Controversy Leaves Crested Butte Folks Wondering FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger Bollen (Editor's note: William Egln- ton, Managing Editor of the Iowa City Press-Cillien, was on a skiing vacation at Crested Butte, Colo., when the national controversy erupted over the ski area and Its projected expansion by Howard Callaway, one of the major owners of the base facilities. This is an account of how the isolated mountain community reacted to its sudden notoriety.) By William Eginton CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. At Crested Butte, the ski resort that figures so largely in Howard Callaway's abrupt departure as President Ford's campaign manager, people did a lot of wondering over the weekend. Local residents wondered what effect the national attention would have. Anxious for wider recognition as a major ski area and constantly overshadowed by Aspen, about 25 miles over the Elk Range but 150 miles by road, they welcomed the notice Crested Butte was getting (even from the network newscaster who persisted Saturday in moving them to California.) But the locals couldn't quite accept the assurances of visitors that publicity, any publicity, would benefit Crested Butte and them. The weekend's 4,000 skiers, substantial numbers of them from Callaway's own Deep South, wondered if the high cirrus clouds over the Ruby Range to the north and west would bring snow — the runs were getting hard-packed. (The clouds did; by the time the lifts opened Sunday morning, a couple of inches of fresh powder had fallen and it was still coming down.) The locals wondered, too, why it had taken national authorities, and even the Denver press, so long to get on the story. After all the weekly Crested Butte Chronicle had Photography Benefits Participants CHICAGO (AP) Participants in the 4-H Club photography project are using the medium not only to express themselves, but also to help others and to communicate ideas, organization officials here report. Claire Oakley, 17. of Guilderland, N.Y., offered her picture-taking ability at the Volunteer Action Center of nearby Albany, where she and her camera soon became a valuable asset to the center. She received an award from the Volunteer Action Council for documenting its efforts as a United Fund agency. And recently she was named a state winner in the 4-H photography project, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Co. and conducted by the Cooperative Extension Service. "At the Volunteer Action Council I learned how to set up appointments with strangers, how to be confident when meeting new people or walking into a strange situation," Miss Oakley says. "I met lots of people — elderly, mentally retarded, physically handicapped, minority groups, blind persons, all types. After a few months I felt completely at east iri difficult situations." Another state 4-H photography project winner, Jeff Harrell, 19, of Rockvale, Tenn., used his expertise at picture-taking to start a small business. He even had business cards made up to advertise his specialty: making photographic inventories of householders' valuables for insurance purposes. Debbi Clifford, 18, of Divide, Colo., tried a different tack. Realizing that Teller County, where she lives at the foot of NOTICE TAXES ARE DUE Second half tax is due and payable on or before March 31, 1976. After this date penalty of 1% per month applies. Statements will NOT be sent excepting upon request. Penalty will be attached to any tax collected on April 1 except mail that was postmarked previous to this date. Bernice Williams , Carroll County Treasurer been reporting facets of it for weeks. Both the Chronicle and the county seat weekly, the Gunnison Country Times, were full of Callaway and Crested Butte Thursday, including the announcement of Senate hearings scheduled for April. The few who saw national television reports on the story Saturday evening wondered why so empty a landscape and so clumsy a skier had been chosen to depict Crested Butte. "We don't look like that," they complained. Some were right. Crested Butte people Timei Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, March IB, 1976 10 wondered about the connotations of impropriety inevitably arising from the reports and the investigations, even though they were first to ask the questions and persist in doing so. - Questions like: Why did the Forest Service reverse itself on resort development north and west of the Callaway company town of Mount Crested Butte encompassing the present base area and the projected Pike's Peak, had a fascinating history of which too few of its residents were aware, she traveled around researching a script and taking snapshots. The result: a slide presentation so well done Miss Clifford could hardly keep up with requests when a total of 63 county clubs and organizations asked her to present it at their meetings. Christa Morehead, 18, of Claremore, Okla., also developed a slide presentation, but with a different objective. While Miss Clifford tried to raise the level of community pride, Miss Morehead sought to entertain. She spent a vacation with her family touring Europe. "I was so fortunate to get there," she says. "I wanted to share my slides of the beautiful European gardens we visited." When Miss Morehead prepared a script and gave a presentation for the local garden club, she says, "they made me feel I had contributed to an art form because of their enjoyment and appreciation." The ability to take well composed, clearly focused snapshots has also been used closer at home: Joy Ballard, 15, whose father raises Holsteins near Wells, Vt., photographs members of the herd. Her father uses the snapshots to help get the Holsteins registered. Jimmy Hendris, 16, of Dardanelle, Ark., turned to photography when he saw a tornado approaching, knowing he was seeing an unusual sight he wanted to remember in detail. He ran to the house — to get his camera. Snapping away, he watched the tornado gradually leave the vicinity, but not before he got an outstanding series of snapshots that later were displayed in Dardanelle. Entertaining With Food and a Fork By Gaynor Maddox (NBA Writer) There are two new cookbooks, each with a different slant. The first plays up