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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

September 2012


Volume 9 Number 9

Opening a vein

Lead King Loop page 3

Dreamweaver page 5

An Italian father and son – Enrico and Locati Luiani – now own and operate Colorado Stone Quarries in partnership with RED Graniti Company. Located above Marble, the new owners have discovered a vein of marble they have named the Lincoln Portal.. Photo by Sue McEvoy

Great Outdoors page 10

Outward Bound /Crystal page 15

Marble Times pages 19-21

New portal in Marble quarry reveals another 65 to 100 years of stone production By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer Walls of giant white blocks are being extracted from the first new portal created in more than 100 years in Marble’s famous quarry. Many of those blocks are being tossed over the hillside into a scrap pile as workers cut deeper into the new vein. Using their new Fantini cutting machine, workers at Colorado Stone Quarries, Inc. – formerly known as the Colorado Yule Quarry – began making the entrance to the new portal in late July above an access tunnel. They’re in a race to get as much done as possible before winter starts. “What we’ve got to do up here is get back far enough into the mountain so that

we can hang a curtain and pump heat into here and continue to work,” said Kimberley Perrin, the quarry’s corporate officer. Italian-owned The reserve, or vein, of marble that the workers are accessing is judged to be 300 feet wide, 300 feet deep and two miles long according to the core drills that have been done. “We recover about 30 percent of everything we excavate so you have to figure that 70 percent is something that has undesirable characteristics, fractures, spots or color,” said Kimberley about what determines if a block is kept or not. An Italian corporation owned by Enrico

Locati Luciani, in partnership with RED Graniti Company, now owns and operates the quarry that has been in existence for more than 100 years. The new portal is expected to supply another 65 to 100 years of stone production. Once the entrance is completed, workers will start cutting blocks towards each side of the opening, laying down one wall at a time while removing blocks from another. New portal has a name Even though the other three quarry portals that opened a century ago never had names, this new one is called the Lincoln Portal.

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

Save your box tops Dear Echo: My name is Alicia Benesh, also known as Wyatt's mom, and I’m the volunteer Box Tops Coordinator at Marble Charter School. This year, our goal is to raise $500. There are three easy ways you can help: 1) Clip the box tops from hundreds of participating products and send them to school with your kids, bring them to the Marble Charter School or drop them off at the Redstone General Store. Each one is worth 10 cents when our school redeems them from Box Tops for Education. 2) Shop online at your favorite online stores through the Box Tops Marketplace Our school can earn eBoxTops with every qualifying purchase you make, at no additional cost to you. 3) Sign up to support our school at where you can see how much our school is earning with Box Tops, enter online promotions for chances to win eBoxTops and other prizes and print coupons for your favorite Box Tops brands. You can also sign up for Box Tops e-mail newsletters that will keep you updated on the program, and for Marketplace newsletters that include offers from online retailers where you can earn eBoxTops. To learn more, visit boxtops4edu- Thanks for choosing to make a difference for our school with Box Tops. Alicia Benesh Box Tops Coordinator at Marble Charter School

Living with bears means making your property uninviting for them Dear Echo: We have been fortunate to be part-time residents of Marble since 1989. Those of us who live in this special place take great pride in our forests, mountains and streams, and are thrilled at the sight of wildlife. This summer it seems we are having more than the usual number of wildlife sightings—particularly bears. During August, we have had several opportunities to watch these marvelous creatures wander through our property. Our 4-year-old granddaughter and her cousins were excited to view “wild” bears from our deck. We made stories about the bears, we talked about bears, we drew bears. I think we even dreamed about bears! It is out of love and concern for them that I continued on page 14

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 Assistant Copy Editor Jae Julgran Advertising Sales Alyssa Ohnmacht • 963-2373 Distribution Dawn Distribution • 963-0874

Contributors to this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo: Steve Legersky, Alan Weaver, Kelley Cox, RenataScheder-Bieschin, Keenan Gipe, Charlotte Graham, Bettie Lou Gilbert, Pat Bingham, Sarah Johnson, Kelsy Been, Ro Mead, George Newman, David Boyd, Renelle Lott, Janice Ingram, Bruce Gledhill, Marble schools staff and students, Michael Edminister, Dustin Hovel

The Crystal Valley Echo is published monthly, and is distributed throughout the entire Crystal Valley. Home delivery is available for many locations throughout the valley. Newspaper box locations: Carbondale City Market (inside) • Village Smithy Carbondale Post Office • Dos Gringos • Red Rock Diner Redstone General Store • Marble Charter School The Echo is also available at businesses from El Jebel to Glenwood Springs and throughout the Crystal Valley. For subscriptions Please send $35 and address information to: The Crystal Valley Echo 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 For information Please contact us: 963-2373 All copy submitted to The Crystal Valley Echo will be edited and reviewed by our staff for style, grammar and content. The Crystal Valley Echo reserves the right to refuse publication of any submitted material that does not meet the our standards for a positive, informative, educational community newspaper.


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Rockfall mitigation work on Highway 133 begins Sept. 10

Run/Stroll for the Schools

TK Mining and Construction was awarded a contract to do a rock scaling, rockfall mitigation and slope stabilization project on Highway 133 beginning Sept. 10 and lasting into the end of October, with work scheduled to finish in 2013.The The areas where the work is scheduled to take place are mile marker 48, just north of Placita and mile markers 44-45, along the south side of McClure Pass. According to TK Mining contractor Brandon Manahan, the work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, leaving Friday through Sunday unaffected. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane during much of the work and 20-minute road closures can be expected during the actual rock-scaling portion of the project. “We’ll have one lane barricaded off, which will be the inside lane on the slope side, with concrete barriers going all the way down the road to keep the rocks from coming into the road,” said Brandon. “There will be one lane of passable traffic.” Rock scaling entails removing detrimental rocks off of cliffs alongside the highway. Workers using a scale bar, similar to a pry bar, are lowered down the cliff face with ropes and harnesses, and pry out potentially loose rocks. TK Mining will also be using air bags, which just as it sounds, is a rubberized bag filled with air. The bag is shoved in the loose cracks and will actually push the rocks off the face. Other facets of the work include installing rock bolts to anchor large slabs of rock, a wire mesh to stabilize a slope and shock treat sprayed onto slopes as reinforcement. – Sue McEvoy, Echo Staff Writer

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has released graphics of the proposed depot building that is being planned for Elk Park in Redstone. Open Space is working with a local community group and Bluegreen's landscaping team in creating Elk Park's future. The next Elk Park planning meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard.

Take a stroll or race for time at the Lead King Loop Charity Races Fall in the Crystal Valley means changing leaves, cooler days – and the Lead King Loop Charity Races. The events – a 25k, 12.5k and a kids’ 1.25-mile event – are called “races” but participants are invited to either walk the course at a leisurely pace, or run for top times. And it’s all for a good cause: Proceeds benefit Marble’s schools. Called the most scenic race in Colorado by Colorado Runner magazine, this year’s events run from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 16. If you’re running for the money, the USA Track & Field Colorado masters winners receive $150, with open first places receiving $200, and cash prizes through fifth place. In addition, there’s a $100 bonus for a course record. Expect lots of swag, awards, support, refreshments, barbecue from Slow Groovin’ BBQ, fun and more. Registration starts at $20 for kids to $75 for the 25K. Go to leadkingloop25k for more info and to register. – Carrie Click, Echo Editor

Graphic courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

W H O Steve Legersky



With “Who We Are," our objective is to give community members better connections and familiarity with each other.


Occupation: Owner, Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery in downtown Glenwood Age: 56

2) I didn’t mean to rebuff Jimmy Buffet when I saw him in Key West, but I didn’t recognize him. 3) My wife is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I tell her that every day. She literally saved my life when I broke my neck.

Birthplace: Natrona Heights, Pa. When did you move to the Crystal Valley and why? 1980. I broke my thumb while I was working on a shrimp boat in Key West, Fla., and I couldn’t work. I moved out here at my brother Mike’s urging. What three things would you like people to know about you? 1) I give really good discounts to local artists at Artist’s Mercantile.

Which living person do you most admire? My wife Jan. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? From my dad: Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. What is your favorite thing to do in the Crystal Valley? Paint.

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

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YOUR CALENDAR FOR GOINGS ON IN AND AROUND THE CRYSTAL RIVER VALLEY Help the Echo’s calendar grow; let us know. Send event items to by the 15th of the preceding month. Be sure to include the five Ws (who, what, when, why and where); contact info, cost and anything else you think readers need to know.

