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From the moment Scott Messler moved to Evergreen 13 years ago, he has been helping our town sound good. He does this by setting up sound systems for community events all over town, often volunteering countless hours and lending his own professional equipment for the cause. You would have

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Langworthy–guitar and lead vocals, Brent Johnson–keyboards, Lopey Wedel–bass guitar, Dean Dalvit–guitar and mandolin, myself–drums. These guys are like brothers to me and there is truth in the saying that great chemistry makes for great music! We have a

Trust, Winterfest, Evergreen Downtown Holiday Walk, Dam Duck Derby and the Polar Plunge. Frankly, there are too many volunteer efforts by him to list here. Suffice it to say, if you’ve noticed the sound system for community events improving over the last decade, you can thank Scott Messler. During this same time, Scott has also been becoming part of our robust music scene by playing the drums with recognizable local bands Subject 2 Change, Dakota Blonde, Joe Bye, Mumblin’ Cousins, Jeff King, Something Underground, Johnny Turner, The 3eatles, Kicked to the Curb, Jimi Murphy… and the list goes on. He often not only plays in the band, but sets up the sound for the performance as well. “I like to say that I’m dumb enough to be the drummer and the sound guy,” he jokes. “But seriously, it has been an honor to play with all of these people. There are so many incredible musicians up here!” He continues freelance drumming these days when he has the time, but more often, he is playing in his own band, Open Space. He describes the band. “Open Space is Cort

lot of fun together!” Open Space has played at Little Bear, Muddy Buck, Cactus Jack’s, Lariat Lodge, Center Stage, Summerfest, Evergreen Lake Concert Series and local festivals. Down the hill, Open Space has appeared at Quixotes, Lion’s Lair, Toad Tavern, Local 46, The People’s Fair at the Civic Center, and SXSW in Austin, TX. “I’ve heard many drummer jokes,” Scott admits, “about them being unreliable or flaky. My reply is that I might be the only guy in the room who can actually read music and has toured with a symphony!” He’s not kidding. Scott holds a degree in Percussion and Music Education from the University of Nebraska. He spent some of his college years as the DrumLine director/arranger for the UNL Cornhuster Marching Band. “It was a great experience to actually hear my arrangements played in 80,000 plus capacity stadiums and broadcast on national TV!” When asked what genre of music is his favorite to perform, he replies, “They are all great for different reasons—rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, symphony—all bring different highs.”

heard his handiwork at the Evergreen Lake Concert Series, where he first started this philanthropic practice. “I introduced myself to Dale Gibbins (promoter) and asked to help. I had a garage full of pro gear since I was working as a sales rep for several Pro AV manufacturers. I partnered with Dale and

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“...I might be the only guy in the room who can actually read music and has toured with a symphony!”

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With a masters in electronic engineering, Doug worked for major companies in that field before switching to real estate for 12 years. From that experience, he hatched the idea for Colorado Serenity and never looked back. Over the years, Doug has filled his spare time with mountain climbing, skiing, cycling and programming

Climbing mountains always involves a calculated risk. The risk of dying climbing a mountain goes from a rare occurrence, when scampering up a local fourteener, to far more likely in the Everest Death Zone, to quite likely if you climb above 26,000 feet often enough. Some would say that the answer to the tired old question of “Why do people climb mountains?” is simply the adrenaline rush of risking your life. However, every climber will tell you that the answer is far from being that simple. And, in reality, there is a different answer for everyone who climbs. The question that is rarely discussed out loud, especially among climbers, but nags at the conscience, is, “Do I have the right to risk my own life?” Even as I type the words, the question makes me feel uneasy. Who sits in judgment bestowing the right to risk my life? Who draws the line defining the degree of risk that is unacceptable? Is it not my life to risk doing with it whatever I want?

A few times in my lifetime, my soul—my heart of hearts, knew that I had to take the risk of dying now or I would die little by little every day thereafter. Was this a decision I had the right to make? Maybe. Maybe not. A member of a search and rescue team might argue that a climber does not have the right to put other people’s lives at risk. The climber might respond, “Then don’t rescue me!” This actually played out in the early days of Yosemite when the climbing community told the Park Service, “We will rescue ourselves.” And what might a climber’s wife and children, or mother and father, say about the climber’s right to risk it all? Probably, “If you die doing this, you will leave a gaping hole in my life, both financially and emotionally. I will never forgive you.” This could not have played out more dramatically to the entire world when in 1996 Rob Hall spoke his last words via satellite phone to his pregnant wife in New Zealand as he died a few hundred feet from the summit of Mt Everest.

The decision to risk your life doing anything is inherently selfish. “I want to go back for another tour of duty in Afghanistan;” “I want to race cars;” “I want to run rivers;” “I want to climb Mt. Everest.” Centuries ago, it might have been “I want to sail to the new world” or “I want to go west and explore the new frontier.” There is nothing about any of these statements that considers the effect on other people. Risking your life for your own goals is selfish and the word selfish is ugly, but it is one of the things that defines us as human beings. Where would humanity be were it not for adventurous, selfish people willing to risk their lives for something—anything? The answer to whether anyone has the right to risk his life for selfish goals can only reside in that person’s heart and the hearts of their loved ones. Nineteen years after the 1996 Everest tragedy that claimed the lives of five experienced climbers, Lou Kasischke published “After The Wind,” the story of how he survived when others died. Kasischke’s book is a riveting, spot-on, climbing-accurate account of the nightmare he faced in a blizzard above 26,000 feet on Mt. Everest. But more than that, “After The Wind” is his brutally honest search of his own soul trying to answer the toughest of questions: Why am I here? Why should I keep going? At what price the summit? And most of all, can I keep my promise to my wife to live a story I can tell? If you have ever stared down the risk of dying doing what you love and asked yourself some really tough questions, this is a book you should read. It won’t give you your answers, bu it will say out loud what you may have never said out loud.

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Holly moved to Colorado in 1999 after living in multiple places in the Southeast. An ambitious and somewhat perfectionistic spirit led her to entrepreneurial pursuits, mostly within the pet industry. Adding a stint in the retail log furniture and accessories realm in Conifer, she crossed paths with "Mr. Serenity," Doug Kinzy, and that, as they say, is history. Serenity history. Holly can be reached at

This month was one of the most stressful work months at Serenity that we've had in a long while. Not only was the sheer volume of editorial a record high, but it was also a technically difficult month, with many new advertisers to get set up, along with multiple new tenants to help get all settled in here at The Stone House. (A big welcome to The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and Elk Meadow Counseling! So, for at least the last two weeks, I feel like I have been under this "time-crunch," whereby every single hour of each day was scheduled down to each minute, and I had an internal race going to make sure I accomplished each allotted task for each hour. I'm not at all a clock-watcher by nature, and I can say without a doubt that all I did the last few weeks was check my watch to be sure I was right on schedule with each task or appointment. This included sleeping, for which I did allow 8 hours, but actually set alarms to wake each morning, which is another thing I am not used to! People can attest to the fact that I purposely don't schedule morning appointments because I don't 'do' mornings. But I had to this month because I also caught that awful crud

that's been going around and I knew it would really knock me down if I didn't get proper sleep. I've 'set the scene' here regarding my stress and intense schedule so the rest of the column will have some context... in case you were wondering. During this time, I occasionally took a quick time-out for Facebook as a stress-buster, just to see what was happening with friends or catch a quick headline. And sometimes, I would do it to unwind before bed. I also answered a text or email here and there. After about a week, I started to notice a pattern. I found I wasn't 'unwinding' from the entertainment of Facebook. In fact, quite the opposite. And, due to space constraints, I will address the reason for that in my next column. But more interesting was that, in several instances, I was coming into conflict with people, and definitely over things that shouldn't be causing conflict at all. I was rereading the conversations and continually being baffled by what was going on. It was adding to my stress load. The responses didn't seem to match with my end of the conversation at all. Then, I figured it out. At least with a couple of people. (There really

weren't that many, so don't think I was going around confusing and annoying the masses!) What I found was that my self-imposed, restricted time schedule had spilled over to my electronic communications. I was neglecting to put in my normal quantity of emojis or flowery pleasantries to impart tone and mood, and I was typing messages out with the least amount of verbiage I could get away with in an attempt to speed up the exchange. Now, people that know me well, know that 1) I use sarcasm at the drop of a hat and 2) I am extremely direct and often tend to get right to the point without extraneous interaction. But the people to whom I refer here were not in the "knowing me well" category, unfortunately. Whoops. I usually adjust my communications according to my audience, but in my highly stressed state, I reverted to my default. LOL In retrospect, all this made me reflect on some thoughts I keep having regarding electronic communication, but again, I'll go into that topic in next month's column. My main epiphany for this month was that my main source of stress (the unexpected giant quantity of editorial that landed on us this month while at the same time being sick) had some hidden gems hidden within it—sources for the actual relief from stress along with opportunities for growth. While I was in my frenzy of editing, against the time clock, I found myself reading particular articles and losing myself within them, rapt by their content, and completely forgetting to actually edit them. Ha! I then had to go back and read again with my editor's hat on, but I noticed I was much more centered and calm and didn't care to check my watch. Within the pages of Serenity, we have amazing writers who have so much wisdom to impart. It's all right here at your fingertips! I know I gave shout-outs to our writers last month, but this month it became more personal for me, and a few that stood out off the top of my head that really offer amazing insight with their columns (especially this month) are: David Cuin, This & That–page 48; Chris Lewis, Healthy Self Healthy Relationships–page 37; Elaine O'Reilly and Psychotherapy Today–page 59. Take a peek!

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In talking to Scott Messler, several things become very clear, very quickly. 1) He is humble in his view of what he brings to the table—whether it is musical talent or sound expertise. 2) He is community-minded beyond the average community-minded fellow, but would never complain about the effort it takes. 3) His attention to detail and dedication to getting things done right reminds me of that old adage, “good work leads to more work.” On that note, I asked him about a typical sound set-up. “Prepping for an event takes time and preplanning to avoid costly and frustrating errors. In the industry, it is called ‘Advancing the show’ and is equally important whether you are the band or the sound company. It’s always good to know in advance: details about the location, including load in/out logistics, event schedule, power availability, lighting, client requirements and expectations, stage plots, input lists, requirements from all performers.” If the event is outdoors and the weather blows in, a whole new set of additional preparations and tear-downs is added to the already lengthy list. Messler continues, “Selecting the right gear for the event, packing it all up and loading into truck/trailer can take several hours. I own over 50 different microphones, 10 different mixers and 20 different PA system speakers and they are all good for different situations. Advancing the show allows me to make the right decisions

on what to bring. The same thing applies to making decisions about which instruments to bring when I perform at an event: Big drum set? Smaller drum set? Maybe it’s only percussion, djembe, cajon, bongos? How much room do I have and how loud can I be on stage?” Let’s not forget that in the past, Scott has volunteered his time and equipment. “As an example, for the Lakehouse Summer concerts, I would start prepping and loading up in the morning, get to the Lakehouse early afternoon to set up, work the concert from 5 to 9 pm, and then tear down and load up all of the gear, usually getting home by 11 pm. I was always the last one there. It’s a long day. If the gear gets wet it often means spending most of the next day unloading and drying everything out.” Amazing. Like many musicians, Scott has a day job and, of course, he has two: ProSonic Solutions and Intermountain Marketing, Inc. Both are sound system related and both require Scott’s attention to detail in every aspect of making every venue and every performance the best it can be, sound-wise. When he isn’t concentrating on his businesses or performing with Open Space or spending time as a freelance drummer or giving to the community, Scott is a family man, dedicated to being a good husband and father. He has this to say about his family, “Karen, my amazing wife of 18 years... she’s the best! She and the kids are usually fast asleep when I sneak into the house as quietly

as possible after a late night gig or rehearsal. She has always supported me as a musician and local sound and AV provider, and I joke that I could be doing a lot worse away from home late at night than just playing music with my friends! There are occasions when we are at an event with a sub-par sound system and she and/or the kids give me that ‘Can you fix that?’ look.” As far as the near future, Scott describes what he wants to accomplish: “I want to continue to be able to provide the highest quality audio and AV support for local venues, schools, houses of worship, festivals and events. To use my 30 plus years of experience to help local musicians learn how to set up and operate their gear correctly and efficiently. I love this community and am proud to have played a role here as a musician and sound guy for over 10 years. It’s all about making people happy, whether it is from performing myself or making sure that others are heard clearly! When I see smiles in the crowd, it is all worth it.” With so many irons in the fire and more on the horizon, the best way to keep up with Scott Messler is to contact him directly. If you want to know more about upcoming performances of Open Space, go to or For sound system inquiries, contact Scott Messler at or phone him at 303.913.7758.

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Kristin Crowell Did you know that Mozart started composing at age 4 and that Chopin was a famous composer by age 15? Unfortunately, our existing system has difficulty supporting today’s potential prodigies, especially with so many cuts in funding. To fill this need, we’d like to introduce a new music studio in Evergreen that’s a bit different from traditional music schools. Circle of Fourths Music Studio augments traditional lessons with classes in theory, arranging and composition, as well as performance. The vision is to provide the tools, techniques and venues for both emerging and experienced musicians to go beyond learning how to just read and play music, to discovering their artistic potential by creating their own music. Theory, arranging and composition classes offered at the Studio are for those who have a song stuck in their heads that is destined to

become a symphony. Or for those that want to write an awesome bass line for their band, add cello to a piano piece, arrange for bands, or compose for an orchestra. Using computer software to simulate different instruments, these classes provide the tools and techniques to arrange and compose for various instruments in multiple genres. What motivated us to start this studio? Typically, one’s musical journey starts out by learning to play an instrument, but in most cases, this is also where it stops. Private lessons, as well as the school system, rarely go beyond instrument instruction and the basics of reading music. A gap exists between K-12 education and college, where music majors are required to pass a music theory entrance exam. Those wishing to major in composition must submit sample scores for admission, and yet there are few places that offer this type of instruction. The Studio seeks to fill these gaps by supporting and mentoring our future arrangers, composers, and performers. Performance classes at the Studio are also a bit different than traditional lessons by promoting originality and personal expression through performance. Unlike classical training, the Piano Accompaniment class teaches how to play the piano/keyboards in a “band” by reading from lead sheets, which consist of just a melody and chords. The Jazz Piano and Improvisation class takes this a step further and encourages musical expression through improvisation. These two classes support performance in “real world” ensemble/studio settings. Traditional

piano lessons utilize the Royal Conservatory of Music Celebration Series and Berklee College of Music methods and texts. Through a combination of classical, jazz, and contemporary music, students learn the different techniques for each genre. As students progress though 12 levels of repertoire, they will also learn basic theory, ear training, and history to support

Workshops and Ensembles, slated to begin this summer, are currently being developed by Kristin Crowell and Stephen Weidner. The goals are many. Ensembles will provide venues for students to learn and perform, either in addition to school groups, or for those that cannot fit band or orchestra classes into their schedules. Ensembles will be offered for adults that want to keep up their musical skills and simply enjoy getting together to play. Workshops will offer instruction and opportunities to improve performance skills. Ultimately, arrangers and composers will bring in their original works to have them played by “live musicians,” which in turn will provide these instrumentalists sight-reading and “studio band” experience. Workshops, and especially ensembles, are intended to be the culmination of lessons. They are a place to showcase all that hard work! For more information about the studio: visit the studio website at: email questions to: text or call: 303.807.0089

pieces they are playing. Also offered is a Piano as a “Second Language” class for musicians proficient on another instrument that either need piano basics for a college music major or that want to learn the piano “just for fun.”

Kristin Crowell studied classical and jazz piano, theory, arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Electronic Music. Stephen Weidner is a cellist with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, and numerous other groups. He is a retired Adjunct Professor, Director of Strings and Conductor at Colorado School of Mines. For more information, visit:

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Lighting in the kitchen is a very important element when building or remodeling your home. It is often the final aspect of the design, which is often overlooked by cookie-cutter builders. Simple lighting plans are the shortfall for cooks and entertainers. There are four main types of lighting for the kitchen to consider when developing your plan: ambient lighting, task lighting, decorative lighting and accent lighting. Whichever portion of the lighting plan, it is best to have switches on dimmers, so that it can be very versatile and more energy

efficient. Your lighting needs will be different when preparing a meal, settling into the meal, or hosting guests. Ambient lighting is the first step to lighting design. Overall lighting of the space and walkways is important. It provides the general light for the room, and can accent the overall flow of working spaces, studying places and eating areas. Task lighting is just as important to the function of the room. Most specifically, high prep and cleanup areas, sinks and cooktops need very specific task lighting designated to those high-use spots.

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Recessed or under vent hood lighting works well to provide bright light where we spend the most time. It is important to have lights centered over the work area and not toward the front of the counter, where we can create our own shadows on the workspace. Undercounter lighting is an essential part of task lighting to provide illumination for prep areas and recipe reading. Decorative lighting can be used to accent certain areas of the room used for entertaining and dining. If you have an island or peninsula, along with a seating area, it is best to use fixtures that complement each other and provide a continuous look and feel within the kitchen. When placing hanging lights, it is important to consider both sitting and standing heights of the family and guests. It is best to avoid low placement that may obstruct the sightline from either side of the table, for example. For larger kitchen areas, accent lighting may be a consideration. Whether in-lit glass display cabinetry, or above cabinet indirect lighting, niches and architectural ceiling elements can be brightened and highlighted (literally). Varying effects can be achieved



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Designers, architects and builders are great resources for developing lighting plans that are most effective for your space. It is an element that cannot be forgotten in your kitchen or other home project. If you are making your space beautiful, light it up and show it off!

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The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce has been creating opportunities for our businesses for over 40 years. The Conifer Chamber is led by the elected Board of Directors and Executive Director, Melanie Swearengin. Melanie grew up in Fairfax, VA and then attended college at Auburn University in Alabama. She worked at two different advertising agencies in the Saint Louis area and received her MBA in Finance from the University of Missouri. Melanie and her family moved to Conifer in 2010 and fell in love with the people and the area

During the winter months, the Chamber is preparing for 285 Winterfest. Get your team and your costumes ready for the Mt. Lugo Luge competition sponsored by State Farm–Nancy Staub, and then join us in the Aspen Park Village for the Snow Carving contest, Free family movie and Craft Beer Crawl sponsored by Marketing Type Guys. Mark your calendars and check out our website for more details at The After Hours Mixer this month will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 5-7 pm at Red Roof Relic in Aspen Park. Stop by for drinks, appetizers, networking and some shopping. Friday, February 17 is the Power Partners referral group. Join us at Knit Knook Coffee and More in the Staples shopping center from 8-9 am. Our education workshop this month will be held Wednesday, February 22 from 12-1:30 pm at Conifer Community Church. Dr. Matt Motchkavitz will be speaking on “How to Develop an Attitude of Success.” Log on to to register for this class. The March Monthly Membership Meeting and Annual Awards will be held at Tomahawk Ranch on Thursday, March 9 from 4-6:30 pm (this meeting will be in place of the usual Friday morning Membership Meeting). At the March meeting we will be honoring local businesses, organizations and individuals that make a difference in our Chamber and our community. Your help is needed to make sure the awards go to the most deserving recipients. Log on to and nominate your favorites! If you have any membership questions, or would like to find out more about becoming a member, do not hesitate to contact me, Melanie Swearengin, executive director, at, 303.838.5711. Thank you for your continued support and thank you for shopping local!

