hundred feet tall, but the Windows were no doubt the biggest. After that we crossed the road to go on another hike to see the amazing Double Arch and the Cove of Caves. We did not spend a lot of time at them, as we had to get to our raft trip, but we had a lot of fun and got some great pictures. During the day, we explored and ventured on many hiking trails and other adventures. At night, we played evening games, which were one of the highlights of the trip. There were several active games we've played before, such as "Yeti" and Capture the Flag, but we had several new games, such as "Grog." Some games we played after it was too dark to run around anymore; we sat around the campfire and played. There were several new games, such as the story game, where one person starts a story and each person adds on until you go all the way around the group. We also played the ever-popular "I Love You" game, which is an attempt to get your opponent to smile. We were also able to explore our campsite some, hiking in the slot canyons or doing a bit of bouldering and climbing on the sandstone formations towerin above the ground. It was amazing! All in all, evening games were on of the best parts of our trip running around, talking, and using our imaginations! We even got to plan the evenings ourselves - this was a great experience. While in the Moab area, we got to go rafting on the Colorado River; it was really fun. We stopped on a beach for lunch and had sandwiches, chips, veggies & dip and even cookies. We got to row the raft and we all sang songs like “Saw a Peanut,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Down By the Bay.” We went into rapids big enough to get us pretty wet and we raced the other boats. Some people even jumped into the river to swim. Even though the day was cloudy and we had a bit of rain, we had a great time on the river. Then, on the morning when we were about to leave we went on a short hike to Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch. It was definitely one of the most fun hikes. We climbed through the arches and around them, and ate snack. But sadly, we eventually had to walk back to the parking lot, hop on the bus and onto the highway headed back to Marble. This trip was amazing and of course really fun. It was hard to break up our little MCS family at the end of the trip, but we all saw each other at school the next day.








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7th & 8th Grade Trip to San Francisco By all the Travelers: Jose, Justice, Jake, Julia, and Sam The 7th & 8th graders traveled by train to the beautiful city of San Francisco at the end of April. We raised money all year to pay for our trip. It was an incredible experience – we navigated in a big city, learned how to get around, get a good bargain, and we experienced some interesting history and culture. We will never forget our experience. We traveled by Amtrak to the city, and it was a long trip – about 27 hours total. But there was always something to do or somewhere to explore, even if it was just looking out the window at the amazing scenery. There were a couple of different kind of cars in the train; the dining car, where we ate a few meals, the observation car where we spent most of our time because there were windows all over, and the passenger cars where we had our seats. We had math classes and book club meetings and trip planning meetings as well as playing cards, reading eating snacks and having fun. We laughed a lot on the train! When we got off the train, we were tired and our legs had to get used to walking without swaying again. During our trip to San Francisco, we stayed on the top floor of a triplex apartment house near Golden Gate Park. Our apartment was fairly large, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and dining room. There was even a backyard shared by the whole building (and a cute dog named Bo). Though we didn’t spend a lot of time there, it was a great place to stay! We were busy experiencing the city: Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, Alcatraz, the San Francisco Ballet & Opera House, the Asian Art Museum, the Golden Gate Bridge & G.G. Park, and more. Our first stop on our trip was Pier 39. When we arrived off the bus, it was 8:30 pm, and we were anxious to get to our house and put our bags down, so we didn’t really explore at all. The next day we headed back and there we saw the infamous Pier 39 sea lions, basking in the sun on the docks – they were barking, playing, and pushing each other to find a good spot, and they made us laugh! Fisherman’s Wharf was filled with interesting sights, sounds, smells and shops. Hat shops, souvenir shops, candy stores, bakeries that made sourdough breadshaped animals, sparkling glass chandelier and sculpture stores, and many walk-in exhibits like a wax museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Silver-painted men posed along the sidewalks and the sound of yelling merchants, barking sea lions, calling gulls, bubbling boat engines, and cable car bells filled the air. Up the sidewalk there were food stands and the smells of fishy seafood wafted down the street, enticing us to buy a clam chowder bread bowl or fried shrimp & fish and feed the leftovers to seagulls. We all had to purchase something – we bought hats and sunglasses and contributed our tourist dollars to the locals! At the Wharf, we found a place called the Musee Mechanique – a free museum of old mechanical toys and games. There were many games from skeeball to bowling to Mrs. Pacman to Terminator arcade games. Some were more than a hundred years old, and still working! It was a strange but fun place. When we went over the Golden Gate Bridge, our hats flew off our heads on the top of a double-decker bus. We craned our necks to see to the top of the orange cables connecting the spans. Looking up to the houses among the tree-covered hills in Sausalito, we listened to the bus driver’s jokes over the microphone as we felt the wind in our hair. The bridge is truly a historical and beautiful structure, and it was a must-see for our trip. We took a short ferry ride to the old prison, Alcatraz, which of course is now a museum. After the ferry across the bay to the island, we went on an audio tour inside the jail house and learned about the famous events that occurred there. We also toured the rest of

