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Routt County’s Wildlife Needs Your Help! Keep Routt Wild is a community organzation dedicated to preserving wildlife and places in Routt County. Our mission is to promote policies and practices for the benefit of conserving the Yampa Valley for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts by balancing opportunities for recreational development with the habitat needs of wildlife. We are hikers, bikers, hunters, anglers, skiers, ranchers, and local business owners... we are Routt County.

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With increased pressure on wildlife and wildlife habitat, protection of wildlife habitat and wild places must be valued the same or more than new recreational development on public lands. Undeveloped wild lands in particular need to be protected from diminishment and fragmentation that degrade them, and set aside for their inherent value to fish, wildlife and people. To protect the public lands resource that all Routt County residents value, appreciate and enjoy, we, the undersigned, believe that any new development on public lands in the county should meet all the following principles: • Protect existing fish, wildlife, and plant habitat. • Protect wildlife from harassment and dislocation from their natural, preferred locations, including pushing them on to private agricultural lands where they can cause additional depredation and damage. • Protect aquatic resources, including avoiding any significant erosion into Routt County streams, rivers, and wetlands. • Be prioritized to occur in areas where approved development already has occurred and currently exists. • Be accompanied by an integrated maintenance and enforcement plan, including procuring the necessary funding, personnel and commitment to implement that plan. • Be limited in scope to the minimum footprint necessary to achieve the purpose of the project. • Be viewed and assessed in the context of the total cumulative impacts of all previous development and use in potentially affected areas.

Supporters of the above Development Principles • Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers • Colorado Premier Outfitters • Colorado Wildlife Federation • NW CO Chapter Great Old Broads for Wilderness • Keep Routt Wild • NW CO Chapter 17 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation • Quiet Use Coalition • Routt County Cattleman’s Association • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership • Yampa Valley Land Trust

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Contents Rep. Roberts Faces a Busy Season

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Tail of the Trails - 2A Funds

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Keeping Routt Wild: Part I

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Mining at Hahns Peak: Part III

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Somewhere in Time

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Hayden Surveyor

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What’s All the Fuss About CBD

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Tea with My Ancestors

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Elusive Snow Snakes

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The Dark Absorber Theory

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Affordable Housing Details

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By Brodie Farquhar By Lisel Petis

By Larry Desjardin

By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield By Joan Remy

By Brodie Farquhar By Kriss Bergethon By Francis Conlon

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By Karen Vail

By Wolf Bennett


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As we celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Valley Voice, we hope that when you picked up the April issue you were feeling the need to get comfortable somewhere. Snuggle into a booth at Johnny Bs with your friends and get that tingly feeling from holding the newest issue. You can hardly wait to read the latest installment by Ellen and Paul Bonnifield on the history of mining in Hahns Peak, or Wolf Bennett’s article on the Dark Absorber Theory. While you are waiting for your two eggs over easy, you notice Karen Vail’s story on one of our most elusive creatures in the valley – the snow snake. Kriss Bergethon writes about “What’s all the fuss with CBD?” You already know a lot, but maybe not so much on this topic.

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While wiping the crumbs you left everywhere, you ask for the check, but wait, you notice an article by Larry Desjardin on the Keeping Routt Wild initiative. This is going to be interesting, so you decide to order another cup of coffee. You will find it a very informative article and makes a good debate. What the heck, you order the chocolate malt and settle in a little deeper. Enjoy! Dear reader, you will notice some spot drawings in this issue that I’ve drawn of these “shadow pillars.” They are given shape when the snow melts around objects/ trash that have been lying out alongside of the road. The lack of sun under the trash, etc. melts slower, and the trash becomes the hats as snow around it recedes. It cracks me up. There are some funny ones on RCR 33.


Rep. Roberts Faces a Busy Season

Colorado Representative Dylan Roberts (D-District 26) is working through a jam-packed legislative session in Denver. His health insurance signature bill for the year, HB 1004, passed the House 46-17and moved to the Senate for further action. The bill seeks to create a state-run health coverage option and has bipartisan support. Gov. Polis is supportive of the idea and included it in his budget request. “I’ve put a great deal of work into this bill, endless meetings and it has pretty good prospects for passage,” Roberts said. When he was appointed to the legislature over a year ago, he knew it would take a lot of learning as he went, and lots of legwork.

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Roberts has also been working on water-related bills. One is focused on preventing hard-rock mining water spills, while the other expands a program allowing water-right holders to loan water to rivers to expand in-stream flows. Roberts said he’s also working on a bill that would take themost expensive health insurance cases off the hands of insurance companies and have a state program cover the needs of those patients. He hopes this would lower insurance costs for everyone else. He said the legislature is busy considering how to get ride of TABOR and the Gallegher Amendment, by putting the issue before voters. Currently, Democratic legislators view TABOR and Gallegher as setting too strict limits on government spending. This session will wrap up in May, said Roberts, who has five town hall meetings with voters during the session.

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City Council Voices

Tale of the Trails 2A Funds By Lisel Petis There has been a lot of talk about “2A Funds” recently in Steamboat and I thought it might be helpful for the community to understand the history of those funds and what they can be used for. In 1986, the citizens of Steamboat Springs voted to approve a 1% lodging tax to fund “development of improvements and amenities in Steamboat Springs, which will promote tourism and enhance the vitality of Steamboat Springs as a premier destination resort, and enhance the community identity, environmental desirability and economic health of Steamboat Springs.” Over the years, these funds were used to pay for things such as the tennis bubble, Haymaker Golf Course, and the former Strings tent. In 2013, the citizens then voted to “earmark” a portion of these funds over a ten-year period, designating $5,100,000 to develop trails in accordance with the Trails Alliance Proposal, $900,000 to Yampa Street River Park Proposal, $300,000 to capital improvements at Haymaker Golf Course, and $300,000 to marketing of these “tourist related improvements.” Any tax revenue collected over and above these earmarked funds are allowed to be spent at Council’s discretion, but the spending of the discretionary funds must be authorized by the original 1986 ballot language. Often-times, these undesignated funds are referred to as “2A Excess Funds.” 2A Excess Funds are not just extra money for the city to use on anything or for any purpose. The community has restricted these funds specifically to “development of improvements and amenities” that will “promote tourism.”

