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Roaring Fork boys soccer team bounces back to advance to first state championship

DENVER — As time dwindled in the second half, the Roaring Fork High School boys soccer team had a strong sense of deja vu.

The fifth-seeded Rams were tied at 0 with No. 1 Salida in the Class 3A state semifinals Wednesday night, and it looked like they were heading to overtime.

In the same round of the state championships last year, Roaring Fork battled to a shootout but fell 2-1, ending its season.

But the narrative changed dramatically this time around at All City Stadium.

The Rams came from behind late in the second half to tie the game. And in overtime, they were finally victorious.

Roaring Fork (15-2-1 overall) scored with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in the extra period to upset the top seed 2-1 and secure their first bid to the championship game in school history.

“To tell you the truth, I was kind of consigning to another semifinal exit,” coach Nick Forbes said. “And then Ross (Barlow) pulls out a special moment.”

With 7:14 remaining in regulation, Salida (17-1-1) deflated the Rams’ hopes as junior Kai Brown scored on a wide open shot to take a 1-0 lead.

RF junior goalkeeper Noah Wheeless had come out of the goal to help defend, but Brown slipped by him and sailed the ball into the net.

“Once they scored I felt the whole team just come down,” said Wheeless, who had five saves on the night. “I felt terrible. I was like ‘that was my fault’ and everyone (said) ‘no, we’re a team. We’re gonna win and we’re gonna lose together.

“And then that magic just happened.”

The Rams began to push hard on offense and had a couple of opportunities, but they couldn’t capitalize. Then, sophomore Barlow was left open in the back post and he slipped the ball past the goalie into the right corner with 1:20 left to tie the game at 1.

As the overtime period began, both sides played with urgency to start, but Barlow said he and his teammates began to slow down and play smarter.

Roaring Fork started controlling the ball and opened up a couple shots on goal. After a shot by sophomore Jose Mercado Jr. missed, the Rams got a corner kick. While battling for the ball, a Salida player committed a penalty right outside the net.

Barlow got set up for the penalty kick in the box and with 3:32 left on the clock, he knocked the ball into the left corner for the win.

“I just took a couple deep breaths before that PK and put it in,” Barlow said.

Now, despite playing in their first championship game, the Rams are feeling confident, especially since they have only allowed one goal in the postseason and took 14 shots on goal against Salida.

Roaring Fork will take on defending 3A state champs Kent Denver — 4-2 winners over Atlas Preparatory School in the night cap Wednesday — at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

“I think our defensive collectiveness is really strong, and you can see it when we play,” Forbes said. “They kind of had a little dip right at the end of the season, (but) right now they’re finding their best form and that’s all you can ask for as a coach is (to) find it when it matters.”


Thursday letters: Tobacco tax, checks and balances, the Electoral College, and mansplaining

City will lose on tobacco tax

Regarding the recent election, I was quite disappointed in our electorate approving the tobacco tax for the City of Glenwood. My disappointment is not at all related to the cause that inspired the ballot measure or the virtue behind the inspiration. Rather my disappointment is in the recognition of the lack of scrutiny that voters apply to issues.

I predict that the result of the additional tobacco tax in the City of Glenwood will result in lower revenue rather than additional revenue. I also predict that the projected additional revenue will be spent before it is realized. In the end a large portion of the current revenue generated by all of the tobacco sales will be lost to sales outside of Glenwood Springs and the additional tax added after Jan. 1 won’t replace that loss.

Ray Schmahl
Glenwood Springs

Checks and balances protect American people from a tyrant

What is reality (truth)? According to many of those who are running the federal government in Washington, it is whatever they want it to be.

Those who wrote the U.S. Constitution established a system of checks and balances. One purpose of this system is to protect all the American people from a tyrant. Remember George Washington did not want to be a king.

Perhaps the only thing that matters to many in Washington is staying in power, so they will accept lies and say whatever they must to do so.

To quote Jimi Hendrix: When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

Let us hope that those who truly care all Americans prevail.

Nancy Hess
Glenwood Springs

Electoral College balances inequities in human nature

You can’t beat public opinion, but it isn’t infallible. Witness the rise of Nazism in the 1930’s. With the Electoral College, a balance is created between tyranny and tradition. Today the inference is that there is tyranny in the Electoral College. No such formal charge has been made.

