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Increase games, not taxes Now is time to start Colorado sports betting

Gaming has learned how to survive during tough times. We note that business was up 2 percent in July over last year. Last year $70 million, this year $71.3 million, good work casinos GM’s and hard working staffs. The new Colorado Gaming Control Commission is at work and we can only hope they don’t raise any taxes on the already overtaxed gaming industry. It appears they’re not going to repeal the 5 percent tax break given by their predecessors who all got fired by the governor over giving the casinos a slight tax break. Gov. Hickenlooper erred on his hastily decision to fire hard working volunteers who just looked at the gaming facts and decided not to kill the goose that has laid a golden egg for Colorado. The new group may, or may not, reinstate a $75 tax on each slot machine, that would be unnecessary and almost harassment of an industry that has maintained an estimated 10,000 good jobs for Colorado residents. Supposedly the 5 percent took away $5 million from community colleges and gaming towns. But wait a minute, look at the latest news. Guess again, in August the Colorado Division of Gaming released casino revenue numbers for July and the state received 3.8 percent more in casino tax revenues than they did in July 2010. What does that mean? Well, it means that despite the small tax break that created such an uproar, the state collected more in revenue – so no program is likely to be reduced proving that increasing business is a better way to go than taxing industries to death. This smacks a little bit of the old Reagan “trickle down” economic theory, but increasing business to gather more tax revenues is the only way to go forward, in Colorado and the nation.

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We would still advocate and urge casinos and the legislature to work together on adding sports betting to the list of approved games to be allowed under the limited gaming laws. A number of casinos would open legal sports betting facilities where sports fans could place wagers on the numerous professional sporting events. Currently, betting has to be done illegally, online, local illegal bookies or wiring money to Las Vegas. The sports betting parlor knocks down about 10 percent of the bet and everyone is happy, especially if your team or horse wins. Almost every casino in Las Vegas has sports betting areas and many fans participate in the legalized sports betting. It may be that we have to leave out the Broncos and Rockies since they’re local teams, but that would remain to be seen in the new regulations because it would be better to keep them involved. The new Colorado Limited Gaming Commission might be able to enact these new games without the Legislature, but the matter should be taken up with the Commission soon. The best way to make more money for the state, towns and community colleges is to do more business. Sports betting would put several million more dollars in the tax coffers that are being lost to illegal sources or sent out of Colorado. Sports betting is a huge industry and billions are spent on major events like the Super Bowl. This would keep sports fans from adjacent states visiting in Colorado longer and would promote more overnight weekend guests who would stay for the super bowl, final four games, horse racing, football and basketball. In a tough business climate – we should be looking at new ways to turn lost revenues into casino profits and new state taxes rather than adding tax penalties on existing slot machines. Urge the Commission to make this happen!

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Poker Room

Connoisseur’s Club

Prior to playing, register at Guest Services to receive double points and 50 percent off at the Canyon Grille every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Between 6 – 10 p.m., contestants will be randomly selected to pick from the prize board and win up to $500 instantly. To be selected simply use your Canyon Club card while playing your favorite slots.

Tablets for Tables

While playing your favorite table games, you can earn entries for a chance to win one of three iPad 2 Tablets, plus two pairs of hockey tickets. The drawings will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, beginning at 8 p.m.

4X Points on Fridays and 2X Points on Sundays

Earn 4X Points every Friday and 2X Points every Sunday in September all slots, all day.

www.theisleblackhawk.com

$50,000 Balance For Bucks

Isle guests will have the chance to balance the scale and win up to $1,000 every Friday and Saturday in September, 4 – 10 p.m. Guests will receive one free entry daily and can earn additional entries on Friday and Saturday with just 10 unadjusted points.

Rollin’ For Riches

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in September, 4 – 9 p.m., guests will have the chance to roll a winning combination and win up to $500

Colorado Poker Showdown at Earn 100 base points and get a free scratch The Isle Gold Rush Scratch Tickets

ticket that could win you a 1 oz. gold coin. Limit two scratch cards per day. Also be entered into the Gold Rush drawing on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.

Fleece Jacket Giveaway

Be one of the first 200 guests to earn 300 base points on Sunday, Sept. 25 or Wednesday, Sept. 28 and receive a fleece jacket.

The excitement is building with Colorado’s first World Poker Tour Regional event will take place at The Isle, Oct. 5 – 16. Single table satellites will take place daily from noon to midnight now through Oct. 13. Each single table satellite will begin with 10 players. The WPT regional event will take play Oct. 14 -16. For complete details on all events, contact the Isle Poker Room or visit our website at www.theisleblackhawk.com.

Pull up a seat to experience the comfort and all-in excitement at Black Hawk’s newest poker room. Win $100 with the high hand of the hour Monday through Friday from 1-2 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 7-8 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Join in the action on Tuesdays & Wednesdays Fridays with the Early Bird Hold‘em Tournaments, and the Early Bird Omaha Hi-Lo Tournament at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and if you sign up by 9 a.m., you will receive a free buffet. For complete information visit the poker podium. Follow our poker room manager Matthew Dodd on Twitter @BlackHawkPoker.

New members

All new members of the IsleOne club will receive $10 instantly after earning just 10 unadjusted points. Simply redeem at any of the cash redemption machines to collect.

Paradise 50 Plus

All guests age 50 or better can join the NEW Paradise 50 Plus club Sundays through Thursdays. Take advantage of all the great benefits by registering at IsleOne® or the guest service center prior to playing. You will receive 2X points on all slots and video poker games, a free soft serve ice cream and a Free Calypso’s Buffet after earning five unadjusted points.

Play and stay at The Isle

Play 30 unadjusted points on your IsleOne club card on Mondays through Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and stay the night on us. Check with Guest Services once you have earned your points to receive your hotel offer. This offer is valid only on the day the points are earned.

Bus fare refunds

Do you ride the bus to Black Hawk? The Isle will now refund your bus fare up to $20. Simply earn 35 unadjusted points on your IsleOne card and present your return bus ticket to the guest service center. Table Games players will receive their bus fare back with four hours of consecutive play. This offer is available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Table games

The Isle has all your favorite table games including blackjack, three card poker, let it ride, bonus 6, Texas Hold’em bonus, roulette and craps with 10 times odds. The Isle will always have at least one blackjack game with a $5 minimum bet.

Farraddays’

Gambler 8933 E Union Ave, #230, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Subscription rate is $60 per year Publisher Robert Sweeney

V.P. Marketing Sharon Sweeney cogambler@me.com To advertise call Sharon (303) 503-1388 Managing Editor Elizabeth Denton gambler@villagerpublishing.com Production Tom McTighe Jeffrey V. Smith production@villagerpublishing.com Contributing Writers Rosemary Fetter John Brokopp Cathleen Norman Margaret Malsam Linda Jones Dorothy Rosby Richard Harvey Larry Johnson Linda Wommack Mike Eikenberry Alan Krigman Ray Lundin Suzanne Paulman Jan MacKell Drew Chitiea Jeffrey Smith

Farraddays’ has a new menu that you simply must try. Many favorites from the old menu return this spring and Chef David Oliveri has added new original and delicious selections as well. Farraddays’ offers exceptional www.coloradogambler.com quality for a great value. Farraddays’ is www.coloradogambler.com coloradogambler cogambler open at 5 p.m. nightly. Reservations are All articles and photos published in this newspaper belong to The Colorado Gambler and are not to be reprinted without our permission or consent. recommended and can be made by calling 303-998-7777.

New menu at Tradewinds

Tradewinds at the Isle has a new menu that features what we believe to be the best hamburgers in Black Hawk. Whether you try the classics, a green chile and chipotle, the black & blue or mushroom and Swiss burger you will not be disappointed. Tradewinds even offers a mouthwatering cheeseburger burrito! So the next time you are hungry for a great burger, visit Tradewinds at the Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk.

