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The GlenX Success Summit, aimed at inspiring up-and-coming business professionals, has announced the final speaker for its lineup.Olympic silver medalist and four-time X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler, a snowboarder who lives in Aspen, will appear at the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 12 at Glenwood Springs High School.The inaugural installment of what organizer Altai Chuluun and his co-organizers
Published: September 2, 2015
The Post Independent’s Summer Fun photo contest is accepting entries through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 11. Prizes are gift certificates from Summit Canyon Mountaineering: $500 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Details are at http://tinyurl.com/SummerFunPix.
Published: September 2, 2015
When I was working at Independence Run & Hike in Carbondale, I’d field a recurring question from newcomers to town. The eager runners, fresh from Denver or Cincinnati, would ask, “Are there any running groups around here?” There are — the store has two group runs on Thursdays and Saturdays that are attended by a core group of folks who
Published: September 2, 2015
The Colorado Water Conservation Board on Wednesday has begun releasing water from Ruedi Reservoir to benefit Colorado River endangered fish.On Aug. 31, the CWCB entered into a lease agreement with the Ute Water Conservancy District for water stored in Ruedi Reservoir to supplement flows for existing instream water rights on the Colorado. The releases will continue through September.The agreement allows
Published: September 2, 2015
GEORGETOWN — Traci Cunningham, 29, will end her life in prison, and as awful as that might be, the beginning of her life might be worse.“The child was subjected to things that are unspeakable and was probably not loved until she met someone with unconditional love to give. Penny Cunningham gave that love, and gave and gave and gave,” said
Published: September 2, 2015
An Old Snowmass man was charged Friday with three felonies after he allegedly launched an unprovoked attack against a man sitting in his car in a Basalt parking lot in what police said was a case of ethnic intimidation.Jerry Lloyd Cunico, 47, allegedly opened the car door of the victim and started beating him, according to the Basalt Police Department
Published: September 2, 2015
EDWARDS — Battle Mountain volleyball is very much in that stage where all players should be wearing tags that read, “Hello, my name is …”However, the Huskies ran into a team in a similar situation — Coal Ridge — in their season opener on Tuesday night and dispatched the Titans, 25-15, 25-19, 25-17.“We’ve had to go back to some of
Published: September 2, 2015
Television and the newspapers, and our own personal observations, have made us well aware of the “natural” threats to our national parks, national forests and Bureau of Land Management territory: drought, fires and pests. Fires and bark beetles are destroying our pine and spruce forests at an alarming rate — 46 million acres across the West between 2000 and 2012.
Published: September 2, 2015
An outdoor smoking ban in downtown Glenwood Springs may be one way for the city to address some of its ongoing concerns about vagrancy, as well as to improve people’s perceptions of the area.Such a ban, which is on City Council’s agenda for discussion tonight, could go so far as to prohibit cigarette smoking altogether within the downtown core or
Published: September 2, 2015
As the Labor Day arrives this year, let us remember that without organized labor in our country all of you would have been up a creek long ago.American workers’ rights and benefits have made life much nicer and more rewarding for office workers and professionals.If labor unions disappear in the land and if labor laws are nullified, your workplace safety
Published: September 2, 2015
On Sept. 1, you published a letter from Jennifer Moore regarding the ballot question recently sent to the citizens to give the City Council authority to sell two parcels of city-owned property immediately south of Glenwood Springs Elementary School.Ms. Moore does make a very cogent point in her letter when she speaks to her complete lack of civic participation. To
Published: September 2, 2015
The subtle change of the season is upon us. Days seem to be cooling down, leaves are turning a bit, it’s getting dark earlier and fall seems to be right around the corner. Fall means some rewarding fishing for locals, plus there are fewer visiting anglers. Although we will still be seeing the continuation of great Pale Morning Duns (PMDs)
Published: September 2, 2015
