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Celebrating Community Montrose · Telluride Placerville · Ouray Ridgway · Olathe · Delta Delta County

Tom Barrett going strong Interviews:

· Canyon Creek— Kendra and Daniel Morrow · Sharon Shuteran

Events Columns Real, Real Estate Stats Eco-Briefs

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Publisher’s Notes By Mavis Bennett


The weather, springtime, and summer fun



pringtime in the Rockies gets a bad rap. People want it to be baby summer, instead of transitional winter. It amazes me how much time is spent on complaining that it’s wetter, colder, windier or cloudier than it was two days ago.

Would you dare to admit, in Montrose, that gardening just isn’t your thing—that you don’t like digging in the dirt and would rather kick back on your porch with a delicious detective novel? I wouldn’t… Although, I will confess I did buy some petunia plants and stuck them in the ground on that really lovely day before the rain and the cold came. And, they survived! I used to think that summer was crazy-busy because I lived in a mountain town where it only lasted about nine weeks… until I moved to Montrose. Depending on how long temperamental Spring lasts, Montrose might have four to five months of summer-like weather—depending on how soon mercurial fall ends. So we all try to squeeze in as many warm weather activities and events into each week as we can. As I’m writing this in mid-May, there were numerous options on how to spend the past weekend. There were three days of the Wine and Food Festival. You could participate at any level, from the cosmopolitan Reserve tasting on Friday night at the Pavilion, to the Grand Tasting on Saturday under tents on a closed off Main Street. On Sunday, there was a Bubbles, Beer and Barbeque party downtown in Centennial Plaza. It was good planning by the board to offer different price levels while not sacrificing the fun and quality. Events are just more festive and relaxed on a traffic-free Main Street. One of the biggest fundraisers in Montrose, the weekend benefited the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, Voices for Children (CASA) and Kids Aid. Main in Motion, every Thursday evening from June 2 to August 18, brings the community and visitors together on a traffic-free Main Street. Food, fun, arts and music fill the streets. Every weekend beginning with Memorial Day and the MountainFilm Festival in Telluride, through Bluegrass, Jazz Festival and Blues and Brews, Telluride displays why it is called “The Festival Capital of Colorado.” Deltarado Days in Delta, July 14-17, is a good old fashioned western four-day celebration. Some of the events include a classic car show, a community band concert and a battle of the bands. The parade is on Saturday. Look for a horseshoe tournament, barrel racing, a kids’ carnival and a

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street dance. Ridgway’s Town Park hosts four concerts on Thursday evenings in July. The park swells with arts and craftspeople for the Ridgway Arts Fair on Aug. 13 and 14.

Table of Contents Interview, Tom Barrett, Going strong........................................ 4 Interview, Canyon Creek, Kendra and Daniel Morrow.......... 6 Relay for Life updates.................................................................. 8 Real, real estate stats................................................................... 9 Al Carmichael, Edge of Inanity................................................. 10 Habitat for Humanity, Robin Berndt........................................11 Writers on the Range, Three Cups of Tea............................. 12 Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, John Nelson..................................... 3 Paul Paladino, Dom in Italy . .................................................... 14 Main in Motion calendar........................................................... 16 Interview, Sharon Shuteran, living her best life..................... 18 Peggy Carey, Sea Bones............................................................20 Lael VanRiper, Writing the end................................................. 21 Joyce Corley, My camera and I.................................................22 Green Pages, David Segal.........................................................24 Summer Events............................................................................28


he Gateway Auto Museum displays an incredible variety of the most beautiful cars since the end of the Horseless Carriage. The fabulous and famous '57 Chevy convertible is in the museum. The 1958 Porsche Spyder, a replica of the one James Dean drove to his death, was part of the car show held on May 7.


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Tom Barrett—going strong

By Mavis Bennett


hat molds a man? Is it battling the complications of a life-threatening disease? It is being raised by a strict military father? Or are these just the flames that toughen the steel?

Tom Barrett is the kind of person who may appear tough, serious, and to some, unreadable. The reality is quite the opposite. Who Barrett is today is the purest definition of the Top photo from left, word “survivor.” Seven Derek Plant, years ago, he endured colon cancer treat- Tom and Landon Barrett . ment, the complicaBottom photo from left, tions of which kept Krisana and Kristy Barrett him in and out of hospital beds for eight months. His friend Alan Ardizone says that if he hadn’t recognized Barrett’s distinctive eyes, he wouldn’t have known him when he walked into his shop, weighing 136, down from 198. His is a cautionary tale. His father died of colon cancer at age 54, but the irony is that for 30 years Barrett thought he had died of prostate cancer. His father had had his colon removed, but what stood out in Barrett’s memory was that his father had had prostate surgery. So he became diligent about tracking his PSA numbers from age 40. It was only much later, when he called his mother to deliver his own bad news that she told him. “That’s what your dad died of.” “That was the brick in the head,” he said. “So why haven’t I been checking for colon cancer all these years …” These days, he is philosophical about many of the ups and downs of life. “The long and the short of it is,” he muses, “that was yesterday. You keep moving forward.” Both of his children know they have to be checked for colon cancer. The standard is to get checked when you’re ten years younger than your parent was when diagnosed.

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Barrett was raised in Colorado Springs, his father an Air Force lifer. He says his mother was the “proverbial housewife.” His father died in 1974, two weeks before Barrett graduated from high school. He remembers his father as a strict disciplinarian. He would whistle when it was time to come home for dinner. If you were late, you didn’t miss dinner, “but you got your butt whipped,” he said. He describes those times with perfect clarity. “He was very adept at removing the belt from the wasteband. It was the old razor strap method where it would go out, snap at the end and lay over his hand. He’d have it ready to roll. We got our backsides swatted, but it wasn’t in an abusive situation. It was discipline.” But when it came time to raise his children, Barrett was a very different kind of disciplinarian. “I never used a belt on my children. I think once you’ve set the ground rules, there’s more of an intimidation factor. But as my kids got older, that went away. They’re young adults with minds of their own.” He was raised to be the only person responsible for what he did. When he wanted a new bicycle, he and his brother mowed 75 yards in a month as well as handling a 350-house paper route. He had jobs all through high school in a book store and cooking in a fast food joint. He then worked construction the year after graduation while trying to figure out what to do next. Typical of many teens, Barrett wasn’t sure what he “wanted to do when he grew up”. He attended community college and earned a police science degree. “But, with the things that were happening in that era,” he said, “I decided that wasn’t my cup of tea.” He finished two more years of college at El Paso Community College with an A.A. in English and Humanities and Tom Barrett was ready to conquer the world. He and his wife, Kristy met in 1979, in Denver, while he was working as a long haul trucker for International Paper. “I was single and she was just divorced and in two years we were married and have been ever since.”

How they ended up in Montrose is a long story that involves Kristy’s dad and brother-in-law, Randy, who had been in the tire business in Denver. They all wanted to get out of Denver and move west where (Tom hoped) you might be able to put up a “Gone Fishin’” sign on Friday afternoons. By 1983, they had found a tire store in Gunnison, but it wouldn’t support all of them. But in 1985, they bought the Montrose location at 1000 No. Townsend, and the Barretts moved from Denver, opening Standard Tire & Service Center. Life was rolling along for the Tom and Kristy. Their daughter Krisana was born in 1984, and son, Landon, in 1989. In 2007, Landon’s lifelong friend, Derek, joined the household, after losing both his parents to illness. Barrett had always been active physically. He had run competitively, several races a yea the Gothic Run, the Moab half-marathon, the Imogene Pass run, and the Black Canyon Ascent. But in 2003, while hunting with his brother-in-law, he noticed a type of bleeding that is a possible sign of colon cancer. Often it’s mistaken for hemorrhoids. He was diagnosed in January 2004, and it was serious enough that the doctors recommended a colon surgeon. This was prior to the opening of the San Juan Cancer Center in Montrose. In February and March, he went back and forth to Grand Junction for radiation and received chemo in Montrose. “In April, 2004, I had colorectal surgery, and, when everything was said and done, I ended up having a permanent colostomy,” Barrett explained. “The margins were so thin that had there not been evidence of cancer further down, they probably could have saved the rectum and anus. There was just two mm. of margin. “When I went into the surgery I knew this was a possibility. When we explained to our children, I said, “This is the hand that God dealt me and we can either choose to deny it or move on in life, if that’s what God’s choice is. “I can ‘t help but believe that I’m going to keep getting better cards.” In small town Montrose, the word spread that he wasn’t going to make it back from Denver. Surgery had been in midApril and complications had set in. Because of his physical activity, he didn’t have much body fat and when they remove those organs, they rely on the body fat to fill in the voids. This is one of the rare times that being lean is a disadvantage. He had emergency surgery and a week later another surgery

