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Contents To Annex or Not to Annex By Lisel Petis

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Charlie’s Story Page 5 By Connor Shields

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

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Rosati’s - The Accidental President

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Rephrasing the Affordability Question

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Artist Spotlight/ Sara Gjertson

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The Enemy is Us

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By Harriet Freiberger By Scott L. Ford

By Dagny McKinley By Scott L. Ford

Routt County’s Horatio Alger: Isadore Bolton Page 12 By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield

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Event Calendar:

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Rants... Crowds… Smoke haze… The summer rush. Never a quiet moment… No rain. I’d wash my car, but I feel like we need to conserve the water… Vandalism… County Commisioners not listening to your plea... Losing your neighborhood to greed... Unleashed dogs... Using my pickup is not your trash can!...

Raves... Fire crews. These guys are heroes and we can’t thank them enough… Family reunions… The summer rush. Never a dull moment… Closure for the family & friends of Matthew Shelters. A sad end to be sure, but at least one with a homecoming… The Pioneer Picnic & Hayden Depot Centennial. Special “Thank You” to the Tyler Family for your hospitality… Summer N.B.A. news… Cooler summer nights...

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Who Started It? By Matt Scharf

It has been extremely busy in Steamboat this summer. It grows in size from the previous years and we see no end in sight. When will it break us? Who is to blame? Who started this? Is it the beauty that attracts us? Or is it the greed of the Valley that has us digging for more?

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Council Voices

To Annex Or Not to Annex? That Is The Question. By Lisel Petis

Many people are aware that the City is currently in discussions with a developer to annex a portion of land west of town into the City. What many people are not aware of, however, are the details of the proposed annexation. Two of the main points of concern that I have heard from citizens is that there is not enough water for the annexation or that the City is annexing without getting anything return. However, both of these concerns are misguided. Brynn Grey, the developer of the proposed annexation, has been working with the City on a Pre-Annexation agreement for nearly two years. Their proposal includes building 400+ homes on the old Steamboat 700 property over the course of the next twenty years. During these discussions with Brynn Grey, the City has been working hard to make sure that the developer “pays its way,” that the City has the resources to support the annexation, and that the annexation brings benefits to the Steamboat community. Whether one ultimately decides to support or not support the annexation, it is important that everyone knows all the details and facts of the proposed annexation, so that they can make an informed decision.

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First, it has been confirmed that the City’s water supplies are sufficient to serve the annexation as currently proposed and meet the projected in-fill development within the City” Second, if the west-end property is annexed, Brynn Grey would also be required to provide the following for water/ sewer services as part of the annexation agreement:

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- $292k up front for Water Firming Fund - $15k per market rate home for Water Firming Fund (estimated at $4.38 million for full build out) - Installation of redundant water distribution system to the property There are also other benefits to the City as a result of the annexation, including transportation funds, affordable housing, public access, and possible land for educational purposes. For infrastructure, this includes: - Paying all costs of all public improvements and utility services necessary to serve the Property, including roads, sidewalks, sewers, water, street lights, electricity, telephone, gas, and cable television service, in accordance with applicable standards and specifications. - $11k per market rate home for Transportation Firming Fund (estimated at $3.21 million for full build out) - $292k up front for Transportation Firming Fund - $610k for snow removal equipment (Brynn Grey to provide their own snow removal services until this equipment is purchased) - Providing secondary road access to property Other benefits that the developer would be required to provide to the community under the pre-annexation agreement include: - Land donated to Yampa Valley Housing Authority - 108 attainable/affordable housing units - Parks and open spaces maintained by the HOA, but open to the public - Potential land donated to the school district

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In consideration for the attainable/affordable housing provided by the developer, the City would agree to defer some of the above costs; however (and importantly), these fees would simply be deferred, not waived. As these pre-annexation negotiations come to an end, Council wants to hear as much feedback from the community as it can. I encourage you to attend Council meetings and/or email your City Council members. Get as much information on these topics as you can. Whether you are for or against the annexation, it is important to make sure you stay informed and that your voice is heard.

The opinions expressed in this column are my own and may not be reflective of the opinions of other City Councilors.

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Local Philanthropy

Charlie’s Story By Connor Shields

Charlie Schramke is your typical eleven year old American boy: he likes to draw and paint, he enjoys skiing, playing outside, and one day he hopes to become a professional artist. Did I mention he also raised over $3000 for an orphanage in Uganda? At just eleven years old, this young man has made more achievements than most of us ever will. But that’s not the most impressive part; what makes Charlie’s story truly incredible is the fact that he raised this money simply through donations and a lemonade stand, and he achieved this almost entirely by himself. Of course, he had a bit of help from his mom and brother, but the bulk of the work was done by none other than Charlie. Charlie started this crusade of charity three years ago, while he was attending a Sunday church service in Big Sky, Montana. Charlie’s church, The Big Sky Christian Fellowship, introduced him to the hardships currently impacting countries like Uganda. This was so moving to Charlie that he began selling lemonade and accepting donations to raise money to benefit a Ugandan Orphanage known as Kasozi Village. In his first year alone, Charlie raised $1300. His second year yielded $1200. This year, he’s raised $500 and hopes to bump that number up to $1500. Keep in mind, this was raised through a lemonade stand. Not only has Charlie raised an impossible amount of money, he’s also incredibly well traveled and cultured for a boy his age, not to mention well mannered. In addition to the $3000 he’s raised, he has twice now visited Kasozi Village, the Ugandan orphanage he’s done so much to help. The first time, he and his mother Kathy brought a multitude of art supplies, toys and educational materials. The second time, Charlie brought Kasozi village 300 pounds of clothing that he and his brother collected at their school. Charlie has also used the money he raised to send fruit to the village, over 12000 pieces of it. The children, teachers and even the guards eat posho, a mixture of mashed up corn and beans every day. With fruit being a rarity, Charlie sent enough so everyone could have two pieces a week.

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Charlie described his experience visiting Kasozi as very humbling. It made him appreciate the little things in life. In a country where indoor plumbing is considered a luxury, you really get a sense of what you need versus what you want. The Kasozi Village Orphanage isn’t an orphanage in the traditional sense; what’s tragic about Kasozi is the fact that most of the children there have parents, but their parents simply can’t afford to raise them. According to Charlie, the children of Kasozi are much happier than their American counterparts. The children of Kasozi, most of them the same age as Charlie, might not have very much, but are overjoyed with what they already have. These children are more than content with a roof over their head and a meal in their bellies, unlike many American children who are unsatisfied even with all their iPhones, tablets and X-Boxes. Despite numerous cultural barriers, Charlie was even able to make some friends during his visits to Kasozi. It was difficult at first, English is Uganda’s national language, but the countless dialects made communicating a chore. Charlie was able to connect with several locals his age with a shared love of art, climbing trees and they even taught each other things like how to do a backflip. It wasn’t long before Charlie found friends like Armstrong, Jole and Jeremiah. Charlie is a truly unique type of person. There’s no personal gain for him. He’s not raising impossible amounts money to boost his resume or to put on college applications, although he definitely could. He’s not doing this for attention, although he definitely deserves more than he’s receiving. The reason Charlie has worked so hard for a village on the other side of the world is simply because he wants to help. When it comes to role models, most people look up to older folks, but despite only being eleven years old, Charlie is a role model we all can look up to.

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Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition Writing Competition As part of CCCC’s efforts to raise public awareness of cranes CCCC initiated the first Yampa Valley Crane Festival Writing Competition in 2018. We invited high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties to submit an original piece of writing inspired by the Greater Sandhill Cranes. Submissions could consist of a group of three poems; or it could be a short story or one-act play (750 words or less); or it could be a non-fiction personal or academic essay (750 words or less). The work had to be original and it had to accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of the species. CCCC received entries from 9 seniors: Kailee Davis Hannah Heil Sarah Heineke Jordyn Hetrick Ben Kelley Amanda Perlman Lana Pivarnik Max Skov Charlee Veilleux

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Hannah Heil

Three prizes were given. First prize, a $1,500 scholarship, was awarded to Hannah Heil of Steamboat Springs High School. Second and third prize awards each consisted of a certificate and a beautiful book about cranes. Second prize went to Charlee Veilleux of Soroco High School. Third prize was awarded to Kailee Davis of Steamboat Springs High School.

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Photo by Debra Mack will provide an overview of the entire Sandhill Crane population from tropical forests to Arctic tundra. Nature writer Jennifer Ackerman, author of the bestselling book, “The Genius of Birds”, will explore the the mysteries of the avian brain.

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John Azua, Denver Zoo’s Curator of Birds will address the Hooded Crane Species Survival Plan in North America. Additional expert presentations include former Audubon Rowe Sanctuary Director Paul Tebbel and “Birding” magazine editor Ted Floyd. A talk about cranes as symbols in Chinese culture will be given by Pam Liu.

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Photo by Mike Mack The seventh annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado. The festival celebrates the majestic Greater Sandhill Cranes as they migrate through the Yampa Valley with guided crane viewings, expert speakers, films, bird and nature walks, workshops, live raptors, a live raptor photo shoot, children’s activities and more. The festival’s keynote speaker is Anne Lacy, head of crane research for the International Crane Foundation. Anne

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HawkQuest will have an educational booth where festival attendees can visit with live raptors, including a Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Harris Hawk, Barn Owl and Great-horned Owl. HawkQuest will also offer a live raptor photo shoot. The festival presents a special screening of the film “Free like a Crane”. This award-winning documentary is about Eurasian Cranes and their migration from Estonia to Ethiopia. Yampa Valley Brewing Company (YVBC) is partnering with Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (CCCC) to offer a special family event at their brewery in Hayden, CO on Sunday, August 26 from 2 – 5 p.m. The event celebrates the festival and the launching of YVBC’s

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Sandhill Cranes By Charlee Veilleux 1st


Photo by Abby Jensen

1st 2nd Place Place 2nd Hannah Heil3rd Charlee Veilleux Place Place

One day I sat on my porch swing, Hannah Charlee Veilleux It was pretty out- a day in theHeil spring, I sat on the porch, doing nothing at all, Suddenly, I looked up when I heard a loud call, Twenty big-looking birds flying overhead, I watched as they lowered toward the riverbed, Quietly I snuck, through the tall grass and weeds, Trying to peek at this rare-looking breed, They had a bright red skin patch on their head, And their feathers were that of the color of led, Their tail was confusing, or was that their wing? It had long feathers in the back, whatever the thing, Suddenly one spotted me in my secret place, I stared back in its orange eyes, looking at my face, I didn’t know if I should run or what I should do, So I whispered, “Hello, bird, how are you?” That bird, it looked at me and did nothing but blink, But in its blink, there was something distinct, For it didn’t close its eyes like me and you, With our top and our bottom eyelids, only the two, No, this bird, it blinked from the side, An extra lid came horizontally from its eye, It was subtle and a bit hard to see, But I’m used to seeing two eyelids, not three! Suddenly I felt scared of this bird, I had never seen something so absurd, I went back to my house in retreat, Blinking with my two eyelids in disbelief.