Valley View Kids & Teens Safety Fair Receives $5,000 grant from State FarmLocal State Farm agents Jeff Leonard and Carl Ciani presented a check for $5,000 to Laurale Cross, administrative director of Women’s Services at Valley View on Aug. 26.These funds will be used to offer a new component called the Teen Zone at the annual Valley View Kids &
Published: September 2, 2015
Audition workshop held for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’If you’re interested in auditioning for Defiance Community Players’ production of “Fiddler on the Roof” but need some help, attend an audition workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs. There’s no need to reserve space; just show up with dance shoes and
Published: September 2, 2015
An apparent attempt at a plea agreement for Arturo Navarrete-Portillo fell through Wednesday.The Carbondale man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Maria Portillo Amaya. She was slain in February with a machete before Navarrete-Portillo crashed his SUV into the rear of a cattle truck and then told emergency workers about the crime while being flown
Published: September 2, 2015
EAGLE — The Forsberg family is thankful they’re not going through this alone.More than 800 people showed up for Friday’s Caring for Kailyn event, hosted by the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.Kailyn Forsberg’s thought kept rolling around their heads, “Could you imagine going through this without friends?” No, and the Forsbergs don’t have to imagine it either.Kailyn, 15, said she was
Published: August 31, 2015
This week’s New Castle Community Market will feature homemade baked goods from Upper Crust Bakery. Blazing K features a variety of canned relishes, spicy pickles and produce. Have a brat or burger at Crabtree Cafe and enjoy the great music from Mark Johnson, who plays saxophone, keyboards and conga. Mark is originally from Rockford, Illinois, and is a former recording
Published: September 1, 2015
Amelia Shelley, who has directed the Garfield County Public Library District through its formative years, including the construction of four libraries and two remodels, is leaving to take a job in Vancouver, Washington.Shelley, who has been with the six-branch Garfield library district since December 2007, recently accepted the directorship for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, a system that serves
Published: September 1, 2015
BATTLEMENT MESA — The discussion on plans to drill within the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development took on a much sharper and critical tone Monday night at a meeting organized by a local citizens group.The intent of the meeting was to add a citizen perspective, Dave Devanney, chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens, told a packed room at the Grand Valley
Published: September 1, 2015
Jean L. Sobieck of Montrose, former resident of Glenwood Springs, passed away on August 30, 2015, as a result of complications from her brave struggle against brain cancer.Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Barbara. She is survived by her husband, Ron, her sisters Elaine McBride of Casper, Wyoming, and Carol Ann Santoro of Concord, California,
Published: September 1, 2015
The Glenwood Springs Water & Wastewater Department said excavation work will be performed near the pedestrian/bike trail on the east side of Two Rivers Park on Sept. 9 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Users of the trail should expect short delays throughout the day, and detours are encouraged. For questions, call 384-6388.
Published: September 1, 2015
WASHINGTON — On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss
Published: September 1, 2015
GEORGETOWN — In one of Traci Cunningham’s first hearings, District Attorney Bruce Brown said she drove her mother to an isolated spot 15 miles south of Gypsum, and as her mother was running for her life, shot her to death.After a 10-day trial, a jury took less than three hours to agree with him.Cunningham is guilty of first-degree murder, the
Published: September 1, 2015
A judicial nominating committee on Monday recommended an assistant Pitkin County attorney and a former prosecutor to replace District Judge Gail Nichols, who will retire this fall. Gov. John Hickenlooper now has until Sept. 15 to appoint one of the two men to succeed Nichols, Aspen’s main District Court judge. The nominating committee — headed by Colorado Supreme Court Justice
Published: September 1, 2015
Authorities are looking for help identifying the person who broke into Iron Mountain Hot Springs early on Monday and got away with a small safe. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson described the crime as a “smash and grab” and said that the department was following up on several leads.Although the burglar appeared to have arrived and left the scene
