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Great job, artists; calling all fathers; out for a spin

Editor's Notebook
Dale Shrull
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Dale Shrull

There are so many talented artists in our midst. A few of those were recently recognized at the annual Palisade Art Lovers show.

Darlene Cook took home the Merchant Award for her oil Painting “Whitewater Park.” Lynne DeNiro took second place in the advanced level for her colored pencil drawing “Fall Corn Stalk,” and an honorable mention for her watercolor “DreamScape.”

In the professional class, Jane Seglem was given a second place for her watercolor “Carol,” and Ester Moolick took an honorable mention for her oil painting “A Taste of Mexico.” And finally, Arlene Law took merchant awards for her acrylic/collage “Out of Order” and her mixed media piece “Defeet.”

Congratulations to all for a great showing.


Congratulations to another artist, Michael Steuben, a student at the University of Colorado, who was recently named the winner of the Carbondale Mountain Fair poster and T-shirt contest.

See Wednesday’s Post Independent to see Steuben’s winning design.


Did you see all those happy mothers in Sunday’s Post Independent? It was fun putting together a Mother’s Day special, and thanks to Kelley Cox and her great work (does she ever do anything less than great work?) it turned out fabulous.

After seeing all the moms in the paper, Kelley and I thought it would be fun to also have a Father’s Day special. So all you dads out there, drop Kelley an e-mail at kcox@postindependent. com if you want to part of a neat Father’s Day section. But we’re not looking for just new dads, we’re looking for dads of all ages. Dads and sons of all ages, all generations, getting together to celebrate all things dad.

Ball caps, coveralls, work boots, whatever you want to wear. There’s only one requirement ” no makeup!

We know how much dads love to have their photo taken (that’s sarcasm), so you moms might have to give them a little nudge.

Since Kelley will be headed off on vacation in a couple of weeks, we’ve got to ask you to hurry, and that way you can’t keep putting it off. Try and send Kelley an e-mail by the end of the week or early next week. We want to get all the photos shot by May 23.

It will be fun, give it a shot.


Well Lance Armstrong is in the mountains of Italy now fully engaged in the next stage of his cycling comeback.

As he was recovering from his broken collarbone, he was spending time in his Aspen home. While preparing for the Giro d’Italia, the Lancester was spotted in several spots around Garfield County on training rides. Missouri Heights, on 4-Mile Road and on Silt Mesa near Harvey Gap.


And speaking of cycling, there are lots of cyclists on the road, so here’s a friendly reminder to both cyclists and motorists ” share the road.


Looking for a little western fun this weekend? The annual Rifle Rendezvous kicks off on Friday. It’s a celebration of the Old West. Check out their website for more info:


I love history, so when a gentleman stopped in to drop off a little newsletter called the Sultana Remembered, I was fascinated.

The Sultana exploded during the Civil War on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., on April 27, 1865.

It was believed that one of the ship’s boilers was responsible for the explosion.

Most of the history of this tragedy came from the passengers on board that survived and some who died.

One of those was John Clark Ely, who kept a journal. His great-grandson Norm Ely lives here in Glenwood Springs. Norm is now 76, and served as a Marine in the military. His great-grandfather was only 36 when he died on the Sultana.

The ship was packed with more than 2,100 passengers, many of them former prisoners of war or refugees returning home to the north.

More than 1,900 perished. More than died when the Titanic went down.

It’s a fascinating chapter of the Civil War that many, like myself, have never heard of before.

The Sultana tragedy was one of the greatest maritime disasters in U.S. history. So why is it such an obscure historical footnote?

Probably because 12 days prior, one the biggest events in U.S. history occurred: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.


Final thought: Why is it so difficult for some people to use their blinkers?

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