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elcome to our second edition of M magazine. We received great feedback from our first effort , and thank everyone for their compliments and support of our new publication. Our intention is to focus on personal-interest stories, giving us a better understanding of our community. The community has been very welcoming and helpful with this product . Our cover portrays the famous Mindy Baumgardner and her two beautiful daughters, Hailey and Bethany. In our continual effort to promote the shop-local movement , the Baumgardners modeled clothes from local retailers Nina Suzanne’s, Pollux, and SheShe Boutique. The main theme of this edition is higher education in Montrose. We showcase three nontraditional students, Amiessa Jutten, Matt Box and Tanya Hawk, who took classes at Colorado Mesa University-Montrose and have successfully completed degrees. There’s a great article on CMU’s capital campaign, and we connect with Joey Montoya Boese on the campus renovation that took place this summer. We catch up with professor Rhonda Claridge, a local CMU English instructor, and student services coordinator Chris Wilcox, who welcomes incoming students. You’ll learn about Frank Gauna, an 82-year-old multimedia artist who still paints with incredible vigor. Not that we’re trying to solely focus on downtown, but we also have some great information on Amazing Glaze and The Pickled Painter. There’s nothing better than catching up with old friends Jim and Jeannie Hougnon. And if you’re an alum of Montrose High School, you may like to reconnect with Kimry Gemmell, Jacque Adragna and Mike DeJulio, and find out how they’re doing. Take the time to learn a bit more about the wonderful people who make up our community. Just like CMU’s presence in Montrose, we must continually improve our understanding and knowledge of this city. We always appreciate feedback on what you like and what we could improve upon. Thanks for taking the time to read M. It is your community. Francis Wick Publisher

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Making women feel pretty

Kimberly McGehee — the new owner/operator of SheShe Boutique and Gallery, which offers fashionable seasonal apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories — has had a self-described “most enjoyable” past year.

Following his own path

Polymath among us

By the middle 1990s, lifelong Texan Chuck Alexander believed his life plan was set in stone. He had followed in the footsteps of many of his relatives by earning his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and was six years deep into a career as an orthodontist at his father’s practice in Arlington, Texas.

To simply call Frank Gauna a painter is to do him a bit of a disservice. While he is indeed a highly skilled painter, he is much more. Sculptor, stained glass artist , jewelry maker, woodworker, graphic artist — all of these labels could just as easily be applied to Gauna as painter.

Business

Art Scene

Profiles

Features

10.Fall fashion

42. The artist within

12. Jim & Jeannie Hougnon 14. Chuck Alexander 21. Rotary’s Shoes for Kids program

Where are they now 16. Jacque Adragna 18. Kimry Gemmell 20. Mike DeJulio

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28. CMU nontraditional students 29. CMU enhancements 30. CMU student successes 44. D&RG at 100

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32. Welcome to the real world 33. Ryann Fife 34. Jeremy Trujillo 35. Haley Turley

42 Still time to get your hands dirty! For the gardener, fall can seem like a natural time for finishing, reaping and readying for rest . Spring, that far-off season on the other side of the biting cold, will be there waiting with its chore lists, starts and seedlings.

Health & Wellness 36. Gary Krabbe 37. Thomas Wiard 38. Eye on health

Home & Garden

40. Fabulous food, friends and fun

People

45. Out & about

General Manager Design Tim Frates Nate Wick Advertising Sales Dennis Anderson Kelda Wall

“Lets build this community, one page at a time” Magazine • Fall 2012

On the cover Mindy Baumgardner and her daughters, Bethany and Hailey Wells


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upcoming events September Sept. 7 — Montrose Celebration of Art & Culture, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., downtown. Sept. 8 — Partners Benefit Pistol Shoot at the San Juan Shooting Range. Sept. 8-9 — Black Canyon Horse Races, noon-4:30 p.m. at the Montrose County Fairgrounds. Sept. 14-16 — The 19th annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, all day at Telluride Town Park. Sept. 21-23 — Montrose Indian Nations Pow Wow, all day at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

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October Oct. 6 — Oktoberfest, all day at Centennial Plaza. Oct. 6 — Black Canyon Sprint Triathlon, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Montrose Aquatic Center. Oct. 27 — Main Street Fall Fun Fest, noon to 4 p.m. downtown.

November Nov. 22 — Turkey Trot, walk/run presented by the San Juan Mountain Runners, 9 a.m. at Oak Grove School. Nov. 22 — A Thanksgiving dinner celebration presented by Montrose Community Dinners Inc., noon at Friendship Hall Nov. 23 — Community Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. at the Montrose County Courthouse.. Nov. 23 — Christmas Stroll on Main Street, 7 p.m.9 p.m., Main Street.

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Dec. 1 — Annual open house at Ute Indian Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 — Parade of Lights, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. downtown. Dec. 12 — Merriment on Main, all day, downtown.

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SheShe Boutique owner Kimberly McGehee sits in front of the girls, Ruthie Rich, left, Diane Havens and Kim Sandidge in side of SheShe Boutique on Main Street.

Making women feel pretty SheShe Boutique focuses on excellent customer service

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Kim Sandidge, left, Ruthie Rich, SheShe Boutique owner Kimberly McGehee and Diane Havens and put together outfits to display in the Boutique. Magazine • Fall 2012

Kimberly McGehee — the new owner/operator of SheShe Boutique and Gallery, which offers fashionable seasonal apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories — has had a self-described “most enjoyable” past year. McGehee and her mother Sheila Bellew purchased the well-known downtown Montrose boutique from Sheree Frede in the summer of 2011. Frede renovated and resorted the historic building in 2005 to accommodate the unique boutique, and it has become a downtown anchor store. “I love making women feel more empowered and pretty,” said McGehee, who also has an extensive successful background as a Mary Kay representative. Over the past year, McGehee has been able to utilize her skills set , passion and desire of making “women feel pretty” through the many events and partnerships that the boutique has been involved in. Events such as the Fall Fashion Show, the Christmas Tea and the Spring Fashion and Color Party have been well received and attended by


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customers from Aspen to Telluride. Excellent customer service is one of her primary goals. “I always want our place to be the go-to boutique for women,” McGehee said. To ensure the personalized boutique service and commitment , McGehee hired back the “girls” — Kim Sandidge, Ruthie Rich and Diane Havens — who had been with the boutique for years. They have outfitted women from head to toe over the past seven years, ranging from those who come in looking for that special dazzling evening gown to wear to a local gala to those hoping to find something fashionably functional to wear for an African safari. A sampling of locally made items such as the Trash Ebags and Marmie Bags are also available in the boutique to add to that extra stylized look and feel. “We always mark down who bought what . It’s a nice service to offer in a smaller community so that you don’t stumble upon another lady wearing the same outfit at a local gala,” McGeehe said. “We have a fairly good customer base of men, too. They know that we know what their special lady likes — and her size, too.” For McGehee, owning a business is exciting. “I love the challenge that it brings. I am just wired that way,” she said. “I really like the vibrancy of a thriving downtown and joining in on the many regular activities and events that downtown has to offer. It’s a true destination place.” SheShe Boutique and Gallery is located at 340 E. Main St . and is open Monday through Saturday year round. For more information, call 249-4944 or visit www.shesheboutiqueandgallery.com or Faceboook page SheShe Boutique and Gallery.

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MONTROSE CELEBRATION OF ART & CULTURE A special evening in downtown Montrose, Colorado celebrating art, music, culture, culinary delights, and fine spirits. Featuring special promotions for participants and the unveiling of new public art. FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012 5:00PM - 9:00PM COST: $10 Advance Tickets $15 Day of Event Advance tickets available at most downtown businesses Artist Recognition and 2011/2012 People's Choice Award Ceremony 6:30pm at Around the Corner Art Gallery- 447 Main Street For more information contact the Montrose Association of Commerce & Tourism (970) 249-5000 info@montroseact.com www.cityofmontrose.org/art

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Fall fashions

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Mindy Baumgardner is wearing a Keren Hart lacey top ($39) and G&M jeans ($40). Bethany Wells is wearing a Keren Hart cute tee ($30) with Zenum designer jeans ($69). Hailey Wells is wearing a Papillion tunic top ($49) and Focus leggings ($25).

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SheShe Boutique

Mindy Baumgardner is wearing a Flair skirt ($101), a NIC and ZOE tank ($44), and a NIC and ZOE cardigan ($98) accessorized with a beaded necklace by local artist Leslie Triesch ($48), Brighton jewelry ($48) and Yellowbox shoes ($37). Bethany Wells is wearing various Brighton jewelry, a Lilla P shirt ($72), with a Michael Star seafoam boyfriend tank and Miss Me vintage blue jeans, with Yellowbox shoes ($58). Hailey is wearing a Jag skirt ($69) and Lilla P shirt ($68) with a Belcolux belt ($48) and Brighton accessories, plus Raven Lilly earrings ($24).

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Tara Branham, right, working behind the counter at Pollux.

Pollux Mindy Baumgardner is wearing a Ginger 2 button top ($27) and a Mallory skirt ($39). Bethany Wells is wearing a Paloma Maxi dress ($49). Hailey Wells is wearing a Boizzolo top ($27) and Wildwest shorts ($39).

