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Horsefly Brewery 5 Courses in 5 Days 100th anniversary of Gunnison Tunnel Feeding the Community

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Beginning in 1884, the popularity of the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo embraced the rural values of the community; that trend continues today.

Joseph Selig, one of the founders of Montrose, was appointed the first County Clerk & Recorder March 12, 1883. County Clerk & Recorder Francine Tipton Long

As early as 1923, Road and Bridge crews were committed to establishing and maintaining a sound County infrastructure system.

Stay connected on events, newsletters, projects and updates! Please visit or kindly call (970) 249-7755

The first elected Sheriff of Montrose County, James B. Johnson served from 1883-1888. Sheriff Rick Dunlap

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Area Roundup

Fun of all sorts is on tap at these events.

34 DINE Guide

A guide to what’s new and tasty.

41 DINE Guide Map

Black Canyon: Celebrating 10 years as a national park

12 Five golf courses, five days. The three-county area of the Uncompahgre Valley – Montrose, Delta, Ouray Counties – have one commonality: it’s home to distinctly different and challenging golf. Fun (adventure?) for every skill set.



Gunnison Tunnel Ghost Story No one saw the man enter the tunnel. No one saw him leave. Some said he'd seen a ghost. Though the tunnel had been opened for less than a year, the legend was born. The Gunnison Tunnel could be haunted.



Feeding the Community Thanksgiving Friends Dinner, Inc., serving the community since 1995. “Everyone is welcome, the food is good, it’s home cooked, and there’s good people in the kitchen.”



Horsefly Brewing: A Love for Beer There is nothing better than enjoying a fresh-crafted beer — unless it comes from your "backyard" brewery; Horsefly Brewery.


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Montrose Daily Press

Joel Blocker

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Gunnison Tunnel: 100th Anniversay The completion of this momentous project in the summer of 1909 called for a "celebration extraordinaire." One hundred years later, people continue to marvel at the skills and determination of the valley's early settlers.

Last of the Season Ti m F r a t e s

Red Mountain Reflection Ti m F r a t e s

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Ridgway Ranch W i l l i a m Wo o d y

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area events roundup Get ready to kick up your heels in Montrose and surrounding areas this spring and summer. Fun of all sorts is on tap at the following events:


Farmers' Market, Saturdays, 8:30 am -1 pm, by the Post Office (Cascade & S. 1st). 209-8463 Oct. 25:

Valley Symphony Concert, 3pm – 5pm, Montrose Pavilion. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Soloist Ken Todd & Debra TenNapel. Call (970) 249-7015 to purchase tickets.

Oct. 31:

Battle of the Magicians. Montrose Pavilion. Show times are 2:30pm and 7:30pm. A "Street" Magician takes on a traditional "Stage" Magician in a full magic show at the Montrose Pavilion Auditorium. Tickets available at Jovis Coffee and the Pavilion. Info: 252-0812.


Western Slope Concert Series, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Montrose Pavilion. "Classical Music Meets Exotic Percussion" Mientka- Alderdice Consort Kathryn Mientka(Piano), Tyme Mientka (Cello), David Alderdice (Percussion), with guest artists Elise Helmke (Harp) and Alisha Bean (Violin). Call (970) 249-7015 to purchase tickets. Info: (970) 241-0741 or visit:

Nov. 6:

Play: "My Fair Lady" Magic Circle Theatre. Running through Nov. 28. Ticket info: 249-7838

Nov. 6:

First Friday Art Walk. Mainstreet Montrose, 5:30pm. Galleries, Restaurants and Specialty shops are open to provide a great Downtown Destination for your enjoyment! Each business has a local artist displaying their original work. Refreshments available at most establishments. Come to Historic Main Street for dinner, shopping, and a movie.

Nov. 10:

Taste of Home Cooking School, 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Montrose Pavilion. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets: $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Pavilion or at the Montrose Daily Press. For more information, visit:

Nov. 14:

Del-Rose Chorus Annual Show. Starting at 2 pm with tea and cake and 7:30 pm with cheese and wine. The afternoon show is $12 and the evening show is $15. Due to space limitation, tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available at Flairmont Furniture, Jovis Coffeehouse and Loony Bean Coffeehouse in Montrose.

