A Love Affair with Chocolate
Kathryn R. Burke. Folklore and cultural history claim that consuming chocolate instills faith, improves health, builds strength, and fuels sexual passion. … And, yes, it’s even a healthy treat! [Read more]
February is the Month for Romance
Kathryn R. Burke. Romance—it’s part of that basic need to love and be loved, appreciate and be appreciated. Although love comes in many forms, romantic love is, after all, what got most of us here, and in many cases, it’s what keeps us going. [Read more]
Cupid—Immortal Man or Cherub?
Karen Prather. Who is Cupid? What was Cupid—mortal man or mythological deity? [Read more]
PROFILES, FEBRUARY 2020
Western Colorado Wonder Women
Glee Westcott – Rockin’ the Entrepreneurial Spirit!
Marilyn Cox. She’s a Montrose legend. Since moving here in 1-80, Glee has worked at various endeavors, including antiques and making stained, glass. She renovated the old Lathrop Hardware Store, after buying it in 1998. Continuing the entrepreneurial legacy of 120 years ago has always been one of Westcott’s greatest joys.
Jana Gray Adams, ceramicist
Linda White. For Jana Gray Adams, it’s all about clay. She’s an artist and, at heart, a ceramicist, but it took her a while to get there. After 40 years in Paonia, where she had a successful art business, Jana re-located to Montrose. After a little break, she’s making art again, and as a member of the Montrose Center for the Arts, also teaching it. “Everything has come full circle for me.”
“The Dawn Goddess”
Amiessa Dawn Jutten
Kathryn R. Burke. Amiessa Dawn Jutten is a woman of indomitable spirit and a giving heart. Her background helps her provide compassionate counseling and psychotherapy to a diverse group of clients. This year, she is expanding her practice to include group counseling, workshops, and community education on topics such as wellness, connection, balance, and growth during complicated times.
Find out what’s happening, where to go, what to see
Art About Town—Montrose
Art is in the air!
MCA hosts a First Friday reception for artist, Mike Simpson, 5-7 P.M., Friday the 7th. Magic Circle Players presents two performances of My Funny Valentine, the 14th & 15th. Valley Symphony Orchestra concert, Kaleidoscope of Local Color is Feb. 23rd.
Deb Barr. For those who rely on music to make a living, performance is often key…and for live music to flourish, there must be live music venues. We’ve definitely a lot them here in Western Colorado—from small stage, intimate performances, to big-name shows in ourdoor arenas and indoor performance halls.
Ouray County Art Scene
Ten+ Reasons to Fall in Love with All That Ouray County Has to Offer for Entertainment
Ashley King-Grambley, Executive Director for Weekhawken Creative Arts reports on doings at the Wright in Ouray, 610 in Ridgway, and everybody’s favorite “The Sherb” which hosts outstanding performances all month long.
THINGS TO DO, FEBRUARY 2020
Cabin Fever Getaway
The Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
Ninah Hunter. The first time I drove the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway (UTB), I was blown away. [Read more]
Artist on a Harley
The Gateway Loop
Mike Simpson. A great little ride to break up the cabin fever that begins to set in this time of year is what I affectionately call the “Gateway Loop.” Of course, this time of year, it can be a bit brisk for a motorcycle ride. [Read more]
Ice Skating, Hockey, and Broomball
Ninah Hunter. The Colorado Western Slope is a winter wonderland of fun and outdoor activity offering crowd-free venues for almost every winter sport, including ice skating. [Read more]
HISTORY, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, FEBRUARY 2020
Historic Downtown Montrose
Missouri Building/A.M. Harris Building 345-347 East Main
Marilyn Cox. When the town was incorporated in 1882, the first merchants on this corner were A.E. Buddecke and Richard Charles Diehl. The partners did a booming business from their frame building, known as the Buddecke and Diehl Outfitting House.
Fort Brought the Utes from the Stone Age to the Metal Age
Mary Menz. When fur trader Antoine Robidoux established Fort Uncompahgre in 1928, he met little resistance from the Ute Indians. While they were not historically fond of newcomers to their territory, Robidoux brought with him metalwork, an innovation that the Ute people found beneficial to everyday life.
Kallstrom Jacal Homestead
LaBree Shide. The Montrose Botanic Gardens has a variety of plans to fill the remaining 2.5 acres of its grounds, but one of the more interesting and historical aspects is the Kallstrom Jacal Homestead. The old building has been rescued and put in storage until the staff is ready to complete the project.
FINANCE & REAL ESTATE, FEBRUARY 2020
A Tale of Two Investors
Jim Elder, Finance Editor. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… But this story isn’t about two cities. It’s about two investors. Two brothers, actually—Billy and Randy.
Living Well – Real Estate
Mountain Recreation Land
Finance & Lending Tips
The Agony & Ecstasy of Financing
SENIOR RESOURCES, FEBRUARY 2020
Community Living Services
Open Your Heart and Gain a Friend
Meg Nagel. February is the month of love, but not everyone basks in its glow. As our population ages, the number of people finding themselves alone increases. And although the pain of loneliness may be sharper at this time of year, for someone who is isolated, it can be a chronic, year-round fact. [Read more]
Where were you in the ʼ60s and ʼ70s?
Marilynn Huseby. Did you grow up in this era of “cultural creative change”? Most of us had some passion for cultural change then. We were in schools or communities where we were exploring how we could make a difference. [Read more]
Lend a Hand
Volunteers have been called the “life blood” of a community. Many volunteer exist throughout our Western Colorado communities, where you can lend a hand.
HEALTH, WELLNESS, & OUR FUR FAMILIES
Abigail Seaver, N.D. What is optimal digestion? Is it the absence of bothersome symptoms such as gas, bloating, heartburn, and constipation? Or is it the efficient breakdown of food into nutrients that can be used for energy, growth, and cell repair? [Read more]
Massage—Ancient Therapy, Miracle Modality, or Both?
Kathryn R. Burke. The answer is all of the above. Massage is an ancient therapy and modern effective tool for facilitating and maintaining good health for anyone of any age in any health condition. [Read more]
26 Years and Counting
February means romance, and we give you some suggestions on how to keep it going—places to go, things to do. We celebrate our creative community and thank our writers for special series, with a major kudo to local historian Marilyn Cox who profiled Glee Westccott and wrote about historic downtown Montrose. We also welcome to new neighbors to our MCA-SJPG family: Mike Simpson Art and Valley Symphony Association. [more…] Come along for the ride
TECHNOLOGY, FEBRUARY 2020
|Tech for Today
Digital Travel Planning
Have no Fear. Fiber is Here!
|The good news is that with a few key strokes and clicks on your keyboard, tablet, or phone, you can plan an entire vacation, from flights, to transportation, lodging, and meals. Even pre-book special sidetrips or buy tickets to events at your destination. It’s a digital travel-planning world out there. [Read more]||Karen Prather. Delta-Montrose Electric Association just announced an expansion of fiber service to another 4,000 homes in 2020. By the end of the year, this 21st-century necessity will be extended to nearly the entire city limits of Montrose and three new rural zones. [Read more]|