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Contents It's a Wrap at the Capitol

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Stepping Up To Serve

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Trails Are Good: Part I

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A Day For Writers

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By Dylan Roberts By Lisel Petis

By Aryeh Copa

By Marian Tolles

Magic Page 7 By Joan Remy

A Great Western Artist: Part I

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Are You a Citizen Scientist?

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What the Heck is a Performance Bond?

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Hayden is Busy, Busy, Busy

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The Pygmalion Effect

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Reverse Mortgages

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Valley Voice Goes to Iceland!

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By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield By Karen Vail

By Bill Martin

Publisher/Art Director: Matt Scharf Accounts Manager:

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Shakespeare Everywhere

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Amazonite: The New Turquoise

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I Faked It!

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Bears Ears Speak

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First Friday Artwalk

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Comics Page 27


Rants... When your old friend drinks and turns into a scary boxcar hobo… Twice daily power outages… The county mailing you only the Spanish voter registration form… Fast bicycles on the sidewalk… Winter getting in the way of summer… Losing your 120 day streak on Duolingo... Shoveling a day after you mow the yard...

Raves... Crews out working in the seemingly year-round snow. Power crews, highway crews, everyone that keeps things moving no matter the conditions, a hearty “Thanks!” Making a good natured joke about the forms you can’t read. Lo siento. No hablo espanol… Visitors commenting how tough locals are in this freaky weather… People who get it… When contributors come through month after month after month… When your neighbors take care of your cats at the last minute! Thanks Lyn! See your old friends at the Farmers Market...

Say What?... “It can’t be coincidence that the day I find myself agreeing with Donald Trump is the same day a foot of snow falls on the first day of summer?” “You should see if that fancy loaner mower mows snow?” “My spring go-to fabric used to be Gore-Tex but now it’s neoprene.” “Your place or mine? Mine’s above the floodplain.” “Honey, I’m taking the catfish for a walk.” "The Yampa River Botanic Park is switching to hydroponics."


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It's a Wrap at the Capitol By Dylan Roberts On the health care front, we took real action to finally start lowering the cost of health care and saving you money. My first and biggest bill of the session, making Colorado the first state in the nation to begin the process of creating a public health insurance option to increase choice and competition on the individual market passed and has been signed into law by the Governor. I also passed a bill that will allow health insurance co-ops to form and negotiate directly with insurance companies for lower rates. I co-sponsored a bill led by Sen. Rankin and Rep. McCluskie to create a reinsurance program that will lower private insurance premiums up to 25% in our mountain counties over the coming years. Further, I passed life-saving legislation to allow emergency access to medication and a bill to lower the price of insulin and investigate the out-of-control increase in prescription drug prices.


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Our transportation infrastructure is crucial to our state’s economy and I am excited to report that when we passed our balanced state budget in April, we were able to increase funding for our roads significantly. I also worked C to send a bill to the Governor’s desk that increases winter r traction requirements on I-70 to increase safety and cut- J down traffic delays. F t Historic investment in affordable housing, particularly in F our rural and mountain communities, was made through w one of my bipartisan bills that will create a funding grant program for local public-private housing partnerships, all T f without raising taxes or fees. ( Education was a major priority during this session, and f to that end, Governor Polis signed the bill to follow Yampa i b and Steamboat’s lead to ensure fully-funded full-day kindergarten is available to all Colorado families. Also, we bought-down the “negative factor” for education by a large W amount and increased rural school funding to better sup- a port our teachers and students. d S Acting to protect our state’s natural beauty and the outdoor economy and agriculture on which our community A relies was also an urgent task. We passed historic climate s change legislation that will make Colorado a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with several other bills to protect our environment. I also was excited to see the Governor sign my bill to protect Colorado’s water from hard-rock mining spills and a bill to increase funding for Colorado’s water plan. I could go on for many pages about the other work that was done on topics like criminal justice reform, rural broadband, student loan debt, tax reform, mental health access, and more. Since I have to cut this column off, I invite you to contact me anytime if you have questions, concerns, or ideas. As always, I can be reached directly on my cell: (970) 846-3054 and e-mail: Thank you for the privilege to serve you this year.

Representative Dylan Roberts represents Colorado House District 26, encompassing Eagle and Routt counties.

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City Council Voices

Stepping Up To Serve By Lisel Petis

It’s that time again, where multiple Steamboat Springs City Council seats will be up for election and we are looking to the community to ask people to step up to join us on City Council. There are seven individuals who serve on City Council making decisions for our City: two individuals from each of our three districts and one at large member.

what items go in our parks, how buildings in our community should look, and where the future of the City should be headed. If you have your complaints, this is your way to do something about them. If you want to make a positive impact, this is your chance to make it. And – let’s be honest – you get some financial perks too, including an $842.23 monthly stipend and health insurance benefits. Too many people think that they are not ready or don’t have the correct credentials to run for City Council. However, while a financial, legal, or construction/planning background can be helpful, it is someone’s passion for their community and commitment to put in the necessary time that really makes for a successful councilperson. If you are interested in running for council, I would highly encourage you to do the following: (1) Attend planning commission, parks & recreation commission, and city council meetings;

Currently Robin Crossan and myself are the District 1 representatives (Old Town and West); Kathi Meyer and Jason Lacy are the District 2 representatives (Fish Creek Falls to Pine Grove); Sonya Macys and Heather Sloop are the District 3 representatives (Mountain area); and Scott Ford is the at-large representative. (Please go to the city website to see the district map).

(2) Meet individually with council members to learn about their experience serving on City Council; (3) Meet with key community leaders, including city staff and/or heads of agencies that frequently work with the city;

This fall, there will be a seat up in each district as well as for the at-large position. While I believe that Robin Crossan (District 1) and Jason Lacy (District 2) will be running for their districts again, Scott Ford (at-large) is term limited and Heather Sloop (District 3) has said she will not being running again. With that, we are looking for community members who are passionate about bettering our community and able to dedicate the time to serve on City Council to run this Fall. Serving on City Council has been incredibly rewarding.

(4) Talk with community members about their top concerns or hopes for the city; and (5) Visit the City Clerk’s election page, steamboatsprings. net/election, to see what all is required in order to run (such as candidate affidavit, 25 signatures on your petition from registered electors within the district you wish to represent and typically filed with the City Clerk in late August). I am always happy to chat with someone or meet for coffee to talk about the potential to run for City Council. You can contact me at:

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We are all trail users. Most of us use trails in multiple ways. We hike, bike, moto, run, hunt and ride horses. An equestrian is just a trail user that happens to ride horses, much like a mountain biker is a trail user that rides bikes. We likely all hike. Without addressing population growth, there will be ever higher demands on our forest. It is in all of our best interests to properly plan trails that serve the needs of the community while protecting resources and wildlife. Humans have a short attention span. In today’s age of fake news and alternative facts it can be so difficult to decipher fact from fiction that many have given up trying. Most of us believe what we read in the newspaper, although they rarely get it all right. Often we form an opinion from just reading a headline and a photo caption. But who can blame us? We have so much to process in this gig economy and multi-tasking world. It takes work and time to fact check, to discover bias, or to read studies people reference to support their position. That being said, it’s not hard to understand why there is so much confusion out there regarding the voter-approved 2A ballot initiative and the Trails Alliance Proposal on which it was based. That was almost six years ago. In order to remind those of us who were here back then, and to bring those who were not, up to speed, we need to look at some history. In 2012 the 1% accommodations tax became available for reallocation and the City asked the public to submit project ideas for use of the tax as prescribed by the 1986 Accommodations Tax ballot language that reads: “Shall the City Council of Steamboat Springs, in order to provide revenues to fund development of improvements and amenities in Steamboat Springs which will promote tourism and enhance the vitality of Steamboat Springs as a premiere destination resort, and enhance the community identity, environmental desirability and economic health of Steamboat Springs, enact AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A LODGING TAX OF 1% ON PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS OF LESS THAN 30 DAYS?” When the bonds for Haymaker Golf Course and Clubhouse were nearly paid off, City Council created the Accommodations Tax Committee to vet ideas and help decide how to spend future collections of the Accommodations Tax. As a direct result of the Accommodations Tax Committee's request that similar ideas from the RFI (Request for Ideas) process be grouped together, the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance (SSTA) was formed and submitted one trails related proposal for the committee to consider. Public Process Knowing that this tax proposal would need massive public support to pass a vote, over the next 16 months the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance held over 20 public meetings. Most of them were announced in the newspaper, and numerous adjustments were made to the proposal as a result of public feedback. The SSTA was open and honest and invited all user groups to the table. Unfortunately, hunters and equestrians were glaringly missing from