Nov. 26:

Community Thanksgiving Dinner, call for time, Friendship Hall. 249-8884 {see story page 28}

Nov. 27:

Community Tree Lighting & Caroling. County Courthouse, North 1st St., 5:30pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Montrose during the annual Community Tree Lighting and Caroling.

Nov. 29:

Nutcracker Ballet, 7pm – 9pm. Montrose Pavilion. The timeless holiday ballet with the State Street Ballet from Santa Barbara, California. Call (970) 249-7015 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit:


Ten Friends Arts & Crafts Show, 9am-4pm, Ute Indian Museum. 240-8377

Dec. 5:

Holiday Parade of Lights, Main Street, 5:00pm. The Holiday Parade of Lights is a favorite annual event with approximately 100 enteries each year.

Dec. 6:

Valley Symphony Concert, 3pm – 5pm. Montrose Pavilion. Christmas Chorus Concert. For more information, visit:

Dec. 10: Dec. 11-12: Dec. 14:

Montrose High School Choir Concert, 7pm – 9pm. Montrose Pavilion. Info: (970) 249-6636. Peppermint Patch Craft Show, Fri. 3-7pm, Sat. 9am-4pm, Friendship Hall. 970-487-3544 Centennial Middle School Concert, 6pm – 9pm. Montrose Pavilion. Info: (970) 249-2576.

Dec. 15:

Montrose High School Band Concert, 7pm – 9pm. Montrose Pavilion. Info: (970) 249-6636.

Dec. 17:

Columbine Middle School Concert, 6pm – 9pm. Montrose Pavilion. Info: (970) 249-2581.

Dec. 20:

Montrose Community Band Christmas Concert, 3pm – 5pm. Montrose Pavilion. Come and enjoy this exciting event! Info: (970) 252-1378 or (970) 252-0918.


Jan. 7-10:

Western Slope Concert Series, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Montrose Pavilion. "The Polish Violin Virtuoso" Stephanie Mientka (viola), Tyme Mientka (cello), Kathryn Mientka (piano). Call (970) 249-7015 to purchase tickets. Info: (970) 241-0741 or visit:

15th Annual Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray Ice Park. 970-325-4288 or

Jan. 15:

"Steel Magnolias" Magic Circle Theatre. Running through Jan. 30. Ticket info: 249-7838

Jan. 30:

7th Annual Blue Sky Music Presents: Benefit Concert for Hospice & KVNF. Call for info. 275-4183

Note: When no phone number is given for a particular listing, call the Montrose Chamber at 249-5000 or Montrose Visitor and Convention Bureau at 252-0505 or check This list is not intended to be comprehensive and relies on information available at press time.


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On the Cover: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park located 15-20 minutes from downtown Montrose. It opened in 1999 and visitor growth has been steady.

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Horses graze near Ridgway as a summer thunderstorm approaches.


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“Black Canyon” watercolor by Kurt Isgreen

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Five golf courses, five days. Someone has to do it. The three-county area of the Uncompahgre Valley – Montrose, Delta, Ouray Counties – have one commonality: it’s home to distinctly different and challenging golf. Fun (adventure?) for every skill set. We set off this summer to play local golf courses and to write a few words

by Stephen Woody

about what makes them unique. Time was, there was just one golf course – Montrose Golf Club – and it was a nineholer. Then in the 1990s, golf development came and it came aplenty. Playing golf, then writing about it – well, that’s what you call a perk. Here’s a quick guide to

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what’s available. Go ahead and play. Autumn golf is often the best time of year. The main point to stress: All of these golf courses are affordable and memorable. If you like the game, you’ll be back, maybe to all of them.