Sandhill Crane Red ale in cans, previously only available on tap. Each can of Sandhill Crane Red features the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition logo and the special slogan “Celebrating Colorado Crane Conservation.” YVBC will be donating a portion of their revenues from the sale of the Sandhill Crane Red cans to CCCC. The event will feature all kinds of activities for kids and families including crane face painting, crane cookie decorating, crane coloring, a crane calling contest for kids and adults (with prizes), a crane film, and other bird and crane games. Commemorative glassware will be available for purchase as will children’s beverages and food offered by the Grit Girls including a special dish in honor of the cranes. Additional festival highlights include educational displays, guided bird walks in some of the Yampa Valley’s most magnificent settings, birding by pontoon boat at Steamboat Lake, a community picnic at The Nature Conservancy’s historic Carpenter Ranch, a ranch tour of a “cranefriendly” agricultural operation, a guided nature hike on the Steamboat Ski Area and a sketch-a-bird session that includes live birds. An optics booth and an “Optics 101” talk presented by Chip Clouse of Front Range Birding Company will be new additions to this year’s festival. Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s daily schedule of events is posted at

Kailee Davis

3rd Place

Kailee Davis


“Momma, look at the pretty birdies!” By Kailee Davis

For the last twelve years I have lived in the same fixer-upper house in Silver Spur where I’ve gone through the same daily routine and have driven the same County Road 42 everyday where, every summer, I pass by the same Greater Sandhill Cranes that I have known for most of my life. I remember the first time I saw the cranes. “Momma, look at the pretty birdies!” I half-yelled to my mom who, sitting in the passenger seat, was analyzing every detail of the photographs and paperwork for our new house. I had been crying for what felt like hours but was only a few minutes in reality. I didn’t want to leave our old house. At that time it was all I had ever known, and I wasn’t ready to let that go yet. My wailing in the backseat didn’t end until I happened to look out of the car window just as we drove by a pond by an old farmer’s house, and I saw what I believed to be the most beautiful and amazing birds to have existed in all of time. These birds weren’t like the others I had seen. They had long legs and were graceful and elegant. They reminded me of the ballerinas with long legs and grace and balance that I had seen on stage once before. They were absolutely exquisite. All I could do at that moment was exclaim as loudly as I possibly could, “Momma, look at the pretty birdies!” in the hopes that my mom would look up from her busy work and confirm that I wasn’t just imagining the birds.

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From that moment forward the Sandhill Cranes had a permanent place in my life. From then on, they were a part of the sameness that consumed my everyday. Every day I’d see old Glen Barber walking down to the pond where the cranes would meet him if they weren’t already there to be fed. He’d walk slowly and, as the years went on Old Glen got slower and took more breaks as he walked from his front door to the edge of the water. But, day after day and year after year the Sandhill Cranes would meet him there. Every week on Saturday mornings my mom would take me to the library for story time and pick out any three books I wanted her to read to me at night. And every Saturday morning the cranes would be walking in the field through the morning dew and I’d feel like I was dreaming or imagining the same way I did the first time I saw them. As time went on, I got older and story time became a childhood memory. Trips to the library turned into grocery runs and extra dance rehearsals but, day after day and year after year, the cranes were still there in the field. Every summer the cranes would come and I’d marvel at the fact that cranes mate for life, watching them fly next to each other high above my head. As the years went on, I entered high school and tried the whole awkward dating thing on more than one occasion, I’d look up to the sky and envy the cranes who’d stay together from the moment they met until the day they’d die. The sameness that seemed to overrun my life was rather comforting to me for a long time until I realized that there was no sameness and everything changes when given enough time. Old Glen got slower, story time ended and, next thing I know, I’m a graduating senior who no longer envies the cranes but worries about what’s to come next. No matter what is in my future, I know that I’ll always be able to drive home and pass the little pond where the cranes will be waiting, day after day and year after year every summer, as magnificent and graceful as the first day I saw them and exclaimed as loudly as I possibly could, “Momma, look at the pretty birdies!”.

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.—Aesop


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Rosati’s - The Accidental President By Harriet Freiberger Starting June 8th: Monday - Saturday: 8 am - 8 pm Sunday: 8 am - 6 pm

Once again, author Cesare F. Rosati dives into the politics of Washington, D.C. and the reader cannot resist following newswoman Maggie Pierce into the depths of an enlarging quagmire. As the Republican National Convention approaches, one of Ohio Senator George Cranston’s interns contacts Maggie about his discovery that the senator had rigged the bidding process for the upcoming high-speed rail project in California. Two weeks later the young man’s body is found, another unsolved homicide on the city’s list, and the players in Rosati’s newest novel converge

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Amid the crosscurrents of political infighting, this fast-moving story travels the streets of Washington, D.C. With a rare double vision, the author parallels past and present. Deke’s history advances through his high school years in Auburn, Maine, his service in the U.S. Special Forces, to the inaugural platform in Washington, D.C. In “now” time, Senator George Cranston feeds his rapacious appetite for power. Chapter by chapter, the spotlight brightens on the new president. Cesare F. Rosati was born in Italy in 1946, and immigrated to the U.S. (Buffalo, NY) in 1956. A graduate of West Point (Class of 1970), he served in the U.S. Army until 1977. During military service, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Electronics from Stanford University. In 1977, he joined the civilian side of government service, retiring in 1995 from the U.S. State Department, where he had served as the Head of a U.S. Delegation engaged in classified international negotiations.

Readers will sit back and smile at Cesare Rosati’s surprising conclusion, a confluence of the multiple flows that carry an “accidental” and trustworthy president into the oval office. --- Harriet Freiberger, author of Lucien Maxwell, Villain or Visionary

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August 2018


Your Money - Your Life

Rephrasing the Affordability Question By Scott L. Ford

Has anybody else noticed how many new vehicles with temporary license tags there are in Steamboat Springs? I have. It is a sure sign of increasing consumer confidence. Whether a new vehicle is a good idea will be the topic of this month’s column. According to Kelly Blue Book, the industry average for a new passenger vehicle as of March 2018 was $35,285. According to Experian credit reporting agency, the average amount borrowed by buyers of new passenger vehicles has climbed to a record high of $31,453. The average monthly loan payment for a new vehicle hit an all-time high during the first quarter of 2018 of $523. The average length of the loan is 72 months. About 25% of borrowers are opting for loans that are 84 months. For a lot of folks, the question of whether they can afford a $35,000 vehicle never enters their mind. For them the affordability question is simply how much down and how much per month. This type of thinking is normal in America. This type of thinking is why most Americans are not saving nearly enough for retirement. They are buying new vehicles instead. Almost anything that has a motor depreciates in value over time. The typical passenger vehicle will lose 60 to 70% of its original purchase price in 4 years. This simply means that a new $35,453 vehicle could be worth $10,636 after 4 years. This is a loss of almost $25,000 ($35,453 - $10,636 = $24,817) or about $520 per month. To get the full appreciation of what this loss in value feels like, every Monday morning for 48 months throw $120 out the window of your new vehicle as you drive down Lincoln Avenue to work. (Do this using $10 bills and watch the chaos unfold behind you.) According to the United States Department of Transportation, the average American driver put in 13,474 miles behind the wheel in 2017. Using the figures from the previous paragraph, a four-year-old vehicle would have slightly over 50,000 miles on it. Provided it has not been abused and has been reasonably serviced, there is still a lot of life left in this vehicle. According to Consumer Reports, the average vehicle will last at least 11 years, or about 150,000 miles. Rather than asking yourself the typical affordability question of how much down and how much per month, rephrase the question and ask how much available cash do I have to pay for a vehicle? If it is only $4,000, that is at least a starting point. Buy that $4,000 vehicle and start setting aside in your bank account the equivalent of the $523 per month you would have been paying for a new one. By the end of 12 months you would have over $6,000 saved. You will be able to sell the $4,000 vehicle for about $3,500. Combine that with your savings and go pay cash for a $10,000 vehicle that has years of usable life ahead of it. The good news is that you will have a reliable, paid-for vehicle within 12 months and not have to deal with the torture of monthly payments going forward.

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August 2018

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Artist Spotlight/ Sara Gjertson No Monkey Business

Human Imprint: Pilgrimage, History and Artifacts By Dagny McKinley

to learn more about those specific locations and some of the people who inhabited them.” The artifacts in the show are “like storytellers and treasures you can touch and connect with history. The most impactful were the small shards of hand painted china, decorative glass, and mother of pearl buttons – all of which I maintain prove the presence of women. There is a kind of unique magic being able to hold these bits of history in your hand, although to many they are likely considered worthless and no better than garbage.”

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August at the Depot Art Center brings Sara Gjertson’s work to the Main Gallery and Mary Levingston’s watercolor students in the Platform Gallery. Together they explore Colorado landscapes, the decay of abandoned mining sites and the aesthetics of nature. Sara Gjertson’s Human Imprint: Pilgrimage, History and Artifacts addresses the “mythologizing of a highly romanticized time in the American West and the almost invisible role of women (beyond their recognized contributions as prostitutes),” said Sara Gjertson of her current exhibit. The project has origins in Sarah’s many years of back country camping where she explored abandoned mining sites. “These trips often took me to remote locations where some of these sites existed and I would find myself amongst structures that were still standing and the evidence of human activity all around. I was so curious about the people who lived and worked at these beautiful but often inhospitable locations that I was compelled to learn more, and undertook research in texts, on site visits, online, and in local archives – all from which I was able

Research for Sara’s ‘Human Imprint’ project spans the last 3 years. After securing grant funding from the University of Denver, which coincided with a sabbatical leave in 2016-2018, Sara was able to travel to various sites, research and focus on the creation of her work including photography, sculpture, repurposed found objects and a printmaking series at Steamboat’s Oehme Graphics. She has curated specific works from the project for the show at the historic Depot Art Center. Her show highlights women whose voices have been nearly omitted. “As a curious person who likes to learn, I invest a level of research into my studio practice, in order to best understand the lives of women and uncover their stories. This information translates into the choices of specific mediums used, imagery that’s employed, or other conceptual links to that history and story. For me this is the best of both worlds – learning about these histories from the perspectives of women, but also being able to articulate them as art works and potentially embed them into the conversations going forward. Looking back throughout history, there are so many voids in understanding the “big picture” because the voices of women (not to mention other underrepresented communities) are missing, or have been omitted altogether.” Sara is looking forward to the conversations that might ensue throughout the course of the exhibition. She will also host an artist presentation on Friday, August 31st from 5-7pm at the Depot, sponsored in part by the Tread of Pioneers Museum. In the platform gallery, Mary Levingston’s students will be displaying original watercolor pieces that will likely spark a different kind of conversation; one about technique, color and nature.

