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Volume 4 Number 11

Mid-August / Mid-September 2012


Grand Valley Days photos page 3

Happy Trails!

Battlement swimming page 5

A field on the Lyons property between Parachute and Battlement Mesa, left, now is home to the Library Trail, a non-motorized path that connects the two communities. Above, workers put the finishing touches on the path in July in preparation for its official opening Aug. 25. Photo, left, by Dave Devanney; main photo by Howie Orona

The long anticipated Library Trail officially opens on Aug. 25 By Dave Devanney, BMSA Parks, Open Space and Trails Committee

Park and Rec page 7

Mesa Vista page 11

The concept of the Library Trail began over six years ago with the formation of the Battlement Mesa Service Association’s Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) Committee Formerly known as the Trails Committee, POST members developed the idea of creating a trail link between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. At that time, non-motorized travel between those communities required either risking one’s life using the parkway (County Road 301), with no sidewalk or shoulder available or else trespassing across the Lyons’ private property. The POST Committee felt something had to be done to eliminate this unsafe situation. At that time, the Town of Parachute and Garfield County had partnered to fund the initial pedestrian walkway between Grand Valley Way (next to the Parachute Branch Library) and the Colorado River bridge. When progress had stalled, some facilitating by the POST Committee was

able to get the project in motion. The work was finally completed in December 2008. Volunteers using materials from the county immediately did the re-vegetation work so that local grasses would hopefully emerge the following spring. The larger task of finishing the trail from the Colorado River bridge up to the existing Battlement Mesa Service Association (BMSA) trail next to the golf course then began. Talks with the John Lyons family revealed a strong desire on their part to assist with the trail effort and provide a public easement across their ranch. This would provide the necessary access, eliminate a hazardous situation and stop the trespassing across their private property. Discussions with and the assistance of Jeff Nelson, the Garfield County engineer, were crucial in developing a plan for finishing the trail in multiple phases. In April 2009, the POST Committee chair made a presentation before the Garfield County Commissioners requesting county support and financial assistance in completing the Library Trail.

As a result of these efforts and the cooperation of the Lyons family, the county included $615,000 in their capital budget for the completion of the trail. The BMSA board also budgeted an additional $250,000 for their segment of the trail. In the fall of 2010, county engineers completed a final trail design. Many in the Battlement Mesa and Parachute communities were encouraged by the developments and hopes were high. Bids were solicited and received in late 2010 with the expectation that work could be started and continued through the winter. However, this did not happen. In the spring of 2011, the contractor began working on one of the remaining two county segments connecting the bridge trail to the Lyons property. Due to the favorable bid price, it was hoped that time and money would be available to complete the final segment involving the Battlement Parkway crosswalk, which connects to the existing trail near the golf course. While the first segment was completed during the sum-

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LETTERS TO THE ECHO Send us a letter. Got something on your mind? We’ve expanded our word-count limit to 500 words or less for Letters to the Echo to give you plenty of space to express yourselves. The Echo welcomes your input, opinions, thanks and whatever else you’d like to share with our readers, provided it’s written in a respectful, civil way. (Please, no unsubstantiated attacks, etc.) The Echo reserves the right to edit and proofread letters. Send your words to The Grand Valley Echo,, or 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623. Please be sure to include your name, title if necessary, and where you live. Thanks.

Pick up your trash in Cottonwood Park and at the fishing pond

Dear Echo: I wish to thank the Town of Parachute's mayor and planning manager for the purchase and placement of the concrete trash containers at Cottonwood Park's fishing pond. They have made a vast improvement in the amount of trash that is left behind. I would say at least 75 percent of the people are using them. The other 25 percent have either never seen a trash barrel before, or are too lazy to walk less than 100 feet to deposit their water bottles, beer cans and left-behind clothing. Shame on you. If caught, you should have to pick up trash for a solid month. I have also noticed that the area around the boat ramp is becoming a dumping area. I picked up a 13-gallon sack of trash in this area alone. There is a Dumpster within walking distance that you must pass when leaving this area. Inside the park itself, there are three trash containers, yet water bottles, plates and other trash is being left on the lawns and in the children's play area. Teach your children to respect others' property before the privilege is taken away. I would also like to see if a grant could be obtained to extend the paved walking trail around the

south side of the fishing pond so that disabled military personnel in wheelchairs could fully enjoy the rest of the pond area. Helen Westrick Parachute

Thank you to the Grand Valley community Dear Echo: I want to say thank you in general to this community. I moved my family here in faith with an extreme amount of risk as I put all of our eggs in one basket. Some friends thought I was crazy with the national recession, small town, start from scratch and buying commercial property. According to a study by the US Small Business Administration, only two thirds of all small business startups survive the first two years and less than half make it to four years. I'm now breaching that first mark. This would not be possible without your trust and conversing with family and friends. Thank you for helping my business be a successful one. Finally, I want to express equal gratitude for the kindness of the community. I love to see smiles and waves as I go around town. It is so easy to make lasting friendships here. This is the small town life I wanted and you make it that way! Dr. Hoggan H Dentistry Parachute

Obituary Mary Jane Wood Aug. 21, 1954 – July 18, 2012 Mary Jane Wood (“Janie”), 57, of Battlement Mesa passed away on July 18 at her home. Jane was born in Davenport, Iowa and was preceded in death by her husband Gregory Wood, Sr.; her son Gregory Wood, Jr.; her father, Robert Nolan; mother, Lucille Fleming-Oakes; and brother, Michael Nolan. Jane is survived by her daughter, April Shaver; daughter in-law, Kelly Davidson, and seven grandchildren: Jason, Jori and Jacob Shaver; Gregory III, Cheyenne and Matthew Wood and Andrew Legersky; sisters Carol Simpson and Colleen Griffin; and brothers Patrick Nolan and Timothy Nolan. Jane was cremated in Rifle. Services were held on July 25 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Northglenn, Colo. She will be buried at Glenwood Cemetery at a date and time to be determined. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621. Online condolences may be made at

Echo Brief Fire restrictions lifted The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices, the US Forest Service Grand Valley Ranger District and several counties rescinded their fire restrictions on Aug. 3. Recent rains have increased humidity and vegetation moisture, which prompted the lifting of fire restrictions throughout the Upper Colorado River (UCR) Interagency Fire Management Unit. Mesa, Garfield and Eagle counties are also lifting fire restrictions in conjunction with the BLM and the Grand Valley Ranger District. The use of fire pans is recommended and is required in some areas on the BLM. While the UCR protection zone has received rain, some areas remain dry. Fire officials encourage visitors to be safe and responsible with campfires, smoking and use of motorized vehicles and equipment to prevent human-caused fire while enjoying the outdoors. BLM Grand Junction encourages everyone to use a fire pan or designated fire ring whenever possible. Extremely dry areas remain throughout the region. Some areas such as the Demaree Wilderness Study Area have received only negligible precipitation and remain a high risk for fire. The lifting of fire restrictions doesn’t relieve visitors from their obligation to burn responsibly. Human-caused fires pose a very serious threat to life and property. There are serious legal liability ramifications for damages associated with human caused wildfire. – Christopher Joyner, BLM

Thank you to this month’s contributors: All copy submitted to The Grand Valley Echo will be edited and reviewed by our staff for style, grammar and content. The Grand Valley Echo reserves the right to refuse publication of any submitted material that does not meet the publisher’s standard for a positive, informative, educational community newspaper.

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Grand Valley Days 2012

Top left, Kerwin Stark drives his tractor with two helpers in the parade; middle left, barrel racer Terry Mahaney makes the cut; bottom left, barrel racer Tye Wedhorn goes all out; bottom middle, Megan Smith in yellow shirt hangs out with friends including Kyra Chenoweth in white shirt and Erika Anderson in Photos by Howie Orono blue shirt.

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Your calendar for goings on in and around Parachute and Battlement Mesa Help our calendar grow; let us know. Send public event items to Be sure to include the five Ws (who, what, when, why and where), contact info, cost and anything else readers need to know. • Aug. 18: 8-10:30 p.m. Public dance at the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse, 720 County Rd. 300 Battlement Mesa. A dance class for those wanting instruction begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations gladly accepted. 250-6262. • Aug. 21: 7 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Community Room of the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m. • Aug. 21: Deadline for fall soccer registration for ages 8 and under. • Aug. 21: 12-2 p.m. Ladies Who Do Lunch talk about Mark Steven’s “Death on the Roan” at the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870. • Aug. 21-22: Kindergarten/first grade pre-assessment at the Center for Family Learning. 285-5702. • Aug. 22: Preschool Round-Up. Enrollment day at the Center for Family Learning. 285-5702. • Aug. 23: First day of school for kindergarten and first grade at the Center for Family Learning. 285-5702. • Aug. 23: 7 p.m. Town Hall meeting at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center with the Garfield County Commissioners. Express concerns. A joint work session with the commissioners and Parachute and Battlement leaders runs from 6-7 p.m. Go to • Aug. 23: 9-10 a.m. Battlement Mesa Metro District Board of Directors meeting is at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Meetings are open to the public. • Aug. 25: 6-9 p.m. Reel Readers read “Sense and Sensibility” and then watch the movie at the Parachute Branch Library. Don't have time for the book? Come anyway, always plenty of chatter and food. Dinner is planned so call ahead and see what you can bring. 285-9870 • Aug. 27: 3-5 p.m. Anime for all teens of all ages at the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870.

