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Buying a home that is energy efficient can deliver long-term savings in utility and maintenance costs, but it is not always easy to learn about a home’s efficiency during the purchase process.A new tool called the Home Energy Score ranks a home’s energy efficiency to help buyers understand the home’s advantages or shortcomings. The score, on a simple 1-to-10 scale,
Published: May 31, 2016
Over the last two years, Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team has waged a campaign against the Roaring Fork Valley’s drug rings, and officers have been listening in on their targets’ phone conversations to build evidence. For 2014 and 2015, District Attorney Sherry Caloia listed 30 drug cases, for both felony and misdemeanor crimes, resulting from this effort.TRIDENT got 13 wiretap
Published: May 31, 2016
Graduation hasn’t changed much since my ceremony on the covered wagon. It’s a strange dichotomy of four years of achievement and a future full of scary responsibility and decisions. What should you do? What’s the secret? Take command of your own life. Your future isn’t up to your parents, your teachers, your friends, your government, someone on Facebook or even
Published: May 31, 2016
CAMP HALE — The birthplace of the famed 10th Mountain Division is also the birthplace of Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry, and Sen. Michael Bennet is trying to declare it a National Historic Landscape.Bennet made the announcement in front of 10th Mountain Division legends Sandy Treat and Crosby Perry-Smith, and a small crowd of their families and friends, amid the remains
Published: May 31, 2016
Thomas Chapman, 62, passed away peacefully the morning of May 27th, at E Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, Colorado. Born May 29th, 1953, to ET Chapman and Virginia (Boltzen) Chapman, in Pittsburg, CA, he is survived by his sisters Kathleen Griffith (Randy) and Karen Giles; niece Michelle Williams (Doug, Lexi, Zac, Alex), niece Suzanne Giles (great-nephews Bob and Pete),
Published: May 31, 2016
Garfield County is beginning construction of a new upvalley acceleration lane at the Highway 82 Cattle Creek intersection for vehicles to safely enter the highway to drive toward Carbondale. The county also is lengthening the deceleration lane on the westbound side. The project begins today and aims to make the intersection safer for motorists entering highway 82 or exiting on
Published: May 31, 2016
If you plan to park in downtown Aspen today, make sure you have the extra funds to pay for it. Downtown parking fees in metered spaces are increasing 50 percent as part of a three-month experiment administered by the city.“The message I’m trying to get out is yes, there is a 50 percent increase in the core, but no changes
Published: May 31, 2016
My daughter, Valentine, fell in love with mango the second she had her first bite of the creamy orange flesh when she was 2, and she dutifully repeated back the name of this wonderful fruit. In fact, she loved mango so much that she started to use the word “mango” as a descriptor to mean “delicious.” For years, after eating
Published: May 31, 2016
The beginning of summer in India — indeed, the entire subcontinent — is marked by the beginning of mango season. The combination of soaring temperatures and these sweet, juicy fruit at the market sends the entire country into a tizzy!Though India grows more than 1,000 varieties of mangos, one clearly wears the crown, dubbed “the king of fruits” by the
Published: May 31, 2016
Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, a 47-year-old man facing a first-degree murder charge in the machete slaying of his 30-year-old wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya.Investigators say that sometime late Feb. 15 or in the early morning of Feb. 16, 2015, Navarrete-Portillo killed his wife with a machete in their Carbondale apartment. It was Carbondale’s first homicide
Published: May 31, 2016
Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr train struck a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon and pushed it about 500 feet at a crossing just west of Glenwood Springs. 40-year-old Ever Vega from Glenwood Springs, the driver of the truck, reportedly crawled and walked away from his demolished 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 and was taken to Valley View Hospital for treatment. Colorado State Patrol
Published: May 31, 2016
Question: How can Glenwood Springs visitors navigate Grand Avenue bridge construction and find out the ins and outs of the project and potential traffic impacts?For those who haven’t been to Glenwood Springs since the bridge replacement project broke ground Jan. 4, or for those that are visiting the city for the first time, here are a few quick facts on
Published: May 30, 2016
Kiwanis OWL AwardsThe Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club presented five (out of 204) 11th-graders from Glenwood Springs High School with OWL Awards on May 17. The OWL Award recognizes outstanding scholarship, community service and student leadership. The five recipients were Kelly Fegan, Lauren Fleming, Alec (Brandon) Benzel, McKinley Mueller and Kelly Tran. Dr. Jim Setterberg chaired the OWL selection committee.Mt. Sopris
Published: May 30, 2016
National media attention around gender equality issues sparked by a controversial transgender law in North Carolina has prompted the Roaring Fork School District to add a new qualifier to its nondiscrimination policy.“I’m upset that this issue has been framed around bathrooms, instead of being focused on kids struggling with identity,” Rob Stein, chief academic officer and incoming superintendent for the