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Well connected

Jim and Jeannie Hougnon learned long ago how to make the most out of what life throws at them By Mike Easterling

Jim and Jeannie Hougnon, who will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary over Labor Day weekend, did not have what you would call an easy, or traditional, courtship. In 1974, Jim was at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point , N.Y. Jeannie was a member of a Christian singing group, the Sound Alliance, that performed throughout the United States and Canada. The two were set up by a mutual friend, but they had to wait several Nate Wick/Daily Press weeks before their busy circumJeannie and Jim Hougnon had to overcome distance and their busy schedules when they began their relationship, but they’ll celebrate their stances allowed them to be in the 36th wedding anniversary in September. same place at the same time for piped in. for an organist that Jeannie easily But he’s got nothing on his wife that fateful first date. The distance between them slipped into — but for the most when it comes to pushing through When they finally got together, it prevented their relationship from part , their careers as thespians discomfort . During last season’s was magical — sort of. becoming physical, she said, and don’t overlap. Magic Circle production of “Dearly “It was love at first sight — for they had no choice but to connect Life onstage comes naturally to Departed,” Jeannie started feeling half of us,” Jim said, smiling. with each other on a different Jeannie, given her background as a ill before a Saturday night perforJeannie’s reaction was a little plane. Their common commitsinger. For Jim, it required somemance. As the night wore on, it got more reserved, as she recalled. ment to Christianity provided that what of a leap of faith. His previworse and worse, finally reaching “I almost didn’t give him my link. ous acting experience consisted the point where she had to leave itinerary,” she said, laughing. Finally, in September 1976, they of a role in his senior class play in for the emergency room at MonIt seems she didn’t have an got married. Now, three and a high school. trose Memorial Hospital halfway entirely positive view of the career half decades later — a period of “Then I took a bit of a hiatus of through the show. Jim had chosen. time that would see them raise 37 years,” he said, deadpan. Fortunately, it was an offstage “He was in the Army,” she said, three children together and live all It was his experience as an Army playing and speaking role, so grinning. “And all I knew about over the world as Jim would rise officer that he relied on in that another cast member was able the Army was ‘dirty old men,’ I to the rank of colonel in the Army situation, Jim said, explaining that to replace her. Unfortunately for thought .” before retiring — the Hougnons while the thought of having to Jeannie, it was discovered she It wasn’t long before she was disremain skilled at making connecstand before his fellow cadets durneeded to have her gall bladder abused of that notion. Given their tions. ing speech class in college was not removed — promptly, which she demanding schedules, it remained These days, that takes the form even something he wanted to condid the ensuing Monday morndifficult for the young couple to of reaching out to audiences template at the time, he eventually ing. By the time the production find time to be together — they through their participation in would grow used to that dynamic resumed on Friday night , Jeannie only saw each other eight times community theater — the Magic while commanding troops. had returned to the cast , missing over the next year and a half — but Circle Players, to be exact . The Besides, he acknowledged, he’s only half the Saturday night show Jim and Jeannie didn’t let that stop Hougnons are regulars in the coma bit of a ham. and a Sunday afternoon matinee. them. pany’s productions, with Jeannie “I have no problem getting on As much as they enjoy perform“Because we weren’t together — a voice major in college — favormy hind feet and making a fool ing, the Hougnons find they have much at all, we became soulmates ing roles in musicals and Jim — a of myself,” he said. “I’ve done it to limit their participation in Magic through letters,” Jeannie said. quick-witted cut-up — targeting enough.” Circle productions. Jim serves as “Our courtship was the [U.S. parts in comedies. He’s even tested the boundaries the municipal services director for Postal Service] and about $100 a Occasionally, they wind up in of his personal comfort zone by the city of Montrose, and Jeannie month in phone bills, which was a the same play — such as in last appearing in a couple of musicals is deeply involved in volunteer lot of money back then,” Jim said. season’s production of “Dearly De- over the years, such as “Oklahowork — something she became “It was that or forget it ,” Jeannie parted,” a comedy that had a role ma!” and “South Pacific.” accustomed to as a career Army Magazine • Fall 2012


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wife — and serves as one of the coordinators of the annual Sharefest event . But perhaps the most pleasurable role the two play these days is that of being grandparents. Between their three children — Jonathan, Joy and Jesse, all of whom, like their father, have chosen careers in the armed forces — they have four grandkids. And they plan on spending a lot of time with them in the coming years. Jonathan, their oldest child, is a major in the Air Force and flies B-1 bombers. Joy is a staff sergeant in the Army and is stationed in Afghanistan. Jesse, the youngest , is an Army captain and did two tours in Iraq. Jim wasn’t exactly surprised when his children followed his example by choosing careers in the military. “I think that because they had grown up in the military, they understood the lifestyle and understood the importance, and it wasn’t foreign to them,” he said. From their mother, the children learned how to become comfortable with constantly changing circumstances — a skill the Hougnons continue to make good use of today. “Whenever we moved, which was every one or two years, all we had to do was plug in,” Jeannie said, recalling how she would quickly get herself, Jim and the kids involved in base activities whenever they arrived at a new assignment . “We were always involved in the choir at the chapel. I was always doing something musically no matter where we went ... there was always somebody leaving no matter where we went , so there was a role for me to step into. We always participated in the bible study, and if there wasn’t one, we started one. “In short , we always jumped right in,” she said. “We do that now, and people are surprised.”

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Following his own path Alexander’s family, Texas roots still inspiring him today in Colorado

By Matt Lindberg By the middle 1990s, lifelong Texan Chuck Alexander believed his life plan was set in stone. He had followed in the footsteps of many of his relatives by earning his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and was six years deep into a career as an orthodontist at his father’s practice in Arlington, Texas. For Alexander, it was the perfect life. Actually, it seemed almost too perfect . “My dad had a great practice. I was set ,” Alexander recalled. “My plan was to not leave Texas. But I felt like God was telling me I was too comfortable.” After talking with his wife, Alexander decided he had to take a chance and moved his family to Montrose in December 1995. Nearly two decades later, Alexander runs his own branch of his family’s business, Alexander Orthodontics, in Montrose and Gunnison, but is known for much more. He’s known for his commitment to the local Rotary Club, serves as an assistant coach/mentor for the Montrose High football team, and most important , strives to be a role model for all. But although he’s been a Colorado resident for more than 17 years, it’s his Texas roots that have led him to where he is. “I think I was raised to be an example,” Alexander explained. “My parents raised me to be different — to take care of people and show compassion. I do these things not because I try to be an example, but because I feel it’s my duty. “Faith in Jesus Christ has been a huge part of my life. I feel God gave me a great family and great teachings, where I can be this message of faith in the community. If people do not like it , that’s fine. But that’s what I was called to do I think.” One could say Alexander was destined to attend Texas Tech. His great-aunt , grandfather, grandmother, all of his aunts and uncles, his father and his mother are alumni. “I got brainwashed,” joked Alexander, who was born in Arlington, Texas. “We would go to Tech football games, and if they lost , I cried like a baby. It was bred into me for sure.” Turns out that was a good thing. Texas Tech was instrumental in developing who Alexander is today. For one, it’s where he met his wife of 26 years, Keri. “Launching pad,” he said describing what Magazine • Fall 2012

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Chuck Alexander shows off a relic from when he played football for Texas Tech. comes to mind when the university is mentioned. “Texas Tech means family, faith in God, lifelong friends. In a lot of ways, it’s kind of like home.”

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The Alexander family, Blake, left, Mac, Kari, Chuck and Kellyn pose for a photo in front of a corn field behind their house. a scholarship. During his senior season in 1983, Alexander was named Academic AllAmerican for his achievements in the classroom and on the gridiron. “I am proud I could play football for four years, be successful there and be successful in the classroom, too,” he said. After graduating from Tech in 1984 with a degree in zoology, he married Keri in 1986. Alexander went on to earn his degree in dentistry from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and his master’s degree in dentistry from the University of Washington, Seattle. By 1995, Alexander’s life had come full circle in a lot of ways. He and his wife had two children, sons Mac and Blake, and he was enjoying every moment of working alongside his father at his practice in Arlington. But after several conversations with

his wife, he knew he couldn’t stay put . Family friend Dr. Robert Orr, an orthodontist based out of Grand Junction, suggested they relocate to Montrose. By the end of the year, the Alexanders took his advice. “It was the beauty. The mountains put me in awe,” Alexander said. “They still do.” Things weren’t easy at first after moving to town, Alexander admitted. He opened his practice in a small office next to Subwiches on Main Street for about $50,000. He and his wife also welcomed a daughter, Kellyn, shortly after relocating to the Western Slope. “First Presbyterian Church – they took us in,” Alexander said of support they got . Nowadays, he splits his time running his practice in Montrose and Gunnison. He relocated his Montrose office to 1801 E. Pavilion Place in

November 2002. But that’s only one of the several roles he has in the community. He was on the board of and helped found the Rocky Mountain International Academy, a nondenominational, Christian, private college preparatory school for grades six through 12. The academy was open from 2002 to 2009, but ultimately shut down due to the struggling economy. He has also been sharing his love and knowledge of football with the community since 2005, when Montrose High head football coach Todd Casebier asked him to join his staff. He’s been the team’s defensive backs coach since. “There are very few people you come across in life that are better men than Chuck,” Casebier said. “He’s at the top of the list . He’s just a great guy.” Although Alexander admitted he

was hesitant at first to return to football, he’s enjoying it . “We both talked about the impact we could have on kids,” he said of his first conversation with Casebier. “Casebier does an amazing job. He knows the Xs and Os, he motivates and he does it the right way. We’re teaching boys how to be men.” Between spending time with his own family, coaching football and running his orthodontic practice, among other pursuits, Alexander is always busy in the community. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I just love the people of Montrose,” Alexander said. “It reaffirmed what God told me to do — The Alexander Discipline (his father’s orthodontic technique) has other areas it can influence. This is a really fun thing to be a part of. It’s a real blessing because there are some amazing people in this town.”

