Virgili deserves support
The character assassination of Marianne Virgili, longtime president of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, by disgruntled ex-employees, is appalling. Equally appalling is that the mayor, the Post Independent, and city manager have bought these false claims and are joining in the cabal.
Marianne Virgili has taken the GSCRA from the days of cronyism-golfing buddies mentality to the professional level that has brought the GSCRA national attention and awards.
I have known Marianne since she came to the chamber as special events chairman and I was board chairman. I have watched her mold and grow this chamber through diligence, intelligence, hard work and dedication for the good of Glenwood Springs. She expects her staff to perform similarly. It would not be the first time that employees have taken their own lack of success and turned on their supervisor. Et tu, Brute?
Given this history of service, were there problems, could they have not been addressed with a modicum of decency and respect, instead of the character assassination in the Post Independent articles? How did you know that the referenced letter even existed, unless one of the conspirators brought it to your attention? An old applicable Chinese saying states: “Where there is a will to condemn, there is evidence.”
The chamber board is represented by statements from Martha Cochran, Manette Anderson and Karen Christner, all of whom have impeccable reputations. Where are the statements from the chairman of the chamber board, Fred Wall? The buck stops at that position. I know.
Perhaps Fred prefers a low profile, since he wears conflicting hats ” both chairman of the GSCRA, whose mission is the support of businesses, and the top employee of the Re-1 School Board, an organization that is destroying businesses in Glenwood. Speak up, Fred, and support Marianne as she richly deserves.
Matilda W. Fischer
Thanks to the hard work of some 60 volunteers on National Public Lands Day, the Colorow Trail north of New Castle is now finished and entirely open to public use. Local citizens from Rifle to Aspen gathered on Saturday, Sept. 24, to complete the trail through Bureau of Land Management land. Including an informal trailhead-to-trailhead connection through Town of New Castle property, the trail now creates a more than 3-mile loop that extends to a great overlook of New Castle and the Colorado River Valley.
The project was completed during three years of large and small work days by volunteer labor organized through the valley’s terrific nonprofit Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, which celebrates its 10th project season this year. The trail was created through a collaboration with RFOV, the Town of New Castle and the BLM office in Glenwood Springs.
This year’s work day was sponsored through donations, gift certificates and prizes by several dozen supportive local individuals and businesses. The New Castle Lions Club supplied dinner for the trail volunteers. Major financial contributors included the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation, Colorado State Trails Program and Village Homes.
The trail will be co-managed by the BLM and Town of New Castle, and organizers will work to establish a regular group of local citizens to adopt the trail for future maintenance needs.
Suzie Romig and the Colorow Trail project team
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