Blessing of the Animals

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The fourth annual Blessing of the Animals raised nearly $7,000 for The Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) shelter. The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation and CARE teamed up to sponsor the event. Photography Trina Haines and Nicolette Toussaint

Happy Birthday Roaring Fork Lifestyle

Wow, time has flown by this year! This December issue celebrates our first birthday – 12 monthly issues printed and mailed to the residents of the valley.
Roaring Fork Lifestyle would like to say “thank you” to our marketing partners and to local residents for the wonderful support and encouragement we have received. We have grown in both size and content, and we could not have done this without the support of our readers and the business community.

Joy abounds for powder hounds.

Tuck into some juicy summer reading...

Big fluffy flakes are falling on the deck and Carbondale’s Main Street is sporting banners that say “Let It Snow!” One Facebook friend just posted a photo of a gate across Route 82 bearing a sign that says “Independence Pass Closed.” Another just uploaded a shot of her pink lawn flamingos (!) covered with powder.

The Frosty Lures of Ice Fishing

The Frosty Lures of Ice Fishing

Ice fishing takes place throughout Canada, Scotland, Russia and Scandinavia, but you don’t have to go to Norway to see it. Just look to your right as you’re passing through Georgetown along I-70 in the winter, and you’ll probably see folks frostily fishing. Harvey Gap Reservoir, near Rifle, Crawford Reservoir near Hotchkiss and Lake Granby are other popular ice fishing spots. Throughout Colorado, fisherman catch trout, kokanee salmon, mackinaw and northern pike from our frozen lakes.

Rebecca Knight, 
Dog Musher Extraordinaire

Rebecca Knight, 
Dog Musher Extraordinaire 5

This fall, Missouri Heights residents glimpsed a strange – and possibly worrisome – sight: a black hound with a flapping tongue streaking by, towing a woman on a bicycle. This wasn’t just a bike-mounted dog walk getting out of hand. The woman’s hands weren’t even on the leash! That spunky dog was actually tethered to the bike.

Dance Initiative Residences Put 
Carbondale’s Launchpad on the Map

Dance Initiative Residences Put 
Carbondale's Launchpad on the Map 6

With a catch in her voice, Alya Howe acknowledged that a dancer’s life is often a struggle to survive. “As an artist, it’s rare to be given studio and financial support to develop, share and present your work. My residency at the Launchpad gave me the opportunity to work with my craft, to meet and train dancers who were new to me and to share with them how I put together a choreographic work.” Effusively thanking Dance Initiative Executive Director Peter Gilbert, she adds, “I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”

December 2015 Around Town

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In November, Roaring Fork Lifestyle magazine celebrated the successful completion of its 12th issue and one year in business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce.
The magazine has grown from an initial publication of 32 pages to more than 50 pages, and it features more than 45 regular advertisers. The publisher, Rick French of Glenwood Springs, and the editor, Nicolette Toussaint of Carbondale, wish to thank the local advertisers who make the publication possible. A special shout-out goes to the companies that have been cornerstone partners in every issue since the first one published in December 2014: Mason & Morse/Coldwell Banker, True Nature Healing Arts, Bay Equity Home Loans, Janckila Construction, Cornerstone Home Lending, Murray Dental and Capco Tile.

Basalt Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival

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Basaltines enjoyed 10 bands at 10 different venues in October. The Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival was free and sponsored by the Town of Basalt, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Willits Town Center and Alpine Bank. Photography Robin Waters



First chair – every skier dreams of snagging it. For a select group of furry four-legged locals, however, riding first chair is just another part of an honest day’s work.
The Roaring Fork Valley’s avalanche rescue dogs are true jewels sparkling on our snowy slopes. Every morning, they head up the lifts before the skiing public, ready for the call of duty. These specially-trained canines are whip smart, athletic and prepared to work in a variety of emergency situations. Plus, they’re pretty doggone adorable.

S-K-I-I-N-G Spells Courage

S-K-I-I-N-G Spells Courage 3

Last winter, Joanne Clements heard that Sunlight Mountain was looking for female ski instructors. “So,” she says, “I figured, why not?”
At the age of 82, this was a courageous move. With years of experience in both skiing and teaching under her belt, Clements felt it could be a great opportunity to continue using the skills she had honed over the course of her life.

12 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

12 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Over the holidays, millions of families will head off on road trips even though their cars might not be in tip-top shape.
It’s especially important for Coloradoans to prepare for winter driving. Car trouble can leave you in danger of being hit by other cars or being marooned during snowy and freezing weather. Here are a dozen tips – five for your vehicle, seven for you – that can help keep you and your loved ones safe this season.

STREET LINES: 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali-4WD

STREET LINES:  2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali-4WD 2

Whether it’s transporting a big family, having a load of ski gear to haul, a fondness to travel in luxurious roominess, the thrill of turning heads on the road or all of the above, the 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali is a sound choice to answer your desires.

Mom on Patrol

Mom on Patrol

When my brother Gene and I were moving our mom into assisted care a few years ago, I came across her National Ski Patrol jacket.
Myra Toussaint (Slusser) Devine fought her way onto the all-volunteer – and nearly all-male – National Ski Patrol in 1959. It was quite a battle. Myra, who learned to ski in her 20s, had to learn how to tackle steep terrain in crusty, windy and bitterly cold conditions. She had to be able to handle steel-and-wood toboggans that weighed far more than her 105 pounds. And she had to skin up from Arapahoe Basin’s 10,780-foot base to the Midway, well over 12,000 feet, in a timed and competitive climb. It took several seasons for her to finally rank well enough against the boys to make the cut.

Shannon Muse & the Play of Light

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Paradise Art Glass, the studio of glass artist Shannon Muse, sits in one of Carbondale’s old neighborhoods under cathedral-like canopies of 100-year-old elms. To the south, Muse’s “Pillars of Light” grace the town library. To the north, her seven chakra pieces glow from within the gardens of True Nature Healing Arts. How must it feel to live and work between two such landmarks?

Vinyl Plank Flooring 
to Dirty Deeds

Vinyl Plank Flooring 
to Dirty Deeds

“Luxury vinyl plank flooring is really catching on here in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says Jody Maloley, owner of Network Interiors Group. “It has a contemporary look, sleek and modern. The planks can look like exactly like wood, but they wear like iron.”

Carbondale Couple Chronicles the 
Camino de Santiago

Carbondale Couple Chronicles the 
Camino de Santiago 2

On November 7, Ted Reed, a former Carbondale Chamber of Commerce president, returned home after walking the 600-mile Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain. Inspired by a 2010 Martin Sheen movie called “The Way,” Reed spread the ashes of his old friend Karen Anthony DeRiemer along the route, while also raising money to support her disabled son Christian, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.