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8 Heart-pumping CHarityTom Barrett gives back with tough bicycle ride

16 movie mania Many films have

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34 Can of art Finding detail in spray paint


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6 Calendar 28 day trip

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have to admit, summer is not my favorite time of year. and that’s for one reason only — it’s hot. You would think that since i did a good chunk of my growing up in saudi arabia, i would enjoy the heat. as i write this column, it is 84 degrees in Ras tanura, along the Persian gulf. it doesn’t sound so bad, but consider this: it is 4:30 a.m. there right now. the high there on July 6 was 114 degrees and by the end of this month it is expected to see temps hotter than 120 degrees. although it is a desert, the town sits right next to the gulf, which provides nearly 100 percent humidity many days of the year. my reasoning for why i hate temperatures in the 90s despite my unrelentingly hot childhood is this: too much of a good thing syndrome. Constant exposure to hot temperatures ruined me for not just saudi arabia’s summer temperatures, but all summer temps. thankfully, there is plenty to lure me out from under the air conditioner this summer. Just recently, the ever-charitable tom Barrett hosted another year of the grin and Barrett Buttkicker. the charity ride helps support the Caring friends fund, which provides items and services to help local patients and their families. Read more about how the charity ride started and tom’s story inside this issue of Valley Living. Ridgway and Ouray are providing a one-two punch this summer (and all year) for those looking to give their taste buds a kick. Read Katie Langford’s story about a few of Ridgway’s many fine restaurants and discover your new favorite dish. When you are done with your meal, head a few miles south to Ouray and grab a refreshing and unique beer at the Ouray Brewery. if you aren’t full from Ridgway, the brewery offers as many menu items as it does variety of beer. there is much more to discover inside this issue of Valley Living. Dive right in and i will try to do the same this summer —no matter how hot it gets. Justin Joiner Montrose Daily Press managing editor


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■ tHursDay, JuLy 30 All day — Montrose County Fair and Rodeo at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. Second St. 6 p.m. — Ridgway Concert Series in Ridgway Town Park. The free event features family-friendly national bands with local ones opening the shows. ■ FriDay, JuLy 31 All day — Montrose County Fair and Rodeo at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. Second St. 6 to 8 p.m. — Thin Air Band at Music on the Green, 2377 Robbins Wayy, Montrose; free; concession food available; sponsored by Senior CommUnity Care PACe. 6 to 9:30 p.m. — Montrose Summer Music Series at Black Canyon Golf Course, South Hillcrest Avenue; free; food and beverages available for purchase; information: http://www.montrosesummer 7:30 p.m. — The Telluride American Songbook Festival presents “This Land is your land, an evening of American Folk Songs” with music from the 1960s and 1970s. The all-ages show will be at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., in Ouray. Tickets are $15 at the door. Visit for more info.


■ saturDay, auGust 1 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Olathe Sweet Corn Festival. Small-town festival promoting non-profits and local agriculture. This year’s event will feature: free “Olathe Sweet” sweet corn, beer and wine garden, evening performance by Natalie Stovall and the Drive (from Nashville) with additional on-stage entertainment throughout the day. enjoy a corn eating contest, karaoke and free family activities. it will be at 1 Park Place in Olathe. Visit for more information.


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9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Water Sports Park FUNC Festival at Riverbottom Park. The first FUNC Festival at the Montrose Water Sports Park will feature a full lineup of events on water and land. Whitewater competitions will feature slalom, freestyle rodeo, and sprint events with prizes and color commentary by well-known water sports competitor and announcer Ken Hoeve. A river parade, kayak and stand-up paddle board (SUP) instruction, “Paddle with the Professionals” clinic, Partners “Ducky Derby”, and a Trout Unlimited fly casting competition round out a full list of attractions on the river. The festival will offer music, food, beer, wine and activities for those who prefer to stay dry and revel in land-based activities. Local DJ Scotty Kenton will preside over musical entertainment featuring three local bands: The Tinkers “3”, Rusty George Band, and Johnson County Coroners. The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association will host a Mountain Bike Challenge on newly developed trails adjacent to the Water Sports Park. Visit for more information.

5, tries to stand up in an inflatable ball while floating in water at main in motion in 2014. the fun activity was a fundraiser for the montrose cheerleading squad.

