March 2011

[click "Play" to listen to Kristin Holbrook on espadrilles]     It is getting to be that time in Telluride: end of season and the mountain about to close. Feet starting to feel naked without boots, boards or skis? Telluride's Two...

by Jim Bedford

MV5BMTY3NjczNzc5Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzA2MzQyNA@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_ Rango_smallposter This week, the Nugget Theatre in beautiful downtown Telluride has two great movies on the bill for Friday, April 1 through Thursday, April 7, 2011.

RANGO (PG), although it's an animation, is for anyone who is looking for a surprise. Johnny Depp lends his voice to the lizard Rango and believe me, everyone laughs.

Bradley Cooper (THE HANGOVER) proves he's not a one-shot wonder with LIMITLESS (PG-13) about a man who achieves his maximum potential, but at a price. With Robert de Niro and Abbie Cornish.

See the Nugget website for trailers and reviews, and below for movietimes.

[click "Play" to hear Jenny Patterson's interview with Susan]



GB #15 Poster What if we bring back the horse & buggy to Telluride? On second thought, the idea does not make horse sense because horses emit carbon out their exhaust pipes, just like cars.

According to The New Community Coalition, 40 percent of our carbon footprint in San Miguel County comes from the way we move from one place to another, primarily driving personal cars and trucks. By carpooling, using public buses, bikes, skis, roller blades, and plain old walking we drastically reduce that impact and save money. Talk about a win/win. (For the record, TNCC has taken some steps towards addressing local transportation challenges by resurrecting its Telluride Townies bike share program in cooperation with the Wilkinson Public Library.)

Just in time for spring break, Friday, April 1, 8:30 a.m., Telluride-based The New Community Coalition present Green Business Roundtable #15. The event takes place at the five-star Wilkinson Public Library and targets regional transportation and carbon offsets.

[click "Play" for Susan's chat with jumpin' jan]



WFR '11 STREET DANCE KOTO's history is the history of Telluride from the days of cowboys and hippies to the present era of relative financial stability. (We said "relative.")

In the wild and wooly days of the 1970s, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a small niche in its restrictive regulations that allowed a private nonprofit to build and operate a 10-watt FM radio station. Into that niche jumped a odd assortment of locals. An application was filed. Time, money and space were provided by dozens of folks. Town Council came up with $10,000 over two years for equipment. The FCC said "Do it." KOTO was legally broadcasting on October 3, 1975. Since then, our radio station has been entirely supported by the greater Telluride community, in an elite club that includes only  six other stations nationwide. No advertising. No underwriting.

[click "Play", Susan speaks with registrar/marketing assistant Kate Laird]     Spring, the season of birth and growth all around the world, has a whole other connotation in Telluride. Here, Spring marks the end of ski season and the beginning of...

Japan Children Air - JDMcDuff - web Talk about living your dream.

Travel to exotic locations, her day job, has fed longtime Telluride local and artist Nancy Craft's passion for color: over the years, Nancy's work for Esprit travel has been all about creating and leading art tours, mostly in Asia. Especially Japan.

For 20 years, Esprit Travel has sent travelers to Japan to explore the country's culture and arts.

"The hallmark of our cultural tours is the introductions we make to Japanese people," explained Nancy. "Our travelers, therefore, have profound, often life- altering experiences with the people of Japan and hold them dear in their hearts. In fact, because our colleague, Steve Beimel, lived in Sendai for many years, we have taken many groups to north eastern Japan, not normally on the tourist path."

[click "Play" for Susan's interview with Lin Schorr]



Mosaic art for auction kicker: Bidding helps doctors on the ground in Japan

Telluride local  and mosaic artist Flair Robinson, a regular instructor at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, is part of a group of artists participating in an online auction to benefit Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), whose extraordinary efforts have been showcased in the past locally at Mountainfilm in Telluride.

[click "Play" to hear Susan's conversation with Eliza and Tina]



BIDDER70newtext They are not your run of the mill filmmakers and he is not your Average Joe. Or Tim.

We are talking about Telluride locals George and Beth Gage, who are at it again, making another documentary, "Bidder 70," to make a difference in the world. The protagonist of their latest celluloid adventure is none other than Tim DeChristopher. (Talk about making a difference in the world.)
For those unfamiliar with his story, Tim threw a giant monkey wrench into a BLM auction, bidding nearly $1.8 million to win 14 parcels (22,000 acres) of pristine Utah wilderness land surrounding major national parks and at risk of being plundered in the name of almighty gas and oil. For his peaceful act of civil disobedience, Tim faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of $750,000 – despite the fact the Obama administration deemed the auction itself invalid. Sentencing is June 23, 2011.

ed. note: Our friend, Ben Clark sends along this post and link to Ski the Himalayas video.

Ski the Himalayas is now in it's third season of online "making of" podcast episodes born out of Ski the Himalayas' first two feature length documentary films available this year on Dish Network and Comcast Xfinity VOD and Pay Per View. Look for Ski the Himalayas 2 on Dish and Comcast Xfinity on May 1st. We climbed a peak and survived an avalanche, those were just two instances along the way... 

Trimming through hours of footage captured across three different expeditions after having lived them, the depth of gratitude for the experiences we've had and continue to plan is astounding.  We are thankful and we are moving forward with two more Himalayan expeditions this year.  Two more films and two more seasons of making of episodes.  Who knows how many ski turns and ice tool swings that equates to, we hope it is a lot. This spring we will dispatch from the Ganesh Himal, stay tuned at