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It all started at age 14 with a small torch bead
making kit. Five years later, Chaiah took official
training at Penland Art School in North Carolina.
¡°Since then, I¡¯ve taken classes and learned from
most of the top glass artists out there,¡± Chaiah
said, ¡°Glass work, for me, has become a passion.
Each piece is made with my breath and my spirit
as a glassblower.¡±
At age 16, he started
apprenticing 2-4 days
a week under Jared
Davis, at a hot shop
in Crawford, the North
Rim Glass Studio.
¡°Jared has studied
in Sweden under a
master for 2 years,¡±
says Chaiah, ¡°and I have been apprenticing un-
der Jared for about 7 years¡±
In the the hot shop, you have to be very, very
specific,¡± explains Chaiah, ¡°Pipework is much
more forgiving. With pipework you can take your
time and be super creative. With large and intri-
cate glass work, like the vases, platters, lamps
and chandeliers we make in quantity in the hot
shop, it¡¯s real intense glass work, hours long. You
can¡¯t stop. When I do pipework, I use a direct
heat torch to blow the glass, while in a hot shop
I am working with 2,000-2,400 degree ovens.¡±
Chaiah currently splits his time living in Paonia,
near the Crawford hot shop, and Grand Junction.
His artistic pipework can be bought, as men-
tioned above, at: Crazy B¡¯s, 252 Palomino Trail,
Ridgway, 970.626.9888, and also is available
at: Discontent, 102 North Ave, Grand Junction,
970.549.4724 & Discontent, 912 Grand Ave,
Glenwood Springs, 970.945.5221. You can also
view Chaiah¡¯s work on his website at:
When asked to comment on his rising success,
Chaiah said, ¡°I wouldn¡¯t be where I am with-
out the support from my schools, trainers, and
especially my family! I am very proud of how far
I¡¯ve come and am grateful for the freedom to be
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Spotlight on a rising star
In the small mountain community of Ridgway,
Colorado, a young glass artist, is steadily mak-
ing a name for himself. Chaiah Sullivan, born in
Ridgway on Log Hill Village, at 23 years old, has
impressed the area with his artistic talent, and
his beautiful pipe works are now for sale at Crazy
B¡¯s Pipe Shop in Ridgway.
According to the owners of Crazy B¡¯s, ¡°Chaiah
is a young kid dripping with talent and we are
super excited to have his creations for sale in our
shop. He¡¯s in a class of his own.¡±
Chaiah has been doing
glass work for 9 years
and his pieces are in
high demand and go
fast. He does much cus-
tom work. In fact, as he
developed his skills and
learned, people started
coming to him with cus-
tom orders.
Chaiah is happy to take
commissioned work and
generally has a backlog of orders.
Said Chaiah, ¡°I make things I really like. I do alot
of pipework though, because it is what is most
in demand. Plus, pipework is functional art. It¡¯s
one thing to make a piece of art, but to make it
functional adds a whole new challenge to it.¡±
The Good News
2014 July
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
Local Students & Fort Lewis College Cycling
Team Reach #2 in the Nation!
Durango, 6/18/2014: Fort Lewis College was
named the #2 USA Cycling, Collegiate Division
1 team in the nation. In the five disciplines of
cycling, Fort Lewis College placed 2nd in Track,
1st in Mountain Biking, 2nd in Cyclocross, 3rd in
BMX, and 3rd in Road. The following local stu-
dents raced with the team for the academic year
and were an integral part of that success:
***Brennan Buiso of Durango went to Nation-
als for BMX. Buiso¡¯s major is Business Administra-
tion - Business Administration Option.
***Stephan Davoust of Durango went to Na-
tionals for Mountain Biking. Davoust¡¯s major is
***Garrett Lundberg of Durango went to Na-
tionals for Mountain Biking. Lundberg¡¯s major is
***Courtney Ott of Mancos went to Nationals
for Cyclocross. Ott¡¯s major is English - Writing
Success For FLC Cyclists
Unparalleled Glass
Further Steady Growth
State economy continues growing,
boosting revenue projections
June 20, 2014: A new forecast shows the
state¡¯s General Fund revenue is expected to
increase by $96.4 million in the current fiscal
year and by $127.6 million in the next fiscal
year, which starts July 1.
