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Contents The Kindred Club

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Core Services and Kids

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Avoid Parent Plus Student Loans

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Amazing Opportunity for Writers

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A Tree Stands Alone

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The Goat’s Goods

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Tinker Art Originals

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Red West Contemporary Gallery

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First Friday Artwalk

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A Murder Most Foul: Flight 692

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Ski Season Flights to YVRA

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Do You Want to Look for Sunglasses?

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Calendar of Events

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By Matt Scharf

By Heather Sloop By Scott L. Ford

By Steamboat Springs Writer’s Group By Francis Conlon

By Brodie Farquhar By Brodie Farquhar

By Susan Schiesser and Pat Walsh

Publisher/Art Director: Matt Scharf Business Manager:

By Wina Procyzyn

Scott Ford


Eric Kemper

Event Calendar:

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By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield By Scott L. Ford

By Lyn Wheaton

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Shrews Page 22 By Karen Vail

Wild Edible Feast

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Drinking From Mexico’s Fountain of Youth

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Living the Full Life: Part II

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By Yampatika

By Sean Derning

By Shaney McCoy

The Cat Page 27 By Aimee Kimmey

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Garden of Illusion

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Those People are Idiots

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The Golden Milk Craze

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By Mr. Helpful M.D. By Monica Yager


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Disrespectful, trespassing, vandalizing surveyors… Cityfication of the country… Wrong assumptions that tolerate no compromise… Losing some of our most beloved locals… Bicyclists on the sidewalk, especially from Weiss Park to 3rd... Fear of another jammed packed summer... Social media changing our culture... Have-nots with no hope... Change…

Raves... Change… The young fella who got my salt block at the feed store in P-Burg. Initiative, work ethic and a Boy Scout; bright things ahead for you… The G.O.A.T… Witnessing 1125 Lincoln evolve into a creative powerhouse… Loving Routt County for the County… The Bakery Express in Phippsburg!... Yampa Street construction completed... New energy in Hayden...

Say What?... Inscription of the arc is the mark of style “Can this town fit another marble?” “I know there is an iceberg out there waiting to get hit” To the guy at the library that said I look like my dad. Thanks, but I still don’t think I am who you think I am… Got input?

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By Heather Sloop

The Kindred Club Many people know that the State of Colorado is a special place in the country. A lot of people believe that Northwest Colorado is a very special part of the state. It’s a great place to visit and a great place to call home. We all know that Steamboat Springs is highly desirable. This is no surprise. What makes Routt County so special? Is it the endless beauty that slathers this valley? Is it all the enjoyable recreational amenities that fulfill our hobby lust? You decide. It’s not all the crust of it. In my opinion, Routt County is special because of the people. People that care about the community and each other. When I first moved to Colorado from New Mexico in 1980, I was a bright-eyed designer that soon got allergic to cities by 1988. I finally decided Steamboat Springs would be my forever home in 1994. When I moved here, I felt honored to meet the locals who were planted here, who knew the ins and outs of the area. It was something I wanted to be a part of. I listened. To me, the kindred spirit of the valley is what glows the brightest. The beauty and amenities became secondary. Sadly, we are losing some of our long time locals. We are losing them due to economics, retirement or their passing. They will be dearly missed. What I fear the most is the torch that would be passed to the next “kindred” generation is losing its flicker. Our Routt County fore-fathers had visions for this area, and look how well it turned out. We need to keep their vision in clear focus. The pillars of our community should be the people we aspire to be by staying involved, contributing and most importantly – educated voting. Be allergic to homogeny. Go above and beyond. Be courteous and respectful. Don’t fall in love with this place for yourself. Fall in love with this place for Routt County.

Core Services and Kids Core services have long been a topic of discussion for City Council as we address the future city’s fiscal policy. Maintaining emergency and police services, keeping streets plowed, and providing clean water top the list of items we, as a city, know are services we cannot live without. But would this community thrive if much of our workforce left their job early every day to care for their children? Continuing to provide after-school care for kids as a “core service” is something we should seriously consider. As we know, a strong and reliable workforce is the backbone of any city. When we consider workforce families and options the city provides for their kids through licensed after-school care and summer programming, we are helping to maintain a growing workforce. In Steamboat, school ends each day around 3:15. Families with young school aged children (K-5) have options provided by several outlets to help fill the gap of care until typical 9-5 work hours are over. Young children can participate in multiple after-school sporting activities, creative outlets, and clubs, most of which require transportation to a different facility than the school. So, the question is: Should filling this childcare/activity gap be considered part of the city’s core service? How could our city be sustained if working parents had to leave their jobs at 3:15 to take their kids home or deliver them to the next activity? The city, through the Parks and Rec (P&R) Department, has offered licensed after-school programming for decades. Ranging from archery and baton to cooking and pottery, this programming fills the after-school time gap for many families daily while providing essential life skills for kids, without parents having to leave their workplace early. What would happen if these programs were not considered a core service?

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Sure, some parents would enroll their children in other programs and, with some degree of difficulty and expense, find a way to get them there. Others would be forced to find and pay for alternative care until they completed work. The Boys and Girls Club would undoubtedly receive many more kids. Overall, after-school care programming would be dramatically different, which could be good for a few businesses offering options but worse for many parents’ pocketbooks. Since the beginning, Steamboat Springs is a community built upon family and looking out for each other. Families have shaped the spirit of the valley and played a valuable role in its heritage and history. Without the fabric of families, the essence of Steamboat Springs would be completely different. As we continue to discuss fiscal policy, core services, and what we value as a community, I ask you to consider the following in the overall picture: • Is our community stronger with P&R and the afterschool programming? •Can our community afford to help working families find licensed opportunities for kids? • What does our community see as our future for families and children? If parents cannot find adequate resources for their children, especially after-school, they stop working and we all suffer. That is why, we, as a community should continue helping our families and their children. This is the core to what “core services” is about. Heather Sloop Steamboat Springs City Council – District III

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

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Guilt is a powerful motivator. A number of parents are overcome with guilt when they realize they have not saved nearly enough for their child’s college education. Add to this guilt the thinking pitfall that occurs when the students and families set their hearts on a specific college and will do whatever it takes to make it work. What is the solution to this reality? Way too many parents they will look to the federal Parents Plus Loan program as a way to smooth over the guilt and help their child’s dreams come true. But at what cost? Unfortunately, for some folks borrowing for their child’s education is an emotional decision and not a financial one. This is an emotional decision that has budget busting and long-term consequences, specifically as it relates to the parents saving for retirement. Let’s first begin by describing what the federal Parent Plus Loan is. Unlike a traditional student loan issued to the student, a Parents Plus Loan is issued to the parent(s) of an undergraduate student. This loan is essentially a line of credit to be used to offset the college’s cost of attendance, less any financial aid (scholarships and loans) the student may receive. To be clear, a college’s cost of attendance and tuition and fees are two different things. Cost of Attendance (COA) includes tuition and fees but also estimates for books, room/board, and other expenses. I will use the University of Denver as an example. According to, for the school year 2017/18 tuition was $48,669. To that figure add room/board, books, fees and other expenses of $16,707, which will bring the COA to $65,376 for the University of Denver. Let’s assume that Billy Bob has been accepted to the school. The parents have saved no money for his college. Billy Bob received a financial aid package of $20,000 in the form of scholarships and student loans. The net COA is $45,376 ($65,376 - $20,000 = $45,376). In the situation just described it, would be possible to borrow the full $45,376 using the federal Parents Plus Loan. The goofy thing associated with this loan is that no consideration is given to whether the parents’ income can afford the loan. There is no income verification requirement. The only requirement to secure a Parents Plus Loan is that is that parents do not have an adverse credit history. An adverse credit history occurs when the borrower has a current delinquency of 90 or more days on more than $2,085 in total debt; or the borrower has more than $2,085 in total debt in collections or any chargedoff during the two years preceding the date of the credit report; or the borrower’s credit report has a derogatory event within the five years preceding the date of the credit report. Typical adverse events include: • Default determination • Bankruptcy discharge

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• Wage garnishment It is so easy for parents to get in debt way over their head with the Parent Plus Loan because it has no cumulative loan limit. Going back to our Billy Bob example, his parents are ages 56 and 52 on the date of his graduation. They ended up borrowing $135,000 using a Parents Plus Loan for his education. The monthly payments are $1,630 for the next 10 years, or just shy of $20,000 annually. Based on a typical married household with $88,154 of gross income the $20,000 payment represents 28% of their disposable income assuming a 20% tax rate. They are in real trouble and there is very little they can do about it.

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One option would be to extend the payments from 10 years to 20 or 30 years. Although the monthly payment would be lower, they could find themselves paying on this loan well into their 80’s if they selected the 30-year option. Another would be to be to convert their Parent Plus Loan into a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan. This simple change will allow borrowers to qualify for Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) of no more than 20% of their discretionary income for up to 25 years. At the end of the 25-year period, if they have not missed a single payment, the remaining debt is discharged (forgiven). For student loan purposes, the U.S. Department of Education considers discretionary income to be disposable income minus 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for the family size. In the case of Billy Bob’s parents discretionary income, they would have a payment of $664 per month ($88,154 less 20% for taxes = $70,523 less $30,630 [150% of federal poverty level for their family size] = $39,893 X 20% = $7,977/12 mo. = $664). Without question, a payment of $664 per month is lower, but not great, since the terms of a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan are for 25 years. After 25 years (the parents are ages 81 and 77 respectively) any outstanding loan balance is discharged. The balance discharged is considered taxable income in the year it is discharged. Ouch! Parent Plus Loans are the worst student loans and should be avoided. The best way to avoid the nightmare of Parent Plus Loans is to be the adult in the relationship. Do this by simply saying to the child you cannot afford their first college of choice and that you are not going to forfeit your future just, so they can go to that very special and expensive college.

