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Caree rs with purpose, passion and a paycheck These boomers took on second careers that are more fulfilling than their last. Page 4.

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A Christmas miracle By Kevin K. VanGundy


hank you for praying for Ula Kirkman, who survived her recent cancer surgery. Thank God! Please continue to pray for her as she continues her cancer treatments. Another thank you to the BEACON staff and readers like Susan Capps and Val Begalle, to name a few, for responding in force to help deliver Christmas Eve dinners throughout the valley. Due to the efforts of those like Marsha Kosteva with Gray Gourmet; Ora, Rob and Hannah at Comfort Keepers; Hilltop and their kitchen staff, led by Cheryl Guerrie; Grand Mesa Medical; and Neta Colbert and staff at Family Health West, over 300 area seniors were provided a meal and some company on Christmas Eve.

WEPA, WAPPA, WEEP Computers can be confusing, especially when it comes to accessing the Internet wirelessly. Like it or not, everything is going wireless. Imagine someday when a crook can control your house, or worse, your pacemaker, from some distant computer in Azerbaijan. Your security is important and I encourage you to read the latest article from Daniel Ashurst on wireless security for your computer on page 25 in this month’s BEACON Senior Newspaper. In this month’s article,

Daniel gives an easy-to-follow, stepby-step process for locking down your computer’s wireless settings. Best yet, if you can’t figure it out, he offers to help.

An evening of fun and perhaps, romance Over my years with the BEACON, I’ve heard recurrent grumblings: “Where can a single senior go to meet someone?” And, “Where is a good place for a mature couple to go dancing?” Fret no more. This Valentine’s Day, the BEACON Senior Newspaper teams up with Hilltop Senior Life Options to put on our very own senior social and dance, featuring Clark Gault’s Swing City Express playing the best of the big band-era music. Dancers can glide across a real wooden dance floor with a romantic ambience from professional lighting. A delectable presentation of hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with beer and wine. All will be enveloped in an art deco theme. Tickets are cheap and expected to sell out. For more information, call Lisa at 243-8829. P.S. If you’re like me and can’t dance, please show up just to have fun. If you can dance and would like to be a guest instructor, we could use your help.

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New careers encompassing purpose, passion and a paycheck A purposeful career for the new year? If you are to make just one new year’s resolution, make it something that brings you health and happiness in 2014. If this means a career change, so be it. Whether you’re bored with your current job, retired and bored, or are overworked and in need of something else in order to maintain your sanity, you’re not the only one “at your age” looking for another career. Here are some career moves to consider.

A career with a positive change Western Colorado has many nonprofit organizations that would love to have the experience of a mature worker on their side. Research local nonprofits and find one that shares your passion. It’s one thing to volunteer for a cause you care about, but people age 50 and older also have the skills and expertise to make a positive change that might just come with a paycheck.

Mary Harmeling, 58, stands next to a statue in front of the Grand Junction Police Department, where she found purpose in her job, supporting victims of crime and trauma as the GJPD Victim Services Coordinator.

Turn your hobby into cash

By Melanie Wiseman

Do what you love and more or less, work when you want. Turn your hobby or talents into extra money by freelancing or starting your own business. Consider starting a consulting business, teaching piano, helping someone sell their collectibles online, doing someone’s taxes, or tutoring another language.

ith boomers now making up the largest and healthiest population of Americans, many are contributing to a new trend referred to as encore careers. They are moving beyond midlife jobs, shifting their mindset, and crafting new careers that promise more meaning as well as income. These five area seniors have found fulfillment in new careers encompassing purpose, passion and a paycheck.

Write a book or a blog You may never become a New York Times bestselling author, but writing a book or keeping up a blog has the potential to provide extra income and is also a great way to express yourself. Do you love technology? If you are savvy with Google Ads and the ways of the Internet, try keeping a blog. It takes dedication, but you can write about what you like and possibly get paid for it.


A career beyond his barriers When Randy Owen, 60, and STRIVE client Hannah Wilkinson are together, you can see by their expressive smiles they have an enjoyable relationship. For Owen, it was an unplanned course of events that led him to this place of joy

and fulfillment. Owen retired at 51 after an exhausting 22-year career as an air traffic controller. He was a contract professional pilot as well. Looking for a new home with a slower pace, yet full of culture, Owen and his artistic wife Terri, moved to Grand Junction from Denver in 2005. Job hunting was a challenge. He took a direct care position with people at Mesa Developmental Services (now known as STRIVE). “I’d never done any human services or hands-on care in my life,” Owen said. “It was a total culture shock to me.” Owen believes there is a barrier between people with and without developmental disabilities. “I discovered that when you get to know them, there’s a real person inside. They’ve just never learned to

express themselves,” Owen said. “I found that I love them. They have passions and desires just like everyone else. Once you learn their language and how to communicate with them, they can be very loving.” He now works as a tech in the occupational therapy department and is known as the “equipment guy.” “Therapists tell me what they need to help support a person and I modify their wheelchair or electric lift, for example,” Owen said. “These modifications help people be able to do things themselves, where in the past they depended on someone else. My goals are to make sure they are safe and healthy, to get to know each person and to find out their passions, and to help them live the fullest lives possible.” He learned that Hannah Wilkinson’s passion was speed, as she threw

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up her arms going down ramps in her wheelchair. Owen took her on carnival rides, and then for the ride of her life in the twoseater bush plane he built. “As an air traffic controller, I was a cog in a machine,” Owen said. “Now I can actually see the difference I’m making in people’s lives.”

they bought and fixed up homes for extra income. A throat cancer diagnosis in his mid-40s, and the surgery, treatment and recovery that followed was life changing for Emmons. “Cancer was a turning point for me,” he said. “It brought God into my life and I found I didn’t need a lot of the things we had. I progressed to what I love to do Outside her comfort zone more and stopped working to Mary Harmeling, 58, has albe able to buy things. I made the ways been a people person. Her move to quality of life versus education in communications led Randy Owen spends time with one of his STRIVE clients, possessions.” her to jobs in volunteer recruit- Hannah Wilkinson. Now 55, Emmons has comment, public relations, journalgiven their victim’s rights. bined his love of fishing with his ism and the nonprofit sector, as well “As difficult as this job can be, latest career. Emmons worked three as a long stint as a full-time mom. when I can connect with someone days a week for five years at Gene Some jobs, she admits, were simply effectively, at the end of the day I’m Taylor’s in Gunnison. He stayed in for a paycheck. still energized,” Harmeling said. “I a camp trailer there, which enabled Harmeling’s life took a 360-degree don’t think I could have done this at him to fish and spend his free time turn when her daughter, Mindy, beage 25.” with his wife. gan doing relief work in Afghanistan “Not a day goes by that I don’t Making his days count over six years ago. think about having had cancer,” he At the age of 13, James Emmons “Mindy inspired me to have the said. “It’s only when I’m fishing that started working construction with courage to step outside my comfort his dad and built his first house. After I’m in a safe place where I don’t zone,” Harmeling said. think about anything else.” She interviewed for the position of high school, he spent six years in the Emmons is now a sales represenGrand Junction Police Victim Servicconstruction business with his dad tative for Kurt’s Sports, a camping, es Coordinator and got the job. and two brothers. This was followed hunting and fishing wholesaler. He “I knew walking alongside vicby the ownership of an agri-business travels to all corners of Colorado tims of crimes and trauma would be three days a week, fishing as he goes. outside my comfort zone,” she said. “I’m in a new era of life, a good “These are circumstances in life and new direction and I’m having a lot part of the population I haven’t expeof fun,” he said. “I’m older and have rienced.” progressed to what I love to do more She has never looked back. than in the past, when I worked for “Once I got past the huge learning wants and not needs.” curve, I have received deep satisfaction and fulfillment that we can touch lives and offer a little hope and encouragement,” she said. “I think it’s what we are ‘called’ to do but sometimes amid our busy schedules, we forget.” Harmeling currently works with a team of 28 volunteers. “It’s an honor to be a valued and contributing member of a team for the specific role of supporting victims of crime or trauma,” Harmeling said. “No one should be left alone or uninformed.” The victim services unit of the Police Department is responsible for making sure all victims of crimes such as domestic violence, or traumatic events such as suicide, are

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Telling his clients’ stories

James Emmons combines his love of fishing with his career in sales with Kurt’s Sports. that consumed him seven days a week for 22 years, all while raising a family. In addition, Emmons and his wife moved their family nine times as

At 74, attorney Steve Gammill still puts in a full-time workweek. But it certainly doesn’t look the same as it did years ago. For 33 years, Gammill primarily dealt with courtroom litigation cases. In 1996, he stopped doing everything in his law practice except estate planning. He realized litigation was a place he didn’t want to spend his life. It was time for a change. “It was a necessity for my soul,” Gammill said. Gammill now offers an unconventional approach to estate planning out of his home office. He spent an entire year learning how to interview people through a

Cover Photo Retired air traffic controller Randy Owen finds joy working with developmentally disabled people, especially Hannah Wilkinson, whose passion for speed inspired Owen to take her on the ride of her life in a twoseat bush plane he built himself.

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1998 gave her the national advanced inspiration to make education program. a career change. Gammill then began “It was time for teaching advanced me to find my pasestate planning to sion and do what I attorneys all over love to do,” Kimthe U.S., and learned brough said. even more as he She learned about taught. the Master Gardner “Storytelling startprogram through ed to take priority the local CSU Exearly in my estate tension Office. planning career,” “In 2001, I went Gammill said. “I rethrough the Master alized I had to learn Gardener course about my clients and that’s where I and have them tell found my passion,” their life story.” He began record- Steve Gammill holds up his two published Kimbrough said. “I ing their stories and books, featuring stories he recorded from found my niche in garden coaching.” giving them copies his clients and Grand Valley residents. She started her own business called as a part of their legacy. Gammill Garden Sensations seven years ago calls this “communicating your self and is living the best of both worlds. to your loved ones.” “I get to help and teach people Gammill refers to his work as cushow to do something I’m passiontomized estate planning. ate about,” Kimbrough said. “Most “I enjoy the creativity,” Gammill people just need a little push and said. “Looking back 20 years ago, I guidance to get started.” was doing estate planning, but not Kimbrough does everything from well. Now I am.” teaching her cusGammill has automers the right thored two books: way to plant a tulip “Your Legacy: Meanbulb to suggesting ingful Estate Planthe right plants for a ning” and “Success yard or garden. - Swimming in a sea “It’s so fulfilling of…,” which shares to do something I Grand Valley resilove and to make dents’ stories on the money at it,” Kimmeaning of success. brough said. “It’s “It’s very positive, something I can do personal and relato make people’s tionship-oriented. lives a little brightThat’s why I like it er, easier and safer. so much,” Gammill That’s what it’s all said. “The stories about.” people tell help An added bonus is make choices and decisions. When it’s Kathy Kimbrough gave up a career in real working as much or in their own voice, estate and integrated her love of gardening as little as she wants into her own garden coaching business. to. there is more understanding by the Are you inspired to make a change family.”

