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

October 2012

Volume 9 Number 10

It’s Haunted Hay Ride time…

This collection of truly scary characters from last year’s Haunted Hay Ride in Redstone has been in hiding for the year. Now that Halloween is here, they’re coming out in force again to terrify anyone brave enough to take a 40-minute heart-pounding ride through the Haunted Forest surrounding Redstone. (Don’t worry; there’s a much less scary Twilight Ride at 6 p.m. for younger kids and their families.) Rides are Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and 30-31 at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. For more information, see the calendar, brief and ad inside.

Lead King Loop page 19

Go Outdoors page 10

Marble’s Fly In page 8

Crystal Mill preservation page 5

New book page 3


Photo courtesy of Sandy Dieterich

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L E T T E R S Write us a letter! The Echo welcomes your input, opinions, thanks and whatever else you’d like to share with your fellow readers, provided it’s written in a respectful, civil way. (Please, no unsubstantiated attacks, etc.) Please shoot for 500 words or less. The Echo reserves the right to edit and proofread letters. Send your words to The Crystal Valley Echo,, or 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623. Thanks.

Thank you for another “Magical Moments” Summer Concert Series

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a voice for Crystal Valleyites; to bring attention to the individuals and local businesses that are the fabric of the Crystal Valley region; to contribute to the vitality of our small town life.

Dear Echo: I'd like to say "thank you" to the sponsors of the "Magical Moments" Summer Concert Series 2012: Big Horn Toyota, Inc., Redstone Community Association, Alpine Bank, Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs, Berthod Motors, Inc., Carbondale Insurance Services, Coldwell Banker & Mason Morse, Crystal Club Café, The Crystal Valley Echo, Redstone Art Foundation, Redstone Castle, The Redstone General Store, Redstone Cliffs Lodge, Redstone Inn, and KDNK Radio. Great music from: Peter Karp & Sue Foley; Johnny O. Band; Mike Gwinn & the North Fork Flyers; Kraig Kenning; Los Jefes & Alma De America; Sticky Mulligan; Larry Good, Doug Whitney, Mario Villalobos & Paul Valentine; and the Mountain Metamoocil Boys. A special thanks to everyone who attended these concerts and helped support music in this valley. See you in 2013! Lisa Wagner Redstone

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Contributors to this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo: Sandy Dieterich, the Herpel family, Matt Hutson, Larry Good, Dan Prazen, Jackie Dearborn, Rawley Fosler, Bettie Lou Gilbert, Tom McBrayer, Denice Brown, George Newman, Maura Masters, Bruce Gledhill, Debby Macek, Alicia Benesh, Jill Ulrych, MCS kids and staff, Tom Gallagher, the Benesh family, Mary Boland, Redstone Historical Society The Crystal Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout the entire Crystal Valley. Home delivery is available for many locations throughout the valley. Newspaper box locations: Carbondale City Market (inside) • Village Smithy Carbondale Post Office • Dos Gringos • Red Rock Diner Redstone General Store • Marble Charter School The Echo is also available at businesses from El Jebel to Glenwood Springs and throughout the Crystal Valley. For subscriptions Please send $35 and address information to: The Crystal Valley Echo 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 For information Please contact us: 963-2373

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“The Mines of Coal Basin” tells story of modern-day Crystal Valley coal mining By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer The title “The Mines of Coal Basin, 1956-1991” and the subtitles “It Was Never Easy” and “The Untold Story” shed a little light on a recently released and self- published book by John Reeves. John was the former general manager and president of Mid-Continent Resources, which owned and operated the coal mine in Coal Basin during its last 35 years. “This book is kind of unique, I think, because most of the stories about mines talk about the owners and their extravagant lives, what they did and what they produced,” said John. “This is a book more or less about actually operating a mine and the difficulty we had getting the coal out of probably one of the most difficult mines in the United States.” Born in 1925, John grew up in the coalfields of Price, Utah, received his degree in mine engineering and served in World War II. After the war, he received his graduate degree, also in mine engineering, and became one of the youngest mine superintendents in the country at age 26 while living in Utah. In 1957, he was courted by Mid-Continent Resources to reopen John Cleveland Osgood’s Coal Basin mine, which had closed in 1909, and develop several more portals in the area. Difficulties in the mines included high concentrations of methane gas and fatal explosions. In addition, at 10,000 feet in elevation, winter activity had to be conducted in avalanche-prone areas. “Mid-Continent was a bootstrap company,” said John. “In other words we would mine a ton of coal, buy some equipment, mine another ton of coal. We had to bootstrap ourselves up.” In the book, John describes the classifications of coal. MidContinent’s medium volatile coal was extremely valuable in the steel-making process because it made extremely high-quality coke. He also details US foreign policies that changed the steel industry and the eventual closing of the Coal Basin mines in 1991. John Reeves’s book, “The Mines of Coal Basin,” is available at The Book Train in Glenwood Springs. Signed copies are available at the Redstone Company Store on Redstone Boulevard.

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Occupation: Mechanic Age: 49 Birthplace: Denver When did you move to the Crystal Valley and why? I moved to Marble in February of 2004. I moved here to live and enjoy beautiful Marble and the Crystal Valley the way my father, the late Wayne Brown (who was a former mayor of Marble), and my grandmother, Anna Brooks (who owned Elite Bakery) did.

What three things would you like people to know about you? 1. Husband to loving wife, Kathleen 2. Love NHRA Drag Racing 3. Willing to help people who appreciate it Which living person do you most admire? John Force, NHRA Funny Car driver What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Work hard and you shall be rewarded What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? ATV and motorcycle riding

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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.

• Oct. 1: All Garfield County libraries, including Gordon Cooper in Carbondale, are closed today for staff training. • Oct. 1: Health care at the Redstone Inn. Medicare Q&A available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dental appointments from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for those 60 and older. Call 920-5432 and ask about fees and financial aid. And get your flu shot from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. free of charge with Medicare or Medicaid; otherwise, $20. Flu mist available for $30 for ages 2-49. No appointments; walk in only. All ages welcome. • Oct. 2: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn. • Oct. 2: 3-6 p.m. White River National Forest is holding an open house regarding its oil and gas leasing draft environmental impact statement for the entire 2.3-million-acre forest at the Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District Headquarters, 301 Meadowood Dr., Carbondale. 625-5915. • Oct. 2-7: Aspen Filmfest screens films in Aspen and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The full program and schedule is online at Tickets are available at the Wheeler Opera House box office in person, 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, by phone at 920-5770, and through Tickets for Carbondale shows will also be available at The Blend Coffee Company in person at 1150 Highway 133, 5105048. • Oct. 3: 5:30 p.m. The seventh planning meeting for Redstone’s Elk Park, rescheduled from Sept. 26 is being held at the Church at Redstone. Esse Design and Bluegreen will present the schematic interpretive panel designs. Lindsey, 920-5224. • Oct. 3: 5:30-7 p.m. The Valley Divas, a women’s networking group, meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Konnyaku in Carbondale. $12/appetizer, drink and tip. RSVP appreciated., Lauri Rubinstein, 704-1711, • Oct. 4: Pilates classes in Redstone resume at the Redstone Inn as instructor Sue McEvoy returns from India volunteering with Global Dental Relief. 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. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Sue, 704-1843. • Oct. 4: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Oct. 4: 1-4 p.m. The quarterly meeting of the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative meets at the Third Street Center’s Calaway Room. The agenda includes current Coal Basin restoration work, municipal water conservation projects, water quality, and rural source water protection projects. Contact Barb at 927-8111 or for the full meeting agenda and more. • Oct. 4: 7 p.m. Town of Marble Board of Trustees meets at Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church. • Oct. 5: 5-8 p.m. At First Fridays – Carbondale’s celebration of the arts, shopping, dining and music – galleries and shops stay open late and restaurants run specials. For more info go to, 963-1890. • Oct. 5: 6-8 p.m. Majid Kahhak paints live during First Friday at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale. The painting will be inspired by autumn. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres served. 704-0622. • Oct. 6: 8:15 a.m. Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy; half-marathon and 5k race, all ages and abilities welcome. No Name rest area, Exit 119 on Interstate 70, east of Glenwood Springs. 945-5282, • Oct. 6-7: Fall Fest in Marble will include 10 bands and four single acts who will play all weekend in a benefit for Marble welder and artist Dan Prazen who was injured in a motorcycle accident this past summer. Volunteer to help, attend, contribute. Call Larry, 963-2652.

