December 2017 Around Town 1

Coal Ridge High School Seeks 
Work-Study Partners

New Castle’s Coal Ridge High School (CRHS) invites local professionals and business owners to join the school’s new internship/work-study program to help provide students with real-world skills and experience. The program allows students with paid jobs and/or unpaid internships to prepare for the world of work while earning high school elective credit. Students are permitted to take advantage of flexible hours and flexibility in the number of credits that can be earned. The program also provides documentation that supports career-based skills, verification, and accountability. For more information, contact CRHS college and career advisor Deb Eichman at 970.665.6718.

LIFT-UP Announces New 
Executive Director

LIFT-UP recently welcomed Amy Barr as the nonprofit’s new executive director. Barr came to LIFT-UP after leading United Way Battlement to the Bells for the past six years and helping run The Salvation Army–InterValley Service Center in Glenwood Springs. Prior to her work in the Roaring Fork Valley, Barr, a registered dietitian with more than three decades of food and nutrition experience, was director of, and national spokesperson for the Good Housekeeping Institute, earlier serving as Good Housekeeping magazine’s nutrition and fitness editor. She was also previously executive editor-at-large for McCall’s magazine. Her corporate-management experience also includes stints at General Foods and the Food Marketing Institute.

“LIFT-UP is excited to have Amy lead LIFT-UP’s efforts to serve our neighbors in need from Aspen to DeBeque. Her nonprofit experience and relationships throughout the valley will expand LIFT-UP’s 35-year legacy and service,” said Jody Wilson, LIFT-UP board president. “In addition, her passion and interest in food and nutrition make her an ideal fit as we take steps in growing LIFT-UP in the years ahead.”

Artist In Wilderness 
Residency Applications

Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Artist in Wilderness residency. This year, the organization is seeking artists who create wearable jewelry inspired by nature and/or by using natural materials. Selected artists are provided housing, a stipend, a hiking guide as needed, and travel reimbursement to/from Aspen for a week-long immersion in the lands that Wilderness Workshop endeavors to protect. See or email for more information.

MFHC Offers Health 
Insurance Assistance

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) is prepared to assist residents signing up for health insurance or Medicaid during the enrollment period, now through January 12. The no-charge assistance is designed to help families understand their health insurance options for 2018, including tax subsidies, using Colorado’s Connect for Health online insurance exchange, or signing up for Medicaid.

“We hear from people who think the health insurance requirement is going away,” says Silvia Santana, MFHC’s Outreach and Enrollment Manager. “But it’s still in place, and it doesn’t hurt to come find out what insurance plans are available.” Tax subsidies will still be available to residents for 2018. To make an appointment, please call 970.928.1614 or email All Assisters speak English and Spanish.

MFHC is also partnering with county offices to offer assistance on the following dates: Mondays through January 8 at Eagle County Health and Human Services, Tuesdays through January 9 at Pitkin County Department of Human Services, and Fridays through January 12 at Garfield County Department of Human Services.

Bridges High School 
Celebrates 20 years

Carbondale’s Bridges High School, which serves local students needing more intensive support services, showcased its recent building renovations during a 20th anniversary celebration with the community in November. The remodel was one of the 19 Roaring Fork School District projects completed as part of the voter-approved $122 million bond issue. The bulk of the work at Bridges was completed this summer, with renovations including a central common space surrounded by classrooms and support areas, and a new space for the Ready for the World program.