because the first one hadn’t worked. Because of his energetic nature, within a week and a half, Barrett was getting himself up from the hospital bed to exercise around the ward. But, in the process, he had herniated his surgery wounds and ended up with a perforated bowel and a severe infection. His white blood cell count soared over 30,000. They helicoptered him from Montrose to Presbyterian-St Luke’s in Denver, to the care of the colon surgeon, Dr. Graham Sellars. After three weeks with infectious disease doctors and open wound doctors, Barrett returned home. With the help of Home Health nurses and a Wound Vac apparatus, the wound began to close. In late 2004, he underwent another round of chemotherapy. While he had been in Denver, going through the hardest part of his journey, a group in Montrose put together the first ‘Grin and Barrett Black Canyon Butt Kicker 150.’ “They did the 150-mile bike ride in one day, from Montrose around through Blue Mesa Dam, up over Black Mesa (Maher, Crawford, Hotchkiss)” Tom said. “That ride was pretty and those 35 people were putting themselves through the pain.” That ride became a fundraiser called the “Grin and Barrett Charity Ride” which every July. year it’s July 16. In April 2006, the Cancer Center opened, administered by San Juan Health Care Foundation. Barrett became a member

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Canyon Creek’s Kendra and Daniel Morrow


Kendra, Julian, Daniel and Reese Morrow

he beautiful Main Street home, known as the Canyon Creek Bed and Breakfast since 2005, has gone through another makeover, but this time it's not construction, its of purpose. The owners, Kendra and Daniel Morrow, have chosen to move into the home with their two small children, Julian and Reese. Although they won't be hosting overnight guests, there will still be live music every Thursday evening on the front lawn during Main in Motion, as well as private parties, baby showers and weddings in the back garden.

Kendra Gallegos bought the 102-year old Craftsman style house in October 2004, sight unseen, while she was living on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. She was born and raised in Montrose. While attending college in Grand Junction, she concluded that teaching was not her passion. "But I needed to figure out what my passion was," she said. Two things one discovers about Kendra—she's not shy and she's quite determined. She explained that she moved to Martha’s Vineyard because it was as far away from Montrose, Colo. as she could get. Pretty gutsy. When her mother said, "You don’t know anybody there, Kendra," she told her, "I’ll meet them when I get there." Always an outgoing, friendly person, she was confident that she would do well in this famous seaside resort town.

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"I sent my resume out to all the top bed and breakfasts and got one email back. I wrote them saying, I can babysit, wait tables, watch the front desk, I can do housekeeping— you name it, I can do it." One place wrote back and said they had just restored an old B & B and needed somebody to live in the basement and do exactly that—anything and everything. She started at $10 an hour with a vehicle and a place to stay. "All I had to do was get an airplane ticket." This was 1998. She had only planned on being there for a season, but stayed eight years. The following year she moved to another B&B and worked her way up to manager. When she turned 30, she reasoned that she could do the same work for herself and started thinking about Montrose. "I really missed my family," she said. "They'd come out twice a year. It was so nice on Martha's Vineyard, I think they're a little bummed I moved back," she said, laughing. Kendra looked online while still on Martha's Vineyard. "I found this amazing house on Main Street that looked a little rundown," she said. "I called the broker and said, there's no way it can be this price, there has to be a typo.” This was 2004 when property in Montrose was starting to take off. She bought the house sight unseen. The word “gutsy” comes to mind again. "I asked my parents to check out the house. I still have the fax my father sent that said, "No way, Kendra, too much work." But Kendra is a determined woman. They spent far more on the renovations than the purchase price. It needed everything. They re-did the wiring and plumbing, putting bathrooms in all the bedrooms. They replaced the furnace and cooling system. "My mom, Cheryl Gallegos, learned how to tile. It was definitely a work of love for all of us. We worked non-stop. I bought the house in October 2004, and we opened the doors July 2005.

The Couple

Kendra and Daniel met the year after she bought Canyon Creek. They had both gone to Montrose High, but had not known each other because she was a few years ahead of him. He missed the renovation of the main house, but restored the carriage house that the two have lived in for several years. Daniel works for Connors Drilling, which does core drilling for gold mining. He's gone for 30 days, working in Winnemut-

ka, Nev., then home for 15. He worked at the Ruby Trust, a gold mine in Ouray for 1-1/2 years. "I'd leave at 5:30 a.m. and get home at 7:30 at night," he said. "At least with this schedule, we get more family time." Kendra commented that gold mining had always been in her family. "Both my grandfathers were gold miners in the Idarado Mine. Grandpa Schmidt was on the Telluride side and my Grandpa Gallegos and my father were on the Ouray. My dad and many uncles were in the mines. When Daniel got into gold mining, it was fun to see my dad and Daniel talk about the work." If Daniel could have his choice of occupations, it would be building hot rods. He has a 1940 pickup he’s restoring. “It was the first vehicle I rode in” he said. “My parents, John Morrow and Felicia Ford, brought me home from the hospital in it. My father almost sold the truck several times when I was growing up, but I fought for it.” Daniel enjoys Montrose's year round outdoor activities. "I fish, golf, enjoy hiking and used to snowboard. I got old — bad knees."

The Music

breakfast again. The carriage house is great, but it's good for two people, not a family. Later we might want to use it as a manager's house.” Krista Montalvo, owner of Ginger Magnolia Catering, has worked with Kendra during Main in Motion. "Kendra is such an easy friend," she said. "You know the kind...we never have to 'work' at our friendship and there is never any drama between us. She is always dependable, giving and generous, spontaneous and a lot of fun." There’s been talk about actually taking a vacation. Daniel's 15 days off come just after Main in Motion ends. He cuddles his five-month-old little girl, watching his wife with interest as she starts weaving a new plan…“We could go to the Vineyard, or to Mexico, somewhere with water. Do we take the kids or leave them…" I leave the young family knowing that they will go somewhere fun, Kendra will take care of it, Daniel will do his part, and the babies will or won’t come along. The only certainty is that it will work out.

Create the Birth You Want

There's a guitar leaning against the wall in the corner. But no one in the house plays. "I wish I were a musician," Kendra says. "But I'm not. I just love listening. All of Daniel's family plays music. We're hoping Julian will pick it up. "When I opened up the B&B, I knew that I wanted the community to enjoy Canyon Creek, as well as people passing through." Kendra schedules all the music for Main in Motion, the downtown community event held every Thursday evening during the summer. She has also been the MIM board president for the past three years. "I'll hire anybody and let them play once. I don't audition anyone. Everyone doesn't have the same taste in music as I do. If someone doesn't like one of the bands, they can always go down the street and listen to something different." Until she had five-month-old Reese, Canyon Creek had music every Thursday, year round from day one. In the winter, the band and the bar were set up in the living-room. The priorities of the two babies made the changes more pressing, but there's an upside. “After paying the mortgage for six years,” said Kendra, “it's nice to be able to enjoy the property, as well. When the kids are a little bigger and we're able to buy another house, I think we'll open as a bed and


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he American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Montrose takes place on Friday, June 10 at the Montrose High School track. The public is

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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Montrose will be hosting a reception and dinner for cancer survivors or those who are battling cancer on June 10 at the Montrose High School track. A survivor is anyone who has heard the words “you have cancer.” To participate, go to montroserelay. org and click on "Survivors" to sign up. Survivors are the guests of honor at Relay for Life. The Relay opens with the Survivors Lap where survivors lead the way around the track while being honored and applauded by all participants. Being a part of the Survivors Lap allows survivors to celebrate what they’ve overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to fight. Survivors are proof that cancer can be defeated. The Survivor Reception is made possible by local donations. To date the following are sponsors: The Red Barn, Watson Insurance & Financial Group Inc., Dr. Sullinger and Bill and Ruth Caddy. Anyone who would like to help sponsor the dinner reception can contact Vicki Stuart 249-1156 or Tami Distel 596-2845. There are many ways to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Montrose. Current fund raising events include: June 8th: Benefit dinner at Simmer restaurant 5:30pm to close. Twenty-five percent of the Signature Simmer menu and bar tab will be donated to Relay for Life. For reservations, call 252-1152 or visit Ongoing: “Cans for a Cure” Donate your soda cans at Katy’s Corner (70 S Grand Ave, during business hours) and turn your recycling into cash for Relay! For more info or to arrange a pick up, contact Tammie at 964-5130 or Ongoing: Honor those you love who have been touched by cancer with a personalized Luminaria that will surround the track during the Relay event. Montrose Surgical Associates (611 E. Star Court, 249-4321) will match your $5 donation to their team at their office. For these and other fundraisers that become available, visit