All day — Montrose County Fair and Rodeo at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. Second St. ■ suNDay, auGust 2 6 p.m. — The Sherbino Theater’s Living Room Lounge, 604 Clinton St. in Ridgway, featuring t Clouds and Mountains; ethereal music evoking sunsets and mountains; $8 cover; cash bar. information: 318-0892. All day — Montrose County Fair and Rodeo at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. Second St. ■ tHursDay, auGust 6 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — The Montrose in Motion festival has another night of vendors, music and activities planned. The festival is held in downtown Montrose.

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burlesque dancer gezella galore bats her lashes as she works the crowd before she hits the stage at the second annual moonshiners ball in 2014.

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rookie corn eating contestant travis graham powers through the corn during the corn eating contest at the olathe sweet Corn festival in 2014. graham ate nine ears.

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bella selders, left, enjoys eating the corn with her grandmother Kathy selders during her first olathe sweet Corn festival. Nate Wick/Daily Press

■ FriDay, auGust 7 5:30 to 8 p.m. — First Friday Stroll. The evening features special deals from downtown shops, art on display and art demonstrations in downtown Montrose. ■ saturDay, auGust 8 7 to 11:30 p.m. — Funk, blues and reggae with Big Medicine Gang at The Sherbino Theater, 604 Clinton St., Ridgway; $10 cover; cash bar; information:

6 to 8 p.m. — Danny Morales at Music on the Green, 2377 Robbins Wayy, Montrose; free; concession food available; sponsored by Senior CommUnity Care PACe.


■ FriDay, sePteMBer 4 5:30 to 8 p.m. — First Friday Stroll. The evening features special deals from downtown shops, art on display and art demonstrations in downtown Montrose.

■ tHursDay, auGust 13 5:30 p.m. — Downtown DeltaFest: venders, food, games music; vendors can pick up applications at Delta Chamber of Commerce, 301 Main St., or go to, events tab.

■ tHursDay, sePteMBer 13 5:30 p.m. — Downtown DeltaFest: venders, food, games music; vendors can pick up applications at Delta Chamber of Commerce, 301 Main St., or go to, events tab.

■ saturDay, auGust 15 7 p.m. — Moonshiners Ball at the Habitat Barn, 1601 N. Townsend. Features bands, gambling and cocktails. Call 252-9303, ext. 8.

■ saturDay, sePteMBer 27 3 p.m. — The Montrose Community Band hosts its fall concert at the Montrose Pavilion.

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RIGHT Tom Barrett


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Barrett forward pedals it

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om Barrett loved to run — the Moab halfmarathon; the Gothic Run; name it, and Barrett could probably run it. But a health concern led the Montrose businessman and fitness buff to the doctor and a 2004 diagnosis that caused his life to shift gears. First, he battled for survival. Now, he bicycles to help others, as part of the Grin and Barrett annual charity ride, which returned this year on July 25. “it came out that it was colon cancer,” Barrett recounted of his diagnosis about a decade ago. Barrett had to absorb the body blow from the news, and also tell his wife, Kristy, and their children. “This is the deck of cards God gave us,” he told them. And Barrett decided to play them, come what may. “i went through four surgeries, two rounds of chemo and one round of radiation treatment,” Barrett, owner of Standard Tire in Montrose, said. “it was obviously a life-changing event. Prior to that, i was running, cycling, running the business.” He opened the business with his brother-in-law, Randy Stuckey, in the 1980s, after both men decided they were tired of working for a similar business on the Front

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Range. These days, Barrett operates the Montrose store, while Stuckey runs the store in Gunnison. When Barrett was diagnosed with colon cancer, the Montrose economy and population were growing; his business was moving forward, and the Barretts were enjoying life. “it was a reality check,” he said. “As a human being, it shows us that we are not invincible. We are subject to changes we don’t have control over.” The entire family grappled with his illness. “it doesn’t just affect the person afflicted with the disease. it affects the entire family,” Barrett said. His friends banded together in a unique show of support: they launched a 150-mile bike ride on July 5, 2004.


“The folks i had been riding with did the first Grin and Barrett. it wasn’t really a charity ride. it was a support ride.” That first ride, “shows what a community can do for its friends,” he said. “i have a phrase i use, ‘The three Fs.’ Family, faith and friends, friends being the community; faith being whatever you believe in. With us, it was our Christian faith. There’s times when you have to go to somebody else for support.”

