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Volume 10 Number 3

Same, same… but different at the Redstone General Store By Sue McEvoy

Goddess of the Crystal River page 3

Electric Mountain Lodge page 5

Vintage Valley page 10

Brainstorming in Marble page 11

Tourists know and love it for its hand-dipped ice cream cones, answers to all kinds of questions and any kind of gift item that says Redstone. Locals know and love it for its candy, beer, wine and liquor, as well as a place to get a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat. One of the town’s mainstays, the Redstone General Store is undergoing a remodeling, or at least a reshuffling. Store owner’s Michael and Lisa Schlueter, have been busy moving the contents of the grocery room to the back corner of the building and turning the front section into the merchandise/seating/future ice cream window area. “People weren’t noticing the other items beyond the food; they would come in and look at the food and think it was only a grocery store. Basically what we’re doing is bringing back the old country store look. We’re getting rid of modern shelving and anything that looks too commercial,” says Lisa. The Schlueter’s purchased the General Store in 2007 and have already initiated several changes. They created a backyard play and seating area set up like an old-time mining camp, added more oldfashioned candy and locally made gift items and responded to an increased demand for food items by making sandwiches and selling pizzas. “We’re just trying to come up with new ideas and ways to improve business. With some of the area restaurants shutting down, we noticed a huge increase in the demand for food service. We really tried to step it up but out our kitchen space is limited. We think we’ve come up with a few pretty good options,” says Lisa. The front room, or former grocery area, now looks completely different. After hiring Adam Shaw and Josh Capp to install a linoleum-style floor, both workmen rejected the notion of flooring that didn’t match the rest of the building. Josh donated new wood flooring he had left over from a previous job that looked antique. Speaking of antique, the building that houses the Redstone General Store is one of the original houses belonging to Redstone’s founder, J.C. Osgood, built for his coke oven workers. Constructed in the 1890’s, the building first became a store in the 1930’s when then owner Jack McClaran sat on the front porch and sold worms and beer (from separate coolers). While the store is quite active in the summer, Michael is known to have scooped over 400 scoops of ice cream in a day; the business relies on its locals to remain open in the winter. “When things are a little more together, we’ll have a little open house for people to come check things out. We’ll sample some of our food offerings, and hopefully have some live music on a Saturday afternoon,” adds Lisa. Where else such a small space can you find: candy, ice cream, beer, wine, liquor, groceries, books, cards, maps, clothing, medicines, camping & fishing supplies, local history books, bumper stickers, Above and left, The contents of the Redstone Redstone t-shirts, hats and cups, local handmade gifts General Store have been shifted to different spaces, enhancing the feeling of an old-time and scenic framed photos and tickets to the Redstone country store. Castle tour? Photos by Alyssa Ohnmacht

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

Dear Echo, I am so thankful for the individuals who have helped me with my line. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. Amy Kimberly and Laura Stover from CCAH, Deborah Colley for her choreography and the whole lighting and sound crew. Kether Axelrod and Ticah Burrows for making sure the respective clothes get to the right models. Mark Burrows for his photography. Barry Chapman and Conor Johnson who have created special music. Lynette Johnson who will be helping with hair and makeup. The ladies at Le Clarin’s Sew Shop. Pat Winger for his invaluable help with patterns and expertise in sewing. Bill Jochems for his knowledge of the Crystal River. Brigitte Heller-Ulrych for her beautiful precise sewing. My daughter, Sophia Marie Ulrych, a third generation of designers in the works. And, all of the lovely volunteer models. – Barbara Sophia Ulrych, Redstone

The Church at Redstone MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a voice for Crystal Valleyites; to bring attention to the individuals and local businesses that are the fabric of the Crystal Valley region; to contribute to the vitality of our small town life. Publisher Alyssa Ohnmacht Editor Carrie Click We invite you to come and worship God with us in a peaceful and beautiful setting next to the Crystal River in Redstone

Worship 10:00 a.m. ªªª

Nursery provided

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Meet at the McClure Pass parking area at 7 a.m., hike to overlook, service starts at 7:15

Bruce A. Gledhill, Pastor • 970-963-0326 www.churchatredstone.com

A community church serving Redstone and the Crystal Valley.

Staff Writer Sue McEvoy Assistant Copy Editor Jae Julgran Advertising Sales Alyssa Ohnmacht • 963-2373 echo@crystalvalleyecho.com Distribution Dawn Distribution • 963-0874

Contributors to this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo: Mark Burrows, Brian Pettet, Andrea Palm-Porter, John Rizza, Kimberly Henrie, John Emerick and Dee Malone, Bettie Lou Gilbert, Abriah Wofford, Charlie Manus, Bruce Gledhill, George Newman, Marble Charter School students and staff The Crystal Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout the entire Crystal Valley. Home delivery is available for many locations throughout the valley. Newspaper box locations: Carbondale City Market (inside) • Village Smithy Carbondale Post Office • Dos Gringos • Red Rock Diner Redstone General Store • Marble Charter School The Echo is also available at businesses from El Jebel to Glenwood Springs and throughout the Crystal Valley. For subscriptions Please send $35 and address information to: The Crystal Valley Echo 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 For information Please contact us: 963-2373 echo@crystalvalleyecho.com

All copy submitted to The Crystal Valley Echo will be edited and reviewed by our staff for style, grammar and content. The Crystal Valley Echo reserves the right to refuse publication of any submitted material that does not meet the our standards for a positive, informative, educational community newspaper.


