The Colorado River–Flowing Through Conflict—Tuesday, December 3rd-(Tomorrow Night), Ouray Colorado—7 pm
The podium after the ladies’ downhill on Raptor for the Audi 2013 FIS Beaver Creek World Cup on November 29, 2013 in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Gold, silver and bronze medals – by Lisa Issenberg (my wife) of Kiitella – adorn the necks of the fastest women on the new Raptor Ladies’ speed course at Beaver Creek. Actual metals are brass, stainless steel and patina’d brass – jet cut and satin polished, with hammered rivets and hand formed links to match.
To see more by Lisa Issenberg & Kiitella, visit: http://www.kiitella.com
Very few of us need to be reminded about what happened 50 years ago today in Dallas.
And with all the remembrances of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the news media this week, there’s no need for us to post yet another.
Let’s go in a different direction. We’re embedding video of his Jan. 20, 1961, inaugural address. We’ll also attach a transcript (per the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum) below.
As NPR has reported before, the president’s “ask not” address still inspires many people. We thought watching and reading it again might be a proper way of noting this day.
From WBUR in Boston:
A picket fence on top of the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza was covered with notes and graffiti. The fence once separated a rail stockyard from Dealey Plaza and is often cited by conspiracy theorists as an alternative or additional location for a gunman who participated in the assassination of Kennedy as his motorcade passed.
DALLAS — When President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade left the airport here shortly before noon on Nov. 22, 1963, the man seated in the lead car was the county sheriff, Bill Decker, 65, a storied Texas lawman who led the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. Fifty years later, the badge belongs to Lupe Valdez, 66, the daughter of Mexican migrant farmworkers. She is the only sheriff in America who is an openly gay Hispanic woman. Voters re-elected Sheriff Valdez, a Democrat, to a third term last year.
Dealey Plaza — where the darkest day in Dallas history unfolded 40 minutes after the motorcade began — looks eerily similar to what it was then, the sixth-floor corner window of the former Texas School Book Depository still cracked open slightly. But Dallas itself is almost as different as Bill Decker is from Lupe Valdez.
And the tension between past and present has unleashed a wave of citywide self-reflection a half-century later in a distinctly American place that is part Dallas Cowboys, part Texas excess and part urban melting pot, where the public school students come from homes where 70 languages are spoken. Painful, embarrassing memories of the angry anti-Washington culture that flourished here 50 years ago — and now seems a permanent part of the national mood — have resurfaced, confronting Dallasites daily.
In the early 1960s, a small but vocal subset of the Dallas power structure turned the political climate toxic, inciting a right-wing hysteria that led to attacks on visiting public figures. In the years and months before Kennedy was assassinated, Lyndon B. Johnson; his wife, Lady Bird; and Adlai E. Stevenson, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, were jostled and spat upon in Dallas by angry mobs. In sermons, rallies, newspapers and radio broadcasts, the city’s richest oil baron, a Republican congressman, a Baptist pastor and others, including the local John Birch Society, filled Dallas with an angry McCarthyesque paranoia.
The immediate reaction of many in Dallas to the news that Kennedy had been shot was not only shock but also a sickening sense of recognition. Moments after hearing about the shooting, the wife of the Methodist bishop told Tom J. Simmons, an editor at The Dallas Morning News, “You might have known it would be Dallas.”
For months, a city that had long been proud of its image of wealth and success has been exploring this ugly past, a past it once sought to play down and even ignore. A letter co-signed by Mr. Rawlings inviting the public to a recent symposium bluntly asked, “Were we somehow to blame?” The Dallas Morning News — whose publisher in the 1960s, Ted Dealey, used to refer to the N.A.A.C.P. as the National Association for the Agitation of the Colored People — has not spared Mr. Dealey from its 50th-anniversary coverage. Last month, it called Mr. Dealey’s face-to-face ridiculing of Kennedy, which came in 1961 at a White House luncheon, a “rude display.”
With paintings and sculptures selling for record prices in recent weeks, it makes sense for auction houses to market cars as artworks, too. That would seem to be at least part of the logic behind a coming sale by Sotheby’s and RM Auctions ambitiously titled “Art of the Automobile.”
The sale, billed as the first high-end car auction in New York City in more than a decade, aims to raise the aesthetic regard for automotive design. The concept is not new — museum shows of automobiles presented as rolling artworks have proved immensely popular — but this auction, conceived to attract buyers of fine art, is set in the midst of the fevered art auction season.
