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Stephen King may have picked the wrong Colorado hotel By Kevin K. VanGundy


he Shining� by Stephen King tells the macabre tale of horrific happenings at a hotel isolated in the wintery Rocky Mountains. While inspired by King’s stay at the actual Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, it may have been made better had he actually stayed at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. In this month’s installment of “Local Lore,� the BEACON’s award-winning author Sandi Cameron takes us on a historic tour of the Grand Dame, hauntings included. When I was a child I used to visit my grandparents who lived in Glenwood Springs. My grandmother, Wanda Bird, was a waitress at restaurants around town. I’m guessing she must have done a stint at the Hotel Colorado because I would spend hours running around the grounds, playing hide and seek in the catacombs, and running for my life down the darkened hallways on the upper floors. The ol’ place sure seemed haunted to me.

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The experience of being alive Take a jump

at the Skydive Moab Festival Be a participant or spectator at the 10th annual Skydive Moab Festival on September 25-29. Hundreds of jumpers enjoy the thrill of skydiving over the beautiful canyonlands of Utah. The four-day festival brings in skydivers from all over the world who will complete approximately 2,000 dives and will reach speeds over 150 miles per hour while free falling for over a minute. The cost for spectators is free and the event runs each day from 8 a.m. until sunset. Tandem jumps are available during the festival for $235. A larger plane is being brought in for the festival, which will take jumpers up to 14,000 feet, increasing the free fall time. Reservations are required. Call Clint MacBeth at 435-529-5867.

By Carol Inglis & Melanie Wiseman


he wildland fire below crept up the steep, rocky ridge, systematically inhaling the life from everything green in its path. Billows of white and gray, smoke signals of destruction, were punctuated by pulsing orange flames. Al Inglis made small adjustments in

Attached to Jon, his skydive instructor, Inglis prepares to jump.

his descent. His small, white parachute was one of a dozen floating down like small bubbles of water, seeking a safe place to gather before challenging the fire’s determined offense. That was nearly 70 years ago. Inglis had been part of a small force of firefighters in the early days of smoke jumpers. At that time, the National Forest Administration piloted a program, which sent out firefighters via parachute to fight wildland fires in the rugged national forests of the western U.S. But on July 15, Inglis relived his memories of the summer of 1944 by jumping out of a plane once more to commemorate his 90th birthday. After days of unseasonably dry weather, the morning of his skydive was cool and rainy, threatening to cancel the event. But just when Inglis and his family were about to give up hope, a break in the weather opened up.

By noon, the necessary forms had been signed and the two young instructors from Independent Skydive Company in Boulder strapped him and his son, Mark, 57, into their separate tandem jump harnesses and hustled them to the waiting airplane. The rest of his support group, made up of family members, some who traveled across the country for this event, boarded a shuttle bus for a ride to the landing site. Those on the ground eagerly watched for signs of the plane and the falling specks, anxious that the small window of opportunity wouldn’t be lost as the clouds began to thicken and a thunderstorm brewed. Suddenly, there they were. First one speck, then the other. By the time they could be clearly seen, they had completed free fall and were spiraling downward. The instructor guided the chute into tight spirals to

Despite three past heart attacks, Inglis was thankful that he had the opportunity to skydive.

September 2013 descend more quickly in order to beat the clouds. Inglis and his instructor landed first, followed by his son. Inglis dropped his feet in an effort to help slow the speed at which the wind was hauling them across the landing field as his instructor struggled to keep his feet in an awkward, backward run. Help arrived to bring the eager, bouncing canopy to a halt, leaving Inglis to sit for a moment to regain his equilibrium and settle his uneasy stomach before emerging to the enthusiastic greetings of his relatives. Once safely on the ground, Inglis recounted the experience from his perspective. As the plane flew into the jump area and the pilot gave the word, Inglis’ instructor positioned him sideways in the open plane door and directed him to grasp the harness straps and clasp his arms tightly against his chest. Then suddenly, they toppled sideways out into free fall, dropping at what was later revealed as 114 miles per hour. “That was the longest 26 seconds of my life,” Inglis said, revealing the airsickness that hit him as they plummeted. Then the parachute opened. As their descent slowed to 8 miles per hour, he was at last able to relax and look around, regaining some of the pleasure he remembered from his smoke jumping days. “It looks like someone else is out jumping today,” he recalled shouting to his instructor over the wind. “That’s your son!” his instructor shouted back. After 69 years of recalling memories of his smoke jumping days and wishing he could jump again, this birthday gift from Inglis’ children provided some closure. Did he have fun? He had to think for a moment. He said the jump was different than the jumps he took as a smoke jumper. He said as a smoke jumper, his chute opened as soon as he cleared the plane. He wouldn’t want to skydive again because of the free fall. For him, the real thrill was the chance to look out at the clouds at 2,500 feet to see his son floating nearby and having his family on the ground supporting him. Inglis has a slow-acting terminal lung disease and heart condition, but despite three past heart attacks, he was thankful that he had the opportunity to experience skydiving. Was he scared? No. As somewhat of a risk taker all his life, he never recalled feeling afraid, even during his smoke jumping days. Was the experience that involved three minutes or less in the air, not counting the plane ride, worth it? Without hesitation, he answered, “Yes.”

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You only have one life to live, so live it! Wayne Brimner and Sue Tuthill have never met, but they have a lot in common. They both went skydiving for the first time in Moab, both made tandem jumps for their birthdays, and both would do it again. Brimner, 74, retired as a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller. “I was in the aviation field my entire career,” Brimner said. “I flew in planes in the service and otherwise, Wayne Brimner was in the aviation field for his entire career, but he never thought he would jump out of a plane at age 73.

Cover Photo Former smoke jumper Al Inglis and his skydive instructor Jon in free fall while skydiving for Inglis’ 90th birthday. Jon, with Independent Skydive Company of Boulder, took these photos with a special camera.

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Sue Tuthill always wanted to go skydiving so it wasn’t a huge surprise when her husband bought a jump with Skydive Moab for her 57th birthday.

and I always said as long as the propeller is turning, I’m not jumping.” Brimner said he knows a lot of people his age that develop bucket lists. A relative gave him a discount coupon for a tandem skydive jump with Skydive Canyonlands in Moab. “I told him I’m not sure why he gave it to me since he wasn’t in

my will,” Brimner said. Brimner was dedicated to caring for his wife, Pat, who was ill until she died in February 2012. Six months later he was strapped into the diving harness. “I told enough people I was going to do it. I couldn’t chicken out,” he said. Brimner decided to take the jump on his 73rd birthday. “I forgot all about the guy harnessed on my back,” he said. “I was in a trance, just focused on the ground and looking all around at the scenery. I held my arms out like a bird. It really surprised me when the tandem master opened the chute.” He said the free fall and the canopy ride after the chute opened were two different experiences. “When the chute is opened, everything slows down,” he said. “He gave me the cords to steer and then took

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them back when it was time to land.” Brimner enjoyed the jump. “I had no fear at all, which is hard to believe,” he said. “If everyone who hasn’t done it yet could do it and have the experience I did, that would be great. It’s well worth the money.” Brimner is looking into the requirements for a solo jump. “You only have one life, so you might as well get out and live it,” he said. Tuthill, 59, said she always wanted to go skydiving so it wasn’t a huge surprise when her husband bought a jump for her 57th birthday. “It was so freeing,” she said. “Skydive Moab took such good care of me. On the way up in the plane, I kept waiting for that feeling that I can’t do this, take me back down, and it never came. I wasn’t afraid after we jumped. We were having too much fun.”

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The small planes the outfitters use are stripped of everything, except for the pilot’s seat. “I have closets bigger than this plane,” Tuthill said she thought to herself. Tuthill’s family was on the ground watching and supporting her. “When you’re finished, you feel like you really accomplished something,” Tuthill said. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

their doctor recommends,” he said. “We have taken people with missing limbs and paraplegics. Recently, we had a group of four people in their 80s who were very ornery. We will do flips and twists with people if that’s what they want. We will make them feel like they’ve never felt before.” Both businesses offer jumps from 10,000 feet in specially equipped planes, and jumpers are harnessed to certified tandem masters. The 20-minute plane ride to the right altitude gives you amazing views of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse State Park, the Colorado River and three mountain ranges. The free fall lasts about 30 seconds and the canopy ride lasts five to nine minutes. No particular level of fitness is required and no experience is necessary. Training is part of the jump experience. Pictures or videos of your jump are an available option to make the memories last even longer. So take a jump on the wild side and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime. For more information or to schedule a jump with Skydive Moab, call 435-529-5867. For Skydive Canyonlands, call 435-719-3483. To skydive in Boulder, call Independent Skydive Company at 720-295-3483. ■

“I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Ask the Old Bag Advice Column for the Over 50 Crowd By Gayle LagmanCreswick

Dear Old Bag: Is it judgmental to call someone who habitually lies a liar? Is it judgmental to call someone who steals a thief? Is it judgmental to call someone a pornographer who sexually exploits women and children? Is it judgmental to call someone a murderer who takes the life of an innocent person? Is it judgmental to call someone a fornicator who participates in a sexual relationship outside the bounds of a heterosexual marriage? Last month, you made reference to the account in the gospel of John, chapter eight, of the woman brought to Jesus who had committed adultery. After Jesus told her He did not condemn her, He also told her to go and sin no more. A true friend will speak the truth to you in love. Signed, RLS Dear RLS: You bring up good points. As I admitted before, I am not a Bible scholar. I also strive to live a clean life. I do believe in the 10 commandments. In my many years, I have seen situations in what I will call the gray areas of life, such as the two letters written to me regarding the relationships that formed between two visitors of Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home. In the gray areas, I am glad that I do not have to judge them or throw stones at them. I pray for them. Please see the letter below. O.B. Dear Old Bag: My wife has been an Alzheimer’s resident of a nursing home for five years. She is only 60 years old. One day when I went to visit her, I was shocked to see her holding hands with another gentleman, who also has Alzheimer’s. She seemed so happy. She was looking at him lovingly, and he to her. They both were friendly to me. It took me a bit to think about this. Was she sinning? I don’t think so. She is

very ill and does not even know her name or mine. My thinking was if this little bit of happiness comes her way and can make her smile and be happy again, I am all for it. I do not mind playing second fiddle! God bless them! Signed, Second Fiddle Dear Second Fiddle: You sound like a wonderful fellow with much love in your heart. Your wife is living in her world now, and you are letting her catch a little sunshine. I am with you. O.B. Dear Old Bag: I guess you could call my dear husband a homebody. He is perfectly happy to stay at home. He does not want to take vacations or visit relatives. He is a very nice guy and easy to love. We are newly retired and I always thought retirement would be a great thing because we would be footloose and fancy-free. He thought retirement would be wonderful so he could stay at home, after having to go to work all those years. What do I do now? Signed, Getting Antsy Dear Antsy: It reminds me of a problem one of my close friends had when we were younger. Her husband had landed a big job and they were going to be well off. She immediately began planning how she would spend the money and he began to plan how much they would be able to invest and save! Sometimes, we come to a juncture in life where we realize that as a couple we have opposite notions. It requires lots of understanding and compromise. I also think that your husband may change his mind about staying at home all the time after about a year. I remember how much I enjoyed being at home after years and years in the workplace. I think that if you get out and do some things you want to do and are patient with him, he will come around. Good luck. O.B. ■

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Be publishing savvy. Here are three tips to keep from getting scammed By Patti G. Hoff, Brass Frog Bookworks


t’s crushing, it’s embarrassing and it can happen to you. New authors are among the most vulnerable to scams because they have yet to learn what questions to ask of potential publishers. Most of us think we are too smart to get conned, but it recently happened to a very bright, educated woman who wrote an adorable children’s book. She found out about a publishing company out of New York that was willing to publish her work for no money up front. They lured her in with the word “free” and promises of worldwide marketing and abundant royalties. When she received her book, the format was incorrect. It had not been edited and was littered with errors in the text and layout. Perhaps worst of all, it had never been registered. When she reread her contract, she was shocked to discover she had unwittingly given the publisher exclusive rights for the next three years. In the end, she ended up shelling out over $2,000 to purchase her own book. The “publishing company” had merely uploaded her manuscript file onto an online provider, then sold her own books back to her at a profit. The company, which presented itself as a corporation, was not even listed on the New York Secretary of State’s business database.