The Isle Hotel is pet friendly

The Isle Hotel has pet friendly rooms available for a small fee. Furry friends less than 50 pounds can enjoy a stay at the Isle with you. Pet friendly rooms will offer your pet use of a doggie bed, food and water bowls and a fenced doggie area. Disposable litter boxes will be available for feline guests. For reservations in a pet friendly room please call 303-998-7777. Rooms are subject to availability.

Colorado Lottery reports record Crystal Palace Casino celebrates grand opening sales at end of fiscal year The Colorado Lottery posted $518.9 million in sales for the fiscal year, which ended June 30, thanks to record sales of Scratch tickets and new Jackpot games. That figure represents a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year’s sales and the best Lottery sales performance on record. The Lottery also continued to generate significant funds for its beneficiaries, returning $113.4 million to the state to support open space conservation, wildlife protection, trail construction and other recreational efforts. Scratch ticket sales were up 5.1 percent from previous year’s sales generating a record $344.9 million. Jackpot games sales were up .5 percent from previous year’s sales thanks to new offerings such as Mega Millions, which combined

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with other jackpot games generated $174 million. Total sales were up $17.7 million from FY10. The Lottery’s proceeds partners - Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks will receive the following contributions from sales of Lottery tickets in FY11: • Great Outdoors Colorado: $56.0 million • Conservation Trust Fund: $45.3 million • Colorado State Parks: $11.3 million In addition, the Lottery will return $662,230 to the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund. The Lottery also returned more to players in FY11. In total, the Lottery paid out $328.3 million in prizes in FY11, compared to $307.7 million in FY10.

Crystal Palace Casino owners Claud Davis, Tassy Davis and Chad Davis (not pictured) with General Manager Marc Garin enjoy opening week of Central City's newest casino.

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Business Profile

Suffer from hearing loss? Miracle-Ear, Haag family help people reconnect to the world

more reward than work. “It’s honestly the best, I should have hile it’s not exactly divine intervention, to his customers, Rick Haag is a miracle- done it 34 years ago,” he said. “The reward maker. He literally brings the sounds of watching what it does to people is of the world back into the lives of those who absolutely fantastic.” It was Haag’s son who thought they were introduced him to the reduced to a world Miracle-Ear product and Advantage Hearing, LLC without be able to business several years hear. Even though Denver Metro-Area Locations ago. Todd commuted it’s the Miracle-Ear weekly from Utah to Sears Hearing Aid Center hearing-aid products Denver to work for the Southglenn Mall that Haag, his family former Denver-area 7001 S University Blvd and staff bring to their Centennial, Colorado, 80122 Miracle-Ear franchisee. clients that returns (303) 347-2822 He even-tually was the hearing, he usually running the business, gets the credit. Miracle-Ear Center and named general “It’s a real thrill Willow Grove Shopping Center manager. After being when you have 1402 South Parker Road, Ste A-106 invited to join his son, somebody with real Denver, Colorado, 80231 Haag picked-up and hearing loss, and you (303) 755-1733 moved to Colorado, and, open up the world about a year after coming for them,” Haag Miracle-Ear Center to town, the owner said. “What happens Belmar Medical Bldg gave up the Miraclealmost every single 8015 W Alameda Av, Ste 110-a Ear franchise and Haag time is people get Lakewood, Colorado, 80226 and his son found what we call the (303) 936-9774 themselves working for ‘welcome to the world the company’s corporate look.’ All of a sudden Sears Hearing Aid Center offices. their eyes are wide, Southwest Plaza “They fired us and and they are paying 8501 W Bowles Av hired us the same day,” Littleton, Colorado, 80123 attention all the way Haag said. “We worked (303) 904-4356 around them.” for a year for them, then I Haag, who owns Miracle-Ear Center asked, ‘Why am I working and operates five 5720 W 88th Av for a company again? Miracle-Ear Hearing Westminster, Colorado, 80031 They offer franchises, so Aid Center locations in (303) 487-0688 why not see what we can the Denver metro area do.’” with his wife, Gayle, Despite an original, less absolutely loves his job. And, by now, Haag knows what makes him ambitious plan, Haag and his wife started their happy in a career. He retired from the postal company last year, on July 5, with a five-store service after working 34 years and multiple Miracle-Ear franchise; and the family has positions, has worked for SkyWest airlines not looked back. They own three stand-alone and a windshield repair business owned by stores and two located inside Sears stores. In his son Todd. Being in Colorado and helping addition to their work, the family members bring hearing back to others, however, is also love being in Colorado – something else

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Rick Haag owns and operates five Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Centers in the Denver metro area with his wife, Gayle, and son, Todd. Photos by Jeffrey V. Smith

Haag says he should have done 34 years ago – and are absolutely thrilled with the products they provide. “I’m not one to stand still and do one thing and be happy, but this I could be,” he said. “What I love about Miracle-Ear, above other manufacturers, is their commitment to the individual and their hearing. It’s not like we’re here just to sell hearing aids, we’re here to help people hear. It engages them back into their family and everything else. “The main thing, however, about MiracleEar is the service and the follow-ups,” Haag said. He explained that when someone purchases a Miracle-Ear product, there are no service charges for any work done in-store. Todd Haag and Brant Searle are two other providers who provide quality evaluations and excellent service to  their customers. A great staff of front office assistants who really keep the business running smoothly, who include Loretta Wright, Diane Wilson, Meredith Seaton, Heather Murphy and Virginia Mangan, supports them. Rick’s wife Gayle keeps them on track fiscally and as an administrator and trainer. “Once you buy a set of hearing aids, whatever we can do in the office here, you get that service for life. So, you’re not paying office visits and all that,” he said. From accidently getting into the shower to feeding a curious pet, Haag has found hearing aids can be damaged in myriad ways. In one odd occurrence, a client even confused his hearing aid with a cashew, and bit into it. “We do a lot of fixing right here,” he said. “We try to fix whatever we can in the store. If we can fix it, we will. We want people to hear right, and to come back.” He also said a new client is seen once a week for four weeks to make sure “they are where they need to be, and the hearing aids are comfortable.” Four-month visits follow, but clients are always welcome to call and make an appointment when the unexpected

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The Westminster location recently moved out of Sears at the Westminster Mall into a new stand-alone store across 88th Street from the old location.

happens. The 63-year-old company’s innovative products – like the recently-released Aquaví waterproof, dustproof, shockproof hearing aids – is yet another reason the family is enthusiastic about Miracle-Ear. “There is always something new in the technology to meet the needs of everybody,” Haag said. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of customers since 1 in 10 Americans — more than 30 million people — experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third leading chronic health condition among Americans, after arthritis and high blood pressure. Haag encourages anyone that “feels a need for it” or is “experiencing issues,” to come in and get their hearing checked for free. For information about Miracle-Ear and its products, visit www.miracle-ear.com, or call one of the Haag family’s Denver-area locations.

September 13 - 26, 2011


Central City Nuggets

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This 100 linear foot monster houses 14 slot machines that sit directly in the bar top, where guests can belly up, grab a drink and play games like video poker while watching three 65 inch HDTV’s. Performing rock musicians and guitars of every shape and size adorn the walls throughout the guitar bar area and give guests something to look at while relaxing at the bar. Ask bartenders about Fortune Valley’s signature guitar bar cocktail, served in a commemorative take-home glass.

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2X Mondays

Earn 2X points all day on all machines, including video poker. $1 = 1 Point

40 & Getting Better

For those guests 40 and older, earn 2X points all day on all machines every Wednesday. $1 = 1 Point. Earn 200 base points and receive half off one menu item at Millie’s Restaurant.