• Aug. 25-Sept. 23: Archery season for deer and elk., 303-291-7529. • Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Redstone Art Foundation Labor Day Weekend Art Show starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 with an opening reception and runs through Sunday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. Go to for details. • Sept. 2: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Summer Music in the Park presents the Mountain Metamoocil Boys at Redstone Park. 963-8240. • Sept. 3: Most government offices will be closed on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3, and if you labor, you should be closed too • Sept. 3-7: Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities hosts its debut Plein Air Happening festival, to be held at various times and locations in Carbondale. Grand finale at the CCAH R2 Gallery on Sept. 7, 6-8 pm. 963-1680 or • Sept. 5: 5-7 p.m. The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts the Carbondale Bicycle Ditch Tour. Learn about Carbondale’s water ditch system. Bring your bike and helmet. Registration required., 927-1290. • Sept 6: 5:30 p.m. Back to School Night at Marble Charter School. Learn about the new school year and volunteer for the Marble Olympics, Sept. 10-12. • Sept. 6: 7 p.m. Town of Marble Board of Trustees meets at Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church. • Sept. 7: 5-8 p.m. At First Fridays – Carbondale’s celebration of the arts, shopping, dining and music – galleries and shops stay open late and restaurants run specials. For more info go to, 963-1890. • Sept. 7: 6-8 p.m. Opening night reception for “Moonlight Mythstakes of Summerscape-isms,” featuring new ceramic tumblers, luminaries, flower bricks and wall pieces by artist Jesse Ringat the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St., Carbondale. Exhibit runs through Oct. 2. 963-2529, • Sept. 8-16: Muzzleloading rifle season for deer, elk and moose., 303-291-7529. • Sept. 8: 9-11:30 a.m. The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a Family Fall Exploration at Filoha Meadows Open Space near Redstone. Bring the kids to explore beaver ponds, learn about bats, and go on a scavenger hunt. Tour will happen rain or shine. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. Registration required., 927-1290. • Sept. 8: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Triennial Full Scale Airport Emergency Exercise at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. Volunteers are needed to portray “vicitms” and their families during this simulated training exercise. Volunteers will receive a light breakfast, lunch and a commemorative aluminum water bottle. 429-2852. • Sept. 8: 5:30-7:30 p.m. A Touch of Western Art Show and Reception at Connie Hendrix Studio and Gallery featuring Terry Haven, Kim Parkey, Harry Knipe, Dan Prazen, Charlie Manus, Kristin Sidelinger, Jim Cox. Dress western; if not, come anyway. Line dancing, snacks, beer and fun. 640 W. Main St., Marble, 9635815, • Sept. 10: Expect rockfall mitigation work to begin near Placita and on the south side of McClure Pass. Twenty-minute traffic delays can be expected when rocks are being removed. • Sept. 11: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn. Learn about upcoming Redstone events, and help plan for them. • Sept. 11: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rio Grande Trail site visit meets at Stein Park, by the Slaughterhouse Bridge below Snowbunny to help determine the non-motorized trail’s final alignment and surface make-up. Bring bikes and be prepared to ride an eight-mile round trip on the soft surface of the existing Rio Grande Trail. RSVP required; contact 920-5232, • Sept. 11: 7-8:30 p.m. East Meets West: Colorado’s Water Future, a Colorado River Cooperative agreement discussion meets in the Roosevelt Room at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood. Presented by the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Free. 927-1290,

• Sept. 12, 14 and 18: Spellbinders, the Roaring Fork Valley’s organization of volunteer classroom storytellers, is holding halfday training sessions in Aspen, and in Carbondale, Oct. 22, 24 and 26. No ongoing commitment is required. Training cost is $50; includes all materials. 970-401-0618. • Sept. 14-15: Drop Into Carbondale Weekend combines fun and education in Carbondale, care of the Carbondale chamber. On Sept. 14 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. is the Annual Business Conference at the Gathering Center at The Orchard. Breakfast, vendors, speakers and more. $25/ticket, $250/expo booth. On Sept. 15 is the First Carbondale Chamber Golf tournament and Wells Fargo Ball Drop at Aspen Glen Golf Club at 1:30 p.m. with the ball drop followed by a shot gun start, contests, drink specials and dinner. $600/teams of four. Ball drop tickets start at $10/ball to win cash and prizes;, 963-1890. • Sept. 16: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Lead King Loop charity races include a 25k, 12.5k and a kids’ 1.25 mile events. Race, run or hike. Lots of swag, awards, support, refreshments and more. Registration starts at $20 for kids to $75 for the 25K. Proceeds benefit Marble schools. Go to leadkingloop25k for more info and to register. • Sept. 16: 1-5 p.m. Open House & Studio Art Sale wth Roberta Stokes at 168 Redstone Boulevard, Redstone. • Sept. 16: 6 p.m. Jeff Strahan returns to play his blend of soulful country blues rock and folk at The Crystal Club on Redstone Boulevard in Redstone. • Sept. 20: 1-3 p.m. Time to recycle in Redstone. In front of the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Sept. 21-23: The fifth annual Rocky Mountain Ominium Bike Race in Carbondale includes three days of bike racing;, • Sept. 26: 5:30 p.m. The next Elk Park planning meeting has been moved from Sept. 5 to Sept. 26 at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Lindsey, 920-5224. • Sept. 27: 6 p.m. Roaring Fork Conservancy presents Elk Bugling at Filoha Meadows near Redstone. Pre-registration required; 9271290, • Sept. 30: Deadline to submit photos for the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 2012 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Competition. Photos must include rivers, streams or waters in the Roaring Fork watershed. Amateur and professional photographer’s divisions. For more info and rules, contact 927-1290,

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are at 1:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, then on weekends through the winter. Visit the baronial home of Redstone’s founder, John Cleveland Osgood. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 963-9656 or • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Redstone. $25/person. 963-2526, • Now through Nov. 30, Crystal River Jeep Tours run tours all over the Crystal Valley. 963-1991. • There will be no Pilates in Redstone in September as instructor Sue McEvoy will be in India volunteering with Global Dental Relief. Classes resume Oct. 4. Julley, Sue! • The Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale has Story Time sessions for all ages of children, art classes, and more. 76. S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Call 963-2889 for more info. • Total Body Fitness schedule in Redstone is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Have a two-hour body experience: Sculpt your figure with low impact to burn body fat, weight-bearing exercises to strengthen and breathing and mindful stretching for flexibility and body/mind awareness. Free to the community. All abilities welcome. Since 1995. Personal training available. Instructor: Lisa Wagner, 963-8240. • Zumba Gold, dancing lessons for seniors, with professional Latin dance instructor Paula Valenti meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Third Street Center.

• A drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing session is held every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third, Suite 9, Carbondale. No cost but there is a model’s fee and attendees need to bring supplies and easels. 963-1680. • HEARTBEAT – support for survivors after suicide – meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper St. (the Bethel Chapel entrance), Glenwood. Call Pam Szedelyi, 945-1398, or • Want to be "In Stitches"? Every first, third and sometimes fifth Wednesday, bring the stitches (knit, crochet, needlepoint etc.) of your choice to the Redstone Inn Library Room from 4-6 p.m. Beginner to advanced. Call Kay Bell, 963-9811, or Mary Dorais, 963-3862. • Hospice of the Valley grief and support groups meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the hospice’s offices in Basalt. All who have experienced loss are welcome. Contact Sean Jeung, 927-6650, • The Aspen Art Museum is partnering with the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St. in Carbondale, to offer Story Art, a free children’s program that combines learning to read with making art. Story Art is held on the first Thursday of every month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Registration recommended. 963-2889. • Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) in Carbondale is offering a new batch of art classes this fall, including weaving, sewing, doll making, folk art, jewelry making, knitting, book binding and more. Contact CCAH at, 963-1680. • Recycling in Redstone is on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Bring your cardboard, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, aluminum, steel cans and office paper to the Pitkin County bin parked adjacent to the Church at Redstone, Redstone Boulevard. • Zingers, a group of seniors who sing all over the Roaring Fork Valley, meet at 2 p.m. every Thursday with Betsy Schenck for practice at Seniors Matter, in Room 33 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale; • AA in Redstone is every Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a closed step discussion meeting at the Church at Redstone on the Boulevard. Men and women welcome. • One Moment, a local support group for bereaved parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or early infant loss meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marcia Viallarreal and Amanda Emerson-Burger lead the group, and bring their experience in pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and motherhood. Meetings are held at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Glenwood. Free. 963-7110, 379-5387, • Painting with Expression and Creativity, an art class for seniors, meets on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale with instructor Gerry Michel. 963-2536, 948-7033. • Carbondale Recreation offers classes and programs for a range of activities for kids and adults. 704-4190, • Get help: Crystal Valley residents living in Pitkin County (that’s you, Redstonians), are encouraged by the Aspen Counseling Center to pick up the phone if you are in an emotional crisis and need to talk to a trained professional. Don’t wait. Call 920-5555.

UPCOMING • Oct. 6: 8:15 a.m. Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy; half-marathon and 5k race, all ages and abilities welcome. No Name rest area, Exit 119 on Interstate 70, east of Glenwood Springs. 945-5282, • Oct. 13: Octoberfest in Redstone includes German food, beer and music, plus hayrides and games. Go to for more info. • Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 30-31: 6, 7, 8, 9 p.m. Redstone Haunted Hay Ride - a 40-minute heart-pounding ride. 963-2526.




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Meet Alan Weaver, The Dreamweaver By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer Each and every Wednesday, there is a musical blast from the past when the familiar melody “Dream Weaver,” Gary Wright’s chart-topping hit released in 1975, resonates over the airwaves of Carbondale’s public radio station KDNK. This song is the theme for the weekly radio show, The Dreamweaver, hosted by Redstone’s Alan Weaver. Each week from 2 to 4 p.m., Alan plays a variety of “good music” and usually conducts interviews with musicians who are scheduled to play somewhere in the Carbondale area. “’Good music’ is how I classify [the show], and that can be any genre. Since I do so many interviews I tend to play music that’s related to that artist,” says Alan. Alan has been a volunteer disc jockey at KDNK for almost three years and really enjoys it. “The beauty of public radio is you have that freedom. You’re allowed to just create a show. I like to call it mood music; it’s music according to the mood I’m in. Generally speaking, these days I wander around between rhythm and blues, blues and Americana,” he says. Alan’s interest in public radio began in Telluride with his first volunteer DJ stint at KOTO in 2000. Prior to that, he worked in high-end audio systems in Las Vegas, Reno and Los Angeles. Raised in Ohio,

Alan and his wife Penny left in 1978 to head west. “We took the Harley apart and put it in the backseat of the Cadillac and drove across the country, landing in Phoenix,” he says. Now he designs and sells premium home electronic systems, automation lighting and audio systems. The name of his company is, of course, Dreamweaver Designs. Although not a professionally trained broadcaster, Alan has a talent for being a DJ that was quickly recognized at each public radio station with which he has Telluride’s volunteered: KOTO, Durango’s KDUR and now Carbondale’s KDNK. In all three cases he was a fill-in and was then given that slot. On his very first show at KDNK, station manager Luke Nestler asked Alan if he could do a live interview with Vince Herman, the singer, guitarist and washboard co-founder of Leftover Salmon. “I’m typically a kind of shy person but I said sure,” he says. “I had Luke run back to the computer to grab me a bio because I didn’t know a lot about Vince Herman. I did the interview and we had fun.” Now Alan reaches out to musicians or their managers and prefers to do interviews live in the KDNK studio. If the musician’s schedule doesn’t allow for that, he’ll do on on-air phone interview or record an interview “The Dreamweaver show has become yet another The Larry Good Band – Larry, Hap Harriman, Mario Villalobos, Doug Whitney and Paul Valentine – are about as local as it gets. Three of the band members live in Marble. The band played in Redstone Park on Aug. 25 as part of the Magical Moments Summer Concert Series. The last concert of the series features the Mountain Metamoocil Boys on Sept. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Redstone Park. Photo by Sue McEvoy




