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

February 2013

Volume 10 Number 2

After the fall: A story that ‘locals need to know’ Fellow backcountry skiers and friends Rob Fullerton and Dave Krimstock talk about the Jan. 13 Marble avalanche that killed James Lindenblatt By Carrie Click, Echo editor Rob Fullerton, who was with James Lindenblatt when he died in a Jan. 13 avalanche above Marble, wants locals to know one central factor about that day. “His line was his choice,” said Rob of the decisions James made to ski where he did, triggering the avalanche that killed him. “He skied that line knowing he made that choice going in. That cannot be questioned. He wanted it. Some people are saying he was showing off because he was the last skier [to ski down that day] but I’m not going there. He skied it confidently and competently. It was not a reckless act.” The day Four skiers – Rob Fullerton, 50, of Swiss Village; Dave Krimstock, 22, of Carbondale; Joseph King, 23, of Old Snowmass; and James Lindenblatt, who was 37 and lived in Marble and Frisco – headed up from the Yule Creek Road above Marble on Sunday morning, Jan. 13 to the backside of the Marble Peak ridge to ski in the Raspberry Creek drainage. “Very few people venture into Raspberry Creek,” said Rob of the difficulty and tenuousness of two areas there – The Alleys and The Cul de Sacs – despite their appeal. “That aspect, it’s like a big piece of eye candy.” Even though it’s a tempting area of backcountry, the avalanche risk must obviously always be considered. “This was very calculated; it was very precise down to the day,” said Rob. “It’s why we hit it that day with cloud cover. It was cold with no wind. If it had turned sunny we would have had to leave. We would have had to go.” Jaems Lindenblatt Photo by Steve Fowler

The avalanche that took backcountry skier James Lindenblatt's life above Marble on Jan. 13 was off of Marble Peak and ran into the Raspberry Creek drainage. The tracks of the three other skiers with James that day – Rob Fullerton, Joseph King and Dave Krimstock – can be seen at skier's right of a lone tree about two-thirds the way up the photo. James's tracks can be seen at skier's left of the tree, triggering a smaller slide and then the larger avalanche that took him to the bottom of the drainage beyond the bottom of the photo. Photo by Steve Fowler

Dave said the group always reads the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) reports, but they also rely on information they gather themselves. “Because [the Marble area] is on the border between Aspen and Gunnison, it’s pretty unchartered,” said Dave. Before the Jan. 13 slide, members of the group had been up to the area on two different occasions within

The title of this photo of James Lindenblatt: "James ripping." Photo by Robert Fullerton

the past week. And they were prepared. “I bring the same thing in my pack whether I’m

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Thank you for your thoughtfulness Dear Echo: Thank you so much for the great outpouring of sympathy cards and messages regarding my husband, Gale Stokes’, death. After an amazingly wonderful marriage, I am sadder than I can express at no longer having this dear man at my side. I am, however, grateful for the 54 years we had together as well as the love, care and support that I have received from family, friends, neighbors and Gale's Rice University and national academic community. Everyone has been overwhelmingly kind and generous. I am very appreciative and want each of you to know how much your thoughtfulness has meant to me. I look forward to seeing you this summer. Until then, wishing you the very best and a happy new year. Roberta Stokes Redstone and Texas

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James Bowie Lindenblatt Nov. 7, 1975 – Jan. 13, 2013 James Bowie Lindenblatt, Jr. 37 of Frisco and Marble passed away in an avalanche on Jan. 13, 2013 outside of Marble. James was born Nov. 7, 1975, to James and Carol Lindenblatt in Plano, Texas. He was a 1994 graduate of Plano East Senior High School. James was active in youth sports and attended Collin County Community College before attending the University of Texas In Austin, Texas. His love for the mountains and the outdoors took him to Frisco in 1998 where he was a ski instructor for the Copper Mountain Ski School prior to employment with the Summit County government road and bridge department. James was the asset manager responsible for recreational paths, and he kept track of all the county's physical assets, while working closely with the open space program. He was an experienced topographical map designer. He also made maps that have been used for skiing, biking and hiking for many outdoor enthusiasts. James was an avid and experienced backcountry skier and a well-known competitor in endurance mountain bike racing. He had many friends in the Frisco community and throughout the world and was loved by all. He stayed part time in Marble last winter and was living in Marble part time at the time of his death. James is survived by his parents: stepmom Barbara Lindenblatt; sister Jill (Eric) Lind; nephew Malcom Lind; nieces Bailey and Belice Lind; grandparents Gerald and Mary Doty; aunts and uncles Martin and Robbie Lindenblatt, Kenny Doty, Debbie and Allan Gordon; cousins Pennie and Anthony DeAugustineo, Jennie Lindenblatt, Steve and Tressa Wade, Kathy Wade, Hamilton and Jessica Doty, Roberta and Duane Long, Kay Croft, Tanya and RV Baugus and Elaine Shultz; and great aunts and uncle Carrie Marshall, Ben Shemo, and LaVerne Bailey. A memorial service is being held in the Dallas area. The family suggests memorial contributions to be sent to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), the Summit County Rescue Group, and Crested Butte Search and Rescue.

The fourth annual Redstone Snowshoe Race/Walk starts and finishes in the west parking lot of the Redstone Inn on Feb. 2. The race starts at 10 a.m. and registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The 5K course follows a snow-packed single lane road alongside the Crystal River and the race benefits the Redstone Community Association and HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley. Training for the big day are, from left, Porter and Julie Thomas, Lisa Wagner, Cathy Montgomery, Bruce Gledhill, Connie Gledhill and Steve Ivy.For more information, go Photo by Sue McEvoy to or call 704-1843.

