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Startup Weekend Western Colorado to turn ideas into business ventures

[Glenwood Springs, CO] – The weekend of Nov. 21-23, entrepreneurs and creative minds are invited to Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center for Startup Weekend Western Colorado. This event will provide not only inspiration, but the resources required for building and launching a viable, scalable company.

During the weekend, participants share ideas, form teams around top vote-getting ideas, get advice and hear talks from successful entrepreneurs. They can learn needed skills, build prototype products and take the first steps in launching startup businesses.

Startup Weekend at CMC in Glenwood Springs will join more than 1,800 Startup events around the world in 2014 alone. Glenwood’s event coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23, which celebrates business innovators and job creators. As part of that celebration, Glenwood’s Startup Weekend will take part in the Global Startup Battle, a worldwide competition involving Startup teams from more than 100 countries. Glenwood’s winning team will be in line to Read more

Colorado Mountain College landscape painting exhibit comes ‘Close to Home’

 Five renowned artists are your neighbors

 By Carrie Click

“Boneyard,” by Andy Taylor, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

“Boneyard,” by Andy Taylor, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

Usually, it goes something like this: You arrive at an art exhibit and look around. If it’s a landscape show, you admire the talent and perspective of the painters, but you don’t recognize the scenes depicted. They depict a far-off beach or city, or maybe a historical event long since passed.

That’s not what happens at “Close to Home,” an exhibit that is hanging in the main hallway of Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle through Jan. 10. The show features the works of five well-respected, collected local artists, four of whom live so close to the campus they could almost walk there from their studios. And the fifth artist, Andy Taylor, only lives as far away as Carbondale.

Artists flocking to Silt?

“The Grand Hogback,” by Dan Young, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

“The Grand Hogback,” by Dan Young, is one of the landscapes that will be on display in the exhibit “Close to Home” at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle through Jan. 10.

Rolling through the town of Silt, it might not immediately be apparent that the community is such a magnet for artists. But it’s where painters Dean Bowlby, Dan Young, Jane Lee and Lanny Grant live and work.

For Bowlby and Young, who attended Glenwood Springs High School together, a move down valley with room to breathe and to paint brought them to the town.

“It wasn’t intentional,” said Young of landing in Silt. “After I grew up in Glenwood, I wanted to get out of here Read more

Cesark presents ‘Floating Compression’ at CMC ArtShare Gallery

floating compression by k rhynus cesark

This porcelain and mixed-media site-specific sculpture, “Floating Compression I,” is among the artwork that will be on display at the CMC ArtShare Gallery Nov. 14-Jan. 4

By Carrie Cilck.

For those familiar with the work of the late architect Buckminster Fuller and his one-time student, sculptor Kenneth Snelson, the artwork of K Rhynus Cesark may strike a distant yet distinct chord. Cesark’s art is the focus of a solo exhibition, “Floating Compression,” at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs from Nov. 14 through Jan. 4.

“The exhibition title, ‘Floating Compression,’ came from the term ‘tensegrity,’” said Cesark. Tensegrity, coined by Fuller, is used mainly as an architectural term to describe tensional integrity, the use of components in compression (such as bars) inside a net of continuous tension, in which the components, or bars, don’t touch each other.

Snelson further explored the concept, coining the term “floating compression.” Tensional integrity appears in biology as well, as it pertains to Read more

Lois Gibbs to Speak at CMC in Edwards Nov. 6

Love Canal Activist to Interact with Students and the Public

By Carrie Click

lois gibbs protest

Lois Gibbs is known as the Mother of Superfund following her grassroots activism work at the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Gibbs will speak at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Nov. 6.

You can count them off on a few fingers – a select group of young American women in the second half of the 20th century who dared to stand up, demand answers and enact change regarding grave environmental hazards plaguing their families, neighborhoods and communities.

There was Karen Silkwood, made famous for her activism regarding the health and safety of nuclear facility workers, and there is Erin Brockovich, who led a successful legal battle against contaminated drinking water.

And there is Lois Gibbs who, in 1978, as a 27-year-old mother and housewife, refused to back down after discovering that her neighborhood was sitting on, next to and near 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, resulting in serious health issues amongst her family and neighbors. After a two-year struggle, she successfully urged President Jimmy Carter to relocate herself, her children and more than 800 families from Love Canal, the name of their toxic neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The Sustainability Speaker Series at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Edwards is hosting Lois Gibbs Nov. 5-6. While she is in Colorado, Gibbs will be involved in classes with sustainability studies students from throughout the college, and in workshops on environmental and community justice. A free public Read more

A celebration of 50 years of Colorado wilderness

Photographer John Fielder to present wilderness images at CMC Edwards

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act, renowned photographer John Fielder will present his favorite wilderness images at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 3-5 pm.

Fielder has been photographing the beauty of Colorado for 40 years. An avid environmentalist, he uses his photography to promote the protection of Colorado’s wild landscapes. Fielder’s conservation efforts earned him the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award in 2011.

The event is free and will take place in Room 118 ln the CMC Edwards campus.