End of Summer Concert JEFF STRAHAN BAND • NO COVER • SEPT. 16TH • 6 P.M.

must-listen-to show on KDNK,” says Luke. “Alan has become a very good interviewer of musicians touring through the area. It’s a pleasure to hear him cajole some of these artists into saying sometimes surprising and sometimes very interesting takes on life and life as a musician. I’ll never forget him getting Texas singer/songwriter Lisa Morales to read the KDNK pet report.” In addition to his own business and DJ-ing, Alan tends bar and helps line up music for The Crystal Club Café in Redstone. Owners Billy and Kim Amicon discovered one of their favorite musicians, slide guitarist Lincoln Durham, on one of Alan’s shows and invited him to play in Redstone in 2010 and 2012. This summer, Alan introduced Billy and Kim to another Texas musician, Jeff Strahan who opened their summer music on June 6. Jeff Strahan returns to The Crystal Club Café Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. to close out the music season with his blend of soulful-countryblues-rock and folk. To listen to The Dreamweaver show, tune into KDNK at 88.5 on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. or go to To learn more about Dreamweaver Designs go to

Top: Sue Foley, Alan Weaver and Peter Karp at The Crystal Club. Photo by Sue McEvoy Below: Alan at the KDNK studio.

Photo by Kelley Cox/Post Indpendent

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The miracle of sound By Renata Scheder-Bieschin, Echo contributor Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, said that it was easier to be blind than deaf because blindness separates you from things but deafness separates you from people. This is so true. For many years I was stone deaf. Although I was born with perfect hearing, at age 27 my hearing was affected when I was given the wrong medication while pregnant with my second son. Slowly I started to lose my hearing until the day came when there was none left. Communicating with family and friends became difficult. Although I had taken lip-reading lessons, I was not a good lip reader. The best way to communicate with me was by writing things down. I had prepared myself by moving from New York to Colorado to a beautiful area surrounded by mountains, rivers and forest. I could still see the beauty I could not hear. Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, a cochlear implant restored my hearing to a certain degree. It is not perfect but it is a million times better than being totally deaf. I am back in the world. However, I could still not understand most speakers at the church I joined in Redstone, with the exception of Pastor Bruce, who speaks very clearly. Very few people speak and enunciate words as clearly as he does. Music didn't sound good either until today when I heard the sounds of guitars just as clearly as I remembered them from before becoming deaf. I could also understand the songs and the person who gave the sermon in Pastor Bruce's absence thanks to a loop system that the church has just installed. I cried throughout the service, overflowing with the joy of hearing again and the gratitude I felt for my church for installing such a system. My special thanks go to Roger Yoder for setting it up. Now hard-of-hearing people can hear at the Church at Redstone thanks to an induction loop system, which magnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants. The hearing aids serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound direct to their ears. Over half of the hearing aids used in the United States are loop compatible, and this number is growing. Hearing aid loop listeners and people with cochlear implants only need to switch their hearing device to the "T" mode (telephone-telecoil) to hear. Those with hearing loss who do not yet wear a hearing aid or use one without a "T-switch" can request a wireless headset through which they too will be able to hear the miracle of sound. Further information about loop systems can be found at




Redstone Boulevard iPod music show fate to be decided “Radio Redstone,” Redstone Boulevard part-time resident John Hook’s amplified iPod music show that periodically comes from his porch, has its supporters and its detractors – about equally divided, according to John. However, the music has generated enough complaints for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office to issue a citation to John, who sets up speakers outside his house and plays music while providing DJ-like commentary. John told the Aspen Daily News in a mid-August story that he does his show about twice a week from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m Hook appeared in Pitkin County court within the past month after receiving the citation from Pitkin County Sheriff Deputy Michael Kendrick. The deputy explained that this is not a simple case of a noise violation, where decibal levels could be taken and if John’s music were over that level, he would need to modify the show in some way. Whether John will be allowed to play his music and give a running commentary on it is to be decided either at a twoday trial scheduled to begin on Oct. 25, or if an agreement can be reached outside of court. Deputy Kendrick said it’s unusual to have a situation such as this go to trial since it’s usually a one-time event and it’s resolved at the time of the complaint. – Carrie Click, Echo Editor

Enjoy fall in Redstone…

I'm off to Leh, Ladakh, India to volunteer with Global Dental Relief Classes resume Thursday, Oct. 4

Peak Pilates Certified Instructor SUE MCEVOY Mat Classes at The Historic Redstone Inn


Join us for Thursday, Sept. 27

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


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Redstone Art Show: A late summer tradition Redstone Labor Day Art Show schedule Redstone Inn lawn Friday, Aug. 31: 6-8 p.m. Opening night Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.






Studio & Gallery You are invited to

By the time this issue of The Crystal Valley Echo is distributed during the first part of September, the Redstone Labor Day Weekend Art Show will be in full swing. This year features 36 artists from the Crystal, Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys, plus a few from around the state and even a couple from Arizona. The event attracts art lovers to view and purchase art, speak to participating artists, watch artists create their work in the demonstration area, and participate in one of the short, free workshops offered through the weekend. Profits from the show go to a scholarship each year for a Roaring Fork High School senior who will be continuing his or her education in the field of art. For more information and to see a complete listing of all participating artists, go to – or head over to the Redstone Inn’s lawn and take a look for yourself under the big white tents.

– Carrie Click, Echo Editor

A TOUCH OF WESTERN Art Show and Reception at Connie Hendrix Studio and Gallery


Saturday, September 8, 2012, 5:30 to 7:30 PM We’re introducing a mix of western art by local artists along with our gallery artists, plus line dancing, chuck wagon style ranch snacks, beer and fun. ART presented by Connie Hendrix Studio and Gallery LINE DANCING sponsored by The Inn at Raspberry Ridge CHUCK WAGON SNACKS AND BEER Slow Groovin’ BBQ POPCORN TASTING BAR provided by Two Haute Cowgirls Gourmet Popcorn DRESS WESTERN. IF NOT, COME ANYWAY. Artists with a touch of Western: Terry Haven local photographer presenting her cowgirl series and Marble memories Kim Parkey presenting his Bits and Spurs Harry Knipe museum quality leatherwork miniature saddles Dan Prazen bronzes Charlie Manus wildlife Kristin Sidelinger photographer Jim Cox Etchings o o o o o

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Wendel Deloss Gipe Sept. 12, 1953 – July 21, 2012 Wendel Deloss Gipe, 58, passed away on July 21 surrounded by family. He was born Sept. 12, 1953 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, the third child to Ed and Nola Gipe – moving to Colorado at age 9. Wendel worked with his father Ed Gipe in the upper Roaring Fork Valley from 1975 until his father’s death in 2012. Together Ed and Wendel WERE Ed's Plumbing and Heating. Wendel always loved a challenge and could fix almost anything. Wendel married Diane Piccione on Dec. 10, 1976. They were Best Friends and Soul Mates for 35 years. Together they had one son, Keenan. Over the past 35 years, they lived near Wingo Junction, on to El Jebel, down to Carbondale, and finally up near Redstone. Wendel loved living "up the Crystal.” Wendel loved to hang out with his son, Keenan – they are the ultimate Denver Bronco fans and could not wait to see the Broncos play this season. Wendel loved his dog and "copilot" Queenie, fishing with Keenan, rock and roll music, playing guitar, planting trees, gardening, VW buses and motor bikes. Wendel will be dearly missed by his wife Diane and son Keenan. Wendel is survived by his mother Nola Gipe and brother Don Gipe of Kansas City, Mo. and sister Teri Jean Hatcher of Denver and many nephews. Whether your passion is for animals or your fellow human beings – please consider donations in Wendel's name to Valley View Hospital Cancer Center, Hospice of the Valley and/or Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE).

