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Dr. Mary Vader The kids’ favorite

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Rob Brethouwer Going his own way

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By Mavis Bennett


usually don’t want summer to end. I love fall, even knowing what follows. But this year, after this extraordinarily hot (hottest on record, by the way) summer, I am eager for cooler days, cooler and cooler. Winter does nothing for me now. I’m at the age where I should be hitting the road in October to warmer, wetter and lower climes and coming back in May. Haven’t quite figured it out yet. The good news is that here’s another Monitor Magazine, better than ever. Our cover features Dr. Mary Vader, many children’s pediatrician for 22 years. Home grown from the Vader Ranch in Gunnison, Dr. Mary cares about people and the community and her efforts to help the less fortunate are evident throughout the county. I chose to interview Rob Brethouwer because he’s an interesting guy (what better reason) and, half-way through the interview, when I blurted out, “can you write?” his answer pleased me to no end. See his first contribution, “CouchSurfers,” on p.7. We also have another chapter in the saga of Jamie and Bo Stambaugh and their little boys, Luke and Vaughn, experiencing a family sabbatical in South America, p. 18. This one was troubling to me and I called Jamie’s mom, Linda Gann, and asked if she thought I should print it anyway. Obviously, she said yes. But, read the very end of the piece where Linda adds her views. Dave and I spent 30 hours at the Gateway Canyons Resort and the article, Gateway Getaway, on p. 24 is my best effort to capture how much we enjoyed it and what a really super, first class place it is. We introduce our Boomer+Plus pages on p. 26-30, topics of interest to those from 50 on up. We hope you find them stimulating, informational and/or amusing. Here’s our new dog, Jack, who moved in with us from the shelter since the last issue.

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Table of Contents Dr. Mary Vader.................................................................4 Paul Paladino...................................................................6 Couch Surfing..................................................................7 HOA................................................................................8 Real Estate Stats..............................................................9 Lael Van Riper...............................................................10 Rob Brethouwer.............................................................12 Peggy Carey..................................................................14 Pure Living & Giving.......................................................16 South American Adventure.............................................18 Writers on the Range.....................................................20 Heard Around the West...................................................22 Fall EventCalender.........................................................23 Gateway Getaway..........................................................24 Boomers+Plus Pages.....................................................26 Spotlight & Insight..........................................................30



Photo taken on McCullough Trail by Lori Sharp


My goals as County Commissioner are: • Promote a fiscally responsible county government • Engage in active collaboration with citizens, businesses and other governmental agencies • Advance a healthy and vibrant population, economy and environment ~ Kjersten Davis


DAVIS For COUNTY COMMISSIONER Paid for by the Committee to elect Kjersten Davis

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Large animal veterinarian for 27+ Years • Montrose and Olathe School Board Member for Six Years; Two+ Years as School Board President • Academic Booster Club, Member and Past President • Underage Drinking and Drug Task Force, Member Montrose County resident for 18+ years Married to Kevin Davis, two sons Kane and Chase


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Dr. Mary Vader—Hanging with the kids


he youngest children that Dr. Mary Vader saw in her first year as a pediatrician could be college grads now, with small children of their own.

You can’t take the mountains out of a Colorado kid. The tale begins in 1990 when Vader was finishing what she called a “grueling” pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix and was looking for a place to begin her practice. “I wanted to move out of that city of a million plus; everything was busy, busy, busy. I was ready to go back to be near my family, where I knew all my neighbors and could see mountains.” Vader grew up on a cattle ranch in Gunnison, the seventh of 11 children. “You can’t take the mountains out of a Colorado kid,” she said. It could be said that Dr. Mary Vader was fated to spend her entire career in Montrose, Colo. She had already set up interviews in Durango and Vail when a call came into the pediatric ICU at St. Joseph‘s, where she was on call. It was Dr. Tom Wiard of Montrose Pediatric Associates, asking if she wanted to interview. She had checked there first, months earlier, and there hadn’t been an opening. Now she jumped at the opportunity. What has changed in the Montrose area in those 22 years? “I think some of our patients’ parents are much better educated,” she said, “meaning they’ll sit down and look things up on the computer, which can be good and bad. A little knowledge can be dangerous, but a well-educated parent is refreshing too. “But we’re seeing families that think they’re entitled to health care where there isn’t funding to do it. We have

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third and fourth generation Medicaid patients. It is a huge burden for our health care system and our community. I worry it’s become the American thing.” ­­­What was Montrose like, medically, 22 years ago In the early ‘90s, many area residents were agricultural or construction workers. She and Wiard were paid in book ­shelves and picnic tables and cords of wood. “Tom had a wood burning stove at home and we had picnic tables all around the clinic. We had a book shelf that took two grown men to move.” She recalls that family clearly because she let them use oxygen in the home, which was unheard of then. “I was worried to death all weekend that the coroner was going to be calling me. But the family had no money to go into the hospital and he

Dr. Mary in Chile paid his bill with a bookshelf. Whenever children needed oxygen then, they had to go into the hospital. They didn’t do home oxygen. “We had three kids to a room in the old hospital one winter, 120 patients from January to March with

a respiratory virus.” These days there are businesses delivering home oxygen. “We even have a kiddo in Olathe on a ventilator at home,” she added. “There’s lots of good help for them.” The big push to slow down childhood obesity seems to be working, Vader said. They are actually seeing children slimming down. On the annual Mission to Ride fund raiser for the Community Medical Clinic there were families riding together, something you rarely would have seen five or ten years ago. “But we’re still fighting obesity with a lot of the kids,” she said. On the other hand, she noted, they have more children surviving cancers. “They’re coming home healthier from Children’s Hospital in Denver. They’re not at death’s door the entire time we’re giving chemotherapy.” More children get dental care because it’s provided by Medicaid and there is a dental program through the Clinic. So they’re healthier in certain respects, and in others, it hasn’t changed at all. “We have a lot of teen pregnancies, a lot of substance abuse in the community,” she said. Vader has a “sub-specialty” in child abuse cases. She handles the medical part for the 7th Judicial District, which is made up of the counties of Montrose, Delta, San Miguel, Ouray, Hinsdale and Gunnison. “You can almost guarantee if you see a child abuse case that it’s connected with substance abuse in the home,” she said. “Our teen pregnancies are connected to alcohol and drug use. It’s been found that nearly all teen pregnancies began when the girl was partying and drunk. “You have to parent your child and


know where they are and who they hang out with,” she said. “And I think it’s hard for some families to do. We have a lot of families hurting; emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Often they are without support. We need to come together and be their village.” Vader didn’t have biological children, but she has been a foster mother and has godchildren. They’re grown now, but stay in touch and visit when they can.

