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Contents Buffalo Nickel Page 4 By Matt Scharf

“Mother Nature Will Begin to Fight Back” Page 5 By Sonja Macys

Diversity Despite Adversity

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ByJanet Bradley MA

Superstition Page 7 By Wolf Bennett

Mining at Hahns Peak/ Part II

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Is Steamboat a Special Snowflake?

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Transformitive Outdoor Adventures

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Hayden Surveyor

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The Human Imprint

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My Own Language

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Somewhere in Time

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Meet Steamboat’s Artist Collective

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By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield By Scott L. Ford By Jay Poulter

Publisher/Art Director: Matt Scharf

By Brodie Farquhar

By Candice Bannister

Business Manager:

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Event Calendar:

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First Friday Artwalk

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Calendar of Events

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Buffalo Nickel

All Photos by Mark Leverette Mike Lange - Bass

By Matt Scharf

John Olson - Drums

Tom Scharf and the Government Shutdown Fort Collins is serious about its beer, its bikes and its local music scene. If you have been there, you will notice a lot of bars and barley. You will also notice that music is everywhere. It bellows from the streets. There are creatively painted pianos placed everywhere downtown for people to play anytime. Some can play, some can’t. There are a lot of recording studios, endless music venues and a large core population that truly loves music. In Fort Collins, music is in the air. I made a quick weekend trip last month to Fort Collins to see my talented brother, Tom Scharf, perform and launch his newest CD, Buffalo Nickel. I didn’t know the CD release was in the works until a couple of days before the show, but I took off (luckily between storms) to get to the Front Range via Cameron Pass. I wasn’t going to miss this one even if I had to drive through a cotton ball. The show was at a music venue called the Downtown Artery. It’s a great place for live music and good local beer. The Artery was walking distance from my room at the Elizabeth hotel. Perfect. Let the show begin! We were happy to have our sister Ellen with us from Evergreen to help shake the tail feather. The Elizabeth is a very nice place with all the high-end amenities you’d want to see. It has a high-end instrument lending library in the lobby where you check out various quality instruments to your room if you feel the need to jam. Thankfully, I don’t think they have trumpets. There is also a record player in every room with a small selection of old vinyl that you can listen to. It definitely gets the party started.

Buffalo Nickel is music that I would describe as rock & roll bluegrass. Others compare it to a musical marriage between Mark Knopfler and Gordon Lightfoot.

This is not Tom’s first CD. He has five previous CDs that he has produced over the years. This one feels more refined, creative and insightful. This compilation has a bigger sound due to his large backup band, Government Shutdown. “The Fixer,” and “Crossed the Line” have great lyrics and a real catchy flow. One of my favorite lines in “Buffalo Nickel” goes: “Pull my finger, I’ve got your nose, where’d that coin come from do you suppose?” Other solid songs are “Bugle at a Knife Fight,” “Damn That Train” and “Fingerbone.” It’s really good; - I love this collection. There is some family history in some of the songs that I relate to and made me feel closer right away. It was a great show and I would go again anytime. Tom is on this month’s cover performing on stage sporting a Valley Voice hat. Pretty cool! Not only is Tom a musician, he is the Chief Musical Officer at the Bohemian Foundation in Fort Collins. He oversees live music, the Music District and grants programs for the Foundation. He coordinates local music happenings including the annual three-day festival, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. I see it as a hard job professionally, juggling many parts of what makes music happen in Fort Collins. Pretty cool stuff, especially working with dedicated people at the Bohemian Foundation and with such musical talent as Steve Miller, Blondie, The Fray - just to name a few.

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Tom has been playing the string family almost his whole life. I knew him before he started, having conveniently grown up across the hall. It would be obviously natural for Tom to write and produce his own music. It keeps him greased for all the mechanics of putting together good music everywhere. Please check out Tom Scharf’s new album, Buffalo Nickel, online at Enjoy!

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“Mother Nature Will Begin to Fight Back”

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A while ago I lived in rapidly growing Tucson, Arizona. At the time, Pima County was updating its comprehensive land use plan. What started as a simple, traditional, comprehensive plan update morphed into the dynamic, awardwinning, Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. The Plan sought to “balance the conservation and protection of the cultural and natural resource heritage with efforts to maintain an economically vigorous and fiscally responsible community.” In one of the first planning meetings I attended, the facilitator asked what the consequences of non-action would be. What would happen if we did nothing to conserve biologically sensitive areas? What would happen if we did not strive to guide development to places where it was most appropriate? Responses included urban sprawl, diminished water quality, and curtailment of recreational activities. Basically, the usual. Then, a more radical notion came from the far corner: “Mother Nature will begin to fight back.” The room fell silent and the gentleman who spoke up explained his idea. “You know, like flooding and fires and mountain lions attacking people and stuff.” With a clear air of skepticism, the facilitator recorded the comment. Nothing further was said. As a scientist, I can’t attribute variable snowpack, or the first ever call on the Yampa River, to Mother Nature fighting back; there are too many human factors to consider. And, to date, I am not aware of anybody strangling a mountain lion with their bare hands here on the Western Slope, as happened recently on the Front Range. In the City of Steamboat Springs and its environs, human-wildlife encounters tend to be a daily event. And, for the most part, we co-exist. Today I ask myself how long that will continue.

subdivision, and 61 mixed use units are either being proposed, already approved, or under construction. That does not include the 450 units proposed in the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation (aka Brynn Grey). Anybody can probably tell you about “the annexation.” But how many are aware that the annexation reflects just under 38% of what may be built in the near future? We stand to increase our inventory by approximately 12% if all projects go through. I am not picking on these projects. They have all gone through the development process, which is a public process. But I’ll hazard a guess that, even so, many people have no idea that this amount of growth is imminent. And to layer on even more, consider how we are building out recreational trails with 2A funds. Whether you like this growth and development (We need housing! I love biking!) or hate it (I want everything as it was! I love the wildlife!), it would be tough to argue that its volume will not have impacts to our wildlife, waterways, and riparian canopies if we don’t act to make sure that it doesn’t. Communities operationalize their values by documenting them as objectives in plans like our Community Area Plan, then implementing policies that advance those objectives. They ensure that the development review process is conducted with a full evaluation of all potential impacts and that there is expertise from all fields on review teams. As a City, we have some room for improvement. And I believe there is a willingness to work towards doing better.

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The objectives of our Community Area Plan are not being advanced as they could. I am taking a hard look at the Plan and whether its objectives are fully reflected in our code. In places where they are not, should they be? Could they be? Our Planning Staff and Planning Commission are already looking at our Waterbody Setbacks. And we may soon see more effort put into development review, with an eye towards sustaining the health of our Yampa River. As our community grows and changes, our strategies to balance conservation of the cultural and natural resources with growth and development should also evolve. It is up to us to ensure that Steamboat Springs continues to be a “real town that just happens to have a ski area.”

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Literary Solidarity

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here:

Diversity Despite Adversity By Janet Bradley, MA

Imagine if, instead of racks of clothes and ski gear, Lincoln Avenue was brimming with tables of books, pamphlets and earnestly translated, hand-copied banned books. Instead of restaurants serving massive breakfasts to hungry athletes, cafés were serving up as much philosophy and poetry as coffee. What if, in place of musings about the latest 10” of powder, discourse amongst a politically disparate crowd fed intellectual debate and discussion? Let your imagination take you to a world away, to the city of Baghdad, where such a street exists. Sitting on the lip of the Tigris River, Al-Mutanabbi Street has been the historic literary district and intellectual center of Iraq for over 800 years. This famous street was named for the Arab world’s most beloved poet, Al-Mutanabbi born in 930 CE. Often called Baghdad’s “third lung,” the street is a winding avenue of booksellers and cafés, where students, the educated and those with a thirst for knowledge “breathe.” As a sanctuary for Iraqi words and voices, Al-Mutanabbi Street has suffered deeply for its role as a place where ideas are exchanged. During the Mongol sacking of Baghdad in 1258, it was said that the Tigris River ran red one day and black the next from the blood of the murdered and the ink of their books. Centuries later, on March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded in the the center of this literary district killing 30 and wounding over 100. The famous Shabandar Café was destroyed, killing the owner’s four sons and one grandson. It was a devastating attack that hit the heart and soul of the Iraqi people and threatened freedom of expression. On the morning after the bombing, in San Francisco California, independent bookseller and poet Beau Beausoleil was distraught by the news. The loss of life and the outrageous attack on those who, like him, were devoted to freedom of the spoken and written word, affected him in way in which he could not ignore. He began a relentless campaign of solidarity and a call to action, first by