¡°Colorado¡¯s economy continues to expand
faster than many other states,¡± the Office of
State Planning and Budgeting reported today.
¡°The state has ingredients that are produc-
ing growth in today¡¯s high-tech and complex
economy, including a skilled workforce, en-
trepreneurial energy and innovation, diverse
industries, and a rich ecosystem that connects
ideas and resources. Growth is not uniform in
all regions of the state, however. There con-
tinue to be areas affected by out-migration,
drought, or the loss of key employers.¡±
Compared with the March 2014 forecast,
projections for General Fund revenue are 1.1
percent higher for FY 2013-14 and 1.3 percent
higher for FY 2014-15.
The State¡¯s General Fund reserve is projected
to be $145.6 million above its required amount
for FY 2013-14. All but $25 million of this
money, which remains in the General Fund,
is allocated under current law to various cash
funds or projects. Under the adopted budget
for FY 2014-15, this forecast shows that the
General Fund will have $150.6 million above
the 6.5 percent reserve requirement.
Expectations for economic conditions, and thus
tax revenue, have not changed materially from
recent forecasts. After growing 4.4 percent this
fiscal year, General Fund revenue is expected
to grow 7.5 percent in FY 2014-15. As was
expected in previous OSPB forecasts, the slow-
down in General Fund revenue growth in FY
2013-14 was mostly from a one-time decline in
income taxes on investment income. Continued
economic growth will generate higher General
Fund revenue growth in FY 2014-15.
¡°The economy appears to have a foundation
for further steady growth,¡± the OSPB forecast
says. (source:
Great News For Ranchers
above historic Durango, Colorado, also inspires
an active and friendly community with a spirit of
engagement, exploration, and intellectual
curiosity. (source: readMedia)
Hong Kong Market Reopens for U.S. Beef
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on June 17 an-
nounced that the United States and Hong Kong
have agreed on new terms and conditions that
pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef
and beef products to Hong Kong.
¡°This is great news for American ranchers and
beef companies,¡± said Vilsack. ¡°Hong Kong is
already the 4th largest market for U.S. beef and
beef product exports with sales there reaching a
high of $823 million in 2013. We look forward to
expanded opportunities there now that all trade
restrictions are lifted,¡± Vilsack said.
Under the new terms, Hong Kong will permit the
import of the full range of U.S. beef and beef
products, consistent with access prior to De-
cember 2003. The new terms became effective
on June 17. Earlier this year, Mexico, Uruguay,
Ecuador and Sri Lanka also lifted their longstand-
ing restrictions to provide full access for U.S. beef
and beef products.
¡°Last year, the World Organization for Animal
Health (OIE) granted the United States negligible
risk status for BSE, further affirming the safety
of U.S. beef and beef products,¡± said Vilsack. ¡°We
welcome this move by Hong Kong and will contin-
ue our efforts to break down barriers and expand
access for high-quality, safe and wholesome U.S.
food and agricultural products in Hong Kong and
around the world.¡±
In December 2003, Hong Kong banned U.S.
beef and beef products following the detection
of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-
positive animal in the United States (one of only
four cases ever discovered in America). In 2005,
Hong Kong partially reopened its market to allow
imports of deboned U.S. beef from cattle aged
30 months or younger produced under a special
program for Hong Kong, and expanded access to
include certain bone-in cuts from cattle less than
30 months of age in 2013.
Experts in the United States and countries around
the world have confirmed that U.S. beef is safe,
with extremely low risk of BSE. There has never
been a recorded case of BSE transmission to a
human through American beef. (
***Ben Stalker of
Durango went to Na-
tionals for Track and
Cyclocross. Stalker¡¯s
major is Art - Graph-
ic Design Option.
Fort Lewis College
is the Southwest¡¯s
crossroads of educa-
tion and adventure.
Our blend of small
classes, dynamic
academic programs,
and a liberal arts
perspective leads
to transformative
learning experiences
that foster entrepre-
neurship, leadership,
creative problem
solving, and life-long
learning. Our unique
& beautiful mountain
campus, on a mesa