• Oct. 13: Octoberfest in Redstone includes hayrides through 5 p.m.; beer tasting and German food specials from 24 p.m. at the Redstone Inn; and live music with Alpine Echo, a brat-eating contest with cash prizes, more German food specials and games for everybody at the Crystal Club on the Boulevard from 5-8 p.m.;, • Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 30-31: 6, 7, 8, 9 p.m. Redstone Haunted Hay Ride - a 40-minute heart-pounding ride. Get ready to be freaked out (though the earlier 6 p.m. rides are much milder and good for little kids). 963-2526. • Oct. 13-17: Separate limited elk season, first season., 303-291-7529. • Oct. 18: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Oct. 20-28: Combined deer and elk season, second season., 303-291-7529. • Oct. 25: 6:30 p.m. Bingo at the Redstone Inn. 963-2526. • Oct. 31: 6 p.m. Halloween at the Redstone Inn: A kids and adults costume contest runs from 6-7 pm. Halloween party will follow contest. Prizes awarded for adults and kids. Discounted room rates, free orange jello shots, food and drink specials all night. 963-2526.

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are at 1:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, then on weekends through the winter. Visit the baronial home of Redstone’s founder, John Cleveland Osgood. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 963-9656 or • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Redstone. $25/person. 963-2526, • Now through Nov. 30, Crystal River Jeep Tours run tours all over the Crystal Valley. 963-1991. • The Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Story Time sessions for all ages of children, art classes, and more. 76. S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Call 963-2889 for more info. • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has a full fall line-up of classes and workshops for kids. Most classes are at the CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center. For more information or to register for a CCAH fall class, contact, 963-1680. • 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. • The second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Paws to Read @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library to read to a dog from Heeling Partners of the Roaring Fork Valley. 963-2889 or for info or email Sue at to register for a 15-minute slot. • The third Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Music and Games @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library to play games and listen to music. Card games, Dominoes, checkers, chess, Uno, plus music – CDs and rhthym instruments – to jam and dance to. • On the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Movie Day @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library for popcorn and a movie. • On Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m., the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Teen Zone where teens can study, surf the net, read, write, draw or hang out. Bring a laptop or borrow one of ours. 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Free. Call 963-2889 or visit for more info. • Pilates resumes on Thursday, Oct. 4, and is regularly held in Redstone on Monday and Thursday mornings; 8-9 a.m. is advanced; 9:30-10:30 a.m. is beginner; and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. is for all levels. Everyone welcome, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Sue, 704-1843.

• Total Body Fitness schedule in Redstone is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Have a two-hour body experience: Sculpt your figure with low impact to burn body fat, weight-bearing exercises to strengthen and breathing and mindful stretching for flexibility and body/mind awareness. Free to the community. All abilities welcome. Since 1995. Personal training available. Instructor: Lisa Wagner, 963-8240. • Zumba Gold, dancing lessons for seniors, with professional Latin dance instructor Paula Valenti meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Third Street Center. • HEARTBEAT – support for survivors after suicide – meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper St. (the Bethel Chapel entrance), Glenwood. Call Pam Szedelyi, 945-1398, or • 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 46 p.m. Beginner to advanced. Call Kay Bell, 963-9811, or Mary Dorais, 963-3862. • Hospice of the Valley grief and support groups meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the hospice’s offices in Basalt. All who have experienced loss are welcome. Contact Sean Jeung, 927-6650, • The Aspen Art Museum is partnering with the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St. in Carbondale, to offer Story Art, a free children’s program that combines learning to read with making art. Story Art is held on the first Thursday of every month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Registration recommended. 963-2889. • Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) in Carbondale is offering a new batch of art classes during fall, including weaving, sewing, doll making, folk art, jewelry making, knitting, book binding and more. Contact CCAH at, 963-1680. • Recycling in Redstone is on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Bring your cardboard, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, aluminum, steel cans and office paper to the Pitkin County bin parked adjacent to the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Zingers, a group of seniors who sing all over the Roaring Fork Valley, meet at 2 p.m. every Thursday with Betsy Schenck for practice at Seniors Matter, in Room 33 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale; • AA in Redstone is every Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a closed step discussion meeting at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Men and women welcome. • One Moment, a local support group for bereaved parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or early infant loss meets on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marcia Viallarreal and Amanda EmersonBurger lead the group, and bring their experience in pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and motherhood. Meetings are held at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Glenwood. Free. 963-7110, 379-5387, • Painting with Expression and Creativity, an art class for seniors, meets on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale with instructor Gerry Michel. 9632536, 948-7033. • Carbondale Recreation offers classes and programs for a range of activities for kids and adults. 704-4190, • Get help: Crystal Valley residents living in Pitkin County (that’s you, Redstonians), are encouraged by the Aspen Counseling Center to pick up the phone if you are in an emotional crisis and need to talk to a trained professional. Don’t wait. Call 920-5555.


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The preservation of the Crystal Mill You can help in caring for Crystal Valley’s well-loved structure By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer At 119 years old, the Crystal Mill is certainly one of the most venerable and well-known landmarks of the Crystal Valley. Not only that, but according to the mill’s caretaker, Matt Hutson, the building has even more impressive distinctions. “It’s probably the most photographed, readily identifiable structure in western Colorado and it is an important part of mining history,” said Matt. “So many buildings from the mining era are gone completely and I just want to see it last as long as possible.” Matt, a project manager in the Gunnison office of SGM Engineers, grew up in Aspen and Carbondale and spent vacations each summer with his family in Crystal City. Twelve years ago, Dale Lodge, who owns a large amount of Crystal property including the old building, appointed Matt to be its caretaker. The Crystal Mill, as it’s known, was never actually a mill. It was constructed in 1893 by the Sheep Mountain Tunnel and Mining Company and served as a compressor station using a water turbine to drive an air compressor. Originally it had a horizontal waterwheel that generated compressed air for miners in nearby silver mines. Following the closure of the mines in 1917, the mill and surrounding buildings were abandoned and most of the materials were scrapped for the war effort in the early 1940s. This past August, Matt and a crew of seven volunteers from the Glenwood Spring’s SGM Engineers office did reconnaissance on some of the badly needed repairs to the precariously positioned building. Their inspection included using beams to cross the Crystal River and ropes to rappel down the sides and front of the building. The group also did some renovation work. “We applied wood preservative to the entire exterior of the mill, [and] used a water resistant preservative on the wood all the way down the penstock to the water,” Matt said. “The other thing we did was try to create a buffer around the mill; it’s called a defensible space so firemen have somewhere to fight a fire,” he continued. “We created a 75-foot gap between the forest and the mill, a passive way to keep any fire on Bear Mountain from getting to the mill. It looks a little scalped right now

but it will heal up.” Today, Matt has a list of work that needs to be done to keep the structure in place for the thousands of people who visit and photograph the site. “There’s always something that needs to be done,” he said. “Three years ago we redid the roof; this fall we’re still tentatively planning to measure a few of the logs on the bottom and acquire those for next year. The big project that we’re planning on doing is reinforcing the rock and mortar concrete base that is holding up the penstock as the wave coming out of the mill pond has actually eradicated a lot of the material there.” Matt’s efforts to preserve the mill include volunteer labor, tools and materials donated by Treasure Mountain Ranch. In addition, donations to the building’s upkeep can be left at the gift shop in Crystal City, or made by mail to The Crystal Gift Shop (re: Donation), Crystal City, CO 81623.

