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Letter from Diane Mitsch-Bush

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October 2012


The Common Sense of Our Dollars and Cents

What do we want the local economy to look like? By Scott L. Ford

On Thursday, September 20th, the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council held its annual Economic Summit. The overall objective of this year’s summit was to start the process of creating a “road map” that will set the direction of local economic development efforts for several years into the future. There is a risk that the discussion associated with the creation of this metaphorical “road map” will lead to a host of activities, action plans, responsibility assignments, due dates, etc., in the hope that the commotion alone will lead somewhere. The reality is it may lead nowhere. To put it simply, if we aim at nothing, we will successfully hit it every time. Currently any discussion occurring locally that deals with the possibility of remotely improving the local economy is too often considered as economic development. For example, approving the building of a new Walgreens - that was called economic development. Bike Town USA and its multiple initiatives are being celebrated as an example of economic development. Without question, all these activities have economic impact. Some of these activities may actually result in economic benefit. Nevertheless, absolutely none of these activities is economic development. Why is everything that even has a glimmer of hope of improving the local economy called economic devel-

opment? It is because we lack the proper definition of terms. As a result, it is easy for folks to begin talking past each other assuming there is a shared understanding of what economic development means. When it comes to discussing the local economy, definitions really do matter. Almost everything we do has economic impact. Some of the things we do have economic benefit and a relatively small number of things are truly economic development. Here are a few terms that will help us have discussions that are more thoughtful and productive: Economic Impact When new jobs are created (or lost), the households associated with these jobs will spend more or less money. We know three things about this money as it is spent locally: 1. Generally what consumer categories this spending will take place in. 2. Generally where these households will spend (local vs. out of town). 3. There is also spending occurring by the local businesses themselves. This activity eventually impacts wages/salaries of the local vendors that support those businesses. There is also secondary economic impact associated




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with this increase (or decrease) in household spending. Simply put, direct impact will result in a wee-bit of an increase (or decrease) in wages/salaries associated with the folks who are providing goods and services to these households. Both direct and secondary impact can be readily quantified. It is a dollar amount based on a series of assumptions. Economic Benefit The types and degree of economic benefit is often case specific depending on the initiative. Using Bike Town USA for illustrative purposes, the economic benefit can be classified into four areas in rank order of importance: 1. Improved leveraging of existing lodging infrastructure. The best hope would be to increase occupancy during the summer months to match occupancy rates that exist during some of the winter months. 2. Increased sales tax receipts as a direct result of this increased visitor activity. 3. Increased wage/salaries generated within the businesses that support this increased activity. 4. Increased career opportunities depending on the jobs that are offered. The overwhelming benefits of the Bike Town USA initiatives are in the first three items. Economic Development Economic development efforts are associated with two primary areas that are narrowly focused. 1. Diversity of sources of employment and source of income 2. Increase in the per capita income. In Routt County, we have done the hard work to actually define what economic diversification means locally. Simply put, economic diversity is achieved or is being maintained when the top three private industry sectors are sources for no more than 45% of the jobs and income, AND Per Capita income in the county is growing at a rate that is greater than the rate of inflation. These percentages may change over time; however, it has provided a place to begin measuring in order to assess the success of any effort. If everything associated with improving the local economy is called economic development, it is highly likely we will create the illusion of making progress simply by doing all sorts of activities. We can consolidate all these planned activities in an attractive binder and call it a strategic plan. All the activities described in this plan will have economic impact, some may result in economic benefit and likely, very few, if any, will result in and/or influence true economic development. The activities themselves are not the end goal; it is an understanding of where we want to go. At a minimum, let us start by having a shared understanding of what economic development really means and what is the desired outcome.

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October 2012


The Bonnifield Files

Peeking into the Hidden Places Down South By Paul & Ellen Bonnifield

At least for the first six decades of the twentieth century, the fortunes of northwestern Colorado rose and fell with the heartbeat of the Moffat Road. The railroad’s doorway to Routt County is Rock Creek Canyon and Egeria Canyon. Let’s take a peek at the hidden places down south. Head down Highway 131. Look to the left after leaving Toponas going south toward Egeria Creek. The lower ridge is Kelley Divide. Soon you will be on the other side and only a couple of air miles away, but it is an entirely different world. Approaching Egeria Creek, look ahead at about 11 o’clock. This is the entrance to Egeria Canyon. Egeria Canyon runs east and west while Rock Creek Canyon runs north and south. They meet and create the opening for the Moffat Road. According to Bud Kier, Kelly, for whom the divide is named, was an Irishman who homesteaded on the east side of the Divide near Hydrate. The settlers built Hadley Reservoir on the Gore and brought irrigation water to the east side of the divide. (Later the water was sold to homesteaders near Toponas.) For a moment Hydrate flourished as a supply station for railroad construction and saw mills on the Gore. The mills supplied timbers and ties for the railroad. Hydrate had a post office. When construction ended and the saw mills shut down, the community fell onto hard times, and the post office was about to be discontinued. Kelly was up to the challenge. He loved to write limericks. Each holiday season he packaged limericks with spuds (potatoes) and mailed them to any address he could find. People responding to the surprise package increased mail, and the service at Hydrate lasted a few more years. At McCoy there is an old barn sitting near Rock Creek. It is more than a hundred years old. It was the barn for Charley McCoy’s Hotel. (The hotel has long since burned.) Before the bridges were built, Charley had a ferry across the river and a place for travelers to stay. Most of his customers were freighters who needed a place for their horses. He also kept extra teams (snap teams) to help freighters up the hills. The hotel remained active until the 1940s. There was an industrious tie hack living on Kelly Divide. (A tie hack is a person who hews railroad ties with a broad ax.) He hacked his ties on the south side of Egeria Canyon, but the railroad tracks were high up the north side. To get the ties to the railroad for loading he dammed the creek and installed two waterwheels with a single cable attached to each. The cable ran from one waterwheel up to the tracks through an affixed pulley and back to the second waterwheel. All the water was directed to waterwheel No.1 that lifted the ties. No. 2 simply let cable out. For the next load the water was directed to No. 2 and it lifted the load and No. 1 let cable out. Thus, the waterwheels alternated taking up cable and releasing it. The tie hack never bathed. “Lord, he got ripe!” Once, he rented a room in the McCoy Hotel. Mrs. Brooks didn’t want him sleeping on her clean sheets, so she took him

into the bath room and showed him the details of the tub, water, soap, and towels. He was likeable and did not want to be rude, but he was macho from the old country. He did not want a woman telling him what to do. He simply climbed into the tub without water or soap and spent the night. Resuming the trip: At McCoy, turn left into the town and drive by the old school and community church, then turn right and head up Conger Mesa. Back when the school was new it taught everyone from grade school through high school. The basketball team was in the same league with Gypsum, Eagle, and Minturn. One time McCoy beat Steamboat. Continue on up the road past the place selling antlers. Just before the county road begins paralleling the railroad tracks in the semi-open area stood the McCoy depot, stock yards, section house, bunk house and other buildings. Car loads of potatoes were shipped from McCoy. Near the head of Conger Mesa the railroad makes an “S” curve and the road crosses it twice. The “S” curve is necessary to maintain the grade. The grade from Crater to Orestod (Bond) is very steep for a railroad. A loaded train that gets more than 32 or 33 mph is considered an uncontrolled run-a-way. Buried on the upper curve are the remains of a run-a-way that killed three men. To the left, well up the hill, it is possible to see where the tracks exit Egeria Canyon via a tunnel. The remains of an old railroad construction camp with a priceless view are on top of the tunnel. To the right of the tunnel is Volcano siding. Here the railroad cut through a scoria volcano. It is visible from several vantage points.

After crossing the tracks, park out of the way and walk down the road into Rock Creek Canyon. It is about a mile and one half down and about five miles back out. It is a county road, but don’t try to drive it. The road was originally built to haul supplies and construction equipment to crews building the railroad. During construction, 14 camps were in Rock Creek and Egeria canyons. It was all hand labor except in Tunnel 52. Hydrate was located where the Rocking Triple J Ranch is now and Kelley’s homestead was above that. Before the county road was closed, it was possible to drive over the hill to Toponas. Toward the top of the Kelley Divide is the Kier Place. The family still owns it. During World War I the Kiers (several of them) put together a big bunch of horses and drove them to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where they sold the horses to the army. As far as I know, that was the last big bunch of horses driven out of the county. If you don’t want to hike into the canyon, go down the road between Crater and the railroad tracks. Don’t put yourself in danger. Across the track and through the fence at railroad mile post 139 there is an old rusty can pile. You historical archeologists will find the pile interesting. This was one of several dumps from the construction crews, and there are old black powder cans in the pile. Again don’t get in danger from the railroad, but walk the tracks into the canyon about a mile. It is an experience worth the walk. Clinging on the other side is the badly deteriorated remains of a construction camp’s buildings. Don’t walk through the tunnels, but fully enjoy peeking into the canyons you probably did not know existed.

Go to where the road dead ends and turn left. The mound of scoria is Crater – an old volcano. Scoria is used for landscaping.

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October 2012

Enna Rose

I Will Survive By McKinley

Please do not attempt to recreate the events of Enna Rose’s life. They will result in internal/external death or at the very least a yeast infection. The night swallowed Enna, the stars hiding their eyes behind the clouds. She walked without knowing where, only feeling a pull inside her. Her feet were calloused and thick, no longer feeling the rocks beneath her soles. Grains of sand scattered, lifted and fell upon her toes like tears but her toes were numb. Her mind was jumbled, thoughts twisting over one another. Her mother was alive. Her mother had created a life in which she could justify abandoning Enna as a young girl. Enna shook herself out, from head to neck, shoulders to fingers, she shook off the spirit of her mother and chose to hold on to the memories that were a permanent part of her neural pathway. Those were memories of her mother baking her butterfly cakes on her birthday, happy days before her father died and her mother disappeared from reality. Sometimes life was easier if you believed people had died. Dead people were easier to forgive because they couldn’t hurt anymore. Enna’s head ached from thinking. She wanted to stop, to shut off all emotion. The sound of cars could be

heard before she saw lights and knew there was a town nearby. She had sewn money into her sparkly skirt before she began her pilgrimage, but hadn’t used any yet. The bar was called The Dirty Shame. When Enna opened the door, she relaxed into the smell of sweat and dirt. Her feet stuck slightly to the floor as she made her way to the wood bar with rough stools surrounding it. There were half a dozen other people in the bar, people who worked in the elements. These people knew when the winds changed, when the seasons drew to a close. These people worked hard and played harder and Enna wanted to play. She slapped a $20.00 on the bar and asked for a shot of tequila and a cold beer. “Where you from?” asked the bartender over his belly, without really caring. “Where the bird shits two ways to kingdom come,” said Enna. The bartender nodded and put her drinks down, made change and moved back to watch something on TV. Downing the shot warmed her body and fuzzed her mind. The beer helped her blood race a little faster, pulled the flush to her cheeks. “Another.” “The girl from kingdom comes wants another,” said the bartender putting down her drinks. “You got a place to stay around here, ‘cause you don’t look nothing like the girls from around here?” Enna looked at the women. They wore Red Ants Pants and had dirt smeared on their faces. The men might take a quick glance at their asses, but they knew better than to slap one. A couple of the men looked at Enna like they were hungry, making the girls look at Enna like she wasn’t too welcome. “There’s an entire world willing to shelter me for nothing,” said Enna looking out to the dark night. She slammed her tequila, asked for some quarters. There was a jukebox in the corner and Enna felt like dancing. She dropped quarters into the jukebox that was lit up brighter than the rest of the bar. She took a look at the crowd, took a breath, and put on Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive. There was silence around the bar. The bartender took off his cowboy hat and rubbed his temples. The women put their pool sticks down and stared at Enna. Knowing what she needed to do, she did her best John Travolta ‘Stayin’ Alive’ moves. She laughed, because she didn’t care anymore. Her mother was alive. Her mother was alive and that empty face, that bleached spirit, would haunt her more than Enna’s questions of why she had been abandoned. And so she spun, she screamed ‘I will survive’ as loud as she could. She called to the bartender “a round of shots on me.”