LIFeLIne GIven, LIFeLIne extended The support inspired Barrett, a member of the San Juan Healthcare Foundation’s board. The foundation was instrumental in creating the San Juan Cancer Center, a place where Montrose cancer patients can receive treatments locally; previously, the

treatments were done in Grand Junction or other locations. Barrett, who fought colon cancer before the center opened here, made that trip with the help of his wife and a drivers’ roster. He kept thinking about the first ride his friends had put together. “i got approval from the original riders to turn it into a fundraiser,” Barrett said. The goal: Raise funds for non-medical needs cancer patients also have. Barrett, while being treated, was told he could probably do with a massage — not a medical need, and not, he suspected, a covered cost. Mindful of the bottom line and mounting medical bills, Barrett said he didn’t think he could afford it. But he could: it was covered through the since-defunct Kaleidoscope program at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

After becoming a foundation board member, Barrett floated a “Grin and Barrett Buttkicker Charity Ride.” Proceeds go to the Caring Friends Fund, which provides items and services to cancer patients that are beyond medical needs. The fund has been used for debit cards to help people with gas or travel expenses; grocery cards for patients on fixed incomes; meals for nutritional support during chemo, massages, even lambswool seatbelt covers to protect chemo ports. “It allows us to do things for patients that, to our knowledge, no other community has,” Barrett said. The need isn’t always apparent. Barrett told of San Juan Cancer Center Resource Coordinator Francie Smiles’ desire to throw a small celebration for a patient’s last chemo treatment. The patient, a teacher who later passed away, was due to be married, and the

party doubled as a wedding shower. Smiles asked for Caring Friends Funding. “Why not? That’s part of what it funds,” Barrett said. Grin and Barrett is now a vehicle for raising money that benefits the Caring Friends. The ride is structured as a single-day event, kicking off from the Red Arrow Inn & Suites, with distance options of 33, 50 and 75 miles that take riders through and around Montrose, Olathe and Delta. There is also a 115-mile Buttkicker Century ride and organizers two years ago brought in a 155-mile “Gran Fondo” option. “It’s a difficult ride. We brought it back to emphasize (support) and to have a participant know you are going to have some point in that ride that you are going to suffer. That’s why it’s called the ‘buttkicker,’” Barrett said.

“It’s all about focusing energy to stay in shape. Exercise is the key to good health. “It’s a community event,” Barrett said, noting the long-term commitment of Cascade Bicycles and other sponsors. “We actually close down our shop specifically to give this event support,” said Cascade Bicycle’s Hollis Brake, who will be riding in this year’s Gran Fondo. “Tom’s been a good friend of the shop for a long time and a good friend of mine within days of meeting him. I figured it was something good to get behind.” While it’s a lot to do — cycle, sit on the foundation board, run his business and tend his family — Barrett is focused. “It’s a matter of understanding the priority, because of the importance of Grin and Barrett for the community as a whole. It’s the regional community of needs for people coming to the cancer Continued on page 13

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Caring Friends Fund The Caring Friends Fund operates under the San Juan Healthcare Foundation umbrella to provide support and services to cancer patients and their families that are mostly non-medical in nature. “it is the most amazing fund of giving,” said Francie Smiles, the foundation’s resource coordinator. “if you need a place to stay when you have five weeks of radiation here, we put people up so they don’t have to drive back to Gunnison every day,” she said, giving an example of how the funding helps cancer patients. “it just gives such relief when you don’t have to fill out something and say ‘i need this.’ They’re just so grateful.” Accessing the fund does not require paperwork and there is no income eligibility requirement. Make the request, and the healthcare board considers approving the funding, for anything from

a debit card to pay for lodging, nutritional support, or massages, to name but a few possibilities. “i really believe that’s true giving, when you don’t have to prove (eligibility). it doesn’t take a mental giant to know when someone is in need. Caring Friends does that,” Smiles said. The beneficiaries frequently are amazed that funding comes from a charity bike ride, the Grin and Barrett Black Canyon Buttkicker, she said. The ride initially began as a show of support for Montrose businessman Tom Barrett, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Barrett, a foundation board member, later established the ride as a fundraiser for the Caring Friends Fund. (See related.) “He was adamant about how we give, not just what we give,” Smiles said.


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center and to Montrose Memorial Hospital,” Barrett said. Cycling isn’t just a way for Barrett to give back. “Once i got through dealing with my cancer, even though running was mentally part of me, i couldn’t get myself physically back into running,” he said. “Cycling became my transition. you don’t have to do it to compete. you can do it for fun and exercise.”

