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Mid-April / Mid-May 2013

Let the sun shine in Solar experts say Parachute/Battlement Mesa prime place for solar installations By Carrie Click, Echo editor

Stars of Tomorrow page 5

Fire Protection District news page 9

Our schools pages 10-11

Mesa Vista news page 13

The Parachute and Battlement Mesa region is the second best area in the state of Colorado to install solar energy systems. That’s according to Katharine Rushton of Sunsense, a solar electric and renewable energy company based in Carbondale. She said that the Grand Valley’s expansive topography is a prime setting for converting the sun to solar energy use. “Carbondale is a great area for solar,” Katharine said. “However, we really want to get information out to Parachute and Battlement Mesa residents and businesses that their area is Green Drinks are hosted by Clean Energy for the Region (CLEER) and varan exceptional ious energy efficient companies throughout the region. The drinks aren’t area for solar actually green, but the meetings are focused on energy efficient topics, energy use.” and usually are held at places that utilize alternative or efficient energy Sunsense systems. The gatherings are typically held the third Thursday of the and Clean month. At this gathering held March 21, attendees gathered at The Energy for the Orchard, a community meeting space in Carbondale to introduce the R e g i o n building’s new solar electric systems to the public. Photo by Carrie Click (CLEER), a value of your home or commercial building, and reduce your Carbondaleimpact on the environment.” based nonprofit “Properties that have installed solar energy systems, and have that promotes The Orchard community meeting building in Carbondale clean energy recently introduced the public to its new solar array panels. demonstrated efficiency upgrades typically sell for more use, held an The photovoltaic system is producing 100 percent of the money,” Katharine said of the increase in property values. Although Sunsense is based in Carbondale, the company open house in building’s energy onsite. Photo by Carrie Click installs systems from Aspen to Grand Junction. The company Carbondale on March 21 to introduce the public to their latest solar project: the also services the Vail Valley. “Solar is booming. We’ve done commercial work in Grand electric conversion of a community meeting space called The Orchard into solar electricity, including an extensive revamp of the Junction,” she said, “and with the Town of Palisade. In each case, we building’s lighting. The community meeting space’s new upgrade is have ultimately saved them money.” For more information on Sunsense Solar and to answer questions now producing 100 percent of the building’s electrical energy onsite about solar energy, contact Sunsense at 963-1420 or and will offset roughly 2,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions Consultations are free. ing the next 25 years, all while saving money on electric bills. The Grand Valley is ahead of the curve with CLEER in transforming Parachute Town Hall and the Parachute Branch Library into buildings that use solar electric power. Parachute’s water treatment facility has also gone solar, and the giant solar flowers at the Parachute rest area are another example of solar energy being used to generate electricity for lighting and heating at the rest area, through a partnership with Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative. Katharine said the solar equipment Sunsense uses has come a long way, and is far less cumbersome for residential as well as commercial applications. “It takes fewer panels and less roof space to produce the same amount of power as an installation using conventional panels,” she said. In addition, financial incentives make solar energy conversions more affordable than ever. “Solar is a smart, affordable investment, particularly in Parachute and Grand Valley,” Kartharine said. “Tax incentives and local utility According to solar energy expert Katharine Rushton, because of the region’s rebates can significantly reduce the price of a system. Plus, a solar sunshine and expansive landscape like here at the Battlement Mesa Golf installation can lower your monthly electricity bills, increase the Course, the Parachute and Battlement Mesa area is the second best place in Colorado for solar energy use.

Echo archive photo by Ava Lanes

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Echo Briefs Grand Valley Education Fund scholarship application deadline is April 18 Scholarships are available for Grand Valley High School (GVHS) seniors who will attend college or vocational school in the fall: • $1,000 academic scholarship American Legion Ward Underwood Post No 114 • $1,000 American Legion Ward Underwood Post No. 114 • $1,000 vocational scholarship • $2,000 two-yearPam Brock Teacher Scholarship Applications may be obtained through the guidance counselor's office at GVHS. The $2,500 Carl H. Bernklau Continuing Education Scholarship is available to graduates of GVHS who are currently attending college in Colorado. Applications can be obtained at or contact the Grand Valley Educational Foundation at P.O.Box 682, Parachute, CO. 81635.All applications are due April 18. For additional information regarding grants, scholarships, or donations, please visit the Garfield District No. 16 website at

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- Anne White, Grand Valley Educational Foundation Brian J. Burton DMD,MS

Clark’s hosts grocery giveaway contest On March 2, Manuel Meza, who is the manager at Wells Fargo Bank in Battlement Mesa was the lucky winner of a two-minute shopping spree at Clark’s Market. Clark’s and Associated Foods hosted the contest, which generated nearly 200 entries. At 10 a.m. on March 2, Manuel darted straight to the dairy and frozen foods section where he rounded up some real deals. Next came the meat section. Manuel was limited to Western Family items and he knew right where to go. At the end of the two minutes, which went very quickly, Manuel managed to get a full shopping cart of groceries. His grand total was $177.48. – Howie Orona, Clark's Market

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GRAND State carefully watching Williams’ cleanup of VALLEY contaminated water near Parachute Creek ENERGY Echo staff report

A monthly column by M.E. Denomy, CPA

Pending state legislation seeks oversight of oil and gas development While we are all scurrying around putting the finishing touches on our tax returns, our state legislators are hard at work finding better ways to govern our state. Some of the legislation being considered covers the oversight of oil and gas minerals. House Bill 13-1269 attempts to reduce any conflicts of interest among the board members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). This board makes decisions about the rules governing the drilling and production of oil and gas. The COGCC has nine members, all of whom are appointed by the governor. Three seats are filled with people who have extensive oil and gas experience, such as petroleum engineers or geologists. The proposed legislation seeks to require that the parties that fill these seats are not currently working for the oil and gas industry in order to ensure that they are not involved in decision making which may impact their current employers. House Bill 13-1268 covers real estate transactions in Colorado. It seeks to require a disclosure for real estate sales made in Colorado regarding ownership of the minerals under the land. The bill provides language that would be included in every real estate sales contract, discussing the ownership of the minerals, potential surface use agreements with the oil and gas industry and a reference to any future oil and gas development that might occur in the neighborhood. There are a multitude of other bills that have been introduced covering things such as water use, health studies and higher penalties and funding for local impacts. All proposed bills may be found at Enjoy those tax refunds and perhaps use a little of the cash to spend a couple of days in Denver to visit the state capitol. It is a wondrous building and the inner workings of the legislature are fascinating. Make sure you say hi to your local representative and state senator. They actually appreciate seeing us visit because we remind them of home. 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 past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, and is the co-owner of an oil and gas training institute. If you have questions, contact her at the website or through the Echo.

The discovery on March 28 of contaminated water in the ground, including the toxic chemical benzene, near Parachute Creek has propelled the gas industry company Williams Midstream to identify where the chemicals are coming from and clean up the site. Benzene, a known carcinogen and a commonly used industrial chemical compound often found alongside natural gas, was discovered in monitoring wells near the site of the leak. Officials state that no contaminated water has been found in Parachute Creek itself. According to a story by John Colson of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Williams Midstream representatives believe they have found the source of the so-called Parachute Creek plume as oil and gas state officials watch the company’s cleanup efforts closely. An April 10 statement from Todd Hartman, communications officer for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), noted that Williams' identification of a faulty gauge attached to an above-ground valve “provides a possible explanation of a release in this area.” According to statements from the COGCC and Williams, the company has continued drilling new monitoring wells along the banks of Parachute Creek to determine the overall size of the contamination. According to the COGCC's April 10 bulletin, three new groundwater monitoring wells about 50 feet south of Parachute Creek showed benzene at concentrations between 51 parts per billion (ppb) and 450 ppb. That is considerably lower than the levels of benzene found closer to the reported source of the leak. Hartman also reported that surface water samples taken from the creek itself, about two and a half miles downstream from the plume, showed no sign of contamination. The samples were taken at about the spot where the town of Parachute takes irrigation water out of the creek. Colson reported that Williams, in its own assessment of the situation on April 10, estimated that a total of 241 barrels of natural gas liquids made it into the ground from the leak over a period of approximately two weeks in late 2012 and early 2013. Williams has been working since March 8, with the support of state and federal monitoring agencies, to find the source of the leak, which was discovered by workmen preparing to expand a nearby natural gas processing plant. During the month-long cleanup process, Williams has pulled roughly 6,000 gallons of hydrocarbons from the ground, along with nearly 180,000 gallons of contaminated water.

