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• Serving the Grand Valley since 2008 •

Providing a voice for community-based organizations and individuals that enrich the life of the Grand Valley Volume 4 Number 9



Mid-June / Mid-July 2012

Get ready for a hot, dry summer...

Colorado Scramble page 3

Scouts page 6

Flags page 6

Cody Pfau page 13

Mesa Vista News page 15

What a difference a year makes: Above, because of the low runoff

and high temperatures, Mount Callahan overlooks a much drier Parachute and Battlement Mesa than last year. Left, during runoff season in 2011, the water ran so high that the path upriver from Cottonwood Park flooded and was temporarily shut down. Such is not the case now.

Photos by Carrie Click

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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.

A heartfelt thank you

Another very successful CCFA Take Steps event

Dear Echo: I would like to thank everyone who sent cards, food, good thoughts and prayers while I was recovering from a knee replacement. Special thanks go to Karen and Jim Klink for responding at midnight. Also, a great thanks to Chuck and Dee Hall for their help. Of course, I couldn't have survived the operation and recuperation without my husband, Douglas Rose. He even gave up golf to be my caregiver. Frances D. Rose Battlement Mesa

British Soccer Camp thanks Dear Echo:

The British Soccer Camp that was held in Parachute May 28- June l was very successful with 70 youngsters participating. Thank you to the five British soccer coaches who came to coach. Thank you to the host families: the Fentons, Whiteleys, Bradleys, and the Hoggans. Thank you to the families who worked on the fundraisers and to Tamerrel Construction and Alpine Bank for being generous sponsors for this camp. Park and Recreation will sponsor another camp in 2013.

Dear Echo: On Sunday, June 3, the Take Steps event was held in Rifle to raise money, but more importantly awareness, for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. There was great food, great fun, and great information on the CCFA. We would like to thank our title sponsor - Alpine Bank; our silver sponsors – Grand River Hospital, Lockton Companies, and Valley View Hospital; our bronze sponsor – Janssen Biotech; and our ruby sponsors – Baldrica and Company, Bookcliff Survey, Dr. Eugene Covello, Glenwood Medical Association, Land Title Guarantee Title Company, Old Mountain Gifts & Jewelry, and Swallow Oil Company. We would like to also thank this year’s committee: Mary Moore, Mary Lee and Jerry Mohrlang, Dani Gonzales, Brook and Devon Van Syckel, Jordanne Williams, Becky Gonzales, Charlene Meade, Pam Szedelyi and Karen Klink. Lastly, but certainly not least, we would like to thank all the individuals who made donations to such a worthy cause. We couldn’t have held such an event without your support. It is appreciated more than you will ever know. Karen Klink Publicity, CCFA Battlement Mesa

Sincerely, Mary Anderson Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District Parachute

Look for “The Insiders’ Guide” available now The Grand Valley Echo, working alongside the Battlement Mesa Service Association, just completed a new free guidebook about the Battlement Mesa and Parachute area Called “The Insiders’ Guide to Battlement Mesa and Parachute,” the guide offers the visitor information about the history of the area, recreational opportunities, people, events, and the local economy, plus information about businesses in the region. And the guide isn’t just for visitors. Locals will also appreciate the contact listings, the calendar pages, and much more. The guide is 44 pages long, and can be found at the Visitors Cabin at the Parachute Rest Area, and at many businesses around town. The guide is also being distributed regionally, and at Colorado state line information centers. Intended for use during this summer and fall, plans are in the works to publish a followup guide for this coming winter and spring. If you would like to contribute to the guide with “insider” information, if you have an historical local tale to tell, or if you’d like to inform others about a favorite recreational spot, please reach us. We’re at – Echo staff

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.

MISSION STATEMENT To provide a voice for local schools, nonprofit groups and civic organizations; to bring attention to the individuals and local businesses that are the fabric of the Grand Valley region; to contribute to the vitality of our small town life.


285-7634 The Grand Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout Battlement Mesa and Parachute. Subscriptions are available for a $35 annual fee.


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Steve Randol, Dave Devanney, Laurel Koning, Charlie Hornick, Dickie Calvert, Juanita Satterfield, David Boyd, Tanny McGinnis, Anne Huber, M. E. Denomy, Lynn Shore, Keith Lammey, Doug Straw, Mary Anderson, Dianne Haynes, Meg Pfau, Barbara Barker, Kathy Germano, Elaine Hanak-Hall, Mitzi Burkhart, Rob Ferguson, Ann Galloway, Janette Bier, Betsy Leonard, Jeremy Stern, Anne White

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Colorado River Scramble raises more than $37,000

Making a mountain into a meadow

By Steven Randol, Kiwanis Club

The earth is shifting, at least from John and Jody Lyons’ horse facility and home between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. Giant earthmoving equipment has been seen dismantling a hillside on the Lyons’ property during the past month and carting fill dirt to the new west interchange construction project on I-70. Howie Orona, who works at the Lyons’ property, said the dirt is being used to construct the on and off ramps at the new Parachute and Battlement exit – and is giving the Lyons a new flat area for their horses.

A total of 132 golfers teed off May 19 at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club for the Colorado River Scramble, a Kiwanis fundraiser that provides scholarships to graduates of Grand Valley High School. A total of $37,000-plus was raised. Parachute Mayor Judy Beasley served as honorary chairperson. The weather was perfect for the event. There were three all-women teams and 30 teams with men. Karen Hamick, Margaret Cooke, Nora Linnertz and Nancy Swanson comprised the winning women's team. The winning men’s team consisted of Jason Fletcher, George Fletcher, Randy Lantz and Steve Rippy. The Kiwanis’ organizing committee that produced the tournament was chaired by Roy Brubacher. The tourney had prizes for each hole. Tickets for a raffle were also sold to raise additional funds, and area businesses provided even more prizes to be raffled at a lunch prepared by Lois Jewell following the tournament. Chuck Hall was master of ceremonies for raffle. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Parachute Branch Library. We seek new men and women as members with the only requirement being a person of good character. Please attend our meeting if you are interested in membership. Our primary purpose is serving the children of the world and supporting our community with service.

Photo by Carrie Click


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(970) 625-6168 Visit Us at 1100 County Road 294 (top of East 7th) Rifle, CO Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm Open Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm thru July 1st

Top, a beautiful day for golf; Dana Barker, middle drew the raffle ticket winners; Bob Toll, Opal Morganthaler and Frances Rose handle registration at the tournament. Photos courtesty of Dave Devanney

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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. • June 15-17: Up the road, The 115th annual Strawberry Days festival in Glenwood Springs features a family fun area, a parade down Grand Avenue on Saturday, carnival rides, art and craft vendors, food, live music, plus free strawberries and ice cream on Saturday. 945-6589, • Father’s Day. • June 19: 9-11 a.m. Battlement Mesa Service Association Board of Directors meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. 285-9432. • June 19: 12-2 p.m. Ladies Who Do Lunch talk about Temple Grandin’s “How Animals Make Us Human” at the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870. • June 19: 2 p.m. JoAnn Quade, an ambassador with the AARP’s ElderWatch Foundation, gives a talk about the financial exploitation of older Coloradans. Free and open to the public, at Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence, 72 E. Sipprelle Dr., Battlement, 285-1844. • June 21: 6-8 p.m. College bound? You’ve got questions, Colorado Mesa University has answers at the Parachute Branch Library. Parents encouraged to attend. 285-9870. • June 22: 8 a.m. The 15th annual Energy Invitational is at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club. 3930 N. Battlement Parkway, 2857274, • June 22: 11 a.m. Paws to Read with dogs is at the Parachute Branch Library. Parent permission required. 285-9870. • June 28: 9-10 a.m. Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District Board of Directors meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. 285-9432. • June 29: Sundown. Movies Under the Stars is showing “Dolphin Tale” on the lawn of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, 401 Arroyo Dr., Battlement Mesa. • July 4: Happy Fourth of July!

