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April 2011

Volume #8 Number 4

Water rights...


Who We Are page 3

Bighorn sheep page 3

A Colorado water agency holds water rights in the Crystal River Valley, above. Looking north from above Chair Mountain towards Mount Sopris, Rob Hunker of Redstone photographed this image. If you use your imagination, however farfetched, some of the areas that are filled with low-lying clouds could one day be underwater. Photo courtesy of

Crystal dams decision coming to a head (for now) The Marble Hub page 5

By Carrie Click, Echo editor This May, there’s bound to be a few Crystal Valleyites waiting anxiously when Ninth Judicial Court Judge James Boyd makes a ruling on the future of the Crystal River – and the valley it runs through. It sounds a bit melodramatic, but ever since 1958, when the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) began

The agencies involved Echo-Logic page 13

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Who is involved in deciding if dams will or won’t be built on the Crystal River? Some key decision makers: • Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) – Founded in 1937, the CRWCD is the principal water policy and planning agency for the Colorado River Basin within Colorado. The CRWCD holds the conditional water rights on the Crystal River, though any Crystal River water diversion and/or damming would be West Divide’s project; also known as the River District. • West Divide Water Conservancy District (WDWCD) – A water resource management agency founded in 1964 that encompasses the area from DeBeque and Rifle to Glenwood and Carbondale to provide water for agriculture, communities, and potential energy development within the district’s western Garfield County boundaries; also known as the West Divide District.

holding conditional water rights on the Crystal, the possibility for diversion and dam construction has existed along the river – and it continues to exist today. The CRWCD is a public water policy agency based in Glenwood that has held legal control of water rights on the Crystal for 53 years by way of a congressional decree. Those rights could allow the Crystal to be dammed and diverted by the West Divide Water Conservancy District (WDWCD), a water resource management agency founded in 1964 in Rifle that works to deliver water to agriculture, growth, and energy development west of the Crystal Valley. Boyd’s ruling will determine whether or not water storage and diversion projects will continue to be possibilities on the Crystal River. “We cannot predict what his decision will be,” says Jim Pokrandt, the CRWCD’s communications and education manager regarding Boyd’s May decision. “Currently [the districts] are looking at the water rights from every angle to understand their best value.”

What’s the likelihood? In today’s 21st century lingo, ‘going underwater’ means owing more on a mortgage than what an economically-distressed house is worth. But here in the Crystal Valley, it means something else entirely. Since as far back as 1905, plans have existed in one form or another to divert and dam sections of the Crystal River. According to a March 2011 story by Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, the Crystal River has been looked at as a prospective water source for drier regions west of here.

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Proposed habitat improvement project aims to benefit Crystal Valley bighorn sheep By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer The Crystal Valley is home to 65 to 70 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. For the past five years, Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) District Wildlife Manager John Groves has been baiting, netting, testing and collaring some of the animals in the herd. “The overall herd is everywhere from Marble to Potato Bill Creek just south of Carbondale to the flanks of Mount Sopris,” John says. “You have some subpopulations within the herd that kind of stick to specific areas.” Filoha Meadows, three miles north of Redstone on Highway 133, is one place bighorn sheep are most visible throughout during winters. From the pullout at Penny Hot Springs, sheep are often seen grazing, walking through the meadow, or returning to the rock cliffs for protection. John says he hasn’t been following the herd visually as much this winter as in the past few years as they haven’t been as observable. He has no plans to trap or collar any sheep this year. However, he’s hopeful that the herd size is not decreasing. He tracks them by monitoring already-collared sheep. “We are seeing a few more lambs survive through the winter,” he says, “but as far as actual herd growth, it’s kind of maintaining instead of continually decreasing.” He also believes there has been less lion predation to the herd this year. “It seems like they’ve harvested a couple of lions that might have been the ones that were taking most of the sheep for predation,” he says. The Forest Service is currently proposing to cut vegetation and eventually do prescribed burns to improve forage for the Crystal Valley bighorn sheep, above and top right, can be Crystal Valley herd in seen anywhere from Marble to Potato Bill Creek south of some 20,000 acres Carbondale.

Photo by Sue McEvoy

Photo courtesy of Colorado Division of Wildlife

where the animals live – from Marble to Potato Bill Creek, including the hillsides above Filoha Meadows. Deer and elk also live in the area. Phil Nyland is the wildlife biologist for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District and is the contact for public comment on an environmental analysis being released this month regarding the Forest Service’s proposal. “We’re thinking that we can really improve winter conditions for bighorn sheep there as they come down and concentrate along the slopes of Filoha Meadows,” Phil says. “We think by thinning out that brush we can make travel corridors for them to get down to the succulent grasses that are along the hot springs and then we can rejuvenate some of the grasses they graze on with some of the burning that will follow in subsequent years.” While the Forest Service is looking at treatment of the proposed land over a 10year period, Filoha Meadows itself is land owned by Pitkin County as part of Open Space and Trails. Any treatment of the meadows would be on their part and in conjunction with John Groves of the DOW. The proposed treatment for Forest Service land throughout the valley would target non-native species and noxious weeds. “The vegetation that we’re looking at treating is very specific; it is old and decadent, or lacking good regeneration,” Phil says. “The species are primarily oak brush and other mixed mountain shrubs, aspen and a little bit of pinion-juniper.” For more information on the wildlife habitat improvement project in the Crystal Valley or to get a copy of the environmental analysis document, call Phil Nyland at 963-2266 or e-mail him at

W H O “Who We Are” is a Q&A about a Crystal Valley resident. Our objective is to give community members better connections and familiarity with each other.

Glenn A. Smith Marble

Age: My granddaughter thinks I'm as old as dirt. Occupation: Owner, Crystal River Jeep Tours and Smittys Willys, Inc. Where do you live? From May to November: Marble. From December to May: Golden, Texas. One day in the not-too-distant future I will be a permanent Marblite. Birthplace: Golden, Colo. When did you move to the Crystal Valley and why? My first memory of the Crystal River Valley was as a teenager, early 60s. We would travel to Marble to camp and fish in Lead King Basin and along the Crystal road. My father drove a hill truck at the coal mine above Redstone for many years. My brother Randy also drove truck and worked in the mine itself. My brother Kenny lived in Marble and Redstone during the 70s to 80s. My family also owned the old wrecking yard at Cattle Creek. The cops chased me once from Glenwood to Redstone, but that's a story for another time.



I bought the Crystal River Jeep Tours four years ago. As the oldest adventure-tour business in the state, I have the goal of making it the most popular. Word of mouth last summer was that we are the scariest! What three things would you like people to know about you? 1) I've traveled, living and working overseas. 2) I was once a cold warrior. 3) Now I'm an antique driver, driving tours in an antique Jeep. Which living person do you most admire? My brother Kenny.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Keep your ears open and never volunteer for anything. And don't eat the yellow snow.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? Camping, fishing, hiking every chance I get. Not to mention driving Jeeps.

Who are you? Would you like others to know who you are and what you’re about? Or do you know someone who lives and/or works in the Crystal Valley who would make an interesting Who We Are subject? Let us know by contacting the Echo at, or call 963-2373.

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C A L E N D A R Your calendar for goings on in and around the Crystal River Valley

Help our calendar grow; let us know. Send event items to 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.

• April 21: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • April 23: 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt at Redstone Park for kids 10 and under. Volunteers 16 and over needed. 963-2365, 963-1144.

