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Spring 2013

ontrose A free lifestyle magazine

Montrose’s Mr. Music Capturing the essence of Donny Morales

The pan-Asian approach of Sushitini Nick Rinne relies on freshness for his flavors

Taking it outside Kicking back on Montrose’s best patios

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Life in Montrose is expressed in as many ways as the people who live and work here. For Sherry, it is about family, ranching and taking care of her patients at MMH. Sherry, who works as a Lead RN in the ICU and also as a House Supervisor is nominated for the Nightingale Luminary Award for Excellence in Human Caring. It is awarded to nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health. She plays an integral role in the quality improvements at Montrose Memorial Hospital and has also been very active in the continuing education programs for the nursing staff. She is always professional, loves her job and it shows. Montrose Memorial Hospital is fortunate to have Sherry on our staff, as a clinical bedside critical care nurse, as an educator and as a patient advocate. Her dedication to providing you the best in patient care is part of her life in Montrose.

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Springing forward I’m a big fan of the famous investor Warren Buffett , also known as the Oracle from Omaha. He once said the most important business decision someone can make is who they choose as a partner in life. I know this all too well, as my wife has complemented me in every part of my being. Clearly, this is the case for Landon Wareham, coach of the Montrose High School baseball team, as well. His wife Casey graciously allowed us to learn more about the way she not only succeeds as a supporting wife, but as a mother and a well-known professional in our community. The idea of supporting the boys on the diamond or swinging a driver on the golf course this spring has all of us excited to be outside. Montrose Indian Kala Keltz is back in the swing of things this year. She had a dynamite year on the basketball court , but everyone’s excited to see if she can lead a talented Lady Indians golf team to a state championship. My wife and I first met the beautiful Dr. Dorcha Boisen and her husband Matt at The Bridges last summer. They’re an amazing couple who care about others. You’ll love to learn about the work Dr. Boisen and her staff did down in Honduras. Their work is to be commended, and we’re all fortunate to have the Boisens as neighbors. You’ll enjoy all the stories in the spring edition of Montrose magazine and think of the unique people who make up our community — or who once lived here. Bruce Grigsby did a marvelous job of reintroducing us to one of our own, April-Joy Gutierrez, who is dazzling audiences around the world with her voice. A 1983 grad of MHS, Gutierrez has done so much for us to all be proud of. Thanks to all who helped make another Montrose magazine a success. Clearly, it’s having a positive influence in our community, as we routinely get calls asking when the next edition is due out . Shoot us an email with story ideas, if you tried any of the recipes or if you just want to say hi. — Francis Wick Publisher

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Girl on a mission

Functional footwork

In a league of her own

Making sushi in a cow town

She has played countless rounds of golf on numerous courses all over Colorado and Arizona throughout her years, but for Kala Keltz, everything stems from being a youngster in her family’s backyard in Montrose.

Think of reflexology as the foot rub’s more amped-up cousin. Although medical research is mixed, the theory behind reflexology is that different pressure points on the feet , hands and ears connect to corresponding zones in the body. Practitioners say reflexology helps relax the entire body, dropping stress and contributing to overall well-being.

The bleachers at the Montrose High baseball park typically are filled with fans anytime the Indians are playing, and although the players probably can’t recognize all those faces, there are at least three regulars they can spot in a heartbeat — Casey Wareham and her two children.

Valentine’s Day marked the second anniversary of the opening of Montrose’s one and only sushi restaurant – Sushitini. Nick Rinne has been there from the beginning, first as the kitchen manager and now as the chef and owner of the restaurant .

Business

Home and Garden

8. Gift guide

32. Green springs eternal

10. The patio life

The Arts

Health & Wellness

34. Morales booster

16. Compassion that builds bridges

People

Food and drink

36. April-Joy Gutierrez

29. Salad days

38. Diana Hokit

30. Spinach and strawberry salad

39. Shauna Hovey

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40. Out & about

On the cover Katrina Kinsley

Special edition Montrose Indians Casey Wareham collectors card.

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contributors Francis Wick Montrose Daily Press

Elaine Hale Jones Montrose Daily Press

Will Hearst Montrose Daily Press

Katrina Kinsley Montrose Daily Press

Nate Wick Montrose Daily Press

Mike Easterling Montrose Daily Press

Cassie Stewart

upcoming events Get ready to kick up your heels in Montrose and surrounding areas this spring. Fun of all sorts is on tap at the following events.

April

April 6 — The Montrose Woman’s Club’s annual Flea Market 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

April 27 — Sharefest at locations all over Montrose, kicking off at 7:30 a.m. at Columbine Middle School and Rotary Park.

April 27 — The Wesley Pruitt April 13 — The Court Appointed Band at 8 p.m. at the Turn of the Century Saloon, with Donny Special Advocates for the 7th Judicial District’s annual Ray of & Glenn opening. Hope benefit at 6 p.m. at the April 28 — The fifth annual Tea Montrose Pavilion. & Traditions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colona School. April 14 — The Montrose Community Band concert, “AmeriApril 28 — The Valley Symphocan Highlights,” at 3 p.m. at ny Orchestra at 3 p.m. at the the Montrose Pavilion. Montrose Pavilion.

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Matt Lindberg Montrose Daily Press

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May

May 10-11 — The Montrose May 10 — The opening of the Magic Circle Players Communi- Wine Festival at the Montrose ty Theatre production of “1776” Pavilion. at 7:30 p.m. at the theater.

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June

Lu Anne Tyrrell Bruce Grigsby

June 8 — The annual Tribute to Western Movies Day at 9 a.m. at the Museum of the Mountain West. June 15 — The Black Canyon

Barbershop Chorus at 7 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. June 30 — The Montrose Community Band at 7 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. M

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Gift Guide Papa Wheelie’s Bicycles

Black Canyon Visitor Center

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Black Canyon National Park, 241-6337

Stay hydrated on the trail with the two-liter hydration pack by Hydrapak, $84.99.

Regional Trail MapsBooks $7.00-$12.

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Hickory walking sticks $26.95-$68.

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Stay energized with a variety of energy supplements and prevent the bonk, $1.49-$5.49.

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Black Canyon and Curecanti logo water bottles and hats $12.99-$24.99.

The Delta smartphone holder attaches most smartphones securely to a bicycle, $29.99

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Cascade Bicycles 21 N. Cascade Ave., 249-7375 Ultra-bright, 300 Lumin, Cygolite bike light lights up the night, $78.

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Ortlieb waterproof panniers keep your gear dry on the long haul, $160. (pair).

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Gift Guide Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply 2151 S. Townsend Ave., 249-9991

Gun Depot

Bear spray with holster $34.99.

1210 N. Townsend Ave., 249-6537 Bring the wildlife into view with this Tasco 20-60x, 60mm spotting scope, $150.

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Camp Traditions Dry Food $5.99.

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Never get stuck in the mud with this folding packable camp shovel from Valley, $9.

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Sports Authority

CJ’s Fly Shop

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Gerber Multi-Tool Plier $24.99. Know where you are and where to hunt with the Garmin eTrax 20 GPS unit, $279. and hunting GPS maps, $100.

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Stanley Vacuum Food Jar-Stanley Camp Cook Cup $15.-$20.

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Land the big one with the Orvis Clearwater, large-arbor fly reel, $154.. Lu Anne Tyrrell/special to the press

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The patio life

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You can watch golfers complete a round or see the snow-capped peaks of the San Juans catch the lingering rays of the sun from the patio of Remington’s Restaurant at the Bridges.

