Aspen Jewish Congregation concert Tues.

August 1, 2015 — 

The Aspen Jewish Congregation will host its fifth annual summer concert fundraiser on Tuesday at the Aspen District Theatre, featuring Cantor Rollin Simmons performing with seven guest artists.

Under the theme “The Man Upstairs? Questioning God Through Music,” Simmons will play songs about ideas of God with Elana Arian, Noah Aronson, Ivan Barenboim, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, Cantor Julia Cadrain, Cantor Daniel Mutlu and Joyce Rosenzweig.

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Mindfulness courses coming to Carbondale

July 3, 2015 — 

John Bruna and Laura Bartels, respectively the co-founder and executive director of the Mindful Life Program, will lead two Mindfulness Foundations courses this summer — one in July and one in August. Bruna and Bartels will guide participants through five sessions to develop the practical skills needed to live with intention and attention.

“The goal is to cultivate inner peace, wellness and genuine happiness,” said Bruna, a former Buddhist monk and leading voice on the topic of mindfulness.

Learn more »


April 20, 2014 — 


Westin, Wildwood announce spring-closure dates

The Westin Snowmass Resort will close for the spring season on April 21 and reopen on May 31. During that period, the entire hotel, including Snowmass Kitchen, Vue Lounge, Spa by Westin and the Westin Kids Club, will be closed. There will be no guests in the hotel during the closure dates.

Wildwood Snowmass, the Westin’s sister property, will be closed for the spring season starting on Sunday and will reopen on June 12. The entire hotel, including The Bar at Wildwood and the Double Black Noodle Bar, will be closed.

Starbucks in Snowmas Village will close on April 21 and reopen for the summer season on May 19.

The Group Sales and Marketing departments will remain open throughout the spring closure dates so that meetings and catering events can still be booked throughout the upcoming summer season and beyond at both the Westin Snowmass and Wildwood Snowmass, according to a hotel statement.

For more information, visit www.westin or www.wildwood


Family practice selected for rural rotation training

The Colorado Commission on Family Medicine added MidValley Family Practice, owned by Dr. Glenn Kotz, to a group of 11 rural rotation sites where family-medicine resident doctors can complete a required, one-month rural practice experience during their three-year residency.

To gain information to help their selection, representatives of the commission visited the site, located at 1450 E. Valley Road, Unit 102, in Basalt.

Physicians will begin training in Basalt in July. Colorado family medicine residencies graduate 68 family physicians a year, and 68 percent of the graduates stay in Colorado to practice, according to a statement.

Established by the Colorado Legislature in 1977, the commission’s mission is to address the health care needs of the people of Colorado through the education of family physicians and the promotion of patient-centered primary care.


Della + Zella design firm celebrates anniversary

Della + Zella Interiors, owned and operated by Carrie Wolfer and Maggi Whitmer, has announced its first anniversary.

The design duo has completed several furnishing projects and gut renovations in Aspen’s downtown core, the West End and Snowmass since their partnership began in February 2013. They are currently working on new residential construction projects in Starwood and Snowmass.

“We feel really fortunate about the timing of the start of our business,” Wolfer said in a statement. “It coincided with the rebound of the economy, which means we’ve been busy since day one.”

Della + Zella opened its first office in November at 410 N. Mill St., Suite B5, a move Wolfer said has contributed to the company’s overall success.

“Interior designers have a reputation for working out of their houses,” she said. “But having a presence in downtown Aspen not only legitimizes you for some of the larger projects — it keeps you in the forefront of the minds of potential clients, architects, contractors, developers and other people that have been key to our success.”


April 20, 2014 — 


Rosenfeld hired by Charles Cunniffe Architects

David Rosenfeld has joined Charles Cunniffe Architects as senior project architect.

David comes to the firm from OZ Architecture and brings skills in design and project management. With 12 years of large commercial, high-end residential and resort experience, “David has passionately built an incredible reputation, due to his ability to work well with teams, lead courageously, accept responsibility and deliver on grand expectations in a thoughtful and project conscientious manner,” a former colleague said in a statement.

Rosenfeld will be working with the team on several large residential and commercial projects throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and in Denver, including two LEED homes.

For more information, call 970-925-5590 or visit the website

Menendez Architects receives Best of Houzz award

Houzz has given an award to architecture firm Menendez Architects. The firm received a Best Of Houzz award in the design category.

Houzz is a website and online community providing information about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The company, founded in 2009, is based in Palo Alto, Calif.