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Keeping PACE with life

By Marilyn Cox

A decade has passed since Jacque Adragna graduated from Montrose High School, but “I haven’t gone very far,” she said. “I love Montrose! I used to hear my classmates say they couldn’t wait to get out of Montrose, and I would think, ‘What do you mean?’ Being born and raised here, I’ve always loved it and knew this is where I wanted to live my life.” Adragna has not let any grass grow under her feet . She has two children — Jerica, who starts kindergarten this fall, and Jamison, an active 2-year old — plus she holds down a full-time job as marketing manager with Volunteers of America Senior CommUnity Care, Western Colorado’s PACE provider. She serves on the board of the Rotary Club, sits on the board of the Christian School and is active in her church. In order to promote Magazine • Fall 2012

health and wellness and healthier lifestyles, Adragna serves as the health ministries coordinator for the local Seventh-day Adventist Church and, because the PACE program serves both Montrose and Delta counties, she is on the board for the Delta Chamber of Commerce. In high school, Adragna enjoyed journalism where she wrote for the Chieftain and was an athletic trainer, working mainly with the boys tennis team. “I feel that Montrose has a good educational system,” she said. “The education I received in Montrose not only came from my enjoyable experience at MHS, but also the lessons learned while working my first jobs in the area. I learned the value of customer service and community partnerships while working at the Montrose Athletic Club.” Adragna attended both Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and Western State College in

Gunnison, graduating from CMU with a degree in kinesiology. At Western, she received her teaching credentials, then returned to Montrose to teach for a while at a local Christian school. Recently, she received her master’s degree in health administration. Her heart lies between health and education. “Health care is a hot topic these days, and Montrose has a really good health care system with the ideal set in place that neighbors take care of neighbors and families take care of families,” she said. “There’s a community connection and feel about it , and I want to be a part of helping it go in the right direction. I love what I do!” Adragna is passionate about the PACE program, which has grown quickly since its inception in this area on Aug. 1, 2008. “It has helped change many people’s lives,” she said. “I’ve been in many homes where people were having to choose between food or meds or paying the utilities,

or where family caregivers don’t know which way to turn. With the preventative, primary medical care and other health care services PACE provides, the elders are able to take pride and ownership in who they are and the care they receive. “Elderly people are amazing! Everybody has a different story, and they are an amazing untapped resource. I take my kids to the PACE day center whenever I get a chance. I want them to grow up understanding what a wonderful resource seniors are, and with the sense that you help your brother and your community. I like to bring the kids in to just let them love on them.” Adragna was very close with her grandparents. “They were the ones who babysat me when I was little. Another good reason to live here — it’s a great place to raise a family.” Hobbies? “Sleeping is my hobby, if I get the chance,” Adragna said, laughing.


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Back home again

After a detour to Southern California for college, work, Kimry Gemmell happy to follow her passion in Montrose By Marilyn Cox Even now, 20 years after she graduated from Montrose High School, Kimry Gemmell still has nightmares about trying to run the mile in less than eight minutes. Well, not literally. In fact , she laughs when she recalls one of her more enduring memories from her high school days. “Volleyball coach Vickie Carricato was demanding and made sure people performed at their top level,” Gemmell said. “She was so strict , and stressed discipline and commitment . Her emphasis was on being the best you could be.��� In those years, Gemmell was known as Kimberly Schwarz, daughter of Gerald and Linda Schwarz, with brothers Doug , Bryan and Calvin. It was in college that she acquired the name Kimry. “There was another Kim in my dorm, and in order for my friends to keep us straight , they started calling me Kimry, and it has stuck.” Gemmell attended Loma Linda University in Southern California, where she received a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology, a bachelor’s degree in audiology and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology. “Loma Linda had an excellent program,” she said. “I wanted to focus on the medical end of speech and how to treat deficits caused by strokes, brain injuries, etc.” Gemmell recalled how tough graduate school was and how her dad influenced her to stick it out by saying , “Just be committed, and do your best . The rewards will come.” Her dad was right . Following graduation, Gemmell worked at Loma Linda University Medical Center for eight years before she and her husband David decided to move to Montrose. “If I could have picked up Loma Linda and moved it here, life Magazine • Fall 2012

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would be perfect ,” she said. “We wanted out of Southern California — the heat , the smog , just the entire Southern California scene, but I loved my job.” Gemmell taught undergraduate courses at Loma Linda University and is still part of the clinical faculty. In April, she was named the Loma Linda University-School of Allied Health Professions Alumnus of the Year. “It was very shocking and humbling ,” Gemmell said. “I really struggled with ‘Why me?’ and not some of my other classmates.” She met David Gemmell at church in California. They came back to Colorado to be married in February 2006, experiencing a winter wedding at Cimarron. While here, they started looking for houses, bought a 1906 vintage home and moved to Montrose that May. David runs their business, Import Auto Clinic Inc., “which keeps us very busy,” said Gemmell, who does the books, takes care of the taxes, etc. The Gemmells have used their auto clinic as a way to give back to the community. In October, in honor of a friend who was struggling with breast cancer, they offered a free women’s car care clinic during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They have also offered a free father/ student car care clinic around the time students head off to college, offering lessons on car maintenance, safety and things to keep an eye on. It’s all free. Gemmell is a speech-language pathologist and rehab director at San Juan Living Center/Summit Rehab, working with adult patients. “My love and specialty is brain injuries,” she said. “San Juan is a great place to work, and I’m constantly challenged. The people are like a bunch of grandparents to me. I will be speaking at the Colorado Brain Injury Conference coming up soon in Gunnison.” Gemmell’s passion is working with Extreme Mobility Camp, a Christian-based outdoors adventure experience for the visually impaired. She has been involved with the Winter XMOGames for 20 years, but this summer she and David joined her brother Bryan and his wife Mindy, plus many other volunteers, in organizing a summer week-long camping trip, now known as Summer XMOGames, Backpacking the Rockies. “Experiences like this make the athletes feel like one of the group,” Gemmell said. “For one week in their lives, they can forget that they cannot see and are not being told what they cannot do.” Summer camp offered backpacking, camping, rafting and horseback riding, even a self-defense class which made the athletes feel safer, more self-reliant , strong and empowered. Participants came from all over the United States and Canada. “It was so amazing the way so many people pitched in to help make it happen,” Gemmell said. This was the first time the Gemmells worked together with Extreme Mobility Camps. “It’s a blessing for us to have something that we enjoy and do together besides work and our business,” she said. “We are on the same page with this. It is a goal outside the business to work toward.” The Extreme Mobility Camps website is located at www.xmocamps.org.

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Carving out his niche in life By Marilyn Cox Some people spend their day watching the clock. Mike DeJulio is not one of them. “Time goes so fast that I get frustrated because there aren’t enough hours in the day,” said the owner of the MDJ Woodworks Company located at 107 Rose Lane. “To me, it’s not work. I love it! I’m living my lifelong dream.” DeJulio was exposed to the smell and feel of wood early on. “When I was about 4 or 5, I was in a church play where I played the part of Jesus the carpenter, and they gave me two blocks of wood to hang on to. My grandpa, Archie Prewitt , worked at a sawmill, and I used to hang around with him at the mill. Ever since I was in fifth grade, I dreamed that this is what I would do. My grandpa built me two short sawhorses that I used when I was small. I still have them.” Magazine • Fall 2012

A 1982 graduate of Montrose High School, DeJulio wrestled and played football, knew a lot of kids and enjoyed his high school years. “I’m the third generation who was born and raised here,” he said. “My Grandma DeJulio graduated from Montrose High, as did my dad, who had the same high school shop teacher as I did. Of course, my favorite class was shop under Al Bonan. As his student aide, I told him I wanted to be a cabinet maker, and he said, ‘No you don’t . You will always be behind, people will get mad at you and you won’t make any money.’ And some days that’s just the way it is.” During his junior and senior years, DeJulio had the opportunity to learn more about the trade by doing a work-study program with local cabinet maker Jerry Kurtz. DeJulio attended college at Hardin Simmons College in Abilene, Texas, all the time working in

cabinet shops. Even though he graduated with a major in the bible and a minor in communications, DeJulio was still convinced that he was born to be a cabinet maker.

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He honed his skills by working with Duane Hayward and Joe Calhoon, two of the most respected woodworkers in the area. DeJulio met his wife Cindy while

in Texas. They knew they wanted to settle in Montrose where they could raise a family. “When I was in high school, so many kids talked about not being able to wait to leave Montrose, but I have always loved Montrose,” he said. The DeJulios’ daughter MichaelAnn graduated from MHS in May, while son Johnse starts his freshman year this fall. Cindy is a fifth-grade teacher at Northside Elementary. As a family, they enjoy four-wheeling, camping and skiing. DeJulio was a young man of 27 when he lost his father, Paul DeJulio. Paul and his brother Ed were partners in Flairmont Furniture. “His death gave me motivation to have my own business,” DeJulio said. “I picked up a lot from him. He was a big influence on me. He and my Uncle Ed were really close, and after his death, Uncle Ed really looked out for me and my brothers, Mark and Greg. He


treated us like his own. I even got to go back to Italy with him to see where my great-grandfather was from, how he lived and how hard he had to work. Those trips gave me a lot of motivation. “In fact , I owe my uncle a lot . When I first started my business, he brought in my dad’s old desk, and he had it all set up with files in the drawers and everything I would need for the business. He taught me the business part of this. It was neat for me to be associated with my dad and my Uncle Ed.” Three years ago, DeJulio joined members of his church on a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya — another defining experience in his life. Group members went to build an addition to the school. “We didn’t get as much done as we had hoped,” DeJulio said. “Everything moved so slowly and had to be done by hand, using primitive methods. We dug the holes for the footers by hand and mixed the concrete by hand. When we got back, I told my kids that we waste more water here in a day than those poor kids have for drinking for a month. The children were fed a bowl of porridge at 10, the same pot was washed and the women started making soup over an open fire so each student could have a bowl of soup for lunch. It was a real eye opener.” DeJulio, well known for his quality custom woodworking, has been in business for 19 years, specializing in kitchen and bathroom designs. He uses up-to-date computerized machines that save time and allow him to be very creative. “One of the best things about the [computer numeric control] router is that it is made in America by a family business started four generations ago,” DeJulio said.