Do your homework. No one can expect to learn everything about such a rapidly changing industry, but there are some things you should know that will protect you. In today’s market there are really three options for publishing: traditional, self-publishing and independent publishing. Traditional publishing is where the publisher pays the author an up-

front advance and pays all of the costs related to producing the book. Perhaps one in 10,000 manuscripts will get accepted, and there is a specific query process to submit your work. Most of the larger publishing houses don’t even accept submissions without an agent. For newbies, even the challenge of finding a reputable agent opens up a whole other possibility for being scammed. The royalties on traditionally published projects are typically lower, and there are deep discounts of up to 65 percent off retail, but because of the marketing reach of the big publishers, the anticipation is that it will be made up in sales volume. Even with some of the traditional houses that take unsolicited queries, it is easy to get into a contract where you end up paying the publisher back for its investment in your project. Always have your contract reviewed by a literary attorney who has specific expertise in literary and copyright law. Self-publishing is the most popular publishing mechanism because it is readily available and fairly inexpensive. Self-pubs were born out of the old vanity presses of the early days. These companies took any work of any quality and published it for a fee. It has been the bane of the industry from the onset, and there have been many debates on how it has impacted the industry because there are literally no standards or gatekeepers. Anything goes. Even though the bulk of self-published works are not accepted by the industry as true literary works, it can be a viable option for authors who understand the professional editing process and know how to prepare a manuscript for publishing. If you are going to self-publish, get professional help up front. Beware of contracts that tie up your future publishing rights.

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Independent publishers are another option, but beware. There are many indies who are really self-publishers masquerading as indies. Even though indie publishers are a for fee publisher, a reputable independent is going to have a submission and evaluation process. It will not publish every project and will be picky about what its imprint is placed upon. An indie will take a raw manuscript and provide all of the publishing services required to produce a professional finished, fully registered product. It will not ask for future publishing rights, nor will it claim any rights to the author’s royalties. Indies are publishing partners that typically turn into long-term relationships. Another advantage to going with an independent is their access to a global marketplace and partnerships with independent retailers across the country at a lower discount rate. Indies have made great advances in a hard-won battle and have earned their place in the market. Because of that, the author’s work will probably not be perceived as self-published. As with anything, read the contract and have it reviewed by a literary attorney. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and take the time to talk with other clients about their experience.

Know what you are getting for the money. If you are going to be self-published, be sure the rights to your intellectual property are protected. Every book that will be sold on the open market will need an ISBN and a barcode. Some self-publishers now sell these as part of their publishing packages. Your book will also need to be registered with the U.S. copyright office. The author is responsible for this and for obtaining the LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number). Filing the copyright is the

last thing you do, not the first. Each format requires separate ISBN and registration. Independent and traditional publishing houses will take care of all registration on behalf of the author. They will provide the author with related documentation and will follow the account until the author has received the Certificate of Registration from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Rights, royalties and pie-in-the-sky promises. Unless you are being published by a traditional publishing house, you should not be expected to forfeit any of your rights or royalties. Publishing contracts should be explicit about that. The promise of huge sales is another red flag. While every publisher is going to have typical steps for launching a new title, the author is required to have skin in the game. That is a harsh reality to most new authors. Whatever your publishing budget is, a rule of thumb is that one third of that dollar amount needs to be allocated to marketing. Marketing contracts are separate from the publishing contracts and may offer mass mailings, inclusion in catalogs, trade show exposure and many other things. Talk with your publisher in advance about marketing. If you plan to be carried by a major distributor, know that there is a cost associated with that and discounts are mandatory. Most book reviews by reputable reviewers that report nationally also come at a cost. A reputable publisher is going to help educate the author and assist with marketing guidance up front. Being a professional writer is a business. It has to be fueled by a passion that comes from deep in the soul. A wise writer will do his homework and not get scammed. ■


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See dogs show off at upcoming kennel club show at or have been invited to Westminster and/or the Eukanuba dog shows. he Grand Valley Kennel Club’s Generally, up to 800 dogs and upcoming AKC sanctioned dog 1,000 people attend the event. As show takes place September 26-29 an observer, entry is free with $5 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. parking. If you don’t have your dog Although you don’t have to own a registered in the show, please leave it purebred to join GVKC, dogs particiat home. Only show dogs are allowed pating in the show are required to be due to insurance and liability issues. purebred. Along with the exciting shows, you’ll This show is on week 39 of the find food, canine supplies and serAKC Circuit, which includes shows vice vendors. There will also be a every weekend of the year, except for Christmas. There are other shows health fair for dogs. Attendees can stay on site in RVs or going on at the same time around the the Visitor and country, but Christy Almendarez shows Convention none within off her dog Zena to judges Bureau works 100 miles per closely with at a local show. AKC regulathe club to entions. GVKC sure adequate Vice President hotel and Wendy Spurr campgrounds said there willing to acis a show in cept dogs are Salina, Kansas available. and another “It’s a great in Arizona the family event,” same weekend Spurr said. as the Grand “Due to the Junction show. cost of showAt the AKC ing dogs show, you’ll across the see dogs exhibcountry, you it their parsee a lot of ticular personretirees on alities. GVKC the circuits, board membut the local events are great for club ber Noelle Blair recalled a German members and their kids and grandshepherd who loudly and repeatedly children.” grumbled at its trainer when it was Blair said you can usually tell a required to clear a jump and pick up good prospect for a show dog while a dumbbell. She also recalled a Great it’s a pup. Dogs with a good show Dane puppy that enjoyed standing personality will pose and show off, on its hind legs and putting its paws and be anxious to please even when on the shoulders of unsuspecting tiny. Whether or not you want to passersby. show a dog, the September event Spurr said the level of professionis an excellent place to start as a alism found at the Grand Junction show is surprising in the animals spectator. and trainers, as well as the attendees If you are interested in registering and judges. The show is attended by your dog for the show, or to find out many professional owners and trainmore about it, call 241-8499. Once ers who make a living off dog shows. the September 11 entry deadline Several GVKC members have placed passes, no more entries are taken. ■

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SOS! Driving volunteers needed minimum number of rides they must provide. re you no longer able to drive or Western Colorado 211/ARCH Directemporarily unable to drive? Ever tor Christie Higgins hopes that the been stuck trying to figure out how program will continue to grow and to coordinate a ride to an appointment or the grocery store? Not want- help support seniors all over the valley. ing to rely on an untimely taxi, be a “SOS is a wonderful opportunity burden to family, or set up lengthy for people who want contracts with agento volunteer to assist cies? There is another seniors trying to option. Mesa Counmaintain their indety’s SOS program offers transportation pendence while bethat benefits the ing supported by an driver and the senior established program,” in need of a ride. Higgins said. Collaborating with Gary Rich, 67, has the ARCH program been a volunteer driv(Adult Resources er for a little less than for Care and Help), a year. Retired two ✦ Are you 25 or older? Serving Our Seniors years since the birth (SOS) was created by of his granddaughter, ✦ Can you pass a backseniors for seniors Rich was encouraged ground check? due to a lack of transto volunteer some of portation options his extra time. ✦ Do you have a car? in Grand Junction. When the SOS proSOS provides one ✦ Do you love helping gram showed up in free ride per week his church bulletin, seniors? to appointments and he decided that now to the grocery store was as good a time for seniors 60 and If you answered yes to all as ever and he signed older. Originally set of the above questions, up as a time bank, call 248-2746 to become a up to be of service. seniors would drive Rich said he really volunteer! other seniors to feels appreciated as a appointments and volunteer. By volunteering just a few errands as needed. “Some of the ladies hours of your time, you can thank me for themTheir volunteered time would store up make a difference in the life selves and all the for a time when they of a homebound senior. other people I take,” might need the same he said. service in return. No He usually provides longer operating as two or three rides per week and a time bank, the foundation of the spends about two hours during each program is volunteers. outing to meet the person’s needs Now anyone 25 or older, who has appropriately. their own car and passes a back“I heartily recommend it,” he said. ground check, can volunteer. VolunHiggins’ goal is to expand the proteers are reimbursed 50 cents per gram’s reach from Fruita to Palisade. mile and the schedule is flexible. To accomplish this, more volunteers When a ride is requested, volunteers are needed. If you find yourself are called until one is available to in need of a ride or if you wish to meet the need. Volunteers can say no if they have a conflicting commit- graciously volunteer your time, call ment and there is no expectation or 248-2746. ■


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ast night I hosted the third in a series of three life-altering talks. The first talk was the “sex talk,” back when my children were preteens. It left me traumatized when I learned that they knew far more about the topic than I did. The second talk was about drugs. I had been actively involved in a drug awareness program and consequently, my three teenagers had been educated on how drugs could jeopardize their health. They knew I was savvy when it came to recognizing drug use symptoms, so when I officially sat them down, it was only to drum into their heads what they already knew. I had no reason to suspect my perfect children had anything to do with drugs until I reiterated the fact that the long-term use of marijuana affects fertility in both men and women. One of them whispered, “Adoption is good.” Now, decades later, my husband Marc and I prepared for the third talk, the most difficult to give and hardest to listen to. The “wills and last wishes talk.” Marc thought my decision to gather the children together for this disclosure was unnecessary. I disagreed. I had been an executrix twice, once for my brother and once for my mother. Each time it was like navigating through quicksand. In both cases, I spent close to two years wading through volumes of papers: town and state records on taxes, birth and death certificates, mortgages, leases, loans, health care, life and car insurance policies, jewelry appraisals, stocks and bonds, wills and more. I didn’t want our children to have to search for vital information through every paper in every folder in every file in our desks and on our computers. I did not want them to have to guess who our lawyer and doctors were, or hunt for names of friends and relatives who might offer clues that lead to it. I did not want them to decide where our funeral

or interment should be. Grieving is difficult enough without having to endure added stress. We invited the children to dinner. During dessert, Marc started the talk on a positive note, letting the children know that we are debt free. We heard several sighs of relief and, to my surprise, one daughterin-law was crying. I thought it might have been from relief of learning she would not be paying off our debts and hospital bills, but she later disclosed that the topic of our impending deaths was terribly sad for her. I was deeply touched. It was no picnic for us, either. There was a light moment. When we disclosed that our only debt was the one car we lease, my son-inlaw said, “Wait a minute. Car leases are for three or four years. Is there something you’re not telling us?” We laughed and assured him we were in good health. After years of nagging, crying and begging, Marc yielded to my pleas. He put together a packet that included every bit of information I would need, should he die before me. He purchased a cloth folder with a number of pockets, each one large enough to house manila folders. He labeled each folder: insurance, lawyer, real estate, stocks, IRA, checking and savings accounts, living wills, safe deposit box, etc. While we saw no need for the children to look into the packet, we advised them that it would be at our lawyer’s office when the time came. Neither of us looked forward to this final talk. We prepared ourselves for questions that might be confrontational, challenging or just plain uncomfortable to answer. They never happened. To our delight, the evening went smoothly and lovingly, and while it was far more difficult to talk about than the sex and drugs talks, this talk left our heads a little less cluttered, and our hearts lighter. I am now be prepared to die, but I can’t ever imagine being ready to die. ■

