Telluride Inside... and Out goes behind the scenes at Crow Canyon with Vice President of Programs Mark Varien, who has worked in the Crow Canyon research department since 1987.
Between 1987 and 1997, Varien directed Crow Canyon excavations at numerous archaeological sites. He earned a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and won a Society for American Archaeology award for the best dissertation in archaeology in the United States for his investigations of regional settlement patterns. His paper later became a book:"Sedentism and Mobility in a Social Landscape: Mesa Verde and Beyond."
[click "Play" to hear Shelton Johnson's conversation with Susan]

DSC_0406z_0 Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is a board member of Mountainfilm in Telluride, where his series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" premiered in 2009. Among the many noteworthy individuals featured in the Burn's classic-in the-making is Yosemite National Park Ranger extraordinaire and author/poet Shelton Johnson.

Shelton Johnson is the featured guest at the Sheridan Arts Foundation's 19th annual Wild West Fest/Chip Allen Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.), June 7 – 12. He is scheduled to speak at the historic Sheridan Opera House Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m., about his involvement in the National Parks system and the history of the "Buffalo Soldiers," African Americans who served in WWI and were discovered  to have served in Yosemite as some of the first Park Rangers. The 45-minute Burn's segment from the National Parks series,"This is America," the one featuring Johnson, is also on the evening's program.

[click "Play" to listen to Paulie's conversation with Susan] The Telluride Dance Academy is holding its Spring Recital, Fresh Twists on Dance this afternoon, Sunday, June 6. Susan did a podcast interview with Paulie Distefano that was supposed to be...

Paulie Distefano

The Telluride Dance Academy presents its annual recital on Sunday, June 6, 3 p.m. on the stage of the Michael D. Palm Theatre. The theme, "Fresh Twists," suggests a program that reflects new ways of looking at dusty notions about dance and what dance academies teach: students who participated in the Academy's spring session, ages 3 – 18, are scheduled to perform dance forms ranging from classical ballet to hip hop, with all the stops in between.One of those students is the handsome young man in charge of all heavy lifting: Paulie Distefano. And "Fresh Twists"  is great way of summarizing exactly what's happening in his life.

After dancing only six months under the tutelage of the Academy's artistic director/former prima ballerina Valerie Madonia, Paulie, who was born and raised in Telluride, was accepted on full scholarship in to the Joffrey School of Ballet's summer intensive. He leaves just days after his performance. That's the kind of magic even Paulie, a trained magician, could not have conjured.