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about the cover In this photo: Nick Espinoza of Denver, a right leg below the knee amputee, takes part in the 4th annual ‘Behind the Boat’ Steamboat Water Sports Camp. The event, organized by local residents Craig & Andy Kennedy of Access Anything and in conjunction with Adaptive Adventures, took place just east of town at Bald Eagle Lake, which was donated for the camp by Ed & June MacArthur of Native Excavating. Nick is an accomplished adaptive skier who can do deep water starts as well as some trick skiing, and will often be seen one-foot barefoot skiing and even body surfing off the boom. While he was at the camp as a participant, Nick is also a volunteer instructor with Adaptive Adventures and is a regular at the Steamboat camp. This three day camp ( July 22-24) included two days of waterskiing and wakeboarding at Bald Eagle Lake and a float trip on the Colorado River with the Colorado River Center. JULY 30 - AUGUST 12, 2009 VOLUME 9 : ISSUE 16

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Meet the locals

Chelsea Yepello - 'Scopes to Live By: A Steamboat local since monkeys could walk on two feet and has been the Scope lady for five-ish years. Chelsea is the only known survivor of the governmental experiment of ingesting Pop Rocks and soda at the same time.

Council On Aging Lunch Program

by ThomasReuter

The Local • Steamboat Springs Editor-in-Chief - Thomas Reuter: Thomas is a Colorado Native and a resident of Steamboat since 1993. He and his wife, Kimberley are fueled by love for each other, travelling and the outdoors.

Michelle Dover - Get Lit: As the Circulation Manager at Bud Werner Library and the facilitator of the Library Book Club she freely enjoys talking books all day. She has six children, a dog Julie and a fish named Che.

Senior Editor-Joe Carney: Layout, Boatload of Entertainment, Movie Reviews and Calenders.

Lena Franzen: - According to Astrology: Lena originally from Sweden, has been a Massage Therapist here in Steamboat since 1986. She has been practicing Astrology since 1995. Her office is on 2955 Village Drive (corner of Walton Creek Road).

Paul and Ellen Bonnifield - Our Story: Researching and writing together for over 35 years and they still like each other. Writing, he is loquacious, she taciturn; verbally, they reverse roles. Both enjoy the outdoors, laughing and dancing.

Aimee Kimmey - Comic Stripper: Born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado I moved to Steamboat in 1993. I fell in love with the Mountain, but I stayed for the community. The sheriff in my life is my husband Scott, aka my tech support and web designer.

Inebriated Informant: The Inebriated Informant seeks solace in the large bosom of The Steamboat Local. Due to his near-continuous inebriation he chooses to hide his identity in anonymity - like Batman.

Jonah Weil - "Walks Like a Duck" Comic Strip: Jonah Weil, 12, is the cartoonist of “Walks Like a Duck.” He lives in Boulder, CO, but he enjoys visiting Steamboat often. He is a student at Rocky Mountain School.

Dr. Dawn Obrecht - Dr. Dawn's Rx: Dr. Dawn is the only MD addiction medicine specialist on Colorado’s western slope. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and teaches a course to medical students at CU Denver.

Chris Walsh- The ? Comic: A sketchy comic scribbler for The Local since 2001, Chris enjoys chick drinks, anything with curry, and break dancing. When he’s not rangering, he’s guitaring, skiing, or oil painting with little-bitty brushes.

Dagny (silent "G") McKinley - Audrey Rose: With an MFA from Naropa University and a past filled with ‘real’ jobs, she can no longer get her head out of the mountains and her heart away from adventure.

Justin Barker and Teresa Villarroya Bronchal: Justin Barker has left town again to chase the almighty dollar in Saudi Arabia. Teresa Villarroya Bronchal is waiting. Will he come back mounted proud upon a gleaming horse flying down out of the sky or crawling on his belly up from out of the sand?

"KatNThaHat" - Sports: T.D. Counts aka “That guy”. Snuck over the pass in 2000 and was hooked. Now on the radio, 1230 am ESPN radio, Monday and Thursday, 4-6pm. Born in Pasadena, CA, raised in Long Island, NY and a graduate in psychology from UWGB.

Scott L. Ford - Do You See What I See? Columnist for The Local since January 2003. Retired from CMC, he is currently a volunteer in several Yampa Valley economic development projects. He is married with three adult children and a chocolate Labrador Retriever, Tobias.

Nacho Neighbor: Graduate of Lehigh University and best described as a “practicing hedonist”. He likes his beef rare, martinis shaken, and his women conscious. He is all about Routt. His mantra: If you’re gonna be stupid, ya gotta be tough!

Charlie Holthausen -  Captain Carburetor's Shop Talk: Born in northern NJ, he has called Steamboat home since 1995. Founder of Black Diamond Automotive and Master certified for over 25 years. Recently he has been working on building an “Art Car” for the Burning Man Art Festival.

Leslie Faulkner-Steamy Boat: Leslie likes licking lollipops while lustfully longing for luscious lovers.

Angela Ashby- is a Broker Associate with Prudential Steamboat Realty and is Steamboat’s first certified EcoBroker®. She is currently co-chair for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Green Building Program.

Joe Philibotte was visiting his brother in Steamboat in February when he saw a help wanted ad for a cook at the Routt County Council on Aging’s daily lunch program. Armed with a culinary arts degree and experience managing restaurants back in his home of Massachusetts, he was offered the position and he jumped at the opportunity to move to the mountains. Now Joe cooks for 20-30 seniors each day at the new Community Center just west of downtown Steamboat. Mario Profeta ended up in Steamboat in a similar fashion. Hailing from New Jersey, he was visiting his daughter here a couple of years ago and he jokes that she wouldn’t let him leave. He likes it here though and he is impressed with the food

that Joe dishes up each day. “You never leave anything on your plate when he’s cooking,” Mario commented after polishing off a lunch of cheesy beef and vegetable casserole, squash, side salad and a brownie sundae for desert. The Council on Aging’s lunch program is available to all residents of Routt County and offers lunch each weekday except for Wednesdays. There is Joe Philibotte dishes up lunch at the a $3 suggested donation Community Center on July 27th. for diners over 60 and a $6 suggested donation for diners under that age. Most days after lunch there are activities for anyone interested in sticking around and socializing, including guest speakers, bingo, and movies. For more information about the program, call 8790633. Local resident Mario Profeta enjoying lunch.

“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”-Mark Twain

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Editor’s Notes - Thomas Reuter

Super Sweet Sleeping Bag ThomasReuter The Local • Steamboat Springs I like to sleep. I also like to go camping. Unfortunately, these two things do not always go hand in hand. Even when the conditions are good and the ground is flat, sleeping bags never seem to be able to keep me happy all night. The main problem is that mummy bags always cause my shoulder and arm to fall asleep. And since I am unwilling to pack a big heavy slumber party bag into the woods, my only option is to roll over every 30 minutes and wait for my other arm to fall asleep. This process results in a very unpleasant night of thrashing about and by morning I am exhausted and irritated. Resolved to not spend another summer sleeping poorly in the outdoors, this year I devised a solution and commissioned Janel from Witchin’ Stichin’ to sew some parka sleeves on

my sleeping bag. Now I can stick my underneath arm out to the side like I do when I’m in bed at home. I pull the other arm into the bag for warmth and I sleep cozy all night. This solution works so well in fact that I was sure there must be a sleeping bag manufacturer with such a model. But there is not. The only bag I could find with sleeves is a German Army model not sold in the US. I’ve made Bill at Big Agnes aware of this and I am trying to convince him of the value of my design, but he seems unconvinced. If anyone else likes this idea, make sure to call BAP and tell them to develop a bag with sleeves. In the meantime, call Janel at 846-5226 and have her tailor something for you. Then lay back with your hands behind your head and relax.


Greenbelts Condemned by City for Road Construction •Multiple citizens have brought it to the attention of The Local that greenbelts adjoining West Acres Mobile Home Park - which were originally dedicated for the permanent use, enjoyment, and recreation of the residents of the park - are being taken by the City of Steamboat with no plans to replace them or in any way compensate the residents for their appropriation. At the August 4th Steamboat Springs City Council meeting the residents of West Acres plan to protest this action. Key points to be raised will include: * This appropriation of land by the City is a violation of both the letter and the spirit of its own subdivision regulations and constitutes an outright revocation of prior compliance with such subdivision regulations by the original developer. * This appropriation of land by the City is a violation of its own open space policies and flies directly in the face of the language of its own published study: Steamboat Springs Area Open Space & Trails Master Plan, August 2008, in which it is stated: p. 4: …population growth and development in Steamboat Springs’ urban area has intensified the importance of open space and park lands to the community…Steamboat Springs residents highly cherish their open space resources…75% of respondents rate open space acquisition and preservation as “very important”…open space acquisition and preservation are the highest ranking among all public facility improvements… p. 52: …for those properties categorized as open space, it is important to assure that the City clearly states that these properties are intended to remain in an undeveloped condition in perpetuity and managed to protect and enhance their natural values and provide public access as appropriate…City Council should take action to officially declare that all properties included within the open space inventory are intended to remain as open space… * This appropriation of land directly

conflicts with the stringent open space requirements the City imposes on developers---a hypocritical double standard. * The City seeks to take---with zero compensation---something of significant value from the very people who were to be the beneficiaries in perpetuity of that thing, as ruled in part in a previous Routt District Court action (06CV174): Greenbelt A was intended for the residential use of the residents of the mobile home park. The City=s estate in the Greenbelts is a limited fee. The City=s fee ownership is subject to the limitation that the City use the Greenbelts in a manner not inconsistent with

the purposes of their dedications.” * An independent appraiser has determined that the appropriation of this land will decrease the value of the residents’ and mobile homes and leases by an aggregate total of over $400,000. This does not take into account diminishment in their overall quality of life. * The City is violating the precedent set

