December 2015 Around Town 5

Roaring Fork Lifestyle Celebrates First Anniversary

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.

While many talented individuals have contributed to the magazine’s stories, Roaring Fork Lifestyle particularly wants to thank its frequent writers: Caitlin Causey, Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar, Carolyn Watt Williams, Andrea Palm-Porter, Lynn Dwyer, Lynette DeNike, Bridget Grey and Paul Andersen. Thanks also go to multiple-issue photographers Renee Ramge, Elizabeth Shields, Tyler Stableford, Trina Haines, Ken Krehbiel, Caitlin Causey, Andrea Palm-Porter, Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar and Carolyn Watt Williams.

Balcomb & Green Law Firm Merger Announced

Balcomb & Green, P.C. has announced its merger with David Myler of the Myler Law Firm in November. Adding the Myler law firm’s office in Basalt to Balcomb & Green’s existing offices in Glenwood Springs and Aspen provides the firm’s clients with three convenient locations in the Valley.

Balcomb & Green’s merger with the Myler Law Firm follows its merger in 2014 with the civil litigation firm of Worrell, Durrett & Gavrell, P.C. Since 1991, Worrell, Durrett & Gavrell, P.C. has specialized in personal injury, estate litigation, business litigation, professional malpractice, contract disputes and divorce. The rebranded Worrell-Durrett-Gavrell practice continues as a special litigation division within Balcomb & Green.

Founded in 1953, Balcomb & Green is among the oldest and largest law firms on Colorado’s Western Slope. Details at

Local Designer’s Tiny Home Featured in Dwell

The November issue of Dwell magazine featured a spacious layout on a tiny house that recently trundled up the road from Basalt to Marble to a new home site recently purchased by Joni and Brian Buzarde. Joni and Brian, a young designer, began building their 236-square-foot trailer home, nicknamed “Woody,” when they were living in Houston, Texas. Woody cost about $50,000 to build, and the couple put in about a year’s worth of sweat equity, learning construction skills on the job.

The cedar-clad trailer is a jewel box filled with well-thought-out modern details: a loft bed, a half-sized refrigerator and eight-inch-deep storage compartments entered through trap doors in the floor. A large sliding-glass door opens onto a deck, giving the couple a place to romp with Woody’s other resident, a friendly white mutt named Sheba.

Brian is currently freelancing architectural design services and the couple is formulating a business to build portable homes. For info, contact Brian at

Solstice Features Spiral Dance & Japanese Tale

Davi Nikent and the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation are again teaming up host a free winter solstice celebration at Carbondale’s Third Street Center on Saturday, December 19. The open-to-the-public celebration marks the longest night of the year and the return of the sun as the days begin to again lengthen.

This year’s celebration, the fifth annual solstice event, will feature an outdoor bonfire, drumming and a spiral dance for more than 100 people. The indoor ritual will include an invocation to the four compass directions, caroling and music and the re-enactment of a return-of-the-sun myth from Japan. The myth of Amaterasu, which is drawn from Shinto traditions, will be portrayed in dance and story in the Round Room at Third Street Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served following the celebration.

Sunlight Names New Marketing/Sales Director

In October, Sunlight Mountain Resort named Troy Hawks, former communications manager at the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), as its new marketing and sales director. “We’re excited to have Troy on board and are confident that his solid work experience and network of friends in the industry will be a big benefit to our team effort of taking Sunlight to the next level,” says Tom Hays, Sunlight’s assistant general manager.

Hawks worked for two years at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) in the areas of marketing communications and managing the passport department that processes and distributes more than 20,000 ski passes annually. Hawks moved to Colorado from Wisconsin in 1992 and worked for 12 seasons as a children’s ski instructor at Keystone Resort. He is a vice president of the North American Snowsports Journalist Association and a member of the Ski Confederation of International Journalists.

Skiers and riders at Sunlight Mountain Resort will be greeted with a number of nice improvements for the 2015-16 season. They include expanded food and beverage concessions, a major renovation to the Sunlight Lodge Bed & Breakfast, several on-mountain maintenance projects and a new website set to launch soon. Sunlight is scheduled to open Dec. 11.

Marble Distilling Rates as Finalist in
National Competition

In November, the nationwide Good Food Awards announced the 263 finalists for 2016. Marble Distilling Company (MDC) of Carbondale made the list with its Moonlight EXpresso, which was selected from 1,937 entries that represent the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially responsible food beverage crafters.

Moonlight EXpresso is brewed from a family recipe perfected by distiller Connie Baker. Inspired by the Italian craftsmen who worked long hours in the Marble quarry near Carbondale, Moonlight EXpresso is a complex, dark-roasted coffee liqueur that blends the sweetness of vanilla bean and natural cane sugar. Marble Distilling Company is only distiller in the world to use the world-famous marble stone as a filtering agent.

To become finalists in the Good Food Awards, entries must receive top scores from 215 judges. They must also pass meet specific standards for environmentally-sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain. Marble Distilling is the only Colorado company to be named a finalist in the spirits category. Final results will be announced on January 15 at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco.

Local to Judge International Ski Competitions

Chris Ellis, who lives in Carbondale, has been selected as a U.S. judge for the mogul and invert aerial skiing events at the Federation of International Skiing world championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain in 2017. That job also places Ellis into a small pool of candidates for judges for the Olympic games the following year in South Korea. “I have accepted the nomination for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and am excited about the ability to participate at this level in a sport in which I have devoted so much of my life,” says Ellis. “I will be required to judge many events this coming winter and next in Europe, Asia, Russia and the United States.”

Because of the demands of judging, Ellis will be stepping back from teaching solar installation for Colorado Mountain College. Ellis and his solar students have installed more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of solar systems on three libraries, assisted with the CARE facility at the Spring Valley campus and helped install CMC’s solar installation at the Rifle campus.

Symphony in the Valley Plays Dec. 12 & 13

Two Christmas concerts will be given by Symphony in the Valley (SITV) this month. On the evening of December 12, SITV musicians will gather onstage at the Ute Performing Arts Theatre in Rifle to present Christmas classics. The program will repeat at 4 p.m. on December 13 in the Glenwood Springs High School Theatre.

Symphony in the Valley has given local classical musicians opportunities to perform for hometown audiences for 21 years. Players are drawn from between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and from Vail to Grand Valley. SITV plays four affordable annual concert series: in October and December, at a February dinner dance fundraiser called Symphony Swing, and in a Mothers’ Day performance that features the winner of the SITV concerto competition for young musicians. For more information, visit