Beyond cancer On top of fighting cancer, cycling and charity work, Barrett steers his business through times bad and good. He and Stuckey bought their Gunnison store in 1983 and opened the Montrose shop in 1985. “We’ve gone through all the transitions with the businesses throughout the years in Montrose and Gunnison,” Barrett said. Barrett has also served as a member of the Crime Stoppers board, in positions at the United Methodist Church, Montrose Chamber of Commerce and the former Montrose Area Merchants Association. He also assisted the Chamber in organizing the 2012 stopover in Montrose of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. When there is time, he enjoys skiing and boating. While his top priority is his family, Barrett remains concentrated on the San Juan Healthcare Foundation.

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“That’s where I see myself (helping) the most,” he said — and in his eyes, helping out is only natural. “If we all just sat in our own shell — No. 1, how boring would that be? No. 2, it’s part of humanity to support who is around you. It makes you a healthier person overall to help those who are in need. It makes for a stronger, healthier community,” Barrett said. “I look at it this way: We’re all in this society together. We shouldn’t segregate based on religion, sex, color. We’re no longer in the 1800s. We need to move forward. “It definitely needs understood that if you’re in a community, we’ve all got to get along as human beings. People may not agree with (others’) lifestyles, but that’s a choice that we’ve got to respect.” And people’s views don’t matter when it comes to needing help, Barrett said. “Does that make them someone we wouldn’t help through the Caring Friends Fund? We don’t discriminate,” he said. “The Caring Friends fund, we don’t care what your background is.” ■

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or those who make the Western Slope our home, we know its beauty. We have experienced its magnificence — from its accelerated climes of the desert floor to the cool heavenly, mountain manifestations that offer a respite from the summer heat. While we think this is our Western Slope, it may not be the well-kept secret to which we aspire. Hollywood has already taken notice. Certainly, we know of John Wayne and the 1969-released saga “True Grit,” much of which was filmed in Ridgway with accentuations here in Montrose County. The visits of Wayne, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby to Montrose and of the local extras here who were hired have added to the lore. However, “True Grit” is just one of many acts that include venues shot in and around Montrose and the Western Slope. “Oh, if I were to guess, I’d say there have been about 10 movies shot around Montrose,” said Richard Fike, owner and CEO of the Museum of the Mountain West, located at 68169 Miami Road. “If you go beyond, to the Western Slope, the list is even grander.”

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Movie posters Fike, a former Utah archeologist, has retired from excavating artifacts from the desert. Today, Fike spends his time unearthing artifacts —which are historical movie gems on the Western Slope. His museum is not only interesting in every aspect of the Old West, but Fike is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the West and specifically enjoys relaying facts about Hollywood’s love affair with Western Colorado. Kelly Rhoderick, the Office of Business and Tourism marketing director, called Fike’s museum, “a surprising gem.” For Fike, the reason movie crews come to the Western Slope is simple. “It’s the beauty of Western Colorado,” Fike said when asked why Hollywood chooses to fill its silver screens with scenes of Colorado. At the museum, Fike has a room dedicated to Hollywood’s romance with the Old West, which many see as synonymous with Western Colorado.


Fike’s tribute to Colorado-filmed movies is a small, wooden-planked room that measures about 15-feet by 15-feet. However, in the confines of this room hang testaments to the Old West and to the actors and actresses who help keep it alive in our consciousness. “It’s really been quite an effort to collect all of this,” Fike said. “On some of these, there were only a few of these movie cards ever made.” Fike explained seldom are movies filmed entirely at one location. Quite often, certain scenes are shot remotely and added to the film that may have mostly been produced many miles away. For example, “True Grit” not only features Montrose and Ridgway, but Ouray, Gunnison and Owl Creek Pass. “For example, that scene from ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ where Paul Newman and Robert Redford jump off the cliff into the water — that was filmed of them jumping into the Animas River in Durango,” he said.

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John Wayne plays in “True Grit” released in 1969 and filmed in the area. Justin Joiner/Daily Press

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“Several scenes from Butch Cassidy also were filmed in Silverton.” Quite often, scenes from several locations are meshed in the creative minds of the film editors who lay the finished piece on celluloid or today, as it is now, on digital, highdefinition disc. Like “True Grit,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was filmed in the late 1960s, 1969. The star-studded Western was directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film is loosely based on fact of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker (Butch Cassidy portrayed

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“denver and tHe rIo Grande” released in 1952. the movie filmed in durango starred edmond o’brien and sterling Hayden. Justin Joiner/Daily Press




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the surging Colorado River. The movie’s namesake, portrayed by Debbie Reynolds, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but the groundswell of support for Julie Andrews in her role of “Mary Poppins” won over Academy voters. That same year — 1964 — Gunnison was also home to movie crews who shot “Cheyenne Autumn”, a John Ford western starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Jimmy Stewart and Edward G. Robinson. Considered an epic, “Cheyenne Autumn” tells the story of a factual event of the Northern Cheyenne exodus in 1878 and ‘79, although it was considered told with a great deal of artistic license, critics said. It was the last of Ford’s films, who claimed it to be an elegy for Native Americans and their abuse. The movie failed and lost money for Warner Bros. Colorado and the Western Slope secured its place for western-movie locations in the 1962 movie, “How the West was Won.”


