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Contents Plastics Page 4 By Heather Sloop

County Commissioner Beth Melton

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Mining at Hahns Peak Part I

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Fake News Blues

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Credit Cards Are Hazardous

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By Brodie Farquhar

ByEllen & Paul Bonnifield By Bent McFarland By Scott L. Ford

Tribal Identity Page 9 By Wolf Bennett

What Goes There? Part II

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The Last Letter I Wrote

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Hayden Round Up

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By Karen Vail

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By Brodie Farquhar

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Rants... Putting a Rave in the Rants column by accident… Super Bowl LIII: The Unlikable vs. The Unworthy… Tourists renting cars instead of taking transportation. We don’t need the traffic, and you can’t handle our roads in winter anyway… Neighbors that don’t help if you call… The something-for-nothing club… Government shutdowns that don’t need to happen… Politicians that put our country at risk… People who don’t want to listen...

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Council Voices

One of the challenges of a print publication is that once it’s printed, it’s done. Any mistakes made are now part of the permanent record, and going back to make a correction is impossible without throwing out an entire print run and starting over. That’s why we hit the streets with our “Inagural” issue back in May of 2012.

By Heather Sloop/ City Council Member - District III


Last month, our error was putting a Rave in the Rants section at the beginning of the issue. “Old school doctor house calls” are obviously a good thing, and I sincerely apologize to the folks over at Steamboat Emergency Center for putting that under the wrong header. A service like that is clearly a benefit, and I’m sorry for the error suggesting otherwise. Just a matter of inches in the final rush made all the difference. Thank you to all for reading, and please let me know if you see anything in this month’s pages, I mite hav mssd. -M.S.

“I want to say one word to you, Benjamin. Just one word… Plastics.” Mr. McGuire gave Benjamin this sound advice in the 1969 film, The Graduate. Little did Ben and Mr. McGuire know that 50 years later, plastics would be such a controversial word and use.

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I must say, when reviewing the presentation prior to and even during the meeting, I was very apprehensive about proceeding forward. I was a plastic bag consumer. There, I said it. I did not jump on this band wagon when others had. I used my plastic bags for picking up pet waste, transporting items to and from school and work, and for several other things. There was always a need for them. When my collection was overflowing, I would recycle the lot of them at City Market, and I thought this was as green as I could get. That was then, and this is now. After hearing the teens make their case, and understanding that this little change can make such an impact, I decided to test myself. We as Council members asked the teens to come back to us with more information, and we offered them the possibility of voting on an ordinance. I had to put my money where my mouth was – change my habits and TRY. I know that most things you want to initiate into your life take 30 days to become habit. So, I jumped in feet first

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Mind you, I, like most families, shop about four times a week at the grocery store. There’s always something we forgot the last time we were there. This was going to be hard – to always remember bringing in those darn bags. Day one. I was in a hurry, trying to fit more into my schedule than I should have, and not surprisingly, I forgot my bags. I made the decision to package the stuff I bought with paper bags and thought about how much it would have cost me given the Teen Council proposal. 10 cents per bag, and I filled 6 bags. So, I’m hypothetically out 60 cents. I felt guilty for forgetting my reusable bags, but better that I didn’t resort to old faithful – store plastic bags. That night, I went online and purchased 1,400 biodegradable pet waste bags. I also bought 10 reusable produce bags and felt this was a great start. The next day I recycled all the remaining plastic bags I had at home. The pet waste was the easiest thing for my family and me to do. Low hanging fruit, as they say. I placed the produce bags inside the reusable bags so I wouldn’t forget them when going to the grocery store. The hardest thing was remembering those darn bags from my trunk. The kids definitely help me by triggering my memory now, but when I shop alone, it’s a conscious effort each time. Fast forward 60 days to the new “no plastic me.” I now feel guilty when I get to the check-out counter and don’t have my environmentally friendly bags. At times I’ve run out to my car to grab them, or have purchased new ones at the store. I’ve even been seen leaving the store carrying handfuls of groceries in lieu of using store plastic bags. This transition was difficult for me, and I can’t say I’m perfect. I still have to convince my husband, but I feel that it will be a matter of planting reusable bags all over his truck in an effort to educate him. Council will be hearing a proposal by Teen Council on March 19. I don’t know where we will end up on this issue, but I know that I personally have made the change, and I feel good about it. I’m convinced that just my change of heart can make a positive impact on our environment, if not for the greater good, certainly for my kids to see me trying to become greener. I believe we all can do this whether it is through the result of an ordinance or just by personal choice. I urge you to also give it a 30 day try. You may even surprise yourself. Heather Sloop Steamboat Springs City Council – District III

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Politically Speaking

County Commissioner Beth Melton By Brodie Farquhar

(Editor’s note: Writer Brodie Farquhar sent the following questions to newly-elected Routt County Commissioner Beth Ungerecht Melton, and she graciously responded. The two had a followup interview over coffee at Smell That Bread.) Education: BA in psychology from Reed College, MAT in early childhood and elementary education from Lewis and Clark College, graduate certificate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver How long been in Steamboat/Routt County: since 2013 Home town: I grew up on a small family farm in Walla Walla, Washington. My parents still live there. Parents: Mary & Carl Ungerecht, still living in Walla Walla, still working. My father is an electrician and farms six acres of alfalfa as a hobby. My mother works as a home health aide.

Beth Melton The young woman with the brown hair and engaging smile plunked down on a chair with a cup of hot coffee in hand. After she asked, “Brodie?” and I asked “Beth?” we got down to business, after exploring our background of both having lived in Walla Walla – I as a reporter and that’s where she grew up, just a year or two older than my daughter Katie in high school. She met Will Melton at Reed College, then followed him to Missoula, Mont., where he attended graduate school. Before they headed to his native Routt County, she worked in Front Range schools as a fourth grade teacher with an emphasis on reading intervention – a real challenge for children who are learning English as a second language. Party affiliation and why you ID with that party: I am a Democrat. I have been affiliated with the Democratic Party since I registered to vote when I was 18. While the county commissioner seats are partisan, it seems to me that local priorities and issues often transcend partisan politics. I am a Democrat because I find that the values of the Democratic Party most closely align with my own. However, throughout my campaign, I had many conversations with Republicans and Unaffiliated voters who supported me because they agreed with me on the issues affecting Routt County. (Age: 34 Partner: Will Melton (Routt County native) Children: Clark Melton (age three, also a Routt County native)) Previous work: My experience is in education, educational leadership, and human services. My first job out of college was mentoring middle school girls in foster care. I was a teacher on the Front Range before moving to Routt County. I’ve worked with the Northwest Colorado BOCES providing leadership on literacy, classroom instruction, and teacher evaluation in Routt, Grand, Moffat, and Jackson Counties (seven school districts) since 2013.

How prior work/education prepared you for commissioner position: What happens in education truly reflects what is happening in a community. I am fortunate to have developed relationships and understandings of not only the communities across Routt County, but those across the entire Northwest Colorado region as well. Schools are incredibly complex systems, and by working within them I have developed understanding and skills including leadership, fiscal management, public service, and collaboration, that will serve me well as a county commissioner. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to study effective leadership and policy. Who has inspired you: I am always inspired by the strong women who have come before me. Past Routt County Commissioners like Diane Mitsch Bush and Nancy Stahoviak and my mentor and friend Paula Cooper Black are an inspiration for me locally. And, I grew up in the era of Patty Murray in Washington state, the “mom in tennis shoes.” She was underestimated, but she persisted and was highly effective in many arenas. Right now, we see that with young leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They all inspire me to ignore the naysayers and be as effective as I can by doing the work that matters most to the people in our community. Why did you decide to run for commissioner: I saw a need in our community. I knew that it was time for my generation to step up and take the reins of leadership. I’ve been identifying the opportunities I could in the last few years, and this felt like the right next step. Local government, and counties in particular, can become stagnant and stuck in the status quo. I want to push the county to serve the residents of Routt County, and in order to do that, I think we need representation for young working families. First thought when you realized you won: Our hard work paid off. I have so much gratitude for all the people who worked hard alongside me over the past year to make this a reality. Second thought when you realized you won: I’m so glad I can go to bed now. First impressions after first meeting with commissioners and county officers/staff: Wow. What a talented group of people. Commissioner Monger is among the longestserving commissioners in the state and has an unbelievable amount of institutional knowledge.

