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hat does it take to become a good athlete? The easy answer is genetics. It’s said that a great Major League hitter has at least 2010 vision, and can tell whether a pitch is a sinker or a slider as soon as the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

Now to the rest of us. We’re all given gifts. I have a short, stocky skier’s body. I bet my balance is average. A great skier wants great balance. But I didn’t have the drive to be a great skier. Gotta be motivated. My father was tall, thin and athletic. He played semi-pro lacrosse, bowled in a league, and was a prodigious fisherman. As children in Montreal, we all learned how to ice skate (it’s de rigueur as they say up there). And we all had bikes. I just took my first bike ride of the summer; please don’t remind me that it’s August. My guilt got big enough that, instead of walking two miles on the treadmill, I dragged out those weird stretchy padded shorts, a whole bunch of 55 spf sunscreen, my hat and sunglasses (and, of course, my “Life is Good” t-shirt) and began pedaling. It was a pretty short excursion; since I haven’t ridden in two years I didn’t want to over-shock my system. But once I got to the farmlands behind the adobes, I remembered why I love riding. You create your own breeze when you’re flying along; the ditches sound like rushing rivers. And the view of a farmer cutting his hay is as peaceful as it can get. When I lived in Telluride I would start getting used to my bike again as soon as the roads were dry enough in the spring (and it wasn’t too cold.) I’d ride west out of town, and turn south up steep Lawson Hill. In the beginning, I would just go as far as I could, stop and turn around to go back. Then I realized that nobody was making those rules. I could actually stop, take a few breathes for a minute or two, and then continue a little farther. Eventually, I reached the top of the hill, where it begins to level off. The scary part was coming down. Ultimately, I got to where I’d put the bike on my car, drive south toward Dolores and do the beautiful riding around those ranches. The culmination of that training was the Santa Fe Century, a bike ride in which you could choose your distance. I chose 50 and rode 65. There is such a feeling of accomplishment at the end of a stretch like that. Making a plan, riding a little farther each day, and then finishing what you started. Fun times.

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ur Fall issue is mostly about art, with Gina Grundemann’s vibrant oil paintings (p.12) to Lael Van Riper’s invitation to everyone to find a creative outlet (p.20) and go for it. Paul Paladino discusses with his son Dom, some of the artwork they saw on their recent trip to Italy. (p.14) and Peggy Carey talks about what drives her when she writes. (p.15)

In between all this fine art talk we have our John Trainor’s piece on the art of building a luxury chicken condo-coop (p.11.) Other art-related events to keep track of are: The PAX sculpture gala on Aug. 27 and the Montrose Visual Arts Guild Show Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2 (p. 23) There are Fall festivals of many kinds, all across our region. Check out p.29


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Recla—creating and conserving By Mavis Bennett

The Recla crew, from left: Gwen Diaz, Diann Fulks, Matt Alvarez, Garry Fulks, Greg Fulks t’s a big city business, tucked away in a hidden corner of Montrose. It’s been here for 36 years under the same ownership, the same family. It ships product internationally and is as old-fashioned as fixing instead of replacing and as modern as sustainability and recycling.

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The name Recla is derived from the word “reclaim.” Garry and Diann Fulks started Recla in 1974 on a 14-acre parcel of land on Maple Avenue. Diann’s father was in the scrap business in Grand Junction and he helped the young couple buy the land and taught them the scrap business. Diann was raised primarily in Grand Junction and Garry on a family farm in Cortez. They had both graduated from Western State College in Gunnison and had spent a year on the road, working for Shell Oil. But they liked Montrose and were ready to settle down. In the early days, Diann and Garry drove trucks (with the kids in car seats) to pick up scrap metal from the Camp Bird and Idarado Mines. “It was always important to us to raise our kids to know what we did for a living," Diann said. "I was an at-home mom and was there when the kids got home from school. We had phones and file cabinets and desks in

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the living room, but I was home.” There are three Fulks children. Garry Jim, 36, lives in Durango. Gwen, 33, and Greg, 31, both work at Recla. Living at the business created some interesting scenarios, Diann recalled. When the kids started school, one of their early assignments was to tell about themselves. One day the kindergarten teacher called Diann and said, “Let me get this straight, Mrs. Fulks. You live in a junkyard?” Later, the teachers became so interested that classes came on field trips. “We’d put the whole class on the scale,” Diann said, “weigh the boys, then the girls. We took them out to where the magnets were working and made a math lesson with the linear and square footage measurements. And they all wanted to see a car being crushed.” The field trips became so popular that they were overwhelmed after a while. Eventually, the insurance liability forced them to curtail the excursions. “It's been wonderful to watch our kids' classmates come into the yard as businesspeople themselves,” Diann reflected. “Over the years, we've hired a lot of the kids that went to school with ours. Being integrated into a community to this degree has been a really neat thing.” Gwen Fulks Diaz has worked at Recla for 12 years. She is passionate and knowledgeable about the business. She explained the basics: Recla recycles scrap metal. Scrap metal is everything from the kitchen sink to a lawn mower to your cereal spoon. Anything that’s made of metal is considered scrap metal to them. “Whether it’s your entire car,” Gwen said, “a hot water heater that goes bad, a bicycle that doesn’t work anymore, aluminum cans—all those things in some shape or form—all have value.” The metals are sorted, graded and shipped to people that process, melt them and prep them to recycle. Recla ships product to the West Coast to be transferred onto a barge or container ships that may go to China and India. “We’ll ship by truck an overseas container to Denver or Salt Lake and put them on rail to be shipped to the west coast or the Houston, Texas, area.” These containers could be headed to Turkey or Brazil. Matt Alvarez is Recla’s general manager. He’s been with them for 18 months, is from Denver and spoke with the enthusiasm and commitment of the rest of the family. “The good thing about the recycling business,” he said, “is we’re conserving natural resources and conserving landfill space. All these things that are considered important today, the Fulks knew were important back in the mid-70s. You don’t have to pay someone to bury it at the dump; you can actually get paid some money for it here.” Metal is the most recycled material in the world, whether it’s steel or aluminum. It has the most potential for reus-


ability. Most metal that’s created today, including new steel, has a percentage of recycled metal in it. Very little that’s built or manufactured these days is from solely new materials, including aluminum cans, dishwashers or beams used in house construction. The kids always worked in the summer. They recycled the cans, swept out the shops—a lot of cleaning, weed spraying, painting. “It was good kid duty," Gwen said, laughing. “And the older we got, the more we got involved. We all learned how to run equipment and help with the customers.” But when Gwen went to college, her intention wasn’t to come back and work at Recla. She earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management with a minor in art and planned to work in historic preservation. “I worked for the Park Service in Montana and South Dakota, but decided that working for the government wasn’t my favorite thing to do and came back.” She used her talents to add to the business, creating a web site. One of her biggest accomplishments was developing their roofing business—the Rusty Roof. “It started selling all over the nation and the next thing you knew, I had a job.” Rusty Roof is rusty corrugated metal that appears as if it’s very old. It’s made from recycled metals, but it has the durability of new steel. When it weathers, it will look like an 80-year-old roof within months. Most of their Rusty Roof customer base is in mountain communities, all over the western U.S. "It’s evolved into a high-end type of roofing product," Gwen explained. "It went with the look that people were doing. At first we were the only ones who jumped into it quickly because it was a niche market in the roofing world." There are competitors to Rusty Roof now. In the Southwest, it’s very much a standard roofing option, whereas in other places in the country, it’s still new and different. It's prevalent in many barns, arenas and horse ranches, as well as mountain homes. Another Recla department is the Steel Service Center, providing steel to builders, along with cutting, sheering and bending it. When construction crashed three years ago, their steel market definitely took a hit. They had been supplying new steel for houses from Crested Butte to Telluride. But Recla is multifaceted. When times are good, new steel is in high demand for expensive new construction. Scrap metal holds its own during economic turndowns. “We also do a lot of ornamental iron—for ironworkers building railings, interior lighting and specialty items,” said Gwen. “There is an enormous community of ornamental ironworkers.” “The scrap business didn't take off until the mid-‘90s,” Diann said, “so we spent a good, long, lot of years struggling. Garry always said, ‘We were just too dumb to quit!’

We liked what we were doing and have always put everything back into growing the business.” Over her 12 years, Gwen has had a hand in all parts of the business, particularly the new steel, roofing and the administration work. But she especially likes to work using the plasma torch, designing brackets, ranch and subdivision signs. Gwen defends Recla when she hears or sees in print the word “eyesore,” describing the business. “When you're in Baldridge Park," she said, "the path that you actually walk on across the river used to be our property as well. Recla donated and part land-swapped about three acres for the river path. "We've always protected the riverbanks," said Gwen. "We're under tons of regulations from the EPA. We're not polluters or anything of the sort. In reality, we are actually creating and conserving. “It’s great the business has grown, but it takes every single one of us to do it,” she said. “Mom does most of the administrative work. Dad is probably the most knowledgeable on everything, helping customers, doing bids.” Gwen mused about being a woman in a traditionally maledominated business. Men would come in and ask her, "Can I talk to a guy?" She’d smile and say, “You can…” If they become regular customers, eventually they stop asking that question.

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Changes coming for local musician David Starr

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any changes are in the wind for 55-year-old rock musician and guitar store owner David Starr, of Cedaredge. Some of them are musical, while others are in the business realm.

