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April 2014

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Tiny Little Bits

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Enjoying Spring Break

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That strange growth that can’t be diagnosed quickly…

They Suffered for Justice

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When the April fool is you…

Where are You Going?

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The sickening sound of bikes slamming to the ground while driving down the highway…

Letter to the Editor:

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Introduction to Spring

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For the Love of Bike By Paulie Anderson

The mixed emotion that parents feel when their kid falls in love for the first time is evident in many a conversation within my child-possessing group of friends. The conversations vacillate between the cuteness of the newfound emotion growing in their spawn and the fear of the inevitable growing up too quickly and having to worry about future relationships becoming something more extreme than the little bugger is emotionally equipped to handle. I was an awkward, gangly kid of the 1970s who was slow to get noticed by the opposite sex, so my poor parents had particular reason to worry, as my first love was with bikes. I know that sounds like a perfectly natural love, but my love evolved into the extreme a little bit more quickly than a good parent could appreciate. Where most boys would shyly hold hands with a cute little neighborhood girl (at great risk of ridicule from peers), talk reluctantly about having a girlfriend, or maybe even brag about that first kiss way before the other kids even thought that girls were anything other than cootie-festering-germmongers, I went straight into the relationship that would have any good parent seeking counseling for their precious, young miscreant. My brother and I had a beautiful, green Schwinn Stingray complete with monkey bars and a banana seat. We’d spend hours building shoddy wooden ramps out of whatever construction materials were available from the garage and around the neighborhood and then jump until the inevitable injury occurred. The sloped curbs of suburbia provided an adequate launch pad into any yard when the dangerous wooden ramps were unavailable and there were three schools near our house that had countless hills, jumps and obstacles to entice and endanger the future BMXers in the neighborhood. By the early 80s, BMX technology had advanced into much more maneuverable machines. Coaster breaks were replaced by caliber breaks, monkey bars were replaced with bars similar to those on motorcycles and the banana seat was all but history on anything used on the dirt. My gateway BMX was a white Murray with all the pads and red accessories. It was a tank of a bike and though I loved it more than any of its predecessors, I secretly yearned for the bikes in my subscription to BMX Action Magazine. Aluminum technology was the new thing and the PK Ripper was all the rage with its total weight coming in at less than 25 pounds. Chromoly was steel’s primary competitor, though, with added strength, more flex than aluminum and a smaller price tag than the Ripper. Redline became my dream manufacturer, and I was

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nearly 14 years old by the time I got the bike that would change my life forever. And just like the love of so many young boys, mine was stolen by the bully from the other side of the neighborhood. Love and loss builds character, right? And it tends to drain the wallet, too. I went through countless BMX bikes in my teens and early 20s, always trying out the new geometry, the latest accessories, but always going back to my beloved Redline. My last (and current) BMX was manufactured by a Redline Pro Rider, RL Osborne, who started his own company called Bully and manufactured bikes specifically designed for street style riding and flatland freestyle. I continued to ride my freestyle bike from time to time as my love morphed from BMX to mountain bikes. I quit buying all the magazines and following all the latest technology, but I never lost the love. My bikes slowly went from top of the line to mid-tier functional due to an ever shrinking wallet and a need for transportation over recreation.

Then, in 2008, I came across a small bit of the American Dream: Disposable Income. This short-lived bit of aristocracy provided me with just enough inspiration to delve back into the world of High Design and I purchased my very own BMC mountain bike. Used, of course, but new to me and well maintained, too. For the last five years I’ve been sporting the mechanical equivalent of a hot, new girlfriend and I felt just like I did when I got my first Redline. Maybe even better. Only this time, instead of the bully down the street molesting and stealing my new love after barely a year, I got to keep it for almost five, whole years. And then… BOOM!!! I was on the way to Moab with my wife and another friend when the bike rack pivoted off its hinge and smashed into I-70 at nearly 80 miles per hour. Our friend’s bike flew off the rack and skidded to a critical halt while my BMC took the brunt of the hit and died on impact. Our friend’s bike received some emergency medical care in Moab and was able to carry her on the trails, but the BMC spent the rest of the trip in a body bag awaiting an autopsy as I sucked down a sixer of delicious beer and sulked in the hammock.

Fortunately for me, homeowners insurance will cover some of the loss, but just like that lonely guy at the bar pining for attention from potential mates, you’ll find me at the bike store drooling over the latest technology and crossing my fingers that my next love treats me as well as the BMC despite the abuse I plan on inflicting upon her.

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Tiny Little Bits By Matt Scharf I’m just as excited as everyone else about escaping to the west or the south for some spring fun in the sun. But, April is also tax time for all of us Americans, so this month I thought I would poke fun of our patriotic figurehead, Uncle Sam. I don’t mind paying my fair share; I just get frustrated regarding some of the frivolous ways our government chooses to spend my hard earned dollars. This particular topic could probably fill an entire comic book, but one page is all I had time for this month, and even that was pushing it!

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Winter is slowly losing its grip on the Yampa Valley. A longtime resident of Steamboat Springs told me that once you can see half of the Courthouse lawn, all the snow will be out of town in the next two weeks. I pay attention to these types of “old wives tales” and for the most part this one has been true more often than not. In Steamboat, having the snow melt does not mean that spring has arrived. Spring is likely the most schizoid season of the four we have. There is a huge tug of war during this schizoid season as winter tries to hold on and spring cannot figure out if it wants to arrive and finally stay. A blizzard can be howling down Lincoln Avenue at 9:00 am only to be replaced by sunshine and temps in the 60’s by noon. Spring can make the local population cranky. The ski mountain has closed, the bike trails are too wet to ride, and the river is beginning to flow too fast to fish leisurely. The only folks that seem to enjoy spring locally are the kayakers who spend their time in small plastic boats in very cold rushing water, showing off for each other and trying not to drown. Those who wish to avoid drowning or getting snowed on yet again dream of leaving over spring break. There is a commonly held belief that most of town leaves during spring break. This is the belief/myth I am going to explore this month. I know that the grocery stores are a wee-bit less crowded and parking downtown is not a problem. These two anecdotal observations would tend to confirm that a great number of folks do leave town over spring break week. The challenge is devising a way to measure how many. Let’s start with what we know. Spring break in Steamboat is typically the last full week of April. We know the number of year-round households in Steamboat. It is safe to assume that the vast majority of sales taxes collected in April is generated by the local population living in these households. Therefore focusing on April’s sales tax collected for consumer goods and contrasting that with the number of households might give insight to how many folks leave town over spring break.

On average during the month of April the sales tax collected on consumer goods has been $583,919. This translates to $14.6 million in total sales. There are 6,900 year-round households in the Steamboat area. Dividing sales by the number of housholds results in an estimate of the spending per household during April of $2,116, or, a daily spend per household of $70.53. Applying the same methodology to the sales tax collected in May results in $74.03 of daily spending. The difference between May’s daily number and April’s daily spending number is likely the value due to those who left the area over spring break. This difference is $3.50 If we annualize this daily difference and subsequently divided this difference by the number of households we get a reasonable estimate of the number of households that likely left the area over the entire month of April. Give or take this calculation translates to about 350 households. The average household size in the Steamboat area is 2.45 which would mean about 860 people over the course of the whole month left. However, we need to take this impact spread over the course of a whole month and concentrate its impact to just a single week in April, i.e., spring break. My best guess using this methodology is that about 22% of the area’s population leave for spring break. This is obviously not everybody – but it is big enough to be noticed by those who remain in town. Essentially over spring break week it’s highly likely that about 1 out of 5 people in the Steamboat area leave. The remaining group get to enjoy yet another week of schizoid spring weather and wish they were enjoying some place consistently warm and sunny.

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The Bonnifield Files

They Suffered for Justice: Routt County’s Coal Mine War 1913-14 By Paul & Ellen Bonnifield

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Coal miners, their wives, their children – they had experienced the heavy hardship of being cheated, treated like something filthy and seeing their loved ones die. They were ready to stand up and fight back. A ball of fire and explosive gasses suddenly ripped through the Primero Mine in Las Animas County, Colorado, on January 31, 1910. Mine cars, picks, shovels, rocks, timbers, mules, and human body parts flew about; some were hurled out of the mine portal in a fiery arcing. Seven-seven men and boys died. State laws forbidding working boys in the mines had been ignored. That was the second disaster at the Primero. In October, the Starkville Mine erupted killing another fifty-six men and boys. A month later, the Delagua Mine ignited killing seventy-nine people. Then ten men burned to death at Sam Perry’s Leyden mine near Denver. An additional ninety-nine men were killed by falling rocks or coal or by being crushed by mine cars. Coal miners died; who cared? The accident record for 1911 indicates the richness of the cultures and the tragic world in which miners lived. The record by nationality of men killed included one Bulgarian, eleven Italians, eight Mexicans, six Poles, eight Slavs, one Hungarian, two Englishmen, twelve Americans, eleven Austrians, one German, two Montenegrins, one Tyrolean, one Greek, one Swede, one Japanese, one Turk, and one Russian. To no avail miners demanded enforcement of safety laws. United Mine Workers met at Trinidad in September 1913 and adopted a list of seven demands. Five of the seven called for enforcing laws already on the books. Although it was not one of the demands, working children in the mines soon became an issue. On September 23, the Oak Creek miners voted to strike. Immediately the mine operators closed the company towns and forced miners and their families to leave. A tent colony was established in the Oak Creek fire horse pasture (Decker Park). A second tent colony sprang up at the Gilruth Ranch (the inlet to Stagecoach Reservoir). Here the families remained through the long winter. Despite the hardships and privation of the colonies, the residents grew closer and more resolved in their cause. George H. Miller signed the Union contract on October 10, and put eighty men to work at the Junction City Mine. He expected to increase production but the railroad refused to ship his coal. Shortly, Miller was forced to sell to the Moffat Mine. In late October, Sam Perry (Moffat Mine), Lewis Hayden (Juniper), P. M. Peltier (Yampa Valley Mine), and E. L. Prentiss (Routt County Fuels) published their offer to the miners and issued their ultimatum. Miners rejected it. Next, to open the way for strikebreakers, Sheriff A. H. Chivington attempted to disarm the strik-

ers. Afterward, he issued a statement that he would furnish protection for anyone wishing to return to work. Completed their preparations, the operators then announced the resumption of production. The Moffat Mine placed a machine gun tower on the hill above Oak Creek to increase security and guards were imported and deputized. The most exposed mine was the Routt County Fuel’s tipple located within Oak Creek (ice rink). Six mine guards stepped off the afternoon train on November 4. They were met by a large crowd of men and women but the presence of Sheriff Chivington and Marshal Harding Decker prevented violence. The men were taken to a hotel and Decker guarded the doors until morning. The next day the guards started to walk to the mine tipple when they met several strikers. Words were spoken and rocks thrown. Again, the Sheriff arrived in time to prevent serious trouble, and the six mine guards were taken to Pallas and put on a train. On November 10, Chivington went to Denver on business. No one knows the full nature of his business. Returning, he announced that he would protect all strikebreakers. On November 16, the Moffat Mine brought in four “scabs.” Expecting violence that night, families were moved to safe places. Shorty Hamidy recalled as a boy spending the night in the bank basement. Shots were fired and loud voices heard. The next day the Hamidy family moved to a tent colony. In late November, the Catholic priest, Father Martin Meyers, came to Oak Creek. For unknown reasons someone hit the priest. Using the attack as a pretext, several strike leaders were arrested. When the local leader of the UMWA went to Steamboat Springs to arrange legal assistance, he was arrested. Mayor Pankey was arrested when he returned from Denver where he had met with state officials to discuss ways of ending the strike. The Pilot explained it was costing the county $100 to keep the sheriff in Oak Creek, and the strike had to end. It cost more to keep union men in jail. Just before Christmas, a group of women was shopping in Bell Mercantile when Sam Bell refused to advance

any credit. The ladies in a most unlady like way snatched poor Sam, dragged him outside, and beat him. Sam never fully recovered from the affair. The Sheriff and his deputies watched the assault, and then arrested union bystanders. No one aided poor Sam. That same afternoon a sixteen-year-old boy lipped off at a striker and found a fist transplanted in his mouth. More men were arrested. On December 29, 1913, the trial began in Justice Mallory’s court. It was a farce. On the last day of the trial, a group of Steamboat businessmen entered the courtroom and remained standing until Mallory adjourned. Apparently, he remained in the courtroom just to see what came next. A spokesman stepped forward and read a long list of names that were to leave at once. Everyone else in Oak Creek was to go back to work immediately. If the ultimatum was not obeyed, the men of Steamboat would arm themselves and march on the strikers.

The United Mine Workers responded to the Taxpayers League by, “advis[ing] their men in Routt county to stand on their right as citizens, to refuse to be deported and to shoot to kill if any other than a bona fide peace officer attempts to interfere with them. . . . Anyone who allows himself to be deported, who has not violated any law, is not fit to be a citizen of any country, and I don’t want him coming whining to me. If he kills the man that tries it we’re back of him.” That was dangerous talk. The men of the Taxpayers League were stouthearted men of real courage as long as they were twenty miles from the danger. Fearing spilt blood, especially theirs, they contacted Governor Ammons and explained the situation. Ammons agreed to send the militia. Shortly afterwards Captain Dorn, Co. G Second Regiment, state militia, was in Oak Creek protecting strikebreakers. Coal production at the mines increased to record levels, the county was relieved of maintaining peace officers, and the strike was broken. Soon the strikebreakers found themselves being brutally exploited in company towns and working in unsafe mines. They in turn organized for another strike. So the beat of life went on.

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Rig to Flip!

Where are You Going? By Cody M. Perry You might have seen me walking on the side of the road here and there through town. Winter has expressed herself enough this year that the streets are flanked with towering mounds of snow like micro mountain ranges. Walking as a method of transport this season is admittedly messy. Every car or truck rolls by with a different chorus of agony. All puddles should be avoided. Imported volcanic rock, crushed to a glassy powder, stains these corridors like slurried coal. Between the driveways and along the streets, I try and judge the snow water content sitting in each of the neighbor’s front yards. Thinking of what flows may come from a spring river. Suddenly I’m snapped back in the moment by a passing truck on a rampage somewhere and I wonder, where are you going?