Oil and Gas briefs Bucket Brigade in its third year of testing air quality samples On April 12, a group organized by Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) gathered for the third year to learn how to collect local air samples possibly affected by oil and gas industry activities. Called the Bucket Brigade, the group uses buckets and other materials to collect data during an air pollution event. The BCC held the training at the Grand Valley Recreation Center. The nonprofit Global Community Monitor first introduced BCC to the technique in 2010. Subsequent training was prompted by Antero Resources’ plans to drill for natural gas within Battlement Mesa’s planned unit development (PUD). Since that time, Antero has sold its mineral rights to Ursa Resources, whose representatives have stated the company has no immediate plans to drill within the PUD. “We have not had a need to use our air sampling gear for a while but that could change at any time,” said BCC’s Dave Devanney. In an April memo to interested trainees, Dave stated that Ursa has plans to do some operations in the Battlement Mesa vicinity. “Those who remember the fumes from the fracking of the Watson Ranch well pad in July of 2010 can understand the need to be prepared,” stated Dave. For more information about the training and BCC, contact Dave Devanney at 285-2263, – Battlement Concerned Citizens

Encana’s Energy Expo Returns to Garfield County Encana’s Energy Expo returns on May 1 from 12 - 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The Expo provides an educational opportunity for western Colorado residents on a broad range of energy issues including natural gas development in the Piceance Basin. During the free public event, attendees may visit with industry experts and see first hand the technological advancements the energy industry has made in developing Colorado’s natural resources. This year’s event includes special presentations on hydraulic fracturing from Jeremy Boak, Director of the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR) at the Colorado School of Mines. New this year is a program just for the kids. Radio Disney presents their Team Green program, featuring Disney cast members and hands-on energy activities for kids and families. With more than 80 companies and organizations at the event, the Energy Expo offers attendees a unique oneon-one opportunity with natural gas operators and service companies, local, state and federal agencies and community and state university representatives. Interactive exhibits and equipment displays demonstrate how companies drill for natural gas, how the hydraulic fracturing process works, how oil shale is developed and what new environmental technologies are being used to protect groundwater and reduce air emissions. The expo will also showcase local alternative energy companies and natural gas powered vehicles. - Geoff Renstrom, Pure Brand Communications

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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. • April 15: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Parachute Branch Library is hosting the St. Mary Bloodmobile for a special blood drive.One donation can help as many as four people, and the St. Mary's Regional Blood Center supplies blood to all hospitals on the Western Slope. It's safe, fast, and the easiest way to save a life. Donors must be 16 and older, and donors ages 16 and 17 must present a photo ID. For more info. 285-9870 or visit • April 16: 9 a.m. E-mail for beginners at the Parachute Branch Library. Email is an environmentally friendly, super easy and fast way of communicating, and, it’s free. Classes held every Tuesday through April 30. By the end of the program, you will be very comfortable with all the features of email, specifically Gmail. Reserve your seat today by calling 285-9870 or for more info visit • April 16: 12 p.m. Ladies Who Do Lunch Bunch meet at the Parachute Branch Library for a discussion of “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach. Enjoy a potluck lunch. 285-9870. • April 18-20: 7 p.m. Grand Valley High School presents “Little Shop of Horrors”. Opening night is being presented as a dinner theatre with a four course meal included. Tickets are $30 for district employees, students and seniors 60+. All other tickets are $35. Other shows are $3 for district employees, students and seniors 60+ in advance or $5 at the door and all other tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Advance reservations are required for the dinner theatre. Call 285-5705. • April 19: Arbor Day. • April 19: 6 p.m. Special mother/daughter edition of Reel Readers at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way. Read the book “Mary Poppins” by P.L. Travers or the Disney version and watch the movie on our giant screen. All are welcome whether you have read the book or not. There will be food, so call ahead. Free. 285-9870 or • April 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. • April 22: Earth Day.

• April 26: 1:45 - 3:45 p.m. Garden preparation day at the Grand Valley Center for Family Learning. An opportunity for families and friends to help in preparing the center’s garden beds to receive the seedlings our students are growing in their science classes. 285-5702.

• April 27: 7-11 a.m. Community Health Fair at Glenwood Medical Associates, 1830 Blake. Blood draw $45. Add Prostate Specific Antigen for $35. Blood count $20. Colorectal kit $15. Requires fasting 12 hours before blood draw. 18 years and older. Diabetics should not fast. No appointment needed.

• April 27: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rifle Animal Shelter’s annual Strut Your Mutt walk/run at Centennial Park in Rifle. Family and dog friendly activities. Register at the shelter or online at 6258808 for more info.

• April 27: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Prescription take back at the Parachute Police Department. Rid your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications to the Parachute Police Department at 222 Grand Valley Way. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. • April 29: 3 p.m. Anime Club at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way. Do you love Manga and Anime? Join us to talk about your favorites, get recommendations, and practice your drawing skills. Free. 285-9870 or • May 1: May counting contest at the Parachute Branch Library. Guess how many M&Ms are in the jar. If your guess is the closest, you win the jar. • May 1: 12-5 p.m. Encana’s Energy Expo at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, providing an educational opportunity for western Colorado residents on a broad range of energy issues including natural gas development in the Piceance Basin. Free. • May 2: 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Energy Advisory Board meeting to encourage positive communication and responsible energy development is at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., Rifle. For topics and more, go to, or contact Denice Brown at 625-5915. • May 4: 1-3 p.m. Hot Wheels Grand Prix at the Parachute Branch Library. All budding NASCAR stars, ages 5 to 10, are invited. Bring your own toy cars or play with ours while building tracks, racing new friends and more. Free. 285-9870 or

• May 9: 2 p.m. Gardening in Tight Places at the Parachute Branch Library. A presentation on gardening in small spaces. Come learn some new gardening tricks at this free program. Free. 285-9870 or • May 10-11: New Castle’s Pioneer Days. Celebrating New Castle’s 125 birthday, featuring a Spirit Walk at Highland Cemetery, Lions Club pancake breakfast, a motorless parade with the Westernairs and the Coal Country Feud. For info 984-2897 or • May 11: 10 a.m. Town of Silt’s annual Bike Rodeo. Children of all ages. Featuring bicycle safety lessons, a bicycle obstacle course as well as bicycle repair. Lunch and gift bags, including helmets. More info at • May 13: 3 p.m. The Good the Bad and the Gross at the Parachute Library. Designed for 4-6 graders, this is a hands-on learning experience, challenging youngsters to be ready for the good, the bad, and, yes, the really gross. Program is limited to the first 15 participants who sign up by calling 2859870. • May 14: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tackle it Tuesday at the Parachute Library. Calling all quilters, stampers, needle crafters and scrapbookers. There will be tables, irons, ironing boards and cutting mats all set up for your convenience. Drop in and bring your project for a day of crafting, food and friends. Bring your own lunch, refreshments will be provided. 285-9870. ONGOING • The Parachute Branch Library hosts Storytimes, including Toddler Storytime, Ready to Read Storytime and Bilingual Storytime on a regular basis each week. Lots of other reading clubs and events for all ages meet at the library as well. 285-9870. • Call Wells Fargo at 285-7848 to see if you qualify and to make an appointment for free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Wells Fargo, 71 Sipprelle Dr., Suite 2, Battlement Mesa. • The Grand Valley Recreation Center has a variety of exercise classes for preschoolers to seniors. Call Anne, 285-9480. • Every Monday at 11 a.m. come to the Parachute Branch Library for Ready to Read Interactive Storytime with Miss Marie. 285-9870. • Every Monday from 12:45-4 p.m., Party Bridge is held at the Grand Valley Recreation 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 second Monday of every month at 1 p.m., the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance meets at the Rifle Branch Library community room. Leslie, 6180890. • 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 Sew and Sew Chairwoman Adelia Inman at 285-9096 or Patsy Noel at 2852472 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. • Every Tuesday at 7 a.m., the Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Community Room of the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m. • The second Tuesday of every month 10 a.m., Tips, Topics, Talks on Tuesday at the Parachute Valley Senior Center, 540 North Senior Center. All ages welcome. • The second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. the Battlement Mesa Service Association’s Oil and Gas Committee meets at the Grand Valley Recreation Center. • Pinochle club, every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Want to learn to play pinochle or improve your skills? At the Valley Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave, Parachute. Enjoy pinochle, a good time and snacks. Instructors are happy to assist everyone of any age, and the group meets to enjoy the game and to socialize. Feel free to drop in any Tuesday. Call 285-9755 for more information. • 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, 2850388, • The third Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m., the Battlement Mesa Service Association meets at the Grand Valley Recreation Center. • Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. bring your youngster to Toddler Time, Storytime designed just for toddlers. Come to the Parachute Branch Library to enjoy games, finger play and more. 285-9870. • 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 Grand Valley Recreation 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 Grand Valley Recreation Center to discuss issues of concern to the Battlement Mesa community. Open to the public. Dave, 285-2263 or Paul, 285-7791. • Community Conversation, meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. 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. At the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way. • Common Ground meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Valley Recreation 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, 285-2318, or the church, 2859892, to join in. • Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Celebrate recovery from alcohol & drug addiction downstairs at the Crown Peak Baptist Church, 101 W. Battlement Pkwy, Parachute. All denominations welcome. Call 285-0217. • 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 Emerson-Burger at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Glenwood, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 963-7110, 379-5387. • Seniors age 60 and older and disabled of any age may ride The Traveler, a wheelchair-accessible van with door-to-door service from Parachute to Glenwood Springs and to various towns and locations in between in Garfield County. Suggested donation is $8 round trip. The Traveler also travels from Parachute to Grand Junction the second Thursday of the month. Donation is $20 round trip. Call 48 hours in advance for reservations and information at 625-1366 • Every Friday from 9-9:30 a.m. “Community Connections” hosts interviews with community members on KSUN 103.9 FM. • Merchants and professional craftspeople may participate in the Garfield County Fair, Aug. 5-11, at the Rifle fairgrounds. This year’s merchant village is expanding with two new areas, the crafters’ tent and the demonstration station. Applications for the merchant village are available online at or by callin Krista DeHerrera at 309-6214. UPCOMING • May 18: 8 a.m. G.J. CHAMPS Golf tournament at the Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita, 876 18 1/2 Rd. Compete for cash prizes and support Grand Junction’s CHAMPS Veteran’s Association. Shotgun start with a 7:30 a.m. check in. No handicap required. $400.00 per four person team includes cart, lunch and chances to win cash prizes. Cash payouts dependent on number of entries. Register at the golf course or call 4625028, 640-1356 or 234-1497. Checks should be payable to “Grand Junction CHAMPS”

