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Karen Shackles
Works at Alpine Ventures
Lives in Dillon, CO
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3 cheers for CDOT getting tough!
 
"We are shutting down I-70 westbound into the mountains at Golden (mm259). Heavy wet snow and icy conditions. When we reopen cars (yes cars!) must have chains or snow tires to travel to the high country. WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS!" - Respect to all those snow plow drivers, they are heroes. And cheers to CDOT for closing I-70 today, I only wish they would enforce with this amount of vigor full-time:
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I come from this kind of climate and that right there is how you get it done!
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I am pretty sure he is smiling. :)
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+Randall Brennan yes, we really like it.
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Remember the first time to see this nebula photo back in 1995? #cosmicbeauty
In celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary in April, the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to the site of what may be its most famous image, the wispy...
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I am always in awe when I see nebulas like this, they are amazing works of astral art!!!
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Beautiful moon peeking through the clouds tonight.

#moon #nightsky 
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This was a great day, I saw a cute fox and a beautiful sunset.:-) 
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Thankyou for sharing this music.  It wonderful and I could feel the love in it. I admire people that work so hard to make such wonderfully beautiful music and others in what they work so hard to share with the public. It really touched my heart.     Colette
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I'm not near Asheville, but this sounds like a lot of fun +Stacie Florer​.
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Icicles in the sunset.

#winter   #sunset   #colorado  
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Posted a new song: "Live Rollin With The Flow" http://www.reverbnation.com/q/5dmnjv
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Over three feet of beautiful fresh snow in Summit County!
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Beautiful!
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"ASPEN SUNSET"* ~ Beams from the setting sun light up golden aspen leaves. 

#aspen #canvas prints #aspen trees #trees #fall #fall #colorado #golden #gold bokeh, #sunset #sunbeams 
Aspen Sunset Canvas Print by Karen Shackles. All canvas prints are professionally printed, assembled, and shipped within 2 - 3 business days and delivered ready-to-hang on your wall. Choose from multiple print sizes, border colors, and canvas materials.
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The Sunday storm left the local ski areas with 6 -9 inches of snow, and a couple of inches on yards and decks down in town. ~ Our weather is supposed to dry out now and give us one more shot at fall before the next more wintry storm comes in at the end of the month. 
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I didn't realize anyone had gotten that much snow. We, of course, only got rain. Because I had to drive home from the store with the hatch open. 
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CEO/CFO of Alpine Ventures, the snow plowing company I founded in 1993
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Snow plowing (truck plow), Customer Service, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Business Communication
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  • Alpine Ventures
    Co-Owner, CEO/CFO, 1993 - present
    Professional snow plowing services in Summit County, Colorado Specialties: Personal interest in every customer, and a proven record of reliability. I founded our company, and have successfully led it for 20 years. Creative marketing, quick adaptation to the rapid changes of modern technology, and careful financial management have kept our company stable. Through record-breaking winter seasons of both extremes - wet and dry - we have maintained steady growth without sacrificing our dedication to excellence. Taking personal responsibility for each customer interaction has resulted in an annual customer retention rate that has always been over 95%. I oversee all aspects of daily business operations, and assist with field operations as needed. Since 2003, I have met and maintained the professional standards, ethical business practices, and continuing education requirements to be a Certified Snow Professional.
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Karen Longacre Shackles
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Snow Plowing Pro ~ Mountain Girl ~ Photographic Artist
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My husband Steve Shackles and I own and operate Alpine Ventures, a snow plowing company in Summit County, Colorado.

Circle my Alpine Ventures snow plowing business page for road condition and weather updates, beautiful Colorado scenery photos, local happenings, and industry news.

We love our work - it's fun, and we get to live in a spectacularly beautiful place. But what is most important are the personal relationships we have developed with people. After 20 years in business, many of our customers are multi-generational, which is pretty cool.