Exploring the best outdoor hangouts in Montrose

By Will Hearst

Mountain views, pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine are some of the reasons residents and tourists alike enjoy Montrose. And in the summer, as well as much of the spring and fall, one of the best ways to take advantage of those favorable characteristics is by parking yourself on a local patio while enjoying a nice meal and perhaps a refreshing drink. A quick trip down Main Street on a summer afternoon reveals the popularity of patio life, especially at the Horsefly Brewing Company, Magazine • Spring 2013

where patrons enjoy an array of microbrews and a full menu of pub fare. But sometimes a pleasant patio is tucked behind a hedgerow or fence. For instance, the Camp Robber, 1515 Ogden Road, surrounded by shopping areas and busy roads, has its own open-air dining area, seemingly far removed from the hustle and bustle outside. “I enjoy the peacefulness of our patio because it is fully enclosed,” owner Kim Volk said. “We have lots of vines and flowers, and you are

not looking at the bumpers of cars.” Volk said the patio is a popular draw from warm April days well into early fall. On the patio, guests can enjoy the same full menu that is offered inside, but many prefer to take advantage of it by enjoying a cold Colorado beer and a favorite appetizer like the Camp Robber’s poblano strips or fried artichoke hearts. “It’s a dining experience that people enjoy because there is room to move around,” she said. “You wouldn’t normally walk around the restaurant while you wait , but on the patio is perfectly


acceptable. There is even some grass where kids love to play while mom and dad enjoy their meal. And you don’t have to worry about the kids getting onto the parking lot because it’s fully enclosed.” Volk said the patio at the Camp Robber is also available for private parties. Another kid-friendly patio in Montrose presents some of the best scenery in town. Remington’s Restaurant at the Bridges, 2500 Bridges Circle, is open to the public and provides even more green grass for kids to enjoy, as well as a featured drink of the week for the enjoyment of adults. Beth Feely of the Bridges said the patio experience at Remington’s is so great it has two sites — an upper and a lower patio. “It’s casual — a lot of friends, families and great views. There are times I have seen kids doing somersaults out on the grass,” Feely said. “You can watch the golfers coming off the 18th green and see the San Juan mountain range in the background, which is snow covered much of the year.” Remington’s offers happy hour drink and appetizer specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and the house bartender is always coming up with creative concoctions. “He does a skinnytini and a really good drink called the Colorado cosmo,” Feely said. “Come on a Friday afternoon when we have live music on the grass.” But if it’s a lively atmosphere you crave, you can’t do better than the patio at the aforementioned Horsefly, 846 E. Main St . Manager Phil Freismuth said it was actually a parking lot just a few years ago. “I used to park out there, and one day I pulled in and asked myself, ‘Why aren’t we using this valuable place for seating?’ “ he said. “It just blossomed from there.” Freismuth said the patio is in a constant state of evolution and getting closer to having all the amenities that are offered for customers inside. “We are still not done. We want to continue to make it more comfortable,” he said. “We added the outdoor bar last year, and we have some ideas for this year, as well.” Freismuth said the patio is a great place to meet friends under the sun or in the shade provided by a series of canvas awnings. Patrons can enjoy a handcrafted beer while their kids play in the sandbox. It also serves as the site of live music on a routine basis. While the Horsefly is a great afternoon hangout , the adjacent Coffee Trader, 845 E. Main St ., is one of the premier places to enjoy a cool mountain morning, according to owner Dee Coram. “It’s relaxing, serene and inviting,” Coram described The Coffee Trader garden. “On a summer morning, it’s a great place to enjoy coffee and a pastry, and in the afternoon, people head out there with smoothies or our FreeZerZ.” As Coram said, the patio is best described as a garden. The outside seating area is surrounded by hedges, vines and flowers, making for a great place to read or meet up with a friend. “I believe it really serves Montrose as a great meeting place,” he said. “And it was one of the original places to listen to live music — something we started 14 years ago on Thursday nights.”

Coram noted that the ongoing Music in the Garden series may have been an important catalyst in getting Main in Motion, Montrose’s most popular summertime event , started several years ago. Another great patio to frequent during MiM is at 820 E. Main St ., where owner Kendra Morrow invites guests to the yards, patios and porches surrounding her Canyon Creek Bed & Breakfast . “We have the luxury of having what feels like a private garden in the back yard or being center stage in the front ,” she said. “It really comes to life in the summer, which is something we are proud of.” Morrow will have a number of offerings at the B&B, including live music for Main in Motion, more live music on Friday afternoons and a monthly comedy club on the first Saturday of each month. She also will play host to private parties, baby showers and small group meetings. Morrow says she loves to entertain. “We pride ourselves in making the best mojitos in town, and we have martini specials that come and go,” she said. “It’s also just a great place to enjoy a beer on the porch with some live local music.”

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Keltz eyeing state golf title, college sports career By Matt Lindberg

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Montrose High senior Kala Keltz tosses a golf ball into the air at Cobble Creek on a March morning. Keltz will join the University of Northern Colorado women’s golf team after graduating from MHS this year.

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She has played countless rounds of golf on numerous courses all over Colorado and Arizona throughout her years, but for Kala Keltz, everything stems from being a youngster in her family’s backyard in Montrose. After all, it was there that Keltz got her first taste of what golf was like using her great-grandfather’s hand-me downs. “He cut down some of his clubs,” Keltz recalled. “I used to play in the backyard when I was little. I was in there all the time.” Fast forward to 2013, and Keltz has become the kind of athlete that even Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, NBA legends who are known for struggles on the golf course, might be jealous of today. Keltz is not just an elite prep golfer in Colorado, but also a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood. For the last four years, Keltz has been a key component of the success of Montrose High School’s varsity girls golf and basketball teams. When it comes to hoops, Keltz plays guard and is known for her ability to knock down three-pointers and defend. She helped lead the team to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state playoffs this year. But she’s arguably even more skilled on the links. As a freshman, she placed 10th in the Class 4A state tournament and tied for 17th as a sophomore. As a junior, she had her best showing to date, finishing fifth. She also has bagged numerous individual tournament titles and helped Montrose claim a number of team championships. But while her athletic achievements are impressive, Keltz doesn’t dwell on her accomplishments. As far as she is concerned, there are still two things missing from her résumé — a state golf title for herself and another for the Montrose program. “I’d like for the team to get one, and if I get one individually with it , that would be great ,” Keltz said. “I want it really bad. It’s my last year, and I want to do something real great . What better than a state championship?” In some ways, Keltz has been working toward this year all her life. As she did with golf, she got her start in basketball at a young age. She used to go to the gym with her dad to watch him play and eventually decided to try it herself. Since then, the two sports have gone hand in hand. “Ever since high school started, I’ve wanted to do something with golf,” Keltz explained. “Before that , it was something with basketball. That was my dream.” Keltz said she wouldn’t mind being a golf instructor or coach someday, but is hoping to become a professional golfer. She’s already on the right track. Keltz signed a letter of intent last November to join the University of Northern Colorado women’s golf team — an NCAA Division I program. “I just get more and more excited thinking about it ,” Keltz said. “I am excited to play Division I golf.

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Montrose High senior Kala Keltz is looking to make her fourth consecutive trip to the Class 4A state tournament this year.