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Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow from left to right are Gabrielle Coleman, Ben Coleman, Ethan Ball, Allie Dovey, Stone Zhang. Photo courtesy of Lynn Shore

Third annual Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow

Grand Valley Kiwanis sponsored the third annual Stars of Tomorrow at Grand Valley High School. Nineteen Parachute and Battlement Mesa middle and high school students wowed the audience with stellar performances. The 10 acts showcased a variety of talent presented in two original comedy sketches and eight instrumental and/or vocal music numbers. Choosing four winners was not an easy task for judges Jo Darnall, Bruce Knuth, Laurel Koning, and Key Club President Desi McGee. First place winner was 9th grader Gabrielle Coleman who played a piano prelude by Chopin. Gabrielle received $500 and the opportunity to compete in the district Stars of Tomorrow in Loveland on April 28. The second place prize of $300 went to 10th graders Ethan Ball and Ben Coleman for their original abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The vocal duo of freshman Allie Dovey and sophomore Ethan Ball won $200 for third place. Fourth place went to sixth grader Stone Zhang, who received $100 for his violin solo. Last year’s winner, Jonathan Smith spoke about what the Stars of Tomorrow experience meant for him. Middle school teachers Beau Williams and Chris Walker entertained the audience with an incredible juggling performance. It was a memorable night thanks to all the talented students and supporters. Collected proceeds went to the high school Key Club. -Lynn Shore, Grand Valley Kiwanis

Letter to the Echo

Dear Echo, In October, our family faced incredible adversity. Our son, Jacob White, was critically injured in an accident. From that point we were focused on his healthy recovery. Thankfully, we now can take a breath and reflect on all that has transpired over the last five months. We have come to realize that we would never be where we are today without the friendship, tremendous prayers, emotional and financial support from the members of this community. Words cannot begin to thank everyone for all that they have done but we want to express our sincere gratitude. In particular we would like to thank the EMT’s, fire department and medical staff for all of their efforts. We would also like to recognize Jason Fletcher of Alpine Bank, Battlement Mesa Company and Metcalf Left to right: Sandra, Scott, Jacob and Josh Excavation for all the things that they did to make our White holding his football jersey presented upon Jacob’s return to school after his life transition during time of need a smooth one. Finally we would like to thank the many families that threatening accident. prepared meals for our home, the neighbors who organized a benefit at VJ’s Family Restaurant, and the teammate parents who organized the spaghetti dinner at the high school. There are so many more individuals that are too numerous to name, but know that we are very grateful for every little thing you all have done as a gesture of kindness. We know that these generosities were extended as gifts, given from the heart. Our family wants to thank each and every one of you so much for all that you have done and yet still continue to do. We have been abundantly blessed by all of your support Yours truly, Scott, Sandra, Josh and Jacob White

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Battlement Mesa Service Association


Battlement Mesa’s oil shale history, part two

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.

By Keith Lammey, president, Battlement Mesa Service Association

Our area’s last oil shale boom and bust cycle ended on May 1, 31 years ago. Most of us know the date as “Black Sunday” and several of our residents can, without hesitation, recite the date because they lived through it. The rest of us have heard the stories but only a few seem to know and understand the frenzy that led up to Black Sunday and how traumatic the crash really was. As I explained last month, I attended Dr. Gulliford, Ph.D.’s recent presentation about Colorado’s oil shale past and future. If you are interested in our local history you should read Dr. Gulliford’s book, “Boomtown Blues.” Today, Dr. Gulliford is a professor at Western State College in Gunnison but as a former resident of Silt, he lived through the events leading up to Black Sunday, the mass exodus from the Grand Valley, and the painful recovery. According to Dr. Gulliford, despite the way it seemed the frenzy didn’t happen overnight. The oil shale boom that ended on Black Sunday actually began years earlier. In 1957, Cornell University’s scientists and graduate students drafted a report for a community they called Shale City. In his presentation, Dr. Gulliford explained that the community which Cornell University called Shale City is what we now know as Battlement Mesa. Dr. Gulliford describes the vision for this new community by explaining that Exxon’s Colony Project White Paper stated that, “a workforce of 22,000 would be required for the first pit of the Colony Oil Shale project, plus 8,000 people in the plant.” Exxon’s White Paper projected that the Western Slope’s population would grow to four million. This was during the 1974 era when the population of Parachute was 300, Rifle’s 2,200, Silt’s 900 and New Castle’s was 700. By the 1990s, Exxon’s new town of Battlement Mesa was expected to have a population of 25,000, which exceeded the existing population of the entire county. In the early 1980s, this was the hot spot for construction in the United States. The unemployed moved completely across the country to submit their job applications. Unfortunately, many arrived shortly prior to the bust. A few days before Black Sunday, the Exxon board of directors met in New York City. They didn’t like the price of oil and, worse yet, it was going down so they canceled the Colony Project. With the force of a natural disaster, by Monday morning 2,100 people were immediately out of work with a measly severance pay equal to a day’s wage. Many workers who had moved hundreds of miles for their jobs were suddenly without a job. Almost overnight, the Western Slope’s economy was robbed of $85 million in payroll dollars. The workers vanished. Within a week you couldn’t find a U-Haul trailer within 100 miles. Work immediately stopped on the Battlement Mesa projects. 400 apartment units were under construction in Battlement Mesa. Fortysix single family home foundations had been poured and foundations for an additional 112 units were in various stages of completion. By the end of the summer of 1982, 5,000 people had moved out of Garfield County. To understand how traumatic the change was, you first need to understand the level of prosperity that existed immediately prior to Black Sunday. Dr. Gulliford describes this prosperity by explaining that “when I talk about oil shale in Garfield County, I say that when things were really rocking it was like somebody drove a dump truck full of $100 bills down the streets of Silt, Rifle and Parachute and opened the tail gate. There were $100 bills floating down the street. That is what it was like. It was great!” He also talks about a local character who lived in Parachute called Danny the Bum. Even Danny the Bum had found paradise. All of a sudden, things were happening, “even for Danny. He had all kinds of things that he could do.” The valley’s young adults were among the most impacted because local 18 year olds quickly grew accustomed to earning $45,000 a year (in 1980) for operating a bulldozer. To maintain their lifestyle, they were forced to leave the valley where they were raised and two or three generations before them had lived and died. Not only did it impact the young adults, but it split up families. Per Dr. Gulliford, it was tragic. The thing that everyone had wanted for their families, “stability and good jobs, disappeared, overnight.”

Dear Echo: The Colorado National Barrel Horse Association District 10 (NBHACO-10) would like to thank all the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Area sponsors who contributed to our 2012 year end awards. Our awards program has grown because of your participation and generosity. There are approximately 15 women and girls from the Parachute/Battlement Mesa area who are members. A big thank you goes to Alpine Bank of Battlement Mesa, Dr. Morgan McCarty of Colorado River Veterinary Services, Keinath Ranches, Sherry Keinath, Tara and Gene Olson, Critter PETrol, Terry Mahaney, Stacy Mahaffey, Alicia Fraser of Antlers Arena, Grand Valley Park Association, Terri Gold of Racing in the Rockies, Holly Binnian of Transformations, Holly Binnian, Western Colorado Hot Shots, Tracy Jackson and the Wind River Performance Horses and Christine and Jarvis Abbey. We will be holding an NBHACO-10 sanctioned barrel race in Parachute at the Grand Valley Arena on May 11, weather permitting. Spectators are welcome so please come down to the arena and watch the action Again, thank you to all of our local sponsors. Mary Anderson, NBHACO-10 Director

Dear Echo: It is true that Battlement Mesa/Parachute is a well kept secret because the greatest people in the whole world live here. We are so grateful for the prayers, cards, phone calls, food and chauffeur services during Dan's recent surgeries. Thanks so much. With lots of love, Dan and Sharon Temple

Grace Bible Church

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S P O R T S Grand Valley Hikers hikes scheduled for April-May Scheduled Hikes: • April 18: Palisade Rim Palisade (rating 2/2, hike leader is Dick B., $7 for carpool) • April 25: Dominguez Canyon Whitewater (rating 2/2, hike leader is Charlotte K., $9 for carpool) • May 2: Pollack Bench/Flume C Fruita (rating 2/3, hike leader is Tom S., $9 for carpool) • May 5-10: Camping Trip Goblin Valley/San Rafael Swell/Green River Hikers wishing to carpool meet every Thursday on the 3rd level of Grand Valley Recreation Center parking lot at 8:15 a.m. for an 8:30 departure, or we will meet you at the trailhead (let us know you plan to be there.) For hikes in the Fruita area or points west, meet at the Fruita Colorado Welcome Center at 9:30 a.m. Those carpooling are expected to contribute the pre-determined amount towards gas as indicated in the schedule above. Grand Valley Hikers is an all volunteer group. Neither the leader, the hiking group nor the recreation center are responsible for your safety or comfort. Hike and travel at your own risk. Hikes may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. Call the designated hike leader if there is any doubt. Also check your e-mail, as we will try to notify if there is a change prior to Thursday. Always bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, a basic first aid kit and rain gear. Be prepared for possible foul weather. Wear good hiking boots that are well broken in. All hike leaders should scout the hike a few days in advance, unless the trail and conditions are well known. If a designated leader has a conflict and is unable to lead, he or she should find a substitute leader familiar with the hike. We try to hike as a group, but some hikers are faster than others. We discourage splitting off from the group. If two or three wish to go ahead they should clear it with the leader. If someone is having trouble keeping up or wants to turn back early, notify the leader so that someone can accompany you. This is a matter of courtesy to the leader and is for your own safety. It also gives the rest of the group peace of mind that all are accounted for. It is recommended that all hikers purchase a Colorado Outdoor Search and Rescue Card. The cost is nominal and it covers you for costs incurred by volunteer search and rescue teams authorized by local sheriffs in the event you need their help. Contact Colorado Department of Local Affairs for more information at 970-248-7310 or, or you local merchants that sell hunting and fishing licenses.