MONTROSE COUNTY– January - March 2011 Date of Sale /7/2011 1 1/14/2011 1/18/2011 1/18/2011 1/20/2011 1/24/2011 1/31/2011 1/31/2011 2/1/2011 2/10/2011 2/16/2011 2/16/2011 2/17/2011 3/8/2011 3/9/2011 3/23/2011 3/29/2011 3/30/2011 3/31/2011

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TOTAL SALES NUMBERS FOR 10-1-10 THRU 12-31-10 Single Family Sales - 80; Vacant Land/Acreage Sales - 25; Commercial Sales - 12; Other - 19: Total # Sales for Period - 136

DELTA COUNTY– January - March 2011 Date of Sale

/3/2011 1 1/3/2011 1/4/2011 1/12/2011 1/31/2011 2/2/2011 2/15/2011 2/22/2011 2/23/2011 2/28/2011 3/1/2011 3/4/2011 3/8/2011 3/11/2011 3/14/2011 3/24/2011 3/29/2011

Sale Price 270,000 155,000 108,000 155,000 176,000 240,000 385,000 62,500 195,000 290,000 135,000 112,500 97,500 167,500 120,000 185,000 180,000

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L85 NORTHRIDGE SUB 17-13-94 PT NW4SW4 29-13-94 L5-6 B7 HILLMANS SUB PAR B (PT W2) 10-14-92 L5-7 B2 HAMMONDS ADDN PT NW4NE4 29-13-94 SE4NE4 14-14-92 TR SE4NE4 11-15-95 L2 FOOTE NO-IMPACT MINOR SUB 26-15-96 L6 THE MEADOWS SUB 30-15-95 L7 TERRACE VIEW SUB 19-15-15 L11 B2 GARNET HEIGHTS SUB 19-15-94 L9 WHISTLING ACRES EST MAJOR SUB 14-91 LOT A RESUB L5-9 B10 HOTCHKISS TR SE4NW4, SW4NE4 19-14-93 L1 GEIGER SUB 18-15-95 L4C RESUB L4 VISTA LARGA SUB 2 2-15-95

TOTAL SALES NUMBERS FOR 10-1-10 THRU 12-31-10 Single Family Sales - 60; Vacant Land/Acreage Sales - 11; Commercial Sales - 7; Other - 6; Total # Sales for Period: 84

OURAY COUNTY– January - March 2011 Date of Sale /7/2011 2 2/16/2011 2/28/2011 3/1/2011 3/15/2011 3/23/2011 3/25/2011 3/28/2011

Sale Price 195,000 535,000 148,000 210,000 325,000 153,400 229,000 369,000

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TOTAL SALES NUMBERS FOR 10-1-10 THRU 12-31-10 Single Family Sales - 15; Vacant Land/Acreage Sales - 8; Commercial Sales - 4; Other - 4; Total # Sales for Period - 31

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Edge of Inanity Paperboy

By Al Carmichael


riving down the street of the suburban neighborhood where I grew up is like driving down a monopoly board filled with houses…they are all the same. Sure, some are flipped around backwards, some are different colors, and some have been altered with an addition, but even those are the same shape added to the same spot on the back of the house. The lawns are all green and there is a big shade tree in the front of each house between the sidewalk and the street. And for a while, our house had a wooden box sitting next to that tree, an iconic box that told the neighborhood “A Paperboy lives here.” That was my first job, delivering the newspaper to all the folks who preferred the early morning Courier Express to the afternoon delivery of the Buffalo Evening News. It was exciting, I was a “Paperboy,” a prominent figure in the neighborhood, an opportunity passed on from boy to boy, as


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the older ones grew up and moved on. When you became a paperboy, part of the transition of power included the juicy gossip about the customers you would serve. Part rumor and part suburban legend, these stories filled the idle mind of a paperboy as he delivered newspapers and grew each time the paper route was passed on. “Watch out for Mrs. Henley, she’ll be in her pajamas and wink at you. Don’t go to the Biscoe’s after dark to collect money, I’ve heard they have dead bodies buried in their backyard. Stay away from the Ferris’s dog, he put one kid in the hospital a few years back.” Aside from the dangers, being a Paperboy was a fascinating job for a kid who was just getting into the double digits of life, up alone before dawn, roaming the slumbering neighborhood, collecting money from all the customers, and catching a glimpse into people’s lives as they invited you into their house to pay their newspaper bill. What amazed me the most was that, even though the houses looked the same on the outside, it was another world inside. The obvious differences, furniture, paint, and pictures weren’t the most noticeable. It wasn’t the people themselves, although they were a surprisingly eclectic bunch. It was the smell. Every house had a completely different smell. Perfume, bacon, body odor, and fried chicken were some of the obvious aromas, but the majority were too complex to describe. I can still imagine the smell of the Mendelson’s house if I concentrate; it smelled old and dark. The Majorowski’s house smelled of sweet pipe-smoke and stale beer. The Singh’s house smelled spicy, but sweet; Mr. Singh was a doctor, originally from India, who married a blond haired Georgia-born American woman. One summer night, sometime around three in the morning, I heard the slam of the paper box lid crash down. The newspaper was already here, three hours early. I lay there for a while in my quiet room, in my sleeping house, in my dark, silent neighborhood. Then on a whim, I got up, got dressed and headed out to deliver the newspaper. I’ll never forget the feeling of independence and freedom I had that night. The cool, night air blew through my hair as I rode my bike from house to house, delivering what I thought was probably the earliest newspaper delivery in neighborhood history. I arrived home before four in the morning, and slipped into bed with a confident smile on my face and dreamed of more adventures. Not long afterward, my young neighbor, Jeff, came over to my house. He was almost 10, and he was going to take over the paper route, and become a paperboy himself. He was nervous, so I tried to calm him down. “Being a Paperboy is no big deal,” I told him, “but there are a few things you should know. First, you have to watch out for Mrs. Henley…”

Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 years


e are extremely proud of building 20 homes in Montrose County, and are excited about the direction we are headed. This year you will begin to see Habitat offering much more in our community. We are expanding our efforts to help more in need through education and a determination that everyone who qualifies is given the opportunity to live in a healthy, decent shelter.

First we begin by offering to the community Life Management Skills classes through Mesa State. This twoday course will be offered at no cost each semester. The course is a comprehensive look at many areas of financial and life management skills. Topics include budgeting, restoring good credit, how to avoid foreclosure, renting vs. owning, home maintenance, among others. The class will accommodate those who speak Spanish as a primary language. Daycare at an offsite location is available for a minimal charge. Another new area Habitat is offering is Critical Home Repair. Yes! Habitat will help existing low income homeowners

By Robin Berndt, executive director

remain in their homes by making those homes a decent shelter to live in. Habitat started a program last year called “A Brush with Kindness,” doing exterior fix-up on homes. This year we combine it with interior work as well. Applications will be taken at the Habitat for Humanity office, 309 N. Fourth Street, Montrose, Colorado. The program will require sweat equity, but without a fee to the homeowner as long as funding is available. We will choose the homeowners based on need and willingness to partner. If the homeowner is unable to provide the sweat equity hours themselves, it may be done by a family member or friend. We continue to build new homes, putting low income families into a decent shelter with a no interest mortgage. This year we begin building in the West Meadows Subdivision, at the base of Spring Creek hill. We need your donations now, more then ever. Help us raise our goal of $20,000 for our 20th anniversary! Visit us a, shop or donate to the Habitat ReStore, 311 N. 4th Street, or call 970-252-9303.