• April 1: Watch your back; it’s April Fools. • April 24: Happy Easter. • April 1: 6-8 p.m. First Friday is a tradition in Carbondale. On the first Friday of every month, galleries offer special exhibits and open receptions; • April 1: 6-8 p.m. “Feel Free to Touch (Or Not)” sculpture exhibit during First Friday at the R2 Gallery at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third, Carbondale. Show features work by James Surls, Janet Nelson, Joe Burleigh, Sherrill Stone, Doug Casebeer, and more. Through April 29. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, 9631680,

• April 26: 12-4 p.m. “Spirituality at the End of Life,” a DVD and discussion presented by Hospice of the Valley is at Aspen Valley Hospital. No charge, lunch served; open to all who are interested. Call Sean Jeung at 544-1574. • April 27-May 1: 8 a.m.-dark every day. Community Playground Build at Crystal River Elementary School, 160 Snowmass Dr., Carbondale. Contact Kira Kearsey at 704-1745; sign up on Crystal River Elementary PTO’s profile page on Facebook.

• Roaring Fork Combat Veterans Support Group, a safe place for veterans who have served in combat operations to share, meets every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Circle Club, 123 Main St., Carbondale. Contact Adam McCabe, 309-613-691,

• 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

• 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.

• April 28-May 1: The fourth annual 5Point Film Festival features adventure films, premiers, and innovative movie-watching in Carbondale. for tickets and more info.

• 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.

• April 29: 12-4 p.m. “Spirituality at the End of Life,” a DVD and discussion presented by Hospice of the Valley is at Valley View Hospital. No charge, lunch served; open to all who are interested. Call Sean Jeung at 544-1574.

• 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.

• April 6: 5Point Film Festival tickets go on sale today; festival runs April 28-May 1.

• April 30: Today’s the last day to apply for a board member position with the Redstone Community Association. Call Bruce at 9634976 or Lisa at 963-8240.

• April 7: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard.

• Pilates in Redstone is on Monday and Thursday mornings; 8-9 a.m. is advanced; 9:3010:30 a.m. is beginner, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Call instructor Sue McEvoy at 7041843 for more info.


• Total Body Workout in Redstone {EB} is Mondays and Wednesdays, 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.

• April 1: 6-8 p.m. Majid Kahhak paints live during First Friday at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale; inspiration Easter/spring renewal, or maybe something humorous – come find out. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres served. 704-0622. • April 4: Deadline to apply for volunteer positions on several Pitkin County boards, including the county’s Open Space and Trails board and Redstone historic preservation board. Apply online at

• April 10-16: National Library Week. Check out activities at Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale. 963-2889,

• April 12: 6 p.m. Redstone Coke Ovens Restoration project update with Pitkin County staffers is in the Osgood Room at the Redstone Inn. Construction and scope to be discussed in detail. Ron, 963-1787.

• April 12: 6-8 p.m. Discover Our Databases demonstration at the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. 963-2889,

• April 14: 5:30 p.m. Marble Charter School’s Eighth Grade Senior Dinner at the school’s activity room to raise money for the seniors’ trip to Salt Lake City. $10/adults, $5/kids under 12 includes Italian appetizers, dinner and dessert.

• Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets available at Tiffany of Redstone and Redstone General Store, on Redstone Boulevard. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children over 5 years, free 5 and under. More info on group tours: 963-9656, • Redstone and Marble locals can get a Locals Card for discounts at the Redstone Inn at Happy Hours and more. Stop by the inn. 963-2526. • Crystal Valley Preschool is welcoming applications for children who will be 2-1/2 by the preschool’s summer program, or the 2011-12 school year. Call 963-8878, e-mail, or stop by the school next to Marble Charter School.

UPCOMING • May 7: Taste of Spring is at The Gathering Center, 110 Snowmass Dr., Carbondale, and features food and drink samples, live music, lots of fun. $50/ticket; call 963-1890. • May 13: Marble Charter School Talent Show. Community is invited to participate. Call 963-9550 to sign up.

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The Marble Hub Marble is on a roll with a new community center

An all-volunteer effort In November 2010, Charlotte wrote and applied for a Rural Initiative Grant from the Laura Jane Musser By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer Fund. In mid-February, the CRCC was notified that they had received the The wheels have certainly been spinning in Marble $25,000 grant as seed money to implethis winter and spring. In the works is a cooperative ment a community center. of 10 different entities that plan to open a community The Marble community is no center in the historic Marble City State Bank Building stranger to fundraising. In fact, even on Main Street. the bank building was preserved by a At a community potluck held on March 5 at the local effort 10 years ago. Marble Charter School, Marble resident Connie “The concept is bringing people Hendrix opened a surprise package. Enclosed was a together, not just one entity doing the grant for $25,000. fundraising for different projects like Within the week, committees formed and 18 volthe bank building, fellowship hall at unteers representing eight committees met together at the church, the charter the bank building to create, among other things, a school or preschool,” name: the Marble Hub. Charlotte says. The plan is to have The ‘hub of the community’ the Marble Hub open “Connie [Hendrix] keeps talking about it as a circle for Memorial Day with all these spokes in the wheel,” says Marble Hub weekend this year and Project Director Charlotte Graham, “[with] all these to operate seven days a different entities and individuals that are going to be week in the summer involved and operating the community center as I and fall seasons. While have been describing it. And Connie said it just makes there are details for the her feel the bank is the hub of the community.” co-op still to work out, it Plans for the Marble Hub are to operate a small coffee will be an all-volunteer Top, the Marble City State Bank Building; left, people sign up to volunteer for different posishop, though not a full-service restaurant, and provide a operation this year. tions at The Marble Hub; right, Charlotte Graham, left and Connie Hendrix, right, address the space with wireless Internet service. Additional plans According to Marble crowd at the community potluck. Photos courtesy of Charlie Manus and Connie Hendrix include opening a consignment shop in the upstairs level, Charter School’s Debby having a library and bookstore, and making available an Macek, school staff and students are looking into the or and will operate this first year as an in-kind donaoutlet for people looking for local services or directions. licensing process to use the school’s commercial kitchen tion from Gunnison County. The 10 entities involved in the co-op are its grant “We’ll have a government community liaison and betto prepare baked goods for the Hub’s coffee shop. applicant, the Crystal River Civic Commission (CRCC), ter communications with the county,” says Charlotte. “They [MCS students] will be brainstorming ideas Gunnison County, Town of Marble, Carbondale & “They’ll be able to send things over faster. We’ll have a for recipes and creating labels and packaging this April, Rural Fire Protection District, the Forest Service, Marble place where people can meet with the county representaand be ready to roll come opening in May,” Debby says. Charter School, Crystal Valley Preschool, Crystal River tive or building inspector instead of meeting at a mailbox.” Coffee for the shop will be provided by Marble’s Heritage Association, Marble Community Church, and Just some of the committees’ hopes for The Marble Jeff Hollenbaugh of Defiant Bean Roasters. the newly formed Marble Crystal River Chamber. Hub are to generate sales tax revenues for the town, Meantime, Marble Hub Marketing Director Connie provide a space for local artists to display their crafts, Hendrix is designing a logo and a sign offer a library of books and movies, have a poster board for the new enterprise. to advertise work needed and people looking for jobs, “The thing that’s so exciting is that and be a place to have a cup of coffee with a neighbor. everyone, young and old alike, is very Other activities and events being discussed are the excited,” says Connie. “Marble is on a possibility of forming an artists guild and nature roll.” group, and hosting events such as movie nights, marbles tournaments, winter Wii bowling, and serving as Goals for the Hub The actual bank building will not a base for fitness and hiking activities. To learn more about volunteering at the Marble – Marble Hub vision statement have any changes made to its exteriHub, contact Charlotte Graham at 704-0567.

