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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We would like to thank Brenden Theaters of Rifle and especially Brent and Alex for allowing the entire first grade of Wamsley Elementary come and learn about the theater and how it works.

Thanks for making this part of our field trip so much fun. We are glad to have Brenden Theaters in our community.

Diane Cotner, Kaitlyn Snead and Billie Jo Wood

The Wamsley Elementary First Grade Team


Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day. These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted to the American Cancer Society – a part of the Roaring Fork Valley for many years – critically important.

Local volunteers are a huge part of a nationwide effort to save lives from cancer, but additional people are needed for the progress to continue. Plans are under way for the society’s annual fundraiser, Relay For Life, which will be held Aug. 11-12 at Two Rivers Park.

The money raised from the relay enables the American Cancer Society to deliver on its mission of helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back against the disease.

Relay provides the society with money to support vital, cutting-edge cancer research and provides cancer patients with free wigs, transportation to treatment, free hotel rooms, etc. They also publish lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control, and work to develop a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

Now is the time for individuals, families, community groups, corporations and small businesses to commit their Relay For Life team participation. Join us at this event to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost, fight back against the disease, and help the American Cancer Society realize its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

To sign up, participate or learn how you may volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345, visit or

Dylan Lewis, volunteer

Roaring Fork Valley Relay for Life


A short time ago my husband was admitted to Valley View hospital with a life threatening illness. He didn’t make it and passed away at Valley View after being hospitalized for eight days. I am writing because I want everyone to be aware of what a great hospital we have here in Glenwood Springs.

I stayed in the hospital with my husband for the eight days, both in the critical and acute care units. I cannot say enough good things about the staff in both units. Both the nurses and the staff doctors were wonderful to my husband and to me. The nurses, one and all, brought a smile to the room as they cared for him – and they really cared. They are dedicated professionals and all deserve our recognition for all they give of themselves each and every day.

One day I was crying coming up in the elevator, and this wonderful lady with a hospital badge rode up to acute care with me and sat with me until I pulled myself together. She works in human relations. This is an example of what a great and caring staff our hospital has.

My thanks to the chaplain who was always there for me during these difficult days. A special thanks to Drs. Rolly Kenard, Suzanne York, David Miller and especially Christian Mauer. The care these doctors gave my husband was the best he could possible have received anywhere in the country.

We are a lucky community to have the terrific medical care offered at Valley View Hospital by its noble medical staff. Again, my thanks to all of you at Valley View for making my husband’s last days as comfortable as possible and for your selfless service to our community.

Karen Fiolkoski

Glenwood Springs

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