Walker and Brezinsky started the Montrose Mission Clinic for uninsured and needy patients. Many Montrose physicians have donated their time and talent. Even patients who need surgery have received low cost services from MMH. “The hospital has donated tons of services to this program.” Through her work with the Rotoplast medical mission, Vader has seen the world. She has traveled to Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Viet Nam and Ethiopia. Last year she went to the Philippines Helping Hand Foundation on her 25th overseas medical She has a big heart and was mission, to help repair cleft lips and looking for a way to do more palettes. She doesn’t do the surgery, to help the needy families she but screens the children, helps with constantly encountered. She anesthesia, and is there for their started a foundation about six years recovery. The mission lasts two weeks. ago called Helping Hand, which “My newest thing is being on operates under the umbrella of the the Board of Directors of the new Montrose Community Foundation. Vader loves to work in her yard and garden Montrose Memorial Hospital, Inc. It’s fun Since that time they have given out to start something from the ground up.” This is a nonprofit close to $30,000. Their next project is to help a young girl corporation that will insure that the hospital will continue in Delta who is a “little person.” They’re building her a pintto be able to treat charity cases. It also will prevent the sized bathroom. community hospital from being sold to a “for profit” hospital Helping Hand recently gave activity cards to children association. living at Haven House, which shelters homeless families. “Our hospital provides several million dollars of charity “There are too many kids living with grandparents on a fixed care every year,” Vader explained. “In this economic climate, income,” she pointed out. The children need exercise and that is rare. Montrose Memorial the grandparents need a break, so We really encourage folks to ‘pay it Hospital is a very sophisticated they bought swim passes for them. hospital for its size. The MMH, Inc. forward’; it makes a big difference. These are just little things that insures that our exceptional care stays nobody else does. right here at home.” “We don’t want to duplicate services,” she said. If a Big news for Vader, who is 54, is that she and Wiard are family has to take a child to Children’s Hospital, but can’t semi-retiring after 22 years of partnership, as of September. afford the gas, they give them a gas card and a gift card They will share one job, although Vader will continue with for food. Even if they stay at the Ronald McDonald House (free to families of cancer patients,) they still need food and the child abuse cases. “I have things to do, like study for my boards which have to be renewed this year. There are friends incidentals. People ask how they can help and she says, “If I want to see and I’m going to Rome this year!” you see something that’s not getting covered, tell us, or tell The new pediatrician, Teal Warthen, has arrived with his the Montrose Community Foundation. We really encourage wife and three small children. folks to ‘pay it forward’; it makes a big difference. There’s no question that the extra time opening up “I think this is an incredibly generous community,” she for Vader will often be filled with projects that benefit her said. “Even people who don’t have anything in their wallet community and the world—all done with a sense of humor will show up with a hammer and nails. That says a lot about and a big smile. “I have been so blessed by this community,” Montrose.” The medical community is also very giving, she added. she said. Vader and four other local doctors: Drs. Winkler, Stangebye,


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The sheer volume

By Paul Paladino, Director, Montrose Regional Library


while back a staff member was giving a volunteer a tour of the Montrose Regional Library. Later she told me the volunteer kept making remarks about the sheer volume of things we do at the library, a constant “I didn’t know you did that.” The staff member called it the “golly gee” factor. So I sat down, gave myself five minutes to come up with all the things the library does. Surely, I thought, I can list them in five minutes. Five minutes came and I was not finished. But I stopped anyway. I asked the staff to do the same thing at a staff meeting. The list was pretty impressive, spanning two columns on two pages. How to fit that into one magazine article which is only so long? Okay, here goes. First of all I have to mention we have books. You knew that, but did you know how many different kinds of books we have? We have beginning readers, picture onitor books, Ad 8=12:Layout 8/1/12 11:50 AM books. Page 1The Library coffee table1 books and paperback has a Large Print collection for people with vision problems. There is a Parenting collection, Reference Books, atlases of all types and dictionaries of many languages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Montrose Library

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We have Fiction and Non-Fiction. In Fiction we have classics and genres like Mystery, Science Fiction and Westerns. Non-Fiction holds Colorado History, books on railroads (especially narrow gauge), how-to, self-help, pet care, sports, poetry, among many, many others. You could spend a lifetime reading in our Biography section. In fact, new books arrive nearly every day! The Library has Magazines on topics from A to Z— National Geographic going back to 1917. Juvenile magazines. Books, videos and DVDs in Spanish for adults and children. The library provides a photocopier and a microfilm reader/ printer. Microfilm of local newspapers goes back to the 1880s. People use Value Line and Morningstar products to research investments. We have a 1959 pink, convertible Cadillac we use as a bookmobile. Not really, just checking if you are still with me! The bookmobile is a branch library unto itself and much nicer though it doesn’t have the fins of a Caddy. The Library has books on tape and CD, educational, and how-to videos and DVD’s. There is an ever-growing music collection. The Colorado Room houses genealogy and local history collections. The Library has newspapers. The Friends of the Library does book repair. Speaking of the Friends, they do great work and both the Friends and the Library provide ample opportunities to volunteer to help your community. In the Library there is a meeting room that holds 56 people, study rooms for 4-6 people to meet in and computer work rooms for writing letters, papers, resumes or whatever. There are computers with access to the Internet and some with learning games for children. While we are not computer instructors, we do provide quite a bit of help with using the computers, up to our personal ability levels, anyway. In the past year we’ve started offering computer classes. Our website and catalog ( are available from inside the Library and at home, through the Internet. Through the catalog you have access to many databases dealing with books, magazine articles, genealogy and car repair. What? I’m almost out of space for my column? But I’m only half-way through the list! I haven’t even talked about tax forms yet. The Library is one of the few places you can still get tax forms. Or what about Reference Service? And Programs? I haven’t even touched on them either! Well, the Library provides puppetsandpuppetshowsstorytimespuzzles... There are always copies of The Monitor available in the magazine section of the library.




By Rob Brethouwer


t’s a typical weekday afternoon and you get a phone call or for hosts and guests. Requests to “surf ” are made via the webpage and by email or phone contacts. There is never any email from somebody that you have never met or heard of pressure for a host to say yes to a request. before. You get some background information through a CouchSurfing is a hosting community consisting of 4.5 profile or a phone call and you make a decision. A response is made and the very basic journey of million members, in 90,000 cities, and in all 207 countries on the planet. “Warmshowers” meeting a new person or persons begins. You may decide to get together at a preDuring a visit many is focused primarily on touring bicyclists. It is much smaller with approximately 23,000 determined location or at your house, great things can occur. members in 100 countries. after providing this person your address After saying “yes” to over 70 requests and directions. You show the person between the two sites, I can say that it has around, possibly give them a key, and leave them in your home. been one of the most rewarding experiences Does this sound adventurous or just plain insane? This is of my life. I’ve had homemade vegetable soup made in my kitchen by a young couple from Israel. I’ve met people who just one of many scenarios that play out when you become were riding their bicycles around the world and had been involved in the world of CouchSurfing. on the road for more than two years. I’ve gone to the Ouray The broad concept of CouchSurfing is that you accept Ice Festival and to Orvis Hot Springs with a Presidential travelers into your home and offer them a place to sleep, a campaign staff member and a guy in town for a job interview shower, and anything else that you are willing to extend in from West Virginia. Guests have joined in spontaneous the way of hospitality. During a visit many great things can BBQ’s, gone on weekday bicycle group rides, and have occur—conversation, interaction, learning, and hospitality shared stories that captivated me and left me amazed and from both host and guest. inspired. There are two main websites where you can become For more information please contact Rob Brethouwer at involved in this process, and www. 970-596-4682 or at The former is the largest and the latter is specifically for touring bicyclists. Interested hosts develop Rob Brethouwer moved back to Montrose in 2000 and has been a profile which includes basic information, hosting status actively pursuing great coffee, good books, and all things non-motorized ever and capabilities, location, and general interests. Profiles since. give users the opportunity to leave referrals and references


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Your HOA Team—making things run smoothly


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f you’re a member of a Home Owners Association (HOA), or you do business with HOAs, you may be interested in a Western Slope firm called Your HOA Team. Founder Barbara Lucks has a wealth of experience in this field. “I’ve worked in HOA management and governance since 1984,” she said. “I know a good HOA makes life better for all its members. Doing business with the right business partners is a big part of that success.” Your HOA Team works with more than 1,500 HOAs in western Colorado. Lucks explained what her company does, and how they do it. “We are a marketing firm for businesses that serve HOA’s; we represent firms that manage HOAs. We don’t service HOA irrigation systems; we represent firms that service HOA irrigation systems. “ The company provides a free information service to HOAs. “Our subscription fee ($300 per year) to subscriber businesses funds our extensive marketing initiatives,” said Lucks.




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She explained what sets her company apart. “Your HOA Team is different because we offer opportunities for local businesses to educate the decision-makers for HOAs. Since most HOA leaders are community volunteers, they appreciate businesses that take the time to help them understand the best ways to meet the needs of their communities.” Communication is a key part of the company’s business. “Your HOA Team communicates on the web and on the street,” Lucks explained. “In addition to our interactive website (, we communicate in print, via Chamber of Commerce events, local networking opportunities, community and trade events, direct mail, and at HOA educational events we sponsor.” Lucks said the company won’t do business with just anybody. “Our business is all about community and accountability. A business needs to demonstrate to us that they are equipped to deliver an outstanding value to the HOAs that come to us for resources. “Since 1984, I’ve written millions of dollars in checks to HOA vendors, and I know why HOAs keep some vendors for years, and reject others.” Your HOA Team will conduct a Brown Bag Business Development seminar at the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism (Montrose ACT) on Thursday, Sept. 13. The seminar will run from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., and will focus on long-term business success with HOAs. Please call Montrose ACT at 249-5000 for more information.