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The artwork for the 6x6 watercolor exhibit was inspired by a technique used to show watercolors unframed or framed without glass. Students used small tiles and experimented with the technique. Mary thought it was an unusual format for painters, but a great teaching exercise. Mary has been teaching for 25 years, but “who keeps count when you’re having fun,” said Mary. Watercolor speaks to her because she, “likes the freedom to direct the flow of water or to just let it move on its own. The fun of losing myself in the flow of recreating nature with all of its textures, colors and shapes, as well as a sense of place. The transparency of the layers gives depth, dimension and light to my landscapes.” Mary will be teaching a watercolor class this fall at the Depot Art Center from August 29-December 12th. The class takes place every Wednesday morning from 9-12 (with the exception of Thanksgiving week.) She also offers private lessons. In September, Steamboat experiences its own aesthetics of decay as leaves start to fall from trees and grasses fall close to the ground. At the Depot Art Center, Sara’s exhibit will add a new layer of connection to the landscapes, women and history of Colorado and will enrich our town for just one month. For more information, visit

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We Have Met the Enemy, and Once Again He Is Us By Scott L. Ford

There are a lot of vehicles US Hwy. 40 / Lincoln Avenue this summer. Likely a few hundred more than there were last year and the year before that. It is about this time of year that the frustration about there not being a by-pass around the core of Steamboat Springs begins to be voiced. Using Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) data, the impact of a by-pass can be roughly estimated. The most important question is where are all these vehicles coming from? Let’s start in Milner and work our way through Steamboat to answer this question.

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On US Hwy. 40, passing a point just east of Milner headed towards Steamboat Springs the AADT is 5,100. As the highway approaches the intersection of Hwy 129, it has gained about 7,000 vehicles. This is the traffic coming from and to the subdivisions immediately west of Steamboat (Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur.) The road-way picks up another 7,000 coming from and to the area north of town on Hwy 129. Just before the roadway passes in front of the Bud Werner Library at 13th, it has picked up another 4,000 vehicles. By the time it reaches 7th and Lincoln, the heart of downtown Steamboat, it is at 26,000. The busiest segment of US Hwy. 40 through Steamboat is the intersection at Pine Grove Road at 27,000 vehicles. The latest traffic count took place on 6/8/2016, and during that 24-hour period about 30,000 vehicles passed through that intersection, making it one of the busiest in all of Northwest Colorado. The traffic coming in from South Routt on Hwy 131 adds about 12,000 vehicles to mix. Continuing east past the turnoff to Hwy 131 traffic drops to 4,200. The harsh reality is that a bypass would, at best, divert in total about 5,000 vehicles coming and going. The actual diversion would likely be about 50% or less of that number. Ask yourself, “How many times a day do I pass through the intersection of US Hwy. 40 and Pine Grove Road?” If you are typical, it is going to be 4 to 6 times a day. We have met the enemy of local traffic congestion, and once again it’s us.

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Routt County’s Horatio Alger: Isadore Bolton By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield

a homesteader on foot, without money, and foreign born was not welcome. Bolton continued on his way and located an excellent homestead. Israel Bolton was born March 28, 1885, to a poor Russian Jewish family. His mother died before he was two, and his father, a minor army officer, sent the boy to relatives to raise. After becoming a US citizen, Bolton changed his name to Isadore, hoping to reduce the antisemitism prevalent in Hayden’s powerful KKK. Near life’s end Bolton commented, “There was nothing for me in Russia – absolutely nothing. . . . It is remarkable that there is a place in this distressed world where a penniless alien, knowing not a word of the local language, can work out a place for himself.”

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Isadore Bolton In 1913, the little man, 5’ 4” and weighing about 120 pounds, didn’t look like much coming up the steep road north of Hayden where Ferry Carpenter and Jack White were building fence. In badly broken English, Isadore Bolton asked about homestead land. Not wanting the traveler to settle next to them, they pointed to the rim rock high up the Dry Fork of Elkhead Creek. The night before, Bolton stopped at Sam Adair’s ranch where they charged a high price for a meal and lodging while being rude. Plainly

Isadore followed the pattern of Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia by purchasing forged papers. As illegal immigrants, they faced a hard time upon arriving in the United States. In 1905, Bolton found his way to Chicago; he worked at Marshall Fields as a cobbler earning $12 per week. He lost his job during the 1907 Panic (recession) and was forced to live at Jane Adams Hull House for destitute men. In time, he moved to Yankton, South Dakota, and worked as a bellboy. He then went to Wisconsin where he hand milked cows for a dairy. The years from 1900 to 1920 witnessed the greatest land rush of homesteaders in American history, and railroads and states competed to attract new settlers. The Denver Post joined with the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad to

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promote settlement at Great Divide west of Craig, on the M a Williams Fork near Hamilton, and north of Hayden on Elkhead Creek and Wolf Mountain. F Always seeking more knowledge, Bolton haunted librar- t ies where he learned about homesteading and free land p near Hayden. Concurrently, the Denver & Salt Lake was m extending its line from Steamboat Springs through the Mt. f Harris mining district to Craig. Bolton obtained a span of a mules and went to work constructing the line. Although the wages were low, Isadore saved some money. I u Finishing with the railroad, he found other jobs. One a required riding the sling on an old “slip and sling” hay h stacker. (Don’t confuse it with the basket or plunger stack- l ers that can still be seen on CR14.) They were slow, inef- o ficient, and dangerous. The men on the stack conspired to get the Jew fired. When he swung the stacker arm around T to dump, he went too far and too fast tipping the stacker m over. He was not hurt, and because the boss liked him, he “ wasn’t fired. I r Isadore was always thoughtful of others. Shortly after r completion of the beautiful stone Elkhead schoolhouse, s probably 1915 or 1916, Isadore offered to teach cobbling d to students. Over time, many students learned the trade. t A terrible snowstorm came in the spring of 1915, and the teachers were unsure the children could get home safely. T Out of nowhere, Isadore arrived with a team and sled to f take the kids and teachers home. a S He was of the old economic school that firmly believed “a t person could work for their money or their money could B work for them.” Paying $75 per head for forty cattle, he a picked them up at Meeker intending to drive them home. a Crossing the open range proved nearly impossible. Range k cattle kept coming in and out of his herd taking his cattle with them. One man could not night herd the stock. He T arrived home with only a few head. v t His friend and manager of the Hugus Store and bank in U Hayden, Jim Randle, advised Bolton to go into the sheep c business. Randle may have been Bolton’s silent partner. d Bolton became one of three sheep men in an area with a forty cowmen. Raising both cattle and sheep on the same t ranch proved more dangerous. Someone shot all the cattle 2 with Bolton’s brand. Undefeated, Bolton obtained Adair’s C scrub bulls and drove them to the Utah Indian Reservation – making a profit. I i N. M. Chapman was a big sheep operator and willing to k take advantage of anyone. He had about1,000 “broken i mouth ewes” (old ewes with bad teeth, considered worth- t less). He sold them to Bolton who personally herded them R on winter range. With hard work and luck, he made it through the winter and lambed them out. He sold the wool I in the spring and all the sheep in the fall, clearing about t $10,000, a lot of money for pre-World War I. m W When the United States entered World War I, Bolton liqui- a dated the bulk of his small herd. As a naturalized citizen, t he attempted to join the army, but was refused due to his r size. Left at home, he was in the right place at the right time. Wool prices dropped in 1921 from70 cents to ten F cents per pound and steers fell from $75 to $10 per head. “

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Aleppo Timeline 1956 1996 2017 By Marian Tolles

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Most of the big, open range cattle operations went broke and never recovered. Frank Toole’s sheep were foreclosed on, and Ferry Carpenter was instructed to sell them for $2.10 or more. Bolton purchased them for $2.15. He made several sheep men mad because they had a little agreement not to bid and force the price lower. Now disliked equally by cattlemen and sheep men, he again made a nice profit. In the 20s and 30s, many homesteaders on Elkhead gave up and sold or simply abandoned their claims. Bolton, with a little cash, began buying land. Over the next few years, he expanded until he owned about 25,000 acres. He also lent money and helped several ranchers who originally opposed him. The big test of Bolton’s mettle came in 1922. He and Chapman were partnering on sheep. Sheep men customarily “threw their sheep together” in large bands for winter. Isadore and Chapman had about 5,000 head on the winter range in western Moffat County when several cowboys rode in, began killing sheep, and burned their wagons and supplies. The sheep men helplessly sat on their horses at a distance and watched while 1,300 animals were killed and the remainder scattered. The older man, Chapman, gave up and went to California for the winter. Bolton gathered the remaining 3,700 head and found another area to winter. He was broke and alone. Sheep bed down for the night in a close bunch. This makes them an easy target for predators. To protect the herd, Bolton spent the day grubbing and stacking sagebrush around the bed ground. At night, he fired the sagebrush and patrolled. The sheep wintered well although it nearly killed Isadore.


I study a photo on our living room wall, remembering: Roaming through narrow cobbled streets I search for the Armenian hospital where forty years before I was nursed to health. I remembered the three young doctors hovering over me, muttering in Arabic listening with stethoscopes. From my room I could see the ancient citadel, could hear the call to prayer, the melodic chant of the muezzin soothing me to sleep at night, waking me before dawn. Next door was a bathroom with hot water. After I felt better, I locked myself in and soaked in the tub hair streaming, the grime of travel washed away. It did more for me than all the sulfa pills and shots of penicillin.

Forty years later, a larger than life portrait of Hafez Al-Assad dominated the central square. His face was everywhere. Shopkeepers who dared not speak of politics offered countless cups of mint tea, glad to see an American. But nobody could tell me where was the Armenian hospital. In my search I stumbled upon a stunning statue tucked into an obscure corner of the Armenian quarter, two women, mother and daughter perhaps, dressed in flowing robes. They glance at one another, the laughter in their eyes and the delicate folds of their sheer face-veils exquisitely captured in stone. I snapped a photo. I never did find the Armenian hospital. Fast forward another twenty years. War has left Aleppo in ruins. The shops and shopkeepers who offered tea are gone, the Armenian quarter flattened, the citadel bombed, centuries of history obliterated. Hospitals, doctors even maternity wards were targeted. The city I knew is no more. I have only a photo on the wall and a heart heavy with memories.

The Davis-Hugus families of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Denver were well-to-do and controlled about 200,000 acres of the “Checker Board Land” – federal land granted to the Union Pacific. Wyoming sheep men bought or leased the checker board. Bob Davis needed a ranch manager. Isadore Bolton had proven courage, livestock savvy, business, and social skills to handle a big operation. They formed the Bolton-Davis partnership that eventually ran about 20,000 sheep and several thousand cattle in Wyoming and Colorado. Isadore always read, and he could not stay out of the Rawlins Library. Here he met Mrs. Ethel Fuiks, a widow. She knew a good man when she saw him, and they married in 1926. It was a happy marriage. Together they gave to the communities. Among their gifts was the city park in Rawlins. Hayden citizens refused a similar offer. Isadore was both a sheep and cattleman. He purchased the Kindt Ranch on Sage Creek and hired Francis Miller to manage a registered Hereford outfit. Near the end of World War II, he bought the well-known Slead’s Hereford herd at Reno. With Charles C. McIlvaine in charge, he turned the Elkhead ranch into a nationally recognized Hereford ranch. February 17, 1951, Isadore Bolton ended a true “Horatio Alger” story.