I'm also a photographic artist. From the time my mom gave me her old Brownie box camera when I was about 8 years old, I fell in love with taking snapshots to record the adventures of my life. Although the tools have changed with time, I continue to find comfort and clarity behind the lens as I focus on the simple beauty of nature.
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"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" ~ "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" ~"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.
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Certified Snow Professional since June 2003
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Dillon, CO
Previously
Venice, CA - Green Mtn. Falls, CO - Woodland Park, CO - Coeur d'Alene, ID - Silverthorne, CO - Frisco, CO - Jacksonville, FL
My husband and I stayed at Castle Marne for a weekend getaway. I stumbled across it on Google, and am so happy to have found this little gem! They truly specialize in romance, whether it be 100% planning and hosting an intimate wedding ceremony, honeymoon, anniversary, or like us, just a relaxing "date weekend" getaway. The second evening we were there, we smiled to see white rose petals strewn across the lawn from a wedding ceremony that was held in the garden that afternoon. The building is a wonderfully restored historic castle, complete with stained glass windows, old-world style craftsmanship in the woodworking, and Victorian decorations. The innkeepers are a delightful family with three generations hosting their guests. Breakfasts were not only delicious, but exquisitely presented. And as we came back in at night after our day's activities, there were warm cookies and tea set out for us in the sitting room. We stayed in the Van Cise room, which has its own private balcony with hot tub overlooking the garden. The room was quite comfortable and charming. And even though they were hosting a full house while we were there, we heard almost no noise from our fellow guests. As far as pricing, after looking at what was available for "romantic Denver hotels," this was priced on the lower end of average for comparable rooms. It was the kind of place that made us wish we could stay for two weeks instead of two days.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
My husband and I went to The Fort for date night. We had heard great things about it, and were not disappointed. The atmosphere was what I would call dressy western casual. Our server, Christy, was the perfect blend of friendly, attentive without hovering, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And while we were much too full to think about dessert, we enjoyed finishing our meal with a table-side serenade by a Native American flute player who gave us a little history about Ute flute music and played us a traditional love song. Everything on the menu sounded so good, it was tough to choose. We started with the sausage sampler of bison, boar, and "jackalope" - a blend of rabbit and antelope. All were juicy and bursting with flavor. Following that, we shared the mixed game plate of quail, elk chop, and bison. The elk was super tender and had great flavor; the quail was so tasty, we almost changed our minds about what to order. But for our entrees, we shared the smoked bison ribs and beef rib-eye,and both were excellent. The accompanying salad was lots of mixed leafy greens, and we both had the house honey-mustard dressing - quite delicious. The other sides were also great - asparagus, potatoes, and a bread basket. We chose one of our favorite Colorado wines to go with our meal, a Two Rivers Merlot. The menu pricing was what we expected for a restaurant of this caliber. The panoramic view from the dining room overlooks the foothills down to Denver, and we were treated to a spectacular double rainbow as we arrived. If I were to have any complaint at all (not really even a complaint, just a personal preference) it was the drum beating and hip-hoorays for other diners celebrating a birthday. There were about half a dozen while we were there, and it became slightly annoying. That sort of thing belongs in an Outback or Chilis, not a fine dining establishment.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
In rating this hotel, I'm rating it for what it is - an 1880s historic building in a small, isolated mountain town. I'm not going to compare it to a modern city hotel. The room was large and comfortable, and in spite of being dated, it was clean and in good repair. The staff was friendly and helpful. When I was searching for a hotel, I read some negative online reviews. When I contacted the hotel and expressed my concerns, they emailed me photos of the room we were booking, with close-ups of the bathroom and room corners, so we could see the condition and cleanliness before we booked. The floors are squeaky, and the water pipes a bit noisy, but nothing beyond what one would expect from a building of this vintage. My one complaint was that all the windows were painted shut, so we could not open them to the fresh outside air. Our visit was in the fall, so the room temperature was comfortable, and there was a ceiling fan. Guests should be prepared that there is no elevator, so you will be climbing about 30 steps to get to the second-floor rooms. There was wi-fi, although the connection was weak, and a TV. Amenities one might expect, which were not provided, are in-room coffee pot, hair dryer, and iron.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is a great little breakfast diner. The coffee is good, charmingly served in egg-shaped mugs. The food is generous and delicious, and served by a friendly staff.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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A treasure found a block off the main road. OK, so Fairplay may not be the hot spot of the region, but if you generally think of it as just that place you drive through to get somewhere else, please reconsider. Millonzi's is just a block west of the main highway through town, and well worth stopping for. If you are in Summit County and would enjoy a nice dinner away from the crowds, take the drive. We went in for date night dinner. The restaurant is warm and cozy, the staff friendly and attentive, and the food was great. We had the bacon-wrapped shrimp tapas - what's not to love - and the sauce was fantastic. The generous entree was plenty for sharing, and the creamy cheesecake a perfect finish. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for taking our time and enjoying our meal and conversation. We happened to be there in time for happy hour pricing, and our check was pleasingly much less than we had anticipated. Date night dinner with two apps, salads, dipping bread, a bottle of wine, entree, dessert, and coffees, plus 20% tip on full-price two-meal value, all for under $80. This is definitely on our list of places to go back to.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The concierge at our hotel recommended the Montanya Rum Bar, and it turned out to be a wonderful evening, hanging out on their roof patio lounge and chatting with other visitors. The "Dark & Snowy" was an interesting version of the classic ginger beer concoction; the "Thai Boxer" a surprisingly delicious combination of muddled basil and blueberries; and for dessert in a glass, the "White Room" with vanilla and almonds, and the "Jamaican Rum Cream" were smooth and decadent. Tasty tapas were available to accompany our rum drinks - the elk empanadas, artichoke dip, and stromboli are all good choices. The staff were friendly, and had no complaints climbing the stairs to the roof to serve us. Definitely a must-visit if you are in Silverton!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great food, great service, perfect place for a family get-together.
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