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asking letterpress printers to create broadsides. These 130 printed works have been touring internationally since 2008. They were the beginning of the organization called, ‘AlMutanabbi Street Starts Here.’ Soon after the broadsides were completed, poets, writers and book artists from around the world were asked to join the organization by creating work that reflected their desire to stand with the people of Iraq. 260 book artists created three works each, resulting in three full sets of books. One set is exhibited in the U.S., another tours Europe and the third was donated to the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. Since its inception in 2007, on or around March 5th, people from all corners of the globe answer the call to action by organizing poetry readings and exhibits of broadsides, print work and book art. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here coalition has had hundreds of exhibits, poetry readings and discussion panels. These events have taken place in dozens of countries including France, Italy, the U.K., Iraq, Egypt, Argentina, Australia and in many cities in the U.S., including a major exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Members number more than 600 and come from 20 different countries. Along with the art, Beau Beausoleil co-created and edited with Deema Shehabi, a wonderful 300-page anthology of prose and poetry about Al-Mutanabbi Street. Many Iraqi writers, scattered into exile by continuing sectarian violence and unable to return to Iraq, have contributed to this anthology. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here found its way to Steamboat Springs in March of 2017. The Bud Werner Library has hosted the event for the past two years. The evenings included a talk about the organization, poetry readings and a slide show of the 260 books. Twelve different nationalities were represented by Steamboat residents who, in an incredible display of solidarity and diversity, read poetry in their native tongues. This year, readers will gather once more to share voices, to stand up for those who have been silenced and to expose the beautiful diversity that exists here in Steamboat Springs. Please join the many venues worldwide on March 5th at the Bud Werner Library for an evening of poetry, art and diversity, 5:30-8:00 pm in the Library Hall. Learn more about this amazing organization and the people who make it possible. Mint tea will be served after the readings. Wherever people come together to listen to each other, to read poetry, to write towards the truth or to simply pick up a book, that is where Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts.

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Mensan Musings

Superstition By Wolf Bennett

All superstitions are based on a belief that something “exists” beyond our senses and measurements that can somehow have an effect on us. The idea that something is beyond space and time (ie. super-natural – beyond natural) would be a rather odd claim as it cannot be measured in any way; therefore, by definition it cannot exist. There is a flaw in the language itself, or a flaw in the very idea that something can both exist and not exist at the same time. Matter and anti-matter exist at the same time and will annihilate each other on contact, but both exist at the same time and have properties that can be measured. “Beyond space and time” has no meaning in our universe. No one’s experience can be “beyond” what doesn’t exist. You cannot experience anything that, by its own definition, has nothing to experience. I personally love a good superstition, but it needs to be a good fun one, not some flimsy excuse of a superstition. For instance, walking under a ladder – really a bad idea as people often leave tools on top and if you were to bump the ladder while under it, well, bad luck to you. I like a lot of the water-based superstitions, as water gods were traditionally capricious and fickle, and if you pay attention to the weather, tides, charts and currents then you could “make” the “luck” work in your favor. So if there is something that keeps your attention on variable situations then you will succeed more often. Also, never flip a fish – always eat off the top and then pull the bones up and out or you will incite hurricanes. I’ve been doing that for years and have you ever seen a hurricane in Steamboat? Well, if that isn’t proof, then, hmmm. Eating a fish this way is actually easier, plus you are less likely to splash food about (uncleanly mess) and when on a ship tossing about, such things matter, so here you have a perfectly practical solution that is made into a perfectly good superstition to keep your emotional attention. I like these as they are fun to play with and create; however, correlation does not imply causation.

A fun example is that muggings increase proportionally with ice cream sales in New York. This is a true measurable fact, but say what? Ask yourself what time of year would you expect ice cream to be sold? Yep, summertime. And how long and hot are the days? Would you expect people to be out later and walking, even a bit more slowly, than when it is cold and blustery? So obviously the ice cream sales are not the cause of the crime, but they certainly correlate. Just because you cannot explain a specific event does not mean that it has a supernatural cause or that correlation implies that causation. Many psychics actually believe they can do paranormal things – all, when actually tested, are often worse than blind chance. They cannot talk to the dead. They cannot reach into the void and pull out spirits or channel thoughts. Sorry, but the reports of some psychic finding a lost child or body or criminal have all been miserable failures, inaccurate, over reported based on poor speculation of people wanting to believe in the paranormal. Such claims are rather easily disproved. Hey folks, it’s the brain wanting to “know” something. There is a million dollar bet (that has never been claimed) for any psychic “proof”. If you can, you will be a lot wealthier. James Randi Foundation, look it up. Remember that UFO means “unidentified,” thus you cannot suddenly “prove” that it is extraterrestrial. Remember, it is unidentified, thus unknown. So when you hear someone making claims about UFO’s, there are a few questions you might want to ask. If there is an “abduction,” how is it that there is no proof, no scars, no evidence of any type? A verbal report is worth the paper it is written on. Lie detector reports can be fooled by someone who believes their own story. Defense attorneys love “eye witness” accounts, as they are stunningly inaccurate, confused and malleable. It is your brain making it all up, as it easily makes up the vast majority (97%+) of your experience.

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Now, I don’t mind if people want to believe in such things. The problem really is when these beliefs are foisted on others and we have to pay for it. Police departments are required to check every lead and send officers out to investigate. Other city departments all have to attempt to verify fraudulent claims. Military, FBI, national government and NASA have departments that have to deal with such things. This is silly and a stunning waste of your tax dollars. Lots of dollars they are – far into the billions. The Department of Defense just concluded a 22 million a year, over 5 years, UFO study with absolutely nothing to show for it. Except unsubstantiated stories... from believers, with no proof. There is far more money than that being spent on such absurdity. This all relates to previous articles where I showed that your brain actually creates your reality and how easily your “experience” can be fooled. Our brains don’t like unanswered questions. We like to “know.” We like to be “certain,” and since our brains are so adept at “creating” reality out of thin air, we end up with our current system of so many people believing in things that don’t exist. Are there things we don’t know? Can we prove everything? Can every story be verified? Are all correlations implying causation? Oh, please, just think about it, and apply logic, reason and verifiable proof and just enjoy the mystery of wonder, knowing you will never have an explanation for everything.

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John Farwell spent a fortune developing a seventeen-mile long ditch from the North Elk River to String Ridge, but failed to locate a profitable quantity of gold. Some observers believed the property was “salted” with enough gold to catch a wealthy investor. The 1879 forest fire destroyed flumes and threatened to burn the sawmill. Men at International Camp gallantly fought to save the mining district on String Ridge and Poverty Bar. At that point Farwell gave up, sold the mine and holdings to a Rawlins banker and returned to Chicago. Engineer and shrewd businessman Robert McIntosh knew claims at Poverty Bar contained gold but were worthless without more water. He purchased or leased claims for a pittance. International Camp had water via Farwell’s ditch, but little gold. The burned out sawmill held the key. Once restored, it supplied lumber for a canal between String Ridge and Poverty Bar. McIntosh, Frank Hinman, and Ed Cody formed a partnership to hydraulically mine Poverty Bar and purchase or lease the water and equipment on String Ridge. Water under pressure, hydraulic mining, washed gravel banks into sluice boxes. Over time, grassy hills and treecovered slopes eroded away in the relentless search for gold. Although the town of Hahns Peak, with a post office and county court, were established before McIntosh began hydraulic mining, his operation provided a solid mining foundation for the region. For a brief moment in time, Hahns Peak gold was the principal hard money source in Routt County.

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The partners washed the gravel bars for a couple of years before McIntosh bought them out. He operated alone until production dropped. Seeing the future, Old Mac sold,

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moved to Slater where he owned a large horse ranch, and opened a store. He remained at Slater until his death in 1924. The remaining mystery: Where was the mother lode? Since the 1870s, untold numbers have searched for the fabulous vein, yet no one has found it. Mother earth, in her gritty moments, teases with rich streaks of gold, silver and copper. At times, both gold and silver were found in the same mine. While she was “funning,” determined men were going crazy. Between 1890 and 1910, at least seven producing mines worked on Hahns Peak: Royal Flush, Tom Thumb, Minnie, Iron Springs, Southern Cross, Blue Jay, and Farwell. No one counted how many others bored into the ledges. Additionally, prospectors dug hundreds of shallow holes. During snow-free months, men scurried like busy ants across the cone-shaped mountain. One mine, Tom Thumb, near timber line on Hahns Peak, produced silver. In 1893, the United States went on the gold standard. Previously, silver was purchased at a ratio of sixteen to one. Sixteen ounces of silver was worth one ounce of gold. Suddenly the government stopped buying silver, and the western United States was thrown into a deep depression. Although the Tom Thumb deposit was rich in silver, it was worthless. By 1896, silver had regained a small value and, again, the Tom Thumb was working. It is hard to grasp the full meaning of the word “Working.” At the Tom Thumb, after a season’s labor, the miners high graded the ore until they had only eleven tons of the very best. Unknown is how much excellent ore they tossed

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away because they had no cheap way to ship ore to the smelter. At the mine, the best ore was placed on wagons and hauled to the Union Pacific railhead. They reloaded and shipped it to Denver smelters where it brought $70 $80 per ton.