the ease and comfort of feeding friends a meal that requires no more than a fork for eating. It cuts down on service and makes standing about with a fork and a dish a friendly experience. It is the current "in" way to entertain without tears over spills. And it is a growing custom, so much so that builders no longer worry about where to build the dining room. The living room with space for serving dinner gets major attention today. "Informal Dinners for Easy Entertaining — Over 200 International Specialities You can Eat With A Fork" ($8.95, Simon and Schuster) is by. Maria Luisa and Jack Denton Scott. She explains why she wrote on the fork-alone theme. "At a friend's home we were introduced to a meal for forks. There were 10 of us and we often moved about the fire, with plate and fork in hand, talking and laughing. It was truly a moveable feast. That inspired both of us. We began to write this book, picking up both simple and elegant recipes from all over the world. These recipes help make the moveable feast a happy and delicious trouble-free occasion. Here are a few examples: Curried Shrimp Quiche, * Chicken with Yogurt Tomato Sauce, Veal Milanese, and an interesting Bacon and Egg Salad. Many of the recipes are of European origin and the authors define some of the foreign terms. For example: Crepe is a paper thin pancake so tender it cuts with a fork. Crostata is an Italian pie with a mixture of meat, ( cheese and vegetables. i Quiche is a French custard Tiaked with a filling of cheese, ;ham, seafood, bacon or .'vegetables. Read the book carefully. Then, hope that some friend is labout to ask you to a fork •dinner. i Meanwhile, "Great Dinner Parties," by Barbara Myers, wife of a university professor, ,,is written with enthusiasm ,after her world travels. Her slant is numbers. How many ,,friends have you invited to ,,dinner? She gives excellent [.menus and appropriate „ recipes for dinners for four up to 16. Each is totally different. i (Simon and Schuster, $8.95.) Here are two of her menus , — one for four and one for 16. Menu for Four: Chilled Polish Cream of Mushroom Soup, Duckling au Poivre, Hot Fresh Tomatoes, Gratin Dauphinois, Celery Leaf Salad, Strawberries in Sauce Sabayon, Coffee. Menu for Sixteen: Colorful Canapes, Turkish Almonds, Chicken Div'an, Honeydew Melon and Green Grape Platter, Pre-buttered pan rolls with summer savory, Meringues with Berries, Coffee. STUDENTTEACHER Tom Stork, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Stork, 1821 Quint Ave., Carroll, will begin student teaching March 15 in the Fairfax, Mo. school system. He will teach physical • education and business. ,. TWO RESIGN MANNING —Two teachers' resignations were accepted Wednesday afternoon by the Manning Community School .District Board of Education. Charles Aylor, high school science and Jerry Geib, high school librarian, resigned. expansion? Why had the Forest Service people working on the East River Land Use Plan (Gunnison County is interested in more than just ski area expansion) been transferred between the time a tentative plan was issued tin January 1975 and last December when the currently-controversial final draft came out? What part did Callaway (they all call him Bo), then secretary of the army, play in the matter? It seemed to be another manifestation of the love-hate relationship between the residents of Crested Butte and the development corporation. Snow and scenery revived Crested Butte during the 1960s, a decade after the last of the mines which gave the town birth almost a century ago was closed down. The current Crested Butte Development Corp., owned two-thirds by Callaway and one-third by his brother-in-law Ralph Walton, according to local understanding, rescued the ski area from a bankruptcy 10 years ago, and Crested Butte with it. The corporation owns the base facilities — restaurants, bars, a small shopping center, ski shops and the like —on the old Malensek ranch at the base of the butte. It's built condominiums and lodges and made ground available to others to do the same. Ski runs themselves and the lifts on the side of the Crested Butte are on Gunnison National Forest land. It's the corporation's long-time effort to obtain use of more forest service land that led to the current dispute. Callaway not only brought in new capital to expand and improve base facilities. He and his associates also promote Crested Butte to thousands of skiers in the Deep South who pour into Gunnison's mountain-bound airport, 30 miles down the valley, by the hundreds each weekend aboard chartered planes from such places as Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville. (Last week, for example, a section of the Alabama Medical Society was meeting in Crested Butte.) The southern visitors not only buy food'and lodging, but also they buy (or rent) ski equipment and cold-weather clothing, which they don't have. They pour money into Crested Butte at about the rate they pour the Coors beer they can't get at home. Crested Butte residents recognize that the IT'S A BDT, uiHo ARE TO IMPRESS ? RESUME,,,) J ® 1976 by NEA. Inc. T.M. Heg. U.S. Pal. Oil. development company makes possible what they enjoy today," and that's what they want to keep. Most don't want to expand the area much, if at all, for fear of losing the relatively isolated, quiet atmoshere they now find attractive to become another highly-developed resort like •Aspen or Vail. 1 Official agencies of both Gunnison County and Crested Butte (as distinct from the company town of Mount Crested Butte) have questioned the expansion plan. Mount Crested Butte's council approved it two weeks ago. Some residents even wonder when the ridge which the corporation talks about developing into an area as large as the present facilities on the Crested Butte became Snodgrass Mountain and even Mt. Snodgrass. "It's not even a hill," snorted one (Distributed by Iowa Daily Press Association) LOANS ON LAND Federal Land Bank loans have been helping America farm better for sixty years. If you need a loan on land to buy more land, pay debts, make improvements or for any worthwhile purpose, we can help. Why not stop and talk about your .plans? FEDERAL LAND BANK ASSOC. 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