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Readers Say Thanks

I would like to share my gratitude to the many local nonprofit and governmental organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley that contribute to the protection and preservation of our environment, to the social and emotional well-being of our people, and to the increasing viability of our local economy.

The Thompson Divide Coalition, Wilderness Workshop, Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Roaring Fork Food Policy Council, Sierra Club, Solar Energy International, Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and Aspen T.R.E.E. are just a few of the valley organizations that offer us opportunities to learn about relevant issues and topics that are tied to our air, water, and soil quality.

KDNK Community Access Public Radio, The Glenwood Center for the Arts, Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, Defiance Thrift, LIFT-UP, Glenwood Springs Community Center, Glenwood Community Garden, Glenwood Springs Farmer’s Market, the Third Street Center and Grass Roots TV, are a few organizations I can say make this valley a vibrant, fun, and healthy place to live.

If you’re living in the Roaring Fork Valley because you enjoy getting outside and taking a hike, riding a bike, playing tennis, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, flying, dancing, eating, listening to music, watching a funny film outdoors, sitting on a bench or a patch of grass and reading, then you’re in the right place.

In order for a community to thrive, its citizens need to be engaged in supporting and contributing to healthy environments, emotionally healthy individuals and families, its schools, and its governments.

The next time you have a bit of free time, thank one of the organizations above, or any other I’ve neglected to mention, and lend a hand to support them. We all have gifts to offer, and yours may make all the difference in the world to one of these fabulous organizations.

Mary Russell

Glenwood Springs

Another rodeo season has come to an end in Carbondale and, again, we had a great summer. The weather gods smiled on us all summer, until closing night when we got dumped on.

On behalf of the staff, the management and the owners of The Pour House, I’d like to thank the rodeo committee: Mike Kennedy, Melanie Cardiff, Dave Weimer, and Tom Harrington, for the hard work that they do to keep this event the success that it has become.

This is a volunteer-run operation like no other. All of the cowboys in the arena, the gatekeepers, the timers, ticket takers, parking attendants and security are volunteers. Hats off and cheers to all of you.

And to all of the cowboys and cowgirls who come from all over the Western Slope to compete every week, I’d like to say thanks for all that they bring to our little town.

I also want to thank all of the other sponsors of the Carbondale Rodeo. Without them, it can’t happen. One more thanks and that’s it, to our town of Carbondale Public Works and Recreation departments, which keep our rodeo grounds in great shape all year around for 4-H, ice skating, rodeo and much more. We live in a great place.

Skip Bell, Proprietor

The Pour House Restaurant


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