2019 RMOWP Conference is Now History

By Don & Barb Laine 

RMOWP’s 2019 conference in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado is now just a memory – well, a memory and probably a lot of photos. Those pesky elk were everywhere, along with moose, bighorn sheep, pika, and marmots. About 40 people came to Estes Park, most braving the trip up above timberline to over 12,000-feet elevation on Trail Ridge Road. The promised great sunset turned out to be a dud, but the tour was still fun with ample photo opportunities. Early risers also went back into the park for sunrise at Sprague Lake.

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Conference 2021 in the Rear-View Mirror

By Barb Laine

As RMOWP’s 47th conference drifts into the mists of memory, we’re thankful we were able to gather together and share experiences once again. Alamogordo gave us the opportunity to see some remnants of the old West at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, photograph numerous petroglyphs at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, and witness a double rainbow shortly before sunset at White Sands National Park.

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So You Want to Self-Publish?

By David Staat

One of the highlights of this year’s RMOWP conference was a self-publishing panel discussion. Self-publishing a book is a multifaceted endeavor where success comes in many forms. This subject was explored by a panel of experienced self-publishers. As moderator, I was asked to provide a summary of their discussion. The panelists were Ron Belak, John Hanou, Peter Kummerfeldt, and Virginia Staat.

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RMOWP Loses Longtime Friend Sue Baker

Sue Baker
Sue Baker, former board member and treasurer.

Sue Baker, a longtime member of RMOWP, passed away in Stillwater, Oklahoma, October 10 at the age of 82. An accomplished artist, illustrator, and teacher, with post-graduate studies in art, Sue was active in the Stillwater Art Guild. She also had a degree in business education and was office manager of Baker Animal Clinic, her husband Jim’s veterinary practice.

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2021 Conference a Hit

By Virginia Parker Staat

It was wonderful to see so many of you in Alamogordo during last month’s RMOWP conference. We were delighted to meet new member Steve Cochrane and his wife Megan, and spend time with twenty-two RMOWP friends. For me, it was a true joy just to feel a sense of cautious normalcy as we reunited in camaraderie and shared interests. 

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2021 Photography Contest Results

Best of Show: Steve Cochrane

Bear stare down
“Hibernation Stare Down” © Steve Cochrane ~ Winner of 2021 Best of Show Photography

“Hibernation Staredown” © Steve Cochrane
1st Place Fauna.
Looking directly into the eyes of a large Brown Bear is an extremely rare occurrence. Capturing a photograph while doing so is an even more unlikely event. The snow and the surrounding ambience adds considerable gravity to the wonderful feeling of viewing this image. The viewer can only imagine the circumstances surrounding the situation portrayed in this photo. It makes for a compelling experience and an even more compelling photograph.” ~ Judge Fred Lord

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2021 Writing and Video Contest results

Best of Show: Ron Belak

book; fishing guide
“The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado” © Ron Belak

“The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado” © Ron Belak ~ 1st Place Books
“A hefty, information-loaded book that gives readers plenty of bang for their book-buying buck that goes beyond a serviceable-but-dull guide book. The author inserts engaging comments that make the text more interesting to read for example referencing Never Sweat Lake with the comment ‘a name many anglers would disagree with.’ ” ~ Judge Mary Taylor Young

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A Bad Man But a Great State Park

Text and photos by Don Laine

first grease rack - concrete. Pancho Villa State Park.
The first grease rack – made of concrete. Pancho Villa State Park. © Don Laine

General Francisco “Pancho” Villa was not a nice person, but the Mexican bandit-revolutionary, certainly without meaning to, played a major role in helping the United States prepare for its entrance into World War I.

Today, those traveling in southern New Mexico can drop in to Pancho Villa State Park in the border town of Columbus to learn about Villa and see some of America’s first mechanized military equipment. If your timing’s right you might also see blooming cactus in spring and do a bit of bird watching in winter. 

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