• Sept. 4: 7 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Community Room of the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m.

• The last Monday of the month, an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group meets from 10-11 a.m. at the Grand Valley United Methodist Church, 132 N. Parachute Ave., 800-2723900, 987-3184.

• Sept. 4-7: Scholastic Book Fair at the Center for Family Learning. 285-5702.

• The first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance meets at the Rifle Branch Library community room. Leslie, 618-0890.

• Sept. 5: 2-3 p.m. The Good the Bad the Gross goes “slimy” grades 4-6 at the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870. • Sept. 6: 5:3O-8 p.m. Garfield County Energy Advisory Board monthly meeting is at the Rifle Branch Library. Educational presentation to be announced. Complimentary light meal. For meal planning purposes, RSVP to Denice Brown at 625-5915. • Sept. 6: Back to school night at the Center for Family Learning. 285-5702.

• Every Tuesday, a group plays pinochle at 1:30 p.m. at the Parachute Valley Senior Center. Call Cheryl at 285-9755 for information or to arrange a needed ride. The senior center is located at 540 N. Parachute Ave., Parachute.

• Sept. 8: 2-3 p.m. American Girl Tea Party for ages 8-11; reservations required, at the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870.

• The second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. the Battlement Mesa Service Association’s Oil and Gas Committee meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.

• Sept. 8: Deadline for registering for the Battle for the Cure Golf Tournament at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. See Sept. 15 calendar listing. Call 285-7274

• Neighborhood Watch meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Parachute Town Hall, 222 Grand Valley Way, Parachute. 285-7630.

• Sept. 10: 1-2 p.m. Best books for grades 5-8 at the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870.

• The Glenwood Springs Chapter of HEARTBEAT – Support for Survivors After Suicide – is open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide – no matter how long ago. This peer group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Use the Bethel Chapel entrance of the church, 824 Cooper Street. Call Pam Szedelyi, 945-1398, email

• Sept 11: 7 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Community Room of the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m. • Sept. 11: 3:30-5 p.m. The Battlement Mesa Service Association’s Oil and Gas Committee meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The public is welcome. 285-9432. • Sept. 15: 3 p.m. Shotgun start for the Battle for the Cure Golf Tournament at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. This is a charity tournament, benefiting the Aspen affiliate of Susan J. Komen for breast cancer research. Entry fee is $25 per person. Contact 2857274,

• Aug. 28: 7 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Community Room of the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m.


• Aug. 28: First day of school for preschool and first grade at the Center for Family Learning. 285-5702.

• Every Monday from 12:45-4 p.m., Party Bridge is held at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. All levels welcome.

• Sept. 3: Labor Day. Most government offices, including the Parachute Branch Library are closed.

• Every Monday from 12-1 p.m. the Grand Valley United Methodist Church serves a free soup lunch at the church at 132 Parachute Ave.

• Sept. 3: 12 p.m. Labor Day BBQ at the Parachute Valley Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 29. Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. 285-9512.

• Every Tuesday at 7 a.m., the Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Community Room of the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m.

• The Battlement Mesa Activity Center has a variety of exercise classes for preschoolers to seniors. Call Anne, 285-9480.

• The fourth Monday of every month, the Grand Valley Sew and Sew Quilters meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. Call Roxie Jones at 285-9791 and Patsy Noel at 285-2472 for more info.

• The second Tuesday or Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District board of directors meets at the recreation district office, 259 Cardinal Way, Parachute, 285-0388, • The third Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m., the Battlement Mesa Service Association meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. • Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., the Parachute Valley Senior Center hosts a luncheon prepared by the Rifle Senior Center. $2.50 for those over 60. Reservations taken Mondays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; call 285-7216.

• Every Thursday at 10 a.m. (except the first Thursday of the month), the Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at the Grand Valley United Methodist Church, 132 N. Parachute, Parachute. Call Sharon, 285-2318, or the church, 285-9892, to join in. • Every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. through Sept. 27, the Battlement Mesa Couples Golf League season plays at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course, followed by an after-golf gettogether at the Fairway Grill. Golf entry fee is $4. Contact John Constine, • The first Thursday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Energy Advisory Board meets to encourage positive communication and responsible energy development at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., Rifle. For topics, more, go to, or contact Denice Brown at 625-5915. • The second Thursday of every month, One Moment meets, which is a support group for bereaved parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or early infant loss. Meetings are led by Marcia Villarreal and Amanda EmersonBurger at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Glenwood, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 963-7110, 379-5387. • Seniors age 60 and older and disabled of any age may ride The Traveler, a wheelchair-accessible van with door-to-door service from Parachute to Glenwood Springs and to various towns and locations in between in Garfield County. Suggested donation is $8 round trip. The Traveler also travels from Parachute to Grand Junction the second Thursday of the month. Donation is $20 round trip. Call 48 hours in advance for reservations and information at 625-1366. • Every Friday from 9-9:30 a.m. “Community Connections” hosts interviews with community members on KSUN 103.9 FM. • The first and third Saturdays of the month at 7 p.m., the Parachute Valley Senior Center hosts Bingo Night with cash prizes. Players bring a snack to share; come and bring a friend. The senior center is at 540 N. Parachute Ave., at the intersection of County Road 215 and North Parachute Avenue, 285-6492.

• The first and third Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m., the Battlement Mesa Architectural Committee meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Open to the public. 285-9432.


• Battlement Concerned Citizens meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 1:30 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center to discuss issues of concern to the Battlement Mesa community. Open to the public. Dave, 2852263 or Paul, 285-7791.

• Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Second annual Battlement Mesa/Parachute Community Classic is at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. Proceeds will go toward the new community park being planned next to the Grand Valley Middle School. 285-7274.


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• Common Ground meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The group is comprised of citizens from Parachute and Battlement Mesa who are committed to working together for a better community. All residents interested in contributing their time and energy for the betterment of Battlement and Parachute are encouraged to attend.

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Two out of Three Amigos pay a visit to Parachute

Battlement Mesa swim team members advance in competition

By Dick Ciprich, Echo contributor By now, Parachute and Battlement Mesa locals have grown accustomed to seeing former Denver Broncos player Vance Johnson around town. A member of the famed Three Amigos trio of Broncos wide receivers from the John Elway era, Johnson owns VJ’s Outlaw Ribbs, located alongside Interstate 70 in Parachute. In mid-July, Johnson was joined by another Amigo, Mark Jackson, when the Denver Broncos Country Caravan came to town. This free community event was part of a partnership formed by the Denver Broncos and Rocky Mountain Health Plans to promote wellness in a fun and exciting way. It was early in the morning when the caravan stopped by VJ’s Outlaw Ribbs. More than 30 avid fans had been tipped off and were already on hand to meet and greet Johnson and Jackson on the 25th anniversary of the Three Amigos being named. The third member, Ricky Nattiel, was unable to attend since he was in south Florida negotiating a TV commercial. Time was critical as the caravan had other stops scheduled in our area including Rifle’s City Market and the Garfield County Air Show. Four beautiful cheerleaders and Miles the Broncos mascot were also part of the caravan. All signed lots of free pictures and banners. Both Johnson and Jackson are very personable and appear to be in tip-top shape. Neither is the typical former NFL player who can get thicker in the middle after 25 years. They both still work out and indicated that they were ready to try out for this year's team if needed. Everybody wants to be a part of the Peyton Manning action. Mark Jackson, who was born July 23, 1963 in Chicago, was selected by the Broncos in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL draft. A 5'9", 174-pound wide receiver from Purdue University, he played in the 1984 Peach Bowl before spending nine NFL seasons from 1986 to 1994 with the Broncos, the New York Giants, and the Indianapolis Colts. Jackson played in Super Bowls XXI, XXII and XXIV with the Broncos, and caught the touchdown pass that sent the game into overtime on "The Drive" in the Broncos' Jan. 11, 1987 AFC Championship Game victory over the Cleveland Browns. He currently lives in Denver and Las Vegas and is a leadership-training advisor with Rapport Leadership International. Vance Johnson, who was born March 13, 1963 in Trenton, N.J., was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 174-pound wide receiver from the University of Arizona, Johnson played his entire NFL career for the Broncos from 1985 to 1995. Johnson assisted the Broncos to three Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s and had an impressive performance in Super Bowl XXI, recording five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. His best season was in 1989, when he recorded 76 receptions for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns. In his 11 seasons, Johnson recorded 415 receptions for 5,695 yards and 37 touchdowns, while rushing 17 times for 44 yards. He also gained 689 yards on punt returns, and 1,027 yards returning kickoffs. A restaurateur, besides owning VJ’s Outlaw Ribbs, he has recently opened a new venue, Epic(-)Curious on First and Grand in Grand Junction. Ricky Nattiel, who was born Jan. 25, 1966 in Gainesville, Fla., graduated from the University of Florida and was drafted by the Broncos in the first round (27th overall pick) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played for the Broncos in six NFL seasons from 1987 to 1992, including eight playoff games and two Super Bowls. One of the highlights of his professional career was catching a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Elway against the Washington Redskins on the Broncos' first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XXII. No wonder, even after 25 years, the legend of the Three Amigos is as strong as ever.

