By Ken Singer

As usual, festival performers sincerely praised the venue for RockyGrass. Act after act, whether they were here for the first time or multiple times, lauded the Planet staff, the setting, Colorado, the organization of the festival, and its environmental sustainability.

Festivarian staff, with mostly volunteers, directed parking, gave out the wrist bands for admission to the sold-out festival, staffed the compost and recycling bins, checked bags, back packs and wrist bands, made sure the bathrooms and port-a-potties were stocked with toilet paper, scraped and pre-washed reusable plates and bowls, and provided arts and crafts, face-painting and a lot of activities for the young ones.

This was the 45th RockyGrass Festival, so many of the volunteers and supervisors had a wealth of experience. What was new was the portable dish washing trailer. Jonathan Herbst, son of Kim Fong (who recruits and supervises the student sustainability volunteers) ran the



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In the past, women have conquered many obstacles and succeeded in their fields of choice. Women artists were no different. In order to sell their works in the early days, they seldom signed their own names. They used a made-up name or their husband’s. Why? Because women were not accepted as artists. A daughter was expected to



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People do less driving in winter, yet we have more crashes per mile driven. Some 10,780 people were killed in car crashes


As Quentin Tarantino fans are gearing-up for his latest movie, H8ful Eight, to hit theaters this January, Coloradans are even more thrilled to see their beautiful state showcased on the big screen. The new western was filmed near the stunning southwest Colorado town of Telluride. But, H8ful Eight is not the only big

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