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Mystery hatches make us better fly fishermen

I’ve always enjoyed the mental parts of fly fishing as much as the physical parts. Watching insect hatches unfold around me in a trout river has fascinated me since I was a child. One of the most mysterious hatches I’ve ever fished occurs on the middle sections of the Fryingpan River during August and September. It’s infamously known as the toughest hatch and routinely confuses and frustrates even the best anglers; it is the serratella.

This unique mayfly has evolved over the years to become an asexual, flightless insect that carries an egg sack between its wings and is so tiny that about twenty of them could easily fit on the face of a dime. People come from across the country to fish in frustration trying to figure out and dial in this hatch. To my knowledge, no one ever has truly figured this hatch out. That’s kind of the beauty of it, in that we as fly fishers are always learning, just as the rivers are constantly evolving, shifting and moving.

Recently there have been reports of a mysterious “super hatch” that takes in the evening hours along the Fryingpan. Generally during the evening hours, rusty spinner falls, caddis and green drake hatches and occasional midge hatches take place. None of these insects were the culprit of this new mystery hatch, though.

In an effort to fulfill my own curiosity I fished the river on several occasions recently. It was an amazing learning experience. I saw firsthand how trout would key in on such a specific microscopic insect. I waded out into the river above where I saw the fish rising and collected with a swoop of my ball cap some of the tiny insects that were swarming in a cloud. Tiny winged aphids, a terrestrial insect, were the culprit of the rhythmically feeding trout and the frustrated anglers. I went home the next day, tied a bunch of size 30 aphid fly imitations at the vise and went back to the river the following day. The rest, as they say, is history as many trout found my flies. Fly fishing is a constant learning process where we as anglers never truly know what the rivers, the fish and the insects have in store for us, always keeping us on our toes.

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.

Colorado Escapist: Locals-only rock climbing at Arapahoe Basin

Want more from Colorado Escapist host Shawna Henderson? Follow her to Glenwood Springs for whitewater kayaking and down the road to Lake Dillon for sailboat racing with a J24 crew.

Everyone loves to discover spots only the locals know about. You know what I mean: Those hidden gems only a few can find, like that smoke shack on the ski mountain, or that perfect tree run with endless freshie powder, or a secluded hike that brings you to the ultimate overlook.

Today is your lucky day. I’m going to share with you an epic, multi-pitch rock climbing area that has remained hidden from the general public — until now.

I’m not normally one to spill the beans, but this knowledge needs to be shared with passionate rock climbers who give back to the community. If sport climbing tall walls and multi-pitch routes are your passion, then Black Rock Crag at A-Basin should be your next destination.

Where it all began

The first time I experienced rock climbing was at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins. At Colorado State University, I was in the “outdoor adventure dorm” and met crazy, like-minded individuals who were passionate about adventure sports.

One of those wild ones was Joe Vallone, a man of many athletic talents, one being rock climbing. He took a few of us on our first rock adventure, and after reaching the top of the pitch, I was hooked.

Since that day, rock climbing has been the perfect traveling sport, since all you need are climbing shoes and a harness. Joe and I both moved to Summit County about the same time and met up skiing at Arapahoe Basin. Like myself, Vallone is a multiple-sport athlete who finds joy in pushing to the extreme in all he does.

Black Rock Crag

Since CSU, Vallone went on to get his UIAGM/IFMGA certifications through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations and is now trained to guide across the U.S and all of Europe.

After skiing at A-Basin for the past 15 years, he saw that this unique rock had potential. He made the initial discovery with Tim Tullia, and since then, Vallone has put around 40 days into cleaning the area and bolting routes.

The first ascent on Black Rock Crag was a traditional route, or trad route, with climber David Delemora. They named it MoraLone (their combined last names). Many of the routes are named after themes or people from A-Basin who have made a difference in the sport of climbing or skiing in this area. They come with unique stories inspired by the ski area and the local climbing community.

Even though Vallone believes that all sport routes are rated a 5.9, realistically the routes at the crag range from 5.8 to 5.11d, with a few multiple-pitch routes.