A rainbow over the Bridges means it’s a good day to play. photo by William Woody

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Opening in 1959 and designed by Joe Francese, the BCGC has a friendly, “muni” feel about it, but it’s a valued asset to the community for all of the fund-raiser tournaments there are held there. Ken Brown is the pro and has a complete pro shop; the food is from Rib City Grill. The course features two distinct nine holes with large, mature cottonwoods and evergreens throughout. The signature hole is a tempting par four, the fourth hole, which is reachable with a drive for the big hitters, if they can avoid the outof-bounds on the right, the pond adjacent to the green and the big cottonwood in the middle of the fairway. Most golfers choose a mid-iron or fivewood to get it close and hit a wedge into a tricky green. The second nine, which was built years later, has a more wide-open feel, but also includes a short par four (#13) with a small, narrow green. Score a four and walk away happy. The finishing hole, too, is tempting for the big hitters; it’s reachable, but OB and houses line the north side, snap hook one left and you’re in the 10th fairway. Enjoy! It’s located on Birch Street, off Highland. Info: 249-GOLF.



Designed by Craig Cherry, Inc., Cobble opened with nine holes and a trailer in 1999. Today, it features a complete, well-conditioned 18 holes, two golf professionals, two practice ranges, a new clubhouse with healthclub and bar, a full pro shop and Ted Nelson’s Steakhouse. The signature hole is number 4, a 373 yard par four which, after a good tee shot, only requires a short iron. But it’s a tricky, elevated green and miss it left or right, there’s a creek and sand. The head professional is Troy Youngren, a PGA profressional and a Nike pro; Angelo DeJulio is the assistant pro, the coach of the local high school golf team who is affiliated with Callaway. Cobble has steadily matured over the years. Two years ago, after completing the clubhouse, the nines were switched. There’s plenty of water, environmentally protected areas, so just drop one if an errant shot flies into the fancy “weeds.” From the back, it’s 6,970 yards and holes 11, 12 and 13 challenge the big hitters and best players. Enjoy! It’s located on Cobble Drive, near the Ute Museum. Info: 240-9542

The colorful leaves of fall begin to during play at the 17th hole at The Links at Cobble Creek. photo by William Woody

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THE BRIDGES One tip: Play the tees at the Bridges that suit your game best in order to have fun. A Nicklaus Design, which opened in 2005, can be hard. Real hard. From the tips: more than 7,000 yards. It features a full-line pro shop, a large bar and clubhouse, and Remington’s restaurant. One hole on the incoming nine features two greens, one farther than the other. The 18th is a wonderful finishing hole, a timely place to press the bets because of what’s ahead. A good drive sets up a short iron, but there’s water on the left. Miss the second shot right, and it becomes a thinking golfer’s hole with its short cut, sloping apron. All kinds of shots to consider in getting up and down for a par – a chip, do I use the putter? A pitch and run? A flop? Afterwards, enjoy the large deck which overlooks the course and mountains and maybe a beverage or two. Enjoy! It’s located on Bridges Drive, near the Montrose Pavilion. Info: 252-1119.


THE DIVIDE RANCH AND CLUB – OURAY COUNTY Welcome to golf at almost 8,000 feet with spectacular views of the San Juans and Mount Sneffles, your aiming point on the 10th hole. The Divide Ranch and Club, once known as Fairway Pines, opened a new, spectacular clubhouse July 2008 and in doing so, re-positioned some of the holes. A better fit. The course opened in 1993 and it has matured well. Likely the club you’ll use the least – unless you’re a single-digit handicap golfer – is the driver. The altitude and its relatively short length masquerades its bite – tight fairways, unforgiving rough, tall trees. (Practice that shot where you punch out of the woods a couple of times before teeing off.) There’s plenty of temptation to go for the par fives with a second shot, but miss it slightly and you’re in the woods hunting. The 18th is also notable, a neat, short finishing hole. Water fronts the hole, so that takes the big drives out of play. Typically, golfers choose a mid-iron or five-wood to get it close for a wedge. Miss it left, there’s water and tough rough. Miss it right, it’s one more time trip into nature. If in the fairway, it’s a good time to spin a wedge, or short iron close. Then head for the 19th hole. It’s not unusual to see wildlife in the fairways. It has a relatively short season, closing in October, so take advantage of the warm days and tee it up. Pros Kevin Folga and Steve Skiff welcome you. Enjoy! It’s located on Log Hill Mesa near Ridgway. Info: 626-5284.


