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Telluride Golf Club Member Scores Rare Double Eagle

Most golfers only dream of hitting that rare hole-in-one.

But July 12, that dream became a reality for Telluride Golf Club member Pete Houdenshel on the links of the Telluride Course.

That morning, Houdenshel stepped up to the tee box on the 254 yard, par 4 seventh hole,  picked up his driver and launched his ball to the green and in the cup on the fly for a hole-in-one and a double eagle! 

A retired airline pilot and resident of Salt Lake City Houdenshel is a five handicap at his home course, the Willow Creek Country Club. A frequent visitor to the Telluride region, Houdenshel reports he “really enjoyed” the par 4 seventh hole during his stay.

Along with his rare double Eagle, out of the six rounds he played, Houdenshel also nabbed an eagle, two birdies, a par and hit one in the lake for a bogie.

Houdenshel hopes that his next visit to Telluride will be to play in the Telluride Golf Club Championship, Aug. 23-24.

Congratulations, Pete, and look out Tiger.

Enjoy The Sweet Life’s Hand-Crafted Cream


By Jennifer Heflin


Ben and Jerry look out, there’s a new ice cream shop in town called The Sweet Life, with ice cream that’s so scrumptious, it just might leave a few freezer shelves in local grocery stores a little bit fuller.

Located just below Femme Fatale (in the space formerly occupied by the Magic Market), The Sweet Life has moved in to offer all-natural ice cream, candy and must-have Sweet Life T-shirts.

For the ice cream alone, with flavors like apple pie, mint chocolate chip cookie dough and even good old-fashioned banana splits, expect to see lines wrap around the block.

The shop décor – retro, retro with turquoise seats and black and white tile – has a diner feel, complete with old-fashioned booths. The tops of its tall, tall tables are ringed in tin-colored metal and covered in black-speckled formica. Instead of the expected jukebox, an XM satellite radio plays in the corner.

“Most diners are black, white, and red, but I couldn’t do without this color,” says owner Jennifer Hayes of the snappy turquoise. “I wanted to create an atmosphere that was extremely ascetically pleasing, family friendly and a premium product.”

The shop has just been open for a few days but according to Hayes, the response has already been overwhelming.

“So far, the best sellers are chocolate, cookies and cream, apple pie and anything that involves peanut butter,” she says. “Right now we are just trying to keep up with demand.”

The Sweet Life’s natural ice creams are created by Hayes’s boyfriend, Kenny Rosen, who honed his gourmet skills as a sous chef at La Campagna. Over the winter, he perfected his ice-cream making skills with a small ice-cream maker at home. The recipes he’s created for the shop use only natural ingredients.

For Hayes, too, the winter months provided inspiration for the shop. “At the time, I was working at Studio Frank and I came up with a business I thought could work,” says Hayes. “I did the research and all the numbers came out well. When the Magic Market closed, we jumped on it, literally – we had seven weeks to put it together. I did all of my research online.”

Why the rust? Because, she says happily: “The location is great."

In the future Hayes plans to develop a coffee bar; she’s hoping to serve food by next fall. “I’m not quite sure what we’ll serve yet, because we are in the experimental phase,” she says.

Hayes moved to Telluride a year ago from New York City, where she worked for Time magazine. When a special event brought her to Telluride in March, 2002, she says she “fell in love” with the town. 

As for The Sweet Life: Plans are now in the works for ice cream chef Rosen to create healthy recipes, starting with as soy-based ice creams.

“We are also planning a contest in which customers can pick the flavors,” says Hayes. “If we pick their flavor their name will be on it.”

The Sweet Life is located at 115 West Colorado; as for hours, they’re still being finalized. For now, it’s open  Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and through 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 


Aussies Dominate King of the Mountain Saturday Race 

Team France Still in Top Slot for Three-Part Series Wrap-Up in Kirkwood Next Month


Part two of the Jeep King of the Mountain downhill mountain bike-racing series, held Saturday on Telluride Ski Mountain, ended with a gold-medal victory for Team One Australia’s Nathan Rennie, and a second win for Team France’s Sabrina Jonnier.