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I help you live a fulfilled life, not only in your bottom line, but in your heart and your soul and the way you live each day. These are values that motivate me. My job allows me the privilege of working with selfresponsible people to tackle and successfully overcome a variety of money matters so they can keep firmly on the path to enjoying the lives they desire. The Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken —Warren Buffett Money matters. The lack of money really does matter. Who is going to pay for your retirement? Is the fairy godmother going to wave her magic wand and give you all the money you need for the rest of your life? Are you going to marry Rich? (I married Ken, and I’m happy to say it’s still working out well after 36 years!) Are you going to inherit it; sue for it? The reality for most of us is that we are on our own when it comes to our financial futures. We are right now creating our financial futures, either intentionally, or through lack of attention altogether. I got into this business because I had concerns about my own financial security. In the early 2000s, I lost about half of my retirement portfolio to the tech wreck. I was horrified. I work too hard for my money to watch it all evaporate in a bad market. I came out of that experience adamant that I was going to learn how to make my invested money work smarter for me. That led to me becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM and going to work for A.G. Edwards in 2004. And what did I get? The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Ah, experience is such a great teacher. I was able to navigate that fairly well for myself and my clients, understanding that an important part of smart investing is smart risk-taking. Successful investing is not just about making money, it’s also about keeping what you have and minimizing losses in bad markets. We don’t know what the markets are going to throw at us, but we can employ risk management techniques and adaptive tools to increase chances for success in any market.

What I do I’m in the business of wealth management. Wealth management is a process of managing your assets and liabilities to meet your goals, and I believe the key to successful wealth management involves making a plan, implementing it and reviewing it on a regular basis to ensure it reflects your current needs. I’m a planner at heart, and all my investment recommendations emanate from a detailed plan developed to reflect what you want and need your money to do for you. My job is to get you on track and keep you on track to meeting those goals. I provide investment planning and wealth management around a number of critical financial issues as diverse as receiving an inheritance, retirement, buying a home or selling a business. Through my team at Wells Fargo and other professional associations, I’m able to offer investment products for every need, and have knowledge and experience in the areas of estate planning strategies, asset protection, tax-efficient wealth transfer, business retirement and succession plans, and charitable giving. I’m an advisor for you. I ask a lot of questions to understand what you like and don’t like. I make recommendations and help you make decisions about what course of action will best meet your goals. There are many ways to get to your goals, and I provide you pros and cons of each so that we can meld together the most appropriate solutions for your situation.

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How I do it I take an objective look at your entire financial situation and assist in the development of investments and strategies to get you to your goals using an A-B approach. A is where you are now and B is where you want to go, and together we determine the most appropriate way to get you to your B. I use a defined process that has three elements: —The first step is investment planning. We define and quantify your personal and financial

goals, tax situation, ability and willingness to assume risk, your values, attitude and expectations. I then use a wealth forecasting tool called Envision® to quantify the probabilities of the outcomes you’re hoping to achieve. —The second leg is to construct an appropriate investment portfolio, customized to your situation. Wells Fargo Advisors does not pressure its financial advisors to sell proprietary products, so I’m able to customize your portfolio with products solely based on what is in your best interest. —The last leg is ongoing monitoring and communication. That is accomplished with scheduled portfolio reviews, online account access, ongoing capital market overviews and easy accessibility to me.

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It’s been quite a couple of months for Sam Hamilton. The University of Denver senior midfielder helped lead the Pioneers to the most successful season in school history. Following an undefeated regular season, DU reached the national semifinal where they were eliminated in overtime by Wake Forest. Not a bad way to cap a college career, but things would soon get better. The MLS (Major League Soccer) SuperDraft was held at the L.A. Convention Center on January 13. The Colorado Rapids used their first round pick (15th selection overall) on Sam Hamilton, the two-time captain at DU. “It means the world to me that I get to stay in Colorado,” Hamilton said of being drafted by his hometown team. “Being close to my family, friends, teammates and coaches that supported me throughout this journey is surreal. Furthermore, I have grown up a Rapids’ fan and have dreamed of this moment.” Hamilton has been playing soccer since age 5, so the dream has been a long time in the making. Like many mountain area kids, he got his start playing for Stingers (now Altitude FC). At 10, Sam switched to Colorado Rush, playing for the club team until sophomore

year of high school. He started playing for Developmental Academy in junior year, a nationwide soccer league that feeds into college and professional ranks. Hamilton was also part of the highly successful Evergreen High School Varsity program from freshman through junior year. In his youth, Sam also played basketball, ran crosscountry, swam and skied competitively. As is often the case with successful athletes, family played a big role in Hamilton’s development. “My dad’s name is Bob,” said Hamilton. “He runs a small business that sells janitorial supplies. He’s a kind-hearted, selfless person who’s a leader by nature. I’ve learned a lot from him as I’ve grown up. He possesses many leadership qualities that have made him successful in the business world. Just from watching and listening to him talk to others, I’ve naturally acquired some of those qualities. He’s got a huge heart, cares for others, and always does the right thing. I tried to take that same approach as a two-time captain at DU. “My mom’s name is Mary. She is the youngest of five and works at CenturyLink. She had to be tough growing up, and that has

“ played a big role in Hamilton’s development.”

sculpted her into the positive, resilient person she is today. From a young age, Mom was the one that threw me into sports. She always preached, ‘hard work pays off.’ “My older brother’s name is Jack. He always pushed me as we grew up together. We played all the same sports and I always tried to keep up with him. When we got to high school, he let me hang out with his friends and he’s always taken good care of me.” Hamilton is an excellent student, carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.860 in accounting. He is working toward his master’s in accountancy and would like to get his CPA. Sam has completed an internship with Northwestern Mutual as a college financial representative. Hamilton’s senior class compiled an amazingly successful four-year stretch at DU. The Pioneers compiled a 55-19-12 record in that period, the third best mark in all of Division 1. Denver captured four straight Summit League regular season titles, as well as all four league tournament titles. The team was undefeated over the past two regular seasons (35-2-6 overall, including postseason), the first NCAA school to accomplish the feat since 1977-1978. The final ranking of third in the country was the highest in program history. Individually, Hamilton made 83 collegiate appearances, highest in DU history as a Division 1 program. When Jamie Franks took

The Evergreen community lost a good one when Glenn Grise passed away on January 31. A fixture at the Evergreen High School baseball field over the years, watching his sons play for the Cougars, Grise succumbed to the effects of scleroderma and cancer after an inspiring battle. Fittingly, he was returning from a trip to Arizona to see middle son Sam play for the College of Idaho. Glenn was a rabid Purdue Boilermakers and Chicago Cubs fan. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to Mary Pat, AJ, Sam, Jackson and the entire Grise family and friends.

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over as head coach two seasons ago after three years as an assistant, he immediately named Hamilton team captain. “When I took over, my first action as head coach was to make Sam captain,” Franks recalled. “That speaks volumes to the trust I have in him as a person and the high praise he deserves as a student-athlete. He does a fantastic job of balancing his academic, athletic and social life. He’s a ‘family first’ guy and a big team guy. His humility to go out of his way to be there for everyone on the team, from the first to last guy on the roster, and make sure they understand the standards and expectations of the program, has been great for this group.

“When we look back on Sam’s career, the best gift he’ll have given this program is that he set an example of what a team leader should be for our future captains. He’s the engine that makes our team go, and the program would not be where we are without him.” Just six weeks after the Pioneers were eliminated by Wake Forest in the College Cup semifinal in heartbreaking fashion (losing in double overtime, 2-1), the MLS held their annual draft. Hamilton knew he stood a good chance of being selected, but had no idea which team would call his name and in which round. He did have a connection with the Rapids, having played with their U23 team over the summer, as well as training with the first team a handful of times.

“I was at a local restaurant with my teammates and we were all ecstatic,” Hamilton said. “My teammates were acting like idiots when my name was announced, jumping around and yelling. Immediately after you get drafted, you get a call from the head coach (Pablo Mastroeni) to congratulate you and welcome you to the family. I could barely hear him because my teammate, Kortne Ford, who signed a homegrown deal with the Rapids, was yelling in my ear.” Hamilton steps into an excellent situation, with the Rapids coming off one of the most successful seasons in the club’s history. The Rapids finished with the second best record in the MLS, and reached the conference semifi-

nal. Hamilton’s teammates include such soccer luminaries as U.S. National Team keeper Tim Howard and internationally renowned forward Kevin Doyle. Hamilton is currently training with the Rapids during the day and attending classes at night. Preseason games began February 4, with the regular season opener slated for March 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against the New England Revolution. “I feel like things are going well,” Hamilton said of his first few weeks with the Rapids. “I feel like I am adjusting and starting to fit in. I’ve been a fan of the team since I was a kid, so playing for the Rapids is a dream come true.”

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Ginny Ades and Rachel Emmer Though founded in 2010 and with the construction of two beautiful community gardens and countless zero waste community events under its belt, Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, known as EAS+Y, is still an unknown entity to many residents of the mountain area. In 2017, EAS+Y intends to change that with a program lineup that will inspire the community. Meet EAS+Y EAS+Y began from a group of Evergreen friends and neighbors gathered around a kitchen table discussing the need for more recycling and composting opportunities in the community. Others, who were passionate about expanding local and organic food availability, soon joined the discussion. And, in time, the discussion also turned to renewable energy options, energy conservation and efficiency in our homes and buildings. The core values everybody shared included

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a concern for living responsibly and respectfully in our environment, and a belief that it is our responsibility to “tread lightly” on earth by reducing our carbon footprints, so that others now and in the future may live well too. This group of community movers and shakers incorporated as a nonprofit organization, and Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability was launched. The mission of EAS+Y is to encourage and foster activities and lifestyles in the mountain area that lead to a sustainable community. A sustainable community is a healthy community. It is a community which is resilient to changing conditions; eco-friendly and socially and economically balanced and vibrant. Since 2010, EAS+Y’s board and volunteers have been busy developing opportunities for residents to practice sustainable lifestyles.

Community Gardens, Zero Waste Events, Puppet Shows and More After six years in germination, the idea of building Evergreen’s first community garden finally took root and grew. In 2011, EAS+Y, in partnership with Evergreen Park & Recreation District, won a Great Outdoors Colorado grant to design, build and manage a community garden in Buchanan Park. That garden has blossomed in more ways than just vegetable yield. Based on an annual survey of the Buchanan Park Community gardeners, in addition to gaining new gardening skills, they report an increased sensitivity to our fragile environment (94 percent survey respondents), increased involvement in our community

(88 percent respondents) and more time spent outdoors (81 percent). Community gardens grow more aware citizens! This spring, EAS+Y’s second community garden will celebrate its second season. The Buffalo Park Community Garden is located on Wilmot Elementary School property, and is shared between Wilmot, Evergreen High School and resident gardeners. High school and grade school teachers are actively utilizing their garden plots for a variety of sciencebased curriculum as well as inspiration for writing, art and mathematics classes. EAS+Y’s Zero Waste program strives to reduce the nonrenewable waste generated by the many community events held in the Evergreen area. In 2016, EAS+Y empowered more than 20 local nonprofits by offering recycling and composting opportunities at their community events. Happenings ranging from Team Evergreen’s Triple Bypass to Evergreen Chorale’s Swing into Spring fundraiser successfully diverted as much as 95 percent of their waste from the landfill. EAS+Y believes these organizations demonstrate a deeper responsibility to the community, over and above their specific missions, by easing their impact on the environment. All waste that can be composted returns

to the earth, and all waste diverted from the landfill reduces methane production (a contributor to climate change) and conserves resources. Each Spring, EAS+Y volunteers visit local elementary schools with a puppet show about plastic bags. Third grade classrooms and others meet EAS+Y’s Ernie the Elk and the wildlife puppet cast who tell the story of how Ernie, finding himself inexorably tangled with a plastic bag in his antlers, manages to free himself from the bag and recycle it responsibly with a little help from his friends. This puppet show, based loosely on a true story, has reached over 400 students annually for the past five years. Plans are to continue this program in 2017.

Join Us in 2017 EAS+Y invites all to attend our upcoming events: Evergreen Film Night, March 9, presents offerings from the Colorado Environmental Film Festival; Garden Seed Swap, March 17th; and Household Composting How-tos, in early April. Watch for more programs throughout the year and mark your calendars for the Farm to Table Dinner Fundraiser in August. To receive EAS+Y’s periodic newsletter and upcoming event details, please visit EAS+Y’s Facebook page: Evergreen EASY and ‘Join our Email List.’

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CLAIMYOURCALLING elizabeth WALKER Wake Up with Elizabeth With a 30-year background in Personal Development, Elizabeth Walker helps stuck professionals and creatives, who are fed up at work and lost in direction, discover their true purpose and their money plan so they can happily transition and love their jobs while making a bigger impact in the world. Located at 2942 Evergreen Pkwy, Suite 425a, Elizabeth offers in-office, Zoom or phone sessions. To schedule a no-cost, 45-minute Spark Your True Purpose Discovery Session (a $97 value), please email Elizabeth at or call 303.902.3669

Are you burned out or bored with your all-consuming job—even though you worked so hard to get there? Do you feel a deep calling to do something different, but you have no clue what that is? You’re not alone. Consistently, around 70 percent of Americans are unhappy with how they earn a living. On the flip side, the key phrase Life Purpose is searched online over a million times a year. With today’s political climate, many of us are already feeling pulled to do something more meaningful, but we’re often pulled down by confusion and selfdoubt to even start. We think we have to give up our salaries, our decades-long experience or our lifestyles to step into a purpose-driven life. I say, not at all. After facilitating thousands of breakthrough sessions with hundreds of clients in this mountain community since 2010, I hear it all the time: “I’m smart. Why do I feel so stuck and question where I belong in this world?” I want to give you the number one clue to unlocking your true talents so you can courageously step into your purpose without sacrificing your degrees or bank accounts. This clue is based on my own personal journey and the same patterns I see in the lives of my international clientele. For myself, I do

feel fully expressed and deeply fulfilled in the knowing that my purpose is to wake people up to what they’re meant to do in their lifetime. But it wasn’t always this easy. As a successful network television producer—spending almost 20 years in the industry and loving it, I hit a wall and was done. For the first time in my driven life, I doubted where I belonged. I decided to slow down and raise my kids, and while that was completely rewarding, within 3 years, this nagging feeling came over me. I was meant to do more. But what? I struggled for another 3 years questioning my move—do I go back to television or take my certified holistic healing skills, which I was really only using on myself for decades, out to others in the world. I was actually more passionate about eating and drinking than I was about facing my fears of failing. Then, through a friend, I got in at a local medical center and to my surprise, they gave me a space to set up a small practice. I was terrified! It wasn’t long, though, before my practice, my confidence and my intuition grew, working with nurses, doctors and patients. Today, as an international teacher, my deepest commitment is to help others create abundance, and go from feeling unmotivated and lost to finding their true voice and talents.

“I’m smart. Why do I feel so stuck and question where I belong in this world?”

The No.1 Clue to Discovering Your True Purpose I believe we all have a purpose, and it’s as unique as we are. Once you step into it, you’ll be filled with all the excitement and energy you’ve been silently hoping for. Whether you’re a young adult not wanting to waste your time on the wrong path, someone who knows they need to change careers, or the person who simply wants to help others a few times a month, our life purpose is about sharing our natural gifts in a way that feels right to us. So, how do you find ‘that thing’ that keeps whispering to you? Here is my number one test to see if you’re on the right track to your purpose. First, list out all of your passions, your dream jobs or the skills and hobbies that make you happy when you are engaged in them. Now, imagine yourself in those positions or doing those things that bring you joy—forget the time and money right now. Here’s the question you need to ask yourself: “Can I do it all day and most days?” When we’re living our purpose, time will slip away and your newfound energy can carry you out the whole day, every day. Sure, we still have to take breaks and do self-care, but can this activity last the whole day and not drain you? If you see yourself in a role—maybe it’s writing, horseback riding, making jewelry or teaching a class—can you do it all day? Or, could you imagine yourself just wanting to do it for a few hours, a few times a week or month? When you strike your purpose in your head, your body will feel lighter and more excited and you’ll know in your heart you could do it all day. It’s natural to be physically tired in a good way, but is your mood still on an emotional high? This is the difference of entertaining a passion versus understanding our purpose. Try this exercise: stand up and physically step to the left for one choice and

to the right for another choice. Feel the difference in your body as you try on each potential position. When we do this, many are quick to realize what’s an outstanding, joyful fit for them, and their fears of taking action vanish. Some take small, comfortable steps in part-time or volunteer work, while others I’ve worked with take big career leaps—a physician assistant to a flight instructor, a marketing director to a speaker, a burned-out re-hab counselor to a holistic practitioner, a mom to a singer/songwriter. Even if you have to stay in your job for a while longer, knowing your purpose and beginning to play in a fresh arena at your own pace will help you feel inspired to carry you through a long, draining work week. And once you find your purpose, the ‘constant knocking’ that something isn’t right in your world will disappear. To me, that is the greatest gift —feeling peace over the fact that you belong, and you are a valuable contribution to the world.

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Evergreen residents Ruth Morehouse and David Schnarch have built a worldrenowned psychotherapy practice helping couples repair and improve their relationships. Their success comes largely from their vast experience (about 60 years combined) working with clients from all over the country and around the world, as well as from studying and writing about marriage, family and individual therapy. They also happen to be married for going on 31 years which, they agree, accounts for some of their professional success as well. Being

married, raising a daughter and working together has given them hands-on experience with many of the same challenges most couples face. “People are willing to come to us because we are not perfect,” says David. The two met in New Orleans where Ruth directed an inhouse psychotherapy program and David directed an internship program at LSU Medical Center. “I had places for interns and David had interns to place,” Ruth says. Eventually, they married and had a daughter, whom they wanted to

“We are the people other therapists come to for therapy.”

raise in a more natural environment. They had been to Colorado to ski, and Ruth had been out to interview for a job. At the invitation of another couple they knew on the psychotherapy lecture circuit, they came to Evergreen and loved it. They made the move in 1995.