“We’re delighted to recognize Menendez Architects among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community at Houzz, in a statement.

“Menendez Architects is honored to be recognized for its commitment to excellence in design and the inspiration it is sparking in the Houzz community. It is gratifying to know that Houzz readers appreciate the values of highly creative and liveable architecture,” said Luis Menendez, owner of the firm, upon accepting the award.

Menendez Architects is an award-winning design firm offering architecture, interior design and planning services for projects throughout Colorado and California. Its diverse portfolio of work includes custom homes, multi-family residential, public buildings and commercial projects.


February 3, 2014 — 


Bovino selected for opthalmology honor

Dr. Jerry Bovino has been selected as the 2014 Howe Medal Winner in ophthalmology.

The Howe Medal generally is considered to be the highest and most prestigious award in the field of ophthalmology. It is named for Lucien Howe, who was born in 1848 in Maine. Howe graduated from Bowdoin College in 1870 and studied medicine at Harvard. He was regarded as one of the greatest ophthalmologists of his era.

Howe established the Howe Medals to recognize ophthalmologists who have made seminal contributions to the field.

Bovino, an Aspen resident and a retired professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Ohio, was chosen because of his body of research in vitreoretinal surgery. Bovino invented the intraoperative use of the laser during retinal-detachment surgery and wrote and edited the world’s first textbook of macular surgery.

He also was one of the founders of the American Society of Retina Specialists, where he has served as both president and founding director.

Bovino has been a local host on Community Grassroots Television for more than 10 years. He will receive the medal in Buffalo, N.Y., in June.


April 20, 2014 — 


Coldwell Banker Mason Morse adds two broker associates

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse announced that Adam Rothberg and Michael Steiner have joined the Aspen office as broker associates.

Rothberg, a longtime broker and developer, orchestrated a five-way land exchange between the city of Aspen, the Aspen Valley Land Trust, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Forest Service and a private party. The three-year endeavor involved getting a bill passed by Congress, the company said in a statement.

Steiner is the former broker/co-owner of Rothberg & Steiner in Aspen. He started his real estate career in Center City, Philadelphia before moving to Aspen 18 years ago. His career has covered the real estate gamut. He holds a degree from Temple University in business management and marketing.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has a 52-year history in the Roaring Fork Valley. It has offices in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Redstone and Glenwood Springs as well as an onsite sales office at the Grand Hyatt Aspen. The company has 63 broker associates and 12 full-time employees.

Decypher Technologies and Xssentials announce merger

Decypher Technologies and Xssentials recently announced that they have joined forces.

The combined company has more than 100 employees to provide a more streamlined and robust technology experience for residential and business clients, according to a statement.

David Daniels, founder of ESC in Aspen, and Mike Thul, founder of Thul Electronics in Vail, merged to form Xssentials on January 1, 2013. Both Daniels and Thul said they wanted to provide a broader scope of services to meet the needs of their clients, and merging with Decypher was a natural next step.

“We are very excited about our future together,” Daniels said. “Having worked with Decypher for over a decade on projects throughout the U.S., we knew that our companies would mesh well. Typically AV and integration companies dabble in networking, and networking companies dabble in AV and integration, but usually neither do both extremely well. By joining forces with Decypher we saw the opportunity to really excel on all fronts and provide the best possible customer experience.”

Farr Shepherd, Director of Decypher Technologies, considered the benefits that could come from merging with Xssentials.

“This merger is a great alignment of two industries,” Shepherd said. “Bringing our companies together will greatly benefit our customers, who would like the convenience of having one company that can handle all of their technical needs.”

Xssentials is now one of the largest integration companies in the West, the statemnet said. Xssentials has offices in Aspen, Denver, Jackson Hole and Vail.

Poss Architecture + Planning hires nine people

Poss Architecture + Planning recently added nine people to its staff.

Eric Westerman is an Aspen architect with nine years of experience working on a variety of projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in business from Kansas State University.

Hana Maclean is originally from Aspen and studied at the University of Colorado-Boulder, earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental design with an emphasis in architecture.

Ken van Kesteren rejoined Poss. Kesteren worked with another local interior design firm before returning to Poss Interior Design.

Kevin Laut joins the firm as controller with more than 15 years of experience guiding small and large corporations.

Lauren Schroeder is from Wisconsin. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University. She also has a secondary major in environmental studies and a minor in critical studies in design.

Nick Massmann has a master’s degree from Kansas State University and formerly worked in the Federal Services Division of Black & Veatch in Arlington, Va.