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Immigration to opportunity



By Lael Van Riper

land passage wasn’t yet blocked by ice. By Sea Archaeological evidence between North and South he clan was on the move. Not a big clan to begin with, it American Paleo-Indian sites indicate divergent cultures was diminished by leaving the oldest behind. They were between the two. The tools and culture in North and Central too weakened by age to make the move, but the young America make a roughly uniform pattern designated “Clovis” ones, the children, two babies, and the extended family—20 for its initial discovery near Clovis, New Mexico. The Clovis or so, bundled in warm, hide garments stitched together culture dates back at least 13,500 years. Of equal, or with sinew—moved with the mammoths, the elk, the deer. greater, antiquity are many diverse South American PaleoThe wise ones told the ancient stories. Once this had Indian cultural patterns. There, complex artifacts were found, been a land of green, but then the air turned colder. The indicating cultures advanced in making stone tools. glaciers grew and advanced. The seas dropped until there Radio-carbon dating has shown the Monte Verde site, was open land, a bridge to the new world. Now the clan in Chile, to be at least 1,000 years older than any “Clovis” followed people and animals who had gone before. They artifacts. This supports “the water theory”, which postulates weren’t the first. They wouldn’t be the last. that a primary coastal migration route was established. By Land People moved south along the coastline Pacific models Who were the first immigrants? Where faster than those who migrated inland into did they come from? How did they get of water migration the central areas of the Americas. Excavations here? When did they come? Archeology, uncovered evidence that subsistence theorize that people have physical anthropology, DNA analysis, and patterns of these immigrants included foods reached the Americas such as turtles, shellfish, and tubers. This was linguistics advances have led to our current understanding of human migration to, and a change from the big game mammoths, longvia water travel. throughout, the Americas. The first people to horn bison, horse, and camels which early enter this hemisphere came possibly 21,000 Clovis hunters may have followed east into to 40,000 years ago. That was followed much later by a the Americas. mass secondary wave of immigrants. Pacific models of water migration theorize that people Some 16,000 years ago, an ice age began. Glacial ice reached the Americas via water travel. They followed water retention lowered the sea levels until there was a coastlines from northeast Asia into the Americas. Access to land bridge between present-day Siberia and Alaska. This a diverse selection of flora and fauna from land and marine land mass, an area about 580,000 square miles or twice ecosystems would have provided humans with needed the size of Texas, was named “Beringia” by scientists. It was elements for life. 55 miles long, and connected Siberia and North America Boatbuilders from Southeast Asia may have been one of for approximately 3,500 years. Plant life from sea-core the earliest groups to reach the shores of the Americas. The samples demonstrates that the area was covered with tundra Haida nation on the Queen Charlotte Islands (an archipelago plants and shrubs. Beringia would have been unsuitable for on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada) may have prolonged settling of large grazing animals, but there were originated from these early Asian mariners, between 25,000 human settlements along the way. and 12,000 years ago. Early watercraft migration would also Then melting glaciers released water, submerging Beringia explain the habitation of coastal sites in South America. in what is now the Bering Strait. The overland road to the Perhaps we will never know definitively when, where, and new world closed. how we got here, but science continues to make inroads on Findings show that there were people south of the ice our understanding and stimulate our imaginations. And, if cap several hundred years before the ice-free corridor you choose to question science, just listen to the Inuits of developed. The first humans either had to walk or sail along Alaska. They tell the story of two migrations, one by land, the American west coast to get around the ice cap. That is, one by sea. Who knows? They may be right. unless they arrived so long before the last ice age that the

A challenge by a young student led Lael to investigate the first, and only, legal migration to the Americas.


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Rob Brethouwer­—Going his own way


hen you come from a long line of any calling—whether it’s doctors, lawyers or Indian chiefs, the pressure to continue the tradition can be overwhelming. In Rob Brethouwer’s case, his lineage is physicans back to the 19th century in Amsterdam. His family has been in Montrose since 1909, when his great-grandfather, Christopher Gerald Brethouwer, had a family medical practice above what’s now the Great Harvest on Main and Cascade . Rob’s father, Bob, is still practicing in Montrose after 46 years, at the age of 80, and his mind is razor sharp, according to his son. At 42, Rob seems to be as energetic and excited about life as he was as a teen. He has a myriad of interests and talents. He’s always had a strong interest in science and math, but not in becoming a medical doctor. But his parents did not pressure him about medicine. The message he got was to do what he wanted and do it well. In college he was a double major in trumpet performance and music composition, as well as political science. Music was his biggest interest then. He wanted to be an orchestra or studio musician. Later in college he leaned away from music as a career path and attended grad school to be a Federal intelligence analyst (think McGeek on NCIS.) But the government froze hiring in the mid-’90s and he got re-routed to a

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different area. Brethouwer returned to Montrose in 2000. He has worked for the state 7th Judicial District in probation for

He will try to help them, opening them up to how to read, how to write, how to think critically. almost 12 years. But he still practices music. “Every day I grab my horn and run all 12 scales and if that’s all the

time I have, great. But every day I pick it up.” He’s played with the Valley Symphony and the Community Band for more than four years. Brethouwer believes that it’s important for local kids to leave after high school “to see what else is out there. It’s so important to explore, and if you find things that keep you away, that’s life. If you experience things and somehow you come back to your roots, that’s great, too. I think getting out at some point is critical—whether

you’re in New York City, Hong Kong or Montrose—you have to find what else is out there.” He moved back to Montrose because he didn’t think he could really make a difference through probation in Denver. “I was ready to come back to something smaller. It was a high intensity, high stress job—very different than here. It’s just the sheer volume of negativity. In probation you deal with a lot of negativity anyway, but in Denver, it’s such a constant strain that it’s really hard to get away. Here, there’s negativity, but it’s slow enough that you can have an impact—you can try to make a change. You can step away from it a little bit.” But it’s rare to be able to effect change. “When it happens it’s pretty rewarding, but it’s rare,” he said. “I’ve had kids come up and say ‘that time in your office, you taught me how to read a text book, how to study. That made all the difference and now I’m in this program at this school.’ “A lot of their problems with school are cultural,” he said. “Their parents didn’t go to school, so why should they?” If a young person shows an interest in a particular subject, he will try to help them, opening them up to how to read, how to write, how to think critically. “That’s really the most rewarding thing I’ve done in probation is helping kids figure out school.” And they liked it—they were open to it. “They’d bring their text books into my office and say ‘I don’t get this,