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

Spring sports continue and it’s almost time for t- ball and softball By Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District Executive Director Mary Anderson

Current programs: • Spring sports update: Youth soccer teams league play continues until May 18. Youth wrestling competed in tournaments in Rifle, Moffat and Hayden. Parachute hosts the league tournament on May 4 at Grand Valley High School • Youth Sports - baseball, softball, soccer, tiny tot soccer, tball and wrestling. T-ball begins April 29. Baseball and softball practices begin late May. Call 285-0388 for program information. • Adult sports - softball. Call 285-0388 for program information. • Sarno Sports Talk, a national sports radio show with a local twist is live on KSBP-KSUN Community Radio 103.9 FM. Catch the show Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with host Eric Sarno. Also available on the web at , email or on twitter @SarnoSportsTalk. KSUN Radio is located at the Grand Valley Activity Center. For more information call 285-2246.

This summer: • The second annual Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp returns this summer. There were more than 60 participants last year. The camp runs Aug. 5-9. For more information, visit or call Eric at 285-0388. 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. {I} 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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Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park & Recreation District 285-0388 • Where the Fun Begins" Government Brief Parachute Police Department holding prescription drug take back

On April 27 the Parachute Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications to the Parachute Police Department at 222 Grand Valley Way between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards. In 2010 Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept controlled substance medications for disposal. The DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until these are in place, local law enforcement agencies such as the Parachute Police Department will continue to hold prescription drug take back events every few months. - Cary Parmenter, Parachute Police Department

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Chamber News The Chamber recognizes businesses and volunteers The Parachute/Battlement Chamber of Commerce Chamber Board of Directors would like to extend their thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who contributed to its annual banquet. The banquet, held March 16 at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, was attended by more than 100 community members. Dinner was catered by Bodacious Bites Restaurant. The chamber presented awards to H Dentistry as Small Business of the Year, Encana as Large Business of the Year, Common Ground as Organization of the Year and Jerry Morhlang as Volunteer of the Year. The live and silent auctions netted just under $9.000 for the chamber. The money raised supports Oktoberfest, fireworks, events and scholarships. WPX was the high bidder of $5,000 for the Grand Valley High School wrestling team. Six members of the team, coached by Rick Gallegos, will provide a total of 24 hours of community service for WPX. Other chamber members singled out for recognition: Mary Anderson, chamber board member for more than 16 years, has been the auction items contact for the banquet every year; Mary Lee Mohrlang, chamber board member for the

last 6 years, works tirelessly to keep events organized. Sue McKinstry was the key organizer of this year’s banquet. Alberta Allesandro has been the Parachute rest-stop/tourist cabin volunteer coordinator for 15 years. She and her team of volunteers have greeted more than 200,000 visitors. Two new board members were elected at the regular meeting on April 11: Joan Quest from WPX and Shawna Petree from Radio Shack, NAPA and MEE2 Firearms. Each will serve a three year term. Jeff Powers, Ursa’s land and surface owner relations, was the guest speaker. The next general meeting will be held July 11. The Chamber awards two $1.000 scholarships yearly to Grand Valley High School seniors. Scholarship applications may be picked up at the GVHS counselor’s office and are due April 26. – Anne Huber, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce

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

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GRAND VALLEY RECREATION CENTER GRAND VALLEY RECREATION CENTER NEWS Summer Session Swim Lessons will start June 10. Sign up now! NEW CLASS: KICK BOXING Call for schedule

SAVE THE DATES: • SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013 COMMUNITY YARD SALE DAY; pick up forms at GVRC or download from the website • SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013 COMMUNITY DAY! ENJOY A FREE DAY FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SWIM, PLAY TENNIS, RACQUETBALL, B ASKETBALL. WEIGHT ROOM ORIENTATION CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED. Call for more information on these events. Ongoing Classes - Join anytime Zumba, Cardio Sculpt and Cardio Sculpt Lite, Total Body Fitness, Tiger kung Fu, Indoor Cycling, Water Aerobics and Yoga, Kickboxing For hours, class schedule and prices call 285-9480 or check the website:

WWW.GVRC.NET Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District oversees the operations of the water and wastewater plants and also owns Grand Valley Recreation 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 Recreation 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

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2013 KSUN ANNUAL MEETING A SUCCESS Our Annual Meeting was held at the Grand Valley Recreation Center on Thursday, April 11th. This year’s speaker, Cecil Lammey, an NFL Insider for the Denver Sports Station 102.3 ESPN shared his insights into the hopes and happenings with the Denver Broncos.

Grand Valley Fire Protection District Fire district continues ramp up for wildland fire season By Deputy Fire Chief Rob Ferguson Grand Valley Fire Protection District covers a wide area of residential, commercial and some very remote areas with fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, public education and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The district covers roughly 321 square miles. This is I-70 from mile marker 66.4 to mile marker 82.5, and all the way north to Rio Blanco County and south to Mesa County, including three-quarters of a square mile of Mesa County. For the Month of March 2013 the fire district responded to 56 calls for service. 6 fire incidents If you should 1 structure fire 2 fire alarms/carbon monoxide alarm have an 1 fire outside/trash/rubbish emergency, 2 brush fires please call 36 emergency medical calls 911 as soon 7 vehicle crashes as possible! 5 public assists 1 gas leaks/ haz mat assignments 1 dispatched and cancelled enroute From Jan. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012, call volume was 149 calls for service From Jan. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013 call volume was 155 calls for service. This is approximately a 4 percent increase in calls from last year. Training hours per crew: 128.75 Green Crew • 45.75 Black Crew • 66.5 Red Crew The Fire District is starting to ramp up for wildland fire season. We will be testing our pumps, inspecting hand tools, testing our fire hose. Staff will be conducting their annual wildland pack test. This is a three-mile hike with a 45-pound backpack that each person must wear and they must complete the hike in no longer than 45 mins and 45 seconds. We will also be doing our annual refresher classes for Wildland Firefighting. We are still issuing burn permits up until Memorial Day. No burning is allowed after dark. Once the winds start kicking up, all open burns will need to be extinguished by noon each day. Please remember to have enough clear space between your home and any brush to minimize your home’s risk to wildland fires. This area could be 30 feet or more depending on vegetation and how steep the slope is of your property. Residents should be aware that the fire district will not be conducting any prescribed burns this year. This is as a result of last year’s prescribed burns throughout the state. The fire district has started a smoke detector battery program. If you are unable to buy a battery or you simply could use some help changing out the battery in your current smoke detector, give the fire district a call. We will come out and replace your old or dead battery with a new one. Make sure your smoke detector is clean and has a good battery in it. You should be testing your detector monthly and replacing batteries every six months. If your smoke detector is making a short, chirping sound that usually means the battery needs to be replaced. Remember if you have a question you can always call the fire district office and we will be glad to help you. 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

Our event included a marvelous dinner prepared by Alain Senac, former owner of Easy Cuisine. Great thanks to all that attended….. your support is greatly appreciated. Hope you will find time to tune your radio to KSUN – 103.9 FM. You can catch all of the high school basketball games live! KSUN Radio – the Voice of the Grand Valley High School Cardinals

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Cardinal Tracks

March Terrific Kids The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Kiwanis Club sponsors Bea Underwood Elementary (BUE) School and Grand Valley Center for Family Learning’s Terrific Kids. The program promotes character development and self-esteem. “TERRIFIC” is an acronym meaning Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.

Bea Underwood Elementary School March’s Terrific Kids from Bea Underwood are, from left, first row Bill Coelho, Opal Morgantaler (Kiwanis Representatives), Jareth Fowkes, Daisy Estrada-Borja, Kaylae Medina, Neveah Henderson; second row Derrick Medina, Dayra Loya, Dorothy garnes, Justice France, Zachary Turner; third row Broden Patton, Kirstin Medina, Madison DeKam, Jenaveve Wood Photo courtesy of Jeanie Miles and Alex Cornajo Not pictured: Shayleigh Copeland.