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Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza features Barbara Sophia’s Goddess of the Crystal River By Sue McEvoy This year’s Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza promises to be another spectacular Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) production. In its fifth year, the fashion extravaganza features 30 local and national designers displaying sustainable, and frequently, exotic lines of fashion. Barbara Sophia Ulrych of Redstone is one of the highly talented local artists participating in the event. In her second appearance, Barbara Sophia’s theme is “The Goddess of the Crystal River”, a goddess she creates on stage in her several-minute display. When presented with this year’s theme of Myths & Legends, Barbara Sophia kept thinking about the Crystal River, which ultimately inspired her Goddess line. Barbara Sophia’s line of varietal of bamboo, phyllostachys pubescens, is certified organic and is labeled “panda approved”; it is not the same species of bamboo that is consumed by pandas. The fiber is ethically produced. Other local artists, such as Jan Cross, of Redstone, who is designing special headpieces, have assisted Barbara Sophia in her production. Barbara Sophia hopes to create clothes with quality, color and comfort. “I have a saying, ‘May you always dance comfortably through life’; that’s my hope. So many of us in the valley are gypsies, with a love for keeping life simple, I have designed clothes that travel well and don’t take up a lot of room. The usage of sustainable fibers is really important to me; that’s why I

wanted the bamboo line to be a part of this.” Amy Kimberly, CCAH and Fashion Extravaganza Executive Director, is also excited about the upcoming event. “We are using a new technology called pro-

Barbara Sophia Ulrych designed The Goddess of the Crystal River for this year’s Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza; the design is available on t-shirts. Above: As a model in her own line, Barbara Sophia Ulrych displays one of her hand-dyed silk kimonos.

Photo by Mark Burrows

jection mapping, which will take the show to a whole new level visually. Projection mapping wraps images around 3-dimensional objects so that they can move and slither and grow,” says Amy. The Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza takes place March 8 and 9 at the Carbondale

Recreation Center. There will be runway seating both nights, a martini bar, live music, including All the Pretty Horses, and the Designer Trunk Show, occurring just after the fashion extravaganza each night. Tickets are available at carbondalearts.com and CCAH.


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YOUR CALENDAR FOR GOINGS ON IN AND AROUND THE CRYSTAL RIVER VALLEY Help the Echo’s calendar grow; let us know. Send event items to echo@crystalvalleyecho.com by the 15th of the preceding month. Be sure to include the five Ws (who, what, when, why and where); contact info, cost and anything else you think readers need to know. • March 5: 6-8 p.m. Ten things every parent should know to protect your child from sexual abuse, presented by Meghan Hurley, LCSW. Crystal River Elementary School, 60 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale. Free event. For more information, visit the FaceBook group: Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse. • March 5: 6-8:30 p.m. Free workshop for rural landowners at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen. Resource professionals will discuss a variety of topics to help you improve the value of your land, take the guesswork out of managing noxious weeds, and provide solutions for managing your property in our arid environment. Space is limited. Register online at ext.colostate.edu/sam/events.html#pitkin. • March 5: 7-9 p.m. Thunder River Theatre Company begins “From Page to Stage” followed by the first Tuesdays in April, May and June to discuss playwriting. $100/person. Contact Lana Karp, slkarp@sopris.net, 963-8200. • March 6: 6-8 p.m. Roaring Fork Leadership hosts Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on at the Base Village Conference Center in Snowmass Village for “Hickenlooper 2.0: Leadership in Action.” Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. All proceeds from the event will go to Roaring Fork Leadership’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser Fund. Call 922-6035 or visit rfleadership.org for more info. • March 7: 7 p.m. Town of Marble Board of Trustees meets at the Marble Community Church’s Fellowship Hall. • March 9: 3-6 p.m. Wine Tasting at the Redstone Inn sponsored by Redstone Community Association. Taste a variety of wines, mingle with your neighbors and shake off that cabin fever. Cover charge: $10. Some proceeds to be donated to Hospice of the Valley. • March 10: 12-4 p.m. Marble Crystal River Chamber membership drive at the Marble Hub. We will be serving chili and cornbread along with beverages. If you have considered joining, please come to sign up or to receive additional information about the Chamber and the benefits of membership.

• March 12: 6:15 -8:15 p.m. Sign and Dine.The Aspen Camp of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing invites you to learn American Sign Language at the scenic Aspen Camp in Old Snowmass while enjoying a delicious meal. The 6-week session runs every Tue. through April 16. and includes instruction and dinner for only $75/person. Sign & Dine participants must be age 12 or older. To register and for more information please call 923-2511 or visit aspencamp.org.

Agenda includes hazardous material transport on Highway 133 and a presentation on energy efficiency and renewable energy for valley residents. 963-2143.

Everyone welcome, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Sue, 704-1843.

• March 27: 5:30 p.m. Naturalist Nights: “Forest Health Locally & Throughout the West” by Jamie Cundiff & Michelle Nijhuis. Cundiff, director of ACES, and Nijhuis, contributing editor at High Country News will discuss our changing forests, from snowpack to fire risk, and how these changes are monitored and tracked. The free presentation is in the Calaway Room at the Third St. Center in Carbondale. More info at wildernessworkshop.org.

• A drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing session is held every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third, Suite 9, Carbondale. No cost but there is a model’s fee and attendees need to bring supplies and easels. 963-1680.

• March 29-31: Third Annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival at the Thunder River Theatre. For tickets or info, call 963-8200 or visit thunderrivertheater.com. • March 30: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Redstone Park. Easter is early this year so start collecting your baskets to be donated and drop them off at the Crystal Valley Manor any time.