One observer commented, “The Tom Thumb . . . produced more hardship than ore. In order to obtain silver . . . miners had to descend 10 foot ladders and carry the ore out one bucket at a time.” Eventually, a head frame and hoist lifted the ore from the shaft. Without a railroad, shipping was limited and expensive. Simply supplying food for the camp was complex and expensive. But by fits and starts, men continued to work the mine for over a quarter century.

The men who located the Elk Horn Mine in Whiskey Park north of Hahns Peak were hell for tough and determined. In October 1896, Lon Coffin and James McBride left Hot Sulphur Springs on a hunting trip to the upper Little Snake River. McBride had contracted to pick up some good samples for Ed Carter of Breckenridge. With camping gear in the wagon and leading saddle horses, they drove to Whiskey Park and pitched a base camp. Returning on foot leading their loaded pack horses after a successful day’s hunt, they stopped to rest along a stream. Interesting rock caught their eye. With limited tools, they dug a small trench down to a promising vein. Back in camp, using a frying pan over the camp fire, they tested the ore. After a few more days work and with snow getting deeper, Coffin and McBride traveled the Old Laramie Road to North Park, then turned toward Hot Sulphur Springs.

After resting a few days and refreshing their supplies, they returned to Whiskey Park although the snow was belly deep on their horses. In deep snow, they shoveled down to the vein, determined the direction of the lead, and staked the claim. They hurried back to Hot Sulphur Springs and filed their claims.

With winter supplies, in early January 1897, Coffin, J. H. Markell, and McBride, despite the onset of hard winter, began their third trip to Whiskey Park. On arriving, the first order of business was building a cabin. In deep winter snow, they cut trees and skidded logs to the building site. Snow was cleared away and logs fitted and stacked for a 12’ x 14’ cabin with a fire place at one end. When the fire warmed the rocks and the mud mortar softened, the fire place collapsed. Undeterred, they rebuilt and mining began.

It was hard, slow work. After the roads dried, the partners shipped three car loads of ore to the smelter. Although they received $100 per ton for the ore, they lost money. In

March 2019 addition to precious minerals, the ore had copper and zinc. At the time, zinc was worthless and reduced the value of the ore. Despite the winter snow and limited mining success, word of their discovery got out and, long before the snow melted, prospectors were moving in. McBride didn’t quit. He and his nephew, W. C. McBride, using local timber, built a head frame and hoist and installed a boiler. They sank a shaft about fifty feet. W. C gave up and Billy Looning came to help sink it another forty feet. With the arrival of spring (about 1914), the mine was closed and James McBride never went back, although he spent the remainder of his life trying to find a way to return. The mine had taken on a personality of its own.

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Thelma Stevenson tells the story of a miner who lost his mind. At the Master Key Mine north of Columbine, Tom E. Kleckner slaved for years in the dark and the damp. He always knew the mother lode was somewhere near—if only he could find it. At times, miners had located beautiful wire gold. In another vein, silver was mined through in quest of gold that surely lay only a little deeper. Year on year he searched. At the height of the Great Depression (1936); he became obsessed with spiritualism. He believed his wife knew the gold’s location, but she could not tell him while she was alive. He would have to kill her. Then her spirit would return and show him the mother lode. One night he attacked his wife with a butcher knife. She escaped, and in the cold and snow raced to Lawrence and Gertrude Juel’s Columbine home and store for safety. The next day Mrs. Kleckner was put on the Stage (bus) and moved to Ohio. Later that year Tom died. No one ever claimed his body, personal possessions, or mine. The spirits never revealed where the mother lode resides. The mine simply rotted in place.

Hahns Peak mining requires yet another telling. See you next month.


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In Historic Hahns Peak, Thelma V. Stevenson observed, “Columbine’s origins, like those of many pioneer enterprises, are shrouded with haze.” In 1881, the Hahns Peak-Columbine Stampede drew miners into the area. Soon the Antlers, Minnie D, Cap Smith and several other claims were active, with each having a mining camp. Unlike other camps, Columbine was located on the Wagon Trail connecting mines with the outside world, bringing many travelers to play the high stakes game of gold mining. Although several buildings were already standing, in 1897, Jim Caron surveyed an eleven-acre town site, giving Columbine a permanent identity. Within the community were a general store, saloon, post office, and a hotel. The camp became a town and the center of life, attracting men from the nearby camps. Once infected with gold fever, life was never the same. The beauty of wire gold was infectious. Silver pluming in the light, resembling bird’s plumage, inspired naming a town on I-70. The quest could and did destroy the mind of those who dared to play the game of chance with Lady Luck.


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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.—J.R.R. Tolkien


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Go Figure!

Is Steamboat Springs a Special Snowflake? By Scott L. Ford

Nationally and locally, we use the term Middle Class all the time. However, there is no official U.S. government definition of middle-class income. The Pew Research Center defines it as households that earn between 67 percent and 200 percent of the average median income. Applying some sixth-grade math skills, that means incomes between $45,200 and $135,600 a year are the ranges for middle class.

The Census Bureau data for income ranges does not coincide exactly with the Pew definitions. However, one can get reasonably close, and in this type of analysis, close is good enough.

Although there is a great temptation for Steamboat Springs to assume that we are a “special snowflake,” we are not. When defined in economic terms, Steamboat is about in the middle when compared to similar mountain communities in Colorado with a strong resort influence. For comparative purposes I like to use the following Colorado communities: Aspen, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Durango, Steamboat Springs, Telluride and Vail.

Household Income Distribution by Identified Class Household Income Distribution Poverty Levels <$20K Low Income $20K to $45K Middle Class $45 to $100K Upper Middle Class $100K to $200K High Income $200K +

Aspen Breckenridge 9% 8% 21% 16% 32% 42%

Crested Butte 8% 26% 31%

Durango Steamboat 13% 13% 23% 19% 35% 36%

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Ride the Cog

Ready for some spring mountain bike riding? Ferry Carpenter on his bike circa 1910he would "commute to town' via the Cog daily on his bike!

May 18th, 2019

The 6th Annual ‘Ride the Cog’ Hayden Museum Fundraiser Bike Event

Three great scenic rides to choose from: . 31 mile / Gravel Grinder . 26 mile / Mud Ride . 43 mile Combined Ride / A mix of gravel and mud for the truly hardy rider!

Live Music Great Food Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now! 3Wire

Save the Date! For those who live here and for those who wish they did.

by Embers

Do you need more info or interested in becoming a sponsor for the event call 276-4380 or email Come and help preserve 145 years of local history while enjoying West Routt County at the speed of bicycle!!

$40 until 4/30/19 ($50 day of the event)

More Info: 970-276-4380

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Bear Pole Expeditions

Transformative Outdoor Adventures By Jay Poulter

Changing The World Through Adventure Education Exciting Summer Ancient Path Explorers Adventures for Completion of 5th -6th grades Ages 11-17

Expedition Bound

opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on a young person’s life.