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Writers on the Range Three Cups of Tea, the sequel


By Allen Best

ne of the speakers at last year’s Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in western Colorado was convicted this March of federal felonies. But Tim DeChristopher will be back again this year to talk about his disruption of federal gas leasing at an auction in Utah. Not so Greg Mortenson, the embattled former mountain climber who has been accused of taking giant liberties with the truth in his inspiring book, “Three Cups of Tea,” as well as with using donations intended to build schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan as his “own private ATM.” Festival organizers say that they have accepted Mortenson’s offer to step down from his scheduled roles this year as a film judge and panel speaker. However, the door might still be open to the writer — who spoke at last year’s festival over the Memorial Day weekend —if he will agree to be publicly grilled at Mountainfilm about the charges leveled against him. Mortenson says he first showed up at Mountainfilm in 1981, when he was a young climber and the festival was only three years old. The event has broadened over the decades, becoming more a festival of ideas, with mountains only occasionally the focus. Its motto is “Celebrating indomitable human spirit.” Mortenson’s story seemed a perfect fit for that motto. Following a failed attempt to summit K2, a mountain on the Pakistani border, he said that he was kidnapped by the Taliban. Afterward, he vowed to build schools in Afghanistan, especially for girls. His efforts have won almost universal praise; President Obama even donated $100,000 of his Nobel Peace Prize award to Mortenson’s Montana-based organization, the Central Asia Institute. Altogether, the organization has raised $60 million in a few short years based on Mortenson’s compelling story and his many riveting talks at Telluride and other places. But the recent “60 Minutes” segment about Mortenson’s embellishments raises questions that even his staunchest defenders admit are serious. Jon Krakauer, author of “Into Thin Air” and more recently “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman,” told “60 Minutes” that Mortenson’s story is a “beautiful story, and it’s a lie.” Titling his just-published 75-page article about Mortenson, “Three Cups of Deceit,” Krakauer said it now appears that Mortenson was never kidnapped by the Taliban. He also said that the Montana nonprofit founded by Mortenson claimed expenses for promoting his books, but never received any of the profits from book sales; Mortenson kept the royalties for himself. “Three Cups of Tea” has now sold 4 million copies. Perhaps even more damaging are Krakauer’s allegations that Mortenson used the nonprofit organization to fund a lavish

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lifestyle that included the use of personal jets. The American Institute of Philanthropy has also been sharply critical of Mortenson’s organization. In 2009, it said the organization spent $4.6 million on “outreach,” as compared to less than $4 million for construction, administration and other expenses directly related to schools. In the last week, Mortenson’s admirers have defended him, but some more cautiously than others. In his New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof wrote that he was inclined “to reserve judgment until we know more, for disorganization may explain more faults than dishonesty.” And, he added, he was “willing to give some benefit of the doubt to a man who has risked his life on behalf of some of the world’s most voiceless people.” Peter Kenworthy, executive director of Mountainfilm, said the first instinct of the festival organizers was to reach out to Mortenson, to let him know they were thinking of him. But now, after more fully assessing the evidence, Kenworthy said he’s less inclined to think any good can come from Mortenson’s presence. “I am afraid that if Greg were to come, it would be only a lose-lose situation,” he said. Kenworthy, who directs a $1.5 million nonprofit, said that all such organizations have a clear need for proper policies, procedures and process, and that it appears that Mortenson did things as a nonprofit director that were clearly verboten. The case of Tim DeChristopher is different, he said. “As long as we support what they’re doing, that’s fine. In Greg’s case, it’s not the kind of controversy we’re looking for.” Allen Best is a contributor to Writers on the range, a service of High Country News ( He lives in the Denver area where he is the editor of and has attended the Mountain Film Festival 20 times.


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Fly fishing and fly tying — irrational distractions in a chaotic world


riving home from Ridgway, Colo., I could not escape the nagging thought that has plagued me for some time now. Fly fishing, and the related addiction of fly tying, are simply irrational activities. This week's fly tying session held on Saturday morning at the local fly shop was informative, free, and displayed the intensity and dedication of all those consumed by these activities. Today's tier exuded knowledge, experience and expertise, concentrating on every turn of the bobbin as if the fate of the world hung in the balance. The audience was equally spellbound by every deft movement of the tier's fingers, flowing as purposefully as those of any surgeon. Surrounding the instructor was an array of feathers of every shape, size and color imaginable, resembling a henhouse following a dinner session by the local fox. To the tier's side was a display of delicate instruments that would do an operating room proud. Just exactly what was this spectacular array of talent and equipment intended to accomplish? Well, crudely put, it was to enable the dedicated souls present to replicate the little flying insects that provide sustenance to that illusive animal species we refer to as trout. Slimy, scaly, and only capable of eating, swimming and procreating, with only a pea-sized brain, these little beasties consume more time, money and effort from their human hunters than could ever be justified in a sane world. Fly fishing aficionados think nothing of spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars on high tech equipment and commit hundreds of unproductive hours to pursuing this totally irrational pastime. Anyone entering the fly shop during one of these demonstrations would, by observing the intent expressions on the attendee's faces, have imagined they were observing some life-saving operating room surgery. Instead, the equally intent instructor was attempting to build a bug, if you will, to fool a pea-brained predator into

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© John W. Nelson thinking it is lunch. The real insanity of it all is that in the event the dedicated fly fisher is actually successful in hooking and landing the slimy, scaly, pea-brained quarry, the victorious human predator generally turns right around and release the hapless creature to its watery lair, hopefully to be caught once again by another human addict. Does any of this make the slightest bit of common sense? Well, for my part, I guess it does. We can either focus on a failing economy, high unemployment, an uncertain future, a falling dollar, a rising national debt and a myriad of other all-consuming and totally depressing subjects or, for a refreshing few hours at a fly tying bench or streamside, escape into the satisfying reality of the fly fisher. At least for those serene and inspiring few hours, I prefer to escape by chasing that illusive pea-brained quarry with my home-made bug. 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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Library Italy through the eyes of a 13-year-old By Paul Paladino, Montrose Regional Library Director


ast year my son decided we should go to Italy. I think it was partly as a result of a class project he did and partly a curiosity about his heritage. Whatever the reason, he and his mother decided this spring break would be a good time to take the trip.

As he is about the same age I was when I first traveled to Europe, I was interested in seeing him experience travel abroad for the first time. I've always loved travel and although my travel experiences haven't always been smooth ones, they've always been interesting to me. I wondered how he would react. Before we left, he told his mother he didn't want to read about or watch anything about the places we were going. He wanted to experience everything fresh, be surprised, and not know what was coming up next. He didn't want to know specifics.

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His mother and I had toured Europe a couple of years before he was born using guide books from Rick Steves, the popular author and PBS program star. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and especially appreciated Rick's guidance; so for this tour, my wife decided to book one of the “Europe Through the Back Door” trips. As anyone who has traveled knows, I could write pages about what we did, what we saw, and Dom roaming the Coliseum what we ate. Especially what we ate. But for this article, I want to concentrate on the highlights as I've pulled them from a 13-year-old. Don't get me wrong, he had a wonderful time, but he is 13 and while he'll talk all night to his friends on his internet video games, if I let him, he's most comfortable giving Dad a grunt or two. Words, or even

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entire sentences, seem to zap his energy. We ended up on a 10-day tour of Venice, Florence and Rome. The highlight for him and, I think for all of us, was our first stop, Venice. When I asked him, why Venice, he came up with two reasons: it was the most peaceful of the three cities and the food was the best. Venice is the smallest of the three cities and, of course, has no automobile traffic. The lanes are narrow, sometimes so

narrow my shoulders brushed both sides while walking down them. At times I had to walk a bit sideways. Venice is easy to get lost in, but also easy to get found in, as well. And the food in Venice was spectacular, although I really only had one mediocre meal in all of Italy and that was on the last day and was my own fault. Our entire group had dinner together five times over the 10 days. One evening in Venice, on the waterfront, my wife and I were seated at a different table than our son. Our guide worked for Rick Steves and, in addition, had his own business where he guided high-end wine and food tours. As one of my intentions was to eat my way across Italy, I was delighted to have him along. Our son chose to sit at his table. One of our options that evening was spaghetti with clams. In the past I hadn't had good luck with shellfish, usually getting something resembling pencil erasers, so I decided that if ever there was a place to try again, this was it. The clams were followed by sea bass. I'd heard my son order the penne pasta, so imagine my surprise in seeing him scraping the clams out of the shells and onto his spaghetti and then gobbling it up. Our guide had ordered clams and my son asked to try them. He then proceeded to gobble them up as well as the sea bass

that followed. We may have an epicurean on our hands. The days that followed included a four-course lunch at a cooking school, which we prepared. It was fun watching my son learn to flip crepes with the pan. We went to a wine estate for a fabulous tasting and incredible cheeses and “snacks” for lunch, There were a few other dinners where someone constantly compared the tiramisu we had made against what they were serving at the restaurant. Ours always won. I haven't even mentioned his take on the fabulous art we saw. (Basically he was on “art overload,” but every once in a while there was something magnificent like Veronese's gallery wallsized “Feast at the House of Levi” that caught his attention.) Or the history—the Coliseum and the Pantheon in Rome. There is a mystery writer I highly recommend, Donna Leon. She has a great protagonist, Guido, and her mysteries are set in her home city of Venice. I learned from Guido of several good places and items to eat as well as an Italian saying “a day without gelato (ice cream) is a day wasted.” We didn't waste any days on our trip. There are always copies of The Monitor available in the magazine section of the library.