By Anne Huber, Battlement Mesa Activity Center director

Susan Lang, a former Olympic alternate, has coached the Sea Turtles, Battlement Damon Downing Mesa’s swim team for nearly four years. Her experienced knowledge and ability to teach what it takes to excel as a competitive swimmer has been invaluable, as evidenced by recent achievements of two team members, Kyle Lang and Damon Downing. In late July, Kyle and Damon competed in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Championship at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Both swimmers earned medals in several events and Damon took two silver medals in the 50 and 100meter breaststroke. Damon advanced to the next level of competition, the Western Zone for the US, which was held in Grand Junction on Aug 6-12. The Sea Turtles have an 11-member roster and may be the smallest official team in the US. They have competed against teams with more than 100 members. The Sea Turtles have an impressive record of achievement BMAC staff members are very proud of the achievements of all swim team members and are grateful for the dedication of the coaches, parents and swimmers.

Sports & Rec Briefs Second annual Battlement Mesa/Parachute Community Classic is on Sept. 29 Common Ground, a local citizens’ group, is hosting the second annual Community Classic golf tournament on Sept. 29 at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. This tournament will raise money for Battlement Mesa’s future community park next to the Grand Valley Middle School. There will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The Classic is four-person scramble, limited to the first 100 players. Registration and entry forms are available at the golf course. Cost is $75 per player. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch, a hat and prizes for first, second and third place, as well as hole prizes. If you would like to become a sponsor or make a contribution contact John Constine at 285-6982. For more information about the tournament, contact Jason at the golf course at 285-7274.

– Common Ground

Yoga is for everyone Battlement Mesa yoga instructor Cathy Carlson recently returned from a month of total immersion yoga-teacher training in Grass Valley, Calif. There were more than 50 participants in the teacher training group. At 63, Cathy was proud to be the oldest enrollee. Participants included individuals from nine foreign countries. Typically, yoga teacher certification requires 200 hours of instruction, but by month’s end, Cathy had received more than 300 hours of training. Yoga movements are slow. Holding poses increases flexibility and strength and improves circulation and oxygenation. It is a discipline that transcends age. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends adding balance exercises for those over age 65. Yoga addresses this fitness need as well as increasing strength, flexibility and strengthening the cardiovascular system. Cathy’s class meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. For more information, call Cathy at 260-6125. – Anne Huber, Battlement Mesa Activity Center

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Let the “battle” begin! Battle for the Cure golf fundraiser is on Sept. 15 By Susan Elliott, Echo contributor

Battlement Mesa is preparing to do battle – at the Battle for the Cure that is. Avid golfers who enjoy playing at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club are gearing up for this annual contest, which will benefit the battle against breast cancer. Foursomes of male golfers will join in a shotgun start against foursomes of female golfers at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. The format for this contest will be individual low net play for nine holes. Upon completion, the 10 lowest net scores for women will be compared with the 10 lowest net scores for men. In addition to the main contest, other on-course contests will be offered. Last year the men were victorious. This year the women are plotting their revenge. The entry fee for the tournament is $25 and the sign up deadline is Sept. 8. Non-Advantage Club Members will also pay for green fees and a cart. Following play, dinner will be served in the tent for $10 per person. Non-players may join in the supper and awards celebration. Reservations for dinner must be made in advance. A cash bar will be available. Sign up online at or call the Battlement Mesa Golf Club at 285-7274 for more information. Of course, we all enjoy a good rivalry and a well-fought contest on the golf course, but the true winner here is the fight against breast cancer. According to the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, last year 308 Garfield County women received free mammograms and breast exams at Grand River Hospital. Our donations can see real results. Join the contest, enjoy the camaraderie and support a truly worthy cause. Act promptly as space is limited. Participants are encouraged to wear pink to honor those affected by breast cancer.

Battlement Mesa Activity Center Tennis Club celebrates the Fourth by Leona Anthony, BMAC Tennis Club The Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC) Tennis Club celebrated the Fourth of July with a friendly get together with tennis and hotdogs. Despite that many members were traveling on the holiday, we had a good turnout. The club tried a new format of play, which everyone seemed to enjoy. Instead of a round robin style of tournament, six games were played by each group and then players rotated. One could play in as many rotations as one wanted in a kind of practice format. The club now uses this format for play every Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. Any level of player is welcome on Saturdays. Please join us, as we are always looking for new members. Call Joy Kemper at 285-6545 or contact the activity center for more information.

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Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District

It's time for fall soccer By Mary Anderson, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District director

Programs: Adult Coed Softball: Eight teams participated in summer adult softball. Games were held at the Callahan Ball Fields in Parachute on Thursday evenings. The eight teams were Alpine BankBattlement Mesa, Bill Barrett Corporation, Crown Peak Baptist Church, McCarty Equipment, Shepherd of the Mesa Lutheran Church, Shommy’s Restaurant, Team Medina, and WPX Energy. The last regular season game was Aug. 9 and the final tournaments were held on Aug. 14 and 16. Fall Soccer: There are U10 and U12 girls teams and a U10 boys team. There is also a U12 girls team participating in fall soccer. Teams began practicing the week of Aug. 13. WSSL league games begin Aug. 25. Tiny Tot Soccer: This is for youngsters under 8 years old. Sign up ends on Aug. 20. Practices will start the first week of September. Fall sports news: arachute’s 13-to-15-year-olds baseball team recently won their league tourThere has been discussion nament in Eagle. Here the No. 1 team poses with coaches Tim Olk, Doug with the Rifle Recreation Pfau and Doyle Radel. Photo courtesy of Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Rec Department regarding a possible fall youth volleyball league. Other possible activities are flag football and youth soccer. Keep an eye out for more information. Girls basketball starts in October for grades three through six. Sign up by Sept. 15. Girls volleyball for grades three through six will also be available for sign up. There are plans being made to begin work on a new community park that will be located on approximately six acres near the Grand Valley Middle School. Public meetings were held and we thank all the participants at those meetings for their input. A Great Outdoors Colorado Grant will be applied for this fall. This park will be built in stages. Congratulations to Parachute's baseball team for ages 13-15 who won their league championship in Eagle. Good work to all of the coaches and players. Youth soccer coaches needed: Looking for coaches to work with U10 Boys, U10 Girls, and U12 groups this season. Two practices a week. Games on Saturdays starting Aug. 25. Please call Eric at 285-0388. Check out the website for more information

The Recreation District’s five-member board of directors holds meetings on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Recreation District office, at 259 Cardinal Way. The board members are elected biannually by the members of the community. Current board members are Jason Fletcher, Denise Gallegos, Ron Palmer, Michael Richards and Marilyn Bulger.

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Chamber News

Focus on a chamber board member By Anne Huber, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Featured member of the chamber board: Vice President Sue McKinstry Sue is a native Coloradan from Pueblo. She has lived in Battlement Mesa for nine years. Her occupation for 21 years has been a physical therapist assistant. Optimal Nutrition and Wellness is a business that she started in 2008. Her skills are varied and include nutritional analysis as a certified nutrition practitioner and massage therapist. She also does paraffin dips, and analysis of sleep problems and fatigue. Sue has been a member of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Area Chamber of Commerce since January 2011. Her reasons for joining include a desire to be more active in the community and to be informed about community happenings. She believes that chamber membership adds credibility to her business and that potential clients view chamber membership favorably when selecting a business for the first time. As a member of the board, her goals for the chamber include getting a website online that is user friendly and informative. Additionally, she would like the chamber to find new ways to involve members with the community and provide more opportunities for active networking. Sue is an energetic and positive force in her role as vice president. If you have ideas for the chamber, contact Sue (number below). Guests are invited to attend chamber of commerce regular membership meetings. If you are interested in attending the next meeting scheduled in September, contact Sue McKinstry at 618-6056 to reserve your place.

