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A reminder that living here is an envied privilege

Constance Jones

I was reflecting this weekend on my initial visit to Summit County a year ago this month. I was attending a mini-reunion with childhood friends at a classmate’s cabin on Grand Lake when I learned about the executive director position with the Summit County Chamber of Commerce.It seems like just yesterday – how quickly time flies when you enjoy your work. I just returned from my 40th class reunion in McCook, Neb., and everyone envied the fact I now live, work and play in Summit County.Many of them only get to visit our beautiful area once a year, reminding me how fortunate we are to domicile here. Now all of my friends and family plan to visit often, which will help the economy. Those unfamiliar with Summit County received our promotional literature. Our new map published by McVan Publications and supported through advertising by area businesses will be available this week. The 2005-2006 Experience the Summit, the Official Guide to Summit County and Chamber Membership Directory, published by The Mastin Group Inc., will also be available soon.

We salute all of our Summit Chamber members for their continued support of this important publication showcasing our area. Just a reminder to those planning to attend school or family reunions, conferences, etc., please drop by the Summit County Information Center at The Outlets in Silverthorne, 246 Rainbow Drive, for complimentary copies.If you wish to have information available at your business, please give us a call at (970) 668-2051 and we can have them distributed to your location. For mailing contact an information specialist at (970) 262-0817 or outside the area call 1 (800) 530-3099.***

Hiking is one of our favorite activities since moving to Summit County. Compliments of the U.S. Forest Service, updated, wall-sized locator maps highlighting trailheads and camping areas are posted at information centers throughout the county.Updated trail maps, referred to as Recreation Opportunity Guides, are also provided by the Dillon Ranger District and currently available at local information centers.Through partnership efforts with government agencies, our visitors and residents are able to access valuable information about the use of our public lands and designated wilderness areas.For more information, stop by the information centers or visit the Dillon Ranger District office, 680 River Parkway in Silverthorne, call (970) 468-5400 or visit their website at http://www.fs.fed.us ***

If you enjoy hiking and care about preserving the primitive and pristine beauty of the wilderness, the Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness needs volunteers to assist with a variety of projects and programs.Twenty-four percent of Summit County’s total acreage is wilderness. Eagles Nest Wilderness consists of 82,484 acres and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness has 13,175 acres. The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District has compiled a summer 2005 volunteer calendar in cooperation with local organizations and welcome interested individuals or groups to get involved. Make a difference by signing up for the upcoming June 11 Forest Restoration Service Project. Contact Guff VanVooren at (970) 389-6058 or view opportunities online at http://www.dillonrangerdistrict.com/ fdrd.htm.Constance Jones is executive director of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (970) 668-2051 or constance@summitchamber.org.

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