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The Spooky Forrest Photo Credit: Kevin Olsen There haven’t been very many epic powder days at the ski area yet this year, so many locals have been heading out into the backcountry in search of untracked powder stashes. On Dec 28, Chaz Kavovit and a few friends took snowmobiles into the Zirkel Mountains in North Routt County for a sunny afternoon of riding. This picture features Chaz surfing through an area dubbed “The Spooky Forrest� due to the apocalyptic-looking nature of all the pine-beetle killed trees.

Colorado is now several years into the pine-beetle epidemic, and many of the oddly beautiful reddish needles of the dying trees have given way to dead barren poles waiting to fall over. State-wide the epidemic is predicted to kill off up to 90% of all the lodgepole pine trees. Recently the U.S. Forest Service issue a warning to backcountry skiers, snowmobilers and hikers to be on the lookout for dead lodgepole pines that may topple. Lodgepole pine trees have a shallow root system that causes them to become very unstable after they have died and research shows that 80 percent of them will fall within 12 years of dying.

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Editor’s Notes

Trade in Your Car for a $175,000 Condo! ThomasReuter The Local • Steamboat Springs Before I became the editor of The Local, my work background was mostly in the automotive business. My family owns a small car dealership and rental operation and I grew up learning most aspects of the business, from repairs to sales to loans. All this experience with cars has led me to one inescapable conclusion; cars suck, driving sucks, and both should be avoided as much as possible. People drive way too much and spend way too much money on their silly cars. To illustrate this I have prepared a comparison between driving costs and home ownership in Steamboat. Everyone knows it’s expensive to live in Steamboat. A modest downtown apartment for two, if you can find one, costs $900-$1,500 per month. And if you want to buy something, the numbers become staggering. Because of this, a growing number of working-class people are moving to places like Oak Creek, Stagecoach, Hayden, and Craig. Prices for renting and buying get significantly cheaper the further away from Steamboat you get. But what a lot of people fail to calculate in their decision to move away is the true cost of commuting back to Steamboat to work each day. Everyone

thinks about gas prices and how much fuel is used to drive, but there are a lot more costs involved in the operation of a car than that. For the price a lot of people spend to commute you could actually buy a $175,000 condo in Steamboat and skip the commuting altogether. Here is breakdown of what an average commuter can expect to spend: First, a commuter needs a reliable car. An old beater won’t cut it if you want to make it to work on time each day all year. New or used, you can plan on at least a $350/month car payment and another $100/month for full coverage insurance. The rest of the calculations are based on miles, so let’s use a 100 mile daily commute as an example (the average Craig commute.) 5 days a week for 50 weeks a year equals 25,000 miles. If you drive a car that is decent on gas - let’s say a Subaru Outback you’ll average 25 miles per gallon. 1000 gallons of gas per year at $2.50/gallon equals $2,500. Oil changes run $36 every 3000 miles. 8 of them a year costs $288. 1 set of tires = $500. Regular maintenance (brakes, exhaust, spark plugs, timing belts, alternators, starters, windshields, cv axels, etc) and minor repairs cost at least another $100/month.

Yearly totals: Car Payment $350/mo. x 12 mo. = $4,200

Insurance $100/mo. x 12 mo. = $1,200 Gas 25,000 miles (equal to one trip around the earth) at 25 mi./gal = 1,000 gal. @ $2.50/gal. = $2,500 Oil Changes 25,000mi./3,000mi. = 8x $36 = $288 Tires 1 set all season = $500 (more if you want to live through the winter and purchase studded snow tires)

Regular Maintenance and Minor Repairs $100/mo. x 12 mo. = $1,200 Total - $9,888 per year in automobile costs to commute from Craig in a fuel efficient car with no major repairs. If you lose a transmission or an engine you need to add $3,500 to this. And hopefully you won’t hit an elk or get crippled by a methed-up trucker.

print that you could brag about to the hippies. Here are the commuting costs from some other communities: Oak Creek - 10,500 miles/year = $7,044, $3.52/hour, $563/mo, $129,000 mortgage Yampa - 15,000 miles/year = $7,530, $3.77/hour, $603/mo, $140,000 mortgage Hayden - 12,500 miles/year = $7,244, $3.62/hour, $580/mo, $130,000 mortgage And keep in mind that all these numbers are based on a sensible fuel-efficient car. The next time you drive to Craig in the morning, notice how many people driving towards Steamboat are in SUVs and giant pickup trucks. The costs for operating those vehicles increase dramatically. So if you currently live in Steamboat and you’re thinking that you have to move to Stagecoach or Hayden or Craig to be able to afford a place to live, just get rid of your car and stay put.

If you work 40 hours per week for 50 weeks each year, $4.94 of your hourly wage goes to pay for your commute from Riley is a sweetheart Craig. That’s a lot of money. In cat who loves people, fact, if you moved back to Steambeing brushed, and a boat and threw your car away, you’d sunny window. He is have an extra $791/month for rent quiet, well-mannered, or mortgage and you’d have an extra declawed (all 4) and 500 hours/year of free time not has diabetes (special spent in your car. And you’d get to food and 1 easy shot/ live in Steamboat, which is, to be as day). Please help us give him a second nice as possible, not Craig. At curchance. RCHS will provide food/insulin. rent mortgage rates a $791/month payment is enough to get you a Steamboat Springs/Routt Co Animal Shelter Mon - Thur: noon - 5:30, Sat: noon - 4 pm , Sun: noon - 2 $175,000 30-year fixed rate loan. 879-0621 Visit to see pets for adoption Of course you wouldn’t have a car for the next 30 years, but there’s a Sponsored by:R o u t t C o u n t y H u m a n e S o c i e t y free bus in Steamboat and you’d (879-RCHS) Donations welcome: PO Box 772080 have a much smaller carbon foot-

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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).

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

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Jonah Weil, age 13, is the cartoonist of “Walks Like a Duck.”He lives in Boulder, Colorado, but Steamboat is his favorite place to ski so he visits often. He is a student at Alexander Dawson School.

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

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

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

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Snow of Winter Paul&EllenBonnifield

The Local • Steamboat Springs As I step through the door to Montgomery’s Store, I see the small fragile frame of an elderly ranch woman. She is quietly stooped while her shriveled hand steadies herself against the counter. A younger woman, late fifties, stands at the end of the counter counting out money for their groceries. I slowly walk around them to look the old woman in the face. Without preamble I ask, “How’s Don?” Gerry looks at me with a million lines of concern in her face and softly answers, “We left him home alone.” Nothing more is said. Nothing more is necessary. As Christmas 2008 approaches, an old, Twenty Mile and South Routt ranching institution, Don Hinkle is dying. His wife, by his side through many hard miles, is afraid and unsure. Don and Gerry’s three daughters are taking turns staying with their parents. It’s the last time they will be able to thank their father for all the wonderful things he has done for them. It’s about the last time they can help their mother before the blanket of senility closes her mind. It’s a time to let love rise above grief and loss. Later while walking the street that divides the church from the liquor store, I meet an old friend. In his disfigured right hand – disfigured by years of freezing while holding the line of the feed horses – Johnny carries

a quart of Seagram 7. He is now prepared to practice an ancient Christmas custom – having a drink with friends to celebrate the season. Age having destroyed his hurried and sure

pace, he slowly walks toward his pickup. Seeing me, his face breaks into a broad smile. It reaches from ear to ear while his eyes dance with pleasure and his teeth glisten in a warm friendly greeting. Johnny and I go back a long way. We talk. We remember. There in the middle of the street, the street be- tween the church and liquor store, we open the bottle and drink three toasts. We toast the many past hardships that left scars – but we bettered them all. We toast the present friendships that

survive the test of time. We toast the future filled with victories. The ancient Christmas ritual lives on. Afterwards I drive up to Five Pine Mesa to doctor a horse. Last spring he ate a toxic weed damaging his liver. For weeks he was slowly dying. Since the liver has healed, I’ve fed him enzymes to keep his digestive system working. I’ve grained him to restore lost muscle and to add fat for winter protection.

He’s well now, but I keep graining him to help him through the winter. I can’t feed him without doing something for the other loafers. One is an old mare, in her thirties. We’ll probably have to put her down before spring.

