Born to Overcome

Posted on April 30, 2018

“It feels like I have gotten closer and closer to achieving something.” These are the words of a natural born leader. Valeria Lopez, a name that many teachers know due to her work ethic, positive attitude and beautiful smile.

Smiling at Challenges

Valeria was born in Mexico, but moved to Colorado when she was just four years of age. She was born without a properly formed hip which has been a problem for her even today, including being on the receiving end ofValeria Lopez bullying. Valeria has always faced issues due to her hip, but that has not stopped her from trying new things and smiling on a daily basis. In school she loves literature, loves to read, and loves to study for exams. Valeria is a junior attending Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum.

“The best part of school is going and learning more each day and gaining knowledge,” Valeria says, as she talks to me about her love for school and why she isn’t a fan of missing school. Valeria’s biggest challenge in school is math. She struggled with this ever since… Read more >

Be informed and involved

Posted on April 20, 2018

When parents are informed about today’s issues that youth face, their children benefit. If you were one of the 826 parents and youth who attended this year’s Eat Chat Parent (ECP) events, you can count yourself amongst the enlightened. We are grateful you showed up and participated, and we hope that what you learned is helping your relationship with your child. At the Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC), we strive for an engaged and educated parent community. Parents asked and we answered with two events per month up and down the valley.

Attendance Tripled

ECP recently wrapped up on April 3 with the final session; we hosted 13 sessions overall and saw attendance triple from previous years. What does this tell our community? We think it shows that parents are hungry for advice and information, especially tips and tools to help them do the toughest job of all – parenting teens and pre-teens.

We heard from experts who presented facts and first-person stories about depression, anxiety, suicide, vaping, marijuana, sex and empathy. Each session ended with a conversational style question and answer – in our opinion the most powerful part of… Read more >

Camps, adventures and so much more.

Posted on April 20, 2018

Summer sports, camps, and fun at WECMRD!

School's (almost) out for the summer! WECMRD has the fun handled this summer with a full line up of camp offerings that range from three-hour sports camp sessions to weekly and full day summer camps at all three of their locations in Eagle County. Whatever your child's interests and your scheduling needs, an active summer awaits at WECRMD's Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards locations

NEW this summer: they are excited to be offering nine brand new themes for their REC KIDS Summer Camps, including Amazing Race and Rec Kids Got Talent weeks! They are offering scholarships for the first time ever for families that qualify. Visit or stop by any of their three locations to apply for scholarships and register for camp.

You'll find a teaser of some of the activities below as well as the full list of Youth Summer Sports Camps and REC Kids Summer Camps at
DATES: June 4th - August 30th
PRICE: Varies
AGES: 3-18 years old
TIME: Varies
LOCATIONS: Eagle, Edwards and Gypsum
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Hang UP!

Posted on April 20, 2018

Stash it...

From a young age we are told to find our passion. Robye Nothnagel found hers, but there certainly had to be an easier way than being launched over the hood of a Honda, smashing into a windshield and spending months healing.

Maybe you’ve seen bright yellow magnets on the back of cars. Or seen 9News or Channel 4, read the article in the Vail Daily, saw a promo from CDOT or been part of a presentation. This is the culmination of Robye’s almost-two-year campaign to get drivers to put their phones down.

“I think it was a little recovery, it’s helped in a sense,” Robye shares. “There’s a lot of people who advocate and are doing it in memory of someone who died. I felt as a survivor, I wanted to share my story.”

Robye’s story is a harrowing one: In February 2017, she was in the crosswalk in Texas as part of six people. Out of nowhere, an young driver careened through the crosswalk, plowing into Robye, smashing her tibia, breaking her pelvis in four places. She was in ICU, then the… Read more >

Community organizer, wife, mother and lifelong learner

Posted on April 02, 2018

Melina Valsecia-Monreal: Difference Maker

There are so many strong, dedicated, outspoken people in our community, making a difference one at a time. This month’s Difference Maker was recommended from so many facets of the community: from ERYC, CMP, other nonprofits and within the community. Over and over Melina Valsecia-Monreal’s name came up as a real change maker.


Melina, Certified Health Education Specialist and InteGreat! Neighborhood Navigators Team Lead Coordinator, just might be the embodiment of what President John Quincy Adams said, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

As a 15-year-resident of Eagle County, mother of two, wife and Latina, she has varied experience that allows her to advocate to and for her community — to effect real change in the lives of those around her; and to try to do it in less time. She wants to reduce equity gaps with the multicultural community.

“I chose to advocate or become a community leader because from what I experienced and learned in my time living in Eagle County, I have… Read more >

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