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June 2019 . Issue 8.6


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Contents How to Capture a Wild River By Greh I. Hamilton

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Sustainability - Everday City Operations Page 5 By Jason Lacy

Steamboat Thirsty for Elk River Water

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Keep Routt Wild: Part III

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By Bill Martin

By Larry Desjardin

Rebirth Page 8 By Joan Remy

Brynn Grey Annexation Debate

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Protecting Rural Routt County

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Spring Explorations

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When My Karma Visits

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This is Your Day

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By / By Bill Gay

Publisher/Art Director: Matt Scharf Business Manager:

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Event Calendar:

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Catch Those Z's! Page 19 By Shaney McCoy

Peacock Fluorite Page 20 By Kasey Lane Brooks

Trolls Page 21 By Wolf Bennett

Stop Giving Senior Discounts By Scott L. Ford

By Aimee Kimmey

Calendar of Events

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First Friday Artwalk

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By Wina Procyzyn

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The Big TV Page 23 By Eric Kemper


Yepelloscopes Page 26 By Chelsea Yepello

Comics Page 27

We go to press June 24th for the July 2019 issue! Submissions always welcome!

All the in-fighting in town… An overly large annexation up for vote without all questions answered... Frightening the population with new school location proposals… The unfortunate removal of a sacred local space. You’re welcome Marriott. Limited services during mud season... The furniture trash pile left at the top of the back mini pass on RCR 33 for other people to clean up… When you give an inch to somebody and they feel they can take a mile… Teaching a lesson at the top of your lungs… Being cute is not necessarily cute… Limited camping in Routt County this summer…

Raves... This beautiful Valley… The RMEC and the Sand Wash Enduro The hard working people who work 365 days a year in this town… More housing for all the families… All those wonderful jobs for all those wonderful families… The pure excitement of all the events coming to town this year… Learning to get along with others… Becoming an Ambassador and you didn’t even know it. To all the volunteers for Clean Up Day… Mastering the hidden eye roll…

Say What?... Where is all the water going to come from? Him: “It’s expensive to eat in this town!” Me: “Make sure you don’t order the large orange juice!” “What is there to do here in this town without all the skiing?” “Is there a place we can listen to old people music?” “Sorry I’m late. Is it obvious that I play too much?”


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Friends of the Yampa

How to Capture a Wild River: Jill Bergman's Mural By Greg I. Hamilton

Michelle Ideus is one of those people who wanted to help— and still is helping— showing up to Bergman's home for painting sessions as long as three hours at a time. A fellow artist, Ideus marvels at Bergman's ability to manage all the planning details of such a project: "She's had people who are painters and non-painters help her. She probably has to let go of some of her control when she lets other people paint on this. That's kind of difficult to let go of some of that."

Jill Bergman at work in her home Since the project began in early 2018 Jill Bergman's "Yampa Is Wild" mural has become something like her fledgling. And this baby bird is about to fly the nest. Bergman will certainly appreciate the extra space, once the 30 panels of this 70-foot-long, pre-painted mural have moved out. Bergman has worked on the panels in different locations, eventually landing inside her own house. In October she blogged about the new working space: "There’s not much room between the table and walls here, but it works to have one panel on the table at a time." The technique she's using is a relatively new innovation in public art. Rather than painting directly on a building, she's creating the mural on durable panels made of a material called PolyTab which she will then install permanently onto a building. In this case that building is the "ambulance barn" on Yampa Avenue near 10th Street, where the mural will face thousands of daily users of the river and Core Trail. Installation is scheduled for mid-June, pending warm enough temperatures to allow the adhesives to cure. The PolyTab approach should assure that Bergman's "Yampa Is Wild" mural will retain its color and structural integrity longer than traditional murals. The technique has also allowed for a surprising level of collaboration. While Bergman herself did intensive research for the content of her work, the actual painting of more than 800 square feet has involved hundreds of volunteer hours.

"Talking to people about the mural, they want to help, they feel very invested," says Bergman. "They're excited about it. And that makes me feel it's not just something I made, but something that WE made for the community." Despite the sheer number of hands that have chipped in to paint the panels, Ideus sees how much of the project bears Bergman's creative imprint. She says: "It's an artistic vision of a trip down the river: It takes you through our landscape, our wildlife, the different trees, shrubbery, and flowers. It's like grabbing all of Steamboat and wrapping it onto a building— in her style, which is impressive. Every animal she does has a look and a feel: I don't know how she does that." Bergman acknowledged that she's uncompromising when it comes to the final look of the mural: "While I've been painting this, since August, I've had shows and other art opportunities come up, but the whole time I'm thinking about years from now, how that big mural will still be up there. And I really want it to look good!" Reflecting on the origins of the mural's content, Bergman recalls a conversation with Friends of the Yampa President Kent Vertrees. They agreed on a concept that she sums up as: "The river isn't only what we see here in our community, it's a really long connector between different landscapes. We would like people to be aware that from the headwaters up in the Flat Tops,

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all the way past our community to other communities, it's all part of one river system. And that it is important— and beautiful!" In many ways, the collaboration required to plan, paint, and— very soon now— install the mural once and for all reflects the coordination required to look after the Yampa River itself. As Friends of the Yampa's mission states, their work requires "stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships." Bergman says the project has provided an opportunity to learn quite a bit about the year-round work of Friends of the Yampa. "I didn't know much about Friends of the Yampa before," she says. "I love the way you do such a variety of things: community outreach, getting people involved— like a river clean up, fun stuff like the river festival, and then more scientific areas where you're paying attention to the health of the ecosystem." "Inviting scientists in for a conference, art and film and music— it's just a great combination of events and things that you do," continues Bergman. "So I wholly support that; I love that combination of ways to reach people." Commissioned by Friends of the Yampa, the "Yampa Is Wild" mural has secured support from Steamboat Creates, the City, the local Fire Protection District, and Routt County Search and Rescue, plus numerous donors who contributed to the costs of the project. Weather permitting, while this issue is still on newsstands, Jill's "Yampa is Wild" mural will have fully fledged, taking flight on the upper walls of the ambulance barn. Stop by the Yampa River Core Trail between 9th and 10th Streets for a gander. Greg I. Hamilton is a board member of Friends of the Yampa and a fellow artist (filmmaker) who particularly loves the little family of foxes in Jill's mural. All photos courtesy Jill Bergman.

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June 2019


City Council Voices

Sustainability Part of Everyday City Operations By Jason Lacy

During my time on City Council I have had numerous people ask me, “What does the city really do in regard to environmental sustainability?” In short, the answer is a lot! As of 2018, the City embraces environmental sustainability as a material part of its vision statement which reads: “To preserve our past while assuring an economically, culturally, and environmentally sustainable future.” Of course, words don’t mean much without action. Below is just a small sample of the efforts that the city is making in environmental sustainability. Climate Adaptation: • Joined Colorado Climate Compact in 2018. • Partnering with Routt County and other governmental agencies to update the Routt County Hazard Mitigation Plan and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council on a Greenhouse Gas study. • As a matter of policy, any new bus purchased is a diesel-electric hybrid rather than simply dieselpowered. Waste Minimization: • Adopted the Waste Diversion Strategic Plan in 2019. • Implementing a plastic bag ban and disposable bag fee, with fees utilized for waste minimization activities. • Waste oil generated by city vehicles is used to heat the Public Works Shop and Transit Operations Center. • The city hosts a steel recycling dumpster at the Public Works Shop and recycling receptacles in all parks, trailheads and some trail locations. Water Conservation: • Stage II water restrictions resulted in an estimated area-wide water savings of 400 acre feet in 2018. • Rebates for replacing old toilets, dishwashers, and clothes washers with water-efficient models. • In partnership with Mt. Werner Water, the city will be updating the 2011 Water Conservation Plan. • Parks & Recreation maintains and improves non potable irrigation systems with water rights at Howelsen Park, Emerald Park, Memorial Park and West Lincoln Park. • Completed a Yampa River Health Assessment and Streamflow Management Plan, which among many items, will enhance forest cover along river banks.