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The president of Routt County Riders (RCR) and the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) manager study a map while looking at trail potential on Rabbit Ears Pass. the discussion. Many were contacted for input, but didn’t want to participate in the process. The general consensus was that, although trails are great and they use them, they do not need trails as they can travel wherever they want. The Accommodations Tax Committee repeatedly recommended the Trails Alliance Proposal over all other submitted proposals. Even as City Council sent the committee back to the drawing board with “new information” to consider, the committee came back again saying they were “all in” for trails. trails-projects-poised-to-earn-backing-of-lucrative-lodgingtax-revenue/ Environmental Stewardship A major motivation for the Trails Alliance to properly plan trails within the legal system and using a NEPA process, was to protect natural resources and sensitive wildlife habitat. Colorado Department of Wildlife (DOW) employees were involved from the onset of the planning, long before the Trails Alliance was formed. Throughout the planning process, DOW (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife or CPW) employees were at the table relaying wildlife concerns, sharing maps of calving zones and other sensitive habitat, and helping form a trails plan that would minimize wildlife impacts. Certain areas were of greater concern to DOW, like the Mad Creek area. Other areas, like the West Summit area of Rabbit Ears Pass, were of less concern. With user experience and wildlife in mind, the high density trail network that would serve as the project motivator, drawing tourists and locals alike, was planned around the existing highway 40 where human disturbance already existed. The area from the West Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass down to Ferndale and beyond to the forest boundary, provides ideal terrain for a network of multi-use and bike trails. A world-class trail system that includes bike-only trails will draw most mountain bikers away from other multi-use trails and therefore improve all trail users experience.

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Steamboat Writers Group

A Day For Writers Throughout the public process the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance received input from many trail users, land managers and wildlife specialists and incorporated these ideas into the SSTA proposal. Some trail suggestions were more likely to negatively impact wildlife then others, but the more popular ideas were included in the SSTA proposal, knowing that during the NEPA process these trail locations would be studied and could be changed due to wildlife or resource impacts. NEPA relies on scientific data to determine which trails will be acceptable and which will be cut from the plan to protect wildlife and resources. Planning trails using a NEPA process is good environmental stewardship. Good trails or bad trails Trails have the potential to negatively impact wildlife, particularly when they are not properly planned. Most of the unauthorized trails on Buffalo Pass were originally animal trails, which were then used by hikers, horses and hunters, long before mountain bikers. When humans access the forest without a proper trail to follow, they tend to take the path of least resistance, often a game trail, or series of game trails connected by bushwhacking until a user-created trail has formed. As more and more people use animal trails to access the forest, the animals are displaced and form new trails. Game trails often lead to animals and their preferred habitat, so using them can be particularly disruptive. In contrast, when a trail is properly planned with wildlife in mind, it can actually help wildlife by putting humans on a predictable path and steering them clear of migration routes, calving zones and other sensitive wildlife habitat.

The unauthorized, user-created trails on Buffalo Pass were a good example of unplanned trails, many of which connected game trails and included long fall-line sections that caused resource damage. One trail even went through a historical preservation site. Surprisingly to some, the user group that worked with the USFS to reroute those trails away from these sensitive areas, protecting both wildlife and resources, was mountain bikers. Mountain bikers secured the funding to help land managers address ongoing resource damage issues. Mountain bikers did the work of rehabbing unsustainable, fall-line trails that encroached on sensitive wildlife habitat, and it was mountain bikers that built the sustainable reroutes that steer people away from wetlands, fens, historical preservation sites and sensitive wildlife habitat. Fixing unauthorized trails, rerouting, mapping, and bringing them into the system, will bring more people into the forest. However, making them system trails, also allows enforceable seasonal closures that further protect wildlife.

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The Steamboat Writers Group will host its 38th annual writers conference July 26-27 at the Steamboat Arts Depot. This year’s Day for Writers will feature workshops by essayist and fiction writer Emily Sinclair, and poet Juan J. Morales. Emily is based in Golden, Colorado. She has been published in several reviews and journals, and teaches at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Emily will address The “I” of the Storm: The Nonfiction Narrator’s Role as it relates to memoir, essay and other nonfiction forms.

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Juan Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He has authored three poetry collections. He is the editor/publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and department chair of English and world languages at Colorado State University in Pueblo. Juan will discuss Poetry of Witness and Making the Activist Poet — how we can use what we see while connecting personal and political topics.

Most animals get habituated to trails and humans using them. It is when one leaves the trail and starts crunching leaves and sticks, bringing their scent deeper into the forest, that wildlife actually spook. For this reason, those who “stay the trail" are actually helping wildlife.

The conference begins on Friday evening, July 26, with an optional meet and greet cash bar and buffet dinner followed by Five Minutes of Fame, where the first fifteen participants to sign up can read a short selection of their writing (no critiques).

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Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:00 am with registration and a continental breakfast. Workshops will take place morning and afternoon, with a buffet lunch break in between. The day concludes at 4:00.

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The Day for Writers is an opportunity to meet with other writers, experienced and aspiring, in a relaxed and friendly setting. Whatever your genre you will gain some useful writing tips from Emily and Juan. At the end of the day you are sure to come away with a new resolve to sit down and write! Details: The cost for The Day for Writers is $75.00. The cost for the optional Friday night dinner is $20 for conference attendees and $20 for an attendee guest. To download a conference brochure or for more information about the Steamboat Writers Group go to: Juan Morales: Emily Sinclair:

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

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A Great Western Artist Started at Hayden: Part I By Ellen and Paul Bonnifield

ner and mother Cordelia “got by, but not ahead.” On May 7, 1887, after giving birth to her third child, Cordelia passed on. Abner left the family in Iowa and went to Wisconsin while Frank and his slightly older brother, Arthur Dean, struggled to keep the farm going. From the fields, Frank often saw covered wagons heading west and longed to go along. A year later, Abner remarried and the family was reunited on a farm near Milwaukee. The farm failed and they moved to the city where Frank began high school. In his second year, Frank became bored and quit. Before quitting school, however, a group of students visited the Layton Art Gallery and that changed Frank Tenney Johnson’s life’s goal. Soon he purchased a box of water colors and began teaching himself. He enrolled in F. W. Heine’s art classes. Heine was only a slightly better than an average artist. After finishing classes, Heine offered Johnson a deal to stay on and learn painting. Johnson received a three-year agreement; however, the first year he received no pay. After the first year Frank was fired, but he did not give up. He found his way to the classes of a former Texas Ranger, Richard Lorenz. Lorenz specialized in painting western life. While taking classes, Johnson worked as an engraver and free-lance artist.


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Frank Tenney Johnson, Image from book "The Joyous Trouble Maker" 1918 Ellen and I were about to cross Lincoln Avenue and enter the Steamboat Art Museum when Jim spoke to me. We walked together into SAM, then he asked if I knew anything about Frank Tenney Johnson. “No,” I responded, although hanging on the wall next to me was a large reproduction of one of his excellent works. So Jim explained. Johnson ranked among the great western artists, Charley Russell and Frederic Remington, and was strongly influenced by N. C. Wyeth. Johnson is featured in the worldrenowned Cody Museum at Cody, Wyoming, which also has a large collection of his western photographs. Included in the collection are the letters to his wife Vennie.

