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Land exchange eyed for Mt. Emmons Admin Proposal would end decades-long prospect of controversial mine near Crested Butte Will Shoemaker Times Editor
A 35-year-long fight over a mine near Crested Butte would be laid to rest amid a monumental proposal announced early this week. Opponents of the mine are working with the project’s current owner, U.S. Energy
For a map depicting the lands associated with the effort to mine Mt Emmons, see page A8.
Corp., on a possible land exchange that would end the prospect of extracting molybdenum from Mt. Emmons once and for all.
The arrangement — which would have to be enacted through federal legislation — would require that U.S. Energy turn the project and its assets over to the federal government. In exchange, the mining company would wash its hands of the costly responsibility Mt. Emmons A8
changes at WSC College welcomes new provost, says goodbye to VP for enrollment Laura Anderson Times Staff Writer
Salvaged with style
Some changes are in the works for Western State College’s administration. A new provost was hired and Vice President for Enrollment Services Teddi Joyce is resigning. Joyce, who has served in her position since 2009, has accepted a tenure-track position in contemporary media and journalism at ManzanaresGonzales the University of South Dakota, where she worked prior to joining WSC’s staff and where her husband has continued to work during that time. The new VP position was created to assist with “stuAdmin A9
The Recycled Fashion Exhibit at the Gunnison Arts Center (GAC) came to a crescendo on Friday evening as 14 different designers had a total of 26 outfits put on display in a runway-style fashion show. The event was a fundrasier for the GAC and inspired by Gunnison’s Enid Holden. Seen here, Anna Mendez shows off Holden’s “Wedding Day Fanstasy” which was constructed using paper products. Photo by Matt Smith
Plan emerges to keep rural post offices open Modified hours would avoid closing Parlin, other offices Times Staff Report
The U.S. Postal Service announced last week a new strategy that could keep the nation’s smallest post offices — including Parlin’s, east of Gunnison — open for business, while providing a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability.
The plan would keep the existing post office in place, but with modified retail window hours to match customer use. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the town’s ZIP Code and community identity would be retained. The 132-year-old Parlin Post Office was previously slated for closure May 15 alongside other rural offices throughout the country as a means of cutting costs and keeping the financially reeling Postal Service afloat. Until the plan was announced last week. The
Poncha slip-up underscores what telecom task force is working to prevent Will Shoemaker Times Editor
customers is, and will always be, a top priority. We continue to balance that by better aligning service options with customer demand and reducing the cost to serve,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R.
An inadvertent slice of a fiber optic cable last week in Poncha Springs left that town, Salida and Buena Vista without much of their Internet and cell phone service for most of the day. It’s that sort of slip-up that a telecommunications task force in Gunnison County is aiming to avoid, by coordinating a redundant Internet connection for the valley. Currently, Internet service for the entire valley — from providers such as Internet Colorado, CenturyLink and Time Warner
“ ... We’ve listened to our customers in rural America and we’ve heard them loud and clear — they want to keep their Post Office open.” Patrick R. Donahoe Postmaster General and CEO
new strategy would be implemented over a two-year, multiphased approach and would not be completed until September 2014. Once implementation is completed, the Postal Service estimates savings of a half billion dollars annually. “Meeting the needs of postal
Avoiding an Internet outage
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Briefs State sting results in liquor violations Six businesses in the City of Gunnison reportedly failed a recent “compliance check” by the state Department of Revenue’s (DOR) Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division. The sting, which occurred April 25, was conducted in cooperation with the Gunnison Police Department, said DOR spokesman Mark Couch. Underage individuals were sent into the businesses to attempt purchasing alcohol, and the six establisments reportedly sold to them. Couch said that the names of the businesses will not be released until DOR issues “Notices of Show Cause” in coming weeks, which initiates a hearing process. If found to be in violation, a fine would result, and if the liquor licensee incurred similar violations in the past, their ability to sell alcohol could be revoked, said Couch. In total, there are 36 liquor licensees in the city.
Kebler, Cottonwood, Ohio passes open to vehicular travel In the last week, local mountain passes popular among motorists in the summer have opened to vehicular travel. Kebler Pass, west of Crested Butte, was officially opened by county Public Works crews last Tuesday (May 8), Cottonwood Pass on Thursday (May 10) and Ohio Pass Monday (May 14). Opening dates for the passes tend to differ widely from year to year, dependent upon the amount of snow received d u r i n g p re c e d i n g m o n t h s . For example, this year Kebler Pass opened one day prior to the date it opened in 2002. But last year — marked by a winter that wouldn’t end — county crews didn’t open Kebler until a month later, on June 9.
HD-59 candidate changing races House District 59 unaffiliated candidate Jaime McMillan announced Wednesday that he’s withdrawing from that race and, instead, declaring his candidacy for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Assuming that he’s successful in petitioning onto the ballot, McMillan, of Durango, would face off in the congressional race against incumbent Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) and Sal Pace (D-Pueblo) in November. McMillan indicated that he plans to formally announce his congressional candidacy May 24 at an event in Durango. He was late to announce his candidacy in the race for HD-59 — which includes the City of Gunnison — doing so after the Republican incumbent and a Democratic challenger had each announced their plans. “The time has come for the voters of the 3rd Congressional District to have a progressive voice in the chambers of our U.S. Congress,” McMillan opined this week. “In choosing their U.S. Representative in the November election, the people deserve more than a ‘D’ or ‘R’ choice but rather a multiple choice when they go to the polls.”
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Willows at the Whitewater Park
David Bergstrom plants willow trees at the Gunnison Whitewater Park Monday afternoon. Volunteers planted 1,000 willows to stabilize a new diversion. First they hammered stakes to about 18 inches into the rocky ground and then inserted the trees about two feet apart. The tree planting was sponsored by the Gunnison Basin Roundtable, the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Gunnison County, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund and the Coal Creek Watershed Coalition. Photo by Laura Anderson
Local third-grade reading scores follow state trend Gunnison, CB students see improvements over last year Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District saw improvements this year to third-grade reading scores from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP). The assessment replaces the previous Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test. At Gunnison Elementary School, 82 percent of all third grade students scored either proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the assessment. This is a leap from the previous year’s scores which indicated that 75.58 percent of the students were proficient or advanced. Crested Butte third graders also showed a slight increase in reading scores. The 2012 results indicate that 92 percent of students in the third grade are proficient or advanced compared to 2011 when 91.3 percent of student scored proficient or advanced.
Both Gunnison and Crested Butte schools have implemented a variety of interventions related to reading, writing and math for students who score below proficient on TCAP as well as other district-wide assessments, said Marta Smith, RE1J director of Special Services. Interventions such as Core Academic Support Classes are utilized with students at the middle and high school level, she said. Elementary teachers use data provided from the TCAP tests to drive instruction, said Smith. TCAP is one of several assessments used to determine if reading instruction is being delivered appropriately. Overall statewide preliminary results for the third-grade TCAP reading proficiency increased 1 percent from 73 percent proficient and advanced in 2011 to 74 percent proficient and advanced in 2012. The results can be viewed by visiting http://www.cde.state.co.us/ Assessment/PrelimGrade3.asp. “We are happy to see an increase in the overall rate for our proficient and advanced students in Colorado, as well as notable increases
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obituaries Leon Kent Oltmann
Leon Kent Oltmann passed away on May 6. He was born on Aug. 10, 1940, in Shell Rock, Iowa, to Ed and Laura Oltmann, the second of four children — older brother Leroy, younger brother Larry, and younger sister Mary Ann. Leon credited his father with teaching him the value of keeping his word. Growing up on a farm, he learned from his parents the value of teamwork and working together as a family for a common cause. Throughout his life, his strong belief in God, the value of education, the potential lessons learned in youth athletics and the desire to change the lives of kids drove him. As a youngster, his education began in a one-room country school near their Shell Rock farm. He actively participated in 4-H Club and served as president of his local chapter for two years. He spent his high school years at Allison–Bristow Community School. He served two years as president of the Luther League, a church youth organization; was vice president of his junior class; president of his senior class; participated in baseball, basketball and football; and played the lead in both junior and senior class drama performances. Leon attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where his passion for athletics continued. He participated in football, track and wrestling. He was president of the first Physical Education Majors Club on campus, and subsequently graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education and social studies. In 1963, he became a teacher and began coaching girls basketball at Clarksville High School in Iowa. A year later, he moved to Colorado and worked toward a master’s of science in physical education and secondary administration from Colorado State University, where he also coached freshmen football. Through his coaching relationship with then CSU Head Football Coach “Fum” McGraw, he was exposed to the Colorado Rockies on a horseback pack trip and found a new love. Leon often said he never felt closer to God than he did when he was in the wilderness. This passion fueled the remainder of his life. In 1970, Leon briefly explored a business career, first as a salesman for a life insurance company and ultimately a supervisor. But the call of the Rockies was persistent and he left insurance to start what would become LKO Outfitters in 1980, specializing in Colorado and Arizona wilderness experiences by horseback and houseboat. Over the next six years, his outfitting busi-
ness expanded beyond hunting and trail rides to a multi-wilderness getaway experience at Devil’s Thumb Guest Ranch near Winter Park, Colo. According to Leon, “The most important thing enjoyed and learned from experiencing the outdoors has not been the personal experience itself, but rather the planting of the seed in and through others so that future generations may experience the awesome beauty, joys and the respect for the majesty of the outdoors.” While the business was promising, complications around the property led to its closing. In 1986, he returned to education as a high school athletic director and completed his second master’s of arts degree in secondary administration at University of Northern Colorado. That year he also married Jill J. Nelson of Hunting Hill Farm in Colorado. In addition to his four children (Kim, Anne, Janelle and Brandon), Jill had four children (Bonnie, Jodi, Robin and Larry). Over the next 20 years, Leon held several high school administrative positions including principal, athletic director, and superintendent in South Dakota and Colorado before retiring from education. Leon’s strong conviction about the power of education was revealed in a notation to his daughter Janelle as she began her master’s program. “In my experience, a frequent failing is that of a short-changing our students — failing to enable and facilitate their ‘stretching’ themselves to their potential; and their potential is unknown!” While residing in Wray, Colo., he accepted the position as director of Yuma County Department of Social Services until, at last, the opportunity to return to his beloved mountains presented itself, and he became deputy director of Health and Human Services in Gunnison. In 2010, he retired for good and was able to enjoy his mountains, grandchildren, gardening, baking pies and cowboy life full time. Considered by many the consummate gentleman, Leon was always quick with a smile and a tip of his hat. His stories of voodoopeckers, side-hill-gaugers, snipe hunts and “writing with Indian sticks” are practically legend. His positive impact on family, friends and the communities he touched, was warmly felt on Tuesday, May 15, when family and friends gathered from near and far to celebrate his life. The service was officiated by his nephew, Pastor Roger Day. Leon is survived by his wife Jill Jeanine Oltmann; daughter Kimberly (Dwain) Huckabee and grandchildren Bryce and Elizabeth; daughter Anne Rockwell and granddaughter Madilyn; daughter Janelle (Jason) Wagner and grandchildren Trinity, Rilyn and Declan; son Brandon (Tricia) Oltmann and grandsons Carter and Callen; stepdaughter Jodi McConnell and grandchildren Justin, Makenzi and Noah; stepdaughter Robin (Bob) Shallow and grandchildren Connor, Tristan, Logan and Zander; brothers Leroy Oltmann and Larry (MaryJo) Oltmann; and sister Mary Ann Lee. Leon was preceded in death by Mark Rockwell (son-in-law); Larry Nelson (stepson); and Edward and Laura A. Oltmann (parents).