• A new washout containment facility ensures environmentally-responsible disposal of street sweeper debris. • The city along with Friends of the Yampa, Yampa River State Park and the NW Colorado Parrot Head Club host an annual large-scale Yampa River Clean-Up. • Trail construction and annual maintenance is planned and carried out to reduce erosion and impacts to water ways on trail systems. Air Quality: • The city will be designing a new parking lot at the Rodeo Grounds using CMAQ funds, which is intended to improve air quality, but also water quality. • Year-round street sweeping removed nearly 4,000 tons of material in past two years, again improving air quality, and also water quality. Transportation: • Reinstating 20-minute nighttime service from the prior year’s 30-minute levels, resulted in a return to higher ridership trends. • Chinook and Walton Creek transit stop improvements, including adding sidewalk connections to the stop, in an effort to increase ridership at these locations. • Installation of solar-powered lighting at all bus shelters that are not located in the downtown area. • Installing 20 small, post-mounted trash baskets at the bus stops with the highest passenger volumes. Alternative-Mode Transportation: • Constructed new sidewalks at: 10th Street, between Lincoln Avenue and the Oak/Lincoln alley to Yampa Street, adjacent to the 10th & Yampa parking lot to Yampa Street, between 6th Street and Butcherknife Creek to US 40, between Anglers Drive and Fish Creek • In 2019, the city intends to construct new sidewalks in numerous locations in and around the downtown area as well as a trail and an underpass under US Highway 40 at Fish Creek • The city will be installing additional bike racks downtown and looks to implement bike lanes along 5th Street between Oak and Yampa Streets. Habitat Management: • Over half of the Haymaker property was left in natural grasslands. • For the past seven years, a nesting pair of Sand Hill Cranes have made Haymaker home. • Over the life of the course, altered mowing patterns have allowed more than 5 acres to be put back into a natural state. • Recognized as Tree City USA for 28th year in a row, utilizing our forestry staff to maintain over 3,000 trees in parks, open space, facilities and within streetscapes and right of ways.

• A three year energy savings initiative began at the Howelsen Ice Complex in 2015 and the efforts have resulted in about $40,000 in energy savings annually. These are just a sample of the city’s efforts in regard to environmental sustainability. Overall, these actions are emblematic of how environmental sustainability is simply part of the culture at the City of Steamboat Springs. Jason Lacy is President of the Steamboat Springs City Council. The opinions expressed in this article are his own and may not be reflective of the opinions of other City Council members.

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Steamboat Springs is Thirsty for Elk River Water By Bill Martin

Twenty-five years ago, rapid growth prompted a visionary Steamboat Springs City Council to take the unusual proactive steps of looking into the future and anticipating our community’s water needs Early on it was obvious that the Elk River was the solution. The Elk could gravity feed water to all of West Steamboat including the Steamboat II Metropolitan District (Stmbt. II MD). It would also create an additional pristine City water supply from an independent basin. Finally, it would “loop” the City’s water infrastructure. Most important would be the redundancy created by a looped City water infrastructure. The City would have a water intake from Fish Creek on the south-east side of the city and an Elk River intake on the north-west side of the town. When, not if, there is a major forest fire in the Fish Creek Basin, the soot, ash and debris will contaminate the reservoirs and Fish Creek with catastrophic results. The FCFP, which is the main supply of potable water to our city, would be shut down for an indeterminate amount of time. If that occurred today, Yampa River water would be our only City supply. When we developed Yampa River well fields and acquired upstream reservoir storage, it was never intended to be a primary source of water for the City. Today our City has enough water from the Fish Creek Basin to supply the current and future needs within existing boundaries. However, consumption estimates must be re-visited and increased for greater densities from infill buildout, redevelopment with higher densities, the ski base area redevelopment and demand from residential secondary units. The buildout within the established Urban Growth Boundary (Stmbt. II MD, Brynn Grey and additional parcels, east

to the City boundary) is estimated to consume approximately 3000 acre feet of water a year (af/yr). The City’s current water raw water availability is roughly 9000 af/ yr. Future water use projections predict that by 2027 the City, within the present day boundaries, will consume over 6000 af/yr. Prudent water engineers recommend a community reserve of 30%. The City has no water to spare for any enlargement of the City’s boundaries. Elk River water is necessary before any City annexation. In general, developers fall into one of two groups: grifters out for an easy con and a quick buck and serious developers who recognize that a successful development is a partnership with the community. In the early-1980s, United Bank of Denver acquired the ski area. Its Chairman, Martin Hart, also purchased a large amount of land for what would become Central Park Plaza, The Sanctuary and the Rolling Stone Golf Course. The land he bought from the More Family, from Pine Grove Road east, also included one cubic foot per second (1cfs) of Hoyle Knight senior 1896 water right on Fish Creek. Mr. Hart requested annexation into the Mt. Werner Water District (MWWD) for water and sewer service to his developments. In their agreement was a caveat that MWWD would receive ownership of his 1cfs of Fish Creek water. Today that water is worth millions. That’s how a serious developer interacts with a community. Paradoxically, our City Council is attempting to diminish our water supply by giving water to a speculative development currently outside the City. The Brynn Grey Annexation Agreement is a pathetic, one-sided document with all deference going to the developers. There is insufficient contribution for water and utility services from the developers. With this Annexation Agreement, the Brynn Grey developers get the profits and Steamboat Springs residents get to pay the bills. Please vote against this Brynn Grey Annexation Agreement.

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Keeping Routt Wild: Part III By Larry Desjardin

As reported in earlier parts of this series, Keep Routt Wild is a community organization dedicated to preserving wildlife and wild places in Routt County. As hikers, bikers, skiers, hunters, ranchers, and local business owners, we at Keep Routt Wild are both users of our natural areas and are mindful of the need to protect these places. In the introductory article we reported on the Mad Rabbit trails project, and why we support pausing the project to consider other locations less impactful to wildlife. In Part II, we looked at how we can all help wildlife by acting responsibly with respect to bears and obeying critical spring trail closures. For Part III, we will discuss how a county-wide recreation planning process can help us protect wildlife and wild places in Routt County. THE SITUATION We are blessed to live in Routt County, home of the Yampa River, with numerous forests and wilderness areas. For many people, this is why we choose to live here, surrounded by wildlife, fish, and fauna. We live in a remarkable ecosystem that should be protected and cherished. We also face a growing population, locally and statewide. Colorado is predicted to grow by 50% over the next 20 years. This will place more demand on our finite public lands to recreate. We no longer live in a world where the frontier is seemingly endless. In the past, building a new ski area or a new trail network seemed inconsequential when so much public land was available. This is no longer the case. To protect wildlife and wild places, another tact is needed. This is particularly important with regard to herd animals, such as deer and elk. These animals survive by migrating to areas that seasonally give them nourishment, protection, and a place to raise their young. In particular, we are fortunate to host the second largest elk herd in Colorado at our doorsteps, the Bear’s Ear elk herd. Elk represent a critical umbrella species. Umbrella species are species selected for making conservation-related decisions, as protecting these species also protects the many other species that make up the ecological community of its habitat.

As reported earlier, elk are particularly sensitive to human disturbance. They avoid high-volume trails by larger distances than other animals, reducing and fragmenting habitat. Their calves experience high mortality rates when disturbed by hikers or bikers, often due to subsequent predation or malnutriton. In winter, they are in a caloric race for survival, living off of their fat stores achieved in summer habitat. They are our canaries in a coal mine, and we’ve seen elk herds significantly impacted across the state of Colorado. The E-16 elk herd that spans Pitkin and Eagle counties has experienced a precipitous size reduction along with a disturbing decline in the calf/cow ratio, a critical forward-looking metric. According to the E-16 management plan from CPW (Colorado Parks and Wildlife), “Outdoor recreation and other human disturbance, habitat loss and fragmentation due to land development, continued lack of large-scale habitat improvement projects have been the major issues for this elk herd.” Is Routt County, with our growing demands for development and recreation, next? A WAY FORWARD We certainly hope that it is not too late for the E-16 elk herd south of us. But we don’t need to face the same fate as Pitkin and Eagle counties. We can choose an alternate path. The answer lies in planning. Just as we discourage housing sprawl through planning, we need to do so with recreation, and other developments on our public lands. For example, placing new trails in already impacted areas can deliver the recreational benefit with a lower wildlife impact. Historically, recreational planning has been done in an ad hoc manner. Each trail network and segment is considered separately, without an overall master plan of where we are headed. Furthermore, each is considered in the context of only the individual land manager, whether the city, county, state, or one of the several federal agencies. This leads to reduced and fragmented habitat. But what is the proper geographical area to base the planning on? For various reasons, Keep Routt Wild believes a countywide process is the correct one. It incorporates a wide enough area to be meaningful, but small enough to be manageable. To be clear, this does not necessarily mean

