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When the sun sets The wind slowly howls through the warm dusk sky. The mountains quickly lose their glow, and the chirping of crickets lets us know it’s a calm and beautiful place to spend summer on the Western Slope. Many of us experience this sensation during the summers, and can slow down to relax and enjoy them. Some do it on their patios, which is what Will Hearst focused on in this edition. The patio lifestyle is a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable one. It’s an incredible feeling we know all too well. It’s a time, it’s a place and it’s a lifestyle. We all find ourselves spending an increasing amount of time outside. Mike Easterling took the time to learn about the life of local cowgirls. In his piece, we learn about the women who work the land and livestock, continuing our Western heritage. What’s most impressive about this is that we forget too often that it was women who ended up doing a considerable amount of work around the ranch. A native of Olathe, Mandy Norris-Snell, shares with us a little about her dream of starting a business and why being a mom has added so much to her life. She and her husband Isaac are well known throughout the valley due to the professional success they’ve both achieved – Isaac played professional football. There are so many elements to this beautiful community known as Montrose. So, sit back enjoy the sunset and get to know your neighbors just a little bit more. —Francis Wick Publisher


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Olathe sisters Kate and Josie Roth are in tune with each other.

A solid foundation Montrose’s historic stone structures are here to stay.

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These local cowgirls don’t shrink from a challenge.

The art of the patio These Montrose residents have made their outdoor living space a showplace.

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Olathe grad Mandy Norris-Snell gracefully balances the demands of her personal and professional life.

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Upcoming Events & Attractions Get ready to kick up your heels in Montrose and surrounding areas this summer. Fun of all sorts is on tap at the following events. July 3-8 — The Wall That Heals at Cerise Park, open 24 hours. July 4 — The Montrose Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. downtown. July 4 — The Montrose Rotary Club Fourth of July Fireworks Display, dusk, Sunset Mesa. July 6 — Summerfest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sunset Mesa.

Aug. 16-17— Montrose Rod & Gun Club Gun show, all day, Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

Sept. 1 — Tom Russell concert, 8 p.m. at the Turn of the Century Saloon. Sept. 2 — Dog Days of Summer, 3 p.m. at the Montrose Aquatic Center.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — East of Montrose on Colo. 347, 641-2337. Curecanti National Recreation Area — East of Montrose on U.S. 50, (970) 641-2337. Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area — North of Montrose,

July July 6 — Craig Campbell concert, 8 p.m. at Sunset Mesa. July 12 — Black Canyon Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. July 12-13 — Night Vision Christian music festival at Community Park in Olathe.


Aug. 17 — Youth Appreciation Day, all day at locations around Montrose.


Sept. 7 — Montrose Musicians Festival, time and location TBA. Sept. 7-8 — Black Canyon Horse Racing Association races at the Montrose County Faigrounds.

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240-5300. Montrose Aquatic Center — 25 Colorado Ave., 249-7705. Montrose County Historical Museum — 21 N. Rio Grande Ave., 249-2085. Montrose Regional Library — 320 S. Second St., 964-2551. Museum of the Mountain West —

July 19 — Wild Rose Skate Competition, 5:30 p.m. at Baldridge Skate Park. July 19 — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert, 5 p.m. at The Bridges. July 19-28 — Montrose County Fair & Rodeo, Montrose County Fairgrounds.

Aug. 22 — Jason Eady Band concert, 8 p.m. at the Turn of the Century Saloon.

Sept. 20-22 — Montrose Indians Nations Powwow at Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds. Sept. 27-29 — Western Collectibles Show at Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Faigrounds.

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A review of Montrose’s notable buildings tells a story in stone By Katharhynn Heidelberg


ake a look around Montrose, and you’ll see them, the stone giants built in bygone days, but still in use. Behind their imposing exteriors, Montrose’s historic stone buildings have a story to tell. Its conclusion? We’re here to stay. There can be no question that the Methodist church on Park Avenue was built to last. The church is a massive, double-brick walled affair (2 feet thick in places), fitted with beautiful stained glass and bearing a lathe, plaster and wood dome, also with stained glass. The building is surrounded on the exterior by sandstone blocks. The dome and church were designed by architect Thomas Barber, according to the churchproduced book, “Celebrating 100 Years.” The structure, completed in 1920, replaced an earlier Gothic-style church that was built in 1886. When you enter the sanctuary (which in May was closed for renovation), you are standing on what once was the roof: parishioners met in what is now the church’s sprawling downstairs while the rest was being built. Anybody can gaze up and admire the church’s beautiful dome, but few have the perspective of Dan Orlik, who works five days a week to maintain the historic building. Once a year, it falls to him to clean the dome. He has to crawl through narrow spaces and insulation to access the dome. “It’s almost like somebody has nailed slats to a tree house. You’re walking up the dome,” Orlik said in late May.

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Looking down from the third floor of the old Montrose County Courthouse through the open balcony. He affixes plywood across the wooden spokes of the dome to avoid falling through it. Orlik also discovered its original lighting. “The bulbs were all hand-blown bulbs. They were really early light bulbs,” he said. The dome formerly had a metal roof, which has been re-skinned. “It’s like a big membrane,” Orlik said. “We didn’t want to do anything on the inside until we had secured the roof.”