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Obituary Henry Ketchin Herpel Nov. 7, 1922–Aug. 26, 2012 Henry (Hank) Ketchin Herpel died on Aug. 26 at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 89. Henry was born on Nov. 7, 1922, in Hartford, Conn. to Dr. Frederick Karl and Elisabeth Ketchin Herpel and then moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. at the age of 4. Dr. Frederick Herpel was a wellrecognized radiologist who he set up his medical practice in 1926 in West Palm Beach. Henry attended Northboro School and graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1940. He then attended the University of the South before World War II and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He did his basic training in Miami Beach, Fla. and continued his training as a pilot navigator and armorer at several bases including the University of Tennessee. He was sent to Foggia, Italy with the 451st Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force. After discharge in 1945 he returned to West Palm Beach, and attended the University of Florida at Gainesville where he studied agriculture. In 1946 he worked for Edwin Graham Dairies and the Edwin Froelich Dairies in Hialeah, Fla. On Aug. 12, 1948, Henry married Patricia Blocher. After the 1948 hurricane, they moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to work with Ketchin Concrete Products. William M. Ketchin was Henry’s grandfather, who was formerly from Simsbury, Conn. The family has been in this line of work for 150 years. Herpel, Inc., is a 64-year-old company that has six generations in this line of work. Henry's great grandfather, Andrew J. Ketchin, a Civil War veteran, started in the stone business around 1860 in Simsbury. Herpel, Inc. has completed more than 300 projects in the Windsor and John's Island developments as well as continuing work in Palm Beach, Fla. Henry (Hank) Herpel After retirement Henry and Pat spent their summers at their secondary home in Redstone for 27 years where they helped run The Redstone General Store, which their daughters Sara and Martha owned and operated for 14 of those years. He was always behind the scenes at the store. Hank was also known as the greeter on Redstone Boulevard when anyone drove or walked by their house. He talked to everyone. He was always doing yard work and playing in the yard. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Patricia B. Herpel of Vero Beach, Fla., sister Gretchin Herpel Franklin of Newport Beach, Calif., son Frederick H. Herpel of West Palm Beach, daughter Sara (Gary) Herpel McClure of Carbondale, Colo., daughter Martha (Prescott) Herpel Terry of Vero Beach, Fla., and grandsons Prescott Jr. and Andrew Herpel Terry of Vero Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Frederick Herpel and Elisabeth Herpel, and his brother William Frederick Herpel. A service was held at Christ Church of Vero Beach in Vero Beach, Fla. on Aug. 31.

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Fall Fest set for non-stop music all weekend long Festival is a benefit for local Dan Prazen on Oct. 6-7 By Larry Good, Echo contributor

Dan Prazen, left, of Marble with granddaughter Grace and daughters Kelly and Leandra of Colorado Springs enjoy a moment outside of Slow Groovin BBQ earlier this summer.

Help out Ways to help Dan Prazen and make Fall Fest a success: • Planning meeting on Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Beaver Lake Lodge in Marble - Help staff the silent auction and contests - Build stuff - Provide rooms for performing musicians - Park cars - Put up rope fences - Sell tickets • Needed: - Folding tables and chairs (mark with your name) - An experienced auctioneer Call Larry, 963-2652 or Ryan, 963-4090.




I'm off to Leh, Ladakh, India to volunteer with Global Dental Relief Classes resume Thursday, Oct. 4

Peak Pilates Certified Instructor SUE MCEVOY Mat Classes at The Historic Redstone Inn Mondays & Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - Advanced 9:30 a.m. - Beginner & Intermediate Thursdays • Yoga 5:30 p.m. - Everyone welcome


Silent auction Everything from a giant Thanos Johnson ceramic planter from the famed Marble artist to Dan's own sculptures, to weekend stays at local lodges, gift certificates to local shops, services (salons, music lessons to handymen) and even a crate of random wines will be auctioned off. Silent auction items will be collected at the Beaver Lake Lodge; art items will be displayed at the Connie Hendrix Gallery and services and other items will be at the Marble Community Church Fellowship Hall where bidding will take place. The silent auction hours are 12-5 p.m. both days, with bids closing at staggered times during the Fall Fest weekend. Anyone wishing to donate services, wine, art or other items of value for auction can contact Larry Good at 963-2652 or the Connie Hendrix Gallery at 9635815. In addition, some items will be auctioned live from the festival main stage in the traditional call and response manner – because live auctions are fun!

The Marble community has pulled together to stage Fall Fest, a barrage of non-stop music, food, beverages, contests, shopping and fun to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, in and around Marble's Slow Groovin BBQ. The music will be virtually non-stop from two stages from 12-9 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 12-6 p.m. on Oct. 7. Headlining on Saturday is Feast from 7:30-9 p.m., a Celtic jam fusion group featuring a complete string section, piano, bass and drums. And on Sunday, Shakedown Street, the Grateful Dead tribute band will play from 4:30-6 p.m. to close the festival out. In total, 10 bands and four single acts from Marble, Redstone, Paonia, Carbondale, Aspen and even Dallas are being shepherded towards Marble to perform at Fall Fest. A large Food and vendors festival stage is being Food, crafts, auction constructed across from items and beverages Slow Groovin, and the will be sold from tables, sound system is top of tents and carts lending the line. Meanwhile, Fall Fest a street-fair between mainstage acts, Dan Prazen’s first bronze sculpture, New Horizons, that he completed in 1984 is one of the many aura. Slow Groovin solo artists will engage items for bid during Fall Fest’s silent auction. Dan BBQ will introduce a the Slow Groovin patio completed the sculpture in 1984; it stands about special sandwich – The from the half-ton Wild 14 inches tall on wood base. Welder – from which Tune Truck. 100 percent of the proBesides providing an ceeds will go to Dan's medical costs. Although excuse for many locals to celebrate their favorite the recipe remains secret, we can be certain that season, the purpose of Marble's Fall Fest is to slow-cooked meat will be involved, and that The raise money in support of beloved Marble Welder will be a real dude-pleaser. Slow Groovin sculptor and welder Dan Prazen. Dan was serirestaurateur Ryan Vinciguerra is also planning ously injured in a motorcycle accident this past specials on hot drinks if harsher weather tries to summer. join in on the fun. Of course, locals know to dress The Marble community and an extended for all outdoor occasions. community of Colorado artists have put together an impressive collection of auction items to Contests raise funds for Dan’s medical bills, and to start a Fall-themed contests – pumpkin carving, best foundation to address future emergencies. chili, best pie - will also raise funds. Though Immediately after Dan’s accident, many entry fees will be levied, a certain measure of locals who know Dan found themselves asking pride and notoriety for reigning champion each other, "What can I do to help?" cooks, bakers and carvers will be gained to As Dan continues to recover, this question brighten the darker months ahead. can still be answered through involvement in In the spirit of giving, healing and fun, a date the fundraising aspect of Fall Fest – help to with Dan Prazen himself will also be auctioned! organize and staff the event, donate items and This date may include – ice cream at the services to the silent auction, bid heavily during Redstone General Store, dinner at Slow Groovin the auction, join the contests, and join with the BBQ (of course!), a dip in Avalanche or Penny community to celebrate Dan Prazen's recovery. Hot Springs (maybe not!), and a commemorative photo in The Crystal Valley Echo!

