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As the Yampa-White-Green Basin continues to grow the Municipal and Industrial (M&I) water needs must be identified and addressed. The population of the YWG Basin is projected to nearly triple by the year 2050 and the water usage by the Municipal and Industrial (M&I) users are estimated to increase from 12,000 Acre Feet per Year to 31,000 Acre Feet per Year. The Basin Implementation Plan will use the following process to protect M&I water needs: Identify impacts throughout the YWB Basin in context of water shortages (drought and climate change), wildfire and Colorado River Compact shortage on M&I demands Identify projects and processes that can be used to meet M&I demands Encourage collaborative multi-purpose storage projects Support efforts of water providers to secure redundant supplies in the face of potential watershed impacts from wildfire The desired outcomes are: Reliably meet 100% of the M&I demands in the YWG Basin through the year 2050 and beyond. For those who live here and for those who wish they did.
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Contents Checking Up on City Council Goals By Kathi Meyer
Budgeting Basics Page 5 By Scott L. Ford
Taylor Grazing: Part II
Brain Games I
Shakespear’s Witches of Scotland
Bees Needs in Autumn
By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield By Wolf Bennett
By Stuart Handloff By Karen Vail
Cool Night Page 11 By Francis Conlon
Corporate Welfare Page 13 By Eric Kemper
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Hayden Round Up By Brodie Farquar
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Rants... Getting rid of two thirds of your fire personnel ahead of a well-publicized week of red flag warnings… The rumor mill… United Companies and the saga of the never ending three month culvert. A bad neighbor and a danger to the community… Last minute projects that are not on anybody’s priority list other than your own... Parked on a blind corner blabbing on the phone... Newbies in town who have it all figured out... When your mother drops you off at college everyday...
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Checking up on City Council Goals By Kathi Meyer
It’s time to re-evaluate the City Council 2018-2019 Goals and give ourselves a grade. The goals and results are: Develop a long term fiscal sustainability plan for the City, which incorporates revenue diversification, cost recovery, asset performance for facilities, and community education and outreach. GRADE C. • Revenue Diversification: We have held almost 10 meetings discussing revenue diversification. Council looked at a series of sin taxes to fund its Community Support budget. Due to timing and potential legal issues, Council chose not to ask voters for a tax at this time. Staff and Council are currently working on the 2019 budget along with the fire district consolidation • Cost Recovery: With Council support, the City Manager implemented new fees in many areas.
I hope everybody has been enjoying the beginnings of fall. For some, it’s the best time of the year. It’s also election season. Here at the Valley Voice, we have produced a 12 page election guide smack dab in the middle of the VV. It is for your information and hopefully guide you through some of our candidates positions to questions we asked them.
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• Because Parks and Rec is the lion’s share of the fees, Council has asked the Parks and Rec Commission to do the deep-dive into this issue, and bring back a recommendation to Council in early winter. • Asset Performance for Facilities: An assessment of all of our facilities was performed by a consultant that included an estimate to repair or upkeep our multitude of facilities. Staff is working on a plan to prioritize the most critical needs and work on a phased budget to tackle this enormous project. All Things Fire (Not counting Forest Fires!) GRADE B-. • During the last 12 months, Staff and Council have looked at consolidating the City Fire Department with the outlying District. Work to date includes a timeline that would enable the question to go to the voters in May, 2019. • The City is also looking at the Department staffing efficiency and staffing capacity needed for fire and Emergency Services. • The City Manager has hired OZ Architecture to conduct a downtown station location analysis, together with a Citizens group to provide input. Community Engagement: GRADE B+. The City Staff and the Council are engaged in over 30 activities including the monthly Coffee with Council, The Farmer’s Market booth, the new radio show- “City Limits heard monthly on KKSB-100.5, soon to be a live weekly show, as well as columns in both the Valley Voice and the Steamboat Pilot Today. Our Council meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 6, as well as live coverage on KKSB-100.5. Examine City policies and Process to promote diverse community housing opportunities: GRADE C. The Zucker report identified over 100 areas where the County Building Department, The City Planning Department, and the Public Works/Engineering Areas can improve the development process, eliminating barriers, and become more customer friendly, no matter how small a project.
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• After two years of negations between the City and the SSWSC, the Joint Use Agreement has been adopted. • The Parks and Rec Department has carried out Howelsen Vision 2040 and incorporated this vision into the overall Parks Master Plan update. Downtown: GRADE B. • The Downtown Improvements on Yampa and Oak Streets, and Lincoln Avenue are virtually complete after three years of construction and $12.0 Million invested. • The Downtown Master Plan is in progress and will come to Council in late fall for review. • Parking remains a controversial topic. Opinions vary from “What parking problem” to “We need a Parking Structure or a By-pass”. Parking will likely be tackled in 2019. All things water: GRADE B. • Top items on our Community Survey are water quality and water quantity. Luckily, we have both. We have adequate supply of water for the projected build-out of Steamboat as well as the proposed Annexation. What needs to be addressed is the cost of water treatment and storage. • We are planning for growth, drought & wildfire, the impacts of the current Colorado River Compact call, water conservation and the development of a redundant water supply. • As you can see, there’s lots going on and much work left to do. We can improve our scores through hard work, creative ideas and fiscal resources. Thanks for being a part of this wonderful community Kathi Meyer, President Pro Tem, Steamboat Springs City Council
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Budgeting Basics By Scott L. Ford
The practice of creating and sticking to a budget isn’t very popular. In fact, according to a 2016 Gallup Poll, nearly 60 percent of Americans admit they do not budget — even though listing income and expenses is a basic and essential part of staying on track financially. When broken down into percentages, a budget can help you understand how much of your money should be going where. Where to start? I am a big believer in starting with what is called a zero-based budget. Sounds fancy, but all it means is that you give every dollar at the beginning of every month a job. Simply put, you tell the dollars what to do, rather than at the end of the month wondering where they went. For first-time budgeters, the task of creating an individual or family budget can be daunting. For example, you may wonder what percentage of your income you should allocate to groceries or if you are spending too much money each month at coffee shops.
Budget Category Percentage of Take -Home Pay Giving 10 - 15% Housing 25 - 35% Utilities 5 - 10% Food (Groceries and Dinning out) 10 – 15% Transportation 10 – 15% Health 5 – 10% Insurance 10 – 25% Personal 10 15% Recreation 5 – 10% Savings 10 – 15% Giving It’s been scientifically proven that generosity makes us happy. That’s one reason why we recommend allocating 10% of your budget to giving. If you want to build up to this, start smaller and work your way up to the full amount over a few months. Housing Housing is notoriously the biggest category in almost everyone’s budget. It’s good to be close to the 25% mark here.
by budgeting 10–15% of your monthly income here and adjust as needed. Health You never know when you may need to go to the doctor or swing by a drugstore to pick up some aspirin to nurse an afternoon headache. We recommend allocating 5–10% of your budget to health expenses. Insurance It isn’t the most fun expense in your budget, but you definitely need insurance coverage. And if you’re paying for it each month, you need to plan for it. Set aside 10–25% of your income for insurance, especially if you’re covering multiple people and assets (like cars and homes).
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Personal This is the category for things like haircuts, manicures and wardrobe updates. This can vary depending on your other expenses and discretionary income, but a good rule of thumb to start with by putting about 10–15% of your monthly take-home pay in this category. Recreation If you want to buy tickets for a concert or make reservations at a fancy restaurant for date night, you’re going to need a recreation (or entertainment) category. You can allocate about 5–10% of your budget here, and adjust to your lifestyle.
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Just remember as you dive in that these budget percentages are guidelines. Feel free to tweak as needed as long as you are only spending what you bring in. You can create a budget based on your own household’s needs. There are some great on-line tools that will help you build a zero-based budget. In about 10 to 15 minutes you can build a budget using EVERYDOLLAR (www.everydollar. com). It is free and it is a great place to begin budgeting.
Utilities Plan to budget anywhere from 5–10% of your income for utilities such as water, lights and electricity. Food This category can be really small or really large depending on the size of your family, your location and your dietary restrictions. There’s definitely some wiggle room here, but if you’re working your first budget, start by allocating 10–15% of your budget to food and make adjustments from there. Transportation Gasoline, car tag renewals, oil changes . . . it all adds up. This category will vary depending on where you live, whether you have a long commute to and from work—or if you have access to great public transportation. Start
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Taylor Grazing: Enactment and Operation By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield
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Ferry Carpenter Informed observers generally agreed homesteading had reached its end by the 1920’s. The vast sagebrush sea stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada Mountains was simply too dry. Available water in the valleys and streams was already captured, and high, dry mountains or deeply eroded canyons crisscrossed remaining arid or semi-arid land. Grass was neither lush nor abundant, and winters were harsh. Despite limited opportunities, men fought, stole, ligated, and murdered. More men pushed their herds, either small or large, onto the range. The land itself (free range, public land, the land of opportunity) could no longer survive the endless abuse. Watersheds were being destroyed, and without water all life would die. The homesteaders themselves were being destroyed. In 1907, Ferry Carpenter claimed 160 acres north of Hayden which lay between the winter and summer range. He pastured 25 head of cattle on public land. The spring shove up to summer range by other ranchers drove his cattle away. “We played a losing game,” Carpenter stated, “with the big outfits, who had 80 to 85 percent of the range. . . . The choice of winter range simply depends on this, the man who gets there first gets it. . . . I know in the west that the small man has not a chance against the big man, because I have been there.” Adding to the turmoil, nomadic men would go to the bank, borrow a little money, purchase sheep, and graze them anywhere and anytime. They owned herds of 9,000 or more or smaller flocks of 300 to 400. They were range pirates, buccaneers all.