Grand Valley Center for Family Learning’s March/April Terrific Kids March/April’s Terrific Kids from Grand Valley Center for Family Learning are, from left, back row Bill Coelho, Tripp LaJeunesse, Kayden Daugherty, Jaycee Pittman, Rosalinda Valdez, Emilee Rider; middle row Opal Morgenthaler, Scott Till, Angel Sosa Henry; front row Ramon Martinez Borja, Ashley Paez, Lincoln Hoggan, Brielle Sorensen, Braydon Curtis, Jaidyn Littel, Alexis Miller, Melanie DeLaRosa. Photo courtesy of Christi Hughes

Cardinals wrestlers go to State 3A Tournament By David Walck, assistant principal, Grand Valley High School Grand Valley High School (GVHS) activities update: • Congratulations to the Stars of From left to right: McPherson volleyball Tomorrow winners. Gabrielle Coleman, coach, Susan Barton, GVHS student Ethan Ball & Ben Coleman, Alley Dovey Tarianna Lawrence, her mother Tarinna & Ethan Ball and Stone Zhang took and her father John Hannigan. fourth place. For more on the Stars of Tomorrow winners, see Lynn Shore’s story “Third annual Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow” in this issue of the Echo. • Make sure to listen in to KSUN Radio at 5 p.m. on Thursday nights. GVHS Spanish Teacher Juan Rivera hosts a show with GVHS Diversity Club/Spanish class member co-hosting the bilingual show. Thanks to KSUN for allowing our students this opportunity. • GVHS girls’ varsity basketball defeated Basalt in the final regular season game. The Cards finished their regular season 14-five overall and 12-four in conference. Girls’ junior varsity finished the season seven-12 overall and six-10 in conference. C-team finished their season seven-nine overall and 6-6 in conference. The varsity finished fourth in the district tournament and got to travel to Eaton as the number 24 seed to take on number nine Bishop Machebeuf for the first round of the regional tournament. Unfortunately, the Cards fell short or their goal of making it to state. They finished the season 15-eight overall and 12four in conference. Thanks again to Seniors Tarianna Lawrence and Rocio Roman on finishing out their basketball career at GVHS. Juniors Haley Johnson and Ashlynn Speakman were named First Team All-Conference. Juniors Lauren Paskett and Ashley Radel were named All-Conference Honorable Mention. • GVHS Boys’ Basketball finished their season defeating Basalt. The Cards finished six-13 overall and six-10 for fifth place in conference. The junior varsity finished the season 14-five overall and 11-five in conference. The C-team finished two-13 overall and two-8 in conference. The varsity finished fifth in the district tournament and did not qualify for regional play. Thanks to Seniors Trent Reidle, Wyatt Hurst, Tanner Zimmerman and Jacob White for their contributions to the team. Senior Trent Reidle was named first team All-Conference as was sophomore Sam Parker. Junior Tyler Scott was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. • GVHS’s Knowledge Bowl team was one of 22 to compete at the Knowledge Bowl Regionals at Grand Junction High School. GVHS scored a total of 52 points. Junior Desi Smith was our captain and sophomore Korrie Hurt, sophomore Ben Coleman, freshman Tanner Magee, freshman Josh Carpenter all contributed to the team. For a young team, GVHS did well. GVHS had a great time. • Congrats to GVHS Wrestler Cody Pfau on receiving a 2012 Sportswomen of Colorado Award. She was recognized for her outstanding performance as a female wrestler. She received her award from Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin. Congratulations Cody, we are proud of you. •GVHS girls’ golf competed at the Palisade Invitational at Chipeta GC. Junior Misty Bowen shot a 92 on a par 59 and set the new school record for the junior year. Congrats Misty. • GVHS girls’ soccer is having an historic opening to their season. They are 3-0 and as of April 1, have scored 31 goals. Simply amazing. Hope to see them in the playoffs. • GVHS senior Tarianna Lawrence signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at McPherson College. She will be a setter for the team in the fall. Congratulations Tarianna. We are proud of you. If you have any questions please, contact Assistant Principal and Activities Director David Walck at 285-5705 or at As always, thanks for supporting the GVHS Cardinals.



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Grand Valley High School News Most Improved Student Rylie Gardner By Tarianna Lawrence

Talent show winner, Gabrielle Coleman, shows off her piano playing skills.

Most Improved Student Rylie Gardener

Striver of the Month Jonathan Marbas

Striver of the Month Jonathan Marbas By Sierra Berger Jonathan Marbas is a very caring and determined student inside and outside of school. He has achieved many things in academics and extracurricular activities. He is involved in FCA, student council, key club, weightlifting, reading, cross country, track and extra volunteer work in the community. Jonathan stays focused and helps his fellow classmates along the way. Obtaining the title of student of the month isn’t easy, but Jonathan explained, “You have to go beyond what’s expected of yourself. You need to be able to help others along the way. It takes hard work, honesty, and integrity.” Jonathan not only thinks about himself, but about what he could do to help others to be the best they can be. Jonathan’s advice to other GVHS students is, “Always think of others first and be humble.” Jonathan not only inspires others to achieve goals of their own, but he also inspires himself to achieve his own. His future goals are to go to college for business and get into the health and fitness industry. Jonathan is a great person all around and his determination will take him to great places. Jonathan is always there to lend a helping hand. We are proud of Jonathan Marbas, sophomore of the month.

Rylie Gardner is an exceptional person who has set high expectations for herself and is determined to succeed. GVSH is proud to present her with the Most Improved Student award. What did you have to do to earn this award? Rylie: “I tried hard in school and did my homework.” What activities are you involved in? Rylie: “I am involved in high school rodeo.” What do you plan on doing when you get out of high school? Rylie: “I plan on going to college and being on a rodeo team.” Who is your hero? Rylie: “My hero is by far Bethany Hamilton, because she has never given up on her dreams. I want to be like her someday.” All in all, Rylie deserves this award, and we are proud of her for striving to achieve her goals. Grand Valley wishes you the best of luck in your future and hope you achieve all your dreams.

Stars of Tomorrow Winner Gabrielle Coleman By Ashlynn Speakman

This year, due to overwhelming response to the talent show sign ups, students had to participate in the preliminary talent show that was held by Key Club. Students advancing from the preliminaries included: Carly Ball, Gabrielle Coleman, Ethan Ball and Allie Dovey, Nelys Gonzalez, Triston LaMon, Alden Rasic, and Zach Covert, Ethan Ball and Ben Coleman and Desiree Smith. The final winners included Gabrielle Coleman, Ethan Ball and Ben Coleman, Alley Dovey and Ethan Ball and Stone Zhang

For more on the Stars of Tomorrow winners, see Lynn Shore’s story “Third annual Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow” in this issue of the Echo.

Student of the Month Sierra Berger By Haley Johnson

Sierra Burger is the winner of student of the month. At GVHS, Sierra feels like she is a part of one big family and loves being with friends and playing sports. She is involved in softball, National Honors Society, and key club. Sierra maintains a high GPA and has fun while doing it. This has been her biggest accomplishment to date. Sierra knows she has a long way to go before she gets to what will be her biggest accomplishment, studying pediatrics in college. Good luck Sierra in the rest of high school and for the rest of your life. Student of the Month Sierra Berger



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Obituaries Cecil Eugene Jordan, Jr. Sept. 18, 1925 – March 20, 2013

Echo Briefs Observance of the National Day of Prayer May 2 The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is “Pray for America.” The Grand Valley Kiwanis will sponsor an interdenominational prayer service at the flagpole in front of the Town Hall on May 2 from 12 - 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served following the service in the community room of the Parachute Branch Library. Local pastors will lead prayer over the following eight spheres of influence: government, military, media, business, education, church, family, and medical and emergency personnel. The National Task Force Mission Statement is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the spheres of influence. For information, call 309-0363. – Charlie Hornick

Grand Valley High School presents “Little Shop of Horrors” Cecil Eugene “Bud” Jordan, Jr. passed away on March 20 in Grand Junction. He was 87. Bud was born in San Rafael, Calif. He was the last child born of Cecil Eugene Jordan, Sr. and Anna Elizabeth Dove. Bud had three older sisters, Betty Jean, Eleanor and Elsie. Bud served in the Navy, where he received an honorable discharge. Bud then spent 35 years as a guard at the infamous San Quentin prison in San Rafael, Calif. He had many stories to tell about the years he worked at the prison. His father also worked at the prison as head of the prison dairy. In his younger years Bud enjoyed fishing, panning for gold, playing cards, hunting, running a chainsaw, reading and eating pie and ice cream at Della Martin’s. Bud could also play the pipe organ. Bud’s father owned the “Jordan” place on Morrisania Mesa near Parachute, now owned by Craig Hayward and Kristi Koeneke. Bud retired in 1980 from San Quentin. He and his wife Carol spent their summers at Della Martin’s place in Parachute and winters in Tucson. Bud loved helping others, whether it be helping irrigate, watching over the cows and calves, doing feeding chores, fixing fence, caretaking dogs, helping at the Valley Car Wash, splitting firewood, etc. He did these things because he enjoyed staying busy and had such a generous spirit. Bud was very good at telling a story and had a good sense of humor. Bud was preceded in death by his wife Carol, his mother Anna and father Cecil, and his three sisters, two nieces and a nephew. He leaves behind three nieces and two nephews who live in California and many close friends in the Parachute/Battlement Mesa area. A pie and ice cream social is being planned to remember Bud and will be held at the Grand Valley Historical Society’s Battlement Mesa School House.

Kevin Eugene Sporrer April 17, 1962 – March 9, 2013 Kevin Sporrer passed away on March 9 in Battlement Mesa. He was 50. Kevin was born in Springfield Il. to Larry and Carmen Sporrer. Cremation has taken place; per Kevin's wishes there were no services or flowers. Kevin is survived by his mother Carmen Kay of Battlement Mesa, his father Larry of Springfield, Il., sister, Tammy Rath, brother, Todd Sporrer and nephew Chase Rath. Donations may be sent to his mother at 13 Morning Star Drive, Battlement Mesa.

