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Volume 8 - Issue 25 - December 4 - December 17, 2008 The Flying Crane

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

About the Cover Photo Credit:Thomas Reuter


About the Cover With the gray gloom of weather and construction for a backdrop, Darren Wells (a repair shop manager at Sports Stalker) executes a 180 grab in the mini terrain park on Little Rodeo at the Steamboat Ski Area on Dec 2nd. Despite a lack of early season snowfall the ski area opened on schedule the day before Thanksgiving thanks to improvements in snow making equipment. And even though only a few runs were open for the first week, many locals enjoyed having a scaled-back terrain park to play around in and practice some tricks. More snowfall since the opening is making it possible for the Gondola and Storm Peak Express to open by Dec 6th. Massive construction projects and giant cranes have become a common part of the scenery at the Steamboat Ski Area in recent years. The crane in the background of this picture is part of the efforts to build The Edgemont Project. Despite the national economic downturn, construction will continue on the high-end condominium project throughout the winter. Other construction projects around the ski area face a less certain future. After a summer of demolition in Ski Time Square, in which several buildings and many longstanding businesses were wiped off the face of the earth, rumors are now circulating that the rebuilding phase of the project may be put on hold for as long as 4 years. But despite the slow economy and drab late-80s Eastern Bloc motif of this picture, locals are optimistic that the Christmas season and lots of snow will lift everyone’s spirits in the coming fortnight. Volume 8 - Issue 25 - December 4 - December 17, 2008 The Flying Crane

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"Tough love" is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else. - Noam Chomsky

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008 KatNThaHat - Sports

Meet the Locals The Local is a community forum for Steamboat Springs and all of the Yampa Valley. The mission of The Local is to provide a voice for any resident that would like to express himself or herself, and the result of this is a publication that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of many different ages, races, and creeds are represented in the essays, fiction, commentaries, comics, poetry, and photography of this paper. The following people are some of The Locals that make The Local what it is. Editor-in-Chief - Thomas Reuter Thomas is a Colorado Native and a resident of Steamboat since 1993. After graduating from Steamboat Springs High School, he attended the University of Colorado for a short time and then travelled to all 50 US states before deciding that Steamboat is the place to be. Thomas and his wife Kimberley recently purchased The Local and intend to run it for many years.

T.D. Counts aka KAT-N-THA-HAT aka “That guy”.Yeah, him, the one who snuck in over the pass in 2000, witnessed a Maceo Parker concert on the mountain and was hooked. Now I’m “that guy”, the one on the radio, 1230 am ESPN radio, Monday and Thursday, 4-6pm, yeah him. The kid who has a Psychology degree from UWGB [GO PACKERS, sometimes, well not anymore really, No Farve, no fun] Born in Pasadena, Ca. raised in Long Island, NY. Thus the incredible love for DA Raiders AND The G-Men. I have a habit of wearing the #10 and scoring goals on the soccer field, thanks to the incredible level of play by the super athletes in this valley. Won a REC. Basketball Title, Football Title, KickBall Title, Thank you K. Rice, always in my heart. And numerous coed soccer title T-shirts. Next on my list is baseball, please honey.. Stay Black,

Chelsea Yepello - 'Scopes to Live By

Chelsea has been a Steamboat local since monkeys could walk on two feet and has been the Scope lady for five-ish years. She spends most of her time staring into the sun with the goal of eventually seeing through space and time, and is also the president of a not so secret society dedicated to whoever created the twisty tie. Chelsea is the only known survivor of the governmental experiment of ingesting Pop Rocks and soda at the same time. She hates bananas, raisins, root beer and peanut butter.

Michelle Dover - Get Lit

Michelle is an adoring explorer of words, ideas and stories. She shares a kindred spirit with Super Librarian and ardently assists in concealing her identity. As the Circulation Services Manager at Bud Werner Memorial Library and as the facilitator of the Bud Werner Library Book Club she freely enjoys talking books all day. Typically her columns have something to do with her latest book infatuations, except when she strays with ideas and the injustices of the world. She has five children, a dog Julie and a fish named Che. When she’s not reading, discussing books, and enjoying her family you’ll find her on her bike or skies.

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). • 970-879-2444

Scott L. Ford - Do You See What I See? Scott has been a columnist for The Local since January 2003. His column focuses on economics, politics, and his perspective on current and personal events.  Scott is the Co-founder of the Mountain Learning Network and is an avid fly fisher.  Retired from Colorado Mountain College, he is currently involved as a volunteer in several economic development activities in the Yampa Valley.  He is married with three adult children and an exuberant chocolate Labrador Retriever named, Tobias the Amazing Trout Dog.

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.  I love science fiction, hiking, biking, and screen writing.  The sheriff here is my husband Scott, aka my tech support and web designer.

Jayson Martin - "Colorado Native" Comic Strip Originally from New Hampshire I moved here in 2006. I’m just a 32 year old dude who loves Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Drawing comics and practicing Shamanism.....No really I am 32!

Inebriated Informant The Inebriated Informant seeks solace in the large bosom of The Steamboat Local because he doesn't know his ass from his elbow, so don’t get mad, just enjoy the random ramblings. In truth, the Informant is an intelligent and talented Steamboat local, but due to his near-continuous inebriation, he is ashamed to reveal his true identity. Perhaps Dr. Dawn may someday learn who he is and answer his lonely cry for help.

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 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

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.

Leanne Metzler - "Calendar Girl" Leanne is a rockin' in-the-mix chick who knows everything about everything that's going on in Steamboat. If you're planning on having a party, she already knows about it, but tell her anyway at and she'll make sure it's listed in The Local.

Justin Barker and Teresa Villarroya Bronchal

Justin Barker, recently returned from Spain, is a Routt County ranch hand local. Teresa Villarroya Bronchal would rather dance a jota than a sevillana..

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• PROPS • To the mini terrain park on Little Rodeo To all the beautiful girls at Winonas! To $2 gas To the ski area opening on schedule

• gripes • Dudes who pull out their money clip at inappropriate times. Disorganization slowing down progress. When the phone in the elevator rings and it’s a telemarketer. The Federal Reserve

• smidgens • “Chocolate was God’s only good idea.” Overheard at Mambo Italiano: “Have you written any poetry lately? No I'm happy now.” “Of course I’m successful, I’m Asian.”

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Editor's Notes • Thomas Reuter

Flag Retraction & South Park Syndrome I was a little surprised by the level of offense that my last column caused some people. A couple of months ago when I wrote a four page exposé about the District Attorney’s office and accused them of all sorts of evil deeds no one said boo. But when I wrote a light-natured article about “Sign Nazis” quite a few people were terribly offended. I have given the comments I have received a great deal of consideration, and I feel it is necessary for me to offer some of my thoughts on the matter. First off, I would like to apologize for any offense the picture of the Nazi flag may have caused. At first I was a bit miffed as to exactly what people were upset about. If anything, I thought the most offensive thing I had written was calling Steamboat’s iconic snowy barn “that ugly dilapidated barn.” It never occurred to me that my Nazi references would have evoked any indignation. After all, Nazis are referenced almost daily in rather benign ways. The most famous of these references is Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi.” As a result of that episode of Seinfeld, Soup Nazi references have become a humorous part of the common vernacular. In my defense, I offer that this was the spirit in which I invoked the term “Sign Nazi.” Interestingly though, it was not the word ‘Nazi’ that created the backlash, but rather the image of the Nazi flag. The following comment from our new website captured best the negative sentiment created by the article. “You[r] swastika flag, both on the site and on your paper, show complete ignorance on the part of the editor. Learn a little history and what these symbols mean to a lot of people. They aren't a cute little joke, but are quite insulting. I don't see much future for this paper if this is how it is going to start.” Taking the advice from this comment, I decided to do a little research on the meaning of words and symbols. In linguistics there is a specific discipline that studies the evolution of the meaning of words and categorizes their changes over time. Most people are aware that the definitions of words

change as people use them in different ways. Words can become more generalized in meaning (as in ‘cool,’ which can mean just about anything now), or they can become more specialized in meaning (as in ‘meat,’ which used to mean any type of food, but now refers specifically to animal flesh.) There is also another categorization for words that keep their basic definition, yet become more positively or more negatively charged over time. The terms that describe these processes are ‘pejoration’ and ‘amelioration.’ A good example of pejorization is the ‘N-word’ which was used quite commonly for hundreds of years in this country to describe African Americans. Although it was often used to describe African Americans negatively, it was also commonly used to refer to them generically without any negativity implied. Over the past fifty years however, the ‘N-word’ has taken on such a strong negative charge that many media outlets now make reference to it only as “the N-word.” The opposite of pejoration is ‘amelioration,’ under which a word evolves to take on a more positive (or less negative) charge. The words ‘bad’ and ‘sick’ in reference to snowboarding tricks would be a good example of this. Amelioration can also be used to describe the evolution of the meaning of the word ‘Nazi’ in recent years. Contrary to the accusations of the above published comment from our website, I have actually read quite a bit of history and I am well aware of what the Nazis stood for, as well as the atrocities that the Nazis perpetrated against humanity. Nazis believed in racial superiority and they were responsible for killing millions. And for a long time after World War II, the word ‘Nazi’ invoked everything that Nazis stood for. It was a bad word. But over time, people began making references to Nazis that caused the word to have some of its negative charge ameliorated. References such as ‘The Soup Nazi’ on Seinfeld, ‘Springtime for Hitler’ in the play ‘The Producers’, and even references to ‘FemiNazis’ on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show created a bit of absurd humor in the word ‘Nazi.’ It has become so commonplace in fact,

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that Ask a Mexican! even made reference to “Indiginazis” in the same issue of The Local as my offensive editorial. So the bottom line is this: the Nazis were evil, and the word ‘Nazi’ once stood for all of the evil they represented in the 1930s and 1940s. However, over time the meaning of the word ‘Nazi’ has evolved to take on a second definition often used to imply evil of a lighter, more absurd variety. The mistake I made in my last editorial, and the one that I am contrite for making, was that I failed to recognize that the same type of evolution has not taken place with the Nazi flag. When one sees the Nazi flag, or any swastika, it evokes an involuntary and visceral response that causes many people to cringe. The Nazi flag still stands for everything evil that The Third Reich once stood for. There has been no humor or amelioration of any kind over the past 65 years to make the symbol of the Nazi movement any less potent. There are no cutsie depictions of newborns swaddled in Nazi flags or popular images of rabbits decorated with swastikas as they nibble on daffodils. In fact, the only time you see images of the Nazi flag is in association with hate-groups like neo-Nazis, which continue to propagate the evil originally spawned by Hitler. When I chose to add the Nazi flag to my article last issue, I did not consider any of this. I was simply looking for a relevant graphic to add to my article. It was a poor decision and I apologize for this. Finally, to further clarify the matter, I feel I should state that I do not think that any of the City of Steamboat Springs’ sign enforcement officials are aligned with the ideology of The Third Reich. I believe the sign police are of the ‘Soup Nazi’ variety of Nazis, not the Hitler-type. No soup for my last column I guess.

South Park Syndrome At the same time as I acknowledge my mistake for printing the Nazi flag in my last editorial, I feel this event warrants a deeper examination into the role of The Local as an alternative newspaper. I fully acknowledge that my last column deserved criticism; however, in general I do not intend to shy away from irreverent and/or controversial material in order to avoid public indignation. The role of an alternative

newspaper is to provide a resource for a wide variety of thoughts, ideas, and expressions. The Local represents many different points of view, and not all of these will be popular. The truth is, offensive material can often times be salutary to your psyche. Once banned books such as Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and Catcher in the Rye are now widely respected for expanding your mind, not corrupting it. And more recently, South Park has emerged as the preeminent form of offensively-enlightening entertainment. In fact, South Park has played an extremely influential role in my understanding of how alternative and dissident points of view are an essential element for the health of a society. I remember the first episode of South Park that I watched in 1997. Mr. Hanky, a singing and dancing clump of human fecal matter, paraded across the television in a series of cheerful and shocking Christmas antics. Simply put, upon first seeing this, I was stunned. I wasn’t sure if I should be offended or not. It was funny, but my conservative upbringing wouldn’t allow me to laugh. Scatological humor was simply not something I was comfortable with. However, over the course of watching the past 12 seasons of South Park, I can now find humor in just about every type of offensive material you can imagine. Where I would have once found certain material to be offensive - be it scatological, racial, mentally or physically handicapped, sexual, political, or religious - I now can smile at it and acknowledge the underlying observations about the world that it illustrates. And as a result, I am much slower to be intolerant than I once was. This is South Park’s great gift to the world. Once your ability to be offended is broken down, your ability to be intolerant is similarly diminished. After all, you cannot be intolerant if you are not first offended by something or someone. In fact, I believe in the enlightening effects of South Park so much that I believe the solution to all the problems in Iraq and Afghanistan is a massive dose of South Park for all Iraqi and Afghani citizens. We should translate all episodes of South Park into Arabic and make it mandatory for all people in those countries to watch

four episodes a day for one year. At the end of this period of time, the people prone to fanatical behavior would completely lose their ability to hate, and along with it, their will to become radicals and blow up cars, people, and themselves. Instead, they would all be able to reflect on the folly of the human condition and have a good long laugh at their own expense. If you doubt this, imagine the episodes where Satan is portrayed as Saddam Hussein’s gay lover. Now try to picture a bunch of Taliban fighters sitting in a cave watching Saddam Hussein emotionally abuse Satan and drive The Prince of Darkness into a deep introspective depression. The Taliban fighters would at first be shocked and feign anger, but then they would struggle to hold their smiles and smirks back. By the end of the episode they would all be laughing hysterically and shaking their heads at how silly everything and everyone really are. Then they would suddenly snap out of their blind devotion to the abstract and absurd notion of a “holy war” and go home and be productive. All would be well in the world.