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REDSTONE ART CENTER New owners: Michael and Stephanie Askew

It was busy in Marble during the first week of September when the annual Fly-In took place at the same time as the annual sheep drive. Things got a little crowded with sheep and planes sharing the airstrip, but everyone got sorted out at the end. Marble residents Jackie Dearborn and Rawley Fosler were there to take some photos, and, lower right, Redstone’s Lisa Wagner and local pilot Rob Hunker were too. The Marble Fly-in is sponsored by the Colorado Pilots Association. Photos by Jackie Dearborn and Rawley Fosler




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The Osgood decline By Sue McEvoy This column is excerpted from “The History of the Crystal Valley” by Mary Boland, published by the Redstone Corporation. By 1902, virtually all the improvements at Redstone, including the company-built houses, clubhouse and the inn were in place, and by comparison with other isolated coal communities, it must have seemed like paradise to its residents. J.C. Osgood hardly had time to enjoy his achievement, however, before he was sorely pressed by outside interests. Chicago financier John W. Gates acquired stock in the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company during 1901 and claimed he had enough shares to control the board of directors. During the latter part of 1901 and the first half of 1902, Gates and Osgood battled in earnest for control of the board of directors. As these legal battles received considerable publicity, abetted by public charges the two made against each other, prices of the corporation’s shares fell sharply on the stock exchange, causing Gates to lose so much money he finally gave up the battle before the close of 1902. Despite this victory, Osgood was now in real trouble. At least one of his associates, John Jerome, warned Osgood that the bonds issued the previous year to finance improvements at the steelworks at

Pueblo had brought in nowhere near sufficient revenue to see the projects through, and the company was thus headed for a financial crisis. Osgood did not take heed until insolvency became an immediate threat early in 1903. Finally in June of that year, Osgood could find no recourse but to go to shareholders, major George Gould and John D. Rockefeller, and offer to relinquish control of the company to them if they would save it from Redstone with a view of East Creek during the Osgood era. insolvency. After Osgood lost control of the Colorado Fuel and Gould and Rockefeller accepted this offer and Iron Company, and thus the mining and coking operOsgood and the “Iowa Gang” then resigned as direcations at Coal Basin and Redstone, he left the Crystal tors and officers of the company. Valley and would only occasionally visit the area. Osgood retained ownership and control of not only Cleveholm and some 4,200 acres of beautiful Vintage Valley features stories of the Crystal Valley’s surrounding countryside, but also the town of past. For information on the Redstone Historical Society Redstone, including the 84 cottages, the inn, the club(RHS), to contribute and/or become a member of the house, and the Big Horn, another lodge he had built RHS, contact Sue McEvoy at 704-1843. for important visitors.

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The Crystal Valley’s Great Outdoors (GO)

A Crystal River Jeep tour: Leave the driving to someone else so you can enjoy the view

Help Olivia celebrate her 16th birthday when she hosts

Pasta for Parkinson’s

By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer

This past August, I was fortunate enough to go on a trip around the Lead King Loop with Crystal River Jeep Tours (CRJT) with owner Glenn Smith. While I have mountain biked and hiked many times in and around Lead King Basin, CRJT offers a great way to enjoy the beauty, learn the history and save your own vehicle by letting someone else do the driving. With my sister Kathy and her fiancé Cameron Law, we met Glen in the parking lot of the Marble Art Gallery, which is CRJT’s home in Marble. There we loaded into Nellybelle, Glenn’s 1954 Willy’s Jeep, his favorite of his four-vehicle fleet. As we drove through Marble, Glenn pointed out several of the more notable buildings and sites: the mill site and quarry load-out, the Marble Community Church, Slow Groovin BBQ, The Marble Hub, the restored Bell Tower, Carbonate Creek, Beaver Lake Lodge – which has been operating since 1950 with some cabins more than 100 years old – and Beaver Lake itself. Then he stopped at the bottom of Daniel’s Hill to lock in the hubs for our true four-wheel-drive experience. As we crept along, Glenn pointed out the various stone formations, named the sky-high mountains and described some of the geology that contributed to the formations in the area. We took the upper fork of the Lead King Loop, past Outward Bound, splashed through the North Fork of Lost Creek using only first or second gear (and sometimes reverse) between Meadow and Arkansas mountains to our high point at 10,500 feet. As we approached a photo stop at the crossing of Silver Creek, Glenn explained that he was on his second trip of the day. Earlier, he had dropped off a pair of hikers who planned to spend a night camping before meeting him the next evening for a ride back into Marble. In addition to scenic tours, Glenn also does drop-offs and pick-ups for people doing extended hikes or climbing the area’s two most sought-after peaks, Hagerman Peak and Snowmass Mountain. As we descended the switchbacks into the basin, Glenn pointed out the remaining wildflowers, described some of the area’s mining history and related the story of Coors Falls. “We’re at the top of Coors Falls, a stair step falls where Coors Brewery filmed a commercial in the 1980s, but it wasn’t the logo used on the can. That one was a falls in Steamboat. The modern [Coors] logo is based on Milton Falls, just below Marble. But we still call it Coors Falls because of the commercial,” he said. Next was Windy Point, which is not for those with a fear of heights, and then we hooked back onto County Road 3, the road from Marble to Crested Butte, before we dropped down into Crystal City. In Crystal, most of the cabins date back to the 1880s. There is no electricity, no cell phone service and the sodas or water you purchase from the store come out of the creek cold. CRJT delivers the residents’ mail and supplies a radio for residents to call in case of an emergency. Next stop, and the reason thousands of people come on the Jeep tours: the Crystal Mill. Here, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, you get out of the vehicle and take photos of this classic historical structure. During the 15 miles or so we covered on the loop, I was able to sit back and enjoy the scenery so much more than when I’ve ridden or driven the loop. And, the knowledge and anecdotes that the drivers all share made the experience even more worthwhile. Glenn plans to keep running the Jeep tours all throughout the fall colors and into the end of November so that photographers might get that rare image of fresh snow on the Crystal Mill. Crystal River Jeep Tours is based at 620 W. Park St. in Marble. For information and bookings contact 963-1991 or crjt@smithfamilycolorado.

Who: What:

YOU are invited Delicious Spaghetti Dinner & raising money for a good cause!

Where: Carbondale & Rural

Fire Protection District 300 Meadowood Drive, Carbondale Headquarters building closer to RFHS

When: Tuesday, Oct. 23 6-8 p.m. Why: Olivia wants to raise money for Team Fox and help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease More information: Contact Olivia at 100% of all profits will be donated to Team Fox. We are seeking donations of ingedients, paper goods, etc. to offset the cost of this event. If you would like to donate, but are unable to attend, please go to Olivia’s Team Fox web page and make a donation on her behalf. (Instructions: 1. Go to 2. Click "Support a member". 3. In the "Find a member" form please fill in the following: First name: Olivia, Last name: Savard, City: Redstone, State: CO 4. Click on the name "Savard." 5. Click on "Contribute." 6. Please fill in the blanks with your information.)

•• Team Fox was created by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, for Parkinson's research, and gives people like Olivia a way to help those with Parkinson's Disease.