• July 4: All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries system are closed today in observance of Independence Day. The libraries, including the Parachute Branch Library, will resume normal hours on July 5 at 10 a.m.

• July 4: 12 p.m. Parachute Senior Center’s Annual July 4th Holiday BBQ at the Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave. Tickets must be purchased in advance by June 27 at the weekly Wednesday lunches or by phone from Jeanette, 285-9512. Ticket price is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

• July 5: 5:30 p.m. The Energy Advisory Board starts with a light meal; meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is for the public, oil and gas industry, landowners and local government to engage in positive and proactive communication. At the Rifle Branch

Library, 207 East Ave., Rifle. RSVP to Denice for meal-planning purposes at 625-5915. • July 10: 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. • July 12: 6-8 p.m. College bound? Come to a Common Reader dinner and discussion about “How Starbucks Saved my Life: a son of privilege learns to live like everyone else” by Michael Gates Gill; reservations required. At the Parachute Branch Library. 285-9870. • July 13-14: The Garfield County Air Show runs from 12-8 p.m. on July 13, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 14, at the Garfield County Regional Airport in Rifle. 625-1091,

ONGOING • The Parachute Branch Library hosts Story Times, including Toddler Story Time, Ready to Read Story Time and Bilingual Story Time on a regular basis each week. Lots of other reading clubs and events for all ages meet throughout the summer at the library as well. 285-9870. • The Battlement Mesa Activity Center has a variety of exercise classes for preschoolers to seniors. Call Anne, 285-9480. • Every Monday from 12:45-4 p.m., Party Bridge is held at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. All levels welcome. • 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. • 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 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., 800-272-3900, 987-3184. • 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. • 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. • 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.

• 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. • Grand Mesa Chorus rehearses every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way, Grand Junction. All women age 16 and older are welcome to audition. Call Shirley at 255-9419, • Neighborhood Watch meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Parachute Town Hall, 222 Grand Valley Way, Parachute. 285-7630. • 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, e-mail • 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. • 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. • Every last Wednesday of the month from 5-6 p.m., an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group meets at Alpine Hospice, 1517 Blake Ave., Suite 100B in Glenwood. Andrea, 471-9312. • 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, 285-2263 or Paul, 285-7791. • 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. • 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, 2852318, 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 aftergolf get-together 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. • 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.

UPCOMING • July 20: Sundown. Movies Under the Stars is showing “Ratatouille” on the lawn of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, 401 Arroyo Dr., Battlement Mesa. • July 21: 9 a.m. Grand Valley Fire Protection District Open House to celebrate the district’s 50th anniversary. Extrication demo, ladder rescue demo, residential sprinkler demo, plus food, drinks, and lots of other stuff to hand out, too. 285-9119. • July 27-28: Grand Valley Days include rodeos, a parade, live music and a lot of fun.

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The Colorado Heritage Group



Movies Under the Stars is hosting a great 2012 summer season By Laurel Koning, Common Ground

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DO NOT DRIVE BY - COME IN This cedar ranch has a great floor plan, spacious rooms throughout, lots of windows and views. Battlement Mesa - $229,000

PERFECT SUMMER SET UP Complete remodel in kitchen and bath, sprinklers and new sod, covered patio, extra electrical and A/C in garage. Battlement Mesa - $117,000 GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY Quality custom two story, unique design, master on main, elegance throughout, private setting. Battlement Mesa - $390,000

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Virtual Tours

With beautiful weather fit for a night of outdoor movie watching, a large crowd of attendees cheered, laughed, and left with big smiles on their faces after watching “The Muppet Movie” on June 8. This was the first movie of this summer’s season of Movies Under the Stars, with three other great movies to follow. All of our family friendly movies are free and begin at sundown. The movies are shown on our big screen on the lawn of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. So bring a blanket or chair, find a spot and get ready to enjoy the movie. Soda and popcorn will be sold by community groups as part of their summer fundraiser. Movies will be shown rain or shine, shifting indoors if necessary. Here’s a quick rundown of the remaining movies: June 29: “Dolphin Tale,” based on a true story. Witness the beauty and love of young boy’s successful efforts to save the life of a young dolphin named Winter. July 20: “Ratatouille,” features Remy, a loveable rat, as he finds a way to achieve his dream of becoming a great chef with the help of his dear friend, Linguini. A Disney classic. Aug. 10: “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the greatest film classics of all time. Enjoy Dorothy and her magic ruby slippers on the big screen. Each youngster attending will receive a wand from the Good Witch of the North, or maybe from Dorothy herself. We with Common Ground would like to show our deepest appreciation to the following sponsors who make this program possible. Thanks to the Battlement Mesa Service Association, the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce, H-Dentistry, and the Grand Valley Kiwanis Club. In addition, we would like to thank the activity center for the generous use of their facilities and the Parachute Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District for their support as well. A special thanks to WPX Energy for providing us with our Porta-Potties. If you need more information, contact 285-9480, and see you at Movies Under the Stars.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! S P E C I A L S

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Scouts recognized for achievements at Court of Honor By Charlie Hornick, Echo contributor Boy Scout Troop #255 was joined by Cub Scout Pack #364 to recognize rank advancements and achievements at their first annual Spring Court of Honor at Cottonwood Park in Parachute on May 19. The evening was filled with excitement, ceremony, activities, and awards as well a delicious barbecue fixed by Assistant Scoutmaster Michael Brain. The Scouts spent the afternoon in such events as throwing tomahawks and knives at a target. A special presentation was given by Delta resident Justin Lilly, who is the youngest master falconer in the state of Colorado, and possibly the United States. He brought with him a falcon he has been working with. He spoke of its amazing features and special design. He pointed out that falcons have been clocked at over 200 miles per hour in a dive. He was accompanied by his apprentice, Mike Berardinelli, who has been learning about the sport for many years as well. A special bridge was built for the Order of Light Ceremony. In that ceremony Emmett Kuper, by fulfilling all the requirements for the Order of Light, was able to pass over the bridge from being a Cub Scout to become a Boy Scout. This meant that he was able to become a Boy Scout six months earlier than the normal age of 11. The Scouts of Troop #255 were on the other side of the bridge to welcome him into their troop. Cub Scout Scott Morrick also received his Bobcat Badge from Den Mother Amber Kuper. The following Scouts were recognized by Scoutmaster Travis Sproles for the following rank advancements. Kellen Jansen advanced to Tenderfoot, Alex Schuckers to Second Class, Andrew Kingen to First Class Scout, Anthony Smith and Cayden Sproles to Star Scout. The Colorado Fourteener Club badges for climbing a 14,000-foot mountain were awarded to Anthony Smith who climbed Mount Elbert and Greys Peak, and Conner Sproles and Cayden Sproles who climbed Mount Elbert. Polar Bear Awards for camping two nights in temperatures below 20 degrees in a snow tent were given to Connor Sproles, Cayden Sproles, Anthony Smith, and Andrew Kingen. The temperature at one of their polar campouts was even below zero. Andrew Kingen, Jonathan Smith, Alex Schuckers, Anthony Smith, Wyatt Kuper, Cayden Sproles, Conner Sproles, and Kellen Jansen received merit badges. Nathan Kelty also earned his “Totin Chip.” Scout Troop #255 is cosponsored by the Grand Valley/Parachute Kiwanis and Grace Bible Church and meets at Grace Bible Church on Mondays at 6 p.m.