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”-Mark Twain

when---without any law suit being filed---it compensated every trailer owner in Fish Creek Trailer Park $5,000 upon construction of the bike path between the Park and the Yampa River. And that was 12-15 years ago when real estate values were significantly lower, and the dollar significantly higher, than today. Moreover (at least in certain ways) the bike path enhanced the value of the Fish Creek units--certainly not the case with the construction of “Victory Way,” a road that will serve the Residents of West Acres in no way whatsoever, and one to which they will have no direct access. * The City is currently holding public meetings and bringing together focus groups to seek input from adjoining property owners and residents regarding proposed changes to the Valentine and Riverside Parks, a process studiously avoided in this case. This and the City’s compensation of the Fish Creek Trailer park residents constitute instances of the City treating different groups of citizens in fundamentally different ways. This is a violation of the “Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. * The “Public Trust Doctrine” is the principle that certain public resources are preserved for public use and that the govern-

ment is required to maintain such resources for the public’s reasonable use. This concept was integral to the laws of ancient Rome, was incorporated into the Magna Carta in 1215, was subsequently expanded upon as England’s common law evolved, and became part of U.S. common law, as established in Illinois Central Railroad v. Illinois, 146 U.S. 387 (1892). Here, the greenbelt areas were conveyed by the developer to the County, then passed to the City, to be used in perpetuity as greenbelts for the use and benefit of the public and [especially] the mobile home park’s residents. As such, the taking of these public lands for a purpose directly contrary to the use for which they were publicly dedicated, and utterly destructive of same, constitutes a violation of the long-established Public Trust Doctrine. * The purpose to be served by the planned road is, allegedly, better and additional access to, primarily, the planned “Steamboat 700” development of some 2,000 living units. Given the current uncertainty surrounding this development and its possible annexation into the City…or not…as well as Steamboat 700’s financial viability in these highly uncertain economic times, legitimate questions can and should be raised by the City’s citizens about the wisdom and/or value of the City constructing this road [to nowhere??] at all. Moreover, construction of the road will in no way mitigate traffic congestion at the junction of U.S. 40 and Elk River Road. * In summary, the City is riding roughshod over its own precedents, laws, rules, regulations, policies, and practices, not to mention Colorado law, U.S. common law, the U.S. Constitution, and a prior Court ruling. The action also violates both common sense and common decency. The City also refuses to compensate the Residents for their very significant loss which is a direct result of the taking. By any measure, this constitutes an egregious abuse of power and discretion.

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Reader Appreciation Party!

Props to living in a place where you get to be the “Knight in Shining Armor” by chasing a bear away from your unsuspecting girlfriend. Appreciation to the Steamboat bike-trail-crew guys To Pete at Backdoor Sports for lending me a harness for six days and only charging me $5! What a guy. To the red-haired guy at Backcountry Provisions for just being so constantly and unfailingly pleasant. You make the world a little brighter. To late night food options on Yampa Ave. To Chris @ Wheels for totally setting up my family with a smokin deal on demos and totally buffing out my ride!! Lance Armstrong has nothing on you. Keep up the good work Johnzee!!

To the curly haired local mother of two little girls who, after one of them pooped on the floor, hustled her daughters out of Playland without picking it up or reporting it to the management so that they could clean it. BOO! Snow tires chewing up the roads in July. We all have to pay to have the roads repaved you inconsiderate jerk.

Fresh the Movie: New Thinking About What We’re Eating Two weeks ago, Deep Roots presented a screening of Ana Sofia Joanes’ movie Fresh, an expose of the widespread downsides to industrial agriculture and a call to return to the bounty of the mid-level, sustainable farm. For anyone who is intimately familiar with Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, most of the information in Fresh will come as no surprise. Indeed, Pollan himself makes multiple appearances in the film, as do two of the star characters of Dilemma: George Naylor, a natural-whenever-possible industrial farmer who raises corn and soybeans, and Joel Salatin—who is anything but industrial. Two other major players in Fresh are Russ Kremer, a previously-industrial hog farmer who went natural, after a boar’s goring left him with a near-deadly antibiotic-resistant infection, and Will Allen, former pro basketball player who has returned to his agricultural roots with the creation of a successful co-op in the heart of Milwaukee. Most of us don’t like to think about where the majority of our supermarket food comes from: crowded feed lots, battery cages packed with chickens, vast monoculture farms stripping the soil of nutrients, and so forth. (Even organic food does not get a wholesale pass from this level of food manufacture, although it is inarguably a vast improvement.) However, lest you be

tempted to give Fresh a pass so as to avoid disturbing images of animal welfare in the industrial food chain, please take note: this is not that kind of movie. Granted, yes, feedlot images do show up (it would be difficult to make a film in which you weren’t able to depict its very subject), but the movie relies on facts to educate the viewer rather than shock techniques designed to create an emotional response. The result is an attitude and viewpoint as fresh as the movie’s name. It is a call to arms that we all would do well to heed—in short, to practice sustainable growing practices based upon natural ecology: manure as fertilizer instead of petrochemicals; a rotational, multi-dimensional growing practice as opposed to vast monoculture farms; allowing animals enough space and fresh air to keep themselves healthy, instead of having to rely on a consistent influx of antibiotics. For those of you who missed the original screening, do not despair, at least, not yet! Enthusiastic responses have indicated interest in another large-scale viewing; keep your ears open and your eyes on this column for notification of our next screening. In the meantime, if you wish to further whet your appetite, more information and reviews of Fresh may be found at www.freshthemovie. com

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Kept trying to look into Lance’s eyes during the interviews to see if he was playing nice guy, or setting us all up for the takedown on the final stage of The Tour…Well, it seems he played nice guy played the role of good teammate, followed the team script, and Contador, aka the best man in the race, from Lance, won the Tour, second time in three years. Team Radio Shack will win the 2010 Tour. Who will beat Lance and his squad? They will have to Earn it. Anyone catch the T.O. Show? This is good TV people, and I do not want you walking around saying, “Oh, how did I miss that show!” Find it on your Dish or Direct or Comcast schedule, Tivo, DVR, whatever, and take some quality time to get into some good old fashion T.O. TV. Ok, to tell you that I have seen a couple of episodes would be false. I have watched the show once, but it was enough for me to understand deep into the mind of T.O.. What could one possibly learn about Terrell from a show about Terrell? Nothing, I’m wasting your time, but I have probably sparked your curiosity. Let me know if you do watch, and tell me your thoughts about Terrell vs T.O.. MLB titles are very important. Extreme props, cudos, mad tip of the hat to The GOAT – Ricky Henderson. You know GOAT is “Greatest of All Time”, you knew that right? And Jim Rice, that is the only time I give props to Red Sox this year. Baseball Hall of Fame, without any type of questions about performance enhancers in their systems. Just two guys who played baseball, and very well. Ok, these Rockies are trying to do something remarkable again for the fans I believe. First the Wildcard talk, now why not a Division title. They got to earn it…and they just might. Shhhhdon’t tell Harvey, I might be hanging on to the back of the bandwagon. How bout them Yankees people. You are starting to notice, so I won’t say anymore. We’ll just let the standings speak for the teams. Let’s talk again after the trades. So did you catch a little World Soccer Challenge 2009? Did you catch the Gold Cup final, USA-B team vs Mexico? USA took it on the backside. Worst defeat in quite some time. USA soccer announcer Alexi Lalas feels it is ok, don’t worry fans. This just shows that we have depth in our line-up and teams will be aware of the USA squad in 2010 World Cup. No problem with that World Cup qualifier coming up in Mexico City in a few weeks. Fans made an effort to watch, Inter and AC Milan, Chelsea, and surprise Club America play some great futbol over the past couple of weeks. Just goes to show, the worlds most popular sport is growing, it’s not classified in the Major sports classifications yet, we got to Earn it… I’ll Holla, MEOWWWWWT

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Audrey Rose felt red. Whenever he left everything bubbled crimson. Passion danced with anger. Her insides battled, heart against head, head against flesh. Sense taking on senses; scratching, biting, tearing insides apart. Audrey Rose ran through fields of wildflowers until she collapsed, but her heart raced faster, sent minions of blood cells to steal oxygen from the brain, weakening its hold on rationality. Panting, Audrey Rose rolled to her knees and screamed a primal piercing scream that tore the air, left clouds hanging in threads. She screamed until acids churned in her belly, a storm raging, an ocean of destruction contained within golden skin, flowing blonde hair and calm eyes. Audrey Rose began to breathe. Her mind was kind enough to detail the battle for her. Her body, so primal and base wanted to be touched, stroked and stimulated while the mind knew better and strove for love, pure innocent, spiritual love. If the mind had taken thousands, perhaps millions of years to develop and developed after the body, wasn’t it superior? Didn’t the brain know the better good, better than organs programmed like animals? With him their bodies talked, reached out towards each other, ancient roadways leading to one another. The animal existed in touch, sex and the need not to be alone. Primal was beautiful, but they only knew each others habits. There were no place for dreams or fears, there

was only time for now. The mind demanded more. The brain breathed Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Sleepless in Seattle. Purity over primal. Logic over Lust. The brain fought dirty, sending twitches and spasms through Audrey Rose’s body, but her body stayed on course. A basic rhythm of heart beat, breath, heart beat, breath. As her body beat in an ancient song, it contemplated how it could eject the mind from the body. Red swarmed behind Audrey Rose’s vision. She looked for death. She searched in trees, under bushes and finally found death, freshly fallen under a pile of leaves. The intestines had been ripped out and Audrey Rose new the predator was close, watching, deciding her fate. Audrey Rose lifted the body and let the blood of the fawn run over her head, plastering hair to skin, blood to face. When the blood stopped flowing everything quieted. Audrey Rose lay her body over the deer’s, wondering what would feed off of her. -Do not attempt to recreate the adventures of Audrey Rose’s life. They will end up in internal or external death, or at the very least, a yeast infection. “When I let him touch me and didn’t care.” – for more life-changing moments, visit www.