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What really caught my attention came when Jim told me about Johnson’s connection to Hayden and the Cary Ranch. The great artist’s first experience with cowboys, cow towns, roundups, trailing beef to market, and general western life was at Hayden and the Cary Ranch. His first experience with prospecting for gold was on a stream near Trappers Lake. He saw immigrant wagons and families traveling across sage brush hills seeking a homestead. Between Wolcott and Steamboat Springs, he rode in an old stagecoach and was smitten with the West in Routt County. Wow! I just learned something exciting about my West. Jim had copies of Frank Tenney Johnson’s letters and Harold McCracken’s book, The Frank Tenney Johnson Book. This series is the result of a chance meeting on the streets of Steamboat. Frank Tenney Johnson was born June 26, 1874, on a starvation farm in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. His father Ab-

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For three centuries, America had the frontier with its monumental impact on forging the nation, its culture, and economy. The census report of 1890 told of the closing of the frontier. The frontier line had disappeared – leaving only backfilling. The report fired the imagination of everyone. Russell and Remington romanticized the cowboy and Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West shows gave it life. Frank Tenney Johnson longed to go West and record with his paints and camera the last days of frontier life. First, he went east to the Mecca of American art – New York. Dame Fortune smiled on him when an aunt willed him $225. In New York, Frank continued his studies under the noted landscape artist John Henry Twachtman. Twachtman’s fame rested on his use of blue colors. Frank mastered the technique and became known for his pictures of western nights. One of his acclaimed works is Down the Moonlit Trail, with himself as the model sitting on a white horse beneath the night sky in the high Rocky Mountains.

Lady Luck smiled more broadly on Frank on December 31, 1896, when he married Vennie Reeve Francis. Vennie kept Frank going through good and bad years. In 1904, Field & Stream agreed to provide transportation for Johnson to travel to Hayden in return for illustrations; however, it was Vennie, working as a secretary, who provided the necessary cash for food, shelter, clothing, a saddle horse, saddle, boots, and spurs. She paid for the film and development of his photographs. Without Vennie, we would know nothing of Frank Tenney Johnson. In May 1904, “I first saw the Rockies out of the car window near the little town named Kersey . . . towering to the clouds and their tops covered with snow. As we gradually drew nearer their beauty increased, and I became more and more thrilled . . .” Frank Tenney Johnson was captured by the West.

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and aware of the violent reputation of the West, Johnson returned to the train and continued to Wolcott. Later, after getting better acquainted with northwestern Colorado, he told Vennie how civilized people were and that she could safely travel with him. In following trips, she accompanied him and, in time, they moved west. He wrote to Vennie, “Wolcott is composed of a R.R. station, two small hotels and two general stores, a blacksmith shop, P.O.; two saloons and three residences.” Although he did not include them, Wolcott also had warehouses and a large stockyard. Wolcott was the supply and transportation center for Routt County. While Johnson remained there, Si Dawson received a trainload of Mexican cattle and trailed the herd to his ranch east of Hayden (Carpenter Ranch). Frank wanted to accompany the cowboys, but he needed to purchase a horse, saddle, spurs, and a quirt. He previously purchased a felt hat and corduroy trousers in Colorado Springs. Telling Vennie, they fit nicely, he took a “selfie” of himself, and sent it to her.

Painting by Frank Tenney Johnson, from book Rider's of Silences 1920 After making travel arrangements on the Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG) and sightseeing in Denver, Frank went to Colorado Springs where he did some shopping, climbed Pikes Peak (at least part of it), explored the Garden of the Gods, and went to Cripple Creek. In Cripple Creek, he witnessed a bloody, drunken battle between miners. Frank viewed it as part of the local color, but Cripple Creek was in the final days of a long and very bloody war between the Western Federation of Miners and the Mine Owners Association. (While not part of this article, Oak Creek has direct ties to this labor war.) Frank wrote to Vennie on May 12 that he left Colorado Springs on a narrow gage for Pueblo and Hayden. Perhaps he was on the “slim rail,” but in the 1890s David H. Moffat as president of the D&RG placed a third rail down making the line both narrow gage and standard gage. By 1904, nearly all mainline trains were standard gage. Frank told the conductor he would leave the train at Leadville to see the sights, but arriving in the dark of night

Frank Tenney Johnson remained in Wolcott about a week and in a letter to Vennie raved about the food. On the second day, the son of the hotel owner lent him a horse, saddle, and bridle, giving him the freedom to move about. Frank rode west on a narrow dirt road into the canyon where he enjoyed the sounds of the spring-flooded Eagle River. On returning he wrote, “I never realized before that rocks could be so beautiful.” He retrieved his trunk from the railroad depot and went out to sketch. On a high point with a vast panoramic view, he was mesmerized by “cedar trees” (pinon/juniper). Their age, shape, and hardiness captured his artist’s love for beauty. Had he known, on the north side of the canyon was the rock quarry that provided stone for the Brown Place Hotel in Denver.

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May 18, Johnson boarded the stagecoach heading for McCoy, Yampa, Steamboat Springs and Hayden. What an exciting moment this was for his romantic soul. As he told his wife, it was an old-fashioned coach with leather bumpers working as springs. The driver with seventeen years’ experience allowed Frank to sit in the box next to him. Frank Tenney Johnson had arrived on the real Frontier and now high on the stagecoach box looking across the backs of four horses, he was heading deep into that magic land of vanishing reality.

Magic By Joan Remy

Sometimes I wander Taking it to the limit Going vastly outside of me Into the crystal cave Saying it wrong To confuse the norm The shy warrior Spellbound Blue-green eyes Looking beyond time Being 3 places in a moment Always re-surfacing

Next month we will see Hayden, the Two Circle Bar’s roundup, and much more through the eyes of an artist yearning to record the frontier through photography and painting.


Moose checking out US 40 traffic - can't believe his eyes. Photo by: Crash Sterne


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Western art is built on the biographical passion of one artist for another. — Jim Dine


July 2019

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'Boat Almanac

Are You a Citizen Scientist? By Karen Vail All photos by Karen Vail

As soon as greenery begins to poke out I start monitoring a few plants: when is the first bud, when do the first flowers open, when are they fully open, when do they go to seed. I enter my observations in both Budburst (www.budburst. org) and the National Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook (https:// Budburst is centered on plant observations and Nature’s Notebook documents both plants and animals. A neat way for families to start is to join a specific campaign that has a narrow focus such as Lilacs (Nature’s Notebook), Fall into Phenology (Budburst) and the Nativars Research Project (Budburst). Both are very easy to use, have a plethora of information and, again, provide that valuable database for science.

Parry Primrose in the Zirkels Every morning I visit a water gauge on a post in my yard. I measure the precipitation that has fallen in the last 24 hours and the snow depth and moisture content. Through the CoCorahs app on my phone I enter my data and contribute to the dataset for the day. Yippee!! What I love is that my data will be incorporated into the state, national and even international reporting. Plus I love going back over the records to see how often we have had we had snow on May 28th! Visit to get signed up and purchase your precipitation gauge, and get the CoCorahs app for easy data entry. To view where some of my data has been used in the science realm I checked out the newly published NOAA Sate Climate Summaries ( co/) that were produced in response to a growing demand of state-level information after the third National Climate Assessment was published in 2014. Here you will see how historical datasets (including my Cocorahs data!) are used to summarize the history of climate trends, then simulate plausible future climate conditions. You can begin to see how important the collection of data is to plan for our crazy climate. So I want to focus on a few of the opportunities for your own observations to add to that growing statistical information that is so important to scientific studies. I want you to get involved in citizen science!!

Hey, what’s that bird? Wait, is that a yellow warbler here on May 15th?? I check out the EBird abundance map and find that between the months of March through June there could be a yellow warbler in our area. I pull up my EBird app on my phone or go to to add my sighting to the EBird database. EBIrd is the “world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project…managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.” If you cannot ID that bird then you can check out guide/, the Cornell Lab’s amazing bird science and ID site or download their Merlin Bird ID app. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also conducts NestWatch, Great Backyard Bird Count, Celebrate Urban Birds and Project Feederwatch. These are all great family opportunities!!

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Sneezeweed For the pure nature geek in me (and all of us) there is iNaturalist ( or the iNaturalist app). When I looked this morning there have been 20,749,562 worldwide entries including 215,707 species!! This is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. You can get help identifying anything in the natural world by connecting with over 750,000 scientists and naturalists, keep a log of your own entries to compare over the years (there’s that phenology again!!) and see what others in the community are seeing. You can even see what people are observing in Alaska or Finland in January!! Brrr! The world of citizen science discovery is in its prime, and so many opportunities are out there to learn and add to our world database. Pick one or two that peak your interest and start your observations! Just remember, technology is a tool to help you and others! Don’t bury your head in an app or your computer. Be an observer, supply your observations to databases that can use that information, and relish being out in our beautiful natural world watching the changing seasons, knowing that you are making a difference! I will be out there observing all I can! See you on the trails.