Unfortunately, that means we cannot use these funds for affordable housing for locals or even to maintain the trails that have been created through this tax revenue. That is why you may have seen over the last couple years that City Council has discussed projects (with the help of a citizens subcommittee) that meet the 1986 ballot language. In fact, last year a portion of these funds were given to Old Town Hot Springs to support their remodel. Another portion was supposed to go towards a second sheet of ice, but unfortunately, that project became cost-prohibitive. City Council now has the choice to re-designate these 2A Excess Funds (from the second sheet of ice and additional collected excess funds) for another development of improvements and amenities to promote tourism or to save the money for a later project. Items such as the chairlift at Howelsen and extending the core trail out west have come to the forefront of this discussion, but there are many other community partners that could certainly use these funds as well. The other part of the discussion, however, is to bring these 2A funds back to the community for a vote to allow for the funds to be used for something other than just “development of improvements and amenities.” Unfortunately, this restrictive language has put our community in a tough spot where we are able to build things with the 2A funds, but are unable to use those funds for maintenance or enforcement of the same. There may be other opportunities for these 2A funds, other than just maintenance and enforcement, and these options will be further discussed at future council meetings this spring. Any change in purpose for the 2A funds would have to be voted on by the citizens of Steamboat Springs.

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Keeping Routt Wild: Part I By Larry Desjardin

There is a growing concern from wildlife professionals about the declining elk calf/cow ratios across Colorado, a critical metric of herd health. In Eagle County, the elk population has plummeted, while calf/cow ratios have hit disturbing lows. The biggest issue identified by wildlife officials is disruption, enabled by trails bringing more and more recreationists into previously pristine environments. CPW (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) wildlife manager Bill Andree remarked, “How many miles of trails and development is enough? Sooner or later, you are going to have to say ‘no more.’” Their concerns mirror the scientific studies showing the linkage between trail use and elk survival rates. Indeed, a CSU study performed in the Vail area observed that the elk calf/cow ratio plummeted by nearly 40 percent as a result of simulated recreational hiking in calving season, and rose to its previous levels once the disturbance was removed. It’s important to note that the trail itself is not the problem. Elk and deer are happy to sunbathe on a trail or dirt road if there are no humans to disturb them. But load the trails up with high volume human traffic, promoted by industrial-level tourism campaigns, and the elk flee the area for hundreds of yards in each direction. The trails act as an eviction notice for the elk, reducing prime habitat and causing fragmentation of the habitat that remains.

This photo was taken on June 26, 2015 by a US Forest Service game camera on Buffalo Pass before the recent trails were built there. It shows an elk production herd consisting of cows and calves in undisturbed habit. Today, this area is punctured by the Flash of Gold trail. Note that Flash of Gold opens annually June 15, though the above is clear evidence of the area being populated by elk calves and cows later in the season. Photo source: US Forest Service. We are blessed to live in Routt County, home of the Yampa River, Routt National Forest, Park Range, and the Flat Tops and Mount Zirkel Wilderness areas. For many people, this is why we choose to live here, surrounded by wildlife, fish, and fauna. But are we loving our wild places to death? We live in a remarkable ecosystem that should be protected and cherished. This is the goal of Routt County’s newest conservation group, Keep Routt Wild. I’m proud to be President of this organization, officially incorporated as a Colorado non-profit organization March 1st. Keep Routt Wild is a community organization dedicated to preserving wildlife and wild places in Routt County. Our mission is to promote policies and practices for the benefit of conserving the Yampa Valley for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts by balancing the opportunities for recreational development with the habitat needs of wildlife. We are hikers, bikers, hunters, anglers, skiers, ranchers, and local business owners – we are Routt County. Though Keep Routt Wild is new, our message has resonated with the deep conservation ethic in Routt County. Our Facebook following has skyrocketed to over 1300 people. Our board of directors is populated by experienced conser-

vationists and environmental experts with deep roots to Steamboat Springs and Routt County. Our publication of Development Principles for Routt County Public Lands has been endorsed by 10 local and statewide organizations. Our website is very popular. We are proud to be a voice for wildlife and wild places in Routt County, and are humbled by the enthusiastic reception we have received from our diverse community.

Mad Rabbit Trail Proposal Our creation has not been without controversy. Keep Routt Wild was formed spontaneously in late 2018 in opposition to the Mad Rabbit trails proposal, a massive network of trails stretching from Mad Creek to Rabbit Ears Pass that poses severe impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat. The proposed trails would be funded by the 2013 2A trails ballot proposal in Steamboat Springs with the stated goal of attracting up to 180,000 tourists to use newly created trails. Unfortunately, the trails cross elk calving areas, summer habitat, and Colorado Roadless Areas. The trails are particularly impactful to elk and elk habitat. Elk is an “umbrella” species, meaning that where elk thrive, so do a multitude of other species. They are our canaries in a coalmine.

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Locally, a CPW assessment of Mad Rabbit paints a bleak picture. Using a conservative impact zone around each trail, CPW estimated undisturbed habitat loss due to Mad Rabbit of up to 14,375 acres (22 square miles). When added to the existing Forest Service trails, the cumulative loss grows to 48,000 acres (74 square miles). Worse yet, over 9,000 acres (14 square miles) of the loss are in Colorado Roadless Areas, a designation that offers protection for its undeveloped character. According to the CPW, “…these areas are important from the standpoint that human activity is dispersed and limited giving wildlife an opportunity to remain with little human disturbance.” As bad as that assessment seems, the reality is likely worse. CPW’s 300-meter disturbance buffer from the trails reflects a conservative impact zone for hikers. However, most of the trails are designed for mountain bikes or ATVs. The scientific literature shows the disturbance zones for these activities to be much wider. A famous study in Oregon used radio-collared elk subjected to various types of trail users to measure the disturbance distance. Mountain bike use nearly doubled the impact area, and ATV use tripled it. (See Chart). Using these metrics, the impacted areas become substantially larger. This decline of quality habitat directly impacts elk herds. Elk are in a caloric race for survival as they increase their fat stores in summer to survive a harsh winter. A Montana study concluded, “For many years winter ranges were considered the most limiting component of ungulate environments. However … weight gains and nutritional contributions of high quality summer range may be of equal or greater importance in determining winter survival and reproduction success.”

The Big Picture The controversy over Mad Rabbit isn’t unique to Routt County. Across Colorado, wildlife biologists are sounding the alarm bells about the impact of outdoor recreation on wildlife. Indeed, the CPW has funded a study to more

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Cold enough for the Yukon Cornelius by self-absorption: In order to safeguard the rarest of wild places that still remain on Earth, those places need to be treated with care, sensitivity and reflection, not merely to dress up tourism campaigns.” He went on to write, ”Building a new recreation trail is not, by itself, an act of conservation. What takes courage, conviction and forward-thinking vision is consciously choosing not to blaze a trail out of respect for animals that have limited home ground to inhabit, and far fewer options to survive than we do to play.”