Published: May 30, 2016
Colorado lawmakers in 2016 rejected an opportunity to bring the state’s open-records law into the 21st century.They also decided that wage-law violations should remain “trade secrets” and that internal affairs files on judicial branch employees should remain confidential, which isn’t the case for other state government workers.On matters affecting public information, the General Assembly did little during this year’s session
Published: May 30, 2016
Seven-tenths of 1 percent of the American population serves in the nation’s armed services, acknowledged Paul Nunemann, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force. This small fraction of the population is in charge of keeping the liberties of the country intact. “So how do we properly thank this fragment of the population that has done so much to keep
Published: May 30, 2016
The Colorado Constitution is too easy to amend, opening the door to bad policy that’s hard to fix. Later this week, an organization called Raise the Bar will formally kick off its drive to gather enough signatures to put on the November ballot an amendment to make it more difficult, but not too difficult, to change the state’s foundational document.
Published: May 30, 2016
Drivers traveling through Glenwood Canyon on Interstate 70 face intermittent delays of up to an hour from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Transportation says. These rolling closures are needed for helicopter operations to deliver materials to the site of a major rockslide that closed the road for nearly a week in February. The closure stop
Published: May 30, 2016
The prostate is a gland located between the bladder and base of the penis, and is the size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra, which is the outlet from the bladder, and secretes the fluid portion of semen. Unfortunately, in people on a Western diet, the prostate is prone to cancer, and prostate cancer is the most
Published: May 30, 2016
The public is invited to an educational program on natural gas pipelines at the monthly Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rifle Branch Library. Garfield County is crisscrossed with natural gas pipelines moving hydrocarbons from the wellhead to market and ultimately to our homes. Joe Molloy with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission will discuss
Published: May 30, 2016
Abbie Cheney, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School, was one of five students in the running for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Colorado’s Bobby G musical theater awards — essentially the Tony Awards for high school musicals. Last Thursday, all the nominees performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Buell Theatre in
Published: May 30, 2016
Snowmass Village water district residents approved a tax increase to pay for a new wastewater treatment plant on Tuesday. Four hundred twenty-eight residents voted in favor of the mill levy increase that will cover the almost $20 million cost of the project, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. The increase means property owners in the district will pay an
Published: May 4, 2016
Laura French doesn’t think she’s done anything special in 33 years teaching science at Roaring Fork High School. “You just do what you think you’re supposed to do,” she said. As she prepares to retire, however, it’s clear that her impact is incalculable. Tarn Udall selected French as her favorite teacher when she won a prestigious Boettcher Scholarship in 2004,
Published: May 25, 2016
Charles Keating IV was recently killed in Iraq near Mosul. A Navy Seal, he was serving as an adviser to the Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. In a fierce battle, Petty Officer Keating was killed. He died a hero and should be honored this Memorial Day and all future ones. Memorial Day has never been picnics and barbecues for most us
Published: May 25, 2016
Even though seniors have not had to go to class this week, Jessica Tuttle says she hears her alarm go off in the morning and her mind tells her, “time for school.”That’s the kind of strict regimen she knows she’ll have to be prepared for as she gets ready to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs at
Published: May 26, 2016
Over the past few years, Rachael Carlevale has had a secret fantasy for her wedding day. With a degree in plant medicine and a relationship with cannabis, she dreamed of adding a little extra green to her bouquet — along with cannabis plant centerpieces that guests could pick off and smoke. It used to be what she thought of as
Published: May 29, 2016
A program to provide transportation for seniors going to nonemergency medical appointments is working to bolster its volunteer force and break out of what one organizer called its uneven nature. DASH — Drivers Assisting Seniors for Health — operates in Eagle and Pitkin counties, but has been scratching by with fewer than five volunteers. Garfield County offers a Traveler van
Published: May 29, 2016
YouthEntity’s ProStart culinary team, comprising four local high school students, traveled to Dallas on April 28 to compete in the 15th annual National ProStart Invitational. The event is the country’s premier high school competition in restaurant management and culinary arts. YouthEntity’s team placed eighth in the nation among 46 competing teams. “Our team gave their best performance of the year.
