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Readers say thanks

I would like to thank the whole Roaring Fork Valley for sharing one of their treasures.

Early this month, Lon Winston and Valerie Haugen of Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company joined the faculty of the Classical Association of New England Summer Institute (CSI) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. This is CSI’s 22nd year of connecting leading experts on the classical world with teachers and others interested in the humanities. Lon and Valerie taught a course and gave a performance based on TRTC’s series of classical plays, Greek Shards, and they certainly showed their star quality!

Lon and Val taught “Teaching Greek Drama with Theatrical Techniques” to a group of secondary school teachers. The group worked out its own interpretation of a scene, made theatrical masks, created a “Greek” dramatic ritual and ” to everyone’s surprise and delight ” participated in Lon’s and Val’s presentation at the closing banquet. The long standing ovation was more than deserved. So wonderful was the performance that Lon, Val, and the Thunder River Theatre Company may soon show up in a new book on innovative modern interpretations of Greek tragedy, which is being written by another member of the faculty!

The Roaring Fork Valley is lucky to have TRTC, and can be proud to have nurtured such a leader in the world of theatre!


Mary J. Wilson


CANE Summer Institute

On July 17, we were privileged to co-chair the Aspen Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual Race for the Cure. This was our 14th Race and for the first time we held a Dog Walk for the Cure in conjunction with the event.

Almost 2,000 registered participants and a multitude of spectators came out to support our mission: the eradication of breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

Through its fund-raising events, the Komen Aspen Affiliate is able to distribute grants in the Roaring Fork Valley and has begun expanding its service area to include the Vail Valley and Garfield County. Over the years, our 5K races have raised well over $2.5 million, most of which goes to supporting education, low-cost and free mammograms and research.

This would not be possible without the help and support of our national sponsors, local businesses, and individuals who give generously of their time and money. And, all of those who came out to run, walk or just support our efforts.

As residents of the community, we are proud of the overwhelming outpouring of support we receive from this community. The spirit of caring and giving evident here made chairing this event a doubly gratifying experience.

Again, thank you to everyone who contributed to making our 14th Aspen Race for the Cure a fabulous success, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Lillian Villanova

Judy Brenner

Aspen Race for the Cure

There are special moments that are hard to define, but the experience transcends all expectations.

The Jim Hightower visit to Carbondale to help KDNK was one of those moments.

We, at KDNK, want to thank the KDNK community and Jim Hightower for helping to remind us why we are in the business of independent, community radio.

We also want to thank High Point Distributing, Charlie Chacos and the Village Smithy, Main Street Liquors, Novel Tea Bookstore, Marianne Ackerman, the Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, The Post Independent and The Valley Journal for helping us pull this off.

These things don’t happen without the help of many volunteers, not only for the event, but year round.

Jim Hightower was so down to earth and direct, it was great to have the chance to get up close and personal with him. He also raised more than $2,000 for KDNK, which will help KDNK maintain a healthy diet of independent news, views and music.



The KDNK staff

Mary Suma, Leslie Johnson, Amy Kimberly, Wick Moses, Luke Nestler and Annie Pizey

The Rifle Moose Lodge gives thanks to all of our sponsors for our annual horseback ride.

The winners were: 1) Nancy Johnson, Rifle 2) Teresa Wright, Rifle 3) John Terry Sr., Rifle. Oldest rider ” Walt George of Rifle; Youngest Rider ” Katie May Barner of Silt.

All was very much appreciated, and the community’s support was great once more.

Thank you all very much.

Rifle Moose Lodge 1345

David Keithley, administrator

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