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CMU’s music and theatre season begins, features one-woman show “Lilia!”


he internationally acclaimed onewoman show “Lilia!” will make a stop at Colorado Mesa University’s Robinson Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. Written and performed by Libby Skala, this moving autobiographical play portrays the story of her grandmother Lilia Skala, a woman who overcame extraordinary odds. Lilia was a close friend of the CMU theatre’s namesake, William S. Robinson, who brought her to Mesa College as a guest artist for his theatre students five times between 1965 and 1981. Lilia was a Broadway star and a Hitler refugee. She collected award nominations for her performances in “Roseland” (Golden Globe), “Eleanor and Franklin” (Emmy) and most notably, 1963 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her role as Mother Superior in “Lilies of the Field” opposite Sidney Poitier. “In the last conversation I had with my grandmother, she asked me to write a part for her,” Libby said. “She VOICE FACULTY RECITAL

was an extraordinary woman who had an extraordinary life. I began developing the show immediately.” Tickets are $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. They are available by calling the box office at 248-1604. Tickets are also available for the CMU Theatre Arts 2013-14 season, which includes the following shows. Music at Mesa season tickets will also be available. Call 248-1604 or order at www.coloradomesa. edu/mosstickets. September 26-October 5

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This beloved 1970s pop culture phenomenon and Emmy Awardwinning Saturday morning cartoon series comes to the musical stage at CMU! With clever, tuneful songs that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics, this family-friendly


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Laughing Matters Bidding on the job Submitted by Bob Breazeale After a recent tornado in Kansas, it was discovered that a government facility was damaged. Three companies bid on the project: one from Kansas, one from California and one from Chicago. The guy from Kansas measured and figured for a while. “We’ll do it for $1,000,” he said. “Five hundred dollars for materials, $400 for workers and $100 profit for my company.” The guy from California said, “Due to strict EPA standards and union wages, we’ll do it for $2,000. One thousand dollars for material, $800 for wages and $200 profit for the company.” The guy from Chicago had to be wakened from a sound sleep. Without even looking up, he said, “My bid is $5,000.” “That’s outrageous,” the government agent said.


The guy from Chicago whispered in the agent’s ear. “Look, Buddy, that’s $2,000 for you, $2,000 for me, and we use the other $1,000 to hire the guy from Kansas to do the work.” Guess who got the job.

Fart football Submitted by Lauren VanGundy An elderly married couple was getting ready for bed. Just as they had gotten comfortable under the covers, the man passed gas and said, “Seven points.” His wife rolled over and said, “What in the world was that?” The man replied, “It’s fart football.” A few minutes later his wife let one go and said, “Touchdown, tie score.” After about five minutes the old man let another one go and said, “Aha! I’m ahead 14 to 7.” Not to be outdone, the wife ripped out another one and said, “Touchdown! Tie score.”


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Five seconds go by and she let out a little squeaker. “Field goal. I lead 17 to 14.” Now the pressure was on. The man refused to get beaten by a woman, so he strained real hard. He gave it everything he had and accidentally pooped in the bed. The wife wrinkled her nose. “What the hell was that?” The old man replied, “Half time. Switch sides.”

Learning about Creation Submitted by Denise Goodwin A man and woman were fighting. One day, the man said to his wife, “I don’t see how you can be so stupid and so beautiful at the same time.” “Allow me to explain,” the woman replied. “God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me. God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you.”

Mixed-up fairy tales Submitted by Dave Kennedy Sleeping Beauty was moping around the kitchen one day and Fairy Godmother asked her what was both-


ering her. “Oh, I took some really good photos of the Seven Dwarfs and I ordered enlargements online,” she said, “and they still haven’t arrived.” “Don’t worry, my dear,” Fairy Godmother said. “One day, your prints will come.”

Church fun Submitted by Karen Jones Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing a strong sermon on the devil. One boy said to the other, “What do you think about all this Satan stuff?” The other boy replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your dad.”

Blonde joke Submitted by Paul Rollins A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car and was pulled over by a female police officer, who was also blonde. The blonde cop asked to see the blonde’s driver’s license. The driver dug through her purse and was visibly getting agitated.


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September 2013 “What does it look like?” she finally asked. “It’s square and has your picture on it,” the cop replied. The driver finally found a square handheld mirror in her purse. She looked at it and handed it to the cop. The cop looked at the mirror and then handed it back to the driver. “Okay, you’re free to go,” she said. “I didn’t realize you were a cop.”

Ammunition is scarce Submitted by Anthony Martinez Ammunition is becoming scarce. This morning I lucked out and was able to buy several cases of ammo. On the way home, I stopped at the gas station where a drop-dead gorgeous blonde was filling up her car at the next pump. She looked at the ammo in the back of my SUV and said in a very sexy voice, “I’m a big believer in barter, big boy. Would you be interested in trading sex for ammo?” I thought for a few seconds and asked, “What kind of ammo you got?”

Where is God? Submitted by Ernest Nelson Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew if any mischief occured in their town, the two boys were probably involved. Their mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually. The mother sent the 8-year-old in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon. The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, “Do you know where God is, son?” The boy made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open. So the preacher repeated the question more sternly. “Where is God?” Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, “WHERE IS GOD?” The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, “What happened?” The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, “We are in big trouble this time! God is missing and they think we did it!”

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Closed casket funeral Submitted by Bob Breazeale John and Mary were always arguing, bickering and fighting. After a particular fight, John says, “I had the lawyer put in my will that I am to be buried with a shovel so I can dig out of my grave and haunt you for the rest of your days.” Not long after the fight, John died and Mary had a closed casket funeral. On the way home, her friend asked her, “Did you really bury him with a shovel?” “I did exactly as he wanted,” she said with a smile. “That’s why I had a closed casket funeral. I buried him face down. Besides, he was always too damn stubborn to ask for directions.”

Fighting with a dwarf Submitted by Jan Weeks I rear-ended a car this morning, which was the start of a really bad day. The driver got out of the other car, and he was a dwarf. He looked up at me and said, “I am NOT Happy!” After a brief pause, I said, “Well, which one are you then?” That’s how the fight started. ■ Send your funniest jokes to:

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Dan carried a 42-pound Kevlar canoe over his head, balancing it on his shoulders. By Melanie Wiseman


e have been called crazy, brave, insane, unbelievable and a myriad of other names. We just call ourselves adventuresome. While some choose to live life comfortably and safely between the lines, you could say my husband Dan and I like to live on the flip side. At 62 and 55, we feel a new chapter in our lives is just beginning and looking for roads less traveled, literally. So when my 30-year-old niece, Gretchen, and her boyfriend, Ivo, invited us on an extended canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota this summer, we accepted the challenge. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is a protected wilderness on the Minnesota and Ontario border, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It is known for its vast network of glacially carved lakes and waterways surrounded by thick forests. Once you enter the BWCA, there are no roads. It’s just you, the lakes and the call of the loons.

We knew the invitation did not include the Hilton. Instead, it required carrying all of our gear and canoe across rough, murky portages, the possibility of canoeing in the wind and rain, many consecutive bad hair days, annoying ticks and encountering mosquitoes large enough to lift a person airborne. We were confident the rewards would weigh in much higher. No phones, computers, television, traffic or motors, alarm clocks and no makeup. I even chose to go without a watch, which was freeing. Probably the hardest part was a reprieve from my ice cream addiction. Supplies we brought along included insect repellent, sunscreen, dry bags, a large-brimmed hat and lightweight, quick-dry clothes we could layer and re-wear. Whatever we packed we had to carry, so the incentive was to go light. Fortunately, our 10-pound papillon, Abby, was an active participant and didn’t add to our load. Physical preparation for this adventure included biking Vail Pass,

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From left to right: Dan holding Abby, Melanie, Ivo, Gretchen adding more miles to kayak outings, and a two-night backpacking trip up Little Dominguez Canyon. I was in for a rude awakening the day we put in the BWCA when a 65-pound bear barrel pack was strapped to my back, nearly pulling my 125-pound frame over backwards. Gretchen warned me about “turtling,” which happened to her two years ago. She fell over backward with her barrel pack on, arms and legs flailing toward the sky and unable to get up without help. My goal that week became to not turtle. Dan was equally challenged with a 50-pound pack, plus a 42-pound Kevlar canoe he carried over his head, balanced on his shoulders. The final outfitter instruction before dropping us at our put in point was, “The canoes should not touch anything but air and water.” With a plethora of rocks and trees surrounding us, we babied the canoe as much as possible. Our put in was an hour west of Gran Marais, Minnesota on Lake Superior, where we saw the last of civilization for five days. Once we entered the BWCA, there were no signs, markers or directions of any sort, in order to preserve the area’s natural state. Detailed maps were our best friends and indicated designated campsites and the location of portages. Our first and toughest day included seven portages ranging from 100 yards to a half-mile. My pack felt like 165 pounds by the time we reached our campsite. With no schedule but our own, the next day we chose to

A loon out with her chicks.

Ivo retrieves his northern pike.

swim, fish, read and relax. Wildlife surrounded us from the air, forest and water. We saw beaver, otter, osprey, eagles, deer, a prehistoric-looking two-foot snapping turtle and signs of bear. Gretchen and Ivo were lucky enough to see a moose and her two calves. Something I hadn’t planned on were the leeches that liked to attach to our feet and legs at the portages. Talk about fresh fish. Ivo caught a healthy northern pike, which we promptly took to a nearby campsite, filleted, cooked over a fire and ate for lunch. We were fortunate enough to have feasts at every meal, thanks to Gretchen. Experimenting with her food dehydrator, she prepared delicious breakfasts, dinners and desserts ahead of time. The weather was perfect and the mosquitoes slight. Days are longer that far north and we chose west-

facing campsites so we could enjoy the beautiful sunsets. At the end of our five days, we said goodbye to Gretchen and Ivo, who went on for three more days. We still had huge smiles on our post-trip group shot, despite how we smelled. We had taken the challenge, had an amazing time and created wonderful memories. Paddling into the outfitter’s landing where we’d find our car, I just had a couple things on my mind: a cold iced-tea, a shower and of course, ice cream. Some advice if you ever decide to go to the BWCA: Know who you’re going with. It takes a lot of teamwork and there’s no room for whiners. Know what poison ivy looks like, as I brought home a souvenir on my hinny. Stop at Sven and Ole’s Pizza in Gran Marais on your way out for some chicken and wild rice pizza. ■

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Q. I would like to put all of the

leaves that are falling around my yard to good use and keep them out of the landfill. Can I use them in a compost pile? Is it hard to start a compost pile in the fall? Jodie B., Montrose I have a confession to make. I am a compost junkie! Putting my garden debris and kitchen scraps in my compost pile and creating compost gives me pleasure on so many levels. I have less garbage to take to the curb and put in the landfill, and I save money by using my own compost in the landscape. Successful composting can be done year-round in the Grand Valley but the process is slower in the colder months. By following a few tried and true composting techniques, you can optimize fall leaf composting. The minimum size for compost bins is 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet. Bins larger than 6 feet across may restrict oxygen infiltration and slow decomposition. Three bins will keep your compost cooking with maximum efficiency. One bin for fresh materials, one bin for the partially decomposed materials and one bin for the finished product. Leaves are high in carbon, which makes great compost, but they’re comparatively low in nitro- gen, which is what decomposing bacteria feed on. You can add nitrogen in the form of fertilizer or fresh green organic matter. Just add one-quarter to one-half cup of standard lawn fertilizer per bushel, or add one part dry leaves with two parts fresh grass clippings or similar green garden debris or kitchen scraps. Check the compost regularly and water to maintain adequate moisture content. Be careful not to over water, because you don’t want the compost to be soggy. Whole leaves that are shredded or mulched with a lawn mower will help expedite decomposition, especially those tough leaves with lots of tannins like oak and cottonwood. For more information, call the Colorado State University Extension at 491-6281.