Walking with style Rotary Club volunteers to help Shoes for Kids program

By Cassie Stewart

Members of the Montrose Rotary Club find the shoes that are made for walking. For 10 years now, the nonprofit organization has been helping needy families in the community by donating two pairs of shoes every six months approximately 100 families through the program Shoes for Kids. Although the Rotary Club started only as a sponsor for the first five years the program has been around, it also began managing it in 2005. As part of those duties, the club helps by fundraising and receive grants in order to continue the program. Various businesses and organizations in Montrose, including the Salvation Army, take part on a regular basis. Shoes for Kids chairman Tom Kearney said the program has a budget of only $8,500 a year, which it stretches as far as it can. “We help out 100 families each year,” Kearney said. “Each kid averages about $40.” Kearney said the program receives the names

of local families that need help from Montrose County Health and Human Services, and Hilltop Tandem Families. Once the organization has received those names, 55 of them are distributed to Rotary Club members. The members then meet with the families at Payless Shoes during its BOGO sale, during which they receive a free pair of shoes after purchasing another. “There’s nothing like having good footwear,” Kearney said. “For most kids, it really serves a good purpose.” Dennis Devor, treasurer of the Salvation Army and a Rotary Club member, said the program not only serves the community, but makes the families feel appreciative. “It helps families have a better self-esteem when they have a tough time making ends meet ,” Devor said. Kearney plans to continue helping families through the program for as long as he can. “Our members enjoy doing this,” Kearney said. “It’s a rewarding experience and it’s a need that is continuously being satisfied.”

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Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory Polymath among us

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By Katrina Kinsley

To simply call Frank Gauna a painter is to do him a bit of a disservice. While he is indeed a highly skilled painter, he is much more. Sculptor, stained glass artist , jewelry maker, woodworker, graphic artist — all of these labels could just as easily be applied to Gauna as painter. Growing up in New Jersey, Gauna cannot remember a time when he wasn’t drawing. “I used to draw on the kitchen table when I was a kid,” Gauna recalled. “We had a porcelain table with a nice, smooth surface.” He also attended art school in New Jersey, learning from working classical painters rather than being taught by accredited teachers. Gauna spent much of his adult life in New York and worked as the art director for United Artists, earning international recognition for his work. He was personally responsible for designing thousands of album covers, including many jazz albums for Candid Records that are still famous today. During that time, Gauna was instrumental in revolutionizing the typography used on the back of album covers, something he still feels is important and often overlooked. “Lettering is very important ,” Gauna said. “I love playing with type.” Gauna later moved to Spain, spending most of the 1970s focusing on his painting and sculpture and traveling extensively across Europe to participate in art shows, often representing Spain in international shows. Not only are Gauna’s choice of media eclectic, so are his style and subject matter. Known for both his realistic and and surreal fine art , Gauna’s house is filled with his work in both two and three dimensions. “I built that table,” said Gauna, pointing to a long narrow piece in the kitchen. “I saw one in a museum, and I didn’t figure they’d let me have it , so I measured it and sketched it . Then I built my own.” His oil paintings alone cover a wide spectrum.

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From a 4-inch-by-2-inch painting of a spool of thread and thimble to a 4-foot-tall robed religious figure, Gauna paints both realistic still lifes and portraits, as well as dreamlike pieces that exist only in his imagination. The idea for his most recently completed oil painting, “The Robe,” came to him during a church sermon. “The pastor was talking, and he only mentioned the robe for a second,” Gauna said. “But just like that , I had an image in my head.” While in Europe, Gauna did a great deal of portrait work and still enjoys it . A piece he is particularly proud of is a commissioned oil painting he did of Pastor Jim Welch of Victory Baptist Church in celebration of 10 years of service. The painting was done over six sessions at Welch’s home, with Gauna’s wife Audrey standing in to pose for Jesus and give Gauna the feeling of having two people there. The sessions were a couple of hours each, as Gauna requires subjects to sit for him — although he has used cameras as a tool to create art , he never paints from photographs. “Photos throw you off,” Gauna said. “The big problem with photography is it only has one eye.” Gauna cannot be pinned down on his art and seems at a loss to explain how he chooses a working size or a subject matter. He frequents the Renovator’s Warehouse in Delta, picking up anything from a cow skull to a boat pulley. “I saw that and just thought , ‘That’s a painting,’ “ Gauna said. “I paint things the size they’re supposed to be.” Mostly, Gauna just feels it’s impor-

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tant to challenge himself. “I don’t like to paint anything I know how to paint ,” he said. “People repeat what they know, use the same technique — I like to try things that are beyond my ability.” Now in his eighties, Gauna maintains a strong work ethic and shows no signs of slowing down. “The day is for working,” he insisted. “Night is for thinking.” He gets up each morning and goes to work, designing a business card to “get [his] motors running.” Gauna no longer has a huge studio space, like the one he had available to him in Spain that allowed him to work on nine easels simultaneously. But he does keep at least two pieces going at a time so if he gets stuck on one, he can work on the other. He also keeps busy with graphic design work, having taught himself to use Photoshop. He’s designed logos for local businesses such as the Pancake House and the Museum of the Mountain West , and does design work for companies in Germany and France. And in case all that isn’t enough to keep him from boredom, he’s also a voracious reader, often listening to books on tape while he works. A strong believer in the classics, Gauna seems to embody the classic idea of a Renaissance man, demonstrating that period’s notion by Leon Battista Alberti that “a man can do all things if he will.” Ultimately, Gauna’s goal is for his art to stand up completely on its own. “I want to convey the idea immediately, without saying anything,” he said. “I like my work to speak in every language.”

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It is the right thing to do; the more proactive we can be in addressing the healthcare needs of our residents the better their individual outcomes will be. The goal is to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and hospital readmissions by quickly assessing and addressing changes in the environment our residents are familiar with. The primary care physician is still in charge but the addition of the NP has enabled us to get pain and other medications on board quickly reducing the length and severity of illness. With new technology like Well Aware we are able to identify subtle changes that may be signals of pain or illness and provide effective treatment before there is a healthcare emergency. This eases the stress and

anxiety that residents experience with illness and often shortens the duration of the illness because it was caught and treated in a timely manner. The more aware we can be about what our residents are experiencing the better care we can provide. This system has helped us decrease falls, improved pain management, allowed us to effectively treat chronic illnesses and helped us diagnose infections before there were obvious symptoms. The Validation Method of communicating with those who have Alzheimer’s and dementia has offered us some amazing insight into the past and current lives of those we care for. After just a few sessions with trained Validation Program staff the residents are more expressive, more willing to participate and more able to communicate their physical and emotional needs. Loneliness and an inability to communicate unresolved life issues often result in residents isolating themselves. This communication method helps the caregiver discover what the resident needs to talk about or otherwise communicate. It is powerful when you are able to make that connection, and it helps us be better caregivers when we better understand what time of life a person with Alzheimer ’s disease is dealing with.

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Sisters Holly, left, and Katie Abel glaze a pair of matching mugs at Amazing Glaze.

The artist within Two Main Street venues offer ‘do it yourself’ art projects

By Elaine Hale Jones In the world of art , complementary colors, such as red and green, and blue and orange, are often on opposite sides of the spectrum. In the world of business, however, two Main Street enterprises truly complement one another — and not because they’re next door to each other. Amazing Glaze, located at 219 Main St ., and the Pickled Painter at 209 Main St . invite people of all

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ages and backgrounds to express their “inner artist” by offering a variety of art techniques and media. Amazing Glaze is an allinclusive, paint-your-own pottery studio where participants design and decorate their own creations, from whimsical figurines to bowls, plates and mugs. “It’s a bad addiction,” Leilani Kinimaka said with a smile. Kinimaka works as a dental hygienist , which she described as her “great job,” and as part-time assistant at the pottery studio to owner Cherie McPherson, which she referred to as “my fun job.”

Part of the fun, she said, comes from helping children with various projects like “splatter painting.” Armed with a large empty cardboard box and several small containers of different colors of paint , Kinimaka instructed a young boy on how to set his handpainted piece inside the box, take a cosmetic-style brush, dip it in one of the colors, and, with a flick of the wrist , splatter the object . The result is an added dimension of texture and interest to the artwork. The final step in creating a glazed piece of pottery is handled by the studio.

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A display of finished plates at Amazing Glaze.


“Each finished piece is fired in our kilns and ready for pickup in five to seven days,” Kinimaka said. The inventory of earthenware (pottery) changes often, she added, especially with the change of seasons and around the holidays when customers “want to make something special for that someone special.” The studio also welcomes larger groups celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers or any other special event . “It’s great because we get to get dirty and have fun doing it ,” Kinimaka said. Plus, cleanup is on the house. Amazing Glaze hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, which is Ladies Night; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The studio is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 252-7225. The Pickled Painter recently celebrated its one-year anniversary as the dream of owners Eileen DeJulio and Michele Jeffrey. Both women bring their unique talents to the “create your own painting” studio. DeJulio is a fitness trainer who wanted to open her own art studio, and Jeffrey is an art consultant with a business background. “It’s been a learning experience for us,” DeJulio said, but one both women relish. The shop, which provides patrons with a canvas, acrylic paint , brushes, easels and aprons in a colorful and upbeat atmosphere, is geared to all age groups; in fact , painters ranging in age from 4 to 90 have experienced the fun of creating their own masterpieces. The greeting on the door says it best: “Being an Artist is not Required.” “We’re offering a form of entertainment that’s different from your traditional girls’ night out or going to the movies,” DeJulio said. In addition to hosting birthday parties, the studio welcomes family reunions, wedding and baby showers, team building groups, fundraisers and more. “Plans are currently in the works to offer weekly art classes for ages kindergarten through adult ,” Jeffrey said, noting that in addition to acrylic painting, future class offerings may include charcoal and pastels. The Pickled Painter is open Tuesday through Saturday, with retail and open session painting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featured night painting sessions start at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit pickledpainter.com or call 812-9504.