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The Stanfield Grazing Bill of 1926 attempted to solve the problem by leasing the range; however, middle and smaller sized ranchers stoutly opposed it. Polling its readers, the Craig Empire learned Moffat County ranchers opposed the bill ten to one. President Hoover’s Secretary of Interior Ray Layman Wilbur turned the public land in a new direction. “We must replace homestead thinking with watershed thinking, since watersheds are primary to western homes.” He also attempted to turn public land over to states. Colorado, in response, passed the Reese-Oldlander Act establishing representative committees to select grazing districts for sheep and cattle. District courts reviewed the arrangements and ruled on their fairness. Fines were set for violations and legal systems established for redress. Despite good intentions and careful thought, for many reasons, the Act failed. Eventually the Colorado Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. During Senate hearings, Carpenter was closely questioned about the efficiency of states vs. the federal government. Members of the Senate committee strongly supported states rights as did Carpenter. Senator Rich asked, “Do you think the Federal Government could administer the lands adjacent to your homestead better than the authorities in the State in which you reside?” Carpenter responded, “Yes, I do. We have tried to do it in the States and we are failing.” Later, Senator Swank asked, “You feel that the little cattleman will be protected if this bill (Taylor Grazing) becomes a law?
Carpenter: “That is his only chance. We contemplate something like the forest domestic use of the range.” Senator Englebright: “Is the Forest Service handling that phase of it successfully, in your opinion?” Carpenter: “Yes, sir; it is.” The Forest Service, as viewed by Carpenter, significantly differed from present stereotypical pictures. The science of range management was in its adolescence. Range surveys were entirely unknown, reducing information to simply guessing about numbers, season, or rotation of livestock grazing. Routt National Forest Superintendent Harry Ratliff came down hard on the “big ranches” – Two Bars, Cary Ranch, The 4s, and VOV. Class “C” permits sharply reduced the number of animals allowed on the forest with aggressive enforcement. The Class “A” permits were middle-sized operations usually owned by well-established community leaders like Jim Norvel and Logan Crawford. They had it their way. J. H. Hatton, head of permit grazing in Colorado, told the Egeria Park Stock Growers Association (Yampa) he would do nothing to injure their stock grazing. The stock growers approved permits and set grazing numbers. In 1914, the Association raised the numbers from 15,000 head to 40,000 head of cattle and 15,000 sheep. Livestock associations throughout Colorado followed the same pattern in response to World War I markets. Ratliff allowed 85,000 sheep on Routt National Forest in 1911. Grazing fees were used to construct the first road over Rabbit Ears Pass. Later, President Wilson viewed grazing fees as a source of revenue and did little or nothing to protect the range. When Carpenter told the Senate Committee the Taylor Grazing Bill was modeled after the Forest Service and the only chance the small rancher had for survival, he was looking at Routt National Forest. Middle-sized ranchers controlled the range by determining who could get permits, the size and location of permits, and grazing rules. The bill also excluded actual small homestead ranchers from getting permits. Glenwood Springs Congressman Ed Taylor writing in the June 1939 Congressional Record stated the purpose of the Grazing Act. After noting the chaos he wrote, “To mitigate and correct the situation which was reaching such proportions that the very structure of social and economic civilization in the West was seriously threatened.” The legislation envisioned supporting the livestock industry to the near exclusion of competing interests – primarily hunting and wildlife. Wildlife received only 10% of the public land. With the twin goals of Home Rule and Peace on the Range, Carpenter, the first Director of the Grazing Act, traveled the West explaining the bill and setting up local graz-
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ing districts. Originally 37 districts divided into nine regions administered 80,000,000 (later expanded to 142,000,000) acres of public land. Grazing licenses were issued for 1,577,000 cattle, 146,000 horses, 6,516,000 sheep, and 172,000 goats in 1935. Forty-five Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC) camps with over 8,000 men worked to rebuild the range. CCC workers built stock tanks and ponds, roads, telephone lines, and fences. They poisoned rodents and eradicated weeds. Grazing fees returned to the districts covered all costs. Locally elected ranchers controlled districts – setting policy, grazing numbers, permit boundaries, who was and was not permitted, who would be employed, and conditions of employment. It was Home Rule. For western ranchers, Taylor Grazing proved too much of a good thing, bringing neither peace nor order to the range. Due to favoritism, many ranchers who deserved to have permits were denied. Others received small permits while rivals received larger permits. Universally, permits were over stocked. Joint permits of sheep, cattle, and horses caused real trouble. Although “free riders, range pirates” were eliminated, the number of livestock grazing increased. Surveys intended to determine range conditions and carrying capacity were never conducted. Colorado averaged one employee for every 4.6 million acres. One region in Wyoming employed one man for nine million acres. Little or no attempt to end overcrowding or improve vegetation ensued. Many ranchers did not see any problem. They argued drought was the cause of limited feed. Strong opposition existed in Wyoming and Nevada. Senator Pat McCarron of Nevada considered the grazing legislation Communist and spent three years traveling the West holding Senate Committee hearings intended to overturn the grazing bill. He failed to get the support he expected. Ranchers realized they had a good thing going. The federal government paid for range improvements; they ran livestock as they pleased; Congress grossly underfunded the agency making it captive to interest groups. Grazing fees were less than taxes, so why own the land? The range was terribly misused, and local grazing committees failed to function. By 1946, many committees were unable to assemble a quorum to conduct business. Taylor Grazing failed under its own weight, and eventually united with the General Land Office to become the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM was and remains an unwanted stepchild. From its inception, it was underfunded, ignored, and without a clear mission statement. Its enemies continued to attack and plan its relocation in Utah. The general expectation assumed President Eisenhower would replace it with sales, private leasing, or transfer to the states. However, Western Slope Congressman Aspinall was too busy working on major Colorado River projects to push the change. The BLM languished until the 1970’s when the growth of recreation, sports, and tourism gave the public lands a new direction. It was no longer the singular domain of livestock raising – a fact conservatives refuse to recognize. In 2018, the same old arguments against the public lands rage again.
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your life (though it doesn’t have to be that way). Those created patterns are “normal” and “standardized.” Deviations from those patterns confuse your “reality” and you feel discomfort.
By Wolf Bennett
Your mind does not work quite the way you think it does. Memory is not the factual file cabinet you think it is. If your brain could actually gather all the sensory data that is coming in from all your senses, your brain would have to be at least ten times larger than it is. So how does your brain handle all the data? Why do things seem so real? Why do dreams seem so real? Actually it is fairly simple – your brain cheats. It basically throws out massive amounts of sensory input and it takes bits and pieces and creates a mosaic with huge gaps mostly filled in by your brain. As a matter of fact, it is so good at creating “reality” that it even fools you. About 97 percent of everything you “experience” is actually made up by your brain. About three to five percent is actual sensory input. Your imagination is one aspect that regularly reaches out and touches you, though like the proverbial iceberg, there is much more below the surface and is yet another proof that your brain is creating your reality. Your brain is very, very good at this. Have you ever had a dream of something so real that you woke up or broke out in a sweat or felt profoundly deep feelings that were “real?” How about deep feelings just by seeing a photo?
Your brain is very good at this process and it doesn’t stop when you wake up. The brain goes right on creating images that fill your life. And no matter how “unreal” the dream (dragons, old teachers, falling, loving, frightening and more) it still was very, very real and made up by your brain. As a baby you were absorbing information at a furious pace (have you ever seen a baby looking at the world?). What you saw that baby doing is absorbing information and developing patterns in its brain that it will draw on for the rest of its life. It is creating images and emotional pictures that will supply it with the power to invent “reality.” That is why the first three years of life are so critical, and then the later years of youth continue to build on those images. Those things you did when they were just babies…oh yes, they got it, and stored it away to shape its life later on. One simple test on yourself concerning this concept is this (though there are many). Say you were raised in the inner city with concrete and loud noises (stereotyping a bit here). Now I take you outdoors into the woods. The amazement, trepidation and discomfort when I take you there are the results of pattern development that don’t line up with what you learned as a child. The odds are that you will be uncomfortable outdoors for the rest of
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If you look in the sky and see a bird flying, well, that bird, its trajectory, its colors, even the flapping of its wings have been created by your brain from patterns you learned as a small child. Your eyes are sending signals at a rapid rate, but your brain simply ignores them and injects its own “reality.” Look!, the bird suddenly drops straight down. What do you do? You look twice, and watch intently because birds don’t fly like that. Your brain is trying to understand why its created reality didn’t work. There are many more examples of your brain relying on tiny amounts of information to develop vast mosaics of “reality.” Basically, you have been fooled by your own brain. It is just trying to keep you alive and “in balance.” Toss in some additional stress and your brain can go rather haywire and lash out or react in a multitude of ways trying to I make sense of and trying to create a believable reality. l You can train your brain to be more aware of a broader t o reality, though it takes work, and is actually quite fun. Because 97% is “perceived,” all anyone has to do to wallop s h your world is toy with the 3% that is delivering “real” u signals and information. How well you train your patterns determines your destiny. That is why drugs, alcohol, o endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline and much more have c such a huge impact – all they have to do is tweak the three P percent and poof, your reality is different. m I have an exercise that I think you will like. Some of you f have seen this one (though I have more coming up that a will challenge you too), so please do not give away the an- p swer and remember that the answer is not the important w e part, the discovery process is the most valuable. Folks who solve this little puzzle on their own get the best expe- i rience, so keep plugging away at it through the frustration,S t so give it that time. a t r a
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The Nine Dot Solution. The challenge is to connect all nine I m dots with four, straight, consecutive lines. i a I will give you a hint. Look deeply at the process you follow, the assumptions you make and the answers that r you get. What are your assumptions about the rules? Did t I say you couldn’t go diagonally? Give it a go and let me a know how you do. Keep working it and again, please do it e on your own, you’ll feel much better in the long run. I’ll f print the answer next month and add a bit more. Have fun. Enjoy the process and your “Eureka!” moment when B u it comes. m
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Shakespeare’s Witches of Scotland By Stuart Handloff
In 1603, the wildly successful poet and playwright, William Shakespeare, had a new challenge. A new monarch, the Scottish king James I, had just inherited the throne of England. As with most artists (then and now), Shakespeare was dependent on the kindness of strangers. He had achieved his substantial artistic and financial success under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; what would become of The Chamberlain’s Men (as his theatre company was called) under the rule of the new king?
