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Submitted photoVolunteer of the Year Kevin Meyers receives his award from RFOV board member Amy Capron. Also pictured at far left are board member Michael Thompson and at far right, David Guinnee, winner of the Pulaski Award.

Though dozens of dedicated volunteers help build and maintain miles of trails with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, one stood out above the rest (though the decision wasn’t easy). Kevin Meyers of Glenwood Springs was named Volunteer of the Year for his many contributions to the 2004 project season, as well as outstanding service on the volunteer development committee. Meyers, an avid bicyclist, hiker, and skier, works at Bristlecone Sports in Basalt, and has been involved with RFOV since 2001. As someone who loves being outdoors, he believes in giving something back by creating sustainable trails that will be enjoyed for decades to come.

RFOV also honored 2004 Crew Leader of the Year Tony Battaglia of Aspen, who became a crew leader and led three projects this season. In addition, he serves on the project selection and tool committees.

Grana Bread of Basalt was 2004 Food Sponsor of the Year. Grana provided a complete lunch for all 45 volunteers and agency staff at the Basalt Riverside Park project on Oct. 2.

David Guinnee of New Castle received the inaugural Pulaski Award, recognizing his work on six of RFOV’s 2004 projects. The Pulaski is a favorite tool of trail builders and wildland firefighters.

Special mentions went to Lura Griffiths of the Aspen Skiing Co. for her work in developing RFOV’s new Web site and listserv, and to Emma Walling for her service as the kitchen crew on a two-day project at Eagle Lake.

For more information, call RFOV at 927-8241 or visit

A fund has been set up at Alpine Bank for longtime Colorado Mountain College photography instructor William Meriwether.

Meriwether has taught at CMC since 1992, and was diagnosed with bone cancer in September. He’s had some real highs and lows on his roller-coaster ride to recovery. Wewer Keohane is planning a fundraiser for Meriwether in mid-December but says, “Bill can’t wait until December to pay his bills. He needs help now.”

Donations can be sent to the William A. Meriwether Benefit Account at any Alpine Bank. Art donations for the December benefit can be sent to Wewer Keohane, 945-7929.

Meriwether also needs volunteers to help drive him to his radiation treatments in Edwards. Contact William directly at 945-8284 if you can assist.

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