A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Silver and Gold

 Mountain Elegance.  That’s how Megan DeNev Wussow, the jewelry artisan behind Carbondale-based DeNev Designs, describes the feel of her work. In a place where many locals spend their days outdoors and their nights on the town, she has nailed the aesthetic of the Roaring Fork Valley—or rather, crafted it into silver and gold.  “I want people to be able to…

Reudi Views

Joyce Occhiato had been visiting the Roaring Fork Valley since she was a child, when she vacationed in Glenwood Springs with her family. So when the Denver resident began thinking of purchasing a mountain hideaway where her family could retreat from the hustle and bustle of the front range, her memories of the valley came to mind. Soon she discovered a…

A Day in the (Creative) Life

Painter and Willits resident Jocelyn Murray thrives on the spontaneity of abstract art. "It’s an ongoing intuitive dialogue with the piece, a process with an unknown outcome," she says. "My paintings emerge from my personal experiences in design, the theatrical stage, family life, nature, and my love of spiral marks." Murray also works as the exhibitions manager at The Art…

Fresh Batch

“I’ve been dreaming up Batch since we opened up our original place,” smiles owner Aly Sanguily, marketing director and former tasting room manager for husband Chase Engel’s Roaring Fork Beer Company (RFBC). Batch is the summation of her dreams to date.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

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 Article Paul Heisig, Exclusive Athletic Club  Imagine it’s thousands of years ago and there you are, finding what you need to survive, all without any modern comforts. When you finally get what you need—berries, bird, fish, deer—you must carry it all in order to keep yourself and those around you alive.  Our environment has changed to become easier today, but…

Seared Ahi Tuna with Mango Salsa

 Serves Four  + 1½ lbs center cut sashimi-grade ahi 
 tuna, tataki cut
+ 2 tbsp sesame oil
+ Sea salt
+ Freshly ground black pepper
  1 large ripe mango, diced
+ 2 tbsp chili oil
+ Juice of one lime
+ 2 tbsp red bell pepper, small dice
+ Dash sea salt and white pepper

15-Minute Workout

 Trainers Parker Condit and Jennifer Mendez  The Aspen Clinic (TAC)  1460 E. Valley Road, 
Suites 100 & 221, Basalt

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“Yes, and…”

Consensual Improv! and Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) are building a performance relationship and so far, it’s a perfect match. “It was amazing when Jeff [Patterson] reached out to me, because years before I was involved at Thunder River Theatre, I’d journaled about all of the exciting arts and cultural programming that could take place in a black box performance…

Under Alya’s Umbrella

Choreographer, poet, and performing arts curator Alya Howe has an “umbrella." What she needs now are additional rainmakers. Over the past five years, Howe has curated three different performing arts series: Writ Large, the Poetry Brothel, and The Salon in Aspen. The Salon celebrated its fifth anniversary this past September with a huge gala, one that for the first time…

Uncommon Opportunity

How is anyone just suddenly supposed to know what to do with their life?

Coming Soon: A New Mountain Family Health Centers Clinic

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) will open a new integrated health center in Basalt in the fall of 2018. We recently spoke with MFHC Development Director Garry Schalla about the new clinic.

Spice It Up

What do you do with 100 mason jars left over from your wedding? If you’re Tony de Moraes and Jenn Dockery, you start a business with them.

The Magic of Mead

“Most people, who are not only involved in magic but really big fans of magic for a long time, still have a misconception about what magicians are,” says Aspen magician Eric Mead. “There’s a huge spectrum. But the magicians that I like most—respect most—aren’t even on that spectrum. They’re in a different room, doing work that is aimed at really…

A Living Legend

The door to the new Doc Holliday Museum whispers open. A gentleman, worn black ball cap pulled low over his dark 1970s aviators, ghosts through. Silver sideburns edge the valleys of his lean face; a gunmetal gray horseshoe ‘stache emphasizes his square chin and pursed full lips. A beat-up suede vest slides over a pinstriped collared shirt, seemingly from another…

What’s Old is New on the Rio Grande

There’s a spot along the Rio Grande Trail that smells of sweet sage after a rainstorm. Rugged red cliffs dominate the eastern skyline and the view south toward Mt. Sopris stretches wide open. Adjacent grassy fields — once filled with potatoes — speak to the valley’s agricultural history. During quiet moments on her 32-mile bicycle commute on the Rio Grande,…

Where Fires Still Burn

In September, New Castle celebrated its annual Burning Mountain Festival with music, a pancake breakfast, and a 5K run. The festival, which has been running for 44 years, was named for underground coal mines that still flame inside nearby hillsides.

