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On Nov. 20, a group of local yoga instructors and members of the Roaring Fork Valley community gathered at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel for an event called One Love Colorado. They did 108 Sun Salutations in an act of Seva, or selfless service and raised almost $6,000 for Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM), a non-profit organization that helps communities in crisis around the world.Participants in the event each raised $108-plus and followed 12 local yoga instructors through 108 Sun Salutations. This was no easy task (a Sun Salutation is a series of yoga postures linked together with the breath), but even many of the very newest yoga students rose to the occasion. The yoga practice was followed by great food, live music and a silent auction. I am at a loss for words to express my deep gratitude to the countless individuals & local businesses who gave so much of themselves to make this event such a success. I feel overwhelmingly privileged to live and work in such a generous community.I started One Love Colorado as part of a Global Seva Challenge to raise $20,000 for OTM’s programs in South Africa. The funds raised will help children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa and organizations who work to address this crisis in a holistic way. If I meet my fundraising goal of $20,000 by Dec. 15 (only $14,000 to go!), I will personally go to South Africa in February of 2011 to work with the children and organizations that the money is helping. Our first One Love Colorado community yoga event raised nearly $6,000 and whether I meet my larger goal of $20,000 or not, that money will do an incredible amount of good in the world. I want to thank every single person who contributed time, money, or sweat to this effort and I invite anyone who would like to learn more or make a donation to visit our website: you Roaring Fork Valley Community! You are an amazing group of people! Dawn DexterSnowmass

I would like to protest Antero’s request to increase the well density from 160 wells per acre to 10 per acre on Silt Mesa. So close to homes and schools? It is just incomprehensible to me. I live in a subdivision with 87 homes. We now have a gas rig on the hill right behind my house. It was a complete surprise to everyone – no notice of any kind from Antero or the Town of Silt.Last Saturday, the compressors were heard throughout the neighborhood. Then the fumes came, along with the black smoke. Our neighbors were as alarmed as we were and afraid to take their child outside to play. Where we once had the best views in the neighborhood, we now have a gas rig. How is this going to affect our health along with the value of our home? Who in their right mind would buy a house so close to a well? Ironically, the Town of Silt has an ordinance where no wood-burning fireplaces are allowed due to air pollution. Garfield County has a detrimental history of gas drilling. Contaminated wells, people forced from their homes due to health reasons, the cavalier attitude from the gas companies. Why are we letting this happen in such a densely populated area? How are we to feel safe for our future after seeing the existing sterile conditions where drilling has already taken place? Is this what the COGCC and Garfield County Commissioners are willing to let happen to this beautiful valley? Isn’t the purpose of the government to protect the safety and well-being of its citizens?Janean Ensign NutterSilt

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