Clockwise from top: Assistant Scoutmaster Michael Brain, new Scout Emmett Kuper, Scoutmaster Travis Sproles, and Den Mother Amber Kuper. Master Falconer Justin Lilly demonstrates his falcon with apprentice Mike Berardinelli looking on. Scout Conner Sproles eyes his target to throw the tomahawk. New Scout Emmett Kuper being received by Scout Troop #255 in the Arrow of Light ceremony. Photos courtesy of Charlie Hornick

Retired American flags respectfully burned at ceremony Grand Valley firefighters on hand to observe burning By Dickie Calvert, All Saints’ Episcopal Church On June 4, the VFW Grand Valley Post 5485 hosted a burning of retired American flags at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Battlement Mesa. All Saints’ has constructed a fire pit just for this occasion. VFW Post 5485 members assisting in the burning were Commander Gary Bachus, Quartermaster Bob Campbell, Adjutant Jack Blankenship, and Past Commander Les Wood. Also, members of Boy Scout Troop #255 were present with their Scoutmaster Travis Sproles, as well as several church members and Vicar E.J. Rivet. Seasoned VFW members instructed the Scout youths on the proper technique for respectfully handling and burning the flag. As it is a very dry period in this area and burning is banned, the Grand Valley Fire Protection District in Battlement Mesa sent two of their firefighters, Chase and Nathan, to oversee the burning. They also brought American flags to be burned. Should you have an American flag that is battered or torn, please remember that the proper way to destroy it is to have it burned in the appropriate manner. You may give your flag to any VFW member or drop it off at All Saints’ Church. Flag burnings generally occur once or twice a year.

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Grand Valley Fire District/Fire Department receives Grand Marshal Award By Juanita Satterfield, Grand Valley Park Association

This year, the Grand Valley Park Association is honoring the Grand Valley Fire Protection District with the Grand Marshal award at the Grand Valley Days Parade. The theme for this year’s parade, held July 28, is “Fire Up for the Fifties.” Grand Valley Days will be held July 27-28. The festivities will kick off with a rodeo at the Grand Valley Park Association Arena adjacent to Cottonwood Park on July 27. On July 28, Saturday morning’s pancake breakfast will be at the Methodist Church, followed by the parade where the fire district/department will receive its award. Following the parade, the Parachute Police Department will sponsor a bike rodeo and the Morrisania Community Association will host a Pie and Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Community House on the Mesa. There is another rodeo Saturday evening,

followed by a dance at Cottonwood Park. The Grand Valley Fire Department was formed by 20 citizens on Feb. 13, 1962 after a structure fire on Pioneer Court. The Grand Valley Fire Protection District was created the following year. Ernest J. “Ernie” Rousseau was elected as the first fire chief and 11 others have served as fire chief since. In 1996, David A. Blair was hired on a part-time basis to be the district’s first firefighter/paramedic and was promoted to district fire chief in 1997. In 2005, Blair was appointed as the combined district and department fire chief. In the early days of the district, most of the calls for help were for medical transports. The fire department was located in the back of the old blue town ball building on First Street. The fire district purchased its first engine, a 1948 Mack, from the City of Montebello. This truck is still in service, but only for special events. Linda Waite became the department’s first female

firefighter in 1979. In the 1980s, the fire district reaped some of the benefits of having new industry come to the community by getting the fire station in Parachute built through an Oil Shale Trust Fund Grant. After the close of Colony plant, Exxon sold the Battlement Mesa Emergency Services building to the fire district. During this same time, the membership increased to 30 and became involved with wildfire training and certification. During the ‘90s the Rulison Fire Station was constructed. In 2007, the district was able to hire enough full-time staff to ensure that there would be a first response crew on call at all times leading to today’s fulltime staff of 15, plus 17 part-timers and eight volunteers. Along with the fire district’s three fire stations, the district now has several pieces of specialized apparatus and other pieces of equipment. A total of 366 people have served on the fire department at one time or another.


Fire restrictions now enforced for BLM lands in Colorado River Valley By David Boyd, Bureau of Land Management Fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley field offices began May 24. This includes BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa and Pitkin counties. Some portions of southern Routt County and northern portions of Delta and Montrose counties are also included within these BLM field office boundaries and are covered by these restrictions. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation. The unusually dry spring has increased fire danger to high levels at elevations below 8,000 feet. BLM is enforcing the following temporary restrictions: • Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds such as in metal, in-ground containment structures. Fire pans and rock campfires rings are not acceptable. • No fires of any type, including charcoal, are permitted outside of developed areas. • No smoking is permitted except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in a barren area free of vegetation. • No use of explosive materials is allowed • No welding or operation of acetylene or other similar torches with open flames are permitted. • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed and in working order is allowed. • Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands. Gunnison County issued fire restrictions for allownership lands. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison national forests (GMUG) issued fire restrictions for the Gunnison Ranger District only. The remaining GMUG ranger districts and the White River National Forest are not enacting fire restrictions at this time, because of generally higher elevations and variability in fuel moisture conditions. Forest officials remind visitors, however, that fire danger is always present and urge visitors to be very careful with fire, smoking, chainsaws and vehicle exhausts and converters, all of which can cause fires.

Fires in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction are always restricted to designated fire grates in developed areas. Restrictions on these BLM lands are in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both.

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face the restitution costs of suppressing the fire. For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to or call the Grand Junction Field Office at 970- 244-3000 or the Colorado River Valley Field Office at 876-9000.

Fire restrictions in effect on White River National Forest and unincorporated Garco By Tanny McGinnis, Garfield County Sheriff's Office The White River National Forest and Garfield County have imposed fire restrictions on forest and unincorporated lands similar to those imposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). (See story regarding BLM restrictions, this page.) These two agencies now have fire restrictions in place prohibiting open fires. The Forest Service is working hand-in-hand with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office to prevent human-caused wildfires during this dangerously dry fire season. This decision was made in consultation with local fire departments and fire protection districts based upon the current extreme burn index and long-range weather forecasts predicting continuing dry conditions and red flag warnings. “I realize these restrictions will cause some inconvenience to forest users,” said forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. “But the conditions we are experiencing are severe. The potential for large expensive wildfires is real. We need to take these steps to minimize the potential for human-caused fire.” In the White River National Forest and unincorporated Garfield County lands, the following activities are not allowed: • The building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal-fueled broiler or open fire of any type are not permitted. (Exceptions: Fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed Forest Service camping areas, picnic grounds or recreation sites, petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices that meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety, fires that are maintained or attended within a device that has a spark arrestor, or fires fully enclosed within a screen at all times.) • Smoking is not permitted except within an enclosed vehicle, building or developed recreation site. • Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor is not allowed. Operator must have a shovel and fire extinguisher at all times. • Operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame is not permitted • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order is not allowed. •The use of fireworks is prohibited at all times on any public lands administered by the US Forest Service, BLM or the National Park Service. For the latest information on fire restrictions, call the White River National Forest Service office, 945-2521 or the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, 945-0453.

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Chamber News

Chamber awards scholarships to five GVHS graduates By Anne Huber, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce The chamber’s quarterly membership meeting was held at the Grand Valley Fire Station on May 10. Members were treated to a lunch of Domino’s pizzas, compliments of the chamber. The guest speaker was Michael Langhorne of the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation. Michael discussed economic progress in Rifle. Treasurer Nancy Jay reported that the chamber netted $7,722 from the annual banquet, live and silent auctions held in May. This is the major fundraiser for the year. The chamber

awarded five scholarships to 2012 Grand Valley High School graduates: • Emily Marbas is studying for a degree in biology with future plans to attend medical school to become an orthopedic or sports medicine doctor. She will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received $1,000 from the chamber. • Kristen Shubert is pursuing a degree in business and sports management. She will be attending Colorado Mesa University and received $1,000. • Dustin Weist is pursuing a degree in kinesiology with a minor in journalism. He will be attending Colorado State University, and received $325. • Kyle Hart will be attending Montana State University - Northern and will be pursuing a degree in diesel technology, with a goal of working on trains. He received $325. • Hunter Metcalf wants to become an elementary school teacher and will be pursuing her dream at Colorado Mountain College followed by Colorado Mesa University. She received $325.

