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Cover fox!

Dec
2010
2

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Well, we've had bodacious babes, sensual sunsets and ripping riders on the cover of the winter Crested Butte Magazine, but we've seldom seen the reaction prompted by this winter's "downtown fox" photo by Paul Gallaher.

If you haven't seen the latest issue of the Crested Butte Magazine, go find a copy and check out the way that fox is looking right at you, poised in mid-step on Elk Avenue. It turns out that many people around town "know" this fox or have had charming encounters with her kin.

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For Gene and Lois

Oct
2010
21

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One of my most touching recent encounters was with Gene Schmitt, a Missouri man now in his eighties who once wrote an article for the Crested Butte Magazine. Gene returned to Crested Butte in late summer to spread the ashes of his wife Lois.

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Somebody stop me...

Aug
2010
30

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            When my son was five, he lived to skate. While I wrote in the warming house, Chris would whip around the ice for hours, wielding his miniature hockey stick. Every time I’d interrupt, he’d protest, “I’m not tired. I’m having too much fun. Just a little longer.” When I’d finally drag him off the rink, he’d melt into a blob too weary to take his own skates off.

            I do the same thing with the Crested Butte summer.

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            Attention, Crested Butte forty-somethings. Have you seen the 40s stick? Is it still out there making its mysterious rounds? 

            For you youngsters of 39 years or less, the 40s stick is a random piece of driftwood that Myles Rademan found on a distant beach a quarter century ago. He lugged it home to Crested Butte, carved on it a little and put his initials on it. Soon afterward, when friend Billy Folger turned 40, Myles gave him the walking stick in anticipation of the infirmity soon to follow their shared four-decade mark. Billy, a woodworker, did a little whittling and initial-carving of his own and bestowed the stick upon the next friend to hit the big 4-0. A tradition was born.

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Summer giddiness

Jun
2010
18

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            Summer has hit, and it’s so full of wonders my brain is popping with things to write about. The problem is that, when I’m not working, it’s just too hard to come inside to write anything down.

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Yesterday I walked my golden retriever Luke up a little ridge on the south edge of town and stumbled on this wondrous field of pasqueflowers. Hundreds of them. The late-afternoon sun illuminated all those fragile little hairs on the stems and set the delicate purple aglow. It stopped me in my tracks. After a few minutes of gazing, I wanted to call everybody I knew and tell them to come take a look. Summer is breaking through.

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Eleven months a year there's no place I'd rather live than Crested Butte. This is that other month. Right now that killer view out Paradise Divide is obscured by the clouds bringing in our next big snowstorm. Just when the grass was greening in the yard, the world, according to weather forecasts, will soon turn white again.

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