In place of real charges, the “red herring” proposal is that since the Electoral College is an anachronism that dates from a less technological age at the formation of the republic, it should be amended to a national winner take all. This is a false argument.

An alternative as stated on 270towin website: “Maine and Nebraska have adapted a different approach. Using the congressional district method, these states allocate two electoral votes to the state popular vote winner, and then one electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each Congressional district.”

Why is this important? It would give people in lessor-populated areas who have a different view, representation. We are Americans. We can’t lose the voice of the minority. The Electoral College was introduced to balance the inequities in human nature.

Fred Stewart,
Grand Junction

Insulted by manslplaining

I can handle and respect most of the opposing views expressed daily in the opinion section, even if  I disagree.

Mansplaining? I read it twice, considered each example, and reflected. I was insulted, twice.

I kept hoping this would be a tongue-in-cheek observation that would be a friendly reminder to look straight ahead, utter nothing (including a friendly greeting) and mind my own business at all times.

Being a mostly-white Boomer (OK), who like most men and women contributed to society over several decades, being dismissed and derided in public and now in the newspaper is the new norm.

Would the Post Independent print an opinion if the author was a male and wished to marginalize the entire female population?

Don Moore
New Castle

Glenwood High senior finds ‘deeper meaning’ with capstone film project


Who: Glenwood Springs High School student A.J. Adams, filmmaker

What: Senior Capstone project, “Connections — A Deeper Meaning of Cancer”

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17

Where: The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale

Cost: Free by signing up via Adams’ EventBrite page

A Glenwood Springs High School student’s family cancer experience has turned into an extra-special — and extra-personal — senior capstone project.

When A.J. Adams’ mother, Catherine, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, he wasn’t sure how to deal with the news. What he did know is that he wanted to be part of his mom’s journey.

“I started doing some of my own research to try to understand the process my mom was going through,” Adams, who was a sophomore at the time, said.

When Catherine began cancer treatments at the Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, A.J. and his sisters were given a tour of the facility.

“It showed me how positive and upbeat everyone is, and it changed my whole opinion on it, so I decided to get more involved,” he said.

That fall, he formed a Rally the Valley team, the GWS Ballers, inviting some of his GSHS basketball teammates to help raise money through the annual event for the integrative therapy services offered to cancer patients at the center. 

This fall marked Adams’ third year organizing a Rally the Valley team. During that span of time they’ve raised over $3,000.

Last year, during a visit to the Cancer Center, A.J. befriended Tom Sullivan, who was going through chemotherapy treatments.

“I started talking to him about what he was going through and just trying to get his mind off the whole cancer thing, and bring him into a more positive light,” Adams said. “That helped me a lot, because I learned what it’s like to connect with someone and have them open up their life to me.”

He decided to build on that experience and turn it into his senior capstone project. 

The Roaring Fork School District requires all seniors to complete a capstone — a type of hands-on, experiential, real-life project — as a requirement for graduation.

A.J. Adams and Michael Taylor, who graduated from high school last year and one of the people interviewed in the film.

The final product, a 17-minute film documentary titled “Connections — A Deeper Meaning of Cancer,” will be screened for free at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Orchard in Carbondale.

Adams started working on the project during his junior year, lining up interviews and following cancer patients and their caregivers through their cancer experience.

A necessary aspect of a capstone project is to work directly with community experts for guidance. Adams worked with Jo Bershenyi, manager of the integrated therapy services at the Cancer Center, and Rodney O’Byrne, who joined in to help with the technical details.

Bershenyi said it’s rare for children of cancer patients to show the level of interest Adams did.

“When he asked me to help, the answer was ‘absolutely, yes,’” Bershenyi said. “But I also told him we would need to have some pretty brutal conversations about cancer.

“I’m in it every day, and not everyone gets out of it,” she said. “That’s part of it, and he’s seeing that in his journey.” 

A.J. Adams and Tucker Stinson. Tucker was diagnosed when he was an infant and is a survivor.

Among the patients Adams engaged with for the project was a young boy named Tucker Stinson. Immediately, there was a connection, Adams related.

“He’d had cancer since before he could really remember, so I talked to him and his dad about it together,” he said.