Grand Valley High School is now selling tickets to the spring production of “Little Shop of Horrors” April 18-20. Opening night, April 18, is being presented as a dinner theatre with limited seating. Tickets are $30 for district employees, students and seniors 60+. All other tickets are $35. A four course meal is included with the show. All other shows are $3 for district employees, students and seniors 60+ in advance or $5 at the door and all other tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Advance reservations are required for the dinner theatre. Call 285-5705. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a dark comedy and does contain some adult content. – Mark Gregory, Grand Valley High School

Results are in from Garfield County’s 2013 Spay Days During the week of March 4-9, several local veterinarians in Garfield County provided discounted rates for the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. Along with the purchase of any spay or neuter, vaccinations were free of charge and dogs residing in unincorporated Garfield County were issued county licenses. A total of 376 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered during the period. The discounted rate was made possible by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office through the county’s animal control program. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend a special thanks to all of the veterinarians who participated. Without their support this event would not have been possible. The mission of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to provide solutions for the people by utilizing and employing strong morals, good character, untarnished integrity, technical knowledge and fiscal responsibility through professional, ethical and equitable conduct. – Jennifer Kelly, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

National Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts April 21 In 2012, Garfield County had over 1,200 victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, burglary, child abuse, robbery, assault and stalking. In order to raise awareness of the number of crimes in our county, the Two Rivers Coalition for Victims’ Advocacy will post over 1,200 vertical yard signs on the lawn of the Garfield County Courthouse on April 22 with a special ceremony honoring victims at 11 a.m. Guest speakers John Michael Keyes and Samuel Granillo will be sharing their personal experiences at the Glenwood Springs Community Center From 6-9 p.m. John Michael Keyes and Ellen Keyes are the founders of the “I Love U Guys” foundation. Their daughter Emily was killed at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colo. on Sept. 27, 2006. For the past seven years John Michael Keyes and Ellen Keyes have built this foundation to help prevent school shootings. Samuel Granillo survived the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. He is currently working on a documentary called “Columbine: Wounded Minds”. Samuel is hoping to create a formula or foundation to provide free services to all who need mental health assistance. Amy Hayden Marsh from KDNK will be conducting interviews with several victims of crime during “Valley Voices” on April 25 at 4 p.m, discussing the impact and the journey of recovery each survivor endures. For more information, please contact Lee Martin at the River Bridge Advocacy Center at 945-5195. – Jennifer Kelly, Garfield County Sheriff's Office

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Senior Briefs Valley Senior Center offers free informational resources to seniors The Valley Senior Center, at 540 N. Parachute Ave., is a one-stop resource center of free booklets and leaflets that meet the specific needs of seniors. Most these services are available in Garfield County. You need not be a member of the Senior Center. If you are 55 or older, come by any Wednesday around noon, look over the display and help yourself. You will find booklets and leaflets on Meals on Wheels, Traveler Transportation, guides on fire and home safety, identity theft, Garfield County emergency contacts, health and nutrition, hospice and living options, government programs and much more. Be sure to pick up a copy of the monthly "Connections" newsletter for details on local services available to seniors in Garfield County and also pick up the Valley Senior Center’s informational leaflet. – Mitzi Burkhart, Valley Senior Center


Mesa Vista News It’s time to get the garden ready at Mesa Vista By Kathy Germano, Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence activity director

Greetings from Mesa Vista Assisted Living. We hosted our first group of “Paying it Forward for Seniors” from EnCana for lunch on April 4. We enjoyed making Easter bunnies and coloring eggs for the holiday. We had the pleasure of working with our “crafty” volunteer Cyndi Willingham, who assists us twice a week and also lends a hand on our outings. Planting time is just around the corner and Mesa Vista is seeking volunteers to assist the residents with their gardening. We need help with planting preparation, planting and upkeep thereafter. The garden enhances the residents’ quality of life, but they do need some assistance with the more difficult aspects of gardening. If you enjoy gardening and would like to lend a helping hand, please call 285-1844. In celebration of National Parks week we will be traveling to Grand Junction on April 23 to visit the Colorado National Monument. We are planning a picnic at Devil’s Kitchen and then travelling along the scenic Rim Rock to Fruita. Celebrating birthdays are Glen Lewis on April and Brenda Schramm on April 22. Happy Birthday Glen and Brenda.

New Valley Senior Center brochure now available Copies of the new, up-to-date Valley Senior Center brochure are now available at several locations. The colorful tri-fold leaflets highlight events and services for seniors. Pick one up at the the Senior Center, Grand Valley Recreation Center, Battlement Mesa Office, Clark's Market or the Parachute Library. Better yet, come to the Valley Senior Center at 540 N. Parachute Ave. any Wednesday and join other seniors 55 and older for lunch. Call 285-7216 between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. any Monday to make a lunch reservation. – Mitzi Burkhart, Valley Senior Center

Low-income dental assistance available to Garfield County seniors Garfield County is participating in a program which provides valuable and needed dental services for seniors that may be too expensive for some elderly residents to afford. The Old Age Pension (OAP) Dental Program provides low-income dental care to senior citizens who receive OAP medical assistance. The OAP Dental Program provides financial and health care assistance to people who are 60 years or older. Application requirements for OAP benefits include being a Colorado resident and applying in the applicant’s county of residence. Senior citizens who qualify for OAP may obtain dentures, denture repair, and preventative and restorative oral services through June 30. Successful applicants must also be able to prove citizenship in one of the following categories: - Birth in the United States - Naturalized citizenship - Legal immigration into the United States For more information on the OAP Dental Program, please contact the Garfield County Department of Human Services at 625-5282. Information regarding Garfield County’s senior programs may be found at and specifically on OAP programs at . – Renelle Lott, Garfield County

Residents with volunteer Cyndi Willingham

River Bridge offers child advocacy services

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and River Bridge Regional Center (RBRC) is our community’s child advocacy center, assisting professionals in the investigation of abuse, and providing support and healing for children and families. Located in Glenwood Springs, the programs of RBRC are available to children and families from Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. RBRC provides child abuse prevention in local communities, including parent information classes about preventing child sexual abuse, and trainings for school personnel on child abuse dynamics and reporting procedures. Lee Martin is the victim advocate at River Bridge and she’s been working with the Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Services to plan community events for Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 21-27. These efforts are designed to raise awareness about crime victims, and specifically about child abuse and trauma. Highlights of the week will be keynote speakers John Michael Keyes whose daughter Emily was killed at her high school in 2006, and Samuel Granillo, a survivor of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. John and Samuel will be holding their discussions on April 22 from 6-9 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Other events in April to raise awareness about child abuse prevention include the Garfield County Child Safety Fair and a Pinwheel Garden Planting Ceremony. Both events will be in Rifle. The Safety Fair is Friday, April 26, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Department of Human Services and the “Pinwheels for Prevention” ceremony is April 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Garfield County Sheriff's Office Annex. For more information about River Bridge as well as about Child Abuse Prevention Month and Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit, email:, or call 970-945-5195.

– Kerry Ach, River Bridge

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Health Briefs Confirmed pertussis cases in Garfield County

Garfield County has had four confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) is presently working to control any further spread of the contagious bacteria and is investigating several other unconfirmed cases. Public health staff is urging the community to take immediate measures to help stop the spread, by ensuring families are up-to-date on their Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccinations. In December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment declared a pertussis epidemic in Colorado. Until now, however, Garfield County had no reported cases. Pertussis spreads very easily. Before the whooping cough vaccine was implemented in 1991, about 8,000 people in the U.S. died each year from the disease. Today because of the vaccine, the average number of deaths annually is fewer than 50. Symptoms of whooping cough include a runny or stuffedup nose, sneezing, mild cough, and even pauses in breathing for infants. When children gasp for breath after a coughing fit, they make a “whooping” sound. Babies and young children may turn blue while coughing from lack of oxygen. Children, pre-teens, pregnant women and teens and adults who live or work around young children should be vaccinated. GCPH offices are located at 2014 Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs, and at 195 West 14th Street in Rifle. Pertussis vaccinations will also be available at upcoming health fairs throughout the county for people who are 10 years or older. Please call 945-6614. Information on pertussis is also available at or The county will post frequent updates on the number of cases locally in coming weeks on it’s website. - Renelle Lott, Garfield County

Planning underway for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Take Steps Walk

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) was founded in 1967 with a mission of curing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life for people affected by these diseases. The Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. This year’s local walk will be held on June 2 at Two Rivers Park. There will be educational programs about Crohn’s and colitis at the walk. The first organizing sessions will be at the Rifle Take Steps Walk Kickoff Meeting on April 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado River Room in Grand River Health Center, 501 Airport Rd. There will also be an educational program on April 25 at 6 p.m. at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs in the 2nd floor conference room. All are welcome to attend these free informational meetings, supported by Alpine Bank, Valley View Hospital and Grand River Health. There are numerous ways that you can help the CCFA. Form or join a walk team, walk as an individual, become a sponsor, make a donation and/or volunteer. For more information, please contact Jenny Roope at 866-768-2232 or, or Mary Lee Mohrlang, 216-5058 or Visit for more information. - Karen Klink, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

From left to right: Becky Ferry (Alpine Bank), Michelle Valdez, JoAnn Quade, Lee Ann Bown (Alpine Bank), Doreen Roberts (Alpine Bank), Sharon Murdock (Alpine Bank), Rose Fraser (Alpine Bank), Lisa Gross (Alpine Bank), Kaaren Peck (Grand River Volunteer Manager) Photo courtesy of Annick Pruett