Montrose’s Donna Herman named Altrusa District Governor


he next two years will be significant ones for the communities of the Western Slope served by Altrusa International. On May 7, 2011, Montrose native Donna Herman was installed as District Governor during the organization’s 56th Annual District Ten Conference held in Montrose. Just under 100 Altrusa members attended, representing 13 of the 15 Altrusa clubs in the District which encompasses Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Herman will serve a two-year term. Dona Garretson from Grand Junction will be sworn in as International President in July of this year at the 2011 Altrusa International Convention. She has been a member of Altrusa since 1987 and will also serve for two years. Altrusa provides volunteer community service, with literacy as one of its primary focuses. Clubs throughout the United States and 10 other countries focus on diverse projects to help their local communities as well as other communities in need. For information about Altrusa International, visit Regarding Altrusa of Montrose, click on

Dona Garretson of Grand Junction (right), PresidentElect of Altrusa International, adjusts a pin on the label of Donna Herman of Montrose, in preparation for her installation as Governor of Altrusa's District Ten.

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Sharon Shuteran — living her best life


haron Shuteran has learned to use the gifts she was born with to create what she calls, “a fabulous life.” In her 32 years in Telluride, she has been a restaurateur, a prosecutor, a judge, and a mediator. Since 2007, she has traveled each year to Southeast Asia to help coordinate charitable surgeries and work with other community projects.

As the San Miguel County judge for the past 27 years, she has seen many changes in the county. Since she started in 1984, crime has increased, but so have the resources available to victims, especially in the area of domestic violence. “The level of competence has increased, among both lawyers and law enforcement, as the county has grown. Everything is on a more sophisticated level than it was back in 1984. It was a very small town back then. "I like to try to humanize the system for people,” she added. “They are often terrified, believing the system doesn't work and that it's stacked against them. I see my role as putting a face on it and showing them that they will be treated fairly, which includes consequences for actions.” Shuteran also works as a mediator, her true passion. "A mediator’s job is not to tell anyone what to do” she explains. “I often define it as a translator or interpreter. It's to get people to hear each other and to actually try to come to some kind of consensus where, hopefully, people’s real needs can get met.” She grew up in Denver, went to Reed College in Oregon, and received her B.A. and law degree from the Univ. of Denver. “I got involved in politics in the early ‘70s, in the McGovern campaign,” she said. “After long talks with Pat Schroeder, the former Congresswoman from Denver, (and several other women), I realized that, at that point in history, without a graduate degree, nobody took you very seriously as a woman.” After law school, she became a VISTA volunteer, (the domestic Peace Corps, Volunteers in Service to America) working with a prison law project at the Denver County Jail and the Federal Corrections Institute. But by 25, Shuteran was at loose ends about what to do next. She wasn’t interested in corporate law or divorces. She contemplated moving to San Francisco and working in a friend’s bookstore, while studying for the California bar. That idea was waylaid when a friend sparked her interest in “a little cafe for sale in Telluride.”

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By Mavis Bennett Shuteran, who had never waited on a table in her life, decided to check it out. Like so many others before her, she fell in love with Telluride. She ended up making the investment in the Excelsior Cafe and it became a popular favorite for decades. The Café was located in a renovated brick building sitting on one of the two busiest corners of Main Street. In those early years, the Excelsior had only about six or seven tables. They served breakfast, lunch and dinner–at least when a suitable dinner chef could be found. One of the Excelsior’s claims to fame was that it had the first espresso machine in town. Shuteran made "good homemade soups" and pastries. Her sister, Stephie, came to town and, seeing an unfilled niche, taught her how to make pies, which the Café became known for. Shuteran owned the café for total of 14 years. After the first two years, she was offered a part-time job in the Deputy District Attorney's office. Fortunately, she had just met Peter Muckerman, a former hospital administrator who could not only cook, but also needed a job. He became the general manager, while Shuteran trained the staff, kept the books and baked. Later, under his direction, they expanded the cafe into a full service restaurant. The two were married in 1985 and their son, Eliot, recently graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. In 2004, she was one of five adults who accompanied the Telluride Academy students on the first homestay in Bhutan.

Nestled in the Himalayas, it is bordered on the north by the mountains, on the south by India. “I loved the place,” she exclaimed. “It had an immediate attraction.” She wanted to come back, but as a volunteer, not as a tourist. Through a mutual friend she met Dr. Jeff Marsh, a plastic surgeon and the medical director of the Bhutan Cleft Care Project, and offered to help. The project provides cleft lip and palate surgeries in Bhutan, in addition to training local staff. At the time, the team had only one non-medical person and the spot was filled. She persisted, and when that person moved on, she was offered the position as Non-Medical Coordinator in 2007.

"I love what I do," she says. "Life is a buffet table. I don't understand anyone who says that they're bored. It just means you haven't figured out what you want to do." Her nature is to be going constantly and sometimes her schedule and undertakings can become intense. "There's so much on the table and there's a part of me that wants some of everything. But, she reflects, "I'm beginning to realize, as I get older, that I don't have to sample everything. I can pick and choose a little.”

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In 2004, she was one of five adults who accompanied the Telluride Academy students on the first homestay in Bhutan. Nestled in the Himalayas, it is bordered on the north by the mountains, on the south by India. She now travels to Bhutan for two weeks every fall. Part of her job is to interview every patient (usually about 65 interviews), if they’re old enough, or their family, about the effects the cleft has had in their life, as well as to help with the overall coordination. "I keep the trains running on time,” she said. “I do the nonmedical things so the doctors can do what they do best. They do surgeries and they teach the Bhutanese doctors and nurses. It's the ‘teach a man to fish’ principle." She spends a part of each fall in Southeast Asia working on different projects. “It’s off-season in Telluride,” she said. “Most of the lawyers and litigants are gone, so things are very quiet and I have another judge who’s willing to cover for me. While I love it, it’s definitely a ‘working vacation’.” This past fall she worked on the Thai-Burmese border on another health project, staying with a local Mon family. She slept on a four-inch thick mattress, and the plumbing facilities, with only a squat toilet and a tank of water for bathing, would be called very basic, at best. "But I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else," she said. "The bond that I formed with this family was just amazing.” Shuteran looks younger than her 57 years. The things she does feed her soul. She meditates when she can. She loves to ski, snowshoe, hike and travel, as well as volunteering for most of the Telluride festivals.

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Tom Barrett - continued from p. 5 of that board that year helped create the Caring Friends Fund which provides non-traditional medical help to long-term patients of Montrose Memorial Hospital and cancer patients at the San Juan Cancer Center. By using the funds that are generated from the Caring Friends Fund, it allows them to help patients with the trauma from their diseases at the hospital or the Cancer Center. They provide debit cards for people to use if they’re having trouble getting enough gas to get back and forth from Gunnison or Silverton and other towns that are served. Caring Friends serves seven counties. Administrator Francie Smiles added that Days Inn has donated rooms for patients receiving chemo therapy who live too far to go back and forth. Caring Friends has provided cards donated by Wendy’s for patients who have basic food needs. “Tom’s has given extraordinary help to Caring Friends,” Smiles said. “He walks the talk.” How did Tom Barrett get through this ordeal? He said three words: Family, Faith, and Friends. “You need your family and that includes your extended family. Faith, whatever your faith is, any or all. Friends—your community. “I couldn’t have made the journey without the help of the friends and staff at Standard Service Center who ran the business during the eight months I couldn’t work. You never realize until you come into

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It’s a Tea Party world in Montana’s Legislature these days, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, sometimes can’t believe his ears as newly elected representatives talk blithely of creating armed citizen militias and “nullifying” a slew of federal laws, reports The Associated Press. Schweitzer calls many of the proposals from the new Republican majority “kooky,” noting that they include “a plan to make it legal to hunt big game with a spear.” But because some of these laws are bound to land on his desk, Schweitzer has ordered a new cattle-branding iron that reads “VETO.” Says the governor, “Ain’t nobody in the history of Montana has had so many danged ornery critters that needed branding.”