In recognition of Leon’s lifelong commitment to his faith, youth education and athletics, the family has established the Leon K. Oltmann Memorial Fund. Donations may be made at The Gunnison Bank, 232 West Tomichi, PO Box 119, Gunnison, CO 81230.
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Will things here look like they did in 2002? Last significant drought could offer clues of this year’s possible impacts Will Shoemaker Times Editor
(Editor’s note: This article is the second part in a three-part series that delves into drought in the Gunnison Valley and its impacts.) Cancelled Fourth of July fireworks. Wildfire outbreaks. And tourism business that plummeted alongside the water levels in local streams. They were all repercussions from 2002’s drought in the Gunnison Valley. Drought is unlike any other natural disaster. It occurs slowly and quantifying when one begins, and ends, is often difficult. Possibly, for that reason, people look to past years of significant drought — like 2002 — in an attempt to grasp what may lie on the horizon. At that time, 1977 provided the nearest benchmark. Drought in Colorado is actually a common occurrence, and simply part of life in the arid West. Data shows that during the last 100 years, more than one-third of them were marked as “dry periods,” according to Colorado’s Drought Mitigation and Response Plan. As of early this week, the northern two-thirds of Gunnison County was designated as an area of “severe drought,” according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Drought Monitor. But when it comes to drought, how much of the hype is real, and how much of it is perception? That depends who you ask. Tourism dries up as well The summer of 10 years ago proved dry in more ways than one. Government coffers and the overall local economy experienced an arid quality as well. Stage 1 fire restrictions were implemented throughout the county by May 1, 2002. This year, they won’t take effect until May 21 (see related article on opposite page). By the first week of June a decade ago, Stage 2 fire restrictions were implemented. Even with the restrictions in numerous jurisdictions, wildfire was prevalent throughout Colorado that year. Locally, fires near Antelope Hills and Steuben Creek erupted through the course of the summer. Then-Gov. Bill Owens was criticized for stating publicly that “All of Colorado is burning today.” Certainly, the negative publicity did not help an already sparse economic outlook for summer. In June, sales tax in the City of Gunnison dropped 9 percent from the year prior. August’s receipts declined nearly 14 percent. July sales tax in the city actually increased, but was propped up by a visit from the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. At Blue Mesa Reservoir, visits in 2002 declined with the water level in the lake. Total recreational visits to Curecanti National Recreation Area dropped nearly 17 percent from the year prior. In July 2002, the former Colorado Wildlife Commission even considered mandating limits on fishing access to protect fish from anglers amid soaring summer-time water temperatures. While that measure was never enacted, wildlife managers are at least flirting with the possibility again this year.
Curecanti National Recreation Area saw a nearly 17 percent decline in visitors in 2002, due largely to the dry state of affairs at Blue Mesa Reservoir (seen here then). Photo courtesy National Park Service
When water levels in streams and creeks drop, fish congregate in pools, which decreases oxygen in the water, explained Gunnison Area Wildlife Manager J Wenum of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). “Any angling pressure can increase the hooking mortality rate,” he said. In 2002, in Steamboat Springs, where Wenum worked at the time, wildlife managers and city leaders encouraged anglers not to pursue fish during the hottest part of the day in mid-summer. He said that CPW could restrict access even on private lands if conditions called for it. Time will tell whether such restrictions, or voluntary actions requested of anglers, will be pursued this year. “It’s that fine line of when do we need to, and to what degree?” he posed. “If we start seeing fish schooling in small, confined pools, those are some of the things we’ll watch for.” Grazing reductions on the horizon? An administrative “call” on the Gunnison Tunnel — a diversion of water from the Black Canyon that feeds irrigators in the Uncompahgre Valley — had drastic effects locally in 2002. Numerous irrigators with rights junior to the tunnel were curtailed by July of that year. To make matters worse, by fall, the U.S. Forest Service was pondering reductions to grazing as a result of the dry conditions. Mark Hatcher, rangeland management specialist with the Forest Service in Gunnison, said the same could happen again. He said the agency is currently working to complete its annual grazing schedule with ranchers. “They are all aware that they can go out but that the cattle may be rotated quicker and off the forest earlier,” he said. Hatcher explained that factors such as stubble height determine how long cattle are allowed to graze in an allotment. Once an allotment is grazed to a specific standard, cattle are required to be rotated to another pasture, or off Forest Service lands if the rotation is
complete. “Some people are down in numbers (of cattle) already, which should help,” he added. However, if the drought continues into next year, the grazing season or the number of cattle allowed on an allotment could be further reduced, which was the case in 2003. Some neighborhoods saw close ‘call’ Ranchers, however, were not alone in feeling the impacts from the Gunnison Tunnel call in 2002. Homeowners in some neighborhoods in the county — including south of Gunnison along Gold Basin Road and outside the Town of Crested Butte — faced a threat of being fined as much as $500 a day for pumping their domestic water wells out of priority. Those wells were junior to seniorright holders that had placed calls for water in the basin. “That threat was issued as a means of encouraging them to get in priority and also to show the senior waterrights holders that the division was trying to protect their rights as well,” said Frank Kugel, general manager for the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD), who worked for the Colorado Division of Water Resources at the time. None of the neighborhoods’ residents were actually required to stop using their wells, and no fines were issued. Instead, a bank of “emergency” water was purchased by UGRWCD and sold to the homeowners, and since then augmentation plans for the neighborhoods have been created in the event of future dry years. The question remains of whether the drought will result in a Gunnison Tunnel call this year as well. Kugel noted that there have already been nine days in 2012 that the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association could have placed a call on the tunnel. “There’s no promise that they won’t call when they become short again, which is likely to occur in June,” he said.
Historic dry periods in Colorado 1893-1905 1931-1941 1951-1957 1963-1965 1975-1978 2000-2006 The above dates depict six multi-year droughts experienced in Colorado since the late-1800s, according to the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan. The most dramatic occurred during the 1930s and 1950s, when many states, including Colorado, were impacted for several years at a time.