At that time, they combined their practices and opened the Marriage and Family Health Center (MHFC) in the U.S. Bank building on Evergreen Parkway. Ruth admits it hasn’t always been easy to work together, even for relationship experts! They arrived here with no

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referral base, but they found that their clients who were already flying in to see them in New Orleans were just as willing to come to Evergreen. As it turns out, this area is quite conducive to the contemplative work they do, and their clients appreciate the connection to nature and low-key sensibility they find here. Today, Ruth and David are the senior clinicians in the community in terms of experience and professional standing. They have received awards from the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). “We are the people other therapists come to for therapy,� says David. They also train therapists. “If you can do therapy with a therapist, you can do it with anyone. They know the pitfalls and loopholes.� MFHC specializes in fast-paced, intensive therapy based on a new neurological approach they developed over 15 years. “It is based on studying people who did not do well in therapy and it has opened the door for people who have long-term issues that go beyond the inability to communicate,� David explains. Clients fly in from all over for the CrucibleŽ Intensive Therapy Program, which consists of 3 hours of therapy a day over four consecutive days. The immersive nature of the program is the key to its success, David says. The Center also offers 3-day Passionate MarriageŽ Couples Enrichment Weekends which encourage greater intimacy, better sex, personal growth and renewed marriage commitment. At the heart of their method is a shift away from attachment-based therapy, in which one gets validation and security from his or her partner. Ruth and David’s work is based on differentiation—being your own person and developing a strong sense of self while maintaining a strong connection with your partner. With this comes a willingness to tolerate discomfort and stick with the process. “If you get two strong, solid people, they’ll have a better

chance of a successful relationship because they are willing to work through the difficult parts,� Ruth explains. “Some people want the therapist to see them the way they see themselves. Our approach is collaborative confrontation—the therapist sees you beyond how you see yourself, but has your best intentions at heart, and can tell you what you need to hear,� says David. Telling people difficult things early on in therapy, in a non-defensive and non-aggressive way, facilitates positive change. “The art of therapy is balance,� Ruth adds. “Having a positive attitude toward the clients’ efforts and struggles, but getting them to question and analyze themselves in an authentic way. I’m often struck by how grateful my clients are when I tell it like it is.� In addition to doing workshops and intensive therapy, Ruth has a traditional psychotherapy practice and sees local clients. However, she is equally known around here for her community involvement with a number of local organizations such as Leadership Evergreen and Center for the Arts Evergreen. She is also president of Division 43 of the American Psychology Association (APA), which specializes in couples and family therapy. Ruth enjoys writing informational articles for professional journals, women’s magazines, and the popular press. David has two bestsellers here and in Germany (“Passionate Marriage� and “Intimacy and Desire�). His books have been translated into many languages. His fifth, “Brain Talk,� will be available soon. For more information on the Marriage and Family Health Center, call 303.670.2630 or visit

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founder Carmen Curtis. Aerial yoga is done with a looped fabric hammock that swivels freely from a single point in the ceiling. The hammock makes inverted poses easier, offers support for balance, and generally allows you to take your yoga practice further than is possible being solely on the ground. If you haven’t seen aerial yoga, check out the video at There you will also find the class schedule and learn how to

Colorado Aerial Yoga is also growing. “We’re adding more instructors in 2017, and creating a wider variety of classes from beginner to advanced.” Recently, the studio hosted a 50-hour teacher training with AIReal YogaTM

get started in this innovative style of yoga. For more information on Inspired Fitness, visit Both businesses are located at 32135 Castle Court in Evergreen.

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Rebecca Kirschner, owner of Inspired Fitness and co-owner along with Paula Dong of Colorado Aerial Yoga, can usually be found teaching a class at night. “I don’t often get to attend the Colorado Serenity Schmoozers,” she says. She was, however, on hand, along with four of her instructors, for the January event when the Business of the Year was announced. “We were completely aghast to receive this honor. We totally did not expect it,” Rebecca says. She especially appreciated hearing that the award was based on what the Colorado Serenity staff heard in the community. That fact truly validated her efforts and those of her staff to operate a solid business with integrity, high standards, honesty and a strong work ethic. “I believe when you give from the heart, you receive back a hundred times what you have given,” says Rebecca.



What started as a few classes that Rebecca taught in her home has grown to be a vital part of the community. Inspired Fitness, a fullservice, small group fitness studio, is about to celebrate its 11-year anniversary, and its sister studio, Colorado Aerial Yoga, is coming up on its first anniversary. Inspired Fitness now has seven certified fitness instructors and over 35 classes. New to the studio, at the request of students, is TRX® suspension training. Suspension training uses straps secured to the ceiling to build strength and increase heart rate without jarring the joints. “The benefits include improved balance, stability and core strength,” explains Rebecca. “We now have three licensed TRX® trainers and we’ll be adding specialty classes, plus including TRX® in our regular class schedule.” Another exciting addition is after school fitness training for middle and high school sports.

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Healthy Summer Legs Start This Winter

Artemis Colorado - Vein & Cosmetic Center Dr. David L. Pinsinski is a fully licensed, board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Phlebology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, and a Registered Phlebology Sonographer. Dr. Pinsinski provides vein therapy treatments and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures at Artemis Colorado—Vein & Cosmetic Center in the Conifer Square Office Park. Visit or call 303.955.8314

treatment. It’s a good idea to get an evaluation in the winter months, so compression stockings don’t interfere with summer activities.

What’s Next? Exercise or Ablation Even though there’s still snow on the ground, it’s time to think about getting our legs ready for summer. If your legs are causing you pain or fatigue, or if you have visibly bulging

veins, you can start treatment now to look good and feel great in time for all that fun in the sun. Cosmetic issues, such as visible veins or spider veins, may decrease your confidence. Leg discomfort caused by poor vein health—such as pain, swelling and tiredness—can restrict your activity. That doesn’t sound like fun! Fortunately, treatments are available and non-invasive (and painless) or minimally invasive (and virtually pain-free).

First: Talk to a Specialist A phlebologist has the training and the special ultrasound equipment to detect and diagnose venous issues. The presence of varicose veins means that the valves in the veins are not functioning properly, causing reverse blood flow. This eventually creates bulging veins, which can cause symptoms such as swelling, aching, skin changes, and sometimes bleeding. The bulging veins on the legs are a distinct indicator of vein disease. Having those other symptoms alone, however, are often a compelling indicator of diseased veins as well. When the damaged veins are under the skin, they can only be seen with an ultrasound. However, they might still cause leg discomfort from reverse blood flow. For treating both types of veins, the first step is to try a simple, non-invasive treatment. The specialists at Artemis Colorado - Vein & Cosmetic Center will first try to treat venous disease without any medical procedures. If you are diagnosed with a vein condition, we recommend that you wear compression stockings with a minimum pressure of 15 to 20 mmHg for 3 months. Many patients discover that the discomfort and poor appearance caused by their vein condition is so improved by wearing compression stockings that they do not need any other

If compression stockings don’t alleviate symptoms, there are other options. One approach benefits your whole body, not just your legs! Following a program to reduce one’s BMI (body mass index) to 35 or below, while incorporating leg-strengthening exercises that work your calves and ankles, can do wonders. Your Primary Care Physician can advise you about the best exercises for your fitness level. Exercise can alleviate symptoms quickly, but if you experience pain between workouts, especially after standing for long periods, you can relax by elevating your legs to reduce swelling and relieve pressure. If your veins resist these interventions, your phlebologist may recommend a gentle procedure called endovenous laser ablation, an approach that requires only a short recovery period and results in minimal, if any, discomfort. Over 99 percent of patients experience no complications. Before treatment, you can enjoy a light meal. Most patients find it unnecessary to take medication for pain or anxiety, though it is available. During this minimally-invasive procedure, an advanced ultrasound machine helps locate the veins requiring treatment, and the doctor lightly marks the skin. The rest of the procedure is just as painless after the doctor

administers a local anesthetic. A special hollow needle is then inserted into the diseased vein, granting access to a tiny laser fiber that will extend through the vein. After numbing medicine is placed around the diseased vein, the laser is turned on and the vein is ablated as the fiber is withdrawn. At Artemis Colorado - Vein & Cosmetic Clinic, we pride ourselves on our state-of-theart CoolTouch™ laser. This is the best instrument for vein treatment because it creates less heat than other machines, resulting in less pain, less bruising, and a quicker recovery than any other laser available.

Recovery and Summer Fun After treatment, patients wear compression stockings for 48 hours. Following the procedure, you can go about your day, though it’s best to take a break from your exercise routine and avoid strenuous activity. You may experience light bruising and minor pain or discomfort, but this indicates that your body is healing and is easily remedied with ibuprofen. Compression stockings are worn during the day for one more week. After that, get out the shorts and swimsuits and show off those healthier, smoother legs—it’s time for summer! Come by for a complimentary, informational visit this winter to discuss which treatments will help you prepare for the new summer season.

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SILICON VALLEY IN EVERGREEN Bruce Fraser & Corey Chandler

It’s another beautiful Monday morning in Evergreen. The sun is shining on the pond at Buchanan and there’s a herd of elk grazing the meadow on the other side of the bridge. At 8:30 am, SBBnet, Inc. is already buzzing. Approximately 40 “Employee Owners” are busy engaging with consumers all over the country, helping them save money and find the best service available. Across the hall in the internet lounge area, there are two separate strategy meetings going on for the Mortgage and Solar verticals. There’s a palpable energy in the air… people are all engaged. It’s busy, but at the same time relaxed. The majority are dressed uber casually. This place has a Google-like atmosphere. Some are new recruits and many have been here for more than a decade. For more than 18 years, Loanbright has helped consumers connect with the best mortgage professionals all over the country. Clean Energy Authority has done the same for the past 10 years with homeowners interested in going green with solar. Compare Insurance Quotes has matched people shopping for the best rates and service for auto or homeowners insurance for almost 10 years as well… All three are part of the SBBnet family of companies. SBBnet, Inc. is a growing ESOP company with about 40 employee-owners right here in Evergreen… and they’re hiring! On the top floor, overlooking the pond by Buchanan Rec Center sits an unapologetically passionate, driven, creative group of conscious capitalists… employee-owners of an Inc. 500 Company, making dreams come true for their clients 365 days a year.

When not in the office, you will find this group enjoying life. They live here. They work here. They play here! You will always find groups of SBBnet owners around town having fun. Evergreen Lake Concerts (which they have sponsored for the last several years), hiking, biking, running, happy hours at Evergreen Tap House or Cactus Jack’s, co-ed softball league (champions the last two years), parking lot parties….They value work/life integration over balance. They bring their whole selves to work each day, appreciating and leveraging each others’ unique strengths. SBBnet group of companies (logos shown above) plays The Great Game of Business. Every employee-owner understands and is a part of creating the company financials and how the business makes money. In the “Lab” (pictured on the cover), once a month you will find the entire company in a fastpaced, fun, postgame huddle, doing a rundown of the financial metrics for last month, as well as individual and team “commitments” for the months to come. This is capped off by a review of how much money has been poured into the profit sharing “buckets”—an exciting group effort, with the reward paid out on the December 15th and February 15th payrolls. Teammates further commit to one another through Colleague Letters of Understanding (CLOUs) and OKRs (made famous by Google) You won’t find any managers here. This is a self-managed environment. The company Values and Principles (seen bordering this page) drive the culture here. Are you a candidate?

“There’s a palpable energy in the air… people are all engaged.”

Do you have insatiable curiosity and creativity? Do you have an open, creative mind? Do you want to live, work and play in the Evergreen area? Do you crave work/life integration? Do you identify with the Values/Principles bordering this page? Do you have the ability and desire to self-manage and make intelligent decisions on behalf of your company? In the “Lab” you’ll find mad business scientists concocting new theories, new experiments, and new formulas with the aim of better fulfilling the company Mission and dominating their respective industries.

Do you want to be a company owner and be an integral part in increasing the valuation of the company share price?

Do you want to fully understand the financials of your business and know how your business makes money? Do you want to bring your whole self to work each day and be given the opportunity to focus only on your strengths? Do you want to help and serve others? Are you nice? Do you embrace learning, experimentation and change in both your professional and personal lives? Do you like to have fun? Are you courageous and driven? Do you have lots of ideas you are passionate about? Could you lead the charge of a brand new initiative? Do you want to hold your teammates and yourself to a high standard? And continuously raise the bar?

Wondering what they do? Types of positions currently held at SBBnet are Marketing, Sales, IT, Developer, Sales Assistant, Account Management, Concierge, Accounting, Operations‌

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Amy J. Born Cactus Jack’s Saloon and Grill has been firmly planted on the edge of downtown Evergreen for over two decades—except for the time in 2013 when the hundred-year flood almost swept it into Bear Creek. With much determination and an abundance of community support, the bar held its ground and came

back better than ever. Today, it continues to thrive as a favorite gathering spot for both locals and out-of-towners. Owners Gary and Megan Mitchell bought the place in 2001 from Allen Major, the original Cactus Jack. Gary had been working there for 3

years as a bartender and Megan was a cook. Prior to that, Gary had worked at El Rancho, Brook Forest Inn, and Rapids (currently Beau Jo’s) in the 1990s. “[Allen] was looking to retire and was willing to sell it to me because, he said, I was the first honest bartender he’d ever met,” Gary says. One of Cactus Jack’s big draws is the 2,000-square foot patio along the creek and according to its website, “everyone from bikers to families co-exist beautifully and always have a great time.” The patio will reopen in late March and offers full table service from April through October. During the summer, the patio nearly doubles the available seating. Until then, you can enjoy your food and drinks inside by the fire. Music is another of CJ’s big draws and this summer, the Creekside Music Series, now in its 11th year, brings free music to the patio. This

summer, two national acts will be coming through. Todd Nance (founding drummer of Widespread Panic) will appear with his current band, Todd Nance and Friends. On July 2, The Thunderballs will play a reunion concert. Lead guitarist Jeff Scarborough, a local favorite, is reuniting the band he toured with in Vietnam during the war. “I expect this will be a big veterans day,” says Gary.

And then there’s the food and daily specials, including Happy Hour weeknights from 4-7 pm; $1 tacos and $3 margaritas on Mondays; $1 off tequila plus Megan’s southern fried chicken on Tuesdays; Wednesday “Hump Day” Happy Hour from 11 am – 2 am; Thursday $9 burger and beer; Friday Fat Tire fish and chips; and creekside or fireside breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – noon.

Some new developments include a separate lunch menu promising to serve your food in 20 minutes or it’s free, the cannabis-themed Brunch Wake ‘n’ Bake, and free Texas Hold ’em poker. Gary credits his staff with the success of Cactus Jack’s. “We have an awesome crew of employees that make my job easier. Most of them are local Evergreen High School grads,” he says. Cactus Jack’s is also pleased to support the community. Two favorite organizations are Drive Smart and Evergreen Animal Protective League. CJ’s also sponsors several local baseball and softball teams. Cactus Jack’s has been nominated for best neighborhood bar on Denver’s A-list. You can show your support by voting at Check out everything that’s happening at Cactus Jack’s including full menus, daily specials, the music calendar and more at (You can also see a video about the historic flood and CJ’s triumphant comeback.) Or stop by at 4651 Hwy 73, Evergreen 303.674.1564

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Donald Trump pulled off the biggest election upset in my lifetime, leaving us wondering what this means for our portfolios for the next four years. There is a wide range of professional opinions on how this will affect financial markets, including those of legendary hedge fund manager George Soros. Soros is famous for making the “trade of the century” in 1992 when he

“We believe it is important to create a simple core portfolio as a starting point that is diversified globally...” made a $1 billion profit shorting the British Pound. According to the Wall Street Journal, Soros “became more bearish immediately after Mr. Trump’s election,” which proved to be a huge mistake as the S&P 500 subsequently soared. After the election, “Mr. Soros’ personal trading positions incurred losses approaching $1 billion,” which he closed out late last year, locking in the losses. Soros was aiming to beat the market by making a bold trade against the market, which makes sense, since the only way to beat the market is to invest differently. One widely followed monthly asset class forecast comes from institutional money manager GMO—the 7-year Asset Class Real Return Forecast. GMO’s sophisticated valuation-based models have been predicting market-beating performance for Emerging Market (EM) stocks for several years, during which time EM stocks have languished, causing their models to predict even stronger outperformance. GMO investors have responded to the resultant underperformance by pulling assets. Research Affiliates provides institutional research including the forecast titled Global Asset Classes: 10-Year Expected Returns. Like GMO, their models also identify EM stocks as having the highest future expected returns. In “Was it Really a Lost Decade?” Research Affiliates author Rob Arnott noted that from December 1999 to December 2009 the S&P 500 returned -1.0 percent annually, and during that same period, EM stocks (as measured by the

MSCI EM GR USD) actually gained 10.1 percent annually. Their current models suggest that 2017 is a valuation environment more similar to 1999 than 2009. This has been the case for the last few years and valuations could continue to diverge for years to come, which would make an EM-heavy portfolio very hard to stick with. The problem with market-beating strategies are clearly illustrated by Mr. Soros—no matter how skilled and experienced you are, sometimes your strategies don’t work. And when your strategies either lose money or stay flat while the market soars, it is extremely difficult not to second-guess yourself. We believe it is important to create a simple core portfolio as a starting point that is diversified globally, by style (value, core,

growth), sector and market cap. Implementing this core has become simple and inexpensive with the advent of “Total Market” index funds and ETFs. For a 60/40 balanced portfolio, this core would be: —36 percent Total U.S. Stock —24 percent Total International Stock —24 percent Total U.S. Bond —16 percent Total International Bond We bias two-thirds toward U.S. markets for the reasons described above—we Americans unconsciously anchor our investment performance expectations to U.S.-based indexes such as the S&P 500, and biasing a portfolio toward the U.S. will cause this portfolio to track more closely with U.S. indexes, making it easier to stick with over time. This passive model can be the basis for a “core and satellite” approach. If, for example, you had a high degree of conviction in a specific active U.S. Stock fund (or stock), you could reassign some of the 36 percent allocated in Total U.S. Stock to that fund (or stock) and then use

the unmodified core as a benchmark to see how your “improvements” were working over time. The Bottom Line: To achieve long-term investment success in this environment, you don’t need to beat the market. You need a market-based strategy that you have a lot of confidence in, and the discipline to follow. A core and satellite approach provides low cost, tax efficiency, simplicity and the potential for outperformance with limited volatility. Sean Wood is an Investment Advisor Representative in Evergreen, Colorado offering Financial Planning, Investment Advisory and Insurance Services through Stewardship Advisory Group, LLC; an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through United Planners Financial Services, a Limited Partnership, Member FINRA, SIPC. Stewardship Advisory Group, LLC, Stewardship Colorado, LLC and United Planners Financial Services are not affiliated companies. Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.


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Ski Mount Vernon STEPHEN KNAPP

These days, Mount Vernon Canyon is Denver’s busy gateway to the high-flown and high-priced ski resorts of the high Rockies. Not so many days ago, though, serious schussers trekked that gorgeous gorge to plant their planks on the slippery slopes of—Mount Vernon Canyon. Long before Vail, before Breckenridge and Beaver Creek, in a simpler age before snow-making machines and quad lifts and timeshare condos and the $6 doughnut, there was Genesee Mountain, the 8,284-foot cradle of Colorado’s ski industry. The year was 1919, and most Front Range ski enthusiasts scratched their alpine itch at Inspiration Point, a modest mound of prairie located at Sheridan Boulevard and West 49th Avenue offering about 60 feet of vertical dissatisfaction and tantalizing views of plunge-ier prospects to the west. At the time, the term “skiing” was widely understood to mean “ski jumping.” Downhill equipment hadn’t yet progressed much beyond plank-and-lash technology, and while a few earnest types were fooling around with the arcane mysteries of “telemark,” Nordic technique was still hip deep in the age of “French fries” versus “slice of pizza.” Early skiers needed unambiguous point-and-shoot runs offering nowhere else to go but straight down. Ambitious elements of the freshly-minted Denver Winter Sports Club began constructing a loftier kind of inspiration on the north face of Genesee Mountain. The Genesee Ski Jump opened for business in 1920 to immediate success. Ski clubs from Steamboat Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs to Homewood Park in Deer Creek Canyon sent their best to compete against the local set, and they all gathered together in a cozy warming house after a hard day’s jumping to crow about their aerial exploits and enjoy “dainty Norwegian pastry gems.” The Genesee Jump went big-time the following year, hosting

the first of seven National Ski Jumping Tournaments to be held atop Mount Vernon Canyon. From 1921 to 1927, the prestigious events drew top-tier talent from across the region and annually attracted up to 10,000 spectators from across the Front Range.