Pleasing his audiences, from the lowest peasant to the mightiest monarch, had been one of Shakespeare’s skills from his earliest days of writing. His best work could appeal to all levels of intellect and sophistication. To create performances that out rivaled hangings and bear baitings, while stimulating the minds and emotions of the educated elite, required playwriting with the breadth and versatility that could entertain everyone. Throughout his career, ,Shakespeare had been up to the task. His challenge under the rule of King James was to uncover what could intrigue and stimulate this very powerful ruler while still exciting the crude and base impulses of the “groundlings” who surrounded the stage, standing and exposed to the elements, and thirsting for spectacle. Shakespeare would not have had to look far for an answer. King James had, in fact, published a learned dialogue on witchcraft in 1597, the Daemonologie, which argued that witches do exist and are a significant danger to the whole realm. Growing up in rural England, Shakespeare would also have heard the superstitions of the country folk who blamed sick cattle, mysterious illness, and violent weather on the influence of witches. Visual stimulation was easy to stage with witches dressed as women with beards, hags, or as seductive tempters. Witchcraft promised a wonderful show! It was the ambiguity and deception of witchcraft that most provoked the King. He envisioned witches as living in that space between truth and falsehood, able to create airy and unsubstantial illusions that seem to promise riches and success, only to condemn the unsuspecting to eternal damnation. James was also stricken with an abnormal fear of daggers and steel blades, giving a heightened sense of risk and drama to the staged swordplay found in Macbeth. Bloody weapons, mysterious spirits who promise the unthinkable, vaulting ambition that provokes murder after murder, the thrill of battle: all these add up to the drama
and tragedy that have become Macbeth. But it is the constant undercurrent of witchcraft that establishes this play as a Halloween treat for modern audiences. The witches are introduced at the opening of the show in the very first scene, foreshadowing their encounter with Macbeth, the Thane (a Scottish nobleman) of Glamis. At that meeting, they promise him future glory as first, the new Thane of Cawdor, and ultimately as king. Shortly thereafter, the promise of Cawdor comes to pass. Is the kingdom not far behind? And what provokes the murderous fantasies that plague Macbeth to “horrible imaginings?” Lady Macbeth plays no small part in spurring Macbeth to act upon his “vaulting ambition, which leaps o’erleaps itself and falls on the other.” She questions his manhood, calls him a coward, and brags that she would have dashed out the brains of her newborn child before she would back away from the glory that awaits him as king. Still, it is the “dagger of the mind” proceeding from his “heat-oppressed brain” that lures him onward to the murderous deed. It is the witches’ prophecies that continue to drive him deeper and deeper toward his bloody fate, killing Banquo and then all of Macduff’s family. The witches promise him immortality but, once again, they give falsehood the illusion of truth: “Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until Great Birnam wood shall come against him.” Who can bid a forest to uproot itself and travel many miles? Yet it is the boughs from these very trees that the English soldiers, battling to unseat Macbeth, cut down and use to disguise their numbers. “None of woman born shall harm Macbeth,” promise the weird sisters. But it is the brave Macduff, delivered through Cesarean section and therefore not actually born, who faces Macbeth in the final battle scene. Macbeth comes to grips with his mortality at the last: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.” Still he perseveres - “yet I will try the last” - defying augury and battling for nothing more than pride and soldierly defiance. He came to greatness in battle; he will leave life behind the same way. Fitting the pattern of Shakespeare’s tragedies, when the hero gets what he wants, the results are devastating. In the end, you can almost hear the witches laughing in irony. Oh what fools these mortals be.
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[NOTE: Research information for and paraphrasing from this story are found in Stephen Greenblatt’s Will in the World, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and NY Times Bestseller, published by W.W. Norton. Quotes are from the text of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Performances of the play in edited form will be shown October 18-20 and 25-27 at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church]
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Bees Needs in Autumn By Karen Vail
cozy nest cells, with a few exceptions of species that emerge early in spring that overwinter as adults. The adult male bees have a woefully short life that is focused only on emerging from hibernation, finding a female and mating. Female bees have longer lives dedicated to gathering food and nesting materials to provision their brood in nesting cells they create. The social behavior of bees ranges from solitary to highly colonial. I think we all have grown up believing that bees lived in social hives, but the majority of Colorado bees are solitary, and 18% are parasitic. (“The Bees of Colorado” Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, September, 2011) A few sweat bees (Agapostemon), and several bumblebees (Bombus), are colonial bees with annual colony cycles where the female is the only adult survivor into the next season. The parasitic bees are further divided into cleptoparasitic bees (also called cuckoo bees) and socially parasitic bees. Cleptoparasitic bees are straight out of a Steven King novel. The females spend their time locating nests of a specific host bee. When found, they they sneak in and lay their own eggs while the host female is still constructing the nest and continuing to lay eggs. The cleptoparasitic females often go to extraordinary measure to conceal the new egg in the wall of the host. Upon hatching, the larvae have very large heads with large curved mandible used to destroy the host egg or larvae. In socially parasitic bees, the female enters an established colony of a host bee and lays her own eggs, which are then reared by the host colony’s workers. A few species of bumblebees and sweat bees are social parasites. As I sat on the front step of my house in mid September, I was entertained by a group of honeybees buzzing around on the last of my catnip, basil and other herb flowers. I also spotted metallic green, tiny mason bees, fuzzy, bumbling bumblebees and, I think, little leafcutter bees. Wow, what a show! I know, basically, what honeybees do in the fall and on into winter. But I was fairly naïve about our native bees and their “getting ready for winter” activities. First, I needed to read up on a little background of who our native bees are. According to the University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History “Natural History Inventory of Colorado” from 2011, there are 946 bee species in Colorado. This number is more bee species than the whole eastern US combined! Although, California beats us with an incredible 1,651 bee species. Looking at a map of Colorado indicating bee species by county, Routt County is in the middle numbers with 100 to 199 species. Next, we need a little refresher on bee life cycles. All bees undergo complete metamorphosis from egg to larva to pupa and, finally, adult. While we are very aware of their adult stages, most of a bee’s life is spent as an immature stage. Most species in Colorado overwinter as larvae in
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And lastly, a bit of Bee Nests 101. Female non-parasitic bees spend most of their time building nests that will carry their progeny into the next generation. Nests vary by location, materials and architecture according to the species. Within the nest, bees usually create separate cells for each egg and provisions of nectar and pollen called bee bread, although, rarely, multiple eggs are laid in a single mass. Some species create and seal one provisioned cell then move to a new site to create her next cell. Other species add partitions between cells, using a variety of cavities. Often the cell is lined with waxy or cellophanelike secretions, pieces of leaf or petal, mud or chewed-up wood to protect the developing bee from drying out, excess moisture, fungi and disease. A female solitary bee (solitary bees do not create “hives” like social bees) will lay up to 20-30 eggs in her short life. As she lays each egg, she controls whether it hatches into a male or a female. After mating, she stores the sperm in a special sac called a spermatheca, releasing the sperm only when needed during egg laying. Fertilized eggs become female, unfertilized eggs become male. (“Attracting Native Pollinators” The Xerces Society Guide, c 2011)
Most solitary and social bees in Colorado are ground nesters, and include digger bees, plasterer bees, mining bees and sweat bees. Females dig their own burrows or use existing cracks or abandoned tunnels. Often the tunnels are complex, branching tunnel systems, but more often are simple short tunnels. Most prefer working with easily worked soils or sand with bare or sparsely vegetated areas. I remember a garden I was working in that had no mulch and a beautiful collection of ground nesting bees were hovering just over the soil. I asked the homeowner if we could leave the area bare to observe the bees and she had a great time watching the new bees emerge the following season! Many ground nesters smooth the cell walls with their abdomen, and then apply a waxy or oily substance to line the cells. This stabilizes the soil and protects the eggs from excess water, parasites and pathogens. A small number of Colorado bees are cavity nesters (also called tunnel nesters). I find these extremely interesting, as they are so active in my garden. The cavity nesters divide the tunnels into a series of brood cells with collected materials such as leaf and petal pieces, leaf pulp, tree resin, or mud. After they have laid an egg in the tunnel they may either line the entire cell (as in the case of leafcutter bees with a piece of leaf) or create a simple wall of mud or other material before laying the next egg in the tunnel. Many cavity nesting bees use abandoned beetle tunnels in standing dead trees and limbs, some chew out the soft central pith of dead, dry stems and twigs. Some even reuse the cells in abandoned wasp nests. My favorite is the blue orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria) that covets my nesting tubes hanging from my shed. Check out the Xerces Society website, xerces.org, and look for the “Nests for Native Bees” page to learn how to construct bee boxes and other bee nests and how to care for them. Another fascinating cavity nester is the leafcutter bee. Have you noticed the beautiful scalloped edges of lilac and other woody plant leaves this summer? (See the accompanying picture) These are leafcutter bees snipping a little circle of leaf, which they line their cavity with to protect the eggs. Mason bees (Osmia) use mud or leaf pulp as partitions, large carpenter bees (Xylocopa) and small carpenter bees (Cereatina) use wood fibers scraped from the tunnel walls to form “particle board” dividers. And yellow-faced bees (Hylaeus) use a cellophane-like substance secreted from special glands to partition the tunnels. After all the eggs are laid, the nest entrance is sealed off with the same substance the bee used for the inner partitions. Native bees, like honeybees, are on the decline throughout the US and our actions, no matter how small they are, mean a lot for their survival. I first would encourage you to observe these beautiful and fascinating bees in your yard to determine who are frequent visitors. Visit xerces. org, pollinator.org for starter information about bees and their needs, https://www.colorado.edu/cumuseum/sites/ default/files/attached-files/the_bees_of_colorado.pdf for a definitive list of bees in Colorado by county, and bugguide.net, the ultimate guide to all things “bug”. And you will “bee” on your way to a fascinating relationship with our overlooked natives. I’ll be out there scoping them out, so we’ll see you on the trails!!
