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Newly constructed 2,432 SF town home with 3 beds, loft, garage, easy ski access and spectacular views. $1,595,000
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winter/spring 2009-2010 · volume 27, number 2
M aga zine
FEA T URE S
Sisters on the Slopes
Women of the Telluride Ski Patrol recount their mountain careers.
by Martinique Davis
Free Your Heel, the Rest Will Follow
Discover the Nordic scene. by Mary Duffy and D. Dion
Stay and Spa: Lodging in Luxury
by Gabby Anstey McDonald
Indulge yourself in Mountain Village.
Trapping and trading his way into Western history.
by Paul O’Rourke
San Juan Scribes
by John Nizalowski
Curl up with the best new Telluride tomes.
by Reilly Capps
A conversation with real-life monkey wrencher Tim DeChristopher.
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Backcountry Access is Back; Offpiste Maps on Shelves; More Gold Hill to Love; Opera and Theater at the Palm; TEX is Bigger and Better; Bears on the Rampage; Paradox in Peril; Plum TV takes Home the Hardware; New Emergency Messaging; Kris Holstrom Gets New Post; Ryder-Walker and Nancy Craft Honored; Telluride Foundation has Rx for Youth Insurance Woes; Opera House Revives Historic Stencils; Lawson Hill Links Up; Peaks Changes Hands; Local Legends Pass; and the Enlightening Telluride Index
20 Env ironmen t & Sustainability
Lynx Reintroduction Rebounds, Weather Report
Loaner Bikes, Better Batteries, Geothermal Energy, Maintain the Fridge, Green Gondola
Lifestyle, Art & Entertainment
14 upcomingevents 26 writehererightnow
13 within 13 contributors 73 advertiserindex
54 tellurideplaces Mason’s Hall
56 insideart Meredith Nemirov
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Expressions of Beauty
Ski Patrolman Jason Rogers, Citizen of the Year Marilyn Branch, Telluride Icon Jack Carey
Well & Fit
Saving Our Skin, Fighting the Flu, the Benefits of Osha
Queries and Retorts About Mountain Sports
Food & Drink
La Marmotte—Coq au Vin Smuggler's Brewpub—Naughty Root Beer Float
AR T FOR HOME & SELF
Culinary Delights & Appetites
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Elizabeth Guest The soundtrack to Elizabeth Guest’s daily life features nonstop, a cappella singing, usually accompanied by the rhythm of her skis or bike pedals. It’s not exactly American Idol-style pop music—more like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” as she totes her three-yearold daughter around the backwoods of Telluride. Friends call her incessant singing and relentless pursuit of fun “over-the-top,” but Guest claims that’s because when she looks up, she sees no pinnacle, just the endless potential beyond. ("Jason Rogers," page 58)
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aise your hand if you’ve never skied Telluride. You’re certainly not alone. Chances are you’ve never even visited Telluride, and you’re not alone there either.”
My daughter came home to get married in Telluride this past summer. Not only was it a beautiful occasion in an awe-inspiring setting, it was also a chance for me to connect with the “visitor” experience. From lodging to restaurants, salons and gift shops, the entourage hit it all in the grand slam of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. I realized I had never had so many guests in my little town at the same time. And Telluride delivered. Everyone was taken by this place, and a good many of them were from overseas (my daughter married a Brit), seasoned travelers, and old friends who’d never been to Telluride. From swimming in the river—how long has it been since you’ve done that?—to hiking the new Keystone Gorge trail and rubbing shoulders with the rabble at the Buck, the party never sullied. As Stephen Barrett points out in this issue’s Write Here essay, if you discover Telluride, you are indeed lucky. It’s more than just the scenery that endears us to Telluride. The people are the heartbeat of the town, and in these pages, you’ll be introduced to women ski patrollers who keep our slopes safe and a male among them who was named “Patrolman of the Year”; a wedding planner who nurtures exchange students; an artist who finds inspiration in the metamorphosis of aspen trees; and a New Hampshire transplant who left his indelible mark on this insular community. We offer our annual collection of excellent reads on the region, recipes to sate and tips on everything from mountain health to where to ski and what to ski on—be it downhill or cross-country. If you are planning to make the trip, check out the calendar of events and pick up our sister publication, Telluride and Mountain Village Visitor Guide, for all the particulars. Telluride is the best getaway you’ll take. I know a bridal party who’ll attest to that.
