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Readers Say Thanks

Great turnout for film screening

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended Friday’s premiere screening of “Wildways: Corridors of Life” at the Wheeler Opera House. What a night. We were blown away by the enormous turnout, both for the reception and the film, which benefited the Wilderness Workshop.

Wilderness Workshop is fortunate to have a special relationship with ace filmmaker James Brundige who, with his wife Chelsea Condon, came up with the idea to partner with our organization and bring this film to the local public before it is released on PBS/NOVA next month. That seed blossomed into an incredible night of conversation, learning and leadership about how we can all be better stewards of our planet, and how we can better connect our wildlife habitats and intelligently design infrastructure to accommodate ancient migration patterns for large mammals, the keystone species in many ecosystems.

In the words of James and his colleague Harvey Locke, a famed conservationist also in attendance on Friday, the key to the future is “think global, act local.” Wilderness Workshop is proud to embody this, working locally to protect and enhance major wildlife corridors, allowing animal migration to flow in harmony with our civilization, and not in conflict with it.

We are very happy to announce that our fundraising goals for the evening were exceeded by the many unexpected, generous gifts from audience members. Thank you for all your support.

And, thanks to our incredibly generous sponsors — the Aspen Times, Justice Snow’s, Suerte Tequila, Aspen Brewery and Bethel Party Rentals — 100 percent of the proceeds of this event will go directly to benefit our work protecting wild places and wildlife.

Sloan Shoemaker

executive director of Wilderness Workshop

$18,000 raised at Spellebration

Literacy Outreach and the Colorado Mountain College learning labs would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and sponsors who made Spellebration 2016: Passport to Literacy wonderful. Held March 4 this adult spelling bee and silent auction raised $18,000 to support adult literacy in Garfield County. Twenty-six costumed teams with names like “Lost in Translation,” “From Russia with Love,” “Jefferson Airplane,” and “Team Baggage Handlers,” navigated rounds of words like well-seasoned travelers.

The “Ugly Americans” — Jenny Zetah, Bill Capps and Andrew Roberts-Gray, sponsored by Alpine Bank — correctly spelled “ceorl” (a freeman of the lowest class in Anglo-Saxon England) and “luthier” (one who makes stringed instruments) to win the spelling bee. After break, tough words like “feoffment” (the action of granting a feudal estate) and “psittacine” (pertaining to parrots) wiped out team after team like a case of avian flu.

Seeing the world through the eyes of a non-reader can be scary. Our generous corporate sponsors make the world easier for so many; sponsors include Bank of Colorado, Gould Construction, Flooring America, Alpine Bank, KMTS, Copy Copy, Carpet One, Post Independent and Citadel Security. Special thanks to our team sponsors Bay Equity Home Loans, Charles Willman, P.C., Colorado Mountain College, Commonwealth Title Co. of Garfield County, Connie Delaney Medical Library at Valley View Hospital, Elegant Jewelry, Jim English, Linda English, Holy Cross Energy, In Search of the Holy Grayling, Kiwanis, Gary and Jill Knaus, the MacGregor Family, No Name Book Group and the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs.

Thank you for helping adult learners navigate the world without turbulence. After all, any type of baggage can be an astronomical impediment to reading.


Martha Fredendall

Literacy Outreach executive director

Energy Smart expo a success

We would like to thank all the participants, vendors and presenters who helped make the 2016 Energy Smart Contractor Expo such a success. This year’s event at Colorado Mountain College on March 17 included 170 attendees, 23 companies, and seven workshops for contractors as well as a class for real estate professionals on the Home Energy Score.

We couldn’t have hosted this event without the generous support of our gold-level sponsors including Ajax Mechanical, Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy, and silver-level sponsors including AE Building Systems, All-Phase Electric Supply, the city of Aspen, Aros Solutions, Black Hills Energy, Colorado Energy Office, Colorado Mountain College, Energy Smart Colorado, Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors, One Source Lighting, Quality Solar, SoL Energy and Sunsense Solar.

Special thanks to the talented presenters for sharing their expertise and knowledge and furthering understanding of clean energy, including Steve Novy of Green Line Architects, Mark Attard with EMU Building Science, Rich Backe of Building Performance Contractors, Dennis Brachfeld of About Saving Heat, Andy Timmons with AROS Solutions, Jenny Corey with Mitsubishi Electric, Katharine Rushton and Steven Haines with Sunsense Solar, Joe Lstiburek with Building Science Corp., and Peter Rusin with the Colorado Energy Office.

We would also like to thank Colorado Mountain College for hosting, and the entire staff at Colorado Mountain College for their assistance and support. Finally, Sweet Coloradough did a great job catering, providing delicious donuts, bagels and a variety of gourmet sandwiches at a reasonable price.

To view the workshop presentations, visit Thanks and we look forward to another successful Contractor Expo next year.

Lucy Kessler

Energy Smart Colorado at CORE

Maisa Metcalf

CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy

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