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The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities thanks all who helped on the Mid Winter Mountain Fair February 14. The Carbondale Rec Center was transformed into a great dance party venue. Elemenopee and Bumpus kept the floor jumping and The Bubble provided lots of conversation and lounging. A special thanks goes to: Main Street Liquors, Liquid and Lux, Seth Neacamp, the town of Carbondale, KDNK, Mac and Monk, New Belgium Beer, Halcyon Sound and Lights who put on a fantastic light show, KSPN, Dos Gringos, Todd and Holly Gresset and all the volunteers who made the Mountain Fair spirit seep into our winter bones.It is important to remember a great way to keep our nonprofits afloat in these economic times is to support their events. If everybody gives a little, our community organizations stay strong plus a good time will be had. CCAH provides arts programming in our schools, supports artists through the CCAH Gallery Space on Main Street, as well as created First Fridays and The Valley Visual Art Show. Other CCAH gems include The Carbondale Mountain Fair, The Summer of Music free concert series and a continuing Humanities series. Coming up in March is the first Green Is the new Black fashion extravaganza. We hope to see you there!Ro Mead, Amy Kimberly and Holly GressetCarbondale

On behalf of the Roaring Fork Autism Network, we would like to thank the cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and Aspen Meadows Resort for their assistance in bringing the Colorado Autism Commission to our valley to hear testimony regarding the needs of children and adults on the autism spectrum.The Colorado Autism Commission has been tasked by Governor Bill Ritter and Senate Bill 163 t to examine gaps in services for children and adults on the autism spectrum and devise a 10-year state strategy by October 1, 2009. Testimony taken at the Aspen and Glenwood locations will be used to document how the needs of rural and mountain communities differ from that of the front range, and to help craft a ten-year strategy into one which fairly addresses the diverse geographic needs of all Coloradans on the spectrum.The Roaring Fork Autism Network, a parents support group, now has over 40 families in the region with members on the spectrum. The generous support of meeting space and lodging for the commissioners allowed them to hear two days of direct testimony from parents, self-advocates, educators, business owners and professionals about the state of autism in the mountains. We are deeply thankful to the three commissioners who made the effort to include our voices, and we also would like to thank everyone who appeared to testify.For those unable to testify in person, you are still highly encouraged to do so in writing online at http://www.coloradoautismcommission.org.Allison Johnson and Erin Rigney, foundersRoaring Fork Autism Network

Thank you very much to these wonderful businesses and individuals for their donations of cash and door prizes for the Rifle Snowmobile Club’s 16th Annual Poker Run held Feb. 15, 2009.From Rifle: Action Shop Services; Advanced Auto & Truck Repair; Alpine Bank; American National Bank; B & B Plumbing; Base Camp Caf; Canyon Insurance Agency; Carleton Hoffmeister; Casey Concrete; Chelewski Pipe; Choice Liquors; Citizen Telegram; City Market; Classic Auto Body; Coulter Lake Guest Ranch; Creek Bend Bistro; Cruise Control; CSA & Yamaha; Diana Grant; Domino’s; Elmer Glass; Fiesta Guadalajara; Garfield Steel; GMCO; High Country Cabin; Hoffmeister Painting; Jean’s Printing; John’s Liquors; Karylett Kollectibles; Kentucky Fried Chicken; Kum & Go Hot Stuff Pizza; Miller’s Dry Goods; Mountain Man Fruits & Nuts; NAPA; Pro Style; Radio Shack; Ranch House Mercantile; Rifle Insurance Agency; Rifle Performance Motorsports; Rifle Snowmobile Club; Sammy’s Restaurant; Savage Land Co.; Shale Country Liquors; Soley Skin; Sonic Drive In; Stampfel Construction; Stereo Unlimited; Stuver, LeMoine & Clifton PC; Swallow Oil Co.; Timberline Sporting Goods; Walmart; Wells Fargo; Western Slope Trailer Sales; WingNutz; Yvonne Chambers. From Silt: 220 Car Wash; A.I.S., Burning Mountains Fire District; CES; Columbine Liquors; Country Florist; European Dirt; Garfield County Radiator; Gold Ring Pawn; Hy-Way Feed & Ranch Supply; Jim Yoast; JM Adventure Rentals; K & K Lumber; Master Petroleum; Mike & Wendy Mello; Miner’s Claim Restaurant; Mountain Refrigeration; Pizza Pro; RBW Automotive; Sharon Yoast; Silt Discount Liquors; Silt Sand & Gravel; Sled Shed; Steffie’s Place; Studio Six Salon; Sweet Pea Gardens; Tim’s Tools; Whimsical Wagon. From New Castle: Elk Creek Mining Co.; Elmer Suds; Hogback Pizza; Mr. T’s Hardware; New Castle Diner; New Castle Fitness Center; Burning Mountain Bowl; Patti’s Coffee House; Trusfab; Wash-By-U. From Glenwood: Aspen Valley Harley Davidson; Coal Ridge Mechanical; Duffy’s Garage;Factory Surplus; Hi Point Motorsports; Hot Springs Lodge and Pool; Jimmy’s 66; Mountain Pest Control; Mountain Power Sports; National Transmission; Rivers Restaurant; Sled Style; Village Inn. From Carbondale: City Market; M.G. Sports; Roaring Fork Co-op. From Basalt: Summit Paint. From Parachute: Old Mountain Gift & Jewelry, White Buffalo Restaurant.Gail MartinRifle Snowmobile Club


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