Published: May 29, 2016
Once the academic year comes to a close, the administration at Colorado Mountain College acknowledges its staff with the Faculty of the Year awards. Both adjunct and full-time faculty members are nominated from each of CMC’s campuses across the Western Slope, covering the span of the college’s 12,000 square miles. From those, senior administrators select two collegewide award winners. “We
Published: May 29, 2016
For one last time, Cheryl and Ted Morgan will transform the yard surrounding their Rifle home into the site of a large yard sale spanning three days in early June. The event, known as “Ted’s annual Yard Sale,” has taken place each year for at least the last 13, and grown into a popular event drawing hundreds of people.During that
Published: May 29, 2016
During graduation season, we join in a collective momentum to harbor and celebrate the wisdom of a well-lived life. The vast majority of people in this modern era, particularly young adults, are used to getting their information from Twitter feeds, Instagram posts, Facebook updates and other bite-size mediums. We have an expectation and desire that advice be practical, effective, easy
Published: May 29, 2016
Nick Cerise (right) and Sebastian Bartnik, both with Boy Scout Troop 225, volunteered Friday evening at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs placing flags with the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. Multiple scout troops and volunteers helped to put out over 600 flags that were provided by the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs and the American Legion. A
Published: May 29, 2016
Enterprise Foundation Grant recipientsProfessional Auto Body and Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, have given Enterprise Foundation Grant Awards to Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Smiling Goat Ranch. This is the fifth year the Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Published: May 29, 2016
Grand River Health awards scholarshipsGrand River Health and Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association have awarded 10 scholarships to students from among the three local high schools along with area colleges. For the first time, three of those scholarships were $2,000 GRH volunteer scholarships with new criteria of having volunteered at Grand River Health for 50 hours or more. Winners
Published: May 29, 2016
A 31-year-old Basalt woman who allegedly rear-ended a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus early Friday morning near the Aspen Business Center and fled was later arrested for drunken driving, according to a police report.Kristin Oda denied hitting the bus after she was pulled over near Basalt and said she hadn’t been drinking, though she smelled of alcohol, slurred her speech
Published: May 29, 2016
The most famous transgender woman in America — and probably the world — will speak in Aspen in June. Caitlyn Jenner — formerly Bruce Jenner — is scheduled to speak June 26 at the closing session of the first portion of this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival called Spotlight Health, according to a statement. The human-rights advocate and former Olympic athlete
Published: May 29, 2016
The wife of William Styler, convicted of killing Aspen native Nancy Pfister, has yet to respond to a wrongful-death claim against her because a settlement is pending.That’s according to court documents filed last week in plaintiff Juliana Pfister’s claim against Nancy Masson, who previously went by Nancy Styler, in her personal bankruptcy case. Juliana Pfister, the daughter of Nancy Pfister,
Published: May 29, 2016
Carole O’Brien said she’s thrilled. Gabe Griffin is more stoked than ever for the first big warm weather weekend.It’s probably pretty rare for merchants to be so excited about a temporary layer of asphalt in front of their businesses. But O’Brien, manager of Book Train, and Griffin, owner of Lost Cajun, two of the businesses north of Eighth Street on
Published: May 26, 2016
DENVER — John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ticket. Hickenlooper insists he hasn’t been approached by Clinton’s camp, and he uses self-deprecating humor to deflect queries about his ambitions. But his name has come
Published: May 27, 2016
Conditions in the Upper Colorado River Basin, particularly in Colorado, are OK for the time being, officials said Wednesday during a “state of the river” address in Rifle. However, the largest of several caveats to that statement falls in the context of the entire Colorado River Basin, specifically the lower basin, where water use continues to outpace supply. Additionally, good
Published: May 26, 2016
Editor’s note: These are among letters Glenwood Springs High School students have written for Project Citizen. Not all letters we received would fit in a page, so we will run others in the coming days.Sports fields needed Glenwood Springs has a shortage of sports fields and we need a multisport turf field. Due to the shortage of places to play
Published: May 28, 2016