help me.’ I’d look at their notes and say ‘This is disorganized, it aside and randomly pick up another one. Fiction, nontry it this way.’” fiction, biography. I love books on bicycle travel, stories Brethouwer is married to Robyn Funk, a grant writer for about people who have ridden their bikes around the world. the Western Regional EMS Council. “Thunder and Sunshine” by Alistair Humphries is a two-part When he has a passion about something, he puts the series about his ride around the world—some of the most power of his charismatic personality and intellectual abilities exciting writing I have ever read. Even if you don’t ride a bike, behind it. One such passion is Montrose Area Bicycle you should read this stuff. Alliance (MABA) a local bicycle advocacy group that he “I’m completely obsessed with Richard Feynman, the founded three years ago. “I was getting very upset riding a theoretical physicist, with his life and his work. He’s an icon bicycle in Montrose because of the riding conditions and now, kind of the Einstein of the late 20th century. He was the drivers. It wasn’t what I had come from in the Denver/ such an eccentric and a character—a completely brilliant Boulder area, where they are very bikeNobel prize winner. He was always aware and have great infrastructure.” I’m not one of those who can thinking five steps beyond the obvious.” Instead of complaining about the He might be the ultimate multi-tasker. conditions, he decided to become pro- just stay still for a lifetime “I wish I had a third hand so I could do active. and be content. I’ve got to everything that I do, with the third hand MABA’s advocacy efforts have reading,” he exclaimed. “I can’t read explore. resulted in some new bike lanes. The enough,” he said. He reads books the city is providing a series of bike racks “real” way and on his Kindle. “The Kindle downtown, as well as several custom made racks funded by is nice,” he said, “because I like bike touring and it’s not grants. There’s a “Share the Road” bicycle sign going up near practical to bring 70 pounds of hardback books with you. the Black Canyon . MABA is also holding bicycle rodeos for I can have the entire world in this Kindle and it’s fantastic. kids, promoting education for biking. I was skeptical,” he added, “because I love books and I love “We’re making some good efforts and it’s now really the smell. But having everything right there, it’s fantastic.” starting to snowball,” he said. Brethouwer walks his talk, or, Brethouwer participated in his first Ride the Rockies last in this case, bikes his talk. He doesn’t own a car and rides his June, riding with Judy Lokey and Mary Swetkoff of Montrose. bike everywhere for transportation. “It was unbelievably great, but very difficult. But I knew it was In his youth, he got to see some of the world with his going to be. It brings together everything that I really love, parents. At 10, his mother took him to the opera in Santa Fe all in one place—food, beer, coffee, people, bikes, laughter, and New York. “I really developed a love a classical musical scenery, extreme physical exertion—it’s all right there.” and opera from those days,” he said. In high school he Having the hours to train was hard with a full-time job, took a couple of trips to Europe. “I try to travel as much as but he did long rides when he could. “A lot of it is just possible,” he said. “I have a real wonderment about what’s being on a bike—making your body comfortable with the over there. I’m not one of those who can just stay still for a position,” he said, “your butt comfortable with the seat.” He lifetime and be content. I’ve got to explore.” rode a Trek —20 touring bike on the Ride. He observes certain rituals in his life. Sunday mornings If you believe in something, speak your mind, he are special. He starts by watching “CBS Sunday Morning,” advocates. He is an atheist and although he hasn’t gotten then bikes to the Coffee Trader where he reads of stack of into trouble with that philosophy in Montrose, he has had a newspapers include the Daily Press, the Daily Sentinel, the lot of people disagree with him and tell him he’s misguided New York Times and the Denver Post. He drinks a quad and irrational. Americano (four espresso shots) until he’s ready to start Rob is a character, in the most positive sense of the word. the NY Times and he gets a second quad. That drink lasts He’s someone who sticks to his beliefs, which he gleaned the two hours that it takes him to read the NY Times. Then from experience and has soaked up from all those books. He he does a “big lap” through town, stopping by to see his will sit and listen to someone who thinks he’s all wrong, and parents and then goes home. His wife is at home with her if he can be convinced otherwise, he says he will switch sides. own Sunday ritual. But you’d better have a pretty well-thought out theory— He loves the written word and will read many books at with footnotes. the same time. “I’ll pick up a book, read three chapters, put


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An Examined Life

By Peggy Carey


have reached the age of retrospection. It sort of sneaked teacher, who recognized children for what they were and had up on me, this desire to look back at how I got where I am, us put our heads down on the desk while she read to us for rather than dreaming about where I might be going. I was ten minutes after recess. always one to spout the phrase “An unexamined life is not Teachers are the normal target for a child’s affection, worth living,” all the while believing that we are incapable of and Mr. Torres, my seventh grade English teacher, earned my seeing ourselves with any objectivity. devotion two ways. He was the first Hispanic professional I I wonder sometimes if this reflection is caused by met in my little segregated town, despite the fact that it was the increasing number of friends and an overwhelmingly Mexican population. It acquaintances who have died, often suddenly inspired me to see the way he held his head She exuded a and quite surprisingly. So I guess it is high, and did his job, even though minority certainty of place status had been imposed on him. inevitable that I would find myself thinking of all the people who influenced me, for good or In high school, it was the Patties. Two that made you ill, on this journey. Parents, of course—worth women, both named Patty, who lived in my notice when she a column themselves—so let me gently set neighborhood and trusted me to watch their them aside for a time. walked into a room. children, not just for a couple of hours, but The huge Irish Catholic family from which for the entire work day for the whole summer my mother came, lived on the east coast, vacation. Being trusted at that level at a world away from the small town in New Mexico where I 17-years-old made me soar! (And I almost literally soared was born. The cousins and second cousins were city folk, when she let me drive the DeLorean and I discovered it could mysterious and interesting with their knowledge of urban life. go from zero to 60 crossing an intersection.) I met my cousin, Carol, when I was eight. She wore It goes on, of course, many people in many pedal pushers (!!) and had a long bouncing ponytail, but circumstances. Recently, however, we lost a woman who gave best of all, she snapped her gum. Rumor had it that unlike such inspiration I would be terribly remiss in not mentioning the ordinary person who might laugh and have milk come her. Despite being gifted with a good mind and Irish blarney, out their nose, she laughed so hard at her 16th birthday, I’ve suffered from a lot of insecurity about my role in life. spaghetti came out hers. How could I not emulate her, When I met Lynn Ruyle, I met a woman who personified selfpracticing with my Juicy Fruit until a sharp snap emerged respect. She was completely herself, and exuded a certainty on every chew? My mother was not so impressed with the of place that made you notice when she walked into a room. coolness of my newfound skill, especially driving back from She identified my daughter’s allergies long before a doctor Massachusetts to New Mexico. But having learned hero did, just by listening to her speak. She always had a sly worship, I found plenty of other worthy idols. Continued on page 15 There was Mrs. Grinslade, my fourth grade reading

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remark that made me smile. In retrospect, I wish I’d sought her friendship instead of keeping her as an acquaintance. I realized when I heard how ill she was that I was too late, too late. I vow not to miss any more such opportunities, but knowing life and how “way leads on to way,” as Robert Frost said, I’m sure I’ll be looking back some time again and wishing that something had happened just a little differently. Way of the Pipe Sculptor: Julie Larussen

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S Basement Boutique set for Nov. 23-24

ave the date for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23 and 24 for the Basement Boutique Arts and Crafts sale at the Montrose Pavilion. This year celebrates the group’s 37th year and there’s always a wonderful display of handmade gifts just in time for Christmas. You won’t find anything made in China at this show. Everything is handmade by regional artists. Basement Boutique was started in 1975 by a group of crafters who held the first few shows in one member’s basement, and the name Basement Boutique has stuck ever since. Items to be offered include pottery, stained glass, purses, aprons, backpacks, hats, soaps and lotions, salt lamps, bath salts, jewelry, flower designs, jams, wood products, baby blankets, candles, sculptures, paintings, photography, wreaths, silk floral arrangements and more. Kathi Zerby, who makes stained glass creations has been the show chair for the past 13 years. “Craft shows come and go,” she said, “but the Basement Boutique show has a continuous history that’s been documented.” “Then we got too many crafters, so we started going to different churches,” she said. But as the show saw more growth, the crafters found the perfect place when the Montrose Pavilion opened in 1992, where it has been ever since. It’s the 37th Annual The show features a central checkout, making shopping more convenient. Once again, Arts and Craft Sale Basement Boutique will be collecting canned and boxed Locally Handcrafted Gifts For All Ages food for Sharing Ministries. Friday - November 23rd 8 am till 5 pm Shoppers can drop off their Saturday - November 24th 8 am till 4 pm donations by the Santa in the lobby of the pavilion. at the Montrose Pavilion Hours are 8-5 Friday and A Central Checkout for shopping convenience. 8-4 Saturday.

Basement Boutique

Pure Living and Giving


ure Living and Giving, owned by Jill and Donald Vincent, is a Montrose company specializing in eco-friendly gifts. The company has a number of criteria for the products they carry, preferring items that are made in the USA, and that don't contain hazardous chemicals. “We look for companies that are giving back in some way," said Jill. "Many of our companies donate part of their proceeds to other organizations." You can buy a variety of gift items at the website, "We have a different toy lines," she noted, “and a whole line of paper products. We also sell hats that are made from scraps from an environmentally friendly clothing company.” The company offers lotions that are chemical-free, a perfume, and lip-balms that are organic and vegan. Pure Living and Giving has been in business for about a year, and the website has been up since spring. The Vincents don’t have a "brick and mortar" store, but they have been vendors at various shows and festivals, such as Montrose's "Main in Motion" and "First Friday" events.