An elk calf stands in pristine habitat, now traversed by the recently built Flash of Gold trail. Photo source: US Forest Service accurately measure the effect of outdoor recreation and human disturbance on elk herds. It uses collared elk calves in Routt and Pitkin Counties close and away from popular trails to determine the impact. It also includes a new way to measure elk herd size in various locations using a grid of game cameras. It is poised to add new insights to the science of human disturbance on elk. If this study is underway, and located in key areas proposed by Mad Rabbit, why the rush to build the trails? The sixyear timeline may be an inconvenience, but the knowledge gained will be immeasurable. Nationally, a March article in the Mountain Journal was titled “Can Greater Yellowstone’s Wildlife Survive Industrial Strength Recreation?” It’s a powerful article as the pressure to put recreation everywhere threatens Yellowstone’s wildlife through habitat fragmentation. Noted journalist Todd Wilkinson wrote, ”Again, let us state what ought to be self-evident even to those consumed

The Bears Ear elk herd to our north is the second largest elk herd in Colorado, also making it the second largest elk herd in the world. We are their custodians. For all of these reasons, we’ve asked that the Mad Rabbit trail proposal be paused, and less impactful locations be considered instead. We hold no grudge against the trail proponents. They are members of our community who have been operating in good faith. But, as a community, we now have new information and insight. The downsides of a Mad Rabbit decision are unequal. A cancelation of Mad Rabbit means hikers and mountain bikers, like myself, will need to choose other trails for recreation. Fortunately, we have an abundance. But going forward with Mad Rabbit risks a permanent decline in wildlife and habitat.


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found a way to fund the scientific study – a federally funded geological survey. Hayden’s U.S. Geological Survey provided an optimistic overview of the Hahns Peak District, thus sending hordes of prospectors rushing across northwestern Colorado and southern Wyoming. For corporate reasons, the Denver, Georgetown & Utah reorganized into the Denver South Park and Pacific, and once again northwestern Colorado pioneers and prospectors were the bridesmaid.

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Despite the setback, the mining region continued to expand and show promise of becoming another bonanza. The 1898 discovery of a rich ore deposit at the Rudefeha lode by sheep herder Ed Haggarty set in motion the Encampment rush. Before the bubble broke, eight new boomtowns flourished and 40 miles of railroad were constructed between Laramie and Encampment, Wyoming. Rumors and actions foretold of the Laramie Hahns Peak & Pacific extending over Battle Mountain to Little Snake River and Elk River. Tie hacks worked on the Little Snake River. The excitement set off a chain reaction.


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Hahns Peak Mining District was always the bridesmaid but never the bride. For over a half century she held such promise and charm, suitors dashed to her door. But, the treasure room – mother lode, remains hidden. In 186667, Joseph Hahn bet his life on discovering the mountain of gold and lost. John Farwell, almost a decade later from 1875-79, wagered a sizeable fortune on ditches, flumes, sawmill, mining camp and sold it – losing heavily. Robert McIntosh picked up the wreckage left behind by Farwell, extended the ditch to Poverty Bar, and made “good wages” in hydraulic mining. By so doing, he saved the district from becoming another ghost town. For a brief season, Hahns Peak was the crown jewel of northwestern Colorado. From 1880-1900, determined men dug deeper beneath the surface. Some found promise but all failed to reach the grand goal – the bonanza strike. The periods of greatest excitement coincided with periods of proposed railroad construction to Hahns Peak or near the mines. In a vain effort to escape the Union Pacific’s stranglehold in the early 1870s, the Kansas Pacific (KP) through its subsidiary, the Denver Georgetown & Utah, planned to cross Routt County. The settlement of Hayden and Steamboat Springs are a direct result of that plan. The separation of Routt County from Grand County has roots in the KP’s escape effort. With Kansas Pacific backing in 1872, John Evans traveled to Salt Lake City and won the support of Brigham Young for building the Denver, Georgetown & Utah Railroad over Berthoud Pass, Gore Pass and down the Yampa River to Utah. Potential investors wanted to know if the railroad could produce enough revenue to operate after construction. An in-depth, scientific survey would answer the question. The political savvy of Vice President Schuyler Colfax

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“Capital and Labor,” the headline in the Steamboat Pilot for August 27, 1902, described exciting mining news along the Colorado-Wyoming line. The North Fork Mining Company was working a large vein on the North Fork of Elk River while the Comstock Mining and Milling worked the same area and had already opened a 200-foot tunnel. The Wyoming Copper and Gold Company worked a vein rich in copper laced with gold. The Verde Mining & Milling Company installed a large boiler to power its hoist and signed a contract for 300 cords of wood to fire the boilers. H. E. Turner owned an excellent prospect on the Battle Lake road. J. S. Kimsey proudly boasted of his copper, gold, and lead prospect. The Primrose M & D and the Three Forks Mining and Milling also sought treasure. All were ready for big things once the transportation problem was solved. But it wasn’t solved. In 1908, the Encampment bubble broke, the Laramie Hahns Peak and Pacific (Lord Help Pull and Push) ran from Laramie to Encampment, bypassed Hahns Peak, and then went to Walden and North Park. In the mid-1890s, David H. Moffat, Jr. led a serious effort to lay rails across Routt County and develop its mineral and agriculture resources. Moffat never operated without having solid information. He sent the highly respected geologist Arthur Lake to inspect the mineral resources in 1898. Lake’s description of the stagecoach ride from Wolcott Station is pure fantasy, but great reading. The coach was old with worn leather straps. The horses raced at break neck speed down Slumgullion Gulch, bounced over six miles of corduroy road, and traversed side hills at a 45-degree angle. The driver pointed to where the heavy steel safe from the Steamboat bank fell off the stage, tumbling downgrade a considerable distance. Lake redeemed his honor for truth when he admitted the trip was long and monotonous. On reaching the mining district, he made a detailed study and concluded that it had the possibility of being another Cripple Creek. Later another well-known geologist, Dr. A. A. Johnson, reached similar conclusions. Based on their finds, investors were willing to put some money into developing the mines. H. O. Granberg from Wisconsin in 1897 purchased the Teller Group, Silver Queen, Summit Group and Conundrum Group of claims on 247 acres and began serious develop-

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ment. Later in 1906, Granberg, Pat McGill, and James R. Caron reorganized the mine into the Hahns Peak Mining and Milling Company with a capital stock of $1 million. Soon it attracted solid investors for developing as the Royal Flush – the crown jewel of Hahns Peak mining.

The Denver Northwestern & Pacific, by 1909 in Steamboat Springs, lowered shipping rates. Marginal mines became profitable. New and powerful mining machinery was installed at the Royal Flush. Bunkhouses, cook shacks, blacksmith shops, storage sheds, offices for engineers and book keepers were constructed. The mine had stockpiled more than 12,000 tons of ore ready for processing. The main tunnel went in a thousand feet with several drifts in high grade ore. The tunnel cut five veins of paying ore – gold, silver, and copper mixed. The Royal Flush promised rich rewards.