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Judy Wind of Montrose works on a painting at a party at the Pickled Painter.

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Local campus a boon to nontraditional students

First-time students, returning students find help earning degrees

By Katrina Kinsley

While the cost of a college education continues to rise, the staff at Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose campus is doing everything it can to provide every student with the chance to succeed. Established in 1991, the Montrose campus has continued to improve its scope of services and expand its course offering since its inception. Sometimes seen as a stepping stone, the CMU-Montrose campus not only offers the opportunity to complete general education requirements for all CMU degree programs, but also has associate of arts and science programs for multiple areas and a bachelor of arts program for elementary education. Due to local demand for specialized services, the campus recently added courses for two new programs: medical office assistant and hospitality management . Katrina Kinsley/Daily Press Medical assistants handle both nursing and administrative duties, CMU-Montrose student services coordinator Chris Wilcox, left, assists student Amber Davidson with the registration process. making them a valuable asset in a clinical setting; many of those who English instructor Rhonda Clarthe students also makes the CMU- anywhere from three to 11 credit start out as MAs eventually pursue idge has taught at the Montrose Montrose campus unique. hours per semester. The greatest a nursing degree. number of attendees are between campus since 1999 as an adjunct “Classes are divided between With the newest offering in the ages of 25 and 34, with females professor and started teaching high school grads going to college hospitality management , CMUoutnumbering the men almost for the first time and nontraditionMontrose officials hope to provide full time in 2004. Teaching four three to one. courses each semester, Claridge al students, so there are students Montrose tourism with a skilled It’s not just Montrose that covers first- and second-year of different ages, of different backboost in services at every level in benefits from the local campus. English classes, including both grounds, from different states,” businesses. Hospitality managers Although nearly 70 percent of the composition and literature. She is Claridge said. “They bring a lot often find work in a variety of secstudents attending CMU-Montrose supportive of offering expanded of individual input , and it makes tors, such as hotels, travel agenprograms at the local campus as class discussions very interesting.” are from Montrose county, the cies, car and airline counters, and student body is made up of Mesa, Montrose continues to grow and The largest available program, even hospital administration. Delta, Garfield and Jefferson show an increasing demand for nursing, continues to account for The campus administration county students as well, in addihigher education. approximately half of the local is currently seeking approval to tion to a small number of students Claridge believes the campus enrollment of 320 to 350 students. expand offerings, as well. Accredfrom farther afield. also offers something special to Business studies are the secondited through the Higher Learning One of the largely attractive facthe community due to its smaller most attended program, with Commission, each campus must tors for nontraditional students have its degree programs approved size. Students are often enrolled in elementary education coming in returning to school after a long pemore than one — and sometimes third. An overwhelming 78 percent before offering them to students. riod is the fact that CMU-Montrose all — of her classes, so she has of those students are continuing CMU-Montrose campus director does not require students to take the chance to build a close relaeducation or nontraditional stuJoey Montoya Boese would like the ACT or SAT college entrance tionship with her students. And dents, illustrating the importance to eventually see the Montrose exams to be accepted. Instead, because the students take several of that sector to the local campus campus offer any degree available the Montrose campus follows the of the same classes together, they population. Course loads are at the campus in Grand Junction, but local officials are requesting the also develop a strong rapport with evenly split , with nearly half taking criteria of most community colleges, requiring only a high school approval in stages based on the im- one another and are very support- a full course load of 12-plus credit diploma or GED and then adminive of each other. The diversity of hours and the remaining taking mediate needs of the community. Magazine • Fall 2012


istering placement tests. This method benefits both nervous test-takers who did not do well on their college entrance exams and potential students who finished their primary education years ago. “It can be intimidating to take tests when you’ve been out of school for five or 10 years,” Montoya Boese said. “We also offer remedial classes to get students caught up.” Another benefit to students attending college locally is their eligibility for a College Opportunity Fund stipend through the state Department of Higher Education. Of the $291 cost per credit hour for tuition and fees, the state pays $62, leaving the student responsible for $229 per credit hour. Students are also encouraged to apply for additional financial aid through government and private agencies. Montoya Boese and her staff are happy to assist students with financial aid information when applicable and direct them to the additional services at the Grand Junction campus. Chris Wilcox, the student services coordinator, spends a lot of time working directly with students to answer their questions, provide advising services and support students who are struggling. Wilcox is also responsible for student retention, and works closely with the student govs ernment coordinating additional activities for students on and off campus. Staff assistant Donna Justin also helps with student advising, as well as providing e support for all staff, handling IT and human resources requests. The three work closely together, often overlapping roles to help s each other and ensuring that every student receives the best quality education. The CMU-Montrose campus office is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. e Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. For more information on CMUMontrose campus admissions and programs of study, visit www.coloradomesa.edu/montrose or call 249-7009.

CMU still raising money for local enhancements By Katrina Kinsley

The rate of enrollment growth the Colorado Mesa University-Montrose campus has experienced — averaging approximately 5 percent per year —has resulted in a few growing pains. Located in what was formerly Morgan Elementary School, the campus has for years held on to a few reminders of the building’s former existence, including leftover lockers lining the halls and decades-old blackboards. The campus was also woefully short on laboratory space, requiring many medical and scientific labs to be held off campus, often at Montrose High School. In May, renovations were initiated to update the campus to improve existing facilities and reconfigure class space to allow more labs. Upgrades were also made to lighting, flooring, ceilings and painted areas to increase efficiency and environment . According to campus director Joey Montoya Boese, the capital campaign to raise the required funds necessary for the upgrades has been largely successful. “We’re at almost $820,000 as of right now,” Montoya Boese said. “We’re hoping to reach our $1 million goal by the end of the year.” Although the entirety of the funds has not yet been raised, the renovations have gone according to schedule, and the facility is ready for the start of the fall semester. Remaining funds will largely go toward equipping the new lab spaces. Donations have been received from several individual contributors, as well as area businesses. The city of Montrose, Montrose Memorial Hospital, the Montrose County Commission, and Jim and Sharon Branscome have been the largest contributors to date, accounting for more than $770,000 in donations, but CMU officials say every contribution is important to the cause. Montoya Boese feels it’s important to note that any donations received at the Montrose campus stay within the community and are not added to a CMU main fund. Local donations can be earmarked for scholarship programs or the capital fund program. The Colorado Mesa University Foundation is a 501c3 organization, so donations made to the campus are

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Amiessa Jutten, left, vice president of the Montrose chapter of the Colorado Mesa University Alumni Association, joins chapter president Matt Box at the Montrose campus.

Student successes show benefit of Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose campus By Katrina Kinsley In most progressive countries, the importance of higher education is stressed from a young age, and many families have high expectations that the step immediately following high school graduation is college. But many new grads just aren’t ready for the challenges of college, emotionally or financially. Amiessa Jutten went to college for a year after high school, finding quickly that it just wasn’t for her. Matt Box had no desire to attend college after finishing the slog of public education and four years Magazine • Fall 2012

of high school. But what they have in common, in addition to being 1992 graduates of Montrose High, is their success as nontraditional students. Both ended up returning to college through the former Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University, and its Montrose campus in 2000. Jutten was by that time married, with two children. “I decided that I wanted to work my way up to a better job,” Jutten said. “I wanted a career that would help me take care of my kids.” Box’s reasons for returning were slightly different . “I went back because after working for a while, I wanted to earn

a living with my head instead of my hands. I’m still not quite there yet ,” he joked. Box started with his general education classes at CMU-Montrose before continuing on to receive both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his master’s degree in business through what is known as a 3+2 program at CMU Grand Junction. Such programs allow students to begin work toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously. Jutten was able to complete her associate’s degree in social sciences at the CMU Montrose campus, later working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology at

the Grand Junction campus, which she earned in 2008. She will graduate from the master’s program in Grand Junction in December, but believes strongly that she never would have gotten that far without being able to return to higher education at the Montrose campus. Both Box and Jutten currently serve on the Montrose alumni association board, demonstrating the kind of devotion the local campus earns among attendees. The group seeks to support the university and advocates for the Montrose campus within the community. Another local graduate, Tanya Hawk, admits that the Montrose campus facilitated her return to


school. “They have a great staff,” Hawk said. “Having night classes available here made all of the difference.” Hawk earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in May and will start teaching fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary in Delta this fall. Hawk has always enjoyed working with children and was previously employed as a nanny in Chicago. But it was her young daughter, Markie, who inspired her to return to school as a nontraditional student and pursue her teaching degree. “I went back when she entered kindergarten,” Hawk said. “I wanted to make a better life for her and I both, so I just decided to go for it .” She was able to work through much of her schooling to provide for herself and her daughter, but credits her local network of support — in particular her parents — for enabling her to juggle work, raise her daughter and go to school. “You have to look at the big picture and make sacrifices to get what you want in the end,” Hawk said. “It was absolutely worth it .” Eight-year-old Markie may not fully understand the sacrifices her mother made to improve their situation, but she does agree that “It’s better!” that she and her mother now share a schedule and get to spend a lot of time together. The three graduates have nothing but praise for the CMU-Montrose campus. “Long term, I think it’s going to be a huge asset to the community — not enough people see that yet ,” Box said. “The nursing program has 20 graduates a year, which is incredibly beneficial to the community. Having skilled workers entering the local work force raises our standard of living.” Jutten noted that the campus has excellent instructors, and the small class size means there’s a lot of one-on-one instruction. But it’s not only nontraditional students who benefit from CMU-Montrose. “Having the campus here means we don’t have to send our young people away to learn, they can receive a high level of education right here,” added Box.