• The continuing education scholarship of $500 was awarded to Christopher Chartier, a student at Colorado School of Mines. Christopher Is pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in energy with an expected graduation date of May 2015. The next regular membership meeting is Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. at the Grand Valley Fire Station. Save the date: Oktoberfest is Oct. 6 at Cottonwood Park in Parachute, and includes fireworks, food, entertainment and fun for the whole family! Is your business represented by the chamber? It’s not too late to join. Contact Mary Lee Mohrlang at 216-5058 for forms and information. The chamber is sponsoring the June 29 Movies Under the Stars film screening on the lawn of Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The movie is “Dolphin Tale” and begins at sundown. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Movies are free to all.

Shop locally and support your local chamber businesses! PARACHUTE RADIO SHACK 316 E 1st street next to Napa Auto Parts M-F 9 am – 6 pm and Sat 9am -4 pm


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The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce website is currently being updated at The next general membership meeting is May 10 at 12 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Firehouse.

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A monthly column by M.E. Denomy, CPA

Forever hold your piece (or how long an oil and gas lease may last)

Information and Discussions regarding:

Current events concerning Medicare Plans. ~ Michael Hornback Ambulance benefits, multi-co-pays in the Doctor’s office and other issues. Please bring a copy of your Policy Ambulance Benefit for a review if you wish.

New and exciting services available now in the community. ~ Andrea Uliano, MSW & Gail Shannon, Life Resources LLC. Update on Final Expense Plans. ~ Dave Ward

If you own the minerals under your surface, you really own two different pieces of real estate. You will have the right to rent out your surface for cattle or horses and you also have the right to lease your minerals to an oil and gas company. You may be approached by a person who will ask you if you are willing to sign a lease. This person is usually called a landman (even though it could be a woman). He or she is the person who will negotiate your oil and gas lease with you. The landman can be working for a specific oil and gas company, for a company that does nothing but leasing, or for themselves. If the landman is not working for a specific oil and gas exploration company, he or she will usually get “paid” for leasing with you by getting a piece of the action in the form of a percentage of the income generated from your minerals. This is called an override. The oil and gas lease that you will sign usually has a specific time period, much like renting a home. It can be three, five or 10 years. This expiration date is only effective if an oil and gas well is not drilled on your property. Once a well is drilled, the lease will “forever” hold your piece until the last well drilled is no longer producing minerals for which you will get a royalty. This could be 30, 40, 50 years. There are wells in our neck of the woods that have been producing for more than 60 years. Seeing as the oil and gas lease could have a permanent life (at least your life), it would be really good for you to make sure that there are provisions in the lease that look to the future. Do your best to look into a crystal ball to try to negotiate terms that will take into account the future of the industry, the land and you. You may have just one shot to get it right in the lease. Remember, do your best to protect your piece, or you may have to forever hold your peace.

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.

What is the difference Between a Variable Annuity and an Equity Indexed Fixed Annuity? ~ Michael Hornback **

Thursday, June 21st, 10:30 AM **Not valid on Valentine’s Day

Battlement Mesa Activity Center 0398 Arroyo Drive, Parachute, Colorado 81635 970-285-9480

Door Prizes (Pies from Village Inn) Interesting, Informative, Discussions with your peers… RSVP to Michael Hornback by phone at 970-468-7884 (Please leave your name and phone number) or via email at

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From left, Fred Inman was presented with a plaque by Michelle Foster, president of the Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District (BMMD), on May 24 thanking him for eight years of service on the BMMD Board of Directors. Fred stepped off the board this spring because of term limits. Photo by Lynn Shore

Sue McKinstry, owner of

Optimal Nutrition & Wellness, has moved to a new "temporary" location. Please call 970-618-6056 to schedule appointments for massage. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday and ocassional weekends.

Welcome Vinnie Tomasulo

* When Clark’s Market buys a whole pallet of the same product, we are able to offer these products at great savings to our customers. We will have a large variety of items available in the “Drop Zone”

Clark's Market would like to introduce our new General Manager, Vinnie Tomasulo. Vinnie grew up in the Parachute / Battlement Mesa area and graduated from Grand Valley High School. He has returned home to serve the community that he loves. He brings a wealth of management experience to Clark's Market and looks forward to serving the needs of this community Please stop by and welcome him home.

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G O V E R N M E N T The Battlement Mesa Service Association

Battlement Mesa: An emerging new community - Part four By Keith Lammey, president, Battlement Mesa Service Association

The first three columns I have written here in the “Battlement Mesa: An Emerging New Community” series have explored Battlement Mesa’s history leading up to the date when Exxon terminated their Colony Project on Sunday, May 2, 1982, a date that has become known as Black Sunday. Since several residents have expressed an interest in some of the early history of Battlement Mesa, this column will explore an earlier period of Battlement Mesa history before Battlement became an emerging new community. Or perhaps, as we shall see, Battlement has been an emerging new community for the past century. Before we can answer the emerging new community for the past century question, we need to decide which Battlement Mesa we’re talking about. Is there only one Battlement Mesa or are there two? Today’s residents are familiar with the current Battlement Mesa and most think our community originated with Exxon’s Colony Project or in the years that followed when the Battlement Mesa planned unit development was created. But is that really when Battlement Mesa was created? I have observed how surprised our new residents are when they notice that many of the dates on the gravestone memorials in the Battlement Mesa Cemetery pre-date the Colony Project and Black Sunday by decades. The typical comment is, “How can that be?” I know the feeling, because I experienced the same surprise. That’s my point. Battlement Mesa didn’t really begin with Exxon’s Colony Project. The mesa across the river from Parachute has been recognized as Battlement Mesa for 100-plus years. Area historians, as well as the descendants of the mesa’s early settlers, know that the Battlement Mesa community existed long before the Exxon era. Perhaps you recognize family names such as Hayward, Lindauer and Parmenter, but did you know that these families were among the area’s early settlers? Admittedly, there wasn’t a community of Battlement Mesa until Exxon chose to build their “company town,” but historians will tell you that the Battlement community existed for decades before Exxon showed up. According to “Lest We Forget,” published in 1973 by Erlene Durrant Murray, “Early settlers started coming into this area [Battlement Mesa] about the same time as into the Parachute Creek area, in the early 1880’s.” And, judging from the dates of death on the oldest gravestones in Battlement’s cemetery, there is strong evidence that a significant population resided on Battlement Mesa prior to 1900, decades before Exxon. My research shows that of the approximately 480 graves in the cemetery, 32 are more than 100 years old and three of the graves show dates of death before 1899. The late Erlene Murray described more of Battlement Mesa’s early history in another section of her book where she described the early schools. “The first school house on Battlement Mesa, District 18, was a small log building.” Later, she explains that “In 1895, George Sipprell gave land especially for a school site, and a two-room stone building was constructed in 1897. This was used until 1907, when a very nice and roomy addition, also of stone, was built.” This passage, of course, describes the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse located at 7235 County Road 300. Erlene explained that, “The first teacher (at Battlement School) was Mrs. Mary Shutt” and “For years there were two teachers with as many as 70 pupils enrolled in the 8 grades of the school.” In retrospect, it seems that Battlement Mesa has been an emerging new community for well over a century. In the early years, it was a rural community consisting of small ranches and fruit orchards. In the middle years is was a burgeoning company town until that fateful Black Sunday. Most recently, Battlement has emerged into a beautiful new planned community that is nestled on the Battlement Mesa land form as an “arm” of the Grand Mesa due south and across the Colorado River from Parachute.

Be sure to check out the new “Insiders’ Guide to Battlement Mesa and Parachute” available free throughout the area and published in partnership with the Battlement Mesa Service Association and The Grand Valley Echo for more history about Battlement Mesa and Parachute, as well as useful information about both communities.