Free drinks always made friends. No one turned down a shot. A few just shook their heads, but Enna wasn’t done, she was just beginning. She grabbed the hands of a couple of the women there and started spinning them. They were, after all, women and just because they were as tough as any of the guys, that didn’t mean they had forgotten how to be women, how to laugh and flirt. People started to bring Enna shots and she took them one after another. The lights blurred around her and at some point in the night, the darkness took over her mind, forgetting, forgetting, dancing, dancing. They danced on the bar, the men kissed the women; the women remembered they could cry and giggle and dance with abandon. The men shuffled their feet and spun the women and they felt a little electricity in the bar that night, while Enna, blissfully, felt nothing. Enna woke up with a tan arm wrapped around her waist. The hairs were blonde and wiry. He smelled like the earth, but they were inside. In the cracks of his hand, woven into hers, was the same red earth that marked the faint lines of their years. Yawning, she stretched, untangling herself from this stranger. She sat on the edge of the bed and searched for her sparkly skirt. It winked to her from under the edge of a blanket that had fallen overboard. Her movements woke the man and he lay watching her as she dressed. There was no expression he would let her read on his face, but his eyes were kind, chocolate with a drop of honey. She felt what had happened in the night through her body, wondering how much of him she now carried with her. The window was open, the air inviting, but she stopped and sat back on the bed. The man circled his arms around her waist and pulled her back down into him. The heat of his body wrapped around her, his scent wriggling into her. When she turned to him she felt a twinge of something. Their lips met, their bodies bound. All she could feel was the heat between them while the desert air blew cool. Next to his bed, something caught her eye; a book. The holy bible open to Corinthians 13 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

Enna knew now was the time to put away childish fears and disappointments. She allowed herself a second in time to rest in these arms, rest in warmth and anonymity before she must look herself in the face and decide what parts of herself she would take on the rest of her journey.

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October 2012

Go Figure!?

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A penny saved can be worth almost a dime

Diane Mitsch Bush Energy Development Dear Valley Voice Readers,

(It all depends on where you keep it when you save it) By Scott L. Ford I have a small bucket where I toss my change; a collection of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. I am not too sure how much money is currently in the bucket. My best guess is that it is over $100. Most of us have “change jars” where we toss our pocket change. The important question, however, is whether these jars are good for the economy? The simple answer is, not so much. To the degree that they exist they limit economic capacity. Money needs to circulate to actually have the impact we associate with money. If it does not circulate it is not money, although money is the name we give it while it is sitting in our coin jars. Money sitting in our coin jars it is nothing but a creative door stop. The money sitting in our coin jar is very different than the “money” in our bank account. How is this possible? Money in our bank account is not actually sitting there in the bank’s vault. We all know that the bank makes loans depending on the amounts they have on deposit. We assume that if we make a $1,000 deposit in the bank – the bank would have $1,000 to loan. The money the bank would earn would be based on the difference between what they paid us in interest and the amount of interest they charged when making a loan. All this is true, except when we deposit $1,000 with the bank, they are able to make up to $9,000 in loans. Where did the extra $8,000 come from? It was conjured into existence by the bank themselves when they made a loan thanks to fractional reserve requirements. What this means is that since all the banks are interconnected with each other via our central banking system, the $100 sitting in your coin jar could theoretically be preventing close to $1,000 of economic activity.

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I am proud and excited to be running to represent you in our new State House of Representatives District 26 which includes all of Eagle and Routt Counties. If you elect me to represent you at the Capitol, you can count on me to reach across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide to work to build effective, fiscally responsible and sustainable solutions. One major issue in 2012 is energy development, including its production and consumption. We need an “allof-the-above” energy policy that sustains our economy, our environment, and our communities. Along with tourism and agriculture, energy production is in the top three economic sectors in Colorado. I have always promoted an “all of the above” energy policy, as we have abundant natural resources, both traditional and renewable. Traditional fossil-based resources including coal, oil and gas, and renewables such as wind, hydro, and solar not only provide energy to the country but are economic drivers for our counties and the state. These energy resources are the basis for a wide variety of local, state and national businesses that provide well-paying jobs. In addition, energy efficiency measures such as retrofits of buildings can save public and private dollars, maintain and expand jobs in the hurting construction industry, and foster new business start-ups and job creation.

boon to Colorado without harming the water we drink or the air we breathe. We can do this only by listening to each other and considering all the data and ideas together. If you elect me, I promise to work across the partisan divide to build effective solutions for State House District 26 and Colorado. Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado, Diane E. Mitsch Bush Candidate for Colorado State House of Representatives District 26 Two-term Routt County Commissioner

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Does the shape of a wine bottle matter? Can it influence my selection of wine? Mais oui, mes amis. The size and shape of the bottle can actually help us recognize a great deal about the grapes and the taste of the wine inside. But first, even the glass bottle has its story. Some three to four thousand years ago, glass vessels were used by the Sumerians, considered the first civilization in human history. Thousands of years later, the idea was put to practical use for the wine industry in Europe. Originally wine was carried around in animal skins or an “amphorae” (large, long jars made by the Greeks). In 1635 by proclamation of King James I, all glass makers were to use coal instead of wood, which was depleting the forests, for their source of heat. The coal fires produced a much hotter flame and therefore a thicker glass which was better for transporting. Sir Kenelm Digby became “the father of the modern wine bottle” when he began using a blower, like a large bellows, to create a wind tunnel to fuel the coal thus increasing the heat. This process gave the bottles a somewhat consistent shape, especially in neck size, which helped in corking the bottles. Different sizes and shapes were employed to store and transport wine - the choice being dictated by common sense and practicality. Later the choice indicated the region of origin. Bottles were made with coined seals showing a coat of arms blown into the glass to indicate individual growing regions and the family who produced the wine. Not until the 1800s was the size and shape of the glass bottle standardized by use of the mold.

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How can all this help us choose a bottle of wine? Using this historical background, let’s consider the shape of the bottle. A high shouldered bottle is characteristic of Bordeaux. These wines tend to have some sediment in the vessel because of the vinification process used in production. The sediment adds to the tannins necessary in the flavor profile and in the aging process. When the contents of a Bordeaux is poured, these sediments will gather in the shoulder of the bottle rather than your glass or decanter. Traditionally, all these wines are in bottles with high shoulders which helps easily identify the wine. The grape varietals indigenous to Bordeaux are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wine. Whether the wines made from these grapes originate in California, Argentina, Italy, or France, they are found in your local store in bottles with high shoulders. Wines from the regions of Burgundy and Rhone are identified by the sloped-shouldered bottle. Once again, the shape of the bottle is characteristic to the wine of the individual region. Burgundy produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The Rhone valley is known for their Grenache and Syrah blends. These varietals can be found in slope-shouldered bottles.

The tall, thin and green bottles known as the “Hoch” emanate from Alsace and Germany. This bottle shape must have been common sense in the region for shipping and storage purposes. Now, the tall, thin, green shape allows us to pick out a Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris with ease and confidence. The shape of the Champagne bottle is a different story all together. Champagne bottles are identified by a “punt” or dimple in the bottom of the bottle. The shape and depth of the “punt” indicates the strength of the vessel which is important because it contains a highly pressurized substance. The “punt” also adds stability to the glass. It does not dictate the quality in the bottle. Originally it was employed in the glass blowing process to insure a flat bottom surface so the bottle would not tip over easily. These concepts of identifying wines by the shape of the bottle are very general. Many of the shapes were initiated early in Europe for marketing purposes. As the wine industry grows and influences change, we find variations throughout the wine world. Outside of Alsace, there are no hard rules to be followed in bottling wine. The point is that you, the consumer, have an idea of what the contents are in each bottle just by looking at the shape. This makes for a more educated selection on your next purchase. Cheers

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October 2012


Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide

Pets and Dating

It’s all about your Happiness

By Mr. Helpful, M.D.

Pets are a great way to get to know your date. A Pet is the most common day to day relationship that a person can have without it being another person. So how people treat or interact with their pet shows everyone just what kind of a person they are on a daily basis. Everyone has a different idea of what is a “Pet.” 1. Favorite family member that they can’t live without for more than 5 minutes 2. Like a roommate that has been around for years 3. Just that fur ball I feed once a week 4. Other lesser variations That being said, look at how YOU talk to and treat your pet. Answer truthfully because everyone else knows already. Are you always doing the Baby Talk voice to your pet? Do you always HAVE TO do the Baby Talk voice? Are you nutz? I’m sure you love your pet, but are you more interested in humans or animals? Come on, don’t be so cynical, humans can be nice sometimes. What about your Date’s interaction with their Pet. What do you notice? What kind of person do they become when their pet is around? Different, slightly different, completely different? How much attention do they give their pet when you are in the room? We’re just talking about Dating here, but if you are crazier for and about your pet instead of the human date standing in your bedroom, you might want to reconsider ... things. Can you be away from your pet and be WITH a date? Physically, mentally, emotionally as well? For how long? Yeah I know you have to feed your pet, I’m not a monster. But, do women get a dog as an unconscious substitute for a child? Do men keep fish or reptiles as a link to their “childhood control and darker slithering boy” issues? I’m just asking here, can you date with the pet you have? Or are you toooo attached to the Pet/Owner

relationship? I ask these things both in jest and in all seriousness. Is there room for someone new in your life? Can you date someone who doesn’t like your type of pet? Can you date someone who has a different pet than you? These are considerations that sometimes don’t come up until it’s too late. Knowing yourself and your multilayered preferences are an important part of Dating. My friend Heather told me of her one date with a bird owner. They met at a yoga retreat and she invited him to her town for the following weekend. Her date drove 3 hours for a potential overnight romantic tryst and when he got out of the car, he reached back in and brought out his pet bird in a very large cage. Think for a moment how you yourself might react to seeing something so very unexpected. Heather was a gracious host and invited her date and his pet into her home for the weekend. Certainly a first for Heather, she learned more about that bird than she cared to remember. That bird, loudly, became the center of attention for the 15 hours of the date. She did tell me that romance was certainly lost the very moment the bird cage came out of the car. Mostly that this guy FAILED to mention that he was going to be bringing his “talking friend.” Who required, nay, demanded everyone’s attention if the conversation went elsewhere. So every few minutes for the entire weekend, the bird reminded them that he was in the room. A romance killer for sure.

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What is your level of attention you give to your pet when people are talking to you? Can you give a small amount of attention to your pet and yet still be respectful to the person and conversation already in progress? Or do you completely break away from the human being and go into snuggle snuggle yumyums for my little baby boy, yes you are, my little baby boy. Mommy loves you, where’s your toy? Get the toy, go get it, go get it. It’s over there, by the door, get the toy. OH good boy, good boy!!

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be chatting with me on the phone and she will then start talking to the cat as if the cat will understand the logical reason for her, the cat, to please not do that thing that it is doing at that moment. Yes I get to listen to a 40 second, one sided conversation my mom is having with her cat. If I were having that same phone chat with someone I wanted to date and they started to do that, a click in my head would alert me to the fact that I am now chatting with someone who has turned a dark corner. My wonderful mother has only one cat these days. I have two. I love my Mom and hope to one day introduce her to someone I love. Most likely that person will also like cats; just not in a crazy cat lady way.