Bonanza Baseball

Join us from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. every Friday night to play Bonanza Baseball and win your share of more than $2,000 in CASH.

minimum to $100 maximum on 2 deck pitch blackjack and $3 minimum and all shoe games. The Parlour also offers pool and darts.

Earn 2X points all day on all machines, including video poker. $1 = 1 Point

Come in and get a wallet and a drawing ticket for a chance to win your share of a $1,000. Drawing Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m.

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For those guests 40 and older, Earn 2X points all day on all machines every Wednesday. $1 = 1 Point. Earn 200 base points and receive half off one menu item at Millie’s Restaurant.

Earn 2X points all day on all machines on your first visit or the day of your Birthday. If you choose to come in Monday or Wednesday, you could earn 3X points. $1 = 1 Point

Earn 2X points all day on all machines on your first visit or the day of your Birthday. IF you choose to come in Monday or Wednesday, you could earn 3x points. $1 = 1 Point

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Located on the second floor of the Famous Bonanza Casino, we offer 2 deck pitch blackjack, roulette and 3-card poker. $5

Extra cash coupons.

Tall stack of pancakes breakfast and late night for only $1.99. Big bowl of pasta lunch special for only $1.99. Double pork chop dinner special for only $7.99. Available 7 days a week in the Café at designated meal times. All specials valid with players card.

Bonus Points Earn up to 5X points on select machines.

Bring your children to the lower level of the casino to enjoy a wide variety of arcade games for our younger than 21 guests.

Bonus drawings Win your share of $20,000. Fortune Valley has $5,000 drawings every Saturday at 8 p.m.

Free bingo

Come to the LAVA Room every Tuesday at 2 p.m. and play free bingo.

Free barbeque Saturdays

Every Saturday in September there will be a free barbeque on the front patio from noon – 2 p.m. Must be a player’s club member. Limit 1 meal per member.

Ardore: A Tuscan Steakhouse and Wine Experience

Ardore is Fortune Valley’s gourmet restaurant, featuring steakhouse style dishes with an Italian and Tuscan flare. Upon walking through the doors, guests will experience a floor to ceiling glass wine display housing 500 bottles. The 60-person gourmet room is quaint and elegant with rich décor. Ardore is known for its 8-person chef’s table, different from any restaurant in the area. The chef’s table is a secluded table for friends and family to enjoy exclusive chef specialty dishes and a visit from the chef. Ardore is open Friday through Sunday starting at 4:30 p.m.

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The Lava Room The Lava Room is Colorado’s largest casino and the only showroom in the Central City/Black Hawk area. This 300-person showroom isn’t just any showroom, it is an event room perfect for entertainment, live music, comedy, sports viewings and dancing. The Lava Room is fully equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, HDTVs, dance floor, private bar, sunken stage with three levels of seating and standing area, specialty VIP section, and new smokers’ patio conveniently located opposite of the stage. This is the place to escape and enjoy entertainment of all kinds on weekdays and weekends.

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Changes underway at

Newother nightclub, New Lava Room, other renovations renovations provideprovide distinctive distinctive casino casino experience experience

detail. In fact, one of the more notable features of the venue, surprisingly, is its large smoker’s patio conveniently located opposite the stage. With high-end heaters that appear to have large flames; comfortable, spacious seating; and a one-of-a-kind Central City view, it’s arguably among the best spots in any Colorado casino to step outside and take in the mountain atmoBy Jeffrey V. Smith sphere while remaining in a lavish, Change continues to be the comfortable location. norm at Central City’s Fortune ValThe Lava Room, like all of the ley Hotel and Casino, as it debuts new changes at Fortune Valley, its new nightclub and the ongoing features a sleek, state-of-the-art, renovations that are part of a $20 boutique-style design that is almost million makeover of its property. calming compared to many older The new, music-themed décor is casino themes that feature bright almost finished and all the final delights, vibrant colors and a cacophtails are moving into place awaiting ony of casino sounds. In contrast to a long-anticipated name change. that model, for example, Fortune Over Labor Day weekend, the Valley’s new accent lighting incasino celebrated the grand openstalled throughout the casino floor ing of its most recent addition, The slowly changes colors and elicits a Lava Room, a 300-person, Las rather subdued, yet warm, atmoVegas-style showroom. It’s Colosphere. Overall, it’s sleek, sophistirado’s largest casino showroom cated and classy. The changes, all of and the only one in the Central City which revolve around a rock music and Black Hawk area. The large, yet theme, provide an experience and inviting, room features a sunken theme that is quite distinctive in stage with state-of-the-art sound Colorado. system, dance floor, private bar, Other recent changes made by three levels of seating and a special owner Luna Gaming Central City VIP area. Several areas around the to the 300,000-square-foot proproom feature comfortable, inviting erty include a 65-foot long guitarcouches and Lava lamps, which shaped bar; a new Tuscan steakis perfect for gathering as a group house, Ardore, featuring a 500-botor finding an intimate spot with tle wine room and eight-seat chef’s someone special. It’s also, hands table; a VIP media room called The down, the best room for music in Zone featuring five HDTVs with any Colorado casino and ranks a headset for each guest, complinear the top of any venue its size in mentary cocktails and snacks, and the state. comfortable chairs; a new lobby, Colorado acts Firefall Trio, front desk and gift shop; and maUnder a Blood Red Sky (a U2 tribjor changes to the overall décor of ute band) and Hot Posse had the the entire property. Also, all of the honor of breaking in the stage and rooms in the hotel are being revenue during the opening weekend modeled and will be named after festivities. rock musicians and bands. The room isn’t just about music, More changes are in store for however. It’s also well equipped for the casino as it plans to renovate its watching sports thanks to numercurrent café dining area into mulous HDTVs and a massive sound tiple food venues including a coffee system. In fact, there are plans to shop, pizza bistro and an area with use the room for various forms of a chef making food to order. entertainment, comedy, sports and Also, according to casino offight-night viewings, as well as for ficials, Luna Gaming is in negotialive bands, dancing and a late-night tions to rebrand the casino with the The largest casino guitar-shaped bar in the country is club atmosphere. Casino patrons name of a major entertainment now at Fortune Valley. The casino has recently added can enjoy the room’s entertaincompany. That means one of the fiseveral details to the interesting bar area. ment offerings on any weekend. nal changes to the property will be Photos by Jeffrey V. Smith The casino did not neglect any the signs outside.

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The casino’s new gift shop features a Harley Davidson motorcycle as its centerpiece.

Details, like this glass chandelier, add a touch of class and style to the newly renovated casino property.

September 13 - 26, 2011


Judy won the Camaro in Summer Cash and Camaros promotion at Canyon Casino.

A guest at Fortune Valley since 1994, Mary Miera of Northglenn, was the last lucky winner in the Summer Extravaganza Drawings!

Kato won $15,750 playing multicard Keno at Golden Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk.

Photo courtesy of Kato Oslen

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Book Review

Fall reading with a

By Rosemary Fetter

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s summer fades and a chill creeps into the air, it’s time to lose the umbrella and suntan lotion and curl up in front of the fireplace (or the space heater, as the case may be) with a good book and possibly a glass of wine. For Colorado history buffs, the following selections provide a variety of choices on a range of topics. All are available locally or online.

