March 2017 Around Town 3

Glenwood Springs Named 
in Popular Travel Book

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association announced that the city has again been included in the latest edition of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. The book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. The entry on Glenwood includes a photo of the Hot Springs Pool and a brief overview of the area’s history from its beginnings as Ute territory to its more recent emergence as a family-friendly travel destination. Mentions of selected local attractions include Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Doc Holliday’s grave site, and the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves.

Mountain Family Health Opens 
El Jebel Dental Unit

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) announces the March 15 grand opening of its Mobile Dental Van. The public is invited to tour the new van from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

The van will welcome locals of all ages, whether or not they are current patients of MFHC. Services provided on the Mobile Dental Van include dental prevention, dental cleanings, sealant placement, topical fluoride applications, complete dental evaluations, emergency dental procedures, simple extractions, fillings and simple removable devices to replace missing teeth. After the grand opening, the van will be located at the Eagle County Community Center at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel, and it will be available for appointments only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. The van hopes to add an additional service day in the near future. Dr. Stephen Glass will provide dental care on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Anai Quezada will provide dental hygiene services on Fridays. Call MFHC at 970.945.2840 for an appointment.

Gavin Dahl to Manage KDNK

Gavin Dahl, who joined Carbondale’s nonprofit radio station KDNK as news director in May 2016, took the station’s reins as general manager in February. Dahl, who worked in community radio in Denver, Spokane, Boise, and Olympia, Washington before coming to KDNK, said, “I love this station and the unique communities we serve. Our model mixes public access, public service, youth media training, local and national news, and the best music on the dial.”

Dahl’s nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of noncommercial radio startups. He has worked for the national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti. His writing has been published by Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman, and Boise Weekly.

Shakespeare’s Tempest 
Runs Through March 11

Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) opened William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, on February 24, the night that the TRTC board and staff dedicated a new sign naming the theatre in honor of founder Lon Winston. Winston served as director and designer for The Tempest, which portrays humankind in connection with the supernatural. There is “magic driving the entire play,” says Winston. “The timely themes of reconciliation and forgiveness are also at the heart of this piece.”

The production includes a cast from across the Roaring Fork Valley: Jeff Carlson (Prospero), Trary Maddalone (Ariel), Nathan Cox (Caliban), Gabrielle Bailes (Miranda), Dena Barnes (Queen Alonsa), Owen O’Farrell (Trinculo), Gerald deLisser (Stephano), Corey Simpson (Antonio), Travis Lane McDiffett (Sebastian), Richard Lyon (Gonzalo), Nick Garay (Ferdinand), Dani Grace Kopf (Lord Adrian), and JD Miller (Boatswain). Technical and design crew include Sean Jeffries (lighting and sound design), Olivia Savard (stage manager), Madeline Miles (costumes), Diane Johnson (props coordinator), Colin Tugwell (props artisan) and Megan Tackett (assistant stage manager). For details, see Lifestyle calendar page 36.

Green is New Black Show 
is March 10 & 11

Carbondale Arts’ 9th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: SHE brims with locals, performance art, multimedia, inspiring sustainable fashion and an intriguing storyline. The show, always a sell-out, raises money to educate youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. This month, ticket prices are $45 for members and $50 for non-members online at

In describing SHE, Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly writes, “From the days of Sacajawea to Harriet Tubman to Angela Merkel, women have, and will continue to have, a seat at the table. Sometimes they might be under the table, but their influence is always there… She could be that skier you can never beat, or the artist that captures your feelings perfectly. She might be your best friend and lover, or the mother of your children, or she could be the voice you stand behind when the going gets tough.”

Dr. Dave’s Under New Management

Mandy Hemmert of Gunnison recently took over a home-grown Roaring Fork Valley business, Dr. Dave’s Herbal Medicine. Founder Dave Teitler, owner of the Carbondale Acupuncture Center and a trained Chinese medicine herbalist, will be working with Hemmert to again produce finely-crafted herbal remedies formulated specifically for the dry Colorado climate. This means that Dr. Dave’s remedies will again be available throughout the valley at locations such as Dandelion Market, Carbondale Acupuncture Center, WIN Health Institute, and Back to Balance. The website remains the same, The new phone number is 970.642.3030.

Forest Service Projects 
Status Thank-You

Last month’s Around Town news item about the status of five U.S. Forest Service projects in the White River National Forest should have credited the reporting of long-time Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon. Roaring Fork Lifestyle apologizes for the oversight and thanks Condon for his work and generosity.

Dance Initiative Offers 
Two Scholarships

Dance Initiative is offering a Promise Scholarship of up to $1,000 and a Development Grant of up to $2,000. Both are open to local dancers. The Promise Scholarship provides financial support for serious students of dance in the community. These emerging dancers should have exhibited determination, commitment, and passion for dance; they also must be recommended by their teachers as having significant promise of achieving a professional dance career. The Development Grant provides financial support to experienced dancers, choreographers, and dance teachers. The grant helps them to further their education and artistic development.

The deadline for both scholarships is March 15 and applications must be made electronically. Forms and details for both awards can be found at

Basalt Police Earn Rare Accreditation

The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) report that they have awarded the Basalt Police Department an accreditation earned by only about 17 percent of Colorado’s law enforcement agencies. CACP and CSOC are two of three organizations that accredit police agencies; the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is the third.

Writing in Colorado Media, Dan Montgomery, a retired police chief and past President of CACP, notes that of Colorado’s approximately 138 police departments, 64 sheriff’s departments and 11 town marshal offices, “only 38 (17.8 percent) are currently accredited professionally.” Montgomery helped develop CACP’s standards. He writes that the accreditation process puts “the policies, procedures, and practices of an agency under a microscope to determine whether or not that agency is in sync with today’s professional standards of policing.”

Chief John Camper of the Grand Junction Police Department presented the accreditation award to Chief Greg Knott of Basalt Police Department in January.