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July 2019


Community Vision and Planning

What the Heck is a Performance Bond and Why Should I Care? By Bill Martin

A performance bond is not falling in love with an artist’s show at a music festival. It also is not how well glue holds things together. A performance bond is a form of insurance. Steamboat Springs’ history has taught us some hard lessons. Through past decades there have been periods of frantic and chaotic growth and development. In the 1980’s two brothers arrived in town and concurrently purchased and began two separate projects. At the junction of Highways 40 and 131, Don Lufkin’s pastoral hay meadows were immediately plowed up. On a prominent knoll at the ski base area they also started major construction. Abruptly one day, work mysteriously stopped at the height of construction. The brothers were gone in the night, leaving the City of Steamboat Springs with the mess. EagleRidge, half completed with shredded plastic sheeting blowing in the wind, impressed our ski guests for most of the following decade. It took years and new owners to complete the project. Sadly, Lufkin’s hay meadows languished as disheveled piles of dirt, rocks and thistles greeting Yampa Valley visitors descending Rabbit Ears Pass. Eventually our community stepped up with inspiration and tenacity from a local group of golfers and leadership from City Council; Haymaker Golf Course was created. At the ski base area twelve years ago, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) was formed and promoted use of tax dollars to subsidize and jump-start re-development. As developers presented their project plans to the City Council, seasoned City leaders warned the Council not to allow any demolition of existing structures without requiring performance bonds as a condition of project approval. City Council and URA board members believed they could trust the developer’s promises that re-construction would begin immediately and no performance bonds were required. Today, the emptiness at the base area with vacant

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lots and loss of restaurants, bars and entertainment illustrate what performance bonds could have prevented. When a development proposal is of a size and or prominence where its failure could negatively impact our community, we must demand performance bonds from the developer as a condition of project approval. Performance bonds are a tool used in contracts or agreements between parties to insure the promises made by one to another are honored. Frequently, large private sector developments, municipalities and other government agencies require performance bonds. The Colorado Department of Transportation, for example, can require performance bonds from road paving contractors to guarantee their work will be completed within the terms of their contract. If contractors fail to live up to their contractual agreements, their performance bond provides the money to complete the project. Few developers begin a project expecting to fail. Performance bonds can protect our community from the disaster of large failed projects. It is the paramount responsibility of elected officials to safeguard our community above all adversity. Those who do not learn from past mistakes are destined to repeat them.

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July 2019

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Hayden is Busy, Busy, Busy By Brodie Farquhar

That’s one way to look at this Yampa Valley community. A $650,000 community playground was opened for business last month in the Dry Creek Park – just in time for locals and younger siblings of Triple Crown baseball players to enjoy swings, a merry-go-round, slides and climbing opportunities galore. There’s even a manufactured bouldering setup that looks like it came from regional cliffs, but offers opportunities to rock climb to young ‘uns. Town Manager Matt Mendisco said the Hospital Hill Road project is moving along – installing new water lines and a cantilevered sidewalk design that extends from the road, out over the steep hillside. “The town budget is exactly where we planned, but we do have a 30 percent contingency set aside for any increases in labor and materials. That’s the highest I’ve ever seen,” he said. When he got started in municipal management 14 years ago, the typical set aside was 10 percent. Costs are rising across the board, Mendisco said, and construction activity in the Steamboat area makes it harder for Hayden projects to find contractors, labor and materials. He noted that residential building permits are down a bit compared to last year. Commercial permits include Kum ‘n Go, the fixed base operator expansion, a metal fabrication business and Embers Pizza is moving a wood-burning oven into the Wild Goose building. Mendisco said the fixed base operator project at the Hayden Airport is also moving along, and the Kum ‘n Go expansion project should start the deconstruction phase in early July. “The way they’ve designed the project, they should have a new store and gas pumps up and running before they tear down the current store and pumps. That way, there’s no interruption of tax revenues for the town,” he said. Kum ‘n Go officials would like everything done by December, he added. The renovation of the district’s elementary school and jamming K-12 students, teachers and activities into the current middle/high school for a year, is also moving along – as is extensive foundation prep work for the new middle/high school next door to the elementary school. And Hayden is looking forward to future growth.

Hayden Museum Gets a New Roof By Brodie Farquhar

The Historic Moffat depot which was built in 1918 and is on the National Register will be getting its historic clay tile roof repaired. The Hayden Heritage Center received a grant thru the Colorado State Historic Fund to repair the roof. This was made possible through funds from Museum members and donors, the Town of Hayden and the Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund.

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Mendisco just sent out a request for proposal for consultant firms to work with the community on an updated comprehensive plan and economic master plan for future growth. That was last done back in 2005-2007.

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

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July 2019


Mensan Musings

The Pygmalion Effect

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“The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.” - Carl Sagan

By Wolf Bennett

Clever Hans was a horse. He lived in the late 1800’s and could, with a high degree of accuracy, answer questions, do math problems and he amazed many thousands of people. He could do this without his trainer present, so obviously there was no collusion or training. Ultimately however, Hans was proven to simply be very good at sensing subtle, yet very consistent, non-verbal clues, ie body language and facial clues, from most people. All of us use many subtle clues all the time and we are mostly unaware that we are doing so. Studies demonstrate an extremely high correlation of how expectations from others affect us. Are we responding to subtle cues? Absolutely, in huge ways, and it all comes down to the concepts of the self fulfilling prophecy and the Pygmalion effect. Pygmalion was a mythical Greek sculptor who carved a statue of a woman and fell in love with his own creation. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, took pity and brought the statue to life. They married and had a daughter. The concept here is that we have a tendency to take something unreal and make it real. The impossible expectations become possible and those high expectations can bring us to amazing levels of performance. The opposite is also true and is called the Golem effect. False beliefs come true over time. Both are in the category of self-fulfilling prophecies. The Pygmalion effect has profound ramifications in schools, offices and organizations. It is a partial effect of the result of our brains’ poor ability to distinguish between perception and expectation. Understanding the Pygmalion effect is a powerful way to positively affect those around us. If we use and understand well the ramifications of our expectations, we can have drastic benefits by simply holding high standards; not impossible levels, but substantially higher than one might expect. The concept of a self-fulfilling prophecy was well described over 70 years ago. It most commonly manifests as a false belief that becomes true over time. Once this occurs, it creates a feedback loop. We assume we were always correct because it seems so in hindsight – self-hypnosis through our own propaganda. It also works to the positive. Sometimes a limitation propels an unlikely candidate to much greater success. Families and friends, coaches and teachers, clubs and teams all build the platform necessary to propel people faster, higher and farther. Could Steamboat be a lovely example of an entire city that gives that support? Is it any wonder that we have so many high performing athletes and members in the community in a wide swath of business and life endeavors? It isn’t because we are just lucky (while there is a certain amount of luck that brought us here) it is because we have tapped into the Pygmalion effect quite nicely and our tendency is to celebrate the high performers, which in turn bring more high performers, which lead to higher expectations, and the spiral goes up. You are most often defined by the five people you are around the most, so having good friends will bring you and your children higher.

In general, authority figures have the power to influence how the people around them behave by holding high expectations. Consciously or not, leaders facilitate change by giving people more responsibility, working with people to their individual strengths and setting stretch goals. Such changes promote learning and growth. If we treat people as competent, their performance improves in a positive feedback loop. When we expect an authority figure to be competent and successful, we tend to be attentive and supportive which bolsters everyone’s performance. The rising tide indeed floats all boats. When we set expectations higher, we get better performance; when we do the opposite, we get loss. We also incur serious losses by not being aware of being aware of those who are not of that mindset. Kids who don’t fit the competition profile, the energy of award systems, the high athleticism, the failure cycle of never being good enough, smart enough or fast enough. Businesses and staff that fail due to depression, addiction, anger issues and competition mindsets that intend to crush instead of lift. Obviously not everyone can stand on a podium or be in the top ten, so it begs the question as to how can we build all of us? How can more of us succeed? How can we all tap into that higher level of knowing we are just fine and can do amazing things - just in a different direction? There will always be failures and mistakes, after all, that is how we learn, but it is in how we deal with the bumps in the road, the setbacks that propel us farther and allow us to help others. Most people, however unintentionally, treat others with some level of disdain, sarcasm, eye rolling or ridicule. Remember that it is a very fine line between teasing and ridicule. When we name our friends piggy, lunkhead or dink, we shame those who we supposedly want to support. The Pygmailion effect works only when we are capable of achieving what is expected of us. We cannot do more than we can do just because we think it’s possible (hey, watch this!). It does mean we can leverage our full capabilities