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Dams and mining topics of March meeting By John Emerick Crystal River dams vs. Wild and Scenic designation Can a Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal River stop dams? That was a key question at the March 10 Crystal River Caucus meeting. The West Divide Project has been around, at least on paper, for more than a half-century. The Colorado River Water Conservation District holds conditional water rights for the project infrastructure, which includes two planned reservoirs, one of which would inundate Redstone. In 1986, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association proposed that the Crystal River be designated as Wild and Scenic, which I believe was part of a strategy to stop the West Divide Project. Kay Hopkins, a recreation specialist from the U.S. Forest Service and an expert in the Wild and Scenic designation process for rivers, was a caucus guest at the March meeting. Naturally, we wanted to know if she thought such a designation would protect the Crystal from the planned dams. During the meeting when Kay was discussing the process of river preservation in accordance with the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, she fielded many questions from those present. Some were concerned with the impingement of Wild and


Scenic designation on private property and water rights, and others wanted to know what sorts of protection the act would provide to the river and surrounding lands. There were questions on whether deteriorating water quality might affect the river’s eligibility for designation, and even if designation might cause county land use codes to become more stringent. Kay patiently answered all of these questions as best she could, but reminded us that although the U.S. Forest Service found the Crystal to be eligible for designation many years ago, there would still need to be a suitability study done. Following the study, Congress would then need to pass a law to confer Wild and Scenic designation to the Crystal. Both of these latter processes would entail lots of public review and comment, and undoubtedly, some negotiation. But what about using Wild and Scenic designation to stop the planned dams on the Crystal? I found her answer to be interesting. According to Kay, if the Crystal had been designated Wild and Scenic back in the 1960s when the act was passed, completion of the West Divide Project probably would not be possible. Such designation for the Crystal did not occur, and she doubted that future designation could, in itself, prevent the dams from being built. Wild and Scenic designation would inhibit federal funding for the very expensive West Divide Project, which would then require state, district, or private funding for completion. It is possible that Wild and Scenic designation might not be the best way to protect the Crystal, according to Hopkins, and in fact the suitability study that would be part of the process could identify protection measures for the river that might satisfy most of the stakeholders without Wild and Scenic designa-


tion ever occurring. She said that this situation is happening now with the Colorado River. Stay tuned. For more on the Crystal dams issue, see next page.

The White Banks Alabaster Mine Skye Sieber, a U.S. Forest Service environmental assessment specialist, was the second guest of the caucus during our March meeting. She presented a summary of the application and new plan of operations filed by the Elbram Stone Company for the alabaster mine located a short distance up the Avalanche Creek road from Highway 133. The plan was summarized in an excellent article by Sue McEvoy in the March edition of the Echo, so I won’t go into those details here. Skye explained that the Forest Service is completing a scoping process to focus their environmental analysis. More opportunity for public comment will occur once their environmental assessment has been completed. Various concerns were expressed by caucus members: opinions that mine management has had a poor track record in following through with operation plans; questions about the ability of the Forest Service to monitor or inspect operations and enforce environmental stipulations; and whether the claims could be patented and then become developable private land. No representative from the mining company attended the meeting. The meeting closed with the caucus voting to send a letter to the Forest Service and Pitkin County recommending that no year-round mining operations, and no camping or overnight stays by mine workers be allowed. For more information, contact the Crystal River Caucus at, or call John Emerick at 963-2143. I encourage you to send me your thoughts.

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Proposed Crystal dams Two reservoirs have long been in the planning stages. The Osgood Reservoir is currently mapped to submerge the village of Redstone

under nearly 129,000 acre feet of water. By comparison, Ruedi Reservoir near Basalt holds about 120,000 acre feet.

These maps show the proposed Osgood and Placita reservoir projects.

Courtesy of Crystal River Caucus

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And plans for the Placita Reservoir, near the turnoff to Marble at County Road 3 and Highway 133, include storing a little more than 62,000 acre feet of water. It sounds like a bad April Fool’s joke, but it’s not. Still, Crystal Valley residents shouldn’t start heading for higher ground just yet. First, this is hardly a new threat. After all, the River District has held these water rights for 53 years. Secondly, according to Aspen Journalism’s research, even if the water rights are reauthorized, it’s highly unlikely construction will occur anytime soon. Chris Treese, the river district’s external affairs manager, explained to Gardner-Smith that during the water court hearing in May, the judge is looking for evidence of long-term diligence toward perfecting the water rights, not construction plans. However, Treese says the districts do want to keep their options open.

Options open That ‘options open’ issue is what is giving government, citizen, and environmental groups, as well as some locals, pause. Redstone resident Bill Jochems, a member of the Crystal River Caucus and the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association, told Gardner-Smith he worries about the indeterminate nature of those water rights. “Why are they keeping the rights alive?” Jochems asked GardnerSmith. “Who knows what might happen 50 years from now? So, I think it is important to knock these rights out, if that can be done.” Other groups are showing concern as well. The Crystal River Caucus voted unanimously to ask Pitkin County to fight the conditional water rights, and is in support of a federal Wild and Scenic designation on the Crystal (See Crystal River Caucus Matters on facing page), as is the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association. Pitkin County Attorney John Ely has recommended the county “be prepared to evaluate and oppose this…application if appropriate.” From a practical standpoint, it seems unlikely that the Crystal could be subject to the two large dams and reservoirs on the docket. But look around. Just in this part of Colorado, such diversions abound: Ruedi, Paonia, and Rifle and Harvey gaps, all of which flooded acres of land, and in some cases, towns, ranches and settlements to say nothing of wildlife. What’s more practical is the possibility of a much smaller reservoir. The River District’s Greg Treese told Gardner-Smith that Colorado water law is flexible enough to allow the district to hang on to the rights and develop some type of Crystal storage project. GardnerSmith added, “Even if the big dams on the Crystal are not considered possible, at least one small dam appears to be on the drawing board.” In the meantime, the water districts holding the permits and the groups who oppose altering the Crystal are proceeding cautiously. “Over time, projects have been built in many places across the West when needs could justify the expense,” says the River District’s Pokrandt.

Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, contributed to this story. The Echo thanks him for sharing his research with our readers.

Important dates To retain Crystal River’s conditional water rights, diligence filings, or proof of continued progress, must be submitted to state water court every six years. The rights keep the possibility alive for dam and diversion projects on the Crystal. • April 19-20: The Colorado River Water Conservation District board and the West Divide Water Conservancy District board are deciding whether or not to ask for their conditional water rights to be extended on the Crystal at the Colorado River District Board meeting. That decision will be submitted to Judge James Boyd in water court in May. • May 2011: Ninth Judicial Court Judge James Boyd rules on diligence filing submitted by the River and West Divide districts (day not available at of press time) in water court in Glenwood Springs. Judge Boyd’s ruling will determine whether the River District will retain conditional water rights on the Crystal.