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

Ron Leach selected as Marble’s town clerk

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

AN INCREDIBLE VALUE! Redstone Log Home Newly Remodeled 3 BD, 2.5 BA picturesque cabin nestled in pines overlooking Crystal River. Gleaming hickory floors, modern hickory and granite kitchen, custom tile in MBa, new carpet, new windows and doors. Very warm and cozy in winter and glorious in summer. Perfect retreat near historic Redstone. Must sell! Bring all offers! Priced at $250,000.

Call Bob or Betsy (970) 963-2987 •

Expert Property Caretaking ••• Year Round Services Excellent References ••• Call Nancy at: 970-963-8916

• Agendas/Minutes for the County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Sage-grouse Conservation Program and Housing Authority

By Bettie Lou Gilbert, Echo contributor

At meetings in September, the Marble Board of Trustees discussed and agreed upon a new lease with Colorado Stone Quarries for the load-out area at Mill Site Park. This will be a 15-year lease, starting at $2,000 per month, with adjustments tied to the current consumer price index. As soon as the lease is signed, construction of the septic system, a new building in the load-out area, and the public bathrooms will begin. Contributors to the public bathroom include the Town of Marble, Gunnison County, the Marble Community Church, the Marble Charter School, Crystal River Heritage Association and a few individuals. Ron Leach was selected to be Marble’s new town clerk after a motion was passed to dismiss Karen Mulhall. The town records will be brought from Glenwood Springs to Marble. Larry Good announced that there will be a Fall Fest in Marble on Oct. 6-7 as a benefit for local Dan Prazen who was hurt in a motorcycle accident. There will be numerous bands playing, including headliner Feast, a Celtic rock band, at the parking lot east of Slow Groovin BBQ from 12-9 p.m. on Saturday and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a silent auction as well. The next meeting is in Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.


Pitkin County to implement new street address rules By Tom McBrayer, Crystal River Caucus

The Sept. 13 Crystal River Caucus meeting did not have a quorum present and therefore did not conduct any official business. However, Ginny Bultman from Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch provided those present with an excellent informational presentation on a pending county ordinance regarding street addressing within Pitkin County. The purpose of the ordinance is to help ensure that dispatched emergency response teams are able to locate and get to specific addresses as quickly and safely as possible. Requirements include that no duplicate road names or words within road names will be allowed within the county, and any road or driveway with five or more houses will need to be named and the houses given number addresses. This ordinance will not affect the majority of current residents. If the county deems it necessary to change a current address, the owner will be contacted and each case will be handled individually. Contact Ginny Bultman of the community development department or your county commissioner at for more information. The caucus would like to thank Steve Child, a candidate for county commissioner, for breaking into his busy day to attend the meeting. Steve was available at the meeting to answer any questions regarding his candidacy. Regularly scheduled caucus meetings are held on the second Thursday of every odd-numbered month.

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VISIT THE GUNNISON COUNTY WEBSITE FOR HELPFUL INFORMATION: Gunnison County Administration 200 E. Virginia Ave. • Gunnison, CO 81230

• Elections Forms • Road Closures /Conditions • Emergency Information • Employment Opportunities

(970) 641-0248

• Tourism/Airline Schedules


• County Budget Information


• And more!

Happy Halloween!

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Echo briefs Haunted Hay Rides help to set the mood for Halloween The ghosts, goblins and other scary characters are going to be out in force and in hiding ready to frighten you out of your wits during the fourth annual Redstone Haunted Hay Rides. Although there are 6 p.m. twilight rides that are especially tame for the kids, the hay rides that take place later in the evening at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. are a 40-minute heart-pounding trip through the Haunted Forest, which eerily appears only once a year around Halloween. Rides start on Oct. 12-13 and run Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 19-20, and again from Oct. 26-27, 30-31. Ticket prices run $30 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Children under 5 will be free with parents on the 6 p.m. rides. Contact the Redstone Inn for ticket information at 963-2526. – Echo staff


all is in the air! Pick up more business this year with an ad in The Crystal Valley Echo. The Echo is a great way to reach fall visitors and locals alike with your message and specials. With affordable prices, a variety of sizes, and access to long-time local readers; placing an ad in the Echo is a good move overall. Call me with any questions and I can help tailor an ad for your specific needs.

Forest Service holding open house on oil and gas leasing draft EIS The White River National Forest (WRNF) is hosting an informational open house to present an overview of its Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and answer questions. The open house is on Oct. 2 from 3-6 p.m. at the Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District Headquarters Building, 301 Meadowood Dr., in Carbondale. The DEIS proposes land availability and lease stipulations for the entire 2.3-million-acre WRNF. Denice Brown, Garfield County

Halloween Party HALLOWEEN NIGHT - OCTOBER 31ST Kids & Adults Costume Contest 6 - 7 p.m. • Prizes Food and drink specials all night. Free orange jello shots for adults. $50 Vintage Rooms.

Thanks! Ellie Kershow The Crystal Valley Echo Advertising Sales Representative (970) 963-3903

Octoberfest Octoberfest celebration in Redstone • October 13th Beer tasting from 2 to 4 p.m. • German food specials Wagon rides until 5 p.m. HauNted Hay rides after 6 p.m. BREAKFAST AT THE REDSTONE INN Full breakfast served through Sunday, October 14th. STARTING WEEK OF OCT. 15TH: Breakfast will be served off the menu Friday - Sunday. The Grill will open at 10:30 Monday - Thursday.


970-963-2526 your journey begins at

Thursday, October 25th Starting at 6:30 p.m.


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Arts & Entertainment briefs A new venture: DreamWeaver Gallery In September’s Echo, we featured Alan Weaver's KDNK disc jockey duties and his work designing and installing premium home automation, lighting and entertainment systems. This fall the Redstone resident has also opened DreamWeaver Gallery, his office and studio in downtown Carbondale. The new business features Full Swing Golf, a specialized golf simulator that can be installed anywhere from club houses to private homes. And the gallery portion of Alan’s space provides a venue for local and international artists. DreamWeaver Gallery is in the former Ravenheart Gallery location in downtown Carbondale. He is now accepting applications from artists interested in showing their work. DreamWeaver Gallery opens Oct. 1 at 50 Weant Blvd., Carbondale. Reach Alan at 379-1021.

It’s October so it must be time for Octoberfest Oktoberfest is celebrated for 16 days in Munich, Germany where it originated, but in Redstone, all the fun will be taking place on Oct. 13. Activities include wagon and hay rides, beer tasting and German food specials at the Redstone Inn. A brat-eating contest with cash prizes and live music with Alpine Echo is at the Crystal Club from 5-8 p.m., plus lots of games and more German food specials. Go to or e-mail for more info.

Aspen Filmfest to again offer film screenings in Carbondale

For the western adventure of a lifetime… • Hourly or full day trail rides • Carriage or wagon rides • Pack trips to scenic Avalanche Lake • First-class, fully guided or drop camp hunts for elk, bear, mule deer, mountain goat or bighorn sheep

Book your adventure by calling 963-1144 or (229) 221-4590

This year’s Aspen Filmfest is continuing its tradition of screening films outside of Aspen at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The festival, which runs Oct. 2-7, is screening five films in Carbondale from Oct. 5-7. “Words of Witness” is a documentary that follows a young Egyptian journalist as she covers the Arab Spring. “Lemon” is a documentary about Lemon Anderson, a young Tony Award-winning poet, ”Brooklyn Castle,” is a documentary about an inner-city school, and “My Worst Nightmare” is a French romantic comedy. “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” is another French film that explores how a man and a perpetrator confront a robbery. Films are screened in the afternoon and evening. The festival’s program is online at, where you can see all the film offerings in Aspen, too. – Carrie Click, Echo editor


We pack your game! Bolling Jones, Owner Randy Melton, Outfitter






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What’s up with Pitkin County?