The other dome Montrose’s other domed building is the former Masonic temple in the 500 block of Main Street. It

is now home to the Journey Church on the second level and to businesses below. The building is easily recognized by its Egyptian-style columns on the exterior. Construction is brick with stone trim, according to the Montrose Historic Building Survey of 1999. The roof has corner piers with decorative plaques and a shaped parapet. There is a stone balcony with brackets and balustrade. The temple dome is also fitted with extraordinary stained glass. The price tag when it was built by Okey and White in 1911? An enviable $25,000, said Sally Johnson, curator for the Montrose County Historical Museum. While the upper levels were used as the Masonic temple, beneath — as now — businesses occupied the space. There was a mortuary, a clothing store and a printing shop, Johnson said. The temple also honored the body of the famous Chipeta, wife of Chief Ouray.

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Facilities director Ken Norris points out the original arch brick work that lines the entire stone structure of the old courtxhouse.

Some Montrose buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge (now the city annex) • Methodist Episcopal Church of Montrose (aka the United Methodist Church) • Montrose City Hall • Montrose County Courthouse • Montrose Masonic Temple • Sherman and Ross Block Building • The Thomas B. Townsend House (brick) • The U.S. Post Office Source: National Register of Historic Places. Other Montrose “places” that are not buildings, and structures that are not of stone construction, are also on the register. This list is intended as a sample and is not exhaustive.


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Looking up from the sanctuary at the dome in the United Methodist Church. “When Chipeta’s body was brought back in 1924, she was laid to rest in there until they got her final resting place prepared at the Ute Indian Museum,” Johnson said. The Masons moved on to new digs in 1979, according to previous newspaper articles.

A tower at church Every hour on the hour, bells chime from the United Methodist Church on Park Avenue. These are electronic, but the church is also home to an honest-to-goodness bell, and when you walk into the sanctuary foyer, you are, in fact, standing directly beneath the bell tower. “The old technology of the bells [is] differ-

ent from today’s,” Orlik said. He discovered just how different when the church was asked to ring the bell as part of the rededication of the Gunnison Tunnel in 2009 — the church had to hire a house-moving company to shore up the 42-inch cast-iron bell in order to take out the headpiece and have a new one installed. The softball-size clapper was replaced with a smaller one, one that wouldn’t hit the spring and risk breaking the bell. Orlik keeps the original clapper downstairs in a crate. It’s a hefty tool, and the wear is apparent. “Today, it’s a little more scientific. They’re able to find the sweet spot of the bell. ... The small clapper has made the bell more crisp,” Orlik said. Ringing the bell involves old-school technology, though — a rope.

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The Methodist church’s bell, prior to the replacement of the original clapper. Magazine • Summer 2013

A few blocks down from the Methodist Church, county residents buzz in and out of the historic courthouse on South First Street. The eyes take in the massive sandstone bricks on the exterior and the grillwork on the halfcircle windows high above, and it’s hard not to notice the columns. The interior also boasts columns; these are made of marble and help the courthouse serve one of its original intended purposes: a monu-

ment to those who fought in World War I. Its two circular balconies create depth and the illusion of a dome. They also retain the original wood and metal work. The sandstone bricks on the outside weigh between 4,000 and 6,500 pounds and were hauled to the site from the Kaleway quarry for cutting. Paid for by a property tax levy, the William Bowman-designed, and Okey and White-built structure was dedicated on Dec. 12, 1923, per the Historic Building Survey. Like the Masonic temple and the church, the courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a fine example of the classical revival style that was popular at the turn of the 20th Century. “(Bowman) wanted to use local resources,” said Ken Norris, facilities director for Montrose County. “He was an advocate for stone, even though it was much more expensive. He thought it was fitting for the county seat.” Bowman prevailed. “I think now everyone loves the building,” Norris said May 31, as he went over a 2011 historic assessment prepared for the county by Andrews and Andrews. The courthouse starts with spread-footing underground. Stone on the outer walls and several layers of brick on the inner walls lend strength to the floors. On the inside, builders poured pads and ran support columns up. A hipped roof of stone and ceramic tile

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covers the courthouse. Storm drains inside of the walls draw off the water. The Montrose County Courthouse is also bigger than you figure — it’s 34,000 square feet, spread over four floors. The ground-level floor and the next level house the county GIS department, assessor, clerk and recorder, and the treasurer’s offices. The upper levels, with their warren of rooms once used for court and the district attorney’s offices, are off limits to the public. These days, the upper levels have been stripped, courtesy of Delta Correctional Facility inmate labor, and marked with crack monitors, all in preparation for the hoped-for day when the two top floors can be restored to their former glory. Norris showed the tale-tale signs of where remodeling, including new walls, has taken place over the years. The original molding — in some places, wood and, in others, plaster painted to match the wood — stops when it hits a newer wall. The eastern courtroom has a false floor: It was built out from the existing floor supports, tied into the wall and cantilevered across, Norris said. Before this change, there had been a balcony from which people could watch court proceedings. Full restoration won’t take place any time soon. The price tag for all the necessary work is a jawdropping $5 million, with an Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant elevator alone estimated at $200,000. “In some ways, it’s harder than building a new building because you’re not starting with a blank piece of paper,” Norris said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s all doable. You don’t realize from the outside everything that’s on the inside.”

