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Readers Say Thanks

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Thanks to Amanda Charles for her insightful article of Sept. 4 in The Aspen Times, “Down and dirty: Motorized users step up environmental work,” regarding the culture of motorized use in the Roaring Valley and the concerted efforts this group is making to maintain and protect areas left open to m motorized use in the White River National Forest and surrounding areas.The Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Alliance is a group of dirt bike riders advocating responsible motorized trail use and stewardship in our valley. We had a great turnout for our trail work day on Basalt Mountain. Thirty-plus dirt bike riders and volunteers showed up to rebuild a popular creek crossing and revitalize other areas of multi-use trail.We would not have accomplished as much as we did without the direction of David Hamilton and David DiPietro of the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers utilizing their expertise and tools to work on problematic areas. All of us realized the satisfaction and sense of good will of working together with the RFOV, Forest Service, and other user groups to preserve and protect our public lands.We feel this project has instigated a sense of personal responsibility towards taking care of our trails and will offer more opportunity in the future of working toward keeping these trails open, as well as the possibility of adding more motorized routes to the White River National Forest inventory. In addition, developing partnerships with other user groups will help to instigate an understanding and tolerance between all users. We look forward to many opportunities such as this. Oct. 2 will be our second workday partnering directly with White River trail crews.In addition to the RFOV and all the volunteers, we would like to extend a big thanks to Jon Thompson and Blake from the Forest Service; Gabe Eakins of White Knuckle Racing who contributed food and beverages; Nelson Oldham of Dos Gringos for getting us going with coffee and pastries; Kathy Denman from KTM of Aspen; and finally, the good showing of support from the Rocky Mountain Sport Riders in the Eagle/Vail area.Traci Schalow and Mike ThuillierColorado Backcountry Trail Riders AllianceCarbondale

On Sept. 8, the Burning Mountain Miners Monument was moved to a final resting place at the New Castle Highland Cemetery. The timing for this move is fitting as it was the weekend of the Burning Mountain Days Festival. This year the festival featured the first annual ghost walk at the cemetery on Sept. 9. The Miners Memorial Monument was in place to be a centerpiece of the ghost walk, along with some prominent guest ghosts laid to rest over the years at Highland Cemetery. The New Castle Historical Society would like to give special thanks to PSI Crane & Rigging for generously donating the personnel and equipment needed to move the Miners Monument from Alpine Bank to the cemetery. Without the support of our local businesses and the people of the community, memorable moments making history could never be accomplished. For that we all thank you very much.Bill PughNew Castle Historical Society

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