Gunnison not likely to be curtailed One entity that would not likely be impacted by a downstream call is the City of Gunnison, which holds a portfolio of water rights — a few of which date back to the 1880s. The city’s use of water — even for it’s in-town irrigation ditches — was not curtailed in 2002. The city, however, did “self-regulate” flows to the ditches that year, said City Manager Ken Coleman. “The river would have to be pretty darn low for them to call on us as an 1880 right,” he said. “We would all be feeling it then.” Wells that serve the city’s domestic water supply have priority dates ranging from 1940 to 1981. Coleman noted that a court decision prior to 2002 enables the city to use its rights “interchangeably” — meaning that even in extremely dry years, the city’s senior rights would allow the wells to continue pumping in priority, despite a downstream call. Even as drought-related challenges crop up this year, numerous steps have been taken by water leaders in the basin as a result of the parched summer of 2002 that at the least would lessen the impact, should 2012 prove equally dry. (Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or editor@gunnisontimes. com)
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27 bovine, one dog killed as result of accident Will Shoemaker Times Editor
Not your everyday Western-style round-up resulted from a traffic accident last Friday afternoon near Blue Mesa Reservoir. A cattle truck that was part of a caravan bound for Sunray, Texas, drove off the road about a mile west of the Lake City Bridge. The semi-truck, driven by Tregg Thomeczek, 27, of Syracuse, Kan., was traveling from Olathe with a load of cattle. Thomeczek told authorities that he became distracted while looking in his rear-view mirrors for the
other trucks. That caused him to drive into the oncoming lane while navigating a right-hand corner. While the driver attempted to correct his path, the truck “yawed” and traveled off the northern edge of the roadway and into a ravine, where it rolled one-quarter turn and came to rest, said Colorado State Patrol Sergeant John Ehmsen. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Thomeczek did not incur serious injuries in the accident, said Ehmsen. Seventeen cattle appear to have died immediately in the crash, said Ehmsen, and 10 more were euthanized due to their injuries. Agencies involved in cleaning up the accident included: CSP, the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office, Gunnison firefighters, the Colorado Department of Transportation,
Gunnison County and the National Parks Service. H&H Towing also provided use of equipment, said Ehmsen. Authorities solicited the aid of local brand inspector Jackson Irby and other riders (and horses) in rounding up the cattle that became free during the accident. “At least they weren’t chickens,” Ehmsen quipped. Thomeczek was cited for careless driving resulting in the crash. Ehmsen indicated that the driver had a “full” Commercial Driver’s License, class A, licensed out of Kansas. Thomeczek reportedly had two dogs in the cab with him, one of which perished during the crash. (Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or editor@ gunnisontimes.com)
‘Stage 1’ fire restrictions enacted To take effect May 21 Will Shoemaker Times Editor
The potential for wildfire in the face of persistently dry conditions outweighed any potential economic impacts from enacting a countywide burn ban in the minds of the Gunnison County Commissioners this week. The commissioners voted unanimously to enact “Stage 1” fire restrictions throughout Gunnison County, effective May 21. Members of the Gunnison Basin Wildfire Council — comprised of representatives from the county’s fire departments, the Sheriff’s Office, the county Emergency Management office, state and federal forest services and the Bureau of Land Management — brought the recommendation to enact the restrictions before the commissioners Tuesday. Stage 1 restrictions prohibit open burning of any kind and the use of fireworks. An exemption was provided in the resolution, however, for professional fireworks displays over the Fourth of July in the Gunnison and Crested Butte, unless the commissioners determine otherwise. The partial burn ban applies to both private and pubic lands in the county, but not within municipalities. Small, recreational fires at developed campsites, gas- and liq-
uid-fueled stoves and burning in fireplaces within residential areas as well as wood burning stoves are all allowed under Stage 1 restrictions. The last time the county had Stage 1 fire restrictions in place was 2006. Brian St. George, manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Gunnison Field Office, stated concern about enacting the restrictions prior to Memorial Day weekend next week. St. George, a member of the local wildfire council, stated that he preferred to wait until after the busy weekend — during which Gunnison will play host to a slew of bike and running races as part of Rage in the Sage weekend — but would support the commissioners’ decision. “There are real economic impacts,” said St. George. Enforcing the ban, said St. George, will require a significant law enforcement presence on the BLM’s part — particularly at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area south of Gunnison. “We’re going to have every campsite out there occupied on Memorial Day,” he said. Further, St. George argued that visitors to the county may be deterred by any form of fire restrictions — and may not distinguish or understand the difference between stages. A string of agricultural burns locally earlier this spring that
became out of control, and in one case resulted in more than 100 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands going up in flames, exemplify just how dry the local landscape is currently. “I think this is as bad or worse than 2002 from a fuel moisture standpoint,” said Jerry Chonka, fire manager with the Forest Service in Gunnison. “It’s just going to add to the fire behavior problem if we do get a fire.” Ultimately, that urged the County Commissioners to follow the wildfire council’s recommendation by passing a resolution that makes Stage 1 restrictions effective beginning Monday. “We need to be sensitive about the timing, obviously, but if something breaks out and we don’t have a fire ban, that’s scary to me,” said Commissioner Hap Channell. Stage 2 restrictions would ban any form of open burning, in addition to the use of charcoal and gas grills, portable and patio fireplaces (such as chimineas) and all campfires. Stage 2 restrictions have only been implemented once in Gunnison County in the last 30 years — in 2002. As of Wednesday, 15 Colorado counties had some form of fire ban in place, not counting Gunnison. (Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or editor@ gunnisontimes.com)
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Keynote speaker Doug Matthews brings the experience of not only surviving, but thriving on the changes that can be so disruptive to organizations to the Rocky Mountain Nonprofit Institute, held May 22 in Gunnison. He joined Boulder-based Case Logic in 2001, when it was riding high on its sales of portable cases for compact discs. Suffice it to say â€” with CDs going the way of cassette tapes, eighttracks and vinyl records â€” those sales alone did not make up a sustainable business model. So Case Logic began a transformation that today has led to its stronghold as a â€œstorage and organization company,â€? Matthews reports. The company markets carrying cases for all types of modern technological devices, as well as travel gear, duffle packs, camera and computer bags, backpacks and more. Matthews oversees about 250 employees and retail customers in 79 countries. In 2007, Case Logic was purchased by the multi-dimensional Swedish company Thule. The Times caught up to Matthews on Monday, when he was traveling in Europe on business before returning to the States and venturing to Gunnison for the upcoming conference. Here are excerpts from that interview. What can attendees of the RMNI expect to hear from you? My role is really to talk about how an organization, be it a nonprofit or a for-profit, finds oppor-
Nonprofit conference offers â€˜something for everyoneâ€™ Registration is still open for the 2012 Rocky Mountain Nonprofit Institute, entitled â€œCreating Possibilities in a Changing World.â€? The all-day event takes place Tuesday, May 22, on the campus of Western State College. The event is a collaborative effort of WSCâ€™s Extended Studies program and local nonprofit leaders. â€œThe point is to provide nonprofits with some training, to receive some training from other people who have certain expertise,â€? said Layne Nelson, the director of Extended Studies. â€œIt is for boards, directors, volunteers and people aspiring to start a nonprofit.â€? There is something in it for business people as well, especially with Thule Business Area President Doug Matthews presenting Tuesday morningâ€™s keynote address. People interested in only attending this portion of the conference can do so at a discounted registration fee of $10. For more information or to register, contact Extended Studies at 970.943.2885. To view a complete schedule of events and learn more about the programs, visit www.western.edu/extendedstudies.
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of operating the current water treatment plant at the base of the mountain, in addition to acquiring money or mining claims elsewhere from the federal government. The concept emerged from talks initiated last June between U.S. Energy and local mine opponents. But the deal is far from done. The exchange would have to come to fruition in a relatively short period of time, though those closest to the concept don’t see that as being an insurmountable feat. In the meantime, U.S. Energy plans to continue pursuing permitting for the mine. Likewise, opponents plan to continue building the case for why a mine on Mt. Emmons is a bad idea. Long battle against local mine The fight against a modernday mine on Mt. Emmons began with the emergence of Amax Inc.’s plans in the late 1970s. Interest in mining the mountain went dormant in the 1980s, before emerging again in the ’90s. Fast-forward to February of 2006: U.S. Energy regained title to the Mt. Emmons property after losing a legal battle against mining giant Phelps Dodge. While U.S. Energy officials have maintained in recent years that they’re committed to mining the mountain, their ability to even produce plans has stalled time and again. A partnership with Kobex R e s o u rc e s f e l l t h ro u g h i n 2008. Last year, a new partner, Thompson Creek Metals, walked away from the project. U.S. Energy President and COO Mark Larsen said that company leaders last June approached local environmental group High Country Citizens’ Alliance (HCCA), mine-opposition group Red Lady Coalition and the Town of Crested Butte “to discuss and receive their input on how to develop a mine.” However, the mine opponents had something else in mind. “They said, ‘How about considering some other alternatives which would be not developing a mine,” Larsen recalled. Both sides have placed conditions on the land exchange, should it go through.
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U.S. Energy stipulates that it will in coming months continue toward permitting efforts for a full mine. “We’re under a timeline to file a complete plan by April 30 of next year to preserve our conditional water rights,” Larsen explained. The company is currently working on a third draft of its plan of operations, based on pre-feasibility studies completed by Thompson Creek, he said. For that reason, the company also stipulates that the exchange be “substantially complete” by the end of this year. And, perhaps most significant, U.S. Energy requires that a third party entity take over the operation of the water treatment plant located near the base of Mt. Emmons. U.S. Energy inherited the financial responsibility of operating the plant in 2006’s lost court case. The plant treats acidic drainage from the former Keystone Mine. HCCA Executive Director Dan Morse indicated that the most recent reports place the current cost of operating that plant at between $1.5 and $1.8 million annually. Numerous details still need to be worked out, including who, or what, would oversee — and pay for — operations of the water treatment plant. The establishment of some form of special district is not out of the question. But much information is still needed. “We’ve looked at it and said, ‘We have some assumptions about the plant but we haven’t been up there operating it,’” Crested Butte Mayor Aaron Huckstep indicated. “We don’t know the operating budget, conditions of the plant or what it means to say we’re going to take on these obligations.” Assets would be turned over to feds In exchange, mine opponents require that a total of 9,920 acres of private land, patented and unpatented claims be turned over to federal ownership — including a 160-acre ranch the company purchased in 2009 up Carbon Creek to potentially house mine-related facilities. “The entire mining project and everything attached to it would be in the exchange — water rights, land, everything,” said Morse.
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— is fed into Gunnison from Montrose. That means that should a similar incident occur in which an unsuspecting backhoe operator accidently severs that connection, the entire valley would be without service. “When it happens here, it will be utter chaos and that’s why we’re trying to solve this problem,” said Jason Swenson, owner of Internet Colorado in Gunnison. Swenson is a member of a task force convened last year amid a renewed, larger economic development effort in the county. In recent weeks, a subcommittee of the telecommunications task force has taken on the specific issue of Internet redundancy. A redundant Internet feed from, say, east of Gunnison would prevent the loss of Internet service, should the current feed become disrupted, said task force chair-
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“The entire mining project and everything attached to it would be in the exchange — water rights, land, everything.” Dan Morse High Country Citizens’ Alliance
HCCA formed in 1977 specifically to fight a mine on Mt. Emmons. That fight has continued, while the nonprofit has also expanded its scope to other environmental issues impacting the valley. In recent years, informal talks emerged among mine opponents about the possibility of protecting Mt. Emmons from mining through some sort of buy-out. But fundraising never commenced. “In anyone’s estimation, the value of this property is very significant,” said Morse. “Whether a fundraising effort could meet that mark I think is very questionable. This effort replaces that concept.” For the land exchange to be enacted, a federal appraisal is needed. U.S. Energy hired a private company in recent months to conduct a preliminary assessment of the project’s value. The
man Dave Clayton, a Mt. Crested Butte town councilman. Numerous options are on the table — some potentially longer-term, and more expensive ventures than others, he said. An optimum solution would be to run fiber optic cable over the Continental Divide. That could be quite costly. A shorter-term, and less expensive solution, may be a feed to the valley via microwave, and we’re not talking about the appliance in your kitchen. Task force member Mark Jiganti believes such a solution may lay, literally, right out his back door. Jiganti, a commodities trader who lives along Hwy. 114 and works from his home, installed a tower a few years ago that provides a speedy connection, essential for his line of work. He said that a microwave connection from the City of Gunnison to Monarch Pass — via a series of dish-equipped tow-
preliminary appraisal came in at between $50 and $100 million. COO Larsen said U.S. Energy is looking at three ways to monetize the value of the project — cash, credits for federal minerals or federal lands containing minerals. Although preliminary, he said the company is eyeing coal reserves in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Larsen said that U.S. Energy also has discussed possible legislation with Colorado’s Congressional delegation. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet indicated in a statement this week that he stands ready to help facilitate a solution, “including the introduction of legislation in Congress.” Given that a mine on Mt. Emmons has been hotly contested for more than three decades, why did it take so long to reach this point?