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RCA urgently needs to recruit new board members Redstone Community Association must fill seven out of nine board positions By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer

As residents and merchants all know, Redstone is located in unincorporated Pitkin County and has no town government or sales tax income. Pitkin County takes care of Redstone Boulevard, the Redstone Water and Sanitation District is responsible for most residents’ water and/or sewer needs, and the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District responds to emergency calls. The Redstone Community Association (RCA) operates as an all-volunteer, nonprofit substitute for a chamber of commerce and citizens’ association. Its mission statement is to promote and stimulate both civic and business interests while preserving the small town charm and historic character of Redstone. At this time, several board members who have served multiple terms are not renewing their terms, and others are leaving the board for personal reasons. This leaves only two board members, Cathy Montgomery and Ann Martin, remaining on the board. RCA bylaws state that the association maintains nine board members or be in violation. Without new board members, RCA might have to disband. RCA members and memberships maintain Redstone’s website,, sponsor events ranging from WinterFest/Sled Dog races, Magical Moments (live concerts in Redstone Park), an Easter egg

hunt, an annual community picnic in Redstone Park, and Redstone’s Fourth of July parade and events. RCA also sponsors Grand Illumination, puts up Christmas decorations in the village, and pays to maintain public bathrooms year-round in Redstone Park. During the past 28 years, RCA has promoted Redstone with brochures, advertising, and most recently, has managed Redstone’s website. The organization has also served as a liaison to Pitkin County, working with the county on Redstone’s master plan, the pedestrian bridge project connecting Elk and Redstone parks, and land use plans for nearby Open Space and Trails properties. Recently, RCA hosted a meeting with Lance Clarke, assistant director of Pitkin County Community Development, to provide feedback on county medical marijuana regulations that would affect Redstone Boulevard. The organization also worked with Carbondale’s fire department to obtain an AED that’s available to the public at all times at the Redstone Inn. In a town of about 80 full-time residents with so many activities and organizations including the RCA, Redstone Historical Society, Redstone Art Foundation, the Church at Redstone, and the Redstone Water and Sanitation Board, it is no surprise that volunteers can get stretched a little thin. In April, the RCA hopes to recruit up to seven new volunteers to serve as board members for two-year terms. Nominees need to be identified by April 30 and the election of members is scheduled for the annual Redstone community picnic in June. To learn more, or be nominated to the board,

attend the next RCA meeting on April 12 at the Redstone Inn at 6 p.m. or contact Bruce Gledhill at 963-4976 or Lisa Wagner at 963-8240. (See the Redstone Community Bulletin on page 12 of this Echo.)

Bruce Gledhill and Lisa Wagner contributed to this article.

Redstone Brief Coke ovens restoration project update at Redstone Inn on April 12 At the next Redstone Community Association meeting on April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Osgood room of the Redstone Inn, Pitkin County staffers will be on hand to explain the upcoming Redstone Coke Ovens Preservation project. Melissa Severs, the project manager, and Pat Bingham, community relations specialist, will fully describe the construction timelines and the entire scope of the project. If you have any questions about any part of the preservation and restoration of this historic site, you should attend this meeting. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please call Ron Sorter at 963-1787. – Ron Sorter

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What’s up with Pitkin County? Pitkin County weighing in on medical marijuana

In recent months, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has held several work sessions regarding medical marijuana dispensaries and growing operations. Planning staff has met with neighborhood caucuses to provide updated information and gather input. The Crystal River Caucus and the Redstone Community Association have said they do not want dispensaries in Redstone. However, the issue of allowing grow sites was not as clear. This has been the case in several other caucus areas as well. Primary concerns focus on potential impacts to neighbors. Establishing minimum lot sizes, required setbacks, and prohibiting growing in established residential subdivisions as well as in multifamily or mixed use buildings are some of the measures suggested to address noise, fire and water quality problems. Odor from grow operations has also become a growing concern (no pun intended) for adjacent property owners. Others fear their property values would further decline. State legislators propose several changes to current legislation. First, land used for marijuana cultivation could not be classified as agricultural for tax purposes: a measure we support. Second, there would be a moratorium on consideration of any new/additional applications until July 2012. This does not alter the state’s deadline of July 2011 for counties to regulate existing dispensaries, grow sites and primary caregivers. In addition, the state may change its regulation maintaining the “confidentiality” of grow Primary concerns focus operation locations. Although this may address on potential impacts to neighbors’ rights to know, it increases my conneighbors. Establishing cerns about theft and/or criminal activities already posing problems in other counties. minimum lot sizes, required Finally, the state may require counties to be setbacks, and prohibiting responsible for the regulation of grow sites. We growing in established have neither the staff nor the budget to audit these operations for compliance. residential subdivisions as Yet another quandary for us involves personwell as in multifamily or al care providers. Per state constitution, personal caregivers do not have to be licensed but are mixed use buildings are some allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in of the measures suggested to their home, each having up to five cardholding address noise, fire and water medical marijuana clients. This raises strong quality problems. concerns for me not only for the perceived lack of regulation, but also for the potential impacts of increased traffic and criminal activity on our rural neighborhoods. Staff is considering changes to our zoning code to address this issue. Garfield County does not allow dispensaries in unincorporated areas, and is considering restricting grow operations to commercially zoned areas, as is the case in Eagle County. I believe this would place more pressure on Pitkin County for growing operations due to their more restrictive regulations. Staff will be presenting the BOCC with recommendations to be forwarded onto caucuses for further input. Planning & Zoning will then weigh in and finally the matter will land back with the BOCC for a final decision. I am not convinced that the benefits in allowing grow operations in Pitkin County outweigh the impacts from traffic, crime, odor, fire and water safety – to name a few. The ability of the state to enforce regulations and the potential for yet another “black market” for marijuana are also concerns for me. 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 on Main Street in Aspen. Both meetings are televised live and repeated on locater CG12 TV. Agendas are posted online at In this column, your District 5 Commissioner, George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at

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Martin “Marty” Fiala




May 17, 1932 – Jan. 26, 2011

Martin (Marty) Fiala passed away quietly on Jan. 26 in Delta County Memorial Hospital, of advanced congestive heart failure, with his beloved wife Joan at his side. He was 78. Marty was born in Duluth, Minn. on May 17, 1932, the eldest of three sons of Dr. Martin Josef Fiala and Grace Fairchild Fiala. Upon the premature death of his father, Marty moved with his family to Ithaca, N.Y. During the Korean War, Marty volunteered for the draft and served in Army intelligence until his discharge. He attended Brandeis University on the GI bill and graduated suma cum laude with distinction in economics. Marty obtained his master’s of business administration at Harvard Business School and immediately joined Standard Oil of New Jersey (now Exxon-Mobil). He worked with them in various financial capacities, primarily overseas, until his early retirement in 1987. While on an early foreign assignment to Toronto, Canada, he met and fell in love with Margaret Joan Lancaster, the daughter of Arthur Wavell and Victoria May Lancaster. After the proverbial whirlwind courtship, they were wed on Oct. 5, 1962. They immediately embarked on a life of travel and adventure. Marty’s work assignments allowed them to live in 13 different countries over a period of more than 17 years. They finally returned to the States where he finished his Exxon career in Houston. Marty had an enormous love for Colorado. He was an expert skier and by preference he and Joan spent most of their vacations in Aspen, eventually purchasing a ski condo in Snowmass to which they initially retired. He was happiest when he was hiking the backcountry with one of his adored dogs. For a number of years, Marty worked in Aspen, and later Redstone, as a CPA until the couple’s final move to Cedaredge. During their time in Redstone Marty’s wife Joan owned Fiala Handweaving – Cats, Too. The sea was always a passion for Marty. He was an avid racing sailor and a naval history buff. In his later years he became an expert model ship builder of primarily early US naval vessels. Marty was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Joan, his beloved daughter Karen (Ed) Wotanis, granddaughters Caitlin Wotanis and Chrissie (Greg) Pearce, his great grandson Cameron, his brothers Dennison and John (Joan) Fiala and Marty’s favorite and only niece, Ellen, his nephews Paul, Joe and James Fiala, their wives and numerous children, his sister-in-law Lillian (Mervin) Cairns, and several cousins in the family’s native Denmark. There was cremation and burial will follow at the family plot in Buffalo, N.Y. A Celebration of Life will be held June 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Cedaredge United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated by Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, P.O. Box 853, Cedaredge, CO 81413, a no-kill shelter to which both Marty and Joan have been devoted volunteers. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. Sign the online guest registry at

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SPECIAL KIDS’ EDITION: Pass the peanut butter!