Ladies of the Brown: A Women’s History of Denver’s Most Elegant Hotel Author: Debra B. Faulkner Publisher: The History Press

From the day it opened in 1892, Denver’s elegant Brown Palace Hotel has attracted the rich and famous, including some of the world’s most interesting women, celebrities like Sarah Bernhardt, Joan Baez and Zsa Zsa Gabor, and political royalty like Mamie Eisenhower, Ethel Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. In her recent book, author

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Debra Faulkner (who also happens to be the Brown Palace historian) paints a vivid picture of the fascinating ladies who have visited, lived, played and worked at the hotel over the past century. The book is written in short vignettes, which makes it easy to read in slices. From society doyenne Louise Crawford Hill, who is still said to haunt the upper floors, to Hope Diamond heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean and the worldfamous Helen Keller, each has a fascinating story to tell. Readers may be less familiar with other guests, including the privileged Jacqueline Hoefler Troyer, daughter of the African explorer, who lived at the hotel during the 1920s, from age 6-9. When the child caught scarlet fever, the Brown’s management was forced to affect a month-long quarantine by blocking off the hotels suite. Not even her parents were allowed to visit. Faulkner creates compelling profiles of her subjects, and her book is well written. Interestingly, she also provides a glimpse of the women who have been employed at the Brown over the decades, such as Marge Harmon, who joined the staff as an elevator “pilot” in 1955, and hotel musician Barbara Goodrich, who set up her harp in the hotel lobby in 40 years later. Like the guests, they are important threads in the hotel’s colorful historic tapestry. Ladies of the Brown is a definite must for readers of women’s history and anyone else who is intrigued by the past and the glamour of the legendary Brown Palace Hotel.

Colorado State Parks and Natural Areas Author/Photographer: Frank Weston Publisher: Westcliffe Publishing

Colorado State Parks and Natural Areas provides an impressive beautifully illustrated resource guide to Colorado’s most magnificent parks and natural areas. Westin’s spectacular photography illustrates the diversity of flora and fauna that comprises Colorado’s scenic areas and introduces readers to less familiar natural areas like the Sylvan Lake State Park, which boasts one of the most floristically diverse aspen forests in the state. Another unique area is Castlewood Canyon State Park at the northernmost extension of the Black Forest on the Palmer Divide, near Castle Rock. Westin calls Castlewood “one of Colorado’s secret gems…an oasis in a sea of development.” An easy drive from Denver, the park exhibits “some of the most beautiful little scenes anywhere in Colorado.” For newcomers to the state as well as those who think they’ve seen all that Colorado has to offer, this book is a real eye-opener. Published in cooperation with the Foundation for Colorado State Parks and Friends of the Natural Areas program, it features 43 incredible Colorado getaways with ecological and geological background, park details (walking trails, etc.) and driving directions. The book is available through Westcliffe Publishers in Boulder.

Images of America: The Cripple Creek District

Created by the Cripple Creek District Museum Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Although Arcadia Publishing publications seem to be ubiquitous throughout the country these days, covering nearly every neighborhood, ethnic group and landmark from Maine to Montana and beyond, they have done good work with this particular publication. The staff and board of directors of the Cripple Creek District Museum were directly involved in selecting photos and appropriate text to produce an exceptional book that features several rare images and personal recollections. “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp” was the purview of cattle ranchers and cow paddies until 1878, when rancher and ne’er do well Bob Womack spotted a “gold float” in Poverty Gulch, aka a piece of rock that has broken off and drifted downhill. Of course, nobody believed Womack, who was famous for his tall tales. Even after

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folks started taking him seriously and the boom began, Womack jumped the gun and sold his claim too early, proceeding to drink vigorously as he watched others get unbelievably rich. The Cripple Creek District flourished at the turn of the 20th century and kept the West alive after the Silver crash of the 1890s. As a tourist town, and now a gaming town, it continues to thrive. The excellent images in this book vary from buildings to events and people, but the latter are particularly interesting. Their faces capture the character of the district with remarkable accuracy, far better than words. From the boomtown to ghost town and back, Cripple Creek is a jewel that, thankfully, has been preserved due in part to assistance from the State Historical Fund, which is supported through revenue from gaming in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City. The Cripple Creek District is available at bookstores and through the Cripple Creek District Museum.

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Humor

The difference between STPs and BCPs

BCPs don’t say hello to evI grew up in a town of 385 eryone on the street. It’s not that people. I know that because my they’re unfriendly, though they father did the census, among may be, it’s just that it would be many other things. When I left odd to say hello to every single home, the population dropped by person they pass in a city block, one. Then a few other people left, not to mention quite time conand some came, and now it’s 313. suming. So BCPs look straight That’s according to Google, which ahead and walk fast. They’re eiis probably not as accurate as my ther always in a hurry or they’re father was, since he would have trying to get away from the visitpersonally known every single By Dorothy Rosby ing STPs who keep trying to say person in town. drosby@rushmore.com hello to them. At any rate, growing up in a STPs visiting a city do find it hard to break town of 385 people certainly qualifies me as a Small Town Person or STP, not to be con- the habit of greeting everyone they meet. fused with a fuel additive. I have visited some Fortunately, after a few blocks of it, we grow large cities and even some REALLY large cit- weary and start to scowl like BCPs. Scowling ies (New York City, Tokyo), and it has given doesn’t come naturally to us because we nevme the opportunity to study the differences er do it back home, not that we don’t want to. between the STP and the Big City Person, or It’s just that if we were seen frowning in pubBCP, not to be confused with the Bicycle Club lic, word would soon be all over town. “Dorothy Rosby was sure grumpy about something of Philadelphia. As you know, STPs smile and say hello to today.” Similarly, STPs wave at everyone they everyone we meet on the street. It’s not because we’re nice people, though we are, it’s pass while they’re driving. It’s not that we’re just that it would be downright odd to pass nice people, though we are, it would just seem the only other person on the block and not peculiar not to acknowledge the only other driver we’ve seen on the road all morning.   say something.

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BCPs don’t wave at everyone they pass in the car. It’s not that they don’t like people, though they may not. It’s just that they’d risk a repetitive motion injury if they waved at every passing motorist. Not to mention they might be distracted from driving, which is, as you know, somewhat more complicated in large cities. Where I grew up, your chances of hitting livestock were better than your chances of hitting another car. BCPs have an abundance of shopping available to them, including a lot of specialty shops. In large cities, there are entire stores devoted to selling tape or socks or Legos. Obviously in a town with a population of 313, a store couldn’t possibly survive selling nothing but socks, even if all those 313 people went stocking-footed all the time like I do.  Naturally BCPs have a wider variety of employment options available to them, what with sock store clerk and Lego salesperson. I

once saw someone dressed as a giant shrimp and another person dressed as a shark on the same day in Minneapolis. No wonder STPs move to the cities – more opportunity. More coffee too. BCPs have a lot of places to drink a lot of different kinds of coffee that cost a lot of money. They also have a wider variety of restaurants available serving foods STPs have never heard of. This just happens to my favorite thing about big cities. And when they eat, it’s at “breakfast, lunch or dinner.” I’m not sure BCPs even know what “supper” is. Those of us from really small towns suffer from a bit of low self-esteem even though our population is not as dense – I mean densely populated. This is not helped by the fact that BCPs often seem to think we are not as clever as they are. Maybe; maybe not. We’re smart enough to when supper is. Contact Dorothy Rosby at drosby@rushmore.com or see www.dorothyrosby.com.

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Gaming Observations from the World Series of Poker – Part IV Tips from the best: Phil Hellmuth said to play small pots when you have a lot of chips. When you get near the money bubble or other significant points (such as the redraw at one and two tables), recognize who is playing tight to just get there and who is taking advantage of the situation by playing loose. John Chan said, one big difference in the 1980s (when I won two titles) and today is that back then I knew and had played with every player, while today I have known no one at my starting table the past few years. In the 2010 Main Event I was moved to my sec-

ond table and the very first hand was faced with an all-in from a player I had never seen. I pick up pocket kings and call. He turns over pocket aces and my tournament is over. This went against my basic tournament philosophy of not risking my tournament life with less than the “nuts”(early in a tournament). Another major difference today is the players are mostly under 30 and the players used to mostly be over 30. Joe Navarro (a former FBI agent who specializes in tells), said pursed lips equals a big hand, and crossing and uncrossing legs also means the player has a big hand. Opponent bets and looks away with seeming little interest means the player probably has a big hand. Opponent bets on the end with a shaky hand - although many players think this tell shows weakness, it actually shows strength since the player betting is releasing tension and has a big hand.