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Pushing Boundaries By Eric Kemper

The other trend is for increasingly local options that a community embraces and adopts as its own. In Europe, many towns and villages have a long time local brew that everyone remains loyal to, to the point that big beer has a harder time making inroads. Here in America, and especially in Colorado, we are embracing this trend as well. In 2012, Mahogany Ridge was the only place in Northwest Colorado brewing beer. Today, there are 5 breweries that call Yampa Valley home.

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Beer, for all of its complexity and ubiquity, is such a simple beverage. It starts with only four ingredients, yet in every glass is contained a history of the world from which each beer originates. Water, malt, hops and yeast are what it takes to make this most popular of drinks worldwide. The type of grains, hops and yeast strains the brewer selects determines the characteristics in each glass, and what story that particular beer will tell. The craft beer industry was where the stories started to get interesting again. After World War II and through the 1960’s, the American beer industry had undergone a large scale round of consolidations and brewery closures. Regional styles slowly died away, or were acquired by larger brewing conglomerates and had their recipes “streamlined” to make a more marketable mainstream consumer product. An American style of light lager dominated the markets, and America had a reputation around the world for having some of the worst, blandest beer anywhere. The story, like the beer itself, had acquired a stale taste that depended on a sales pitch rather than its own merits. In the 1970’s, the seeds of a new story were germinating. Fritz Maytag at Anchor, Jack McAuliffe at New Albion and Jim Koch at Samuel Adams were rediscovering the craft of brewing and the plethora of styles that had been somehow forgotten in the rush to mass mechanization. Along the way, we had forgotten that, while it might be easier to open a can of condensed soup and heat it up, you can taste the difference when you stand in the kitchen all day tending a homemade pot. Hands on brewing by a master brewer yields tastier results, we were all starting to remember. In the four decades since, American brewing has flowered into territories never seen before. Traditional styles brought to America by immigrant communities in centuries past had re-emerged and then mingled with one another in ways they never had before. An English IPA with a Belgian strain of yeast went from a crazy idea, to an experimental beer brewed on a pilot system, to one of the best sellers on the list in a matter of months. Today, the brewing industry, while diversified, seems to be trending in two distinct directions. On the one hand, big beer keeps getting bigger. A-B Inbev, Molson Coors, Heineken, Carlsberg and Snow Breweries control the overwhelming majority of the global beer market, buying up breweries to simultaneously increase their market share while reducing competing consumer options.

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One of the most interesting of these breweries is the one that has chosen to embrace a smaller community as its home. Yampa Valley Brewing Company in Hayden opened in 2015. After getting up and running, things really started to take off in 2017 when the brewery hired Erica Tieppo and Christian Dufresne as their new head brewers. Erica and Christian both have extensive backgrounds in brewing , having worked at such industry heavyweights as Saint Arnold, Rahr and Sons and Arbor Brewing Company. They came to Hayden after working in Durango at Ska Brewing, and within just a few months took home some of the brewery’s first awards; at this year’s Beer and Bacon Classic in Denver, Yampa Valley Brewing Company’s Bewitchment Saison won second place overall, and the award for best Saison in the competition. The ability to execute base styles well opens up a whole new frontier of brewing possibilities that a small brewer can explore, while a larger brewery may be slower to experiment, like a battle ship attempting to turn quickly. It is precisely this combination of skill and adventure that denotes a great craft brewery. Which brings us to the beer: A beautiful example of the experimentation and innovation possible at a small brewery, the Accent Aigu Rose Saison is a French Saison made with hibiscus flowers and blended with 40 gallons of Chardonnay juice. It pours a brilliant rose hue from the addition of hibiscus flower tea, which also adds a bright, berry-floral note, retaining a slight head. The base beer is a 5% light, fruity Saison, which is a traditional, refreshing Old World farmhouse style that has become quite popular in America as well. With a light malt body, and no discernable hop character to speak of, one of a Saison’s defining features is the distinct fruity and spicy aromas that come from the yeast esters. In the case of YVBC’s Rose Saison, the esters in the nose were more muted than those in a traditional Saison, such as Saison Dupont; I would attribute this back to the addition of Chardonnay juice. Beer-wine hybrids, while not exactly a new style, are at the forefront craft beer experimentation. The blend of the two disparate elements creates something new that can rise to be greater than the sum of its parts. Accent Aigu is richer, with a fuller mouthfeel, than just a straight beer. What it loses in crisp effervescence it gains in fruity complexity. Finishing out at 7.2%, the beer is full, yet still light and refreshing; it would pair well with grilled salmon or a nice summer salad. So head out 25 minutes west of town and check out the new, innovative beers being brewed in Hayden at Yampa Valley Brewing Company. Good beers and a good conversation await in an exciting community on the rise. Cheers!

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Book Inspires Hayden If you want to understand what is happening in Hayden, it helps to read a certain book, or at least learn more about “13 Ways To Kill Your Community,” by community therapist Doug Griffiths and journalist Kelley Clemmer. Based on a decade’s worth of working with small towns in Canada and North America, Griffiths came to realize there were certain commonalities among towns that were hell-bent on self-destruction and decline. Conversely, doing the opposite was key to communities that were enjoying vibrancy and growth.

The “13 Ways” are: 1. Don’t have quality water. 2. Don’t attract business. 3. Ignore your youth. 4. Deceive yourself about your real needs or values. 5. Shop elsewhere. 6. Don’t paint. 7. Don’t cooperate. 8. Live in the past. 9. Ignore your seniors. 10. Reject everything new. 11. Ignore outsiders. 12. Become complacent. 13.Don’t take responsibility.

catch the eye and possibly lead to later visits. Or just pulling over for a meal, coffee, beer or shopping. This fall, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will re-stripe Highway 40. The plan includes shrunken turning lanes, travel lanes and parking, as well as a bike path from one side of town to the other. The re-stripe plan was initially developed by the University of Colorado-Denver, as part of a downtown beautification plan.

Flowers, flowers everywhere One aspect of the beautification plan is creation of a number of flower planters on street corners, plus hanging flower baskets from light poles. Town employees built barrel-like planters and rectangular planters, which have been planted with an array of annual and perennial flowers and berry bushes. Still to come next year is the development of the Donna Hellyer Park on Walnut Street, just south of the intersection between Walnut and Highway 40. Hellyer is a longtime town booster and member of the economic development council. The pocket park will be established on a town-owned lot that is used for snow storage during the winter. Mendisco said the backside of the lot will feature grass, trees and flowers, as well as a community garden. For the property closer to the street, the town will create a concrete slab that looks like a chess or checker board, and can still accommodate snow storage.

Town Manager Matt Mendisco read the book upon the recommendation of state economic developers. He persuaded his town council to read the book, and then hold a planning workshop. The town council and administration realized that they needed to address quality water as their number one priority. They brought a bond issue before town voters – $3.5 million – which passed.

Coming up The Hayden Town Council will be considering an amendment to its marijuana ordinance – one which will allow grow outfits to expand into the medical and edible fields. Mendisco said the grow operations have been so successful that the town would like to allow them to extract oils and compounds from marijuana for medicinal purposes, as well as develop edibles for sale elsewhere.

“Our first step is to install a new water line to the Vista Verde subdivision, as well as road reconstruction,” said Mendisco, which will be implemented this summer and fall.

No retail operations for marijuana sales are envisioned, he said.

Dr. Christy Sinner, superintendent of the district, said the school board will be asking voters to continue a mill levy for another term, raising $320,000 in revenue to be used for teacher/staff salaries, supplies and materials for students. “The mill levy would otherwise expire in 2019,” said Sinner. She emphasized that the money for the construction project is for brick and mortar only – not the expenses that the district needs to educate students.

Construction The Hayden school board has hired the architecture firm Cuningham Group from Denver to design the new middle/ high school complex. The firm was hired based on visits to schools designed by three architecture firms, said Dr. Sinner. The evaluation team was especially impressed by Cuningham’s work for the North Routt charter school and schools in Erie and Aspen. An engineer and general contractor has also been hired, she said, and meets weekly with Sinner and Cuningham Group. A design advisory group has been recruited from the Hayden community, and there will be a public meeting on August 20, as well as an information booth at the county fair to solicit input from the public. Sinner said building permits will be sought by January and a ground-breaking start by March. If all goes well, the new facility should be ready for occupancy by August 2020.

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Six new teachers will be on board, she said. No new programs will be introduced for the 2018-19 school year, though the district plans to continue work on a restorative justice program begun last year. The program takes students, teachers, parents and those impacted by discipline violations, through a process of talking and working out problems, like fighting, bullying and disrespect, she said.

“The sidewalk will be hanging out over the hillside, kind of like the highway through Glenwood Springs Canyon,” he added. Designs for the project will be worked on this fall and winter, with construction set for the spring of 2019.

“It is working pretty well,” she said.

Finally, the town is planning a massive overhaul of its water treatment plant for 2019. “That should take care of things for the next 15 years or so,” Mendisco said. As part of economic development and tourism, Mendisco said the town realized it needed to find a cost-effective way to slow down drivers as they drove through town on Highway 40. Slower drivers might see things that would

While the Hayden School District is working towards a $61 million construction project of a new middle/high school complex, it does have an important issue appearing on the upcoming November 6 ballot.

The new school year begins August 23, said Sinner, and the year’s sports calendar is available online at the district website.

The second big water infrastructure project centers on hospital hill, looming above downtown. The water tank’s inside will be painted, the water line down the hill will be replaced, and the steep, winding road up the hill will be reconstructed, he said, with a sidewalk on the outside of the hill. There is currently no sidewalk there, making it dangerous for pedestrians.

Other steps

Hayden district gears up for ballot, construction and new school year

Back to School events for parents are set for August 20 for secondary students and August 30 for elementary students. Both events are 6-7 p.m.

The kickoff event for the revived Hayden Chamber of Commerce featured a BIG surprise -- a $5,000 donation from Ferguson Enterprises, which sells plumbing and light fixtures. Above, Ferguson’s Jason Worrell and Chamber President Kirstie Laree McPherson hold the giant check.

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The 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.

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August 2018

Valley Voice PRESENTS All Performances

Local Theatre

Celebrating 10 Years of Piknik Theatre By Stuart Handloff, Artistic Director, GALSCO

July 27, 29

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Yampa river Botanic Park

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6 pm!