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DEER CREEK VILLAGE GOLF CLUB – DELTA COUNTY Charles Dickens notably wrote in ‘The Tale of Two Cities’, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” At Deer Creek, if Mr. Dickens would’ve teed it up, he could have written, “it was the front nine, then it was the back nine.” It’s two distinctively different sides, playable, fun, challenging. The front side is older, opening in 1992 and designed by Byron Coker, is more traditional – flat and plays through a housing development. The ninth hole is notable because it requires a tee shot and then a short iron into a small green that is adjacent to a pond. Okay. You’ve played the front, grabbed a cold one, and lets go play nine more. The back side features elevated tees, big views of Delta County vistas, sloping fairways and some up and down (rent a cart!) as it climbs to 6,100 feet. Afterwards, while counting the strokes and making restaurant plans on site, share a laugh with one of the bestknown area professionals, Larry Murphy, a senior certified PGA professional and teacher. Enjoy! It’s near Cedaredge, using highways 95 and 65. Info: 856-7781

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Golfers finish their putts on the 18th hole, while competing in the Bridges Pro-Am Golf Tournament photo by Joel Blocker


DEVIL’S THUMB GOLF CLUB We didn’t play Devil’s Thumb on this particular mission, but it’s worth writing about because I’ve played it before. It was celebrated in Golf Digest magazine when it opened in 2001 as the one of the “best new affordable golf course in the nation.” What separates “The Thumb” from others are the subtle strategies. There are often several options into the greens. On one hole, for example, you can play it safe from the elevated tee and hit down a big wide fairway, then a short iron down onto the green. Or, if you’re feeling frisky and hitting that driver good, tee it up high, let ‘er fly and you may reach the par four with a tee shot. You’ll use a lot of clubs on this course. Enjoy! It’s located off of highway 50. Info: 874-6262.

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Pilots begin to circle the launching site on the final day of the "Balloons-N-Varooms" hot air balloon and classic car festival in Ridgway.

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ONE NIGHT IN JANUARY, the Gunnison Tunnel's shift boss saw something remarkable: a strange man walking through the tunnel, who neither spoke to him, nor acknowledged his warnings. No one saw the man enter the tunnel. No one saw him leave. Some later questioned the shift boss' accuracy, suggesting he was seeing things, or, less kindly, that he was asleep and dreaming. Others said he'd seen a ghost — and several tunnel workers believed they had as well. Though the tunnel had been opened for less than a year on Jan. 22, 1910, the legend was born. The Gunnison Tunnel could be haunted. "We lost a lot of men," local historian Dona Freeman said. In addition to accidents in the tunnel, workers caught pneumonia and died, or were severely injured. "In a project like that, it's going to take its toll," Freeman said. The ghost story, as first reported in 1910, is as follows: "Did the spirit of one of the men who perished in the sad accident in the tunnel Sunday afternoon come back to the scene of the tragedy; is the body of some man who attempted to walk through the tunnel alone Sunday night lying hidden in some dark spot


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where he had fallen after injuring himself by collisions with the rock walls or by coming in contact with live wires; or did the shift boss, who is responsible for the above questions, fall asleep as he sat on a pile of muck in tunnel and have a ghostly vision conjured by his brain, which had just received the fearful impressions of the tragedy? "To have these questions effectively settled one way or another would contribute greatly to the peace of mind of many of the tunnel workers who are inclined to be superstitious. Some there are who declare that a man, who was not a man but the spirit presentment of a man, walked through the tunnel a few hours after the tragedy of the afternoon. "A shift boss, who was waiting in the tunnel for his men to appear, is responsible for the story. He declares that he was sitting on a pile of muck waiting, when he saw a stranger approaching into the circle of lights from his candle, from out of the darkness toward the west end of the tunnel. "Thinking it was a newspaperman or the friend of some of the unfortunates who had lost their lives, the shift boss hailed the stranger and told him he had better not attempt to walk the remainder of the way alone. "The boss advised him to wait for a tram train, but to none of the remarks