Published: September 1, 2015
RIDE had fabulous summer sessionRiding Institute for Disabled Equestrians had a fabulous summer session this year. Our success is due to the tremendous support we received from the community. Our thanks and hearts go to Comcast, Holy Cross Energy, Sonic, Austin Booth Memorial, Deardorff Foundation, Alpine Bank, A-1 Traffic, Kay Williams family, Leyba family, Columbine Ford, Hiway Feed, Couey family,
Published: September 1, 2015
One of our favorite ways to beat the heat at the end of summer is to turn some of the season’s abundant produce into beautiful, delicious frozen fruit slushies. It’s fun and easy to get creative. Not only can you experiment with different fruits and juices, you also can get fancy (or fanciful) with the glasses and bowls (though clear
Published: September 1, 2015
Sometimes we think too hard about the food we toss on the grill. Brine this, rub that, marinate for 12 days. Enough!For those days when you just want something simple and delicious to pop onto the grill and get to the table in under 30 minutes, this is your recipe. A savory-tangy sauce made from hoisin, Dijon mustard, rice vinegar
Published: September 1, 2015
Teff is a seriously tiny grain, and one that has been cultivated for centuries in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is best known for its traditional use in the fermented flatbread known as injera (the spongy bread at the heart of those countries’ cuisines).Teff, which is gluten-free, works well as porridge or polenta, and also can be added to vegetarian burgers,
Published: September 1, 2015
I never did play football in high school. I guess I was just a bit too skinny and a bit too chicken.Probably the best thing that ever happened to coach Don Miller and the fortunes of Glenwood Springs High School football in the late 1970s was my decision to give up the quarterback position after a somewhat unspectacular junior high
Published: August 2, 2015
A Wyoming man is in custody after allegedly breaking into a dispensary and stealing $6,750 worth of marijuana from the safe last month.Rifle police responded to a report of a burglary at Rifle Mountain Dispensary on Aug. 2 to find a half-empty safe, several piles of spilled marijuana, a security camera that had apparently been pulled from the ceiling and
Published: September 1, 2015
Breckenridge Police are investigating the death of a local woman following a hit-and-run accident the night of Monday, Aug. 31. Police were called to the scene on the 600 block of Airport Road, near the intersection of Rankin Avenue, around 11 p.m. that night after a passerby reported seeing the woman on the shoulder of the road.Breckenridge Police and Red,
Published: September 1, 2015
About a half hour into a briefing with activists and reporters Tuesday morning to explain the process of studying a proposed natural gas test well high up in the Thompson Divide west of Carbondale, White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams got a little antsy.It wasn’t that he was nervous about some of the questions he was fielding. It had
Published: September 1, 2015
Five days after a woman reported being raped while walking alone in Snowmass Village, police still don’t have basic information about the incident to release to the public. That lack of information includes even a rudimentary description of the alleged rapist and whether he knew the victim or not. “The victim is slow in working with us,” Snowmass Village Police
Published: August 31, 2015
This is an interesting summer here in western Colorado.I always thought that the Smoky Mountains were in Virginia or somewhere in the Eastern United States.I have a whole different perspective now.Fortunately the fires generating the smoky haze are not local.At one point the media stated that there were 84 fires in the Northwest and about 1 million square miles had
Published: August 31, 2015
Close to 1,000 people attended the Buford road celebration 29 miles above New Castle Sunday. About 250 cars made the trip over the road and stopped at Clark’s camp at noon for a picnic lunch. — Glenwood Post, Aug. 27, 1931Celebrants at Clark Cabin on the newly completed Buford Road dined on barbecue canopied under a beautiful blue summer Colorado
Published: August 31, 2015
Colorado River Fire Rescue’s Joe Koronkiewicz made the cut for the 2016 Colorado Firefighter Calendar.Koronkiewicz will share August 2016 with Ingrid Lechner of the Louisville Fire Department. Proceeds from calendar sales and related events benefit the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center and Burn Camps Program. Calendars can be purchased for $20 at www.coloradofirefightercalendar.org.