Pitkin County Board of Health updates By George Newman, Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner

Located at the Marble Gallery • 970-963-1991

One of the roles and responsibilities of the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is to serve as the Pitkin County Board of Health. The board of health is responsible for carrying out public health laws, appointing the public health director, directing the public health agency to complete a community health assessment every five years, approving the local public health plan and developing and promoting public policies needed to secure conditions necessary for a healthy community.

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This work is contracted out to Community Health Services Inc, a nonprofit organization, offering preventative health programs such as: • Child, adult and travel immunizations • Women’s health screenings • HIV and sexually-transmitted disease testing • Communicable disease surveillance • Public health emergency preparedness and community outreach

At our recent quarterly board meeting, we were updated on the Community Health Assessment (CHS) project immunization and family planning billing changes, the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance, a tobacco grant application, the community paramedic project update and updates from our environmental health manager and our environmental public health advocate. Staff has been working with a steering committee on the CHS since the fall of 2011. This group is made up of community stakeholders who represent a wide range of topic areas and target populations. CHS conducted a community forum discussion to get community member input. Access to care was identified as the top priority area for the public health improvement plan. This is a broad topic affecting seniors, the Latino population and the uninsured. Coincidentally, Eagle County has the same priority, presenting opportunities for us to share resources and work collaboratively. The steering committee also chose radon as an environmental health priority. Health care reform is having an impact on local public health agencies. Specifically in immunization and family planning billing, we’ve identified the need to build an infrastructure to allow CHS to bill public and private insurance companies for the preventive services provided in these two programs. The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance held the launch of its “Cavity Free at Three” pilot program in June. It was well attended and succeeded in engaging local dentists to receive the program training as well as training in Medicaid billing. Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin County Public Health have partnered to apply to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for a grant called the Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grant Program. This is the first formal collaboration of the three agencies and provides an opportunity to build regional efforts in addressing the public health issue of tobacco use. Another new and exciting program involves partnering Pitkin County Health and Human Services with the Aspen Ambulance District. This program will allow emergency medical services personnel to provide in home services that fall within their current scope of practice, reducing health care costs, improving health care access and health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Within the environmental health area, a new consumer protection contract was approved with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which deals with inspections of retail food establishments, childcare facilities and schools, to be performed by the county’s environmental officer. We are also participating in the drafting of new on site wastewater treatment systems that will eventually act as the minimum standards for counties to meet in new state regulations. Finally, our environmental health advocate, Tom Dunlop, was recently appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to represent the National Environmental Health Association on a committee to help design the national response to the CDC food safety modernization act. I am excited about all of the new programs, regional partnerships and collaborations we are putting in place to better meet the health needs of our citizens. The Pitkin County Commissioners hold weekly work sessions on Tuesdays and bi-monthly public hearings on Wednesdays in the Plaza One building (next to the Pitkin County Courthouse) in Aspen. Both meetings are televised live and repeated on locater CG12 TV. They are also streamed live and available on the County website. Agendas are posted in the Aspen/Glenwood newspapers and on-line at In this column, your District 5 Commissioner George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at

Open Memorial Day weekend through Nov. 30th!

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 You can now pay your registration on line! Go to

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

Worship 10:00 a.m. ••• Nursery provided Bruce A. Gledhill, Pastor • 970-963-0326

A community church serving Redstone and the Crystal Valley.






CCAH to host many SWAN events in October




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OCTOBERFEST • Oct. 13th • 4 - 8 p.m. Music by Alpine Echo • German Food Specials Brat Eating Contest • Games for All

Curated by artists Alice Beauchamp and Dean Bowlby, and organized by artists Sue Drinker, Wewer Keohane and Ro Mead, the R2 Gallery at the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH), the second annual SWAN Gallery Exhibit 2012 is being held throughout Carbondale during the month of October. The internationally acclaimed Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) organization continues to spearhead celebrations throughout the world to honor and promote women artists. This year, CCAH is once again showcasing “VISION TO VOICE: Contemporary Work from Women Artists in the Roaring Fork Valley. The gallery exhibit opens at 6 p.m. in the R2 Gallery at the CCAH Center for the Arts, 520 S. Third Street. The exhibit is free to the public Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. “CCAH, along with a core group of women artists, is celebrating all women in the arts in October,” said Amy Kimberly, CCAH executive director. “The month is filled with delicious, thought-provoking, inspirational, and humorous events that bring attention to the diverse and exciting women artists living in the Roaring Fork Valley.” Events to date include inspired storytelling on Oct. 3, the CCAH Gallery exhibit opening Oct. 5, local dance and music on Oct. 6, a stage performance on Oct. 7, comedy on Oct. 13, more dance on Oct. 19-20, a textile artist workshop on Oct. 21-22, and a literary event on Oct. 22. “SWAN is a worldwide celebration of women artists in all genres,” said Kimberly. “Last year a group of women came together with CCAH to create the Carbondale SWAN celebration. It lives on this year with a series of incredible events.” SWAN events draw women from all over the valley to share, network and celebrate diversity. To get involved in SWAN, contact Amy Kimberly at 963-1680; to see the full schedule, go to

– Maura Masters, CCAH

Logos • Brochures Advertising Book layout & design Alyssa Ohnmacht

• 963-2373


Offering small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry.

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Beer Tasting 2-4 p.m.

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

German Food Specials Echo file photos from past Octoberfest celebrations in Redstone

THE CRYSTAL CLUB CAFE: Music with Alpine Echo 5 - 8 p.m. Brat Eating Contest with cash prize & more Games for all ages

Billy Amicon Karen Kashnig Cary Hightower Sara Lewis Debbie McCormick

German Food

Avalanche Outfitters at Redstone Stables present:


Wagon rides thru town until 5 p.m. Haunted Hay Rides available after 6 p.m. at the Stables

Thank you to new and renewing RCA members: Avalanche Ranch, The Redstone Company Store, Redstone Anglers, Laurie Bernhard, Geri Ide & David Clemente, Pam & Dale Darnell, Linda Cerf-Grahm, Joan & George Scherer, Lu & Carl Seyfer.


Alternate Members: Kim Amicon

The next RCA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2nd 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!

Linda Cerf-Graham Bob McCormick Rory Mesner Marlene Remmers

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

Make Check Payable to: Redstone Community Association Mail to RCA: 303 Redstone Blvd. Redstone, CO 81623 Paid Advertisement


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Studio & Gallery

Pasta for Parkinson’s part of 16th birthday celebration

October 6 and 7, 2012

By Carrie Click, Echo editor


Redstone’s Olivia Savard is celebrating her 16th birthday by raising money for Parkinson’s research on Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. Pasta for Parkinson’s, a fundraising dinner featuring spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert, is being held at the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s station headquarters on Highway 133 near Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. “This year, one of my biggest birthday wishes is to be able to help Olivia Savard, second from right and surrounded with volunpeople in need,” says Olivia, who is teers from Redstone and Marble, hosted a Pancakes for Parkinson’s benefit for both her 14th and 15th birthdays. This the daughter of Echo publisher Alyssa year she is celebrating her 16th birthday with a Pasta for Ohnmacht of Redstone and Dave Parkinson’s event on Oct. 23. Echo file photo Savard of Marble. Olivia is becoming known for her fundraising efforts for Team Fox, which supports the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Olivia’s goal this year is to raise $9,700, or $100 for each person living in her hometown of Redstone. In August, she held a benefit concert in Redstone featuring her uncle, John Ohnmacht of the Johnny O. Band, moving her closer to her fundraising goal. Parkinson’s, or PD, is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that causes tremors, balance problems and irregular movements by those who suffer from it. Olivia’s step grandfather, Bob Olander, suffered from the disease before he passed away. A suggested donation of $16 for Olivia’s 16th birthday is being requested at the door, though larger amounts are also graciously accepted. In addition, donations of ingredients and paper goods are being accepted. A hundred percent of the profits from this event will go to Team Fox. For more information, contact 963-2373 or 963-9616, or e-mail Olivia at