The caregiver stories are equally compelling, he said.

“It definitely helped me process it, because I was able to learn about how other people handled things,” he said. “Every person I interviewed was super positive, and they were all continuing on with their lives and still making a difference in the community.”

“I want people to leave with the idea that cancer isn’t life-defining,” Adams said of the Sunday film screening. “It doesn’t shut down who you are and doesn’t stop you from being you — as long as you find support, connect with other people, keep humor in your life and always find a way to smile.”

Several survivors are included in the film, including his mom. Some of the subjects have terminal diagnoses. And one, longtime community organizer and cancer support coach, Nancy Reinisch, died earlier this year.

The screening is free, but Adams asks that people sign up at his EventBrite page: https://connectionsadeepermeaningofcancer.eventbrite.com

He also has a Facebook page, connectionsadeepermeaningofcancer, as well as a website: www.aaronjamesadams.com 


27th Street Bridge Project to conclude early next year

On Nov. 14, 2018, the city of Glenwood Springs held a ceremonial groundbreaking event for its 27th Street Bridge Project.

One year later, the estimated 14,000 vehicles that cross the 27th Street Bridge daily no longer do so over one of the worst-rated bridges in the state.

Structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, the old 27th Street Bridge earned a 10.5 out of 100 rating from state inspectors before its replacement earlier this year.

According to public information officials, although significant milestones have been completed on the 27th Street Bridge Project, significant work remains.

In addition to completing a retaining wall on the south side of the bridge, crews need to finish masonry and utility work as well as the roundabout’s construction.

“Right now crews are working on deep utilities that are in the roadway and that includes some sanitary sewer and irrigation lines,” Bryana Starbuck, 27th Street Bridge Project public information manager, said. “That is what crews will also be working on during the eastbound and south leg intersection closure that begins on Thursday.”

Beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday and lasting until 6 a.m. Monday, 27th Street between Midland Avenue and State Highway 82 will close to eastbound traffic.

“[During the closure] the 27th Street Bridge itself will only allow westbound traffic. So, that is traffic coming from Highway 82 and going toward Midland Avenue,” Starbuck said. “Traffic coming from Midland Avenue wanting to cross the 27th Street Bridge will be diverted down to Eighth Street.”

Between 9 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Monday, the south leg of the intersection at 27th Street and South Grand Avenue will also close to traffic.

According to Starbuck, with the exception of minor landscaping work in the springtime, the 27th Street Bridge project will conclude, likely, at the end of January.

“We have a stellar safety rate on this job,” Jessica Bowser, assistant city engineer, said. “It’s been great. I don’t think we’ve had any slips, trips or falls.”

However, because the project’s timeline was delayed, city council amended the construction management contract last week.

“We’ve had extended work weeks and working hours,” Bowser said at the Nov. 7 council meeting. “A lot of overnight shifts that have had to be facilitated for our utility installations and things like that in order to try and reduce traffic impacts.”

The amendment adds an additional $164,851 to the construction management contract.


Old downtown New Castle schoolhouse getting cleaned up after years of violations

For years, health and safety violations plagued the red and white schoolhouse in downtown New Castle dubbed by many locals “Rosie’s building.”

Located at 151 W. Main Street, the 37,000 square foot-plus property that dates back to 1910 was converted from a schoolhouse to an apartment building by longtime New Castle teacher and resident Rosie Ferrin.

“Back in the ’90s she took individual classrooms and turned each individual classroom into an apartment,” David Reynolds, New Castle town administrator, said. “There were probably six or seven classrooms that she legally, at the time, converted into apartments.”

However, in April, the town’s municipal court ordered all of the building’s occupants out after Ferrin failed to remedy several building code violations.

“That building is heated by one of the oldest coal fired furnaces in the state and they ran into trouble with that heating source,” Reynolds said. “Folks had to rely on electrical baseboard heat, opening their oven doors and things like that.”

Ferrin died in June at the age of 74 while the building was still uninhabitable.

Relatives of Ferrin have since inherited her estate and continue to work with a local contractor and the town to get the building’s interior and exterior cleaned up.

“Rosie’s family now has management of the building,” Reynolds said. “We’ve seen the outside of it is cleaned up and they have taken a few dumpster loads out from the inside.”