The sale’s 32 cars and two motorcycles will be displayed in the same gallery space where a wealthy patron might otherwise inspect works by Warhol and Koons.
The auction is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. at Sotheby’s on York Avenue at 72nd Street. The vehicles will be on view to the public in the 10th floor Manhattan galleries of Sotheby’s from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday.
The three-day presale preview will serve as an impromptu brief automotive art show of star cars.
Earlier this fall, Sam Buffa represented Team USA in the ISDE, an acronym for the awkwardly named “International Six Days of Enduro,” the granddaddy of off-road motorcycle competitions, which held its centennial edition from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 on the Italian island of Sardinia. “It’s definitely the marathon of motorsports,” he says. His group finished second, the first time the American team had ever done that. (France got No. 1).
Tribute to Jose Posada
by Kellie Day
Ted Cruz’s Speech Wasn’t a Filibuster. It Was a Democratic Fundraiser.
False Kiva in the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park is off-limits to hikers during the government shutdown but officials in San Juan County, Utah, say they plan to reopen the park themselves and allow visitors to enter.
San Juan County has become the fifth county in Utah to declare a state of emergency in response to the closure of National Park areas.
But the San Juan County Commission has also decided to storm National Park Service barricades, take control of some parks, and reopen them to the public.
“This is civil disobedience,” says Phil Lyman, a CPA and county commissioner from Monticello, Utah, in the southeastern corner of the state. “What’s happening to us is wrong.”
The commissioners had decided to take down the barricades at Natural Bridges National Monument as early as Thursday morning but put off that move to give Utah Governor Gary Herbert time to discuss the issue with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
“The decision has been made,” Lyman adds. “But decisions change.”
San Juan County also includes Hovenweep and Rainbow Bridge National Monuments, the Island in the Sky and Needles Districts of Canyonlands National Park and the Hite Marina inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
In an emergency meeting Wednesday, the commissioners decided to mobilize Sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue volunteers, firefighters, EMT’s, portable toilets, garbage trucks and three mobile command centers.
At least 60 people would be involved, according to Rick Bailey, the county fire marshal. Bailey said the costs of the operation haven’t been calculated but he said they’re necessary.
“How do we let local businesses starve to death?” he asked.
The commissioners indicated in their Wednesday meeting that they are seeking financial assistance from the state of Utah.
Bailey says 70 percent of the county’s businesses depend on visitors to the region’s National Parks, Monuments and Recreation Areas, as well as public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Ninety-one percent of the county is state, federal or Indian reservation land and the county has a history of protesting and resisting federal land management policies.
The county is also as big as Connecticut and Delaware combined and the National Park areas involved in the planned takeover are hundreds of miles apart.
Kate Cannon, the regional superintendant of the National Park Service, has been kept informed, the commissioners said in their meeting Wednesday.
“We have been advised by the Park Service…that it is against the law,” Bailey says of the county’s plans. “They have not indicated that they would make arrests or stop people.”
Trespassing in a National Park can trigger a citation that is then adjudicated by a Federal Magistrate, who can levy fines of up to $500 and jail terms of up to six months.
A spokesman for the National Park Service says the agency plans to issue a statement soon.
“We don’t want to threaten or intimidate federal employees,” an unidentified commissioner said during a recorded conference call. “We’re not strong-arming anybody. We’re just getting people into these places.”
This weekend and early next week are usually very busy for federal and state lands in the state because universities and public schools have fall break.
In their Wednesday meeting, the commissioners said they were prepared to provide or clean toilets, collect garbage, conduct search and rescue operations, staff park entrances and provide law enforcement. They also discussed maximizing media attention and staging photo opportunities.
They agreed that they would explain their actions by saying “we as a county are trying to do what is in the best interests of the public.”
Gov. Herbert told reporters Wednesday he’s also prepared to marshal funding and workers to open other National Park areas in the state. He’s asked President Obama to immediately authorize state funding and/or staffing.
“This is just…common sense,” Herbert said. “And frankly we ought to be finding solutions to keep them open rather than saying why they have to be closed.”
Spring break in the mountains: snowboarding, beer, drunken co-eds in bikinis. As the yearly Bikini Ski Day party descends on a small mountain town, something lurks beneath the snow. When an unwitting rider causes an avalanche, it awakens a huge, menacing, prehistoric Snow Shark! With a newfound taste for human flesh, the Snow Shark picks off the snow bunnies mercilessly. Cut off from help by mountainous terrain and blinding snow, the local sheriff must make an unlikely alliance with a motley crew of snowboarders to take down the Snow Shark before the white hills run red with blood!
