Bill Fetcher

Bill Fetcher 1 month ago on Railroad roots the theme of this year's Oak Creek Labor Day fun

By all accounts "The Moffat Road" reached Oak Creek in the fall of 1908 rather than 1909. The rails were laid into Steamboat in December, 1908.

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Bill Fetcher 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Depot Art Center sees new improvements, maintains its place of importance in the community

Railroad passenger service to Steamboat may have begun 6 Jan 1909, however construction of the depot couldn't commence until warm weather arrived. It was late summer when the depot opened, meanwhile boxcars on a siding would serve as a temporary facility.

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Bill Fetcher 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Exploring Steamboat: Horses, mountains and opera

The following should be submitted to Jeff Foxworthy, “You might be a redneck if you’ve ever had to fix a chipped tooth with a Dremel tool.” Two requirements are in order, 1) electricity to power the Dremel tool, and 2) at least one tooth in need of repair. (A Dremel tool is a hand-held electric motor, slightly larger than an electric toothbrush that can spin grinding wheels, burrs and other attachments.) I had to perform some self-dentistry with a Dremel tool prior to Emerald City Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” twelve years ago. The sacrifices we make! In those beginning years I was our only oboist due to the reduced instrumentation our pit orchestra was using. About two hours before opening night one of my upper incisors became chipped. When I put oboe reed to mouth, this for double-reeds involves drawing the lips in over the teeth, the chipped tooth cut into my lip, which began bleeding. There was no time for an emergency call to a dentist. I broke out my Dremel tool, fitted it with a grinding disc and, standing before a mirror, touched up the offending incisor, being careful not to overheat and cook the tooth. (There’re a lot of people out there who don’t like to hear me tell this story!) Repair completed with no more cutting and bleeding, I made it to the auditorium, gave the “A” and played the opera with no further problems. (This story reposted to eliminate word-splitting problems.)

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Bill Fetcher 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Beekeeping much more than filling a jar with honey

As long as it's National Honeybee Day (National Haymaking Day for me) this week, let's get the terminology sorted out. It seems the word "swarm" was used in the article where "colony" is meant. A colony is a hive of bees headed by a queen. A hive can be the familiar wooden boxes, a hollow tree, or a beehive-shaped straw skep. A swarm is when a colony divides, due to overcrowding, to find a new home, nature's way of perpetuating the species. Also when I inspect my bees I put on my veil, not a helmet.

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Bill Fetcher 2 months ago on Exploring Steamboat: Horses, mountains and opera

 The following should be submitted to Jeff Foxworthy, “You might be a redneck if you’ve ever had to fix a chipped tooth with a Dremel tool.” Two requirements are in order, 1) electricity to power the Dremel tool, and 2) at least one tooth in need of repair. (A Dremel tool is a hand-held electric motor, slightly larger than an electric toothbrush that can spin grinding wheels, burrs and other attachments.)
 I had to perform some self-dentistry with a Dremel tool prior to Emerald City Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” twelve years ago. The sacrifices we make! In those beginning years I was our only oboist due to the reduced instrumentation our pit orchestra was using. About two hours before opening night one of my upper incisors became chipped. When I put oboe reed to mouth, this for double-reeds involves drawing the lips in over the teeth, the chipped tooth cut into my lip, which began bleeding. There was no time for an emergency call to a dentist. I broke out my Dremel tool, fitted it with a grinding disc and, standing before a mirror, touched up the offending incisor, being careful not to overheat and cook the tooth. (There’re a lot of people out there who don’t like to hear me tell this story!) Repair completed with no more cutting and bleeding, I made it to the auditorium, gave the “A” and played the opera with no further problems.
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Bill Fetcher 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Tom Ross: Remember when it was legal to drive 60 mph up Eagleridge Drive?

In the mid '50s, before we had a Mt. Werner Circle, let alone a Mt. Werner (it was Storm Mountain then) we had street racing in downtown S.S. Refer to Deb Olsen's book, Steamboat Springs Legends, page 122.

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Bill Fetcher 3 months ago on Moots Ranch Rally goes off without a hitch

That hill those cyclists were riding up (past Duckels Construction to the airport) has a name; Marble Hill. Also Sleeping Giant is called Elk Mountain by those rural folk for whom the mountain's profile no longer resembles a sleeping giant.

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Bill Fetcher 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Spoke Talk: New trail on the way

Lest we forget, Emerald Mountain was a ski area for a brief six years, 1948-1954. An old tourist map from 1954, the last year for lift service, lists Gooding Run and Suicide Run. As long as we're honoring Gloria Gossard, let's reuse these two names for bike trails. The original ski runs have grown over. Gooding Run was to skier's right of the summit, while Suicide Run was to skier's left. It ended at Tower 18 of the Emerald Mountain Ski Lift where one could reboard the lift for the last steep climb up the face of Emerald. The lift used T-bars in winter and single chairs for summer sightseers, though for the 1948 and 1948-1949 seasons the two carriers were combined. The old lift line, skier's left of the power line, is nearly grown in at the top. Concrete footings for the lift terminal can be found at the summit of Emerald Mountain. Bill Fetcher

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Bill Fetcher 4 months, 1 week ago on Lowell Whiteman School to become Steamboat Mountain School

The name change also features the unusual juxtaposition of a means of water transport and a geological feature. We can deal with Steamboat Lake, after all boats and water go together. Not so with mountains, unless you happen to be rubber-baron Fitzcarraldo. Anyone who's seen the movie would understand the problems he had getting his boat over a mountain. Let's give this matter some more thought as we'll be living with the end result for a long time.

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Bill Fetcher 4 months, 1 week ago on Lowell Whiteman School to become Steamboat Mountain School

Aside from lacking in originality, I feel the new name is apt to be confused with our ski area. There're a few skiers who, drawing a parallel with Vail Mountain or Aspen Mountain, refer to Mt. Werner as Steamboat Mountain. Granted, these folks are put right in short order. Until they are, they're apt to wonder what connection the school has with the ski area. Bill Fetcher Class of '65

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