Cool Night By Francis Conlon
The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air, The zephyr moves just a titch to invite a new dimension, My eyes adapt to the dark and dilate for a stare, The mind with its rational thought now slips into suspension. Childhood thoughts of unicorns can come out to play, I’m relaxed and comfortable even ‘tho this is a trance, And entities of a nether world can freely have their say, Adult and child mix again in this sense of cosmic dance. Strangers come and old friends pass from another land, Sea waves crash upon the shore and currents move at ease, I’m free to walk by castles made large from ocean sand, Fantastic sojourn this night ‘tho something sure to please. At dawn I’ll wake again refreshed by the cool night air, The sojourn to another world seems so very real, My mind and soul travel far now see the light so fair, That dimensions have no locked doors, and lack a final seal. Pleasant was the journey night with mystic appeal, Reality can seem complete, yet no one really knows, I pause and look all about a warm sense is my feel, I wonder puzzled about my slippers and sand between my toes.
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Corporate Welfare By Eric Kemper
I come to you today as a citizen with voice but not a vote on a matter of principle that affects our shared community. It will show our values and demonstrate the tactics necessary to get the things we want. The matter is as fundamentally American as the ideas and rules of capitalism, and where they may start to become fungible if it might prove more profitable. I come to you today about issue 2A that will be put before the voters in the city of Steamboat Springs this November. 2A seeks to increase the sales tax in order to subsidize flights that come in to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. I do not get a vote on the issue, as I don’t live within the boundaries of the city of Steamboat Springs, but I will certainly be affected. This is why today, fellow citizens, I urge you to vote “No” on this issue of corporate welfare.
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2A is a money grab by the wealthy, powerful and privileged into the pockets of every member of the community, near and far, whether they are here for the short or long term. It is those with the means seeking more for themselves from the community as a whole. In short, it is public input for private benefit. 70% of out of town dollars go to the mountain and the lodging community. While that leaves a fraction of spillover for every other industry in town to scrap over, it seems as though the rich are asking for public input to help themselves get richer. Alterra (Intrawest purchase price: $1.5 billion) would say that they have a duty to their investors and that the community needs to pay a “fair share;” I’d counter with a question to the company worth billions about how fair it is that I have an investment with no share of return (Lots of jobs that start at $12 an hour isn’t a return; if the job weren’t worth at least $16 an hour for you, you wouldn’t be offering $12). Any questions about the company’s commitment to the community should be referred to the Kids Ski Free program and Senior Discounts So I suppose if you honestly believe in your heart that a wealthy out of state visitor would not come to legendary Steamboat Springs and its world famous Champagne Powder (particularly if they own property here) if our groceries and household essentials aren’t further taxed, by all means vote for 2A. Otherwise, I urge you to vote “No” and reject this grab for corporate welfare.
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Hayden Round Up The town of Hayden and local school district are plugging right along on respective tasks this fall. “We’re wrapping up our capital projects this summer,” said Matt Mendisco, town manager. He added that the Vista Verde water line project is coming to an end, while he, his staff and town council are moving into the budget season, with more detailed projections for 2019 and 2020, and a more cursory look out to 2021. Mendisco said the town has no budget issues to lay before voters this November. “We’re in a good position now,” he said, since voters approved a bond issue to address capital improvement projects. “We probably won’t have to increase water rates until 2020,” he added. In other business before the town government: • A request for proposal has been put out for trash collection in the town. • A $650,000 grant is still pending for a playground and fitness circuit at Dry Creek. • Economic development is working with a state grant on a marketing plan, possibly a new town logo and tagline to be used in promotions. “That should come in by late October,” Mendisco said. • A total of 30 new building permits have been issued for residential projects, including 10 for the Smart Pad development of small homes. • The Hayden Airport is constructing two new jet pads for parking Jet Blue jets. Plans are also underway to design a new fixed base operator building at the airport, for 2019. School District: The Hayden schools are up and running for the 2018-19 school year, said Dr. Christy Sinner. The district is fully staffed, except for a middle school math teacher and a special education position – open in mid-September. “And we have all the bus drivers we need,” Sinner said, thanks to a banner ad posted on a school bus. Regarding the new middle school/high school building, Sinner said a concept design has been finalized and can be viewed on the district’s website. A schematic design should be finalized by mid-October and a community meeting will be set in November to present plans to the public. There will be two fiscal issues on the ballot that will impact Hayden schools. The first is a renewal of a mill-levy over-ride that continues to pay for teachers and staff. Taxes would not go up, said Sinner, but simply continue at the current level. The second issue is Amendment 73, which calls for raising $1.6 billion in additional revenue for Colorado schools, bringing the state closer to the national average in school funding. The citizen ballot initiative is also known as Great Schools, Thriving Communities. Hayden schools currently receive $9,963 in per pupil funding. That’s down $925 annually in per pupil funding since the Great Recession in 2008. Amendment 73 would increase per pupil funding in Hayden by $1,873.
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VOTE! By Nina Rogers The mid-term elections are fast approaching and folks all over the country are being encouraged to vote. I wholeheartedly join in that encouragement! If you haven’t registered yet, I urge you to do so (and I think you can still do it ON-LINE!! How easy is that?). The problem I have with the “Get out the vote” message is that often folks are told at the same time HOW they should vote. “If you don’t vote the way I say, you’re throwing away your vote!” There is no such thing as throwing away your vote (unless of course, you don’t vote at all). I feel that voting is our one opportunity (unless we become active in politics ourselves) to let the powers-that-be know where we stand. Love the direction the country is heading? Go ahead and throw your support to the Republicans. Want to piss off the Republicans? Vote Democratic Party. Truly concerned with the state of the environment? Vote Green. Want less government? Vote Libertarian. Don’t want anyone telling you what to think? Vote Independent. Believe it’s all a hoax? Vote Flat Earth. Want to return to your home planet? Write in E.T. See, that’s the thing with wanting EVERYONE to vote – you have to let them vote according to their beliefs. Even if you are convinced that the world as we know it will come to an end if someone votes counter to your wishes, each and every one of us has the right to vote according to our own lights – and if the world ends, so be it! That’s the whole point of voting. If others got to tell us how to vote, there’d be no point in the whole exercise and we certainly couldn’t call our country a democracy.
During the Stand for Our Land rally in August, I was standing on the periphery of a conversation between two people whom I admire very much. They were talking about voting, but the man started bemoaning all the people who had voted for Jill Stein – basically saying it was “their fault” that Trump was elected. We could’ve turned the tide had the Green Party not split the vote, etc. Sorry, but too bad! If the system is flawed, fix it. But the way the system works now (or is supposed to work) is that we all get to choose our own candidates and our own party affiliations (or non-affiliations). Over the years I have taken a lot of flack for the way I have voted. Nowadays, I simply refuse to discuss the matter. My vote is as private as my religious beliefs. Now we are talking about the Millennials and how much power they will have when they vote; but at the same time telling them “if you vote for so-and-so, you’re crazy” or “If you don’t vote for so-and-so, you’re throwing your vote away.” That’s not how it works. Each person gets their own vote for a reason! Maybe you understand an issue differently than I – but that’s okay. We all come from a range of experiences and environments, so of course we don’t always see eye to eye. What is necessary for the process to work is not that everyone see and vote and think the same. What is necessary is that each one of us treats the others with compassion and respect, regardless of political views.
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Some Words About Curds Cheese curds are a popular appetizer in the Midwest. So why not here? By Sean Derning
A near-fruitless review of menus from Steamboat Springs restaurants sadly revealed you can count on one hand the local eateries that currently serve fried cheese curds as an appetizer, with fried curd’s Canadian cousin, poutine, a dish of French fries, cheese curds and brown gravy, included. And no, fried mozzarella sticks don’t count as a cheese curd.
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Panko crusted curds from the Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works, Normal, IL, with marinara dipping sauce and cilantro garnish. Paired with their Belgian dubbel ale.
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Question: What is the Wisconsin state motto? Answer: Try the fried cheese curds. And it’s true. While walking the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, these cheese themed t-shirts were on display, paired with coffee mugs and bumper stickers. Fresh and fried cheese curds are wildly popular in Midwestern states such as Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota and can be found on almost every menu ranging from bowling alleys to taverns to supper clubs.
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Read on to find out what a cheese curd is, how to judge an above average fried curd, presentation ideas and successfully pairing it with a notoriously famous October beverage, beer. Heard of curds? Then what is a cheese curd? In a few words, a fresh cheese that has not been aged, usually a white, orange or yellow cheddar. When milk is boiled, cheesemakers then add salt, a starter culture and rennet, an ingredient that causes coagulation, according to thespruceeats website. The coagulated curds are then gathered and strained to remove moisture, or whey, and then are pressed into wheels which is aged and turned into the cheddar that appears on our sandwiches, burgers and burritos. Before being pressed into molds, or wheels, the curds look like peanut shaped nuggets. The curds are separated, then dried, packaged and are ready for consumption.
