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‘Requiem for the West’ author in Dillon today

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT

Filmmaker turned writer Roger Brown will be signing copies of his book, “Requiem for the West: A collection of stories, essays and photographs from forty years of living in the Rocky Mountains” at Borders Books at noon today.Brown, who has lived in the Eagle River Valley since the early 1960s, said he explores the shift from rural towns to the current urban situation with Avon’s Wal-Mart as a major factor.”The book is not only reminiscing, but also addresses some of the problems I feel I might have helped create by doing too good a job of promotion,” he said. Brown’s repertoire of films includes Ski the Summit marketing videos.He also delves into water and land use issues, as well as drilling in Rifle for natural gas.”I take a stab at trophy homes. There’s a hypocrisy in tearing up the land in Rifle to heat homes that aren’t being used,” Brown said. Former Gov. Richard Lamm wrote the preface for the book, as well as a section in the final chapter.Michael Southern Band plays in Dillon tonightScottie Laughlin, on percussion and shakers for the Michael Southern Band, said the members of this band are like school teachers that are happy if they get through to just a few kids. The Americana folk fusion music, written by lead vocalist Michael Southern has an earth-friendly message. Southern has been following the path of the Native American Lakotas since 1992. He describes his philosophy: “Work the self and the rest will follow.”Teresa Arruza is the final member of the trio on violin.”Scottie gives it wheels and Teresa gives it wings,” Southern said of his original music.The band will play tonight at the Old Dillon Inn from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and at the Park Avenue Pub in Breckenridge Monday and Wednesday from 7-11 p.m.Search on for Mrs. Summit CountyCity and county titleholders for the Mrs. America Pageant system compete to win over $10,000 in prizes, one of which is a trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant.Interested applicants must live or work in the Summit County area, be married during the time of competition, a resident of the state for at least six months, a U.S. Citizen and be at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent.Once selected, the community representative will then advance on to compete in the Mrs. Colorado-America Pageant May 20 in Denver.Visit http://www.mrscolorado.com for more information, or request entry information by contacting the Colorado director, Tricia Dampier, at (303) 904-3709. ‘Passport to Ski Areas of Colorado’ available locally”Passport to Ski Areas of Colorado” offers a handheld tour guide to visiting skiers and riders vacationing in Colorado. The book contains mountain statistics, recommended resorts and local favorites, historic runs, trail conditions and overall highlights. There are two full pages to chronicle memories made on the mountain.The “Passport” is available locally at Borders Books in Dillon, Hamlet’s Bookshoppe in Breckenridge, Mountain Touch Hallmark in Frisco, Weber’s Books in Breckenridge and Winds of Change Books and Gifts in Frisco.- Daily News staff reports