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The Ghost River Band was a big hit at Main in Motion. Right to left, Mike, Russ, Bob and Denny.

Walking on water made a big splash with kids

April Mason represents her family's Star Drive-in in their fund raising effort.

The Rotary Clubs Barrel Train made a return appearance for this years Main in Motion

Leslie Musselmann, Jenni Sopsic and Jodi Shormann having fun at Main in Motion.


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Finding Foreign

By Jamie Stambaugh

The Monitor is following the Stambaugh family, Jamie, Bo, Vaughn, 6, and Luke, 4, as they travel through the peaks and valleys of South America on their family sabbatical. Part Three in the Series.


t’s 1:10am in La Paz, Bolivia and since I can’t sleep with all the worries chasing each other in my head. The hard part is deciding where to start looking back for the precise moment things went wrong. Let me try this by just listing out the events as they happened. The route from Santa Marta, Colombia to La Paz, Bolivia only happens at night it would seem. All flight options we explored were red-eyes, which can be a struggle (loss of sleep, not able to check into a hotel at 3am…) but there was no other option. So, on Sunday the boys and I went to the beach, Bo packed up, and then at 2pm our taxi arrived to take us to the airport for our 5:30pm departure from Santa Marta. Checking in at the Avianca Airlines desk began normally enough and then quickly went awry. The woman checking us in reached a screen on her computer that wouldn’t allow her to complete our check-in until we provided proof of our exit. I explained what we were doing, that we were entering Bolivia by flight but leaving Bolivia by train into Argentina and that we only expected to be in the country for a week, maybe two. No, she shakes her head, she needs proof of our exit from South America. Back to the States. (??!) which we don’t have because we don’t know the exact date of our return. Again explaining our extended travel and the looseness of our plans, she nods that she understands but precedes to tell us that there is no way for us to fly from Colombia to Bolivia without proof of our return to the States.

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“I understand why Colombia would want to know when we are leaving Colombia, but why does Colombia care when we are leaving all of South America?” It’s not important to

Melting Boys in South America

Colombia, she says, it’s important to Bolivia. Again, “Why?” “Cada país tiene sus reglas.” (Each country has it’s own rules.) She says and shrugs. And with that, we agree to purchase flights home. Our Avainca rep lets Bo get on her computer to book them, as there is no wi-fi or public computers in the airport. Having had to change plane ticket plans once before down here, we knew that on Expedia we could usually cancel our flights within the first 24 hours of booking. After spending $6,100 on random tickets from Buenos Aires to Denver, we were praying that this would still be the case. Finished the requirements, checked in three bags (our two suitcases and Bo’s backpack) and finally we are in the air towards Bogotá. Sadly, the boys did not sleep on that flight, nor did they manage to nod off during our

wait for the 11 pm departure for La Paz. Did I mention that Vaughn got up that morning at 5:30 with Luke not far behind? Tired. Boys. The flight to La Paz itself was uncomfortable and hot, but otherwise fairly uneventful. The boys did get a little less than two hours of sleep, Bo and I nodded in and out around them. We arrive, go through the visa process (American citizens cannot visit Bolivia with just a passport, a $135 visa is required for each person), go through the customs process, never once asked for our “proof of exit,”, grab our two suitcases and… no backpack. Plane searched, luggage area searched, help called in… no backpack. Head to other side of the airport to file lost baggage claim at the Avianca desk. Takes a long time but she seems confident our bag will be found and returned, I run to change some money, turns out money exchange doesn’t do Colombian pesos. We had some American dollars ready for paying our visa fees, but something about their serial number made them not changeable either — had one $20 bill that was accepted, and with enough to pay a taxi to get us to the hotel we finally started to head out. While loading up, we meet two other passengers from our plane filing claims, not for lost luggage, but stolen items from inside their luggage. At which point I notice that our clips have been undone, although that is all because we also have locks on the zippers of our suitcases. So, our clothes

T R A V E L were safe, but we now have serious doubts as to what misplaced, Bo kicked into high gear calling our bank first and actually happened to our backpack. Still don’t know. Boys sure enough, someone had tried to get into our Wells Fargo are zombies at this point having slept roughly two hours in account that day. Same news from our credit card company. the last 24 (pretty sure my Mother of the Year award is in Knowing that step one of moving out from under this mess the mail), but troopers. Honestly, we have rock star kids. is getting replacement passports, I head downstairs to use Things in the backpack: external hard drive for our the hotel computer (and start another movie for the nowcomputer, various other electronics, folder with all our copies getting-very-restless boys) and look into the American of passports and our actual legal documents like marriage Embassy here in La Paz. It was closed today for Bolivia’s certificates, birth certificates and the like. The idea that they Independence Day, but I was able to get a list online of what could be lost (stolen?) is worrying, but I have the originals of we would need to get our new passports. Every item listed is our passports and social security something we have ready in case cards and vaccine cards in their this ever happened while we were own zippered pouch which is down here, stored safely away always in my purse when we travel from the originals in a locked bag so that not everything is in one – a black backpack to be exact. A place. Someone savvy on the missing (stolen?) black backpack. hard-drive though could access It is now 3:44 am La Paz time, info we don’t want accessed, so and hopefully getting this out passwords need to be changed will help me quiet my brain for and safeguards double checked. a little while tonight. Tomorrow Thankfully, we do spread out our involves police reports, finding valuables when traveling and the an apartment for our now much other backpack that Bo used as longer stay, gathering info, making his carry-on had our computer appointments at the embassy, and Ipad so not all was lost. figuring out how to prove we are Boat Ride A lot though. who we say we are, and taking care And now it is 5:06 am and we are just checking in to our of our sweet kids in the middle of it all. hotel, unable to do anything about the bag until after we get Planning being Bo’s specialty, we do have other some sleep. safeguards in place. A couple ATM’s that still work and Amazingly we all start stirring just five hours later, around copies of our important things stored electronically; and we 10:30, and by 11 are headed out the door to find breakfast/ were able to cancel those Buenos Aires tickets and stop the lunch. It is cool and bright and we are definitely in the thieves from accessing any of our accounts. We’ll figure this mountains again. We walk around for about an hour but are out. And for the record, what absolutely could have devolved still pretty worn out so soon head back to our room, around into chaos and screaming, instead saw us crying (me), 1 pm. hugging and holding hands and finally standing up straighter But, sometime between 11 am and 1 pm, the pouch I and stronger. An unbroken unit. keep with our original passports and documents, was stolen. And now, taking the time to remember that, I do think I Desperately hoping I had had an unusual bout of can sleep. forgetfulness, Bo and I took turns plying the boys with Jamie’s mother, Linda Gann, wrote: movies and tearing our room apart5piece by piece. Aside It’s what can happen when you’re traveling in South America. from discovering a used condom between one of the However, they planned well. They left us with copies of their mattress sets and some other traveler’s old luggage lock5we passports and we have scanned them and emailed them to came up empty. I studied the surveillance video at our hotel Bolivia. They are safe and they are safe and they are safe—my and you can see me taking our passports out at 5:06 am prayers are for the safety of their physical bodies. The adventure to write the numbers down on the hotel check-in sheet, put and challenges are what they are looking for and they are getting them back in the packet, zip the packet closed, put it in my them! I would hope that The Monitor can capture their spirit, purse, zip my purse closed – and that’s it. That’s the last which is the sense of adventure. time they were seen. When it became clear that they were stolen and not