Standing there waiting for the horses to eat, on a raw winter day with the wind blowing, snow shifting, and the cold biting my face, I am thinking of winter and Christmas. The entire country for hundreds of miles in all directions is buried under a blanket of white – a frozen lake. Winter with its long nights, short days, sub-zero temperatures and deep snow takes the life of many old and young, weak and strong. It’s a game of chance. After months of hardship and suffering, winter softens. The beautiful white snow dies. It becomes something entirely different – flowing water. Water, sun, and soil are the foundation of all life. Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ is the winter celebration of the highest order. The white snow blankets everything. Christ’s love blankets everything. In winter creatures suffer through extremely harsh months. Christ lived only 33 years, but he suffered extreme hardships. In the spring the white snow gives its life so the world can have a new birth, growth and maturity. Christ gave his life so that everyone may have eternal life. The horses finish eating. I pick up my grain buckets and drive to a warm home and hot buttered rum. Ah yes, a special gal waits for me there.

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The Local • Steamboat Springs Two years ago, I presented a holiday combo-recipe to use with a partner. Which ingredients included condoms, if memory serves. This year I thought I would present another simple combo-recipe for those of us who find ourselves alone this holiday season. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 1 cup brown rice 3 lemons 4 eggs 1 bottle of claret 1 cinnamon stick 6 cloves 1 tablespoon brown sugar Preparation: Boil the chicken in a stock pot over medium heat for about an hour and a half. Meanwhile, lightly zest the lemons and then juice them. You’ll still have plenty of time with the chicken so you’ll probably want to get along to the wine... Pour it into a saucepan along with

the zest, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. Warm it over medium heat until you just begin to see it steam. Do not let it boil. When the wine is done, turn off the heat and strain it into a hearty mug. Take it by the fireplace and stare at your pathetic little Christmas tree until the chicken is done. Then remove the chicken from the pot and put it on a cutting board to cool. Lower the heat on the stock and add the rice. Cover. Stare at your tree some more. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, roll up your sleeves and shred the meat into soup-friendly bits with your fingers. Your mug is likely to get a bit greasy at this point but that can’t be helped. When done, wash your hands and crack the eggs into your food processor. Wash your hands again if you need to and then blend them until they are nice and fluffy. Now–and this is critical–very slowly stir in the eggs to the stock. Too fast and you’ll end up with egg-drop soup, which is not what we’re after. Now stir in the lemon juice and add the chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let sit for a bit while you work on the rest of that wine. Serve and think of next year.

New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain

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New Years Resolutionsâ&#x20AC;Ś Modified SarahColeman The Local â&#x20AC;˘ Steamboat Springs Read more*Work less*Spend more time with my family*Adopt a pet*Pay off my debt*Travel*Learn a new language*Go back to school*Laugh more*Get off the couch* The countdown has begunâ&#x20AC;Ś Only a few days left until 2010. 2010! How do you even say that number? Is it twenty ten or is it two thousand and ten? Whatever you say, however you say it, there is no denying that its almost here. Which means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to reflect on the year behind us and glance forward to a few things you would like to do better or different or new or for the first time. Whether you want to bench press your body weight, do a muscle-up or run your first marathon, learn to cook a new dish, eat more veggies or lose that last 20 pounds, it is best accomplished by writing each resolution down and looking at them on a regular basis. Since we all know that you probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do thatâ&#x20AC;Ś

Here is a starter list of doable resolutions that deal with health and fitness (since that seems to be BOTH my area of expertise and where most

people want to see changes) that take your normal resolutions and modify them to a reasonable level. Most people vow each and every

year to do the same things yet never quite make it all the way. Instead of doing the same thing this year, write down the changes you would like to see, modify them to be reasonable, andâ&#x20AC;Ś wellâ&#x20AC;Ś just do it! ** 1. Drink less when drinking. (Since we all know that a little wine is good for you, instead of quitting drinking all together, cut back and limit your actual glasses per week). 2. A pound a week is all you need. (And I am not talking about butter. Small weight loss goals are easy to manage and healthier overall). 3. Spend more time at the gym. (Actually, spend less time at the gym and become more productive. For example, try CrossFit where a 15-minute â&#x20AC;&#x153;Franâ&#x20AC;? workout can kick your ass).

4. Say Goodbye Double Carmel Macchiato Goodbye. (Come on, this one is a nobrainer. This goes for the brownie sundaes and super sized meals too. Cut it out completely and supplement your sugar cravings with a small candy bar or tic-tac. I like the pink ones). 5. Try something new. (Really, try something new and drag a friend along too. Too nervous for a half marathon? Grab 3 friends, do it together and slam a beer pre-race for nerves and carbs). Andâ&#x20AC;Ś for my own personal resolution, I will stop leaving my Local deadline until the day it is due, drink less when drinking, and spend less time in the gym (which, in my case, also means work). Hooray for 2010! **May I also recommend a personal trainer or life coach to see any real difference since most of us will loss the list or the gumption to actually do anything. Good luck and Happy New Year! Sarah Coleman Personal Trainer, Fusion Fit

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It Has Been Slowly Oozed Into A Quagmire ScottFord The Local • Steamboat Springs In the last two columns I asked you to join me on a knowledge quest. It is a quest to discover how the health care system we have in America evolved. Specifically in the area of reimbursement of care, it has evolved into a system that nobody in his or her right mind would have designed. How did we get here? What were the “root cause” influences that created this system? These are the questions in my knowledge quest. What I have discovered so far is that the system we have today is direct result of four happy accidents. These accidents were nothing more than a convergence of events that nobody planned for, which when combined with market forces eventually resulted in our current system. To summarize the previous two columns, in the space of 20 years beginning in 1910 American’s expectations regarding health care shifted from palliative to curative care. As a result of the invention and subsequent innovation specifically in the area of antibiotics. Americans started looking to health care providers (doctors and hospitals) not to simply make them feel better but actually cure them. Health care providers responded by becoming better; better facilities, technology, and education. The better the health care system became, the more expensive the care became. Combined with the relative prosperity of the early 1920’s simply meant that many folks had the discretionary income to afford these better and expanded services. By the end of the decade, the demand for health care services were beginning to slow down. Demand for services declined as the cost increased. What to do with the excess health care capacity? An innovative association of hospitals at the state level began offering prepaid hospitalization plans. Through some fancy actuarial footwork these hospital association had figured out how to lower the unit cost of health care. These state hospital associations became known as “Blue Cross.” By the early 1930’s America was in an awful economic depression. Even a low monthly unit cost became unaffordable to those who did not have a job. This reality resulted in the hospital associations to primarily offer the pre-paid plans to folks that were employed and to offer the plans on a payroll deduction basis. This worked and worked really well. The number of individuals enrolled in these type of pre-paid hospital plans grew from 1,300 at the end of 1929 to over 3.5 million at the end of 1935. This brings us to the third in our series

of happy accidents. During WWII, wage and price controls were used in an attempt to control wartime inflation. The enormous amount of wartime production, combined with over one million Americans that would eventually join or be drafted in the armed forces, resulted in significant labor shortages. Since employers could not use higher wages to attract and retain labor, they discovered that they could offer “extras” that sidestepped the freeze on wages. These extras became known as “fringe benefits.” Those employers offering the best fringe benefits packages were able to attract and retain qualified workers. One of the most important fringe benefits an employer could offer was to pay all or part of the expense of the prepaid hospitalization plans mentioned previously. Happy accident #3 is the root cause of why the American health care system is primarily financed by employers. Following the end of the War, “fringe benefits” quickly were viewed as a part of the overall compensation offered by employers. By the end of the War about one-third of the private sector workforce were in unions. The hospitalization and physician services per-paid plans became a part of the collective bargaining process. With the cost of the physician services plans being paid for by the employer, the demand quickly expanded. These physician services plans were offered through an association that became known as “Blue Shield”. Most plans offered to employees had set limits on how much the plan would pay for services. These types of scheduled plans were the norm during the 50’s & 60’s. The payment schedule in the plan helped to control cost of health care. Health care providers knew how much they were going to be paid for the services they provided. The reimbursement schedule kept providers from charging too much over the amount in the employee’s benefit schedule. There were few surprises. Although there were few surprises, market forces were at work on the employer level. If an employer wanted to improve their fringe benefit package or the union had negotiated for an improvement in an easy way, this was accomplished to increase the reimbursement amounts listed on the schedule. As a result, the benefit reimbursement schedules kept slowly creeping upward. We have slowly oozed our way into a quagmire one-step at a time. We can spin our collective wheels but it may be impossible to dig ourselves out. That is how I see it!