ers — would provide a relatively easy, and cheaper, redundant Internet connection for the Gunnison Valley. “A lot of people talk redundancy but they’re talking about the same route out of town,” said Jiganti. “This is a solution that would work very well and would bring true redundancy to the Gunnison-Crested Butte area.” Depending upon what’s ultimately pursued by the task force, however, a microwave connection may only be a short-term solution. Clayton noted that microwave is not as “scalable” as is fiber optic cable — meaning an ability to serve more people over time as needs grow. “Fiber optic is the way to go, we think, for the future,” he said. “We look at fiber as being the long-term solution to the problem.” Troubles east of Gunnison last Tuesday resulted from routine maintenance of an
“It just happened to evolve through the course of our discussions,” said Larsen. Bill Ronai, chairman of the Red Lady Coalition, opined in a prepared statement this week that the exchange would have a positive economic impact for the Gunnison Valley. To that end, he said, the group plans to continue work on the second and third phases of a socioeconomic study that explores potential impacts from developing the mine. As for the tight timeline, those closest to the proposed exchange seem optimistic. “Our view is we’ll work as hard as we can on this to make as much progress as we can,” said Morse. “Hopefully, that leads us to a place where everyone is comfortable proceeding.” (Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or editor@ gunnisontimes.com)
irrigation ditch, when the fiber optic line in Poncha Springs was cut, disrupting service in the Upper Arkansas Valley. But also last week, road workers inadvertently cut a fiber optic cable that took down Internet service in Eagle and Summit counties. With more businesses reliant upon Internet service, telecommunications task force members view redundancy as nearly essential for commerce locally. The greatest obstacle may be funding. Ideally, local governments would provide seed money that could aid in acquiring a larger sum from outside the valley for a project, said Clayton. He said the task force is planning presentations to local government leaders in coming weeks. (Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or editor@gunnisontimes. com)
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myvote Where Gunnison Valley’s voice is heard Do you think a land swap that could once and for all end the controversial prospect of mining molybdenum on Mt. Emmons is a good idea? Fifty-four percent of last week’s voters support the proposal for a new industrial park a few miles east of Gunnison. Anonymous, easy voting at: gunnisontimes.com
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Let Red Lady rest, once and for all Countless times over the course of the last 35 years, opponents of a mine on Mt. Emmons have been offered optimism that the issue had fallen by the wayside — only to see another attempt gather steam. But the announcement early this week that a possible land exchange would lay to rest the looming specter of a mine just a few miles from Crested Butte’s town limits is the closest thing we’ve seen to an end to this seemingly endless battle. Putting this issue to rest could be one of the best things to happen to the Gunnison Valley. For a multitude of reasons. We’re not anti-mining, nor are we 100 percent convinced that a mine — especially of a smaller shape and size — is completely incompatible with other activities and industries in the north end of the valley. However, it’s obvious that the majority of residents in and around Crested Butte believe otherwise, and will continue to fight a mine on Mt. Emmons tooth and nail. By the same accord, we’re sure that some in the community will continue to argue that a mine on Mt. Emmons would provide a muchneeded boost to, and diversification of, the local economy. The decades-long debate has torn the fabric of our community — pitting mining advocates against those who are opposed. And, it’s only exacerbated strife
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Red Lady, only to lose interest as they waded into the fray. Surely, the outspoken opposition that they encountered upon visiting the Gunnison Valley played into their decisions to hit the high road. In addition, mining Mt. Emmons would be, any way you cut it, a logistical nightmare. The property’s remote location, yet its extremely close proximity to the Town of Crested Butte and the fact that transportation isn’t exactly a local strength, no doubt, posed challenges. But being the rightful owners of the property, U.S. Energy should be compensated fairly for turning the project over to the feds. We don’t envy the company’s position. After the project fell in their lap in 2006, they’ve attempted to make lemonade of their lemons — while being attacked from every angle and at every opportunity by opponents. The legacy of the opposition itself is renowned. HCCA was formed to fight the mine. There’s an annual ball dedicated to the cause. Local women — and, occasionally, even men — vie for the coveted distinction of being deemed the “Red Lady.” At times, a sense of fanaticism has come to represent opposition to the mine — a stance for some that has come to be symbolic, we suspect, of bucking big business and corporate control, as opposed to legitimate concerns
about impacts from mining. We’ve heard stories from local mine company employees of being unable to drive down the streets in Crested Butte in a truck emblazoned with the company’s logo without being greeted by more than a few middle fingers. To us, that’s past the point of concern for the community. We hope that the ardent opposition to a mine is equally apparent in a commitment on the part of the community to take over control of the water treatment plant — an expensive proposition, but necessary for protecting water resources. Should a special district form in coming years to operate the plant, a dedicated revenue stream would be needed. At more than $1.5 million a year, it seems to us a small sum for those opposed to gain peace of mind. We have faith that leaders in the north end of the valley will take charge of identifying a plan for the plant in coming months. We also commend Colorado’s Congressional delegation for recognizing the urgency at hand and stating their willingness to support legislation that would enact this proposed land exchange. It took bold steps and a willingness to set aside differences on the part of both U.S. Energy and Crested Butte-area leaders to reach this monumental moment. Much work still lies ahead. Can they get the deal done?
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that sometimes exists between residents at either end of the valley. For that reason, we hope that leaders from U.S. Energy, High Country Citizens’ Alliance (HCCA), the Red Lady Coalition, the Town of Crested Butte and our Colorado Congressional delegation will work to make this deal a reality in coming months. This move is as good for U.S. Energy as it is for local residents. The fact that Phelps Dodge and U.S. Energy battled in court over who was stuck with title to the project was a clear indication that neither wanted to touch Mt. Emmons with a 10-foot pole. The hot potato in this scenario — aside from the massive fight from environmentalists and the fact that large-scale projects of any type don’t exactly get permitted with ease in today’s regulatory morass — is the water treatment plant attached to the property. HCCA estimates that it costs between $1.5 and $1.8 million annually to operate that plant. Further underscoring the challenges associated with the project, in the last five years not one but two mining partners have picked up their bags and left the project following brief stints. Why? We m a y n e v e r k n o w Thompson Creek’s or Kobex Resource’s exact reasons for initially hoping to tap the robust molybdenum resource within the
Heard any good rumors lately? decrease in sold seats was 2,237. It’s safe to say that I’ve heard a few. Coincidence? I think not. When You would think at least one would you apply the average expendibe based in fact, but at this point ture of $1,300 per visitor, the total none of them are. missed opportunity comes to So be it. Rumor control really $2,908,100. isn’t why I write this. I thought it Does this example hold up permight be better to talk about some fectly? Probably not, and I’m sure realities and where we see things there could be a community debate going from here. as to what the real numLet’s start with the ber is. However, I do feel 2011/12 ski season. It’s no it’s safe to assume this secret that this past ski seawas a major factor in our son was one for the record decline in visits. books. It is being deemed Conversely, Aspen had as either the worst or secan increase in air seats ond worst year in the histhis past year and they tory of our industry. saw a small increase in Almost the entire skier visits. country saw catastrophic Ethan Mueller Many local businessVP/General weather patterns of warmes did everything they Manager er weather and little snow, could to make this winleading the ski market to Crested Butte ter a success, with mixed ski less, postpone trips or Mountain Resort results. I know some partake in alternative activbusinesses have come ities and vacations. Unfortunately, through fine, are now looking for us in the Gunnison Valley, this forward to a strong summer and wasn’t the entire story. hopeful for a better 2012/13 winAs mentioned many times, the ter. Unfortunately, other businesses local airline program played a are considering closing their doors major role in our reduced visitation or moving their families elsewhere. as well. This past year we experiCBMR falls into the first group. enced a decrease of 3,641 available We went into the winter well ahead seats into GUC (a 9 percent drop). of budget financially. December If you apply a 61 percent average went pretty well, almost right on load factor, that results in an esti- budget. (We had more airline seats mated 2,221 passengers who could in December this past year than the not have come to our valley. year prior.) January through the Interestingly, the actual end of the season was challenging
for all of us. Our team worked diligently to manage costs that would be in line with our revenues. They made the difficult decisions that come with reduced business levels. I want to thank them for all of their hard work and sacrifices. I have been very candid that the resort is not successful with its bottom line. This year didn’t make our turn-around any easier. Despite the challenges, we did succeed in moving in the right direction. It is not the best news in the world, but we made progress. I give all the credit to the entire CBMR team. Presently, we are pacing ahead of last summer. Considering that last summer broke records, this is very good news. People are appreciating all that Gunnison-Crested Butte has to offer. So what’s next winter going to look like? There is some positive momentum. Although the air program is not completed, the RTA plans to maintain this year’s level of service. We would all like to see an increase, but a stabilized program is a step in the right direction. There are a lot of unknowns that will affect how this coming ski season ends up, but that is the norm in everyone’s life. For our community to succeed, we all need to set a plan and strive for those goals. That goes for CBMR as well. We have just completed our first
multiyear strategic plan. Although the details will inevitably change as life around us changes, we now have a very clear plan and it is something I’m looking forward to sharing with the community. This resort and community have seen a lot of ups and downs over the past 50 years. I believe this past year was the bottom of a down, and we should all look toward some upward momentum. There are many other examples of this community moving in a positive direction. To name a few, Western State College is on a successful path to being granted a name change, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back again in August, the Performing Arts Center is continuing to move forward and our community has taken a major step toward the mine on Mt. Emmons going away. Gunnison Valley has never been an easy place to live, but I do believe this valley will achieve a higher level of success. With continued growth in collaboration, trust and new direction I believe we all should be there sooner rather than later. Until then, enjoy those newly found Blue Mesa beaches. Oh, and don’t forget to keep that rumor mill going. The CBMR team would be lost without addressing those on a regular basis!