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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

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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.

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A Tree Stands Alone By Francis Conlon

2018 Ride the Cog Fundraiser Event “Thank You!” The Hayden Heritage Center would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making our Museum Fundraiser a success! Our Awesome Event Sponsors:

A tree stands alone in the desert brush, Its silhouette tall and dark, Wind strains through branches in a hush, Life rises as tropism makes it mark. A struggle, yes, for its existence, ‘Mid dry growth in this free range, Leaves pull sun’s rays in persistence, To make life energy the miraculous exchange. A dusty road waits as a place for shade, To invite sojourner to pause and renew, A gift freely offered and by nature made, My soul should take an aesthetic view. O’er head sky’s dome calls the growing tree, Look quickly to see the ephemeral bloom, Hear the heart’s call to rest and be free, Aesthetic distance is short and beauty soon. I absorb the moment in this desert stark, Harmony quietly shows its subtle art. (The tropic motion must follow the sun, To dance with trees is a partnership won.)

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Thank you to Our Awesome Volunteers! & Everyone who made the event successful! Bill Doolin, Mary O’Brien, Wendy Dorenbush, Jonathan Parker, Emily Waldron, Tena & Tim Frentress, Rebecca & Terry Wattles, Laurel & Blaine Watson, Anne Lane, Dan Drennan, Tate & Nasia Montieth, Connie & Zach Johnson, Neil Forsyth, Mike Guerin, Dorothy Lochert, Wes Dearborn, Vance Fulton, Ryan & Rachel Wattles, Kevin Copeland, Chula & Cactus Beauregard, Patrick, Tammie & Millie Delaney, Ryder, Marshall Davis, Sarah & Sherid Schonert, Birgitta & Kajsa Lindgren from Steamboat Touring Center, Hayden PD & Chief Tuliszewski, Town of Hayden, Hayden Public Works, Routt Co. Road & Bridge, Spike Reedy Insurance, The Haven, Routt County Riders, Steamboat Today, 3 Wire Band for the awesome Tunes! Thank You to Anyone we may have missed on this list and to all the riders who came out and supported the Museum!! We hope you had a great time and will join us next year so mark your calendars for May ! -Race results times are posted on the museum web page and Facebook!:Gravel/Paved Grinder 1st Men: Matt Lundy; 1st women: Wendy Lind Dirty Mud Ride: 1st Men: Jimmy Howe Jr. ;Women: Liz Dolby The Hayden Heritage Center is a 501c3 non profit museum preserving the local history of Hayden & West Routt County. We are currently working on a much needed Museum expansion and donations are greatly appreciated! More info or our events go to Visit the Museum admission is FREE

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Farmers’ Market

The Goat’s Goods By Brodie Farquhar

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When people buy a few goats for milk and perhaps cheese for family and friends, a funny thing happens after a few years. There are more goats, assuming there were males and female goats present. Female goats need to get pregnant to give milk, and male goats, ahemmm, have something to do with that. So what to do with an increasing amount of goat milk that outstrips family and friends demand for milk and cheese, but not nearly enough volume to go commercial in selling milk and cheese?

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Beauregard, a Chicago native, came to Steamboat in 2004 and has worked as a nurse ever since. “I got my first goats in 2010,” she said, focusing on pack and milk goats from the Alpine and La Mancha breeds. She keeps her goats up in Strawberry Park and milks seven females twice a day. “I can get four gallons of milk from three goats,” she said. The goats eat organic fodder only and take the winter off from milking. This spring, she has 13 baby goats. Her lineup of products launched in 2013 and is a family affair, with children and husband pitching in. The products include a milk bath, bath bombs, body wash, lotion, soap, liquid soap and lip balm. She can add oils to her products – enough to give

customers 15 choices in fragrances, including lavender, rose, lemon grass and more. Her website, at, list a host of benefits for dry or sensitive skin. Goat milk is loaded with vitamin A, which helps maintain and repair damaged skin. She and her customers have found her products to be helpful for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Goat milk soaps have fats from the cream, and won’t dry out skin like store-bought soaps. Her soaps and lotions have the selenium that protects skin from skin cancer, she said. “I get great feedback from my customers, some of whom have been with me since the beginning,” said Beauregard. “All natural goat milk products are hydrating and really help skin in this dry climate.” The Goat’s Goods has been a regular at Steamboat Farmers’ Market for four years now. “I really enjoy visiting with old customers and meeting people who are interested in goat milk soaps and lotions,” she added.

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Whimsical paintings on silk scarves or framed silk is the hallmark of Tinker Art Originals, by Tinker Tiffany, of Steamboat Springs. “Tinker is a nickname I got from my sister,” said Cynthia Tiffany. A Florida native, Tiffany came to Steamboat in 1989, and has loved the area ever since. She’s had little to no formal training in art – just a water color class in her mid-30s. She realized she had a natural talent at painting and “I decided to be an artist.”

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After she saw a painted silk scarf, and figuring she could do that, Tiffany bought a few bolts of white silk and has been busy for 20 years. While she has done some commissioned projects, Tiffany finds she often winds up exploring themes in a series of projects – scarves, framed images, even clothing like vests, kimono tops and ski jackets. The whimsy enters the picture when she uses elements from say, the worlds of plants or insects, to inhabit something like the different planets of our solar system. Similarly, images of Rocky Mountain wildlife might appear in a series of paintings about the desert or the ocean. Or visaversa. Patterns found in nature, like spirals, tessellations, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence are important elements to her art. Fibonacci refers to a series of numbers where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. Start with 0 and 1, and the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on.

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Fibonacci sequence appears in nature, from flower-head arrangements and patterns of sunflower seeds to hurricanes to spiral galaxies. In many ways, the Fibonacci sequence seems to be a built-in numbering sequence for the cosmos, from small to large. Tiffany sees this sequence in pine cones, sunflowers, breaking waves and the Nautilus shell. Having fun, making customers smile and laugh and enjoying the work of painting is all part of the package for Tiff


She’s traveled to quite a few art shows and farmers’ markets in the past, but finds the Steamboat Farmers’ Market to be “a real boon.” Lots of customers, easy to set up and minimal travel hassle.

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Creative Art District

Red West Contemporary Gallery By Susan Schiesser and Pat Walsh

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1125 Lincoln Steamboat Springs, Colorado Art in Steamboat Springs gets a new boost with its state designation as a Colorado Creative Arts District. Definition: a place where creativity is nourished and the arts can flourish. Thank you Arts Council for the dedication and single minded focus required to make that designation happen for the town. Inclusion into the prestigious CAD group has spurred a comprehensive planning process, yielding a timeline of specific goals and objectives over the next five years to ensure the very best outcome for the flow of state funding in our direction. It also stimulates greater support and awareness of the social value of the arts and art tourism’s economic contribution to city coffers. One goal singled out by CAD is to provide a space where artists can work, show, and teach. A local real estate visionary, Jim Cook, seized the opportunity to discuss the fate of a marginal Lincoln Avenue property at the quiet west end of main street. Building owner Eric Rogers was open to the possibility of a creative arts center at his site and IMAGINE was born. Now 1125 Lincoln Avenue hosts a full house of affordable art studios on the second floor and a new art gallery show space on the ground level, bringing life to the west end. Cook recruited artists/entrepreneurs Pat Walsh and Susan Schiesser to develop and curate the new gallery, Red West Contemporary, which will initially operate as a summer Pop Up experiment. An impressive roster of Colorado artists are committed to the concept, and Red West Contemporary will open June 1st for the First Friday Artwalk. The gallery provides a strategic connection to main street activities and The Depot Arts Center, home of the Arts Council.

By Joel S. Allen

With a decidedly contemporary flair, artworks in the gallery include sculpture, fiber installation, oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings, plus video installation. Red plans mid-month presentations and frequent classes. The exhibiting artists are nationally and internationally collected, included in museum shows and state institutions and have garnered countless awards and distinctions. The list includes Joel Allen, Missy Borden, Carole McDermott, Betty Ross, Susan Schiesser, Stacey Steers, Andy Tirado, Chula Beauregard, Pat Walsh, Dawn Wilde and Cynthia Zyzda.

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Joel S. Allen is an internationally collected Steamboat resident with an impressive history. Joel, a sculptor/installation artist, moved here from Montana in 2012 and has been busy with major national museum shows, corporate and private commissions, and teaching an innovative sculpture class at CMC. Joel’s current body of work, “Hooked on Svelte,” is a complicated construction of fiber, cord, wire and assorted other materials. The process is slow and deliberate, and the result is a vibrant, inventive, stimulating series of sculptures that bind sense, mind and heart.