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C O V E R Marble quarry

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“Enrico actually named this one,” Kimberly said. “[The Italians] so appreciate the patriotic United States concept, they wanted to name it the Lincoln Portal.” The stone for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was quarried right here and fabricated into blocks and column sections at the mill in Marble, now the Millsite Park, starting in 1914. The quarry is also responsible for providing the marble for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, now the Tomb of the Unknowns, and dozens of other important buildings around the U.S. A 300-foot ceiling bears the reminders of the quarry’s history. The first portals were made by blasting into the stone from the mountain top, removing the rubble and then cutting blocks downward and removing them from the top Chipping blocks from the quarry’s walls. Photo by Sue McEvoy opening with wooden cranes. storing water for the winter,” Quarry superintendent and Marble resident, Gary Purity and quality Bascom, has worked in the quarry for 22 years and In addition to the new portal, the 17 men helps decide which blocks to keep and where to trim employed by the company work five other areas in them before they are moved to the load-out in the the existing quarry. Now, workers and their huge Town of Marble. machinery enter the quarry through an access tunnel. Colorado Yule marble is renowned for its purity and Dark stains from diesel exhaust cover much of the quality. Each block is marked with letters corresponding exposed stone, and marble mud, a mixture of marble to the wall it was removed from such as LI for Little dust and water, covers the floor surface. Italy; this helps identify stone for prospective buyers. Water is critical to the stone-cutting operation as the saws are all hydraulic. It is an issue that must conNo public access – for now stantly be dealt with. Kimberley now has 10 years of experience at the “The water comes in through cracks in the ceiling quarry and does all of the administration, ordering naturally in the springtime,” said Kimberley. “About and logistics of the stone’s sales. She also came to April 15 we start pumping out about 40,000 gallons a know the stone by operating a saw in 2002, starting day for one to two months. Then we have to start

in October and working through the winter when temperatures reach minus 30 degrees. “What I feel like I contribute the most is actually grading the rock, looking at every single stone that’s made out of this quarry, putting the dimensions on it and getting it prepared for the market,” she said. Asked what sets their marble apart from other stone, Kimberley said, “It is unique. It has the smallest, most tight crystal structure. The other thing that makes it so popular is that we can get great big blocks without any fractures. So for us, we’ve marketed that we’ve got beautiful white background, the golden vein and that very, very fine crystal structure.” After descending the quarry road to the load-out, 85 percent of the block is now trucked to Houston, Texas where it is shipped to Carrara, Italy to be worked into tile or marketed. Enrico has been a client since the quarry reopened in the early 1990s and developed a European market for the stone. When the former owner Polycor closed in 2009, Enrico organized a buying effort to reopen the quarry. About half of Colorado Stone Quarries, Inc.’s quarry workers, live in Marble, with others coming from areas over McClure Pass. Kimberley lives in Marble and her administrative assistant Janice Ingram is from Redstone. As for public access, both the quarry and the trail that once crossed the scrap pile to provide a view into the upper portal are completely closed. Kimberley said she would like to host fundraising tours in the future, but for now Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations prohibit such access.


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Special delivery: An author brings her book to the Crystal Valley

While she was here, she held gathing and promotional budgets, diminishing the erings for potential readers in chances of self-published work getting picked up. We all know it can sometimes be difficult to get Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and in Independent bookstores may accept a small material goods to the Crystal River Valley. At times, Redstone. number of copies of a self-published book, but Highway 133 is a little too far off the beaten track. “I decided it would be best to often only on consignment, which means the For one out-of-town author, however, it host gatherings,” she said about author receives a percentage of the sale if a book seemed best to bring her newly-published book to introducing people to her work. “I actually sells. Unsold books are typically the valley herself. decided I didn’t want to sell returned to the author. Los Angeles-based life and work coach Davia through bookstores.” Davia, who has master’s degrees in health sciRivka brought copies of her book, “Up to Something It’s difficult for self-published ence and clinical psychology, wrote her book Big” to the Roaring Fork Valley in mid-August. author nowadays to access corpobased on stories of her clients who are, as she rate bookstore chains. says, “committed to a better future.” The book Davia Rivka, author of “Up to Up to Something Big According to the American Something Big” Courtesy photo focuses on creating change from the inside out, By Davia Rivka Booksellers Association, noting the importance of taking care of one’s self ISBN 978-1468098860 competition is stiff. Barnes & Noble reviews before one can make the world a better place. She tells stories of Paperback and Kindle editions available more than 100,000 submissions per year. clients who are providing low income housing, improving children’s on Self-published books are reviewed right health, and addressing environmental issues. Rivka offers free 30-minute coaching sessions. along with published works from estabSince the book addresses personal well-being prior to addressing Go to for more information. lished publishing houses with large marketthe larger topic of creating social change, the gatherings Rivka is holdBy Carrie Click, Echo Editor

ing in California, Colorado and elsewhere throughout the country are personal as well. She works with each group, asking individuals why they chose to attend the event, and what they find meaningful. She also asks participants to commit to one thing that will improve their lives and therefore, those around them. This type of gathering is a paradigm shift from the typical interaction found at a brick-and-mortar bookstore. In the case of a book such as Rivka’s, book buyers may visit the self-help shelves and happen onto it, or might purchase it on a friend’s recommendation. Live interaction with the author, however, can give potential readers a deeper look into a book’s content. For those living in the Crystal Valley, an opportunity to meet a visiting author was a bonus to purchasing her book. But even if you missed the gathering, you’re still in luck. Davia’s book is available online and can be delivered right to your door.


all is in the air! Pick up more business this year with an ad in The Crystal Valley Echo. The Echo is a great way to reach fall visitors and locals alike with your message and specials. With affordable prices, a variety of sizes, and access to long-time local readers; placing an ad in the Echo is a good move overall. Call me with any questions and I can help tailor an ad for your specific needs. Thanks! Ellie Kershow The Crystal Valley Echo Advertising Sales Representative (970) 963-3903

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The Crystal Valley’s Great Outdoors (GO)

Silver Creek to Avalanche Lake: One night good, two better By Sue McEvoy

In the decades that Chuck and Doris Downey and I have hiked, camped, backpacked, skied, snowshoed and climbed in and around the Crystal Valley, none of us had ever been to Avalanche Lake. The trip to Avalanche Lake, nearly nine miles from the Sliver Creek trailhead in Lead King Basin or 11 miles from the trailhead at Avalanche Campground, requires at least a one-night stay. After several aborted attempts due to weather conditions, (remember those late afternoon thunderstorms and mudslides in July?) we chose July 31 to Aug. 1 to backpack into Avalanche Lake from the Silver Creek Trail and come out by way of Avalanche Creek Trail. After shuttling a vehicle to the Avalanche trailhead on Monday night, (don’t forget the cooler) we left Redstone at 7 a.m. in the Downeys’ truck, four-wheel drive required, for the trip into Lead King Basin via the Outward Bound side of the loop. Just below the high point of the loop at Arkansas Mountain, at 10,500 feet, Chuck, Doris, myself and my dog Samdo left the truck and hit the trail at 8:40 a.m. In less than two hours we were at Silver Creek Pass, at 12,260 feet, enjoying the sunshine and some long-lasting beautiful wildflowers. All downhill from here, right? This was our assumption and descend we did. The trail on this side, as we expected, is not very well traveled and vanished in the alpine tundra more than once. Very occasional rock cairns were observable and we wound our way into unchartered territory, enjoying the remote and rugged views of Capitol Peak, Hawk Peak, and far-off, the back of Mount Sopris. After lunch, the trail no longer descended but continued on going up and down at an elevation of 11,500 feet high above the East Fork of Avalanche Creek. Remarkably to us, it then climbed to Avalanche Creek Divide just below 12,000 feet. From here it finally descended back into the forest on switchbacks and connected to the Avalanche Lake trail just .4 miles from the lake where the elevation is 10,695 feet. Eight hours into the hike, we found ourselves at our destination, the sole group at Avalanche Lake. Within minutes of setting up our tents, and pumping and boiling water, it began to hail. A short break in the deluge gave us time to eat, stow our food up a tree and enjoy the incredible view of this high alpine lake before crawling into our tents at 8 p.m. Avalanche Lake is situated in a spectacular wilderness setting with the sheer west face of Capitol Peak bounding one side and glacially carved jagged peaks bounding the rest. Timberline here is surprisingly low with most of the view plane from the lake being treeless. In contrast to other parts of the popular Maroon Bells/ Snowmass Wilderness, Avalanche Lake receives few visitors. Then the weather came in. Thunder rolled from one end of Capitol Peak to the other, echoing off the sheer cliffs. Lightning lit up the tents like giant flashbulbs on a movie set and heavy rain continued with intermittent hail. It was a great time to be snuggled in a sleeping bag, in a dry tent after a long day’s walk. The morning brought cloudy skies with some hope of sunshine and a completely still lake. After breakfast and an attempt to dry the tents, we hit Avalanche Creek Trail and soon passed the intersection with Silver Creek Trail followed by the intersection of the trail to Capitol Lake. A long set of switchbacks through dark timber interspersed with rock outcroppings of raspberries was next. The trail mostly followed but stayed high above the creek, had long flat sections through the forest and crossed a few open meadows; we lunched in Duley Park. Eleven miles and six hours and 40 minutes later, we returned to my vehicle at the trailhead at Avalanche Campground, ready to go home. Trailheads: - Silver Creek Trail in Lead King Basin, six miles above Marble. - Avalanche Creek Trail at Avalanche Campground, 2.5 miles off Hwy. 133 on Rd. 310. Distance: Silver Creek trailhead to Avalanche Lake: 8.6 miles. (We added .8 mile finding the route.) Avalanche Lake to Avalanche Creek trailhead: 11 miles Best Guidebook: Hiking Colorado’s Maroon BellsSnowmass Wilderness by Molvar. Map: National Geographic Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble Trails Illustrated topographic map, 2005. Recommendations: The route from Silver Creek to Avalanche Lake “is quite primitive and requires well-honed trail finding skills.”

Chuck and Doris Downey

Although one night at the lake was nice, a multi-day trip would be better. And don’t forget to put the beer IN the cooler.

