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Volume 5 Number 1


Mid-October / Mid-November 2012

Grand new building Encana’s largest US field office building opens in Parachute

Parachute interchange page 3

Conner Sproles page 5

Encana is scheduled to occupy their new building on Oct. 21. Although the building isn't the largest in the Parachute and Battlement Mesa area – the Battlement Mesa Activity Center and the Grand Valley Middle School has it beat – it is Encana's largest field office building in the US.

Photo by Carrie Click

By Carrie Click, Echo editor

Alain Senac page 5

Our Schools pages 10 & 11

On Oct. 21, Encana Oil & Gas will begin moving into its expansive new office building in the Parachute Park industrial subdivision. When that happens, it’s going to mean a lot more to the region than simply the addition of a very large commercial structure to the local skyline. “With this office building, Encana is parking themselves in the epicenter of the oil and gas industry,” said Hayden Rader of Glenwood Springs, the developer who’s been working since 1992 to establish Parachute Park, a planned unit development (PUD) in west Parachute. “They’re positioning themselves for the future in the heartbeat of the oil and gas industry.” At three floors and 51,000 square feet, the new building’s footprint covers more than a third of an acre. There are larger buildings in Parachute and Battlement Mesa: in comparison, the Battlement Mesa Activity Center is 53,000 square feet, Grand Valley Middle

School is 70,000 square feet, and Grand Valley High School is 101,000 square feet. Still, the new building is now Encana’s largest US field office. Encana’s Public Relations Director Doug Hock said that the building was constructed because Encana staff had outgrown their leased office space in the former American Soda/Solvay building outside Parachute. “We’ve been there since 2004,” Hock said. “Over time, we’ve outgrown it. We’ve had to put people into trailers [on site].” About 200 people presently work for Encana in administrative jobs in Parachute. These are engineers, environmental specialists, geologists, and a wildlife biologist. “There’s a whole gamut of disciplines,” Hock said. However, just because Encana has built a structure that can comfortably accommodate 300 employees, no new staff is being added at this time. “This is really a relocation of our staff,” Hock said. “Our employ-

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Grand Valley Historical Society fall meeting The Grand Valley Historical Society (GVHS) will hold its annual fall meeting on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. The program will feature travel writer and novelist Ann Williams, who has just released a new book entitled “No Market for ‘Em.” This latest work from Ms. Williams is a family biography, centering around the Grand Valley as related to her by her father, Wayne Payton. Wayne is a longtime resident of the Grand Valley who, along with his wife Alberta, is an original supporting member of GVHS. Ann plans to talk about the shooting of Kid Curry, the notorious bank and train robber. Curry, a member of the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang, was reportedly shot and killed by backcountry rancher Rolland Gardner, Williams’ great-grandfather, after Curry’s botched attempt to rob a train just outside of Parachute. Ms. Williams was an instructor at Pueblo Community College before retiring in 1995. She has spoken to groups on a variety of subjects from workshops on biology and chemistry, to creative writing and motivational sessions with weight loss groups. She began travel writing after her retirement and most recently presented a workshop on the 2012 Holland America World Tour. The program will start immediately at 2 p.m. and should last about one hour, after which refreshments will be served. Please come and hear the story of one of the Grand Valley’s most famous events as related by Ms. Ann Williams. The public is invited. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.



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Virtual Tours

Work is continuing on Parachute's second I-70 interchange as opening day on Oct. 31 fast approaches. CDOT is hosting a ceremony to commemorate the event at 10 a.m. before the interchange opens for traffic.

Photo by Carrie Click

Parachute interchange work is in the final stretch By Carrie Click, Echo editor Six months ago, construction on Parachute’s second interchange on Interstate 70 broke ground. Today, work is continuing at a constant clip with the goal of completing the project by Oct. 31. Looking at the unpaved on- and off-ramps on Oct. 9, it seemed almost impossible that the project would hit its anticipated completion date. But the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) isn’t wavering from its determination to get the project done within the month of October. CDOT has even nailed down a time, 10 a.m., for the interchange’s opening ceremony commemorating the event and inviting vehicle traffic for the first time. Located at milepost 72 west of Parachute’s and Battlement Mesa’s only current on- and offramps, the interchange project involves the construction of on- and off-ramps, and two roundabouts built to accommodate large trucks on the north and south sides of I-70. The purpose of the new interchange primari-

ly is to divert oil and gas industry traffic away from the main I-70 exit to ease congestion there. And with the addition of Encana’s new administrative building west of town, projections are that the new interchange area will continue to fill with industry infrastructure. The total project cost will be approximately $12 million. The funding came from several sources other than CDOT: the Town of Parachute, Garfield County, Battlement Mesa Company, and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Additionally, the gas production companies of Encana and Williams are providing $150,000 per company per year for the calendar years of 2011 and 2012, yielding a total of $600,000. CDOT has contributed $6 million. “This interchange project was originally planned for construction in calendar year 2013,” said Roland Wagner, CDOT resident engineer. “However, a team effort and partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Garfield County and CDOT accelerated the final design and construction by one year.”

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G O GRAND VALLEY 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. • Oct. 16: 7 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets in 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. • Oct. 16: 10 a.m. Tips, Topics and Talks on Tuesdays. “Why Don't My Dentures Fit?" and other senior dental problems with Dr. Garry Millard, DDS of Mountain Family Health Services in Rifle. A seasonal craft activity and refreshments are also included. Everyone is welcome. Valley Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave. • Oct. 17: 4 p.m. Enjoy an early Halloween at the Community Open House for the new offices of The Salvation Army. Learn about social services and volunteer opportunities. Bring your children in costume. Treats, games, prizes and refreshments for everyone. 918A Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. • Oct. 18: Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce board meeting is at Alpine Bank. Call 285-9480 for time. • Oct. 20: 10:30 a.m. PEO Chapter IW Fall Fashion Show fundraiser. Brunch will be served during the fashion show, featuring wine from Carlson Vinyards and others. Tickets are $23 pre-sale through any PEO IW member or by calling 2852441, or $25 at the door. Funds raised are used for educational scholarships for local girls and women. • Oct. 20: 7-10:30 p.m. Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse Community Dance. Come at 7 p.m. for a dance class; dance starts at 8 p.m. Dances are held monthly, on the third Saturday of the month. Free, though donations gratefully accepted. Susanne, 250-6262; Judi, 285-9696. • Oct. 23: 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. • Oct. 27: 10 a.m. Kiwanis’ 24th annual food drive for LIFT UP. Kiwanis and friends will be out in the neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items. All the food collected will be distributed to families experiencing food emergencies from LIFT-UP’s food pantry. The bags, filled with non-perishable food items, should be on the curb for collection. Apartment

