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• Serving the Crystal Valley since 2002 •

THE CRYSTAL VALLEYandE CHO Marble Times Providing a voice for community-based organizations and individuals that enrich the life of the Crystal Valley FREE

February 2009

Volume #6 Number 1

Coming down the Crystal For six years, this homegrown monthly paper has embraced the upper reaches of the Crystal River Valley. Now it's time for the Echo to serve Carbondale, too. See story, pg. 6 By Carrie Click

Marble Times pages 27-33

Memoirs… Valentine Stories pages 22-23

Photo by Ed Kosmicki.

KDNK DJ Profile page 9

Who We Are page 4

Animal Writes pages 17-20


The Crystal River winds its way down to Carbondale with Mt. Sopris in the background.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER: For the past six years, I’ve been publishing The Crystal Valley Echo each month, to give a voice to organizations and individuals in the upper Crystal Valley. During the past year, I’ve seen a need to include Carbondale into the Echo’s reach. And four months ago, while laying the groundwork for this expansion, I didn’t have enough to do, so I started The Grand Valley Echo. Our new sister paper is already well-loved, and serves the Parachute and Battlement Mesa communities. With this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo, you’ll find the paper at a new level. I’ve recently increased our tiny staff so we can now cover the entire Crystal Valley, from top to bottom. I’m excited to share the Echo’s positive brand of community-based journalism more completely with Carbondale, as well as Marble and Redstone, and every place in between. As we all know, the Crystal River Valley is an extraordinary place. With this new depth of coverage, the Echo will serve to connect all of those who live and work in this special part of the world. I welcome you to read more about the newspaper’s exciting changes and plans on page 6. Alyssa Ohnmacht

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Paonia’s Pointer express heading in the right direction Redstone Sled Dog Race competitors benefit owners By Carrie Click REDSTONE – If you attended the Redstone Rendezvous Sled Dog Races this year, you had to have seen him. Whether leaning out of a vehicle barking orders, or bustling around his canine athletes before a race, Crackers Wason wasn’t going to let up on his brood for one second. “He’s the team manager,” said Nanette Wason, with a knowing smile. “What can I say?” Crackers is a Welsh terrier who manages the Pointer Express, a team of German shorthair and wirehair pointers owned, trained and loved by Paonia residents Nanette and Michael Wason. Not a breed usually thought of in terms of dog sled racing, the pointers are none-the-less holding their own in the region’s dog-sled circuit. Pointers aren’t cut out for a cold, endurance race like the Iditarod; they don’t have the coat for it and they’re not built for long hauls. But for quick, short sprints, they’re happy and enthusiastic runners. “One other guy runs pointers that we know of,” says Nanette. “His dogs are really fast and it seems like he always wins.”

Crackers started it The Wasons are a million miles away – figuratively at least – from Fells Point, Md., where they moved from three years ago. Michael, 48, is retired from a career in military intelligence, where he was a German and Vietnamese linguist in the U.S. Army. Nanette, 43, still works for an information technology recruiting firm from her home office in Paonia.

Owning a bunch of dogs in Maryland wasn’t really an option – Michael lived on a houseboat and Nanette had a little downtown apartment - so when they decided to move to Colorado, they both agreed they’d get a dog. Crackers was it. Next came Steve, a German shorthair pointer who wandered into their Paonia yard one day. “I knew if we let him in, that’d be it,” said Michael. The couple contacted a veterinarian and were able to find Steve’s owner. “The owner got Steve from the local shelter," said Michael of the rescued dog. "He wanted to use him for hunting, but Steve didn’t want to hunt. He told us we might as well take him.” From there, it was full-tilt pointer obsession. Molly came next, rescued from a Delta shelter, followed by two German wirehair pointers – Zach and Jed from a Denver shelter.

X-Games comes to….well, the middle of nowhere Photos submitted by Jeff Bier Story by Carrie Click?? Imagine their surprise. Crystal Valleyite Jeff Bier and his wife Janette were having a stellar January day in our backcountry recently when they came across their own private X Games. As Jeff tells it, "Before the X Games in Aspen, a number of competitors in the snowmobile events gathered at Electric Mountain Lodge the weekend before the games to practice their moves and tricks. "Flips, handstands, and everything else imaginable were laid down in front of an up-close-and-personal audience. We were fighting a crowd of about 20 people on Sunday to view the events but managed to secure a great vantage point." Not only did the lucky crowd get to see some of winter sports' top athletes do their thing, but they even got to witness a snowmobile dramatically ingulfed in flames, Hollywoodstyle. Who says nothing goes on around here?

From top left, Crackers barks orders, photo courtesy of Wasons; Nanette, Michael and team members, photos by Jane Bachrach

A couch and a whole lot more The dogs brought lots of life into the Wasons’ house – and they brought something else too: a new couch. “We had to buy a second couch so we’d have some place to sit,” Michael said with a laugh. Besides furniture, the dogs brought a third element to the Wasons. Michael, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, began coming back to life. “He loves the dogs so much. They just give so much to him,” Nanette said. All these four-legged critters were chomping at the bit for exercise, so Michael became their P.E. coach. He started looking up canine activities on the Internet, and found ski joring clubs and dog sled races around the area. And soon, the fog began lifting around Michael as he found himself taking the dogs up to the Grand Mesa for regular dog sledding excursions.

Sense of purpose Now, less than three years after Crackers’ arrival, the Pointer Express is a fixture at many regional dog sled races – along with Michael’s innovative ski bike/sled, which he make out of old skis and a vintage bike, complete with flowered banana seat. During the Redstone races, the dogs’ came in fourth out of 12 in the four-dog sprint. And as well as being rescued, the dogs are rescuers themselves. Along with Nanette and Michael, they’re all West Elk Mountain Rescue members. With the help of his dogs, Michael has begun the long process of coping with long-festering wounds from the past. He attends weekly meetings at the Veterans Administration hospital in Grand Junction, and his dogs are ready and more than willing to give him a reason to get outside and run. “With PTSD, you can feel very alone,” said Nanette. “These dogs have helped Michael so much in giving him a sense of purpose. When you’re in sync with the dogs, there’s nothing else like it.”

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“Who We Are” is a new feature in The Crystal Valley Echo. Each issue, we’ll publish a Q&A about a Crystal Valleyite. Our objective is to give community members better connections and familiarity with each other.

Age: 64 Occupation: Owner (with my wife Sally) of Main Street Gallery in both Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. I'm also an artist specializing in printmaking, primarily etching. Where do you live? In Old Town Carbondale. My wife Sally and I lived in the cabin which now houses the Carbondale Photo modestly provided by Superfrank. Historical Society for 13 years before it was moved from the Hendrick Ranch property to its much to cover. Just being a part of a communipresent location. We have lived in town since ty that, for the most part, makes the decisions 1991 and in Carbondale since 1977. that follow my own choice of lifestyle and Birthplace: Florence, S.C. opposes the stupidity and greed that so often When did you move to the Crystal seems the "easy way out" is a big part of it. Valley and why? 1977. I paid my "Denver Life here has a quality and ease that is terribly dues" for eight years before moving west, living appealing but fragile. I love playing my guitar, for short periods up the Frying Pan, south of Silt, hiking up Avalanche Creek, having lunch or dinGlenwood Springs, and finally Carbondale. ner in Redstone occasionally, participating in I found the cabin overlooking the Crystal Mountain Fair, being part of the art consciousand loved the location – close to town but iso- ness in the valley, hiking up Grizzly Creek (oops, lated – and set up my printmaking studio in the that's not in the Crystal Valley, but we can't have back room (which was torn off the cabin when it all), and growing older in the place I love. they moved it). I was single then and lived with I like to think that my presence here makes my golden retriever, Amber, and lived by selling the community a better place and that each of my etchings to galleries all over the country. us has an obligation to try to do the same. What three things would you like people to know about you? 1) I take great pride in the quality of work I do, in my personal art and in the picture framing we do at the gallery. 2) I seldom take things at face value and try to take a broad view of the affects my decisions and opinions might make on events and people’s lives. 3) Just because I'm 6' 4" and a big man doesn't make me a dumb jock. Which living person do you most admire? My wife Sally. She maintains a level head throughout every kind of adversity (except driving We invite you to come and worship God through snow and slick highwith us in a peaceful and beautiful setting next ways at night), keeps the busito the Crystal River in Redstone ness side of our galleries flowing smoothly (not my forte), is a great mother to our daughter Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. Lindsay, is far too good a cook, and ain't bad looking either. I Nursery Provided was blessed the day she entered my life. What's the best piece of Bruce A. Gledhill, Pastor • 970-963-0326 advice you've ever been given? Not to reveal the best advice I've ever been given. Go out and find your own. What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? There's simply too

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Your calendar for goings on in and around the Crystal River Valley 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 Staff Writer Sue McEvoy Animal Writes Editor/Photographer Jane Bachrach Marble Times faculty advisor Deb Macek Distribution Dawn Distribution • 963-0874 The Crystal Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout the entire Crystal Valley. Subscriptions are available for a $25 annual fee. Home delivery is available for many locations throughout the valley. Newspaper box locations: 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 advertising rates and information please contact us: 963-2373 274 Redstone Blvd. • Redstone, CO 81623

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.

• Agendas/Minutes for the County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Sage-grouse Conservation Program and Housing Authority

Help our calendar grow; let us know. Send event items to Be sure to include the five Ws (who, what, when, why and where); contact info and cost is key as well.

Feb. 23: Marble Ice Rink planning meeting; two agenda items: Building a shed for the Zamboni, and fundraising. Marble Charter School, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 4: Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Twilight Snowshoeing at Emma Open Space; meet at Emma Schoolhouse, 5:30-7 p.m. Register: 927-1290,

March 1: Redstone Community Association Winter Series focuses on installing a water system in Peru, Church at Redstone, 7 p.m. Free. Becky Trembley, 963-6355.

Feb. 5: Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Morning Snowshoeing at James H. Smith Northstar Open Space, 10 a.m.-noon. Register: 9271290,

March 6: Valley Visual Art Show, 6-8 p.m., Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Gallery, 963-1680.