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Josie Roth, left, has played flute for the past five years while her older sister Kate has played violin for seven. With their mom, Beverly, accompanying them on guitar or piano, the girls began playing at a variety of venues together throughout the Western Slope.

Olathe’s Kate and Josie Roth make a community connection with music By Kyle Mittan


or Kate and Josie Roth, community is everything. Kate, who will be a senior next year at Olathe High School, and Josie, a junior, have spent their whole lives in the quaint farm town on U.S. 50, and they’ve made an impression on the people around them. They both play several instruments and are known throughout the area for their collaborative performances at a variety of venues, which quickly grew from family

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Josie Roth, left, rehearses with her sister Kate and her mother Beverly at Victory Baptist Church in Montrose where the family attends services. Magazine • Summer 2013

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Kate Roth cleans out a bay at Patriot Truck Wash, her family’s business in Montrose.

dinners and friends’ weddings to larger events as far away as Grand Junction. As graduation approaches for the both of them, the Roth sisters plan to stay close to their family and their hometown, with Kate looking at programs at Colorado Mesa University and Josie following in her mother’s footsteps by considering a career as a nurse.

Community involvement at an early age Raised in a white, early-1900s farmhouse just off Colo. 348, the Roths were home schooled until they were well into middle school. But that didn’t stop them from experiencing their share of community involvement. Their mother, Beverly, a pianist and guitarist, taught each of her four children to play piano at age 4, with the idea that they’d be able to play at Victory Baptist Church in Montrose for their congregation’s services. “Our goal was to have activities that we could participate in as a family,” Bev-

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Kate Roth runs a backhoe at Patriot Truck Wash in Montrose, the family company.

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Josie Roth works in the skid steer at Patriot Truck Wash, her family’s company in Montrose. Magazine • Summer 2013

erly said. “We did activities that kept us together as a family instead of going 14 different directions all the time. Music connects you to your church, to your community. It’s an incredible community service opportunity.” But music hasn’t been the girls’ only connection to their hometown. Both are seasoned 4-H participants, and they’ve each spent years showing a variety of animals, including lambs, chickens, goats, rabbits and dogs. As far as their mother is concerned, life on the farm — and also as helping hands for the family business at Patriot Truck Wash in Montrose — has come with some perks. “Raising them out here worked out really great,” Beverly Roth said, standing in the middle of their farm. “We never had to worry about them sneaking out and getting into trouble — they were always too tired.” Additionally, the pair played volleyball for the San Juan Christian Home Educators, an organization comprised of homeschooling parents in the Montrose area, and each have gone on to run track for Olathe schools. Even after years in a home-schooled environment, the two have come to know the Olathe and Montrose community well, and, in turn, have become well known themselves.

Musically inclined While their other siblings went on to pursue other activities, Kate and Josie stuck with music, and picked up other instruments along the way. Josie began playing flute five years ago, and Kate has played violin for seven years — one of the few strings players at Olathe High School, which lacks a strings program. “I like being pretty much the only strings player in Olathe,” she said. “You stand out a lot.” After three or four years, the Roths, with the help of their mother, became adept enough at their instruments to transcribe arrangements and begin performing. Ever since then, the sisters have been asked to perform at functions throughout the Western Slope, their mother transcribing the arrangements and accompanying them on either guitar or piano. “We started with the small stuff — friends’ dinners or small get-togethers and stuff like that,” Kate said. “It kind of snowballed from there.” The first large event that the two played was Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s annual gala in Grand Junction just last year. More recently, the two played at the annual fundraising dinner for the Future Business Leaders of

America’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter at Colorado Mesa University, where their older sister, Molly, has been attending. “That’s just been a great way to kind of get our names out there, down in Grand Junction, anyway,” Kate added. What started as a family-oriented activity has grown into something that the Roth sisters actively pursue, and they’ll perform any chance they get. “We’ve really gotten big in the last three years,” Josie said, “just because we’ve got to the point where we were advanced enough we could play for other people in a large audience.” The girls’ time on stage hasn’t been exclusively together. The two are both in community ensembles, with Kate playing in the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Josie with the Montrose Community Band. Still, nothing beats playing with family. “It’s definitely easier because you’re more comfortable with everybody,” Josie said. “You kind of know just out of experience how everyone plays.”

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The real cowgirls of Montrose County

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These women have found a home in the saddle

By Mike Easterling


or Kelley Sanburg, life has always been best viewed from atop a horse. The Uncompahgre Valley native had her first horse, Pansy, before she was 3, and Sanburg rode her bareback until her teens. “I’d just grab her mane and shinny up her leg,” Sanburg said, recalling how she learned to mount Pansy without help. It may not have been the most conventional way to climb aboard, but Pansy didn’t seem to mind. Sanburg and her horse quickly reached an understanding, one that would be fine-tuned over years of exploring the local countryside together. “She was my partner,” Sanburg said, “and we’d just strike off in any direction.” That kind of adventuring came naturally to Sanburg, whose family has lived on and worked the land in the valley for generations. She and her brothers — selfproclaimed “ranch kids” — were fearlessly climbing aboard animals and heading off for the horizon when city kids of the same age were still taking their tentative first forays on bikes with training wheels. “Anything that had hair, it was fair game for riding,” Sanburg explained matter-of-factly. Though she is from a different generation, the upbringing of Olathe teenager Taylor Gibson was no different. Riding has been an everyday part of her life for many years now, along with caring for steers, pigs, lambs and, of course, horses. One of her first, and fondest, memories centers on a family horseback ride in the mountains when she was 3. The tiny girl found herself astride a huge brown horse and nestled in her father’s arms, bouncing in the saddle as the animal traversed the trail. But rather than feeling overwhelmed by the sensation, Gibson