dwellers can leave the sacks on their front porches. Contributions can also be dropped of at Clark’s Market in Battlement Mesa any time through Oct. 30. • Oct. 27: 2 p.m. Grand Valley Historical Society fall meeting is at the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. The program will feature travel writer and novelist Ann Williams who will speak about the shooting of Kid Curry, the notorious bank and train robber. Admission is free; donations are always appreciated. • Oct. 30: 7 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets in 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. • Halloween. Watch out for Trick or Treaters. • Oct. 31: 10 a.m. The new Parachute I70 interchange’s grand opening ceremony features government and private business partners who will be on hand to celebrate and be recognized. Following the ceremony, the interchange will be open for traffic. • Oct. 31: 5-7 p.m. Trick or Treat on “Bridge Street,” a free event for children ages 12 and under, on the bridge at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Dressed in Halloween costumes, local children can come and collect treats from the following sponsors: Alpine Bank, Battlement Mesa Activity Center, Battlement Mesa Company, Clark’s Market, Grand Valley Fire Department, Kiwanis, Grand Valley High School Leadership Club, Metcalf Excavation, Parachute and Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation, Valley Car Wash, and Wells Fargo Bank. • Nov. 1: 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. • Nov. 6: General election. • Nov. 8: 12 p.m. Parachute/Battlement Mesa Area Chamber of Commerce holds a general meeting at the Battlement Mesa Fire Station. • Nov. 13: 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. • Nov. 14: 7 p.m. Community Conversations meets at the Parachute Branch Library. Tonight’s topic: Creating a signature event for locals and visitors, such as theater, mountain biking, etc. Come be a part of making your community a more enjoyable place to live.

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 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

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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. • 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 6:308:30 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-todoor 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.

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Conner Sproles becomes Life Scout By Charlie Hornick, Echo contributor

Boy Scout Conner Sproles achieved the rank of Life Scout on Aug. 27. Life Scout is the second highest rank in scouting next to the coveted Eagle Scout. Conner also became an elite member of the Order of the Arrow. Conner is 14 and is in the eighth grade. He has been scouting for six years. Conner is also a member of the Polar Bear Club. To become a Polar Bear Club Conner Sproles member, one must have camped overnight for at least five nights in zero to minus 20 degree temperatures. Along with others in his troop, Conner is a member of the Fourteeners Club, having hiked to the top of different mountains above 14,000 feet. This past year, Conner also became certified in CPR. Eagle Scout requires at least 21 merit badges. Presently, Conner has 17 badges. Among those are swimming, first aid, camping, emergency prep, environmental science, citizenship in the world, citizenship in the community, wilderness survival, and aviation. Conner has also excelled in areas outside of scouting. He is a Red Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Junior Leader in Awana at Grace Bible Church. His hobbies include shooting sports, camping, and rock climbing. His future goals include achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and earning the Citation Award in Awana. Conner’s Troop 255 is an active and growing troop, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute and Grace Bible Church. The boys meet weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. at Grace Bible Church in Battlement Mesa. Boys from ages 11 to 17 who are interested in learning more about being involved in scouting can contact Scout Master Travis Sproles at 250-2584. Those who have questions about the Boy Scout program can contact Executive Director Jim Graham at 625-9999.

Alain Senac, proudest of all By Laurel Koning, Echo contributor

During the afternoon of Sept. 6, eight individuals gathered in Grand Junction in the only federal courtroom in Colorado outside of Denver. These eight individuals were there to be inducted as new citizens of the United States. Each was asked separate questions, all recited an oath to serve and protect, and all had huge smiles on their faces. Alain stated during these proceedings that he decided after 40-plus years that he thought he should apply to be “one of us.” Alain Senac Those who observed this statement also saw the emotion and happiness that Alain experienced as he participated in this memorable service. In case you have forgotten, Alain Senac was the former owner of Easy Cuisine. Also, Alain produced a “special” each evening that was the envy of many in the community. Alain had a wonderful gift of helping many in the community not to have to cook their meals every night. Alain is very proud to be a part of our community. He has stated that he certainly feels honored to have the good friends that have been there for him in our community. Alain, we welcome you and want you to know that the United States of America is proud to recognize such a wonderful gentleman

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VA L L E Y 24th annual Kiwanis Food Drive for LIFT-UP is Oct. 27 Kiwanians and friends of Kiwanis and LIFT-UP will conduct the 24th annual Food Drive in Battlement Mesa and Parachute on Oct. 27. Food collected is used to stock the LIFT-UP Food Bank in Parachute, which serves local families in need. Last year the drive collected four and half tons of food. Utilization of the Food Bank has remained heavy in recent years and a decision to provide more food than in the past has been challenging. Non-perishable contributions to this year’s drive may be used for holiday meal distributions or ongoing help for local families during the next several months. Food bags containing directions and suggestions for donations will be distributed to homes in Battlement Mesa and Parachute between Oct. 16-20. Residents are asked to fill the sacks with nonperishable items. Organizers of the event ask that filled bags be on the curb for collection by 10 a.m. on Oct. 27, when volunteers will begin fanning out to collect donations. Apartment dwellers can leave the sacks on their front porches. Residents who miss the pick-up on Oct. 27 can take their contributions to Clark’s Market in Battlement Mesa anytime through Oct. 30. All participation is greatly appreciated. – Doug Saxton, Echo contributor

Amanda Tripp and Cody Parmenter wed Amanda J. Tripp and Cody M. Parmenter were married on Aug. 25 on Silt Mesa. Cody is the son of Cary Parmenter and Maggie Tiffany. Amanda is the daughter of Ken Tripp and Tara Vetter. Amanda and Cody are former employees of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center where they worked together at the front desk. Cody joined the United States Air Force and attended basic training at Lackland AFB graduating as Airman 1st class (A1C). Amanda is a graduate of IntelliTec College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Cody and Amanda have moved to San Antonio where Cody is stationed at Lackland Air Force Base.

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“Anything Goes” shows off Battlement Mesa’s talent By Anne Huber, Battlement Mesa Activity Center The second “Anything Goes” art contest sponsored by Petroleum Development Corporation proved Battlement Mesa is a community with abundant talent. Through the years, many artisans have displayed their works and collections in the cabinet located in the lobby of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC). Wood carvings, needlework, jewelry, hand painted eggs, ceramics and collections such as a Christmas village, dolls, paintings and photography are a few of the many displays that have been featured. The activity center has been the host site for an annual Village Artists show featuring original paintings and photography. The idea for the “Anything Goes” show was a merging of these two types of exhibitions. Petroleum Development Corporation generously sponsored both the first and second competitions by providing the cash prizes that were awarded to the first, second and third place winners. The recent show included a crocheted afghan, handmade jew- over 55 were represented in this show. Artwork elry, three-dimensional mixed media, digital photography, was judged by a former art teacher with experiacrylics, pencil, crayon and charcoal. All ages from under 18 to ence in the visual arts.