Feb. 5: Crystal Valleyite Sandy Kaplan is featured at an artist reception at Red Brick Center for the Arts’ “Behind the Lens.” 5-7 p..m. 110 E. Hallam, Aspen. Feb. 5: National Geographic photographer Dick Durrance II presents “Creating Opportunity: Seeing What is/Imagining What Can Be,” sharing his family’s images of skiing, and photographs from his years as a National Geographic and freelance photographer, at the Roaring Fork High School auditorium, 7 p.m. Donationas for CCAH accepted. CCAH, 963-1680, Gunnison County Administration 200 E. Virginia Ave. • Gunnison, CO 81230

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March 14: Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, Fashion Show - Green is the New Black, 8-10 p.m., Carbondale Recreation Center, 963-1680.


Feb. 5: Marble Board of Trustees, 7 p.m.

• Sandy Kaplan at the Red Brick: From Feb. 1-28, Crystal Valleyite Sandy Kaplan is part of “Behind the Lens” at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, 110 E. Hallam, Aspen.

Feb. 6: Sheri Gaynor Booksigning and Community Painting Party, 6-8 p.m., Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Gallery, 963-1680.

• Recycling in Redstone: The first and third Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. On Redstone Boulevard, across from the park.

Feb. 6: First Friday, Majid Kahhak paints live, 6-8pm, at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale. The painting will be inspired by Valentine's Day. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres served. Please join us. 7040622. Feb. 7: Cowboy Poetry with Randy Melton, 7 p.m., Redstone Inn, free. Feb. 8: Redstone Community Association Winter Series focuses on Marble Charter School’s project-based learning and history, 6 p.m., Redstone Church. Free. Becky Trembley, 963-6355. Feb. 14: Mid-Winter Mountain Fair, dancing and more with Bumpus, 8-midnight, Carbondale Recreation Center, Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, 963-1680. Feb. 15: Free movie night: “Pollack” at the Redstone Inn. 7 p.m. Presented by the Redstone Art Foudation. 963-1389.

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March 8: Free movie night: “Frida” at the Redstone Inn. 7 p.m. Presented by the Redstone Art Foudation. 963-1389.

Feb. 20: Seventh annual Marble Charter School Talent Show, 6 p.m. Feb. 22: Free movie night: “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” at the Redstone Inn. 7 p.m. Presented by the Redstone Art Foudation. 963-1389.

• Total Body Workout in Redstone: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Church at Redstone. 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. Instructor: Lisa Wagner 963-8240; personal Training available.

• Five Pilates classes: Every Monday and Thursday morning; 8-9 a.m. is advanced Pilates; 9:30-10:30 a.m. is beginner Pilates plus Wednesday evening class at 5:15 p.m. Redstone Inn. Instructor: Sue McEvoy. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat.

• KDNK Community Radio: New news Look for more local news in “Morning Edition” between 6-9 a.m., during “All Things Considered” from 5-6 p.m. and on Listen for a local newscast at noon.

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Coming down the Crystal After six years, the Echo branches out to include the entire Crystal Valley By Carrie Click Echo editor Alyssa Ohnmacht created The Crystal Valley Echo six years ago to make sure that the upper valley communities of Redstone and Marble had a collective way to tell stories and communicate with each other. In six years, much has changed. We’ve seen the national and international economy falter and newspapers locally and across the country either layoff staff or close their doors. In the midst of all this, it might be surprising to learn that the Echo is actually increasing its coverage area now, to include Carbondale news, information and stories. Starting with this issue, the Echo staff is The Echo’s Alyssa Ohnmacht and Sue McEvoy at the working to give Carbondale the same kind Carbondale Chamber Business After Hours at the of attention that the upper Crystal Valley Pour House on Jan. 21, 2009. Photo by Becky Trembly. has received since 2002. With Carbondale’s inclusion, The Crystal Valley Echo is a newspaper for the entire valley. common dignity and respect. You can be assured that we understand how What you won’t find in the Echo – words and pictures work. And, if you’ve ever and what you will wanted to write a story and have it published in Interestingly enough, the emergence of ultra- a newspaper, you may just get your chance local newspapers like the Echo is not following here. We’ll even help you shape your draft into the same path as a lot of larger newspaper something you’ll want to cut out and put on the chains and companies. People are refocusing on fridge, if you’d like. their neighborhoods. They want news and stories that directly affect them in their personal Room for all We understand there are several ways for lives. The Echo can help bring that to you. The paper remains a monthly, and it’s still, you to get information about what’s going on in decidedly, a community-based publication. our area. The Echo is just one way. There are also radio stations, the Web, and other newspaEvery bit of Echo content is homegrown. And as a monthly publication, we’re a bit of pers, which is healthy for creating an informed, a different animal than a daily or weekly paper. knowledgeable, and diverse community. We You won’t find late-breaking news in the Echo think there’s room for all those forms of comabout the car wreck you passed yesterday on munication. Please contact us if you have questions and Highway 133. But you may find a feature story about the people who were injured in the acci- would like to know more about the Echo, what dent, how they’re doing, and ways you might we’re doing, what we’d like to do, and how you can become involved. be able to help them out. We’re you. You’re us. And we’re here to tell You won’t find blow-by-blow descriptions of town council meetings in the Echo. But you may the stories of our lives. find a rather in-depth analysis of the pros and Contact us: cons on certain issues affecting our communities. The Crystal Valley Echo You won’t find hurtful letters to the editor, 970-963-2373 personally attacking other readers in the Echo. If you write us a letter – and we hope you do – we ask that you treat your fellow readers with


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Who’s behind The Crystal Valley Echo? Alyssa Ohnmacht, publisher: Raised in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys; founded The Crystal Valley Echo six years ago; co-owned The Design Studio and Ackerman/Ohnmacht Advertising and Design; many years of newspaper experience including The Valley Journal and The Aspen Times. Carrie Click, editor: Raised in the Roaring Fork Valley; reporter for The Aspen Times, Glenwood Post Independent; assistant editor for The Roaring Fork Sunday; editor of The Citizen Telegram; joined the Echo a few months ago. Sue McEvoy, staff writer: Longtime Redstone local; writer for the Echo for more than two years; Pilates instructor; Redstone Castle tour guide; volunteer coordinator for the dZi Foundation, an international nonprofit Contributing writers/photographers include: Jane Bachrach, Jeff Bier, Jackie Dearborn, Bruce Gledhill, Bev Goss, Charlotte Graham, Jennifer Hensley, Rob Hunker, Glenda Kliewer, Diane Kenney, Ed Kosmicki, Lafe Murray, Kyle Stewart, Lisa Wagner and the students and staff of the Marble Charter School, among many more community members.


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Hut to! Time for winter hut tripping By Cindy Carpenter 10th Mountain Division Hut Association ASPEN – The 10th Mountain Division huts have been open since late fall, blanketed by plenty of snow and ready for backcountry skiers, snowshoers and snowboarders. All 31 huts in the system are ready for use. Due to this winter’s prolific snowstorms in Colorado’s high country, this winter is proving to be great for hut trips. For those who are looking for an adventurous, affordable get-away, the 10th Mountain Division Hut System offers access to a wide variety of ski touring and deep powder skiing, and warm, cozy shelter at the end of the day. The cost begins at only $25 per person per night. Reservations are required. The 10th Mountain huts are located between 9,700 and 11,700 feet in the central Colorado Rockies, including Breckenridge, Vail, Leadville, Aspen and Crested Butte. Each hut includes a living/dining area heated by woodburning stoves, propane cook stoves, mattresses, pillows, cooking utensils and supplies. Huts fill quickly, but you may be able to access a hut reservation through another group’s cancellation. To check hut availability, make hut reservations, or more information visit or call 970-925-5775.

Snowshoeing excursions coming up By Sarah Johnson Roaring Fork Conservancy education coordinator Get those snowshoes ready: Two events await snowshoers in early February, Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails on Feb. 4, 2009 from 10 a.m. to noon as we explore James H. Smith Northstar Open Space on snowshoes. The Smith Northstar Open Space area boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields, and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. And on Feb. 5, 2009, Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Twilight Snowshoeing at Emma Open Space takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. Emma Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields, and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. For either or both of these events, space is limited. Bring your own snowshoes or use a pair provided by the Roaring Fork Club. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 2009 Watershed Explorations and is sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, the Roaring Fork Club, and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Please register online at Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed conservation organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that brings people together to protect our rivers. Celebrating more than 10 years of watershed conservation, Roaring Fork Conservancy focuses on: • keeping water in our rivers • keeping our rivers healthy • keeping our riparian habitat intact For more information and to register call 927-1290 or visit

By Sue McEvoy Following a mild November and first week in December, the snow gods sprang into action and delivered the Crystal River Valley with a record-breaking amount of snow. According to Rob Hunker, an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), the monthly total accumulation for December 2008 set a record with 109 inches tracked at the McClure Pass weather station on Highway 133. This broke the previous record of 96 inches set in December of 2007. The CAIC is contracted by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to forecast for avalanches on many mountain highways. Rob is the forecaster for eight highways on the Western Slope. “Last year was one of the biggest years in a long time,” says Rob. “The perception this year is that there is a lot of snow. The difference this year is that more snow fell in the town of Redstone in December as well as the record on McClure Pass. “On Jan. 1, 2009, we were way above average in the water content in the snowpack,” he says. “Now we are close to average with the reason being 10 days of beautiful weather.” As of the third week of January, the avalanche danger for the Aspen area had gone from high in December to moderate. “The snowpack breaks down into three layers: basal, midpack and surface,” Rob says. “Right now, the midpack has gained strength and the surface level is variable.”

Brad and Teresa Jennings at the top of McClure Pass. Sue McEvoy photo.

Rob predicts that with additional snow, one is likely to see avalanches in the surface level, although slides in the basal level could occur with heavy stress. Another interesting phenomenon occurring at press time during the third week of January, was a weeklong temperature inversion. On Jan. 21, there was a 26-degree variant between the valley floor in Redstone and the top of McClure Pass. With a temperature of 5 degrees in town, it’s a lot warmer on top of the pass. For up-to-date avalanche information go to the CAIC Web site at

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KDNK DJ Profile: DB by JB By Jane Bachrach David “DB” Batterson KDNK radio show: “The Gospel of Music” Day/Time: Mondays, 8-10 a.m. David Batterson’s first radio show on KDNK was on Jan. 1, 1995. The DJ describes it as “hectic” but says the good news was that he was on the air from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., alluding to the fact that not too many listeners heard him. Today, 14 years later, he exudes confidence on the air. KDNK DJ DB plans his set for “The Gospel of Batterson’s show is “The Gospel of Music,” but Music.” Photo by Jane Bachrach. don’t take that literally. To Batterson, a.k.a. DB, his show’s name means “the irrefutable truth of music, the power of music, the universality of music.” Most KDNK DJs play one type of music, such as jazz or country or maybe blues, but DB’s taste in music is varied; his choice of tunes eclectic, and his knowledge of music immense. From rock to reggae, from blues to bluegrass, and from jazz to world music, it’s not surprising that his three favorite musicians are Otis Redding, Van Morrison and John Coltrane. It’s obvious that music is one of his passions. “It’s right up there with the outdoors,” DB says. DB says his favorite thing about being a KDNK DJ is “being able to access the world of new music.” He then quoted Duke Ellington who said, “The more you love music, the more music you love.” If you enjoy listening to good music of all different genres, check out “The Gospel of Music” on Monday mornings and enjoy a potpourri of tunes. KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale provides public access radio that connects community members to one another and the world. Tune into KDNK at 88.1, or fiddle around with the low numbers on your dial and you’ll hit it. Trust us.