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Mt. Callahan Community Fund LIFT-UP has a long history in Parachute and Battlement Mesa By Doug Straw, LIFT-UP

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.

Life InterFaith Team on Unemployment & Poverty (LIFT-UP) has been serving the people of the Grand Valley for the past 30 years. It could be said that Parachute and Battlement Mesa played an important role in its origins. LIFT-UP was formed in 1982 to address the needs of the thousands who poured into the region to find work in the oil shale industry. Many were living in cars and under bridges while they looked for jobs. Local churches, businesses and concerned citizens joined together to start LIFT-UP, realizing they could do more together. When the oil shale industry collapsed in May of 1982, more than 2,000 people found themselves out of work, literally overnight, with no way to feed their families. Fortunately LIFT-UP provided the community a way to respond to those in need. Throughout the past three decades, LIFT-UP has grown and expanded with the changing needs of the region. Generosity and responsiveness from the community has made it possible for LIFT-UP to meet basic needs, even during the worst of economic times. In 2009, after the downturn in the economy, LIFT-UP saw a jump in requests for assistance of about 300 percent and demand has held steady ever since. Last year LIFT-UP’s Parachute food pantry, located at 112 N. Fisher Ave., served a total of 1,734 people (447 families). Assistance may be obtained up to four times in a calendar year, with families being provided enough food for three days. The food pantry is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. LIFT-UP operates six additional food pantries in the region, located in Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen. The combined total for all seven pantries in 2011 was 25,495 people (7,514 families). LIFT-UP’s 2011 holiday meal assistance program served approximately 1,500 area families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, about 6,000 people at each holiday or roughly 10 percent of the population for the communities in which LIFT-UP operates. So far this year, the Parachute food pantry has served an average of 158 people per month. Areawide, the total number of people served at all LIFT-UP pantries is down about 20 percent compared with last year, from 2,500 people to just over 2,000 per month, indicating some improvement in local economic conditions. LIFT-UP also operates one of its two thrift stores in Parachute, located at 201 E. First St., across from the food pantry. The thrift store is a treasure trove of clothing, furniture and other household items, serving not only local residents, but also bargain hunters traveling by on I-70. All profits from thrift store sales help to fund LIFT-UP’s services in the area. The Parachute thrift store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and donations of quality used items are always needed and welcome anytime during store hours. LIFT-UP’s board of directors is comprised of dedicated people living in the communities that the organization serves. Reverend E.J. Rivet of All Saints Episcopal Church makes sure that the needs and interests of Battlement Mesa and Parachute are well represented at LIFT-UP board meetings. Since most of the food and financial support comes from the local communities, LIFT-UP might be best described as the expression of our communities’ collective concern and goodwill towards our neighbors in need. LIFT-UP is simply the channel through which local people care for one another. Community spirit in action is more than just a slogan for LIFT-UP; it is a concise way to convey the tremendous amount of time, energy, heart and resources that people share in order to help others. September of 2012 marks LIFT-UP's 30th anniversary of service in our region. The longevity and effectiveness of the organization is truly a testament to the kindness and generosity of the people who make this part of western Colorado their home. More info can be found at Local Doug Saxton volunteers at LIFT-UP's Parachute food pantry. Photo courtesy of Barbara Pavlin

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Battlement Mesa Taekwon Do students advance

On April 7, the students of Battlement Mesa Taekwon Do tested for colored belt advancement.

From left, Sharon Temple, Jo Darnall, Cindy Day, Sharon Orr, and Carol Thulson lift weights at the activity center. Photo courtesy of Anne Huber

Battlement Mesa Activity Center News

Women on Weights (a.k.a. Jo’s Posse) at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center By Anne Huber, Battlement Mesa Activity Center director For nearly eight years, a group of close friends has met once a week for coffee and a weigh-in at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC). They are active women who individually enjoy sports including skiing, snowshoeing, golf, hiking, biking and swimming. The average age is 77 and their residence in Battlement Mesa ranges from 11 to 17 years. About five months ago, this group got serious about working out in the BMAC weight room. They now say that they are benefiting from a regular workout program. So on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday you may encounter from two to 10 dedicated and active women in the weight room. Their workouts demonstrate confidence, and their enthusiasm is influencing others who would like to improve their workouts. They encourage newcomers to sign up for the Women on Weights orientation offered by appointment at the center. One goal of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center is to provide a comfortable environment for individuals and families to enjoy activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re interested in learning more about Women on Weights, contact BMAC at 285-9480.

Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District - “Where The Fun Begins”

Softball and baseball for the kids; coed softball for the adults, too By Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District Executive Director Mary Anderson

Fall Soccer: Please sign up for fall soccer by June 20 for the U-10; U-12 and U-14 age groups. Under 8 soccer players can sign up until Aug. 20. Youth Softball and Baseball: Teams are set for the season. Age divisions are 8-10 years old; 11-12 years old and 13-15 years old. Games are held in and out of town. Practices are held at the Callahan Ballfield Complex. Practices have begun already and there will be many games at the Callahan Ballfields in June and July. Adult Coed Softball: There are four teams participating in summer adult softball during June and July. Games are held at the Callahan Ballfields in Parachute. You must be 16 years old to play. Dog Park: The dog park is located west of the skate park on Battlement Mesa. This is located to the north of Bea Underwood Elementary overlooking the Colorado River. Rules are posted. Please use a leash when other dogs are present. There is a separate area for large dogs and small dogs. We are working to get some dog agility obstacles. Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation is at 259 Cardinal Way, Parachute, 285-0388, Check out the website; it’s updated frequently.

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Front row, from left, Cayden Sproles, promoted to 3rd Gup (a term meaning “ranking” in Korean), high blue belt; Seth Morrick, promoted to 4th Gup, blue belt. Back row, from left, Senior Master Bob Haynes, instructor, with Caleb Hughes, promoted to 8th Gup, yellow belt; Tracy Morrick, promoted to 5th Gup, high green belt; Connor Sproles, promoted to 3rd Gup, high blue belt; and Jamie Ramos, promoted to 5th Gup, high green belt. Also pictured is student Ben Lopez, 3rd Dan, (again meaning class or rank) black belt. Not pictured is Daisy Fuentes who was promoted to 6th Gup, green belt. Caleb Hughes received a medal for his high test score. Congratulations, students! Photo courtesy of Dianne Haynes

Cody Pfau pinning her opponent during the world team trials in Lakeland, Fla. Her success in Lakeland qualified her for the Pan Am Games. Photo courtesy of Meg Pfau

Cody Pfau has full wrestling schedule this summer By Carrie Click, Echo editor

Cody Pfau is at it again. Or, better said, she’s never let up. Cody, who is heading into her senior year at Grand Valley High School, has made a name for herself for competing – and winning – on the national level. Now, she’s heading to Venezuela from July 11-15 to compete with Team USA on the international level at the Pan Am Games. “She’s competed in the junior division, and finished third over some All American college women,” said her mom, Meg Pfau. Cody competed in the world team trials May 12-13 in Lakeland, Fla. and finished second in the cadet division in her age group. That qualified her to wrestle for the USA Team and to ultimately win a spot at the Pan Am Games. But the Pan Am Games aren’t the only competition Cody is focused on. She’s also competing in the Canadian Cup from June 29-July 6, and the Nationals in North Dakota from July 17-19, where she has successfully competed before. All of this competition is difficult enough, but Cody also needs to raise $4,000 to pay for the three tournaments she is competing in this summer. To find out more about helping Cody raise funds for her competitions, e-mail Meg Pfau at

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Take a Hint Household How-to Hints by Barbara Barker

Wash your sponges in the dishwasher • Use hinged plastic fresh berry containers to store fresh herbs. Wash the herbs, wrap them in damp paper towels and place them in the empty berry box. The openings in the box allow air to circulate, which keeps the herbs fresh; the box prevents the herbs from getting crushed. • When slicing watermelon, place it on a cutting board and put the cutting board on a rimmed baking sheet. The juice ends up in the baking sheet and can either be poured into the sink or into your drink. • Prolong the life of heads of lettuce by wrapping them in paper towels, seal in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator; or place a slice of bread in the bag to absorb the moisture and retain freshness. • After rinsing lettuce, dry it with a hair dryer set on cool. • To preserve fresh diced ginger, put the ginger in a jar, top off with vodka and seal tightly. The ginger will last up to one year in the refrigerator. • The scent of eucalyptus repels gnats, so apply Vicks VapoRub to your skin. • Dirty kitchen sponges are a breeding ground for germs. Keep sponges clean by washing them in the dishwasher on the top rack once a week. Use clothespins to secure them to the rack. • Some stains and scratches on glass may be eliminated by rubbing them with toothpaste (not the gel type) on a soft damp cloth. Rinse well and dry.