Battlement Mesa Activity Center Tennis Association News

Octoberfest on the tennis court

2012 winners The winners of the August show were: 1st place: Lynn Shore, digital photography, “Canyon Glow” $50 2nd place: Tara Vetter, original watercolor, “The Finest Ingredients” $30 3rd place: Lynn Shore, digital photography, “Heavenly Light” $20 Three entrants tied for the Peoples’ Choice award: Robin Thompson, digital photography, “Rustic Beauty” Dawn Magee, original acrylic and pen, “Hey, Buddy” Lynn Shore, digital photography, Winning first place at the “Anything Goes” art contest was, top left, Lynn Shore’s “Canyon Glow” and second place with, top “Heavenly Light” The BMAC staff wishes to also right, “Heavently Light.” Tara Vetter took third place with “The Finest Ingredients,” bottom right. thank the following people for entering their artworks: Mindy Campbell, Gabrielle Coleman, Stephanie Garcia, Joline Gnatek, Jean Edmonds, Crystal Ivie, Averi Jansen, Dawn Magee, Sophia Miller, Penelope Olsen, Lynn Shore, Thomas Sisneros, Sydney Steel, Jack Stevenson, Sharon Stevenson, Robin Thompson, Amanda Tripp, Tara Vetter and Peter Wahlman. The next art competition, “Anything Goes for Young People,” will be directed toward youth. Dates and guidelines for the contest will be announced. Call BMAC at 285-9480 for more information.

By Joy Kemper, BMAC Tennis Association The Battlement Mesa Activity Center Tennis Club had an Octoberfest of their own on Oct. 6. They started with roundrobin tennis from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Coffee and donuts were offered with 10 people playing. At night we met at Dean Hulse's home for a potluck with 15 people attending. There was a wonderful array of food and it ended on the patio watching the fireworks. We were all happy to have Vina Klahn celebrate with us. The tennis club is always looking for new members. We have men offering to teach new people. The women have scheduled play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The men play on Tuesday and Thursday. Round robin play is offered on Saturday mornings. We are starting at 9 a.m. now; when the weather gets colder, call for new time. Call Joy Kemper for more information at 285-6545.



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Chamber News Meet Mary Lee Mohrlang of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa chamber By Anne Huber, Echo contributor Mary Lee Mohrlang and her husband Jerry moved to Battlement Mesa in 1999 from Atlanta, Ga. Jerry and Mary Lee were born and raised in Colorado and raised their family in Carbondale where they were teachers and coaches in Basalt for many years. They have three children: Michael, who now lives in New York, and Jill and Allison, who live in the Atlanta area. Their five grandchildren live in Georgia. Jerry retired from teaching while in Carbondale due to health problems. Mary Lee opened fabric stores in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. They also operated a catering business, kitchen store and a restaurant in Carbondale.

The Mohrlangs left Colorado in 1986 due to the economy and moved to Atlanta where Mary Lee was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines and a Realtor. They returned to Colorado in 1999 because of the humidity and heat in the south. And, Mary Lee says, “We really missed Colorado!” Currently, Mary Lee is a real estate agent. She is on the boards of the Grand Valley Economic Development Committee (a newly formed organization), KSUN community radio and the Mt. Callahan Community Fund. She also belongs to the Para/Mesa Women’s Investment Group and the Philanthropic Education Organization, supporting women’s education throughout the world. Mary Lee’s No. 1 passion was skiing until a skiing accident ended that. She loves to play golf, ride horses, host her

weekly live radio program, Community Connections on KSUN, and just be involved in the community and helping people. Some of her other adventures have included: wrangler for a summer camp near Boulder, Colo. that offered pack trips across the Continental Divide, lifeguard, and children's ski instructor. Mary Lee joined the Parachute/ Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce because she is in business in this area and wanted to assist with community events and programs that encourage business in Parachute and Battlement Mesa. Check the calendar on page 4 for chamber event dates. As always, the chamber is looking for businesses that would like to support our communities by becoming a member of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 285-

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Grand Valley Fire Protection District 970-285-9480

TRICK OR TREAT ON “BRIDGE STREET” A Free Event for children ages 12 & under

October is Fire Prevention Month By Deputy Fire Chief Rob Ferguson For the month of September 2012 the fire district responded to 59 calls for service. The same period in 2011 resulted in 51 calls.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012 • 5:00 – 7:00 PM On the bridge at the Activity Center Come dressed in your best Halloween Costume and collect treats from the following sponsors ALPINE BANK, BATTLEMENT MESA ACTIVITY CENTER, BATTLEMENT MESA COMPANY, CLARKS MARKET, GRAND VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT, KIWANIS, GVHS LEADERSHIP CLUB, METCALF EXCAVATION, PARACHUTE/B/MESA PARKS AND RECREATION, VALLEY CAR WASH AND WELLS FARGO BANK 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

In September, there were: 13 Fire incidents 1 Structure fire 3 Fire alarms 5 Brush fires/fire outside/trash/rubbish 4 Smoke or odor scares/removal 1 Vehicle fire 34 5 1 5 1

Emergency medical calls Vehicle crashes Unfounded call Public assists Dispatched and cancelled enroute

Between Jan. 1 to Sept. 31, 2011, call volume was at 434 calls for service. Between Jan. 1 to Sept. 31, 2012, call volume increased to 493 calls for service. This is approximately a 13.5 percent increase in calls for the fire district from last year. Training hours per crew in September: 48 hours - Green Crew 56.25 hours - Black Crew 44 hours - Red Crew

If you should have an emergency, please call 911 as soon as possible!

The fire district offered a community CPR/First Aid class at Station 1 on Sept. 28. We had a great turnout with more than 40 people attending. October is Fire Prevention Month. Remember to test your smoke detectors. Make sure you have a meeting point for you and your family in case of any fires in the home. Please watch out for children as they are out trick or treating. Children should have a flashlight or glow stick so they can be better seen in the dark while they are out trick or treating.

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Notes from Parachute By Robert Knight, Parachute town administrator

October is an exciting month for the Town of Parachute. Octoberfest kicked it off with the usual festivities on Oct. 6. Encana moves into their new building located in the Parachute Park PUD on Oct. 21. TLC pipeline service has already completed their new building and it appears that other lots have been sold or are in the purchasing process in the same planned unit development PUD. The big news is the grand opening of the new interchange on Oct. 31. The Colorado Department of Transportation is hosting an opening ceremony to commemorate the event at 10 a.m. All the governmental agencies and private business partners who joined together to make this project a reality will be on hand to celebrate and be recognized and then the interchange will be opened for traffic. The interchange will usher in a new wave of development activity over the next few years to grow and add diversity to our local economy. You can expect to see annexation activity to the west and connectivity of Cardinal Way to the interchange sometime in the future as a result of this project. October is also the kick-off month for renovation of the rest area. A new landscape plan has been crafted by a landscape architect with phase one currently being constructed. Phase one will be centered around the cabin with the installation of new curbing, an additional sidewalk leading to the cabin's south side, new weed barriers and ground cover and major improvements to the drip irrigation system to support new plantings for this fall and this spring. Phase two will begin next spring and will include retaining walls around the sloped perimeter and possibly new shading for the playground equipment and for the uncovered concrete seats currently in the lawn area. The amount of renovation this spring will depend on meeting our revenue projections for 2013.