This star-studded cast that featured Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, was filmed in Montrose and Durango, Fike said pointing to a movie poster at the Museum of the Mountain West. “How the West was Won” was filmed in 1962 and released in 1963. Online research calls the picture “one of the last old-fashioned epic films made by MetroGoldwyn-Mayer.” It was set between 1839 and 1880 as it follows four generations of a family, which started out as the Prescotts, as they moved westward from New York state to the Pacific Ocean. Scenes westward were shot at various locations including Montrose and Durango. Posters promoting the film tout the recording technique of “Cinerama,” which featured a curved screen and a threeprojector format, which was considered state-of-the-art of the day. Just down the road in nearby Grand Junction and Fruita, Kevin Costner and David Marshall Grant came together to film “American Flyers.”

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from the movie “A Ticket to Tomahawk” filmed in the area. Justin Joiner/Daily Press


The 1985 film starring Costner, Grant, Rae Dawn Chong is about bicycle racing. It was directed by John Badham and written by Steve Tesich, who made his mark in another movie featuring bicycle racing entitled “Breaking Away,” in 1979. While Montrose County has been the scene for many a movie, Durango seems to be a favorite for movie producers, garnering the attentions for these movies: “Nurse Betty,” 2000; “Cliffhanger,” 1993; “Avalanche,” (1978); “City Slickers,” (1991); “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” (1983) and returning years later for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” (1989); “Support Your Local Gunslinger,” (1971); “Downhill Racer,” (1969); “Around the World in 90 Days,” (1956); and “Viva Zapata,” (1952). Aspen also has attracted movie producers to its scenic location, getting acclaim for at least partial filming of “Dumb and Dumber,” (1994) and “Devils Doorway,” (1950). Canon City, Pagosa Springs and Cortez were locations for “Indiana Jones, the Last Crusade,” (1989); “The Cowboys,”

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was filmed in the ridgway area and released in 1949. it starred James Cagney and stephen mcnally among others.

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museum of the mountain West. released in 1958, the movie was filmed in montrose and starred glenn ford and shirley maclaine among others.

tHe naKed SPur was filmed in the black Canyon of the gunnison. it released in 1953 and featured performances by James stewart and Janet leigh. Justin Joiner/Daily Press

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Ouray Brewery has found plenty of success through the years and has expanded. Courtesy photo




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eeking a more exotic flare from your brew? Notes of mango and passionfruit hale from Australia and New Zealand in the home brew at Ouray Brewery. erin eddy happened to be in the right place, at the right time almost five years ago. in August 2010, the distance between Ouray and Texas became too much for a gentleman, who purchased property to open a restaurant in Ouray. That man is now the silent partner for one local favorite, Ouray Brewery. The brewery, located in downtown Ouray, has eight home brews on tap. its recipe stands out partly because of special hops brewers there discovered about two years ago. Knowing immediately that they had found something special, they contracted the crop and began crafting beers with notes of exotic fruit. The addition boasts both worldly flavor and unique smoothness of product. Crisp and refreshing, the beer has been a hit with both local and out-of-town visitors. Allison Mainiero worked at the Ouray Brewery for a summer before moving out of state. Mainiero said it was one of her favorite jobs to date. “The people are friendly, the rooftop is awesome with great views. There is a fantastic variety of food from salads to awesome burgers,” she said.