Called squeekers, or squeaky cheese by Midwesterners, the fresh, raw curds get their name because when eaten, the fresh curds make a squeeking noise as you chew them. This is due to the protein in the cheese rubbing against the tooth enamel. Fried curds, however, do not have the squeak as their composition changes during the frying process.
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Is it because these out-of-state areas are dairy meccas and their residents don’t want to share this fine appetizer alternative to our jalapeno poppers, cheese fries and mozzarella sticks? All of these fried appetizer choices contain dairy products that are popular here, so geez, what’s the matter with this cheese?
Curds from The Merchant, Madison, WI, with house made dill ranch dipping sauce, paired with a New Glarus Brewing Co. imperial hefeweizen.
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As old as Little Miss Muffet’s tuffet, cheesemaking has been a part of the Wisconsin economy since 1840 with the arrival of Swiss and German immigrants, according to whatscookingamerica.com. But state lines tend to blur and word of the curd is spreading, with some interesting twists developing. For example, at the Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works in Normal, Illinois, they have a symbiotic C relationship with their cheese curd provider, the Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm in the same town.
Curds from the Essen Haus in Madison, with chipotle ranch dipping sauce paired with Hofbrau maibock. The brewery supplies Ropp with spent grains from the brewing process to feed to the cows, and in turn, the dairy gives fresh curds to the brewery’s restaurant, according to Destihl’s general manager Christopher Gee. So why not try? Fried cheese curds are a nice alternative to restaurant appetizers if you’ve had enough of the atomic ghost
October 2018 pepper chicken wings that torch your tastebuds. Fried curds are often mild, are either beer battered or battered and rolled in panko bread crumbs, and then served with dipping sauces that include the tamer ketchup, ranch and marinara sauces, to the more adventurous smoked paprika, roasted garlic, and chipotle ranch combinations. And some restaurants play their sauce recipes close to the vest, such as Madison’s Nitty Gritty Restaurant’s secret Gritty Sauce. A chat with their bartender revealed some components; mayonnaise, ketchup and hot sauce, but that’s all the information offered up.
Curdclusion Congratulations! You have become a true curdophile and can now talk like a cheesemonger with any Midwesterner. You know what a cheese curd is, proper preparation and presentation, and correct beverage choices to elevate the curd experience. As we are now entering the Oktoberfest season, fried cheese curds are not only a nice way to keep the season’s chill at bay, but also make a fine snack choice when enjoying sports on TV, after a nice hike to enjoy the fall foliage or after exchanging the summer wardrobe for winter. But beware, excessive curd consumption and their high caloric and fat content may create additional strain on that tuffet, Miss Muffet.
Whey cool facts: - October 15 is National Cheese Curd Day – www.clarkscondensed.com - It takes ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese – www.wisconsincheesetalk.com - A serving of fried cheese curds (about a cup) contains 1067 calories, 108 grams of fat (166% of recommended daily allowance), 73mg of cholesterol (24% RDA), 761mg of sodium (32% RDA), 16 grams of protein (32% RDA) and 43% RDA of calcium. – www.clarkscondensed.com
Rachel, our server at the Essen Haus, a German restaurant institution in Madison, suggested the best way to eat the curds is while they are still hot, after three minutes of the curds being drained from the fryer. A cold curd can get hard and rubbery, denying the diner the warm texture and chewy crunch.
- This year’s winner of the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese Curd Eating Championship was Darron Breeden of Orange, Virginia. Breeden beat out 40-time eating record champion Joey Chestnut by consuming 5.2 pounds of fresh cheese curds in 6 minutes. – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/11/2018.
The other key to enjoying a good fried cheese curd is the presentation. Perhaps the most uninspired curd we tried was a greasy lump of overdone, smallish curds in a paperlined plastic basket with bulk ranch dressing. But the best ones we tasted were those fat nuggets of gold served on platters, featuring exceptionally light breading and two artisan dipping sauces with cilantro garnish. As appealing to the eyes as it is to the tongue.
- Mr. Breeden’s winning consumption of about 21 cups of cheese curds netted him 22,407 calories, 2,268 grams of fat, 1,533mg of cholesterol, 15,981mg of sodium and 336 grams of protein. - Wisconsin produces 2 billion pounds of cheese per year. – www.whatscookingamerica.com
It’s a wash Not only are good fried cheese curds warm, but they are salty (see sidebar). So what better beverage to wash them down with? Beer, of course. What to choose when pairing beer with cheese curds? Many beers offered in the Midwest are not meant to overpower, allowing the malted barley to be at the forefront instead of being hop dominant. These beers are termed malt forward versus hop forward and the sweetness of the malt pairs well with the salt of the fried cheese curd. India pale ales, popular in Colorado and California, are a poor pairing choice as the aggressive hop additions in the brewing process overpower the subtle taste and smoothness of the fried curds. Beer style pairing options are widely varied, with crisp, light lagers at the forefront, and standard macrobrews work well in the pairing. For those looking to push the culinary envelope, try beers that are slightly darker in color and flavor. Bocks, dunkelweizens and Scottish ales all stand up without overpowering and create unique and delicious taste combinations.
Curds from The Old Fashioned Tavern, Madison, WI with smoked paprika and tiger bleu sauces, paired with Huber Brewing Co. bock.
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Slow it Down By Shaney McCoy, CMHC, LPC
“Remember how summers seemed to last forever when we were kids?” I don’t know how many times I’ve heard (or uttered) this lament. If you feel like time is going faster the older you get, you’re not alone. Psychologists and other social scientists have studied this phenomenon and have come up with several different possibilities for why we perceive time differently at different ages. Some scientists believe it’s simply a mathematical function based on the ratio of how long something lasts to the length of time we’ve been alive. When we’re 10 years old and have experienced 40 seasons, one summer is 1/40th of our lifetime experience. By the time we’re in our 50s or 60s… well, I’m not going to do the math, but you get the point. The length of one season is a far smaller percentage of our overall lifetime than when we were 10, and this makes it seem to go by faster. Other research has suggested that the perception of time is based on the number of new experiences we’re having and how they’re encoded into memory. It’s doubtful there will ever be one simple, definitive answer that explains differences in time perception, as it’s an extremely complex topic. Not only does it change with age but it varies with activities – who hasn’t experienced time flying when you’re having fun? – and with whether you’re actually engaged in a particular activity or remembering it. So it seems the more important question about time may be how to make the most of what we’ve got.
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When I think back to those long childhood summers, one of the things that stands out is the amount of unstructured time. Hours of reading in my favorite hiding places, playing at the pool (not swimming laps), hanging out with the horses (not formally training), listening to music, and laying on my parents’ bed gabbing on the phone. I believe this is part of what made the summers so relaxing and what makes them seem to stretch out endlessly when I look back on them. As adults, most of us don’t have the luxury of endless days of unstructured time. It’s important, however, for us to find ways to build this into our schedules (as oxymoronic as that might sound). As we grow older, time often seems to be a vacuum that we feel the need to fill. Consider trying to leave some open time for yourself to do something with no concrete benefit other than it feels good and makes you happy. Another way to stretch time is to be fully engaged in the present moment rather than spending all your “now” thinking about “then,” either past or future. At one point a few years ago, I was so stressed out about the obligations I had coming up in September that I totally missed August! I literally kept catching myself thinking it was already September because I was spending so much time there mentally. I wonder how much I could have enjoyed August if I’d actually experienced it! Instead, I basically allowed myself to have an 11-month year. It’s amazing how time can rush by when we’re constantly somewhere else mentally, and how it can slow down when we notice what’s happening in the here-and-now. There are lots of things we can do to help us stay in the present and enjoy the lingering beauty of every moment. Tuning into nature is one of the best, and one we’re lucky to have such easy access here in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas. This doesn’t mean just being outside, although that’s the first step. It means really paying attention and letting the rhythm of our body start to synchronize with the rhythm of the natural world around us. Interestingly, this almost always results in a slowing down. Another good way to engage in each moment is to pause several times a day and notice our physical senses. What do I feel? See? Hear? Smell? Taste? It takes less than a minute and can have a profound impact on our level of engagement with the world around us, as well as significantly lowering anxiety. Scientists may or may not eventually figure out the mysteries of time, but there are things we can do to keep it from flying by in a mindless blur. We all have the opportunity to use our time wisely – even if that means doing absolutely nothing at all.
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Shaney McCoy is a mental health counselor in private practice in Steamboat Springs. Learn more about her at www.ReadyToFeelGood.com.
