Events to showcase local harvest

This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Audrey Dwyer.

Colorado Mountain College students, from left, Brent Bessey, Maggie Tucci, Kelsie Buccino and Brett Somen Tuesday morning clean potatoes that recently were harvested at the Legacy Ranch. The potatoes will be part of the Yampatika Garden-to-Table dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Ranch. Tickets are $75 and include beer and wine.

Colorado Mountain College students, from left, Brent Bessey, Maggie Tucci, Kelsie Buccino and Brett Somen Tuesday morning clean potatoes that recently were harvested at the Legacy Ranch. The potatoes will be part of the Yampatika Garden-to-Table dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Ranch. Photo: John F. Russell.

— Planting a seed evokes feelings of anticipation, hopeful expectations and patience while waiting for the first sight of a sprout, Robyn Washburn said.

“That’s why you garden: for that magic that happens when you put a little tiny seed in the ground, and then you can get huge amounts of food just from that,” said Washburn, a student with the sustainability studies program at Colorado Mountain College.

With a bountiful harvest that came from the initial planting in May, Yampatika has partnered with CMC’s sustainability studies and culinary programs for the second annual Garden-to-Table event at Legacy Ranch at Yampatika’s Environmental click for full article

CMC Partnership Puts Solar Atop Another Library

This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Garfield County Libraries Page by Page publication.

CMC student Eric Black (left) works with Master Electrician Jordan Arnhold (center) and CMC instructor Chris Ellis (right) to install the final row of solar panels atop the Carbondale branch of Garfield County Libraries.

CMC student Eric Black (left) works with Master Electrician Jordan Arnhold (center) and CMC instructor Chris Ellis (right) to install the final row of solar panels atop the Carbondale branch of Garfield County Libraries.

In 2012, the Garfield County Libraries first partnered with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to put a 10 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system on the New Castle Branch Library. In 2013, CMC returned to put a 19.6 kW array on the Silt Branch Library. This summer CMC returned yet again to install the biggest solar array to date on the Carbondale Branch Library.

What makes this partnership so unique is the fact that it’s the CMC students and their instructor, Chris Ellis, who are doing the work. Ellis and his eight students in Read more

CMC’s Gianneschi co-authors two groundbreaking reports on education reform

Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, recently published two groundbreaking reports on the reform of remedial education. Shown here, during the September Town Hall tour of the CMC district, he’s discussing how the college might address this national issue by working even more closely with local school districts. Photo Brent Neumeier

Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, recently published two groundbreaking reports on the reform of remedial education. Shown here, during the September Town Hall tour of the CMC district, he’s discussing how the college might address this national issue by working even more closely with local school districts. Photo Brent Neumeier

Before Dr. Matt Gianneschi accepted his position in March as chief operating officer and chief of staff at Colorado Mountain College, he needed to finish writing several groundbreaking reports for the Education Commission of the States.

At the time Gianneschi, then vice president of policy and programs for the Denver-based ECS, a national nonprofit that tracks state policy trends and provides research and assistance to state policy leaders throughout the U.S., was in the midst of researching and writing two reports about remedial education policies. The reports address policies needed to inform the public about the number of students who arrive at colleges and universities not ready to enter college-level courses and monitoring their success once enrolled.

According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in 2010 nearly 60 percent of graduating high school seniors entering community colleges were not academically ready for postsecondary coursework. In other words, accurately measuring students’ abilities and success in college is a very significant public Read more

Jimmy Westlake: Total lunar eclipse coming next week

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot. By Jimmy Westlake

Steamboat Springs — You have to go back 11 years for the last time that two total lunar eclipses were visible from Colorado in the same calendar year. The second total eclipse of the moon this year happens during the wee morning hours of Oct. 8 when the full Harvest Moon once again slips into the shadow of the Earth.

Jimmy Westlake/courtesy  Last April’s total lunar eclipse was captured in this series of telescopic images, which were taken about an hour apart. A similar total eclipse of the moon will happen Oct. 8 before dawn, the second in a tetrad of total lunar eclipses visible from Colorado in 2014-15.

Last April’s total lunar eclipse was captured in this series of telescopic images, which were taken about an hour apart. A similar total eclipse of the moon will happen Oct. 8 before dawn, the second in a tetrad of total lunar eclipses visible from Colorado in 2014-15. Photo by Jimmy Westlake

The moon’s orbit around the Earth is tipped by about 5 degrees, relative to Earth’s orbit around the sun. This slight misalignment prevents an eclipse of the Moon from happening every time there’s a full moon. There are only two brief windows of time each year, six months apart, when the sun, moon and Earth align just right for an eclipse to occur. These are called our “eclipse seasons.”