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The Yampa River, daughter to these mountains, seems poised for a proper spring runoff. After two below average water years, I am her delighted child. There is no other river between the ocean and your front door as wild and free as the Yampa. Many are quick to point out that the Yampa is dammed, that there are reservoirs along the upper portion. As if that changes the wild nature that this river can exhibit. Compared to other strangled basins of relative size like the Gunnison or Dolores, the Yampa sings her heart out. It’s the color of steeped tea running through Steamboat Springs, a buckskin horse after joining the Elk and a blond chocolate by the time it arrives at Deerlodge. The beaches in Yampa Canyon feel like soda pop on your feet and the Box Elders bloom an indescribable drowsy spring green. I saw my first river otter just below the 5th Street Bridge. A moment I have waited for since I can remember. After a terrifying swim in Cataract my mind was bullied by the river’s power. I wouldn’t shake that feeling until a record high water year made Warm Springs the most dangerous rapid I’ve pushed a boat into. Nothing is like that surge of absolute conductivity safely below a rapid. Looking back it represented the mountainsides of snow, the flowers come to bloom and grass sway, the ancient cycle of the Sandhill Crane and the friendly faces of home. Home is where the heart is. This river is about us all. In 100 short years our society has dug ourselves a mighty trench of dependency on the rivers of the Colorado Basin. We’ve engineered delivery systems to concentrated populations across this harsh region. Water from the rivers is pumped to Cheyenne, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, The Wasatch Front, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Mexicali and Tijuana. Fortunes have been made. Rivers are legal

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tender. Wars have been won. This is truly an amazing achievement with a price tag that we as a people have yet to consider. Water, being an irreplaceable square one resource in a finite amount, isn’t really a concern of ours. That’s why the Yampa is on the chop block. May 14th 2013 Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the development of a State Water Plan. Colorado stands a chance of doubling its population in the next 30 years and the order essentially charged planners to address the gap between the current water supply and the projected demands of future growth. This is the New West, same as the Old West. Part of the State Water Plan’s purpose is to vigilantly protect and appropriate Colorado’s water, if only it were that simple. We not only have a legal obligation to deliver flows downstream to 17 different states but a dependence on the food grown there. Do you like Oranges, Almond Milk and Pistachios? Cause we don’t grow any of that here in Colorado. The plan talks of “sustainable cities, viable and productive agriculture, robust skiing and recreation, smart land use and a strong environment.” Yes, we need all of these things. The real question is, how are we to proceed? A friend attending a recent Interbasin Compact Committee meeting told me with no hesitation that “they” are coming for the Yampa. I can see the fat arm of water buffalo so-and-so approaching him from behind with a condescending smile and gravelly voice saying, “I told you we’d be coming.” This isn’t the first time the Yampa has been a target for Front Range diversion, and surely not the last. Instead of any diversions we should first employ the guidance of efficiency in industrial, agricultural and municipal sectors. We should strive to work resilience rather than dependence into the hands of future generations. Retrofit landscaping in cities and implement tiered pricing for those whose lawns are a must. Let’s have industrial and municipal sectors recycle, reuse and capture storm water. Let’s modernize the agricultural sector to be on the cutting edge of efficient irrigation. Our money and energy should be full fledged committed to these collective opportunities. Not sucking the last drops of life from the rivers that have already given us so much. Considering what’s at stake I admit my concern about these times flying by. You see, society is that truck that rumbles past me on the road. When I look inside, I see myself at the wheel and I can’t help but wonder. Where are you going?

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April 2014

Letter to the Editor

Smoke Signals

I am proud that all of my bills so far have had broad bipartisan support. I continue to bring people together to build consensus on solutions.

By Scott Parker


Spring Greetings News from the By Diane Mitsch Bush Chief of the Chief I am especially pleased that my small hydroelectric bill with Rep Don Coram ( R-Montrose) just passed out of all Senate Committees and was approved on second reading in the Senate today, March 18, after passing the Colorado House 62-3. House Bill 1030 stimulates creation of small hydroelectric businesses and projects by removing red tape and streamlining the permit process. It will create rural jobs. The bill was the result of a broad and inclusive stakeholder process that included utilities, conservation groups, small hydroelectric producers and electric contractors. I now have one bill signed into law, three that have passed both houses on third and final reading, and two that have passed the House and second reading in the Senate. Bipartisan bills we passed in the Colorado House of Representatives since my last letter include: • Authorizing the governor to provide state funds to local government to help qualify for the maximum amount of federal aid provided by FEMA in a declared natural disaster • Water efficiency bills • Housing tax credits and low interest loans to expand construction of affordable housing • Limited immunity to all volunteers responding to an emergency • Making cyber bullying a misdemeanor • Expanding capital available for small geothermal projects • Opportunities for veterans • Limiting liability for Agritourism operators • Income tax credit for small business personal property up to $25,000 in value Upcoming bills include the rural broadband bill on which I am a House cosponsor, two major education funding bills, several water bills, and transportation bills.

Hello all and thank you for reading the 8th installment of Smoke Signals: News from The Chief of The Chief. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!!!! Those of you who have been to The Chief Theater know that it is a great entertainment and cultural venue. Intimate, excellent sound, cute hatless bartenders and a true Steamboat Springs feel to it. However there is one complaint that I hear over and over and over again… .”What is up with the silly support beam in the middle of the theater?!!!?” Well long story short…when The Chief Theater was converted from the old movie theater to the live theater it is now, it was the least expensive way to keep the roof from falling on our customers. I think that we can all agree that is a fair tradeoff. A bit of a sightline obstruction is a small price to pay for having the roof stay off of your head. There was a rumor floating around that the pole/beam/support eyesore was going away this Spring, however I am sorry to say that it will be staying put until the Fall. Soon we will be putting one of those United Way type funding thermometer/barometer/measurers on the actual pole/ beam/stupid eyesore so that you can personally track the progress that we are making in our efforts to raise the funds to have this removed! If all goes according to plan, we will celebrate the last event with the pole/ beam/big clunky stupid eyesore in late October (Think Big Lebowski Festival version 2)…and open back up in late November/early December just in time to have some incredible Holiday Parties!!!

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April 2014

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Routt County Disasters

Nature Calls By Lyn Wheaton

I came clean. I don’t think she believed me. We agreed to disagree.

Our new Four Points “Hut” is definitely the shiznak with one big exception – you have to ski to it. It’s been a banner ski season and I bested my record for least days on the mountain. But when I woke up to a sunny, almost hot, fifty-degree Sunday I was hard pressed for an excuse to stay in the “cabin.” Normally, business never stops over here, but things have ground to a halt and a trip outside seemed like a good way to stimulate the crew. Looking for the least physically taxing thing to do, I packed my ski supplies into the Jeep and headed over to the hill.

I went back to my nice chair in the waning sun. It was time to start packing up and prepare for the trek down. I chugged my lukewarm coffee. That whole charade took up so much time I didn’t even get to relax. Suddenly I felt very giddy and sort of dizzy. The deck was moving. Was it supposed to do that? I know in earthquake prone areas the buildings are designed to rock but… Good thing I know how to surf, or used to, kina. Ohhh Nooo! Big wave! Should I ride it or go under? Crash. Spinning, I hate this. When’s it gonna stop and spit me out? Can’t really breathe.

I got to my secret parking spot and discovered that many people had also discovered it and I may not be able to park. Just while I was thinking this might be the perfect excuse to go back to the “cabin” someone in the front row pulled out as I rounded the corner. Sacrificially, I parked and geared up. Armed with a new playlist I started feeling ok about this little excursion. I rode the Christie chair, skied to the Thunderhead Lift and wedeled over to the Four Points Lift, finally skiing down to the Hut. Whew! What a workout. I needed to preserve some energy for the long trek down. I took off my skis and went in to get a coffee. Once more a grand conspiratorial force (some may call luck) offered up the only empty Adirondack chair on the entire deck, leaving me no choice but to stay outside. I sat down and unpacked my luggage. I turned around, surreptitiously affixed a fake cast onto my leg and nonchalantly swiveled back into position. I learned this little trick in Vail back in the seventies. A hardcore skier back then, I was fascinated by the subculture of the “Ski Bunny.” Bunnies occupied the high-end lodges on the mountain. They prowled around in the latest ski outfits with perfectly styled hair and meticulous face-paint, while modeling a faux sling or cast, hoping to pick up a man. So this is what my life has become. My motivation being a non-verbal excuse should one of my athletic friends spot me. A strange thing happened. Shortly after I set up shop men started coming up to me and asking if I needed anything. This thing really is a man magnet. Maybe my Ski Bunny sisters of yesteryear were onto something. I was amazed by it’s power. This had the possibility of rendering online dating antediluvian. Look out Juan Pablo; you think you have a problem finding a date now? The more I thought about it the more I realized the brilliance in it’s simplicity. In fact wasn’t this how Ted Bundy enticed his victims? Men were offering all types of assistance, asking if they could buy me drinks and falling over each other trying to help me. At first I was confused by all the attention but soon started enjoying it and found I was getting a little heady. When I saw one guy punch another guy, I began feeling pretty good about myself and wondered if I was I worthy of being rufied. I left my drink unattended on the

Hello? Hello? Young Lady? Are you the lifeguard? No, Ski Patrol. What are you up to now? Nothing. I’m not doing anything. I’m trying to get my skis on to go bottom, but lotta waves and the water’s rough, so I’m floatin’ here for a minute. Can I get a ride on your surfboard? arm of the chair, as bait, and paraded around the lodge for a bit. I decided to mosey on down to the ladies room before heading back to the deck. I walk in and step off the rug runner on to the new ersatz wood floor. My legs slid out, activating my propulsion into midair and consequent gravitational thrust directly into the concrete floor, where I landed causing a sonic boom. The cast became dislodged from the velocity and impact and was lying in the middle of the floor like a prosthetic limb. It was horrifying. The other women didn’t know how to react; some screamed, some ran out and one or two remained, just alternating their stares between the cast, which seemed to me to be growing in size, and me, as I melded into the floor. I was frozen in shame. Was it my imagination? Did everyone know it was a sham, or did they think the jolt had extracted a real cast from me, leaving me seriously injured? I was starting to come to my senses. Yes. That was definitely it. That was what was happening here and I was sticking with that. I decided I would not cop to the bogus cast. The ski patrol came in and asked what happened. I told her I fell and the force knocked the cast off my broken leg. She asked which leg was broken. Oh no. I’m in shock, I said. I don’t remember my left from right, right now. She said she understood and would take a look. She examined my legs and appeared baffled. Assuming the role of detective, she went over to the genetically modified cast, which had grown so large it was sucking all the air out of the bathroom. She picked it up and just looked at me. Exactly what are you trying to pull here, missy?

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Groping hands pawing me, start to rouse me from the fog. Ohhhhh… yaaaaa… my plan must have worked. I squint one eye ever so slightly, just enough to get a look at all the handsome men fighting over me. WHAT? Where am I? Everything’s stark white, sterile. Strapped down, a cylindrical tunnel surrounds me. Masked, androgynous people are probing me and not in a good way. Certainly not in the way I had hoped for. Holy hell, I’ve been abducted. Why should that surprise me, it’s about the only thing that hasn’t happened to me yet. I need to send a Tweet to God. He’ll help me. I know he will. He listens to me. He even answered me once when I sent him a very respectful Tweet asking if I might mention him in this story. So where’s my phone? They probably took it. I need to get out of here. STAT. The next thing I know I’m back in the “cabin.” A neighbor brings me my mail. The contents reveal a mondo bill from the hospital with a copy of a waiver I signed, promising not to sue the hedge fund that owns the Mountain. I’m comforted remembering the proverb- “That which does not kill me, surely makes me its bitch.” I can’t say I’m sorry ski season is over. Things are back to normal here at the “cabin.” My creative sleeps on the couch while the copywriter edits this story, the social media person is a little too social for anyone’s taste, and checks from payroll never arrive. It’s possible the whole operation is bankrupt and may not have any money either.

Valley Voice

April 2014

Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide

It Costs HOW Much?!?

It’s all about your Happiness

By Mr. Helpful, M.D.

It was my birthday and I wanted to give myself a really great present. I wanted to go and see a comedy event. So I looked up what might be happening in my area and as it turns out the great Robin Williams was doing a sit down interview show with David Steinberg in Boulder. Awesome, I’m going no matter what. Got the tickets, yes two tickets, because I thought of my two best friends who I might want to take if I couldn’t find a date to take with me. As it turns out, I am a charming enough tool that I can actually trick a nice lady into thinking I’m cute and funny enough to be seen in public with me. And yes we had a lovely time – on our first date. Here are the details about what this first date cost me: Tickets to see one of my comedy Icons: $285 (Cheap seats were not available and I did not mind spending the cash for these kings of comedy) Hotel = $150 for the night. I needed to get a hotel because the show was 3 hours away and I didn’t want to assume that things would go back to her house. No Assumptions, I’m a gentleman. Gas = $85 My car gets crappy mileage and I have to fill up before I leave and then when I’m heading home. Food = $90 Being the Man on our Date, I wanted to show I was being the strong provider. So I took her out to a semi nice place that we both wanted to go to. The location wasn’t as important as the conversation. Total for a First Date: $610 My Date and I had spoken over the phone a total of 6 times over two weeks; averaging 1.2 hour phone calls. Our texting did get a bit out of hand with over 180 text messages back and forth like school kids. We were both very sure of who we were going to meet by the time came to be face to face. The evening turned into a full weekend and we Dated for a few months. If I were in my 20s and someone told me that I would be paying over $100 for a first date, I would tell them to go sit on a stick. But I’m not, so I can create a Date the way I want. Men think a variety of thoughts when it comes to money and Dating. *What am I getting for my effort? *What am I buying with my time and money? Men are stupid sometimes. The Ego thinks in terms of “I do this for you and I should be rewarded. I will show you a good time and then you take your clothes off for me, because I spent money and was very nice to you. Now I get to touch them.” There are some men who really do think like this. They are products of really bad parenting, school systems, neighborhoods and social circles that hold no true value on human dignity or

relationships. A sickening side of the human soup we have become. But don’t think you are sitting in the sunshine alone, Ladies. There are horrible women out there who place a dollar value on their crotches and only give it up to the highest bidder. And I’m not talking about professional women: prostitutes, escorts, exotic dancers, etc. I’m just talking about the “Are you rich enough for me?” types. If you have a nice car and buy them shiny things, then you can see them naked, maybe. Because they are also playful teases who will take your gifts, time and money, then slyly walk away into the burly arms of someone they are really attracted to. Are they sluts? No, they’re jerks who are lying to the faces and hearts of some men tricking them out of time and cash. And THIS type of behavior has been going on since the dawn of man; when one caveman had a bigger piece of recently killed mammoth than the other one and a cavewoman chose him instead. Ah nature!


