Valley Voice July 2018

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July 2018 . Issue 7.7


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Contents When the Weather is Fine By Matt Scharf

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Water Page 4 By Sonja Macys

Avoid Worshiping the FICO Gods

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Art in the Park - A Steamboat Tradition

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Every Year in Mid-July

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An Amazing Opportunity for Writers

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Steamboat’s Kali Waldman

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Not Your Grandmother’s Opera

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200-Man Posse on the Tail of a Killer

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By Scott L. Ford

By Dagny McKinley By John Whittum

By Steamboat Springs Writers Group By Dagny McKinley

By Melissa Hampton

Publisher/Art Director: Matt Scharf Business Manager:

Scott Ford


Eric Kemper

Event Calendar:

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By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield

Getting to Work Page 13 By Scott L. Ford

Fly Fishing in Steamboat Springs

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Allergic to Cities

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Grit Girls Coming to Hayden

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By Lucas Sebastien Sands By Matt Scharf

By Brodie Farquhar

The Nest Page 21 By Aimee Kimmey

Steamboat Mountain School Sudden Surge

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Can You Walk on Water?

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Not Easy Being a Knight

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Hipsters Guide to Coffee

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Bee Pollen Balderdash

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Calendar of Events

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First Friday Art Walk

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By John Whittum/ SMS Staff and Alumni By Karen Vail

By Francis Conlon By Lyn Wheaton

By Monica Yager By Eric Kemper

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Yepelloscopes Page 30 By Chelsea Yepello

Future Americans using the “just following orders” defense in front of a tribunal for actions being taken right now… The increasingly poor quality of the local daily. A rising tide floats all boats, and we hope theirs stops taking on water… Human foosball… Paranoia to an extreme. Calling the sheriff on your owl outside… Traffic that Steamboat can’t handle. 30 minutes to go 7 blocks because all of downtown is closed means future visits will be discouraged… Myopic out-of- towners trying to make the country commercial…

Raves... Rain, just in the nick of time… Barbecue, and all other delicious foods cooked over open flames… Offseason moves, when every team is back to having a chance again… Projects coming off the list… Neighbors who believe in neighborhoods… Fluorescent Pig Farms… A brand new driveway… Allergic to Cities… Wildflower glory… My blind cat is still alive… The long backroad home…

Say What?... “Everything happens for a reason. And sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and made a bad decision?” “Facebook revealed that Ebola was the most popular Facebook topic in the U.S. this year, with the World Cup coming in sixth. So welcome to America, where even Ebola is more popular than soccer?” “I think I am allergic to myself!” “I’m taking it day by day. We might have fireworks???”

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When the Weather is Fine By Matt Scharf

Summertime in Steamboat. No slowing down now! It seems like there’s a special event or exhibition nearly every single day, in addition to our regular hiking, fishing, biking and boating options. This also means a renewal of our annual debate about whether we are loving our Valley to death. It’s a complex question, and one we all need to consider when it comes to deciding what kind of community we all want to live in. Some even love it to the exclusion of everthing else, including their neighbors. Sonja Macys considers this question as it relates to the Yampa River in our Council Voices column this month. July is also known for the annual Art in the Park festival. Dagny McKinley gives us a closer look at this local tradition, one of the major endeavors undertaken by the Arts Council and the Steamboat Creative District. From those to the Farmers’ Market, Opera Steamboat and even the big things happening at Steamboat Mountain School, the Valley Voice covers it all this month. In addition, we have many of our usual features; the Bonnifields spin tales of local history, Karen Vail lets us know what to look out for on the trails and Scott Ford tells us all what we’re doing wrong with our money and finances.

Council Voices


By Sonja Macys My first term on City Council was from 20112015. Then, like now, I was the only “new” person, so there was no “orientation” for new Council Members. Rather, I was invited to visit City properties and facilities with City staff. My first stop was the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Why? The Plant is arguably our most critical infrastructure. It processes our waste and returns it to the Yampa River as “effluent.” The effluent is passed along to downstream users. The Yampa River, as a tributary of the Colorado River, is a key piece of a much larger water delivery system. Seven U.S. States and Mexico count on a healthy Colorado River for drinking water, recreational resource use and, like us, to pass our effluent on. My specific curiosity, at the time, was whether the growing marijuana industry had created notable impacts to effluent quality. Along Colorado’s Front Range these impacts were being discussed. In my conversations with Gilbert Anderson, Plant Manager, I quickly learned that the Yampa River, once again, saved us from these problems. Because our effluent was released into a free-flowing river, rather than a storage facility as with much of the Front Range, we did not see the concentrations of nutrients that were being seen in reservoir dominated systems. As I re-join the City Council, having been elected in 2017, water and all it entails continues to be a topic of importance to our community and therefore a top priority of the Council. In the 2017 Community Survey, 93% of respondents said that “sewer services” and fire services were tied for what the City does best. As to what was important,

drinking water was #1 with 94% of people ranking it as either “essential” or “very important.” Also receiving high marks was “Management of the health of the Yampa River” with 88% of respondents giving it top billing.

T What does this tell us? And what do we know already? The a Yampa River is, and has been, a part of our cultural iden- p tity since the Yampatika Ute Indians started using this t place as summer hunting grounds and deemed the min- y eral springs sacred. Later, French Fur Trappers used the s river to get here and named the town “Steamboat Springs,”w because of the chugging, “Steamboat-like” sound of the Steamboat Spring (the chugging was silenced when the A railroad came in 1908 and the hydrology was impacted). i y We are all connected to, and by, the Yampa River. In recog- s nition of that and the critical and unique role the City can p play in its health, a 2018 Council goal is to “Identify and A Implement Strategies to Promote Water Supply Resiliency.” c w Like you, we care about water quality and quantity, supply t and storage, and how we can work together to develop t strategies that allow for the continued health of the Yampa o River. Recreational use is important; but let’s not “love t our river to death.” Certain triggers such as high tempera- s tures, low dissolved oxygen levels or flows less than 85cfs may require that we limit recreational use. I i The City’s partnership with the Colorado Water Trust e allows us to release limited quantities of water from Stage- o coach Reservoir to maintain river health. And we will play w our part in that. But you are also a steward of our water c resources. Use the water conservation plan developed by c The City and Mount Werner Water to learn about how to T conserve water at home. It could save you money too. Re- i bates are available when you replace your “water hog” ap- a pliances for something more water conservation-oriented. a We are fortunate, and proud to be at “the top of the wat tershed.” But let’s not forget that with great fortune also t comes great responsibility. F a

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Avoid Worshiping at the Alter of the FICO Credit SCORE By Scott L. Ford

The other day we were having discussion in the office and the topic of credit score came up. One individual was proud of the fact that he had a score of 730. I shared that I did not have a credit score and have not for several years. “What? Everyone has a credit score,” the group said in unison. The conversation quickly turned to exactly what is a credit score.

• Participation in a credit counseling program

A credit score is nothing more than a measurement of an individual’s relationship with debt. If you have no debt, you will have no score. From my perspective, having no score is far more valuable than having a great score. Simply put, I do not worship at the American alter of the FICO. A FICO credit score is a credit score developed by a company called FICO. This a company that specializes in what’s known as “predictive analytics,” which means they take information and analyze it to predict what’s likely to happen. The name FICO comes from the company’s original name, the Fair Isaac Co. It was often shortened to FICO and finally became the company’s official name several years ago.

• The interest rates on your credit accounts

In the case of credit scores, FICO looks at a range of credit information and uses that to create scores that help lenders predict consumer behavior, such as how likely someone is to pay their bills on time, or pay them at all, and whether they can handle a greater amount of debt. This credit information is passed to the folks at FICO from the credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It is important to note that the credit reporting agencies do not develop the score, FICO does. There are actually dozens of FICO scores, with each version serving a different purpose. Generally, the FICO score range is 300 to 850, with the higher number representing less risk to the lender or insurer. Five main factors go into FICO scores, and they each have a different effect on your score. Here’s the breakdown: • Payment history (35%) • Debt/amounts owed (30%) • Age of credit history (15%) • New credit/inquiries (10%) • Mix of accounts/types of credit (10%)

• Employment information, including your salary, occupation, title, employer, date employed or employment history

While FICO considers a wide range of information to come up with your credit scores, there is a lot of information that is not used. Here are some items that do not factor into a credit score:

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• “Soft” inquiries (requests for your credit report), which include requests you make to see your own credit reports or scores A lesser-known fact about FICO scores is that some people don’t have them at all. To generate a credit score, a consumer must have a certain amount of available information. For example, to generate a FICO credit score, the consumer should have at least one account that has been open for six or more months and at least one account that has been reported to the credit reporting agencies over the last six months. The only way to have a good credit score is to go into debt, stay in debt, and continually pay your accounts perfectly—without adding too much debt or paying too much off. In other words, stay in debt forever. How ridiculous is that? A measurement of our personal fiscal health should not be how high your credit score is. Rather the goal should be to have no score. This is done by dumping all debt, saving money, and not financing anything. Instead buy things by paying cash. Simply put, only buy things you can afford no matter how bad you want them. The affordability question should never be, “How much down and how much a month?” Stop working on your credit score. It’s far better to reduce debt with the goal of eliminating it. Do this and you will be well on your way toward building wealth—not your credit score. As an added benefit, having no debt in your life will be a whole lot less stressful and more peaceful.