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Rancher Kelley Sanburg cuts a field of hay with her dog north of Montrose. Magazine • Summer 2013

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Show pony Rebel stands patiently as Taylor Gibson tightens the bridle around her head. reveled in it, realizing she had found a home. From that moment on, she said, she was a cowgirl — and if she has her way, she always will be. Once she was old enough to ride by herself at age 6, she said, Gibson, too, eschewed saddles and clambered aboard her horse bareback. “I love riding with no saddle,” she said. “That made me the rider I am today.” Come fall, the 16-year-old Gibson will be a junior at Olathe High School, where her sister Tasha, 18, will be a senior. Both the Gibson girls have embraced the cowgirl lifestyle wholeheartedly, though that doesn’t mean they don’t participate in other activities, as well. Taylor, for instance, is also a volleyball and basketball player, and she takes part in summer workouts for both teams as part of a daily routine — two riding sessions, feeding and caring for several animals, and working at the family business (Rocking W Cheese) — that begins at 5 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. “Then I go back the next day and do it all over again,” she said. So much for those lazy summer days of childhood. But neither Gibson nor Sanburg have any regrets about their lifestyle or feel like they’re missing anything. Sanburg, in fact, goes so far as to express regret for city kids who don’t grow up with the same opportunities she had and who haven’t learned the self-reliance that comes with her upbringing. She had her taste of “city life” when she went off to college at Colorado State University in the early 1980s, and she

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didn’t particularly care for it. “It was a good experience because you can never knock a good education,” she said of her time in Fort Collins, which culminated in 1984 with her earning a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from CSU. But she also regarded it as a necessary evil. “I didn’t adapt too well — and never have — to being around a lot of other people,” she said. “I could not deal with being caged up and being in the city.” The teenaged Sanburg got her fill of dorm life after one semester and moved into an 18-foot camper outside town. “I had a .38 special and a dog, and that was my life,” she said. Sanburg breezed through school in three a half years, delivering pizzas to help make ends meets, and beat a path back to the Western Slope. “I wanted to get here, and I wanted to get back to the life I knew,” she said. “I missed it terribly. I could have survived in the city, but it would not have been pretty.” Sanburg paused long enough to get married to her boyfriend Monte, another Montrose native she had been friends with since the seventh grade, though she remembers him mostly from ag class at Montrose Middle School as “an obnoxious little turkey.” Sanburg had often watched reruns of “The Little Rascals” as a child, and when she looked across the table at Monte, she thought, “Holy crap, it’s Alfalfa!” Their relationship didn’t blossom until one day after school a few years later when Sanburg’s brother was supposed to give her a ride home. He pawned her off on Monte instead, and the trip gave the two a chance to talk for the first time and become friends. By 1984, they had known each other for years, and when Monte was seriously injured in a mining accident, Sanburg spent a lot of time at his side in the hospital as he recovered. That spawned their decision to get married, she said. “It was kind of this experience that kicks you in the backside and makes you move or not,” she explained in her trademark understated fashion. “We thought about it a little bit and decided to get married.” Their partnership now includes

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Taylor Gibson has plans to go off to college, but she never plans on venturing away from the cowgirl lifestyle. Magazine • Summer 2013

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Taylor Gibson pushes her speed horse Reba around the barrels during a 4-H practice at the Montrose County Fairgrounds. running cattle on their own 80 acres east of Montrose, but they also help work the land Sanburg’s family owns or leases that stretches from the Big Cimarron to Ridgway to Olathe. They also operate Coffeepot High Country Outfitters Inc., a service that offers big-game hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures. It’s a demanding life, and Sanburg acknowledges that she and her husband have had their share of bumps and bruises along the way. But she also describes them as being as comfortable together as an old pair of Levi’s. She didn’t hesitate when asked to describe why their partnership is so good. “The fact that we don’t spend a whole lot of time together,” she said, laughing uproariously. In the fall, during hunting season, when the outfitting business is in full swing, she said, it’s not unusual for her to go weeks at a time seeing very little of her husband — or anyone else besides clients. Sanburg has a good time on the trail regaling those clients with

outlandish stories — “You can see them looking at you sometimes out of the corner of their eye, trying to figure out if you’re pulling their leg,” she said — but she describes Coffeepot as “the real deal,” an outfitter that takes its customers into some serious back country, providing them with an experience that may be more than they bargained for. It’s Sanburg’s job to keep them safe and happy, even when the weather or the wildlife don’t cooperate. To the uninitiated, the life of a cowgirl may seem idyllic. But Sanburg is no stranger to stress. “I would say several times a day,” she said, describing how often she feels her blood pressure rising. “It’s quite stressful. I’ve gotten my butt chewed out from a Forest Service ranger and clients, I’ve gotten chased by bears and (mountain) lions, I’ve had my gun misfire and I’ve had a bull elk chase me. But mostly, anytime you’re dealing with the public, you better get a firm handful of leather because you’re going to get it.”


