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Workshop reveals the secrets to baking in the mountains

DILLON – Baking at high altitudes can be challenging – to put it mildly. Cakes fall flat. Cookies don’t rise. Breads feel like bricks. And other baked goods come out of the oven looking good but tasting funny.Altitude changes everything when baking, and most cooks in Summit County have had their share of frustration in front of the oven. Even Debbie Lengel, who cooks as a profession, has struggled with baking since moving here from the San Francisco area four years ago.Lengel, owner of A Summit Chef, is leading a women’s workshop on high-altitude baking Wednesday at the Borders Books Cafe in Dillon. The workshop is one in a series of workshops for women, co-hosted by the Summit County Women’s Center and Borders Books in Dillon.Even after several years of baking at this altitude, Lengel said she’s still learning how to adjust her recipes. Altitude isn’t the only factor affecting baked goods – so do air pressure and humidity. Different combinations of ingredients also can vary results.One of the keys to baking successfully at high altitudes is having a conversion chart at one’s fingertips, Lengel said. She will distribute a chart to workshop participants which lists conversions for ingredients from flour to shortening to eggs. She’ll also give tips on how to use the conversion chart.Lengel’s baking workshop isn’t only for the local Martha Stewarts. Her tips also will help women making cakes and brownies from a box. This workshop is for anyone who has struggled with baking at high altitudes, she said.City Market is sponsoring the workshop.Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, orlsnyder@summitdaily.comDaily launches new Web siteDaily News staff reportINTERNETFRISCO – The Web sites for the Summit Daily News and the four local Alive sites combined midnight Tuesday, allowing surfers to find news, entertainment and tourism information on one, consolidated site.The new site,, now features information from the Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone and Frisco Alive sites, which were previously at separate addresses and forced navigators looking for local information to spend time bouncing back and forth between the four main pages.”It’s a matter of leveraging the news and information of the Summit Daily with the Summit County experience pages, to help viewers have a one-stop experience,” said Laura Chiapetta, Colorado Mountain News Media’s new media general manager. “For us, the sites have been very profitable. It’s not true across the Internet, but we’ve been fortunate.”About 160,000 visitors a month have visited the Alive sites, which were launched in July, 2001, combined with the Summit Daily News site, which got off the ground in 1999. While the Alive sites will still function on their own,’s main change is to offer 360-degrees of information.While local news still leads the main page, tourism information will also have a prominent position.Contractors urged to follow sediment lawsJane StebbinsWATERSUMMIT COUNTY – Construction season in Summit County is under way, and with it comes sediment that washes into and contaminates streams and lakes.”I don’t think people are aware of the importance (of sediment control),” said Doug Trieste, an erosion control specialist with the Summit Water Quality Committee. “From my experience, people are oblivious.”Controlling erosion and sediment is not only a good idea, it’s the law. Sediment that washes into streams from construction sites in the summer – and highway sand in the winter – kills aquatic life and negatively affects fish, invertebrates and spawning activities.”Let alone the aesthetics,” Trieste added. “Some stream run brown just from construction sediment. And all the stuff winds up in the reservoir and decreases its capacity.”Stormwater regulations that went into effect March 10 now require developers who disturb more one acre of land during construction to obtain a stormwater permit regarding sediment control. Prior to that date, developers had to obtain a stormwater permit if their projects were an acre or larger in size.”It has to be controlled so it doesn’t carry pollution off site,” Trieste said. “They have to identify sources of pollution. It’s mostly sediment, but if they refuel vehicles on the land or wash cement trucks, they have to eliminate as much pollution as possible.”Most contractors – notably the ones working on the Lewis Ranch at Copper Mountain Resort and Three Peaks north of Silverthorne – have worked hard to comply with federal regulations, Trieste said. Developers at Three Peaks, for example, have installed extensive sediment containment systems, built check dams and ditches and revegetated to prevent erosion.”If there’s such a thing as a Cadillac site, that’s it,” he said of the luxury golf course community north of Silverthorne. “They have bent over backwards to work with us.”Others, however, aren’t as vigilant. They might throw a few hay bales in a ditch, but those are useless, Trieste said.”I call it show and tell,” he said. “They throw it out there and say, “I did what I needed.’ But they’re never installed right. Water finds a way around it or under it. And even if they’re trenched or staked in, they decompose.”Containment systems made of rock and gravel, silt fences and erosion logs work better.Trieste plans to hold a one-day sediment erosion control class at the end of July.Additionally, those interested in learning how to best control erosion can call him at (970) 547-3823.Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or officers are urging cyclists to follow the lawReid WilliamsBIKINGSILVERTHORNE – When it’s biker versus car, the biker always loses, and a Silverthorne police officer has already seen two too many close encounters for this early in the summer.The point of this narrative: The law, for those who didn’t know, says bicyclists must dismount and walk the bike across intersections. This is especially important where bike paths cross side streets that feed major thoroughfares, said Silverthorne Officer Jennifer DeMatoff.DeMatoff has responded to two accidents in the past month in which bikers crossed in front of cars that were attempting to pull out onto Blue River Parkway. The bike path in Silverthorne runs parallel to the road on the west side. Drivers attempting to turn south on the parkway are looking left and don’t always see bicycles approaching from the right. In one instance, a motorist toppled an elderly couple on a tandem bicycle. In the other, a woman hit a child on his bike.The law, Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1412, says in paragraph 10(d): “A person riding a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk shall dismount before entering any roadway and, when crossing any such roadway, shall observe all the rules and regulations applicable to pedestrians.””It might surprise people, but the elderly couple could have been charged according to the law,” said DeMatoff, noting that the offense is a class 2 misdemeanor. “I’d rather it not go to that. My concern is that someone is going to get seriously hurt.”Other police departments around the county contacted Friday said officers haven’t filed any reports of similar accidents, but officers do see dangerous behavior.Frisco Police Officer Glenn Johnson said that bikers need to remember they must follow the same rules as cars when riding in the roadway. Cyclists must signal for turns, yield to pedestrians and – as Silverthorne and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office enforced it last summer – refrain from operating their conveyances under the influence of alcohol.”With the number of stop signs we have on Main Street, I’ve seen plenty of bicyclists go through stop signs, passing cars on the right,” Johnson said. “Not passing on the right is important for safety reasons. Bikes are a lot smaller than cars and bike riders get hurt worse than drivers do.”Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or haw! It’s farmer’s market timeRyan SlabaughFARMERS MARKETSUMMIT COUNTY – Hitch up your overalls, grab your wallet and get ready for this summer’s farmer’s markets.If you like jam, they’ve got jam. If you’ve ever been to a local market, you’ll find everything from flowers to cheeses to clothing to live music.Here’s the schedule of events:n Dillon’s Farmer’s Market: Starting Friday, June 20, and running through the end of September, Dillon’s market is located in the Marina Park parking lot between the amphitheater and the marina, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday. Call (970) 468-5100 for more informationn Breckenridge’s Farmer’s Market: For the first time, Breckenridge is trying its hand at an outdoor, homegrown market. Between June 22 and Sept. 14, Breck’s best baked goods will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Main Street Station. For more information, call (970) 453-9400.n Silverthorne’s Farmer’s Market: Need music with your shopping? Try Silverthorne, which holds its market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Factory Stores, in the Green Village near Levi’s, from June 21 to Aug. 30. Live music will be on hand. Call (970) 262-9239 for more information.Jerry Pesman dies at 77Special to the DailyOBITBOULDER – Gerard H. “Jerry” Pesman of Boulder died of cancer Tuesday, June 10, 2003 in his home. He was 77.Jerry was born Aug. 9, 1925 in Denver to Elizabeth Hyde and M. Walter Pesman. He married and