All these factors are considered in other credit score models, so it’s safe to say that if you have a good FICO score, you’re likely have a strong score with other models as well. However, for some people, the weight of these categories can vary. For example, people who haven’t been using credit for very long will be factored differently than those with a longer credit history, according to FICO. So, the importance of any one of these factors depends on the overall information in your credit report.


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Art in the Park A Steamboat Tradition By Dagny McKinley All photos courtesy of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

PR Batik: Water color style painted on fabric. Prescott Studio: a blend of folk art, pop art and technically advanced construction in brilliant colors. His life-size steel kinetic animal sculptures move in the wind. Returned by Christina: Jewelry made from recycled guitar strings. July 14 & 15th, West Lincoln Park will transform once again for the 44th Annual Art in the Park. Art in the Park, the same weekend as the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, is often described as the most colorful weekend in Steamboat Springs. Tents will pop up, dotting the landscape, filled inside with treasures of handmade art and crafts, each of the 160 artists hand-chosen. This year Art in the Park will return to its roots with a jury working to ensure there are exciting new artists and some beloved old ones who make their art by hand and by heart. Glass work, clay bells and bowls, sculptures we don’t advise trying to move by yourself, jewelry, clothing, cards and more will be some of the irresistible creations available for discovery in the middle of July.

Jackalopes, Ltd.: Handcrafted one-of-a-kind purses from reclaimed new cowboy boots, luxurious leathers/hides and vintage belts. Jane Johnson: Fluid acrylic on canvas or Yupo paper. Lane Dukart Studio: Clay bells individually created and decorated with original hand carved designs that reflect the textures and culture of the mountainous West.

A few must sees include: ADORN: Hand crafted contemporary statement jewelry integrating authentic and vintage elements, deconstructed and presented in new and unexpected compositions. Each design celebrates the historic craftsmanship of the past with relevance to current trends. Back Roads Photography: Photography on natural slate or oxidized porcelain tile. Denise Bohart Brown: Kiln-formed glass sculptures. Douglas Fountain: Traditional Feather masks and Totems on dryvit and Venetian plaster. Fine Alpaca Apparel: Handwoven patterns of fine alpaca. Heartwood Artist: 2D/3D original tree art on reclaimed wood panels using inks, paints, and found objects such as stones, wood & glass. Each piece is linked to bits of wisdom using whimsy, realism and humor.

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Spoonwright: Handmade fine wooden kitchen utensils crafted from wood salvaged around the southwest including mesquite, pecan, apple, apricot, cherry, walnut and reclaimed red wine barrel staves. The mascot of this year’s celebration is Butter Moose, a piece of art created by Susan Schiesser, nationally renowned artist. If you aren’t sure what a Butter Moose is, then you definitely need to stop by the Steamboat Creates booth to find out. Limited edition posters of Butter Moose will be available for sale to the first 100 lucky buyers. Looking for a vendor or have a question about where to go? The Steamboat Creates tent has the answers. Here you can also enter a drawing to win a free stay at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas.

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OPEN Monday - Saturday 4pm-2am In the shade you’ll find birds of prey spreading their wings and eyeing you with uncanny intelligence. The birds on display, care of the Rocky Mountain Raptor program, are recovering birds or birds that cannot be released back into the wild. The raptors serve to educate and astound the public about their way of life. More than 80% of their treatable birds are released. The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program program saves and rehabilitates these majestic birds, and for a moment we get to see their wildness up close, their power and strength and their absolute beauty. Throughout the day artistic entertainment will pop-up throughout the park. Who knows what one may find from singers, saxophone players and dancers, to juggling and comedy. Anything goes.

As vendors open their tents, children will scamper across the grass as they delight in interactive play pods and their very own Kidspot activities. Activities include face painting, crafts and more. There will be a booth from Steamboat Creates with craft projects for kids, a recycled activity booth from Honest Tea and so much more.

All the while the smells of funnel cake, pizza, homemade lemonade and more will fill the air and tempt the tummy. After all, what is a festival without some savory morsels to leave you feeling content? Pair your food with beer, wine and sodas at the Beer Tent. Yes, we do have a tent devoted to keeping parents happy. This year’s Art in the Park is one you don’t want to miss.

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To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.—Georgia O’Keeffe


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Every Year in Mid-July By John Whittum It would not be a matter of concern. If former generations of titmice Had not perversely placed their nest Six feet above our housecat’s perch. Aloft enough to keep their babies safe Between the porch’s rafters and its roof, It lacks a space for learning how to fly – A hazard for untested wings. We think, but we’re not sure, that of each brood Most members do survive, escaping death From cats or coons or bigger birds which prey Upon these midget lives for fun. We’ve also witnessed bloody kills wherein A claw or beak administers the blow That terminates the trial of those whose luck Is measured as they leave their nest.

Steamboat Springs Writers Group

An Amazing Opportunity for Writers July 27-28, the Steamboat Springs Writers Group is hosting their 37th Annual Conference: A Day for Writers in Steamboat Springs. This year the conference presenters are John Cotter and Rachel Weaver, accomplished writers and teachers who promise to bring a new perspective to your writing, as well as tips and tools to improve your manuscript, short story, poetry or other creative endeavor. John Cotter is an inaugural fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Fort Lyon residency. Cotter has lived and worked with recovering addicts at a homeless shelter on the high plains of Colorado. He is the author of nonfiction essays, memoir, short fiction, poetry, comics, art writing, literary criticism and the novel, Under the Small Lights. Cotter has been published in numerous publications. His current project concerns the dynamics of sound and what the world resembles when sound disappears. Find out more at: Cotter will be offering the following sessions: • From Another Point of View • Close and Omniscient 3rd Person • Contemporary Use of Free Indirect Narration

And so we try to keep our howling cat Inside the house when birdies first show signs That they must prove themselves by leaping from Sure safety to mischance and fate.

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Rachel Weaver was the winner of the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction for her novel, Point of Direction. The book was named a Top Ten Title by Oprah Magazine, a Top Ten Debut for spring 2014 by American Bestsellers Association, and an Indie Next List Pick. Also an editor and creative writing instructor, Rachel directs the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s MFA program in Denver. In 2017 she received the Lighthouse Writers Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. Find out more at Weaver will be offering the following sessions and opportunities • Techniques for Revising Your Manuscript • Revising Efficiently Part One: Character and Plot Arc, and Dramatic Tension • Revising Efficiently Part Two: Evaluating Your Manuscript Theme • Additionally, Weaver will be offering Manuscript Critiques for a limited number of attendees for $50.00 The first fifteen attendees who sign up, at no additional cost, will stand at the podium and share their writing talents. Authors are encouraged to bring their books to sell and are responsible for their sales.

We must admit we’re glad these spectacles Take place in peaceful summertime, and thus Are limited not just to our small porch But once a year in mid-July.

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Steamboat’s Kali Waldman By Dagny McKinley Right now I really enjoy working with graphic art and that is the main focus of my show.

Where do you get your inspiration for your pieces? It’s a very random process. Somehow I just start to experiment and in the end sometimes there is a piece of art.

What is one medium you haven’t worked in that you would like to explore? I’d like to try pastels; I think they would resemble the textures and designs that are featured in my graphic pieces; but instead of creating on a device, I can physically make something.

The Light That You Can See by Kali Waldman

How do you feel when you are creating your art?

Friday, June 1st, Kali Waldman’s art exhibit opened at the Depot Art Center. On opening night she sold three pieces of work, which is a good night for any artist but is especially exciting because Kali is a sixth grade student at Steamboat Springs Middle School. This show isn’t her first art show. Her artwork started gaining interest when Kali was only five years old. People found hidden forms and images in her work. Since then she has explored pottery, jewelry making, graphic design and most recently photography. Her show at the Depot Art Center represents several periods and mediums she has explored through the years.

A lot of times I create artwork when I am bored as something to occupy my time.

Kali’s original work was created with abstract intentions, yet viewers found images within the work. Her pieces then became a game of hide and seek, with the viewers discovering unintended forms and images. Kali was recently nominated by her school to attend a leadership program at Harvard University in Boston this summer. She is working to raise funds to attend this program that focuses on leadership, education, community problem solving and volunteer work.