With the snow piling up, it’s hard to imagine another summer camp season is just around the corner. If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to consider including a camp experience as part of your summer. At Bear Pole Expeditions, we have always believed that summer camp should be considered an integral and essential part of a child’s education. In today’s ever-increasingly complicated world, kids need camp now more than ever. Spending part of a summer at a quality summer camp can be a transformative experience, truly life-changing. Free to be themselves away from the competitive demands of school, campers learn to work together toward common goals, to respect each other’s differences and embrace each person’s uniqueness. Camp is a place where kids can “come of age,” benefiting from experiences in nature that serve as a catalyst for growth. With supportive leadership, camp is a place where kids can develop essential life-skills, forge relationships built on trust and mutual respect, and work together toward common goals with new friends. It is a place where kids can feel safe being themselves and accepted for who they are. Few things are more rewarding than the

At Bear Pole Expeditions, young people ages 11-17 enjoy a series of fun, unique, exciting, impactful summer camp programs. Each two-week session offers something different. No matter your level of experience, we have a program that’s right for you. Because camper groups are kept small, with no more than nine participants per expedition, each camper becomes an important part of the group. After spending the first two days in camp, building community and camaraderie, much of a camper’s time is spent adventuring. Your group will head into the mountains, rivers and canyon country, hiking and exploring a world of remarkable beauty and opportunity. Together we explore pristine wilderness, enjoy quality time in nature, and discover the thrill of outdoor adventures with new friends. Campers learn the skills necessary to comfortably and safely travel in the backcountry, including knowledge in leave-no-trace camping, shelter construction, outdoor cooking, building campfires, outdoor safety, environmental education and much more. As we guide campers on exceptional journeys of exploration, discovery and adventure, they learn more about themselves and enjoy a rich quality of living that only time in nature can offer. By meeting each day’s challenges as a team, a camper’s confidence grows, as does a sense of responsibility to others. The time spent adventuring together creates a strong group identity that will be remembered for years.

Completion of 7th -8th grades

Rocky Mountain High Adventure Completion of 9th -10th grades

Olympic Adventures

Completion of 9th -11th grades

Leadership Training


Previous Camp experience & completion of 10th -12th grades

Passing the torch - joining the camp leadership team

Having fun and flying high

Contact the camp office at 970-846-7358, email info@ or visit for complete details on each of these exciting programs.

Enduring friendships are forged at Bear Pole Expeditions

Explorers campers learn about the ancient Pueblo people at Hovenweep National Monument

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.—Aristotle


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Hayden adopts four-day school week By Brodie Farquhar

HAYDEN – In an unanimous vote, the Hayden school board voted Feb. 11 to adopt a four-day school week program, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Hayden schools will join about 55 percent of Colorado’s 177 school districts who have four-day school weeks with Fridays off. Most of the four-day districts are in rural areas. The change will call for longer days, moving from six hours to seven-and-a-half hours. That increase in contact days, despite the elimination of Fridays, will allow the district to shorten the school year from 180 days to 144. Four-day school districts and communities typically use Fridays in the following ways: • Parents use Fridays for medical appointments, shopping, errands and trips. • Student athletes have Fridays and Saturdays for games and meets, without worrying about missing school.

• Teachers will no longer have to squeeze in planning and professional development into the school week, but will have a day dedicated to those purposes. Teachers will also have well-attended classrooms, since extra-curricular events will be focused on Fridays and Saturdays. According to Superintendent Christy Sinner, the district should realize cost savings between five and seven percent of the district budget, from transportation, food services and salaries. The Colorado Department of Education has studied the impact of four-day school weeks, and reported that “Overall, there appears to be little difference between four and five day weeks in terms of status as reflected in percent proficient and advanced, regardless of content area. There also appears to be little clear difference in terms of median growth percentiles in either content area.” The department report notes that no district that has switched from five to four day school weeks has gone back to a five-day week. The only district that tried to do that saw school board members in favor of a five-day week defeated at the next election.

Sinner has not worked in a four-day week district, but she has formed a calendar committee which is studying the calendars and daily schedules of classes from seven districts– including South Routt, Meeker, Rangely, Rifle, Parachute, Rifle, and East and West Grand. The committee will submit recommendations to the administration and school board. The district has been researching the switch to a four-day school week since November. Students were surveyed and there were two public meetings. The most significant area of concern raised was daycare for Fridays. Totally Kids, a local nonprofit, provides daycare using school facilities at $25 a day. There are also discussions about how the district could work with Colorado Mountain College to provide enrichment opportunities, such as Friday college or advanced placement courses, or recreation opportunities such as fly fishing.

New Hayden school project design finalized By Brodie Farquhar

HAYDEN – With design work finalized on the new preK-12 facility, Hayden School District Superintendent Christy Sinner thought it would be nice to schedule a groundbreaking ceremony for sometime in March. So she asked project contractors and architects if the ceremony could be on a sunny day with no snow.

That’s a lot to swallow!

“They just laughed,” said Sinner. It isn’t clear whether those conditions can be met in March. Nevertheless, the $61 million project is moving along, with an opening date for the facility set for fall in the 2020-21 school year. “I’m so pleased that the architects were able to really listen to staff and community concerns, and made significant adjustments to the final design and plans,” said Sinner. She cited some examples: • Elementary staff wanted student restrooms closer, so a music room was swapped out with restrooms. • Direct sunlight via windows in a wrestling room could damage the mats, so indirect window lighting was adopted. • Music instruction will be in its own room, not located on stage. That gives greater flexibility on stage use.

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• Restrooms closest to outside athletic facilities will have outside doors, for public use during athletic events. With some construction planned to begin during spring break, Sinner said the immediate focus is on planning to move the elementary school staff, students and operations into the current middle/high school facility. That will allow construction to begin on renovating the elementary school building, as well as the secondary school project. The district will move in three modular classrooms onto middle/high school grounds. Elementary staff will study schematics of the old facility to see how to best use limited space. Secondary staff will also study schematics and make their own recommendations, said Sinner. “There’s going to be lots of shuffling around, but no major renovations to our current facilities,” said Sinner. One challenge is that food service for the district has used kitchen facilities at the elementary school for prep work, then served to students in the elementary and middle/ high school facilities. For next year, all food will need to be prepared and served to some 400 students at the middle/ high school. “We’re going to have a very busy spring,” said Sinner.

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The Human Imprint

My Own Language

By Candice Bannister, Executive Director, Tread of Pioneers Museum

By Francis Conlon Language has words and also a tone, Such communion helps pass the day, The words uplift, ‘tho they can moan, But help assures I’m not alone, Words invite the mind to play. My own language is not solitaire, To be human has a wide domain, Privacy, yes, ‘tho I seek a social-aire, Copacetic behavior with souls out there, For totally alone is a touch insane. Language and silence can both inform: It’s nice to have a special point, Keeping comments in the social norm, No need to coerce others to conform, Just let the ambiance sometimes disjoint.

Mother-of-pearl buttons, a shard of fine hand-painted china, a small delicate sole of a shoe. These were the unlikely items found by artist Sarah Gjertson in abandoned mining sites which indicate the presence of women. Images of the artifacts, women, and dilapidated mining structures are featured in the newest exhibition at the Tread of Pioneers Museum: “Human Imprint: Structures, Artifacts & Women.” Gjertson, an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Denver, explores the histories of handwork, the contributions of women, and the stories of artifacts from historic mining sites around Colorado. To celebrate Women’s History Month for the March 1 First Friday Artwalk, the museum will also present live diary readings from women who lived in historic mining camps in Colorado.

long term exposure, neglect, and other human impacts. Gjertson’s interest grew after revisiting many of the sites and bearing witness to the negative effects of reclamation efforts, investor and development schemes, and restricted trail access making them further invisible, even on public lands. She considers these mining sites living museums and believes that the history experienced in person is palpable.

Gjertson’s project includes photography, sculptural objects, and an extensive body of printmaking works created at Steamboat’s very own Oehme Graphics. Through travel, research at historic archives, online digitized collections and accessing cemetery records, Gjertson has uncovered some of the lesser known histories of women and their contributions to this highly mythologized time in the American West.

Hear more about the “Human Imprint” project from the artist on March 26th at the Tread of Pioneers Museum at noon, when Gjertson will share stories about the women whose images appear in the work and some of the current impacts affecting the mining sites of the project.

“I am not interested in the ‘gold rush’ aspect of these sites, but am compelled by the human imprint that remains there – the evidence of ingenuity, curious artifacts, skeletons of architectural structures and evidence of the hand,” says Gjertson. “This lineage of the handmade is exciting to me as an artist and maker, and exploring the histories of these sites and the people who inhabited them.”

· On display: Dec. 18, 2018-May 31, 2019

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The artifacts one encounters at these sites, Gjertson maintains, are the most potent storytellers. “Hopefully this work is a prime vehicle to start conversations around the challenges of preservation, the relevance of local history, and the roles women played in the American West at such a pivotal time.”

Words and smiles can bring a trust, An inner reach with a special touch, An aesthetic coating to remove old rust, ‘Tho excessive language causes useless dust, I accept the stoic path, as such. Too much talk is like a shroud, Noise expended by the crowd. (Moderation tells of things to share, Still, out-reaching words are a dare.)