Shop locally and support your local chamber businesses! The next general membership meeting is Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Firehouse.

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WHY SHOP AT HOME? Reason #1 Think about three independently owned businesses you would miss most if they were gone. Then stop in and say “hello”. Pick up a little something that will make someone else smile. Your contribution is what keeps their business around.

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BODACIOUS BITES BISTRO & CATERING will being opening its doors on Wednesday, September 5th. Our Bistro menu will include homemade baked goods, Panini sandwiches, Soups, Salads, and daily specials. We will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. We are also available to cater your special events; whether it is for 200 or an intimate gathering in your home. Our goal is to provide you excellent service, take care of the details and allow you to enjoy your guests. Please contact us soon.

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GRAND VALLEY ENERGY A monthly column by M.E. Denomy, CPA

Signing on the dotted line

Recently, the post office delivered a large envelope from WPX Energy to many of the citizens in Parachute. The letter included with the reams of paper in the envelope explains that WPX will be drilling a well from Section 1 that will reach underground to Section 12, which is located under the town of Parachute. This means that the minerals located under the homes in town will be extracted and sold. You have been given two choices in order to get paid for these minerals once WPX drills the well and starts selling the products. The first is to sign the lease that was enclosed in the packet. You must make sure that the number of acres in Exhibit A is correct. You can double-check with your property tax bill or the Garfield County clerk to make sure that the number of acres is correct. If it is not, you need to contact the company at the telephone number at the bottom of the letter. If you choose to lease, sign the lease form and return it. You will be getting a “draft”, which is like a check for the amount that has been offered to you as the bonus in the letter. This draft may take up to 45 days to clear your bank, so don’t spend the money right away. After the well is drilled you will start receiving a check for the royalties, which is based on the percentage from your lease and the amount of acres that you own, compared to the total pool of acres. If your royalty is less than $100, you will not get it until it accumulates to greater than $100. With the small amount of acres that each party owns in town, I do not expect that you will be Jed Clampett any time soon. The second choice is to sign the other agreement in the envelope, which is called a Joint Operating Agreement. This will mean that you will own a part of the well and not just get a royalty. You must pay part of the expenses, but you will also get a larger share of the income. Again, this will be based on your owned acres as compared to the total. There is a risk in this choice, in that if the well does not produce, you may have spent money that will not be recouped. But some folks are willing to take the risk, because the reward is greater than leasing. There is one other choice that you can make, and that is to do nothing. You will then be force-pooled into the well. This means that you get a royalty of 12.5 percent until the well earns enough income to pay two times the expenses. Then, you become an owner. It is a mix of royalty and ownership. It is my honor to now be able to call the residents of Parachute “royalty.” May they hit a gusher!

Mary Ellen Denomy, CPA, is a Battlement Mesa resident and an accredited petroleum accountant She has been nationally recognized as an expert in oil and gas issues. Mary Ellen is the immediate past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners. If you have questions, contact her at the website or through the Echo.

Oil & Gas Brief 970-285-9480 NEW! EVENING SWIM LESSONS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 10TH – Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:00 PM Preschool and Level 1 MIDDAY SWIM LESSONS: 12 Noon – Preschool and Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 – Mondays beginning September 10th. Please sign up and pay in advance TRY ANY OF THESE CLASSES AND START ANYTIME. Call 285-9480 for more information Zumba, Indoor Cycling, Aqua Fitness, Taekwon Do, Tiger Kung Fu, Total Body Fitness, Cardio Sculpt, Ballroom Dance, Yoga, Line Dance, Artilumma Kids Dance Program Sign up with a Personal Trainer to help reach your fitness goals.

Hours, class schedules and fees are on the website or call for more information Call for more information on these events, fitness classes at BMAC and hours of operation.

Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District oversees the operations of the water and wastewater plants and also owns Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The BMMD website has valuable information about all district operations, district management, documents and employment. The BMMD Board of Directors meetings are held at the district office; 401 Arroyo Drive (across from the Activity Center) on the 4th Thursday of each month at 9 AM. November and December meetings are the 3rd Thursday. Meetings are open to the public. 970-285-9050 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm

BLM releases assessment of proposed pipeline The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sought public comment through the end of July on an environmental assessment of a proposed 95-mile long, 16-inch pipeline to transport natural gas liquids. The pipeline is being proposed by Enterprise Mid-America Pipeline and would follow an existing pipeline corridor across Rio Blanco, Garfield and Mesa counties in Colorado, and in Uintah and Grand counties in Utah. It would cross BLM lands administered by the White River and Grand Junction field offices in Colorado and the Vernal and Moab field offices in Utah. The pipeline would increase the company’s capacity for transporting natural gas liquids from Wyoming and Colorado to Hobbs, N.M. The company seeks to construct the pipeline, which it calls the Western Expansion Project II, later this year. Copies of the preliminary environmental assessment are available online at or at the BLM Grand Junction Field Office located at 2815 H Road in Grand Junction. – David Boyd, Bureau of Land Management

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S T O RY Library Trail RibbonCutting Celebration

Before and after: Before the Library Trail was installed, left, and after, right. Pedestrians and bicyclists now have a safe way to get from Parachute to Battlement Mesa. Bottom right, the Library Trail makes a connection between the Parachute Branch Library and the Battlement Mesa Golf Course areas. Photos courtesy of Dave Devanney

mer of 2011, for a variety of reasons, it was not possible to finish the final leg before winter arrived. Finally, after six years, the last piece of the Library Trail was completed in midJuly of 2012. The Battlement Mesa and Parachute communities are appreciative of Mike Samson’s support of this trail and believe that he was instrumental in obtaining county funding for the project. Additionally, the enthusiasm, support and encouragement provided by the BMSA’s POST Committee was key to the project’s completion. The Garfield County Library District and the Parachute Branch Library staff have been very supportive and look forward to some

additional traffic as a result of the completion of the Library Trail connection. The BMSA board and staff are to be commended for their support and funding in this long and complex effort. All of the past and present members of the POST Committee should be proud of their hard work and dedication, which helped make this dream a reality. We hope to see a good turn-out for this event. Perhaps a visit to the library would

be a good idea after the ceremony. HAPPY TRAILS! Steve Rippy and Keith Lammey contributed to this story.

Come join the celebration of the official opening of the Library Trail connecting Battlement Mesa and Parachute. When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 Where: At the entrance to the Lyons Ranch on old County Road 300. Motor vehicle parking is available at the truck parking area. Bicyclists and pedestrians should proceed to the bottom of the hill if arriving from the Battlement Mesa end of the trail. Who: All citizens are invited, and particularly those walking and on bicycles. Representatives from organizations that played a part In the trail’s completion have been invited including Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson; Parachute Mayor Judy Beasley; Battlement Mesa Service Association (BMSA) board members and staff; John and Jody Lyons; Parachute Branch Library staff; and members of the BMSA Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) Committee. What else: Citizens from Parachute and Battlement Mesa are invited to ride their bikes or walk to the event in honor of the new path.

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Mesa Vista News Fun in July at Mesa Vista By Kathy Germano, Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence activity director The Fourth of July celebration at Mesa Vista was a hit. There were many family guests to share in the delicious and plentiful food and a great time was had by all. The residents had a fun visit at the Rifle Creek Museum last month and the weather was perfect for a picnic at Centennial Park. The residents also had a chance to make plum jelly with Charlotte White in July, which was a treat for everyone. Thanks to a generous donation from Encana Oil and Gas the air conditioning in Mesa Vista’s van was repaired, which will allow for more travel in the hot summer months. Upcoming trips include a visit to the Glenwood Caverns for a tram ride and dinner and a fall color tour on the Grand Mesa. Residents will be at the Rifle Senior Center for lunch on Aug. 16 and at the Parachute Valley Senior Center for lunch on Aug. 29. Upcoming birthday celebrations are Faye Genrich on Aug. 24 and Ralph Irwin on Aug. 27. Happy birthday wishes to Faye and Ralph! Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence in Parachute/Battlement Mesa is part of the Senior Housing Options network of residences and apartments providing housing for older adults in Colorado. Joline and Charlotte and their homemade jam. Photo courtesy of Kathy Germano

Senior Center News

Medical equipment available to valley residents By Mitzi Burkhart

Residents of Parachute and Battlement Mesa are able to borrow durable medical equipment at the Parachute Valley Senior Center. Donated equipment may be borrowed for an indefinite time for a refundable $10 deposit. The equipment needs to be replaced as it wears out, so donations from the public are always welcome. Wheelchairs and four-wheeled walkers with seats are in great demand. Recipients appreciate the convenience and savings made possible by thoughtful donors. To arrange a visit to the center's storeroom to look over the large supply of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, toilet risers, shower stools, helper bars and much more, call Dick at 285-9526. The Parachute Valley Senior Center is located at 540 N. Parachute Ave. in Parachute.