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ouray brewery offers much more than beer. the establishment also offers plenty of good eats. Courtesy photo

Mainiero went on to say that the rooftop swings are a favorite place to sit and drink the special blonde brew. Not a big fan of hops, she found the blonde a smooth alternative. Another notable attraction is the seating on the second floor that was added this year. Using area vendors, eddy expanded the current location. The brewery is now on-site and while seated on the second floor, guests have a view of the brew room. Christopher Cady and his family are big fans of the Ouray Brewery. “The brewery is one of our favorites because the food is excellent, the prices are good, and we really enjoy the atmosphere, especially in the summer when we can sit on the rooftop and people watch while we eat,” Cady said. Cady travels from his home in Olathe to visit the Ouray Brewery. “People should go there because Ouray is an amazing little town with plenty to do year round. We have tried other places to eat in Ouray and feel the quality of the food exceeds that of other places. My wife (also) really likes their Camp Bird Blonde beer,” Cady said. That is exactly what eddy is aiming for. He said the brewery is focusing on perfecting its craft. He’s decided to scale back this year and focus on the quality he wants to produce. “We are focused on some canning, making beer for the pub, and keeping things simple,” said eddy. Visit the Ouray brewery at 607 Main Street or call 325-7388. ■



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right colors splash across a white background and begin to build darkening layers. The familiar rattle of a spray can echoes throughout the neighborhood, bouncing from garage door to neighboring garage door and fading over the golf course. A warmly lit glow comes from the open garage of the house almost at the end of the street. Artist Darbi Meyer is in the zone. it only takes minutes for the spray painted surface to begin taking shape. Textures, shadows and the outline of pyramid begin to appear. With the gentle swipe of a tissue strategically placed, a waterfall appears. The pull of a straightedge creates an outreaching tree and blasts of white finish the scene with an illuminating star in the sky. Lastly, Meyer signs her name, turns and says, “That’s about all there is to it.” Spray painting used to be associated with illegal activity, gangs or rebellious youth, but thanks to artists like Meyer (who do not illegally paint others’ property), the art form is becoming well known for the beauty and talent behind it. Meyer moved to Montrose from Southern California about three years ago. Montrose is the home of her mother and father. in 2012, Fran Meyer, her mother, was diagnosed with moderate dementia. Meyer says she would probably have moved here anyway, but it seemed like she was needed. She packed up and moved out of the gated community she was living in to help care for her mother. Fran Meyer welcomed her daughter and the extra help she would provide around the house. in return, she allowed her to set up a studio in one side of her two-car garage. Meyer first saw spray paint art in 2009, while surfing the web. “i saw a guy doing a demonstration on the internet and wondered if i could teach myself how to do that. i loved the colors and it didn’t take long to produce a finished piece. it spoke to my short attention span,” Meyer said. Meyer started practicing while she lived in Southern California. it took about a year for her to perfect the technique of spray paint art. By watching internet videos and practicing, she found that she was pretty good at. “My mom is the artistic one. i haven’t ever been able to draw or anything like that. i didn’t know i was artistic until i started practicing this,” Meyer said. The art form calls for few materials. Meyer uses household items such as discarded magazines, jar lids and a spackling knife. By layering spray paint and manipulating shapes, she creates pyramids, mountains, lakes and even cityscape. “The secret is to use glossy paint and a glossy surface. it is also essential to have clear glossy spray to re-wet a place on the piece if it dries too fast,” she said. “Most people won’t tell you that, i had to learn the hard way. if you use a flat (versus glossy) surface it turns out looking like a pile of mud.”

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Meyer has been working out of her mother’s garage for the last three years. Her favorite items to replicate are trees and bodies of water. She has grown fond of how her creations evolve. She may have an idea of what she wants to paint, but “it seems to keep building as i go,” she said. Meyer has been commissioned to do murals in homes and offices. in the past, she has attended art shows, swap meets and craft fairs, although it is often a large expense to participate. Most recently she was commissioned to do a painting for a wedding. The “practice” piece still hangs next to her paint table. The sunset scene has the silhouette of a couple embracing by a palm tree. “i had to cut the stencil out for that,” Meyer said. “i am not good at that, you won’t see me doing many of those,” she said pointing at the painting. Meyer said the most unique piece she has ever painted was the exterior of a Volkswagon Super Beetle. She painted a series

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of ocean and space scenes, finishing the hood with a tribute to the Twin Towers and the words “Never Forget.” Meyer is ready for what she sees as the next step in her craft. “This is a fantastic alternative to tagging (illegal graffiti),” she said. “i would love to start giving lessons. This really is my passion.” Meyer is available for lessons and has been hired as the entertainment at parties. “it is really entertaining to watch, and i do a painting for everyone at the event,” she said. Meyer envisions working with the schools to represent another medium. She is currently painting about eight hours a week and can only see that increasing. “i have been commissioned by businesses and individuals, would love to do something with after-school programs or even through parks and recreation here.” Fran Meyer, her mother, says that she is proud of “her Darbi.” “Just because i was diagnosed with dementia doesn’t mean it was the end of my life. i am glad she is here to be with us. More people should know about her talent,” she said. Meyer welcomes individuals to look at her art and is open to booking demonstrations, parties or lessons. She can be reached at 417-3075. ■