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Audrey Rose was dancing with crows, squawking and flapping her arms as they rose to take messages to the gods, then descended down with messages for earth. She felt that if she believed long enough, one day she would flap her arms and lift off from this earth. But that day was not today. Instead, she waited for the ravens to gather round so she could read to them from Mr. Percy Bysshe Shelley. She selected a poem that reflected the spring budding inside of her and all around: Song of Proserpine While gathering flowers in the plain of Enna

I Sacred Goddess, Mother Earth Thou from whose immortal bosom Gods, and men, and beasts have birth, Leaf and blade, and bud and blossom, Breathe thine influence most divine On thine own child, Proserpine. II If with mists of evening dew Thou dost nourish these young flowers Till they grow, in scent and hue Fairest children of the Hours, Breathe thine influence most divine On thine own child, Proserpine. And to this the ravens squawked and cawed and told their own stories in return. They travelled together over the hills, wandering early in the morning so their footprints would leave no trace. The sun grew warmer. The cold, austere winter had begun to melt away. The smells of frozen water and crystalled blue skies were fading away to the perfumed fragrance of pine trees, buds, and earth. Smells so overwhelming after such a cold winter, that it was better if the spring eased forward, inch by inch instead of flooding through. Over a hill they came upon a young man who was facing the rising sun and murmuring under his breath. The crows gave Audrey Rose away as they flocked around this warm blood to share a story anew. He turned toward her and she felt something unfurl, flutter in her belly.


“Were you talking to the sun?” she asked as she sat beside him. “To the cold,” he said. They faced the sun although warmth was but a trace. “A prayer or a dirge?” she said.

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“A simple request,” he said. “For just a little more time with this monochrome landscape, for things to remain buried, for the chill to remain in my bones. And you?” The ravens clucked, then silenced as they settled into branches in the trees around them. “Just remember the winter is always coming, never far away as day ticks away from day.” Ravens shifted and hopped, cocked their heads and eyed the two. “A poet?” he asked. “Infused with Shelley. His words are crawling through my blood making passage into my heart” Audrey Rose said. “Ah,” he said. “At the creation of the Earth Pleasure, that divinest birth. From the soil of Heaven did rise, Like an exhalation wreathing To the sound of air low-breathing Through Aeolian pines, which make A shade and shelter to the lake Whence it rises soft and slow; Her life-breathing (limbs) did flow In the harmony divine Of an ever-lengthening line Which enwrapped her perfect form With a beauty clear and warm.” “Shelley,” she said. “Shelley,” he said. “I want to explore you,” said Audrey Rose. He turned to face her. “Where should we start?” The winter of her life without touch had been a long one for Audrey Rose. She felt the need to start slowly. “Finger to finger, wrist to wrist.” The ravens lifted one by one into the sky, searching, settling, building homes. All except one. The man with black hair and black eyes let his fingers explore her fingers, their wrists rest on one another, hers a slender line underneath his. His fingers gentle, tender, her wrists carved of bone. Then he chose and they stared eye to eye, each fleck, each squiggle, unraveling stories, hurts, loves. She chose knees, he chose belly buttons, she chose necks, he chose lips, soft, sweet lips. Despite what he had said about wanting the frozen earth to remain longer, to preserve, he initiated the melt. When they had learned each other bodily, when their forms, their skins had acquainted and melted the shapes of two together into the snow, insides still remained to be explored. Here snows still flurried, still covered, here was where the last seeds of spring might bloom or might die before ever being born, but at least there was water enough for the seeds to drink from. The last raven took flight to share what had been witnessed, to share what might be possible.

Valley Voice

April 2014


Mr. Motorhead

Take your Moto to the Sun, Son. By Joel Mayne

Are gypsies born or made? It’s hard tellin’ not knowin’. My life has been punctuated from the beginning by migrations between Colorado and Florida based on having one parent in each place. There is great benefit to being an accidental, redneck-hippie hybrid with either oceans or mountains available a short day away in the Aluminum Jumbo Jet.

note size. (If necessary warn homeowners of the myth perpetuated by MADD, that those little, Pop-tart box speakers, “sound just as good as the old big ones.” Check garage, as needed, for giant pair of unused Klipsch wooden behemoth speakers and offer to help re-install if possible. If there is resistance to this test, select prince on your I-pod and offer tequila shots to the wife. Unless the woman of the house has obviously dyed, jet-black hair it may be advisable not to start your DJ set with Black Sabbath.

Writing this, I crave the sun drenched, cultural and ecological menagerie that the swampy Florida peninsula represents.

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I’ve had my nose in an atlas, and yes, I still use “one of those.” It’s another behavior trait that my adopted sons at the shop find great humor in. I’m not sure that prior to fate and motorcycles bringing us together, they’d ever seen said book. I laugh with them, so the laughter appears less obviously at me. Old dogs hate new tricks, and when I get in mission essential planning mode, I need a real map to prepare my operations order. It’s time to pull out “Old Blue,” a 23 year old Harley-Davidson that I keep permanently cached in a safe house near lake Okeechobee. Blue is more motorhome than motorcycle, and thus perfect for the tent, machete, cooler, sleeping bag and Chaco flip-flops I pile on the back rack when I arrive fleeing mud season. Blue will lope along all day buried in my equipaje as long as I agree to 80 mile per hour ceiling and promise to leave him at sea level forever. Being an old, carbureted machine, Blue always hated the thin Colorado air. It made him sputter and wheeze, just like those turkey-necked folks from Hotlanta who come in on the aeroplanes we subsidize (“for the economy”) all winter. When I blew the motor to smithereens at 30,000 miles, it was clear that once patched up he should remain in Cracker country. There we make a lethal team traveling from end to end of the sunshine state stalking the sweetest fruits, flora and fauna. South end The first objective is a much-needed blast of tropical danger in Miami. Salsa dancing, street signs in Spanish and the sweetest exotic flavors define that town. I want to be hot and I want to be in humidity so thick that it makes parts of my body stick together. I’m sure to be outfit deficient, probably even comically underdressed, but I know how to get a Cuban sandwich in Spanish or English and yellow beer tastes awesome with limes. I will do my best, be misunderstood and segue imme-

North end Culturally, North Florida is an entirely separate place. They don’t think much of the South Florida hoo-hah with its crowed influx of city-slick Yankee retirees and foreigners. Picture Moffat County, as compared to LODO. diately to Key West where the lunatic fringe rule the street corners fueled by the voodoo liquor: rum, and the overly enthusiastic Music of Jimmy Buffet. The Midriff In between North and South, I’ll drop in randomly on my friends and fellow alumni of the great University of Florida. My essential checklist of tasks to be performed at each home visited includes at a minimum: Refrigerator Survey: Check general stock levels. Ensure the presence of good yellow pilsner/lager beer. If hippie beer is identified, warn occupants of subject home about the dangers of yeast in said product (explain the great deal of trouble gone to in order eliminate yeast in other, otherwise great places) Check for, and taste test any regional items not available in the Rocky Mountains: I.E. Key Lime Pie, Vinegar based BBQ, Cuban fried Plantains, homemade pecan pie etc. Home Stereo Testing: Check speaker size, and rotate volume knob fully to remove dust from nether-regions of knob and woofers if present. Count speakers and

There amongst the giant Live-Oak trees, crystal-blue, springs feeding black rivers and sandstone bluffs, I will catch two of the final live shows by the legendary Allman Brothers Band, a band intimately tied to Florida and motorcycle culture. Duane Allman, universally revered as one of the greatest slide guitar players of all time, started the band in Florida with younger brother Gregg. Duane was killed at age 24, on his Harley-Davidson in 1971. Founding bass player, Berry Oakley was also killed at 24, on a motorcycle soon after and only three blocks away. The band played on; somehow finding incredible talent along the way. The current guitarists, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks match the formidable skill of the early band. Derek, in particular could play slide guitar better than most people ever will when he sat in with ABB at 9 years old. He joined the band permanently at 19. But this is it. They’ve announced that this will be there final tour after 45 years. I’ll be there on two wheels, sporting commemorative, Duane Mutton Chop sideburns and holding my lighter in the air. Now, if you’ll excuse me please, I think I hear a blender being harshly overworked.

To have great poets, there must be great audiences. – Walt Whitman


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HAYDEN – The Cog Road, just north of Hayden, will be the site of two special events this spring and summer – the 35th annual Cog Run on May 10 and the first annual Cog Ride on June 7. The steep hill is a challenge for runners and bikers alike, headed up- or down-hill.

the first Cog Ride, June 7, starting at noon from the top of the Cog. The route comes down to Hayden, then runs on Lincoln and out Poplar past the old racetrack and out Routt County Road #53, past the coal mine and back.

The Cog Run is an early season tune-up race for anyone interested in the Steamboat Running Series or any other upcoming race. The Cog Run is a challenging 8.4 mile out and back course on Routt County Road #76, starting and finishing at the Hayden Town Park on South 3rd Street. This race has approximately three miles of steep uphill and downhill slope with the turn around point at the top of the Hayden Cog.

The Cog Ride is a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Heavey’s father, Lenny, died nine years ago of ALS. She called it a cruel disease that leaves the mind intact while the rest of the body is progressively paralyzed. She’s lived in Routt County for seven years, traveling back to Boston each year for the Tri-State ALS Therapy Development Institute Bike Ride – 270 miles long. Money raised there goes to the Institute, working to find a cure to ALS.

Begun in 1979, the Cog Run predates the famed Bolder Boulder 10-k run by a couple of weeks. The Cog Run also features a 5-k run over rolling hills along Routt County Road #53. The top three male and female runners in each race will receive medals created by students of the Babson/ Carpenter Vo-tech program in Hayden. There is a $25 entry fee for each race and all registration will be online at until the race day at the park. The races begin at 10 a.m.

“I wanted to create an ALS fundraising ride out here,” said Diane Heavey, a CNA who cares for two ALS patients in Routt County. She and Dearborn hope to attract 100 riders to the ride.

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After the 30-mile Cog Ride, riders are invited to an afternoon/evening of music and a barbecue at Dearborn’s property on Lookout Lane, just off Scenic Drive atop the Cog.

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Dearborn told the town council that he’d have a pickup or two that could help riders on that last push up the Cog. “We don’t want to kill anyone,” he said.

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April 2014


Vol. 2, No. 4

Parking study getting underway in Hayden

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By Brodie Farquhar

HAYDEN – Early March saw a kick-off meeting for a Hayden parking analysis project. Chris Endreson, a technical assistance coordinator for the Colorado Center for Community Development, met with a dozen citizens at town hall. Endreson said there’s a general perception of a parking problem in downtown Hayden, and that the task of the study will be to: • Identify perceptions and issues • Inventory current parking spaces • Begin the process to improve downtown parking, meeting the needs of businesses, customers and visitors. Two or three architecture and planning graduate students from the University of Colorado-Denver, will come to Hayden this spring and early summer for field work, such as inventorying each parking space in downtown. They’ll also be in town to document occupancy of parking spots at different times of the day. For purposes of the study, the focus will be on downtown, from the railroad to Washington Avenue and Pine Street west to North Second Street. All the businesses in that area can expect to receive a survey addressing their business, parking for customers and employees. Half a dozen sites around town will have a survey for business customers, which can be picked up, filled out and returned for compilation and analysis. Discussion Town Councilmen Dallas Robinson said he’s noticed a pattern over the years. As a business becomes more and more successful, he said it attracts more customers who take up more and more of the available parking. That in turn deprives neighboring businesses of parking for customers and they go out of business. And as a snowplowing contractor, Robinson said the study should also factor in snow and where it can be stored.

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Resident Beth Miller said that Hayden residents that take the bus to jobs in Steamboat don’t have enough places to park their cars while they’re at work. The town hall and Kum ‘n Go lots are impacted, as are the side streets, she said. There were suggestions that the study also consider where a Park ‘n Ride lot might be established, to get those parked vehicles out of downtown. The vacant lot at Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue has informally provided parking downtown, but is now owned by Rob Orr, a developer who is considering building a hotel there. The property is shifting from a safety valve of sorts for downtown parking to a situation where it will create a demand for more parking spaces than ever before. While Jefferson Avenue parking is parallel, Walnut Street (south of the highway) is angled. Currently, paint-striping to designate parking is irregular and fading, so vehicles often take up more than one space. Semi-tractor truck drivers tend to park on Robinson’s large lot by the railroad. Horse and ATV trailers are often parked out on the county fairgrounds, but not all travelers know about it. Seasonally, there are areas in the downtown area that get very crowded or empty of vehicles. Curbside Laundry on Walnut Street has business vehicles and employees parked there during the winter ski season when business is booming. The Midway Building, now fully occupied with businesses and an eight-unit boarding house, attracts extra vehicles during hunting season when hunters rent the rooms and dine at Wolf Mountain. Special events like the Triple Crown baseball tournaments, the COG run or the county fair attract numerous visitors, whose vehicles are parked in downtown and surrounding side streets. One thing to remember, said Endreson, is the power of perceptions. Drivers, who readily walk for blocks when parking at a big city mall, can get upset if they can’t park right in front of the business they want to visit. Sometimes lack of mobility can be a factor. Dallas Robinson said that when his back is hurting, he appreciates being able to park right in front of his chiropractor. Endreson said the study’s goal is to define the parking situation, identify opportunities and hopefully come up with low-cost solutions like striping and signage. Town Manager David Torgler said there’s no money in the town budget for expensive projects – not with a water tank and infrastructure work on water and sewer already planned. Endreson noted that Craig has limited parking downtown and has found that there’s little to no need for enforcement – people don’t leave cars parked downtown very long.