Commissioner Corrigan has such a commitment to progressive values and to service in our community. Tom Sullivan (county manager) and Dan Weinheimer (deputy county manager) are incredibly knowledgeable professionals who have a true belief in and commitment to the potential of local government. And the department heads, along with the staff in their departments, are all incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and committed to the work they do. We are fortunate to have such great staff here in Routt County. It would have been so easy (for them) to see a young woman and dismiss me, but I have felt nothing but respect and a commitment to moving forward from my fellow commissioners and the staff at the county. What top three things do you want to see accomplished in your first year as a commissioner: First and foremost, I have respect for the tradition of Routt County and other counties across the state in that the board of commissioners acts as a board. I know what issues are most important to me, and I also know that the voters of Routt County elected me because they agreed, but I am committed to acting collaboratively to accomplish goals that reflect the full board. I am one of three. I would like to see us make significant progress on: 1) Identifying the challenges and opportunities and starting to make progress on the severe shortage of infant and toddler care in Routt County, 2) Determining as a community how we will engage in climate action, and 3) Helping our community to understand the important and potential roles that the county can/does play in our lives. What would you like county government to look like, act like, accomplish by end of your first term? I would like to see significant, intentional, and coordinated progress toward ambitious goals that reflect the needs of the people within our community. There is a significant amount of effort and work to maintain the important services the county provides to the community. Maintaining the high quality of services provided needs to be our number one priority, but I want this to be “Yes, and...” How can we continue to provide the high level of service we’ve all come to expect from these core services in an efficient way that allows us to use the scope of the county to improve the lives of residents even further? Regarding the need for expanded day-care in Routt County, Melton will be the commissioner’s rep on the Early Childhood Center, where she’d like to help coordinate services, advocate for expanded services for one and two-year-olds and take full advantage of state funding and Gov. Polis’ drive for state-wide kindergarten. Regarding climate change, Melton said she sees a role for the county to be a convenor and facilitator, getting all parties to the table in developing a climate change action plan. Colorado counties have different approaches, she said, but La Plata County has some interesting ideas. Finally, Melton said she’d like to help county residents explore what they really want from local government. “People want change,” she said, reflecting on the common theme she heard from citizens. “That desire for change supercedes political divisions,” she added.

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Mining at Hahns Peak: A Brief History, Part I By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield

prospectors discovered the silent volcano. Prospecting, they found gold on all sides, but not enough to cause any real excitement. The season was late and snow was in the air, forcing the men to hurry back to civilization. The U. S. Civil War halted any renewed search for gold until 1865 when Hahn accompanied by William A. Doyle and Capt. George Way crossed the Front Range, Middle Park, and the Park Range. Reaching their goal, they seriously prospected the yet unnamed mountain. At first, little success rewarded their labor, but finally a promising show of gold appeared in the pan. Again, supplies were running out and the season getting on. Before leaving, Doyle and Way climbed to the mountaintop, and on August 27, 1865, by placing a note in an empty Preston & Merrill baking powder tin can, they named Hahns Peak.

Long ago deep in the earth’s liquid stew, minerals swirled and mixed and pressed against the crust until, weakened, the surface stretched upward. Through the crack, molten lava rose higher and higher forming a cone-shaped mountain. In the narrow fissures, liquid gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, and others minerals united in veins. The volcano quieted and waited. Trees, grass, and shrubs covered the mountain and hid the veins. Over eons, ice and water eroded the sides of the mountain. Small nuggets followed the water down and collected in pockets and the backwaters of streambeds. Three young men, driven by the evil witch Greed for gold and desire for adventure, in the late summer of 1862 left Georgetown. They crossed mountains and swam rivers until they reached the distant cone. The season was getting on when Joseph Hahn and the other two unknown

Returning to Georgetown, the trio planned a complete investigation the following season. It was July 1866 before snow on Berthoud Pass allowed the prospectors to cross. Even then, caught in a blizzard, they were forced to shovel a trail. The size of the party is unknown, but on reaching Hahns Peak, they found promising placer deposits. As fall turned toward winter, everyone left except Hahn, Doyle, and Way. On October 2, Way left, promising to return with winter supplies by the 14th. Doyle did not expect him back before the 20th. Meanwhile, Hahn and Doyle whipped-sawed logs and built a cabin for the winter. Way deserted his partners and the snow piled deeper. Finally, in April, out of food, Hahn and Doyle desperately attempted to escape the winter trap. Somewhere on lower Muddy Creek, Hahn “petered out.” Unwilling to abandon his friend, Doyle stayed until Hahn no longer suffered. Doyle struggled on, although nearly spent. Lady Luck smiles on some while ignoring others. Not far from the Muddy on Troublesome Creek, Jack Summer had a winter camp. Stumbling into

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Summer’s camp, Doyle reached safety. Thus, the discovery of gold resulted in the tragic death of Hahn and the naming the peak after him.

Following Hahn’s death, Way and Doyle drifted on. The mystery of Lone Mountain’s gold (common name for Hahns Peak in the 1860s) remained silent with few clues of any activity; however, serious prospectors came and went. Based on their findings, F. M. Endlich investigated the Hahns Peak and Bears Ears mining districts as part of the larger Hayden Survey. Connections are not clearly visible, but a minor rush of prospectors followed Endlich’s survey. The record books at Hot Sulphur Springs, the Grand County seat, contain pages of claims for both mineral and water. An enterprising prospector, realizing placer mining requires large amounts of water, filed water rights on Elk River and all its tributaries, but he was unable to enforce the claim. Mother Nature deposited a large area of free (placer) gold (placer gold does not require smelting, thus the name free gold) on and near Willow Creek, but the stream provided little water. In 1874, investors organized Purdy Mining Company and purchased or leased several claims on Poverty Bar. Dunbar and Company also organized a mining operation. On String Ridge, William Bell and S.D.N. Bennett organized a company with a lasting impact on the Hahns Peak district. Bennett, representing D. C. Stover, C. D. and R. Gurley, and the Hager brothers, spent a full season prospecting the Hahns Peak mineral belt. On returning to Denver, he and associates organized the Chicago Park Mining Company. Bennett became Superintendent empowered to develop a placer mine on String Ridge. Accompanied by his wife, Bennett moved to the district. Getting to Hahns Peak required taking a train to Rawlins, traveling by wagon to Reeder’s Place on Little Snake River, and going by pack train with all their supplies and mining equipment to String Ridge. All was not well within the organization, and Bennett and the Denver investors began looking for a way to unload the property. Through a New York friend, Mr. Stilison, in 1875, Bennett interested John V. Farwell, William Bell and other Chicago people into investing in the String Ridge placer mine. In 1876, T. W. Brooks replaced Bennett as superintendent and the operation deteriorated until the unpaid miners nearly mobbed the paymaster. To right matters, Farwell moved to the mine. Farwell, “the Merchant Prince,” owned a large Chicago wholesale business with several branches generating a $20 million-a-year revenue. He also had investments in the XIT Ranch in Texas, New Mexico, and Montana, and was a leader in the YMCA movement. Farwell and his associates had the deep pockets to develop the mine. At the time, they called the town of Hahns Peak Saphronia, and Farwell’s company town was Amelia. Amelia soon became International Camp or String Town or