New news guy at KDNK Dear friends and neighbors, KDNK is pleased to announce that we are investing in our local news efforts. Our brand new news director, Conrad Wilson, started in January. Conrad comes to Carbondale from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he recently graduated, majoring in journalism and global studies. He has most recently been working with the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a Washington correspondent covering national politics and the federal government with KDNK’s new news director, Conrad Wilson. Photo by Jane Bachrach. a focus towards the Minnesota Congressional delegation. Conrad is now covering local and regional stories while he continues to collaborate with KDNK reporters Marilyn Gleason and Amy Hadden Marsh, and Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporter Bente Berkland. Look for more local news in Morning Edition between 6 and 9 a.m., during “All Things Considered” from 5-6 p.m. and on We will also begin broadcasting a local newscast at noon. Also, local broadcast veteran Steve Cole is now your host for “Morning Edition” and Kat Rich and Stacy Stein are hosting “All Things Considered.” Tune in for the latest weather, roads, community calendar, and, of course, local news. Thanks! Steve Skinner, General Manager, KDNK

Crystal Valley Music

By Jane Bachrach “Peace Queer” is the title of Todd Snider’s latest CD. Now, thanks to Carbondale music maven Amy Kimberly, Crytal Valleyites will have the opportunity to not only hear some of the songs off that CD, but will be able to see Todd sing them as well. Yep, Todd Snider will perform at the Roaring Fork High School Cafetorium the evening of March 1. (As of press time, the exact time was TBD.) The concert is a benefit for KDNK. His music is a combination of rock, country and folk with a hint of blues. Tickets can be purchased at KDNK or Sounds Easy in Carbondale. Get yours early, because this guy is good. And before that, if you love music, love to dance and happen to be in love (even liking yourself will work), Saturday, Feb. 14 is the day to celebrate in Carbondale. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) is sponsoring The Mid-Winter Mountain Fair at the Carbondale Recreation Center from 8 p.m.-midnight. “It will be Carbondale’s biggest indoor dance party,” promises Amy Kimberly once again. Bumpus from Chicago, who played at Carbondale’s 2008 Mountain Fair and ignited the crowd into a dancing frenzy, will play their hearts out, which will likely reignite the mid-winter crowd into another ‘70s-inspired dance fever. Rumor has it there will be lots more surprises with music from Fair and Elemenopee, and who will be able to resist the Interactive Dance Bubble? Tickets can be purchased at Sounds Easy and CCAH and are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Become a member of CCAH and you too can purchase your ticket at the discounted price. Contact CCAH at 963-1680,

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O B I T U A R I E S Paul Louis McBurney Feb. 14, 1938 – Jan. 20, 2009

Paul Louis McBurney died Jan 20, 2009, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was 70. Louis was born in Temple, Texas on Feb. 14, 1938. He graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1965, where he was named Outstanding Student in Psychiatry and received the Award for General Excellency in Psychiatry. He moved with his family to Carbondale in 1973 where he and his wife, Melissa, founded the Marble Retreat, a psychiatric counseling center for clergy and their spouses. As director of the retreat, Louis helped to counsel more than 3,000 church leaders. In 2001, he and Melissa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors. He retired as director of the Marble Retreat in 2003. Louis was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He wrote numerous articles for

publication and authored “Every Pastor Needs A Pastor,” “Counseling Christian Workers,” and most recently, “Real Questions, Real Answers About Sex.” Louis was active in the Roaring Fork and Crystal valleys in many different capacities and served as an elder at the Church at Redstone. He loved camping, hiking, skiing and traveling — he visited all seven continents. Also an avid runner, he ran his first marathon in 2003 and his second in 2008. Louis is survived by his wife, Melissa, of 47 years; son Bruce McBurney of Tempe Ariz.; daughter Andrea Meador of Lewisville, Texas; son Brent McBurney of Alexandria, Va.; brother Robert McBurney of Temple, Texas; sister Alice Tomlin of Pendleton Texas; sister Anne Troutman of Cary, N.C.; and five grandchildren. There was a memorial service at the Church at Carbondale on Jan. 24. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the Marble Retreat,, or honor Louis by volunteering in your local church and community as he did.

Robert F. Moyer May 16, 1924 – Jan. 11, 2009

Robert Franklin Moyer, formerly of Redstone, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2009. He was 84. Robert (Bob) was born May 16, 1924 in Monona, Iowa, the son of Franklin and Mabel (Bentien) Moyer. He grew up in Iowa and Illinois with the help of his five older sisters, after the untimely death of his mother when he was 4 years old. After graduating from high school, Bob attended the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago to study architecture. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and proudly served his country as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 8th Air Force in England during World War II, piloting a B-24 bomber. He received his discharge in 1945. After the war ended, Bob returned to DeKalb, Ill., where he met his first wife, Shirley Nelson. Bob and Shirley were married Dec. 23, 1945. He returned to the Illinois Institute of Technology and completed his degree in architectural design in 1948. In 1949, Bob and Shirley moved to Southern California, where Bob established his architectural practice, and he and Shirley supported the "baby boom" with the births of their four children: Gary, Laurie, Jan and Jeff. The family lived in Van Nuys and Northridge before moving in 1967 to Thousand Oaks. In 1976, Bob became senior vice president for the Independent Order of Foresters (IOF) based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and London, UK, where Bob established and was responsible for real estate acquisition and management. Sadly, after 34 years of marriage, Shirley died March 3, 1979 following a long and difficult battle with cancer. After Shirley's death, Bob moved to San Diego and met and fell in love with Catherine Buchanan. Bob and Catherine were married Nov. 26, 1982 and together they enjoyed travel, skiing, hiking, art and books during their 27 years of marriage. In 1990, Bob retired from IOF, and he and Catherine moved to Redstone where Bob again designed and with his son, Jeff, built a spectacular home. In 2003, Bob and Catherine relocated to Sandy, Utah to be closer to family and moved to Payson, Ariz. in 2005. Bob's greatest satisfaction and happiness came from the time he spent with his family, who will especially miss his joy at family gatherings and reunions, his smile and laughter, his practical jokes, and even his cheating at Hearts. Bob is survived and loved by his cherished wife, Catherine; his children Gary and Jill Moyer, Laurie and Ron Mileur, Jan and John Fairchild, and Jeff and Pamela Moyer; grandchildren Colby and Angie Buckhouse, Breanna and Chris Gibson, John Moyer, Nicole Moyer, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, and Cassandra Moyer; and great grandchildren Shyla and Kaden Buckhouse and Sydney and Madelyn Gibson. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Shirley and his dog, Misty. Funeral services were held Jan. 16, 2009 at the Messinger Mortuary, in Payson, Ariz. Military graveside services were conducted at Mountain Meadows Cemetery in Round Valley. A reception for family and friends was held afterward at the Moyers’ home.

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Now you know – the truth behind Redstone's icy sculpture By Sue McEvoy It stands near the entrance to Redstone each year – a symbol of winter, and a photo opportunity few tourists resist. The Ice Sculpture of 2009, located behind The Company Store, is one of the best in recent memory. But what is its story? According to property owners Bob and Debbie McCormick, Redstone’s annual ice sculpture dates back to the early 1980s when Eric and Sherry Johnson lived in the building and operated the Redstone Art Center there. Bob says that the old pipelines that fed water to the building and those nearby weren’t buried very deep. “They were always freezing up in the winter,” Bob remembers. In order to prevent the pipes from freezing, a small amount of water was continuously run out of the lines in the form of a bleeder, eventually creating an impromptu ice rink. “The water from the first bleeders was run on the ground behind the store. When conditions were right, we had broomball games on the ice with teams made up from Marble and Redstone,” Bob recalls. In 1986, the Johnsons moved the Redstone Art Center to its present location in the old church, and the McCormicks moved into The Company Store building. That same year, they asked Duane Piffer to help them create an ice sculpture out of the bleeder. In the 1990s, the town installed a new pipeline during Redstone’s water system upgrade, fixing the frozen pipe problem. “There was a debate over whether the water board should allow the bleeder to remain,” says Bob. “It was decided that the ice sculpture was historic and should be able to remain as long as there was adequate water.” Originally, the sculpture formed over a dead tree, though a few years ago, the

tree fell over. Bob has been trying to recreate the effect, but with marginal success. Last year he consulted local structural ice engineer Chuck Downey. Chuck recommended they try an adjustable showerhead as a nozzle like he had seen used in Ouray’s ice park. Bob and crew went to work in early December and the cold temperatures and light spray quickly started to form ice. “In very short order it went from zero to nearly climbable,” says Chuck. This year the base is a small tree propping up a tepee pole in hopes that the structure will form its own base. Now Chuck periodically adjusts the nozzle. Recently he scaled to the top of the sculpture to change the stream. “I got to the top and peered in it. It had formed an ice cone Crystal Valley visitor, Joyce Gaura, at the with a funnel at the top three Redstone Ice Sculpture. Sue McEvoy photo. feet in diameter and the showerhead five feet below,” he says. “The problem was the depth of the cone; the only other option was to go in head first.” Needless to say, Chuck didn’t choose that option, so it is unlikely that any further adjustments will be made right away. For next year, Bob and Chuck plan to evaluate their successes and failures with spray verses stream. But for now, Redstone residents and visitors can enjoy a truly special and historic piece of ice. For safety reasons, no climbing is allowed on the sculpture. For ice climbing in the area, check out the Redstone Pillar or the Drool, both of which were put into conservation easements by Pitkin County Open Space in the past year.