Glenwood Springs High School English teacher Charlie DeFord often discourages the use of clichés by his students.“The danger,” he said in addressing the 171 graduates of the GSHS Class of 2016 Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field, “is that, one, you look uninspired when you use them.“And, the other issue is that they have been espoused so often and become so
Published: May 28, 2016
It’s easy to feel powerless as today’s high school graduates enter a chaotic world, Roaring Fork High School valedictorian Fiona Laird acknowledged in addressing her classmates during graduation ceremonies in Carbondale Saturday.“But I promise you, you’re not (powerless),” she said in offering words of encouragement to take responsibility for solving the world’s problems.Sure, graduation day is far removed from when
Published: May 28, 2016
For the first time in nine years, Grand Valley High School held its graduation ceremony inside the school’s gymnasium, known as “The Nest,” due to construction on the football field outside. Unlike last time, the temperature was a comfortable 63 degrees inside, negating any possibility of family and friends passing out due to the heat inside the gym. “The last
Published: May 28, 2016
Surrounded by friends and family, longtime Carbondale area resident Pat Menke passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, May 23, 2016 following a 40-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 68.Born October 10, 1947 in Wray, Colorado, his family moved to Greeley, Colorado when Pat was a child.A natural athlete, his passion was the sport of wrestling. He competed
Published: May 28, 2016
Kittens, like puppies, need to be nurtured in specific ways during their development to avoid behavior challenges later in life. Some authorities believe that kittens learn to become cats from their mothers and siblings before they are 8 weeks old. Further, behavior lessons not learned during this time may never be learned. The socialization period occurs when kittens are very
Published: May 27, 2016
Terra Energy Partners LLC is extending job offers to a “significant portion” of WPX Energy employees in Parachute, while WPX on Friday confirmed it will offer severance packages to 58 employees who did not receive offers from Terra.A statement from Terra, a private equity-backed company, said it is committed to maintaining a strong local presence in Parachute, but after completing
Published: May 27, 2016
Tuesday is the last day for Colorado voters who are affiliated with a political party to switch their affiliation if they want to vote in a different party primary on June 28. That means Democrats, who don’t have any contested races on the ballot in Garfield County, can switch to Republican if they so desire under Colorado’s election rules, and
Published: May 27, 2016
Yampah Mountain High School has never been inclined to do things exactly by the book, and its graduation Friday morning was no exception. Just over 50 graduates marched into the Glenwood Community Center’s ice rink, creating a bouquet of robes, caps and tassels. Some carried infants on their hips or led toddlers by the hand, a reminder of the mission
Published: May 27, 2016
A year ago, SJ Durand was considering getting a GED in the wake of expulsion from an area high school. On Friday, he graduated as valedictorian of the Bridges High School class of 2016. “My time in high school has been unpredictable to say the least,” he told the crowd. “The vast majority of us didn’t start here, which is
Published: May 27, 2016
Sally Thompson, 82, of Glenwood Springs, passed away May 25, 2016 with her family at her side.Sally was born in Cleveland, Ohio, September 21, 1933, to Ottilia and Irving Gorham. She married Raymond Thompson, June 24, 1949. Ray and Sally settled their family in Glenwood Springs in September 1958. Sally was a founding member of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild,
Published: May 27, 2016
The connections between the Roaring Fork and North Fork valleys run deep. People travel between the two valleys to see friends, climb mountains, eat locally produced food and build businesses. Travel over McClure Pass has likely gone on for millennia, and we all probably know friends who have lived and put down roots in both valleys. Many Roaring Fork residents
Published: May 27, 2016
Donald Trump claims that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. Isn’t this a moot point? Didn’t President Obama already take everyone’s guns away?Oh, wait, that was just another right-wing fantasy that failed to materialize.JM JesseGlenwood Springs
Published: May 27, 2016
Summer Reading Program: On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!Join the Garfield County Libraries for the 2016 Summer Reading Program which begins June 1 and runs through July 30. This year will feature healthy activities, songs, dancing, ninjas, a magician, and fun for the whole family. Register at any of the six Garfield County Libraries or online beginning June 1. Visit
Published: May 27, 2016
WASHINGTON -- How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation -- or
Published: May 27, 2016