the island to see where the prisoners worked and the guards lived. We saw the famous cells from where the three men escaped – the only men to ever do so in the history of Alcatraz. We were impressed with the history of the prison and the island. We knew that San Francisco has always had many Asians living there, and so we wanted to learn more about those cultures. We visited the Asian Art Museum and learned about Buddhism and Hinduism first; that section was filled with many ancient statures of gods, made of stone, copper, and even gold. Next we went to the Japanese Art section, which had many different paintings and crafts, such as amber bowls. We each chose at least one piece that was our favorite and shared it with everyone else. We also made a special trip to Golden Gate Park – which we all loved! We climbed so many different kinds of trees, smelled the beautiful flowers, and tried to fly Sam’s kite. We even discovered a few “camps” – we called them Hobo Camps – where we were sure homeless people had found a safe place to sleep. That was an eye-opener for us! The park went on forever, and we only experienced a little corner of it, but it was amazing. The last day in the city Sam brought his kite. At first, we tried to fly it in Golden Gate Park, but there





was no wind. Later, we went to the Opera House for a special back-stage tour, courtesy of Larry Pesch, who is the San Francisco Opera Ballet Choreographer. We got to watch a part the full dress rehearsal of “Don Quixote” for free, which was excellent since the cheapest seats in the house for the Ballet were well over $100! That would not have fit into our budget! We also got to see the costume, makeup and rehearsal rooms and walk into the orchestra pit. It was incredible! Thanks, Larry! Then we headed across the street to City Hall, and as we were sitting out in front of these amazing buildings finishing our lunch, the wind picked up. Finally, Sam had a chance to fly his kite! The wind blew his hair into his face, making it hard to steer his fancy kite, and the experience, there in the middle of the city, was awesome. The 7th & 8th graders would like to thank all the people who made this trip possible. Thank you to all the people who came to our events and dinners! You helped us raise enough money to make the trip possible, and we learned so much. There are two special people we would like to thank; Debby Macek and Debra Winston, who went with us and helped us when we needed help along the way! We learned so much from our experience and we are very grateful.

Marble Charter School phone numbers: 970-963-9550 970-963-1009

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Spring Day Trips for K-2 and kids who didn’t go to Arches

Classroom Updates

Dinomites • K-2 • Gina Mile Wow! It has been a great school year. I am going to miss all the incredible students that have blessed my life all year. Some of them I am excited about reuniting with and others I will have to let go of and know that they will be sunshine in another teachers day. It seems strange but I will truly be sad on the last day of school. Spending everyday with so many incredible people really fills my life with joy. I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer and that you and your children read, do art, count money, travel using maps, play, enjoy nature, etc. together as often as you can.

E-Team • 6-8 • Debby Macek MCS students and staff are headed into another summer break – a time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate in preparation for another school year. In particular for the oldest group at MCS, this is a bittersweet time of year; it is exciting to move on to a higher grade, but sad to say goodbye to our graduates heading down valley to high school. This summer will bring some exciting new changes, however, and kids are eager to see how these will change their lives next school year! All year, MCS kids, staff and the School Board have been working to raise funds for two much-needed things: new computers and new books to read! Proudly, we have raised over $10,000 through our various fundraisers, and we will be able to purchase a set of laptop computers, several new printers and a new projector for our classrooms. In addition, each classroom will be able to spend at least $300 on new books for our libraries! I am looking forward to seeing their faces on the first day of school in August! Our staff has also started to plan some incredible opportunities for the coming year. For example, this past winter we created our own, unique musical – focusing on integrating language arts, social studies, and the performing and creative arts. This coming winter, we are working on a plan that focuses on mathematics, science and PE, and takes us on a 3-day winter hut trip to design, engineer, build, and hopefully sleep in snow caves and other snow structures. In the fall, we’re planning our annual Talent Show (get your acts ready now!), as well as some units of study and field trips to explore Colorado history and “green” living. Yes, summer is wonderful, but anticipation is high for a great 2012-2013 school year!

Wildcats • 3-5 • Dan Poll The end of the school year has come and gone and what a school year it has been. This last month, the Wildcats sure have been active. Our spring outdoor education trip has been the talk around school. The students went to Arches National Park and explored the marvelous land features that the area has to offer. Over the summer, some of the Wildcats will be exploring our new math program. The math program is one that can be done online and the students can progress through the program as they accomplish tasks. Students can access the textbook, tests, quizzes, and assignments from any computer and parents are able to login and monitor their student’s progress. This summer will be a great opportunity for us to work out the kinks, while our students continue to expand their knowledge. It has been an amazing year and we are looking forward to the start of the 2012-2013 school year! Science… Science… Science… • Amy Rusby The 3rd thru 8th grade MCS students have completed the Geology unit and are now experts in the areas of Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes, Formation of the Earth, Earth Processes, and the Rock Cycle. They were given the opportunity to put their expertise to good use when they visited Arches National Park in Moab, Utah while on the MCS spring outdoor education trip. It was great to watch the students classify various rock and earth formations in that part of the world and be able to explain how they came to be. It is hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. We have had a lot of fun and adventures in science this year. We can’t wait to continue them next school year! For the 2012-13 school year we will be kicking of the science curriculum with the Solar System, Space, and Astronomy…Come join the fun anytime! At the Marble Charter School, we are all about teaching through hands-on and real life experiences. If you have a special talent or skill that you would like to share with our students OR learn something new yourself…This is your invitation to come spend some time with us! Have a great summer!