Musically, Starr has been spending time in Nashville, working to get some of his songs recorded by other artists. “I’ve got these songs that I’ve written. I’ve got three CDs of my own. I sell those and promote those, and we (The David Starr Band) play the songs. But I’d like to find an outlet for those songs to be on other people’s records, as well.” Starr is trying to get some new songs co-written with some people he knows in Nashville, while also working on getting major artists to record some of his tunes. Despite the Nashville connection, Starr says his music is still primarily rock. “I’d

David Starr Band Foreground left: Mark Anderson Left to right against wall: Greg Stratman, David Starr, Roy Martin, Doc Adkins

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have to say I’m more of a country rock fan—the Eagles, Poco, Buffalo Springfield, that sound that came out of southern California in the ‘70s”. Born in Fayetteville, Ark., Starr has been a musician since childhood. He began playing the drums at the age of 10. “I play drums pretty well, I play guitar pretty well, and I also play piano, bass, and sing. I do a little of everything, but I’m not a virtuoso at any of it.” He is also the leader of the David Starr Band, one of the most popular musical outfits in western Colorado. The current version of the band began in 2005, he said. “And we’ve been playing steadily ever since.” The original band included a woman who has gone on to become a local star in her


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own right. “Yvonne Meek sang with us for a year or two, and then she went off to do the solo jazz thing that she does now. We kept going with the setup we have now. It’s a good band; I enjoy all the guys in it.” The current lineup is Starr on guitar, vocals, and mandolin, Roy Martin, guitar and vocals, Glenn “Doc” Adkins on keyboards and vocals, Mark Anderson on bass, and Greg Stratman on drums. Starr also owns Starr’s Guitars, in Cedaredge. The store, which has been opened 10 years, features a large selection of stringed instruments, is changing from a traditional music store format to a primarily online business. Starr explained that the change was motivated by the economic reality of the times. “The idea of the store was to have such a wide variety of inventory and instruments that it would be worth the drive from Montrose, or Grand Junction; otherwise, it would be like every other music store in the area. But, when gas gets expensive and the economy starts to falter, people look at their checklist of things they have to have, and guitars aren’t necessarily on it. “Our foot traffic has fallen off quite a bit in the last 36 months. The online business you can do from anywhere, but I happen to own the building outright, so I can still do it here.” And, the brick-and-mortar store at 250 W. Main St., Cedaredge, will still be open to the public from time to time. “I’ll be open for special events, like Cedaredge’s Applefest in October,” said Starr. “I’ll be open for a couple of weeks at Christmas time. We’ll continue to have music lessons here, and we’ll continue to have a technician.” Starr’s Guitars began in 1998, in Little Rock, Ark. Starr moved the business to Cedaredge in 2001. He had previously lived in Colorado with his first wife from 1981 to 1985, in Aspen. After working for Colorado Mountain College, and playing gigs in the Aspen area during that period, the Starrs moved to Little Rock. “But it was always my hope to get back out west, because once you’ve lived out here, it’s hard to want to live somewhere else. When I was looking for a place to land out here, somebody suggested Cedaredge. Honestly, it was more chance than anything; there was certainly no market research that went into it.”

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uring July, I spent a good amount of time traveling the district to get a personal feel for our current economic times. It’s one thing to read about my district from reports and graphs and it’s something else to get the information from the people in the trenches, that is, straight from the employers, employees and those who want to be employed.

What I gathered from my travels in southwest Colorado over the past month is that the tourism business seems to be doing well this season, which is great news. Those working in real estate are still struggling, as is the construction industry, but many are hoping that if Washington, D.C., can get its act together, maybe a rebound isn’t that far away. Particularly exciting is the number of innovative businesses that are created in or have relocated to our corner of the state. Even with a tough economy, people recognize the great quality of life in these parts, with that quality being defined by each person a little bit differently, and it beckons many to live here. Sometimes I’m invited to visit these businesses and sometimes I’ve learned of them and ask if I can come see their operations. Each time, I walk away impressed and encouraged by what I see. Many of these jobs tie into health care,

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technology, or traditional and renewable energy development and they hold great promise as new and emerging businesses. It’s an education I welcome and I always want to know how Colorado’s state government is helping or hindering these valuable private sector efforts. It’s been very encouraging to see Governor Hickenlooper’s keen interest in our local economies and I applaud his efforts to see our area firsthand, not just relying on reports or staff accounts. I’m also proud of the way citizens in our region work in our public sector and many non-profits and that our volunteers help make our communities shine. That, too, has to come through to the governor on his visits here. We have an incredibly creative population who find ways to overcome the challenges that come from basing their work in a rural remote part of the state. I’ve noticed that our local media are finding ways to highlight area businesses and I’ve no doubt that such coverage will increase awareness of such ventures and help attract more businesses, nationally as well as globally, to our area. From those in agriculture, showcasing the fruits of their labor at our county fairs, to the creative entrepreneurs in our midst, and all of us in between, we’re lucky indeed to call southwest Colorado our home.


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MONTROSE COUNTY– April - June 2011 Date of Sale /1/2011 4 4/4/2011 4/4/2011 4/8/2011 4/11/2011 4/18/2011 4/19/2011 4/29/2011 4/29/2011 5/12/2011 5/12/2011 5/16/2011 5/17/2011 5/18/2011 5/26/2011 5/27/2011 5/31/2011 6/24/2011

Sale Price 181,600 170,000 240,000 80,000 190,000 267,000 39,000 70,000 340,000 233,000 159,900 220,000 50,000 85,000 220,000 165,000 159,000 70,000

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1336 CEMENT CREEK AVE 722 BARNWOOD RD 1141 RIDGE ST 219 W 5TH AVE 11425 6250 RD 2560 & 2566 IRIS CT 410 POOL AVE V RD 67995 TULARD RD 1217 PEPPERTREE DR 61758 FALCON RD 62270 NORTH STAR DR 309 N GRAND AVE 1001 S PARK AVE 66096 COTTONWOOD DR 2740 CIRQUE WAY 4700 5586 RD 1018 SAN SOPHIA DR

Type of Property 1 STORY 1 STORY 1.5 STORY MH 1 STORY TOWNHOUSE MH VACANT 2 STORY TOWNHOUSE 1 STORY MH 1 STORY VACANT SITE 1 STORY 1 STORY 1.5 STORY VACANT

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L10 B13 BEAR CREEK 2A,2B,3 AMENDED 22-49-9 L18 HOMESTEAD EST SUB 2 L2 B1 COUNTRY CLUB ACRES SUB 4 27- 49-9 L17 B71 NUCLA L14 CINNAMON RIDGE 5 7-49-9 LOTS 1 & B GORDON SUB 26-49-9 L3-5 B3 BRINKLEY ADDN E2NW4 1-47-19 L23 RIVER EST 1 AMEND 26-48-9 REPLAT #1 PEPPERTREE SUB 6 35-49-9 L3 MEYERS MINOR SUB 24-50-10 L18 LEATHERRIDGE SUB 2 31-49-9 L14-15 B106 LAVISTA SUB 10-50-10 L9-12 B59 MONTROSE L24 WOODGATE SUB 1 10-48-9 L146 WINDSOR VILL 17 35-49-9 L6 DAHLIA EST SUB 6-50-11 L51 COBBLE CREEK SUB 2-4 5-48-9

TOTAL SALES NUMBERS FOR 4-1-11 THRU 6-1-11 Single Family Sales - 109; Vacant Land/Acreage Sales - 33; Commercial Sales - 11; Other - 32: Total # Sales for Period - 185

DELTA COUNTY– April - June 2011 /6/2011 4 4/14/2011 4/14/2011 4/26/2011 4/29/2011 4/29/2011 5/3/2011 5/5/2011 5/10/2011 5/16/2011 5/17/2011 5/20/2011 5/24/2011 6/1/2011 6/9/2011 6/20/2011 6/30/2011

116,000 150,000 120,000 163,000 230,000 400,000 180,000 208,000 40,000 155,000 205,000 462,500 265,000 145,000 155,000 120,000 245,000

486 1740 RD 542 &B 554 BRIDGE ST 13189 ORCHARD AVE 707 DODGE ST 10826 MESA VIEW LOOP 29116 STINGLEY 20901 TANK HILL RD 780 WILLOW WOOD LN 54 PAN AMERICAN AVE 107 MEADOWBROOK CR 18457 GREEN VALLEY RD 11648 A50 RD 781 ANTELOPE ST 8404 BOBS RD 24746 TIMOTHY RD 42044 LONG GULCH RD 18190 HOMESTEAD RD

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L2 HYATT MINOR SUB 29-15-95 TRS SW4SW4 30-14-92; TR B7 DUKES ADDN L8-9 ORCHARD LANE SUB 1 12-14-95 L1-3 B12 PLAT B DELTA L10 REPLAT LAHABRA 1 26-14-95 TR NW4SW4 20-14-93 GULCH RD L6A RESUB L6 TANK HILL AMEND 35-14-95 L66 B4 GARNET MESA EST 20-15-95 L54 PAN AMERICAN PROP 2 32-13-91 L5 RESUB L3-19 PLAZA 1-4 MEADOWBROOK DEV 5-14-91 TR NW4SE4 13-13-95 PT L2-3, PT SE4NW4, PT L1 19-51-11 L30 FOX HOLLOW EST SUB 1 20-15-95 PT NE4SE4 2-15-95 W2W2NE4SE4 9-13-94 SW4NW4 20-51-6 NW4SW4 9-15-95

TOTAL SALES NUMBERS FOR 4-1-11 THRU 6-30-11 Single Family Sales - 82; Vacant Land/Acreage Sales - 12; Commercial Sales - 10; Other - 12; Total # Sales for Period: 116

OURAY COUNTY– April - June 2011 /13/2010 5 5/19/2010 6/23/2010 6/23/2010 7/21/2010 8/12/2010 8/24/2010 9/1/2010 9/1/2010 9/21/2010 11/2/2010 1/12/2011 2/22/2011 5/11/2011

215,000 1463 CR 22 460,000 25 CANYON POINT 1,800,000 7631 CR 5 160,000 288,000 96 WEAHGATAY RD 308,500 845 TABERNASH 315,000 733 CHARLES ST 612,500 1280 PONDEROSA DR 250,000 1554 NORTH OAK ST 180,000 291 N MARY ST 120,000 1025 HYDE ST 238,500 1246 CHAMP LANE #A3 335,000 688 GOLDEN RIDGE DR 424,000 405 MCNULTY LN