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Bea Underwood Elementary’s September Terrific Kids The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Kiwanis Club sponsors Bea Underwood Elementary School’s Terrific Kids. The program promotes character development and self-esteem. “TERRIFIC” is an acronym meaning Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.

September’s Terrific Kids from Bea Underwood are, from left, first row, Caitlyn Garrity, Fiona Craine, Leticia Corral Baeza, Jake Harrelson; second row, Brianna Baeza, Kimber Lang, Alicia Chavez, Logan Paskett, Andrew Black; third row, Karely Camacho, Sierra Keif, Rodrigo Vargas, Joshua Guerrero, Ty Weise; and fourth row, Opal Morganthaler (Kiwanis representative), Principal Kathy Keeling, and Bill Coelho (Kiwanis representative). Congratulations to all of September’s Terrific Kids! Photo courtesy of Jeanne Miles

From Grand Valley Middle School

Grand Valley Middle School builds community

By Jory Sorensen, principal, Grand Valley Middle School What are the first memories that come to your mind when thinking about your sixth through eighth grade years? This is a period in life that is marked by rapid brain growth, puberty and an intense need for social acceptance. At Grand Valley Middle School, we are choosing to take on the challenge of building a positive school community. We strive to be a school where all students feel accepted by peers and experience feelings of belonging. We have made purposeful changes at our school to build a positive community. One such change is our morning meeting. Each morning we hold a 30-minute meeting in the cafeteria for all students and staff. During this time we celebrate student achievements, talk about issues within the school, announce upcoming events, break barriers that may exist within student groups, and we sing together. That’s right, our entire school sings karaoke, together. Last week we sang Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, and CCR. The point of morning meeting is to give our students positive feelings to start their day. Many need this; students and staff alike exit these meetings with smiles on their faces, a feeling of belonging, and ready to begin the day. Our morning meeting is what the dinner table is for many families. Thank you for all your support of our school and kids. We have great kids and live in a great place.

Grand Valley Center for Family Learning (CFL) News

What Is Happening with Expeditionary Learning at the Center for Family Learning? By CFL Principal Rebecca Ruland Several of our K-1 classes have embarked upon a “tool expedition.” Some of the guiding questions they are researching are: • What is a tool? • What kinds of different tools are there? • What can we learn about a person’s job by the tools he or she uses? • How do the parts of a tool help get the job done? Tools are introduced as something that everyone uses at his or her job. Multiple tool samples from home and the workplace have been studied, graphed, analyzed and illustrated. Fiction and nonfiction books are being read, interviews with tool users are being conducted, and visits to Lowes and other places where tools are commonly used are being organized. A book assembled and illustrated by each class to summarize what they have learned about tools will be a culminating activity. These types of expeditions embed multiple state standards from literacy, math and the arts into a deep learning opportunity for children.The expeditions allow students to apply skills in core content areas and more readily transfer skills from one content to the next. Recently, a group of teachers and administrators visited the Odyssey School in Denver. Odyssey is considered an exemplary Expeditionary Learning school and includes grades K-8. Teachers were impressed by many features of Odyssey. They observed a notable culture of quality and respect that permeated all classrooms. Students were deeply engaged in their learning and were frequently collaborating to deepen their understanding of learning targets. They were able to talk about habits of learning both within the school as well as applied to their lives. Eighth grade students could recall in great detail expeditions they had completed in kindergarten. Some teachers noted that Odyssey and the comprehensive nature of Expeditionary Learning, embodies many best practices in education. We look forward to learning more from training and journeys into Expeditionary Learning as the year progresses. Funding learning opportunities The annual PTO Carnival was held on Oct. 5 at St John’s Community Center. Monies earned will be used by CFL for extended learning opportunities or Expeditions. We hope you will join us for food and fun this Friday night. New staff Mrs. Martinez joins us from the Denver Public Schools where she taught first grade for many years. She is presently teaching half-day kindergarten and ELL at CFL. Welcome Mrs. Martinez.



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GVHS News Who Says Girls Can’t Play Football?

Homecoming dance caption: GVHS students enjoy the 2013 Homecoming Dance

“Gangnam Style” By Ashlynn Speakman What makes the Homecoming Dance so exciting? It could be the Saturday night under flashing lights, upbeat music that gets people dancing, or the fact that it only comes once a year. When asked what makes homecoming dance so exciting Junior Emily Williams responded with “That its homecoming. You get to wear a dress and go out with friends.” The sound of music not only got high school students to dance, but the assistant principle/athletic director of Grand Valley High School Dave Walck also used his dancing shoes. Dave Walck had no choice but to dance while some kids pulled him on the front of the stage to dance to “Gangnam Style”, a single by South Korean rapper PSY. Dave Walck dancing made Homecoming Dance exciting for the students who were present. When asked what made Homecoming exciting for him as an administrator, he responded “The fact that everyone is there and that they all get dressed up and it’s a right of passage. Homecoming is a memory they will have forever. The reason why I danced is because I love working with kids, and when Senior Tynan Dutton and Senior Trey Pressler had asked me to dance, I wanted to make their senior homecoming memorable.” Grand Valley High School had a “Cardinal Pride” theme for the 2013 school year. Homecoming theme had a neon splatter dress up day which was incorporated into the dance. Within the walls of the dance were neon colors all over the wall. With all the hard work and dedication to Homecoming a special thanks goes to Ms. Ryan and the Leadership class for making a memorable 2013 Homecoming!

Which boy makes the best girl?

By: Shannia Burns The students at Grand Valley High school were laughing in disbelief as their fellow high school boys walked out in heels and makeup attempting to get the Miss GV crown. Two boys from each grade got a makeover to the extreme; there was make up, wigs, and dresses. This eventually lead to an intense competition between the “girls” distinguishing their talent and personalities through interview questions. Out of all eight contestants Esteban Ortiz, representing the junior class, and Trey Pressler, representing the senior class, made it to the finals and the heat was on. After a very entertaining dance competition and intense last question Trey Pressler was declared the best girl, and took home the Miss GV crown. “I’m sad I lost, but it was a fun experience to see what girls go through and Trey was the better girl,” Esteban Ortiz comments.