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It’s not the biggest school, but it has a great golf program.” Keltz’s success in golf is not a surprise considering her dedication. She practices year round, with the exception of three to four months during the winter when she’s focused on hoops. What makes Keltz a unique individual is not what she has accomplished, but how she goes about doing it . The senior prides herself in being a leader 24/7 — whether in the classroom, in the gym or on a course. “I try to be a good example,” she said. “I do feel some people look up to me because I’ve been doing this for four years. Your school is very, very important . School gives you the opportunity to play sports, and hopefully you’ll get into college.” Montrose girls golf coach Jim Scarry praised Keltz for her work ethic and attitude. “She hates it when you talk about her like this, but she is very special,” Scarry explained. “I’ve coached a lot of kids over the years, and she would be in the group of top athletes I’ve enjoyed coaching. I’m Kala’s coach, but I am a bigger fan of Kala than her coach. She has a great sense of humor — she’s a smart alec. “I’m so proud of her for sticking with two sports. It’s been just an absolute pleasure to know and coach Kala the last three years, and I am looking forward to this fourth season.” MHS athletic director Lyle Wright cited Keltz as a great asset to the school. “Kala is a natural leader on the court and golf course, as well as in the classroom,” Wright said. “She sets a positive tone on a daily basis. Kala is one of those students that , as an administrator, you just know she will do really big things as an adult . We will all miss her after she graduates this spring.” Although Keltz is excited for the future, she acknowledged the last four years have come and gone quicker than she expected. “It’s gone by so fast . I can hardly believe it’s almost over,” Keltz said. “My goal is to be as good as I can be. I have to keep doing my best or I won’t reach my goal.” And when her prep career has come to an end, Keltz said she hopes her legacy as an Indian speaks for itself. “Just for being a well-rounded individual,” she responded when asked how she would like to be remembered. “Being a two-sport athlete for four years was a big accomplishment.”


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Compassion that builds bridges Montrose oral surgeon, staff aid young Honduran cleft patients By Katharhynn Heidelberg

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Marissa Peeters, left, Dr. Dorcha Boisen and Leora Gray pose for a photo at Montrose Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. They recently had returned from a medical mission trip to Honduras, where they aided children with cleft palates and cleft lips.

What is cleft palate/cleft lip? The left and right sides of the roof of the mouth and lips develop separately in utero. When the parts do not fuse properly, a cleft results. If the separation is in the upper lip, that is cleft lip. The palate — the roof of the mouth — also can form improperly during pregnancy. A cleft palate ranges from an opening at the back of the soft palate to an almost total separation of the roof of the mouth. Magazine • Spring 2013

Other terms:

Maxillofacial refers to the upper jaw and all of the face. Craniofacial refers to the cranium and face. Source: Montrose Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Picture it: Your baby has been born with a cleft palate, cleft lip or both. More than a mere cosmetic issue, the defect affects breathing and speech. Plus, because the palate keeps solids and liquids from going up into the nose, cleft palate affects the ability to eat . Correcting a cleft defect can take years of medical treatment , surgery, speech therapy and more. Now imagine you and your baby live, not in the U.S., but in a less-developed country, where the social stigma of cleft defects are enormous, and your chances of accessing the appropriate medical care are slim to none. Chances are, you’d be very grateful for medical professionals such as Dorcha Boisen, a Montrose oral surgeon. Boisen regularly contributes to the efforts of the Friends of Barnabas Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates a pediatric oral and maxillofacial program in Honduras. She recently returned from her third trip to Honduras, where she performed cleft palate and cleft lip surgeries on children, as well as associated bone grafting and rhinoplasty. “I got on the cleft wagon when I was young. I love the surgery. It’s a fun and rewarding thing to do,” Boisen recounted Feb. 22, about a week after her return. “I love the kids. I like being able to follow them for a long time, and develop relationships with them. I think that’s my favorite part .” Boisen, who practices at Montrose Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, is also part of the Colorado West Cleft and Craniofacial Team in Grand Junction. “It was very rewarding,” said Marissa Peeters, a Montrose Oral Surgery employee who, along with staffer Leora Gray, accompanied Boisen to Honduras. “We got pretty attached to the kids. They’re just so trusting. They don’t understand what’s happening, but they appreciate it so much.” She and Gray went as scrub techs, with the approval of Boisen’s business partner, Craig Cayo, DDS. They assisted the surgeons, set up pre-surgery


and broke down operations afterward, sterilized implements and interacted with the children. “It was just kind of amazing to see the changes and how happy the parents were afterward,” Gray said. “It was great for them. They learned a lot . They saw a lot , and they worked hard,” Boisen said. “I think everyone should do something like this,” Peeters added.

Continuing care The Friends of Barnabas Foundation doesn’t only coordinate surgeries, which are done at Honduran hospitals. The organization has an extended care program, and the young patients are treated over a number of years. It operates Barnabas House to support patients and their families preand post-op. Staffers teach preventative education and condition-specific education, according to FOBF’s website. Additionally, FOBF has a pediatric cardiac program, Project Little Hearts. “I think they’re really special because they don’t just do surgery,” Boisen said. “There’s some kids that they followed from infancy, who get comprehensive care that you would get in the States.”

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Barnabas House is also special, she said. “They follow the kids there. Every year we go there, we often see the same kids, even if they don’t need surgery, just to make sure they are doing OK. They (FOBF) really, really care about these kids,” Boisen said. Boisen’s team performed approximately 20 surgeries over five days; some involved external clefts, while others involved internal clefts. The age of her patients ranged from a few months to about 11 years — all, the children of grateful families. Some of the parents walked for several miles to bring their children, and they came wearing their best clothes, Peeters recounted. “When we showed up, all the kids were sitting in a circle waiting. They were so excited,” she said. The work is an enormous undertaking. Visiting surgery teams include not just surgeons such as Boisen but scrubbing staff, nurses and others with medical training to interact with the kids. Volunteers without medical training also help with

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I definitely have some kids who are my favorites because they are really smilely, lovey and huggy — kids you see year after year. You just start to develop relationships with them.’

From left, Marissa Peeters, Leora Gray and Montrose oral surgeon Dorcha Boisen help the mother of a cleft palate patient after his operation. The women traveled to Honduras in February to assist in or perform cleft palate surgeries on children there.

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Dorcha Boisen, a Montrose oral surgeon, holds Alexander, a Honduran child who benefitted from cleft palate surgery during Boisen’s February trip on behalf of The Barnabas Foundation. logistics. “We bring everything. Some of it is down there, it has been donated to Friends of Barnabas, but everyone who comes on the trip donates something, whether it’s monetary, their time, or parts and pieces,” Boisen said. The coordination for each medical mission is also enormous. Lori Cordova, an ICU nurse in Richmond, Va., takes on the bulk of that work, especially for the cleft and cardiac surgery teams, and doesn’t stop at that , Boisen said. “She Skypes with the nurses down there and sees the kids. These kids get a lot of followup.” FOBF is training a local speech therapist to help the children, many of whom are from rural areas and who have problems with speech. Malnutrition must be fought aggressively. Many of the kids have heart defects, which are treated through FOBF’s cardiac teams. There’s even an art therapy program where patients, siblings and parents can create. They’re not deterred, even by the “no-no” braces that go on their arms postsurgery to keep them from reaching into their mouths. “The kids just love it . They do painting, drawing and building, just like any other kids,” Magazine • Spring 2013

Boisen said. “These kids are pretty tough.” Continued care is critical for cleft lip and cleft palate patients. “In cleft surgery, even here in the States, most kids get six to eight operations. They need a lot of continuing care and revisions,” Boisen said. “I think this is the only organization I’ve seen that has anything close to what kids would get here.”