and can avoid the pitfalls of low expectations. Overly high expectations can be stressful. When the bar is too high, we can get discouraged and not even bother trying. Research shows that if our chance of success is less than about 50%, we tend to just give up. When we are stretched but confident, high expectations can help us achieve more. The Pygmalion effect shows us that our reality is negotiable and can be manipulated by others – on purpose or by accident. What we achieve, how we think, how we act, and how we perceive our capabilities can be influenced by those around us. They may be the result of biased or irrational thinking, but they have the power to affect us and change what happens. While cognitive biases distort only what we perceive, self-fulfilling prophecies alter what happens. The expectations people have of us affect us in countless subtle ways every day, though we rarely notice it. Those expectations dictate the opportunities we are offered, how we are spoken to and the praise and criticism we receive.. Individually, these knocks and nudges have minimal impact, but over the long term they dictate whether we succeed or fail or fall somewhere on the spectrum in between. Carl Sagan said, “The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.” The Pygmalion effect is a powerful secret weapon. Who wouldn’t want to help their children get smarter, help staff and leaders be more competent, and generally push others to do well? That is possible if we raise our standards and see others in the best possible light. It is not necessary to actively attempt to intervene. Without even realizing it, we can nudge others towards success. The important point is that it creates a literal change in what occurs. There is nothing mystical about the effect. When we expect someone to perform well in any capacity, we treat them differently. And they rise to that expectation, as will you.

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July 2019

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Your Money - Your Life

Reverse Mortgages are for the Naive or Desperate By Scott L. Ford

According to a 2018 analysis done by the Economic Policy Institute, many older workers who can see retirement on the horizon aren’t prepared for it. The median savings for households whose wage earners are between 50 and 55 years old is only $8,000. For those who are between 56 and 61, it’s $17,000. Collectively many “Baby Boomer” households are coming to the harsh realization that they are in the midst of a slow-motion financial train wreck. In my financial coaching practice, I am starting to get more questions about reverse mortgages. The reason for this is because folks are coming to the crystal-clear understanding that the savings they earmarked for retirement, combined with Social Security, is going to be insufficient to support the retirement lifestyle they envisioned.

These folks often see a reverse mortgage as a means to tap into the equity in their home. Financially unsophisticated seniors are attracted to these loans, like a moth to a flame, because they see it as a way to eliminate their monthly mortgage expense and get a steady monthly payment as if they were receiving a pension check. Reverse mortgages are not well understood. There are a host of complexities involved. The purpose of this month’s column is to explain a few of these complexities. Reverse mortgages are nothing more than a type of loan against the value of the home. Reverse mortgages are a negative amortization loan. That means the loan balance grows over time. The interest rate can be either fixed or

adjustable. There are no monthly payments. The length of the loan is not fixed to a specified number of years. A reverse mortgage become due when the last borrower on the mortgage sells the home, dies, or moves out of the home for 1 year or longer. To qualify for a reverse mortgage, you must be at least 62 years old. The older you are, the more you can borrow against the value of the home. The maximum loan, however, is subject to FHA guidelines and can be no more than 80 percent of the home’s value. The rule of thumb I use is the percent you can borrow is your age minus 12. For example, if you are age 65 the most you could reasonably expect to receive from a reverse mortgage would be 53 percent of the home’s value. For instance, you initially qualify to borrow $250,000, but by the time you pass away or sell your home and move, you or your estate will likely owe significantly more than that, depending on the interest rate on the reverse mortgage. There are five ways to have the funds from a reverse mortgage distributed to you: Lump sums: You can take the cash you’re entitled to upfront. But you’re required to take the amount in two sums, with the second coming a year after the first. Typically, these types of reverse mortgages come with a fixed interest rate on the outstanding balance. Tenure payment: You can receive the funds as a monthly payment that lasts as long as you stay in the house. This reverse mortgage generally has an adjustable interest rate. Term payment: You can receive funds monthly for a specified period. These monthly payments are typically larger than a tenure payment. The interest rate is also adjustable. Line of Credit: Under this scenario, you don’t take any cash at all. Instead, you have a line of credit you can draw on at any time. The credit line also grows over time based on its adjustable interest rate.

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When it comes to reverse mortgages, I concluded a long time ago it is almost impossible to protect people from making poor financial decisions when they are either naïve and/or desperate.

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July 2019

YepelloScopes goes Far and Abroad

Valley Voice goes to Iceland! By Chelsea Yepello


A Calendar Check

River Flood By Sean Derning To say it’s been a cloudy, wet spring here is an understatement, but the excess water is starting to become an issue in the community. Here are some possible scenarios if it doesn’t dry out soon; -Fugitives from justice want to improve odds of escaping by playing Marco Polo. -Title Nine violations involving the breast stroke will be upheld due to their association with swimming. -Somali sea pirates begin plundering the new riverfront gambling casino at Dream Island. Public safety officials offered crash courses in maritime law. -Increased water flow in Fish Creek forced police to issue a citation to the falls for noise violation. The falls are expected to contest the fine. -Smokey the Bear finally able to relax after last summer’s tinderbox conditions. “I’m leaving Ranger Rick the raccoon in charge for the summer,” Smokey said. “Think I’ll take some time off and do a food tour of area dumpsters. Maybe hit a beehive or two. Should be yummy.”

This glacier is Jokulsàrlòn Glacier which is southwest of the island.

-West Lincoln Park paddleboat playground dismantled and being replaced with a real ark. -SUPs having trouble finding shoreline parking downtown, complaining that Capt. Nemo’s Nautilus and the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner are taking up too much space. Community service officers are equally frustrated as there is no craft big enough to tow them. -Steamboat Springs City Council wants to post No Wake zones from 5th to 12th streets. more “devil may care”. We were showered by the water of a geyser as there was no fence to keep us from walking up to it. We hiked behind immense waterfalls, climbed through caves, bounced on springy moss and watched whales while floating on a rickety boat. There were no signs, rails or warnings to stop us.

Svartifoss is a waterfall made of basalt columns naturally formed around it. It was a very, very steep 2 mile hike to get to it. It is in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. As we planned our trip to Iceland, we did it for all the right reasons. Everyone flocks to beaches, determined to work on their base tans which meant, naturally, we would do the opposite. We gave tribute to our continuous goal of being hermits by going somewhere colder, rainier, foggier and most importantly, tourist free. As it turns out, our theory was dead wrong. Iceland is the new hipster hot spot, the sight-seer Disneyland and a paradise for sweater enthusiasts. Lucky we are crafty so-and-sos and planned our trip before peak tourist season, so our dream to avoid the crowds could be recognized. Our goal was to travel the entire island with a spattering of booked tours, though we had no structured plan. As we traveled, I noticed a wonderful thing about Iceland. Unlike our overly cautious society, they are a little

Most importantly, we were able to accomplish my personal goal, hugging an Icelandic baby goat. Yes, I know baby goats are called “kids” but saying we hugged Icelandic kids sounds creepy. Basically, Icelandic theory is, if you’re dumb enough to harm yourself, they aren’t going to stop you. Don’t quote me on that. The scenery and weather changed sporadically from one moment to the next. Green moss covered the entirety of the landscape which quickly lead to jet black earth, scorched from the lava flows. At one point, we were photographing another epic waterfall, then ten minutes later we were shrouded in blinding fog, climbing over a one lane mountain pass, guided only by the roadside reflectors deterring us from falling off of the cliff. Maybe, I don’t know, I couldn’t see. As a Coloradoan who has also lived in Alaska and Hawaii, epic scenery is not new to me, but I was pulling over every three minutes to capture a picture. If you ever travel to Iceland, give yourself at least two weeks, rent a car and bring a lot of sweaters.

-Evergreens and cottonwoods suffering body shaming due to increased growth rings. -Local livestock being outfitted with pool noodles to keep them from drowning. -Public gets excited when The Beatles Yellow Submarine docks. Excitement wanes when truth is revealed that it’s merely a craft for the Rainbow Family gathering. -Actor/director Kevin Costner seen in town location scouting for the sequel to the film Waterworld. -Alligators and manatees begin purchasing airline seats on inbound flights from Miami. Bear, moose and elk protesting their arrival at the airport. “People come to see us!” replied one irate moose. “If you want to see transplants, go to a zoo!” -Walking on water to cross the Yampa at Howelsen for a burger at Double Z, Jesus surprised by the strength of the current. Water current carries him way downstream to KOA campground. “I couldn’t get traction,” said the Son of God. -After numerous attempts, the itsy bitsy spider abandoned his quest to summit the water spout and is currently seeking therapy to repair his shattered confidence.