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Last week’s story on John Scott’s retirement from a long career with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Gunnison incorrectly labeled him the chairperson of the Gunnison Sage-grouse Strategic Committee. Scott has actually served as the vice-chair since its inception in 2006.
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LETTERS Home births are viable option in Gunnison Editor: I was pleasantly surprised to see the article (4/26) covering the recent health forum in which a couple of our local physicians and our local midwife, Marlene Bergman, were able to come together and discuss maternity care in the valley. As a mother who attended the forum and has chosen two home births after my first was born in a hospital, I was pleased to see that Ms. Anderson wrote a fair and accurate portrayal of the discussion. Home birth is on the rise in Gunnison and in the U.S. as a whole. More women have realized that pregnancy and birth are not illnesses to be treated, but, rather, are a natural process for which our bodies are specifically designed. Although there are certainly instances that require a physicianâ€™s expertise, medical intervention is generally not necessary or beneficial for mother or baby. I personally choose home birth because, as a low-risk mother, a hospital delivery, statistically speaking, would dramatically increase the likelihood of my receiving unnecessary procedures that put my baby or myself at risk. Granted, I understand the hyper-vigilance of physicians who are hindered by malpractice insurance company policies and must protect themselves against our lawsuit-prone society. However, this vigilance has oftentimes had an adverse impact on mothers and their newborns. Also, there is nothing that can compare to the prenatal care and labor support provided by a good midwife. Certified professional midwives (CPM) are incredible resources for women who do not need an OBGYN for medical reasons. A midwifeâ€™s greatest professional and personal concern is healthy moms and healthy babies. Each prenatal appointment lasts an hour and midwives make sure that their clients are healthy physically, emotionally and socially. She checks vitals on mothers and babies, and can order blood work or other tests. She (or he) carries emergency supplies to births, is trained in neonatal resuscitation, and listens to the babyâ€™s heart rate intermittently throughout labor. She can also tell if a baby is in the correct position for birth, and if she has any safety concerns, she transports clients and babies to the hospital. One final aspect of home birth that I personally appreciate is that, during labor, instead of being left to the care of strangers before pushing, I call my midwife, who arrives at my home as soon as I want her there. During labor I am able to move around, eat and drink freely to keep up my strength, and give birth in whatever position is best for that particular labor. Our local CPM, Marlene Bergman, completed three years of midwifery school, passed the written medical exam and trained under two different Colorado midwives before starting her own practice, Prairie Love Midwifery. She is licensed by the state of Colorado to pro-
vide prenatal, birth and postpartum care to her clients, and has attended hundreds of births. I want to thank Ms. Anderson for her article and especially would like to thank my amazing midwife, Marlene Bergman. After having one baby in a respected Denver hospital with a nurse-midwife who practiced under a physician, and another with one of the first licensed midwives in Colorado, I can easily testify that Marleneâ€™s care with my third child is the best Iâ€™ve ever received. She is truly exceptional and Gunnison is blessed to have her here. Feel free to visit gunnisonbirth.com or email email@example.com with comments or for information about birth choices or midwifery in the area. Sincerely, Bethany (Sowell) Anspaugh Gunnison
Changes at WSC like â€˜buying straw hats in Januaryâ€™ Editor: In the last few months I have read various articles dealing with changes at Western State College â€” namely the infrastructure improvements and name change. I would like to add my opinion to those previously offered. No one likes unnecessary change, especially alumni and older people such as myself (weâ€™re not that crazy about change even when necessary). But in this case I think adding the term university to WSCâ€™s name only reflects what Western is really about â€” itâ€™s a number of colleges (different study courses) which together constitute a university. From recruitment to public perception to graduates getting jobs this change is positive, in my view. Secondly, the infrastructure changes, which are considerable, are a bold step for Western to remain competitive and Iâ€™m certain much thought has been given by the trustees who are charged with that task and who are privy to information to help them accomplish their goals. F ro m w h a t I â€™ v e l e a r n e d (mostly through the Times and from friends) and from my personal observations â€” I really like the changes. The Internet is an indispensable tool for students and recruits today. I would suspect WSCâ€™s campus can be viewed online and these facilities play an important role in deciding where to enroll. Granted we are just emerging from the most significant recession in our countryâ€™s history and it has affected all individuals, businesses and institutions. Hard times do offer opportunities but require careful decision making and sometimes very bold actions. History will make clear the wisdom of these decisions. My Economics 101 textbook called this â€œBuying straw hats in January.â€? I donâ€™t know how bold these changes are but I think they are part of keeping Western competitive for the future. At todayâ€™s historically low interest rates what better time to invest in a house (if you
can qualify), an expansion to an existing home (perhaps to accommodate a growing family), or a business or institution (who wants to capture more market share or at least not get further behind). The difference between a 9 percent mortgage and a 5 percent mortgage is considerable when that monthly payment is due and over the life of the loan the difference is staggering. Western is integral to this community; our quality of life, the success of our local businesses and our real estate values. So I say: â€œGo Western.â€? Respectfully, Bob Benell Gunnison
Nutrients in local waterways shouldnâ€™t wait for state direction Editor: In the final days of this yearâ€™s legislative scramble, a bill was introduced to negate the work of the Water Quality Control Commission to begin controlling nutrient pollution in our waterways. Elevated levels of nutrients â€” nitrogen and phosphorus â€” due to treated wastewater effluent and agricultural run-off can lead to algae blooms and have serious impacts on the health of our streams and fish that rely on cold, clear water. After years of study and stakeholder input, the Commission finally passed new rules on nutrients this year. The rules will begin to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in treated wastewater from the biggest metropolitan areas in the state â€” Gunnison County will not be impacted for at least another 10 years. I want to thank Sen. Gail Schwartz for voting in committee against the bill which would have been tremendously wasteful of the stateâ€™s years of work and which would have delayed our response to this important environmental issue. Our County Commissioners have noted the importance of controlling nutrients in our local alpine streams and rivers, and I urge them and county staff not to wait another 10 years for direction from the state. Instead, we should capitalize on our communityâ€™s strong collaborative abilities to begin looking at local solutions to nutrient problems before they damage our vital water resources. Sincerely, Maureen Hall Crested Butte
Patient displeased with doctorâ€™s care Editor: To whom it may concern. I experienced a prolonged and dreadful reaction in the form of a rash to a drug prescribed by my doctor, Anthony Timko, a dermotologist. That reaction of course could not be foreseen and was not his fault. Nevertheless, his attitude toward my months of misery, I believe, was one of callous indifference. Very sincerely, Vanni Lowdenslager Gunnison
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here’s a glass display case filled with family heirlooms. Nearby are a grown child’s once treasured toys, historical artifacts and mannequins adorned in the height of early 20th century fashion. Standing watch over this treasure trove of local lore at the Gunnison Pioneer Museum is a cadre of senior citizen volunteers. They are the heart and soul of the beloved place, not to mention its grounds keepers, ticket-takers and more.
The volunteers gathered last week for their annual preseason meeting, where they discussed everything from new exhibits and artifacts to how to open the cash register. The annual meeting saw about 40 new and returning volunteers who will help run the museum through the summer, collecting admission money and answering questions for the thousands of visitors (5,400 visited last summer) who will stop by to learn what life was like for the first pioneers, and how it Museum B11
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May is National Bike Month with hundreds of events and thousands of riders celebrating bicycling nationwide. A growing number of U.S. communities are taking steps to encourage residents to ride all year round — including Gunnison. This week, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and the City of Gunnison was named a “Silver Level” bicycle friendly community. “The popularity of this program is clear evidence that investment in bicycling is a major catalyst in creating the kind of vibrant communities people want to live, work and visit,” said League President Andy Clarke. “The City of G u n n i s o n re c o g n i z e s t h a t simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development.” T h e B F C p ro g r a m h e l p s communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. There are now 214 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Silver BFC award recognizes Gunnison’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Improvements, such as bike lanes, are among the reasons the City of Gunnison was recognized as a bike-friendly place.
“The citizens of our community and City of Gunnison staff have worked relentlessly to create a safe environment for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Gunnison City Manager Ken Coleman. “Our bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee provides guidance in education, enforcement, infrastructure and events that promote this effort and are proud to have moved from honorable mention to silver level.” The BFC program provides a road map to building a bicycle friendly community and the application itself has become a rigorous educational tool. Since its inception, more than 500 distinct communities have applied and the four levels of the award — platinum, gold, silver and bronze — provide a clear incentive for communi-
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Sustainability think tank Meeting in Montrose Thurs., May 31 On Thursday, May 31, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Office of Resource Efficiency, EcoAction Partners and the FORE Alliance will partner to host a think tank event in Montrose to discuss the energy, water, waste, transportation and food issues in the southwestern part of the state. The event will be held at the Region 10 Conference Room (300 N. Cascade Ave., #1 Montrose) from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the public are invited to join regional leaders from the government, nonprofit, business and education sectors in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel coun-
ties to discuss collaborative solutions to sustainability issues. “We hope this event will be the next step in energizing the community to think strategically about sustainability,” said Anna Zawisza, Education & Outreach Director for the Alliance. The event will help to provide direction on regional sustainability priorities, and find ways to connect economic development to issues of sustainability. The group also hopes to identify opportunities for collaboration on clean transportation, local food development and local energy generation. Registration for the event is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information and to register, contact Zach Owens at email@example.com or 303.454.3307.
