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I am writing to congratulate the licensed child-care providers in Garfield County who received funding from the Colorado Child Care Improvement Fund and to inform taxpayers that this fund no longer exists. The Colorado Child Improvement Fund provides grants to child-care programs that are committed to promoting childrens early learning.The following family child-care providers were funded for 2004: Jennifer Isenhart (New Castle), Alina King (New Castle), Lesley Gorman (Glenwood Springs), Monica Connely (Glenwood Springs) and Susan Hirro (Carbondale). The following centers serving Garfield County were funded for 2004: Ambers Playhouse (New Castle) and Blue Lake Preschool (Carbondale). These programs brought a total of $7,700 into the early childhood community in Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley. This grant was made possible by taxpayer donations; however, this fund is no longer included on the tax check off. Anyone interested in making a donation to support and increase the number of quality of child-care providers in our community can still do so by sending their tax-deductible donations to Kids First, 401 23rd St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Money received by donation goes into mini-grants for child-care providers for quality improvement projects in Garfield County. Please feel free to contact Kids First Glenwood Springs office with any questions regarding licensed child care in Garfield County.Sincerely,Karla StukeyProgram Development CoordinatorKids First Glenwood Springs office

Hats off to Colorado Mountain College for hosting last weeks Latino Youth Festival! They did an excellent job pulling off a very complicated event. On behalf of the Stepstone Center, I would like to thank all those who made our participation and contributions to this very worthwhile gathering possible, including the Aspen Valley Community Foundation Spring Board, the Chinook Fund, Resist, the Walcott Family Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, the City of Aspen, the Town of Basalt, the Aspen Rotary Club, the Musser Fund, the Thrift Shop and the individual members of the Stepstone Center. The day focused on educating Latino teens about issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, suicide prevention, teen pregnancy, and other issues; but our entire community benefits from the lessons they learned.Scott Chaplindirector, Stepstone Center

I want to say thank you to Alpine Bank and Bruce Robinson for their tremendous generosity. Through the generosity of Alpine Bank and the hard work of the Glenwood Springs Lions club, Northwestern Colorado Youth for Christ was given $5,000 to continue their work in encouraging and building up the young people in this area. We are very grateful for this unexpected but welcome surprise.Sincerely,Pete SchaffnerExecutive DirectorNorthwestern Colorado Youth for Christ



To the City Market of Glenwood, Weststar Bank, Glenwood Springs High School, community and club volunteers:Thanks from the Garfield County Salvation Army and me for your hours of service this holiday season. You were either bell ringers or responsible for the donations.I count more than 90 individuals plus Mountain Valley Development and various school groups who braved the weather. The high schoolers, under student council and Guy Brickell, doubly covered 50 hours!Our kettle received nearly $9,000 in cash or checks. Thanks to you generous, giving people.David P. HostettlerCoordinatorRoaring Fork Kiwanis Club

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful volunteers who helped with the installation and reception of Wewer Keohane Life Reflective, now on exhibit at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery.Custom lettering: Arrow Sign Express. Installation: Doug Evans & Terry Muldoon. Reception: Bobby Vanmeter, Grace Michelle, Terry Muldoon, Jean Pollack, and Jacquetta Green. Photography: William Meriwether. Journalistic support: Stewart Oskenhorn. Thanks to the many reception attendees; your support means so much to the artists in our valley! And thank you, Wewer, for sharing your vision with us here at CMC.Alice BeauchampDirector, CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts



This is to express appreciation for your holiday sharing to the elderly folks of this area. My mother in assisted living was the recipient of your thoughtfulness. Thank you for the gifts she received.Sincerely,Lou Ann Cook for Winnie TuckerClifton


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