Avalanche Lake

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An update from The Marble Hub By Charlotte Graham, Marble Hub executive director On Aug. 15, the Marble Hub Board of Directors invited the upper Crystal Valley community of Marble and Redstone to a Hub update and discussion for plans going forward. About 20 locals attended. The Hub’s vision statement is "Our Vision is to combine Crystal Valley residents and resources for mutual community enrichment." Board Chair Jodi Taylor opened the meeting with year-todate financial reports. Revenues for the nine weeks of May-July, 2011, open 99 percent, seven days a week, were $5,919. For 2012, at 60 percent open, revenues for same nine weeks

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of May-July were $13,329, more than doubling the year before, averaging $190-276 in daily sales. Lost revenues of shifts/days not open are estimated at $8,886, with a potential of total revenues trending at $22,215 for the same nineweek period. So far, the first two weeks of August were comparable to July sales. With all expenses and bills paid, we have revenues set aside for re-opening on Memorial Day 2013. Jodi reported that being open winter months proved unsustainable in the current model but that being open for special events was an option if the community wanted. Board member Ernie Bradley reported that our financial condition is good at this time, and that the income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 significantly exceeded the first quarter of 2011, as well as the budget projections for the same period of 2012. As executive director, I reported that as for “mutual community enrichment,” during this first year of operation, a total of $58,998 in checks has been written to 90 different entities. Of those, 77 went to Marble and Redstone area locals: 55 to individuals and 22 to small businesses for consignments, cost of goods and services, and arts and crafts. Discussion followed with questions, comments and suggestions from the attendees. All present agreed The Hub is important to and for the community and agreed on a hybrid operations model next spring for phase two with a

paid operations coordinator working 32 hours a week on a contract basis to provide daily consistency. The Musser Grant ends Aug. 31. On Sept. 1, The Hub will switch over to phase two for the next four to five weeks, with a temporary operations coordinator covering a minimum of four days per week, Thurs. through Sun. This paid position will run from September to October and will not affect next year’s start-up funds. Announcement for the position have been sent out via word of mouth, e-mail and on The Hub’s Facebook page. There are presently five Hub board members. There are currently open seats and The Hub board invites interested parties to apply. Contact me for more information at 704-9482. As The Hub keeps rolling, from one person helping, to another, and another, and another, all giving back in an open, healthy, inclusive way. That is why it is called The Hub; our first year of operation demonstrates that for our tiny valley community and tinier nonprofits, generating money and community resources together does strengthen our community overall and significantly helps our little part of the world go round. Much gratitude goes to Laura Jane Musser Fund’s Rural Initiative implementation funds that greased our Hub wheels to get us started. The Hub is definitely on a roll.

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G O V E R N M E N T Marble Board of Trustees

Underage ATV drivers on Sept. 6 meeting agenda By Bettie Lou Gilbert, Echo contributor

At the Marble Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 2: • The Mill Site Committee turned in the donations for Mill Site Park and requested an additional 1,000 brochures for the park. The committee reported that it has pledges from the Marble Community Church, Crystal River Heritage Association, and the Marble Charter School to help build the restrooms at Mill Site Park. It is still waiting for an answer from the Marble Historical Society, the chamber and the Marble Tourism Association. The board of trustees is working on a possible planning grant for other amenities to put in the park. • The board of trustees discussed applicants for the Town Clerk position but the application process has not been closed. The board plans to make a decision at the September meeting. They discussed setting up a phone line and voice mailbox for the town and will put a mailbox at Mill Site Park. • The agenda for September will include underage ATV drivers and whether to continue contributing to The Hub’s cleaning costs. The next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church.

Pitkin County Briefs Check your voter registration

Pitkin County voters, check your voter registration now so that all your votes count in the Nov. 6 presidential election. Go to and click on the orange online voter registration button to verify and update your record online or call the election department at 429-2713.

Vacancy on Pitco Housing Authority Board The Pitkin County Housing Authority Citizen Board of Directors is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on the board. This is an opportunity to make a difference regarding workforce housing in Aspen and Pitkin County. The board meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5-7 pm. Preference is given to residents who have lived in Pitkin County for at least a year. Apply online at

Vacancies on TV and FM Translator Advisory Board

There are two vacancies on the TV & FM Translator Advisory Board. This board oversees the county’s translator system, new channel allocations, the need for additional translator sites and/or cable systems, and future broadband needs. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of even months at 6 p.m. Contact Charlotte Anderson at 920-5200 or for more information and meeting locations.


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If you’re flying out of Aspen, passengers are being advised to arrive early to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to avoid missing your flight. Prior to off-season, five commercial departures between 77:45 a.m. Travelers are encouraged to arrive two hours before their scheduled flights to allow time for security screening. To help accommodate passengers, the airport terminal building is open at 5 a.m. Contact airport guest services at 920-5380 for more information.

Watch Pitkin County government’s webcasts Are you interested in your county government but can’t attend a county commissioner meeting? No worries. You can watch meetings online from the comfort of your home, car, coffee shop, or wherever you have Internet access. Meetings stream live and are archived by date. You can even click on the portion of an archived meeting that you are interested in and only watch that portion of the meeting. Try it sometime. Go to, click on “County Webcasts” and you’re off and running. Call 920-5204 if you need help getting started.

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Echo Briefs Crystal River: a healthy place for aquatic insects In the fall of 2011, the Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) teamed up with the Water Quality Control Division (WQCD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to select and sample macroinvertebrates at 20 sites in the Roaring Fork watershed. This assessment of stream health found that most streams sampled in the Roaring Fork watershed met or surpassed the state standards for healthy aquatic conditions. Macroinvertebrates are aquatic insects large enough to be seen without a microscope. Some common macroinvertebrates are mayflies, caddis flies and stone flies. Samples were sent to a lab for analysis, then interpreted based on the Colorado State Standards established in 2010 by the CDPHE. Sites were compared against state standards, reference sites, and past results at the same site. Of the 20 sites sampled, only two sites were considered impaired. These were Cattle Creek at the Highway 82 culvert and Roaring Fork at Slaughterhouse Bridge. And one site fell in the gray area between healthy and impaired: the Roaring Fork at Mill Street Bridge. Some of the best aquatic conditions for macroinvertebrates were recorded at Thompson Creek above the diversion and on the Crystal River at and below Redstone. A long term monitoring program would provide a deeper understanding of the impact of human disturbances on both healthy and impaired streams. RFC has obtained funding to conduct a similar study this fall, including targeted studies of the Roaring Fork in Aspen and Brush Creek, funded by the City of Aspen and Snowmass Water and Sanitation District respectively. RFC plans to compare results from this year’s study to last year to understand the impacts of conditions at each end of the spectrum. Full results and graphics are available at - Sarah Johnson, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Ninth annual One Book One Town features “Nothing Daunted” The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Branch Library are inviting all readers to participate in the Ninth Annual One Book One Town book-reading event. This is a community read and a way to get to know your neighbors through the shared experience of enjoying the same book. This year’s book is “Nothing Daunted” by Dorothy Wickenden. The book is available for checkout at Garfield County libraries. Start reading now, and plan to attend Dorothy Wickenden's author visit in October. Call 963-2889 for more information. – Kelsy Been, Garfield County Libraries

Plein Air Happening is Sept. 3-7 in Carbondale The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) is hosting its debut Plein Air Happening festival from Sept. 3-7. En plein air is a French expression, which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Nine artists will be painting in and around Carbondale from Sept. 3-5. Participating artists are Dean Bowlby, Victoria Broyles, Majid Kahhak, Jane Lee, John Lintott, Mary Noone, Jill Sabella, Liz Thele, and Simon Winegar. A “Paint Off” will be held on Main Street on Sept. 6, which is an hour and a half-long competition where the artists will paint the same scene for judging. The grand finale will be an exhibit on First Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the CCAH R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center. Further details regarding locations, times and other happenings surrounding the Plein Air event will be announced shortly. The festival will give the community an opportunity to watch plein air artists at work and to see Carbondale through the eyes of the various maestros. For more information go to or call 963-1680 Ro Mead, Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities

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What’s up with Pitkin County?

It’s up to all of us to take care of the bears By George Newman I wrote my very first column for The Crystal Valley Echo in July 2010. The topic was bears. Two years later, in a drought year where bears came out of their winter dens early, the lack of natural food for bears once again poses a problem not only for the bears, but for homeowners. So far this summer, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has euthanized 20 bears in this region, the most in the last four years. When natural foods are hard to come by, as they are this year, bears search for other sources. Bears are very resourceful and adaptive and have learned how to break into homes as well as cars. They have a keen sense of smell and are able to pry open access points. The problem is exacerbated as new generations of cubs learn from their mothers. As the bear population grows, so do the number of animals who become habituated to human food. The most important thing we can do is to use wildlife-proof refuse containers or dumpsters. This is already required in Pitkin County by County Code, under ordinance 020-2007. It boils down to limiting access to garbage. Keeping trash in a garage or shed is the best protection, putting it out in a bear-proof container only on the morning of your trash pickup. This will greatly reduce the chance of bear encounters at your home. County code also prohibits leaving pet food outside and removing bird feeders. Birds can fend for themselves this time of year. If you enjoy watching birds, the code requires keeping feeders, including hummingbird feeders, away from decks and windows and at least 10 feet off the ground, suspended between two trees or posts, with a seed pan to catch discarded seeds. New fruit-bearing trees and shrubs are prohibited within an activity envelope in areas of high bear activity. The code also addresses various “buffer zones” regarding structures located near wildlife habitat. Chicken coops pose problems as well. CPW recommends putting up an electric fence around coops. Compost piles should never contain meat scraps and should be turned over regularly Food storage rules are now in effect in all developed recreation sites in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Campers must now store their food, cooking equipment, cooking utensils and coolers in bear-resistant containers such as a closed, locked vehicle or bear box. These rules are for the protection of campers as well as for bears. Wildlife officers continue to get reports of people leaving their trash unsecured and easily accessible to bears. We all need to be diligent in the disposal of our trash. We need to secure our homes and cars, and be diligent in not leaving food lying around where it can entice bears. Trash kills bears. Let’s all be responsible and not put our bears or other wildlife in undue peril. The Pitkin County Commissioners hold weekly work sessions on Tuesdays and bi-monthly public hearings on Wednesdays in the Plaza One building (next to the Pitkin County Courthouse) in Aspen. Both meetings are televised live and repeated on locater CG12 TV. They are also streamed live and available on the County website. Agendas are posted in the Aspen/Glenwood newspapers and on-line at In this column, your District 5 Commissioner, George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at

