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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A quick note to let Roaring Fork Valley residents know that Blue Tent Marketing has joined a valley-wide computer recycling effort.

In partnership with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (C.O.R.E.) and with Youth Entity, formerly known as the Computers For Kids Foundation (C4K), our aim is to keep harmful elements such as lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, polyvinyl chlorides found in computers out of our valley’s landfills while simultaneously giving some older computer equipment a new lease on life.

Youth Entity’s student technicians are able to reuse about 85% percent of the computers and peripherals they receive. The unusable materials go to A-1 Electronics Recycling of Denver for safe disposal.

Keep an eye out for our Computer Recycling Trailer, which is regularly parked outside our El Jebel office (located at 218 East Valley Road, Suite 205 – across from Movieland), and will also be found at various locations throughout the valley. We will be accepting used computers and peripherals weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We’d like to thank Aspen’s C.O.R.E for providing the grant for the recycling trailer, Basalt’s A Sign In Time for providing the trailer signage at reduced cost, Carbondale’s Youth Entity for providing a productive pipeline for the computer equipment, and Rifle’s Western Slope Trailer Sales for giving us a break on the cost of the trailer. It’s great to see businesses in communities throughout our valley come together in an effort to help leave a cleaner planet to future generations.

For more information on the recycling program visit:

Chapin Lewis


(This letter originally was addressed to the Garfield County Commissioners.)

As are most property owners, I am extremely frustrated about all this news, in regards to our property assessments skyrocketing due to their being based on June of ’08 assessments.

As we all know that was at the peak of a historically inflated real estate market. Although I understand that this is the way it has “always” been done I am just not ready to lay over and accept that this tradition must be enforced, in this economy.

As the government assists banks, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, etc., etc., the people are, please pardon the expression, getting screwed once again!

I have attempted to communicate with the governor, by e-mail and fax, and have had no luck getting any response except the usual generic e-mail response of, “Thank you for contacting the governor’s office. Your opinions are very important to us. But due to the volume of contacts … yada, yada, yada!”

I believe most of us are more than willing to pay our fair share but expecting the people of Garfield County to pay 40-60% more in property assessments while most of us are trying to just stay alive and pay our current bills, while making 40-60% less income, if employed at all, it totally unacceptable.

In my communication to the governor, I asked him to immediately put a freeze on these assessments, at their past rates, and allow the real estate market time to adjust to reality.

There used to be a term … “taxation without representation!” I am asking you, our elected officials, to represent us and fight this unfair taxation. Maybe you have to ability to get a better response from the governor’s office.

Thank you for your efforts.

Sick and tired and don’t want to take it any more.

Ed Rosenberg

Glenwood Springs

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