did the mysterious stranger utter a reply, nor did he even glance toward the shift boss. "When the figure of the stranger had been swallowed up by the gloom toward the east end of the tunnel, the shift boss made his way to a phone, it is said, and warned the people at the east end that a lone man was attempting to walk through the tunnel and that they had better send a train to his relief. "The train was sent in, but despite the most diligent search, not a trace of the stranger could be found. Now the men do not know how to account for the presence, in the middle of the tunnel, without a light, of a lone man whom no one saw enter the tunnel at the west end and who did not leave it at the east end. "Now, it is declared, some of the men will not venture into the big bore alone." The Gunnison Tunnel celebrated its opening 100 years ago, in 1909. Whether what the shift boss saw in 1910 was or wasn't an actual paranormal event is as murky now as it was then — as Freeman said, "I wish there had been a followup." Maybe you should err on the side of caution: Stay out of the tunnel. And keep your light close by.

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Our nation’s living symbol of freedom and its liberties, the Bald Eagle, is a common sight along the Uncompahgre River, one of its habitats in our area.

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Black Canyon Celebrating 10 years as a national park FORMER U.S. SEN. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado spent the greater part of his 17-year political career pushing for legislation that would re-designate the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument as a national park. His dream, along with that of many others, was finally realized on Oct. 21, 1999, when President Bill Clinton signed legislation designating the Black Canyon of


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the Gunnison as America's 55th national park. Campbell, along with Rep. Scott McInnis of Grand Junction and the late Ken Gale, director of the Montrose Economic Development Council, felt the re-designation would significantly bolster the local economy with increased tourism brought by national park status. The Bill (S 323) also provided for an addi-

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tional 11,180 acre wilderness area and 57,725-acre conservation area adjacent to the new national park, further preserving the natural wonder for future generations. Situated nearly midway between the Continental Divide and the desert country of the Colorado/Utah border, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison ranges in elevation from 5,500 feet near Delta, Colo. to 9,040 feet at the

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highest point east of Montrose. The 53-mile long gorge features some of the oldest rocks on earth, dating back more than a billion years ago. Modern man's interaction with the Black Canyon has primarily taken place in the past century, stirring the imaginations of explorers, railroaders, agriculturalists, recreationists and adventurers. There have been dreams realized, such as the construction of the Gunnison Tunnel Project (1909), which supplies vital irrigation water from the Gunnison River to the Uncompahgre Valley, and the completion of the Black Canyon Scenic Drive (1930) along the canyon's south rim. An effective public relations campaign, headed by Rev. Mark T. Warner of Montrose, brought about the first step in the preservation of

the Black Canyon Gorge as a National Monument in 1933. The Black Canyon was officially proclaimed, "The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument" by President Herbert Hoover. In 1934, the U.S. Geological Survey sent a group of men into the canyon to gather detailed information for a topographic map of the new monument. Sixty-six years later, the Black Canyon joined the list of over 300 national park units in the United States. There were other dreams which never materialized; for example, an electric tramway which would travel the length of the Uncompahgre Valley on power generated from the Gunnison Tunnel; a power cog railway to take visitors down into the canyon; and one of the most talked

about dreams--a 1,250 foot long, 1,950 foot high bridge that would span the gorge. However, in keeping with the National Park Service goal of preserving the canyon in its natural state, structures such as bridges have not been permitted within the park boundaries. Today, the Black Canyon Gorge remains as one of the few "primitive recreational areas" in the country, offering visitors a sense of unspoiled wilderness and a glimpse into the very earliest beginnings of life on earth.

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A Love for Beer

by Kati O'Hare

Local homebrewers open Horsefly Brewing in Montrose THERE IS NOTHING BETTER than enjoying a fresh-crafted beer — unless it comes from your "backyard" brewery. Horsefly Brewing Company — which claims to be Montrose's first brewery — was recently opened by Montrose homebrewers Nigel Askew and Melanie Freismuth. "If you are going to do something, do something that your interested in and have a passion for. Then, what was work, is not," Askew said. Askew has been been brewing beer for most of his life and when he moved to Montrose in 2004, he helped establish Montrose's Black Canyon Homebrewers Association.