The Night Before Shutdown)
by DOUG on OCTOBER 1, 2013
We received this piece of brilliant verse in our Inbox last night from Nathan Ament with the note: “I work for the National Park Service in Moab and wrote this on my lunch break today…” We hope you are out enjoying yourself, Nathan.
Twas the night before shutdown, and all through the Service,
The rangers and admin were all a bit nervous.
The ‘closed’ signs were ready and plans were well made,
And we wondered if we would continue to be paid.
While Congress debated we all scratched our heads,
Unsure whether we should feel joy or dread.
When out in the parking lot there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my cubicle to see what was the matter.
There on the asphalt, in a truck old and shabby,
All dusty and boozy…it was the ghost of Ed Abbey!
He threw open the truck door, and offered a beer,
And I knew then and there I had nothing to fear.
I said “Where we off to?”
He roared, “God’s country, son!”
No doubt in my mind, twas time for desert fun.
He revved the engine and slammed it in first,
And laughed and grinned and hollered and cursed.
Then he yelled out the window as he cracked a Bud Light,
“Happy shutdown to ALL, and to ALL a good night!!!”
Enio Guarnieri of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in his 1972 Volkswagen. Soon, the last of the vans will be made in a nearby factory.
We just tripped over some news that’s got us a bit bummed out:
The last Volkswagen “hippie bus” is due to roll off an an assembly line in Brazil on Dec. 31.
It seems the van that became known as the transportation of choice for counter-culture folks in the ’60s can’t be made with the air bags and other safety equipment that “the man” wants it to have.
So Volkswagen is ending production in the last place where the van’s still made; a factory near Sao Paulo.
Volkswagen Brazil is turning the final few into special editions. They’ll come in sort of robin’s egg blue with white trim. Inside: “Special vinyl upholstery” with those colors and blue curtains on the windows.
“Germany shuttered its production of the minibus back in 1979, and Mexico followed suit in 1994. Since, Brazil has been the sole producer of the VW camper van. … The discontinuation of the VW minibus, the longest-produced model in automotive history, is sure to disappoint camper van enthusiasts around the globe, many of whom organize festivals and gatherings to commemorate its creation.”
“VW produced more than 10 million Volkswagen Transporter vans globally since the model was introduced 63 years ago in Germany, though not all resemble the classic hippie machine. More than 1.5 million have been produced in Brazil since 1957.”
Assembly of VW vans will end in Brazil with the Kombi Last Edition.
For many Americans, they prompt images of hippies and surfers, or perhaps memories of wholesome camping holidays. Europeans may associate them more with the police or parcel delivery. As for their name, take your pick: Type 2, T2, Kombi, Transporter, Bulli, Micro Bus, Samba Minibus, Vanagon, Caravelle, Clipper L.
The warm feelings will no doubt be chilled by Volkswagen’s announcement that production of the much-adored rear-engine vans will shut down at the end of 2013, after 63 years.
Long gone from European and North American showrooms, the vans that were admired for their simplicity and durability, if not their reliability or speed, have continued production in Brazil, where they are called Kombis. But new safety standards in Brazil are finally forcing the end of assembly of second-generation — or as VW prefers, T2 — models.
When the assembly line shuts down, the production of rear-engine vans will total about 1.6 million units in Brazil over 56 years, on top of roughly 7.9 million built at plants in Austria, Germany, Mexico and South Africa. A special Last Edition model of 1,200 Brazilian T2s, with retro hubcaps and interior features, will see out the model.
“It’s the exclamation point, the end of an era,” said S. Lucas Valdes, the owner of GoWesty, an online parts retailer for camper vans in Los Osos, Calif.
The idea of a van based on the Beetle came from Ben Pon, whose family imported VWs to the Netherlands. On a visit to the factory in 1947, he saw a flatbed truck fashioned from a Beetle chassis being used for in-plant deliveries. His sketch of a box on wheels strongly resembled what became the T1.
The early models were inexpensive to buy and economical to run, and their squareness offered remarkable interior space relative to their overall size. The shortcomings, notably a lack of horsepower, were just as obvious.
With their large windshields and front seats positioned above and ahead of the front axle, the vans offered a somewhat unsettling driving experience.