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Astrological Interpretations by Kyle Stewart

Astrology is the study of psychological symbology; 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. These interpretations are meant to be read and pondered by everyone, not just those who share the astrological sign of the current time period – in this case, Aquarius and Pisces. So no matter what your sign, please enjoy and reflect on this universal knowledge.

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Aquarius/Pisces The Sun is in Aquarius until Feb. 19, when it moves into Pisces. So the mentalness of Aquarius (fixed, air) morphs into the intuitive and sensitive Pisces (mutable, water) later this month. Focus on large projects that involve other people and then when the Sun moves into Pisces, kick back and let things come to you. Focus on your own creative expression, and yet give as much as you can to others. On Feb. 6, Venus is at three degrees Aries and is square Pluto at 3 degrees Capricorn. A square is a 90-degree angle between two planets that represents creative tension and lessons to be learned. Squares indicate problems and also how to solve those dilemmas. Venus square Pluto means power struggles – either within or with another person regarding the use/abuse of resources. It can manifest as using money to get one’s way, or it can be a regeneration of values and a deeper appreciation of what one has in the bank and a wiser use of resources. This can be a frugal time, but also a time to dig deep within to see what you find. Hidden resources may emerge. Saturn at 20 degrees Virgo is in opposition Uranus at 20 degrees Pisces on Feb. 1. This opposition has been going on since last year and will continue until this fall. Decisions will need to be made. “Should I stay or should I go?” Saturn contracts and Uranus breaks through barriers, so on many levels there may be a balancing act going on this year regarding whether to act conservatively or take a risk – and when to do which. Meanwhile, the Sun in Aquarius joins Neptune at 23 degrees Aquarius on Feb. 12. Neptune dissolves boundaries, from the particular to the infinite. With the Sun and Neptune together in Aquarius, the impulse will be more humanitarian, and yet grandiose. Big dreams and imaginative abilities will be pronounced. Pay attention to your personal unconscious mind, and see what visions/ideas emerge. Mercury will conjunct Jupiter on Feb. 24 at 11 degrees Aquarius. This is another expansive energy. Mercury is the mind and how we think, in Aquarius. Mental attractions will tend towards the unusual and progressive. Mercury conjunct Jupiter also denotes a growing consciousness and a desire to explore new ideas and concepts. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and always denotes an expansion of consciousness. Kyle Stewart is an astrologist who lives in Carbondale. She is available for individual readings. Contact her at 963-5590.

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J A N E ’ S


Best Teeth Photos by Jane Bachrach

No two individuals view the world the same way. At the Redstone Sled Dog Races for example, everybody watching focused on what they felt was the most exciting, entertaining, dramatic or humorous.

This is my angle on the sled dog races in Redstone. I looked at it as a competition, but it didn’t matter who had the fastest times.

Best Tongue (two angles)

Most synchronized sled teams

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CASTLE TOUR WITH A SLEIGH RIDE! SATURDAY AND SUNDAY TOURS Sleigh boards at 12:45 pm at the Redstone General Store SLEIGH RIDES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT. $25 Adults • $20 Seniors and Kids • Cash or check only.

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Best dressed

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The running of the dogs

Redstone celebrates a quarter century of sled-dog racing By Sue McEvoy It usually starts with a bit of a yelp. Soon it develops into a chorus of full-fledged howling as canines of various breeds, colors and sizes express their enthusiasm about getting out and running while pulling a skier or a sled. On Jan. 10 and 11, 2009, Redstone played host to the 25th annual Redstone Sled Dog Races. Headquartered behind the Chair Mountain Stables, the races are an all-volunteer effort, and the major fundraiser for the Redstone Community Association (RCA). Local Redstone musher Aaron Natoniewski continued his role as the race organizer this year. He was responsible for designing, building and grooming the fourand six-mile courses before he joined the 24 other teams from around the state that competed in the two-day combined time events. Although the Redstone event is part of a five-race Colorado Mountain Mushers Association series, it stands apart due to its challenging course. This year’s course took many days of hard work by Aaron and Chair Mountain Stables owner Walt Turner, which included building two bridges across Coal Creek. Other races are usually held on existing snowmobile roads and don’t have the challenging turns and narrow wooded areas like Redstone. Adding to the event’s popularity, our local races

receive overwhelming public support. Residents and visitors from around the state come to see the dogs in their staging area and at the exciting start and finish zones of each event. Saturday’s events began with skijoring, in which a skier is pulled by one or two dogs around a 4.7-mile course while skate skiing, cornering and generally trying to stay upright while harnessed to the running dogs. Skijoring has become very popular amongst dog owners of all breeds and doesn’t require an entire kennel of sled dogs. The next event involves more time, investment and commitment to the sport. Twelve teams competed in the four-dog pure, mixed and sportsman classes, including three members of the Meinig family: Rick, Erich and Lizzy. By far the most exciting event was the six-dog race, which sported three of the top four fastest purebred teams in the state, including Aaron’s team that was the overall winner in 2008. These teams race on a course extended to six miles. So, what was the most memorable part of this year’s races? “It was definitely the most game I’ve seen,” says Aaron. “There were tracks of elk, turkeys, cats [mountain lions], coyotes and pine martins all over the course.” On Saturday, spectators – but fortunately not the dogs – could see a dozen wild turkeys across Coal

…our local races receive overwhelming public support.

Creek Road. Many a sled driver has stories of being pulled through the woods after a wayward squirrel. According to Sylvia Morrison, one of the founders of the Rifle Community Association, the Redstone races date back to the 1970s. “The first race was held on the boulevard with a loop up past the firehouse and then a loop around the castle,” she says. “Snow was always a problem and after a couple years of hauling in snow on truck beds, the race was moved to Chair Mountain Stables.” RCA volunteer members enlisted 42 sponsors and dozens of raffle prizes. They manned the booths, did the timing and announcing, and ensured the safety of the hundreds of spectators that turned out during both days. “It was such a well-attended, fun, family event and we felt fortunate that everyone stepped up and bought raffle tickets,” says RCA President Janette Bier. Following Saturday’s races, an accordionist led a dog parade on the boulevard to benefit C.A.R.E., the region’s animal shelter, while personal pets lined up to race against each other in chutes baited with hot dogs in the Crystal Club parking lot. Back at the races on Sunday, Gerhardt and Deb Rill, two members of the Bavarian musical group, Alpine Echo, played the accordion, alpenhorn and sang to the delight of the crowd. Be sure to watch for next year’s Redstone Sled Dog Races in January. New volunteers, sponsors and competitors are always welcome. For more information go to


2009 Sled Dog Race Results

Skijor 1st Place Aaron Natoniewski 47:20 2nd Place Steve Bethka 53:41 3rd Place Teresa Petterson 57:38

Four-Dog Mixed 1st Place Mark Stephens 52:29 2nd Place Coreene Hanson 53:17 3rd Place Michael Wason 1:00:39

Four-Dog Pure 1st Place Megan Garbarino 48:37 2nd Place Cliff Grimes 1:07:00 3rd Place Jackie Dickinson 1:13:12

Six-Dog Pure 1st Place Aaron Natoniewski 48:16 2nd Place Bruce Harper 49:18 3rd Place Leslie Fields 52:02

Chute race results at the Dog Parade: 1st: Tucker 2nd: Samdo 3rd: Bodie Fastest to hot dogs: Chongo (not shown)

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Scenes from Redstone's Sled Dog Races 2009

Thank you to Jackie Dearborn, Georgia Curie, Jennifer Hensley, Ally Prins, Bev Goss, and Sue McEvoy for sharing these photos with the Echo.

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Redstone, Colorado

Membership dues directly fund RCA projects and events. Annual dues are $35 for a household / $135 for a business. Mail membership dues to: Redstone Community Association 303 Redstone Blvd. Redstone, CO 81623 Thank you for your support! •••


THANK YOU! to all those warm blooded, warm hearted volunteers who made this years Sled Dog Race event so successful. OUR NEW RCA BOARD consists of Mary Dorais, Bruce Gledhil, Chuck Login, P.J. Melton, Bob Stifter, Shirley Thompson, Becky Trembley, Cassy Turner and Lisa Wagner. Please feel free to join us the 1st Tues of every month @ 8:00AM. We encourage you to get involved and let us know your concerns and interests. No expectations, just good conversations.Call 963-6355 for more information. THE FIRST OF OUR WINTER SERIES will be held Sun., Feb. 8th at The Church of Redstone at 6:00 PM. We are so proud to present the Marble Charter School. This is our opportunity to find out about the great renovations coming up, as well as the history of the school. We will experience,' project based learning' and the power of,.... Chocolate!? Please come support these great educators who do so much to turn our kids on to the magic of learning.

Chuck Logan President

THE SECOND IN OUR WINTER SERIES is our very own Church of Redstone documenting their second trip to a small mountain community in the Andes of Peru. Last October six folks from Redstone accomplished their task to provide a clean water system to this village, Casa del Aquila. With photos and lots of heart warming stories we too can be a part of something precious and worldly and yet close to home. Join us at the Church of Redstone, Sunday, March 1st, 7:00 PM.

Becky Trembley Vice-President


Bruce Gledhill Secretary



Shirley Thomson Treasurer Mary Dorais PJ Melton Bob Stifter Cassy Turner Lisa Wagner

The 25th Annual Redstone Sled Dog Races were held over the weekend of January 10th and 11th behind the coke ovens at Chair Mountain stables. Thirty teams competed in the 6-Dog, 4-Dog and Ski Joring races. Congratulations to all of the winners and competitors who negotiated the revised 4 and 6 mile courses. Lots of snow and sunshine created ideal conditions for racers and spectators alike. A HUGE THANK-YOU GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS, RAFFLE PRIZE DONORS, AND SPECTATORS WHO MADE THIS A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER FOR THE REDSTONE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION.