Her second career is blossoming Kathy Kimbrough, 54, had a long career in the real estate and mortgage business in Texas. A move with her husband to Grand Junction in

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Over 55 and looking for work? By Terri Benson


re you over the age of 55 and looking for work, but not having much success? Are your skills a little rusty? You might want to get in touch with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program was created to provide employment opportunities for older workers. SCSEP is designed to get workers part-time training opportunities while they look for work. Agencies who provide training opportunities for SCSEP participants are 501(c) (3) nonprofits or government agencies. These host agencies receive temporary staff at no cost, and in turn, provide valuable training in current skills needed for today’s workforce. They can also hire the trainees if they choose. In addition, when for-profit businesses hire SCSEP participants, they are reimbursed for up to four weeks’ wages for the SCSEP workers. SCSEP participants can receive on-the-job training (OJT) once per year, and businesses can utilize the OJT program once per year. The host agencies for either program are pre-screened to ensure the positions for the SCSEP participants don’t exceed specific limitations, including lifting, use of ladders, etc. Work is generally between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Grand Junction SCSEP Case Manager Rita Arvizo said she serves 11 counties on the western slope, including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield and Ouray. Arvizo explained that participants must be 55 or older, be looking for work, and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. There may be income qualifications. In addition, identification, a social security number and proof of age are required. “Participants may receive other support services such as bus passes, glasses or other help to improve their

employment opportunities,” Arvizo said. “Some agencies or employers may require drug or background testing. Participants are paid minimum wage and receive workers’ compensation coverage. Most training positions are in clerical, retail or warehousing.” The training costs for the participants are paid by SCSEP, so there is no cost to the host agency, and they have full ability to delegate work assignments to the participants. Participants do not need any particular skills. The training program is there to assist them in getting useful, current skills that make them more employable in the general job market. There are, however, maximum time limits for participants to be in the program. “Host agencies find older participants dedicated, with strong work ethics, eager to learn new skills, and really want to work,” Arvizo said. Currently, SCSEP has participants placed at Community Hospital, Vocational Rehab, Habitat for Humanity, and Food Bank of the Rockies. Most of these agencies have hired at least one SCSEP participant. Georgette Garcia is married and has two grandchildren living with her. She is a SCSEP participant, training at the SCSEP office since March. “It’s been a great experience, and I’ve learned you’re never too old to learn,” she said. She has improved her computer skills, gotten better at personal interaction, and has current office skills, such as using today’s copy machines and filing systems. “I put in a lot of applications for jobs, but when they saw how old I was, I never got the job,” Garcia said. “SCSEP has helped me overcome that fear. I proved that I can be trained and potential employers look at me differently now.” She spoke about a sign on the wall, which read, “Age is not a limitation; it is a qualification.”

“Age is not a limitation; it is a qualification.”

“That’s really what it’s all about,” she said. Program Assistant at Vocational Rehab Misty Mutch loves the SCSEP program. “I called SCSEP and told them we were changing how we were conducting business and adding a position,” she said. “The changes in duties and training left us needing someone to help cover the front desk to relieve the pressure on our administrative assistant. Because we deal with a lot of confidential information, it was hard for her to work on her files with a lot of interruptions and appointments. Now with a SCSEP participant at the front desk, she can work on the confidential information away from the interruptions.” Jeanne Outhwaite, their current SCSEP participant, handles appointments, walk-ins and secretarial duties. She has been with them more than six months. She came to them with some bookkeeping and phone skills, and has added to her skill base since then, including more computer programs and specialty software. This is the second SCSEP participant the company has utilized. “It’s an awesome program,” Mutch said. “The temporary help has been great for our workload and the SCSEP participant has done really well. Rita keeps us informed about hours and payroll.” All payroll functions are handled through SCSEP. Participants are evaluated by the host company twice per year. Outhwaite, in her 60s, has been in the program since 2010 and has received two extensions at her current position. “The program is wonderful and far surpasses what I expected,” Outhwaite said. “It’s a great way to get training.” They say old dogs can’t learn new tricks but older job seekers can certainly learn new skills, and SCSEP can help. For more information, call Arvizo at 256-1382 or email Their office is located at 518 28 Road, Ste. A-103 in Grand Junction. ■

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Ask the Old Bag

Advice Column for the Over 50 Crowd By Gayle LagmanCreswick NOTE: This suggestion was too good to wait until next year. This can be used anytime and for any occasion. O.B. Dear Old Bag: I plan to use your suggestion from last month’s column about asking members of the older generation to write a story about an event and give it to members of younger generations as gifts. I am going to try to help my dad, who is 96 years young, do this for each of his kids. Here is a suggestion for next year. It was the best gift I ever gave my dad. My dad has everything he wants and needs, including all of the latest electronics gadgets and enough shirts to last five lifetimes. Last year, I wrote in his Christmas card that he was now enrolled in The Pie of the Month Club. At first, he protested, “I don’t want no pie of the month,” thinking it was from some company, until I explained to him that I was going to bake him a pie myself. My dad never calls me, so imagine my surprise when he called me on January 10 asking me, “Where’s my pie?” I baked the pie a few days later at his house so he could enjoy the aroma. He wasn’t home so I left it on the counter. About 10 minutes after I left, he called to say the house smelled fabulous, the pie looked great, and he was just waiting for it to cool. He called an hour later to say he cut into the pie, and it was so delicious he had to have two slices. He called later that evening to let me know he shared a piece with my sister. He called the next day to say he took some to his bridge buddies. He called one more time to tell me he had the last piece for breakfast and to thank me again for making him the pie. Pie of the Month has been a wonderful way to reconnect with my dad and

for my dad to remember all of the delicious pies my mom made. Each pie has been good for at least five or six phone calls, which is pretty good, considering he never called me before. I hope others will consider this way to keep Christmas going all year for their parents. Signed, C.A.M. Dear C.A.M.: I loved your letter and suggestion. Maybe some of those parents who live in the same town as their children, but never hear from them, could bake them a pie once in a while to get their attention. Thanks for writing! Dear Old Bag: I have a friend who is living in the past. He was CEO of a big company, but retired 15 years ago. He still thinks he knows everything and talks about how he single-handedly slew all the dragons. I have heard these stories many times. I know he is brilliant. I know he has been everywhere. He has done everything. But now he is just like me—retired. That life is over and there are a great many interesting and present things to talk about. Can I shut him up and still have him for a friend? Signed, Fed Up Dear Fed Up: Your friend thinks his only importance lies in what he used to be. Perhaps you could say something like, “Friend, I don’t give a tinker’s darn what you used to be or did. I like you now...retired like me. You are an important person right now to your friends.” It won’t change him, but maybe it will make him stop and think. ■

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Economics by the (snow) shovelful By Harvey Silverman


business associate. After a short discussion, Mike was persuaded that perhaps the price he had quoted was on the low side and that in the future we should ask for an easily divided figure. But we were close friends and this caused no rift. We shoveled away with great energy, as this was our first job. We produced a wide and clear path and when we had finished, we went to the door to collect our pay. Mrs. O’Brien looked out at our work and gave us a half dollar since we had done such a good job. And she asked us to please come back at the next big storm.

ike every other kid growing up in the Northeast in the 1950s, a snowstorm meant I was up early and sitting by the radio listening for the “no school” announcements. And there came a time when a snow day no longer meant sledding and snowball fights. At the age of 10, I became an entrepreneur and learned my first lessons about business and economics. My friend, Mike, who lived on the next street and whose yard backed up to mine, and I decided that at the next big storm we would go out and make some money by shoveling snow. At last, the storm came. Even better, it was on a weekday, which meant the dads went to work and left the shoveling for someone else. I called Mike and he was as enthusiastic and ready to go as I. After a quick breakfast, I made my way through the deep snow of my backyard into his, snow shovel on my shoulder, thoughts of cold cash in my mind. Mike was already outside and shoveling the front walk of his nextdoor neighbor. I quickly made my way there and joined him, the two of us shoveling away. Mike told me that after I called he had gone out, rung the neighbor’s doorbell and secured the business. Our first job! As we happily shoveled, I asked Mike how much we were getting for the job. “Thirty-five cents,” he replied. Thirty-five cents? That was all? The job had to be worth twice that, at least 50 cents anyway, I thought. And how do we split 35 cents, anyhow?

Second lesson. Always do your best work. A happy customer is likely a repeat customer.

First lesson. Establish a fair price and negotiate an agreement with your

We neared a house, the front walk of which was already shoveled, when a man came out of the front door and asked if we were looking for shovel-

We went door to door seeking our next job. After a couple of rejections, we were hired again, having first determined our asking price. We finished that job and received our pay. We remained energetic and enthusiastic and off we went to find our next job. But by now there were other kids out on the street looking for and securing shoveling work. We had competition! Now we were in a race for business. Some of these kids were older, stronger and faster shovelers. Work now became more difficult to get. Luckily, we were first on the street.

Third lesson. Start early. Be first with the product or service.

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ing work. We were a bit confused by this as his walk had been shoveled. He explained he had shoveled his front walk himself but had to leave by taxi for work and wanted his driveway shoveled so he could use his car tomorrow. “I’ll pay $5.” The snow was deep, the driveway long and wide, the job daunting, but $5! We agreed. And so we shoveled. And shoveled. And shoveled some more. The fun part was gone, the energy waned, and the enthusiasm dimmed. The piles of snow grew larger and larger. Each shovelful was heavier and heavier. The driveway seemed to get longer and longer. We agreed this would be the last job of the day. We shoveled some more. Finally, we reached the end. We were done! We turned to go back to the front door to collect our pay from the man’s wife when we heard the ominous sound. The snowplow! The city snowplow was making a new pass on the street, widening and cleaning up. We watched helplessly—and hopelessly—as it left a high pile of heavy, dense snow along the curb in front of the driveway. We finally finished, collected our money and headed home, too tired to even split it up. We would do that tomorrow.


Fourth lesson. Think through the job. Have realistic expectations. Don’t take on a job you can’t finish. Anticipate unexpected difficulties. The remainder of the day was spent prostrate, watching a bit of TV, reading comics and generally doing nothing. But the next day after school we met and split up our money. I had $3! Three whole dollars.

Fifth lesson. There is nothing wrong with hard work, especially when you get paid for it. Life has changed a lot since those days. The snow blower decreased the need for snow shovelers. Landscapers put plows on their trucks to earn wintertime money. There is no longer a rush of kids out looking for shoveling jobs. Maybe they’re at the mall.

At the age of 10, I became an entrepreneur and learned my first lessons about business and economics.

Sixth lesson. Markets change. After several decades, I reconnected with Mike. He has had a happy and successful life, as have I. We reminisced about our shoveling exploits and our shared and happy childhood adventures. It was wonderful to see him again.