Poetry The first failure did not prevent the Bed Rock Gold Dredge Company in 1914 to reach again for the rainbow’s end. They purchased options on 5,000 acres of gold-bearing gravel and paid $200,000 for a large steel boat. Each bucket on the dredge weighed 3,000 pounds, dug down 18 feet, and required 15 to 20 men to work. It worked day and night until winter forced it to close. During its time, it dug a lot of gravel and left round topped rock piles. As was the nature of gold mining, its day in the sun was brief. The Hahns Peak mining era was never the wild boomtown like Cripple Creek, Leadville, Georgetown or Central City, but for more than fifty years it brought living wages to many families. Towns and camps blossomed; Hahns Peak, Columbine, and Pearl had post offices. Willow Creek Reservoir was constructed to supply water to Poverty Bar. Through the years, more sweat than gold or silver was produced, but there was enough gold and silver to keep the men sweating.

“What is a tie hack?” When the railroads were building across the West, large gangs of men, often Swedes, would set up a camp in the “woods.” (Tie Camp) Instead of having a sawmill square the ties, a broad ax was used. The chopping of the trees to form a tie was called “hacking.” Thus, a man who squared a railroad tie from a tree was known as a “tie hack.”

Not everyone went underground looking for the Mother Lode. The first gold dredge began operation in 1898 on the Blue River below Breckenridge. Shortly after, a profitable dredge was working on the South Platte near Fairplay. Their success caught the eye of two Routt County men, C. F. Hutchison and Sam Stevens, who constructed a dredge in the placer gold at Hahns Peak. Thelma V. Stevenson, History of Hahns Peak, tells us the dredge was too small and did not prove profitable; however, her book has a wonderful photo of 16 horses, five teamsters and a dog skidding the boiler to the dredge. She also has a great photo of the dredge rotting into the ground.

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I heard a healthy ego is good It was twisted around me Then I looked into that baby’s eyes Deep indigold light Soul to soul I ran between raindrops With a sweet friend The wolves stood near We all sang beneath the moon I don’t always understand But I know I always want to be in love Forever transforming

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The life of the Royal Flush was mixed with success and failure. The ore veins were not consistent in size or value. More telling, mining in Colorado was dying and smelters were closing. Marginal mines struggled to profitably process their ore. The Royal Flush closed for a short period during World War I, but had a brief return of activity in the 1920’s. Then came the greatest disaster of all. The principal ore vein suddenly pinched out (stopped). During its mining life, the main tunnel reached more than 2,300 feet into the mountain. Eventually, the mine had three miles of tunnels and cross galleries. She was a real gold mine. In 1922, another flourish put energy into the grand dreams of men believing they had the Midas touch. C. N. McNulty of Colorado Springs partnered with Charles E. Blackburn and Sam Stevens to organize the Hahns Peak Gold M & M Company and operate the Blue Jay Mine. Although for a time there was much sound and fury, it ended like many mining ventures – “A Gold Mine – A hole in the ground with a liar on top.” Although the mine worked for a few years, it was salted with Cripple Creek gold and fraud engineered by high dollar promoters and big named experts who pocketed the money and rode in the night.


April 2019

Fleas and Ticks and Heartworms, Oh My! As the weather warms up, we start thinking of green grass, sunny days, and parasites! Just as we start venturing out into Spring air, the fleas, ticks, and heartworms are getting ready to party as well! Ticks are not only creepy and gross, they can carry blood diseases like Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme disease. These diseases are a danger to both dogs and people. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which quickly appear as the weather warms. Finally intestinal parasites increase in the warmer months as well. Thankfully our vets can make protecting your pet against parasites easy!

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During the month of April we will give an extra loyalty stamp when you buy 12 doses of Interceptor Plus or 6 doses of Simparica.

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Hospital Hill project to get underway By Brodie Farquhar

HAYDEN-- Two contractors are expected to bid on the town’s Hospital Hill project, which should get underway in early May. The project looks to replace a 16” water line from the water tank atop the hill down to water lines below Hwy. 40, said Town Manager Matt Mendisco.

• A grant application has been filed, which if approved by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, would provide a $100,000 fund for Hayden businesses to tap for facade or capital improvements. If approved by the state, applications for the fund can be made July 1.

The project will also involve construction of a new pedestrian walkway up the hill, cantilevered out from the road like I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Currently, there is no pedestrian walkway up the hill. Finally, the entrance to the Solandt Medical Clinic atop the hill will be moved from the beginning of the steep descent to a midway point of the hospital grounds.

• Planning commission staff are recommending approval for the Kum & Go expansion project. If approved by the commission, final approval by the town council could happen at the April 18 meeting.

In other news, Mendisco said • Slate Communications, Inc., of Ft. Collins, is pitching their services to the town, covering social media, marketing, branding and economic development.

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• Final design work is underway for a $1.7 million water treatment plan upgrade. That project should be finished by October.

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• Atlantic Aviation, the fixed base operator at Yampa Regional Airport, is filing construction permit paperwork for a $1 million expansion project, including a bigger apron for parking aircraft, a new terminal and a new parking lot for cars.

The Hayden Chamber Board meets at the Yampa Valley Brew on the second Monday of each month. Plans are underway for a last Friday “stroll,” where interested businesses can showcase their goods and services, 6-8 p.m.

New Elementary Principal tapped in Hayden By Brodie Farquhar

198 East Lincoln Ave. Hayden, Colorado 970-276-4250

HAYDEN-- Stephen McDonald, a high school English teacher and middle school social studies teacher, has been hired to be the district’s new elementary principal, beginning the next school year. He replaces Rhonda Sweetser, who is retiring. McDonald is a 2009 graduate of Marquette University in Wisconsin. Before moving to Hayden for the current school year, he was a writing coordinator for the fifth grade in Edgewater, Co. “My goal is to make the elementary school a school of distinction where we put kids first,” he said. McDonald and wife Jackie have two children: Owen is three and Caleb is five months old.

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April 2019

Cannabidiol Nation


By Kriss Bergethon

Tea with My Ancestors

What’s All The Fuss About CBD?

You’ve undoubtedly heard about CBD over the last couple years. It seems to be everywhere. Makers are bragging about it, politicians are arguing over it, and you probably know someone who’s working for a CBD company. I saw CBD cupcakes advertised the other day. But what is it? And what does it do? This is the first in a multipart series that will discuss what CBD is, what it is not, and what it means for you and your health.