VACANT 2 STORY 2 STORY VACANT 1 STORY 1 STORY 1 STORY 2 STORY CUSTOM 2 STORY 1 STORY MH 1 STORY TOWNHOUSE 1.5 STORY LOG 1.5 STORY

TR 1 TOBIN PARTITION (S2SE4) 14-47-9 L1 FISHER CANYON SOUTH PUD 2 25-46-9 LOT A EXEMPT FOR POHL 2 LOT SUB L2-3 JOY HUGHES PUD 26-47-9 TR 1 (SW4SW4SE4SE4) 22-47-9 L55 SOLAR RANCHES SUB 2D 16-45-8 E2 L1-6 B20 RIDGWAY L1 BLK B LOGHILL VILL 1 6-45-8 L3 WANAKAN EST SUB 1 25-44-8 L18-20 B16 RIDGWAY L22-24 B2 RIDGWAY #A-3 OURAY RIVER PARK TOWNHOMES 2 SW4SE4 10-44-8 L15 CHALET HAYDEN SUB 2 12-43-8

TOTAL SALES NUMBERS FOR 4-1-11 THRU 6-30-11 Single Family Sales - 13; Vacant Land/Acreage Sales - 12; Commercial Sales - 2; Other - 6; Total # Sales for Period - 33

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Edge of Inanity Piano Lessons

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Mrs. Mendelson was a large, busty woman whose shape y favorite injury of all time was to my ring finger on my left hand. It happened on one particular was rectangular because of her weight. She was very nice, Wednesday afternoon when I was a kid, playing even when critical, and didn’t cringe with every wrong note. Her house was neat and dark, and when we sat together on football in my friend’s front yard. These days, my wedding ring barely slides over the still lumpy knuckle. I like the piano bench, it would creak from our combined weight. Mostly, she stood behind me, frequently to claim that I have never, in my 45 years leaning over me, arms wrapped around me of life, broken any bone on my body, but I as if she were about to expel a stuck piece The yelp quickly think my finger would tell a different story of chicken from my throat, to show me the if it could talk. changed to a feeling correct way to play. She told me stories

I remember the day of the week that it hapof elation as I realized while I played, once of the time she had to pened, but I couldn’t tell you if it was spring, turn out all her lights at night during World what else a mangled War II, when there were threats of bombs summer or fall, or exactly how old I was. I looked down at my swollen knuckle with a yelp finger would mean. being dropped on the United States. I of pain, a yelp that quickly changed to a feellooked up at the peaceful blue sky when I ing of elation as I realized what else a mangled left, stunned. finger would mean. It was Wednesday, and I played trumpet too, soon after the Wednesdays meant piano lessons. Of all the piano lessons ended. Years later, years after we had sold the excuses I had concocted to escape piano lessons, this was a trumpet to some friends at church, the friend’s son, now sure thing. I was free. grown, approached me about the trumpet. “I found your

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secret stash,” he told me, and we laughed at my long forgotten, ingenious hiding spot in the case. Along with the hidden trumpet case secrets were remembered feelings of adolescent angst. Why is the world so messed up, why does this girl want to break up with me, why can’t my parents understand me? Why, a thousand times, why? And through it all, I would escape into my books and my music. While reading gave me insights into the complexity of people and life through stories, listening to music let my emotions plummet into the depths of despair and reach the heights of euphoria. Music understood me, healed me and sustained me, even in my darkest hours. And even though I wasn’t a musician, I could appreciate music. Because of my piano and trumpet lessons, I could imagine the players playing, the singers singing and the songwriters writing. I could listen to Mozart and Jim Morrison and appreciate both. I imagine going back, if I could, to visit that young kid with the busted up finger, gloating about what his injury meant. I would tell him to keep playing, keep practicing. “Music is one of the miracles that makes life worth living,” I would counsel. But then I would see the grass stains on my young knees and the football in hand. I would look up at the clouds in the blue sky and see the smile on my innocent face, and I would remember what it was like to be a kid. “Well, maybe we can practice later. Let’s play catch first.”


Backyard Chickens

By John F. Trainor

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his is certainly much bigger than the last bird house I built. My advice - get your coop built before you buy any of those adorable little chicks you see in the farm and ranch stores every spring. Of course, not knowing any better I found myself taking five of those cute little birds home.

Baby chicks grow at an amazing rate. Progressively larger cardboard boxes kept finding their way onto the back porch. These temporary homeless shelters were in plain view of the construction project happening outside­—in the cold, the snow, the wind, the rain— did I mention that we had an unusually cold spring? Power tools and blowing snow were never meant to operate together. It was a race against time. Could I get a predator proof, weather proof shelter built before they outgrew yet another cardboard box? They were already using a small appliance box for their indoor shelter, and cardboard boxes don’t come much larger than that. The weather was warming and those birds wanted out! Independence Day found me driving the last nail into the chicken palace. It took four months of weekends to get the building completed. The chickens started living in the unfinished coop as soon as the inside walls were up. It is now ready for whatever mother nature can throw at it, and if I were only a foot tall, I’d consider moving into it myself. Other than being a bit crowded, it has everything a chicken or a chicken keeper could want. The books available from the library and the information online can make your head spin when it comes to chicken coop design. Fortunately chickens are very adaptable and can thrive under less than ideal conditions, but more than just survival was wanted for them. To get really healthy eggs, use really healthy chickens. To get really healthy chickens, feed them well and provide good shelter. The hen house has to be comfortable for the birds as well as their caregivers. The one pictured has a door that opens and closes from outside of the enclosure. The walls and roof are insulated and waterproof. The nests, floors and roosts are accessible from outside and can be removed for cleaning and egg gathering. The cage is covered on all sides with chicken wire to protect against cats, dogs and other four-legged critters, as well as hawks, owls and other flying predators. All that just for a few eggs? Well, the truth is, these birds kind of grow on you. Whenever possible, they are let out of the cage and have free range of the backyard. Turns

out, they are really ambitious landscapers. When let out, they head for the bushes along the fence line, scratch out the leaves, eat the bugs and the weeds and leave fertilizer behind. They also leave a fine collection of feathers, so fly tying now has an endless supply of material available. One more month and they start laying eggs. Can you say quiche or tiramisu or omelette? I can’t wait! The benefits will soon catch up with the investment. The birds can now ride out the winter in relative comfort, I can grab a few feathers, tie a few flies and go fishing. If I don’t catch anything, fried eggs for dinner will work just fine. John is a jack-of-all-trades currently working in the print industry. You can talk turkey (or chicken) with him at johnt@scottsprinting.com

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Gina Grundemann—creating a landscape of moving color By Mavis Bennett Gina Grundemann’s oil paintings are vibrant depictions of the countryside. They may portray peaceful scenes, but there’s always movement. The clouds are heading up to a storm or the trees are in full sway. Grundemann says her style is realism with a touch of impressionism. “I don’t aim to create something that is tightly realistic with hard edges, exactly as it is in the real world. I push it a little bit and try to add more drama, more emotion and more movement to it. They tend to be a little more stylized.” She’s been working in this style for about ten years now. She does some outdoor (plein air) painting, sketching some outdoor locations that she likes. But with a full-time office job, it’s often more practical to take photos. “I drive around the countryside and when I see a scene that I like, I take a picture. At that time I'm already making some decisions as to how close I'll get to the subject matter.” It is an intuitive decision for Grundemann. If she’s ready to paint but not sure what, she’ll go through her photographs and look for inspiration. “I also pack around about 30 photos that I’ve been sketching.” She was raised in Montana. In high school she was a solitary child who spent a lot of time reading and art was always her favorite class. She exhibited a painting now and then at the State Fair, but says it was nothing like the work she does now. Her grandparents were farmers and she

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loved spending time with them on their farm. “I was like the grandchild tourist because I really wasn't put to work. So I was able to enjoy all the fun things about farming, playing with the animals and walking along the fields with my sketchbook in hand. They grew alfalfa and hay and had some cattle.” After high school, Grundemann left Montana and moved to live with her dad in Wyoming. Art was now in the forefront of her mind. She earned an A.A. in fine arts and photography from Sheridan Community College and went on to Fort Collins and finished with her Bachelor’s in Fine Art. There's no way to say how long she takes to create a painting. “Sometimes when you're in a meditative flow, a painting can go together so quickly and smoothly,” she reflects. “Then there are those paintings that are just painful to get through. To resolve them, I have to set them aside and come back to them later so I can get a fresh perspective.” She never wanted art to be her main career, didn't want to have someone else dictate what she painted in order to

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to Tuscany, Italy, in the fall. “I expect to gather a lot of subject matter,” she says. “I'm not going to try to paint there because it would be too much of a distraction, never having been there. I want to be in the countryside and see the agricultural land, since that’s been my focus in my paintings.” “I really enjoy using movement within the painting,” she says. “My core emphasis is to draw the viewer's eye through the painting. I also hope that people feel more uplifted when looking at my paintings and that the images reflect, for the most part, pleasing, warm settings and places of refuge away from the stress of our regular lives. I'm not that interested in urban scenes for that reason. I just hope I can help people see and enjoy the landscape in a little different way—in full color.”

When Earth Meets Sky support herself. Grundemann loves gardening and she has created a living canvas on the property surrounding her home and studio. When she isn’t working as Office Manager for ElderAdo Financial or painting, she can be found tending to her flowers and pond. Gardening has been a passion ever since high school. "I would help this woman clean her house and weed her garden. Then she’d give me little starts to plant and I’d run home and plant them.” Grundemann studied printmaking in college, doing Intaglio black-and-white prints. About 10 years ago, she took an art workshop in Taos and got excited about painting again. After a decade of having a young child at home, she was ready. She likes to mix up the canvas sizes. "The small ones are fun and quick and I can play with some concepts of color and design. The larger ones take a little more preparation and planning. It's fun to go back and forth, because I get variety. I get bored very quickly and I can't belabor a painting. I will work fast and feverishly and when it's done, it's done, and I don't go back to it.” Are there changes in her direction in the future? “I think it’s important that artists continuously evolve. I'm always tossing around different ideas, although I don't act on all of them. Going forward, I think I might try a little collage of intermixing different materials into my landscape paintings.” She’s about to expand her artistic horizons with a trip

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Library Italian Art By Paul Paladino, Director, Montrose Regional Library and Dominic Paladino

In the last issue of The Monitor Paul Paladino wrote about touring Italy with his 13-year-old son Dominic. This month Dominic joined his dad with his impressions and opinions of some of the most important art in Italy.