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Why I never hike alone




By Jane Koerner


he boulder was the tallest in a field of tabletop-size again in a collegiate wrestling match. Relying on the laws of stones, seemingly undisturbed by the passage of physics rather than blunt force, he braced himself with his centuries. It had the stature to have borne witness muscular thighs, hugged the boulder tight and pushed with to a solstice ceremony at Stonehenge, a human sacrifice at his arms and chest. The boulder gave slightly, shifting in the Teotihuacan. right direction, until finally, at last, there was just enough I must have brushed it with my right elbow when I looked space to drag my leg out. I rolled up my shredded, bloody back to check on my friend, Drew. We had just climbed some pants leg, expecting to see exposed fibula. I was numb below unnamed peak in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, and he the knee. The skin was torn in several places, the calf double was making his way down — in running shoes — testing the its normal size, but no bone protruded. trustworthiness of each step, or so I hoped. It wouldn’t take I swallowed a pill from Barb’s supply of Percocet and much to launch a missile attack that would sweep him off the another from Drew’s, and they got me up on my left leg, cliff below. one on each side of me. Using their shoulders as crutches, One second the boulder stood upright; the next second, I hobbled 100 feet down the talus, to a snowfield. They it toppled, pinning my right leg. The shock of the blow packed some snow in my rain jacket and wrapped the threw me on my back, and the weight of the jacket around my calf, now the size of a boulder registered instantly in a tsunami watermelon. Three hours later, they bundled I cursed in three of pain. My right leg was caught below the me into the back seat of Drew’s pickup for languages and wailed knee in a tightening vice. the one-hour drive to the only medical Stifling a scream, I sat up and pushed. from the pain, the fear. clinic within 50 miles, in Lake City, Colo. The boulder did not budge. I pushed again, Next morning, the orthopedist in encouraged by a tremor that suggested Gunnison examined the X-rays. “You’re a lessening of resistance, a possibility of release. I’d heard lucky. No broken bones. One inch higher and I’d be Drew’s shouts two hours ago when I scrambled up the scheduling a knee replacement. One inch lower and I’d be chimney to the summit ridge. He’d had to duck to avoid reconstructing your ankle joint with plates, screws and a some flying pebbles. Could he hear my shrieks now? Another bone graft.” friend had long since disappeared over the next rise, no “How long could my leg have withstood that much doubt racing for the truck. Would my screams reach her? weight?” I asked. I probably hadn’t shrieked this loud or this long since my “An hour maybe. Then we’d be amputating—not that mother gave birth to me. there’d be much to amputate at that point.” Barb arrived first and knelt by my side, watching He showed me how to check for impaired circulation, helplessly as I flopped on my back, exhausted by the pain. a dangerous side effect of massive swelling. I followed The slightest movement on my part increased the pressure his instructions religiously. Two weeks’ confinement in on my leg. Barb barely weighed 100 pounds—no contest— a wheelchair with my raised leg frequently wrapped in with a ton of quartzite. ice, followed by another two weeks on a walker seemed I heard the click-click-click of advancing hiking poles as inconsequential, a mere inconvenience to be borne with a Drew approached, panting. He dropped the poles, knelt sense of humor. beside me and shoved with all his might. The boulder tilted Two years later, whenever I hike in shorts, strangers on towards me. I cursed in three languages and wailed from the trail sometimes ask about the crater in my calf. If they’re the pain, the fear. We were three and a half miles from the from Texas, I tell them I was kicked by a moose. If they’re car, 2,700 vertical feet up. It would be dusk by the time my hiking alone, I recount the real story as a cautionary tale. Do friends hit the road, hours after sunrise before the arrival of not hike off-trail by yourself. a search and rescue team. The steep, rocky terrain ruled out Jane Koerner is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News ( She lives in Fairplay, Colorado, a helicopter landing. and still hikes, though with greater humility. Drew studied the position of the boulder from every conceivable angle. Then he squatted as if he were competing


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Heard Around the West

By Betsy Marston/High Country News


Back in the late 1970s, Doug Weinant, a just-retired range boss in the Crawford country of western Colorado, had the reputation of being a genius with hummingbirds. He and his wife, Alma, who lived in a remote mountain cabin, would put out a bunch of sugar-water feeders in the spring, and dozens of the birds would flock to them. In between their frequent draughts, they rested on the head, shoulders and long arms of Doug, who by that time was bow-legged to parentheses by decades of riding the range. The tiny birds appeared to regard him as a kind of benign hitching post, and no one else ever had as successful a relationship, reported the local newspaper, the North Fork Times. But now technology has found a way to attract a hummer to within inches of your face. California inventor Doyle Doss has created a colorful face mask that incorporates a hidden feeding tube over the nose; he calls it an “eye to eye” Wearable Hummingbird Feeder. The birds quickly learn to fly right up, wings beating at 80 times a second, and drink deep just inches from

your face. Perhaps the only drawbacks are the potential for crossed eyes and the need to hold still. It’s also pricey at $79.95, from


New York Times columnist Timothy Egan recently ripped into Arizona, calling the state “very, very crazy” because “even a spate of recent temperatures in the 105-degree range cannot explain the latest doings of government by crackpots.” It seems that the secretary of state, “a wideeyed fellow named Ken Bennett,” began questioning — yes, once again — the birth certificate of President Obama and threatening to keep his name off the state’s ballot. But in a move that speaks well of some Arizonans, “more than 17,000 people this week put their names on an online petition asking the secretary of state to investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn.” Betsy Marston is the editor of Writers on the Range, the op ed syndicate of High Country News ( Tips of Western oddities are appreciated and often shared in Heard Around the West (

Tiny Dancers performing at Main in Motion

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A snapshot of Fall Events Aug. 31-Sept.3

Telluride International Film Festival

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52nd Annual Delta Labor Day Shoot First Friday Stroll, Downtown Montrose, 5:30 -7 pm Black Canyon Horse Races, Mont. Fairgrnds., Noon-4:30 Montrose Celebration of Art & Culture, Downtown 5-9 pm Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Montrose Indian Nations Pow Wow, All Day, Fairgrounds Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo, 4-H Event Center, Ridgway Ouray County Quilt Show, County Museum, 10 am-4:30 pm Imogene Pass Race, Ouray to Telluride, 7 am-8 am Ouray County Railroad Days Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia

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Oktoberfest, Centennial Plaza, Montrose, All Day Oktoberfest & 48th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing, 5-10 pm Ouray County Community Center AppleFest, Cedaredge 3rd Annual Telluride Horror Show, genre film festival Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed for Seasonal Maintenance Main Street Fall Fun Fest, Noon-4 pm, Downtown Montrose

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Safety Not Guaranteed, Sept. 9 From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine - When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable, but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you. Runtime: 85 minutes. Rated R for language including some sexual references.


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Gateway Getaway­—a luxury outpost in the West End By Mavis Bennett


t’s not every time you can go on a vacation and find everything exactly to your liking. But, Dave and I did a 30-hour getaway to Gateway Canyons Resort at the end of July. There is only one word to describe the experience: Perfect. They knew I was writing an article, but their employees seemed to be just as friendly and just as nice to other guests. You can feel the genius of owner John Hendricks' vision for this extraordinary resort in everything from the native stone patios to the concept of free cruiser bikes to explore the resort trails. In partnership with Noble House, the resort company who manages luxury facilities worldwide, the Gateway Canyons staff assures that no detail is overlooked. We brought our dog, Jack, and the resort welcomed him with a water bowl with the Gateway logo on it. Surrounded by soaring 1,500-foot red rock and sandstone cliffs, Gateway Canyons Resort was conceived and constructed by Hendricks, the creator of the Discovery Channel. In 1995, he purchased 500 acres in this historic area and began to develop his vision of a sustainable, scenic-based area in Gateway, which has a population of around 100. The resort grounds are on 157 acres. Hendricks bought up the 10,000 acres surrounding it and placed it in a conservation easement. Visitors from the our four-county area will find the views a refreshing change of pace, traveling from magnificent mountain vistas to magnificent red rock cliffs. You can treat yourself to delightful