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Poetry experiments resulting in the contamination of about 1.6

trillion gallons of underground water. The last Plowshare test (1973) occurred in the natural gas west of Meeker. Now that gas may be radioactive and unsafe.

Somewhere in Time

Art in the ‘Boat

Meet Steamboat’s Newest Artist Collective By Dagny McKinley

By Joanin Remy Thus closed another chapter uranium mining. Here I am far away In another dream Within my soul on Earth Yet always home So many roads to travel Constantly changing my view When I feel the magic The stars sparkle brighter If I love unconditionally I soar In a world of sadness and joy Guess I’ll stay awhile

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March 1st, 2019 the Riverwalk Collective debuts at the Depot Art Center. The collective is comprised of ten artists whose mediums range from oil to acrylic, photography, jewelry and 3-D works. Just as their creations vary in color, texture, subject and style, so do their stories. Below is a quick glimpse into these incredible artists.

to notice a huge bull elk standing right outside my studio window -----until my wife came in and pointed him out!).” Like many artists, Dave finds a blank canvas staring him in the face pretty intimidating. He conquers his fear by taking a big brush and a couple of dilute colors and covering the canvas in big rhythmic strokes.

Steve Bolander: Steve’s particular goal as a painter is to recreate the solace and splendor of the wild places he visits. He often begins painting by looking at a photograph or studying a live scene. “I might use a picture or my memory to create a painting’s basic structure and palate, adding drama through my own artistic lens.”

John Lanterman: “As a youngster I would borrow my dad’s camera and explore the mountains around our home. On family vacations, and wherever adventure led me, I sought to capture on film what I saw and felt.” John’s goal as a photographer is to tell a compelling story through a photograph that conveys a sense of place and connects the viewer to that place and moment.

Audrey Bortz: Audrey is inspired by the natural world surrounding her. She uses her iPhone to add layers or combine images to create works of art that leave people wondering if they are viewing a painting or photograph. She enjoys creating work that she then manipulates into something new. Paulina M. Johnson: Paulina works in paper and wood. It’s important to her that her materials are natural, simple and non-toxic to our planet. Even though she doesn’t yet officially consider herself an artist, her work speaks otherwise. “I’m deeply inspired by the underlying structures of nature that manifest as very simple shapes and interesting patterns. I enjoy piece-making and multiplicity as they become meditation in action for me.” For Paulina, creativity “is the most pure and authentic way I know to inhabit my own mental space. I guess I’m an introvert, and so I get much joy of being there, and making from that place. I also very much enjoy sharing the product with others in hopes it brings them the joy and peace it brought me.” Marion Kahn: Marion’s palettes can be soft like Bonnard, or bold like Matisse. “My desire to paint exploded in Sicily when I saw two young artists atop a scaffolding as they restored a 400-year-old fresco. I watched mesmerized and full of questions. At that very moment I wanted to leave my life and join them, even though it was not possible.” Today Marion pursues her art with the same passion she once felt watching others pursue their dreams. Dave Lambeth: According to family lore, Dave first considered himself an artist in Kindergarten. His work reflects the themes of nature, wildlife, Mexico, Aztec and Mayan myths and legends and roads. On the road, Dave takes source photos that provide a theme and inspiration for his final pieces. His art is constantly evolving. He is currently taking western and mountain themes and depicting them in a partly abstract and party realistic way…kind of a dreamscape with elements of reality popping through. “For me, painting is a meditative experience which is simultaneously challenging and relaxing. I crank up some music, start painting, and am lost to the world for hours. (Once I was so engrossed in a painting that I failed

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Anna Lee Lipman: Most recently, Anna is painting in acrylics using a distinct watercolor style combined with printmaking techniques that she brings to the canvas to retain the transparent layers and textures that are often found in her former fine art prints. Her work is often landscape inspired, with underlying themes of mood, atmosphere and quality of light. Al Reiner: Al and his photography are inspired by everything. After working in media and advertising, he found a freedom of expression with photography he never had before. He is afraid of nothing and that fearlessness translates into his work – bold, powerful and evocative. Marcella Rose: Marcella cannot remember a time she was not an artist. Her work is influenced by spirit, nature, life, music and deep meditation. In each work she strives to capture the innate beauty, energy and compassion of the sentinel beings she creates. She works primarily on canvas in multiple layers of transparency and texture. She also sculpts and casts in bronze and sterling. “I believe art and the creative process and lifestyle, is a gift to humanity by our creator, that we might glimpse that which we are. It is the most important aspect for evolving consciousness, and attaining self-empowerment, compassion, joy, appreciation and purpose. Without art, life is just mechanical and not sustainable. Art evolves us as it records. Art is a language of emotion. When I am creating art, I am the art, I am in my natural element reflecting my journey.” Jason Santucci: The first camera Jason owned was an old box camera wrapped in a leather case that took 4” black and white photographs. “I’ve always set out with one thing in mind - to take a piece of the beautiful scenery laid out in front of me home in the form of a photograph.” Jason’s works capture the raw beauty of the Steamboat landscape. This month, if you have a little time, come and delve into the work of the Riverwalk Artists, their worlds, their colors and their textures. The Depot Art Center is located at 1001 13th Street and is open Monday – Friday 10-4 and Saturday 11-3.

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March 2019

New Valley Eyes


Believing in the Luck of the Irish!

Morning Mist By Elizabeth Heckmann

A dense mist, thick as a spider web, wove its way across the unfamiliar valley, westward towards me. As a recent arrival to this valley, and newly hired as a barn hand at a posh horse boarding facility, I had never seen such a mist. Hundreds of years ago, in the same land as this barn, the Ute tribe summered in the Yampa Valley. Was the mist always there? Did they wake up to find it drifting towards them, awed just as I gazing upon it? For fear of being absorbed by it, I constantly looked east while feeding horses breakfast. I drove the ATV down the dirt lane between paddocks and pens, tossing two flakes of hay to each horse. I noticed the newborn sun illuminating the mist, creating a sharp edge that cut through anything in its path. The rumbling of the ATV vibrated through the cool air, acting as a constant bass line to accentuate the staccato of nickers and whinnies from hungry horses as they paced the fence lines. As it grew closer, the mist engulfed the land, hazing out the profiles of the pine and aspen covered mountains and the hayfields at their feet. As if being spun by a phantom spider, the web-like mist extended outwards, thin wisps preceding the body, crawling its way across the land. I watched as my surroundings disappeared, and the horses faded to silhouettes, an unease grew in me. As the sun rose above the mountains, the mist dissipated. Relieved, I looked north where Steamboat Springs is nestled, and saw the same red and yellow hot air balloon dotting the sky I had seen every morning since moving here. It’s a tourist attraction, giving people a chance to view the beautiful land from above. I realized that seeing the hot air balloon as I do every morning makes me a local. Pleased by this realization, I smiled. With the distracting pressing presence of the mist evaporating, and a sense of belonging growing within me, I finished feeding the horses and drove the ATV back to the fully stocked hay barn. With my foot slammed on the pedal, the engine roared, sounding as if it is going to explode with one more ounce of pressure on the gas pedal. The horses associate its growl with food. All colors of fluffy ears perk, and heads rise when the engine revs.

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“Good morning, ponies!” I sing as I enter the dark barn. My coworker and I arrive around 7 a.m. and start the morning routine of unlocking gates, turning on lights, unlocking tack rooms, turning on the radio, and preparing grain for outside and excited inside horses. As I walk past each horse, they stir in their stalls, their hooves scattering the pine shavings coating their rubber stall mats. Turning on the lights brings them to life and the anticipation of grain elicits soft nickers that grow with the crinkle of each bag of grain fed down the row. Fred, a young, lively 17-hand dark bay Thoroughbred wakes up and, with an urgency, pounds his front right hoof against the wooden stall wall over and over letting us know he’s hungry for his grain, and is ready to go outside to eat breakfast. “Fred!” I yell. “Quit!” Verbal reprimands are pointless, I know this and so does Fred. Nothing can interfere with a horse and its grain. “Fred! Quit! I hear you.” I shout again. He shakes his head, his black forelock swishing across his broad face eclipsing the star on his forehead, and continues banging the stall until finally, he gets his grain. With his demands met, Fred devotes his entire self to eating his grain.

