Our Worldly Corner of the Globe

A friend recently asked me how I plan the issue themes for Roaring Fork Lifestyle. The answer is – I don’t! They always come as happy surprises.

Benefit for Nepal Earthquake Victims

Local residents donated nearly $39,000 to Nepalese earthquake relief efforts. True Nature Healing Arts, Sustainable Settings, the Missing Link Band, KDNK, Gould Construction and others pulled a gala fundraiser together within days of the quake.

Roaring Fork Golf Classic

Nearly 100 players took to the links for the Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament, held in May at the Roaring Fork Club. The event raised $45,000 for the Basalt Education Foundation. Photos by Alex Irvin Photography.

July 2015 Around Town

The 2 Rivers Art Project (2RAP), which is now eight years young, is beautifying downtown Glenwood Springs with outdoor art. Early this summer, 2RAP installed five new pieces of public art, all created by Colorado artists. It also relocated six previously installed pieces to accommodate the Grand Avenue bridge project. Thanks to 2RAP, 18 pieces of public art are now…

Dean Bowlby

Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently interviewed Glenwood Springs artist Dean Bowlby, whose paintings are exhibited all over the world.

Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Companion Animal

Recently, Roaring Fork Lifestyle sat down with Dr. Louise Marron and Dr. Chuck Maker of Alpine Animal Hospital to talk about how these two experienced veterinarians help clients make end-of-life decisions about companion animals.

The Making of “The High Cost of Cheap Gas”

I work in the Karoo Desert, a semi-desert area that spans South Africa and Botswana, but I grew up on Colorado’s Western Slope, where residents have faced the oil and gas industry drilling for the last 25 years. When gas drilling was proposed near my home in South Africa, I began to hear many of the same arguments that had…

Saving Lives Half a World Away In Kenya

On a crisp spring morning, anglers wade into the Roaring Fork River. The squawks of blue jays and sparrows overlay a peaceful soundscape until the rumble of an emergency helicopter emerges, shaking the valley walls as it descends to the community hospital.

Gardening to Resist Deer and Elk

Mule deer and elk have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for hundreds of years, and as human populations rise, they are forced to live in close proximity to people. Many of us enjoy seeing these beautiful animals bedded down in our back yards, but they can inflict considerable damage on plants and gardens.

Enjoy Summer, Enjoy Music!

This valley is unique in offering free music in each community, especially in the summer months. Music has been known to change a person's mood, affect memory, creativity and even how we learn. It is thought to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the universe -- which probably makes the Roaring Fork Valley the center of…

Shot on Location

It seems that the Roaring Fork Valley has always been ready for its closeup. Like cinematic outlaws of long ago, films have been "shot" on location here for decades. With dramatic peaks, sparkling rivers, picturesque valleys and an iconic Rocky Mountain landscape, it’s no surprise that Hollywood came knocking soon after this area was settled. Over a century later, films…

Blessed Down to Our Bones

Last summer, my six-year-old buddy Sam Stableford spotted a foot-long bone in my garden. “What’s that?” he asked. “It’s a bone.” “Where did it come from?” “From a cow.” I offered it to him. He fingered it gingerly. “Did the cow die?”