Fire Department hands out awards By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer Each year, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District (C&RFPD) holds an awards banquet and holiday party to honor its 65 volunteers and 20 career personnel. This year’s event was held on Jan. 12 at the Redstone Inn. There were 13 awards handed out to 19 fire department personnel. One award was a complete surprise to event organizer Lisa Wagner. Lisa received the Most Valuable Player Award. In her 15th year as a volunteer with the department, Lisa is the EMS lieutenant at Station Two in Redstone. She is responsible for overseeing the equipment and organizing trainings. Lisa also serves on the membership committee. “This last year, I coordinated monthly trainings at our station in Redstone,” Lisa said. “This was new for the south district.” She also worked on the membership committee’s project of revising the volunteer handbook. In addition to the awards that were presented, Paul Lutrell presented a slide show to recap the year and Lisa gave out door prizes to some of the 116 people in attendance. Fire Chief Ron Leach said of the award recipients and the entire fire department personnel, “Our community is blessed to have such a dedicated group of volunteers to provide this essential service.” C&RFPD has five stations including Station One, the district headquarters in Carbondale, Station Two in Redstone, Station Three in Marble, Station Four at Westbank and Station Five on Missouri Heights.

2012 C&RFPD Awards: Firefighter of the Year: Matt Cole EMT of the Year:

Ron Kroesen

Rookie of the Year:

Brandon Deter

Most Valuable Player:

Lisa Wagner

Most Calls:

Matt Cole

Training Award:

Ron Kroesen (236 hours)

Ambulance Driver of the Year:

Ed Ptacek

Leadership Award:

Gary McElwee

Most Improved Award: Lacey Snyder

Lisa Wagner of Redstone was this year’s recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award at the C & RFPD 2012 Awards Photo by Sue McEvoy Banquet.

Life Saver Award:

Alan Ingram, Garrett Kennedy, Will Handville, Ron Kroesen, Ray Bourg, Logan Piccolo and Brandon Deter

Safety Award:

Kevin Greene

Ever Ready Award:

Mike Gilfrey

Distinguished Service Award:

Rob Goodwin


to the businesses that donated door prizes for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District Banquet

• Historic Redstone Inn • Redstone Castle • Avalanche Ranch, Cabins and Hot Springs • Ace Hardware • Aloha Mountain Cyclery • Crystal Dreams Bed & Breakfast & Spa • CO OP, Carbondale • Napa Auto Parts, Carbondale • Ajax Bike and Ski • Dos Gringos

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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. • Feb. 1: 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. This month, features “First Fat Friday,” celebrating Mardi Gras. There will be a parade of floats starting at Second and Main at 4:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged., 963-1890.

• Feb. 9: 10 a.m. Free smartphone class for seniors features instruction on the operating systems for Android phones and iPhones. The class is presented by Senior Matters, in Room 33 at Third Street Center in Carbondale. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit Senior Matters. Call 379-6599 to reserve your spot.

• Feb. 1: 6-8:30 p.m. Majid Kahhak paints live at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale. The theme of the painting is "Romance/Valentine.” Beverages and hors d'oeuvres served. 704-0622.

• Feb. 9: 12 p.m.: Free computer class for seniors features basics and customized answers to your questions. Presented by Senior Matters, in Room 33 at Third Street Center in Carbondale. A suggested donation of $5. Call 379-6599 to reserve your spot.

• Feb. 1: 5:30 p.m. spaghetti dinner, 7 p.m. presentation. Join the Marble Charter School for a special evening featuring a presentation from the Adaptation Education Organization and guest athletes Marc Romero of the US Adaptive Ski Team and Ben Mortensen, basketball wheelchair athlete. $20/ticket ($10 dinner, $10 presentation) and may be purchased at the Marble Charter School, 412 W. Main St. or at the door. 963-9550.

• Feb. 1: 6 p.m. The Carbondale Clay Center hosts the opening reception for “Seeing Red” Featured artists include Steven Colby, Diane Kenney, Peg Malloy, Alleghany Meadows, Lisa Pedolsky, Elizabeth Robinson and Alex Watson. This event is free and open to all. 135 Main Street, 963-2529.

• Feb. 2: 10 a.m. The fourth annual Redstone Snowshoe Race/Walk starts and finishes in the west parking lot of the Redstone Inn. Registration is $20/adults and $10/kids. The 5K course follows a snow-packed single lane road alongside the Crystal River. The race benefits the Redstone Community Association and HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley. For more info visit or call 704-1843.

• Feb. 2: 5:30 p.m. Soup Night at the Redstone Art Center. Family friendly event featuring music by Gypsy Jazz & Slightly Askew Jazz Combo. Bring a crock pot of your favorite soup to share. Beverages, bowls and utensils will be provided. 173 Redstone Blvd., 963-3790,

• Feb. 2: 7:30 p.m. The contemporary dance company Co-Motion presents their debut work at the Carbondale Middle School.

• Feb. 3: 2-4 p.m. Paint your own valentine at the Carbondale Clay Center. Paint a heart-shaped bowl, box or dish and let them know how special they are to you. Prices vary, depending on the bisque-ware shape you choose to paint. Work will be ready to pick up at the Clay Center by Feb. 11. 963-2529, 135 Main Street.

• Feb. 5: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association meets at the Redstone Inn.