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Farwell was seriously concerned about the treatment of the Indians. In 1878, Agent Danforth resigned as agent to the White River Ute. Farwell supported one of his partners, John W. Bell for the position. The application stated, “peace between the Indians and the settlers was absolutely necessary.” They were interested in mining gold not making farmers out of the Ute. Yet, Senator Teller wanted N. C. Meeker and war. The war came in September 1879 accompanied with all its tragedy. Forest fires raged across the Yampa Valley in 1879. On September 10, the mine superintendent at International Camp wrote an account of conditions at Hahns Peak. “The forest fire that began near Sand Mountain early in May last, has been burning ever since, and has finally culminated, after sweeping all over that section of country, in a grand attack on our mining property on String Ridge, sweeping all before it, and causing us serious expense keeping it out of this camp. Besides, it is now sweeping everything before it along the line of our 17-mile ditch, on which we have several miles of fluming. The fire is so hot and smoke is so dense that we cannot reach many of the flumes to know at present how many of them are destroyed. If any are left, it will be nothing short of a miracle. . . Our sawmill and timber, I think may go, unless we get rain or snow within the next three days.” It did not rain or snow. Following the disaster, Farwell cut his $150,000 loss and sold to Rawlins banker James France for $32,000.


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Robert McIntosh purchased the property from France and repaired the ditch, flumes, and sawmill. He also purchased several promising claims and extended the ditch to Poverty Bar. Here he began successful hydraulic mining. His success gave the district a solid financial base, and the camp of Hahns Peak grew into a town with businesses and homes; however, the Mother Lode remained elusive.

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Political Poetry

Your Money - Your Life

Credit Cards are Hazardous to Fake News Blues Your Personal Finances By Bent McFarland One, two, three No-news blues Four, five, six Make up tricks Grab your spiral Let’s go viral Seven, eight, nine We still can shine Get us a content monkey And get funky No, not a screed Just hook up with Buzzfeed Merde! And Turd! I’m irate I found out late, Buzzfeed’s Left the Deep State, A White Knight, they say On the right-side of the fight Nine, ten, eleven Then by Hillary! Fake News is addicted And though conflicted Buzzfeed fed their habit And they ate it like a rabbit Till they overdosed And Mueller’s burnt his toast

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It’s the cold, hard truth: there’s no such thing as credit card rewards. Credit cards enable people to go into debt faster than ever before. The Federal Reserve says Americans are facing over $1 trillion in credit card debt. And the average credit card debt for a U.S. household carrying a balance is $16,048. While a lot of people are determined to take control of their money in every other way, they can’t seem to quit their credit cards. For those folks, credit cards are the last thing to go.

“They’re easy to pay off every month.”

Here are some excuses behind the credit card obsession with proof that no reason is good enough to keep plastic around.

Maybe. But we’ve heard more than a few stories of people who planned to pay off their balances each month but fell into a trap along the way. Their spending slowly increased until those minimum payments didn’t seem so bad. From that point, their debt swelled faster than Violet Beauregarde after she chomped on Willy Wonka’s chewing gum. Don’t let your debt turn into a larger-than-life blueberry. (ttps://

“They’re so easy to use compared to cash.”

“They’re necessary to build a credit score.”

That’s true! They don’t require as much space in our wallets, and we don’t have to think about actual dollars in our account when we swipe. Unfortunately, that also means it’s easier to overspend.

A high credit score means just one thing: you’ve interacted with debt a lot. It does not mean you’re winning with money. In fact, it doesn’t measure anything about your relationship with money other than how much you like to borrow. So why would you want a high credit score? Because it allows you to take on even more debt in the future? No, thank you.

A study by Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and MIT even showed a difference in brain activity when we use credit cards instead of cash. Using cash activates pain receptors in our brains, creating an emotional response that keeps us from making the purchase. Credit cards don’t do that, so we don’t feel the pain of spending. This means we’re prone to spend much more with credit cards than with cash! So suddenly, that $2 coffee turns into a $10 midmorning meal when you pay with plastic.

“They’re great in case of an emergency.” Lots of people say they keep a credit card around “in case of an emergency.” It’s a simple fix to a stressful situation, right? But then, Christmas becomes an emergency. And that new smartphone. And your takeout. Before you know it, your “emergencies” become debt. Don’t tempt yourself. Instead of using a credit card, build up an emergency fund of three to six months of living expenses and rely on that the next time a true emergency happens. Then the “emergency” just becomes a minor inconvenience. Crisis averted!

“They give us rewards, points, miles, or cash back!” Credit card companies are marketing geniuses. With rewards systems that appeal to just about anyone, they know exactly how to tempt you to sign up. But no one ever got rich off a rewards program. You have to use the card a lot to earn the perks. This just equals more spending you might have avoided if you weren’t trying to reach the next reward level. Your risk of debt has just increased. Stick to cash and spend only what


you’ve budgeted for. Eventually, you’ll see the rewards that come with building real wealth.

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The truth is, you can qualify for a mortgage and rent an apartment with zero credit (which will happen eventually if you stop borrowing altogether). And for everything else—even cars—pay cash. No credit score needed. Then you can focus on building wealth instead of worshiping your FICO score. Don’t let credit cards enslave you.

“They make our dreams reality.” Credit cards give us opportunities we would never have otherwise. It’s all about instant gratification, right? If our only way to those opportunities is by going into debt, we might need to examine our hearts. Overspending often signals a deeper problem. When we constantly crave stuff, we’re suffering from discontentment and materialism. We compare ourselves to the Joneses (who are probably in debt themselves!) and feel shamed and inadequate when we don’t measure up. We use credit cards to satisfy an endless desire for more, bigger, newer, and nicer stuff. The problem is, as soon as the excitement wears off, we’re onto the next best thing. Nothing ever satisfies. A credit card can’t fill the emptiness in our hearts. True joy comes from a sense of contentment. Sometimes we don’t realize how easily credit cards can harm our finances and hearts until we step back and really look at the root of our addiction. When we understand how dangerous they are—and the lies we’ve been told about them—we can break up with these pesky pieces of plastic more easily. (This is article is summary, taken from material written by Dave Ramsey, author of The Total Money Make Over)