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched May 20 to Cross Propane Gas south of Glenwood Springs for reports of a man behaving erratically in the parking lot.An affidavit described him as “running around acting strange, pushing the reporting person, running into trees and shaking them, crawling under a truck, screaming that someone was trying to kill him … and screaming at a
Published: May 27, 2016
On a beautiful May morning, Illinois artist Andrew Arvanetes pulls up to the corner of Seventh and Main in Carbondale. Although it’s his first visit to the area, he’s here to install a sculpture as part of the Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s Art aRound Town program. “I know there’s a lot of interest and good work being done in this
Published: May 26, 2016
Commonly attributed to Socrates is a quote of which one variation runs, “The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them.”While there is no solid
Published: May 26, 2016
I wrote earlier this week, in the context of Republicans coalescing around their presumptive presidential nominee despite earlier vows to the contrary, how the desire to win can, um, trump what we profess to be our principles. This week brought more proof of my point, on the Democratic side, after the State Department inspector general issued a harsh report on
Published: May 26, 2016
Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Diana Sirko has decided to leave her position at the end of June, one year ahead of schedule under an agreement worked out with the school board last year.Sirko cited new career opportunities that may not be available in mid-2017, and which she will now be pursuing.“My future opportunities include executive coaching of principals and
Published: January 29, 2016
Since the arrest of Jose Ignacio Echeverria, who’s accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman at a Glenwood Springs group home where he worked, investigators have found a second and possibly a third victim, according to prosecutors. During a bond hearing Tuesday, Judge James Boyd made it easier for Echeverria to get out of jail — citing his lack
Published: May 24, 2016
Shred event and BBQ A paper-shredding event and BBQ to benefit Advocate Safehouse will take place from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the parking lot of the Riverside Professional Building, 2700 Gilstrap Court across from Elk Mountain Motors in West Glenwood. Suggested donation is $10 per box. The event is presented by Jay McGlade of Edward Jones, and the
Published: May 26, 2016
Grand River Health in Rifle recently announced the addition of Dr. Charles Lam to the internal medicine team. Dr. Lam has practiced medicine for more than 30 years and is board certified in internal medicine, according to a press release. Lam graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He excelled at Oberlin College studying
Published: May 26, 2016
City of Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork School District officials have agreed to terms of a land exchange that clears the way for a $30 million overhaul of the Glenwood Elementary School building and campus.City Council and the RFSD school board both unanimously approved the deal following discussion at a joint session Wednesday night.The deal puts a little more than
Published: May 26, 2016
Aspen’s municipal government reaped $200,341 in sales tax collections from marijuana sales in 2015, which has prompted a discussion about future use of those funds. The money currently sits in the city’s general fund, but at a City Council work session Tuesday, officials pondered earmarking those dollars for educational and community outreach efforts regarding cannabis.Police Chief Richard Pryor and Pitkin
Published: May 26, 2016
Of all the staffs I contacted in the House and Senate, the only team to get back to me was Paul Ryan’s. His chief of staff said “thanks for reaching out.” If I am lucky enough to get to Congress, and in so doing defeat both Scott Tipton and Gail Schwartz, I think Paul Ryan and I could have a
Published: May 26, 2016
Girls dominate at Fishing DerbyClose to 100 kids came out to participate in the New Castle Cub Scouts annual Fishing Derby. Prizes were donated by Mr. T’s Hardware, food by The Castle Valley Home Owners, and beverages by Pepsi. The top angler for the day was Ellie May. In the 8 and younger age group, she caught the first fish
Published: May 26, 2016
Another successful Sports Physical Night at GMAOn May 10, Glenwood Medical Associates hosted another School Sports Physical evening. This tradition was started by Dr. Bruce Lippman, Sr. 30+ years ago and it’s a free service to kids who play sports for Glenwood’s middle school and high school. Providers from all over come together to give this important health check, and
Published: May 26, 2016
Elks support vets at Veterans Community Living CenterAs part of National Nursing Home Week, area Elks sponsored a number of events at the Veterans Community Living Center in Rifle (aka Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home). On May 11, the Elks, led by members of Lodge 2286 from Glenwood Springs, hosted a lunch for 120 residents and staff of the center.