“There is nothing like this area in the county, as it is not your typical place to climb,” Vallone said. “I built these routes because I like to contribute to the community and to climbing. The area that you hang out drinking a beer or belaying your friends is known as PHQ, the patrol headquarters.”

Where exactly is the crag? I can’t give up that much insider info — you’ll have to piece together the clues.

Meet Joe Vallone

Vallone has been a Summit County resident for the past 15 years, but recently made a full-time move to La Grave, France, where he guides rock, Ice, snow and off-piste skiing.

“I consider myself an educator,” Vallone said. “That is what my certification is: an elite class of educator qualified to teach others about these sports. Currently I guide off-piste ski routes in La Grave, an area with no avalanche control, no ski patrol (and) no marked runs in a true, natural mountain experience.”

At La Grave, there is one lift servicing over 7,000 vertical feet of skiable terrain. It’s also the gateway to one of the most amazing natural parks in the world, known as Parc National des Ecrins.

Vallone has been featured in many films, including “Almost a Blaze” and “Dream Line.” He is highlighted in the book, “Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs” by Robert Cocuzzo, and hosts an online show about proper backcountry techniques. He has made his living guiding people on ultimate adventures and is the guy to contact if you are interested in a real European backcountry ski adventure.

Why France?

Vallone explained to me why he loves his new home in La Grave.

“It is freedom to ski when and where you want, with no ropes preventing you for accessing areas,” Vallone said. “I do not like being told when and where to ski, especially from those who have less training than me.”

Vallone spent time in the area with Doug Coons, his mentor, and he told me that’s one of the big reason he decided to return for good.

“I wanted to find a place where I can truly practice my profession,” Vallone said. “The USA has so many rules when it comes to guides using the ski resorts. In France, I can use the lift to access more remote areas, and with my certification I can take clients wherever I want to go. We go above and beyond teaching people to use the land sustainably and teach people the right way to go into the backcountry.”

A big thanks goes out to Vallone, Todd Hanson, Dave Delemora, Jamen May and Peter Kraiz. Combined, we’ve probably set over 1,200 pieces of hardware to make Black Rock Crag user friendly.

Red Mountain trail work delayed; plan proceeds with first phase

Work could begin yet this fall on a plan to upgrade existing single-track trails and start work on a series of new mountain biking and hiking trails on Red Mountain, though project supporters are working through some scheduling delays.

Glenwood Springs City Council earlier this year committed $50,000 toward the first phase of the project that is included as part of a larger “soft trails” master plan for the area that is being put forth by the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.

RFMBA Executive Director Mike Pritchard originally wanted to get the work started in August, but said this week he now hopes to award a contract for the trail work by the middle of September.

If that happens, some of the planned trail improvements could be constructed in October, he said.

Regardless, the project is shovel-ready whether it happens this fall or has to wait until the trails dry next spring, Pritchard indicated this week.

The planned Red Mountain trail improvements are part of the bigger concept plan for a broad network of single-track dirt trails in and around Glenwood Springs.

Included in the conceptual plan that was released early last year would be new trails on a combination of city and Bureau of Land Management land in South Canyon with a possible connection to Red Mountain, plus enhanced trails on Lookout Mountain east of town and a possible gravity trail park descending Iron Mountain from the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Much of that work is several years out, and the South Canyon trail proposal is pending a historical and archaeological assessment of the area before the city will allow any trail-building in there.

In the meantime, the Red Mountain improvements have been given top priority.

“The project will utilize a combination of existing routes and newly constructed trail to provide a continuous natural surface trail that roughly parallels the Red Mountain road from the trailhead all the way up to the cross at the top of the mountain,” Pritchard wrote in a description provided to the city earlier this year.

Most of the initial work will be concentrated on building a new lower segment with more switchbacks and less-extreme grades to provide an alternative to the much steeper fall-line trail.

Existing trail links are also to be improved, and the plan involves monitoring trail use patterns to help determine which of the older trails might need to be rehabilitated, improved or potentially closed.

The total cost of the Red Mountain trail work over two construction seasons is expected to be around $86,500, according to information provided to the city in May.