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Curious George, protagonist of a series of popular childrenâ€™s books by the same name, made a guest appearance at the Gunnison Public Library this past Thursday. The appearance was accompanied by snacks, stories and activities for kids. Seen here, Curious George offers a â€œhigh fiveâ€? to Eli Eisenbart, Ryli Brown and Jacy Jones. Photo by Chris Rourke
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A call for (foster) care May marks month-long campaign Matt Smith Times Staff Writer
Children with the highest risk for being abused and neglected in their homes are often the ones who slip through the cracks in the safety net. According to local foster care coordinator Joan Grant, the age ranges of 0-3 and 17-18 years old are at a higher risk for removal from their homes due to abuse, neglect or behavior beyond their parentsâ€™ control. For the latter, and elder group, what comes after the removal can be even more consequential to the course of life that follows. â€œSome end up in residential treatment centers, some end up in group homes, or even correctional facilities,â€? Grant said of the 17-18 age group. â€œWe have a need for more people who are
interested in working at a therapeutic level with adolescents that need increased levels of supervision and structure.â€? The problem is, once again, finding those families. Grant said that most foster care candidates prefer taking on smaller children, whether that be for a short time or in hopes of eventually adopting. The Department of Human Services (DHS), which oversees the countyâ€™s adoption program, is using the month of May to roll out a campaign to remind people that foster care (and adoption) are often the one thing left that will change a childâ€™s life for the better. â€œThey need someone thatâ€™s willing to not give up on them when everyone else has,â€? said Grant. â€œThere are people in our community who have a passion for working with youth and we have the infrastructure to support a family willing to take children with higher levels of needs.â€? There are currently nine foster care families in the Gunnison area, but soon that number will drop to seven. While that is
higher than the number of local children in need of foster care at this time, that total is in constant flux. Gunnison County has seen a slight rise in the number of children placed in the custody of DHS over the past three years. While just 14 were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect in 2009, that number increased to 16 in 2010 and 19 in 2011. â€œLast June, we saw a big spike,â€? noted Grant. â€œWhether itâ€™s random or for a reason, we need to be prepared for the unexpected.â€? That means trying to recruit more potential foster families on board in the coming days. The department is now using an electronic sign, which reminds passers-by that May is the month to consider disadvantaged children. For more information about the effort, visit fostercaremonth. org, or contact the local foster care program at 641.7978. (Matt Smith can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mountain Roots firmly planted Now a standalone nonprofit For two years, after hundreds of hours of visioning, planning, strategizing and implementing, Mountain Roots Food Project is leaving the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valleyâ€™s fiscal sponsorship program. During those years, three separate organizations came together to form what the IRS has now officially recognized as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. â€œMountain Roots is a stellar example of folks with a common interest setting aside their differences to come together with a mission that serves a need in the entire valley,â€? commented Pam Montgomery, executive director of the Community Foundation.
Almost simultaneously with the news from the IRS, Mountain Roots has hired its first executive director, Holly Conn. Conn is a founding member of the organization and has been one of the predominant voices advancing the Farm-to-School Program. â€œHer passion for the mission, personal accountability, successful grant writing, exceptional attention to detail, and vision for the organization are some of the top strengths Holly brings to this position,â€? said Rose Tocke, president of the Mountain Roots board of directors. The group oversees five community gardens, spearheads the Farm-to-School program with RE1J staff making local, fresh organic food available for school lunches, and educates the public about healthy eating habits. Additionally, they supervise summer youth gardens and
most recently have been asked to sit on the schoolâ€™s Wellness Committee to shape the revision of a wellness policy. Last year, more than 3,600 volunteer hours were logged by the board and community volunteers to live a mission of cultivating a resilient food system by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth and the community. T h i s s u m m e r, M o u n t a i n Roots will work with the City of Gunnison to develop a landuse agreement for a portion of the Van Tuyl Ranch annex to be used as a community farm/ greenhouse, revitalize Billâ€™s Park community gardens, and begin the conversion of a second urban garden plot in Crested Butte. To be part of the organization go to their website at www. mountainrootsfoodproject.org or call Holly Conn at 349.7470.
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Flags for businesses The Robert A. Watters American Legion Post 54 places large American flags in front of businesses on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Cattlemen’s Day (July 14) and Patriot Day (Sept. 11). Show your patriotism by subscribing to their program. It only costs $20, which is tax deductible. For more information, or to subscribe, contact Claire Veech at 209.6042 or Eddie Evans at 641.3471. In annual tradition, the ladies of The American Legion Auxiliary will be out with poppies May 22-28, which are distributed in honor of the veterans of all our wars. The tradition of the poppy as a memorial flower for those who have died in American wars began following World War I. On Friday, Gunnison Mayor Jonathan Houck presented the city’s annual poppy proclamation to Sally Duck, on left, and Ann Laguens of the American Legion Auxiliary. Photo by Laura Anderson
Randy and Karen Stuckey have announced the engagement of their daughter Kendra Lee Stuckey to Eric Walter Kiklevich, son of Roark Kiklevich and Marva Crothers. Kendra and Eric are both natives of Gunnison. Eric has an environmental science degree from Western State College. Kendra has a Spanish degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango. They enjoy exploring the Gunnison Valley, skiing, backpacking, fishing and floating the rivers. Eric even popped the question while fishing on the Gunnison River. An August 2012 wedding is being planned. Mergelman graduates
Gunnison Energy Corporation, an Oxbow Company, donated $1,500 to Gunnison Middle School (GMS) at Tuesday’s meeting of the RE1J Board of Education. The money will be utilized to make upgrades to the scoreboards in the gym at the Community School. Seen here, Gunnison Energy President Brad Robinson hands over the check to GMS Athletic Director Mike Book at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Matt Smith
Dustyn Mergelman will be graduating from Idalia High School in Idalia, Colo., on Sunday, May 20. He is the son of Craig and Christine Mergelman from Olathe and the big brother of Tiana, Johanna and the late Austyn Mergelman, as well as the grandson of Margret
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Compost 101 workshop Turn your garbage into gardens with a free workshop on composting. If you’ve been intimidated by the cold, the aridity, or the bears of the Gunnison Country, fear no more. Compost 101 will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Crested Butte Community School as part of the Community Dig-In Day. You’ll learn the basic theories of composting, explore different composting systems and receive a free copy of the High Altitude Composting Guide and Instructions/Supply List for building your own outdoor bin. The workshop will be followed by a free outdoor bin-building demonstration at 12:30 p.m. RSVP by today to maya@resourceefficiency. org or 641.7682. For more information, go to www.resourceefficiency.org. This workshop is brought to you by the Mountain Roots Food Project and the Office for Resource Efficiency.
Workshop on backyard chickens Backyard chickens, the fourth in a spring series of Gunnison Farmers Market free workshops will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 4 to 5 p.m., at 421 N. Boulevard. Jonathan Houck will discuss choosing, brooding and raising chickens, sizing and constructing coops, diet and egg production and dealing with winter in our cold climate. Contact Dottie at 641.2401 or mccaleb@gatewayone. com to reserve a space. View eclipse at Blue Mesa View the annular eclipse at Blue Mesa Reservoir’s Elk Creek Campground Amphitheater on Sunday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Drop in anytime between those hours. The eclipse maximum will be around 6:30 p.m. Participants will be required to wear shared eclipse glasses, provided by the National Park Service. Bring a picnic and make it an evening. Bonfils Blood Drive
Adult Prom returns An Adult Prom — Preps Vs. Punks — will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m., at the Brick Cellar, 122 Tomichi Ave. Get your khakis pressed or your black leather polished. Admission is by donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Gunnison Arts Center.
The Gunnison Community Blood Drive that will be held on Tuesday, May 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 909 Escalante Drive, is being held in memory of Beverly Wood, the longtime local liaison for the drive. Wood passed away in February. Her family appreciates this honor and stresses the need for blood donations to help meet Colorado’s needs.
Gunnison High graduation The Gunnison High School graduation will be held on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m., in the Western State College Paul Wright Gymnasium. Doors open at 1 p.m. No air-horns allowed.
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Hour to celebrate this beautiful spring weather with fabulous hors d’oeurves starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. You don’t need to sign up, but you may want to reserve a table for dinner afterwards (a 10 percent discount applies). For more information or transportation, call 275.6248. Parent’s Night Out Drop off the kids on Thursday, May 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. They’ll get food, games, crafts and a movie for a $10 donation to the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP). Parents get a 20 percent off coupon for Garlic Mike’s or the Palisades Restaurant. Children will be cared for by trained (and background checked) NPP child facilitators. Call 642.4667 for more information. Free Swim Test Day Figure out which swim level is right for your child for upcoming swim lessons on Free Swim Test Day, Friday, May 25, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Gunnison Community Center. All participants receive free admission to the facility. For more information, call 641.8060. Youth Fishing Derby and Outdoor Sports Expo The City of Gunnison Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Gunnison Youth Fishing Derby and Outdoor Sports Expo on Saturday, May 26, at Jorgensen Park. It’s a great opportunity for youth to get introduced to fishing and outdoor sports. Activities include turkey calling and identification, archery range, fish handling, boating safety, rod and reel setup and baiting, casting and accuracy, “leave no trace” ethics and elk education. Rods and reels are provided, as well as a free lunch and great prizes. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Crested Butte Reunion The Crested Butte Reunion is holding a gathering over Memorial Day weekend. Pick up a schedule at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Attendees need to sign up for the dinner on Sunday May 27. The cost is $25. Contact Glo at 349.1880 to sign up, or for more information.
Ripple Art retreat A two-day, experimental Ripple Art retreat will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The retreat is free to participants, except for supplies, in exchange for feedback on the experience. A variety of creative exercises will be used to access a personal, visual vocabulary. Connections to the landscapes that are central to our lives will also be explored. Mixed media, collage, group discussion and reflective writing will all be used as tools to arrive at a transformative art experience. The group will meet at the Art Studio for the Center of the Arts, 111 Elk Ave. in Crested Butte, then venture out. Participants should bring a hat, water, sunscreen, lunch and digital camera (optional). There are only five spaces left. Contact Ivy Walker to reserve your space at 275.1875 or email@example.com. Television signals The digital upgrade of the overthe-air television signals is nearly complete. Seventeen channels are available in most areas. Users should rescan their digital television or converter box to assure they are receiving all available channels. For more information, go to www. gcmetrec.com or call 641.9148.
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and Joyce and Steve Gustafson of Cumberland, R.I. Louis’ great-grandparents are Alberta McArdle of Cumberland, Lorraine Bornhoft of Windsor, Colo., and Jean and Ray Paricio of Buena Vista.
