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High Aspen Ranch, including the developer, employees, and homeowners, are very grateful for the extraordinary efforts put forth by the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and the other firefighters fighting the “High Aspen” fire in August and are showing their appreciation.

As a small token of our appreciation and gratitude for their heroic efforts, High Aspen Ranch presented a donation in the amount of $5,200 to Deputy Chief Carl Smith of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, to benefit the Wildland Firefighters Foundation.

This gift will make it possible for 100 firefighters from Carbondale, Basalt, and Glenwood Springs fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management Interagency Team in Rifle, and the Juniper Valley Team from Rifle Correction Department to participate in the Wildland Firefighters Foundation “52 Fund” to aid firefighters.

As the Storm King Fire proved, these people are literally putting their lives on the line to protect us. We all depend on these firefighters to help us when we need it, and in return, we should be ready to help them when they need it.

Last year, the Wildland Firefighters Foundation gave more than $72,000 in emergency funds to families of wildland firefighters who fell in the line of duty. The 52 Club is a way for individuals to make a donation, $1 per week, to the foundation. For further information, contact Karen at 379-5252.

Karen Toth

partner and sales manager

High Aspen Ranch

I never thought a person could have such a painful tragedy and feel blessed at the same time in life. I am so fortunate to have so many caring friends and family. From the deepest depths of my heart, I thank you all for staying close to me, and helping me through this past year. You all have been a beautiful blessing in my life.

Pamela Whittington

Glenwood Springs

The Roaring Fork Valley hosted the second annual Cystic Fibrosis Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic in October to raise money for research for this debilitating disease. Anglers from across the country, as well as from this valley, participated in this event, which raised more than $30,000.

I would like to give a special thanks to the guides who participated and without whom all of this would not be possible: Mike Chmura, Jay Cronk, John Dobson, Tripp Dobson, Kea Hause, Kyle Holt, Chris Kish, Craig Langlinais, Taylor Logsdon, Gifford Maytham, Doug Moyer, Adam Sahnow, Matthew Thomas, Mike Thomas and Chris Thomsen. Thanks guys, you are the best!

Thanks also to Alpine Angling, Fryingpan Anglers and the Taylor Creek Flyshops.

Tim Heng

Carbondale


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