By: Sierra Berger A fun filled rival competition went down the week of Homecoming between the seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen girls. It was the seniors and freshmen (black team) against the juniors and sophomores (red team). Red team coaches; Tyler Scott, Ivan Arizaga, Keanu Kamanawa, Collin Weeks and Jacob Hart, had no idea what they should tell their team. “Okay all you guys go run a lap! That’s your conditioning, just kidding. Go out there and keep doing what you are doing. Oh and get a touchdown,” came from Captain Tyler Scott. On the other side the black team coaches; Tanner Zimmerman, Jake White, Stephan Padilla, Trent Reidle, and Wyatt Hurst were bringing their teams hearts up. “Seniors this is your last powder puff game and you want it to be memorable,” was said by Captain Tanner Zimmerman. At the second quarter both teams were shaking in their sneakers. The red team got the ball first and quarter back, Haley Johnson threw it to running back, Ashley Radel. Ashley caught the ball and ran along the side lines, 85 yards, to make a touchdown for the red team. The red team was extremely confident that they were going to win this game, but it all turned around when the Black team scored a touchdown. They were tied and only had a couple minutes to score one more touchdown, the winning touchdown. The ending score was 12-6, the Black team. Haley Johnson was asked how did you like being quarter back.“I liked it a lot. I thought we had a good set of plays and I had a good group around me that could make up for my mistakes that I made.” No one was bowing their heads at the end of the night. Everyone had fun and was glad they joined to help support their class in the homecoming rival between classes.

Victory in the loss

Tanner Zimmerman With the stands packed and the crowd amped for a play-off caliber football game, the Grand Valley Cardinals stormed the field for the second half with a 2 point lead over the Bayfield Wolverines. # 4 Bayfield and # 5 ranked Grand Valley squared off in the homecoming football game with a league championship on the line with the only two un-defeated teams in Colorado’s Western Slope League. The Cardinals came out just short however when during the last seconds of the game a caught pass from QB Tyler Scott to Trent Reidle was ruled out of bounds in the end-zone. Although Grand Valley lost 18-23 head coach for the Cards Mike Johnson could take some positives out of the game. “We competed well and the kids showed a lot of guts”. The back and forth game answered a lot of questions for Grand Valley who have been untested up to this point in the season. “We have the capability to play with the best teams in the state and we know that now.” Said Junior WR and corner Ivan Arizaga. Although the loss was close and can be seen as a positive for the Cards knowing that they can play with the best, the season needs to resume back to Grand Valley’s winning trend this season. Nevertheless, the Cards will be focused to improve their record to 5-1 and stay on track to make playoffs for the first time since 2008. Grand Valley offense lines up for battle at the homecoming game on 09/28.



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Mesa Vista News

Around the Valley…

Fall is fun at Mesa Vista

Quilt show cutline

By Kathy Germano, Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence activity director The residents had a wonderful time at the Grand Valley Quilt Show, which was sponsored by the Grand Valley Historical Society and the Grand Valley Sew & Sew Quilters. There were many beautiful quilts to enjoy. Mesa Vista also hosted a wonderful art show on Sept. 15, celebratRuth Morton ing National Assisted Living Week. The residents are actively working on several craft projects for the annual craft fair held in November. All proceeds will benefit Mesa Vista activities. A Halloween party is planned at 7 p.m on Oct. 31 and the residents will be dressing for the occasion. Costumes and accessories are being collected throughout this month. If anyone would like to contribute, please drop off any Halloween-related articles at the front desk. There are two birthdays this month. Carolyn Thornton’s birthday is on Oct. 15 and Ruth Morton will be celebrating birthday 102 on Oct. 18. Happy Birthday! Volunteers are always welcome. If interested, stop by and pick up an application. Enjoy the wonderful fall Colorado has to offer.

Shawnee Barnes stands next to her "Paper Doll" quilt, which won the People's Choice award at the sixth annual Grand Valley Quilt Show on Sept. 2930. Second place went to Marge Sheppelman ("Fan" quilt) and third to Mary Galtererio ("Out on a Limb" quilt). Look for more news about the quilt show in the November Echo. Photo courtesy of Judi Gentilcore

Grand Valley's Judi Hayward presents Garfield energy innovation awards Parachute's Judi Hayward assisted former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter in presenting nine energy innovation awards at on Oct. 5 at the Hotel Colorado. Judi serves on the Garfield Clean Energy board. Here, Judi congratulates Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky for the county's installation of an energy efficient heating and cooling system in the courthouse in Glenwood. Photo by Carrie Click.

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The Battlement Mesa Service Association

Community Conversations, voices wanted By Battlement Mesa Service Association President Keith Lammey Where there is “city pride” there usually is a lot more resident participation in community affairs. If people care about and are proud of their community they are more willing to participate in all aspects of the community – ranging from schools and clubs and organizations to government affairs. I’ve long thought about (and previously written about) city pride. Perhaps city pride and community participation is a chicken and egg sort of thing. Like the question which came first, the chicken or the egg, maybe we need to ask a similar question. Can we have city pride without community participation? If not, then which of the two do you have to have first, participation or city pride? I can’t decide which has to come first but I am convinced that they go together. In order to increase our city pride to the “I’d rather be in Battlement Mesa” level, I believe that we must foster more citizen participation. Actually, it just makes sense when you think about it. Most of the time people care more about something when they feel like they have a voice and that their voice is being heard. So, you’re invited to join the conversation. The Battlement Mesa and Parachute communities have joined forces to foster improved communication among and between the residents and our various civic and government organizations by creating a new forum called Community Conversations. Over the past year, several Community Coffees were held where people could have coffee and doughnuts and ask questions about community-related matters. Usually, these meetings included announcements about new or expected community developments ranging from things like the relocation of the True Value store to planned street maintenance. Several people participated in this series of meetings and obviously attended for more than just the free coffee and doughnuts because they asked a lot of questions. Community Conversations are like the Community Coffee events to the extent that residents will have an opportunity to interact, participate and ask questions, but there is a critical difference. Community Conversations is a forum where the participants alone will decide what they want to talk about and what they like or don’t like, then will formulate a plan or strategy to do something about whatever it is that they like or don’t like, provided a consensus can be reached. Officially, Community Conversations is a monthly forum where you can join your neighbors, local business leaders and government representatives in a conversation about our communities. The intent is to arrive at conclusions, reach a consensus on actions to be taken, determine who is best to act and to follow up on previous discussions and actions. By the time you see this, the kick-off meeting will have been held, where 12 topics of interest selected by those who attended the gathering will have been prioritized for the upcoming 12 monthly Community Conversations. If you missed the kick off, don’t despair, your views and participation are needed in order to develop a strategy to, with hope, correct the issues that concern us all. You are encouraged to attend future conversations. Not only are your views important but more participation nearly always results in a better solution. And remember, this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard and when that happens our city pride will bump up a notch or two, which will mean that more people will participate in the future. That means that the cycle will repeat itself until everyone is wearing a “I’d rather be in Battlement Mesa/Parachute” T-shirt.