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Telluride Ski Resort and the gondola open to the public for the winter season.
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Avalanche Awareness Forum Series Sponsored by the San Juan Field School and Telluride Ski Patrol, the free series takes place on select Monday nights and is designed to educate people about avalanche safety. 970.728.4101
Avalanche Beacon Rescue Clinics Free rescue clinics include 2-3hour field sessions. Times and locations TBA. 970.728.4101
First Thursdays Art Walk A self-guided tour showcasing regional artists and galleries. On the first Thursday of every month, participating galleries stay open “late ’til 8,” with many serving refreshments. Maps are available at participating galleries. 970.728.8959
The Town of Telluride offers open hockey at the Hanley Ice Rink and basketball and volleyball at the high school gym. 970.728.2173
[get MORE] Hanley Rink's hockey schedule can be found under Parks and Recreation at telluride-co.gov
Stronghouse Studios This local artist cooperative welcomes the public Wednesday through Friday from noon until 7 p.m. and hosts an art opening and reception during the Art Walk, on the first Thursday of each month, from 5-8 p.m. Stronghouse Studios also puts on workshops throughout the season to help inspire aspiring artists. 970.728.8959
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Telluride Film Festival Presents On the third Thursday of each month at the Nugget Theater, you can catch one of the recently released films selected by the festival directors of the Telluride Film Festival. 970.728.3030
Metropolitan Opera and English National Theatre at the Palm The Palm Theatre presents live and encore theater and opera performances in HD (high definition). Dates and times vary— for a complete schedule, visit www.telluridepalm.com or call 970.369.5670
Sunday at the Palm Telluride Film Festival, Telluride Foundation and Telluride’s R-1 school district team up to present family-friendly films on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Palm Theatre. For a complete schedule, visit tffyearround.wordpress. com/sunday-at-the-palm or call 970.728.3030.
Telluride Unearthed Lecture Series Dr. Mark Varien discusses the Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde region, 6-8 p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum. 970.728.3344
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Noel Night Celebrate the season with a full moon and some early shopping with special discounts and holiday cheer offered by local retailers.
Secret Santa Workshop While parents shop, kids of all ages can work on some homemade gifts for the holidays from 5-7 p.m. at Ah Haa School for the Arts. 970.728.3886
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros An organic, folk-rock band from L.A. plays live at the Sheridan Opera House, 9 p.m. 970.728.6363
Telluride Unearthed Lecture Series Dr. Laurie Webster discusses the Telluride Blanket and prehistoric weaving in the Southwest, 6-8 p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum. 970.728.3344
The Telluride Ski & Golf Club – The best for everything that Telluride has to offer.
Holiday Bazaar Shop for locally made crafts and artwork at the annual Telluride Council of the Arts and Humanities event in the high school cafeteria.
The Telluride Ski & Golf Club is actually three clubs in one: the world-class Telluride Ski Resort, spectacular Telluride Golf Course and the rejuvenating Golden Door® Spa & Sports Facility, plus an active year-round calendar of social events and planned activities.
Membership Information: 970.728.7302 • www.TellurideSkiandGolfClub.com
upcomingevents The Wizard of Oz
Sheridan Arts Foundation Young Peopleâ€™s Theater presents The Wizard of Oz, 6 p.m. nightly at the Sheridan Opera House. 970.728.6363
International climbers compete in the one-of-a-kind public Ouray Ice Park. 970.325.4288
Ouray Ice Climbing Festival
Find out more about this chilling event at ourayicefestival.com
Telluride Unearthed Lecture Series
Jingle Jam Ring in the holidays with a treelighting ceremony, treats and retail deals in Mountain Village.
Wilson Loop Sprint Telluride Nordic Association hosts a fun 1-km race for classic and skate skiers of all ages on the golf course in Mountain Village.