Senior Briefs Tips and Topics on Tuesdays features senior safety on Sept. 18 Mark your calendars for a vital, must-see senior safety program on ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18 at the Parachute Valley Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave. Tanni McGinnis, community relations deputy of the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, will explain and demonstrate techniques that criminals use against unsuspecting seniors. Situations discussed include door and phone soliciting, purse stealing, and parking lot attacks. She will demonstrate techniques to seniors on ways to prevent becoming a victim. Pre-planning methods to handle dangerous encounters and ways to look strong are just two techniques for appearing less appealing to criminals. People of all ages are welcome, and senior center membership is not required to attending Tips and Topics on Tuesday programs.

Labor Day BBQ at the Parachute Valley Senior Center Take a break from summer cooking and enjoy the Labor Day BBQ at the Parachute Valley Senior Center on Sept. 3 at 12 p.m. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and brats will be plentiful, and members are reminded to bring a salad, beans or dessert to share. Decorated tables will be set up indoors out of the sun and away from bugs. Tickets for the barbecue must be purchased by Aug. 29. Call Jeanette at 285-9512 or purchase tickets at the center’s Wednesday noon lunches. The price is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The Parachute Valley Senior Center is located at 540 N. Parachute Avenue in Parachute. – Mitzi Burkhart, Parachute Senior Center Kiwanis Club of Parachute/Grand Valley

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An update from the local Kiwanis Club By Barbara Barker, Kiwanis Club of Parachute/Grand Valley

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. In the words of Bob Arrington, our local Kiwanis president, “For you who are not Kiwanians, please read of our efforts and accomplishments here in the community and reflect on whether this might also be your calling to serve the children and your community and, very importantly, enjoy the fellowship of others who share your dedication.” Some of the projects sponsored by local club this past year include: • Alive at 25, a special driver’s training for high school students. • Winter Ecology, which provides all Garfield School District No. 16 fourth graders with a winter outdoor experience. • The annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. • The Grand Valley Days Parade, which the club sponsors with the rodeo association, Sheriff’s Auxiliary and the Grand Valley Fire Department. • The Jungle Mobile of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at Children’s Hospital in Denver, which is a converted ambulance designed to promote safety, which visits Bea Underwood Elementary every other year. • The Bring-A-Book program, which builds collections of local school libraries. • During November and December, members volunteer to ring the bell for The Salvation Army. • The Kids’ Christmas Party for pre-school, Head Start and kindergarten children. • Science fairs, which help boost interest in science by providing awards and recognition to students. • The local scholarship program encourages and assists Grand Valley High School students to continue their education. • The Stars of Tomorrow program, which showcases our school-aged talent in an amateur talent show format. • The LIFT-UP Food Drive that provides support for LIFT-UP’s food pantry, which helps families in need of emergency food throughout the year. • Support for Boy Scout Troop 255, providing community boys from ages 11-17 an opportunity to participate in a positive community-wide activity.

The Grand Valley/Parachute Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday morning at the Parachute Branch Library at 7 a.m. We invite you to come and enjoy the fellowship and interesting programs.

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Deadline for Mt. Callahan Community Fund grant requests is Sept. 30

By Barbara Pavlin, Mt. Callahan Community Fund It's the time of year for local nonprofit organizations to request grants from the Mt. Callahan Community Fund (MCCF) for projects and activities benefiting Parachute and Battlement Mesa. The Mt. Callahan Community Fund is a community-wide funding organization, providing local charitable funds raised by the people and for the people of Parachute and Battlement Mesa. MCCF provides financial support for organizations that serve the community in educating young people, supporting seniors, caring for people and families in need, and providing cultural and recreational opportunities for all to enjoy. MCCF is also a geographic area fund, part of the Western Colorado Community Foundation located in Grand Junction. Since its inception in 2002, MCCF has awarded more than $70,000 to local nonprofit organizations having a positive impact on all age groups. MCCF has also raised more than $100,000 for investment in its endowment fund, which is used to provide funds for future grants.


MCCF is grateful to the Town of Parachute and many local businesses and individuals for the generous donations that have made this possible. We invite qualified local nonprofit organizations to submit applications for funding of their specific needs. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30 and we expect to distribute funds by Dec. 30. In an effort to provide funding for as many organizations as possible, MCCF suggests that grant requests not exceed $500. In addition to the name, address, contact information and verification of the organizations 501(c)3 status, proposals must include a description of their project and how it will benefit our community, the total budget for the project, and how the MCCF funds will make a difference. MCCF suggests that applicants use the Colorado Common Grant application available online at in preparing proposals. Proposals should be sent to Mt. Callahan Community Fund, P.O. Box 104, Parachute, CO 81635 and must be mailed by Sept. 30. For more information, call 285-7634.

Grand Valley Center for Family Learning

What is happening at the Grand Valley Center for Family Learning this year?. By Rebecca Ruland, CFL The Grand Valley Center for Family Learning (CFL) will offer seven kindergarten/first grade classes (mixed ages), one half-day kindergarten class, and eight preschool classes. The center will continue to work with the Teen Parent Program and collaborate with the Grand River Student Health Center as well as Head Start, Child Find and Save the Children. As a result, every classroom and space will be fully occupied and focused on student growth and well being. Our classroom configuration consists of multiple ages. Although multi-age teaching may seem very different, it is not. It is centered around a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for various ages, with a focus on continuous progress. Progress is organized around students’ learning rather than specific grade levels. This method accommodates the progress of all students as they do not all develop at the same rate. Students are placed in flexible groups to accommodate their individual needs for all content areas. In the kindergarten/first grade classes, teachers maintain a minimum of four literacy groups and two to three math groups. Some first graders will access portions of the kindergarten curriculum and some kindergartners are ready for first grade curriculum or beyond. Teachers assess and group kids throughout the year as they move along the developmental continuum. Teachers who have taught multi-age classes before appreciate that the structure allows more space for kids to grow both socially and academically. Additionally, teachers will have the same group of kids for two years at a time, allowing for a lengthy period of establishing routines and figuring out where kids are at the beginning of each year thus using time more efficiently for learning. Relationships between teachers and students,

as well as accountability, are centerpieces for this model. Teachers make a minimum two-year investment in each child and take full responsibility for their progress during that time. Additionally, there will be expansion on an emphasis of integrated and extended learning expeditions. These learning opportunities focus on big ideas and conceptual understandings that are composed of a sequence of thoughtfullyplanned lessons and experience and include all essential elements of instruction and required state standards. As always, community input and partnership is welcome in a number of different ways including serving on the CFL advisory board. If you would like to learn more about the school or to get involved, please e-mail For important dates at the Grand Valley Center for Family Learning see the calendar on page 4

Village Artists attending Glenwood’s Fall Art Festival on Sept. 26 The Robert Harper Plein Air Painting workshop in June was enjoyed by ladies from Meeker and the Village Artists club. En plein air is a French expression, describing the act of painting outdoors. Artist Robert Harper demonstrated this and other oil painting techniques to the attendees. Plan ahead; Village Artist members will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 at the Village Inn in Glenwood Springs prior to visiting the Fall Art Festival at the Ramada Inn. – Bette Sollowitz, Village Artists

Ken and Rosemary Locker of Battlement Mesa celebrate 60th wedding anniversary Ken and Rosemary Locker married Aug. 16, 1952 in Springfield, Ill. The couple has one son, Dan (Brenda) Locker, of Battlement Mesa; one grandson, Joshua Locker of San Diego, Calif.; two step grandsons, Clay and Clint (Christian) Pontius, and two great granddaughters, Serenity and McKenzie Pontius. The couple is celebrating with family.

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HEALTH Take precautions during West Nile season – especially in Parachute and Battlement Mesa 101 CARDINAL WAY IN PARACHUTE, CO •


GOOD LUCK TO Kim and Johna, the owner’s of Headline Salon in Battlement Mesa. We wish them both the best on their move to Texas. We wish to invite and welcome everyone to try our salon and services. You won’t be disappointed. We have three full time hair stylists along with a full time nail technician. We offer up to date trendy styles and colors along with tanning and up to date pedicure chairs to pamper your feet. Check out the awesome designs for your full set of artificial nails. HOURS: Tue. - Fri. 9 am - 6 pm • Sat. 9 am - 3 pm • Closed Sun. & Mon. Evenings available by appointment.