A Wild Mustang Heads to School in Carbondale

The students involved in the horse program at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) dreamt for months of adopting a wild mustang. In June, their dreams came true. Amanda Leahy, head of the CRMS horse program, spent the school year guiding her students through the planning and proposal process for adopting a mustang. The hope was to secure funds to…

JAS Aspen Echos Through the Valley

Two years ago, Basalt teenager Isaac Musselman got to meet Christian McBride after listening to the Grammy-winning jazz bassist perform at a Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) concert in Aspen. As a young musician, Musselman was nervous to play in front of McBride, but the concert inspired him, and his musical 
dedication took a shift.

Visiting Ross Montessori’s Natural Playground

With its verdant hoop house, shaggy berms, and dramatic climbing net, Carbondale’s newest landmark, the Ross Montessori Elementary School playground, stirs the curious soul. With the last stage of their new landscape in place, Ross students, staff and volunteers have created holding space for immersive, experiential learning: a “natural playground.” A significant component of this is a living, dynamic, evolving…

Musings of a Modern Forager

There is something indescribable and quietly special about foraging for wild mushrooms. It awakens a hidden drive so dormant that you might not have previously felt its existence. Perhaps it’s a nod to those ancient hunter-gatherer genes, or maybe it’s just one of the most fulfilling ways to experience the natural world as it was meant to be seen. Whatever…

Hold Onto Your “Kapp” – There’s Amish Tourism in Glenwood!

At a Carbondale rodeo, I sat behind a family in old-fashioned garments, the bearded dad garbed in a broad-brimmed hat and suspenders, the womenfolk wearing prairie dresses, white aprons, and starched bonnets. Solemnly pledging allegiance as a rhinestone-bedecked rodeo queen lofted the Stars and Stripes, these seven visitors could have been just another vacationing family celebrating America’s agrarian roots.

Rocky Mountain Oysters

Slippery, with bits of “resistance” in the chewing. Tender, juicy. Light; a crispy coating, similar to soft-shell crabs. Or, to others, somewhat like chewing on a slice of batter-dipped, deep-fried cartilaginous ear.

A Pair Go Paragliding

Watching paragliders coasting on the thermals, the colorful shells of their sails holding them aloft in the blue, I have often wondered how they got up there in the first place. Did they learn to fly like fledgling birds in a nature film, dropping out of the nest with a thunk? Nope. It’s easier than that.

39 Hours

In the late hours of January 13, the team stowed the last gear by flashlight. Alternately sweating and shivering—overheated by heavy lifting in drysuits and chilled by the weight of responsibility—the eight were about to hurl themselves down the Grand Canyon in a headlong sprint. To topple a speed record set by kayakers two years earlier, they would have to…

Important to Be Seen

Anyone who has ever been to camp remembers the adventure. Sometimes it’s filled with excitement about getting away from home, sometimes there are tears; for many there are both. Regardless of how it starts, by the end of the summer new friendships are formed and memories made that will last a lifetime.

Sculpting A Sense Of Place

“The artists I know are attempting to understand a sense of place and living in the world,” muses Nancy Lovendahl. “My own career has been about a call and response, a sense of place and the landscape. I’m sure my art would be very different if I lived in New York or Beijing, which I did for awhile.”

Flying Colors

Pam and Bruce Wood have been flying hot air balloons professionally in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1996. Their flying company, Above It All, brings immense joy to the Woods; so much so that they purchased the company outright when their business partner and original owner, Bill Hodgden, decided to retire in 2002.

Muddy Hands, Happy Hearts

How do you foster a deep and sustaining sense of stewardship for the land? By getting your hands good and dirty in it. That’s the founding belief of the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), the Basalt-based nonprofit that offers opportunities to pour your sweat equity into a full slate of trail work and ecological restoration projects from Aspen to Rifle.

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.