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Redstone Community Association is to promote and stimulate both civic and business interests while preserving the small town charm and historic character of Redstone. For more information please visit This page paid for by Redstone Community Association

SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to Race Course Trail Crew Leaders: Aaron Nationiewski and Walt Turner of Chair Mountain Stables GREAT JOB!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: ALPINE BANK AVALANCHE RANCH CABINS & ANTIQUES BIGHORN TOYOTA CHAIR MOUNTAIN STABLES Alpine Animal Hospital Albin Acres (Chuck & Barb Albin) Anderson Clothing Avalanche Outfitters Milan & Eva Baranek Berthod Motors Church at Redstone Cross Propane Casa Montana Bed & Breakfast Jim & Linda Cox Carbondale Recreation Carbondale Rural Fire District Cattleman’s Association Crystal Dreams Bed & Breakfast & Spa Crystal River Realty Crystal Valley Echo Filoha Meadows (Bernard & Dorothy Johnson) Grand Valley Echo High Country Liv’in High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitters Hundred Acre Wood (Dick Simpson) KMTS Legal Beagles (Peter & Ann Martin)

Randi Lowenthal Main Street Gallery & The Framer Mason & Morse Real Estate Miser’s Mercantile Nelley Construction Orrison Distributing Orthopaedic Association R. J. Paddywacks Pet Outfitter Pam’s Pups (Dale & Pam Darnell) The Pour House Red Hill Animal Health Center Red Rock Diner Redstone Castle Redstone Company Store Redstone Inn The River House Roaring Fork Valley Co-op Rubino-Kelly Family Schumacher Family State Farm Insurance (Todd Fugate) Neil & Nancy Taylor Tiffany’s of Redstone The UPS Store Wildhorse Enterprises

THANK YOU TO THE DONORS OF THE 2009 Raffle Prizes: Artist Collective, Avalanche Outfitters Avalanche Ranch Carbondale Rec Center Chair Mountain Stables Chris Davenport Cozy Café Crystal Club Crystal Dreams Crystal River Grass Fed Beef Diane Kenny Dos Gringos

Dr.Dave Ella Restaurant Franz Berko Glenwood Canyon Brewery Glenwood Caverns Grana Bakery Jeff & Jenette Bier Johnny O Band Main Street Gallery Mary Wedam Meredith Ogilby Novel Tea Book Store

Off Season Grill Red Rock Diner Redstone Inn R.J.Paddywacks Rocky Mountain Pet Shop Ski-Co Sunlight Ski Area Village Smithy Wheeler Oprah House Yampa Spa, Glenwood

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Hi Animal Lovers, You are reading Animal Writes, which covers our local animal scene. Animal Writes is meant to entertain, enlighten, inform and educate you – and make you smile. Here are stories, photographs, news, events and gossip about everything “animal.” We want to offer you, the public, a good read. As the former editor of another local animal publication, I learned that the more public exposure animals without homes receive, the greater the chances are that they will be adopted. So, we devote as much space as we can to animals – be they dogs, cats, horses, llamas, birds, etc. – who are in shelters or in temporary pastures and up for adoption. All animals, wild and domestic, deserve to be treated with respect. And just because animals don’t speak the same language as humans doesn’t mean they’re inferior or they can’t “talk.” For example, my cat Durango and I understand each other purrrfectly (pun intended). He likes to eat his breakfast really early in the morning – and I mean early. Precisely at 4:30 every morning, he starts chatting. He talks to himself at first, and if that doesn’t wake me up, he speaks louder and louder until he’s shouting and I wake up. Then he’s quiet. Animals speak their own language and all we have to do is listen to understand what they’re saying. Durango’s language is easy to understand. At 4:30 am, he’s simply saying, “I want your attention and I’m hungry. I want my food NOW.” In certain respects, animals are superior to humans. Their senses are far more developed than ours. As more research is done, who knows what other attributes will be discovered in all types of animals. Thanks, Jane Bachrach Editor, Animal Writes

Miniature Lion up for adoption

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We need a home… These are some of the loveable dogs at Colorado Animal Rescue that need loving homes. COLORADO ANIMAL RESCUE (C.A.R.E.) 2801 CR 114 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-947-9173

Clockwise from top left: Duke, Grace, Ollie, Esmerelda, Duncan, Jasper and Homer.

COLORADO ANIMAL RESCUE 2801 County Road 114 • Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-947-9173 •

HOMER AND ROXAS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION CARE is asking you to support your local animal shelter! ADOPT a pet, we specialize in dogs and cats but often have other types of pets available, we currently have a Corn Snake up for adoption VOLUNTEER – we have many new volunteer opportunities available and a volunteer orientation scheduled on February 21st; contact Worth Carroll for more information

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FOSTER an animal in need of some time out of the shelter. When you foster an animal you are not only helping that animal but you are also helping other animals that are now able to enter the shelter. It is a great activity to enjoy with your kids, perfect if you are a traveler and unable to make the commitment of owning a pet. Help the life of an animal in need; contact Maggie Niehoff at 947-9173 for more information. DONATE SUPPLIES - Our shelter cats use over 100 lbs of litter a week; our dogs eat over 75lbs of food a week; just to give you a glimpse of what we need on a daily basis. DONATE MONEY- We always need financial support to keep our shelter doors open and to keep the animals happy and healthy! 711 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 970-963-5155

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Contact information for local shelters and animal rescues.

Jane Bachrach Editor/Photographer Carrie Click Copy Editor/Proofreader Alyssa Ohnmacht Publisher

From the top: The many moods of Mrs. Conifer; Snakie Poo; Peter; and Collville.

Animal Writes is published in The Crystal Valley Echo and The Grand Valley Echo.

ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION (ARF) 1459 CR 102 Carbondale, CO 81623 (970) 963-4562

ASPEN ANIMAL SHELTER 101 Animal Shelter Rd. Aspen, COLORADO 970-544-0206

COLORADO ANIMAL RESCUE (C.A.R.E.) 2801 CR 114 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-947-9173


VALLEY DOG RESCUE (Dogs only) PO Box 824 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-3858 EAGLE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 1400 Fairgrounds Rd. Eagle, Co 81631 970/ 328-3646 RIFLE ANIMAL SHELTER 569 CR 265 Rifle, Co 970-625-8808 BATTLEMENT MESA Animal Control 945-0453 After Hours 945-9151 Contact C.A.R.E. for adoptions

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Splash and Junie met at C.A.R.E. and quickly became playmates.

Splash is a1-year-old male and Junie is a female, about a year and a half. Both dogs are looking for loving homes.

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Kalita and Susanna in the Cenotes…


and the 12,000-year-old skull

“mad genius” as Sue called him. But even crazier than Buddy was that, as we stood outside Hidden Worlds watching some monkeys, I heard my name called. “Kyle?” It was John and Mary Matchael, my neighbors from Carbondale, and the owners of Crystal Glass Studio. We marveled that we would see each other in such an out-of-the-way place. Cenote central All of us got into in a seemingly This past November, after 37 years, I ventured forth hand-built vehicle called a jungle again to the Yucatan. This time, I met my friend Sue buggy. The engine was open to the elefrom Fort Lauderdale at the Cancun airport and we ments and there was a plastic bag over whisked ourselves down the coast to the Akumal Beach the distributor. Additionally, the gear Resort pronto. shift was definitely handmade with After checking into the resort, we got our snorkeling perhaps six partial spokes that came gear and went for a little foray to a nearby reef. out an inch and a half through which It was remarkable. We saw a large spotted sting ray, the gear shift moved frequently. looking like a gigantic creature from another world with Hidden Worlds’s staff builds these jungle buggies themits huge wings and black-and-white spotted body. It selves out of parts from old engines. It was the most must have been five feet across and didn’t pay much primitive thing. mind to two women snorkeling and gesturing. We We bounced along a single-lane dirt road into the watched it swim out of sight and selva (jungle) for a few miles until then back into view where it we came to Buddy’s inventions It was John and Mary descended into the sand and called Skycycles - bicycle-like conMatchael, my neighbors traptions connected to a cable that munched on something, seemingly oblivious to us. from Carbondale, and runs all over the park. We came across a school of As I rode my Skycycle, I conthe owners of Crystal turquoise and blue parrotfish that trolled my speed with the pedals, were easily two feet high and three Glass Studio. We mar- just like a bicycle. I stopped a numfeet long. Sue said they were the ber of times and just sat among the veled that we would see jungle’s tree tops listening to the biggest parrotfish she’d ever seen. That’s something, considering Sue birds. Then, I pedaled down into a each other in such an has scuba dived in the Galapagos, cenote and out into the jungle and out-of-the-way place. Honduras and Costa Rica. The fish down into another cenote were munching algae off the coral. Later, we met Buddy. Sue We could hear them amplified underwater, clearly mak- piqued his interest because she writes a sports column ing chomping sounds (“munch, munch, munch”). It was for The Miami Herald and she told him she might be surreal. interested in doing a story about Hidden Worlds, so he We had so many highlights during our trip. We went invited us to his place for dinner to talk. I wasn’t feeling to Dos Ojos, (Two Eyes), which are two cenotes, or too great, so I stayed behind at Akumal, but Sue had ocean sinkholes, that pockmark the Yucatan, emerging dinner with him. above ground, often times in the opening of caves. Dos Buddy lives in a tree house by Hidden Worlds. He Ojos is only five miles from Akumal. Sue and I had our cooked steak on an outdoor fire pit. He has a hole in the own guides, as she was diving and I was snorkeling. ground with which to do his business. Dos Ojos was beautiful. Not only was the water a I’m sure the guy is plenty solvent. He told us he has brilliant, deep, aquamarine color, but unbelievable large a patent for a water-powered engine. He’s patented the stalagtites and stalagmites grew everywhere from bot- Skycycle and is looking to market it. But Hidden Worlds’s land is leased from the Mexican government and his lease will be up in two years. Perhaps his inventions will carry him through. By Kyle Stewart When I was an adventuresome, nubile 19 year old, I went to the Caribbean side of the Yucatan in Mexico. There was nothing there then except miles upon miles of turquoise ocean, white sandy beaches and the walled fortress city of Tulum looming over the sea. Back then, Tulum was wide open – no admission fee. There weren’t other people around either, for that matter. I played my dulcimer spontaneously to the Mayan ghosts that I imagined to be floating about.

tom to top, often meeting in the middle to become one large elongated rock. Fancy meeting you here We also went to Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park, just down the road from Akumal, an adventure park conceived by a very eccentric man from Florida we met there named Gordon “Buddy” Quattlebaum – or the