Bingo is fun but odds are against you

If you have ever thought about playing bingo it’s important to know what you’re up against when you play. Bingo cards consist of 24 numbers and a “free spot” arranged in a square of five rows and five columns. The numbers on a bingo card range from 1 to 75. Under the “B” the random selection comes from 1 to 15, under the “I” from 16 to 30, under the “N” from 31 to 45, under the “G” from 46 to 60, and under the “O” from 61 to 75. Bingo cards are as random as computer generation will allow. With this in mind, be aware that there are a staggering 552 million billion billion possible combinations of number arrays. This fact alone makes bingo far from the best gambling option you can find online. The odds against you, however, can be compensated by the fun, excitement, and enjoyment that you derive from playing. Even so, as with all gambling, it’s wise to become the smartest, most informed bingo player that you can possibly be. For example, mathematical studies reveal that the probability of a player

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getting a standard bingo (vertical, horizontal, diagonal) after 10 numbers are called is a miniscule 0.081 percent. The probability of the same occurrence after 20 calls is 2.29 percent. You can see that you have to be mighty lucky to get a bingo. It’s kind of like lottery drawings in some respects. We all know the astronomical odds we face in some of the bigger lottery games. Well, the odds are similar in bingo. Or how about the popular “cover all” bingo games that usually have the highest jackpots? After 50 of the 75 numbers have been called, the probability of a player having a coverall is just 0.00048 percent! After 60 numbers have been called the probability is still just 0.14 percent. Another popular bingo game option is “four corners”. After 20 numbers have been called the probability of a player having a four-corner bingo is 0.4 percent. After 40 numbers have been called the probability is still just 7.5 percent. So, to sum up my advice for playing bingo, here are some tips: a) Remember that winning at bingo is based on pure luck b) Keep in mind the mathematical odds against you c) Play with responsible money and time management principles d) Do some research on the prizes offered Have fun with your bingo search and you’ll enjoy the best playing experience.

Thinking about Poker: Let them play that way T h e French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Aug. 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821) was By Drew Chitiea arguably one of the world’s greatest military tacticians. His soldiers often fought opposing forces considerably more numerous, yet through skill at deciphering enemy intent, maneuver, counter-maneuvering, troop placement and force multipliers – most notably artillery – he won battle after battle. Right up until the failed invasion of Russia and of course, Waterloo. A saying often quoted by later military instructors and strategists goes like this: “Never interrupt your opponent when he’s making a mistake.” Since poker is a civilized form of warfare, this observation is also applicable to the felt battlefield. Implementing this tactic requires realizing your opponent indeed is making a mistake. The goal of every poker player – as stated in several books – is to play your hand in such a way that a better hand is laid down and a worse hand calls. In essence inducing or, said another way – allowing – your opponent to make a mistake. Of course you then capitalize on those mistakes. This requires awareness of playing styles, betting patterns, hand reading, logic and a little guesswork. All of which is developed and strengthened if one but pays attention to the game, especially when not involved in a hand. It just takes paying attention to the game and players; not the television or to the myriad other possible distractions. I was at the local arena when midway through a $2/$5 - $100 NoLimit game I found myself with an 8-6 suited. Being in middle position, I elected to just call and watched as three more behind me limped in. The blinds checked and we saw the flop, 8-6-2 rainbow. A nice flop for my hand as no-one appeared to like it. I did not put anyone on a big overpair as there likely would have been a preflop raise, so I figured most players for face-card combinations. I became the first bettor when others checked to me of about 60 percent of the pot. I got two callers; the turn brought a four and a reaction from a player to my left. He seemed more intent and alert now than before and I felt the four somehow helped him. Let’s see: He limped in before the

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flop, called my bet and after the turn was now mentally very much in the game. As I watched him (surreptitiously), he glanced down at his chip stack. This, according to Mike Caro (the Guru of Tells), is an unconscious movement to ascertain the extent of one’s ammunition supply (chip stack) prior to going into battle (playing further into the hand). I thought my opponent had either tripped up with the four or held a 5-7 for the straight, both of which would tear my two pair to shreds. I made a probing bet of about 20 percent of the pot and he just called. Could he be slow-playing the two possible hands I put him on or could he hold something else, maybe a big pocket pair? Hmmm… The river brought an eight making me a full house. If my opponent held either of the two possible hands I suspected – a set or a straight – then by slow-playing them to the river he made a big mistake by not raising my turn bet to win the hand then and there. Now the question was how to maximize profit from this guy; how can I capitalize on his mistake? I made a half-the-pot sized bet and he quickly went all-in. I got the feeling he was trying to bully me out of the pot, yet realizing the danger his hand was now in. I called and he showed 5-7 for the straight he had made on the turn. Showing my full house he said, “You got lucky” and to one degree he was correct. I had gotten lucky, however, he had allowed me to get there by making the mistake of not ending the hand after the turn with a large raise. I don’t think I would have called after the read I had gotten on him. As a side note: Anytime you get a little bent because some doofus called you down to win with a miracle catch on the river, just tap the table and say “Nice hand, Pal” Do NOT let them know how angry you are and especially do not lecture them on how badly they played their hand. Keep in mind, poker lessons are always “tomorrow;” today you’re playing the game. Do not educate the ignorant about how badly they play. You want them to make mistakes; you want them to continue making errors, for in the long run you can capitalize greatly upon their dismal play. You must not educate – or interrupt – your opponent while they’re making a mistake. Postscript: Years ago, I saw a shirt with the following on the front: “Nice Hand, Pal” On the back it said: “By ‘Nice Hand’ I mean “How could you play that s**t?” And by ‘Pal’ I mean “A**hole” Well said, Pal.

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Why breaking up is hard to do... pairs, in blackjack, especially Basic Strategy in blackjack is an exercise in optimization. It’s the set of decisions maximizing players’ statistically expected gains on favorable and minimizing expected setbacks on inauspicious hands. “Expected,” not in the sense of a specific amount anyone might gain or drop in a particular coup, but an average computed using probabilities with the laws of large numbers. Once a person is familiar with casino blackjack, much of Basic Strategy coincides with intuition. Much, but not all. When dogma and instinct conflict, even experienced players aren’t always comfortable following “the book” rigorously and may stray from the straight and narrow. The divergence sometimes develops when Basic Strategy says to take a card and gut feel to stay put. These tend to be situations where both choices have negative expectations – projected losses. Hitting lowers theoretical setbacks over many instances of the same hand. Standing avoids losses on the spot by busting.