Couple Creates a Deep-Green, DIY Home in Satank

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.

Of Riddles, Rivers, and Cutthroats

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?

Wild at Heart

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.

Farm-to-Table Fresh

Lifting the seedling to your mouth, you marvel at its perfection: an achingly green, luminous sprout with a pubescent white root. It’s still alive. Liquid spurts across your tongue as its flesh bursts, and lingering notes of flavor hint at summer, earth, and mystery.

Calling all CSAs

Imagine the flavor of local peaches, crisp greens, sun-warmed apricots, slicing tomatoes, eggs with creamy golden yolks, and meats raised humanely just a few miles from your house: hungry yet? The Roaring Fork Valley’s farms are rich with the freshest and most delicious foods. But how can we get our hands on what they have to offer us? Enter the…

Backyard Goodness

There is nothing better than fresh food you grow yourself. Our daughters were raised picking peas and digging carrots and potatoes. Teaching children how to grow and harvest vegetables can be fun, really; you reap the benefits of time spent together outdoors, being productive. Below are some suggested practices my family uses for growing organic produce at home.

Welcome Home

Uncork the wine, light the grill, and call up your friends and family: this River Valley Ranch showstopper was built to entertain. Test your culinary prowess in the roomy chef’s kitchen while guests enjoy the main floor’s spacious open floor plan. Is warm springtime weather beckoning the group outside, or is it just the spectacular view of Mount Sopris? Either…

Steve Beckley’s Dream: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has been honored with four Post Independent Locals’ Choice Awards and a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. In 2001, the Beckley's exemplary environmental preservation efforts were recognized with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative.

Kjell Mitchell – Forty Years in Hot Water

Kjell Mitchell doesn’t look like an executive. For a conversation with this magazine, he arrived Colorado-casual, bundled in a softly worn coat, a jaunty scarf about his neck, his cheeks rosy from the winter walk over. Sporting spectacles and blonde stubble, tall and lean, he lacks the paunch often typifying success. Affable and self-effacing, Mitchell seems more ready for a…

Michael Lowe’s Learning-By-Doing Philosophy

Michael Lowe is on a mission. With a lifetime of adventure in the natural world under his belt, he strongly believes in the transformative power of experiencing. Not just talking about it, watching it or reading about it—or even just learning about it—but doing it.

The Nieslanik Clan: Three Generations of Ranchers

It’s 8 a.m. Christmas morning. The thermometer hovers at four above. The black cattle are silvered with frost. Oblivious to the fact that it’s a holiday, they trail inquisitively along behind a green tractor carrying a 1,200-pound hay roll. The massive round bale is speared through like a spool of thread, and every few feet, the tractor shakes it, winnowing…

Roaring Fork Leadership Grows Community and Leaders

Each year, the Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) program adopts civic projects that strengthen communities all up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. RFL is sponsored by the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership (RFCCL), and it provides more than 100 hours of training and dialogue designed to enhance personal, professional and community problem-solving and effectiveness. Over the past 28 years,…

Happy Hogs Grow Fat on Stillage from Marble Distilling

Along Carbondale’s Main Street, the Marble Distilling Company (MDC) cranks out internationally award-winning spirits. They also crank out tons of an aromatic by-product. “In the vodka distilling process you do a 500-gallon mash,” explains co-owner and Head Distiller Connie Baker. “It then goes into the strip still. From that, we pull off 125 gallons of low wines. That’s the start…

Preparing Your Dogs for Fun in the Snow

Katie Beiser holds up her right hand and points to the tip of her pinky. “This is the go-to map of Michigan, and this is where I was working before moving here.” Having spent time with Dr. John Kuck at Willits Veterinary during her fourth year of veterinary school during spring ski season, Dr. Beiser became hooked on our valley.…

Stay on Track

We all know how New Year’s Resolutions go. Come January 1, we’re all about it. We’re eating healthy, joining the mass quantities of gym-goers everyday after work and convince ourselves we’ll finally stick with it this time. As the months go by, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated, but this health and fitness gear is so cool you…

“Food Drink Flower”

The diminutive Japanese lady often passed the bearded American guy in the clay studios of the Anderson Ranch Art Center. Soon, the two potters began to acknowledge one another with a smile and a slight bow.