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Missing the valley

Dear Editor:

I lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for a mere five years. Those were the best five years of my life.

Not only did I meet my husband there, I delivered our two children at Valley View Hospital with the same doctor in the same room. This time of year I get nostalgically weepy when I think of the valley: the clean mountain-air smell, the aspens slowly making a color change, the snow-capped mountains blowing a pillow of white in the sky.

This time of year I remember the quiet of the offseason, yet the slight air of excitement getting stronger and stronger as the days get shorter in anticipation of the upcoming ski season.

I have fond memories of working for the town of Basalt and all the exciting changes constantly occurring around town. Whether it be an opening of a new park or watching the new library plans come to life, Basalt maintained a sense of stability and pride amidst the changes.

Taking advantage of all the outdoor adventures the area offered, soaking in the surreal 360-degree scenery, the Roaring Fork Valley was home. We were, to much kicking and screaming, driven out of the valley due to the depressed economy. My husband, a builder who worked 15 years in the building industry and owner of a successful building company, was losing contract after contract. I wrote a little cookbook while pregnant with my second, and we were able to stay in Basalt a bit longer. In my dreams I am living back on the Frying Pan with my family, enjoying all the Colorado mountain splendor.

Thank you, Roaring Fork Valley, for the best times of my life.

Karen Fjeldheim

Mandan, N.D.

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