Steamboat Springs High School

The Bee Man of Orn (and Other Stories You Can't Quite Remember)

All performance times at 6pm. All high school performances are alcohol free. Show run times are 75 minutes

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2018 P ROGRAM BOOK Adve r ti si ng R ate She e t



In the winter of 1971, a group of Colorado State theatre graduates including Charlie Taylor, John and Carol Samson, and Waldo Jones took the daring step of moving to Steamboat Springs with the intention of founding a theatre company in a resort town. Steamboat Springs in the early 70’s looked very little like the city of today: only a few paved streets; one stop light (on Eighth and Lincoln of all places); one ski shop run by the Werner family and one outdoor shop that actually had very little to do with skiing; and a very limited supply of entertainment options. There was the Cave-In, a bowling alley of ill repute, where you could bowl and brawl to your heart’s content. There were the three network television stations that sometimes could be tuned in if the weather was just right. You could listen to KRAI Big Country radio if you liked country western, and only country western music. The Chief was a movie theatre with sticky floors and second-run cinema. Music meant Anthony and Dave, Whitfield Ward, or Leaner/Lunker/and Betsy, outstanding musicians all, some of whom still perform today. And live theatre? There had been some community theatre productions over the years but not on a regular basis, and certainly not a year round season that included Moliere and Ionesco. This was the cultural void the Great American Laughing Stock Company (GALSCO) bravely set out to fill. Some of the works were not exactly high art, but given the slim number of performance options, you could count on 500 people coming to any show at some point. “Slightly Northwest of Oak Crik” was the melodramatic depth that proved the point: “My stomach is so empty, it thinks my throat’s cut!!”

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The experiment lasted only a few years: the Cameo Playhouse as it was called, located above what is now the Olde Towne Pub, was rented for $1 per year from the owner, Bruce Polich, who had a weak spot for the performing arts. But Polich sold the business and the new owners had other ideas for the space. Performances moved to the Depot, the new home of the arts council that had formed in 1972, then to the 7th Street Playhouse. GALSCO members stayed on for a bit, then moved on, some to very productive artistic careers. Lee Horsley, living one winter at Perry-Mansfield, became Matt Houston and other film/tv characters. John Samson was a KVOD (Denver) and kHEN (Salida) classical music radio announcer for many years. Michael Shalhoub - whose brother Tony recently won a Tony for his Broadway performances - acted in some of the finest Denver eateries while doing commercial work for doctors and lawyers. Community theatre continued, some of it wildly successful, until bad weather and poor construction rendered the 7th Street Playhouse unusable. The roof caved in; the museum quality plush velour theatre seats made their way to the Milner landfill and the movie theater on the mountain became the last option for performances. But by 2008, even this space was gone when the still-to-be-redeveloped Ski Times Square demolition was completed. No GALSCO; the Chief Players were but a twinkle in someone’s eye and no facility existed for the theatrical performing arts. Well, not exactly “no GALSCO.” Stuart Handloff was the drama teacher at Steamboat Springs High School from 1999-2005 and when he left the job, he had this idea to

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hire some recent high school graduates to perform in the summer when they returned home from college. Freshmen in college didn’t need to work quite so hard in those days, one job being enough. The GALSCO productions of (The Spitfire Grill, Nunsense, Eleemosynary, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) all grew from this whimsical idea. Handloff, however, was envious that these students got to go off and seek their theatre dreams - as Emily and Grace Stockdale are doing even today with successful careers in New York City - while he was mired in yet another failed marriage and a construction management job. “If they can go off to performing arts school, why can’t I?” he thought. So many, many failed applications later, he ended up at the National Drama School of New Zealand: Toi Whakaari, the Maori word for “performing arts.” Thinking the drama school graduate degree in directing was an easy step to a job in theatre at a college-or-universitynear-you, he discovered that few colleges-or-universitiesnear-you were hiring anyone, least of all a 60-year old guy. But one of the required degree program projects involved

making a performance for a community. This community work could have been a commercial for Coors beer, or a cultural piece performed at the local marae, or a film showing the life cycle of jellyfish, but in this case it became The Piknik Theatre Festival of 2008. “Pikiniki” being the Maori word for “picnic.” Piknik Theatre is exactly what it sounds like: live performances in beautiful outdoor locations around Steamboat, that last about 80 minutes, and - like any good picnic there is no admission charge! All performances are free. Audiences bring snacks and beverages of choice, a blanket or other seating, and enjoy an evening of entertainment beginning at 6pm on Festival performance nights. Productions are offered in repertory, meaning that the shows alternate from one evening to the next. If you’re in Steamboat vacationing, you can see two shows on any given weekend. If you live here, you can see 13 days of theatre in 16 days and consume heaps of wine and brie. In the beginning, Piknik Theatre meant a few of Handloff’s New Zealand classmates, now professional actors in their own right, flew in from Auckland or Wellington or Dunedin to vacation in Steamboat and perform with local artists. Productions, even in the beginning, featured something old: a classic work from Shakespeare - and something new: an original musical or dramatic piece that was premiering at the Festival. Vacationing included trips to the Utah canyon country, rafting down the Colorado, hiking up Fish Creek Falls, and, of course, fishing and tubing our very own Yampa River.


The first season was an artistic success, and a good time was had by all. The audiences were small but enthusiastic, as they say. Handloff reasoned that anything worth doing once, was worth doing a second time (hence the two marriages), so the plans began for the 2009 Piknik Theatre Festival. And so on, and so on (except for 2015, but that’s a whole other story), until now we are at Piknik Theatre 2018: our ten year anniversary. Each season there’s been some change: professional actors from New Zealand became professional actors from New York City. A children’s theatre program integrated into the second Festival season, has become a teen acting workshop for young actors and young people who may never become actors but who just want to learn more about the performing arts. Three short performances offered in the beginning have become two slightly longer but more coherent productions. What hasn’t changed is the desire to provide free outdoor theatre, including a classical Shakespeare work just like they do in Central Park, on a lovely summer evening featuring professional quality work. There is the enduring pursuit of artistic excellence and the intent to pass along these skills to local actors, young and old. Audiences have grown, artists both local and visiting have come and gone on to write other success stories, locations for performances have included Spring Creek Park, the Yampa River Botanic Park, the Bud Werner Library, and the Steamboat Springs High School outdoor stage. What continues is the art of the outdoors, where the physical environment - the sun, the wind, and yes, even the rain - become players on the stage. We live in Steamboat to be outside. We play outside, many of us work outside, and some have even been fortunate enough to die outside. This is what living well means to us. And “living well is acting well” says Declan Donnellan, noted stage director. By incorporating the outdoors into the art of performance and acting, the Piknik Theatre Festival will indeed be celebrating 10 years of living well. The 2018 Piknik Theatre Festival will include Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and an original work: “The Bee Man of Orn (and other stories you can’t quite remember).” Performances begin July 27 and continue until August 12 on Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 6pm. Locations vary so check your local listing; but they feature the Yampa River Botanic Park, the Steamboat Springs High School outdoor stage, and the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Piknik Theatre Festival performers will conduct a workshop for teens from August 6-10, 8:30am until noon, through the SteamboatCreates “Young At Arts” program. Contact the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, 879-9008, or go online to enroll in the workshop. For answers to your questions about the Piknik Theatre Festival, contact Artistic Director Stuart Handloff, at or call 970-355-9403]

Chaos is the natural state, and theater tries to make sense of it, but it’s got to be a little messy to be believable.—John Cameron Mitchell


August 2018

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Flutter by Butterfly! By Karen Vail

of butterflies and moths, with 183 in Routt County. I love the names of the “groupings” of butterflies: whites and yellows, blues, hairstreaks and coppers, brush-footed, swallowtails and parnassians, and metalmarks. Very descriptive, don’t you think?!

Photo by Bob Hammon Aren’t you mesmerized by the striking beauty and seeming fragility of butterflies? It seems like a whiff of a breeze would tip them over. After spending the crazy Independence Day holiday camping high in the Flat Tops where I observed some amazing butterfly acrobatics, I came away with a new found respect for these “flying flowers.” First, a little clarification on “butterfly.” If you see a “butterfly” during the day, you are most likely seeing a butterfly or a skipper. Nighttime brings out the moths. A close look at the antennae will show butterfly antennae are thin with club-shaped tips, skippers are similar but have a slight hook to the end, and moth antennae are stout and fuzzy. Butterflies and skippers fold their wings perpendicular to their back at rest and moths flatten their wings against their body or spread them out in a “jet plane” formation. Wing colors tend to be much brighter in butterflies and drabber in moths, and moths have a frenulum, a series of bristles connecting the forewing to the hind wing aiding in flight. Skippers look like drab, small butterflies on a spastic flight, and for my article will be clumped in with the butterflies. According to Colorado hosts around 690 species

There are myriad books on butterfly morphology, life cycles, etc. Most of us learned this in elementary school, so I will bypass the butterfly basics and indulge in a few fun questions. First, why are butterflies so colorful? Let’s look first at what that color actually is. We perceive the colors in two ways: as pigments and as structural color. Typically, orange, yellow and black are chemical pigments produced by the butterfly that absorb certain wavelengths of light and reflect others back to our eye as the color we perceive. Most butterflies get their shades of brown and yellow from melanin, the pigment giving you a nice tan in summer. Structural colors, blues, purple or white, are more complicated. Butterfly wings are covered by thousands of microscopic scales split into three layers (their Order name is Lepidoptera; Greek for “scaled wing”), and each of these scales have multiple layers separated by air. When light hits the wing it is reflected numerous times through these layers of scales, and the combination of all these reflections causes the intense colors we often see. Move your perspective and the colors change on the wing. This quality of changing colors as you, the observer, moves is called iridescence. You can also see iridescence on bubbles, peacock feathers and mother of pearl seashells. Both pigmentation and structural colors can be combined on the same wing for some interesting colors. For example, you might notice a butterfly with yellow pigments but covered by structures that give off a red iridescent color: voila, an orange butterfly. But watch closely and the colors will change from red, to yellow to orange and a magical mix of all the colors. Now onto the “why” of these fantastic colors. Butterflies have two sides to their wings: the dorsal view is exposed as their wings are held open and flat, the ventral view is when the wings are closed. Both views are used in identification. How easy is it to see a butterfly when the wings are folded up? Not so easy, huh? Often the ventral views are drab and well camouflaged with their surround-

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ings, and can have interesting eye spots, which alarm and confuse predators. These eye spots are often found along the edge of the wing to minimize damage if they are bitten. Then their wings open and, wowzer, there is that color!! Color can be useful to communicate among butterflies when courting or mating. Adult monarchs have a distinctive bright orange color with a distinctive pattern that is a red flag to potential predators that this bad boy (or girl) tastes horrible and will make them vomit. Yummy!! Another butterfly, the viceroy, mimics the monarch to trick predators into thinking it is also a bad boy and avoid eating it. (“Why do Butterflies Have Such Vibrant Colors and Patterns?” Liz Langley, National Geographic, March 2015) Second question: HOW can they fly?? Really, they look so fragile and erratic. Turns out, they have a few things figured out! Their tippy flight is an evolutionary tactic that makes it harder for would-be predators to predict the insects’ flight path. The more poisonous butterflies don’t have to worry about predators so they tend to fly much straighter. Watch a monarch next time they fly through and see how un-tippy they are. OK, we need a little physics to understand their flight. According to Science Magazine (“Posture and Waggle Control Butterfly Flight” Patrick Monahan, March 2016) butterflies soar by combining big wings and slow wing beats. A butterfly makes about ten beats per second compared to a honeybee with 200 wing beats. After videoing butterflies in free flight in a lab, researchers found that to control their jerky, erratic flight they held a posture perpendicular to the ground which helps the insect fly upward, especially when combined with a large rotation of their body timed with each flap of their wings, which creates a lot of extra turbulence. They constantly adjust their center of gravity by shifting the position of their body and wings, even in the midst of an alpine gale.