Social effects of the defect Cleft conditions occur in about one of every 800 births, according to Boisen. “I don’t know if they have good data in Central America, but

worldwide, it’s about one in 800. It’s usually partially genetic, partially environmental,” she said. Cleft defects are the result of growth anomalies that occur in utero, leading to improper fusing, Boisen explained. The cause is not fully known, Boisen said, but there is a definite genetic component . It is thought that in Central America, pesticides and malnutrition that affect the mother can contribute to cleft defects in infants. Although some statistics say that one in 10 children born with a cleft dies before his or her first birthday, Boisen isn’t sure that’s the case. “That’s a high estimate. There are some kids

How to help the Friends of Barnabas

Donations may be made at www.fobf.org. To donate in honor or memory of a loved one, email Grazyna Bojakowski at grazyna@fobf.org. To donate stock, or remember the foundation in your

will or estate plan, contact Kip Robinson at kip@fobf. org. Also, visit the website and check out “Get Involved,” located under the Help Now button on the far right . You can buy a special blend

of Honduran coffee, the Barnabas House Blend, on the website, as well. For more detailed information about Friends of Barnabas Foundation, visit the main website at the address listed above.


who have syndromes and systemic defects associated with clefts. Those kids don’t do well. We do see some of those kids down there (Honduras),” she said. Boisen’s work through Friends of Barnabas Foundation helps knock down some of the barriers to care in Honduras. “There’s no one generally doing this surgery” in Honduras, she said. “A lot of these cases come from poor rural families. It’s still a defect that has a lot of social stigma with it . There’s thought that their parents did something wrong, or that they came from something evil.” A cleft palate or cleft lip Honduran child doesn’t usually have a good shot at life, let alone care. “A lot of them are shunned. They’re not allowed to attend school. It’s just really hard for them to be a regular member of society,” Boisen said.

Realizing a dream while aiding others Boisen always knew she wanted a career in health care. “But I didn’t know in what . I originally thought I would be an orthopedic surgeon. I started to think what I really wanted in life, and it was to have a really good relationship with my patients.” Her best doctor-patient relationship was with her dentist , so to dental school she went , after

receiving an undergraduate degree from Stanford. Boisen graduated from the University of Washington dental school and completed her residency in Virginia, in oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia and craniofacial care. A mentor got her interested in clefts and oral surgery. She went with him to Guatemala on a care mission in 2001. “That’s how I met my husband,” she said. “He was in the Peace Corps and ran a nonprofit . I continued to go and volunteered for these cleft palate surgeries.” The Hondurans are grateful for the Friends of Barnabas Foundation and volunteer surgeons, she said. “Again, these families know the organization. It’s not just a one-time deal. There’s a lot of continuous care,” Boisen said. “The other nice part is I feel it’s a small enough organization that you really know where your money is going. It really goes to these kids. Also, the cost of the trip is much less than it is with some of the other organizations. “I feel they’re really not doing it for the money. I know it’s going to Barnabas House, or a kid I have seen.” Boisen’s volunteerism has given her exactly what she entered health care for: a close doctor-patient relationship. “I definitely have some kids who are my favorites because they are really smilely, lovey and huggy — kids you see year after year,” she said.

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Reflexology helps take the (stress) load off Whether you’ve had a long day on your feet, or are recovering from an illness, odds are, you wouldn’t turn down a good foot rub if it was offered. Think of reflexology as the foot rub’s more amped-up cousin. Although medical research is mixed, the theory behind reflexology is that different pressure points on the feet, hands and ears connect to corresponding zones in the body. Practitioners say reflexology helps relax the entire body, dropping stress and contributing to overall well-being. “The best way to explain [the connection] is, when your feet get cold, your whole body gets cold,” said Cheryl Adams, who owns a reflexology business, Murphy’s Shooting Star, and who offers reflexology through the Montrose Recreation District’s 50+ Wellness courses. “That’s because it’s connected. By working on different points on the feet and hands, it increases circulation and helps the body self-heal. It’s not an end-all, be-all. I don’t think you can just do reflexology. It is a complementary means of health. “And if you just want it because it feels good and relaxes you, that’s good, too.” The claims of reflexology’s efficacy range far and wide. True believers have claimed reflexology treats a variety of diseases, such as cancer and asthma; skeptics caution against viewing reflexology as a panacea and also counsel people to dismiss such claims. Reflexology is relaxing and may be effective at reducing stress, according to an online Q&A at the Mayo Clinic’s website. The theory behind reflexology posits that areas on the feet, hands and ears correspond to organs and that when pressure is applied to those points, the organs are positively affected, Dr. Brent A. Bauer explains on the site. While reflexology may reduce pain, claims that it can treat cancer, diabetes and asthma lack scientific support, he said. Reflexology is generally considered safe, according to the Mayo Clinic. Adams said she does not recommend reflexology as a means of treating disease. “It complements (treatment). So much of the healing is about where the person is at themselves. In our stress-induced world, for just that hour or half hour (session), it’s a good time for them to kick back and relax,” she said. “It’s just very good for that. I would never go so far as to say it would heal something.” While technically anyone can claim to be a reflexologist, Adams underwent certification in Denver 13 years ago, bunking with her daughter, who at the time was attending college there. Training involved learning more about human anatomy, the terms of which Adams is familiar through her work in hospice.

She was also taught reflexology’s techniques and what points in the feet are thought to represent different meridians in the body, and how these systems connect. “It’s an old art. It was around during Christ’s time. It’s an old healing technique,” Adams said. She became interested in reflexology while providing home health care to an elderly woman. “She had had hip surgery. She had macular degeneration and a pacemaker. I thought: ‘What can I do to help?’ I thought, ‘Why don’t I rub her feet?’ “ The patient agreed to a foot rub and then asked Adams where she had learned how to do them. “That’s how I got started. It was one of those moments of ‘What am I here for?’ She was my answer,”

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Adams said. In addition to regular clients and clients through the rec district, Adams has also donated her services at the Relay for Life annual cancer fundraising walk. The footwork helps the walkers, who walk all night on a rotational basis. Her reflexology clients have reported better circulation, Adams said. Adams said she believes it can lower blood pressure, though she would never counsel anyone to stop taking blood pressure medication. “It’s a complementary modality that helps with whatever’s going on,” Adams said. “It’s a good, relaxing technique. In the stressful society that we have, people just really enjoy it.”

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The bleachers at the Montrose High baseball park typically are filled with fans anytime the Indians are playing, and although the players probably can’t recognize all those faces, there are at least three regulars they can spot in a heartbeat — Casey Wareham and her two children. Wareham, 7-year-old son Gage and 5-year-old daughter Sadie are Montrose skipper Landon Wareham’s family. They make it a point to attend every Indians home game and occasionally follow the squad on the road. “We’ve been their biggest fans,” Casey explained. “When you watch your husband put as much time in as he does, you have interest in why he has that passion.” But there’s far more to Casey than being a Montrose baseball fan and coach’s wife. She balances that role with being a mother, doing volunteer work and maintaining her own career as a commercial insurance account executive for Home Loan Insurance, a position she has held for the last two years. “It can be a lot , but I wouldn’t change it ,” Casey said. “I don’t know if I could slow down. I’d be in trouble if I had to.” Born in Denver, Casey went on to attend Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, where she pursued a business marketing degree and was a member of the Mavericks women’s soccer squad. It’s also where she was introduced to Montrose native Landon, who was a baseball star for the Mavs at the time. After the two met through a mutual friend, Casey and Landon began dating in September 2002, though she admitted baseball wasn’t a sport she was that familiar with. “I did not know anything about it ,” she said. “I knew the basics from going to (Colorado) Rockies games in Denver, but I’ve really grown to love it .” By summer of 2003, Casey said she knew Landon was the right guy for her. She accepted his marriage proposal that June, the day before the recently drafted shortstop was scheduled to leave town. He was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2003 MLB Draft . He went on to play that year for two of the club’s minor-league squads, the Bluefield Orioles (Rookie) the Aberdeen IronBirds (short-season A League). In November 2003, the couple got hitched. Casey said she had no fear of marrying Landon, despite

