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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I want to thank my friends at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series for their gracious hospitality and warm friendship during the past nine years. Allowing me to work as their rodeo announcer since 2003, I have been witness to an amazing group of people.

From the volunteers who show up each week to support the show to the committee that guides them, the local sponsors that support the rodeo and the fun-loving cowboys and cowgirls who compete for those beautiful championship buckles, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series is the embodiment of local pride and your Western heritage.

Be proud of your rodeo, Carbondale, it truly is among the finest small town rodeos in the world, and it is because of the people that I mentioned that this rodeo will continue to grow and prosper in the future.

I wish you all the best in the years to come and I will certainly miss being a part of the show. More importantly, I will miss being a part of this wonderful community.

To my friends in the stands who have proven themselves to be world-class rodeo fans, I would like to thank you for your unbridled passion for the sport of rodeo and for your amazing support.

Thank you all once again and God bless Chris LeDoux.

Mike Land

Cheyenne, Wyo.

The Roaring Fork Young Professionals met May 14 to network and enjoy a progressive happy hour at a few local establishments. The Roaring Fork Young Professionals would like to extend their appreciation to Juicy Lucy’s, Fin’s and the Riviera.

The group began at 4:30 p.m. at Juicy Lucy’s. They surprised us with complimentary appetizers and the group enjoyed the happy hour pricing. Josh, the bartender, did a wonderful job keeping the beverages full.

The second stop was Fin’s, where Dan treated us very well, making sure no beverages were empty. Our final stop was at Riviera. The staff was so helpful and accommodating to our group where everyone dined on the well known drink and appetizer for $8. A special thank you to Abby, Eddie and Navil, who served our large group.

This was the group’s first progressive happy hour and it was very well received. We will definitely meet at these establishments again in the future. The Roaring Fork Young Professionals meet the second Monday of each month to network, support local causes, and to educate the young professionals in the valley.

Further information can be found on our website at

Sara Peuschold

Glenwood Springs

A big round of applause for the fourth-grade teachers, students, parents and community volunteers at Glenwood Springs Elementary School for creating a wonderful learning event, Rendezvous, in honor of Colorado history.

This day’s events featured experts knowledgeable in trapping, sewing, medicinal plants, native games, local history, storytelling and more. Students came in the costume of the historical figure they studied and read their Chautauqua.

One measure of a successful educational event is how long students will recall the information they learned. I would guess these students will be able to talk about characters such as John Evans, William Palmer and Owl Woman for many years to come.

A special thank you to Mrs. Olson and Mrs. Smith who, I am told, did the most work to prepare for this special day, and to Mrs. Madden and Mrs. Balis who made the best fry bread known to man.

Rebecca Ruland

Glenwood Springs

Talbott Enterprises, Inc. (Apple Tree Park) would like to thank the volunteers who helped pick up trash along County Road 335 on Saturday, May 5, from the 105 Interchange to just west of Apple Tree Park.

Thank you to volunteers Henry Hendrickson, Bill Lang, Ross Mark Talbott, Don Zordel, Bob Smith, Steve Noah and Jo Morley for picking up the trash, and thanks also to Martha Smith for preparing a great lunch for the volunteers.

Their commitment to make our community a better place to live is very much appreciated.

Ross L. Talbott, president

Ross M. Talbott and Russell L. Talbott, vice presidents

Talbott Enterprises, Inc.

New Castle

Dandelion Day 2012 was a smashing success. The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with a tour of the Clean Energy Collective solar garden in El Jebel. Also on Friday night was the Songwriter’s Showcase at Steve’s Guitars.

This year, the Dandelion Songwriters Showcase featured creative performances by Tucker Bradley, Jim Hawkins, Stacy Stein, Megan Larsen, Ellen Stapenhorse, Nelson Oldham, Paul Holsinger and Jimmy Byrne. Huge thanks to Steve Standiford for hosting the event.

Congratulations to the winners this year: The Four Little Flowers and Tiny Tim featuring Ruthie and Isabella Brown, Gracie and Jasmine Ferguson and Tim Brogdon and the Dirty Dandies with Matt Haslett, Natalie Spears and Olivia Pevec. These two groups will get to record their dandy songs at Cool Brick Studios.

The Procession of the Species Parade on Saturday morning packed Main Street with creatures real and imagined, from ravens to mermaids to a tiger princess. Local African dancers and drummers led the parade to the park. Huge thanks to Soozie Lindbloom for organizing the parade and providing masks and puppets to participants. Also, thank you to the volunteers who blocked the street to keep our paraders safe.

The music was jamming all day at Sopris Park from Slidewhistle, the Dandy Ladies and more than 10 local youth bands competing in Jazz Aspen’s Band Battle. There were food booths to please every palette, non-profit organizations, local farmers and environmentally conscious businesses selling their wares.

Thanks to CCAH for staffing the Kid’s Art Tent where youngsters painted reusable bags. Thanks to Richard Vottero for supplying drinking water and being an all around helpful guy. Thanks to our workshop leaders: Karen Walker, Laura Bartels, Brook LeVan, Stephanie Syson, Betsy McMichael and Troy.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped organize, set-up, sell beer and clean-up at this year’s Dandelion Day: Amber, Lynhaar, John, Rebecca, Shoup, Jeff, Emma, Mike, Chris, Ashley, Genevieve, Dude and David.

It was truly a Dandy Day!

Stacy Stein, Jimmy Byrne, Alyssa Reindel, Sue Gray and Candace Goodwin


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