the Routt County government is in charge of the process; it merely sets the boundaries of the geographical area of focus. There’s a growing chorus of voices to look at this more holistically. “I’m looking towards our elected officials in our county to give us the influence and the power to work towards a master plan on what recreation should look like in our county and western Colorado in the next 20 to 30 years,” said Kris Middledorf, CPW Area Wildlife Manager. Beth Melton, Routt County Commissioner from District III, similarly stated, “One of the changes we've seen is an increase in outdoor recreation. This chapter of the master plan is one that we certainly should have some conversation about. The goals it identifies are good, but there's probably room for more detail on strategies that are aligned with the needs and priorities of our community today.” The emerging Routt County Recreational Roundtable, to be formed later this summer, may be the forum to start this discussion. In addition to getting all the stakeholders together, it is necessary to agree to a set of principles that guide our decision making. Think of these as a constitution that sets the boundary conditions of our actions. Keep Routt Wild has joined with 10 other local and state organizations to develop a set of Development Principles for Routt County Public Lands. We have published these on our website and in an advertisement elsewhere in this issue of the Valley Voice. We believe these common sense principles are an excellent starting point for discussions, and are applicable to other development on public lands, such as oil and gas developments. Ideally, we’d create a countywide conservation plan that combines housing development with recreational and other development on our public lands. By considering recreation and development at the County level, we will be able to conserve valuable migration corridors and habitats that will assure the herds’ vibrance for years to come. That may be a bridge too far at this time. However, we can make great gains by at least addressing these items separately, but consciously. SUMMARY The inevitable demands for development due to an increasing population does not mean we should rush to develop as quickly as possible. To the contrary, it means this is the time to rationally plan for it, in order to protect what is valuable to all of us, and what makes Routt County unique. We can do both – we can grow and develop responsibly while keeping Routt wild.

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YES. The annexation of West Steamboat Neighborhoods is of considerable benefit to our community and we encourage you to join us in voting YES to Locals’ Housing. We are being asked to make a critical decision about our community’s future - do we commit to the vibrant community we all know and love or do we send a message to our local workforce that we are not willing to do what it takes to keep them here?

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The answer is clear: we need to commit to the future of our community by approving the annexation. We support the West Steamboat Neighborhoods Annexation because the development: 1. Provides a variety of housing for working people and their families 2. Is consistent with the vision for our community’s future 3. Pays its own way We need a strong workforce, and in order to make that happen we need housing that people across all income levels can afford. We have a void in our housing market, and if we don’t act now, Steamboat will continue to become more unaffordable for those of us who live and work here. West Steamboat Neighborhoods provides housing opportunities that complement the work the Yampa Valley Housing Authority is doing by providing entry-level and move-up housing options. The Yampa Valley Housing Authority passed a resolution in support of the annexation because it complements their work. Having housing of all sizes close to town minimizes commuting and the related impacts and helps people stay connected to the community in which they work. West Steamboat Neighborhoods will create much needed homes for working families, young professionals, local retirees, downsizers, and more by providing a traditional neighborhood that includes:

. 108 deed-restricted homes for sale only to locals with appreciation caps to ensure permanent affordability

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Steamboat is more than just a resort town. We have a thriving and vibrant community, and we want to keep it that way. West Steamboat Neighborhoods IS our community’s vision for the future. This planned growth was outlined in the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan (WSSAP) which was created in 1999 and renewed in 2006.

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This vision identified the west end of Steamboat as the designated area for growth, and allows us to protect our open lands and agricultural uses in the county to maintain our community character. While not a strict regulatory framework, the WSSAP is a visionary document that describes what we want for the future of our community. There is broad agreement among creators of the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan and those responsible for upholding it that the WSN annexation is consistent with this plan. After nearly three years analyzing the benefits and challenges that are associated with this annexation and negotiating on behalf of our community, City Council approved an annexation agreement requiring West Steamboat Neighborhoods to pay what any developer would PLUS all of the following - with no additional cost to Steamboat Springs taxpayers: WATER: $4.6 million toward the water firming fund to help support infrastructure and firming of additional water rights that Steamboat needs (regardless of whether these homes were being built) TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS: $3.5 million to a transportation firming fund to support future improvements to Highway 40 CITY SERVICES: Real Estate Transfer Assessment equal to 1% of the sales price of each market rate home (for each sale after the initial sale) will be used to provide funding for city services to West Steamboat Neighborhoods SNOW REMOVAL: $610,000 for snow removal equipment (and West Steamboat Neighborhoods will provide snow removal services for the development prior to this fee coming due) LOW-INCOME HOUSING: The Yampa Valley Housing Authority will receive two acres of land to build up to 50 low-income units SCHOOL: The Steamboat Springs School District will receive 12 acres of land for their future needs It is time for us to commit to the future of our community. The West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation is an opportunity that won’t come around again anytime soon. This annexation will give us a chance to keep our working families here and maintain the character of our community in line with our long-term vision with a smart development that pays its own way. The West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation is the right plan for the future of our community. Please join us in voting YES to locals’ housing. For more information please visit:

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Brynn Grey Partners Annexation/ West Steamboat

Does the proposed annexation benefit the citizens of Steamboat Springs?

No Some yes, some no. Lets Vote Steamboat objects to the Annexation Agreement – NOT to annexation Annexation is a big deal for the community. Like the adoption of a child, it puts many responsibilities on the “parent," in this case the City. Annexation should benefit the City and not put it at undue risk. Our Community Development Code includes an important criterion regarding annexation. It says, “The advantages of the proposed annexation substantially outweigh the disadvantages to the community or neighborhood."

Lets Vote Steamboat considers providing financially attainable housing for the local work force that supports our community to be a substantial advantage. Housing Need: More work force housing is needed. It was recently reported that; * more than half of the people who work here don't live here, * 47% of owners or renters are paying more than 30% of their income for housing. Do we want to help those people who work locally supporting our community to be able to afford to live here? Yes! Deed Restricted (DR) “Affordable” Housing: Per the Agreement, a buyer must work locally. There is no limit on buyer’s income or assets. Per a city ordinance and the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan, Council could have required West Steamboat Neighborhoods (WSN) to provide 50 living units for residents making 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Council changed a word in the ordinance, from shall to may, and released WSN from that requirement, accepted just 2 acres of bare land in trade and shifted a roughly $10 million responsibility from WSN to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. This is not an equitable trade. The WSN/YVHA “Contribution Agreement” is non-binding and there is no YVHA building schedule at this time. Also, the Agreement sets targets for prices based on income as a % of AMI but has no actual price range guarantees. Buildout rate is not mandated in the Agreement. The108 (WSN- built) DR units need only be completed within 10 years after recording the annexation. Economic Risk: When a project fails, it’s up to the local government to resolve outstanding problems, financial and otherwise. Agreement terms must protect the community – not WSN. We see promises and targets, but no financial guarantees. Project-generated Revenues: The projected revenues would be paid to the City and used to defray costs of WSNrelated city services. • “Firming Funds” for water & transportation impacts. $10.5 million total; 5% ($584,000) paid up front, with 95% ($10 million) deferred; to be paid per home sale during project life. Only $584,000 is guaranteed.

• “Real Estate Transfer Assessment” (1% of home purchase price – excluding initial sales by the developer). The estimated revenue over project life is $2,209,481). Note: The Agreement considers this assessment possibly invalid in which case “WSN shall provide an alternate” funding. Neither %, nor amount, nor source is defined.


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Project success, and therefore these revenues, are not guaranteed. The City has accepted a financial risk that should have been assumed by WSN. Other concerns: *Source of funding for the $35 million in City capital costs for transportation projects that would be partially triggered by WSN. The City assumes that 80 to 85% (approx. $30,000,000) would be funded by Colorado Department of Transportation. When contacted, CDOT representative for this region was not encouraging regarding these anticipated grants. CDOT is underfunded and transportation funding questions have been voted down in recent statewide elections. There is a reported backlog of over $9 billion. * increased traffic into and through town, downtown parking, * adequacy of water supply in worst-case scenarios, * WSN water storage tank to replace supplementary water main, * impacts caused by secondary units, and, possibly some other concerns that the reader may have. What unforeseen problems might the City inherit by not making sure that all the 'i’s' are dotted and the 't’s' crossed?