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are at 1:30 p.m. on weekends through the winter. Visit the baronial home of Redstone’s founder, John Cleveland Osgood. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 963-9656 or redstonecastle.us. • Take a horse-drawn carriage (or sleigh, depending on snow) ride around Redstone. $25/person. 9632526, redstoneinn.com. • Yoga classes are being offered at the Avalanche Ranch barn, three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Stretch and soak combinations. Contact for information at mobileyogi.com, 963-2846. • The photography of Sandy Kaplan of Redstone is featured through Feb. 20 at the Ann Korologos Gallery on Midland Avenue in Basalt. • The Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Story Time sessions for all ages of children, art classes, and more. 76. S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Call 963-2889 for more info. • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has a full line-up of classes and workshops for kids. Most classes are at the CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center. For more information or to register for a CCAH fall class, contact carbondalearts.com, 963-1680.

• March 13: 5:30 p.m. Naturalist Nights: “Can Colorado contribute towards conservation of the Wolverine?” by Eric Odell, who manages conservation programs for non-game carnivore species, and will be exploring opportunities to reintroduce wolverines to Colorado. The free presentation is in the Calaway Room at the Third St. Center in Carbondale.

• Musical Storytime at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, Mondays at 4 p.m. Special weekly storytime for all ages full of songs, stories, and more, led by Youth Services Librarian and award winning children's musician, Sue Schnitzer. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For more info,. 963-2889 or gcpld.org.

More info at wildernessworkshop.org.

• Pilates is held in Redstone on Monday and Thursday mornings; 8-9 a.m. is advanced; 9:30-10:30 a.m. is beginner; and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. is for all levels.

•March 14: 7-9 p.m. Crystal River Caucus regular meeting at the Church at Redstone on Redstone Blvd.

• Total Body Fitness schedule in Redstone is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Have a two-hour body experience: Sculpt your figure with low impact to burn body fat, weight-bearing exercises to strengthen and breathing and mindful stretching for flexibility and body/mind awareness. Free to the community. All abilities welcome. Since 1995. Personal training available. Instructor: Lisa Wagner, 963-8240. • Every Tuesday is bilingual storytime at 10:30 a.m. at Gordon Cooper Library, 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Bilingual books, stories and songs with Alejandra for children from one to five years old. Call 963-2889 for more info. • The second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Paws to Read @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library to read to a dog from Heeling Partners of the Roaring Fork Valley. 9632889 or gcpld.org/calendar for info or e-mail Sue at sschnitzer@gcpld.org to register for a 15-minute slot. • The third Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Music and Games @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library to play games and listen to music. Card games, Dominoes, checkers, chess, Uno, plus music – CDs and rhythm instruments – to jam and dance to. • On the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. is Movie Day @ the Library. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library for popcorn and a movie. • Zumba Gold, dancing lessons for seniors, with professional Latin dance instructor Paula Valenti meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. seniorsmatter.org at the Third Street Center. • HEARTBEAT – support for survivors after suicide – meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper St. (the Bethel Chapel entrance), Glenwood. Call Pam Szedelyi, 945-1398, or pamsz@sopris.net. • On Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. on, the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Teen Zone where teens can study, surf the net, read, write, draw or hang out. Bring a laptop or borrow one of ours. 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Free. Call 963-2889 or visit gcpld.org for more info. • On Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the month of February, the Gordon Cooper Branch Library hosts “The Grapes of Wrath” book club in Spanish. Alejandra, librarian and native Spanish speaker, will lead a book discussion of "The Grapes of Wrath" in Spanish. Copies of "Las Uvas de la Ira" in Spanish are available at the library. Please sign up at the library or

call Alejandra at 963-2889 • Volunteer in the kitchen at the Pitkin County Senior Center and they’ll feed you a delicious lunch. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the Senior Center at 920-5432 for details. • Want to be "In Stitches"? Every first, third and sometimes fifth Wednesday, bring the stitches (knit, crochet, needlepoint etc.) of your choice to the Redstone Inn Library Room from 4-6 p.m. Beginner to advanced. Call Kay Bell, 963-9811, or Mary Dorais, 963-3862. • Hospice of the Valley grief and support groups meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the hospice’s offices in Basalt. All who have experienced loss are welcome. Contact Sean Jeung, 927-6650, hchotv.org. • The Aspen Art Museum is partnering with the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St. in Carbondale, to offer Story Art, a free children’s program that combines learning to read with making art. Story Art is held on the first Thursday of every month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Registration recommended. 963-2889. • Recycling in Redstone is on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Bring your cardboard, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, aluminum, steel cans and office paper to the Pitkin County bin parked adjacent to the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Zingers, a group of seniors who sing all over the Roaring Fork Valley, meet at 2 p.m. every Thursday with Betsy Schenck for practice at Seniors Matter, in Room 33 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale; seniorsmatter.org. • AA in Redstone is every Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a closed step discussion meeting at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Men and women welcome. • Get assistance with resume writing and developing employment connections on the first Thursday of every month between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m from a Colorado Workforce representative at the Pitkin County Library. 429-1900 • One Moment, a local support group for bereaved parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or early infant loss meets on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marcia Viallarreal and Amanda Emerson-Burger lead the group, and bring their experience in pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and motherhood. Meetings are held at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Glenwood. Free. 963-7110, 379-5387, onemoment.org. • Carbondale Recreation offers classes and programs for a range of activities for kids and adults. 704-4190, carbondalerec.com. • Get help: Crystal Valley residents living in Pitkin County (that’s you, Redstonians), are encouraged by the Aspen Counseling Center to pick up the phone if you are in an emotional crisis and need to talk to a trained professional. Don’t wait. Call 920-5555.