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First Friday Artwalk June 1, 2018 5 pm - 8 pm All over downtown

ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS / 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8119 Unveiling our new summer show of engaging paintings, photography and mixed media from our outstanding local artists. Complimentary wine and light bites. GALLERY 89 / 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 Steamboat’s exquisite collection of contemporary artwork, is delighted to welcome the summer season with the extraordinary show “Dream In Fire”. Featured Artist: Cherie Duty Gallery 89, Steamboat’s exquisite collection of contemporary artwork, is delighted to welcome the summer season with the extraordinary show “Dream In Fire”. Featured Artist: Cherie Duty 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, LINDA ISRAEL SIGNATURE GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.7334 / Delight in the region’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 Steamboat’s newest art gallery! Purveyor of fine art, select goods and hand-crafted accessories that depict the modern mountain lifestyle. PINE MOON FINE ART / 1125 Lincoln Ave.. | 970.846.7879 CELEBRATING SUMMER with ART. Bronze and Glass Sculptures; Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic paintings; Monotype framed art; Graphite art; Fiber works; Photography and Jewelry.

By Andrew Ramiro Tirado Since 2012, Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado has been creating a series of large scale hands from reclaimed wood and other 3D and 2D media, finding a balance between traditional craftsmanship and the innovative ideas that enliven some of the best contemporary art. The artist spent many years doing a variety of work, from building wood strip canoes, fabricating custom props, displays, and sets, to building custom cabinetry. From 1989 until 1991, Andrew was a studio assistant for the painter Chuck Close in New York, and from 1988 until 2013, he worked as Seminar Faculty for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Summer Seminar for high school students. From 2005 – 2016, Tirado taught woodworking, supervised the 3D Arts Facility, and ran the Arts and Crafts spring semester adjuncts at the Colorado College. In 2016, Andrew resigned from his position at the college in order to establish a full time studio practice.

By Betty Ross

Red West painter Betty Ross of Colorado Springs embodies the spirit of creative contemporary work. Her expansive experience includes art reviewer for Art News, curatorial work for the Yale Art Gallery, graduate studies in art history at Berkeley, and costume design for THEATREWORKS at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Betty, a recognized creative force in painting for 40 plus years, seeks inspiring and intriguing places in nature from which she fills her canvases in brilliant colors and exotic abstracted forms. Red West Contemporary Gallery thanks the Creative Arts District for endorsing this concept and the Valley Voice for sharing it with the public. The Valley Voice has been an anchor tenant at 1125 Lincoln since 2013.

RED WEST CONTEMPORARY / 1125 Lincoln | 970.846.7879 “Disorderly Conduct”, featuring eleven Colorado Artists, offers a fresh, enriching, and vibrant art experience. 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. 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 Catherine Shuman Miller’s work on paper is inspired by the maze, creating layered grids with fabric like intention. WILD HORSE GALLERY / 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Congratulations to the Oil Painters of America artists accepted into the National Show at Steamboat Art Museum! We are featuring oil paintings by all of our OPA members. THE SKI LOCKER / 941 Lincoln Ave, #100a | 303.882.4927 Photographer, Charlie Smith: “TheFLOW”- Stunning, high resolution, slow motion moving water photographs, video and audio captured at the same ripple on the Yampa River. STEAMBOAT SMOKEHOUSE / 912 Lincoln Ave. | 941.321.2809 Young Bloods Collective: FAN ART -ode to what inspires us, the books, movies, TV, music, video games, artists, etc. that we love and pay homage to. 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.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.—Franklin D. Roosevelt


June 2018

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Bonnifield Files

A Murder Most Foul: Sabotage Aboard United Flight 692 By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield

Daisie boarded Flight 629 and Jack and Allen went to the observation deck to watch the plane take off. Eleven minutes later it exploded. The depression years were hard for mining engineers. Tom caught pneumonia and died, leaving Daisy with two children and penniless. She found employment with a phone company and her now divorced mother took care of the children. Mrs. Walker died in 1938. Following her mother’s death, Daisy placed the children in foster care. Helen Ruth was sent to Saint Scholastica at Canon City. Six-year-old Jack went to Clayton College, an orphanage for poor white male orphans, in Denver. There he remained, although in 1941 his mother Daisie married John Earl King who inherited Anthony Sterner’s ranch west of Toponas, Colorado. Earl and Daisie spent the summers on the ranch until 1948 when Earl’s health began failing. They sold the property and moved to Yampa. In October 1954, Earl died of a heart attack, leaving Daisie with about $90,000. Her father Gilbert Walker also passed on, leaving a sizable estate.

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The beautiful DC-6B Mainliner, Flight 629, sat quietly at Stapleton Field, November 1, 1955, awaiting the arrival of U. S. Health Department official Dr. Harold Sandstead, advisor to President Eisenhower. Among the 44 passengers and crew was anxious Daisie King of Yampa, Colorado. A few months earlier, a United DC-4 hit 12,000-foot Medicine Bow Peak, killing 63. Since then, Daisie was reluctant to fly, but her daughter, Mrs. Helen Hablutzel, persuaded her to come to Alaska for the holiday season, see her grandchildren, go caribou hunting, and have a good time. While waiting at the boarding gate, Daisie’s daughterin-law, Gloria Graham, recognized the stewardess, Sally Scofield. They were together at a Methodist summer camp. Dr. Sandstead arrived and boarded the plane. The veteran World War II and commercial pilot Lee Hall eased the aircraft onto the runway and took off. Eleven minutes later, 7:03 p.m., at 10,800 feet above sea level (5,782 feet above the ground), Flight 629 became a ball of fire over farm land near Brighton. The tail section was sliced off, landing upright and intact. On striking the earth, it cut huge craters; the engines exploded, scattering debris more than a mile.

Investigators were fortunate that the plane exploded over open farmland near the city. Survey crews quickly laid out the crash area in grids and crews scoured the farm land in a systematic manner, locating and recording each piece of the aircraft, human remains, and personal effects. The plane’s wreckage was taken to a large building and reconstructed. Simply putting the puzzle together was an amazing feat. Once completed, the result clearly told the story that a massive explosion occurred in #4 compartment; the disaster was not caused by engine or machine failure. The harsh reality – sabotage. Among the first suspects was the striking labor union. The flight engineer, Samuel Arthur, was working as a strike breaker. Further investigation quickly established the union was not involved. If not them, then who?

After the marriage, Jack Graham had two parents and there was no clear reason why he should remain at the orphanage. Several times the young boy hitchhiked home to the ranch only to have his mother send him back. At Christmas 1942, he was excited because he thought he was going home to stay. He received a pony for Christmas and Earl was willing to have him remain, but Daisie sent him back. She and Earl were wintering in Florida. Afterward, Jack believed he was a throw away child. At 14, Jack left Clayton and worked for Earl on the ranch for about a year. He then worked for several other ranchers. Finally, at 16, with his mother’s assistance, Jack joined the Coast Guard. His true age was discovered and he was honorably discharged although a margin note stated he went AWOL. After leaving the Coast Guard, he held two dozen jobs in the next two years. He was just bumming around. At his mother’s insistence he took the necessary tests and enrolled at the University of Denver, but he did not stay long.

After seeing his mother off, Jack Graham and his wife Gloria walked to the terminal lunch counter and ordered a meal. Overhearing someone say a plane disaster had just occurred, Jack became sick. Later he said the food was poor. For the next several days, Jack could not eat or sleep. He walked aimlessly.

Daisie King was born in 1902 at Buena Vista, Colorado, to Gilbert A. Walker and Debbie Mosher Walker. The couple came to Buena Vista as school teachers, but Gilbert soon established a legal practice followed by election in 1910 to the Colorado House of Representatives. Two years later he was elected district attorney for Chaffee and Fremont counties. In 1916, the family moved to Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Next, Walker bought a ranch near Yampa and moved there. In 1921, he was elected district judge.

He found work in the payroll department of a Denver firm. Here he stole several blank checks and cashed 42 for a total of $4,200. He purchased a new car and went to Lubbock, Texas, where he was arrested for hauling illegal whiskey. (Texas was dry and he was hauling liquor from New Mexico.) Jack was returned to Colorado where he faced forgery charges. His mother pleaded for lenience, and Routt County Sheriff William Mcfarlane, from Toponas, knew Jack and believed he was a good risk. Jack was a model probationer. His probation officer was a friend. Jack made his payments on time and caused no trouble. He also married Gloria Ann Elson and the couple had two children. He attended church two or three times a month with Gloria.

Postal Inspectors rushed to the scene. They found mail scattered over a wide area, but often it was in bundles and not burned or blown apart. The mail compartment showed no sign of burning or charring. Inspectors soon rule out a mail bomb.

In 1923, Daisie married Tom Gallagher. The couple had a daughter Helen Ruth, but soon divorced. Daisy moved back in with her parents. She next married a hard rock mining engineer, William Henry Graham. On January 23, 1932, their son John (Jack) Gilbert Graham was born.

In 1954, Daisie bought Jack and Gloria a small house with quarters for her to occupy. She made Jack a partner in the Crown-A Drive-In in Denver. In June 1955, Daisie also opened the Dairy King on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat. The Steamboat venture was independent of Jack.


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Go Figure!?

2017/18 78,130 1,306 2016/17 77,683 1,186 2015/16 80,546 1,186 2012/13 71,162 975 2010/11 2011/12 79,479 76,661 1,068 1,128 2009/10 84,700 1,179 2008/09 91,975 1,385 2007/08 108,496 1,491 2006/07 104,893 1,363 2005/06 100,435 1,408 Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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To keep the case simple and straight forward, John (Jack) Gilbert Graham was tried only for the murder of Daisie King. That was enough. In the Colorado State Penitentiary gas chamber at 8:08 p.m. on January 11, 1957, he was pronounced dead. Much later in a Denver Post interview Gloria told the reporter she believed “Jack convinced himself his mother was the only person on the plane.” He blanked out the other 43 people he murdered.