Would Marble Charter School Be A Good Fit For YOUR Child? • Small Class Size, High Staff : Student Ratio (typically 5:1) • Kindergarten through 10th grade • Transportation to & from Redstone • Outstanding individualized educational opportunities • Warm, friendly, nurturing and supportive learning environment • We help children to reach their full potential. • Our combination of individualized instruction in core academics with project-based learning allows students to apply their skills in a real-world setting. • 9 & 10th grade selective enrollment, mentorships, individual learning plan, project based learning opportunities, contracted schedule. • New playground • Beautiful new classroom space

MARBLE CHARTER SCHOOL 412 West Main Street, Marble, Colorado 81623 970-963-9550 • Fax 970-963-8435

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The Inn at Raspberry Ridge (re)opens in Marble By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer There is another cute place to stay in Marble this year. The Inn at Raspberry Ridge has reopened under new ownership. For the past 20 years, Gary and Patsy Wagner of Marble operated the Inn at Raspberry Ridge as a B&B. Jacquelyn “Jax” Gray and Carla Callahan purchased the inn in December 2011 and have been busy moving in and renovating the property. Already Jax and Carla have entertained friends, family, and new guests in Marble. And the Inn came with complete bookings for the month of July and first week of August during the annual MARBLE/marble sculpting symposium. “We plan on continuing in the Wagners’ footsteps,” said Jax. “We will support the MARBLE/marble Symposium by giving carvers exclusive use of the inn during the symposium.” In fact, the symposium is what drew Jax and Carla to Marble and the inn. After visiting the marble carvers’ workshop several years in a row, Carla participated as a carver during one of the weeklong seminars in 2011. At the same time, they fell in love with the Inn at Raspberry Ridge. The inn includes four bedrooms with private baths, which may be rented in its entirety, or individually. Each bedroom has its own unique theme and décor; there is the Santa Fe Room, the Country Room, Grandma’s Room and the Capistrano Room. The property also includes a two-bedroom cabin next door that is available as a separate rental, or one group can rent all of the rooms. Both buildings have a cozy, mountain lodge feeling with woodstoves and

Above, a view of The Inn at Raspberry Ridge; left, new owners Jax Gray adn Carla Callahan.

Photo courtesy of The Inn at Raspberry Ridge

log walls. While they bought the property fully furnished, Jax and Carla have supplemented much of the furniture with bits and pieces from their own home. “We’re trying to stay with the mountain image,” Jax said. “Carla calls it Nordic/Pendleton because we have a lot of Pendleton items.” Now that they have relocated to Marble, plans are to have the inn open year-round. Both love to snowshoe and Carla is a long-time ice climber.

“There are a lot of great places for outdoor activities up here in the winter,” said Jax. “We are really promoting the inn as a place to get away from the city and relax.” Jax is a native of Colorado and has a background in the telecommunications industry. Her love of travel inspired her to become a part-owner of the Inn. Carla traces her roots to Tennessee and New Mexico and has a background in education, emergency services, and mountain rescue. In addition to being open all year, plans include cooking classes, writing workshops, raw food preparation, and courses of interest for locals and guests. The Inn at Raspberry Ridge is a member of the Marble Crystal River Chamber. More information is available at or 963-5883.

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Crystal River Valley fishing report for June By Ernie Bradley

As this article goes to press in late May, the Crystal River is running at moderate levels and fairly clear and, in general, most is fishable. With the limited snowpack this year along with the early melting, peak flows may be occurring now, roughly a month early. June fishing conditions in the Crystal River will likely be more similar to July in years when the snow depth is more normal. Fairly good fishing conditions should be available throughout June. For the bait and spinner fishermen, small to medium-sized flashy lures, earthworms, salmon eggs and Power Bait should work well in the Crystal River. During higher flows occurring in early June, fish the slower waters along protected shorelines. Fly fishing action on the Crystal should be fair to good by mid-June when waters recede some and the warmer weather brings on larger insect hatches. Nymphs that work well include medium-sized yellow stones, small to medium-sized bead-head princes and pheasant tails, and small copper johns. Dry flies include #14-18 humpies, renegades, parachute adams, and black and elk hair caddis, along with #16-18 blue-winged olives and pale morning dun patterns. In general, the larger patterns will work better near Carbondale and the smaller patterns, further upstream. Fishing at Beaver and Island lakes near Marble has been good recently for lure and bait fishermen and fair for fly fishermen using nymph and leech patterns. Blue-winged olive and other small insect hatches are occurring at times making dry fly fishing possible under the right conditions. Although there are some fish in McKee Pond, fishing reports are currently limited. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked these lakes with rainbow trout in the 10-12-inch size, as well as stocking some large (20-inch) rainbow trout in Beaver Lake. A good inflow to all the lakes is keeping surface moss accumulation down. For the flyfisher, a single or double dry or nymph fly setup with spinning rod and bubble can provide great action from shore or boat in the evening and during cloudy days. Avalanche Creek, accessed via the Forest Service road between Carbondale and Redstone, provides about 10 miles of fishable waters and should have good fishing by mid-June for the fishermen that likes small streams and enjoys a little hiking or backpacking in some beautiful country. All four species of trout are present but the fish will generally be smaller as you get further upstream. The Redstone General Store in Redstone and Crystal Fly Shop in Carbondale have good assortments of fishing supplies. Carbondale is the nearest location for purchasing a fishing license. Check to make sure the waters you are fishing are public or that you have permission to access private waters. Also, make sure you know the fishing regulations for areas fished. Remember to take a child fishing when possible, and use barbless hooks and gently release any fish not wanted for the table.