Final lesson. Friendship is priceless. ■

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A Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club member and his dog skijoring at Grand Lake. joring while living in Alaska. He had a couple of Huskies that would pull magine cross-country skiing on him while he was on his rollerblades. the Grand Mesa, tethered to a pair He also liked cross-country skiing, so of dogs, the wind whipping through his parents suggested he try skijoryour hair as the dogs pull you along ing. But at his first race, he found he the trail. This is what it’s like to didn’t have the right equipment. skijor. “I got there, looked around at the Skijoring is a growing sport in the other racers and thought, ‘I can U.S. today but it started as a method probably beat that guy and that guy. of transportation in Scandinavia durI thought I was going to do pretty ing the winter months. The word ski- well,’” Bethka said. joring is derived from the Norwegian Bethka said he came out of the gate word “hundekjoring,” which means but ended up coming in second to “dog driving.” Animals such as reinlast in the race. deer and horses are “After the race, also used to skijor, a fellow racer told but dogs are most me my dogs were common. pretty, but they At this year’s were not pretty Chow Down Grand fast,” he said. Mesa Challenge Bethka took the on January 25-26, racers advice. He there are more learned that a longskijoring competihaired dog like a tors than dog sled husky will get tired racers. quicker because it Dog sledders gets hot trying to have anywhere keep a fast pace from four to eight for a short race. He dogs in a team. now uses German Skijoring only shorthair pointers, requires one or a common breed of two dogs, which Many racers train on dry land with special choice for competicosts less on care scooters that can hook up to a skijoring tive skijorers. But and less time spent rope. Bethka has also training. seen people use You don’t need a special breed Labs, Boxers and Rottweilers. of dog to skijor. A dog that weighs “The biggest thing to being comat least 25 pounds and that has the petitive is the dog,” Bethka said. proper training can pull you. A good skijoring dog must be well Competitor and race organizer trained to follow basic mushing comSteve Bethka became involved in ski- mands like “go,” “hike,” “gee (right),”

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“haw (left)” and Mesa Challenge “whoa.” starts at 9 a.m. on The dog must be top of Grand Mesa able to stay focused at County Line Cross on the trail and not Country Ski area at chase wildlife or othmile marker 32 on er dogs. Taking good Highway 65. Racers care of the dogs is and spectators have also a critical part to share the parking of being successful. lot with the snowThey need time and making machines attention to know for Powderhorn what to do during Resort. a race, they need to The skijoring races stay hydrated, and are held between they need a proper the dog sled races, diet to help them and the racecourses stay fit. Mike Sullivan and Rogue skijoring at Mt. are well groomed. A There is also a Massive Mush in Leadville. two-dog team will power-to-weight rarun a 4- to 6-mile tion involved. The dogs must be able course. A one-dog team will run only to pull the person on skis behind a 4-mile course. Names are drawn to them. At the start, racers are usually see who races first, unless it is a sancgoing about 20 miles per hour. If the tioned race, where racers earn points racer is light, the dogs will be able to to go to a championship. If that is the pull them quicker. Bethka says the case, those who have the most points best way to train is to ski. “The key is form,” racer and former go first. Spectators are welcome to Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club presi- meet the racers and their dogs before the races begin. The racers are dent Mike Sullivan said. “No matter how tired you are, you must maintain competitive, but there is also a strong sense of camaform and a steady raderie among pace.” them. They are Sullivan also willing to give adrecommends dry vice and answer land training. questions. Most racers do For newbies, Bethka recommends this with a scooter. There are special finding someone who already knows scooters on the market that have a about skijoring to act as a mentor, hookup for a skijoring rope. Sullivan likes using a scooter because “you get so that they can learn how to properly hook up dogs and how to mainan honest pull.” He said some ractain safety. A dog will not drag you ers use mountain bikes, but there is through the snow. But it is crucial a strong temptation to pedal, which that you keep from going over the doesn’t help the dogs. skijoring cord with your skis and runAnother thing racers must have is the proper wax for their skis. Differning into the dogs. ent types of ski wax exist for differThe Chow Down Grand Mesa Chalent types of snow. Bethka learned lenge is a great place to learn and this in a race in Montrose when he see the sport of skijoring first hand. ended up walking more than skiing Bethka welcomes spectators but asks because he didn’t have the right wax. them to leave their dogs at home. A pair of cross-country skis, a harWhether you are looking to beness and a skijoring belt are all the come a serious competitor or just equipment needed for beginners. The want to get out of the house with harness and belt can be found online your dog, skijoring is a great way to in a starter kit for about $100-150. enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise This year’s Chow Down Grand and have fun. ■

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Laughing Matters The arm of the law Submitted by Charles Gross A DEA agent stopped by a farm to talk to an old rancher. The agent said, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” “Okay, but don’t go into that field over there,” the rancher said, pointing behind the barn. The agent became angry and told the rancher, “Look, mister, I have the full weight of the federal government behind me.” He reached into his back pocket and pulled out a shiny badge and waved it over his head. “See this?” he said. “This badge means I can go wherever I want to, look where I want to, and answer to nobody!” The rancher kindly nodded and went about his chores. Moments later, he heard loud yelling, which turned into screams and he saw the agent running for his life, pursued by the rancher’s prized bull. Throwing down his tools, the old rancher ran as fast as he could to the fence, cupped his hands, and yelled at the top of his lungs, “Your badge! Show him your badge!”

Do I know you? Submitted by Richard Lee A small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness—an elderly woman—to the stand during a trial. He approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?” She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy. And frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a rising big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you will never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher.” The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?”

She replied, “Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to babysit him for his parents. And he, too, has been a real disappointment to me. He’s lazy, bigoted and he has a drinking problem. The man can’t build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the shoddiest in the entire state.” At this point, the judge rapped the courtroom to silence and called both counselors to the bench. In a very quiet voice, he said with menace, “If either of you asks her if she knows me, you’ll be jailed for contempt!”

Magic elevator Submitted by Dale Burley An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again. The boy asked, “What is this, Father?” The father responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life. I don’t know what it is.” While the boy and his father watched with amazement, a large older lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number, and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally, the walls opened up again and a young, voluptuous blonde woman stepped out. At that point, the father said quietly to his son, “Go get your mother.”

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January 2014 Moving to California because it’s cool vs. moving to California because it’s warm Pot vs. potbelly Watching John Glenn’s historic flight with your parents vs. watching John Glenn’s historic flight with your kids Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor vs. trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor Paar vs. AARP Hoping for a BMW vs. hoping for a BM Getting out to a new, hip joint vs. receiving a new hip joint Rolling Stones vs. kidney stones Passing the driver’s test vs. passing the vision test Whatever vs. Depends

Bed sheets Submitted by Genevra Shal An extremely modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his bodily systems extremely upset. Upon making several false alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided the latest episode was another and stayed put. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational. In a complete loss of composure he jumped out of bed, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window. A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cursing and swinging his arms violently trying to get the unknown things off, and ended up with the soiled sheets in a tangled pile at his feet. As the drunk stood there, unsteady on his feet, staring down at the sheets, a hospital security guard, who had watched the whole incident and could barely contain his laughter, walked up and asked, “What the heck is going on here?” The drunk, still staring down replied, “I think I just beat the shit out of a ghost.”

shut-ins, I used to take my 4-yearold granddaughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, “The tooth fairy will never believe this!”

Mad money Submitted by Sandi Cruse As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband’s ranch. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it. For 50 years, Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna was old and dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important. Opening it, he found two doilies and $2,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents. “My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she explained. “She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you.” Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she’d only been mad at him twice. “What’s the $2,500 for?” he asked. “Oh, that’s the money I made selling the doilies.”

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Unlocking history at the library By Melanie Wiseman


he first Mesa County Library began as a seed in 1897, planted by a group of women when Grand Junction was just 16 years old. Hard work and determination led to its grand opening at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue in 1901. Growth in popularity took the library to many other locations throughout the next 112 years. The current location at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue reopened in June of 2013, following a remodel and expansion. Inside the walls of the new library lies one of the best-kept secrets on the western slope. The remodel has literally unlocked history to the public. Librarian and Information Specialist Ike Rakiecki is proud to introduce the new Regional History Room. In the past, the room was hidden down a hallway under lock and key, but the new Regional History Room is comfortable, welcoming and open during all library hours. It is now located on the lower level, right across from the public computer area and computer classroom. “What the Mesa County Public Library has created is a great way to meet both worlds,” Rakiecki said. “Both the old and new.” The concept of a regional history area may not be original, but for some libraries, it could just mean having a shelf of books relative to that area. “Ours is unique because we have a lot of rare and out-of-print books specific to Colorado. The collection has evolved and we have more books

now than ever,” Rakiecki said. “We’ve dedicated a lot of space to this room and wanted it to be more visible.” Use of the Regional History Room has increased dramatically with its easy accessibility. The collection of historical books appeals to research enthusiasts and anyone interested in history. “Probably the most popular collection we have are the old city directories dating back to 1904,” Rakiecki said. “Another popular resource is old yearbooks from the four area high schools and Colorado Mesa University.” Library patrons use the Regional History Room resources to research genealogy, discover people’s backgrounds, and to satisfy their curiosity about the history of a certain property. “Resources include regional gravestone inscriptions and family history records,” Rakiecki said. “There are many books documenting the past of Mesa County and the different people, places and events.” Other book topics of interest include the history of railroads, mining, ghost towns, outlaws, energy sources in the area, roots of the Grand Valley, old roads and trails and Native Americans, to name a few. “Also available for viewing are maps of the Geological Survey of 1871, which explored the area of Wyoming that eventually became Yellowstone National Park,” Rakiecki said. Most rare and out-of-print books are donated. Books the library purchases tend to be newer.

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Ike Rakiecki helps library patron Karen McKee research Colorado railroads. Conveniently located next to the Regional History Room are old issues of the Daily Sentinel on microfilm. Some of the more unusual topics include the Colorado Brand Books, which feature pictures of various cattle brands, what years they were used and by what ranches. There is also the Colorado Year Book (a history of Colorado), a 100-book Civil War collection, a pictorial history book of the area and a book called “Catholics of the Western Slope,” which comes in handy when Rakiecki assists people traveling through the area who are interested in the history of churches in the Grand Valley. Why do your research in the Regional History Room when you can look online? “It would be advantageous to visit this room because you’ll find information you can’t find anywhere else,” Rakiecki said. “Some of these materials may be online but are harder to find and are not as in-depth. Also, there’s comfort in finding a book.” Approximately half of the historical

collection is visible through locked sliding glass doors but can be accessed easily by request. “Technically the reference books in this room can’t be checked out, but in many cases there is a second copy in circulation somewhere in the library exchange program,” Rakiecki said. “These rare and hard-to-find or out-of-print books are kept in the Regional History Room so they are available for all to use.” This special room offers a comfortable setting with tables and chairs to relax in while you peruse. A historic photograph of Main Street from 1909 graces an entire glass wall, taking you back in time. For research assistance or for help in locating specific information, library patrons can “book a librarian,” by making a personal one-on-one half-hour appointment with a librarian for no charge. For more information, contact the Mesa County Public Library at 242-4442. ■


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Relax, restore and bring focus to your strength, flexibility and well being. Class is designed for all abilities. Class is at 7:45 a.m., Mondays, January 13 through March 20, at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $64 for the session or $5 to drop in.

