February 2017 Around Town

Mt. Sopris Rec Riders Gala Held Feb. 11

The Mt. Sopris Recreational Riders (MSRR) club will be holding a gala fundraiser to support the grooming of the Sunlight to Powderhorn (SP) trail. Not coincidentally, it will also celebrate the 65th birthday of the club’s treasurer, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. MSRR, which is celebrating its 37th year as a club, is raising funds to pay for fuel, maintenance, and the snowcat that is used to groom more than 100 miles of the SP trail system.

Held at the Orchard in Carbondale, the fundraiser will include a dinner, a silent auction, door prizes, and live music. Dinnertime music will be provided by Twirp Anderson and an after-dinner dance party will be enlivened by the 50/Fifty band, a group that frequently tops favorites polls in Glenwood Springs. The evening will feature prizes that range from snowmobile tours, riding gear, and hats to spa tickets and car washes.

The MSRR club invites all snow trail enthusiasts – skiers, dog mushers, snowshoers, hikers as well as snowmobilers  – to come to the party. Jo Hunter, club publicist, says that the evening offers all trail users a chance to “put a face to the helmet or find out who was behind those goggles, and to make new friends and/or riding partners. And who doesn’t like to dance to great music!”

Women’s Safety Night Held Feb. 24

Ladies of all ages are invited to enjoy a “girls’ night out” and learn the basics of self-defense. On Friday night, February 24th, join PRO TKD Martial Arts for a special night of women’s empowerment, This evening features women’s world power-breaking champion Master Sloane Cameron, who empowers women to break stereotypes and to be all they can be. This self-defense seminar will provide real-world skills to help keep women safe physically, mentally, and spiritually.

On Saturday, February 25th Master Cameron will also hold a power-breaking seminar for all martial artists who are interested in beginning or refining their breaking skills. Seminars will be held at PRO TKD Martial Art Center at City Market in Carbondale. More information can be found at ProTKDmac.com or by calling 970.963.2685.

“Let There be Light” at Third 
Street Center

To provide an attractive space for events that are too large for the much-used Calaway Room, Carbondale’s Third Street Center has undertaken a $200,000 capital campaign it hopes to complete by this April. As shown at right, the money will be used to renovate the building’s former gym, giving it six big windows, doors with windows, and two skylights as shown in the architectural illustration by Charlie Manus. Repositionable seating will be added, along with other interior upgrades to make the room more attractive. Third Street is also seeking a new name for the gym space, and invites locals to contribute ideas via their Facebook page.

Third Street Center’s gym is three times as large as the Calaway Room, which is constantly in use for events that range from the popular Naturalist Nights lectures to concerts, meetings, and even church services. The upgrades will enhance the gym’s rental potential and help keep Third Street Center in the black; 85 percent of the Center’s operating revenue is earned through below-market leases and rentals.

Two initial gifts quickly jump-started the campaign, putting the nonprofit center one-quarter of the way to that goal. More details at ThirdStreetCenter.net.

Basalt Garners a Year of Architectural Honors

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center, a net-zero energy demonstration conference center located on Two Rivers Road in Basalt, continued to rack up awards all through 2016. Fast Company recognized the building with an Honorable Mention in their 2016 Design Innovation Awards. ZGF Architects, the Portland firm that designed the building, was named “Top Firm Overall in Sustainability 2016” by Architect Magazine. Engineering News Record  recognized the building with awards for “Best Green Project” and “Safety Project of the Year.” American Institute of Architects (AIA) Portland honored the RMI Innovation Center, touted as “the most energy-efficient building in the coldest climate zone in North America” with its 2030 Challenge Award. (The 2030 challenge is an architectural goal that calls for all new buildings, developments, and renovations to be carbon-neutral by the year 2030.)

Also during last year, CCY Architects of Basalt totaled up some impressive honors for its Colorado projects. Gamble Oaks Ranch, a residential building rated LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council, received an Award of Excellence from AIA Colorado and was featured in the November/December issue of LUXE Colorado. A Woody Creek residence designed by CCY earned an AIA Colorado West Citation Award, and their Meadow House in Aspen was honored with an AIA Colorado West Merit Award.

 White River Forest Projects 
on Tap for 2017

This year, the US Forest Service has five major projects underway in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District and more that are slated nearby. Staff is working on a plan to limit overnight use of high-profile destinations in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness; it’s likely that those limits will first be applied to Conundrum Valley, near the popular hot springs. The Forest Service is continuing to collect public input. Implementation won’t occur until 2018.

Aspen Skiing Company wants to expand summer recreation in the Elk Camp section of the Snowmass Ski Area. Skico is proposing 16 miles of additional mountain biking and hiking trails, an alpine coaster, a canopy tour, a zip line, a rope challenge course, and a climbing wall.

The Forest Service has proposed a timber sale and additional vegetation management on 1,964 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley. Logging trucks would haul out most of the timber using 20 miles of the Eagle-Thomasville Road and then exit in Eagle. However, timber sales on 233 acres around Diemer and Seller lakes would require the trucks to use the Frying Pan Road and travel through Basalt. The Basalt and Pitkin County governments are concerned about added truck traffic, and the Forest Service is performing an Environmental Analysis. A draft management plan should be released this summer. The White River Forest is also proposing to sell two parcels of land adjacent to Crown Mountain Park in Jebel: 40 acres along the Roaring Fork River and 30 on a bench above the river’s riparian area. A decision isn’t expected until March 2018.

There’s Still Time to Register 
for Girl Scouts’ Camp

During summer 2017, girls can rough it survivor-style, summon the courage to zip down the zip line, sing and dance with new friends, or even paint a chicken’s toenails at a Girl Scout camp. Girl Scouts of Colorado offers camp sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school. Sessions take place at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs and at Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver.

Summer 2017 camps include “Pioneers” during which girls will travel back in time to the 1800’s, learning to cook over a fire, preparing food as their ancestors did, tracking animals, and making their own soaps and lotions. There’s also an “Oopy Goopy Science” session and an “On Targets” session that enables girls to become skilled archers, even whittling their own arrows and fashioning them with arrowheads and fletching! The Water Fillies session will enable girls to split their time between the pond and barn, to canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard, as well as to groom, feed and play with animals.

Overnight camp sessions are three days, six days or two weeks. Registration began in January and continues online at GirlScoutsOfColorado.org. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve nearly 25,000 girls statewide with the support of 10,000 adult volunteers.