How does it feel to have a large body of art at such a young age?

Kali’s interest in art was a solution to boredom, but for the viewer it’s a breath of fresh air. Kali recently answered a few questions about the inspiration for her art.

When did you first realize your love of art? There was never an exact moment or age when I realized my love for art. It was just something I developed over time.

What are your favorite mediums to work in?

I personally don’t like being labeled as an artist because it makes an assumption about the things I like or dislike before someone can meet me. I don’t think it matters what the observers of my art know about me, other than they know that I created the piece. It’s more important that they develop their own emotions or ideas about the piece without my influence, so that they can interpret it in a way that’s meaningful to them.

At times it can feel overwhelming because I feel as though I need to continue making pieces. Sometimes the process is frustrating. Typically, after I have made something I feel a sense of satisfaction. At first, I was not very interested in making art, but was encouraged to continue making more pieces after my first show was so well received and people bought my art. Personally, I really don’t like any attention, but I do hope people will enjoy my art.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years, I think I will be continuing my education with a Masters Degree in a some form of biological research. I don’t see myself pursuing art as a career, but I may continue art as a fun hobby. Her exhibit can be viewed at the Depot Art Center June & July 2018, Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm.

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Opera Steamboat

Not Your Grandmother’s Opera By Melissa Hampton

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A production of Cinderella for elementary school students as part of Opera Steamboat’s “Opera in the Schools” program

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What do A Sensuous Woman, The Statue of Liberty, and Mother Teresa have in common? Answer: they are all characters in “The Proposal,” one of three productions in Opera Steamboat’s 2018 Summer Festival. The quirky cast isn’t the only surprise: this production is rated PG-13 due to adult themes, and is only forty minutes long! Another opera in the Festival involves a bad-boyladies-man who gets brought down by a ghost, while the third opera, also a “mini” opera, revolves around the simultaneous love stories of two foxes and several humans. Intrigued? I hope so. I’m here to blow your mind about what opera is and can be! Back to our damsel-in-engagement-distress in The Proposal. In this hilarious plot, a young woman can’t make up her mind about her fiancé’s proposal. To help her decide, five alter egos show up, performed by other singers as voices in her head. In addition to the Sensuous Woman and friends, two more cast members join in: the Security Officer and the Five-Year-Old. Whose advice prevails? Come see the show! The Proposal plays at the Chief Theater (August 1 and 6), the Art Depot (August 2), and the Bud Werner Library (August 3). For tickets go to: Are you surprised that advice-giving alter egos could be the subject of an opera plot? If you said “yes,” you’re going to love The Cunning Little Vixen, our family friendly opera. Vixen refers to a savvy little fox and her encounters with a cute boy fox and four rowdy male humans. In just seventy-five minutes, this story spins a tale about a hapless hunter, a love-sick school teacher, a preacher with romantic inclinations and a wicked guy who gets the girl (darn

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it!). The Cunning Little Vixen is based on a Czech fairy tale and, as is often the case with fairy tales, has a dark twist when the lives of the hapless hunter and the little vixen collide one fateful day in the forest. It is a morality tale sure to provide lively discussion at the dinner table. Not your grandmother’s opera? Well, if you feel like you can handle opinionated alter egos and foxy love stories, then you are READY for a BAHO (Big Awesome Hairy Opera). Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni, is Opera Steamboat’s featured production, and it’s here for ONE NIGHT ONLY (August 9th at Strings Pavilion). This one has it all: lights, music, action, beautiful costumes, sets, singing…and a wickedly delicious plot of murder and mayhem. Don Giovanni is a bad boy with a thing for the ladies. His fickleness leads him into a confrontation with the father of one of his conquests and…a murder occurs. The womanizing continues, the ghost of the dead father demands Don Giovanni repent…he doesn’t … and consequently gets dragged to Hades. Whew. Granny would be fanning herself by now (be sure to bring her, by the way). All this talk of steamy marriage proposals, foxy morality tales and a ghost might have you re-thinking your impressions of opera. At least I hope so! You also might be wondering whether you should bring the kids and grandkids, or leave them at home? The truth is, they may “get” opera better than you do, thanks to Opera Steamboat’s Education and Outreach programs. Each year, Opera Steamboat visits public schools in Routt and Moffat counties, bringing opera to more than 1,000 school students. These performances plant the seed of opera love into audiences of the future with fun and flashy performances held in school gyms and auditoriums. The students get the whole shebang: costumes, sets, drama,

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singing (and naturally, a few plot twists). After each performance, the students participate in a lively Q and A with the performers, asking those great questions that kids can come up with like, “Does it hurt your voice to sing opera?” and “Is that your real hair?” But seriously, early exposure to music and art has proven to help kids in so many other areas: language development, improved spatial skills and abstract thinking to mention a few. Opera Steamboat is passionate about our partnership with public schools. Read more at under “OUTREACH.”

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Beyond the school outreach programs, Opera Steamboat produces the Opera Artist Institute during the three-week summer festival (July 23 - Aug.12). This year, thirty-four emerging professionals will converge on Steamboat from all over the world, attending master classes and performing in the operas as well as in-concert. The master classes are taught by different top professionals each year, coming from places like the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Opera Academy, Royal Opera House Oman, La Scala in Milan, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, just to name a few. The master classes are open to the public. For times and locations check the website at:

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Bonnifield Files

200-Man Posse on the Tail of a Killer By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield

The date was July 12, 1961, but the location of what happened next varies depending on who is telling the story. The newspapers commonly place it on US 40 a few miles east of Kremmling. Other knowledgeable witnesses believe State Wildlife Training Officer Robert (Bob) Hoover was on the Sheep Horn south of Radium. Either way, Spooner’s car overheated, and he lifted the hood to cool the engine. When Hoover stopped to offer assistance, he noticed a rifle and a large amount of ammunition on the back seat. After Spooner went on his way, Hoover radioed Grand County Sheriff Chancy Van Pelt and suggested that he check out Spooner. The Eagle and Routt County sheriffs also received the message.

Delmar Dean Spooner was a small man (5’ 4”) with a sharp mind and a family history of mental illness. The Spooner family in Storm Lake, Iowa, was dirt poor and the community made life hard for the poor and unlovely. Delmar had enough; he bought a Dodge and headed west. As Spooner drove to Colorado, Lt. Hiram Short, recently transferred to Craig, was returning to his home in Castle Rock. Stopping in Kremmling he talked by phone to Russell Cole, Moffat County Treasurer, about a house for his wife and family. Across the street, Spooner worked on his car and later went to a Laundromat to wash his clothes.

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Lt. Short agreed to accompany Sheriff Van Pelt to investigate Spooner. They stopped Spooner who got out of the car allowing the search. For unexplained reasons, when the sheriff stopped him, Spooner believed he was going to jail for a long time. His Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality took control, and the lawmen were careless. Spooner returned to the car, reached into a torn door lining, and found his pistol the officers missed during their search. He drew it and began shooting, hitting Lt. Short in the abdomen, and wounding Sheriff Van Pelt. Hoover, also at the scene but unarmed, started running. Spooner then shot Hoover multiple times. The three lawmen were left on the roadside. Either Van Pelt reached his radio on his own or an unnamed passing motorist stopped to help him. Both accounts are reported. An ambulance was quickly dispatched to assist the wounded officers. Regional law enforcement offices were alerted. The manhunt began. The wounded were taken to the Kremmling hospital. Following basic evaluation and realizing the limits of the hospital, Van Pelt and Hoover were transferred to a Denver hospital. Both men arrived in critical condition, but they survived and in time returned to their offices. Lt. Short died while in surgery at Kremmling.

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a Spooner headed over the Trough Road toward State j Bridge. At the same time Eagle County Sheriff Henry (Hank) Knuth and Undersheriff Bob Clark moved rapidly i to establish a road block near State Bridge. Routt County m Sheriff Glen Robson and Conservation Officer Bob Rosette l also started driving to State Bridge. t a The region down the Colorado River from Gore Canyon “ to Dotsero is a steep canyon area with intermittent wide k spots for Bond and McCoy. In 1961, Eagle County’s population was 4,677, Vail did not exist, and Gypsum, Eagle, T Minturn, and McCoy competed in the same basketball B league. Along the Colorado River, the only public telephone p was a pay phone in the Bond Beanery. The railroad had its t own telephone lines. Many homes did not have electricity. n Highway 131 was simply the old stagecoach road with S gravel on it. n Between State Bridge and Rancho Del Rio, Sheriff Knuth and Undersheriff Clark met Spooner. He drove his car into a bank forming a shield and came out shooting. The lawmen left their vehicle and fired to flush Spooner from his fortress. Knuth ran out of ammunition and returned to the car for more. Hearing a shot and a cry of pain, he jerked around and saw officer Clark fall. His gun empty, the sheriff could not stop Spooner as he fled.

