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  • The Pitkin Miner Summer 2014 Edition

    Published June 26, 2014. Updated June 26, 27, July 1, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 29, August 1, 4, 6, 12, 13 and 14, 2014

    Editor, Suzy Metzler please email with any additions or corrections

    with Miner in the subject line

    *REVERSE 911 LINK for Cell Phone Users who have homes here: pg. 51* *Info on ordering the new Pitkin Cookbook (all money going to the Pitkin Volunteer

    Fire Department) is found on pg. 49* August 12 & 13, 2014 UPCOMING EVENTS IN PITKIN: Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. Pitkin Town Meeting at the Pitkin Town Hall, Upstairs Friday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. PHCA General Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner, Newcomb Community Center Saturday, August 16, 7:00 p.m-11:00 p.m, - P Party and Dance at the Pitkin Town Hall, to benefit the preservation of the Pitkin Town Hall - $5.00 at the door, everyone should come in costume, dressed as something that begins with a P! Concessions will also be sold. Sunday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. Church service at the Pitkin Community Church. This week Gene Daniel will be doing the service, which will include a memorial of all of the Pitkin area residents who have passed away over the past year. Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. Movies in the Mountains at Newcomb Community Center, concessions will be sold. Friday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. Community Bridal Shower for Stephanie Wier and Cory Nasso, for Guys & Gals alike, at Newcomb Community Center. See below for more details. Community Bridal Shower On Friday, August 22, there will be a Community Bridal Shower for Stephanie Wier and Cory Nasso, who will be getting married in October. Both guys and gals are invited and the event will be held at the Newcomb Community Center at 7:00 p.m. The couple is in need of camping gear and they have registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond (registry #541049786

  • online at, locally at Gene Taylors Sporting Goods in Gunnison and also online at For more information please call Jerra at 970-641-5553. EDITORS NOTE: When I went to find Stephanie & Corys Bed Bath & Beyond registry, I had to search by name (I put in Stephanie Wier) and when I tried the state of Colorado, got not results. Then I thought, maybe she still has Texas as her base state so I tried Stephanie Wier, Texas and it worked! Today and Yesterday Last night, August 12, we had a great town meeting in the upstairs of the Town Hall. Lots of people came to participate and some positive decisions were made.

    Audience at the Pitkin Town Meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Pitkin Town Hall.

  • Pitkin Town Council members at last nights Town Meeting, August 12, 2014.

    Bunco this morning, August 13, 2014 at Newcomb Community Center

  • The ladies had lots of fun, I can tell, at Bunco this morning!

    Last Weekends Events

    1. August Birthday Party for Those with August Birthdays On Friday night, August 8, a birthday party was held at the Silver Plume Grills tented-in seating area and it was very well-attended. It was a Pot Luck dinner with birthday cake provided. Here are photos:

  • August Birthdays Party fun birthday cakes! August 8, 2014

    Beautiful sunny, mild weather made the birthday party pleasant and many

    people came out for the event!

  • Inside the tent, with balloons as decorations, made it very comfortable.

    Rachel (left) and Levi New are the parents of four of the children with August birthdays.

    Sara (right, holding Alder) and Chip Lamars boys were both born on the same day in August!

  • Jerra and Jesse Garetson are enjoying the party, on the right.

  • Joe and Alicita Rodriguez-Starr, Corrina Archuleta, and Mark & Marie Rossmiller were

    having a nice time, too!

    2. Harold Archuletas Birthday Party at the Pitkin Schoolhouse Pavilion: Harold was born and raised here in Pitkin and will turn 60 on August 20! His son Travis and daughters Myndy Drexel of Woodbury, MN and Kelsey Kennedy of the Denver, Colorado area threw a birthday party for Harold on Friday night, August 8, at 7:00 p.m. Many of Harolds relatives were there including his eight grandchildren and three of his sisters, his brother and many cousins.

  • Harold loves Tootsie Roll Pops and for many years I have been gifting him some on his birthday. This year I had some TINY mini Tootsie Roll Pops and he seemed happy that I gave him those I joked that I accidentally put them in the washer and dryer and that they had shrunk. I hope they tasted good!