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Being outside and exerting myself is refreshing and extinguishes my early morning grumpiness. After a few big yawns accompanied by full body stretches and some popping bones, I’m ready to tackle work I don’t dread. Ready to work a ten-hour shift of the least glamorous and physically demanding work. It’s rewarding knowing each horse depends on me for food, water, cleanliness, protection from the elements, a soft hand to lead them through spooky experiences, and an unyielding love. The longer I live here and work with the horses, the deeper I love them and the land. Having lived here for eight months, I have seen the same early morning mist creeping across the land numerous times and find no fear in its presence. I see only its beauty. Finally, I’m just your average local horse crazy girl and I love it.

Mornings at the barn are the best. No one is there and the horses are always excited to see me and my coworker.

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March 2019

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Tales from the Front Desk

Boxers By Aimee Kimmey

Her partner was speaking through gritted teeth. “Sir, I just need you to fill in your license--” “What the hell you need that for? Sounds like an invasion of my privacy.” The guy’s gut was creeping out from under his filthy t-shirt. His scowl cut deep grooves in his face, like it had been chiseled in granite. His buddy wasn’t quite as thick, but wore the exact same beat up Carhartt jacket over a grungy hoodie. He stood behind his rotund friend, glaring at the clerk’s partner like she was asking him to walk barefoot across a desert of broken glass. By this point in the season most clerks in most areas of the service industry are just a bit irritable. These two are the exact reason why.

The story you are about to read is true... More or less. Saturday. 5:45pm. Front Desk. Sometimes people just rub you the wrong way, and some people have a really special knack of rubbing everybody the wrong way. Theses two were just those sorts of guys. The clerk heard them from the back when they first stormed in. They were loud, gruff, and demanding. She could see the irritation building in her partner’s shoulders as she made her way behind the front desk.

“The air conditioner?” The clerk guessed “No,” Her partner answered slowly, rolling up her sleeves, “Evidently their TV is broken. They’re demanding I come fix it.” Envisioning the ensuing brawl, and jail time, and bail money, she quickly jumped to her feet, “Why don’t you let me take this one!” “Oh no I’m happy to go up--” But the clerk was already halfway out the door, “Naw, you’ve already had to deal with them twice, I’ll get this one!”

Suppressing an angry shudder, the clerk looked past the two surly curmudgeons to the couple behind them, “Hi, I can help you here...”

The door to 404 was thrown open by the skinnier one, wearing nothing but his boxers. He had a greasy, dripping piece of pizza hanging out of his hand. She blanched a bit.

While she checked them into their room, the clerk smiled to herself. She couldn’t help but notice that her partner had put the crusty old guys in 404--the room they rarely used, the one furthest away from everything, with the obnoxiously loud air conditioning. Ha! That’s what you get when you’re rude to your clerk!

He turned away from her, “TV’s over there.”

The rest of the afternoon progressed without incident, until 5:45pm. Her partner picked up the phone first. “Front des--... Sir if... I’m not..!” The clerk watched her partner pull away from the phone. She could hear the angry screaming. She watched the flush of anger filling up her partner’s face. When the phone on the other end slammed back onto its cradle, it reverberated all to way to her. Gently her partner hung up the phone, and took a deep breath.

She looked deeper into the room: his pasty, blubbery friend sprawled on the bed shoveling in pizza from the carton on his naked belly. His boxers were almost completely obscured by his fat... she hoped. Honestly the clerk had no desire to investigate further. The skinny one shuffled back to one of the room’s chairs and flounced into it, never missing a bite. “Well?! You gonna’ fix the TV?” Swallowing her disgust, she stepped bravely into the room. Their chomping and slurping carried over the TV static. It was all she could do not to grimace. She focused on the TV, she was no AV/TECH genius, but sometimes the cables got jostled loose and the signal was disrupted. She prayed that was the answer. How was she going to tell these two... charming gentlemen they wouldn’t be able to watch their shows? She pawed around the back of the TV until she found the cable. Sure enough, it was loose. As she pushed it solidly into place, the signal came roaring back. An Infomercial screamed in her ear, she recoiled. “Well, looks like you’re back in business...” She looked around at the two slobs in their boxers. Neither one of them seemed to noticed she was there. The skinny one reached for another slice of pizza, the other waved her out of the way irritably as he lurched into a more comfortable position on the bed. “...Okay then, um, you’re welcome.” Head down she hurried out of the room before she got more of a show than she bargained for. She shuddered as she pulled the door closed behind her. That was far and away one of grossest things she’d ever seen. But she was still glad that she’d come up instead of her partner. It would have been such a mess if her partner had murdered those two!

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March 2019


A Closer Look

Complementary Alternative Medicine By Monica Yager Complementary Alternative Medicine: A look at Ethics Complementary alternative medicine, or CAM, combines alternative health practices with science-based medicine to treat certain illnesses. CAM is used in some specialized places like cancer clinics, but is also utilized in hospitals and increasingly in medical doctor’s offices. In a clinic or hospital setting, medically trained doctors provide medication and procedures within the scope of their practice, while alternative practitioners provide a very different set of services that are non-medical, such as massage or acupuncture. In instances where CAM is offered in doctor’s offices with a single doctor offering both medical care and non-medical care, the distinction between the two can become blurred. For health care consumers, especially those with serious health issues, it may seem reasonable to use any and all available resources to take on a health crisis. This is where the issue of ethics comes in. When health care consumers enter into a patient-doctor relationship, there is an expectation of honesty and that all recommended procedures and medications are safe and effective. Indeed, science-based medicine is subjected to rigorous testing in order to provide consumers with safe and effective health care. However, CAM alternative health practices are not subjected to those standards and in fact, many of those alternative practices are impossible to test. Take for instance acupuncture, a popular CAM practice, which is based solely on a notion of “meridians” in the body. The problem is that no such structure exists in the human body. Without that structure being present, it cannot be tested. This presents two questions: is it ethical to use time and resources to test a procedure that is based on something that does not exist and is it ethical to recommend or prescribe a procedure that has not and cannot be tested for safety or effectiveness? Homeopathy is another alternative practice recommended under the umbrella of CAM. The theory of homeopathy is that “like treats like,” meaning that a substance that causes certain symptoms is used to treat illness that exhibits those same symptoms. The trick to that is that the substance must be diluted past the point of being

anything other than water. It is listed on the container how much the substance is diluted, and homeopaths admit the substance is diluted with the basis for reasoning that the water retains the “memory” of the original substance and its theoretical abilities to cure. The questions of ethics of homeopathy rest again on time and resources spent on testing something that is not known to exist, water “memory.” Either the substance is present and can be tested, or it is not present and therefore cannot be tested. Here again, is it ethical to recommend or prescribe a substance that has not and cannot be tested for safety or effectiveness? Craniosacral therapy (CST) or cranial therapy is also an alternative practice used in CAM. The supposed manipulation of the skull, in particular where the skull bones meet, with a soft touch, no greater than the weight of a nickel, is theorized as effecting some rather ambiguous healing. But that’s not all; claims are made about rhythmic movements of the brain and how that can be used to diagnose disease. The bones of the human skull fuse during adolescence and no research has ever shown that manual manipulation can actually move cranial bones, and those rhythmic movements are actually a pulsation related to the cardiovascular system. So again, there are ethics issues regarding testing, or the lack thereof, as well as proof of safety and effectiveness. There is another ethics issue here that is called informed consent. When a patient confers with a medical doctor, the doctor is beholden by the ethics of their profession to disclose to the patient the risks and benefits of proposed treatments, thus the patient would be sufficiently informed to give consent about their care. There are no such ethics for CAM providers. At best, the fanciful and ineffective procedures of CAM are based on speculation. The absurd combination of fake health care with real health care does not legitimize CAM or make science-based medicine work better. Most importantly, it is a disservice to health care consumers.

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March 2019

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The approach suggested here is found in the work of Antoni Gaudi, whose most famous structure, the basilica in Barcelona, obtains its soaring openness through the use of catenary curves. The catenary is the curve produced when a chain or weighted rope is suspended from two points. Because the weight pulls straight down from two points, the weight of the arch made with the curve pushes straight down on the foundation. The catenary arch is the only arch form with no side thrust. In the cathedral, this means the building supports itself with no heavy braces or “flying buttresses.” Gaudi used a simple design “computer” for the cross

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A light internal framework bent to a catenary supports the bales until they are in place ( braced thin metallic tubing would work). The a good exterior would be metal roofing, The interior walls could be wire reinforced paper or cloth. A North wall of bales, and a South wall of glass completes the structure. The current straw-bale building codes would have to be adapted for the new structure, of course, and details designed by a good structural engineer. Ventilation of the bales, and internal bracing for snow loads would be details of major importance. I can envision a 35 acre housing development with 30 to 100 houses. All off-grid with rainwater collection, recycling showers (soap and rinse first, then take as long a hot shower as you wish), and composting toilets. I have always thought the real estate and construction establishment would never allow this, but now, in the age of climate change, conservative confusion, and legal marijuana--who knows? I have appended rough sketches of the idea .

