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CMC sponsors MLK, Jr. Day food, coat drive

Colorado Mountain College is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a food and coat drive through Monday.

“Your generous donation to our food and coat drive will help sustain the services that LiftUp, and the Food Bank of The Rockies provide to hundreds of families in the Roaring Fork Valley,” a CMC news release states.

Items can be placed in the boxes at the entryways of CMC’s Carbondale and Aspen locations.

“On Martin Luther King Day let’s remember that one of his dreams was ending hunger and poverty,” the release states. “The basic right of food is essential for all people.”

Dr. King proclaimed in his Nobel Peace Prize speech, “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

Glenwood Springs city offices closed

City of Glenwood Springs administrative offices and non-emergency services, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Community Center, South Canyon Landfill, Community Art Center, and Ride Glenwood will remain open with normal hours.

Emergency services are available by calling 911. For non-emergencies, call Garfield County Dispatch at 970-625-8095.

Some local government offices remain open for the holiday, including Garfield County administrative offices. The Board of County Commissioners is slated to meet on its normal Monday schedule, beginning at 8 a.m.

Holiday city and county office closures and reduced hours planned

City of Glenwood Springs

In observance of the holidays, several city of Glenwood Springs facility schedules and closures are planned, a city news release states. 

City administrative offices and non-emergency services at City Hall (including Police Records and Municipal Court) will be closed to the public Monday, Dec. 26. City Hall remains closed on Fridays.

Holiday closures

  • City Hall (closed Fridays-Sundays)
    • Closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 2
  • Community Art Center
    • Closed Dec 23-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2
  • Community Center (closed Sundays)
    • Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 2
    • Modified hours Dec. 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Aquatic Center closed all day Dec. 28
  • Recycle Center (closed Sundays-Tuesdays)
    • Open Dec. 23 with regular hours, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    • Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31
  • South Canyon Landfill (closed Sundays)
    • Open December 23 and 26 with regular hours, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
    • Closed December 24 and December 31
    • Open January 2 with regular hours, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

For questions about the Community Center, contact the front desk at 970-384-6301. For questions about the Landfill or the Recycling Center, contact Landfill Manager Liz Mauro at 970-384-5375 or elizabeth.mauro@cogs.us.

Garfield County holiday closures

All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Friday and Monday, Dec. 23 and 26, and again on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, for the winter holidays. Staff functions that serve the community in emergency or 24-hour capacities remain in operation, as needed, and administrative offices of such departments are closed, according to a county news release.

The Rifle Garfield County Airport is open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport’s administrative offices are closed. Anyone needing assistance at this time can call 970-230-1685.

The Garfield County Landfill near Rifle is open on Friday, Dec. 23, and closed on Saturday and Monday, Dec. 24 and 26, and on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.

Be aware that other local, state and federal government offices may be closed or have reduced hours during the holidays.

Garfield County, city offices closed for the Thanksgiving holiday

All Garfield County and city of Glenwood Springs offices are closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, except for emergency or 24-hour functions, a county news release states.

The Rifle Garfield County Airport remains open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport’s administrative offices are closed. More information at 970-230-1685. The Garfield County Landfill near Rifle is closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25. 

City of Glenwood Springs administrative offices and non-emergency services, including City Hall (including Police Records and Municipal Court), Community Center, Community Art Center, and Recycling Center will be closed to the public Thursday and Friday, a separate city news release states.

The Community Center will also be closed Saturday, and the South Canyon Landfill is closed Thursday but open with regular hours on Friday and Saturday. Each facility will resume regular business hours on Monday.

Government offices in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute will also be closed for the holiday, as will the Garfield County Public Libraries.

Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign kickoff event is Saturday in Glenwood Springs

The holiday season is upon us, and that means the Salvation Army Roaring Fork Valley Service Extension is getting geared up for the annual Red Kettle bell-ringing drive to raise money to help those in need throughout Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley.

To get ready, a Red Kettle Kickoff event is planned for 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Library Friends Community Room, 815 Cooper Ave. The event is to include a special performance by the Intermountain Divisional Brass Band.

To RSVP for the event, call 970-945-6976.

Starting Saturday, volunteer groups from throughout the valley will begin ringing the bell outside area grocery and retail stores to help raise money for people in need from Parachute to Aspen with things like rent and utilities assistance, prescriptions, transportation, emergency shelter and referrals for other resources.

Area service organizations are in charge of the different bell-ringing stations around the region. To volunteer or be put in touch with the appropriate point people, contact Red Kettle Drive coordinator Kathy Wren at 970-945-6976 or via email at kathy.wren@usw.salvationarmy.org.

‘It’s About Time’ for historical society’s Ghost Walk

No school for Carbondale Middle School Monday due to power outage

There will be no classes today for Carbondale Middle School students, due to an ongoing power outage at the building, Roaring Fork School District officials said early Monday.

The power outage was discovered on Sunday.

“At this time, power has still not been restored, so school is canceled today,” Principal Jennifer Lamont wrote to school parents and students early Monday. “We understand that school closures are disruptive and create a burden for many families and never make these decisions lightly.”

For now, CMS still has a seventh grade volleyball game scheduled at 4 p.m. Families are to be notified of any changes in time or location. The eighth grade volleyball team will still depart Monday from the front of CMS.

No hay electricidad en CMS, por lo que hoy no hay clases. Por favor vea el mensaje completo aquí. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VKhreUBqFYO7vcGqyDrF74prY1OFl5DH79qntbanzRY/edit?usp=sharing

Final Rally the Valley for cancer patient support slated for Saturday in Glenwood Springs

A Glenwood Springs tradition dating back 10 years comes to an end Saturday with the final Rally the Valley in support of patient services at Valley View Hospital’s Calaway-Young Cancer Center.