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A trio of astronomical events I’m writing this column shortly before May 20, when a solar eclipse will darken the sky in a large part of the western US. That eclipse is the middle of a trio of astronomical events, each about two weeks after the previous. Each of the events, but especially the last, provides a vivid visual reminder of our large-scale neighborhood, the solar system. On May 5 we saw a “supermoon” because the full moon happened at perigee, the closest point of the moon’s orbit. Although that may sound unusual, it happens about once a year, and can be seen from any place on Earth. Two weeks later, the moon was at apogee (the farthest point in its slightly oval orbit) for the eclipse, meaning it didn’t quite cover the whole sun. That’s called an annular eclipse, and they also happen about once a year. However, the path of totality for a solar eclipse covers less than 1 percent of the earth’s surface, so it’s quite rare to see one unless you are willing to travel. Still, the most impressive event will be two weeks later, on June 5, when the planet Venus will pass in front of the face of the sun. (Note that you must use special measures to protect your eyes if you want to view this event!) The crossing will start around 4 p.m. and will continue until the sun sets. The rarity of this event totally eclipses the other two. The next time Venus will pass in front of the sun will be 105 years from now! The first person to predict a Venus crossing was one of the most accomplished and influential scientists of his time. Nearly 400 years ago, Johannes Kepler published the Rudolphine Tables of planetary motion, correctly stating that Venus would cross the sun's disk in late 1631. Although much of Kepler’s life in Germany was during the tumultuous Thirty Years’ War, he still produced amazing scientific research. He was also a deeply committed Christian and believed he had been called to glorify God by studying Creation. Here are some of Kepler’s words about the majesty of astronomy: “For it was by all means the will of God the Creator that the human being…should lift up his eyes from these earthly things to those heavenly ones, and should contemplate such great monuments of [God’s] wisdom. Hence the entire arrangement of the fabric of the world tends to bear witness to us of this will of the Creator, as if by a voice sent forth.” Bruce Gledhill is the pastor at the Church at Redstone.

Echo Brief Eighth annual Community River Float takes place June 2 Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ___________ Please complete this form & submit $35 per year to:

THE CRYSTAL VALLEY ECHO & MARBLE TIMES 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 We appreciate your support!

The Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) is once again hosting its Community River Float on June 2. Roaring Fork Valley residents, including Crystal Valleyites, and visitors can once again experience the Roaring Fork River first hand. Join the RFC for this half-day float along the lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs. Jump on a boat provided by Blazing Adventures for this day of sightseeing, natural history, and a cookout lunch the end of the float at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs. This event is open to the public (kids 60 pounds or more), but space is limited. Register at $20/member, $30/nonmember. For more information call Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290. – Sarah Johnson, Roaring Fork Conservancy

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Young at Heart Would you like free beginning computer and photo classes? By Sandy Kaplan

Welcome to my column written for everyone, not just seniors. It’s written with seniors in mind but also to bring an understanding to everyone about senior matters. Most of the seniors in Pitkin County receive “The Voice of Experience,” which is the Pitkin County senior newsletter. It’s always packed full of information, but from what I’ve noticed, not a lot of the seniors in the Crystal Valley take advantage of the activities offered. Yes, most of those activities happen up in Aspen, but some of them are valley-wide. I want to know if there is something I can do for you to move things down here for you. For instance, would any of you be interested in simple, beginning computer lessons for free? Would any of you be interested in a photo day? That is, a day out with your point-and-shoot or even your camera phone? If I could arrange it, would you be interested in senior discounts at any of the local restaurants? You tell me what you want and I will do my best to answer your needs. If you do not now receive “The Voice of Experience,” please let me know and I’ll be sure to put your name on the list.

Sandy Kaplan has lived in Redstone since 1994. She serves on the Pitkin County Senior Services Council Citizen Board, and is the liaison from the Crystal Valley for The Senior Center in Aspen. You can contact Sandy at 963-4633 or e-mail her at

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Echo Briefs Low stream flows continue on the Crystal

Get your Sno Cones at the rodeo – or help serve them up

As of press time, in late May, the Crystal River is continuing its low stream flow status. According to data gathered from the Roaring Fork Conservancy based on 56 years of records, the minimum stream flow near Redstone was 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) for this time period in 1977. The maximum was 2,360 cfs in 1993. For late May 2012, we are at 439 cfs.