When anything bad happens, my insecurities come flooding out. — Carmen Electra


July 2019

Valley Voice

Piknik Theatre

Shakespeare Everywhere (and for everyone) By Stuart Handloff

William Shakespeare's

Hamlet October 3-12

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 9th and Oak Streets . Steamboat Springs Thursday through Saturday evenings

William Shakespeare's

The Tempest The Paper Bag Princess

(An Acrobatic Fairy Tale)

July 28 -August 8

Sunday - Thursday evenings, 6pm Bud Werner Library/Yampa River Botanic Park

Sometimes modern audiences - and certainly Engish Literature majors - think of Shakespeare as the acme of the English language. Of course, the heightened language and poetry are perfect for every romantic birthday and graduation card. But in Elizabethan England, Shakespeare’s work represented the theatre of the masses. The man (or woman according to a recent article in The Atlantic, “Was Shakespeare A Woman?”) who wrote these plays was a poet/poetess, yes; but he/she was also a business...person (there, I’ve finally gotten a correct pronoun). Ticket sales were what made Shakespeare the defining dramatist of his time and given us direction on how to approach modern theatrical interpretations. It is the popularity and accessibility of Shakespeare’s plays that have kept them alive for over 400 years. High culture? Not these plays. Nothing in the text is sacred. Virtually every scene and soliloquy is flexible and adaptable. In fact, every director has the freedom to explore and edit whatever text is chosen to enhance the appeal that can, and should, rival that of any variety show. The goal is to make the story interactive with a broad appeal to the target audience - which for our productions are 5 year-olds for the comedies and high schoolers for the tragedies. Seriously, can you think of a kindergartener who doesn’t like pratfalls, magical fairies, and toilet humor? Or a teenager who isn’t yearning for exactly what Romeo and Juliet are going for? Americans have a particular attraction to Shakesapere’s works. In the early days of our Republic, Shakespeare was seen as a reflection of Jeffersonian democracy and a rejection of the class discrimination inherieted from the British colonialists. The appeal of emotional and physical content at the heart of every Shakespeare play fits Americans and our appreciation for popular art appealing to a mass audience. In our production of Macbeth last October, for example, we focused on witchcraft, uncontrolled ambition, and the violence underlying every page of iambic pentameter verse. These visceral emotions, played with broad physicality, are guaranteed to connect with all members of the audience.

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Shakespeare is so connected to American culture that in 1849, New Yorkers even felt compelled to riot over the correct interpretation of Macbeth. The provocation for the Astor Place Riot centered around criticism of the quality of performance by the working class American Shakespearen actor, Edwin Forrest. His rival, the British actor William Macready, was popular with the wealthy educated and literary elite. The disgruntled audience members who couldn’t get tickets to see the sold out Forrest performance descended upon the Astor Opera House where Macready was reciting the version of Hamlet you were forced to memorize in high school. The National Guard were called in to quell the disturbance and it would have been great publicity for both actors, except that at least 22 people died in the chaos.

Outdoor Shakespeare is a shout out to the original performances at the Globe theatre in Elizabethan England. Fluid, flexible, informal, interactive and open to the elements make outdoor productions even more fun and understandable. This Elizabethan style revival, a requirement for open air performances, is very American in its use of a broad vocal and physical acting style. The interactive energy between audience and actors (very true to the original spirit of Shakespeare), was pioneered by Joe Papp, founder of the Public Theatre, who believed everyone should be able to see high quality Shakespeare for free. Our Piknik Theatre Shakespeare is offered in the same vein: free, outdoors, physical and experiential, with the invitation to bring your own food and seating. Shakespeare’s language also reflects the diversity of American culture. His/her/their use of rhythm and meter in the verse and the language of storytelling embody elements of West African culture. We Americans have a strong affinity for movies and there are always strong film elements in all Shakespere’s works: multiple scene changes, strong visual imagery, and powerful soliloquies that show an actor thinking up close and personal. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably the highest and best example of the English language. But if you think the story is little more than a literary exercise, speak these words aloud, which are the summation of the story uttered by Horatio in the final lines of the play: “So shall you hear of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause, and, in this upshot, purposes mistook fall’n on the inventors’ heads.” Now that is a story we can really sink our TV vampire teeth into.

Valley Voice

July 2019


Rock Hounds

Amazonite: The New Turquoise By Kasey Lane Brooks


, Rugby, enjoying the views

nOne of the best things about rockhounding is the unlikely places it leads you. This began as a hobby for me, but when I witnessed the beautiful and remote collecting and camping spots it took me to, I was so hooked that I knew I rneeded to find a way to make it my living. Even if you aren’t a rock hound, this heaven on Earth is worth going to for the views and peaceful atmosphere. But, I went for the rocks. The views were a huge perk, but I chose this location because it is equidistant from two of Colorado’s most well known mineral deposits. Pictured is my french bulldog, Rugby, enjoying the views overlooking a vast landscape harboring gemstones and adventure. This picturesque campsite is in Buffalo Creek’s Dispersed Camping area a bit over an hour southwest of Denver. Regardless of your outdoor activity of choice, these are the types of views that people travel long distances to enjoy. These grand landscapes are a delight to fall to sleep and wake up to and will turn even the crankiest of companion into a happy camper. Breathtaking views aside, I had come for the gems, specifically the amazonite. Amazonite is a part of the feldspar group of minerals, which includes some superstars you may have heard of, like moonstone and sunstone. It is known as a stone of courage, but I love it for its vibrant color and metallic sheen. Amazonite, like all feldspars, forms in layers. Those layers are often included with mica giving it a Schiller effect. This means that there is a silver metallic sheen through the surface of the stone if it is cut correctly. The other interesting inclusion in amazonite is lead, which gives it its signature teal color.

These features all add up to an exceptional stone to incorporate into jewelry. In my humble opinion, amazonite puts turquoise to shame in the category of blue minerals. I had come for the gems, so early in the morning I packed my gear by the light of the rising sun and set out to conquer new territory. After a few hours of hiking to about 10,800 ft, and several more hours of digging on my hands and knees with a pick axe, I happily hiked back down the mountain with a much heavier pack than I started with. I was weighed down with teal colored treasures, but felt light as a feather with a newfound sense of accomplishment. I selected a stone that appeared rather homely due to a thick coating of hematite which hid both the flash of schiller and the blue color inside. Just a small amount of grinding with a coarse grit revealed a real gem underneath. After cutting this stone, I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone to fall in love because for me, it was love at first sight. Soon after listing video and pictures of this little beauty on social media, a client requested a custom piece. The amazonite that I had I worked so hard to acquire was now commissioned to be a custom bolo tie with southwestern flair. Now, to me, the very bolo tie itself screams southwestern flair, but it needed a subtle addition to complete the theme. I took my lead from the Zia design on the New Mexico flag. Many hours of silversmithing later, I completed this bolo tie for yet another happy camper.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. — William Shakespeare


July 2019

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An online connection. A few messages back and forth. All lead to a phone chat. I THOUGHT there was a nice banter. I THOUGHT she was interesting and asking good questions. Turns out I had a brain fever that made me delusional. Out date was set for a few days later. Lunch at a popular spot that always had great service and food. The proper choice of where to have a first date is crazy important. It could make or break the future. Pick a lousy spot and your date will think you always make bad decisions. Pick a great one and it could be where they want to have "the ceremony." Having a meal date is standard in the industry, we all know this. But a lesser known fact is to have a plan after that if things go well. I strongly suggest having dessert at a second location. Let me emphasize that it be a nearby location. This is why "planning out" the date is important. It's a healthy romantic gesture to walk or very short drive for a little ice cream at some hole in the wall place. Or a slice of pie at the amazing pie store. Either way it shows that YOU were already thinking that this date was going to go well. People appreciate a thoughtful effort like that. I'm not saying you'll be pulling socks off each other in the car; that's entirely up to your date and if they think it's a good idea. The second location my date and I had discussed was the Aquarium. GREAT Choice - if the lunch portion of the date went well... it did not.