Features donated art items and art related items held at Connie Hendrix Gallery. Noon to 5:00 PM each day. A medical fund benefit for beloved local Marble sculptor and welder, Dan Prazen. •••

October 7, 2012 Last day of the Touch of Western Art Show FEATURED ARTISTS: Jim Cox — Etchings of Crystal River Series Teri Havens — Photographer Harry Knipe — Custom Boot and Saddle Maker Kim Parkey — Hand Engraved bridles, bits and Spurs Kristin Sidelinger — Introducing New Photography Talent •••

October 8 - October 31, 2012 Fall exhibit with new arrivals of art by gallery artists

Special thanks to the following gallery Artists for making our first year a success: Karen Alldredge — Basket Weaving Lee Bowers — Fine Furniture Designer and Maker Bob and Linda Boylan — Photography, Cards and Life Beats Inspirational Book Dale Darnell — Wood Turner Connie Hendrix — Sculptor and Painter Joyce Illian — Bead Weaving and Jewelry Darlene Kuhne — Painting and Jewelry Stephanie Kuhne — Jewelry/PMC Certified Instructor Charlie Manus — Wildlife and Architectural Paintings Charlene Miller — Painting and Fiber Art Brenda Neely — Whimsical Clay Stoneware Dan Prazen — Bronze sculptor and Welder Chrisy Sidelinger — Fiber Art Bob Stohr — Jewelry Pam Wadsworth — Jewelry Tim Wedel — Pottery ADDITIONAL GIFT ITEMS: Books by local authors, soaps, gourmet popcorn by Too Haute Cowgirls and stuffed animal toys of our regional wild life.

We’re open every day Mon. - Sat., 10 AM - 5 PM Sun. 1PM - 5PM

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

Marble, CO 81623 970.963.5815 •

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

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

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Recharging our batteries: ourselves and others Rechargeable devices are everywhere in our lives now. They’re convenient to use, but they eventually run down. It’s very frustrating when we know the device would work but we don’t have the right charger or sufficient time to get it recharged. Similarly, we as individuals can get run down. The demands of life drain our energy and we start to feel like a cordless drill in need of a fresh battery. In 1791 William Wilberforce was running out of juice. He was a member of the British parliament and for several years he had been urging that body to abolish slavery. The other members didn’t share his view so his efforts were met with indifference or opposition. Wilberforce was discouraged, run down and about to give up the cause. His elderly friend, John Wesley, heard about the situation, and from his deathbed, called for pen and paper. With trembling hand Wesley wrote, “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition and men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God?” “Oh be not weary of well-doing!” Wesley continued. “Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.” Wesley died six days after writing that letter. Stirred by his encouragement, Wilberforce turned back to his goal with renewed vigor. It was not an easy task. He had to persevere in that fight for abolition for another 42 years. Finally, in 1833, only three days before his own death, Wilberforce saw slavery abolished in Britain. What Wesley did for his friend illustrates a couple of ways our human batteries can be recharged. First, Wesley offered the encouragement of his own friendship and support. Second, he reminded Wilberforce to draw on the power of God. Chances are good you will find some electrical device around your house that needs to be recharged. Chances are equally good that you can find some person around you who needs to be recharged. I urge you to follow Wesley’s example and provide encouragement to someone whose internal batteries are running low. Bruce Gledhill is the pastor at the Church at Redstone.

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Muse Architects of Carbondale is working on design ideas for a depot-like structure that will house informational signage and seating at Redstone's Elk Park. Image courtesy of Lindsey Utter

Elk Park plans taking shape By Carrie Click, Echo editor Currently, Elk Park is an empty lot at the main entrance to Redstone. However, a team of community volunteers, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails (OST) staff, the Aspen design firm Bluegreen, and Muse Architects are moving forward with plans for a public outdoor area at the site. In late August, more than a dozen community members and designers met to discuss options for a depot building that will replace the abandoned cabin that currently sits on the site. The concept is for the depot to be reminiscent of Redstone’s former train station that was located near Elk Park and was active during the valley’s coal and coke mining era. Dan and Ashley Muse of Muse Architects in Carbondale are working on depot design ideas based on the community steering committee’s input and the overall plans for the park. The depot will be semi-open and will house interpretive historical and educational signage about the area. According to meeting minutes submitted by Lindsey Utter of OST, the Muses presented their design ideas at the August meeting, which were well received – particularly a bell tower feature that has been added. There are now additional seating areas in place in the depot, which the group determined is necessary. Steering committee members said they want the depot to share similar materials as the coke ovens across Highway 133. They also expressed their desire that the depot building not look like institutional. Next, Ryan Vugteveen of Bluegreen presented plans on the site’s landscape design plans. Among the highlights: • Plans for the park include combinations of mown manicured turf and native grasses. • Xeriscape plantings are being planned throughout the site. • A proposed area called “The Slope” would be a bowled area for gatherings, performances and an ice rink in the winter. • The Commemorative Grove would be established in a loose grid pattern with a variety of tree species, and would be filled in through the years. • Plans include parking for 20 vehicles. An Elk Park planning meeting scheduled in September was moved to Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church at Redstone on Redstone Boulevard. This is the seventh planning meeting for the park. Esse Design, which is creating the park’s interpretive signage, and Bluegreen are making a presentation at the meeting. Call Lindsey Utter at Pitkin County Open Space and Trails at 920-5224 for further information.




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This year’s Lead King Loop: The most successful yet By Debby Macek, Marble Charter School co-director The Lead King Loop (LKL) Charity Races celebrated many firsts this year, even as we celebrated our ninth annual Lead King Loop 25K, seventh annual Quarry Trail Climb 12.5K, and sixth annual Lake Kids’ Loop 2.5K races. For the first time, our participants numbered more than 200 runners, our volunteers numbered more than 50 friends and family members, and our funds raised to support the Marble Charter School (MCS) surpassed our most ever raised. Sept. 16 dawned chilly but bright, a lucky weather day. Starting at 6 a.m., participants huddled and volunteers bustled near the starting line, waiting for rays of sun to reach over Hat Mountain and warm them from the dark, early morning mid-30s temperatures. Many hikers set off in the early light to begin their trek around the loop. The crowd increased as the LKL start time neared – by far the largest of the three races with 132 runner participants and 12 runner/hikers this year. By 8 a.m., the air was warm enough for runners to warm up in their tank tops and shorts, and nervous anticipation filled the minutes before the 8:30 start. Race Director Craig Macek gave route instructions to the crowd, and Marble Charter School (MCS) student Ralph Good blew a long, loud note on his trumpet to start racers on their way. Once the big crowd left, the hikers set off for the Quarry Trail Climb and soon it was time for another trumpet blast to start those runners off. This time, Ralph’s brother David blew the starting note as the 38 runners, led off by MCS student Kosara and her dad on their bikes, started winding through town towards the quarry road’s steep climb. Once again, the remaining helpers had a moment to breathe and prepare for the finish – we counted on about an hour before the runners began to return to the start-turned-finish lines. That hour was short, however, as the first finisher was spotted in record time, blazing around the corner and down the last block to the quarry finish – and what an exciting finish. Tyler Scholl, a first-time quarry trail runner, set the course record and the record for the youngest winner at the same time. Tyler, an 11-year-old from Kremmling, surprised many an older runner by racing up and down the hill at a blistering pace – many runners with more experience told themselves he would tire and fall back, but he never did. Shortly thereafter, the first two loop runners, Peter Maksimow and J. Marshall Thomson, were spotted sprinting up the

opposite short hill towards their own finish line, battling for first. Maksimow edged the Thomson for the win in 1:53.53. After these firsts, the runners started to fly across the finish lines more quickly, and volunteers were busy on all the corners of the intersection as they pulled runners’ number tags and tabulated results. Soon, the first female finishers in both races tore up the hill or around the corner; in the LKL, Myriah Blair once again took the women’s title, and in the quarry climb, Steph Scholl, winner Tyler’s

