In praise of cool deeds & local heroes.

International climate talks were going on in Paris while I was editing this magazine. As several local voices featured in this month's articles reminded me, climate change threatens many aspects of our Roaring Fork lifestyle, ranging from farming and ranching to fishing and skiing, not to mention real estate values and income from tourism. As my Carbondale neighbor Robert Hubbell…

Your Success Is My Success

“I spend a lot of money marketing in several different media and it works. The problem is, I don’t know which programs work and which waste my time and money.” I hear that a lot. It’s a problem all business people face, and it’s tempting to just opt for online marketing because it’s so measurable. You just count the clicks,…

Taste of Basalt Raises Fun & Funds for Schools

In November, the Basalt Education Foundation's 20th annual Taste of Basalt raised $100,000 for Basalt public schools. The event at the Roaring Fork Club featured mid-valley restaurant food samples, cocktail and wine tastings, dancing, a silent auction and a raffle. Photography Jeremy Swanson

Around Town

Garfield County Search & Rescue is seeking new volunteer applicants. If you have been looking for a way to give back to our local communities, if you enjoy helping others, and if you’re good at activities such as snowmobiling, ATVing, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, canyoneering, rafting, boating, swimming and dog handling, this may be for you. Candidates must be 18 years…

U.S. Paralympic Team Gets Crossfit in Carbondale

Crossfit has a reputation as “extreme.” Incredibly challenging, it’s the domain of elite athletes. Carbondalian Kevin Jardine and his wife Ashley have been Crossfitting for several years. Both are in top physical condition. Kevin, the director of high performance for U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing and snowboarding, decided that the Box at Sopris Crossfit in Carbondale would provide excellent training for…

Rocky Mountain Institute Opens Deep Green Innovation Center

In mid-January, the Rocky Mountain Institute will cut the ribbon to open its new Innovation Center in Basalt. The 15,610 square-foot office building has already been recognized as one of the world’s most energy-efficient structures, an example of how to construct buildings in an era of climate change. That example is needed, because as architect/author Edwin Mazria has written, “it’s…

What Affects Global Warming? You do!

1) Defend Thompson Divide. You don't have to be a scientist to understand that conserving large tracks of healthy habitat provides a defense against threats to both wildlife and the environment, whether the threat comes from global warming, habitat fragmentation or water quality degradation. Roaring Fork Valley residents can protect 220,000 acres of quality habitat by letting the Bureau of…

Getting Green Done at Aspen Skiing Company

This year, 2015, was the warmest year ever since records started being kept in 1880. Let that sink in for a moment. Today, Aspen is two degrees warmer than in 1970. In those 30 years, the northern hemisphere has lost a million square miles of spring snowpack. Aspen, named for a tree that may not survive the rising temperatures in…

Viewing Ocean Rise from High and Dry and Over a Mile High

When Hurricane Sandy hit in October, 2012, Robert Hubbell was directing worldwide marketing for the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners in New York City. “We had to vacate traders and work stations in one location on the aptly-named Water Street,” he recalls. “It took almost five months to recover. I lived in New Jersey and saw first-hand all…

Talented Young Roaring Fork Photographers Wow Judges 
in Our Contest

Congratulations to Sonya Benson of Aspen for winning our Roaring Fork 
Lifestyle youth photo contest. Judging from the judges' comments, 15-year-old Benson knocked their socks off. “When I opened Buck, I thought, 'Oh, Wow!' Photographically it is very well done, good exposure, looks sharp,” says Judy Hill Lovins. “I love the story it tells, the strong horizontal lines in thirds…

Mountain Family Health Centers

“We want to ensure is that there is an affordable choice in the most un-affordable area in country,” says Ross Brooks, the chief executive officer for Mountain Family Health Centers. That’s a tall order. In 2014, Colorado’s "Rocky Mountain Resort Region" – Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Garfield counties – had the nation’s highest health insurance costs. While the Roaring Fork…

A Dad’s Advice: Resolutions for a Good Life

Your mom has asked me to say some things your dad would tell you if he was still living. I didn’t know your dad, but I know he loved you more than life itself. I know because I’m a dad too. I’m sorry your dad is gone, but there’s no permanence in life. We’re all here for a moment or…