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Readers Say Thanks

We wish to thank the Basalt Regional Library for its sponsorship of the Intercultural Community Builders Facilitator Certification Workshop this past weekend. Based in Fort Collins, ICB is a non-profit organization committed to building communities where people from all cultural backgrounds feel welcomed, included, encouraged, supported and empowered to reach their full potential.

This training is a part of the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities movement. This past March, Basalt became the second global Compassionate City. Currently there are six confirmed cities or regions and 66 candidate cities or regions making a commitment to “Always treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.”

Our Compassionate Basalt team has identified intercultural understanding as a value we want to encourage and the ICB workshops as a means to develop the necessary leadership skills.

Utilizing the library’s beautiful new community room, ICB executive director Carol Miller and certified facilitator Tasha Sjoholm led six adults from the Basalt community through a rigorous three-day workshop.

This initial event provided tools for assessing work environments, building intercultural teams, and working with culturally diverse populations. It was an inspiring and eye-opening experience for everyone involved.

There will be another facilitator certification workshop in Basalt on March 30-31, 2012, as well as a later advanced facilitator training.

These events are designed for educators, non-profit volunteers, government employees, business leaders, and concerned community members. Due to the generosity of ICB supporters, there are scholarships available so that a broad cross-section of each community may participate.

We encourage anyone interested to contact Carol Miller via the ICB website: Continuing education credit is available through Colorado State University.

Again, our sincere thanks to the Basalt Regional Library – and especially Kristen Becker and Emily Fahey – for making this important training event possible.

Kaitlyn Archambault

Kitty Bearden

Francisco Curiel

Marie Gasau

Denise Tomaskovic

Adriana Torres


I would like to offer a special thank you to everyone who participated in The Salvation Army Yard Sale.

Community attendance, participation and support were outstanding. Treasures were found, bargains galore were snapped up and free books for children were given out.

All of this to help The Salvation Army to “Do The Most Good” for our neighbors and friends in the Roaring Fork Valley to Parachute.

Thank you everyone who donated items, bought items, helped set up and clean up. Thank you for stopping by and finding those “treasures” that you just had to buy and take home.

Sincere gratitude to Bob Pattillo of Pattillo Associates Engineers, structural consultants, Brandy Akin of Glenwood Shirt Company, specializing in the art of embroidery and Donald Tapp of Tapp and Associates, Certified Public Accountants for the use of their front yards to set up racks and tables for the event.

Sandi Anderson

Glenwood Springs

The city of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Community Center for our annual Spooktacular Halloween Carnival on Monday, Oct. 31.

To produce the Spooktacular, the Parks and Rec Department joined forces with the Glenwood Springs High School boys’ swim team, as well as other volunteers from around the community.

Special thanks goes out to our title sponsors Bighorn Toyota and Swire Coca-Cola USA for making this event possible. Also, thank you to our other community sponsors, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Zheng Asian Bistro, Glenwood Caverns and Subway for donating of prizes and other goodies.

Once again thanks to all of our participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this event a huge success. We hope to see you all again next year.

Mary Wilch, Recreation Coordinator

Glenwood Springs Community Center

On behalf of the Carbondale office of LIFT-UP, I would like to publicly thank the gracious people from Mason Morse Realty. What a great food drive they did at the City Market here. They collected over 70 bags of food and $400 in cash donations.

Also thanks to those who donated. You know who you are, and we are very grateful.

Debi Boyle, coordinator

Carbondale LIFT-UP

Please help the Oropeza-Bach family

Please stop by Alpine or Wells Fargo banks to donate to the Travis Oropeza Fund to help his family in their time of loss. All donations big and small will be appreciated.

Travis Oropeza was loved by all who knew him. All too soon he was taken from us, leaving behind his wife, Karly Bach, son Travis and daughters Julie and Naddalie.

Please also keep my friend Karly in your prayers. No woman should have to lose her husband at a young age.

Jennifer Vogt


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