Appreciation for cave owners runs miles deep |

Appreciation for cave owners runs miles deep

Two architects of one of the biggest tourist attractions to hit Glenwood Springs since the Hot Springs Pool began drawing tourists more than a century ago were honored at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s annual meeting and ball Saturday, Feb. 8.

Steve and Jeanne Beckley, owners of Glenwood Caverns, were honored as the chamber Citizens of the Year for 2002 for their efforts to expand the caves to a year-round attraction with the addition of an aerial tramway that will bring visitors to the site up the side of Iron Mountain.

“Glenwood has had a number of visionaries, including the local businessmen who purchased the Hot Springs Pool in the mid-50s to prevent it from becoming a private resort. The recipients of this year’s Citizen of the Year also have the vision. We are honored to present this year’s award to . a couple who is in the process of transforming Glenwood Springs once again,” said Mary Nelson, who with husband, Jim, won the Citizen of the Year award last year and presented this year’s award to the Beckleys.

The tramway is under construction and is expected to open this spring.

“The result of their efforts has been a a world-class attraction that has gained statewide, national and international attention,” Nelson added.

Also honored as the 2002 Volunteer of the Year was Chris Tribble of Versatile Productions for lending his video production expertise to many worthwhile events over the year.

Colorado Broadcasting and KMTS were honored as the Philanthropic Business of the year for their public service.

The fete drew a crowd of more than 400 people who were treated to a gourmet meal, live auction, dancing and casino-style gaming at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

The annual ball raises money to fund chamber activities.

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