Lucas Bensch

mom, gained the first-place honors. Runners began enjoying the post-race feast, cooked and baked by many MCS families along with the barbecue catered from Slow Groovin BBQ just down the street. The celebration was not over yet. The kids’ race couldn’t start soon enough, as anxious kids gathered well before their 11:45 start time, milling around the starting line. Thirty-eight kids raced down the road towards the lake, and parents waited anxiously for sight of them returning around the far corner several minutes later. It was no surprise that Myriah Blair’s two daughters won the race for the third year in a row; the eldest, Joslyn, beat out her sister Samantha by a few seconds, with a winning time of 8:40. MCS student Lucas Bensch came in a close third, having been training for many weeks with the hope of beating the Blair girls. Next year? Craig Macek’s son Mason, daughter Maia and two nieces all placed in the top 12, showing that the more you practice the better you run. These

kids ran hard and showed incredible toughness up the last hill. At the post-race raffle, each age-group winner, first through third place, received a hand-painted marble piece, which the kids painted with the help of local artist Vicki Branson, who also gave the top finishers with carved marble race shoes. Many other prizes were awarded thanks to our many race sponsors who donated to the cause. A special thanks to Beaver Lake Lodge owners Larry and Karen Good for hosting this event each year in front of the lodge. MCS students gain so much from this yearly event. “I like the Lead King Loop because of the many benefits it has. These beneTyler Scholl fits not only help me but the school, everyone in it, and the community,” wrote Sam, an eighth grader at MCS. The funds raised are a huge help to the school. This year, MCS will receive well over the $3,000 to 5,000 given in the past, which gives the school the ability to purchase more new technology, more library books, more scholarships for the after-school program, outdoor education, summer program and more. Last year, the money raised helped to purchase new laptops for the school. Seventh grader Bella said, “I was so happy when we got our new computers; we don’t have to use the ‘dinosaur’ computers anymore!” Another beautiful race day is history, but another great school year has begun.

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


Photos: Left: All the teams won medals in our Olympic events that focused on leadership, team work, humor, performance, etc. Right, clockwise from top: Partners were challenged to walk with a balloon between them, no matter what the height difference; Helping with food prep was an important component of the trip and an event that could earn teams medals. Impromptu track and field event; Tomas participating in javelin event; Slack line an individual event that was more challenging then we thought.

Call Out for Box Tops! If you are in possession of Box Tops, turn them in by October 26th. You can drop them by the school or leave them at the Redstone General Store. The deadline for the December check is Nov. 1st! If you know a student at Marble Charter School, give the Box Tops to them so that their class can be the winners of an Ice Cream Social to be hosted by Marco and TroyAnne Diaz. So far, the numbers are as follows: Amazing Ants have turned in 22 boxtops. ETeam has turned in 25 boxtops. Drumroll...... Poll's Penquins have turned in an amazing 217 boxtops!! Who will get the Ice Cream? Happy Clipping! Alicia

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MCS Olympics 2012 Report By the E-Team The MCS Olympics have sadly come to a close, but we’d like to give you a report of our Olympics Unit and our Outdoor Education Trip, complete with our Olympic Games competitions. We studied the qualities of an Olympian, and what it takes to be the best. We looked at physical attributes, mental attributes, and requirements an athlete might need in order to become the best. Then we all chose something in which we would like to be the best, and thought and wrote about what we would need to do and how we would need to be in order to make it happen. We also worked in teams to accomplish many “Olympics” and team tasks, such as making a team flag, poster, and costume for our Olympic Games. Each team worked on making up the rules for an individual event and a team event, and we also planned a meal to cook at our Outdoor Education trip – this was also an event! We learned a lot about commitment to your team, patience, and growth mindset during this Unit. We had four crews, or teams, that worked for two weeks, meeting each day for a short time to prepare. It was hard because our groups were mixed age, and the older students had to come up with tasks that the younger students could do. This did not always work so well! However, it was finally time to start our OE Trip and begin the Olympic Games. We had many different types of Olympic events on our trip. We had individual events such as the pentathlon, team events such as Capture the Flag, and camping events, such as setting up tents and making meals. Students were in complete charge of planning, setting up, and running the events. Staff members and parents were judges, and we were judged upon our performance, but

also on our Olympic qualities such as humor, sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. We played four main team events: Flag Tag, Capture the Flag, Volleyball and a Dance Competition. Flag Tag is a game where each person has a flag on their belt or in their pocket, and you work as a team to steal the other team’s flags; the last team still with flags wins. In this event, the Champions of Zeus team got the bronze medal after a thrilling bronze medal game against the White Wolves. The Rattlers came through with the silver and Vorkuta with the gold medal in another fast-paced match. Capture the Flag is many students’ favorite game; the matches were exciting, although one lasted only a few minutes. The medals for this event were exactly the same as Flag Tag. In team Volleyball, after fierce and even matches, the White Wolves dominated and received a wellearned gold. The Dance Competition took a lot of work, as we had to come up with and practice a routine so that we were synchronized to each other and the music. The Finals were very close – the judges had a very hard time deciding the results, since we all worked so hard to make our routines work. The team events gave us a chance to rely on our team members, work together, and have fun competing. It was a good feeling when other people were relying on each of us and we were able to come through for our team. During the individual events we were all still a team, still encouraging and helping each other, but receiving individual results. In the pentathlon, incredible 1st grader Ben won gold in his class, scoring enough points to have beaten the gold medalist in the next class up. Colton won the gold in Dan’s class. Justin won gold in Debby’s. The pentathlon included: sprinting, “kickput,” balloon balancing, shotput with a softball, and standing long jump. We also competed in a golf event, an academic event that required answering questions about Olympic history, the javelin throw, and a balancing event on a “slack line.” The individual events gave us a chance to compete on our own and be independent.





Our trip was full of interesting competitions and events – not just Olympic events! For example, every night, a team was in charge of after dinner activities. We got medals depending on how we did. We had game shows, charades, and other fun events – and of course, we made s’mores and a campfire our first night too. The second night, we were almost flooded out by a sudden rainstorm. We were happily writing in our journals in the sun when all of a sudden, we were plagued by torrents of rain and wind. We all ran for cover under the canopies, holding them down so they would not blow away, huddling in the cold and damp. We were all fairly soaked, so we decided to get on the bus and head to the school for dinner and to get dry before returning to camp for bed. The next day dawned mostly sunny again, and we resumed our events. We had an incredible experience during our Olympic Unit and trip, and we learned a lot about the Olympics, ourselves, and how we can work together to succeed. It was a unique and fun way to start the year!

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

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

Above: Tom Gallagher from Marble, race car driver and owner of As You Wish Pool & Spa, shows off the Echo in the pits at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Left top: Alicia and Wyatt Benesh in front of the Galloping Goose in Ridgeway. Left bottom: Scott and Wyatt Benesh atop Imogene Pass at 13,114 feet, the pass between Ouray and Telluride.

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