Building A Better Community One Child At A Time

• When stainless steel is dull and streaky, clean it with white vinegar and a soft, clean cloth. • Clean the copper bottom of a teapot with three to four tablespoons of salt in a small bowl. Add vinegar or lemon juice to make a paste, dip a damp cloth in the paste and scrub the copper bottom. • Before digging in the garden, drag your fingernails across a bar of soap. This will keep dirt from getting under your nails and make washing up simple. • Nail polish will last longer on your nails if you soak your fingertips for one or two minutes in two teaspoons of vinegar and a cup of warm water before applying polish. • Vinegar mixed with onion juice helps reduce the appearance of age spots. Mix equal parts onion juice and vinegar and dab onto age spots. After several weeks of this daily routine, the spots should lighten. • Use Kiwi shoe polish to stain wooden patio furniture to a high polish. Repeat to achieve a deeper color. Shoe polish is less expensive then stain and easier to apply. 970-285-9480 Personal Training: For more information call Tiffany Chapman - 970 234 6867 or Tom Moher - 97 319 1851 Swim Lessons - 2nd Summer Session starts Monday July 9, 2012 3rd Summer Session starts Monday July 23, 2012 Sign up and pay in advance NEW CLASSES Beginning Yoga - 5-week session starts Wed., July 11, 5:00 - 6:15 PM Careful sequence designed to stretch, relieve stress and improve flexibility; Instructor Cathy Carlson 970 260 6125 Evening Line Dance - Mondays, 5:30 PM; also Tues/Thurs 10:30 AM; Instructor Shawnee Barnes Morning Yoga Classes - Tues/Thurs 9 AM and Saturday 10:15 AM; Instructor Debra Streit Zumba, Indoor Cycling, Aqua Fitness, Martial Arts, & Toning/Sculpting/Fitness Classes

• To get rid of mildew stains on patio furniture, spray full-strength white vinegar on the furniture and wipe clean. Vinegar cleans woven strap lawn furniture without the decay that bleach can cause.

Movie under the Stars: Dolphin Tale - Friday, June 29th at dusk, sponsored by P/BM Chamber of Commerce Call for more information on these events, fitness classes at BMAC and hours of operation.

• Store shelled nuts in the freezer in a tightly sealed container. They will not need defrosting before use.

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.

• Spray Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces. No more red stains. • Massage your scalp with aloe vera or apple cider vinegar to reduce dandruff. Barbara Barker of Battlement Mesa has decided that this is her final edition of "Take a Hint." She says she's enjoyed writing this column. We've enjoyed all of Barbara’s inventive hints. Thanks, Barbara.

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Mesa Vista News A busy start to summer at Mesa Vista By Kathy Germano, Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence activity director May was a fun month at Mesa Vista. Mother’s Day was celebrated with a vintage hat tea party and Memorial Day saw a barbecue with all of the fixings. Several residents went four wheeling with the help of Lou Church at the Churches ranch in DeBeque and everyone shared a salmon lunch. June is just as busy, with many activities planned. On June 6 there was a picnic at Cottonwood Park. June 12 was a trip to Fruita to visit the Dinosaur Journey Museum, and June 22 will see a picnic at Rifle Falls with a group from Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle. Residents will be joining their senior friends at the Parachute Valley Senior Center for lunch on June 27. And here at Mesa Vista, the flower garden is in full bloom and the vegetables are flourishing. Mesa Vista is hosting an informational presentation given by AARP ElderWatch Foundation Ambassador JoAnn Quade on June 19 at 2 p.m. JoAnn will be giving a talk about the financial exploitation of older Coloradans. The community is welcomed to join us for this presentation. Here’s to a summer of fun for all. 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.

Marge Menders: Still going strong at 95 By Elaine Hanak-Hall, Battlement Mesa Bridge Club

Menders is a Marge Battlement Mesa resident who plays bridge twice a week at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, playing both party bridge and duplicate bridge. An expert bridge player, she often advises us on key moves and practices. The amazing fact about Marge is that she turned 95 on May 12! The party bridge group surprised Marge with an early birthday celebration including a birthday cake with ice cream, cards, and flowers. Marge has had an interesting Happy birthday to Marge Menders life. She trained as a psychiatric nurse at Gowanda State Hospital in New York state and graduated in 1938. She also trained at Fordham University Hospital in New York City. After working for two years in the psychiatric nursing field, Marge was hired by the federal government at the Veterans Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. She worked as a surgical dentistry nurse for 28 years, retiring in 1970. After retiring, Marge moved with her second husband to Sun City, Ariz. They were married 48 years until his death in 1998. It was in Sun City that Marge started playing bridge. She also loved to bowl and knit and is still a voracious reader. After her husband died, she moved to live with her son Michael Silk and his wife Jo Anne, who were living in California at the time and later moved to Battlement Mesa. Marge is a fun and amazing bridge player. We enjoy the opportunity to play bridge with her.

Senior Center News Miriam Slocum honored before her death By Mitzi Burkhart, Parachute Valley Senior Center

Miriam Slocum was one of three honored nominees for the Garfield Citizen of the Year Award at the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon May 5 in Rifle. For 13 years Miriam served as Bingo manager at the regular Saturday Bingo Nights at the Parachute Valley Senior Center. Thanks to her tireless attention to detail, Bingo continues to provide local residents with evenings of fun, friendship and excitement. She also served on the senior center board and was an active volunteer at the holiday barbecues and Wednesday lunches. Sadly, Miriam passed away May 18 but will always be remembered for her dedicated service to the Parachute Valley Senior Center. Everyone is welcome at the annual July 4th Holiday Bar B Q at noon at the senior center. Feast on grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and brats along with homemade salads, hot dishes and desserts provided by members. Tickets must be purchased in advance by June 27 at the weekly Wednesday lunches or by Miriam Slocum, center, was honored at the Garfield County Senior Programs phone from Jeanette at 285-9512. Ticket price is $5 for mem- Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. bers and $10 for non-members. Photo courtesy of Mitzi Burkhart The senior center will suspend some of its regular activities during the summer so everyone can have a change of pace to enjoy leisure and summer plans. In September, the senior center will return to its regular schedule. Summer schedule: • Wednesday Noon Lunches will continue throughout the summer • Bingo Nights will continue on first and third Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. • Pinochle will not meet in June, July and August • Tips and Talks on Tuesday will not meet in June, July and August. Top: Memorial Day BBQ Bottom: Georgianna four wheelin

The Parachute Valley Senior Center is at 540 N. Parachute Ave., 285-7934.

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Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District 2012 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) For Calendar Year 2011

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Team Semi Colon at the June 3 CCFA Take Steps event in Rifle.

Photo by Jeremy Stern of CCFA

Come chat with us over Coffee, Donuts or one of our breakfast items!