Beginning line dance Learn fun dances that will improve your balance and coordination, strengthen your heart and stimulate your mind. No partner or previous dance skills needed. Class is at 12:15 p.m., Mondays, January 13 through February 17, at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $19 for the session.

Intermediate line dance Improve your line dancing skills by learning new dances with a little more difficulty. Class is from 1 p.m.2:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $10 to drop in and $34 for a 10-punch pass.

Detox Boot Camp Look and feel great for the new year with this educational course, focusing on nutrition, detoxing the body, eating clean and making smart choices that will last a lifetime. Class is at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, January 1630, at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office. Cost is $25.

Total Core Conditioning Condition your body using weights, exercise balls, and your own body weight while focusing on deep torso and spinal muscles to improve balance, control and strength. Class is at

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noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 21 through March 13, at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $51 for the session or $5 to drop in.

Two-step Dance Here’s a chance for you and your partner to learn to dance, turn and twirl in just two easy lessons. Fee is $14 each and you must register as a couple. Class is at 7 p.m., Thursdays, January 23 and 30, at Lincoln Park Barn.

Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney Learn the difference between will and trust estate plans and how they can be used with powers of attorney to complete your estate plan. Also discussed will be probate and non-probate assets, and how different types of trusts can protect your assets and your heirs. This free class is at 4:30 p.m., January 29, at the Law Office of Brown & Brown, PC. Call 254-3866 to register.

Dyeing to Make It Love to knit, but can’t find the right color yarn for your next project? Dye your own yarn! This workshop will introduce hand-painting dye techniques for wool fibers using acid dyes. Class is at 1 p.m., January 25, at J. Dyer Construction, 2335 Interstate Ave. Cost is $24.

Friday Hikes: Big Dominguez Canyon Big Dominguez Canyon offers a view of the Gunnison River, lots of waterfalls, and the opportunity to see big horn sheep. The hike is rated moderate due to distance at 8 miles with an elevation gain of 4,750-5,115 feet. Hike takes place at 10 a.m., January 31, at the Bridgeport Road Trail Head. Cost of $5 includes a sack lunch.

Senior dances with live music The Senior Recreation Center has dances at 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month. Cost is $3.

Indoor pickleball From 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Lincoln Park Barn. Equipment available. Drop in for $5 or get a 10-punch card for $30. ■

January 2014


Resolutions you’ll love to keep By Jan Weeks


hen the hats and horns go away for another year and January slogs in, it doesn’t take long for all your good intentions to go the way of the dodo. By the second week, most of your resolutions have been shattered. You’ll never lose that 10 pounds or write the great American novel. Forget organizing the cupboards and closets. Just keep the doors closed and no one will notice. Instead of spending most of your time beating yourself up for not living up to impossibly high standards that you vowed to achieve, this year, make some resolutions you’ll look forward to keeping. Here are some suggestions.

for a friendly game of gin rummy. Take your UFO (Unfinished Object) to the main branch of the library and complete it in the company of other procrastinators. You may end up with a completed sweater in less time than you think. Try a new recipe every week. It’s a great way to clean all those recipes you’ve clipped out of your recipe box. Keep or toss: up to you. Go to a new restaurant or order something you’ve never had before from your favorite eatery.

Forget organizing the cupboards and closets. Just keep the doors closed and no one will notice.

Head to the library or the local bookstore and browse. Read a mys-

tery instead of a romance. If you normally devour fiction, try a biography or a book on chaos theory. (Okay, okay, that last one might be a bit of a stretch.) Learn something new. Check out a language CD and learn German. Visit the local fly shop and ask the clerk to show you how to tie a fly. Take up line dancing, even if it’s just one lesson. Or take a class at Colorado Mesa University at a discounted rate. If you’re 60 or older, you can take (with instructor permission) classes for no credit at a discounted rate of $25 per credit hour. French 101, anyone? The BEACON calendar section lists dozens of opportunities to spread your wings and learn. Imagine spring. Get a seed catalog and plan your garden. Force some daffodils or hyacinths in a pot on a sunny windowsill. Be a kid again. Attend a puppet show. Reread a favorite childhood book. Cross the prairie again with the Ingalls family or solve a mystery with Frank and Joe Hardy. Make a snowman. Toss a few snowballs. Play Sorry!® or Clue® or Risk®. Ante up

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In 1920, Grand Junction entrepreneur, “Daily Sentinel” publisher, and visionary Walter Walker realized the need for a cultural center where people could gather for special events. Live performances were gaining in popularity during the 1920s, and vaudeThe theater was refaced with yellow brick and renamed the Cooper ville acts were all the rage. Grand Junction, centrally in 1947. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado. located between Denver and Salt Lake City, on Main Street was the perfect location. made it a natural Driven by passion for the arts and a sense of civic and comfortable obligation, Walker organized and motivated people in stopover place and the community to raise $100,000 to convert a buildadditional venue ing at the corner of Seventh and Main into the Avalon for touring perTheatre. formance artists The Avalon Theatre doors opened January 5, 1923, from around the with world-class soprano singer Lucy Gates taking the country and stage, backed by conductor Glen Schrader and the Avathe world. Downtown lon Orchestra. Gates was the first in a long line of live acts, with such notable performers and performances as Al Jolson, John Philip Sousa, Ethel Barrymore and Billy Sunday, as well as local philanthropic endeavors such as Soupeaters Christmas, which distributed toys to children, and Lions Club fundraising efforts. “I don’t know what we would have done without the Avalon as a place to go to,” the Avalon Theatre historian and board member Diann Admire, 81, said. “It’s such a part of my own and others’ lives. I danced onstage at age 5 and my husband and I went there on our first date. It was beautiful, air-conditioned, and

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torytelling has always been at the heart and soul of human history. Throughout the ages, wherever and whenever people have come together, they have shared their experiences, thoughts, feelings and ideas in a wide variety of creative ways. For more than nine decades, the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction has served as a meeting place for people to meet and share experiences, learn new ideas and be entertained.


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During the Great Depression, when attendance dropped off and the theater could no longer pay dividends to its stockholders, the building was leased to the holding company, J. H. Cooper Company. In addition, vaudeville’s allure had greatly diminished with the advent, popularity and growth of motion pictures. In the late 1930s, the theater began showing firstrun movies, such as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” “During the war, we could take scrap metal to get in free to the movies,” Admire said. “With the low cost of concessions, we could have a great date for a quarter.” In 1947, the theater was refaced with yellow brick and renamed the Cooper Theatre—written in bright neon lights, all of which reflected the emerging sensibilities of the times. Many people who had grown up with the classic beauty and appeal of the original façade were dismayed. Nonetheless, the Cooper—strictly a movie house—was widely lauded as one of the most modern and attractive buildings in the region. For decades, the Cooper Theatre offered popular movies to the masses, and it was well attended and appreciated. However, the advent of shopping malls, which offered more theaters with more seating and more movie choices, hastened the decline of the Cooper, as well as all of the downtown business area. The theater closed its doors in 1989, and the once-stately building—by then outdated in style and function—sat forlorn and empty for several years. Between the rise and fall of the Cooper Theatre, there were few venues for live performing arts to use in the city. Mesa State College and Grand Junction High School were the main choices, but they could not accommodate all the performances and events that local organizations needed. The early 1990s heralded yet another big change for the theater. The City Council established a citizen’s task force to assess the ongoing need for a performing arts center. The suggestion was to build a new building in the current location of Two Rivers Convention Center, Main Street’s western bookend to the Cooper. However, that was not to be. The City of Grand

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Junction bought the Cooper Theatre in lieu of unpaid taxes, and today the building is still owned and operated by the City. As a phoenix that rises from the ashes of decay, the Avalon Theatre—with major assistance from government and community supporters—began its continuing journey into stages of resurrection that will soon result in a vibrant performing arts center as it was conceived to be. The current major update is called the Avalon Cornerstone Project.

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Bigger and better With every year, the RESOURCE Directory gets bigger and better. Our Mesa County edition has 765 listings, our Delta-Montrose edition has 446 listings and our Garfield County edition has 357 listings. If you can’t find a service or product in your particular area, try looking in one of the other counties. It’s not uncommon for Western Slope seniors to live in one place, shop in another, or even visit a doctor in another county.

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Get your free RESOURCE Directory We widely distribute the RESOURCE Directory in Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Garfield counties. It can be found at numerous doctors’ offices, senior centers, hospitals and more. It is also inserted in this issue of the BEACON. If for some reason you have not received your RESOURCE Directory or want more, call us at 970-243-8829 and we will mail them to you. Businesses are able to call and request them in bulk and we will deliver them personally, with a smile. ■

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Is your wireless router secure? Ask the computer guy By Daniel Ashurst, Alpine Computer Solutions


he risks of identity theft and fraud are real and pose a greater risk than many believe. In my recent article, I wrote about a few ways to keep yourself safe from online scams. Unfortunately, there are other places you may be at risk and not even know it. The ease and convenience of wireless networks have made accessing the Internet second nature. The truth is, you are at risk if you don’t secure your wireless router at your home or business. But even more shocking to some is the fact that the use of an unsecured network in a public place opens you up to some scary practices by the bad guys. Either way, you can become a victim of fraud.

The first step is to secure your router. Next month, I will move forward into the use of public networks. Step 1: Secure your Wi-Fi with WPA instead of no password or WEP. WEP is not secure and is quite easy to crack. Step 2: Add an access password to your router other than the default. Step 3: Change the name of your network to something other than the default. Hackers are generally going to look for the default

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SSIDs (service set identifier) as a tip that the router is not secured. Step 4: Enable MAC address filtering to your network. This will only allow the computers that you specify onto your wireless. Step 5: Don’t disable the SSID Broadcast on your router. Step 6: Disable remote login on your router. Step 7: Disable wireless administration of the router. With these steps completed, you will find that your network is more secure. It will act as the deadbolt on the door of your home, keeping out the less skilled hacker. If you don’t know if your router is secure, call Alpine Computer Solutions at 257-1011. We will coach you how to unplug the router and bring it to our office. We will offer a free assessment of the security and a discounted price if our staff perform the steps listed above. Please see our ad on this page for a free assessment of your wireless router. ■ Email your questions to Daniel Ashurst with Alpine Computer Solutions at or mail them to the BEACON at P.O. Box 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502. For professional assistance, call Daniel at 234-1011 or Alpine Computer Solutions at 257-1011.