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his aspirations to play ball professionally. “We are different ... but we’re just very compatible,” she said. “He’s committed — whether it’s family or baseball, he gives 100 percent .” The Warehams made their move to Montrose in 2007, and soon after, Landon was named the baseball coach at MHS. Casey has shown her support for her husband’s career by watching every home game alongside her kids and other family members, regardless of the weather. They’ve sat in their seats in front of third base in the cold and rain, as well as under the hot sun, including when the Montrose summer squad defeated a Bismarck, N.D., club for the Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional Tournament championship last July. “We spend a lot of time at the ball field. We spend our summers at the ball field,” Casey said. “I think it’s just important . I could have the kids doing other things, but I rather have them outside and watching their dad. It teaches them the importance of showing support for your family.” That’s only part of it . Casey also hosts the entire Indian baseball squad for dinner at the Warehams’ home a couple times each year. Casey said being a coach’s wife can be challenging at times because the position requires her husband to dedicate a lot of time to it in order to be successful. “Every coach’s wife will probably tell you when he steps into the coach’s role, you take on a lot more,” Casey explained. “You have to be very patient because there are days where his coaching duties are at the forefront of the mind, but that’s what I love about Landon — his passion. He is invested in those boys.” Landon said he is lucky to have Casey as his spouse. “She understands how much I enjoy doing it , and what being a part of it means to our whole family,” he said. “I just appreciate it . I appreciate her. Having your wife and family in your corner is a comforting feeling.” Casey stays plenty busy as a wife and mother, and cited camping and fishing as some of her favorite family activities. But she also manages to maintain a successful full-time career and finds time to do volunteer


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Sushitini offers fresh seafood, other fare to landlocked Montrose By Katrina Kinsley

Valentine’s Day marked the second anniversary of the opening of Montrose’s one and only sushi restaurant – Sushitini. Nick Rinne has been there from the beginning, first as the kitchen manager and now as the chef and owner of the restaurant . “It’s been nice to see the changes,” Rinne said. “We’ve worked hard to get it how we want

it to look.” And how they want it to look is a sleek blend of distressed metal tables, wood panels and accents, a fish tank and local art that provides a feng shui atmosphere perfectly suited for customers to enjoy their meal. The centerpiece of the restaurant , a giant metal dragon, was made locally, as were the tables. “I got one of my Asian art history books

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Wagyu Beef Yakitori — Tender American Wagyu beef (a breed of cattle prized for high marbling and rich flavor) marinated in special Jack Daniel’s sauce and grilled with shishito peppers, served with hot mustard sauce. Lettuce Wraps — Vegetables stir-fried in a ginger garlic sauce, topped with jicama, scallions and cilantro and served with lettuce leaves. Cowboy Specialty Roll — Korean barbecue rib with tempura asparagus, fried shishito peppers, avocado and cucumber, topped with sesame seeds, scallions and ginger sauce. Vietnamese Pho — Beef broth with rice noodles and beef, garnished with cilantro, scallions, mint , bean sprouts, jalapeños, hoisin sauce and lime wedges. Banh Mi Sandwich — Grilled pork loin served on a baguette with pickled radish and carrot , fresh cucumber, cilantro and miso aioli.


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Get that roll to go Located at 228 E. Main St . downtown, Sushitini is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. It offers to-go orders, as well as fine dining. For a full menu or to make reservations, visit sushitinis.com or call 240-1100. and started looking at dragons,” Rinne recalled. “They’re very different from European-style dragons, they’re more anthropomorphic, they draw on a lot of different animals.” From there, he met with metalworkers from Prospect Steel, and the result is a striking greeting to guests entering the restaurant . Although Rinne didn’t specialize in sushi during his years at a culinary school in Portland, Ore., a passion for the business led him to teach himself to make traditional rolls – and then to develop his own specialty rolls in house. Some of Rinne’s favorite cuisines to make are Indian and Mediterranean, and many of those flavors show up in his dishes at the restaurant . “It’s a pan-Asian menu,” Rinne said. “My training helped expose me to those different flavors and tastes.” As Rinne talks about the seafood he fillets and prepares for the dishes, his passion is obvious. “Fresh does take longer, but you can be sure we’re not buying pre-made egg rolls,” Rinne noted with pride. “We process the octopus ourselves – that’s care. That’s love. That’s what makes the food taste good.” Processing the octopus involves massaging the meat with daikon radish and salt in order to tenderize it and prevent the final dish from being

Approx. 2 pounds leg of lamb 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon garam masala (Indian spice blend of cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices). 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 teaspoon salt 2 red bell peppers, cut into large cubes 2 onions, quartered 8 medium mushrooms, whole 2 zucchini, sliced into large circles Fresh chopped cilantro Bamboo or metal skewers

Cut lamb into 1/2-inch cubes, mix well with yogurt and spices. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes. Heat grill or broiler to medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees). Thread vegetables and lamb onto skewers, each item on a separate skewer to ensure proper cooking time. Grill vegetable skewers until they are lightly charred, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Grill lamb skewers to internal temperature of 130 degrees F for medium rare, let sit for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

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rubbery. Rinne and his sous chef, Jesus Hernandez, personally process all of the seafood that comes into the restaurant twice a week from Mountain Valley Fish and Oyster, a local business that has been bringing fresh seafood into the valley for 36 years. And when it comes to sushi, fresh makes all the difference. “We could get fish overnighted from anywhere in the world,” Rinne said. “[Mountain Valley lets] us order smaller quantities so our seafood is always fresh.” Although some of the seafood is farmed, it all comes from environmentally friendly, sustainable farms that don’t use antibiotics or other detrimental treatments. “Scotland and Hawaii are at the forefront for organic fish farms,” Rinne said. But it’s not just the seafood that Rinne insists be fresh; he focuses on fresh food throughout the cooking process. “We don’t use pre-made pastes,” Rinne said. “And we make our own stock.” Even the seasoned vinegar used on the sushi rice is seasoned in house, to prevent ingredients such as MSG from being present in the food. By making as much as possible from scratch, Rinne and his staff can make sure they’re able to accommodate special dietary needs such as allergies, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. “Just ask your server,” Rinne instructs potential guests. “We want to fill a niche for people with dietary restrictions – they can come and not get loaded down with chemicals.” Although first-timers often can be too intimidated to try something as foreign as sushi in landlocked Colorado, Rinne insists that the dining experience at Sushitini is a mellow one and that visitors don’t have to use chopsticks. “We have forks!” he said, laughing. For those newcomers willing to try something relatively accessible, Rinne suggests the Viva Montrose roll, which is similar to a deep-fried California roll and features spicy tuna, krab, cream cheese, avocado and crunchy tempura flakes. The more adventurous might go for tako nigiri or some sashimi made with fresh Hawaiian yellowtail. While the menu stays relatively stable throughout the year, Rinne is planning some new salads to be added to the menu for spring and summer. But Rinne and his staff keep the creativity flowing by coming up with new desserts and alternative fresh fish to make available on the specials board. Regardless of the season or specials, Rinne and his staff work hard to ensure that their clientele is full of repeat customers.