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February 2019


Mensan Musings

Tribal Identity By Wolf Bennett

We have lived in groups for a very, very long time. We evolved in relatively small, very tight-knit tribes and we were utterly dependent on our tribes for our very survival. For most of human history, supporting and defending one’s tribe was quite literally a matter of life or death. Those that were not part of a tribe died. Exile eliminated the bad seeds. People that were more likely to follow the norms of the group survived and reproduced, and habits were formed; standards and rules followed. Today we don’t so much need tribes for our survival, but we do need and want them for our psychological wellbeing. We form tribes based on all kinds of things, and this can be a very good arrangement with many benefits. It makes people feel like part of something larger than themselves, making them happy and likely improving their physical and mental health. It allows cooperation in otherwise impossible situations. It gives people a safety net of others who think and behave similarly. Being loyal to your tribe is good in moderation; but in excess, tribalism can be catastrophic. Membership can become such an important part of identity that people have little choice but to blindly support every position or policy idea that their tribe supports. Tribalism arguably underlies many of the most atrocious wars, genocides, mass murders, and violent conflicts in human history. It can be very pervasive, control a lot of our behavior, and very easily overrides reason. Tribalism lets us feel that our tribe is better than another tribe and justifies our treatment, no matter how horrific, of any other group. Ideology kills. It is not a childish game. Heaven’s Gate mass suicide was a tragedy and yet people all around were saying, “How could anyone believe such crazy stuff?” and yet these same people were reading their horoscopes, watching fake paranormal TV shows, following bizarre conspiracy theories, denying proofs of anything, thinking eyewitness accounts are accurate, cherry picking any data that might support their beliefs and ignoring the rest. All these and more are fantastical thinking to the extreme. If something is absolutely nuts- but 400 million people believe it – that makes it okay? But if 20 people believe something...that’s a cult? I have an absolute horror of belief systems and cults. Just because an idea is tenacious does not mean that it is worthy. Ideologies are fragile, because they cannot possibly deliver on their promise to contain all the answers. Different tribes/people have different methods of dealing with this confusion in their minds. Some just get really angry and shout at anyone who disagrees with them. Others, like ISIS, decide that everyone who disagrees with them must be annihilated. In any case, this dark mix of tribalism and ideology is the reason why politics and religion “make everyone crazy”. One must remain vigilant, as politically motivated tribal violence has been increasing in recent times. It is quite easy to tell when a person is deeply tribalistic. If you find that you’re able to predict a person’s viewpoint on issues, simply because you know their stance on an unrelated issue, you’re dealing with a political tribesman. Such individuals are often belligerently self-righteous in defending the Moral Rightness of their tribe’s every posi-

tion, they will belittle any stance of an opposing tribe. You will see immediate defensiveness, denial of fact or only admitting limited, cherry-picked facts, ad hominem (attack the man) attacks, thus preventing any rational cooperative discourse. Solutions to extreme tribalism: Be open to many ideas and viewpoints, indefatigable curiosity, a deep lust for the truth, a commitment to utter honesty, the ability to change views based on evidence, the ability to identify biases and employ rationality, kindness, awareness of arrogance and remember truth is more important than your own glorification. Plant seeds of doubt in the minds of those who are convinced of their own correctness (be sure to include yourself with alternate potentially conflicting ideas). The way to do this is not to overtly argue with people or take on a patronizing attitude. Those things will provoke defensiveness in the other person and will cause them to cling even more tightly to their precious beliefs. Ask sincere questions, be respectful and compassionate. If you can ask the right questions, you have a chance of prompting people to examine their own viewpoints. Who knows, perhaps you may alter yourself. This is difficult, as it is very tempting to want to prove that someone is wrong in the moment. The problem is that it just doesn’t work: people will not respond to the greatest arguments and evidence in the world if they feel attacked or cornered.

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Generating an explanation for why you support a program, rather than how it would work, leads to inventing justifications which makes you more certain, not less, which is not a positive thing. These justifications usually rely on abstract values, appeals to authority and general principles that require little specific knowledge of an issue. They are impossible to reality test and therefore easy to fool yourself. A more sure method is asking detailed questions. Arguing about politics almost never changes anyone’s mind, but explaining, apparently, does. This suggests a practice: when someone is ranting about a political proposal you disagree with, keep asking them, “how would that part work?”. Rather than raising objections, see if you can draw them into developing an ever more detailed causal explanation. If they succeed, they might change your mind, if not, they might change their own. The erosion process of tribalism begins with each one of us. We as individuals must have the courage to acknowledge the tribes to which we belong and inquire honestly as to whether these tribes promote hostility or demand that we hold certain beliefs or attitudes. We must constantly challenge, expand, and refine our own worldviews, seeking to forever avoid dogmatic, unchangeable beliefs. Remember that you are not immune to dogma. Beware of thinking that you have arrived at the final answer yourself. Keep talking and learning, for if we cannot converse, then we have lost our last chance to connect and deal with issues that face all tribes.

For the nation to live, the tribe must die.—Samora Machel


February 2019

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‘Boat Almanac

What Goes There? Part II By Karen Vail

Photos by Karen Vail

Polish up on your sleuthing and observation skills! Us the clues below each photo, look carefully at each track, then put all the evidence together and take a guess at who left these tracks. No peeking at the answers on page 23!

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 18 2 3 4 5 6 718 2 3 What a great story in the spruce-fir forests of the subalpine! Think outside the box on this one.

Found in Butcherknife Canyon after a beautiful night, this animal’s front foot measured almost 2” long, including the long nails.

Struggling in the winter, these animals often create a network of pathways to make winter travel easier. The stride here was a little over 2 feet.

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A beautiful alternate stepper found on lower Emerald Mountain. The stride is about 16 inches.

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This small track led to a hole in the snow in an open meadow.

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Words are short ‘tho feelings last, Like wispy scents and flames so warm, A vivid image from memories past. Autumn thoughts stir and bear no harm, As zephyrs hold cold winds at ease, And dust devils cause leaves to swarm. Later comes the winter freeze, And communion then is all too brief, I still reach out for one soft breeze.

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The track was found in Gambel oak on Emerald Mountain with a stride (distance from toe to toe) of 10 inches.

I’ll try once more with rhyme’s relief, Drawing from some platonic form, An answer to the old time’s thief. Later, fresh spring will be the norm, As cycles spin and truth is borne. (At ease, my soul with just this note, No weight, indeed, for a postal tote.)

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February 2019

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Hayden Round Up By Brodie Farquhar

Kum ‘n Go is in the preliminary stages of introducing an expanded store and fueling business in downtown Hayden, Colorado. In early January, Kum ‘n Go officials held a meeting at the town hall to introduce what they hope to accomplish to interested citizens. The company officials and Matt Mendoza, town manager, all emphasized that there are many more steps in the process and that the proposal is has not been finalized.

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Kum ‘n Go has a contingency contract to buy properties near the current operation: the log cabin that houses home décor business The Roost, and the old bank building. The contract would be executed if the project is approved by town government. The current proposal, still subject to final approval, would involve removing the buildings to the west of the current Kum ‘n Go store. A larger, 5,000 square foot store, consisting of Kum ‘n Go and a Go Fresh Market, would be built at the back side of the old bank building. It would be

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similar to, but smaller than, a 6,000 square foot operation in Craig. When the new store is built and operational, the older store would be razed. As for fueling operations, there would be two canopies constructed that would shelter three fuel pumps each. Each fuel pump could service two slots for passenger vehicles or pickup trucks, for a total of six pumps capable of servicing 12 vehicles. Although each pump would dispense three grades of gasoline and one of diesel, there would be no fueling area for semi-truck rigs. Nor would there be an electric refueling option for electric cars, said company reps. A fair bit of landscaping and trees are planned for the outside edges of the property. Kum ‘n Go hopes to break ground in the spring and open in late 2019.

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Justice For A Friend

Claire By Eric Kemper


February 2019


completely replace; the absent friend, whose laugh will never be heard again; most tragically of all, the missing mother, whose murder instantly orphaned her daughter. I came to know Claire when she was hired on at Colorado Liquor Mart. In my role as management, Claire quickly established herself as one of the most capable and reliable employees I had. There are many employees and coworkers over the years that you work with and you like, but they come and go.