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Crossword Puzzle Across 1 Cairo league 5 Letter on a frat house, perhaps 10 Kind of bag 14 Oak support 15 Punic Wars soldier 16 Dude ranch prop 17 Renders suspect 19 Protected, nautically 20 Tom and Dick, but no Harry 21 Fruity-smelling chemical compounds 23 Brontë’s Jane 24 Homesteader’s stake 25 Farm areas 27 Flourishes 30 Which cheek to turn? 31 Percussion instruments 32 Twisted Sister’s Snider 33 Commando’s mission 34 Cleaners’ concern 35 Copper piece 36 Building adjunct 37 They play “The Feud” 38 Suburban emporiums 39 Having a finger in every pie 41 Lariat 42 Appears 43 Columnist Barrett 44 Commuter’s computer 46 Certain relative 50 Perry’s creator 51 Western wagon 53 Drop of sorrow 54 Chomping at the bit 55 Wrigley climber 56 Verb for Simon 57 Generals’ pride 58 From scratch

Down 1 Grade school basics 2 Gallivant 3 ___-ran 4 One-upped 5 Marching ___ 6 Boxing’s Archie 7 They won’t get off the ground 8 Some consider it a gift 9 Deer playmate? 10 Without charge 11 They’re often emulated

12 Copycat 13 Some are killer 18 Less vocal 22 Talk trash to 24 Bucks 25 Whale of ___ 26 Simple task 27 Word with up, down or about 28 Edison’s park 29 Movie locales 30 Neighbor of Provo 31 Mission start? 34 Sneaks a peek 35 Legendary lover 37 Nile figure 38 ____-depressive 40 Frightens away 41 Introverts 43 Received, at NASA 44 Rents 45 ___ 51 (secretive site) 46 “Roots,” e.g. 47 Placed down 48 Problem that breaks out? 49 Sigh of relief 52 Tit for ___

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Stars and luminaries light the way into a new year By Rev. Blaine Scott, First United Methodist Church he good news is that the winter solstice has occurred and the journey toward the summer solstice has begun. The hard news is that for the next two months we’ll have less than 12 hours of sunlight each day, and most of us on the Western Slope love the light and warmth of our daystar. First century Israel was also a very dark time. The ruler was harsh and paranoid. But as we know, lights shine brightest in the darkest hours. Epiphany is the Christian holy day, celebrating Jesus’ manifestation to the world.


“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’” (Matthew 2:1-2) “When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” (Matthew 2:9-10) A woman joked that the reason it took so long for the wise men to find Jesus was because they refused to stop and ask for directions. However, when they finally did ask King Herod for directions, he didn’t know. (It’s a guy thing.) Then a man jokingly replied, “Hey, the wise men didn’t need directions because they had on-star navigation system.” The dark mid-winter provides an opportunity to navigate and explore the things that bring us light and joy. Consider some possibilities: Is it an uninterrupted time of reading, prayer or conversation? Does it involve lighting candles or keeping strings of light

plugged in around the house? Can it include intentionally seeking the light in others, or perhaps bringing a light of joy to them? Perhaps light therapy boxes can offer effective treatment to seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that typically occurs during winter. My wife and I live on Glade Park, where light pollution is minimal and we observe the changing of seasons by viewing the movement of the Milky Way through the night sky. The celestial sphere brings an epiphany of God’s work through nature and in times of physical or emotional darkness, it’s good to look up and draw strength from the one who separates the light from the dark. The arrival of the Magi can also remind us to follow our passion with dedicated action. They traveled with purpose across foreign lands and uncertain territories because they were following a star whose end would signify the beginning of great joy. Similarly, a luminary is a person who inspires or influences others, especially in a certain sphere. After Jesus grew into adulthood, he said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16). Who are luminaries who give light to you, our community and our world? What are their attributes? If you were to practice them, would it bring light to your life and to others? Whether it is intentionally following the light of your passion or purposefully being light to others, make it a happy new year by seizing the opportunity to draw close to the light, which overcomes the darkness. ■

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n the late 1970s, the staff at the Mesa County District Attorney’s office totaled just 15. Today, it takes a staff of 45 to keep this busy and high-energy office running. Judy Blevins, 76, has worked under five DAs, sticking with a job she loves for 35 years. “I’m the last of the Mohicans,” said Blevins, who has outstayed all employees from the courts, probation and DA’s office since she was hired. She describes her job as executive secretary, supervisor of 12 support staff, human resources and timekeeper. Blevins worked as a court clerk in Rangely before the DA’s office hired her on the spot. “I love what I do,” Blevins said. “I can’t imagine not working for the DA’s office. I thoroughly believe in what we do and it’s exciting work. We prosecute criminals, not innocent people. I like the crime and justice system. Giving victims and their families peace through vindication.” The DA’s office has dealt with close to 1,500 felony cases during Blevins’ tenure. Blevins is frequently asked when she is going to retire. “Age is a number, not a condition,” she said. “I feel I’m still capable of doing my job and have a lot to offer.” As if working full time at 76 isn’t enough, Blevins recently added a

second full-time job as a mystery author to her schedule. Her first book, “Double Jeopardy,” was published in 2012. Blevins just completed her second book, “Swan Song.” “Each night I go home and write,” Blevins said. “It’s my recreation. I always liked to read mysteries because they have a plot to solve.” Three years ago, Blevins became acquainted with local retired attorney, author and Colorado Mesa University law professor, Carroll Multz. She helped type and proofread for Multz and saw how a novel came together. So she decided to try writing herself. “I’ll never forget that day when, after a rather lengthy session with Judy on the computer, she handed me a packet of material and asked if I would review it,” Multz said. “It turned out to be the manuscript for ‘Double Jeopardy.’ Needless to say, I was astounded that she had written a novel. It was a masterpiece. I still feel someday we will see Judy’s name under the credits of the movie version.” Multz said that Judy’s years as a court clerk and as lead secretary for a prosecutor’s office have made her a natural for her writing genre: mystery, intrigue and courtroom drama. “With her imagination, creative

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Community Contra Dance & Family Dance

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Western Slope Concert Series presents the Altius String Quartet The Mientka family performs this unusual concert for viola, cello, piano and ballet at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. in Grand Junction. All seats are reserved and tickets for adults are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.junc and at Roper Music. Get your tickets early, as this concert is not to be missed! For details, call 241-4579. January 3-4 & 11

High Desert Opera presents “Les Misérables” All performances of “Les Misérables” are at 7 p.m. at the Grand Junction High School Auditorium. This fabulous history play captures the essence of the societal woes of France in the 1800s as we follow Jean Valjean through 20 years and his struggle to lead a normal life. Tickets range from $10 to $39 and can be purchased by calling 523-9605 from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Monday through Friday; at Roper Music (cash and check only); or online at www.highdesert For more information, call 523-9605.

Come with or without a partner to La Puerta Ballroom, 523-1/2 Main St. in Grand Junction (upstairs in the Margery Building). The Family Dance is from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per family or $5 for adults and $3 for kids. All ages are welcome. A new dancer’s workshop begins at 7 p.m. and the dance takes place from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Adults are $8. Enjoy live, Celtic/old time music. For details, call 243-6736. January 4 & 5

Model Train Show It’s the final weekend for Cross Orchards’ and Grand Valley Model Railroad Club’s 25th annual Holiday Open House/Train Show at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $4 for adults, $1 for kids under age 12, or $7 for a family. January 7

“Uranium Drive-In” documentary film screening “Uranium Drive-In” is an environmental documentary that looks at the controversy over a proposed uranium processing mill in western Montrose County. The free screening is open to the public and is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Libraries Central

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Attend the final weekend for Cross Orchards’ and Grand Valley Model Railroad Club’s 25th annual Holiday Open House/Train Show. Library, 443 N. Sixth St. in Grand Junction. The full-length documentary follows the emotional debate pitting many of the people of Naturita, where the mill is largely supported for its promise of much-needed jobs, against an environmental group based in Telluride. The documentary aims to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue. For details, call 683-2437. January 9

Changing Landscapes of Science Lecture This month’s topic is “U-Boom: Western Colorado and the Uranium Industry.” Lecture takes place at 7 p.m. at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. There will be a panel discussion moderated by Museum of Western Colorado Curator of Anthropology Zebulon Miracle. Cost is $5 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. January 11

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The Grand Junction CHAMPS, the local Veterans Golden Age Games Team, host their annual silent auction from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mesa Mall in Grand Junction. Here is an opportunity to score some really good buys. Bid on gift cards, rounds of golf, new and gently used merchandise,

and lots more. Proceeds assist team members with their travel costs to the 2014 National Golden Age Games in Fayetteville, Arkansas in May. For details, call 245-6175 or 234-1457.  January 11

Orchard Mesa Lions Soup Extravaganza Choose from five soups: ham and bean, turkey, noodle, green chili potato, and tomato (vegetarian). Take your chances at the cake wheel, bid at the silent auction and maybe win a door prize. Event takes place from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, Building C. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children under age 7 and active military members are free. For details, call 227-9619. January 11

Senior Theatre Auditions Are you age 50 or older? Have you longed to be on stage? Can you sing, dance, act, juggle or do magic? Audition for the Grand Junction Senior Theatre’s Spring Follies from noon to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Be prepared to sing and read from a script. For more information, call 260-9421. Rehearsals will take place no more than three times a week starting mid-January. Shows are March 21 and 22 at Grand Junction High School.

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Free crime prevention seminar Pureland Security presents the NRA’s Refuse to Be a Victim Seminar from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Blue Star Industries, 2350 G Road in Grand Junction. Learn valuable information on cultivating a positive self-defense philosophy and safety strategy options. This is a nonfirearms-based course. Seating is limited. Register by calling 270-3203. January 13-16

Brewery Fundraiser for Riverfront Trails Commission Edgewater Brewery will graciously host a fundraiser for the Riverfront Trails Project from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. with $2 bottle beer specials (Lands End Amber and Standing Wave Pale Ale). The Riverfront Project will receive $1 for every bottle of these two beers sold through the 16th. January 16

Ouray Snowshoe trip Nestled between high mountain peaks on Red Mountain Pass is the ghost town of Ironton. On this adventure with Museum of the West, we will take the easy, yet beautiful, snowshoe trail to the ghost town and listen to the tales that the buildings still tell. On our way back, we will stop at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray for a tour and warm up with a cup of coffee and chocolates from Mouse’s Chocolates. Register by January 9. Cost is $65 for Museum members and $70 for nonmembers. Call 2420971 to register. January 17 Behind the Scenes Tour Enjoy a behind-thescenes tour at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Western Colorado, 462 Ute Ave. Cost is $5 per person. January 18

Clifton Lions Chili Supper Choose from chili or potato soup, and try your luck at the cake raffle at Clifton Hall, 126 Second St. in Clifton, from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Clifton Lions Club vision/eye sight program. Donate a pair of used eye glasses and receive a free spin for the cake raffle. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for children age 6-12 and free for children under 6. For details, call 208-5849. January 25

Scandinavian Smorgasbord Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church celebrates its 27th annual Scandinavian Smorgasbord at 3133 F Road in Grand Junction. The public is invited to join in savoring an elaborate buffet of enticing Scandinavian delicacies, including lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, potato sausage, lefse, rosettes, krumkaka, lingonberry sauce, Swedish rye bread and many others. There will be two seatings: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults. For reservations or gift certificates, call 434-3119. For more information, leave a message at 260-4018. ■



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Richard W. Lewis, Funeral Director We always advocate that families enter into a prearranged funeral contract so that they are protected in the event of an unexpected death or serious illness. Another reason for families to prearrange is so the surviving spouse or children know that there are funds set aside to pay for the funeral expenses of their loved one. Experiencing the death of loved one is never easy, nor is paying for funeral arrangements. How many of you are aware of the primary reason families should prearrange? By prearranging, you lock in the prices in effect as of the date the contract is signed. When you enter into a prearranged funeral contract, the prices of the services and merchandise included in your contract are frozen. Upon your passing, your family will not pay a penny more for guaranteed services or merchandise, such as your casket, outer burial container, urn or any other items included in your prearranged contract. If the merchandise you selected is no longer available, your family will be presented with options of equal or better value. As an example, if you purchased a prearranged burial policy in 1999 that included the funeral home’s basic professional fee, transport to the funeral home, embalming, dressing, a funeral service, service book, service folders, visitation, funeral service, transportation to the cemetery and a casket for the sum of $4,000 (which was the average cost of a funeral in 1999), your family would not be required to pay any additional monies for these items at the time of need. All your family would be required to pay for would be those items not already covered by your preneed contract, which are usually items from other sources such as flowers, death certificates, sales tax, newspaper obituary charges, etc. Needless to say, today prices are higher and they will probably continue to increase in years to come. All of the above are good, sound reasons to prearrange if you are single or a parent, elderly or have sustained a serious illness - basically that boils down to just about everyone. If this sparks any questions in your mind, please call Martin Mortuary, your local Dignity Memorial® provider. We have been serving families in the Grand Valley and surrounding areas since 1917, and we are here to help guide you through the prearrangement process. Contact us at 970-243-1538 to set up an appointment or visit our website at Whether you desire cremation or burial, Martin Mortuary provides the security of insurance funded funeral prearrangements.