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April 2014

Valley Voice Vol. 2, No. 4

Hayden brewery to open in Summer

Town Briefs

By early- to mid-summer, the Yampa Valley Brewing Company should be up and running at the Hayden Granary, turning the day’s Wild Goose coffee shop into an evening tasting room for half a dozen beers.

Cleanup Day May 3, 2014 will be Hayden Cleanup Day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day features a variety of services. Town crews will pick up extra-large or bulky items for disposal. Eastern Star will be accepting donated items for resale and the Hayden Library will be accepting book donations for later resale. The Hayden Police Department will hold a dog license clinic.

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Neil Siggson will be the brew master, while Jared Aylor will be the business manager. “Hmmm, coffee in the morning and a handcrafted beer in the evening - what could be better!” wrote Tammie Delaney in a community e-mail. Tammie and Patrick Delaney own the Granary and Wild Goose coffee shop. Siggson, of Hayden, started brewing beer back in 2001, when he received a homebrew kit as a present. Since then, he’s brewed many kids of beer – ales, stouts, pilsners, lagers and Hefeweizen – for himself and friends. “I got obsessed,” he admits and noticed that the Hayden community was headed in the same direction he was – a growing interest in really good beers. The idea of a tasting room will be to explore how the community likes Siggson’s brews, and help guide Yampa Valley Brewing Company as it expands in technical capability and pro-

duction volume. The goal is to open a seven-barrel brewing system in about a year. “We’ll start with six brews,” said Siggson. He’ll offer the following: • Haystack Hefeweizen or wheat beer • Yampa Pale Ale • Flattop IPA • Snowshoe Stout • Sandhill Crane Red (an Irish-style red) and • Howelsen Pilsner or Longwall Lager The names are drawn from places, critters, history or work in the Yampa Valley. Before the tasting room can open, equipment needs to be set up in the Granary, restrooms upgraded and improved access needs to be installed. Siggson also hopes to gain additional education and training as a brew master at a program offered in Grand Junction this April. “I’ve learned a lot on my own,” he said, “but brewers never stop learning.”

Police Officer Profile By Brodie Farquhar Russ Davis is a patient and focus man. The owner of Davis Auto Parts started volunteering as a reserve police officer in Hayden in 1992. A few years later, he was police academy certified – again as a volunteer. In 2000, Davis became a part-time officer with part-time pay, and became a full-time officer in 2011.

How long will Davis remain on the force, at 66? “I’ve got my health,” he said. “I’ll stay with it as long as I can do the job.” Although he does write his fair share of traffic tickets, that isn’t why he’s a police officer. “I want to help people, make this a safe place to live,” he said.

“I’ve lived in Hayden since 1978,” said Davis. He’s always been attracted to the law enforcement profession, with relatives serving as a county sheriff or police chief. Some of his high school friends in California became police officers. What got him to step up as a volunteer reserve officer was the sight of a police chief trying to stop traffic on the highway, all by himself, with no one to help. The occasion was a high-speed police chase that was headed for Hayden on Highway 40. During his reserve and part-time years, Davis was mostly acting in the position of backup for the lead officers on duty. Now he is the lead officer, depending on what shift he draws. For those who live here and for those who wish they did.

By Brodie Farquhar

Atlantic Aviation buys Galaxy Atlantic Aviation, a Texas-based company of fixed-base operations (FBO), has purchased Galaxy Aviation, which includes four FBOs in Florida and the FBO in the Hayden/Steamboat Springs airport. Atlantic, which operates close to 70 FBOs nationally, also operates at the Rifle and Aspen airports in Colorado, as well as airports in Casper, WY and Farmington, NM. Most of the Galaxy employees will be employed by Atlantic, the largest FBO company in the nation. Colorado coal production down Through November 2013, coal production is down in northwest Colorado and the state as a whole, according to data gathered by the Yampa Valley Data Partners. Production in Moffat County is down 20 percent, while production in Routt County is down 18 percent. The two counties produce about half of the state’s coal output, which is down 31 percent. Town hall scanning old documents Hayden Town staff are busy scanning old files that can be recognized by a new, advanced optical type recognition software. The laserfische software can recognize not only type fonts and thus words, but also hand-written script among the town’s oldest records. Town Manager David Torgler said that at the end, the town will be able to search a database of town documents – from the founding of the town to today.

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COLORADO GROUP REALTY, 509 Lincoln Ave • 970.875.2917 Chelsea Call received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Photography from Colorado State University in May of 2013. The body of work featured this April & May is a selection of wildlife photographs from a recent trip to various National Parks and Conservation areas in Tanzania. It is the artist’s intention to bring awareness of wildlife conservation to the viewer through this imagery. Chelsea currentl finds photographic inspiration around her as a yoga and ski instructor in Steamboat Springs, CO. For more information on her work please visit her website:

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URBANE, 703 Lincoln Ave Unit B101 • 970.879.9169 URBANE presents California Native and Colorado resident Leigh Erceg. Leigh's artwork stems from an amazing situation, through a story of circumstance, which has highlighted her ability to make art. Using ink she bases energy through symphonic sound and linear equations to produce some amazing art work. Join us from 5-9pm.

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Calendar of Events Tuesday April 1 Danceworks Teen Class 4 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for Teens, ages 11-15. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks., www., or call 970-846-4450 Danceworks Adult Class 6 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for adults. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks.steamboat@gmail. com, www.danceinsteamboat. com, or call 970-846-4450 Evening with Scott Denning and John Calderazzo 6:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library Colorado State University atmospheric scientist Scott Denning in conversation with journalist and CSU English professor John Calderazzo discussing “Climate Change: Serious. Simple. Solvable.” FREE. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Neil Young Tribute 7 PM @ The Chief Theater Neil Young Tribute featuring local band, The Easy Peaces. Bar opens 6:30 PM. Tickets: $10 online or $15 @ Door. For more info: or call (970) 871-4791 Dollar Bowling Night 9 PM @ Snow Bowl Only $1! Wednesday April 2 Foreign film series 7 PM @ Chief Theater Award-winning Japanese comedy, “Key of Life,” directed by Kenji Uchica. A case of stolen identity and one determined bride-to-be. Presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. FREE. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events, www.chieftheater. org Carl’s Bluegrass Wednesday 7 PM @ Carl’s Tavern Lively Bluegrass music. Featuring: Ragweed Thursday April 3 Steamboat Writers Group Noon @ The Art Depot Writers meet to discuss and critique their work All are welcome. FREE. For more info:, Sunset Happy Hour 5 PM @ Gondola Square Experience Happy Hour at Thunderhead on Mt. Werner for $12. A lively cocktail event with music. Featuring: Acutonic Grant Farm 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Boulder-based American roots

music not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. $5 Friday April 4 Yoga & Writing Weekend 1:30 PM @ The Art Depot Liberate and refine your writing voice on this deep weekend immersion into yoga and writing. Hosted by: Kelly Larson and award-winning writer Brendan Leonard. Includes Power Yin yoga, bodybased meditation, restorative yoga, and interactive writing workshops. Includes a night of soaking at Strawberry Hot Springs. Cost: $245. For more info: (970) 870-1522, or email: yogacenterofsteamboat@ Live Jazz 6 PM @ Three Peaks Grill Enjoy live Jazz Music in an elegant setting. FREE Duel of the Strings 7 PM @ Chief Theater Featuring Mak Grgic on guitar and John Sant’Ambrigio on Cello. Two of the most popular musical instruments ever created will duel and then join together to make music, performing pieces from Vivaldi to Albeniz, from Baroque masterpieces to Spanish gems. Adults: $20 Students: $5. For more info: www.chieftheater. org Dr. Poz and the Funky Bunch 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Rowdy Funk music Saturday April 5 Cody’s Challenge 8 AM @ Gondola Square 6th Annual Cody’s Challenge, a randonee endurance ski race across the Steamboat Ski Area, allows participants the unique opportunity to climb, traverse and descend a variety of trails across the mountain under their own power through the use of specialized bindings and skins. The Cody St. John Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in memory of Cody St. John, who was a professional patroller with the Steamboat Ski Area. Proceeds go directly to The Cody St. John Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to Professional Ski Patrollers for continuing medical education. For registration and more info: Yoga & Writing Weekend 1:30 PM @ The Art Depot Liberate and refine your writing voice on this deep weekend immersion into yoga and writing. Hosted by: Kelly Larson and award-winning writer Brendan Leonard. Includes Power Yin yoga, bodybased meditation, restorative yoga, and interactive writing workshops. Includes a night of soaking at Strawberry Hot Springs. Cost: $245. For more info: (970) 870-1522, or email: yogacenterofsteamboat@

To submit your events or calendar information e-mail: Events may be edited for length or content. Calendar entries must be received by the 15th of each month. Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds 3:30 PM @ Gondola Square Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse putting a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose powerful voice, sly demeanor and spellbinding stage presence is backed by The Dirty Birds, seven men masterfully putting down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. FREE Live Jazz 6 PM @ Three Peaks Grill Enjoy live Jazz Music in an elegant setting. FREE Cosmic karaoke night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl Sing your favorite songs under disco lights and the clang of bowling pins. FREE admission to Karaoke. For more info: 970-879-9840. Duel of the Strings 7 PM @ Chief Theater Featuring Mak Grgic on guitar and John Sant’Ambrigio on Cello. Two of the most popular musical instruments ever created will duel and then join together to make music, performing pieces from Vivaldi to Albeniz, from Baroque masterpieces to Spanish gems. Adults: $20 Students: $5. For more info: www.chieftheater. org Me and Ed’s Music Machine 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Local, high intensity Rock n’ Roll Sunday April 6 Yoga & Writing Weekend 1:30 PM @ The Art Depot Liberate and refine your writing voice on this deep weekend immersion into yoga and writing. Hosted by: Kelly Larson and award-winning writer Brendan Leonard. Includes Power Yin yoga, bodybased meditation, restorative yoga, and interactive writing workshops. Includes a night of soaking at Strawberry Hot Springs. Cost: $245. For more info: (970) 870-1522, or email: yogacenterofsteamboat@ Pints for Partners 3 PM @ Slopeside Grill The Young Professionals Network is hosting “Pints for Partners” in Routt County. Drink an ice cold beer and help make a difference in the lives of Routt County youth. Proceeds from beer sales will go to Partners in Routt County which will be used towards facilitating partnerships between adult volunteers and

youth. Live music from the Worried Men. For more info: Cosmic Dollar Night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl $1 PBR, $1 Games. Reservations recommended: 970-879-9840 Monday April 7 Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter 6:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre present a new film by Greg Vander Veer about the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, whose life was defined by her love for dance who fought against great odds to establish dance as a legitimate art form in America. Part of the Dance on Film series. Includes an introduction by PerryMansfield Executive Director Joan Lazarus. FREE. www. Open Mic Night 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Hosted by Roemer. Performers get a free Drink. FREE. Tuesday April 8 Danceworks Teen Class 4 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for Teens, ages 11-15. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks., www., or call 970-846-4450 Danceworks Adult Class 6 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for adults. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks.steamboat@gmail. com, www.danceinsteamboat. com, or call 970-846-4450 I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story 6 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present a film by John Dee and Joe Dee in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Buddy Werner’s untimely death in a Swiss avalanche. FREE. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Dollar Bowling Night 9 PM @ Snow Bowl Only $1!

Wednesday April 9 Gardening 101 5:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library A two night class presented by The Bud Werner Seed Library and the CSU Master Gardeners.Plan and maximize your summer garden with a focus on soil amendments, season extension, seed selection, starting seeds indoors and vegetable gardening. FREE. RSVP is requested so the organizers can have enough hands-on materials for everyone: 879-0240x317. www. Carl’s Bluegrass Wednesday 7 PM @ Carl’s Tavern Lively Bluegrass music. Featuring: House With A Yard Thursday April 10 Steamboat Writers Group Noon @ The Art Depot Writers meet to discuss and critique their work All are welcome. FREE. For more info:, Steamboat Community Blood Drive 12:30 PM @ Yampa Valley Medical Center Allow 1 hour for the entire process, and eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood.Walk-ins welcome, 3 – 5:30 PM as space permits. For an appointment, call 1-800-365-0006, option: 2 Online at:; site code: 0234 Sunset Happy Hour 5 PM @ Gondola Square Experience Happy Hour at Thunderhead on Mt. Werner for $12. A lively cocktail event with music. Featuring: Old Town Pickers Gardening 101 5:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library A two night class presented by The Bud Werner Seed Library and the CSU Master Gardeners.Plan and maximize your summer garden with a focus on soil amendments, season extension, seed selection, starting seeds indoors and vegetable gardening. FREE. RSVP is requested so the organizers can have enough hands-on materials for everyone: 879-0240x317. www. Good Gravy 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Colorado-based Jam Grass $5 Friday April 11 Live Jazz 6 PM @ Three Peaks Grill Enjoy live Jazz Music in an elegant setting. FREE Yampa Valley Singers Spring Concert 7 PM @ United Methodist Church (8th and Oak St.) The Yampa Valley Choral Society will be performing to

please singers and audience alike. Songs include: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Con Te Partiro”, “Blue Moon”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Adiemus”. Reception will follow the concert. Tickets: $10. Available @ All That Jazz. For more info: 970-879-1290, Acutonic 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Local Reggae music $5 Saturday April 12 Cardboard Classic 10 AM @ Gondola Square Steamboat’s traditional rite of spring, the Cardboard Classic, celebrates over three decades of fun, features homemade sleds constructed only from cardboard, glue, string, water based paint, duct tape and masking tape racing down the face of Headwall to a hysterical finish. The race is a highlight of closing weekend every year. FREE. MarchFourth Marching Band 3:30 PM @ Gondola Square Portland, OR based MarchFourth Marching Band bring a kaleidoscope of instrumental musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of celebration. FREE.