Senior Matters of Carbondale will once again be serving Sno Cones at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo this summer – and they need your help. For the fifth year, Senior Matters will run their concession stand starting at the first rodeo on June 7 at the Gus Darien Arena on the Catherine Store Road. If you are looking for a different and exciting event to volunteer for the summer, this may be just for you. You do not have to be a senior citizen to enjoy volunteering with the group. Senior Matters is a nonprofit corporation. Through our mission statement, we "foster diverse educational and social programs for seniors,” and provide programs at our Senior Matters Senior Center on Third Street in Carbondale. For more information please call Dee at 963-2653 or Mary at 963-6279.

– Carrie Click

Get ready for Fresh Fridays With the start of summer, so will start Redstone’s Fresh Fridays Farmers’ Market & Wine Tastings on Fridays, of course, from 36 p.m. Fresh Fridays start on June 29. Fresh Fridays are held on the Redstone Company Store’s lawn, across the Boulevard from the Redstone Inn and feature fresh local produce primarily from over McClure Pass in the Paonia area. Shop for organically grown produce, meats, poultry, jams, cut flowers, wine, and more. Call 963-3408 for more information.

– Dee Blue and Mary Wheeler, Senior Matters

CCAH hires development director

Independent Candidate for Gunnison County Commissioner

Come meet Polly for a one on one visit. 10:00 a.m. Sat. June 9th Inn at Raspberry Ridge

Polly is here to listen to you! REMINDER: DO NOT LET YOUR MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS; MOTORCYCLES; BUSES & SMM’S REGISTRATIONS EXPIRE! There is a LATE FEE applied after the one month grace period. IMPORTANT: This applies even if your vehicle is NOT RUNNING temporarily or just parked. Gunnison Office is open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Crested Butte Branch is open Tues. & Thurs. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Old Town Hall. You can reach us at 970-641-1602 option 1

– Redstone Company Store

CCF Take Steps Walk takes place in Rifle June 3 Get your walking shoes laced up and head to Centennial Park in Rifle on June 3 from 4-6 p.m. to join the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCF) Take Steps Walk. More than 1.4 million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is conservatively one out of every 219 Americans. This annual walk, picnic and festival is sponsored by Alpine Bank. Funds raised at Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis support the research, patient education, advocacy, and public awareness of the CCF. All teams and sponsors are invited to participate in this walk to raise crucial money for the CCF so they can continue to strive for finding cures for digestive diseases. Bring your children, bring your neighbors, bring your friends, and join us for a fun afternoon filled with music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials, festivities and great companionship. Registration is at 4 p.m., and the walk starts at 5 p.m. Centennial Park is local between Third and Ninth streets in downtown Rifle. For more information, contact Mary Lee Mohrlang at 216-5058 or Mary Moore at 309-8589.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has appointed Gabrielle Greeves as its new part-time director of development. Effective May 1, Gabrielle joins CCAH after several years as an independent fundraising consultant. “CCAH is thrilled to have Gabrielle Greeves here,” said Amy Kimberly, CCAH executive director. “After several years of change and growth, it is time for CCAH to appoint a professional to this position.” As director of development, Gabrielle will work closely with local, regional and national foundations, and corporate and individual funders. She will also work with the Carbondale community to identify and steward the resources needed to nurture CCAH arts education outreach. “It is my goal to find other sources of funding for CCAH so it can continue its good work here,” said Gabrielle. Over the years, Gabrielle has led fundraising campaigns in New York and was the development coordinator for WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy in Carbondale. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from Boston University and has a certificate in philanthropy and fundraising strategy from New York University. To learn more about CCAH, or to become a member or volunteer, contact or 963-1680.

You can now pay your registration on line! Go to

The Hub. Everything to know about Marble in one place! The Marble Hub is a co-op of six local non-profits and volunteers who host a Chamber-visitor information/ community center with public telephone, WiFi, First Aid and AED. (automatic external defibrillator.) Featuring a pour-over coffee bar with organic locally-roasted coffee, breakfast burritos, fresh baked goods, refreshments and ice cream novelties. Local arts, crafts, gifts, consignment shop, and book nook also share the historic building space.

Marble is on a roll! Come visit with us!


– Karen Klink, CCF public relations 105 West Main Street / Marble, CO 81623 970.704.9HUB or 970.704.9482

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The Johnny O. Band

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Highlighting self-sustainable ideas in the Crystal Valley By R. E. Laurens

Learning about sustainability from Phil Kosowski Editor’s note: Welcome to Crystal Clear, a new Echo column by Eli Laurens who recently moved to the Crystal Valley. In these columns, Eli will focus on people who are practicing sustainability techniques in and around the Crystal Valley.

