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The Good News
2014 March
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
One Night of Queen is a stunning live concert
recreating and celebrating the music of Queen.
Performed by Gary Mullen and ¡®The Works¡¯, with
fantastic staging, lighting and effects this show
will rock you, guaranteed!
Since winning the Grand Final of ¡®Stars In Their
Eyes¡¯ back in 2000 as the legendary Freddie Mer-
cury, Gary Mullen has toured with One Night of
Queen selling out theatres and concert halls in the
UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg,
Holland, France and New Zealand.
As tribute bands go, there can be none better than
this. Superb!
March 12 at Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
March 14 at the Vilar Center, Beaver Creek,
March 15 at the Sheridan Opera House,
Telluride, 970.728.6363.
Only in an inclusive and balanced ¡°history¡± can
we know and celebrate how important women
have always been in our country, in our society
and in the world.
Betty Pellet, 1887-1976, started her career as a
Broadway actress and also starred in one silent
After marrying Bob Pellet, a mining engineer, she
was transformed into a miner when they moved
to Rico to work some claims. Betty served 18
years in the Colorado House of Representatives.
During her first year in office, 1941, she staged a
one woman lobby in Washington, D.C. to save the
Rio Grande Southern and the Galloping Goose
from extinction due to impending bankruptcy
proceedings. She was able to secure a govern-
ment loan which kept the railroad running and
ensured Rico¡¯s survival for another decade dur-
ing and after WWII.
Lizzy Knight was an important female pioneer
in early Colorado. Her homestead still remains
and helps to tell the colorful story of her life and
the settlement of and agricultural practices in the
Disappointment Valley. Born in England, Lizzy
broke all traditional gender barriers and became
an expert blacksmith. She, and her then husband,
One Night Of Queen
Wray, CO author releases new fable nationwide
Author Ruth Wicks announced , on January 21,
the nationwide release of, ¡°Our World as Told by
Baggy Pants and Elsa Belle.¡±
Based on a true story, ¡°Our World as told by
Baggy Pants and Elsa Belle¡± relates how loving
care and compassion for two abandoned feral kit-
tens turned their world and their destiny around.
The Kittens, with unique personalities, tell of
their rescue and adventures from their own point
of view.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the
book is available through bookstores nationwide,
from the publisher at:
bookstore or by visiting: or
Wicks is the mother of five grown children and
now has five grandchildren. She resides in Colo-
rado with her husband Kevin and their two cats,
Bagheera and Elsa.
For more information, please contact Michelle
Whitman, publicist, at: 877.727.0697 or send an
email to:
TLC Changes Destiny
¡®Herstory¡¯ Program
Highlighting the vital role played by
women in history
Women have always been driven by their
dreams which have resulted in amazing
accomplishments. We draw inspiration
and strength from those who came before
us. They are part of our own story.
made the journey to America in 1875 and eventu-
ally settled in Rico where Lizzy and her daughter
were the first female residents. Lizzy operated a
small dairy supplying the nearby mining camps
with milk and butter. Later, in Disappointment
Valley, the Knight Homestead became the social
and commercial center where, married to her
son in law (her daughter being rather disagree-
able had divorced him), she kept her dairy and
beef herds going, ran a store and became post
mistress, occasional farrier and informal banker.
She hammered a trail of sparks, gold coins, cow
hooves and tobacco and gun cartridges through
southwest Colorado.
See ¡®Herstory¡¯ on March 14, 7p, at the Cortez Cul-
tural Center, 25 N Market St, Cortez. Members
$5, non-members $7, cash bar and appetizers in
advance of the program.
The Friendship Force
Please join us at our regular meeting of Friend-
ship Force International, Thursday, March 13,
6:15p; downstairs conference room, Community
Hospital, Gr Jct. FFI is a worldwide travel ex-
change club that believes one of the best ways to
achieve world peace is through indi-
vidual friendships. FFI members travel
as a group to other countries where they
are welcomed by FFI club members and
hosted in their homes. In turn, we share
our culture and show off our beautiful
area with our western hospitality to Am-
bassadors from other parts of the world. 970.260.4653