Once investigators determined the explosion originated in baggage compartment #4, they found Daisie King’s bag was the only one totally shredded. Surviving was a metal identification tag with her father’s initials. In the residue of the bag was dynamite – 20 plus sticks. Investigators tracked the purchase of the explosive and the firing device. They had their man.


Daisie, Jack, Gloria, and son Allen, were delayed going to the airport. (The baby was left with a neighbor.) Rushed for time, Jack let the others off in front of the terminal while he parked the car and checked Daisie’s luggage. Daisie boarded Flight 629 and Jack and Allen went to the observation deck to watch the plane take off. Eleven minutes later it exploded.

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During the deer hunting season of 1955, Jack and his mother came to Yampa. While on the trip, Jack stopped at a Kremmling hardware store and purchased 20 to 25 sticks of dynamite. Returning to Denver he purchased a six-volt battery, timer, and electric switch. He told Gloria he wanted to buy his mother a surprise Christmas gift – a tool set to draw on sea shells. When she saw him carry a Christmas-wrapped package into his mother’s room shortly before leaving for Stapleton Field, she assumed it was the tool set.

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Ski Season Passengers Deplanements

In the spring of 1955, a gas explosion at the Crown-A seriously damaged the building. Although investigators were suspicious, they had no solid evidence and Jack received $1,200 in insurance money. In front of employees, he and his mother openly quarreled; she suspected him of raiding the cash register. Jack also purchased a new pick-up that stalled on a railroad crossing in front of a moving train. Again, insurance was involved.

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Since the ski season of 2002/03, about 1,200 flights on average arrive at YVRA. These flights on average carried about 85,000 passengers.

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Ski Season Flights and Passengers in to Yampa Valley Regional Airport

These airplanes we have today are no more than a perfection of a child’s toy made of paper.—Henri Coanda


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Routt County Disasters

Do You Want to Go Look for Sunglasses? By Lyn Wheaton girl. Sometimes she would fill in for one of our fake lazy employees that had called in sick and we had to pick up the pretend slack for. This gave us something to gossip about around our real water-cooler.

This simple question, overheard as I passed a gaggle of tourists on Lincoln Avenue while schlepping around doing errands, upended my bleak reality of the morning. The errands weren’t that important, just something to get me out of the house for a change of scenery. I started thinking about this question, “Do you want to go look at sunglasses now?” and it disrupted my world for a minute. What is it about going on vacation that makes people want to buy stuff? They don’t care what it is. They just want to buy something. It’s some twisted desire we all have that drives us, an attempt to impound and perpetuate the quaintness and natural high we feel from this mystical cosmic reality that is not ours. We want to own it. We are not content to just experience it and move on. Usually, when you get home you’re at odds, in a big way, with why you purchased the trinket. You stand there staring at the 3-D cardboard moose-head mounted on your wall and say to yourself: It looked so good hanging on the wall in that eclectic mountain shop. Why does it look so junky in here? But sunglasses, they’re practical, and there is something especially fulfilling about the quest for a useful souvenir. This innocuous comment had such impact it jolted me from the misery of my day. Sunglasses. What a great idea! One can never have too many pairs of sunglasses. I need my privacy, after all. I don’t want just anyone peeking into my windows and seeing my soul. I let the tourist’s simple question -- Do you want to go look for sunglasses now? -- take me away. I walked into a store and pulled a pair of sunglasses off the rack and that’s when things got weird. I put them on and found myself transformed into a tourist in my own town. I felt out of body and launched into one of my infamous fantasy-like departures. I cannot re-write history however, I can re-write my future or better yet, my present. My flair for dissembling reality to make things more pleasant is not new. As a single mother, I had to work around the clock when my daughter was young. I convinced her it was a game. Our dining room was converted to a satellite location of my CPA firm. I set her up in a chair and every night we played office. When it was time to clean the house we played cleaning-lady girls. Personal-assistant girls would perform a litany of household tasks, such as grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and countless other of life’s obligations. It went on and on: dog-walking girls, petgrooming girls, beauty parlor girls, and French-chef girls. The possibilities were endless. When I needed my daily list of stock quotes, she was promoted to a Wall Street Trader

Since my forced retirement I have reverted back to some of the techniques that worked for me prior to my big brain malfunction. So now when I am trying to get my screenplay done by an artificial deadline, I pretend I’m a writer on the lot of Paramount Pictures. When I leave the Cabin to do a yoga class, I’m still in character, taking a muchneeded but momentary break from the heady, demanding work of writing, to clear my mind and allow the creativity to flow. An important cog in the movie-making machine, I must not delay in taking respite. When the class is over, I grab a green drink and rush back to the “writer’s room.” I strolled down Lincoln in the new shades and peered in shop windows looking for that perfect souvenir. The muchneeded vacation couldn’t have been going any better until I heard a voice -- “Hey Lyn, what are you doing?” -- that almost succeeded in jolting me back to reality, but the sunglasses provided Kevlar. I felt invisible. “Do I know you?” I asked, “Where are you from?” She looked at me funny. “Lyn, it’s me.” I shrugged, “It’s a small world, you sure look like someone I know.” And I left. I walked back to my pretend rental car wondering why people on TV always have a more enjoyable driving experience than you can ever hope to have in real life. The TV car is perfectly soundproof and spotless, and the driver, always calm and put together. As I approached the vehicle another person I knew walked by. I lifted the shades to read a sign and momentarily lapsed back to my real self, if there is such a thing. I blew my own cover when I said, “Hi Mary.” She squinted to look at me. “Oh. Hi Lyn. I didn’t recognize you.” I said, “That’s okay, I’m incognito,” I lowered the sunglasses back onto my face and again, found myself in the mind of another character. The dark shades and layers of black clothing allowed me to dissolve into anonymity. I could hide in plain sight. I was famous and the costume was facilitating my avoidance of the paparazzi and anyone else to which I might otherwise be accountable. This reminded me of the year I was a biker chick. My boyfriend, the Religious Biker, had costumes for every occasion. On Sundays he would slip off to attend the all-day fellowship dinner at his Seventh Day Adventist Church, dressed in a suit and a pair of beige plastic shoes. When he rode his Harley, he wore the black leather jacket with patches, chaps, black boots, a switchblade in a case attached to his belt, and a wallet chained to his pocket. During the week he had some sort of job you would not expect of a biker that paraded around on the weekends with a switchblade attached to his hip. Whenever we planned an outing on the Harley, he begged me to wear biker chick garb. “Just put on the stuff.” He urged, “Play the part.” I figured what the hell? I might as well delve into the full experience. The first time I sported the black leather jacket and Harley Davidson tee shirt,

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I felt like an outlaw. We announced our arrival into sleepy mountain towns throughout Colorado with thunderous revving engines. Roaming the streets in our gear, we went from one bar to the next, and hung out on the sidewalk smoking. Moms passing by ushered their kids away from us, and tourists kept their distance. It was all very thrilling for a month or two, but then it started to feel like Halloween. It was summer and I was wearing piles of heavy clothes designed to make a statement. I just wanted to be in shorts and a bathing suit top. The façade required way too much effort to maintain and I retired it in short order. Sirens exploded into the air. The shrill sound shattered the silence of the off-season day. A black and white pulled up to the curb. A cop got out and asked me a series of odd questions, such as: name, address, what year it was, and who was the President? After completing the pop-quiz, I asked, “What did I do?” He stood there looking at me, as if my earth suit had disintegrated and I was standing there naked, an alien being, exposed for everyone to see. “Lyn, your friend called and said she was worried about you. She saw you on Lincoln and you weren’t making much sense.” “Well officer, as you can see, I’m fine.” I may have accidentally spoken in Sanskrit because shortly thereafter I found myself seated across the desk from a shrink looking at me with curiosity. “The police and some of your friends have reason to believe you may be having some difficulty with reality.” “I’m well aware of reality.” I said, “I’m simply trying to adapt to all the new information.” “What new information?” She tilted her head and made notes on her pad. “And from whom are you receiving this information?” She added air quotes, for effect. A little confused and frustrated, I tried to explain. “Everywhere. Everything. Things that change and things that stay the same.” “I think I’m beginning to understand.” She rubbed her eyes, took out a prescription pad, scribbled on the paper, tore it off, and handed it to me. “I want you to fill this prescription. It’s a sedative. Take a handful with some Vodka, and get some rest.” I took off the glasses and studied her. What mask is she wearing? I wondered. Is the mask of trusted confidant reliable? Or is it just concealing another entity with an interchangeable veneer? I could be fooled. I had to be careful. Faceless apparitions flashed through my mind, swapping disguises. Each time they dropped a camouflage, evil lurked beneath, maybe not so evil per se, but oh so dangerous to me. Which one was safe? I couldn’t tell. I grabbed the script and ran away. And there I was… the girl carrying the kitten across the burning bridge in Wag The Dog. It appeared that I had looked back, but I couldn’t have, because I wasn’t really there.