Left, Grand Valley High School graduate David Witt, received a $500 scholarship from the County Sheriffs of Colorado for Garfield County from Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. Witt will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder to study geophysics.

Photo courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff's Office

All Homemade! Donuts including: Cake and Raised, Fritters, Cinnamon Rolls and Twists.

Cooked to order breakfast including: Pancakes, Omelets and French Toast


Homestyle Catering also available!

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970-625-1705 Tues-Sat. • 5:30 am - 12 pm 112 W. 3rd St., Rifle

The Grand Valley Educational Foundation Awards Scholarships The May 23l awards banquet was a special day for four Grand Valley High School (GVHS) students who were awarded scholarships from the Grand Valley Educational Foundation (GVEF). GVEF board members Linda Levine and Nancy Jay presented the awards to three of the students. Kristen Schubert and David Witt were both recipients of the American Legion Ward Underwood Post 114 Academic Scholarship for $1,000. Emily Marbas received the Carl H. Bernklau Scholarship for $2,500. Hunter Synder was presented the Pam Brock Teacher Scholarship for $2,000 by GVEF Board Member Roy McClung. Photos courtesy of Anne White

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Grand Valley Fire Protection District By Grand Valley Deputy Fire Chief Rob Ferguson

First arson wildfire of the year during past month Public urged to keep lookout for arson activity For the month of May 2012 the fire district responded to 40 calls for service; (in May 2011 the fire district received 45 calls): 4 fire incidents If you should 0 structure fires have an 1 fire alarm emergency, 3 brush fires/fire outside/trash/rubbish 23 emergency medical calls please call 1 vehicle crashes 911 as soon 4 public assists as possible! 4 gas leaks/hazmat assignments In addition, three calls were dispatched but cancelled en route, and 10 commercial quick reference/company safety inspections were conducted. From Jan. 1, 20011 to May 31, 2011 call volume was at 196 calls for service. From Jan 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012 call volume increased to 250 calls for service. This is approximately a 21.6 percent increase in calls for the fire district from last year. Training hours per crew: 6 Green crew 41 Black crew 21 Red crew NO BURN PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL LABOR DAY. The fire district had its first arson wildland incident this year. The fire burned 13 acres. No one was injured and mainly just brush was burned. Please keep a lookout for anything that might look like someone starting wildland fires. Keep in mind to look for vehicle tag number, a company name on a vehicle, color and make as well as a description of the individual. Please call 911 immediately. Thank you for your help! On July 21 starting at 9 a.m. the fire district will have an open house event celebrating the district’s 50 years of service to the Grand Valley area. We will have an extrication demo (Jaws of Life), ladder rescue demo, and residential sprinkler demo. We will have something for everyone to do and see! We will also have food and drinks and stuff to hand out. Come and celebrate with us on your fire district’s historical time. If you should have an emergency please call 911 as soon as possible! If you should have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact Deputy Fire Chief Rob Ferguson at 285-9119 or by e-mail at

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Physical activity and exercise By Ann Galloway, FNP-C, Grand River Student Health Center

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Everyone, no matter what age, needs physical activity. Physical activity is vital for overall health and decreases the risk for many chronic diseases. Anything that causes you to move your body is considered physical activity. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans give direction on how much physical activity is needed for all ages. These guidelines are flexible and make it easy to fit exercise into your daily schedule. A summary of the guidelines for various age groups is included below.

Children (ages 6-17 years): Children and adolescents should get one hour (60 minutes) or more of physical activity each day. This should be in the form of aerobic activity and can include moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity such as running. Moderate-intensity activity would be a 5 or 6 on a scale from 0 (sitting) to 10 (highest level of activity). Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity would be a 7 or 8 on a 0-10 scale and children should participate in this type of aerobic activity at least 3 days a week. Muscle and bone strengthening activities should also be included at least three days a week as part of the 60 minutes per day. Examples of muscle strengthening activities are sit-ups, push-ups and gymnastics. Jumping rope, running and dancing are examples of bone strengthening activities.

Adults (ages 18-64 years): Adults should get both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Adults need at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week spread out throughout the week. Muscle-strengthening activities that work all the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) should be included on two or more days a week. If vigorous-intensity aerobic activity like running is substituted for moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking) the time can be reduced to at least 75 minutes (one hour, 15 minutes). Gradually increasing length and intensity of exercise is desired. More time equals more health benefits.

Adults (ages 65 years and older): Adults 65 years of age or older and in overall good health should follow the same guidelines as above. Physical activity should be spread out through the week and can be broken in smaller chunks of time during the day. Doing at least 10 minutes at a time of moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity three times a day is acceptable.

Healthy pregnant and postpartum women: Being physically active during pregnancy and postpartum is important for the mother’s physical and emotional health. According to the guidelines, pregnant women and those in the postpartum period should get 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity spread throughout the week. If a woman is already doing vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise prior to pregnancy she can continue doing so during and after her pregnancy as long as she stays in good health and consults with her physician.

Parents have a great responsibility to teach the importance of physical activity to their children. Young people need to be encouraged to meet the guidelines with informal physical activities and formal activities such as organized sports. Parents can do this by setting a positive example. If children see their parents leading an active lifestyle, they will be likely to mimic this in their lives. Making physical activity a part of the family’s daily routine and fun is another way to encourage physical activity. Riding bikes, taking a family walk, swimming, and skating are examples of activities for families to share. Take children to places where they can be active such as parks and playgrounds. Be positive about the physical activities in which your child participates. And remember to set a positive example concerning safety. Always provide and use safety protective equipment such as bike helmets. Visit the CDC website,, for more information and ideas for physical activity and exercise. Ann Galloway is a certified nurse practitioner at the Grand River Student Health Center in Parachute.

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Nature at Home and Afield By Betsy Leonard Plateaus, buttes and monuments

Erosion is constant. It is only when tectonic processes or A British Soccer Camp was held at the Callahan Ballfields in Parachute from mountain building ceases that erosion gains the upper hand. Plateaus develop where resistant rock May 28-June 1. There were 70 participants and many spectators who came to observe the five British soccer coaches who taught soccer skills to the particicaps cover horizontal layers. The participants learned a lot. Because there were so many in the camp We live on the Colorado Plateau, a broad, flat area at an elevation higher than its surroundings. pants. there was a free camp for two hours on May 26. A potluck welcome picnic was Many of the plateau’s steep-sided blocks are called mesas. Plateaus may have uneven sides due to held on May 29 and a swimming pool party was held at the activity center on the afternoon on June 1. Thank you to all who participated to make this socdifferent rates of erosion of alternating weak and resistant rock cer camp such a success. Photo courtesy of Mary Anderson layers. Because we live in a semi-arid region, soil creeps about 510 millimeters per year, depending on the kind of soil, steepness of slope, rainfall, and vegetation. Our most dramatic landforms were created by natural erosion, but even human-made modifications can have an impact. Consider the Lyons property between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. Once there was a hill. Now, after several weeks of soil removal, which is being used to construct the new Parachute I70 interchange, the area more closely resembles a plateau, albeit on a much smaller scale. Smaller plateaus are sometimes called mesas, hence, Battlement Mesa. The largest lava-capped mesa in the west is the Get out of school Grand Mesa, southwest of Battlement Mesa near Grand Junction. ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOLITUDE special" Butte is a French word for a hill that is at least as high as it is ON THE CRYSTAL RIVER. 50% off wide. Size is about the only difference between a mesa and a Rooms and Suites with Kitchenettes & weekdays in June a Comfortable Western Atmosphere. butte. Mesas are wider than they are high; buttes are as high as Offer valid they are wide. The Battlement Mesa rock formation is a promi0433 Redstone Blvd., Redstone June 10th - 28th nent butte, which is actually an eroded mesa. Mesas and buttes 970-963-2691 • are formed from erosion patterns that develop in arid and semiarid regions with horizontal and sedimentary rocks or lava beds that have not been shaped by pressure or stress, but have alternately resistant and easily eroded layers. When a butte becomes very slender, with practically no surface area in its top, it is called a monument, spire or hoodoo. Hoodoos are pedestal rocks that develop because rainfall cannot erode the soft Mancos shale or other soft rock underneath the protective boulder cap. Hoodoos are common along the base of the Bookcliffs. Another prominent spire nearby is Independence Monument in the Colorado National Monument (CNM). Erosion is also evidenced in the micro-scale. While hiking recently in the CNM, I encountered biological soil crusts. These look like funny collections of mud, but actually these crusts are dominated by cyanobacteria, a.k.a. blue-green algae, which is one of the oldest known life forms. Communities of soil crusts also include lichens, mosses, microfungi, bacteria and green algae. The organisms in these crusts protect the soil from erosion in a variety of ways. Mosses and lichens have small root-like anchoring structures that penetrate into the soil surface. Microbes move through the soil when moistened, leaving a mucilage trail. This sticky mucilage wraps around soil particles and holds them in place. Soil crusts play an important role in the absorption of rainfall, a critical function in an arid environment. When it rains, the organisms can absorb up to 10 times their volume in water and then release it slowly once the rain has ceased. During winter, these biological soil crusts frost-heave, creating a roughened surface. This slows rainwater runoff and contributes to water infiltration to the soil. Crust organisms contribute nutrients and organic matter to desert soils and play a part in overall soil health. So when you are hiking and come across these biological soil crusts, take care. The crusts are no match for the compressional stress caused by footprints, hooves or the tires of vehicles. Crusts RD that are crushed lose their connectivity, in turn contributing less nitrogen and organic matter to the ecosystem. This damage can A weekend filled with Bike and Classic Car shows, a Sock-Hop leave soils highly susceptible to both wind and water erosion. Poker run, Rodeo Games, plenty of Live Music & much more!! Betsy Leonard is an environmental education specialist who lives in Parachute.

