June 2015 Around Town 4


Ross Montessori Breaks Ground on New School

For the past 10 years, the founding parents and teachers at Ross Montessori Charter School (RMS) have envisioned a new building for the school of their dreams. They recently broke ground for that new school. The school will be located near the intersection of Highway 133 and Weant Boulevard in Carbondale.

New educational resources such as dedicated science, music and art facilities, a gym and beautifully-designed playgrounds and gardens will enhance RMS programs by giving students room to play, imagine, learn and experiment. RMS has raised over $1,250,000 from its community of supporters: parents, grandparents, teachers, staff and friends. RMS has also secured funding through the USDA Rural Development Program in the form of a $6,400,000 loan to build the new school’s basic structure and campus. A grand opening will be held next spring.

Motion-Triggered Cameras Catch Creatures Great & Small

Ken Krehbiel, who lives in Carbondale’s Crystal River neighborhood, heard scuffling, snorting and skittering and he wondered what was going on at night in his yard. Over the past four years, motion-triggered cameras have enabled him to discover a menagerie of creatures that most people never see.

“The dogs would start barking, and you would wonder what’s out there,” he says. “The camera turned up raccoons, skunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, and of course, bears.”

Krehbiel, who has run Signature Picture Framing in Basalt for 16 years, has come up with plenty of photos worthy of framing – and some odd ones too. He was able to capture mountain lions with a mule deer kill in River Valley Ranch, and last fall, he got some fairly intimate shots of a bear. After catching a glimpse of the bear, Krehbiel was able to locate its den up against some rocks. He set out four cameras.

“I ended up with nearly 1,000 shots of the bear, who turned out to be male,” he says. “It was fascinating to see the bear in and out of hibernation. He came out all winter long. He was curious about the cameras, but he didn’t bother them – until spring. Then he brought one with its tripod into the den. He was in the den, playing with the camera like a kid or a dog. He was chewing on the lens cap and the camera, but it kept on shooting. I got a whole series of photos of his nose, his claws, the inside of his mouth…”

How did Krehbiel get his camera back? “Very quietly,” he says.

SoL & TRTC Offer Kids’ Drama Summer Camp

Two local theaters, Stage of Life (SoL) and the Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) have teamed up to offer the Embrey Family Youth Conservatory, a three-week drama summer camp for kids. Students will learn every aspect of theatrical production while creating the world of “Alice in Wonderland”, a one-hour magical, musical adventure.

All children can participate. Students who qualify for their school district’s free lunch program are eligible for 40-percent-off scholarships, and additional scholarships are available to those who can show financial need. Camp runs from July 20 to August 7. Register online at SolTheatreCompany.com. Call Jennifer Michaud at 970.274.0894 for details.

Rural Philanthropy Days Helps Local Nonprofits

Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days celebrates its 24th anniversary this year, holding a conference in Rifle from June 24 to 26. The program offers financial support and professional development opportunities to local community, arts and environmental organizations. The event features nonprofit development workshops and networking opportunities that convene representatives of foundations and nonprofits from the Denver Metro area with local foundations and government leaders for three days of capacity-building workshops and funder roundtables. Nonprofits can register online through June 3 at CRCAmerica.org/rural-philanthropy-days/.

“In traveling around the state, with my rural roots, it occurred to me that the rural areas were being left behind,” says Sue Anschutz Rodgers, president of the Anschutz Family Foundation. “Basically, all of the large funders are on the Front Range. With the help of the Community Resource Center, we started Colorado Philanthropy Days. It’s my job to bring the funders to the rural communities. Each year it has grown and grown. I’m so proud of the funders for the way they have all joined in. It’s important for these funders to go and see these nonprofits in their own environments. Most nonprofits, particularly in rural areas, would rather have a root canal than come to Denver.”

CDOT To Finish Route 133 Upgrades This Month

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be resurfacing 16.5 miles of highway between Carbondale and Redstone this month. Drivers should expect short delays and lane closures, and they will be asked to reduce speed through work zones. Restrictions will be placed on vehicles wider than 12 feet.

CDOT will provide advance warning for several full highway closures that could take up to five hours, a time period that will be needed for blasting. CDOT plans to finish the $4 million improvement project by its September deadline. For details, call 970.417.8150, email rockfallproject@gmail.com or go online to COtrip.org.

Glenwood Hot Springs Study Done by SGM

The June issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle incorrectly attributed an energy efficiency study done for the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Lodge to Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER). The study was completed by Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM), an engineering firm located in Glenwood Springs. After the study, energy coaches from CLEER helped the Glenwood Hot Springs pool staff implement those recommendations and secure rebates to help cover the costs.