New Collection of Essays by Mary B. Kurtz Showcases a Unique Colorado Mountain Valley

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A mountain valley near Steamboat Springs, Colo., stars in this series of essays about the natural world, history of the Elk River Valley and the author's family and ranch life. The author's prose unfolds through the seasons in this book, her first collection of essays.

Readers will meet a long-time rancher who hunts mountain lions, dedicated land preservationists who work to protect the valley they love, and a larger-than-life grandmother who doesn’t fit typical notions of a rancher.

A mountain valley near Steamboat Springs, Colo., comes to life in the author’s first collection of essays which share with readers her family and ranch life, the natural world and the history of the Elk River Valley. Her love of the western landscape and the community in which she lives shines through her poetic prose.

At Home in the Elk River Valley, published by Dog Ear Publishing, unfolds through the seasons, beginning with spring and the return of the Sandhill Cranes to summer nesting grounds. “The flock rides leisurely on the rising current of warm air…and then peels out of the thermal like a licorice string from its coil.” Readers will meet a long-time rancher who hunts mountain lions, dedicated land preservationists who work to protect the valley they love, and a larger-than-life grandmother who doesn’t fit typical notions of a rancher. Epigraphs from diary entries written over the years introduce each essay.

“Mary’s collection of stories tugs at my heart,” writes third-generation cattle rancher Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agricultural Alliance. “I laugh. I cry. I remember parts of my life I had forgotten. I appreciate these stories for the value they provide to our sense of rural, western community.”

This is the first collection of essays for author Mary Kurtz, a member of the Steamboat Writers Group. She has taught special education, volunteered with youth organizations and been president of the Routt County Cattlewomen, as well as a member of the Steamboat Arts Council, Yampa River Botanic Park and Routt County Humane Society. She and her husband, who have two grown children, have raised Red Angus cattle, commercial elk and performance quarter horses.

For more information, visit http://www.athomeintheelkrivervalley.com

AT HOME IN THE ELK RIVER VALLEY: REFLECTIONS ON FAMILY, PLACE AND THE WEST
Mary B. Kurtz

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-944-6
228 pages
$14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere

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