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Routt County Disasters

What happened last night? By Lyn Wheaton

Now that the horoscopes are gone from our daily paper, I am finding it hard to navigate around from day to day without that guidance. To make sure I haven’t committed any infractions I check the ‘Police Blotter’ each day.

they sprung into action, calling upon a local painter to be the de facto sketch artist. Once an accurate likeness was prepared they could plaster the town and surrounding areas with “missing” posters.

Not only does the Blotter keep me abreast of my compliance (or lack thereof) with the law, it also provides keen insight into the perils our first responders face on a daily basis. These brave and tenacious men and women, who put on that uniform each day, are placed in some difficult situations, indeed.

As I sat in my car, radio blasting, reading the “blotter” to make sure I was okay for another day, I thought about how my ‘peeps’ from NJ found this particular aspect of our newspaper funny. Funny? This is serious stuff. I just read that someone fell off his horse–oops! How many times do you think that happens at the Jersey Shore?

Why, just the other day there was a report of a stolen brisket in Oak Creek! I really hope the distraught victims didn’t waste any time in dialing ‘911,’ because every minute counts in abductions such as these. I like to imagine the scenario, as if I were there.


The officers are dispatched and arrive on scene in short order. “Ma’am, we’re very sorry, we understand these situations can be extremely upsetting but we need you to try and calm down so we can help you. Once we get all the information perhaps we can call in a grief counselor for you, but first we are going to need a description of the abductee.” The women chokes back her tears, blows her nose and sobs, “It was brown, about 6 pounds and stood about six inches tall. AHHH!!” The accompanying officer pats her on the shoulder, “It’s okay, that was great, thank you.”

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The officer questioning the ‘victim’ scribbles in his notepad. He looks up and calmly asks her, “Would you and your husband be willing to take a polygraph? We need to rule out the family first.” The women wails, “YES! Of course.” It was probably at that moment that the officers knew she was innocent and there was another ‘perp’ at large.


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As I continued to read the police reports, I read that the men in blue were called out to a report of someone playing their music loudly in the car. As I read and sang, I heard a faint knock on my window and looked up. Holy Shit! There was a cop motioning for me to roll down my window. I can’t hear him, I only see his lips moving. I turn down the radio, roll down the window and politely (always politely) say, “Hello officer, what did I do?” “Ma’am, we had a call that someone was playing their car radio music too loud, would that be you?” Luckily, I had the handy ‘blotter’ at my disposal. I calmly picked it up and replied, “Oh no officer, that couldn’t have been me because that happened yesterday. See-here it is in the paper.” He was satisfied that I had proven my case and left me once again, to my own devices. If anyone has any information on the missing brisket, please be sure to call Crime stoppers. Thank you for coming together as a community in the face of this tragedy.

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Suddenly the officers looked at each other, as if they were thinking the same thing. Could this case be linked to the call they responded to, regarding a “pinched loaf” left in another unsuspecting citizen’s potty, just a short time ago? Had they been remiss in that case? Should they have taken DNA samples? The first officer hearkened back to the investigation. When they arrived on that scene, the “vic” led them down the hall to the bathroom and said someone had come in, done their business, failed to flush and left. The officers grilled her, “Are you sure you didn’t do that and you just don’t remember? What about other family members?” But now, what if?

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This could be big. They had nowhere to go but forward. A full-scale investigation was in order. They would pull out all the stops. Perhaps if they solve the missing brisket case it will be linked to the doody case. Solving not one but two crimes could earn them commendations and possibly a promotion. Motivated by the possibility,

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October 2012

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Equidistant to the north from Steamboat but worlds away in reality from Soroco lies “Noroco.” No, not some Japanese person trying to pronounce Norelco, but a place, a real place with real people. Some plain, some insane, some boring, some interesting, some legendary. All hearty, self-providing individuals that seem to fit the description of early settlers chasing their own version of “The pursuit of happiness”. That one little phrase contains the essence of what I and many up here believe to be the key to life. Doing what one desires to be happy with a heaping of “as long as it doesn’t infringe on other’s ‘pursuit of happiness.’” Sounds simple enough, but in reality beauty has many suitors. Some want to put a fence around it, other’s want to hunt in it, and other’s don’t want any one around to disturb the peace. Land use is fightin’ words to some and “cha-ching” for others. When the two conflict, sparks fly. Commercial and residential interests will always be at odds even up here in the middle of nowhere. Stray dogs are the least of anyone’s problems. Stray cows and sheep can prompt gunfire, while stray music can prompt yet another round in court. Even in a backyard the size of some states, (NIMBY)“Not In My Back Yard” is an undeniable under current that keeps bar chatter from being all good all of the time. Again, there are people over-coveting things and interfering with others’ pursuit of happiness. As tight as the community is, there are some that just want to rock the boat. More money than brains, more time than common sense. Inescapable unfortunately, but plenty of places to run and hide, or plenty of ammo to stand and blast. Moving to North Routt in August is poaching for sure. Just move in and steal a slice of heaven as the aspen trees begin their fireworks display for the next few weeks and the temperature is absolute perfection. Low 70’s with a slight breeze and bluebird skies rule the day until the long, long, long winter approaches. Some up here won’t be happy unless they get 10 days of skiing in during the month of October, others still need time to stock up on wood and elk for the winter and some will savor every day until they run south with their tail between their legs. Reminds me of Homer, AK where the local “sourdoughs” cling onto to fresh meat and beg you to stay for the brutal winter ahead. Misery indeed is an excellent host. “Can I take your shoes and coat?” Next thing you know, you’re celebrating your ten-year

anniversary. The sense of community will, at times, amaze you. Recently the North Routt Charter School held their benefit at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse and it was like a chapter in a Norman Rockwell novel, if he wrote. The family atmosphere on a picture perfect day made me want to stop time. I could throw the football all day, the kids will be there to catch it. One of the ways to be included in these parts is to speak sparingly, have at least 12 cold beers, 12-gauge ammo and a box of clays. You know, bring something to the table, be useful to the greater good. Many hands make work lite. Many clays make afternoons fun. Insanity on the mountain. For me, a new person in the area, I’ll try to sum up some of the things I love about NOROCO in my own topten list. 10- Artisans- Metal, wood, canvass or food, people are showing their skills. 9- Guns- Displayed like new born children and cradled with as much care. 8- Whiskey Creek Trail- A dirt biker’s dream come true. Knarly and sweet. 7- Elk River Valley-Driving up 129 on a sunny fall afternoon. Indescribable. 6- Nipple Peak- Feels good rolling off the tongue. 5- Soaring- Seeing a Red-Tail Hawk reach terminal velocity hunting din-din. 4- North Routt Recycles-Whiskey bottles make great target practice!

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October 2012

Artist Profile

Sandy Graves By Mical Hutson

If you live in Steamboat, you’ve experienced Sandy Graves’ art. Her sculptures play on the courthouse lawn, write outside Off the Beaten Path bookstore, encourage new mothers in the hallway of Yampa Valley Hospital and commemorate an educator at Lowell Whiteman School. Since Graves’ realism phase birthed these familiar Steamboat landmarks, her style has radically shifted into a contemporary expression she calls stylistic, which accidentally launched her career into the international arena, leaving this down-to-earth, mother of two active boys gasping for breath as she sprints to chase the career she never imagined herself having. Her new pieces, most famously horses with negative space never witnessed before in the bronze sculpture world, can be found in fine galleries across the nation, as well as on our hometown street at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat Springs. In Park City, Utah, she is one of four contemporary artists displayed next to the masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt. She is at a point in her career where people are seeking her out, collectors are clamoring for her work as far away as Dubai, and she can be selective in where her art goes. It’s an interesting phase of an artist’s life, and as a woman, I was curious how she does it all and what it feels like. As a student of the artists’ journey, I was curious what path had led her to this fairy-tale point. When I caught up with her at her downtown home/ studio, she was on the floor with a laptop and before we even exchanged hellos, she asked me if I knew how to upload a QR code from her phone onto her computer. Before I had a chance to think about it, Matt Graves, her husband, a wood artist, quickly answered, “E-mail it to yourself.” “Genius,” she smiles, hits a few buttons and munches into her sandwich and chips, admitting, “if it weren’t for Matt, I wouldn’t eat.” When I ask her if that’s on the record, she shakes her head with a playful smirk. I then explain that I take it back, and everything is on the record. In compliance, she repeats herself, “if it weren’t for Matt, I probably wouldn’t eat.”

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Since her career took off when her stylistic sculptures hit the scene, I started with the question of how the shift occurred. How did the evolution from realism to stylistic sculpture happen? SG: I was in the right place at the right time and happened upon the perfect accident. It’s the thing I am most in awe of. People used to say that accidents are what lead you to inventions and ideas, and I didn’t really believe them and then it happened to me. It’s a fascinating process. It’s something I accidentally did in college. When the teachers saw it, they said that’s a crazy thing, let us teach you how to sculpt. So then I learned how to sculpt through a classic education which led to realism commissions and work for my own enjoyment. Then I started the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat downtown with 26 other local artists. At around the same time, the Steamboat Art Museum was opening and they asked me for a display piece that wasn’t for sale. Everything I was doing was for sale, but then I remembered that crazy piece from college on my coffee table. It wasn’t for sale because I wasn’t doing that work commercially. Three buyers sought me out to purchase the piece, and I said no. Victor Morgenstern was one of those buyers. He is a serious art collector from Chicago. When I said no, he invited me to his home to see his art collection. I walked into the house and he had a Deborah Butterfield among many other pieces. Deborah Butterfield is the most famous contemporary horse sculptor in the US. He basically asked me why I was doing realism when I could be doing “this.” He said, “nobody is doing ‘that’ (my stylistic horse). Do ‘that.’” So I took his advice and my next show featured that style. He bought most of them. I also sold him the original. So that’s how I got started. It was a big nudge from him.

ME: Can you tell me more about the accident that brought you to this style back in your college days? I was told to make something hollow out of wax so we could learn the casting process. First I made a head. It was a solid wax head and my professor said you can’t cast this, it will weigh 20 pounds. You need to make something hollow. So then I was on a deadline and I had to make something hollow, so I went back to my experience with horses. I had grown up with horses and had drawn them over and over again as a little kid and I just created a thing with a lot of negative spaces. Me: How much time is there between that college “accident” and Victor? SG: 15 years maybe. My first horse was made in 1990. Me: Did you like that piece?

SG: I loved it but I was told it can’t be cast that way. You see, to make it worth your while to sell bronze, you have to do editions. You can’t put all the expense into doing the first one without making a copy or a group. The basic steps to make a mold is to pour the wax, “chase” the wax, create a ceramic shell, de-wax and pour the metal, sandblast the cast metal, weld all the pieces together, chase the metal, apply patina and mount it to a base. The mold is hollow like a chocolate Easter bunny. Normally you’re welding the two halves together that have a seam. But in my stylistic sculpture, there are a lot of interior pieces and it doesn’t translate to regular mold making. That first year of stylistic sculpture, I did 15 pieces that were one of a kind, and that’s when I figured out I couldn’t make a living doing that. I couldn’t keep up. There wasn’t enough time.