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Growth: If the WSN annexation proceeds, more annexation applications will likely follow. Is the City plan to eventually annex Silver Spur, Steamboat II, Heritage Park? Planning: 1st Vision: How big and how far do we grow? Is there a limit? These are questions germane to community character. 2nd Plan: Plan for the vision. Update City plans and codes accordingly.

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3rd Grow per plan: Look ahead and plan for what/ who is coming and figure out how to best deal with the impacts. It is past time to update the long range comprehensive Community Area Plan and supporting City Codes. We citizens are all in this together. Lets Vote Steamboat and Yes to Locals Housing have similar goals and both groups want the best for our community. Let’s keep working on getting the best. The devil is in the details! Please visit the Lets Vote Steamboat website for additional information on this project:

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Bonnifield Files

Protecting Rural Routt County: Bill Gay and Colorado Conservation Easements By Bill Gay

Pleasant Valley before Lake Catamount viewed from Rabbit Ears Pass/ photo taken early 1970s

Within the framework of history, this article is more conIn 1980, the Trust for Public Land, a national conservatemporary than our normal historical stories. By waiting tion organization patterned after the likes of the Nature until something or someone becomes history, all too often Conservancy, the Sierra Club, and others, established a the results lose critical facts, people, and events. Bill Gay land trust arm as a department of their organizations. was on the very ground floor of the state and national This move was in response to the outcry of the loss of famConservation Easement movement and Routt County was ily owned farms and ranches being sold for development. on the cutting edge. Instead of us interviewing Bill then These long-established businesses could not meet the attempting to write an article in translation, we’ve asked inheritance tax obligation when being passed from one Bill to write this month’s “Bonnifield Files.” We will be back generation to the next. Land values had skyrocketed in next month in our usual historical role. scenic areas for second homes, ski areas, and recreation so that the fair market value (taxable value) so surpassed Please read and enjoy what Bill has to say. Bill with his the agricultural value and earning capability of the land parents, Bob and Elaine Gay, were “old war horses” in the that land-rich, dollar-poor agrarians were being forced out Conservation movement. of their historical business. Do you know what a big deal is? It’s just a little deal that The California legislature had passed legislation prior that goes over well. So goes it with conservation easements allowed for open space easements. Such deed restrictions that protect land and river ways from residential and protected homeowners along the seashore frontage from urban development. other buildings being constructed between them and the For those who live here and for those who wish they did.

ocean, hence blocking their ocean front view. This is a bit of an over simplification, but it conveys the point of protecting Open Space. The land trust department of the Trust for Public Land was made up mostly of attorneys and conservationists. They were in search of someone from the corners of the country who could talk to “country folks,” sell the concept, and jot down a few words. With a degree in agricultural journalism from Colorado State University, they found a Country Bumpkin punching cows just south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to lend their country flavor. We went to work on adopting the open space easement concept to include and expand the protection of agricultural lands that had scenic vistas, endangered and wildlife habitat, and public benefit as Open Space. The Trust for Public Lands lobbied the U. S. Treasury Department under the Reagan Administration to expand the U. S. tax

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"The impact of such a massive urban development in the South Valley would have been the annihilation of the beautiful outreach of ranch land south of Steamboat Springs."

regulations to include language to qualify such lands for conservation easements. These lands were taxable at Fair Market Value and able to pass from generation to generation. This gave property owners an attractive alternative to lower potential tax obligations. It was an exciting time helping draft and recording the first Colorado Conservation Easement. We worked with the Pagosa Springs Karl Klecker family. Their ranch served as the scenic gateway to the spectacular Weminuche Wilderness Area. The Fetcher Ranch, established around 1950 here in Routt County, was the first local ranch to do a Conservation Easement over their property located on the Elk River. Local and state land trusts were organized to hold and monitor the terms of recorded Conservation Easements and seek qualifying projects. The Yampa Valley Land Trust has conserved more than 55,000 acres, of which 30,000 acres are in Routt County, and 17½ miles of the Yampa River. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is a state wide land trust that has conserved 571,162 acres and 13 miles of gold medal waters. It was an academic exercise being in on the ground floor of this conservation effort from 1980-85. It’s up to you to determine whether it was a little or a big deal. Conservation is conceptional as well as actual. In a recent (May 1, 2019) article in the Steamboat Pilot Today, Tom Ross resurfaced the old Catamount Ski Resort development days. Ross described developer Martin Hart as a real gentleman who had to deal with a “rancorous public.” For the most part, Martin was professional indeed. But what the article “Gondolas Come and Go” doesn’t include is the fact that many of the hundreds of opposing folks from the community who showed up at those public hearings had a touch of class as well. My family took exception to the proposed Catamount Ski Resort on many grounds. The impact of such a massive urban development in the South Valley would have been the annihilation of the beautiful outreach of ranch land south of Steamboat Springs. Ranching upon that land has produced seed stock for many herds in the state, hay, and grain over the years. The valley would have become a matted mess of condos, gondolas, and traffic. Have you been to the Vail Valley or the Roaring Fork Valley lately? As scenic mountain valleys turn from green pastures and herds of cattle to greed for greenbacks and a cut off the top, remember concrete and pavement is the last crop the land ever grows. Many thanks to the conservationists who joined hands and minds to prevent a colossal negative impact on the community we call home. My parents, Bob and Elaine Gay, were instrumental in leading the charge against such irreversible damage of another ski resort. Even through there is a continual

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demand by the very successful to gobble up the open space to build huge – if not so attractive – big houses with only occasional residents in them, there are still green pastures, irrigated meadows, and wildlife along the byways. Emil and Percede Gay, my father’s parents, came from the French/Swiss Alps to homestead in Pleasant Valley in 1897. The Gay family has had a presence here ever since. The Steamboat Springs community has been very good to us over the last one hundred twenty-two years. The one exception was 1918 during the flu epidemic that killed a teenage brother and sister of Bob Gay within two days of each other.


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Rumor has it that a bit of a new concept in conservation may be coming. A Scenic Vista along your way into Steamboat will become the Bob and Elaine Gay Legacy Park. Over time it will feature handicap fishing on the Yampa River, restrooms for bicyclists and passers-by, bird watching trails and wet lands for water fowl, muskrats, and other animals. These public activities will coexist with the historical agricultural production and operations continuing as they have in the past. Moving forward, may you have happy trails that are conservation sensitive.

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Development Principles for Routt County Public Lands


Routt County’s Wildlife Needs Your Help! Keep Routt Wild is a community organzation dedicated to preserving wildlife and places in Routt County. Our mission is to promote policies and practices for the benefit of conserving the Yampa Valley for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts by balancing opportunities for recreational development with the habitat needs of wildlife. We are hikers, bikers, hunters, anglers, skiers, ranchers, and local business owners... we are Routt County.

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With increased pressure on wildlife and wildlife habitat, protection of wildlife habitat and wild places must be valued the same or more than new recreational development on public lands. Undeveloped wild lands in particular need to be protected from diminishment and fragmentation that degrade them, and set aside for their inherent value to fish, wildlife and people. To protect the public lands resource that all Routt County residents value, appreciate and enjoy, we, the undersigned, believe that any new development on public lands in the county should meet all the following principles: • Protect existing fish, wildlife, and plant habitat. • Protect wildlife from harassment and dislocation from their natural, preferred locations, including pushing them on to private agricultural lands where they can cause additional depredation and damage. • Protect aquatic resources, including avoiding any significant erosion into Routt County streams, rivers, and wetlands. • Be prioritized to occur in areas where approved development already has occurred and currently exists. • Be accompanied by an integrated maintenance and enforcement plan, including procuring the necessary funding, personnel and commitment to implement that plan. • Be limited in scope to the minimum footprint necessary to achieve the purpose of the project. • Be viewed and assessed in the context of the total cumulative impacts of all previous development and use in potentially affected areas.