A benefit for Sunday, August 5th, 4-7 p.m. at the Crystal Club, Redstone Hosted by Olivia Savard in memory of Grandpa Bob and in honor of her many friends who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease

$15 pp • Tickets are on sale at The Crystal Club • 963-9515 or by calling 963-2373 or 963-9616. For more information: * Team Fox was created by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s reaearch - giving a way for people like Olivia to help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

June's project: The $50 solar hot water heater

The personal desire to live in a more efficient house, Editor’s note: Each month, Crystal grow and eat healthier food, and simply reduce living Clear will feature a sustainable project expenses has created a recent surge of interest towards that anyone can tackle. This month is the benefits of sustainable living. a solar water heater devised by columThe Crystal Valley has many residents who achieve nist R.E. (“Eli”) Laurens. For more relative self-sufficiency by making home improvements information contact Eli at domeand creating ingenious projects. Whether it is a simple compost bin, or a full solar panel renovation, an increasing number of people are taking the initiative. • Cut and nail 2x4s to the edge of a Education is a key element of this growing communisection of plywood, creating a shalty, as people with homes and backyard gardens here low box share projects and tips. Introducing this information into • Run copper pipe inside the box, a classroom setting, Carbondale’s Phil Kosowski prowinding it flat against the plywood vides a hands-on learning environment to nurture his in an "S" (radiator) shape, exiting neighbors' interests on an ongoing basis. through diagonal corners. Phil started Indoor Garden Supply in Carbondale in 2009 • Cover the pipes and the inside of (583 Highway 133, Carbondale, in the La Fontana Plaza, 9632468, In his large shop, he has the box with several coats of flat several Sustainable Living classrooms set up. The business black paint. recently expanded to a • Seal the box with a sheet of thick second location at the Plexiglas using an all-weather glue. Glenwood Springs • Attach one end of the pipe to a Mall. water source or pump, and mount Phil’s classes focus the panel with the Plexiglas facing on topics such as the sun. beekeeping, canning • Attach the output pipe to a storand food preservaage tank or home's hot water systion, home brewing, tem. and hydroponic USE CAUTION: Heated water will organic food gardens, and green exit the panel at the open pipe, and power, such as solar in extreme sunlight this water could and LED. He has a be very hot. The panel can also be few teachers, and a very hot in the light, if maintenance couple of staff memis required. bers that teach the classes and he teaches a couple himself, like beekeeping and beer. There are also classes on a variety of artistic crafts, and instore consignment opportunities for local artists and craftsmen to display and sell their work. Any idea related to sustainable living can become a new class should enough people show an interest. Phil's goal is to create an environment that encourages curiosity about all aspects of self-sustenance, and to gather people and knowledge together into a network of like minds. Rows of organic lettuce, pots of purple peppers, and delicate rare breeds reach for the different colors of LED and sodium lamps in the store's indoor gardens. The well-stocked cache of natural and organic growing supplies will keep any gardener happy. Sign up for a class to meet and share your ideas, as everyone learns a more resourceful, imaginative way to live.

Richard "Eli" Laurens lives in Redstone where he writes, tinkers, and ponders all things scientific. Originally from Georgia, he attended Southern Tech for a B.S. in electrical engineering. Eli lived in Paonia from 2008-09, and moved over the pass to the Crystal Valley last year for the

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Community Picnic •••


Ambassadors Visit ————

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

Barbara Albin Billy Amicon Cary Hightower Debbie McCormick

Friday May 11th brought a visit from 16 ambassadors from Dinosaur Visitor Center near the border of UT and CO. RCA board members hosted a grand tour of all the special places in Redstone. The group started with lunch at Hightower Trading Post & Cafe followed by dessert at the Crystal Club. Next it was time to stroll down the Boulevard and do some power shopping punctuated by carriage rides. The group headed up to the Redstone Castle in the afternoon for a complimentary tour guided by Sue McEvoy. When they rolled back into town around 3:30 they were treated to snacks and a local wine tasting at the Rdstone Company Store. The group finished up their Redstone tour with a visit for a complimentary beverage at the Redstone Inn. The ambassadors had a great time and vowed to send many visitors in our direction during their 9 month season of operation. Thanks to all the businesses and volunteers that made this day a great success!

Member Thank You RCA thanks these new and renewing members: Harry and Marlene Remmers, Cathy Montgomery and Ray Meyer, and Ed and Rosie Bertagnolli.

Ride the Rockies Monday, June 11th starting around noon a rest and water stop will be set up in Redstone Park for cyclists participating in Ride the Rockies. That day they will be riding 68 miles from Hotchkiss to Carbondale which is just the second day of a six day 442 mile trek. Come on out and say hello to the riders and show them that Redstone is a friendly town that would like to welcome them back for a longer visit some day!

Ann Martin

Alternate Members:

The Community Picnic is set for Tuesday, June 19th at 6PM in Redstone Park. This event will also serve as our annual meeting for RCA and will include the election of board members. Those attending should bring a side dish or dessert to share. Brats and dogs will be provided as well as lemonade and iced tea. If possible, bring your own plates and table service and chairs. This is a great time to enjoy the company of your neighbors, to greet any newcomers, and be introduced to your RCA board members.

