Small Businesses – the Stars in Our Local Economy

The theme of this issue is “home grown”. That term makes many people automatically think of our locally grown produce; the valley is full of many quality growers. When I think of “home grown”, I look at a bigger picture. Wherever you’re standing, look down the road. Just glance at the businesses to the right or left. Most of what…

Made in and for the Roaring Fork Valley

Most months, my editor's letter explains how the articles we've picked relate to a theme, and this one is no exception. I'm going to tell you how my favorite local product, this magazine, came to be. But let me start with a confession: when it came to selling "beat tags", I was a waste of space. "Beat tags" were little…

United Way Benefits from Sunlight Mountain Bash

Sunlight Mountain Resort and United Companies recently sponsored their annual Skier Appreciation Day, a benefit for United Way Battlement to the Bells. The day included $20 ski tickets, a 1960's theme, a hippie costume contest and a prize drawing that include specially-designed ski and snowboard equipment commemorating Sunlight’s 50th anniversary.

February 2017 Around Town

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center, a net-zero energy demonstration conference center located on Two Rivers Road in Basalt, continued to rack up awards all through 2016. Fast Company recognized the building with an Honorable Mention in their 2016 Design Innovation Awards. ZGF Architects, the Portland firm that designed the building, was named “Top Firm Overall in Sustainability 2016” by…

The Nieslanik Clan: Three Generations of Ranchers

It’s 8 a.m. Christmas morning. The thermometer hovers at four above. The black cattle are silvered with frost. Oblivious to the fact that it’s a holiday, they trail inquisitively along behind a green tractor carrying a 1,200-pound hay roll. The massive round bale is speared through like a spool of thread, and every few feet, the tractor shakes it, winnowing…

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,…

Travel Edit | Steps of Style

Travel Edit- Hit the slopes with Steps Of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as she shows you her picks for staying warm while keeping it cool in Aspen.

I Love You More Than Words Can Say

In the bottom drawer of a dresser in my bedroom, I store some of the most precious items in my possession. This drawer holds a couple boxes of old faded photographs, a few mementos from the lives of my family members, some tattered birth announcements, wedding invitations, and funeral programs—nothing of any particular value beyond the sentimental. And yet, these…

Sunlight-Powderhorn Trail Maintained by Local Snowmobile Club

After Steve Burns nimbly maneuvers the snowcat up a bank and to the side of the snowbound Sunlight-to-Powderhorn (SP) trail, half-a-dozen snowmobilers zip by. “I bet if you asked them who maintains this trail, they’d tell you it was the Forest Service,” he says.

Happy Hogs Grow Fat on Stillage from Marble Distilling

Along Carbondale’s Main Street, the Marble Distilling Company (MDC) cranks out internationally award-winning spirits. They also crank out tons of an aromatic by-product. “In the vodka distilling process you do a 500-gallon mash,” explains co-owner and Head Distiller Connie Baker. “It then goes into the strip still. From that, we pull off 125 gallons of low wines. That’s the start…

Preparing Your Dogs for Fun in the Snow

Katie Beiser holds up her right hand and points to the tip of her pinky. “This is the go-to map of Michigan, and this is where I was working before moving here.” Having spent time with Dr. John Kuck at Willits Veterinary during her fourth year of veterinary school during spring ski season, Dr. Beiser became hooked on our valley.…