Saher Iskandar is originally from Bagdad. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Technological University and most recently worked at Guardian Industries World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Sean Durgee is a Colorado native and received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from University of Colorado-Boulder. Durgee spent most of his college summers mentoring kids through Boulder Country Youth Corps.

Tim Owen is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., and received a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s in architecture from Virginia Tech. He also is a recent graduate of Rural Studio — Auburn University in Newburn, Ala.

Treonna Villasenor is a recent graduate of University of Colorado in Denver and holds a master’s degree in architecture and design building. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental design from University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating with special honors.

Little Nell Hotel ranked 13th on best hotels listing

The Little Nell Hotel has received recognition as one of the 2014 Best Hotels in America by U.S. News & World Report, taking the No. 13 spot. It was the top-rated hotel in Colorado.

The ranking is based on an unbiased methodology that includes the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings.

U.S. News factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests. In total, 1,693 U.S. hotels, 271 Caribbean hotels, 342 Mexican hotels and 223 Canadian hotels were evaluated for the 2014 rankings.

“We are delighted to be honored as one of the ‘best hotels in the country’ again in 2014,” said Little Nell general manager Simon Chen in a statement. “We aim to provide the highest levels of personalized service and are thrilled when our efforts are recognized by our guests and lists such as these.”

The U.S. News rankings of the 2014 Best Hotels can be found online at


April 20, 2014 — 


Bluegreen honored for two residential garden projects

Bluegreen, a landscape-architecture and -planning studio located in Aspen, has received awards for two distinguished residential garden projects.

The Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects gave the firm a 2013 Honor Award for The Lines on Castle Creek landscape and also a 2013 ASLA Merit Award for Spectrum Garden.

“The hard work and commitment of our team, collaborators and clients to create extraordinary places is evident in these two projects,” Bluegreen principal Sheri Sanzone said in a statement.

Each year, the chapter holds the ASLA Colorado Awards, a program that showcases the outstanding achievements of landscape architects. Sixteen projects were awarded in categories including residential design, general design, planning and analysis, and research and communication. The winning projects exemplify cutting-edge solutions to careful stewardship, integrated planning and artful design, the statement said.

ASLA Colorado promotes the development, education and awareness of the landscape-architecture profession in Colorado. With unparalleled professionalism, ASLA Colorado members are dedicated to inspiring the public through work that enhances natural and built environments.

Since its founding in 2001, Bluegreen has been recognized by ASLA Colorado 16 times for its work. For more information, visit the website, or visit ASLA Colorado’s website,

Rulon, Kelly receive award from Christie’s International

Greg Rulon and Stacey K. Kelly, of Joshua & Co., were awarded the distinction of Christie’s International Real Estate luxury specialist for 2014.

The designation was announced recently at the Top Agents Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rulon and Kelly were identified as part of the 140 most successful real estate professionals in the Christie’s International Real Estate network of real estate brokerages and the real estate arm of Christie’s auction house. Criteria for participation in the conference included a requirement that each attendee be among the top 10 percent of sales for his or her affiliate brokerage.

“We were delighted that Greg Rulon and Stacey Kelly participated in our Top Agents Conference,” said Bonnie Stone Sellers, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, in a statement. “Together with Christie’s International Real Estate and Joshua & Co., Greg and Stacey are leaders in the luxury real estate market and are positioned to meet the needs of the world’s most discerning buyers and sellers of luxury real estate.”

The specialist symposium offered insights into marketing to the upper tiers of the luxury market and allowed attendees to explore ways in which to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection with Christie’s International Real Estate, Sellers added. The two-day event featured seminars led by top industry experts and senior executives of Christie’s and Christie’s International Real Estate.

Topics included how to position a listing to attract buyers worldwide; negotiation strategies in the luxury end of the real estate market; how to take advantage of state-of-the-art global marketing techniques; and Christie’s perspectives on the art market and its connection to the luxury real estate sector.


April 20, 2014 — 


Business center announces spring event schedule

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center recently announced its schedule of seminars and workshops.

The list includes:

• March 19, “How to Start a Business,” Colorado Mountain College —Carbondale

• March 27, “Understanding and Troubleshooting the Bookkeeping Process,” CMC — Rifle

• April 10, “100 Promotional Ideas for under $100,” CMC-Glenwood Springs

• April 24, “Technology for Small Businesses,” CMC — Aspen

Also, two events are scheduled for the Marrriott Courtyard in Glenwood Springs on April 12: “The Inventor’s Bootcamp” and “Crowdfunding 101.”

