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Readers say thanks

Valet parking, complimentary massage therapy, employees who treat you as though they rely on tips rather than salary. Sound like a five-star hotel? No, actually, this is a story regarding exemplary customer service while in the care of the medical professionals at Valley View Hospital!Our 8-year-old daughter had two procedures this year (Feb. 25 and April 20). Unfortunately, my daughter has had these procedures every year since she was 3 years old and has developed tremendous fear and anxiety. The medical staff (doctors, nurses and technicians) all treated us with genuine concern and compassion and were very accommodating to my daughter’s anxiety, doing everything possible to alleviate her fears.These experiences left us with a great sense of gratitude for the quality of medical care and genuine concern and compassion of the medical staff of Valley View Hospital. Thank you to the following persons who contributed to this wonderful experience: Robyn Burns, Anne Andersen, Luan Olson, Janice Krunk, Sherri Tonozzi, Janelle Hilderbrand, Dr. Jamie Lowe and Dr. Leslie Fuller. We know that there are others behind the scenes that contributed as well.Nancy and James HeardBasalt

What a great way to kick off summer in Glenwood Springs – returning the 28th annual Strawberry Shortcut back to the weekend of Strawberry Days! This yearly event is presented by the Bank of Colorado and benefits Special Olympics Colorado (local programs). The proceeds are used to purchase proper sports attire and permits travel to different area, regional and state competitions. The funds also assist in purchasing updated sports equipment and hosting a Summer Invitational of bocce ball, golf, tennis and cycling for all athletes in the Western Area.Thanks to the following businesses for their continued sponsorships: Bank of Colorado, HP Geotech, American Furniture Warehouse, Gran Farnum Printing, Glenwood Springs Ford, Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus!, Geno’s and Rocky Mountain Realtors Inc. There are several more sponsors that will be mentioned in a later Shortcut thank-you letter (“part two”).Special thanks to Jim Yellico, whose excellent skills in planning, coordinating and executing the Shortcut ensure a great time for all involved. Also thanks to the wonderful volunteers and participants. We couldn’t do it without you.Thank you, Glenwood!Julie H. FiteArea Manager, Western AreaSpecial Olympics Colorado

Like anyone whose property has been threatened by fire, we want to thank our friends and neighbors who spent the evening of July 4 fighting the brush fire along Divide Creek Road instead of watching fireworks with their families. Units from Burning Mountains Fire Department, aided by a Bureau of Land Management hand crew, spent five hours with hoses, Pulaskis, and chain saws controlling the fire and finally headed back to the stations around 11 p.m. Fighting brush fires is dirty, smoky, physically challenging work, made more difficult by the steep terrain and darkness. Thanks to all of you!Thanks also to Subway in New Castle for your donation of food for the crews, to the Silt police and sheriff’s deputies who handled traffic control, and to the immediate neighbors who helped before fire crews arrived on scene.Lastly, we were lucky that the winds were light and crews could arrive quickly. Other fireworks-caused blazes can be disastrous, as we are now seeing in California. Please leave fireworks to the professionals!Brit and Sharon McLinSilt

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