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single-ride lift tokens, night skiing, and the new and novel notion of ‘ski-bobbing.’ Of course, no more snow fell on Arapahoe East’s 7,400-foot “Top One” than fell on the Genesee Mountain Jump, and not even the modern magic of manufactured snow could rescue the low-flung folly from temperate oblivion. But that’s not to say that Laurance “Larry” Jump gave up without a fight. Taking heat from his partners at Arapahoe Basin, he promoted the concept of “grass skiing,” which never took off, and in 1976 he applied for an alpine slide permit, which was never granted. In a desperate bid at rebranding, in 1982 the area was renamed “Ski Golden” and closed for good 2 years later when the Colorado Tramway Board cited the operation for numerous violations including a thoroughly demoralized staff found drinking on the job. While Genesee Park remains a popular antidote to the daily frets and fidgets of civilization, there’s virtually nothing left of the celebrated Jump that helped put Colorado on the nation’s ski map. The rusting lift towers of Arapahoe East would stand still and silent until 1996, when they were pulled down to make room for nothing at all. Although the area’s access road is still plainly visible, it takes a sharp eye to trace the course of the “Top Two” trails that still fall through the trees from the ridgeline above. If skiers on their way to Pitkin County glitz, Eagle County glamour and the elegant resorts of Summit and Grand rarely spare a thought for Jefferson County’s precipitous landscapes, it’s because those too-familiar hillsides offer precious little to remind them of the not-so-long-ago days when both gateway and destination were in Mount Vernon Canyon.

“The rusting lift towers of Arapahoe East would stand still and silent until 1996, when they were pulled down to make room for nothing at all.”

Before bemoaning too deeply the parking lot that forms in Clear Creek Canyon each winter weekend, modern skiers should consider the personal price of a lift ticket in the 1920s. The very idea of Interstate 70 was purest science fiction back then, and U.S. 40 wasn’t even a glint in a civil engineer’s eye. To reach Genesee Mountain, most skiers drove the harrowing Lookout Mountain Road and endured a backbreaking bump-fest along miles of abandoned wagon road. That probably sounded downright posh to the typical spectator, who would take the trolley from Denver to Golden, ride the funicular to the top of Lookout Mountain, and trudge the remaining distance on foot. Genesee Mountain boasted four separate ski jumps during its brief-but-brilliant hey-day, the largest measuring some 2,000 feet in length and plummeting 700 vertical feet. Given the region’s

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mild meteorological profile, fleets of trucks and teams of strong backs were frequently enlisted to haul snow from far afield and shovel it by hand onto the sun-washed mountainside, creating shiny ivory ribbons of winter cascading through grassy meadow. It was the canyon’s cursedly clement climate, along with improved access to snowier slopes in Steamboat Springs and Estes Park, that ultimately doomed the Genesee Jump. All but derelict by the late 1930s, the site caught a brief second wind in the mid-1950s when the University of Denver chose it for a handful of collegiate meets. But academia, too, quickly moved on, and today, the once-prominent landmark is largely obscured by encroaching pine forest and upscale condominiums. And that would have spelled the end to skiing in Mount Vernon Canyon, except that it didn’t. In 1946, a Dartmouth graduate, 10th Mountain Division veteran and Denver winter sports promoter named Laurance “Larry” Jump helped launch Arapahoe Basin Ski Area among the gasping peaks just south of Loveland Pass. Fast-forward to 1972 when Jump, perceiving an underserved market of potential skiers who might pick up the habit if they didn’t have to face the rigors of Loveland Pass in winter, launched Arapahoe East Ski Area on the south wall of Mount Vernon Canyon, just a couple of miles downstream from the area’s original Jump. The effort started strong, serving about 600 feet of vertical drop serviced via one double chair lift, a Poma lift and a rope tow. The halfdozen anchor runs bottomed out at 6,800 feet where Arapahoe East’s modest, but modern, ski lodge offered hot food, equipment rentals and ski lessons. Modeling the venture on successful suburban ski areas of the Midwest, and hoping to capture the interest of ‘casual’ day-skiers, Jump introduced Colorado to “shift” pricing,

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Montessori— Beyond Preschool

Montessori School of Evergreen Bill Schuver is the Head of School at Montessori School of Evergreen, a non-profit school educating students toddler through 8th grade. Bill can be reached at 303.674.0093 or at

Many people mistakenly believe the Montessori Method is simply an early childhood pedagogy. Nothing could be further from the truth! The impact of Montessori in the elementary and middle school years is profound, and has long-lasting value. Let’s peek inside one of MSE’s lower elementary classrooms for a look at what is going on. The lower elementary program (firstthird grades, combined) is designed to meet the needs of the early elementary child’s intense curiosity and desire for knowledge. Her eagerness to investigate vast fields of knowledge primes her for the exploration of nature, the world and the universe. Children at this age ask the what and the why of the world around them, and wish to learn how the world is structured, which helps organize their minds. The Montessori classroom is designed to encourage this innate curiosity, and is a beautiful representation of a child-centric environment. Known as the “prepared environment,” the classroom is designed to serve as a learning laboratory, which facilitates the independent learning and exploration of the child. Within this environment lies a vast array of scaffolded and sequential lessons using the Montessori Materials, as well as a trained Montessori teacher, who guides the child’s learning with the materials. To facilitate the learning of content and concepts, these materials are intentionally displayed in a structured and ordered format. Seeing how this prepared environment impacts students is compelling, and the best way to understand this is through the eyes of a new student. First-grader Liam, a recent arrival to our lower elementary community, is inspired by the things he is learning, and his excitement to come to school every day is palpable. His math skills were solid when he arrived, but the Montessori materials have taught concepts he hadn’t learned yet, like place value. When he was recently shown a lesson of math equations using thousands, he exclaimed, “I was never al-

lowed to do work in the thousands before!” This illustrates the beauty of the Montessori environment—students work at their own pace and to the level that their abilities take them. Now that Liam knows he can progress through the math materials at his own pace, he is at the threshold of multiplication. By the end of this first grade year, Liam may even progress into division using the intuitive Montessori math materials, which provide concrete and hands-on methods of learning concepts. These Montessori math materials provide a visual representation for anything that can be expressed mathematically, thus making it easy for students to understand complex concepts since they are not simply memorizing operations. More complex lessons scaffold on preceding basic lessons, making the sequence of concepts clear to students. Not only that, the other fundamental way to ensure engaged learning is that students learn through many senses: visually, when a teachers shows the materials and lesson; through auditory means, when the teacher explains the concept; and kinesthetically, when the student touches and uses the materials to understand the concept. Michelle Rogers, a teacher with 20 years experience in both conventional and Montessori schools, describes her introduction to the Montessori Method: “Discovering Montessori changed my whole outlook on teaching. I am able to differentiate lessons on minute levels to maximize a child’s ability to learn a skill; it’s the highest form of individualized instruction I can provide. As a result, it inspires the child’s enthusiasm for the subject he or she is learning. We can meet children where they are, and grow them at their pace, which gives us the ability to both support a child who needs extra help and to accelerate a child who has advanced skills. This is one more way we can build a strong community of enthusiastic learners!” Michelle, and all lower elementary teachers at MSE, start each year with an ex-

“Seeing how this prepared environment impacts students is compelling...”

citing lesson in stellar-nucleosynthesis (the birth and death of a star). This can seem unbelievable to those not familiar with Montessori teaching, but this broad introduction to the origin of the universe sets the stage for numerous streams of academic content, which originate in this initial lesson, such as: botany, zoology, chemistry and even physics. The basic lesson of stellar-nucleosynthesis simply gives students context for how gasses came together, fused to create stars and created the elements. From there, they begin to learn the periodic table of elements, which leads to the study of minerals, rocks and atmosphere. This forms the basis of a variety of lessons in science, math and history. Not only does the lower elementary classroom foster rigorous academic study, it also cultivates independence and responsibility. Students build basic skills of critical thinking and foster a love of learning because the materials deeply connect them to the what and why of the world around them. From the Montessori materials, to the engaging way in which a teacher explains concepts, to the independent way in which a child can learn, everything is designed to connect the child with academic content, as well as how to use the content to be a productive citizen. As Michelle surveys her classroom she says wistfully, “I was ready to leave the classroom 11 years ago, and then I

Lower elementary student working on stellar-nucleosynthesis lesson found Montessori. Now each day is filled with joy and opportunity as I see my students grow and thrive in an environment which is designed to inspire their learning and grow them as human beings. Watching a student like Liam settle in, and seeing his profound excitement as he learns new content and moves forward at his pace, is the greatest gift!” To learn more about the lower elementary program at the Montessori School of Evergreen, and the advantage that lasts a lifetime, contact Christiane Leitinger, director of advancement, at 303.674.0093. Tours available by appointment. We look forward to sharing our school with you.

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Rocky Mountain Horse Expo March 10-12! heather McWILLIAMS

Heather McWilliams is a horse junkie and Evergreen native. When shes not writing the Colorado Corral, she is a real estate broker with her husband Andrew and contributor to - a website they created to serve the mountain horse community. Heather writes this column to help connect and inform local horse folks. Ideas and tips always welcome at For past articles, an event calendar, trail guides and more, go to

It is that time of year again for the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo to take over the National Western Complex in Denver. This is the time for all those from Montana to Texas who want to live and breathe all things horse to come together. Several of our local mountain area horse trainers and business people will be putting on clinics, participating in challenges and hanging out at their booths to chat with passersby.

“A great event to bring your non-horse friends and family to.” What better time of year for those of us horse folks who are just catching the hints of spring all around in melting snow, mud and shedding horses. Our plans for our Colorado summers are filling our heads with activities like horse shows, trail riding, horse trips with friends, sorting, roping, rodeos, endurance rides, clinics and more. We are setting goals for number of rides, rodeos, shows or clinics. Maybe to try out a new discipline like Working Equitation; Western Dressage/Cowboy Dressage or Ranch Sorting; experience some of our amazing local

parks; or just improve our riding and communication with our equine partners. Maybe none of that sparks your interest, but most (if not all) of you just like to be around anything horserelated and window shop. With just the price of admission, you have free rein to walk around the Hall of Education, Stadium Arena and Events Center Arena, Barn and Paddock. You will find vendors, competitions, and clinics going on simultaneously for you to drop in on. The list of clinicians and speakers includes: Russell Beatty, Mike Brashear, Sharon Bringleson, Dawn Brunetti, Francis Carbonnel, Nicole Collins, Dan Craig, Justin Dunn, Kris Garrett, Dr. Regan Golob, Julie Goodnight, Cody Harrison, Dennis Kuehl, Mike Kurtz, Cindy Loader, Cal Middleton, Ashara Morris, Jason Patrick, Melisa Pierce, Steuart Pittman, Jo Rench, Lyn Ringrose, Richard Shrake, Travis Smith, Cliff Swanson, Benjiumen Denney, Anna Twinney, Terry Wagner, Carol Walker, Tarrin Warren, Brent Winston and the Side Saddle Sisters of Oklahoma. If you can’t wait until Thursday, Pre-Clinics start on Wednesday and Thursday. The 20,000 plus people that attend every year will find 250-300 Tradeshow Exhibitors and events like The Comeback Challenge and A Home for Every Horse Auction, Colorado’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred by Retired

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Racehorse Project, Mounted Shooting, Select Horse Sale, Ride with the Experts, AgriBusiness Fair, Stick Horse Arena, Mini Horse Fair, Craft Fair, Horseman’s College, Mustang Days—Extreme Race, Equine Experience, Colt Starting Challenge (, Working Equitation Show, Cowboy Dressage Show, Miss Rodeo Colorado Horsemanship Clinic and Art in the Park Show and Sale. There are ticketed events like The Mane Event on Friday and Saturday night, showcasing all shapes and sizes of horses doing their thing from Dressage, Team Penning, Driving and Reining to Vaulting and

more. A great event to bring your non-horse friends and family to. Looking for a horse to be your new best friend? The Select Horse Sale is put on by Harley D. Troyer Auctions and is full of riding horses of all sizes. There is a preview Friday night from 5-7 pm and the sale is Saturday. For the full catalog, go to Ride with the Experts is in its eighth year and is an inexpensive way to ride with some of the best clinicians available. Go to and fill out the participant contract along with your top three clinician preferences by March 6. The Scouting and Youth Program is offering the ability for kids and Scouts to earn their “Crazy ’Bout Horses Patch” or their Horseback Riding Badge. This is offered on Friday, 1-4 pm, Saturday, 9-3:30 pm and Sunday from 9-11:30 am. For $40 the program covers horse safety, behavior, tack and equipment, veterinary care, horse breeds, grooming and riding.

Admission Costs—available for purchase online: 3-Day Grounds badge - $25 Adult 1-Day Grounds pass - $10 Student/Senior 1-Day Grounds pass - $8 Family Pack of 1-Day Grounds passes - $40 - includes 5 tickets, one person must be an adult Children age 5 and under FREE for all of the above Special Youth Coupon - $2 off FFA, 4H Clubs, Little Britches, High School Rodeo, etc. (redeemable at National Western Ticket Office ONLY)

Mane Event Passes (for Fri. or Sat. at 7 pm) Admission - $10 - all ages Family Pack of Mane Event Admissions - $40 (Includes 5 tickets for all ages, one person must be an adult. All 5 tickets must be used on the same night.)

Combination Passes 1-Day Grounds pass and 1-Mane Event pass- $15 - all ages Family Pack of 1-Day Grounds passes and 1-Mane Event passes - $65 (Includes 5 grounds tickets and 5 Mane Event tickets for all ages. All 5 tickets must be used on same day/night.)

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The Lameness Exam laura WILHELM, DVM

This month’s article was submitted by Laura Wilhelm, DVM of Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital. Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital services dogs, cats and livestock in addition to excellent care for horses. Their state of the art facility in Conifer provides hospitalization, critical care, surgery, advanced dentistry and after-hours emergency service. Their doctors are also available for house calls/farm calls. Aspen Creek’s veterinary staff have many years of experience and various areas of expertise to provide the best in veterinary care. For more information about Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital, please visit or visit us on facebook

A human can tell his or her doctor “my knee hurts when I bend it,” or “I have a dull ache in my elbow.” This luxury of direct communication is not present in veterinary medicine. We have to be a little more creative in our diagnostics. It definitely keeps the job interesting. A common equine complaint is mild lameness, or a horse’s gait just seeming ‘off’ to an owner. This may be first noted as a reluctance to pick up a certain lead or even something as subtle as being unable to balance on a small circle. Sometimes it’s obvious where the problem lies. But many times we have to go sleuthing. The first step is a thorough lameness exam. Determining the source of lameness can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours. This same exam is highly recommended prior to buying a new horse as well. It allows a prospective buyer to identify possible current areas of soreness or potential areas of problems down the road. It should be a component of any comprehensive pre-purchase exam.

These appointments generally begin with a routine physical. Hands and eyes move over the limbs and spine looking for places of interest. Conformation, the way a horse is structurally built, can give clues to areas that may be taking more stress than normal or predispose a horse to certain lameness problems. Since so much of equine lameness revolves around the foot, most veterinarians will pick up each foot, clean them, and use special hoof testers to look for areas sensitive to pressure along the bottom and heel of the hoof. This is also a chance to look for signs of asymmetry of wear on the feet, abnormal growth, and may be the first opportunity to recommend changes in trimming or shoeing. Most vets then move on to the movement portion of the exam. The horse is generally watched from multiple angles at the walk and trot while moving in a straight line. Preferably, this takes place on flat, even ground. If possible, multiple surfaces will be

“The horse is generally watched from multiple angles at the walk and trot while moving in a straight line.”

used, such as a riding arena and an asphalt driveway. This evaluation allows for a baseline gait analysis. Is there a subtle change in the head carriage, is one hip moving more than the other, or is the gait shortened in one or more limbs? Does the horse seem more comfortable in sand than on asphalt, or vice versa? Once this baseline is burned into the memory, most veterinarians will work the horse on a circle using a lunge line. Circles place more torque and pressure on certain areas depending on the direction and size of the circle. Also, the lunge line allows for a safe evaluation of the faster gaits as well as the transitions between gaits. A horse that consistently hesitates when going from a walk to a canter on a counterclockwise circle is likely suffering from something totally different than a horse that has a significant ‘head-bob’ at the trot on a clockwise circle. If the exact cause of discomfort is still not obvious, and many times it isn’t, then flexion tests generally come next. Sometimes, it is only necessary to do this for one or two limbs, but often, all four will be checked just to prevent something from being overlooked. Flexions involve one person holding the horse’s head and the veterinarian manipulating each joint separately. The joint in question is flexed, or sometimes extended, using extra pressure to exaggerate the motion of the joint. The position is then held for 30-60 seconds. On the vet’s signal, the handler will trot the patient off quickly. If the horse is more sore after one or two joints in particular, those will

become the focus of the remaining exam. This typically concludes the standard lameness exam. That does not mean a concrete answer or treatment has been identified, but just means that the area(s) of pain has been located. Further examination may include placing nerve or joint blocks to anesthetize certain areas, taking radiographs (x-rays) of the area(s), performing an ultrasound exam on tendons, ligaments or joints, or possibly moving on to an MRI if necessary.

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Join Us in Honoring the Best Nonprofits and Volunteers of 2016

The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization focused on creating a strong local economy, promoting the community, providing opportunities to build relationships, and representing business with government. The Evergreen Chamber is led by an elected Board of Directors and President/CEO Betsy Hays. Located at The Stone House Business Center on Hwy 74, the Chamber also serves as a Visitor Center, welcoming new residents and tourists to the area. Visit or call 303.674.3412 for more information. 1524 Belford Ct. Evergreen, CO. 80439

Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” It’s amazing what people can accomplish when they put their energy into something. Once again, the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with Leadership Evergreen to honor some special people. People who put an amazing amount of effort into our community, not for money, but for love. Nominations were gathered, online votes were tallied, personal interviews conducted, and the selection is taking place to find out who will be recognized as best Leader, Nonprofit, Young Professional, Volunteer, Ambassador and Youth of 2016. The passion and support brought to our world through the efforts and dedication of each and every one

of our nominees deserves a special mention. Without their contributions to the fabric of our community, our world would be drastically different. The nominees are: Nonprofit of the Year: AT HOME in Evergreen, Bootstraps, Drive Smart, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Evergreen Elks Lodge #2363, Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability and You, (EAS+Y), Leadership Evergreen and the Class of 2015, Mt. Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, Rotary Club of Evergreen Volunteer of the Year (for service outside of their paid work): Lori Frease–Evergreen Christian Outreach, Melissa Baker–Gerou and Associates, John Erlandson–Pandora/John Properties, Beckie Mosch–EChO Jobs Center, Susan Stearns–Mt. Evans Home Health Care & Hospice

Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Caitlyn Dunbar, John Ellis, Ellen O’Connor, Penny Randell, Marisa Rodero Young Professional of the Year: Caitlyn Dunbar–Edward Jones, Kristin Ledgerwood– Vivian’s Gourmet, Colin Riebel–CH2M Concepts, Marisa Rodero–Roots Medicine Youth of the Year: Natalie Holley–EHS, Piper Richey–CHS Leader of the Year: Nominees are still in progress. The Honoree Celebration will be held at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on March 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and the public is invited to celebrate with us! Our guest speaker will be Colorado State Senator Gary Hart! Ticket prices include hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails and dessert. Registration is available online at The event does sell out so please reserve your spot today. Thank you to Tom Carby, Carby Insurance Agency (303.670.2181) for being our Title Sponsor! The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce strives to be a service to our

UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday, March 1 - 8:30 - 10 am, Chamber Membership Benefits Review, Evergreen Fire Rescue, free, PUBLIC INVITED Thursday, March 2 - 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Honoree Celebration, Evergreen Elks Lodge, Tickets $35, Colorado State Senator Gary Hart to speak, PUBLIC INVITED Thursday, March 9 - 5 - 7:30 pm, Chamber Mixer, Bristlecone Shooting Training and Retail Center, 12105 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood $5 Members, $10 Non-Members, PUBLIC INVITED

members—connecting each other to potential partners and customers. Our focus is about building business relationships, promoting the community and educating all about what is going on locally and with Jefferson County. Have you heard? We have moved the Chamber to The Stone House Business Center across from Buchanan Rec Center! Stop by and see what we have in terms of local, visitor and business information. Companies that are part of the Chamber make our work and support of our community possible. Whenever you can, shop with an Evergreen Chamber Member and thank them for all they do for Evergreen!