• Feb. 5: 3:45 p.m. Story Art program featuring this month’s Big Read title, “The Grapes of Wrath,” is at the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. For children in grades K-5. Pre-registration at 963-2889,,

• Feb. 6: 5:30-7 p.m. Valley Divas, a women’s networking group, meets from 5:30-7 p.m. at Konnyaku in Carbondale. Andrea Steward from the Carbondale chamber will be speaking on visibility through social media. $12/appetizer, house drink and tip. Lauri, 704-1711.

• Feb. 7: 7 p.m. Town of Marble Board of Trustees meets at the Marble Community Church’s Fellowship Hall.

• Feb. 8: 6:30 p.m. Literary Night at Thunder River Theatre. TRTC presents a free literary night at the theater in downtown Carbondale as part of Garfield County Libraries’ Big Read. Cast members present a show about John Steinbeck and his most famous work, “The Grapes of Wrath.” Free for all ages. For more info, call 963-2889 or 963-8200 or visit

• Feb. 11: 4 p.m. The Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale presents Big Read Family Storytime with songs and stories from the Dust Bowl era. Children will get to make and play tambourines and washboards. This program will be led by Sue Schnitzer, the Gordon Cooper Branch Youth Services Librarian, and award-winning children’s musician. Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St. Free. 963-2889 or • Feb. 12: 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Big Read Storytime at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library. Featuring ageappropriate songs and stories from the Dust Bowl era. Children will get to make and play tambourines. This program will be led by Alejandra Rico, the Gordon Cooper Branch assistant youth services librarian, and Sue Schnitzer, the Gordon Cooper youth services librarian. • Feb. 12: 12:30 a.m. Bilingual book discussion on “Esperanza Rising.” The Gordon Cooper Branch Library is hosting a bilingual book discussion at the Carbondale Middle School. “Esperanza Rising” is a Big Read companion title for younger readers and is available at the library. • Feb 13: 5:30 p.m. Naturalist Nights: “Energy Development on our Doorstep” by the Wilderness Workshop’s staff attorney Peter Hart who will talk about the implications of oil and gas proposals on public lands in and around the Roaring Fork Valley. The free presentation is in the Calaway Room at Carbondale’s Third St Center. More info at

ONGOING • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are at 1:30 p.m. on weekends through the winter. Visit the baronial home of Redstone’s founder, John Cleveland Osgood. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15/adults, $10/seniors/children, free for kids under 5 years. 963-9656 or • Take a horse-drawn carriage (or sleigh, depending on snow) ride around Redstone. $25/person. 9632526, • Yoga classes are being offered at the Avalanche Ranch barn, three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Stretch and soak combinations. Contact for information at, 963-2846. • The photography of Sandy Kaplan of Redstone is featured through Feb. 20 at the Ann Korologos Gallery on Midland Avenue in Basalt. • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has a full line-up of classes and workshops for kids. Most classes are at the CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center. For more information or to register for a CCAH fall class, contact, 963-1680. • Pilates is held in Redstone on Monday and Thursday mornings; 8-9 a.m. is advanced; 9:30-10:30 a.m. is beginner; and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. is for all levels. Everyone welcome, at the Redstone Inn. $10 fee, punch passes available. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Sue, 704-1843. • 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.

• Feb. 15: 8 p.m. The Samples come to PAC3 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale. $22/advance, $27/day of show. 379-5403, • Feb. 17: 9:30 a.m. First Friday committee meeting at the Third Street Center conference room. For more information about the First Friday committee, call 963-1890.

• 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

• Feb. 24: 2:30 p.m. The Garfield County Libraries invites you to an old-fashioned Jamboree gathering at the Third Street Center, celebrating the Big Read title, “The Grapes of Wrath.” There will be live entertainment from the Slide Whistles and the Zingers. Enjoy bread from the community oven and soups made from CRMS’s organic garden and kitchen. Free to all ages. 963-2889.

• 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.

• Feb. 27: 5:30 p.m. Naturalist Nights: “Recovery and Revolution in the Wake of Mountain Pine Beetle” presented by Chuck Rhoades, Ph.D., who is a biogeochemist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station and will be discussing the broad impacts of bark beetles. The free presentation is in the Calaway Room at the Third St Center in Carbondale. More info at

• Volunteer in the kitchen at the Pitkin County Senior Center and they’ll feed you a delicious lunch. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the Senior Center at 920-5432 for details.

• 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.

• 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. • Get assistance with resume writing and developing employment connections on the first Thursday of every month between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m from a Colorado Workforce representative at the Pitkin County Library. 429-1900 • 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 • March 5: 7-9 p.m. Thunder River Theatre Company begins “From Page to Stage” followed by the first Tuesdays in April, May and June to discuss playwrighting. $100/person. Contact Lana Karp,, 963-8200. • March 9: 3-6 p.m. Wine Tasting at the Redstone Inn sponsored by Redstone Community Association. Taste a variety of wines, mingle with your neighbors and shake off that cabin fever. Cover charge: $10. Some proceeds to be donated to Hospice of the Valley. • March 12: 6:15 -8:15 p.m. Sign and Dine.The Aspen Camp of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing invites you to learn American Sign Language at the scenic Aspen Camp in Old Snowmass while enjoying a delicious meal. The 6-week session runs every Tue. through April 16. and includes instruction and dinner for only $75/person. Sign & Dine participants must be age 12 or older. To register and for more information please call 923-2511 or visit • March 13: 5:30 p.m. Naturalist Nights: “Can Colorado contribute towards conservation of the Wolverine?” by Eric Odell, who manages conservation programs for nongame carnivore species, and will be exploring opportunities to reintroduce wolverines to Colorado.The free presentation is in the Calaway Room at the Third St. Center in Carbondale. More info at • March 27: 5:30 p.m. Naturalist Nights: “Forest Health Locally & Throughout the West” by Jamie Cundiff & Michelle Nijhuis. Cundiff, director of ACES, and Nijhuis, contributing editor at High Country News will discuss our changing forests, from snowpack to fire risk, and how these changes are monitored and tracked. The free presentation is in the Calaway Room at the Third St. Center in Carbondale. More info at • March 30: 10 a.m. Redstone Community Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Redstone Park. Easter is early this year so start collecting your baskets to be donated and drop them off at the Crystal Valley Manor any time. • May 18: 6-10 p.m. Casino Night at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass, Carbondale to benefit the Thunder River Theatre Company. 948-7060.