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January 2014 Activity Schedule

“Young-at-heart adults getting together for fun and friendship!” Fridays at 5 p.m. - Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) meets in The DoubleTree Hotel’s lounge, 743 Horizon Drive. The first FAC meeting of the month is the business meeting. Call Janice Koppang at 261-9114 or 433-7108 for details. Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Early Start Breakfast at Denny’s on Horizon Drive. Visitors welcome. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. Tuesdays at 4:45 p.m. - Taco Tuesday in Grand Vista Hotel’s lounge. Wednesdays at 5 p.m. - Dine out at the following locations every week. Visitors welcome. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. January 8 - Red Lobster, 575 24-1/2 Road January 15 - Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave. January 22 - Old Chicago, 120 North Ave. January 29 - Chili’s, 584 24-1/2 Road Sundays at 12:30 p.m. - Bowling Sunday at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road. RSVP to Bob Lewis at 263-8462. Thursday, January 2 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Enjoy dinner at The DoubleTree Hotel for their Beat the Clock Buffet. The time you arrive is the price you pay for your meal. Saturday, January 4 at noon - Have lunch and play billiards at Bank 8 Billiards, 2460 Patterson Road. Call Mary Wynn at 255-7370 for details. Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. - Restaurant Rove to Spoons Bistro & Bakery, 3090 N. 12th St. Call Mitzi Taylor at 210-2390 for details. Friday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. - Dance lessons at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road. No partner needed. Cost is $2 for lessons. Attend the following dance for $10. Saturday, January 18 at noon - Chili cook-off at 383 Rodell Drive. Bring your favorite chili dish. Contact Jerry Whittaker at 216-3048 for details. Wednesday, January 29 at 9 a.m. - Meet at Orchard Mesa City Market to carpool to the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose, followed by lunch and a possible stop at the Russell Stover Factory. Call Mitzi Taylor at 242-2807 for details.

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Weight loss surgery seminar If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. Learn how the different types of surgery work, who qualifies, and how St. Mary’s will support you as you change your life. Sessions take place at the St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road in Grand Junction. Call 298-6400 to register. • January 8 - 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. • January 22 - noon to 1:30 p.m.

Messiah Choral Society calls for singers Would you like to be a part of a wonderful gift to our community, a timeless message of hope and purpose? The Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction is issuing a call for singers for an Easter Sunday afternoon performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Rehearsals begin on January 19 and take place from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. each Sunday until the performance, at the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. The choir is open to any singers and will include a 19-piece orchestra and four soloists. Call 245-4914 for details.

The Blue Pig Gallery seeks new artists The Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W. Third St. in Palisade, is seeking new artists to exhibit and be part of the Blue Pig family. All media will be considered, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, collage, pen and ink, etc. The gallery is looking for large format art to hang on the walls or smaller works to hang in a pod. Call 464-4819 for details.

Grand Valley Health Fair blood draw schedule The Grand Valley Health Fair has announced that all blood draws for the low-cost blood screenings will be done over a five-week period, before the health fair on March 21-22 at Two

Rivers Convention Center. The actual blood draws will take place February 3 through March 7. Appointments are required and can be scheduled January 20 through 31. For blood draw locations, details, updates and to schedule an appointment, visit www. or call 2448400.

eReader workshops at Mesa County Libraries Did you get an eReader this holiday season? Mesa County Libraries hosts workshops in January to demonstrate how to borrow library eBooks on various electronic devices. The eReader workshops are demonstration only, but you can bring your device. Call 243-4442 to register. Can’t make it to an eReader workshop? The Central Library offers assistance with eReaders and other electronic gadgets at Tech Table Tuesday, from noon to 2 p.m. Call 683-2437 for details. • January 2, Clifton Branch, 2 p.m. (advance registration required) • January 2, Central Library, 6 p.m. • January 14, Orchard Mesa Branch, 2 p.m. (advance registration required) • January 14, Clifton Branch, 6 p.m. (advance registration required) • January 16, Palisade Branch, 6 p.m. • January 21, Fruita Branch, 4 p.m. • January 23, Central Library, 6 p.m.

Take control of weight with St. Mary’s L.I.F.E. St. Mary’s L.I.F.E. program offers professional support to help participants accomplish weight management goals with energy and fun. Learn strategies to manage weight with exercise, nutrition education, and healthy behavior changes. Cost is $187, which includes access to the St. Mary’s Life Center pool and gym. The next program takes place January 14 through April 8. Register by January 10. For details, call 298-6080.

Senior Connections at First Congregational UCC First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1425 N. Fifth St., hosts “Senior Connections,” an educational and social opportunity for self-identified seniors, at 2 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. For details, call 245-7872.

Support groups • Mending Hearts Support Group is for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one. This group meets from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Miller Homestead at HopeWest. Call 248-8844 for details. • Caregiver Connections is open to all caregivers. This group meets from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Miller Homestead at HopeWest. Call 248-8844 for details. • MACHO Men, a cancer support group, meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at St. Mary’s Hospital’s Java City Café. Call 298-2351 for details. • St. Mary’s Stroke Support Group meets from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month in the Grand Mesa Room of St. Mary’s Life Center. Call 298-1929 for details. • Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the Reflection Room of St. Mary’s Hospital (Entrance 25). Call 298-2254 for details. • GriefShare is a nondenominational Christ-based support group for those mourning the death of a loved one. Choose from two different times: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Mondays or 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For details, call Vicci Hofmann at 778-1599.

Volunteer opportunities • RSVP connects individuals 55 and older to volunteer positions in any of our member agencies. For a list of volunteer opportunities and to register, call 243-9839. • HopeWest is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions. Call Diane at 257-2378. • Harden Hospice needs volunteers

January 2014 to help patients tell their life stories. Training is provided. Call 210-5912.

Club activities • Friendship Force meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Community Hospital’s lower conference room. Call 260-4653 or visit • Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway meets at 2 p.m. on January 12 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road in Grand Junction. Wear your Norwegian sweater. Bring a side dish to accompany chili or soup and handcrafted lefse that you will make yourself. Call 245-5649, 858-6702 or visit • Western Slope Coin Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the VFW Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave. Get a free coin/ currency evaluation before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Call 241-1770 or visit • Two River Sams Chapter, Good Sam RV Club, meets at 11:30 a.m. on January 11. For location, call 523-5625. • Grand Valley Knights is a group of auto enthusiasts that meet every Saturday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Spoons Bistro and Bakery with their sport and classic vehicles. Call 462-6762 or visit www.grandvalley • Mesa County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Commons of Hilltop and at noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month (bring a lunch) at the Museum of Western Colorado. A help session is at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at one of the Mesa County libraries. Call 245-5312. • Two Rivers Cribbage Club meets from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Masonic Lodge. Call 261-1670. • Happy Feet Rounds meets at the Masonic Lodge on Sundays for a variety of dancing, including waltz, rumba, cha-cha and more. Beginners are welcome from 5 p.m.6:30 p.m. and intermediate dancers

January 2014 are welcome from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Call 243-5858. • Grand Valley Woodcarvers Club meets from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Redlands United Methodist Church. Call 245-8817 or 523-5965. • Levis & Lace Square Dance Club has beginner classes starting January 7 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. Call 936-8801 or 434-6541. • Art Jewelers’ Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grandview Apartments, 1501 N. First St. Call 243-1220. • Stamp Collectors meet the second Wednesday at White Star Electric at 7 p.m. Call 986-1502. • Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles has potlucks on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. They have dinner on the third Wednesday of the month and have monthly outings. Call 434-5277. • Mesa Fiberarts Guild meets at noon the first Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church, and at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Center for Independence. Call 245-9469 or visit www. • Blue Lodge Masons meet at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Masonic Lodge. Call 245-5312. • Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. For location and details, call 242-8860. • Grand Junction Christian Women’s Network meets at 12:15 p.m. January 9 for a luncheon at The Clarion Inn. Cost is $14. RSVP required. Call 858-1044. • Post 2009, American Legion meets at 5:30 p.m. for dinner at The Atrium of the Grand Valley with a meeting to follow. All honorably discharged veterans are welcome to join. Call 242-9195. • Play Pinochle from 1:30 p.m.4 p.m. Saturdays at Nellie Bechtel Senior Apartments. Will teach beginners. Call 241-0048. • Bookcliff Duplicate Bridge Club welcomes new members to play at 2923 North Ave. Open games are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 243-7874.

90-Day Weight Loss Challenge The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and Crossroads Fitness is helping people achieve their goal. Crossroads Fitness’ team will help each participant set a weight loss goal that is specific and attainable. Before and after photos will be taken of each participant and there will be measurements and weigh-in times to help hold each person accountable and to give participants a starting point. During the challenge, each participant will receive cards with from cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and nutrition activities to complete. Special classes, workshops and seminars will help aid in the process. A grand prize will be given for the participant in both the men and women’s categories who lose the most weight, but each person who completes the 90-day challenge is a winner by accomplishing their own goals. The challenge is open to new and current Crossroads Fitness members and kicks off January 1. For details, call 234-0608.

the second floor of St. Mary’s Life Center, 1100 Patterson. Call 242-4863. • Talk of the Town Toastmasters meets at noon on Thursdays at the Business Incubator Center, 2591 B 3/4 Rd. Call 250-3969.

