Readers Say Thanks
My family would like to extend a very gracious thank-you to the citizens of Glenwood Springs.
We just arrived home after an extended vacation, which included four great days in Glenwood Springs, where we celebrated the lives of the 14 men and women lost on Storm King Mountain 10 years ago. The events of July 6, 2004, were inspiring. We enjoyed the time spent on the mountain itself, the wonderful breakfast provided by the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association, the family barbecue at your beautiful Community Center and, of course, the remembrance at Two Rivers Park that evening. All the events were designed to remember our loved ones and lift up our spirits.
Our family would like to give a special thanks to the Hampton Inn for allowing us to “run the place” for four days; the Bayou restaurant for the free meals they provided our family; Bernadette Julich, our family contact in Glenwood, for all she does for us; and the 10-year Remembrance Committee for their boundless energy in putting this event together. Your community pledged 10 years ago you would not forget and you have not. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
With great affection,
Kirk and Cheryll Blecha
parents of Scott Blecha, Prineville Hotshot
Once again, Glenwood Springs has reinforced their commitment to “We Will Not Forget.” My family and I were able to attend the 10th anniversary of my daughter’s death and stayed on Storm King Mountain July 5. We were pleased with the number who trekked the trail July 6 to give respects to those who died on that mountain.
Thanks to Ken and Evelyn for putting up the flags near the monument; the Rotary Club for the bouquets at each boulder; Al and Linda at the Best Value Inn for the hospitality and friendship; Steve, Kim and employees at the Bayou for the dinner they gave our family; the Prineville Hotshots and other families of the fallen firefighters; the Canyon Creek Estates Homeowners Association for the brunch July 6; the owners of Glenwood Caverns for the tram ride and tour of the caves, and the Storm King 14 Committee who made us all feel so welcome and again did a wonderful job in remembrance of our loved ones.
Our representative, Greg Little, has been a great friend over these past 10 years and is always there to give us comfort.
You can be proud of your community, and we as families have grown to love your area, and many visit as often as possible. Although the deaths of the 14 firefighters were tragic, we have to look at the positives, and there are many through the love and friendship you have all shown us. May God bless each of you for all your hard work and compassion.
Jan Bickett (mother of
Tami Bickett) and family
This past July 6 at Two Rivers Park, the community of the Glenwood Springs area held a remembrance honoring the “Storm King 14” firefighters who lost their lives on July 6, 1994.
As chairman of the committee who organized this remembrance, I would like to take this time to thank the many people, companies and organizations who helped in organizing and carrying out this remembrance.
I would like to thank the 500-700 people of our community who came out on Tuesday evening for the remembrance, the city of Glenwood Springs ” especially the fire department and the police department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, the local team of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service, Re-1 school district, the Colorado Wildfire Academy, Glenwood Ford, Berthod Motors, Bighorn Motors, Jeff Van Devender, Bill and Jere Bolitho, and Steve and Kim Beham of the Bayou restaurant. Thank you to the homeowners of Canyon Creek estates for serving brunch to the families as they came off the hill, and to Kim Wille and her crew from the Basalt Fire Department for preparing and serving the barbecue we had for the families of the “14.”
From me to the Fourteen Committee who started in October 2003 in preparing and carrying out the remembrance, a super thank-you. You all are an important part of fulfilling the commitment of our community who pledged 10 years ago that “We Will Not Forget.”
Thank you and God bless you all
I was a candidate for the town manager position in Carbondale. I feel compelled to write a very strong thank-you letter to the consultant on this project, the board of trustees and employees of Carbondale and the community.
Gary Suiter did an excellent job of providing a forthright and honest conversation with me as a candidate. The decision to hire a consultant is often difficult for a town or city. Mr. Suiter’s ability to provide an independent, straightforward, no-holds-barred point of contact gave me peace of mind and lent credibility to the process.
The interview process itself demonstrated a board of trustees and employees who are working hard for Carbondale. The questions were thoughtful and difficult. The citizens of the community should feel comfortable that the candidates were challenged.
Finally, the community was hospitable at every turn. From pleasant greetings on the street to the two-hour-long reception, Carbondale put a warm and friendly face on the community. I’m impressed. I know Tom Baker will help your community achieve its vision.
C. Edward Young
The Silt Heyday Committee would like to thank all the contributors that helped to make the 35th Silt Heyday a huge success. This includes all those who donated financial support, door prizes and services in lieu of money. Because of you, we were able to provide a Home Town Celebration.
We wish to thank all the people that donated their time for Silt Heyday, including the Burning Mountain Volunteer Firefighters, all other parade entrants, our parade judges, our booth providers, our performers, local support including the Silt police and the security volunteers, the Silt Historical Society, friends in the beer booth, the town of Silt employees, and all of the others that helped.
We want to thank all the newspapers, radio and TV stations that publicized the event; Harrelson Music, who helped provide our sound system; American Canopy and Equipment, who provided our tent in the park, Waste Management and the Garfield County commissioners, who provided dumping; and Down Valley Septic for sanitary facilities.
Thanks to our bands: Twirp Anderson and John Sommers joined by Ken Dravis and Cash Cashman, Return of the HooDooz, and Thom Toler.
If we forgot anyone it is not intentional, and we thank you, too ” it was difficult to keep track of all the work going on.
Without all of this support, we could not have done it.
Silt Heyday Committee
Bev Chambers, Eric and Angie Eicher,
Joan Nestor, Kim Price, Peggy Swank
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