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a hardship how many friends you really have. There are people you have only met for a short period of time who take up your banner.” Kristy Barrett says “how stubborn Tom was through all of the hospital visits. I didn’t really realize that he was close to death at one point, probably because of his will to live. He had a family to love and he cherished that so much. I think he was so determined to be the husband, father, and friend that he just wouldn’t give up. I think that’s what helped him make it through the horrible ordeal of cancer.” When Barrett was finished his cancer treatment, he wasn’t interested, mentally or physically, in running. He began a new chapter of his life—less grueling, more social—riding road bikes with a group of friends. Surviving an ordeal such as he did, he saw the world as a brighter, warmer and kinder place. Barrett was given a second chance and he’s making the most of it. Insurance companies, including Medicare, now pay for screening colonoscopies. If you have symptoms related to your intestines, insurance is even more likely to cover the procedure. The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) might cover the cost if you don’t have insurance.

By Betsy Marston


It was understandable that District Court Judge Marvin D. Bagley was getting fed up: William Beck never showed up in court to answer charges of passing bad checks, reports the Southern Utah News. Beck always had good excuses: First, his lawyer explained, his mother died. Then, at the second attempt at a trial, the lawyer said that Beck’s grandmother had just died. This led the judge to comment dryly: “If this continues, he’s going to run out of family.”


“Plants can’t run and hide” in the world, so over time, some have evolved the ability to alter their structure when they perceive a threat. That’s the mechanism now being exploited by Colorado State University biologist Jane Medford,

as she and some 30 undergraduate and graduate students genetically engineer plants to signal the presence of pollutants or explosives like TNT by turning from green to white. Medford says the altered “detector plants” should be able eventually to act as guardians at airports and other public places. And thanks to a $7.9 million grant from the Defense Department’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Medford’s team can speed along its research. Speed, not surprisingly, is important: In the presence of a chemical threat, the firstgeneration plants are still taking hours to drain their leaves of color. Betsy Marston is the editor of Writers on the Range, an op-ed service of High Country News ( Tips of Western weirdness are always appreciated.

Sea Bones

By Peggy Carey


small white cylinder with flared edges hangs from the Navajo liquid silver around my neck. My daughter eyes it and says, “Is that a bone?” Her voice is not accusatory, exactly, but the voice of a woman who grew up with a mother who brought home rocks to show her when she was a child.

I feel unanchored, and it is both an exhilarating and unsettling feeling. The cylinder isn’t really white; it is more of an ivory with a very pale pink hue. It is the central spiral from a sea shell that eroded away and left this perfect little jewel, with the original spiral creating the flared edge. I have three of them, found on my solitary walks, that I wear separately or together, depending on my melancholy. I feel, sometimes, like a snail without its shell. This journey to a new home and new culture has me questioning my identity like a 14-year-old girl. And, I think, identity is like the shell, an accretion of that which we are and that which we have done. There are the basics, of course. I am an earthling, a human, a female. Then the slightly more individual but shared characteristics. I am a Westerner, a mother, a working person. Then yet narrower categories, I am (was) a lawyer (and a pretty good one, I think), a writer, a published author. I am Irish, and raised to be proud of it, even if Ruthie Cooper beat me up for being Irish in fifth grade. And even narrower, I collect rare books, and have a huge collection of American Indian literature. The people in our lives help define us, as well. I am Bill and Margaret’s friend; the liquid silver around my neck was a gift from them. I am John and Linda, Merle and Diane, and Joe and Marlene’s neighbor, and we traded stories

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and chores for years. I am “the dog woman”, according to one neighbor, seen walking dogs on the roads and ditch banks in Coal Creek for 18 years. All this and my ‘things’ remain in Colorado. I feel unanchored, and it is both an exhilarating and unsettling feeling. This is what I sought: the feeling of doing something entirely new, yet I am learning that adaptability is not as readily at hand when you have established the hard shell of maturity. Despite its confines, that shell offers what all shells do, a sense of home, protection, and safety. But snails’ shells grow with them; they don’t have to shed them as I did. A snail dies if it loses its shell, crushed by the weight of its world. I wish to be sitting on a bluff looking out to sea. Not waiting for a long lost love like so many heroines of the past, or imagining lands far away. Just looking, and listening, and smelling and remembering we are all made of the same stuff, that sea, my seashell, you and me. After 30 years practicing law in Montrose, Peggy Carey is trying out the great Northwest. Her novel, “The Rock Wren’s Song,” can be purchased at Hastings

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From the North Forty Writing the End

By Lael VanRiper


ow do you write an obituary or even the longer eulogy? How do you capture a life in 100 or 500 words? Mom never got an obituary notice, but etched on a brick in the memorial park is written, “Helen lived on the bubbles of life”. That may be the best short summation possible for a life so richly lived.

left behind have to ponder unless we do the reflection and write down the heart of ourselves before we go. The standard form for obituaries asks for name, date and place of birth, parents, spouse, children, survivors, vocation, hobbies, organizational memberships, and perhaps a memorial donation site that gives you a clue to cause of death. It does not ask core values, levels of commitment, passions. It From the blog of a friend, “Our nephew’s death has left a does not reflect failures, regrets, roads not traveled. It does Jake-sized hole in the heart of his family. Nothing will ever fill not tell of dreams, hopes, joys, high it, we all know that. Twenty-four years points. Usually, the obituary to follow is of memories were strewn across the She never met a punch line flat and lifeless, a list of bare-bone facts hearth in the form of family photos, not reflecting the heart of the one who mementos, stuffed animals...tangible she couldn’t mess up, but she lived. pieces of a life well lived, never to be loved a good laugh. A friend chose to write her own obituforgotten.” ary so that upon her death in the disThis paragraph says no more than tant future that task is completed. Here is part of her eventual the standard “beloved by all who knew him,” but it captures obituary: the impact of a life lived well and left too soon. “She was a slow reader and a rotten speller, but she enjoyed “My father was a handsome, intelligent man. He served as writing. She never met a punch line she couldn’t mess up, but president of the Denver Area Boy Scout Council and helped she loved a good laugh.” establish Denver’s Cleo Wallace Village for Handicapped ChilNow there’s a woman most of us would want to know, and I dren.” His obituary reflected the same thing his daughter, am privileged to call a friend. Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, said. But it didn’t reflect the rest of What do you want said about you? What is the heart of the story which the former Miss America finally and painfully your life? Why not write it now while you are still living life? revealed, “But there was another secret side to him. From the time I was 5 until I was 18 and moved away to college, my Lael Van Riper may be found hunched over the keys of her computer pondering father sexually violated me.” her obituary. How then do we publicly reflect life—glorious, magnificent, abysmal, divided, base, humorous, tragic, fascinating, spiritual—in 100 or 500 words? That’s a question those who are

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My camera and eye

By Joyce Corley


love to collect glass, books, angels and other bric-a– brac. My glass collection has rendered some of my best and most intriguing photographs. I never know what my end product will look like so it’s rather exciting to attempt to capture them in various lights and settings. Even with an inexpensive two mega pixel camera you can get amazingly good results. Almost every camera sold today has a macro setting to help you accomplish extreme close-ups. If you’re outfitted

with an interchangeable lens you will want to invest in a good polarizing filter. This will help to automatically remove some of the lighting glare off of your subjects. One of the challenges of photographing a glass object is to capture the shape or edge since it is sometimes translucent if not transparent. Move your camera and move your subject until it works. When shooting items such as coins or shiny collectibles it is always wise to have sufficient light and your camera on a tripod. Outside, in bright sunlight, it is really a good idea to use a polarizer to cut down on the glare and give you more saturated colors. Joyce is a retired educator and an award-winning photographer. You can reach her at and see more of her photographs at com/photos/joycecorley.

“Wednesdays at Western” summer activities


xtended Studies of Western State College of Colorado (WSC) offers summer activities in the Gunnison Valley through its “Wednesdays at Western” program series.