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he Last Supper by Paolo Veronese in Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia. The first thing you notice about this painting is that it is big. I mean really big. This canvas comes in at 18 by 42 feet! What Dominic liked about it was the number of details in the picture and the fact that our guide knew lots of interesting facts about those details. Dominic remembers one of the figures, who had a bloody nose.

Veronese was called before the Inquisition because of this character and others in the painting. He described the man with a bloody nose as a “servant who has a nose bleed from an accident.” Our guide said the servant looked as if he had been in some sort of fight. Dominic also remembers some German soldiers with ax-spear type weapons called halberds, one drinking and the other eating. Veronese explained them as guards, such as a rich merchant might have on staff. There is also a jester, with a parrot, Saint Peter carving a lamb and another apostle picking his teeth with a fork, explained away as “ornaments” since painters use the “same license as poets and madmen.” It seems artists of all times have had trouble with authority. We went to the Uffizi, toured some restored private homes and saw Michelangelo’s David and the Vatican Gallery, including the Sistine Chapel. It is funny what strikes some people and not others. Dominic didn’t seem to me to be very impressed with David or with the other Michelangelo sculptures, whereas I find them fascinating. I am always impressed when I recall that Michelangelo carved front to back, not

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going around the stone like nearly all other sculptors. I’ve always wondered what it is like to carve stone, to sculpt. Perhaps that is why David and the others impress me so. Dominic found the interior of the dome of the Duomo to be more impressive. He liked what he imagined to be the degree of difficulty in painting it, as well as the sheer size of the work. To him that was the most impressive. We climbed to the top of the Duomo and so were able to get a close view of the multitudes of figures and stories told there. This 38,750 square foot painting of the Last Judgment by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari took 11 years to finish. What began to fascinate me as Dom and I talked about, researched, and wrote this article was the process we used. I’d ask him a question, we’d each dig up a memory which sometimes agreed and sometimes didn’t, and then we usually turned to the internet, that being the course of least resistance as I was writing this on my office computer. Since we were in the library, it would have been easy enough to go out to an encyclopedia since most of the answers could have been found there. But that would have involved actually getting out of our chairs, hence the path of least resistance. Had we not found the answers easily enough on the net, there were always the Reference Librarians. Halfway through our work, I asked Dom “what is art?” and we decided art was all around us. At first Dom was inclined to think almost everything was art. As we discussed it more, we began to make some distinctions. We looked at definitions of art. We are still having that discussion. At home we have works by Bob DeJulio, Kurt Isgreen and Greg Ray. We have little statues and objects in our garden. I think we will have plenty of things to spark discussions. By the way, Veronese was ordered by the Inquisition to “fix” all of the irregularities in his Last Supper painting and given three months to do so. He complied by renaming the picture to “The Feast in the House of Levi.”


The Problem with the Seashells

By Peggy Carey

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and art is what makes life more than paying n the top drawer of the table next to my bed is a the mortgage. Laughing Cow cheese box. The box is made of a Oddly enough, trying to find a definition of art, I find an soft cardboard, is round and shallow, and entirely essay on whether or not art can be defined. Perhaps William disposable, with no sharp edges, no hard plastic and Faulkner described the relationship between writing, art and no heat sealed seams. It once held little triangles of the writer best when he said, “The artist's only responsibility Swiss cheese spread, wrapped in a soft metallic foil and is his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one.... opened by pulling another piece of embedded foil. The If a writer has to rob his cheese is gone now and the he will not hesitate: Anton Chekhov said it so well, when he said, mother, box holds two immensely The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" small seashells, one almost “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me is worth any number of old invisible to the human eye. ladies.” the glint of light on broken glass.” As an old lady, I may That one, the first one as I disagree with his conclusion, refer to it, is a baby limpet. but as a writer, I know that writing is central to my being, and The shell is colorless, translucent and less than a millimeter across. Sometimes I look in the box and think it art is central to life. So, if in any one instant I have created lived a life worth living. lost, until I spot it resting against the seam, milky andMonitorart,AdI have 7-11:Layout 1 7/27/11 4:56 PM Page 1 mysterious. After 30 years practicing law in Montrose, Peggy Carey is trying out the The second is a baby periwinkle, broken loose from the colony and lost in the sand where I found it. It is fully formed with all the fairy tale crenellations and crests, the tiny spiral center intact, and matching almost exactly the color of the granitic sand into which it fell. I discovered it one day, while looking at a sea anemone, under the edge of a rock, where it had caught in the ebbing tide. The problem with the seashells is I don’t know who to show them to. I don’t want someone to look and think, “Oh, tiny seashells.” I want someone to feel the same sense of wonderment I felt when I found them, the sudden understanding that these tiny shells and I are made of the same stuff. So it is with writing. It is not enough to write ‘about’ something. I want a reader to hit their head on the pot rack when they stand up too fast from loading the dishwasher; to raise their fingers to the slight welt to see if it is bleeding, only to find the scab from the last time they did the same thing. This is the essence of the art of writing, to create a world so real that a reader wants to live there . . .or flee from there . . .just as they would in the ‘real’ world. Anton Chekhov said it so well, when he said, “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” I remember Louise Erdrich once being asked if her work was literature. She answered the insulting question with great poise and said, “We write what we can write.” The world she created with the multi-generational stories draws one in and invites you to live there. Literature or not, it is art,

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LOCAL AUTHOR A Hunt for Justice—The True Story of a Woman Undercover Wildlife Agent By Lucinda Schroeder

This book is a gripping account of life inside an illegal Alaskan big game hunting camp as told by the only woman to conduct a major federal undercover investigation inside such a camp. In late August 1992, while working as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent, Lucinda Schroeder left her husband and seven-year-old daughter behind to pose as a big game hunter, infiltrating a ring of international poachers who were out to kill the biggest and best of Alaska’s wildlife. Beneath the façade of a legal hunting operation, a network of guides and pilots collaborated to kill Alaskan big game animals to satisfy the insatiable demands of wealthy European trophy hunters. These

criminals were so wily that their crimes could only be cracked from the inside by a woman who would be the least suspicious. This rare look inside an illegal big game hunting camp details the crimes, cover-ups and conspiracies committed by hunters and guides who lived by the creed of greed. As much as an exciting outdoor adventure and crime story, “A Hunt for Justice” is a story of a woman in a man’s world, a woman surviving in the wilderness, a woman seeking justice for wildlife, and a mother struggling to return safely to her family. Lucinda and her husband retired in Montrose in 2008. They enjoy hiking and love every aspect of Colorado’s Western Slope.

To Kill for Conservation

Lucinda’s guide Danny took her onto the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to hunt a Dall’s sheep that had been located from the cockpit of a Piper. With its location sure, the fate of the sheep was sealed. On the ground, Danny made an amateurish mistake that sent the ram running for miles. In order for his client, Lucinda, a.k.a. “Jayne Dyer,” to claim her trophy, he’d have to find it in the vast Alaskan wilderness and not get caught. Lucinda did not have a permit to hunt inside the refuge, but he took her there anyway. After all, the refuge held the biggest animals. We left the camp just before day break and after hours of hiking, reached the mouth of the drainage

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where Danny thought the sheep would be feeding. I was sure we were inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There were no signs, of course, as this was one of most remote places in Alaska. Jake was with us. This hunt would take at least two expert guides. Looking into the distance, I focused on what looked like two sheep feeding along the water’s edge. I grabbed my binoculars to get a better look and quickly realized I was looking at boulders. If the sheep weren’t here, there was no telling where they were. I wasn’t sure how much farther I could go on my swollen and blistered feet, acquired from the 17-hour hunt the day before. Suddenly, Danny and Jake dropped to their knees, and pointed up the drainage. “Do you see him?” I asked. “No,” hissed Danny. “He ain’t here. We missed him.” “What a pain in the butt this is,” grumbled Jake. “I hope he hasn’t gone far, because if he did, we’re going to have to climb like crazy.” We set out across the small valley, splashing our way through a silvery tributary. When we got to the other side, we hiked to the foot of the mountain we had to climb. To me it was definitely Mount Everest. Danny started up first. Carefully navigating every step, he climbed in a zigzag pattern, like a mountain goat. Jake and I followed. My knees throbbed and my feet burned, making me unsteady and vulnerable to injury. I continued to climb, hundreds of footholds in the rocks and dirt, twisting back and forth up the mountain, even though my guides had no idea where the sheep were. Frustration knew no limit. Finally, Danny and Jake ended our endless prodding and dropped to the ground. I did the same. As they pointed up the mountain my eyes picked up something that didn’t match its surroundings. More importantly, it was moving. I pulled out my binoculars and focused on the unmistakable shape of a pure white animal with massive, curled horns. It was a huge Dall’s sheep. Covering his mouth, Danny murmured, “That’s the big one. We gotta get closer.” “It’s wide-open out there. He’ll see us,” whispered Jake. “Let’s stay back, go around the mountain, and come at him from the other side,” said Danny. Jake grimaced. “Too risky, if he sees us come over the top, he’ll bolt. That’s what happened to you yesterday.” Danny’s head dropped at the reminder of the fiasco the

