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Hittin’ the Road with CMC Culinary Institute director Kevin Clarke

Rocky Mountain PBS profiled Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute Director Kevin Clarke as part of a recent Hittin’ The Road series last week. The series explores the West’s unique adventures, from rafting to fossil digs to wine making. The segment featuring Clarke explores the various uses of olive oil, from healing to the tantalizing recipes Clarke whips up in his kitchens.  His segment appears at approximately 11:45 to 23:58 in this video.



“Good Morning Vail” features new CMC Edwards campus dean Kathyrn Regjo

Kathryn Regjo, Colorado Mountain College’s new campus dean in Edwards, was interviewed on the “Good Morning Vail” program  on Vail Resort’s TV8. Whether via concurrent enrollment courses that enable high school students to get a jump on college, noncredit courses for lifelong learning, or any of our many other offerings, we help our students reach their educational goals.

Justice Snow’s, CMC hold storytelling show

This article aired on Aspen Public Radio

Writ-Large-Logo-SmallStanding on stage and telling a very personal story can take nerves of steel. Tonight, more than a handful of locals are giving it a try. The event is similar to the radio show The Moth. It’s part of a new local series by Justice Snow’s and Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

On a quiet afternoon in Aspen at Justice Snow’s, a small group waits for a microphone and speakers to get set up. David Cook is here. He’s co-owner of local TV station Aspen 82.

“I’m at Justice Snow’s for our final dress rehearsal for the Writ Large performance,” says Cook.

Like The Moth, people here will tell a personal story in front of a crowd. Cook is used to being in the spotlight. He participated in the Aspen Cares benefit fashion show this past weekend. That meant being “literally in underwear on stage, dancing around, which is very exposing and sort of outside of my comfort zone. Whereas this is quite personal,” Cook continues, “in that it’s a story about me and my life, and my family, that I’ve never click for full transcript and link to audio

Outdoor Recreation Leadership Alumni to Embark on Alaskan Expedition

This article was first posted on ‘Education at Elevation,” CMC Leadville’s blog site.  By Lauren Swanson, CMC Leadville Social Media Coordinator.

Photo of three Outdoor Recreation Leadership grads rally to raise awareness for Paradox Sports, by embarking on an Alaskan Expedition.

Three Outdoor Recreation Leadership grads rally to raise awareness for Paradox Sports, by embarking on an Alaskan Expedition.

Three Colorado Mountain College Leadville alumni, Ryan Edwards, Eric Crosby and Michael Elges, are participating in a fundraising expedition to the Alaska Range with the Boulder Mountain Institute.  All three are graduates of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership (ORL) program in Leadville who entered the program in 2007 or 2008.

The group has been climbing together since they met at CMC and have built a strong partnership climbing routes in Red Rocks, NV, the Cordillera Read more

Sunday Profile: CMC and Rotary fulfill youngest president

This article was printed in the Glenwood Post-Independent. By Will Grandbois.

Tony Mendez, the president of the Rotary Club of the Roaring Fork.

Tony Mendez, the president of the Rotary Club of the Roaring Fork.

As the world’s youngest Rotary president, Tony Mendez has had a close-up look at the issues his club is working on.

Mendez was 21 when he took the helm of the Rotary Club of the Roaring Fork, better known as Club Rotario, a small, Glenwood Springs-based group that devotes time to educating the community and creating opportunities, particularly for the Hispanic community.

An avid runner, skier and traveler, Mendez, now 22, will receive his bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado Mountain College in May and plans to put his experience to use as a paralegal in his pursuit of a law degree.

His parents, Dora and Milton, grew up in the same part of El Salvador but didn’t meet until after they fled the Salvadoran Civil War and moved to California. Mendez was born in Orange, California, but grew up in El Jebel and Read more

Aspen Public Radio interview with Dr. Ted Mitchell and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser

Last week, Aspen Public Radio’s CrossCurrents featured an interview with Dr. Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, and Dr. Carrie Hauser, president and CEO of CMC. APR Executive Director Carolyne Heldman interviewed the pair, exploring topics ranging from the recent proposal for free community college to the critical access to education that community colleges offer and the economic benefits they bring to Colorado. Listen to the full interview here.