Cost for each event is $40 per person. Most events begin at 8:30 a.m. and run four hours. Call 970-945-5158 for more information.


March 10, 2014 — 


Jensen honored as top dentist in Denver’s 5280 magazine

Dr. Robert Jensen recently was nominated for 2014’s “Best Dentist in Colorado” in Denver’s 5280 magazine.

Jensen has received this peer-selected award since 2011. He also has been honored as America’s Top Dentist since 2004, according to a statement from his office.

Located in the Aspen Business Center, Jensen offers state-of-the-art technology with gentle and personalized care, the statement said. He welcomes complementary consults and second opinions.

For more information, call 970-920-4900.


MidValley Family Practice makes conference presentation

MidValley Family Practice was selected as one of three medical practices invited to Washington, D.C., to make a presentation at the second annual Kaizen event, co-sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.

The purpose of the meeting was to garner best practices and development and implementation of electronic Clinical Quality Measures for providers and hospitals, a statement from MidValley Family Practice said. The week-long conference included representation from federal healthcare agencies, major Electronic Medical Records vendors, federal IT contractors and three medical-practice representatives (MidValley, Dartmouth and Medstar).

MidValley was invited to participate in part due to partnerships with Advancing Care Together (, SBIRT Colorado ( and Peer Assistance Services (

A recognized Patient Centered Medical Home level III, MidValley Family Practice is located in Basalt. In addition to the projects above, MidValley is a participant of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and was a past participant in the Colorado Beacon Consortium Initiative. MVFP is focused on providing comprehensive whole patient care, improved outcomes and the utilization of health-information technology.


Habitat for Humanity recognizes key valley contributors

Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley has honored three key contributors for their work in 2013.

• Scott McHale has been named volunteer of the year. McHale has been Habitat’s volunteer architect for six years. He has led the design of 11 local Habitat homes. All of this time, McHale has shown an incredible compassion for Habitat’s homeowner partners and their needs and desires. He has endeavored to create functional, durable and great-looking homes; always designing homes that are equal to or better than the nicest homes wherever Habitat builds. This past year, he spearheaded the team that designed the first anticipated LEED Platinum home on the Western Slope. He currently is putting the finishing touches on plans for two more homes in Carbondale, where he lives, for the Snell and Davis families. When not volunteering for Habitat, McHale works for Rowland & Broughton Architecture, a firm based in Aspen and Denver.

• Brikor Associates has been named co-Business Partner of the Year. Brikor, a leading high-end homebuilder in Aspen, has once again led the way in salvaging and re-purposing materials from home re-models and demos. Led by Briston Peterson and his team, including Chris Madigan and Bob Brownlee, Brikor also made donations from several projects. In 2013, Brikor directed a significant volume of materials to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, from furniture to appliances, from cabinets to barn-wood siding, from 100-year-old oak beams to flooring, doors and windows. Brikor has been committed to re-purposing materials and sparing the landfill. With the stream of high-quality materials, Brikor has been instrumental in helping Habitat’s ReStore here in the Roaring Fork Valley to be the second biggest ReStore in the state, surpassed only by the metro area Denver stores. A special thanks should go to Brikor client donors: the Mellos, Prestons, Breners and Roths.

• Eshelman Construction has been named Co-Business Partner of the Year. Thad Eshelman brought a new level of production and excitement to Habitat. When he and his team showed up on the work site, twice, there was amazing progress. On the first blitz build day, he led his crew of 12 to install all five shed roofs. On the second day, he and eight others installed all 14 windows. His belief in making a difference in our community is remarkable, according to a Habitat statement.


April 20, 2014 — 


David Johnston Architects honored by home-design site

Houzz, an Internet site focusing on home remodeling and design, has given architecture firm David Johnston Architects a Best of 2014 award.

It was the second year in a row that Houzz awarded the firm’s work in the design category.

“Each year, our community of homeowners and home-design enthusiasts recognizes the home building, remodeling and design professionals delivering the best customer experience and the most inspiring and innovative designs,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community at Houzz.

“We are honored to receive this award, and are continually impressed with the exposure and positive feedback we get from individuals on Houzz,” Johnston said in a statement “We are glad to be part of the creative community that gives inspiration to folks designing and building their dream homes.”

David Johnston Architects provides architecture, interior design and planning and development services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The company was founded by Johnston in the summer of 1997. Its projects range in scope and style, from commercial to mixed-use projects, multi-family to planning projects and single family, award-winning homes.