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I want to describe the levels of boredom I experienced during my 45 minutes of lunch. Imagine if you will, a video you are forced to watch that is playing the most lifeless music in the background. The person facing the camera is droning on and on about their family problems. Only talking, never asking questions. Only sharing lifeless stories about their sister's kids who are obviously too young or stupid to escape the hellish nightmare that is life for them. The never changing, botoxed, storytelling face keeps talking. You find yourself, I found myself, begging the writer to tell me the specials again while in the middle of my own meal. It was nearly the greatest moment of dull I had ever experienced.

Two-thirds through, it dawned on me - we agreed to go to a second location after this! GREAT SCOTT! Think, damn it, think! I'm a reasonable, nice person and couldn't just come right out and say no, we're not doing it. She had been looking forward to it and mentioned it twice during her endless rant. I'm not one to ruin a date. I hate conflict and hurting people's feelings - what to do? Oh no, we're in my car, driving to the aquarium. It's going to cost me over $40 for tickets and over 2 hours of my life if we go in. And then it hit me - I had a tuna melt. Not a tuna meltdown (I don't even know what that would be), a tuna melt sandwich for lunch and began to slowly bend forward as I was driving. FISH will be my saving grace. Bad Fish. I did it for a number of blocks as we got closer; hoping she would begin to notice. Because she was still talking, she did not notice my posture and the grimace on my face (faked for added effect). "Are you feeling ok?" I asked HER to get her attention and break the continuous sentence. "Because I think I had a bad plate of something." It was an awkward couple of minutes of asking questions about what to do. But we finally hit on that I should just drive back to where her car was and we'll call it a day. "Feel better" ... ".. thanks.." ... "bye" - and the date was over. I still cannot believe that I did that to another person. A 4th grade move to get out of handing in my homework. But in the moment, it's all I could think of without being a jerk. I share this story to let you know that we all are… human. You, me, them. We all want the same joys and avoid the same horrors. That woman and I never spoke or messaged again. Maybe she knew I was faking. Maybe she didn’t. I actually don’t care. I wanted to get away from my feelings and having to be honest and real. A lesson I take with me to every date now. I am far more open about my feelings and the potential of everyone I meet. I like being pleasant and cheerful, even when letting someone know that romance is not in the cards for us. I encourage you to do the same, or at least your best. I believe in you, I know you can do it. Find Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide on Facebook, hit the LIKE button and read the expanded versions of this column. Next month – Shaving body parts – How a fun and playful mood can go too far. Razor burns, cuts and how losing an eyebrow IS as bad as you think.

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July 2019

Tales from the Front Desk


The Tesla

Bears Ears Speak By Francis Conlon

By Aimee Kimmey

The story you are about to read is true... more or less.

I am the earth rock called Bears Ears, This sunrise I gladly share with you, I've seen many in 60 million years, My perspective is the long-range view.

Saturday. 10:38 am. Front desk. The clerk heard Pink Shirt long before he reached her counter. It was a busy morning; the town had flipped the open sign on and was once again flooded with visitors. It was nothing new for the clerk, that's how July goes in a tourist town. From the back of her line, the man in the pink shirt grumbled loud enough to carry across the lobby. Despite his gray hair, he didn't look that old. He had deeply tanned skin as if he spent most of his life on the golf course. His faded pink shirt strained to cover his belly, the clerk was pretty sure it hadn't been purchased in this decade. But his Levis were fresh off the rack, and he'd obviously spent plenty on the leather loafers he wore without socks. "I can't believe they don't have a charging station at this hotel! I mean, how am I going to charge my Tesla?" He complained. The woman at his side was half his age, stuffed into a neon white tennis dress that barely contained her. She nodded vacuously as he groused. "Places like this are the reason more people don't drive electric cars!" The clerk smiled at the guests in front of her, "The elevator's around the corner. Enjoy your stay." As they left, Pink Shirt and his arm candy filled the space in front of her. The man slapped his palms onto her counter. His two diamond encrusted rings, and gold bracelet chimed heavily against the stone. "I get a senior discount." Ah, so it was going to be like this, the clerk thought. "Hi. How you doing?" She stared pointedly at Pink Shirt. People demanding service without so much as a simple greeting were right at the top of her list of pet peeves. How much effort does it take to simply say hello? When she was new to the service industry, the clerk had let the small rudeness slide. But her years of dealing with the public had jaded her somewhat, now she refused to let it go. So she waited, passively withholding service, watching irritation bloom on Pink Shirt's face, until he finally said, "Hi. I have a reservation..." The clerk smiled as though she didn't notice his sourness, "Sure, what's the name?" "Gunderson." The clerk pulled up his info, "Yep, here you are. I've got you for three nights?" "I get a Senior discount," Pink Shirt snarled. His expensive looking girl friend smiled under the weight of her


thick make-up. The clerk was mildly shocked it didn't crack. "Okay..." The clerk double checked his reservation. Old Pink Shirt was about to be real disappointed. "Looks like you already paid through a third party, I don't have the capability to adjust that." She shrugged apologetically, it was truly out of her hands. "What?! The website said you give Senior discounts! You don't even have charging stations for my Tesla!" She could see the steam building in his eyes. "I'm really sorry, but when you book through a third party, they cover the cost, then offer you the discount. We don't have anything to do with it." He slammed his fist on the counter, diamonds glittering in the sunlight. "This is unacceptable! I turned sixty last week, I want my discount." "I wish I could help... If you don't mind my asking, what did you pay for the room?" "Seventy-nine a night." He growled. The clerk felt her eyes go wide for a moment, "Dollars? Our normal rate is a hundred and forty-nine, the Senior discount is only ten percent off." The gears turned behind Pink Shirt's eyes. She could tell he wanted to argue, but he clearly didn't have the ground to stand on. Finally he pulled out his wallet, slapping his credit card and ID down in front of her. "Fine!" The clerk gave him an empty smile as she finished the transaction. Sometimes people were just determined to be angry. She returned his card, and processed his room keys. "Okay, you'll be in 318. The elevator's around the corner. Enjoy your stay!" Without a word, Pink Shirt snatched up the keys and marched out of the lobby. His arm candy trotted after him, struggling to keep up. The clerk watched them blow through the front doors to a brand new, convertible Tesla, parked crooked in the handicapped spot. It was a beautiful car; not one of the basic, economy models, but clearly a custom job. The clerk shook her head. It was true, all the money in the world really couldn't buy you happiness.

I've weathered shale into soil, Since your work is labor intensive, To grow your crops with much toil, Alas, chattel labor is not expensive. When I made monsoons weak, The tribes would to river valley move, Growth of good crops they did seek, Indeed, they liked the Fertile Groove. I've made the earth carbon rich, Black rock that burns at your desire, More intense heat, you made the switch, Indeed, you made the world empire. I've made the warmth and seas rise, With dams and dykes you kept your land, Cooperative work and banks' enterprise, Indeed, your cities are truly grand. I, the Earth, am the prime cause, Invoking change oft' with surprise, Dramatic shifts can give pause, Alas, your mind adapts, defies. So welcome to another dawn, I'll be here when you're long gone. (A sunrise together is good and nice, As old Earth, I've lots of advice.)

It's so interesting how much a bad kiss can ruin a date. — Matt Lanter


July 2019

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MONDAY JULY 1 Canada Day

Wild Adriatic 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.



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

City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 9-10:45am Adia Clark Lay 11:30AM-1:30PM Trevor G. Potter

Free Film: “The Distant Barking of Dogs” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Jay Romer 8PM @ Steamoat Whiskey Company. FREE


WEDNESDAY JULY 3 Mineral Springs Walking Tour 9AM @ Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. FREE Nappy Roots 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $15. THURSDAY JULY 4 Independence Day 4th of July Parade, Fireworks & Laser Show @ Lincoln Avenue & Howelsen Hill. 4th of July Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert 11AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE DJ Madd + Vinja, Sortof Vague & pheel 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $12. FRIDAY JULY 5 Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series Noon @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. Author Event: Lija Fisher 5PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE.