Supporters of the above Development Principles • Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers • Colorado Premier Outfitters • Colorado Wildlife Federation • NW CO Chapter Great Old Broads for Wilderness • Keep Routt Wild • NW CO Chapter 17 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation • Quiet Use Coalition • Routt County Cattleman’s Association • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership • Yampa Valley Land Trust

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June 2019

'Boat Almanac


By Karen Vail

When My Karma Visits

Spring Explorations Previously printed in the April 2014 edition

We should call May the “month of exposing winter’s secrets.” The least palatable of winter’s secrets, of course, is all the dog poop that people have been negligent in picking up all winter. But that is not a story for the Nature Almanac (although we could argue about all the damage that dog poop does to our local waterways with the pathogens and medications that are flushed into the water with spring runoff). The winter’s secrets I am thinking of have to do with all the unseen activity that is exposed in spring as the snow melts. One that always befuddles people is the brown snake-like lines of soil flowing along the ground, over rocks and branches, with no seeming hole or tunnel. These are “eskers” created by our shy and fossorial (living most of their life underground) Northern pocket gophers (Thomomys talpoides). Let’s learn a little about these small animals first, and then look at how they create this unique artwork. Northern pocket gophers are like the rototillers of nature. It is estimated that one individual can turn over 16 tons of soil every year! In a natural system this means bringing up valuable mineral components of the soil and making them available to plant roots, aerating the soil and increasing porosity in soils. This digging is done to gather succulent plant roots, their main food source. They will also occasionally come above ground to gather plants. We might think pocket gophers mean the death of plants when they enter an area, but research has shown that because of the tilling of the soil and increased porosity and water holding capacity, plants actually thrive at the edges of newly dug gopher areas. These animals are highly adapted for their life mostly underground. Their sausage-shaped body has reduced eyes and ears, both of which are little used underground. Their lax fur allows movement both forward and backward, and their short, almost hairless tail has many nerves, muscles and blood vessels. The gophers move backwards almost as readily as forwards, and their tails probably provide important sensory information. They can close their lips behind their front incisors so they can loosen dirt or collect roots without filling their mouth with dirt. The name “pocket gopher” comes from a nifty fur-lined cheek pouch from their mouth back to their shoulder which they stuff with food to transport. The cheek pouches can be turned inside out. Since they are the ultimate burrower, they have the ultimate “shovels” with heavy, stout claws

and an impressive lower jaw armed with long incisors. These incisors can continue to grow for the life of the animal, like all rodent incisors, and the lower incisors can grow .04 inches each day. If that rate was continuous over the year, and not constantly worn down by all the work of the gopher, the lower incisor would grow 14 inches a year! OK, on to the “eskers.” To dig their tunnels, pocket gophers push the loosened soil back under their body in the tunnel, then further with the hind feet, then finally they push the soil out of the tunnel to the surface using their head and forefeet. In summer these mounds are nice little rounded mounds. But in the winter they must first create tunnels in the snow where they push their underground diggings into as they cannot simply push it onto the surface. These sinuous compact soil eskers are then visible after the snow melts in spring. Our other winter’s secret has been growing quietly under the snow, along our lawns and meadows, and the branches of young conifer trees and other plants as a white, gray or pink lacey mat. These are the mycelium, the “body,” so to speak, of a fungus known as snow mold. There are parasitic snow molds; those that actually consume the plant materials they grow on and damage them. We find these in our lawns as white or pink round patches as the snow melts, and as ugly, gooey brown branches toward the base of young conifer trees. There is also a non-parasitic snow mold that, if you catch it just right as the snow melts, is a beautiful white lacey blanket across meadows and forest floors. It will only last a couple of days without snow protection. Saprophytic snow molds feed on already dead material, so are not as economically important as the parasitic snow molds. They have been mostly overlooked until researchers started looking at what is going on under the snow those last couple of months when the snow is on the ground. These snow molds put on a burst of growth as the snowpack begins its thawing process before spring truly erupts. So, under the snow, as the soil-snow interface is becoming saturated with melted snow, this lacey growth of hyphae is growing by leaps and bounds. Scientists from Colorado University found in a research study in 2008 that this increased microbial activity in a couple month period contributed significantly to CO2 increases in the area. They are continuing to study how global CO2 dynamics will change as global warming changes both the duration and depth of snowpacks at our higher elevations.

By Francis Conlon

Casting my bread on the waters wide, Will karma touch the currents deep, And faith for good works provide? A gentle response, a clean flowing sweep, A sojourner's surprise is surely meet. Small graces given freely may prevail, Karma's weight keeps the spirit down, I'm meant to fly above storm and hail. Free from debt-tab to make me bound, My soul's destiny is airy light, An elevated view streaming around. Illuminating a soul's heliotropic sight, Rising to the higher life, A connecting pull of nature's right. No karma can slow the drum and fife, That rhythm smooth without the strife. (Not all karma is a drag, A balanced account is in my bag.)


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I also have to talk about the GREEN stuff coming up, as this is the optimal time for collecting spring greens. Oh boy, here come the glacier lily flowers and leaves (in moderation!), the dandelion greens for my soup, the sweet anise in my salad and many other tasty delicacies. If you would like to learn more and help collect these goodies for Yampatika’s Wild Edible Feast coming up at Yampatika.



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It happens every year as the snow begins to melt; parents come face to face with the reality that college is going to cost far more then they had anticipated and they do not have the money to pay for it. By June 1st, the reality sets in that the student, who has their heart set on some college, did not receive a substantial scholarship they were hoping for. The tangible financial aid that the “dream” college is offering is being offered in the form of federally guaranteed “student loans."

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There are many people who can be involved in making your day the most memorable possible. There are the wedding planners who turn all of your wishes and dreams into a personal celebration, and who dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. There’s the caterer, the DJ and sound service, the florist, the limo driver, the photographer who creates memories of your wedding to keep for a lifetime, and there’s the officiant who performs the ceremony in an entertaining, flowing, and romantic manner. Your officiant is the voice of your wedding ceremony. The work of a good officiant will greatly enhance your guests’ experience. They will be comfortable and engaged in the ceremony, listening to the story of how you met and how you fell in love, hearing your vows and wedding ring pledges, and cheering happily as you seal the deal with a big ol’ kiss! People at the wedding will remember how they felt about your love much longer than who they danced with or what they ate. As a professional wedding officiant, I will work with you developing a custom-written ceremony that highlights the things that you wish to express to your family, friends, and each other, words to express who you really are. We can include readings to incorporate your religious or cultural heritage that are meaningful to you. We can even work on vows in the ceremony or toasts at the reception. Together we will compose a happy and loving script that will enhance your guest’s experience and create a lasting memory for all who attend your wedding. My slogan as an officiant is “Make it happy. Make it fun. Keep it simple.”

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Parent PLUS loans let parents (sometimes grandparents) borrow up to the full cost of an education. There is only a basic credit check and no underwriting to determine whether the borrower (the parent) has the income or ability to repay the loan. As of 2018, parental borrowers now take on an average of nearly $16,000 per year in Parent PLUS loans, which can swell to a principal amount of more than $60,000 by graduation (assuming their child finishes within four years). Throw a second college age child into the mix and parents can easily find themselves $150,000 in student loan debt. Parents justify borrowing this much because they believe that a college degree is an investment in their child’s future. In some cases, it may be. However, taking on debt of this type and magnitude for parent(s) in their fifties is a formula for years of future financial struggle. Parents can easily find themselves on the doorstep of retirement with tens of thousands in student loan debt and little or no savings. The income-contingent repayment plans available to students are not as generous as those available to Parent PLUS loan borrowers. As with student loans, parent PLUS loans are extremely difficult to discharge in bankruptcy and the government has extraordinary powers to collect, seizing tax refunds, getting wage garnishments without going to court and taking a portion of defaulted borrowers’ Social Security checks, which are off-limits to other creditors. As a parent, you have a responsibility - and it's not what you think. You have a responsibility to take care of yourself - financially speaking. Contrary to what many financial aid officers will say, as a parent you shouldn't be taking out loans to pay for your children's education.