Salad days Simple or complex, salads are a great way to add variety to your table in the spring

By Katrina Kinsley As the weather warms up, more and more people will turn to salads as the ideal meal or side dish. Easy to toss together, salads are a quick way to meet your nutritional fruit and vegetable requirements and avoid heating up the kitchen. As simple or as complicated as you choose to make them, salads made with peak fruits and vegetables hit the spot for spring and beyond. While there are many seasonal salad recipes available in cookbooks and online, you don’t need a recipe in order to put together fantastic flavor. Experiment based on the likes and dislikes of your own family, and you could go all year without ever eating the same salad twice. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Beyond iceberg and romaine If you prefer to stick with the classic green salad, break free from your rut by adding small amounts of alternative greens. Arugula adds a peppery bite, escarole brings texture to an otherwise boring salad, frisée is a little bit nutty but mild, and radicchio adds both color and a little bitter crispness. Spinach is a very mild flavor that packs a great deal more nutrition than iceberg lettuce and makes a good start for both cold and wilted salads. Cabbage is a good addition or makes a solid base for an entire salad.

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A simple salad of spring greens and fresh vegetables is great as a side dish, or serves as a main dish with the addition of some roasted chicken or sliced steak.

A sprinkling of herbs lends a lot of depth to any salad – if you’re nervous about determining what flavors go well together, try one of the pre-mixed, bagged salads that comes with herbs. While standbys like broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes are good for additional color and nutrition, think outside the box and try new fruit and vegetable combos. Asparagus is in season – create ribbons of raw asparagus with a vegetable peeler to add to your salad. This method also works well for zucchini, yellow squash and carrots. Halved grapes, dried cranberries, berries and apple chunks also add an entirely new dimension to boring greens. If you grow your own pesticide-free flowers, you may be able to top your salad with edible blossoms. Pansies, lavender, squash and chive blossoms, and violets all make colorful additions. Both the leaves and flowers of dandelions are edible, but again, be sure they haven’t been sprayed with any pesticides before using. Sprouts are another perfect topping to add flavor to salads without packing on calories, plus they’re easy to grow in any sunny window. Some favorites to try include radish, sunflower, peas, chia, mustard and alfalfa — choose organic seeds when available.

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Pack on the protein Extra protein in your salad turns it from a side dish to a main course and keeps you feeling full longer than carbs alone. While hard-boiled eggs have been a staple on salads like the Cobb, you aren’t stuck with a one-trick egg. Putting fried or poached eggs atop various foods has been a big food trend that is continuing into 2013. Try a soft-poached egg on a warm spinach salad with bacon, or top a curly endive salad with croutons and a fried egg if liquid yolks aren’t your thing. Other easy-to-add sources of protein include rinsed, canned beans like kidney or garbanzo, diced ham, flaked salmon or tuna, leftover steak and rotisserie chicken.

Going with the grain Many grains make an excellent salad base, especially for those pasta lovers who are trying to steer away from white starches. Quinoa, wheat berries, brown and wild rice, spelt and farro work well as cold salads and hold up to being tossed with extra ingredients and dressings.

Dress for success For dressings, as with most things in the kitchen, homemade is best . Keep it simple with an oil-and-vinegar mixture or blend up something creamy like bleu cheese or green goddess. An informal ratio for easy vinaigrettes is three parts oil to one part vinegar, supplemented with salt , pepper and the herbs of your choice. Variations include substituting some lemon or lime juice for part of the vinegar, and adding garlic or a touch of mustard. Honey is another good addition, as it stabilizes the emulsion, as well as sweetens the mixture.

World-wide flavor If you get tired of the same flavors in your salads, seek inspiration overseas. You can season chicken with curry powder before topping your salad or make a curry-flavored dressing for a grain salad. Go Mediterranean with a chop salad – mix chopped romaine with sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives and yellow peppers, then toss with a lemon vinaigrette infused with basil and oregano. Asian flavors are also easy to turn into a salad with the addition of ginger and sesame oil to the dressing, which goes particularly well with a cabbage-based salad and Mandarin orange segments. Magazine • Spring 2013

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Perfect as a side for grilled meats, spinach and strawberry salad is easy to put together.

Spinach and strawberry salad Serves 4 1/2 pound baby spinach, torn into bite-size pieces if necessary 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and sliced 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 2 oz. of feta, crumbled Toss spinach, onion and strawberries together in a large bowl. Dish into individual bowls, and sprinkle with feta and walnuts. Top with your favorite dressing. Well suited for raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is easily adaptable to your individual tastes. Try other seasonal berries with or in place of the strawberries, use toasted almonds or candied pecans instead of walnuts, or try crumbled goat or bleu cheese rather than feta.


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Green springs eternal in patio furniture and accessories

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Trina Donahue’s vision for spring started last fall. As a buyer for patio furniture and outdoor accessories for Camelot Gardens in Montrose, Donahue’s job is to select trendy pieces that are also suitable for outdoor living in Western Colorado. “We tend to stay away from wood furniture here because of our climate,” she said, explaining that the intensity of sunlight at our high elevation, in addition to severe winters, can cause wood tables and chairs to fade and blister in a single year. Indoor/outdoor wicker furniture, along with steel and aluminum chairs and tables, are better options, she said. Wrought iron is another popular and practical choice for patio furniture. Trends are toward clean, contemporary lines, modern shapes, minimalist designs and colors. “Comfort is still a priority when it comes to cushions and pillows,” she said. Donahue noted that over the past decade, people have been moving away from expensive landscaping projects and instead are concentrating on smaller patio areas, filled with interesting textures and accessories. “Kids are also getting involved with planning and planting patio areas,” she added. “We’re seeing lots of families coming in. Kids love to plant things.” The color green is hot again this year in everything from containers of herbs to accent pieces, Donahue said. Contrast shades of green with bright-colored pottery, and you have a winning combination for the patio area, she said. Other popular outdoor accessories include statuary. The most popular of these decorative items are animals, water features, religious pieces and, of course, those mischievous garden gnomes. Bird feeders, solar and motion lights, and fire pits add to the charm of the outdoor patio. “We sell the small white Christmas lights year round,” Donahue said.

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Morales booster Veteran local musician looks forward to release of first recording

By Mike Easterling Donny Morales acknowledges he’s had his rock star moments — maybe even a few of them. There was that time he jammed onstage with John Popper of Blues Traveler or when he opened for Los Lonely Boys in Grand Junction, then drew responsibility for pouring them on to their tour bus after a post-concert celebration got a little out of hand. “I’m a big dude, and I can handle my liquor,” he said, smiling. And he recounts with more than a little fondness how his bandmates in the Williams Brothers, a Grand Junction group he used to perform with, wrapped up the night after a gig in Durango by going into full World Wrestling Federation mode back in their motel room, initiating a battle royale, complete with flying furniture. Within moments, an arsenal of fireworks was unleashed, prompting Morales to flee to the bathroom as bottle rockets whizzed around the room. The big man’s sanctuary from that craziness was compromised when somebody flung open the door and lobbed a cherry bomb at him. There was some damage control to be done the next morning, for sure, but in the end, everybody had a great story to tell on the ride back north. Now Morales has another entry for his collection of rock star moments, this one owing far more to talent than bratty behavior. On a rowdy night last fall, before an enthusiastic and supportive hometown crowd at the Turn of the Century Saloon, the veteran local musician performed virtually his entire catalog for an independent live disc that will be released later this month. “Live at the Turn of the Century” is the first recording of Morales’ career, but it’s only the start of what he hopes is a succession of releases. “It’s the first in a series of three I’m calling the Lunchbag Series,” Morales said earlier this month while mowing through a reuben sandwich at RnR Sports Bar, one of several local watering holes where he frequently graces the stage. Morales promises the packaging for the series will be unique, employing an origami-like approach and an old-fashioned label maker. That no-frills approach will reflect the music inside, which will be stripped-down acoustic tunes, with Morales accompanied only by his pal Glenn Patterson on pedal steel. The two have grown so comfortable playing together, Morales said, they know how to create a big enough sound so that you’d swear there was a five-piece band on stage. Morales has been playing around Montrose for years, but the pending release of “Live at the Turn of the Century” — and, later, “Alleycat Tales” volumes one and two — marks a new phase in his music career. “I’ve done some recordings, but never anything I was proud enough of to release,” Morales said, adding that the set list for the Turn of the Century