Next question. How do butterflies clean those beautiful wings? Hah, trick question! They don’t! Their wings are self-cleaning (wish I had that for my house!). Simply put, water doesn’t stay on their wings, but forms droplets that roll off like water off a ducks feathers. At the same time, the water is taking dirt particles with it, effectively cleaning the butterfly’s wing. Nifty! Those microscopic wings are shingled and aligned to create a unidirectional flow of water. The scales are also superhydrophobic, meaning they are highly non-wettable. Put those two factors together, along with some microgrooves on the wing surface making it even harder for dirt to adhere, and you have a self-cleaning wing. (“The Dirt of Butterfly Wings” Natural History Technology, March 2014) Last question: Why are there so many butterflies this summer? Don’t you love it?? I had the pleasure of talking with Bob Hammon, CSU Extension Agent from the Grand Junction office who is a fountain of knowledge on butterflies (he supplied this amazing picture of Greatspangled Fritillarys on common milkweed). I asked why there are so many fritillarys this summer; they seem to be everywhere! One must take into consideration the larval stage (the caterpillar) of a butterfly to answer this question. A female butterfly needs to find a suitable host plant to lay her eggs on or near. A slight detour here: re-

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searchers found that swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs on their host only when they detect specific chemicals through their forelegs while drumming on the leaf surface. I would love to see that show!! The great spangled fritillary eggs are deposited close to its violet host plant. Often if eggs need to overwinter before hatching where the host plant has lost its leaves, the eggs are laid near the host plant for the larva to clamber up on as soon as they have hatched and the plant has resumed growth. Because violets are the host plant for all the fritillarys I could find in our region, we must have had one heckuva violet crop last summer! When I asked Bob how a hot, dry summer with plant blooms so out of sync from “normal” will affect the butterfly population, he said the fritillarys have survived many, many droughts and will likely have reduced populations for a few years before they increase in numbers. Mother Nature’s roller coaster.

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t Something didn’t seem right. It was so damn dark. I drove by “ feel. The quick turns reminded “ me of skiing. I couldn’t wait to drive. I bought my car almost a year in advance of getting my license. Driving would be the final step in cementing my freedom. But driving is one of those things -- it looks so simple when other people are doing it and it seems like it should be, but for me, it was not at all. I had the worst time trying to learn to drive, probably more than anyone I have ever known. There are so many things to worry about especially when driving a standard. You have to let up on the clutch while pushing in the gas and putting the stick shift into place all at the same time. And while doing that, you have to look in the rearview mirror, and watch your periphery, and read all the damn road signs, and then don’t forget about all the other New Jersey drivers who don’t give a basic shit about you or your life. I stared out the kitchen window. My parents were out to dinner with my sister and brother at one of my dad’s clients down in South Jersey. One minute I was standing there looking out at the garage, and the next I was sitting in my dad’s new car. A Gremlin. What possessed him? My dad usually had impeccable taste in cars. He bought a new one every two years and had already racked up an impressive list that included: Karmann Ghias, Alfa Romeos, a Mustang convertible, and a Volvo. What the hell happened this time? Had there been a run on sports cars in New Jersey? Was he out of money? Well, whatever it was that possessed him to buy this car was the same thing that possessed me to get in it and take off down the driveway. I had never been behind the wheel of a car before. I didn’t even have a permit yet. Luckily this car had an automatic transmission -- another mystery. The wide streets of Sea Girt were still empty. The quiet of the off-season wouldn’t last much longer. The upcoming weekend, Memorial Day, would bring with it hoards of tourists from New York and North Jersey, known to us as BENNIES. I didn’t need to do much except steer. Things were going so well, I decided to take a cruise down my favorite road in town, The Terrace, a windy wooded dirt road with homes on generous plots of land overlooking Wreck Pond. Pinks, oranges, and various shades of grey painted the sky and

“ Emboldened, I gave it more gas and got going pretty fast. A little dirt island with an imposing oak tree in the middle “ appeared just ahead of me. I slammed on the brakes. The m car spun around in circles and finally came to a stop when it wrapped itself around the tree. It folded like a tin can “ upon impact. I took a minute, shook myself off, and tried to open the crushed door but it wouldn’t budge. I thrust the I force of my body weight against it several times. It was re- f ally stuck. I’d have to climb out the window to free myself h from the wreckage.

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“Your father is not going to be happy about this!” No sh*t, I thought. “You better tell him what you did or I will.” “I’m going to do that now.” I did my best to be polite, but he was getting on my nerves. What did he think? I’d be able to keep the missing car a secret? I thanked him and took off on foot. Situations such as this can only be handled by assuming an offensive posture. I walked in the back door and directly to the avocado green phone hanging on the wall in the middle of the kitchen. “Good evening, Sweetwater Casino.” The hostess answered, “May I help you?” “May I please speak to William Wheaton, The Accountant?” “This is Bill.” My dad always answered the phone in this manner even when he knew who was on the other end. “Dad I have some bad news.” I couldn’t sugar coat it. I had to diffuse the situation before they got home. If I told him everything, he’d have the hour-long drive home to digest it. “Gee Whiz Lynnie,” he said, “What were you thinking? You don’t have a driver’s license and you probably won’t get one now.” “I don’t know,” I said, “I made a mistake.” “How bad is the damage to the car?” “It’s not good.” It was no surprise that my dad didn’t ask if I was okay. He always cared more about the condition of inanimate objects, like if you fell off your bike he would always ask if the sidewalk was okay. “What’s the matter with you anyway? How did you crash?” “I should have never slammed on the brakes. Everything was fine until I did that.”

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Come Together... By Nina Rogers From Do Not Lose Heart, We Were Made For These Times by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes: “…One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires … causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both — are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.” It’s beginning already. The fear-based thinking is bubbling to the top with dire warnings of what’s going to happen come election day if we don’t fall in line, give up on our “unrealistic” views, and vote the way The Party (whichever one) wants us to vote. “Now is not the time,” we are told, “to break away from the status quo. There is too much at stake.” I say, “Now IS the time!” Now is the time to see us all as one family. Now is the time for courage. Now is the time for authenticity. Now is the time for trueness to self. I understand the fear, I do. We can feel that we are on a ship powering into the abyss with a madman at the helm, and it’s a scary place to be. But, in spite of the power that they think they wield, the madmen are so few and we are so many, we will surely prevail if we can only find the courage to stand up. And that is the madmen’s greatest fear – that we will gather our courage and realize how much strength we have (remember the Ants vs. Hoppers scene in “A Bug’s Life”). Fear can keep us alive. It sends energy to our legs to help us run away. It sends power to our arms to help us fight. But unfortunately, in order to fuel our “fight, flight or freeze” responses, our amygdala (Wow! Spelled that right on the first try!) must take that energy from somewhere, so it takes it from our brain. Bottom line is that when we’re operating from a place of fear, our brains are only

functioning at the most basic and instinctive level. Higher thought, creativity, generosity and empathy all get pushed to the back burner, locked away in a dark closet. Focusing on the negative, on the atrocities; on the fear-producing events keeps our inner lights locked in that dark closet. As a result, instead of finding our way through with love, we remain with our backs against the wall, looking for the next perceived threat; ready to duke it out. Let us focus instead on our power. The power that propelled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to victory over the seven-term incumbent in New York and won Ben Jealous the candidacy for Governor in Maryland. These victories did not come from fear – they came from power. By focusing on the wrongs and who did what to whom and who did it first, we are giving power to those things we say that we do not want. We are diminishing ourselves. When we finger-point and name-call and place blame, we are diminishing ourselves. We are falling back into victimhood and childhood excuses of “They made me do it!” This is not a place of power. Can we focus instead on the brave souls who are gathering in solidarity for their beliefs? Even if we don’t agree with them, can we respectfully support their right to gather and speak? I was so touched when I read about a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church after the Pulse Nightclub mass murder being thwarted by people wearing big angel wings who gathered and made a loving barrier between the protestors and the funeral attendees. This elegant of solution was not born of fear and hate; it could only come from a place of love and empathy. I think we must remind ourselves daily that we are beautiful, shining souls and we must reach out to the other beautiful, shining souls with deep faith that they are there and reaching out to us. We must stop dividing ourselves (and allowing ourselves to be divided) by race, religion, sex or sexual identity or any of the other classifications designed to separate us. What we are is so much more intrinsic than that. We are the blood (red!) coursing through our veins. We are the desire for love and food and comfort and safety. We are the need for each other. Stand up in strength!

“Everything was fine? You don’t know how to drive.” “That’s what you think. The problem was the headlights. I couldn’t find them. I’d like to see you control a car on a dirt road going sixty miles-per-hour with no headlights.” He went silent. I thought I heard him suppress a laugh and resisted the temptation to say: That car was a piece of sh*t anyway. I did you a favor. A few weeks later he pulled into the driveway in a red 66 Corvette with the top down. All was right in the world.

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What does it mean to have a full life? And how can you get a satisfying and fulfilling life if you don’t already have it? These are a couple of the questions addressed in the first two parts of this “Living the Full Life” series. Suggestions were offered for exploring new interests, reconnecting with old ones, and overcoming obstacles that might get in the way of participating in things you want to get involved in. If you didn’t get a chance to read those articles, they are archived digitally at In this final article of the series we’ll look at more ways to bring fullness into your life, as well as ways to maintain it.

in all your favorite activities all the time, however, it might make sense to allow your pursuits to ebb and flow naturally. If gardening takes up a lot of your time in the spring and summer, for instance, this might be the time to let indoor crafting go to the back burner. If winter finds you trying to get as many days as possible on the mountain, maybe cooking those gourmet recipes you love is going to have to wait. Rather than beating yourself up for not being able to do everything all the time, allow yourself to be flexible and adapt to the season - whether it’s an actual season of the calendar or more a season of life.

In the previous articles, I explored the pressure and stress that can come along with feeling that in order to be happy you need to find your true passion, that one activity or interest that will make your life feel complete. However, it’s important to realize that you can go too far in the other direction as well. You can become so involved in so many different things that you don’t have time to truly appreciate any of them. Ironically, you can become so stressed out from this frazzled pace of “extreme fullness” that not only are the activities themselves less satisfying, but you miss all the wonderful moments in between that could be adding to your sense of joy and contentment. Sometimes less really is more.