Q. My neighbor has started replacing her terra cotta planters with bright plastic ones. She says that colorful containers add a carefree, cheerful element to her garden and that plastic containers require less watering than terra cotta. Is that true? Amy J., Carbondale There are so many choices when it comes to planters these days. Materials range from terra cotta, ceramic, plastic and resin. There are no wrong choices but you should take into consideration a few things. I asked Karen Chapman, owner of Le Jardinet, a custom container and landscape designer and author, what her thoughts

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are on choosing containers. She said she asks herself, “Is it gorgeous? Do I love it even when empty? If not, then I’ll never be happy, no matter how great the design may be.” The next question she asks herself is about whether she expects the container to be winter hardy. Terra cotta is extremely porous and the absorbed moisture freezes then cracks in winter (it also pulls moisture out of the soil during summer). “My preferred material is always high-fired ceramic with its endless range of colors, sizes and styles but it can be heavy,” she said. “If weight is an issue, then a lightweight material is the way to go. There are now several companies that make good-looking resin, fiberglass or plastic-based containers. Plastic is freeze-proof but poor quality may result in UV fading or cracking. You always get what you pay for.” To answer your question, bright plastic containers can be a good choice if they are high quality. Plastic, resin and ceramic containers require less watering than terra cotta because they are less porous. Container gardens are popular now and I see no slowing down. Experiment with containers in your landscape. Create groups of three, five or seven pots in different sizes with complimentary colors. They don’t have to match exactly. One large pot can make a dramatic statement in your garden as well. A great container will

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Q. My Virginia creeper vines

are looking pretty bad on my fence. Upon close inspection, the leaves are dry and have brown spots. Zillions of small bugs fly around when I touch the leaves. What is going on and how do I save my lovely vines? Steve V., Grand Junction It sounds like you have grape leafhoppers. These little devils feed on grapes as well as Virginia creeper, maple, strawberry, burdock and mint. The brown splotches are areas of dead tissue resulting from severe injury by this insect. There is no benefit to spraying the leafhoppers now. The damage has been done and they will soon begin to look for winter cover when the temperatures drop. To control the outbreak next spring, clean up and dispose of all leaf debris and weeds surrounding your vines this fall. This reduces the places the adult leafhoppers can overwinter. Then when leaves emerge in the spring, the adults will begin laying their eggs just under the surface of the leaf. The newly hatched nymphs will emerge about three weeks later. That is the best time to spray with a contact insecticide. Be sure to spray the entire vine, including the undersides. Two choices are Bayer 3 in 1 Insect, Disease and Mite Control, or Ortho Bug B Gone.

September Garden Checklist  Winter watering. Because we are relatively dry in the winter, we need to water our trees, shrubs and lawn on a regular basis. Water once a month when air temperatures are above freezing and early enough in the day to allow the water to sink in. If your landscape is allowed to dry out during the winter, it will show up as scorch and dieback in July and August.  Late Season Fertilization program. Not to be confused with winterizing fertilizers sold in the big box stores, late season fertilization requires only the application of nitrogen. Our soils are naturally high in phosphorus and potassium and there is no benefit to a fall application of these elements. Ammonium sulfate is a quickrelease nitrogen fertilizer that is readily available in any garden center. LSF has been shown to result in less disease and

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insect problems during the spring, and a healthier, less-stressed turf at the start of the growing season. Apply two pounds of nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn between October 15 and December 15.

 Plant spring bulbs. Now is the time to plan your spring garden. Look for large, unblemished bulbs. Extend your spring flower show by choosing bulbs that bloom from early March through the end of May. Start with crocus and daffodils, and then plant early, mid- and late-season tulips.  Winter reading list. While you wait for spring to come, here are a few great garden books geared towards Colorado gardens to give you ideas to try in your own garden. • “The Undaunted Gardener” by Lauren Springer • “Hardy Succulents” by Gwen Moore Kelaidis • “Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West” by Marcia Tatroe • “Durable Plants for the Garden: A Plant Select guide by Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and Green Industries of Colorado” ■ Send your questions to Kathy at or mail them to the BEACON at P.O. Box 3895, Grand Junction, CO 81502. Please leave a phone number or a return address with your inquiries so Kathy can respond to you as soon as possible!

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September 2013

Fun after 50

Offered by Grand Junction Parks and Recreation


ou must register for all of the following programs. Call 2543866 or visit ation.aspx to register. For a full list of activities, pick up an activity guide at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. or at the Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave. September 7

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Progressive Pickleball Clinic Designed for new players, this threepart series will give you the complete Pickleball experience. Participants must be able to attend all three clinics. • September 7 – Introduction to Pickleball • September 14 – Skills and Tactics • September 21 – Strategy and Tournament September 13 & 14

Pork & Hops

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park. There will be live music all weekend, featuring Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band, Little Texas, LeverAction Band, Led Stetson Band and Joe Diffie. Cost is $15. A free car show takes place from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, with the People’s Choice BBQ Competition at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for 10 samples.

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Canyonlands by Night Enjoy this overnight excursion to Moab. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the Colorado River on the way to Moab, shopping in town and a delicious dinner with a sound and light show evening boat ride. The next day, choose a scenic drive or hike, and have another picnic by the river on the way home. Double occupancy is $175 and includes transportation, meals except breakfast, and lodging at the Big Horn Lodge. Register by September 16. Depart from Lincoln Park Barn at 9:15 a.m.

Ongoing Classes Gentle Yoga This class is designed for all abilities and is from 7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $4 to drop in or $42 for the session from September 10-24.

Beginning Line Dancing Increase your quality of life through line dancing. Meet people, improve your balance and coordination, strengthen your heart and stimulate your mind. No partner or previous dance skills needed. Classes take place at 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, September 9 through October 21, at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $12.

Intermediate Line Dancing Build on your skills. No partner needed. Cost is $4 to drop in or buy a punch pass for $30. Classes take place from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays at Lincoln Park Barn.

Senior Sports • Senior softball is open to men and women age 50 and older. For details, call Carl at 255-6688. ■

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Gourd Society Garden Talk Laurie Jo Elisha will provide a handson gourd art activity at noon at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.

The Fall Activity Guide is now available.

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he activities below are offered by the Fruita Parks and Recreation Department. To register for the following activities, call the Fruita Community Center (FCC) at 858-0360, stop by at 324 N. Coulson, or visit Events take place at the FCC unless otherwise noted.

with Feast of Skulls social on Friday featuring drinks and entertainment (reservations required). Saturday activities include a fun run, T-Rex styling salon, a dino dig and more. It’s a great event for the grandkids. For more information, call 242-0971 or visit

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September 27

Experience a tropical oasis right here in Fruita at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, Hawaiian dancing and food catered by P.S. Catering.

This 17th annual spaghetti dinner takes place from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center, as part of the Fruita Fall Festival. Adults are $5. Enjoy all the spaghetti, salad and garlic bread you can eat. Take a chance on the cakewalk and maybe win a cake. For more information, call 244-8896.

Hawaiian Luau

September 13 & 27

Senior Social

Grab some popcorn and catch a show at 5:30 p.m. Have dinner with us or bring your own. Preregister for dinner by September 12. Cost is $3. September 20

Autumn Color Drive Enjoy a leisurely tour as we travel through Colorado’s mountains to view the stunning autumn colors. We will depart at 9 a.m. September 23

Mystery Night

Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery, starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner as well. Preregister by September 16.


Fruita Fall Festival The Fruita Fall Festival is a three-day event held downtown with over 150 vendors selling their arts, crafts and foods. The weekend is filled with events including a youth pet and talent show, a parade, the famous bed race, a baking and canning contest, and more. This is a free community event. For more information, call 858-3894 or visit www.fruitafall ■



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Canyonlands by Night Enjoy this overnight excursion to Moab. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the Colorado River on the way to Moab, shopping in town and a delicious dinner with a sound and light show evening boat ride. The next day, choose a scenic drive or hike, and have another picnic by the river on the way home. Double occupancy is $175 and includes transportation, meals except breakfast, and lodging at the Big Horn Lodge. Register by September 16.

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September 2013

, legends and lore of th y r o t s e Hi

By Sandi Cameron


n 1893, Pueblo Mayor L.B. Strait described the newly constructed Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs as “the finest thing that could be expected of the exertions of man. There is not another hotel in the country like the Colorado.” Because of Colorado’s beauty, outdoor recreation, and colorful people, the state has been a favorite destination since its early days. Presently, visitors come to Colorado seeking to explore and often to stay in historic accommodations. Colorado is well endowed with historic hotels such as the Brown Palace in Denver, the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, the Strater in Durango, the Stanley in Estes Park, and the Beaumont in Ouray. The focus of this article, however, is Glenwood Springs’ luxurious sixstory Hotel Colorado. A fascinating Wild West community in a kaleidoscope setting was perfect for the creation of a Renaissance-style hotel chock full of “believe it or nots.” The Hotel Colorado, nicknamed the “Grande Dame” and built in the last decade of the 1800s by silver magnate and banker Walter Devereux,

Most of the hotel’s grand dining room wait staff were imported from Boston. has had a plethora of interesting people—presidents, movie stars, silver barons and debutantes—walk through its wooden and glass doors. One of the most famous is Theodore Roosevelt, who legend says was given a stuffed teddy bear when his hunting excursion came up short of producing game. The handmade gift was a token of esteem by the hotel staff for this grizzly bear of a man who was their beloved president. This isn’t the only bear-related story associated with the hotel, however. On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, the Hotel

Colorado had an unexpected visitor wander into its main lobby—a 2-yearold female black bear. Though she didn’t stay for long, some guests were able to snap a picture of the surprising visit. Wouldn’t Roosevelt have smiled with this news? In the 1920s, one of the Hotel Colorado’s most frequent visitors was never allowed inside the hotel’s doors. Pete was a full-grown Colorado black bear. Occasionally, when Pete would decide to take a tour of the surrounding area, it was the job of groundskeeper John Pretti to find the bear

and escort him back to his residence near the hotel. The mischievous companion often returned to his home at Hotel Colorado. Similar interactions have occurred over the years, including two cubs that were nursed to health at the hotel in 1929 and then donated to the Denver Zoo. Although Teddy Roosevelt stayed there just three weeks in 1905, it was not his only visit and he apparently had a special fondness for Glenwood Springs and the Hotel Colorado throughout his life. Other interesting visitors included Colorado’s Molly Brown, the Titanic’s charismatic survivor. In fact, a whole suite, room 661 in the Bell Tower, is dedicated to her memory. In the 1920s, the hotel became the playground for a number of Chicago gangsters, including Diamond Jack Alterie, the Verain Brothers and most notably, Al Capone. Molly Brown According to

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Hotel Colorado creamer from the late 1800s.