So remember to always take offensive material with a grain of salt. There is usually something interesting to learn from it. We at the Local are not bigots or hatemongers, and in occasionally printing controversial material we only intend to stimulate the minds of our readers. There are many ways to expose new veins of understanding; and controversy is often one of the most effective ways to do this. When printing something objectionable we are only trying to incite conversations and encourage the breakdown of the social mores that can hinder open-mindedness. If you are offended, we apologize, for our intention is only to get you think and hopefully develop more of a sense of humor. So please, enjoy, for we are pretty conservative compared to other alternative newspapers across the country. If you doubt this, try looking at The Stranger (a Seattle based paper) sometime.. And if you disagree with any of this, please feel free to post exactly how you feel on our new comments section on our website, www.

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do you see what I see?

Not Knowing What to Do With Financial Toxic Waste Is a Problem ScottFord The Local • Steamboat Springs In my last two columns I asked you to join me on a learning journey. You would invest three to four minutes of time reading my column and I would do my best to research and explain the current economic mess/crisis in ways not clouded with jargon. As a result we all get a wee-bit smarter. To recap where we are on our learning journey here are the highlights of the previous two columns. 1. The “world’s savings”, i.e., money that is being saved, which is typically invested in very safe things such as high quality bonds, had doubled from 2000- 2006 to over $70 trillion. All this meant was that there was a lot of money sloshing around looking for secure investments. Mortgage backed securities was perceived as one such investment. A mortgage backed security is nothing more than a whole bunch of mortgages pooled together by an investment banker to form a bond, of which investors then buy shares. 2. With all the money sloshing around, shares in mortgage backed securities rocketed in value. Investment managers around the world could not get enough of them. The demand for these bonds became so great that the invest-

ment bankers such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers' kept asking the banks, who specialize in home mortgages, for more to buy. In an effort to offer more mortgages some banks started loosening their underwriting standards. As a result

people who would have never qualified for a mortgage could get one and they started shopping for homes to buy. The law of supply and demand took over and the prices of homes began to rise rapidly. By 2005 all sorts of silliness was going on in the home mortgage market. That brings us to the topic of this column. There were an increasing number of folks in the investment banking industry that knew, with the relaxed underwriting rules, some of the mortgages they were buying were of low quality. These low quality or less than prime mortgages were called sub-prime. Sub-prime mortgages were working their way into the system and getting pooled along with good mortgages. As long as home prices continued to increase, it was

felt that even if a few of the sub-prime mortgages defaulted, it was worth the risk to continue pooling them with good ones. By 2006 more and more “sub-prime mortgages” worked their way into the system. The share that they represented in the over all pool of mortgages became worrisome. To make things even more complicated not all sub-prime mortgages are created equal. Some sub-prime mortgages will perform, (folks will pay their mortgages timely), and others will go into default. The projected percentage that would likely default became known as “toxic waste.” How much “toxic waste” was imbedded in any given mortgage backed security? This is a very hard question to answer because nobody knew. However, it was acknowledged that “toxic waste” was a growing problem and could undermine the value of the mortgage backed security bonds. The investment bankers once again put their American entrepre-

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neurial financial ingenuity to work to solve this problem. It was felt that if they could create a pool that was comprised of slices of the projected “toxic waste” they could then create a bond and sell shares. The money associated with the shares of the new bond would help minimize the risk of the “toxic waste” that was deeply embedded within the mortgage backed security bonds. This was essentially a paper transaction. This new bond became known as Collateralized Debt Obligation or CDO for short. Confused? Do not feel bad. Warren Buffett, ranked by Forbes magazine in January of 2008 as the richest man in the world, and pretty smart guy when it comes to investing admits he does not fully understand CDOs in the context of mortgage backed securities. He therefore avoided investing in them because it is difficult if not impossible to calculate how much they are worth. How much any given share of a

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Our Story

The Great Depression: Part III (1930-1932) Paul & EllenBonnifield The Local • Steamboat Springs Following the October 1929 stock market crash President Herbert Hoover, fearing a APanic,@ assembled business leaders and asked them to continue production, maintain prices, and maintain wages and employment. He and his advisers believed that the economy was basically sound. If a panic were avoided, prosperity would quickly return. He coined the term Adepression@ to indicate it was only a down turn, a shallow low spot. The economy would soon right itself. Businessmen generally agreed with Hoover and for a few weeks continued business as usual. It was believed that talking publicly about hard times would cause the Panic. Newspaper articles in northwestern Colorado were usually upbeat commenting on good farm crops and said little about market prices. More often bad conditions were simply ignored. For example, a great deal was said about tourism in 1929 but very little was said in 1930 - 32. In late November 1929, the Steamboat Pilot printed a letter by J. C. Penney. He assured everyone that the economy was sound while production and consumption continued. The stock market crash was only limited to speculators. In January 1930, with enthusiasm the Oak Creek Times Leader announced it was expanding the paper by two pages, and the paper was full of large advertisements. By March the paper had quietly retreated to its earlier size, many ads were gone, and the font size was much smaller. By midsummer the paper was

further reduced in size. Governor William H. ABilly@ Adams was an old hack politician from the San Louis Valley who became a state senator in 1889, and he just hung around until he was known as Uncle Billy Adams. Without any real platform he was elected governor. He was reelected by assuring the voters, Ahe would do his best@ and leaving the campaign to his machine. He did little to address the depression except build highways. Adam=s chief executive secretary was Ed C. Johnson from Craig. Johnson was a ruthless politician, who at age 38, was first elected to the legislature. In 1931 he became Lt. Governor and soon convinced Governor Adams to make him executive secretary. From that position he built a powerful machine. The federal government provided millions of dollars for highway construction. Since much of the highway work was done with teams of horses and men, local farmers throughout the state found work on the construction crews. The federal government supplied money for construction; however, the state decided which highways would be repair or build. Johnson through Adams selected construction projects, and only loyal supports received highways. Early relief highway projects included relocating US 40 from Hayden to Craig, extensive work on the highway from Craig to Vernal, Utah, and relocating the road over Rabbit Ears Pass. The highway

between Hayden and Craig originally was south of the river along the hill and did not parallel the railroad. The Steamboat Pilot details the new highway location, Achange the route of federal aid road, U. S. 40, westward from the Max Long ranch, past the McWilliams ranch to the O. C. Bartholomew corner, then east to Rabbit Ears pass.@ (Can you locate the route?) Since a large percentage of grazing fees were used for road construction, local ranchers and business groups successfully pressured the forest service to increase the number of animals on each permit. As a forest road or trail the forest service financed and surveyed a new route over Rabbit Ears Pass. The Denver and Salt Lake RR became a prime target for northwestern Colorado businessmen. Reaching back to a page in the Populist/ Progressive era, they were certain that excessive freight rates caused hard times. Using the Moffat Tunnel Commission as a lobby, citizens asked the Public Utilities Commission to reduce freight rates. For nearly two years the railroad and counties fought over freight rates. A second controversy with the railroad was over construction of the Dotsero Cut-off. The Moffat Road was originally promoted to run from Denver to Salt Lake City via the Yampa Valley and the Uin-

ta Basin. With construction of the Moffat Tunnel, it was believed that the road would be completed. Instead the Denver & Rio Grande purchased the Denver & Salt Lake. The Rio Grande proposed constructing the Dotsero Cut-off from Orestod (Bond) to Dotsero where the Moffat Road would join the old Rio Grande. The Yampa Valley would be on a dead end branch line and the Uinta Basin would not have a railroad. (Shipping by trucks was in the future.) The valley wanted construction with big crews and large purchases to boom the economy. Hayden=s Farrington R. AFerry@ Carpenter was involved in several court actions to prevent construction of the Cut-off, but the PUC approved and the ICC recommended that the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) provide $3,850,000 to build the Cut-off. The RFC was a Hoover Administration effort to combat the depression by assisting business with liberal loans. ( to be continued)

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Inebriated informant

Bunny Season InebriatedInformant The Local • Steamboat Springs Yay! For bunny season. With cougar season slowly coming to a close, a new type of animal squeaks its arrival adorned with fuzzy boots and furry mittens. What is this creature you ask? The ski bunny of course! These fun loving beings bring a new wealth of bouncyness and life to the ski town that is often absent during the inter-season months. These animals undergo a series of transformations throughout their existence, which has been thoroughly documented below. Rabbits comprise a large group of mammalian creatures. They belong in the family leporidae and inhabit the lower grasslands of the United States. All rabbits, with the exception of the cottontail live underground in burrows called warrens. Each year the females are called upon by an unknown force, to leave their ‘Warrens’ and change locations temporarily. As these females migrate into mountainous regions of Colorado they become known as bunnies. The reason for this dangerous trek into the wilderness is what this inebriated nature lover hopes

to discover. Is it the snow-covered slopes that they slide down, prompting them to giggle uncontrollably? Possibly. Another reason could be that they have an irresistible primal urge to seek solace from their brutish male counterparts who lie ignorantly in the grasslands, waiting, for their women to return. Little do these males know that the bunny was revered by the ancient Aztecs as the god of fertility, parties and drunkenness. These fluffy animals become excited when they taste the fermented grains of

northwest Colorado. These grains are much more delicious than the flavorless grass and rice distilled beverages of the midwest. The change in elevation gives the bunnies a richer experience due to the loss of inhibition caused by their reduced tolerance for such fermented grains. Once they reach this stage of unconscionable enticement, they tend to taste the blood of infidelity, and… well… mate like rabbits! They can be elusive however, and are sometimes accompanied by ‘bucks’(male rabbits), who can be a fearsome adversary when his dens’ integrity is compromised. Beware the bunnies accompanied by said intimidators. Fortunately, these beasts will often stay at home to protect the burrow, which leaves his bunny vulnerable to the canis lupus (wolves) of the mountains. This bouncy mammal can be captured if one uses the correct tools of the trade. Often these creatures are taken using snares and traps. These traps are often manifested as tasty one-ounce vials of flavored distilled grains, commonly referred to as shots. Even canis lupus familiaris (hounds) can be utilized in the capture of these sumptuous and

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sometimes voluptuous delicacies. Simply walking a dog down the street may lure these cottontails to do your bidding. The bunnies’ primary competition is of course the cougar. But, the bunnies, with their bounciness can be very sneaky, and avoid a full on conflict with one of these vicious cats. The bunnies know full well that the local wolf is much more vulnerable to the cougar and that they are no match for such a powerful predator. All of this leads me to believe that these bunnies long to be captured, if only for a night, by the rugged canines of the mountains. They will even risk their lives by running the gauntlet of cougars in the mountain environment. This urge is enough to encourage them to make the perilous but exciting migration known as the Ski Vacation. So round up the wolf pack and lets begin the hunt, for bunny season is at hand. But, beware for a bunny that has been captured in the hunt, while being fun at night, is a completely different animal in the morning. But that is a whole other story!