Harlow Grace McGlinchey Harlow Grace McGlinchey was born to Kayla and Sean McGlinchey of Gunnison on April 23 at 3:46 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs., 12 ozs. and was 19.25 inches long. Harlow’s grandparents are Catherine and Kevin Moss of Gunnison. Her great-grandparents are Monita and Mike Young of Pahrump, Nev.
Kashton Jack Kloeppel Louis Edward Bornhoft was born to Laura and Kris Bornhoft of Gunnison on April 12 at 7:20 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs., 11 ozs. and was 21 inches long. Louis was welcomed into the family by his sister Teresa, age 21 months. His grandparents are Sherri and Kevin Bornhoft of Falcon, Colo.,
Kashton Jack Kloeppel was born to Jessica and Karl Kloeppel of Gunnison on May 9 at 12 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 8 ozs. and was 21 inches long. Kashton was welcomed into the family by his brother Kolten, age 15 months. His grandparents are Dwight Weaver of Gunnison, Kenny Kloeppel of Gunnison and Rhonda Miller of Lakewood, Colo. His great-grandparents are Jesse and Jack Weaver of Gunnison.
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Cows coming to Hartman Rocks The gates at Hartman Rocks are all going to be closed for the next month while a local rancher grazes cows in the area. These guys are great to work with and have been very supportive of recreation at Hartman Rocks. New, dated signs will be at each gate and until they are replaced with signs stating that they can be left open. All gates need to be securely closed at all times. Please do your best to be certain that the gates latch securely. If you find a gate open, close it. Thanks for respecting the multiple uses that take place on these lands. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, contact Gunnison Trails at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cottonwood Pass open Cottonwood Pass was opened for through traffic on May 10. Users should be aware that early spring conditions exist, with muddy sections, soft spots, frost boils and possible snow.
Local rancher Allen Roper, middle, yuks it up with John Scott at a retirement party for Scott this past Saturday at the Fred Field Heritage Center in Gunnison. Scott recently retired after 26 years as the Gunnison district conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Photo by Chris Rourke
School scoop, with a cherry on top Molly St. George and Elle Morrison dig in last Thursday at the Gunnison PTA’s fourth annual Camille Besse Ice Cream Social and Book Swap at the Gunnison Community School. The event is named after Besse, a Gunnison resident and longtime employee of the school district, who retired a few years back. Below, Rowen Downum peruses the book selection. Photos by Chris Rourke
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Boston Brass Music Camp Boston Brass returns to the Gunnison Valley for the second year to offer an expanded, in-depth camp for brass players, ninth grade through college, on June 30 to July 7. The daily schedule includes masterclasses, large and small ensembles, private lessons, coaching, outdoor activities and performances. The camp wraps up with a small and large ensemble concert on July 6 that is free and open to the public. For nearly 25 years, Boston Brass has established new standards in musical entertainment from exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire. A small ensemble of campers will open for Boston Brass when they perform during CBMF on July 7. CBMF and Western State College are once again partnering to offer the camp. Tuition is $695 (including food and double occupancy lodging at the college). Tuition only is also available for $450.
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Bluegrass Kids Camp As part of the festivalâ€™s third annual Bluegrass In Paradise, there will be an expanded Kids Camp for students ages 7 to 17 on July 9 to 13. The camp, led by director Drew Murdza, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at Elevation Hotel & Spa in Mt. Crested Butte. Mike Finders, of Finders and Youngberg, will be the celebrity guest instructor joined by Murdza, Carl Meinecke and Jenny Hill in teaching students songwriting, choreography and music notation and arranging. Guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, bass, mandolin and percussion will
The Kids Bluegrass Camp is just one of the opportunities for youth to participate in the Crested Butte Music Festival this summer. Photo by Alex Fenlon
be the focus. Participants will have a chance to share what they learn at a group performance on July 13 that is part of CBMFâ€™s Divine Family Young Peopleâ€™s Concert series. Enrollment is limited to 60 students. The tuition cost is $225, with a special rate of $150 for 20 students residing in Gunnison County on a first-come, first-served basis. Opera Childrenâ€™s Chorus From July 9 to 29, children and young adults, ages 7 to 18, will have the chance of a lifetime to learn from the likes of David Syrus, head of music for Londonâ€™s Royal Opera of Covent Garden; Jens Georg Bachmann, festival music director and conductor; Sarah Meyers, opera stage director; Justin Johnson, opera assistant stage director; and Linda Gelinas, dance captain and dancer for The Metropolitan Opera. They will sing on stage with opera stars from the Met and around the country during local performances. Registration has concluded, but contact CBMF at 349.0619 about the 2013 program. Registration and application forms for Boston Brass Music Camp and Bluegrass Kids Camp are available at www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com and www. bluegrassinparadise.com or call 349.0619.
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Effrum the Bear, Denverâ€™s newest all-star line up band, plays the Gunnison Arts Center Theater on Sunday, May 27. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Effrum the Bear possesses a wide range of influences, national touring experience and studio time. They are planning to create an uproar with their hard driving, fast paced, blues-grass rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. Their sound is interlaced with a large musical vocabulary. Pro musicianship, with a â€œwe like to partyâ€? attitude, carries over to the crowd in a positive way every time. Get your tickets online at www.gunnisonartscenter. org.
Bicycle Art Open The GAC will feature its Bike Art Open in August to celebrate the return of the Pro Cycling Challenge. Start on your bicycle-theme art submission now. Call 641.4029, come to the GAC or get more information online at www.gunnisonartscenter.org.
GAC Gallery Shop The GAC is creating a Gallery Shop to open later this month. Artists who are not currently showing work in town are invited to inquire or submit a letter of interest as soon as possible. A team will be formed and artwork installed with a balance of art mediums. For more information, call Karen Immerso at 641.3875 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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STIFFED at Stocker Stadium GHS girls claim league title, despite absence of trophy Matt Smith Times Staff Writer
GHS Track and Field — The Gunnison girls returned to the top of the team standings at the regional track and field meet, yet longtime head coach Bob Howard felt there was something missing. Despite winning their fifth Class 3A Western Slope League (WSL) meet in the past seven years on Saturday at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium, it became apparent to him that high school track and field has become more about individual accolades than team standings. “It was a huge bummer that we went down there and stole one and our own regional director didn’t even stick around to read the team scores,” said Howard, who’s been at the helm of GHS 15-plus years. “There was no plaque this year, no nothing.” GHS Athletic Director Dennis Fraser took on an impromptu role of reading out the team scores once all was said and done. Youth and depth lifted the GHS girls past Cedaredge by 25 points in the team standings, 150-125. On the boys’ side of the spectrum, the Cowboys fell short of repeating last year’s title run and settled for fourth overall. The GHS boys have won five of the past seven league meets. Howard sees the absence of any team awards this year as a by-product of the new state qualifying format that was implemented by the
Hope Hicks placed eighth in the 800 in Grand Junction and will be one of seven underclassmen headed to compete at the State Championships for the GHS girls.
Schliesman goes with the flow Junior looks forward to third state trip Matt Smith Times Staff Writer
GHS Boys Swimming — Rough seas for the Gunnison High (GHS) boys swimming program haven’t taken away Alex Schliesman’s ability to remain bouyant. Despite the Cowboys pretty much crumbling down the backstretch of the season — losing a coach and two of their five swimmers — the GHS junior has rolled with the tide and will return to the Class 4A State Championships for a third time in his career this coming weekend in Thornton. “I’m used to switching around coaches and just going with the flow,” said Schliesman. “I’ve had a different coach every year and this is my third one this year.” At the Western Slope Regional Championships in Grand Junction over the weekend, it was Montrose head coach Silas Almgren that Schliesman consulted with after each heat. For the past few weeks, Schliesman has been travelling to Montrose to work out with Almgren’s Indians on a regular basis. Having spent a long youth career racing against many members of the Montrose team, the change in surroundings hasn’t seemed to slow Schliesman by even a stroke. “It’s tough to travel, but it’s cool to practice down there,” said Schliesman. “I’ve been competing against (Montrose) my whole life, so I feel like I know a lot of them.” Schliesman described his battle with the Indians’ Lars Knutson on Saturday in Grand Junction — in the 50-meter freestyle — as a “friendly competition.” That’s despite Knutson beating him out of first place by just .05 seconds. In Schliesman’s only other event of the day, the 100 freestyle, he took fifth place in 51.04. He was seeded third entering the finals after being touched out in the prelims for second by just .01 seconds. GHS freshman Austin Burke took 10th in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 57.73. He also Swimming B8
Freshman Adrina Anders claimed a spot at the State meet in the high jump. Photos by Dan Anders
GHS junior Alex Schliesman, seen here at the Western Slope Championships on Saturday, will return to the 4A State Championships for a third consecutive year this coming weekend. Photo by Margaret Cranor
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Colorado High School Activities Association last season. In prior years, an individual or relay team had to place in the top four at their regional meet in order to go to state. Such changes may also signify the end of an era — and one in which the Cowboys’ reigned supreme. “I’ve sold my program for the last 15-plus years on trying to win the league title as our number one goal,” said Howard. “The value of a team competition is completely destroyed.” A total of 10 Cowboys will advance to the State Championships, which will be held at Jefferson Stadium in Lakewood today, May 17, through Saturday. Final results will be posted at chsaa.org. Youth turns golden for GHS girls There’s good times around the bend for the GHS girls. Case in point: Of the 10 events they will be represented in at the State Championships this coming weekend, just one upperclassman will be making the trip to Lakewood. It was the youth of the Cowboys squad that provided the brunt of the impact en route to claiming yet another WSL team title. “We lost by three points last year and this year we had a younger team, so I thought it would be more difficult,” said sophomore Marissa Danos. “We came out on top and did it by having a good variety of people place in different events.” Danos led the way, claiming one of the Cowboys’ two individual title of the meet, in the 100 meter hurdles. She also placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the pole vault. Danos will compete in all three events at state. Junior Maggie Murphy made a big dent in the GHS team total by placing second in the 800, fifth in the 1,600 and helping the 4x800