Rennie beat back Team Holland’s Bas de Bever with a .30 second lead.

Team USA’s Mike King was the only American medalist in Saturday’s race; he took the bronze for the men's individual competition.
Rennie, a last-minute replacement for Team Two Australia’s Wade Boote, prior to the series’ start in Wintergreen, Va., edged out Team France’s Cedric Gracia for the gold; Gracia and teammate Sabrina Jonnier both took the gold in Wintergreen, held last month.

Thanks to Jonnier’s second-place Telluride win, Team France will keep their leaders’ jerseys for the final race. Team France now faces stiff competition from two other teams for victory in the three-part series’ wrap-up race, to be held Aug. 23, in Kirkwood, Calif., with both Team Two Australia and Team One United Kingdom tied at a close second place, each with a 10 point spread behind the French.  Team Two Australia’s Mick Hannah and Tai Lee Muxlow and Team One United Kingdom’s Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley should give Gracia and Jonnier a run for the prize money next month.

In the Telluride race, the Aussies dominated the "Y" course, scoring three individual medals and one team medal.  New kid on the block Rennie's capture of the men's gold, combined with teammate Katrina Miller's capture of women's silver, got them to the top podium, but with not quite enough firepower to steal the coveted black leaders’ bibs from Team France. 

Rennie and Miller walked away from the race with $8,500 in winnings, nonetheless, with Team France's Jonnier keeping a 15-point lead over third place medalist and second overall in the Jeep KOM Women's Individual, Team Two Australia’s Tai Lee Muxlow.
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series features eight teams comprised of elite men and women mountain bike racers from around the world challenging one another in a series of three races on the one-of-a-kind Jeep King of the Mountain "Y" course. The cyclists are competing for more than $100,000 in prize money throughout the series and the
chance to walk away with a two-year lease on a Jeep Wrangler X.
The unique "Y" course was initially designed especially for the Jeep KOM Winter Series, now in its tenth year. In its mountain-bike incarnation, it pits riders head-to-head in a combination of dual and 4X mountain bike courses; then, at the 14th gate of the 16-gate course, both competitors entered the infamous "Y," which forces them together, sometimes less than four feet apart, at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

The racing format demands technical precision for navigating slalom gates; handling big jumps with balance and control; and maintaining a straight-ahead power charge to the finish.

The eight teams competed Saturday before crowds viewing from “the Beach,” near the Mountain Village core, as each cyclist took two runs, one on each track.  The time differential between the two racers in the first run was used to determine the head start time the leader received at the beginning of the second run.  The Jeep King of the Mountain Professional Mountain Biking race will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net.  Check your TV guide or log on to  <http://www.jeepmtnbiking.com/> www.jeepmtnbiking.com or <http://www.jeepsports.com/> www.jeepsports.com for local air dates and specific times.

The Chemistry of the Universe


Harvard Prof Maintains Life ‘Probably Formed at the Bottom of the Ocean’ in Pinhead Talk Tonight at Library


Peering out into the universe to see what’s there does not require a telescope – because the most fascinating bits, according to William Klemperer, a renowned Harvard University physical chemistry professor, lie not in the celestial bodies, but in the space between them.
Klemperer, who uses the tools of radio astronomy to observe the energy emissions of tiny elemental molecules and atoms, particularly hydrogen and helium, which together make up 99 percent of the universe, will discuss The Chemistry of the Universe in a Pinhead Town Talk on Tuesday, July 21, 6-7:15 pm at the Wilkinson Public Library in the Program Room.

Jack Douglas, a National Institute of Science and Technology research scientist (and a Telluride Science Research Center participant as well) will follow, with Plastic Cups, Snowflakes and Airplane Engines: On the Growth and Form of Patterns.

Our universe is principally made up of stars, and space between stars, explains Klemperer, who, focusing on these seemingly empty regions, explains that space between stars is made up of molecules and atoms – matter which is constantly smashing about and re-organizing. Collisions occur, and these collisions are what the chemistry of the universe is all about. Because hydrogen (a molecule) and helium (an atom) together make up 99 percent of the matter of the universe, their interaction is the subject of much of Klemperer’s research.

