Tuck into some juicy summer reading…

Years ago, when I was introducing my West Coast husband to Colorado, I arranged several vacation trips to the Western Slope and the San Luis Valley. I didn’t want him to think that Denver and the Front Range were all that my home state had to offer.

August 2015 Publisher’s Letter

Each morning, I head to the west-facing window in my home to see what the weather holds. Today appears to be a great day. As I look over the Roaring Fork River, I see that all the incredible snow pack we piled up in the last six weeks of winter – most of it right after the ski resorts closed…

August 2015 Around Town

“Ernesto,” the magnificent buffalo that has kept watch over Carbondale’s Main Street for the past year, has become a true local. Voted "Best of Show" in the Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s 2014 Art aRound Town exhibition, Ernesto now has the job of welcoming everyone to town as he resides permanently on Highway 133.

Art Around Town

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission premiered 14 new sculptures during the Art Around Town Walk in June. Many sculptors were on hand to discuss their work, which will be on display for the next year.

Basalt Makes Guinness Book of Records

Basalt entered the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world's largest painting completed by feet only. Everyone and his dog pitched in to complete the 21,752.83-square-foot artwork.

MIllenials Dig into Conscientious Food Production

Thanks to millennials and their unfettered online access to science, art and politics, global shifts around conscientious food production are accelerating.

Heritage Fruit Tree Project

Last fall, when Jimmy Dula was on his way to Julie Grange’s home near the Hotel Colorado, he began to get excited. Many trees in the neighborhood grew in straight rows, as if planted for a long-ago orchard. And here in the Roaring Fork Valley, pear trees are fairly rare. “They were really old, nice trees, and the pears were…

Beer: A Sparkling Ingredient for Favorite Recipes

Home to more than 230 established breweries, Colorado is a craft-beer-lover’s dream come true. In fact, more than 10 percent of the nation’s craft breweries can be found in Colorado – astonishing, considering that less than two percent of the country’s population lives here.

B & H: Building on a Handshake

Over the past 20 years, Brad Faber and Hans Raaflaub of B & H General Contractors have built more than beautiful homes, commercial spaces and community buildings: they’ve also built a solid reputation.

A CAT Scanner That Scans Cats & Dogs

Not long ago, Dr. John Kuck was asked to take a look at a friend’s dog. The dog – we’ll call her Blue – was having difficulty breathing, and the side of Blue’s face was a bit swollen. “That’s usually a dental abcess,” says Kuck. “So I aspirated the swelling and sent a sample to the lab. But the lab…

Western Singer/Songwriter Jim Hawkins

Probably the most notable song Jim Hawkins has written is a tribute to the 14 firefighters who were killed battling the 1994 Storm King Mountain fire. Subtitled “When Hell’s Fire Broke Through,” the song and video has garnered more 10,000 views on YouTube and was shown on the fire’s 20th anniversary at Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre.

What’s SUP?

Stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) is an outdoor water adventure that delivers excitement, balance, ease and confidence. Not much equipment is needed, and what’s needed can easily fit in a car: an inflatable paddle board, a paddle, a helmet (for river riding), a personal floatation device and “gripe” water shoes.

Building a Waterfall in Your Yard

Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently spoke to landscape expert Mitch Gianinetti about what it takes to build a waterfall. Gianinetti, founder of Spring Creek Land and Waterscapes, has built dozens of waterfalls and landscapes throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Peachy Keen on the Western Slope Harvest

I have to start by flat-out admitting that I’m a snob when it comes to peaches. In my opinion, you won’t find anything that comes close to the peaches grown on the Western Slope of Colorado.