July 4th Can you believe that the 4th of July is just around the corner? On the first Wednesday of July, Redstone will have the best parade in the West! This year's parade theme will be "Living the Good Life in Redstone." Kids will start decorating their bikes on the Redstone Inn lawn around 11AM in preparation for the noon parade start. We expect a jet fly over and of course following the parade there will be the kid's water hose fights hosted by the our local firefighters. Right after that the Ducky Derby begins in the Crystal River. Be sure to pick your winning Duck numbers so you may win great gifts from businesses in the Crystal River Valley. Of course there will be great food and other treats available for purchase during the festivities. Come and enjoy our traditional Redstone 4th of July.

The next RCA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th 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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‘Take a chance’ with the David Bromberg Quartet Carrie Click, Echo Editor

cology at Columbia University, and played the Greenwich Village coffeeDavid Bromberg is a bit perplexed. house circuit. He moved on to be a “I don’t understand that [music] has to be all about sought-after session player. bands or performers in their 20s,” Bromberg said Eventually, he established his own recently, speaking from his home in Delaware. “All of touring band, and developed his own us, as we grow older, still love good music. We love following. to make it and we love to listen to it. We don’t just But in 1980, he shifted gears. disappear.” “I was burnt out,” he said. “For Now 66, this Grammy-nominated musician, singer two years, I wasn’t home for longer and songwriter has played with or been covered by a than two weeks.” dizzying array of top artists. And with 40 years of Fascinated by the violin – “I wantmaking and playing music, he has the virtuosity and ed to be able to identify a violin withexperience that only a master can have. out seeing its label,” he said – he David is performing with his quartet on Saturday, attended a three-year program learnJune 2, at the PAC3 Theater at the Third Street Center ing to make them. in Carbondale (see box). His concert is part of the first Now, decades later, he and his annual Bread and Brew Festival, which is being held wife Nancy Josephson own and at the Third Street Center on both Friday and David Bromberg wth fiddle player Nate Grower, a member of the David operate David Bromberg Fine Violins Bromberg Quartet. David and Nate, along with Mitch Corbin and Butch Saturday, June 1-2. Wilmington, Del., where Amiot, the other two members of the quartet, play at PAC3 in Carbondale in appraises, sells and on June 2. Photo by James Martin Bromberg Many genres, many instruments acquires violins. Bromberg. He credits both Muddy Waters and Doc Eclectic is an apt word to describe David “[The violin shop] allows me to go to another place Watson for inspiring him early on. besides performing,” Bromberg. Don’t try to categorize him; he Still, there’s nothing like performing. The David Bromberg Quartet with David Bromberg, plays it all: blues, rock, folk, “It’s hard to describe what we do live,” he said. “If Mitch Corbin, Butch Amio and Nate Grower American roots, ethnic, country, anything, I’d encourage people to come see us in a Part of the first annual Bread and Brew Festival and bluegrass. live show. Take a chance.” 7 p.m. doors open; 7-9 p.m. beer tasting; 8 p.m. Dan Sheridan He’s a multi-instrumentalist as opens; 9 p.m. David Bromberg Quartet; on Saturday, June 2 PAC3 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale Tickets: General admission: $35/advance, $40 day of show; reserved seating: $45/advance, $50 day of show Info: 925-1663,

well. Known for his guitar virtuosity, he also plays the fiddle, violin, dobro and mandolin. David studied musi-

Bromberg on Dylan, Garcia… and more When asked to describe the following artists, all of whom he has played and collaborated with, David Bromberg had this to say: • Bob Dylan: “Genius.” • Jerry Garcia: “When I was [first starting out] living in New York, there were a bunch of guys who’d sit around playing songs. [Jerry and I] did the same thing, in a similar manner. We had fun together… he played with imagination.” • The Eagles: “Wonderful music; they started off as Linda Rondstadt’s backup band; very kind, very good musicians.” • Widespread Panic: “A jam band with the tightest rhythm section that’s ever existed. That [guitarist] Jimmy Herring…nothing I can say can even begin to do him justice.” • John Prine: “Brilliant; he says a great deal with simplicity.”


• Phoebe Snow: “A remarkable human being. She lived her life for Valerie [her daughter who was born in 1975 with severe brain damage and died in 2007]. I loved her and she loved me. The night I met her, she chased me out of a coffeehouse/bar in Greenwich Village. She said, ‘Mr. Bromberg, I write songs and I sing.’ I am proud to have known her.” • Doc Watson: “An exact, precise player. He sang with a great deal of warmth.”

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• George Harrison: “He was unaware how good he was. His forte was not improvisation, but because of that, he felt he wasn’t that good. He’d listen to Hendrix and Clapton and that was something he could feel he couldn’t do. But those guys couldn’t create hooks [like George] in a few notes that would brand a song, like the razor in ‘Tax Man.’ And his solos were beautiful.” • John Hiatt: “A generous musician, and one of the most brilliant songwriters.”

