October 2015 Around Town 2

Hotel Denver Marks 100th Anniversary

October 2015 marks the 100th birthday of the Hotel Denver in downtown Glenwood Springs. “Go out leaf peeping and enjoy the color, and then come by and enjoy some local color,” says April Carver, who owns the hotel with her husband Steven. “If the walls of this place could talk, they would tell stories of immigrant struggles, prohibition, gangsters, two world wars and a shooting or two.”

In honor of the hotel’s centennial, April been researching and retelling many of the hotel’s historical tales on the blog at TheHotelDenver.com/News as the Carvers continue to uncover and restore original brick walls, hardwood floors and antiques.

Today’s Hotel Denver is home to the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub, the Mona Lisa Boutique and the Riverblend Coffee House.

Most of the 69 percent of adults who are missing one or more teeth are pretty closed-mouthed about that dental gap. But on Wednesday, October 7, Murray Dental Group in Glenwood Springs will offer an informative open house that will tell visitors about dental implants, a modern and convenient solution to the tooth-loss problem.

Until dental implant technology matured in the 1980s, the standard solutions for replacing missing teeth were bridges or dentures – fixtures that can be uncomfortable and that have to eventually be replaced. Dental implants have the highest success rate of all tooth replacement options and they can last a lifetime when one’s dental hygiene includes daily brushing and flossing.

Murray Dental Group’s open house will offer drinks and light appetizers along with a short 15-minute presentation by Dr. John Murray. Participants will eligible for $500 off their first dental implant. For details, see the Lifestyle Calendar.

Roaring Fork Lifestyle Sponsors Kids’ Photo Contest

The photos in this month’s Roaring Fork Lifestyle offer graphic proof that our Roaring Fork Valley communities are home to many talented young photographers, and this magazine would like to shine a light on their work. Beginning on October 1, youngsters 16 and under are invited to submit one or two of their photographs to the magazine for a juried photography contest.

Contestants must live in a zip code beginning with the digits “816” and will be judged in three divisions: Elementary Division, ages 5 to 8, Junior Division, ages 9 to 12 and Upper Division, ages 13 to 16.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges which includes professional photographers, members of the media and local business people. The photos of all division winners and honorable mentions will be published in the January 2016 issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle, and the overall winner will be featured on that issue’s cover.

Locals Fight Multiple Fires Across the West

Recently, local fire protection districts sent crews and equipment to several western states as federal officials called for help in battling blazes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Northern California. In early August, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District sent a brush truck and crew to help fight the Bendire Complex Fire near Vale, Oregon. Estimated at 30,000 acres, it was only 10 percent contained when the crew left. The Carbondale & Rural crew came home safely on August 28.

Firefighters from both Basalt and the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department also battled blazes in western states. Basalt firefighter Kyle Ryan assisted a crew at a California fire while Steve Howard traveled to Washington to help fight the Kaniksu Complex Fire. Basalt Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw and firefighters Duane Vasten and John Schneier drove an engine to Montana to help battle the West Fork Fish Creek Fire northwest of Missoula.

Local fire districts benefit by lending a hand with out-of-the-area fires. According to the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s news release, “The crews have an opportunity to experience large wildfires, which do not happen in this area often and the district is able increase its revenues with payments from wildfire assignments.”

Meier Skis to Make Snowboards

This winter, Glenwood Springs ski maker Meier Skis will release its first line of snowboards. The company plans to manufacture a run of 100 to 150 snowboards for the 2015-16 season. The boards will retail for about $500 and will initially be available only on Meier’s website.

Boards will be available in one shape and two lengths, 154 and 161 centimeters. The snowboards will make up about 15 percent of the company’s total production.

Aspen Reaches 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal

Aspen recently became one of just three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy. Aspen Utilities and Environmental Initiatives Director David Hornbacher said that shifting to energy generated from natural resources — including wind power, solar power and geothermal heat — has been “decade-plus” goal and “a truly remarkable achievement.”

Aspen had been using about 75 to 80 percent renewable energy. Recently, it eliminated coal and added to its wind power portfolio to replace the remaining 20 to 25 percent of nonrenewable energy.October 2015 marks the 100th birthday of the Hotel Denver in downtown Glenwood Springs. “Go out leaf peeping and enjoy the color, and then come by and enjoy some local color,” says April Carver, who owns the hotel with her husband Steven. “If the walls of this place could talk, they would tell stories of immigrant struggles, prohibition, gangsters, two world wars and a shooting or two.”

The first two U.S. cities to reach the 100 percent renewable energy goal were Burlington, Vermont, followed by Greensburg, Kansas.

Harvest Your Own Apples

The apple harvest season at Orchard Creek Ranch began the last weekend of September, and you’re welcome to bring the family to harvest your own apples there. Orchard Creek Ranch is home to 240 heirloom trees filled with organic Rome, Jonathan and Double Red Delicious apples. No one is too short to reach the fruit because Orchard Creek Ranch will loan long-pole apple pickers to help with their harvesting.

In addition to enjoying just-picked apples, guests will find fresh-pressed apple cider and apple chips for sale, along with reusable Orchard Creek Ranch cloth apple bags. The working ranch features hay, horses and goats, making it fun for the kids. Orchard Creek Ranch is located off Canyon Creek Road, just off I-70 at Exit 109. The Ranch is open Fridays through Sundays through October, rain or shine. See the Lifestyle Calendar for details.