day before. Jake had another idea. “Let’s go lower and wait for him to come back down this evening to feed.’ Danny disagreed, “With the wind blowing like this? No sheep is so stupid that he’s going to walk right up to us. He’ll catch our scent and it’ll be all over.” Danny acted as if he were trying to read the animal’s mind. “So far he don’t know we’re here…let’s crawl real slow.” Inch by inch, we wormed over the greasy shale that felt as slick as ice. For every three feet I moved forward, I slid back one. I kept going and didn’t utter a sound. Jake pointed to a ridge of shale jutting out of the mountain. Its highest point was about only two feet, but would give us limited cover. From behind the ridge, I looked through my rifle scope. I could see that the animal had not moved. “How far is it?” I asked. Danny responded. “It’s a least 250 yards. It’s not an easy shot. That critter picked some bad country to get found in.” It was a long shot up the side of the mountain and I’d have to take it off-hand —without support to steady my rifle. Slowly I pulled the Browning .270 boltaction rifle to my shoulder. This was a government gun, seized from an illegal night hunter and I had only fired it once. I prayed that my reputation for raw accuracy would pay off now. It had to. I held my breath and squeezed off a round. The sheep hit the ground. Jake and Danny yelled in jubilation. We hiked up to the carcass of the huge Dall where I posed for pictures. While pretending to be a happy hunter, anger boiled under my skin. If it weren’t for this rogue hunting operation, I wouldn’t be sitting inside a wildlife refuge with an illegal ram. I made a resolution that this ram would not be forgotten on a bleak slope north of the Arctic Circle. I would make the ram’s death serve a greater purpose by shutting down the entire camp, along with its greedy guides and poachers whose only ammunition was money. But at the time, I had no idea how much danger this mission would put me in. “A Hunt for Justice” can be purchased through amazon.com, or from the author who can be contacted at ventana@aol.com. The author offers a fascinating presentation about her book. Please contact her for more information.

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The Dogs’ Inn—five stars

By Mavis Bennett

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he Dogs’ Inn, which opened in June, is what you might suspect—a hotel for dogs. It’s sparkling clean with hand painted murals of frolicking dogs on the lobby’s walls. Owners can peek in on their pet by going to the Dogs’ Inn’s website and clicking on

wading pools for them. There are some dogs that come just for the day if their owner will be gone all day and they want them to have play and socialization. The Dogs’ Inn serves only premium food, and there’s a self-service wash area for owners for a minimal fee. This building also has an isolation area and two separate ventilation systems. “If we do get a dog in here who’s coughing and we don’t know why,” Traufield explains, “we can remove them from the kennel area, put them in one of these rooms while we’re calling the owner and the vet. And the coughing doesn’t go into the kennel air.” A single, working woman, Traufield has 16 years in the animal care business. The Dogs’ Inn is her dream and she’s worked hard for it. Getting financing was a two-year process where she learned the pitfalls of looking for a loan. “But I want people to know that if you persevere,” she said, “you can get a piece of the American Dream.” After being turned down by conventional banks, Traufield went to the Small Business Center in Gunnison and was taught how to write a business plan. It took five months, but it gave her a direction. “I had to teach myself spreadsheet programs,” she said. Good business plan in hand, she obtained an SBA loan from the Delta branch of the First Bank of Colorado. “They weren’t afraid of a little paperwork,” she remarked. “Banker Terri Osborne believed in me.” Traufield is ready to offer Dogs’ Inn hospitality to the region’s canines. To their owners she says, “If you want me to sing a lullaby to your dog, I’ll do it.”

Dogs’ Inn web cam. Some dogs come for day care, but most are overnight guests. The open, supervised play yard type of boarding is the only one of its kind on the Western Slope, according to owner Pat Traufield, although she says it’s common elsewhere.

The canine-guests are separated by size and play style and there are indoor-outdoor play yards. It’s a dog-only facility and each sleeps or naps on its own cot. The dogs can go in and out at will. In the summertime there are little

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Heard Around the West

By Betsy Marston

WYOMING At 23, Kathleen Vernon is definitely young for her job as Albany County coroner in southeastern Wyoming, but she seems born to do the work. Her mother was a homicide detective in California, her father was a special agent for the BLM, and “the walls of her childhood home were decorated with framed pictures of blood spatters, taken by her mother using her own blood as a study into different types of blood patterns,” reports the Casper Star-Tribune. Vernon, who beat her Republican opponent in the last election by just 400 votes, has had her work cut out for her: Eight deaths required investigation during her first 12 days in office. And because she makes just $23,000 a year, Vernon still works two part-time jobs — conducting surveys for the University of Wyoming and administering security for a business. Yet being a coroner is what she loves best, despite murders, tragedy and gore. Her job’s main downside turns out to be practical: “I’m not really sure that I could live the rest of my adult life on this level of compensation.” THE WEST A tourist from North Carolina received a chastening lesson during a guided fishing trip on the Colorado River. Trenton Austin Ganey’s group had stopped at a beach below Glen Canyon dam, leaving Ganey, 29, free to hike up to a petroglyph known as the “Descending Sheep Panel.” Alone there, Ganey scratched “TRENT” in big letters into the panel, which features rock art from 2,000 to 8,000 years old. His act had dramatic — and swift — consequences: Park rangers quickly discovered the vandalism and confronted Ganey when his group docked at Lee’s Ferry. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake ordered Ganey to pay $10,000 restitution and sentenced him to 60 months supervised probation and 100 hours of community service. MONTANA Alumni magazines can sometimes knock your socks off. In the recent issue of the University of Montana’s Montanan, Chad Dundas profiles Megan Fisher, a 2006 graduate who says modestly that she’s really just a “five-foot-nothing, one-legged girl.” More accurately she’s a super-athlete who’s turned herself into a more-or-less “four-legged girl.” It’s all due to her steely resolve to come back stronger than ever after a horrific car accident maimed her left foot, leading to an amputation. Afterward, Fisher could walk only a short distance before experiencing excruciating pain, so she opted for a second amputation just below the knee “because that’s where the (prosthetic) technology is.” Now, her left leg

sports one of four specialized prosthetics that allow her to walk, bicycle, roller blade or run, all of which she can do fast: The first time she tried running with her elegant new racing leg, she clocked a mile in six minutes, 30 seconds. Since then, Fisher has won several world paratriathlon championships sponsored by the international Triathlon Union and hopes to compete in the Paralympic Games. “I think I’m a positive person because I’m stubborn,” she says. “I refused to let this beat me; being sad stinks … I mean, it stinks to be disabled. Shoot, it stinks to be abled. We all get happy and we all get sad. I choose to be happy.” ARIZONA Ho-hum: Life on the U.S.-Mexico border has become such a bore that Border Patrol agents find themselves nodding off on the job. They hate to snooze on the midnight shift, reports The New York Times, so they down energy drinks and walk briskly around their vehicles to stay alert. But the silence gets to them and before they know it, it’s dreamtime. The trouble is that they have so little to do; illegal crossings have dipped to record low levels because of the dismal economy this side of the border, and without the “wild foot chases and dust-swirling car pursuits” to jack up adrenaline, border agents in the 126-mile Yuma sector complain they’re on the job merely to watch the “fence rust.” During the boom times years ago, recalled border agent Jeff Bourne, he helped run down 180 illegals in one day. Halfway into a recent shift, it was a far different story: “His crime-stopping efforts consisted of stopping a young man from dropping a soda can in the park.” Betsy Marston is the editor of Writers on the Range, an op ed syndicate of High Country News (betsym@hcn.org). Tips of Western weirdness are always appreciated.

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From the North Forty Never too late By Lael Van Riper At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. Jean Houston

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y friend Roxanne Morris stands back, studying her vibrant, nearly finished watercolor of poppies. “You know,” she says wryly, “it’s never too late to screw it up.”

She picks up her paintbrush. I understand what she means. Whenever I try to create something that involves a drill and screws, I can screw it up—or down—or sideways, but rarely straight. The challenge of creativity is to bring forth something of vision or beauty, provoking thought or emotion. It is to stretch our perceptions, give us a new vista on the world. Roxanne has spent years learning through workshops and her own study. She spends hours painting, practicing, perfecting. She asks for and listens to observations and critiques, yet she is her own severest critic. She paints a series of paintings, changing, tweaking, comparing, using old and new techniques. Roxanne’s artwork can be found in many venues around the valley. She hangs her heart and soul out for all to see. She risks the judgment of all who see her paintings so that others may enjoy her labors of love and joy. To create art is to risk opening ourselves to emotion, to life. To share our artistic talent is to risk having our hearts broken open or broken in pieces by the reactions of others. Pablo Picasso said that every child is an artist. “The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” There is a fine line between cultivating talent and stifling creativity. Too often we promote swift conformity instead of flowering imagination . Talent is one component of creativity. Perspiration (practice) is another, but opening up one’s powers of observation, imagination, and insight are the keys to open a magical kingdom. Many artists, writers, and musicians have remarkable pow-

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ers of musical or artistic imagery. Their work may be partially or entirely finished within their mind before they even put brush to canvas, pen to paper. Beethoven continued to compose music (which rose to greater and greater heights) after he had become totally deaf. It is possible that his musical imagery was even intensified by deafness. To become an artist we need to dig deep into our childhoods to revive our insatiable curiosity, our bright-eyed wonder of the world. We need to swim in color, see in shades of black and white and in between. We need to let our imagination and hands create without the boundaries of borders, without the stricture of “proper” colors in “appropriate” shapes. I create in words—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, but I share only that which feels safe. I am a coward. I do not open my heart’s work to the judgment of others. I create in pencil and oils. Only a few of my paintings ever go into a show. I have been coerced into showing in the advanced division. I balk. I feel like a beginner. It is safer to be judged as a beginner. I create in fabric. None of my quilts go into a show. My points don’t come together. My quarter inch seams wobble. Why am I such a coward? My quilts are not perfect, but they are beautiful. Quilting, painting, writing—audiences are generally appreciative and kind. Like Roxanne, I am my own worst critic. Now I need to take a lesson from her in courage. Art is created by opening a vein and letting your emotions flow through paper, canvas, clay, fabric, through dance, song, bronze, paint. Beauty is not perfection but a willingness to let the world’s beauty and fascination flow through you. The universe extends an invitation to you. Observe, enjoy, create, share. Lael Van Riper is preparing a painting for the upcoming Montrose Visual Arts Guild Show, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2. She will, reluctantly, be showing in the advanced division.