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Yo Hobo ElliotSilberberg The Local • Milan Italy New research shows Democrats historically win elections during hard times, when voters get suspicious of a free market economy that’s tanking and want more government intervention. The downside is if government programs then don’t work, fickle voters swing back to free market, laissez faire Republicanism. That’s what President Obama may be up against if his subsidy programs don’t bear fruit this year. Inner forces also influence how we cast our votes. I even wonder if DNA plays a part. A psychological study shows Republicans less willing to humiliate their fathers than Democrats. That respect for authority is part learned, but the passive temperament it may be based on could be inherited. Could we be born into this Veil of Tears kicking, screaming and card carrying too? Thanks to the luck of the draw, moms-to-be may be nurturing next-generation Ws or LBJs. In trying times like these, it matters knowing the political views of others. Consider the Depression figure of the hobo. He deserves attention as, unhappily, his lifestyle is seeing a comeback. When a hobo got a square meal from the nice folks, he left an X on the door

to let the next vagabond know about an easy touch. That X might have meant he got a free handout or that he got fed in exchange for doing some chores. My guess is charitable Republicans would make him sing for his supper by chopping wood, doing the dishes or shoveling the outhouse. Democrats would instinctively take pity on his weary soul and fork over a hunk of apple pie, no questions asked. So, current and future Kings of the Road, take heed. If 13 Stars and Stripes, moose antlers and a framed photo of an American eagle are hanging in the den, prepare to roll up your sleeves. If NPR is wafting through the air, wax nostalgic on the War on Poverty and ask to see that Michael Moore DVD, weepy bandana in hand. An apolitical option also exists: Grab that pie and run. Licking your chops is what counts. Essentially, convincing Republicans requires accountability. Convincing Democrats means evoking compassion. However, it’s not that pat. Today’s financial crisis is due to Republicans who let the markets run unaccountably wild. The boys on Wall Street were working, but for themselves. Meanwhile, current Democratic compassion is so totally misdirected and forgiving it bails out the same craven knuckleheads who most deserve to be hung out to dry. Go figure. Riding those boxcars, there’s plenty of time.

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The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to. ~P.J. O’Rourke

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Dr Dawns Rx

Step Six (Ready for Change?) Dr DawnObrecht

The Local • Steamboat Springs This is the step that separates the men from the boys, or, more accurately, the real adults from the emotionally immature. For those working and living by a twelve step program, you may remember that this step, quoted here from the Narcotics Anonymous literature, actually says, “We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.” For anyone not in a twelve step program, personal growth may still be of interest and step six is a terrific “step” on the way to having a better self. Unless you are completely, totally satisfied with your life, consider reading further. It’s free and I promise you it will not do harm to you or anyone else. No, you are not too young to change; the next 20 years can be better than the last twenty. Too old? The next fifty can be better than the last fifty. There are lots of examples of people making major changes of all kinds well into their seventies, eighties and beyond. The first five steps (see any twelve step literature, or go to for articles elaborating on each step) prepare you for step six. If you have actually done them, you have had the opportunity to look at yourself, your beliefs, your thought processes, your feelings

and behavior. You have laid the foundation to make changes and now it is time to take action. Oh no. Please, can’t I just read more, “process it” and think about all this stuff? Sure, but you get only a fraction of the growth available by declining to act. In reviewing the foundation you have built in steps one through five, you

find that the first three involve having made a decision to allow spiritual forces into your life. The God concept is beginning to be palatable, whether traditional JudeoChristian or just a force of nature. If you did a thorough inventory of yourself in step four, and reviewed it in a fifth step with someone

who had done his own step work and who could therefore guide you, you have been able to begin to see who you really are as evidenced by your patterns of behavior. A wise man was asked by several somewhat less wise persons if he wanted to know what they believed. He said “Not necessary. I will tell you what you believe by watching you.” Who we are shows in our actions, in what we do, not so much in what we say or think. By the way, our children do what we do, not what we say. Be the person you want your children to see, the one your dog thinks you are. Step six actually means we became willing to change the behavior that has caused discomfort in our lives. I’m not talking about the simple behaviors of stealing, lying, cheating and perhaps drunkenness. We call this “cash register honesty” and of course it is important, sort of basic “first grade” important. The deeper and more intense change of self, the high school and beyond change, requires the foundation discussed above. Look at your personal hopes, values and goals. Is your behavior consistent with what you say you want? With who you say you are? These more subtle

and equally important character defects are the hidden ones, that part of us that is in play when no one else is watching. What is your arrogance quotient? Generosity (of spirit), humility, friendliness, acceptance and forgiveness capacities? How do you treat others? If you are working steps, you will note that four and five highlight imperfections. Step six is where you decide to allow removal of those imperfections. Oh, did I say none of us human beings are able to change significantly and permanently on our own? If so, we would have changed the things we don’t like about ourselves long ago. We would not continue to be in discomfort; hence the first three steps and the incorporation of a Higher Power into our lives. To progress in personal growth, (yes, progress, not perfection), we get to refuse to gloss over “defects” we want removed. No responses like, “Yeah, that’s the way I am…” or comparing, “I’m not as bad as he is…” You can be the best person you can be. (Profound, huh?) If you want more from yourself and your life, become “entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character” and take the action, with His help, to change. Dr. Dawn Obrecht is the only MD addiction medicine specialist on the western slope of Colorado. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and her office is in Steamboat Springs. She teaches a communication course to medical students at the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and can be reached at 970-846-8479 or Copyright Dawn Obrecht 2009.

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Sasquatch vs. Yeti InebriatedInformant

The Local • Steamboat Springs The Sasquatch emerges from his lair, stares angrily at the Informant and spews obscenities in my direction. At first I am taken aback, then offended, then amused and then I retort in a paraphrased rebuttal format i.e. “you are such a douche bag!” “No, it is you who is the douche bag!” Although the scientific community has largely discounted the existence of Sasquatch, the Informant not only has photographic evidence but also emotional scars. The abominable beast then furiously sings some sort of satanic diatribe either at me or to me, it’s hard to tell. These lovely melodies shift from that of a howling, psychosis attributed-growl, to that of a creepy whisper. The Informant feels empty. Then the Informant realizes that perhaps it is he who is the abomination. This is the story of the hurricane that has not only swept through my Sasquatch-inhabited dystopian dwelling,


but has also managed to Katrina the rest of the Informant’s feable existence. The Informant’s actions have been under the spell of the ladies of the nightlife and the accompanying idiocy that overtakes him when attempting to impress said ladies. This idiocy takes many forms. Sometimes it takes the form of commandeering a taxi cab and refusing to get out while his sought after lady and her friends suggest that he continue to stay in the snow bank that he was passed out in moments before, like a good little Yeti. While not only insisting that he stay in the taxi, the stupid Yeti also thinks it’s a good idea to invade their peaceful dwelling and again refuse to leave?!? The Informant then wakes in his bed, fully clothed with his cell phone bleating about how it has a text message saying “did you make it home okay? I have your wallet dumbass!” Shit! Having learned a valuable lesson from

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions! ~Joey Adams

the night before, the Informant ventures out of his room, past the growling, grizzly, snarling Sasquatch in its laz-boy, and out on the town in search of more insecurity-justification stories. He comes across Goldilocks and her libidinous, libatious ways and she assists him in reaching total jackassness. She demands monetary reimbursement for her services. But instead of simply handing over said reimbursements he instead throws an undetermined amount of cash at her and calls her a lying b**ch. The Informant has no idea why these words

came out and of course poor Goldilocks wept all the way home. Shit! The Informant wishes to atone for his monstrous, meat beast behavior, and promises not do any of these things again, or at least not until someone gives him Chardonnay, Saki, Whiskey, Rumpleminze, Stoli O & Soda, Grape Bombs, Jaeger bombs, Car bombs, or any other series of stupidity catalysts. Note: Image of the Informant after imbibing a few too many...