BLM proposes changes to guide expanded oil and gas development in northwestern Colorado By David Boyd, BLM White River Field Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft on Aug. 22 of the White River Resource Management Plan Oil and Gas Amendment, which will help guide oil and gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin near Parachute during the next 20 years. The BLM is seeking public comment on the draft plan amendment that analyzes four alternatives on potential oil and gas development and proposes appropriate mitigation measures on the 1.7 million acres of federal leasable minerals administered by the BLM’s White River Field Office, which includes Rio Blanco County, southern Moffat County, and a small part of northern Garfield County. “As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, we are working to expand safe and responsible oil and gas exploration and production,” said Mike Pool, acting BLM director. “We know that energy production is a major economic engine for Colorado, and we worked with our partners to craft a wide range of possible alternatives for public review and comment. This draft plan amendment considers a number of development scenarios and suggests environmental protections that will ensure that oil and gas activities are conducted in appropriate areas using best practices.” In 2012, oil and gas development in Colorado supported thousands of jobs and boosted the American economy by approximately $9.5 billion. During the next 20 years, oil and gas activities in this area of the Piceance Basin could produce 878 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually and create as many as 8,000 new jobs in northwestern Colorado. The majority of acreage within the White River Field Office is already leased for oil and gas development. The draft plan amendment considers a range of development alternatives from 4,603 new wells on 550 new well pads to 21,200 new wells on 2,556 new well pads. The draft plan amendment also proposes a number of possible mitigation measures to minimize impacts to wildlife and other sensitive resources. The BLM is hosting a public house to answer questions and provide an opportunity to submit written comments on this Draft RMP Amendment. The public can submit comments between 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 26, in Silt at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road. Public houses are also being conducted in Meeker, Rangely, and Grand Junction. The BLM encourages the public to actively participate in the resource management planning process by submitting comments on the proposed plan amendment. The BLM will accept public comments through Dec. 14, 2012 and will then consider the public comments as it develops a final proposed alternative. A final decision is expected in April 2014. Contact David Boyd at 876-9008 or go to for more information.


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spoke with John Groves from Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Glenwood Springs. John’s district covers approximately 800 square miles from Glenwood Springs to Basalt and over to McClure Pass, which is some of the best bear habitat in Colorado. John estimates that there is slightly more than one bear for each square mile within his district. John told me that black bears are omnivores; as much as 90 percent of their diet is vegetarian. At this time of the summer, hungry bears are loading up on calories to prepare for hibernation. They rely on berries and acorns, but also eat large numbers of insects and grubs. The remaining 10 percent of their diet consists of carrion and meat. They will not generally kill animals, but have been known to take down domestic sheep, goats and chickens. Very rarely do they prey on cattle or horses. John says that in the last hundred years in Colorado, only three people have been killed by bears in this state. So why are people so worried about bears? Partly I suppose it’s because we sometimes don’t use common sense. Here are some ideas that might prevent negative people/bear interactions: • Keep all garbage locked up. Put garbage out on pickup days after 6 a.m. even if you have Bear-Saver cans (not the night before.) Bear-Saver barrels are good, but have been known to fail. • Don’t put out bird seed. • Unattended dogs can provoke bear encounters. • Keep first floor doors and windows tightly closed — even if you are out for a short walk. • Scare bears away early and often. Banging pots and pans work, but bears may become accustomed to this noise. Make your property an uninviting place for bears. Air horns seem to work here in Marble. I was glad to hear John say that at this point, no bears have been euthanized in his district and no bears have been trapped in Marble. However, we still have weeks of bear activity since they won’t begin hibernation until later in October or early November. If we’re lucky and responsible, perhaps we can prevent needless bear deaths. Above all, please don’t feed the bears. They’re better off without our help. Kay Williams Marble

Not supportive of Habitat for Humanity's Keator Grove plans Dear Echo: While I have supported the Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity in the past, I cannot support their current plan to build a cluster of 12 new low-income homes in the center of Keator Grove. When their plans were announced in the paper, neighbors asked for more information. One Habitat board member, Carolyn Meadowcroft, refused to meet, stating that they had not made plans; yet their board president, Scott Gilbert, said that he had been working on this for two years and that they finally had the opportunity to obtain land from Alpine Bank through foreclosure. As a Carbondale resident, I ask Habitat to open their doors to include local community input into their decisions and planning. Habitat for Humanity's website stated that the organization aims to change the living situation for the many families that “live in dangerous, unhealthy housing and struggle each day just to survive.” Is building a new high-density low-income neighborhood the answer? The practice of many Habitat groups is to go into communities restoring existing homes and building new homes within existing neighborhoods. I ask the community to contact the Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity board members and the president of Alpine Bank to express opposition and concern for plans for Keator Grove. Tell them that a new low-income cluster of homes is not good for a community the size of Carbondale. Maria Bagby Carbondale


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Crystal City wishes Marble Outward Bound a happy 50 years

Dear Echo: Congratulations to the Marble Outward Bound School on celebrating their 50th year of serving thousands of young adults. The Outward Bound staff and students recently brought a huge birthday cake to Crystal to celebrate their 50 years. Crystal and the Outward Bound have had a close relationship during the past 50 years. Often during the Outward Bound course, the staff and students assist the residents of Crystal by having a service project. Over the years, these activities have included digging new outhouse holes and moving outhouses; cleaning and pruning the irrigation ditch; removing trees for fire safety; chopping and stacking wood; installing rock walkways to houses and many other projects too numerous to mention. The supply truck always stops to pick up trash from the Crystal residents. Crystal provides a camping area for a couple of nights for each group prior to their service project. Residents visit the campsite to give the students a history lesson about Crystal. The residents of Crystal also have helped ill or injured students as needs arise. The Crystal community congratulates Outward Bound on their 50-year celebration and looks forward to working with them in the future.

Roger Neal Crystal

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Steve Pavlin: President Cathy Montgomery: Vice President Harry Remmers: Treasurer Jacob Robbins Secretary Billy Amicon Karen Kashnig Cary Hightower Sara Lewis Debbie McCormick

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE It is that time of year again! The RCA has sent letters to many of you asking for your renewed commitment to the mission of RCA which is to promote and stimulate both civic and business interests while preserving the small town charm and historic character of Redstone. We welcome your input, participation and dues to help us fulfill our mission.

OCTOBERFEST IS COMING BACK TO REDSTONE! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH Enjoy German food, beer, and music, hayrides and games while you are meeting old friends and making new ones. Brat Eating Contest • Beer Tasting Look for more details in the October Echo FRUITA VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS

THANKS TO NEW/RENEWING MEMBERS OF RCA: The Redstone Castle, Crystal River Realty, In Touch Healing Center, Avalanche Outfitters Barb & Chuck Albin, Kimberly Boddicker & Chris Bunch, Betty and Ernie Bradley, Richard Burns family, Linda & Jim Cox, Sue Daggett & Zane Dennis, Kika Dudiak & Henry Pitot, Heidi & Ted Eck, Dorthea Farris, Judy Garmin & Joann Zwanziger, Janis Hilgers, Nancy & Gary Johnson, Jane & Bill Knapp, Rhonda and Jose Lopez, Ann & Peter Martin, Melissa McBurney, Sue McEvoy, Deborah & Jerry Northern, Dick Simpson, Roberta & Gale Stokes, Emily & Fred Weitz, The Worley family, Crystal Club Cafe, Crystal Dreams B&B and Spa, Wildhorse Enterprises, Connie & Bruce Gledhill, Becky Trembley, Betty & Ernie Bradley, Rhonda & Jose Lopez, Jane & Jim Hornsby, Edie & Gary Engstrom, Lisa & Duane Raleigh, Pam & Tom Robinson, Mirko & Ivo Bensch, Margaret Inman, Jacob Robbins, Redstone Inn.

On July 26th RCA hosted 28 volunteers from the Fruita visitor center where they greet over 400,000 tourists to Colorado each year. RCA board members and businesses helped make this visit a memorable one. It began with a fantastic Castle tour by Sue McEvoy followed by an incredible Crystal Club lunch topped off with Kim's famous pistachio cake. The group then had time to stop in businesses and browse shops or take a carriage ride provided by Avalanche Outfitters. The volunteers ended the day with a wine tasting at the Redstone Inn before they boarded their bus to return home. They found our town delightful and promised to send more tourists our way!

THANK YOU TO: • Bob Wofford for the excellent daily maintenance and refurbishment of the Redstone Park bathrooms this year. • The Church at Redstone for donating 1/3 of their July 4th hot dog stand proceeds to Redstone Community Association and another 1/3 of the proceeds to Hospice of the Valley.


Alternate Members: Kim Amicon

The next RCA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 10 AM at the Redstone Inn, Osgood Room Come join us -- we need your support and your input! Your membership dues directly fund RCA projects and events. Thank You for your support!

Linda Cerf-Graham Bob McCormick Rory Mesner Marlene Remmers

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Frisky at 60! Janice Ingram of Redstone recently celebrated a milestone birthday and celebrated with a discreetlypositioned copy of the Echo. Janice wrote, “I went to Avalanche Lake with Judy Schilling for my 50th and now being my 60th, I revisited with Nicole Richardson, both times on horseback.”