The dilemma is most common with totals of 15 or 16 against 7- through ace-up. Players realize the odds are they’ll lose to a bust if they draw and to a pat dealer’s hand if they don’t. Some bettors also balk at the rule about hitting 12s against 2-up or 3-up. They wonder whether to risk busting because they erroneously equate 2- or 3-up with 12 or 13 total and think the dealer is as weak as they are. Here are a few values of expected loss per dollar bet in 8-deck games for situations like these: 9-6 versus 9-up – $0.54 standing and $0.47 hitting, 7-5 versus 2-up – $0.29 standing and $0.25 hitting, and 10-2 versus 3-up – $0.25 standing and $0.23 hitting. Some Basic Strategy doubles also instill doubt. These circumstances invariably have positive expectations for doubling as well as for their intuitive alternatives – usually hitting or standing. Either is good but one is better. Expectation for profit per dollar bet at the start of the round for the strongest sanctioned double, 6-5 versus 6-up, is $0.68 compared with

$0.34 by hitting; for the weakest Basic Strategy double, A-6 versus 3-up, it’s $0.06 compared with $0.03 by hitting. The primary reason solid citizens occasionally forego doubles is anxiety about placing extra money at risk during the course of the round. A second rationale is the thought that on some hands, after receiving one card, they’d take another were it permitted. For instance, when doubling on 5-4 versus 6-up and finishing with 11, or on 6-4 versus eight-up and ending with 16. Splits are the most frequently disobeyed Basic Strategy dicta. This, since players must raise what’s at risk during a round but may not perceive any benefit, or may even think their positions are worsening. The enigma arises in all three of the scenarios for which splitting is the rule. • A pair has negative expectation for standing or hitting but is theoretically profitable when split. The incentive to reverse a negative expectation should be compelling; however, the potential improvement may not be evident. A 6-6 against 5-up is an illustration. The pair is obviously weak when treated as a 12, but it’s not apparent that a six alone has an advan-

tage facing 5-up. In fact, per dollar bet when a round begins, a 12 is forecast to lose an average of $0.16 and $0.19 by standing and hitting, respectively, while splitting comes in at $0.10 profit. All told, 20 hands meet this criterion: A-A/A, A-A/10, A-A/9, 2-2/7, 8-8/7, 3-3/6, 6-6/6, 7-7/6, 8-8/6, 2-2/5, 3-3/5, 6-6/5, 7-7/5, 8-8/5, 2-2/4, 3-3/4, 7-7/4, 8-8/4, 8-8/3, and 8-8/2. • A pair has positive expectation for standing or hitting, as warranted, but is predicted to win more when split. The total represented by the pair may seem strong, leaving players to wonder whether they should just take the money and run or if enough is to be gained by matching the amount already at risk and splitting the pair. An example is 9-9 versus 8-up. Standing, prospects are to earn an average of $0.10 per dollar bet at the start of the round. Splitting, the statistical profit is $0.23. In all, 16 hands are in this category: A-A/8, 9-9/8, A-A/7, A-A/6, 2-2/6, 4-4/6, 9-9/6, A-A/5, 4-4/5, 9-9/5, A-A/4, 9-9/4, A-A/3, 9-9/3, A-A/2, and 9-9/2. • A pair has negative expectation for standing, hitting, and splitting alike. Despite the extra dough up

for grabs, though, average losses are least by splitting. These opportunities for splits are the most regularly ignored. The initial total is clearly bad, but intuition suggests that starting with the constituent cards may be twice as painful. The classic illustration is 8-8 versus 10-up. Splitting leaves players with an expected loss of $0.48 per dollar wagered at the start of the round. Next best, when allowed, is surrender with a certain loss of $0.50 on the dollar. Hitting and standing follow, each anticipating losses just under $0.54 on the dollar – the latter being fractionally worse. In total, 16 hands are in this class: 8-8/A, 8-8/10, 8-8/9, 9-9/9, 8-8/8, 3-3/7, 7-7/7, 6-6/4, 2-2/3, 3-3/3, 6-6/3, 7-7/3, 2-2/2, 3-3/2, 6-6/2, and 7-7/2. The devil in all these situations is in the statistical details. Intuition goes just so far. And, although a player can win a round doing almost anything, over a period of time, the mathematics associated with the laws of probability triumphs. The poet, Sumner A Ingmark, said it like this: ‘Though intuition oft encumbers, The truths are lurking in the numbers.

Poker people: The cheap side benefit of playing the game poker talk BY LARRY JOHNSON

Playing poker allows plenty of time for people watching, listening to interesting conversations, and interacting with others from across the globe. You can sit next to an ordinary player (like me) – just trying to win a few bucks or you could sit next to a Denver Bronco. Yep, quite a few play up the hill: Rod Bernstein (former bruising running back), Rod Smith (one of the best receivers ever) and Reggie Rivers (former Bronco and current radio talk show host) among others. In fact – just the other day I was

involved in a quieter than normal $30 - $60 Hold-em game with one of the above players heads up. I was in the blind, he was across the table and had raised. I was up a bit so made a very, very bad call for $30 with 6H – 2H. The flop came 6C, 6S and 2 S – giving me the full house. I let him bet, check raising quickly. As he called he smiled and asked “Larry, do you have a 6?” (He is known for his smile.) Well, with no help coming for his pocket 9’s on the turn and the river he lost $120 more and tossed his hand in when I showed my sub – par (yet winning) full house. The best part is a bit later the same situation came up and instead of calling his raise with my 5 – 2 off suite (not sure what his hand was) I loudly announced as I tossed them in face up, “I’ll never beat you with a 6 – 2 or worse again” gaining a smile from him.

I can remember another time at The Bellagio Poker Room playing $10 - $20 No Limit Hold-em up with the big boys (I had the smallest stack by far) and Spiderman Tobey McGuire jumped into the game. Seriously – he was a heck of a player and built his chip stack quickly. He put a beat on a lady and as he was dragging the chips she said, “Now, that’s how Spiderman does it.” He looked up and said with a deadpan voice, “Yeah, but Spiderman would have made the chips sticky” as he continued to drag the chips. Lou Diamond Phillips (Young Guns, La Bamba) was also at that table – a much wilder player. The Card Player Magazine has a famous columnist named Roy Cook – I played with him once in Las Vegas and remember his piercing gaze. He sat down at the $15 - $30 Holdem game at The Bellagio and after his hello’s (seemed to know everyone in the room), spent a few minutes studying the players at the table – seemingly analyzing them and moving on.

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When he got to me – it was a quick glance. I felt he categorized me as a poker playing tourist … more than likely someone who would play more hands than they should. At the time, I think I brushed these thoughts off thinking, “I can beat him, just give me the chance.” Well, looking back – he was right and had my game pegged. I can remember losing a bit during that session (maybe $500) but also playing way too many hands. If I hadn’t, I more than likely would have won. My luck head’s up against Mr. Cook – he stole my blind. We have a celebrity player here in Central City / Blackhawk. A few weeks ago, I was playing in a $1 - $2 game at The Ameristar Casino Poker Room and a player leaned over to me and asked, “Do you know Jamal?” Well, of course I do – Jamal has been beating me for 15 years. If you travel to Las Vegas at all – he is well known in the rooms and finished 74th in the final event of The

World Series of Poker a few years ago. He has been written about in all the big poker publications and he could be called the Colorado Poker Ambassador with many players part of the community because of his welcoming influence. One poker fact you may not know … he opened the Lodge Poker Room as the manager back in the early 1990s. The other night, I played next to a player in a $2 - $5 game early in the evening who claimed he was 73 years old and had just finished climbing 3 of our 14-thousand foot peaks (Democrat, Bross, Lincoln) and was “winding down” with a little bit of cards – whew, I’ve climbed those and I was on the couch by 7 p.m. / tough guy (he showed me the pictures). So – pay attention to those around you, listen in when possible (but not intrusively) and take the chance to interact with players when you can. It’s fun and is a cheap side benefit of playing the game. Remember – play your game!