What is CBD?

drug testing should be careful. It would take an extraordinary amount of full spectrum to fail a drug test, but the risk is there. The next type is called broad spectrum, and it goes through more processing to remove much of the THC. While it can have very small amounts of THC, overall it tends to be a middle ground. It still has many of the terpenes, but some are removed during the process so it can be less effective. The most pure CBD option is isolate, which as the name implies, is just CBD. The process removes all of the THC and almost all the terpenes, so many consider it ‘safer.’ But you’re also losing what many believe makes CBD so effective. People wanting to try CBD but concerned about drug testing, should probably start with isolate. Five more iterations of CBD have probably been invented since I started writing this, but this is the basic breakdown. The industry quite literally changes every day. Many makers tout their extraction techniques, but for your use, all that really matters is: what’s in it?

What Does CBD Do?

No heavy topic from the ancient fold, But of this day with moment’s pause, An item shared, not some sage word sold. A deed set on earth ‘mid ethereal laws, Together we see the weathered sky, And reflect on tasks and their cause. A rhythm echoes as clouds scud by, I traverse a path you once walked this way, Pondering the crowd that filled my eye. While we sip the tea’s warm array, Commiserate on the human’s race, Holding this time of existential sway. You and I have the ancient embrace, Time stands still amid day’s fast pace.

CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory. CBD attaches to the endocannabinoid receptors, effectively ‘switching on’ and enhancing the body’s natural inflammation regulators.

(Your ethereal touch is gentle still, No rush or push against the Will.)

We have clients that have reported benefits on everything from joint stiffness, to digestive issues, to acne (which is acute inflammation of the skin). Most of our clients use it for pain relief, and it’s very effective for most people. Hipsters apply it directly to their beards for that coveted ‘haven’t bathed in weeks’ look.

Hemp plants generally have very low concentrations of THC, the psychoactive chemical that makes us ‘high.’ So CBD will not technically get you high. You probably won’t be craving Flaming Hot Cheetos and Mountain Dew Extreme Berry Blast after taking it (unless you’re just normally into that stuff). CBD can have a profound effect on the mind though, and we’ll get into that in a future article. For now, just know that CBD will not affect your ability to drive or work.

As with all things related to cannabis, the answer is ‘kinda.’ The 2018 Farm Bill effectively legalized all hemp products and production at the federal level, so long as those products contain less than 0.3% THC. But there are still states like Texas that regulate CBD like a drug and limit it to medical use under the instruction of a doctor.

There are essentially three types of CBD, and they have different levels of effectiveness. The most popular is probably full spectrum. Full spectrum takes the least processing because it contains all the elements found in hemp. There is good evidence that the additional terpenes, flavonoids and botanicals found in the plant actually help CBD be more effective. But full spectrum also contains some THC (less than 0.3% to be legal), so people concerned about

I sometimes wonder while on my walk, Of making a pause with a soul of old, O’er a cup of tea we might talk.

This could (and does) take up entire doctorate theses. But let’s boil it down to the basics. We all have an endocannabinoid system in our bodies. We’re just now learning what this system does, but it’s fascinating in that it seems to regulate dozens of different processes in the body. The primary one that we’re concerned about is inflammation.

Cannabidiol, or CBD (can you see why we gave it an acronym?), is derived from hemp plants. Depending on the formulation, it’s created by taking the flowers, seeds, stems and leaves of hemp plants and reducing them down to an oil. That’s right cannabis fans, even the seeds and stems are useful now. What a time to be alive. This extraction process usually uses carbon dioxide, so you’ll often see ‘CO2 extraction’ on labels.

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Is It Legal?

Pastor says there’s a special place in Hell for those who repeatedly sin against others. Does this include those who continually plow in the end of your driveway? -Sean Derning

Fortunately, dear reader, if you are reading this you are likely in the great state of Colorado. And that means it’s legal at the state and federal level for you. So consume away. Just keep it out of your beard. And wash your hands, you’re getting spicy Cheeto shrapnel all over the Valley Voice.


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Because they are so elusive, no research has been done on their mating habits or their young. They do seem to respond strongly to seasons of higher snowpack. Some scientists believe snow snakes can remain in a torpor state for up to two years. This could explain why last season, with our paltry snow cover, snow snakes were seldom encountered, whereas this year we are seeing them in abundance.

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These snakes are white through and through. Yes, even their blood lacks the red of hemoglobin and is totally colorless. Scientists believe this could be similar to the Antarctic icefish, also lacking hemoglobin, and living in the ultra cold waters of the South Pole seas. Extreme cold in both water and snow could lead to adaptations that slow the metabolism and conserve energy, and thinner blood requires less effort to circulate around the body. White scales of the snow snake provide perfect camouflage but no protection above the snowpack, so they have never been observed. Because of this, their true size has never been determined, although snow snake tracks have been photographed (the snow snake track, above, was from the naturalist I. M. H. Tyle in Manitoba from his website From those tracks we can estimate their size to be about three feet long for a mature individual.

Photo-Illustration by Paulie Anderson from 2014 sighting.

That’s right, I earn my name. And not because I have a The Elusive Snow Snakes This winter has been a record year for snow snake sightings. I have encountered two on my snowshoe tours, and I have heard many other people describing their snow snake skirmishes, especially on the ski area. Snow snakes (Serpentinus niveus) are circumpolar, found in high snow areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Unlike other reptiles that are cold-blooded and enter a period of dormancy in the cold winter months, snow snakes have adapted unique physiological adaptions to thrive in snow and cold for several months.

Their time between feedings is spent in a state of torpor in a small den just under the snow surface. Snow snakes find their prey through vibrations. Their scales have vibrissae (hairs that can sense changes in vibrations) that pick up movement from over a half mile away. As the prey nears their den and the vibrations intensify the snake coils to prepare for an attack. Just as the victim enters its area of attack the snake plunges it fangs out of the snow and grabs on to the legs of the unsuspecting prey dragging it back into its den to consume whole, just like I am pulling your leg on this April Fools day!! Enjoy that spring mud season and all the new life popping up everywhere!! See you on the trails!

