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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Safety is important. Even when every precaution is taken, accidents do happen.

I would like to give my sincerest thanks for the fine job that the Marble Volunteer Fire Department, the Carbondale Fire Department, and Forest Service volunteer John Rameras did rescuing our employee Kelly Wood when she broke her leg on Sheep Mountain while patrolling on an ATV.

Kelly was coming down a steep hill, hit a rock and was thrown off balance. The machine rolled, crushing her leg. The area of the accident was in a dead radio zone, and her patrol partner went for help. She had to wait more than three hours for help to arrive.

The Marble and Carbondale fire departments acted in a quick professional manner and got Kelly out of a dangerous situation on a steep isolated road. The Marble Hub staff was also instrumental in assisting with the response, as well as some motorcyclists.

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On behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, I would like to again thank the outstanding job that these public servants and volunteers did in responding to this and other emergency situations. Kelly’s surgery went well, and she’ll be doing office work for a while.

Scott Snelson

White River National Forest,

Sopris District Ranger


On Sunday, Aug. 7, the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team completed the Denver Tri for the Cure. We had a safe and successful season due to the generosity of so many people and organizations.

We thank all our assistant coaches who used their skills to take a very frightened group of women and turn them into well-trained triathletes. Thank you to swim coaches Kathy Westley, Mary Jay, Tesia Zuba, Jim VanMeter and to bike and run/walk coaches Carol McCurry, Heidi Halladay, Katie Soden and Adriana Ayala-Hire. Thank you to Jamie Darien and Maureen Nuckols who volunteered many hours to fill the gaps when needed.

We thank the Hot Springs Athletic Club and Pool for our lap lanes and Corinne at the Hot Springs Pool Gift Shop for sponsoring our triathlon duffle bags; Brion Aftor, owner of Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale, and Jacque McMillan, owner of Sunshine Travel in Glenwood Springs, co-sponsored our uniform tops, while Dalby Wendland and Co. sponsored our travel T-shirts.

Stacey and her crew at the Glenwood Community Center were wonderful as they opened the doors at dawn-thirty every Wednesday for us. Glenwood Medical Associates was more than generous by providing the use of their lobby for our team meetings.

Special thanks go to Paul Salmen, Rodney Prow, JD George, Mike Piper and all the other partners who brought boats and ropes and helped us with the swim over the summer.

We were able to give full scholarships this year to several members through donations by Wirth and Weiss Interior Designs and alumna Barbara Keller. Generous donations from alumni team members and our Winter Auction also provided extras for folks in need on the team.

Thank you to the families of the Tri women who may have had less time with their moms or wives or partners during the summer. But know that life, like a triathlon, is a team sport, and it has taken all of us to get our team across the finish line. Thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged our team.

Nancy Reinisch and Judy Haynes

Glenwood Springs

Thank you to St. Stephen’s and everyone at the Diversity Festival last Saturday who helped us search for our missing little boy.

As anyone who has lost a child well knows, it is a terrifying experience. (He was hiding at the top of the inflatable slide.) We also greatly appreciated the police department’s prompt response in sending an officer to the park to assist.

We feel very fortunate to live where there is such a wonderful community of togetherness and family.

Seth and Jill Kingston

Glenwood Springs

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