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According to Astrology December 31 - January 13

Happy New Year and Lunar Eclipse LenaFranzen The Local • Steamboat Springs During the next two weeks we will experience a Lunar Eclipse on New Years Eve and a Solar Eclipse on January 14. Like I said in the last issue of The Local, eclipses represent powerful renewal times. It can be time for some major changes in our own life and in the world at large. Situations and habits that we have outgrown will fall away to make room for the new. Seems very suitable at the time of the New Year! The letting go process usually starts a few weeks before the eclipses and the ah-ha’s usually come during the weeks after the eclipses. So we are in the thick of the letting go process right now! The eclipses will not be visible in this part of the world, but we will still experience the effects. We are also experiencing a Mercury retrograde until January 15. Our rational mind is taking a break until then. It doesn’t hurt to write the important things down, so you don’t forget. December 31: Today we have a Lunar Eclipse. There is a big chance that we are feeling sensitive, vulnerable and

insecure, since the Moon is in Cancer. I just want to remind us all that it is our ego that is feeling insecure and is afraid of the changes. Our true self is fine. It’s a good idea to tune into your true divine self through meditation, yoga, prayer or spending time outdoors in Nature. Give someone a hug, they’ll probably need it! Find ways to nurture and love yourself through the challenging times. January 1: The Moon is void of course all day long, so take it easy. Perfect day for skiing, relaxation and nurturing activities. January 2-3: Good weekend for fun and relaxation. (Moon in Leo.) January 4-5: It is back to work and our duties, and we are thinking about the things that are important to us. We are valuing integrity, quality and simplicity. We want to feel secure in the material world. We might realize that true security comes through trusting in life. (Sun, Mercury and Venus coming together in Capricorn.) January 6: How we relate to our self and others is changing. Hopefully we are becoming more accepting and forgiving. We are learning how to find love

within ourselves. (Moon in Libra, in hard aspect to Saturn and Pluto.) January 7-8: We are having to adjust how we assert our anger and our will in order to be fair and keep the peace and harmony. (Mars in hard aspect to the Sun and Venus.) January 9: We are feeling passionate and loving today. (Moon in Scorpio making aspect to Mars, Venus and the Sun.) January 10-11: We are feeling optimistic and loving, we want to be more responsible and honest in our relationships to people and to our money situation. (Sun and Venus meet up in Capricorn.) January 12-13: We are feeling serious and maybe a bit gloomy. But we also have the opportunity to free ourselves from our self- imposed ideas of lack and scarcity. (Saturn going retrograde. Venus sextiling Uranus.) Tomorrow is the Solar Eclipse and we might be feeling a lack of clarity and direction, because the old is falling away and the new hasn’t quite manifested yet. Good idea to spend time in our winter wonderland, there you’ll find joy, happiness and a sense of magic. Lena is available for personal astrology readings, questions and feedback. She can be reached at lenasteed@ or 970-879-2444. Visit for more information.

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The Dreaded Check Engine Light! CharlieHolthausen The Local â&#x20AC;˘ Steamboat Springs Charlie Holthausen is the former owner and operator of Black Diamond Automotive in Steamboat, he is Master ASE certified with advanced L1 certifications, please send your comments and car questions to: CaptainCarburetor@Gmail.Com. Dear Captain Carburetor,

My family and I are staying in Steamboat and I thought you might have some ideas for a problem I am having back home. We have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck, with a 5.9L-V8 and an automatic transmission. Here is my problemâ&#x20AC;Ś The â&#x20AC;&#x153;check engineâ&#x20AC;? light is on with trouble codes for the Ambient Temperature Sensor and the Battery Temperature Sensor, I am trying to get this vehicle ready for state inspection, and although these codes are not crucial for good emissions, the check engine light does need to be out before I submit it for state inspection. The problem is that I cannot locate the ambient air temp sensor on this vehicle. I can locate the air charge sensor, but not the ambient sensor. I have the new one, which the parts man rechecked the application on just to be sure (even checking multiple brands). Do you know where Chrysler hides this sensor? -Brian, Englewood Automo-

tive, NYC. Dear Brian, Chrysler has a few places to â&#x20AC;&#x153;hideâ&#x20AC;? the ambient sensor, first check on the inside of the hood next to the latch. They also like to locate the sensor on the left side of the radiator support but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you are going to find it in either of those places. In 2001 Chrysler incorporated the Ambient Sensor and the Battery Temperature Sensor together and it is located

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saturday JANUARY

Happy Birthday Isaac Asimov!!! Tap house- Game night



J.R.R Tolkien was born today


National alternative newspaper appreciation day IGLESIA EN ESPANOL 7 AM @ Steamboat Christian Center FREE DOCENT-LED TOURS FOR THE ART EXHIBITS 2 PM @ The Art Depot. Boathouse – Bloody Sunday: $4 Bloodies and Mimosa’s


monday JANUARY

Louise Brialle was born today Trivia Day Steamboat MusicFest-8-9pm The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the snow swept Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song from January 4-9, 2010. Eighteen bands will perform over the six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week including over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 18 bands & one really big tent-don’t miss it! Boathouse – Open Mike Night: Starts at 8PM every performer gets a free beer. Tap House – Live Poker TOURNIE. KFMU Monday Night Football Promo, free entry, play for points and prizes.


tuesday JANUARY

Robert Duvall was born today Twelfth Night Steamboat MusicFest-8-9pm The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the snow swept Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song from January 4-9, 2010. Eighteen bands will perform over the six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains featuring

free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week including over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 18 bands & one really big tent-don’t miss it! West African dance & drum with master teacher Moustapha Bangoura, star of les Ballets Africains. 5:30-7 pm mixed-levels drum class. 7-8:30 pm mixed-levels dance class The Depot $15/class. Info: Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble online at Tap House – Wing Night Boathouse Pub - Live music and Rock, Paper, Scissors for Free Drinks Starts at 9PM


wednesday JANUARY

Syd Barrett was born today Steamboat MusicFest-8-9pm The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the snow swept Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song from January 4-9, 2010. Eighteen bands will perform over the six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week including over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 18 bands & one really big tent-don’t miss it! Tap House- Live Trivia Boathouse – Irish night: $3 Guinness, $3 Black & Tans, $4 Jamesons, $5 Car Bombs


thursday JANUARY

music to the snow swept Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song from January 4-9, 2010. Eighteen bands will perform over the six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week including over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 18 bands & one really big tent-don’t miss it!

music to the snow swept Colo- A rado Rockies for a full week of sport and song from January 4-9, B 2010. Eighteen bands will perform S over the six days in the heart of g the Rocky Mountains featuring free après-ski concerts, evening T concerts and special engagements F throughout the week including p over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 18 R bands & one really big tent-don’t miss it! T

Tap House – Karaoke

Tashlich service: 10am, 3pm. Conducted by Steamboat Springs B Jewish Congregation, Har Mishpacha. All members of the Jewish community and their guests are invited. For location and more information about joining Har Mishpacha, please call 879-2082 or visit J

Boathouse – Margarita Night: Starts at 9PM $4 house Margs, and $6.50 Patron Margs


friday JANUARY

Stephen Hawking was born today Steamboat MusicFest-8-9pm The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the snow swept Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song from January 4-9, 2010. Eighteen bands will perform over the six days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements throughout the week including over 40 live performances, from an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing, and everything in between. Six days, 18 bands & one really big tent-don’t miss it! Rosh Hashanah Services – 7pm, conducted by Steamboat Springs Jewish Congregation, Har Mishpacha. All members of the Jewish community and their guests are invited. For location and more information about joining Har Mishpacha, please call 879-2082 or visit


saturday JANUARY

Tricky Dick Nixon was born today

Millard Fillmore was born today

Balloon Ascension Day

Steamboat MusicFest-8-9pm The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana

Steamboat MusicFest-8-9pm The ONLY festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

BABYTIME: 10-10:30 AM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library. This drop-in program is free and no registration is required.Visit or call 879.0240 for more information Tap house- game night



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sunday JANUARY

Rasputin was born today

p IGLESIA EN ESPANOL: 7 AM @ t SS Steamboat Christian Center s Town Challenge Super G Race


Jim Kehoe Memorial Super G Race /Mt Werner/ Sitz See Me.10 B am. Registration will be handled n $ through Competition Services office /Top floor of Ski School Building up to 1 hour prior to race time for information call 970-8715387town Challenge media. 970 879-7879 S


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out in the BOAT

• events • theater

• sports • entertainment

Email all listings to: Amanda Peet was born today Boathouse, Open Mike Night: Starts at 8PM every performer gets a free beer. Tap House – Live Poker TOURNIE. Free entry, play for points and prizes.


