Sip, Sample, Savor

“Presenting a meal is a work of art,” says Judy O’Donnell. “The ingredients, the preparation of the foods, and serving it all with a wine or beer is special. What we want people to experience at this event is how food and beverages can be part of ‘the art of living.’”

Crossroads of Knowledge

When Sheri Scruby got involved in her children’s Accelerated Reader program at Glenwood Springs Elementary back in the late 1990s, little did she know that she was embarking on a journey that would encompass the next two decades of her life.

Ready for Kindergarten?

No. On May 1, 2019, the Colorado state legislature passed HB19-1262 to fund full-day kindergarten. 

Master of His Universe

It’s no wonder Robbie Davis holds the CrossFit title “Fittest on Earth” two-times running. Growing up in Northern California, his family was super active; team sports, the outdoors, and adventure were all catalysts for a love of fitness in his younger years. Robbie’s father had a large influence, as did his older brother, three years his senior.

Sweet and Simple

Marilyn Murphy was nervous about giving a “pitch” to Sopris 100 Who Care. She had been board president for Carbondale’s nonprofit newspaper, the Sopris Sun, for only about a year and didn’t feel all that confident about leading a fundraising effort. But the paper was in a tough spot, paying overlapping wages while replacing two of three staffers and needing…

Connected Creativity

On any given day, the ARTway along Carbondale’s Rio Grande Trail pulses with people and vitality. Triptych murals, fantastic sculptures, colorful gardens, pocket parks, and a pump track speak to this turned-on mountain town.

Connect and Grow

 Article Alexander Williard  Since 1976, YouthZone has educated tens of thousands of local teens and their family members, empowering them to continue making healthier choices. We understand that growing up comes with its challenges. We also believe that everyone, especially our community's youth, deserves an opportunity for structured forgiveness, along with a chance to learn from their mistakes. By guiding teens…

All About Green

The two hard-hatted green dinosaurs flanking the walk of the new ReStore are apt greeters. Like dinos, the new store is gargantuan, scaled in keeping with the outsized mission of Habitat for Humanity. But Habitat’s new store also harbors a secret that locals might not expect: small prices.

Bridges and Broadcasts

Just as the Crystal River is a vital tributary that flows into the Roaring Fork River, the content provided by the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP) is a small but indispensable source of rapid information and entertainment that feeds into the waves of Carbondale’s well-known nonprofit radio station, KDNK. The substance is like water that nourishes, and the programs…

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,…

Tom’s Door Opens to Caring

Local student Jesse Case (that’s not his real name) had a rough spring. His mother, Gina, was about to deliver a child and unable to work. His father was not around to help. Jesse was acting out at school and got expelled. Jesse and his mother had not eaten in four days when a Roaring Fork school representative intervened. With…

YouthZone: 40 Years of Serving Youth

Parents try their hardest to maintain stable, loving, nurturing homes, to be positive role models and to be active in a child’s life. They take on the responsibility of ensuring that the child will grow up to make healthy life decisions through open communication and mutual respect.