It is Klemperer’s intent, in tomorrow night’s lecture, to give the Telluride audience a "rational understanding about the universe in which we live, one based on sound physical principles."

For example: "A very tough problem for science is: Why is matter aggregated into stars? The clumpiness of matter in the universe is so interesting," says Klemperer, what with "ten to the seventh power more space between galaxies than within galaxies. But matter is aggregated. Why is there non-uniform distribution of matter? Why does it condense and aggregate?"

His conclusion: "The answer is connected to molecules." Klemperer goes on to note, with excitement, that inside molecular clouds "there is a lot of action, where things are formed, where stars are born."
In his Town Talk, Klemperer will explain that the universe is not equilibrium chemistry – and, therefore, that thermodynamics (the subject of a future Pinhead Town Talk), are irrelevant there.
More specifically, he will explain that "a major portion of the interstellar medium lives in a very cold (-450º F) environment, and is of low density. Chemistries of the interstellar medium are novel in that they occur, in general, at these extreme low temperatures and densities, with relatively high efficiencies. To explain this, you have to explain chemistry in a very different way," he says.

That means asking questions along the lines of "How do certain molecular species interact?" and "What are the reactions that make molecules?"

The chemistry of the universe, Klemperer maintains, is explained first by the ionization (caused by high energy cosmic rays) of hydrogen and helium. Ionization occurs when a molecule, which is electronically neutral, loses an electron, by light or by contact with a charged particle.

"Chemistry is very specific," he says. "For a chemist, all the interest is in the details."
Most of Klemperer’s work occurs in this galaxy, although the same molecules exist in other galaxies.
These interstellar molecules are abiotic, or non-living, he emphasizes. For example: "A large number of molecules have been observed by radio astronomy. Radio waves are emitted by the molecules due to the charge in energy of the rotation of the molecule. A molecule that rotates fast will emit a radio wave, after which it rotates slowly. By that emission we know what molecules exist. Science has identified 130 molecular species. These are authenticated molecules. The frequency they emit is very specific, sharp and recognizable spectral lines. Being radio waves, they are low energy. They have very long wave lengths so they penetrate dark, dusty regions of the universe.

"The observation of energy emitted from a radiant source plays a leading role in our modern understanding of the universe," he says.
When asked how life is formed from abiotic material, Klemperer answers: "What do we know about life? What we know about life, we know only from life here on earth." His best guess is that it evolved from undersea volcanic vents. "Life was probably formed at the bottom of the ocean," he continues. "There is a huge biota down there that is de-coupled from the atmosphere. It is an unbelievably hot place, where chemical reactions are fast" – the opposite environment from the low density, frigid places he studies in space.
Future Pinhead Town Talks, in cooperation with TSRC: On July 29, Stephen Berry, University of Chicago distinguished professor of chemistry, MacArthur Fellow and National Academy of Sciences Officer, will speak on The Deepest, Simplest, Most General and Most Puzzling Science: Thermodynamic. On Thursday July 31, Robert Eisenberg, Bard Professor and Chairman of Rush Molecular Biophysics delivers Cells: Charges, Channels, and Chips;
August 5, F. Fleming Crim, John E. Willard and Hilldale Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, on Good Vibrations: Using Lasers to Direct Chemical Reactions; and Nicholas Digiacomo, physicist and entrepreneur formerly with Los Alamos and Cern, On the Matter of Antimatter.
For more information visit www.telluridescience.org or email nana@naisbitt.com or phone 970-369-0585.
Naisbitt is director of the Telluride Summer ScienceResearch Center.


Watch Sports

Towman Captures "B" Championship from Tuna Cans


"A" League Title Undecided Between Billy Ball and Fat Alley

By Elizabeth Heerwagen

The "B" League softball season ended Sunday night when the Towman walked away with the "B" championship, snatching the king of the mound crown from rival Tuna Cans in a 16-9 victory. Because the two teams were tied for first after Saturday's regular season games finished Saturday (each had a 12-2 record), the teams agreed to meet on Sunday to break the tie.