Published: August 31, 2015
Although some artificial food dyes have been banned by the FDA, others haven’t, in spite of known health concerns, due to pressure by the food industry (nutritionfacts.org). The Associated Press had a recent article saying that some food companies are finally “getting it,” due to demand by the public to avoid artificial food additives. That means you will have opportunities
Published: August 31, 2015
One objective for a group of Glenwood Springs residents seeking extra traffic calming along Blake Avenue and other downtown side streets is to try to alter motorist awareness about how best to traverse the middle part of town.“We’re only asking traffic to behave for about one mile,” said Diane Reynolds, one of the leaders of the Imagine Glenwood citizens group
Published: August 31, 2015
CARBONDALE — Vera Diemoz celebrates her 104th birthday today, making her one of the oldest residents of Garfield County — just behind Ida Toniolli, who turned 104 in January.Diemoz maintains a cheerful and friendly disposition despite overcoming more than a century of challenges.“Life is what you make it,” she said. “There’s a lot of things you can enjoy if you
Published: August 31, 2015
The last time Dan Dennison, a former Glenwood Springs TV newsman, saw Vester Lee Flanagan II, the man who shot and killed two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia last week, Flanagan smiled and waved. Dennison, who fired Flanagan from WDBJ in Roanoke more than two years ago, assumed that meant the firing, which led to scary times around
Published: August 31, 2015
If I weren’t so lazy, I would pay a few doctors to declare “gym anxiety” as an actual medical condition. I would come up with a supplement that helped with gym anxiety and hire a fitness celebrity (whatever that is) to endorse it. I would also find an exotic food that, if eaten in high doses, could cure gym anxiety.
Published: August 31, 2015
Former resident of Aspen and Carbondale. Former Lease Owner of Peak Nine Ski Restaurant Breckenridge. Passed away Sept. 1st, 2012. Age of 82.Barbara you are sadly missed.Forever in our hearts.Brother Brian, Germaine, Nouha and many friends in Colorado and Stamford, England.
Published: August 31, 2015
Elsa Yvonne Cook, 47, of Rifle, CO, died on Saturday, August 22, 2015. She died of natural causes. Elsa was born on May 28, 1968, in Euclid, Ohio, to her parents, David Marshall Cook and Gloria June Palmer. After moving to Colorado in 1987, Elsa became a member of Mountain Valley Developmental Services located in Glenwood Springs. Elsa’s hobbies included
Published: August 31, 2015
Greg Blackburn, 60, of Andrews, Texas, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.Greg was diagnosed with brain cancer on November 27, 2014, with an inoperable brain tumor. He spent several months in Houston for treatment, then came home and decided to go to Henderson, Nevada, to be with his daughters and families.Greg was born in Snyder, Texas,
Published: August 31, 2015
Robert Thomas (Bob) O’Donnell died peacefully at home in his 94th year, surrounded by family and devoted care-givers. He is predeceased by Marie C (Mickie) O’Donnell, his wife of 66 years. Bob’s love for travel in the Midwest and West began in the twenties, on road trips with his father in a Model-T Ford. After graduating from Washington University, St.
Published: August 31, 2015
John McKay and Everett Smith are running from Virginia Beach to the Santa Monica Pier and haven’t had a day off since Des Moines, Iowa, so what did they do when they hit Fairplay?They went trail running.You gotta support people like that.McKay, 46, is a former Eagle County school teacher who’s making his second cross-country trip to lend his hands
Published: August 31, 2015
An election to recall Snowmass Village Councilman Chris Jacobson is now officially set for Oct. 13.The Town Council voted 4-0 Monday in favor of setting the date, an action prompted by a successful residents’ petition effort. The election will be mail-in, and ballots will be sent out Sept. 21. Jacobson was absent from Monday’s meeting as well as last week’s,
Published: August 31, 2015
Denver mother charged in baby’s bathtub deathDENVER (AP) — A Denver woman whose 11-month-old daughter died after prosecutors say she was left in a bathtub with a sibling has been charged with child abuse resulting in death.The Denver District Attorney’s Office announced the felony charge Monday. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Karla Ceballos-Andrade left her daughter, Karla Karoline Garcia, in a tub
Published: August 31, 2015
Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy, according to members of the city’s environmental and project departments.The shift to energy that is generated from natural resources — including wind power, solar power and geothermal heat — follows a “decade-plus” city goal, said city Utilities and Environmental Initiatives director David Hornbacher.“It was a very