Redstone’s Wesley Burnham turns 100 By Sue McEvoy, Echo staff writer In most cases, when writing about events from 100 years ago, I’m writing about history long past.This story is about marking a celebration of a century of life for part-time Redstone resident, Dr. Wesley Howard Burnham. Wesley’s son Al Burnham and daughter-in-law Shirley Pierce Burnham of Redstone will be helping Wesley commemorate his birthday all month long. Wesley was born on Feb. 2, 1913 in Minneapolis, the second of four children. He attended Wheaton College, where he met his bride-tobe Esther Neukum; they were married in 1939. Wesley attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at Minneapolis General Hospital in 1941. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps as an orthopedic surgeon and was immediately deployed to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Wesley and Esther spent two years at Fort Leonard Wood before he was deployed to New Guinea during World War II. Wesley was informed that he was to be on a train for deployment, but the destination was unknown to the medical corps.

“We rode a train west for days, wondering where we would be going,” Wesley recalled. “We were put on a transport ship and off we went. I was to head up the effort to establish a surgical unit to aid the soldiers serving in the South Pacific area. It would become the 51st General Hospital and we received wounded soldiers from all over.” Wesley served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at

Above, Wesley Burnham in front of his Cessna 182-Skylane plane. Left, Wesley in the cockpit. Photos courtesy of the Burnham family

the 51st for nearly two years, operating under primitive conditions. Eventually he contracted hepatitis, became gravely ill and was medically discharged in 1945. He was not expected to survive. Die Wesley did not. Fully recovered, he went on to complete the orthopedic

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residency that had been interrupted by the war. He entered into private practice and continued working until retiring in 1985. After retirement, Wesley continued to teach and advise. At Esther’s urging, Wesley began taking flying lessons, which became one of his life’s passions. He went on to buy several planes including a 180 Sky Wagon with floats. According to daughterin-law Shirley, “Esther and Wesley flew to the Arctic several times; this in the days before GPS and cell phone technologies. It was a real adventure for sure. Esther plotted the way with maps and was the navigator.” Their first trip to the Roaring Fork Valley was in 1975 when they flew their plane to visit their son Al, who lived and worked in Aspen. As a youth, Wesley enjoyed hydroplane racing and sailing. He is also an accomplished solo baritone singer, entertaining at hundreds of weddings, including his own; he also participated in many men’s choral groups. Shirley adds, “Poetry is also a passion of Wesley’s, and he can often be heard reciting poems, as his heart is so moved.” Wesley now splits his time living in Minneapolis and Redstone. My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here. My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer, A-chasing the wild deer, and following, the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

If you see Wesley this month, be sure to wish him a happy birthday.

Thanks to Shirley Pierce Burnham for sharing information about her father-in-law Wesley for this story.

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What’s up with Pitkin County?

Agreement is reached in Sutey/Two Shoes land exchange By Pitkin County District 5 Commissioner George Newman

The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) first meeting of 2013 welcomed newly elected Commissioner Steve Child representing District 4. Child replaces Jack Hatfield, who was term limited after serving 12 years. Our first resolution of the year – prior to Steve Child taking office – was the acceptance of an agreement between the county and proponents of the Sutey/Two Shoes land exchange. This agreement garnered the approval of the majority of the BOCC and called for a letter of support to be sent to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There has been much history and controversy over this proposed land exchange, beginning in 2009 with the first request by the proponents asking for Pitkin County’s support. Although quickly endorsed by other counties and municipalities, Pitkin County held back, questioning whether there was sufficient public benefit to support the transfer of public lands to private ownership. As a result, the proponents decided to pursue the exchange through an administrative process with the BLM rather than along their original legislative path. However, their revised approach did not include some of the earlier results of negotiations with the county, and the BOCC expressed their concerns about the proposal to the BLM during the public comment period. Meanwhile, the BOCC directed our county manager to reach out to the proponents to see if there was a willingness on their part to discuss additional enhancements specifically for Pitkin County. I believe we were successful in those negotiations, which offer enhancements that are not part of the exchange application with the BLM, but constitute a separate agreement with Pitkin County, such as wildlife benefits, view plane protection and additional recreational amenities. A conservation easement, which will protect the property from future development and recreational uses, will be placed on two parcels of the Two Shoes Ranch within the area known as Potato Bill. These parcels have been identified by the Division of Parks and Wildlife as important winter range for deer and elk, and significant cliff habitat for bighorn sheep. In regards to view plane protection, development rights for 10 single-family homes in the Crystal River Valley totaling more than 50,000 square feet along Highway 133 and Prince Creek Road will be extinguished. In addition, a proposed indoor riding arena near Highway 133 will be moved to a less visually impactful location. Recreational enhancements, include adding more acreage to the Hains/West Crown property, will provide a new access point to the Crown for mountain bikers. In addition, there will be a substantial financial contribution to the county toward the purchase of approximately 10 acres of land needed to create a one-mile long trail parallel to Prince Creek Road. This trail will provide a safe access to the Crown for hikers, bikers and equestrians, and could tie in with the creation of a parking area to address neighborhood concerns about parking along Prince Creek Road. In the event we