Did you know that peanuts aren’t really a nut? It’s true! Peanuts are actually a legume, which means that they are related to peas and beans. Peanuts grow well in places with hot summers and are a common crop in the southern United States, where they are called ‘goober peas.’ The peanut plant is a small bush, and the peanuts grow underground in softshelled pods. True nuts, on the other hand, grow in hard shells and are actually the fruits of certain types of trees. But even though they are only pretending, peanuts are still the most popular ‘nut’ in America. Peanuts were first grown in Central and South America more than 1,500 years ago, and were eaten by the ancient Incan and Mayan civilizations. Today peanuts are widely grown in places like Asia, India, and Africa (where they are called ‘groundnuts’). Meat is often scarce in these places, and since peanuts are a good source of protein, they are an important ingredient in many traditional vegetarian dishes. Peanut butter is commonly added to soups, stews, and sauces, and peanut oil is used for cooking. Peanut butter sandwiches, however, are unique to countries like the United States and Australia. Peanut butter was invented in the U.S. in 1895 by a doctor named John Harvey Kellogg, who had patients with tooth problems who couldn’t chew well, so he decided to create a food that was easy for them to eat. He asked his brother Will to help him out, and together they created the world’s first batch of peanut butter. Dr. Kellogg was also the man who invented another one of America’s favorite foods – breakfast cereal! Thanks to Dr. Kellogg, we can now enjoy corn flakes for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. Are you hungry for peanut butter now? If so, here are a few tasty recipes to try out in your own kitchen. These recipes don’t require any cooking, and they make great lunchbox additions or mid-afternoon snacks. Mini Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Ingredients: One jar of creamy or crunchy peanut butter One jar of jelly, jam, or fruit preserves One loaf of whole grain bread Cinnamon powder (optional) Several different types of cookie cutters

Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread, and jelly or jam on a second slice. If you want, sprinkle a little cinnamon powder on top of the peanut butter. Close the sandwich. Use cookie cutters to cut the sandwich into fun and interesting shapes. Enjoy! Peanut Butter Fruit Platter Ingredients: One jar of crunchy or creamy peanut butter One large apple or pear One large scoop of raisins or unsweetened dried cranberries Cinnamon powder (optional)

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Cut the apple or pear into four pieces, remove the cores, and cut each piece into three slices. Spread peanut butter on top of the fruit slices, and (if you want) sprinkle cinnamon onto the peanut butter. Press lots of raisins or dried cranberries into the peanut butter, and enjoy!


Melissa Sidelinger lives in Marble, and has been involved in organic gardening, community-supported agriculture, local foods, and holistic nutrition for more than four years.

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We Need You! Redstone Community Association has URGENT need for 7 new board members For more information on how you can make a difference in your community attend our next monthly meeting Tuesday April 12th, 6 pm at the Redstone Inn's Osgood Room and learn more about this 2 year commitment. Or, Call Bruce Gledhill at 963-4976 or Lisa Wagner at 963-8240. WE NEED YOU to keep the good times rolling in Redstone!


Lisa Wagner and Mary Dorais Co-Presidents 963-8240 and 963-3862 Chuck Logan RCA Consultant 963-2310 Bruce Gledhill Secretary 963-4976

Redstone Annual Easter Egg Hunt: When: Saturday April 23rd 10 am Sharp Where: Redstone Park Who: Only children 10 and under Also: Volunteers 16 yrs & older are needed

Cathy Montgomery Co-Treasurer 963-7212

This event can only happen with your donations of Easter Baskets or Money. Contact Jen Stanazek at 963-2365 or PJ Melton at 963-1144

Carolyn Nold Co-Treasurer 963-3921

Pitkin County staffers will be on hand to explain the upcoming Coke Ovens Preservation project at our next RCA meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Osgood room of the Redstone Inn. Our district BOCC representative, George Newman, will also be present to listen to RCA concerns.

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Echo-Logic By Ellie Kershow

Aspens return with the first catkins

Oh, the bountiful joys of spring. The snow, the mud, and longer days signify winter’s end. Even Amazing Falls (my unofficial name for the falls south of Hays Creek Falls) has started flowing. Amazing Falls is just one clue that we are bound for greener days. The evergreen trees become a fixture in the environment that we grow accustom to. But unlike the green of the conifers, the aspen trees stand naked in the cold until those furry, caterpillar-like reproductive parts called catkins begin to emerge again and clothe the white bark trees that have made it through another winter. Populous tremuloides has a widespread distribution throughout North America, found in most states with the exception of parts of the midwest and south. Aspens are a distinctive symbol of the Rocky Mountain west, especially the central Colorado Rockies. Endless pictures of aspens reveal how people feel about the exceptional beauty and iconic status of the species – not to mention that a prominent city in the region is named after it. As a member of the family salicaceae, aspens have reproductive characteristics like willows and cottonwoods, which are all in the same family. Aspens are deciduous trees that reproduce by small male and female flowers borne on catkins. Male catkins, where pollen for the tree is produced, are found on separate trees than where the female catkins are formed (the seeds). That means aspens are dioecious, or boy and girl trees. Aspens tend to grow in cool. moist areas and don’t do very well in hot dry areas at lower elevations, even though they are still planted profusely throughout the country. The species is prone to a number of ailments including diseases such as cankers, leaf spot, and rusts. Insects plague the trees like oyster shell scale, aphids, and flies. Aspens generally grow in single-aged stands or clumps formed by root sprouting after disturbances, typically called clones. The roots of large clones usually originate from a single tree making the genetic material of the clone identical. Hence, the commonly repeated phrase, “the largest organism in the world” has been used to describe aspens. A clone in Utah is said to be the largest organism if measuring by mass or volume. If you are counting all the trees in the clone that are proved to be genetically identical that can be said to be true, but obviously a single aspen tree is not the largest living thing. The life span of aspens varies with the environment in which they live, but the trees can live up to 100 years – sometimes more and sometimes less, of course. What is alarming is that about 95 percent of Colorado’s aspen trees are 80 years old or more. So where mature aspen stands are mixed with conifers, those stands will gradually shift to conifer dominance. The leaves of aspens have a legacy all their own. The long petiole where the leaf sits is flattened laterally, allowing the leaves to flutter in the wind making them appear as if they are quaking. In the spring, the leaves emerge as a brilliant light green. In the fall, the leaves turn bright yellow to orange, creating a display that is nothing less than spectacular. In recent decades, certain clones of aspens have undergone a drastic die-off called the Sudden Aspen Death Syndrome (SAD). Entire stands of aspen trees have died for essentially undefined reasons. Scientists have studied the problem for years, trying to figure out why the trees are suddenly dying, finding it difficult to pinpoint the phenomenon to a single cause. One possibility for the die-off seems to be an effect of the drought of early 2000s, although in recent years, the epidemic seems to have subsided. For more information on SAD and aspen trees in general, go to Ellie Kershow is an environmental biologist and writer who lives in the Crystal Valley.

