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The Aspen Fire Department is holding a virtual memorial service on GrassRoots TV to mark the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine is the lead organizer and will be speaking as part of the program, along with Aspen Mayor Torre, local veteran Lt. Col. Dick Merritt, Rabbi Mendel Mintz, artist Patricia Blanchet Bradley and many others. 

 

The BettyFlies Foundation, which provides flight school scholarships to students in the Roaring Fork Valley, hosts their “2020 Virtual Rendezvous” Wednesday starting at 6pm. Retired NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott will be featured, along with local youth Isaac Musselman, founder of the Basalt Aeronautics Club. 

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Pitkin County Reopening Plan Includes Industry-Specific Dates

Thursday, May 28 - Phase two of Pitkin County’s reopening plan includes a step-by-step schedule with reopening dates for different industries. County officials say reopenings come with strict regulations and health guidelines. The planned dates could change if the county sees indications that the presence of COVID-19 is increasing. 

Amy Maron

 

Roaring Fork Valley resident Bob Rugile has been taking it upon himself to clean the streets of downtown Basalt since he moved here in 1993, and the pandemic hasn’t slowed him down.

 

“What I like is that Basalt is relatively small and one person can make a difference,” Rugile said. 

 

Mountain Family Health Centers celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. They will also be celebrating the opening of a new Basalt location. They want the community to know that they are accessible to anyone. 

Board president of the Basalt Education Foundation, Erika Leavitt, says that the foundation's ability to raise money has increased over time. The organization is happy to share what they've learned with other communities.

Up until now, Women's Forum has grown strictly by word of mouth. Founder, Adelaide Waters, says that all women come together from the same starting point.

Founder of Women's Forum, Adelaide Waters, says that group dynamics, like all relationships, grow in stages. According to their website, the Women's Forum Handbook is an in-depth guide to group process, peer learning and personal growth. Adelaide Waters wrote and compiled the entire handbook.

Members of Women's Forum reflect on how the groups support each other with all of life's changes. Members also say that the support given by the group is invaluable with refining listening skills. Commitment and confidentially is important within the group dynamic. 

Women's Forum is an organization supporting women's personal and professional growth through peer-learning. Founder of Women's Forum, Adelaide Waters, says that Women's Forum groups act as a sounding board for all of life's choices and challenging times. 

Aspen Community Theatre provides scholarships to graduating seniors who are pursuing an education in theatre. Producer, Rita Hunter, says the best wat to get involved with ACT is to go to a show, and Monty Python's Spamalot is just around the corner. 

President of the board of directors for Aspen Community Theatre, Lynette Schlepp, says that ACT's shows are there to lighten things up when there's a lot going on in the world. Monty Python's Spamalot is a big undertaking, especially when it comes to the set. 

Producer Rita Hunter says that because there is a limited amount of people in the valley that have theatre experience, there is a lot of sharing and collaborating. This is ACT's 41st year, and November's production will be there 75th show.

Aspen Community Theatre was founded in 1976. They put on one musical each year at the District Theatre in the Aspen Elementary School. This year's production opens on November 3rd. 

District Manager of our local chapter, Jonathan Gorst, says the importance of keeping the younger generation in our valley and how important that is for our future economy. They encourage the community to reach out to them directly.

Glenwood Springs to decide on confluence plan

Sep 21, 2017

On Thursday night, Glenwood Springs City Council will decide on a plan to redevelop the confluence area downtown.

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley does not receive any funding from the National umbrella. All chapters function independently. Junior Achievement emphasizes the importance of their volunteers. 

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. They believe that they are creating business leaders of the future.

Vice president of CASA's board, Resa Hayes, explains how she has seen the non-profit evolve since it's establishment in our community in 2011. A volunteer CASA does not need a specific skill set to provide assistance to a child or children in need. 

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has always been aware of the evolving affordable housing issues in our valley. The look forward to the proposed 27 condominium project on the hillside behind Basalt High School.

Habitat for Humanity employees understand and see the hardships of living in the valley when it comes to affordable housing. They encourage the community to do more than simply "talk" about the problem. 

Habitat for Humanity, Roaring Fork Valley's mission states that they "provide a hand up, not a hand out" through their home ownership opportunities. Every home that Habitat builds is purchased by the selected family partners; the homes are not given away.

In 1999, the local chapter of Habitat International was formed in the Roaring Fork Valley. The founders of our local chapter had great instincts, and foresaw what would become one of the biggest issues in the valley- the need for affordable housing. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: A Way Out, Week 1

Jun 5, 2017

A Way Out's mission is to support people in drug and alcohol crisis with the treatment they need. Since Aspen is a resort destination, the issues of how substance abuse negatively impacts someone's life are kept out of the public eye. 

Roaring Fork School District

Any full-time staff member of the Roaring Fork School District can now enter into the housing lottery that opened last week.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: CORE, Week 2

May 8, 2017

CORE collaborates with local towns to adopt new building codes and energy efficient programs. Along with the City of Aspen, CORE created a new social movement called "The High-Five". They hope to inspire the community to start saving or to increase the amount of energy they are already saving.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: CORE, Week 1

May 1, 2017

CORE was founded in 1994, when the awareness of climate change shed light on how the Roaring Fork Valley's economy is dependent on a good, clean environment. Energy consumption is universal. CORE says that saving energy helps to protect our environment and our economy. 

Spring Board Aspen members learn how to be future philanthropic leaders. Established in 1997 under the Aspen Community Foundation, there has been a great deal of reshaping and rebranding over the past 20 years. 

Bob and Carole Sharp started this organization when they learned of their son's muscular dystrophy prognosis. A new, advance technology, Crispr- Cas9, has brought hope to those with genetic diseases. 

Aspen Hall of Fame Board Member and Aspen native Lisa Hancock shares how she views the future of Aspen and the surrounding areas.   Founder and co-president Jeanette Darnauer and co-president David Gutherie discuss the future of the Aspen Hall of Fame. 

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