Given Towman's performance in the game, Tuna Cans and their fellow "B" League teams will have their work cut out for them in the upcoming post-season playoffs.

The game began as a tight battle between the teams to rack up runs on the scoreboard. In the first inning, the Tuna Cans benefited from Jay Raible's power hitting and put four quick runs on the scoreboard. The Towman, eager to take charge, sounded their horn and played the all-to-familiar "Dixieland;" spectators and players who are not fond of the jingle were in for a long game.
In the bottom of the second and third inning Towman went on an offensive run and connected with one after another of Tuna Can Doug Geissler's pitchers. Led by "B" league homerun master Pete Ripmaster, Towman loaded the bases, put run after run on the scoreboard to rack up a total of 10 runs.

Playing a little slow in the infield, the Tuna Cans missed chances to throw out runners and handed their opponents several base runs. Not quite asleep at the wheel, the Tuna Cans had plans to make a comeback in their next offensive turn at bat.
In the top of the fourth and down by six, the Tuna Cans managed to get back in the game. Scoring five necessary runs, the underdog team ended the inning down by just one run. To beat Towman they had to play solid defense and hold their opponents to a few runs.
However, what you want to do and what you end up doing are often two different stories. Such was the case for the Tuna Cans. In the bottom of the fourth, Towman Jake Peppard led the offense with his hit to left field that landed him on third base. Fellow Towmen Aaron Tschetter, Mark Merrick, and Andy Westbrook made base hits that brought in several runs.

Furthermore, miscommunication between Tuna Cans players cost the team several runs and in a play that should have been an easy out, Evan Wallman made it to first. The Towman added four more runs and led the game 14-9.

Though the middle innings were fairly close, the game was all Towman in the final innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Ripmaster and Westbrook each nailed a double to give the team a run-batted-in. Towman tacked on two more runs to advance their lead to 16 and secure their victory.

Towman plays its first playoff game on Wednesday against Loewen Windows. In addition, the Tuna Cans also play Wednesday against the Down Valley Barley Sippers.

In "A" league play, playoffs started on Monday. Like the "B" league, league leaders Billy Ball and Fat Alley tied for the season champions. These two teams opted to play for the league championship after the playoffs.

Team Standings
"A" League
1. Fat Alley    13-1
1. Billy Ball     13-1
2. Junkyard Dogs     8-6
3. Pacific Street Bombers       8-6
4. Team Rehab      5-9
5. Last Dollar     5-9
6. Smuggler's Style    
7. Sheridan Mullets

"B" League
1. Towman     13-2
2. Tuna Cans     12-3
3. Alpine Yard Dogs     10-4
4. T.W. Green     6-8
5. Timberwolves     4-10
6. Jack's/Maggie's     5-9
7. DV Barley Sippers     4-10
8. Loewen Windows



“It’s so nice to be able to work in a place that serves low-income and uninsured patients,  but at the same time doesn’t compromise their care. Our patients aren’t cut short on office time or services.  We take good care of everyone no matter what their economic status is, and that’s a good feeling.”


Uncompahgre Medical Center Executive Director Michelle Haynes


New and Improved Facility in the Works for Uncompahgre Medical Center

With Sliding Fee Scale for Uninsured and Under-Insured, Center Saw 2100 Patients Last Year

By Martinique Davis


According to Julie Sherwood, M.D., the sense of community among users of Norwood’s Uncompahgre Medical Center is the center’s greatest asset.

“People lift each other up when they fall down,” she explains.

And sometime next spring, thanks to $800,000 in grants from numerous entities, including a significant contribution from the Telluride Foundation, this community health care facility will be equipped to help its regulars in an even wider variety of ways.

“We’re going to be able to offer even more services to the community, all in one place,” says Sherwood, who has been the head physician at the Uncompahgre Medical Center for the last six years.

Workers broke ground last month on what will be the center’s new $1.1 million facility. Once completed, it will allow staff to keep doing what they do best – help people feel well – at an even faster clip. 

The new facility will feature six examination rooms, and an upgraded emergency room that can handle multiple traumas. It will feature a community meeting room and an expanded waiting area, as well as better, more functional office space for staff, doctors and visiting physicians.