tuesday JANUARY

Rob Zombie was born today Tap House – Wing Night Boathouse Pub – Live music and Rock, Paper, Scissors for Free Drinks Starts at 9PM


wednesday JANUARY

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born today

Ski Jam: 8pm – Jan 13-17th. Combining sound, sight, and sport, Ski Jam offers the rare opportunity to experience the foremost jam bands and the world-class snowboarding and skiing of one of the top resorts in North America during the 7th Annual Ski Jam. Witness the musical skills of renowned jam band artists right at the base of the mountain. The all-encompassing Jam Tent offers a huge stage, full service bar, a beer garden and plenty of room to experience the best of jams. Kent Kirkpatrick SS&RC 879-6111. kkirkpatrick@

the mountain. The all-encompassing Jam Tent offers a huge stage, full service bar, a beer garden and plenty of room to experience the best of jams. Kent Kirkpatrick SS&RC 879-6111. kkirkpatrick@ Town Challenge Giant Slalom Race Ashley Stamp Memorial Giant Slalom Race at Howelsen Hill Registration 530-630 pm for more information call 970-8790695town Challenge media 970 879-7879 36th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill January 19, 2010, 4:00pm It all began 36 years ago when Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, decided to invite a few of the Pro-Rodeo stars to Steamboat for a day of skiing. The cowboys had such a great time that the Downhill has become the most popular event of the season with over 100 of the best professional rodeo cowboys competing in the most unique ski rodeo in the country. Sponsored by Bud Light, the Cowboy Downhill is always scheduled to coincide with the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Kent Kirkpatrick. SSRC 879-6111

Tap House- Live Trivia

Boathouse – Irish night: $3 Guinness, $3 Black & Tans, $4 Jamesons, $5 Car Bombs


Up & Coming

Ski Jam: 8pm – Jan 13-17th. Combining sound, sight, and sport, Ski Jam offers the rare opportunity to experience the foremost jam bands and the world-class snowboarding and skiing of one of the top resorts in North America during the 7th Annual Ski Jam. Witness the musical skills of renowned jam band artists right at the base of

ongoing Basic Mat Pilates: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:15am-12:15pm This class provides an introduction to the underlying principles of Pilates movement. Find safety, fun, strength, flexibility & awareness in a beautiful setting over looking the Yampa River. Intermediate Mat Pilates : Monday & Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm. NEW - now offered twice a week! Challenge your body in multiple planes of movement to

gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination. Improve your sports & daily activities injury prevention as well as overall improved body tone are great benefits! Ongoing classes at the Yoga Center of Steamboat 701 Yampa St. in Steamboat (12 person maximum). Drop-ins & punch card welcome. Pamela Turner, MSPT: 819-3570 or Beginning Modern Dance for Adults! Wednesdays at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St. 4:45 - 5:45 pm Winter Session Class begins January 13th for 5 weeks! For more information please visit or call Wendy @ 846-4450 or 736-1005. Children’s Danceworks Winter 2010 Session begins January 11 and runs through February 12. Classes in Creative Dance for ages 2 - 6. Other classes offered include: Creative Ballet for 5 - 7 years, Girls Hip Hop for 6 - 9 years, Boyz & Girlz Hip Hop for 6 - 12 years, and Modern Jazz for Pre-Teen - Teen. All classes held at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St. For more information please visit or call Wendy @ 846-4450 or 736-1005. ZUMBA Classes – Mondays at 5:15-6:15 pm Steamboat Pilates Yoga and Fitness. Tues @ 8:30-9:30 am Northwest Ballet Studio. Thurs. at 8:30-9:30 am Northwest Ballet Studio. Thurs @ 5:30-6:30 pm at Old Town Hot Springs. Hot springs class is $10 for members and $15 for non members. Fri@ 1pm-2pm at Steamboat Pilates Yoga and Fitness. Please call 970.390.1150 for more info. $10/class. The Steamboat Writers Group meets every THURS at the Depot from 12:00 to 2:00. Everyone is welcome for reading and critiques: beginners, published writers,; fiction, non-fiction, poetry. Susan,879-8138 or Harriet,879-8079, No charge, sponsored by Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Life Drawing Class from 9-Noon Every 2nd and 4th Friday (each month) at The Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Av. Drawing from the human form from live studio model. Class Fee: $12. Critique and Instruction upon request. Tables, light, & model provided, BYO supplies. RSVP to Mondays-VNA offers drop in clinic 12-4 PM for FREE Pneumonia Vaccine and FREE health consultations to uninsured, low income adult smokers or asthmatics. Come to 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101 or call 879-1632. Tuesdays-VNA offers drop in clinic 12-4 PM FREE to uninsured, low income adults needing vaccination against hepatitis, HPV, tetanus, measles, chicken pox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Any adult with risk factors may qualify for hepatitis vaccination at $0-$14/ shot. Come to 940 Central Park Dr, Suite 101 or call 879-1632 Thursdays-VNA offers drop in clinic 2-4 PM for adolescents

ages11-18 years, for any recommended vaccine at $0-$14/shot. Come to 940 Central Park Dr, Suite 101 or call 879-1632. Parents must be present for children under 18 years and should bring vaccine records. WOMEN’S EVENING CLIMBING with Jen Lowe. Every Wednesday 5:15-8:15pm $20 cash/check only. Practice climbing and belaying under the supervision of a guide in these evening clinics. Women only. Prereq: belaying experience. Sign up by noon Tuesday before. www., 970-8708440 VFW POOL LEAGUE: 3 nights a week there - both 8 and 9 Ball formats for anyone interested. Contact Michelle for more information, Open Table Tennis (Ping Pong) is on Thursday evenings from 7-9 in the upstairs gym of the Old Junior High School. Yampatika will host a snowshoe tour on Emerald Mountain from Saturdays 10:00am – noon. This tour is free with a $5 lift ticket. Please call 970-871-9151 for details and registration.

Riley is a sweetheart cat who loves people, being brushed, and a sunny window. He is quiet, well-mannered, declawed (all 4) and has diabetes (special food and 1 easy shot/ day). Please help us give him a second chance. RCHS will provide food/insulin. Steamboat Springs/Routt Co Animal Shelter Mon - Thur: noon - 5:30, Sat: noon - 4 pm , Sun: noon - 2 879-0621 Visit to see pets for adoption Sponsored by:R o u t t C o u n t y H u m a n e S o c i e t y (879-RCHS) Donations welcome: PO Box 772080

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown


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Thurs Dec. 31

3 Saddles @ The Sheraton


Hot Soup (970) 367-7117

Night Life

Fri Jan. 01

Sat Jan. 02

Sun Jan. 03

Djate 4pm to 8 Pm

Steve Boynton Jazz Trio 8 pm to 11pm

Kenny Perkins Band

Kenny Perkins Band


Mon Jan. 04

Tues Jan. 05

wed Jan. 06

8-9 PM

8-9 PM

8-9 PM



DJ Also Starring

Game Night

KFMU Monday Night Football Promo

Wing Night

Live Trivia

Gondola Pub & Grill

Trevor Potter 3:30-5:30

Sam Ayer 3:30-5:30

Dave Harlan 3:30-5:30

Trevor Potter 3:30-5:30

Sam Ayer 3:30-5:30

Dave Harlan 3:30-5:30


The Broken Everlys Trevor Potter w/ Yesica Pineda

The Ben Kinky Band

Open Mic


Thurs Jan. 07

Fri Jan. 08

Sat Jan. 09

Sun Jan. 10

3 Saddles @ The Sheraton

Djate 4pm to 8 Pm

Steve Boynton Jazz Trio 8 pm to 11pm


One Time

One Time

Danny Shafer

Mon Jan. 11

Tues Jan. 12

Hamilton Loomis

Hamilton Loomis

wed Jan. 13

Music Fest

8-9 PM

8-9 PM

8-9 PM



DJ Also Starring

Game Night

KFMU Monday Night Football Promo

Wing Night

Live Trivia

Gondola Pub & Grill

Trevor Potter 3:30-5:30

Sam Ayer 3:30-5:30

Dave Harlan 3:30-5:30

Trevor Potter 3:30-5:30

Sam Ayer 3:30-5:30

Dave Harlan 3:30-5:30


Sam Ayer

Tasty Vittles

The Brian Joyce Band

Open Mic

Trevor Potter

Sam Ayer

happyhourspecials Potters Wheel BYOB happy hour Friday’s 5pm-8pm. Snacks provided. Cheaper than therapy and just as effective! Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar 4:20 to 6 p.m. daily. $1 off bottled beers; half-price appetizers The Boathouse Pub- 609 Yampa St. 3 to 6 p.m. Everyday. Buy one drink, get one free; $1 off appetizers (the bar runs specials nightly, including half-price appetizers on Mondays) The Epicurean- 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday get a glass of wine for half price with the purchase of an appetizer Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Half-price drinks and $1 tapas. Late night happy 9-11. Mazzola’s Italian Diner- 5 to 6 p.m. daily. $1 off all drinks, half-price pizzas and appetizers at the bar