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March 2019


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Just Call Me Spike! By Karen Vail

That’s right, I earn my name. And not because I have a pointed personality, but because I have a spiky body!! Yessirree, I am a porcupine and darn proud of it! After watching a porcupine waddling along a trail a week ago, I could not resist a good dive into the pointed (pun intended!) story of the common porcupine, also called North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum). What I loved most about watching this porcupine was its attitude; “I could care less that you are standing there watching me, ‘cuz I can make your life miserable in an instant.” I know personally about how miserable that can be. Many years ago I was shooing a porcupine away from the base of a cabin using a short stick. This big guy had had enough and flung its tail up and swacked the back of my hand. I have never been in so much pain as I drove the 45 minutes to the emergency room to have the 20 or so quills pulled from my hand. Porcupines are large rodents, second in size only to beavers. Being a rodent means they are on the dinner menu for many predators. Other prey can escape a predator, but porcupines have around 30,000 reasons why they don’t really need to. Starting at the forehead and growing longer and thicker toward the body and onto the muscular tail, the quills can reach up to four inches long and number 15,000 to 30,000. No, porcupines cannot throw their quills. The quills, which are modified guard hairs, have microscopic shingle-like barbs and are attached very loosely to a sheet of muscles just beneath the skin. The quills point back along the length of the animal, and when a porcupine is threatened it simply turns around to form a spiky shield not easily penetrated. Unfortunately this shield is no match for its biggest threat – highway collisions are the major cause of porcupine deaths in Colorado.

Other than the quills, porcupines have bristles (on the underside of their tail), whiskers, guard hairs and fur. The guard hairs help shed moisture and are somewhat tactile. The fur is the insulator, with a thick underfur renewed each fall. The guard hairs, quills and fur can all be controlled separately. In lower temperatures they press their larger quills against the body while erecting the fur and guard hairs to increase insulation. Spring and summer porcupine fare consists of leaves, buds and young shoots, then turns to young woody shoots and the cambium layer of trees in winter. The bulk of their food contains complex molecules that are not readily available through normal digestion, but can be digested by enzymes secreted by certain bacteria. This is slow work, so the digestive tract is very long and can make up to 26% of the total body weight. (“The North American Porcupine” Uldis Roze, Cornell University Press, 2009), Much of the bacterial activity takes place in a large sac, the caecum, at the junction of the small and large intestine. Here the bacteria ferment the foods into very small molecules providing a porcupine around 16-33% of their energy. Porcupines can ingest foods that are low quality and often high toxicity in lean times, then, when the abundance and quality of food permits, they can gain body mass. This “physiological plasticity” may be evolutionary. Our North American porcupines migrated north from South America and carry many evolutionary qualities of their neotropical relatives. Maybe this can explain their success colonizing a variety of habitats of North America, distinguishing them from other herbivores from the north. Porcupines spend a good amount of time in trees. Long, curved claws help them climb, and the soles of their feet can sense and conform to branches and have a pebbly texture for better grip. The claws can also fold over the palm to hold foods and branches, and are also used as combs to groom the dense fur. The lower surface of the tail is unquilled and covered in stiff, backward facing bristles that prevent sliding down the tree. When a porcupine is climbing it maintains very close contact with the tree, so the reproductive organs are all enclosed in protective structures to protect from abrasion and sawdust getting into them. Most of a porcupine’s time is spent alone, except for a mother and her young, and they occasionally will den together in winter. They are active year round, day and

night, although they are mostly nocturnal. Often they are heard before they are seen. Gnawing tree bark can be quite loud, and they groan and whine. But their loudest vocalizations are the screams during the breeding season (check out Lang Elliott’s site for his recorded porcupine squeals). Both males and females battle chatter (made by clicking their teeth), along with wails, shrieks and siren-like screaming. Now the question you’re all dying to ask: how do porcupines mate?? Mating takes place in the fall and the female is fertile for only 8 – 12 hours. She lets the guys know she is ready with distinctively scented urine, which a male readily follows, battling off other male rivals (which can be pretty nasty!). The victorious male is rewarded with the opportunity to mate. When the female is finally receptive, he approaches and sprays her with urine (very romantic!!). She raises up her tail over her back exposing the area underneath without quills. The female has an incredibly long gestation period of around 7 months, giving birth to a single porcupette (very rarely twins) in the spring. The young are wrapped in a caul the mother immediately licks off, exposing a soft-quilled, fully formed baby. The quills harden within an hour. Sitting upright on her tail and hind legs, the mother nurses her baby, and nursing continues up to 125 days. Along with the milk, the baby eats spring leaves. A porcupine can have a lifespan from 5 to 30 years, during which the female spends eleven months of every year either pregnant or nursing. That is a dedicated mother!! One might enjoy porcupine antics, until they girdle your prized crabapple tree. In Colorado, according to “Mammals of Colorado” (Fitzeralgd, Meaney, Armstrong, Denver Museum of Science and Nature, University Press of Colorado, 2011), there is large variation in the amount of damage done to individual trees. Some trees show extensive damage while others are barely touched. In winter they tend to like conifers (especially Lodgepole pine) and Gambel oak. Porcupines often fall out of trees as they climb on pencil thin limbs trying to reach sugar rich twigs and buds. It is believed this is why they have antibiotics in their skin; to prevent infection when they are stuck with their own quills after a hard fall. Predators take a few porcupines out in Colorado. Mountain lions seem to be most adept at trying to flip them over to get to their unprotected underbelly. A hunter years ago related watching a mountain lion push a porcupine up against a log where it dug a slight depression near the porcupine. Then the lion slid its paw underneath the porcupine using the depression and flipped it over. Coyotes and black bears might occasionally take porcupines. Porcupine populations tend to peak every 12 to 20 years. Let’s end with what every dog owner needs to know: what to do if your dog encounters a porcupine. Don’t let your dog paw at the quills as they could break off. If they only have a couple of quills you can try removing them yourself using pliers. Grab a quill as close to the skin as possible and in a steady straight motion pull on the quill. If the quill breaks off and/or there are a LOT of quills, get your pet to the vet ASAP. Quills that are broken can work their way in towards vital organs. Look for porcy’s unique track, light wood where bark is gnawed off, the occasional quill, and scat around their denning sites in rocks. Or maybe you’ll see this soft fluffy ball up in a Lodgepole pine. No hugs for this guy though!! See you on the trails. Spring is right around the corner!

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Art Galleries and Museums STEAMBOAT CREATES 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 Riverwalk Collective spectacular grand opening this month. Celtic music by Split Pint. YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE AT THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a | 941.321.2809 Nerd Out, YBC’s March group show celebrates what members are unironically enthusiastic about! GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 David Marshall’s dynamic metalwork joins with Jennifer Baker’s sleek glass sculptures. HARWIGS/LAPOGEE 911 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.1919 Glenna Olmsted, long time local, paints brilliantly colored oils, acrylics and watercolors. OFF THE BEATEN PATH 68 9th St., | 970.879.6830 JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 “THE JACE ROMICK GALLERY focuses on the exhibition and sale of western-contemporary fine art, photography, sculpture. CHIEF THEATER 813 Lincoln Ave., | 970.871-4791 Glenna Olmsted, long time local, paints brilliantly colored oils, acrylics and watercolors collected by clients around the world. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 James Morgan “Moments in the Wild”Museum Store features the work of local Photographer Cyndi Marlow. URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 ”Wulf” Wilhelm, local tattooer, loves to paint. Her forte is portraiture. SOLAR FLARE GLASSWORK & DESIGN 635 Lincoln Avenue, Ste. M | 970.875.3420 Live Glassblowing Demonstrations TOM MANGELSEN - IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave | 970.871.1822 Legendary nature Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen celebrates 20 years in Steamboat. LINDA ISRAEL SIGNATURE GALLERY 730 Lincoln Ave. | at Images of Nature | 970.846.7062 New Linda Israel print releases on view Complimentary wine & light bites



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

Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE

Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. MONDAY Piano Bar Night 7:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. TUESDAY Ski with a Naturalist Through March 14, 2019 1:30PM @ Mt. Werner, Meet at the large trail sign at the top of the Gondola where the “Why Not” trail starts. Lift ticket not included. Free program, Sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. Pool League 6:30PM @ The V Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE.