Community Conversations holds first meeting

Several members of the Parachute and Battlement Mesa community gathered on Oct. 10 at the Parachute Branch Library to discuss subjects of interest to the community. The group plans to meet each month to converse about a single subject that could enhance the community, and to develop plans to bring these ideas to fruition. All members of the community are invited to attend and participate. (See Battlement Mesa Service Association column, above.) Ideas considered ranged from high-speed Internet needs to an energy museum. After a lengthy conversation about the suggested topics, six were chosen to be addressed at the next six meetings. The first to be addressed will be “Signature Events” and next will be “Economic Activities.” The “Signature Event” concept is focuses on creating events in our community that will not only engage local residents but also bring people into our area to both participate and be spectators. During the next meeting on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the library, many different events will be proposed and discussed. These could be theater, mountain biking, kite flying, marbles, rafting – anything you think would be fun and draw folks to Parachute and Battlement Mesa. Please bring your ideas and join this friendly, open group of citizens to help make your community a more enjoyable place to live. – Keith Lammey, Echo contributor

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Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District

Craft Fair is on Nov. 17 By Mary Anderson, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation director Fall soccer will wrap up by the end of October. Thank you coaches and referees. Tiny Tot Soccer: There were 45 youngsters signed up for U6 and U8 soccer. What a fun season - thanks to all the participants and coaches. Battlement Mesa/Parachute New Community Park: Grants have been written and submitted for funding. This park will be built in stages and will be a unique place to recreate and enjoy when it is finished. The park will be located on approximately six acres below the Grand Valley Middle School. The second annual Community Classic Golf Tournament held at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club on Sept. 29 was deemed very successful. Thank you to all the wonderful support from the local businesses and golf teams. Adult Co-ed Volleyball: Adults if you are interested in having a fall co-ed adult volleyball league please let the park and recreation district know by Oct. 15. Games are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Players have to be at least 16 years old. Fees are $225 per team or $45 per individual. Recommended roster size is eight to 12 players. There must be at least three women and five or more players on the court or a minimum of two females and two males. Babysitting is provided for the little ones. This is always a fun program for the adults. A minimum of four teams are needed to have this program. Youth Girls Basketball: The 2012 fall Colorado River League program is for girls in third through sixth grades. Practices will be held in the evening, two times a week, with games on Saturdays at St John’s Community Center. Fee is $55 to play with a $35 refundable uniform fee. Coaches are needed. Tiny Tot Basketball: For youngsters K–second grade. The little ones learn the basics of basketball. $40 program fee only. Will be held two times per week, right after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Begins in early November. Please pre-register by October 31. The 30th annual Craft Fair: The 30th Annual Craft Fair will be held on Nov. 17 at the Grand Valley High School gymnasium. The number of shoppers that funnel through the doors during the Craft Fair is pretty amazing. Lots of original, hand crafted items will be available for your shopping enjoyment. This is your opportunity to shop at home for gifts or for items for your home that are unique. There will be home baked goods for sale, as well. The school groups will have a few booths too. Skateboard Park: The skate park is closed until vandalism of one of the pieces of equipment can be repaired. 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 district office, 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. Check out the website for more information

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Important health screenings By Ann Galloway, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Health screenings are used by healthcare providers to look for diseases before signs or symptoms of the disease develop. Early detection leads to early treatment and most often to better health outcomes. This month’s article will discuss the recommended screenings and tests for men and women age 18 and older from the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening recommended for men ages 65 to 75 years of age if you have ever been a smoker. Alcohol Misuse Men and women, age 18 and older, should be screened annually for alcohol misuse issues. Blood Pressure Men and women, age 18 and older, should have their blood pressure checked every two years. Breast Cancer Women, age 18 and older, should talk to their health care provider to see whether a mammogram is needed based on age, family history, overall health and personal concerns. Annual mammogram screenings usually begin at age 40. Cervical Cancer Women, age 21 to 65, who are sexually active, should have a pap test for cervical cancer every one to three years. If a woman has had a hysterectomy for a reason other than cancer, a pap test is not needed. Chlamydia and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases Women, age 24 or younger, should be screened if sexually active. Women older than 24 should talk with their healthcare provider about the risks for chlamydia and sexually transmitted diseases and the need for screenings. Men, age 18 or older, should talk with their healthcare provider to see if they are at risk for any sexually transmitted diseases and the need for screenings. Cholesterol Level Men and women should have blood cholesterol levels checked regularly at age 35 and older. Cholesterol level checks should be started at age 20 if any of these risk factors are present: use tobacco, are obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, have a personal history of heart disease or have a family member who has had a heart attack before age 50 if male or age 60 if female. Colorectal Cancer Men and women with no family history should have a screening colonoscopy starting at age 50 and every 10 years after. If there is positive family history, screening colonoscopies should start five years before the age when the family member was diagnosed and then every five years after. Depression Men and women, age 18 and older, should talk to their health care providers about depression screening, especially if during the last two weeks they have felt down, sad or hopeless or if they have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things. Diabetes Men and women, age 18 and older, who have high blood pressure (greater than 135/80) or are on high blood pressure medicine should be screened for diabetes annually. Hepatitis C and HIV Men and women, age 18 and older, should talk to their healthcare providers to see if they are at risk for hepatitis C and/or HIV and the need for screenings. Osteoporosis (Bone Thinning) Women should have a bone density screening test at age 65. Women age 18 to 65 years of age should talk to their health care provider to see if they are at risk for osteoporosis and should be screened. For more information on good health, check out these federal government websites: at Medline Plus at Questions are the Answer at Healthy Men at Healthy Women at Contact your healthcare provider now for an appointment to discuss these very important health promotion and early detection recommendations.

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

Nature at Home and Afield By Betsy Leonard

Halloween suggestions to prevent tooth decay

Up in the air

By Dr. Carol Lybrook, DDS Halloween will be here before we know it and we all know that Halloween, to most children, means candy. According to the American Dental Association, 90 percent of children will go trick or treating this year and return home with bags full of sugary candy that can turn anyone's mouth into a nightmare. Be sure to treat and don't trick your kid's oral health this Halloween by taking a few preventive steps:

Fight cavities with healthier treats: Since sugar-free gum is one treat that actually helps prevent cavities, it is a smart choice to give on Halloween. Parents can also give it to their children to help neutralize the effects of sugary snacks after eating. Chewing sugar-free gum containing the artificial sweeteners sorbitol or xylitol actually helps reduce cavities. These sweetening agents are effective in combating the bacteria in plaque and fighting the acid that eats away at enamel. In addition, the chewing motion stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps cleanse the teeth.

Remember that all foods should be consumed in moderation: Certain foods, such as sweets and soda, are easily linked to tooth decay. However all foods can promote tooth decay if eaten in excess. The key is to teach kids to eat in moderation and make sure that they take proper care of their teeth. While healthy alternatives to candy such as fruit and nuts are great, these foods are sticky and can get caught in the pits and grooves of teeth, also causing decay. Reading nutrition labels and being sensible about the foods you and your children eat on a daily basis helps as well.

Brush teeth immediately after candy consumption: The excitement of Halloween night can distract your kids from everyday habits like brushing their teeth before heading to bed. Sweets can be especially harmful to their teeth, since damaging acids form in the mouth every time they eat a sugary snack, and continue to affect the teeth for at least 20 minutes before they are neutralized. Make sure your child brushes his or her teeth thoroughly before going to bed after a long night of trick or treating. The use of mouthwash is also recommended. To learn more about preventive dental care, consult with your dentist and learn ways to keep your trick or treaters out of oral nightmares this Halloween. All of us at Lybrook Dental Center remind you to a have fun and safe Halloween.

