Roaring Fork Valley

Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share their vision for Aspen TREE in the coming years, and discuss the power of thinking positively about environmentalism. The organization has ambitious plans for growth and expansion, which includes a model for up-and-coming farmers.

Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share the history of the organization and the inspiration behind the work of Aspen TREE. Vardy became inspired after taking an Environmental Literacy class at Aspen High School, which would lead him to pursue his undergraduate and graduate degrees focused on positive environmentalism.

Sloan Shoemaker, Executive Director of Wilderness Workshop, and Will Roush, Conservation Director of Wilderness Workshop, discuss the organization's role in conserving and protecting public lands today and what the future holds. Challenges include overpopulation and climate change, but the Workshop remains optimistic. Visit www.WildernessWorkshop.org for more information and links to events and membership.

Mike Pritchard, Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, RFMBA, shares the organization's recent success with trail systems in New Castle, and the organization's future goals and trail projects. Adam Cornely of New Castle Trails and Charlie Eckart, RFMBA Board President, also contribute. Learn more about RFMBA and how you can get involved at www.RFMBA.org , and visit the New Castle Trails Facebook page for volunteer opportunities and trail updates. Regional rides and...

Roaring Fork Mountain Association, or RFMBA, Executive Director Mike Pritchard shares the organization's trail projects and how they benefit more than just mountain bikers in the Roaring Fork Valley. RFMBA Board Vice President, Todd Fugate, also contributes. Visit www.RFMBA.org to learn more about the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and past, current , and future trail building projects. Governor John Hickenlooper discusses the importance of Colorado's outdoor recreation industry and...

Mike Pritchard is the Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, or RFMBA . He discusses the organization's beginnings with chairman of the RFMBA board, Charlie Eckart. RFMBA is a member of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, or IMBA. To learn more about RFMBA and what it means to be a member of the IMBA, visit www.RFMBA.org .

Spellbinders Executive Director Catherine Scales Johnson discusses the impact of Spellbinders on the students in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the future of the volunteer-based organization. 5th grade Aspen Middle School teacher Amy Gray also contributes to the importance of the program in the classroom. Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders Chapter leader, Annie Sinton, also can be heard telling the story of a dog and a mountain lion from a storytelling event at Explore...

Amy Gray is a 5th grade teacher at Aspen Middle School. Every month, her class is visited by a special guest, Adelaide Waters, a volunteer storyteller for Spellbinders. Waters has a new story to tell the students every month, and as Gray explains, the students are captured by each and every story. Gray shares the importance of oral storytelling for her students and the value the program brings to her classroom. Spellbinders Executive Director, Catherine Scales Johnson also contributes. Learn...

Catherine Scales-Johnson is the Executive Director of Spellbinders, an organization that is best known for its in-school storytelling program. Told by volunteers, the stories span from folk tales and personal stories to historical fiction. All volunteers must go through a 14-hour training and continue to have regular meetings with other volunteers. Volunteer teller, Adelaide Waters, shares her personal experience with Spellbinders and the inspiration for her own stories. The Spellbinders...

Germaine Dietsch founded Spellbinders in Denver in the 1980's. She discusses the organization's history , her personal inspirations, and how the organization grew from an idea to 18 national and international chapters today. Learn more about Spellbinders and how you can get involved at www.spellbinders.org .

Andrew Vick is the President of the Board of Directors for the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership. He's proud of where the organization is going, but there are challenges. Vick shares his vision for the future of the organization, including the building of a physical space. Learn more about Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership, and find the application for the class of 2017 at www.rfleadership.org .

Derek Hanrahan is an alumnus of Roaring Fork Leadership and serves on the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership's Board of Directors. He talks about his experience in Roaring Fork Leadership and the impact the program has had on his life both professionally and personally. The application for the class of 2017 is now available online at www.rfleadership.org .

The Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership is best known for their year-long program, Roaring Fork Leadership, where individuals go through 10 months of classes and training with the end goal of becoming better leaders and more engaged citizens. Andrea Palm-Porter is the Executive Director of the organization. Learn more about the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership at www.rfleadership.org , or find the application for the class of 2017.

John Sarpa is a long-time local who is a graduate of the Roaring Fork Leadership program and then served as the President of the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership. Often confused for the name of the organization, Roaring Fork Leadership is the 9-month long program that trains professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley to become better leaders, thinkers, and activists in their communities. Sarpa shares the history of the organization and its importance today. Visit www.RFLeadership...

Buddy Program Executive Director, David Houggy, talks about the organization and his vision for the future. The Buddy Program has been expanding its services in Carbondale, and are anticipating more growth in the coming years. Go to www.BuddyProgram.org to learn more about becoming a big or little buddy, and check out the Men in Mentoring project. There are over 40 youth on the Buddy Program's wait-list, many of whom are boys in need of male mentors. Contact Laura Crow at laura@BuddyProgram...

Buddy Program Board Member and former Big Buddy, Peter Waanders, is joined by his little buddy of 10 years, Egbert Ospina. Waanders and Ospina met almost 14 years ago when Ospina was in 3rd grade. Now studying at American University and set to graduate in spring 2016, Ospina credits Waanders with his success and confidence. The two say their involvement as buddies with the Buddy Program's Community Mentoring Program not only changed their daily lives, but gave them a lifelong friendship. Go...

Lindsay Lofaro is the Assistant Director of the Buddy Program. She discusses the organization's various mentoring programs, including the popular Community Mentoring Program, where adults are paired with little buddies, and the newest program, LEAD, or Leadership through Exploration, Action, and Discovery. Visit www.BuddyProgram.org to learn more about the Buddy Program's offerings, and to learn more about Men in Mentoring and how you can get involved as a big or little buddy, contact Laura...

Sole Lowe is the Buddy Program's Community Program Director and is based out of the Third Street Center offices in Carbondale. She joined the Buddy Program team in 2002 and shares the history and evolution of the mentoring non-profit over the years. More information about the Buddy Program and how you can get involved at www.BuddyProgram.org .

Marci Krivonen

Dry February weather melted snow in the high country, but snowpack levels are still substantial. A healthy level of snow up high is important for everyone down low, particularly farmers and ranchers. A crew of snow surveyors and high-tech systems are already sending readings about snowmelt. Marci Krivonen explains. It’s a calm and sunny February day at 8700 feet above sea level. Snow surveyor Derrick Wyle plunges a long metal tube into deep snow on McClure Pass, south of Carbondale. "I like...

Sallie Bernard is the Founder and Board President of Ascendigo, and says that the need for providing services to individuals and their families on the autism spectrum is growing. Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, and Ascendigo's Adult Program Manager, Carly Knauf. Learn more about Ascendigo and their programs in the Roaring Fork Valley at www.Ascendigo.org .

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