Kudos: July 8, 2018 | AspenTimes.com

Kudos: July 8, 2018

Thanks to the Aspen Institute

Congratulations to the Aspen Institute for another fabulous Aspen Ideas Festival. In addition to promoting the ethos of listening, learning and collaboration — which is so needed today — Aspen benefits tremendously by our having local access to world class experts and by the introduction of so many wonderful attendees and speakers to our community. Dan Porterfield, the new President, impressed us all with his humility, curiosity, intelligence and kindness. Our hat goes off to the entire hardworking and dedicated team — including the many local volunteers and staff. Thank you.

Wally and Helen Obermeyer

Aspen

Great presentation, Basalt Fire Department

Editor's note: This letter was sent before Lake Christine Fire.

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I'd like to extend a big thanks to the Basalt Fire Department, and to Brooke Stott and Karl Oliver for their excellent presentation on wildfire preparedness this past week at the Basalt Regional Library.

A few things stood out — this season is more critical than it's been in some time and we all need to be aware of the heightened restrictions and fire danger. Stage II restrictions include no campfires, charcoal grills or fireworks of any kind (including sparklers,) and no smoking outdoors.

They also conveyed there is a lot we can do to mitigate the risk around our houses that will increase your safety and that of the firefighters (find info at pitkinwildfire.com.) With 6 or 7 major fires burning in Colorado right now, lets help keep our valley intact.

Nathan Child

Snowmass Village

Thank you to those fighting fire

Everywhere I turn they are here these last few days. Men and women in uniform, in T-shirts, in yellow fire attire. Trucks, tankers and tents of all sizes. Every time I see them I wave or say thank you. I saw Arizona Forest Management, U.S. Forest Service, Eagle Fire, Vail Fire, Snowmass Wildcat Fire, Aspen Fire, Carbondale Fire, Denver Fire, Salvation Army and Red Cross. So many more, I'm sure. I feel proud, grateful and emotional. The constant whir of helicopters over my house brings me an odd feeling of solace. So many people and resources are working for us. I am glad my home and family are safe, and worried and sad for my friends who are displaced or lost their home. Thank you, Basalt. This community, our police department, our fire department and our government make me swell with pride during this difficult time. I hope this fire is contained soon, I hope future fires are prevented, I hope it rains. Be safe.

Katie Custodio

Carbondale

Thank you for making Wild Feast a huge success

Wilderness Workshop's Wild Feast 2018 was a smashing success and we have you to thank for that. We sold out and filled every seat. We enjoyed live vocals, a seasonal locally sourced dinner, a fun photo booth, and heard from some interesting speakers, including all-star public lands advocate Nada Culver. But most importantly, we had a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and make new ones in the glowing ambience of the Caribou Club.

Wilderness Workshop raised significant funds to protect our shared public lands and even broke last year's fundraising record. It was an incredibly impactful evening for so many different reasons, and we couldn't have done it without our members and supporters. Please stay tuned for more great summer events from Wilderness Workshop, including our free summer hike series, volunteer restoration projects, and programmatic events like "Public Lands in Peril: an evening discussion with Wilderness Workshop" in Eagle on July 18. There is a full photo album from Wild Feast available on our website, http://www.wildernesswork shop.org.

We want to give a special thank you to our very supportive sponsors, especially the Caribou Club and Sopris Liquor & Wine. Additionally, a big thank you to An Aspen Affair, Alpine Bank, Aspen Magazine, The Aspen Times, Roaring Fork Beer, Element Basalt — Aspen Hotel, Kaitlyn Williams, Suerte Tequila, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Eagle Crest Nursery and The Gant.

Once again, thank you for your continued support to secure the future of public lands in beautiful Western Colorado.

Rebecca Mirsky

Wilderness Workshop