The author, Dr. Carol Lybrook and her husband, Dr. Scott Lybrook, operate Lybrook Dental Center in Parachute and Fruita.

Up in the Air When clouds appear Like rocks and towers The Earth’s refreshed With frequent showers.

An evening red and a morning gray, Will send the traveler on his way; But an evening gray and a morning red, Put on your hat, or you’ll wet your head.

Many of you might recognize these weather proverbs and many others like them. Proverbs from different localities are often quite similar. Short-range weather proverbs such as these deal with physical laws that make a weather system behave the way it does. We can learn a great deal about clouds as they are the storytellers of our weather systems. Humans started classifying clouds types as early as 1802. A rudimentary system at best, classification has improved considerably since that time. But, first, to understand why clouds are white, you must realize that white light from the sun consists of all colors of the rainbow. Clouds are white because their water droplets or ice crystals are large enough to scatter light of all wavelengths, which combine to produce white light. Clouds appear dark when they are in the shadow of other clouds or when the top of a cloud is casting a shadow on its own base. How light or dark a cloud appears depends heavily on its background; a cloud will look dark when it is surrounded by bright sky. Dark clouds aren’t necessarily rain clouds. Rainy or snowy days are often dark because clouds block sunlight. Clouds are not solid, but rather like mist. In a cloud, moisture has cooled below its dew point, the temperature at which the air becomes saturated, and has now condensed into particles that reflect light. As the air cools to its dew point, it becomes saturated and sheds water vapor it can no longer retain, and this condenses into a cloud. Our atmosphere has layers: Troposphere (zero to about seven miles up) where most clouds and weather are located; Stratosphere (seven to 30 miles up) where little water vapor or dust are found here since there is little mixing with the air below; Mesosphere (30 to 50 miles up) which is the coldest part of the atmosphere; and Thermosphere (about 50 miles up), also called the ionosphere. Clouds are classified according to their height above and appearance (texture) from the ground. These physical categories include, 1) Cirro (cirriform) – curl of hair, high; 2) Alto (cumuliform) – mid; 3) Strato (stratocumuliform) – layer; 4) Nimbo (cumulonimbiform) – rain, precipitation; 5) Cumulo (stratiform) – heap. The high-level clouds occur about 20,000 feet and are given the prefix of “cirro.” There are three main types; cirrus, cirrostratus and cirrocumulus. Cirrus clouds are wispy, feathery and composed of ice crystals. As a warm front approaches, cirrus clouds tend to thicken into cirrostratus, which may then thicken and lower into altostratus, stratus and even nimbostratus. Mid-level clouds occur between 6,500 and 20,000 feet and are given the prefix “alto.” The two main types of mid-level clouds are altostratus and altocumulus. They frequently indicate the approach of a warm front and may thicken and lower into stratus, then nimbostratus resulting in rain or snow. Lastly, low-level clouds are not given a prefix because their names are derived from “strato” or “cumulo,” depending on their characteristics. These clouds occur below 6,500 feet and normally consist of liquid water droplets, except during cold winter storms when ice crystals (and snow) comprise much of the clouds. The two main types of clouds are stratus, which develop horizontally, and cumulus, which develop vertically. These clouds appear frequently in the atmosphere, either ahead or behind a frontal system. Thick, dense stratus or stratocumulus clouds producing steady rain or snow are often referred to as nimbostratus. The sizes, shapes and locations of clouds are the result of the movement of air and changes in water from vapor to 540 N. Parachute Avenue liquid to ice in the air. Even a basic understanding of these processes will help you appreciate the movements of clouds and their part in creating our weather systems.

NOW is the TIME to JOIN VALLEY SENIOR CENTER Wednesday Lunches • Special Events Friends and Fun

Betsy Leonard is an environmental education specialist who lives in Parachute.

Call 285-7216 Monday AM for

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As I See It

• The Echo Worship Directory •

How to shut someone up – nicely

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By Pastor Charlie Hornick, Grace Bible Church Some people don’t know when to shut up. We need to help them. The wisdom of Ecclesiastes states, “There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.” There are those who keep talking long after we have stopped listening. Here are some helpful tips on getting them to stop chattering when they get to the edge of the sensible tolerance zone. Depending on the situation, try one or two of these. When face to face with someone who starts blabbering about someone, try speaking well of the person being gossiped about. It is amazing how quickly the gossiper will change the subject. You will smother the gossip like a cold blanket on a burning stick. A good question for that situation when you suspect someone does not know all the facts is, “Do you know this for sure?” or “How do you know this for sure?” It is important that we honor the truth in our conversations. Those who stretch the truth will find that it is apt to snap back and with painful consequences. You can also start speaking compassionately about the person being downsized in the conversation. If appropriate, you may mention how tough a job or life that one may have. Many love to criticize those in political office or other places of leadership. When we begin to talk about how hard it must be for those leaders in such a tough spot, the critic will often stop. To really shut them up, start expressing gratitude for the person or the office. When you respond by speaking well of another it will save your conscience and also make it easier for your comrade to stop the hearsay. You also may try switching the conversation from being about people to ideas and noble ideas at that. Better yet, start discussing ways to solve issues and problems rather than casting blame. To really knock out communication that has gone awry, you may suggest prayer for the ones brought up in the conversation. This, however, must not be done in arrogance, but rather with a humble spirit. All of us need help from time to time. When someone starts giving a verbal railing about someone who has hurt them, we need to ask ourselves if this really is something we should be listening to. A reply such as, “This is between the two of you. You need to take it up with them,” could be the best advice we could give a friend. There are times we all need a confidante to bounce things off of. However, the best confidantes are those who speak the truth in love and are brave enough to help us think clearly in the midst of our pain. Another helpful hint is to find something worth laughing about. While a straight line is the shortest distance between two points geometrically, well-timed humor is the shortest distance between two people with different points of view. Our words have a tremendous power for evil or for good. The Bible warns us that the tongue is like a small fire that can set aflame a forest. On the other hand, it can be a tool for blessing, encouragement and dispensing the truth. It is important that we respect what the tongue can do. I believe we are very blessed to live in this community. The number of people who are committed to our welfare in many areas is indeed a blessing. Many are in vulnerable places of leadership during these tough times. They need our support. Just as we took precautions during the recent, extremely dangerous fire season because of the havoc a spark could cause, let us take precautions with what we say and what we listen to. And just as we have also been making strides at keeping our community clean and clear of litter let us refuse to listen to those who want to put their verbal trash in our ears. It is our responsibility to try and shut them up – nicely.

Grace Bible Church

Group twice a month at 7:00 p.m.

0755 Spencer Parkway P.O. Box 6248 Battlement Mesa, CO 81636 285-9862

Our church has been active in serving the area for 122 years! Come Join Us This Sunday!