Published: August 31, 2015
September is a wonderful month here in the Roaring Fork Valley, with a hint of fall in the air and the leaves beginning to change to gorgeous reds and gold. There is another color that is special during this month: teal. Why? September also is National Ovarian Cancer awareness month, something near and dear to my heart, and the color
Published: August 31, 2015
INGREDIENTS1/4 pound medium size shrimp, peeled, deveined and halved 1/4 pound small bay scallops12 clams, shucked8 oysters, shucked1/4 pound ahi tuna, diced1 orange, segmented1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved1/2 cucumber, deseeded and sliced 1 serrano, sliced1/2 cup cilantro, chopped1/2 cup lime juice1/2 cup lemon juicesalt DIRECTIONSCombine seafood and citrus.Marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.Add remaining ingredients and salt to taste.Susie Jimenez
Published: April 2, 2015
Since it’s May, and Cinco de Mayo is around the corner, I can’t help but to think about my father’s carnitas.Slow braised pork in pork fat — yeah, I said it; pork fat! Although I eat healthy all year round, there are a few days out of the year that I go big. So have a party, and feature these
Published: April 30, 2015
We all look forward to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, where we can taste the best wines and the perfect bites by world-renowned chefs, but it’s sold out. It’s always sold out, but it also costs an arm and a leg to attend.I’ve been creating festivals for the locals for years now, and nothing has changed this year. Act
Published: June 4, 2015
I wanted to share some refreshing bites for the sunny weather on our Independence weekend. I always like to tell people to remember that’s it’s not just about grilling and partying — we have to remember we have the most amazing freedom because of all of those that gave their lives for just that. Happy Fourth of July. It’s about
Published: July 2, 2015
I love spice, I love spice.Everyone who knows me knows that I love spicy food. So I’m going to share two recipes with you that go well together — slow cooked baby back ribs with an avocado cabbage slaw — and it might be the last stop before fall. I created the slaw because another thing people know about me
Published: August 6, 2015
Homeowners at the Ironbridge golf course subdivision south of Glenwood Springs are waiting to see if a judge will uphold $14 million in awards related to defects in the construction of homes on sinking soils. A jury recently awarded nearly $7 million to 20 homeowners at the Ironbridge subdivision, determining that the developer of the homes, the Lehman Brothers subsidiary
Published: August 31, 2015
On Aug. 29, 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed right over Pearlington, Mississippi.When Ben Taylor returned to the small town just across the Pearl River from Louisiana and a stone’s throw from the Gulf of Mexico three weeks later, he found volunteers from the Roaring Fork Valley already at work. “Nobody up there knew anyone from here, but we
Published: August 28, 2015
A Rifle man was arrested on Aug. 13 after a disabled adult told police that he had sexually assaulted her. The woman, who had limited motor skills and difficulty speaking, told police in a forensic interview that the assaults had occurred several times over the course of the summer. A hospital examination found evidence of assault which, according to the
Published: August 28, 2015
Mid-July, I got together with over 300 of my closest relatives. With 73 first cousins, the lineage keeps growing! We spent three days visiting, playing family trivia, bidding on memorabilia, dancing, eating and drinking. We remembered those that have gone before us and shared dreams of what lies ahead. Normally an innocuous gathering, this year Saturday night found one of
Published: August 30, 2015
Longtime Glenwood Springs High School science teacher Scott Nykerk is among 42 Colorado teachers honored for the profound impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students.Boettcher scholar Sara Fleming selected Nykerk as the teacher who influenced her the most as part of the Teacher Recognition Awards Program. Fleming, who is attending Colorado College on the full ride scholarship
Published: August 30, 2015
Maybe snowboarders aren’t so bad after all.After five years of producing skis, Glenwood Springs ski maker Meier Skis will release its first line of snowboards this winter.“We’ve been making a small batch of snowboards every year for the past few years,” Meier co-owner Ted Eynon said. “(Co-founder Matt Cudmore) was a snowboarder before a skier, so he’s been itching to
Published: August 30, 2015
Garfield Re-2 won’t have to worry about filling the three board of directors seats up for election this fall, and the same can be said for Roaring Fork School District, which has four seats up for election this year.Both Garfield County Re-2 and the Roaring Fork School District will likely fill the seats opening on their respective boards — and