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dr. dawn's rx

Step Three Dr. DawnObrecht The Local • Steamboat Springs “We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” This is step three of Narcotics Anonymous, adapted, with permission, from Alcoholics Anonymous. There are approximately 125 twelve-step groups in this country, most of them world-wide, all adapted from A.A., the original and “gold standard.” Hmmm, maybe twelve-step groups work. In reviewing Step Two, at least rereading my article in The Local from August, 2008, we learn that for recovery to be successful and ongoing, we need a Higher Power. Addicts who find themselves in trouble, the drugs not working any more, their lives not working so well, have gotten there by trying to do life “on my own.” How’s that working for you, living life on self-will without a spiritual pathway of any kind? Like a two-year old, “I can do it myself ” is the refrain we hear, until the addict hits bottom, is beaten into a state of reasonableness and looks at where “doing it himself ” has gotten him. Two-year olds grow up, most accepting help somewhere along the line, from parents, teachers, coaches, and friends. Addicts too, need to accept help to grow up and grow into recovery. So, after reviewing step two, we remember that we have come to believe a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity. For us to continue in recovery, we get to nurture our relationship with that power and actually turn our will and our lives over to It, Her, or Him. For those with healthy or even reasonable religious backgrounds, it might be possible to build on something from your past. For those who have been sexually abused by clergy, not likely. Deal

with your past “God concept” and either discard it and start over or feed, water and grow the seed you do have. The Judeo-Christian God concept is more prevalent in the Western hemisphere, but Eastern Religions have a presence, too. Find something that will work for you. Some people have great success using the “force of the Universe,” “collective good,” or “positive energy”. The point is that there is a Higher Power and it is not you. You are simply not the center of the Universe. One crucial point for anyone attempting recovery…not for the faint-hearted…is open-mindedness (see The Local, November, 2008), about God and almost everything else. If you remain clean and sober and open-minded, your ideas about many things will change. You will hear things you have never heard and find that you may decide to change your mind about a variety of things. Your self-concept, other-concept, and Godconcept will change; guaranteed. Recovery programs are not in the business of pushing religion. They are, however, in the business of showing addicts, alcoholics, and anyone using the program to heal and grow; that we need a God…not that God exists, but that we need Him, whoever or whatever He is. Get this: God, not religion. It has been said that there is nothing wrong with Christianity, it’s Christians that are the problem. Don’t write or call me about all the things wrong with religion; I am not talking religion, and 12-step programs are not “religious”. Reread the phrase after God…it says, as we understood Him, not as the Sunday School teacher understood Him, or your parents crammed Him down your throat, or the preacher used to threaten you. Step Three is the foundation for recovery, the step we build on. There are nine more steps in twelve-step programs,

the next six requiring lots of specific work and while giving us freedom in the end, they bring up enormous pain during the “working” of them. To find ongoing freedom from all mind-altering drugs, to not relapse while cleaning up our past and to have a life we deem worth living, we find we have to live differently than we have so far. We find we have to turn our lives over to someone or something that can do a better job than we have done. We have to develop a relationship with something that can run our lives better than we can. We are not off of the hook; we still have to do the best we can, do what we think we are supposed to do, but the results are no longer up to us. God is in charge of the results department. Talk to people in whom you see something you want, peace, joy, acceptance, whatever. Talk to others with ongoing recovery and happiness. Don’t expect everyone with a relationship with God to be perfect, kind, and serene all the time. We are dealing with human beings here, imperfect specimens at best. But, if your life is not working too well,

whether you are an addict needing recovery or not, try God. You have nothing to lose and can change your mind at any time. Be honest and fair with yourself and give it a really good try, talking to those who do have God. Put time, energy, and commitment into establishing a relationship with God for a while, maybe for three or four months before rejecting the whole idea. Look for evidence: nature, “coincidences”, cool people in your life, the fact that you are still alive after trying to kill yourself with your risky behavior and near-death overdoses. Maybe someone is watching over you and wants you alive for a reason. This is a great time of year to find God. 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 970-8468479 or Copyright Dawn Obrecht 2008

Capitalism is not fundamentally racist -- it can exploit racism for its purposes, but racism isn't built into it. - Noam Chomsky

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

audrey rose

When Stars Shine DagnyMcKinley The Local • Steamboat Springs When the land strips the color away from summer’s light, all things fall dark. Clouds roll in and translucence gives way to stellar dendrites falling from the sky leaving traces of snow on every surface. The mountain opened reluctantly, with barren soils peeking through manmade snow, although this was a sign for another epic year. Late snows usually mean when it comes, it comes hard and heavy. Audrey Rose had already warned the wildlife the tourists were coming, giving them a chance to find a new home or put on their best smiles for photo ops. She said good-bye to the peacefulness of mud season and prepared herself to make new friends. Thanksgiving saw plenty of empty homes, and job losses across the country. Giving thanks brought a new awareness of the important things in life – family, a place to sleep, food to put on the table. Audrey Rose spent the day alone, in the branch of a pine, killed by the beetle. Without the needles she could see much further. Looking out over the landscape, a magpie’s scavenging, elk bugling and the mountain lions chasing trains, Audrey Rose gave thanks for her life and the lives of every person and creature she had come into contact with. She used Thanksgiving as a day of silence a day of


peace before it might become shattered. “When it is darkest, men see the stars,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson and the drunk guy at Tugboat. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream,” said Vincent Van Gogh and Audrey Rose. The man was dark and hairy. He had a full wiry beard, and eyebrows that reached out close to an inch from his face. “Is life really so bad?” asked Audrey Rose who was working on her fifth Baileys shot to help her feel more in the holiday spirit. “Let’s see. I lost my job. My wife cheated on me because I spend too much time at the bar and I’ll probably lose my house before the end of the year.” “Then this is the perfect time for the barter system.” “If I have nothing, then what the hell am I supposed to barter?” “Everyone has something to give,” said Audrey Rose “just watch. "Audrey Rose went behind the bar and hugged the bartender who poured her a free drink. “As easy as that,” said Audrey Rose. “Sure. You’re a chick with no top on. Of course you get things for free.” “Oh, sunshine, that wasn’t free. He got human touch, to share warmth with another person. Now you try.” “Hell no!”

“Not the bartender.” The man got up, picked up Audrey Rose and hugged her as tight as he could. “Giddy-up,” squealed Audrey Rose as the man put her down. “That’s the best bear hug I’ve had in a long time.” Audrey Rose went behind the bar, hugged the bartender and the bartender poured the hairy man a drink. “How cloudy is your sky now?” “I think I see a star.” “Just one?” asked Audrey Rose. “You lit up my Milky Way.” Replied the man. The man had not just given Audrey Rose a hug, but he had reminded her

[Adam] Smith was strongly opposed to all of the idiocy they now sprout in his name. - Noam Chomsky

how much she liked hugs. On the way out of the bar, Audrey Rose hugged every patron. Some hugged back, some backed away. The free bus took her down to city market where she convinced the supermarket to give her free paper, glitter and glue so she could make a sign. For the rest of the day she stood outside with her sign that offered free hugs. The sign sparkled and so did Audrey Rose with each hug she received. Small kids, mother’s, friends, boyfriends, so many people gave hugs and received smiles, smiles that infected them that they passed on. None of it cost a penny.

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The Local


Wrap it Up!!! Kat’NThaHat The Local • Steamboat Springs

The grass is NEVER greener on the other side and you know it!! No playoff system for college football. Keep all the bowl games and add a few more. There obviously needs to be a Beef Jerky Bowl, with that sasquatch dude in every commercial. There is a Geico Bowl right? Lizards would naturally beat the mess out of the Cavemen. Should there be a GreenBowl?? HAhahahaha, that was a good one. Seriously, The EcoFriendly Greenbowl Bowl; with the two schools who are the greenest each year. Their football season record has absolutely nothing to do with the teams selected to participate in the Green Bowl, sponsored by: All things Green. Can we have a Black Bowl, or am I asking for too much? I imagine there would the need to be a White Bowl and possibly a Brown Bowl, and a Yellow Bowl too. I guess we just have a RainBowl‌Oh I am good. Too early to consider MLB in the Holiday discussion. Although I would like CC in NY in 09, I will be ok if he don’t fit in the stripes. I want to pick the Obvious Choice Award and say Georgetown wins the B-Ball NCAA Title!!! Too early to say Big Shot Billups wears the Santa hat and carries the Nugs into the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs?? Baby nugget steps‌ I’ll holla MeowwwwwT

I wanted to take this to another level, Wrap it Up if you will: Not like the Chappelle skit Wrap it up B!! Not necessarily like the song, any of them that include the lines “wrap it up�. I was more going for a Soprano wrap up the body theme. I was thinking along the lines of who should not be allowed to place a stocking on the chimney with care. You have your list and I have mine, shall we compare: Let’s – Plax: Are you for real: You shot yourself in the leg and you were already excused from the game! We already believed you had a “hamstring injury�. No more proof needed kid. Wrap him up, I’m done with you Plax. Antonio P. – I am embarrassed for you. Why would you try to hide the gun that shot the leg of your boy? Seriously – Then with authority you stoutly state – “I am NOT answering any questions regarding the gun!!� Well done, maybe next time you take a stance like that before letting your boy take a loaded weapon into the club!! Wrap him up too, there are other linebackers. I have had some serious discussions about the BCS. Close family with opinion kind of have me believing that we need not have an NCAA football playoff, because then what? What would we the people argue and complain about for months at a time over and over and over again?

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Go to any elite university and you are usually speaking to very disciplined people, people who have been selected for obedience. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

Far flung correspondent

The Queen Elizabeth 2 DeanTresner The Local • Milan, Italy During the mid-sixties, I was a young kid enthralled with the rockets that were going to the moon. It was a time of wonder, anything seemed possible. As focused as we all were on the Mercury and then Apollo space ships, another conveyance was being built outside of the public spotlight in Clydebank, Scotland. And it is arguably the most beautiful ship ever built by the hands of man, and while she never travelled to the moon, at just under six million miles sailed, she has far outdone those space ships that now sit in museums. But now it is her turn. I am speaking of the Queen Elizabeth II. Airplane pilots are well aware of the fact that the better an airplane looks, the better it flies. It is an elegant convergence of aesthetic and functional value. And it is apparently also true of ships. Approaching her from a tender, it would not be an overstatement to say that her lines are breathtaking. She is painted in gun-metal gray with a crisp white superstructure and the trademark Cunard orange and black funnel. I have never seen any man-made thing so obviously well suited to its purpose. If ever a ship could convey confidence, this is it. The QE2 had quietly plied her trade as the last transatlantic liner for almost forty years and 806 crossings, until the Queen Mary II came along in 2003. (While the QM2 may resemble a large Las Vegas hotel in all other respects, she is nonetheless a liner.) Perhaps I


should explain that a liner is different from a cruise ship in, well, her lines. The major difference being that a liner has a rounded hull while a cruise ship has a flat bottom. And while the flat bottom does offer much better fuel economy in places like the Caribbean, it isn’t much good in the rough seas of the north Atlantic. To give you an example, the QE2 does the New York to London trip in six days, while the Queen Victoria–which has a cruise ship hull–subjects her passengers to eight days of Dramamine induced hell. But what has distinguished the QE2 in my mind is the people. As you know from living in a small town, there is a certain dynamic that happens: You have to get along with people, whether you like them or not. In a big city, your successes or mistakes don’t matter so much, but in a small town, you have to deal with them. Now imagine a town of almost three thousand inhabitants that is less than the size of a couple of football fields. Everyone gets to know everything about everyone else pretty quickly. The ship becomes a kind of social pressure cooker. Much of that is good; you can really get to know people when they are only a few feet away. But, inevitably, there is also a dark side. I have heard that aircraft carriers have their bad neighborhoods–places you would be well advised to avoid. On the QE2 that place is the laundry room. By far the most dangerous place on the ship, it is run by gangs of old women

wielding walking aids. Besides the usual sources of contention that plague any launderette, it features those upright washer/drier things like the one in your apartment closet. The problem here is that some people feel that if you are using any part of one, you are using the whole thing, and some people don’t. You may open a drier’s door to find a single hot and staticky pair of granny knickers and your natural inclination would be to take them out and put your stuff in. You do so at your own peril. When I was on the world cruise, two passengers were kicked off the ship for fighting. It happened in the laundry room. There is another weird thing that happens when you travel on a ship like this. Time sort of stops–or at least loses its meaning. After a day or two, you no longer seem to be able to recall what day of the week it is even though it says so in

the top left corner of the daily program. (You really only look there to find out the evening’s dress code.) If for some reason you become curious as to the date, the best thing to do is ask a passing officer, they generally know. On the world cruise I once overheard one such conversation: “Excuse me sir, what is the date today?” “It’s the thirteenth mam.” “Of April?” Speaking of time distortions on the QE2, I must say I’m experiencing one now in a big way. This afternoon we pulled into Dubai. This was the ships final port of call. Tomorrow she will begin her conversion to a floating hotel, like the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I’m sitting in the bar at the moment surrounded by well dressed people chatting and laughing. In the ballroom gentlemen hosts are swinging widows around to big band tunes. The ship is filled with bonhomie. My heart tells me that it is always as it has been, and it really feels as if it always will be. But in my mind I know that tomorrow morning, we will all disembark for the last time and time will take its normal course again. And then we will start missing her.

Because they don't teach the truth about the world, schools have to rely on beating students over the head with propaganda about democracy. - Noam Chomsky

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

another one bites the dust

A Splash of Autumn ElliotSilberberg The Local • Milan, Italy

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MILAN: Friends in the Colorado Rockies e-mail me rhapsodizing about a wonderfully colorful autumn. Lately, I hear the leaves have thinned and the taste of snow is in the air. No one wrote which color stood out. Perhaps it was that stunning blend of red, yellow, green and brown. Such a blast of the spectrum is so gorgeous I wouldn't want to see photos, unless they were in black and white. That way my mind could feel the colors in a way that a color print never could match. Here in Italy, it is warmer, winter comes later, and the colors are more subdued. South of Milan, rice is grown on the Padana plain. My wife and I recently took a drive through the fields, late on a sunny afternoon. A golden-brown sea of rice swayed on both sides of the road. Under cloud cover, the tones became more delicate, a creamy chocolate or deep-walnut tone. Rice fields are quiet and minimalist compared to the blazing show in the mountains, but impeccable in their dignity. Knowing they are a product of hard work and that they nourish us adds to their beauty. In Colorado, mountain pine beetle kill is giving brown and reddishbrown a bad name. But should it? Beetle kill is simply nature's way of cleaning old trees to make room for the saplings. As far as I know, short of a deep freeze that

would kill the larvae, or an invasion of hungry woodpeckers, the brown plight is here to stay. It is a reminder that some things need way more time than many of us have at our disposal. So think brown. It's nature's way of saying the meek shall inherit the earth. As for seasons, some people couldn't care less about their colors. They live for days, or nights, or simply in the present. I love days, particularly mornings, but I feel comforted to know night is always on the way. Darkness is nature's relief for the fact that there is basically nothing new under the sun. The dramatic transitions that dawn and sunset represent are also great. As one example, the Italian Tyrrhenian seacoast's prelude to dark is lovely. Nature gets antsy. A breeze ripples over the sea, which turns grayish blue, then bluish gray then dark gray. Even the breeze feels gray. Then, far away, a final orange-red cloud puff accompanies the tomato sun - plink - into the sea. Once, during a sunset, I saw a school of dolphins arc by close to the shore, like they were doing laps. In the after-glow, the sparrows and swallows chirp like whistles at a parade, then swoop and dip in swarms before settling in, silent, to sleep in the trees. A friend in Colorado, a seasonal guy, loves winter, not for its short days and long nights, but because snow covers

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Keith Miller & friends, Debra & Ross

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things. If that's cynical, it's also wise. Too much nature, too many people, constant distraction - there's nothing wrong with tucking it under a white blanket for a spell. With the crisp blue sky, the green pines, the dead, brown ones and the gray days, winter is a vivid palette. Incredibly, spring, warmth and muddy brown always return, and are especially welcome. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, in nature too. Color inexorably pushes up out of the mush: green shoots, robin's eggs, ladybugs, and my blue wheelbarrow I thought somebody had stolen. First thing's first, though.