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Taking Roots in the Valley: Part IV

The Local • Steamboat Springs During the summer months I contract to look after various ranchers’ cattle. For me, with my love for tradition and riding horseback, it is an ideal way to spend the summer. I get paid to ride through magnificent scenery and to discover great treasures from our past. Recently I rode into a small patch of timber along two trickles of water flowing away from some springs and swamp ground. I was surprised to discover the frame of a Ute hunting wikiup. It was in excellent condition, made from water birch with two entries. The builder’s craftsmanship was a wonderful thing to see. The builders started with a simple triangle and moved on to the complex triangles of a semi-geodesic dome. When in use, hunters came to the frame and placed hides over it. Here they were protected from the weather. When the hunt was completed they removed the hides and the frame remained for the next hunting season. The Utes have been away from the upper Yampa Valley since the fall of 1879, yet the hunting wikiup continues to await the return of hunters. Perhaps even more surprising, the wikiup was only a few hundred yards from an occupied building – occupied only during certain weeks of the year. The owner, for more than twenty years, did not know the wikiup was just below his horse corral and small pond. Another man knew about the wikiup, but he did not think it was original. In this case the owner will respect and care for the treasure from our past. However, if I had not brought the wikiup to his attention, he would never have known about the treasure. Please, take the time to look at the place

you live. Phippsburg’s location was once a major camping place for Utes and other travelers as they passed through the Valley. Before the railroad rerouted it, Hunt Creek ran along the southern edge of town. On the hill where the Community Center now stands, Native Americans camped. Good water was nearby, pasture for horses was at hand, and the ground was high enough to allow for a wind to keep away flies and mosquitoes. From Phippsburg the main Ute road through the Valley crossed under Seven Points (mountain) to Oak Creek where it crossed the creek west of the town of

Oak Creek. Here it climbed the hill near the old Pinnacle Mine. The Ute road crossed to Trout Creek by Egeria Gulch (later known as Mule Gulch) and down the stream until it turned and climbed to Twenty Mile Park. The same road was used by Lt. Berthoud in 1861 and the Negro Calvary (Buffalo Soldiers) in 1879. James Crawford and Porter Smart, founders of Steamboat Springs and Hayden, traveled that way in the 1870s. On the hill back of Phippsburg I’ve found small pieces of Indian pottery. In the sandstone cliffs in Twenty Mile Park I’ve seen Ute paintings and rock writing. On a small hill at the confluence of the Williams Fork and the Yampa River are several fire rings. The meadow that is now part of a coal mine was once a Ute race track. Along the Colorado River near Bond, I’ve seen an ancient Ute road. (Native Americans at times built roads to allow for their travois to cross.) On a ridge are Indian Vision Rings. Boys preparing to become men would go to a high place and build a ring with native rock. After preparing the site, the boy sat in the center of the circle and fasted until he had a vision. The dream was a powerful force for the remainder of his life. The Valley has hundreds, maybe even thousands of old Ute campsites. Some were large camps, others smaller. Fire rings and tepee rings are well scattered across the land. Take a little time and walk around the place you live. It is not necessary to go to some place far away. You may be surprised at what you find. Take a

close look at those rocks buried in the dirt. Do they form a circle about the size you would use for a camp fire? When you locate a fire ring, look for another one. Then look for a larger circle where a tepee might sit. When you find a campsite pick up a few rocks that fit into your hand, Could you use the rocks to grind grain? Look them over. Are they polished showing where they have been used to grind something against another stone? We have a rich heritage where we live. Discover it. Enjoy it. Please respect it and leave it in place. It is part of you.

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The Local • Milan, Italy It was great to see President Obama here in Italy for the G8 in June, even if only on TV. Watching him walk through earthquake shattered L’Aquila touched me. The setting seemed like a science fiction film about a devastated city, except that, sadly, it wasn’t make-believe. The otherworldliness of the place had me humming Dylan’s lines: “The streets of Rome are filled with rubble/You can almost think you’re seeing double.” I also enjoyed that sarcastic sign, “Yes, We Camp,” that the local Tent City residents planted on the hillsides. I love Obama, but it’s obvious that in this grim world he’s got his work cut out for him. With his tall, thin build and quiet optimism, the President moves around like a walking exclamation mark. He’s a walking magnet too. In one stroll down a ravaged street, he shifted into impromptu reverse and the whole entourage of dignitaries, bodyguards and journalists pulled a mass “U-ey” to follow, like a swarm of bees. Obama’s knack for dialog and reconciliation are impressive, as was evident in L’Aquila by his warm handshake with the Libyan leader Gaddafi. That’s the same guy President Reagan called “this mad dog of the Middle East” and attacked with an air strike in 1986. Today’s begrudgingly respectful feeling towards him by the USA is a reminder that everything changes and that politics is diplomacy, and has to be, because without it humanity would be an endless bloodbath. The Gaddafi handshake is the exact reverse of time’s revenge on Saddam Hussein. Remember that famous photo of Saddam shaking hands with Donald Rumsfeld in 1983? That’s when it was convenient for the USA to

regard the Iraqi as a friend. It’s the same lesson: with the whole world a timber box, compromise, having strange bedfellows and knowing that today’s friend may be tomorrow’s enemy is essential to realpolitik. The lesson ought to carry over into private life, letting bygones remain bygones. The problem is it’s hard to drop a grudge. I, for example, have been on awful terms with an aunt, over a slight to my father, for over thirty years. She’s in her nineties now. I ask myself if it’s been worth it waging my private Israeli-Palestinian dispute. The despicable thing is it feels good to bear grudges. I bear hug my grudges. They offer masochistic satisfaction galore. They feed my pride and allow me not to confront that nagging feeling that I could be wrong. They give me the warped satisfaction of thinking it’s right that everyone loses. Grudges are like that parable of the scorpion that can’t swim that asks a frog to carry it across a river, and then stings the frog midway. When they’re both drowning, the frog asks, “Why?” and the scorpion replies, “It’s my nature.” Obama is the scorpion antidote we need today. He knows holding grudges doesn’t pay and that it’s best to ignore the vengeful ghosts of bitter memories. He looks forward, not spitefully back. It’s asking a lot to forgive and forget and perhaps it goes against our instincts. The upside is it beats starting World War III. I’ve come to practice what I preach with my aunt. We’re on speaking terms. We don’t get much past the family nostalgia stage, like jolly reminiscences about the chimney fire long ago that started when we merrily torched the Christmas gift wrappings. Still, for a hard nut like me, chitchatting about nothing with my aunt means miracles never cease. (970) 875-1057

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Dear Mexican: Having lived in San Antonio for a number of decades, I’ve learned a smattering of street Spanish. That experience has caused me to cringe when I hear the word cojones used in American movies or television as a reference to testicles when the writer is trying to have the character talk dirty. In San Antonio, a person would use huevos in that context. Which is the correct Spanglish, or is it a matter of cojones being used in California and huevos being used in Texas? Big-Balled Dear Gabacho: I’ve only heard gabachos use cojones, while Mexicans use huevos (other Latinos, of course, have their own terms for the male fun sack, but we’ll leave the discussion for Maledicta). Both words are linguistically correct, politically incorrect and derive from Latin (cojones comes from the singular cojón, testicle, from the Latin coleo—sack— while huevo actually means egg and derives from ovum). So, the real question in your inquiry is how gabachos came to use cojones more commonly instead of huevos as slang for balls. The answer is Ernest Hemingway, a man who introduced more misinterpreted-as-Mexican overused Spanish terms (mano a mano, macho and maricón, to name the most notorious examples) than any other writer who is not me. His otherwisemasterful Death In the Afternoon, an account of bullfighting and its practitioners, included a glossary defining cojones and remarked, “A valorous bullfighter is said to be plentifully equipped with these.” Gabacho writers began introducing cojones into their works to emulate the faux-authenticity of Papa, and their audiences made the word a part of American Spanish, just like gringo and Drinko por Cinco. Mexicans, meanwhile, try to teach gabachos about huevos but remain puzzled as to why gabachos consistently prefer fey Castilian over our crude idioms. Eh, what’s a wab to do except steal back more of Aztlán? Dear Mexican: I was reading through