Alpine Bank employees deliver Meals on Heels Grand River’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) clients had a treat on March 29, as female employees from the Rifle branch of Alpine Bank delivered lunches on the special women’s only delivery day, Meals on Heels. Meals were delivered to all MOW clients in Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle. Grand River MOW currently provides over 1000 meals a month and the need is growing. Explains Grand River Volunteer Manager, Kaaren Peck, “The Grand River Meals on Wheels Program has grown over 350 percent since 2005. Some of our routes now have two drivers, they have gotten so big.” Kaaren states “We are so appreciative to Alpine Bank employees volunteering to deliver meals”. Grand River’s Meals on Wheels clients include seniors, the disabled and those recovering from surgery or illness. Peck added that for some of the MOW recipients, the only human contact they have each day is with their meal delivery. To find out how to get involved and become an MOW driver, please contact Kaaren Peck at 625-6423. – Annick Pruett, Grand River Hospital District

Tips and Hints

Household How-to Hints

The amazing versatility of mouthwash By Barbara Barker • Most viruses are spread through hand-to-hand contact, or touching germy items. To remove germs suds up with soap for 20-30 seconds. This breaks up and washes away oils from your skin that carry bacteria and viruses. Hand sanitizer does not remove germs as effectively as soap and water and also does not kill many or the illness-causing viruses, so use it only in a pinch. Save money, time and your health, antibacterial soaps are no more effective than the plain-jane soaps in ridding your hands of germs. Also cut down on sprays that clean furniture, polish glass, and perfume rooms as these may cause asthma, according to research in Europe. • When lemons are on sale, stock up and place them in a bowl of water and refrigerate. Change the water weekly. They will stay fresh for weeks. • Drink a cup of cocoa to increase your brain power and relieve stress. A compound in cocoa (theobromine) dilates the blood vessels which speeds the delivery of oxygen to the brain. This improves memory and reaction time. Also, its rich stores of magnesium reduces the stress hormone. • Baby wipes dried out? Simply add a few drops of baby oil to the bottom of the container, put the lid on and turn the container upside down and let it sit overnight. By morning the oil will have seeped into the cloth fibers and infused each wipe with moisture. • To keep a stain on carpet from returning after cleaning, stack a few paper towels on top of the clean wet spot and then place a heavy object, like a brick on top of the towels and leave it there overnight. The next morning toss the paper towels, fluff up the carpet fibers and let it air dry. • A bit of petroleum jelly on a soft cloth will polish up dull or scuffed patent leather shoes; buff well. • When traveling, use an old prescription bottle for storing perfume. Spritz your favorite scent on cotton balls and store them in the bottle. When ready to apply the perfume, rub one of the cotton balls against your pulse points. No more spilling perfume or being over the three ounce airline carry-on limit for liquids. • No more knotted up necklaces. Thread the chain through a straw and hook the clasp. To make travelling with them easy, store the straws in a toothbrush holder. • Instead of using a chemical-based room spray, try essential oil to freshen up a room. Buy your favorite aroma at a health food store (like citrus or lavender). Place two to three drops on a tissue and wave it around the room, then drop the tissue in a wastebasket to give the scent some staying power. • Another use for those motel shampoos: pour the shampoo into a pump dispenser and use as hand soap. Also use it to hand launder sweaters and lingerie. • You don’t need to buy a special recipe card holder; just weave the recipe card around the tines of a fork and set the fork in a glass or mug. It will stay clean and easy to read. • Next time you bang your shin on a piece of furniture, dab your shin with a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash. This will stimulate blood flow to the area, dissipating the cluster of red blood cells and will lessen bruising. • Clean shower tile by combining two cups of water and one-half cup of mouthwash in a bucket. Saturate a sponge with this solution and wipe the tiles. The thymol and menthol in mouthwash kill germs while its alcohol helps make dingy surfaces shine. • For the blister on your heel caused by ill fitting shoes, dab a cotton ball in mouthwash and apply it to the blister once a day until the blister disappears. This will speed healing. • After cleaning the kitty’s litter box, cut open your used tea bags and toss the tea onto the clean litter. Tea contains antibacterial compound (catechin) that will kill the bacteria that causes lingering odors and the tea will impart a subtle fresh scent.

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Talking to your children about alcohol use By Ann Galloway, NP-C, Grand River Student Health Center

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. According to a recent national survey: • 16 percent of 8th graders reported drinking alcohol within the past month. • 32 percent of 8th graders reported drinking alcohol within the past year. • 64 percent of 8th graders say that alcohol is easy to get. • More girls than boys ages 12 to 17 reported drinking alcohol. Alcohol use is very risky for children. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, kids who drink alcohol are more likely to be victims of violent crime, be involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents, and have serious school-related problems. Teens who use alcohol are more likely to be sexually active at earlier ages and to have unprotected sex than teens who do not drink. The majority of teens who drink tend to participate in binge drinking. The longer a child can delay alcohol use, the less likely they are to develop problems associated with it. Parents have a major influence on their children’s drinking especially during the preteen and early teen years. A parent’s disapproval of underage alcohol use is the main reason children choose not to drink. Research shows that teens are more likely to delay drinking when they have a close supportive relationship with their parents. If your child feels comfortable talking openly with you, you can have greater influence on their decisions. Encouraging conversation, asking open-ended questions, controlling your emotions and showing respect for their views are all important ways to develop open communication. Show you care by spending quality one-on-one time with your children. Offer acceptance and respect for their growing need for independence and privacy. Stay involved in their lives and set clear, realistic expectations for their behavior with appropriate consequences for breaking rules. Be consistent in enforcing these consequences if needed. Bringing up the subject of alcohol can be difficult for many parents. Plan ahead what you want to say and choose a time when both you and your child are relaxed and available. Don’t feel you have to cover everything at once. Don’t lecture your child but start a conversation. A good beginning is to find out your child’s views on drinking alcohol and why he or she thinks teens drink. Listen carefully and don’t interrupt. Next share with them important facts about alcohol as a powerful drug that impairs coordination, vision, judgment and slows reaction time. On average, a single drink is in a person’s system for two to three hours. Be sure your child knows that anyone can develop a serious alcohol problem, including teenagers. Also explain that beer and wine are not “safer” than hard liquor. A 12 ounce can of beer, five ounce glass of wine and one and a half ounces of hard liquor contain the same amount of alcohol and therefore have the same effects on the body and mind. Explain that underage drinking (less than 21 years of age) is illegal and can be dangerous. Alcohol affects young people differently than adults due to the fact that their brains are still developing. Clearly state your own expectations and be sure your children understand you want them to avoid alcohol. Let them know they are too smart and have too much going for them to need alcohol. Alcohol use may lead to embarrassing situations that could damage their self respect. Help your child develop a plan on how to say no if offered alcohol. Brainstorm with them on how to handle difficult situations. The NIAAA’s web site is an interactive tool designed to help children better understand the risks of underage drinking and ways to resist peer pressure. Finally, parents are important role models for their teens and need to set a good example. Research shows that children are more likely to use alcohol if a parent uses alcohol. If you do use alcohol, use it in moderation and demonstrate responsible drinking behaviors. Never communicate to your children that alcohol is a good way to handle problems and demonstrate to them healthy coping behaviors that don’t involve drinking.

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Nature at Home and Afield By Betsy Leonard Our neighbors are turkeys

Who hasn’t seen the wild turkeys in Battlement Mesa? Game birds consist of six families: Phasiandae (Pheasants and Quails); Tetraonidae (Grouse); Meleagrididae (Turkeys); Numididae (Guinea fowl); Cracidae (Guans and curassows). Turkeys are large birds with strong legs. The male, a tom and female, a hen of this species differ in size and plumage, especially the tail and the spur’s on the male’s legs. They typically walk, or run, but can fly with strength for short distances, which they take up when threatened. Turkeys have a naked head with wattles (a protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak and on the neck) that aid in courtship displays. The typical lifespan of a turkey is ten years. The main food item in a turkey’s diet includes seeds and berries. Early in the 19th century, turkeys were considered serious pests to agriculture and farmers often placed barriers around their wheat fields to discourage large groups of turkeys. Today grain is known not to be an important part of their diet. Small reptiles such as salamanders and lizards are favorite foods of turkeys. Many invertebrates, such as grasshoppers provide an important source of protein. Turkeys are polygynous, meaning one male mates with several females. Females are thought to begin breeding at one year of age; males are usually a bit older because of competition from older, more experienced birds. Male birds go through an elaborate courtship display to acquire mates; yet, still the dominant male birds prevail. Spreading their tail fans, drooping and rattling the main flight feathers, and swelling the wattle, they strut up and down, gobbling as they go. After mating, the females go off by themselves to build the nest, usually not far from the “strutting grounds.” Nests are not much more than leaf-lined scrapes in the ground. The clutch size ranges from eight to 15 eggs, but may be more as more than one female might use a nest. The female bird incubates the eggs, and if she leaves the nest, she make sure the eggs are well covered. The young (a poult) are classified as precocial three, meaning they trail after their parent and are shown food. Once the young have mastered the use of their wings, they spend the nights roosting in trees. After a few weeks, the brood is left to fend for itself. The brood flock will stay together for about six months, and then the males will separate off to form all-male flocks. It is during this time that fights can occur to establish dominance. Fights can be quite vicious and involve the use of wings and spurs. Usually fighting to the death does not occur, but death has been recorded. It is easy to keep many game birds, including turkeys, in captivity and it has made them economically important in the United States and many other countries. Years ago, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey our national bird. Aren’t you glad the bald eagle won out? A favored food of Native Americans, the turkey is one of two domesticated birds native to the Americas. The frequency of bathing by most land birds, such as turkeys is typically related to the weather. In areas where standing water is not readily available, dusting acts as a substitute for water bathing. Dust wallows are created by the birds by scraping the ground; this dust is thrown over their bodies and worked through their feathers, then shaken out. Turkeys add a delightful component to the wildlife we can see in Battlement Mesa. Perhaps, now when you see them you might be able to better appreciate their behavior. Betsy Leonard is an environmental education specialist who lives in Parachute.