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Business licenses are up for renewal By Bettie Lou Gilbert, Echo contributor

At the Marble Board of Trustees meetings on Jan. 3 and Jan. 17: • The trustees announced that they contracted with Charlie Parker for snowplowing for the year. • The board approved an additional $1,700 to finish the public bathrooms in the Mill Site Park. Painting will need to be completed in the summer, probably via volunteers. • Business licenses in Marble are up for renewal. Ron Leach will send applications to existing business license holders. • The board is considering sending newsletters out after each meeting. • Joe Brown told the board he would like to build a 40’ x 30’ shop building on the property across from his house to house some of the equipment now stored there. He was instructed to apply for a building permit. • Vince Savage passed out a letter in response to a letter previously submitted by Larry Good. The Board will discuss both of these letters at February’s meeting. At the special meeting held on Jan. 17, the trustees approved a supplemental budget, approved the hiring of an auditor for 2012-2013 and appointed Judy Morande as the clerk pro tem. The next regular meeting is on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Marble Community Church.

Peak Pilates Certified Instructor SUE MCEVOY Mat Classes at The Historic Redstone Inn Mondays & Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - Advanced 9:30 a.m. - Beginner & Intermediate Thursdays • Yoga 5:30 p.m. - Everyone welcome



I am building the mosaic pillars for the new Carbondale Branch Library. We are looking for input from local citizens. There will be a 100 plus quotes and symbols sandblasted on glass submitted by the public. An example of a literary quote is "When I read a good book, I wish that life were three thousand years long" Emerson. An example of a symbol it the formula for the circumference of a circle. They are meant to be about learning, existing examples. They need to be quite short to fit the format. Any questions, contact Shannon Muse.

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The Church at Redstone

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Echo Briefs Thunder River Theatre presents “Long Day’s Journey into Night” Thunder River Theatre Company's (TRTC) next performance will take a long day's journey in presenting Eugene O'Neill's very honest, sometimes funny, grueling look at one family’s “Long Day's Journey Into Night.” Playwright Eugene O'Neill is considered by most theatre critics to be the most significant playwright America has produced. O'Neill is the only American playwright to ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as winning four Pulitzer Prizes, including one for “Long Day's Journey into Night.” The play is autobiographical, but over time, it has become a universal play about a family that simply can't let go of the past. “A Long Day’s Journey into Night” will run at TRTC from Feb. 21-24 and March 1-3 and 7-9. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. For more information or for tickets, call 9638200 or visit – Lon Winston, Thunder River Theatre Company

Soup Night at the Redstone Art Center Feb. 2 Join your friends at the Redstone Art Center for Soup Night on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to this family-friendly event featuring music by Gypsy Jazz & Slightly Askew Jazz Combo. Bring a crock pot of your favorite soup to share. Beverages, bowls and utensils will be provided. The art center is located at 173 Redstone Blvd. Call 963-3790 or visit for more information. – Redstone Art Center

Literary Night at Thunder River Theatre

The Thunder River Theatre presents a free literary night on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the theater in downtown Carbondale as part of Garfield County Libraries’ Big Read. Award-winning poet and actor Valerie Haugen will lead cast members in a show about John Steinbeck and his most famous work, “The Grapes of Wrath.” The talented members of the Thunder River Theatre Company will bring the author to life for readers of all ages. Even if you haven’t read Steinbeck, you are in for an educational hour of live entertainment. Free for all ages. For more info, call 963-2889 or 963-8200 or visit – Kelsy Been, Garfield County Public Libraries

Raspberry Creek Books focuses on publishing books about the West

There is a new publishing company in Colorado: Raspberry Creek Books, Ltd. The publisher is headquartered in Gunnison. Raspberry Creek’s mission is to publish books set in the western US with topics relevant to the people of the American West. They are looking to publish books that will focus on the Gunnison area, along with other western area authors, both fiction and nonfiction. Raspberry Creek’s books are available in local bookstores, Barnes and Noble stores, via Amazon (either in print or ebook) or by ordering directly from the publisher by emailing Visit Raspberry Creek Publishing on Facebook, check out their blog “Up the Creek” at or visit the website at

– Larry Meredith, Author of "This Cursed Valley"

What’s up with Pitkin County

We invite you to come and worship God with us in a peaceful and beautiful setting next to the Crystal River in Redstone

Worship 10:00 a.m. ªªª

Nursery provided VIDEO MARRIAGE SEMINAR February 8th - 9th Call the church office to register

Bruce A. Gledhill, Pastor • 970-963-0326

A community church serving Redstone and the Crystal Valley.

