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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A workshop on energy efficiency in hotels and lodges will be presented from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, and Thursday, Nov. 17, at Glenwood Suites, 2625 Gilstrap Court, Glenwood Springs.

On Nov. 10, local and national experts will host a discussion on the role of sustainability within the hospitality and tourism industry and present national and statewide examples of how green practices can enhance guests’ experience and help set a business apart.

On Nov. 17, experts will discuss practical energy and cost-saving strategies applicable to local resorts and lodges. Engineers and energy coaches will help lodge owners identify specific energy efficiency strategies, first steps, and financing opportunities to reduce operational costs while maintaining a high quality guest experience.

The workshop is presented by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region), the Governor’s Energy Office, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Glenwood Suites, Schmueser Gordon Meyer, and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings program in partnership with regional economic development organizations and chambers of commerce.

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The Glenwood Springs Branch Library currently has on display nonfiction writings from the third-grade classes of Glenwood Springs Elementary. Each individual class will have their work displayed for one week and also have a class notebook of stories available. Writings from GSES will be displayed through Nov. 18. For more information call 945-5958.

An effort is under way to help a resident and local Iraqi war veteran who spent 28 months in Iraq and who suffers the effects not only of the war, but the lingering pain from a head injury caused by an IED explosion.

Requested is cards and letters, gift certificates, other tokens of love to be delivered to him and his five children on Nov. 19.

Call 945-6855 for details.

Attention all artisans, crafters, cooks and farmers. Two new markets are slated for this fall in the valley. Artisan Winter Market is an indoor market featuring live music, creative arts, unique gifts, and foods that are fresh, local, organic or fantastic. Booth fee is $30 before the deadline, and quality vendors are invited to participate in the markets on Nov. 26 in Basalt and Dec. 10 in Glenwood Springs.

The Pregnancy Resource Center, a local nonprofit, is hosting the events and will offer lunches as well as have a booth selling beautiful hand blown glass ornaments, candles, cookies, cranberry bread and more. This is also a great opportunity for artisans and other nonprofit organizations to have a booth and sell one of-a-kind items during the holiday season.

For a vendor application or more information contact Jan at 948-5056, email or visit

YouthEntity received an $11,000 grant from El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council on Nov. 3. The funds will support the organization’s efforts to prepare the next generation for success in careers and life through the cultivation of 21st-century skills, which include communication, critical thinking, and creativity. The grant is specifically for the renovation of a kitchen facility and to purchase materials for the “I am Financial Knowledge” program.

The award recipients were recommended for grants by El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council, an advisory board of community leaders representing seven counties in northwest Colorado. The council annually recommends up to $200,000 in grants to trustees of Colorado Springs-based El Pomar.

Locals are invited to thank the most noteworthy fellow citizen of 2011 through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Citizen of the Year Award.

The award is intended to honor an individual (or in particular instances a married couple) who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community receives notable benefits and becomes a better place to live and work.

All nominees should be involved in active civic participation in the areas of health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvements, economic development, or community based organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the community.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community and are encouraged from all clubs and organizations. Nominees will be judged in all categories on the basis of community involvement and leadership. The winning citizen of 2011 will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Ball and Auction scheduled for Jan. 28, 2011.

Nomination forms are posted on the chamber website at and must be submitted by Dec. 1. For more information, call the chamber at (970) 945-6589.

Medicare open enrollment is ongoing until Dec. 7. It’s time to compare plans to make sure you have the right health and prescription drug coverage, stay with your current plan if you’re happy with it, or look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality and lower cost.

Call High Country RSVP to schedule an appointment with one of their counselors. This free service can help seniors and their families navigate the Medicare D system to select a Prescription Drug Plan for 2012.

Every senior who has a Medicare D Prescription Drug Plan should have their current plan assessed because costs and coverage have changed on all plans. This will allow you to make a wise choice that will best meet your individual needs.

Call 970-384-8744. Leave your name (please spell), phone number and ZIP code, and a volunteer will contact you.

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