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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Well known for his humble attitude and generous contributions to humanitarian organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley, Jim Calaway of Carbondale was awarded the “Habitat’s Hero Award” for his five years of inspiring support by Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, at the affiliate’s annual Christmas Party.

In the summer of 2010, Mr. Calaway pledged to contribute dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley. Mr. Calaway’s generosity fueled a year of significant activity for the local affiliate.

In October 2010, three homeowners were handed keys to their new Habitat homes on a small street in Rifle named “Calaway Way.” The street name is in honor of the man who helped make their dreams a reality.

The final house at Rim Rock even achieved what is thought to be the lowest HERS (Home Energy Rating Score) in all of Garfield County with a score of zero! (A low energy score is a good thing as a zero means the house is 100 percent more efficient than the standard home!)

This house is designed so well that it will generate more energy than it uses. The homes located on Calaway Way are paving the way for innovation in the green building trade.

As a result of Mr. Calaway’s pledge, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley is now preparing to break ground in Silt for a two-duplex project that will assist four local families in need of adequate housing. His challenge grant is still in force, and Mr. Calaway as well as an anonymous donor will match any donation in the coming months.

So, since all Habitat operational costs, prior to building materials and land, are covered by the ReStore, all donations are utilized 100 percent for buying building materials and land. So, each dollar donated becomes a full $3 in our building fund.

Thanks to Mr. Calaway’s kindness, Habitat is thriving and helping more families than we ever imagined. Habitat’s future has never been brighter. Thank you, Jim.

Crystal Wanner

Volunteer Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork

Glenwood Springs

I just wanted to commend Craig S. Chisesi for the letters he writes to the editor. I enjoy reading them and agree with what he has to say.

Keep it up, Craig.

Karen Skelly


As a volunteer with a local trap, neuter and return program, I want to bring attention to a very cruel and inhumane situation. For several years, our group has spayed and neutered more than 65 cats in River Meadows Mobile Home Park.

All but 10 of these cats were adopted out or relocated as barn cats. The remaining 10 cats have been cared for in the park, by myself for the past 13 months and long before by others, a practice approved by the manager, Karen Price.

At the beginning of January, we were abruptly told to stop feeding these 10 cats, in the middle of winter. This is cruel and inhumane. With the weather so bitter and cold, these cats are truly suffering.

Management now feels the need to evict us over something so trivial, with 17 days to move and with the excuse that we are violating Article 100.010 of the Glenwood Springs City Code.

This code refers to the leaving out of garbage, trash, refuse and other materials. No mention of dry cat food put out at 9 a.m. and gone by 1 p.m.

The owner of the park calls these cats “unhygienic” and destructive. No mention is made of the raccoons and skunks that damage homes in the park.

I feel that these cats deserve a voice in the community. Cats are considered “free roaming” and there are no city codes governing them. They also do not fall under garbage, trash or refuse as Article 100.010 refers to.

We as a group have also been told to stop trapping in River Meadows. That’s a very bad decision, as when new cats move into the area (and they will), they will experience a kitten epidemic all over again.

It would seem to me that effectively using a trap, neuter and return program would be of great interest to the management of River Meadows. A small amount of cat food put out during the day for 10 cats seems a small price to pay. I would suggest that the management read up on trap, neuter and return programs at

K. Sharpe

Glenwood Springs

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