The field’s getting crowded– there’s now a 3rd candidate in the Democratic primary for Congress, with Glenwood Springs City Attorney Karl Hanlon announcing he’s launching a run to unseat incumbent Cortez Republican Scott Tipton next year. Hanlon’s expecting to do an announcement tour of the vast 3rd District next week, making numerous stops between Alamosa and Glenwood Springs. State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs has given up her House seat in Denver to run, and the field also includes Chris Kennedy from Grand Junction.
Glenwood Springs officials invite you to the 2nd of 2 open houses this evening on the official “Moving Forward Together” project for the city, from 5:30 ‘til 7:30 at the main library on Cooper Avenue. Glenwood’s won a $200,000 federal grant to improve the city, and would like your input. It’s looking to come up with a plan specifically for re-development of the former sewer plant location at the west end of 7th Street. That property’s already in the formal Confluence Redevelopment Plan, but the idea of this effort is apparently to better link areas around the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers together. Again you can make your thoughts known at that open house at the Glenwood library tonight, from 5:30 ‘til 7:30.
Aspen native Dick Durrance, Junior recounted his experiences as an Army photographer in Vietnam Wednesday, at the Aspen Business Luncheon. Half a century later, he says those who’ve never served in the military should treat every day like it’s Veterans’ Day, honoring those who have fought on behalf of the US. Durrance Junior, son of the ski racing pioneer who was so pivotal in Aspen getting the 1950 World Championships, told the crowd of about 40 that when he got drafted in 1967, he first thought his dream of being a professional photographer was over, but once he got to southeast Asia, he realized the importance of documenting the war as a member of the Army’s Special Photographic Office.
Legendary skiing, and all on film, will be the focus tonight of the 2nd annual Winter Stoke Film Festival at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Sunlight Mountain Resort and the True Media Foundation will show some of the award-winning local videos that have been submitted to their contest, and locals will get this region’s earliest showing of this year’s Warren Miller ski film “Line Of Descent,” too. Fun and all kinds of prizes are said to be in store this evening. The doors open at 6. And remember there are 2 more stops on a growing Winter Stoke “tour” this year… next Thursday at the 3rd Street Center of Carbondale, just before Sunlight opens for the season on the 9th of December, and a 3rd appearance, December 21st at the Ute Theater in Rifle. Tickets for all of them are available at the Sunlight ski shop on 9th Street just off Grand Avenue, or at sunlight m-t-n dot com, or winter stoke dot org.