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Willey Coyote 5K has another great year

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the Willey Coyote 5K Run. Many volunteers donated their time and energy to make this event possible. Some have volunteered both years, and we couldn’t do it without you. It was a great day for a run and over 100 people registered. The racers and walkers were ready, with many in costume, to have fun and support a great cause. All of the proceeds from the race go to the Bob Willey Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to a graduating senior from the Roaring Fork School District who exemplifies the spirit and enthusiasm that Bob was known for. It is a wonderful way for us to carry on his legacy.

We had many sponsors that we would like to thank. Thank you to Heritage Park Care Center as they donated all of the T-shirts. Thanks also to The Bank of Colorado, Sopris Engineering LLC, Alpine Bank, Murray Dental Group, Gran Farnum Printing, The Property Shop, Independence Run & Hike, Drs. Heim & Johnson, Sweet Coloradough and Valley View Hospital.

Great businesses donated many prizes for the runners. Thanks to Fred Haberlein, The Ranch at Roaring Fork, Sunlight Ski & Bike, Whitewater Rafting, The Grind, Book Grove, River Blend Coffee House, Mona Lisa, The 7th Street Salon, Roaring Fork Beer Co., Dos Gringos Burritos, Deja Brew, White House Pizza, The Italian Underground, Alice & Rick Voorhees, Zheng, Independence Bike & Ski, Mountain Sports Outlet, The Book Train, Ajax Bike and Ski and The Riviera Supper Club.

Joe Mollica, Abbey Walters, Cassidy Willey and Eric Lamb played key roles in organizing, collecting prizes, getting sponsorships and bringing this race together. We really want to thank Glenwood Springs Middle School, Sandy DeCrow and Roman Hassell for all their support and for letting us stage the race in their parking lot.

This community is truly amazing.

Michele Willey

Glenwood Springs

Cdale fire district steering committee did great job

I just wanted to thank Joe Enzer, Hank Van Berlo, Tom Flynn, Ray Sauvey, Joann Teeple, Michael Hassig, H.P. Hansen, Laura Van Dyne and Davis Farrar, the steering committee members for all of us in the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District. Thank you for your study, devotion, commitments and constituents-input-gathering process that led to several qualified recommendations to the C&RFPD board.

A short steering committee history: Nine citizens volunteered to help guide the two consultant groups so that the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District 10 year Master Plan Draft and ideas they developed would be pertinent and relevant to C&RFPD and the needs of its citizens for fire, ambulance and rescue emergency services.

All nine members were selected and were moderated by board members Carl Smith and Mike Kennedy.

The steering committee had seven 2 1/2 hour meetings since March 30. They attended five board meetings, 3+ public forum meetings, over 90 emails reviewed and discussed, over 350 pages of consultants’ draft documents read, discussed, and commented on. Numerous discussions “on the street” with curious and involved citizens. A unanimous consensus of all steering committee members that at least a 1-1.5 mill levy increase is warranted. Also a unanimous consensus that at the earliest, a ballot issue be presented to the electorate in May 2016, and more preferably November 2016. Allowing time for the Fire District board to digest, discuss in open public board meetings and solidify the draft documents into a master plan document and strategic plan document. Dissemination, explanation and understanding of the 10 year master plan and an in-depth budget to the citizens of the Fire District is paramount for a positive election out come.

Gratefully,

Jeff Wadley

Carbondale

Tour De Farms a success

The inaugural Tour De Farms, hosted by Mount Sopris Conservation District was held on Aug. 1. We toured three local agricultural producers; a ranch, a farm, and a community garden. Participants learned about local food production while enjoying a 25-mile bike ride. We ended at Carbondale Beer Works and shared a meal from locally grown beef and vegetables. Mount Sopris Conservation District offers many educational opportunities throughout the year for people of all ages.

The district would like to thank the following sponsors of the Tour De Farms: Carbondale Beer Works, Colorado State University Extension – Eagle and Pitkin counties – Jeff Pieper, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wild Mountain Seeds, LiveWell Garfield County, Good Seed Community Garden, Rock Bottom Ranch, Sewell Ranch, Carbondale Community Food Co-op, Colorado Mountain College, Aspen Valley Land Trust, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. Because of the generous donations of beef and vegetables, and grants from LiveWell Garfield County and Mount Sopris Conservation District, we will be able to contribute $500 to a local after school program.

Mount Sopris Conservation District

board of supervisors


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