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant- Bario Menu Drinks- $5 Rio Margarita. $2 Pint Draws (you call it)$1 off Riojito, Matador or Sangria.$3 Cuervo Silver Kami Shots. Food-$4 Mini Queso Deluxe. $4 Botano Taco (steak, grilled or smoked chicken, mahi mahi) $4 Side Salad. $5 Mini Nacho (steak, chix or cheese).$5 Mini Quesadilla (steak, grilled or smoked chicken, veggie). $5 Flautitas. $5 Bowl of Soup (homemade green chile or tortilla soup)

TreaT Your FeeT!

The Tap House Sports Grill- 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. $1 off all draft beer pints, $2 off all draft beer pitchers. $2-Drafts and Well drinks from 9-11 seven days a week The Tugboat- 3-6 pm. $1 drafts & selected half price appetizers Some Happy Hours compiled by the Steamboat Pilot.

The nerve endings in the feet connect reflexes to every organ and muscle of the human body. Come and experience the ultimate Foot Massage and return your body to a state of balance.

Central Park Plaza (next to Village Inn)

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


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

Walk-ins Welcome Open 7 days a week 10am-8pm


But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits. ~Andre Gide

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

The Broken Everlys

@ the Boathouse on New Years Eve The Broken Everlys Play Rock N Roll Music! What does Rock N Roll mean to the Broken Everlys? Blues,R&B and Country blended on HIGH! The Boulder/Denver-based band features the songwriting of Satchel, vocals/guitar with Red Wilcox, bass/vocals, Joe Shapiro, drums/vocals and Ed Skibbe piano/vocals. And with this particular show they will have the Mexican vocal sensation Yesica Pineda “YEYE” strutting her stuff. Drawing on influences including “Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Ray Charles, BB King, Elvis(the king), Little Richard (the queen), Chuck Berry, BOB DYLAN, Steve Cropper & all the artists at Stax’s , Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, James Jamerson & crew, Brit Invasion, Aretha Franklin, the muscle shoals gang, Allmans @ the fillmore, The Band, Leon Russell and his killer crew and on and on”...The Broken Everlys have performed at The Fox Theatre and other top venues in Denver, Boulder and throughout Colorado. The Broken Everlys deliver an exciting rock ‘n roll show high on energy and good vibes. So come on down to The Boathouse for a fun filled night of music and libations.

Hamilton Loomis

@ the tugboat january 11 and 12 Hamilton Loomis is starting out his yearly tundra tour across the snow-swept lands of the mountain states. Having recently returned from a very well recieved tour in Australia, Hamilton is very excited to get out on the road in the U.S. to continue the promotion of his new CD, Hamilton Loomis Live in England. Hamilton, having been to the Tugboat several times before is very excited. Hamilton “loves the young crowd rediscovering the roots, which have inspired modern music.” Hamilton’s primary influence is Bo Diddley. Bo Diddley was instrumental in facilitating the transition of blues into Rock n Roll. Hamilton, like his mentor, espoused “innovate don’t imitate”, and he has been doing just that. At age 16 he went to see Bo Diddley in concert. He went back stage to get his guitar signed and Bo asked him to play something. He did and Bo was so impressed with his ability that he invited him up on stage that night and the rest is blues history. When I asked Hamilton how it felt to be on stage with a living legend and have that legend put his hat on his head like passing a crown, he exclaimed that it was a dream come true. Diddley even proclaimed that “you got to put some seasonin’ in what you’re doin’...And this boys got it.” When on the phone conducting this interview I was extremely impressed with Hamiliton’s lack of ego and his purely humble and fun attitude - this is the mark of a truly great artist. So come on down to the Tugboat after hitting the slopes on January 11th and 12th and enjoy the steady rockin’ blues of “Workin Real Hard,” the New Orleans funk inspired “Turnin Heads,” and the Joe Zawinul tribute of “What It Is.” As well as many other fantastic innovations that create a purely entertaining experience.

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

avatar All hail James Cameron’s testicular fortitude! Prepare to bow down to Jimmy Cameron and his Jimmylengthening opus. Stymie the gag reflex, make full eye contact and take the champagne salute, because this is the most expensive movie ever made and will probably make the most money of any movie ever made. Not only does Cameron hump the mother nature metaphor into submission with this visually molesting film, but somehow makes it extremely watchable and enjoyable. The cheese factor, with cheeky terms such as unobtainium, is enough to clog the arteries of even the most pure nature lovers, yet the cheese doesn’t have the foul stench of unoriginality. The stench however lies in the irony of the message of the film, which is “die corporate overlords”, yet McDonalds is a primary sponsor. The special effects of The Titanic and Terminator 2 look like my little sister’s stick figure drawings next to a Rembrandt, when compared to Cameron’s all-conquering masterpiece. The explicit, yet refresh-

ing comparison of the indigenous Na’vi to Native Americans, is strangely compelling and fits with the world of Pandora that they inhabit. The idea of an animistic, fully encompassing deity draws the protagonist into the world of the Na’vi and thus into his internal conflict. The conflict of “to kill trees or not to kill trees” becomes the overlying theme of the film. Obviously our hero chooses to not kill the trees, and then takes bloody vengeance against the evil corporation that chooses to kill said arboreal representations of Gaea i.e. mother nature. The myth of Gaea has been reiterated many times over, but never in an all encapsulating orgasm of visual delights. Don’t kill trees or angry, dragon lizard-riding blue savages will shoot giant arrows into you and hiss while doing it. This is basically the moral that is to be distilled from this film. That and Chuck Norris may actually felate James Cameron after seeing this triumph of computer-generated megalomania.


- Love Carney

Film Reviews

By Joe Carney I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s. ~Henry Moore


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Stupid Hard Sudoku

Aimee Kimmey


Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. ~Brooks Atkinson

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Walks like a Duck

The ?


by Matt Jones


Best of a Decade

Across 1 Merriam-Webster Online’s #1 word of 2004 5 Take to the stage 8 Former nightclub entertainer Lola 14 Hitchcock’s first Technicolor film 15 Gift adornment 16 Paint store option 17 So cute it hurts 19 Go over 20 Poll response 21 Richard Roeper’s #1 pick in his Best Movies of 2004 list 23 It can measure anywhere from 20 to 50 ml 25 ___ chi 26 Eastern sch. with a Buffalo campus 27 Salad oil pourers 29 “How disgusting” 31 Holy men: abbr. 32 Disaster relief org. 33 Get into an account 36 TV moment that made Wired’s Best Tech Moments of 2005 list 42 Beekeeper’s offerings 43 It’s NSFW material (unless your store sells it) 44 Nightmarish street 47 “That can’t be!” Internet abbr. 48 Petting zoo noises 50 Give the impression 52 “...___ and buts were candy and nuts...” 54 1151, in Rome 55’s #1 most searched celebrity of 2005 58 Tooth polish variety 61 Person with conviction? 62 Win over with flattery 64 One who makes people happy 65 Drinker’s police blemish 66 Charge option 67 Powerhouse 68 Summer in la cite 69 Blender magazine’s #1 song (by Usher and Ludacris) on the 100 Best Songs of 2004


The higher I climb, the hotter I engage, I can not escape my crystal cage. What am I? (Answers to Sudoko, Riddle and Crossword can be found on page 24)

1 Donkey noise 2 Mining deposit 3 They play dead really well 4 It was once divided into East and West: abbr. 5 Heads of monasteries 6 Young bucker? 7 Twitter dispatch 8 Lou who played the Incredible Hulk 9 From the top