“You feel like you’re being catapulted in front of the vehicle,” said Mr. Valdes, who owns a 1979 T2. “There’s just a little piece of sheet metal in front of you.”
Over time, variations proliferated. VW offered pickups and raised-roof models; aftermarket companies offered conversions that included hearses and roving airport traffic control towers for the Australian air force.
The era of rear-engine vans for the United States ended in 1991 when VW stopped importing the T3. While larger and more sophisticated than the first two models, even a change to a water-cooled engine did not reverse the view that the T3 was antiquated and overpriced. North Americans received the T4, or Eurovan, with a water-cooled engine up front in 1993. In 2006, the Brazilian T2s lost their air-cooled power plant, replaced by a 1.4-liter engine that required the addition of a prominent black radiator to the van’s front.
In 2001, VW displayed a Microbus design study at the Detroit auto show that combined the styling of the T2 and T1 with modern mechanical and safety features. But in the end, VW introduced the Routan, a restyled Chrysler minivan that evoked suburban driveways more than peace signs.
In this short film, Stan Dibben, a winner of the World Sidecar Championship in 1953, recounts the thrills and perils of his profession.
Thank you Lisa Issenberg for your photo that I took the liberty of altering a bit…
National treasure, genuine classic original… Ramblin’ Jack Elliott hasn’t lost much over the years… I saw him in Berkeley at some dive bar in the late 60′s and a few more times in the 70′s/80′s and I swear he’s gotten better. At 82, his humor is sharply honed, voice about the same, not too worn with the help, I assume of good whiskey. He put on quite a show last night at the Sherbino Theater with a graying audience of 81 strong (T. Hoffman crashed the door), hooting in support of Jack’s quirky, hilarious performance art. J.R.
For All The Cell Phone/Text Junkies——-Werner Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving
For decades, acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog has introduced audiences to subjects that stick in one’s mind long after the credits have rolled, from a cave of artwork painted more than 30,000 years ago to the landscape of Antarctica to a man who believed he had a special relationship with grizzly bears.
His latest film is no less thought-provoking, but it’s a bit of a departure for Herzog. It’s a public service announcement. His haunting documentary From One Second to the Next was created after AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile approached him to make a film about the risks of texting and driving.
The PSA is part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, urging young people to put their phones away while driving. The campaign encourages drivers to pledge that “no text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road.” From One Second to the Next is available online, where it has logged more than 1.6 million views, and will be distributed to thousands of schools across the country.
Herzog joined NPR’s David Greene to explain why he made the film and what he hopes viewers will take away from it. ……… LISTEN/WATCH ………
Today, as Ramblin’ Jack approaches his 82nd birthday,
he is still out on the road picking and singing and
passing along the tradition of American folk,
roots blues. and cowboy music like only
he can. Few. if any, people in music today
have had such a profound influence and
deep connection to the roots of traditional American music and culture.
Billings Artworks and The Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, CO, will be presenting 5-time Grammy nominee, 2-time Grammy Award winner, and National Medal of the Arts recipient Ramblin’ Jack Elliot on August 25, 2013, with special guests Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally.
Tickets are limited to 80. Price is $25/person to secure your entree to this concert of a National Treasure.
Tickets on sale at Cimarron Books and Billings Artworks in Ridgway, or to reserve tickets contact Billings Artworks at (970) 626-3860.
Attached is a PDF interview with Ramblin Jack from a recent issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
May of 2013, the George Gardner Scholarship Fund Board of Directors met to peruse over Ouray County graduating senior’s university scholarship applications along with several wilderness adventure education applications. We spent most of an afternoon hashing them over and trying to decide who really qualified, who really earned consideration, who would benefit the most from financial assistance. After painful hours of rereading and discussing all options the question was asked: “what would George do?” The decision was easy—“everyone got scholarships.“
Now six college bound students are being assisted by the GGSF. One student spent a day with Exum Mountain Guides on a rock climbing course and another student attended several Telluride Adaptive Sports Programs this summer with great success.
It should be noted that GGSF supported the Ridgway Elementary Learn to Ski Program and gave scholarships to five Ridgway seniors to participate in the senior Outward Bound River Trip last fall that George started so many years ago.
We were excited and most happy to help students with financial need attend colleges and wilderness education programs this year.
The Ouray County Winter Sports Swap provides our largest endowment for GGSF, but it is not enough to support students who need financial assistance to continue their education. Contributions from local donors and other sources are needed to promote our dream of helping kids follow their dreams.
The GGSF Board of Directors