Ski Documentary We Skied It, a documentary about the history of skiing in the Telluride region, premieres at the Sheridan Opera House. 970.728.6363
[get MORE] To see a trailer for We Skied It, go to TellurideMagazine.com
2010 Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup Telluride is the only U.S. stop on the snowboarding World Cup tour. A snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom will serve as qualifying events for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
A Telluride Christmas Carol The Sheridan Arts Foundation and Jeb Berrier present a local twist on the classic holiday play at the Sheridan Opera House, 8 p.m. 970.728.6363
Dr. Scott Ortman discusses archaeology, the oral tradition and the Mesa Verde migration, 6-8 p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum. 970.728.3344
Old-Fashioned Christmas at Schmid Ranch
Holiday Concert Series
Telluride Historical Museum hosts sledding, hot chocolate, a bonfire and horse-drawn sleigh rides with Santa Claus from 2-6 p.m. at the Schmid Family Ranch. 970.728.3344
Sitting With Santa Kids can get free photos taken with Santa in the Mountain Village and decorate holiday cookies afterward in the Telluride Conference Center. 970.728.1904
Torchlight Parade Celebrate Christmas Eve by watching the slopes light up as skiers carrying torches descend into Telluride.
Sheridan Arts Foundation presents its annual holiday concert series. Performers and show times TBA. 970.728.6363
New Yearâ€™s Eve Celebrations Under a full moon, watch torchlight parades snake down the ski area toward Telluride and Mountain Village and ring in the New Year at the midnight gathering on Tellurideâ€™s main street.
Evening of Art & Wine at the Ah Haa School
Fundraiser features a fourcourse dinner and an auction of high-end wines and art by Bruce Gomez. 970.728.3886
SAF New Yearâ€™s Eve Gala New Yearâ€™s Eve party at Sheridan Opera House, 10 p.m. 970.728.6363
Santa on the Slopes Look out for Santa on skis and find him at Gorrono Ranch after 3 p.m. for a photo.
Mountainfilm Special Holiday Event Celebrate documentary filmmaking at the Sheridan Opera House. 970.728.4123
Cirque Le Masque: Carnivale A theatrical acrobatic performance featuring circus arts, gymnastics and aerial feats. Palm Theatre, 7 p.m. 970.369.5669
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Bruce Gomez Art Opening & Reception See the work of Bruce Gomez at 5-7 p.m. at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. 970.728.3886
For a full schedule of Ah Haa events and classes, go to ahhaa.org
Roger Clyne Live performance at the Sheridan Opera House, time TBA. 970.728.6363
Greensky Bluegrass Boogie to bluegrass with the seats out at the Sheridan Opera House, 8 p.m. 970.728.6363
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Snowfest Ice sculpture, live music and outdoor fun in Mountain Village.
Guest DJ Day Tune in to 89.5, 91.7 and 105.5 FM or www.koto.org to hear locals vie for the coveted Silver Tongue Award and pledge your support for commercial-free radio. 970.728.4333
Priest Lake Pursuit Telluride Nordic Association hosts a 15-km combined ski race (classic/skate) at Priest Lake for skiers of all ages. 970.728.1144
Ladies Rock Local all-female bands take the stage at the Sheridan Opera House, 8 p.m. 970.728.6363
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Life-size puppets portray the story of Bilbo Baggins in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy at the Palm Theatre, 6:30 p.m. 970.369.5669
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KOTO Lip Sync Contest Locals perform irreverent musical tributes to a packed house. Sheridan Opera House, time TBA. 970.728.8100
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Name That Tune In this KOTO radio fundraiser, teams compete in a version of the ’50s TV game show, with audience participation and prizes for everyone. XCafe, time TBA. 970.728.8100
Young People’s Theater
Chocolate Lovers Fling
Telluride Comedy Festival
The theme for this year’s fling is The Love Boat. Elaborate costumes, live music and succulent chocolate desserts mark the annual fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Center, held at the Telluride Conference Center. 970.728.5660
Professional comedians perform skits and improv in this hilarious annual event at Sheridan Opera House. 970.728.6363
Sheridan Arts Foundation Young People’s Theater performs the play Working, 6 p.m. nightly at the Sheridan Opera House. 970.728.6363
Learn about the crisis center at sanmiguel resourcecenter.org
raising money for KOTO radio. Cornerhouse Grille, time TBA. 970.728.8100
Butch Cassidy Ski Chase Telluride Nordic Association hosts a 15-km classic (no skate division) race at Priest Lake. 970.728.1144