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Mensan Musings

The Dark Absorber Theory By Wolf Bennett

Hello fellow valley dwellers. I have been writing about thinking skills for the Valley Voice for some months now. In honor of April, I have borrowed and expanded an idea from a fellow Mensan – Thank You, David Mann and my apologies for my inferior additions. It is also a puzzle – can you identify what, if anything, is wrong, and why, and where? For many years it has been believed that electric bulbs emit light. Recent studies and information, however, have proven otherwise. Electric bulbs do not emit light – they absorb dark. Thus we should call these bulbs Dark Absorbers. The Dark Absorber Theory (DAT) and the existence of Dark Absorbers (DA) prove that dark has mass, is compressible, is faster and heavier than light. The DAT and DA also reinforce the knowledge that humans are susceptible to viewing things in a negative light. A candle is a primitive Dark Absorber. A new candle obviously has a white wick. One can easily see that, after the first use, the wick turns black, which is an indication of all the dark that has been absorbed into it. If you put a pencil near the wick of an operating candle, it will turn black. This is because it got in the way of the dark flowing into the candle. Some of the disadvantages of these primitive Dark Absorbers are their limited range, non-protective safety glass coverings, susceptibility to weather, noncontrol of the absorbed dark and additional friction coefficients which can cause burns from the rapid absorption of dark. Next, take the Dark Absorber in the room where you sit. Obviously there is much less dark right next to it than there is elsewhere. If it was emitting light, then why is it darker the farther away you get? The larger the Dark Absorber, the greater its capacity to absorb dark. Technology has decreased their size exponentially, much the same as computers have grown more powerful yet smaller. Note that the larger Dark Absorbers in parking lots typically have a much greater capacity to absorb dark than those found inside buildings. As with all things, Dark Absorbers do not last forever. Once they are full of dark, they can no longer absorb. Evidence of this is commonly seen as black residue in a full Dark Absorber.

the white (light) wires back to the power plants and then be emitted from “smoke stacks” at the end of the “power” lines instead of being left inside the Dark Absorber.

caught. Open your hands and more light has to fill them up again, whereas the compressed dark remains around the edges.

There are Portable Dark Absorbers (PDAs). In these, the smaller bulbs cannot handle all of the dark by themselves and must be aided by a Dark Storage Unit (DSU). When the Dark Storage Unit is full, it must either be emptied or replaced before the Dark Absorber can operate again. Portable DAs generally have a shiny focusing funnel to direct the dark directly in front of the PDA more efficiently into the DSU, as they have limited capacity and one would not want to absorb dark inefficiently and wastefully. Also, absorbing the dark directly in front of you is far more practical.

Dark, due to its mass, is heavier than light. If you were to swim just below the surface of a lake, a lot of light would be visible above you. If you were to slowly swim deeper and deeper, you would notice more and more dark. This is because the heavier dark sinks to the bottom of the lake and lighter “light” floats to the surface. This is also why it is called “light”. In the dark you move more slowly due to dark’s density, even going so far as causing you to have to lie down and recover from the additional load, often for hours at a time. If you use a Dark Absorber you will find that you move far more quickly and easily.

Dark has mass. When dark goes into a Dark Absorber, friction from the masses colliding and the compression of dark generates heat. Thus it is not wise to touch an operating Dark Absorber. Again, current technology has reduced the heat created and so is less likely to burn you. Candles present a special problem as the dark’s mass must travel into a solid wick instead of through clear glass. This generates a great amount of heat, and it is therefore not wise to touch an operating candle. Black Holes have some of the highest, hottest densities of anything in the universe, also supporting this idea.

Dark, even though heavier, is faster than light. This is quite easy to prove with virtually no equipment. Stand in a Dark Absorbed room, in front of a closed closet and slowly open the door, you will see the light slowly enter the closet, but since dark is so fast, you will not be able to see the dark leave the closet. So remember, the next time you see an electric bulb, it really is a Dark Absorber and it works quite differently than you have been taught. A dark conspiracy indeed.

Trying to compress “light” will yield you nothing, whereas dark will quickly accumulate. Cup your hands out in the day and then hold your cupped hands together. You should now have a ball of “light.” Peer through a crack in your fingers and what will you see? That’s right, dark has slipped in and filled your hands, whereas the “light” was never

You have all probably heard about dark matter and dark energy. Black holes further support the Dark Absorber Theory as they are so efficient at absorbing light that simultaneously they are both the darkest and brightest objects in the universe. So, if dark absorbers make you feel light headed, and the solution leaves you in the dark feeling heavy - you need illumination. Happy April 1st.

If the solar system received a concussion, would it see stars or people? - Sean Derning

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Christmas trees have Dark Absorbers that can break the dark into its specific wavelengths much like a prism would, except in reverse to what is commonly taught. Each bulb absorbs all the other colors first just leaving the remaining color to be seen last. Dark has a lovely side, does it not? The explanation of how dark is absorbed is relatively simple. Power companies push power through wires (the black wire is the power pusher, the black color needs no explanation) to Dark Absorbers which create pulses or oscillations. Alternating Current (ie: pulsing) is the terminology power companies use to describe their power supply. The Dark Absorbers pulse with the current and essentially “shake” and separate the dark from the light, which creates greater dark density thus dark gravity, obviously dark is then absorbed into the filament, leaving light. Technology allows the dark to flow naturally back along

Photo-Illustration By Matt Scharf April is the cruelest month.—T.S. Eliot


April 2019

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An Old Coal Miner Looks at... Located at Neste Auto Glass

Affordable Housing Details By Ted Crook

sort of wood, including slabs. By wiring them across the bales, the pinning of the bales (required by code) is accomplished. The roofing and felt is then screwed down to the nailers in the normal fashion.

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Wind: The nailers should also be secured to the concrete slab by cables and turnbuckles anchored in the concrete. This will help to maintain the curve and insure the stability of the structure. Interior treatment: The simplest interior would be chicken wire and paper above the frame. The paper could hold a layer of plaster (or, hopefully, not!). Simply spraying with texture and paint would give a Bauhaus (or 80‘s New York) feel to the interior. The treatment must allow the interior to breathe. Air and moisture should be able to pass out of the interior. No house with soggy straw will be very pleasant.

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Snowload: While most of the snow will end up on the sides of the structure, provision should be made for protecting the curve. If the curve changes shape, side thrust can destroy the structure. A steel sheet on the side wired to the sheet on the opposite side will stop side thrust by keeping the wire in tension. Steel wire is very strong in tension (a fact most frequently trumpeted by Buckminister Fuller). The roof can be attached to the sheet with self tapping screws, of course.


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I have decided that some details shouldn’t be left to the tender ministrations of an engineer. Some ideas are too good to leave alone. Roofing, wind, interior treatment, snowload, and compliance with the strawbale building code are issues demanding more investigation. Roofing: The bales must have a set of nailers wired to the inside frame for securing the metal. These may be any

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Compliance: The provisions of the strawbale building code are largely for houses with conventional roofs. The pinning of the bales has been discussed. The roof must be pinned to the back wall by driving rebar into the bales. Plastering is another issue which needs consideration. The back wall must be done as with any conventional strawbale home, but the arch should be modifiable. Ventilation of the straw could be done with screen ventilators as in conventional attics. A small strawbale home, off- grid, with composting toilet, and rainwater plumbing poses many compliance “problems” for government. Solving those “problems” will go a long way toward creating a saner world.

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April 2019

Tales from the Front Desk


Lost Dog

Last minute changes can and do occur - Mother Nature, illness, tour malfunction, whatever - the accuracy of this calendar is not guaranteed!