show was also the first time he had performed an all-original roster of songs. His motivation for the project stemmed from the difficult year he had had personally, Morales said. “I lost a lot of friends in the last year, and I said to myself, ‘I want to get something out of it . I’m going to start releasing music instead of ratholing it ,’ “ he said. Morales scheduled the show not knowing what to expect . He has a sizable following, not just in Montrose but all over the Western Slope. Still, he asked himself, would enough people show up to make it worthwhile? He needn’t have worried. “That night was crazy,” he said, describing the atmosphere at the three-hour marathon. “People came out of the woodwork. They came from Telluride, Vail, everywhere.” It was the kind of support that encouraged him to take a few chances. One song he performed that night , the Los Lobos-like “The Downtown Mission,” was a tune he had finished writing earlier that day on the steps of the Turn of the Century. Others were songs the crowd was already familiar with, and that helped build a festive, relaxed atmosphere that Morales hopes comes through on the recording. “I was overwhelmed,” he said, describing his

gratitude for the reception he got that night and the way he gushed about it onstage. “By the end of the night , I’m blubbering.” While not every gig goes like the one at the Turn of the Century, Morales always reminds himself to be grateful for what he’s got , recalling a conversation with a fellow musician on his birthday last year when he was feeling down about his prospects. “You’re living somebody else’s dream,” Morales said he was told. “Other people just may not have the guts or the wherewithal to do that .” He acknowledged being anxious about how his first disc will be received, but Morales knew it was time to make that leap and let people hear what he had to say. “We’ve all got a limited time on this planet ,” he said. “I wanted to put this stuff out there, and if something happens to me, it speaks for me. It speaks to my kids. My dad was a musician, and he once played trumpet with Louie Armstrong, but I don’t have a recording of that .” The 12-song disc will be for sale at Morales’ live gigs all over town and the region. He leads the regular Thursday night open-mic session at the Red Barn, which has mushroomed in popularity in recent months, he said, and continues to pick up gigs in locales like Grand Junction, Vail or Ridgway. For the past several years, ever since he made the decision to give up being a painting contractor in the wake of the recession, music has been his vocation, rather than his avocation. “I always wanted to make a living at it ,” Morales said. “Entertaining people is a beautiful gift , and I’m getting better at it .”

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April-Joy Gutierrez is pictured during a recital in October with Italian tenor David Righeschi in Troy, N.Y., presented by the Italian American Heritage Foundation.

MHS grad Gutierrez lights up stages across U.S., Europe

By Bruce Grigsby Born in Pueblo, April-Joy Gutierrez moved to Montrose as a child before starting school. By the time she graduated from Montrose High School in 1983, she had become an outstanding singer in the choral music programs of the school district , earning a spot in the All-state Choir and a full scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Following her graduation from UNC, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumna Medallion for exceptional achievement in the creative and performing arts. But that was just the beginning. After graduating from UNC, she went on to audition at the Juilliard School in New York, where she not only was accepted but was awarded a scholarship and residency with the Juilliard Opera Center. At Juilliard, Gutierrez appeared as Madame de Cortese in Rossini’s “Il Vaggio a Reims,” Lucia in Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” and Norma in “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti. Magazine • Spring 2013

Gutierrez credits Dave Bauguess, her choral music teacher at Montrose High School, for much of her success. “Dave introduced me to opera when I was a high school student involved in his phenomenal choral groups,” she said. “He taught me how to sight sing, which has been an invaluable tool for me as a professional singer. In fact , he has written and published books on the subject , and is well known for his work in that area. Had it not been for Dave, I probably wouldn’t be singing today. He is a wonderful educator and made a huge impact on my life.” Following Juilliard, Gutierrez landed a stage audition with the New York City Opera and was cast in a number of roles, including the lead soprano role of Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” for the New York City Opera National Company, singing more than 30 performances throughout the United States. She worked closely with the renowned Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who staged the award-winning production. “It was quite a thrill to work with her,” Gutierrez said. “She is considered one of the great

interpreters of Violetta.” A Newsday review of her performance included the observation that she “rescued the performance with her nimble, milky soprano and her caresses of sound in the soft high notes.” A reviewer in the San Antonio Express-News wrote, “[A] Theatrically enterprising and vocally radiant performance ... she revealed a rich distinctive timbre.” The Shreveport Times reported, “Gutierrez’ vocal control was awesome ... “ Not bad for an alumna of the MHS choral music program. Other notable roles include Musetta in Puccini’s “La Boheme” with the New York City Opera National Company and the title role in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” with the Mobile Opera, as well as Mimi in a Gold Coast Opera production of “La Boheme.” According to her bio, Gutierrez has appeared with many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in the world premiere of Bruckner’s “Psalms” and performances with France’s La Genesse Musicales


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and a solo concert tour of Scandinavia. Gutierrez now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. She is married to the accomplished bass-baritone Alfred Walker, originally from New Orleans and currently on the roster of the New York Metropolitan Opera. “We met on a production of ‘La Boheme’ early in our careers, and he came to New York shortly after, and we never left each other’s side — except to travel to all corners of the world singing ... “ Gutierrez said. “The support for each other has been invaluable and wonderful, although it’s not so easy to practice singing Tosca in the house when you have an awesome Scarpia in the other room listening to the spin on your high notes!” She added that her husband is in Milan working on a production at La Scala with the worldrenowned bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. Not only remarkably talented and accomplished as a vocal artist , Gutierrez is an enterprising business entrepreneur. She is also the owner, manager, instructor and interior decorator of Lifetree Pilates Studio in Valatie, N.Y., a little south of Albany. Characteristic of her warm and unpretentious personality, her business website notes that the studio address is on “Main Street (next to Mark’s Pizza).” Her Pilates business includes a music studio where she continues to teach vocal performance. As for her involvement with Pilates, she explained, “After many years of being on the road in hotels in foreign countries and wondering why my back hurt so much, I endeavored to find a mode of exercise that I could do in a small space ... e.g., hotels in the middle of France or Scandinavia. I found Pilates, which was developed by Joseph Pilates to help rehab patients in an internment camp back in the 1920s.” The focus is to train and strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen in support of general skeletal health. “It has changed my life tremendously and made my singing easier and much better — not to mention the health benefits associated with better postural health!” she said. “When I do anything seriously, such as music, my mission is to learn as much as possible and to constantly try to get better at it , so I decided to become a certified Pilates practitioner.” It was not long before Gutierrez had so many requests to help train others that she decided to open her own studio. “I have a voice studio in the same location where I train singers, and I do Pilates the rest of the time ... who could ask for a better life?” she said. “Pilates and singing — my idea of nirvana!” Mindful of her hometown roots and particularly grateful for the start she received in the vocal music programs at MHS, she performed a remarkable solo recital in September 1998 at the Montrose Pavilion as a fundraiser to support the choirs. It proved an opportunity to experience a world-class operatic performance by one of Montrose’s own and was met with an instant standing ovation by the near-capacity audience. Montrose High has many graduates who have gone on to great achievements and stellar careers. Gutierrez undoubtedly has established herself among them.