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the glossary in your ¡Ask a Mexican! book, and I came upon the word pocho, an Americanized Mexican. To me, it suggests some sort of essential Mexican-ness that I find to be disturbing. There is a similar ethic in the black community. The term “Uncle Tom” comes to mind. It is used as the ultimate humiliation to a black person, and I wonder if pocho has the same weight to it? Being a person who has never fit into the ideal of anything, I sympathize with anyone who finds himself on the outside. The pressure to relate to everyone else in your gene pool is ridiculous. In my experience, it often comes from the most mentally and economically impoverished, hence the term “ghetto pass.” The pressure is so great in the black community that black professors regularly use the words “ain’t” and “folk,” as if to prove their blackness. I suspect there is a class component in the Mexican community also. What say you, wise Mexican? Alma on Ice

Dear Negrito: The idea of ethnic or national purity isn’t limited to Mexicans, of course, and I’m with you in ridiculing anyone who subscribes to such pinche notions. In the Mexican case, vis-à-vis the negrito community example, differences exist. Pocho doesn’t necessarily signify a betrayal of the Mexican community to shuck and jive for the gabachos like Uncle Tom does for blacks; it just means the dilution of Mexican cultural and linguistic features in someone of Mexican descent (the term comes from an alternate meaning for pocho—rotting fruit—but not even the Royal Academy of Spanish has a clue about the word’s etymology). The most immediate corollary to Uncle Tom in Spanish is Tío Tomás or Tío Taco, but both are, ironically enough, pochismos (pocho sayings) with little usage in Mexico, where the slur for a sellout is malinchista, referring to Cortes’ Indian translator, or a vendido. As you imply, the only Mexicans who care whether someone is Mexican enough are insecure twits who aren’t Mexican enough themselves, and some of the most notorious examples come from Chicano Studies professors (but not all of you, o noble researchers of everything wab!) and Carlos Mencia. Oh, and immigrant elders, but their angst is excused— that’s the American-immigrant experience, after all.

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DeanTresner The Local •Steamboat Springs Last week marked the fortieth anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon. Almost anyone who was around then can tell you where they were when he took that first step. About 1/5 of the world population was in front of a television. Seven years earlier, President Kennedy had set us that goal in his moving speech at Rice University. It was in my opinion, one of the most monumental presidential speeches of the twentieth century. It inspired our nation to undertake arguably the single greatest technical and artistic achievement in human history. The level of effort required was astounding. It is estimated to have cost $135 billion (in today’s dollars) and employed more than 400,000 people. But it inspired us all. When I graduated college in the eighties, I remember calling my mom and telling her I had just landed a job at Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace. She paused and said that I had told her I was going to work there when I was five. Nevertheless, the Apollo Program had many detractors, chief among them Senator Walter Mondale, who felt that our national treasure would have been better spent curing poverty and other social ills. I disagree. The main problem I have with that point of view is that it assumes that economies are zero-sum games. There’s only so much to go around and that’s it. But economies are anything but. They are human endeavors that are essentially in the business of creating wealth. And as human endeavors, they are strongly influenced by human inspiration as well as desperation. If economies were a zero-sum game I doubt that the US stock market would have gained roughly 30% of its value from 1962 to 1969. Yes the government spent a lot of money on what seems at first blush, to be a worthless endeavor in terms of advancing the quality of life for its citizens during that period, but if you think about it, that’s exactly what it did. Econo-

mists will go on with their numbers, but what often gets left out of those equations is human motivation, imagination, and even wonder. I’m sure that you don’t need me to tell you that right now our economy is pretty much about despair at the moment. In a way it has fallen to our current president to inspire us. And he has. We all remember the heady days of his election and inauguration but those days seem to have faded into memory in an alarmingly shorter time than seven years. And it is this that I wonder about. How has the most eloquent speaker since JFK managed to fall so quickly in the polls? My first thought is that besides his eloquence, he is also a deeply rational man and understands the hard choices we need to make in these hard times and is not afraid to make them. His healthcare initiatives immediately spring to mind. It seems most audacious to propose healthcare reform in the midst of the worst recession we have seen since the Great Depression. Especially since the last time that attempt was made by the Clintons in much better economic times it fell flat on its face. At the same time, the president is right; we can ill afford to stay on our current course. That is logical. But the trouble again is human emotion and that doesn’t seem to be going his way. His approval ratings are down etc. He has a tough row to hoe. This brings me to my second thought. How did we so quickly get to be a nation so easily inspired and motivated by big bold achievements in 1962 to one so cynical and defeatist in 2008? What has made the most prosperous country in the history of the world so lacking the vision and the will to solve its own problems? These questions are obviously unanswerable by the suggestions of any one person, let alone me. But I do have a sneaking suspicion that ironically it just might have something to do with the very technological wonder we were all huddled around on that evening in July of 1969. The television.

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At this point, there is simply no time to waste. All your worries must be stashed away and you have to follow through with your plans. It may be worrisome and frustrating but its time... and you know it.


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So many people want to be close to you that you can’t help but feel flattered and attractive, but at what point does your acceptance of their love reflect badly upon you and your reputation?


Ultimately, you won’t need a diplomatic explanation or a respectable and professional attitude. All you need s a leather jacket and a couple of cronies. Booyeah.


You don’t mean to hide yourself from the people you love, you’ve just decided that some things are better left unsaid and some decisions should remain blanketed from scrutiny or understanding. Hopefully, making the choice of where to draw that line of openness will come without too much mayhem.


Eventually that constant, distant thumping from the bass on your neighbors stereo, will stop being annoying and will eventually become a meditative sound, like rain on your roof, a calm river or a breeze blowing through tall grass. For now, your urge to calmly knock on their door, invite yourself in, walk directly to the stereo and beat it until it’s nothing but a pile of wires and knobs strewn on the ground is completely justified.

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According to Astrology July 30– August 12

LenaFranzen The Local • Steamboat Springs

According to Astrology July 30-August 12 The eclipse season is not over yet. There is a second Lunar Eclipse on August 5. We will not see it in this part of the world and where it is visible, only a faint shadow will be seen over the Full Moon. But it is still a powerful time for change and realignment with our Souls mission and expression here on planet earth. It’s a time for completion of the issues that came up in July. And a lot of these issues have been stirred up for us. Hopefully now we can come to a sense of conclusion on what we want to do and how we want to change things. July 30-31: Our minds are creative and active. We are seeing the bigger picture through feedback from other people. Together we can come up with creative solutions that are also fun. ( Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune and Uranus are in aspect to Mercury.) August 1-2: Venus has moved in to sensitive and caring Cancer. We will appreciate nurturing and caring people around us during the next four weeks. Today our insecurities


“Completion Time”

are stirred up, but we realize we are ultimately responsible for our own wellbeing. Don’t let the fear stop you in making the necessary changes! (Venus is in aspect to Pluto.) August 3: Mercury the planet of our mind and thinking has moved into detail oriented Virgo for three weeks. Try not to worry, instead write your lists and deal with one thing at the time. August 3-4: If you are feeling anxious, spend some time in Nature and ask Spirit and other divine beings to help you. You might want to change how you express yourself in your work and career. On the other hand we have the ability to be unusually focused and practical in our thinking right now. (Pluto is in harmonious angle to Mercury. Uranus is in hard angle to the Sun.) August 5: Today is the day of our second

Full Moon Eclipse. Like I said we will not be able to see it here in Steamboat, but we will feel the effects. This eclipse is about thinking in new ways and let go of the old and outdated that doesn’t work anymore. (Full Moon in Aquarius and Sun opposing in Leo.) August 6-7: We are feeling loving and social. We want to communicate our love and care to the people around us. (Venus is in aspects to Jupiter and Mercury.) August 7: We are challenged to become more mature and practical and it can feel a bit dark and uncomfortable since our insecurities are stirred up. (Pluto is in hard angle to the Sun.) August 8-9: These are good days for healing and connecting with your intuition and inner guidance. We are healing old trauma and fear and are becoming more loving and caring.