But the future of funding integrative therapies, family support and other cancer patient services that the event has supported since the Cancer Center opened is bright.

In addition to bringing Rally the Valley to a close, the Valley View Foundation this year is launching a new $8 million endowment, which will fill that funding need going forward, VVH Chief Community Relations Officer Stacey Gavrell said.

“We are sunsetting the event after an incredible run,” she said. “But this year really marks two milestones; the 10-year anniversary of the Cancer Center and the launch of this new endowment.”

The Cancer Center opened on Sept. 12, 2012, and Rally the Valley began that same year in support of the various cancer patient support services that are offered. 

The new endowment was created with a $2 million anonymous gift in honor of Dr. Stephen Mayer, one of the medical oncologists at the Cancer Center. Donors will have the opportunity to contribute to the endowment, with a goal of $8 million, Gavrell said.

“It’s the runway to continue to be able to fund these important programs, and affirms that we still have a priority to support cancer patients in our community,” she said.

For the past decade, Rally the Valley has served to raise money in support of the integrated therapies such as massage and acupuncture, family support and survivorship programs, overnight lodging for family, emergency assistance and other services that insurance doesn’t cover.

The final Rally the Valley takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Park, 740 Devereux Road, in Glenwood Springs.

There will be DJ music, yoga, a 1-mile “Peyton’s Parade” walk, children’s activities, food trucks, giveaways, a “River of Love and Remembrance” for loved ones lost to cancer, and survivor speakers.

The river float that was part of the event in 2019 and again last year is not happening this year, Gavrell said.

Instead, there will be more activities in the park in an effort to bring people together in celebration of the Cancer Center anniversary.

“We really wanted to make this year’s event more inclusive, so as many people who want to join us can,” Gavrell said.

There is no cost to register for the event this year, but registration is still requested at vvh.org, she said.

“The intention is to have as many people as possible come together to celebrate cancer survivors and their caregivers,” she said. 

Rally the Valley began in Sayre Park in 2012, and moved to Two Rivers Park in 2019 with the addition of the river float.

“We had it rain or shine every year, and each time I get chills,” Gavrell said. “It’s just a really phenomenal day, and we want Saturday to be the biggest and best we’ve ever done to send it off on a high note.”

If you go …

Rally the Valley Schedule of Events

10:30-11:15 a.m. — Rally Yoga with Ashley Weitzel Wilson

11 a.m. — Gates Open (food trucks, Kids Zone, DJ, beer garden)

11:30 a.m. — Opening ceremonies “Peyton’s Parade” 1-mile walk

12:30 p.m. — Trip giveaways and Sopris Soarers

2 p.m. — Event ends

On Thursday, the Coal Ridge High School National Honor Society (NHS) students were set to present a $1,000 check to Rally the Valley at halftime of the varsity football game.

NHS sponsor Bobbi Jo Wiescamp said the group has been fundraising for the past six months through bake sales and also sponsors the “Kick a Fieldgoal” competition at the home football games for fundraising.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Garfield County Public Health awaiting shipment of COVID-19 omicron dose vaccine

Garfield County Public Health is awaiting the arrival of the newly approved Pfizer and Moderna updated COVID-19 omicron dose vaccines, according to a county news release sent out Wednesday.

The vaccines are designed to offer protection from both the original COVID-19 virus and the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, the release states.

Garfield County vaccine clinics will be announced once the vaccines are available. Booster doses of the original vaccine will not be provided by Public Health until the new omicron vaccine is available, it also states.

“As of Aug. 31, Pfizer and Moderna’s original COVID-19 vaccines are only authorized as primary series vaccines for people aged 12 years and older,” the release says. “People too young to receive an omicron dose can still receive a third dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine.” 

The Pfizer and Moderna omicron doses use the same mRNA-based technology as the original versions of the COVID-19 vaccines, the county’s release goes on to explain.

“Hundreds of millions of people have safely received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. In clinical studies, the new omicron doses successfully stimulated the immune system to produce antibodies,” it states. “Antibodies are proteins in the blood that fight specific invaders in the body, such as viruses.”

Fred Jarman formally named Garfield County manager

Garfield County commissioners on Tuesday officially named longtime deputy county manager Fred Jarman as its new county manager.

Jarman, who has been with Garfield County for 20 years, will replace Kevin Batchelder, who is retiring Sept. 16.

The Board of County Commissioners made the appointment following an internal search for candidates and subsequent interviews, a county news release states.

Jarman has served as deputy county manager since April 2016. Prior to that, he was the county’s community development director for 10 years.

He holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory and Henry College in Virginia.

Prior to working in local government, he served two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps in west and central Africa in international development. He has lived in Garfield County for 23 years, where he and his wife are raising two daughters, the release states. 

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” Jarman told the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting. “I look forward to continuing the county’s efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Garfield County.”

The appointment was made unanimously by the commissioners.

Government offices closed for Labor Day holiday on Monday

All local, state and federal government offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

This includes Glenwood Springs City Hall, Community Center, Aquatic Center, Art Center, Recycling Center and the South Canyon Landfill, a city news release states. Each facility is to re-open with regular business hours on Tuesday.

In addition, all Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday — with the exception of 24-hour emergency services, a county news release states.

The Rifle Garfield County Airport is to remain open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport’s administrative offices are closed.

The Garfield County Landfill near Rifle is also closed Monday but will re-open on Tuesday.

Banks and post offices are also closed Monday, along with municipal offices in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute.