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Chanukah, Colorado style

Randy Salky wiht his menorah crafted from old skis in his Steamboat Springs front yard.Menorahs come in many shapes and sizes, and in Steamboat Springs they are created from old skis.

The neighbors on Fourth Street agreed to decorate their homes for the season with lit-up pine trees and decorations. Others used garlands and ornaments to adorn their homes.

Randy Salky decided to put a different twist to his yard decor by making a “SkiNorah” or “Chanuski-ah.”

A lawyer by day and artist in his free time, Salky is often found combing the landfill for treasures for sculptures. One beautiful winter day, Salky turned old skis left in the trash into an original menorah to proudly display in his family’s yard.

Randy and Paula Salky moved to Steamboat Springs 10 years ago from their native Memphis, Tenn., where Randy is a fifth-generation member of Temple Israel.

Last year Randy Salky was commissioned to create a large menorah installation to shine in the middle of the town.

The Routt County commissioners denied the Jewish congregation Har Mishpacha’s request to have the menorah on the lawn of the courthouse along with the community Christmas tree. Several churches came to the rescue and the menorah is now displayed in front of the United Methodist Church, which hosts Har Mishpacha.

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