The programs are open to participants of all ages. Pre-registration and payment is required for most programs. Costs range from $10 to $25. Full-day, field trip programs include transportation and a sack lunch. Registration deadline is Monday at noon for that Wednesday’s program. Information and registration forms are available online at: or contact the Extended Studies office at (970) 943-2885. · June 22: Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop · June 29: History Tour of Gunnison’s Silver Triangle: Gunnison, Crested Butte and Taylor Park · July 6: Matchless Mountain Summit Hike · July 13: Geology Tour of Taylor Park; Basic Swing Dance Workshop · July 20: Creating Art from Unlikely Materials Workshop · July 27: Hasley Pass Geology and Wildflower Hike · Aug. 3: Outdoor Photography Workshop and Hike · Aug. 10: Outdoor Sketching Techniques Workshop · Aug. 17: Beginning Birding Workshop

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The Green Pages All Green Page articles compiled and edited by David Segal

Not all bio fuels are created equal


he aviation industry has a bio fuel problem. In an effort to fight soaring fuel prices and simultaneously lower greenhouse gas emissions, some airlines are doing serious research into alternative fuels. For example, in 2008 Virgin Atlantic became the first airline to use a mixture of bio fuels and petroleum, according to Subsequently, Continental Airlines, Air New Zealand, and Qatar Airways have done bio fuel test flights. And, Lufthansa is scrambling to become the first commercial carrier to use a bio fuel mixture on daily flights.

Sounds like a good, green idea, right? Well, sometimes things that sound like good ideas turn out to be unsound ideas. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are urging the airlines to put on their air brakes and take a closer look at the total carbon footprint created by bio fuel production. They point out that when you consider everything that goes into making a bio fuel— such as whether it's made from palm oil grown in clearcut rainforest—you might reach a surprising conclusion. Namely, that conventional fossil fuels can sometimes be more “green” than unconventional alternative fuels.

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newspapers without using a single tree.

Newsprint—the type of paper on which newspapers are printed—can be made from a fibrous plant called kenaf. Kenaf, a type of hemp, grows throughout southern Asia, but is also cultivated in this country. There are many environmental advantages to using kenaf paper over paper made from wood. In 1960, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture examined more than 500 plants, looking for possible alternatives to newsprint made from trees. Kenaf aced that exam, with the USDA naming it as the most promising source of tree-free newsprint, according to Wikipedia. The International Paper Company mill, in Pine Bluff, Ark., began using kenaf newsprint successfully in six American newspapers in 1970. In 1987, a Canadian mill printed experimental issues of four U.S. newspapers on kenaf. They reportedly discovered that kenaf newsprint was actually better than the standard pine tree paper, resulting in cleaner, brighter, and stronger pages, with less environmental damage. Since kenaf fibers are naturally whiter than pine tree pulp, they don’t have to be bleached as much to create a brighter sheet of paper. And, kenaf can be bleached with hydrogen peroxide, an environmentally benign chemical that doesn’t create dangerous dioxin by-products. As for energy consumed in the production process, kenaf gets good grades there, too. A variety of research reports indicate that it takes 20 percent less power to produce kenaf pulp than wood pulp. Also, many of the mills that currently process pine trees for paper use could be converted to process kenaf instead.

The Green Pages TrasheBags — a local business based on upcycling trash


his story may give you a strong desire to “upcycle.” Don't worry—it has nothing to do with bicycling up a mountainside. But, it has everything to do with recycling mountains of trash, turning it into usable products, and helping impoverished women from Montrose, Colo. to Monrovia, Liberia.

It's a story that started with Montrose resident Patricia Byrd, led to the African nation of Liberia, and resulted in an online Montrose business called Byrd explains how it all began. “The story started on a trip to Liberia, where I saw people in great economic need, an 85% unemployment rate, and mounds and mounds of trash, everywhere,” she wrote. The average Liberian was living on less than 50 cents a day, following a horrific 15 year-long civil war. What was left of the government couldn't even afford to provide trash pickup service. The sheer awfulness of the situation touched Byrd's heart, and her entrepreneurial spirit. She asked herself “What sort of industry could you start to help this situation?” On her 20 hour flight back Totebag made from to Montrose, she considered coffee wrappers the Liberian situation, and the problems of unemployment and overflowing landfills in our own country. “My small contribution toward a solution for these global issues is to reuse trash and plastic bags as raw materials in newly manufactured products, “ she explained. The next step is to “take some of the proceeds to start micro-enterprise projects for women in Liberia, where $20 to $40 can start a small business.” Byrd and her husband, Terry, came up with a five year plan that called for the creation of an eCommerce site and home-based manufacturing of “upcycled”, reusable items. Patricia Byrd says that “upcycling” involves “waste that is reused without the resource consumption required for recycling.” In other words, the process isn't just green; it's ultra-green. Phase 1 of the plan focused on making three to five prototype items that fit four criteria--they had to be

usable, durable, fashionable, and built from 90 percent upcycled material. TrasheBag's products are made in the homes of rural Colorado women, but men are welcome to participate. Home-based manufacturing has helped the company achieve several of its objectives including raising awareness of the continuing usefulness of many discarded items. They've learned how to reduce the amount of energy consumed in the manufacturing process and ways to eliminate the environmental impact of shipping items to and from a central manufacturing location. completed Phase 1 in December, 2009. The company is currently in Phase 2, with the goal to reach Purse made from broader markets using marketused event banners ing research and search engine optimization. “During this phase, we are beginning to collect needed durable, discarded packaging at public locations,” said Byrd. They are also looking for more home-based manufacturers who are interested in selling their products through TrasheBags. “You can help this process by contacting us if you have bright ideas for new products to bring to market that promote trash reuse, or if you're looking for a way to make some extra revenue from your home while helping the environment.” During Phase 2, TrasheBags is committing five percent of all profits to micro-enterprise loans to African women. The projects will be set up in Liberia first, then expanded to Uganda and other areas. Phase 3 will involve becoming a global partner in micro-enterprises around the world. “We will focus first on nations where per-capita income is estimated to be less than $1 per day,” Byrd said. “In these countries, micro-enterprise loans from $10 to $100 allow men and women to begin small businesses that sustain their families. A little goes a long way in these countries.” You can visit the company website at, call them at 970-252-8708, or email them at

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The Green Pages Hip Mountain Mama

By David Segal


ip Mountain Mama” is not a typical store. For one thing, it exists exclusively online. For another, its owners are devotedly eco-

Trade's rules, they get paid “a fair wage,” she said. “We can purchase the clothes from them, and then we’re able to sell the items in our store at a reasonable price. So conscious. everybody wins.” Their mission statement says it well. “Hip Mountain Considerable thought goes into deciding which Mama is a small family business that products to buy for the store. strives to offer the best Handmade, “It’s important to us that the Sustainable, and Fair Trade items products we sell are being made for your Natural Lifestyle. We have in good conditions, where the a strong passion for preserving people are happy with what the Earth, raising our children they’re doing, and that they are in a conscious and natural way, high-quality products.” and promoting other small family The family tries to apply the businesses.” same kind of ethical thought It began in 2008, when Suzy process to their own way of life, Hawbaker of Loveland, Colo., got a Hawbaker said. “We strongly bit restless. “I was a stay-at-home believe in living a sustainable mom with two little girls, and my lifestyle, and we, as a family, The Hawbakers: husband Andy was a loan officer at Andy and Suzy, Sienna and Magnolia work hard to make choices that are a bank. I was getting an itch to do going to have a positive impact on something and I got the idea to start our own little online the earth. And we’re not perfect; we’re still learning. We’re shop, selling natural products for women.” not 100 percent living ideally, but we’re going along the The business began in a basement, with a few boxes of process like our customers. I think that a big part of it is inventory. But growth came quickly, with orders coming making changes, family changes, as we go along, and then in from as far away as Australia. In fact, Hawbaker had trying to educate other people about how to make those become so busy with Hip Mountain Mama by November, changes as well." 2009, Andy quit his day job to get more involved in the Much of their stock includes items that they use company. Even four-year-old Sienna and seven-year-old themselves, such as cloth grocery bags. Magnolia help out in the family business. But this isn't just “We’ve got our “Reusable Lunch” section, with lunch a business to the Hawbakers - it's more of a lifestyle. bags, sandwich bags, and, instead of using plastic zip“I started out thinking that I would work just a little bit, locks, you can use these cloth bags. We’ve got some but it just took off quickly. So, I wasn’t really prepared,” reusable glass straws right now, which are really popular.” Hawbaker reflected, chuckling. But the work soon evolved Hip Mountain Mama carries a large inventory of women's from being a mere sideline into something quite meaningful clothing, Hawbaker said. “We’ve got a Bohemian flair. to her. We’ve carry accessories,and some glass jewelry and beads “We have a large selection of reusable products," she made out of recycled magazines and newspapers." said. "The thing that’s most exciting is seeing somebody There's a kids’ section offering a wide variety of safe, make the change from using paper towels to using the green, and natural toys, clothing, and products for your cloth that we sell. Being a part of that feels good. We're natural baby or child. There's handmade wood toys, doing our little part to help the earth.” Waldorf dolls, play silks, organic toys, natural art supplies, Hip Mountain Mama specializes in selling products made and organic baby clothes. using the Fair Trade ethical business system. Hawbaker Check out this online store at explained that the products are made by women working out of their homes, in Third World countries. Under Fair

