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Kudos for Hanging Lake, Strawberry Days, the freestanding GSPI

As a community, we have three neat things to crow about.

Our beloved Hanging Lake has now been designated as a National Natural Landmark, we have just hosted a highly successful Strawberry Days, and our freestanding newspaper is being well-received by readers and advertisers.

So allow us to crow a bit more.

Hanging Lake: The news about Hanging Lake gushed out a week ago, when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar – a Colorado native with a deep affection for Glenwood Canyon – added Hanging Lake and five other areas to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks.

Hanging Lake is an icon for our community, a place of delicate natural beauty that is truly deserving of this listing. Its mossy waterfalls, fallen logs and clear, turquoise waters are at once familiar and inspiring.

The designation doesn’t change the present management by the U.S. Forest Service. It does highlight the need to ensure that the 50,000 to 60,000 people who hike the trail each year don’t degrade this beautiful place.

Everyone who visits should take only photos, leave only footprints, refrain from short-cutting and littering, leave all dogs behind, and drop a few bucks in the donation pipe at the trailhead. Hanging Lake must be treated with the same respect as any other national landmark.

Strawberry Days: This past weekend, our community hosted a very successful Strawberry Days Festival. It drew what may have been a record crowd on Saturday and strong numbers on Sunday for a peaceful, safe and clean family event. (Friday evening had its weather challenges with a downpour and lightning, but the folks who braved the weather had a great time.)

It wasn’t just the big turnout that made this year’s event so much fun.

The entertainment lineup included a strong dose of our valley’s best local bands, giving locals and visitors a chance to enjoy back-to-back performances by our talented friends and neighbors.

Two new events, the Glenwood Idol contest and the Strawberry Princesses, gave us an added measure of local flair. They drew in dozens of locals to directly participate in Strawberry Days, giving them a chance to strut their stuff and celebrate their time to shine.

And a more aggressive effort to make the event green, recycling more and throwing away less, marked a good step forward.

Post Independent: Finally, our own bit of crowing is for this very paper you are reading, a free-standing daily paper serving Garfield County, now separated from our sister paper, The Aspen Times. Things are back as they should be, with each community having its own newspaper.

We’ve received many words of appreciation from readers, and advertisers are seeing the value and flocking in. We appreciate this strong support and will work to provide you a newspaper that is an essential part of your daily life.

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