In addition to bringing the building back up to code, Reynolds said the town was working with the contractor to track down titles of abandoned vehicles left on the property.

“It was a mix of stuff that had been abandoned throughout the years,” Reynolds said. “It’s taken a couple of months now to get those vehicles, old buses, old trailers and things like that removed from the property.”

What ultimately will become of the vacant building remains in question.

For now, Reynolds said that Ferrin’s family wanted to resolve lingering electrical and plumbing issues ahead of the winter season.

“For at least the wintertime their plan is to get it cleaned up and make it safe,” Reynolds said. “Come springtime they are trying to develop plans of what they want to do with it. …I think they are trying to pick and feel through what the community’s needs are for a building like that and what the costs are going to be for renovations.”

Reynolds said that the town’s parks department, area churches and volunteers would decorate the building’s exterior for the holiday season.

Additionally, when asked if the town had interest in purchasing the property, Reynolds replied no, or at least not at this time.

“I think it is too early to understand what that would even look like,” Reynolds said. “The estate, the local reps and the town have all sort of been working together to create a better environment there,” Reynolds said.

The building’s location allows for commercial or residential development. However, the property must remain unoccupied until it passes a building inspection.

“The possibilities are pretty endless,” Bruce Leland, New Castle town councilor, said. “The family will probably consult with local residents, council, the town’s staff and Main Street businesses to get a good sense of how they should prepare the building.”


Craig Apothecary fined and suspended for not selling enough locally-grown marijuana

The state of Colorado used to punish residents for growing marijuana. Now, you could be punished for not growing enough.

State laws in this area have led to Craig’s only marijuana dispensary shutting down temporarily until the end of this month due to what owner Shaun Hadley called a state infraction for not selling enough locally-grown marijuana.

“In 2017, we weren’t able to make our 70/30 requirements,” Hadley said.

Hadley explained he tried to abide by the law.

“In 2016, we were kicked out of a grow. Our lease ended early,” Hadley said. “We were trying to find a grow in Craig. But laws at the time prevented us from doing so… At the time I wasn’t able or willing to move my store.”

Shaun Hadley’s Craig Apothecary had to temporarily shut down this week after failing to secure enough locally-grown marijuana.
Clay Thorp/Staff

Though the laws regulating medical dispensaries like Hadley’s have since changed, he found himself facing no easy options from Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Hadley said the MED’s original proposed fine and penalty was worse.

“I haggled with them…until we settled on a $10,000 fine and a two-week suspension,” Hadley said.

Colorado’s MED was unable to respond by press time Tuesday to questions about Hadley’s fine and suspension, but Hadley said his suspension began Saturday, Nov. 9 and will end for an official reopening date of on or about Nov. 23. Hadley said his infraction is known as a ‘general infraction,’ unlike health and safety infractions such as selling to minors whose punishments are more severe.

“It’s not like I did something terrible,” Hadley said. “We were forced into a crappy situation that we couldn’t get out of.”

Tumbleweed coming soon

According to Tumbleweed CEO Mark Smith, their company is getting closer to opening its store in Craig at the Silver Building across from the Cool Water Grille on West Victory Way after council’s approval of the dispensary and voters subsequently passing all three of the city’s marijuana ordinances last week.

“We have just started to design the interior and exterior of the building,” Smith said in an Oct. 25 email, adding they hope to have those drawings completed sometime in mid-November.

“We will submit for building permit and anticipate a 10-week build out,” Smith said. “We will be hiring and training employees at our Steamboat (Springs) location during the build out phase, so as soon as build out is complete we should be ready to go.” 

Smith estimates they will open some time early next year.

“My best guess as to an opening is last week of January,” Smith said.

The energy-efficient home

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The Tvarkunas family converted all gas appliances to electric and they’re generating their own electricity with solar panels. They also own an electric car and take advantage of Holy Cross Energy rebates.
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Energy-saving measures
  • Operate heat tape only during daytime hours when melting is occurring and turn it off at night. Sun also helps melt ice dams.
  • Use a timer to control heat tape automatically. HCE offers rebates for heat tape timers (50 percent of the cost up to $100).
  • Make sure to turn your heat tape off at the breakers when there is no snow on the roof.
  • Use smart or programmable thermostats to control heating and cooling systems.
  • Don’t heat or cool your home more than necessary when you’re not home (50 degrees is sufficient in most homes to prevent pipes from freezing).
  • Remember to turn off crawl space and garage heaters in the summer months.
  • LED bulbs use 75 to 90 percent less energy than incandescent or halogen bulbs.
  • HCE’s new online store has instant rebates on LED bulbs, thermostat, water saving devices and more.

