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Roaring Fork Roller Derby League and the Down Valley Vixens would like to thank everyone who came out on Sept. 25 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center for our Inaugural Brawl. We had around 250 fans who came out to watch us battle against the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls. Because of you, we raised $394 in cash and around 220 cans and non perishable food for LIFT-UP.Thank you again, family, friends and community. We would also like to thank the following for their support: Glenwood Springs Community Center, Glenwood Springs High School Percussion Group, Elks Lodge 2286, New Castle Recreation Department, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Mike Powell of LIFT-UP, KMTS, Jeannine Ford Artaz and Channel 10, 10th Mountain Roller Dolls and their referees, Tanner the Grand Junction ref, The Bayou for our after party, and all the many other volunteers who helped with front door, announcing and just cheering us on. We apologize if we missed anyone and hope that you will all be there again for our next one.Skate On!Roaring Fork Roller Derby LeagueKathy YostNew Castle

I am 74 years old. My Forerunner is 10 years old. I would not have survived last Friday, Sept. 23, without help, advice and humor from the following:Grand River Hospital: two terrific front desk personnel, one interested nurse and several workers.B & N Performance and Transmission in Rifle and Keith, who was willing to come to my aid and then when the problem was solved and I canceled, was simply happy for me. Bighorn Toyota service department, and the wonderful guy who patiently talked me through the problem.I made it to Delta and my 55th reunion. Life is good. Pass it on each day. Judy BeattieNew Castle

This past weekend, the Roaring Fork Valley hosted the ninth annual Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This great event, which this year raised more than $70,000 to “Catch a Cure,” owes its success to many local businesses as well as individuals. A special thank-you goes out to European Caterers, Louis’ Swift Bakery, Saxy’s Cafe, The Roaring Fork Club, Mountain Chalet, Orrison Distributing, Alpine Angling, Taylor Creek Fly Shop, and the great folks at the Riverside Grill. Also many thanks to the incredible fishing guides who donated their time and effort to this event: Aaron Colcott, Jason Phillips, Kyle Holt, Gifford Maytham, Jeremy Stott, Chris Kish, Mike Thomas, Ry Neiley, Taylor Logsdon, Lincoln Neiley, Tim Robinson, Tripp Dobson, Josh Lively, Jason Peltac, Tony Fotopulos, Pete Mott, Will Sands, and Dustin Harcourt. Thanks guys, you help make a difference!Tim HengBasalt



Despite my husband’s recent major joint surgery, my back and neck problems, and the fact that we are no longer youngsters, we decided to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and go “leaf peeping” on the Flat Tops on Sept. 24.Thirty-five miles north of New Castle, and who knows how far away from our AAA roadside assistance, we heard the horrible noise of a flat tire. Luckily there was a side road nearby where we could pull over safely and try to decide how we would get home. We unpacked the electronic compressor and started pumping. Just then a Jeep driven by Frank and Lois Sampson drove up behind us and offered assistance. Frank, the operations manager of the White River Electric Association in Meeker, had our tire changed quickly and expertly. Upon hauling the flat tire into our trunk, we all realized that from the size of the gash in the tire, we could have pumped until next year, and it would still have been flat.Our news is full of man’s inhumanity to man. What a blessing to encounter Lois and Frank and realize that good Samaritans still exist.Tillie and Rolly FischerGlenwood Springs

A heartfelt thank-you to families and community that supported the Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation Carnival last Sept. 25 at Carbondale Middle School. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful fall weather, laughter and squeals of delight, while supporting community, schools and kids. Celebrating students and their achievement, vibrancy and diversity was an affirmation of what a wonderful valley we live in. The volunteer parents and teachers who gave so freely of their time are especially appreciated. Our “village” is as unique as each child. Thank you for your support, one and all.D. AnsonGlenwood Springs



I would like to take a minute to thank a few people who helped us when the water main in our building broke. We appreciate the quick and very helpful response from the city of Glenwood Springs, police, fire and water departments. The water main broke at 1:15 a.m. and the response was immediate. I am also speaking for my neighbors. Thank you.Also would like to thank Crystal Property Management Co. for all its help.There is also one very special thanks to the people of The Orchard Life Church in Carbondale for seeing our need and helping us with a very generous gift. It is so appreciated. We where overwhelmed by the show of unconditional love and care.James DowningGlenwood Springs


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