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It's his passion, and one that is obvious as he carefully crafts his next batch — a barrel and a half or 52-gallon system — of American Pale Ale to Scottish and blonde. The brewery is located at 2320 E. Main Street in Montrose and is open Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Monday from 6 to 10 p.m., selling only its own beers. Their extended business hours are, “if we’re not here, then we’re not open. If we are, then come on in!” The 14-person capacity establishment features walls of barn wood; tin lines the wall underneath the bar. The bar was crafted by Askew and friends,

who also helped hang signs, garage sale shop for furniture and enjoy football games on the large big screen television. Horsefly sells its beer in 16-ounce pints or in half gallon growler. The company has not been naming their brews as of yet because they want to changing them often, examining what their customers like. It takes about a month to complete a batch. The new owners are thrilled to be sharing their crafted beers with area residents and are confident in their product. "You can't do this without experience in brewing," Askew said — and of course, a love for beer.

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A submerged Aspen leaf stands out against the background of the mineral laden Red Mountain Creek atop Red Mountain Pass.


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Almost 2,000 turn out to enjoy a community meal, fellowship PARDON THE METAPHOR, BUT….. CHEW ON THESE NUMBERS. • 1,824 full Thanksgiving dinners served in 2009. • 266 deliveries of these dinners to shut-ins. • 400-plus desserts. Likely pies and likely tasty. • 250 volunteers to cook, serve, plan. • A 31 percent gain in people being served since 2004. • 100 plus turkeys, courtesy of the Montrose Realtors Association. Plus, hams, green beans, rolls. Pepsi donates the soft drinks. • 11 months in the planning. Add it up: it’s the Thanksgiving Friends Dinner, Inc., serving the community since 1995. “Everyone is welcome,” says the group’s president, Bob Eakin in his soft Texas drawl. “The food is good, it’s


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home cooked, and there’s good people in the kitchen. There are activities for the children.” Eakin, a local CPA, leads the MCD, a 501c(3) organization and donations can be sent to its post office box, Box 2129 in Montrose, Colo. 81401. Other officers include Norm Stevenson as vice-president, Karen Rasmussen as secretary and Lou Keehfuss as treasurer. There is also a board of directors. The event began with local churches in 1995. Three years later, it was passed on the Chamber of Commerce’s Red Coats organization then to its present charitable status. Bob says the meals have grown from a few hundred in the first years, to hitting a 1,000 meals for a time in the early years of this century, to last year’s all-time high, 1,824. The officers and board convene monthly to determine what they can do better, what

can be added or subtracted to make the event better. In the last few years, live music and more activities for children have been added. Some don’t need the meal, but come just to socialize with friends and meet new people. One story Bob tells with relish. Three years ago, four pilots and flight attendants were stuck in Glenwood Springs. They drove down to Montrose and volunteered to help. It’s a community effort to make it successful. For example, next month the Coffee Trader will have its annual pie contest. All pies are used at the dinner, but local cooks get to compete in pecan, fruit and pumpkin pie contests. “We wanted to me more than a soup kitchen,” Eakin asserts. “We wanted to mirror Montrose, to show our generosity in a season of Thanksgiving. We’ve done that, and we’re grateful for the support.”

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Red Mountain Reflection |

Tim Frates

Streaks of yellow cascade down Red Mountain Pass reflecting in Crystal Lake.


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100th Anniversay by Elaine Hale Jones

"A HUNDRED THOUSAND ACRES OF DESOLATION." That's how The New York Times described western Colorado's Uncompahgre Valley 100 years ago. Early settlers discovered a barren landscape interrupted by occasional sage or rabbitbrush; miles of grayish brown adobe soil etched with alkali (salt deposits); tumbleweeds and a scarcity of wildlife. Where irrigation water had been applied to the land from the nearby Uncompahgre River, results were impressive; fields of alfalfa, vegetable gardens and orchards provided a green oasis in an otherwise desert-like environment. There was a major problem with diverting water from the river, however. There wasn't enough of the precious resource to go around and there wasn't enough to last through the entire growing season. It was a dilemma that forced local residents to find a solution and act quickly. Less than 20 miles east of Montrose, the waters of the Gunnison River roared through the depths of the Black Canyon Gorge, bypassing thousands of acres of fertile farmland surrounding