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By Renelle Lott, Garfield County

Late summer presents an increased incidence of mosquitoes in Garfield County, creating an increased risk of West Nile Virus. And that’s particularly true in the Parachute and Battlement Mesa areas. The strongest concentrations of the type of mosquitoes that may carry the virus have been found in the Grand Valley area of Garfield County in recent weeks. This is because that region is warmer and at a lower altitude than the rest of the county. West Nile Virus is carried by certain infected birds and transmitted to people by bites from mosquitoes that have fed on these birds. “In areas where these mosquitoes are found, less than one percent may be infected with West Nile Virus,” said Dr. Michael Weissmann, a PhD entomologist, and surveillance manager for Colorado Mosquito Control. “Late summer is typically when the risk of West Nile increases, due to higher temperatures.” Mosquitoes are trapped locally and tested by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to determine whether West Nile is present. “None of the mosquitoes trapped in Garfield County have tested positive for West Nile this season,” said Steve Anthony, vegetation manager for Garfield County. “Monitoring will continue of the counts using traps set by Colorado Mosquito Control around the county. An update of the prior week’s mosquito monitoring will appear on the county website throughout the summer and early fall every Monday.” Click on and mosquito information will be linked from the home page. Good prevention includes following the recommendations of the “Fight the Bite!” campaign, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), available online at Several more weeks of warm weather lie ahead, presenting a continued risk of mosquito activity. Good prevention against insect bites includes following the recommendations of the “Fight the Bite!” campaign, and recommendations from the CDC, available online at

Garfield County and statewide health departments also recommend following 4 “Ds”: • Drain standing water. • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. • Use DEET in insect repellants, utilizing manufacturer recommendations. • Dress in long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn.

According to the CDC, most people infected with West Nile Virus will not experience any symptoms. Approximately 20 percent of people who become infected will develop West Nile Fever. Symptoms typically begin two to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. These symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. The illness can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. A smaller number of people infected with the virus will develop a more severe form of the disease, with symptoms including headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis Residents can help by reporting standing water or high mosquito activity to Colorado Mosquito Control at or via phone at 877-276-4306.

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Mt. Callahan Community Fund helps Park and Rec offer programs to all

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By Mary Anderson, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District director RECENTLY REMODELED MF HOME! New flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops, appliances, garage door and more. Ready and waiting for you. Battlement Mesa - $117,000

In this column, the Mt. Callahan Community Fund (MCCF) invites representatives of local nonprofits that MCCF has funded to write about their organizations. In this way, you can get to know these remarkable groups and how they benefit Parachute and Battlement Mesa. During the past few years, the Parachute/ Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District has been so pleased to receive funding for the following: heavy duty picnic tables for the Callahan Ball Field Complex; a set of full-sized aluminum soccer goal posts with nets for use during the spring and fall youth soccer programs; and a ball field drag that is used to maintain the baseball and softball ball fields on a daily basis during the busy summer months. The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District was formed in 1984 and provides public recreation opportunities to the residents between the Mesa County line at DeBeque east to Rulison, Parachute, Battlement Mesa and many rural residents. The district’s boundaries are 318 square miles. The office is located at 259 Cardinal Way in Parachute in the Wasson-McKay house adjacent to the overpass that joins north and south Parachute. The Wasson-McKay was built in 1903 and it is made of stone. There is a huge yard with trees, flowers, fruit trees and wildlife. This is a great house to have an office. The Wasson-McKay house is owned by the Town of Parachute and leased by the district. Other facilities include the Callahan Ball Field Complex located at 1 La Plata Circle in Parachute, which is right next door to Cottonwood Park. This facility has two ball fields, storage units and a concession stand/restroom. Lots of activity takes place at the Callahan Ball Field Complex from March through October each year. Programs that take place at the complex include spring soccer, t-ball, youth baseball and softball, adult softball, soccer clinics, tiny tot soccer and fall soccer for the older youth. The Grand Valley High School girls softball team uses the softball field for their fall high school softball season. Sometimes the sheriff’s department comes down and uses the area for training their K-9 dogs. The Grand Valley Park Association owns the rodeo arena that is located between Cottonwood Park and the Callahan Ball Field Complex. They produce Grand Valley Days. The arena is available to the public for open riding. There is a skatepark located at the Saddleback Recreation Area on Battlement Mesa and two dog parks (one for little dogs and one for big dogs). Park and Recreation is going to purchase a few dog agility pieces and put them at the dog park for the public to use. Many other programs are held throughout the year. There is a youth and adult volleyball program, basketball leagues for both girls and boys, tiny tot basketball, youth wrestling, and each year the annual Craft Fair is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Indoor programs are held at the Garfield County School District No. 16’s gymnasiums. Thank you Mt. Callahan Community Fund for providing funding opportunities for the betterment of all.

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at the Battlement School House owned by Grand Valley Historical Society.

We are proud to host a monthly community dance on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting Saturday, August 18th from 7-10 p.m. DJ-Tom, line dancing and dance lessons. For more information contact Sue Rill and Charlie at 970-250-6262. Donations are welcome.

We are offering the building for single event rent

for organization meetings & meals, holiday/birthday/anniversary parties, neighborhood gatherings and family reunions. Complete serving of china, silverware, glass ware available for nice parties. Capacity 75. For more information contact: Judith at 285-9696 or Michelle at 285-7828

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Health Brief Garfield County suicide rate higher than national average The local Suicide Prevention Coalition is exploring the recent high rate of suicide in Garfield County. The coalition is working to improve local efforts to reduce this rate. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the national suicide rate is 11.3 deaths per 100,000 people. In line with this statistic, Garfield County’s percentage should average about six suicides each year. In 2011 Garfield lost 15 people to suicide. Suicide prevention efforts focus on accessible mental health treatment, community education, and reducing the availability of lethal means. How people attempt suicide can be a factor in determining whether they live or die. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more suicide victims use a firearm (52 percent) than every other method combined. Thirteen of the 15 deaths in Garfield County in 2011 were caused by a firearm. Firearms differ from other means of attempting suicide as they are more immediate, lethal, and irreversible. The risk of suicide is tripled when there is an accessible firearm in the home. For this reason, the National Council for Suicide Prevention is encouraging safe firearm storage practices. Gun locks are available for free at Garfield County Public Health offices in Glenwood Springs and Rifle and are relatively inexpensive if purchased at retail stores. Simply removing a firearm from the home does not guarantee the safety of an individual suffering from thoughts of suicide. It is important to remove any means that may be used to attempt suicide. Immediate access to treatment is essential; call a mental health professional or a crisis hotline. Mental illness is a legitimate and very serious condition that requires professional advice and support. Fortunately, it is also a treatable condition. For immediate help in dealing with depression call the National Hotline at 800-273-TALK, Colorado West Mental Health at 945-2583 or the Aspen Hope Center at 925-5858. – Marian McDonough, Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Healthy students = Bright futures By Ann Galloway, CFNP, Grand River Student Health Center

Healthy students = Bright futures. Every time I go to work I see this motto on the Grand River Student Health Center sign outside the Grand Valley Center for Family Learning, and each time I see it, I reflect on the truth in this simple phrase. If our students are healthy, their futures are bright. As my grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” I wonder how many people in Garfield County realize what an advantage the students of School Districts Re 2 and 16 have over many school districts in Colorado. Yes, there are excellent teachers, staff, coaches and administrators in both school districts who are dedicated to building strong minds and character in your students. These professionals do a wonderful job teaching and nurturing the children in their charge by playing a role in assuring each child has a bright future. But did you know there are nurse practitioners and mental health counselors who are dedicated to building strong bodies, minds and bright futures in the students of Garfield County School Districts 2 and 16 as well? Through an operating grant from the Colorado Health Foundation and combined resources from Grand River Hospital District and the school districts, two school-based health centers have been established. The Grand River Student Health Center in Parachute is located in the Center for Family Learning, 100 E. Second St., and serves School District 16. The Grand River Student Health Center in Rifle is located in the old CMC building at 703 Railroad Ave. and serves Re 2. Each school-based health center is staffed by a certified licensed nurse practitioner, a coordinator, a mental health counselor and an off-site physician medical director. Services offered at both health centers include acute illness and injury care, well child checks and physical exams (including sports physicals), immunizations, vision and hearing screening, routine lab tests, health promotion counseling including sexual health counseling, management of chronic conditions such as asthma, obesity, allergies and diabetes, and individual, group and family mental health counseling. Additional services are referrals to community providers and agencies and assistance with enrollment into Medicaid and CHP+. These services are available to any student, faculty or staff of the school district where they attend or work. The staffs at the Grand River Student Health Centers are committed to providing access to low-cost, quality health care to all students, faculty, staff and administrators of Garfield County School Districts 16 and Re2. Services are provided for a flat $20 fee if the patient does not have health insurance and does not qualify for Medicaid or CHP+. If the patient has insurance, the insurance company will be billed. A co-pay or deductible may be collected at the time of services if required by the insurance company. No one will be denied services due to inability to pay. If you are a parent of a child who attends either school district, watch for information about the Student Health Centers in your child’s back-to-school package of forms. A consent form and information sheet must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. After this is done, the student may use the student center at any time while attending school in the district. Appointments can be made by calling 285-5719 (Parachute Health Center) or 6657922 (Rifle Health Center). Walk-ins are also welcome. To learn more about the Grand River Student Health Centers in Garfield County, contact Lois Kame, Grand River Hospital District’s administrative director of clinics at 625-6514. For District 16, contact Rebecca Ruland, principal of the Center for Family Learning at 2855702. Theresa Hamilton is the District Re 2 contact at 665-7621. School-based health centers are being established in the state across the nation. Statistics show school-based health centers allow students to stay in school and parents not miss as much work due to illness and taking children to healthcare visits. Garfield County is very fortunate to have two student-based centers. Our children are our future. They deserve healthy minds, bodies and bright futures.