Honor to autumn, whose browns will soon be toast. Advance honor to winter, the next big thing. Make plans to hunker down and enjoy, for all that it hides and whatever you seek. This work originally appeared in the International Herald Tribune.

Colorado native and pro football player turned opera singer on the MET opera roster, Keith Miller is featured in 2008 MET LIVE on HD. He returns with colleague Ross Benoliel, who frequents the stage with New York City Opera, and has now joined the MET opera roster. The two are a powerful duo you won’t want to miss, along with Boston pianist Debra Ayers.

There's a good reason why nobody studies history, it just teaches you too much. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

green acres

Energy Rating and More! AngelaAshby EcoBroker Last time, I wrote about Energy Ratings being a large component of the proposed Green Building Program for Routt County and Steamboat Springs. Since most of us aren’t familiar with what an energy rating accomplishes, I will do my best at educating. Buehller? Buehller? An end-result of the research that went into developing the green building program was to incorporate ENERGY STAR performance pathway as an option. Imagine a certification on your home that verifies being 20% more energy efficient than homes built to standard code. That means my house is better than your house. Most green building programs now include this as the recommended course of action. In my humble opinion, we may in the near future see a national requirement to use this type of certification in homes. After all, the US Energy Information Administration estimates that buildings are responsible for nearly 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. Who verifies whether a home is ENERGY STAR certified? Cue the music and enter the Energy Rater. If you are building new this process should be integrated into your plan at the very outset. If you really want things done correctly, start with a design charrette. Basically it is a collaborative meeting with your entire building team prior to breaking ground. It might include an energy rater, architect, builder, landscaper,


interior designer, subs, EcoBroker, personal shopper and mother-in-law. This is about building smart from the beginning and ensuring everyone is on board. Basic components such as framing techniques and insulation are paramount to the success of an ENERGY STAR certified home. Other features of ENERGY STAR homes include: an efficient home envelope, efficient air distribution, efficient heating, efficient cooling and hot water equipment, efficient lighting and appliances with ENERGY STAR label. You get the picture. Visit for more details. But wait! Class is not over. What in the world is a HERS Rating (Home Energy Rating System)? This is the measurement of a home’s energy efficiency and performed by (you guessed it) an accredited energy rater. Trained and certified by RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) the energy rater performs on-sight inspections through out the construction process such as blower door tests for air and duct leakage. Data gathered by the home energy rater is entered into a RESNET accredited computer program and translated into a score. (OK this part is like the legal clause they read really fast at the Oscars) The HERS Index is a scoring system established by RESNET in which a home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home (based on the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code) scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home

scores a HERS Index of 0. The bottom line is this: The HERS score is what qualifies homes for Built Green, LEED, builder's tax credits, and energy efficient mortgages. It also provides a projection of expected energy cost savings. The lower the HERS Index, the more energy efficient the home is. Simple! With winter temps wouldn’t you like to know you are going to be warm and cozy and won’t have to raid the penny jar to pay your energy bill? The good news is that we have a local energy rater here to get this party started. Chad Feagler with Mountain Energy Consultants is the go-to resource

I don't say you're self-censoring - I'm sure you believe everything you're saying... - Noam Chomsky

for home energy consulting. He also does energy audits…a topic for another day. If you would like additional information, I’m happy to oblige. Call me at 819.4897 or email Class dismissed.

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

Chlamydia is not what’s for dessert. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States with more than 2 million cases estimated in those between ages 14-39 years. While symptoms may be mild or even absent, irreversible damage may result in women which may cause infertility. This is not sweet at all.


Heard of HPV? Again, this is definitely not a dessert. HPV (Human papillomavirus) is the name of a group of more than 100 viruses, some of which are sexually transmitted and may cause genital warts, and cervical and other cancers. It’s estimated that HPV will cause over 11,000 cases of cervical cancer in women in the U.S. in 2008 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is the largest percentage of the STI pie!

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How do you know if you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)? FREE testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV will be available at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 12 – 4 PM.


FREE testing for Syphilis and Hepatitis C will be offered to individuals with risk factors. • FREE Hepatitis A & B vaccinations will be offered to individuals in high risk groups. • FREE HPV vaccinations will be offered to uninsured, low income women between 19-26 years old. • Clients must be at least 14 years of age for testing, 18 years of age for vaccinations. All testing is fully confidential. No appointments. No charges. No excuses. No calories. Get tested. Then enjoy some cheesecake.


Call the Steamboat VNA at 879-1632 for additional information.

Sierra Club Invites Community to Film Festival

"Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink." This age-old quote evokes a scene in one's mind of being stranded on a desert island, or worse- lost at sea in an inflatable raft! Recently, I have come to think of these words as being a real possibility to all living beings on planet Earth. Water quantity and quality are not just factors to be grappled with in developing countries, these issues are prevalent right in our back yard. Will water be the limiting factor to growth and sustainability in the Southwest and even the Steamboat Springs area? Can the human race continue current rates of growth and sprawl indefinitely into the future? What are the related issues surrounding water rights and water privatization? The Sierra Club Trapper’s Lake Group (TLG) invites the community to attend a night of cinema dedicated to stirring discussion, sparking debate and expanding knowledge about the connection between water and future growth. The local group will show two films -- “Running Dry� and “Yampa River Awareness Project� -- at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5th at the Steamboat Community Center, Highway 40. “Running Dry� aims to teach viewers "how land use planning affects the water needs of cities in the Southwest and how relentless drought and record low precipitation have depleted water levels on vital sources such as Lake Powell, Lake Mead, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River. Interviews with key policymakers, members of Congress, water authorities and scientists about the looming crisis make for absorbing and contemplative discussion about conservation, water reuse, consequences of urban growth and water policy." More information about this feature movie can be found at “Yampa River Awareness Project� is a preview of a film project designed to bring the water issue to a very local level -- users of the Yampa River. The preview was put together by an educated and impassioned group of individuals to raise awareness of the special attributes of the Yampa River, according to the group’s spokesman, Kent Vertrees. An outline as to the future of the longer feature-length film project as well as discussion around development, privatization and resource allocation of the Yampa River will be included. By the way, we’ve checked your calendar, and other than that last minute call you just got from Mr./Ms. Wonderful, you’ve got nothing to do on Friday night! So, bring your hottie, or do whatever you’ve got to do, and get yourself to Sierra Club TLG’s FREE film festival for an evening of thought-provoking cinema and discussion designed to provide insights and revitalize viewers about the issues facing water and growth, locally and globally. For more information, contact Stacey Bodden at 970-871-1087.

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[The "liberal media"] love to be denounced from the right, and the right loves to denounce them... - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

ask a mexican

1, 2, 3... infinity GustavoArellano Dear Mexican: I hear all the time that 12 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. Is that true? Who counted them? How did they do it? Is there a turnstile at the border tallying up illegals and stamping their hands with neon cartoon characters so they can go back and visit their familias? - American Patrol

Dear Gabacho: Counting the number of undocumented in this country is about as exact a science as determining how Mexicans can fit so many people inside a Ford Ranger. Estimates range from the 12 million you cited (originally published in a 2006 Pew Hispanic Center survey) to more than 20 million, a figure bandied around by Know Nothings and taken from a 2005 Bear Stearns report, so we know how accurate that stat is. The problem with all the numbers is that they’re projections based on the particular formulas a researcher chooses. Some of the most used factors include the 2000 United States Census, number of deportations per year, increase or decrease in usage of social services, amount of remittances, and whether someone “looks” illegal. Truth is, nadie knows the real number of illegals in this country and never will. Only one thing is certain: Not all are Mexicans—more than half, yes, but not all. Somebody should tell the Minuteman Project to start manning airports to ensure visitors won’t overstay their visas, ¿qué no? I’m a third-generation MexicanAmerican who was raised in a middle-class neighborhood in Houston. Growing up, I was only interested in being “American” and fitting in with my Anglo friends. But as I grow older, I’m beginning to appreciate the rich culture I came from and am still a part of. I enjoy your column and realize that you are a wellread, intelligent individual. Will you please supply me with a reading list of authors who write on social and historical issues of Mexicans in the U.S.? I’d greatly appreciate it.

Dear Wab: “Well-read, intelligent individual”? From what lunatic conspiracy website did you lift THAT? That said, no understanding of the Mexican people is complete without my books, ¡Ask a Mexican! and Orange County: A Personal History. Shameless self-promotion aside, people preguntan this question to the Mexican quite often, which flatters me as it shows folks view this column as something more than espanglish curse words and Guatemalan jokes. The best writer on Mexican immigration is Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quiñones: True Tales From Another Mexico shatters stereotypes of our neighbors to the south, while Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream examines what happens to them when they invade el Norte. The bible of the MexicanAmerican experience is Rodolfo Acuña’s Occupied America—but at $63 (even on, it’s out of most people’s price range, let alone the students forced to buy the textbook for their Chicano Studies class. A slimmer but more affordable alternative is Carlos Muñoz’s Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement, but it was published in 1989 and is thus a bit dated. And the best examination of Mexicans and their role in the gabacho psyche is Tex(t)-Mex, Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America, a bizarre, profane, brilliant 2006 treatise that remains the only academic book ever published that isn’t a literary sedative. Some of the best insights into the human soul occur through fiction, so here are three great such works: Rain of Gold by Victor Villaseñor; the Sandra Cisneros canon; and Bless Me, Ultima. Each offers different experiences of Mexicans in the United States. I’m leaving out dozens of other libros, so readers: Send me your picks, and I’ll include them in a column before Christmas so gabachos know what to get one another—and you—for Navidad!

- Proud to be Latino


Stability means we run it. There are countries that are very stable. Cuba is stable, but that’s not called stability. - Noam Chomsky

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

El Otro Lado

New Title Here CORRECTION: Last issue the author of Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community was incorrectly identified as Justin Barker. The author of that column is Tatiana Achcar. El Otro Lado and Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community althernate everry other issue.

By JustinBarker The Local • Steamboat Springs I never assumed from Stan's name and appearance that he spoke spanish. He looked like any other modern citizen, although his style and appearance were a bit different from what one normally sees in this town. When I learned that he spoke Spanish, I asked him his nationality, and we agreed to this interview. I hope this helps us get to know one of our neighbors a little better. What part of Argentina are you from? Mar del Plata. It's a city on the coast. It's nice. There are a lot of tourists. What were your first impressions of Steamboat? It's very different from what I'm used to. The people are friendly. Everybody waves hello. Everybody tries to help. Everything is new. It's really different. Are people the same here as in other parts of the United States or is it what you expected? No, no, they are different. I have lived in big cities. Just like anywhere, people in cities aren't as friendly. But, in Steamboat it's different. I have been to other towns in Colorado but people here are different. People in Steamboat are unique; they are very friendly... that's why I stayed. Is there anything that you miss from your country? My family, my friends, but as for daily life, I like it better here. I have seen a lot of things in other countries that I don't like: insecurity, lack of work. What about food for example?

