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Stockdale to perform

DILLON – Colorado composer and recording artist Mary Martin Stockdale will be performing her original solo piano works 2 p.m. Friday at the Dillon Borders store in conjunction with Borders’ Educator Appreciation Weekend.

Stockdale is a classically trained pianist and composer living outside Steamboat Springs.

Two recordings of Stockdale’s original music are currently available, “Portraits on the Piano” and “Trout Creek Lullaby.” Both recordings have garnered critical acclaim and have aired on more than 180 radio stations worldwide.

“Trout Creek Lullaby” recently went to No. 1 on the new age voice charts. Stockdale’s debut, “Portraits on the Piano,” reached the No. 3 spot on the new age voice charts when it was released.

Stockdale’s sweeping, melodic solo piano improvisations are built around strong themes inspired by the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain West.

Check her Web site at to hear sound clips from both CDs and for more information, including upcoming appearance. Stockdale fell in love with the piano at a young age. She began her classical training at 5 and wrote her first original piece at 8 years old.

Her love affair with the West began when her family moved to the mountains of Arizona in her teens. Now living in northwest Colorado with her husband and two daughters, Stockdale continues to draw inspiration from the natural beauty of her surroundings.

Magnesium chloride forum tonight

FRISCO – The Sierra Club Blue River Group is sponsoring a forum on magnesium chloride tonight. The question is, should Summit County use the controversial road de-icer?

The forum takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Town Hall conference room.

A panel of experts and decision makers will debate issues raised by members of the audience. All are welcome to attend.

“This is a critical issue regardless of what treatment you feel is best. At the least, I would encourage residents of the High Country to come and learn about these issues firsthand,” said County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom.

Panelists at the forum will be Caroline Bradford of the Eagle River Watershed Council; Kirk Cunningham, conservation chair, Summit County Rocky Mountain Chapter; Gary Lindstrom, Board of County Commissioners, Summit County; Tom Looby, environmental consultant (moderator); Capt. Ron Prater, Colorado State Highway Patrol; and a representative from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Panelists and audience members will discuss alternatives to magnesium chloride including sand and salt, alternative products, more snowplows and better equipment maintenance, stricter enforcement of snow tire and chain laws, driver education and the theory of let the driver beware.

A straw poll will be taken at the end of the program to gauge public opinion on this important issue.

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