Yampa Valley Singers Spring Concert 4 PM @ United Methodist Church (8th and Oak St.) The Yampa Valley Choral Society will be performing to please singers and audience alike. Songs include: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Con Te Partiro”, “Blue Moon”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Adiemus”. Reception will follow the concert. Tickets: $10. Available @ All That Jazz. For more info: 970-879-1290, Live Jazz 6 PM @ Three Peaks Grill Enjoy live Jazz Music in an elegant setting. FREE Cosmic karaoke night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl Sing your favorite songs under disco lights and the clang of bowling pins. FREE admission to Karaoke. For more info: 970-879-9840. The Recovery Act 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Super Soulful Funk. Part of the End of Season Party $5 Sunday April 13

Last (legal) day of skiing on the mountain. Pond Skim 9 AM @ Gondola Square The 7th annual signature SPLASHDOWN Pond Skimming Competition. Steamboat’s bravest and craziest skiers/ riders attempt to cross an icecold pond while being judged on distance and creativity. FREE

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Calendar of Events G. Love & Special Sauce 3:30 PM @ Gondola Square Philly, PA based G. Love & Special Sauce, performs their alternative hip-hop known for its unique “laid back” blues sound encompassing classic R&B. FREE. Cosmic Dollar Night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl $1 PBR, $1 Games. Reservations recommended: 970-879-9840 Monday April 14 April 14th, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, shoots President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. It was Good Friday. Booth, a Maryland native, used a Philadelphia Derringer pistol for the assassination, mortally wounding the president with a bullet to the back of the head. Booth jumped from Lincoln’s private theater box and broke his leg, but jumped onto the stage and yelled “Sic semper tyrannis! [Thus always to tyrants]–the South is avenged!” At approximately 7:22 the next morning, Lincoln died. He was 56. Open Mic Night 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Hosted by Roemer. Performers get a free Drink. FREE. Tuesday April 15 Taxes are due today. Brewing Up Business 8 AM @ 255 Anglers Drive, Building A Networking event gives members an opportunity to give a one minute commercial or elevator speech, exchange business cards and create new relationships. Chamber members: $5; Non-members: $10 Includes coffee and pastry. RSVP:, (970) 875-7000. Limited space. Danceworks Teen Class 4 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for Teens, ages 11-15. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks., www., or call 970-846-4450 Danceworks Adult Class 6 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for adults. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks.steamboat@gmail. com, www.danceinsteamboat. com, or call 970-846-4450 A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet 6:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library Part of a two-night film fest in honor of Earth Day 2014. Presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Sustainable Schools program.

A film about the history of grassroots environmental activism by the Academy Award-nominated director Mark Kitchell, narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and others. FREE. Donations gratefully accepted, supporting Steamboat Springs Middle School Green Team’s efforts. events Neil Young Tribute 7 PM @ The Chief Theater Neil Young Tribute featuring local band, The Easy Peaces. Bar opens 6:30 PM. Tickets: $10 online or $15 @ Door. For more info: or call (970) 871-4791 Dollar Bowling Night 9 PM @ Snow Bowl Only $1! Wednesday April 16 Teen Career & Job Fair 2 PM @ Steamboat High School (45 Maple St.) Get connected with employers and youth organizations that are ready to hire and engage youth in our community. YERT, Your Environmental Road Trip 6:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library Part of a two-night film fest in honor of Earth Day 2014. Presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Sustainable Schools program. Multi award-winning docucomedy about three friends, 50 states and one wild year as they are called to action by a planet in peril. FREE. Donations gratefully accepted, supporting Steamboat Springs Middle School Green Team’s efforts. www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Carl’s Bluegrass Wednesday 7 PM @ Carl’s Tavern Lively Bluegrass music. Featuring: Steamboat String Band Thursday April 17 Steamboat Writers Group Noon @ The Art Depot Writers meet to discuss and critique their work All are welcome. FREE. For more info:, Friday April 18 A devastating earthquake shakes the city of San Francisco in the morning hours of this day, 1906. Saturday April 19 April 19th, 1876, a commission in Wichita, Kansas votes not to rehire Wyatt Earp after he beats up a candidate for county sheriff. Prior to the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881, Wyatt lived in Wichita with his older brother James, where he was employed an official city policeman. During an election for city marshal, William Smith challenged Wyatt’s boss, Mi-

chael Meagher, for the office. After Smith made disparaging remarks about Meagher, Wyatt confronted him and beat him in a fistfight. Cosmic karaoke night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl Sing your favorite songs under disco lights and the clang of bowling pins. FREE admission to Karaoke. For more info: 970-879-9840. Sunday April 20 Poochy Paddle 2 PM @ Old Town Hot Springs Dogs in Steamboat are invited to the Old Town Hot Springs to play in the lap pool before it is closed for cleaning. Passes available at Old Town Hot Springs front desk. $5 per dog / $10 day of the event. Please bring dog and/or cat food donations for the Steamboat Animal Shelter. Cosmic Dollar Night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl $1 PBR, $1 Games. Reservations recommended: 970-879-9840 Monday April 21 Open Mic Night 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Hosted by Roemer. Performers get a free Drink. FREE. Tuesday April 22 Earth Day. PICK UP SOME TRASH AND PLANT A TREE. Dollar Bowling Night 9 PM @ Snow Bowl Only $1! Wednesday April 23 World Book Night Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting World Book Night in Steamboat Springs. Volunteers will be out in the community handing out free copies of highly recommended books. Look for book givers meandering around downtown, in the locker room at Old Town Hot Springs, at happy hour...just about anywhere. Hunting the Ice Whales 6:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library International Wildlife Film Festival’s 2013 award-winning film about a team of marine mammal researchers as they battle horrendous conditions to gather unprecedented data on whales. FREE. Carl’s Bluegrass Wednesday 7 PM @ Carl’s Tavern Lively Bluegrass music. Featuring: Ragweed Thursday April 24 Steamboat Writers Group Noon @ The Art Depot Writers meet to discuss and critique their work All are welcome. FREE. For more info:,

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Friday April 25 April 25, 1917, Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia. Fitzgerald would go on to become a staple in Jazz music. As composer Ira Gershwin once said, “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.” Amen to that. Saturday April 26 Cosmic karaoke night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl Sing your favorite songs under disco lights and the clang of bowling pins. FREE admission to Karaoke. For more info: 970-879-9840. Sunday April 27 Dollar Bowling Night 7 PM @ Snow Bowl. Only $1! Monday April 28 A Seed Library Session: GMOs & the Law 6:30 PM @ Bud Werner Memorial Library Film and conversation about the legalities of seed saving with intellectual property attorney Scott Sinor. FREE. events Open Mic Night 10 PM @ Old Town Pub Hosted by Roemer. Performers get a free Drink. FREE. Tuesday April 29

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The Rusted Porch 2-6 PM, Everyday McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft 4-6 PM, Everyday Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant 3-6 PM, Everyday Sunpie’s Bistro 3-6 PM, Everyday Steamboat Smokehouse 3-6 PM, Everyday Mambo Italiano 3-6 PM, Everyday Carl’s Tavern 4-6 PM, Everyday Cantina 4-6 PM, Everyday Old Town Pub 4-6 PM, Everyday Boathouse Pub 4-6 PM, Everyday Sweetwater Grill 4-6 PM, Everyday

Danceworks Teen Class 4 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for Teens, ages 11-15. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks., www., or call 970-846-4450

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Danceworks Adult Class 6 PM @ The Art Depot Modern fusion dance class for adults. All levels welcome. Mix of ballet, hip-hop, modern, African and Belly-dancing. Tuition: $110, or $15 for a drop in class. For more info: danceworks.steamboat@gmail. com, www.danceinsteamboat. com, or call 970-846-4450

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Rex’s American Grill & Bar 4:20-6 PM, Everyday 8th Street Steakhouse 4:30-6 PM, Everyday

Laundry 4:30-6, Everyday Riggio’s Ristorante 5-6 PM, Everyday Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant 5-6 PM, Everyday Bistro CV 5-6:30 PM, Everyday The Tap House 3-6 PM, Mon. – Fri. Slopeside Grill 3 – 6 PM, Mon. – Fri. Cugino’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant 4-6 PM, Mon. – Fri. Circle R Bar 4-6 PM, Thurs. – Sat.

Valley Voice

April 2014


Poetic Pragmatist

My Working Definition By Cody Badaracca

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. – Plato I Shall Not Care When I am dead and over me bright April Shakes out her rain-drenched hair, Tho’ you should lean above me broken-hearted, I shall not care. I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful When rain bends down the bough, And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted Than you are now. - Sara Teasdale

water. The gaudy magnificence of a big bull Elk in the cold frost of November’s sun. The way a dead animal curls into itself. A fist trying to mesh with a jawbone. A woman’s symmetry. Poetry’s potentiality exists within every expression, and perhaps the poet’s job is to attempt and capture that potentiality into a cohesive and literate format. That should be tax deductible, because human’s existential struggle with Mother Nature and reality is something that transcends the certainty of Death or taxes. The misanthrope in me knows that our species isn’t long for this world. But during our brief and conscious stint, we will continue struggling within the dirt and that uncomfortable sensation of displacing air. If poetry can translate the secret language of the earth into something tangible to help alleviate our passing, then it does have value within our society.

I consider myself a poet. But, I’m unsure as to what being a poet truly entails. There has to be more to a poet than just writing poetry, and there’s more to poetry than just a poet writing. I wish I could file The pragmatist in me believes poetry serves a more “Poet” on my W2s, because I literally have made NO commonplace function within our immediate lives and MONEY writing poetry. None whatsoever. I don’t write society. My working definition of poetry is that it’s poetry with financial gain in mind, but it is validating simply a beautiful pause in the increasingly mundane when people will pay you for what you love to do. And prose of everyday life. A lull in the chit-chat. A simple, living within the cold, steel mouth of capitalism, money mental break. After getting my BA in journalism, I greases those jaws and lets us hide between the teeth became disillusioned with “The News” and the modes of to see another sunrise. Most recognized poets have modern media. The idealist in me believes journalists worked a series of various jobs before they everis“made are meant Spring like a perhaps hand to inform and challenge the public’s view of it” as a poet, and for some, being a poet-isE. incidental to the world, not simply to pander to lurid curiosity, reE. Cummings actual careers. Again, it’s hard to define the descripport on pointless updates, or serve as a mouthpiece for tion of a poet, since poetry doesn’t necessarily produce agendas from both sides of the political aisle. That’s not Spring is like a perhaps hand something tangible that can be shrink-wrapped and News, that’s rhetoric. Rhetoric is dangerous. Rhetoric (which sold at some 2 for 1 sale. A poem is a poem. Youcomes don’t carefully is the gospel from the cold, steel mouth of Capitalism. of Nowhere)arranging do anything with it except read it. Plus,out everyone has a peopleare look(while different opinion on what is a poem. a window,into which Poems a respite. Unlike rhetoric, or the News, or people stare an instruction manual, or your Miranda Rights, or arranging and placing April is national poetry month. It was inaugurated by changing those stupid “As Seen On TV” ads, a poem doesn’t need the Academy of American Poets in 1996carefully to celebrate there a strange to convince you of anything. It doesn’t have to inform “poetry and its vital place in American thing culture. ” I’m not thing you of the state of the world. Poetry can sit astride and a known here)and sure what vital place poetry still holds within the Amerthe vernacular of the modern world and make light of ican culture, but that’s my inner cynic changing writing. I want Hell, poetry can even side-step the ridged bounds of everythingit. carefully to believe poetry is still read and written outside of Grammar and get away with it. (Aptly called “Poetic the classroom and coffee shop and thatspring it serves some License”) Certainly there are poems wailing about the is like a perhaps purpose other than adolescents trying to be mysteriworld’s indignities or try convincing you of a point, but Hand a window ously sensitive or a therapy session veiled ininesoteric a poem is a poem. It is expression in the only way the (carefully tobe metaphor. Most poetry readings and slams tend to poet knows, like an infant screaming when the words fro wait moving New aren’t and there. It’s the poet’s reaction to the uncomfortcooperative emotional masturbation asand people Old things,while tensely for their moment with the microphone. able sensation of displacing air. Maybe the poet has people stare carefullysome meaning or agenda kicking around in his skull …That’s the cynic writing again. I’ve been thataadomoving perhaps when he writes the poem, but once in the ether the lescent tensely waiting his turn, and sometimes poem takes on its own meaning, shaped as much by fraction ofgroup flower here placing therapy works. Poetry’s vital place depends on of what the mood of the reader as the environment it’s read an inch air there)and you define poetry as, and whether or not it serves some in. Poetry is one of those unique human facilities that purpose outside of itself. (A poem by any other name transcend language and age, and I want to believe it without breaking anything. is…?) In one sense, and to utilize esoteric metaphor, does actually still hold a vital place in our species’ colI think the earth expresses herself through poetry. lective mind, because poetry is what helps make us so The gleaming bone of mathematics is poetry, stretchachingly human. ing reality’s skin over itself in ratios and patterns as everything is subtracted, added to, divided into ever exBut perhaps I’m waxing poetic. panding and smaller bits of itself. The way trees grab at the air with delicate branches is poetry. Children holding hands. The slick iridescent head of a Mallard in the

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April 2014

Valley Voice

Artist Profile

Julie Green By Mical Hutson

have no idea how we are going to accomplish the task, and might even question if we are even remotely up to it. I am proud to introduce you to Julie Green, who has directly and indirectly positively affected the lives of hundreds of women and girls. Some are girls who had a high chance of being sold into slavery or married into domestic slavery at the age of 12 or 13 in Nepal. Her commitment to them has helped meet not only their basic needs but provides the opportunity for the women and girls to attain the dream of becoming the most accomplished Buddhist teachers the world has ever known. Teachers who will inspire the wisdom seekers around the world to live peacefully and find joy. Me: How did your involvement with the International Friends of the Tsoknyi Nepal Nuns begin?