Walter Devereaux built the Hotel Colorado in the late 1800s. All photos courtesy of the Hotel Colorado, unless otherwise stated.

President Theodore Roosevelt addressing crowds in the hotel’s courtyard.

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt on the south veranda, 1901. the hotel’s website, “Armed in gun belts, Diamond Jack Alterie wore flashy diamonds in rings, shirt studs, watches and belt buckles. Cloaked in bodyguards, these big spenders arrived at the Hotel Colorado via large Lincoln convertibles.” Architects Theodore von Rosenberg of Vienna and Boring, Tilton & Mellon of New York designed the $850,000 Hotel Colorado (1893 cost) as a replica of the Italian Villa de Medici near Rome. Ten tons of Peach Blow sandstone (quarried from the Frying Pan River) and 10,000 creamcolored, local bricks were used in its construction. This massive hotel was filled with 201 guest rooms, 31 private rooms, seven public bathrooms and 170 open fireplaces. Twelve thousand yards of carpet and 2,000 rose bushes were imported. The guest rooms rented for as much as $3 a night for the most luxurious accommodations. The hotel still contains the original hydraulic lift designed to

Diamond jack Alterie

bring supplies from the ground level to the basement. Al Capone reportedly used the lift as an escape route on more than one occasion when the hotel was raided in search of him. The Hotel Colorado, the area’s first electrically lit hotel, lured visitors from all over the U.S. with its exquisite spa, its medicinal hot springs swimming pool, its courtyard fountain, and its finely designed rooms. The hotel’s website says, “The south court, the current courtyard, had a large pool in its center from which an electrically lit fountain shot a jet of water 185 feet high into the air, making an iridescent rainbow spray against the sunlight. Situated in the existing lounge, a sheet of water 12-feet broad dropped in a waterfall a distance of 25 feet from the rear-wall rim to a pool beneath.” With the Glenwood Springs 400-foot-long hot springs pool and the Denver & Rio Grande depot just a short walk away, the hotel site was perfect. Red, white and blue fireworks marked the opening of the Hotel Colorado, fully lit with hundreds of incandescent lights, on June 10, 1893. An orAl Capone chestra entertained in the ballroom, while dining at midnight was

available for the 300 formally attired couples that attended. The table was set with fine linens, Reed and Barton silver, and Haviland china. It was sometimes called “the Little White House of the West” after visits by presidents such as Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and William Howard Taft. After being presented with raspberries and mountain trout for breakfast on September 9, 1909, Taft spoke to approximately 700 people from the Roosevelt balcony. One of the first sights when entering the hotel’s lobby is the snarling stuffed bobcat, appearing in readiness to pounce. Another is the grand staircase where the hotel has a huge facsimile of Botticelli’s famous “Birth of Venus.” Nearby, the elaborate but comfortable sitting area is a favorite “meet and greet” room any time of the day or night. Read part 2 in October’s BEACON. ■

The 25-foot waterfall located in the dining room. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado.

The Grand Stairway, 1893. Photo courtesy of the Denver Library.

The hotel’s front desk and office, 1893.

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ebut author Gary Carr delights readers with an exciting whodunit titled “Just the Right Amount of Wrong.” The main character is attorney Harry Walters, who enjoys periodic escapes from the hustle and bustle of his busy San Diego law firm. For him, the Island of Molokai in Hawaii, where he is also licensed to practice law, offers the ideal getaway. From his beach house in Kaunakakai, he can handle simple cases and still feel like he’s on vacation. But this time, just as he settles in and thinks he can relax, the tranquility of paradise is disrupted when a family reunion turns deadly and a lone fisherman makes a grisly discovery. When Walters reluctantly agrees to represent one of the family members, the case suddenly plunges him into a world of deceit, drugs, corruption and death. The pages won’t stop turning as the reader follows Harry

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I was particularly interested by this subject when I read a story about it on my Facebook page recently. In my many years of experience with technology, I couldn’t believe that I didn’t know about the threat to safety regarding GPS and photos. The short story is that camera phones, smart phones, iPads, iPods and many other electronic devices have a cool feature that tracks where you are (in GPS coordinates) so that their mapping software can direct you to where you need to be. A very scary side effect is that the coordinates are embedded into any pictures that are taken on the device. How is that scary, you ask? Because if you take a lovely picture of your grandchild playing in the park and post it on Facebook or other Internet websites, the GPS info is not scrubbed off. Anyone who right clicks on the photo and downloads it to their computer can then tell exactly where that picture was taken. The wrong person can possibly tell within a matter of feet where your precious grandchild plays on Saturdays or where they go to school. Luckily, there is a solution and it is quite simple. Q. How can I make sure that none of my photos are embedded with the GPS coordinates? Each device has its unique method of turning the GPS feature on or off but in general, it is a matter of looking into

your settings and turning off the GPS option. Q. Are there websites that are safe to put photos on even if I have the GPS turned on? This brings up the old adage about how an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. My suggestion is not to trust your safety to another organization. With this new information, most of the popular websites are aggressively removing the GPS info from the photos to protect the public. Facebook strips the GPS info, as do a lot of other sites. Q. Aren’t you overreacting? In today’s world, I want to help avoid the potential of unnecessary tragedy all together. Q. Do you know what websites do not strip the GPS info? I am sure that many websites are in the midst of making changes, however, according to a recent list I found, websites such as Dropbox, Google+,, Pinterest, Tumblr and are not removing the GPS info. So if you use any of these websites, do not plan on them protecting the location of pictures taken. If you or your family has devices that enable GPS that you would like assistance disabling, please call us at Alpine Computer Solutions at 257-1011. ■ 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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ing conditions was often to be found in discussions rather than reality. And ur Declaration of Independence the age of many in the workforce? states, “We hold these truths Five or six! to be self-evident, that all men [and Management had greedy control women] are created equal, that and exploited it. In a few decades, they are endowed by their Creator the pendulum swung and labor bewith certain came greedy inalienable and arrogant. Rights, that Man has trouamong those ble meeting are Life, in the middle, Liberty, and doesn’t he? the pursuit of Labor unions Happiness.” began as early Labor is as the late the glue that 1700s. It was holds civilizaeven then tion together. that it became It is the speobvious that cial bond that altruism was cements our not practiced differences as Labor Day parade in New York city, 1882. on a constant to what you and consistent basis. Therefore it can do but I cannot and vice versa. took a long time and the battle for I often say that if everyone had my mechanical ineptitude, we would still fairness and good business practice continues. Strikes and striking combe living in the Stone Age. ments filled the air. Labor Day is an American federal The first Labor Day parade took holiday observed on the first Monplace on September 5, 1882, when day in September that celebrates the 10,000 workers marched from City economic and social contributions Hall to Union Square in New York of workers. We’ve seen better labor days and worse but this too shall pass City. The first workingman’s holiday was established by Congress 12 years as an increasing automated world later. There still is no agreement as challenges workers to persistently who the author of Labor Day regain new skills. ally was but there is general overall When I played baseball in high agreement that both labor and manschool, there was no way I could make a 4 p.m. deadline and still cover agement are often their own worst my newspaper route, so I had friends enemies. It is why 99 percent of the country’s workers find their wages cover the streets where everyone rising at a rate unable to sustain the had a subscription and a problem became a solution. Before that, I sold paying of mortgages (10 percent of wage earners are 90 days behind in figs, mowed lawns with an old push their mortgage payments) and death lawn mower and trimmed hedges. I of the middle class is becoming more was one more worker in the worker than an idle statement. parade and it felt good. When everyone makes a living The history of labor in the United wage, everyone benefits. When an States has far too often been less infinitesimal percentage gains at evthan inspiring. In the latter part of eryone else’s expense, eventually no the 19th century, the average workone gains. Ford proved this when he day was 12 hours long as part of a seven-day week. Fresh air in factories raised his workers’ salaries enough that they could afford to buy the auwas at a premium, bathroom breaks tomobile they were making. ■ hardly sufficient and safety in workBy Neil Wyrick


September 2013

Traffic tickets can ruin more than your day By Jason Alderman


e all know that sinking feeling when you get pulled over for a traffic violation. If you’re lucky, you might just get a “fix-it” ticket for a broken taillight. But what if it was a more serious offense, like speeding or reckless driving? Depending on your driving record, you could get slapped with a sizeable penalty or even a jail sentence, and your insurance rates will almost certainly go up. Let’s say you absentmindedly ran through a stop sign or made an illegal left-hand turn. You’ll probably know right away how much the ticket will cost, but it could take months before your insurance company receives notice of the infraction and adjusts your premium. If the suspense is killing you, has a handy tool called the “Uh-Oh! Calculator” that estimates the average rate increases for the 14 most common traffic violations. If you enter your age, zip code, residence type, marital status, length of time with your insurance carrier and current premium, the calculator will generate a more customized estimate based on your personal data. Some of the average premium increases are pretty shocking: • Reckless driving: 22 percent • DUI first offense: 19 percent • Driving without a license or permit: 18 percent • Careless driving: 16 percent • Speeding 30 mph over the limit: 15 percent • Failure to stop: 15 percent • Improper turn: 14 percent • Improper passing: 14 percent • Following too close/tailgating: 13 percent • Speeding 15 to 29 mph over limit: 12 percent • Speeding 1 to 14 mph over limit: 11 percent • Failure to yield: 9 percent If you plug in your personal data, the calculator will tell you how many points will be added to your driving

record per infraction, as well as information on the state’s rules for when driving privileges can be suspended or revoked. Another company,, features a “Ticket Fines and Penalties” tool that provides an even more detailed state-by-state analysis of what various infractions can cost, procedures for paying or challenging your ticket, how points are calculated, how long it takes to clear infractions from your record, links to local traffic schools and more. So assuming you’re not going to challenge the ticket in court, the damage has been done and your insurance rates will likely climb. What can you do to lower your premium? Here are a few tips: • Investigate whether attending traffic school will erase the ticket from your record. • When your policy is up for renewal, get rate quotes from at least three carriers. Talk to an insurance agent or use an online comparison site. Just be aware that not every carrier participates in these sites and make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, since companies often package coverage differently. • Another reason to comparison shop: Insurance companies calculate risk differently, so particular traffic infractions might trigger varying increases, depending on the carrier. • Increasing your deductibles from $250 to $1,000 might lower your premium by 15 to 30 percent. • Ask about discounts for things like low annual mileage, being over a certain age, good grades, vehicle safety features or buying your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance from the same company. The best way to avoid traffic violation-related rate increases is to not break the law in the first place. But if that horse has already left the barn, arm yourself with information about coverage costs and how you might be able to lower your rates. ■

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Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos Richard W. Lewis, Funeral Director Day of the Dead has been a tradition for Central Americans for thousands of years. When the Spanish Conquistadors landed in Central America over 500 years ago, they found the Aztec natives holding celebrations to honor their deceased family and ancestors. Originally, Day of the Dead was held on the ninth month of the Aztec Solar Calendar, which was the beginning of August and lasted for a full month. The celebrations were presided over by Mictecacihuatl, a goddess unknown as “Lady of the Dead”. The Spanish tried to obliterate the practice, considering it sacrilegious and pagan; but to no avail. The Aztecs continued with their annual celebrations. The Catholic Church then began to accept the holiday, but decided to make it more Christian and moved the celebration to All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It is now regularly celebrated on November 1st (celebrating children) and 2nd (celebrating adults). Today this beautiful and colorful ritual is celebrated in Mexico as well as certain parts of the United States and the World. It still maintains it Aztec roots although it has been blended into Catholic theology. Skulls are an important symbol of the holiday. People wear wooden skulls or skull face masks (which are called calacas) and dance to honor their deceased relatives. Skulls are also placed on altars dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls are decorated and sometimes display the name of a deceased family member. The skulls are considered symbols of death and rebirth. It is believed that the deceased come back to celebrate with the family during the holiday celebration. The Aztecs view death as a continuation of life. Instead of fearing their ultimate surrender to death, they believed that life is the dream and death is the reality. Today annual Day of the Dead celebrations are all about celebrating life and family. Martin Mortuary, your local Dignity Memorial® provider, plans to hold a Day of the Dead celebration this November 1st and 2nd. Community altars will be available for the public. Individual altars will also be available. We invite you to join us for other events and activities during these two days as well. For more information, you may visit one of our websites at: or Stay tuned! We will be releasing more information about this event over the next few weeks!