Indiana Jones, where are you? We also went to Rio Secreto, an underground river that runs through caves that can be explored with a guide. After being outfitted with headlamps and wetsuits, off we went. Apparently, these underground rivers are millions of years old. It was like caving in my Kentucky childhood except these underground caverns harbor rivers, so it was part swimming and part cave exploring. One afternoon, I stayed at the pool, reading, writing and sunbathing while Sue went scuba diving in “The Pit” – which turned out to be a major adventure. Sue said it felt just like an old movie with Vincent Price, or an Indiana Jones movie as she went way back in the jungle with her young Mexican dive master David to get to yet another cenote called “The Pit.” “The Pit” goes down hundreds of feet, so it must have been so dark even for an experienced cavern diver. About 75 feet down, Sue said she came across a human

skull and a human jawbone sitting on a ledge. Was it 500 or 500,000 years old? Sue said her dive master David told her they were about 12,000 years old. Sue told me she had heard about one of Florida’s top female archaeologists who was down in “The Pit” scuba diving. She came across a skull and brought it up. When it hit the air, it immediately disintegrated. They leave all skulls down there, now. Just like an Indiana Jones movie, indeed. Egrets and flamingos The next day we got up at 4:30 a.m. and drove down to Bahia Ascension (Bay of Ascension) – a 50-mile long bay, supposedly full of bonefish. It’s probably only 100 miles south of Akumal, but it took forever because the last 50 miles are full of large potholes, with some as big as small Volkswagens. Sue had her fishing guide with his panga, a long and narrow boat with a slightly raised bow. I don’t care to fish much, which was just peachy with Sue because she says she’s a boat hog and wants all the room and time to herself to cast and fish. We spent seven hours on the Bay of Ascension. We went all over that bay but at the end of the day, Sue hadn’t caught one bonefish. She and the guide were disappointed. However, I had a lovely time lolling around on the boat and looking at all the birds. There was an egret’s nest high up in the tree above the lagoon and as we went by, Mom and Pa Egret flew over us, checking us out – we were too close to the nest. And at one point, we saw a flock of flamingos, like a streak of moving pink on the horizon. Life’s a beach!

Kyle Stewart is a Carbondalian who likes to go to Mexico whenever she can. Kyle also writes an astrology column for the Echo (see page 12). Share your travel stories and photos with the readers of the Crystal Valley Echo. Submit articles to

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Memoirs of a River… up the Crystal


A C O L U M N D E V O T E D T O P R E S E R V I N G T H E M E M O R Y O F P E O P L E S A N D P L A C E S I N T H E C R Y S TA L R I V E R VA L L E Y “Memoirs” is sponsored by the Crystal River Heritage Association • 704-0554 • WRITTEN BY CHARLOTTE GRAHAM

Welcome back to "Memoirs" – and the beginning of our third year writing it – honoring the memories of people and places in the Crystal River Valley. Hail to the Chief We usher in 2009 with the inauguration of a new U.S. president. As a baby boomer, I’ve seen a presidential inauguration or two, and I remember them from JFK on. However, some of us weren’t quite ready for the realization that this president is younger than we are. Much younger. Ouch! This is inarguably an inauguration of many firsts. My personal favorite is “first grandma.” It bears reminding that grandparents’ stories and hugs are the gifts most cherished to children. We are happy that a grandmother will be there for these two little misses during their lives in the White House. What stories they will have for their children’s children. “Your great grandfather was the 44th president of the United States,” they’ll tell their grandkids. And by then, his color will be the least relevant aspect of his presidency.

This month we visit with Mountain Romantics

You betcha. February is the month of hearts and Valentines. That comes on Day 14, for you holidaychallenged Antiquated love letter We’re heading back now circa World War I. This sweetheart story comes to us from the Mt. Sopris Historical Society Museum. Secretary Linda Criswell tells us that a brown woolen Army uniform and heavy metal helmet belonging to Charles Thomas of a longtime Carbondale family, were donated to the museum. There it has hung on display. Linda tells us a local schoolteacher happened to look inside a buttoned chest pocket. Therein was a quarter-folded, faded letter dated May 6, 1919, handwritten from a unknown young lady. Clearly we do know she was enamored with the young soldier. “Dear Sir, At last I received a letter from you! …No, I certainly haven’t any date with anyone for next Saturday night …unless it is with you. I thought I had one with you but I guess I was mistaken. So there!! Do you realize you are getting called down, Charley Thomas?” Oops! Dear readers, please cover your eyes. Then she queries in a coquettish way. “Are you wearing your civilian clothes? Be sure and bring your uniform with you because….I want a soldier to take to the dance.“ Love unrequited discovered in a soldier’s pocket? Wonder how many times that happened?

What color is your favorite shovel? The weather in the Crystal is definitely not like last year, even though it started out the same. There seems to be unusual activity this season among our winged and four-legged relations. We see by their tracks in the snow that they’re here, but not as openly visible as we are used to. And what’s with the robins? They are everywhere! What’s that in our ear? Turns out everyone we know spent a lot of their The deadline whistle blows and blows. Even holidays with shovel in hand. Do you remember in the though time creeps upon us, these past weeks have last Echo our delight in a gift from my brother David? ‘Twas a bright red electric shovel with a 15-foot roos- World War I uniform and army helmet of Carbondalian been most productive as I prepare to publish “Memoirs ter tail span. Awesome! Well, within its engineered abil- Charley Thomas, with a recently discovered 1919 love of a River – Up the Crystal.” Edited and extended versions of my first 20 ities, that is. letter in chest pocket, echo a popular song of the day, “It is great for six to eight inches of that dry stuff,” "In my heart, I'm always with you." Courtesy of Mt. columns, plus a special unpublished bonus chapter, are almost finished. I anticipate a Memorial Day release. If advised brother dear. The magical shovel definitely has Sopris Historical Society Museum you would like to reserve a copy (or two or three), strong-like-bull capabilities, but it took a while to get please let me know. down to that six-to-eight inch level. Why so? Just before Christmas Day ‘O-Eight, our winter storms dumped more God bless this land and all its relations. Aho. than 20-plus inches. It was Mother Nature’s gift to the families that came from all ~ Charr over the country to celebrate their holidays in the powder-rich mountains. But then P.S. If you have any stories to share, or would like to know more about, please conthe snow gods took a break, and in spite of a nearly month-long heat wave, we’re hunkering down now for the rest of winter to come. Good time for a story, you say? tact Charlotte Graham at 704-0567 or e-mail to

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Romancing the Rock: Bill and Mary’s excellent adventure The Doraises kiss’n tell about their Crystal Valley connection There are some good romance stories up the Crystal. Our readers will remember we’ve noted in tales past how unbelievable coincidences are oft the norm up here. So many speak of that feeling undefined when first here. This is no one person’s imagination. So we’re tickled to be able to share this romantic story by Mary Dorais of Redstone. It makes our Valentine hearts flutter.

Mary was talking about the future – a la Aspen.

…makes the heart grow fonder Come that first winter, and with the appropriate college degree, it was a natural fit for the comely blonde to get a children’s ski instructor job at Snowmass’ Kinderhiem. We can’t help but wonder how many ski-instructor fellas of the day plowed into Romeo and Juliet – each other checking mountain style out the new girl in As one who kissed town. Hey, life was a lotta frogs before we good in Aspen. Mary found our Prince settled in. Charming, this writer Which might smiles when passing a explain why Bill came local landmark called out to visit her that “Frog Rock” at the first ski season. north end of Redstone “We had a great on the Crystal River. time and then he went back home,” Mary says. “He didn’t say a thing, at least not about A dominant boulder abutting Highway 133, us getting married.” Frog Rock seems poised to leap up from the Time to move along, she thought. Bill river onto the red cliffs across the road. went back to Wabash and told their best This particular story is set in the 1970s. friends, Shirley and Graden Walter – who Given what we’ve learned in our other stories now live in Marble, “I think I’m going to go about the upper Crystal's population back then, Mr. Frog wasn’t the only lonely in this back out there and ask her to marry me!” valley. All the cute rocks were up in Aspen. “They knew before I did!” Mary says. Bill The summer of ’74, Miss Mary Kotwicki, was back two months hence and proposed to then recently graduated from Eastern Frog Rock on the Crystal River near Redstone (above) made an Mary at Christmastime on the Big Burn Michigan University with a degree in recre- impact on bringing Bill and Mary Dorais (below) together. Mary is chairlift. ation and education, decided to take a road trip a former Carbondale sixth grade teacher and Bill’s owned Dorais He came back as soon as ski season was with a girlfriend to Aspen. over to get his bride-to-be in April ’75; packed Excavating Inc. in Carbondale since 1981. Photos courtesy of the What was it like in Aspen then? up her ’66 Ford Torino, and even bought two Dorais family. “It was ‘happening’,” Mary says, laughing.. new tires to get his girl back home safe and “It was full of life, young people everywhere, sound. They married that August. Both had a hiking, being in the mountains. the nightlife scene was fun, lots of live bands.” love for the mountains though, and came out four months later, scouting for After all, Mary’s back-home beau of five years, Bill Dorais, didn’t seem too property. Bill and Mary looked around Woody Creek area but nothing was in interested in stopping her. their price range at the time. “He wasn’t asking me to marry him, so-o-o….” Mary says. Frog marks the spot One day, Mary and friends set out in a Volkswagen Bug for a Saturday afterTheir Realtor took them up the Crystal Valley, and turned left to cross the noon adventure to Redstone. (Haven’t we heard something like this somewhere north Redstone entrance bridge. Then he turned left again back down a rutted before… a few times?) lane. No human habitation. Driving along the Crystal River, there were just “We drove up Highway 133, looking at how beautiful the scenery was along aspens and pines surrounded by rugged red cliffs as far as one could see…oh, and the way, and saw Frog Rock,” she remembers. “We pulled off across the road and Mr. Frog. walked to the river. There was nothing here then, no houses, no people. We “It’s down this way,” the Realtor told them as they bounced down the drive crawled around the boulders and had our picnic right out on rocks below.” (now called Dorais Way, if you need any clue to where this story is going). Mary says that she sat there, enjoying the scenery around her: the towering “As we turned back towards Frog Rock,” says Mary, “I got goose bumps that River. red rock formations, the tumbling Crystal crawled up my arms and back and neck. I told Bill, ‘I’ve been here before!’” “It was green, green, green everywhere. I felt I belonged here,” she says. Absence… When Mary saw a “Help Wanted” sign at Aspen Drug for that coming fall, it sounded like a good idea. Mary went back home, packed her bags, and her mom helped her drive back out. Meanwhile, Bill and Mary talked often by phone, “The ‘I miss you’ calls,” says Mary. At the time, Bill owned a motorcycle shop and business in Indiana, so there might have been some assumptions, but he soon must have realized that

A quick 30 or so years later… We see by the subsequent tour and description Mary gives of their first-built 24 X 30-foot cabin (that obviously grew out as did the surrounding pines grow up), indeed Frog Rock was meant to be here to mark the spot for Mary and Bill’s home sweet home.