Justin Townes Earle Nominated for best music video and album, Earle brings new American country to the Sheridan Opera House stage, 9 p.m. 970.728.6363
Gay Ski Week
Fat Tuesday Party with Joint Point Sheridan Opera House pulls out all the seats for this Mardi Gras party. 970.728.6363
Telluride shows its pride, with a week’s worth of fun activities on and off the mountain. 970.728.1904
FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 1
Telluride AIDS Benefit
Cribbage Tournament Players compete for a cause—
An annual series of events raise money to fight HIV/AIDS and to promote education
about the disease. The TAB Sneak Peek at the Telluride Conference Center on Feb. 25 offers a preview of the fashions from the upcoming gala; the Art Auction on Feb. 26 is held at the Sheridan Opera House and the bidding opens at noon; and the Gala Fashion Show at the Conference Center is held Feb. 27 with an after-hours party at the Sheridan Opera House. 970.728.0869
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MARCH MARCH 1-2
SAF Presents March Music! Annual spring shows at the Sheridan Opera House, performers/showtimes TBA. 970.728.6363
The Harlem Gospel Choir The famous choir performs an inspirational show of blues, jazz and gospel spirituals. Palm Theatre, 6:30 p.m. 970.369.5669
MD Art Opening & Reception Artist Michael Doherty exhibits his work 5-7 p.m. at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. 970.728.3886
fundraiser, the FEAST (Fund for Expanding and Supporting Telluride’s Medical Center) is held at the Telluride Conference Center. 970.708.1059
Telluride Nordic Association hosts a 10-km race and end-ofthe-season barbecue celebration at Priest Lake. 970.728.1144
Operation FEAST Telluride Medical Center’s annual
Closing Day Telluride Ski Resort and the gondola close for the winter season.
The Vienna Boys Choir The classical choir that has been thrilling audiences for 500 years performs at the Palm Theatre at 7 p.m. 970.369.5669
Psycho 10 and Barbecue
KOTO Street Dance Telluride closes main street for this annual après-ski, end-ofseason outdoor gala that hosts live music and a beer garden. (April 3 is reserved in case of inclement weather.) 970.728.8100
As of press time, these events and dates were accurate. Please call the numbers listed or contact Telluride Tourism Board at 800.525.3455 to confirm information, or log onto www.VisitTelluride.com for an updated calendar. Tickets for some of these events can be purchased online at www.tellurideticket.com.
Gondola Reopens For the summer season.
Mountainfilm in Telluride Mountainfilm celebrates the spirit of the mountains, culture and the environment with films, presentations and seminars. The 2010 symposium theme is "The Extinction Crisis." 970.728.4123 ■
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[ Ski Area ]
Bigger is Better No CEO in the ski area’s recent history has been as zealous about opening new terrain as Dave Riley. Since he arrived in 2007, the mountain has grown by hundreds of acres—almost all of it expert terrain—in Revelation Bowl, Black Iron Bowl, Palmyra Peak, Gold Hill 1 and Gold Hill 6 through 10. His latest move? Plans to open the unbelievably sheer, nearly unskiable chutes on Gold Hill numbered 2 through 5 this winter. Weather dictates that these chutes won’t be open all that often, as wind regularly scours the snow from the rocks and makes for a dicey exit. An avid skier, Riley might continue to delight his fellow downhillers as he considers expanding the resort into breathtaking Bear Creek, which could add more than 1,000 acres, potentially making the resort one of the largest ski areas in Colorado. This season, additional Forest Service backcountry gates will allow some access into Bear Creek, but for now that terrain will remain outside the ski area boundaries. —Reilly Capps
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the globe. The program allows the Palm to offer some of the highest-caliber stage performances in the world to viewers in this little mountain town. This season’s lineup features operas such as Der Rosenkavalier and Carmen, as well as the National Theatre plays Nation and The Habit of Art. —Katie Klingsporn
[ Kris Holstrom ]
Named to Colorado Advisory Committee As the region’s green guru, local farmer and regional sustainability coordinator, Kris Holstrom has been involved with too many projects to list: keeping festivals environmentally friendly, managing the farmers market, pushing for green building standards and educating kids on locally grown food, among others. So it comes as no surprise that, late this summer, the Governor’s Energy Office appointed her to the Colorado Carbon Fund Advisory Committee. As a member of the committee, Holstrom is tasked with deciding how to spend money donated by groups looking to offset their carbon footprints. Holstrom said she was particularly excited about programs for weatherizing homes, reducing energy use in skating rinks and finding innovative ways to recycle by-products. —Katie Klingsporn