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B t O o Bob Clark, 69, a retired rancher, had owned property near C Gypsum and Brush Creek. After selling his ranches, he f served one term as county commissioner. At the end of his term, his friend appointed him Undersheriff. He served F only a few months before the shootout. a p Sheriff Knuth radioed for help and an ambulance. Bob h Shelton, John Beasley, and Dr. Gibby transported Clark to R the Kremmling hospital only to find it was full and out of P blood. The wound was checked and not considered critical. t Ambulance personnel decided to transport him to Lead- S ville. At Dillon, the ambulance met members of the Clark m family who followed it. Clark’s daughter and family, after sight-seeing on Independence Pass, stopped in Leadville B to watch the Eagle-Leadville baseball game where a friend c told her about her father. She rushed to the hospital. Doc- w tors examined Clark, and the opinion remained: his life a was not in danger. Undersheriff Bob Clark died shortly after the ambulance left. Clark’s son learned of his father’sT death as he listened to a local California radio station. h a At the scene of the shooting, between 170 and 200 men E arrived from across the state. No one knows exactly the b number of volunteers. Several were experienced lawmen l and others were simply having a “high old time.” Vehicles D raced up and down the road all night. So many men inspected every train through Bond that Spooner could have S become one of them and boarded without being suspected, b but he was away on the mountain. t h With the large posse arriving, Lucile Lieber and Mrs. Rol- h land Eagle realized the men had no place to eat. The first i afternoon the two women shouldered the burden. By the i next morning, every woman in Eagle County knew what g was afoot. They made sure coffee and food were always h available, and lunches were sent to those assigned to listening posts. The first afternoon and evening, the manhunt was limited

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as officers and volunteers poured in. With questions of jurisdiction because Grand, Eagle and Routt counties meet in the region, the State Highway Patrol took overall command. On the second morning blood hounds were turned loose at the crime site. They headed down river and spent the bulk of the day searching along the river, railroad, and highway. One disgruntled posse member stated, “those *** hounds could not follow a beef steak out of the kitchen.” The first night was one of concern for area families. In Bond, a small group of women decided to stay together for protection. They pushed a couch against one door before they went to bed. In the morning, they realized they had not locked the other door. A young woman near Copper Spur simply said, “Any man that breaks into my house will not live to break into another.”

July 2018

Steamboat by the Numbers

Getting to Work By Scott L. Ford

There were about 10,500 people ages 16+ that worked at some point during 2016. The majority of those that worked commuted to work. The average commute time to work for the Steamboat area worker was 14 minutes. Over 75% of the area workers had commutes of 20 minutes or less. Over 50% of the workers leave for work in the 90-minute period beginning at 7:30 am. About 80% of the workers get to work by using a car, truck or van. When we do drive, about 80% of the time we are all by ourselves in the vehicle.


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Rumors of sightings ran wild. Spooner was seen under a bridge at Minturn. At the same time, he was spotted on Kelly Divide near Toponas or perhaps on Gore Pass. He was reported at a hobo jungle in Grand Junction. By the third day, many of the “wanna-be” heroes left, and the manhunt settled into a highly professional search. Organized and strategically placed, men started up and over Yarmony Mountain. Volunteers Bert Simons and Clyde Borham of Aspen Airways searched the mountain from the air. Few places have drinking water on Yarmony Mountain and Spooner was heading toward a stock tank near Copper Spur when the #10 passenger train came down the hill. The engineer spotted the fugitive and radioed ahead. Railroad track patrolman Robert (Bob) Colwell and State Patrol Cpl. Maurice Becker were ready to move when the train cleared. Apparently, they had no back up, although Spooner had already killed two men and wounded two more. Becker spotted Spooner hiding behind a rock and took a careful aim before ordering him to drop his gun. The plane was approaching. Spooner hesitated, torn between escape and hunger and thirst, then dropped his gun. The lawmen chained the prisoner to a tool car and took him to Bond. Fearing a lynch mob (and Cpl. Becker had already worked him over), Spooner was rushed to the Eagle Airport and flown to Craig. Eagle County protested, but to no avail. Although a team of doctors found Spooner legally insane, the jury found him guilty of murder, and in December 1961 he was sentenced to life in prison. Spooner was a model prisoner, but the highway patrol blocked his parole. After twenty years, he escaped. For twenty-four days, he eluded the manhunt. Then two elk hunters near Westcliff were riding back to camp when a horse shied and they spotted Spooner attempting to hide in the brush. They brought him in at gun point. A former inmate described Spooner “as a very sick old man of 45 going on 80 who did not want to die in prison.” Years later he did die in prison from cancer.


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Fishin’ USA

Fly Fishing in Steamboat Springs: Why and How to Conserve By Lucas Sebastien Sands

Steamboat Springs: Ski Town USA. Scenic mountains and gorgeous landscapes, accompanied by remarkable skiing opportunities. Though, suffocated under this overwhelming winter praise, there are sports parrying this outstanding adrenaline euphoria with action-packed adventures. Of course, fly-fishing in downtown Steamboat Springs is heavily acknowledged, with the numerous shops and countless individuals in the river’s fast-running runoffridden water. The question still remains: Will the precious jewel that is the Yampa River become as infamous an attraction as its winter cousin? Furthermore, should we stop this growing admiration, and if not, how can we help preserve the environment? Business is prosperous in downtown Steamboat when the Yampa is running high and the bugs are flying low. Relatively unsupervised, though, is the behavior of the individuals aspiring to share a piece of our shimmering gem. Countlessly have resident fly fishermen, like yours truly, shaken their head at the careless behavior certain visitors display. Whether this autonomous disrespect comprises a disregard for the fish, or for the river itself, matters not. The true importance here is the untamed solution lying within our view: education. Individuals and organizations have managed multiple river enhancements and cleanups around town, but still, the root of the problem lies unaddressed, as it originates within the fishermen/water sporters themselves. Pamphlets, simple reminders, flyers, newspaper articles, and anything else to aid the conservation of the priceless stream we claim at our disposal should be shared. So, as the Yampa is fished, used, operated, and enjoyed, remember it should be shrouded with caring arms of protection, as spectacular things don’t always last.

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Farmers’ Market

Allergic to Cities By Matt Scharf

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By 1988 I had trademarked the idea and gave it a go. I sold hats, shirts and bumper stickers for the immediate masses, but mostly to friends who “got it.” We were all having a hard time in a city that large. Not my cup of tea, but I had a great job. So I stuck it out in the city. I did my penance as a city dweller until 1994 and moved to Steamboat. I gave Allergic to Cities a serious go when I got here, but was soon swallowed up in other work, which frankly, paid better. So it kind of sat on the shelf until 2005. In 2005, I sold Allergic to Cities to Rick and Suz Bear. I didn’t want to sell at first. But I thought, who’d be a better steward of the Allergic to Cities brand than Rick and Suz? They were an obvious choice to carry it on. What you see today is what Rick and Suz have come up with over the last 13 years. They have produced very creative designs based on the “Allergic to…” concept. Well, it’s 2018 and Rick and Suz want to give retirement a serious start. And here sits their baby - Allergic to Cities. Rick, Suz and I decided that I would take it back over and see it continue on as a Steamboat Springs local company. Allergic to Cities will be at the Farmers’ Market all summer, so look out for me and some of the old time favorites that proclaim what ails you. What’s amazing is that this concept all started from a backpack trip to Glacier in 1984, and to see it come back full circle after 30 plus years is very exciting. So please, stop by the Farmers’ Market and tell us what you’re allergic to!

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Hayden Brief

Grit Girls Eatery Coming to Hayden Located at Neste Auto Glass

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mother of six. Last winter, Theresa came out to the Yampa Valley to reconnoiter. Hayden seemed like a great little town, she said, right on the verge of taking off, she said, with new growth and business opportunities.

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Bartholomew’s family has extensive restaurant, catering, event planning and hospitality experience, but no one with food truck experience. The solution was found in Scott Bragman, a friend of one of the Bartholomew boys. Bragman is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, and has been running a food truck business back in Charlotte for several years. Bragman had been planning on moving his truck business to the North Carolina mountains for a change of pace when he heard about Grit Girls’ setting up in Hayden.

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Thinking it over for a day, Bragman signed up to be chef for Grit Girls’. He and wife Shannon purchased an RV to live in for awhile, and are moving to Hayden. “With our goal at Grit Girls’ to have top notch, yet simple food from a food truck, and our goal to provide our guest with stellar customer service, it makes sense to be overprepared rather than under,” she said.