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Welcome to the real world Career Option Seminar program at MHS gives students a glimpse of prospective careers

By Will Hearst At Montrose High School, many of the juniors and seniors just get up and leave, walking right out the front door in the middle of the school day. That may sound alarming, but rest assured, the students have the blessing of school officials — they’re just going off to work as part of the Career Option Seminar program. COS has been a staple outside of the traditional curriculum for more than 25 years at MHS. The program helps match students with internships in their hoped-for careers, providing them with both job experience and insight as to whether their aspirations should be pursued. Lorraine Shide, the district’s career center coordinator, believes COS offers a great opportunity for students, whether they are college or career bound following graduation. “Students often find out during an internship that their career plans are actually something they might not enjoy,” Shide said. “Many times, they find something related, something they may not have considered being a possibility before learning about it in the field.” The career internship portion is only one of the ways students are learning. Over the past 25 years, the COS program has expanded to accommodate the aspirations of many more students. The COS buddy-up program matches students who hope to enter the social or psychological fields with younger students in the district who suffer from minor learning disabilities and other social or emotional struggles. Potential teachers can take part in the COS Help Educate Little People program. Shide has received glowing reports from both teachers and student participants in the program, which offers an elementary teacher a student assistant for an hour or more each day. It gives high school students Magazine • Fall 2012

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Tara Branham of Pollux clothing in Montrose, left, and former Career Option Seminar student Jennifer Waldor explore the world of fashon as Waldor will potentially seek a career in the field. direct experience in what it is like to lead a classroom. MHS senior Libby Capshaw was one of those participants last year. “I volunteered at a Northside Elementary third-grade classroom,” Capshaw said. “I went in nearly everyday. Sometimes, I would work with the entire class, and other times I would tutor students individually.” For Capshaw, who is considering a career in occupational therapy, the experience is meaningful. “It helped me work on my patience, and the fact that no matter what else is going on in my life, I must put it aside and work with the students,” she said. “I also learned I prefer working with individuals rather than an entire class.” Another program enables some

working students to receive educational credit for the work they do through the COS-Work for Credit CO-OP. According to Shide, being in the workplace is very beneficial to some students who already support themselves financially or have a clear idea of their path in life. “If you get to be 17 or 18 years old and you know you want to be an automotive mechanic, taking an art class as an elective offers little advantage,” Shide said. “There are many students who need to have an income for their cars and other expenses, and we do have some students who live on their own.” But Shide also made it clear that the COS program is not a way around learning. For a double period each week, the students stay in the classroom,

where they work on portfolios and journals that they are required to produce in order to receive any credit for their work. The period also offers a chance for Shide to provide lessons on topics like the interview process to the students. Each student’s work supervisor also is required to report on his or her progress on a regular basis. According to Shide, the community deserves a good deal of the credit for helping make the program a success. “It has amazed me how much this community, the business community, want to help young adults,” she said. “I am very rarely turned down for an internship.” This year, Shide expects approximately 100 MHS students to participate in the program. Last year, there were approximately 200, she said.


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Clockwise from top left, EJ, Melissa, Kaela, Jeremy and Mariah Trujillo pose for a photo on their stoop.

Spreading hope

Teenager Trujillo, family aiming to support, inspire kids with cancer after own experience

By Matt Lindberg For 13-year-old Montrose resident Jeremy Trujillo, life is good. Jeremy does what so many other teenagers do. He plays football, wrestles, skis, runs track and is known for his talents on the drums as a member of the Centennial Middle School jazz band. Simply put , he’s a normal kid. That’s something he thought he wouldn’t be able to say about himself five years ago. “Great ,” Trujillo said describing his current state. “I’m feeling normal. It shows you can have all these things happen and still go on and have a normal life.” One could call Jeremy and his family warriors. Jeremy is three Magazine • Fall 2012

years removed from treatment for lymphoblastic lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which includes tissues and organs such as the spleen and tonsils. It also includes lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, and lymph nodes, which helps the body fight infections and diseases. Jeremy was diagnosed with the disease on April 16, 2007, and went through five phases of chemotherapy. He received his last dose on April 16, 2009. Those two years were trying times for the family, which also consists of father EJ, mother Melissa, and 13-year-old sisters Kaela and Mariah. They were constantly split up as Jeremy often had to receive treatment in Denver. “It was a hard time,” Melissa

explained. “It’s hard to take care of your sick kid and your healthy kids. It’s hard to see your son so miserable going through treatments.” Said Jeremy: “It was hard for all of us.” The entire family said it was thankful to the local community for all of its help when Jeremy was undergoing treatment , citing local residents’ fundraising efforts and aid with their household chores, such as taking care of their yard and providing meals. “We have so much to be grateful for,” Melissa said. The Montrose teen also credited a message he and several other kids with cancer received from then-Denver Nuggets star Nenê when they met him. “He basically said you can’t give up no matter what ,” Jeremy recalled. Jeremy still has to undergo chest scans and have blood work done twice a year despite being three years removed from treatment , but he and his family aren’t letting that hold them back. They are dedicating their time to being

pediatric cancer advocates hoping to raise awareness and help other children. “I wanted to do it because I remember how hopeless I felt at first ,” Jeremy explained. “I want kids who have cancer to know that they shouldn’t give up hope. They have to live their lives to the fullest … We always think it’s something other people get , but never imagine it could happen to you. I never did.” Said Melissa: “We feel like we have been called upon to do this. We want to talk with people and let them see what life is like on the other side.” Melissa said the family is reaching out to local children with cancer and encourage anyone interested in talking with them to call the Pediatrics Associates in town. All members of the Trujillo family said they learned a lot going through such a difficult experience, but perhaps EJ defined it best . “We learned to just appreciate every moment ,” he said. “Cherish every single moment .”


Primed for a big year Olathe High senior Haley Turley wants to go out with a bang

By Will Hearst Many students go into the their senior year of high school just hoping to graduate. Olathe student Haley Turley is going in hoping to graduate on top. For Turley, it isn’t simply about her quest for scholarships, building a résumé or earning recognition — she works hard because she’s competitive. Outside the classroom, she is an accomplished athlete. Last year, she was recognized as a first-team all-conference guard in basketball, earned a letter in volleyball and was named to the academic all-state team for both sports. As her senior year begins, she hopes hard work, not just her competitive edge, will help her build on that legacy of success. “It has been a busy summer, I have been going to open gyms in volleyball in the morning and basketball in the afternoon,” she said. “And we have been going to quite a few tournaments, as well.” When Turley was asked what she likes to do in her free time, she laughed. “What free time?” she asked. “I don’t have much free time with sports, but I like to ride horses, swim and just hang out with my friends.” Turley has managed to find a way to turn one of those hobbies, horses, into something that might have an impact on all those scholarship applications she’s been filling out . She is a volunteer at the DreamCatcher Therapy Center, an Olathe-based organization that matches handicapped individuals with horses for nontraditional healing. DreamCatcher executive director Kathy Hamm believes she has an excellent volun-

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Haley Turley teer in Turley. “She is hard working and dedicated to helping others rather than her own selfinterest ,” Hamm said. Turley’s volunteer work

could help her meet some of her lofty goals, including earning the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship which is awarded to only 40 Colorado high school

seniors each year. The scholarship grants them a full ride to nearly any school in the state. Last year, Olathe student Eric Pace earned the award and decided on the

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University of Denver. “Earning that scholarship is going to take a lot of work and time,” Turley said. “I want to stay at the top of my class. School does come somewhat easy for me, but I do study quite a bit — my competitiveness pushes me to do better.” As is the case with many other scholarships she is planning to apply for, involvement in campus activities is an important element in winning the Boettcher. Besides nonacademic volunteer work, Turley is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, vice president of the National Honor Society and co-editor of the yearbook. Jennifer Stansberry, a former teacher and coach, has served as a mentor for Turley. The two appear to have a great deal of respect for each another. “She is a very persistent , determined young lady, both in the classroom and on the court ,” Stansberry said. “Because of her strong work ethic, she excels in both areas, and it will serve her well in life.” Turley is a strong young woman, but even she admits she isn’t alone in reaching her academic and athletic goals. She looks up to two older siblings who still live on the Western Slope and describes her family as being very close knit . “We spend a lot of time together,” she said. “We all really enjoy taking trips to Lake Powell.” Among all of her high test scores and exciting basketball games, it’s the family events that Turley finds most memorable. “I remember just recently we were all camping at Crawford Reservoir, and it rained the entire time,” she said. “It seems like it would have been horrible, but it was actually great because it made for some good family time.” Magazine • Fall 2012

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By Cassie Stewart Local occupational therapist Gary Krabbe’s roots run deep in Montrose. Krabbe is a Montrose native and has three generations of family that grew up in town before him. “I love the small town,” Krabbe said. “My wife and I wanted to raise our children here, so we left Colorado Springs and brought them to a small community.” As a therapist , Krabbe specialized in upper body therapy working with shoulders, arms and hands. “It didn’t appeal to me at first , but upperbody therapy was more mechanical,” he said. When Krabbe moved back to Montrose in 1994, he opted to open his own practice with a partner. The result was In Motion Therapy, located at 611 East Star Court . The practice was doing well, but by 2006, Krabbe said he realized there was a need for more physical therapy services than he was offering in town. So he opted to expand his business, acquiring 17 more physical therapists. The additional employees allowed the practice to cover additional forms of therapy, such as sports medicine, occupational therapy and rehabilitation. “We (In Motion) have offered much-needed, high-quality services to people,” Krabbe said. “Our facility has a lot of features that you can’t find anywhere else.” Those features include an indoor pool and workout equipment . But what keeps Krabbe going? He said what stimulates his passion for therapy is the people he meets on a daily basis. “I love doing what I do,” Krabbe said. “Everyone you meet has their own story, and it’s fun to meet them and have the opportunity to interact with them.” When Krabbe isn’t helping his patients, he said he and his wife enjoy the outdoors. Krabbe sends most of his spare time in the mountains biking or hiking. Most of all, Krabbe said he just enjoys being at home with the company of his family, which consists of 16-year-old Molly, 19-year-old Ross and 22-year-old Lauren Krabbe. He added that he doesn’t plan to leave the business anytime soon; in fact, he envisions expanding In Motion Therapy when the time is right. Krabbe mentioned the one thing he wouldn’t want to leave is the company of his employees. “The staff I work with are my coworkers and friends,” Krabbe said. “They are what make In Motion Therapy and my life rich.”