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The Local • Vol 9 issue 16 • JuLY 30 - August 12, 2009 Dr Dawns Rx

Healthy Relationships Part 2: Commitment Dr DawnObrecht

The Local • Steamboat Springs …not to a mental institution or prison, but voluntarily taking on an obligation, pledge or promise… To what, or whom are you committed? When asked what they want and how they imagine a healthy relationship, most people put commitment high on the list. Remember that we are not just talking spouses or significant others, but also family and friends and perhaps employers, anyone with whom we want a healthy relationship. Are you committed to a cause? An activity? A job? If you are in recovery from addiction, cancer, heart disease or anything else, are you doing whatever it takes to remain in recovery? Is your behavior consistent with what you say? Could your friends and family identify your commitments by watching your actions? Most of us make commitments of some kind. For example, lots of people get married, an emotional and legal commitment, often with some spiritual component, vows said in front of God, family and friends. With a fifty percent divorce rate in the U.S., almost 75 % for second marriages, we might wonder why these husbands and wives don’t keep their vows. Why don’t their marriages last? Even common law marriages, those where there is no official marriage, no commitment in front of friends, fam-

ily and God, no verbalizing of marriage vows, often don’t last. (Hint: marriages in which couples pray together at least once a week have a divorce rate of less than one percent.) What does it mean, if anything? More importantly, what do those of you who want a healthy relationship, which includes commitment, need to do? Begin with honestly identifying what you believe and want. Look at your own behavior; are your actions consistent with your words? Do you need to make changes to synchronize your talk and your walk? If you are married, are you willing to keep that commitment? Instead of separation or divorce, are you both willing to seek counseling? Do you remember what you liked, or loved about each other when you decided to marry? If there is a specific behavior that is keeping you emotionally distant, are you willing to change it? Since addiction is a progressive and sometimes subtle disease and may mimic the example of putting a frog in cold water and slowly heating to a boil, you may suddenly realize you have become, or are living with, an alcoholic, workaholic, rage-aholic or other addict. Is your previous commitment to this marriage worth working to reupholster the old instead of throwing it out or trading it in on a new model? If it helps to get you off of the fence, it is cheaper to get lots of counseling, go to workshops, retreats, and even treatment, than to divorce…cheaper in dollars and in

emotional expense to you and your children. Sustained healthy relationships require commitment on the part of all persons involved. Just for fun, let’s use an analogy from the professional cyclists currently riding in the Tour de France. The annual three week event will be over by the time this is printed, but you may still get the point. The cyclists are among the most committed human beings on the planet. They train all year (it is their job) for this and other races. Many of them leave their family and even their home country for part of the year to train in specific locations. They hire and fire coaches based on results. They do whatever it takes to improve their skills and become better cyclists. Imagine if you and your spouse had this level of commitment to each other and to your marriage vows. (It does take both husband and wife…one can lead, invite the other to participate and make personal changes, but to actually have a healthy marriage takes both.) Imagine how fabulous your relationship could be if you both were willing to move, to seek “coaching” when needed and to spend six hours a day, even three hours, doing whatever it takes to acquire and maintain a healthy relationship. You would go wherever necessary, do whatever is suggested, make whatever changes are required and spend time feeding, watering and nurturing the relationship, learning to be the best spouse you could be. Both of you. Like the cyclist, you must first decide to

what and to whom you are committed. If you are unwilling to commit to a relationship, ask some questions. Is it the right time? The right person? Are you living in fear? Looking at what you will lose (freedom?) instead of what you will gain (life partner, emotional intimacy...hmmm…fearful of emotional intimacy?) Are you more committed to alcohol, control, work, money, fame or anything else rather than to your marriage? Decide what you want and what you are willing to do, then take action and commit to it! Dr. Dawn’s book, Mission Possible, A Missionary Doctor’s Journey of Healing, is available for $15 on Amazon. Past articles can be accessed on her website at www.docdawn. com. Dr. Dawn Obrecht is the only MD addiction medicine specialist on the western slope of Colorado. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and her office is in Steamboat Springs. She teaches a communication course to medical students at the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and can be reached at 970-846-8479 or docdawn@ Copyright Dawn Obrecht 2009

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AngelaAshby EcoBroker • Steamboat Springs Homeowner rebates for existing homes! You might have heard about this program, but time is a ticking to get your home insulated in order to qualify for this rebate. The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) currently offers the Insulate Colorado Program for homeowners wishing to make energy efficiency improvements to their existing homes. The GEO partners with local Colorado organizations to offer rebates directly to qualifying homeowners for the installation of insulation and air sealing measures through the Insulate Colorado program. The program provides a rebate to homeowners that insulate and air-seal their attics and exterior walls to the recommended R-Values presented in the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (2006 IECC). Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) partnered with Columbine Insulation to bring forth the 2009 pilot program to this area. Attics and crawl spaces can be the source of extreme energy loss (a.k.a. hard-earned money out of your pocket!). Insulate Colorado is a program designed to encourage existing homebuilders to have their homes evaluated


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for possible areas of leak and/or improper insulation. They then have them amended by an eligible contractor so they can submit for a rebate of up to $300/home. Atmos Energy is offering rebates to its customers for a home energy audit which is helpful before going through the insulation and sealing process. Go to to learn more about their programs. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save in the long run by taking these measures. Things to remember for Insulate Colorado: • Rebates are only available to homes located within the geographic limits of the participating jurisdiction. • Insulation and air sealing upgrades must be performed on an existing residential dwelling. • Rebate is not available for new construction.

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Literary Sojourn Featured Author: Amitov Ghosh

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Call me a literary geek but I can’t wait to hear Amitov Ghosh speak at this year’s Literary Sojourn. I like that he has something other than an American perspective, having been born in Calcutta in 1956. I also like that he didn’t go to a prestigious writing school, but acquired his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Oxford. His credentials make him a rock star in my Literary Sojourn groupie eyes. Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice. He has taught at many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, the City University of New York and Harvard. Yes, he is a writing stud. He is also one of India’s best-known writers. His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, and The Hungry Tide. His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy. The Library’s summer book club, Literary Sojourn Author study, which I happen to facilitate, will be discussing Ghosh’s Glass

Palace on Tuesday August 4th at 6pm at the Library. Groupies and others are welcome to attend. The Glass Palace is set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885. It has the feel of a family saga, where the reader loses oneself in the personal and political struggles of a family, you get a perspective on what has made Burma, India, and Malaya the places they are today. Other recommended books by Ghosh: The Hungry Tide Off the easternmost coast of India lies the immense archipelago of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. Life here is precarious, ruled by the unforgiving tides and the constant threat of attacks by Bengal tigers. Into this place of vengeful beauty come two seekers from different worlds, whose lives collide with tragic consequences. The settlers of the remote Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery island labyrinth will never return. With the arrival of two outsiders from the modern world, the delicate balance of small community life uneasily shifts. A contemporary story of adventure and romance, identity and history, The Hungry Tide travels deep into one of the most fascinating regions on earth, where the treacherous forces of nature and human folly

threaten to destroy a way of life. Sea of Poppies It is 1838, when the opium trade between British-ruled India and China was in full swing. Opium factories employed hundreds, and farmers were obliged to clear their fields for opium production. Ships that once carried slaves were refitted to carry opium, as well as indentured servants, to other parts of the Empire. Meanwhile, China was determined to stop the trade that turned thousands into addicts. The first book in an intended trilogy. Circle of Reason In a vivid and magical story, The Circle of Reason traces the misadventures of Alu, a young master weaver in a small Bengali village

who is falsely accused of terrorism. Alu flees his home, traveling through Bombay to the Persian Gulf to North Africa with a bird-watching policeman in pursuit. “Part flight, part quest for a reconciliation between tradition and reason - is told with a well-tuned blend of wit and lyricism. But best here are the generously digressive characterizations - the result is an exuberant traffic jam of real people clinging to their mundane but noble goals.” Ghosh’s extraordinary first novel makes a claim on literary turf held by Gabriel García Márquez and Salman Rushdie. For more information on Literary Sojourn please go to

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JULY Henry Ford was born today Father-in-Law Day Heritage Walking Tours/Programs: Downtown Historic Walking Tour: Every Thursday from July 2-Sept. 3, 9:0010:30am, FREE. Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Nondenominational community bible study for women. 9-11 AM @ Concordia Lutheran Church. For more information contact Martha, 871.4751 Vista Verde Guest Ranch Hike (every Thurs through 9/3) 10AM-12PM This is a free hike. Meet at Vista Verde. Please call Yampatika at 970-8719151 to register. Dance & drum classes with Abdoulaye Camara from Guinea, West Africa. 5:30-6:30 p.m. mixed-levels djembe drum 6:30-8 p.m. mixedlevels dance @The Depot. $15/class. Info:Jen Lowe, 846-6377 or visit the Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble online at The meditative ‘centering prayer’: United Methodist Church hosts a meditative lunch break practicing “Centering Prayer” from 12:15 to 12:45p.m. at the church at Eighth and Oak streets. Contact Pastor Matt Krier at 879-1290. Wine Festival Held annually 800+ wines, 877-328-2783 or www.Steamboat Tread of Pioneers Family Scavenger Hunt of Downtown’s Historic Buildings. Come to the museum between 4:00 and 6:00pm to pick up your scavenger hunt before touring downtown on your quest. Hunt ends at 7pm. Free prizes and refreshments for all. FREE! Boathouse Pub – Martini Night $6 Martinis


friday JULY

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was born today System Administrator Appreciation Day Summer PRCAsanctioned pro rodeo series every Friday and Saturday night through the summer. Tread of Pioneers Brown Bag Lecture Series History with the Locals. Bill McKelvie reminisces about “Teaching Public School in Steamboat Springs.” 970-879-2214 Wine Festival Held annually 800+ wines, fabulous food samplings, culinary competitions, celebrity chefs, winemakers, educational seminars and entertainment throughout the weekend. 877-3282783 or www.Steamboat


saturday AUGUST

Herman Melville’s mother was a white whale until today Farmer’s Market 9AM-2PM (weekly until 9/12) in the downtown area BABYTIME 10-10:30 AM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library. Visit www. or call 879.0240 for more information. Summer PRCA-sanctioned pro rodeo series every Friday and Saturday night through the summer. Wine Festival Held annually 800+ wines, 877-328-2783 or www.Steamboat ECO Artist Institute Faculty Cabaret Downtown 6:00pmEmerald City Opera 970-879-1996 Steamboat’s own Bellydance troupe, Jasmir, presents a Bellydance Party. 7-9pm at Northwest ballet, suggested donation $4 Performances, music, open dancing, food, and

fun! info contact Meg 8751164 or megwidmer@yahoo. com. Tap house- Miller Lite Ladies Night. Every Saturday Bartenders will be serving up $2.50 Miller Lites while DJ Also Starring spins dance tracks all night long.


