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The American Cancer Society has been an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer as well as life-saving cancer information to the community. We continue our mission of eliminating cancer thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a community event in every sense of the word. It is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember those lost and empower everyone to fight back. Being a part of Relay For Life means being a part of a national grassroots movement to end cancer. Being a Relay For Life volunteer means making life better for cancer survivors, patients and their families.

But we are faced with a critical shortage of volunteer leaders. With the challenges of our day-to-day demands, time has become a premium and many people are finding it more difficult to participate in community service. It is because of the volunteers who preceded us, however, that certain types of cancer are now highly treatable or even curable. With more help, we will continue to win the war.

The American Cancer Society needs your help now. Plans are under way for the sixth annual Relay For Life fundraiser, held at the Carbondale school track on Aug. 7 to the morning of Aug. 8, to support cutting-edge cancer research, help provide free transportation to hospitals, help prevent youth smoking, publish lifesaving literature, and develop a new generation of weapons to fight cancer.

Now is the time for individuals, families, organizations, schools, religious groups, corporations and small businesses to build a team and join our fight to reduce the burden of cancer across America. Relay For Life can be the site of a company picnic or family gathering while supporting a great cause.

To sign up to participate or learn how you can volunteer for other patient services, call Betty at 704-9963 or call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit or

Betty Bradley

2009 Team Chair

Relay For Life of the Roaring Fork Valley

This president is merely going through the motions of acting like he knows what he’s doing. At no time in history has a president gone about running the country like he is. Either knowingly or unknowingly he is running this country down the tubes at an accelerated rate.

Is this the hope and change you people wanted when you voted for this political hack? When are the people that voted for this guy going to realize what they really did with their vote?

You cannot spend your way out of a recession. Look how he keeps ramming these programs and policies down our throats by scaring people into believing that this is a do-or-die situation.

He is going to raise taxes; there is no way to pay for all this spending without him not raising taxes. Do you like your pre-tax benefit on your 401k and health care? Well, they are talking about taxing both of them to recover some revenue.

Look what happened with the car companies. It was illegal and unconstitutional and should have never happened. The president doesn’t have the power to do that, but with the help of federal bankruptcy judges he got it accomplished.

He has to stop blaming his predecessor. Also he’s been in office six months and the unemployment rate is his, the massive spending is his, we can’t just keep printing money. At some time we are going to have inflation and then deflation.

He keeps saying he inherited this mess. Some parts yes but not all. He has doubled down on a lot of them.

Do you want to know what he inherited? It was to uphold the Constitution, not remake it. Obama inherited greatness of the country, freedom, liberty, justice, capitalism. This is the greatest nation in the world, and he is changing it at a fast pace. This man has to be stopped before it’s too late; if he gets national health care, we are done.

Remember it’s not what he says but how he says it. At some point he will be held accountable.

Curt Hanson


Mountain Valley Developmental Services (MVDS) is in need of a half-acre of land on which to place an existing building for a day program facility. This land should be located between Minturn and Wolcott. The building will serve as a location for MVDS meetings, day program activities and employment program training. Additionally, MVDS will offer this space to the community for evening and weekend use. We would gladly consider partnering with another local nonprofit organization to share the space.

The land donated would be a great benefit to the community as a space in which to serve the developmentally disabled and as a meeting and activity space. Further, this land would be a tax write-off for the donor for 2009. Property values are high based on the IRS tax value. MVDS will maintain the land and the building, adding landscaping and other aesthetically appropriate measures.

The mission of Mountain Valley Developmental Services is to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities; enhance their ability to live, learn and work in an independent and inclusive manner; and to educate the community about their contributions and capabilities.

Sheila Mauer

MVDS Development director

Love the new look, and the changes you’ve made are great. All except one thing.

Why would you eliminate Garfield from the comic strips? Please bring him back.

Chandra Mortensen


Don’t you have a clue about the culture of this valley? Catherine Store does not divide the Roaring Fork Valley population, as indicated by the elimination of the Aspen Times from downvalley distribution. We are one valley with many community, news and consumer interests shared by people throughout the area.

It was bad enough that for the past many years the Post Independent never put sufficient numbers of papers in the news stands in Carbondale, despite my numerous calls saying they ran out by mid-morning. Now the big newspaper conglomerate has totally pulled The Aspen Times from stands downvalley past Catherine Store and hasn’t even bothered to increase the numbers of Post Independents to compensate.

Bravo for the independent Aspen Daily News whose editor and publisher recognize the inter-relatedness of our valley’s populations. And while I’m at it, kudos to the Sopris Sun for so quickly and beautifully picking up Carbondale’s need for a local newspaper after the big boys shut down The Valley Journal a few months ago. Let’s hear it for independent home-grown businesses!

Laurie Loeb


Is the rumor true? A U.S. Forest Service worker told me that the concrete boat ramp at the Grizzly Creek put-in/take-out will be closing next weekend. The USFS will put a metal post in to block trailers from coming down the ramp. Of course the stairs adjacent to the ramp will still be in use, but parties with boat trailers will be unable to access the river.

This is truly disappointing to private boaters who use this public resource. Yes, the Grizzly launch ramp is a popular place for commercial trips, but don’t sell out to the commercial outfitters in closing the ramp. This is a public use access point for commercial and private boaters alike, and despite the river put-in and take-out havoc – we all have to get along and use the ramp together. Why would you construct a perfectly good concrete boat ramp and block it off?

I hope someone from the White River National Forest can give a detailed rationale why they’re closing the boat ramp.

Thank you,

John Mount

Glenwood Springs

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