What do you eat every day? I try to eat healthy. It's hard in this country. Why? Not hard, but it's more difficult than in my country. In Argentina, for example, food is healthier. For example? We don't eat so much fried food or hamburgers like you do here. It's much healthier. But I have to say, I do like American food but I try not to eat hamburgers or fast food every day. I eat it but I try to eat healthy and natural food. Do you eat Vegetables? Eating vegetables is a big difference between Argentina, even Latin America. Here, fruit and vegetables are too expensive. In our countries it is the cheapest thing you can buy. I guess healthy food here is just more expensive. What do you expect from this country? Progress, live my dreams, work, I don't know: “do my thing and don't get bothered by anybody else” The American dream? Don't bother anybody and don't get bothered by anybody. Thanks, Stan. Al ver a Stan por primera vez no pensé por su nombre, y apariencia que era hispanohablante. Me parecía un tipo estadounidense corriente pero un poco diferente a los que se conocen por este lugar. Me sorprendió oírle hablar castellano. Le pregunté sobre su nacionalidad y luego acordamos una entrevista. Espero que con esta entrevista podamos conocer un poco mejor a uno de nuestros vecinos. ¿De qué parte de Argentina es? Mar del Plata. Es una ciudad sobre la costa, muy bonita y muy turística. ¿Recuerda sus sentimientos o pensamientos al llegar a Steamboat? Esto es bien distinto a lo que uno está acostumbrado en su país. La gente es

muy amable. Todos saludan. Todo el mundo te trata de ayudar. Es todo nuevo. Y bueno, es totalmente distinto. ¿Es la gente de aquí igual que en otras partes de los Estados Unidos o esto es lo que uno espera encontrar? No, no, son diferentes. He vivido en ciudades grandes y como en todos los lados y en todos los países la gente de las ciudades grandes no es tan amable, pero en Steamboat es distinto. He estado en otros pueblos de aquí de Colorado pero la gente de aquí es distinta. En Steamboat la gente es única, es súper amigable y amable y es... Por esto me quedé. ¿Echa de menos alguna cosa de su país? Sí, mi familia, mis amigos, pero en lo que al país se refiere, a la vida diaria, me gusta más aquí. En otros países he encontrado muchas cosas que no me han gustado como la inseguridad o la falta de trabajo. ¿En cuanto a los hábitos alimenticios, por ejemplo, qué comes diariamente? Trato de comer comida sana. Es difícil en este país. ¿Por qué? Rectifico, no es difícil, pero es más difícil que en mi país. Por ejemplo, en Argentina la comida es mucho más sana. ¿Por ejemplo? ... no se come tanto frito ni tantas hamburguesas como se comen aquí. Es mucho más saludable. Aunque tengo que decir que la comida americana sí que me gusta, aunque trato de no comer todos los días hamburguesas o fast food. Realmente, sí que la como, pero trato de que sea de una manera más natural y sana. ¿Come verdura? La costumbre de comer verdura sí que representa una gran diferencia con Argentina, incluso yo diría que con Latinoamérica. Aquí las frutas y las verduras son demasiado caras. En nuestros países es lo más barato que puedes comprar. Lo más barato. O sea, aquí

conseguir comida sana es mas caro. ¿Qué espera de este país? Progreso, cumplir con mis sueños, trabajar, y no sé, “do my thing and don't get bothered by anybody else.” ¿The American dream? No molestar a nadie y que nadie me moleste a mí. Gracias, Stan.

El VPH es el más común virus transmitido sexualmente. Pero el VPH es importante principalmente porque puede causar cáncer cervical en las mujeres. La VNA también puede suministrar la vacuna a mujeres de pocos ingresos entre las edades de 19-26 años que no tengan seguro médico bajo la cobertura del Programa de Asistencia a Pacientes de la compañía Merck. Haga el favorde llamar a la VNA para averiguar si cumple con los requisitos. Para obtener más información, o hacer una cita, llame a la VNA en Steamboat marcando el 8791632, o visítenos en 940 Central Park Drive, suite 101; o en Craig, marcando el 824-8233, o visitando 745 Russell Street. Llame al 871-7678 para hacer una cita para cualquiera de los programas ya sea en Steamboat o en Craig. Tenemos vacunas disponibles contra la Hepatitis para adultos con ciertos factores de riesgo. Al completar la serie de Hepatitis B se obtiene protecciòn contra esta enfermedad de transmisión sexual. Para màs información llame a VNA al 8791632 o al 871-7678 si no habla inglès. VNA Servicios Disponibles • Su niño (a) puede recibir vacunas en ($0 y $14):VNA, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101, Steamboat 879-1632, pero llame al 871-7678 para hacer cita si no habla inglés. Intérprete disponible para clients que hablan español.

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The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008



The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008



The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

out in the boat

• Music • theater

• sports • events

Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas Thursday December 4 HARRY POTTER CELEBRATION All Day @ Epilogue Book Co. celebrates the release of JK Rowling’s latest Harry Potter story, Tales of the Beedle Bard, all day long. Free Magical Light-Up Wizard Wands to the first 20 Potter fans to purchase the book! Proceeds from the sale of Tales of the Beedle Bard will be donated to The Children's Voice campaign. NONDENOMINATIONAL COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN 9-11 AM @ Concordia Lutheran Church. For more information contact Martha, 871.4751. CHILDREN’S BOOKS WRITERS & ILLUSTRATOR WORKSHOP

Noon-1:30 PM @ Steaming Bean. Dropin fee $15. Bring manuscript, ideas, or questions. 846.1428 or for more info. Taught by author Jill Murphy Long STEVE BOYNTON 5:30 PM @ Cantina DROP IN AFRICAN DANCE CLASS 6-7:30 PM @ The Depot. All levels, $10/Class. From Nov 11th through December 18th. Call Jen 846.6377. OAK CREEK BOOK CLUB 6 PM @ Oak Creek Library RESIDENT ARTIST SPOTLIGHT CONCERT 7 PM @ United Methodist Church. Proceeds from the concert go toward a

scholarship for a high school senior to study voice performance in college. Support a local cause with local musicians Pam Pierce and Neil Marchman.$5-10. Friday, December 5 FIRST QUARTER MOON JJ CALE’S BIRTHDAY DAY OF THE NINJA BUD WERNER LIBRARY TOURS 11 AM-1 PM @ Bud Werner Library. Meet in the coffee shop area, next to the Yampa entrance, in the lower level of the library. For more information, call 8790240 or visit FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Check out local businesses, galleries and of course, the charming twinkling of Christmas lights that line our beloved streets.

Calendar Girl’s Fortnight Recommendation:

Contrary to popular belief, I do not have the calendar committed to memory. I am not some kind of prodigy that can recall all events on demand. In fact, I forget the entire thing the moment I send it off to dear old Tom. Like geometry, old lovers’ names and the date, such information has no place in my mental repertoire. I have to read the calendar just like everyone else to know what’s going on. For the first time however, I have one event and date seared into my psyche and I am counting the minutes until it is here – Santacon on December 13th!

BOOK SIGNING: CARYN WEST 5-8 PM @ Off the Beaten Path. Caryn West artist & author of The Trouble with the Alphabet: Through the Eyes of Innocence On display in the bookstore will

Visions of Santas tap dancing across Main Street, the traffic magically stopped, as if Tracy Barnett knew we were coming and baked us a cake! How fortuitous that our first Santacon would fall on the first Merry Mainstreet! Rejoice! A sea of red and white, faceless Santas creating what can only be the most ridiculous display of merriment the Yampa Valley has ever seen. December 13th brings a new event to the Calendar, take note, prepare, and please do your homework. This event sounds like the perfect opportunity to anonymously be a jackass - however, just as games are more fun when everyone obeys the rules, so is Santacon. Santacon has the makings to be a fabulously delectable evening of raucous entertainment, but it will take some peer policing. Actions like public urination, vandalism and general misdemeanors will not be tolerated by Santa. As the Santarchy website states, a few bad eggs can spoil the eggnog. If you intend on participating in Santacon, and I encourage you to do so, I suggest you don your stocking cap and visit the site, to learn what types of deviance are appropriate. Be naughty, be nice, but BEHAVE.


Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism. - Noam Chomsky

be the 26 vivid and compelling portraits of children from around the word that are included in the book. Meet the author, see the images of the world’s children, learn their stories and move with us from apathy to activism. Make this year’s Christmas gift “the gift that gives back.” Free cookies & ½ price wine. TEAPOT EXHIBIT 5-8 PM @ The Depot. 75 teapots from national & international ceramic artists. Emerging Artists Gallery: Local water color artists, Cindy Wither, Barb Ross, Vicki Rosen & Annie Meyer ARE WE RUNNING DRY? 6:30 PM @ The Community Center. Sierra Club Environmental Film Festival presents a film on Water shortages and the west. Find more out about this problem, what others are doing, and what we need to do to surmount water scarcity. For more information call Rich 871-8799. Free, refreshments provided. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT 7 PM @ Moffat County High School in Craig. $10-20, call 870.3223 for more info. Saturday, December 6 HOLIDAYS IN THE ROCKIES 9 AM -4 PM @ Christian Heritage School. Convenient holiday shopping with special Steamboat gifts. Call

879.9008 for more info. Suggested donation, $1 BABYTIME 10-10:30 AM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library. A program that enhances a baby’s natural love of language through rhymes, movement, Mother Goose and simple books. This drop-in program is free and no registration is required. Visit or call 879.0240 for more information. SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS 11 AM-2 PM @ The Torian Plum. Bring the kids! Bring your camera! Enter to win $50 gift certificates from Torian Shops and Restaurants Free hot cocoa and cider at the shops Gratis! Chocolate Caliente y Cidra de Manzana 11 -2 Entre para ganar certificados de regalo que valen $50 Le servira' en uno de los negocios del "Torian" Comunidad Integrada va a sacar fotos de su ni~o con Santa (la foto cuesta $1) WOMEN’S HOCKEY Noon @ Howelsen Hill Ice Rink. Fury vs. Storm BOOK SIGNING & PRESENTATION 2-5 PM @ Off the Beaten Path. Rod Hanna & Tom Ross photographer and author of Seasons of Light: Impressions

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

out in the boat

• Music • theater

• sports • events

Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas of Steamboat and the Yampa Valley As the seasons turn, patient observers can see the changes in the quality of light that frames Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley. FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS OF THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot THE GREAT MIND-IN-A-JAR EXPERIMENT 2 PM @ Epilogue Book Co. Kerry Lee MacLean, author of the popular Pigs Over Colorado books, presents: “The Great Mind-in-a-Jar Experiment,” a Peaceful Piggy meditation activity for children ages 2-7. FREE SOUP SUPPER 5:30 PM @ Holy Name Catholic Church. Free soup supper for anyone who might be in need of a hot meal. Call 879.0671 for more info.

SKI BALL & AUCTION 2008 6 PM @ Sheraton Ball Room. Silent and live auctions, Dinner and Dancing to Soul School. For more information call 879.0695 x 100 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT 8 PM @ Steamboat Christian Center. $15-30, call 870.3223 for more info. Sunday, December 7 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BINGHAM! PEARL HARBOR DAY IGLESIA EN ESPANOL 7 AM @ Steamboat Christian Center SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS 11 AM-2 PM @ The Torian Plum. Bring the kids! Bring your camera! Enter to win $50 gift certificates from Torian Shops and Restaurants Free hot cocoa and cider at the shops Gratis! Chocolate Caliente y Cidra de Manzana. 11 -2 Entre para ganar certificados de regalo que valen $50 Le servira' en uno de los negocios del "Torian" Comunidad Integrada va a sacar fotos de su ni~o con Santa (la foto cuesta $1) ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE AUCTION 1 PM @ Routt County Fair Grounds. Wreaths, trees and centerpieces all created by local youth groups. 100% of proceeds go to youth and service organizations. Call Lori 846.0782 or Sue 276.3386 for info

Patsy Steweart art opening @ The Mug slot in oak creek. 5-8pm. Beer, aps, wine.

- Jewelery, watercolors, pastels, mosaics, hand painted wineglasses -

FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS OF THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT 8 PM @ Steamboat Christian Center. $15-30, call 870.3223 for more info. Monday, December 8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION



YULE LOG HUNT BEGINS It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood. The 29th Annual Yule Log Hunt begins today. Check out the Tread of Pioneer’s website or visit the museum for more info. Winner gains $150 gift certificate to from the chamber and fame throughout the land. The 2008 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: Rita Valentine Park (up Angler's Drive). Happy hunting.

HAVE PASSPORT WILL TRAVEL CLUB 6 PM @ Epilogue Book Co. Erinn Cook, travel addict and industry professional, will speak on beginning adventure travel for the family. She will discuss their trip last winter to Costa Rica and show photos from the volcano, the cloud forest and the beach. Attend to get some good tips on enjoying a fun adventure with your children.

PEN TO PAPER WORKSHOP Noon-1:30 PM @ Steaming Bean. Dropin fee $15. Bring manuscript, ideas, or questions. 846.1428 or for more info. Taught by author Jill Murphy Long

DROP IN AFRICAN DANCE CLASS 6-7:30 PM @ The Depot. All levels, $10/Class. From Nov 11th through December 18th. Call Jen 846.6377.