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

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Downtown Historical Walking Tour (Starts June 28) 9AM-10:30AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE

MONDAY 8 Ball Tournament 6:30PM @ The V TUESDAY Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Olympic Heritage Walking Tour (Starts June 26) 9AM-10:30AM @ Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, FREE “A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 10:30AM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org Pool League 6:30PM @ The V

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls (Starting June 28) 10AM-1PM. FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS “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 Two-Step Tuesday www.steamboatwriters. 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Les- com sons). FREE. FRIDAY WEDNESDAY Mineral Springs Walking Tour (Starts June 27) 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

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls (Starting June 28) 10AM-1PM. FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series (Starts June 29) Noon-1:00PM@ Tread of Guided Gourmet Lunch Pioneers Museum. FREE Hike (Starts June 20) With a Steamboat Skicorp Check out www.treadofAmbassador & Yampatika for speakers and topics. Bring a friend Naturalist and bring a lunch! 10:30AM-1:00PM. Fee includes lunch and a ride to the top of the Gondola SATURDAY USFS. Call 970.871.5444 for more information and Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls to reserve a spot. (Starting June 28) 10AM-1PM. FREE, no Dart League registration required, 6:30PM @ The V provided in partnership with USFS Karaoke/ Karaoke Contest (Win a Hala Stand Farmers Market Up Paddle Board - finals (Starts June 9th) 6/27) 9PM @ 9AM-2PM @ 7th & Yampa Schmiggity’s. FREE Live Performances 11AM-1PM Each Week

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38th Annual Yampa River FestivalFish Creek Race: A sprint event to Steamboat Blvd. 3:30PM check in at Mt. Werner water treatment facility. FREE to watch, $10 to race - Register at FriendsOfTheYampa. com

Start of Summer Pool League at The V

Super Fun Show 7:30PM @ Chief Theater. FREE

First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception Participatory Art 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE Freddy & The Yetis 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. SATURDAY JUNE 2 38th Annual Yampa River Festival Main Event! 10:30AM-7PM at Charlie’s Hole near the library. FREE for spectators: facebook. com/friendsoftheyampa Constant Change 8:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. SUNDAY JUNE 3 38th Annual Yampa River Festival Kayak Slalom Race Noon at Rich Weiss Park. FREE to watch, $10 to race - Register at FriendsOfTheYampa. com

Behind The Scenes Tour of Collections 2PM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE www.treadofpioneers. org City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Publisher Picks Night with Random House and Imprint Group 6PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE WED. JUNE 6 Town Challenge MTB Race Series Race #1 – Marabou XC Marabou Ranch www.townchallenge. com Free Film: “The Worker’s Cup” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JUNE 7 Wild Edible Feast 5:30PM. This is a fundraiser with tickets for $100 970-871-9151 or info@ FRIDAY JUNE 8 Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall Cycles 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE.

The Sweet Lillies 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. MONDAY JUNE 11 Hayden Chamber Meeting 7PM @ Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Hayden. TUESDAY JUNE 12 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Wild Films: 3 awardwinning shorts from the International Wildlife Film Festival 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WED. JUNE 13 Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Dance on Film: “Bajari: Gypsy Barcelona” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JUNE 14 Flag Day Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse Noon @ Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40). FREE www.treadofpioneers. org

Parks & Recreation Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Library Author Series: Randi SamuelsonBrown “The Beaten Territory” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events FRIDAY JUNE 15 Harry Potter Trivia Night 7PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE Jay Roemer Band 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. SATURDAY JUNE 16 Moots Ranch Rally Ride Midnigh River Choir 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. MONDAY JUNE 18 Ukuleles at the Library; launch of the new ukulele instrument check-out program. Live community beginner lesson with Steve Boynton and a screening of the film, “Mighty Uke” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/ukuleles

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TUESDAY JUNE 19 We’re Not Clowns Family Fun Show 2PM @ Chief Theater. $5 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall Free Film: “Quest” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WED. JUNE 20 Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 1PM @ Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40). FREE www.treadofpioneers. org

Town Challenge MTB Race Series Race #2 – Emerald Endurance – Emerald Mountain www.townchallenge. com Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “Jasper Jones” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JUNE 21 Library Author Series: Jennifer Pharr-Davis “The Pursuit of Endurance” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events





Lulie Crawford’s Wildflowers and Watercolors Kid’s Program 9AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. FREE www.treadofpioneers. org

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Mad Creek Geology Hike 9AM-1PM. $20 RSVP 970-871-9151 or Community Art Show Opening 5PM-8PM @ Hayden Public Library. or call 2763777with questions Kris Lager Band 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5

Schism/Speak of the Devil 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 SUNDAY JUNE 24 Todd Park Mohr concert benefiting Crossan’s Market 3:30PM-Doors, 4:30PM-Show @ Antlers Café & Bar in Yampa, CO. $40 historicrouttcounty. org

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I came upon a lifeless tiny body in my garden this spring. Winter had taken this little guy’s life, and, being a good naturalist, I put on my gloves and did some exploring. After a good look at teeth (sharp!!), claws (sharp!!), thick rich fur and long whiskers, I was even more curious about the life of a shrew. If you come upon a tiny fluff of fur skittering around like a frenetic ball of energy, you have encountered a shrew. According to “Mammals of Colorado” (Denver Museum of Natural History, c1994) we have four genera and ten species of shrew in Colorado (although the Colorado Parks and Wildlife site lists only nine species). They mentioned that in some parts of the mountains as many as five species are found in a single location and differentiating most of the species is difficult. The common water shrew is the easiest to ID because of its black velvety coat and silvery white belly, unique habitat and really cool hunting methods (more on them later). Even though shrews look like a rodent, they are in their own family (the Soricidae) and classified as an insectivore, although they will eat many other things. Shrews have a long evolutionary history; 48 to 41.3 million years ago in North America. At first encounter, shrews might look like a mouse. Look closer (if you can catch them still long enough) and the first noticeable difference is a long, skinny nose. They also do not have the prominent gnawing incisors typical

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for rodents; shrew teeth are sharp and spike-like. Most are colored gray or brown with a rather sausage-shaped body, have small ears and eyes, long whiskers and a short, haired tail. As mentioned above, shrews are tiny. The pygmy shrew (Sorex hoyi) barely reaches three inches long and the common water shrew (S. palustris) is the largest in our area at five to six inches. But fierce things often come in small packages! Shrews are extremely active, with a heartbeat of 600 to 1200 or more beats per minute and are able to make twelve body movements per second (go ahead and try that!) (“Strange and Unbelievable Facts About Shrews, Matthew L Miller, March 5, 2018, blog. They are in constant motion, rarely stopping to eat. And they have to eat a LOT, consuming one to two times their weight in food every 24 hours (“Mammals of Colorado”). If a shrew does not eat, within a few hours it will die. Most of their prey are insects, but they will take on small mammals (they have been known to take on mice twice their size) and also eat some vegetation and carrion. They seem to be limited to the amount they can eat by how fast they can digest it, so they have intense brief foraging periods averaging 55 minutes, followed by an energy-saving snooze of around an hour where the body temperature drops to conserve energy. This fast living makes for a short life of maybe 14 – 18 months.

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Wild Edible Feast Colorado shrews typically live in shallow tunnels or form runways in leaf litter in the surface layers of the soil. They also use tunnels of other mammals such as mice and voles. They seem to prefer moister habitats. Perusing books and articles on our Colorado shrews leaves one thing painfully clear; we really don’t know a lot about our local shrews. The common water shrew (S. palustris) is probably the most widely studied shrew. My first encounter with a water shrew was while I was taking a lunch break near the summit of Lost Ranger in the Zirkels. The flat area where we had stopped had a collection of springs forming small deep streamlets. I thought I saw a vole skitter across the tundra, and, as I watched, the small black form entered the stream at a run then miraculously kept running on the water surface! It soon dove beneath the surface and I ran over to observe and saw a silver blob heading toward the bottom where it was obviously feeding, then suddenly pop back up to the surface where it swam away. The “silver” of the shrew came from tiny air bubbles trapped beneath their dense fur. To get to the bottom to feed on insects and small fish, the shrew swims vigorously. Then, to return to the surface, it simply quits swimming and the trapped air bubbles pop the shrew back to the top. Water shrews also have a stiff fringe around their hind feet and slight webbing between their third and fourth toes to aid in swimming. Many shrews emit high-pitched sounds that have led people to believe they are using echolocation. An article in “Biology Letters” found that theses sounds can help shrews determine their habitat and surrounding area, but is probably not used to find prey. The long whiskers (also known as vibrissae) are highly sensitive and can recognize prey very efficiently. Shrews stink! When I was investigating my dead garden shrew I found small dark patches on either side of the body. These are flank glands and produce foul smelling secretions. These odors could have something to do with

attracting a mate (great for date night!) or recognizing other shrews, or other researchers say they could deter any predator from taking the smelly animals for lunch. Maybe both are true. Most shrew species have multiple litters of young per year. The young are born naked, toothless and blind, but they grow rapidly and within three weeks they are weaned and ready to head into the world. Once in the world with their litter mates and mom, they have been observed performing a shrew conga line (Colorado Parks and Wildlife site). Mom leads with the first young following behind grasping the fur around her tail, the next in line grabbing the tail of the first and on down the line. They then wend their way through the undergrowth appearing, if you use your imagination, like a snake slithering along. Called caravanning, this may be a protective behavior for the family as the tiny entourage moves through the world of predators. Summer can be tough for shrews, but winter is brutal for these high metabolism, tiny animals. They do not hibernate but have several physiological adaptations for the cold of winter. Most animals gain weight going into winter, packing on the fat to have a nice supply of energy to fall back on into the winter’s lean months. Shrews buck that trend by reducing their body mass and skull size going into winter. Their spines also got shorter, and major organs, including the heart, lungs and spleen shrank. Even their brain mass drops by 20-30% (“Shrew skulls shrink for winter survival” Emma Young, October 2017. With their extraordinarily fast metabolism, reducing their body mass going into winter might increase their chances of survival as they don’t have to feed a larger body mass. Brains are one of the most energy hungry organs, so reducing their size in winter is a bonus. Researchers found that a reduced territory in winter is easier keep to track of, and a reduced brain size during a time when predation is lower and life is slower and simpler might not be a huge disadvantage. Shrews also spend more time in their nests, again reducing energy requirements. When researchers calculated the energy savings a 30% loss in body mass could bring, they found this could reduce foraging time by about 5 hours per day. Most small winter-active animals, and all hibernating animals, have a unique type of fat called brown adipose tissue (BAT). This brown fat is different than white fat (what we have as adults) in that it burns energy extremely efficiently. This production of heat energy using BAT is called nonshivering thermogenesis; producing heat (thermo – genesis) without shivering. Shrews show very high rates of nonshivering heat production, sometimes almost twice that measured in summer. According to “Mammals of Colorado,” shrews have not been observed huddling in winter, preferring to retain their own territories all winter.