I have been profiling artists for about a year and a half now. This journey has led me to explore the artists’ journey far deeper than reading shelves of books on the process ever has. Almost every artist I’ve interviewed has shared an important lesson that has affected me personally and the way I choose to do life and look at the world. It has also led me to explore the label of what art is. I have come to believe that living life as an artist is actually one of the bravest journeys a human can choose. There is no script. No beginning, middle or end. There is no guaranteed paycheck. There is no blueprint to follow really, because art is about creation, which by its very definition is an unknown. It is about exploration, defining our own path and following the call when the end of the path is completely obscured. It is about individuation. On occasion, in my column, I dive away from paintings, photography and sculpture, because the net is cast wide in my mind. The artist’s life includes our creative conservation biologist who introduces new world-altering concepts (Shawn Sigstedt of World Park Institute), a flute teacher who decides to found an orchestra when there are no strings players in the Valley (Mary Beth Norris, Founder of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra), gallery owners who start co-ops that any artist can join (Linda Laughlin of Steamboat Springs Center for the Visual Arts), writers who risk everything (Dagny McKinley), and this month, an entrepreneur who answered an internal call while looking at the stars from her deck, to help women and girls. She didn’t know who they would be, or how she would do it, or even if she could, but she made a vow that if her business she’d owned for 25 years would sell, then she would help women and girls in desperate need. This is the stuff that fascinates me as a writer and as a human. And in a way, we all are artists. Our life path comes with no guarantees, but we turn our lives into art when we answer the “call,” the “unexplained yearning,” by showing up even when we’re fairly certain we

JG: We discovered that the need arose from the Chinese government policies discouraging the Tibetan nomadic way of life, thus breaking the centuries old cycle of families supporting their daughter to be nuns in nunneries. Families were having to move out of the high country into cities and the daughters had no way of feeding themselves in the nunneries and had to move back to the cities with their families, giving up their monastic life to become housekeepers. The Chinese government discouraged this way of life because they weren’t able to control those people, the nomads of that region were the last holdouts fighting Tibet being taken over by China. It took five full days of traveling from leaving Steamboat Springs to arrive at the first nunnery. There was a lot of driving once we arrived in China. The first day of driving was 19 hours, followed by two eight hour days of driving, just to get to the first nunnery. The roads transformed from paved, to gravel, to two track that went through pastures and streams and up mountainsides.

JG: In 2003, I was trying to sell the Steamboat Art Company. I had owned it for 25 years. I remember walking out onto my deck and vowing that if I could sell the store, I would devote the rest of my life to helping women. A month later, an offer came in, but it didn’t work out. I traveled to Bhutan, and while there, an email arrived and I negotiated the sale of the store while traveling. By 2004, the store had sold, so I went to Crestone to visit my teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche. I asked him formally to be my teacher and I also told him I had time to volunteer. I thought I would be working on a project in Crestone. However, Rinpoche had just taken on the responsibility of Tibetan Nangchen Nuns. There were about 2,500 nuns scattered across Eastern Tibet in 32 nunneries. He asked me to become a part of that project.

Me: Who knew how to get there?

Me: How did you meet Rinpoche?

JG: He’s often chanting quietly. It all boils down to one thing, praying for enlightenment and happiness of all beings. His teachings say that happiness is part of our human bill of rights. But most of us go about trying to find happiness in all the wrong ways.

Me: In 1995 I got an idea in my head to start an alternative spiritual center, so I purchased the Café Blue Bayou building on Yampa (now E3). We started offering yoga classes, massage therapy, alternative spiritual weekends. Tim Olmsted became our meditation teacher. At the time, Tim was making a living by offering treks to Nepal. I went on one of his treks in 1996, and met Tsoknyi Rinpche in Nepal. Several years later, Tim encouraged our sangha to attend a week-long silent retreat in Crestone with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Me: When you made that promise on your deck in 2003, did you think Rinpoche was going to become involved in that? JG: No, I didn’t know what that was going to be. I was never a women’s libber, but the trips to Nepal made me more aware. We’d stay in tea house trek lodges, and I’d learn the parents of the daughters working there had sold them to the guest houses to become indentured servants, and were sometimes abused. The porters would often rape the girls. To add insult to injury, being raped in that culture makes them un-marriable. Some of us on that first trek sponsored some of the girls’ education. Me: So we’re back to 2005 when you visit the 2,500 nuns that Rinpoche is responsible for now. Tell me about that experience.

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JG: A Tibetan Buddhist monk knew all the roads and acted as our guide. And Tsoknyi Rinpoche knows the area really well too. Everywhere we went, people lined the roads to greet Rinpoche and to receive blessings. Me: What does that look like? (I make the sign of the cross) JG: He’d hold a sacred object and touch it to their the head. If he’s friends with someone, he’ll touch his forehead to yours. Me: What is the blessing? Is he going through an action or is he saying something?

Me: Did you have the documentary crew with you at this point? Yes. We had four four-wheel drive vehicles, and basically didn’t have a shower for a month, ate a lot of rice, yak yogurt . . . Me: (I grimace) JG: Yes. I don’t even like regular yogurt, so it was really bad tasting to me. There was always a big hunk of yak meat on the table with flies on it. I lost 10 pounds on that trip. But we got to start meeting the nuns and witnessing their devotion to Rinpoche and their practice. We even were honored to meet the nuns who were almost finished with their 3 year retreat. They hadn’t left the building in three years. (*a three year retreat is like a PhD program at the most esteemed university in monastics) We asked them what they wanted to do. They’re holding hands with each other and wished they could do another three years, but knew they needed to give other nuns the opportunity. There were about 10 of them in a one-room building. They each have a meditation

Valley Voice box, which is where they sleep, it’s a 3 foot square box. They were so sweet and kind and smiling and robust, living at 13-15,000 feet. Everywhere I went, a nun was always holding my hands trying to warm them up. They were so kind. Me: What is their plan when they finish the 3 year retreat? JG: They take turns with their duties. While they are in three- retreat, the other nuns will provide their food and basic needs. They all want to do as much of their retreat time as they can. They are serious about trying to attain the highest level of enlightenment/realization as they can. We traveled for a month and visited the two biggest nunneries, one we had to ride horses to get to. The largest nunnery had 450 women there. We discovered their greatest desire was one hot meal a day. Their normal diet is tsampa, which is roasted barley flour mixed with yak butter tea, which comprises their three meals a day. For them to get hot noodle soup was their only wish in the world. We interviewed nuns and learned their stories, the documentary narrated by Richard Gere, Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet, was the result of that filming trip. Me: (Julie is very humble, and I have worked on her projects in the administrative and marketing role, and it was months before I tore the information from her that she was one of the donors who made the film possible.) Did you think you were finished at that point? JG: No, I knew I was going to fundraise. I wanted to create an endowment fund to help support them forever. To protect the spiritual tradition, help them build housing. I did that for another year and then the Pundarika Foundation took that over. For me it was a giant inspiration for my Buddhist practice and had ignited an interest in women’s issues in other parts of the world. By 2008, it wasn’t possible for Westerners to go back to that part of the world due to the Tibetan protests that began prior to the Beijing Olympics. Me: Nuns and monks were getting killed, right? JG: Yes. They were also protesting by self-immolation. So far, over 125 have self-immolated since 2008 in Tibet. Me: How does one reconcile self-immolation with the right to happiness? Do they believe they have a right to happiness? JG:. All Buddhists do. Life has built in suffering, but there’s a solution. The Dalai Lama discourages the practice of self-immolation. None of us can probably fathom what goes on in Tibet under Chinese rule. Me: So at this point in the story, there is still not an International Friends of the Tsoknyi Nepal Nuns (Julie helped found this non-profit and is on the board. It’s this project I contract my help out to. I work for money, Julie works for charity, countless hours daily in front of her computer, and traveling around the world in harsh conditions.) Then something happened? JG: In the Fall of 2010, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his brother, Mingyur Rinpoche exchanged monastaries.

April 2014 Tsoknyi had a thriving monastery, Osa Ling, but he wanted to start a nunnery to support his nuns who had escaped Nangchen, Tibet and were living in Nepal. (Tsoknyi is a 3rd incarnation of a Rinpoche who held completely maverick ideas about women in a very patriarchal culture in 1850, forming nunneries for women to achieve the highest levels of teaching and practice . . . this during our Civil War when we were using slaves and women were decades away from achieving the vote). His brother, Mingyur had been given an abandoned monastary on Chobar Hill near Kathmandu. They exchanged monastaries so Tsoknyi could help the women. Shortly after, Tsoknyi and Mingyur traveled to their childhood village in the Nubri Region of northern Nepal to visit a new school they had helped fund in the village Sama. Tsoknyi noticed there were no girls in the school. When he asked the villagers why, they said they didn’t want their girls going to boarding school and wanted them to get a more traditional education. Me: Traditional means Buddhist? JG: I think so. Tsoknyi said that perhaps a few girls could come to Chobar Hill to his newly established nunnery. In the spring of 2011, 82 little girls showed up completely unexpectedly. I received a letter from one of Rinpoche’s devoted students living in Kathmandu at the time this happened, begging for help. The nunnery was completely unprepared for this many girls. Before falling into near ruins, it had originally been designed to house 35 people. The 82 little girls arrived unannounced without underwear, dressed in rags, and very malnourished. My impression was that it was a panic. Somehow they managed to clean them up, shave their heads, and get them robes. JG: I had an opportunity to go on a pilgrimage with Rinpoche in the fall of 2011 to consecrate a new nunnery high in the Himalayas of Nepal. I was hesitant but decided at the last minute to go. I packed my suitcase with 85 pairs of socks and underwear for the little girls determined to visit the nunnery on Chobhar Hill. The two of us met every night for two weeks, then presented our ideas to Rinpoche, and began fundraising to the pilgrimage group we were traveling with. We raised $26K to purchase a truck, because up to that point, there was only an old motorbike that a monk rode to pick up supplies for everyone. It seemed to be a first priority. If a nun got sick, she had to ride on the back on very difficult roads to get to a doctor. Me: How far did he have to ride to get supplies? JG: About 30 minutes each way, and bear in mind, we’re talking about feeding 120 people. The poor man, when we saw him, he was wearing a white sleeveless tee, his robes pulled down around his waist, covered in dust and sweating profusely. So Jean and I returned to the U.S, promising to return in February, thinking we’d be raising funds for food, cooking fuel, clothing and medical supplies. We arrived our first night to see a site plan for a full-blown nunnery with six buildings, an educational center and also Tibetan Buddhist University called a Shedra. Me: He trusted you ladies! JG: We were flabbergasted! Me: How long did it take you to let it sink in and jump


on board with his plan? JG: About 10 minutes. We looked at each other, took a deep breath, and said, okay. Rinpoche started articulating his vision that given the highest Buddhist education, which most nuns are not allowed to have with the additional opportunities for retreat and service, then the world and the nuns would be best served. It’s not only a nunnery, we’re caring for and educating girls, but Rinpoche said these teachers would be just like him, having achieved the highest level teaching. So we started fundraising and traveling with Rinpoche to his various retreats in the US, England and Germany. People in various organizations around the world started fundraising. The Pema Chodron Foundation jumped on board and funded a three-year retreat at Chobar Hill. By the end of 2012, a primary school, Buddhist University (Shedra), and nuns residence was under construction. In 2013 the three year retreat building began construction. Two films have been made about the nuns. I returned in 2013 and 2014 to help with operations management and accounting. Nurses were hired and the primary school opened in 2013 with 6 school teachers working. We just got 32 more girls. We’re up to 132 little girls at the primary school. Me: You received an art degree from Miami University in Ohio, and your beautiful photography seen around the world telling the story of the nuns and even your serene home is a testament to your eye. Can you speak about creativity in this life journey? JG: I’ve often thought about how important creativity is in my life. Even while I’m doing all this accounting, which relates back to the Art Company, and as an artist major, I had to invent a way to do it. That’s what we’re having to do in Nepal. We have to invent accounting practices that works both for the Nepali Culture and our accounting needs here, or organizational system. In addition, the creativity of creating brochures, getting the message across. There’s an art to fundraising. Just like a painting, you have to get the emotion of what is happening to these human beings conveyed to your potential donors. And somehow you have to make it juicy and real and touch people’s hearts, just like a painting, or a performance by a musician. Me: And your photography does that as well. JG: Anybody who travels with me knows I’m never without my camera. I’m constantly taking pictures. Me: Did you ever feel like you abandoned your art? JG: Yes. Basically when I acquired Steamboat Art Company and had two children over the course of three years. There was no time for my art. There is a loom upstairs with a piece I started in 1982. I always feel like someday I will come back to this.