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are not able to secure and build this trail corridor, this money may be used for other open space opportunities in the Crystal River Valley or completion of the Rio Grande Trail project. These benefits would become effective upon approval of the BLM exchange. Land exchanges should not be considered in haste or taken lightly. What makes Pitkin County such a desirable and special place to live is the value we put on our wildlife, our open spaces and trails, and our public lands. While some may disagree philosophically with land exchanges, we believe the additional enhancements promised by the proponents have significantly improved the public benefits of the proposed administrative land exchange and so we join our many community partners in supporting it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

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THE 4TH ANNUAL 5K SNOWSHOE RACE/WALK Feb. 2, 2013 • 10:00 start at the Redstone Inn

March 9, 2013 Wine Tasting at the Redstone Inn sponsored by RCA with some proceeds to be donated to Hospice of the Valley. Come on over to the Redstone Inn from 3- 6 PM Saturday afternoon to taste a variety of wines, mingle with your neighbors and shake off that cabin fever! Cover charge: $10


Steve Pavlin: President Cathy Montgomery: Vice President Harry Remmers: Treasurer


Jacob Robbins: Secretary Billy Amicon Linda Cerf-Graham Karen Kashnig Co-Secretary Sara Lewis

We would like to thank the many businesses who donated gifts for the raffle as well as the community volunteers who make this event possible (especially Sue McEvoy). We will have much more information about all of this as well as the size of our donation to Hospice of the Valley in the next Echo issue.

Deb McCormick •••

Alternate Members: Kim Amicon


RCA's Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 30, 2013 at 10AM Redstone Park. Easter is early this year so start collecting your baskets to be donated and drop them off at the Crystal Valley Manor any time.

NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS: Marlene and Harry Remmers

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

Bob McCormick


Marlene Remmers

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The Art of Marriage A six session video event hosted by

The Church at Redstone Friday evening, Feb. 8 and Saturday Feb. 9 Cost $35 per couple, for materials Call the church office 963-0326 to register or for details

By Sue McEvoy

Ice climbing on Milton Falls

If there is one thing we’ll all remember about January of 2013, it was cold. Temperatures ranged from zero to minus 15 most early mornings. It was cold, but it was also the perfect weather for ice climbing. On Jan. 4, I accompanied Chuck and Doris Downey for my first ice climbing outing of the season. We actually waited for the outside temperature to warm up a bit and headed for Milton Falls about 11 a.m. from Redstone. Milton Falls, often incorrectly identified as Marble Falls, is located just before arriving in Marble, off of County Road 3, about three-quarters of a mile to the south of McKee Pond. Access is gained by crossing that bridge, bearing left at the first fork, turning right onto Holland Drive and parking where the road makes a sharp bend to the left. There, the trail to the climb continues about half a mile up the Milton Creek drainage. That morning, it required crampons to access the base of the ice feature. And what a feature it is this year. Unlike many of the ice climbs around Redstone that have not formed this season due to lack of water, Milton Falls is fat. With a vertical drop of 125 feet and situated between towering granite cliffs, Milton Falls is one of the more spectacular climbs in the Crystal Valley. It is lead-only, WI 4 in its rating and requires two ropes. It is said to have been the model for the waterfall on the Coors beer logo. In most years, the abundance of water in Milton Creek creates thin spots near the top of the climb where the climber can peer through the ice and get a great view of the water flowing underneath. This is a rather intimidating situation, as an over-zealous swing with an ice tool could collapse the thin sheet and drop the climber into an ice-cold shower. As always, Chuck led the climb, placing ice screws along the way. About twothirds of the way up, he stopped and set up an anchor in the ice. Until that point he felt the screws were not going directly into the ice but into layers of rotten snow and ice that would not hold a lead fall. We all then took several turns climbing to the anchor and descending back to the belay point on the east side of the frozen pillar. The climbing was great, not too vertical and easy to get our crampons and ice axes into the ice. “The extended cold temperatures have given the Marble ice flow legendary bulk on its lower parts, overall making this climb the best in recent memory,” said Chuck. After about three hours of climbing, we had all had our fill and returned to the truck for some hot chocolate and heat.

Above: Chuck Downey leading Milton Falls near Marble.

Photo by Sue McEvoy

Below: Sue McEvoy belaying Doris Downey on Milton Falls.

Photo by Chuck Downey

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Ski running in Norway By Sue McEvoy This article was excerpted from the collection of J.C. Osgood. It was originally published in the January 11, 1902 edition of “Country Life,” written by Guy Shepherd and is reprinted exactly as it was published. The Norwegian word for snowshoes, “ski,” is quite familiar to all friends of sport, but as yet only a few have personally experienced the pleasure and joy of an outing on ski. It is well worth a trial, and a general description of how snowshoeing is carried on in Norway may therefore be of interest. The nature of the country and its climate have made some means of conveyance a necessity for traversing mountains and forests, in wintertime all covered with deep snow. And thus the ski, which enable you to cross the deep snow without sinking through and with a remarkable speed, have Holmenkollen Hill, near Christiania, Norway, was the premier site of ski racing and jumping circa been used from ancient days in Norway. The Vikings were great experts on ski, and the legends tell us of wonder- 1902. Thousands of spectators arrived by sleigh, electrical tramway or on ski to watch the events. ful feats performed by them. In our days the peasants have still to use their The sport of ski running has the greatest attractions. After a few days’ practice ski when wishing to traverse the country and are exceedingly persevering, covering a great distance in very little time; but from a sporting point of view the chief inter- you are, as a rule, able to proceed very well, and from the beautifully situated est is located around the larger towns, in the neighborhood of which young and old, sanatoriums and hotels on the hills round Christiania, you are able to fasten your ski at the doorsteps and thence make short excursions in the surrounding forests girls and boys, spend the greater part of their spare time during the winter on ski. In the beginning of February each year a contest takes place on Holmenkollen and hills. There is scarcely any risk, as accidents are nearly unheard of; but there Hill, near Christiania. In beautiful surroundings of fir trees, a bright blue sky, and are always the troubles or pleasures of a beginner tumbling about, going headfirst the ground all covered with myriads of crystals of white, crisp snow, the pick of into the soft snow, spluttering to regain your balance, and at last being able to rush Norwegian ski runners compete. Thousands of people meet to witness the race, down hills whose incline is not too violent. On a visit to one of the outfitter’s establishments, one can procure the necessome arriving in sleighs, others coming by the electrical tramway, and from thence sary but simple outfit, consisting of a pair of ski, a light staff, advisable for beginon foot, but the majority come on their ski. The competitors are provided with large numbers, and, having firmly fastened ners, a pair of thick Lapp boots, with thick, hairy socks to suit, and a pair of their ski – some in fact have them screwed fast to their boots – proceed to climb the woolen mittens, the total cost of which may average 2 pounds. The above is intended to be a short description of the ski sport in Norway, but does hill. With a 7 ft. to 8 ft. long piece of wood, as the ski may be described, on each of your feet, this is rather awkward for a beginner. However, the tricks are soon learnt. not by far reach the reality; in fact, it cannot be imagined without personal experience.