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The Green Pages Climate change threatens western states’ water supply


he already arid West is likely to get even drier due to climate change, according to the federal government. A recently released report by the Interior Department predicts that the Colorado River Basin could decline by eight to 14 percent in the next 40 years. The same goes for the Rio Grande and San Joaquin basins. The trio of rivers furnish water to eight states—including Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas—as well as a portion of Mexico. As the western water supply goes down, the population of that region is going up. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a native Coloradan, is worried that even small changes in rainfall and snow pack levels could have big effects on millions of people—not to mention hydroelectric plants, fish, wildlife, and recreation. Salazar told the Huffington Post that this report will help scientists understand the long-term impact of climate change on our water supplies. He also believes it will be the cornerstone of future strategies for sustainable water resource management. The report projects that temperatures will increase, and precipitation levels will change, altering the quantity and timing of stream flows in every Western river basin. Scientists expect the result will be earlier snow melt, leading to

increased flooding in the winter. Researchers also fear that the snow melt problem will have a domino effect, leading to reductions in spring and summer runoffs, which would create water shortages. The fact that global warming is currently coupled with population growth in the West is expected to exacerbate the water problem. Commissioner Mike Connor, of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, said, “Impacts to water are on the leading edge of global climate change.” Connor's agency supplies water to more than 31 million people in 17 Western states, and power to 3.5 million homes. At a news conference in April, Connor stated that the report “affirms the urgency of the planning we are engaged in. We need to take actions now to prepare for changes that are likely to occur over the next several decades.” The report covers the expected effects of climate change on eight major river basins. Along with the Colorado, Rio Grande, and San Joaquin, it also examines the Columbia, Klamath, Sacramento, Missouri, and Truckee river basins. Average temperatures are predicted to increase five to seven degrees F. in all eight basins by the end of this century. Spring and summer runoff reductions could result in lowered water supplies in six of the eight.

The world’s toughest bicycling race coming through Colorado


ne billion people around the world have no access to clean drinking water and a handful of Americans are about to take action, in the hope of changing that. The action will be quite literal, as they ride their bicycles more than 3,000 miles and climbing over 10,000 feet. They will ride 350-500 miles per day from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. They call themselves Team H2Ope, and they will be riding as part of the 30th annual Race Across America (RAAM). The team includes riders Andre Husain, Alex Galindo, Larry Smith, and Sara Harper, plus support staff. Their mission is to raise awareness, and funding, to fight the polluted water problem that plagues much of the Third

World. Working in tandem with their non-profit partner, Blue Planet Network, Team H2Ope intends to raise enough money to fund clean drinking water projects for several communities across the globe. The RAAM gets rolling on June 14, and will end on the 26th. The route will pass near our area through Monument Valley, Cortez, Durango and Pagosa Springs. You can join Team H2Ope's journey and mission by following their blog, becoming a fan on Facebook , donating to safe drinking water projects, sporting Team H2Ope gear, and following them on Twitter . For more information, please check out

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Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 18th Annual Festival September 16-18, 2011


illie Nelson, The Flaming Lips, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters top the blues & Brews lineup.

The lineup also includes performances by Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa, moe., Marcia Ball, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne, 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Anders Osborne, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Marcia Ball, Eric Bibb String Band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Lionel Young Band, The Sugar Thieves, and many more. "This year is one of the most eclectic and exciting lineups in the history of the festival," said Steve Gumble, President and founder of the Festival. "This weekend boasts amazing musical talent and late night Juke Joint performances to bring the house down!" The 2011 Festival promises another magical three-day celebration of live blues, rock, funk, gospel, aspiring new talent, and some of the biggest stars on the Festival circuit today! With over 20 nationally touring acts, music on the main stage all day, blues with breakfast in the middle of town at the Elk's lodge stage, and late-night jams in four Juke Joint venues; musical entertainment abounds in Telluride at the 18th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, Blues & Brews proudly presents the Grand Tasting.

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One of the premier tasting events in the southwest featuring more than 150 beers from over 50 accredited national microbreweries, including Telluride Blues & Brews Festival's official beer sponsor, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Three-day passes, Juke Joint tickets, and camping passes are currently on sale now. Single day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday go on sale July 1st. Three-day Festival passes are available for $160.00 and provide entry to the Festival grounds for all three days, entry to Saturday's Grand Tasting and a souvenir tasting glass. VIP and Early Bird 3-day passes are SOLD OUT! Juke Joint tickets are sold per night at $25 and provide the musical freedom to bounce from one venue to the next along Main Street, Telluride - sampling intimate latenight performances where you never know who will show up! Festival 4-day camping passes are on sale now for $40 per person. Camping is located adjacent to the Festival grounds starting Thursday, September 15. Tickets can be purchased locally at Telluride Music, located at 123 E. Colorado Ave. For Festival information or to purchase tickets online visit or call 1.866.515.6166 today. Article from the website:

Fourth Fest


ummerfest in Montrose over the 4th of July will be blended with a barbeque competition and a music festival holiday this year.

Feel like dancing in the street? You'll be able to do just that on Sunday, July 3, when a street dance will rock S. 1st, between the Post Office and the County Courthouse. A DJ will provide the music from 7 to 9 p.m. The fun will continue at Cerise Park, in Montrose, on Monday, July 4. Starting at noon, vendors will open, including four BBQ stands. There will also be DJ music.

The schedule for the day includes: 1:30 pm-3:00 pm —The band “Alternate Route”, and the opening of the Beer Garden 3:00 pm-3:30 pm—The second group of “Montrose Idol” contestants 3:30 pm-5:00 pm-—A concert by “Gotta Be Girls” 5:00 pm-5:30 pm-—The Ping Pong Ball Drop, and the “Montrose Idol” finals 5:30 pm-6:15 pm—A Salute to Veterans 6:30 pm-8:30 pm—A concert by Ashleigh Caudill & Narrow Gauge 9:30 p.m.—The annual Rotary Club Fireworks Show There is no admission charge to any of the festivities.

Fiction writers workshop planned


ocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) is sponsoring a one-day writers’ workshop June 11 at Two Rivers Plaza in Grand Junction.

This interactive workshop featuring Editor Charlotte Cookwill delves into the real differences between developing a manuscript to completion and polishing the manuscript for an audience of agents and publishers. In addition, Colorado authors Mario Acevedo, Robin Owens and Christine Goff will be on hand to answer writing-related questions or critique the first two pages of your manuscript. Early registration cost for the event is $70. RMFW will provide breakfast and lunch and hotel rooms available at a reduced rate for attendees. For more information please see Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ website at or contact Vicki Law at (970) 497-6452.

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16th Annual Quilt Show set for July 8-10


ome to the Montrose Pavilion July 8-10 to admire the most beautiful artwork produced by quilting guild members on the Western Slope.

Three local guilds—Columbine Quilters, Friendship Quilters of Western Colorado, and San Juan Quilters, share the hosting duties at the 16th Annual Black Canyon Quilt Show, “Colorado Celebrates Quilts from the Heart,” July 8, 9, and 10 at the Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive in Montrose. Talented quilters, both young and old, will have items on display. Bed quilts, quilted wall hangings, table runners, and wearable quilted art will be among the many items showcased at the event. Each day of the show will include free demonstrations, hourly drawings, and quilt-related vendors. In addition, Quilt Appraiser Cindy Brink will be appraising quilts by appointment and a silent auction of quilts and related items will be held to benefit Samaritan Aviation of Montrose. The highlight of the show will be the raffle of a magnificent quilt, “Stars and Flowers from the Heart." as

well as free merchandise and gift certificates given away by each of the show's sponsors, High Fashion Fabrics, Lady Bugz Quilt Co, and Quilters Corner, will also be given away. The show's hours are Friday and Saturday, 9-5, Sunday 104. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. For more information go to our website or contact Lois Sackmann at 970-252-3494.

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