Yampatika’s Wild Edible Feast Fundraiser June 7, 2018 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Haymaker Yampatika’s 19th annual Wild Edible Feast, a nature to table fundraising event, will be held at Haymaker on June 7. The event celebrates the bounty of the Yampa Valley and offers an evening of delectable small plates created by Haymaker’s talented chefs using a variety of wild edibles. On the menu this year are elk, goose, trout, pork belly, local eggs and freshly harvested wild plants. Funds raised will stay in Routt County and go towards connecting people to nature by providing environmental education. In addition to a variety of culinary food stations, the event will feature educational activities and a silent auction including a Hala Gear $500 gift certificate, Old Town Hot Springs adult membership, two unlimited tasting tickets to the 2018 Reds, Whites & Brews, two tickets to the 2019 WinterWonderGrass Festival, wild game dinner for two and a hot air balloon ride. Quality proteins have been contributed by Jerry Fox, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kris Brannon, Heather Stirling, Charlie Pharris, Charlie Hentzen, Chuck Heltzel and Kyle Kim. “This truly unique event is a great way for people to learn about the foods available to harvest right here in the Yampa Valley,” said Karen Vail, Founder and Naturalist with Yampatika. “We are connecting people back to their roots and teaching practices for how to harvest sustainably. One of the most rewarding parts of this event happens in the two days before the actual dinner when volunteers join me in harvesting the wild edibles which are turned into a meal of nourishing treats. Previous years have included bracken fiddle heads, Yampa roots and leaves, heirloom rhubarb and glacier lily pods.” Go to or call (970) 871-9151.

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The Mezcal Diaries

Drinking From Mexico’s Fountain of Youth By Sean Derning Mezcal is produced in eight Mexican states, with 85% of all mezcal being produced in the Mexican state of Oaxaca (pronounced too-aca), while tequila is produced in five. Distilled tequila can be exported in bulk and bottled in another country, yet mezcal must be bottled in Mexico, according to A 300-year-old tradition, mezcal comes from the Nhatil native language meaning “oven cooked agave” and legend has it that mezcal was created by the gods when lightning struck an agave plant and the plant released its intoxicating juices, according to A close cousin to tequila, mezcal and tequila are both made from agave, a spike leafed plant that is related to asparagus. Tequila, by Mexican law, must be made from blue agave. As there are more than 20 different agaves used in mezcal production, there are more opportunities for interesting taste combinations, and according to Isaias Gonzalez, sommelier at the Sayulita Wine Shop, where the agave is grown also influences taste of the final product. Such aspects include soil type, levels of precipitation and elevation all affect the taste of the agave. How it’s made On a recent trip to Sayulita, Mexico, I wanted to return from the trip with some local culinary wisdom versus sporting some poor fitting t-shirt of questionable quality. After doing a bit of research before departing, I found something that seemed to be of interest; mezcal tasting. The goal was to sample several different mezcals during the trip and get local feedback on a beverage that many Mexicans call their true national drink. The take away was a better understanding of what mezcal is, its manufacturing process and how to best enjoy it. So what is mezcal? To many adults it brings back memories, good and bad, of hazy college party days with the temptation/repulsion of having to eat the pale, pickled worm at the bottom of the bottle. And the stuff tasted terrible. The reason why it did was because the cheap caustic liquor tasted like it had been filtered through a dead armadillo carcass. Mexican mezcaleros, those who distill mezcal, have made great strides in trying to improve the quality of their product coming to the United States and there are now several artisan mezcals available. The jump in quality will surprise you and hopefully change or enhance your perception of mezcal.

The agave is harvested every 7-12 years by jimadores using a long handled hand tool with a sharpened blade called a coa, resembling an ice chipper. They slice off the broad, sword-shaped leaves and what remains is a pina, a beach ball sized cone that looks like a pineapple. The pinas are gathered from the field and brought to the distillery where a large pit is dug in the ground, lined with firewood, usually mesquite, and then lined with volcanic rocks to maintain heat. Then, the pinas are placed in the pit and covered with earth, where it remains for three or more days. The goal here is to use the heat to slowly carmelize the sugars in the pina and prepare it for fermentation and distilling. Tequila uses a large commercial steam pressure cooker, called an autoclave, to obtain the same result. When the pinas are unearthed, they are then placed on a large circular stone table, where the agave fibers are crushed by a large stone wheel turned by a donkey revolving in a circle. The crushed juice is

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then gathered, mixed with water and then fermented in either clay or copper pots. All mezcals are distilled twice to increase the alcohol content, according to Gonzalez. The whole process is almost comically dependent on hand labor and steps to modernize are not quickly embraced by mezcaleros. The resulting finished product is then called a joven (pronounced ho-ven), or young, mezcal. This clear liquid, sometimes called Mexican moonshine, is then either bottled or is sent off for aging in French oak casks. Depending on the length of cask aging, the mezcal can either be a reposado (2-12 months) or an anejo (1-3 years). For this tasting, I chose to stick only to the joven mezcals as I thought they would be the least adulterated product. Think of it as drinking a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc not aged in oak. A little cleaner and lighter, joven mezcals allow subtle tastes to come through instead of covering them up. There was an obvious slight smoke nose and taste in all sampled but it was very subtle. Rethink your drink Perhaps the biggest mistake people make when drinking mezcal is how it is consumed. Because of its close relation to tequila, salt and lime are frequently used and a greater mistake could not be made when drinking mezcal. Artisan mezcal is not meant to be slammed in a shot glass. The correct way to drink mezcal is either in a mixed drink (see recipe at the end of this article) or sipped in a shot


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glass. If sipped, it is vital to have two different components. Ditch the salt and lime and substitute several orange slices and place a pinch of chili salt on the orange slice. Chili salt is the same stuff that goes around the rim of your bloody mary glass. Sip some of the mezcal, then pop an orange slice in your mouth and bite down. Repeat. The combination of the mezcal, sweetness and heat of the orange and chili salt makes it one of the most delicious and refreshing drink experiences. There’s no tequila gag reflex like with salt and lime. Bet your bottom peso Numerous bartenders and liquor store owners in Sayulita were very helpful in offering information and sharing their mezcal preferences. There were numerous brands offered at the bars, and staff were quick to offer a splash to help you choose the ones that best appealed to you. This ‘try it before you buy it’ mentality helped me from wasting pesos on bad mezcal and helped to fatten their tip jars. The experience allowed for further appreciation of this still unrecognized Mexican diamond in the rough. I urge you to give mezcal a try, as it may be difficult to go back to the salt and lime routine associated with tequila. The guide below can help you pick a brand to reduce confusion as you are already ahead of the curve when it comes to being an educated mezcal consumer. Salud! Suggested joven mescal brand guide Some of these brands may be available with some searching here in the U.S. but are readily available in Mexico should your travels take you south of the border. *Mezcal Union Uno – 100% agave, 76 proof, San Baltazar, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, hand lettered batch label. Utilizes two different types of agave. Smooth, dependable.

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Good for sipping or mixing. Distributed by Diageo so it can be found in the US. Called a “low cost, high value mezcal” by

rabbit you’d get with each mezcal. Each rabbit has a different personality and way of making you think and act. Some of the best in the joven category, ultra smooth. Worth making the extra effort to find and the brand name story is entertaining. Found myself craving carrots after sampling…

*Mezcal Union El Viejo – 100% agave, 90 proof, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, hand lettered batch and bottle, Distilled in a copper pot by mezcalero Pedro Hernandez, this is the bolder, big brother to Union Uno and also uses two different types of agave. Very smooth, slight burn on finish.

*Montelobos Joven – 100% agave, 76 proof, Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, printed lot number. Mezcalero Don Abel Lopez’ product is readily available in the US for about $50 a fifth. A good value for diving into quality joven mezcals.