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Toxic People: How to Cope


As a therapist, I don’t often see toxic people in my office. They don’t like the scrutiny of looking at themselves and their behavior toward others. The people I see in my office are more often their confused and frustrated friends or family members who have been hurt and wounded time and time again, and often believe that they themselves are the problem; that they are the reason their friend or family member or members can never seem to be satisfied.

nicate honestly. Toxic family members cannot tolerate not having center stage, not having control of others or being challenged in any way. I have seen toxic sister vilify brother for simply calling her out on her dishonesty and asking for a needed change in their relationship. I have seen parents cut off adult children whose ‘crime’ was to seek truth and honesty in relationships and to draw boundaries around their parents’ hurtful behavior in order to protect themselves. What we cannot control is the behavior of others, good or bad. What we can control, however, is how we conduct our own lives and relationships, and whether and how we allow others’ behavior to impact us. I believe that toxic people share the characteristics of essential dishonesty and unwillingness to accept any responsibility for their own behavior. Therefore, repairing relationships with toxic people is challenging at best, and often impossible. When two generally healthy people wish to improve their relationship, the task is to be open and vulnerable, to talk about where the problems are, what needs improvement, and to make a plan to achieve that. If one of the two has a toxic personality, there will be only blame instead of vul-

“What we cannot control is the behavior of others, good or bad.”

I define toxic people as those individuals who tend to: —Use others for their own needs and benefits, regardless of the impact on the other people —Lie easily and frequently to shape reality to serve their own desires and interests —Pit one person against another in a “divide and conquer” manner to keep control of others —Create chaos and conflict during which invariably others are to blame and they are the faultless victims —Completely lack empathy for others, even, and especially, when the toxic individuals themselves have caused the harm —Frequently find fault with people who threaten them or disagree with them, in order to discredit the other people Toxic people can tend to appear quite friendly at first and can often form an intense initial bond with others. It is that much more painful, then, when the toxic behaviors begin and the trusting friend or family member begins to be confused by the things they are noticing or hearing from others. Toxic people will invariably begin to try to manage other people’s impressions, both of themselves and others. If there are people who are unwilling to allow the toxic person to control them or manipulate them, these people often become the target of smear campaigns, which can become quite vicious and hurtful. Toxic family members are not above sacrificing one of their own in order to maintain the illusion of being ‘right,’ or even playing the victim of the horrible member of the family who is simply speaking his/her own mind and trying to commu-

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nerability. There will be lies instead of honesty. There will be manipulation instead of openness. If you are in such a relationship, whether with a family member or a friend, you have undoubtedly suffered confusion, pain, and betrayal. You may have reached out to the other person repeatedly asking for some resolution or even just a conversation about what is going on. If you have, you have probably been rebuffed, refused contact, or manipulated into believing you are just making problems where none exist, but chances are, you have not been able to get very far in resolving anything. If you have, fantastic! Maybe your friend or family member isn’t really toxic. If you haven’t, it may be time to look at moving into a different way of relating with them altogether. Your first decision must be, “is this relationship hurting me more than benefitting me?” If it is, and if you have tried unsuccessfully to make change, your next decision is “how can I create a healthy boundary in order to protect myself and my family?”

Creating these boundaries is simple, but not always easy. It means having to say no to the toxic people. It means having to limit or end contact with them if the contact is often harmful. This can be difficult, especially with family members, but sharing DNA does not come with an entitlement to be hurtful and dishonest. If anything, it comes with a responsibility to love, to heal, and to support. There will be backlash when you set these boundaries; versions of the story of “what happened” will likely make you out to look pretty bad, and these stories will be told wide and far. The important thing to remember is that people who truly know you will probably not believe the stories anyway, and anyone whose relationship is worth having will at least check it out with you. It isn’t easy to rid yourself of the impact of toxic people in your life, especially if they are family members, but if those relationships are hurtful to you, despite your attempts to improve them, your choices are to continue to be hurt or set the boundaries. It’s as simple as that.

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Valentine’s Day and Aphrodisiac Foods


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Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. — Alan D. Wolfelt

George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food,” and who are we to disagree? For so many of us, food is and always has been our comfort, so doesn’t it just make sense that when Valentine’s Day, the traditional “holiday of love” rolls around, our thoughts, once again, turn to food—the sort of food that will make us feel special and loved? Coming in 2nd place behind Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day is the second busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry, with nearly 25 percent of Americans going out to celebrate between 5 pm and 9 pm (Now you know why you’ll get much better food and decidedly better service if you go out the weekend before or after the 14th). For centuries food has been used in wooing and pursuing. And haven’t we all heard that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” But that holds equally true for women. Dating back to ancient times, certain foods have been

said to have aphrodisiacal properties—juicy, ripe pears, pomegranates, figs and tomatoes— and more recently, caviar, truffles and champagne have made the hit parade. But how and why do these supposed aphrodisiacal foods work? Some studies have shown that certain of these foods release natural biochemicals in the body to help you feel more aroused and relaxed. They provide nutrients that can increase your energy, body temperature or heart rate, putting you ‘in the mood.’ Some foods can also get you amped-up simply because they’re associated with sex. In a recent poll, the winners for ‘sexiest foods’ were champagne, strawberries and chocolate, followed by lobster, oysters and exotic mushrooms as distant seconds. If you’d like to try a supposed aphrodisiac, here are a few suggestions, with some actual rationale to back them up. To get your morning off to a good start, try a Banana-HoneyAvocado-Pumpkin Seed smoothie for breakfast. Bananas contain loads of vitamin B and potassium, both of which are said to be important for sex hormone production, and honey contains boron which helps the body metabolize and use estrogen. Pumpkin seeds are packed with mag-

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nesium, which can help lower anxiety and aid in the production of some sex hormones, and avocados’ high levels of vitamin E can boost your energy levels— plus, it’s absolutely delicious and will fill you up until lunch. If you’re in the mood for a snack, try some cinnamon cookies dipped in dark chocolate. The cinnamon is a warming spice and heats up your body and, it’s believed, your sex drive, while the chocolate causes a spike in the feel-good hormone dopamine. Though the quantifiable aphrodisiacal effect in any food is actually quite small, it is true that the aroma of the foods, as well as their

presentation and ambience, can contribute much to the overall amatory effect. Plus, the addition of candles, flowers and soft music can greatly enhance the entire experience. My theory, and that of Ruth Adams Bronz, a food historian, is that the mere act of cooking for someone you love, or having them cook for you, is a major turn-on. It gives us an overall sense of warmth and being taken care of, and isn’t that really what love is all about? So, maybe we should stay home this year and give those chefs a break and make some cinnamon and chocolate cookies?

Raspberry Truffle Torte Inspired by Maida Heatter 1 pound bittersweet chocolate (fine quality that you love eating, no higher than 62 percent; I love using Chocolove or Dove bittersweet) ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 6 large eggs (12 ounces out of the shell) room temperature if possible 1 Tablespoon Chambord (raspberry liqueur) 1 cup perfect raspberries Equipment: One 8-inch springform pan at least 2 1/2 inches high, buttered, and bottom lined with buttered parchment; outside of pan wrapped with a double layer of heavy-duty foil. One 10-inch cake pan or roasting pan to serve as a water bath. • Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. • In a large heat-proof bowl set over a pan of hot, not simmering water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water), place the chocolate and butter and allow it to stand, stirring occasionally, until smooth and melted. (You can also use a microwave on higher power, stirring every 20 seconds. • In a large mixer bowl, set over a pan of simmering water, heat the eggs, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, until just warm to the touch. Immediately remove the bowl to the stand mixer and with the whisk attachment on high speed, beat about 5 minutes, until triple in volume and the eggs are billowy and lighter in color. (If using a handheld electric mixer, beat the eggs over simmering water until they are hot. Then remove them from the heat and beat for about 5 minutes or until cold.) • Use a large wire whisk or rubber spatula to fold half the eggs into the chocolate mixture until almost evenly incorporated. Fold in the remaining eggs until almost no streaks remain. Use a rubber spatula to finish folding, scraping up the mixture from the bottom to ensure that all the heavier chocolate mixture gets incorporated. Fold in the Chambord. • Scrape half the mixture into the prepared pan, top with the raspberries, scrape the remaining chocolate mixture over the raspberries and smooth evenly. Set the cake in the larger pan. Place it in the oven and surround it with 1 inch of hot water. Bake for 5 minutes. Cover it loosely with a sheet of buttered foil and bake another 10 minutes. (It will wobble when moved.) Remove the cake pan from the water bath and allow it to cool for about 45 minutes. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until very firm—at least 3 hours. • Unmold the cake: Have ready a serving plate that has at least an 8-inch flat center portion and an 8-inch or large flat loose bottom of a tart pan or plate, covered with greased plastic wrap.

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• Use a torch, hair drier or a hot damp towel to wipe the sides of the pan. Run a thin metal spatula around the sides of the torte and release the sides of the springform pan. Place the plastic-wrapped plate on top and invert the torte onto it. Heat the bottom of the pan and remove it. Peel off the parchment and reinvert the torte onto the serving plate. Serve: It is most mousse-like and delicious at room temperature. If you’d like, cover the top of the torte with chocolate curls. Cut the torte, using a thin-bladed knife dipped in hot water between each slice. Serve with whipped cream.

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Pent-Up Housing Demand

8z Real Estate Brad Eich is a Certified Mountain Area Specialist Selling Real Estate in Evergreen, Conifer and Golden for 20 years. For more information, you can reach him at 8z Real Estate 303.249.1850,

As the chart indicates, average prices are up again across the board year over year with Evergreen, Golden and Denver racking double digit returns. In my last edition, I discussed growth, movement and population expansion in the foothills areas. This month will continue with similar discussions, but as to why we have so much pent-up demand for housing in the Denver-Metro area. Growth,

“Rents are rising in Denver at more than twice the national average...” available rentals, lack of affordable housing and the Colorado Construction-Defects Law come into play. According to the state demographer, the Denver-Metro population is 3.1 million, with 36 percent of the population between ages 2544. The census bureau estimates population to be 4.1 million by year 2040. With an average of 3,472 people per month moving to the greater Denver-Metro area, we are going to see continued demand for housing. The Denver Post reported that Colorado is the second fastest growing state, at a rate of 7.5 percent, second to North Dakota at over 10 percent. Industry leaders have relocated to Denver, driving job opportunities, relocating the young workforce to a vivacious city surrounded by the playground of the Rocky Mountains. So where are all these people to live, and will

wages be able to keep up with the rising prices of homes and rents? The recent expansion of rental apartments in the area have opened up somewhat affordable rental opportunities. A two-bedroom apartment in Denver rents for a median price of $1,550 per month. At current interest rates of 4.5 percent with 10 percent down, a buyer would need to be shopping for homes under $300,000 to keep his payments under $1,800 per month, and up to $400,000 to keep his payments under $2,100 per month. If you want to live in a trendy neighborhood like The Highlands, don’t expect much for sale under $500,000. At the time of this writing there are zero single family homes for sale in The Highlands between $200K and $500K, and only 4 attached homes (condos) in same price range. Potential buyers are pushed to outer markets or wait for the more affordable condo or townhome to come to market. Lack of condominiums continue as developers are fearful of converting apartments or building condos as class action lawsuits from homeowners associations prevail under the Colorado Construction-Defects Law. This has become a real problem in maintaining affordable housing in the area. According to the chief economist at development research in Jefferson County, only 3.4 percent of housing starts in 2015 were condos, compared to 25 percent nine years ago. The Downtown Denver Partnership reports 870 condos or townhomes went up in 2007 and only 59 last year. There has been much discussion about reforming the law, opening

more opportunities for condo development. Proponents of the reform blame the Colorado Construction-Defects Law for lack of condos and say that the law makes it too easy for homeowners and associations to create lawsuits over structural problems and defects. The proponents also argue that now there are higher insurance rates for would-be builders driving the developers out of locally and a somewhat protected market. The ones who suffer the most from the law are the ones seeking affordable homes or starter housing, the proponents say. On the flip side, passing a new bill lifting Colorado’s Construction-Defects may go against or create an erosion of homeowners rights. A liaison for the Community Association Institutes Legislative Action Committee says that the condo market will come back when the market demands it, and that apartments and rents are demanding top dollar as a driving force for apartment development. Rents are rising in Denver at more than twice the national average with an increase of 6.9 percent since 2014. Perhaps a more affordable option

than buying. The liaison says “As the economy continues to rebound and housing is on the upswing, they’re going to build condos… obviously, destroying homeowner rights is not the panacea to getting condos built.” My take on all this? There are more people moving here, renting, waiting for affordable homes to come to market or seeking out more affordable areas than the inner-city. As we have seen in the central foothills areas, homes coming to market under $500,000 often sell in days at well over asking price. In 2016, I personally had four sellers receive $20K-$30K over their listing prices of $360K-$487K with 5-8 offers on each home. When homes come to market under $500,000, it’s a feeding frenzy, with multiple offers driving prices up once again. Sellers of these homes then have equity to buy more expensive homes in higher price ranges where more inventory is available. A trickle up affect, so to speak, in driving the market upwards. The pent-up demand continues to give the seller the upper hand.

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What Is the Market Value of Your Colorado Mountain Property?

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Let me start by telling you what it is not. Market value is not necessarily what you paid for the property or the accumulative financial investment you have in the property from remodeling, additions, upgrades or added features during the period of your ownership. Your property market value is not what your neighbors sold their property for, nor is it replacement cost that you and your homeowner’s insurance carrier decide on. Market value is not what it would cost to find a comparable lot and recreate your property. Market value is not the debt or liens on the property, nor is it the value the tax assessor assigns for taxing purposes. Your market value is not necessarily what any real estate appraiser states as opinion. If you order six appraisals, you will likely get six different value opinions influenced, in part, by who paid them. Your market value is not necessarily what any real estate broker estimates. It is not what you list/offer the home for on MLS. Market value is not what a prospect or buyer broker tells you after touring your property. As price range goes up, these facts become even more obvious. What your property is “worth” is just another factor and influence upon Market Value.

Market Value is simple. It is the selling price, adjusted by any concessions that the seller and buyer alone agree upon, put in a purchase contract, signed and closed. When someone asks me how the upper-end residential market is doing in the foothills/Evergreen area, I tell them I will let them know after the next showing. That is how small and impactful one high-end sale is to our overall market attitude and values. Appraisers delay their reports often just waiting for one meaningful closing to occur. Mountain properties are highly discretionary purchases. There are no large employers in the foothills. Very few residents must live here—it is by choice. When buyers don’t absolutely need a property, they tend to be more conservative and definitely don’t want to pay over market value. More mountain property buyers now consider their purchase as an investment as much as a home for their families. Many mountain

property sales are not primary residences or buyers don’t consider their purchase to be their forever home. They usually factor in a potential resale and don’t want to lose money with the investment. This is why I believe we don’t see rapid or radicalspikes to market value here in the foothills. In a seller’s market (generally defined as more buyer demand than available property inventory), sellers can sometimes command a sale price higher than list price and current market value. In a buyer’s market (generally defined as more properties available than buyer demand), buyers can usually demand a sale price lower than list/offer price and sometimes even lower than current market value. In Colorado, sellers can take one of four actions when receiving an offer on their property: 1) accept 2) reject 3) accept subject to a counter proposal 4) nothing at all. So, your actual property market value stems from a pure and simple happening: when seller, with all seller’s influences and factors, and buyer, with all buyer’s influences and factors, come to a meeting point on price and terms to transfer ownership of the property and then close the transaction. Your closed transaction

“What your property is “worth” is just another factor and influence upon Market Value.”

and market value then become an influence upon the next buyer and seller trying to determine price and terms on a property sale. Ultimately and collectively, only buyers and sellers that close property transactions establish and modify evolving market values. Market Value is not necessarily one specific number but falls within a relatively tight price range. When your property is in a good location with a good floor plan, wellmaintained, clutter-free and clean, it will typically sell on the high-end of this market value range, and sell quicker than the competition. If your property has poor location, outdated floorplan and finishes, deferred maintenance, and is dirty and cluttered, it may not sell at all, regardless of market value. Therefore, when you ask me what your property is “worth,” I will probably have a different answer for you than when asked the question, “what is the current market value of my home?”

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Often, when designing or decorating our living spaces, there is a sense of urgency to bring things to completion. We focus on the destination rather than the journey, constantly driving to get it done, to mark it off of our list of accomplishments. This method works when we’re doing laundry, but when we are investing in a long-term result, something that we will live with over time, there is a certain level of patience that is required. Designing or redesigning a room should be seen as an open-ended endeavor, finally arriving at the place when we say “that’s all for now” rather than seeing the task as finished. There is usually some chaos while things are out of order, walls sprinkled with paint samples, fabrics draped over a favorite arm chair. That sense of being ‘undone’ can cause some angst, but if we are willing to complete one

thing at a time we can relieve some of the stress. It is like writing a book. A book is accomplished by writing a chapter at a time, and working on Chapter 10, does not mean you won’t go back to Chapter 2 for some rewriting. In fact, a book worth reading has been rewritten many times before it goes to publication. We need to look at a design project as something that is accomplished a chapter at a time, thinking of the wall color as Chapter 1, and the sofa and coffee table as Chapter 2, for example. Each decision should be subject to an edit here and there until we are content with the outcome, and months later we may want to re-edit because we have lived with the room and come to realize what is missing. Nina Campbell, one of the world’s most respected and unparalleled interior designers, says it this way: “I don’t think a room is ever complete—if it is, it becomes static.” Ms. Campbell is known for her ability to incorporate long-owned and well-loved pieces into a new design, making things fresh and familiar

Perfectly Unfinished Home Design a Piece at a Time at the same time. Good design often begins with what you love and evolves into a beautifully functional space that is thoroughly refreshing without loss. To capture this sense of carrying your story forward, time and care must be applied in equal measure, with a true willingness to edit, as we discover what belongs on the next page of our stories. Mountain Home believes in building design around the things you love, letting the story unfold over time, creating your space thoughtfully as you acquire furniture, art, rugs and accessories that speak to you. It takes more time, but the reward is a home that represents you and your unique way of life in a manner that makes you feel ‘at home’ in your space. Forced design, where an entire room or even a household is furnished in one exhausting shopping trip, invariably leaves the homeowner feeling shortchanged, or second guessing their decisions. Choosing one or two items at a time, seeing how they work with the rug that stole your heart, takes the pressure off and contributes to a home that you will love.