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Hayden’s Yampa Valley Brewery will soon partner up with a food truck, called the Grit Girls’ Eatery. While the Brew will be selling terrific beers and ales, Grit Girls’ will be selling Southern cuisine at its mouth-watering best. Wait a minute. How, in the world, does a Southern food truck show up in northwest Colorado? Briefly, a young North Carolina couple honeymooned last year in Steamboat and environs. Trea Bartholomew and wife Kayla explored the area, fell in love with Hayden, and decided to find jobs and move here. Their enthusiasm was infectious and communicated itself to their extended family. “We’d been talking for years about setting up a family business,” said Theresa Barteholomew, Trea’s mom and

And the food truck? Bartholomew bought an 18-foot, pull behind food trailer for Grit Girls’. With a commercial kitchen, the trailer will be up and cookin’ in early July. A grand opening is planned for the Fourth of July. “We want to do pairings with the Brew’s beers, for the best experience for their customers,” said Bartholomew. “I’d like to hire a local muralist to decorate the trailer,” said Bartholomew. If the Grit Girls’ Eatery is a success, Bartholomew would like to move the operations into a building, she said. What about the food? Smokey Black-Eyed Pea Hummus. Drunken Drums in a Carolina rub. Shredded beef tacos. Lavender honey biscuit bombs. Monmosa chicken. Gouda grits, greens and gravy. Pimento cheese and maple bacon jam.

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Tales from the Front Desk

The Nest By Aimee Kimmey

Moments later, she knocked on 318’s door. She vaguely remembered the woman checking in, evidently she and her son were in town for a tennis tournament. She had practically been gushing about her little tennis progeny. Sure enough, when she opened the door, the woman was wearing a crisp white tennis skirt and matching sleeveless shirt. “Oh! Thank you for coming up so quickly.” The clerk glanced toward the balcony, seeking out her target. “No problem. Let’s take a look at that nest.” “Of course,” The woman threw open the door, “My son’s allergic to bee stings, he swells up terribly. I’m not sure about wasps, but with the tournament starting tomorrow, I didn’t want to take any chances!” While the woman talked, the clerk peered past her. A well fed boy around ten years old stood out on the balcony with a tennis racket in his hands. “He got stung by a bee one time and his entire face puffed up like a grape. He could barely open his eyes for a week.” As the woman talked, the clerk watched the boy on the balcony. He swung the racket over his head in a perfect arc. The clerk had to admit, it seemed like he had good form. He swung again, back and forth. “His tennis arm has really come along this year, I think we really stand a chance...” As the woman chattered, the clerk

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The days had become scorchers: Daylight stretched late into the evenings. Blue sky was endless with only the occasional fluffy white cloud to break it up. Bushy green trees swayed in the cool mountain breeze while birds and bees chittered among their leaves. The town was bursting at the seams; every ball field, tennis court, and volleyball net was teaming with screaming humanity. Each one hosting a variety of rotating tournaments. The streets were packed with constant construction, travelers escaping the concrete jungle, and locals just trying to get across town. It was activity to rival the insects. The front desk had been a steady stream of guests for what seemed like days; business as normal for summer time. Between the guests checking in or out and the where’s this, where’s that questions, the front desk clerk picked up the phone, “Hello front desk?” “There’s a hornet’s nest on our balcony! Can somebody do something about it?” The woman the other end of the line wasn’t exactly panicked, but the clerk got the feeling she’d probably ought to get on this one soon. “Sure, we’ve got some wasp spray, I’ll bring it right up. What room are you in?”

It hung over the balcony like a miniature paper-mache pinata. There was an ominous dark hole at the bottom of the cone shaped object, presumably ready to spew angry, stinging, wasps at any second. Swoosh! The boy’s racket nearly smacked it that time. Picturing a swarm of wasps descending down on the kid made the clerk a little queasy. It also made her want to giggle just a bit. Here this lady was so deeply concerned about her son’s safety, but she hadn’t even noticed him poking Fate square in the eye? Watching the kid start to jump for the nest, the clerk decided this had gone on for long enough. She cut across the woman’s long diatribe of amazing little snook-ums, “Right! Well, let’s get to that nest shall we?” “Oh my, yes.” As the woman turned, the youngster caught sight of her. His racket immediately dropped behind his back. The woman ushered her little precious off the balcony while the clerk attacked the nest with her spray. It appeared to be long since deserted, but the clerk still giggled to herself a little when she thought about the kid whacking a live wasp nest with his tennis racket. Would he have learned a lesson? Would he have blown up like a balloon? Sadly, she’d never know.

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“Three eighteen.” Leaving the front desk in the hands of her co-worker, the clerk grabbed her wasp spray.

Located next to City Market in Central Park Plaza, Steamboat Springs Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.—Pope Paul VI


July 2018

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Steamboat Mountain School’s Sudden Surge Story by John Whittum, SMS Staff & Alumni

Local philanthropy transforms educational complex In September 2017, the school opened the Craig-Scheckman Student Education Center, a building that unifies the classrooms and offices of the Charlie Williams Lodge with the Borden Center’s dining hall, theater, and science labs. This stateof-the-art facility provides students with additional classroom space on the upper floor, and lounge rooms on the ground level where they can study or relax with ping-pong and foosball. A recent graduate, Elle Michaud-Thomas, remarked, “When I walk through the new building, the school feels beyond lively and joyful.”

“Life-changing,” “challenging,” “transformative” – these were the words most frequently heard at the 60th anniversary dinner party held last June at Steamboat Mountain School, formerly The Lowell Whiteman School. More than two hundred alumni, parents, and former faculty gathered in the gym voicing stories about the past and projections for the future. The alumni loved talking with teachers, some who have been at the school over thirty years. Both teachers and alumni continue to model a passion for learning as they marveled at the new building’s facilities and improvements. At the heart of every conversation was each student’s development. Teachers and alumni regularly ask themselves how they can not only prepare students for success in college, but also for the many challenges and opportunities they will face in life This year’s Annual Campaign, emphasizing tuition assistance to families and experiential educational concepts, has motivated alumni to challenge one another. As a result, the alumni collectively donated three times as much as they did last year. Such investments have highlighted the energy now surging through Steamboat Mountain School.

Steamboat Mountain School 2018 Graduating Class From Left to Right: Tanner Orion Richard, Eric William Phalen, Daria Sergeevna Kuznestsova, Michael Robert MacBlane, Maya-Elle Janine Michaud-Thomas, Colton Thomas Oleski, Christian Philippe de Oliveria

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A Boarding AND a Day School Whiteman School (AKA WhitemanGaylord) 1957-1963.

(Whiteman (AKA Whiteman-Gaylord) School 19571963) With Former boys’ summer ranch camp (built 1948) on left and year-round school building (1957) adjoined to right. A much larger white-stucco, two-story addition was constructed in 1963 where vehicles are parked in this picture. The disastrous fire of February 1977 destroyed all three units, but prompted the formal beginning of a large day school program/ eight local students in September 1977,/ some on full scholarship in recognition of the community’s support in rebuilding.

Photo courtesy of The Tread of Pioneers Annie Bear ‘63: One of the first day students to graduate was Annie (Bear) Meyer ’63 (at the age 16!): BA Univ Colo; MA Univ/ Northern Colo; Diplomate (equivalent of US PhD) from Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Currently practicing Jungian psychiatry in Steamboat Springs.

While many Steamboat locals still think of SMS as an exclusive and expensive alternative to public education, they are often surprised to learn (1) it has recently admitted an equal number of boarding and day students, (2) it grants full or partial scholarships to well-qualified applicants, and (3) a few generous scholarships are often given to local residents. Sandra Gardner ’81; BA Colorado College; LLD Emory University; practicing Colorado attorney until her1991 appointment to the bench as Moffat County Judge in Craig.

Bruce Enever ’81: BA Univ/ Wyoming; Major (now retired) in Wyoming National Guard) and absorbed into USAF to serve twenty years piloting C-1530 Hercules into combat zones (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia) and peacetime countries. Currently manager of Green Creek Ranch, a large cattle-hay operation in Pleasant Valley near Steamboat Springs.

Winnie Delliquadri ’85; (completed 4 years of secondary school in 3!): BA Dartmouth; MBA Northwestern; First executive secretary (1991-3) of Tread of Pioneers; Currently Steamboat Springs City Grant Writer and Assistant to City Manager.

Photo of Bruce in civilian dress demonstrating the narrowness of an African dirt runway. Annie Kakela - ‘88; US Olympic Rowing Team Member 1996/ US Olympic Rowing Coach (2008-2013) Currently living at Kakela Barn and serving as Strawberry Park Group board member.

Caroline LaLive ’97; (now Caroline Lalive Carmichael): Alpine skier. Winter Olympic Team Member 1998 and 2002. Currently Alpine coach of Steamboat Springs WiinterSports Club

John Spillane ’99; Nordic skier; Olympic Team Member 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010; Enteprising sportsman, wilderness guide, dynamic businessman, owner of Steamboat Flyfisher, Trout Creek Flies, etc.