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I found a woman in Paonia, Mary Zimmerman at Land’s End Foundry, who has been mold-making for 50 years, and she and I worked together to figure out how we could make casts in multiples. So, once she got the process figured out and we experimented and played with it, we hit a pretty high level. Unfortunately, she’s now retiring at 81, and I just had to hand off the molding process to a new mold maker. It’s pretty scary. My whole business could fall through the floor. The first attempt was a failure, so we’re working on the second attempt now. It’s scary to have a main person in my quiver of accomplices gone. I have seven craftsmen I rely on from start to finish, so losing one is difficult. Usually when a welder is welding an arm back onto a body, you can kind of tell where it needs to go, but in my pieces whose to know what I was thinking? Who knows where to put what? So I have to be there for every single piece from the welding through the final patina, and I do a lot of that myself, which is why I’m so tired! Driving back and forth between Paonia and Steamboat to get it all done. Me: What does your typical day look like? SG: Totally non-existent. There is no typical day. Mostly it’s because I’m still learning how to do this, and just when I figure something out, it changes. Today, I’m making an ad and I’m changing a base for a client, and yesterday I was driving to Paonia. I sculpted three days last week. I spent all Saturday boxing things up and talking to gallery owners about their inventory. I have an office assistant who helps me and has taken over a lot of the computer stuff. That’s huge in helping me get out of the hole. I can go weeks working from the second I wake up to the second I go to sleep. I never know what day of the week it is. Me: And being a mom. How do you make that work? SG: (she laughs) I’m glad that my kids are going to grow up self-sufficient. Wyatt is six, and he makes his own meals. He makes Ramen. I overlook so many things, and they have to be responsible. If they want to go somewhere, they have to remind me 17 times instead of the other way around. I’m hoping it’s going to be a good thing in their future. I do love being a mom. It’s the one thing I allow myself. If I go through the day without remembering to eat, exercise, brush my teeth, or get out of my pajamas, that’s okay. But when they show up, I’m happy to drop everything and play with them, because they’re more important and fun than anything else. Being a sculptor and business owner is really fun for me. That’s why I do it from daylight to dark. But when they are home from school, I’ll do a project with them or swing on the swings with them and spend that time. Life is very much about the living of it and not about what you end up with. Me: Is this the career you hoped for when you went to school? SG: I never dreamt I’d be a working artist in terms of a studio artist, because I thought I’d be stuck in a little

studio working day in and day out. That’s not me. I’m a social person. I think a part of any success that I do have is that I have relationships with my clients and gallery owners. I think being an outgoing person helps so much. I had no idea that the business end would take up 80% of my tasks and sculpting and finishing work would be 20% of what I do. Me: Did you ever go through that dark time as an artist when you didn’t think you’d have a vision that other people would see and appreciate. SG: No, but I think that’s because I had the incredible gift of teaching for 16 years at Lowell Whiteman. I spent that time learning what art is. It’s more than just making an object. It’s all the formal elements. I got to explore that for 16 years and throw away everything I made. I could disassociate from it. I played with every medium and got well-versed in it. When I did start doing more of my own work, I wasn’t afraid. Sometimes you’re afraid to put that first line on the paper, because you’re going to fall in love with it. But you can’t fall in love with it, because the next line might be awful. So throwing away everything for 16 years and doing the work quickly and having the daily practice, the technical aspects as well as the aesthetic gave me the confidence of “this is what I do, and it’s good.” I don’t think I came out of college feeling that way, but I was confident that I would be a good teacher. Sometimes I’m stumped by the technical details of building a sculpture, but if someone else took over the rest of my life, I could just sit and sculpt and I don’t think I would ever run out of ideas. One thing always leads to another. To some of us who struggle to find an expression in the world, Sandy’s playful attitude might seem a bit cavalier, but it’s completely believable when surrounded by her genius (functional hardware for the home, stylistic sculpture, jewelry, realism sculpture.) Maybe her pre-school teacher, who’d written on the back of her paper, “Sandy will grow up to be an artist,”

was a fairy godmother. Sandy admits she’d spent a few years angry about that forecast wondering, “Why not numbers, or something useful. Why art?” Sandy was a shy child. She says, overly-sensitive. Her sisters were her only playmates all the way through Junior High. It wasn’t until lettering in cross-country as a freshman in high school that her extroverted nature, so refreshingly apparent now, came forward. Her story doesn’t surprise me. Gifted kids in general are more sensitive to the world around them, making it hard to brush off normal day-to-day comments other children can easily roll with, their emotional depth far surpasses their ability to deal with it. As an adult, that sensitivity would enable an artist to translate the world through sculpture into a universally appreciated piece of art. It’s also not uncommon for that sensitivity to express itself into a curiosity of the larger world and it how it works and in this she is equally eloquent as a third generation Bahá’í, talking about world religions and what they mean through her lens of perception. Sandy is equally interested in her relationships and her marriage and how interesting it is to be married to an artist whose process is so far removed from her own. A reminder to wind-down, Matt appears and announces he has to take the kids to hockey. Time has gotten away from both of us. During our photo-shoot, I ask her if Matt does half of the work around the home. “More,” she answers, scooping up a darling little tow-head just home from school in a big hug before he shoots out the door for ice-skating. I like this scene. Confident, loving parents, both successful in what they do, neither mother or father surrendering their passions. These are good role models, not just for those boys who are never going to doubt a woman’s worth, but for all of us striving to balance our desires with sharing our lives with others and in some cases, the world.

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October 2012

Highlights October First Friday Artwalk October Special Free Cut with Color Service

ARTISTS’ GALLERY OF STEAMBOAT, 1009 S Lincoln Ave, 970.879.4744 Join this artists’ collective, as they always put on a great show with a welcoming spread of drinks and apps. artWORKS, The Victoria Building, 941 Lincoln Ave. 970.879.7596 What a town! You don’t have to go far to find first class craftsmen, artists and technicians - maybe just down the block! Come and meet some of the best at the First Friday Art Walk, and be sure to ask us about anything you might be looking for, be it custom pottery, lighting, furniture, concrete, towel bars, or try to stump us with a wish we CANNOT fulfill! We love a challenge! Art WORKS! is an ever expanding resource for homeowners and visitors alike. At the Victoria from 5 to 8. BODY GRAFFIX, 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6807 COLORADO GROUP REALTY, 509 Lincoln Ave 970.875.2917

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COMB GODDESS, 1104 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606 CREEKSIDE CAFÉ & GRILL, 131 11TH ST. 970.879.4925 Commissioned to create large-scale custom Fine Art pieces by her clients, Lee Gamble a Steamboat decorative painter, has jumped back into canvas work that celebrates her passion for color, pattern and textures. She incorporates multiple layers by using paint brushes, trowels and spray bottles, while dripping, scraping, brushing and splattering. Eleanor Bliss Center at the Art Depot, 1001 13th St, 970-879-9008 HARWIGS, 911 Lincoln Avenue, 970.879.1919 KIM KEITH Solo Exhibit: “RE-WRITE” Book-As-Sculpture. Some think, with the advent of the digital read, books are on the endangered species list. Ms Keith preserves the sacred icon with her trans-formative mixed media book sculptures, keeping alive the tactile sense and physicality of “book”. Exhibit includes photo documentary of her process.

MANGELSEN – IMAGES OF NATURE GALLERY, 730 Lincoln Ave, 871-1822 Thomas D. Mangelsen was named Conservation Photographer of the Year and is one of the most awarded nature photographers of our time. His work is currently featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in Nature’s Best Magazine and his Polar Play video went viral on YouTube after being featured on CBS news and MSN. OFF THE BEATEN PATH BOOKSTORE, 68 9TH St. 879.6830 SLEEPING GIANT GALLERY, 601 Lincoln Avenue, 846.3453 Local nature photography by Don Tudor - Stoneware and porcelain by Brown Cannon - and Handmade leather frames and accessories by Peruvian saddle makers STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM, 810 Lincoln Ave, 870.1755 Steamboat Art Museum presents “Rod Hanna-50 Year Retrospective”, a view through the lens of one of Steamboat’s Legends. This exhibit covers early black and white documentary and sports photography, early Ski Corp. images and recent fine art digital prints. For more information, call 970-870-1755 or STEAMING BEAN COFFEE CO., 635 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS, 837 Lincoln Avenue, 970.846.5970 Join us for an evening of the best in local art in our beautiful new gallery space representing 35 local artists -from fall representational landscapes to contemporary images in all mediums. We are pleased to welcome new artist member and photographer, Jim Gmeiner, who brings eclectic styling to his stunning photographic imagery of the splendor of Colorado. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, www. URBANE, 703 Lincoln Ave Unit B101, 970.879.9169 To be announced Wild Horse Gallery, 802 Lincoln Ave, 970.879.5515 Fine contemporary realism by local, regional, and nationally known artists. Original oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings, etchings, bronze sculpture, turned wooden bowls, blown glass, jewelry and limited edition prints on canvas give the discriminating collector a wide variety of exceptional artwork to choose from.

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October 2012


No Haskels

High Ground By Mike Baran

In war, it is perceived that being on high ground gives you the advantage over the enemy. You can see what is going on below and have the ability to strategize easier than the opponent. It is also easier to lob explosives down hill. In life, the moral high ground gives us the advantage over situations in our own lives. We can make decisions based on this position and react ahead of time when we are presented with crossroads. Once we have climbed to this high spot, it becomes a challenge in many different ways. The terrain of the high ground is ever changing. Wind, severe storms, climate change, evolution, politics, family, work, gossip, rude bicyclists (you know who you are), in short, everything that goes on challenges our footing. As situations happen, we have to adapt and consult our own decision making processes to continue to stand tall on our mountain. Things that happen years before, children, a change in religious beliefs, a switch in political parties, and many other parts of personal growth, will create new high ground, sometimes even a different spot that parallels the existing.

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The parallels create a new conundrum in our lives.

Which ground do we stand upon? Which one is the higher peak, greater importance, or the most right? I have been told by others that family comes first, but I have seen this cause a problem that I didn’t expect. By placing this fundamental so far above other peaks, damage to others has happened. It has the ability to blind one’s self to what is happening elsewhere. Other areas suffer damage that may not be repairable, or have flat out crumbled. In the long term, family has the very real potential of being damaged, even though it was the priority. Einstein said that with every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I think he was on to something. As we choose a stance, we have to look for the reaction, and make sure we will make the right move. There will always be crossroads in life. These will determine what our moral fiber consists of, and once the moves are made, we will be forced to deal with the repercussions of our actions.

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My choice in these situations: Focus on what is most important, make a move to protect my high ground with the most righteous outcome possible, and expect fallout from the equal and opposite reaction. When the fallout is realized, own it. Move in a manner that restores order and create a wake of positive energy that resonates louder than the negative. It is impossible to always do what is “right.” Just do what is best and find comfort in it!

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Valley Voice

October 2012


Biomeridian Testing By Janel Moore

detect weakened or inflamed organs, glands, and body systems and suggest how they can be repaired with nutrition. It can also detect very important immune challenges such as bacterial infections, fungus, parasites, or viruses and thus is a great tool to narrow down treatment options.

Recently, I had an opportunity to experience a relatively new form of health assessment—Biomeridian testing. Cammi Balleck, N.D. (Naturopathic Doctor), has incorporated biomeridian technology into the treatment and wellness options (including nutrition and massage therapy) at Rocky Mountain Wellness Center. The Biomeridian device is recognized by the FDA and is used commonly by children’s hospitals, general practitioners, and chiropractors due to its noninvasive nature and its ability to gather useful medical information. While it is not used to diagnose disease, it will

Biomeridian testing measures the bioimpedents of a meridian point corresponding to different systems in the body. It basically works like an EKG, using a stylus that delivers a current (not a shock), through 58 acupressure points on the tops of the hands and feet which correspond to 12 systems in the body. The information gathered from this testing is run through 1.5 million tests in mere minutes, takes all of the comprised data, and creates an easy-to-read chart specific to your health and body systems at that particular point in time. The color chart includes the 12 systems (immune, endocrine, circulation, lymph, pancreas, digestive, liver/gallbladder, nervous, musculoskeletal, skin, cellular metabolism) and tells you whether each system is in the green (healthy/balanced), yellow (weakened/ inflamed), or red (weak/stressed).