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Ranchers and old friends Lanah Hutt, left, and Kelley Sanburg take a break from the afternoon sun and tell stories of area ranchers on Hutt’s ranch in Olathe.

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Taylor Gibson has served as a Montrose County Fair & Rodeo queen attendant, but she spends much of her time engaging in the less-glamorous aspects of the cowgirl life.

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All the same, the time she gets to spend aboard one of her horses makes it all worth it, Sanburg said. At various times of the year, that can before dawn to after dark, she said. “I love horses because most of ‘em — but not all of ‘em — are innocent,” she said. “All they want to do is be respected and be your friend. They’re such majestic animals. If you put your mind in a horse’s head, you’d wonder, ‘Why in the world would an animal that strong, that big, allow a puny little human to do the things to them we do to ‘em?’ “ For Sanburg, the answer to that question is simple — just because they choose to. “They’re just precious animals,” she said. “When you look into their eyes and study their behavior, when you watch them and see how they watch you, it’s easy to see how some horses want to be your friend. Then again, some horses just want to get the job done and be left alone.” Sanburg said all horses have a distinct personality. Cows, on the other hand, are pretty much all alike. “If they get a chance to stomp you and smash you and crap down your Levi’s leg, they’re

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pretty much going to do it,” she said. Gibson already feels a special kinship with her horses. She breathlessly relates the story of how she tripped during a roping competition once and wound up under her horse, marveling at how the animal instantly became still so as not to injure her, then nudging her to make sure she was OK. It’s a sense of responsibility that cuts both ways, Gibson said. “Just having your horse that you can connect with and do anything with,” she said, describing her philosophy of how that sense of mutual trust and appreciation is established. “It’s a responsibility all cowgirls have.” After graduation, Gibson has plans to go off to college — perhaps to join the rodeo team at Colorado Northwestern Community College or maybe the equestrian team at Baylor University in Waco, Texas — but she doesn’t ever plan on turning her back on the cowgirl lifestyle. “I think I’m going to be a ranch girl my whole life,” she said. “When I get married and have kids, I want to show this life to my kids and see if they would like to do it.” Sanburg wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love my horses,” she said. “That’s where I’m in the least amount of pain. That’s where I’m most comfortable, watching the country go by and breathing that clear mountain air and going on. It’s a good life for me. “It’s not a life most people would choose, but I’m happy as a clam with my horse, my dog, my rifle and a whole lot of country around me.”


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A pond and waterfall have become the focal point of the patio at the Margetts residence.

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Lori Hartman brought in white sand to add to the beach-like atmopshere of the Mai Tai Room hidden beneath the deck.

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turned out well.” Tobin’s basic structure started with a dome-shaped piece of metal set into a stone foundation. He welded the burner unit into the metal dome and covered unit with broken glass. His practical piece of art is topped off with pieces of metal pipe he improved to look like logs. “It’s great because we can enjoy the fire at the flip of a switch, and you don’t go inside at the end of the night smelling like smoke,” he added.

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or four solid weekends last spring, Montrose resident Pat Tobin researched, drafted and created a gas fireplace for his patio. Now, with his feet propped up on the stone foundation and a cold drink in his hand, he said this year he plans on spending the summer testing it out. “It’s been worth it. Being out here watching the stars at night is great,” Tobin said. “It’s relaxing and gets us away from the TV. We are having good conversations with our kids — conversations we wouldn’t have otherwise.” During a large part of the year at the Tobin residence, life in the living room, kitchen and dining room is replaced by excursions outside to take advantage of a grill, sun shades and patio furniture. The gas fire ring has become the centerpiece, Tobin said. “I found some of the parts at Recla Metals, got the burner online and made the rest myself,” he said. “I had to brush up on my welding some, but it

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Ashley Shearer and Dylan Tobin leave their refreshments on the patio for a round of disc golf during a recent evening.

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The Hartman family shares its patio with several chickens. Magazine • Summer 2013

The Tobin family keeps the rest of the patio simple. There is plenty of room to move around, shade, tiki torches and just enough landscaping for color, but not enough to require much maintenance. Southwest of town, Dick and Kathleen Margetts said their patio has been evolving, but now they are where they want to be — outside, enjoying it. They installed their centerpiece a couple of years ago. Now, the first thing to attract the attention of guests is a 400-gallon pond with a cascading waterfall. “If we are still considering another water feature, we really enjoy the pond,” Dick said. “We leave it running all year, and it really doesn’t require much work.” Although the Margetts have spent a substantial amount of time turning their patio into what it is today, with dozens of flower pots and elaborate rock work, it was done with the goal of requiring less work in the future. “It is low maintenance. That’s what we like. The way we had it set up before was really hard to keep up with,” Kathleen said. “Now, we have the flowers in barrels instead of in beds, and they are all on a drip system. It uses less water, and it is easier to take care of.”