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Joanin Remy Thus closed anotherBy chapter uranium mining. I have known you forever As I stand on Earth Laughing beneath the stars Walking side by side As planets spin Sweet raindrops frozen Prisms of magic Beauty and pain It’s all about love Let your heart lead the way

My relationship with Claire was different. I always felt a kinship with her, like a little sis. She and I both came out of the same neighborhoods in Aurora. We went to the same high school, just twelve years apart. We had the same sly, slightly sick sense of humor, and I feel like we approached the world with the same Aurora mix of welcoming and wariness; we love to meet people, but we can turn pitbull when disrespected. I moved away from Denver and into the mountains, and my relationship with Claire became distant but never went away. We talked or texted from time to time, and one of my very favorite pictures I have of her is the one of her and her newborn daughter that she sent me from the hospital.

My friend Claire died a year ago. She was murdered by her drunk and abusive husband after she threw a birthday party for him. These are facts, not allegations. Due process has run its course, and all that remains is the dispensation of the sentence he’ll serve.

I was genuinely rocked last year when I heard about this senseless tragedy. The loss of Claire Beemer is one of the events in my life that I will eventually get past, but I will never get over. There’s nothing more to say about it than that. Claire’s life had immense value and meaning and I can only hope that the court sees fit to impose the appropriate sentence reflecting the magnitude of the atrocity.

The true fallout of this tragedy will be left to play out across the web of lives that Claire touched for many, many years to come. The exemplary employee, impossible to

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Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide

The Old 1 to 10 Attractiveness Scale

It’s all about your Happiness

By Mr. Helpful, MD Where are you on it? 1 – 4 : Nope

5: Meh. Not Good, Not Bad. Total Friend Zone. 6: Alright. One Night Stand. Settle for if they have money. 7: Can sustain relationship. Something special. Great personality/kisser. 8: Winner! Brag to friends! Oh Good, they have a brain as well. 9: Pray you can stretch a date into a full weekend. Getting a date with a 9 or 10 means that you are at least an 8 yourself (and have either money/big boobs/ big wiener/all three..?) 10: Ferget it, doesn’t exist – you are watching TV/ Movie or somewhere you can’t hear them talk. Close your mouth, wipe up your drool and get back to reality. It’s easy to point a finger at that one over there and have an opinion of them. A very easy thing to do indeed. To have a positive or usually negative opinion about what someone else looks like. Did you know dear reader – when you point a finger at “them over there” you are pointing three fingers back at yourself!?! Hmm, uhh, hmm?!? Did you know that?? You Sexy Beast you! (see what I did there?)

So let’s ask the musical question – Where are WE on the 1 to 10 scale? What makes up each level of attractiveness? Who is the definitive judge on this topic? Is there a governing body that meets annually? Do women have different scales for men and vice versa? I knew stepping into this topic was going to be a fight between being amazingly vague and noncommittal to saying something so specific that it will make certain folks take up email devices to complain that I am full of horsey poop. Skin, Hair, Clothing – these are the basic elements that make up the visual whole that is a human being. More of some, less of another. And then something weird and wonderful happens in our brains; we judge them not only for all those things, but more as well. We take that information, and within nano-seconds, decisions to smile or not smile occur. Involuntary reactions take place that give uncontrollable body language signals. We like them… or we don’t. Yummy or yucky – which is it? With that in mind, because you are now being thoughtful about yourself, where are you on that scale? I’ll give the wiggle room .3, .5 and .7 to be added in there. Lots of us are in the 6 to 8 range. Then turn to a friend who thinks they are also one of those. But WE think nooooooo, they are not the same as us. We are a little more attractive. So, they can be the 7.3, like we think they are and we will be the 7.7 like we KNOW we are. But back to you pumpkin. Where are you really? Are you really a 9 like you’ve been told by your fake friends, grandma and that creep who only wants to sleep with

you? When we look in the mirror, most of the time we only see a small portion of our head/face or body. Are we selectively only looking at what we want to see and not the whole picture? What is the truth – what do we really look like? Attractiveness is also not only just face and body. It’s also movement patterns. Ok, it’s not, but I thought I could trick you into thinking it could be. No, attractiveness is instant identification if we do or do not want to see them naked walking towards us saying “take your clothes off and let’s be naughty, right here, right now.” Let’s take a look – are you wearing clothes that smell like you or are they clean? Does your hair make people look at it during conversation, wondering if something might come out of it and jump on them? How’s your breath? How’s your smile, got all your teeth? Are they all the same color? Are you an asshole/bitch? Are you? ‘Cause if you have heard that from friends and former dates/relationships more then you have heard sweet and wonderful things, chances are you are. Distance lends enchantment. Yes being attractive is wonderful. And then we get closer to that sensationally good-looking person and oops – they talk. YIKES. Stupid, racist, unjustifiably opinionated, weird voice, starts/ends every sentence with “like.” The list never ends. That stunningly gorgeous slab of human meat over there has dropped one to nearly three points DOWN on the attractiveness scale. How the hell did that happen? It happens because we have preferences. Consciously or unconsciously we made a decision about them. Try this – make the face when you smell a bad smell. Yeah, it’s like that. Our preferences kicked in, hard. But then, micro fast we go back to the visual god/goddess we saw them as originally. Why? How can we do that? HA, because we all want to be loved, get in on some good loving and be connected to someone we view as superior on the scale. We want to be accepted in the next level up grouping. It’s human nature. Where do you see yourself on the scale? Is your sense of self accurate or delusional? Do you know if you have gum in your hair or not? Can you stop traffic with your looks as easily as you could waving a gun? Being honest with yourself gives you a place to start. Of course you should go for it when you see an overly attractive person and think “we should date.” Do it. Date UP! Bring your A-game and make an impression. Stick to your preferences. Want what you want. Be respectful. Go get some happiness.

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Up next from Mr. Helpful – What to do when they are completely opposite from you? – How opposites attract, get it on and then wonder if they want to do it again or grab their clothes, sneaking out while the other is in the shower.

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February 2019

Ready to Feel Good


Happy Valentines Day!

Good Grief By Shaney McCoy, CMHC, LPC

Grief is something all of us will eventually feel. It’s a universal emotion that seems to be felt not only by humans but by other species as well. Elephants have been observed to stand vigil at the body of a dead herd member. Many dog and horse owners report a surviving pet to be depressed and lethargic following the death of another four-legged family member. Although it’s a universal emotion, however, it’s also intensely personal and unique. None of us will experience or manifest our grief exactly like anyone else. Many people are familiar with the five stages of grief as described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying”: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, as Kubler-Ross explained in her later book “On Grief and Grieving,” written with David Kessler, these stages were never meant to be a concrete, linear path that everyone should be expected to follow. While one person may experience each stage in the order they were initially laid out, another person might skip some stages, experience them in a different order, or notice that they keep circling back to one specific stage over and over. None of these ways of grieving are right or wrong, they are just our own unique ways of expressing loss. One of the kindest things we can do for someone who is grieving, whether it’s ourselves or someone we care about, is to allow the process to unfold naturally. The myriad emotions we may feel following a deep loss are not things to be measured, timed, shut down or fixed. They are a necessary part of moving forward, of finding the “new normal.”

Here are some suggestions for supporting ourselves and others through the grief process: • Remember there is no time limit on grieving. There is not a quick fix. It takes as long as it takes to begin feeling better.