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Picture of Health By Dr. Kent J. Albrecht

Overweight? It could be chronic inflammation Inflammation dangers Predictors of insulin resistance Predictor Blood sugar Triglycerides HDL cholesterol Blood pressure Waist circumference

Abnormal value > 100 mg/dL > 150 mg/dL < 50 for women; < 40 for men > 130/85 mmHg > 36 inches for women; > 40 inches for men

You're overweight and always hungry: Is your brain inflamed? Can poor eating habits "inflame" your brain? Evidence suggests consumption of pro-inflammatory foods can "confuse" your brain and the communication it has with your stomach – in effect, your brain has trouble recognizing when you're full. The result is a tendency to overeat and gain weight, which can lead to all sorts of serious health problems over time, including insulin resistance and diabetes. At first glance, the notion that the brain can be inflamed may appear silly. This is because we typically view inflammation in the context of swelling after an injury. You sprain an ankle and the ankle swells;: inflammation. However, the contemporary view of inflammation is that it reflects a manner of cellular communication and need not involve any of the classic signs such as redness, swelling, heat and pain. In fact, one can be systemically inflamed and have no symptoms at all.


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The consequences of inflammation Type 2 diabetes is caused by chronic inflammation. Consider the following statement by a researcher in this area: "Unequivocal experimental, epidemiological and clinical evidence produced during the past decade causally links inflammation, or the molecules and networks integral to inflammatory responses, to the development of these metabolic diseases and/or the complications that emerge from these pathologies, particularly in the context of obesity and type 2 diabetes." A high-calorie, fat-rich diet causes cytokines to be expressed in the hypothalamus, a portion of the brain just above the brain stem that controls, among various other functions, hunger, contributing to the activation of something known as intracellular inflammatory signal transduction. The outcome is insulin resistance within the hypothalamus and a reduction in satiety signaling, which means a reduction in the brain's ability to recognize when you're full. As you might expect, this communication problem can lead to overeating and weight gain. In other words, the brain of an overeater is inflamed.

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How to "deflame" your brain The reduction of systemic inflammation can begin at the next meal. A diet rich in vegetables, fruit and lean meat reduces systemic inflammation. Additional calories can come from nuts and seeds, particularly chia and hemp. Grains, legumes and dairy should be consumed in modest amounts. Foods that should be avoided include refined sugar, flour and oils, as they are all highly inflammatory and yet, at this point, they represent approximately 60 percent of the calories consumed by Americans. Supplements that help to reduce the inflammatory state include a multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3 fish oils, and vitamin D. Supplements that can specifically help improve insulin sensitivity and help reduce inflammation include chromium and lipoic acid. The quality of supplements plays a major role in their effectiveness. I use only the best 100 percent pure and guaranteed potent products. While the notion of brain inflammation might be new, the approach to reduce systemic inflammation is quite straightforward. Operationally, many patients only need to lose five to 20 percent of body weight to reduce or eliminate this metabolic syndrome, which means that reducing systemic and brain inflammation can be realized by almost everyone. Kent Albrecht, D.C. lives In the Crystal Valley and has 28 years of experience working with natural alternatives to health. He and fellow Picture of Health column contributor Michael Doherty, D.D.S., often cooperate on cases. Kent’s Headache & Back Pain Center of Carbondale is at the Alpine Center, 326 Highway 133, Suite 270C, Carbondale, 366-2030,,

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5Point Film Festival 2011 brings inspiration and entertainment to Carbondale April 28-May 1 By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer “It’s never just about climbing” says the trailer for “The Wolf and the Medallion,“ a film by Jeremy Collins making its world premier at this year’s 5Point Film Festival, scheduled for April 28-May 1. And that is true for this now-signature event of spring in the Roaring Fork Valley. Based on the qualities of respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance, 5Point presents a series of adventure films that inspire while they entertain. “This is our fourth year,” says festival founder Julie Kennedy, “and we feel like we have a really good understanding of our audience and can choreograph a program that will entertain folks...It’s like anything; you take it to the next level.” 5Point’s organizers have worked hard on providing a forum for filmmakers, adventurers, and the community to be brought together, and several of the films are world premiers. Whether they feature climbing, kayaking, base-jumping or mountain biking, these one-of-a-kind films all represent the 5Point philosophy. New this year is the 5Point Dream Project. High school students from Aspen to New Castle have submitted their own adventure films to compete for two $2,000 scholarships that will be awarded on the festival’s opening night. Friday night features the Baffin Babes, four Scandinavian women who skied 800 miles across Baffin Island in Canada’s northland. They’ll present their film, “80 Days in the Arctic.” “The big kahuna we are so proud of for this year’s festival is Jeremy Collins’ ‘The Wolf and the Medallion,’” says Julie. “The film will be scored to live music, and live art will appear on the stage during the performance.” This show will be performed both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The complete festival program is being released April 1, with tickets going on sale on April 6. For tickets and show venues, go to

Arts & Entertainment Briefs Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company adds members to resident company Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC), a nonprofit theater company based in Carbondale, recently added three members to its resident company. Joining the company are Tammy Kenning, Jennifer Michaud, and Olivia Savard. Tammy recently played the role of Eunice in TRTC’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In addition to acting, she is the new director of TRTC’s kids’ program. Jennifer Michaud was also involved in “Streetcar.” She played the role of Stella in TRTC’s production. And Olivia Savard, 14, of Redstone is TRTC’s first-ever junior company member after volunteering with the company. TRTC Executive Director Lon Winston says he looks forward to Olivia continuing to “fit into TRTC productions and to see her become more involved the older she gets.” Thunder River Theatre Company’s theater is at 67 Promenade In downtown Carbondale. Call 963-8200 or go to for more information. – Thunder River Theatre Company

Performing arts center coming to Third Street Center A multi-use theater is coming to Third Street Center in Carbondale, to present music, dance, theater, and other arts as well as create a space for events, activities, conferences, and fundraisers. The name of the new theater is PAC3 (performing arts center) at Third Street Center. The center has been a project in the making for more than two years between local music promoter Josh Behrman of Music for the Mountains and the Third Street Center. Opening night for PAC3 will be May 29, 2011 with Bruce Cockburn. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities website, at Currently, the space is an unused gym and work is being done to create a lounge-style atmosphere with theater-style seating, lighting, acoustic and AV enhancements, while showcasing national and talented local artists. – Vanessa R. Adam, Mountain Groove Productions

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Every February is “Read More” month for all schools. MCS usually has a read-a-thon for one day in the classroom. However, this year was a very special occasion. Our director, Debra Winston, let us have a 24-hour read-a-thon that included a sleepover at the school. We wore our pajamas to school and read all day and into the night. At about 10:30 p.m. we all got together and Debra read us ghost stories until almost midnight. Then teachers took turns reading throughout the night until breakfast, so at least one person was reading during the 24-hour period. This was a great experience for all of us. We had such a great time reading with our friends. Some students even built forts out of their blankets and read together. We could also go back and forth to other classrooms. The purpose of the Read More program was for students to try to improve their reading. Students who don’t usually read much were very motivated to participate. Everyone accomplished or exceeded their goal. This was the first year we did pledges, and we made enough money to pay for all of our expenses for food and the field trip on Friday to the Hot Springs Pool. Plus we have enough money to buy a new reading program. In addition, we gathered pledges for how many pages we could read from our family and friends. Some people pledged 1 cent per page, some 2 cents, and so on. At the end of our 25 days of reading and our read-a-thon, we had raised over $4,000 for our school! We purchased a new reading program and some new library books with the proceeds. Thanks to all who pledged to us; you have made such a difference for our school, and you encouraged us to read a lot! The students of MCS, altogether, read over 36,000 pages! WOW! We all loved this experience so much that we hope to be able to do it again next year. Thanks to Debra, our teachers, our parents and the community for making this the best Read More Month yet at MCS!



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Outdoor Education at MCS Here we are again!…Having fun in the snow. When the snow is deep we make a point to snowshoe…when it isn’t deep we still find ways to enjoy the beautiful winters here in Marble. The next pictures you will see of our outdoor education will probably show that the snow is gone and spring is on its way…giving us other ways to enjoy the outdoors.