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June 2019


Ready to Feel Good

Catch Those Z's! By Shaney McCoy, MEd,CMHC, LPC

oAt a recent conference for wellness providers, one of the presenters asked how many people in the room typically got enough sleep. I tried to be proud as I raised my hand, but as I looked around the room of about 30 people and saw only two other hands in the air, I had to struggle against a little niggle of guilt and embarrassment. I mean, obviously I’m not working hard enough and taking life seriously enough, right? And this was in a group of people who work in the field of wellness, where the importance of sleep should be understood and valued! Unfortunately, dsleep deprivation has become a badge of honor in our culture, and it’s taking a toll on us in ways that science is only beginning to discover. We all know we don’t look or feel our best when we’re not getting enough sleep. However, according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, research has shown that lack of sleep can be a major factor in developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depressed immune function. It has even been linked with several different types of cancer. It’s not surprising, then, that chronic sleep deficiency is associated with shorter overall life expectancy. In addition, insufficient sleep can cause or exacerbate numerous mental health issues including depression, anxiety and difficulty with anger control. Cognitive functioning is also impacted by being sleep deprived, with numerous studies showing that people who haven’t been allowed adequate sleep performed worse on tests and took longer to make important decisions, like whether to shoot at a virtual reality target based on what military uniform it was wearing – situations that obviously have high stakes in real-life situations. Inadequate sleep is also associated with alcohol abuse for a couple of different reasons. When we don’t get enough sleep, we have less impulse control. So, if someone tends to overindulge, it’s even more likely to happen if they are sleep deprived. On the other hand, people who have trouble sleeping often think having a couple (or three or four) drinks before bed will help. Alcohol is a depressant, so it does help with sleep initially; however, it tends to disrupt sleep later in the night, especially REM sleep, the crucial phase in which dreaming occurs.

So, how much is enough? Research shows most adults function best at 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. Everyone is a little different and sleep needs can change with age, but generally if you can wake up without an alarm clock and feel rested, you’re getting enough sleep. Interestingly, getting more than nine hours of sleep a night is associated with many of the same health risks as getting less than seven, but it’s not clear that the amount of sleep is causing the problems; indeed, the reverse may be true. It may be that people who are obese, depressed, or suffer from other health ailments tend to sleep more. If you have trouble sleeping, there is help available. Some general tips include: Get enough exercise (but not right before bed), cut off caffeine intake after noon, decrease or abstain from alcohol, avoid all screens an hour before bed, don’t look at your cell phone if you wake up during the night, sleep in a dark, cool room, get as much natural light during the day as possible, and develop a regular bedtime routine. If you have trouble sleeping occasionally, don’t stress about it – it doesn’t help to lie in bed being anxious about not being able to sleep, and a rough night here or there isn’t going to affect you long-term. If sleep evades you chronically, however, it’s important to get some help by talking to your family doctor, a sleep specialist, or a therapist if it seems to be related to stress or anxiety.

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Hopefully, as we become more aware of the costs of not getting enough sleep, we will start to value it more. Maybe we will even start to celebrate getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night, rather than touting sleep deprivation as proof of our importance. Maybe the next time someone asks how many people are getting enough sleep, everyone in the room will proudly raise their hands.

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Rock Hounds

Peacock Fluorite By Kasey Lane Brooks

A little elbow grease went a long way to create this iridescent “Peacock Fluorite” cabochon.

This career path started as a tribute to the stones themselves and as a result, I almost exclusively work with gems I dig up myself. So, the first step for me is always traveling to a beautiful location and getting dirty. Sometimes, it means casual walks through open desert playas or on warm coastal beaches. Other times, it’s back breaking work with hours of picking, hammering, digging, flipping boulders and most of all, prospecting. So much prospecting. The latter is true for the location that this rough dark purple fluorite was collected. Digging in Colorado is not for the faint of heart. The views are incredible but they don’t call these the Rocky Mountains for nothing. I was fortunate to gain access to a claim to collect this fluorite on near Lake George. Fluorite is a popular mineral for collectors for several reasons. It forms in all colors of the rainbow, is often translucent, has a silky lustre and an incredible perfect cubic form. It’s not often used for making jewelry because it is soft, but it is just as hard as turquoise which means it’s good enough for me to make a pendant of. But first, I had to cut this homely stone to see if it was hiding a gem inside. Indeed it was. A gem that led to me coining a term for this stuff; “Peacock Fluorite.” I admit this name isn’t known to anyone but me (and you now), but it’s fitting.

Views like this and companions like Lala are just a few reasons I love what I do. For the last decade of my life, gems and minerals have been a passion of mine. It’s one of those hobbies that seems innocent enough to begin. But, at some point, the rocks you collect seem to breed, and that one single rock that started it all becomes thousands of pounds of rough stone. This was the point I reached when I discovered the most fulfilling career path I could have stumbled upon. I started taking a few grams at a time and turning them into finished jewelry. Here’s a bit about that process.

After admiring the stone from every possible angle, it was time to cut it. First, you take a slice out of it with a small diamond blade saw. At this point, I can start doming the top of it on a series of 6 wet grinding wheels, each with progressively finer diamond grit. A final buff is put on the stone giving it a wet lustre. In this case, the stone which appeared almost black and opaque to begin with ends up being a very deep indigo color with an iridescent shine through the surface, showcasing all of the colors of a peacock. This is, of course, how the name “Peacock Fluorite” was born. Photographs cannot do this stone justice, and for that reason, I knew this stone was destined to become a pendant.

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The most satisfying part of all, admiring a finished heirloom and a stone that can now get all of the appreciation it deserves.

Silversmithing is the most difficult part of this whole process, but also the most rewarding. I use the oldest method of silversmithing. I fabricate each unique setting one at a time to fit the gem I created. After cutting my pieces and fitting them to my stone, I solder each piece into place with a small propane and oxygen torch. After the piece is soldered together, I use a rotary tool to clean the piece and put a final polish on it. Then, the best part of the entire process, from digging it from the ground all the way to producing an heirloom, can begin. It is time to deliver the stone to its final resting place. When you have made your setting precisely, the stone clicks into place and all that remains is folding the silver edge over the stone and securing it in place so that it is firmly bedded and good for a lifetime. Here’s the result.

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June 2019


Mensan Musings

Trolls By Wolf Bennett

As you know, I really like a good story (thank you Aimee, Mr Helpful and the other VV contributors for all your stories too) and as I am entertained in a wide variety of ways, I thought you might enjoy a new possibility. I honk the horn of my vehicle whenever driving over cattle guards. This often elicits the question of, “why?” from my passengers. The one word answer is “Trolls." The real story is a bit more complicated. Now this answer has some history to it. Remember the Billy Goats Gruff you read as a child? Well, back in their day, life was a lot slower and cattle and people traveled by foot or wagon. Sometimes this was made difficult for trolls by certain billy goats, but that is an aside. The trolls of that time lived under the bridges because where else would you want to wait for the easiest food to come to you? Hunting out in the open spaces (especially for short legged, broad shouldered trolls) was far more difficult, so bridges it was. Times changed and traffic grew faster and busier, until finally today, when (from a troll’s perspective) they only see noisy, armored, heavy, metal, closed cockpit, high speed vehicles over steel and concrete bridges. You can imagine the rather intolerable conditions for the trolls. Hunting got very difficult with these changes, so the trolls moved out to the country where life was slower and quieter again. Ah, but there was another difficulty; the bridges were used mostly for trucks and steel cars, not cattle. Things were better, but not as quiet and pastoral as in the old days. The trolls discovered that cattle guards were the places to be for best pickings.

A smile is a good thing to have while driving. When you are happy, you will learn anything better. You will perform better. When you are laughing, no one is getting harmed. A good story to bring a smile to a dreary day makes the day go more smoothly, and who knows whose day you might make just a little bit better. The rising tide floats all boats, so bring along a few with you. Laugh and you will be safer and smarter for it. Not that many years ago, when erosion, plate tectonics, geologic history, evolution, deep dark woods, and basic geography were not well understood and nature still unsubdued, people refused to go into the mountains or the dark woods as sometimes they would not return. Dangers lurked and the unwary disappeared. Foolish, “watch this” sort of egos led unskilled youth into places beyond their skill levels. It is always much easier to go up than to climb down. “Wild” animal encounters were difficult and dangerous for farmers and city folk. The woodcutters, trappers, fishermen and hunters all did just fine, and their stories were overblown as they are today still. There was no wilderness' for the Native Americans or the Aborigines. Difficult perhaps, but nothing wild about it. Rocks and snow fell unpredictably in mountainous areas, so the stories grew trying to keep inexperienced, untrained people away. Trolls, goblins, ghosts, monsters, fairies, dragons, evil spirits and more were created to explain those unexplained things. And the fear stories became reality for many. This is a form of animism to give “anime” (life force) to inanimate objects. Animism is a common theme in many mythologies, religions, hunting stories and still exist worldwide. It resides in virtually every creation story

ever written. Water, life from below, wind, levels of earth, movement of inanimate objects and “life giving” breath is commonplace language and specific to no one culture. They are presented in tons of movies and books from Hobbits to ghosts to Shinto to cartoons to Grimm’s fairy tales. Mermaids, tree spirits, fire spirits, ocean spirits, medicine wheel, animal spirit guides, Gaia, weather gods and so many more are major parts of our culture. The gods of the Greeks and Romans are very human-like, and yet “above” mere mortals and all affect many aspects of the world. Some good, some bad, some totally fickle and undependable, but all are aspects of nature and are given “spiritos” (which means “breath” in Greek) and Anime. Giving life force to objects is a common thing. Remember the previous HADD article? We do this in a huge array of actions, beliefs and projections. My dog feels ….., my cat thinks…, those clouds look like…, that grass is moving ... it must be a spirit…, I cannot explain that, so it must be …. We humans do this as a regular course of action. Things are explained and finalized and our brains like stories that have an ending. We regularly even finish people’s …... (gotcha, didn’t I?). Trolls are but one of many explanations for events that have happened to those of us who go into the mountains, sail, fish, ride, ski, hunt, fly, dance, love, dream and think. We want explanations and so we create stories to bring some sort of reason to our existence and the things that happen out there somewhere. I like the stories of trolls, and have no desire to bring more troubles to anyone, so I honk and smile. Enjoy your forays into the great outdoors this summer.