Half-barrel flower pots, old wagon wheels and angular rockwork give the patio an old mining atmosphere. The patio is well shaded with natural vegetation, yet there is plenty of room to move around, especially when the grandchildren come to visit. “The girls will come in and bring their rusty treasures that they find. And they move things around, but there is lots of room,” Dick said. Slightly downhill from the main patio, which features a grill, dining area and plenty of open space, a smaller shaded patio is where the young ones like to play. The areas that are not concrete are mostly clear, creating the feeling of an open forest floor. “We sit out here most evenings,” Dick said. “It has been a whole lot more simple lately. We used to spend all our time working on it. Now we sit here and enjoy it.” Some of the techniques used by the Margetts are growing in popularity, according to Trina Donahue, general manager of Camelot Gardens. “Container gardening is big this year, especially with the drought,” Donahue said. “It is great for people with small places, the elderly or those who just don’t want to commit to a large garden.”

Donahue said pots and half barrels are the most common containers, but she has seen people plant container gardens in antique wheelbarrows and old bathtubs. “You can use just about anything and plant them with just about anything,” she said. “People find all types of containers at estate sales and things. And with smaller containers, it is not so overwhelming to keep them looking good.” She added that small tomato plants, herb gardens and plenty of ornamentals are easily planted in smaller containers. Larger devices, like half-barrels, can even accommodate a variety of plant species. One container often found on a patio that probably shouldn’t be planted in is a hot tub. Joe Derence of Hot Water Productions said no grill, fireplace or water feature takes the lead role on his patio. The tub is the main attraction. “I use my hot tub most evenings and some mornings. It’s nice sitting in there with a fire going nearby,” Derence said. “Just like any patio, it is a place for family gatherings. It’s a good time to talk to your kids. They really open up to you because they like getting in, too.” For those interested in putting in a hot tub on their patio, or for those who already have one, Derence recommends having some sort of shade structure to get the most use out of it during warmer months. Lori Hartman has a hot tub on her patio and said it is something her family uses year round. But the hot tub at the Hartman home is far from the main theme. In fact, the patio has a variety of features. On one end of the fenced-in yard is the Dorothy House. Hartman calls it that because during a powerful windstorm, it managed to lift off the ground and land somewhere else in the neighborhood. A second gazebo serves as the bar and entertainment center when the Hartman family plays host to its annual Fourth of July party. Hartman’s pride and joy is the Mai Tai Room. Complete with white-sand floors, it temporarily takes visitors far away from the Rocky Mountains. “I grew up on Long Island, so I needed the dunes and the sand,” she said. “I had to bring in the sand, but now it is my getaway.” As Hartman enjoys a novel while reclining in her hammock, only the sound of chickens interrupts the light reggie or beach music. That’s right, chickens — eight of them. “When our kids left the house, my husband feared the empty-nest syndrome,” Hartman said. “Next thing I knew, the bathtub in the kids’ room was full of chicks. But now they make a great addition the patio. I’m from Long Island. I never dreamed of having chickens, but they are adorable.” The chickens now forage around the gardens. They have become part of the family’s relaxation area, entertainment zone and home-away-from-thehouse. “I spend a lot of time out there, especially this time of the year,” she said. “I have been working on that patio every day for 18 years. I really enjoy it, and there are day’s I’m out there from the morning until dark.”

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Leann Tobin and Lori Hartman listen to a fireside story beside the homemade gas fireplace that serves as the new centerpiece on the Tobin patio.


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Wonder woman

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Real estate agent Mandy Norris-Snell sits on the patio of her new home in Olathe. She now is the broker of her own company, Norris-Snell Real Estate.

Olathe grad takes pride in hard work, being successful in all aspects of life

By Matt Lindberg


t’s early on a weekday spring afternoon when Mandy Norris-Snell walks into the Looney Bean Coffee Roasting Company in Montrose, and it takes very little time for everyone inside to recognize she possesses self-confidence and a distinct country charm, the latter of which stems from her being born and raised in Olathe. She and an older man she has never met reach the counter at the same time, and when he suggests she place her order first, she politely declines and happily waits her turn. One gets the sense that while Norris-Snell is confident, she’s also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. That confidence comes from what she has been able to accomplish in the past decade and how she has gone about doing it. The Olathe native, who now considers Montrose home, never had childhood dreams of being a princess or a movie star like many little girls do. Instead, she had targeted estate as her career as early as Magazine • Summer 2013

middle school. “Real estate was very appealing to me because I could visit a lot of places and meet a lot of people,” Norris-Snell explained. “It’s basically unlimited in terms of where you want to take the business.” The 45 minutes she spent enjoying her coffee that afternoon was unusual in that Norris-Snell doesn’t often have that kind of time to spare. In addition to being a wife and proud mother of two, she has used the experience she gained working for others to become the broker of her own company, Norris-Snell Real Estate, which handles home, land and commercial sales. She also manages to find time to do contract work for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which might leave an observer guessing how she handles all that, finds time to

Mandy Norris-Snell facts: Favorite movie: “Walk the Line.” Favorite musician: Miranda Lambert. Favorite thing to cook: Anything over the campfire. Favorite TV show: “Nashville.” If you weren’t a real estate broker, you would be: “Working on a political career with hopes of becoming the governor.” Best advice ever received: “If it was easy, they wouldn’t call it work.” Favorite activity: Taking my kids camping and Jeeping in the San Juans.

