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Dear Editor, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s most deserving unsung heroes, Ursula Shepard, of Valley Dog Rescue in Carbondale. Ursula has selflessly, devotedly and unfailingly given 100 percent of her time and attention to the silent friends of the Roaring Fork Valley every single day for over 20+ years now. Bravo, Ursula and Valley Dog Rescue!In doing so, I speak for over 15,000 endangered, sick, abandoned and/or homeless animals that she has taken under her wing, protected and treated with love and respect until an excellent match could be found.Many foster homes have stepped up to the plate to house these deserving animals, while many more are always needed and welcomed. Much thanks and appreciation to these foster care families as well.The task Ursula has undertaken is huge, and the only reward is to be found in the gratefulness and love in each animal’s eyes; and the unspeakable joy that is derived each time a safe and loving match is found for one of the rescuees.When considering adopting a second dog seven years ago, a friend advised us to look at all the wonderful dogs listed on http://www.valleydogrescue.com. We were hard-pressed to choose from among so many beautiful dogs and such a variety of breeds, but were ultimately drawn to a wonderful eight-month-old petite F Blue Heeler. What a wonderful addition to our family she has been! Devoted to her very core. Friends like these are very hard to come by and can never be taken for granted. Many other deserving and wonderful dogs are waiting day after day for people to open their hearts and adopt them into their “forever homes.” A medical fund account for the Valley Dog Rescue dogs in need has been established at the Bank of Colorado in Glenwood Springs.I know that I speak for the multitudes in the Roaring Fork Valley when I say, “Thank you Ursula.” Lynne FryNew Castle

Dear Editor,If it is rescinded that an officer in Rifle doesn’t have to live within 25 miles, where will the officer be located? Grand Junction? Eagle? DeBeque? Driving time to get to work or be called for an emergency is pretty far-fetched. More than 30 minutes away doesn’t help out an emergency situation. Maybe we need a no vote on No. 2. Rifle is full of unreasonable housing rates. Is it because our council is so determined to make it the next county seat, or just turn Rifle into another Aspen? Pretty discouraging, isn’t it? Jan Walker Rifle


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