Good Friday Service • March 29 • 7 p.m. Welcome to the church in the midst of a cathedral created by God Todd L. Fugate, Agent 590 Hwy 133 Carbondale, CO 81623-1884 Bus: 970-963-5610 todd.fugate.g0ku@statefarm.com Jeff Leonard Insurance Agency, Inc. Jeff Leonard CLU CPCU, Agent Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Bus: 970-945-2345

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


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The Crystal Valley’s Great Outdoors (GO)

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By Sue McEvoy

Snowmobiling with Electric Mountain Lodge If you go: Electric Mountain Lodge is located adjacent to the eastern edge of the Grand Mesa. Open 11 months of the year, the lodge offers snowmobile rentals, guided snowmobile tours, a Snocross and Freestyle training camp and scenic Snow Coach transportation for groups of cross country skiers and snowshoers. In summer and fall, there are ATV and UTV rentals with hundreds of miles of roads and trails for riding, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting. For more information, visit electricmountainlodge.com.

In my quest for new adventures this winter, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Electric Mountain Lodge on Feb. 20. It was a mere 21 miles by car from Redstone to the Muddy Creek trailhead of the Grand Mesa where, at 9 a.m., I met lodge snowmobile guide, Vito Taverna. After donning several more layers of

Above, Sue McEvoy ready to depart Electric Mountain Lodge on Feb. 20. Left, The scenic view from the Steven’s Gulch trail looking towards Paonia. Below, some of the equipment at Electric Mountain Lodge. The scenic view from Windy Point.

clothing, a neck gator, goggles and a helmet, I hopped on the 2-Up, a Yamaha snowmobile used as the lodge’s working sled. Within minutes we were screaming along the groomed track to connect with the “SP”, or Sunlight to Powderhorn, marked trail that crosses the Grand Mesa. With an annual average of over 400 inches of snow, much of the groomed track follows forest service roads, accessible only by snow machines for close to six months of the year. The track winds through aspen forests, past quiet ranches and cabins all buried in snow. At speeds up to 70 mph, in less than 30 minutes we had arrived at the Steven’s Gulch Trail, #50, and headed up the track to Electric Mountain Lodge. At the Lodge, the rest of the staff, cooks Rick Oeinck and (Boston) Mike Burdick, and waitress Theresa Mitchell were finishing serving breakfast. Completely rebuilt in 2006 after being destroyed by fire, Electric Mountain Lodge sits at 9,314 feet in the Gunnison National Forest. In addition to the lodge and its rooms, there are five cabins and a new bunkhouse which all feature tastefully decorated rooms that sleep two to eight, depending on the

building. After warming up and exploring the lodge and all of the cabins, I loaded up on the sled with Boston Mike and went for another ride, this time towards the Paonia access. Most of the supplies for the lodge, its restaurant, bar, staff and guests arrive by snow machine from this direction. This trip was even more scenic as openings in the aspen forests provided views of Mt. Lamborn and the surrounding peaks, although clouds were beginning to shroud them. We returned to the groomed track. At least once a week, more if it snows, one of the guides from the lodge takes out the Prinoth snowcat to groom the entire track for the hundreds of snow machines that take advantage of this winter trail system. In fact, Electric Mountain Lodge is not only a destination resort for overnight guests, but over 100 people a day can arrive on snowmobiles for breakfast, lunch, cocktails or dinner. Most are snowmobilers, out for the day riding from any of the other dozen Grand Mesa trailheads ranging from Land’s End, Cedaredge, Silt, Sunlight or Carbondale. After a delicious lunch, the call came in for the night’s guests to be picked up on the Paonia side. This meant I had to drive a sled back to the Muddy parking lot. With a quick lesson on brakes and throttle, I climbed aboard a top of the line Polaris 800 Pro, and headed out with Boston Mike. For some reason, on the winding roads with the light getting flat, I only managed to achieve speeds of up to 35 mph. However, this taste of motorized winter adventure left me hungry for more.


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What’s up with Pitkin County?

Understanding your tax bill By Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner George Newman

I recently received my annual property tax bill in the mail, broken out by taxing district and corresponding mill levy/ tax amount. Although Pitkin County sends out the tax bill, and collects the taxes, as you can see from your bill, very little of your tax dollars actually goes to Pitkin County. Depending where you reside determines which taxing districts you contribute to. For example, I pay less in taxes to the Pitkin County General Fund, which provides us with all the core services described in my December column, than I pay to the Crown Mtn. Park and Recreation District. Each year, the Assessor’s office prints out a handy pamphlet (also available on line) titled “The Abstract of Assessment and Levies.” As noted in the 2012 pamphlet, the mill rates that determine your property tax bill are set by each individual tax levying board. By state statute, properties in Colorado are re-valued every two years by the County Assessor’s office. The residential assessment rate is 7.96 percent of the Assessor’s actual value (called the assessed value) and 29 percent for vacant land and commercial properties. Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of a given property by the total mill levy and dividing by one thousand. The Assessor’s Abstract of Assessments and Levies classifies $26,825,808,240 in total actual valuation, splitting the property types into various categories. For example, vacant land parcels in the County have a total actual valuation of $900,583,800 whereas residential properties have a total actual valuation of $24,024,484,100. Agriculture lands come in at $79,723,900. Other categories include commercial and industrial properties, natural resources (i.e. mining claims), State assessed properties (utilities), tax exempt properties (charitable, religious and private schools), and public school districts (RE-1 accounts for 55 percent of my total taxes). Revenues are also broken down by County (including designated levies for Healthy Community Fund, Open Space, etc.), and by municipalities (City of Aspen, Basalt and Snowmass Village). Special Districts (library, fire, water districts, etc.) are also broken out. To view the Abstract online go to aspenpitkin.com/Portals/0/docs/county/Assessor/Abstracts/2012%20Abstract.pdf. Over the past several years, we have seen a decrease in Pitkin County’s total property valuation as reflected in most of our individual property values. Speculation drove our property values up, followed by the national recession: contributing factors in the correction of what most believe were overinflated prices. However, as the nation moves out of recession and we start to see a gradual increase in property values, this does not foretell that property taxes will increase at the same rate. Some of our taxing districts are restricted by the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which limits increases in property tax revenues to the lesser of growth and inflation or a formula based on the prior year’s mill rate multiplied by the assessed valuation. In those areas where voters approved an exemption from TABOR, tax relief is up to the boards overseeing those taxing districts. Otherwise mill levies will be adjusted to meet TABOR restrictions. The public has the opportunity to question or discuss budgets and levies proposed by any taxing board each fall at their respective public budget hearings noted in the newspaper. These budgets are then presented to the BOCC who must certify all the tax levies each December, again in a public process. Of course, the bottom line is we all have to pay taxes. Please make note of when they are due as indicated on your property tax notice.