Nonprofit to present financial empowerment series

Response, a nonprofit designed to support, educate and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be presenting a four-part Women’s Financial Empowerment Series.

It is open to all women and will be held on all Tuesdays in April from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the El Jebel Community Center. The classes are intended for the general public. Total cost for the 4 sessions is $50 and scholarships are available.

The course — created and facilitated by Danielle Howard of Wealth By Design and sponsored by the Embrey Family Foundation — seeks to provide insight, instruction and inspiration into how women can receive, give, grow, protect and spend financial resources. To register, call 970-920-5357 or visit

“It is extremely important for all women, no matter their age, relationship status or socio-economic level, to have insight and understanding into their finances and the tools and skills necessary to achieve their financial goals,” said Jill Gruenberg, program coordinator for Response, in a statement. “If a woman is armed with financial knowledge and confidence, she is in a much better position to make sound decisions about her life.”


April 20, 2014 — 


Interior design firm marks one year in business

Della + Zella Interiors, owned and operated by locals Carrie Wolfer and Maggi Whitmer, has announced its first anniversary.

The design duo has completed several furnishing projects and gut renovations in Aspen’s downtown core, the West End and Snowmass Village since their partnership began in February 2013. They currently are working on new residential-construction projects in Starwood and Snowmass Village.

“We feel really fortunate about the timing of the start of our business,” said Wolfer in a statement. “It coincided with the rebound of the economy, which means we’ve been busy since day one.”

Della +Zella opened its first office in November 2013 at 410 N. Mill St., Suite B5.

“Interior designers have a reputation for working out of their houses,” she said. “But having a presence in downtown Aspen not only legitimizes you for some of the larger projects, it keeps you in the forefront of the minds of potential clients, architects, contractors, developers and other people that have been key to our success.”

Wolfer has more than eight years of experience in interior design in Aspen, and is certified in the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Whitmer, born and raised in Aspen/Snowmass, has 10 years of experience in interior design. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, and she received her interior design degree from the Art Institute.

Dalby, Wendland & Co. recognized by publication

Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. was recognized by Accounting Today as one of the Top Firms of 2014.

Dalby Wendland frequently receives the honor for the Mountain States Region, which encompasses Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Only 10 firms in the region were recognized. Of those, five firms were headquartered in Denver, two in Montana, one in Utah, and one in Wyoming. Wendland is the only firm headquartered in western Colorado to receive the award.

“Our firm founders, Walt Dalby and Wes Wendland, set the bar early on for the best client service, ethical standards and highest of technical expertise,” said CEO Steve Carver in a statement. “We continue to push the bar to help make our clients and communities successful. It is an honor to be recognized as a Top Firm. We are proud of our communities, our clients and our team members.”

For more information about the company, visit the website The 65-year-old public accounting and business consulting firm has offices in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose, Rifle and Telluride.

Aspen Valley Pilates now open on East Hyman

Aspen’s newest boutique pilates studio, adjacent to the Aspen Sports Medicine clinic in downtown Aspen, is now open at 616 E. Hyman St.

Aspen Valley Pilates offers individualized pilates training for everyone. Students, whether new to pilates or veterans of the discipline, will appreciate the intimate and warm environment and the personalized one-on-one training by former professional athlete and certified pilates teacher Soraya Khalje.

Khalje, a former two-time U.S. national champion in downhill mountain biking, has worked with elite athletes, weekend warriors and those just starting out on their fitness journey — bringing to them a unique mix of classical and contemporary pilates, according to a statement.

Aspen Valley Pilates helps individuals to increase strength, endurance, flexibility and range of motion. “Our goal is to help people feel and perform better, in a sport or in everyday life,” the statement said.

Aspen Valley Pilates offers private and semi-private equipment workouts and mat sessions at the studio, as well as private sessions at homes, offices or hotels.

For more information, send an email to, or call 970-456-4734.

Attorneys named to Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars list

Attorneys T.J. Voboril and Ryan Kalamaya of full-service law firm Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril LLC have been selected to the 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. This is Voboril’s second consecutive Rising Stars selection and, for the second year in a row, Voboril is the only attorney named to the Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list who hails from the Summit and Eagle County region.

Kalamaya is the only attorney in the Central Rockies named to the Rising Stars list in the family law category.

Included as a Rising Star for business litigation, Voboril is a general civil litigator with considerable experience handling business, homeowners’ association, real estate, construction and employment disputes on behalf of business entities, organizations and individuals. He is also the owner of and mediator for Voice Of Reason Dispute Resolution. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2002, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2005.