Finally, as you take stock of whether you need to balance your interests more wisely or bring new activities into your life, it’s important to consider how these pursuits will affect your connections to other people. As humans, we are social animals. While we all need varying degrees of solitude, we all also need connection. This doesn’t mean that the more social connections you have, whether family or friends, the happier you will be. Research has found that it’s not the quantitative aspects of relationships, like the number of friends you have or the number of years you’ve been with your partner, but rather the quality of the relationships that actually lead to happiness. Having just one or two people you can really trust, who you know will have your back no matter what, can make all the difference in your sense of wellbeing and your satisfaction with life. So if you find you’re too busy trying to create a fulfilling life to maintain a few close relationships, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Not only can those relationships make your life more fulfilled, those people who really know you and are honest with you can support you in your efforts to keep things in balance and continue to focus on living a full, satisfying life - both engaging in the interests and activities that bring you joy, as well as having enough space to notice and appreciate every little moment along the way.

If you find yourself running from one activity to the next, feeling like somehow your life will have less meaning if you don’t participate in everything that interests you, it may be time to reevaluate. Particularly if you’re someone who enjoys a wide variety of pursuits, it can be hard to step back and take stock of which activities are really adding to your life and which ones are too much of a good thing. If you’re always on the go, even finding the time for this kind of introspection can be tough. If that’s the case for you, you can take that as a sign that you may be too busy trying to enjoy life to actually do so! This doesn’t mean you necessarily have to cut things completely out of your life. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a wide range of interests; in fact, it can be very healthy and can, indeed, lead to a greater sense of fulfillment. Instead of feeling like you have to be involved

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August 2018


Tales from the Front Desk

The Sign By Aimee Kimmey

The story you are about to read is true... More or less. Room 583. Wednesday. 6:45 pm. Sometimes even the front desk clerk gets to go on vacation. When she does, she goes out of her way to be the best guest she can be. This trip was a brief one, just a single night in a hotel. She’d found a place close to her destination. It didn’t have the best reviews, but it was cheap. It was early evening when she found the hotel. She had already had a full day of city driving and adventuring, she was ready to crack into that bottle of wine she’d bought. Unfortunately the “Free Parking” the website advertised was only for the first ten guests!

Determined to be the better person, the front desk clerk smiled warmly, thanking the guy for snarling directions to her room. Grateful to only be here one night, she set out to find her room. That bottle of wine in her bag was sounding better and better. The elevator ride was unsettling. The lights twitched and buzzed like they were considering ending it all. The mechanisms in the shaft above groaned unhappily as she lurched up to the fifth floor. She was glad to get out of the death box. Although the grimy, dim hall that greeted her wasn’t much of an improvement. She made her way to room 583 and let herself in. The room wasn’t as bad as she expected, it seemed clean enough--although she didn’t plan to take her shoes off any time soon. She dropped her bag on the rickety old luggage rack. First order of business: dig out that bottle of wine! She unwrapped one of the room’s flimsy plastic cups and cracked open the wine. She nearly filled the glass, then settled into the tiny couch. Propping her feet up on the nearby coffee table and reached for the TV remote. Before she could pick it up there was a knock at the door. What? She was alone and no where near home, she certainly wasn’t expecting company--who the hell was knocking at her door?! They knocked again, a gruff voice called through the door, “Maintenance!”

Seriously? She’d just checked in, she’d been in the room for less than five minutes, what could they possibly need to fix? She opened the door to find two large men in overalls leering at her. “...Um hi? Can I help you?” “We need to hang a sign in your room, it’ll only take a minute...” A single woman alone in a hotel? Sure, invite two strange men into her room, what could go wrong? “Uh... I guess.” Wondering what they were going to say in her obituary, she opened the door. She tried to act casual as they lugged their tool boxes into her room. She perched on the edge of the couch, watching them out of the corner of her eye. They mumbled back and forth as they pulled out a small drill. They lined up the sign, drilled the holes, then screwed the tiny sign into the back of the door. Thankfully they were done in less than ten minutes, “You’re all set.” “Um, thanks.” She got up as they packed up their tools, wondering if they were going to present her a bill? Would they take a check? Without another word the two guys shuffled out into the dingy hall. As she slid the chain across the door, she read her shiny new sign; it was directions to the fire escape. Wondering if they expected the place to catch on fire soon, she went back to the couch. At least she’d know the way out. Taking a large sip of wine she made a mental note-next time pay the extra twenty-five dollars to stay in the hotel with good reviews!

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She had to find a spot on the street. After pulling off the parallel parking job of a lifetime, she got out to inspect her work. Feeling reasonably comfortable about her car, she grabbed her overnight bag and headed to the lobby. The pictures they’d posted on the website were wildly outdated. The carpet was threadbare and filthy, everything was dusty and neglected. It smelled of burnt coffee and... urine? Not exactly a relaxing start. The police sirens screeching a few blocks away didn’t help. The large, unhealthy looking man behind the counter was screaming at some vagrant in front of her in a language she couldn’t quite place. When the smelly guy shuffled out the door and it was her turn, he seemed genuinely irritated to see her. She brought out her most award winning smile, “Hi, I’ve got a reservation.” The guy grunted, like she was demanding the moon of him. Having spent nearly twenty years on his side of the counter, the front desk clerk found his attitude appalling. She knew better than most how tedious and annoying this job could be. But she also knew that it was part of the job; if you couldn’t suck it up and treat people pleasantly, maybe you should get the hell out of customer service!

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Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide

Say Thank You! By Mr. Helpful, M.D. A few kind words. That’s all it takes. Maybe you should mean it, but in truth you don’t even have too… but you should. Having had a couple dates in the past few weeks, I reflected on how they went and then the aftermath. As a gentleman, I planned, made suggestions and paid for the evenings. How did the dates go? Well, let’s just say one was fine and the other was work. At the end, a thank you, a hug and a handshake. And yet the next day – nothing. No call, no text, no email. Nothing. No manners. Just takers. It put me on my heels a bit to think how the evenings went as a whole. Yes, it was true that there were no romantic connections to be found. I own my side of that part. At the same time, where did gratitude go? To be grateful for a lovely evening, a free meal (one of which was expensive plus a show), non-labored conversation with unforced laughs and genuine candor. Where have our manners gone to say thank you the next day? Dating has devolved into quick swipes, clicks and who’s next. A poor mentality for sure. Gimme, gimme, gimme like a pinball bouncing around with no thought of where it was even a second ago. Are you like this? Do you not care about where your foot lands in the forest on a 10-mile trek? I find it incredible how some folks here in Colorado care more about their/other’s impact on the environment far more in thought and conversation than the date they had, or previous relationship they crushed with callous abandon.

So let’s talk about how to be the one person this month who will begin to change the tide of rude behavior and be the example others want in their lives and bedroom.

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These suggestions are for all sexes; not just for the one who pays for dinner or holds the door open or allows the sex to happen or has the bigger house or bigger car or bigger wiener or bigger breasts or chloroform rag or four poster bed or better restraints collection or nicer latex gimp suit or tickets at the ready for a trip to Iceland. NO, these suggestions are for everyone.

Unfortunately, some of us are wrapped a bit tight on an issue or two. Could be politics, could be meat, could be the effects of American journalism on the Russian revolution. I’m not pointing fingers here, I’m just saying some people need to leave certain topics off the table when they go on a date.

Say Thank You. What is so wrong with saying a simple thank you? Oh sure, so it was a horrible date. They smelled of the liquor they’d been drinking since noon. Oh sure, all they could do was talk about themselves. I get it, they kept doing that double-quick eyebrow thing as if you were going to let them touch you in the dirty bathroom stall. But YOU still got out of the house. You agreed to make eye contact with them. You didn’t leave before the cops showed up. I’m guessing you have some responsibility in this mess. So own it, say thank you and be on your way. Do not bring your crap to the table. If you have a problem – then YOU have a problem, they don’t. If you have an issue from the last relationship/date or an entire gender in general – that’s your problem, leave it home. Enter this new opportunity with all the grace and freshness of a new-born animal on the wild. Have you seen how that happens; it’s disgusting. Ok, bad analogy. Let me try again. A new person to date can be a fresh start not only for you, but them as well. If you can be open to listening, asking questions and genuinely accepting them for who they present then maybe you will find a new snuggle buddy.

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Dress up, a bit. If the clothes you are planning on wearing to your date have a rip, dirt/food smudge or are older than 5 years, perhaps reconsider. I’m not suggesting going out and buying new clothes just for this one date, but I am saying that wearing something a bit nicer than normal everyday hanging around the house rags is a good idea. Men, consider wearing underwear or even a shirt with buttons and a collar. Women, I am going to shut the hell up. Back to men – make sure to brush your teeth, get food out of your beard/belly button and cut your toe nails. Women, thank you for agreeing to meet us in public. But if you could also not be on your phone for the date, that would be super. Thanks. Basic manners like opening a door for someone. That’s nice. Standing up when they first walk up to greet you. Good idea. Asking questions about their family, work or even dietary restrictions. Fabulous, do those things. Asking friends for suggestions about dating might be helpful. But if your friends are loud mouth ego maniacs, maybe get better friends and/or ask someone else. Bite your Tongue Purposefully making someone uncomfortable is a trait of a true asshole. And yes, those folks are out there and in the dating pool. Instead of reacting to an odd comment or strange answer to your question/subject; throw out a “what does that mean?” or “tell me more”. Don’t say a word after that. Bite your tongue and feed them as much rope as they need to hang themselves. They will reveal their truer nature, deeper mind about a topic. You might like what they have to say or you may find you are sitting next to a sociopath. I’m not saying to be a door mat or avoid controversy completely. This encouragement is merely to get out of a potentially bad situation. There are people in this world who are looking for a fight. They can only feel something in life when they are stirring up muddy waters in the conversation. For those who “have to be right” all the time, manners fly out the door. If you want this kind of person in your life, if you are one of these folks or if you have no problem with being in an argument in public – HAVE AT IT and enjoy the date.

Find Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide on Facebook, hit the LIKE button and read the expanded versions of this column. Up next from Mr. Helpful – Specialized Dating: Gardening – How get busy in the dirt or when to tell the neighbor kid to go back in the house.