Routt County Disasters
All That Glitters
Previously printed in the Valley Voice/ November 2016
By Lyn Wheaton
The reporters gathered on the street around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No one had been allowed in the White House for 3 ½ years. The newly elected President, at the time, declared he intended to remodel the entire building. This would be the first major renovation since The Truman Reconstruction. The current President had announced to the nation early on that the last President and his family had trashed the White House and it was a total disaster, but he would fix it and it would be great again. He added that the building was never really that great to begin with. This harkened back to a comment he made just days after the Twin Towers were destroyed. “To be blunt, they were not great buildings, [either]” He said. “They only became great upon their demise.” His loyal followers cheered him on, and shortly thereafter a tarp was hoisted over the entire structure including the rose garden, and nobody was allowed in -- until now. The long awaited unveiling was due to happen at any moment. Time had run out for the builder-turned-President, as another election was now looming. Every 4 years America puts out a Job Ad for Commanderin-Chief, Leader of the Free World. No resume required. No quotas, no drug tests, no mental fitness exams, no polygraphs. It was infinitely more difficult to get a job at The Proof of the Pudding in Denver, back in the 80’s. The Proof, a trendy nightclub, where I worked as a main bartender, required all the employees be polygraphed once a year as a condition of their employment, to make sure they weren’t giving away free drinks. Needless to say, no one ever lasted more than a year. Except for one girl, another main bartender, whom we speculated was either a psychopath or sleeping with the owners. Conversely, to become President of the US, the most important job in the country, nay, the world -- no prior experience is required. In fact it is frowned upon by the masses. Successful applicants need only meet 3 qualifications: (1.) Be a natural born U.S. citizen who is (2.) at least 35 years old and (3.) has lived in the United States for at least 14 years. No worries if the job is totally out of your field and you have no actual experience in that area. This can be a dangerous temptation for some of us. Some of us like to collect titles and initials to add to our growing list of accomplishments. And others of us, who, were never able to perform well enough to earn our fathers approval, may need to continue setting and achieving higher goals
to fill that oh so empty void in our souls. The never good enough void -- the hole that can only be filled with constant praise and adoration. The kind you really needed during your formative years from your father, but never got. We all suffer from a lack of self-confidence at some time in our life. After all, we can’t be certain that we are going to succeed at every single endeavor we attempt. This is particularly true for over achievers that continuously set the bar for themselves higher and higher. Even if we are overly confident, sometimes just the offer of something we have worked toward is enough. We never really wanted the position, we just wanted to see if we could qualify for it. And this is what many speculate happened in the Historical election of 2016, when Candidate Dupree was elected. Naturally, the cable news networks had much to say about this, as they do about every topic. They do have to fill 24 hours of airtime, and whether it’s filled with intelligible comments or drivel doesn’t seem to concern them, or their viewers. Prior to the election, they speculated endlessly whether any or all in Dupree’s designated party would get into the booth and vote for his opponent. They speculated whether he would even vote for himself. The crowd on the street in front of America’s House was growing in anticipation of the long-awaited and long-discussed unveiling. News organizations were interviewing architects and reality TV stars from HGTV. People with shows called: Flip or Flop and Love It or List It. Jenny Hart, a lead anchor with a network favorable to the administration, interviewed the incestuously entwined Property Brothers, who kept reminding Jenny and her viewers how much everyone loves an open-concept. Because Dupree had done nothing at all during his tenure as President, with the possible exception of the remodel, many of the news organizations were still speculating about the possibility Dupree never really wanted the job -- but he won anyway. They bantered back and forth with their panels of experts set up on the White House Lawn in camping chairs. Most of these pundits were just happy to be back to work rattling nonsensical commentary and getting paid handsomely for it. The White House spokesperson came out and announced that the reveal was about to take place. Throes of reporters and experts gathered on the threshold waiting for the doors to open. It was spring; the cherry blossoms in full bloom, infused the atmosphere with a light
breezy air of new beginnings. The crowd filed in, one by one, passing through security. Jenny Hart gasped as she entered the East Colonnade. People grabbed for their sunglasses to protect against the wicked glare coming off the gold-plated walls. A collective silence created a vacuum and sucked the air out of the room. Jenny felt as if she would suffocate. Mouths were agape as the crowd took it all in. Dupree stood proud, bragging about the fine taste in which he had done the remodel. One of the Property Brothers passed out. A decorative tea set provided the focal point for the East Garden Room. The crude gold-plated tea service included a cream dispenser resembling a Buddha whose long, bent penis, served as a spout from which the cream was poured. The arrangement was displayed on a table molded to mimic a Greek pillar. Someone tapped on the table and whispered in horror that it wasn’t even real stone, but fashioned from cheap, hard plastic, instead. A well-known socialite and bigwig among the DARs, screamed out: “What have you done? You gauche man. You’ve destroyed the White House, what are we to call it now? The Gold Plated House? Or have you hung one of your tacky signs on the front of it? What did you name it, Dupree DC? You won’t get away with this. I for one, have had it!” The crowd became agitated and stood with her. This was the last straw. Price tags were left on everything. An architect, picking up lamps and vases and examining them, noticed a sticker, “Made in China”, and screamed out: “Where are all the artifacts?” The crowd yelled in unison, “What have you done with our national treasures?” Dupree answered in his usual brazen tone: “They were all junk. Gone. The things I bought are great. Everybody knows they’re great.“ A collective gasp was followed by a large crash. The crowd, loath to look up, beheld the offensive fresco style painting covering the expansive ceiling meant to imitate the Sistine Chapel, and recoiled with disgust. It was unclear whether they were more offended by the oversized naked ménage à trois, or the legs of a large table that had broken through what appeared to be a structurally unsound ceiling. Dupree yelled: “Get out, everybody out! Now!” He blamed the contractor for sabotaging his efforts and swore that neither he nor his workers would be paid a dime. Dupree barricaded himself in the crumbling manor. Meanwhile, a scandalized nation debated over what to do about the problem. The collective media decided the news of the collapsing White House was a befitting metaphor for his administration. It was the lead on every news channel and every print medium, every day. The nation finally had to admit this man was a disaster and began impeachment hearings citing the destruction of a national monument, as cause. Dupree, not to be outdone, scribbled off an executive order declaring he, and no one else, was now the owner of the White House. He refused to leave until the official change of title was recorded. There was nothing anyone could do. The nation, it seems, had been evicted from its own house, and the citizens finally had to concede that some extreme vetting and mandatory job qualifications for future applicants, would greatly behoove the Nation.
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.—William E. Simon
“52 Years of Art” By RC Dieckhoff
RC Dieckhoff’s “52 YEARS OF ART” will be exhibited at Harwigs restaurant October 5th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit a local charity. The retrospective show will include an evolution of work from high school thru todays Digital painting. RC’s work has been exhibited from the White House to Hawaii. Described as surrealistic with an emphasis on design over reality. “It is more important to paint what you feel rather than what you see.”
900 Miles on a 690 By Matt Scharf I took 4 days off last month to torture myself on a ride that was a little unexpected. Since I got a little taste of the BDR (Backcountry Discovery Route), I wanted to continue on sections I missed from the last ride. I thought a ride towards the Telluride loop would be a great test for the KTM 690. I contacted some old friends and we quickly started to plan the trip in the opposite direction! I agreed to go on their idea of a loop. I guess I was more in it for the experience rather than to hit the loop I had in mind.
Jim Meyers, 85 years young, after our ride.
Jim with his Yamaha WR 250.
The next day, Todd, Larry and I continued our ride; Yampa, Dunckley Pass, Buford, Silt, Rifle, Grand Junction, Fruita, Rangely, Dinosaur, Vernal, Flaming Gorge, Manila, Dutch John, Browns Park, Maybell and US 40 home. I didn’t see much dirt past Silt and that’s where things got harder. Even though I was with good friends, beautiful scenery and a long ride, I don’t think I will ride that much highway again. One thing is for sure, I am allergic to pavement.
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Jim and I made it to State Bridge with only 10 minutes rest before Todd and Larry showed up. We timed it perfectly. We slammed a soda each and hit the road back. Todd and Larry were blown away to ride along with a guy who’s 85 years old and has experience and ability. Jim is riding right along-side their big bikes on a Yamaha WR 250! We dropped Jim off with 125 miles under our belt that day. Jim Meyers is amazing.
My good riding buddies of 40 years had never ridden NW Colorado on their “big” bikes. Todd is riding a BMW GS1200 and Larry on a KTM 950. Both are great bikes for decent highway speeds, and not so great off road, but these bikes are still capable of hitting a little dirt. My 690 would suffer at fast highway speeds, and is better suited off-road. Either way, it will be fun! So the idea was to meet Todd and Larry at State Bridge (they live on the Front Range) and escort them back to Steamboat on the backroads of Routt County. Before I left to meet them, I wanted to see if my moto-friend Jim Meyers wanted to tag along for the “escort ride.” Jim, with little hesitation, says, “I’m in. See you at 9 am tomorrow!” So on Saturday I met him at his house in Stagecoach and off we went.
Noteable Note: Jim’s CBR 929. Jim has put 92,000 miles on this bike!
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Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide
You have until Halloween to find a date! Let’s get crackin’
By Mr. Helpful, M.D.
I’m just gonna lay this one out here for you – If you do not have a solid date/relationship by Halloween the percentages in your favor of finding someone drop significantly every week until January 2.
Now I’ve spoken about this before, but that was years ago and my research has strengthened. Here’s the truth –
Holiday season is coming up fast and dating through the holidays is rough for anyone. But dating someone new is especially challenging. We all want to be at our best so our “special friend” thinks we are the correct decision in their minds. Now add to that the parties that you both get invited to; work parties, friend parties. In both of these situations you are being observed as having made a decision and that person standing next to you is how they are judging you. It doesn’t even matter if you are the guest or the one who brings the guest. Our wonderful friends and co-workers are hugely fun and great and also judgmental. That makes for pressure whether you like it or not.
Now let’s talk about scheduling. This can easily be make or break frustration for anyone. If both sides of the date are even the slightest uptight type, the tension and pressure will grow and words might fly from seemingly nowhere. “Well I’m trying to make it work, KEVIN!” might come out of your little angel along with a little bit of spittle from her quivering lip. I’m telling you tensions build and this is only for part of October and the first half of November.