Published: May 26, 2016
Basalt Middle school band director Nick Lenio is one of just two Colorado teachers made the quarterfinals cut for Grammy in the Schools Music Educator of the Year. The award, which is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation, recognizes educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to music education and who demonstrate a commitment to
Published: May 25, 2016
For three years, Kendall Vanderhoof has been editor of the Glenwood Springs High School Brimstone, which prints the first Friday of the month during the school year. A native with deep roots, Vanderhoof will depart for school in Ohio in the fall. Before she graduates, she took a moment to talk about her time at GSHS. Post Independent: How did
Published: May 26, 2016
The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music has been bringing the best of Blues, R&B, Afro-Cuban and Rock to the valley and keeping the tradition of free concerts at Two Rivers Park alive for 5 fabulous years. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than Season Five, wait ‘til you see who’s coming to town!Long Run steps up to
Published: May 26, 2016
Last weekend, we took the baby camping for the first time — more of a trial run at seeing how a 10-month-old would fare at a night out in the great outdoors. We didn’t exactly rough it in the wilderness. The campground was just a few miles outside of the suburbs, custom-fit with wireless, electric and sewer hook-ups, a pool,
Published: May 26, 2016
THIS WEEKENDGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Music On The Mountain Kick-offGLENWOOD SPRINGS — Join Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for the annual summer mountain-top concert series offering live music, dining options and drink specials. The kick-off concert features Beatles tribute band, Doctor Robert marks a new generation of tribute bands, bringing a thoroughly modern sound and feel to the Fab Four’s classics.6-10
Published: May 26, 2016
John Sutcliffe has been a soldier, a ranchhand, artist, investor, hotelier, restaurateur, raconteur and winemaker. But one visit to his eponymous vineyard tucked into the farthest possible corner of Southwest Colorado proves that, above all else, he is a pioneer.Choosing to make wine a mile above sea level, in a water-starved canyon filled with sagebrush and mountain lion, and where
Published: May 26, 2016
Lazy and entitled are two stereotypes commonly affiliated with my age group, millennials. Those traits and how they became widely hoisted upon those of us born between 1980 and 2000, which is how Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research defines millennials, kept resurfacing in my mind this past weekend.High school graduation season is in full swing, and after covering a second
Published: May 26, 2016
Buying a home that is energy efficient can deliver long-term savings in utility and maintenance costs, but it is not always easy to learn about a home’s efficiency during the purchase process.A new tool called the Home Energy Score ranks a home’s energy efficiency to help buyers understand the home’s advantages or shortcomings. The score, on a simple 1-to-10 scale,
Published: May 26, 2016
Some Battlement Mesa residents are concerned that Ursa Resources is attempting to pressure state regulators into a hasty review of plans to drill within the community, while the company asserts it is merely seeking to prevent its proposals from languishing.In an unusual move, Ursa in early April requested a hearing before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regarding its
Published: May 25, 2016
Branding season is in full swing among the many cattle ranches of the Roaring Fork Valley. Branding has been used to identify livestock for thousands of years. Modern methods also include ear tags and tattoos on the inner lip or ear. But branding is still the primary and surest method used to identify the ownership of animals. Identifying animals is
Published: May 20, 2016
Oh, the joys of springtime in the mountains. Many of us want to transition into the warmer summer season, but Mother Nature’s snow and rain showers make it quite difficult. The mountain bike and hiking trails are muddy in Summit County, and you might have to put on your puffy to keep warm. So what do you do to end
Published: May 25, 2016
River Bridge Regional Center, a child advocacy nonprofit for child victims of abuse, has a highly trained yet furry addition to its workforce. For the past few months Frasier, a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix, has been lending his fur and friendly nature to child victims during their most vulnerable moments. Frasier has been helping with therapy sessions, forensic interviews and
Published: May 23, 2016
The Hanging Lake Trail closes Wednesday and Thursday this week while crews replace a foundation to one of the railing posts below the staircase climb. It’s the first of three times this season that the hugely popular trail will be closed for heavy trail maintenance.The work will involve moving large rocks, painting the seven bridges, and installing a barrier system
Published: May 23, 2016
The decision last week by bankrupt sporting goods chain Sports Authority to close all of its remaining stores, including the one at Glenwood Meadows, could well leave Glenwood Springs and other West Slope markets without a general sporting goods outlet. That is, unless a buyer such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, sees value in taking
Published: May 23, 2016
Are you getting your fly boxes ready for another summer? Having all of the usual insects is important, but so is having the proper fly for each stage of that insect’s life cycle. Most of our native aquatic insects spend the majority of their life in the water and only a day or two as a winged adult, so we
Published: May 25, 2016
The rivers are rising, and it’s that time of year again when emergency responders hope that boaters know what’s best for them.Along with all the typical boater safety concerns, river users this summer and next will have to contend with overhead construction on the Grand Avenue bridge, though Colorado Department of Transportation is working to keep the impact minimal.When the
Published: May 25, 2016
Burial service will be held on Friday, May 27th at 11am, at the Highlands Cemetery in New Castle.Service will be presented by American Legion, Post 164.