Ski with a Naturalist Through March 14, 2019 1:30PM @ Mt. Werner, Meet at the large trail sign at the top of the Gondola where the “Why Not” trail starts. Lift ticket not included. Free program, Sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. FRIDAY Local Food Market 9AM-5PM @ CAA Offices www.communityagalliance. org Uranium Mine Snowshoe Tour Through March 15, 2019 10AM-1PM @ Fish Creek Falls Parking lot ($5 parking fee) FREE, Registration required SATURDAY


Emerald Mountain Snowshoe Tour Dart League Through March 16, 2019 6:30PM @ The V 10AM-12PM @ Howelsen Hill/Emerald Mountain Karaoke Night $20 includes snowshoes 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE and lift ticket (Ages 16+) Registration required

What do you want to do today? I don’t know. What do you want to do? FRIDAY MARCH 1 First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE Human Imprint: Structures, Artifacts & Women First Friday Reception 5PM @ Tread of Pioneers. FREE First Friday Reception Karen Desjardin “Lost In Motion” 5PM @ W Gallery SPEAK Performance 7PM @ the Circle R Moon Hooch w/ A Shadow of Jaguar 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $15. SATURDAY MARCH 2 Welcome National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) March 2-9 John Fog 7PM @ Steamboat Whiskey Company Funk You 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 SUNDAY MARCH 3 Cabaret Auditions 5PM @ Chief Theater. Contact or 970-879-9008 with questions.

WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Wild Horse Gallery will feature winter paintings by Shirley Stocks TREAD OF PIONEERS MUSEUM 800 Oak St., | 970.879.2214 “HUMAN IMPRINT: STRUCTURES, ARTIFACTS & WOMEN.” Artist Sarah Gjertson uncovers the history and importance of Colorado’s fragile mining sites through the stories of women.

MONDAY MARCH 4 Health Perspectives: Meditation talk “A Steady Heart in Turbulent Times” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events

PINE MOON FINE ARTBack COVER 117 9th St | 970.846.7879 Quantum Physics, the energy behind the paint, giving you the rhythm and the essence of art. W GALLERY 115 9th St., Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783 W Gallery features the photographic work of Karen DesJardin. “Lost in Motion” explores expressionism in Contemporary Nature Photography. On display through April. SAND GALLERY 1104 Lincoln Avenue, #101 | 970.367.3773

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City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

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H Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall C 5 s a Missed The Boat CAIC (Colorado Avalanche P Information Center) C Fundraiser 7PM @ Schmiggity’s. $30 5 FREE and open to the public s a after 10:30PM Y C SATURDAY MARCH 9 S I Women’s Adventure 6 Film Tour at Bud Werner r Memorial Library 6:30PM @ Library Hall. $12 h n events/womens-adventureT film-tour

Family Development Cen- B ter’s Annual Casino Night T 1 Fundraiser 7PM @ Steamboat Grand P Ballroom. $25/ $30 at the t door P 5 s Whiskey Train 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE a L J SUNDAY MARCH 10 “ Daylight Saving Time Begins “ “ Howelsen Hill Closing Day & 6 F Last Ski Free Sunday 10AM-4PM @ Howelsen Hill b skifree

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Calendar of Free Events To submit your free events or calendar information e-mail to: Events may be edited for length or content. Calendar entries must be received by the 15th of each month. MONDAY MARCH 11 Indie Lens Pop-Up: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Presents: Solar United Neighbors Information Session 7:30PM @ Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary. FREE



City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall

Euforquestra 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10.

Tread of Pioneer’s Winter Film Series at the Chief “Sand Creek Massacre” 6PM @ Chief Theater. FREE



CBDB 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10

Jazz at the Library with Hearding Cats 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events


Steamboat Springs Community Blood Drive 12:30 – 6PM @ UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 Historic Preservation Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Presents: Solar United Neighbors Information Session 6PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library. FREE THURSDAY MARCH 14 Behind the Scenes Tour of Collections 11AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Library Author Series: Jordan Matter “Dancers Among Us,” “Dancers After Dark” & “Born to Dance” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE

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CAA Ag Breakfast 7:30AM @ Steamboat Community Center. $6/person www.communityagalliance. org Wise Women: A Historical Evening at Perry-Mansfield 4-6PM @ Perry-Mansfield RSVP Required. $20 Suggested Donation THURSDAY MARCH 21

St. Patrick’s Day with Waker 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5

Beer & Backyard Ag 5:30PM @ Storm Peak Brewery. FREE www.communityagalliance. org



Ag Week Kickoff Celebration and Sale 9-11AM @ Elk River Pet & Ranch. FREE www.communityagalliance. org

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Indie Lens Pop-Up: “The Providers” Followed by community discussion led by The Health Partnership Serving Northwest Colorado 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events Ag Week Heritage Storytelling Event 6:30-8PM @ Olympian Hall. FREE TUESDAY MARCH 19 Agriculture & Food Systems for a Sustainable Future 3-5PM @ Colorado Mountain College- Allbright Auditorium. FREE www.communityagalliance. org City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall WEDNESDAY MARCH 20 Spring Begins

Maddy ONeal and Megan Hamilton 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 SATURDAY MARCH 23 Sidewalk Sales Information available online @ Late Night Radio 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 Pre-Sale/$15 DOS SUNDAY MARCH 24 Sidewalk Sales Information available online @

TUESDAY MARCH 26 Human Imprint: Structures, Artifacts & WomenArtist Talk Noon @ Tread of Pioneers. FREE WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Free Film: “Mantra: Sounds into Silence” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE events Afroman 7:30PM (all ages) & 10PM (21+) @ Schmiggity’s. $25/$20. THURSDAY MARCH 28 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall agendas Zach Deputy 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 FRIDAY MARCH 29 A Taste of History “Living Off The Land: Food From Ranching and Hunting” Noon @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE Behind the Scenes Tour of Collections 4PM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum

Family Fun Show with We’re Not Clowns 3PM @ Chief Theater. $5 Children, $10 Adults

Deadphish Orchestra 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10


Wish You Were Pink 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 Pre-Sale/$10 DOS

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March 2019

Valley Voice


Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

When you have your first dream about the male nurse with a pony tail and a handlebar mustache, you will be confused and befuddled. Then, after a series of dreams with the same man, you will begin to embrace him... until he succeeds in his complicated plot to take over your brain. Months later, your friends will wonder why you began a career in nursing and grew a pony tail.


April 20 - May 20

You will awaken this week to a person in your kitchen making pancakes. You will also observe two children at your kitchen table and a dog staring at you from the floor. It will quickly dawn on you that you may have stumbled into the wrong house last night. Luckily this is not the first time that this has happened, and your kindly neighbors don’t seem to mind feeding you a hot breakfast.


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May 20 - June 20

You make an empowered speech about how you would rather die a thousand deaths before you do that. Shortly after the four hundred and ninety sixth death, you realize that might not have been the best statement.





June 21 - July 22

You might want to be wary about your friends and family throwing you a surprise party. Regretfully, it will become clear that is what experts like to call an intervention.



July 23 - August 23

It is true that it is best to make your own mistakes, unless of course that concludes with releasing a deadly global plague or burning down a medium sized city. Everything else is a live-and-learn situation.

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August 23 - September 22


September 23 - October 23

Sometimes the truth is hard to believe… it can hurt... it can disturb you and change your perspective on life. OK...someone has to tell you this... Santa is mad at you. As the world changes and evolution re-molds the world, you too will become a different and better person, you just have to be patient for the next two billion years.


October 24 - November 21

You will be able to convince your dear grandma that you have become one of the elite and glamorous red carpet movie stars. Although you have given her something to brag to her bridge club about, its not fair to trick her with pictures of movie stars with your face glued onto theirs.


November 22 - December 21

It will all begin on your birthday, that’s all you are allowed to know.


December 22 - January 19

You know you have a problem with confronting people when the guy on your couch starts getting mail delivered to your house.


January 20 - February 18

Your life will seem all doom and gloom until you reconnect with your childhood friend; it was the one no one else could see and got you into all sorts of trouble. Unfortunately, at your age, you can get arrested for the mischief now.


February 19 - March 20

It’s funny that you won’t eat calamari, caviar or sushi, yet you will gobble down blood-pudding by the ladle-full.

Valley Voice

By Matt Scharf

It Dumps in Steamboat

March 2019



March 2019

Valley Voice

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