The Pitkin County Commissioners hold weekly work sessions on Tuesdays and bi-monthly public hearings on Wednesdays in the Plaza One building (next to the Pitkin County Courthouse) in Aspen. Both meetings are televised live and repeated on locater CG12 TV. They are also streamed live and available on the county website. Agendas are posted in the Aspen/Glenwood newspapers and online at aspenpitkin.com. In this column, your District 5 Commissioner, George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at george.newman@co.pitkin.co.us.

PITKIN COUNTY GOVERNMENT Now streaming Board of County Commissioner meetings on the internet! Go to www.aspenpitkin.com

Also on the Pitkin County website: County Commissioner Agendas Vehicle and Title Registration Property Tax Information Maps

On the left hand side of the Home Page look for the blue box that says: Watch Live & Recorded City Meetings County Meetings

Library online services Open Space and Trails Senior Services

Click on the Agenda on only the topic of the meeting you wish to watch.

And More!

Physical Mailing Address: Pitkin County Administration 530 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611

QUESTIONS? Call 970-920-5200


MARCH 2013

Crystal River Caucus Matters

Echo Briefs Recycling contamination defeats program mission Rotting meat is just one of the inappropriate and somewhat unpleasant items that have been found in local recycle containers in recent months. Other items that have turned up include cereal boxes, styrofoam and waxy fruit boxes. Recycling centers have also become dumping grounds for electronics, worn out furniture and yard and hazardous waste, among other things. These items must be properly disposed of at the landfill. The same rules apply to the remote recycling truck which comes to Redstone on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 1-3 p.m. A complete list of accepted recyclables and other landfill information is available on Pitkin County’s website aspenpitkin.com/resourcerecovery. - Brian Pettet, Pitkin County

Free workshop for rural landowners Join CSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, Pitkin County Public Works, and Conservation Seeding and Restoration Inc., on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen for a discussion about managing your rural property. Resource professionals will discuss a variety of topics to help you improve the value of your land, take the guess work out of managing noxious weeds and provide solutions for managing your property in our arid environment. Please be sure to register at ext.colostate.edu/sam/events.html#pitkin. Space is limited for this workshop, so please register early to reserve your seat. - John Rizza, CSU Extension

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Roaring Fork Leadership presents Hickenlooper 2.0: Leadership in Action Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL), formerly Leadership Aspen, will host Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on March 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Base Village Conference Center in Snowmass Village for “Hickenlooper 2.0: Leadership in Action.” Governor Hickenlooper will discuss how a recovering geologist, who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003, became an engaged civic leader. The cost of the event is $35 in advance or $45 at the door, and includes appetizers and a beverage. All proceeds from the event will go to RFL’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser Fund. Roaring Fork Leadership is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and organizations build effective leaders through training, practice, and application. For more information, call 922-6035 or visit rfleadership.org. - Andrea Palm-Porter, Roaring Fork Leadership

Call for Vendors for Health & Wellness Expo Vendor and sponsorship applications are currently being accepted for the Second Annual Health & Wellness Expo in Glenwood Springs. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27, at the Ramada Inn and Suites. The Health & Wellness Expo is being produced locally in hopes of providing information and education about integrative health and preventative wellness solutions that are available throughout the valley. The event will feature more than 30 educational vendor booths, informative speakers and interactive activities for all ages. For more information about this event or to obtain a booth vendor application, visit healthandwellnessexpogws.com or call Dr. Stephanie Stanfield at 379-4193. - Kimberly Henrie, KingHenrie Health and Fitness

NOTE: The Echo is sad to have learned about the passing of 2 people with ties to the Crystal Valley - Karl William Avery and Anthony G. Scariano. Look for their obituaries in our next issue.

Energy is front and center at the next Crystal River Caucus meeting

The looming specter of extractive energy development on Thompson Divide provided the motivation for our two agenda topics at the upcoming Crystal River Caucus meeting on March 14. Also on the agenda is Hazardous Material Transport on Highway 133 and a presentation from CORE regarding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Crystal Valley. Hauling hazardous materials, including fracking fluid, on Hwy 133 brings the real danger of accidental spills of toxic material into the river. As a clean, free-flowing river, the Crystal provides each of us with a wealth of resources including clean water, recreation, wildlife habitat and associated economic benefit. Spills of toxic material into the Crystal would seriously degrade these resources. Representatives from the Colorado State Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement and Hazardous Material Control (Hazmat) will present the Caucus with information on hauling hazardous material on Hwy 133. The Hazmat division has 12 teams spread across the state to respond to accidental spills. One of these teams is located in Glenwood Springs. We are inviting the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to our Caucus meeting to explore home energy options for valley residents. We have a long held opposition to energy development and extraction on Thompson Divide. If we are against non-renewable energy development, then we should actively be for energy efficiency and renewables. We will discuss cost-effective ways to cut down on both heating fuel consumption and electric use at the residential level and for business owners, such as using solar energy. There will also be detailed information on nonprofit and utility rebates and financing options to make it all affordable. For more information, call Delia Malone at 963-2143 or contact any of our Caucus Board members. Crystal River Caucus Board Members: Chuck Ogilby, Tom Bleskan, Mike Ferguson, Bill Hanks, Clark Heckert, Mark Lacy, Becky Trembley and Phil Youngman.