Ann Galloway is a certified family nurse practitioner. She works at the Grand River Student Health Center in Parachute.

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The Tooth of the Matter Bruxism – Do you have it? By Scott Lybrook, DMD You're sound asleep, pleasant dreams dancing across your subconscious. You snuggle down into your pillow and suddenly you're awakened by a horrible sound. Your spouse is grinding his or her teeth. What an irritating sound – nearly as bad as fingernails scratching across the blackboard, but far more dangerous. According to the American Dental Association, this is nocturnal bruxism, the grinding of the teeth in the night. Bruxism can have far-reaching implications, such as loosening and loss of teeth and temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ). TMJ occurs when the muscles, joints and ligaments of the jaw move out of alignment. Symptoms of TMJ include headache, earache and pain in the face, neck or shoulder. While no hard figures on the frequency of bruxism are available it is likely that as many as one in four Americans grind their teeth. More than 80 percent of all bruxers maybe unaware of the habit and may dismiss evidence that they do in fact engage in this self-destructive behavior. Bruxism is also closely associated with some sleep disorders. Research has discovered that people who grind their teeth are more likely to snore, suffer from breathing pauses during sleep and be victims of sleep apnea. As with many sleep problems, stress is a major cause of bruxism. Even during the day, it's not unusual to clench or grind the teeth when angry or nervous. The use of tobacco, alcohol or caffeine also tends to aggravate the problem. It is a disorder that can affect people of all ages, men and women. It does seem to decrease with age, with the worst cases occurring in the 19 to 44 year age group. So what can you do to stop grinding your teeth? Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor about options to reduce your stress. Attending stress counseling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered. Other tips to stop teeth grinding include: • Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee. • Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption. • Do not chew on pencils or pens or anything that is not food. • Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth. • Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax. • Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe. If you think that you have bruxism visit your dentist to find a solution for not just better oral health, but also for a better night’s rest. To learn more about bruxism, talk to your dentist during your next regular check-up. It might save you some sleep. The author, Dr. Scott Lybrook and his wife, Dr. Carol Lybrook, operate Lybrook Dental Center in Parachute.

Nature at Home and Afield By Betsy Leonard

Drought is all around us

Droughts occur where there are extended periods of months or even years when a region registers a deficiency in its water supply in both surface and groundwater sources. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the areas in the country that are showing the most drought conditions are the southern to central Rockies, the central Great Plains states and the Ohio Valley. There are four main types of drought, often overlapping: 1. Meteorological drought - Covers the amount of dryness and the duration of the dry period. Atmospheric conditions can contribute to the deficiencies of precipitation and may vary from place to place. 2. Agricultural drought – Mainly affects food production and farming, which brings soil water deficits, including reduced groundwater or reservoir levels. Deficient top soil moisture at planting may stop germination, leading to reduced plant populations. 3. Hydrological Drought – Associated with the effects of periods of precipitation shortages on water supply. Because water in hydrologic storage systems is used for multiple purposes such as flood control, irrigation, recreation, navigation, hydropower and wildlife habitat, the impacts of drought can be far reaching. Competition for water in these systems increases during drought-ridden times, and conflicts between water users and uses may arise. 4. Socioeconomic drought – Occurs when the demand for products exceeds supply because of a weather-related shortfall in the water supply. For example, the supply of many economic goods such as water, forage, food grains, fish and hydroelectric power all depend on weather conditions. Many of you have heard of the Dust Bowl, a drought that was a natural disaster that occurred in the High Plains in 1934, 1936 and 1939-40. This effect was caused by sustained drought conditions compounded by years of poor land management practices that left topsoil susceptible to the forces of the wind. The soil, depleted of moisture, was lifted by the wind into great clouds of dust and sand. Because of changes to cultivation practices, subsequent droughts in this region have had less impact. However, the drought conditions we are experiencing now are the greatest since 1956. We can see some evidence of this by observing the low water levels of the Colorado River. Drought is associated with increases in insect infestations, plant disease, and wind erosion. Drought has weakened many of the pines in our state and caused the trees to be susceptible to pine bark beetle infestation. As the forests continue to dry out, forest fires increase in both number and severity. There is a reduction and degradation of fish and wildlife habitat, as streams and ponds dry up. All aquatic species, not just fish, are affected. Hardest hit are the frogs and salamanders that make their home in western Colorado. Admittedly, there are a number of factors contributing to the decline of amphibians, and the drought is compounding these struggles Impacts on agriculture can be severe during drought as well. Retailers who both provide goods and services and use farm products must deal with reduced business. This leads to unemployment and loss of revenue. Recreational and tourism industries can also be significantly affected. For instance, the snow skiing industry was impacted last winter. Higher food prices will be sustained by consumers as shortages occur, and transportation costs increase. Social impacts of drought include health, public safety, conflicts between water users, and reduced quality of life. Food shortages may affect people as heat increases, as do suicides and violence. Depending on government’s response, there may be inequity in the distribution of drought relief. Severe drought may cause a reduced quality of life that leads to changes in lifestyle. As conditions continue to dry, populations may migrate to areas less affected by drought. Whether a drought occurs is beyond our control, but there are some things we can do to make a drought easier to bear. Use water more effectively by installing drip hoses instead of above-ground sprinklers. Water lawns and gardens in the early morning or evening to minimize water evaporation. You can plant native plants that require less water to survive. Lastly, in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms use water-efficient fixtures and develop water conservation habits. Betsy Leonard is an environmental education specialist who lives in Parachute.


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As I See It

• The Echo Worship Directory •

A small community is a great place to see the world

To be listed in The Echo Worship Directory, please contact to set up an account, there is a small monthly fee of $10. Grace Bible Church

By Pastor Charlie Hornick, Grace Bible Church I am enjoying the privilege of living in a small community where one has a great opportunity to see the world. Philosopher G. K. Chesteron made this insightful but somewhat paradoxical observation about living in a neighborhood such as ours in Parachute and Battlement Mesa: “The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. The reason is obvious. In a large community we can choose our companions. In a small community our companions are chosen for us.” He’s right. While living in the Denver metro area, I observed that people were more apt to hang out with people who are very like themselves. I saw how prone people were to join clubs and cliques based on personal self-interests where they can be lonesome together. I also saw a prevailing boredom, except when the Broncos were winning. By contrast, author Philip Yancey observes that smaller communities and smaller churches force us to rub shoulders with everybody else. A community, according to Henri Nouwen, is the place where the person you least want to live with lives. It is a place that requires grace, shared vision and a cooperative effort. It does take work. Anyone can form a club or group but people whose world is much bigger than themselves make up a community. Those who care for others who are least like them find themselves developing as individuals. Perhaps it because they learn the first building block of relationships: “It is not always about me. Our community has many examples of pulling together for the common good. I do not know of any community that has more opportunities for its citizens to be informed and to be heard. I also know of many cooperative efforts of our community governments, local churches and civic organizations to assist those who have fallen on hard times. I have watched neighborhoods pull together to provide for a family going through a financial crisis or a medical issue. I have personally witnessed each one of our churches reach out to others, showing a spirit of concern and compassion with no expectation to be compensated in return. Many of our teachers and school administrators have labored long and hard to give the children and youth who live here the best chance possible to someday become full-fledged productive adults. Many of our youth organizations are civic minded and are making a big difference. I believe that most in our community fully acknowledge that we are blessed by our diversity. We have diversities in age, education, ethnic backgrounds and political ideologies. While we have challenges in understanding one another, those challenges are often being addressed by those who want to see each citizen have an equal opportunity to advance. One only needs to read The Grand Valley Echo to see that we have much to be grateful for in this community. We have many children and youth to be proud of. We have many volunteers donating their time to make where we are a better place to live Communities grow stronger when each member realizes that we belong to each other, we need each other and we affect each other. When any member of the community is strengthened, we all are strengthened. When any member is hurting, we all suffer. I would also be the first to tell you that we can and must do better in many ways. But I believe that those who have braved the ups and downs over the years here have given us a community to be proud of. They have given us a legacy to continue to build on When you learn and apply what community is really all about, you grow. Instead of moaning over what we do not possess, let us be grateful for who and what we do have. Progress is first made by accommodating others in the community, then by accepting them, and finally, by learning to appreciate them. When you do, you will find our community a great place to see the world.