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eweg spent his life documenting the 6 phases of 600 different conditions and their progression. The other, Dr. Reinhold Voll documented the acupressure points, that when measured, accurately show the functions of the tissues and organs associated with that point. With several advances in computers and measuring devices, inventors at BioMeridian have produced a truly phenomenal way of helping patients not only know where they stand, but provide natural remedies that encourage a balance for any patient. Now in under an hour, a patient may be tested using a small current (not a shock) on Voll’s 60 acupressure points that measure the resistance of the tissues and combine them with Reckeweg’s phases of progression of conditions.” The Biomeridian device works conjunctly with a software program which contains countless whole foods supplement recommendations which correspond with the patient’s specific physical condition. According to the test results (as well as verbal concerns and general sense of well-being of the client), the practitioner will recommend supplements to balance body systems and veer the client towards better health. Whole foods supplements differ from basic vitamins/herbs in that they are concentrated food versus lab-produced-bioproducts. The body knows what to do with food and can assimilate it quickly, safely, and effectively. Whole foods supplements are safe because they have little to no drug interactions, risk of overdose, or side effects. They also include phytonutrients, cofactors, and enzymes that are necessary to give the body what it needs to function optimally. My personal experience with biomeridian testing was painless, straightforward, and very informative. I sat in a comfortable chair and was told to hold a cylindrical metal rod. Courtney Anderson, Dr. Balleck’s assistant, then used a pen-like device to ‘read’ the meridian points on the tops of my hands and feet. Though electrical impulses were being sent through my body, I felt nothing. The test itself took maybe 15-20 minutes and then Courtney spent at least another half hour interpreting the results to me. While most of my body systems were healthy, a couple of them were in the yellow (inflamed) and she recommended a few whole food supplements that would target those body systems. For example, one of my complaints in coming in was that my sleep had been suffering. The test results revealed that my central nervous system was inflamed. Courtney recommended an oil supplement to assist my central nervous system. Several weeks later when I re-tested, my central nervous system had settled happily into the healthy green zone on the chart…and I had been sleeping better. Who can benefit from biomeridian testing? Anyone and everyone. Whether you have a known health concern or if you just want a baseline reading of how your general health is, the results will give you answers… something that is hard to find sometimes these days. And, instead of drugs, you can learn ways to assist and heal your body through food.

Valley Voice

October 2012


Guest Writer

Saving the Past By Barbara S. Harrison

I shook the dust off my tennis shoes and unleashed Hannah, my Golden Retriever. She ran for her water bowl in the kitchen and gulped the contents. As I changed my clothes after the morning walk, the faint odor of pine wafted through the screen door. I deeply inhaled it recalling his words which filled me with hope and promise. The evenings carried his laughter, his thoughts sketched stories with open endings. The mornings with him were always a new beginning. The phone rang and my breath stopped. This could be it. Trembling, I answered it. I knew what I would say, but my tongue froze, and then the annoying chatter of a trip I might win… if only. I politely said no and hung up. Memories of the accident suddenly eroded my concentration. I could hear the shattering glass, although I wasn’t there, and the incessant honking of the horn. The swirl of red lights and sirens, the fury of the EMTs trying to save a life, the phone call and then the silence. “You must let go” my friend kept repeating. “These mountains are full of life. There is so much to do.” The golden Aspen leaves shimmered in the distance. The sky was empty of clouds so the blueness lanced the horizon. Ironically, it was fall, and I knew even then that the chilly snow would soon encase my heart. I quelled a chill and began readying the house for the book club. The partially read book about capitalism pointed to itself on the table. It recalls thousands and thousands of years before humans could learn how to grow enough food to feed themselves. They were always at the whim of nature. But then everyone had a place. Life was hard, but there was communion. Now? At the touch of a screen friends appear longing for what’s not there. Jennifer lurched open the front door causing my heart to pause and Hannah to bark. “I think this is it. I have an interview, and it sounds like I might have the job. Finally! I hope, hope, hope.” The year of no work had lined her face and strained her marriage. She tossed her long dark hair behind her ears and wiped the moisture from her forehead. ”The woman who called sounded really positive and hinted that I had what they were looking for.” “Hinted?” I asked. Correcting myself I added, “She can’t be definite until the job offer comes through.”

Preferring to hike and fish and ski, she forgot about her house payment and was struggling to rectify her mistake. A widow of less than a year she begged Sam to help. His calling, in between odd jobs, was to camp, hunt and watch TV, so he declined her invitation, but then had regrets. He caught his breath and petted Hannah before asking me about myself. “Not much to add,” I said. Louise arrived on her mountain bike brushing away her helmet. Her sixty-six years diminished by a facelift and a tan. She was with me when I learned of the accident. The gnawing thought that she knew more than she would reveal has wedged a distance between us. “I can’t believe you ride up that hill,” Sam sneered glancing at his aging F-250.” “You are benighted, my love,” she shrugged. “I am a child of nature which has been kind to me,” she drawled as she stared at his protruding belly. I glimpsed through the window as an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway. First, I saw Larry and then someone I had to retrieve from a distant memory. They faltered as he inched closer to her and spoke. She

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laughed and slowly they walked to the door. I welcomed them but was struck by her penetrating eyes. Larry hesitated and then said, “You remember Janice.” A shadow enveloped me as I struggled to stay balanced. “Hi Janice. It’s been a long time. Where have you been?” I didn’t want an answer. A discordant past had been resurrected, and I was not ready. To be continued…

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“I haven’t told Jeff yet, because I want to be sure. His part time work hasn’t cut it. We are so far behind. But I think my prayers have been answered. The interview is day after tomorrow, and I will be ready. I wanted you to be the first to know. We’ve been through so much together.” She wouldn’t mention what, but it was written in her expression. She left and I hustled to ready the refreshments. Sam was the first to arrive. He always had a story to tell and this one concerned my neighbor. Poor Bessie, always cared for by her husband, suddenly found herself thrust into the world of bills and house repairs.

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Calendar of Events

October 2012

Events in Gray Box provided by Steamboat Tonight. See for up to date information on Steamboat Nightlife and more! Wednesday, September 26 Social Gardening 9am @ Yampa River Botanic Park Candidates Forum 11:30 @ Routt County Courthouse Hosted by First Impressions of Routt County Women’s Night @ Routt County Rifle Club 6pm Live Trivia! 6:30pm @ Tap House Poker Night 7pm @ Snow Bowl Bluegrass Wednesday – Ragweed 7pm @ Carl’s Tavern Songwriter’s Night (open mic) 7pm @ Tugboat Grill and Pub Thursday, September 27 Steamboat Food & Beverage Job Fair/Noon – 6pm @ Steamboat Grand Hotel Priest Creek Ballroom Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ The Depot All writers are welcome! www. Introductory canning session 5pm @ Extension kitchen in the Routt County Courthouse $15 Call 970-879-0825 to register Book Club Happy Hour 5pm @ Off the Beaten Path

Friday, September 28 Yampa River Cleanup Day Noon @ Backdoor Sports Help clean up sections of the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs. Lunch and raffle follow. Senior Citizen Pig Roast Noon @ Steamboat Springs Community Center Seniors older than 55 welcome. FREE Meet the Orchestra 6pm @ Library Hall Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Teresa Steffen Greenlee, Principal Clarinet Gary Foss and Christel Houston will perform Milhaud Suite for violin, clarinet and piano. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets @ 970-8703223 and at All That Jazz, the Steamboat visitor center, the Depot Art Center and 9709-871-9700 or clarinet@ SummerEndo: Jeremy Buck 6pm @ Gondola Square “A one-man band from the future.” FREE. Open Mic Night 7pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Cosmic Bowling and Karaoke 7pm @ Snow Bowl Pipedance – Irish Music & Dance 9pm @ McKnight’s Irish Pub Saturday, September 29 Steamboat Sneak 9am @ Steamboat Springs Middle School See for more info

Drug Take Back Day 10am – 2pm @ Steamboat Police Department Drop off unused over-theArtposia counter and prescription 7pm @ Library Hall medication. The following The literature and contemitams cannot be accepted: porary art forum features Colorado Art Ranch artists Ca- needles and sharps, mercury mille DiTraini, Amy Laugesen (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioand Wendy Pabich along with active substances, pressurized a slide show, exhibit and talk about their work and its inter- canisters or illicit drugs. section with land and water in 970-879-1144. the Yampa Valley. FREE. www. SummerEndo: Wise100Doors & Friends 6pm @ Gondola Square Open Mic Night Fijian-born “One-Man Music8pm @ McKnight’s Irish Pub Machine” Wise Katubadrau, aka Wise100Doors, revitalizes Bingo w/Cheesebro timeless classics, all done in 9pm @ Tap House one mega-song. FREE. Karaoke with Sandman 10pm @ Tap House Fine beer and food tasting 5pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek

Live music TBA 8pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Cosmic Night & Karaoke 7pm @ Snow Bowl Singing Sammy K – Irish sing-along 8pm McKnight’s Irish Pub DJ Melrae 10pm @ Tap House Sunday, September 30

Wednesday, October 3 Monthly Yampa Valley Sustainable Council meeting 11:30am @ Centennial Hall See for more info Acoustic Night 5pm-8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Ragweed – Bluegrass 7pm @ Carl’s Tavern

Valley Voice bike tires and so much more! FEES APPLY FOR SOME ITEMS Please see www.yvsc. org for more Literary Sojourn, Steamboat’s 20th annual festival of authors. SOLD OUT. 6th Annual Steamboat Mustache Ride/ 2pm – 2am $10 donation (or more) – all proceeds donated to the Routt County Humane Society. www.indiegogo. com/6thssmustacheride for details and instructions

SummerEndo: Quick & Chinless Bike Race/1pm @ Steamboat Ski Area $20-30 register @ www. by 5pm 9/28

Thursday, October 4

The Sean Patrick McGraw Band/ 4pm @ Gondola Square FREE

DANCEWORKS FALL CLASSES START TODAY @ Arts Depot See www.danceinsteamboat. com or call Wendy @ 8464450 for more information

Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride No.6/ 2pm@ McKnights/ Carl’s Tavern/Tap House/ Old Town Pub/Sunpies and Sweetwater

Fine beer and food tasting 5pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek

Jazz with Steve Boynton & Friends 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill

Reggae by the River 4pm @ Sweetwater Grill Monday, October 1

Yampa Valley Recycles monthly meeting 12pm @ Centennial Hall Rm 113

ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT 2012, a community read of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” Find free copies of the book hidden around Steamboat. Scavenger hunt clues on the library web site today. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Water Forum 6-9pm @ CMC Call 879-4370

Open Mic Night with Jay Roemer 8pm @ Old Town Pub

Tombstone 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch

Blues & Brews with Steve Boynton 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill

Karaoke with Sandman 10pm @ The Tap House

Tuesday, October 2 Water Seminar 9am, 2pm & 6pm @ Steamboat Community Center Each session will cover how to submit water use records, general water administration, future administration, filing for a water right, issues and concerns that arose this irrigation season, and navigating the water resources website and aquamap. Time will be reserved for user questions with the local water commissioner and Division Engineer Erin Light. For questions, contact Brian Romig at 846-0036. Fireside Jam with Trevor G. Potter 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill

Martini Night 6pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Bingo with Cheesebro 9pm @ The Tap House

Friday, October 5 First Friday Artwalk 5pm Downtown Steamboat SpringsSee page 16 for details Open mike night 7pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek All About Me – Eighties Flash Back/ 9pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Caliente - Afro Cuban Jazz 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch Wise 100 Doors – Reggae 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern Saturday, October 6 Community Recycles Drop Off Day for hard to recycle items 9am-12pm @ Howelsen Hill Building materials, electronics,

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Live music TBA 8pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek

Amputators – Rockabilly / Punk Rock 9pm @ The Sweetwater Grill West Water Outlaws 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch JC & The Water Walkers – Rock n’ Roll/ 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern Sunday, October 7 A morning with authors Naomi Benaron and Hillary Jordan. Naomi Benaron, author of “Running the Rift,” and Hillary Jordan, author of “Mudbound” and “When She Woke,” will discuss their novels and share personal insight into what this significant award has meant for their craft and for literature more broadly 10:30 a.m. @ Library Hall. FREE. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

Tuesday, October 9 Steamboat Stomp: Country Swing Dancing/ 8:45pm @ The Depot/ FREE – Donations accepted Fireside Jam with Trevor G. Potter/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Wednesday, October 10

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the U.S. Forest Service present a visit to Bracken Bat Cave, the summer home of the world’s largest bat colony, via a BatsLIVE webcast./6:30 p.m. @ Library Hall. FREE. www. Acoustic Night/ 5pm-8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill The Wayward Mountaineers – Bluegrass/ 7pm @ Carl’s Tavern Thursday, October 11 ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT evening with Mike Forney 6:30 p.m. @ Library Hall. Mike will be reading aloud Tim O’Brien’s poignant signature short story, “The Things They Carried,” from the novel of the same name. FREE. www. Fine beer and food tasting 5pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Martini Night 6pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Sundog Trio - Country Rock 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch Bingo with Cheesebro 9pm @ The Tap House Karaoke with Sandman 10pm @ The Tap House Friday, October 12 Open mike night/ 7pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek

Better Half – Country Rock 7pm @ Ghost Ranch

Worried Men - Country Rock 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch

Monday, October 8

Jaden Carlson – Alternative / Indie / Rock/ 9pm @ Old Town Pub

Open Mic Night with Jay Roemer/ 8pm @ Old Town Pub Blues & Brews with Steve Boynton/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill

Rowdy Shadehouse – Super Funk/ 9pm @ The Sweetwater Grill BK & The Assassins – Rock 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern

Calendar of Events

Valley Voice Saturday, October 13 Sisters in Steamboat Weekend Open to all women who want to spend a fun weekend in Steamboat with your favorite females. For more information, go to www.sistersinsteamboat. com or call 970-846-1800. Live music TBA/ 8pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Pat Waters & Jon Gibbs – Classic Rock/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill

Sam Holt Band . 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch Rural Wreckage – Americana 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern Sunday, October 14 Sisters in Steamboat Weekend Open to all women who want to spend a fun weekend in Steamboat with your favorite females. For more information, go to www.sistersinsteamboat. com or call 970-846-1800. Monday, October 15 Open Mic Night with Jay Roemer/ 8pm @ Old Town Pub Blues & Brews with Steve Boynton/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Tuesday, October 16 Fireside Jam with Trevor G. Potter/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Wednesday, October 17 Acoustic Night/ 5pm-8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Highland View – Bluegrass 7pm @ Carl’s Tavern Thursday, October 18 Fine beer and food tasting 5pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Martini Night/ 6pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Bingo with Cheesebro 9pm @ The Tap House Benyaro - Acoustic / Indie / Soul/ 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch Karaoke with Sandman 10pm @ The Tap House Friday, October 19 FREE FILM “Foreign Letters” at 7 p.m. @ The Depot An award-winning American

comedy directed by Ela Thier. The 100-minute film screens, in Hebrew, Vietnamese and English with English subtitles. The screening includes an award-wining short and fresh popcorn. FREE. Open mike night/ 7pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Mama Lenny & Remedy – R&B Soul and Rock 9pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Worried Men - Country Rock 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch events Open Mic Night with Jay Roemer/ 8pm @ Old Town Pub Blues & Brews with Steve Boynton/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Tuesday, October 23 Steamboat Stomp: Country Swing Dancing 8:45pm @ The Depot FREE – Donations accepted

The Delta Saints – Rock 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern

Fireside Jam with Trevor G. Potter/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill

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Wednesday, October 24

Live music TBA/ 8pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek

Community Cinema preview screening of “As Goes Janesville,” a documentary film by Brad Lichtenstein 6:30 p.m. @ Library Hall. America’s middle class is dwindling, and the debate over how to save it is nowhere fiercer than in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. The evening includes comments and discussion with distinguished guest Carl E. Steidtmann, Chief Economist at Deloitte Research. FREE. events.

Jody Feeley & Brad Rasmussen – Contemporary Rock 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill James & The Devil – Fiddle n’ Rock Band 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch DJ JusGroove 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern Sunday, October 21 Green Building Tour 12p-5p @ CMC and downtown See affordable options for conserving money and energy and improving your health and the vitality of the planet! $15 Register at Family-oriented live bat encounter with leading bat expert Rob Mies 3 p.m. @ Library Hall. Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats, and ways to protect them. FREE, but donations gratefully accepted at the door. Adult-oriented live bat encounter with leading bat expert Rob Mies/ 6:30 p.m. @ Library Hall. Learn about the most upto-date research and scientific findings while enjoying live bats from around the world. FREE, but donations gratefully accepted at the door. www. Monday, October 22 Health Perspectives talk, “Healthiest School Lunches,” 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall Featuring whole foods chef Pam Wertz and whole foods educator Lauri Aigner,. FREE.

Acoustic Night/ 5pm-8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Old River Road – Bluegrass 7pm @ Carl’s Tavern Thursday, October 25 Free screening of the International Wildlife Film Festival’s 2012 award-winning documentary “Radioactive Wolves.” 6:30 p.m. @ Library Hall FREE. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Fine beer and food tasting 5pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Martini Night/ 6pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Bingo with Cheesebro 9pm @ The Tap House All About Me – Eighties Flash Back/ 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch Karaoke with Sandman 10pm @ The Tap House

October 2012

Friday, October 26 Bust of Steamboat 5-8pm @ Three Peaks Grill Annual breast cancer fundraiser featuring local artists, an auction and fun! $30 – Call 846-4554 for info Open mike night/ 7pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Legal Tender – Classic Acoustic Rock 5pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Springdale Quartet – Funky Hammond Organ Band 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch The Worried Men – Rock Folk Covers 10pm @ Carl’sTavern The Beatnuts w/ Tash from The Alkaholiks 10pm @ Taphouse Saturday, October 27 Live music TBA/ 8pm @ Circle R in Oak Creek Jazz with Steve Boynton & Friends/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Throwdown – Classic Rock Cover Band/ 9pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Musketeer Gripweed – American Revival 9.30pm @ Ghost Ranch Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels – Country & Western 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern Sunday, October 28 Community Yoga Practice 10 a.m. @ Library Hall This casual 90-minute session follows the “Ashtanga Yoga: The Primary Series with Mark Darby and Nicole Bordeleau” DVD, for all ages, abilities and experience levels. Bring your own mat. FREE. Monday, October 29 ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT book club discussion of “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien’s award winning story of the Vietnam War. / 6 p.m@ library conference room Led by guest facilitators

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Jenny Gabriel and Deirdre Boyd. FREE. Open Mic Night with Jay Roemer/ 8pm @ Old Town Pub Blues & Brews with Steve Boynton/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Tuesday, October 30 Kickoff for National Novel Writing Month/ 6pm @ Library conference room A fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing where participants begin writing November 1 and aim to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Meet your fellow NaNoWriMo novelists– even if you’re still just pondering the idea of


participating. There will be writing resources, pep talks and the beginnings of your novel writing support network. FREE. Fireside Jam with Trevor G. Potter/ 8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Wednesday, October 31 Halloween! Acoustic Night 5pm-8pm @ The Sweetwater Grill Old Town Pickers – Bluegrass 2nd Annual Old Town Pickers Halloween Party 10pm @ Carl’s Tavern

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Big House Burgers 4.20pm – 6pm

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Laundry 4.30pm – 6pm

Sunpies Bistro 3pm – 6pm

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October 2012

Book Review

Living Like Lebowski By Cody Badaracca

an utterly pointless endeavor and an utterly beautiful past time…it is this: Take something heavy and unwieldy and set it in motion. Try to let it flow with balance and between a tension of opposites. Sit down and rest. Then stand up and try again.”

Life, like a good White Russian, is a delicate balance; cold ice, fiery vodka, a Yin and Yang of half and half creamer and Kahlua liqueur. It needs to all be mixed just right to make the enjoyable beverage. But balance is not an easy thing to achieve as any good gymnast or stumbling drunk will tell you. If the cocktail has too much vodka or Kahlua, it (like life) can be overwhelming. Too much ice or creamer and it tastes watered down or bland. This balance takes practice and needs guidance with the aid of two books: the first, a good mixology or bartending 101 manual. The second and more important is a copy of The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski by Oliver Benjamin and Dwayne Eutsey, the founders of the “Church of the Latter-Day Dude.” Dudeism. A religion based around the character Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowksi as played by Jeff Bridges in the movie The Big Lebowksi (TBL) by the Coen Brothers. You may be asking: “what in God’s holy name are you blathering about?” Never heard of TBL? You live a deprived life. For those into the whole “brevity thing”: Jeff Lebowksi is an aging ex-hippy living in Los Angeles in the early nineties – right around the time of our conflict with Saddam and the Eye-rackies. He’s a loser. A dead beat. Someone the square community doesn’t give a shit about and preoccupies most of his time with driving around, bowling and the occasional acid flashback. Also, no one calls him “Lebowski.” He’s The Dude, so that’s what you call him…that or “Duder”, or “His Dudeness”, or “El Duderino” if you’re not into the whole “brevity thing.” Life is good for The Dude until one day he comes home to find two thugs in his bungalow demanding money from him. The Dude is prey to a case of mistaken identity. It turns out the thugs were looking for the other Jeffrey Lebowksi; the millionaire Jeffrey Lebowksi. No big deal, except one of the thugs peed on The Dude’s rug, and it really tied the room together. In trying to gain compensation from the other Jeffrey Lebowski for his rug that’s been micturated upon, The Dude is thrown into a film noir plot where a girl has been thought kidnapped, a toe cut off, and everyone from known pornographers to nihilists are trying to scam a million dollars from The Dude – money he doesn’t have. Fabulous stuff, man. The movie wasn’t a blockbuster when it premiered in 1998, but has since gained a cult following worthy of Rocky Horror Picture Show status, sans the transsexuals. An aptly named “Lebowskifest” was started in 2001 in Louisville, Kentucky to honor all that is Lebowski. Eleven years running of beautiful tradition, the festival consists of a costume contest, lawn party, screening of the movie, and a lot of bowling and White Russians. A lot. To segue, if the whole White Russian/life metaphor isn’t your thing, how about bowling? As Benjamin and Eutsey write, “there is no sport better suited than bowling to help visualize the nature and art of living. It is both

Dealing with all facets of TBL and laden with Lebowski-puns and drawings (yes, the book has pictures, if that piques your interest), The Abide Guide is parceled into three sections. The first is a tonguein-cheek New Testament to The Dude, who is interestingly Christ-like in his appearance. “Wiser Fellers than Ourselves – Dudeist History” is a quasi-scholarly text showcasing other “Dudes” in history like Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, and Lao-Tzu. It discusses the relationship between Dudeism and feminism, politics, and whether or not TBL is a “stoner film.” The final section is a self-help reference with instructions in Dude-Jitsu, some kind of Yoga and how to Feng Shui one’s pad to make it completely unspoiled. Although the authors seem to lose their train of thought sometimes within the sections and can get verbose, the twofold ethos of the book shines through and is really half and half of the same idea: 1) Just take it easy. 2) Abide. Simple as that. There’s even an illustration of The Dude holding tablets like a stoned Moses with those maxims etched into them. Taking cues from Eastern philosophy and religions like Taoism and Buddhism, Dudeism emphasizes the NOW and the importance of being present in it. Just take it easy – one of the many lines repeated throughout the film, and a notion glossed over in an age of instant technological gratification, polemic politics and celebrity worship. The Dude takes it easy. He bowls, has some burgers and beers with his friends, and does Tai Chi on his rug. That’s about it, aside from the occasional acid flashback. And emphasis should not be placed on The Dude’s drug regiment or the fact that he’s a lazy man, which he most certainly is. Again, it’s all about just taking it easy. While you can’t really label that a philosophy (‘cause what is a philosophy?), it also is not a call to senseless hedonism or worse, despite The Dude adhering to a strict drug regimen. “[T]here’s more to it than that – though the Dude stands in stark contrast to the big over-arching ideoloskies of the 20th century, he also

stands apart from their annihilating opposite, nihilism…To the Dudeist way of thinking, life is a liquid being passed from temporary container to temporary container. It’s a distinctly pragmatic approach to making sense of this strange movie that we’ve all walked into the middle of.” Forget about the TOE (theory of everything) and abide with whatever the cosmos rolls your way, like stated on “Life is short and complicated, and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man…. do your best to be true to yourself and others - that is to say, abide.”