Published: August 30, 2015
Garfield County will keep its search for a new county manager in house, utilizing the county’s human resources department rather than hiring an outside head-hunting consultant.“We did give direction to HR to handle it internally,” Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said last week. “In the past we have hired a headhunter, be we aren’t going to do that this time.“I feel we
Published: August 30, 2015
This week, Glenwood’s Downtown Market cooking booth is excited to welcome yet another author and guest speaker, Jodi Buchan, who wrote “Western Colorado Fruit & Wine — A Bountiful History.” This book has been called brain food for the wine enthusiast, fruit fan, agri-tourist, heritage tourist, and people who want to know more about what they are putting on their
Published: August 30, 2015
EAGLE — Faced with a massive project to relocate the SourceGas transmission line that currently runs underneath a sizable swath of the Eagle Ranch neighborhood, Eagle officials don’t particularly like any of the routes proposed to date.Instead, they would like the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and SourceGas to consider a different alignment that moves the pipe away from existing
Published: August 30, 2015
The real estate market was so hot in Aspen and Pitkin County during the first half of 2015 that it even topped Vail and Eagle County in dollar volume.Eagle County’s annual sales dollar volume has topped Pitkin County’s in eight of the last nine years, dating to prerecession days.A report on Colorado mountain resort counties’ real estate markets by Land
Published: August 30, 2015
Glenwood Springs this summer has faced an explosion of vagrancy, an issue pretty much as old as humanity. Plautus, a Roman playwright who died in 185 B.C., wrote, “He deserves ill of a beggar who gives him to eat or to drink, for he both loses that which he gives and prolongs for the other a life of misery.”Roughly 2,200
Published: August 30, 2015
Glenwood Springs Elks Scholarship recipients The Glenwood Springs Elks General and Perpetual Scholarship committees are pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. The Elks were able to grant $17,000 to 11 students. Coal Ridge High SchoolMariela Martinez $3,000Laura Harju $2,000Riley Bolitho $1,000Olivia Wernsmann $1,000Katie Barner $1,000Roaring Fork High SchoolJackson Hardin $1,000Roy Benge $1,000 Glenwood Springs High SchoolJordan DeCrow $1,000Alphonse Fischer $3,000Austin Gonsalves $2,000Kevin Flohr earns Academic Achievement AwardKevin Flohr, of
Published: August 30, 2015
Mountain Family Health Centers among best companies to work forMountain Family Health Centers has been named a 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Colorado finalist by the Society for Human Resource Management. It is in the top 10 of the medium-sized companies, and final results will be announced at an awards ceremony in October where the top three companies
Published: August 30, 2015
I believe we are blessed to live in the most beautiful place on Earth, and it is beautiful not just because of the wonderful mountains and rivers and valleys, but because of the people — who they are, what they value and what they do for each other. One area of pride is engagement in our schools. Over the last
Published: August 29, 2015
Beefcake is a major food group for local firefighters.Nate Pierce not only made this year’s Colorado Firefighter Calendar, a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center, he made the cover.Chip Carney was one of the first local firefighters to make the calendar. Since then, more than a half dozen firefighters from departments around the region have been featured.“No one
Published: August 29, 2015
Deana Hermanson was used to the routine while growing up in the west bank burg of Marrero across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The hurricane evacuation alert comes, the family gathers up all the important papers, computers, keepsakes, pets, some food and few other belongings and heads inland.“You quickly learn what’s important to take with you and what’s not,
Published: August 29, 2015
Hot temperatures this summer have played havoc along the Pacific Coast, in the northern Rockies and though wide swaths of Alaska. The heat has gone hand-in-hand with ongoing drought to produce a hellish fire season. The blazes have “burned a big hole in our state’s heart,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said this month after three firefighters were killed while fighting
Published: August 29, 2015
Third-generation coal miner Kent Parrish was blown away the first time he saw a Wyoming coal mine.“75 to 100-foot coal seams!” he said, peering down in the huge black pit of the Eagle Butte coal mine, north of Gillette. “If we hit a six-foot seam back home, we thought we hit the mother lode.”Parrish is originally from West Virginia, but
Published: August 29, 2015