CSAP Testing

Hone your Act! The Talent Show is open to all in our community and will be held on May 13th at the Marble Charter School. Call to sign your act up: 963-9550. THIS IS ALWAYS A BIG EVENT!


CSAP testing is finally here! Third through eighth graders have been preparing for these tests for the whole year (our whole lives!). They cover reading, writing, and math, plus the 5th and 8th grade have science. The anticipation has been building up to this week. Most of us were a little stressed and some quite nervous about how we would do. However, once we got started, we began to relax. On the other hand, some students really look forward to taking the CSAP tests. They actually like to take the test and, in the end, see what their score is. It really makes them think and they love the challenge. One person was stressed at first because of a barrier to writing, but once done, it felt like he had done better than he ever thought he could. We studied very hard on literary and math terms, which really helped because we felt it helped us answer more questions correctly. Of course, we loved all the snacks and want to thank all of those parents who contributed. They sure helped our brains work more efficiently.

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Voices of Our Ancestors: MCS Family Immigration Stories

An original musical, written and performed by the students of Marble Charter School and Crystal Valley Preschool. With original scores by Barry Chapman, MCS Musical Director On March 17 - 18, the Marble Charter School had our annual musical performance. This was our first original musical that the students, with the help of staff, wrote! This year we studied immigration and our family histories. Due to this immigration unit, we decided to base our play on our family’s immigration stories. The students feel that this was an enjoyable learning experience that had its pros and cons. Our original script was entitled, “Voices of Our Ancestors: MCS Family Immigration Stories.” Our wonderful music instructor, Barry Chapman, taught us his original music and lyrics which became a great addition to our play. This musical turned out to be educational, and most of all, fun. We all are excited to have another opportunity like this one next year. For our musical, we had many expectations for what the kids would do on and off the stage. Two of the main expectations were to learn all of our lines and try our very best; but of course, the most important expectation all of us kids were told to achieve was to not worry and have fun! To put on a musical, we as a group needed to meet these expectations – we had to write the script, memorize our lines, be there on time – and we did all of those things, just in time for our musical performance date! We met the most important expectations and pulled off the performances, however, there were some expectations we didn’t meet that we would like to do better with next year. Some examples are: not all students learned all of the words to the songs, some of the kids still need to work on being louder on stage when speaking or singing, and also not everyone was able to completely memorize their lines in time. Overall, we feel we did a very good job of meeting expectations in our first year! After the musical was over, students reflected on the things that were hardest for us during this process, and the things we would like to change. Here are some of our comments. Some students thought we should learn the dances more, or learn our lines better. Many students agreed that some lines were not said loudly enough, and we could have learned some of the songs better and practiced more. One student said, “The hardest part for me was writing the play,” while another said, the hardest things was “knowing when to come onstage” or “costume changes” or “being quiet offstage.” Many students said that we should have started preparing earlier. One student thought we should try to create a comedy next year, as this musical was very dramatic. Everyone found some challenges along the way, but for the most part, we overcame them in time to put on our musical. Though we will likely change many things for next year, we pulled it off in our final hour and we know now what our mistakes were so we can do better next year. The immigration musical was an incredible experience overall, and we learned a lot. Many students shared that they enjoyed being able to act. One student was excited to learn that if you have to stand on stage and pretend like you’re having a conversation, you can mouth “watermelon” over and over, and it looks like you’re talking. Students learned many more stage terms and tricks from our director, Debra Winston. Some students enjoyed making and wearing costumes, and many remembered funny lines or moments in the performance. One student said, “I liked telling our family stories to everyone.” Students not only wrote this original musical, but they spent many weeks learning the history of immigration to the U.S. and Colorado, immigration vocabulary such as “refugee” and “quota” and “asylum,” as well as about genes and traits in our COLOR ON ancestry. Students’ lives were impacted by their knowledge and THIS PAGE the process of bringing that SPONSORED knowledge to life. In addition, BY many people in the audience were moved by the message – REDSTONE that we are all connected, and GENERAL STORE that we should be inspired by our ancestors, and likewise inspire our 963-3126 descendants.

Photos by Jennifer Tuggle

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• Save the Date! • Italian Dinner Fundraiser

Echo Brief “Feel Free to Touch (or Not)” opens at the R2 Gallery April 1 Buildinµg community through art, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) is opening its First Friday gallery exhibit, “Feel Free to Touch (or Not),” on April 1 from 6-8 p.m. This sculpture-only exhibit will feature more than 100 pieces from nearly 50 sculptors from Colorado and New Mexico. Carbondale artist Mark Harris is curating the show, which runs through April 29 at the R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center. “This is the first sculpture-only exhibit we’ve had at the R2 Gallery,” says Ro Mead, CCAH’s executive director. “We have never exhibited such renowned sculptors with not only regional but also international celebrity. This exhibit has been a work in progress for many months, and is an indication of how Carbondale is growing as an important, exciting center for sculpture.” Noteworthy sculptors from the Roaring Fork Valley include James Surls, Alicia de las Hera Matesanz, Michael Lindsay, Janet Nelson, Joe Burleigh, Will Perry, and Sherrill Stone, and Doug Casebeer, Jason Schneider and Paul Collins from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Curator Mark Harris says the exhibit’s rather unique name comes from creating mult-dimensional art. “Two and three-dimensional works of art provoke the desire to be touched,” says Mark, “so many art lovers often ask, ‘Can I touch your work?’” The R2 Galley is named in honor and memory of Ron Robertson, a strong supporter of the arts and preliminary architect for the CCAH’s Third Street Center studio prior to his death in January 2010. All art openings are free to the public. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5p.m. For more information, go to or call 963-1680. – Maura Masters

• Kindergarten through 10th grade • Outstanding individualized educational opportunities

On April 14th, the 8th graders will offer an Italian Dinner to raise funds for their “Senior Trip.” This year they have selected Salt Lake City for their trip. They will take the train from Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City. While there they will tour the Mormon Tabernacle, the Olympic Center, visit the University of Utah and stay at either Realms of Inquiry or Entheos Schools. Although they will “camp out” at the schools, they will spend their days touring the city and taking trolley cars and buses to get to events. They need to raise about $1,000.00 for this trip so we hope to see you and your family on April 14th. Dinner will be a very reasonable $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and will include appetizers and dessert, and will be held at 5:30 in the Activity Room at MCS. Buon Appetito!

Marble Charter School phone numbers: 970-962-9550 970-963-1529

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• 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.