ATTENTION All Hot-Rod & Classic Car Buffs, Bikers & Motorcyclists alike!


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As I See It

• The Echo Worship Directory •

Dads and male role models: Unsung heroes

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A column by Pastor Charlie Hornick, Grace Bible Church Fathers and fatherly role models are the unsung heroes of our community. Working on the pipelines by day and coaching on the sidelines by night, they do what they can to see that their children are provided for and given every means possible to succeed. The task of fathers is essential. Their influence can make or break the future of society. This Fathers’ Day, let those who have been a fatherly role model to you know they are appreciated. Hallmark cites that Fathers’ Day is the fourth largest ‘card sending’ day of the year. More than 110 million cards are exchanged. It has also been the busiest day for collect phone calls, a fact I find interesting. Perhaps the cell phone craze is changing that. Sonora Dodd is credited for the idea of having a special day to honor fathers, the first being on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Wash. Inspired by her father’s love, courage, and sacrifice, she campaigned for a Fathers’ Day until President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Fathers’ Day. Finally in 1972, President Nixon signed a bill making it a permanent annual holiday. Sonora’s father, William Smart, was a Civil War veteran. His wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Left to raise his infant child and five other children, he selflessly committed himself to his family on his rural farm in eastern Washington. Fathers’ Day is celebrated in June because it is the month of his birth. Fathers’ Day is a painful day, however, to many who have been abandoned or abused by a father or stepfather. When a father is absent in the home, physically or emotionally, a child reared in that home is far more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, have a criminal record, drop out of school, live in poverty, end up unemployed, and participate in risky sexual behavior. Also, when a father is abusive, the scars are not easy to overcome. Pastors, educators, social workers, and police officers will attest to the essential role of caring and loving fathers in the home. When fathers are negligent in fulfilling their responsibilities, we all suffer. Yes, there are brilliant single mothers out there, who with cards stacked against them, raise gentlemen, geniuses, princesses, and even presidents. But the reality is that the best scenario is for a mother to be supported by a husband who will be a father to their children as they together provide a loving, encouraging, and protective environment. I applaud grandfathers, stepfathers (the world’s hardest job), uncles, and other family members who have often stepped up to the plate and gone beyond the call of duty to make sacrifices because they value the well-being of precious children God has brought into their lives. Fatherly role models in every community are needed to support both fathers and mothers. The presence of a manly mentor is invaluable, especially when a child’s father has died or is absent for whatever reason. Our community is blessed to have many who are committed to the welfare of youth and children. Among those are Scoutmasters, teachers, school administrators, coaches, pastors, youth and family-life pastors, Kiwanians, Big Brothers, Awana leaders, and our community police officers and firefighters. During times my own father was away, a pastor, a Scoutmaster, and a baseball coach came into my life providing needed guidance and support. My grandfather, as well, throughout my lifetime demonstrated what it meant to be a Christian. I have often wondered what serious trouble I would have gotten into had these men not come into my life. Writing this column has reminded me that there are two types of men – those who answer the call to their families and community and those who live solely for themselves. I think the difference can be summed up in a motto found on a mirror in a building near Ground Zero after 9-11. A fireman had written the name and number of his brigade, then added, “Others run out; we run in!”

Grace Bible Church

Come Join Us This Sunday!

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

1833 S. Battlement Parkway Battlement Mesa 285-7236 or 379-5947 (Pastor's cell) Pastor: Dr. Robert C. McNew

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

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)

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. 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.


Wellspring of Life Church at Grand Valley Middle School 0364 Sipprelle Drive Parachute Pastor David Bartlett Sunday Service Time: 10 a.m. Youth and Children’s Sunday School 210-5795 210-5849 •••

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.

Sunday Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Children’s Church: 11:15 a.m.

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.

Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m.

Our church has been active in serving the area for 122 years!

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Where’s Redstone? PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Where’s Redstone – and why should you care? The Grand Valley Echo’s nine-year 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.

Attention all chopper and classic car lovers: The Redstone Rally is coming to the Crystal Valley June 29-July 1. For the third year in a row, Redstone will host hundreds of motorcyclists and motorcycles of all ages and types, as well as classic cars. The weekend features live music, a ride-in bike show, a poker run, and games and attractions. All proceeds from the rally go to Project Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that provides retreats for military families. For a full schedule of events, go to Just getting to Redstone is a pleasant experience (though drive slowly and carefully as you maneuver through the snow). Redstone is located on Highway 133, 18 miles south of Carbondale. Take I-70 to Glenwood Springs and Highway 82 to the junction of Highway 133 at Carbondale. Hope to see you in Redstone!

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


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REDSTONE CASTLE TOURS Saturday, Sunday • 1:30 p.m. (Daily tours start May 14th) Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, children 5-18 Children under 5: FREE (FOR GROUP TOURS CALL 970-963-9656) Tickets available at Tiffany of Redstone, and the Redstone General Store CASH OR CHECK ONLY

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FOR RENT: FOR RENT: BATTLEMENT MESA – 3 BD/2 BA condo, washer/dryer, AC, 1 car garage, lots of storage; activity center dues included. First month rent ($1,200) and security ($1,200) due upon signing. NS, pets considered. Call 704-0373. FOR SALE: FOR SALE: LAPTOPS FOR LESS, used, mostly Dell. Great programs already loaded. Ready to go immediately. Give us your needs, get our lowest quote. Great for work or school! E-mail, banking, catch up on the daily news. Call Dick at 250-5154. SERVICES: SERVICES: Mike's Home Maintenance Service - Providing home service for the Battlement area. Lawns mowed from $15-35. Leaf removal/gutters cleaned. General home maintenance. Minor plumbing. House painting. Tree trimming and clean-up, $45-70/tree. (Note: Globe willows shed multiple limbs and excess leaves - this can be controlled with correct trimming.) Call Mike 285-9330.

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