If Fitz Cahall had a motto, it might be “life as a creative opportunity.” The one-time hyphenated dirtbag (climbing guide-photoshoot manager-journalist) seems to have a knack for seizing the moment. Take, for example, when the print magazines he was writing for were flaming out and the 2008 downturn hit home. The seemingly disparate skill sets that he had acquired on his scrappy career juggle queued him up perfectly for the next adventure: co-founding a creative brand agency for the outdoor industry. Ten years on, Duct Tape Then Beer is the creative force behind the wildly popular “Dirtbag Diaries,” a […]
What does it take to build one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries? Ask Carbondale’s Connie Baker.
On a whim, the former contractor went to distilling school where she fell in love with making vodka, discovering that, “it can be made from almost anything.” She spent the next four years creating mashes and developing recipes that would become the cornerstone of Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (MDC), a Carbondale, Colorado-based business that she co-founded with friends and family in 2015.
Along the way, she also unearthed a dirty secret about the industry: most distilleries flush unthinkable amounts of resources […]
What’s the fire in your belly? You know, that thing that inspires you to get up early and stay up late to make something new happen. Six locals will be sharing tales of their stoke during “Fire in the Belly: Stories of Change,” a community storytelling event taking place on June 6th at Rock Bottom Ranch. The event is co-presented by CORE, ACES, City of Aspen and Writ Large and directed by Alya Howe.
The name of the event is also the theme of the night, “Fire in the Belly: Stories of CHANGE.” Turning a corner, rallying together, playing a […]
If you care about clean energy and think utilities are boring, think again. Utilities play a key role in the fight against climate change. As much as 70 percent of Pitkin County’s greenhouse gas emissions are from the energy used in homes and businesses. And at present, 58 percent of the energy provided by the valley’s largest electric utility — Holy Cross Energy — comes from coal. That’s why a utility’s decisions around clean energy and energy efficiency matter.
Luckily, there’s a direct line to influence those decisions in your mailbox. All Holy Cross Energy customers have received a ballot for […]
Mary Frances Szoradi at home with daughter Amelia: “Our smart thermostats are super convenient. Controlling our thermostat and seeing our energy use right from our phones gives us more time for playing outside with our daughter, even when it snows in May.” Photo credit Michele Cardamone Photography.
When Mary Frances Szoradi explains why she and her husband are modernizing their mid-70s home, she cuts right to the chase: “carpeting in the bathroom.” But faster than you can say “outta here,” she’s breezed past the funky floor coverings and is onto what’s really got her family stoked about their renovation. In […]
Everyday is Earth Day: during the 2015 Paddle in Seattle, 300+ “kayaktivists” formed a flotilla of protest in Elliott Bay, raising their paddles and their voices against Arctic drilling. Photo courtesy of Andy Clark.
It’s hard to remember a time before the EPA and the Clean Air Act. Prior to these protections, it was every man (bear, and river) for himself.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million of those “men” filled the streets to call for preservation of the environment. Led by Senator Gaylord Nelson, and riding the growing ecological consciousness of the 60s, citizens came out in force for […]