sunday AUGUST

Actor Edward Furlong was born today IGLESIA EN ESPANOL 7 AM @ Steamboat Christian Center FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS FOR THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot Wine Festival Held annually 800+ wines,877-328-2783 or www.Steamboat Boathouse Pub – Bloody Sunday $4 Bloody Mary’s, $4 Mimosas


monday AUGUST

Director John Landis was born today Introductory Pilates 12:30pm with a Physical Therapist: Pamela Turner, MSPT Yoga Center of Steamboat or call 970-819-3570 West African drum and dance classes with master teacher Fara Tolno from Guinea and his Kissidugu performance troupe. 5:30-6:30 p.m. djembe drum 6:30-8 p.m. dance. On stage in the Strings Pavilion $15 per class. for more details. Tap House Live Poker TOURNIE. Free entry, play for points and prize


tuesday AUGUST

Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong was born today Coast Guard Day

Free Mineral Springs Tour every Tuesday through 9/1 9AM – 10:30 Meet @ the Art Depot Kids’ West African dance and drum class with master teacher Fara Tolno from Guinea and his Kissidugu performance troupe1:30-2:30 p.m. On stage in the Strings Pavilion $15 Visit Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble’s web site on for more details. Triple Crown Sports World Series 970-223-6644 Tap House – Wing Night Boathouse Pub 9:30 PM @ $1 Bud Draft Night


wednesday AUGUST

Neil Armstrong was born today Sister`s Day Introductory Pilates 11:15am Intermediate Polestar Pilates Mat Class 12:30pm With physical therapist Pamela Turner, MSPT.Yoga Center of Steamboat 701 Yampa St. or 970819-3570 or 970-870-1522 Triple Crown Sports World Series 970-223-6644


thursday AUGUST

Full Moon Lucille Ball was born today Atomic Bomb Day Vista Verde Guest Ranch Hike (every Thurs through 9/3)10AM-12PM This is a free hike. Meet at Vista Verde. Please call Yampatika at 970-871-9151 to register. Heritage Walking Tours/Pro-

“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”-Mark Twain

grams: Downtown Historic Walking Tour: Every Thursday from July 2-Sept. 3, 9:0010:30am, FREE. Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. Triple Crown Sports World Series 970-223-6644

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Exotic dancer and alleged spy Mata Hari was born today S Y The Wild West Relay is a 200- u mile distance team running relay race adventure in Colo- I rado designed for runners of 7 all abilities. Begins by the foot- C hills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, and finishes in F Steamboat Springs. F 2 Triple Crown Sports World Series T 970-223-6644 S 9 Tread of Pioneers Brown Bag Lecture Series History B with the Locals “The ExcitS ing History of the Lemmon $ and Criswell Families in Routt County.” 970-879-2214

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• events • theater

• sports • entertainment

Email all listings to: Memorial Library. Visit www. or call 879.0240 for more information Summer PRCA-sanctioned pro rodeo series every Friday and Saturday night through the summer. Triple Crown Sports World Series 970-223-6644 Tap house- Miller Lite Ladies Night. Every Saturday, the Tap House teams up with Miller Lite. Bartenders will be serving up $2.50 Miller Lites while DJ Also Starring spins dance tracks all night long.


sunday AUGUST

Amedeo Avogadro was born today Smokey Bear`s Birthday (Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires) unless it’s beetle kill! IGLESIA EN ESPANOL 7 AM @ Steamboat Christian Center FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS FOR THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot Triple Crown Sports World Series 970-223-6644 Boathouse Pub – Bloody Sunday $4 Bloody Marys, $4 Mimosas




tuesday AUGUST

Hulk Hogan was born today Perseid Meteor Shower: Just look into the sky when it gets dark!!! Tap House – Wing Night Boathouse Pub 9:30 PM @ $1 Bud Draft Night Wednesday, July 15th


wednesday JULY

Director Cecil B. DeMille was born today Introductory Pilates 11:15am Intermediate Polestar Pilates Mat Class 12:30pm With physical therapist Pamela Turner, MSPT.Yoga Center of Steamboat 701 Yampa St. or 970819-3570 or 970-870-1522 Available for private instruction by appointment only Beginning Modern Dance for Adults! Offered by childrensdanceworks. Wednesdays. 4:45-5:45 pm. At Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak Street. Drop in-$14. Info- Offered by Wendy Smith Mikelsons, Owner/Director children’s danceworks and Dancer/Choreographer with Steamboat Dance Theatre. 846-4450 or 736-1005.

monday AUGUST

Some dude named Schim Shimmel was born today and his parents are awesome. Introductory Pilates 12:30pm with a Physical Therapist: Pamela Turner, MSPT Yoga Center of Steamboat 701 Yampa St. yogacenterofsteamboat. com or 970-819-3570 or 970-870-1522 Available for private instruction by appointment only Tap House Live Poker TOURNIE. Free entry, play for points and

Ongoing WOMEN’S EVENING CLIMBING with Jen Lowe. Every Wednesday 5:15-8:15pm $20 cash/check only. Practice climbing and belaying under the supervision of a guide in these evening clinics. Women only. Prereq: belaying experience. Sign up by noon Tuesday before., 970-870-8440 WEDNESDAY BUTCHERKNIFE CLIMBING Got shoes and a harness?

Complain that none of your friends will go with you? Here’s your chance. Steamboat Climbing Community (SCC) handles the ropes and setup. Come meet some other local climbers. Equipment available to rent at Rocky Mountain Ventures kiosk from 3-6pm. Meet at Butcherknife Park at 6:15pm. Call Patrick for more details 970-870-8440. MainStreet Farmers Market Every Saturday June 13 - September 12 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 6th Street between Lincoln and Oak next to the courthouse. Fresh produce, local meats and cheeses, fresh bread and pastries,local sauces, pasta, Colorado wine, local artisans and handcrafts. For information,Tracy Barnett, 970-8461800. LEARN TO SEW – Gayle Dudley is now offering sewing classes. Beginners to advanced. Small classes, flexible scheduling. Gather a group of friends and schedule a class. Learn to mend , including hemming, create unique and individual clothes , purses and home accessories. GREAT SUMMER ACTIVITY FOR TEENS – AGES 10 AND ABOVE. 970-879-5145 or Mondays-VNA offers drop in clinic 12-4 PM for FREE Pneumonia Vaccine and FREE health consultations to uninsured, low income adult smokers or asthmatics. Come to 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101 or call 8791632. Tuesdays-VNA offers drop in clinic 12-4 PM FREE to uninsured, low income adults needing vaccination against hepatitis, HPV, tetanus, measles, chicken pox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Any adult with risk factors may qualify for hepatitis vaccination at $0-$14/shot. Come to 940 Central Park Dr, Suite 101 or call 879-1632

18 years and should bring vaccine records.

welcome. Call 879-1589 for more information.

POOL LEAGUE Spring session begins Jan. 4, 2009 at the VFW. Leagues 3 nights a week there - both 8 and 9 Ball formats for anyone interested. Contact Michelle for more information, yvapa@

Aug. 14th – Tread of Pioneers Brown Bag Lecture Series History with the Locals. Mesa schoolhouse student and teacher, Harriet Aspegren, relives “Mesa Schoolhouse Golden Days.” 970-879-2214

Beginning Modern Dance for Adults! Offered by childrens dance works. Wednesdays. 4:45-5:45 pm. At northwest Ballet studio, 326 oak street. Drop in-$14. Info- Call Wendy 9708464450 or 736-1005.

Up and Coming August 13– The Seminars at Steamboat presents Paul Tagliabue, former Commissioner of the National Football League, talking about Sports and Drugs: The Evolving Playbook.The free event is held at the Strings Music Pavilion at 5 p.m. Donations

September 2- ASTROLOGY CLASS for beginners is starting to be held once a week for five weeks in the KFMUbuilding on Village drive and Walton Creek road. $125-. Please contact Lena Franzen, 970-879-2444 or lenasteed@ September 13- Partners in Routt County is gearing up for our annual Java & Jazz fundraiser. Java & Jazz is an evening of fine food, coffee and tea, wine,music, silent auction including unique and desirable items, as well as art produced by Routt County youth. at the Lake at Catamount.

A celebration of

Patti Yung’s life and work

Saturday August 1 • 5:30 to 10pm top of the Gondola no charge for the gondola ride

Remembrance starts at 6:30, followed by hors d’oeuvres, music and cash bar

Please bring a photo

Patti’s wish was that people would bring their favorite photo she had taken, to display her life’s work, so please bring a photo.