Senior John Powell had his hand in 19 of the Cowboys’ 71 points at the WSL meet in Grand Junction over the weekend. Photo by Dan Anders
and 4x400 relay teams to second and fourth place finishes, respectively. Murphy will compete in the 800 and 4x800 relay at state. Joining her for that relay will be underclassmen Bobbie Corn, Kirstin Whiting and Hope Hicks. Freshmen Maddie Smith, Alaina Kalow and Adrina Anders stepped up big entering their first date with a state meet. Kalow will run the 300 hurdles and 100 at state, where Smith will try her hand in the pole vault and Anders will have a go in the high jump. This past weekend, Smith scored 21 of the GHS girls’ points, all in field events. She won the pole vault, placed fourth in the triple jump and landed sixth in the high and long jump. “We all knew we had to do our best to get all the points we could,” said Smith. “We were counting up the points all day just to see where we were.” Caylor Albers placed fourth in the discus and third in the shot put in Grand Junction. She will compete in the shot put at state. GHS boys limp away with fourth It would have been easy for things to have gone a different direction for the GHS boys in Grand Junction. But injuries, fumbled hand-offs and stiff competition kept the Cowboys a good dis-
tance away from the lead pack of teams vying for the WSL crown. GHS finished with a total of 71 points. Rifle cruised to the title with 167, Cedaredge was second with 130 and Coal Ridge amassed 102. “It’s hard to go from first in the league to fourth,” said senior Chris Mayfield. “But this league has gotten tougher every year I’ve been here.” Mayfield managed to place fifth in the 100 and help the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to third and fourth place finishes, respectively, before being sidelined with a leg injury. At state, Mayfield will compete in the 100 and 400. Having just one relay team and three other individuals joining him in Lakewood, he sees it as one last chance to enjoy high school track. “None of us are ranked high, so none of us have anything to lose,” he said. “We’re just going to go and have some fun.” Seniors Adrian Lovato and John Powell helped Mayfield carry the load at the WSL Championships. That effort started with assisting the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams to second and fifth place finishes, respectively. Lovato placed second in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600. Powell came in third in the 1,600 and finished fourth in the 800. GHS picked up big points in the pole vault, where Matt Howard and Zach Smith placed second and third, respectively. Jack Starkebaum took sixth in the event to add to the team total. Howard and Smith will advance to the state meet in the event. The only other Cowboy joining them will be Camron Harshman, who placed fifth in the triple jump in Grand Junction. Jack Murphy aided the cause with fifth place points in the 300, Cristian Agular was sixth in the long jump and Connor Clark brought in seventh place points in the 400. (Matt Smith can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or mattsmith@gunnisontimes. com)
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placed 11th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.77. The Cowboys’ only other individual at the meet was sophomore Tim Cranor, who placed 12th in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Schliesman will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle when he returns to the Class 4A State Championships this Friday. After watching races come down to the wire last weekend in Grand Junction, the junior knows that every split second will count. “It’s going to come down to hundredths of a second in both events,” said Schliesman, who placed 14th in state in the 50 freestyle as a sophomore. “They’re just that type of race, where there’s very little difference between first and ninth.” As for the future of the GHS program, he acknowledges that’s somewhat up in the air. “I haven’t really been scouting out the eighth graders or anything,” he said. “If anything, I’d love to see if we can’t work with Montrose.” The Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships begin at the VMAC in Thornton at 2:15 on Friday. Final rounds are slated to take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. For results on the day of the event, visit chsaa.org. (Matt Smith can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or mattsmith@ gunnisontimes.com)
MTB madness at Mesa Verde
More than a handful of local mountain bike racers hit the trails in the southwest corner of the state over the weekend to compete at the sixth annual 12 Hours of Mesa Verde relay race. The race takes place on the legendary network of trails known as Phil’s World, which sits in the shadows of Mesa Verde. Seen here (l-r) is Gunnison’s Brian Smith and Jon Brown, who won the Duo Male title. Following are local results from the event. Courtesy photo The Gunnison Roping Club kicked off a new season of its Friday night team roping series last week at the Gunnison rodeo grounds. First place and the fastest time on the night went to Andy Dobie and Cade Sampson, who turned in a top time of 9.25. Finishing second was Daryl Davis and Tyler Hanson, while Wendy Hanson and Sampson finished third and Dobie teamed up with Payson Whinnery for fourth place. Wendy Hanson and Ramon Ray placed fifth. Seen here, Davis and Ray get to business and Wendy Hanson bares down on a steer. The series will continue this Friday with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. and all local riders and spectators are invited to join in the fun. Photos by Chris Rourke
12 HOURS OF MESA VERDE — SATURDAY, MAY 12 Solo Geezer — 4. James Dirksen, 5 laps, 10:36:21. Solo Female — 1. Jari Kirkland, 7 laps, 11:07:21. Duo Singlespeed — 14. Rebecca Bruno and Mary Davis, 5 laps, 9:02:45. Duo Male — 1. Brian Smith and Jon Brown, 9 laps, 11:28:40; 11. Aaron Huckstep and Dodson Harper, 8, 11:35:28; 12. Ben Preston and Jafar Tabaian, 8, 11:40; 15. Josh Egedy and Logan Jones, 8, 12:08:24. Duo Female — 1. Jennifer Smith and Sarah Kaufman, 8 laps, 11:19:17; 5. Heather McDowell and Krista Powers, 7, 11:35:17; 12. Lauren Bock and Chrissy Oliveri, 6, 10:49:23; 17. Emma Jervey and Michele Preston, 5, 10:46:57. Duo Coed — 1. Eszter Horanyi and Jonathan Davis, 8 laps, 11:07:03; 17. Torey and Ro Carroll, 6, 9:55:03. 3-4 Male — 4. Bryan Dillon, David Ochs, Ethan Passant and Jeff Irwin, 9 laps, 11:27:19; 5. Jordan Carr, Kevin Vantreek, Paul Pike and Troy Hiatt, 9, 11:57:27. 3-4 Female — 4. Dawn French, Laura Anderson, Sarah Gillis Stubbe and Tina Kempin, 7 laps, 11:20:47; 3-4 Coed — 6. Beth Shaner, Sean Riley, Brianne and Peter Marshall, 8 laps, 12:08:10; 10. Heather Kelley, Kevin Tan, Matthew Peacock and Morgan Weinberg, 7, 11:10:49.
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Womenâ€™s mountain bike rides have taken to the trails at Hartman Rocks in recent weeks, continuing a tradition that lives on after 15 years. The rides are open to ladies of all ages and abilities who seek the chance to become more experienced and confident in their riding skills in a non-competitive atmosphere. Seen here, Suzanne Taylor works on the second step-up at the end of Jackâ€™s Trail on Tuesday. To join the rides, be present at the base area every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. throughout the summer. Photo by Spenser Li
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the contest. All but one of the six Western Slope League (WSL) teams in the playoffs were bounced after the first weekend of play. Olathe advanced to the round of eight teams, where they will meet Trinidad on Saturday. GHS finished the season with a record of 9-11 overall and 9-9 in the WSL.
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Gunnisonâ€™s Susan DeMattei is one of four legendary members of the cycling world that will be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame this coming November. The four honorees represent several disciplines of the sport of cycling and span a 50-year horizon. The inductees are Erin Hartwell (modern road and track competitor), Tom Ritchey (contributor to the sport), Rob Parsons (veteran road and track competitor) and DeMattei (off-road competitor). With the class of 2012, there are now a total of 136 inductees in the Hall of Fame. DeMattei won Americaâ€™s first Olympic medal in mountain biking at the Atlanta Games in 1996. She also took the silver medal at the 1994 World Mountain Bike Championships in Vail. From 1990 through 1996 she finished on the podium in the National Championship Series every year except one. The Nov. 3 induction ceremony will be held in Davis, Calif., home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Cowboys fall to Faith in 3A playoffs The Gunnison High (GHS) baseball team met their fate on Saturday morning in Arvada, as top-seeded Faith Christian ended the Cowboysâ€™ season with an 11-1 defeat. The Cowboys were held hitless through four innings and mustered just three base hits in the game. The Eaglesâ€™ Colby Smith finished with 10 strikeouts in
Spots continue to fill up for the 2012 Mountaineer Athletic Association (MAA) Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 19, at Dos Rios Golf Club. The course can accommodate 32 teams for the traditional fourperson scramble, sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance and BW Insurance to benefit the scholarship needs of Western State student-athletes. The shotgun start takes place at 9 a.m., and the $85 per golfer includes cart, lunch, tee prize and range balls. Tee prizes are provided by Pinnacol and BW, as well as Genco ATC Product Lifecycle Logistics. In addition to the team tournament prizes, golfers can also win for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Teams can register by downloading a registration form from wscathletics.com and returning it to the WSC athletics department in Paul Wright Gym or at Dos Rios. Teams need to be registered by today, May 17.
GHS softball sluggers headed to All-Star game Four Gunnison High (GHS) softball players and their head coach have been selected to represent the Cowboys at the Western Slope All Star Softball Game, which will take place on Wednesday, May 23, in Grand Junction. Coach Leslie DiLorenzo was selected to take the helm of one of the two teams, which will split up 27 Western Slope players in Class 2-5A. GHS seniors Gabby Kalow and Kelie Peterson will join juniors Leigh Stichter and Savannah Nelson as players at the event. First pitch is slated to take place around 7 p.m. at Colorado Mesa Universityâ€™s Bergman Field.
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Gunnisonâ€™s Tim Parr, far right, took third place overall and Crested Butteâ€™s Marshall Thomson came in fourth, as local runners legged it out in the 35th annual Black Canyon Ascent on Saturday. Parr conquered the approximately six mile climb in a time of 42:29, almost one minute ahead of Thomson. Crested Butteâ€™s Stevie Kremer finished 10th overall in the race and third among women in the field, in a time of 48:06. Shari Marshall, also from Crested Butte, was 15th overall and took home the prize for first place in the womenâ€™s master category. For full results from Saturdayâ€™s Black Canyon Ascent, visit blackcanyonraces.com. Courtesy photo
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