755 Spencer Parkway P.O. Box 6248 Battlement Mesa 285-9862 Charlie Hornick, Pastor Jed Johnston, Family Life Pastor Chastity McGillivray, GBC Child Care Missionary Intern, Amy Hamilton Sunday Blessing Up for Church Broadcast 8 a.m. - 103.9 FM Sunday School: 9:30-10:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Evening Service: 5:30 p.m.

All Saints' Episcopal Church 150 Sipprelle Dr. Battlement Mesa 285-7908 Pastor's mobile: 985-5797 The Reverend Edmond-Joseph Rivet, Priest-in-charge Website: Church e-mail: Pastor e-mail: Sunday Sunday Eucharist: 10:30 a.m. Choir: 9:30 a.m. Children's Godly Play: 10 a.m. WOW: Worship On Wednesday Contemplative Eucharist: 6 p.m. Soup Social: 6:30 p.m. Episcopal Theology: 7 p.m. •••

Crown Peak Baptist Church 101 W. Battlement Parkway Parachute 285-7946 Rick Van Vleet, Senior Pastor Dan LaRue, Associate Pastor Matt Loftin, Youth Pastor Brian Jarrett, Minister of Music Sunday Morning Worship – 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study for all ages – 9:45 a.m. (Children's Church offered during 11 a.m. service) Wed. Night Dinner 5:30 p.m. Wed. Night Programs 6:30 p.m. (Adult, Children & Youth Groups) Small groups meet throughout the week ... Visit our website for more information. Come -- Experience God's Power for life & living Know -- Christ through a loving family for fellowship Grow -- In Christ through a foundation of discipleship Go -- With Christ in a ministry of service with a focus for evangelism


Faith Baptist Church 235 N. Railroad Ave. Parachute John Yadloski, Pastor 285-7424 Sunday Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Children’s Church: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m.

Youth / Children’s Activities Grace Bible Church Child Care: Mon – Fri. Boy Scouts – Call for days/times Awana: Tuesdays 6:30pm (Sept. – April) High School Youth: Sun. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Middle School Youth: Wed. 7:00-8:30 p.m. *Bible Studies, Special Activities (Call for times and places) Website: 24-Hour Prayer Line: 256-4693 •••

Grand Valley Christian Church Second Street & Parachute Avenue Parachute Richard Counts, Pastor 285-7597, 260-1080 e-mail: Church Office 285-7597 Sunday worship 10:00 a.m. •••

The Lighthouse (Assembly of God) 1833 S. Battlement Parkway Battlement Mesa 285-7236 or 379-5947 (Pastor's cell) Pastor: Dr. Robert C. McNew Services Sunday school: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Worship service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (Children's Church & Nursery) Ladies’ Bible study and luncheon: Tuesday, 12-2 p.m.


Shepherd of the Mesa (WELS)

Website: Bill Cornelius, Pastor 987-3093 Youth Directors: Kristy and Rory Roder, Brandon Downing

Worship: Sunday at 10 a.m. Bible Information Class: Monday at 7 p.m. Family Bible Study: Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: Historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse on County Road 300 Lutheran Catechism: Wednesday at 3 p.m. Women’s Bible Study Group: Monday at 9:30 a.m. Location: 12 Rosewood Way In Home Bible Study throughout the week. Call for times and locations in your area.

Grand Valley United Methodist Church 132 N. Parachute Ave. Parachute, Co. 81635 970-285-9892


We are a Christ-centered congregation committed to biblical and theological openness and inclusiveness.

at Grand Valley Middle School 0364 Sipprelle Drive Parachute

SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE Adult Sunday School: 8:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. Fellowship Time with refreshments at 11:00 a.m. We have a Communion Service on the First Sunday of every month Our “Awakening Chorus” Choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Pastor David Bartlett

We Invite you to Attend our Special Services on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Tenebrae Service, Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast. We offer many volunteer opportunities to support community agencies. We host a free luncheon every Monday open to all. We offer a community garden that is free to all. Meditation and Spiritual Growth Group twice a month at 7:00 p.m. Our church has been active in serving the area for 122 years! Come Join Us This Sunday!

Wellspring of Life Church

Sunday Service Time: 10 a.m. Youth and Children’s Sunday School 210-5795 210-5849 •••

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Where’s Redstone? Leaves are turning up in the Crystal Valley By Carrie Click, Echo editor

It seems like everybody says it, but it’s hard to believe that fall is nearly here. With such an unusually early, hot and dry summer, the leaves are already beginning to change as of press time up in the Crystal Valley. Heading towards the end of August and into September, visitors to the Crystal River Valley are treated to some of the finest weather and outdoor activities that Redstone has to offer. The dog days of summer are past, children are heading back to school, and Indian summer is here and fall is just around the corner. Redstone’s signature fall event is the annual Redstone Art Foundation Labor Day Weekend Art Show, located at the entrance to town on the grounds of the Redstone Inn. There’s a bit of everything, from photography to jewelry, etchings to ironwork, ceramics to paintings that are created by artists principally from the Western Slope. The show begins Friday evening and runs through Monday afternoon (go to for more information). Redstone’s Summer of Music Magical Moments features Larry Good, Dough Whitney and Paul Valentine playing an outdoor concert on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in Redstone Park. The concert is free. Redstone is located on Highway 133, just 18 miles south of Carbondale. Take I-70 to Glenwood Springs and Highway 82 to the junction of Hwy. 133 at Carbondale. Or, take the scenic byway across the Grand Mesa on Highway 65 to the junction of Highway 92 near Hotchkiss and continue past Paonia on Highway 133 over McClure Pass into the beautiful Crystal River Valley. Hope to see you in Redstone! For more information go to

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Where’s Redstone – and why should you care? The Grand Valley Echo’s nineyear old sister, The Crystal Valley Echo, is based in Redstone and is the monthly newspaper for the Crystal Valley. Besides, Redstone is a perfect, quick getaway for Grand Valleyites. Get to know your sister: Come visit.

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Battlement Mesa Activity Center News

How BMAC’s mineral lease grant funds are being spent By Anne Huber, Battlement Mesa Activity Center director

The Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC) was awarded a grant of $185,780 by the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District Board of Directors. Funds were requested for three projects. The first is to replace high-wattage halogen bulbs with lower wattage LED lamps. BMAC will also take advantage of an Xcel Energy rebate program that contributes toward the dollar match required by the grant for such improvements. The second project is the repair and replacement of the exterior roof over the pool complex. This project has been deferred for several years because of a lack of capital funds necessary for a major repair of the 30-year old roof. This project will include removal of the existing metal, replacement of wet or damaged insulation, installation of new underlayment, improvement to the ventilation between the exterior roof and interior ceiling, and covering rusted and leaking clerestory window frames The third planned project is Phase One of a landscape plan to aid in water conservation. Currently BMAC uses potable water for lawn irrigation. In dry summers, costs range upwards of $6,000 a month to water the grass. In normal non-irrigation months, water bills average $500 per month. The landscape plan will identify areas of turf grass that can be eliminated without hurting the curb appeal of the activity center and will recommend modifications based on the newer concept of no-fuss landscaping that many public parks now use. Adhering to the Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District purchasing policy, public notice was published requesting bids. Bids will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2012.

Name change for Battlement Mesa Activity Center

The Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District (BMMD) Board of Directors approved a name change for the Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC), effective Jan. 1, 2013. The new name will be Grand Valley Recreation Center (GVRC). The name is representative of the communities served by the center, including Battlement Mesa, Parachute, Rulison, Morrisania, Rifle and DeBeque as well as recognizing the historical name of the valley. The Center is owned by the BMMD, a Colorado Title 32 Special District that also owns Battlement Mesa’s water and sewer departments. The new name will also help residents differentiate between fees assessed by other groups in the community such as the Battlement Mesa Service Association. – Anne Huber, BMAC

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