[ At the Palm ]
HD Opera and Theater You no longer have to leave the comfort of your hometown to experience world-class culture. This year, the Michael D. Palm Theatre introduced a brand-new type of programming that brings both the dramatic arias of the Metropolitan Opera and the elaborate stage work of the English National Theatre to Telluride audiences. The Palm became one of hundreds of venues to tap into two new tech-savvy programs—The Met: Live in HD and NT Live—that transmit high-definition screenings of stage performances from New York and London to theaters around
[ Paradox Valley ]
Uranium Boomtown? There is just one uranium mill in the entire nation that is currently operating, but Paradox Valley might become the site of a second facility for enriching radioactive ore. This fall, Montrose County commissioners approved a special use permit for a proposed uranium mill just outside of Paradox. They voted 3-0 to allow Energy Fuels, Inc., to build the Piñon Ridge Mill, inviting a lawsuit by local environmental group Sheep Mountain Alliance. The only remaining hurdles are an operating permit from a state regulator (Colorado Department of
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Health and the Environment) and the lawsuit. The mill has torn an otherwise quiet region in two. Supporters say the revival of the uranium industry can create much-needed jobs and that it is a part of the region’s heritage: Ore mined and enriched here fueled the Manhattan Project and built the town of Uravan for uranium workers. Today, Uravan is an abandoned Superfund site. Opponents say the industry’s environmental effects will be too great, contaminating agriculture, draining precious water resources and impacting tourism. They say that past uranium mining and milling sickened both the land and people in the region. Uravan was so toxic that it had to be dismantled, with taxpayers footing the $70 million cleanup cost. Uranium workers also paid a price for the mill, sacrificing their health, according to a class action lawsuit filed against Umetco Minerals Corporation. Travis Stills, an attorney from the Energy Minerals Law Center in Durango, represents a concerned group of residents in Paradox Valley. The uranium business, he says, still sports a black eye from a history gone awry. “This industry still hasn’t cleaned up the way they ran roughshod over the West. We really shouldn’t be restarting anything until they clean up their last mess.” Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis was not focused on the historic problems but, rather, on the future role of nuclear power in the energy sector. “We need to be energy independent," he says. "This is a viable energy alternative to provide electricity and power to our nation. I think the mill itself will have a positive economic impact on the region.” —Matthew Beaudin
[ Plum TV ]
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[ Telluride Foundation ]
Helps Insure Kids Colorado ranks 44th among states for the percentage of uninsured children and 51st for the percentage of uninsured children living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. Here in rural Southwest Colorado, we have some of the highest rates of children without health insurance in the state. Sadly, many of these kids are eligible for state or federal coverage but are not enrolled. Programs such as Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance (CHP+) provide health care for young people whose families can’t afford it. According to Paul Major, the president and CEO of Telluride Foundation, there are over 100,000 eligible children in Colorado that are not signed up, so the organization is teaming up with nonprofits, child-care providers and school districts in the region to help find and enroll kids who need insurance. “We have an obligation to make sure our children have access to good health care, and insurance is the first step.”
[ Ryder-Walker ]
Makes Top Ten—Again They’re not just among the best; they’re among the best in the world. National Geographic Adventure named Ryder-Walker Alpine ▶▶ Adventures one of the “Top 10 Best Companies on the Planet” for the second consecutive year, honoring the outfitter’s hiking and trekking tours. Ryder-Walker is a locally based business that specializes in tours of the Alps of Western Europe and Asia, as well as trips in our own American Southwest.