The primary goal of the project is not only to provide new trail options, but to “take better care of trails already on that property,” Pritchard said during a progress report to City Council at that time.

Ongoing maintenance of the trails would also likely involve volunteer groups, such as Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, he said.

Long term, the goal is to have a more formal trail management plan for Red Mountain, the Wulfsohn trail system behind the Glenwood Springs Community Center and other trail networks in and around town.

That will also be true for the work that’s eventually planned at South Canyon.

Pritchard has been working with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission regarding concerns about avoiding disturbances to historical sites and cultural artifacts that may exist there.

“Our concern is that the proposed trail alignment runs through or in proximity to a sensitive archaeological area, namely the South Canyon Coal Camp site,” HPC Chairman Ron Carsten wrote in a recent letter to City Council.

“The Coal Camp site is important because it is a significant part of Glenwood Springs’ history,” Carsten wrote. “Interpretation of the site, and preservation of the few remnant building foundations will provide current and future generations with a tangible link to the city’s past.”

Gretchen Ricehill, senior planner for the city, said the commission had been consulting with a noted mining historian and archaeologist who was prepared to do a full assessment of the site.

However, that work has also been put off until sometime later this year or next year, Ricehill said.

Another key to the trail network would be to eventually complete the paved trail between West Glenwood and South Canyon that’s part of the Lower Valley Trail project.

Supporters of that project have been working with the city on potential grant possibilities to complete that link, but the focus more recently has been on a grant proposal to build a trail link between New Castle and the Canyon Creek area.

Marijuana extraction operation up for review

Following a successful review before the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, the first business proposal to come through the city’s year-old, revised marijuana licensing procedure will go before City Council later this month.

Entrepreneur Jeff Norvell is seeking a special use permit to convert a 575-square-foot space in the commercial complex located on South Grand Avenue across from Rosebud Cemetery into a marijuana plant oil extraction operation.

The application is the first to come through the revised marijuana regulations that were adopted by the city last year after a flurry of proposed new retail businesses in the downtown core were met with opposition.

The new rules established a greater setback of 900 feet between marijuana businesses, rather than 325 feet under the old rules.

A new process requiring a public hearing and review by both the city P&Z and City Council was also established, doing away with the former hearing officer procedure that had been used for both recreational and medical marijuana licenses.

The proposed South Grand facility will not have a retail component or be open to the public, and will not grow marijuana plants on site.

Rather, according to Norvell’s written request to the city, the purpose is to provide existing retail and medical dispensaries and growers with “a safe way to make use of their otherwise unusable marijuana plant material.”

Other outfits do this by using high-pressurized butane, propane or hexane and other chemicals that can be extremely dangerous, Norvell said.

“We use none of these …” he wrote. “Our company utilizes low heat and pressure to extract beneficial oils from parts of the marijuana plants that are usually thrown away or burned.”

Norvell said his process uses no chemicals or high-pressure systems, and creates no fumes, exhaust or loud noises.

“I use a hydraulic press and heated steel plates to squeeze the beneficial oil out while preserving flavor profiles and cannabinoid levels to suit customers’ needs,” he said of the oils that can be used for a variety of marijuana-infused products.

P&Z, at its Aug. 23 meeting, recommended approval of the special use permit for the operation with a number of conditions related to exterior lighting, employee parking, signs and other typical concerns for any business venture.

A key concern for the city will be for the operators to deal with any odor issues that might come up, which would be complaint-driven.

Norvell indicated in his application that the facility will make use of carbon filters in the air circulation system and other technology to combat any odors that might emanate from the site.

“In the event that documented inspections of the premises by city staff indicate that odor is an issue, the applicant will need to employ methods to mitigate odors or be at risk of losing their license,” city planners wrote in a staff report.

Norvell is scheduled to appear before City Council for a public hearing and final consideration of the permit request on Sept. 15.

Trump defends right to build huge wall

MEXICO CITY — On Mexican soil for the first time as the Republican presidential nominee, a firm but measured Donald Trump defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank, standing up for the centerpiece of his immigration plan in a country where he is widely despised.