The Dude Abides. Take comfort in that. Despite being labeled a “bum” and pushed around by fascists, The Dude is perfectly content with who and where he is in life, unlike his bowling buddy Walter – a Vietnam veteran and devout Jew who is indignant and reacts to everything, no matter how small. Where Walter pulls handguns on people for minor infractions of THE RULES, The Dude’s mind is limber and he tries to welcome the world with open hands. “If you’re not going to approach the ‘whole durn human comedy’ with an open, affable attitude, then you’re not going to get the point. Friendliness is the only asset you can share that doesn’t cost you anything.” The Dude esteems friendship, even with his landlord who asks if The Dude can watch his dance cycle and give him notes. The Dude replies, “I’ll be there, man,” and indeed he is. While it is easy to laugh at Dudeism in the same way people make fun of Trekkies and Lord of The Rings fans, or write off The Abide Guide as pseudo-religious pop culture hogwash based on a movie, there is actual substance to the book; and over 150,000 ordained Dudeist priests worldwide. “If we understand it correctly ‘mere’ entertainment has always been an essential part of religious life, especially in Western civilization…we agree with many wiser fellers than ourselves who say that movies serve a similar purpose today. Filmmakers reach into the same deep, mythic pools that their theatrical forebears plumbed to create narratives they hope will resonate profoundly with viewers.” Why not make a religion based on The Big Lebowski? The Coen Brothers are no amateurs when it comes to cinema. Anyone who has seen their other films like O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, or Fargo might agree. Littered with interesting footnotes ranging from Nietzsche to Kurt Cobain’s first band, and dissecting various details of TBL, Benjamin and Eutsey obviously put a good deal of thought into The Abide Guide. It’s worth the read, if only to make you laugh to beat the band (which is part of the point). The authors write: “We need not indulge in illusions.” – a line borrowed from the 60’s political manifesto, The Port Huron Statement (which The Dude claims to be a co-author of), “That sentence just about wraps it all up, doesn’t it?” Indeed. Parts, anyway.

Valley Voice

October 2012


Pencil it In

Fire Starting and Job Creation By Channing Reynolds

I have a weird habit. All right, several if you ask my wife, but this one she might not know about. I like to re-read old news stories. I’m talking about old fashioned news paper page turning stories too, not the fancy archived electronic media people are into these days. And I’ll bet I’m not the only one. As many of us have discovered, our small town newspapers are perfectly sized for fire kindling. My problem is likely my morning routine, which has a fire first, coffee second, order to it. Cold caffeine free brains are more apt to get lulled into reading the stories as you crumple the pages. Last winter I pulled one out of the stack that just may have had the biggest story of this year’s election season. The article was about a Colorado farmer who was having difficulty finding enough migrant labor to harvest his crops. It was mostly about the demise of H2B work visas as it relates to foreign workers and it was written with a tone that wanted me to feel sorry for the farmer and sympathize with his struggle to find cheap laborers. The farmer went on to say he was having to make due with local “American” workers and was having a

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pretty rough go of it. I probably had the anticipated “What’s wrong with our work ethic in this country?” reaction upon my first reading. Maybe it was a particularly cold morning but for some reason I decided to read a little deeper into the math portion of the article. The farmer was paying the local workers around $10.00 per hour, the same as the foreign workers made, although with all the extra government fees it was previously costing him about $13.00 per hour for migrant labor. The farmer went on to chronicle the numerous complaints the new local workers had. How many of them wanted to be paid under the table, how many quit after only a couple shifts and so on. He wrapped it up with a statement about how unbelievable it was that with high unemployment and all, he was amazed that more local workers didn’t want the work. I think the dogs barely lifted their heads when I said it out loud “So what you’re telling me is it’s difficult to find an American workforce for the same price as the foreign one, or technically $3.00 less?” Shocking!

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Steamboat’s bears seem to be everywhere this year. There aren’t more bears this year than any other year, but there are more hungry bears this year. Being a drought year, the service berries and raspberries have shriveled. Ditto for the chokecherries. Acorns are a last resource of food, but have to be shared with the squirrels. Because bears need to eat about 30 lbs of food a day to prepare for winter hibernation, and when their primary food sources disappear because of lack of water, they search for other ways to feed themselves. Human food is easily digestible for bears, so picking through the trash is a simple way for bears to find food. The result is that bears that eat human food just once tend to return to feed on human food year after year, even when there are other resources available. Bears are pattern animals, meaning once they develop a pattern or find a food source, they return year after year. Mothers may bring their cubs to pick through garbage, teaching those cubs that human food is easier to cultivate than nature’s pickings. In years where bears have plenty of food, they naturally shy away from humans. However, when they are hungry they are more inclined to come into human populated areas and risk encounters with humans. Bears that come into conflict with humans are tagged and relocated. This does not include bears that are seen picking through trash. These are bears that break into homes or appear aggressive to humans. The risk of relocating bears is that bears often travel many miles to return to hunting areas they know. As well, putting a bear in new territory leaves them at risk of being killed by other bears already in that territory, or dying of starvation if they are unable to find food

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Bears are also attracted to birdseed, so this year, it’s better to let the birds find their own food than unnecessarily attract bears. Bears will also pick fruit off trees, which is fine as long as owners realize this is a pattern that will continue year after year. If you do have bears visiting fruit trees or berry bushes, talk to neighbors to find out how comfortable they are with bears in the area. Education goes a long way to keeping people and bears safe. Most black bears are not aggressive, however when hungry, bears can become more aggressive, especially mothers with cubs. If you encounter a bear, be sure to give it plenty of space. Never run as bears can outrun you and running triggers their predator/prey instinct. If you are approached, yell, throw things and fight back. Playing dead works with grizzlies, but fighting back works better with black bears. Know that off-leash dogs that encounter bears may have a tendency to run back to you to protect you, leading the bear your way. If your dog is not familiar with bears, keep your dog on a leash.

If climate change continues on a warming trend, scientists predict bears may eventually stop hibernating, meaning they will be competing with other animals for food sources year-round. As residents who share a community with wildlife, it’s our responsibility to practice habits that will keep bears safe now and into the future. If they don’t find food in town, they won’t come back and that keeps all of us safe.

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October 2012


The Way I See It

Walking in the Rain By Nina Rogers

Since I walk my darling doggie every day (and usually twice daily) without fail, I obviously walk in all kinds of weather conditions - sun, snow, rain, sleet, wind, fog, etc. Usually, though, the weather is something with which I deal in the course of taking my walk. What shoes or boots will I wear, how many layers do I need to put on, rain gear or no? One overcast morning last spring, I kept putting off heading out for our walk while I did “one more thing,” and by the time I was ready to go the overcast had turned into a steady, light rain. I almost delayed the walk again, to see if the weather would clear, but then it occurred to me, ‘when was the last time I walked in the rain with intention?’ And I realized it had been a long, long time. As I put on my rain gear, I found myself getting excited about the prospect of taking a walk in the rain. Dudley, who is always excited about our walk, seemed to join in the spirit of fun, too, as he trotted from one side of the road to the other, always following his nose. The air smelled clean and the grasses and weeds put out a fresh fragrance. The sage and the yellow clover, especially, smelled spicy and wonderful. The rain felt good on my face and the moist air was a benediction to my eyes, throat and sinuses. The birds were enjoying their impromptu baths, chuck-

ling and calling as they preened and showed off their clean new duds. I stood for a while at the pond and took off my rain hood so I could hear the sound of the raindrops falling in the water and the peepers calling to their prospective sweethearts. And as I stood there, I realized what a different walk it would have been had I not set the intention to enjoy the rain. Instead of savoring the moisture and freshness, I might have been hurrying to get home again; grumbling about the rain down my neck and the chill and the damp. Especially now, in the 20/20 hindsight of this hot and dry, dry, dry summer, getting excited about the opportunity to take a walk in the rain seems more than reasonable. And the few times that we have had rain showers, I have gone out of my way to make sure I get out in them, even if just for a short while. I have seen the most incredible light shows of lightning and rainbows and bright, bright sun shining against black, black clouds that make me wish I had a talent for photography or painting so I could share what I see with my loved ones who aren’t here to see for themselves.

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After a two-year respite, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s (YVSC) sixth annual Green Building Tour is back on Sunday, October 21st from 12-4. The tour begins and finishes at Colorado Mountain College, where guests will be shuttled by GoAlpine to three Steamboat Springs’ residences for green building highlights and education, following with a tour of the new CMC Academic Building and reception. The tour encompasses a large array of building techniques and styles, ranging from new construction to energy-efficient remodels and a variety of footprints. Tour-goers will pick up great ideas for their own projects by visiting with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors about accessory dwelling units, solar panels, green roofs, natural landscaping, affordable housing, water and energy conservation, natural building materials, alternative construction techniques and much more. This year’s tour will highlight three homes in Steamboat with a focus on energy efficiency. One home includes a passive design to remain at 68 degrees year-round that incorporates extreme insulation from underneath the foundation up to the roof and includes triple pane windows. It will require very little supplemental heating. In the second home on the tour, all of the appliances are certified Energy Star or better; there is an LED lighting package throughout; and high-efficiency boilers installed to support the radiant heating system. This home also includes a 9.8 kW solar installation, a trombe wall for passive solar smart framing technique, and an elevated insulation package. In the third home on the tour, the homeowner took painstaking measures to bring an Old Town home up to today’s energy standards with a focus on air sealing and insulation. The end-product is a tight, comfortable, money-saving home. This tour is aptly timed, because YVSC and Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium (SSBC) are partnering with the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology’s (iCAST), a Colorado-based

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October 2012

Do it Yourself Homesteading

How to Winterize Your Garden By Erica Olson for Deep Roots

Winter might not be here yet, but it will before we know it. The leaves are turning, the nights and early mornings crisp and cool, and we’ve already had the first few rounds of light frost at our house. The cool-weather crops are still going strong, but it’s time to get ready to winter over the garden. The first step is to clear out the garden. I start by pulling up as many weeds as I can lay my hands on and burning them. Any diseased plants get the same treatment. This way, there’s no chance of them contaminating our compost pile or allowing weeds to gain a stronger foothold in our garden for next year. Now is the time to add organic matter to the soil. After the final vegetable harvest, all of those plants get pulled up and dug back under again. We empty the compost bin and add the contents to the garden. The summer’s rabbit manure gets cleaned out from under the cages and goes into the garden, along with the sawdust and litter from the turkeys. I’ve put broken-down and moldy hay/straw bales into the soil and dug that under as well. One item of note: don’t add human, cat, or dog manure to your garden. Manure and compost are pretty standard garden additions, but I’ve put in plenty of unconventional amendments over the years. One of my standards is old bones. Throughout the year, I save bones from our meals and put them in the freezer to make stock with. After a round or two of stock, the bones go into another baggie labeled “garden bones.” Come late fall, those are all dug into the soil as well. Bone meal, a common garden supplement, is just ground-up bones. Why pay for it when you can essentially get it for free? I don’t bother to crush or grind mine; poultry bones in particular disintegrate pretty well over the winter. Along those lines, we try to slaughter over a bucket and catch the blood to dump in the garden. After all, blood-

meal is little more than powdered, dried blood; putting it in the garden beats having to haul the blood off and dispose of it elsewhere. Before we got our giant dog (who gets the internal organs, heads, and so forth from our fresh slaughter), the unwanted remnants from butchering--including hides, hooves, and feathers--would go in the garden as well. People have asked me about scavengers digging up the garden to get to those remains, but I’ve never had a problem. (Knock on wood!) Our garden is fenced to keep the goats out of it, but smaller animals like foxes, skunks, or our dog can easily get in. Nevertheless, it hasn’t been an issue.


