Bright-eyed and bushy tailed about summer

June is the time to celebrate all things bright and beautiful – the sun, our gardens, summer concerts – as well as all creatures great and small.

June 2015 Publisher’s Letter

After having a serious auto repair problem that turned out not to be so serious after all, this seems like a great time to give our business community in the Valley a little shout-out.

Imagine 3 Benefit

Imagine 3, a annual culinary, musical and dancing extravaganza that benefits River Bridge Regional Center, was held in April. Food Network Star Susie Jimenez served many of her delicacies to the happy crowd. Photos by Tracy Trulove

YouthZone Recognizes Volunteers, Supporters and Partners

Recognizing that it takes a village to raise kids with confidence and respect, YouthZone recognized its volunteers, supporters and partners at their annual recognition reception in April. Photos by Vicky Nash

June 2015 Around Town

For the past 10 years, the founding parents and teachers at Ross Montessori Charter School (RMS) have envisioned a new building for the school of their dreams. They recently broke ground for that new school. The school will be located near the intersection of Highway 133 and Weant Boulevard in Carbondale.

Wind Walkers: Healing with Horses

It’s quiet – silent enough to hear the soil sifting off the horses’ hooves during lulls in the conversation. As two riders and three staffers move around the indoor arena, instructions and laughter punctuate the calm. The parentheses of my mount’s fuzzy roan ears, attuned to every nuance, follow the sounds as Anne’s mare nickers and is answered by horses…

Colorado’s Longest-Running Civic Festival: Strawberry Days

Glenwood Springs rocks during Strawberry Days, as it has for going on 118 years.

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo

Settle your britches in the stands for the Carbondale Wild West rodeo any Thursday night between June 4 and August 20 and you’ll see bronc bustin’, calf ropin’, mutton bustin’, barrel racing and bull riding, of course.

Aspen Valley Land Trust Conserving Heritage and Habitat

The land speaks volumes if your heart can hear it. For Martha Cochran, director of the Aspen Valley Land Trust, the message is loud and clear: Protect. Preserve. Conserve.

Habitat for Humanity Saves Energy

As Habitat for Humanity is expanding into its second ReStore in Basalt, it is again turning to the Holy Cross Energy electric co-op and its We Care energy efficiency program for help. A lighting upgrade done at the Habitat ReStore on Highway 82 in 2013 netted a 66 percent savings in energy use and inspired the new retrofit. 

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Have you heard that distinctive buzz in your garden? The sound that announces that the hummingbirds are back?

A Message from the Heart

One Sunday morning, I set out to climb an easy mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park with a group of women I know. I was a little more tired than usual having spent the proceeding day in a learn-to-canoe class and in doing some weight-lifting as part of my exercise routine.