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The Palisade Rock Formation is Gateway’s most prominent feature. pampering; we were fortunate to have one of the rooms that has an outdoor patio and hot tub. Sitting outside on the private patio, it was something very special to watch the July full moon rise. Our room was part of the 38unit Kiva Lodge, which was finished in 2006, when the resort opened. Most of the rooms in the two-level building overlook the pool and outdoor Jacuzzi or look out to the Palisade. Another wing, the 20-unit Kayenta House, opened in 2010. The décor of the rooms mirrors the red, gold, and tan shades of the building, and, of course, the landscape. There was a dressing room with sink and large closet, as well as a separate bathroom with a shower big enough for a group. Our room had a kiva-style gas fireplace, views of the Palisade, two large and comfortable leather chairs to kick back in, after a day of trail riding or river rafting, biking, fishing, or just walking around the trails. If you don’t

enjoy all that outdoor stuff, there is a very well-equipped fitness center. The rooms offer large screen plasma TVs, hooked up to satellite. I couldn’t resist making an appointment the following day for a facial and a massage for Dave. This destination resort is selfcontained. There are three places to eat: the Kiva Café, serving espresso, teas, bagels and pastries; the Paradox Grille with an extensive menu ranging from large burgers to delicate and delicious fish and chips; and the Entrada, a fine dining restaurant that rivals any gourmet experience west of the Continental Divide. I ordered “seared scallops a la plancha, tomatillo malanga escabeche with Serrano ham and truffled tomatoes.” Dave had “grilled Copper River salmon, mascarpone spinach capers, peppadews with lemon emulsion.” It’s an impressive menu, but it all boiled down to just delicious, beautifully presented food, professionally served.


We would have taken the scenic helicopter tour, but it was a maintenance day. I was surprised that there were four different scenic options with four passengers in the copter and the cost was just $79 each. The resort’s Adventure Center offers a wealth of The patio of the Entrada Restaurant activities including looks out on the Cottonwood Terrace guided mountain biking and hiking, and the Mission Bell Ampitheater climbing the where concerts are held Palisade, rock climbing and rapelling the Unaweep Canyon. There are Jeeps and ATVs to rent. In the spring, you can raft, kayak or tube the Dolores River with trip lengths varying from a few hours to a few days. Tubing and kayaking can reach into October, depending on water levels (alas, not this year.) One appealing option was a horseback trail ride in Unaweep Canyon. Gateway offers everything from riding lessons for all levels, to a “Ride & Dine,” a ride to the mountainside pavilion where a grilled dinner awaits. What sets Gateway Canyons Resort apart from other full-service, scenic, vacation destinations, is Hendricks’ idea to educate. The resort brings in experts on a wide variety of stimulating subjects, offering the guests food for the brain, Gateway Canyons is also designed as a planning getaway for high-level corporate decision makers. The day before we arrived 30 of the top management of AARP spent four days listening to experts in the booming Boomer industry, taking note of trends in order to plan for the coming years. The complex is designed for conferences with

nearly 9,000 square feet of meeting space; the largest room is 3,906 sq. ft. These facilities can also be arranged to accommodate large and small weddings and other celebrations. There are so many opportunities to have fun in the great outdoors, but the unique Gateway Auto Museum must not be overlooked. We had come here last year just for the Museum and went in again because, in my opinion, if you love cars, you can never visit enough times. There are exhibits that cycle through so there will always be something you haven’t seen before. I love the shiny early 20th century cars that look like a horse drawn carriage with a motor. The museum is divided into different galleries, time machines from the turn of the century to the present. There is a one of a kind 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car. If you can’t get away for more than a day, the Auto Museum and lunch at the Paradox Grille could be the perfect short getaway. The resort is a quick 100 mile drive from Montrose. Depending on where you live, there are a few ways to drive to Gateway: Hwy. 50 west from Montrose to Hwy. 141 (just before Whitewater,) then south 50 miles. From the North Fork and Surface Creek is Hwy. 95, west on Hwy. 50, south on Hwy. 141.The southern approach from our area is Hwy. 62 from Ridgway to Placerville and Hwy. 145 W past Norwood, Naturita and Nucla to Gateway. For more information, visit

View from the Kiva pool looking at the Palisade


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B O O M E R S + P L U S

Introducing the Boomer+Plus Pages


n 2006 we added the “Green Pages” to The Monitor. Each issue featured current information and trends about climate change and the environment. David Segal wrote about everything from electric cars to disposing of superfluous electronics, to whether biofuels were good for the environment. We hope we’ve done some educating with the Green Pages and passed on some useful knowledge. Now it’s time to do something new. With this issue, we bring our readers a new set of informative, interesting and entertaining pages called “Boomers+Plus”. The Baby Boomer generation was born after WWII, in the years 1946 through 1964. Boomers, then, are now 48 to 66 years of age.

We struggled with a name for this section. “Senior Citizen” has an old, fusty (musty?) sound. “Seniors” isn’t bad, yet it’s still a little boring. “Boomers,” admittedly, is on the edge of being overused, but we’ll cling to that edge. The Plus is everyone not in that age category. We will bring you articles we hope you can use today. Each issue we will spotlight a Boomer+Plus person or two who is having fun, living their best life. We hope you enjoy this change. Please let us know your opinion. Email Mavis at or David at

Questions and answers about later-life legal needs


s you age, your body isn’t the only thing about your life that changes; your legal needs evolve, too. To learn some of the key points in dealing with those needs, David Segal recently interviewed a local expert, attorney Lincoln W. Anderson of Montrose and Ridgway. Anderson specializes in elder law. DS—What legal preparation do you suggest to seniors? LWA—Each person is unique. For some people, it’s understanding how to access and receive the health care benefits they are going to need as they age. Issues such as qualification for Medicaid, for example, are primary for some people’s planning. For others, it’s understanding how their assets are going to go to the next generation; are they going to go to the next generation outright, or do they want to do any charitable work with their assets at the time they pass away?

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DS—How do you help people with elderly parents who have special needs? LWA—A lot depends on when I get to meet with the parents. I only work for the parents—I don’t work for the children. I’ll work with the family and the kids. DS—What if the children have the power of attorney for the parents? LWA—A power of attorney has limitations to it. For example, it doesn’t allow the child or the agent to change the estate planning documents that the parents have in place. I think the most important thing is to understand the resources that are available in this region, in terms of housing, support to keep people at home longer, and how to qualify for benefits, such as Medicaid. DS—What about estate planning? LWA—Colorado has some of the best estate planning laws in the country. In Colorado, probate is fast, and inexpensive. Avoiding probate in Colorado is the same: it’s simple to do, and very inexpensive. Many people come into my office thinking they need trusts. For the most part, trusts are not needed in this state. The three basic documents are: a very simple will, a general power of attorney, and a medical power of attorney. DS—What about “end of life issues”? LWA—There are three primary documents that deal with health care decision-making. I think of them in terms of small, medium, and large. The small document is a DNR—a Do Not Resuscitate order. That simply says if my heart stops, or I quit breathing, I don’t want to be brought back. That requires a discussion between a patient and

a doctor, or the agent for the patient, if there is a medical power of attorney in place. The middle document is a living will, which simply says that if you’re in a persistent vegetative state, or have terminal condition, you don’t want life support used, or you want it used for a limited period of time. I’m not a fan of that document; the requirements of a medical power of attorney can conflict with a living will. By law, a living will has statutory priority over a power of attorney. The medical power of attorney is a great document. Unless you choose to place restrictions on it, there are no restrictions on a medical power of attorney. The key to that document working well is making sure that your agent knows what you want. I use a third document, called a Value Assessment Survey, that’s kind of a road map on what people do and do not want in various scenarios. That is intended to be a guide to that agent. For more information, please contact Lincoln Anderson at 1825 E. Main, Montrose, Co. Phone: 970-318-1228. Email: lincolnanderson@ouraynet. com. Anderson is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.

