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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The White River Forest Alliance would like to extend a thank you to everyone who attended the public dialog and forum held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Dos Gringos in Carbondale. Thanks also to Nelson Oldham and the staff of Dos Gringos who graciously kept the place open late for this forum. Over 100 wilderness advocates were present representing a wide spectrum of user groups including ranchers, the disabled community, mountain bikers, dirt bike riders, hikers, snowmobilers, 4W drivers, and cross and backcountry skiers. The forum primarily focused on what is the true definition of Wilderness, what it means to us as a community and how we can better work together and develop protocols to preserve our wild lands while still being able to continue to utilize them. Scott Fitzwilliams of the White River National Forest and Perry Will from the Colorado Department of Wildlife were on hand to answer questions pertaining to their specific organizations. Fitzwilliams spoke directly of how we can all help augment the staff of the White River National Forest in maintaining our public lands and educated us as to the process of the WRNF Travel Management Plan. Perry Will explained in detail the effect of what might happen to funding for and care of wildlife in the event of blanket closures of wilderness lands to Wilderness designation. The White River Forest Alliance is a purely volunteer, wilderness advocacy group representing the multi-user in working for protection of our public wild lands. The goal of the White River Forest Alliance is to create awareness through education, and that alternative ways of protecting public lands exist while still maintaining access and encouraging individuals to take personal responsibility in gaining a better understanding of and collaboration between user groups. We encourage the community to become educated as to what Wilderness means and the processes of what constitutes Wilderness designation. White River Forest Alliance

Sopris Elementary School’s Partners In Education (PIE) would like to acknowledge all of those people who helped make “Family Literacy & Fun Night” a great success this past Thursday. Thanks to the teachers and staff of Sopris Elementary School, Sopris students and their families were treated to fun and educational workshops, as well as dinner.The tradition of having a couple of very nice door prizes was carried on thanks to a donation of two day passes from the Glenwood Adventure Park, and a discounted snowboard from Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop. A thank you also needs to go out to McDonald’s for providing beverages for those who ate dinner.Family Literacy & Fun Night was once again a successful evening of fun and learning made possible by the hard work and support of Sopris’ school staff, volunteers, and local businesses.Vreneli DiemozSopris Elementary SchoolPartners in EducationGlenwood Springs

“A Bank with its Heart in the Right Place – Bank of Colorado.”I recently noticed this ad in the Post Independent and thought about the truth of this statement.When our family recently lost their homes/ministry school in Carrefour, Haiti and many friends and loved ones were killed, the Bank of Colorado approached us to set up an account for “Friends of Haiti Family” to help in rebuilding.Because of the generosity of the Bank of Colorado and many community members, we were able to send much needed cash directly from our community into the awaiting hands in Carrefour.This was accomplished by the recently returned team of nurses, EMTs and construction volunteers sponsored by Mountain View Church.Valley View Hospital also has “it’s heart in the right place” as they sponsored two nurses and sent necessary medical supplies.The day before our team’s departure, we received an urgent request from Carrefour for a few tire repair kits. We called Mike Sos at Alpine Tire Company and he put enough kits together to repair 300 tires. And yes, Alpine Tire Company has “it’s Heart in the right place” as these supplies were completely donated.One team is home, another will go. As we continue to gather funds to support “Friends of Haiti Family”, we wish to thank Bank of Colorado, Valley View Hospital, Alpine Tire Company and Mountain View Church for having their Hearts in the Right Place.Al and Linda StoltzfusGlenwood Springs

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