Halloween is a wonderful bit of fun and dating during this time will bring out that part of anyone. Hopefully you will discover yoru date IS fun. Gosh I hope so! Thanksgiving, best holiday out of the year. It celebrates food, family and friendship. My great friends Kelly and Amanda have taken in me in as a holiday orphan more years then I should count. I love them and love Thanksgiving. At the same time, I’ve never brought a date to one of their dinners over the years. Either didn’t have one to consider or scheduling didn’t let us even think about trying to make it happen. My story is universal as I have discovered from countless confirmations from daters. So, if you are really connected to a wonderful person by the Monday before Thanksgiving, you are a happy person and will enjoy a great meal sitting next to them. If not, enjoy being the odd-person-out at a table somewhere. (wear your relaxed fit jeans) Onto December and more party opportunities. Again, if you are comfortably dating someone and they invite you to join them for a soirée by all means weigh the pros and cons of going. You do NOT have to go. As your Dating Advice Coach, I’m telling you flat out – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO A HOLIDAY PARTY WITH YOUR RECENTLY ACCQUIRED DATE. These include family gatherings, friend’s “bring anyone” parties, office mandatory parties. A simple They Couldn’t Make It will suffice.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE – a different event entirely. NOW we’re talking! If you are lucky enough to have tricked someone into making eye contact with you long enough for them to think that being together on NYsE is a good idea – wowzers, yer IN! Go for it and don’t hold back. Sure you can be calm about it, but if you really like this person (and that means you like kissing them/sex with them/ being with them overall) do not miss the chance to say you want to start the new year off NEXT to THEM. With all of this having been said – I want to make sure you hear me properly – if none of this has happened or you have had a few dates and things didn’t work out; relax and be patient. I know sweetie, not having someone to cuddle for 3 months is rough. What is worse is spinning your wheels and getting frustrated. The smell of desperation gets rank on ya and EVERYONE can smell it. So relax dear reader and trust Mr Helpful. Now get out there and make a difference! I believe in you.
Find Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide on Facebook, hit the LIKE button and read the expanded versions of this column. Up next from Mr. Helpful – Fogging Up the Windows – How Sex in the Car at any age can be a great idea until someone accidently hits the horn and wakes the neighbors who call the cops.
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Tales from the Front Desk
“Th-there’s bear scat! It’s right outside my door!” He gasped.
“Oh! I’m sorry to hear that.” She sounded unfazed, didn’t she understand what this meant? “We’ll get someone up 1 there to clean it up.” t m “But the bear!” He practically screamed, “What if he’s out t there?” i w “Um... Is the bear still out there?” a
By Aimee Kimmey
The story you are about to read is true... More or less. Sunday. Room 266. 7:13pm It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled through the trees and branches scratched the windows like boney fingers. The guest in 266 had driven hours to get here from the City. It was his first time in the mountains, he was going to see nature. The trip had been harrowing. The roads were so steep, and in some places only a tiny ribbon of metal kept him from plummeting to his death. He still couldn’t believe how fast the semis flew past him; some of them waving and honking. People sure were friendly out here. At least it had been a beautiful day, the views were breath-taking. Who could blame him for slowing down to snap a few pictures with his phone? He’d been slightly disappointed to find that his hotel room was so modern. He wanted a true rustic experience. It did however offer an outdoor walk up, so when he stepped out of his room he would be greeted by nature. And the parking lot. He’d dozed off watching the news. An an earth rattling boom of thunder startled him awake. For an instant his room was dazzlingly bright. The light was gone as quick as it came, leaving him alone in the dark with only the flickering of the TV. He was completely disoriented; it had been day when he’d sat down, had he slept through the night? With shaking hands he fumbled for the bedside light. The clock on the nightstand said it only a little after seven, but outside looked blacker then the inside of a witch. This must be normal for the mountains, he told himself. He decided it was time for dinner. Grabbing his keys and his wallet, he headed out the door.
As he stepped onto the balcony a bolt of lightening ripped across the sky. In its light he noticed a horrific mass nearly under his foot. Thunder rumbled through the air with enough force to make his knees weak. But the heap on the balcony held his attention. What was it? Was it dead? He took a timid step closer. It look like... Well it looked like poop, but not like any poop he’d ever seen--it was enormous! And it seemed to be filled with seeds. What could have done this? A nature show he’d seen years ago came to mind--this was scat! Bear scat. That meant that not too long ago an actual bear had walked right past his room and taken a dump in front of his door! A high pitched scream pierced his ears. It took a moment to realize it was coming from him. Jumping back inside he slammed the door shut. He scrambled to get the chain locked in place. What was he going to do? There was a real live bear prowling the neighborhood, he was trapped. He would call the front desk, he decided. Surely they would have shot guns, or cattle prods, or at least bear spray! His hands shook so bad he could barely hold the phone. “Hello, front desk?” The clerk sounded so chipper, she must’ve been oblivious to the danger.
Stretching the phone cord to it’s limit he peered out the 2 window. The balcony was deserted, only that sinister pile t taunting him. m o “N-no, I don’t see anything outside.” y p “The bear’s probably long gone. But if you do see him, just give him plenty of room.” How could she be so cavalier?! 3 h “But what if it’s waiting out there?” He was desperately p trying not to shriek. “Won’t it attack me?” l t “They really don’t have any interest in people. If you leave a them alone they won’t bother you.” She sounded so calm, a could she be right? u m “A-are you sure?” p a “Unless you’re made of berries, you’ll be fine.” n c “O-okay.” He hung up the phone. Maybe she was right, fi besides wasn’t this why he came up here? To see nature? s Well, there was a big steaming heap of nature on his front o doorstep. He was in the mountains now, it was time to l man up. i i Taking a deep breath, he opened the door. He stepped gingerly around the pile then scurried to the car. Safely be- 4 hind the wheel, he felt a rush of adrenaline--he’d survived! a He felt exuberant, he’d definitely earned himself some din- a ner. Maybe he’d have steak; something rugged and manly! h p l T s t s r w t
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A Closer Look
8 Reasons to Avoid Naturopathy
Last minute changes can and do occur - Mother Nature, illness, tour malfunction, whatever - the accuracy of this calendar is not guaranteed!
By Monica Yager
1. Naturopathic doctors are severely lacking in medical training. Certified naturopathic schools provide limited medical training in order to fulfill the school’s accreditation requirements. However, the bulk of the course work is very much centered on the principles of naturopathy, which are based on superstitions that date back as far as ancient Greece. 2. Ancient superstitions have been shown to have no effectiveness and have no relevance in modern medicine. The mythology of vitalism, acupoints, meridians, depuration or cleansing, homeopathy, and the four humors, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood, have no basis in anatomy or physiology. 3. Lack of an understanding of anatomy and physiology, or how the human body functions, is apparent when naturopathic doctors routinely recommend vitamins. Lots and lots of vitamins the ones they very conveniently sell from their office, and the irrational claims they make, such as, “vitamins keep immune systems active and increase absorption of nutrients from food,” reveals their lack of understanding vitamins as well. Routine vitamin recommendations are really low-level health care. In contrast, proper protocol includes a blood test in order to determine accurate vitamin levels, and whether supplementation is necessary. For instance, in the case of vitamin D deficiency, sometimes attributed to latitude, consideration may first be given to boosting vitamin D levels with exposure to sunlight and eating foods that naturally contain vitamin D or have vitamin D added. As well, proper protocol includes leaving out any claims for vitamin D including enhancing immune function and reducing the risk of respiratory infection as those claims are not proven. 4. Unproven claims about the immune system and food are also factors of low-level health care. While eating fruits and vegetables is a good idea for generally healthy eating habits, recommendations from naturopathic doctors for particular foods to stimulate the immune system reveals a lack of understanding of how our immune systems work. There are no particular foods that stimulate the immune system. Rather, our immune systems are at work all the time, keeping us healthy. We only think about our immune systems when we meet up with a virus and our bodies respond with symptoms like coughing and runny noses, which is how our bodies isolate and evict the intruder, getting our bodies back to its happy place.
barks, or mushrooms are frequently added into the mix. It is of note that the naturopathic industry has not actually conducted any test on any herb. However, reputable databases reveal that many herbs have not been tested, and of the herbs that have been tested, some tests are inconclusive as to any benefits, some reveal side effects or risks to people with other health issues, negative interactions with medications, toxicity levels, allergic reactions, and warnings to pregnant women. There has been no testing as to safety or effectiveness of administration of herbs to children so it is highly unethical for naturopathic doctors to recommend that children, be given herbs prepared to taste yummy. All for the unproven notion of immune support. 7. “Unproven” could be used to describe everything naturopathic, including testing hair mineral analysis, cell signaling analysis, and some medical tests used in nonstandard ways, such as the erythrocyte sedimentation rate as feedback for the effect of therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. These tests have not been proven to be clinically useful. Unproven claims, education severely short on basic anatomy and physiology, or science, ineffectiveness, unaccountability, and lack of ethics adds up to waste of health care dollars on amateurish, low-level, health care. 8. How low? Low enough that naturopathy doesn’t qualify as health care. The case cannot be made that naturopathy saves lives or improves outcomes. In fact, relying on naturopathy can be dangerous: practitioners’ lack of medical training and inability to recognize or treat serious conditions can cause negative affects on patient health, creating a precarious situation and delayed medical care. All health concerns should be taken to trained, licensed, medical doctors. Herbs at a Glance https://nccih.nih.gov/health/herbsataglance.htm
6. Further immune system misunderstanding is revealed when naturopathic doctors reference herbs as somehow being immune supporting. Astragalus root, echinacea root, reishi mushroom, prickly ash bark, licorice and goldenseal are popularly mentioned, but other random herbs, roots,
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A Closer Look is the culmination of witnessing first-hand the wackiness of the alternative health world from the perspective of a former owner of a health food store. Everyone can and should take a closer look, especially when it comes to their health.
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5. That natural feature of the process of a healthy immune system appears to be absurdly misunderstood by naturopathic doctors who claim that mucus is caused by ingesting certain foods, such as dairy and sugar, which, they say, is bad because they claim mucus is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. However, no foods, including dairy and sugar, are actually capable of encouraging or causing mucus production. Mucus is produced by our bodies, as noted above, and responds and acts to remove bacteria and viruses from our bodies.