Charlie Hornick, Pastor Jed Johnston, Family Life Pastor Chasity McGillivray, GBC Child Care Director Jonathan & Bethany Koehn, Ministry in Spanish Stephen & Amanda Chapman, Church Planting

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: 11:00 a.m. Choir: 9:30 a.m. Children's Sunday School: 11-11:30 WOW: Worship On Wednesday Eucharist: 6 p.m. Repast 6:30 p.m. Study: 7 p.m.

Sunday Blessing Up for Church Broadcast 8:00am 103.9 FM Sunday School: 9:30-10:15am Morning Worship: 10:30am Youth / Children’s Activities Grace Bible Church Child Care: Mon – Fri. Boy Scouts – Call for days/time Awana: Wednesdays 6:30pm (Sept. – April) Middle & High School Youth (Call for times) Boy Scout Troop # 255 – Mondays at 6:00pm *Bible Studies, Special Activities (Call for times and places) Email: Website: 24-Hour Prayer Line: 256-4693 •••


Grand Valley Christian Church

Crown Peak Baptist Church

Second Street & Parachute Avenue Parachute

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.

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

Wellspring of Life Church

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

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Where’s Redstone? 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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Dare you take a Haunted Hay Ride in Redstone?

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By Carrie Click, Echo editor The fall foliage in the Crystal River Valley has peaked by the time you read this paper, but there are still plenty of good reasons to take a day trip up to Redstone. One of those reasons is what’s becoming a Halloween tradition in Redstone: horse-drawn Haunted Hay Rides. Get ready for you and your family to get spooked. From Oct. 19-31, hay rides set off from the historic Redstone Inn in the heart of Redstone starting at 6 p.m., which is a less scary “family” version of the rides that occur later in the evening. The very scary rides are at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. as the horses pull the carriages into the mysterious Haunted Forest where all sorts of creepy things await. Haunted Hay Rides are on Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27, and Oct. 3031, and are $30/adult and $5/children 6-10 years old. Each ride comes complete with warm beverages at ride’s end. Call the inn for tickets at 963-2526…if you dare. 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 Highway 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!


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THE ECHO CLASSIFIEDS FOR RENT: FOR RENT: Battlement Mesa - 3 bedroom (1 master with large walk-in closet), 2 bath upstairs, end-unit condo. Laundry room with washer/dryer, AC, balcony with closet, 1 car garage with storage room and closet. Rec Center dues included. $1,000/mo. rent; security deposit negotiable. NS, pets considered. Call 704-0373. FOR RENT: Great Rental Deal Furnished bedroom with private bath in Battlement Mesa Townhome. No first and last, $50 damage deposit. Available now. References please. $380/month. Minimum commitment six months. Calll 970-285-2349. FOR RENT IN RIFLE: 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath Townhome in pleasant family neighborhood. Fenced yard with storage shed. All appliances including w/d and new refrigerator. N/S $900 plus utilities. 618-4930. FOR SALE: FOR SALE: Sigor’s organic honey. All of our honey is harvested and packed locally at Morrisania Mesa.. Net Weight 420g /14.5 oz - $8.00. Net Weight 1150g /38 oz - $20.00. Net Weight 1,500kg /51oz - $28.00. (720) 480-4642,, FOR SALE: Laptops for Less. Giving a computer for Christmas? Order and/or layaway today. Orders must be in by Dec. 10. Dells from $150 and up. Fully loaded with programs and guaranteed! We now accept all credit cards. Call Dick at 250-5154. WANTED: WANTED: Geezer garage band seeking geezer bandmates. Are there any ex-garage band rock stars out there interested in revisiting their misspent youth? If so, let's see if there are enough of us around to piece together a group. Nothing serious – just jamming for grins. I'm in my 60s, a drummer/percussionist (R&B, blues, R&R and jazz) and can host some sessions at my home in Battlement Mesa. Call Bobby at 285-1624. HORSE BOARDING FACILITY/ACREAGE NEEDED: New resident needs land to board horses and store hay and trailer by Nov. 1. I can make my own pen to store hay away from horses. I have water tanks and ability to haul water. I just need some acreage. Willing to do a six to 12-month lease, with possibility of buying land after that IF you are looking to sell. Dehlia 274-9965. SERVICES: SERVICES: Laptop or desktop all brand repair. Broken screen? Running slow? Blue or black screen? Virus? We provide SALES, REPAIR, TRADE-IN, OR RECYCLING. We can fix most problems quickly. Free pick-up and delivery. We now accept all credit cards. Call Dick at 250-5154 Pictures by Teresa Stevens. Old West Photo Studio.Next to the Chop Shop Salon. 424 Minter Ave., DeBeque, CO 81630. For an appointment call 589-7196. Bring the family, have some fun and take home some memories. PD O/N

Echo Briefs Valley Senior Center: Tips, Topics and Talks “Why Don't My Dentures Fit?" and other senior dental problems will be the subject Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Valley Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave. Dr. Garry Millard, DDS of Mountain Family Health Services in Rifle will explain treatments and answer questions relating to dental care for seniors. A seasonal craft activity and refreshments are also included in this event. Everyone is welcome. Call 285-7934 for more information.

PEO Chapter IW Fall Fashion Show is just around the corner Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) Chapter IW is busy getting ready for their Fall Fashion Show fundraiser. The models of all ages have been shopping and are anxious to show off some fabulous fashions. Jory Sorenson will be strutting his stuff in a special guest appearance as one of the models. For those who don’t know Jory, he is the principal of Grand Valley Middle School. This year’s fashion show will be held on Oct. 20 at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center and there are still tickets available. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with brunch being served at 11. There will be three brunch course offerings throughout the show, starting with breads and muffins, then breakfast casseroles with a side of fruit and finishing up with desserts. Three Palisade wineries will be sharing their wines throughout the brunch including Carlson Vineyards award-winning Sweet Baby Red, which will be served with the dessert course. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Tickets are $23 and may be purchased through any PEO IW member, by calling 2852441, or at the door for $25. Funds raised are used for educational scholarships for local girls and women. – Karen Klink, PEO IW

Encana from page 1

ees are very excited to work in a new environment with more room for meeting and office space. It’s much more pleasant. It’s also more convenient. Located right off of Interstate 70, a new interchange is scheduled for completion by the end of October (see story, this issue). Originating in Canada, Encana’s natural gas operations are primarily located in four main areas: Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming and, in Colorado, the Piceance Basin north of Parachute and Battlement Mesa. “The Piceance Basin is one of the key resource areas for Encana,” Hock said. “We intend for that continue for many years to come. We have 850 people working at our Denver office, but it makes sense for us to put our field office out where our employees have easy access to the field.” The mere sight of a brand new office building going up in Parachute can serve as an encouraging sign that at least a portion of the region’s economy is improving, though Hock said the building came about out of a long-term vision “I think it can’t be overstated that gas prices are very low, which makes it challenging for us right now,” he said. “That’s why we’re looking at this in the long term. This building has the capacity to go from 200 to 300 employees, and we hope to eventually get there.”


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