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Wildfire smoke reaches the Crystal Valley

As a result of the recent wildfire activity in the western United States, the Crystal Valley and large portions of western Colorado dealt with considerably smoky skies throughout August. Garfield County exceeded the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter in mid-August and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory for the Colorado River Valley. Officials indicated that if visibility was less than five miles due to smoke, the air quality was unhealthy. “This is a great reminder for anyone [living in Garfield County, which includes Carbondale] who has not signed up for alerts on the site, to do so now,” said Smoke from western wildfires in August brought hazy skies to the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Crystal river valleys. Photo by Renata Scheder-Bieschin Paul Reaser, the county’s environmental health program manager. “It particulate matter is in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive just takes a moment to register and begin receiving Group Category,” people with heart or lung disease, emergency communications alerts. It is also helpful for older adults, and children should limit time outside. people to keep monitoring local air conditions to better For the latest Garfield County conditions, go to understand the risks.” . Garfield County has real-time local air quality infor- Condition meters are posted at the bottom of the home mation available on page of the county website as well. For the latest Colorado quality/index.aspx. statewide conditions, forecasts, and advisories, go to Air quality advisories are issued by local department of public health and environment officials. These advi- spx. For the latest Smoke Outlook, go to http://www.colsories can help you better assess the outdoor conditions and whether you should be going outside. When fine – Renelle Lott, Garfield County

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The true value of art One of the best events of the year in our community is the annual Redstone Art Show. I’ve never had work displayed there, but for a dozen years I’ve been an attendee and purchaser. I’m not an artist in the traditional sense. I’m not a painter, sculptor, poet, or dancer. But I know how valuable art is because it can be inspiring and point to truth. Our art reflects God who is creative and often communicates in nonverbal ways. God’s artistry is evident in everything from the vast but intricate design of the universe, to the amazing diversity of color, texture and design in plants and animals and the microscopic fractal patterns of crystals. The diversity and quality of work at the Redstone Art Show reflects God’s creativity, but can’t rival the flagrant creative beauty of the universe. At the top of the stairway in the church building is a metal sculpture from Father Benedict at the local Benedictine monastery. It seems appropriate to have a piece of art from there, because the Benedictines say beauty is “truth shining into being.” Beauty can illuminate things inside of us and thus change us. It can motivate us to think in a new way, to dream, or to grow. C. S. Lewis said whenever we see beauty it comes to us as “patches of God-light,” like glimmers of sunlight piercing a dark forest. Down through the centuries, the Christian community has usually been a proponent of the arts, supporting and encouraging sculptors, painters, and musicians. The Bible speaks highly of those with gifts of artistry and craftsmanship. Much of the art that has survived from the early centuries in Europe was commissioned by churches. Art pieces held and displayed in a church building had greater stability through the passing generations than those in private ownership. Annie Dillard has written, “We are here to abet Creation and to witness it, to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed. Together we notice not only each mountain shadow and each stone on the beach, but we notice each other’s beautiful face and complex nature so that Creation need not play to an empty house.” So many of the works at the Redstone Art Show each year help us see the beauty of creation in a fresh way. It seems to me that the visual is God’s preferred teaching tool. Statements in verbal form affect our minds, but through the visual God can touch our heart and our imagination. Bruce Gledhill is the pastor at the Church at Redstone

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


MCS Jump-Starts the Year with New Purpose By Debby Macek Marble Charter School jumped into the school year on August 27th, and kids were greeted as they walked through the door with the school’s new motto, logo, and 3 school goals. The motto came out of a need the staff expressed to state more clearly the mission of the school. Long ago, a student came up with the motto, “A small school with a big heart.” While we believe this is still very true, it does not say much about our academic purpose. The new motto strives to clarify all the aspects of our mission. It states: “Marble Charter School: Award-winning, Progressive Community Education - Graduating Creative and Independent World Citizens Since 1995.” In addition, one of our students drew a logo that expresses these sentiments. Megan, a 7th grader this year, has been working hard to perfect her drawing. We believe this shows our connection to the world, our big heart, and our award-winning education. MCS won the John Irving School of Excellence for the 2nd year in a row last spring. This award recognizes the top 8 percent of public schools that demonstrate the highest achievement on statewide assessments. The three goals that the MCS community adopted for the year are: 1. Strive for excellence in all we do. 2. Effectively communicate with & trust each other. 3. Have, use, and teach a growth mindset. The Board of Directors, all staff, and now the students are committed to accomplishing these goals. The staff is working on learning about and teaching to students the difference between a growth mindset and fixed mindset. This theory of learning is based upon the work of Carol Dweck, PhD, and her ground-setting book, Mindset. At our Back to School Night on September 6th, parents will have an opportunity to learn more about growth mindset and some effective ways of talking to their kids to encourage hard work and focused effort. Many recent studies corroborate Dweck’s work; scientists are learning that success is not based much upon talent, but more upon a person’s desire, effort, and some good coaching along the way. Here at MCS, we know that focus on these goals will lead to academic success, but more importantly, this focus will help students to be passionate, dedicated human beings – dedicated to whatever personal goals they choose to pursue. We are all very excited to start off the year with purpose and focus.

Many Thanks

New Directors Share Helm, Split Duties

Marble Charter School has not one, but two new Directors this year, although neither are new to teaching or to MCS. Amy Rusby has taken on the job of Director of Operations for the school, in addition to her positions as Director of Special Services and Science Teacher that she held last year. This is Amy’s 5th year at MCS. Debby Macek has stepped up to the job of Director of Instruction & Curriculum in addition to her position as 6th – 8th grade teacher in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. This is Debby’s 9th year at MCS. This change returns to a model of leadership in which the Director also teaches students for part of the day. “We are able to make better connections with kids and be more in tune with students concerns by being in the classroom for most of the day” said Debby. Amy is focusing on the day-to-day operations of the school, including the finances and business aspect of running a school. “I am excited for this year. It has been a pleasure getting to know the complexities of the position Debby Macek and Amy Rusby will both conand working with the administration in Gunnison. I feel tinue teaching in addition to sharing the roll of that our Board, staff and parents are all committed to effecMarble Charter School director. tive communication – one of our newly adopted school goals,” stated Amy. Debby is focusing on the academic and curricular focus of the school, including supporting other teachers as they work on improving their craft. “I love thinking about how to be a better teacher myself, and look forward to working together with our staff to develop strong, integrated lessons. Our adopted goal focusing on growth mindset is going to make an incredible difference in student learning this year,” Debby said. Both Debby & Amy are enthusiastic about the unique partnership in which they have embarked. Amy shared, “Debby and I complement one another professionally, as our diverse education and experiences allow us to • Small Class Size, High Staff : Student Ratio collaborate and ensure we have covered the (typically 5:1) bases with the leadership needs of the • Kindergarten through 10th grade school.” Debby added, “Amy has an incredi• Transportation to & from Redstone ble background in business that we all rely • Outstanding individualized educational opporupon. I have some unique experience in diftunities ferent models of education, such as experien• Warm, friendly, nurturing and supportive tial learning and project-based curriculum, as learning environment well as some years of work creating stan• We help children to reach their full potential. dards-based grading systems. It makes us a • Our combination of individualized instruction good team.” in core academics with project-based learn-

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The 2012 Olympics are NOT Over! MCS students have been experiencing first-hand what it is like to “Go for the Gold!” From the very first day of school, and through mid-September, students will be competing in various athletic, academic, and skills-based competitions in the 3rd rendition of the MCS Olympics. This time around, students will be investigating and attempting to answer for themselves the question, “What does it take to be the best in the world?” Students will also get a chance to think about their own passions and set personal goals when they answer the question personally: what does it take to be the best? Students will get a chance to look at Olympic athletes’ training schedules, diet, mindsets, physical attributes, and other features in order to determine how they earned Olympic medals and fame. They’ll also look at Olympic values and have a chance to discuss and write about them – values such as persistence, commitment, teamwork, sports-

manship, and courage. Students will get a chance to learn the history behind the Games and some of the most amazing stories in Olympic history. MCS staff members hope that starting the school year with this Olympic theme will enhance the values that create a successful learning environment. Students are preparing diligently in 4 separate teams for many team and individual events to take place at the MCS Fall Outdoor Education Trip on September 10th through the 12th. Youngest students will attend the OE Trip during the school day, and older students will spend the two nights in tents, continuing the friendly competition in “events” such as creative dinner preparation and presentation and campfire entertainment. The students will not have to go far; the Olympics will take place at Bogan Flats Campground, just down the road from the school. Let the Games Begin!

Photos of the different MCS Olympic teams

20 brand new laptops arrived at MCS a day after school started - a dream come true due to incredible fundraising last school year! Now MCS can boast 2 laptops for every 3 students!









The first day of school.

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Right: Kindergarten - 2nd grade Below: 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade

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7th & 8th Graders Set Their Sights on DC The 7th & 8th graders of MCS met in late August, along with their parents, to begin planning for some leadership opportunities. The students have ambitiously set out to plan and fundraise for a week-long trip to Washington, DC this coming April. In addition, 8th graders will start working this fall on their plans for a service project and creating their own graduation ceremony. The eight students in 7th and 8th grade are enthusiastic about planning the trip. Debby Macek, the group’s staff advisor, knows what an amazing opportunity this trip will be for the students. “These students will gain real-life experience in budgeting, planning, and determining the best educational opportunities before our trip. During the trip, they’ll experience all of the history, current events, culture and politics that DC can offer – they’ll get to meet their U.S. Representative and Senators, and touch the Lincoln Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – pieces of marble they’ve heard about for years, as it came from our town marble mine. Amazing learning happens when students take turns navigating the group through the city, deciding how to plan out the day, and budgeting meals based upon the hard-earned fundraising they have done all year.” Students are planning some events this Fall to kick-start their fundraising. Over the Labor Day weekend, four students are running a lemonade and baked goods stand in Marble while the other four students run another in Marble. Parents are incredibly supportive, helping students bake cookies and set up the stands, but the kids are in charge. They decided their work shifts, the prices, and how to advertise best. In late October, students are planning a harvest-themed dinner at MCS, complete with chili, cornbread, and some interesting entertainment ideas! Stay tuned for more information on this and later events. The purpose of the trip, the service project, and the graduation ceremony are to help students begin to take ownership of their own learning, learn life skills in real situations, and begin developing independence and responsibility before they move on to high school. “I am so proud of these kids and how they work together to accomplish a goal,” Debby stated. Support these kids as they embark on these adventures and projects!