Our forests are dying. The situation seems epidemic, with impacts to our economy and our landscape. What caused it, and can we fix it?Infestation by bark beetles is the primary mechanism of tree death. These native insects have been burrowing under tree bark for millions of years, usually targeting trees that are already stressed. Attacking beetles bore through the bark,
Published: August 29, 2015
EL JEBEL — The high school runners took out a week’s worth of frustrations Saturday morning at the annual Longhorn Stampede at Crown Mountain Park.After a week of early alarms, new classes, new teachers, new passwords, new friends, messed-up locker combinations and cross country practice, the preps officially stepped into the new season on the circuituous 3-mile course around the
Published: August 29, 2015
Senior citizens in the Roaring Fork Valley have for many years supported the Roaring Fork School District by paying yearly taxes and by passing school bond issues when they made sense. Senior citizens represent the heart and the history of the Roaring Fork Valley, however, due to the most recent outrageous tax increases by the school district ( the last
Published: August 29, 2015
A real long time ago, maybe in the last part of the 19th century, we had a new toy. It was called fog lights you put on the front bumper, for when you had bad weather. We also had a dimmer switch that you could dim your headlights for oncoming traffic that we do not use today. Today we have
Published: August 29, 2015
RIFLE — Rifle High School’s football team season opener against Grand County out of Moab, Utah, was not quite as lopsided as the Bears blowout win against the Red Devils last season, but Rifle managed to control most of the game en route to a dominating win. Led largely by the run game and senior running back Tyler Bosshardt, Rifle
Published: August 28, 2015
Derrick Smith will serve 30 more days in jail on top of 236 already in custody, undergo three years of probation and complete drug court after forcing his way into a Rifle home and attacking the occupants in January.The sentence, delivered Thursday afternoon by Judge Daniel Petre, also includes a suspended prison sentence and a requirement that Smith complete his
Published: August 28, 2015
Garfield Re-2 won’t have to worry about filling the three board of directors seats up for election this fall; in fact, there will likely be a race to watch.Four candidates filed petitions before the 1 p.m. deadline Friday in Garfield Re-2; guaranteeing a candidate in each of the three districts and setting up a race in District D, which includes
Published: August 29, 2015
Thousands of at-risk college students in rural Colorado will receive financial and academic support over the next five years, thanks to an expanded federal TRIO grant that will empower Colorado Mountain College to provide even more support services throughout its six-county district.College administrators learned recently that their previous $2.2 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant, which serves students at the
Published: August 28, 2015
Playing with the PastThe Frontier Historical Society hosts a fun evening of frontier gambling with the second installment of its Playing with the Past series. Join the gang at the White Star Saloon (the Elks Lodge at 51939 Highway 6 in West Glenwood) on Saturday, Aug. 29, to learn how to play Faro, Keno, Chuck-a-Luck, Spanish Monte, Bluff and Vingt-Un.
Published: August 28, 2015
Ursa Operating Co. will host its final planned community meeting Wednesday — two days after a resident-organized community meeting — regarding its plans to drill inside the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development.In mid-August, phase one of those plans cleared an early but significant hurdle in the Garfield County permitting process when the development department ruled the operator’s applications complete.A hearing
Published: August 28, 2015
I’d like to come out as the first person on record to praise Josh Duggar, former Executive Director of FRC (Family Research Council) Action for his participation in the online infidelity community known as Ashley Madison. Here’s a guy — a reality TV star — who molested five young girls, four of whom were his sisters, and according to his
Published: August 28, 2015
I’m not sure if anyone read or took the “Climate change minions” letter seriously, but as a practicing skeptic I couldn’t resist looking into this “contrarian source of information.” Few activities are as fun as challenging the assumptions of the status quo. Unfortunately, the promoted website is just an effort to push products on conspiracy theorists and paranoia enthusiasts. The
Published: August 28, 2015
James Buerger’s letter of Aug. 23 challenging the science of climate change shows that one can find support on the Internet for any belief. He cites a petition to the U.S. government signed by some 17,000 “scientists” urging the U.S. to reject the Kyoto global warming agreement. This petition denies that greenhouse gases are warming the Earth and that human