Published: May 25, 2016
In an effort to help counter the growing housing problems throughout the community, some of Summit County’s heavy hitters have come up with a fresh approach to finding rentals for local working families.The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), the nonprofit community assistance organization, recently established partnerships with both the Summit Combined Housing Authority and The Summit Foundation to form
Published: May 25, 2016
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.” The inspector general’s review also revealed
Published: May 25, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation said Monday that crews have been working for several weeks to open Independence Pass at noon Thursday.CDOT crews on Friday worked with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to clear up to one dozen slide paths that could pose avalanche risks. Necessary work may include the following:• Clearing snow, ice and other debris from the roadway
Published: May 23, 2016
DOTSERO — Flames 20 feet high rallied firefighters from all over the valley to fight a construction site blaze Tuesday afternoon.A cabin under construction in Dotsero caught fire at around 1:44 p.m. The cabin was near a concrete block manufacturing business on the west side of Dotsero, and away from the Dotsero mobile home park, according to the Eagle County
Published: May 25, 2016
Longtime local teacher Patsy Guadnola tells her story.Gallacher: When I started grade school in Glenwood Springs in 1951, Patsy Guadnola was my music teacher. When I graduated from high school, she was my choir director. She was a hands-on, devoted teacher who helped raise me. I was only one of her many “children.” For 51 years she was “school Mom”
Published: May 23, 2016
Abbie Cheney gave up volleyball to focus on theater as a high school sophomore, but her hit percentage is higher than ever. She’s one of five students in the running for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Colorado’s Bobby G musical theater awards — essentially the Tony Awards for high school musicals.She’s nominated for her performance
Published: May 24, 2016
Glenwood Springs city officials want to ensure a planned land swap to accommodate the Glenwood Springs Elementary School renovation doesn’t hinder development options for the river confluence area.City Council will be meeting jointly later today with the Roaring Fork School District board to hammer out final details of the land exchange.The deal would put a little more than half of
Published: May 24, 2016
The conflict between the blue-collar wing and environmental wing of the Democratic Party just got worse. Much worse. It’s all because of California hedge-fund billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer, the same man who is spending millions of dollars to sway elections in Colorado this year.Earlier this month, Steyer announced a new $50 million political partnership with the AFL-CIO and
Published: May 24, 2016
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Mesa County school board member will be able to remain in office after the Colorado Supreme Court rejected a challenge to his election. Paul Pitton was elected to the District 51 board last fall after being certified to run as a candidate in a district that he didn’t live in at the time, an issue
Published: May 24, 2016
Coming off of a sophomore campaign in which he found the back of the net 32 times and dished out a team-high 46 assists — 30 more than the next closest teammate — Glenwood’s Zach Johnson earned a Second Team All-State selection in 4A, adding to his impressive accolades that saw him named to the 4A Mountain League First Team
Published: May 24, 2016
Thanks to 20 goals during the 2016 season, Basalt junior forward Callahan Card was named the 2A/3A Western Slope League Player of the Year on Monday. Leading the Longhorns to a 9-6 (7-3) overall record on the year, Card was the go-to player throughout the season, resulting in the Player of the Year honors. Joining Card on the 2A/3A WSL
Published: May 24, 2016
Capping off strong individual seasons, Glenwood junior Stephen Romero, Rifle senior Morgan Robinson, senior Ty Leyba and junior Bryer Rew landed on the 4A Western Slope League First-Team on Monday.Romero, who led the Demons to an 8-11 (6-8) record this past season, hit .375 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 17 runs batted in. On the mound,
Published: May 24, 2016
Competing at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton, the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team participated in the 4A State Championship, placing 13th out of 66 teams, 26 of whom scored points in the two-day championship meet.Following a very fast preliminary session on Friday, the Glenwood boys swam well enough to qualify two relays and four individual events
Published: May 24, 2016

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