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WESTERN FOOTPRINTS

By Anna Lee Ames Frohlich Researcher, Western Historian, Writer, Presenter / Speaker “A gold mine is a hole in the ground with a liar on top.” - misattributed to Mark Twain. The gleam in men’s eyes at the thought of gold in the Rockies did not end with the 19th century. As a matter of fact, in 2011 the gleam is alive and well. With the rise in the price of minerals, there is international interest in valuable properties in Colorado and elsewhere. That gleam had been in the eyes of my father, Lawrence Ames Nowell, for a long time. His decision to move West was based on this long time passion. His father would not send him to M.I.T., where he wanted to go to study mining engineering, because “no one who is anyone goes anywhere but H a h hvahd.” Dad completed his undergraduate work and a master’s degree in business at Harvard before fighting in WWII. During the war his mathematical skills paid off in the trenches. The long nights there were described by him

later as interminable boredom punctuated with moments of sheer terror. Poker filled in the time, and dad’s gambling ability paid off. He would send his winnings home to mother with instructions on how to invest them. By the time he returned home he had enough from his earnings to buy a new car and put down a down payment on a house in Old Greenwich, Conn. He worked for Johns Manville and General Foods in New York but was never really happy, When at age 35 he came into a very generous inheritance from his grandmother (about $1.5 million from the Ames Shovel fortune), he pulled up stakes and moved the family to the West where he could pursue his dreams. We lived in a large, comfortable house in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. Mother had a nanny for the baby and to help

Lawrence A. Nowell and his daughter Anna Lee in 1983

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with cooking, cleaning and ironing. This allowed her to spend a lot of time with her five children. We had family outings in the mountains, and mother would take us back to Massachusetts to spend time with our grandparents in the country. Meanwhile, dad was feeling his way into the mining business. He had business skills but no real knowledge of the mining business. I have vague memories of going to one of his mines near Montezuma in the Snake River valley in Summit County. I can picture climbing up a mine dump that had a corrugated building off to one side. That area is known for silver deposits. The first silver discovery in Colorado was 1 mile south of Montezuma in 1864. I also remember the mention of “molybdenum,” which is a mineral used to toughen steel. The word stuck with me. It rolled off my tongue and over my lips. He often mentioned the names of his mining partners, and I met a few of them. Mother would not let them come to the house. She considered them hard and “not the right type.” It seems that she was right in a way. His dreams did not survive for long. Lack of knowledge, partners who led him in wrong directions and used his money for their gambles in the mining industry, and just plain bad luck conspired to wipe out his inheritance in about three years. He was certainly not the first to

Larry and Betty Nowell, 1941, shortly after their marriage and before he went overseas Photos courtesy of Anna Lee Frohlich

lose it all in the mining business in Colorado. In the 1800s, only a handful made it big. Some earned enough to make a bare living, and the rest just faded into obscurity. Dad’s loss was probably hardest on my mother. She continued to talk about how he had managed to “pour his inheritance down a hole in the ground.” Dad went back to his business training and worked in banking for the rest of his working years. Despite their hard start, they stayed in Colorado and grew to love the West and to take on its ways, though a part of their Eastern roots was always strongly ingrained in them. A few years ago while doing research on different family matters at the Western History section of the Denver Public Library, I came across a newspaper article that added an almost spooky element to dad’s mining experience. The article was in the June

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9, 1866, Rocky Mountain News. It referred to the Bullion Consolidated Mining Company of Colorado. Listed among management from New England was the Hon. Oakes Ames of Union Pacific fame, my father’s great-great grandfather. The company had holdings in Clear Creek County and Summit County. In Summit County the company had “74,700 feet upon lodes in Ten Mile and Snake River Districts,” and 16 water power claims of 250 feet in the Snake River District. How strange that my father should have been led from New England to the same river valley in Colorado where his ancestor had had a mining venture close to 90 years before. It is highly unlikely that he could have known about it. Was this coincidence or the hand of fate? I, for one, am glad that he was led to Colorado, as the West and it’s history, and my family’s role in it, have become my passion.

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Trail’s End

The faded look of Lake City in the 1930s and 1940s captivated Colorado artist and ghost town historian Mabel Sibell Wolle.

Photo courtesy of Stampede to Timberline, by Muriel Sibell Wolle.

Uncorked Lake City Wine & Music Festival, Sept. 17

groceries and other goods. Lake City merchants prospered by outfitting prospectors onsider this your and miners, who personal invitaflowed through tion to visit Lake the town and City. The picturesque little spread into the town awaits your discovery, surrounding and is a perfect getaway mountains in for a weekend. Perched on the eastern edge of the San By Cathleen Norman search of silver and gold deposJuan Mountains — the only catnorman@earthlink.net its. Several rich town for 60 miles around — Lake City is a speck of civilization strikes attracted attention. Most famous was the Hotchkiss Mine, amongst rearing Fourteeners. The silvery San Juan region in later renamed the Golden Fleece, southwestern Colorado was one of discovered by Enos Hotchkiss as he most isolated places in the coun- was building Mears’ toll road. Thrivtry when thousands of prospectors ing as a supply point, Lake City also stampeded into the region in 1874 – became an ore milling center with following the Utes’ forced departure. three of the earliest ore mills in the Town builders laid out Lake City in San Juan mining region. The only town in Hinsdale a lovely river valley and named it after Lake San Cristobal 4 miles south, County, Lake City became the counthe second largest natural lake in ty seat and flourished as a haven of Colorado. Lake City boomed over- culture, class and comfort on the night, a speculative townsite devel- mining frontier. Pioneer citizens oped by toll road tycoon Otto Mears regarded the place as a community rather than a camp, and they and other hopeful investors Mears profited immediately by re-created aspects of their homebuilding the first toll road into the towns. Citizens laid out wide city San Juans, from Saguache in the streets and planted cottonwoods to San Luis Valley through Lake City provide shade and beauty, and they and over Cinnamon Pass drop- cultivated flower gardens. Townsping into Silverton. Then Mears folk constructed houses and comdispatched freight wagons from his mercial buildings in styles popular mercantile center at Saguache ship- “Back East,” so that today the town ping supplies, building materials, remains an architectural showcase

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Lake City’s historic district is distinctive for its well-preserved false-front commercial buildings from the 1870s mining rush.

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from that Victorian-era. A center of commerce and culture, Lake City boasted the first church and the first schoolhouse on Colorado’s Western Slope. Pioneer residents embraced a civilized lifestyle in the remote wilderness, enjoying costume balls, literary societies, musical concerts and elaborate festivities to mark every holiday. The town boomed but the most accessible mineral deposits were soon exhausted. Lake City dwindled, as miners and prospectors departed for richer silver strikes at Telluride, Rico, Leadville and Westcliffe. Lake City’s civic leaders lobbied the Denver & Rio Grande to build a branch line for ore shipment, and the train arrived a decade later. The D&RG line finally reached Lake City in 1889, to resurrect “one of the deadest camps in Colorado.” After another brief boom, Lake City’s mining era closed for good at the turn of the 19th century. Major ore deposits depleted, mining production petered out and the town shrank as residents moved elsewhere. By World War I, the town had fewer occupied buildings than empty one and weeds were growing in the middle of Main Street. The town turned to tourism. Motoring vacationers “discovered” Lake City in the late 1920s. Col. Frank French opened the Lake Shore Inn beside sparkling Lake San Cristobal, a 30-room lodge with 18 roughly fur-

nished cabins. Visitors came from the sweaty states of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas, often staying all summer long. Some folks bought houses vacant since the mining heyday and Lake City became a beloved summer haven. Tourism blossomed in the 1930s and 1940s. A dozen different “auto camps” opened in and around the town. Folks roughed it in one- or two-room log cabins clustered around a common shower house and shared bathroom. The remote location gave people the feeling of escaping from civilization. Honkytonk taverns and gambling provided Saturday night entertainment. Outdoors, folks loved hiking, trail rides, fishing, boating and just plain loafing. By the 1950s, four-wheeling became extremely popular and Jeeps scrambled up the steep old mining roads. The town’s haunting historic appearance enchanted visitors, such as Muriel Sibell Wolle. The artistauthor-college professor photographed and sketched Lake City’s haunting historic scenes for her terrific book on Colorado mining towns, Stampede to Timberline. In the 1970s, came measures to preserve the town’s architectural heritage. Investor/philanthropist John Parker purchased two beautiful business buildings at the main intersection and revamped them inside and out. The Baptist congregation rescued and repaired the exquisite gabled church that stood vacant and derelict. The Hinsdale County Historical Society incorporated and opened a museum in a historic house. The Lake City National Historic District was created, and soon the town council adopted a local preservation ordinance to help ensure the district’s authentic appearance. Today, Lake City burgeons in summer, nearly tripling in size. By late June, nearly every cottage, cabin and motel room is filled; RV parks and campgrounds overflow. Some summer families have returned to their beloved cabin each year for