Trump, who previously derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals, praised Mexicans Wednesday as “amazing people” following a closed-door meeting at the official residence of the country’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump and the Mexican president, who has compared the New York billionaire to Adolf Hitler, addressed reporters from adjacent lecterns before a Mexican flag.

The trip, 10 weeks before America’s presidential Election Day, came just hours before Trump was to deliver a highly anticipated speech in Arizona about illegal immigration. That has been a defining issue of his presidential campaign, but also one on which he’s appeared to waver in recent days

With political risks high for both men, Trump stayed on script, declining to repeat his promise to force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border between the two countries when pressed by reporters.

While he and Pena Nieto talked about the wall, Trump said they didn’t discuss who would pay for a cost of construction pegged in the billions.

“Having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial,” Trump said, reading from prepared remarks. “We recognize and respect the right of any country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons. Cooperation toward achieving this shared objective — and it will be shared — of safety for all citizens is paramount to both the United States and to Mexico.”

Trump’s presence on Wednesday, his first meeting with a head of state abroad as a presidential candidate, sparked anger and protests across Mexico’s capital city. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox bluntly told the celebrity businessman that, despite Pena Nieto’s hospitality, he was not welcome.

“We don’t like him. We don’t want him. We reject his visit,” Fox said on CNN, calling the trip a “political stunt.”

Pena Nieto was less combative as he addressed reporters alongside Trump. He acknowledged the two men had differences and defended the contribution of Mexicans working in the United States, but he described the conversation as “open and constructive.” He and Trump shook hands as the session ended.

Pena Nieto’s performance came in for immediate condemnation from his many critics in Mexico.

“Pena ended up forgiving Trump when he didn’t even ask for an apology,” said Esteban Illades, the editor of Nexos magazine. “The lowest point of the most painful day in the history of the Mexican presidency.”

After saying during his Republican primary campaign he would use a “deportation force” to expel all of the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally, Trump suggested last week he could soften that stance.

But he still says he plans to build a huge wall — paid for by Mexico — along the two nations’ border. He is under pressure to clarify just where he stands in the Wednesday night speech, which had been rescheduled several times.

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, told CBS earlier in the day that Trump would make clear “that there will be no path to legalization, no path to citizenship. People will need to leave the country to be able to obtain legal status or obtain citizenship.”

The buildup to the speech was abruptly interrupted Tuesday night by the news that Trump would visit Mexico, accepting on short notice an invitation offered last week by Pena Nieto. The newspaper El Universal wrote in an editorial that Trump “caught Mexican diplomats off guard.”

Campaigning in Ohio earlier in the day, Democrat Hillary Clinton jabbed at Trump’s Mexican appearance as she promoted her own experience working with foreign leaders as the nation’s chief diplomat.

“People have to get to know that they can count on you, that you won’t say one thing one day and something totally different the next,” she told the American Legion in Cincinnati. “And it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again.”

Trump has promised, if elected, to deport millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally, force Mexico to pay for the construction of a wall to secure the nearly 2,000-mile border and renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement to make it more favorable to the United States.

Pena Nieto suggested there was room to improve the trade deal, which Trump described as unfair to American workers. The New York businessman promised to promote trade deals that would keep jobs in the Western Hemisphere.

Pena Nieto made his invitation to both Trump and Clinton, who met with him in Mexico in 2014. The inclusion of Trump puzzled many in Mexico, who said it wasn’t clear why their own unpopular president would agree to meet with someone so widely disliked in his country.

Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump’s immigration policies, particularly the Republican’s plans to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. In a March interview, he said that “there is no scenario” under which Mexico would do so and compared Trump’s language to that of dictators Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Pena Nieto did not repeat such criticism on Wednesday, but acknowledged Trump’s comments had “hurt and affected Mexicans.”

“The Mexicans deserve everyone’s respect,” he said.

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Peoples reported from Washington. AP writers Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza in Mexico City and Jill Colvin in Phoenix contributed to this report.

Sundin column: America’s greatest accomplishments

In the course of our history, America has taken on many major challenges and has accomplished heroic results. Notable among these are three wars: the American Revolution, the Civil War and World War II, and five transportation challenges: the Erie Canal, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Panama Canal, the Interstate Highway System and the manned moon landing.