[ Nancy Craft ]
Plum TV, Telluride’s local television station, snagged a very special statue this summer—an Emmy. The station, which plays in Telluride’s hotel rooms and ski bum shacks alike, was honored for a piece they shot on the Democratic National Convention in Denver in ▶▶ the summer of 2008.
Japanese Travel Majordomo For six years running, Condé Nast’s editor has named Telluride’s Nancy Craft as the travel specialist who offers the best blend of expertise, access and good value for touring Japan. The local globetrotter joined forces with Esprit Travel & ▶▶
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▶▶ The award-winning spot was the product of three men, two cameras and a friend’s Denver living room, which they used for editing. All three honorees—producer/ station manager, Chris Hanson; producer/editor, Justin Weihs; and host, Jeb Berrier—have served the Telluride area faithfully, streaming morning shows, ski reports and stories of the region. It’s the first award Weihs has ever won. “I thought it was pretty tremendous for us to be in the company of all the media outlets in Denver, and then take home the hardware,” he said. “It’s our first nomination, and first Emmy, and first cover story in the Daily Planet,” he said. On the drive to Denver, Weihs and Hanson said that it was enough to be nominated—the old “we’ll get ’em next year” attitude. But once they sat down at the event and heard their names called, they were, if for a moment, one of the best TV stations around—even compared to the big guns out of Denver. “Every time a table won, they screamed and hollered like they were at a football game,” Weihs said. “And then we all did.” Plum TV Telluride is part of the Plum Television Network and has sister stations in other resort communities such as Aspen, Vail, Sun Valley, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons and Miami Beach. —Matthew Beaudin
[ Black Bears ]
A Fed Bear… Ursine attacks appear to be on the rise, as human sprawl inches into bruin habitat and people dismiss the old saw, “Don’t Feed the Bears.” Take the horrific story of a Ouray woman who clearly loved the creatures. Donna Munson, 74, fed dog food to bears outside her home and watched them from a porch fenced in with wire. She did this for a decade, despite repeated warnings from the Division of Wildlife and worried neighbors. In August, a bear apparently reached through a hole in the wire and knocked her down, then dragged her under the fence and fed on her body. This strange news story made it all the way to Indonesia. Grizzly bears may be notoriously surly, but Colorado’s black bears almost never kill people—there
have only been three documented deaths in the state. They also rarely maul humans, but this summer in Aspen, three people were attacked after bruins broke into their homes. As a result, more than a dozen bears were put down, proof again that although nature looks cuddly starring in so many G-rated Disney movies, bears belong in nature films and not kiddie flicks. —Reilly Capps
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[ PEAKS resort ]
new ownership Once the keystone lodge in the region, The Peaks Hotel and Resort was for sale for two years before it was finally bought this fall for a reported $20 million—$30 million less than the asking price. A group of local investors sealed the deal in early November; they include Ted and Todd Herrick, real estate agent Mike Theile, Bruce MacIntire of LuxWest and Kevin Jones—as well as John Cullen and Brian Martin, two principals of the new Grand Heritage Hotels and Resorts management company, which is based in Maryland. Telluride’s Todd Herrick told the press that the group’s objective is to “finally unlock the property’s potential and as a result enhance the community.” The Peaks was originally built in 1992 for $60 million and called the Doral Telluride, the first high-end luxury resort and spa in the region. It was purchased by Wyndham Properties and operated for many years before being bought by the Blackstone Group, a private equity
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company that initiated and abruptly curtailed a $60 million renovation before putting the property on the market. —D. Dion
[ emergency message ]
Know Before You Go Is Dallas Divide too icy to make the drive to Montrose? Is the Ophir road closed because of an avalanche? Has a mudslide stopped traffic on Keystone Hill? Now it’s possible to know about these hazards before you hit the road. San Miguel County has created a Wireless Emergency Network System (WENS) to notify citizens about emergencies, sending a text message to your cell phone and/ or your email outlining the nature of the event. This is a free service provided by San Miguel County (there are also specific WENS for Telluride, Mountain Village and Telluride Fire District), but normal text message fees may apply. Sign up at entry.inspironlogistics.com/ sanmiguel/san_miguel/wens.cfm. —M. Duffy & D. Dion
[ Lawson Hill ]
Underpass Complete Bikers and hikers will no longer have to play in traffic to cross the busy intersection at Society Turn. Now they can just use the new underpass and duck below Highway 145 to access Lawson Hill and the Galloping Goose trail. The underpass project, completed this fall, cost San Miguel County about $1 million, $550,000 of which came from grant funding. —D. Dion ▶▶
▶▶ Tours 10 years ago to finance her wanderlust, and she found her niche as an authority on Japan. Craft, who lived in Japan for seven years, has been designing custom tour itineraries and leading trips to the country for the past eight years, and has created many of Esprit’s public walking tours of both Japan and Nepal. An artist, Craft studied dyeing, weaving, papermaking and more while living abroad. “I love showing people the wonderful art of Japan and Asia, the beautiful gardens, the quirky culture and how the arts and culture interrelate.”