By Aimee Kimmey


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The busy season was finally winding down. For the first time in what seemed like an eternity, the clerk was enjoying a quiet day. The sun was shining, the snow was melting, the birds were singing. It felt like spring. The clerk sipped a glass of iced tea as she flipped through her favorite magazine. It was shaping up to be an utterly pleasant afternoon. Until the woman from 210 came screaming into the lobby, “You’ve stolen my Boots! I demand you give him back, this INSTANT!” The clerk stared, struggling to process the woman’s statement. “Um, your, what now?” The clerk vaguely remembered the woman checking in; it had been toward the end of the shift and her partner had waited on her. The pungent, acrid perfume that arrived before her and the woman’s thick blue eye shadow were jogging the clerk’s memory. It had taken an extra long time to check her in, there was some sticking point. But the clerk had been busy with other guests, she couldn’t quite remember what the issue was. “My Bootsie!” The woman seemed on the verge of panic, “You’ve stolen him out of my room, I know you have!” The clerk slid her magazine aside and stood up; this one was going to take her full attention. Very calmly she said, “I’m sorry, I’m really not following you here.” “Don’t you play coy with me!” The woman snapped, “I know you took him.” Deep in her mind the clerk inhaled deeply... and... exhaled... “I assure you Ma’am--” “It’s Mrs. Cartwright!” Inhale...

Inhale... “Okay. You left him in your room and now he’s not there?” “The other girl told me I couldn’t leave him, but I’m back now, so give me back my Boots!” Exhale...

“A dog! You’re missing a dog?” The clerk’s memory was lighting up just a bit. “He’s not just a dog; Bootsie is prize winning German Short Haired Pointer!”

Rex’s American Grill & Bar 4:20 - 6:00 daily

Big House Burgers 4:20 - 6 p.m., Mon-Sat. & 2 - 6 Sunday

The Rusted Porch 2:00 p.m.- 6:00p.m. daily

Carl’s Tavern 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily

Salt and Lime 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Circle R Bar 4 - 6 p.m. Thurs., Fri.,Sat.

Sake 2 U 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Cuginos Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. daily

Sambi Canton 5:00 - 6:00 pm Monday - Saturday

Dude & Dan’s Bar and Grill 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily Late Night Happy Hour: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. daily E3 Ranch & Chophouse Restaurant 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily

She looked closer, it was a brown and white spotted dog with a short straight tail. He had large brown patches across his back, and four brown feet that looked an awful lot like he was wearing boots. His head was completely engulfed in a fast food bag, he swung it violently back and forth. The bag was good and stuck.

Low Country 4:30 - 6 p.m. daily

“Bootsie!” The woman shrieked as she scuttled out of the lobby.

Old Town Pub 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily

The BARley 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily

Harwigs & L’Apogee: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. daily

“I-I” The woman faltered, “I wasn’t gone for more than half an hour! I just needed to run to the store. The other girl told me not to leave him, but I wasn’t gone long, I know he barks sometimes...”

Off the Beaten Path After 4:00 p.m. daily

O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. daily

“I’m sorry Mrs. Cartwright, but I honestly don’t know...” Movement out the window caught the clerk’s eye, something four legged was squirming and twitching it’s way backwards across the parking lot.

Laughter threatened to burst from the clerk’s chest, “Um, is that, Boots?” She asked pointing.

McKnight’s Irish Pub 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. & 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. daily

Back Door Grill 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. daily & All day on Sundays

Double ZZ BBQ 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. daily

g“Mrs. Cartwright.” Exhale... “I promise you, we haven’t taken anything of yours. If you want, you can look around...”

Suddenly the clerk worried that giant tears might burst through all that make up--she shuddered!


Laundry 4:30 - 6p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Mahogany Ridge 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Late night happy hour: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. daily Mambo Italiano 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily

Schmiggitys 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. daily Slopeside Grill 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Steamboat Smokehouse 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. & 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. daily: Sunpies Cajun Bistro 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily Table 79 Foodbar 5:00 - 6:00 & 9:00 - 11:00 daily The Tap House Sports Grill 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. weekdays Truffle Pig 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. daily The V 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. & 10:00p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily

Giggling wildly, the clerk watched the woman grab the dog by the scruff of his neck and yank the bag off of his head. Then she picked up the squirming beast, struggling to hold him as he lavished her with his tongue. Barely containing the dog, er, ‘prize winning German Short Haired Pointer’, Mrs. Cartwright wrestled the monster back to her room. Still snickering, the clerk sat back down and reached for her magazine, “Ahh, crisis averted!”

I’ve always said money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail.—Kinky Friedman


April 2019

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Art Galleries and Museums STEAMBOAT CREATES 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 Riverwalk Collective displays a variety of mediums with Dave Lambeth featured in the Platform Gallery. Lambeth’s exhibit, Before the Conquest: Myths of Ancient Mexico was inspired by the artists’ travels in Mexico. Baggage Room: Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s Creative Arts Contest and Scholarship Program Exhibition. Live music. Art Talk by Dave Lambeth at 4:00, April 5 YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE AT THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a | 941.321.2809 WORD: For YBC’s April group show, members created pieces that explore the use of WORDS in art. Come check out visual works that incorporate poetry, book art, and language in traditional and innovative ways. GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 Future of the art! Gallery 89 is showingcasing the talented youth of Steamboat Springs High School in this new and vibrant showing. JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 THE JACE ROMICK GALLERY exhibits and sells westerncontemporary fine art, photography, sculpture and offers various types of genres, formats and mixed media types. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 James Morgan “Moments in the Wild” Last week! Over 80 paintings by one of the foremost nature and wildlife painters in America. Visit the Museum Store, open until 8 pm! URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 Leilani Ward, a 16 year old High School student is showcasing pieces from her AP concentration class. Her portraits focus on people and human emotions.

TOM MANGELSEN - IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave | 970.871.1822 Legendary nature Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen celebrates 20 years in Steamboat. End of the Season event gets you 33% 0ff on fine art photography *Restrictions apply, see art sales consultant for details LINDA ISRAEL SIGNATURE GALLERY 730 Lincoln Ave. | at Images of Nature | 970.846.7062 Colorful, soulful expressions of Israel’s creatures of the wild. Limited edition prints and originals. Refreshments. WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Wild Horse Gallery will feature new oil paintings by Adam Zabel. For more information go to or call 970-819-2850. PINE MOON FINE ART 117 9th St | 970.846.7879 All Gallery show; celebrate Spring with the artists of Pine Moon. Acrylic, bronze, graphite, glass, jewelry, oil, photography, printmaking, textile and watercolor artworks are featured. W GALLERY 115 9th St., Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783 W Gallery features the photographic work of Karen DesJardin. “Lost in Motion” explores expressionism in Contemporary Nature Photography. On display through April.



Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE.

Dart League 6:30PM @ The V


Karaoke Night 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE

Piano Bar Night THURSDAY 7PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot. TUESDAY FREE www.steamboatwritPool League 6:30PM @ The V Live Band Karaoke/ Two-Step Tuesday Schmiggity Jam 7PM @ Schmiggity’s 9:30PM @ Schmiggi(Free Country Dance ty’s. FREE. Lessons). FREE.

SQUIRE STUDIOS 842 Lincoln Ave., Above Lyon’s Drug #9 | 970.846.1063 From Sea to Sky. A photographic journey by Mateo Bartels and Braden Duty inspired by nature and the people of St. Lucia and Mexico, and the teachings of Larock Star Creative and Focus Adventures. COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STEAMBOAT SPRINGS 1275 Crawford Ave. | 970.870.4444 ‘Impressions In Ink’ Colorado Mountain College ArtShare and Colorado Creative Districts will present an artists’ reception for the printmakers’ exhibition entitled “Impressions In Ink” at the CMC Steamboat Springs campus on Friday April 5thfrom 5:30 – 7:30pm as part of Steamboat Creates First Friday Art Walk.

19 Years in Steamboat Springs! Come In and Check Our Daily Specials!

July 26-27,2019

A Day for Writers in Steamboat Springs The Depot Arts Center / 1001 13th Street The 38th Steamboat Springs Annual Conference will sharpen the skills of writers from all backgrounds and experience. Advance your creativity in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the town’s historic train depot Arts Center.

Speaker: Emily Sinclair

is an essayist and fiction writer based in Golden, Colorado.

Speaker: Juan J. Morales

is the author of three poetry collections.

For more info go to: For those who live here and for those who wish they did.

Cheapest Drinks in Town! 116 9th Street 970-870-9980

April 2019 Schmac and Cheese

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Calendar of Free Events To submit your free events or calendar information e-mail to: Events may be edited for length or content. Calendar entries must be received by the 15th of each month.

MONDAY APRIL 1 April Fool’s Day

Write Minded 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5

Health Perspectives: Brain Health 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events



City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall History Happy Hour 5:30PM @ Butcherknife Brewery Indie Lens Pop-Up: “Charm City” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events WEDNESDAY APRIL 3 Jazz at the Library with Hearding Cats 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events FRIDAY APRIL 5 First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE Spectacle 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. SATURDAY APRIL 6 Snow Volleyball Tornament J.W. Schuller 7PM @ Steamboat Whiskey Company

Snow Volleyball Tornament TUESDAY APRIL 9

Free Film: “Period. End of Sentence” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 Historic Preservation Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “Antonio Lopez: Sex, Fashion & Disco” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE events THURSDAY APRIL 11 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Wild Films: Earth Day Shorts from the 2018 International Wildlife Film Festival 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events

SandRock & SugarLeaf 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE FRIDAY APRIL 12 Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall Super Fun Show 8PM @ Chief Theater. FREE The Supervillains 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.

TUESDAY APRIL 16 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall FRIDAY APRIL 19 Good Friday SATURDAY APRIL 20 Passover Oak Creek Easter Egg Hunt 10:30AM @ Decker Park SUNDAY APRIL 21 Easter



Family Fun Show with We’re Not Clowns 3PM @ Chief Theater. $5 Children, $10 Adults

Earth Day

Schism W/ Speak of the Devil 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 SUNDAY APRIL 14 Palm Sunday Smiggity’s Closes For Mud Season Thank you for another great ski season! You continued support is very much appreciated! We will reopen Sunday, April 28th for Latin Dance Night. MONDAY APRIL 15 Tax Day Free Film: “Paris to Pittsburgh” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events

WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Mountaintown Film Collective Monthly Gathering 6:30PM @ Ski Locker. FREE SUNDAY APRIL 28 Orthodox Easter Schmiggity’s reopens for Latin Dance Night. 7PM @ Schmiggity’s. Looking forward to a great Spring and Summer line-up! TUESDAY APRIL 30 Indie Lens Pop-Up: “Wrestle” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events

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April 2019

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Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

You’re served a fillet mignon encrusted in herbs and served with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. You don’t have the same taste as everyone else and all you really want is a Spamwich. Let the judgers judge and enjoy your mystery meat.



Marijuana Store 2018




IN STEAMBOAT * * Excludes flower. Not to be combined with any other discounts.






Recreational & Medical

1755 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, CO On the Free Bus Route

970-870-2941 For those who live here and for those who wish they did.

April 20 - May 20


September 23 - October 23

It’s a possibility that when you sneeze, your brain cells are trying to escape and start a colony of their own independent life forms. The next time you sneeze you will be setting countless cells free that dreamed of escaping the confines of your brain and starting a super race of booger monsters.

This fortnight you will be shocked and disturbed when you learn what is really stealing your socks from the dryer.




May 20 - June 20

Sometimes the one thing that you were hoping for can only be found when that little glimmer of doubt is diminished. It can only really happen when there is no leniency in your belief of its existence. Deep, right?


June 21 - July 22

People tell you to keep your chin up, but the thought of that makes you insecure because you rarely groom your nose hairs. It’s all how you think about it. They could get distracted by your forest of unkempt hair, which could give you the advantage.

October 24 - November 21

You are a polished, shiny, successful version of everyone you hate. November 22 - December 21

Its almost as uncomfortable as having sweaty feet and knowing that your socks are too stinky to take off your boots.


December 22 - January 19

Maybe it’s the end, maybe it’s just a really deep and jagged bump in the road. Either way, make damn well sure that after it’s all said and done, you stayed true to yourself. The worst part of goodbyes is knowing if it really is a goodbye or a see you later.


January 20 - February 18

Never mind that... How ‘bout them inflatable fat suits!

You’re not being paranoid. The person outside really had been watching you. Maybe now is a good time to put some clothes on and close your shades. Just a thought.




July 23 - August 23

August 23 - September 22

Talent doesn’t just disappear. It can be forgotten and lost in the back of a cluttered closet in your brain, but it is never gone. Maybe it’s time to reorganize and put that talent back into use.

Dorthy’s Garden in the Botanic Park.

February 19 - March 20

It sucks that some people will never see anything about you but one small aspect of your personality that you don’t even really care for. But then again, maybe they don’t deserve you and all your glory.

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April 2019

Yampa River Dance



April 2019

Valley Voice

Ready for some spring mountain bike riding? Ferry Carpenter on his bike circa 1910he would "commute to town' via the Cog daily on his bike!

Live Music! 3Wire

Great Food! by Embers

. 31 mile / Gravel Grinder . 26 mile / Mud Ride Three great scenic rides to choose from:





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Friday April 12, 2019

Can You Dig It ? Yes We Can !

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