Named as a Rising Star for family law, Kalamaya is a trial lawyer. He primarily handles cases involving personal issues: divorce, child custody, complex property valuation and persons accused of committing crimes. The former Eagle County prosecutor was a varsity baseball player at the University of Virginia, and he earned his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Colorado Law School.

RKV Law is a firm comprised solely of Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars, as Dan Reynolds was named to the list in 2010 for real estate.

For more information, visit the website


Westin Snowmass Resort joins meditation movement

The Westin Snowmass Resort activated a pop-up meditation in Base Village yesterday as part of the global launch of the Westin Well-being Movement, a campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world.

The yearlong initiative will introduce a string of innovative partnerships and programs across Westin’s six brand pillars: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well. The launch last week coincided with the International Day of Happiness and Well-being and the Spring Equinox, traditionally recognized as the season of renewal.

For the rest of the winter and continuing into summer, The Westin Snowmass will welcome guests, associates and consumers to experience the brand’s signature well-being programs, including morning yoga classes throughout the week and complimentary chair massages every afternoon in the lobby. The Westin Snowmass is one of 200 Westin Hotels & Resorts around the world to invite guests and non-guests to experience the world of well-being, according to a resort statement.

Hochfield, Lieberman to wed

February 2, 2014 — 

Death notice: Barbara K. Stanford

January 30, 2014 — 

Longtime Aspen resident Barbara K. Stanford, born July 6, 1928, passed away on Dec. 23, 2013. A full obituary will come at a later date. A graveside service will be held May 25 at Red Butte Cemetery.

Doug Sheffer family announces services, donations

January 30, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: The following announcement was issued Thursday by the family of Doug Sheffer, who died Monday in a helicopter crash outside Silt.

The Sheffer family would like to express gratitude for the outpouring of love and affection that has come their way in honor of Doug. While they spend the next few days celebrating Doug’s life with family and close friends, know that they also are working hard to find ways to include everyone who wants to celebrate his life. Please be patient and respect their privacy during this time.

Everyone is warmly welcomed to attend the following events as they are able and inspired:

• Feb. 8, 11 a.m., Garfield Regional Airport, Rifle. Potluck lunch to follow.

• March or April, to be announced. Gathering for skiing friends.

• May 18, 2 p.m., Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, 16543 Highway 82, Carbondale.

Tax deductable donations may be made in his honor to the following organizations:

• Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, 16543 Old Highway 82, Carbondale, CO 81623,

• Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 1116 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

• Mountain Rescue Aspen, 630 West Main St., Aspen, CO 81611,

Community Briefs

January 6, 2014 — 

Model auditions for Green Is The New Black Fashion Extravaganza

Audition for the Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12; and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is seeking enthusiastic and creative community members, ages 18 and older, to be volunteer models for the show taking place March 14 and 15. This year’s theme is Down The Rabbit Hole and will be quirky, festive and fun. All models must attend one of the two auditions in order to participate in this year’s show. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, Feb. 2. For information call CCAH at (970) 963-1680.

Merritt, Snyder wed

January 4, 2014 — 

Matt Merritt and Briana Snyder were married on Sept. 7 in Vail, Colo. Matt is the son of longtime locals Dick and Pat Merritt, now of Basalt. The bride is the daughter of Ben and Marry Snyder, of Littleton. She is a registered nurse at Vail Valley Medical in Vail. The groom grew up in Aspen, is a 1996 graduate of Aspen High School, attended Gustavus Aldolphus College and is a 2001 graduate of Colorado State University. He is a medical equipment representative for Medtronic Spine and Biologics in Vail and Frisco. The happy couple reside in Edwards, Colo.

Community Briefs

January 6, 2014 — 

Model auditions for Green Is The New Black Fashion Extravaganza

Audition for the Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12; and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is seeking enthusiastic and creative community members, ages 18 and older, to be volunteer models for the show taking place March 14 and 15.

This year’s theme is Down The Rabbit Hole and will be quirky, festive and fun.

All models must attend one of the two auditions in order to participate in this year’s show. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, Feb. 2. For information call CCAH at (970) 963-1680.

Call for designers for the CCAH Fashion Show

Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is calling all designers interested in creating a sustainable fashion line to participate in the 2014 Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza.

This year’s theme is Down the Rabbit Hole and is sure to be better than ever.

Designers who are interested in participating can find more information and an application at or the CCAH office in the Third Street Center.

Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 13. Email applications to or mail to P.O. Box 175, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Powder vows

November 16, 2013 — 

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