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First Friday Artwalk October 5, 2018 5 pm - 8 pm All over downtown ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS: SUNDAY
JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377
Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
LODGEPOLE GALLERY 111 11th St., Unit 105 Old West Building | 970.879.7334
GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196
MANGELSEN-IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave 970.871.1822 PINE MOON FINE ART 117 9th St | 970.846.7879 RED WEST CONTEMPORARY ART 1125 Lincoln Ave., 12th St. | 970.846.7879 STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 Experience the autumn splendor of the Yampa Valley with an exhibit of plein air works painted last week by 60 regional and local artists.
Author/Journalist, Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer FROM JOURNAL WRITING TO BOOK WRITING 6-7:30PM @ Colorado Mountain College. To sign up phone 970 870 4444 Poker Night 6:30PM @ The V
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ARTS COUNCIL AT THE DEPOT 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 Autumn Art represents a diverse collection of work that celebrates the changing seasons. This two month show includes painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and mixed media by Steamboat Creates Artist Members.
Piano Bar Night with Mike Martinez 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
W GALLERY 115 9th St., Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783
WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850
“A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 10:30AM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org
THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a, 303.882.4927 YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE 912 Lincoln Ave. 941.321.2809 In collaboration with Intergrated Community’s DIA De Los Muertos Celebration. YBC Members have created pieces inspired by this vibrant holiday. Sugar Skulls, Ofrendas, and Calaveras will be among some of the icons members have derived inspiration from.
Pool League 6:30PM @ The V
Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. www.schmiggitys.com WEDNESDAY Dart League 6:30PM @ The V
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MONDAY OCTOBER 1 Restaurant Week September 28 - October 7 mainstreetsteamboat.com
Karaoke Night 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE www.schmiggitys.com
Free Film: “Dark Money” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
TUESDAY OCTOBER 2
Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE www.steamboatwriters. com
City Council Budget Retreat 8AM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net
“A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 4:30PM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org 8 Ball Tournament 6:30PM @ The V Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
History Happy Hour 5:30PM @ Butcherknife Brewery treadofpioneers.org One Book Documentary: “The Dust Bowl, Part 1” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WED. OCTOBER 3 Spinzilla at the Library Wool spinning demos and storytime 9AM-5PM @ Bud Werner Library. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Behind The Scenes Tour of Collections 11AM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE www.treadofpioneers.org THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 Barn to Brewery 5PM @ Butcherknife Brewery. 100% of ticket proceeds go to CAA local food programs. www.communityagalliance.org
For those who live here and for those who wish they did.
Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “Bye, Bye Germany” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events FRIDAY OCTOBER 5 First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception Autumn Art 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE www.steamboatcreates. org Treehouse! w/ Bubba Love 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 Dead Winter Carpenters 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 Restaurant Week September 28 - October 7 mainstreetsteamboat.com MONDAY OCTOBER 8 Columbus Day/ Indigenous Peoples’ Day Library Author Series: Beth Macy “Dopesick” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
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Hayden Chamber Meeting 7PM @ Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Hayden. TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net
Speak Of The Devil 9PM @ the Circle R. FREE Jay Roemer Band 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20
FRIDAY OCTOBER 26
DraLa 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
Zolopht 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
TUESDAY OCTOBER 23
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 Off the Beaten Path is happy to be bookselling at the Harry & the Potters show 7PM @ Strings
One Book Documentary: “The Dust Bowl, Part 2” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
Wild Adriatic & CBDB 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. www.schmiggitys.com
Free Film: “Bikes Of Wrath” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
WED. OCTOBER 24
WED. OCTOBER 10
City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net
Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net/ agendas
Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net/ agendas THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net/ agendas Harwigs Yampavore Dinner 6PM @ Harwigs. 100% of ticket proceeds go to CAA local food programs. www.communityagalliance.org
Indie Lens Pop-Up: “Dawnland” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WED. OCTOBER 17 Free Film: “John Steinbeck: An American Writer” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY OCTOBER 18
One Book Steamboat: “The Grapes of Wrath” Discussion led by Susan Shillinglaw 5:30PM @ Library Conference Room. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURSDAY OCTOBER 25 One Book Steamboat: “The Grapes of Wrath” Discussion led by Susan Shillinglaw Noon @ Library Conference Room. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
A Conservation Conversation: Schmiggity’s “From the Dust Bowl Coffee to Today” Planning Commission Oct with 2018Council 7:30AM @ 6:30PM @ Library Hall. 5PM @ Centennial Hall Centennial Hall FREE steamboatsprings.net/ Here's what we got forwww.steamboatlibrary. October. All weekend shows start at 10 pm. steamboatsprings.net agendas org/events 10/5: Treehouse! w/ Bubba Love (Reggae/Jam Free) Wild Fri Films: “Albatross” One Rock; Book Steamboat: 6:30PM FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 An Evening with Free) Sat@10/6: Dead Winter Carpenters (Bluegrass/Country/Rock; Library FREE SusanFree) Shillinglaw Fri Hall. 10/12: Jaywww. Roemer Band (Americana/Bluegrass; steamboatlibrary.org/ Sheila Curry Multi-Band “80 Years On: The Grapes Sat 10/13: Wild Adriatic & CBDB (Rock & Roll/Heart & Soul; $10) events Fundraiser of Wrath, Urgent Then, Fri 10/19: TBD Brian Smith Band, 3rd Urgent Now” 10/20: 10 pm SuperSat Fun Show DraLa (DJ/Electronic) Rail Rebel, All About Me FREE & 6:30PM @ 8PMFri @ Chief Theater. LooseRock Change 10/26: Zolopht (Funk Reggae; Free) Library Hall. FREE FREE10/27: 40 Oz to Freedom 7PM @ Schmiggity’s. www.steamboatlibrary. (Sublime Tribute/Rock/Punk; $10) chieftheater.com www.schmiggitys.com org/events FRIDAY OCTOBER 12
Weekly events are (all are free)
40 Oz to Freedom 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10. www.schmiggitys.com MONDAY OCTOBER 29 National Novel Writers Month, aka NaNoWriMo, kickoff meeting 5:30PM @ Library Conference Room. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events One Book Movie Night: “The Grapes of Wrath” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 Behind The Scenes Tour of Collections 1PM @ Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE www.treadofpioneers.org WED. OCTOBER 31 Halloween Halloween Stroll 5-7PM, 5th to 10th Street. mainstreetsteamboat.com
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March 21 - April 19
What’s the point of jotting down all of your important plans in the little boxes of your monthly calendar if you haven’t bothered flipping to a new month since January?
April 20 - May 20
May 20 - June 20
You just want to shake them by the shoulders until they get it. Don’t bother shaking them, it won’t quicken their decision... just give them a headache. So your little fib has moved from the back burner and is perched so far over the edge that it is practically spilling in your lap. This lie has weaved itself in so deep that it has become a prominent and relevant obstacle you have created in your life. Don’t worry, you will once again weasel your way around it.
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They have convinced themselves not to care and have tried to convince you that feelings are weak. Sometimes it is easier for people to become numb to protect themselves and are intimidated by people that are not afraid of feelings... so start crying for no reason next time you see them and really freak them out.
July 23 - August 23
This fortnight, your years of discipline and self-control will fall away when you find yourself neck deep in a ball pit, giggling uncontrollably to yourself as you enjoy your sugar buzz from the half gallon of cherry Kool-Aid you chugged.
August 23 - September 22
There it is, the little green vine growing out of the ruins. The scorched, salted and urinated upon ruins will not stop this little guy from giving hope to the hopeless. There it is. The beginning of a new and better life on the foundation that has survived the madness.
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Sometimes you wish you could just open their brain and examine how they really think and what they really want. Darn it though, because every time you try, it just makes a big gooey mess that ends up with another person that can’t do math anymore.
October 24 - November 21
You wonder if you will ever be given the chance you deserve. You wonder if given that chance, you will finally feel like you have some sort of purpose... or if you will just stay numb.... in different clothes and a better salary.
November 22 - December 21
You would have a lot less anxiety attacks and
desperate attempts at proving your self-worth if you just realized you’re freaking awesome.
December 22 - January 19
In some perverse la-la land, everything is perfect and in order. Where what you want is so easy to come by, you don’t have to put any effort forth for your wildest dreams to come true... Yeah… That’s great... but this is not that world and unfortunately you have to share this flawed one with everyone else. So be nice, because someone out there might see the fine before the flaws.
January 20 - February 18
No, really. It is that easy. If you don’t like what is happening around you... Change it. It might be a little harder than rolling over and taking it, but in the end, the reward is sweet.
February 19 - March 20
You think you sunburned the bottoms of your feet. Weird. Well, at least you can say you did it just once.
REST Restaurant Week W Foodies By Conner Shields
With Restaurant Week nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to start thinking where to go and what to eat. Considering the fact that there are over 45 restaurants in Steamboat Springs between 3rd and 12th street, and even more outside the downtown area, you could visit a new place every night or stick to your personal favorites from past years. What makes Steamboat’s Restaurant Week even better is the time of year, that brief period between September and October. The days are still enjoyably warm and the nights are brisk and cool. To add to this, the fall foliage is in full swing and the mountains surrounding the town are beautiful with color. Pleasant fall days, postcard worthy scenery, and of course great food at unbeatable prices is probably why Restaurant Week in Steamboat has become so popular. So whether you’re a year-round resident, or just came to town to see Steamboat’s beautiful fall foliage, our restaurants offer dishes in just about every style, type and taste you could imagine.
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September 28 â€“ October 7 The best restaurants in town will be offering select menus and specials for all meals. A true culinary celebration. Reservations recommended. To Learn More go to: www.mainstreetsteamboat.com and search the Events tab
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