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The members of the Norris-Snell family — Mandy Norris-Snell, left, Colton, Reagan and Isaac Snell — pose for a photo at Riverbottom Park. Norris-Snell’s husband used to play for the Denver Broncos.


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The members of the Norris-Snell family load up for an adventure in the family Jeep. Norris-Snell said one of her favorite activities is to go camping with her family. sleep and still is able to carve out a few minutes to enjoy a cup of joe once in a while. “I’ve always had a lot on my plate,” Norris-Snell said. “I’ve always taken on a lot, but I don’t like sitting around.” The home that Norris-Snell and her two older brothers lived in throughout their childhood is the same house her parents still reside in today. She graduated from OHS in 2003 and said growing up in the Olathe/Montrose communities played a big part in who she has become. “I liked Olathe schools because classes were small, and we were all a tight-knit group,” Norris-Snell recalled. “It was a good little town to grow up in. I didn’t know anything different.” Before graduating high school, Norris-Snell did an independent study project with a local real estate agent. After completing high school, she attended Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University, in Montrose to earn her associate’s degree in two years while working as an assistant for two local Re/Max Alpine View agents in town, Doug Phillips and Vicki Jones. By 2004, she had earned her real estate license and worked as an agent for Re/Max until August 2007. “I loved it,” she said. “I absolutely loved it.” But the combination of a slumping local real estate market and her desire to conquer new territory resulted in NorrisSnell deciding to take an opportunity to work for Xcel Energy as a corporate real estate specialist in downtown Denver. The job required her to manage Xcel Energy’s portfolio, ranging from skyscrapers to power plant properties, in multiple states.

“Being young, I wanted to see what the big city was all about and if it was at all like what it was cracked up to be,” NorrisSnell said. While living in Denver, Norris-Snell met her future husband, Isaac Snell, through at the end of 2007. She and Isaac, who was on the Denver Broncos roster at the time, had gotten to know one another, but she didn’t know he was a professional football player until they met up after a game in Denver. In 2008, the couple got married. “He was so down to earth and had a great sense of humor,” Norris-Snell said. “We had a lot of the same interests and same goals in life. Isaac is my rock.” Said Isaac: “She’s just a nice and fun person to be around. I love that she treats

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Real estate agent Mandy Norris-Snell poses in front of a local home she has listed for sale. Norris-Snell said she knew she wanted to be a real estate agent since she was in middle school. Magazine • Summer 2013


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everyone with respect. She’s beautiful, smart and motivated. I love that she’s motivated.” Norris-Snell quit her job in 2009 to take care of her newborn son and be with her husband in South Dakota, as he had signed on with an arena football squad there. She said while her job in Denver was difficult, she learned a lot from it. “My job in Denver was so complex, and I was definitely out of my comfort zone,” Norris-Snell said. “I did a lot of high-profile commercial projects, but it made it so I could do my own thing.” The Snells moved to Montrose in 2009 after Isaac suffered an injury that ended his football career and because it was important for her that her children were around her own family. “I had a great childhood,” she said. “My parents made everything so fun and put us first. I’m so in love with the country and very family oriented, so I wanted my children to experience that.” But, she acknowledged that her experience in Denver played a huge role in her development. “My Xcel job — sitting in a tiny cubical in a skyscraper, clocking in and clocking out — I didn’t enjoy that too much,” she said. So when Norris-Snell returned to the Western Slope, she began attending Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to finish her bachelor’s degree in business administration, which she earned in 2010. In December 2009, she opened her own real estate company, which has continued to blossom in Montrose and Delta counties since. “It keeps getting better,” she said. “I feel like my business has been improving, and the market is coming back. I’ve certainly put in the work to make it a success, and I hope it continues to get better and better.” Norris-Snell, mother of 4-year-old son Colton and 1-year-old daughter Reagan, said she enjoys spending time with her family, participating in activities such as climbing mountains or camping. She said she appreciates her family for supporting her career. “My kids keep me extremely busy, but they are a blessing,” she said. “I have so much on my plate, but luckily we’re all flexible. I enjoy that my kids get to see me and my business grow. I hope it helps them learn that they can do anything if they put their minds to it. My family has also been supportive and told me I could do anything.” Her business may be doing well, but NorrisSnell hopes to keep expanding it. “I know where I want to go, and what I would like to do is build a company I can grow across the Western Slope, across the state,” she explained. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity, and I see that. I know if I keep my mind to it, I can do it.” But, while she wants to grow her company, she doesn’t plan to relocate again. “I’ve been to a lot of places, but nothing compares,” she said, smiling. “You can’t find a place more beautiful. It’s just home to me.”



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Debbie Matheny, left, and her husband Fred Matheny arrive at the finish line on their tandem bicycle after completing the Mission to Ride fundraiser in May.

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Firefighter Troye Floyd eats some barbecue at the Mission to Ride event at the Montrose Pavilion in May.

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Rod Lundin relaxes at the Mission to Ride finish line party at the Montrose Pavilion in May.