10 Volcanic outputs 11 90%, perhaps 12 Is unobliged to 13 Forever and ever 18 “...___ time in the old town tonight” 22 Comedy offering 24 Late Ledger 27 Grp. for the Montreal Alouettes 28 ___ Speedwagon 30 Move like a bunny 33 Tennis star Graf 34 Like winter roads, maybe 35 Katmandu’s land 37 “___ was I supposed to know that?” 38 Not-so-noble protagonist 39 “Eh, I don’t mind” 40 Major time period 41 Kind of fingerprint 44 Spotted 45 In a meager way 46 Broadway belter Ethel 48 Low-budget flick 49 Face spots 51 Mazda model 53 Trombone part, mostly 56 Broccoli bit 57 Letter-shaped fastener used in woodworking 59 Lanchester of “Bride of Frankenstein” 60 Remini of “The King of Queens” 63 Creeping plant ©2009 Jonesin’ Crosswords (

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T. S. Eliot


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deep roots

Resolutions for the New Year EricaOlson

The Local • Steamboat Springs This year, I resolve to eat better, lower my food risks, watch my budget, help the economy, reduce my impact on the environment, and contribute to our community’s cultural heritage. I can do all of this by eating locally. Locally grown food is fresher and tastes better. Because it doesn’t have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to get to me, it has a higher nutritional value; produce loses vital nutrients the longer it is away from the vine (or stalk, or what have you). The fresher the food, the longer it lasts, so my hard-earned dollars don’t go to waste rotting in the vegetable bin. The fewer steps between the source of my food and my table, the less chance there is of contamination (e. coli, anyone?). Knowing where it comes from helps me make an educated decision in case there is an outbreak of any sort, and smaller farms generally use less chemicals and pesticides, even if they’re not organic. Keeping my money local contributes to the health of my community’s economy, instead of supporting a corporation in another country. Here in the Yampa Valley, we have a long history of agriculture; by eating locally, I can help that cultural heritage survive. Knowing

the people that grow my food strengthens the ties of our community, instead of having a oneway relationship with a faceless supermarket. Producers that can sell directly to customers don’t have to worry about food that handles well or has an exceptionally long shelf life. Instead, they can focus on flavor, nutrition, and variety: think Brandywines, Early Girls, and Black Krims, not just “tomatoes.” Biodiversity helps preserve a wider gene pool, which helps with long-term food security. Buying from local farmers helps encourage the use of local farmland and helps to preserve open spaces and slow development and urban sprawl. Greater amount of green spaces contribute to the overall health of the planet, while eating locally produced food cuts down on our carbon footprint. The average fresh food item on an American dinner table travels 1,500 miles to get there, so buying local food cuts down on all that fossil-fuel consumption. Not only do we reduce our dependency on foreign oil and strengthen our economy, but we are able to reduce global warming and our impact on the environment. So if any of the above actions sound like good resolutions, know that you can keep them easily . . . just eat more local foods.

Words Athletic Financial Recession….? KatNThaHat The Local • Steamboat Springs What up? I was trying to throw you off with the title. I was chatting with friends and ranting as usual about sports. I was trying to figure out how America is in such a “terrible financial situation”, we’ll call it a recession. Yet, professional baseball players can still turn their noses up when offered 5 year $60 million dollar contracts. [See Bay or Holiday] I’m not going to waste the space complaining about overpaid athletes and outrageous salaries. Until it comes to negotiating for my son…I’m hoping he is the first infant drafted out of daycare. He’s already got local coaches ready to get him on the training pitch. But let me not rant on about how absolutely incredible it is to have a son!!! Who Dat – Brew Brees – uh oh, oh well…Undefeated really is not that important…[pause for dramatic build up, like 5 more seconds] yeah right!.. People who have never been part of an undefeated season say that…Patriot fans still have a yucky taste in the back of their throats when you say the word undefeated near them. I was lucky enough to be part of an undefeated State Championship soccer team in high school at Green Mountain down the mountain in Lakewood, Colo. I’m a grown man now, with a newborn son and a wife, been part of Pirate Theater, and have a job, bills, and a future as bright as the sun. The feeling of winning a State Championship was overwhelming, being undefeated was off the charts! There was a point during that season when we said it out loud on the bus on the way to a playoff game against Rocky Mountain. Holy s#@t, we are #1 in the rankings. You have to rep that tag with swag, cocky confidence [see Mercury Morris of the undefeated Shula Dolphins]. You also must compete for the entire season.


Manning, Addai, Clark, and the rest of those Colts, want that undefeated season. I’ll bet you the biggest gift under the tree right now. Most of them might not say it, a few will say, “it’s up to the coaches, but we as players want to be out on the field, that’s what we do”… Believe the player, because at that moment in sports I believe the athlete is being the most true and honest, almost equaling that feeling when they were drafted out of college. Where at some point the agent he hired will then tell him much he can now charge to give his autograph. You might wind up with a Jamarcus situation…But he did get them Bronco’s…Oh Tiger…[another short pause for dramatic slowwwmo] what has’t thou done to thy brothers golf game. Ok, listen to me. I’m an extreme optimistic, cup overflowith type of KAT. I figured at some point I would meet Tiger. I still want to, I got some questions. I’m not saying he has directly affected my game, but I don’t think the media is going to be interested in my extremely aggressive backswing anymore. A friend of mine said, “This is just an example of a Tiger being a man, and woman being woman.” You decide the translation ... 1/2 the Tigers layer from where I’m sitting…FORE!!!!!!ever screwed…Big Ups – Serena W. who I believe is on be a better lady on the court probation, and was fined several grand for threatening to place a tennis ball in an uncompromising orifice of a line judge, was voted the AP Female Athlete of the Year, oh, and Tiger won on the men’s side…Go figure……. Only in America. Good Luck and congrats to ALL our Local Steamboat winter athletes, rep your hill!!! (970) 367-7117

Scopes to Add as a Friend on Facebook ChelseaYepello • The Local • Steamboat Springs Aries

This fortnight you will realize that being treated like you are naive and that you don’t understand, is worse than actually having the truth shoved in your face.


This constant doubt and struggle to determine your worth is killing you. Sometimes the best method is to realize that you exist because you are important and the more that you hate yourself the more that everyone understands the reasons you hate you, and in turn, will hate you too. Love yourself and they won’t be able to keep their hands off of you.


No one can believe what you did the other night… but don’t worry… it will be on YouTube next week.


Just because you pretend that you are the bees knees doesn’t mean that you are. In fact, there is a very good chance that you don’t know where to find the bees and the knees are bruised and covered with Band-Aids. Harsh? Maybe. But sometimes it takes one to know one.


You have hidden your adventures and lost them in a place you will not reveal to anyone. You have left the important stuff in the dark but still hold a small glimmer of hope that one day you can shed a little light of your secrets to people you think deserve to see its beauty.


It will get better. Just stay patient and true. It’s not your fault. It will get better.


What would it take to literally die laughing?


And in the end, there is no reason to deny your imaginary friend...As long as they don’t tell you to burn things.


There will be two that create a wonderful pair and the couple are an attractive duo. Now how is that for a lovely redundantness?

March 21- April 19

April 20 - May 20

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June 21 - July 22

July 23 - Aug. 22

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Sept. 23 - Oct. 23

Oct. 24 - Nov. 21

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Favors are only really favors when they are not forced or demanded. You are allowed to ask for help, but when you have to start packing their bags for a guilt trip, you might need to reconsider your actions, no matter how much you need it.