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• With that said, it may be important to set aside grieving at times in order to complete other necessary functions. For example, children and pets need to be tended to, job duties need to be performed, households need to be managed, and it may be necessary to distance ourselves from grief for a brief period of time in order to take care of these tasks. This is called compartmentalization and is very different from just shoving emotions down. It is a conscious decision to take care of what needs to be done and return to the grieving process later, preferably later that same day. • Talking to someone else almost always helps. Some people like to talk about their loss right away, others may put it off for some time, but eventually we all need to be able to express our loss. The power of pain is diminished when it is witnessed by another who can hear it without moving to fix or judge. • Validate the loss. Remember that bereavement isn’t just for the death of close friends or family members. The death of a pet, end of a relationship, loss of a job, moving, even having to say goodbye to a long-held dream are just a few examples of significant losses that may need to be mourned. • Understand that moving past grief doesn’t mean we no longer love the one being mourned. Sometimes it can feel that once we stop grieving, we’ve given up the last connection we had with what’s been lost. In this case it can be helpful to create a collection of memories, either mentally or physically (think a scrapbook or treasure box), so there’s less concern about forgetting something important if we aren’t remembering through grief. While most grieving is healthy and appropriate and leads to a sense of resolution and finding a new way of being, there are instances when one gets so stuck in grief that they need a hand finding their way through it. In these situations, it can be useful to locate a grief support group in your area or to get in touch with a mental health professional who can help.

Shaney McCoy is a mental health counselor in private practice in Steamboat Springs. Learn more about her at

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February 2019

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Tales from the Front Desk

Wrinkles By Aimee Kimmey

Usually when a guest called him at this time of night it was to get more pillows or an extra blanket. Simple things he could zip up to them and be back at the front desk in no time. By this point, all of the other hotel employees were long gone. He was a one man show.

avocado cream slathered over her face and giant rollers in her hair. The Night Audit nearly shrieked!

The high pitched, nasally whine on the other end of the line cut right through the haze of Algebra swimming through his brain. “My bed is unacceptable. It’s wrinkled.”

“It’s about time!” She snapped. “It’s over here.”

“Heh, heh...” He started to laugh, but the dead silence on the other end brought him up short. “Um, what? “The sheets on this bed are wrinkled. You need to re-make it.” The Night Audit grinned for a beat, this had to be a joke, somebody must be pranking him. When the voice continued, he realized that she wasn’t kidding. “The sheets are so wrinkled I can’t sleep.” “I don’t...” She pressed on right over his objections, “I mean it’s bad enough that they’re cotton, but come on! I’ll never be able to sleep with all those... Crinkles under me.” The story you are about to read is true... More or less.

“So you want me to bring you fresh sheets?” The Night Audit was good and baffled by this point.

Thursday. Front desk. 11:58 p.m.

“Not unless you have better sheets somewhere, no. I want you to re-make my bed properly!”

Snow whirled and gusted outside, forming snow drifts as big as your car. It was falling quicker than you could shovel; a good night to be inside. Of course for the Night Audit, most nights were good nights to be inside.

“I don’t think that’s gonna’ make a difference...” She couldn’t actually be be serious, could she?

Late night was usually a peaceful time at the front desk. Most of the guests were comfortably tucked into their rooms by this point. And late check-ins were few and far between. It was the perfect opportunity for the Night Audit to study. He rarely saw the the outrageous complaints and bizarre situations the day clerks had to deal with. Until tonight. The scream of the phone jarred him away from his math homework, “Front Desk, can I help you?”

“You listen to me young man, this bed was not made correctly, and I will not rest until you fix it!” Her voice was starting to get shrill. He heaved a big sigh, every fiber of his being wanted to tell this woman where she could stick it. But his boss’s voice echoed through his head: We are here for our customers! “Um okay, I’ll-I’ll see what I can do.” Hanging up the phone he trudged out the door into the cold, snowy night. He stomped up the stairs and knocked at the woman’s room. A large woman in a silk bathrobe answered. She had

“Ahem! I’m, um, the Night Audit, I’m here to... uh, make the bed?”

Mustering all the professionalism he could gather, he marched over to the bed. As if it wasn’t weird enough to be in guest’s room at twelve o’clock at night, she planted herself behind him with her arms crossed. She watched him like a hawk eyeballing a fat field mouse. The bed looked just fine to him, sure there were some creases where she had crawled in then back out, but he couldn’t imagine how she could have even notice them. Just the same, he pulled the top cover and sheet all the way off. Tossing them into the nearby chair, trying to ignore the laser stare of the green face creature. He carefully untucked the bottom sheet, then made a big show of pulling it taught and smoothing it out before neatly folding it back under the mattress. Out if the corner of his eye he caught the a small nod from the woman, her rollers clacked together slightly. He must be on the right track. Just as carefully, he shook the top sheet over the bed. Then followed the same smoothing, pulling, tucking procedure. Once it was crisp and sleek as possible, he shook the blanket over it. The rollers clicked again, ever so slightly. He must’ve received another nod of approval. He pressed the blanket as flat as he could get it then folded the top sheet back over it. Finally he fluffed the pillows and laid them neatly at the head of the bed. He looked back at the woman, she smiled, slightly cracking her face cream. “See, that’s how you make a bed.” Figuring that this was high praise coming from this woman, he gave a small bow and a smile, “Thank you.” The Night Audit let himself out into the night. Making his way through the snow, back to the front desk, he reflected on the odd encounter. Never had he been asked to re-make anyone’s bed, let alone in the middle of the night. He smiled to himself, wait until he told the day clerks!

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A Closer Look

Flu Season

February 2019


Art in the ‘Boat

By Monica Yager

Colorado shares the distinction, along with New Mexico and Georgia, of having the highest flu activity in the nation. Flu season in Colorado is expected to escalate and peak in February. The good news is that this year’s vaccine is very effective in preventing the current flu strain, a potentially deadly H1N1 strain. This is science-based medicine at it’s finest: prevention of a specific contagion. Flu prevention is not just for those with compromised immune systems; flu can be just as deadly for healthy individuals. That’s because of the complexities of our immune systems at work. When a type of molecule in our bodies senses an invader or infection, in this case the flu bug, it activates immune cells that send even more immune cells that in turn call for more immune cells, which can result in inflammation of the tissues and permanent damage. Nasty symptoms like trouble breathing, severe coughing, and fever are not from the flu, but rather evidence of our bodies fighting the flu bug. Trouble breathing can result from inflammation from an abundance of immune cells, coughing is one of the body’s methods to expel the virus, a fever is a method to destroy the virus. With this year’s flu bug, further complications of convulsions and coughing up blood have been reported. While health officials are recommending flu vaccinations that can prevent those nasty symptoms, the alternative health industry is recommending…elderberries. There are a number of available elderberry products. One is homeopathic, which means there is nothing in it that is stronger than water and even lists elderberry under inactive ingredients. Some are labeled specifically for cold and flu and are recommended for children as young as 4. Many products claim to be “immune support,” a claim for which there is no method to measure or prove. But if we took that at face value, a product that claims “immune support” presumably would make the immune system work more or harder, in reality causing more immune cells to show up that then call for even more immune cells to show up, which can cause even more inflammation of tissues, resulting in more or worse nasty symptoms and discomfort. Isn’t that what nobody wants? In science-based reality, a vaccine can immediately shut down a virus after it enters the body, which means the nasty symptoms do not happen. The best the alternative health industry offers is “immune support”, which does not prevent the virus from entering the body and as well does not prevent the resulting nasty symptoms. Elderberries do not provide any kind of help to the human immune system, nor prevention of the H1N1 flu strain, or any disease. At this time there is not enough scientific evidence to support the ingestion of elderberry products for any health conditions. All concerns regarding your health or that of your loved ones should be taken to licensed, qualified medical doctors.

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.

