Steamboat Springs artist Johnny Walker created this floral piece as part of the Creative Community Project using items from Home ReSource.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs artist Johnny Walker created this floral piece as part of the Creative Community Project using items from Home ReSource.

Salvage yard unveils art

Home ReSource to use warehouse to store items for winter

If you go

What: Home ReSource warehouse grand opening and Creative Community Project judging and unveiling

When: 3 to 6 p.m. today

Where: Home ReSource, 20650 Routt County Road 205 (same road as the Milner Landfill)

Cost: Free; donations encouraged

Call: 871-8799

— In the spirit of salvaging anything it can, Home ReSource opens its reclaimed warehouse today, with live music, food and a community art project.

The 3,000-square-foot building, which will allow the community salvage yard to stay open throughout the winter and store weather-sensitive items, was moved from its original location on Shield Drive to the lot adjacent to the Milner Landfill.

"We just took it down and put it up again," said Home ReSource Manager Jolie Lemoine, explaining that funding for the warehouse came from a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. grant that was matched by Twin Enviro Services, the company that owns the Milner Landfill. The building will be a memorial for Doug Bell, a former landfill general manager who died in an accident there in October 2007.

Lemoine said she hopes the event will serve as a day of family fun and as an educational opportunity for community members who might not know what Home ReSource does. The nonprofit salvage operation collects reusable building materials and other home items for resale. The inventory includes light fixtures, doors, bicycles, horseshoes, pipes and most everything else that might once have found a place in someone else's home.

"It'll be an unveiling and a chance to visit the structure for people," said Rich Levy, the vice president of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley and chair of the committee that oversees that organization's involvement with Home ReSource.

"There's a lot of people who aren't aware of the Home ReSource effort," he said.

The Creative Community Project, which invited local artists and nonprofits to create a work of art from materials found in the Home ReSource yard, will unveil its results during the event. Lemoine said there will be four entries at the yard, including a large abstract piece, two welded works and a broken mirror mosaic. The celebration includes food, drinks, family art workshops and live music by the band Tongue in Groove.

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