Remax Agent Jeff Keehfuss Earns Hall of Fame Award

Margaret Kelley RE/MAX Chief Executive Officer presenting the 100% club award to Jeff Keehfuss at the RE/MAX International convention in Las Vegas Montrose, CO. August 2, 2012 -Jeff Keehfuss, with RE/MAX Alpine View, has recently been presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company. In 2011, less than two percent of all RE/ MAX Affiliates earned this prestigious award Keehfuss has achieved this in only five years in spite of very challenging market conditions. Jeff has extensive knowledge & experience in Residential, Farm & Ranch, and Commercial Real Estate. Among Jeff's achievements are Montrose Association of Realtors •

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Physician, outdoorsman Wiard proud to call Montrose home

By Cassie Stewart Thanks to his intelligence and big heart for families, Thomas Wiard has made a name for himself across Montrose over the last 25 years. As a physician, Wiard found his passion in pediatrics helping newborns, children and teenagers younger than 18. Although his journey to get there was long, he said every day he goes to work, it pays off. “I love having the opportunity to interact with kids and their families,” Wiard said. “It makes me happy knowing that I can help them be healthy.” Wiard spends most of his nurturing time as a senior partner at the Pediatric Associates in town. Along with that , Wiard has been

working at Montrose Memorial Hospital as chief of staff for 15 years. In addition to his busy career, he and his wife decided to take their interest in kids to a different level 10 years ago. The couple was invited by an adoption agency to help children find homes in northern China. He said during his travel, the duo stayed in China for two weeks. “It was a life-changing experience,” Wiard said. “It was nice to go over there and help the kids.” Wiard didn’t discover his passion for medicine until he attended college in Portland, Ore.  “My stepfather was a doctor,” Wiard said. “When I was in college, that’s when I thought it would be a good profession.” After completing his medical training in Sacramento, Calif.,

Wiard opted to make Montrose his home.   When he is not treating his patients, Wiard enjoys participating in many of the outdoors opportunities Montrose has to offer. He is an active biker and skier, as well as a regular mountain and ice climber. As an outdoors enthusiast , his hobbies have taken him around the world to places such as Patagonia, Peru and Alaska. Wiard said his most recent accomplishment happened this summer when he and a fellow doctor climbed the highest mountain peak in the U.S., Mount McKinley in Alaska.  “I feel lucky to live in a town that has such pretty seasons and that has such a nice community,” Wiard said. Wiard said his active life is not over yet . He plans to continue to work in medicine and serve the community for many more years. “I’ve enjoyed helping people in Montrose raise their kids,” he said.

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Jared Hadlock poses for a photo at the San Juan Eye Center.

Eye on health

Vision checks open window on overall well-being

By Katharhynn Heidelberg

Philosophers say the eye is the window to the soul. They may be on to something. The eye not only bends light and transmits images to the brain, it also provides a good indication of overall health. Trained professionals can catch sight-stopping eye diseases and disorders before it is too late, but did you know they can also spot diabetes and systemic diseases such as high blood pressure? “I think what shocks people a lot is when we find something that is a systemic disease,” said Jared Hadlock, an optometrist with San Juan Eye Centers in Montrose and Delta.

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“The eye is the only place in the body where you can physically see a blood vessel. It’s a very good indication of overall health.” And it’s almost never too early to have your vision checked. Regular eye exams are important for kids, as well as adults — perhaps even more important for little folks. “As a child grows, their body’s changing; their eyes are changing. Annual checks are quite important ,” Hadlock said. “We actually recommend even infants start with an eye exam.” Exams for babies younger than 6 months usually aren’t necessary, unless something is obviously wrong, he noted. Hadlock participates in the InfantSee program, which provides free eye exams for babies younger than age 1. He recommends vision

checks starting at 6 months, and if the initial evaluation checks out OK, the child should return at age 2, age 4, right before kindergarten and then every year. “A lot of kids are actually being diagnosed with learning disabilities who really just have visual issues. A simple pair of glasses can often fix and issue and help kids learn a lot more efficiently,” the optometrist said. A child may see 20/20, but still need corrective lenses because his or her focus is off, or eye movements are not correct . “Vision in and of itself may not be the sole issue,” he said. Child patients are handled differently than adult patients. Younger kids can’t adequately participate in their examination because they don’t tend to respond well to questions. “There are a lot of tests we do that don’t require them to say anything,” Hadlock said. Among his adult patients, common vision disorders seen include cataracts and macular degeneration. “Cataracts are very common with age. We


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tend to have more of an older population here. Macular degeneration is another one that comes with age,” Hadlock said. “I would say that for the younger population, it’s having a lazy eye.” “Lazy eye” can take the form of one eye turning inward, up, or out , instead of pointing where it should. If left uncorrected, lazy eye causes abnormal eye development . “Either you’re going to see double vision, or the brain is going to turn it (the lazy eye) off,” Hadlock said. In other cases, one eye sees better than the other, so the brain shuts off the weaker eye. Again, the result is eye and vision developmental problems. An optometrist or other appropriately trained professional can prescribe treatments that help straighten the eyes and get a child’s vision to develop normally. Other eye-care professionals are ophthalmologists and opticians. But the “three Os” are not the same. The primary difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist is that an ophthalmologist can perform eye surgeries, Hadlock said. An ophthalmologist is a licensed physician. Optometrists usually are not , explains WebMD, but may have completed a clinical residency for specialist certification. Optometrists can treat diagnose and treat any eye condition that does not require surgical intervention, and can also prescribe medications and corrective lenses. Opticians can fill lens prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists, adjust and repair glasses/contact lenses, take the necessary facial measurements for glasses and order eyerelated products.

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Fabulous food, friends and fun Couples gather to enjoy the finer things in foodie life

By Katrina Kinsley “We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” — Epicurus Breaking bread together is one of the most recognizably unifying traditions in human society. To invite others into your home, to share your food and table, is seen as a gesture of peace and goodwill. Eating together garners a sense of community between those that share the meal. Food is central to the celebration of marriage and a comfort during the mourning of funerals. The food itself fuels our bodies, but sharing a meal feeds us on a deeper level. For several local couples, food also means friendship. Nearly 16 years ago, several Montrose couples decided that the occasional get-together or hurried meal wasn’t enough to sustain them, so they got organized. Every couple of months, they get together for a special meal; on the months be-

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tween meals, they meet to come up with a theme and a menu for their next gathering. Two of the original couples — Ed and Judy Cort , and Royce and Nancy Adair — still attend and host the assemblies. Other longtime members include Paula Wyrick and her husband Jim, who joined the informal group 15 years ago. “We’re just couples that are friendly with each other and enjoy each other’s company,” Paula Wyrick said. “We invite new couples as people move away, but we keep it to 10 or 12 people.” Though many of the faces have changed over the years, the passion for progressive and inventive cooking has not . “We enjoy cooking and trying new and innovative recipes,” Wyrick said. “Thats one of the rules, actually — we use recipes we haven’t done before, always something new and untested.” During planning meetings, they start with a theme — anything from an ethnic cuisine such as Thai or German to seasonal ideas such as the July dinner theme of “Summer time and the living is easy.” Based on the selected theme, the planning group comes up with recipes for each course, including appetizers, a soup or salad, the entree with side dish and dessert .

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Local resident Paula Wyrick cuts into her frozen chocolate ice cream pie.


Blueberry goat cheese basil pie This simple pie has become a favorite of Wyrick’s. She notes that the addition of goat cheese may seem like an unusual one for a nonsavory pie, but it adds a nice tanginess without overpowering the fresh flavors of the blueberries and basil, and gives the pie a pleasant custardy texture. Based on a recipe by Moira Sommers of 3 Sisters Cafe in Indianapolis. Crust: Use your favorite tried-and-true pie crust recipe Filling: 5 cups of fresh blueberries 1/2 cup of soft goat cheese 1/2 cup of heavy cream 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour 1 large egg 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh basil pinch of salt Topping: 1 cup of sliced almonds 1/2 cup of sugar 1/3 cup of melted butter

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New Zealander Gerard Murphy licks his bowl clean as Judy Cort, left, and Gail Fox have a good laugh. The couples take turns hosting the dinners, with the hostess providing the entree and the remaining members bringing the other courses; once a year, the men are put in charge to get those who aren’t necessarily the first in the kitchen involved in the process. July’s dinner featured warm-weather dishes such as a chilled melon soup, grilled halibut and an ice cream pie dessert . Most of the recipes come from the extensive cookbook collections and magazine subscriptions held by the members, although they occasionally turn to the Internet for interesting new recipes to try out . Wyrick said that not everything they try is a complete success, as is the expected risk when trying an unfamiliar recipe. “We just enjoy the camaraderie and experimentation,” she said. “New recipes don’t always come out the way we want them to, but there’s always a lot of fun and laughter. It’s a very social atmosphere.” The love of food and cooking goes beyond the group for Wyrick, who said that cooking serves as a hobby for her. “I like to be adventurous with food,” she noted. “Not enough people want to try new things.” She recently attended a culinary boot camp at the Santa Fe School of Cooking with her son, who has inherited her love of cooking. The boot camp focused on her favorite flavors — southwestern — and taught her a lot of new techniques to take back to her gourmet gatherings. Paula encourages others to take their idea for their arrangement and run with it , customizing it to fit their needs and social circle. “It’s a worthwhile effort ,” Wyrick said. “I hope others will start groups of their own.”