Senior Companion Program continues to impact homebound seniors According to a recent survey of those who utilize St. Mary’s Senior Companion Program, it continues to be one of the most important forms of assistance that homebound seniors receive. Out of 134 clients surveyed in October, 75 percent said the program is one of the most important

• Wild Mustangs Toastmasters meets at 4:45 p.m. Mondays at the VA Medical Center, 2121 North Ave. Call 241-1192. • Grand Junction Toastmasters meets at 7:10 a.m. Tuesdays on

forms of assistance they receive to continue living independently. About 82 percent said that their ability to go the doctor or dentist is also better now that they have a Senior Companion volunteer. The program helps seniors remain independent and living in their own homes by providing transportation and friendship to those who are 60 and older and no longer drive. In 2013, 40 volunteers have provided 27,427 hours of service. For more information, call 263-9092. ■ If you have an event or photo you would like to have appear in the Beacon, send it to: beacon@pen

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he name Volunteers of America was chosen when the organization was founded 117 years ago. It signified that Volunteers of America was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others. Founders and social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. The Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration continues to guide the organization’s outreach efforts today. Our services are delivered through a partnership of professional staff, volunteers and other community supporters. We are one of the largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors, the fourth largest nonprofit provider of long-term care, and the sixth largest nonprofit provider of assisted living facilities in the United States. Providing Senior Living & Health Care Options in Montrose & Delta Counties • Valley Manor Care Center • The Homestead at Montrose • Horizons Health Care & Retirement Community • Senior CommUnity Meals • Senior CommUnity Care PACE • Home Health of Western Colorado

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Celebrate the New Year with live music, featuring local musicians and a community potluck of epic proportions, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Blue Sage Center For the Arts, 226228 Grand Ave. in Paonia. Based on a Cajun belief that eating blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck, the jubilee combines Paonia’s smalltown community feel and its big-city musical talent into a not-to-be-missed celebration of all the fortunes the upcoming year has to offer. The cost is a potluck dish to share. For more information, call 527-7243.

lous wrapped ornament and wear your ugliest holiday-themed sweater. Contact Stortz at 763-607-1448 for more information, directions or to RSVP. January 5

Western Slope Concert Series presents the Altius String Quartet The Mientka family performs this unusual concert for viola, cello, piano and ballet at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. All seats are reserved and tickets for adults are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online at or at the Montrose Pavilion. For more information, call 241-4579.

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The Confluence Gallery is having an ugly sweater party with an ornament exchange for all members, interested artists and supporters, from 6 p.m.9 p.m. at Jean Stortz’s house. Bring a dish to share (it’s a potluck), a fabu-

The Montrose Pavilion Dance Club hosts dances from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. On January 11, there will be music by the Jim Estle Band and on January 25, there will be music

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by the Ghost River Band. Admission is $5. For more information, call 252-7172. January 12

The Dusty 45s The Dusty 45s have rocked the Seattle music scene for over a decade and will be performing 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Blue Sage Center For the Arts, 226-228 Grand Ave. in Paonia. Their reputation for rousing shows featuring great musicianship is spreading. They opened for Adele and accompanied the legendary Wanda Jackson on stage, and played for Seattle’s July 4th family event. Playing a mix of rockabilly, swing and jump blues, originals, and classics like Buddy Holly ballads, gives The Mientka family performs this concert for viola, cello, piano them broad appeal and ballet at 3 p.m. January 5 at the Montrose Pavilion. for audiences of all ages, especially dancers. Tickets are January 25 $15 per person and are available at Delta County Memorial Hospital Paonia Farm and Home, Brown Paper Foundation’s Casino Royale Gala Tickets and the Blue Sage. For more Have your fun shaken, not stirred, information, call 527-7243. with dinner, gambling, and live and January 20 silent auctions from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. AARP SMART Driver Safety Course at the Oncology & Education Center, The Delta Bill Heddles Recreation 1501 E. Third St. in Delta. This will Center will host the AARP SMART be another great event and will sell Driver Safety Program from 8 a.m.out, so get your tickets early. Dinner 12:30 p.m. at 530 Gunnison River will be catered by The Camp Robber, Drive in Delta. Save money on insurentertainment by David Starr and Roy ance and keep up on newer trafMartin, with a ‘shaken, not stirred’ fic laws. Membership in AARP is martini bar. Tickets are $75 per pernot required. Cost is $15 for AARP son until January 10. Gambling chips members and $20 for nonmembers. worth $25 are included in the ticket Preregistration is required. For more price. For more information or to information and to register, call purchase tickets, visit www.dcmh856-6924. or call 874-2291. ■

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Events for veterans The Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave. in Montrose, has the following events scheduled for veterans in January. If you have not previously registered with the Warrior Resource Center as a veteran, bring a form of military ID with you. For more information, call 765-2210. • All veterans are invited for coffee from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. every Thursday. • All military spouses (of any branch or era) are invited for coffee from 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. every Thursday. • The public is invited to eagle head cane presentations at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Beautiful eagle head canes created by Black Canyon Wood Carvers and Wood Workers Guild of Western Colorado are presented to veterans.

Delta walking events • First Saturday Street Fair Come down to Third Street, between Main and Palmer Streets, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and enjoy entertainment, food, crafts, bags, cookware, health and beauty supplies, and more.

Montrose walking events • First Friday Stroll - On the first Friday of each month, stroll along downtown Montrose and see artist demonstrations, enjoy free wine tastings and in-store promotional events from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. • ReneWest Interactive Art Crawl - On the third Thursday of each month, stroll along the West Main arts district in Montrose for fine art, fun activities, drinks, drama, music and special discounts starting at 5 p.m.

Support groups • Veterans’ PTSD Support Group meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Montrose Workforce Center, 504 N. First St. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 as verification of eligibility of services. Call 245-4156. • Stroke Support Group meets 11 a.m. to noon, twice a month, at Montrose Memorial Hospital’s Acute Rehab Unit. For details and meeting days, call Tim Ramsey at 318-2028. • Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group meets from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at 645 S. Fifth St. in Montrose. • Caregiver Support Group meets 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays at Crossroads Assisted & Independent Living model cottage (first cottage on the left) at 1380 Aspen Way in Delta. Call 773-4214. • Mending Hearts Support Group, offered by HopeWest, is open to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. • Delta group meets at 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at HopeWest, 195 Stafford Lane. Call 874-6823. • Montrose group meets from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Bosom Buddies Room, 645 S. Fifth St. Call 252-2520. • Cedaredge group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cedaredge Public Library, 180 S.W. Sixth Ave. • Hotchkiss group meets from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 203 W. Main St.

Volunteer opportunities • Harden Hospice in Montrose seeks volunteers to help their patients tell their life stories. Share some laughter, hold a hand and be there when you’re needed most.

January 2014 For more information, call 2105912. • HopeWest in Delta and Montrose seeks volunteers for a variety of positions. In Delta, call 874-6823 for more information. In Montrose, call 252-2642.

AARP SMART Driver Safety Course The Delta Bill Heddles Recreation Center will host the AARP SMART Driver Safety Program from 8 a.m.12:30 p.m. on January 20 at 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. Save money on insurance and keep up on newer traffic laws. Membership in AARP is not required. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call 856-6924. For details and a complete schedule, contact John Loring at 424-1778.

Magic Circle Players present “The Road to Mecca” This two-act, Tony Award-winning drama by Athol Fugard is set in the autumn of 1974 in New Bethesda, South Africa. The play focuses on Miss Helen, a reclusive widow who sculpts a creative collection of concrete statues, creating her own “mecca” of freedom amid the rigid political landscape of 1970’s South Africa. Elsa, a restless young schoolteacher, sees the light of humanity in Helen and her art. She travels hundreds of miles to support Helen in a time of crisis. The local minister, Marius Byleveld, wants to move Miss Helen to an old folks’ home, however, she refuses to relinquish her dreams and independence. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, January 10-25. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Play starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Magic Circle Theatre, 420 S. 12th St. in Montrose. For showtimes and more information, call 249-7838.

Delta Senior Activities The following activities are offered at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. To register for any of the following activities, call 874-0923. • Community Evening Dances From 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Cost is $4 per person. Please bring a snack to share.

Montrose Senior Activities The Montrose Recreation District has the following activities scheduled for seniors 50+ in January. Register one week ahead. Events take place at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, or transportation departs from the Montrose Pavilion. Please arrive at each event at least 15 minutes early. For more information on any of the following activities, call 252-4884. • Shopping in Grand Junction 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., January 7. We will travel to Hobby Lobby, Sprouts, Mesa Mall and Kohl’s. We will also stop at the shopping center with Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross, TJ Maxx and Sportsman’s Warehouse. You pick the stores you want to shop in. Cost is $20. • Affordable Care Act information - 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m., January 13. Confused about the new health care laws? Are you or someone you know looking for affordable insurance? Find out about the qualifications for generous financial assistance to reduce monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. There will be time for questions following the presentation. • Winter hikes - 9:30 a.m., January 14. Keep active year round by joining us on a lower elevation hike in Grand Junction. Cost is $18. Bring a sack lunch for all trips. • Museum tour to Dinosaur Journey Museum and Allen Unique Autos Car Museum - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., January 23. Dinosaur Journey is a hands-on, interactive museum that includes paleontology displays, a working laboratory, a simulated earthquake ride, and more. Tammy Allen’s car museum is the ultimate collection of gorgeous classic cars. Over 80 automobiles to view. Cost is $30. • Snowshoeing at the Black Canyon - 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., January 30. Cost is $18 with your own shoes or $23 if we provide the shoes. ■

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Classical music concert Pianist Amanda Gessler performs winter music featuring Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and others. This free concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library. Call 963-2889 for details.

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Garfield County Seniors are reading the BEACON. Shouldn’t your ad be here? Call Cheryl Currier for ad rates.


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Valley View Hospital hosts an information session with certified application counselors of Connect for Health Colorado from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby. Get your health care questions answered. Call 3846890 for details.

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Rifle Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Air Mechanical sponsor the 16th annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Rifle Gap. The tournament is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.1 p.m. Sunday. Registration is $50. Register by 4 p.m. Friday, January 17. Register at the Rifle Chamber, 200 Lions Park Circle. Call 625-2085.

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Grab your fiddle or guitar and head to the Silt Fire Station for a free jam session at 7 p.m. Refreshments provided and donations accepted. Call 625-4521 for details.

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The first installment of the annual Winter Lecture Series features a reprise of “Glenwood Springs in 1887,” presented by Frontier Historical Society Director Cindy Hines. Come learn more about what life was like in Glenwood Springs during the legendary last days of Doc Holliday. All lectures are free and are at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Call 945-9548 for details. January 17

J. Miller in free concert The J. Miller Bluegrass Band performs from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Clough Auditorium at the Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus. Event is free. Call 625-1871 for details.