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Hazel Pollard, left, and Leslie Rossman get a closer look at some fish sculptures at the Around the Corner Art Gallery during a First Friday Stroll.

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Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard attends the third annual Western Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony in May. © 2013 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. (964488_08785)



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Out & About

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Francie Smiles, left, and Phyllis Wiesner attend the Black Canyon Jet Center’s public announcement of its donation to Bosom Buddies on June 1. Nate Wick

Debra Getter, left, and Jay Thoe, right, receive flowers from their daughter, Montrose High senior Amanda Thoe, during the final home game of the season at Montrose High School in May.

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Don Coram, left, his wife Dianna Coram and Geri Bates attend a reception for artist Bob DeJulio at the Around the Corner Gallery in May. Nate Wick

Evelyn Brewer, left, Nathan Brewer, Sarah Brewer and Everett Brewer attend the Dig into Reading summer kickoff event at the Montrose Regional Library on June 1.

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Out & About

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Hallie Geise, left, Barrett Beshoar and Sunne Steenburgen enjoy themselves at the Montrose Wine & Food Festival.

One in four people will have a mental disorder in a given year. Take a free screening:


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Jeff Davis, left, Tracy Johnson and Asa Florian enjoy a break from the action at the Montrose Wine & Food Festival.

D ENTAL Dental Care for Your Overall Health

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Brothers Daniel, left, and Dominick English pose at the Montrose Farmers Market in May.

“Your Hometown Dentist”

Call now for an appointment

249-1733 140 S. Uncompahgre Ave.

Tobler Dental promotes long-term, quality dental care. Emergency services are also available. M

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Parting Shot

Where the grass is greener Nate Wick

A pair of horses graze in a green pasture on Chipeta Road. Magazine • Summer 2013

Get DOWNtown for In

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Award-winning summer festival along a packed Main Street with entertainment, family activities, shopping, dining, & more!

Every Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm from June 6 - August 22

Montrose Farmers Market The best produce and crafts the Western Slope has to offer in one great location.

Every Saturday, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm from May 11 to October 26 Every Wednesday, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm from July to September Along S. 1st & Uncompahgre

Downtown arts scene

Renewest First Friday Stroll 1st Friday of every month Main Street • 5:30 - 8pm

A night on the town with artist demonstrations, wine & beer tastings, prize drawings & store promotions.

interactive art crawl 3rd Thursday of every month Main Street (West of Townsend) 5:30 - 8pm Building community and highlighting downtown's unique west side with interactive music, drama, dance, & fine arts.

Public Art experience (pax)

Over 35 sculptures displayed on the streets of downtown!

Celebration of Art & Culture Friday, October 4th 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A special evening of art, wine & beer, culinary delights, shopping & the unveiling of new public art.


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Local Art & Handmade Gifts

447 E. Main Street in MontroseÕs Historic Downtown

Design Gallery Photography on canvas by Kane Scheidegger Crystal Lake 18”x47”

Open Sundays 11:00 Ð 4:00 All Summer!

Also available in larger or smaller sizes.

Over 20 Local Artists ................. Over 20 Locally Made Flavors

Featuring 30+ Artists and Authors Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, note cards, gifts & more. “Hilo Coast  Orchid”          Watercolor  20  X  16            Loretta  Casler

Open 10:30 Ð 5:30 Monday Ð Saturday

970-249-4243 XNLV95529


Open for Main in Motion this Summer!


10am-4pm Sun 513 E. Main Street 10am-9pm Mon-Wed Montrose, CO 81401 10am-10pm Thurs-Sat WWW.AYDESIGNGALLERY.COM FACEBOOK.COM/AD1125



Meet Me Downtown!

is now available at DeVinny’s.




An Eclectic Variety of Art • Furniture • Home Décor • Gifts Jewelry • Bath & Body Fragrances and So Much More XNLV93255

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Lafonn offers extravagant and sophisticated designs. Sterling silver, platinum and gold plated jewelery pieces makes this line shine with Lassiere lab-grown corundum gemstones. Come on in and let us assist you.


Old fashioned ice cream soda fountain

Hand Made Sodas and Phosphates

Colorado Made Ice Cream

Local Chocolates &

Vintage Candies

We have the nicest buns in town! We have amazing handcrafted gourmet buns. Use them for your next barbecue or just for that perfect sandwich. We have Whole Wheat blend, Virginia Butter and Cheddar Garlic. Order yours today.

OPEN 10am-9pm • 345 E. Main St. • 970-240-6969


Ask about our vintage soda fountain history!

Great Harvest Bread Co. 347 East Main Street Montrose, Co 81401 970-252-7152 Mon.-Fri 7am-6pm Sat 7am-4pm

Meet Me Downtown!


: Monday Nights

3 BEERS & $ TACOS 1 hihuahua


Fabula is THE place to go for

from Ah C



Enjoy a finely crafted brew in our historic building. With its rustic theme, hardwood floors and roughcut beams there seems no better place to enjoy a cold one.


Mon-Thur: 4pm-9pm | Fri & Sat: 1pm-10pm | Sun: 1pm-8pm 147 N. 1st Street • Montrose • 1/4 mile North of W. Main

306 E Main Street • Downtown Montrose, CO 81401


Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm • Sun 11am-4pm



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