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On June 20 and 21, Western Garfield County held the annual American Cancer Society’s Rifle Area Relay For Life.It is with great pride that I am able to report the communities of New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute and the surrounding areas raised more than $127,000 for the American Cancer Society in the quest to put an end to cancer. It is indeed an amazing community in which we live, and your support for this cause is absolutely incredible.Relay is not a race. It is about a community coming together for a cause. There is a finish line, however, and we will all cross it together when we find a cure. The money raised through this event, and many others like it state-, nation- and worldwide, will be used to support local programs which support cancer survivors, and fund cutting-edge researchers as they search for better treatments and diagnostic tools.To all the survivors, team captains, participants, committee members, sponsors, donors and contributors to the 2008 Rifle Area Relay For Life, you have my undying gratitude and thanks for your passion, your enthusiasm and your commitment.Though we will begin planning the 2009 event soon, I hope one day there will be no need for a Relay; that our children and grandchildren will not need to worry about cancer in their lives; and that this disease is spoken about in the past tense.Thank you, Western Garfield County, for helping us turn hope into a cure.Theresa Hamilton2008 Chair, Rifle Area Relay For Life

On July 7, I was dining at the Bayou while on vacation in Glenwood Springs. I parked my 1995 Cadillac Eldorado convertible with 30,000 miles, on Grand Avenue. Someone came out of the parking lot and hit the rear end of my car, causing $2,200 in damages to my car and unknown damage to his truck. He decided not to stop and took off. A great local citizen named Kay called 911 and gave the police department the license number and description of the truck. Ten minutes later, a very alert police officer named Brian Larison located the vehicle and stopped the truck and issued the driver several tickets, including leaving the scene of an accident. This would have never happened in the large metropolis where I live, and it was great to see the small town image upheld as citizens and police worked together to stop crime. My hat is off to Kay and to Officer Larison for stopping a criminal act and protecting my property. Good work, and thank you both. Marc RosenAurora

Solar Energy International (SEI) would like to thank the Xcel Energy Foundation for their ongoing support of our Solar In the Schools youth education program. They have once again donated $10,000 to our teacher-training workshop titled “Renewable Energy for Educators.” Their belief in renewable energy education has allowed SEI to deliver yet another successful four-day accredited teacher training in Carbondale. This year’s workshop was full with 26 middle and high school youth educators from all over the country, with the majority from Colorado and five teachers from the Roaring Fork Valley. We were also honored to host a middle school principal from Mexico and three educators from Pakistan. Participants made solar ovens and model solar cars. They learned the principles of electricity and the importance of energy efficiency. They tested blade design on model wind turbines and learned how to design a passive solar home. They learned about our current energy portfolio and about the potential of renewable energy technologies. Most importantly, they all have gained confidence in bringing these lessons and activities back to their classrooms. If you know of any teachers who would be interested in taking this workshop next year, don’t hesitate to tell them about SEI and our Solar In the Schools program. Knowledge is power. Soozie Lindbloom, coordinatorSolar In the Schools Solar Energy International


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