Justice Snow’s and CMC Partner on “Writ Large” Storytelling Series on March 25th

Fllyer for Writ Large event at Justice Snow's in Aspen.Justice Snow’s continues the Writ Large live storytelling series in the Parlor on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. Storytellers include Matt Haslett, David Cook, Sean Tamisiea, Shere Coleman, Alecia Evans and Brian Tinker. This is a free event but guests are encouraged to RSVP to 429-8192 as limited seating is available.

Writ Large is a unique collaboration between Justice Snow’s Restaurant and Bar and the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. The program gives students a chance to participate in non-fiction storytelling, learning about storycraft techniques and applying them in performances in front of a live audience. The event features six stories running Read more

Breckenridge students Brooke Potter and Jake Black balance school with ski comps

This article was published in the Summit Daily News. By Phil Lindeman.

Brooke Potter (center) after taking gold in women's ski slopestyle at the 2015 Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, on Feb. 9. The gold was Potter's first major international win at her first major international event, even though she prefers filming urban jibs over the pressure of competition.

Brooke Potter (center) after taking gold in women’s ski slopestyle at the 2015 Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, on Feb. 9. The gold was Potter’s first major international win at her first major international event, even though she prefers filming urban jibs over the pressure of competition.

Jake Black is first to admit he doesn’t quite live a Walden Pond existence.

The longtime Summit County resident has for years led the hectic and gear-centric life typical of a top-tier snowboarder who travels all over the world to compete. The 26-year-old has kept up this frenzied pace since his first slopestyle event in middle school.

But after more than 12 years as a professional athlete — he’s gone head-to-head with the best at the Dew Tour, Burton U.S. Open and 2015 Winter World University Games in Spain — he’s ready to, as Thoreau once put it, simplify, simplify.

“I like the concept of minimalism, although I’m far from living it,” says Black, who was born and raised in Summit with his brother, fellow pro snowboarder Zack Black. “I like the idea of paring down your possessions, just trying to simplify life. It gets to the core of the argument that over time, your possessions own you.”

As Black explains, an urge to get away from it all — or at least get away from most of it — drew him to sustainability courses at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, even as he traveled from coast to coast for snowboard events.

Like most high-level skiers and snowboarders who live and study in the hills, Black fell into a class schedule his Front Range peers envied and only fellow CMC athletes understood: He’d finish a few classes in the summer and fall, take a break for competition in the winter and spring, then dive back into studies when summer rolled around once more.

After eight years of on-and-off coursework, Black is on track to graduate this summer with a bachelor’s degree in sustainability studies, one of just two four-year degrees offered through CMC.

While the balancing act between school and play still doesn’t allow for much free time, Black says he’s content with the way life has more or less fallen into place.

“It’s been an evolution of sorts,” he says. “I’m just as busy as I was right after high school, but it’s a different type of busy following storms, not really events. Instead of heading to Vail for the U.S. Open, I’m now packing up for a trip to Jackson.”

Black admits he’s probably getting a bit too old for competition, but the twilight years of his snowboarding career have provided an opportunity to travel on his terms. He just returned from the World University Games in Granada, and although he was bumped off the slopestyle podium to take sixth place, it was just his second trip to Europe. Competition was competition, but the vibe was entirely new.

“There were so many people with different backgrounds and we all had this commonality through snowboarding and skiing,” Black says. “I’d call it a miniature Olympics of sorts. We were Team USA, with these fancy outfits and whatnot. It was just a cool experience.”

Over the past year, Granada has been paired with dozens of outside experiences, including a road trip through the West to see his brother in Park City and a friend in Las Vegas. Along the way, he shot photos with a large-format Toyo 4×5 camera.

