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Readers Say Thanks

The boys and girls track and field teams representing Glenwood Springs High School recently completed one of the most successful seasons in school history. The girls’ team repeated as regional champions; the boys’ challenged for a title of their own; 13 athletes placed at the state meet; and eight school records were broken. A great deal to be proud of.This success would not be possible without all of the support our teams receive. Parents, community members, local businesses and many more play a major role in developing a quality program. Thank you to all for your support.The season kicked off with our annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Thank you to all that donated auction items, to all that attended and to the great kitchen staff at GSMS.The 28th Demon Invitational went off without a hitch, thanks to the many outstanding volunteers. Thank you to all that spent the day working at the meet. Thank you to Moe’s for an incredible lunch.Thanks to the Glenwood Springs Police Department for the escort out of town on the way to state championships.Thank you to all of the athletes within the program for your dedication and hard work. I’m sure the Monday hill workouts are a distant memory by now. You are all awesome!Thank you to Geno’s for providing ice all season long to care for these awesome athletes. Ice baths rule.Thank you to my coaching staff and the administration at GSHS. Moto, Stowe, Shepard and Lancaster … you guys make it happen. Thanks, Cable!Look for great things from Demon Track in 2009, and know there is an entire community contributing to the success.Blake RisnerGlenwood Springs

We’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the Carbondale 5Point Film Festival, and we want to express our family’s gratitude to the founder, Julie Kennedy, and program director, Michele Cardamone, to the sponsors, and to the Roaring Fork valley outdoor community for the work you did. What Julie Kennedy did, and by extension her family, and team, the MC/moderators Jim Gilchrist and Malcolm Daly and many others, was truly remarkable. In this era of “digital everything,” our shared interpersonal experience that used to form the “core of experience” among outdoor community members has gradually been diminished and diluted. Julie and her team brought together the Roaring Fork Valley outdoor community members in person, in real time, and with great focus around the 5Points of respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance. We were particularly impressed with how much time, energy, and resources the sponsors invested in the event. Mayor Michael Hassig and the town of Carbondale hosted us in a beautiful new community center. It was not lost on the participants and attendees that the building was energy efficient, comfortable and constructed green. Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel has reason to be proud. Roaring Fork valley sponsor R.A. Beattie, of Beattie Outdoor Productions, did an outstanding job in concert with Julie Kennedy brainstorming, catalyzing, inspiring and promoting the festival from the beginning concept to the final details. Sponsor Patagonia Inc. made a large financial commitment, and company founder Yvon Chouinard plus valley resident CEO Casey Sheahan, surf ambassador Gerry Lopez, and athlete manager Kristo Torgersen all were in attendance, giving Julie’s team huge support.The weekend spent with the outdoor community in the valley was one of the high points of our outdoor professional lives.Julie, your many months of work created a deep and lasting bond between the outdoor community and the community of Carbondale.Mark and Kate RutherfordVashon Island, Wash.

Wednesday evening, 25 bicyclists from all walks of life gathered at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs to take part in the second annual Glenwood Springs Ride of Silence. The skies looked bleak and temperatures were dropping, but all talked excitedly as the ride was about to begin. Precisely at 7 p.m. and without any fanfare, the lead rider started off. All conversation abruptly stopped and the bells at St. Stephen’s Church appropriately began to peel. At that moment, more than 300 other groups totalling 12,000 riders pedaled off. One day, one time, worldwide.Among the Glenwood riders, all but one wore a black armband signifying their support of the cause – to raise the awareness of the motoring public that bicycles are out on the roads and have a right to be. One young lady wore a red armband as a sign of having survived being hit by a motorist while bicycling. We felt fortunate to have her in our midst.Our thanks to all those who participated in this year’s ride, to the Glenwood Police Department who supported us by having Officer Hatch join in the ride and to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent for their coverage of the event. We are already looking forward to the 2009 Ride of Silence and invite all bike riders in the area to plan to join us then.Jeff and Vicki NeerGlenwood Springs

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