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H I S T O RY The Redstone Historical Society presents excerpts from:


Each month, the Echo, via the Redstone Historical Society, publishes excerpts from “Camp and Plant,” Redstone’s weekly newspaper from more than a century ago. Copies of the original weeklies are courtesy of the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. MidContinent Resources donated the papers to the library in September of 1979. To contribute to and/or become a member of the RHS, contact Sue McEvoy at 704-1843. These excerpts are reprinted exactly as they originally appeared – style, typos and all.

February 1903 Coalbasin A snowstorm of unusual severity set in Saturday afternoon and continued until Monday night. Over thirty inches of snow fell and under the influence of heavy wind it drifted very badly, interfering with railroad traffic. About 7 o’clock Monday morning a snowslide occurred above the boiler house, sweeping everything before it. The momentum was so great that it entirely demolished the boiler house, hurling it and much of its contents far down the gulch. The massive timbers and heavy iron were like chaff before the wind. Frank Kuretich, the fireman, was in the act of shoveling coal into the furnace and it so happened that he was in the only safe spot in the wreck, as he came out with only a slight scald of the face, due to the escaping steam. The company has a force of men repairing the damage and expects to have the mine running in a few days.

Redstone The Opera House was well filled to hear the lectures Saturday night of last week. Dr. Corwin was the first speaker. His subject was “Art in Egypt.” Following this he spoke of the work of the sociological department in matters architectural as well as social and intellectual. The “Minnequa Comedy Company” left for Pueblo Sunday evening. The Redstone Band played their farewell, and they were attended as far as Carbondale by a large company of Redstoneites. We regret to record that the kindergarten has been closed by reason of the small attendance occasioned by the deep snow and cold weather. The mercury sank to some where near 20 below zero the first week in February. Pietro Philippi, while working in the bin, was engulfed in the slack and suffocated before he could be removed. The accident occurred on Sunday morning. Coroner Belden came over from Aspen to investigate. There have been several snowslides on the High Line and at Coalbasin. One at Coalbasin destroyed the boiler house and one on the line covered the track twenty feet under snow, rocks and trees. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Osgood, the former a nephew of J.C. Osgood, are visiting at Crystal Ranch.

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Echo-Travels… Please consider taking The Crystal Valley Echo along on your next travel adventure. Send your photo to Dr. Steve Okeson, who has longtime ties to the Crystal Valley, reads The Crystal Valley Echo at Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) in Nepal. He says this photo was taken at sunrise, crossing "one of the world's highest trekking goals. We got up at Thorung Phedi Basecamp at 2 a.m. and climbed 3,000 feet with headlamps for three hours in the bitter cold. My water froze solid at 16,500 feet.” This is in the Annapurna region of Nepal, west of Mt. Everest. There are several peaks here that reach above 8,000 meters. Watch for a story about Steve’s travels in next month’s Echo. Kyle Stewart of Carbondale writes the “From the Planet” astrology column for both The Crystal Valley Echo and The Grand Valley Echo. When adventuring to the Yucatan recently, Kyle got into the spirit and traveled with both Echoes. Read about her trip on page 21 of this paper.

Sculptor Kenny Reher's polar bear family greets residents of the BRB subdivision off Highway 133. As he works, Kenny enjoys meeting new people and talking with neighbors. He says he enjoys building his creations "for the community. I like to make people happy." Watch for his Easter bunnies! Photos by Diane Kenney.

Church Happenings Marble Community Church "Building Believers – Reaching Seekers" By Lafe Murray, pastor I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a great start to the New Year. The church graciously allowed [my wife] Lori and I to spend Christmas in Sacramento – where we both have family. We didn’t mind missing the many feet of snow that fell here until we caught up with our shoveling when we returned. It reminded us of why we don't leave during the winter. Thank you to our church for taking up the slack while we were gone. The theme of the messages this year will be on our relationship with God – particularly, having a close relationship with God. The summer messages will be about the fruits, or results, in our lives because of this relationship – like love, joy, peace and patience. The foundation of a close relationship with God is understanding our "speckness." We are a speck on a speck on a speck in this universe. The universe is a speck to our infinite God. The core of a human relationship with God is humility and deep respect for who God is. God is holy, just, merciful, gracious, and glorious. This leads us to relate to God as a speck, a slave, a friend, a family member, and as a future bride. Each of these steps draws us closer and closer to Jesus. Currently, we are doing a seven-week devotional study of wisdom. This is a rewrite of the pastors’ book on wisdom that is for small groups. These materials are available to anyone who might be interested. The lectures with discussion are held each Sunday at 8:45 a.m. Coming up we are doing a free Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. We will feast and then show a great movie on marriage called "Fireproof" starring Kurt Cameron. All are welcome to attend. Hope you have a great 2009 and that you draw closer to God each and every day.

Church at Redstone “Feel the Love!” By Louis McBurney Louis McBurney, who ran the Marble Retreat for clergy and who passed away in January, wrote this column recently. (See Louis’ obituary on page 10.) We’re publishing it in this issue, along with an added note from Church at Redstone Pastor Bruce Gledhill, in memory of Louis and his lasting impact on our community. There has been a common impression we've heard for 30 years from visitors at the Church at Redstone, and we'd love for every person in the valley to share that experience. The remarks have come from folks who come from every corner of the globe. Many have been the pastors and missionaries visiting the Marble Retreat. What we've heard is, "From the minute we walked in, we could feel the love here.” I'm not sure what exactly has contributed to that impression, but I have my ideas. First, I think it's the relaxed style of the church. There is our instant sense of acceptance and friendliness. People welcome you and you feel included. Second is the informality in the worship. In some churches, you feel uncomfortable that you don't know the liturgy or language. At the Church at Redstone, you sense the informality and understandable expression of God's grace. We're all just plain folks, like you, who need God's love and peace. Third, and more difficult to explain, God's Spirit pervades the whole experience. The Bible promises that when we gather in Jesus’ name, His Spirit is there. That Spirit is the unseen presence of our Creator who is there to embrace you and calm your spirit. Note from Pastor Bruce Gledhill: Perhaps one of the greatest factors of all in creating that atmosphere of love and acceptance was Louis himself! He lived, better than anyone else I've known, the very things that he wrote about in this column. His gracious, joyous, and loving character radiated out and touched multitudes of people around him. He was a rich blessing to our church, our community, and the world.

MYSTERY PHOTO CONTEST Thanks to Jackie Dearborn for sending in this month’s mystery photo. HERE’S A HINT - it no longer exists, but it is visible in a photo inside this issue of the Echo!

Do you know what this is? You could win a $25 Gift Certificate to

THE REDSTONE GENERAL STORE! If you can identify the image in the photo, send an email to by Feb. 15, put “mystery photo” in the subject line. All correct entrants will be put in a hat, and a winner drawn and announced in the March Echo. Congratulations to Janice Ingram, winner of last month’s Mystery Photo Contest. She correctly identified the photo to the left as “That is the birdhouse Scott Crow made and gave to the Church which is outside in the front planter.”

Thank you to all participants!

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At the trustee’s meeting

Marble Board of Trustees By Lafe Murray Dec. 4, 2008 The meeting was called to order with four trustees present. Minutes for the November meeting were approved. Bills were approved and paid. The proposed budget for 2009 was approved. Noteworthy in this discussion was that the value for all the property in Marble is $3.2 million. The levy of 6.505 is half the town’s budget. Approval was given to remove a large tree on town property behind the Stalter's house. Recycling continues to be collected in the Marble Community Church shed and taken to Redstone once a month. Under unfinished business was discussion of getting a rock crusher to provide rock for roads in town. Approval was given for the mayor to sign the annual HUTF (number of roads) report. There was a discussion about a phone conversation with John Williams regarding water issues and who is responsible to collect funds. This is needed by June of 2009. A final decision was tabled. The meeting was adjourned.

Jan. 8, 2009 The meeting was called to order with four trustees present; the fifth trustee came in later. The location for posting notices of meetings for the board of trustees was approved. Minutes for the Dec. 4 meeting were approved. All the bills were approved and paid. The Mill Site Committee has not met, but continues to plan a dedication and community get together for the Labor Day weekend. The quarry has requested permission to park their snow removal equipment on town property in exchange for pushing back snow in that section of the town. This was approved. It was noted that this may need follow up in the spring. Max and Jodi Taylor came to request snow plowing – this was approved for now. There continues to be ideas to make Marble self-sustaining; solar power was discussed. Under unfinished business was the need to inform residents that the town is not responsible for damage done to vehicles parked in town right of ways when snow plowing is done. A letter will be sent to those concerned. Under administrative, having a judge come to Marble once a month was talked about but no action taken. The conversation with John Williams was delayed until both boards could meet and John could be present. The public hearing for rezoning Glenn and Patsy Smith's property was scheduled for March. A letter from the Colorado Department of Health in reference to Marble/marble was discussed. Under comments from citizens not on the agenda, a food bank in Marble is in process to be located somewhere in town (most likely at the church). The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

LAND USE CHANGE REQUEST The Marble Board of Trustees will be holding a public hearing March 5, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Historic Marble City/State Bank Building, 103 W. Main Street, to consider a land use change request from Glenn and Patsy Smith to re-zone their property, located at 575 W. Park Street, from Residential to Business. For more information, contact Karen Mulhall 970-274-6105.

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MCS Update So much has happened since we last sat down to update our readers! We ve had a wonderful winter break and are buckling down for the winter months ahead; as you know, winter can drag on quite long up here! We also like to spend time in the winter sharpening our skills and preparing to amaze on our CSAP, NWEA, and 6Trait tests early in the spring. We ve been hitting the math books hard, and many of us can now say we are fraction experts. We ve manipulated those numerators and denominators like crazy! In Language Arts, we ve been working on writing in many different styles. We wrote fairy tales using cues, we are working on persuasive essays, and we are embarking upon the infamous research report! Many of us also read, What the Moon Saw, by Laura Resau, and then traveled to Carbondale to meet with her. She was truly inspiring!

We spent some time reflecting upon Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Civil Rights Movement in honor of MLK Day, and then concluded our Fall Elections Unit by watching the Inauguration of our 44th President and discussing this historic event. In Science, we re headed towards the conclusion of our Jason Project called Resilient Planet. We ve learned so much about our earth - things like biodiversity and carrying capacity. We re using that knowledge and our judgment to write persuasive essays arguing our personal choice for how many people Earth should carry. It ll be interesting to compare answers! We wish all MT readers a very happy Groundhog s Day and Valentine s Day! May your month be filled with love, and not with the shadow of six more weeks of winter . . . unless you live in Marble, in which case, six more weeks would be truly short!

