CMC students organize free professional portraits for the holidays

 The faculty, staff and students of the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College will be at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to provide free portraits as part of the international Help-Portrait movement.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, tools and expertise to give back to their communities. Multiple portrait studios will be set up at the church, and portraits will be printed and delivered that night. This is a charity event and there is absolutely no cost for the portraits.

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2011 Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. The 2017 Help-Portrait event takes place this Wednesday, Nov. 29th, at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Photo: Klaus Kocher.

This is the eighth year the college’s professional photography program has participated in Help-Portrait, bringing hundreds of free portraits to the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley. Translators will be on site to assist Spanish speakers with portrait sessions. For more information on Help-Portrait go to: Families, individuals and groups – and pets! – are welcome.

For more information on this event contact Derek Johnston, program director and professor of professional photography, Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, at or 970-947-8151.

The First United Methodist Church is located at 824 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs.

Dracula Radio Play – CMC Theatre Club

“Dracula” performed by students from CMC’s Theatre Club 

Dracula adapted by Orson Welles from the Bram Stoker novel was recorded in RadioCMC’s Spring Valley studio as a collaboration with the CMC Theatre Club.

Directed by Hadley Hiebert
Sound Engineered by Lucas Turner
Sound FX by Hadley Hiebert and Meredith Dusenbery

The Cast of Dracula features:

Suzie Brady as Arthur Seward
Evan Piccolo as Jonathan Harker and News Vendor
Meredith Dusenbery as Driver, Lucy, and Hand 1
Zabdi Fuentes as Dracula’s Driver and Mina Harker
Joshua Adamson as Dracula and Old Man
Dana Fries as Captain and Voice
Lizbeth Morales as Mate and Another Voice
Fernando Ramos as Hand 2 and Hildeshiem
Travis Wilson as Van Helsing
Angel Amengual as Orson Welles

CMC Theatre Program:


Inside Scoop for the Roaring Fork Highschools – Paul Freeman GSHS

Radio CMC Interviews Roaring Fork Highschool Principal In Our Latest Podcast

Annmarie Deter interviews the Principal of Glenwood Springs High School, Paul Freeman, to get the inside scoop on what are his beliefs around education, how does he create and nurture the culture at GSHS, what is CREW, what really happened with the Football team and what does he think GSHS will look like in 20 years. Listen to our podcast to find out these answers and more.

If you have a question that you would like to get answered about any of the Roaring Fork Schools please direct them to Annmarie Deter at

Entrepreneurship In Ski Communties – Aspen Entrepreneurs Episode 10

Episode 10 of the Aspen Entrepreneurs Podcast!

Focusing on entrepreneurship in mountain & ski communities.

This episode features Sharon Matusik, Dean and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, at University of Colorado. Matt Doyle, with FATMAP, a 3D Mapping Platform for outdoor adventure recreation. Mike Kaplan, CEO of SkiCO. And Rudy Defelice of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

The panel discusses how they came to their respective ski-town areas and what things have been like since.

Hosting this showcase is Skippy Mesirow of Aspen Entrepreneurs.


If you’d like to find out about all the great things that Aspen Entrepreneurs are doing, head to their website>

This episode was recorded in Aspen, at Maker + Place, a co working popup location. Learn more about them online at

Winter Stoke Film Festival – Calling Local Filmmakers!

Calling all local film makers, the Second Annual Winter Stoke Film Festival is on!

Submit your 1-3 minute video and win a 2017-18 Season Pass to Sunlight Mountain Resort. Your edit on the BIG screen. Anyone can enter. Share your stoke!

Submit Films @:

Three finalists will be chosen for each venue,and the audiences will vote for their favorite Winter Stoke Film. The winner receives a free 2017-18 Season Pass to Sunlight Mountain Resort AND a prestigious Golden Boot Award. All finalists receive 2 lift tickets to Sunlight. Deadline to enter is Nov. 7, 2017!

Buy Tickets for the Event @:


Artist Profile – Local Rapper Andy Pablo

The Artist Profile returns with local rapper from The 970, Andy Pablo! This episode promotes his first independent EP release titled “Still Learning.”


Andy comes from Vail, Colorado and is currently attending college at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, CO. He has been writing songs and rapping since the age of 17. He spent the last year writing a few brand new songs, and well as re-using and repurposing some old lyrics. These efforts manifested in the release of his first EP, “Still Learning”

Andy studies some of his favorite rappers for inspiration, examples include Erick the Architect from Flatbush Zombies, Joey Bada$$, and Logic.