The Tvarkunas family’s efforts to live a more energy efficient lifestyle might sound impressive, but the family believes this is the lifestyle of the future.

Patrick and Lucila Tvarkunas moved into their Eagle home about five years ago and they knew they wanted to make important changes to improve the home’s energy efficiency. After energy assessments from both Energy Smart Colorado and Holy Cross Energy (HCE), the Tvarkunases invested in insulation, LED lighting, air sealing, programmable thermostats, super efficient heat pumps and more. All of these measures have resulted in a net zero home, meaning the home’s solar panels produce more energy annually than the family uses.

“The Tvarkunas family is a perfect example of an HCE member wanting to be carbon neutral, converting all gas appliances to electric and generating their own electricity with solar panels,” said Mary Wiener, energy efficiency program administrator for HCE.

Learning how to become more efficient

Seventy70Thirty, 70 percent clean by 2030

HCE aims to achieve 70 percent clean energy by 2030 by increasing clean and renewable resources and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The path to 70 percent clean energy requires a reduction in coal-fired power generation, improved energy efficiency of buildings, vehicles and businesses, and accelerated investment in new renewable energy resources connected to the electric distribution grid.

The first step in making any home or building more energy efficient is an energy audit.

“HCE provides one complimentary residential energy audit within a 5-year period for the same member at the same location,” said Eileen Wysocki, distributed resource program manager at HCE.

“It’s important to understand what’s using energy in your home and how to reduce usage from those items. People have many misconceptions about what’s using the most energy in their homes, and are often surprised when they see the breakdown of their home’s energy use,” Wysocki said. “Having an audit can also help identify areas of heat loss through the use of an infrared camera. Audits can also help prioritize what projects should be tackled first based on the needs of the residents and the greatest energy savings.”

Those savings can reach 50 percent or more depending on the upgrades. Wysocki said the average home sees about 10 to 20 percent in annual energy savings after making more efficient upgrades, but savings aren’t the only reason to seek more efficiency.

“Upgrades can make your home more comfortable,” Wysocki said. “And a more energy efficient home may have higher resale value.”

Patrick said his family’s home is much more comfortable now thanks to increased insulation and the elimination of drafts.

Small steps for greater impacts

The Tvarkunases use HCE’s energy assessments to guide them toward ways to maximize their efficiency upgrade investments.

“From simple things like switching to LED lights that use 80 percent less power than a normal light bulb, all the way to using rebates for our solar panels and having an electric car charger installed, HCE has been a great partner in helping us both save money on our monthly bills and reduce our environmental footprint,” Patrick said. “Energy Smart Colorado has also been awesome with their own efficiency rebates which have allowed us to invest more with their matching funds.”

The Tvarkunases are committed to doing their part by being more efficient and creating locally produced energy. It saves the family money, but it also contributes to the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the local electricity grid, Patrick said.

The family has even purchased a Nissan Leaf electric car, saving them more than 500 gallons of gasoline per year, or roughly $1,500 in annual fuel and maintenance savings. They’re also composting their organic waste to use in their small garden, and they of course always take the time to recycle.

“Each small step gets us closer to a sustainable future where we all invest locally instead of sending our dollars to huge mega businesses, which definitely do not have our local interests in mind,” he said. “Overall, there haven’t been any drawbacks — we save money and have a more comfortable house while reducing our footprint and being more self-sufficient.”

Energy Efficient Products and Rebates

HCEstore.com is HCE’s new online resource for members looking to give their home an energy efficiency makeover. Members can save up to $400 a year with upgrades such as air filters, advanced power strips, smart thermostats, LED lighting and water devices.

Visit HCEstore.com to learn more.