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am not one of those warm and fuzzy kind of guys - pretty much anchored in reality even if it is harsh and sometimes dismal. Class reunions are therefore not my cup of tea. I do not want to see a bunch of old faces exaggerating their successes in life or commiserating about their new body parts or recent aches and pains. I’m just not one of those sloppy sentimental types. With that said, as I completed 70 years on the face of this planet, I determined I wanted to look up my old homestead in LaPorte, Indiana, and visit that magnificent institution of learning, a.k.a. the University of Notre Dame, where I spent seven formative years.

You will note that I did not use any adjectives like wonderful, fun-filled or exciting to describe the experience. When I attended, there were no female students, the electricity in the dorms was shut off at 11 p.m., or thereabouts, and the workload was nearly overwhelming. Fortunately, they tell me the experience is much more enjoyable these days. One can drive the 1,500 miles, but it is tiresome, gas is now a major cost factor and you cannot make it in less than three days. Besides, I am getting lazy. You can fly, but that means getting molested by the TSA, being treated much like cattle and having a high risk of your luggage being lost and your wallet looted by new and outlandish charges, such as $5 for printing your ticket. With over 1,000 flights under my belt, I was not excited about flying. The California Zephyr, Amtrak’s passenger train, sounded like fun and indeed, on the initial trip, it was. The food was superb, the staff was cordial and it was a new experience for me, not having been on a train in 50 years. What you learn very early on is that all train schedules are estimates, accurate within one to ten hours. I also learned that freight takes priority over passengers. Those UPS trucks make a lot more money for Amtrak than my wife and I on a visit home. That spacious house I grew up in is now tiny and not nearly as well-maintained. Those neighborhood lawns I struggled to mow are now more akin to postage stamps, and the town is only partially familiar. It is amazing what many years away will do. It was not a sad experience, but definitely an eyeopener. After a quick tour around the town, actually about the size of Montrose, we headed for Notre Dame. While still encompassing 1,250 acres, about two-thirds of the buildings were not there when I attended. The campus is gorgeous and

By John W. Nelson

its impact on the world grows every year. My dungeon of a law school has been totally renovated and a new Hall of Law with 92,000 additional square feet, has been attached. The student body is now nearly half female and the Law School only accepts 4% of those who apply. I’m not sure I could even get in today. The only thing the same about the entire campus is the lousy weather. The humidity and heat has not changed a bit and their winters are devoid of sun for months at a time. The return train trip was a bit unnerving. We encountered delays everywhere. One car had to be replaced before we could leave Chicago. There were detours around the flooding. Our sleeper car ran out of water (no water-no toilets). The entire train had electrical problems, with intermittent outages resulting again in no toilet facilities or air conditioning. The crew had to be replaced since they timed out and we began to notice that the scenery was boring-no hills, no mountains and nothing pretty like Colorado. Our Thursday 3:45 p.m. arrival turned into a Friday 12:30 a.m. arrival with no available hotel rooms in the immediate vicinity. But over-all, it was a good trip. It was certainly a reality check. Most importantly, it reinforced what I have known for 16 years. There is no place prettier and more enjoyable in which to live than southwestern Colorado. For an delightful trip to Denver, take the Amtrak from Grand Junction. The scenery is spectacular, including following the Colorado River and viewing abundant wildlife. Just do not look at your watch very often. Time does not matter when you ride the train. John W. Nelson is a retired Arizona family law specialist now residing in the suburbs of Colona with his tractor and chainsaw who only comes to his senses when his wife drags him away from his fly tying vise and feathers.

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Gwen O'Leary wrote The Monitor about her work raising funds for respite for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's.

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lived in Montrose during the 1980's and raised my children there. In 1989 I left to pursue a degree in Geography at the University of Utah, worked as a GIS analyst for Salt Lake County and retired in 2003. My husband and I sold our home in Salt Lake City in 2007 and moved into a 16-foot trailer. We intended to live a life of simplicity and travel through our great country. Three months later, I learned of my parents' failing health, so we committed ourselves to them during the winter months in Florida, while my sister cared for them in the summer on her farm in Michigan. My project began soon after the death of both of my parents in April of 2010. I was their caregiver for three winters; my father died from renal failure, and my mother died two weeks later from complications of Alzheimer's. While caring for my mother, I discovered she could still accomplish some sewing tasks, so we made aprons together up to the last two months of her life. Sewing was therapeutic for both of us; I called it "self-medicating with fabric." My sister convinced me to write a book about my experience with my mom, so six weeks after my mother's death I started writing my book, "When Life Hands You Alzheimer's, Make Aprons!" After a reading at a small library in upstate New York, a woman suggested I sell my book at the fabric store where she worked. Fabric stores in several states across the country have embraced my project and sell my book for me without taking a commission. I have my book in fabric stores on the East coast, in Alaska, the Southwest and Sterling, Scotland. I make the same apron that I sewed with my mother to display with my book at fabric stores, libraries, and bookstores. My husband and I live full-time on the road in a 22-foot trailer. As we travel, I make contacts at every opportunity to promote my book and donate net profits to the communities we visit.

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Recently, I returned to the Western Slope this summer to revisit the community where my children were raised, where I once worked, and where I once volunteered at the Woman's Resource Center. I knew I needed to find an organization and people to network with in order to sell my book and donate profits. My first stop was at the Hospice thrift store where Sally, the manager, gave me Barb Benningsdorf's name. Barb's Caregiver Solutions program is the perfect partner for my project. With donations from book sales, she will be able to provide more hours of respite care for her clients. Lori Zentmeyer, of Lady Bugz Quilt Co. at 302 W. Main, took time out of her busy schedule to listen to my project and readily agreed to sell my books at her fabric store. Cimarron Books, in Ridgway, has agreed to place my book on their shelves. Buckskin Booksellers, in Ouray, is selling my book, and it can be purchased at Between The Covers books and Needle Rock Fiberarts in Telluride. I have donated a book to the Montrose Regional Library, the Ouray Library, and the Wilkinson Library in Telluride. I have kept busy in Montrose making contacts and sewing aprons, but have also taken time to revisit old favorites. My husband and I take long bike rides and walks out in the rolling countryside, and have visited the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

I will be leaving a apron on display at the Heirlooms for Hospice with a note that the book, apron pattern, and fabric can be purchased at Lady Bugz Quilt Co. I have already left an apron at Lady Bugz for display. Visit Gwen's blog to read the prologue of her book one chapter from my book. alzheimerhumor.blogspot.com


Montrose Visual Arts Guild Show set

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utumn brings golden leaves, cooler weather, and the 20th annual Montrose Visual Arts Guild Show and Exhibition. The creative offerings of area artists will be displayed Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 amidst the beauty of Camelot Gardens. The show will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Hard at work are members of the Montrose Visual Arts Guild (MVAG) who begin planning for the next show as soon as the present one is over. Each event features 2-dimensional art (paintings and drawings) in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Sculptors of the area bring a 3-dimensional dash to the show. This year’s special category is “Hands.” Hands are a particularly challenging subject for artists. When you have oohed and aahed over the exhibited art, you can shop for further art offered by the artists. All art in the show is for sale. You can also vote for your favorite for the “People’s Choice” Award. A public reception and sneak preview of the art show will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show’s judge, Jeannie MacKenzie, will be there to talk about the art work.

MacKenzie is a plein air painter who has exhibited nationally and teaches color theory, composition, and painting at the Denver Art Museum. She will be

Arts Guild was born in 1986 with the help of Margaret and Earl Price. The guild’s goals are to promote public awareness of visual arts and artists, create and share beauty, offer art education and inspiration opportunities to guild and community members, to encourage high standards of excellence in art, and to enjoy good fellowship. One of these efforts is “Art in Motion,” which provides art for area businesses. MVAG meets the 4th Monday of each month, 1 p.m., at Meadowlark Apartments, and features an artist demonstration each time. Further information can be obtained from Elaine Johnson, 252-8135. This year MVAG is sponsoring a Standing, left to right, Marty Simmons, gala Wine and Cheese Party, Friday, Carol Rogers, Lael VanRiper, Sept. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Donated art, Roxanne Morris, Debbie Bradley. epicurean, and varied items will be sold Seated, Geri Bates, Elaine Johnson, at live auction. Everyone is invited to Benita Martinez. . buy tickets from guild members, at the Around the Corner Art Gallery, and other local sites. Proceeds are used to giving a free public demonstration at fund the art show. Camelot Gardens, Friday, Sept. 30, at To further support the MVAG Show 10 a.m. and Exhibition, area businesses and inIn May 1980, several artists in the dividuals are invited to become Patrons Montrose Area began the Gallery Artof the Arts for $50 a year. ists. Some of the members still living The Guild maintains a web site where and painting in this area are: Bob DeJulio, Mike Simpson, Dr. Bob Brethower, artists’ work is highlighted. The web site is www.montrosevisualartsguild.org. Billie Walker, and Betty Gorsline. When this group waned, the Montrose Visual You are invited to visit.

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The Green Pages Writers on the Range A prodigal son is honored by his hometown

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t’s not only war heroes who get honored in the West with lasting memorials. When prodigal son Dalton Trumbo returned to his hometown of Grand Junction, Colo.,* he arrived on Main Street in a bronze bathtub.