– John Emerick and Dee Malone

Marble Board of Trustees

Improving communication with the citizens of Marble By Bettie Lou Gilbert, Echo contributor

At the Marble Board of Trustees meetings on Feb. 7: • The trustees passed a resolution to retain an insurance agent to pursue additional recovery of money from CIRSA, regarding Karen Mulhall’s alleged embezzlement of funds from the Town of Marble. The attorney is continuing to pursue claims against her estate and other possible third parties. • The board voted to approve a settlement agreement in the lawsuit brought by the town against Vince Savage, et al. in 2012. Mayor Pettijohn stated that anyone requesting a copy of this agreement should contact the town clerk. • Letters were read and expounded on regarding possible ethics violations by trustees. A heated discussion followed. • Business license applications are being sent by the town clerk. • There was a discussion of grant possibilities. The trustees authorized two brainstorming sessions as a first step in determining what Marble residents want to see accomplished. • The trustees discussed the possibility of a monthly newsletter as a means of communication with citizens. • The Marble Water Board voted to authorize, and the board approved, the payment to the Marble Water Co. of all monies owed. This is being done under protest because it involves some monies authorized but not paid by Karen Mulhall when she was the town clerk in past years. • The Crystal River Chamber of Commerce asked to be on the March agenda. They are seeing to be recognized as the official chamber organization for Marble. The next regular meeting is on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church.


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MARCH 2013

REDSTONE COMMUNITY BULLETIN

www.redstonecolorado.com Don’t forget to Stay in Touch REDSTONE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

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REDSTONE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE 4TH ANNUAL 5K SNOWSHOE RACE/WALK WAS A GREAT SUCCESS with 70 registered participants. It was a beautiful Colorado blue sky day and all the participants had a great time with us here in Redstone. RCA would like to thank the many businesses who donated gifts for the raffle and who sponsored the event with a cash donation. Half the proceeds will be donated to Hospice of the Valley. Community volunteers made this event possible and we thank you for your time and efforts (especially Sue McEvoy).

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Steve Pavlin: President Cathy Montgomery: Vice President Harry Remmers: Treasurer Jacob Robbins: Secretary Billy Amicon Linda Cerf-Graham Karen Kashnig Co-Secretary Sara Lewis Deb McCormick •••

Alternate Members: Kim Amicon

REDSTONE SNOWSHOE RACE RAFFLE DONORS: Crystal River Jeep tours Avalanche Ranch Redstone Cliffs Lodge Redstone Castle Independence Run & Hike Aloha Mountain Cyclery Red Rock Diner RJ Paddywacks Crystal Valley Vet Care KDNK Ragged Mt Sports Carbondale Recreation Dept True Nature Healing Arts Cripple Creek Backcountry Yoga Space in Glenwood Crystal Theatre Juicy Lucy’s Restaurant Annig Slow Groovin BBQ Dos Gringos and Café Ole Deborah Taylor Designer Regis Salon in GWS Lowe’s Road ID Nepali prayer flags Beaver Lake Lodge COOP

Crystal Valley Echo Orrison’s Distributing 5-POINT film Redstone Inn Redstone Company Store Nancy Chromy Tiffany’s of Redstone Ajax sports Hair D’zines Michelle Sinnock River Valley Ranch Crystal Club Crystal Valley Manor Redstone Art Center Pour House Roaring Fork Liquors Mary Dorais Alpine River Lodging Sunburst Car Care Novus Auto Glass Repair Summit Canyon Mountaineering Redstone Preserve Crystal Dreams B&B Spa Russett’s Peppino’s RCA Gear Exchange Trail Runner Magazine

UPCOMING EVENTS: March 9, 2013 Wine Tasting at the Redstone Inn sponsored by RCA with some proceeds to be donated to Hospice of the Valley. Come on over to the Redstone Inn from 4- 6 PM Saturday afternoon to taste a variety of wines, mingle with your neighbors and shake off that cabin fever! Cover charge: $10 RCA's Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 30, 2013 at 10AM Redstone Park. Easter is early this year so start collecting your baskets to be donated and drop them off at the Crystal Valley Manor any time. Come to Redstone Park by 9:15 to help hide Easter Eggs!

NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS: Bruce and Connie Gledhill, Mark and Brigitte Hilberman, Michael and Barbara Hurst, Cathy Montgomery and Ray Meyer

The next RCA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 10 AM at the Redstone Inn, Library - Come join us -- we need your support and your input! Your membership dues directly fund RCA projects and events. Thank You for your support!