SuperMagick 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. MONDAY JULY 8 Seminars at Steamboat: "Trade Wars and the Global Trading Order: Reform or Collapse?" 5:30PM @ Strings Pavilion. Free tickets distributed @ 4:45PM TUESDAY JULY 9 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

Downtown Historical Walking Tour 9AM @ Tread Of Pioneers Museum. FREE Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 12:30PM @ Mesa Schoolhouse. FREE Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Library Author Series: Pam Houston “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE

Free Film: “Artifishal” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events


Big Something 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10.

Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series Noon @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE

WEDNESDAY JULY 10 Mineral Springs Walking Tour 9AM @ Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. FREE Historic Preservation Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas

Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall

Hackensaw Boys 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. SATURDAY JULY 13 Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 11:30AM-1:30pm Todd Musselman

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Puppy Pageant 3PM @ Steamboat Whiskey Company.

Dungeons & Dragons Game Night 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE.

The Vegabonds 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.


MONDAY JULY 15 Seminars at Steamboat presents: "Meeting the ClimateChange Challenge: What We Know. What We Expect. What We Should Do." 5:30PM @ Strings Pavilion. Free tickets distributed @ 4:45PM TUESDAY JULY 16 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Dungeons & Dragons Game Night 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE. Wild Films: “Grizzly Encounters with Chris Morgan,” plus a bonus short, “Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WEDNESDAY JULY 17 Mineral Springs Walking Tour 9AM @ Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. FREE Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors 3PM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. FREE THURSDAY JULY 18 Downtown Historical Walking Tour 9AM @ Tread Of Pioneers Museum. FREE

Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series Noon @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE

Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 2PM @ Mesa Schoolhouse. FREE Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas FRIDAY JULY 26

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones w/ Kind Hearted Strangers 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5.

Dirty Revival 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5


Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 11:30am-1:30pm Tres Womack

Live Music @ Farmers’ Market 9-10:45am Adia Clark Lay 11:30am-1:30PM Better Half Cousin Curtiss 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. TUESDAY JULY 23 Free Film: “Frida” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WEDNESDAY JULY 24 Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “Nina” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JULY 25 Downtown Historical Walking Tour 9AM @ Tread Of Pioneers Museum. FREE


All About Me 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. SUNDAY JULY 28 Piknik Theatre: “The Tempest” 6PM @ Library Lawn. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events MONDAY JULY 29 Seminars at Steamboat: "U.S.-China Relations: Can We Step Back from the Brink?" 5:30PM @ Strings Pavilion. Free tickets distributed @ 4:45PM TUESDAY JULY 30 Wild Films: “The Perfect Runner,” plus a bonus short, “Person of the Forest” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE WEDNESDAY JULY 31 Free Film: “Bisbee ‘17” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

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Recurring Weekly Events:

Art Galleries and Museums


STEAMBOAT CREATES 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008

Yoga In The Botanic Park 9AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. Bring a mat or towel and water By donation, which helps support the Park.

IMAGINE ART STUDIOS 1125 Lincoln Ave. | 484.889.6753 Imagine is a place with a diverse group of likeminded individuals each have a place to create and display their art work. Where the Valley Voice calls home! YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE AT THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a | 941.321.2809 GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 OFF THE BEATEN PATH 68 9th St., | 970.879.6830 Lija Fisher, author of the preteen book 'The Cryptid Catcher,' will be stopping by for a book signing with her Bigfoot memorabilia in tow! Great event for kids of all ages. 5-7PM JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 CHIEF THEATER 813 Lincoln Ave., | 970.871-4791 Glenna Olmsted paintings, exclusively in Steamboat,in oil, watercolor and acrylic. Colorado beauty, travel inspiration, fascination of brilliant color and impressionistic style lend to the richness of her plein-air and whimsical pieces. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 Looking West: An Exhibition Highlighting Works By AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS May 24 – Sept 2, 2019. Photographer Charlie Smith featured at the Museum Store. URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 Stefanie Weaver is an artist/muralist currently residing here in Steamboat Springs. She is inspired from nature and those around her. Oils, acrylic & mixed media. SOLAR FLARE GLASSWORK & DESIGN 635 Lincoln Avenue, Ste. M | 970.875.3420 TOM MANGELSEN - IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave | 970.871.1822 Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 50 years photographing the Earth's last great wild places. Celebrating 20 years in Steamboat. WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 PINE MOON FINE ART 117 9th St | 970.846.7879 Farm to Forest, realistic to contemporary artworks from Dedi Knox and Sue Gallion. Dedi's contemporary oils, watercolors and Sue's fiber, oil and watercolors are featured. W GALLERY 115 9th St., Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783 W Gallery will be featuring a new series by Susan Schiesser. During an ongoing series of octopus paintings , the artist read that some have 144 different camouflage combinations. This study led to patterned animal illustrations and inspiration for her new work.

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Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE Swinging Sunday 7-10PM/ Latin Night 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. West Coast Swing Dance Lessons 7-8PM Late Night Latin Dance Night 10PM MONDAY Naturalist Walk 9:30-11AM. Locations Vary. FREE. Register Online Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE Piano Bar Night 8:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. TUESDAY Yoga In The Botanic Park 9AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. Bring a mat or towel and water By donation, which helps support the Park. Olympic Heritage Tour 9AM @ Howelsen Hill Lodge. FREE Pool League 6:30PM @ The V Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. WEDNESDAY Mineral Springs Tour 9-11AM @ Arts Depot.

FREE Dart League 6:30PM @ The V Karaoke Night 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE THURSDAY Yoga In The Botanic Park 9AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. Bring a mat or towel and water By donation, which helps support the Park. Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9PM @ Schmiggity’s.FREE FRIDAY Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE SATURDAY Farmer’s Market 9AM-2PM @ 7th & Yampa Live Performances Each Week City Council Booth 9AM-11AM @ Farmers Market Yoga In The Botanic Park 9AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. Bring a mat or towel and water By donation, which helps support the Park. Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE.

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July 2019

Valley Voice


Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

Sometimes the world is not out to get you and the bus is just late, your boss is just a jerk and the vending machine is simply out of Skittles. Just because you are occasionally put out does not verify the thought that nothing is going your way. Take a breath and realize what you have, even if that does not consist of tasting the rainbow.


April 20 - May 20


May 20 - June 20

And no matter how old you get, finding a prize in your cereal box is always exciting.




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You’re supposed to want to go out and party your ass off, but secretly all you really want to do is avoid getting drunk, casual sex and generally making bad decisions. All you yearn for is to stay home, make cookies and possibly learn how to knit. Follow your decision to keep it low key. If nothing else, it will keep you out of trouble and fine tune your baking skills.


June 21 - July 22

This fortnight you will finally understand the meaning of ‘a little too much.’ You might need to get a wet suit for this one.


July 23 - August 23

You were really falling apart for a while there! It was getting kind of ugly, but what came out of the rubble is a more respectable, captivating individual. You should be proud of yourself. Enjoy the ride to the top, you deserve it.


August 23 - September 22

And no matter how much you try, you can’t get that girl with the bunny ears out of your head. Who was she? And why was she wearing those bunny ears? ROAD DAWG


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September 23 - October 23

Your love is like dog hair on a black sweater. Think about it.


October 24 - November 21

At some point your hands slipped away from theirs, and you can’t seem to grasp them around theirs again. You tell yourself it’s all a bad dream, but you know that you are not going to wake up from this nightmare. To those that you have lost along the way, it’s best to remember them and use that memory as strength and guidance. Also, don’t be afraid of embracing the people you love in fear of losing them too.


November 22 - December 21

You will wake up naked on someone’s couch mumbling incoherently about Morgan Freeman. It may take some time to piece together what happed, but a great story to tell your future children.


December 22 - January 19

This fortnight you will find yourself in a vat of Jello, wrestling a couple of supermodels in their underwear. As they flip you over their shoulder and slam you into the gelatinous goo, you’ll quietly think to yourself that you would much rather the Jello be lime instead of cherry, and the supermodels were brunettes instead of blondes. Goodness, there really is no pleasing you.


January 20 - February 18

And then the question will finally arise… Who is that man behind the goggles?


February 19 - March 20

It’s not a party if it happens every night… it’s just gluttony. At some point the glamour will fade and you will realize that those martinis you’ve been sipping on are made with an eightdollar handle of vodka. The party has to end sometime, friend. Time to go home.

Valley Voice

By Matt Scharf

2019 Steamboat Springs Sidewalk Bicycle Team

July 2019



July 2019

Valley Voice



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