To learn more about the Tsoknyi Nepal Nuns or how you can help, visit or call Julie Green at 846.1016. To reach the author for comments, email

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Welcome to April, the schizophrenic month! The natural world cannot decide whether the world should be warm or cold, snowing or raining, in full bloom or covered in snow. The month of April does nothing to help me with my sanity or my patience, but I certainly stand in awe of Mother Nature’s tenacity. A couple of years ago I was leading a snowshoe tour up the Uranium Mine Road the last week in March, it was one of those gray part rain/part snow days. I was as gloomy as the weather. We were getting to the last switchback when I caught movement to my right and turned to see a stunning butterfly flitting across the top of a snowfield, mindless that it was miserable conditions to be out in. Whoa, I thought, that is one tough butterfly! Let me introduce you to the Mourning cloak butterfly. This and the Milbert’s tortoiseshell butterfly are two hardy species that overwinter in our Colorado mountains as adults. Most butterflies survive winter as their caterpillars from summer pupating in a hardened shell (some call this a chrysalis, some call it a pupa). These pupae are most often brown in winter and found in protected areas such as cracks in tree bark, under logs. If you have put up a load of firewood in the fall, always check each log before bringing it inside so no caterpillars-in-the-making will be roasted. Then there are the butterflies that overwinter as adults, such as the Mourning cloak and Milbert’s tortoiseshell, hibernating in crevasses of bark, in caves, in nooks and crannies of buildings and under logs and leaf litter. We usually think of butterflies as needing a nectar source, but Mourning cloak that emerge during a warming trend any time of the winter can feed on sap oozing from aspen and other trees and bird poop (yes, you read that correctly, they feed on the minerals and salts of the feces). The Mourning cloak has brownish maroon wings edged with cream and small iridescent purple dots near the cream edge. When their wings are closed they

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offer perfect camouflage as they perch on the side of a tree. Listen closely as you approach a resting Mourning cloak. It will suddenly emit an audible click before it flits away in a flash of color. The Milbert’s tortoiseshell has a striking orange to yellow band next to a dark irregular edge. Both the Mourning cloak and Milbert’s tortoiseshell belong to the brush-footed butterflies (as do the Monarch, Viceroy, Painted lady, Weidemeyer’s admiral and Variegated fritillary). All have very small front legs that are covered in hairs, resembling a brush. We will look at butterflies in your home gardens in a later article. Early spring brings one of the loveliest wildflowers, the pasqueflower (Pulsatilla ludoviciana). Stop and really admire this beauty. As it pushes up through the soil, and often remaining snow, the first sign of life is a stem and bud as soft as kitten hair. Because this plant is emerging during the spring indecision of warm vs freezing, these plants protect their delicate new growth with dense hair. The nodding furball bud will open into pastel lavender flowers of unbelievable beauty. The tepals (when the petals and sepals are not differentiated) form a soft cup tinted darker on the outside and light lavender inside, with a sunny eruption of stamens (the male parts) in the center. Flowers soon turn into a ball of feathery seeds. Each seed looks like a narrow feather. The seeds react to water and as they land on moist soil the tail of the feather curls up like a coil and begins to “plant” the seed in the ground. Cool, huh?! The added bonus of pasqueflower is they are found from the valley up to treeline. You can follow their beautiful blooms well into summer as winter’s hold melts up the mountains. Enjoy the ever-changing spring and the renewal of our vibrant world. See you on the trails!

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April 2014

Go Figure!?

A Few Fun Facts About Colorado


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By Scott L. Ford

Its gets pretty quiet in Steamboat Springs during April. If you are growing tired of hearing all about your friends’ spring break plans, change the conversation with some Colorado Fun Facts. The first European visitors to the state were Spanish explorers in the 1500s; the territory was claimed for Spain in 1706. The United States obtained most of the land east of the Continental Divide as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The central portion was acquired in 1845 with the admission of Texas as a state, and the western part was added in 1848 as a result of the Mexican War. Colorado has the highest elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 mountain peaks over 10,000 feet (Routt County has 50 of them with Mt. Zirkel the highest at 12,180 and Saddle Mountain the lowest at 10,020). Colorado has 54 peaks towering above 14,000 feet. The state is headwaters for four great river drainages in the United States: Platte Length =990 miles Rio Grande Length =1,900 miles Colorado Length =1,450 miles Arkansas Length =1,460 miles The tallest sand dunes in America are located in Great Sand Dunes National Park. This bizarre 46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks was the creation of ocean waters and wind more than one million years ago. If you have never been there – go and play on the dunes.

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Also…on the Easy ad replace "Your listen at work…" to "Family and Workplace Thanks, blocks and is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. About 35% of Colorado’s land area is owned by the federal government. Colorado’s nickname is the Centennial State. Colorado was admitted to the Union during the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Colorado was the 38th state to join the Union. (What states were the 37th and 39th? Nebraska in 1867 and North Dakota in 1889) Routt County (Steamboat Springs is the county seat), was created in 1877 (one year after statehood) and was named after John Long Routt, the last territorial and first state governor of Colorado. A little known fun fact is that he also served as the 7th governor of the state.

.Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” atop Pikes Peak overlooking Colorado Springs in 1893. Denver is nicknamed “The Mile-High City” and this has nothing to do with any 420 products. It’s called the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile above sea level.


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Salmonella in Eggs By Erica Olson for Deep Roots

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Benjamin Franklin said that beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, but I think it’s cookie dough. The “OMG RAW EGGS YOU MAY DIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!” package warnings have never really concerned me . . . but I’ll tell ya, after writing this series of articles on salmonella, I may think a bit differently from here on out.

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Historically, salmonella in eggs was often a result of the eggshell’s integrity being compromised. With a chicken’s cloaca being an “everyone gets out here” sort of exit, cracks in the shell could allow potentially harmful bacteria access to the egg’s interior. Well-meaning but uneducated folks commonly fear bacteria transmission into the egg’s interior from manure on the outside of the egg, but the naturally occurring bloom (a protective mucosal coating covering the egg when it is laid) prevents against such contamination.

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Today, there are three major ways for salmonella to get into eggs: genetic transmission, when the egg is processed after being laid, or during food preparation. Unfortunately, most salmonella-tainted eggs fall into the first category: They come from the chicken itself. So how does that work? Simply enough, it seems. The chicken picks up salmonella from any number of origins--such as spoiled feed contaminated with rodent droppings--and becomes infected. The most common types of salmonella that affect chickens these days are asymptomatic, so the birds show no signs of disease. Once the bird becomes a carrier, the bacteria can move to the chicken’s oviducts. From there, as the egg is forming inside the bird, salmonella can be transmitted to the interior of the egg before the shell develops. The tricky part? Due to the lack of symptoms, it can be difficult to determine a carrier bird from one that is not. Chickens can be tested for the presence of salmonella, but factory farms generally do not bother. Even if a chicken does carry salmonella, infected birds only lay a contaminated egg on a rare basis; the CDC estimates it happens once every 20,000 eggs. Even if the egg makes it out of the chicken without any salmonella bacteria in it, eggs can be contaminated during the hen-to-shelf process. Eggs are washed after they are laid, thus removing the protective bloom. An artificial barrier is usually re-installed via an application of mineral oil, but the gap between the two leaves

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the shell porous and vulnerable to cross-contamination. Although eggs may be washed and sanitized during the operation, it does not affect the egg’s contents.

Eggs are naturally germ-free, due to antibacterial proteins found within the egg white, but their high nutrient density provides a fertile breeding ground for bacteria under the right conditions. If an egg has even a small amount of bacteria, improper storage conditions can raise the bacterial count to significant proportions. An hour or two at room temperature can be enough for bacteria to multiply inside an egg to levels that can affect a healthy adult. Older eggs are even more at risk for adulteration, as the egg white weakens and breaks down over time. After an egg has been affected, it is easy to spread the contamination, particularly in restaurants or other scenarios where food is prepared in bulk. Once a tainted egg’s shell has been broached and the contents mixed with others, contamination is assured. But what about the cooking process? There are all sorts of warnings to thoroughly cook any food that uses eggs in the recipe. Won’t that kill any bacteria? Not entirely. Normally, salmonella concentrate in the yolk, and cooking techniques that leave the yolk runny--including sauces, puddings, and so forth--are the ones most at risk of leaving bacteria alive. However, under certain conditions in which eggs were allowed to warm up, salmonella bacteria multiplied to the point where NO amount of cooking could completely eradicate the bacteria. It is for this reason that pasteurized eggs are used in nursing homes or other situations where feeding immuno-compromised people is an issue. Unfortunately, no one can tell if an egg carries salmonella just by looking at it. Quality is no assurance, either; Grade A eggs are the ones most commonly affected. Organic, kosher, free-range, vegetarian-fed, brown shell, white shell . . . none of these factors make a difference. Even small family farms may have chickens that carry salmonella, although large factory farms have a greater number of elements that can contribute to a higher rate of infection. You may never look at an egg the same way again.

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April 2014


Dog’s Life

New Puppy Shopping List By Lisa Mason


So you’re thinking about getting a new puppy…Awesome! But before you do (unless of course you already have!) think about what things you might need in order to welcome that newest member into your family. Plan ahead. In fact, let’s make a shopping list together… Ok, here are some things I’d have on my shopping list: GREAT Food - By GREAT, I mean a nutritionally substantial food that your pup can thrive, not just survive, on. Puppies need animal protein for healthy growth and for building strong organs, skin and coat. Read the labels and find ones that have identifiable whole food proteins and foods. My preference is a species specific raw food, but if budget is an issue, then at least find a variety of high quality kibble/canned foods that you like. Start out with consistent meals until your pup has settled in to her new home, then begin rotating the foods. The more variety you offer your young pup, the stronger and more adaptable her digestive system will become as she grows. Please do not “free” feed puppies. Setting a schedule for mealtimes will help immensely when it comes to potty training. By knowing when your puppy has eaten, you’ll know exactly when she needs to go outside. Many an inside accident can be prevented! Also, “free” feeding can result in finicky eaters, making it tough when you’re traveling and need your pup to eat at specific times. Better to teach your pup at an early age that there are actual mealtimes. Dog Crate – I’d recommend a wire or airline crate for new pups rather than the softer, fabric crates. Get one that is just big enough for them to stand up and turn around in. You might also consider an “x-pen” also known as an exercise pen. X-pens are a series of (usually) 8 connected wire panels that are commonly from 24” to 36” high. I had one that saved my “life,” so to speak, because I used one to create a playpen for my Willa when she was young. Using the x-pen to surround her crate, I made a place where she could wander a bit,

play with her toys and/or sleep by herself, safely and securely without my having to constantly entertain her. Water/Food Bowl –stainless steel or ceramic. No plastic please. Plastic dog bowls too often scratch easily, allowing bacteria to develop and hide in the crevices. They may leach chemicals from the plastic material into your pup’s food or water bowl and some pups, if bored and left alone, may chew on and ingest small but harmful pieces of the plastic. Some pups are even allergic to plastic and may develop skin irritation, bumps, hair loss and/or discoloration of the nose. Safe Chew Toys - Depending on the age of your puppy, Kongs are a wonderful item to have in your puppy “toolbox.” Stuff them with your pup’s meal, freeze and serve. The frozen Kong will keep them occupied for quite a while. Look for other, durable puppy-proof toys. Some companies that produce an assortment of reliable puppy toys are West Paw, Kong and Orbie; there are many others. Special Soft treats for training - because they are easier to eat and you can break them into many smaller treats! Just as with the food, look for quality treats with natural, identifiable ingredients. A training tip: have some very high value(to your pup, not you!) treats that you pull out only when teaching her something new or getting her accustomed to possibly challenging things, like house/potty training, or introducing her to unknown places, strangers or highly active children. Collar or (I prefer) a Harness plus a Leash Have fun with this one, there are lots to choose from. But no choke chain collars, please. Grooming Tools Nail clippers, a brush and dental tools (either a tooth brush, finger brush or some gauze and doggie toothpaste). Getting your puppy accustomed to being groomed will reap benefits later down the road. Puppy Trainer It’s never too early to start researching for a good trainer. Interview prospective teachers to see which one meets your desired goals.

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April 2014

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Front Range Dwelling


By Tom Scharf My Friend Andy was 41 years old when he put a shotgun in his mouth and ended his life. Andy and I were best friends for fifteen years, but tensions grew between us in his last five years that I couldn’t understand.

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When I spoke at his memorial service, I spent the majority of my time recounting many of the exciting adventures we went on together. Andy and I hiked, backpacked and boated hundreds of miles, climbed an array 14,000’+ peaks and travelled in my VW Van to witness many exotic landscapes in the American West. I said how much these experiences made me who I am, how Andy was a part of it, and how much I’d miss him and this important part of my life. In the 7 years since that memorial, I have wished that my remarks reflected more of what I was thinking and feeling. I wish that I had said that we drifted apart. I wanted to say that there was a strange, competitive, undermining energy that he brought to our every interaction. I wanted to relate that I was frustrated and angry about the irritating, petty behaviors (his as well as mine) that stood in the way of our deep friendship. And I really wanted to say that his suicide somehow provided me with an explanation for the tension, the behavior, and our failing friendship. And while it was good to have the understanding, I would rather have lived with the mystery – and Andy. Andy and I were in sync when it came to how we viewed the wilderness. We agreed on how we should interact it with it, how we respected its beauty, it’s gift, its bounty and its danger. When it came to backpacking and camping, we firmly believed in the “leave no trace” ethic - leaving only footprints, taking only memories. Part of this ethic meant that we made no fires. Blackened rocks and charcoal scars are glaring and unsightly. The continuous harvesting of wood depletes and exposes the best camp sites, harms trees, and doesn’t allow the wood to give its nutrients back to the earth through a natural process. Backcountry rules often reinforced our ethic as we climbed higher and went father in our journeys. Fires were often completely banned in the tinder-dry west, and almost always banned above certain elevations. Wilderness ethics aside, the thing that Andy and I discovered is that in those darker, colder nights, we could see the stars and the sky better. We could hear the sounds of the wilderness with much more clarity and we could talk and think in more meaningful ways. We liked it better.

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A few weeks after Andy’s memorial, his brothers, his friends, and I went on a backpacking trip to spread his ashes in the high country. Andy’s recent girlfriend and I got into an argument about starting a fire at our high-altitude camp. She didn’t care for our wilderness ethic and argued that fires and camping were the ethic that the rest of America lived by. She could never recall a time when the activities of camping and building fires were not conjoined. While she didn’t articulate her position well, I certainly understood her, and recognized her viewpoint in so many people that I have known. Fire keeps us warm and makes us feel safe. Fire unites the clan in shared comfort, conversation, understanding and often, song.

I didn’t interject the thought that “this is what Andy would have wanted” into the discussion for two reasons; The first is that there were other experienced backcountry friends there who simply said “no” - and ended the discussion. The second is that I was suddenly struck by the fact that with his death, Andy provided me a deeper metaphor that he could no longer articulate or appreciate; it’s amazing the things that you can see when the fire is out. Tom Scharf is a Front-Range dweller, living in the “Big, Dirty D” for 30 years. He is the CEO of Swallow Hill Music, has a wife and 1.0 kids. He’s a reader, writer, and guitar slinger.