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Hope is found at the House of Promise applications such as cooking, nutrition and canning. They also learn or many young mothers, the parenting skills. House of Promise in Olathe is a The second year, they are moved to turning point for them and their chiltheir own two-bedroom apartment. dren. It’s a place where generations, They must get a job and are furcaught in a cycle of dysfunction and nished a vehicle for transportation, abuse, can experience hope and a which will be signed over to them future of promise. after graduating from the program. The House of Promise is a Teen House of Promise includes on-site Challenge residential childcare, enabling center located in ...teaching them that mothers to focus on Olathe. Teen Chalthe program withlenge is a ministry of Jesus Christ heals wounds out being separated the Assembly of God that women try to cover from their children. Church, which proChildren receive vides youth, adults with drugs and alcohol. guidance to overand families with an come any negative effective and comprehensive solution experiences. to life-controlling drug and alcohol During those two years, they are problems, helping them become pro- not allowed to have a television or ductive members of society. telephone in their rooms. They can By applying biblical principles, earn phone calls as well as a radio or Teen Challenge attempts to help CD player. They receive merits for people become mentally sound, emo- work completed and use them to purtionally balanced, socially adjusted, chase trinkets, jewelry, makeup and physically well, and spiritually alive. clothing from the on-site boutique. While Teen Challenge and similar “This has been home to 84 women organizations are helping thousands and 103 children,” Director Vicki of women, few centers are equipped Proffit said. “Every one is special to provide ministry and transitional with their own unique story and cirhousing for a mother and her chilcumstances. God loves these women dren. Recognizing this need, the and children.” Rocky Mountain District Council of Volunteers built the apartments the Assemblies of God established using donated materials and keep up House of Promise. the facility. Even medical and dental Although some women are courtwork is supplied by volunteers. ordered to attend House of Promise Proffit said everything they use is as an alternative to incarceration, it donated, but they have not had new is not a drug rehab center. The basis pillows donated since their opening of the program is teaching them eight years ago. Most-needed items that Jesus Christ heals wounds that are trinkets, home and kitchen acwomen try to cover with drugs and cessories, bedding, furnishings, and alcohol. Women are often referred women and children’s clothing that to House of Promise by a pastor or a are all in good condition. friend. They come from all over the They also need sewing fabric, U.S. and must apply and be accepted yarn and craft items. Donations are into the program.  welcome and arrangements for drop There are 11 private rooms for off can be made by calling 323-6013 mothers and six apartments for the or by contacting any Assembly of second phase of the program. Their God Church. For more information, call House 24-month stay consists of two parts. The first is education, which includes of Promise at 323-6013 or visit teen Bible study and learning practical life ■ By Karen Jones 


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The Redlands Lions Club members will place flags out for Labor Day and Patriot Day, weather permitting. They will place flags out in the early morning and pick them up in the late afternoon. They serve Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Village Way and other subdivisions. The flag service honors 10 holidays throughout the year. Cost is $30. For details or to volunteer, call 242-3222 or 433-7961.

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The weekend at Dinosaur Journey, 550 Jurassic Court in Fruita, kicks off with Feast of Skulls social on Friday featuring drinks and entertainment (reservations required). Saturday activities include a fun run, T-Rex styling salon, a dino dig and more. It’s a great event for the grandkids. For more information, call 242-0971 or visit September 6 & 7


The Calabash Gourd Festival takes place from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave. This fun, family event includes gourd art and demonstrations, classes, derby, pumpkin toss, entertainment, games and more. Admission to the gardens applies. Cost is $10. For more information, call 243-6869.

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Roice-Hurst Roundup To celebrate their golden anniversary and benefit the shelter’s homeless cats and dogs, Roice-Hurst Humane Society is holding a roundup at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Junction. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and will include cocktails, a sit-down dinner, music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $60 and are available at Chow Down Pet Supplies, Fisher’s Liquor Barn and Roice-Hurst (either online at or at the shelter, 362 28 Road). For details, call 434-7337. September 7

African Festival Enjoy an educational and musical experience of the continent of Africa from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Band Stand. Look for an outdoor marketplace featuring lots of craft vendors from the community, listen to drum circles and local artists singing, watch some impromptu soccer games or kids learning about African lifestyles. Free admission. Evening concerts take place at 6 p.m. Featured artists are Mathias Mulumba and Talking Rhythms. For details, contact Jolene at 234-9751. September 8

Dogs Days at Lincoln Park Pool Let your pooch paddle the day away and support Roice-Hurst Humane Society by attending the ninth annual Dog Days at Lincoln Park Pool. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the pool will be open to canines only and proceeds will benefit the shelter and the Grant a Wish program. Cost is $5 per dog, but up to four dogs per family can swim for $12. For more information, call Grand Junction Parks and Recreation at 254-3866. September 11

Unravel the Mysteries of Medicare The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will hold this educational session from 10 a.m. to noon, specifically for new Medicare beneficiaries at RSVP, 422 White Ave., on the lower level of the U.S. Bank. No selling, just telling. Seating is limited. Call 243-9839.

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This lecture takes place at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. at 7 p.m. This month’s topic is “Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life.” Cost is $5 for members of the Museum of Western Colorado or John McConnell Math and Science Center, and $10 for nonmembers.

body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. No health insurance is needed. The tests can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Free, one-year AARP memberships will be given to adults who receive health tests. Health tests will be performed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Commons of Hilltop, 625 27-1/2 Road.

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Become a senior scholar volunteer RSVP needs people age 55 and older to help children succeed in school and in life. Become a senior scholar volunteer and become an important partner in the lives of children. All you need is the desire to help kids and the commitment to serve at least two hours once a week. Background check required. Attend this free volunteer training session from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, call 243-9839. September 13 & 14

Two Rivers Chautauqua The eighth annual Two Rivers Chautauqua at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road. This year’s theme is Colorado Riches, featuring Molly Brown, Otto Mears, Theodore Roosevelt and Diego Martin. For more information and schedule, visit www. or call 242-0971. September 14

Senior Theatre potluck picnic The Grand Junction Senior Theatre will have its annual membership potluck picnic at noon at Sherwood Park. All current members as well as prospective members and guests are invited to attend. The main dish and beverages will be provided by the organization. These active seniors aged 50 and older welcome other seniors to join their lively troupe. For more information, call 243-4712. September 19

Way to Health Tour The Walgreens Way to Health Tour with AARP provides free health tests. These health tests, valued at over $100, measure 10 key indicators that include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index,

Colorado Mountain Winefest For the last two decades, Colorado Mountain Winefest has been the premier Colorado wine celebration in the state, bringing dozens of local wineries to celebrate our awardwinning wines and growing industry. The daylong event in Riverbend Park in Palisade features live entertainment, unlimited wine samples, educational demonstrations, a commemorative tasting glass, wine tote and the chance to buy wine directly from the winemakers. Tickets start at $45. For a complete schedule and more information, call 464-0111 or visit September 21

An Evening with Temple Grandin Dr. Temple Grandin is a bestselling author, autism activist and animal behavior consultant to the livestock industry. Her autistic gifts give her a unique vision on animal behavior. She will speak at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Mesa University ballroom. Tickets are $20 and are available at, Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital and the Bank of Colorado. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Tom Melzer Memorial Animal and Scholarship Fund and STRiVE’s autism program, Audyssey. For more information, call 241-9866. September 27-29

Fruita Fall Festival The Fruita Fall Festival is a three-day event held downtown with over 150 vendors selling their arts, crafts and foods. The weekend is filled with events, including a youth pet and talent show, a parade, the famous bed race, a baking and canning contest, and more. This is a free community event. For more information, call

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“Young-at-heart adults getting together for fun and friendship!” Friday Afternoon Club meets at 5 p.m. Fridays in the lounge at The Doubletree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. The first FAC meeting of the month is our business meeting. Call Janice Koppang at 261-9114 or 433-7108 for details. Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Join us for Early Start Breakfast at Denny’s on Horizon Drive. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. Wednesdays at 5 p.m. - Dine out at the following locations every week. Visitors are welcome. Call Debbie Grose at 245-4995 for details. Sept 4 - Olive Garden, 2416 Highway 6 & 50 Sept 11 - Sang Garden, 687 Horizon Drive Sept 18 - Dos Hombres, 421 Brach Drive Sept 25 - Outback Steakhouse, 2432 Highway 6 & 50 Saturdays at 9 a.m. - Meet at Albertson’s on the Redlands for a leisurely bicycle ride along the Colorado River Trail. RSVP to Bob Lewis at 263-8482. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. - It’s Bowling Sunday followed by card games at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road. RSVP to Bob Lewis at 263-8462. Wednesday, September 4 at 9:15 a.m. - Steadfast Steeds Rescue Ranch on Glade Park. Carpool from Albertson’s in the Redlands. Tour begins at 10:30 a.m. Contact Janice Koppang at 261-9114. Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. - Broncos vs. Ravens game and potluck at the Moose Lodge. Contact Mary Wynn at 255-7370. Saturday, September 7 at noon - Play billiards at noon at Bank 8 Billiards, 2460 Patterson Road, #3. Call Mary Wynn at 255-7370. Thursday, September 12 at 10 a.m. - Potluck picnic at a Glade Park Reservoir. Meet at Albertson’s in the Redlands at 10 a.m. Contact John Delehanty at 241-3171 or Mary Wynn at 255-7370. Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. - Indian Nations Powwow in Montrose. Carpool from Orchard Mesa City Market. Contact Sue Moon at 242-4175. Saturday, September 21 - Green River Watermelon Festival. Carpool from Albertson’s on 12th Street and Orchard. Contact Ed Haynes at 243-1609. Monday, September 23 - Broncos vs. Raiders Game and potluck at the Moose Lodge. Contact Mary Wynn at 255-7370. Wednesday, September 25 - Restaurant Rove. Eat at the Red Rose in Palisade. Contact John Delehanty at 241-3171. Saturday, September 28 - Rimrocker Museum Petroglyph Tour in Paradox. Contact Mary Wynn at 255-7370. 858-3894 or visit www.fruitafall

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Pureland Security presents the NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim seminar from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Blue Star Industries Building, 2350 G Road. 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. ■

Color Sunday Arts & Crafts Fair The Color Sunday Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mesa Community Center in Mesa. Call 268-5680 to be an exhibitor. The Plateau Valley 4H turkey dinner will be served at 10:30 a.m. Cost for seniors 60 and older is $8. Adults are $10.