In the American Revolution a rag-tag volunteer army under the indomitable will of George Washington fought against the military might of Great Britain, the most powerful nation in the world, for eight years (1775-1783). It cost the colonies, with a population of only 2.8 million, $380 million ($17 billion in today’s dollars), or $6,071 per capita.

It cost the British 250 million pounds ($575 million). Benjamin Franklin cajoled France into spending 1.3 billion livres to finance our revolution, an amount similar to what the British spent. It nearly bankrupted France and set the country on the path to its own revolution. Surprisingly, the number of Americans killed in battle was fewer than 5,000, but deaths due to infection, disease and British imprisonment are estimated at three to five times that number.

The four-year American Civil War (1861-65) was the most costly in lives lost in American history — 600,000 out of a population totaling 32 million, a staggering figure. Cost: $6.7 billion dollars (about $300 billion in today’s dollars), or $9,375 per capita.

World War II (1941-1945) was on a scale greater than any war in history, resulting in the deaths of 50 million people, and was the second most costly war in American lives lost — 420,000 out of a population of 135 million. Cost: over $300 billion (more than $4 trillion today), or $29,630 per capita.

The first major transportation project in American history was the construction of the Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River. It was 363 miles long, 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep, and was dug by manual labor with pick and shovel. It required the construction of 83 locks to accommodate the elevation changes across the state of New York.

It took 8½ years to build (1817-1825) and cut the travel time from Buffalo to Albany from two weeks to five days, and reduced freight costs by 90 percent. New York state (population 1.4 million) asked Congress to have the United States (population 9.6 million) finance the canal, but Congress declined. So Gov. DeWitt Clinton, recognizing the economic potential of the canal, managed to have it financed by New York. The canal was an enormous success, both functionally and financially, and was well worth its cost, $7,144,000 ($280 million today), or $2,692 per capita of New York state.

The Transcontinental Railroad from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Sacramento, California, a distance of 1,907 miles, was also a major undertaking, especially considering that it was started in the middle of the Civil War, when the population of the North was 23 million. It took six years to build (1863-1869). The United States paid the railroads $47 million and granted them 12,800 acres of land per mile of track laid, making it difficult to determine the real cost.

Under President Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. took over construction of the Panama Canal after France abandoned the project. It was completed in 10 years (1904-1914), when the country’s population was 92 million. Cost: $400 million ($18 billion today), or $1,956 per capita.

The Interstate Highway System was initiated by President Dwight Eisenhower, who was impressed by the German autobahn system. It originally included 41,000 miles of roadway and took 35 years to construct (1956-1991). The country’s population averaged about 210 million. Cost: $114 billion ($425 billion today), or $2,024 per capita.

In his inaugural address in 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to, within 10 years, put a man on the moon and return safely to Earth. With the moon landing on July 20, 1969, it was accomplished in only eight years. The country’s population averaged 193 million. Cost: $20 billion (about $150 billion today), or $777 per capita.

Our next major challenge is the extensive repairs needed by our infrastructure — roads and bridges, ports and airports, dams and levies, schools, and water and wastewater systems — estimated to cost $3.6 trillion. At our present population of 320 million, the cost per capita would be $11,250. We’ve met great challenges in the past; do we have the will to rise to the occasion once again?

Hal Sundin’s “As I See It” column appears on the first Thursday of the month.

Carbondale, Rifle make ACLU’s loitering list

Carbondale and Rifle were called out Wednesday, along with 32 other Colorado municipalities, by the American Civil Liberties Union for what it called antiquated loitering laws that can’t stand up to legal scrutiny.

Both Rifle’s and Carbondale’s municipal codes contain a law against loitering “for the purpose of begging,” which is the target of an ACLU letter imploring these 34 municipalities to repeal such laws.

Recently the state has seen a rise in enforcement of “ordinances that effectively criminalize homelessness and poverty, including laws that make it a crime to sit, lie down, take shelter or ask for charity in a public place,” according to the ACLU.