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OUt ’N’ About

left Keeping History Alive. Montrose residents (left to right) Arleen Friedman, Carolyn Bellevance and Pat Kennedy gather around Western Movies-2015-Women of the Old West-special guest, author, performer, Chris Enns during the Museum of the Moutnain West event in June. below Dr. Mary Vader’s 5th Annual Compassion Bash that benefits the Helping Hand Fund was hosted by Cobble Creek in April. A lively group of hands applaud as Debbie Blanchard owner of D’Medici Footwear, one of the local retailers involved in the event takes a walk down the run-way. Lu Anne Tyrrell/ For the Montrose Daily Press

above Young fund-raisers, Skye

Sanderford and Paige Sharp proudly show off their hand-made bracelets which were sold to benefit the Nepalese families with the proceeds going to Western Colorado Friends of Himalaya during a fund-raising event in May.

right Montrose in Motion 2015 opening night in June brought good weather, families and activities enjoyed by all. Patrolling the festive night were Montrose Police Department Officers Dennis Beery and Brian Rumbaugh.


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rIGHt the minds of (left to right)

of rob ruyle, Chris tarman, rob brethouwer and bruce grigsby are working on a trivia question during the annual mapa trivia night held in april.

BeLoW david Kienholz, and CJ brafford, director of the ute indian museum (far right) admire susan Kienholz’s artist, whimsical ‘mimbre design 1’ a part of ‘petroglyphs of the southwest’ an exhibit which started in may to celebrate Colorado archaeology and Historic preservation month. the exhibit runs through July. Lu Anne Tyrrell/ For the Montrose Daily Press

aBove (left to right) it’s a girl

thing! lori perpar and lorrie thomas enjoy showcasing the lovely items form sheshe boutique during the annual altrusa spring luncheon held in april at the montrose pavilion.

LeFt phil gibson of peopleCare took time to visit with starla bacon and priscilla Cozzens of HopeWest during the successful second annual Caregiver summit held in april at the methodist Church Lu Anne Tyrrell/ For the Montrose Daily Press

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toP ”violet” enjoys a round of stick throwing at the opening day of montrose’s Water park with kayakers, veteran Chris price from West virgina, Jeremy Womack of telluride and lisa boyko. MIddLe good weather, great music makes for fun as young Kamden fresques-reid plays hide-and-seek with Cole fresques and skye reid during the inaugural montrose summer of music event held in may at the black Canyon golf Course. BottoM the garden at the Coffee trader hosted a special thank you to the generous sponsors of the san Juan independent film festival in april. dee Coram co-owner of the Coffee trader and ryan Hyle take time to visit with Claudia bishop during the event. Lu Anne Tyrrell/ For the Montrose Daily Press

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toP beauty at its best- plein-air regional artist, gina grundemann delicately captures the floral beauty of the mc gill residence garden beauty during the montrose garden tour in June. MIddLe smiling for the camera, Wes and sarah abbott are among the hundreds who attended the 12th annual montrose Wine & food festival fund raising event held at the bridges of montrose in may. BottoM (left to right) the montrose pavilion shined and sparkled in march at it was transformed in to the annual Hope West gala and in attendance were Kelly and Carla Crippin with samantha Hartman. Lu Anne Tyrrell/ For the Montrose Daily Press

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s a scenic mountain town and gateway to many other Colorado mountain destinations, Ridgway is an ideal place to tempt travelers and locals alike with unique, delicious cuisine. From locally-sourced burgers to crisp salads, this tiny town gives plenty of reasons to make a stop, whether on the way to somewhere else or simply for the sake of a good meal.

cimarron café

After building a dessert empire out of the little town of Humble, Texas, Bill and Carol Lawler started spending six months out of the year in Ridgway in pursuit of a quieter, cooler life. They opened Cimarron Café four years ago to increase the number of places they could eat in Ridgway. Assistant manager Kelly Lundberg has worked at the café for three years.


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520 BurGerS offers more than its namesake. the restaurants also has plenty of sandwiches and other fare.