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Like some other disgruntled intellectuals in Los Angeles, Trumbo had been associated with the Young Communist League, the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Civil Rights Congress. For standing up After four years, through rain and snow topping the tub, for freedom of association and the right of every American he’s still there, and some residents can’t figure out if having a to hold divergent beliefs, Trumbo was blacklisted by Hollystatue of the town’s most famous and controversial writer is a wood in 1950, and served 10 months in federal prison for blessing or a curse. The City Council decided that paying for contempt of Congress. After being released, Trumbo moved with his family to Mexithe sculpture with city money was not an appropriate use of co, “broke as a bankrupt bastax revenues, so local citizens raised tard,” he said, where he conthe $44,000 for the casting. Dalton Trumbo was no fan of his tinued to write blockbuster Trumbo might be pleased. He’s hometown and grew up knowing hard movie scripts. Under a dozen there in all his glory with a cup of pseudonyms he wrote 30 coffee, cigarettes and even a rubtimes, yet at the height of his literary scripts including the Oscarber duckie in bronze, of course, bepowers he earned $1 million per script. winning “The Brave One,” in cause the bathtub is where he did 1956. In that same year anhis writing. And he’s on the fringe, other renegade Westerner published the book “The Brave as he always was, on the eastern edge of the town’s outdoor Cowboy,” and in 1962, actor Kirk Douglas paid author Ed mall. Dalton Trumbo was no fan of his hometown and grew up Abbey for the film rights and had Trumbo pen the script. Re-titled “Lonely Are the Brave” and starring Kirk Douglas, knowing hard times, yet at the height of his literary powers he George Kennedy, and Walter Matthau, the film received rave earned $1 million per script. Time Magazine said that “Trumbo turned rambling, middle-grade raw material into tight and reviews from Newsweek, but the New Yorker sniffed, “The vulexcellent scripts, lightened with humor and touched with garity of Mr. Trumbo’s perceptions is that he has his hero, a cowboy on horseback, run down by a trailer-truck filled with irony.” But he struggled through the Great Depression only to run toilets. There may be a lot wrong with this country, but Mr. into the wall of anti-communism in the late 1940s. As actors Trumbo is plainly not the man to point it out.” Abbey disand movie producers caved in to political hysteria and rat- agreed. Cactus Ed quipped, “The New Yorker review of our ted on their colleagues, Dalton Trumbo became one of The movie calls it ‘shoddy and simple minded, a song of hatred for Hollywood Ten, scriptwriters and performers of integrity who 20th century American society.’ Exactly! Exactly what I meant refused to testify before the powerful Congressional House it to be. I am quite pleased by the reviewer’s observation.” A heavy smoker, Dalton Trumbo lost a lung to cancer and Un-American Activities Committee. His communist label probably came in part from his vivid antiwar novel, “Johnny died in 1976, but his legacy lives on. I’ll never forget the shock Got His Gun,” which won an American Booksellers Award in of reading “Johnny Got His Gun.” With over 40 printings, the 1939. A prescient novel about a wounded American soldier LA Times said it is “perhaps the most effective anti-war novel whose body was mostly shot away, the book indicted modern ever written in America.” Trumbo’s hand can also be found warfare. The Washington Post wrote that it was “a terrifying in dozens of scripts for movies and television, and he always drew on the West for characters, scenes and settings. book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity.” So, prodigal sons and daughters occasionally do come Trumbo let the book’s publication lapse during World War II. He wrote, “There are times it may be needful for certain home. Sometimes even in a bronze bathtub. private rights to give way to the requirements of a larger pub*Trumbo was born in Montrose, but the family moved to Grand Junction lic good. I know that’s a dangerous thought, and I shouldn’t shortly thereafter. wish to carry it too far, but World War II was not a romantic war.” But when it came to the ugly tentacles of Sen. Joseph Andrew Gulliford is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High McCarthy’s career-destroying McCarthyism, Trumbo drew Country News (hcn.org ). He is a professor of Southwest studies and history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. his line.

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Climate change study predicts more severe fires for Yellowstone

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recently completed study of climate change contains some warnings about the future of the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem. Scientists have found that forest fires in and around the park are likely to become more common and more severe over the next several decades. The rising fire danger level is being created by increasing temperatures associated with global warming, according to researchers at the University of California.

and his colleagues are surprised by their findings. They “expected fire to increase with increased temperatures.” However, they “did not expect it to increase so much, or so quickly.” The researchers used data collected between 1972 and 1999 to compare wildfire statistics with climate information in the northern Rocky Mountains. But, in an interview with Science Daily, Westerling warned that the results of that research were based on current ecosystem models—models which he said “will not work once the increase in fires creates a fundamental change in the Professor Anthony Westerling has told the Huffington ecosystem. As the landscape changes, the relationships Post that he and his team have between climate and fire would discovered that forest fires as well.” Westerling’s research comes change “would likely cause a major shift Other parts of the West have in the Greater Yellowstone Ecoat a time when the public’s been experiencing more severe fire system” by 2050. The changes, seasons for some time. The Associattitude toward global said Westerling, would “affect ated Press cites experts who have warming reports is cooling. the region’s wildlife, hydrology, documented an increase in the carbon storage and aesthetics.” number of large forest fires over The study has been pubthe past 25 years, coupled with lished in one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific longer fire seasons. journals, the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciYou can receive regular updates about Colorado’s ences. Among other things, it predicts that Yellowstone wildfire situation by checking the Colorado State Forest fire seasons with no major blazes will be very rare by Services’s website at http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/ 2050. By the end of the century, the size of an average mainpage.html. They provide weekly updates between Yellowstone wildfire is expected to be bigger than the May and October of each year, and daily updates whencurrent record holder; in 1988, blazes destroyed more ever serious fires are happening. than 1,200 square miles of forest in the park, burning Several Canadian provinces are currently dealing with an area about the size of Rhode Island. one of the worst wildfire seasons in their history. Westerling’s research comes at a time when the pubIn June, Arizona suffered through the largest wildfire lic’s attitude toward global warming reports is cooling. ever reported in the state, which burned up their fireEarlier this year, a Gallup Poll found that almost half of fighting budget long before the end of the 2011 wildfire all Americans think “the seriousness of global warming season. With budget concerns in mind, some western is exaggerated.” states, such as California, are instituting firefighting fees But if Westerling’s research is accurate, it means for residents who live near fire-prone areas. dramatic changes are on the way to the park. He preThe news about Westerling’s research arrived soon dicts that forests there will become smaller and less after federal officials revealed that the oil spill cleanup dense, as trees are replaced by shrubs and grasslands. on the Yellowstone River would take more time and Westerling has told U.S. News & World Report that he personnel than originally estimated.

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new study by the U.S. Forest Service has expanded the controversy over hydraulic fracturing, "fracking” for short.

Fracking is the process of injecting certain chemicals deep underground to break up rocks, and free up deposits of natural gas. The heart of the controversy is between environmentalists who claim that the chemicals poison groundwater, and oil and gas companies that insist that the process is safe. The new element comes from recent research by the Forest Service, which indicates that the waste water produced by fracking is very bad for forest ecosystems. Scientist Mary Beth Adams conducted the study and published the results in the Journal of Environmental Quality. The work was done in West Virginia's Fernow Experimental Forest, but it has implications for western Colorado, where fracking is common. Adams reportedly applied more than 75,000 gallons of fracking fluid on a quarter-acre of forest. The results: all of the ground cover in the affected area died immediately, and 56 percent of the plot's 150 trees died within two years. Environmentalists say the study proves that fracking

fluid should be treated as toxic waste. So, just what are the chemicals in this fluid? Well, that's a secret. For several years now, U.S. Rep. Dianna DeGette, of Denver, has been trying to get a bill passed that would force oil and gas companies to reveal that information. However, the industry insists that it must keep that secret for proprietary reasons. Spokespeople also claim that the process is exempt from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Also, Colorado's oil and gas regulators agree with industry representatives that revealing the composition of the fluid would do nothing to prevent spills from holding pits and pipelines. They argue that those spills should be the main focus of regulatory concern. Typically, fracking involves the injection of those chemicals, sand, and water, thousands of feet underground to crack tight rock and sand formations; that, in turn, releases more natural gas. Those processes happen far below drinking water wells and groundwater supplies. However, scientists are still arguing amongst themselves over whether the process can contaminate groundwater.

Denver rates high on “greenest cities” list The town that was once known for its "brown cloud" of pollution is now rated as one of the greenest cities in the U.S. and Canada. Denver has come in fifth in a study of 27 major American and Canadian cities examined for a variety of environmental factors, according to the Huffington Post. The research was commissioned by Siemens USA, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and covered nine environmental categories—CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transportation, air quality, water, waste, and environmental governance. San Francisco was rated as the greenest city over all, but the Mile High City came in first in one category: energy usage. Denver also tied with New York and Washington, D.C. for first place in the category of "environmental governance".

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In the final analysis, the overall ratings of the top 10 cities in the EIU study were: 1. San Francisco 6. Boston 2. Vancouver 7. Los Angeles 3. New York 8. Washington D.C. 4. Seattle 9. Toronto 5. Denver 10. Minneapolis. You can learn more about the general environmental condition of urban areas in the U.S. and Canada at these websites: United States: http://www.epa.gov ; Canada: http://www.ec.gc.ca Air Qualiity-United States and Canada: http://www.airnow.gov


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he world is filled with a potential energy source that is powerful, plentiful, and ubiquitous. It's produced in copious quantities every day by an enormous variety of organisms, including humans. And, it’s unbelievably cheap. Before you poo-poo these statements, you need to realize that I'm talking about poop—or, to use its scientific name, feces.

Inhabitat.com reports that scientists and engineers are working on ways to recycle the stuff so that it

up with an answer to the twin problems, called the LooWatt. The device is a commode which is itself made from poop; 90 percent of its structure is molded from horse manure, which has been cleaned up and given a biodegradable lining. Not only is it sanitary, but when the LooWatt is full, the contents can be converted into energy with the aid of a biodigester— a device that turns organic waste into power. In Indonesia, students at the Prasetiya Mulya Business School have developed a lightweight brick made from

Top—Bio-Bug car, Park Spark • Bottom—EcoFaeBrick, LooWatt can be used for fuel, energy, and even building materials. In fact, somebody has come up with a way to build toilets out of it. Toilets are a luxury in many developing countries, which also lack sanitary sewage disposal systems. This reality has led to the widespread bacterial and waterborne illnesses. However, designer Virginia Gardiner has reportedly come

cow patties. Called the EcoFaeBrick, it is said to be more durable and lighter than clay bricks. Also, since these bricks don't come from a quarry, their usage could reduce the environmental damage that comes from quarrying. By creating a market, and a solution, for cow dung, the EcoFaeBricks could also provide a new revenue source to farmers.