When you are choosing lighting, for instance, any lamp will provide the needed illumination, so your measuring stick should be to select something you really love with your decorating project in mind. If you love it, a good designer will find a way to make it work, and you will feel joyful about the way the room looks as your eyes move from one favorite to another. Oftentimes, we need to experience a new design before we know that we need a larger coffee table, or the chair next to the window needs a partner chair to encourage conversation. The goal with any design project should be the creation of a room that you are hesitant to leave—a space that represents you so clearly you will find pleasure every time you cross the threshold. Mountain Home is in the business of assisting their clients as they discover what is ‘home’ to them, making it reality over time. Experience the unhurried, stress-free enjoyment of designing your space with the experts at Mountain Home. They will help you write your book, a chapter at a time.

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THE EVERGREEN CHORALE PRESENTS “BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL" The Evergreen Chorale will present "Billy Elliot The Musical" February 24 through March 12 at Center Stage, and for one performance only on Friday, March 17 at the Colorado Ballet’s Armstrong Center for Dance in Denver. “Billy Elliot The Musical,” with music by Elton John, won 10 Tony awards and tells the inspirational story of a young boy who defies the social constraints of a small mining town to become a ballet dancer instead of a boxer. Audiences join Billy on this emotional journey as he pursues his passion and convinces the townspeople to embrace his dreams with him. The show was just released for licensing last year and the Evergreen Chorale is thrilled to be producing one of the first two productions of this show in Colorado. When asked why she chose this musical, the Chorale’s Artistic Director Christine Gaudreau said, “Elton John’s score is very exciting, and the show shares such an important message about tolerance and the value of being your authentic self.” Our Billy found out about the auditions online, and after a video audition and much back and forth by phone and email, Maurice Kimball and his family relocated to Evergreen for the duration of the rehearsals and the shows from Vancouver, Canada. Maurice, age 14, currently studies classical ballet under the UK-based Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet syllabus at Cameron Dance Academy. He started his serious training in classical ballet at the tender age of 5 and by the time he was 9, he began competing as a soloist and expanded his studies to include tap, jazz, and musical theatre. As a competitive dancer, he garnered multiple divisional titles, scholarships, and judges’ choice awards, including being a 3-time Dance World Cup Canada Gold Medal Soloist in Variety

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Theatre, and invitational participation in master dance workshops with Cirque du Soleil. Maurice played the roles of both Billy and Michael (Billy’s best friend) in a production last summer in Ohio.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Feb 24 – March 12 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO Fri/Sat @ 7:30 pm Sun @ 3 pm Friday, March 17, 7:30pm at the Colorado Ballet Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO Purchase tickets ($26 - $16) online at or call 303.674.4002. The show is rated PG-13 for language and adult content.

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New West Physicians Supports the Mission of Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice Charley Shimanski is the President & CEO of Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Mount Evans helps individuals and families in the mountain communities of Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, regardless of their ability to pay for services

Just as the mountain community relies on Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice for compassionate and experienced care during challenging times, so Mount Evans relies on the compassionate and continuing support of its mountain community. From donors, to volunteers, to health professionals, Mount Evans and neighbors we serve have much to be thankful for, and many, many people to thank for that. While it might not be possible to adequately express our gratitude to everyone who has freely given so much in time, money, and expertise to help the mountain area’s sole nonprofit home health care and hospice provider sustain its many essential programs, as Mount Evans’ president and CEO, it is my privilege and pleasure to try. To that end, please allow me to extend my sincere appreciation to New West Physicians, an indispensible member of Colorado’s health care community and one of Mount Evans’ most dedicated and valued supporters. Just weeks ago, New West Physicians presented Mount Evans with a check for $45,000—funds that will go far toward ensuring our financially struggling neighbors unrestricted access to a host of needed services from home health care to occupational therapy to grief counseling and Camp Comfort. More than 20 percent of Mount Evans’ clients are either under-insured or uninsured, and it’s only through charitable giving that we’re able to offer those individuals and families the highquality care that’s ranked Mount Evans one of the nation’s top 1 percent of home health providers in three of the last four years. New West’s remarkable gift is by no means the first of its kind. One of Colorado’s largest and most respected physician-owned primary care groups, New West has provided similar contributions in the past, including a $20,000 donation in 2012 that helped Mount Evans launch Mountain Journey, a highly successful program ensuring continuous support for clients no longer eligible for home health care, but not yet ready for hospice.

In fact, New West’s exceedingly generous financial support is only one aspect of its ongoing commitment to Mount Evans’ compassionate mission. Practicing in the group’s Evergreen office on Stagecoach Boulevard, New West’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ken Cohen, was nominated by his peers and named by 5280 Magazine a Top Doctor of Internal Medicine for Colorado in 2016. But if Cohen is rightly proud of that distinction, he’s even more proud to have served as a Camp Comfort “Buddy,” and many of his New West colleagues have likewise donated many an off-duty hour on Mount Evans’ behalf. As two players on the same team, Mount Evans and New West both strive toward the single goal of providing every mountain-area resident with a seamless continuum of top-quality health care, affording every patient the same high standard of care in the home as in clinical settings. We achieve that by cultivating a close, cooperative and mutually supportive relationship based on trust and communication. When a Mount Evans intake nurse accepts a referral from New West, she can rely on receiving a prompt and complete picture of the patient’s medical status, information essential to enrolling the client in the proper program, be it home health care, palliative care or hospice, and to ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s medical situation. And when any member of Mount Evans’ highly skilled field staff meets a challenge requiring expert consultation, they know that an experienced New West physician stands four-square behind them. On the other side of that two-way information highway, a New West doctor releasing a patient to Mount Evans can be certain that person will receive the most appropriate and best possible care from superbly qualified professionals, and can rest assured that they’ll be quickly apprised of any significant change in the patient’s condition. Also important, medical offices are often inundated with requests for services they’re simply not equipped to supply, such as physical therapy, caregiver support and family counseling.

“Mount Evans is a priceless resource for doctors seeking to provide patients and their families with all the healing tools available.”

New West Physicians’ Dr. Ken Cohen (right) presents Mount Evans President & CEO Charley Shimanski with a donation check Excelling in all of those areas and many others, Mount Evans is a priceless resource for doctors seeking to provide patients and their families with all the healing tools available. Together with New West and the many other first-rate medical providers serving the mountain area, Mount Evans helps to weave a tight net of care that’s big enough and strong enough to hold every soul within our four-county service area. And that collaborative spirit will only become more crucial as Baby Boomers age into retirement at a rate of more than 10,000 each day. Our senior population is expected to more than double by 2030, an inevitability that will stretch the country’s health care fabric as never before. Offering less personal disruption and faster patient recovery times, home health care is increasingly

embraced by both clients and medical providers as an appealing alternative to costly hospital stays, and for Mount Evans to maintain the extraordinarily high level of care upon which the mountain area has come to depend will require all the support our community can provide. Thank you, New West Physicians, for your tremendous financial, professional and personal support of Mount Evans. And because it can never be said often enough, thanks to all of you who live in the mountain area, and my deepest gratitude for your selfless gifts of money, time, and friendship. It is only by your kindness and generosity that Mount Evans can continue providing compassionate and experienced care to your neighbors facing challenging times.

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Aphorisms Over Resolutions david CUIN

David Cuin worked in a variety of technical and professional roles in the construction industry in Britain, the US and Canada, and is a successful watercolorist and glass artist. A long-time Evergreen resident, he is the author of a textbook on color in arts and crafts and co-author of the popular Seasons of Evergreen book (

As each generation blossoms, matures and fades, there are certain characteristics that never seem to change. One is that the older generation bemoans the abilities and likely fate of the younger; it’s been that way for at least two millennia and probably longer. As time goes by, however, and the younger generation grows up, the majority of them make it anyway, whatever the elders thought. Many of the hippies of the ’60s are now respected lawyers, doctors, business people or other responsible folk. A second characteristic is that older people feel that they should offer the benefit of their lifetime’s experience to their grandchildren. The wiser, or at least more disciplined, youngster may sit still and listen, may even heed some of the advice, but I suspect for most it will be regarded at best as boring and, at worst, a hasty and pressing need to be somewhere else will be offered as an excuse. Being older, I am no exception to this last tendency, though I do recognize its fail-

ings. I recently wrote a memoir for my daughters and grandsons and titled it “Can’t We Talk About Something More Interesting?” It was received quietly, perhaps with a discreet sigh, and is possibly (probably) gathering dust on some shelf, but perhaps later it may prove more interesting to the recipients. Doug Kinzy’s editorial last month about resolutions reminded me that I don’t feel they are useful, either, but I have collected aphorisms over the years that I have found more useful thinking points, year-round, than any New Year resolution. I think they give good advice. For six years, I volunteered with the Middle School eighth grade art program and I’m sure there can be no worse climate in which to present any advice, except perhaps to one’s own teenager, one-on-one. Any thoughts I happened to mention there are probably still locked between the pages of some forgotten sketchbook. I think, however, that some remain valuable points to consider for any age, and certainly I have found the

“You can learn more from your mistakes than from your successes—it’s called experience.”

thoughts useful at specific times of my life. They will not be so for everyone, and I doubt many teenagers read this page, but if your family has teenage children, you might do worse than to tear this page out and leave it lying around their bedroom. In any event, advice is always like shells on a beach; examine them carefully before you toss them seaward—you may want to keep some. — Life is not fair—don’t expect it to be. Don’t waste time whining about it. Move on. — You always have a choice—even if the alternatives are poor. — Not choosing is a choice—a bad one; you are leaving the choice to chance (life) or to someone else. — Take responsibility for the consequences of your choices. Don’t blame other people or some situation for your poor outcomes. — A mistake is evidence of something being done. — Everyone makes mistakes; try not to make big ones. — You can learn more from your mistakes than from your successes—it’s called experience. — Experience is the result of making choices, good or bad, and learning from the consequences. — Make no mistake twice. — Have an aim, chart a course—go somewhere, not nowhere, because “nowhere” is where you are.

— Little hinges swing big doors. — Life is what happens while we are making other plans. Take time to enjoy it. — Remember to be happy. It will always make you a better person to be with, and that alone will bring you greater success in everything you do. — Happiness comes from within, not from outside. It is always within your power to choose to be happy. — Always choose what makes you happy over money, provided you have enough to get by. — Avoid negative people and those who seek to put you down. Don’t think you can ever change them. — Go where you want to be and find the right job there. Think very carefully before taking a great job where you don’t want to be. — Make a career of something you want to do. You will always do it better and therefore be more successful at it. It’s better to be a happy trash collector than a miserable banker. — Live with your heart; love with your brain! And finally, my favorite: I always have plenty of advice to give, it may not be worth anything, but it’s free! Belated Happy New Year. ©David Cuin, 2017

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The Definition of ‘Home’

Truehome Design.Build Christopher K. Travis is the owner and lead designer for Truehome Design.Build (formerly Sentient Architecture, LLC). He has designed and built hundreds of projects since 1974. He moved to Colorado in 2014 and now serves Evergreen, Southwest Denver, Boulder and the Southwest foothills. Build Magazine named his firm “2016 Full Service Architecture Firm of the Year” for South Central Texas after his move. His firm’s unique psychological approach to architecture has been covered by the New York Times and around the world: Web: Email: Phone: 303.838.0888

If you are thinking about buying, remodeling, renovating or designing and building a house, I have a question for you. Do you just want a new building… or do you want the better life that new living space gives you? A house is just a building. Home is something else entirely. It is a different experience for each of us, because what makes us ‘feel at home’ is really a unique psychological fingerprint in the brain. That’s why, in our design/build firm, we focus on designing ‘homes,’ not just buildings. We use our exclusive Truehome Workshop to understand each family’s unique experience of home, so we can design a living space that fits not only tastes and budget, but also lifestyle, personality, relationship dynamics, life goals and psychological needs. Does that sound a bit ‘woo woo’ to you? If so, let’s take a more scientific look at how you define ‘home.’ The experience of home predates language and humanity itself. We may be the first species to think about our homes in a conceptual way, but we are not the first to make them central in our lives. The need to claim a personal space is innate in the behavior of a wide range of living organisms. All through the nat-

ural world, the call to home is experienced and expressed in thousands of different ways. A home is a safe haven that a living organism maintains in order to accomplish a greater degree of predictability and control in its life. A bee has a hive. A bear has a den. You have your house. Bacteria have your large intestine. All types of habitations—from tents to highrises to your gut—serve as homes. Home is one of the basic essentials of life, a shield from the harsh realities of an often cruel and capricious world. Unlike a house, a ‘home’ cannot exist independent of its inhabitant. It is declared into existence by the animal that dwells within it. This claim to personal space does not require that the animal be conscious of its declaration. If you enter a cave that a bear has claimed as its home, the bear will inform you of the error of your ways. He does not need to understand the word ‘home’ in order to justify his behavior. Animals can be quite eloquent about their claims to territory without any need for thought or language. Viewed deeper, the home is not a physical place at all, but a suite of experiences that lives within the heart. We describe the experience of

being relaxed and letting down our guard as “feeling at home.” That sense of belonging is much sought after, but often remains elusive. When we say “a house does not make a home,” we are making reference to this fact. In our definition, ‘home’ is the complex relationship between the physical characteristics of claimed intimate space—the experience, nature and behavior of the inhabitants of that space—and the environment in which all occur. Like a forest, a pond, a city or a living body… a home is a living eco-system. It is a complex set of relationships that grows and adapts to the world around it. So what does this mean about how you might want to approach creating a new living or workspace? In our design firm, we think focusing on the life outcomes that result from a new ‘home,’ how you feel in that space, how it might enhance your wellbeing, your relationships and your level of stress is the best approach. Does it express who you are, or the ideas of your designer or architect, your brother-in-law, or the latest fixer-upper god or goddess on HGTV? It is a sad truth that many beautiful homes are created each year that do not match the people who will inhabit them. It is also com-

mon that many people live in designer houses, but don’t really feel at home. It’s like buying an incredibly expensive designer gown, only to find out it does not fit your body. Either of those outcomes can be catastrophic, because homes are often the most expensive investments of our lives. If your experience of home is indeed unique, how can you be sure that the people you work with to create that space will use the right criteria to help you buy, remodel, design or build that new space for you? We have an answer to that question, and it’s a big part of how we have created every living or workspace we have designed for the last 20 years. The best part is, it won’t cost you a dime to find out! We offer a 2-hour free consultation to anyone who is considering remodeling or designing and building a new home. Just give us a call. What do you have to lose? If you are too timid to take that step, then check out our client and academic endorsements on our website at Our process has been endorsed by highly qualified scientific experts. You might find out that what you previously thought was impossible—tailoring a home to fit who you and your family are in exact ways—can turn out to be true.

“...the home is not a physical place at all, but a suite of experiences that lives within the heart.”


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Private Touring—Unlimited Travel Possibilities

Discover Downunder Discover Downunder — a Colorado company specializing in travel to the South Pacific for more than 20 years. Dreaming of traveling to Australia, New Zealand or the islands of the South Pacific? Call Endless Travel, our Evergreen partner at 303.674.6616. Begin the conversation and connect with Downunder experts who have the knowledge and ability to share our part of the world with you. Discover Downunder with us.

Think experience! One of the tidbits of advice Endless Travel and Discover Downunder offer our travelers is to identify at least one ex-

customize and create the day that caters just to you. Find the best passion fruit ice cream, the tastiest toasty, the perfect spot to take your iconic family photo.

“If flexibility is your travel style, then private touring is designed for you.” perience on your travels that is a priority; the one experience that, when you return home, you know you will regret not doing, seeing, tasting… well, not experiencing. If you think ‘private touring’ and say to yourself, “we shouldn’t,” then that is exactly the experience that you “should.” New Zealand is a country of stunning scenery, fascinating history, interesting cultures, wonderful people, delicious food, world-class wines, and much more. Want to pack all of this into a day? Then make a private tour your priority. Share the day with a local, a New Zealander who knows the stories, has a unique local perspective and is passionate about what he/she does—and that is spending time with you. Become an active participant in the plan for your day. This is a private tour so you can

Leave the driving to your host and get off the beaten tourist trail. If flexibility is your travel style, then private touring is designed for you. Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand and TIME Unlimited Tours, the award-winning private touring company based in Auckland, is a must for the top of your list of priorities. Let’s travel with TIME Unlimited and experience unlimited travel possibilities. Explore Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and experience the city and the wild West Coast through the eyes of your local Maori host. The point of difference with this tour is the oppor-

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tunity to understand the historical and cultural significance of all you see and to interact personally with your indigenous guide. Your day also includes a visit to the Auckland Museum and the Polynesian Galleries, containing the most valuable collection of Maori Taonga (treasures) in the world, as well as a Maori Cultural Performance. This performance is recognized as being one of the best in New Zealand, and ends with a spine-tingling version of the world famous haka, which I will tell you is so authentic that it made me shiver! This cultural group performs under the blessing of Ngati Whatua, the local iwi (tribe) and the people of Aotearoa. Pamela, from Discover Downunder, will tell you that she eats her way through her travels, and New Zealand is certainly at the top of the list for fine foods. Hungry? Then sample the Kumeu, Matakana or South Auckland Country and cuisine with your private guide who knows the best kept secrets of these regions. Don’t you just love those special out-of-the-way places where you can chat with the locals and sample their local fare with no time schedule beckoning you to leave? You can count on finding just the right place for lunch. Not keen on driving, or just want to leave the driving to someone who really knows the road? Then consider a one-way tour from Auckland to Rotorua, which might include the Waitomo Caves with the Black Labyrinth, the Hobbiton Movie Set, Sanctuary Mountain with

its untouched nature and wildlife, or the many famous attractions in Rotorua. Want some beach time? Then consider a day trip to The Bay of Islands and the seaside village of Paihia or The Coromandel with Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Each is a one day tour and of course there is much to

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What’s in a Kiss?

BRIGHTERSMILES dr. kelly LAST D.D.S Elevation Dental Elevation Dental, 303.674.6264. Dr. Kelly Last, DDS grew up near Parker, Colorado and graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Last strongly believes in the importance of continuing education to the practice of dentistry and attends numerous hours of education annually in addition to being a member of several local and national study clubs and professional organizations. Dr. Last is excited to provide high quality dentistry with a focus on personalized care to the residents of Evergreen

Valentine’s Day is here, which reminds us all to think about romance and love and one of the most ultimate expressions of romantic connection… the kiss. As a dentist, I deal with tongues and lips and teeth every day, the very components which make a kiss possible. However, when I tell people I’m a dentist, they often say to me they could never imagine working in someone’s mouth; it’s just too nasty in there. Fortunately for my career, I do not share this distaste of the oral environment, but when people mention their aversion to mouths, I wonder to myself, well, have you ever kissed anyone? Certainly, that represents a much more intimate connection to another person’s mouth than what I do, and yet we seem to forget all about that dislike when we go in for a smooch.