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I’ve seen recommendations on growing winter crops like rye to add nutrients to the soil, but I’m pretty sure those authors have never had to deal with 400 inches of snow during that “growth” period. That being said, I suppose a fall seeding might carry over into a bit of growth in the spring before it gets tilled under, but I’ve never tried it. Speaking of spring tilling, the ever-fabulous Christina Yeager of Firefly Produce gave me this tip once: don’t do it. Apparently, the healthy bacteria in the soil migrate into their desired, most beneficial strata during that period of rest, and turning over your garden in the spring just gets everything out of whack. Instead of tilling, she suggests using the tines of a pitchfork inserted into the soil at a right angle and a little gentle wiggling to loosen compacted dirt in the spring. As a result, I don’t mulch my garden in the fall, just dig in all the amendments I want to add. With these beautiful warm days, it’s hard to realize that we’re already staring down the throat of winter. But the earth turns and the seasons give way, and it is time to prepare--for next spring.

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October 2012

Here Knitty-Knitty

Calmed to Distraction By LA Bourgeois Before I began knitting, I would just wait in line. I’d sit in the car and stare at the dashboard waiting for the teller to hand back my bank bag. I’d pace and pace and pace in the waiting room, snapping at innocent nurses coming to give me news. I would just sit and watch a movie. I spent a lot of time frustrated because I was made to wait around and do nothing. Do nothing? I had tons of stuff to do: chores, errands, telephone calls. I didn’t have time to wait around. Didn’t they know I’d never get those moments back? I tried meditation. I attempted to clear my mind as I waited in my car at the bank. The tellers giggled when the bank drawer roared back out to my window and I made a startled squeek. Fail. I tried carrying a book everywhere. Deep in the midst of the reveal of the murderer, I annoyed the entire line at the post office when the clerk called and I didn’t move. Fail. Finally, realizing that I had another trip to the hospital

in my future, I packed a bag full of my latest knitting project before I bundled my partner into the car and headed over. My father’s Christmas sweater accompanied me through the pre-surgery consultation when I sent my one true love into that cold sterile room without me. Stitch after stitch comforted me while I waited for the doctor to give me an update. Row upon row gathered in my lap until her bed was rolled into the room. I sat by her side and knitted patiently each day and was able to maintain a calm attitude throughout, even when the doctor tried my patience. Epic Win! I need something to distract me and keep me productive at the same time. I love the way I can create something amazing stitch by stitch. I love having a little project by my side. Maybe it comes from my early need for my blankie. I called it a “gee-gee.” To my mother’s dismay, I carried my gee-gee everywhere. Now the sock is my gee-gee. You’ll find me sitting in my car at the bank knitting away on a sock, juggling my double pointed needles and zipping along the rows. Post office lines are harder, but in the winter I can usually slip my little plastic bag filled with yarn and

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needles into my coat pocket for a quick stitch or two while I’m in line. Friends now understand that movies are measured in knitted inches instead of hours. You can use any small project for this sort of distraction. People knit hat after hat for the troops. Our local knitting group has been creating fingerless mitts to sell at the Bust of Steamboat. Scarf upon scarf pile up friends and family. My favorite just happens to be socks. This project uses tiny yarn and tiny needles, meaning it can be stashed anywhere. One lies in the bottom of my large purse/ knitting bag. One lives in the glove compartment of my car. Right now, I’m wondering if I left that purple one in the pocket of my winter coat. Socks go everywhere. I can slip it into the movie theater. I’ve pulled them out during concerts and plays. One accompanied me to the deck at Sweetwater to watch my partner’s ex-wyfe sing outdoors. Socks never get very big. Even the biggest almost completed sock can still be stuffed into a corner of a bag or slipped into a pocket. Plus, if the need arises, socks are a great canvas for all sorts of new techniques. You can practice your lacework, throw down with cables, or even start stranding some different colors and take the whole thing up a notch. Socks are my personal go-to project. If I want to start something new but don’t know what, I’ll wind up a skein of sock yarn and just start stitching. I keep a lovely stash of sock all set for potential projects. (The list grows every day.) At Christmas time, I grab worsted weight yarn and cast on slipper socks for any last minute boyfriends that show up with the nieces.

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My socks soothe my soul and clothe my feet. They make great gifts. They start interesting conversations. Socks keep me calm.


I think that’s my partner’s favorite part. Or maybe it’s the handmade goodness snuggling her feet.

Valley Voice

October 2012


Kid Chronicals

Smile By Delaney Ziegman

So it sits there, sizzling in our brain, turning us foul and crabby. All those bad thoughts get mulled over and mulled over, until the good thought is no more than a tiny smiley face, sucked down into the swirling depths of our brains. I do this. Yep, I’m a bit overly dramatic, and very sensitive. I don’t take things lightly and I don’t always think about the good stuff, but a very wise, very considerate friend of mine gave me one piece of advice that I will never, ever forget. Smile. That was her gift, a word. I’d never heard so much truth packaged so neatly. A small, quite overused word that means one thing, “to physically portray happiness through your facial expressions.” She told me that not a day before I entered Middle School, what so many of you remember so “fondly” as the halls of torture. She told me to smile the second I stepped through those doors, and so I did.

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

–Kinky Friedman

No, the world didn’t implode, and kids didn’t exactly come flocking to me, but it felt a bit better. My wise friend - reminds you of a gnarled old man, no? Well she’s my age and I love her – she told me to smile and I would be different. To smile, I would stick out because that’s just not what middle schoolers do. I know one thing, and I often neglect it, it sure as heck makes you feel better.

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell Look up there at the title, eh? Seems a little immature, a bit, maybe just a bit . . . too sunny? Somebody may look up there and smile out of a willingness to follow instructions (which I highly doubt anyone but a dog is that obedient). While one person may smile out of amusement, another person may frown, because they don’t quite understand. Well, I want you to smile for a completely different reason. I want you to smile because there’s a sun in the sky, and all you skiers, the snow will be coming very soon. I want you to smile because there is someone out there that loves you, and you probably smiled at least once yesterday. I understand that not everyone is happy all the time, that would be . . . just strange, but sad all the time is just as strange, in my opinion. I’m not happy all the time! Here I am yarping at you, and as I type, I had a pretty bad day at Science Camp yesterday. But there was something good, there always is!! A counselor was very kind to me, even when I felt I was being a hindrance. I also got to perform a skit. Sure, I might not have had the best learning experience, because kids were not all that nice and they weren’t working at my level. That’s okay though. A lot of us tune out the good and focus on the bad. As a kid, we might be thrilled to be spoken to, or to play a game of tag with a new best friend, but then something bad happens, and that’s what we want to think about.

I’m not telling you to be happy all the time. I hate it when some know-it-all says that there is no reason to be sad at all, but the truth is, emotions are what make us who we are, and sadness is a prominent one. Just limit it if you can, whenever you can, by smiling.

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People will like you better! They’ll want to be friends with someone who’s smiling broadly, like opening those teeth are opening the door to them. Think of your smile as a welcome mat. So I ask of you one thing, just one day, today, preferably, smile. Small, forced, real, broad, I don’t care! I want a smile to stretch across your face for one day. I don’t care if it hurts your cheeks, just do it, and see what happens.


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Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn. -Walter Scott


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October 2012


Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot


an exhibition by the eponymous contemporary artist collective Barbara Flowers

Artist Member Gallery, May - June Art in the Park

an annual Summer Art Festival Young at Art

Youth art camps offering classes in visual arts, theatrical arts, dance and Rocketry. Summer Art: Artist Member Exhibition

an annual showing of SSAC Artist Member artwork Geometry Satellite or the Curiosity Rover

an off-site, pop-up exhibition, collaboration with K.Saari Gallery Nesting, Jeanne Schneider

Artist Member Gallery, September SUPPORT FOR THESE PROGRAMS COMES FROM SSAC MEMBERSHIP AND DONATION. For more information on how to support the Arts Council please visit us at the Depot or go to:



March 21 - April 19



April 20 - May 20


May 20 - June 20


June 21 - July 22




July 23 - August 23

August 23 - September 22

Out and About

January 20 - February 18

The recent summer Olympics will entice you to petition to start your own Olympic sport. Unfortunately, cow tipping will not be considered by the committee. February 19 - March 20

The moment has passed you for the last time; you finally decide to move on with your life. As you do this, the moment grabs you by the elbow hoping you will hesitate; the moment just realized that it doesn’t want to be passed into the past.

You will have trouble finding employment if you continue to wink at your potential employer during your interview and remark that photocopying your butt is your worst quality... but also your best quality... hey o.


December 22 - January 19

Blessed are the moments of your life that you forget to enjoy. Don’t worry, a little more booze and you’ll forget that you forgot.

You will begin your fortune when you take candid pictures of your friends and sell them as postcards, adding cheeky captions and puns to the images. This will not be a long-term investment, as your friends will no longer spend time with you.

Der Duft wurde von dem Kissen verblasst. Die Insider-Witze sind nur lustig, dich jetzt. Die Umarmungen sind nicht mehr intimer als einem freundlichen Händedruck. Sie tun all die Dinge, die Spaß gehofft, es wird die gleiche Freude oder Abenteuer früher, du bist nur du gehen durch die Bewegungen und du weißt es. That’s German, folks.

November 22 - December 21

You will soon drop your health insurance when they refuse to cover you during your century-long cryogenic freeze.

Idle chitchat is the white noise of society. Unfortunately, the only way for you to explain this to your fellow humans is by loosening them up with idle chitchat.


October 24 - November 21

Don’t fight the change. Time moves on no matter how many times you set back the big hand on your kitchen clock.

You will lose your life savings when your attempt to market invisible dogs to invisible dog fence owners isn’t received with much enthusiasm by the masses.


September 23 - October 23

Canadian rebels will kidnap you and sell you to the national hockey association to be their towel boy. Friendly neighbors to the north, or masters of deception?

You will be initiated into a secret society only to have your membership revoked days later, when your self-motivation leads you to sacrifice a goat during your first gathering. Maybe the Elks Club doesn’t have the same flare for the dramatic as you do.

Valley Verses A poem for Joe and Cyprus: It always never fails to amaze me the abuse the human body will struggle through to return from virtually unharmed. Of course, it catches up eventually. We’re all eaten by the earth. The monstrous loam catching us like the mouth of a whale. Slow and open. The earth rising envelopes us or we wear down into it. Rutted like a trodden path or a pencil tip. Going from sharp, pointed and dangerous – a potential weapon – to blunt, dull and smudged, barely legible.

Cody Badaracca Dunkley Pass Summit

Valley Voice

October 2012


Humor Š

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. -Robert Browning


Valley Voice

October 2012

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Deadline: Friday, October 12th!

First Place T-Shirt Design wins $50.00

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October Edition of the Valley Voice  

October Edition of the Valley Voice. For those who live here and those who wish they did!

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