Meanwhile, in Cambridge, Mass., doggie-doo is being used to power a park's street lights. The park, which is called “Park Spark,” has a popular dog run. Dog owners are asked to place their pet's poop into into special biodigesters, designed by Matthew Mazzotta. The digesters then use large drums to convert the methane gas emitted by the feces into electricity for the lights. The Park Spark project, which is co-sponsored by the city of Cambridge and M.I.T., also helps reduce greenhouse gas that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere by the poop. The potential of poop is also on executives' minds at Microsoft, Google, and Hewlett-Packard. Inhabitat. com reports that the corporations are considering teaming up with dairy farmers to determine the feasibility of building dungpowered data centers. A British waste treatment company called Geneco has re-tooled a Volkswagen Bug to run on bio-fuel. The fuel is composed of human solid waste from 70 homes. The so-called Bio-Bug can reportedly drive 10,000 miles per year with a fuel efficiency rating of 5.3 miles per cubic meter of the bio-fuel. The car can also operate on traditional gasoline. The Bio-Bug is said to run more cleanly than other bio-fueled cars, with performance that's comparable to petroleum-based fuels. If this keeps up, we may have to stop thinking of poop as “waste.”

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Energy conference coming to Montrose

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f you’re interested in saving both energy and money around your home, or in your business, you might also be interested in attending an upcoming meeting in Montrose. On Oct. 21 and 22, the Focus on Resource Efficiency (FORE) Alliance will hold its second annual conference at the Montrose Pavilion.

Entitled “Generating Possibilities: Smart Energy Living in Western Colorado”, the gathering will unite utility providers, renewable energy professionals, homeowners and businesses. FORE says the conference will cover a variety of topics, including:

The FORE-Runner Residential Award will be handed out to a homeowner who has demonstrated energy efficiency in the construction of a new home, or in retrofitting an existing one. Individual homeowners, and owners of multifamily housing, can qualify for this one. If you'd like to nominate somebody for any of these awards, you have until Oct. 3 to do it. Submit your nominations online at forealliance.org/conference/fore-runner Organizations and businesses that would like to do a presentation or set up an exhibit at the conference should contact the FORE Alliance. Email Executive Director Abbie Vanderwist at abbie@forealliance.org. The FORE Alliance was created last year by communities and utilities in Montrose and Delta counties. Its mission is to cushion the impact of rising energy costs, improve resource efficiency, and plan for the future energy needs of the Delta/Montrose area.

 Energy efficiency for new and existing buildings  How to reduce usage and increase savings  Renewable energy and power generation  Advancing the energy economy  Buying and selling real estate with energy improvements  Rebates and financing for energy improvements  Demonstrations and hands-on workshops One of the conference highlights will be presentation of the FORE-Runner Awards to businesses, organizations, and individuals that are leaders in the field of energy efficiency. The FORE-Runner Leadership Award will go to a person who has shown initiative and dedication to energy efficiency in his or her community. It will be given to someone who has motivated others to deal with energy efficiency issues, and has publicly advocated energy efficiency. The FORE-Runner Community Award will be given to a local organization that has exemplified efficient energy practices in its daily operations. Eligible organizations include businesses, schools, non-profits, and municipal departments.

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2011 Conference | October 21-22

Generating Possibilities Smart Energy Living in Western Colorado

Want to... Save on your utility bills? Access energy rebates? Make your home more efficient? Learn about renewable energy? Then join us for two days lled with exciting presentations, workshops, demonstrations and product giveaways. Montrose Pavilion Oct. 21 10:00a-6:30p | Oct. 22 10:00a-4:00p

More info at: www.forealliance.org/conference


What’s coming up in the region Aug. 27 Public Art experience (PAX) 1-5 p.m., Centennial Plaza, Montrose, cityofmontrose.org/art Sept. 2-5 Telluride Film Festival, .....................................................................telluridefilmfestival.org Sept. 3 Uncompaghre Valley Muses Festival, 11:30-7:30 . ................... musefest2011.eventrite.com Sept. 14-20 San Juan Music Festival, annual Ouray County chamber music event, ....................ocpag.org Sept. 15-18 Ouray County Railroad Days, . ..................................... ridgwayrailroadmuseum.org/events Sept. 16-18 Telluride Blues & Brews Fest, ..................................................................tellurideblues.com Sept. 22-25 Mountain Harvest Festival, . ................................................................. paoniachamber.com Sept. 23-25 Montrose Indian Nations Pow Wow, Friendship Hall, ........... 970-921-7707, 970-275-9470 Sept. 26-Oct.2 Telluride Photo Festival, .............................................................telluridephotofestival.com Oct. 1-2 Applefest, Cedaredge, . ............................................................................. cobeautiful.com Oct. 8 Octoberfest, 6-9 p.m., . ....................................................................... ouraycolorado.com

Buck, September 11 Buck Brannaman, inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer," is revealed as a complex figure in this Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary by Cindy Meehl. The master horseman reveals details of his troubled childhood and his dawning awareness of new ways that humans and horses might work with one another. As Buck learns more about horses, he finds that the ways we communicate with our animal companions offer lessons on how we relate to fellow human beings. Runtime: 88 minutes. Rated PG: Thematic elements, mild language and an injury. Film is awaiting confirmation, Call 626-5568 to check

Gotta Be Girls has a new song posted on YouTube called "Angel By My Side" The song, co-written by Karen and Glenda, was intended to provide support and comfort to people going through a hard time, whether it is health related or other. We hope you enjoy it and will share this link with anyone you know who may be interested or need an angel by their side. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xtD6UcqMFfg

A Better Life, October 9 This candid social drama tracks the relationship and conflicts between Mexican immigrant gardener Carlos and his teenage son Luis, whom he's trying to interest in earning an honest living rather than drifting into the East L.A. gang scene. Runtime: TBA. Rated PG-13: Some violence, language and brief drug use. The film is awaiting confirmation. Call 626-5568 to confirm.

Francie Smiles, daughter Emily and granddaughter Harper at Farmers Market

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Centennial Ranch Tour Sept. 24-25 Have you ever wondered what lies beyond those imposing log entrances to “Centennial Ranch” two miles north of Colona? Find out the weekend of Sept. 24-25 when the Ouray County Historical Society will host an “Open Ranch” event. Continuous self-guided tours will showcase the rustic barn which houses draft horses and a trove of western implements and relics, an authentic line cabin complete with cast-iron cook stove, and Dashwood House, a timber-framed home featured in Architectural Digest. The historic Smith Ranch occupied this 400 acre property along a rugged stretch of the Uncompahgre River. The ranch has also been featured in Western Horseman, and an excerpt from the ranch owner’s autobiography, The “Life & Times of Vince Kontny”, appeared in the magazine Country. This working cattle ranch has been preserved in perpetuity with conservation easements. The cost of the event is $15.00 with folks 19 and under free. The “Open Ranch” is a benefit for the Ouray County Historical Society, and the tour includes an all-you-can-eat chili lunch. Bring your camera to photograph this unique setting. For more information and directions, call the Ouray County Historical Society at 3254576, or visit us at ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Fall productions feature Sherlock Holmes, The Dixie Swim Club By Carol McDermott This is the live theatre season to die for, as Magic Circle Players Community Theatre opens with a Sherlock Holmes mystery, “The Final Toast,” Sept. 9. There’s a murder, of course. Arthur Conan Doyle’s 19th century detective answers an ad which matches his own description, while Dr. Watson wonders why Holmes appears at his Baker Street home, instead of being en route to Glasgow. Written in 1987 by Stuart M. Kaminsky, “The Final Toast” finds Holmes unraveling one murder, only to find himself the new target of the murderer. The cast includes Magic Circle veterans Jason McCay as Holmes, Bob Dietrich as Watson, and Jim Hougnon as Mycroft, Holmes’ older brother. Nov. 4, “The Dixie Swim Club” gives the audience opportunities to “die laughing.” This poignant comedy is about five women who swam on the same college team and four of their annual reunions. The play explores friendships that last forever. This season, out-of-town guests are invited to spend the night in Montrose—dine, see the play, and stay. Dining specials are featured at Damiano’s and Simmer, both on Main Street. Ice cream at Cold Stone in Oxbow Crossing is also a special for ticket holders. These are also available to locals. Call 249-7838 for reservations. Season tickets are on sale now.

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DAVID WILDER was born in New Jersey. A graduate from Case Western Reserve Univ., he has a BA in History and a teacher certification. He moved to Israel and lives in the Biblical city of Hebron with his wife and children. David is the spokesman for the Jewish Community in Hebron. He fights against both Western and Islamic powers for the rights of Jews to live in the place where King David was crowned, and where the burial cave of the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the Cave of Machpelah, stands. David Wilder is an Orthodox Jew and is available to speak to all visitors to Hebron, educating and answering questions about the city and the situation there.

NONIE DARWISH, a former Muslim, is the author of 2 books: Now They Call Me Infidel; Why I Left Jihad For America, Israel, and the War On Terror and Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. She has 2 web sites: Former Muslims United and Arabs For Israel. Nonie is a strong Christian and a fearless opponent of the growing threat of Islamism. DINO KARSONAKIS is a world renown concert pianist. A child prodigy, God has used his musical talent to heal, inspire, and bring millions of people to the saving light of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Cheryl host their show “Dino” on TBN. He has performed for us at PHM several times and we are so pleased to have him with us again, this year!

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