“From a chemical standpoint, kissing a loved one has been shown to decrease cortisol levels...”

survive. As we kiss, we are subconsciously judging our partner’s immune system to determine whether they are a good match for us. The bacteria we transmit while kissing is also important, specifically with respect to mothers and children. Babies are born with completely sterile mouths. When mothers kiss their babies on the mouth they transmit their own bacteria to their offspring. Babies who are born from mothers with a higher cavity risk have a higher cavity risk themselves, because of that transmission. If we never kissed our babies (or shared utensils, etc.), they wouldn’t have the bacteria present which causes cavities, and therefore would never experience decay. However, as we know, babies are just too delicious not to kiss, especially our own! But, the healthier our own mouths, the less bacteria we’ll pass along to our babies.

in the immune system is likely to produce offspring who have a more robust immune system and, therefore, are healthier and more likely to

There aren’t any hard and fast rules, but a lot about what we feel makes a good kisser has more to do with our chemical response to that

ally related to your immune system. We tend to prefer mates who have MHCs that are as different from our own as possible. More diversity

particular person as opposed to any particular skills they may have. One thing does stand out as being of major importance when we kiss, and that is the health of our mouths. Remember, a healthy mouth is a kissable mouth! If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your mouth or would like to join the Elevation Dental family, please call us at 303.674.6264 or visit us at We are happily accepting new patients!

What makes a good kisser?

So, why do we kiss? Kissing has not been studied nearly as much as many other human behaviors, but researchers agree there are probably several factors which motivate us to kiss each other. From an evolutionary standpoint, kissing most likely evolved from the widespread practice of passing pre-chewed or regurgitated food from one animal to another (how romantic!). Over time, we developed this practice of putting our lips together without actually sharing food. Now when we kiss it actually feels good, from both a physical perspective and a chemical one. Our lips have some of the most densely packed nerves in our bodies and touch stimulation of these nerves elicits a pleasurable sensation. From a chemical standpoint, kissing a loved one has been shown to decrease cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increase oxytocin levels (love/connectedness hormone). Researchers have recently discovered there may be another reason for kissing that has to do with the stuff we actually swap when we kiss.

What’s in a kiss? This part is pretty gross… On average, when couples kiss, here is what gets exchanged: 9 milliliters of water, 0.7 milligrams of protein, 0.18 mg of organic compounds, 0.71 mg of fats, and 0.45 mg of sodium chloride, along with 10 million to 1 billion bacteria. We actually use the information from this swap to judge our kissing partner’s genetic suitability. One of the proteins we exchange is called the major histocompatibilty complex (MHC). MHC is a group of proteins that are function-

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A Millennial Valentine #justanotherday #mixedfeelings #bringontheromance COREY COLOMBIN

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Are you first in line ordering flowers and planning a grand gesture to celebrate? Do you embrace the love all around you and respond with sonnets and sweets? You might be the opposite type who dreads the onslaught of heart-shaped everything day—would rather undergo a root canal than participate. You’re the person who hides from February 14th hoping it will slip by unnoticed. How you feel about Valentine’s Day could very well be generational. During WWII, for instance, whole courtships took place in the span of a 3-day leave, resulting in rushed marriages between virtual strangers. It is said to be

a sentimental time. Swinging completely opposite, the late ’60s and ’70s can claim ‘free love’ for their generation—no boundaries, no ties and probably not much in the way of Valentine’s Day cards (unless bought in bulk). Skip ahead to today, when the millennials have come to maturity. What do the members of the millennial generation—known for their own unique way of thinking and mad tech skills—have to say about this age-old romantic holiday? Using social media, I asked 20 such men and women between ages 19 and 32 to answer this question: What do you think about Valentine’s Day?

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John: I fall into the category of romantic, and I think Valentine’s day is rather sweet. I know that a stigma, especially in my peer group, has developed around V-day and other romantic ideas (like marriage and monogamy), but I’ve always taken the day as a celebration of love in general, not just one between a man and a woman (or any kind of couple for that matter). Eryn: Valentine’s Day is just another day to me. Especially now that I’m married, although even when dating in college, I never put much thought into it. Getting flowers or a small box of chocolates is nice, but I don’t expect anything, and I don’t buy a gift anymore, either. I’d rather save my money for Father’s Day or a nice anniversary present. Plus, dining out is a nightmare on Feb. 14th! We always stay home. Sasha: I think the idea of Valentine’s Day is great. While one should always appreciate [his or her] partner, I don’t see anything wrong with having a special day to tell the person you love how much you appreciate [him or her]. Going all out with flowers and candy and teddy bears is a bit silly, however I don’t mind getting them, either! I just think it’s a two-way street. I got my boyfriend chocolates and a card last year and we went out for a nice dinner. He paid, but I offered to

“How you feel about Valentine’s Day could very well be generational.” split it. As a single woman, I thought Valentine’s Day sucked, but being in a relationship is nice. Natalie: The only good part about Valentine’s Day is that Krispy Kreme is giving out free doughnuts, and there’s discount chocolate the day after.

David: Well, to be honest, and this is probably my Asperger’s talking, but I feel like the actual holiday has been turned into this disgusting ploy to peddle candy, and charge more for flowers or at restaurants for one night only. I feel that the original meaning behind it was a good one, to show the one you love that you’re thinking of [him or her], but in my opinion, that is something that should be done daily, and not just reserved for some grand display one night a year. Allison M: I am not into Valentine’s day at all. I am in a relationship, and we love each other very much, but we don’t celebrate V-day at all. We both find it to be a silly, “obligatory” Hallmark holiday created to get people to spend money. I also feel like he shows his love to me every day of the year, and me to him as well, so why does there have to be one day that we are required to spend a bunch of money to say “I love you?” Carrie: I really don’t get into Valentine’s Day for a few reasons: —Love needs to be abundant 365 days a year! —My son’s birthday is the day before (so he gets priority). —I lost a dear friend on Valentine’s Day years ago and since then, it just hasn’t been the same. —In the service industry, the money is too good to take the day off. Leslie: I don’t put much weight into celebrating. It’s a nice gesture, but I don’t expect a big, extravagant day or evening or gifts. I actually prefer to avoid the crowds. Now, I like to get little gifts for my kids to show them a little love. My husband and I are going to celebrate during restaurant week in Denver and go out with two other couples. My husband is actually the sentimental one.

Cassidy: I’m not really into it. I would rather get flowers or candy just because my S.O. (Significant Other) was thinking about me, not because Hallmark says [he or she] has to! I’m not a big crowd person, either, so being crammed into a little bistro with a ton of other people isn’t my style. I would rather go out on

a random Tuesday (when there will be less people) because we felt like going out, or to actually celebrate something big in our lives. I know it’s a day to express your love to someone, but I think it shouldn’t just be one day. I love coming home and seeing my guy, and him asking about my day and giving me a hug and kiss to welcome me home. I would rather have that every day and bypass Valentine’s, instead of him only expressing his love big one day a year. I’m not a flashy person and I don’t need large, expensive gifts. I would rather us spend that money on camping or Moab. Cassandra: I have mixed feelings on Valentine’s Day. On one hand, I hate it because I think your loved one should show you love on every day of the year, and that it has become more of a holiday for people to make money off of. But on the other hand, I get sad when my boyfriend doesn’t do anything for me on Valentine’s Day because I see everyone else around having their special someone do sweet things for them and I want to feel that too. John (continued): My parents always bought me and my sister a gift through our

pets. Nellie, our yellow lab, was always my valentine and Casey, our Russian Blue kitty, was always my sister’s valentine. The cards would be poorly written (as if the animals themselves had done them) and have paw prints all over them. I think this fostered the idea that love is absolute between any parties sharing that same love. Sheana: I personally dislike Valentine’s Day because I am always single and it reminds me that I am alone and lonely. It’s just a stressful time of year. Andrew: I feel like Valentine’s Day is an over-exaggerated holiday. Yes, I fully understand that it is meant as a day to show the person you love just how much [he or she] means to you. But personally, I feel like you

“You might be the opposite type who dreads the onslaught of heart-shaped everything day...” should be doing that every day. There shouldn’t be just one day that you want to make the person you’re with feel like the world. That should be your goal every morning waking up. I don’t need an excuse to buy flowers and write romantic notes. I should be doing that as often as I can. Allison C: Personally, I like it! It’s a nice way to remember to show each other some extra love. And it’s a low-pressure situation. If we have money to blow, we might go to a nice dinner or something. If we’re broke, it’ll be candlelit mac ‘n’ cheese and homemade coupon books. Either way, it feels good on the giving and receiving end! And extra kisses and stuff are always a lovely bonus. It’s also been pretty much forever since I’ve been single on V-day, so I have no sad, lonely memories to taint my view. June: Well, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I don’t really have anything against it, yet I don’t expect my husband to “wine and dine” me… he does (generally) get me something. But we don’t do dinner out or anything like that. I will get him something. Usually, I end up getting him his favorite treats, i.e. Oreos, trail mix and such. This year, we need a wireless printer and that is what he will be getting for Valentine’s Day. Hee Hee! All that being said, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he didn’t get me anything… but it is nice to get a treasure for a Hallmark holiday. Lance: I think it’s a useless holiday made important by stores. Erica: Regarding Valentine’s Day, I’m not sure if I’m unlike other millennials, but I actually like Valentine’s Day. I think it sets

aside a day for couples to celebrate their love for each other. It’s easy to get really busy with school, work, or life in general, and forget to go on a date and really enjoy each other’s company. This doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money on flowers, cards, or chocolates. I think writing a sweet note, making dinner, going hiking together to your favorite spot, or anything like that can be more meaningful. Ben: I feel like many of the holidays today are turning into more of what can be bought rather than what the holiday is really all about. Like Christmas is supposed to be a day where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about spending time with someone you love. Instead, it’s turned into what can I buy, what can I do to impress the one I love? But I don’t know one way or another how I really feel about it. It kind of feels just like another kind of pointless holiday. Erin: I have mixed feelings on Valentine’s Day. Now that I’m a mom, I think the elementary school age party aspect of it is pretty darned cute. But between me and my boyfriend, nothing out of the ordinary will happen. I think it’s silly to spend $100 on a special menu at a restaurant just because it’s February 14. If we were going to do a special dinner, we’d be more likely to make one together and actually sit down in our own dining room together and eat. That’s hard enough for us to do during the week just because of our work schedules. The older I get,

the more the holiday just seems a reason for companies to sell things or jack up prices on items. I’ll get my daughter a card and stuffed animal, but I guarantee he and I won’t be doing anything over the top. Anna: As far as Valentine’s Day goes, we almost always forget that it is coming up and don’t make plans. Then, when we realize we’ve missed it, we make plans to have a future date night, which almost never comes to

fruition. I don’t know that I have strong feelings about it one way or the other, but it’s definitely not something that we care about very much. I do think that it’s a pretty commercialized holiday, but it seems like most of them are at this point. And I’m not sure that anyone can blame the companies for taking advantage of the holiday, since the

market is clearly consumer-driven. I guess my feeling is that people should celebrate and spend money on Valentine’s Day if it makes them happy, but it should be because they want to do it and not because society expects it of them. Andrew (continued): My grandfather gave me this advice right before he died, and I have remembered it every day since. "If you want to show a girl how much she means to you, surprise her with flowers once a week or so. They don't have to be roses, but women love being reminded that they are beautiful." To me, that shows more than a single day in February. So that's what I think about Valentine's Day. Robin: It’s a mix. I’m single right now and I’m liking being single and living alone. In Agon, Benin in Africa, February is still recognized as the “month of love,” but I don’t need to accept a date just because it’s Valentine’s Day. Plus, all the villagers think I should be getting married, which makes it even less tempting to accept any kind of Valentine. There are lots of little children here who swarm around me, so I’m not lonely. They can all be my Valentine.

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The emotional toll that women face as they cope with unwanted hair cannot be underestimated. Society expects us to be smooth and soft, the physical opposite of our male counterparts. And the desire to meet that ideal can force many ladies to resort to tedious and sometimes drastic measures to conceal their problem. Even admitting that you are hairy in embarrassing places can be a humbling experience for many of us. I recall a day years ago when I swallowed my pride and confessed to my fiancé that I had a facial hair problem. “You mean, you have a beard… like a guy?” he asked incredulously. “Well… yes,” I mumbled, my cheeks get-

ting hot. I could feel his probing eyes scanning my chin, searching for the hair forest I am certain he was envisioning. “Is that normal?” he asked. I shrugged. “I’ve never known any other women who shaved their faces.” My husband long ago reconciled himself with my ‘beard’ and he was hugely supportive of me when I put an end to my years of shaving and turned to electrolysis to treat my facial hair. But it wasn’t until I opened my own electrolysis practice and I began interacting with my clients that I realized just how common my story was… and how deep the emotional impact of dealing with unwanted hair as a woman can be.

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Clients have confided in me many times about their own personal experiences. Some have tweezers hidden in their office desks and purses, ready to grab the moment they feel a bristly hair on their lips or chins. Some have to shave once or twice a day, every day. Some routinely bleach their hairs or use depilatories that burn their skin. Some have waxed their entire faces and their necks. No matter the method, though, all of these ladies share the burdensome task of battling undesirable hair on a regular basis… and all are deeply frustrated and inconvenienced by their relentless problem. Many have made pacts with their husbands, as I did. I actually told my husband that if I were in a car accident and ended up in a coma in the hospital, he would have to shave my chin… now that’s humbling! But a surprising number of my clients have asked their family members to do similar things, they are so frightened that someone outside of their immediate circle will find out that they are victims of embarrassing hair growth. Such is the prison that we live in, desperately guarding our secret, afraid that any moment our shameful, non-feminine hair will be discovered by the judgmental outside world. But perhaps saddest of all are the clients who come to me in the strictest of confidence, having never shared their hairy plight with anyone. These women cannot even bring themselves to tell their husbands or significant others, as they feel that they will be deemed unlovable or unattractive. They are so incapacitated by their perceived stigmatizing hair that they cannot be honest about it with the people whom they love and trust. And that is a very distressing predicament, indeed. I can recall another day in my past, one that brings happy tears to my eyes. As I was cooking breakfast one morning, my daughter shuffled up to my side, her little eyes filled with sleep. “Mama,” her small voice broke the silence, “you don’t have any red spots on your face anymore… you’re pretty.” I swallowed the enormous lump in my throat. “Thank you, baby.” I knelt down to give her a hug and whispered, “Mama needed to hear that.” She had no idea how much her words meant to me. Decades of daily shaving had left cuts on my face and I would habitually cover the angry wounds with makeup the moment I

got out of bed. However, I opted to skip my makeup routine that particular morning, something that I would never have attempted before. But my skin had become clear and smooth because of my electrolysis sessions, and I realized that, for the first time in a very long time, I didn’t have to hide my face. The moment was significant for me: I was no longer bound by my hairy secret. I was finally free. If you are a woman who is battling unwanted hair and you can relate to any of these stories, I sincerely hope that you will meet with me. I would love to hear your story and help you! At Vanity Affair Electrolysis (exclusively for women!), I specialize in the art of permanent hair removal. As a former electrolysis client, I am empathetic to the silent and often embarrassing battle that many women fight against unwanted hair. Your comfort, safety, and successful treatment are my greatest priorities.

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It’s that time of year again! Before you know it, you’ll be seeing flowers blossoming, bees buzzing and cheerful kids enjoying the colorful outdoors—spring will be upon us once again! And while springtime in the mountains is often picture-perfect, the season marks the onset of a seemingly never-ending task: spring cleaning! But don’t worry, XL Carpet Care is here to help. By properly caring for your carpet as part of your annual spring cleaning routine, you not only get the benefit of enhancing the look and comfort of your home, you also eliminate a major cause of allergies and sickness for your family. In day-to-day life, your family and pets are exposed to countless worrisome bacteria that they unknowingly bring home with them. Take a moment and think back to the last time you

and your dog went out for an adventure on your favorite running trail. Surely you’ll admit that it’s not uncommon for your dog (or you) to accidentally step in feces during the journey, which then gets brought back and tracked into your home. Without even being able to see the threat, you could now have illness-causing germs like e. Coli in your carpet. Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., a microbiologist and immunologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, found that your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This means your carpet is about 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat! “Rugs are botanical and zoological parks,” Tierno stated in his research, concluding that hundreds of thousands of different bacteria species live there.

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When the snow flies, unless you’ve trained your pup to use the toilet (and put the seat down), your dog becomes a snow dog. Big or small, the family pup is taking several forays into the cold, white stuff on the daily. Some dogs barely tolerate the season, picking up their feet when outside to avoid stepping in the freezing snow and looking back at their humans with the scorn of the betrayed. Some dive in (literally), view all outdoor excursions like a kids’ snow day and thoroughly enjoy every month of snow-filled happiness. Our black Labrador from years past, Markus, was such a dog. One snowy day, as I was walking toward the fireplace with an armload of wood, I spied something out the window. I stopped and stared. He was sliding down the hillside on his back. Legs up, head tilted, he was riding the hill. I peered around, looking to see if the kids were egging him on, but they were nowhere near. At one point, about halfway down, he stalled. I was amazed when he wriggled his whole body until the sliding continued. When he got to the bottom, he stood, shook all over and then ran to the top to start again. He continued this game until the kids took over his hill with their sleds. Then, he ran alongside, barking and generally getting in their way. He might have been giving pointers. Snow-filled yards offer special challenges to dog owners. For instance, when the snow

piles deep alongside fences, domesticated dogs simply walk right out of their enclosures to explore the neighborhood. If you’ve inadvertently piled it high by the fence, you might want to correct the practice to making piles somewhere in the middle. It could prove entertaining. I’ve seen videos where dog owners make tunnels and mazes for the enjoyment of their pets. Let’s face it, there’s nothing cuter than watching a Dachshund disappear down a snow tunnel in pursuit of a ball and emerging at the other end, victorious, wagging its tail, ready to have another go. Last year, during the snowiest months, my husband plowed a path by clearing off the deck and then creating a single-width walkway alongside the house. It spanned the length of the stones, went through the arbor, and just past the woodpile where the trees are dense and less snow accumulates. That offered about 50 yards to go from the back door until finding good places for the dogs to take care of business. Toby, our male Labrador, spent most of his time in tripod position, decorating the walls of the walkway. It was not pretty, but it was hard not to admire his dedication and balance. Mimi, our energetic pup, most often went the other way, ignoring the easy route by forging her own path up the hillside. She does like her privacy. Mollie is very old and, although appreciative of not having to plow through deep snow, remains plagued by stiff joints

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from arthritis. Any adventure outside is like an Olympic effort, we humans playing the role of the coaches, biting our knuckles in hope of a medal-worthy performance. In this case, making it to the other side without falling. At first, the narrow walls made by a singlewidth path seemed to be a good idea, especially in the early morning when Mollie was at her stiffest. She could kind of bump along the snow walls en route to a good spot on the other side. Because she’d become so slow, I could open the door, go set the coffee pot, hit the brew button, find some slippers and a robe, and still catch up to her only halfway down the path. This little system worked pretty well… until it didn’t. The problem with a narrow walkway becomes evident when a dog wants to turn around midway. It becomes a bigger problem when that dog is Mollie, who had lost the agility of her youth. She got soundly stuck one day, her backside at odds with her front side and wedged so thoroughly into both sides of the path that I had to come to her rescue on the hurry. In the urgency of the moment (she was screaming “HELP” in dog speak), I foolishly chose to put on shallow slippers and brave the elements in just my pajamas. What happened next is the stuff of a Three Stooges schtick. First, I got her up on her front legs, which dumped a bunch of snow into my slippers. Brrrr! Then, I straddled her back to pick up her hind legs, soaking my pajama sleeves up to the elbows and mashing my fresh-from-bed warm cheek into the snow. This, of course threw her off balance, pushing her face into the opposite bank. This teeter-totter ridiculousness went a

few rounds until I threw up my arms and stomped into the deep snow to get behind her. I bent and scooped her up in my arms and lifted (no small feat) until her back end cleared the wall, setting her in the right direction toward home. For my effort, I lost balance and landed on my own backside in the deep

cold. I’m here to tell you that satin pajamas— although cute—do not hold up well against snow banks and extreme cold. Lesson learned. This year, at the first sign of snow, my husband amended his shoveling efforts to make a triple-wide path that extended well past the woodpile, through the dense trees and all the way to the open part of the property. Bless that man. Our poor Mollie dog is another year older, much stiffer, and even less willing to get herself out of a tricky spot of snow. With the new, improved path, and donning new Uggs (a Christmas gift from that considerate man), I venture out into the cold, white stuff every morning, armed against the elements. Despite her old lady ways, at the first sign of freshly fallen snow, Mollie, that ancient snow dog, still can’t help but to limp her way to the edge of the deck and gobble up a couple mouthfuls, her tail wagging.