[ Telluride Airport ]
Back in Business The runway in Telluride’s Regional Airport was closed this summer for the same reason highway traffic slows down: road reconstruction. At 9,078 feet above sea level, the highest commercial airport in North America was challenging enough for pilots without the infamous 63-foot dip in its tarmac. This summer, the airstrip was reconstructed with a smooth plane—pun intended—to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards. In addition to repairing the landing/take-off strip, safety areas west of the old dip were widened and new runway lighting was added. This $19.3 million renovation was the second of three phases which will ready the airport for the next generation of regional turbo-prop planes.
[ Sheridan Opera House ]
Historic Stenciling Preserved Photos discovered in 2002 revealed the beautiful stenciling that originally decorated the interior of the historic Sheridan Opera House during the early twentieth century. Experts believe that the pattern was a rare example of the transitional period between the Art Nouveau style of the 1800s and the Craftsman style of the 1920s, and that the bold stenciling stood out from other opera houses in the Rocky Mountains, which were decorated in a more classical style. The Sheridan Arts Foundation resolved to replicate the extraordinary design, raising $28,000 to do so. The stenciling in the theater was restored ▶▶ this summer. ■ www.TellurideMagazine.com
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Telluride has 1,224 (55 percent) male residents and 997 (44 percent) female residents. Telluride Ski Resort employs 68 ski patrollers; 17 (25 percent) are women. The number of licensed dogs in Telluride is 275, or 1 per 8 people. The number of dogs on ski patrol is 7, and 4 (57 percent) are female. The amount of lottery proceeds benefiting San Miguel County outdoor projects such as trails, playgrounds and land conservation is $8,347,167. The federal and state governments withhold 29 percent in taxes of a winnerâ€™s prize of $5,000 or more. The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 1 in 5.2 million. The odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 5,000. The number of
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She was, by all accounts, beautiful; but to stop there would be to underestimate Hilary Fitzgerald. She had brawn and brains: Fitzgerald was a skilled angler and flyfishing guide, an expert telemark skier, and worked as the director of programming at the Pinhead Institute. She was killed in a car accident late in August, a week before she was to leave Telluride to pursue studies in natural medicine. Fitzgerald was a global citizen, having visited Africa, India, South and Central America, Mexico, Nepal and Southest Asia, but she chose Telluride as her home. Friends remember her for her sunny disposition, her compassion for other people and her desire to protect the natural world. She was a part of the rich history of Telluride, having been born to Italian immigrants here in 1921. Perina Ranta was born Perina Bonato to Sebastian and Mary Anna Bonato, and she and her two younger twin siblings, Joanna and James, lived at the Smuggler Mine, in old Ophir and in Telluride. She went to grade school in Ophir and was a graduate of Telluride High School. After World War II, Perina married another Tellurider, the son of Finnish immigrants, Elmer Ranta. Perina was the deputy town treasurer and the
deaths caused by lightning in Colorado in 2008 was 3, more (along with Florida) than any other state. The number of Lotto jackpot winners in Colorado in 2008 was 6. The number of spa locations in the United States in 2007 was 17,900; in 2008, the number of U.S. spa locations jumped to 21,300. The number of spa locations in Telluride in 2009? 10. The number of spa visits in the United States in 2007 was 138 million; in 2008, the number of U.S. spa visits was 160 million. The spa industry revenueâ€™s annual growth rate is 17.8 percent. Colorado has an estimated black bear population of 8,000 to 12,000. The value of bear-damage claims in 2008 was $374,600. The number of bears killed by hunters in Colorado in 2005 was 450; the number of bears killed by hunters in Colorado in 2008 was 760. The number of people killed by bears in Colorado in known history is 3. The number of Masons in the United States in 1950 was approximately 4 million. The number of Masons in the country today is approximately 1.5 million. The number of Masons in Telluride in 1899 was 250. Of the 44 Presidents of the United States, 14 (31 percent) were Masons.
