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            The word is out. Don’t go to New England to savor the autumn foliage; come to Crested Butte. Hey, I saw it on TV.

            I just watched a clip from the television show “The View” because I heard that Crested Butte got a major shout-out from international “Travel Detective” Peter Greenberg. Like a doting mother, I love to hear praise for my hometown. Sure enough, this clip is cool. I replayed our moment of glory three times. Greenberg, touting his new book The Best Places for Everything, tells his viewers that of all the places in the world to see the fall foliage, his top pick is Crested Butte, Colorado. Yes, our backyard. 

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Wow, it’s official: Emma Coburn is the ninth fastest women’s steeplechase runner on the planet.

            I just got back from the Majestic Theatre, where I couldn’t even get close to the door of the auditorium where Emma’s race was being shown live on the big screen. People were crammed into seats, aisles and floor space, and the rest of us crowded outside the door, craning our necks for a glimpse of the screen. Emma was, after all, our local girl, running in the steeplechase finals at the most prestigious sporting venue in the world.

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            On Tuesday morning two friends and I picked our way through the rocky heights of Teocalli Mountain past four plump and complacent ptarmigans, who scarcely stirred as we passed within easy reach of them. We saw no other humans on our Teocalli trek, just deer, hawks, chipmunks, a chubby badger, purple skypilot blooms and dark thunderclouds. As we looked down from Teo’s summit, Crested Butte and its outlying communities were just specks in the vast wilds – lush green slopes to the south and craggy, dramatic rockscapes to the north. As always, I was awed by the grandeur and immensity of our natural world and the small pocket of it that we occupy.

            The next day, a bit sore of quadriceps, I rode my bike downtown past the softball field fence with all its event banners and was awed in a different way – by all the endeavor, entertainment and opportunity we humans can pack into this small outpost of civilization.

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            Look through the current issue of the Crested Butte Magazine and you’ll see a lively article and a few photos by Crested Butte character-about-town Paul Gallaher. A few months ago, when Paul offered to write a story about the Gravity Groms, I was psyched; the rambunctious kids were right up Paul’s literary and photographic alley. Now I’m especially glad we have Paul’s words in the summer issue – since that was the last magazine article of his life.

            Lots of people over the years have enjoyed Paul’s quirky sense of humor, musical gifts and eagerness to jump into all things offbeat and artistic – and his death in May caught us all by surprise. We’ll have a chance to celebrate Paul’s life at a memorial service next Tuesday, July 10, 3 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church in Crested Butte. In the mean time, we can tell our favorite Paul stories.

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About 200 people gathered anxiously around the televisions at Maxwell’s Restaurant on Friday to watch as hometown Crested Butte steeplechase runner Emma Coburn raced for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team. Maybe Emma could hear the hollers all the way in Eugene, Oregon – certainly the folks out on Elk Avenue could.

Luckily for her nervous fans, Emma left little suspense; within seconds of the start at the Olympic Trials, she had pulled ahead, and she widened her lead with each hurdle and water jump to finish well ahead of the remaining runners. Crested Butte will now have its first summer Olympian in August’s London competition.

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Now that the summer Crested Butte Magazine has rolled off the press (and been posted online), it’s fun to see people pass by the stands, then do a double take to look a little longer at the cover. It tells a bit of a story, which was just what photographer Raynor Czerwinski intended.

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She who laughs...

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2012
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I was drilling a hole today. I thought, "This is boring."
 
 

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How do you know if a police horse is lame? Its hooves go: good clop, bad clop….

Even if you don’t think those jokes are funny – laugh. Laugh to celebrate World Laughter Day (the first Sunday in May). And laugh because it’s good for you, even if you fake it.

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