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They were in the country, they could see cattle nearby, things were back to a nice easy pace of living and they had a good place to exercise. As most people would guess, a happy troll is a benign troll, causing little trouble. An unhappy troll is quite nasty and causes all sorts of mischief, not nice at all. A little known fact is that trolls like exercising, though they do tend to concentrate on their upper bodies and arms for obvious reasons. Pull ups are a favorite. So they grasp the bars of a cattle guard to do their pull ups. You see the problem here don’t you? Squished fingers. If you squish your fingers, you are probably quite unhappy, so just imagine how a troll must feel when some heavy vehicle really squishes them. So, the answer to possible unhappy trolls with squished fingers is to honk your horn before you go over a cattle guard so they know to let go and avoid unhappiness. Who wants unhappy trolls in the neighborhood? Certainly not me, so, I honk. I encourage you to do the the troll fingers!

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Last week I visited one of the local fly-fishing shops to purchase this year’s fishing license. The retail cost for an annual Colorado Fishing license is $34.75, plus $10.00 for a required Habitat Stamp, bringing the total cost to $44.75. But wait! The State of Colorado now considers me a senior and worthy of purchasing an annual fishing license for only $9.75, and no Habitat Stamp required. So essentially, I received about an 80% discount for no other reason than being classified as a senior. I also learned that my annual Colorado Parks Pass this year is being sold $10 cheaper to seniors.

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A few years ago, I purchased an America the Beautiful Pass at the Forrest Service office for only $20. It normally cost $80 for an annual pass. I received this discount simply because I was over age 62. As a bonus because I am a senior, my $20 pass is good for life. This pass allows me and everyone in my vehicle to enter any National Park, National Monument and Day Use Forest Service areas for free. This pass also allows me to camp for 50% off the regular camping fee. What a deal! All of this got me to thinking, “Why do I deserve these discounts, and countless other ones available to those identified as a senior?” From my perspective, senior discounts are silly. However, that does not mean I won’t take full advantage of them when offered. The idea that seniors are a “special snowflake” group that needs help in the form of a discount dates back to the 1930s. This was a time in America where senior citizens were disproportionately poor. It was also this group of seniors, often with limited resources, who found their meager savings wiped out as a result of the Great Depression and bank failures.


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Change in Percentage of Households with Income of $100,000 + Year

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% Change -33%

Source: US Census/American Community Survey/Table: B19037

group since 2000. While there are plenty of individual exceptions, as a group, seniors are better off financially than past generations and may well enjoy a more financially successful old age than future generations will. The median assets of people ages 65-74 doubled between 1989 and 2013, a far greater gain than other age groups experienced. And while there has been a decline from the peak since 2007, largely because of the real estate bust, this age group lost less than others. Let’s bring the focus down to those that live within the boundaries of the City of Steamboat Springs. Over the last eight years, Steamboat’s population is clearly drifting towards an older and more affluent demographic. I have characterized this trend as “Older-Richer-Faster." Is this a problem? Maybe? However, there is likely not too much that can be done as collectively we baby-boomers work our way through the system. The Social Security Actuarial Division projects that about 80% of the “boomers” will punch-out between 2033-2048. This means that we are going to be around for a while longer in great numbers. The remaining 20% of the boomers could live as long as year 2065. Based on my family genetics and barring any unforeseen circumstance, I will likely punch-out in 2036 +/-. I can tell you one thing for sure. I would not be offering senior discounts if those discounts come at the expense of the younger age cohorts. As a business, I would suggest rewarding loyalty vs. age. Like I said before, senior discounts are silly.

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June 2019


Tales from the Front Desk

The Big TV By Aimee Kimmey

The woman thought hard for a moment. "Uhhh, I think we were on... that side. It was definitely on the first floor, in the middle." "Okay," The clerk dove into her spreadsheet of rooms, "That narrows it down. Let's try... 117." She processed the woman's credit card, passed her the keys, and sent her on her way. The whole thing seemed simpler than the clerk expected. She should have known better. Not five minutes later the woman was standing in front of her counter again, looking like she was sucking on a lemon drop, "When did you remodel?" "Uh, it's been a couple of years, I think?" "Didn't the TV used to be on the other side of the room?" The woman scowled. "Maybe, I don't really remember the old rooms exactly." And here we go... "Well it must've been on the other side of the hotel that we stayed, do you have any rooms over there?" "Sure..." Grabbing her master key the clerk checked her spreadsheet. Clearly this was going to take a more personal touch. "C'mon, we'll go take a look at them, then you can choose." As they walked away from the front desk, the woman explained, "We don't have a TV at home you see, and the TV in that last room was way too big." "Oh sure." The clerk said wondering why the woman couldn't just ignore the TV. "We've never had a TV, I simply won't allow it." The woman informed her. "Of course." The clerk said as if she completely understood.

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The clerk led the woman to a room directly opposite of 117. She opened the door and stood back so the woman could inspect it. The older woman walked in, she instantly honed in on the TV. The shiny, new, thirty-six inch TV.

"How far do your records go back?" The woman on the other side of the counter demanded. The clerk hadn't even gotten a chance to say hello before the woman dropped this bizarre question on her desk. She was what the clerk would politely have called a sunbird. She was clearly retired, traveling in that tiny sweet spot of good weather and small crowds. She seemed fit, well manicured, and fashionably dressed. She also seemed like she was about to be really complicated.

The woman stopped immediately. "Oh no! The TV is on the wrong side, what else do you have?" "Well, 123 is open..." The clerk led the woman down the hall to the next available offering, feeling like maybe she should have found someone to cover the front desk--this might take a while. She opened the next door. The woman barely stepped inside, "No, this room has way to much furniture. Do you have anything that's further away from people?" "130, down in the corner, is the last one open in this floor..." The clerk was beginning to wonder if this woman was like this everywhere she went. It must take her days to get through the grocery store! 130 was one of the last rooms waiting to be upgraded. It still had an older, smaller TV. For the clerk's money it wasn't nearly as fresh and pleasant as the others. But the woman didn't seem to be scowling as much as she had been in the other rooms. The woman peered out the window, wandered around the bed, then came back to stand in front of the television. "You don't have any rooms without TVs? Or at least with smaller ones?" When they had upgraded the rest of the rooms, most people were delighted with the slick new technology. Who would have guessed that there would be one who saw the bigger TV as a drawback? "'Fraid not." The clerk shrugged, frankly it was either this or nothing at this point. The woman sighed heavily, "...Alright, I guess it'll do." The clerk led them back down the hall, all too ready to finish this process. "Okay, I'll just get your keys switched out and you'll be good to go." "Good, I'll just go get my husband." "Ah, is he here?" "He's in the car. He knows how I am." The clerks smiled, wishing she could have stayed in the car; smart man this woman's husband!

"Um, I don't know," The clerk wracked her brain, wondering where this could possibly be going. "I think we got the new system back in 2016...?" "Oh. What a shame. We were here in 2014. I was really hoping you could put us in the exact same room." The woman smiled hopefully. "We, ah, don't keep records that far back." But, maybe she could head this challenge off at the pass by being proactive; "Do you remember which side of the hotel you were on? Maybe we can get you close."