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July 2018

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Can You Walk on Water? By Karen Vail

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Water Strider (Heteroptera; Gerridae) Do YOU have a yearning to walk on water? You need to get small. Really small. The size of a water strider small. This enlightenment came alongside the Yampa River while being enchanted by these graceful ballerinas of the water surface. It is interesting that people who have a total bug phobia are mesmerized by water striders. Maybe because they are so easy to observe; even kids excel at it. Maybe because their extraordinary talent on the surface of the water earned them the name Jesus bug (they are also called pond skimmers and water skippers). There have been around 1,700 species of water strider identified; in Colorado 12 species are listed (“Guide to Colorado Insects” Cranshaw, Kondratieff, c2006). They have long, skinny bodies, short front legs used to grasp prey, with two very long pairs of back legs. These back legs are their secret to water skimming (more on that in a bit). They might look like a spider, but they are actually a true bug (really, there is a classification of true bugs!) in the Family Gerridae. And their habitat is water, pure and simple. Lakes, ponds, the quiet edges of streams, puddles, the ocean (the ocean water striders are some pretty amazing bugs!) Back to those legs. Head down to your local water source and watch a water strider moving across the water. They move in a very fluid and graceful way, and wherever their feet touch is a dimple on the water surface. And they are fast!! They can dash after prey at speeds of a hundred body lengths per second (that would be comparable to a six foot tall person swimming at 400 miles per hour!!). (“Hairy Legs Help Bugs Walk on Water” National Geographic News, November 3, 2004, Brian Handwerk) If you just happen to have a microscope to examine those legs and feet, you would see thousands of microscopic hairs. Researchers in China first wrote about these unique hairs less than two-thousandths of an inch and scored by miniature grooves. The grooves trap air, increasing water resistance of the water strider’s legs and improving their buoyancy. The researchers found that the water resistant legs are so buoyant they can support fifteen times the

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insect’s weight without sinking (“Hairy Legs Help Bugs Walk on Water”). It’s almost like they have a cushion of air to help them float and move on the water surface, and that air pocket is super hydrophobic (water repelling). Other animals have developed features similar to the water striders’ water repellency, such as duck feathers, but are less effective. If a raindrop lands nearby or a tiny wave swamps them, their buoyancy keeps them from breaking the water surface. If, by rare chance, their legs go underwater, it is very difficult for them to push to the surface. Their weight pushing down on the water causes the surface to deform, hence a dimple under each foot. The graceful movement comes from the middle and hind legs. The middle legs act like paddles, and the back legs can provide some thrust, but are mostly for steering and braking. The front legs, as mentioned earlier, are for snatching prey off the water’s surface. Have you noticed how mosquito larvae hang out at the surface breathing through their little snorkels? Zzzooom, along comes a water strider to snatch that little bugger out of the water with its front legs, pierce the larvae with its needle-like mouthparts, squirt in digestive enzymes that pre-digest the meal then suck out the juices. Go thank a water strider today! It is also the creatures that can’t walk on water that become water strider prey. Hapless moths and crickets flailing about in the water send ripples to the vigilant bugs. They “hear” by feeling vibrations in the water’s surface. Water striders usually wait at the stream’s edge until they hear the dinner bell ring (a vibration of a struggling insect, for example), then dart out to collect their meal. Look up “This is Why Water Striders Make Terrible Lifeguards” (A BBC video from the Deep Look series) video on YouTube for some amazing footage of water strider action. So far water striders seem pretty incredible, but there is one thing that, to me, seems a little weird. As Matthew Miller put it in his blog “7 Cool Facts About Water Striders” (Cool Green Science, Nature Conservancy, April 10,

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2017), “For water striders, love is a battlefield.” As I was watching my little enclave of water striders, I noticed several that were on top of each other. The females have evolved a “genital shield” to guard against unwanted males mating with them (the perfect chastity belt?). But the male water striders have coevolved a unique strategy to encourage the female to mate with him. The male taps the water surface in such a way that water strider predators might be attracted to the mating couple. Since the female is below the male, and closest to the approaching predator, she is the first one gobbled up. This “antagonistic coevolution” behooves the female to submit quickly to the male and not deploy the shield. Researchers also found the males antennae have “evolved into a spectacularly modified grasping device – large, muscular and fitted with hooks and spikes exquisitely adapted for grasping..” (“Pond Skaters Hooked in Sex Struggle” BBC Nature News, May 4, 2012). The antennae perfectly restrict the females’ heads, fitting over her head like a harness and grasping around her eyes. Ewwww! There is some kinky stuff for bloggers to write about!! You could have several water striders flying over your head right this instant. I mean, did you ever stop to think about where water striders come from in that lonely puddle of spring runoff? Depending on habitat conditions, water striders have wings of different forms. According to Sue Hubbell in “Broadsides from the Other Orders” (c1993), etymologists have the coolest term for this: alary polymorphism. So fun to say!! “Alary” is Latin for wing, and polymorphism means “of many forms”. Habitats with calm waters produce water striders with typically larger wings, and shorter wings are found in swifter waters. But other species have wings only when needed. This polymorphism allows a parent to have one brood of young with wings, while the next brood has no wings. Matthew Miller provided the example of a strider living in a small wetland with rising summer temperatures where the water is likely to disappear. A mechanism is triggered to produce the next generation of young with wings allowing them an escape route out of the drying wetland. If the area stays lush and wet, successive generations could be born wingless. Wings are a tough adaptation, as the body has to adjust to new muscles in new areas, physiologically changing the insects. They also take more energy to maintain. How does a winged water strider find these sources of water, sometimes within minutes of them being produced (like an artificial pond being filled by a hose)? Entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer reports on research suggesting they are attracted to any reflecting surface. Check out the new puddles next spring and see how long it takes for the water striders to move in. Nature has inspired many new forms of technology. The water strider has a robotic version that can push off the surface of the water without breaking the surface tension. Why, you may ask, create a robotic water strider?? The researchers believe one day the robots could monitor pollution in waterways, but added they wanted to explore “a new possibility (for) a robot’s aquatic mobility” (“Robot Can Leap From Water’s Surface” BBC News, Victoria Gill, July 30, 2015). They have a great video of the robots and real water striders. Now head to the river, pond, puddle, etc. to enjoy these fascinating bugs. We’ll see you on the trails.

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July 2018

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Hipsters Guide To Coffee By Lyn Wheaton

ing your coffee to order, as it should be. (See above comments from the peanut gallery) In 2014, when I began this project, Dazbog started offering a Oneskee. Unaware of the new option, I happened to be craving their Sumatra and drove to the Congress Park Dazbog to buy a bag. Due to severe ADD, I quickly scanned the propaganda on the door and noticed a sign announcing the OneSkee. Feeling dopey using the cutesy name, I asked the barista for a coffee made to order. He played dumb.

General Description of project: Reared on coffee in the 1960’s, a hardcore addict who would rather suffer head splitting withdrawals than choke down a bad brew is on an endless quest for the perfect cup. As she relentlessly schleps from one coffeehouse to the next, delighting in the ever-changing culture, roasts, terminology and brew methods that always stimulate thought, she discovers an entirely new fascination. Along the journey, she becomes aware of the ever-growing population of hipsters occupying coffeehouses far and wide. Sandwiched between the actual beat generation and the disco crisis, this aging free spirit is mesmerized by the movement unfolding in front of her.

That’s the problem with Dazbog; part of the mystique is their origin, especially for those of us who survived the Cold War. It is founded by a couple of Russians. And one of their selections: the KGB is “an interrogating blend,” but do the baristas have to make you feel so oppressed? If that’s supposed to be part of the ambiance, it doesn’t really work for me. I always feel nervous about asking questions. I took my coffee and got outta there.

Backstory and ancient history: I have developed a fondness for Hipsters. We share a strong bond. My love of coffee singlehandedly spurred the revival of the coffeehouse and gave modern-day hipsters a place to hang their wool caps. I want to know everything about coffee and they seem to be the ones to ask. Coffee is their gig. It’s my gig too. I was reared on the stuff. I am frequently denied the opportunity to donate blood, turned away because my type, Sumatra Mandheling, is just too rare to share. It started back in the sixties. I drank the swill made from freeze-dried crystals, black. By the time I got to high school I was a certified junkie, forced to cut several classes a day and make a 7-11 run just to get normal. Thanks to my work in the restaurant business and a fake ID, I was soon turned on to the magic of automatic drip and an authentic coffee house just a couple miles north of the bars I frequented in Asbury Park. We frittered the nights away drinking Dutch coffee at The Inkwell in Long Branch while listening to Bob Dylan and philosophizing about the insanity of the establishment (Maybe I am a hipster at heart.). There is so much to say about coffee. I’d like to start off by saying; I like my coffee STRONG. I don’t want to detect the slightest taste of water in my coffee. I want it dark, thick, smooth, syrupy, and hot, just like my men. The question is - how do I describe that to the friendly and often confusing baristas at the many coffee joints I visit? For at least two decades the coffeehouse as we knew it died. I know many of you are shaking your heads, but you probably think there were always cell phones and VCRs (there’s a modern word). You’d be wrong. There was a void in our culture. A time when a good cup of coffee couldn’t be had. Just the same, a good tune was almost impossible to come by. We called this the disco decade. Eventually, a man in Seattle got smart and opened Starbucks. I am a purist at heart and prefer small local establishments, so it’s hard to admit that if it weren’t for Daddy Starbucks, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Like it or not they started it. Or gave it the re-start it needed. Now coffee lovers everywhere can revel in the many excellent indie coffeehouses throughout the land.