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Well, it’s time once again for me to give my economic forecast for 2017. I apologize for being a month late this time, but felt the last two articles needed to be published in sequence. Thanks to all of you for your kind and encouraging words of praise for those two pieces. I very much enjoyed reliving that episode with my son Josh, who just turned 30 this year. My, how time does fly by! There were, of course, some critics. One reader disliked my reference to regulations as ropes and chains on our horse (the economy), and accused me of supporting a lawless anarchy of sorts. To be clear, I specifically endorsed a free market in which the law applies equally to all men and women. That is the republic we inherited and is, by design, antithetical to an-

archy. I find it very sad that our public schools do such an awful job teaching basic civics. People throw words like fascist and Nazi around that obviously have never read a history book in their lives—as both of these were/are a phenomenon of the left. But I digress. Let’s turn and look forward to see what changes might be in store.

Tax Reform I think we will see some very major tax reform completed this year. There are many Democrats who understand that having the third highest corporate tax in the world1 over the last 8 years, is the most likely explanation for the mass exodus of some of our most iconic companies.2 I also think we will see over $2 trillion

dollars repatriated from abroad, with that tax used to fund infrastructure rebuilding here at home. Lastly, look for a simplification of personal taxes. I think tax rates will be reduced across the board, but will likely be offset with some sort of national sales (VAT) tax.

Federal Regulation Let’s talk about those ropes and chains, shall we! The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual study found that in 2016, federal regulations alone cost $1.885 trillion dollars,3 or a little over 10 percent of our entire economy.4 That worked out to nearly $15,000 per household. They went on to mention that the 2015 Federal Register (where all these new rules and regulations are published each year) contained 80,260 pages—the third highest in its history. And, of the seven all-time highest page counts, six occurred under President Obama. As I write, I think it is safe to say that both the Keystone and Dakota pipeline projects

will be completed. Fracking will also be back in vogue and that should bring down the price of energy overall. Financial regulations would be next on my wish list. In nearly 30 years of doing this job, it has never been harder for the

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Acupuncture By Christina Fick, L.Ac. Dr.Christina Fick is a Licensed Acupuncture physician and owner of the Downtown Evergreen Health Clinic (located near the traffic light in downtown Evergreen). She studied health and medicine in Hawaii, San Diego, and Colorado and holds two Master's degree and one Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Integrative medicine. For tons of information on Acupuncture and Dr.Christina, please visit or call 303.594.8348

I’m sure many of you have heard of dry needling, but have you ever heard of wet needling? Well, the term dry needling first came about to distinguish trigger point type needling versus traditional channel acupuncture. A group of mostly physicians (Janet Travell, M.D. being the original), physical therapists and some osteopaths and chiropractors paved the way for this new, not-so-voodoo acupuncture needling therapy. These physicians would insert a needle into a tight muscle band or knot called a trigger point, and fasciculate (or twist the needle until the muscle fibers contracted then relaxed, or twitched). This is dry needling, which is used with an acupuncture needle—a non-hollow, filiform, slightly blunt-tipped needle. Wet needling, on the other hand, implies that something is being injected into the muscle/point. Let me point out the obvious— acupuncture should also technically be called “dry needling” because nothing is being injected and we aren’t using hypodermic needles. However, there is a clear distinction between dry needling and acupuncture. If anyone knows this subject, it is I. I’ve written a dissertation and book on the differences between dry needling and acupuncture, but for now, I’ll keep the explanation simple. Acupuncture points are usually near little receptor pods that can affect a part of the brain

called the limbic system and prefrontal cortex, which controls hormones, subjective feelings, long-term pain relief and autonomic processes like digestion and respiration. Dry needling into trigger points only physically breaks up an adhesion or muscle knot, which does, in turn, stimulate the back of the brain (the sensory cortex) and also releases natural (endogenous) opioids into that muscle to help provide short-term pain relief. Now, here’s the kicker—many acupuncturists will claim that dry needling is acupuncture. And many physical therapists will tell you dry needling is not acupuncture. Actually, both answers aren’t wrong, but truly dry needling can be a part of an acupuncture treatment, however, trigger point dry needling is something many, actually most, acupuncturists do not incorporate into their practice or training. So yes, dry needling is a part of acupuncture, but it is very different than traditional acupuncture, both in theory and in biochemistry. Ok, now that we’re clear there—what the heck is wet needling? As mentioned before, wet needling implies that something is being injected. Here is another kicker for you— anyone with a clinical doctorate—an M.D., DO, DPT (physical therapist), DC (chiropractor) can practice both traditional acupuncture and dry needling with a certification, usually around 100 hours, sometimes more, sometimes

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GDP (Gross Domestic Product) After living through the last 8 years without ever growing the economy so much as 3 percent, let’s just say I think we are in for a real change here! However, let’s be clear. The next eight years will mark an absolute return to Reaganomics in every sense of the word— or ‘Voodoo’ or ‘Trickle Down’ economics, if you are so inclined. So, perhaps when (once again) the forces of the free market are unleashed and produce millions of new jobs, rising wages and better standards of living, we will all be able to finally agree on what exactly it was that worked. One wonders what excuse will be dreamed up in support of this socialist nonsense then. But my guess is you will once again be able to drink the water in Flint, Michigan. LOL!

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less. This is legally within the scope of their practice. They cannot, however, do wet needling and injections, with the exception of M.D.s and DOs. PTs and DCs are not allowed to do injections. Acupuncturists cannot practice anything other than acupuncture with a minimum of 2,500 hours (in the state of Colorado). With further training, legally in the scope of our practice, we can do wet needling. With no extra training whatsoever, we can do trigger point dry needling. Without getting into the politics of it—my stance is that there is obvious strange discrepancies in the scope of practices for some professions. However, most physicians get into medicine to help patients. It’s my belief that if the person has enough training they should do the practice and disclose to the patient his or her training. In 2015, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in China at two different clinics. One clinic was a public, inner city hospital; the second was a private clinic with a 60-year acupuncture veteran who practices the flying needle technique, which is what I practice here in my clinic. In the hospital, I worked on the orthopedics floor. I couldn’t believe how many patients received injections! In fact, the doctors were astounded when I said I didn’t do injections in my private practice. “How can you get patients well?!” they exclaimed. So, I made it my mission to get my injection certification so I

could do injections. I felt really good about this already because we did tons of trigger point dry needling in my doctoral program, and when I was in China. I am very excited to offer injections now at my clinic. Only a handful of acupuncturists in the state of Colorado are certified to do injections, and many pain clinics offer the treatment for a very steep price. I now offer saline trigger point injections to help break up those impossibly tight muscle knots, procaine injections for pain that just won’t go away, traumeel and zeel injections for arthritis, inflamed joints/muscles or injuries (these are homeopathic drugs). I also offer B12, B6, and magnesium injections, as well as Engystol injections for viral infections, which is another homeopathic medication that is injected into large muscles that can bypass the digestive tract, and lastly, Hevert Hepar for liver dysfunction (homeopathic). Injections aren’t for everyone. The trigger point injections can especially cause a bit of soreness afterwards. Some people might have a reaction to the vitamin and homeopathic medications. But, in general, injections can be a great way to help with chronic or acute pain syndromes, cellular function, immune function and energy levels. As always, I try to provide my hometown community with the best, most affordable services in the pins and needles business!


Lastly, I think a boom in the economy will likely bring a spike in inflation rates and, in turn, interest rates, as well. The Fed has printed over $4 trillion dollars out of thin air the last 8 years. Most of this is still sitting in the vaults of the “too big to fail banks.” However, once capital can find a productive use, that money will come off of the sidelines. The stock market reaction since the election could be seen as a leading indicator of what’s to come from this perspective. So hold on and get ready. The horse is kicking at the stall door!

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I expect that over the next 12 months, we will have at least one month that breaks 500,000 news jobs—a feat achieved only once in the last 8 years, back in May of 2010. However, because of the manipulation of the unemployment rate, vis-à-vis the labor force participation rate, here is what that may look like. As millions of new jobs are created, large portions of the 95 million Americans who no longer are counted in the workforce5 will want to take part and re-enter the workforce. So we could see an enormous growth in new jobs, accompanied by an ‘increase’ in the reported unemployment rate. The key, as always, will be to watch the participation rate in conjunction with the unemployment rate.

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Einstein once said, “Not everything that is true can be proven, and not everything that can be proven is true.” Maybe nothing is real, and everything is real. Maybe we are all viewing things through our own looking glass. I’m a family therapist who specializes in systems theory. We study the ‘dance.’ That is, we not only look into individual dynamics, but we also pay attention to how individuals interact (dance) with each other. Sometimes, if you can just change the dance, you can change everything. Sometimes, you don’t even need to create the new dance. You just need to interrupt the dysfunctional dance and then let the chips fall where they may—creating a new beginning that’s no longer entrenched in the old crazy way of being. Looking through a systemic lens, our world of politics has become quite ‘crazy.’ That is, we’re doing a crazy dance. Two concepts are important here. The first is homeostasis. Systems seek homeostasis: balance, consistency, continuance of the same. Sometimes, this is a very good thing. It provides stability. Sometimes, it’s a very bad thing: systems, in an attempt to create homeostasis, polarize in an endless creep toward their lunatic fringes—think current day Republicans and Democrats. (We’ll talk more about this in a little bit.) The second is dichotomy. Dichotomies are opposites that are both true and exist simultaneously. They’re not watered down, like gray. Rather the black and the white are both there, in full force. Think Ying and Yang, Jung’s shadows, and two sides of a coin. So, from a systemic perspective, we are supposed to embrace dichotomies. That is, we are supposed to be able to hold two opposites together at the same time. I can both love and hate my husband. When asked how I’m doing, I might say I feel great looking through one lens, and really upset through another—I definitely don’t feel medium. Back to politics. Republicans and Democrats use to embrace the dichotomy of conservatism/liberalism (male/female ener-

gies) within each of their parties—they could include both. There used to be very conservative democrats and liberal republicans. If you believe, as I do, in the value of the two sides of the coin both being good and relevant, this was a very good thing. Conservatism and liberalism may be opposites, but they both contribute something that this country needs. They balance and counterbalance each other, keeping us on a good, solid path. Now, if you split the dichotomy, that is, make one party all conservative and the other all liberal— the dance gets really ugly. Homeostasis kicks in. When one side views the other as too liberal, they attempt to balance things by becoming more conservative, followed by the other becoming more liberal, etc. Each begins to walk further and further out to the extremes of their positions—reaching the lunatic fringe. Each side believes their way is correct and the other is totally wrong. They become zealist about it, sometimes even going as far as to perceive the other as evil. We call this polarization. The dance becomes very crazy because the real truth is that both sides of the dichotomy are real and need to coexist. Both need to coexist in the one entity, not split out into two opposing forces. When they split into two opposing forces, all of the energy is spent trying to enhance one position and undermine the other. Since the other side is doing the same thing, nothing of importance gets done. Let me give you an example within families. When parenting, a child needs nurturing, love and unconditional acceptance. A child also needs monitoring, consequences and to be held accountable for his behavior. These are opposites. However, they are both true and both need to exist together for good parenting to occur. If each of the parents is able to embrace both sides of this dichotomy, they can work together quite effectively. But unfortunately, sometimes the parents polarize. So, if dad is a little more strict, and mom a little more nurturing, when dad views mom doing what he perceives as coddling little Johnny, he thinks she’s en-

“...we are supposed to embrace dichotomies.”

When Parenting and Politics Become Polarized abling him and thus tries to counterbalance this by becoming even more strict. Mom looks over and fears that dad is hurting Johnny with his strictness and compensates by loving and spoiling Johnny more. The parents fight, believe the other is hurting their child, and systematically undermine each other to the point where no effective parenting occurs. The dance becomes quite crazy. Even though, by this point, dad really does look like a potential abusive personality, mom does look like a codependent enabler, and little Johnny a manipulative blooming sociopath, the problem really is in the dance, not the individual dynamics. If you can change the dance, get mom to act more strict, dad often then can allow more of his nurturing side to appear. If dad were to be more nurturing, mom could stop protecting Johnny and be more willing to hold him accountable for misbehaviors. So here we are with a very polarized political system, each side attempting to counterbalance the other by creeping toward their own lunatic fringe and nothing is getting done. Carl Whitaker, a famous family therapist whose therapy was sometimes called Psychology of the Absurd, believed when you see a crazy polarized dance that has reached the lunatic fringe, the best thing to do as the therapist is to just act crazier than the family—add in as much absurdity as possible. One way to do this is with his Leaning Tower of Pisa technique. He believed that if a client comes to you with a lopsided idea (Leaning Tower of Pisa), you could take out your chisel and attempt to undermine the tower at its base, causing it to fall down. Another way would be to simply agree with the lopsided idea and expand it, building the tower taller. Eventually, the

tower will become so tall and imbalanced that not only the part you added, but the entire tower will fall down. He believed that if the therapist is more crazy than the family, the family, in an attempt to counterbalance this (homeostasis), will stop their own polarized dance and become more sane. At least as far as the Republican and Democratic parties are concerned, we do seem to have entered a period of Politics of the Absurd. On a more optimistic note: Following the logic of Carl Whitaker, perhaps the Republicans and Democrats have walked out onto their own lunatic fringes and will be forced to counterbalance this absurdity by stopping their own polarized dance. Maybe they can walk back from their respective ledges and work together for the good of this great country. But then again, maybe they can’t.

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Sally Davidson-Marovich has accomplished so much, affecting so many, with so little fanfare. The artist/entrepreneur/businesswoman/volunteer was born in Arkansas. She “came here, sight unseen,” determined to find her own way.

“She’s proud of her success and her decisions made along the way.” She arrived in Denver in 1968 to attend Loretto Heights College. During that turbulent time in our country, she found at Loretto Heights that “the nuns were very forwardthinking; they believed in social justice. They made me feel like I could do anything.” She remains friends with those from college today. “We had lots of adventures: Christmas break in Vail, staying at Pepi’s (Hotel Gastof Gramshammer) for $5.00 a night, learning to ski for $6.00 a day, and Arizona for Spring Break to work on our tans,” she smiled. In 1972, she earned her B.A. in English and Education with a minor in Psychology. Loving Colorado, she stayed to pursue her dream of working for an advertising agency,

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where she could combine both her English degree and her interest in art. She had a taste of reality—finding herself instead—working for a sports newspaper and as a bank teller, in mortgage banking, and in management positions. In 1975, Sally moved to Evergreen. While working at a Savings and Loan here, she convinced the Evergreen Artists Association to show their work in the bank lobby. This started a long relationship with EAA—and they continue to hang their work there. She later worked with developers in Vail and Evergreen creating marketing materials and dealing in investor relationships. “It was always so interesting.” When the projects were completed, Sally stopped and made a career/life plan. She knew two things: she wanted to remain in Evergreen and she wanted to have her own business. In 1982, Biscuits and Berries, Inc., the successful catering business, was born. With proceeds from a real estate sale, she managed to launch the thriving business, originally doing all the cooking herself. “I loved it. I had a great staff and I was doing really well,” Sally says. In 1984, after meeting him when he helped move a refrigerator for her, Sally married Ron Marovich. She decided to sell the business in 1991 in order to raise their two sons, Ben and Matt. She’s proud of her success and her decisions made along the way. Sally turned her energy to her family and volunteering with The Junior League, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, Montessori Children’s House, Jeffco Schools, Boy Scouts of America, and Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE). Sally is responsible for bringing Jewels for Hope to Evergreen, the fundraiser for Children’s Diabetes Foundation that supports the Barbara Davis Center in Denver. She continues to collect donated jewelry for Jewels for Hope events held throughout Metro Denver ( It was at CAE that she embarked on her teaching career. She has been the Summer Camp Director, and continues to instruct in a variety of camps and classes. Sally loves to share her knowledge with students ranging in age from 4 to 90 plus. She revels in encouraging their distinct talents. Sally is open to “have art—will travel.” She has accepted invitations to instruct at Olli West, Jeffco Public Library, Mount Vernon Country Club and numerous elementary Artist in Residence programs.

Through all of this professional experience, Sally always had her art. “It’s just part of me. I create something every day.” She has focused on drawing, watercolor, acrylic, collage and mixed media, but it is painting with pastels that she most enjoys. “I like the control of the medium; they’re forgiving, tactile, and it works with my spontaneity.” Asked about her approach, she said, “Sometimes I have a plan, but I almost always throw away my first attempt, then I find focus and work quickly.” Color best describes the thread that runs through her work. She is known for her florals and landscapes, but recently she has begun creating her Story People series. “I start with focusing on colors and figures appear. I don’t try to name them—I want people to get their own reading for them. People see something different every time they look at them.” She honors her spontaneity by leaving out her supplies “so I can paint any time I’m inspired.” Sally has been invited to instruct a workshop at Del Rey Beach in Florida this coming spring. Her work has been shown in a wide variety of shows; she has been published in local and national publications, and has an impressive list of awards. “I’m very right and left brained.” Because of developing both, she has succeeded in business and art. Who says that you can only succeed in one field? Sally shared her favorite quote: “Follow your passion. The rest will attend to itself. If I can do it, anybody can do it. It’s possible. And it’s your turn. So go for it. It’s never too late to become what you always wanted to be in the first place.”—J. Michael Straczynski Her website is

Like many of you, I recently received an email from Evergreen Fine Art announcing that the gallery will close its doors February 25, 2017. For 25 years, EFA has been a rich element in our arts community, bringing quality art and jewelry to our back doors, while offering outstanding events regularly. I wish Phil and Barb and their staff the very best. This institution will be sorely missed.



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