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As I See It

• The Echo Worship Directory •

A heroine in our midst

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

By Pastor Charlie Hornick, Grace Bible Church

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

Many in our community have admired a young lady who could accurately be described as a heroine. A heroine is a woman who is admired for her achievements and noble qualities, including great courage. Sheyenne King, who has been overcoming the Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), fits the description. An active 20 year old, with only one more semester in obtaining her associate’s degree, Sheyenne was suddenly stricken with GBS in February. Sheyenne sensed numbness in her hands and feet. Within two days she felt like she had stepped on a hill of fire ants. She had extreme sensitivity to touch and temperature and could barely move her arms. She was taken to the ER at St. Mary’s in Grand Junction and spent most of the next three weeks in the I.C.U. She spent two of those weeks on a ventilator, unable to breathe on her own. Her body’s system was attacking itself. Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a polyneuropathy that affects the nervous system, causing paralysis that starts with weakness in the hands and feet and continues to the rest of the body. It is usually triggered by an infection. Only one to two cases per 100,000 people are reported annually. Remarkably, Sheyenne has maintained her sweet spirit, faith and tenacity. Everyone who has come by to visit her has been greatly blessed. Rather than whining while battling fright and deep depression, which are typical of such an ordeal, she encourages those who come to see her. The number of flowers and cards in the room indicate just how well her family and friends think of her and miss her. Her sweet spirit is not new, rather it is a part of who she is. An exciting day came when her ventilator was removed. Then, a couple of days later she was moved out of I.C.U. to a regular room. Still hospitalized, she makes daily progress with regular therapy. Sheyenne has learned that she has taken much for granted. Little things like moving or putting on her glasses have become major accomplishments. She said that having to ask someone to move her in the night was hard at first. Now she knows it is ok to ask. She is grateful for the many people who have cared for her. Her mother, Cissy, who lives in Parachute and continued on page 19

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.

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Crown Peak Baptist Church 101 W. Battlement Parkway Parachute 285-7946 Rick Van Vleet, Senior Pastor Dan LaRue, Associate Pastor Mike Metcalf, Associate Pastor Tim Hughes, 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


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. We Invite you to Attend our Special Services on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Tenebrae Service, Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast. We offer many volunteer opportunities to support community agencies. We host a free luncheon every Monday open to all. We offer a community garden that is free to all. Meditation and Spiritual Growth Group twice a month at 7:00 p.m.

Faith Baptist Church 235 N. Railroad Ave. Parachute John Yadloski, Pastor 285-7424

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

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.

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) (A member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) We worship on the St. John Community Center Campus (just off of Stone Quarry Road) at 10:00 am on Sunday Mornings and at 7:00 pm on Wednesday Evenings. Everyone Welcome! Weekly Schedule: Monday 9:00 am Ladies Bible Class 9:45 am Kids’ Club, pre-school through 2nd Grade 1:00 pm 8th Grade Catechism 2:00 pm 7th Grade Catechism 3:00 pm 3rd through 6th Grade Bible History Tuesday 9:00 am – 12 noon Office Hours 7:00 pm Pause to Praise Radio Program on KSUN 103.9 Wednesday 9:00 am – 12 noon Office Hours 7:00 pm Soup, Sandwiches and Scripture Thursday 9:00 am – 12 noon Office Hours 7:00 pm Leadership Meeting 3rd Thursday of the Month Sunday 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am SIS (Sisters in Service) meets the 3rd Sunday of the Month 3:00 pm Youth Group meets the 2nd Sunday of the Month Pastor Bill Cornelius Pastor’s Cell Phone (970)-987-3093 E-mail Web site: •••

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 •••

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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.


Trail Rides Enjoy a

Carriage Ride Mount Sopris looms in the background above Crystal River Trail that runs from Carbondale 5 miles up to the BRB Campground. Echo file photo

or a

Wagon Ride

Time for a bike ride around Redstone – and beyond

By Sue McEvoy and Carrie Click As winter’s snow pack continues to melt, the hillsides and valleys of the Crystal River Valley spring into life. Aspen buds glisten into new-green leaves and deer, elk and bighorn sheep give birth after the fall mating season. Bears emerge from hibernation with their cubs and the rivers are starting to rise. The Crystal Valley, too, shows signs of coming back to life, and becomes ideal for both road and mountain biking. Sure signs of spring are the bicyclists gliding up and down Highway 133 and families peddling along Redstone Boulevard. For the serious cyclist, a ride to Redstone and, six miles further, to Marble up the Crystal Valley on Highway 133 is challenging and exhilarating. If you choose this ride, know that traffic can be somewhat heavy and the road’s shoulders are narrow. A safer option is the Crystal River Trail that goes from Carbondale (look for Roaring Fork High School on the left) and runs five miles up the Crystal Valley to the BRB Campground Resort. This is a paved bike and pedestrian trail that runs parallel to Highway 133, and provides a wonderful ride. Just getting to Redstone is a pleasant experience, as you leave the busy highways and cruise along the West Elk Scenic Byway starting in Carbondale. The two-lane road winds along the Crystal River and is soon surrounded by the towering cliffs of red sandstone that give the town its name.

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


Bolling Jones, Owner Randy Melton, Outfitter

970-963-1144 •

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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 more information and and upcoming events visit:

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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Sheyenne from page 17 works at Clark’s Market, has driven daily to Grand Junction to spend days and nights with her. Her dad, Monty, came from Texas to spend several weeks with her as has her friend, Dorothy Bryant. Her brother, Justin, came from Texas and spent hours sitting by her side helping to feed her, something many brothers would not be dedicated enough to do. Kenny Bush from Parachute has also given much of himself to help as have her grandparents, aunt and uncle and other family and friends. Sheyenne exclaims, “So many people cared.” Sheyenne attributes being able to get where she is now, being able to hold a cup, to use a special spoon, to stand temporarily, etc. to prayers of people and her own connection to God. The struggles through those sleepless nights, pain and even the uncertainty of the future are no match for her God. Sheyenne asserts, “I don’t know how anyone could get through the day without God and the hope of heaven.” Sheyenne plans to finish obtaining her degree after months of treatment, then continue on with more schooling and her career. Faced now with seemingly insurmountable medical bills, she has confidence that she can make it the rest of the way with God’s help and the support of family and friends. On March 30, Leta McDaniel organized a benefit for her with the help of the 35th Avenue Café and friends. The Nine Times Band gave a benefit concert. Over $2000 was raised, which is a good start in assisting Sheyenne. Donations to help with her medical bills may be made to the Sheyenne King benefit at any Wells Fargo Bank.



FOR RENT: Battlement Mesa - 3 bedroom (1 master with large walk-in closet), 2 bath upstairs, end unit condo. Laundry room with washer and dryer, AC, balcony with storage closet. 1 car garage with 6x8 separate room and closet for storage and a storage closet outside. $1,050/mo. rent, security negotiable, NS, pets considered, Rec Center dues included. Call 704-0373. SERVICES: SERVICES: Thom's Magic Carpet of Parachute offers cleaning services for residential, commercial, automotive and marine. 413-230-5916 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. pd4-6 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 accept all credit cards. Call Dick at 250-5154 tfn

FOR SALE: ViewSonic 19" Flat Panel LCD monitor with built in stereo speakers. Extremely high quality vivid screen. Perfect. $49. Call Barbara at 285-7634. FOR SALE: Laptops for Less. Giving a computer as a gift or just need one? Order from COMPUTECH today. Dell, HP and Toshiba laptops from $180 and up. Fully loaded with programs and guaranteed! We now accept all credit cards. Call tfn Dick at 250-5154. WANTED: WANTED: Cash for your records. Buying and selling old records 33s, 45s and 78s. Clean out your garage and your storage. Jack's Album Attic 285-0215,, or Helping to keep the music playing. pd 4-9 HELP WANTED HELP WANTED: Cosmetologist three to four days per week. Must be energetic, highly motivated with a professional appearance. Commission, booth rent or other negotiable. Please call Ellen at 285-6664. HELP WANTED: Nail Tech full time for pedicures, nail enhancements and shellac nails. We have a busy clientele and are seeking a highly energetic and self motivated tech with a professional demeanor. Commission, booth rent or other negotiable. Please call Ellen at 285-6664.

THE GRAND VALLEY ECHO CLASSIFIED ADS Only $10 for up to 40 words! (25¢/word after that).

Classified ads MUST be prepaid. Mail your check to: 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 and E-MAIL YOUR AD COPY TO:

SERVICE DIRECTORY • Basic and Full Service Oil Changes • Automatic Transmission Flushes • Tire Sales • ASE Certified Mechanic on duty full-time


285-9217 120 S. Columbine Ct. • Parachute

RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • MUNICIPAL • Electronic locate • Rooter work • Unclog lines and drains • RootX Treatments • Hydro-jet of lines/grease traps • Septic tank inspections • Camera/Video inspection of lines 2” to 36” CALL RICK or SCOTT

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970-930-0124 P.O. BOX 1349 • RIFLE, CO 81650

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• 963-2373


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