Telluride physical therapist Judy Kennedy is relocating her sorely missed Physical Therapy Resources there; the newly reconfigured clinic, which boasted 2100 patient visits last year, will be home to the San Miguel County Center for Mental Health as well. One block southwest from its current main street location, the new clinic is on a site significantly larger than its current west end of main street location, chosen to accommodate future expansion, if and when that need arises.

One improvement Sherwood is especially excited about: The center’s brand new X-ray machine, bought with a $25,000 grant from the Telluride Foundation, with updated technology that will allow doctors to deliver far more comprehensive diagnoses.

Uncompahgre Medical Center Executive Director Michelle Haynes explains that the clinic’s focus and mission is to ensure everyone in the community access to high-quality health care. “Medical care is such a vital community service,” says Haynes, who has managed the center for six years.  “I am so pleased to see how much we’re able to offer in this small community, and by the quality of care we can offer.”

The center’s 2100 patients come from as far west as Nucla and Naturita, and even from Telluride, drawn by the fact that it’s the only clinic in the area offering low-income families affordable medical care (although the Telluride Medical Center, recently separated from Montrose Memorial Hospital, is now eligible for grants for low-income patients as well). Daily operations of the Uncompahgre Medical Center’s will continue to be funded primarily by the federal government, although extras like new and upgraded  equipment and even the coming-online facilities have been made possible by grants from the Telluride Foundation. 

The cost of the center is upwards of $1.1 million; to date, $800,000 of that figure has been raised. Haynes hopes the last $200,000-plus she needs in donations will come in from individual donors and organizations.   

The Uncompahgre Medical Center is in business to make sure that anyone who needs medical care can get it, no matter what the cost; it offers a sliding fee scale to patients, with prices that range from $10-25 per visit. 

The center’s clientele goes beyond patients on Medicaid and other low-income programs; it attracts those patients who make too much money to qualify for federal assistance, but still can’t afford health insurance or medical bills, as well.

Sixty-five percent of the Uncompahre Medical Center’s patients fall into the low-to-moderate income bracket; between 30-40 percent of its clientele has no medical insurance.

Non-insurance notwithstanding, Haynes says, the quality of care the clinic can offer is at least as good, if not better, than at other medical facilities. “At our clinic, we offer more comprehensive care,” she explains, “because often we aren’t able to refer our patients out to other physicians and specialists.” When further referrals are not an option, she believes: “Our docs get creative in what they can do in the office, and [about what] patients can do to manage their own care. 

“It’s so nice to be able to work in a place that serves low-income and uninsured patients,” she says, “but at the same time doesn’t compromise their care. Our patients aren’t cut short on office time or services.  We take good care of everyone no matter what their economic status is, and that’s a good feeling.”

The staff at Uncompahgre Medical Center includes Sherwood, as well doctor’s assistant Mike Adams (expected back soon from his Army tour of duty in Iraq) and Dan Morris, M.D., from Montrose.

The center’s top goal, staffers say, is to help its patients stay well; to that end, it offers extensive preventive care opportunities, in addition to treatment.

Regular visitors include orthopedist Larry Coplan, M.D., and podiatrist Cal Baize, M.D.

The center also offers preventive clinics several times a year, with reduced rates on everything from female exams to diabetes testing.

Haynes says that the push for preventive care in recent years has resulted in fewer incidences of urgent care situations – an indicator, she says, that the center is succeeding already.

“We’re helping to keep people from being sick,” she says, “and that is incredibly rewarding to do that!”

Haynes credits Sherwood’s unswerving devotion to the clinic as a key to its success. “We are so fortunate to have such a bright physician who is really interested in the care of her patients,” Haynes explains.  “She really wants to see her patients get better.”

Sherwood received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh. Upon finishing medical school, she worked for the U.S. Air Force as a civilian physician; she moved to the Norwood area in December, 1997.

“There is such a fabulous variety of people here,” she says, nearly six years into her Norwood practice. “It is a wonderfully diverse and interesting community.”