You have been fighting a battle that seemed to only have one way out. But just as the inevitable was about to lay down its winning hand, you pulled a card out of your sleeve and changed your life forever. You gave yourself a little more time to figure out your next move. You may not have any more secret strategies but maybe you won’t need them this time around.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Jan. 20 - Feb. 18


Feb. 19 - March 20

Merry New Year…. I’ll holla, MEOWWWWWT

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~John Burroughs

You can’t trick a trickster, fool a fooler, or play a player… buts it’s worth a shot…

Answer to the Riddle Mercury in a thermometer

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2003 chevrolet astro aWd passenger

4spd Automatic w/OD 4wd 4 Door. 99,821 mi. Stock No. 40110A

4 spd. Automatic w/OD. 76,091 mi. Stock No. 52431

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2004 Subaru outback H6 ll bean edition 6 Cyl.4 Speed Automatic w/ Electronic OD. 57,454 mi. Stock No. 40086B

2002 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 Sport 6 Cyl. 4wd. 62,928 mi. Stock No. 52623

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2008 Subaru outback 2.5i

2005 dodge dakota 4x4 Quad Cab Slt 8 Cyl. Gas.4wd. 46,812mi. Stock No. 52515B

1999 Chevrolet Silverado and other C/k1500 4x4 extended Cab

2007 Subaru outback 2.5i

4 spdAutomatic w/ Electronic OD AWD. 24,661mi. Stock No. 40126A

5 spd.AWD. 53,954mi. Stock No. 40032A

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe aWd 3.3l

2006 Honda Civic eX Sedan

2003 Chevrolet express van g2500 van

5 Speed Automatic. AWD. 62,934mi. Stock No. 52531A

4 Cyl. 5 Speed Automatic. 2wd. 28,655 mi. Stock No. 49368B.

8 Cyl. Gas.4 Speed Automatic w/OD. AWD 104,810mi. Stock No. 19448A

1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup 4x4 regular Cab

2005 Subaru outback 2.5i limited

2008 Jeep Commander 4x4

2007 Subaru outback 2.5i

6 Cyl. Gas. 4WD. 153,933mi. Stock No. 52617A

4 Cyl.Gas.4 Speed Automatic w/ Electronic OD. 60,198mi. Stock No. 40128A

6 Cyl.Gas.5 Speed Shiftable Automatic 4wd. 43,113mi. Stock No. 52615

4 Cyl. Gas. 5 Speed Manual.AWD. 28,536mi. Stock No. 40108A.

8 cyl. Gas. 4wd. 66,231mi. Stock No. 52643

2009 nissan Xterra 4x4 6 Cyl.Gas.4WD. 33,163mi. Stock No. 52547

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2006 Subaru outback 2.5i

2008 Subaru outback 3.0r l.l. bean

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6 Cyl.Gas. 5 Speed Automatic w/ Electronic OD. 17,591mi. Stock No. 52659

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It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets. ~William Thomas


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CheCkpoint Auto SAleS (CAS) offers first time car buyers and others with challenged or damaged credit an opportunity to get “ON Track”. CAS offers an easy entry program that starts by filling out a short questionnaire about your employment, residence, and available down payment. hoW Do i QuAliFY? • You must be over 21 • Have a job • Live in the area • Have a down payment

2795R1: 97Chevrolet Blazer LT Wagon, White, 102k miles $750 Down + tax $4,955 (970) 367-7117

2946: 94 GMC Jimmy SLE JBlack, Automatic, 133k miles. 750 Down + tax $3,750

2923: 98 Dodge QuadCab Pick-up, White, Stick, 135k miles $1,500 Down + tax $7,955

2774: 01 Subaru Outback Wagon, Blue, Stick, 94k miles $3,000 Down + tax$11,950

2898: 98 Chevy Cavilier, Z24 Coupe, Black, Automatic, 134k miles $500 Down + tax $3,995

2763R2: 95 Subaru Impreza Sedan, Green, Stick, 133k miles. $500 Down + tax $3,950

2891: 03 Subaru Outback Wagon, Automatic, Silver, 99k miles $3,000 Down + tax $12,450.

2935 : 08Subaru Forester X “Premium” Wagon, White, Automatic, 34k miles$3,500 Down + tax $20,680

2545R1: 97Dodge ClubCab Pickup, Brown, Stick, 200k+ miles $1,000 Down + tax $4,450

2936: 2003 Ford Expedition, Black, Automatic, 85k miles $2,500 Down + tax $13,450

2708: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo, Red, Automatic, 75k/miles. $3,000 Down + tax

2750: 2003 Ford Expedition XLT, White, 4.6l engine, 70k miles. $4,000 Dowm + tax

2715: 1998 Chevrolet 2500 BonusCab Longbed, Auto., 7.4 litre V-8, 108k miles $2,000 Down + tax

2799:1999 Isuzu Trooper Wagon, White, Automatic, 98k miles rebuilt engine $1,500 Down + tax

2929: 1995 Toyota T-100, Pickup, Grey, Stick, 190k miles. $1,200 Down + tax. $5,980

2953: 2004 GMC Safari Van, Gold, Auto., AWD, 113k miles. $1,500 Down + tax. $8,460

2912: 2001 Buick Century Sedan, Tan, Automatic, 69k miles. $1,200 Down + tax

2666: 2002 Lance 1025 Camper (Camper Only), Generator, Solar Panel, Loaded. $13,995

2809, 2003 Jeep Wrangler X, Black, Automatic, 62k miles w/Hard top + partial soft top $4,500 Down + tax (add $450 for winch)

2892: 2000 GMC “Jimmy” Sport, Gold, Automatic, 122k miles; 60k miles O.N.E $1,000 Down + tax

2915: 2002 Jeep Liberty SUV, Blue, Automatic, 136k miles. $1,500 Down + tax

hoW MuCh DoWn pAYMent? A cash down payment is required on every vehicle financed through Checkpoint Auto Sales’ “ON Track” credit program. Usually, the more money you put towards the purchase price of a vehicle, the more expensive a vehicle you can buy. WARRAntY pRoteCtion Every vehicle financed is tested, inspected, reconditioned and warrantied. for the lengh of the financing Mechanics perform a “100 point” inspection on each vehicle, repairing or replacing those items needed for safe, reliable operation.

“On Track” Credit and Warranty Program


2951: 1995 Land Rover Discovery, Black, Automatic, 113k miles. $750 Down + tax $4,850


2694: 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Maroon, Automatic, 60k miles. $3,500 Down + tax

2881: 2001 Toyota Tacoma, XCab, Stick, Tan, 107k miles $3,500 Down + tax

2814: 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport, Silver, Stick, 55k miles, $4,500 Down + tax Hard & Soft top add $450/winch

2740: 2001 Oldsmobile Alero GLS Sedan, White, Automatic, 63k miles $1,800 Down + tax


2816: 2005 Buick Rendezvous, Gold, Automatic, 58k miles $2,800 Down + tax

2911: 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Blue, Automatic, 76k miles. $3,500 Down + tax

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool. ~F.M. Knowles


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For rent 1902 Ivers and Pond Upright Piano with bench and music. Professionally restored in 1990. Flawless condition, Great sound. Paid $2000. Asking $750-obo. 879-2408.

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3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Townhome. Stagecoach Reservoir (15 Miles From Steamboat Springs, 4 Miles from Oak Creek). Remodeled w/ new kitchen, carpet, wood floor, paint, appliances. NS/NP. $950/mo+ utilities. $500/deposit. 1 yr./6 mo. lease avail. Partially furnished is an option. 970/420-7387

Furnished Mother-in-Law unit on mountain. Beautiful 1 bedroom, new carpet, paint, queen bed, parking, hot tub, wireless, etc. $895 per month. Good credit. 303 618 3773. STEAMBOAT: 2BD, 1BA, DOGS ALLOWED! Fenced yard. Walk to town. Granite counters. Water, Trash Included. WD on site. First, last, deposit. 970-846-3859

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1994 Chevy Lumina Minivan 223,000 miles. 3.8 liter V6 Engine. Runs Great. 7 psgr. 25MPG $2000.00. Sauder Work Desk. Excellent Shape holds 65lbs. 5’ L x 2‘ W x 2.5’T. $75.00. 3 Drawer File Cabinet Beige 41” H x15” W x28” L $50.00. Call 736-0520

Sony 37’’ trinitron tv for sale $ best offer not looking for much, very big & very heavy! bring friends! great condition, santa got us a new flatscreen! (970)333-0523 or (970)333-0460


Need ride to Denver on Jan 6th or 5th. Willing to pay $50. Need to get to Union Station. Robbie 970-819-7642

• Your child can receive vaccinations at VNA (0-$14):VNA, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101, Steamboat 879-1632 or call 8717637 if you do not speak English. • Spanish/English Interpreter available for clinics. 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 879-1632, o visítenos en 940 Central Park Drive, suite 101; o en Craig, marcando el 824-8233, o visitando 745 Russell Street. Llame al 8717637para 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 879-1632 o al 871-7637 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 8717637 para hacer cita si no habla inglés. • Intérprete disponible para clients que hablan español.

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Black Diamond Mini Storage 10X8 foot storage units. $80.00/mo. Incentives available. 846-5300

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