later divorced Mary Smith. She preceded him in death. He married Nancy Cary in 1975 in Boulder.After graduating from South High School in Denver, Jerry worked on the Alaska Highway in 1942 and saw active duty as a member of the U.S. Army’s 37th Regiment in the Philippines during World War II. After the war he received engineering degrees, first from the University of Colorado and then a master’s from the University of Washington.Jerry was very involved with skiing throughout his life. He spent many winters skiing and working in Sun Valley, Idaho. Jerry was instrumental in the development of many of Colorado’s ski areas: Telluride, Vail, Copper Mountain and Keystone. Jerry organized the Masters Ski Racing Program in Colorado and New Mexico in the 1970s and “80s. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1999.He enjoyed skiing, tennis, scuba diving and hiking. Jerry successfully summitted all 54 of Colorado’s Fourteeners.Jerry is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Boulder; his sister, Josephine Chanaud of Prescott, Arizona; four daughters, Nancy Edgington of Grand Junction, Jill Pesman-Lambek of Steamboat Springs, Diane Pesman of Girdwood, Alaska, and Kristin Pesman of Vashon Island, Wash; three stepchildren, Heidi Nadiak of Montrose, Scott Cary of Seattle and Kirsten Cary of Boulder. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren.A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Meadows Club, 5555 Racquet Lane, Boulder.Memorial contributions may be made to The Colorado Ski Museum, PO Box 1976, Vail, CO 81658 or to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026.M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors of Lafayette is in charge of arrangements.- Special to the DailySummit Jazz Consort moves to FriscoKimberly NicolettiMUSICFRISCO-They’ve come from Austria, the Deep South and, of course, the Front Range. One has toured Russia and China conducting and teaching jazz workshops. Another has played with the New World Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. And one became a finalist June 5 with his street percussion band on the FO network’s “30 Seconds to Fame.” Together, they make up the Summit Jazz Consort.Eighteen professional musicians from the Front Range, Eagle Valley and Summit County take turns playing with the Summit Jazz Consort Thursdays at the Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco. Any given week, three to seven of the 18 musicians join in a spontaneous combustion of music.”It’s really exemplary of the true nature of jazz,” said Mark Jeffery, who started the consort in 1996 and plays bass and trombone with the group. “We might have harp, keyboards, trumpet and bass one week and clarinet, saxophone, guitar and bass the next.”The musicians don’t rehearse for their Thursday open sessions-it’s more of a spontaneous oozing of sound. But it has some structure. Together, the musicians have a repertoire of about 300 tunes. They usually begin with jazz standards, and as the night progresses, so does their jazz -into more modern explorations.Local musicians Sal Mancini, Jennifer Kirby, Janet Harriman and Peter Krainz join such musicians as Dave Laub from the Eagle Valley and Bill Morse from the Front Range to share their love of jazz in Summit County.Harriman, an alumnus of the National Repertory Orchestra, was classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has played for the New World Symphony in Miami, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Central City Opera.Krainz moved to Summit County from Austria in 1988 and directs and plays his accordion for the Austrian folk band at Der Fondue Chessel at Keystone.Morse spent a month in Russia and another in China conducting and teaching jazz workshops. He is a professor at Metro State and conducts the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.And a couple weeks ago, drummer Dean Hershfield was one of three finalists in FO network’s “30 Seconds to Fame” with his street percussion band.As a group, the Summit Jazz Consort played in a live studio session on KUVO, Denver’s jazz station, in September. It also performs at Breckenridge’s Genuine Jazz Festival – this year it plays at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28.While spontaneity and musical exploration defines jazz, Summit Jazz Consort brings it up a notch by rotating musicians.”People can come every week and they’d hear something different,” Jeffery said. “We can play one tune three weeks in a row, but it would sound unique because of the different instrumentation.”The eclectic assortment of jazz musicians gathers from 6-9 p.m. for free music every Thursday.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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