Joe Montana’s exercise program

Senior Discounts Montrose restaurants offering senior discounts Amelia’s Hacienda Restaurante, 44 S. Grand Ave., Special senior meals for $6.25 Chili’s Bar and Grill, 1431 E. Ogden Road, 15 % senior discount Denny’s, 1515 Venture Way, Senior discount menu Dragon Wall Chinese Restaurant, 216 N. Townsend Ave., $6.99 lunch, over 65 years old Fiesta Guadalajara, 26 N. Selig Ave., $5.30 senior specials (burritos w/rice and beans) Jo-Jo’s Windmill Restaurant, 2133 E. Main St., 10% discount, over 55 years old KFC, 2175 S. Townsend Ave., Sales tax discounted for seniors McDonald’s ,1035 E. Main St. and 1451 Odelle Road, Discount on drinks for seniors This is just a sample of senior discounts. If your restaurant would like to be included in the next issue, please email Dave Segal at before Nov. 1.


ormer NFL star and current Baby Boomer Joe Montana has come up with an online program to help you keep your joints healthy. Montana recently told Fox News that he has created the Joe Montana Joint Health Training Camp; it’s an online program that teaches people to focus on their joints to sustain good health. The former 49er quarterback has teamed up with a diet supplement company called Joint Juice for the “training camp.” Montana says he drinks it daily, and has experienced major improvement in his stiff joints. “We put together a little 30-day program that we think can fit into everyone’s daily life,” he explained to FoxNews. com.” The program is pretty versatile, so it can go from easy to pretty much as hard as you want it to get. And by how much you want to do. We always say, let pain be your guide.” Montana says Joint Juice includes a blend of vitamins, glucosamine, and chondroitin, which have been shown to improve joint health. The website,, includes a calendar to guide you through every step of the program and track your daily workout. Professional trainer Emilio DiPretoro helped develop the site’s exercise program. He says it was designed with “the average ‘Joe’ in mind,” and will work for all age groups, although Boomers are its main target demographic. • (970) 249-2436


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Choosing the right animal pal By David Segal If you’re a Baby Boomer or senior citizen, you may be considering getting a dog or cat from the Montrose Animal Shelter to keep you company. You might also be tempted to choose a pet based on how cute and friendly the animal is, or its need for a home. However, there are some other things you should consider before making your choice,

according to Shelter Manager Kari Kishiyama. “The amount of exercise the animal is going to need is probably number one,” she said, “along with the amount of room—whether they’re going to keep it in a yard or in their house.” The animal’s age needs to mesh well with your age, too. “A puppy’s probably not the best choice for a senior,” Kishiyama explained. “There are people who have adopted puppies, and have not realized how much training goes into a puppy, and how much time.” A kitten might be a better choice than a puppy for an

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older person, she said. “Kittens are very playful, but they don’t require the level of training that a puppy does. I think they’re a little bit easier to manage.” If you already have an adult cat, it’s generally easier to introduce a kitten into the mix than another adult. Generally speaking, it’s often a good idea for older people to have pets, said Shelter Supervisor Mike Duncan. “Absolutely. I would imagine it would improve most anyone’s quality of life. I guess it depends on the person’s age and mobility level, but just having a companion is a benefit for folks.” However, Duncan cautions people to “test drive” the animal before adopting it. “We let people take them out into the park (on the shelter grounds,) and work with them. They can throw Frisbees and toys. “The idea is to determine whether the animal’s energy level is a good match for the person’s energy level.” Kishiyama added that different breeds of dogs are better suited to different types of people. “It really depends on what the person’s activity level is, and what they like to do. If they’re still very active, maybe a border collie or a Jack Russell terrier5a dog that’s more active. If you’d like to adopt an animal from the Montrose shelter, the costs are $60 for an adult dog, $75 for a puppy, $50 for a kitten, and $30 for an adult cat. The prices include spaying or neutering the animal, plus vaccination.

It’s about living By Eva Veitch VOA Director of Outreach


eople often think of nursing homes as “the place you go to die”, this could not be further from the truth. Currently the youngest resident at Valley Manor is 49 and the oldest is 99. In fact, many people go to the nursing homes or rehabilitation centers for a short term stay, just long enough to get back on their feet after surgery, illness or injury. Valley Manor and Horizons Care Center helped hundreds of people return to their homes last year. It is about healing and living the best life possible given whatever life throws your way. When the western Colorado Volunteers of America team joins forces to solve problems, amazing things happen. In an effort to further improve the quality of care we provide,

Valley Manor Care Center and Horizons Care Center now have nurse practitioners on staff. With the permission of the resident’s primary care physician our nurse practitioners will be able to monitor acute or chronic illnesses and expedite treatment at the facility. We have great faith in our area hospitals, but going to the emergency room is a very traumatic experience for our residents. With appropriate oversight many of these illnesses can be managed in the home the residents are comfortable with. Our first objective with this program is giving our residents the best possible care, the second is saving the government and taxpayer’s money. There are assessment options and treatments that can be provided at the facilities eliminating the need for a stressful and expensive ambulance trip to the ER. The nurse practitioners will be in contact with the primary care physician And, of course, if the emergency room is the most appropriate place for further assessment or treatment, the ambulance will be called immediately. We want our residents to get the best possible care as quickly as possible. Technology offers us some innovative ways to improve care with a non-invasive monitoring system. This motion detector system gives our staff valuable insight into the residents’ sleep patterns without disturbing them. By tracking movement we have been able to identify potential illnesses or increased pain and intervene quickly. Early detection is critical for our frail elderly. What might be a simple infection for you or me, could be fatal if not quickly identified. It is an optional service that very few residents have declined because they see the value. If you are interested in learning more about these or any of our special programs please contact Eva Veitch, VOA Director of Outreach at 970-240-0139.


Drug abuse a growing problem amongst the 50+ set


f you think drug abuse is confined to young people, this may shock you: the abuse of legal and illegal drugs is rising amongst those over 50, according to research published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health. The data comes from nationwide surveys. Researchers found a disquieting trend; the number of 50 to 59-year olds reporting past-month illicit drug use had more than doubled between 2002 and 2010. The raw numbers had jumped from 907,000 to 2,375,000 Americans, and the percentages had escalated from 2.7 to 5.8 percent of that age group in that time. As for those age 65 and older, 414,000 used substances illegally in 2010. NIDA scientists are concerned that the number of older abusers could continue to grow, due to aging Baby Boomers. The researchers explain that Boomers were statistically more likely than previous generations to have used illegal substances in their youth. Substance abuse can be particularly harmful for older adults, no matter whether the drug is a prescription medication or something flat-out illegal. That’s because the aging process changes the way older bodies and brains process the chemicals. “As people age, it is more difficult for their bodies to absorb and break down medications and drugs,” said NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow. “Abusing these substances can worsen age-related health conditions, cause injuries, and lead to addiction.”

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Spotlight on Marie Reed


he was born Arkansas and moved to Godley, Texas at 12. She and her late husband Lindy, lived near Fort Worth, Texas before moving to Ouray in 1980 and then Montrose in 2000. Gardening is her passion. Her home is surrounded by flowers and different kinds of trees, peaches are now almost falling off. She has a vegetable garden with up to ten vegetables, canning and freezing most of them. Her other joy is painting oil landscapes. She submits her work in the Artist’s Holiday art show in Ouray each year. Reed loves Ouray and is still a member of the Women’s Club. Reed will be 80 in October and says her secret is to just “keep on keeping on.” She has three chilren, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Insight from eyesight


hey say that your eyes are windows into your soul, but they can also be windows into your body. Signs and symptoms of a variety of medical problems can be detected during a routine eye exam, according to Consequently, the website recommends that those over 50 get their eyes examined annually. An eye examination can uncover signs of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease, and other conditions that afflict seniors. Of course, the exam can also reveal the presence of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness. Glaucoma is a stealthy disease that can go

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undetected until it’s too late, if you don’t get your eyes checked yearly. “This is just one way that a routine eye exam, for someone who believes that he or she sees fine, can prevent blindness,” according to Dr. Cal Roberts, Bausch and Lomb’s chief medical officer. Unfortunately, 70 % of Americans don’t receive regular vision checks, the website reports. Researchers believe that 50 million of us will have an age-related eye disease, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts, by 2020. There is a bright spot, though. The World Health Organization has found that about 80 % of visual impairment can be prevented.

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