John Fielder's photo "Notch Lake Sunrise #2, Mount Massive Wilderness, near Leadville" is one example of the photographer's stunning series of photographs capturing Colorado's  Wilderness Areas.YOu can see the photographer's images in person at CMC Edwards Tuesday night, Nov. 4. Photo: John Fielder

John Fielder’s photo “Notch Lake Sunrise #2, Mount Massive Wilderness, near Leadville” is one example of the photographer’s stunning series of photographs capturing Colorado’s wilderness areas. Fielder will present a slideshow of over 200 of his wilderness images in person Tuesday, Nov. 4. at CMC Edwards from 3-5 pm. Photo: John Fielder

 

16th annual Screamboat Chamber of Horrors is back with a few new surprises

This article was printed in Explore Steamboat. By Audrey Dwyer.

A scary cast of characters will be on hand for this year's Screamboat Chamber of Horror at Colorado Mountain College this Halloween season. The haunted house will open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 30 and 31. The haunted house is a fundraiser for the college's Sky Club.

A scary cast of characters will be on hand for this year’s Screamboat Chamber of Horror at Colorado Mountain College this Halloween season. The haunted house will open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 30 and 31. The haunted house is a fundraiser for the college’s Sky Club. Photo: John F. Russell.

— As students and faculty diligently work on preparations for the 16th annual Screamboat Chamber of Horror, they can’t help but think of the emotional roller coaster the brave guests will experience.

“It makes them feel the goosebumps, the hairs standing up on the back of their neck and their heart thumping,” said Jimmy Westlake, Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor. “It makes them feel alive when they are so Read more

Free Parent Information Day at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is hosting a free Parent Information Day for residents living anywhere from Aspen to Parachute from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1. The event is designed to give parents information they need to support their children’s current educational needs and their future higher education goals.

Topics include concurrent enrollment, Accuplacer assessment, ESL and GED programs, students with disabilities, Dreamers/ASSET bill, community resources, financial aid, scholarships, college admissions and career pathways. Discussions will also be held on parent involvement and how to support kids in school. All sessions will be provided in both English and Spanish.

A continental breakfast will be served and no RSVP is needed. Childcare will be provided.

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is at 3695 Airport Road. Contact 625-1871 or coloradomtn.edu/campuses/rifle for more information.

 

Eagle and Pitkin counties host open house events for veterans

Eagle County Veteran’s Services Officers Pat Hammon and Tyson Ivie will host two open houses in October to allow veterans and their families to meet them and receive information regarding veterans’ services and benefits.

The first open house will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in room 258 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. The second will be co-hosted by Joe Carpenter, veteran’s services officer for Garfield and Pitkin counties, from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Mt. Sopris Room of the Eagle County Community Center, located at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel.

During both events, representatives from Eagle and Pitkin County Department of Human Services and other community organizations will be available to answer questions. Bob Herrera, State Veterans Service Officer for the Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, will conduct a formal presentation on veterans’ benefits at 3:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. during both open houses. Information concerning veterans’ education, vocational rehab and VA medical care will also be available.

In their roles, Hammon, Ivie and Carpenter assist veterans and their families with information regarding veterans’ rights and benefits, as well as with submitting claims for benefits and securing necessary documents for completing claims.

For more information, contact Hammon at 970-390-4686 or Carpenter at 970-625-9484.

Jimmy Westlake: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday

Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News column appears Tuesdays in the Steamboat Today. Find more columns by Westlake here.
hursday afternoon, the moon will sideswipe the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse like the one shown in this image taken May 20, 2012. At maximum eclipse at about 4:35 p.m., 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. Warning: Never look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, or permanent eye damage can result. The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College will host a public “Solar Eclipse Watch” with safe solar telescopes set up for public viewing Thursday afternoon on the CMC campus.

hursday afternoon, the moon will sideswipe the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse like the one shown in this image taken May 20, 2012. At maximum eclipse at about 4:35 p.m., 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. Warning: Never look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, or permanent eye damage can result. The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College will host a public “Solar Eclipse Watch” with safe solar telescopes set up for public viewing Thursday afternoon on the CMC campus. Photo Courtesy Jimmy Westlake.

— The shadow of the moon will swoop across almost all of North America on Thursday when the moon crosses paths with the sun

This eclipse will not be total or annular from anywhere on Earth; it’s just a glancing blow by the moon’s shadow, creating a partial solar eclipse. Depending on where you live in Colorado, about 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon.

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Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College opens its season with one of its ‘most challenging shows’

This article was published in the Post Independent. By Jessica Cabe.

From left) Jaime Sklavos, Anne Moll, Heather Ardley and Monica Morgan act in a scene from “The Rimers of Eldritch." The play opens the season for Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and runs Oct. 17 through 26.

From left) Jaime Sklavos, Anne Moll, Heather Ardley and Monica Morgan act in a scene from “The Rimers of Eldritch.” The play opens the season for Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and runs Oct. 17 through 26.

Gary Ketzenbarger, artistic director for Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company, says in many ways Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch” is his favorite American play.

“It captures that kind of small-town Americana atmosphere, and it’s also so experimental,” said Ketzenbarger, who also acts in the play.

The show is set in the mid-20th century in Eldritch, Missouri, a town marked by its Christian zeal and economic disenfranchisement after the coal mines closed. It centers on a murder trial, but the story is told through very short, disconnected click for full article