While passing through Death Valley, Black captured a stark, black-and-white landscape that earned a spot in the fittingly titled CMC-Aspen show “Less Is More: Sustainable Art and New Media in a Culture of Excess,” running now through March 31 at the Aspen campus.

Yet even as Black embraces simplicity in his art and studies and lifestyle, he’ll always be willing to play in the snow, pro-rider style. Jackson Hole is still a week or two away. For now, it’s all about the glades at Steamboat.

“When it comes to snowboarding, all things are set aside,” Black says in the middle of a mid-week ski trip. “We’ve been in Steamboat the entire time it’s been snowing, and even though I took my camera out twice to shoot I just haven’t made time to pull it out. The snow has been too good.”


While Black chases powder, fellow CMC-Breckenridge student Brooke Potter is riding the high of ski slopestyle gold at the World University Games. Her schedule is almost identical to Black’s — class in the summer, training and comps in the winter — but at 19 years old, she’s a relative newcomer to the wild, crazy world of freeskiiing.

Potter deals with the pressure of competition by letting her skis do the talking. The slopestyle win was an unexpected perk in a season dedicated to filming where few women have filmed before: urban rails.

“I’m not the biggest fan of slopestyle competition,” says Potter, a Maryland native who moved to Summit County shortly after she began competing at 14 years old. “I just don’t like having a lot of pressure. There’s never been a girl who gets a full video segment just hitting rails and urban, and I think that sets me apart. I really just prefer just filming and putting out edits, as opposed to traveling for competitions.”

Airports and jet lag aside, Potter admits that travel has tied comfortably into her recently declared major in sustainability. She began at CMC in the business program, but after thinking on ways to protect her adopted home mountains, she switched to a degree with an environmental bent.

“I’ve been thinking about that a lot this season, looking at our carbon footprint and what we can do to make things better,” Potter says. “I’ve seen it through the oceans — I was surfing in Bali and there was a ton of trash, right there in the ocean. That really opened my eyes and kind of sparked that interest in the environment.”

Potter says she’s on track to get her degree in four years — only if the video edit she’s been working on all season doesn’t catapult her into the freeski stratosphere.

“Filming is really where my passion is, along with a bit of competition,” Potter says.

“I just want to put out edits and catch the attention of someone who makes movies, anyone who does that. I know it will take quite a few years to get to that level, but I want to see myself on the big screen.”

CMC academy teaches officers how to do the right thing

This corner column by Stewart Curry was first published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Stewart Curry, instructor at CMC"s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy (CLETA) at CMC in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

Stewart Curry, instructor at CMC”s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy (CLETA) at CMC in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

Doing the right thing: It’s what we aspire to as children, parents, friends and citizens. It’s also what we expect from professionals like doctors who prescribe our treatments, accountants who calculate our taxes and certainly peace officers who ensure our safety. For 10 years, I’ve been involved in peace officer training at Colorado Mountain College and “doing the right thing,” as much as possible, is what we try to teach.

There is great pressure on a peace officer to do the right thing in any given situation. There are few occupations where decisions can mean life or death, where fast thinking can avoid and mitigate conflict and where actions are scrutinized after the fact.

We spend a considerable amount of time in our academy on simulation and scenario-based training. We’ll present a trainee with a staged scenario and equip them with a “toolbelt” that Read more

In College, On the Air

This article was printed in the Aspen Sojourner. By Amanda Rae.

Radio CMC station manager, Lucas Turner. Photography by Matt Suby

Radio CMC station manager, Lucas Turner.
Photography by Matt Suby

The voice of a community can’t be expressed more clearly than it is on local radio. Now the perspective of a younger generation can be heard in the Roaring Fork Valley, thanks to Radio CMC (; 102.7 FM from Aspen to Snowmass Canyon, 93.9 FM in Glenwood Springs), a for-profit college station developed as part of the Isaacson School of New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Click for full article.