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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Glenwood Springs Lions Club would like to thank the community and our sponsors for their great support of our Donkey Basketball game fundraiser Sunday, April 22, at Glenwood Springs High School. We would like to extend special thanks to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Valley View Hospital, Berthod Motors, Spa of the Rockies, The Hearing Aid Office, Alpine Bank, Glenwood Springs Ford-Lincoln, Dalby Wendland & Co., Roaring Fork Liquors, Bighorn Toyota, Re-Max Country Realtors, Neil-Garing Insurance, Staples Office Supply, Glenwood Insurance Agency, KMTS radio, Cable 10 Television, and Re-1 School District administrators, teachers and staff.The Lions Club would also like to acknowledge and thank all those businesses and individuals who purchased advertising, donated gifts for the drawings and helped run the game. Thanks also to the brave athletes who rode their donkeys in the true spirit of the ol’ West. We hope they had as much fun playing as we had watching and cheering for them.The Donkey Basketball Game was a huge success and will help furnish funds for the Lions Club to give back to the community. This includes providing child vision screening, adult sight services, high school scholarships and various community support projects, just as we have for over 90 years.Rob TrebeshGlenwood Springs Lions Club

Maybe it has taken the broad acknowledgement of our fragile and volatile climate and economy to really ignite the local food movement. Or maybe more people are experiencing the multiple benefits of greater connection to the land, to each other, to health – the soul-nourishment that comes from growing, consuming and supporting local food. Likely it’s all of the above.There have been many organizations and individuals whose commitment to our local food system has made the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council (RFFPC) an idea whose time has come. However, we’d like to say a big thank you to Ken Sack, the owner and visionary behind Eagle Springs Organic Farm. Mr. Sack’s financial support has made getting this labor of love off the ground possible as we await further grant funding. And his passion and partnership are priceless.Many thanks also to Steve Beckley, owner of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, for his generous contribution to the RFFPC.Grassroots efforts such as the RFFPC take a tremendous amount of time and effort, and leaps of faith, to get up and running. From community leaders agreeing to participate to precious start-up funding, every bit of support along the way makes it possible to create more local self-reliance, connection and creativity in feeding ourselves locally. And we are enormously grateful.See you at the next Local Food Meetup at 5:15 p.m. on May 16 at the Basalt Library.Gwen Garcelon and Dawne Vrabel, Co-foundersRoaring Fork Food Policy CouncilCarbondale

On behalf of the Basalt Chamber’s board and staff, I would like to thank the Fly Fishing Team USA for allowing Basalt to host the Rocky Mountain Regional Qualifiers this past weekend. There were two Team USA session records broken; one on the lake and one on the river. Randy Hanner caught 55 fish in a three-hour river session and Dan Oas caught 60 fish in a three-hour lake session, both of which are very impressive! Congratulations to medal winners Anthony Naranja-Gold Medal, Russell Miller-Silver Medal and Dan Oas-Bronze Medal. And congratulations to the top 10 who have the opportunity to compete at the nationals in Bend, Ore., in October: Robbie Wirth, Brandon Soucie, Riley Cotter, Cody Burgerhoff, Jason Beausoleil, Jason Peltack, Tim Emery, Connor Murphy, Caleb Vanwagoner and Tom Carroll.We would also like to thank all the wonderful volunteer judges and photographers that followed these world class anglers for the two-day event. We couldn’t have done it without them. And finally, thanks to Bennett Bramson from Fleisher Land & Homes, Amy Forsey from Express Yourself, Warwick Mowbray from Fryingpan Anglers, Brian Capsay from The Caddis Company, Hutch Hutchinson from Orvis, Martin Oswald from Riverside Grill, the guys at Snow Limo, and the Town of Basalt for helping with the logistics of the event.The community BBQ was a success thanks to all the volunteers, Jamie Theriot from Smoke Modern BBQ, the guys at Aspen Brewing Company, and the rockin’ sounds from Poser.We are proud to showcase our two gold medal waters and are looking forward to hosting the nationals here in Basalt in 2013. We hope everyone can come out and discover Basalt this summer.Heather Smith, President & CEOBasalt Chamber of CommerceBasalt

On behalf of the Basalt High School golf team, a combined team consisting of players from Basalt, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs high schools, we extend our highest gratitude to the Glenwood Springs Men’s Golf Club.On Thursday, May 3, Jeff Franke and Pat English at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course, “The Hill,” presented me on behalf of the high school golf team with a donation check of $500 to offset expenses for our upcoming fall season. It is generous contributions from organizations such as these that keep our programs going and our kids pointed in the right direction.Thanks again to the Glenwood Springs Men’s Golf Club.Alvin Rakowski, Head Golf CoachBasalt High SchoolCarbondale

The Palm family would like to thank every single individual who participated in any way in the fundraiser yard sale for Jayden Palm’s expenses. From the early-bird donators who called right away to the people bringing us stuff the day of the yard sale, all of you made this possible. Without them we could of never had enough stuff to attract enough people. Thank you! Also thanks to everybody who came to purchase things. We had your regular yard salers who had no clue, and people who came just for the fundraiser. We even had a lady drive all the way from Basalt to donate things and shop. Hopefully she had other business here in Rifle.Also we can’t forget the very caring little children, some of whom came over every day and wanted to help out so badly for Jayden. With all of their support we surpassed our $1,000 goal, and collected more than 100 signatures on a card for Jayden. It is certainly relieving to see such humanity in the community, and we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We pray God will bless each individual 10-fold. This was very humbling, as we are not ones to ask for handouts. We have rarely accepted any sort of help or assistance. We are firm believers you must work for and earn everything in life. So thank you again, and God bless all of you.Jayden Palm Caitlin and Scott PalmRifle

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