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Montrose, Olathe and Delta. The odds of tapping into this resource, however, were overwhelming. For centuries, the Utes feared this canyon of "high rocks and much water," the chasm from which they believed no one would return alive. Later explorers declared it "inaccessible ... impenetrable." Two historic explorations of the canyon, undertaken in 1900 and 1901, disputed these myths and provided valuable data for future construction of a diversionary tunnel. The next major obstacle was funding for a project of this scope. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Newlands Act, which set up the first federallyfunded program to reclaim arid lands for agriculture. A local delegation of supporters presented their case, known as the "Gunnison Tunnel Project," to the newly-established Bureau of Reclamation. After several false starts, the Bureau took over the irrigation project. Construction of the six-mile-long tunnel was a true engineering marvel. Over five million feet of rock had to be removed to dig the tunnel 11 feet wide and 13 feet high.

Incredibly, there was only a 3-inch variance at the point where crews from the east and west portals met on July 6, 1909. At its full capacity, the tunnel released over 1,000 cubic feet of water per second to thirsty acres across the Uncompahgre Valley. The completion of this momentous project in the summer of 1909 called for a "celebration extraordinaire." The date, Sept. 23, 1909, was proclaimed the "day of days" for Montrose; the day President William Howard Taft came to town to dedicate the Gunnison Tunnel. Along with thousands of sightseers, newspaper reporters from around the country and visiting dignitaries, the citizens of Montrose marked the beginning of a new era in the development of the Uncompahgre Valley. The following year, 1910, saw irrigated acreage and the number of farms nearly double in Montrose County. One hundred years later, much of the tunnel is still in its original form and people continue to marvel at the skills and determination of the valley's early settlers.

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dine Your guide to local dining.





Parmesan Crusted Chicken on Spinach Salad This local institution of taste features a new salad combining the taste of strawberries with parmesan crusted chicken. The chicken is served over a bed of spinach and can be drizzled over with a homemade strawberry dressing. Open daily from 11 a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday brunch starting at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

16oz Rib-eye with King Crab legs A tasty Rib-eye steak, cooked to order, served with King Crab legs, mixed vegetables and a baked potato. Wash that down with a Blue Moon beer or choose from several on tap. For dessert, indulge yourself with a slice of Chocolate Cream Pie. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. & Sunday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.




Anti-Pasto Salad Tempting. It is. One fo the many delicious appetizers at Garlic Mike’s is an antipasto salad features prosciutto ham, olives, fresh peppers and other delicacies, too. Try the fried green tomatoes - just like the movie, but better.



Grilled Kurabota Pork Chop A bone-in, hand cut pork chop with sweet potato mashers and fresh asparagus. Serving Wednesday thru Saturday: Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 59pm; Sunday Breakfast 10am-2pm .




Club Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries. A popular item is the club sandwich with homemade sweet potato French fries. Hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners featuring home-style cooking is what the Montrose Truck Stop is best known to natives and tourists. Open Monday & Tuesday 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Baby Back Ribs




Grand Mesa Mediterranean Pizza This pizza is one of 12 specialty pizzas on Pahgre's menu. On freshly made dough a garlic oil sauce is complemented with spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and chicken. Add a hoppy beer in a cold glass and this experience isn't your typical "beer and pizza," night. Open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. with hours extending to 10 pm on Friday & Saturday. Live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m each Friday.

Enjoy a full rack of Baby Back Ribs served smothered in a rich sauce and french fries. Smugglers, known for its specialty beers, can serve up a cold beer to complement this rack of tasty goodness. Open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Live music each Tuesday evening.


The Steak Romano with grilled shrimp, baked potato and vegetables The Stone House is one of Montrose’s newest and very affordable restaurants. We are open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. We feature steaks, fresh seafood, pasta with a great, upscale atmosphere and a “down home” attitude. Our lunches start at $7.95 and our dinners start at $12.95. Great salads and sandwiches for lunch and we feature fresh specials daily. No reservations needed, just come on; we welcome you. 240-8899.


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Colorado’s Little Italy Same Mike ~ Different Town!

Celebrating 15 years of Creative Cuisine & Specials. We are proud to offer homemade food - from our sauces, soups, salad dressings, and every dessert, you will enjoy the unique flavors that we create.

View our entire menu, daily specials and catering ideas at


Originated in Gunnison in 1994, Garlic Mike’s offers the same menu and recipes at both locations that has made Garlic Mike’s a favorite place to dine for 15 years...

SUNDAY Brunch 9am-2pm

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ASPEN ROOM Available for private parties, breakfast meetings, bridal & baby showers, rehearsal dinners & more

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Dine-in or Take-Out Lunch & Dinner • 11am to 9pm


MONTROSE’S FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT 3 years in a row! Dinner Nightly from 5pm Private party room for Larger Groups and Meetings East of Downtown Montrose between the Rose Bowl Lanes and Flairmont Furniture


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1515 Ogden Rd. Montrose

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Good Food for

Good People

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Menu too big to list . . .

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* Served All Day

• Pancakes/Waffles • Trucker’s Special • Biscuits & Gravy Supreme • Breakfast Burrito


• Club • Patty Melt


• Grilled Chicken • Philly Beef

Build Your *Ow n Fresh Burger

• Taco Salad • Combo Plate


• Chicken Fried Steak • Cod • Grilled Chicken • Pork Chops

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me * Pri Rib

• Spinach, Chef • Homemade Soups made daily! & Grilled Chicken • Salad Bar!

Lite Bites

• Frito Pie • HomemadeTaquitos • Chili Cheese Fries

* Homemade Desserts & Cinnamon Rolls * Friday Night Specials Changes Weekly

Family Night

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Kids (10&under)

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RED BARN FAMILY STYLE STEAKHOUSE CELEBRATING OUR 42ND ANNIVERSARY Voted Best in the Valley 2007 and 2008 for Best Steak, Prime Rib and Hamburger ~ Tuesdays ~ Kids eat Free

~ Wednesdays ~ All you can eat BBQ

~ Thursdays ~ All you can eat Italian Food Serving Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Serving Dinner Nightly Mon.-Sat. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We have a full bar and show up to six different sporting events at one time.

We serve Sterling Silver Premium Beef because we believe in serving the best. Here are some of the reasons why Sterling Silver Premium is the best: • Top quality – only the top 12% of all beef meets the stringent standards of Sterling Silver Premium Beef • Hand-selected for superior marbling, which ensures incredible taste and tenderness • Grain-fed in the high plains of North America and perfectly aged for premium flavor, tenderness and appearance • Beef is aged for a minimum of 21 days • Each individual cut is close-trimmed and vacuum-sealed to lock in freshness and flavor 1412 E. Main St., Montrose, CO • (970) 249-9202

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FRIDAY NIGHTS! 5-8 pm Happy Hour with Live Music! Open for Lunch: Wed-Sat, 11am-2pm Dinner: Wed-Sat, 5 pm-9 pm Sunday Breakfast and Mimosas- 10am to 2pm

Reservations 252-1010 Special Events Our Beautiful facility is available to host your holiday party, wedding / reception, business meeting, corporate presentations and much more.

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Joel Blocker

Colors continue to blossom in Baldridge Park


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RESTAURANT LOCATOR 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Camp Robber Garlic Mikes Montrose Truckstop Pahgre’s Red Barn Restaurant & Lounge Remington’s at the Bridges Smugglers Brewpub Stonehouse

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s many people are discovering every day, Montrose is a great place to live, work, and play. And the real estate opportunities have never been better, whether you are looking for your first home, a second home, an investment property, business opportunity, or to downsize or upsize. At CENTURY 21 Action Realty, we strive to reflect the true spirit of the Montrose community. As real estate professionals and residents of this community, we do not sit back and watch life pass by. Rather, we take action to get everything we can out of this incredible mountain lifestyle. We can help you do the same thing. For us, every day is a chance to help others make the most of their opportunities in Montrose.

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A biannual destination magazine of local stories and things to do in Montrose, Colorado. Published by the Montrose Daily Press.

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