Pet of the Month: Mouse! by Leandra The mouse is a very skittish animal. The wild ones can carry diseases, but mice you can buy at a pet store are usually disease-free. Albino mice are white with red eyes. It is rumored that mice like cheese and peanut butter. In my opinion, they like peanut butter better!


Horse of the Month By Briana Horse: The Percheron The Percheron is a draft horse, also known as a heavy horse, which means it is bigger and has a stockier build than most horses. It is descended from the Arabian and was used to plow fields and pull carts. Now they are used for shows and pulling carriages. Description: The Percheron is one of the biggest horses, and stands anywhere between 15-19 hands (1 hand is about 7 in.) to their shoulders. They are grey or black and, despite their size, graceful. Facts: The Percheron originated in France The Percheron is often used in horse shows Percherons are proud alert and intelligent Ancestors of the Percheron were used as battle mounts

Did you Know? By Olivia and Victoria; Facts by National Geographic Kids • A pizza topped with 24-karat gold was sold for more than $4,000. • Marshmallows were originally made from roots of a plant called the Marsh-Mallow. • The first microwave oven was almost as tall as a refrigerator. • The largest pencil is 76 feet tall, about as long as 7 crocodiles. • If you read a book a month, it would take you 1,711,057 years to get through all of the books in the Library of Congress. • People report the most UFO sightings when Venus is closest to Earth. • There are about 16 million thunderstorms on Earth every year.



DAVID PARKS & LAURIE FARBER & FAMILY • ANONYMOUS DONOR These sponsorships help off-set the cost of producing the Marble Times thus allowing the Marble Times to remain ad-free, so the student’s work can be the focus of The Marble Times. If you would like to join them in sponsoring The Marble Times, please contact or 963-2373

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CONGRATULATIONS to our many MCS HEROES! Students receive awards for exceptional effort in the classroom, or on the playground, or for having perfect attendance for that month. THANKS to all of you for your efforts to make our learning community the best that it can be!

Marble Charter School UPCOMING EVENTS: 2/8 RCA Presentation on Project Based Learning 2/17 MCS BOARD Meeting 4PM 2/20 MCS 7th ANNUAL TALENT SHOW

SEEKING: A few talented volunteers for the Marble Charter

SCHOOL BOARD.The MCS Board acts as the Governing Council of our community school, and is active in setting policy and fundraising. The MCS Board follows Carver Policy Governance. Elections are this April. If you are interested in serving on the MCS Board, please submit a letter of interest to MCS 412 W. Main St., Marble, CO 81623 or call 963 9550 for further information.


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COLORADO HUMANITIES & CENTER FOR THE BOOK for sponsoring this program. What the Moon Saw is a book about Clara Luna, a girl who travels to Mexico to meet her grandparents. However her grandparents’ life is not what she imagined. So Clara spent the rest of the summer making new friends, listening to her grandmother’s stories and learning new things. by Briana

I am thankful for meeting Laura Resau, the author of What the Moon Saw, because it was a life changing experience. It is awesome to meet the author of a book, because I’ve never done that before and this book is one of my two favorite books. It was really nice that Laura came to tell us about her experiences and do the reading-writing workshop with us. It was a golden experience to meet and talk with her!! I will never forget it. by Olivia

Writing Tips I learned from Laura Resau (by Juliana) -Live an adventurous life so you have lots to write about. -Use your life experiences in It was cool to meet the author of a your stories book you’ve read because you can see what the person is really like. -keep a journal in which you write Often when you read a book you think down your experiences of what the author might be like; are - Read, Read, Read they exciting, adventurous, thoughtful -Use all of your senses to you never really know until you meet describe things with awesome them. Another reason meeting the author is a great experience is it gives adjectives and adverbs.

In the book “What the Moon Saw” the characters in Mexico were Mixtec. Mixtec is one of the indigenous tribes in Mexico. When we met the author, Laura Resau, she showed us a slide show of the real Mixtec people she met in the town of Oaxaca, which is where she based the story. They are very alike and very different from us. An example of a difference is that instead of using toilet paper they use scraps, even pages of a math book. An example of an alikeness is that they have pets to help them. I think it was a really great book and the real Mixtec people we saw were amazing. by Victoria

you a chance to learn more about the book and the characters in it. You can ask why a character was invented, what inspired the author to write the book and what real life experiences are in the book. So if you ever get the chance to meet an author do it! by Paul

*S*N*O*W* . . . Visualizations in Words by the Macek Monsters A White Wonderland by Julia

Snow Description Paul Roman

A meadow turned from a green paradise to a white wonderland. The green land is covered with a blanket of pure crystal white snow. The proud trees one stood tall and green as a golf field. But now they stand beautifully white, sparkling in the sun. But soon, very soon, the white wonderland will melt away and in its place will come the green paradise. But we do not want the white wonderland to go away so fast because we like the sparkling white wonderland.

A snowflake falls, its many surfaces sparkling reflecting light. It spirals dancing in the wind. Then it lands softly upon its brethren not making a sound. Around the flake is an aspen grove silent as a hawk. There is a sense of sheer wonder to the place. You have to contemplate how something so ordinary can be so magical. Yet life itself is

magical in so many ways. As you examine the grove more closely you find little treasures. A set of mouse prints hurrying across the snow. So simple yet so perfect it invokes the sense of wonder again. Then there’s an aspen trunk erupting out of the snow. The tree reaches up toward the sky with many bare branches. Then you leave the scene leaving it undisturbed until spring comes again.

Snow By Olivia Savard

I come inside from a cold winter day. My cheeks are red from the freezing air. I take off my snow clothes, which are coated in easy-pack snow, and walk into the kitchen, feeling the warm air from the fire hit my face and body. I stop feeling so cold. In the kitchen I smell dinner on the stove. Mom said that she saw me coming inside and made me some hot cocoa and peanut- butter crackers. In the living room I sit on my favorite chair by the fire. I glance out the frosted window to see my snowman that I just built. It looks happy with its dark black coal eyes and smile. It is pure white and 3 balls high. I used sticks for the arms and put a purplish vest on it. I also put on a black top hat with a purple bow. The JASON PROJECT UPDATE: We’re immersed in the RESILIENT PLAN- For the nose, I used a carrot. He is a beautiful sight through the white snow ET curriculum. Check out what we found falling slanted and slowly. It is like he is in these owl pellets! alive with his sparkling black coal eyes, his perfect smile and real clothes. But there is something I forgot; a broom. So I run outside and bring a broom. It is freezing in my light jacket. I quickly put the broom in his snow-topped curved hands and run inside. Later mom took a picture with me standing right by him, the snow still falling in the background. I decided to name him CB, which stands for “Cheeseburger.” I named him that because that is what we had for dinner, so I think it fits him.



We’re glad you are back at MCS working with our Kindergartners and teaching us art!

When Stephanie left she gave us this mailbox that she painted herself so we would have a place to put the letters we write in class.

We wish Stephanie and her family joy and happiness in their new home. Maybe we can go there on a field trip one day.

The Wonderkids were asked, “What was your BEST Winter Break ever?” Here are the third grade’s responses.

We’re so happy to have Chrisy Sidelinger at our school this year! Here she is with our Kinders. She teaches after-school classes too! WOW! We loved dissecting Owl Pellets to find out what owls eat! Food the owl can’t digest, such as fur, feathers, and bones, are regurgitated in the form of a pellet. We were surprised how many different critters owls eat. We found the skeletons of mice, voles, gophers, shrews,and Lucas even found a whole bird skeleton.

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Can you Artists, we learned about their techniques match the and tried to imitate them. How did we do? artists with our paintings?

COPYCATS: Inspired by Master

Salvador Dali William Turner Pablo Picasso Andy Goldsworthy Vincent Van Gogh RJF Bob Ross

DIFFERENT DAY AT MCS ( Theme: Different Gender)

Check out our cool collages! Photo of the Month by Paul

We created collages about ourselves, attempting to show what makes us uniquely us!



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Happy Holiday Memories of the Winter Bazaar



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Check out our snow descriptions on MT p. 3!

More “ME” Collages!


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The Echo’s Parting Shot… See you next month! Photo by Jane Bachrach

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The INNsider -


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IT’S THE INN THING… SHARPEN YOUR BLADES…. If you don’t have a set, don’t worry, we have your number. Ice skating is back at the Redstone Inn. Dust off your skates and enjoy a cup of cocoa while you skate anytime between 8am and 10pm everyday of the week. The groomed outdoor rink is lit until 10pm and rental skates are available at the front desk. The use of the ice rink is free to all Redstone Inn guests and skate rental, hockey or figure, is only five dollars. For non-guests facility use fee is ten dollars and includes the use of the hot tub and fitness center in addition to the ice rink.


CONGRATULATIONS! Paula Moore & Ed Phillips of Ajax Bike & Sports in Carbondale wed at the Redstone Church on January 11, 2009. The Sleigh was the chariot of choice to bring the happy couple to the Redstone Inn for a momentous reception. (Photo by Sandy Kaplan)

INNKEEPER GOES BEHIND BARS On February 26th, 2009 the Innkeeper of the Redstone Inn will be going behind bars for a good cause. The incarceration will take place at noon in the MDA’s “Maximum Appreciation Facility” at Beau Jo’s at Buffalo Valley in Glenwood Springs, where Ms. Nicole M. Richardson will be sentenced and held until her bail set at $1,600 has been raised in order to free this little jail bird. The Glenwood Springs Lock Up will benefit the Western Slope Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. All bail money will benefit MDA’s local health care service program as well as worldwide research efforts. Please help the Muscular Dystrophy Association, every penny counts. If you would like to make a donation please call 970.963.2526 or stop by the Redstone Inn. This page paid for by the Redstone Inn

The Redstone Bar & Grill will be hosting an evening of Cowboy Poetry on February 7th at 7:00pm. Make sure you don’t miss out on this… one night only!

VALENTINE’S DAY SWEETHEARTS BALL Bring your sweetheart for a four course dinner and a night of dancing with the North Fork Flyers this Valentine’s day. Calling all rug cutters; the band will play 7pm to 10pm and if you would like to enjoy a dance or two cover charge is only $10.


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