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three generations. Family reunions and romantic mountain weddings abound. Summer highlights include the San Juan Solstice – a 50-mile foot race run over the summit of the Continental Divide. Residents perpetuate traditions of culture, education and spiritual worship begun by town founders. The four historic churches host classical concerts. Theatrical productions and art events unfold in the historic stately, Italianate-style Hough Block, now converted into the Lake City Art Center. Visitors also enjoy the “Carpenter Gothic” churches, handsome commercial buildings of wood, brick and stone, and the tree-lined neighborhoods filled with houses in varying Victorian-era styles. The fine Finley Block, once a premier mercantile palace, contains the Hinsdale County Museum with its exciting exhibits about lively local history including, this summer, displays of brands from the county’s several cattle ranches. Lake City also prides itself on possessing Colorado’s oldest operating courthouse with its second-story courtroom where infamous Alferd Packer was tried in the late 1870s for dining on his travel companions. Tourism subsides by mid-August – Texans return home and RV’s start heading south. The pace slows only a bit. Aspen gold lures Colorado visitors during September and the Lake City Wine Music Festival attracts lovers of vino and music. Uncorked Lake City Wine & Music Festival, on Sept. 17 in Town Park, features various vintages and tasty tunes in Town Park. So, by all means, feel free to head down to Lake City and enjoy one of Colorado’s hidden treasures. The town is 55 miles beyond Gunnison – 10 miles west on U.S. 50 then 45 miles south on State Highway 119. Another route is via Creede, Lake City 50 miles northwest of Creede, just take Highway 119, over Slumgullion Pass. Come on over!

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y grandfather, father, me and now our children and grandchildren hunt North American game and eat it. I believe the best tasting meat is a bear that has fattened on serviceberries and acorns in the fall. Next and always good is elk. A buck deer with horns in the velvet that has been in the high country or in an alfalfa field is excellent meat. A buck deer that is living on sagebrush or in the fall rut tends to be very gamey and sometimes they are so strong they are not fit to eat. The first item is to have an animal that has not been ran, but is quiet and killed with one single shot so they do not suffer, and there is no running and chasing to get the meat hot. Next, quickly bleed and gut the animal and on deer remove the scent glands on the inside of the back legs. If possible, skin and quarter the animal.

Cool the meat as quickly as possible. A really nice time to hunt is in late November when there is snow on the ground so the animal quickly cools. We like to make every piece of meat into steaks 1/2 inch thick that you have removed the striffnin from between the muscles. Use a meat tenderizer and pound the meat to break down the muscle. Then pat the steak on a plate of flour, one side then the second side, salt and pepper lightly to taste. Place the meat in a frying pan that is hot (a small drop of water dropped on the pan will quickly hiss and boil away) and cook until the red liquid comes out the top side then turn over. Depending on the temperature of the frying pan, it may require turning the steak a couple of times. The steak will have a brown crust from the flour. If the meat was properly handled, it can be cut

Ed Smith Owner of Wild Card, Black Hawk Station, and Sasquatch casinos with a fork and light knife and the taste is unbelievably good. The fried flour left in the pan makes excellent gravy, just add a little cold water and stir with a spoon until bringing the gravy to a boil and cooking it until all the flour is done. It goes great on mashed Pontiac (red ) potatoes.

Horoscope VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) You will be able to recharge yourself this month and make changes for the year ahead that can manifest a wish come true. You will make a good impression on someone. There are times when your first duty is to yourself, and if you don’t, you are little use to anyone else. Avoid nervousness with relaxation techniques. Ohm is the word today. Lucky Numbers: 1, 14, 16, 41, 46 60

CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) For the next year you are still in a transition period where you are can reap the rewards of all the hard work you’ve applied to your goal. If you have prepared well, the results will be excellent. You will gain many responsibilities in your professional life. Great achievement if you are ambitious for leadership.  Lucky Numbers: 3, 16, 30, 36, 60, 61

TAURUS - (April 21 - May 21) You may be tempted to withdraw and keep to yourself, especially if you are processing something; a decision is to be made. Communication may not be at its best; use this time for mystical or spiritual discipline. You are willing to work well with others to achieve the immediate goal. Lucky Numbers: 1, 14, 10, 19, 41, 61

LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) We all broadcast two kinds of signals to the outer world. What we think we are trying to do, and the subconscious response that may send a different message. Get clear on your message. What is it you are truly wanting and how do you go about it. You may be called upon to help someone or become involved in some kind of charity. Lucky Numbers: 5, 50, 56, 58, 60, 65

AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Your usual casual conversations with others take on an emotional depth that others can appreciate. Female relatives play an important role in your life right now. You have something to learn from them. You may be forced to look at life in a new way. To see things different, to communicate differently, even your habits may change. Lucky Numbers: 11, 16, 17, 25, 46, 59

GEMINI - (May 22 - June 21) Use this week to reflect and think about all the ideas you have encountered recently. This is a good time to examine your personal life and make or change a plan if you need to. Emotional contacts with friends are important to you. Be sure to let them know how important they are to you. Lucky Numbers: 4, 5, 10, 54, 55, 56

SCORPIO - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Your creative intellectual work is still running strong. You may find it important to defend your beliefs. It is always a good idea to leave the ego out of the equation. Not the best time to travel, but if you do, plan well. Examine the roll your friends and new associates play in your life. Practice balance and cooperation. Lucky Numbers: 4, 14, 21, 24, 49, 52 SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) This is an excellent time to enjoy good health, or to take a new step towards a healthier lifestyle. Avoid putting on any unwanted weight. Everything tastes good to you now. You will find a certain personal pride you joyfully express in the work area. You may find it hard to contain your feelings. Others appreciate. Lucky Numbers: 15, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29

PISCES - (Feb 20 - March 20) Guard against emotional spending. If you find you are buying to give yourself a sense of well being, you may regret it later. Meeting new friends and experiencing new surroundings will give you a boost. Family plays an important role right now too. Adjustments need to be made with partners. Cooperation is needed. Lucky Numbers: 11, 15, 16, 51, 56, 67 ARIES - (March 21 - April 20) Expect the un-expected this week. Others may challenge you, which can only make you stronger and more vocal. But more so, you may be surprised by your own response to external stimuli.  This is still a favorable time for financial ventures, especially one that involves a female partner. Volunteer your time to someone in need. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 6, 14, 25, 26

CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) Professional and business concerns come into focus. You may be asked to come to your forefront and show someone what you are capable of. This is a good time for public relationships. Your interactions with friends, neighbors or relatives are heightened. Life is moving pretty fast this week. Keep smiling. Lucky Numbers: 12, 17, 18, 21, 28, 49 LEO - (July 23 - Aug 22) It may be time to look at your life and see what is the most valuable to you. You may feel like showing off one of your prize possessions. Just don’t be obnoxious about it. You may attract financial gain or people who can get you there. Care in spending is still advised. An unexpected turn shows up in the work area. Lucky Numbers: 3, 8, 12, 37, 38, 50

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