Published: August 28, 2015
Nick Courtney has climbed 50 of Colorado’s 58 mountain peaks that soar at elevations of 14,000 feet or higher, but he’s not likely to repeat the Maroon Bells Traverse. “People get themselves in over their head on this route a lot,” said Courtney, who lives in Denver. Courtney posted a video on YouTube nearly two weeks ago that shows his
Published: August 28, 2015
If the Rifle High School football team fails to appear in the playoffs this year it will be because of the Bears’ performance on the field, and nothing else.The Colorado High School Activities Association board of directors on Aug. 7 removed the restriction placed on the team and replaced it with a one-year probation period. The restriction — which would
Published: August 27, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Post Independent this week is previewing fall sports at Garfield County’s high schools — Glenwood Springs Monday, Rifle on Tuesday, Roaring Fork Wednesday, Coal Ridge Thursday and Grand Valley today. Today’s PI also features our annual football preview section. PARACHUTE — The Grand Valley High School volleyball team always seems to find a way to compete favorably
Published: August 27, 2015
FundraisINGRally the ValleyRally the Valley is a communitywide fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19, to support patients at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital. There are multiple ways to Rally: a 24.5-mile bike ride or a 4-mile walk through downtown Glenwood Springs or a 1.5-mile family walk — Peyton’s Parade. However you decide to Rally, all participants will come
Published: August 27, 2015
Sometimes you develop an affection for a business and cheer for its success. That’s the case with me and Cocina del Valle, a 4-month-old restaurant in Basalt that operates on a different business model than most. It’s a cooperative started with the help of businessman and philanthropist George Stranahan and the Manaus Fund that he founded. The restaurant grew from
Published: August 27, 2015
SILT — Silt trustees accepted the resignation Monday of fellow Trustee Jeff LaValla.In an email sent to Town Administrator Pamela Woods, LaValla cited the ever-increasing cost of living in Silt as his reason for leaving the board. Woods later explained that LaValla had been renting a house, but the home sold and he did not think he could immediately find
Published: August 27, 2015
BASALT — The cross country runners will kick off the fall season for Basalt High School, hosting the annual Longhorn Stampede on Saturday.The prep cross country meet, with a field of eight teams from around the Western Slope, will be staged at Crown Mountain Park — considered one of the most spectator-friendly courses on the fall schedule.“We’ve had a good
Published: August 27, 2015
Dessie Sue Martino (called Sue by her family), was a genuine, affectionate, and beautiful lady with wit, wisdom, humor and a heart of gold who entered into heaven on Saturday, August 22, 2015. She is survived by her brother Brandon Armstrong, her sister Carol Alvey, three daughters, Carol Sue Smith (Jay), Lisa J. Martino (Jeff), and Tina K. Veesart (Steve),
Published: August 27, 2015
Otis Dale Latham, Sr. passed away August 24, 2015, at home in Silt, Colorado. “Dale” was born to Otis and Verda Latham on October 22, 1941, in Roswell, New Mexico. He married Judith James in St. Croix, Missouri, in 1961. Dale is survived by his son, Otis (Joy) Latham, Jr. and his daughter, Becki Latham Smith; his brother, Garland; Grandson,
Published: August 27, 2015
Blues & BBQ a smokin’ successHoly smokes! Thanks to Mark Hardin II and Carbondale Beer Works this year’s KDNK Blues & BBQ was extraordinary. Mark got his formidable friends together to cook local savory meats from local sources.Flip Wise, from Meat and Cheese, cooked a whole pig, which was donated by Potter Farms. The Sustainable Settings lamb was prepared by
Published: August 27, 2015
Tony Furtado is no stranger to Steve’s Guitars, but the Steve’s community will be seeing a new, even more authentic version of the singer-songwriter on Friday when he takes that tiny stage.That’s because Furtado’s 17th and latest album, “The Bell,” is his most personal release yet — for a variety of reasons. He funded and produced it himself using Kickstarter,
Published: August 27, 2015
Ursa Operating Co. will host its final planned community meeting Wednesday — two days after a resident-organized community meeting — regarding its plans to drill inside the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development.In mid-August, phase one of those plans cleared an early but significant hurdle in the Garfield County permitting process when the development department ruled the operator’s applications complete.A hearing
Published: August 27, 2015

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