“These outdated ordinances, which prohibit peaceful, nonintrusive requests for charity in any and every public place, must be taken off the books,” Mark Silverstein, legal director for ACLU of Colorado, wrote in a press release. “As courts across the country, and here in Colorado, have recognized, a plea for help is a communication that is protected by the First Amendment. An outstretched hand can convey human suffering, can remind passersby of the gap between rich and poor, and in some cases can highlight a lack of jobs and social services.”

Last September a federal judge struck down a Grand Junction ordinance against panhandling, declaring it an unconstitutional law that violates the person’s First Amendment rights. Since then Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and several other Colorado cities stopped enforcing laws that “placed unconstitutional time and location restrictions on peaceful requests for charity,” according to the ACLU.

“Not only do these anti-begging ordinances violate the constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness, but they are costly to enforce and serve to exacerbate problems associated with extreme poverty. Harassing, ticketing, and/or arresting poor person for asking for help is inhumane, counterproductive and — in many cases — illegal,” Silverstein and ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney Rebecca T. Wallace wrote to the 34 Colorado municipalities.

Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington said the town has been aware of the Grand Junction case and plans to present an amendment to this section of the loitering law to trustees this fall.

Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said his department has not enforced the loitering for begging law. The chief said this law was not in the town’s municipal code before Carbondale recently had its code revamped.

The municipal code update was approved through an ordinance in August 2015, two months before the federal court decision in the Grand Junction Case. Town Clerk Cathy Derby said the company that revamped Carbondale’s code made several best practices additions, and she believed the loitering “for purposes of begging” section could have been added at that time.

Mayor Pro Tem Dan Richardson said he’s interested in repealing the loitering law, though he couldn’t speak for the entire board. “Do we want to repeal something that’s unconstitutional? I think that’s a no-brainer.”

The Post Independent was not able to contact a Rifle representative for this story.

Rifle’s and Carbondale’s loitering ordinances are nearly identical: both also include provisions against loitering that’s associated with “unlawful gambling with cards, dice or other gambling paraphernalia,” engaging in or soliciting “prostitution or deviate sexual intercourse,” interfering with school programs or schoolchildren and the unlawful possession or use of controlled substances.

‘Local’ key for first Rifle Farm to Table Dinner

Organizers of an inaugural dinner featuring local food and drink are hoping it will grow into a recurring event that, if successful, could help make the Rifle Farmers Market more self sustaining.

Tickets for the inaugural Rifle Farm to Table Dinner, planned for Sept. 10, are on sale through Friday. So far, sales have been slower than hoped for in this first year of hosting such an event, said Cathleen Anthony, farmers market manager and assistant to the Greater Rifle Improvement Team.

As of Wednesday morning, 27 of the 100 available tickets had been sold at the market, although a good number of people have expressed interest, Anthony added.

Tickets are $55 for one person or $100 for a couple, and they can be purchased at the Rifle Farmers Market, as well as at Miller’s Dry Goods and the Whistle Pig Coffee Stop & Cafe in downtown Rifle.

Proceeds, if there are any in the first year, will go to the future continuation of the Rifle Farmers Market, which has relied heavily on grant funding in the past, according to Anthony.

The idea for the farm to table event started earlier this year after Hannah Klausman, a member of the farmers market board, saw an article about a similar event in Tennessee that raised a substantial amount of money.

“The thing that got me on this guy is they raised $10,000. … I saw that and I thought ah ha,” Klausman said.

The hope, Anthony continued, is to build the dinner into an annual event with enough support to not only break even, which admittedly might be a challenge in the first year, but to generate enough money to help make the farmers market more sustainable.

“It is the inaugural event, so this year we are just hoping to get it off the ground and get people excited about it,” Anthony said. “I think the draw is local food.”

The dinner, which is being hosted at the Bookcliffs Arts Center, will feature four courses of locally sourced food, as well as beer from Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company. Grand River Health is donating beef purchased at the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, and Rifle Farmers Market vendors were asked for produce donations. Six vendors committed to making donations, and in exchange they will receive two free tickets and an opportunity to speak about their contribution when it is served, Anthony said.