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In May, the Helfenbeins, who live on Redstone Boulevard, had a visitor. With bears active and searching for food from mid-March through November, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife encourages people living in bear country to help keep bears alive and wild. According to wildlife officials, "Bears that get too comfortable around people can destroy property or even become a threat to human safety. Habituated bears must often be destroyed. Please don't let bears die needlessly. Bear-proof your home and property." Experts say to never, ever feed bears, and if a bear comes into your yard or close to your home, scare it away with a confident attitude plus loud noises like a firm yell, clapping your hands, banging on pots and pans, or blowing an air horn. For more tips, go to and click on "Be Bear Aware." Photos by Stephanie Helfenbein

Top, On May 20, a group of Redstone residents gathered outside the Crystal Club Cafe on the Boulevard to share different methods of viewing a rare annular solar eclipse, or Ring of Fire. Alan Ingram, center, passed around a welder's mask that blocked the sun's harmful rays while Ann and Peter Martin, far left, chose the more traditional shadows-on-paper method. "Wow!" was the most predominant comment. Photo by Sue McEvoy

Left, Take a moment to enjoy these orchids, compliments of Chuck and Doris Downey of Redstone. The Downeys came across these Fairy Slipper orchids on East Creek above Redstone. These wild orchids are widely distributed in Colorado, growing in scattered patches at altitudes from 7,500 to 11,000 feet. This plant likes moist, shady locations that receive sunlight briefly during the day and they usually appear from late May to early July, depending on altitude and exposure. The orchid's scientific name is Calypso bulbosa – Calypso from Homer's sea nymph in The Odyssey." Photo by Chuck and Doris Downey

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Alyssa Ohnmacht, Echo publisher, and her daughter, Olivia Savard, both of Redstone, spent some time in New York City in April. Olivia was invited to a MVP dinner honoring about 350 people who raise money for Team Fox (the fundraising division of the Michael J. Fox Foundation) and the fight against Parkinson's disease. While in New York, the two spent as much time on Broadway and at Times Square as possible – due to Olivia's passion for theater. The Echo came along for the ride and here you see Olivia outside of two theaters, one where they saw "Mama Mia" and the other where they saw "Nice Work if You Can Get It" starring Matthew Broderick. The Echo also came out on Times Square. If you look carefully behind Alyssa, you can see the New Year's Eve ball, and the year 2012 in lights.

The Benesh family of Redstone recently traveled to Pittsburgh for a family member’s wedding. Above, Wyatt with the Echo at Pittsburgh Zoo. Top right, Alicia, Scott and Wyatt with Wyatt's cousin, Nicole Masartis, at Volant, Penn., looking for antiques. Lower right, Wyatt with his cousins, Mylie and Keian White and Nicole Masartis, at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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Redstone student artist wins Best of Show – and more By Sue McEvoy At 16 years of age, Abriah Wofford of Redstone is making herself known at the Carbondale high school that she attends. A sophomore at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS), Abriah took Best of Show at the school’s annual art show on May 16. Her piece, a raku box, was the first piece she had ever made and features a tree design. An assignment for class, Abriah crafted the piece last September. This is the first time in many years that a sophomore has taken Best of Show at the RFHS Art Show. In addition, she received four other first-place awards in throwing clay, stained glass, and drawing. Abriah is new to art class. “I just started this year and I do like it,” she says. “It’s pretty much a free, do-whatever-you-like kind of thing.”

Clockwise from above, a self-portrait of Abriah Wofford; an illustration of Abriah’s sister, Justice; the raku box that won Best of Show in the 2012 RFHS Student Art Show. Photos by Abriah Wofford

Echo Brief Fundraising event planned for Sioux Nation gathering A Carbondale-based group called The Fire Circle is organizing a send-off fundraiser on June 9 at the Third Street Center. The event is to prepare for Fire Circle group members traveling to the Sioux Nation in South Dakota to attend the 13th Gathering of the Americas later this month. The 11th Gathering of the Americas was held in Carbondale. These Native American gatherings include many people from all walks of life who pray for peace on Earth and good will. Anyone interested is welcome to attend these gatherings. At the June 9 event at the Third Street Center, activities include: • Live music by local musicians • Silent auction • Slideshows of XI and XII Gatherings in Carbondale and Cayambe, Ecuador • Slideshow of sustainable, affordable and natural housing by Laura Bartels of GreenWeaver, Inc. • An opportunity to paint a prayer flag as a gift to the upcoming South Dakota Gathering of the Americas • An opportunity to view and purchase a painting created by Carbondale-based artist Majid Kahhak during the 11th Gathering of the Americas in Carbondale We are collecting items to take with us to the Sioux Nation such as: • Non-perishable food items (flour, sugar, lard, coffee; laundry detergent) • Toiletries (bar soap, shampoo, conditioner) • Bedding, adult winter wear, infant and children’s clothing that is clean and in excellent condition • Shoes (preferably winter boots and tennis shoes for all ages) A minimum donation of $15 per person will include a dinner of Indian tacos. For questions or to donate, contact Diana Alcantara at 9631970, or Mary at 963-6279, – Mary Wheeler, The Fire Circle

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