Congratulations are due again to our friends at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The Haunted Mine Drop ride that opened at the end of July was on USA Today’s list of most anticipated thrill rides in the country going into last season. Now, the mine drop has been added to another similar list in that national newspaper, this of the year’s best new amusement park rides. Another publication, the website 10best.com, is taking votes from its readers. You can make your voice heard there too… the site is one zero, best dot com.

The various county alert services notified many folks up and down the valley of a traffic crash on Highway 82 near Aspen Glen early Tuesday evening. The state patrol says 2 vehicles were involved, a pickup truck and a Toyota sedan. Eastbound traffic trying to get by the crash site was seen to be a little more slowed down than westbound. One woman involved in the wreck was said to be suffering pain from her wounds, so she was taken to Glenwood Springs’ Valley View Hospital. No word on her condition. The highway was fully open a couple hours after that wreck.

Many Roaring Fork Valley young people and other folks backing them held a rally Tuesday in favor of DACA or the Dream Act, at Glenwood Springs High School. President Trump canceled the DACA program in September, but gave kids who’d been illegally brought to the US when they were younger children 6 months to get their immigration status together, or risk being deported to some other country. Most DACA students, known as “Dreamers,” have only known life in the United States. At the rally and others like it, officials are requesting that Congress pass a clean bill for a new Dream Act. No word on whether Congressman Scott Tipton is responding to that message, but he did have a staff member at the Garfield County building for a couple hours Tuesday.

Garfield County’s in pretty good shape. And because of that, Governor Hickenlooper has given his first yearly healthy Community Award, for the healthiest place in the state. The award gets the county an extra $2000. That money will be used to help boost community wellness, among other issues. In his presentation late last week, the Governor noted Garfield’s comprehensive health & wellness efforts. The honor was given at the LiveWell Healthy Eating, Active Living Summit in Denver.

 

After recruitment efforts, paperwork, and such, a lot of the folks who’ve become part of Aspen Skiing Company haven’t been able to work those new jobs this fall, since the usual snows haven’t yet arrived. That is, what happens when you’re a lift operator with nothing to operate? To help those employees out, Skico’s actually opened a soup kitchen. The workers are able to stop in and eat for free Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Bumps restaurant at the bottom of Buttermilk, and at the Treehouse in Snowmass.