Steamboat Creates Invites Community to Share Vision for Arts & Culture

By Dagny McKinley

Arts & culture are evolving in Steamboat Springs and your voice is needed to help shape the future of creativity and creative endeavors in our community. Take the survey at Steamboat Creates, the evolution of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, is looking to gather community input from February 1st – March 15th to inform its strategic plan. The survey is open to community members across Routt County to share their vision for the future of Steamboat Creates and arts, culture, and creative industries in Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley. Beyond the survey, everyone in the community (whether you consider yourself creative or not) is invited to attend open forums to give in-person feedback. Forums will be held at the Depot Art Center – 1001 13th Street February 12, 11:30-1:00pm, February 16, 10:00-11:30am & 3:00-4:30pm and February 21, 6:00-7:30pm. Responses from both creatives and the community at large will be evaluated to shape the strategic plan for Steamboat Creates. Steamboat Creates will then look at what role they can play in the initiatives most important to our community: creator, collaborator or connector. Steamboat Creates evolved in Fall 2018 from the former Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The driving force for this organizational evolution and associated name change is that Steamboat Springs was recently certified as a

Colorado Creative District. The leadership of the organization believes that the new name, Steamboat Creates, reflects the vibrancy and vision of this exciting next phase for arts, culture, and all creative industries in Steamboat and Routt County. The current strategic planning process will further align future programming and initiatives with this vision. “One of the major goals of this process is to build an understanding among our community members of the importance and availability of arts and humanities in their daily lives,” says Kim Keith, Executive Director of Steamboat Creates. “We want to better understand what our community and creative tribe needs so we can better connect, collaborate or create programs that will strengthen this vital sector of our community’s economy.” “Quote from Kim about survey, importance of gathering community involvement,” says Kim Keith, Executive Director of Steamboat Creates. “....” While the name of the organization is “Steamboat Creates” to align with the formal registration name of our creative district at the state level, the organization serves everyone in Routt County. Find the 10 - 20 minute survey at www.steamboatcreates. org/survey. Let your voice be heard!

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Globally Speaking

An Old Coal Miner Looks at Transportation By Ted Crook

Conservatives love cars and trucks--especially anything bigger than a Subaru. They point out, rightly, that human society will be very unpleasant without easy transportation. Going places quickly is often fun. I remember several instances of “fun” I have survived. Nothing beats lying under a car in the snow, frozen wrench in hand, or the always exciting drama of riding with a drunk driver at high speed. Progressives point out, rightly, the realities of climate change and peak oil. Some even drive their Subarus and Camrys with guilty resignation. The realities of climate change and peak oil are seldom fun. I love trains: the romance of standing on the footplate, valve cutoff optimized, roaring across desert spaces toward civilization. Even the names conjure dreams: Denver and Rio Grande, Union Pacific, Califonia Zephyr, Orient Express, Super Chief, Mallet, Mikado... In 1800, one man could move a ton at 2 or 3 miles an hour with luck on a good day. In 1850, two men could move a thousand tons at 30 miles an hour on a schedule. That ten thousand fold change was the creator of our modern world.

A cursory look at the internet ( for cars and trucks) indicates that an electric train is at least twice as efficient as an electric car. Here are three places where trains will always outdo cars: Rolling Resistance: There is almost nothing more frictionless than a carbon steel wheel on a carbon steel rail. Besides being the best for friction, it is also completely recyclable. Passenger loading: In a train, the cars can be efficiently allocated. Remove a car for fewer passengers, add a car for more. The fill factor is easily controlled. Most autos are run empty. A car rated for half a ton often moves 150 pounds to its destination. We call a car rated for 150 pounds an electric bicycle. Wind: Wind drag for a car or the front of a train are about the same. The train, however, can be extended to a hundred

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cars without changing the the drag much. This makes the train as much as a hundred times more efficient at high speeds. Drag goes up about as the cube of the velocity, so it becomes the main problem at high speeds.. Other considerations: Batteries and tires are the serious problems for cars and trucks. Lithium cells--including the new darling, lithiumair--are inherently dangerous, since lithium explodes in water. Other cells are too inefficient to give much range. We all know too much about tires. Trains never wander around lost. While a good car can last twenty years (and an electric might go thirty), a properly designed train can run for thousands of years. The only parts needing routine replacement would be the rails, wheels, bearings and compost-able upholstery. Financing an electric railroad system could be painless. If gas drops a dollar a gallon, an imposed tax of fifty cents wouldn’t even be noticed. Ten or twenty years of such a tax would build a two way railroad over the center of the interstate highways. There is no better gift we could give our great-greatgreat-great grandchildren than a nearly perfect railroad infrastructure.

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February 2019


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Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) spends most of its time in winter in coniferous trees eating needles and buds. They can use the snows’ insulating cover to wait out raging blizzards by flying into the snow and hunkering down. Here a grouse has landed (notice the dragging tail feathers and left wing tip) in their awkward way, creating quite a trench, then walked away to the upper right.

Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) can spend many days holed up in the winter. Good weather has them out exploring. This skunk track was on crust and shows the typical lope in shallow snow. Easily seen here are the long claws and the long foot pads. In deeper snow they are more apt to walk, often dragging their feet.

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Elk (Cervus canadensis) have a rough life in winter. Their sharp hooves give them no platform to “float” on the snow, so each step can be a struggle. Here we see the deep holes of an alternate stepper with the foot dragging in between steps. In deeper snow, you can even see their belly drag.

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3 4 5 6 7 8 This track could be red fox (Vulpes vulpes) or coyote (Canis latrans) (so I call this a foxote!) as I could not find any other significant identifying sign. The red fox and coyote track patterns overlap when traveling through deep snow. They are both alternate steppers and typically walk in winter’s deeper snows. In this picture you see my hand print at lower left to give an idea of size. Also note the animal stopped and turned to look at something. So many great stories to be read in the snow!! Porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) plod along in their pigeontoed alternating track pattern, often registering slightly offset (not perfect stepping). In deep snow, they plow through creating a trough marked with dragging feet, dragging of quills along the edge and swishing of tail quills side to side along the trough. In this picture you can see the foot pads with a “crease” bisecting the foot. This is an excellent clue for porcupine, as well as the long claw marks.

Black bear (Ursus americanus) are not common in winter, although they can occasionally come out and check things out. These tracks were from a habituated bear that I had seen almost every morning in town going from trash can to dumpster. The bear is alternate stepping and is pigeon-toed, very common for a slowly walking bear. Claw marks have melted out.

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7 8 Mice (several genus and species) give us a wonderful 4x track pattern (two large back and two small front feet, hopping with a gap in between). Their unique clue comes from the tail drag in between hops.

Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are the Type A predator of the winter world. Always on the hunt, their tracks lead in a dizzying network of trails and holes. They create a unique 2x track pattern with back feet falling in the same print as the front. In this photo, notice how they follow the fence line along, entering the subnivean zone at the fence post.

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FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK Feb. 1, 2019 Aart Galleries and Museums

STEAMBOAT CREATES 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 Julie Anderson, Jill Bergman and Denise Bohart Brown transform traditional mediums into conversational artistic movement. RED WEST CONTEMPORARY ART 1125 Lincoln Ave., 12th St. | 970.846.7879 Important New Show, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE AT THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a | 941.321.2809 The Ski Locker features our members creative pet portraits. GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 David Marshall’s dynamic metal work joins forces with Jennifer Baker’s sleek glass sculptures. HARWIGS/LAPOGEE 911 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.1919 OFF THE BEATEN PATH 68 9th St., | 970.879.6830 Welcome, Susan Cunningham as we celebrate her first teen novel, Crow Flight. JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 “THE JACE ROMICK GALLERY focuses on the exhibition and sale of western-contemporary fine art, photography, sculpture. CHIEF THEATER 813 Lincoln Ave., | 970.871-4791 Glenna Olmsted, long time local, paints brilliantly colored oils, acrylics and watercolors collected by clients around the world. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 JAMES MORGAN “Moments in the Wild” URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 Pieces by Red Rocks Art featuring unique ink and watercolor interpretations . SOLAR FLARE GLASSWORK & DESIGN 635 Lincoln Avenue, Ste. M | 970.875.3420 WINONA’S JONALYN FINCHER 617 Lincoln Ave. | Instagram: @jonalyngfincher “Enjoy Jonalyn Fincher’s watercolor showcase. TOM MANGELSEN - IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave | 970.871.1822 The work of legendary nature Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. LINDA ISRAEL SIGNATURE GALLERY 730 Lincoln Ave. | at Images of Nature | 970.846.7062 Hosting Benefit Night for Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation



Ski Free Sunday 10AM-4PM @ Howelsen Hill Mid-Dec to March 10

Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE

Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. MONDAY Piano Bar Night 7:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE.