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August 2018

A Closer Look

First Friday Artwalk

Food Sensitivity Testing: Alternative Health versus Science

August 3, 2018 5 pm - 8 pm All over downtown


By Monica Yager

Food sensitivity refers to gastrointestinal disturbances caused by ingesting a particular, usually common food, which resolves itself when the offending food passes out of the system. A common food sensitivity is lactose intolerance. But in the alternative health world, food sensitivity is theorized as causing migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, unexplained weight gain, attention disorders, lacking performance in sports, and is claimed to be caused not by food, but poor gastrointestinal health, stress, repetition, and genetics. It is also the alternative health world that offers a self-described gold standard test for food sensitivity, also known as a blood test. What does the science say? Because food allergies are immune system reactions to food proteins, sciencebased blood tests look for two things; immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated, associated with immediate reactions, and non-IgE-mediated, associated with delayed reactions. The immediate reactions are the worrisome ones: itchy skin, hives, throat swelling, delayed reactions are usually gastrointestinal or dermatological. Reactions to food that may be described generally as food intolerance or sensitivity are fairly common, such as lactose intolerance or enzyme deficiencies, but do not involve the immune system. At this time, there are no reliable, validated tests for the diagnoses of food intolerance or sensitivity. However, in cases of food intolerance or sensitivity, it is quite simple and easy to avoid the offending foods. The alternative health industry relies on a test for something else entirely: immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. It is from this test that all recommendations for what to eat and what not to eat or what vitamins to buy come from. However, in science-based medicine, IgG antibodies do not correlate to any symptoms of illness and simply signify exposure to food, indicating food tolerance, the opposite of what the alternative health industry theorizes. Further, the utilization of an immunoglobulin test would indicate the alternative health world theorizes that food intolerance or sensitivity involves the immune system, which would be at odds with the symptoms that are theorized as being caused by food intolerance or sensitivity. Irritable bowel syndrome may have an immune system

response in some people, but migraines, eczema, unexplained weight loss, attention disorders, and lacking performance in sports are not known to be immune system related, so it is unclear how a test that looks at immunoglobulin antibodies could be of any relevance. In addition, the causes attributed to food intolerance or sensitivity; poor gastrointestinal health, stress, repetition (whatever that means), and genetics, are not immune system based, so again, it is unclear how a test for immunoglobulin antibodies would have any relevance. This alternative health theory has been around for awhile, both causes and symptoms get added or dropped, same with practitioners, as pharmacists, dietitians and other professionals, despite duties to uphold the ethics of their profession, nonetheless buy into it, leaving health care consumers at a disadvantage in trying to determine if this constitutes real health care, and who to trust. “IgG and IgG subclass antibody tests for food allergy do not have clinical relevance, are not validated, lack sufficient quality control, and should not be performed.” - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology & American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology “Measurement of specific IgG antibodies to foods is also unproven as a diagnostic tool.” - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology “There is no credible evidence that measuring IgG antibodies is useful for diagnosing food allergy or intolerance” “Despite studies showing the uselessness of this technique, it continues to be promoted in the community, even for diagnosing disorders for which no evidence of immune system involvement exists.” - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

A Closer Look is the culmination of witnessing first-hand the wackiness of the alternative health world from the perspective of a former owner of a health food store. Everyone can and should take a closer look, especially when it comes to their health.


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

Mineral Springs Walking Tour 9AM-11AM @ Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot on 13th St. FREE Co-sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika

“A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 4:30PM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org

Guided Gourmet Lunch Hike With a Steamboat Skicorp Ambassador & Yampatika Naturalist 10:30AM-1:00PM. Fee includes lunch and a ride to the top of the Gondola USFS. Call 970.871.5444 for more information and to reserve a spot.

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Piknik Theatre at the Library “The Bee Man of Orn (and Other Stories You Can’t Quite Remember)” 6PM @ Library Lawn, BYO picnic and chairs. FREE. events

Free Film: “Life on Four Strings” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE events THURSDAY AUGUST 2 Free Film: “Do Not Resist” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE events

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1PM. FREE, no registration required, provided Boom Thursdays: MZG in partnership with USFS and Mr. Bugatti 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series FRIDAY AUGUST 3 Noon-1:00PM@ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE Lulie Crawford’s Check out www.treadofpio- Wildflowers and Watercolors for speakers and Kid’s Program topics. 9AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. FREE SATURDAY

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8 Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 3PM @ Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40). FREE Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas THURSDAY AUGUST 9 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1PM. FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS

First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, museums and alternative venues. FREE.

Free Film: “The Human Element” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE

Farmers Market 9AM-2PM @ 7th & Yampa Live Performances 11AM1PM Each Week

First Friday Artwalk Reception 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE

Boom Thursdays: Nobide w/ Syrenne 9PM @ Schmiggity’s.$5.

Bill Smith Band 9:30 PM @ Circle R Bar. FREE


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CO Group Realty Parade of Homes at the Historic Crawford House 10AM @ 1184 Crawford Ave. Tickets Required paradeofhomessteamboat. com The Movement w/ Patrick Lola Risisng 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. SUNDAY AUGUST 12 Piknik Theatre at the Library “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 6PM @ Library Lawn, BYO picnic and chairs. FREE. events MONDAY AUGUST 13 Meet The Author: Randi Samuelson-Brown 2PM @ Hayden Public Library. FREE

10th Annual Freedom Conference & Festival @ Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mt Werner Circle

Seminars at Steamboat Presents “The Future of the Democratic and Republican Parties” A nonpartisan policy talk with Elaine Kamarck & Morris Fiorina, moderated by NPR’s Ron Elving. Free tickets distributed starting at 4:45PM; doors open at the same time. Talk starts at 5:30PM, Strings Pavilion, FREE. www.seminarsatsteamboat. org

Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall

Hayden Chamber Meeting 7PM @ Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Hayden.

DJ Logic w/ Badfeather 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10.


SATURDAY AUGUST 11 Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 9:45 -10:45 Mountain Harmony 11 - 1 Jay Roemer 1:15 Adia Clark Lay 10th Annual Freedom

Quarterly Poetry Slam 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. Win a $10 OTBP gift card. 15% off all poetry books this evening! Free Film: “The Joe Show” 7PM @ Chief Theater. FREE events

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Boom Thursdays: Evanoff w/ Special Guests 9PM @ Schmiggity’s.$5.

Tnertle 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.

.FRIDAY AUGUST 17 Unlikely Candidates w/ The Mammoths & Pierce Edens 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. SATURDAY AUGUST 18 Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 9:45 - 10:45 Mountain Harmony 11-1 Joe Ghilia Jocelyn & Chris Arndt Band 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. SUNDAY AUGUST 19 Library Author Series: Andrew Guilliford “The Woolly West” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE events TUESDAY AUGUST 21 Matt Scharf’s Birthday! City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “In Syria” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE events THURSDAY AUGUST 23 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Mvttv 9PM @ Schmiggity’s.

SATURDAY AUGUST 25 Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 11-1 Trevor G Potter “Vettes On The Rockies” “Show N’ Shine” Car Show @ Yampa Street adjacent to the Farmers Market We’re Not Clowns Family Fun Show 3PM @ Chief Theater. $5/$10 Daily Bread & Artifakts 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. MONDAY AUGUST 27 Wild Films: “Bird of Prey” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE events TUESDAY AUGUST 28 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Free Film: “Survivors” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE events THURSDAY AUGUST 30 Spellbinder Storytellers 4PM @ Storytime Room at the Library. FREE events Spirit Wind Aerial Arts presents an aerial dance performance in honor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival 5PM @ Library Lawn. FREE Sustainable Garden Tour at Innovative Ag 5:30PM @ Innovative Ag Colorado 2205 Curve Court Author Cesare Rosati, The Accidental President. Discussion & Signing 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE

“Why We Love Cranes,” a talk by crane expert Paul Tebbel 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE

“Optics 101: Choosing the right binocular for you” 11AM @ Library Hall. FREE

Author Jennifer Ackerman presents “The Genius of Birds” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE

Yampa Valley Crane Festival Crane Yard Art Display & Silent Auction Noon-4PM @ Library Lawn. FREE

DraLa & Steezy Nicks 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FRIDAY AUGUST 31 Crane Yoga with Liz Leipold 9:30AM @ Library, walk to Little Toots Park. FREE “Cranes in Chinese Culture,” a talk by Pam Liu Noon @ Library Hall. FREE “Optics 101: Choosing the right binocular for you” 12:45PM @ Library Hall. FREE Documentary: “Cranes of the Rockies” 1:45PM @ Library Hall. FREE Yampa Valley Crane Festival Crane Yard Art Display & Silent Auction 2:30PM @ Library Lawn. FREE Includes live music at 3:30PM, the Crane Coloring Contest award ceremony at 4:15PM and Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Yampatika hosting educational bird and nature activities at 4:30PM The Wranglers 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1 Sketch a Bird workshop with artist Chula Beauregard and feathered models from HawkQuest’s live raptors 9AM @ Library Hall & Library Lawn. FREE HawkQuest’s Live Raptors at the Library 10AM-4PM @ Library Lawn. FREE events

Yampa Valley Crane Festival Photo Contest Awards Noon @ Library Hall. FREE Free Film: “Free Like a Crane” 12:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE Yampa Valley Crane Festival Keynote Speaker: Anne Lacy “The Trumpet in the Orchestra of Evolution; the Story of the Sandhill Crane in North America” 1:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE Yampa Valley Crane Festival Picnic Dinner Talk by Birding Magazine Editor Ted Floyd, followed by a guided nature walk. 4:30PM-7:30PM @ The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch in Hayden. BYO picnic. FREE www. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2 Denver Zoo Curator of Birds talks about the cooperative approach to the North American Hooded Crane Species Survival Plan 12:15PM @ Library Hall. FREE “Birds of Prey” with HawkQuest 1:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE

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Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

Your efforts to lighten the mood by cracking a few jokes will go unappreciated when you are all laying in pile naked, attempting to not freeze to death.


April 20 - May 20


May 20 - June 20

Success can be measured in many ways. For you, in particular, it’s measured by your ability to make it through airport security without getting caught.




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September 23 - October 23

Sorry. Nothing special will be happening to you in the near future. Yep... basically the same sh*% different day. Thanks for checking though.


October 24 - November 21

Animals like you because you are kind and gentle to them. Also, they may like you because you’re covered in delicious flesh and don’t do a lot of cardio... when the time comes, they will find you very useful.

Your outlandish theory that there is a clan of tiny people who clean your house every night while you sleep is surprisingly accurate. Unfortunately, one day you will realize that the clan of tiny people are someone that you lovingly call ‘Mom.’




June 21 - July 22

The world is going to end, and ironically, the world’s collapse and destruction isn’t what irritates you. It’s the fact that you finally got your new PlayStation and there is no electricity in the apocalyptic wasteland to play it.


July 23 - August 23

An unusual circumstance will drive you to watch Titanic for the seventh time this week. That’s some serious dedication to cold ass people on a sinking boat.


August 23 - September 22

When the news announces that there will be a giant earthquake in Alaska, you have to remember that it could all just be one big exaggeration... and there is no such thing as “Alaska” anyway.

November 22 - December 21

What’s the strongest material in the world? Chuck Norris’s abs. His abs are the hardest substance on the planet. His abs are made of a substance that hasn’t even been discovered yet. December 22 - January 19

You will soon realize that taking on life’s problems is a lot like confronting a bear; running will only make them chase you. The best way to get away from your problems is to lay in the fetal position and wait for your problems to smell you, get bored and eventually lumber away.


January 20 - February 18

Your marriage proposal will go poorly when instead of saying “will you make me the happiest man alive?” you blurt out, “Will you allow me to do the rest of the male world a favor?”


February 19 - March 20

Everyone tells you to break out of your shell. Why do they keep asking you to do that? Have they ever seen a chick break out of its shell? It’s filled with mucus, membrane and really disgusting.




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