INTERCAMBIO ¿Quieres practicar tu Inglés o Español? Ven todos los Lunes a las 6:30 de la tarde. En la oficina de Comunidad Integrada 718 Oak St. (Al lado de la Iglesia Metodista) MEDITATION MONDAY 7:30-8:30 PM @ The Yoga Center of Steamboat, 879.3208 LIVE POKER TOURNIE @ Tap House. Free entry, play for points and prizes. Tuesday, December 9 JOHN MALKOVICH’S BIRTHDAY TUESDAY MORNINGS WRITING WORKSHOPS 8:30-10 AM @ Epilogue Book Company. For all writers. Any or all sessions facilitated by Author Jill Murphy Long. Bring your work or paper and pen. Leave with a new idea, tip and/or confidence. $10 drop-in fee. For more info 846.1428 TODDLER TIME STORYTIMES 9:30 & 10:30 AM @ Bud Werner Library. CITY COUNCIL MEETING 5 PM @ Centennial Hall AGING WELL TAI CHI 5:30-6:30 PM @ Community Center in Oak Creek LEARN/IMPROVE YOUR KNIT 5:30-6:30 PM @ The Fiber Exchange. You can start a new project/finish an existing project/ create a stitch sampler...use your imagination and bring your questions! $33(Sign-up deposit: $16.50) FE asks that those taking classes purchase their yarn and supplies at their store. The deposit that you put down on your class will ONLY be given back in the form of STORE CREDIT, should you choose to cancel your

WING NIGHT @ Tap House Wednesday, December 10 HUMAN RIGHT’S DAY NOBEL PRIZE DAY PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 9:30 & 10:30 AM @ Bud Werner Library DECK THE HALLS KNITTING CLASS 5-7 PM @ Fiber Exchange. Christmas projects/2 st. to the inch cowl/2 st. to the inch fashionista hat felted ornaments/new techniques/tips---lots to choose from! $33(Sign-up deposit: $16.50) FE asks that those taking classes purchase their yarn and supplies at their store. The deposit that you put down on your class will ONLY be given back in the form of STORE CREDIT, should you choose to cancel your registration. YOGA W/ PATTY 5:30-6:45 PM @ Yoga Center of Steamboat at Bear River overlooking the Yampa River. Patty Zimmer RYT, 870.9985. INTERNATIONAL FICTION BOOK CLUB 7 PM @ Epilogue Book Co. Discussing The Death of an Ancient King by Laurent Gaud. LIVE TIRIVIA @ Tap House Thursday December 11 NONDENOMINATIONAL COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN 9-11 AM @ Concordia Lutheran Church. For more information contact Martha, 871.4751 1st ANNUAL STEAMBOAT ART AUCTION PREVIEW 10 AM-4 PM @The Art Depot. CHILDREN’S BOOKS WRITERS & ILLUSTRATOR WORKSHOP Noon-1:30 PM @ Steaming Bean. Dropin fee $15. Bring manuscript, ideas, or questions. 846.1428 or for more info. Taught by author Jill Murphy Long Friday, December 12 FRANK SINATRA’S BIRTHDAY BROWN’S PARK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COTTONWOOD REHAB PROJCT Our River Cottonwood Forests are dying and WE are going to attempt a to save the Cottonwoods! All supplies,

accommodation, food, entertainment and transportation (or approved fuel reimbursement) to and from Craig will be provided. To learn more and to reserve your space. Contact Sasha, 824-5241 or MORNING YOGA W/ PATTY 9:30-10:45 AM @ Yoga Center of Steamboat at Bear River overlooking the Yampa River. Patty Zimmer RYT, 870.9985. ART OPENING 5-8 PM @ Steamboat Art Museum. Opening and reception for Clyde Aspevig exhibit. Call 870.1755 for more info. 1st ANNUAL STEAMBOAT ART AUCTION @The Art Depot. Silent auction begins at 5:30 PM, live auction at 7 PM. $25, includes drinks and snacks. Call 879.9008 x 1045 for info and RSVP. HOLIDAY CONCERT 7:30 PM @ St Paul Episcopal Curch. Trifle, Truffles & Figgy Pudding Too. $1015, presented by the Mountain Madrigal Singers. Saturday, December 13 FULL MOON BROWN’S PARK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COTTONWOOD REHAB PROJECT Our River Cottonwood Forests are dying and WE are going to attempt a to save the Cottonwoods! All supplies, accommodation, food, entertainment and transportation (or approved fuel reimbursement) to and from Craig will be provided. To learn more and to reserve your space. Contact Sasha, 824-5241 or PAINTING DEMONSTRATION 10 M @ The Steamboat Art Museum. Presentation by Clyde Aspevig. $15-20, call 870.1755 for more info. BABYTIME 10-10:30 AM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library. A program that enhances a baby’s natural love of language through rhymes, movement, Mother Goose and simple books. This drop-in program is free and no registration is required. Visit or call 879.0240 for more information. FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS FOR THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot

MERRY MAINSTREET All the fun of Halloween without the litter. Catch the holiday spirit with a new downtown event.Visit with Santa, wander through open houses in the stores and restaurants, view the amateur and professionally decorated gingerbread houses, listen to carols and holiday music, be present for the drawing of the winners of the Downtown Shopping Sprees, and much more. Kick off the 12 Nights of Restaurants with specials at select restaurants. Lincoln Avenue will be closed to traffic. Experience the magic of the season and a new holiday tradition. BOOK SIGNING 5 PM @ Epilogue Book Co. Local author Joann Palmer signs copies of her book.

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

out in the boat

• Music • theater

• sports • events

Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas 1ST ANNUAL SANTACON Santarchy meets Merry Mainstreet…shall we say, serendipitous? Book your Santa suit in advance and celebrate in a global phenomenon that will truly be epic. If you liked the mustache ride (without the fuzz, and by fuzz I mean Cops), then you don your snowy white beard and let’s get it on. Go to for all the details. Sunday December 14 BROWN’S PARK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COTTONWOOD REHAB PROJECT Our River Cottonwood Forests are dying and WE are going to attempt a to save the Cottonwoods! All supplies, accommodation, food, entertainment and transportation (or approved fuel reimbursement) to and from Craig will be provided. To learn more and to reserve your space. Contact Sasha, 824-5241 or

MORNING YOGA W/ PATTY 9:30-10:45 AM @ Yoga Center of Steamboat at Bear River overlooking the Yampa River. Patty Zimmer RYT, 870.9985. INTERCAMBIO ¿Quieres practicar tu Inglés o Español? Ven todos los Lunes a las 6:30 de la tarde. En la oficina de Comunidad Integrada 718 Oak St. (Al lado de la Iglesia Metodista) PEN TO PAPER WORKSHOP Noon-1:30 PM @ Steaming Bean. Dropin fee $15. Bring manuscript, ideas, or questions. 846.1428 or for more info. Taught by author Jill Murphy Long LIVE POKER TOURNIE @ Tap House. Free entry, play for points and prizes. Tuesday December 16

IGLESIA EN ESPANOL 7 AM @ Steamboat Christian Center


BOOK SIGNING & PRESENTATION 2-5 PM @ Off the Beaten Path. Jim Steinberg photographer of Colorado Scenic Byways These classic routes are portrayed in stunning photographs and lyrical and informative essays. The companion volume, Colorado Scenic Byways: Atlas and Road Guide, explores each route in more detail, including maps and altitude profiles, essential facts, unique and fun sights and events along the way, and insider tips from the photographer and writer. FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS FOR THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot


Monday December 15

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KEITH RICHARDS’S BIRTHDAY YOGA W/ PATTY 5:30-6:45 PM @ Yoga Center of Steamboat at Bear River overlooking the Yampa River. Patty Zimmer RYT, 870.9985.



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TUESDAY MORNINGS WRITING WORKSHOPS 8:30-10 AM @ Epilogue Book Company. For all writers. Any or all sessions facilitated by Author Jill Murphy Long. Bring your work or paper and pen. Leave with a new idea, tip and/or confidence. $10 drop-in fee. For more info 846.1428


DROP IN AFRICAN DANCE CLASS 6-7:30 PM @ The Depot. All levels, $10/Class. From Nov 11th through December 18th. Call Jen 846.6377.

DECK THE HALLS KNITTING CLASS 5-7 PM @ Fiber Exchange. Christmas projects/2 st. to the inch cowl/2 st. to the inch fashionista hat felted ornaments/new techniques/tips---lots to choose from! $33(Sign-up deposit: $16.50) FE asks that those taking classes purchase their yarn and supplies at their store. The deposit that you put down on your class will ONLY be given back in the form of STORE CREDIT, should you choose to cancel your registration.

LEARN/IMPROVE YOUR KNIT 5:30-6:30 PM @ The Fiber Exchange. You


can start a new project/finish an existing project/create a stitch sampler...use your imagination and bring your questions! $33(Sign-up deposit: $16.50) FE asks that those taking classes purchase their yarn and supplies at their store. The deposit that you put down on your class will ONLY be given back in the form of STORE CREDIT, should you choose to cancel your registration.

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FOOD FOR FINES Through the month of December, pay off your kids’ library fines and help those in need! Bud Werner library will knock $1 off your tab for every nonperishable you donate. 17 and younger, this month only. TEAPOT EXHIBIT Through January 31 @ The Depot. 75 teapots from national & international ceramic artists. Emerging Artists Gallery: Local water color artists, Cindy Wither,

Barb Ross,Vicki Rosen & Annie Meyer. Calll 879.9008 x105 for more info. HAYDEN MARKET PLACE Tuesday through Saturday, 10-6 and Sundays 2-5 @ 144 Walnut St. in Hayden. The Hayden Marketplace, a co-operative retail outlet for 25 artisans from Northwest Colorado. For more information or to ask about becoming a member of the co-op, call 276.2019. FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM English learners who are parents and their children of 5 years and younger are invited to attend a Family Literacy Program at CMC starting Wednesdays August 27 from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Questions - 870 4534 / preguntas - 620 1513 or 871 7883 NORTHWEST BALLET FALL PROGRAMS 14 weeks session- Sept. 8- Dec. 18 $196 per class - $15 drop in Register Aug. 25-26 & Sept 2-3 5:007:00pm NWB Studio - 326 Oak St more info 871-1880 or COWS, COAL & COMMERCE 100 Years of the Moffat Railroad in Steamboat Springs. An exhibit celebrating the centennial of the railroad in Steamboat. June 2008- May 2009 Up and Coming BOOK SIGNING Reenactment & Book Signing – with Leroy Carpenter (a.k.a. Dan Tyler) & Martha Bennett (a.k.a. Betty Henshaw) When Leroy Carpenter left his home near Tipton, Iowa, in April 1871 to pursue farming in Greeley, Colorado, he left behind Martha Bennett, a young lady from De Witt, Iowa. The two had been introduced the previous fall and began writing letters to each other in December of 1870. Over the next sixteen months their correspondence would blend romantic elements with the practical challenges of frontier life as the two developed intimacy, fell in love, and eventually married. Tuesday, December 16th, 5:00 – 7:00

YOGA CENTER OF STEAMBOAT UPCOMING: Thursday, December 18, 7 -8:30 PM, Couples, Pre-natal Yoga with Linda, call 871.9829 Saturday, December 20, 10:30-1 PM , Mini Yoga Retreat with Patty: Yoga, Herbal Sweat Lodge,Yoga Nidra and Lunch! Call 870.9985 Monday, December 22, 7:30-8:30 PM, Meditation Monday with Nina call 879.3208 STRINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS Holiday Gala Concert: The Carnegie Mello Trio December 28, 7:30 PM Holiday Family Concert: Kutandara Marimba Experience December 29, 11 AM and 4:30 PM LEARN/IMPROVE YOUR KNIT Tuesday December 23, 5:30-6:30 PM @ The Fiber Exchange. You can start a new project/finish an existing project/create a stitch sampler...use your imagination and bring your questions! $33(Sign-up deposit: $16.50)

DECK THE HALLS KNITTING CLASS Tuesday December 23, 5-7 PM @ Fiber Exchange. Christmas projects/2 st. to the inch cowl/2 st. to the inch fashionista hat felted ornaments/new techniques/tips--lots to choose from! $33(Sign-up deposit: $16.50) FE asks that those taking classes purchase their yarn and supplies at their store. The deposit that you put down on your class will ONLY be given back in the form of STORE CREDIT, should you choose to cancel your registration. CHILDREN’S BOOKS WRITERS & ILLUSTRATOR WORKSHOP Tuesday December 18, Noon-1:30 PM @ Steaming Bean. Drop-in fee $15. Bring manuscript, ideas, or questions. 846.1428 or for more info. Taught by author Jill Murphy Long Have an event you would like to share with the community? Email the Calendar Girl direct at

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The Paramount Theater Shakedown Street $10

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Groove Hawgs

Smashing Pumpkins

Fall Out Boy

The Omega Moos

The Join

Head for the Hills

Don Carlos

6th Annual Vann Foundation Holiday Show

The Flaming Lips: Life on Mars,10PM

Mahogany Ridge Ogden Theater

Open Mic Night 8PM The Sounds

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The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

According to astrology: December 4- December 17

Renewed Hope for the Future LenaFranzen The Local • Steamboat Springs December 4 – 5: We are starting this period with assertive and high energy. We are ready for something new to explore or learn about. We feel adventurous and enthusiastic. (Sun and Mars come together in optimistic and enthusiastic Sagittarius.) December 6: Today we might be prone to negative thinking, or we need to correct something. But it will not last long and later some intuitive and intelligent realizations could come through. (Mercury makes hard aspect to Saturn and later a harmonious aspect to intuitive Neptune.) December 7- 9: We feel a desire to be part of a bigger picture. We are interested in our role in society. There could be some political action taken according to a new vision. (Venus moves into Aquarius and makes aspect with Mars. Chiron in Aquarius makes harmonious aspects to the Sun and Mars. Aquarius is the sign that mostly deals with humanitarian and political issues.

