The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority would like to remind passengers that masks are required while riding the bus, regardless of vaccination status. The federal mask requirement on public transportation remains in effect through March 18, and local bus service will be impacted if too many drivers are exposed to the virus.
The Aspen International Mountain Foundation was awarded $100,000 from the state of Colorado toward hosting the United Nations Mountain Partnership Global Meeting at the Aspen Institute campus in September 2022. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2022 as the “International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development.”
Citizens interested in running for a Carbondale trustee position, or even the mayoral seat, can submit their petition beginning Jan. 4. Petitions will be available at Town Hall during business hours and must be completed and returned by Jan. 24. For more info, email email@example.com
YouthZone is seeking students from Parachute to Aspen to help develop a youth advisory council to advise the nonprofit’s board of directors and staff. Youth leaders will be asked to attend monthly virtual meetings and may apply, or be referred, at www.youthzone.com or by calling 970-945-1300.
Responding to Omicron
The city of Glenwood Springs is implementing safety precautions to guard against the spread of COVID-19. These include requiring all staff and visitors to wear surgical-style masks while inside city facilities through January. Additionally, public meetings with more than 10 people will be held virtually and court dates will occur by phone for the month.
The Colorado Department of Education has supported 500,000 children and families experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic. Eligible families whose children did not have access to free or reduced cost meals, due to school closures, were reimbursed through Colorado’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Visit www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt for more info.
The Colorado Department of Wildlife (CPW) determined the cause of death of a calf in North Park (north-central Colorado) was due to wolf depredation. The livestock owner will be compensated the same as if a bear or mountain lion had attacked the calf. CPW is in the process of formulating wolf management policy after Colorado voters passed a referendum to reintroduce gray wolves to the state. For more info regarding the reintroduction planning process, visit: www.wolfengagementco.org/advisory-groups
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) was recognized by the state for supporting students with limited access to food at all 11 of its campuses. CMC recognizes that food insecurity can lead to lower grades, poor mental health and a limited social life. Each campus now has free food pantries with non-perishable items and, occasionally, donated vegetables. The program called “Swipe Out Hunger” also provides students with cafeteria meals.
Garfield County has contracted with Vero Fiber Networks, LLC to build upon infrastructure and enhance broadband connectivity in the region. The project will be funded by nearly a million dollars from a Department of Local Affairs grant. County Commissioners kicked in an additional $200,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
They say it’s your birthday
Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Beymar Silva and Stephanie Syson (Dec. 30); Chris Barlow and Kris Cook (Dec. 31); Ryan Camp, Anne Grice, DJ Hill and Dan Sadowsky (Jan. 1); Dustin Eli and Eric Rudd (Jan. 2); Angela Bruno, Patrick Casse, Jay Engstrom and Mark Hamilton, (Jan. 3); Bob Albright, Skip Bell, Rick Herrington, Pat Murray, Paul Nieslanik, Brad Palmer and Melinda Schultz (Jan. 4); Logan Doherty, JP Bauer and Rachel Orosz (Jan. 5).
Tune in to Everything Under The Sun on KDNK for an on-air performance by the Red Hill Rollers at 4 p.m. The group will be playing at Steve’s Guitars on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight to bring in the new year and celebrate the release of their first album. Photo by James Steindler
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS
True Nature welcomes you to sip and shop with live music every Thursday in December from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Center for Human Flourishing streams a panel discussion about indigenous wisdom at the Third Street Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. More info at www.davinikent.com
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31
The Crystal Theatre screens Steven Spielberg’s 2021 rendition of “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m through Monday, except at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Rodrigo Arreguín performs at Heather’s in Basalt at 6:30 p.m.
Craft Coffee (689 Main Street) hosts a New Year’s Eve bash beginning at 7 p.m.
The city of Glenwood Springs’ fireworks show, weather dependent, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live music and hot cocoa will be available beneath Grand Avenue Bridge beforehand; attendees are asked to mask up and practice social distancing.
The Redstone Inn hosts a New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting event from 8 to 10 p.m. To make a reservation, call 970-963-2526.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1
The Meeting Place in Carbondale (981 Cowen Drive) hosts a New Year’s Day AA meeting at 5 p.m. More info at www.meetingplacecarbondale.org
Start the new year with free-form movement at 13 Moons Ranch at 5 p.m. Bring a journal and something to write with. RSVPs are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org
Josefina, Tim & Friends play at Heather’s in Basalt at 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JANUARY 3
Kids, ages 5-18, are invited to compete in a cupcake decorating contest beginning at 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library. Call 970-945-5958 or stop by the library in advance to RSVP.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4
STORYTIME AT HOME
Garfield County Libraries posts a storytime video to it’s Youtube page every first Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Just search for “Garfield County Libraries” on Youtube.
Nicolette Toussaint will begin teaching a four-part basic drawing class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Basalt Library. More info at www.basaltlibrary.org
GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB
The Graphic Novel Club meets every first Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Basalt Library. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome. More info at: www.basaltlibrary.org
CHAT WITH AMY
Basalt Regional Library Executive Director Amy Shipley invites community members to chat next to the fireplace along with coffee, tea and treats. Stop by the library anytime between 5 and 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5
The Basalt Library invites babies 0-3 years old and their parents to its indoor gym from 10 to 11 a.m. to get those wiggles out.
GROW WITH GOOGLE
Jump on a virtual webinar to learn about Google Drive tactics from 10 to 11 a.m. For more info and to register, visit: www.basaltlibrary.org
SCIENCE FOR KIDS
The Aspen Science Center hosts activities for students in preschool through 12th grade at the Carbondale Library at noon and at the Glenwood Springs Library at 2:30 p.m. every first Wednesday of each month.
ASK A LAWYER
Alpine Legal Services offers a hotline clinic on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 970-368-2246 and visit alpinelegalservices.org for the schedule of dates by legal topic.
Steve Cole performs at Heather’s in Basalt at 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7
COMIC BOOK BASH
Award-winning hip hop artist Neil McIntyre uses beatbox and rhymes to convey his love of comic books at the Glenwood Springs Library on Friday at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, “Mr. Kneel” will be at the Carbondale Library at 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
The Arts Campus at Willits presents dinner with the Whiffenpoofs, 14 senior Yale students selected to perform in the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and doors open for just the show at 7 p.m. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all attendees. For tickets, see TACAW.org