Rutherford Returns Four Years Later, Degree Under Her Belt

Fell in Love with Dentistry in Her Two Years as Receptionist for Dr. Brown


By Martinique Davis


Telluride is welcoming a new member to its growing dental health community, so smile wide and show your pearly whites (just make sure you’ve brushed ’em!).

Tina Rutherford is back in Telluride after a four-year hiatus (spent in the world of dental education), and has come back to her beloved mountain town toting a degree in dental hygiene (as well as an engagement ring on her finger!)

Rutherford joined the dental team at longtime Telluride dentist Dr. Terry Brown’s office May 15, and has been smiling ever since.

“It’s so good to be back,” Rutherford says emphatically, relieved to be away from fast food restaurants and once again surrounded by stunning mountain peaks and friendly  smiling faces. Telluride hasn’t changed much, she says, during the years she spent studying at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, but she admits that she herself has come back to Telluride an evolved person.

To earn her certification as a dental hygienist, Rutherford spent studying; hundreds of class hours and laboratory assignments under her belt, she comes back to Telluride carrying basic knowledge of microbiology, chemistry, and human anatomy and physiology. 

She took courses in pathology, client management, and more, as well as learn about every possible disease and syndrome that can affect dental health. 

Rutherford also worked in a number of community-service oriented dental health clinics during her four years in school – an experience, she says, that left her feeling lucky to come back to Telluride where the community health standard is relatively high.

“It was a situation where I would work with all different kinds of physically and mentally handicapped individuals, as well as with children who had never been to the dentist before, or were scared of the dentist,” Rutherford says.

Rutherford first moved to Telluride in 1997, and worked as a receptionist at Brown’s office.  Though she had no previous dental experience, she says: I really fell in love with dentistry.” 

After two years with Brown’s office, Rutherford decided to take the leap and left town to pursue an education in dentistry.

It was a tough decision. “I didn’t want to leave,” she says, “but I knew I had to if I was going to make dentistry my profession.”

While immersed in the extensive four-year dental program (most dental hygienist programs take just three years,) Rutherford discovered how passionate she really was about the dental health field.

“I enjoy the health field,” she says, “and the science and medicine aspects of it, but it’s nice not to have to deal with patients that are terminally ill or anything like that. 

“To me, dentistry is more uplifting. It is rewarding to be able to see a change in a person’s smile and know that you’ve made a difference in that.”

Though Rutherford always hoped she would be able to come back to Telluride to work with Dr. Brown, she knew that her chances were slim of landing a dental hygienist job in Telluride.

“Dental hygienist jobs don’t come around very often in this town,” she admits.  “I didn’t know if I could come back here even though I wanted to, so I was ecstatic to find out that Dr. Brown had an opening in his office.”

The dental hygienist at Dr. Brown’s office was leaving, and though there would be a few-month gap between when she left and when Rutherford could start work, he assured Rutherford he’d keep the job waiting for her until she could return to Telluride.

Since her first day on the job, in mid-May, Rutherford says she has been happily busy with her new profession.

She explains that a “real-world” dental office is much more fast-paced than the kind of learning environment she worked in during her schooling, where, as a full-time student, she would work with long appointment times.  Now, she works ten-hour days, with one patient every hour – a pace she says was challenging in the beginning but is becoming more manageable as time goes by.

“They really prepare you so well for the work environment out of school,” Rutherford emphasizes.

She adds that one of the best parts of returning to work at Dr. Brown’s office is again being able to see patients she first met before she went to college.

“It’s so nice to see the patients I used to work with before and how they’ve changed in the time I’ve been gone.  Especially the children, who four years ago were little six-year-olds. I see them now and they’re 10!” she says.

Working in Telluride is a dream come true, she admits.  “It’s great working here.  There is such a high standard of care at our office, and all of our patients are very interested in their own dental health. 

“A pretty smile is one of the most important things a person can have. Being able to help facilitate that makes me and my patients very happy.”

Rutherford is also happy about her future in Telluride – specifically, a beau by the name of Jonathon, whom she will marry at St. Patrick’s Church next month.  Congratulations, Tina, from all of us at the Telluride Watch!





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