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April 2014


Here Knitty-Knitty

Custom Fitted Socks: A Journey of Discovery

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As I’ve been sitting and knitting and talking socks with people, I’ve noticed a theme. Most of the sock knitters I know have at least a couple of problems as they contemplate knitting socks for their loved ones. First, their loved one wants plain dark socks. Seriously. That’s a lot of knitting the ‘just the knit’ stitch with a pretty hard-to-see yarn. The only solution there is to teach yourself how to knit without looking and set yourself to the task while taking a road trip or binge-watching a TV series or going to the movies or ANYTHING! MAKE IT STOP! RELEASE ME FROM MY BOREDOM! IS THAT A PEANUT ON THE FLOOR? COOL! I LOVE PEANUTS! WHAT’S IT DOING ON THE FLOOR? ARRRGH! I DROPPED A STITCH! Second, their loved one likes knee socks. Knee socks are one of those things that seem easy. After all, all you need to do is knit the leg of the sock longer, right? Hahahahaahahah! You silly knitter. Your loved one has calves. Muscular, athletic, beautiful calves. Lovely muscles that burst out of the straight line of the leg. To knit the knee socks, you have to get around those stinking calves without cutting off the circulation to their feet or making saggy socks. Either one of those situations causes these sad socks to be permanently discarded while you are out of the house. “What happened to your new socks?” “Ummmm.... I think they might have accidentally fallen into the garbage disposal.” Whoopsie. Third, their loved one has hard-to-fit or sensitive feet. At first, learning to knit socks seemed like such a great idea! The knitter could gift his or her loved one with perfectly fitting socks to cushion their sensitive tootsies. They spend tons of time picking the yarn and learning to create these beautiful socks. Then, their loved one finally pulls the sock on. Disaster! The toe isn’t quite right “somehow,” the heel pulls just that little bit too much, the top of the cuff leaves a line on their leg when they pull off the sock. The knitter ends up staring at these feet, obsessed with how to fix this or that problem. Useless socks continue to pile into her “research” pile as experiment after experiment fails. I have a beautiful wyfe who falls into all three of these

categories. So when I heard of a book that promised to solve all of my sock knitting problems through customization, I figured it was worth a try. The book is Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith. I grabbed a copy as soon as it arrived at my local yarn store. When I got home, I read through the instructions, grabbed a tape measure and subjected my lovely wyfe to approximately seventy thousand measurements of her feet. I studied her feet and picked the shapes of her toes, heels and legs according to the diagrams in the book. Then, I went back to the book and used the instructions to create a pattern for a plain pair of socks for her feet and her feet only. I decided to knit from the toe up so she would be able to try the sock on as I worked. I cast-on (using Judy’s magic caston for those who care) and, using the recommendations, created a little “toe pocket” so her toes couldn’t possibly get pinched by the new socks. Unfortunately, the first version of my “toe pocket” left extra fabric at the corners which could become annoying. I ripped the whole thing out and started again. The second time, I thought much harder about the whole thing and made the changes work. I knitted and measured and continued trying the bits of sock on her feet. First the toes, then the foot slowly grew. I worried because it looked a little big, but after trying it on, the math seemed to work. Yay! The book called for an afterthought heel which is where you simply reserve stitches for the heel and insert it after you’ve finished knitting the whole sock. However, once I did this, I realized that I’d created a tube which could no longer be tried on and tested to see if the sock fit. That meant I was on my own with my measurements and my math and my yarn and needles and a sock that was slowly growing so big that I was sure it wasn’t going to work.

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How many times will I have to rip back? Will the sock ever be finished? Catch up with Part Two of my Custom Fitted Sock Journey in the May issue of the Valley Voice!


Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. – Albert Einstein


April 2014

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The Way I See It

What Would Love Do? By Nina Rogers 879.5929 905 Weiss Drive - across HWY 40 from the Holiday Inn

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We are egoic beings. We tend to see life and what goes on around us through the lens of “I.” When something happens in our day to day life that affects us in a way we perceive as negative, we tend to think that it has happened “to” us. This, in turn, puts us (or, more accurately, we put ourselves) in the role of being a victim. From the place of victimhood, or of being on the defensive, it is not possible to think clearly and objectively. We feel under attack, belittled, unappreciated, unseen, unheard. We feel less than. In other words, by putting ourselves in the role of victim, we are giving away our power. Being a victim does not feel good. It may be a role in which we are comfortable (in an uncomfortable kind of way) since we are so often there, but it is not a happy place. When we complain about another or a situation, when we fault-find, we may feel that we are taking a role of power, but in fact we are placing ourselves in the role of victim by saying that what another does adversely affects us. This is only true if we allow it to be true; if we give away our power.

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What if, instead, we acknowledged the unspoken - that I am every bit as likely to screw up or do something that someone else doesn’t like as the next guy. What if, once we get past that acknowledgment, we take a breath, take a step back and then, instead of looking for things to criticize, we look for things to appreciate? About the other person, about the situation, about ourselves? Admittedly, it takes some practice. Admittedly, there are times when one just needs to be pissed off first (sainthood being only a distant concept to most of us!). So let that happen. Let ‘er rip! Don’t try to stop it or judge it or stuff it down. But once it’s run its course, don’t try to keep it alive by bringing it up over and over. Let it flow and let it go and then ask yourself, “What would love do? What have I learned that I needed to learn? What about this path that I’m on needs to change? What do I appreciate about this situation/person? Is this a gift in disguise?”

We are humans, after all, and fallible. We find it easy to follow the path we have followed so often in the past. We react to stress, to insult (real or perceived), to fear, to anger all from the ego. We get our panties in a bunch, our knickers in a twist. We get all steamed up and then we let off steam by judging and criticizing. We get all into our heads. We get self-righteous. But, wait a minute. Take a breath and ask yourself, “Self, how do I feel?”

There is a wonderful practice called “Heart-Centered Breathing” that has been demonstrated to lower blood pressure and ease feelings of stress. It only takes a few moments, but feels so good that one may want to extend the practice just for the joy of it. Close your eyes and cross your hands over your heart chakra. Begin taking slow, even breaths. Concentrate on your breath in and your breath out and clear your mind. After a few minutes, imagine that you can breathe through your heart chakra. Move your breathing down to your heart and breathe in, breathe out. Feel the breath moving through your heart space. Move yourself to your heart space and breathe in, breathe out. Feel yourself living in your heart space and know that you are love and love is you and you are connected at the heart to all beings. And ask yourself, “What would love do? What would I do?”

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Who am I to criticize? Do I know the thought-process that went in to another’s actions or decisions? Do I know what kind of day they had? Do I know what that decision cost them? Do I know what I would have done differently? Do I know that whatever I decided to do would have turned out better? And, most important, do I want to be judged and criticized in my turn? What would love do?

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April 2014

Transitory Adventures

Procrastination By Nacho Neighbor

I meant to get this article in on time, but I put it off. Then I forgot I put it off, and rushed to get it done on time (which it wasn’t). The old double negative rears its head. Procrastinated procrastination prevents proper performance primarily because the preparation was piss poor. Perfectly perfunctorily, such is the life of a serial procrastinator. Why put off today what you can easily save and put off tomorrow? Stretch out the opportunities to “put off puttin’ off.” The circadian opposite of “keep on keepin’ on.” Now the art and protocol of procrastination goes like this, “Only put off things that affect only you. Only you and your credit report, teeth, health, and financial success or failure.” Procrastinating with OPP (Other People’s Procrastinating) is rude and makes it look like your procrastinating is more important than theirs. The time they were waiting on you, was wasted on time they could have spent doing nothing. Huge difference. Make note, there will be a test. Of your friendship, that is. Your mate procrastinated taking birth control. (That ain’t funny, Willis) You procrastinated telling mom you dented her car at the school parking lot. She noticed when you were washing it for the prom. You walking now Willis………………. That sore on your…………..nevermind. See there are some things that may benefit you if you procrastinate. Think about that nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon you were given as a gift. You keep putting it off and now it is even better. It’s all in procrastinated perspective. (I never wait, that was B.S. If I’ve got it, I drink it!)

nated profit. Sam I am, green money in hand. Your friend wanted you to invest in his restaurant. You procrastinated. (With good reason. Who in their right mind would own a restaurant?) It burnt down, and you are off the hook and the friendship is intact. Winner, winner, arson dinner. Yo Holmes, why is that gas can in the back of your car? Your spouse had a list of “honey do’s,” you blew them off. Fast forward to next weekend, and she wants you to go to her friend’s baby shower. “Oh, honey I’d love too, but I have to clean the gutters and rake the yard. Winter is coming, gotta’ get it done.” She leaves (without the leaves) and you have the rake in your hand as she drives off. Back to the game. You only hope she procrastinates tearing you a new one! Procrastinated hind sight is the clearest of them all. Oh don’t you believe it, Junior. Oh dog doughnuts, I forgot to pay that parking ticket the last time we were in Denver. (As your car is towed away on Saturday night at midnight.) “Won’t do that again,” you say as the next ticket is on your window after a Rockies game. Son, you may be the reason tigers eat their young….. Hmmmm. Back in the police blotter. FTA (Failure To Appear) Really? Your dog pooped in the neighbor’s yard, you got caught and you put off getting your measly fine? Now you are Bloody Mary fodder for all of us; you who spent the $1.50 on the Sunday fish wrap so we could laugh at somebody else’s problems. Personally, I thank you for taking the heat off of me. Wait, you were that person who got to visit twice in the same week? Well done, I’m buying, that kind of stupidity deserves a drink. Errr, maybe that was the reason,…….never mind, drink up, I need future entertainment at someone else’s expense.

How about that stock tip your friend told you about? GE was tanking, and he told you to buy. You put it off, and the stock went even lower. Demonstrable procrasti-

I was going to research some pithy endings to an introspective expose’ but I decided to go to Napa Valley instead. Time to turn off all electrical devices. Where is the bar cart? I won’t procrastinate my in-flight beverage fo’sho’.

The wrong side of the glass

Chloe’s ascent


Earth Day History • Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970. • Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, came up with the idea for Earth Day in 1969. • Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as founder of Earth Day.

• Earth Day had an immediate impact. By the end of the 1970, the United States saw some of its first major political efforts to protect the environment, including the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). • Within five years, the EPA had banned the insecticide DDT and Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act and set emissions and efficiency standards for vehicles. • When polled in May 1971, 25 percent of the U.S. public declared protecting the environment to be an important goal, a 2,500 percent increase over 1969. • San Francisco’s role in Earth Day is particularly fitting, given the origins of its name. The city is named after Saint Francis, who was the patron saint of ecology. • In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 to be International Mother Earth Day. • More than 94 million people have pledged “Acts of Green” through the Earth Day Network, sharing how they plan to make a difference for the environment. • 2014 is Earth Day’s 44th Birthday!

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato


April 2014

Valley Voice


Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries

March 21 - April 19

Your efforts to lighten the mood by cracking a few jokes will go unappreciated when you are all laying in a great big pile naked, attempting to not freeze to death.


April 20 - May 20

Some point after thousands of tiny spiders begin to crawl out of your nostrils you realize that the dare you took to eat a live arachnid might have been a bad idea.


May 20 - June 20

Your outlandish theory that there is a clan of tiny people who clean your house every night while you sleep is surprisingly accurate. Unfortunately, one day you will realize that the clan of tiny people is actually someone that you lovingly call ‘Mom.’


June 21 - July 22

It might be time for you to stop worrying about what people may think of you, especially those who you owe money to. It’s better to just stop talking to them all together and save yourself some cash.


cious flesh and don’t do a lot of cardio... when the time comes, they will find you very useful.

July 23 - August 23

You’re going to “see a man about a horse,” but you really shouldn’t “put all your eggs in one basket.” The “talk ‘round the campfire” is that “certain people” aren’t “on the up and up,” and you may get “burned” if you don’t “play it cool” and “have your eyes peeled.” ...But don’t quote me on that.



August 23 - September 22

Remember that you can’t believe everything you see on television. When the news reporter announces that there is a giant earthquake in Alaska which will be putting millions out of homes, you have to remember that it could all just be one big exaggeration... and there is no such thing as “Alaska” anyway.


November 22 - December 21

You may not have a lot of money, a booming social life, a lover or even a place to sleep tonight, but you don’t let that get you down. Not after you skipped town without returning that library book. It’s all yours now. Hoo waa!


December 22 - January 19

You will soon realize that taking on life’s problems is a lot like confronting a bear. Running will only make them chase you; lie in the fetal position and wait for your problems to smell you, get bored and eventually lumber away.


September 23 - October 23

January 20 - February 18

Sorry. Nothing special will be happening to you in the near future. Yep... basically the same sh*% different day. Thanks for checking though.

Your marriage proposal will go poorly when you panic and instead of saying “will you make me the happiest man alive?” you instead say, “Will you allow me to do the rest of the male world a favor?”



October 24 - November 21

Yes, you are an animal person. Animals like you because you are kind and gentle to them. Also, they may like you because you’re covered in deli-

February 19 - March 20

Sometimes you feel like you’re the anonymous extra in your life. At least you got a speaking line this time.

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April 2014

Harry Naused in New Orleans with the “Screamer”

By Matt Scharf

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April 2014

Valley Voice

The newest magazine to tell the oldest story. “The Yampa Valley is a unique community that creates, innovates, and generates ways to make life worth living. This magazine explores who we are, understands our uniqueness, and shares our world with its readers.” Paul and Ellen Bonnifield Writers, historians, and lovers of the Yampa Valley

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"This is the MUST READ magazine that explores the multi-faceted cultural heritage and history of Northwest Colorado" Laurel Watson Curator, Hayden Heritage Museum

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Our main audience will be visitors and locals who seek knowledge regarding the history of the Steamboat/Yampa Valley area. Our goal is to design a keepsake style magazine that will serve as both a guide to the uninformed newbie and as a supplement to available books and literature regarding the heritage of the Yampa Valley.

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