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Diana Hokit, a member of the Montrose High School Class of 1987, is now a substitute teacher for the Montrose County School District.

Back where she started After a series of moves, MHS grad Hokit glad to still be in the classroom

By Cassie Stewart When Diana Hokit graduated from Montrose High School 26 years ago, she already knew she had an interest in helping children, but she never figured she would end up pursuing a career in that field in the same town where she had grown up. That’s eventually what she did, but her path took a number of twists and turns first . While Hokit was in high school, she played volleyball and tennis. Even though she had a passion for those sports, Hokit said she only played until she was a junior because she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that inflames the joints. However, Hokit said that did not keep her from being active in other school programs. After giving up direct participation in sports, she became the football team’s manager and traveled with the Indians. Magazine • Spring 2013

In 1987, Hokit received her diploma from MHS and began a period of near-constant transition that would last for the next eight years. She ventured to Grand Junction and Mesa State College, where she earned an associate’s degree. Hokit then moved to Dallas, but later decided to finish college, so she returned to her home state, enrolling at Western State College in Gunnison. In 1993, she earned her bachelor’s degree in physiology and elementary education. Hokit said those subjects came easy to her. “I think I just migrated into that area,” Hokit said. “I knew I wanted to work with kids because that is something that I love.” Pursuing a degree at Western was the right choice for her, she said. “It was really exciting,” Hokit said. “Western has such a good education program.” In 1995, Hokit decided she would take her

knowledge and love of children, and move to Oklahoma City. However, because of her health condition, she figured it would be easier on her if she moved back to Montrose to be with her family. “My family has always been more than helpful to me,” Hokit said. “They have always supported me.” Hokit then took a job at Olathe Middle School as an English as a Second Language teacher. After one year, she transferred to Johnson Elementary School to teach reading. After nine years of that , Hokit’s ailments forced her to slow down. “My health condition got so bad that I could not teach full time anymore,” she said. She then opted to accept a substitute teaching job, filling in around the school district . It’s an arrangement that allows her to remain an active part of the community without taxing her health. “I have no regrets in my life,” Hokit said. “I love teaching, and I love being in a place like Montrose.”


Volunteering tops list of interests for MHS graduate By Elaine Hale Jones Shauna Hovey juggles a multitude of duties as a dispatcher and administrative assistant for Western Gravel Inc. in Montrose. In between answering the phone, taking messages, looking up stats on her computer and dispatching a dozen truck drivers to various jobs, she always manages to maintain a smile and is applauded for her great customer service. Hovey, a native of Montrose and a 1974 graduate of Montrose High School, started out her business career working as a bookkeeper for a local lumber yard. After she married her husband Dean and became the mother of two boys, Jason and Devin, she began volunteering at their schools. “I first worked for Western Gravel in the late 1980s as a dispatcher,” she said. “That’s when the business was located on the south end of Montrose.” From there, Hovey was employed as a paraprofessional for the beginnings of what would become Vista Charter School, working with 16- to 21-year-old students. She later was employed as a secretary with the Montrose County School District in its “title” programs. Hovey returned to work for Western Gravel Inc. approximately five years ago. “I really enjoy my job,” she said. “No two days are ever the same. Trucks break down, people get sick and the list goes on.” Outside of work, Hovey is looking forward to being a grandmother for the second and third time. She and her husband love spending time in the nearby mountains, where she captures landscapes and wildlife through the lens of her camera. “Several years ago, Dean and I have both volunteered at Fort Uncompahgre in Delta as interpreters,” she said. “The living history museum has since gone to a self-guided tour.” Looking back on four years spent at Montrose High School, Hovey recalled that one of her best memories is being part of the first Bel Canto Choir group in 1973 and ‘74. “It’s great to see that Bel Canto is still going strong,” she said, adding that it was one of the first co-ed show choirs at the school. Hovey has also served as a 20-year volunteer for the Future Farmers of America program at MHS, where she and her husband are active members of the FFA alumni association. The FFA alumni organize various fundraisers throughout the year, including the popular Rocky Mountain oyster fry and tailgate party. “I like working with students and seeing their accomplishments,” she said. “It keeps you young.” On a more serious note, Hovey stated that it’s rewarding to see kids recognized for achievements in other areas, such as vocational agricultural, and have the opportunity to compete with fellow FFA members in livestock judging, for example.

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Out and about Liam Beshoar poses for a photo with Corky Coyote, the mascot for the Grand Junction Rockies, at the Horsefly Brewing Company in January.

Jacquie Marchbanks, left, and Sandy Head pose during the annual meeting of the Montrose Economic Development Corporation in Feburary.

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Henry Dymond of Olathe receives a free posture screening at the Montrose Home and Garden Expo in February.

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Steve Gray, left, and his sister Kathy Kennedy attend the Pioneer Social to help remember their father Verner Gray, who was a Montrose pioneer, at the Montrose United Methodist Church in February.

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Bill Bond inspects a locally made Scott Fly Rod with a Ross Reel to be auctioned off for a celebration and fundraiser hosted by the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust held at the Montrose Pavilion in October.

Amiessa Beveridge-Jutten, left, and Lissette Riviere pose during the Center for Mental Health’s Center Affaire in February.

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Out and about Jon Gordon, left, and John Harold pose during the Center for Mental Health’s Center Affaire in February.

Tony Licwinko deals a hand of Texas Hold ‘em duirng a tournament at the Sunrise Creek Assisted Living Center in January.

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Seth and Stacey Ryan pose during the Center for Mental Health’s Center Affaire in February. Veteran Arthur Bingham receives a ceremonial cane from veteran Bud Johnson for his service in Vietnam during a ceremony at the Warrior Resource Center in January. Lu Anne Tyrrell/special to the press

Kelly O’Meara reads an essay she wrote to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Uncompahgre Chapter during the Good Citizen Award ceremony at the Ute Indian Museum in February.

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Hayley and Robin Berndt pose during the Center for Mental Health’s Center Affaire in February.

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Out and about Dalton Martinez gets his hat straightened out by Izzylenn Stewart shortly before the Parade of Lights in Montrose in December.

Montrose High School junior and NJROTC member Caitlin Turner, left, and sophomore Kaley Holyfield visit at the State NJROTC Drill Meet in January.

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Hala Bishop, a Montrose High School sophomore, adorns her penguin with beads at the Primp That Penguin teen program at the Montrose Regional Library in November.

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Cory Jones, left, Alexis Paz, Bradee Worley and Erica Harris put the final touches on the Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply float before the Miracle on Main Street Parade in Olathe in December.

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Gabriel Guillaume and Ellen Angeles enjoy some of the photographs on display at the LiveWell Montrose Olathe’s PhotoVoice presentation at the Montrose United Methodist Church in November.

Laura Aleman, left, Laisha Aleman and Miriam Aleman enjoy a fire a the Rotary Winter Carnival on Cerro Summit in February.

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