Upcoming Events / MCS Ads Support our 7th & 8th Graders’ efforts to raise funds for their trip to DC! Buy an ice-cold cup of lemonade, and a fresh-baked muffin, cookie or cupcake at their lemonade stands this Labor Day weekend! Located near the park on Main Street in Redstone and in front of the Beaver Lake Lodge in Marble. The stands will operate on Saturday and Sunday in both towns, and Monday morning in Redstone. Hire some 7th & 8th Graders for yard work, housework, to stack firewood or complete a project! Help send these kids to Washington, DC this April! Call MCS at 963-9550 with a description of your project and a date you’d like to have it completed. A student will return your call to arrange a work date. Thanks! MCS Back to School Night: Thursday, September 6th at 5:30 pm at MCS. Bring a dish to share and come learn about growth mindset and your child’s classroom routines! Parent volunteers interested in helping with the MCS Olympics September 10th -12th, please attend a volunteer meeting following Back to School Night events (7 pm). Lead King Loop Charity Races: Sunday, September 16th starting at 7 am. Come run, hike, or enjoy an incredible $10 lunch, all in support of the Marble Charter School! Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win an incredible getaway to Denver, Glenwood Springs, Marble, or Redstone. All proceeds support MCS programs, library, and technology. For more details and to sign up, visit





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Echo Briefs Rio Grande Trail’s missing link site visit scheduled for Sept. 11 The Rio Grande Trail connects the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. As most locals know, the path is a non-motorized bicycle and pedestrian byway that follows the general path of the old Rio Grande rail bed. But one section, below McClain Flats west of Aspen is still waiting for a decision on its final alignment, and whether the path’s surface should be hard, soft or a combination of the two to make the link complete. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff is holding a site visit open to the public from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. Participants are asked to bring their own bicycles and meet at Stein Park (by the Slaughterhouse Bridge below Snowbunny). Come prepared to cycle eight miles out and back on the soft surface of the existing Rio Grande Trail. Crystal Valleyites may find the process interesting, particularly in light of the valley’s own Crystal River Trail and future plans to create a non-motorized path through the Crystal Valley. An RSVP is required to attend the Sept. 11 site visit by contacting 920-5232, – Carrie Click, Echo Editor

2012 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest deadline is Sept. 30 Help celebrate our rivers by entering our 2012 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest. Photos must include rivers, streams or water in the Roaring Fork watershed, either directly or indirectly. There are categories for both amateurs and professional photographers. The deadline for entries is Sept 30. For more information call 927-1290 or visit -Sarah Johnson, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork Conservancy volunteers measure water temperatures during drought Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Hot Spots for Trout program has utitlized 50 volunteers in collecting temperature readings at 21 locations throughout the Roaring Fork watershed. The Hot Spots for Trout program was launched in June in response to the severe drought, which continues to diminish flows and increase temperatures in local rivers. Collecting temperature data has assisted local wildlife managers in deciding to abate fishing in areas where fish and other aquatic life are stressed. During the week of Aug. 5, four monitoring locations exceeded the state temperature standard of 68 degrees. The locations were the Crystal River near Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, the Roaring Fork River near the Carbondale boat ramp, Brush Creek near the Snowmass Village Rodeo roundabout, and the Roaring Fork River in Aspen at the Hopkins Street footbridge. The temperature monitoring is important for several reasons. Increasing temperatures also affect how much oxygen is in the water. Elevated temperatures lead to the growth of algae and bacteria, further depleting oxygen levels. This all negatively impacts plants and fish living in that water. – Sarah Johnson, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Changes to Garco's land use code encourage economic development Garfield County’s newly amended Unified Land Use Resolution of 2008 (ULUR) is now in effect. This is the code for any applicant who applies for a county development permit in Garfield County. These changes are intended to encourage economic development and to streamline land use code processes, as well as to reduce the page count of the ULUR by 133 pages.

The county retained Clarion Associates, a planning, land use and real estate consulting firm to draft changes to the ULUR along with the recommendations of a volunteer working group, interviewees, the public and county staff. The Phase I Targeted Code Improvements were presented to the BOCC in public hearings on July 10 and Aug. 6. The BOCC adopted these code changes, which became effective as of Aug. 13. With the work in Phase I complete, Phase II revisions are currently underway through the work of the advisory committee on the land use code for Garfield County. The group is anticipated to wrap up its review by Dec. 31. Call 945-8212 for more information or view the updated code at – Renelle Lott, Garfield County

Proposal for data gathering on air emissions in Garfield County presented to BOCC The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) heard a proposal on Aug. 27 for a Colorado State University (CSU) scientific study to gather air emissions data surrounding natural gas extraction operations in Garfield County. The commissioners requested data collection by an independent researcher to offer the community scientific data surrounding the impacts of drilling near residential communities. Garfield County contacted Dr. Jeff Collett, a research expert in the fields of atmospheric chemistry and air quality monitoring at CSU, following the BOCC’s determination that a need exists to fill data gaps on emissions surrounding well pad activities Garfield County requested a proposal on a new air emissions study from Colorado State to fill critical gaps in available data and scientific study that were identified in the county’s Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment and Environmental Health Environmental and Health Monitoring Study Design reports. Garfield County commissioners may consider terms of an intergovernmental agreement with CSU at a later BOCC meeting. Colorado State University’s press release on scientific information related to the proposed study can be found at – Renelle Lott, Garfield County

Linman launches listening tour Sonja Linman, Democratic candidate for Garfield County Commissioner District 2, has launched a listening tour of the county. “I want our Board of County Commissioners to be open and accessible, a truly representative body that collaborates with local citizens, governments, nonprofits and business leaders for the good of our entire county,” Linman said. To that end, she’s attending community parades, fairs, farmers’ markets and visiting special events. She is meeting with a variety of people to seek out information and opinions from a broad range of constituents. Linman is also listening to the needs and concerns of key groups throughout the county. So far she’s met with representatives of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Partnerships in Public Education, the Family Visitor Program, and members of the Energy Advisory Board, Thompson Divide Coalition, The 100 Club and others to hear their suggestions for how the county can be more accessible and responsive. Linman is scheduling as many of these sessions as possible to listen and to share her vision for improving county government.

“If anyone would like me to meet with their group or business organization, please contact me via my website,, or e-mail me personally at,” she said. “I am here to listen,” Linman continued. “I believe the people of our county deserve a Board of County Commissioners that respects and responds to the entire county. This listening tour continues my 23 years of listening to, being available to, and serving the needs of people from throughout Garfield County.” – Michael Edminster

Moonlight Mythsakes of Summerscapeisms exhibit at the Carbondale Clay Center The opening reception for Moonlight Mythstakes of Summerscape-isms is Sept. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Carbondale Clay Center. The exhibit features new ceramic tumblers, luminaries, flower bricks, and wall pieces by artist Jesse Ring. The Carbondale Clay Center is located at 135 Main St. The exhibit runs through Oct. 2 and admission is free. Regular gallery hours are from Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, 963-2529 or – Lisa Ellena, Carbondale Clay Center

Hospice of the Valley grief and loss support groups meet regularly For anyone learning to live again after significant loss, grief support groups can be a dynamic and engaging way to learn what to do when grief shows up in our lives. Join us on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Hospice of the Valley offices in Basalt. Please call Sean Jeung 927-6650 or visit for more information. – Hospice of the Valley

Full-scale airport emergency drill planned Airport emergency responders will get realistic practice dealing with a full-scale simulated airline crash at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on Sept. 8 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The Triennial Full Scale Airport Emergency Exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years. It will include approximately 50 “victims” and “families of victims,” played by local volunteers and actors. The widely-used Incident Command System will be activated and rescue equipment and personnel will be deployed. Volunteers will receive full “moulage” or injury simulation makeup for the drill. First responders will practice determining the extent of injury, treating on the scene and transporting victims to the hospital. An out-of-service aircraft, if available, or RFTA bus will be used to simulate the aircraft fuselage. Airline officials will practice dealing with “families of victims.” Airport and airline personnel will participate along with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department, Aspen Fire Protection District, Aspen Ambulance, Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and a host of local volunteers and actors. Volunteers are still needed. Volunteers will receive a light breakfast, lunch and a commemorative aluminum water bottle. Contact Cynthia Bernal at 429-2852 if interested in helping out. – Dustin Havel, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport


THE ECHO CLASSIFIED ADS FOR RENT: FOR RENT: Small two-bedroom house, two miles west of Marble. $400/month + year-round caretaking. 963-1027. ( SERVICES: SERVICES: Notary Public: Closing documents, Wills and Sales, Contracts and more. Call Lisa Wagner 963-8240.


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Sell your stuff… Get a tenant… Find a job or an employee… or a place to live! Echo Classifieds are a cost-effective way to advertise. ONLY $10 for 40 words and out for a whole month!

PHOTO CLASSIFIED AD* Run a photo and 25 words for $15/month LISTING CLASSIFIED AD* Run up to 40 words for $10/month *These ads must be prepaid. No billing is available for classifieds. AD COPY: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

WANTED TO BUY: WANTED TO BUY: A reliable 4WD car or SUV suitable for a first-time driver who will be spending a lot of time driving on 133 at night in the winter. Under 100K miles and automatic transmission preferred. 963-2373.

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Please send name, address, phone, ad copy and payment to: The Crystal Valley Echo 274 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623 IF YOU ARE RUNNING A PHOTO CLASSIFIED, SEND PHOTO TO








Master Electrician Licensed & Insured


D.E.C. Enterprises at Chair Mountain Ranch

963-9522 Local Company, Local Rates





Lead King Basin, Crystal & Schofield Pass

Road Grading • Utilities • Foundations




Logos • Brochures Advertising Book layout & design Alyssa Ohnmacht

• 963-2373

If you have a business and love the Echo, why not place an ad with us... Advertisements in the Echo reach more than 3,500 sets of eyes monthly, and help you get your message out to residents and visitors about your business. Plus, everybody gets stories and information you can't find anywhere else. • 970-963-2373


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The Echo’s Parting Shot…


Tours daily through October 31st • 1:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays and Holidays through the winter

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $10 children 5-18, Children under 5: FREE (FOR GROUP TOURS CALL 970-963-9656)

Tickets available at Tiffany of Redstone, and the Redstone General Store.

See you next month!


Thank you to everyone who helped raise over $4,000 for Team Fox at the 2nd Annual Johnny O Band benefit concert. Each and everyone of you have helped make a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.

2012 Crystal Valley Echo September  

2012 Crystal Valley Echo September

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