Ski with a Naturalist Through February, 2019 1:30PM @ Mt. Werner, Meet at the large trail sign at the top of the Gondola where the “Why Not” trail starts. Lift ticket not included. Free program, No registration required. Sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation.


Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam Ski with a Naturalist 9:30PM @ Through February, 2019 Schmiggity’s. FREE. 1:30PM @ Mt. Werner, Meet at the large trail sign at the top of the Gondola where FRIDAY the “Why Not” trail starts. Lift ticket not included. Uranium Mine Free program, No registra- Snowshoe Tour tion required. Through February, 2019 Sponsored by Steamboat 10AM-1PM @ Fish Creek Ski & Resort Corporation. Falls Parking lot ($5 ing fee) FREE, Registration Pool League required (sign up online!) 6:30PM @ The V (Ages 16+) Sponsored by the Two-Step Tuesday US Forest Service 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. SATURDAY Emerald Mountain WEDNESDAY Snowshoe Tour Through February, 2019 Dart League 10AM-12PM @ Howelsen 6:30PM @ The V Hill/Emerald Mountain $20 includes snowshoes Karaoke Night and lift ticket (Ages 16+) 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE Registration required (sign up online!)

WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Wild Horse Gallery will feature “Winter”, a collection of snow scenes by its gallery artists in celebration of Winter Carnival 2019. TREAD OF PIONEERS MUSEUM 800 Oak St., | 970.879.2214 “HUMAN IMPRINT: STRUCTURES, ARTIFACTS & WOMEN” by artist Sarah Gjertson.

What do you want to do today? I don’t know. What do you want to do? FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1 FLOW: An Exhibit by Jill Bergman, Julie Anderson, and Denise Bohart Brown Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St, Steamboat Springs February 1- 23. Opening reception Friday, Feb 1st, 5:00 - 8:00 pm This exhibition explores the concept of “flow” by emphasizing water, movement, and design. Using kiln-formed glass, sculptural ceramics and printmaking, Denise Bohart Brown, Julie Anderson, and Jill Bergman transform their rigid media into curving lines to express energy and flow. Behind the Scenes Tour of Collections 11AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum Steamboat Whiskey Company Presents: “Redefining Contemporary Art: Selected Works from the NIAD Art Center” @ Steamboat Whiskey Company through February 17th First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception Julie Anderson, Jill Bergman and Denise Bohart Brown Artist Reception 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE Sphynx 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.

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Duane Vandenbusche 7PM @ Olympian Hall FREE but all attendees must have a Winter Carnival button. Buttons can be purchased @ door. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7 Free Skiing @ Howelsen Hill w/ Winter Carnival Button Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Judging 4PM @ Lincoln Ave Orgone 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $15 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8 Free Skiing @ Howelsen Hill w/ Winter Carnival Button Winter Carnival Snow Sculpting Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall Missed The Boat 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9 Free Skiing @ Howelsen Hill w/ Winter Carnival Button Winter Carnival Snow Sculpting SuperMagick 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10 Free Skiing @ Howelsen Hill w/ Winter Carnival Button

Winter Carnival Snow Sculpting Family Fun Show with We’re Not Clowns 3PM @ Chief Theater. $5 Children, $10 Adults TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Tread of Pioneer’s Winter Film Series at the Chief “The Last Ridge: The Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division” 6PM @ Chief Theater. FREE River Films at Bud Werner Memorial Library: “Inside the Indus” & “The Story of Chicken Raper,” including a Q&A with filmmaker Cody Perry. 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events WEDNESDAY FEB. 13 Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “Un Traductor” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE events THURSDAY FEB. 14 Valentine’s Day Stormwater Renewal Permit Training 9AM-11AM @ Centennial Hall agendas

Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15 40 Oz To Freedom 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. SATURDAY FEB. 16 Dynohunter 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 MONDAY FEBRUARY 18 President’s Day Rabbit Ears Snowshoe Tour 9AM-1PM @ Rabbit Ears Pass Registration required. Sign up online! $30, includes snowshoes (Ages 18+)

Jay Roemer Band 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22 A Taste of History “Recipes and Cookbooks Through The Ages” Noon @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE Grass After Dark: Love Cannon w/Jack Cloonan 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. Limited Tickets $10 PreSale/$15 DOS SATURDAY FEB. 23 Grass After Dark: Jeff Austin Band w/ Wood Belly 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. Limited Tickets $25 PreSale/$30 DOS



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City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

Moonlight Snowshoe Tour 5:30-7:30PM @ Emerald Mountain Registration required. Sign up online! $20, includes snowshoes (Ages 18+)

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Wild Films: “Rodents of Unusual Size” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events THURSDAY FEB. 21 “Marvin Booker Was Murdered” a film and conversation with filmmaker Wade Gardner 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events


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In the end, maybe not being sure of the future is the best hope and comfort you can have for the future.


October 24 - November 21

No one believed you could control the weather. But one day you will confidently exclaim “Look! It’s snowing!” followed by a little dance and eventually it will snow. Some people think it was coincidence, but you know they are wrong.


You’ll be whistling a different tune when you get someone’s annoying ringtone stuck in your head. You never even knew that the 1960’s Batman theme was ever covered by the Chipmunks, but now it’s a permanent fixture in your head.




July 23 - August 23

You swear that you want to be a more mature and accomplished person, but you once again find yourself sitting in the dark day after day, watching documentaries about nudist colonies and sex addiction.


August 23 - September 22

It occurs to you that it will not be easy, but you have to find a way. You will have to smile and act thankful when you win a competition by consuming a large amount of food, only to be awarded more of that same food for an entire year.

November 22 - December 21

Ignore every small child you come in contact with, even your own. That choose your own adventure show you have been watching will be ruined when they disclose all of the alternative endings and spoil all the twists and turns of the story in a loud and disorganized manner. Good for nothing children and their big mouths. December 22 - January 19

You are not ignoring them, you are getting old and your eyes are deteriorating. You are not flipping someone off, you are getting old and have arthritis. You are not an alcoholic, you are getting old and need you, cough medicine. January 20 - February 18

You may try, but you will never be able to hide the truth behind your hipster style. Everyone knows you use beard extensions, don’t have frames in your glasses, you love meat, don’t recycle and don’t think kombucha is a life elixir. Dressing like a fool is not a bartering chip for being enlightened.


February 19 - March 20

You will feel a sense of calm and mischievous excitement when David Bowie appears to you in a dream and winks at you with both eyes…at the same time.

Valley Voice

Rejected Snow Sculpture Submissions Here at the Valley Voice we had our own snow sculpture contest for this year’s Winter Carnival. The designs were either too gross or they weren’t politically correct. Either way, we thought you might enjoy all the rejected ideas.

February 2019



February 2019

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