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CARBONDALE, Colo. — The Roaring Fork Valley chapter of Slow Food USA celebrated Colorado-grown peaches. The Aspen Times says that the 160 participants enjoyed peach salsa, organic peach fuzz pie and the fermented juices of peaches and other fruits at an event held at a place called the Sustainable Settings experimental farm.

The newspaper explains that the day was spent celebrating both the featured fruit and the philosophy of growing, preparing, and enjoying foods in a leisurely style.

Dalai Lama to bless prayer wheel

KETCHUM, Idaho — The Dalai Lama is to visit Idaho’s Wood River Valley for several days to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He is scheduled to speak to up to 10,000 people at a local school and then, in a private ceremony the next day with local Buddhists, bless a new prayer wheel.

The 800-pound bronze prayer wheel was made in India during the last several months and shipped to Ketchum, where it is being located in a new "Garden of Compassion" in the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Flowing water is to power the turning of the temple-sized prayer wheel. In the theology of Tibetan Buddhism, prayer wheels – most of them little larger than a kitchen utensil – are turned in a constant appeal for healing light to energize the planet.

CNN, the cable television company, plans to broadcast the Dalai Lama’s address.

More Leadville natives expected

LEADVILLE, Colo. — A frequently misused word is "native." Many people use it to mean the place where they grew up, or even the place they have lived a long time.

Both are wrong. A person is native to the place where he or she was born. And, since at least 1879, when St. Vincent Hospital opened for business, there have been natives in Leadville, the old mining town located at 10,152 feet in the Colorado Rockies.

But since Climax, the last big mine, closed in1981, Leadville has been suffering through shrinkages of various kinds. The latest threat was the suspension of obstetrics at the hospitals. Without an obstetrics department, the hospital could deliver no babies and hence, the only Leadville natives would be those born in homes or in dire emergencies, like the back seat of cars speeding to hospitals. However, for the time being, hospital directors have chosen to keep the obstetrics department operating.

The fear seems to be that if obstetrics disappeared from the hospital it would be hard to recruit a physician to deliver babies. Once that happens, the hospital’s services might further erode.

As is, more and more Leadville patients are going to hospitals in nearby towns, particularly along the I-70 corridor. The hospital in Vail has been delivering bumper crops of babies from Leadville for years, and now Frisco, just 25 miles to the east of Vail, is gaining a hospital, and that new hospital will be even more convenient for Leadville patients.

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