  • Harolds son Travis was in charge of the music at Harolds birthday party!

    Harold listens as daughter Myndy reads what each of the grandchildren said was their

    favorite thing about their grandfather!

  • Five of Harolds grandchildrenI think these may all be Myndy & Todd Drexels children

    but I might be wrong. It was hard for me to keep track of everyone! Cute, with t-shirts that all says My Papa is the greatest of all time! and on the back, their numbers in order of

    birth! What a cute idea! Plus, since they were all in bright orange, easy to find the children!

  • Juliet Seratto was on hand to provide the Happy Birthday song on her fiddle!

    3. PHCAs Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday evening, August 10, at Newcomb Community Center. Delicious spaghetti, a health salad, garlic bread and a choice of white or chocolate cake could be purchased on Sunday evening for $8 per adult or $4 per child!

  • People enjoying their spaghetti dinner on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Newcomb Center.

  • More enjoyment at the spaghetti dinner!

  • Jan Milton and Aleene Green, workers at the Spaghetti Dinner!

    SAD NEWS Bobbie Davis, wife of the late R.L. Davis, both of Pratt, Kansas and Pitkin, Colorado, who summered in Pitkin for many, many years, passed away on July 23, 2014. Many Pitkin residents also remember Bobbie & RLs grandson Matt Davis who worked at the Pitkin Fish Hatchery and the Silver Plume at various times back in the 1990s and spent many summers at Bobbie & R.L.s cabin in the Quartz Creek Properties. Bobbies obituary follows: Hardtner, Kan. Bobbie Jean Davis, 89, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. She was born May 17, 1925 in Barber County, the daughter of Robert Belden and Lois Holmes Cook. Bobbie was joyfully united in holy matrimony to Richard Lyman Davis on Oct. 20, 1945. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2010. Bobbie and Richard had four children: Richard Layman Davis Jr., Connie Sue Kowalsky, Donita Joyce Helmer, and Roger Alan Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, son Roger Alan, and a sister Joyce Cook Lawrence. Bobbie is survived by her son Rich Davis and wife Vicki of Pratt; daughters, Connie and husband Tom Kowalsky of Grand Junction, Colo., and Joy Helmer of Hardtner; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

  • Bobbie devoted her life to her family, and her grandchildren have special memories of their many times spent at the family cabin in Colorado. She loved to play cards and enjoyed showing off her special card shuffling skills. Bobbie attended Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., was a member of the Martha Vail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, General Society of the Mayflower Descendants, and the American Legion Auxiliary. There will be a luncheon and memories-sharing gathering of Bobbies family and friends in the basement of the Hardtner United Methodist Church on Aug. 16th at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice or the Hardtner Public Library in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS 67124. Condolences may be left at more: I received from Christy Couch the following write-up about her experiences in looking for a spot that her family remembered from long ago, near Pitkin. By Christy Couch, whose email address is:

    In Search of a Memory

    The road became even more difficult to negotiate as darkness encroached. Only two of our five motorcycles had headlights. My dad insisted we push on, anticipating the road would get easier. Going back up the rocky terrain overrun by the creek was not an option. Suddenly, we came to a clearing and in the two beams of light stood a cabin: a cabin minus a roof, door and two walls. Everyone followed suit as my dad dismounted his bike to look around. With the continuing threat of nightfall, he suggested we spend the night. My sister and I objected immediately, not yet old enough to see the big picture. My mom began looking for firewood and in the process found her shelter for the night; the only building with four walls, a roof and a door the outhouse. But for whatever reason, my dad let go of his secret longing to spend the night in a ghost town and we went onward. To our dismay, the skeletal path once used as a stagecoach road became almost impassible, causing us to walk our bikes more than ride. After crossing the creek once more, we emerged from the forest onto a dirt road, five easy miles from our camp. I imagine my dad had to feel some relief we ended up where he intended, minus the hardship, darkness and tears.

    Most of our summer explorations, driven by my fathers fascination with Colorados mining history, ended without incident, back at camp, sitting around a warm campfire as the sun lowered behind the mountains. The ones we seem to enjoy memorializing the most, however, involved a little more elbow grease and whining.

    My dad brings up that ride outside of Pitkin of