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New playground going up at Crystal River Elementary By Trina Ortega, Echo contributor

Crystal River School Elementary (CRES) in Carbondale has received an $83,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to help fund the school’s new playground, a student-designed project that will be 100 percent volunteer built April 27 through May 1 (see accompanying brief). The Colorado Health Foundation’s mission is to make Colorado the healthiest state in the Third-grader Hayden Holbrook, left, of Marble hangs out with classmates Cindy nation by increasing the Torres, Sawyer Shook and Jaime Vega at the existing playground at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale. The new playground designed in part number of Coloradans by the school's students, includes features such as such as the Dandelion Fire with health insurance, Pole and the Woolly Mammoth Slide. Photo courtesy of Trina Ortega ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living. Promoting healthy schools is one of the foundation’s seven funding strategies, according to Colorado Health Foundation’s website. “That focus of the foundation emphasizes that children be physically active every day, that they play outside for recess, and that schools build structures necessary for physical activity,” said Kira Kearsey, one of the parents who submitted the grant, with assistance from the Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative. “They want to make sure Colorado children are healthy and active, so they asked a lot of questions about how much time the children get at recess,” said Kira, “and whether the students have physical education. Fortunately, those aspects of healthy living are valued here, and this playground will only increase those opportunities for all youngsters in the Carbondale community.” Kira noted that individual donors, local businesses and other grant-making organizations (including the Carbondale Rotary, Aspen Thrift Store and Thendara Foundation) have contributed to the project. According to school officials, those monies can only be used on the playground and other parent teacher organization (PTO) expenses, and cannot fund faculty or staff positions within the school. During a time of deep budget cuts in public education across Colorado, this type of grant funding will help the parent organization support special programs, Kira said. “The larger grant along with the other donations toward this project will make it possible for the PTO to support other initiatives—field trips, supplies and materials, sports equipment, books, special programs.” The PTO now has turned its efforts to recruiting a range of volunteers from throughout the community to help with building the playground during five full days, from April 27 through May 1 (see accompanying brief). On the evening of the final day, the school’s children will be invited to christen the new playground that will incorporate a mastodon (with a slide for its trunk), Carbondale’s history, and original art by local artists. The school has been working with a design from the New York-based firm Leathers and Associates, who met with the students last year to design the playground. Volunteer to help “The playground will increase play, The Crystal River Elementary’s parent teacher social interaction, possibly break down organization (PTO) is holding a Community any language barriers students might Playground Build from April 27 to May 1. Free food have among each other, and stimulate and childcare is being provided to all those who volminds and bodies for increased learning unteer to help. and concentration in the classroom,” “It’s a great playground project on the Crystal PTO President Mandy Brennan said. River Elementary School grounds,” says parent Organizers estimate they need 500 Sophie Schlumberger. “The kids had a ton of input volunteers to show up for the project on the design.” but Kira says it will be a “rewarding Volunteers will be working on site from 8 a.m. experience” to work so intensely for until dark for the five days of constructing the playfive days then watch as the kids race to ground. People with construction skills are needed, play on the structure on the last day. and so are those who can help with cooking, child“We need community members. care, operating a volunteer booth, and lend tools. They don’t need to be skilled; we The school is at 160 Snowmass Dr., Carbondale. have something for everyone. Like Call Kira Kearsey, 704-1745 and go to the Crystal our construction consultant says, ‘If River Elementary PTO’s Facebook profile page to someone shows up and she’s 95 years download a volunteer form and for more information. old, I’ll find something for her to do,’” – Crystal River Elementary PTO Kira said.

Echo Briefs Pitco citizens wanted for board vacancies Pitkin County is seeking volunteers for several citizen boards. Current vacancies are on the animal shelter board, board of adjustment, board of appeal, broadcast services, conflict of interest, financial advisory board, open space and trails, planning and zoning, and senior services. Of particular interest to Crystal Valley residents are vacancies on the Redstone historic preservation board and open space and trails. Apply online by April 4 at – Pat Bingham, Pitkin County

Discover databases for National Library Week In celebration of National Library Week, the Gordon Cooper Branch Library invites everyone to a hands-on demonstration of databases available on the Garfield County Libraries’ new website. We will be demonstrating enhanced searching methods in our catalogue as well as how to find accurate, reliable information on the library’s subscription databases. The databases include everything from online Chilton's car repair manuals to free legal forms, and access to them is free to anyone with a Garfield County library card. Library card holders can also access magazines, journals, and find accurate, current medical information. You can also find out more about our downloadable books, music, videos, and eBooks. During National Library Week, April 10-16, everyone who signs up for a new library card or attends the Discover Our Database demonstration will be entered into a drawing to win a NOOK. For more information call 963-2889. – Garfield County Libraries

Runway expansion in the works Construction is beginning April 4 on the runway extension at the Pitkin County Airport, and is expected to be operational by November 2011. Pitkin County Commissioners approved the 1,000-foot extension last June, and will allow aircraft to take off from the airport with additional passenger and fuel loads and fly to more distant destinations. Aircraft have historically operated at less than full capacity in Aspen, especially in summer when higher temperatures limit aircraft performance at the airport’s high elevation. – Pitkin County

CMC gets preliminary OK for bachelor’s degrees The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has given preliminary authorization to Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to offer two bachelor’s degrees: a bachelor of science in business administration and a bachelor of arts in sustainability studies. The authorization is pending the college receiving official approval for the degrees from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). “This preliminary authorization allows Colorado Mountain College to move forward with our planning,” said Stan Jensen, Ph.D., president of the college. The college cannot enroll students in these programs until the final approval from the HLC is on file with Colorado’s Department of Higher Education. Over the past 15 months the college has received approvals from its board of trustees, the Colorado legislature and the governor. – CMC

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Editor’s note: These interpretations are meant to be read and pondered by everyone, not just those who share the astrological sign of the current time period. So no matter what your sign, please enjoy and reflect on this universal knowledge. Astrology is the study of psychological symbology; giving certain meanings to certain things, in this case based upon concepts that go back to time immemorial. It is a way of looking at life, at ourselves and the people in our lives. Astrology is one system, one way of interpreting our feelings, thoughts and actions within the larger sphere of existence. This column is based upon what’s termed “planetary transits”... the daily motion of our solar system as seen from Earth. So I give a snapshot of what’s happening in the sky – now – and what that means in astrological terms. As the renowned late astrologist Isabel Hickey once said, “Transits are the day to day positions of the planets. Aries/Taurus

The Sun is in Aries (cardinal, fire) until April 20, when it moves into Taurus (fixed, earth). Aries is the time for action and movement. Taurus is into stability and creating in terms of concrete reality.

Astrological Interpretations by Kyle Stewart Jupiter in Aries and Saturn in Libra continue their opposition through April but by May it’s over and done with as Jupiter moves faster than Saturn. Between April 4 and 7, the Sun in Aries is conjuncting Jupiter and opposing Saturn, highlighting and/or illuminating the push/pull energy that is going on between Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter wants to go and expand and Saturn wants to stay put and hold everything together. With the Sun conjunct Jupiter, the urge to move may prove stronger – and more brilliant. Move wisely....Saturn may impose restrictions or obstacles to overcome. On April 7, the Sun is conjunct Jupiter in Aries, which means expansion and innovation., and doing BIG things in new ways. The downside is that while Aries is a natural at beginnings, the endings may be overlooked. Aries likes to start things, but not necessarily finish them so this is a great time to start new projects and implement new ideas. Taurus, on the other hand, after April 20, is great at manifesting on the physical plane and completing what was begun. On April 4, Mars is conjunct Uranus at one degree Aries. This is a real powerhouse of energy and creative expression. Mars is our physical energy…the urge towards action. Uranus is unpredictable (earthquakes) happenings and cir-

cumstances. It’s also a freeing of energy to explore new ideas, avenues, and ways of being. And Aries is new beginnings. If there ever was a time to do anything, or begin anything, this may be it. Strange compulsions, however, including a desire to manifest. There’s a certain instability, but a great fire. Venus is also conjunct Uranus at two degrees Aries on April 23. Venus is the principle of attraction and Uranus is the only planet that rotates at an 86-degree angle to the Sun, representing deviation from the normal, and new ways of looking at things. Together, this is a mix of excitement and originality with new ways of financing, perhaps, different values and odd attractions. Mars is in opposition to Saturn on April 18 with Mars at 12 degrees Aries and Saturn at 12 Libra. Be careful handling relationships, especially with older people. There may be a certain underlying frustration that bubbles up between people. The best response is as mature as you can get right now. Put on your Big Boy boots, as they say.

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