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On Monday, Feb. 20, Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale was generous enough to donate an evening in their restaurant as a benefit for the new Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. RFAC is in its first year of operation forecasting avalanche conditions for the valley. Starting a nonprofit dedicated to the strength or weakness of the snowpack has been a challenge. We put out our first forecast in November, and money has been tight throughout the season. In fact, we were in danger of running out of funds before the season was over. Mark Fischer of Six89 generously offered his restaurant to help remedy this situation. A silent auction was also organized for the night by Penn Newhard and his crew at Backbone Media, located in Carbondale. The RFAC would like to thank Mark, Penn, and all those who donated their time and energy to the dinner and silent auction. This list includes Black Diamond, Cloudveil, Polartec, Veramonte Wine, as well as Lou Dawson, Michael Kennedy, Art Burrows, Neil Beidleman, Joy Blong and the hardworking staff of Six89. In addition, a heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who attended this fun event. We hope to make it an annual event. The local media has also been wonderful in helping us get our message out this winter. We appreciate the help they have offered. Thank you all very much! And if you’re heading out into the backcountry, to ski, snowmobile or climb, check us out at http://www.rfavalanche.org, we’ll be forecasting through mid-April.Brian McCalldirector of the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center

I would like to thank all who supported and attended Telluride MOUNTAINFILM on Tour Feb. 10 and 11 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn.MOUNTAINFILM 2006 was the most successful yet, with the most ticket sales, sponsorships, and funds raised for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School outdoor program. The success of this event can be attributed to a winning combination of thought-provoking films, great news coverage by local radio stations and newspapers, and the generosity of the MOUNTAINFILM sponsors and local contributors who completely underwrote the event, enabling 100 percent of all proceeds to benefit the CRMS outdoor program.This year’s sponsors and local contributors included: Alpine Bank of Carbondale, The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Bighorn Toyota, Amore Realty, KSPN/KNFO, Copy Copy, Climbing Magazine, The Pour House, The Village Smithy, Red Rock Diner, Sopris Surfers, Amore’ Realty, Schmueser Gordon Meyer, Brian Bailey Photography, Hal Williams Photography, Sherri Draper, Sandy and David Burden, Katie Brimm Inc., Russets, Woody Creek Tavern, Mountain Parent, Ace Hardware and Maggie McVoy-“Real Estate with Spirit.”I would also like to acknowledge the CRMS parents, students and staff who volunteered at the event. Their dedication to both CRMS and MOUNTAINFILM make coordinating this event a pleasure.Thank you Roaring Fork Valley – your support of MOUNTAINFILM is appreciated. We hope to see you next year, at the seventh annual CRMS presentation of Telluride MOUNTAINFILM on Tour. Michelle Williams CRMS Special Events Coordinator/Parent LiaisonGreat door prizesRiverside Middle School would like to thank the following businesses for going above and beyond by donating gift certificates to our teachers for door prizes. Thank you to: Accent Salon, The Brickyard Restaurant, City Market of New Castle, Elk Creek Mining Restaurant, Hogback Pizza, New Castle Diner, New Castle Super Bowl, Piccadilly Pizza of New Castle and Subway of New Castle.Karen GoseRiverside CounselorNew Castle


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