The eclipse seasons for 2014 fall in April and October. We had a total eclipse of the moon on April 15, during the previous eclipse season, and here we are, six months later, about to have another one. Each year, the eclipse seasons happen about 18 days earlier. Read more

Electric rally takes advantage of Western Slope charging stations

The Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created by electric car advocates to highlight the growing viability of electric cars as a regional transportation option, took place Friday, Oct. 3 and wrapped up at Colorado Mountain College in Carbondale. The event received coverage from CBS Denver, the Glenwood Post Independent, the Aspen Times and Vail Daily News. A reprint of the Post Independent article by Will Grandbois recapping the event is below.

CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder charges up his Nissan Leaf at CMC in Carbondale. Fielder took part in Friday's Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created to highlight the growing viability of electric vehicles as a transportation option on Colorado's Western Slope. Photo: Kate Lapides.

CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder charges up his Nissan Leaf at CMC in Carbondale. Fielder took part in Friday’s Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created to highlight the growing viability of electric vehicles as a transportation option on Colorado’s Western Slope. Photo: Kate Lapides.

As the line of seven electric vehicles passed through downtown Carbondale on Friday evening, the drivers did their best to make up for their nearly silent vehicles with horns and whoops, hoping to spread public awareness about the increasing viability of driving an electric car on the Western Slope.

Before converging for a party in Carbondale, the Electric Vehicle (EV) Rally of the Rockies toured prime fall colors from Grand Junction to Aspen to Vail.

The event, sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Colorado Mountain College, and the starting communities, comes as click for full article

Information sessions scheduled for nursing degree programs

Colorado Mountain College is holding information meetings about its bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing, in time to register for the spring semester. The Bachelor of Science in nursing application deadline is Nov. 15, and classes begin Jan. 12. The associate degree application deadline is Feb. 1 for a fall 2015 start.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing for registered nurses, also known as the RN to BSN, currently has 29 students enrolled for the fall semester. To enroll in the program, students must already have earned their associate degree or diploma in nursing and hold an RN license in the state of Colorado, in addition to other requirements.

The program is based at Colorado Mountain College locations in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley and Breckenridge. However, since the program involves mostly online learning requiring only occasional visits to the college’s Read more

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival kicks off this weekend with TGR film showing

CMC professor Mike Martin is the producer of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, Steamboat’s annual showcase of local and national snowsport films. The event kicks off tonight with a showing of Teton Gravity Research’s film “Higher,” featuring Jeremy Jones, at The Sheraton Steamboat Resort. This article was published in the Steamboat Pilot.

ourtesy  Tuck Graham (skier) and Nik Baden (snowboarder) hike a cheese wedge in the gated community while shooting for their new film. Photo was taken by Josh Satterfield.

Tuck Graham (skier) and Nik Baden (snowboarder) hike a cheese wedge in the gated community while shooting for their new film. Photo was taken by Josh Satterfield.

Steamboat Springs — A day of boarding or skiing can come with moments of pure and absolute bliss.

For some, that moment is more than just another day on the mountain. It’s a time to create art.

“If you look at any day riding, it’s unique to be able to capture something on film that you will have forever,” said Mike Martin, a professor at Colorado Mountain College and producer of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival. “I can think of a lot of experiences ciick for full article

Let it Shine: An evening with John Perlin

John Perlin

Author John Perlin will give a free talk on his newest book: “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy” at the Third Street Center in Carbondale on October 6.

Join author, lecturer, and expert in solar energy and forest preservation John Perlin for a free presentation on his newest book: “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy.”

Perlin will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6 in the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale

The event will be hosted by CLEER, Solar Energy International, Colorado Mountain College, Sunsense Solar and SoL Energy.

John Perlin has written four books on solar energy and Read more

EV Rally of the Rockies shows off electric car muscle

Oct. 3 road rally starts in Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, converges in Carbondale

Electric Vehicle Rally logo

The Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies is set for Friday, October 3, 2014.

Eight electric vehicles will take a fall colors road rally on Friday, Oct. 3, leaving from Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, traveling through communities equipped with vehicle charging stations, and ending with a party in Carbondale.

“The EV Rally of the Rockies will show that electric car travel and tourism is now possible in western Colorado, and a lot of fun,” said Matt Shmigelsky, an energy coach with CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region and organizer of the rally.

Four launch events, plus a midpoint ribbon-cutting in Basalt, will celebrate the growing network of public electric vehicle charging stations. Everyone is invited Read more

Dan Young teaches two-day plein-air workshop in Rifle

Dan Young's "Cottonwood Glory"

Plein-air – “open air” in French – artist Dan Young will teach a two-day workshop at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle Oct. 3 and 4. Shown here is Young’s “Cottonwood Glory.”

Noted plein-air artist Dan Young, who attended the Colorado Institute of Art, is committed to capturing the landscape on canvas. He will be sharing his expertise in a special two-day painting workshop at Colorado Mountain College in in Rifle Oct. 3 and 4.

The first morning will include a short lecture, and the remainder of the class will be spent out in the field.

As both a teacher and an artist, Young emphasizes Read more