deputy county treasurer, serving her community for more than 20 years. She also enjoyed spending time with her family in the outdoors, mushroom hunting on Sheep Mountain, overnighting at the familyâ€™s Trout Lake cabin and jeeping in the high country. Even after she retired in Montrose in 1987, Perina continued to dedicate herself to a volunteer post at the Montrose Memorial Hospital for two decades. Mike Wisniewski was a devoted public servant. Shortly after he took over the presidency of the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Despite his illness, he finished out his term, guiding the organization through a difficult transition as it became more financially and administratively independent. Wisniewski and his wife, Linda Heiderer, moved to Mountain Village in 2006, and he passed away last July. Longtime local â€œCaptainâ€? Jack Carey was killed in a bicycle accident this summer. Carey was a prominent freeskier and hang glider. He will be memorialized with ski runs named after him here and in Rossland, BC, Canada. Read more about Carey on page 62. â–
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Author Dan Brownâ€™s books about Masons and other secret religious organizations have been translated into 51 languages, with The Da Vinci Code currently selling over 80 million copies. The amount of natural gas produced in San Miguel County in 2008 was 13,655,715 MCF (thousand cubic feet), and the number of barrels of oil produced was 5,019. The total number of active oil and gas wells in San Miguel County in 2008 was 127. The average number of days of sunshine in Colorado annually is 300 out of 365. The total number of San Miguel County companies that install solar electricity is 6; the total number of companies in San Miguel County that generate commercial-scale solar electricity: 1. â€”D. Dion
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When Stephen Wald made Telluride his full-time home in 1994, he did so with gusto. He did more than just enjoy the running, skiing, tennis, golf and biking that were his passions; he also pitched in to help his community. His philanthropy was far-reaching: He was a founding member of Telluride Foundation and served on many of its committees, and he sat on the board of directors for Mountainfilm, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, Telluride Repertory Theatre Company and Telluride Jewish Community; he was also the board chairman for the Telluride Medical Center and acted as the investment advisor for his homeowners company. Wald, who graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School before being posted by the U.S. government as head of the Czech and Slovak American Enterprise Fund, went on to start the first and ultimately the largest Western brokerage in Eastern Europe. Wald died peacefully with his wife Sheila at his side in his Alda-
soro home, after a long struggle with leukemia.
It was just a week before she died that 85-year-old journalist Grace Herndon filed her last column. She was bedridden as she pecked at the keyboard, but her writing was as strong as ever. Despite her stature, the demure 5â€™2â€? journalist stood tall throughout her career, taking on big corporations, bureaucracy and outdated Western paradigms. Herndon was born and raised in Chicago, and attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where she fell in love with a third-generation rancher from Wrightâ€™s Mesa who was in Naval officer school. When he returned from the war he brought his new bride home to Norwood, which at that time had no electricity. The city girl learned to farm and ranch, raised three children and reported news for the Telluride Times, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Denver Post and ultimately the Telluride Watch, where she chronicled from her unique perspective as someone who straddled the divide between the Old and New West. The spunky yet sweet Herndon also penned a book, Cut and Run: Saying Goodbye to the Last Great Forests of the West and helped build Ski Dallas before the opening of Telluride Ski Resort. At the
age of 50, she taught herself to sail in a beat-up, 12-foot sailboat on Miramonte Reservoir. Cancer had overtaken her again by the time she spent her last birthday at that same reservoir, camping with friends, just months before embarking on her journey into the next world.
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