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SATURDAY JUNE 1 Yampa River Festival 10:30AM-6PM @ 13th St Bridge. River competitions, beer garden, food trucks. FREE to spectators. Callie Bradley 7PM @ Steamboat Whiskey Company. FREE Speak of the Devil 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. SUNDAY JUNE 2 Yampa River Festival Kayak Slalom Noon @Rich Weiss Park. FREE to spectators. Talk To Me Goose 1-4PM @ Lupita's Cantina, Oak Creek. FREE MONDAY JUNE 3

First Friday Artwalk Reception 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE www.steamboatcreates. org This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place Exhibit Opening Reception. On display Through December 2019 5PM @ Tread Of Pioneers Museum. FREE Band of Heathens 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $15. SATURDAY JUNE 8 Bass Physics w/ Covex 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. SUNDAY JUNE 9

7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JUNE 13 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas DJ MVVTV 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. FRIDAY JUNE 14 Flag Day Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall Green Buddha 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE.

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City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

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Free Film: “Of Fathers and Sons” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Shook Twins 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10


Father’s Day

Historic Preservation Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas

Jack Cloonan Trio 1-4PM @ Lupita's Cantina, Oak Creek. FREE

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Free Film: “The Gospel of Eureka” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Through The Roots & Roots of Rebellion 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5. FRIDAY JUNE 7 First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE.

SATURDAY JUNE 15 Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors 10:30AM @ Yampa River Botanic Park. FREE




Series at the Chief “The Charmer” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 Juneteenth Library Author Series: Christie Aschwanden “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY JUNE 20 Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. FRIDAY JUNE 21 Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse 10:30AM @ Mesa Schoolhouse. FREE The Brevert w/ Good Strangers 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. SATURDAY JUNE 22 Taste of South Routt Noon-5PM @ Decker Park, Oak Creek. $1 Midnight River Choir 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE SUNDAY JUNE 23 The 116th Routt County Pioneer Picnic Noon @ Hayden Heritage Museum. FREE

Desmond Jones 1-4PM @ Lupita's Cantina, Oak Creek. FREE MONDAY JUNE 24 Free Film: “On Her Shoulders” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events TUESDAY JUNE 25 City of Steamboat Springs Special Election Free Film: “Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 Mineral Springs Walking Tour 9AM @ Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. FREE Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse. 12:30PM @ Mesa Schoolhouse. FREE Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Airport Master Plan Open House 5:30-7:30PM @ Crawford Room, Centennial Hall ksbsmasterplan

THURSDAY JUNE 27 Downtown Historical Walking Tour 9AM @ Tread Of Pioneers Museum. FREE Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. FRIDAY JUNE 28 Tour the Historic Brown Ranch Noon @ The Brown Ranch (54880 Co Rd 129, Clark, CO 80428) FREE! No RSVP required. Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series Noon @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE SATURDAY JUNE 29 Collidoscope w/ Melody Lines 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE SUNDAY JUNE 30 Morningsicle String Band 1-4PM @ Lupita's Cantina, Oak Creek. FREE TBA 10PM @ Schmiggity’s.

Library Author Series: Kirk Wallace Johnson “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century” 7PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

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Art Galleries and Museums STEAMBOAT CREATES 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 Yampa River Art & Science Community Exhibition, by Friends of the Yampa, NEST (Nature/Environment/ Science/Technology), The Riverwalk Collective celebrates “Art in Bloom” with featured artists Audrey Bortz and Anna Lee Lipman. YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE AT THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a | 941.321.2809 Whether it’s in a fine art gallery or an artisan market, spaces that highlight art and craft work create an appreciation for the handmade. GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 OFF THE BEATEN PATH 68 9th St., | 970.879.6830 Janet Hayes is a grandma from northwest Colorado who has been illustrating since the time she could draw on her tights. She was born and raised on a ranch in western Nebraska. Many times, having fun required an active imagination. JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 CHIEF THEATER 813 Lincoln Ave., | 970.871-4791 Glenna Olmsted, long time local, paints brilliantly colored oils, acrylics and watercolors. Primarily painting/showing her impressionistic work in Steamboat, come view work also painted during her global travels. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 Looking West: An Exhibition Highlighting Works By AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS May 24 – Sept 2, 2019 150 paintings and sculptures by members of American Women Artists. Photographer Charlie Smith featured at the Museum Store.

URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 Our Eleventh Annual Skate Deck Art Show is back! This installment features works done on blank skateboards by Local Artists. SOLAR FLARE GLASSWORK & DESIGN 635 Lincoln Avenue, Ste. M | 970.875.3420 TOM MANGELSEN - IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave | 970.871.1822 WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Wild Horse Gallery will feature a very special showing of the works of Nancy Boren, along with selected works of the “Women of the Wild Horse Gallery”. TREAD OF PIONEERS MUSEUM 800 Oak St., | 970.879.2214 presents “This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place” an exhibit featuring the cherished buildings, special places, and community perspectives from the "This Place Matters" campaign and significant buildings lost to demolition. PINE MOON FINE ART 117 9th St | 970.846.7879 This June, Pine Moon artists celebrate the Summer Solstice with artworks in acrylic, bronze, graphite, glass, jewelry, oil, paper, photography, printmaking, textile and watercolor. W GALLERY 115 9th St., Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783 W Gallery will feature the intimate and realistic work of Joanna Webster, Joshua Allen & Gregory Block through the end of June. SQUIRE STUDIOS 842 Lincoln Ave., Above Lyon’s Drug #9 | 970.846.1063 Scotland to Steamboat: a journey of landscapes by Scottish-born artist Suzi Mitchell.

Recurring Weekly Events: SUNDAY Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls (Starting 6/28) 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls (Starting 6/28) 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE

Piano Bar Night 8:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. Latin Dance Night FREE. 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. TUESDAY MONDAY Naturalist Walk (Starting 6/24) 9:30-11AM. Locations Vary. FREE. Register Online

Olympic Heritage Tour (Starting 6/11) 9AM @ Howelsen Hill Lodge. FREE Pool League 6:30PM @ The V

Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. WEDNESDAY Mineral Springs Tour (Starting 6/26) 9-11AM @ Arts Depot. FREE Dart League 6:30PM @ The V Karaoke Night Spring 2019 Contest Finals 6/26 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE

THURSDAY Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE FRIDAY Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls (Starting 6/28) 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE SATURDAY Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls (Starting 6/28) 10AM-1:30PM @ Fish Creek Falls. FREE

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Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.—Queen Victoria


June 2019

Valley Voice


Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

It might concern you that you have lost your job, broke your leg and were disowned by all your friends. But it’s nothing a little bacon can’t fix.


April 20 - May 20

Your loyalty and dedication to your favorite HBO original drama will become less enjoyable when you realize that watching the show has no actual effect whatsoever on your life or your future.






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May 20 - June 20

Childproofing your house is intended for children. Not protecting your drunken delinquent friends from themselves. June 21 - July 22

At some point you will finally decide to turn in your fugitive neighbor for the reward money. And hey! If you film it, you can also become an internet sensation!


July 23 - August 23

No matter how bad it might seem, at least the elephants haven’t decided to go nuts and squash your head into a red gooey jelly. Seriously. That would really suck.


August 23 - September 22

An unusual circumstance will drive you to watch Endgame for the seventh time this week. That's some serious dedication to a bunch of really depressed super-heros.


September 23 - October 23

After being rained on, stepped on and mocked by bystanders, it occurs to you that camping out for two days on the street to get the newest version of the same cellphone you already have might be overkill.


October 24 - November 21

It might be easier to catch a fly with a flyswatter than chopsticks, but you really can’t eat Chinese food with a flyswatter. It takes a little more practice, but the chopstick is a multiversatile tool.


November 22 - December 21

Very soon you will be tempted with an incredible offer by the nearby Amish village because of your prodigal butter churning ability.


December 22 - January 19

You’ll have a very strange urge to start fabricating your life into an episode of a cops- and- robbers show. Unfortunately, you smashing into all your friends' doors to make an entrance will get really old, really quick.


January 20 - February 18

You will be flattered and slightly disturbed when you find a gift on your doorstep that is a 1000 piece puzzle of your stalker's face... but then, you just spent 6 days putting their face together, so who's really the stalker?


February 19 - March 20

You will star in the community’s newest rendition of Cats... but somehow you really didn’t expect them to play on the word “cat” like they did.

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