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Still time to get your hands dirty!

Despite cooler weather, fall offers plenty of gardening opportunities By Tera Couchman Wick For the gardener, fall can seem like a natural time for finishing, reaping and readying for rest . Spring, that far-off season on the other side of the biting cold, will be there waiting with its chore lists, starts and seedlings. But before you settle in by the fire or set about waxing your skis, consider the advice of two local horticultural experts who urge residents to get out into their gardens during the cool autumn days. However, if you’re itching to deadhead and prune established plantings, put the clippers down, those experts say; that is one chore that should wait until spring. Gayle Goodhue is the co-owner of San Juan Gardens, 12225 6530 Road, a second-generation Montrose nursery that specializes in trees, shrubs and perennial plants specifically selected to thrive in this area. She spent a recent sunny Sunday walking her nursery, introducing the impressive array of plants ready for fall planting. Susan Rose is the horticulture educator at the Colorado State University extension office in Grand Junction. She sent an email detailing the important tasks and considerations for gardeners in Western Colorado this time of year. “Spring gardens are almost always spectacular, because in April or May, people get inspired to go outside and work in their gardens,” Goodhue said. “But , if you want to have a garden for four seasons, I tell people to come visit the nursery once a month. You can see what’s blooming , what’s in season. “With the cooler temperatures, fall is really the ideal time to plant . Plus, in the fall, nurseries often run sales and specials,” she said, indicating that is a good time to stretch your landscaping dollar. Goodhue explained that the best landscapes have a combination of many things: trees, evergreens, shrubs, grasses, flowering plants, etc. “If you want a low-maintenance landscape, shrubs and trees are your best bet ,” she said. Perennials, or plants that come back year after year, become established and require less work than most annuals, which Magazine • Fall 2012

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must be replanted every year. Here are a few of Goodhue’s suggestions for adding winter interest and year-round value to your landscape: • For trees, try the Colorado spruce (aka blue spruce, the Colorado state tree), autumn purple ash, aspen, honey locust and redtwig dogwood. “The cherry-red stems of a redtwig dogwood next to a powder-blue Colorado spruce against the back drop of white snow really looks good,” Goodhue said, painting a compelling winter-time picture. • Ornamental grasses produce attractive seed heads over the winter and also provide valuable food for birds. Popular varieties include Karl Forester, zebra grass and miscanthus grass. • Well-adapted wildflowers ready to plant now include columbine (the Colorado state flower), delphinium, lupin and daisy, among others. Many varieties of sedums also are blooming this time of year. Rose suggested, “Plant more springflowering bulbs — who doesn’t need more of those? Get them in in October if you can, and mulch them.” Rose agreed with Goodhue’s prescription for fall planting. “In Western Colorado, fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials,” she said. “You want to plant them at least six weeks before the ground freezes, which is usually into December, if it freezes at all. This will allow the roots time to get established, and the cooler weather will reduce the transplant stress on the plants.” For perennials and shrubs, the best thing is to do nothing, Rose said. “Don’t cut them back, and don’t fall prune your roses,” she said. “The remaining plant material protects the tender crown of the plants over the winter. Cut them back in March, as the new growth begins to emerge. If you must cut back, leave at least some of the plant material as winter protection.” Rose advised against fertilizing woody plants after the Fourth of July. “Be mindful of any that are in or adjacent to the lawn, and avoid fertilizing the lawn until the trees have gone dormant after mid-October,” she said. “Also, don’t prune now for the same reason: we don’t want to stimulate growth now, as it won’t have time to harden off for winter. You can safely remove dead, broken or diseased branches at any time.” Most important , she said, it is important to water once a month or so. “Remember that tree roots extend outward well past the drip line — water as far out as you can, not just at the base,” she said. “Pick a day when the temperature is above freezing, and water during the middle of the day. Even when the soil is frozen, the water can soak in. We lose more trees to dehydration in winter than to cold.”

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D&RG Engine No. 360 pulls alongside the depot at Montrose around the 1950s. Note the well-manicured landscape and shade trees.

At journey’s end

Montrose’s D&RG depot marks 100 years

By Elaine Hale Jones It was a hot , sultry day in August at the turn of the century when a Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge train — filled to capacity with passengers — rolled up alongside the small wood-frame depot in Montrose. Within minutes, weary travelers pushed their way to the end of each passenger car, awaiting the placement of steps to disembark from the train. Armed with bulging satchels, men and women elbowed their way through the crowd, while children ran to keep up with them. Some were lucky enough to be greeted by friends or family members. For others, new to the dusty frontier town of Montrose, the sight of a grand hotel on the horizon must have seemed like an oasis in the desert . Built at a cost of $75,000 in 1889, the first Belvedere Hotel was located one block east of the railroad depot on Third Street and Selig Avenue (Main Street was then known as Third Street). The three-story structure had approximately 100 rooms with a large dining hall. The reason for such a large hotel was the fact that two D&RG trains were arriving in Montrose every day around noon carrying passengers seeking food and lodging. Dealing with increasing numbers of passengers was the reason D&RG officials decided to build a larger and more permanent depot here in 1912, noted ZillaMay Brown, president of the Montrose County Historical Society. The town’s new train station reveled in its role as a social and commercial center for a broad section of southwestern Colorado. The depot was a perfect example of Spanish/Mission style architecture that was popular from 1890 to 1915; the building featured broad, unadorned stucco walls, an arcade (covered passageway

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with arches) and low-pitched clay tile roofs. It was a much sturdier structure than the original wood-frame building and was easily recognizable among railroad travelers. Outside, the rail yard was a hub of activity where freight and passengers were shuffled and re-routed, loaded and unloaded, all within a strict time frame. Supporting structures included a water tower, ice house, repair facility, stockyards and a section house. As early as 1885, Montrose ranked fourth in railway traffic on the D&RG, just behind Denver, Pueblo and Leadville. Two years later, in 1887, the D&RG completed the laying of narrow-gauge track south from Montrose to Ouray by way of Ridgway, and in 1890-91, famed pioneer road and railroad builder Otto Mears completed his 162-mile Rio Grande Southern line, connecting Durango with Ridgway via Dallas Divide, Telluride and Rico. In 1906, the narrow-gauge line connecting Montrose with Grand Junction to the north was replaced with standard-gauge line, increasing the number of trains arriving and departing every day from the dual gauge yard. Carloads of potatoes, onions and sugar beets were a common sight along the railroad sidings during that time. By the 1940s, the town had become an important livestock shipping point . In 1946, for example, depot officials announced that more than 45,000 sheep had been shipped out of Montrose on their way to the nation’s slaughterhouses and markets within a 10-day period. An average of 15 to 20 rail cars containing 260 head of sheep were pulling away from the docks each day. While passenger and freight traffic sustained the railroad for many years, the increased numbers of people traveling by automobile, rapidly expanding highway systems and the introduction of trucking

as a means of moving freight all took their toll on the railroad starting in the late 1940s. Across the country, miles of railroad track that had been laid a century earlier were pulled up in the name of progress. Depots were abandoned; many became repositories for equipment and supplies or fell to the wrecking ball to make way for new buildings. The depot at Montrose was more fortunate than most . It had a second chance at life when it was donated to the city by the railroad company and later became home to the Montrose County Historical Museum in 1972. In 1982, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, in large part for the preservation of its unique architecture. The city of Montrose restored the depot’s unusual cinder stucco exterior with the help of a $17,500 State Historical Fund grant . It was matched by the Gates and El Pomar Foundations for a $60,000 project that , among other things, replaced wire over the windows with a modern security system. Items donated by early-day families such as Elmer and Mona Orr, the Sanburgs, Grays and Leonards, to name a few, have formed the foundation for many priceless exhibits at the museum. Today, each section of the old depot houses an integral part of local history, including a re-creation of an old general store, vintage clothing and toy collections, as well as mining, railroading and other pioneer memorabilia. “We are the main source for historic photographs of the area,” Brown said, adding that the museum furnished most of the photographs and information for the Historic Downtown Walking Tour and interpretive display at the Black Canyon. Since the facility is a private entity, it relies heavily on community support. Money to keep the depot museum operating comes from donations, memberships, museum admissions and reproduction rights to historic photographs of Montrose and outlying areas, she noted. Preserved within the depot’s walls are the countless voices, hopes and dreams of those settlers who first arrived in the Uncompahgre Valley by way of the railroad.


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Kylie, left, and Kelly Johnson at the NightVision Music Festival.

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Montrose Police Department Sgt. Paul Eller helps keep the streets safe.

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Valerie Kepler, left, Tegan Aymond Soderlind, Leah Wetlaufer, Dan Soderlind and Schotzie at Main in Motion.

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Edward Painter, left, and Deric Replogle make their way through the crowd at Main In Motion in August. Will Hearst/Daily Press

Jon, left, Abby and Amanda Siegel at Main in Motion in June.

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Joe and Lanie Pullara pose with their horse Bently at the Montrose County Fair & Rodeo in July. Will Hearst/Daily Press

Ted Holland, a Mountain Village police officer, rides his horse at Main in Motion in June.

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Maureen Milliagan, left, and Jennifer Halbach pose at Main in Motion.


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