Digital Scrapbooking Learn how to scrapbook in a modern, simple and economical way at the Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus. Contact Pam a pajarret@ to purchase the required software for $39.95. Pick up a free flash drive from the front desk for use. Class is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Cost is $20. Register by calling 625-1871 or visit January 24

Soup and Show Celebrate National Soup Month at the Rifle Branch Library, where staff will share their favorite soups and other goodies. The film, “Bless Me, Ultima” will follow. Call 625-3471. January 27

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Local author Larry Meredith gives a presentation on his novel “This Cursed Valley” at 6 p.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library. The novel is about the history of the Crystal River Valley from 1879 to the beginning of the Great Depression. Books will be available for purchase. Call 963-2889. January 30

Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney: Beyond the Basics The Glenwood Springs Branch Library sponsors this free program from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. with Paul Smith, an attorney with Brown & Brown, PC. He will discuss the difference between wills and trusts and how they can be used with powers of attorney to complete your estate plan. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 945-5958. ■

January 2014

Garfield County Beacon Bits Compiled by Cheryl Currier

Help with new tech toys The Garfield County Libraries offers a series of free sessions designed to help you learn to use your new digital device, including how to download eBooks or magazines. Sessions are 30 minutes and are on a firstcome, first-served basis. • January 11 - Silt Branch Library, 875-5500 • January 16 - Parachute Branch Library, 285-9870 • January 18 - Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 945-5859

Carbondale writers group meeting Write On, the Carbondale Branch Library Writers Group, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The goal of the group is to provide a supportive environment for writers of all genres, from the novice to the experienced. Call 963-2889 for details.

Fire safety info Visit the lobby of the Grand Valley Fire Station on Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa to pick up free leaflets on home fire safety. Instructions cover ways to prevent home fires, the use of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, how to make escape plans, and steps to take when an emergency occurs.

Adult Pickleball League New Castle Recreation is sponsoring a league featuring this fast-growing sport, which is a combination of tennis, Ping-Pong and badminton. Participants play with different partners each game and the top point earners receive awards at the end of the season. The league will meet from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Elk Creek Elementary School from January 15 to March 5. Cost is $25. To register, call the New Castle Recreation Center at 984-3352 or visit

Fitness classes at Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus • Circuit Training: Personal Trainer Tom Moher will guide students through a series of exercise stations designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone. Bring a water bottle and small towel to class. Classes start January 13. Two times are offered: 3 p.m.-3:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Cost is $75. • Combo Fitness: Experience a variety of fitness possibilities, including Zumba, fit and flex, cardio, toning and dance. Classes are from 7:30 p.m.-8:20 p.m. and start January 13. Cost is $115. • Chair Yoga: A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair or standing, using a chair for support. Students will learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditations and ways of relaxing. Classes are from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. and start January 14. Cost is $105. Register online at or call 625-1871.


Pinochle Tournament The Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave., hosts a pinochle tournament at 6 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month. Call 625-1877 for details. Cost is $15.

Weight loss seminar Learn about weight loss surgeries at this free seminar by St. Mary’s Hospital from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Grand River Medical Center in Rifle. Call 298-6400 to register. ■










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Real Estate for Rent Ideal for Retirees Duplex in quiet, park-like setting with Colorado Monument views. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 car garage. Sits on a private lane. Neighborhood is primarily retirees. Walking distance to Redlands Safeway. Sparkling clean with hookups for washer and dryer. Garden space, yard care, water and sewer provided. $725/month plus $725 deposit. Senior discount available. 241-4129. Home in Vineyards/Redlands Very clean 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath, 2 car garage, 1441 sq. ft. Quiet neighborhood close to schools. All appliances including washer/dryer. Landscaping/lawn maintained by HOA. Secure RV storage available. No pets, no smoking, minimum 6 month lease. $1,000/mo. with $1,000 damage deposit. 261-9291. Apartments Available Two bedroom, one bathroom ground floor units. Two different apartments available immediately in Palisade. $655 and $695. Call for more information. 462-1115.

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Home Services Professional Flooring Installer Insured and bonded. You purchase the tile, laminate, hardwood or vinyl and I provide everything else. Special discounts. Call Bill for a free estimate. 245-3344. Antiques, Appraisals, Estate Sales With over 30 years in the antique, appraisal and estate sale business, Great American Estate Sales is the valley’s leader in appraisals and estate liquidation. Settling an estate, moving into a smaller home or just simplifying your lifestyle? Great American Estate Sales can provide a worry-free and quick solution. Free consultation. 216-8236. Reliable Estate Sales Are you in the midst of a stressful relocation or passing of a loved one? Let us handle the burden of personal property liquidation from start to finish. Contact Mark Bluhm at 260-2327, or Accessibility Services Grab bars. Walk-in tubs/showers. Licensed plumber/handyman. “Serving Western Colorado since 1989.” Free estimates. Compare and save! 985-1403.

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Skilled and unskilled homemaking and/or personal care. Skilled nursing, specialize in wound care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, CNA, social work, pre-op, post-op services. PASCO/SW carriers certification for Mi, children’s hospice and Tbi waivers. Please call for courtesy evaluation of your home care needs. Serving: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel Cortez (970)565-6833; Durango (970) 247-1211; Montrose (970) 240-1771; Toll Free (877) 685-6833

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Miscellaneous Services Dedra’s Hair and Nails On Wheels Licensed cosmetologist offering: perms, cuts, shampoo sets, color, pedicures, manicures. Tuesday through Saturday afternoons by appointment only. Servicing from Palisade to Fruita. 200-9799. Dedra. Pheasant Hunting Pheasant hunting on 1,200 private acres 18 miles from Grand Junction. 241-3949. Computer Lady – In-home PC Repair Services Friendly, affordable, easy to understand. Computer not-soliterate my specialty! Cleanups, virus removal, setups, upgrades, instruction, wireless and more. Call Mindy at 255-1216 or 261-3120.

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kudos \ ku·dos  “Congratulations to you all for your national awards! Thanks for sharing with us! It is good to have a quality newspaper that is so personal, personable and fills a niche different than standard papers.” - Carol I., Grand Junction

 “Congratulations on all your awards—job well done! Thanks for inserting the High Desert Opera news in the Mesa County Calendar!” - Marnie B., Grand Junction

 “I wanted to thank the doctor at Grand Valley Foot and Ankle. I’ve had a toe fungus for years and nothing—I mean nothing—would get rid of it! A few simple laser treatments and voila! I’m normal again!” - Reader, Grand Junction

Kevin: While the happy lady above included her name, I thought it proper not to disclose it. After all, what happens between you and your foot doctor should stay between you and your foot doctor.  “I recently attended the winter concert for the orchestra at Central High School. I was impressed and enjoyed their production. Congratulations to the directors, Mrs. Campbell and Mr. Castaneda, and of course, all of the young people. Bravo!” - Lauren V., Grand Junction

 “I wanted to thank all of the downtown merchants for being so cheerful this Christmas season. It was a joy to shop with you.” - Stephanie L., Montrose

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Home care licensure protects seniors By Eileen Doherty


any older adults prefer to live in their own home for as long as possible. In 2011, 8.6 million Americans used home care, according to the Joint Commission. The general consensus is that individuals have better health outcomes if they live in their own home. However, two of the most frequent reasons that older individuals who use home care are re-admitted to the hospital are medication errors and falls. These incidents often occur because hospitals discharge patients with shorter hospital stays. Patients may be sicker when released, thus making the need for skilled home care more important. Medicare pays for many of these home care stays. Many individuals also need personal care with such things as cleaning, bathing, laundry and grocery shopping. This care is often provided by home care agencies, which specialize in serving those who pay privately or who have Medicaid as a payer source. In Colorado, agencies who provide skilled services are licensed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) with a Class A license. Agencies, which provide more custodial assistance or nonmedical services, have a Class B license. These agencies hire staff, provide training, conduct background checks, secure liability insurance, and monitor care provided. Colorado also has several other models that are used to provide more patient-directed care. These are home care placement agencies, consumerdirected attendant support services (CDASS), and in-home support services (IHSS). These agencies provide similar administrative services, but are more focused on patient-centered care. The agencies are responsible for background checks, monitoring care and ensuring that services are provided to meet the needs of the patient. Patients are more involved in directing the care.

One model, home care placement agency, is registered with the CDPHE. The placement agency is responsible for working with the patient and finding an individual who works as an independent contractor under the supervision of the client. The client is responsible for hiring and paying the caregiver and providing training and supervision. The CDASS model is when the client hires their own staff (possibly even family members) and is responsible for training, supervision and paying the client (through a third party vendor). The last model that is used in Colorado, In Home Support Services (IHSS), is available to Medicaid clients. The Medicaid-approved home health agency agrees to hire the attendant who is chosen by the client. The agency is also responsible for training and paying the caregiver and providing 24-hour backup, in case they need additional support. Per Colorado law, the continuation of licensure of home care agencies was reviewed in the summer of 2013. The major recommendations of the Home Care Sunset Review include continuation of licensure; improvement of background checks to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation; and increased oversight of home care placement agencies. The Colorado legislature will be asked to continue this licensure in the 2014 session. The benefits of licensure of Class A and Class B agencies are improved standards of care. Agencies are required to provide minimum training for administrators and staff, supervision of care that meets minimum industry standards, background checks of all staff, and care plans that meet the needs of the patient.  Consumer protection is enhanced because complaints about care can be investigated. With the support of the Colorado legislature, patient protections in home care are ensured with licensure and oversight. ■

January 2014

kvetch \ kfech  “We definitely need a new senior center in Grand Junction. All of these little towns have one, why don’t we?” - Barbara V., Grand Junction

Kevin: While not scientific, according to our most recent poll at www.Beacon, over 90 percent of respondents thought that a new senior recreation center was important or very important to our community. What do you think?  “I’d like to remind local property owners that YOU are RESPONSIBLE for clearing the SNOW from your SIDEWALKS! There have been many places where I have been unable to walk with my elderly mother because of the unshoveled snow. Please keep them clear.” - Judy J., Grand Junction  “I love your magazine but I have to comment negatively on a joke (in December’s BEACON) called ‘Christmas carols for the psychiatrically challenged.’ I know at least one person with one of these challenges. Christmas is never a good time for them. I can’t believe your magazine published it. It’s making fun of someone’s problems.” - Anonymous

Kevin: I am sorry that we offended you. That was not our intent. Life can be cruel and often unfair. I’ve always thought that a good laugh, even as one faces the gallows, can help lighten the load. I’d like to know what our readers think? Please email me at kevin@

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t. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center has been reverified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Committee on Trauma. St. Mary’s is the highest level trauma center between Denver and Salt Lake City, caring for more than 1,200 patients with complex, severe traumatic injuries each year. A trauma center is The American College of a hospital equipped Surgeons’ review recognized and staffed to provide St. Mary’s trauma care emergency medical capabilities, including: 24/7 services to patients emergency personnel with suffering injuries advanced training in trauma caused by trauma such care; surgical expertise in as vehicle accidents trauma, orthopedics, and falls. cardiology, pediatrics and neurosurgery; and trauma-equipped emergency and operating rooms. The trauma services are supported by imaging technology, an available blood supply, intensive care, rehabilitation services, and CareFlight transport. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment designates trauma centers, classified as Level I through V based on the severity of injury the facility can care for (Level I is the highest). The American College of Surgeons’ Verification Review Committee evaluates hospitals’ trauma services to confirm they meet the criteria to care for seriously injured patients. St. Mary’s trauma program has been ACS verified since 1993.

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St. Mary’s wants you to know more, so you can do more to reduce your risk of heart disease. Watch for details on this fun and informational luncheon and program. In the meantime, start shopping for a red dress. Because no one can ignore a woman in red!

BEACON - January 2014  
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