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“everything here is homemade, from the dressings to hand cut fries,” Lundberg said. “There’s a lot of love that goes into the food here.” Lundberg said her favorite part of working at the café is meeting the different people who pass through Ouray County. “They always have a story of something they’ve done here,” she said. Lundberg also said she enjoys trying all of the different food that’s served at the restaurant: she said her favorites are the breakfast smothered burrito, the lunch southwest chicken cobb salad and any of their dinner entrees.

“it’s fun, and we have a sports bar, too. There’s a lot of different feelings between the bar and the dining room, and i think there’s a little something for everybody.” The Cimarron Café is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, visit or call 626-4426 for reservations.

520 Burgers

One Ridgway restaurant is redefining an American classic with a fresh take that brings people back again and again. Locally-owned 520 Burgers serves a

variety of freshly-ground burgers, with the choice of beef, bison, elk or yak meat for each one. The restaurant also serves breakfast, as well as salads, pizza and a Philly cheesesteak for lunch and dinner. Manager Cathy Sarmiento said she enjoys serving food that people love in an idyllic location. “We have a wonderful view and most people are very happy to sit and take it in,” she said. “We have a lot of returning folks who have their favorite items.” Sarmiento has worked at 520 Burgers for three and a half years, and said she’s tried even the more exotic items on the menu.

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“The yak meat has a very clean taste to it, like a very clean beef taste. i thought the elk would be more gamey, but it’s not, it’s really good,” she said. Sarmiento said her favorite menu items are the green chili and mushroom swiss burgers. “We use the freshest products available when we’re preparing our food,” Sarmiento said. The restaurant even sources some of the meat for its burgers from local ranches. “We don’t use pre-made or pre-frozen products.” 520 Burgers is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, visit or call 316-4524.

true Grit

520 BurGerS aims to redefine the classic american burger with several choices of meat.

Tammee Tuttle is on a mission to bring southern hospitality to a mountain community, and if the True Grit Café’s steady popularity is an indication, she’s succeeding. Tuttle has owned True Grit for almost 19 years, and she said she’s lucky to love every part of her job.

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“i love to cook, i love to take care of people, to cater and clean — i love everything about my job, and i’m truly blessed to love what i do,” Tuttle said. True Grit specializes in “cowboy cuisine,” which is a mix of American and Mexican offerings. Tuttle said the café’s most popular dishes are burgers and chicken fried steak: the eatery serves 13,000 burgers every year and 5,000 plates of chicken fried steak. Tuttle said she’s tried to create a farm-to-table relationship with local farms, but the sheer quantity of food that True Grit sells is often overwhelming to small farm operations. “i tell them the quantity and they have a small heart attack,” she said. So Tuttle focuses on service and food quality, which she said is True Grit’s best qualities. “Today it’s a dying thing to have service,” she said. “More and more people are desirous of being taken care of, and more and more that’s fading out. you have to take care of people to make them want to come back, and to be unique and stand out.” For more information about True Grit, visit or call 626-5739. ■

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Outdoor summer fun

With summer in full swing, more people are heading into the outdoors. Whether that means a quick hike, a full backpacking adventure or paddling the Uncompahgre River, Montrose shops have you covered. Outdoors equipment, apparel and accessories are available at Hypoxia, 300 e. Main St.; The Great Outdoors Company, 10 S. Selig Ave.; and Montrose Kayak and Surf, 302 W. Main St.



1. this vibram hiking shoe features a specialized rubber mountaineering sole. the new ecostep soles are made with 30 percent recycled material. it is on sale at Hypoxia. 2. these trekking poles by black

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4. This Avex beverage container on sale at Hypoxia for $26 features a space-saving design, bottle opener built into the bottom of the cup and features a rounded rim.


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Patagonia is great for around town or using for a quick trip to the mountains. It is on sale for $49 at Hypoxia.

6. This speaker makes a solid

companion on a camping trip. It is solarpowered so you can listen to your favorite tunes far from home. Buy it at The Great Outdoors Company for $129.95.

7. Montrose Kayak and Surf offers standup paddleboards and kayaks for rent at $30 a day. That includes a personal floatation device, paddle, helmet and more. The store offers various discounts, 10 percent for club members, 15 percent for veterans as well as package discounts.




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8. this agnes tumble 2 Mountain Glo is not just a regular


tent. inside is a string of led lights to illuminate the interior of the tent. it runs for $249.95 at the great outdoors Company.

9. this short sleeve button-up Kuhl is on sale at Hypoxia for $74.99. 10. take a miniature kitchen with you into the wilderness. this stainless steel kit by gsi is for sale at the great outdoors Company for $69.95.




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