Featured in this interview is the track “Don’t Trust,” one of the darker tracks on the EP.  “In my head, trust can’t be reimbursed, so when that gets broken it’s a big thing. When I was writing the song it helped me to project what I was feeling without harming those people that burned me. There’s no sense in vengeance and revenge.” 

Andy believes that MC’s should address and promote positivity, equality, and love. He says that while these things are in people’s minds, but he believes they should be more of a focus.

Find Andy Pablo on soundcloud at

For more interviews of local rappers, bands, and musicians head to our Artist Profile playlist on soundcloud!

Local Artist Andrew Herrera (Andy P) Releases New Mixtape

Andrew Herrera, a local artist and CMC student, just released his new mixtape “Still learning”. 

“Still Learning is about a lot of the struggles I’ve been through that have impacted me emotionally, physically, and mentally and just through these struggles I’ve been able to express what I’m feeling solely through the mic. Music is my passion and I don’t know where I would be with out it! A huge Thank You to all the producers that are humble enough to put free beats out there for people like me to hop on and use for non-profit use. Collaboration is key and without the help of these producers this EP/Mixtape would be absolutely nothing, so I thank you once again! Lots of Determination.” -Andrew Herrera

Don’t forget to follow him on Soundcloud >>> Andy Pablo


Because Of You – Steve Mccarney, Johnny Weiss and Ken Olson

Adrian Fielder, Assistant Dean of Instruction at Roaring Fork Campus hosts this episode of the podcast. Adrian interviews three gentlemen who started the SolarProgram at Colorado Mountain College.

Listen to hear the story of how CMC’s solar program came into being from the three people who got it started!

Steve McCarney – Director & Project Manager of cold chain solutions at the Solar Electric Light Fund. 

Johnny Weiss – Principal of Johnny Weiss Solar Consulting and Co-Founder of Solar Energy International

Ken Olson – CEO, Owner and President of Sol Energy
and Co-Founder of Solar Energy International

This series of programs is based around interviews with people who have done amazing things and have been an integral part of CMC’s 50 year history. To hear more head to

Summer Science Fair Interviews – Aspen Science Center

Listen to our live interviews from our day at the Summer Science Fair put on by the Aspen Science Center.

David Houggy

President of the Aspen Science Center. He believes that we need more science education in this country for both kids and adults. He says that kids need to be able to explore in a hands-on way at their own pace, following their natural instincts and curiosity.

Josh Eskin

Principal engineer for Ball Corporation’s Aerospace division located in Boulder, Colorado. Josh was at the Science Fair demonstrating information on the James-Webb space telescope which he describes as the “next big space telescope” to be launched.


Paleontologist at the Ice Age Discovery Center In Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Snowmastodon Site is one of the largest fossil discoveries in Colorado history, the world’s most significant mastodon find, and a remarkably complete record of climate change between 140,000-45,000 years ago.


Dean of Communication, Art, & Media at Colorado Mountain College. He spent the day with us at the science fair demoing the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung VR headsets.

Click here for the full list of interviews!

More about Aspen Science Center:

The Aspen Science Center’s mission is:

“To advance the public understanding of science through lifelong discovery, exploration and education.”

“Science is an indispensable tool for understanding our world, becoming an informed citizen, and enriching people’s lives. In today’s world, each citizen must have a solid base in the understanding of, and appreciation for, scientific concepts and their essential role in the betterment of humankind.

The Aspen Science Center was formed to offer teachers, students, and the larger community a vital center of instruction in and exploration of science, and a resource for science literacy.”

Click on the link to learn more about Aspen Science Center!

Small Business Spotlight – Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities

Small Business Spotlight features the people and stories of the small business community in the roaring fork valley. This episode features John Klonowski, Director of Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO).

john klonowski director of challenge aspen military opportunities
John Klonowski – Director of CAMO (Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities)

CAMO provides adaptive therapeutic recreation and wellness experiences for military personnel diagnosed with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. CAMO offers an opportunity for veterans, their spouses/partners and caregivers to reconnect with outdoor recreation activities through professional adaptive instruction for summer and winter sports.

Click on the link to see what CAMO does:

More about John:

John’s passion for sharing the beauty and serenity of the mountains through recreational therapy to injured military personnel translated into directing the Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities program. In the first year under John’s direction, the CAMO program served over 150 injured service men and women from all branches of the United States military.

With an eye on the future, John’s goal is to build community partnerships through CAMO participant; a greater awareness of the issues our injured service men and women face upon their return to civilian life; and, future partnerships with local and national business partners.  Read more at

Listen to more Small Business Spotlight episodes at