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Weight loss surgery seminar 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. Seminars take place at St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road. Call 298-6400 to register. • September 4 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. • September 18 – 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Free estate planning workshops Workshops are held from 4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m. at the Grand Junction office of Brown & Brown, PC. Registration is required. For more information, call 243-8250 or register at www. • September 11 - Estate planning for second marriages/blended families

Second marriages can create complications when it comes to estate planning. Learn about prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, marital trusts, surviving spousal rights and more. • September 18 - Long-term Care Insurance This informative workshop explores long-term care insurance options and how they can round out your estate plan. • September 25 Long-term Care Planning Learn how to plan for the unexpected—the need for long-term care. We’ll cover sources of payment including longterm care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and more.

will be served. Until September 12, the cost is $40 for both sessions. Call 274-1286 or visit www.yourHOAteam. com to register.

Classic country music and dance Bill Bartley plays classic country music for biweekly dances from 7 p.m.10 p.m. at the Grand Junction Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave. All ages are welcome. September dances are on the 14th and 28th. Cost is $5.

September 2013 • 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. They are offering a Senior Scholar volunteer training class on September 12. • Mesa County SOS (Serving Our Seniors) needs volunteer drivers to give seniors rides to grocery shopping, pharmacy and medical visits once a week. Must be 25 or older and pass a background check. SOS will reimburse for mileage. Call 248-2746. • HopeWest (formerly HOA Boot Camp Don’t miss Colorado Mountain Winefest, Colorado’s premier wine celebration, which Hospice & Palliative Learn the basics of takes place in Riverbend Park on September 21. Care) is seeking voluneffective and satisteers for a variety of positions. Call fying board service from the pros. Support groups Diane at 257-2378. Learn about governance, leader• Mending Hearts Support Group ship, communications, finance, risk • Operation Interdependence management, maintenance and more. is for any adult who has experienced needs volunteers to write notes for the death of a loved one. This group Happy, healthy HOA education from the troops, help collect products and meets from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. every 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on September pack civilian rations. Call 523-4217. Thursday at the Miller Homestead at 18 & 25 at Taste of Heaven Catering, • Gray Gourmet needs several HopeWest, 3090 N. 12th St. Call Paul 2817 North Ave. Light refreshments adult volunteers to deliver a weekday at 683-3202 for details. lunch to homebound seniors in the • Caregiver Connections is open to Grand Valley. Volunteers are also all caregivers. This group meets from needed to work at one of their senior 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at dining sites one day per week. Call the Miller Homestead at HopeWest, 243-9844. 3090 N. 12th St. Call Terry at 260• Harden Hospice needs volunteers 8931 for details. to help patients tell their life stories. • MACHO Men, a cancer support Training is provided. Call 210-5912. group, meets at 5 p.m. on the second • St. Mary’s Senior Companion Wednesday of the month at St. Mary’s Program needs volunteers to proHospital’s Java City Café. For details vide companionship and assistance call 298-2351. to a senior in need. Call Tamara at • St. Mary’s Stroke Support Group 263-9092. meets from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on the Club activities third Friday of each month in the • Friendship Force meets at 6:30 Grand Mesa Room of St. Mary’s Life p.m. on the second Thursday of each Center, 2686 Patterson Road. Call month at Community Hospital’s 298-1929 for details.

September 2013 lower conference room. For details, call 260-4653 or visit www.thefriend • Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway meets at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave. in Montrose. Celebrate fall with peaches and ice cream. Please bring a dish to share for a potluck dinner. For details, call 241-2094 or visit www. • 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 1 p.m. on September 21. 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. • Mesa County Republican Women will have ice cream in the park from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on September 8 at Lincoln Park. Candidates running for Board of Education in District 51 will be there to answer questions. Cost is $5. RSVP to 257-1718. • 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 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 hosts square dances from 7 p.m.9:30 p.m. every Friday at the Masonic Lodge. Call 216-8503 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 City Clerk’s Office break room. Call 245-9469 or visit • 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 12:30 p.m. for a luncheon at The Clarion Inn on September 12. Cost is $14. RSVP required. Call 424-0464. • 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. • Thunder Mountain Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. on September 24 at the Grand Junction Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court. Call 260-7488. ■

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September 14 & 28

The Montrose Lions Club Bike for Eyesight ride raises funds to provide free vision checks for preschoolers in the area and glasses for the indigent. Ride starts at 7 a.m. at the Red Arrow Best Western Motel, 1702 E. Main in Montrose. Entry fee is $35 for adults. For more information, call 249-9641.

The Montrose Pavilion Dance Club hosts dances at the Montrose Pavilion from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. On September 14, there will be music by the Ghost River Band and on September 28, there will be music by Ric and Karen. Cost is $5. For details, call 252-7172.

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September 7 & 8

Free Pops in the Park concerts The Valley Symphony Association kicks off its 43rd season with free concerts and an ice cream social. Concerts are at 5 p.m. at Cedaredge Town Park on Saturday and 3 p.m. at Remington’s-The Bridges Clubhouse in Montrose on Sunday. For details, call 209-2295 or visit www. September 8

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Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave. in Montrose. Celebrate fall with peaches and ice cream. Please bring a dish to share for a potluck dinner. Montrose BeaconFest takes place September 19 For details, call 241-2094 or visit at the Montrose Pavilion. September 8

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Proceeds go toward the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter. Tickets are $25 and include unlimited 15-minute sessions with spa professionals providing massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hairstyling, skin care, makeup application and more. Event is from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Delta-Montrose Technical College, 1765 US Highway 50 in Delta. For details and to purchase tickets, call 773-8290.

Tour and taste your way through six fabulous homes, each showcasing a local chef preparing gourmet bites from local farms. Toast the Tour at Turn of the Century with local drinks and desserts. Event benefits the Montrose Community Foundation and Valley Food Partnership and takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at Timberline Bank, Montrose Farmers Market, Tiffany’s, Etc., A+Y Design and Around the Corner Art Gallery. For more information, call 249-3900.

September 12

AARP Driver Safety Course Montrose County Health and Human Services will host the AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1845 S. Townsend Ave. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-

September 16

Medicare 101

This program will be presented by RSVP-Colorado West from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Montrose Public Library’s

September 2013 Community Room, 320 S. Second St. in Montrose. No reservations are required. For details, call 249-9639.

All Indian nations and the public are invited. Admission is $5. For more information, call 720-289-8945.

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BeaconFest Senior Fair The BEACON Senior Newspaper is having a party and you’re invited. The third annual Montrose-Delta BeaconFest Senior Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. This year’s BeaconFest features an exciting lineup of live entertainment, free food, informative seminars and booths sponsored by over 60 senior-related businesses. Thousands of dollars worth of door prizes will be given away to those who attend. BeaconFest is FREE to attend. For details, call 243-8829.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation proudly presents the second annual Pea Green Pedal & Fun Run/Walk. The bike ride (18 & 40 mile routes) starts at 9 a.m. and the fun run/walk (5K) starts at 10:30 a.m. Event takes place at the Lions Pavilion at Confluence Park in Delta. Save money by registering early! Late registration after September 10 is $35 for the bike ride, $25 for the run/walk. For registration forms and details, call 874-2291 or visit September 26-29

Enjoy guided hikes and auto tours with historical narration of the Ouray County Railroad, along with a Model Railroad Open House. Hikes led by Ouray County Museum Curator Don Paulson. For details on the specific guided hikes and tours, call 325-0931 or visit the Ridgway Railroad Museum at 150 Racecourse Road.

Activities include live music, a grape stomp, chili cook-off, pie contest, tours, art vendors and more. The festival also provides educational opportunities and scholarships in agriculture to local teens and farmers. Tickets for the Saturday night concerts include one ticket price for four venues and 16 bands. For more information, visit www.mountain

September 20 & 21

Diamond W Wranglers with Rex Allen, Jr. Award-winning western music group the Diamond W Wranglers will perform at the Montrose Pavilion at 7 p.m. on September 20 and at the Wright Opera House in Ouray at 7 p.m. on September 21. Their show combines traditional western classics with Diamond W Wrangler’s originals. The four balladeers pay tribute to our heritage with beautiful harmonies and home spun humor. The show will also feature the golden voice of western music recording star Rex Allen, Jr. in a special guest appearance. Tickets are $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 325-7255. September 20-22

Indian Nations Pow Wow Honor our veterans at this all-day event at the Montrose Fairgrounds’ Friendship Hall, 1001 N. Second St.

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September 19-22

Ouray County Railroad Days

Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia

September 29

Free Community Band concert The Montrose Community Band will host a free concert at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. A Century of Music will take you on a musical journey through time with songs featuring Glen Miller, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, movie medleys and more! For more information, call 596-1188 or visit October 5 & 6

Cedaredge AppleFest Celebrate the harvest in Cedaredge with this celebration featuring a classic car show, antique tractor show, 5K run, fitness walk and more. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a free festival in the park with food, booths and music. For more information, call 856-6961 or visit www.cedaredge ■

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• First Saturday Street Fair - Come down to Third Street between Main Street and Palmer Street from 8 a.m.1 p.m. and enjoy entertainment, activities, food, crafts and more!

The Warrior Resource Center, 11 South Park in Montrose, has the following events scheduled for veterans in September. If you have not previously registered with the Warrior Resource Center as a veteran, please bring a form of military ID with you. For details, 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.

Montrose walking events • First Friday Stroll - From 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, stroll along downtown Montrose and see artist demonstrations, enjoy free wine tastings and in-store promotional events. • ReneWest Interactive Art Crawl – At 5 p.m. 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 at local businesses.

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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. • 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. Tuedays 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.

September 2013 • 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 is seeking volunteers to help their patients tell their life stories. Share some laughter, hold a hand, and be there when you’re needed most. Call 210-5912. • HopeWest in Delta and Montrose is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions. In Delta, call 8746823. In Montrose, call 252-2642.

Healing Harmonicas This new program is helping people with chronic problems breathe easier. The harmonica is the only musical instrument that requires players to both inhale and exhale as they play, helping people improve their breathing. Mountain View Therapy at Montrose Memorial Hospital is hosting this class for people with cardiac and respiratory problems. The eight-week class begins September 11 and meets from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Mountain View Therapy Center for

September 2013 Wellness, 815 S. Fourth St. The class is $10, which includes the harmonica and instructional materials. For details, call 249-5363 or 252-1258.

“The Game’s Afoot” Broadway star William Gillette, admired for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow castmembers to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when a guest is stabbed, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks turn deadly. It’s up to Gillette, assuming the persona of his most famous role, to track down the killer before another victim appears. The danger and hilarity are nonstop as one tantalizing clue leads to another in this glittering 1936 whodunit. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 6-22. 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 details, 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 or for a full list, call 874-0923. • Community evening dances, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., September 21, $4 cost. • Adult dance lessons, 6:45 p.m.8 p.m., Tuesdays, September 17-October 29 (no class October 15). Cost is $70 per couple. Register by 5 p.m.

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September 13. • AARP Driver Safety Course, 8 a.m.1 p.m., September 16. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration required.

Montrose Senior Activities The Montrose Recreation District has the following activities scheduled for seniors 50 and older in September. Register one week ahead. Events take place or transportation departs from the Montrose Pavilion. Arrive at each event at least 15 minutes early. For more information on any of the following activities, call 252-4884. • Telluride Tours, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., September 5. Tour the Telluride Historical Museum and the Sheridan Opera House. Cost is $24. • Casino Trip to Towaoc, 6:45 a.m.7:30 p.m., September 10. Cost is $45. • Ridgway Railroad Days, 9 a.m.1:30 p.m., September 21. Begin at the Railroad Museum’s open house for videos and demonstrations. Then visit Don Paulson’s Denver and Southwestern Railroad. Cost is $22. Bring money for lunch. • Fall Hike: Box Factory Park outside of Ridgway, 8:45 a.m., September 26. Cost is $18. • Fall Color Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., September 30. We will travel over Dallas Divide and into Telluride by way of Illium Road. Cost is $18. Bring a lunch or money for lunch. ■

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New Castle continues its year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary with the Burning Mountain Festival. Start the day with the Lions Club pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the New Castle Community Center. After breakfast, stick around for the annual Main Street parade at 10 a.m., followed by a bed race competition and a classic car and motorcycle show. There will also be a variety of food and craft vendors, old time games, a beer garden and live music by The Missing Link Band, the Starletts, Leveraction and Fifty50 at Burning Mountain Park. For details, call 984-2897.