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E N V I R O N M E N T On Jan. 17, Bruce and Connie Gledhill of Redstone stopped to take photos of this bald eagle perched in a tree in Filoha Meadows. Photos by Connie Gledhill

Update on midwinter snowpack By Sue McEvoy

As of mid-January and prior to the heavy snowstorm the week of Jan. 27, the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed was well below normal and drought conditions still persisted. According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Snowpack and Streamflow Report for Jan. 17, the snowpack for the entire Roaring Fork Watershed was 61 percent of average. Snowpack is measured both manually and by SNOTEL, or snowpack telemetry. A typical SNOTEL site consists of measuring devices and sensors, a shelter house for the radio telemetry equipment and an antenna that also supports the solar panels used to keep the batteries charged. Other sensors measure soil moisture and temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure. Snowpack is measured as snow water equivalent (SWE), which measures the amount of water in snow allowing for better comparisons among sites and dates. As of mid-January, the most snow in the Roaring Fork watershed was found in the Crystal Valley. Three of the 114 SNOTEL sites in Colorado are located in the Crystal Valley: one on top of McClure Pass, one on North Lost Trail and one on Schofield Pass. At 10,700 feet, the highest elevation site in the watershed, Schofield Pass has 65 percent of average. Both the Fryingpan and Upper Roaring Fork SNOTEL sites were recording considerably lower averages (42 percent and 38 percent). Schofield Pass almost always holds the highest SWE in the watershed. On Jan. 20, 11.3 inches of SWE was recorded at this site. In comparison, last year there were 10 inches and on average there were 17.4 inches of SWE. In mid-January, the Crystal River at Redstone was measuring 34 cfs (cubic feet per second) while the average for this time of year is 50 cfs. This measure of 35 cfs is very close to the lowest value recorded (33 cfs) in the past 57 years. In areas lacking the insulating properties of streamside vegetation, cold temperatures coupled with low flows create a buildup of anchor ice. Anchor ice can be detrimental to fish and the aquatic insects they eat, decreasing essential oxygen flow and scouring the stream bed.The eggs of fall spawning fish, such as brown and brook trout, are particularly susceptible to the impacts created by anchor ice. To stay updated on the snowpack go to

Sharon Clarke, water action director for the Roaring Fork Conservancy, contributed to this article.


Colorado artist and photographer Jeannie Martin shared this photo she took on Jan. 20 at the manmade ice formation near Crystal River Realty just north of the main bridge into Redstone. “The light was perfect that day,” she said, “and these pictures turned out really gorgeous. Of course, being an artist I immediately saw the frozen gremlins in the ice formation. They looked as if they are peering through the hole in the ice cave (probably waiting for the spring thaw). Just had to share. Photo by Jeannie Martin

Offering small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry.

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


Calling all Pre-school aged children and parents in the Crystal River Valley.

Scenes from the 2013 MCS Talent Show

Come join the K-2 class at the Marble Charter School for a story time and art project. Every Thursday 9:45-11:15am. Please call Gina Mile with any questions and more details 963-9550.

Many Thanks



Sponsorships help off-set the cost of producing this school paper - thus allowing it to remain ad-free, so the students’ work can be the focus. If you would like to sponsor The Marble Times, please contact Alyssa - or 963-2373









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Read More Month Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I am reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowlings is a great writer. My favorite book of the series is the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. - Grace

Junie B Jones by Barbra Park I am reading all of the Junie B. Jones books written by Barbra Park. - Kosara

Half Magic by Edward Eager Half Magic is a book everyone should read! It has lots of magic. I mean half magic. You should try and read the Half Magic full book. - Ava

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald It is funny! I am reading Sweet Valley Twins, Best Friends.

- Wyatt - Maddiy

200,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne 200,000 Leagues under the Sea is a novel in one huge book! The book I am reading inside of it is about five weeks in a balloon. The person wants to go across America in a hot air bal- Orangie loon.

Harry Potter 3 by J.K. Rowling

Ralph & Lucas's: Linear Relationships We studied the graphing of linear relationships, including learning about the slope of a line and its equation. We bounced several different balls and made this colorful graph using our data, and then could demonstrate and write equations for the relationships that were linear.