Wednesday letters: Oil and gas permits, and bald eagle preserve

Stop permitting now

Eighty-seven oil and gas drilling permits have been issued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission since the passage of Senate Bill 181 in April. That legislation changed the priority of the COGCC from promoting the oil and gas industry to protecting public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife, and the rules are still being written.

The new permits come despite pleas from community, environmental, and climate groups for moratoria on drilling and fracking until the new rules are in place sometime next year. The permits being approved now are under the old rules which have been deemed to provide unsatisfactory safeguards.

What is it about leave it in the ground the COGCC doesn’t understand? Colorado’s air quality is three times worse than Beijing’s and we haven’t met federal standards for decades.

Are you still working in the industry and concerned about your job? You should be. Like typical American businessmen, your employers have failed to anticipate changing market conditions and written a business plan that calls for the company to make money the way they always have.
It’s time to move on; to renewable energy, to tourism, to hemp, to anything with a future. Join us in bringing this destructive industry to a halt and call for the COGCC to withhold permits until, at least, the new protective rules are in place.

Fred Malo Jr.

Preventing shared land with eagles along Crystal River is nonsensical greenwashing

We are now entering the time of year when public lands are “closed” to hikers and other non-motorized, non-hunting recreationists for the alleged protection of wildlife, based on the political power of people whose extreme concern for the welfare of wildlife is like “helicopter parenting” of children.

One example concerns the area along the Crystal River in Carbondale that was established as a “Bald Eagle Preserve” as a condition of the creation of the River Valley Ranch planned community. This “preserve” was left in essentially its natural, heavily vegetated condition. The key to protecting all species of wildlife is to preserve “cover” consisting of natural vegetation and rugged terrain features. In evolving survival instincts over the millennia — threatened by predators much more lethal than people hiking down a trail — wild animals have become amazingly adept at using cover to avoid real and perceived threats.

Eagles have made a wonderful comeback over the past several decades because of prohibitions on hunting them and on the use of persistent pesticides such as DDT. I love to observe eagles as well as other wildlife, and I have never seen any evidence of their being disturbed by my presence, and have visited numerous places where they nest in towns and other areas open all year to the general public.

In the case of the “Bald Eagle Preserve” in Carbondale, the only eagles there are ones that occasionally fly through, searching for fish in the Crystal River. So, unless they are a subspecies that is more “sensitive” to humans than their cousins elsewhere throughout North America, preventing people from sharing the land along the Crystal River with them is one more example of nonsensical, feel-good greenwashing. Carried to this ridiculous extreme, other areas of Carbondale should be “closed” to outsiders, to protect the ”critical habitat” of that most “sensitive” of species — the left-winged loon.

Carl Ted Stude

Grand Junction man busted after No Name burglary and high-speed chase

If you drive your rental car to rob a house in Garfield County, do not stop for fuel in Gypsum on your way to return it to the Eagle County airport.

Edgar Lukoff is accused of doing all that and more.

Lukoff, 45, of Grand Junction is accused of robbing a house in No Name while the residents were home, says the Colorado State Patrol.

The residents called the police around 11:30 a.m. Police put out a BOLO — Be On The Lookout — for Lukoff and the white rented Toyota Camry he was driving.

Lukoff might have been on his way to the Eagle County Regional Airport where he rented the Camry, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jake Best said.

“The white Camry was rented in Gypsum. That was a good indicator that he would be headed back east,” Best said.

He was. Lukoff was eastbound on I-70 when he pulled off the highway at the Gypsum exit, where he would get off the highway to get to the airport. He stopped at a gas station and pulled up to a pump. Lukoff looked “surprised” when a State Patrol trooper pulled up behind him and told him he was under arrest, Best said.

“He did not comply,” Best said.

Lukoff jumped back in the rented Camry, dodged a stop stick in the gas station driveway — a device designed to deflate tires — and pulled back onto I-70 eastbound at Gypsum.

The ensuing high-speed chase topped 100 mph as Lukoff weaved through traffic, pursued by three Colorado State Patrol vehicles and two Eagle County Sheriff’s vehicles, Best said.

Lukoff stopped along I-70 before reaching the Eagle exit, about seven miles from Gypsum. He jumped out of this rental car, ran down an embankment, vaulted over a deer fence, ran through the Eagle County fairgrounds and onto a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Eagle River.