Customer photo files

Thursdays-VNA offers drop in clinic 2-4 PM for adolescents ages11-18 years, for any recommended vaccine at $0-$14/shot. Come to 940 Central Park Dr, Suite 101 or call 879-1632. Parents must be present for children under

We will also have Patti’s recent customer negative/ digital photo files available to pick- up. Files are free. For questions please contact: Allison Frinks 819- 3114.

“Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.”-Mark Twain


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Sounds to Make You Groove

Venue Tap House

Thurs July 30


Fri july 31

Sat AUg 01

DJ Also Starring

Old Town Pub

Sun AUg 02

Mon AUg 03

Tues AUg 04

wed AUg 05

Game Night

The New Mastersounds /Springdale Quartet $10

Insterstate Stash Express

Freddy and the Ivory Sensations

Hunkerdown Bluegrass

Karpel Tunnel

Liquid Sameria

Tugboat Mahogany Ridge Boat House

Kirk Martenson

Strings Music Festival

Steve Boynton & Tim Cunningham

Lee Parker

Trevor G Potter

Pat Waters

Kissidugu with Fara Wednesday ClasTolno sical

Saturday Classical

Free Concert Series Ghost Ranch

Venue Tap House

Kip StreanHolden Young

Thurs AUg 06

Ooh La La Burlesque

Ooh La La Burlesque

Fri AUg 07

Sat AUg 08


DJ Also Starring

Jason Wilder

Rowdy Shade House Funk Band

Rowdy Shade House Funk Band

Worried Men

Peace Officer

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

Classical Finale

DJ Theory & Friends

Confederate Railroad-$20-25

Sun AUg 09

Mon AUg 10

John Sotter-Acoustic Warrior

Tues AUg 11

Green Sky Bluegrass Band

wed AUg 12

Game Night

Old Town Pub Tugboat Boat House Mahogany Ridge Strings Music Festival

Yampa Valley Boys ~ Music on the Green

Trevor G Potter

Dark Star Orchestra

Sam Ayer


Free Concert Series Ghost Ranch

Pat Waters/Band of Appetite for DeHeathens $10-12 struction

40 oz. to Freedom $15-20

happyhourspecials Potters Wheel BYOB happy hour Friday’s 5pm-8pm. Snacks provided. Cheaper than therapy and just as effective!

Rex’s American Grill & Bar - 3190 S. Lincoln Ave. (next to Holiday Inn) 4:20 to 6 p.m. daily. $1 off all drinks and half-price appetizers

Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar 4:20 to 6 p.m. daily. $1 off bottled beers; half-price appetizers

Riggio’s -1106 Lincoln Ave. 5 to 6 p.m. daily. $2 Stella and Newcastle drafts, half-price martinis and selected specialty drinks, half-price appetizers

The Boathouse Pub- 609 Yampa St. • 3 to 6 p.m. Everyday. Buy one drink, get one free; $1 off appetizers (the bar runs specials nightly, including half-price appetizers on Mondays) The Epicurean- 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday get a glass of wine for half price with the purchase of an appetizer Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Half-price drinks and $1 tapas Mambo Italiano- 4:30 to 6 p.m. At Bar Special: 99-cent Bud, Sierra Nevada, 90 Shilling and Fat Tire drafts, $1.99 Guinness drafts; half-price pizzas at the bar Mazzola’s Italian Diner- 5 to 6 p.m. daily. $1 off all drinks, half-price pizzas and appetizers at the bar Old Town Pub- 4 to 6 p.m. daily. $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, 50 cents off other beers and well drinks


Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant- 4 to 6 pm Daily and Fridays and Saturdays 10:30pm to midnight. $1 off margaritas and draft beers, half-price quesadillas.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band-$20-25

DJ Also Starring

Missed the Boat

ht g i l t o p s Band The Band of Heathens August 6th At Ghost Ranch Saloon

Show: 9 PM / $10 advance $12 at the door. The Band of Heathens continue their rise on the American music landscape by landing a coveted spot on Austin City Limits’ historic 35th season and garnering a 2009 “New and Emerging Artist” nomination from the Americana Music Association (AMA). The Austin-based The Tugboat- 3-6 pm. $1 drafts & selected half price apfive piece are part of an illustrious class for petizers the 2009-2010 season of Austin City Limits which includes established superstars Dave Yacht Club- Happy Hour on the lawn/deck, Everyday 36p.m., discounted drinks, margaritas, beer & wine, with food all Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Elvis Costello. The coveted PBS TV taping day. Bocce Ball anytime. coupled with their recent nomination pays Some Happy Hours compiled by the Steamboat Pilot. tribute to the band’s commitment to creating and performing quality music. Since the unveiling of their independent release a year ago, The Band of Heathens have The Tap House Sports Grill- 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. $1 off all draft beer pints, $2 off all draft beer pitchers $2-Drafts and Well drinks from 9-11 seven days a week

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”-Mark Twain

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been building on their much deserved momentum and converting fans to their Americana grit and soulful sound with a robust tour schedule of more than 280 performances, television appearances, festival participation and a huge online presence. They recently earned major praise from Wall Street Journal pop music critic, Jim Fusilli, who while at South by Southwest in March wrote “The Band of Heathens, an Austin-based group, played the best set I came across during my five nights in town,” With a new full-length studio album in the works and a host of tour dates, there are only good things to come in 2009.

Film Reviews Just in case you’re wondering, Chuck Norris has transcended the ethereal plane. He is now orbiting the earth controlling our fate. Each film that is created now must receive his stamp of approval. If it does not, then it receives a deadly roundhouse kick to the face. Chuck Norris humped the Statue of Liberty and bragged to the Lincoln monument about it!

For more information contact: Elaine Erteschik 615.298.1144

ht g i l t o p s Band

HHHHH = Chuck Norris Worthy HIIII = Roundhouse Kick to the Face

The Rowdy Shade house Funk Band August 7th and 8th at the Boathouse The Rowdy Shade house Funk Band has been asked “How did you get together?” After a small discussion they were able to conclude that their meeting was both suspicious and unorthodox... On a Rainy night, with the smell of asphalt still lingering in the parking lot, Chris Marquez and Chase McQuade were once again working a nowhere, dead-end gig. So often were these gigs that Chris and Chase developed a melancholic fellowship. Once again short changed and drunk, they deliberated over a joint they found in the bathroom. After the questions of God and politics subsided, they were still curious in the rationalization of their depression. They came to the fact that all they needed was a twisted, perverted and generally effed up front man. They returned into a quite dismal scene that they, up until this point, regarded as home. Candidly, they were not looking forward to finishing another 4 hour set of butchered blues music for $20 pay. Suddenly, from within the crowd of destitutes and homeless drunks, a man came forth wanting to jam, Master Jon Thursday. The debauchery which ensued was both mesmerizing and shameful. The drummer that they were playing with wanted nothing to do with the molestation of blues and rock. Chris and Chase immediately recognized they had a good thing going. Only one question remained, where were they to find a naive, young college dropout who also played drums. Chris pointed out that he lived with one. And thus Max joined in their descent (exploration) into the abyss of red wine, easy women and rock & roll; respectively. Dictated, but not read.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: “ ‘oly dragon testicles, your ‘arry Potter!” Why the hell is everyone so excited to see the only character in the entire series without any personality. Why can’t the main character in this rather generic series either do something awesome, or say something remotely cool. Instead, everyone else does all the cool s**t. With the exception of speaking to snakes, killing a giant snake, riding a Hippo-gryph and a broom quite well, Harry is the least interesting bloke at Hogwarts. Okay, I get it, his mom put a love spell on him making him impervious to “shhh don’t even say his name, you know who’s’” evil death spell. Other than that who gives a sh**. Good movie otherwise.

Chuck Norris is doing the pee pee dance in anticipation of these films! Alice in Wonderland: Tim Burton’s adaptation of a timeless classic. With Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Hopefully Depp does not have a reprisal of the lameness coated, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory disgrace.

HHHHH G.I. Joe Rise of the Cobra: Dennis Quaid as General Hawk. Except this time the characters can do more than a static Karate chop and their jaws move in accordance with their speech unlike the cartoon.

HHHHI The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard: Jeremy Piven in another never say die performance.