Since Chiron, which deals with healing, is in Aquarius, there is a lot of healing. This is happening on a political level, in our society and how we on a personal level fit into this bigger picture.) December 10 – 11:

Our soul wants to break free from old outdated ideas and limitations. Our ego might not get what is happening except we feel impatient and high-strung. Our tempers probably have a short fuse. Just make sure to drive carefully, the roads could be slick. Exercise to blow off some steam or you might have trouble sleeping. (Uranus, the planet of liberation makes hard aspects to the Sun, Venus and Mars.) December 12: Another very

powerful Full Moon! This Full Moon is asking that we come up with responsible solutions to our challenging situations. It’s a great time for deep and focused research. A new vision and renewed hope for the future is taking form. (There is a Full Moon in Gemini, Sun in Sagittarius, Saturn and Uranus squaring Sun and Moon. Pluto in Capricorn comes together with Mercury in Capricorn.) December 13: Intuitive

insights are coming in and we are further developing our new visions and ideas for the future. How we communicate with other people is going through a short healing phase. (The Sun is in harmonious aspect to Neptune and Mercury is in hard aspect to Chiron.) December 14-15: We are feeling a

bit frustrated and might have to pay attention to some details, which we rather want to avoid. Something might be in need of repair. And as we take care of the problem we realize it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be. (Mars is in hard aspect to Saturn.) December 16-17: We want to take action on our new visions that have been evolving. These visions will benefit all of humanity. There are intuitive messages that want to come through. And love might have something to do with it. This is a universal kind of love. (Venus in universal Aquarius is in hard aspect to the Sun. Mercury and Mars are in aspect to intuitive and spiritual Neptune.) Visit Lena at E-mail: Your feedback and questions are appreciated. If you want a personal astrology reading, call: 970-879-2444.

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If, say, you say that Iran is a terrorist state, you don't need evidence. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

exploring the sacred

Questions for a Changing & Shrinking World TimMcCarthy The Local • Steamboat Springs Do we all worship the same God? How do religions differ and why is there so much conflict? Who is a Buddha? These are some of the questions that young people from the middle school and high school posed to our panel of leaders from diverse religious traditions. During the past couple of years our inter-faith group has conducted public dialogues to engage our community in meaningful discussions dealing with religion and spirituality. Our discussions have all been lively and informative. If you have not been to one I would invite you to join us in the future (watch for details – they happen quarterly). In November we decided to invite the young people of our community into the conversation. We gathered at the high school with around one hundred students from a variety of religious backgrounds. We had no agenda other than to engage the questions that the students brought forward and to try not to be too darn boring (we brought pizza for backup). Their questions covered a wide variety of topics and especially probed the nuances of Buddhist and Islamic faith. These two faiths are often not as familiar to our students, so it was great that they had the opportunity to ask questions and explore them in

greater depth. When I was in school I didn’t know the slightest thing about Buddhism or Islam, let alone a living person who actually practiced them. The young people of today are born into a rapidly changing and shrinking world. They will interact with people of other cultures and faiths in a way that previous generations never imagined. This interaction offers both challenges and possibilities. Those who are young today will have the opportunity to learn about many religions and to know people who find deep meaning in different ways. My hope, as a religious leader in this community, was that our young people would have the opportunity to see the leaders of diverse faiths in civil and meaningful dialogue with one another. We are not enemies or adversaries, we are friends. We laugh together and challenge one another, we listen, learn and respect one another deeply. More important than any answer to a question, was the tone we were able to set as leaders. I was impressed by the questions, the attention and the respect we were shown by the students of our community. Their tolerance and thoughtfulness bodes well for the future. I have no doubt that their generation will be able to shed many of the suspicions and prejudices of the past. Where will they lead us? Only time will tell. Hopefully, it will be into an

era of religious tolerance and understanding. The past has far too often been characterized by ignorance, division and violence. Even today some people seem to be afraid of inter-faith relationships. They fear that who we are and what we believe will somehow be compromised in the process. Yet, fear and distrust have long been the order of the day between people of different religious traditions. These sentiments have not served us well and have led us into an even more dangerous world. Now is the time for a new way of being. So what about the original question: “Do we all worship the same God?” I believe the answer is yes and no. We do not all worship the same God because there are those in our world who make gods in their own image. These self image Gods, serve the egos and ideologies of the people who create them, this often leads to violence and conflict. But those who earnestly seek that which is divine, transcendent and sacred share much

in common. We might be born into different cultures and may have learned different stories from our ancestors, but what we seek is the same. We seek the source of our being, the wellspring of love, the roots of a shared humanity and the hope of bright tomorrow. Long ago Theologian Meister Eckhart said that, “Divinity is an underground river that no one can stop and no one can dam up.” Indeed there is one river. It is the river of life, the common bond of all living beings. Yet tapping into this river are many wells. Wells that come from all parts of the world and that have been dug throughout all the ages. Drilling these wells are diverse seekers who go by names such as Buddhist, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim and Christian. Our wells are all different yet the river is one.

If you say that the US is a terrorist state, you need plenty [of evidence]. In Iran it's reversed. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

Holiday Cheer

SantaCon '08 SantaSaurus The Local • Steamboat Springs Gather your elves. Feed your reindeer. Santa is on the move! Steamboat Springs' First Annual SantaCon will hereby take place on Saturday, December 13. Santa would like to convey the fact that ANYONE is welcome to participate. Every December for the last fifteen years, Cacophonous Santas (see: www.cacophony. org) have been visiting cities around the world, including London, Paris, Bangkok, Belfast, Calgary, Munich, Denver, Boulder, and now, Steamboat Springs!

We engage in a bit of Santarchy as part of the annual Santacon events. This year, Santas of all sorts will be donning Santa Joy across all of Steamboat Springs. It's a cold town out here, and we think we're gettin' a little frosty ourselves. This all started in '94 when several dozen, cheapsuit Santas payed a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have now reached critical X-Mass, and SantaCon is now a global phenomenon. So what do Santarchists do? Well, Santas basically do Santa things. We like to spread cheer, joy, rumors, and chol-

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In certain intellectual circles in France, … a minimal respect for facts and logic has been virtually abandoned. - Noam Chomsky This is vital for getting essential details for the event. If you do not have an email account, please email steamboatsantacon@gmail. com. -Help! Tell your friends. Email Santa! -Dress the hell up! You don't have to dress as Santa proper. Variations of Santa-ness are deeply appreciated, such as an elf, reindeer, or what-have-you. -Bring toys and gifts to hand out, both naughty and nice. -Bring cash for drinks and tips -Santa needs help with finding a place to have a pot-luck. Email Santa -Don't just wear a f@*&in' Santa hat!!! This is a free, fun, hilarious, cacophonous, at your own risk event. Drinking is not required. Our email address: *Our BroadTexter. Like I said before, it's free and let us all communicate like the techo-gadgetrists we are. Santa gets lost easily, and Cops seem to have a blood-thirst for us. Again, the number is 646-6623101. But, they need to either send their cell number and carrier to us via email or go to www. and sign up on our BroadTexter Widget.

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

local perspective

Ballz Deep, Steamboat's Record Season! NedCremin The Local • Steamboat Springs Steamboat’s Record Season—was it really that good? Uhh…..Yea man, It was! In a short-lived MTV sketch comedy show called “The State,” there lived a kooky, re-occurring, energetic character named Louie. He was the smashing hit of the party everywhere he went for wildly wielding two ping-pong balls and the timely catch phrase “I wanna Dip My Balls In It.” With that attitude, I headed out Steamboat Colorado for the 2007-8 season. Yes, I wanted to dip my balls in the legendary Steamboat Champagne powder. (Figuratively of course, otherwise it would have been cold, troublesome, and possibly life threatening.) (Side note - I did have the unique opportunity to dip my balls (literally) in a glass of bubbly or two in college...and In case you're wondering, it tickles.) Growing up in the east, I had heard all the snow stories of the west. In particular, the tales told of the distant land of Steamboat Springs. I had seen Warren Miller’s snorkel clad powder hounds blasting through waist deep POW. I had seen the pictures featuring the surreal shadows of aspen trees staked through deep, dry, choking powder. It is these haunting, cornerstone images that have hallmarked the "Champagne Powder" reputation the resort has come to enjoy and the one I wanted to know intimately. My snow bum story started much like the rest. At the time, I was coming off a 2006-2007 season that posted such buzz kills as a 63-degree, rainy New Year's day prompting the addition of “the snow bunny” to the New England endangered species list. I was struggling with the haunting decision of grad school, as such my western dreams of powder were saddled on the east coast realism of post-grad poverty, weighted with student loans. I figured if I was going to be working my ass off and still had a pair good knee’s, heck, I might as well spend the winter driving them through some sick powder, and

work the rest out from there. Bedside’s, grad school wasn’t going anywhere, and neither was Steamboat Springs, but the latter was well known as the territory that first introduced snow bunnies into the wild. With barely enough money to survive and loaded with redemption, I touched down in mid November ready to instruct, ride, and to dip my balls in a few glasses of that frozen crystal champagne. Well, the season stood me up on our first date and I wondered if somehow it had gotten word of my dubious intentions. Opening day was pushed back and pushed back again. With no lessons to make the “cashish”, it wasn’t a promising start. It turned out as with all things great, it was just biding its time to arrive fashionably late. At the exact moment when my last dollar went to a bag of enriched white rice and I had convinced myself to do a “smash and grab” job on the local jewelry store to cover rent, it finally showed. It was like I had fallen through the wardrobe into Narnia, with my balls leading the way: the stingy Colorado fall slinked out the door and in came Father winter, flipping the endless mountain sunshine switch "off ", pulling the blanket of dark grey clouds overhead and instantly making everything that stands, chandeliers of diamond powder. The season passed like the flash of a powdery face shot. My balls got dipped and they got dipped deep. So deep in fact, it was more like they got soaked. Steamboat received a record 490 inches over the next four months with three 100 plus months of snow in a row. It was like I was living inside a giant snow globe that never needed shaking or as if I was living in a dream version of Groundhog Day. Daily, I staggered home up my walkway, dragging my feet through shin-high freshly fallen snow. My face reverse raccoon eyed, my hair statically charged like Einstein, legs wobbly as yogurt I would collapse on the couch. Immediately I would raise a chapped, triumphant fist into the air like Bob Marley and declare, "Today was the greatest day of My Life". A sweet routine indeed. The 2007-08 season surpassed everything my balls or I, could have asked

for. Buried in the powder all season, they didn’t make it out until April 6th.... when the mountain disappointingly closed despite over two feet in the final week and a 70-inch base. I packed up to return home. I was at a loss for words when I tried to describe the season to friends and family. Ironically, the only phrase that somehow fit right was confessing that I indeed "dipped my balls in it”. Another summer of edging, mowing, and hedge trimming followed and I finally gathered the time to reflect on the winter high I had been riding. What happened between those sacred four months in 2008 will always be remem-

bered as a spiritually heightened experience. (Shared with nature and…a few lucky snow bunnies as well) It was a four month long climax from sweet, tender turns of love with the snow gods. As the mercury drops, I’m prepared this season to head back for my return. Hopes are high and my balls even stronger. But this season, my expectations are greater, and I’m setting the bar higher, and deeper, at the same time. This season, I’m taking on a whole new mantra—“I wanna dip My Nipple’s in it! Ned Cremin currently lives in Steamboat Springs, Co. and is a certified snowboard instructor.

If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

SantaCoN '08


Demonstrations […] are legitimate. Shouting down is not, in my opinion. - Noam Chomsky

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

Walks like a Duck




The Riddle: What's black when you get it, Red when you use it, And white when you're all through with it?

(answer can be found in the classifieds section)

Court Case: Time to Mix & Match

Across 1 Horrorcore hip-hop group whose fans are called Juggalos, for short 4 Longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra director Ozawa 9 World book? 14 Org. whose logo displays an eagle holding two guns 15 Statement accepted as true 16 Occasional Stooge 17 Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong et al.? 19 Transition from one topic to another 20 Introduce a new product 21 Florida city about an hour and a half from Disney World 22 Chinese name of Taoist philosopher Lao-Tzu 23 Key at the top left 26 More sharp 27 Much-maligned imports of the 1980s 29 Brain scans, for short 31 Goes bad 32 Device that cuts your fingernails without even touching them? 35 Electric shaver company 36 People who walk nervously during loud, stormy weather? 42 Greek god of love 43 "Bonne fete ___..." ("Happy Birthday" line, in Quebec) 44 Donald Sutherland mystery film of 1971 46 Gift recipients 48 Dir. opposite SSW 50 Abbr. meaning "in the same place," in footnotes 51 Sweater fabrics 52 Sesame seed paste 54 ___-ski 55 Amount paid on a natural gas bill? 58 Actress Witherspoon of "Four Christmases" 59 In base 8 60 Prefix meaning "ear" 61 Word before code or shirt 62 Character who dies in "Top Gun" 63 "Smoking" alternative


Down 1 When Independence Day and Bastille Day take place 2 Board game with the categories "Data Head" and "Word Worm" 3 Spanish actress who starred in "Sex and Lucia" and "Spanglish" 4 Short story writer H.H. Munro's pen name 5 Force out of the country 6 "There's no ___ team" 7 Exercise in the park 8 Contacts while surfing the Web, perhaps 9 Org. 10 Band who sang "Pictures of You" in 1990 11 Will bequeather 12 Necklace charms with powers 13 "Womanizer" singer of 2008 18 Like weightless situations in space, for short 24 Antiperspirant brand once advertised as "strong enough for a man" 25 Budget brand of Intel CPUs

26 Org. with a shelter outreach program 28 ___ Fein (Irish political party) 30 Actress Peri of "Frasier" 33 Musical conclusions 34 Pit left by an acne scar 36 Highway cop 37 Roast subject, perhaps 38 Good-for-nothing 39 Former Secretary of State Root 40 River famously crossed by Caesar 41 ___ high heaven (really reek) 42 First name of a 1990 Johnny Depp title character 45 Phonograph inventor 47 Curvy letters 49 "At Last" singer James and namesakes 53 Competent 55 Keep all for oneself 56 "The Name of the Rose" author Umberto 57 Get from ___ B ©2008 Jonesin' Crosswords (

Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

'Scopes to Live by ChelseaYepello The Local • Steamboat Springs


March 21- April 19


Yes, everyone around you is alive too. Did you know that? It’s true! Everyone you see, every car that drives by, every dinner that you ordered has been made by a real person not so unlike yourself. It’s not that you don’t understand that everyone around you has feelings too, but sometimes is easy to forget that everyone around you is looking at you like you are looking at them. They are the center of their world just like you are the center of yours. What really matters is that you acknowledge this fact and make a decision based on how you would like to be seen in their universe and your own.