As he was running, Lukoff looked back and saw a State Patrol trooper, younger and faster and gaining on him. Lukoff gave up the chase.

Meanwhile, CSP troopers had radioed ahead and were waiting along I-70 with stop sticks and patrol vehicles to intercept him, Best said.

“We’re just happy he was taken into the custody and no one was injured,” Best said.

Lukoff was returned to the Garfield County jail because that’s where the escapade started. So far, Garfield County authorities plan to charge him with burglary for the No Name robbery, as well as vehicular eluding and reckless driving in Eagle County, Best said.

DeFrates column: Mansplaining 101

Mansplaining has been a popular activity since the existence of genders, but it’s only been in the past few years that the term itself has really taken off. Mansplaining is a great way to get noticed and feel good about yourself at the expense of others, and often aligns perfectly with any number of personal biases. So if you’re interested in joining this growing trend, or want to find out if maybe you’ve already been doing it for your whole life, read on.

The most important thing to understand about mansplaining is that it can only occur when no one asked for your input. If, say, a woman were to ask you for advice on the subject because she knew that she needed more information, that is not mansplaining. That’s just being a good citizen or friend, and you’re going to have to try a little harder.

Real mansplainers have to assume that almost every female in the world is in need of their guidance, no matter what the situation or subject. They have to get out ahead of any meaningful personal connection which might help them understand the other person better. A good mansplainer knows that as long as he can hold up his hands and say, “I’m just trying to help,” afterward, then any comment is fair game.

To really get in the mindset, picture this: A not-young woman waits at a cross-walk with her three very young children. A good mansplainer would know to step up and explain to her that the left-hand turn signal is coming, and that that is not a safe time for her to cross with her children. There would be no need to take time to consider how she could possibly have survived to the age of at least 33 without knowing this, better to just jump in and assume that she has never seen a traffic light in her entire life. Tell yourself, after her reaction is confused and ungrateful, that you probably just saved the life of all those kids. There’s no way she could have figured it out on her own.

“I’m just trying to help.” Well done, mansplainer.

How about another biking-related example? Let’s pretend this time, that the same grown-up woman is riding her bike without a helmet on as she takes her kid to school. Shocking, I know. As a mansplainer, you would immediately shout out, “Mom needs a helmet.”

You have to make sure to use a tone of absolute authority, and be loud. The kids need to hear you in order to learn that any random old man walking his dog has the god-given right to tell their mother how to live her life. Always be sure that in the moment, your advice changes nothing about her immediate situation.

In this case, the lack of personal connection or empathy is especially crucial, because wearing a helmet is probably a good idea. If you were to take the time to get to know her and respectfully explain, when asked, that wearing a helmet is important to you because of, say, a tragic accident in your past, then the effect would be lost completely. You would also need to avoid taking any time to consider the reasons why she might have left the house that morning without one. If you listened to her share the realities of her life with you, you would quickly lose track of the moral high ground, maybe accidentally admit that she is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and hence, fail at mansplaining.

One final example to help all you budding mansplainers off to the right start: whitewater rafting.

Side Note — If you’re struggling to find authentic opportunities to mansplain, just pick up any adventure sport. There are many expert-level mansplainers in almost all the adrenaline-fueled pursuits, so you’ll have a lot to learn from.

Pretend that you are catching a ride to the river with two ladies you’ve never met. The driver asks you to remind her where the turn is because she hasn’t taken the drive from this direction before. You chat with the two women and learn that both of them have decades of whitewater experience, one of them internationally. They’ve run this stretch and one even writes and ambassadors for several rafting manufacturers. It’s highwater season, though, and you’re a man, so it would be a good idea to launch, unprompted, into a detailed description of exactly how to run the river.

Don’t stop when they gently remind you they know what they’re doing. When the driver finally calls you out with a, “Zip it, mansplainer,” then splutter indignantly for 10 minutes and refuse to tell her when the turn is coming up. She asked for that information, so it wouldn’t have been mansplaining.

If you are in the market for a new hobby that belittles half of the population while winning you the approval of like-gendered individuals, mansplaining is for you.

Always remember, you’re just trying to help.

Lindsay DeFrates is a freelance writer living in Glenwood Springs. She can be reached at http://www.roaringforkwriter.com.