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Affordable rooms appreciated

(This letter was originally addressed to Sue Woolery and Dale Paas, owners of the Limelite Lodge.)Dear Editor:I’m writing you to thank you for your continued support of the effort to bring the Ute Indians back to our valley by generously offering affordable rooms. Without support such as yours, it would be extremely difficult to be able to offer the Utes welcoming accommodations for their visits here. Your enthusiastic support and interest in the Utes is heartwarming for them to experience.As you know, I have been bringing the Southern Utes here for about 10 years through my organization Friends of Earth People. I strongly believe it is very important for a community to have a relationship with its original people and have therefore involved the Utes in all my events – whether related to education, our “crime spree” boys, my most recent photography exhibit or doing healing/blessing ceremonies of our land – the Ute elders have had an ongoing connection with this valley.Suzy Chaffee with The Native Voices Foundation and Sarah Pletts with the Living Arts Foundation have also brought the Utes to the valley over the years, and Bob Child might have been one of the first county commissioners in America to consult with the native people regarding sacred sites before allowing development to occur.There are many individuals who have offered their homes to host the Utes as well, and have welcomed them as family.I remain eternally grateful to you and all who have supported this important healing of the heart. I believe Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley will flourish on many levels as a result of building ongoing bonds of friendship with the Utes.Connie Baxter MarlowSnowmass