Sarah Naef, executive chef for Grand River Health nutritional services, and Elissa Nye, catering manager at the Whistle Pig, are preparing the meals.

“I instantly jumped on board because I think it’s a good idea and I want to see more things like it in Rifle,” Nye said.

The final menu is still being set, but Nye said the appetizers will likely consist of donated produce and some sort of dip, such as humus.

Goat cheese donated by Avalanche Cheese Co., of Basalt, also will likely be worked into the appetizers.

A traditional caprese salad will follow the appetizer course, with a main course consisting of the beef donated by Grand River.

Dessert will be prepared by the Whistle Pig’s Andrea Matthews.

“We really are trying our hardest to make it as local as we can,” Nye said. “We have a lot of good resources here.”

Letter: In praise of trickle-down

Oh, Camille (from Carbondale) …You’re a dreamer. You’re also a very liberal progressive Democrat.

Ninety million people not in the labor force. Household income down. You need to take a course in economics 101. Everybody benefits from trickle-down economics. The top 400 richest people in the USA create more than 10 million jobs. I‘m sure you’ve never been hired by a poor person. Those at the top of the food chain make more money but they also create more job wealth for the average worker. The result is life is better

Bankruptcies are a part of business. Spreading rumors about one’s business practices is another matter. You’re just repeating what some other uninformed liberal Democrat heard from some other uninformed source to smear Trump’s reputation.

I don’t know you Camille, but if I had to make up a profile in your behalf, I’d say you have no skin in the game, never signed on the bottom line to defend and protect your country, never owned a business with multiple employees, never risked your income taking the chance to increase your wealth and standard of living, and resent those who are at a higher income level than yourself. It’s called “being successful.”

You’re probably college-educated. Employees barely getting by on a living wage if they’re motived can create the opportunity to move up. That’s what America is all about..They have to take the responsibility for themselves. Nice chatting with you Camille, but we have little in common.

Stan Rachesky

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Response to Cortez

As former Carbondale elected officials with a combined tenure of 24 years of serving our town on the Board of Trustees, we recognize that polarizing issues and controversies arise, especially during campaign season. While nominating petitions to seek the open mayor seat are not yet due, one candidate has taken it upon himself to make his feelings known. Regarding Ed Cortez’s recent letter to the editor:

It goes without saying that Carbondale is a unique and treasured place that is filled with residents, workers and visitors who truly care about one another and the health, safety and welfare of the community. Recent reported assaults on two women have rightfully stirred conversation and calls to action regarding safety. We are confident that the Board of Trustees will work with town staff to implement appropriate measures in response.

Our elected leaders have great responsibility to represent the entire community, do their homework, listen to their constituents and make decisions, which are sometimes very difficult. We understand the tremendous pressure that is put upon our leaders to serve Carbondale, especially when something like a woman’s safety at night is at stake. Collaboration and teamwork are paramount in order for elected officials to effectively address such an important and urgent matter. As recent members of the Board of Trustees, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is for trustees to respect and honor the differing opinions and styles of other board members and residents who come before them. Opinions can differ, but it imperative that people respect each other.

Personal attacks, vitriolic rhetoric and consciously manipulating the truth to garner political favor are not only uncalled for in our local political arena, they are out of line and demonstrate a lack of leadership. Carbondale needs a mayor who will be the leader among leaders, one who will listen, collaborate and work for the greater good of the entire community, not one who spews negativity and isolated solutions in a letter to the editor.

We understand how difficult it is for someone to step up, stick their neck out and run for office. We also know how difficult it is to do the job once elected. We respect the fact that people are interested in serving their community, we just ask that the candidates for mayor understand the responsibility of this important role and keep the campaign out of the gutter. Remember, whoever is elected will need to serve with sitting trustees. Solutions to serious issues require input from all the trustees, not just one.

We acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers, but we have worked hard to serve Carbondale in a manner that reflected the wonderful attributes of our community. We will not keep quiet when those values are threatened or when candidates choose to make personal attacks. Carbondale deserves better.

Allyn Harvey, Pam Zentmyer, Stacey Bernot