Starbucks taught us how to speak coffee. And we no speak so good. Starbucks made it easy - bold, medium, and mild. Worked for me. That bold will put the scare in ya, and that’s the way I like it. Centuries ago, I started having stomach problems from the sheer quantities of coffee I was consuming and had to start adding cream, lots of it. When I order my coffee I want to see a clear contrast in color. Dark brown or black is a good contrast to white cream. Tan or beige, is not. So that’s it, that’s the coffee I want. Great. I’ve been trained, I want Venti bold coffee; I’m ready to leave Starbucks and go local because that’s just how I roll. First reporting: Area of observation- The Mile High city. I head over to Pablo’s on Penn, in Denver. A cozy little place. I tell them I like bold coffee and they are down with that. We’re good. Thirsty again, I go to Fluid, a Novo shop, and they don’t like my terminology. That’s cool. I’m open-minded. My sensei, the barista, launches into an explanation that eludes me -- something about the roasting process -- I order a Sumatra. They prepare it in their Clover. It’s good. I become a regular here, as well. Spoiler alert: Fluid can no longer use the Clover, as it is proprietary to Starbucks. Comments from the peanut gallery: My adventures have dropped me at the door of many a “coffeehouse” that serves subpar coffee. If I wanted burned oxidized crap, I would go to a gas station and buy my beverage. Maybe it’s just me, but I think if coffee is your specialty, it should be really special. I might even suggest, that selling bad coffee at a coffeehouse should be considered a crime against mankind punishable by flogging. Recent Findings, also known as Breaking News: This is actually semi-stale news, unlike any coffee we would dare drink, but still pertinent. I’m heartened to report many more coffeehouses are mak-

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Never one to back down from the call of duty, I pulled myself together and went back in to get clarification on the Oneskee. I learned it is made using the pour over technique. Other places call this the infusion method, Chemex, or V60, while some of us may remember it simply as… the Melitta. The barista was friendlier this time. He told me the recent death of the coffeehouse was due to Wi-Fi and the Carmel Frappuccino. I was confused. He explained that Wi-Fi took everyone away from socializing and into their own heads. I can dig that. However, I don’t agree with his premise that the coffeehouse is dead. He didn’t look old enough to have participated in the real coffeehouses of the sixties before they really died, but whatever. Dateline Dazbog: Fast forward - another trip to another Denver Dazbog. It is not my imagination. They are very suspicious of my actions and motives. I took a picture of the clocks that showed the time in Moscow compared to the time in Denver. That attracted a few dubious looks. Next, I took a picture of the Russian writing over the coffee bar. That’s when they nabbed me and began interrogating me. Asking if they could help me, and what was so interesting that I was taking pictures of? I simply replied, “Do you have today’s Pravda?” The barista said, “I don’t know what that is.” More than a little shocked, I told her, “It’s like the NY times of Russia. How can you not have it?” She said,” This is Denver, why would we?” Feeling uncomfortable, I took my coffee and booked out of there before they could confiscate my photos. 2018: The Congress Park Dazbog has since closed and I have been informed that the Oneskee is on its way out. Coming soon? Jacked up on felonious amounts of caffeine and unable to sleep, I spend my days in search of the elusive cup that will be as good as my first. This sick cycle has provided keen insight into the constantly evolving, amalgamated world of coffee and hipster culture, not to mention a few other interesting trends I’ve uncovered in the dark recesses of the coffee business. Credo: There is never a bad time to drink good coffee. Until we meet again, El Exigente Blanca

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July 2018

A Closer Look

Bee Pollen Balderdash By Monica Yager

It’s allergy season, a time that never goes by without vitamin sellers and alternative health practitioners advising hay fever sufferers to ingest bee pollen to treat their allergies. Commonly, the advice is to sprinkle bee pollen granules on top of smoothies or other drinks, making it seem so nice and natural that even kids could consume it. The theory behind this is that consuming small amounts of bee pollen could build up a resistance to the very thing that causes seasonal allergies, pollen. So what is bee pollen and can it successfully remedy seasonal allergies? Bee pollen starts out as part of a plant, particularly the flowering, scented ones that attract bees searching for nectar, which the bees then use to produce honey. The pollen from these plants is large and rather sticky. The pollen sticks to the legs of the bees, traveling along with the bee from flower to flower, with more pollen added along the way, and eventually ends up in the beehive where it can be harvested for human consumption. Then there is another kind of pollen, which comes from trees, grasses, and weeds. This pollen is much lighter than flower pollen, is more easily windborne and stays airborne for an extended amount of time and there’s a lot more of it than flower pollen. This is the pollen that finds its way into nasal passages and triggers those allergic reactions that can make life miserable for those susceptible to seasonal allergies. Since virtually all seasonal allergies are caused by trees, grasses and weeds, that would be the pollen to use with the theory of building a resistance to the very thing that causes allergic response. Bee pollen, a different

kind of pollen altogether, would presumably have no effect. Which is why this theory has never been proven to actually work as it is claimed to. It is unclear when this theory got its start, but as early as 1979 the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology noted the side effects of severe allergic reaction to bee pollen. In addition to case reports of anaphylactic reaction to bee pollen, there are published reports of photosensitive skin reaction and renal failure from bee pollen. Also, a recent study found substances in bee pollen known to cause to liver damage. The bee pollen theory only exists in the alternative health world. As such, this amounts to non-health care advice from an extremely poorly regulated industry, dispensed by vitamin sellers and naturopathic practitioners who have no medical education or training, for a substance that has no standardized list or amounts of ingredients, no available data for safety, toxicology, effectiveness, or short or long term effects, has no known demonstrable mechanism of action, and lacks reliable peer reviewed studies and controlled clinical trials for allergies. Questions and concerns regarding seasonal allergies should be taken to qualified, licensed, trained, medical professionals.

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

I tend to work in coffee shops. I need to get out of the house, and, well, I need the coffee.—Bryan Cogman


July 2018

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Calendar of Free Events RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS: SUNDAY Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. MONDAY 8 Ball Tournament 6:30PM @ The V Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. TUESDAY Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Olympic Heritage Walking Tour 9AM-10:30AM @ Howelsen Hill Lodge FREE YOGA IN THE BOTANIC PARK All levels yoga, all summer 9AM-10AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park, Every Tuesday. Please bring a mat or towel and water. Suggested $10 donation helps support the Park. Info call/text 970-8465608. “A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 10:30AM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org Pool League 6:30PM @ The V Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. WEDNESDAY 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

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. Dart League 6:30PM @ The V Karaoke Night (Except July 4) 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE THURSDAY Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Downtown Historical Walking Tour 9AM-10:30AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE YOGA IN THE BOTANIC PARK All levels yoga, all summer 9AM-10AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park, Every Thursday. Please bring a mat or towel and water. Suggested $10 donation helps support the Park. Info call/text 970-8465608. Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1PM. FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS


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

TUESDAY JULY 3 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

Late Night Radio 8PM (all ages) & 10:30PM (21+) @ Schmiggity’s. $15/$10.

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series Noon-1:00PM@ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE Check out for speakers and topics. Bring a friend and bring a lunch!



Independence Day

Whitewater Ramble 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10.


DeadPhish Orchestra 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10.