Try to sit in the dark. No, don’t sleep in the dark… just sit there or stare at the nothingness that you know is something.

April 20 - May 20

May 21-June 20


June 21 - July 22

Your head will explode. Not physically of course… That would be seriously disturbing…but there will be reverberations in your skin, goose bumps on your arms and uncontrollable shaking caused by the complete overstimulation of your nervous system. Do not be afraid of these feelings, the intense sensations will eventually cease, at which point you can return to your ‘ordinary’ life. However, it will no longer be ‘ordinary.’ If you want this to end up being a good experience, remember to drink lots of water, get a good night sleep and most importantly, keep breathing.


Says a child to its mother: “what color are your eyes in the back of your head?”


You will create a zany flying machine.You will create something you think will reinvent the world and begin a new wave of life as we know it. Then someone will mention to you that it has already been invented. It’s called an airplane… Duh. Keep trying though; you’re on the right path.


How long have you been here? All of the sudden you have come out of the woodwork from the little nook you like to hide in called ‘your life’. Even when you were away from your little spot in the world you were doing nothing but dreaming of going back, where you would stay quiet and safe. Then out of nowhere you tried something new, left your space and began to see what else is out there. Everyone is so happy to see you, don’t leave yet, it’s just getting good.


Here’s the plan … If you and everyone you know buys a kitten and refers to that kitten as a dog, then when that kitten grows up and gives birth to a litter you also call those kittens dogs, and then those kittens give birth to a litter that are called dogs and so on, is it possible to rename an entire species if everyone works together?


Says one Goth to the other: “ I’d like to smile tomorrow.” Says the other: “What do you think that feels like?” Says the first: “Do you think it will hurt?” Says the other: “Well… we like pain...” Says the first: “Oh yeah… So let’s smile tomorrow!” Says the other: “ Yes…lets…Because it will hurt.”

July 23 - Aug. 22

Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Sept. 23 - Oct. 23

Oct. 24 - Nov. 21

Nov. 22 - Dec. 21


Don’t change yourself for them. Change yourself for you and see if the new you still wants to be with them. Don’t act differently for them. Act differently for you and see if they will fit into your action. Don’t hold your chin up for them. Hold your chin up for you… and so you don’t run into anything…


What would you do if Buddha handed you a gun and Jesus gave you a bullet? Wow…. That’s an awfully controversial question. Don’t freak out… just take it as a metaphor… Jeez.


Have you decided? Are you convinced? Have you closed the deal? You can talk about it as much as you want but eventually they will stop listening to you talking about what you will do one day if you never make an attempt to do it. Thought you might want to know.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Feb. 19 - March 20


The curtain goes up.You’re standing on a large stage in front of a huge audience. The crowd begins to cheer, then slowly breaks into hysterical laughter. As you stand in front of them, you begin to wonder what they could be laughing at, but slowly realize that they are laughing at you. You look down at yourself. Nope, you’re not naked.You blindly grasp at your face for anything unusual but just feel the basic nose, ears, eyes and mouth… the audience continues to laugh as you begin to scream and beg for someone to tell you what’s so damn funny but that just makes them laugh harder.You stand there utterly confused and tormented, unable to understand why you have to go through this absolute embarrassment. Then an epiphany hits you like a bag of bricks. Just walk off the stage.

ALL NEW!!! • •

No country, no business class, has ever been willing to subject itself to the free market. - Noam Chomsky

The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008


ZIRKEL Wireless completes its 15th Antenna Site near Milner — Offering Coverage to More of Routt County Yampa Valley’s largest and fastest High-Speed Internet service deploys its third “green” antenna site, supplying the residents of Milner with much-needed access.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado – November 20, 2008 – ZIRKEL Wireless, a locallyowned and operated, leading provider of High-Speed Internet Access, announced in November that they had successfully completed the installation of their 15th Internet antenna site on the ridge of Saddle Back Mountain, just east of Milner. “We are pleased to finally satisfy the demand of the residents of Milner and surrounding areas,” stated Alan Belvo, President of ZIRKEL Wireless. “High-speed Internet access is no longer a luxury. A fast connection to the Internet is needed in the workplace, schools and at home. The Internet has become an essential tool for business, education, investing, communicating, banking, online purchases, entertainment and many aspects of our everyday lives. ZIRKEL Wireless has been breaking down the barrier to fast Internet access for over 7 years.” The new antenna site represents the third “green” site installed in Routt County as it is completely powered by solar energy. “Our newest tower has been carefully engineered to last through even the shortest, darkest days of winter,” said Sean Heskett, Chief Technology Officer of ZIRKEL Wireless. “The solar panel array and battery packs can generate and store enough energy to withstand a full month of darkness, if necessary.” Belvo added, “Our network started with one antenna site in Steamboat Springs. We quickly realized that the demand for High-Speed Internet existed not just in Steamboat Springs. Our goal has been to develop, build and offer our customers Routt County’s fastest network, while keeping our price point extremely competitive. Our successful subscriber growth has allowed us to build a network that now reaches over 80% of Routt County.” While its most obvious subscribers may be rural Routt County customers, the company is quick to point out its advantages to Internet users in Steamboat Springs. “For service at home, we stack up very nicely against the competition. Our most popular Choice Plan has speeds of over 8 Mbps Download and 2 Mbps Upload. Our subscribers feel this is the best value in the county at only $46/month. Our national competitors offer tempting introductory pricing – but after that period expires – the monthly cost ends up to be more expensive. Our plan is a great value from the start and has no surprise increases or add-on charges,” continued Belvo. “Our business clients enjoy our Premier and Commercial Plans for more dedicated bandwidth. With upload speeds faster than the competition, businesses such as realtors and architects are able to send large files much faster. “We have succeeded in competing because we were first in much of Routt County and because we have invested nearly $700,000 in industry-leading wireless technology over the past three years,” Belvo concluded. “We have the experience and expertise to implement and optimize the performance of the ZIRKEL Wireless Network, which is now the largest High-Speed Internet Network in Routt County. Having this infrastructure gives us the ability to deliver fast service, but our emphasis on responsive local customer service is what impresses our customers most.” About ZIRKEL Wireless: Founded in 2001 by Alan Belvo and Sean Heskett, ZIRKEL Wireless specializes in delivering wireless High-Speed Internet Access to residents and businesses throughout Routt County. ZIRKEL Wireless Contacts: Alan Belvo, President & Owner Phone: 970-871-8500 Ext. 101 E-mail:

Sean Heskett, Chief Technology Officer & Owner Phone: 970-871-8500 Ext. 100 E-mail:

The Third World is the Third World because they had free markets rammed down their throat. - Noam Chomsky


The Local • Vol 8 issue 25 • december 4, 2008-December 17, 2008

the angry grammarian

Yes we Cam

JefferyBarg I’ve been pretty tolerant up till now. But this is it. No more Mr. Nice Grammarian. I’ve never been satisfied with the printed convention “Web site,” “Web page,” etc. It’s distinctly old fashioned, like funny hyphenated “to-morrow,” “teen-ager,” “yester-day.” Effective for The Onion’s history articles; pretty annoying for everything else. But now the contrast is especially glaring. A few weeks ago, Google continued its quest to make our lives immeasurably better by introducing video chat. While Google is perfectly contented to plop us down in the middle of the 21st century without a blink, the coverage has been embarrassingly old school. “In a way that even e-mailed photos never could, the Web cam promises to transcend both distance and the inability of toddlers to hold up their end of a phone conversation,” reads an article that sat atop The New York Times’ mostemailed list for a few days last week. How on earth do newspapers expect to compete with the Web when they write about it so ridiculously? (Also: Who still writes “e-mail” with a hyphen?) Speaking of hyphens, they exacerbate the Web problem. From the same article: “If Nana is at work, without the Web cam-equipped computer she

bought to visit with him, Coulter’s mother, Elizabeth, sometimes puts her on speakerphone.” Ick. Taken alone, I could almost deal with a capitalized, one-word “Website” or a lowercase, two-word “web site.” But both? That’s like instant-messaging on AIM. So 1998.

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A reader wrote in with a few fun “Grammarian gremlins”: “A lot of innocent bystanders were injured.” What are guilty bystanders? “The injured were taken to a local hospital.” Not a far-away hospital? My old arch nemesis Punctuation Man is passionate about these: tired old cliches that don’t mean anything, including phrases like “tired old cliches” and “cliches that don’t mean anything.” Which one gets on your nerves the most? There might not be anything grammatically wrong with them, but they make our language clunky and ugly. When it comes to indignities against English, wordiness is just as galling as an excess apostrophe.

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We're very fortunate in the United States, we've never had a charismatic leader who wasn't a gangster.- Noam Chomsky

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MichelleDover The Local • Steamboat Springs There is only one thing that accumulates more in my life than places I must travel, and recipes I must cook, and that is books that I must read. So, when I was planning my flight for Thanksgiving towards Nicaragua I vexed about what books I would bring for weeks. Always wanting to travel light, what fits in my son, Joe’s old school backpack is what goes with me, no more. I pack my books first, toiletries second and clothing last. I knew I had packed well, when after clearing customs in Houston, I was chased by an airport employee who thought I had forgotten my luggage. Nope, I’d chosen carefully and hadn’t forgotten a thing. Time is precious and with such a collection of stories and information that I must consume, travel is the best time to gorge myself. Besides I need some distraction from the guy taking up our shared arm rest. I finally read the book that so many women have been raving one way or the other about, Elizabeth Gilbert’s, “Eat,

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Books Must Travel Pray, Love”. “Eat Pray Love” is a spiritual travel memoir although Gilbert’s critics might call her book a self absorbed romp, experienced by a privileged American Woman. I found Gilbert to be funny, intelligent and someone who sincerely embarked on growth as a human being. Sure, we can’t all run off to an ashram, but even if I could, I’m not sure I have it in me to meditate for hours on end and deal with all my issues. I cried all the way from Houston to Managua and it wasn’t because I had seat 32C, the seat closest to the bathroom. Bo Caldwell’s “The Distant Land of My Father”, a memoiresque novel that begins in 1930s Shanghai had me captivated. It’s a story about family, about war, about betrayal and reconciliation. The small family was leading what they thought was a charmed life until the Japanese invasion. Anna and her mother flee Japanese-occupied Shanghai to re-

turn to California, and Dad stays behind, believing his connections will keep him safe. Through Anna's memories and her father's journals the reader learns of his fall from charismatic millionaire to tortured prisoner. This made me cry from Houston to Managua. The first book I would read, if I was getting on a plane today, is one I didn’t even know about two weeks ago, “Senselessness”, by Horacio Castellanos Moya, translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver. It takes place in an unnamed Latin American country, perhaps El Salvador where a free lance writer is hired by the Catholic Church to edit the statements of Indians who survived government massacres. It’s reported to be darkly funny—something I like. The author is also said to be an up and coming young Central American author. The characters I meet and the depth of knowledge that inspires me, makes

arm chair cultural travel something invaluable. The other book that is appearing as a must read at the moment is Nadeem Aslam’s “The Wasted Vigil”. Aslam is Pakistani born, thus offers credibility to his novels set in the Middle East. This particular title is about five people that come together in post 9/11 Afghanistan. It is said to be, “An intense, empathetic, magisterial interpretation of clashing beliefs and entwined fates, in a harsh and ruined, yet lovely place.” Next I would read Jiang Rong’s “Wolf Totem” translated by Howard Goldblatt. It is set in 1960’s Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution. A Beijing intellectual undertakes a spiritual journey into the world of the nomadic Mongols, a dying culture that honors the endangered Mongolian wolf and follows a philosophy about maintaining a balance with nature. “In China, it has emerged as a zeitgeist novel, outselling any other in Chinese history short of Mao's little red book.”

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