*400 Conejos (Rabbits) – 100% agave, 76 proof, Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, hand lettered lots. Fermented by wood fire, distilled in copper pots by master mezcalero Don Tacho. Mezcal 400 Conejos is named after the ancestral belief that agave spirits were occupied by 400 rabbits. Those who ingested the agave spirits would be controlled by one of the 400 rabbits, but no one ever knew which

*Alipus – 100% agave, 96 proof, Quintana Roo, Mexico, cork top, printed lot number. An exception to mezcals made in Oaxaca, as this Quintana Roo state product is located on the east coast of Mexico and overseen by mezcalero Rodolfo Juan Juarez. A great smooth sipper with mineral notes despite the high alcohol content. *Bruxo #2- 100% agave, 92 proof, Agua del Espino, Oaxaca, Mexico, black wax top with cork, hand lettered batch lots. This product is produced in a different location than Bruxo #3 and by a different master mezcalero, Pablo Valdez. Also, both #2 and #3 vary from other mezcals as they use barril agave versus more traditional espadin agave. *Bruxo #3- 100% agave, 92 proof, San Agustin Anatengo, Oaxaca, Mexico, white wax top with cork top, hand lettered batch. Differs from Bruxo #2 in location and master mezcalero, Felix Santiago. Both Bruxo#2 and #3 are almost identical in flavor, and both are exceptional sippers. *Filosofia Amores – 100% agave, 74 proof, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, hand lettered batch and signed by the distiller. A relative newcomer to the mezcal field, it was founded in 2010 by a group of friends in Oaxaca. This was a disappointing sample, at the bottom of the list.

*Agau Maldita – 100% agave, 76 proof, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, printed batch number on bottle. This mescal is the sole representative of adding insects to their product in this tasting; a tiny scorpion rests at the bottom of each bottle, topping the list of jobs with the least appeal. The mezcal was a bit watery straight up but when mixed, it provided to be a nice companion to the drink recipe provided at the end of this article by Mexican mixmaster Gabriel Espinosa, bartender at Hotel Oz in Sayulita, Mexico. *Barro de Cobre – 100% agave, 86 proof, Rio Ejutla, Oaxaca, Mexico, cork top, hand lettered batch, signed by distiller. Distilled in copper pots, this mescal has a slight herbal nose and was one of the smoothest sampled.

Gabriel’s Sky Bar Sipper 2 oz mezcal (Agua Maldita if poss.) ¼ cup cucumber, diced ¼ cup pineapple, diced 1 tsp honey 6-8 oz ginger ale Add ingredients and ice to martini shaker, shake well and serve in tall glass. Do not strain. Add sprig of fresh mint or basil for garnish. The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.—Humphrey Bogart


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The rallying cries of “find your bliss!” and “follow your passion!” can sound inspirational and are great for selling books. However, as discussed last month in “Living the Full Life” part 1, they can also contribute to guilt and indecision. That’s because for most of us, living a fulfilling life isn’t about finding the One Big Thing that really revs our motor; it’s about finding interests, experiences and relationships that, when woven together, create a life that feels full and worthwhile. In this article we’ll look at ways you can connect, or reconnect, with the things that bring joy and passion into your own life. In my work as a counselor, I almost always ask my clients what they do for fun, for relaxation. It’s surprising how often the response is, “I don’t even know anymore.” Sometimes trauma or abuse has lead to a kind of shutting down, a need to focus on surviving rather than thriving. More often, however, the culprit is just the process of growing up. It’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day responsibilities of being an adult that we forget to make room for the things that make life fulfilling, or to notice that they’re going on around us all the time. If this sounds familiar, one of the best ways to get back in touch with lost passions is to think about what you enjoyed as a kid. Often we enjoy the same types of things as an adult. You can also check your local paper for events and ideas. Here in Steamboat, there is almost always something going on that could pique your interest, and most are listed in the local paper. Many are also posted on bulletin boards (yep, real bulletin boards, not the electronic kind) at the library and in other businesses around town. The key, however, is to do more than think about it. You’ve got to jump in and give some of these things a try! Thinking about it won’t produce the same “aha moment” as experiencing something. I remember with clarity a specific moment when I was hiking in the Arizona mountains about 15 years ago. For various reasons it had been years since I’d had the freedom to wander off by myself like that and just enjoy nature, and I had fallen into the “I don’t even know what I like anymore” camp. All of a sudden, crunching along the trail, it hit me like lightening - “I like this! This feels good! I’ve ALWAYS loved this!” When I think of that moment, I don’t just remember it - I still feel it.

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I could’ve spent a lot of time thinking about hiking and never gotten the same rush, the same certainty that this was something that needed to be a part of my life. As it was, I had the powerful experience of recognizing something loved, lost, and found again. As a result, there have been very few days since then when I haven’t spent time in nature, a practice that’s become a joyful and sustaining force in my life. So instead of spending a lot of time trying to figure out what will make you happy and fulfilled, start trying things and see how they feel. If some of the things you want to try make you feel intimidated or anxious, you don’t have to let that stop you. There are ways to work around it. If you’ll be going into a group of people you don’t know, remind yourself that everybody there has felt the same way at some point and most people are happy to make a newcomer feel welcome. Also remember it can take a while to feel like you’re really part of a group if it’s already been in existence for some time. And that’s okay! It’s just part of the process. If you’re starting a new activity, try to focus on enjoying the activity itself, not just the outcome. Don’t expect your first painting to be your best, or to have mastered classical piano in a month! Finally, if you spend a lot of time on social media, you might want to try backing off on that. Not only can it take time away from other experiences and relationships that may be more fulfilling, but you can’t focus on what you’re actually doing if you’re thinking about how you’re going to describe it on Facebook or frame it on Instagram. It’s also easy to let the response of others influence how you feel about an experience you post on social media. If tons of people loved your painting project and not many were excited about your book club, you may end up thinking painting is the more valuable activity even though you enjoyed it less. If you’ve been wanting to bring more enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction into your life, hopefully these suggestions will help. Next month we’ll wrap up this series of articles with more ideas on living a full life, and especially how to maintain it. Until then, I encourage you to spend a little time thinking about what you’d like to bring into your life, and a lot of time experiencing it. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “Stop thinking about fun and have it!”

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June 2018


Tales from the Front Desk

The Cat By Aimee Kimmey

The story you are about to read is true... More or less. Monday. Room 233. 12:36 pm. The guests had flown through the night to land in the wee hours of the morning. Then it took two shuttles and a four hour taxi ride to get here. Check in wasn’t until two pm, but they didn’t have anywhere else to go. They figured it would be worth at least asking if a room was available.

clerk. But the cat, no matter how cute it was, couldn’t stay.

“Hi,” The man said, “Thanks for coming up.”

He set his suitcase down to find the phone. With a veiled look, the cat turned her back on them to give herself a bath, completely indifferent to the humans.

“Oh you little dickens!” Rosie recognized the cat immediately. “She’s a regular around the neighborhood, she must’ve snuck in while I was cleaning.”

“Hello? Front desk?” The husband began into the phone. “Um, yeah, we were just wondering, are the rooms supposed to come with a cat? If so, we’re going to need a cat free one.”

The wife sneezed! Her eyes were bright red, spewing tears, but she smiled anyway, “S’okay, she’s cute!”

There was silence from the other end of the line for a moment. Then the front desk clerk blurted, “What?” “I-I don’t mean to complain, but there’s a cat on our bed, and well, we were just wondering if it’s supposed to be there? If so, we might need a new room, my wife’s a little allergic...” As if on cue, a string of sneezes erupted from the bedroom. The front desk clerk sounded baffled. “No, there shouldn’t be a cat in your room. I’ll... I’ll be right up!”

At the front desk they waited while a man ranted about his continental breakfast. The clerk look a bit frazzled when she got to them. They were impressed at how kind and understanding she was, “We’ll see what we can do...”

A few moments later the front desk clerk knocked on 233’s door, accompanied by the hotel’s resident “animal expert”: Rosie, the head of housekeeping. The young husband opened the door with a purring feline in his arms. His bride reaching around to scratch the beast behind her ears.

Fortune was with the young couple, the maids had just finished a room, it was ready! The clerk processed their card, set their room keys, and pointed them in the right direction. The couple was thrilled, finally, they could relax!

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They lugged their belongings up the exterior stairs to find room 233. They were delighted to see the front balcony had a brilliant view of the blooming cherry trees in the park next door. The smell was intoxicating. They slid a key card across the reader pad and the light flashed green-almost there! Juggling their luggage, they pushed open the door, the room wasn’t palatial, but it was nice, and fresh smelling. The maids had done good work, it felt like they were the first people to inhabit this room. Giggling with excitement the young wife dragged her heavy suitcase toward the bedroom. She froze half way through the door. Shutting front door behind them, her husband looked curiously at her, “What’s wrong?”

“Here,” Rosie reached for the critter to deposit her onto the balcony, “Shoo!” The cat trotted off as if she knew exactly where she was going. The wife sneezed again. “Oh honey! We’ve got some ‘Benadryl’ down in the office, I can bring you some?” The front desk clerk offered. “S’okay, I just too’ sum. I luv cad’s, I jus, AH-CHOO! can’ hep peddin’ um.” The poor girl smiled through her hazy eyes. “I’m so sorry!” The clerk said helplessly. “Ah, we just thought you guys offered complimentary pets with each room.” The husband grinned. “Oh, of course. I’ll make a note in your file, next time we’ll get you a puppy!” Giggling, the clerk and Rosie followed the cat back toward the office.


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She just sneezed. He pulled his luggage up beside her to peer into the bedroom. There in the middle of the freshly made, king-sized bed, sat a lean black cat.

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The cat stared at them casually. They stared back at the cat. “Do, do you think it’s supposed to be there?” The husband asked.