Bob McCormick

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W I N T E R F U N Scenes from the Redstone Snowshoe Race 2013

Over 75 runners, walkers and dogs participated in the Redstone Snowshoe Race/Walk on Sat. Feb. 2. Proceeds from the event benefit the Redstone Community Association and HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley. Photos courtesy of Sue McEvoy and Abriah Wofford

Mondays & Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - Advanced 9:30 a.m. - Beginner & Intermediate Thursdays • Yoga 5:30 p.m. - Everyone welcome

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CLASSIC CABIN ON THE CRYSTAL RIVER‌ On almost an acre in Redstone, this classic log cabin is a perfect get-away or permanent home. A secluded path wanders through the forested site to a private stretch of river frontage included with the property. An open floor plan is complimented by a large rock, wood burning fireplace, and comfortable living spaces. Two car-garage and outbuildings for additional storage. $399,000

Race results on page 15


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V I N TA G E

VA L L E Y

The magic of Redstone By Sue McEvoy Editor’s note: This article was excerpted from the “discovering Colorado” section of the Rocky Mountain News. It was published on Sun., Feb. 26, 1989 and written by Denver freelance writer Lois Barr. The soothing sounds of classical music and the playful antics of two friendly cats greet visitors to Whitman-House in Redstone. This is an extraordinary gift shop; with crystal wine decanters and English place mats intermingled with statuary, fountains and hanging plants. The fancies of owners David Whitman and Bill House are reflected in its display of books, china and kitchen gadgets and in its Garden and Christmas rooms. A sign on the wall states, “There’s no place just like this place anywhere near this place.” The same could be said for Redstone, a patchwork quilt of diverse personalities bonded by a common thread; a love for their adopted community. There is Carl Mason, a Colorado Santa Claus whose moonlight sleigh rides are legendary; Eric Johnson, a sculptor with a keen interest in local affairs; Sylvia Morrison, a longtime resident whose Nostalgia Shop draws customers from throughout the U.S Ken Johnson, a former newspaper publisher and now owner of a lavish mountain castle and Lisa Sanne Buchanan, a former Denverite who makes the best sandwiches west of the Colorado Divide.

The quirks of these and other Redstone residents make winter an enjoyable time to visit this old coalmining town tucked into the Crystal River Valley, 18 miles south of Carbondale. For when snow comes and travelers are less frequent, locals have more time to chat about the special magic that is Redstone. This romantic hideaway is a collection of neat, Victorian homes, inviting eateries, art galleries, quaint accommodations and intriguing specialty shops, all lining a mile long main street. The tiny town is charming, especially at night, when hundreds of white lights twinkle from snow-covered trees and rooftops, emanating a Christmas glow that remains all season. On the south end of the business district is the Redstone Inn, a renovated hostelry built in 1902, when Redstone was a company town for employees of John Osgood’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn once housed the firm’s bachelor workers, while Osgood lived in gaudy splendor in nearby Cleveholm Manor, known today as the Redstone Castle. Patterned after a Dutch tavern, the Inn has 36 guest rooms; many of them furnished with the original Gustav Stickley utilitarian pieces of Osgood’s day. The magic that drew Sylvia Morrison to Redstone years ago is still here. On a starfilled night, you can feel it. Says newcomer Buchanan, who owns and operates the Ice House Café, “My husband and I have been visiting Redstone for a long time. It has always been our special place. Now that we’re here full time, I thought the magic might be gone, but it’s not. It’s still here.”


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Marble resident recovering from accident

Connie Hendrix of Marble facilitates brainstorming sessions with Marble residents at the Marble fire station in January. These sessions, being held at the request of the Marble Board of Trustees, are giving residents an opportunity to plan and prioritize the future of their community. The trustees hold their next meeting on March 7. Photo by Charlie Manus

Friends and family gathered at the Redstone Inn on the evening of Feb. 16 to celebrate Wesley Burnham’s centennial birthday. Wesley spent the daytime hours flying over the Crystal Valley with pilots Shane Evans and Steve Kent. Photo by Sue McEvoy

Phillip Long, of Marble, was injured while working inside the marble quarry at Colorado Stone Quarries, Inc. on Feb. 5. After initial treatment at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Phillip was transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction to receive specialized oral and auxiliary trauma care. He required surgery on both wrists and a later surgery to wire his jaw closed. Phillip is now recovering at home in Marble from his injuries. Family friends Amy and Jason Rusby, the Marble Church, Carbondale Community School and others are assisting the Long family with meals and transportation. If you would like to provide a meal or part of a meal to help them out, an account on the Meal Train website has been coordinated at MealTrain.com If you feel that you would like to help in a way other than a meal, anything and everything is appreciated. Phillip’s wife, Carin, has stated the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. Joyce Preston is the Marble Church liaison for the Long family. She can be reached at 704-0580. - Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer


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

T HE M ARBLE T IMES A L O O K AT L I F E AT T H E M A R B L E C H A R T E R S C H O O L The K-2 Class has been watching an Amaryllis bulb grow and bloom. They painted pictures of it and wrote about it. Amaryllis by Mason You started a little bulb and every day we watched you grow Finally you got a stem every day we watched you grow Then one day we saw your little buds every day after that we watched them grow. You got redder and redder then you bloomed. You were still small but beautiful. Everyday you bloomed even more and more and more. Here we are now just sitting here watching you. Observation of an Amaryllis by Shania The inside of the Amaylliss looks like a butterflies tongue. It is light red and dark red and light and dark red. The petals are overlapping.

Calling all Pre-school aged children and parents in the Crystal River Valley. Come join the K-2 class at the Marble Charter School for a story time and art project. Every Thursday 9:45-11:15am. Please call Gina Mile with any questions and more details 963-9550.

Marble Charter School Board is looking for new members to join our team We have 4 seats open for election and we must fill a minimum of 2 seats to continue to have an operating board. This is a 2 year commitment and involves one meeting a month. Parents and community members are invited to submit a letter of interest by March 20th. Submit letters to: Marble Charter School Attn: MCS Board 412 West Main Street, Marble, CO 81623 or email: mcsboard@ gunnisonschools.net

Many Thanks

Marble Charter School would love your retired instruments The Marble Charter School Music program would like to offer a wider range of instrument choices than are currently available to our students. If you have an instrument or amplifier or even a music stand stashed away somewhere that you would like to donate to the Marble Charter School, please act on this desire. We are especially looking for strings (cello, violin) and wind/reeds (saxophone, flute, clarinet,) amplifiers and drums of all kinds. Instruments in need of repair/maintenance will be brought to life! Donations can be written off your taxes at their current value. Several area families are also looking to obtain pianos and would be motivated to remove them from your home (at your request, of course!) Please contact Larry Good (963-2652) or the Marble Charter School (963-9550); or simply drop them off at the school office. Our children thank you!