YOGA IN THE BOTANIC PARK All levels yoga, all summer 9AM-10AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park, Every Saturday. Please bring a mat or towel and water. Suggested $10 donation helps support the Park. Info call/text 970-8465608. Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1PM. FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS Farmers Market 9AM-2PM @ 7th & Yampa Live Performances 11AM1PM Each Week

“A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 4:30PM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE www.steamboatwriters. com

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Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert 11AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum

THURSDAY JULY 5 Author Patrick Brower, Killdozer Discussion & Signing 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE Free Film: “Brimstone & Glory” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Boom Thursdays: Local DJ Party ft. DraLa 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. FRIDAY JULY 6 Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour with Historian Jim Stanko Noon @ Steamboat Springs Cemetery First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception Shifting Perspective 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE

MONDAY JULY 9 Young at Art Creativity Camps Begin @ Arts Depot. For more information: orgs/SteamboatSpringsArtsCouncil City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Seminars at Steamboat Presents “A Bipartisan Roadmap for the American Healthcare System” A nonpartisan policy talk with Stuart Butler. Free tickets distributed starting at 4:45PM; doors open at the same time. Talk starts at 5:30PM, Strings Pavilion, FREE. Hayden Chamber Meeting 7PM @ Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Hayden. TUESDAY JULY 10 Wild Films: “The Hunt – Nowhere to Hide” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WEDNESDAY JULY 11 We’re Not Clowns Family Fun Show 11AM @ Chief Theater. $5/$10

Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “In Between” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JULY 12 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Free Film: “Whose Streets?” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Boom Thursdays: Edamame w/ Mvttv 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. FRIDAY JULY 13 Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 1PM @ (33985 Hwy 40). FREE Teen Poetry & Song-off! Pizza for ages 13-18 4PM @ Hayden Public Library Groovement 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. SATURDAY JULY 14 Art in the Park 9AM@ Lincoln Park. FREE

Valley Voice

July 2018

Calendar of Free Events

First Friday Artwalk

What do you want to do today? I don’t know. What do you want to do?

Worried Men 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE.


Art in the Park 9AM@ Lincoln Park. FREE

Pioneer Picnic & Centennial Celebration of the Hayden Depot Noon -3PM @ Hayden Heritage Center. FREE. More info /970276-4380 MONDAY JULY 16 Seminars at Steamboat presents “Diplomacy and Action: U.S. Options for North Korea” A nonpartisan policy talk with Christopher Hill. Free tickets distributed starting at 4:45PM; doors open at the same time. Talk starts at 5:30PM, Strings Pavilion, FREE. TUESDAY JULY 17 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Free Film: “Rock That Uke” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WEDNESDAY JULY 18 Lulie Crawford’s Wildflowers and Watercolors Kid’s Program 3PM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. FREE Poetry Readings & Workshop With Poet Gail Goepfert 6PM @ Hayden Public Library Dinner included!


July 6, 2018 5 pm - 8 pm All over downtown

ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS Library Author Series: Georgia Blair “Banana George!: Don’t Wait For Life to Happen, Make it Happen” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JULY 19 Free Film: “The War to be Her” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Talk starts at 5:30PM, Strings Pavilion, FREE. TUESDAY JULY 24 Free Film: “Voices of the Sea” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Author Kelly Robbins, Trust Your Next Step: Creating the Confidence to Cut Fresh Tracks Discussion & Signing 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE Boom Thursdays: XOA w/ Floatgoat 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.



Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas

Waker 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.

Boom Thursdays: LYFTD w/ special guests TBA 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.

Library Author Series: Isabel Sawhill “The Forgotten Americans” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Exmag w/ Mikey Thunder 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10.



Rock the Summer! Concert with Trevor Guire 7PM @ Hayden Public Library

A lunchtime musical talk with 2018 Strings Music Festival percussionist Vadim Karpinos “My Journey from the Soviet Union to the Chicago Symphony,” Noon @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/ukuleles

Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 1PM (33985 Hwy 40). FREE

Liver Down the River 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. SATURDAY JULY 21 Funk You 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.


MONDAY JULY 30 Seminars at Steamboat presents “The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles” A nonpartisan policy talk with Robert Puentes. Free tickets distributed starting at 4:45PM; doors open at the same time. Talk starts at 5:30PM, Strings Pavilion, FREE.

Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas

MONDAY JULY 23 Seminars at Steamboat presents “The Perfect Weapon: How Cyber Conflict is Changing How Nations Compete and Conflict” A nonpartisan policy talk with David Sanger. Free tickets distributed starting at 4:45PM; doors open at the same time.

CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8119 GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 JACE ROMICK GALLERY 833 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 Now open at its new location 833 Lincoln Ave across from FM Light & Sons. Featuring the fine art photography and custom frames of Jace Romick, MANGELSEN-IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave 970.871.1822 Legendary nature photographer Tomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for over 40 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. LINDA ISRAEL SIGNATURE GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.7062 Delight in the regions’s largest collection of Linda Israel’s famous colorful bears and wildlife paintings. LODGEPOLE GALLERY 111 11th St., Unit 105 Old West Building | 970.879.7334 Sculpture, skulls, oil, graphite & leather. Modern Western art, 3 kinds of wine and good beer. Come on down 11th Street! PINE MOON FINE ART 1125 Lincoln Ave.. | 970.846.7879 Features JENNIFER BAKER, Glass Artist. All new work. “Concepts from the Box”. RED WEST CONTEMPORARY ART 1125 Lincoln Ave., 12th St. | 970.846.7879 | 970-846-0791 Featuring eleven Colorado Artists, offers a fresh, enriching, and vibrant art experience. RICK PETERS | LIBRARY HALL 1289 Lincoln Ave. Dollhouses that are really Adventure Houses, hand-colored intaglio prints that tell stories, paintings that take a unique perspective of the natural world, and dioramas detailing important aspects of military history. All with detail that amazes and delights! STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America featuring 250 of the best representational oil painters in America. See what’s new from over 20 local artists inside the Museum Store STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ARTS COUNCIL AT THE DEPOT 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 “Participatory Art” The audience is engaged in the creative process as co-authors, editors and observers. Participatory art doesn’t exist unless the audience completes it. Platform Gallery: Kali Waldman, paintings W GALLERY 115 9th St., Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783 Artist Christopher Oar presents a collection of abstract oil paintings and steel sculptures illustrating the urban and natural landscapes discovered on his daily walkabouts. WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Wild Horse Gallery will feature new works by its new gallery artists and Oil Painters of America members. For more information, please call 970-819-2850 or go to STEAMBOAT SMOKEHOUSE 912 Lincoln Ave. | 941.321.2809 YBC is excited to present it’s July group show, CRAFT AS ART, at the Steamboat Smokehouse! How do we define craft? How do we define art? Where do they intersect? Is there a difference? We asked our members to delve into these questions in this month’s group show, utilizing materials and/or processes traditionally associated with craft to create a piece of artwork exploring these ideas. URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 Our Annual Skate Deck Art Show is back! This installment features works done on blank skateboards by Local Artists.

You have power over your mind-not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.—Marcus Aurelius


July 2018

Valley Voice


Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

This fortnight you will find a turtle lumbering down the road. You’ll find it very amusing to set the little creature next to you and attempt to race it down the road to see if the turtle can really out-smart you like it claimed to do with the hare. No. It doesn’t outsmart you. You finish the race before it even crosses the starting line. What did you expect?


April 20 - May 20

Some people call you sensitive. Others call you a cry baby. You have a different name for yourself; Emotionally Enhanced.


May 20 - June 20


October 24 - November 21

Sadly, your balloon flew away. Happily, next time you might go with it.



June 21 - July 22

July 23 - August 23

The director directs the direction of the direct direction. Directly directioning the direction of the director’s directional device. Directly directioning the direction of the director. There. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.


August 23 - September 22

Is Patience really a virtue? Do good things really come those who wait?


December 22 - January 19

When do you know you’ve found something good? When you get to know it... every nook and cranny of it ...and it’s still exciting and interesting. That’s when. January 20 - February 18

Purple rocket ship to Mars. Crewed by monkeys in little space suits... They say you’re crazy but you swear you have seen them. Don’t worry, that delirious wino on the street corner agrees with you.


February 19 - March 20

You will soon join a very strange gathering of people that have the same strange obsession with hamster wheels as you do. At least now you don’t have to feel so alone as you stare at the squeaky wheel of joy.

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July 2017

Not to be combined with any other discounts. Golden Leaf does not condone public consumption.

July 2014 . Issue 3.7


July 2015 . Issue 4.7

November 22 - December 21

That guy staring at you isn’t trying to be creepy. You just have something on your face.

Some of our favorite July covers of the past.


September 23 - October 23

Oh yes. They are pickin’ up what you’re puttin’ down. They are smellin’ what you’re steppin’ in. They are drinkin’ what you’re pourin’. They are eatin’ what you’re cookin’. They are grabbin’ what you’re givin’. They are seein’ what you’re showin’. They got chu boss.



Happy Hour is 7pm-10pm daily.


Something great has happened, but for some strange reason you still want to make it even better. Yes, it is good to strive for the greatest it can be, but it is also important to focus on what you have now and what you have been so graciously given. Keep reaching for the stars, but don’t forget that you may be riding on the prettiest star in the sky. Pardon the inquiry... But shouldn’t you be somewhere?


The world may never know. One thing is for sure though, “patiently” watching the water boil is not going to make that cup of noodles taste any better.

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July 2017 . Issue 6.7


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