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Grand Wine Affair Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association will host wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music and a

silent auction from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Grand River Hospital Conference Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle. Proceeds will be donated to support local high schools in purchasing automated external defibrillators (AED). Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple and can be purchased at the Grand River Café or Choice Liquors in Rifle. For details, call 625-6215. September 14

Glenwood library grand opening Festivities begin at 10 a.m. There will be food, music, a first look at the expanded collection, and a tour of the new building at 413 Ninth St. For more information, call 945-5958. September 21

Awesome appetizers class Prepare hot and cold appetizers from Thailand, Spain or Greece to serve to family and friends. This noncredit class is offered by Colorado Mountain College. Call 625-1871 or register at The class will be held at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rifle from 10 a.m.1 p.m. Bring an apron and some containers to take samples home. Recipes will be furnished. Cost is $20. September 21

Genealogy Resources This free program will be offered from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library, 680 Home Ave. Learn how to start researching your family history with tools, including free resources available through the library. For details, call 876-5500. September 27

The Rifters in concert The Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments combined with soaring three-part harmonies. This free concert is at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus, 3695 Airport Road, with a reception following. ■ If you have an event or photo you would like to have appear in the Beacon, send it to: beacon@pen

September 2013

Garfield County Beacon Bits Compiled by Cheryl Currier

Astronomy for everyone The Garfield County Libraries present this free, hands-on program about the universe, stars and other celestial wonders. Following an indoor presentation, participants will go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky, such as the rings of Saturn, craters on the moon and more. Programs take place at 7 p.m. at the following branches. • September 3 - Carbondale Branch Library • September 4 - New Castle Branch Library • September 5 - Silt Branch Library

Glenwood Springs in 1887 In October, the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will host “One Book, One Community,” a community-wide read of “Doc, a Novel,” the story of Dr. John Henry Holliday. Author Dr. Mary Doria Russell will be at library events on October 4 and 5. Cindy Hines from the Frontier Historical Museum will be at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. September 19 to kick-off our read. She will give us some insight into what life was like during the legendary last days of Doc Holliday.

Art After Hours Social art classes are available the first and third Mondays of the month at the Stone House Gallery, located at 16th and Birch in Rifle. Let your creative side shine. All materials are provided and projects are guided by encouraging instructors. To reserve your spot, call 379-3842. Cost is $25 for Bookcliffs Arts Council members and $30 for nonmembers.

Fall Art Festival The Glenwood Springs Art Guild is sponsoring the Fall Art Festival from September 25-29 at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs. Featuring original fine art by local, state and national artists, the show is one of the largest non-juried art shows in the state. To attend the Gala Opening Preview at 6 p.m. on

September 24, call Ruth at 319-0062 or Bonnie at 379-0502. Patrons will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and will be able to preview and purchase the artwork before galleries are open to the public. Also, visit www.

Jill Cohn in concert Jill Cohn will perform a series of free, acoustic concerts in Garfield County libraries. All concerts will be held at 6:30 p.m. She will be at the Carbondale Branch Library on September 23, the Parachute Branch on September 24 and the Rifle Branch on September 25.

Meeker Classic Sheepdogs The Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials offers five days of sheepdog herding competitions at their finest on September 4-8. There will be food, educational programs, demonstrations and more. For details, call 878-0111 or visit www.meeker ■

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kudos \ ku·dos  “Cameron Jones wrote a very nice article [in June’s BEACON] called ‘Report elder abuse.’ Please suggest another article on what we can do when we live away from relatives and how we can get help in other towns.” - Shirley A., Parachute

 “In one of last summer’s BEACON feature articles, there was a story about a local physician who participated in a mission trip. Would you happen to have his name? We’re new to the area and are looking for physicians. We were impressed by this story and would like to contact him.” - Diana B., Grand Junction Kevin: Welcome! Grand Junction is my hometown. From what I remember, the story you may have been referring to was about local dentist Scott VanDusen (November 2012). Thanks for reading the BEACON. BEACON readers, “What do you say?” Which article was she referring to?  “To Lucille H., who wrote that she has difficulty finding the BEACON in Montrose, the paper is available at the Senior Center at the Montrose Pavilion each month.” - Bev D., Montrose  “Patti Hoff did a great job of reviewing my book, ‘The Legend of Dynamite George’ in the June issue of the BEACON. I got plenty of BEACONs to pass around. Give everyone on the BEACON staff a thank you for me. I gave Kevin the book in case someone on staff wants to read it.” - Carroll Bennett Kevin: I am in the process of giving your book to a friend of mine, Georgina Kinder, who lives at Mesa View Assisted Living. Her husband, Leonard, was a miner for many years. What I liked most about your book was how it taught me a bit about mining in the process of telling a fun story.

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Huge penalties possible for older smokers By Tait Trussell


ou’re 60 years old. You’ve been puffing on your pipe for years. Did you know that next January 1, you could start paying $5,100 on top of your health insurance payments because you smoke? One in five American adults smoke. Among lower income folks, the smoking rate is even higher. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) lets insurers charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums. Most people see this as a great idea. We know smoking can kill. Like most grownups many years ago, my father smoked and enjoyed it immensely. A newspaper reporter, he used to say he wrote some of his best ledes while staring at the burn marks on the edge of his desk. He could hardly wait until I was old enough to smoke with him. Of course that was many years before science discovered the perils of smoking. I began smoking at age 15. But I stopped when the dangers became known. It’s not easy to quit. All sorts of advertised medications now promise results. But side effects include mood changes, even thoughts of suicide. The penalty for a 55-year-old smoker could reach $4,250 a year. Younger smokers could be destined for lower penalties. On-the-job workers would be able to skirt penalties by joining smoking cessation programs. But that option is not available to smokers trying to buy coverage individually. As you likely know, smoking raises the risk of developing heart disease and lung problems as well as cancer, contributing to about 450,000 deaths annually. Beginning next January, the health care law will enable people who can’t get coverage now to buy private

health insurance to get tax credits to keep insurance premiums affordable. Obamacare prohibits health insurance companies from turning away the sick. The penalties for smokers could have a similar effect, keeping out costly patients. There’s the possibility that some smokers won’t ’fess up to their bad habit. “We want people who are smoking to get smoking cessation treatment,” physician and California state assemblyman Richard Pan said. “The health law allows states to limit the federal smoking penalty.” “If you are an insurer and there is a group of smokers you don’t want in your pool, the ones you really don’t want are the ones who have been smoking for 20 or 30 years.” Kaiser Family Foundation health insurance expert Karen Pollitz said. Several provisions in the health care law work to leave older adults with a “bleak set of financial options.” For example, the law allows insurers to charge seniors up to three times as much as their youngest customers. Also, government tax credits that will be available to help pay premiums can’t be used to offset the cost of penalties for smokers. Let’s say that a 60-year-old pipe smoker is making $35,000 a year. Estimated premiums for coverage in the new private health insurer markets under the Obama law would total $10,172. That senior would be eligible for a tax credit that would bring the premium cost down to $3,325. But the smoking penalty would add $5,086. Because federal tax credits can’t be used to reduce the penalty, his health insurance cost would be $8,411. According to the Kaiser Health Reform Subsidy Calculator, that’s considered unaffordable under federal law. ■

September 2013

kvetch \ kfech  Along North Avenue where traffic flows, ragweed flourishes among stones sat in rows. A waterfall no longer runs and sits idle among weeds in the sun. A half-filled lily pond looks forlorn giving no comfort to those who mourn. Beyond the weeds so dense stands a tall wooden fence. Memorial Gardens where bindweed twines loved ones rest among morning glory vines. “…For many years I have discussed this heartbreaking lack of maintenance with management with no improvement. Have you suggestions?” - Desperate, Grand Junction

 “What’s worse than having someone ask you to wire them money? Having to send it via Western Union.” - Kevin K., Grand Junction

 “In the June issue of the BEACON, someone named Tyler M. complained about our politicians and claimed we are the laughing stock of the state. What he doesn’t realize is the rest of the state pays no attention to us. And instead of complaining about our politicians, he might consider meeting with them one-on-one and discussing the issues. Obviously, this is one of the ‘low information’ voters.” - Janet B., Grand Junction

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Fall Harvest and Staying Well As the summer winds down in the Grand Valley, the harvest of summer’s work abounds. The sweet crisp cucumbers, wonderful tomatoes, juicy sweet peaches, tart crisp apples and succulent pears are among the gifts we sometimes take for granted because we live here where this abundance is available. Make it a point this summer and fall to get out in the sunshine we have. Enjoy watching our green valley turn to stunning gold, rust and red as the leaves prepare to fall and the trees ready themselves for winter. We live in a charmed place. Visit a winery, shop locally, eat out at a local restaurant, spend a special night at one of our beds and breakfasts or hotels and enjoy the “Fall Harvest”. These things will keep you well. Eat fresh and stay healthy for the coming year get lots of outdoor time and remember. . . . “Life is precious, Don’t waste it!”

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When the unthinkable happens, St. Mary’s is ready On July 21, 2013, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) again awarded accreditation to St. Mary’s CareFlight. St. Mary’s CareFlight has been CAMTS accredited since 1998.


ith a strong team of emergency medicine and trauma care professionals and advanced equipment and technology, St. Mary’s Hospital is ready 24 hours a day for patients with minor illness and accidents to major trauma and cardiac arrest. More than 36,000 patients are treated through the St. Mary’s Emergency Department every year. St. Mary’s is designated a Level II Trauma Center by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As the highest level trauma center between Denver and Salt Lake City, St. Mary’s is trained and equipped to take care of the most seriously injured patients. CareFlight, St. Mary’s medical transport program, plays a major role in patients receiving the appropriate care as quickly as possible. Communication with physicians in the hospital, patient assessment, and treatment planning begins en route. With helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, CareFlight serves western and Midwestern states and southwestern Canada, transporting patients to and from St. Mary’s. In October a ground ambulance will join the CareFlight fleet and be used for facility-tofacility transport and when ground transportation is faster and safer for the patient.

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Helping your neighbor is out of this world St. Mary’s is a United Way Pacesetter, one of a select group of organizations conducting workplace campaigns before the communitywide United Way drive. Pacesetters help “set the pace” for the community and raise about 40% of the total United Way donations. St. Mary’s mission is to improve the health of individuals and our community, especially the poor and vulnerable, and that’s what the United Way is about, too. Perhaps that’s why St. Mary’s associates are so generous, donating more than $300,000 over the past five years.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Learn how weight loss surgery works and who qualifies at a free seminar presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. Call 970-298-6400 to register.

GRAND JUNCTION Wednesday, Sept. 4, Noon–1:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30–7:00 pm RIFLE Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30–7:00 pm “St. Mary’s really has this program down! The staff’s help made my success possible. My diabetes is resolved and my high blood pressure is gone!” —Joyce Dean, Grand Junction

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