Megan, Bella & Max's: Scale Factor Some of us 7th graders completed a unit on scaling and comparing. On our poster, we showed the things that you would do to enlarge or shrink a figure mathematically. We learned about corresponding angles and how you find a scale factor and how you use it to change the size of a shape.

J.K. Rowlings book, Harry Potter 3, is challenging for me. A mad prisoner, Siris Black, escaped from the Herely Gared prison and he’s after the famous Harry Potter! - Maia

6 Stories by Roald Doal My book is thrilling because it’s full of odd things.

- Tomas

Falling Up by Shel Siverstein The book that I am reading is a poem book.

- Erica

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

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Waxing eloquent? One of the joys of living in this valley is easy access to good cross-country skiing. Before going waxless, I used to have a great pair of waxed cross-country skis. I relied on a chart to tell me, based on the temperature and the type of snow, which of my dozen sticks of color-coded wax to apply to the skis. After I determined the right wax for the conditions, the results were simply astounding. Pushing on the ski to take a step forward, the wax gripped the snow as if there were cleats on the bottom of the skis. I could even walk up a fairly steep slope and hardly slip at all. Then, incredibly, when I started down the slope the same skis would glide like skates on ice! The very same layer of wax that provided traction climbing up gave lubrication for gliding down. Here’s my simplified version of the scientific explanation. When the ski is pressed down in one place, small ice crystals imbed into the wax so the bottom of the ski becomes like sandpaper. Then when gliding forward, heat from friction melts the ice crystals and the wax floats along on a thin film of water. Although I can understand the physical principles at work, I marvel that something so inert as wax can either grip or glide as though reading my mind to know which I need it to do! May God grant each of us similar grace to able to adapt and function in the right way in each situation. When relating to other people, sometimes we need to grip, and other times we need to glide. Sometimes we need to stick firm so we can provide stability and traction for those around us. Other times we need to “go with the flow” and glide with what is best for the other person. It takes wisdom and sensitivity from God for us to discern what is needed, and strength and adaptability from God for us to respond in the right way. Bruce Gledhill is the pastor at the Church at Redstone.

Echo Travels Ryan, Tobin (lying down, hidden) and Karly Vinciguerra read their Crystal Valley Echo at Hulopoe Bay on Lanai Island in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Ryan Vinciguerra


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going for the day or overnight,” Dave said. That morning, the group decided to descend one at a time with Dave going first, followed by Rob, Joseph and James. They made a first run without noticing any instabilities in the snow, then skinned back up to ski Cul de Sac 1. Dave skied about a third of the way down, stopping near a tree to act as a spotter for the rest of the skiers. Rob followed, staying to skier’s right of a sun/shade line, with Joseph skiing to the right of Rob’s line. About 2:15 p.m., James went skier’s left of Rob’s and Joseph’s tracks, making a hard right above the tree where Dave was spotting the group. At that point, James caused a shallow slab of snow to break free, causing a powder cloud to develop. James continued to ski his line, turning left and then right again. “Those two turns,” said Rob. “That second turn was the trigger.” That’s when, according to the CAIC report, “the avalanche stepped down to a deeper weak layer near the ground…[and James] was carried past the bench, over a steep roll…and on towards the valley floor.”

“It’s like base jumping,” Dave said. “If it goes, it’s going to go long. It’s like jumping off without a parachute. That face, that bench…if you go off you’re going to the bottom.” Dave said he could see James being swept away. “When I last saw him, he was outrigging his right hand to go left,” Dave said. “He was trying to speed out of it but he ran out of room.” “The whole mountain let loose,” said Rob. “When we saw the amount of material in that big [powder] cloud, I said to Joseph, "Put your beacon on ‘SEARCH. Let's go!’” Both Rob and Dave are convinced that James died of trauma and not suffocation. “We located him in five to 10 minutes,” Rob said. “We could see he had just gone through a violent event. He probably lost consciousness tumbling. It’s like being on top of a 40-story building before it’s imploded, and then having the building fall on top of you.” The group moved quickly; within 15 minutes, Dave was climbing up to the Marble Peak ridge to descend to Yule Creek Road. He reached a phone in Marble and called 9-1-1 at 3:40 p.m. Responding to James’ recovery was Crested Butte Search and Rescue, the Marble Fire Department and

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the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office. His body was airlifted out of the area the next afternoon.

‘An explosive smile’ One of the takeaways from James’s death is that even competent, fit, prepared and experienced athletes are ultimately vulnerable in the backcountry. “A certain percentage of the population wants to get away from lift-served skiing and get into the backcountry,” Rob said. “And the gear has evolved so much and made it so much easier for people who have a limited skill set to get out there. For me, skiing here [in the Crystal Valley’s backcountry] is a fulltime project. I build information about it day to day. We try to hedge our bets as much as possible.” Today, James’s Crystal Valley friends think of him and his legacy. “He had an explosive smile,” said Cyndi Fowler, whose Marble house she shares with her husband Steve served as the headquarters for James’s recovery. “The guy shows up,” said Rob, still referring to him in the present. “You can’t beat it. He’s so good. There’s no talk, no whining, and by the way, he’ll break trail. He’s contagious. You want him on your team.” See James Lindenblatt’s obituary, page 3.








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The Echo’s Parting Shot…

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For the western adventure of a lifetime… • Hourly or full day trail rides • Carriage or wagon rides • Pack trips to scenic Avalanche Lake • First-class, fully guided or drop camp hunts for elk, bear, mule deer, mountain goat or bighorn sheep

See you next month!


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