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Far left, Hannah showing us a map of areas that Roaring Fork Volunteers help take care of. Middle, Hannah from Roaring fork Volunteers showing us why maintaining trails is an important job. We are hoping to take on a service project in the Mrble area with Hannah and the Outdoor volunteers this May. Right, Noah from SEI (Solar Energy International) showing us the difference in an incandescent light bulbs energy needs and a compact florescent. We had to work hard to get the Incandescent to shine.

Life at Marble Charter School

Scenes from our Read More Month Read-A-Thon and our field trip. We spent time at the library and reading to some residents at Heritage Park in Carbondale, then went ice skating at t he rodeo grounds. Thanks to the Carbondale Rec Center for making the ice so smooth!

Would Marble Charter School Be A Good Fit For YOUR Child? • Small Class Size, High Staff:Student Ratio (typically 5:1) • Kindergarten through 10th grade • Transportation to & from Redstone • Outstanding individualized educational opportunities • Warm, friendly, nurturing and supportive learning environment • We help children to reach their full potential. • Our combination of individualized instruction in core academics with project-based learning allows students to apply their skills in a real-world setting. • 9 & 10th grade selective enrollment, mentorships, individual learning plan, project based learning opportunities, contracted schedule.

Mission Statement The mission of the Marble Charter School is to provide opportunities for students to realize high levels of academic achievement.We create a nurturing learning environment that encompasses natural and cultural resources from the community.The school forms its instructional program to meet or exceed state standards and to provide each student with a successful learning experience. Marble Charter School expects its students, with full support of their families,to strive for excellence in all aspects of this learning process.

MARBLE CHARTER SCHOOL 412 West Main Street, Marble, Colorado 81623 970-963-9550 • Fax 970-963-8435 marblecharter@hughes.net www.gunnisonschools.net

We all wrote what we have learned this year so far on the 100th day of school. Here are some of our accomplishments that we are excited about.

I learned how to have a growth mind-set. I have learned that it does not pay off to quit or give up. Always work hard and you will achieve what you want or need to. I learned how to put emotion into my reading. I started to learn how to play the cello. I learned how fun math can be. I learned how hard it is to design a snow mold. I learned how balancing on a tightrope is really hard. I learned that quadratic equations are hard to understand and learn but very interesting. I learned how my brain works and how awesome it is. I learned how hard it is to be an architect. I learned how to make a strong structure using geometry. I learned that I can play a complicated piano piece with a lot of practice. I learned a lot more about American History 1800-1860. I learned how to make an origami box.

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Please save your Box Tops for Marble Charter School! Send in with your favorite MCS student, or drop off at MCS or the Redstone General Store. Thank You!


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As I See It A MONTHLY COLUMN BY BRUCE GLEDHILL

Pollution comes from outside and from within Along with lots of other designations, March is Poison Awareness Month. We hear a lot about the poisoning of our groundwater by various contaminants. The problem is so widespread that it’s doubtful whether completely pure water exists anywhere naturally in the United States. Even here in what we like to think of as an isolated and pristine valley, we can’t escape the poisons. They get into the water through the air and due to our human activity on the ground. The impurities may be present in very small amounts, but over time the effects can build up in living things, including us. The cause is always the same, our own human contamination of our environment; once water is polluted, the purification process is difficult and expensive. There is yet another type of subsurface pollution that can poison us. The warning is stated this way “From within, from people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, and anger. All of these come from inside and pollute a person.” These insightful words come from Jesus. As we engage in relationships with other people we reach down inside to tap into the inner resources of our heart. When we do, we may find that our internal reservoir is polluted. We reach in wanting to draw out pure love, kindness, and peace but we discover traces of poison such as hatred, anger and strife. As with underground water, the impurities may be present in small amounts, but over the course of time the effects in our lives are cumulative. As in nature, the causes of our heart pollution are usually human, often from our own choices and actions. I find it very fitting that this year, the final day of Poison Awareness Month falls on Easter. That event stands as an enduring symbol of God’s willingness to cleanse and forgive. Easter also serves as a reminder of God’s power to overcome those poisons that can cause death. May we all find this Easter season to be a time of personal spiritual cleansing and renewal.

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Huge crowd attends Thompson Divide forum in Carbondale

2013 Snowshoe Race Results

On Feb. 27, more than 300 concerned residents from the area surrounding Thompson Divide packed into a meeting hosted by the Pitkin County commissioners at Carbondale Town Hall. The meeting provided an opportunity for scores of people to voice their concerns and comments following presentations by representatives from the Thompson Divide Coalition (TDC), Wilderness Workshop, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), White River National Forest (WRNF), Pitkin County, Ursa Piceance and SG Interests. Ursa Piceance and SG Interests have asked the BLM to suspend the cancellation of several gas leases in the Thompson Divide area that are set to expire in May of this year. The area includes a parcel known as Lake Ridge Lakes accessible from Coal Basin. Among those given the chance to address the panel and the audience were local ranchers, farmers, bicyclists, hunters, students and representatives from the Crystal River Caucus, Town of Carbondale, Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited. All spoke in favor of letting the leases expire and against any gas or oil development in the Thompson Divide. For more information and to make a public comment, visit savethompsondivide.org or wildernessworkshop.org.

-Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer

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The Echo’s Parting Shot…

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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

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