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The wife sneezed again. It’s not that she didn’t like cats, but something about them made her allergies explode. “I-I, no, they wouldn’t just give you a pet, would they?” She sneezed again. “I guess we’ll have to call and ask.” He was reluctant to pile onto what already seemed like a rough day for the

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June 2018

Valley Voice

Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide

Those People Are Idiots - But Not You Sweetie

It’s all about your Happiness

By Mr. Helpful, M.D.

Dating and Online Dating have a few things in common. Trying to connect to another person, gaining information about someone until we deem them crazy good verses crazy bad, and, of course begging for sex.

Apps usually limit us to around 5 photos and sites can take as many as 25. THIS DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO LOAD 25 CRAPPY PICTURES OF THE SIDE OF YOUR HEAD - KAREN!!

However, Online Dating has fixed points of information. We submit our basic personal details; but it doesn’t/rarely changes unless we update it ourselves (and being lazy humans, we never do). Age, body type, hair color, relationship status, etc. By definition, pictures represent us in a fixed point in time, but most likely not the truth of who we are in the very moment someone from the interwebs sees it and thinks of us in a yummy way.

All that is important information to know. It’s all about stupid pictures and the idiots who post them. Now that you are smarter from the previous words, here are Mr. Helpful’s Bitching Points about what not to do with your Dating App or Online Dating Site profile. I’m going to yell straight into the camera on this one, so don’t take it personal cause we both know you are not this moronic.

• Only pics of extreme close-ups. (And the rest of your body is of course not worthy of being seen …? In public..? like your personality..?)

That’s where trust verses lying comes head to head and WOWZERS, we all have stories about “that one time”.

Any/all pictures that do not have you as the major focus for someone’s eye grapes is a stupid. Throw your computer away because you lack the capacity to understand how to pump gas in public.

• No photo showing the face.(Fine, then when we meet I’ll only talk to the part I found attractive enough to want to meet. Then I’ll invite that part to have sex and you can’t come)

Apps limit us to 5 photos. Posting any of the following is a true waste of time, brain cells and space on this planet: (FYI, these are all true. I have seen them. Don’t do it and/ or stop it)

• Not using a good close-up for the first/main pic.

Mister Helpful here to make outstanding suggestions to make sure at least YOU do it right. I’ll be pointing out huge mistakes that “THOSE people” make, so you don’t! Right now there are Online Dating Sites (Sites) and Phone Dating Apps (Apps). There are huge differences between the two, positives and negatives. The glaring one is the shear number of pictures we fabulous folks can upload to the site/app.

• A casket being carried to the grave. (What in the actual F people – this is a dating site – take your pain to a bar like the rest of us) • Children with no adults in the frame. (Here, Mr. Pedophile, enjoy hours of stalking – want my home address too?) • An incredibly old person, who is not the dater in question. (I know yer proud of gramps, sweetie, but 105 yr old skin doesn’t get me hot like it does nana. Leave it out)

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• A distance photo of a lake with no one in the frame. (Wow, a lake/desert/trees … are you stupid high or just stupid?) • Completely black/dark photo. (I hope ID thieves physically come to your home and you invite them in for cookies)

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• Any photo from more then 4 years ago, unless it’s funny or iconic. (The sun goes round. We age. You got fat and old. Be brave and show it. I don’t care if you looked hot in that pic, it’s fake news) • Pics with an outdated Instagram frame. (HOLY HELL anyone still using a French flag filter over a picture of the same picture next to it does not deserve to have sex for the next 3 years.) • In the photo with someone better looking. (What are you blind, generous and stupid?!? You are only going to get 50 messages of, “Can you hook me up with them?”!!) • Uncropped photo with bathroom sink/messy counter. (Just another fool who doesn’t see the rest of the world and only sees themselves in a single uncropped frame. No sex – 4 years)

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• Guns pointing at the camera. (You are at the wrong site here cowboy. Head over to “I’”) • Drunk/wasted photo showing someone at their worst. (Ok, it was funny. Ok, I get it, you drink/fell down/laughed till you couldn’t breathe. But let people see this You after the third date and not at the outset)

• All pics nearly exactly the same.

• Unartistic shadow across the face.(Glasses?!? Can you see that this is a crap photo? No? Then that’s why you make incredibly poor decisions and everyone knows this about you) • Only one crappy photo. (Throw your computer away and walk into traffic – you are just wasting your time on here and in life.) • Using the same photos for over 3 years, on every site/ app. (We KNOW Jerry! We know it’s you and we know you looked cool on your boat, JERRY.) So there we have it. Sage-like advice from yer old pal Mr. Helpful. Tune in next month when we sit around the campfire and chat up about whether or not perpetuating the species is a great waste of an hour or a waste of calories. Naw – I know this went dark, but seriously the idiots who make those highly unintelligent mistakes about dating sites/app honestly don’t deserve your tender kisses. No matter how good looking they think they are. Be better and smarter than you were yesterday. It’s all we can hope for anyway.

Find Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide on Facebook, hit the LIKE button and read the expanded versions of this column. Up next from Mr. Helpful – Netflix and Chill – how to get that special someone to want to hit the pause button and hit your 4x FF buttons.

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June 2018

A Closer Look

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The Golden Milk Craze By Monica Yager

The alternative health industry’s new craze starts with turmeric, a spice native to southeast India where it’s used to enhance the flavor of food. As a health food craze, turmeric is added to some kind of milk and other random ingredients; black pepper is recommended to allegedly help the body absorb the turmeric. While there is no evidence that black pepper helps the body absorb anything, there is also no evidence of any health benefits of the concoction. Nonetheless, some claims for the concoction are made, including; anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, cardiovascular improvement, pain relief and treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and arthritis. If any of that would turn out to be true, well that would be real special. But, this is the alternative health world, where just a little bit of science gets stretched a long way. Practitioners, such as naturopathic “doctors” or naturopathic “nutritionists,” lacking science based education, tend to make claims that go beyond the actual evidence. There has been some scientific study on turmeric, a review of which, by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, concluded that turmeric is “Likely Safe” and “Possibly Effective” for dyspepsia (indigestion) and osteoarthritis, but “Insufficient Reliable Evidence” for everything else. There are science-based preclinical studies, limited to animals and a petri dish, which indicate there may be some promising effects for certain conditions. However, lots of substances can be used effectively in a petri dish, but that doesn’t translate well to treating humans. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says: There is little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for any health condition because few clinical trials have been conducted.


Preliminary findings from animal and other laboratory studies suggest that a chemical found in turmeric—called curcumin—may have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antioxidant properties, but these findings have not been confirmed in people. NCCAM-funded investigators have studied the active chemicals in turmeric and their effects—particularly antiinflammatory effects—in human cells to better understand how turmeric might be used for health purposes. NCCAM is also funding basic research studies on the potential role of turmeric in preventing acute respiratory distress syndrome, liver cancer, and post-menopausal osteoporosis. At this time, there is no evidence of any health benefits attributed to the ingestion of turmeric or golden milk, but it’s probably not harmful. However, there is serious risk in relying on an unproven substance and naturopathic practitioners and vitamin sellers for a medical condition. Inflammation, depression, cardiovascular health, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and arthritis, are serious conditions that require more than a “craze.” All medical conditions, and even questions regarding turmeric and golden milk, should be taken to science-based 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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June 2018

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The recent past has been a sinister merrygo-round, aggressively spinning you faster and faster until you feel like objects are just blurring together into mere colors streaking your vision. Good news is, whenever the ride stops, you can throw up on whoever talked you into riding that stupid merry-goround. April 20 - May 20


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Though you act like you are too aloof to do it, you find yourself putting a label on everything to make it easier to understand. It makes you nervous to not have certainty in your life, and it makes you uneasy not knowing what will happen in the future. So, you catch yourself labeling, and when you say you won’t label something, you put a label on it that reads “not labeled.” Really. When will that label gun run out of tape?

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That whimsical love for dinosaurs you had when you were a child won’t seem so whimsical when super smart dino-aliens take over the world and enslave the population. You are going to need to pack your bags and buy a really big coat because you have been chosen to host the next Iditarod! Yup, go ahead and pack those bags and just wait patiently by the phone for the call… anytime now…

Whose phone number is this that in your pocket? Is it from that stunning person you thought was totally out of your league but somehow laughed at all your jokes and leaned in so close you could feel their breath on your neck? Or was it from that person that was a little too sloppy, a little too loud, a little too aggressive and wouldn’t leave you alone? You don’t remember; it is all a bit blurry.



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Old habits die hard. That’s why you cleverly decided to make your New Year’s resolution in the middle of the summer to make useless and unnecessary personal decisions and break them all. Everyone thinks you were just being cynical when you made your resolution, but here you are, half-way through the year and the only one that kept their resolution. You clever innovator you.


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December 22 - January 19

It’s an unbelievable feeling to know the world acknowledges all people as equals. So many different races, creeds, genders and identities all being treated like dog crap when working for the customer service industry.


January 20 - February 18

You know that you have lost your sense or artistic appreciation when you find yourself standing in front of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” wondering what his marketing scheme was and how he could have expanded his profit margins on his paintings.


February 19 - March 20

When you said that no one understands how you feel, you are forgetting the millions of people that are going through the exact same thing. Everyone has been hurt, disappointed and shocked that the taco made out of Doritos is only for a limited time. Just makes your heart hurt.

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Act as surprised as you want. But you know damn well why that mid-aged man is waiting on your doorstep with flowers and a hopeful glimmer in his eye You can’t fight it. No matter how much snow you have packed in your freezer, it will still make for an uncomfortable and poorly planned sledding day.

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