In a cozy building in downtown Steamboat sits one the most refined culinary treats. The Epicurean French bistro offers diners an intimate and friendly dining experience for lunch and dinner featuring exquisite French food. Appetizers include classics such as escargots de Bourgogne and fresh made pâtés, and dinner includes entrees such as Parisian Hanger Steak and Confit de Canard. The Epicurean also offers an expanded summer lunch menu featuring nouvelle cuisine created with local ingredients and enhanced with flavors from around the world, including a Caesar Salad w/ Asian ahi tuna kabobs and a Mediterranean Picnic with baba ghanoush, hummus, dolmades, and grilled pita bread. For desert make sure to try their award winning crème brulee – a recipe that owner and Chef Marco Paurvet perfected while working at the finest restaurants in his native France. Along with his wife and Executive Chef Rebecca, the duo has personally created all the meals served at The Epicurean since opening in 2004. Open for lunch from 11-3pm and dinner from 5pm - close, Monday through Saturday with a special Sunday brunch menu served from 9am – 2 pm. Call 970-875-0997 for reservations. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”-Mark Twain


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“George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.”-Mark Twain

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Walks like a Duck


“Yes We Can”--An International Movement

The ?

by Matt Jones


Across 1 Stockpile 6 Zwei times zwei times zwei 10 Ques. response 13 West Coast capital 14 Mrs., in Munich 15 “The Valley Isle” 17 Level draining device, to a Spanish yes-man? 19 Bar code on a book 20 Movie response to “Quick, let’s hide!” 21 Dec. holiday 23 U.N. secretary-general Hammarskjold 24 ___-mo instant replay 25 Fuel additive brand 27 June birthstone 29 Greek letter T 30 Selassie’s NYC restaurant, to a Japanese yes-man? 34 Nav. rank 35 Reaching like a puppy 36 President after HST 37 Hotel room list item 39 Contents of jewel cases 42 John Lennon’s son 43 Riled, with “up” 44 Went out with the chivalrous type, to a Russian yesman? 49 First name in Notre Dame football coaches 50 Hayao Miyazaki genre 51 Damascus’s place: abbr. 52 Washing machine dye brand 53 Last letter, in Leeds 54 Tag info 58 Reasoning behind a crime 60 Send out 62 U.S. uncle’s “Friday the 13th” character, to a German yes-man? 64 Went kaput 65 Concert load 66 Carb-loading dish 67 Craigslist postings 68 Pull-down list 69 Dream on?


1 Gave some help 2 The rest of the U.S., to Hawaiians (with “the”)

What is bought by the yard and worn by the foot? (answer can be found in the classifieds section)

3 Place to pick up some brews 4 Spanish golfer Ballesteros 5 Russian org. and enemy in Bond novels 6 CIO’s labor mate 7 Core 8 “Mad Men” star Jon 9 Heavy marching band instrument

10 “___ not making myself clear?” 11 Index with a composite 12 Legacy maker 16 Fireplace spot 18 Org. that requested the Pet Shop Boys change their name to the Rescue Shelter Boys 22 Like cacti 26 Feed music through, as with Muzak 28 Rowing machine unit 31 Hawaiian porch 32 “Dallas” family 33 Op. ___ (footnote abbr.) 37 “Funeral Blues” poet W.H. ___ 38 Civil rights leader, in street names 39 “Singin’ in the Rain” actress Cyd 40 Word that comes from another word 41 Outline seen in local weather reports 42 1980s “truly outrageous” cartoon 44 In a fog 45 Condition meaning “lack of blood” 46 Spruced (up) 47 Song sung on Sunday 48 Their support is requested on some bumper stickers 55 Get in ___ 56 1974 Lucille Ball musical 57 Chris Berman network 59 Company that introduced non-stick cookware 61 Scores that may cause showboating afterward: abbr. 63 NW school that’s home to the Beavers ©2009 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords. com)For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #0422.

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”-Mark Twain


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SHOP TALK – By Captain Carburetor CharlieHolthausen

The Local • Steamboat Springs Dear Captain Carburetor, I have a 2003 Yamaha FJR 1300 motorcycle and I want to know more about gasoline octane and what grade I should use in my bike? –Rick from Steamboat. Dear Rick, The standard answer is to use the manufacturer’s recommendations. Engine manufactures do extensive testing and design work to engineer the best possible machine for the job. Recommended gasoline octane will give you a guideline for performance and long engine life without wasting your money on higher octane than your bike needs. Use premium octane fuel for your Yamaha. There are 2 worldwide standard tests for gasoline octane rating, and a third that is an average of the first two. In the United States we use the averaging system. First is the Research Octane Number, or RON. This testing method uses a special test engine with variable compression. If fuel is compressed in an engine, it can ignite early before the spark ignition sets it off. This early ignition is called pre-ignition, “knock,” or “ping”. It seems converse to normal thinking, but the higher the octane rating, the slower the fuel burns. A slower more controlled burn is more desirable than a fast flash type burn. (More useable energy.) The next octane rating is called Motor Octane Number, or MON. This test is similar

Octane Rating

to the RON test except it tests the fuel under a load and at a higher RPM, this method is considered a better test. In the US we average both tests, and on some pumps you will see the notation (R+M) / 2.Also known as the Anti-Knock Index or AKI. Racing engines and motorcycle engines often operate at wide open throttle, use a higher compression ratio and need a fuel that will not ignite early due to the compression. There are lots of variables in rating fuel but anti-knock is the primary concern of octane rating. The piston in an engine goes up and down; you have probably seen the commercials. The explosion from the fuel pushes the piston down as it goes past the top of the rotation, (top dead center of the stroke). This is like when you push somebody on a swing, your hand catches up with them as they go by and adds a push. Imagine if you tried to push someone on a swing as they were coming back the other way! THAT is what happens inside an engine when the fuel ignites early. Pre-ignition is not good, It does not promote a healthy engine and it does not promote a smooth efficient delivery of power. Some modern computerized engine management systems use a peizo-electric sensor to detect engine knock and will retard the ignition timing to stop the knock or pre-ignition. Retarding the timing might save your engine but

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it will drastically reduce your power output. OK, the old rule is that you cannot hurt your engine with a fuel of too high an octane rating, but you CAN hurt your engine with a fuel that has too low of an octane rating. My son and I have 2 old BMW motorcycles and we have found better running and better performance with high test gasoline than regular. I have no scientific data, but the engine idle on my bike is slightly higher if I use a premium fuel. Also, I believe that the more expensive fuels have better detergents and an additive package that includes cleaners (like Techron) to keep the intake system and throttle plate clean of varnish and the gunk that tends to build up from today’s fuels. Another issue that will affect your gasoline quality is how old it is. As fuel ages it gets “stale” and will deteriorate. Varnish and gums will build up in stale gas and lower the performance of the engine. The maximum life of gasoline is 60 days. How long did it take to get delivered

to your favorite gas station? How long has it been sitting in the tanks before you purchased it? Any fuel that will be stored more than a month should have some fuel stabilizer added to the tank and run until it gets into the carburetor or fuel system. This stabilizer will keep the fuel fresh for up to 1 year. So, in my mind (and my bike) you should use the highest pump octane available, usually 92. Aviation fuel or racing fuel is not necessary, and just a waste of money. Stick with name brand gasoline. I look for a station with heavy traffic so the fuel tends to be newer. I imagine that the gas in the station at Tin Cup, Colorado might be fairly old. Charlie Holthausen is the founder of Black Diamond Automotive in Steamboat and is master certified by ASE, the premier testing agency for automotive technicians. Charlie also holds the L-1 advanced level certifications. Send your comments and car questions to: CaptainCarburetor @gmail. com.

inebriated informant

The Mustard Man Can!


The Local • Steamboat Springs The twenty five Super Soakers (twenty five being a symbolic number for the age that I had just turned) emanate a stream of Pabst Blue Ribbon onto the Informant. The clamorous machinations of the crowd caused disillusions of greatness to echo through memories of a squandered youth, leaving me an empty shell to be filled with libations. There were no delusions of grandeur because that would imply that grandeur had a possibility of existing in my feeble state. The Jose Cuervo dumped on the Informant’s head causes temporary and excruciating blindness. “Why can’t you f***ers just give me a drink instead of pouring it on my head?” I exclaimed to the projectile hurling mob of alleged friends. I get a drink, but sadly upon my sight returning, I realize it is from a random jackass completely naked and covered with mustard running through the house scaring all the girls. Unlike the delight of seeing a girl flash her boobs in a crowd, Mustard Man moved in slow motion through the crowd, each sinewy muscle dripping with yellow skankyness. “Why can’t the girl flashing be etched in my brain in slow motion?” the Informant pondered. It must be that the more disturbing the image or experience, the slower it seems to move through my cranial apparatus. This inexplicable and unfulfilling temporal cataclysm caused an even greater void to form in the Informant’s already decayed soul. The stench of spicy vinegar diffused through the seedy collegiate living quarters. With each step that Mustard Man took one hot co-ed would run screaming. This indirectly proportional phenomenon caused the party

to evaporate like the morning dew. However, Mustard Man did not evaporate quite so easily. His conquest of my already filthy house was not unlike that of the British Empire scavenging the Far East for exotic herbs and spices. The mustum arden, or burning must, as the Romans called it, burned the eyeballs of the party goers. This event made me curse the Romans for mixing fermented grape juice with ‘must’ or ground seeds of the sinapis plant. Eventually my roommate and Mustard Man’s make up artist were able to apprehend the hedonistic, yellow adorned d**che bag. In the morning I felt the sadness of the first monk to brew beer and get wasted by himself only then to wake up and wonder why he felt like sh**. Not to say that this was the first hangover ever, but it was quite possibly the worst. The foul stench of vinegar based evil and shame permeated through the walls of my once jovial household. My roommates both wept and stymied their vomit reflex with each mustard remnant sighting. My one roommate, Kansas as we called him, admitted shakily that his first sighting of Mustard Man’s phallus was when he was shooting at the four ball at the pool table, he made the shot and looked up to see not four but two. I comforted him with a cold cup of flat keg beer and assured the little fella that everything was going to be okay. He wept. Thanks Mustard Man, I have now reached a new low.

Note: Image of an acceptable mustard man. Not the evil jerk that tainted the informants very soul.

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