Nurturing Nature in our Valley

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Ah, May: the month that truly brings the Roaring Fork Valley back to life. After a cold winter and the ever-unpredictable month of April, May ushers us from mud season to sun season in a mere 31 days. Cue the green trees, late hours of daylight, and picnics in the park.

May 2017 Around Town

May 2017 Around Town

Tom and Sarah Rumery, owners of New Castle’s Osage Gardens, are celebrating 25 years of local, organic farming in 2017. Now the largest grower of fine organic culinary herbs in Colorado, the farm began with just six basil plants and now boasts nearly 6,000. Also grown on-site are over 20 other herb varieties including dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and others; many of these can be found in grocery stores and on restaurant menus across the Roaring Fork Valley.

Lon Winston Theatre Naming

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Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) celebrated opening night of their recent production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by announcing the newly named Lon Winston Theatre. Winston, who directed and designed The Tempest and many other productions, founded TRTC more than 20 years ago. Photography by Beth White Photography.

Spellebration: Literacy Under the Big Top

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In April, Glenwood’s Literacy Outreach hosted its annual adult spelling bee at the Hotel Colorado. The circus-themed event, benefiting Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College’s Learning Labs, featured outrageous costumes and 30 teams competing for bragging rights as the best spellers in the county. Photography by Susy Cota.

MFHC Dental Clinic Opening

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In March, Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) celebrated the opening of the organization’s new Mobile Dental Van in El Jebel. MFHC CEO Ross Brooks and others from the team welcomed the public to tour the van and learn more about its services. Photography by Garry Schalla.

Spring Green or Cone Orange?

Spring Green or Cone Orange?

Spring is a time when you usually think of new green sprouts poking through the soil—but for those of us who spend a lot of time in the car commuting, spring also means a fresh crop of attractive orange traffic cones lining the roads. Sometimes it seems there are more traffic cones than spring flowers, more orange than the poppy fields in The Wizard of Oz.

A Greener, Cleaner Valley

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Long ago, eight-year-old Davey Reindel would lurk in his Ohio ‘hood with a BMX posse, “raiding trash cans for cool stuff on pick-up day—our scores would then migrate to the woods to build forts,” he remembers. By the time he was eleven, Dave was collecting recyclables from construction sites for nickels and dimes.

The Air We Breathe

The Air We Breathe

It’s a delight to call the Roaring Fork Valley home. We enjoy beautiful vistas, a plethora of outdoor activities, and excellent community events. Our love of the outdoors generally comes with an appreciation for a clean environment and a healthy place to live. However, we often don’t pause to think about how our daily activities can impact air quality, both locally and globally.

Of Riddles, Rivers, and Cutthroats

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Enjoy solving riddles? Try this one on for size: The beautiful greenback cutthroat trout, native to the eastern slope of Colorado, is declared extinct in 1937. In the 1950s, it is rediscovered. By the 2000s, it is found across the western slope. How?

Couple Creates a Deep-Green, DIY Home in Satank

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The modern, industrial-chic home that has taken shape on Pine Street in Satank is a dream made concrete by Steven and Bailey Haines. Handsomely finished with touches like weathered cedar siding and trendy concrete countertops, their “Hainestead” isn’t just a treat for the eye, it’s a better-than-net-zero house.

Pedaling Toward Sustainability—and Community

Pedaling Toward Sustainability—and Community

Creating community, one pedal stroke at a time: That’s the vision of Mirte Mallory, co-founder and executive director of WE-cycle, the Roaring Fork Valley’s nonprofit bike-share program that offers an efficient, simple, sustainable transit alternative for residents and visitors.

Rising Up by Rooting Down

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What brought me to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago was a deep longing for a place to root down. Having lived in multiple countries, I had encountered many of the world’s treasures but didn’t find “home” until coming here. I landed a position with Colorado Mountain College (CMC), but perhaps it was Mother Sopris that drew my family here with her rooted, humble magnetism: the antidote for an unmoored wanderlust. In this I am like the rest of us, for we are all immigrants beneath this mountain, the difference being when each of us arrived here.


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Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover’s dream come true.
Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

West Canyon Tree Farm

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Longtime locals may recall spring and summer days spent strolling the grounds of West Canyon Tree Farm years ago, selecting shrubs or flowers to plant at home with their families. From 1980 to 2007, the farm was a bustling center of activity that served green thumbs and gardening novices alike.

Wild at Heart

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In a watershed surrounded by national forest and wilderness, steeped in both prosperity and nonprofit initiatives, it would be easy to presume that money flows from one to the other as freely as the rivers and streams within. But this isn’t always the case.