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Volume 13, Number 19| June 17-23, 2021
Carbondale Mountain Fair July 23 to 25, 2021 in Sopris Park
Carbondale Mountain Fair poster, designed by Sopris Sun contributing cartoonist Larry Day. "It was a clear choice," said Carbondale Arts Executive Director Kimberly, despite over 30 art submissions to represent the fair's golden anniversary. It's not too late to reserve ad space in the commemorative program with The Sopris Sun. For details, contact Todd Chamberlin at email@example.com Read more about Larry's varied career as a professional illustrator on page 3.
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Mature Content by Bella Fabela
This is the third column in CAFCI’s series about racism. Two months ago, Ron Kokish wrote about how racism affected his family and the iconic nature of Michael Francisco’s Xmas Eve arrest. Last month, Jon Riger told us about racism among fish. This month Bella Fabela, a retired teacher, tells us how she struggled to become a U.S. citizen in the face of circumstances she couldn’t control, what that struggle cost her and what she received in return. Have you ever thought about how and why immigrants cross the Mexico/USA border without permission? There are many stories. Perhaps mine will give you a glimpse into how some suffer to pursue the American Dream. I am Bella Fabela. I was born and grew up in Nayarit, Mexico and am now 65 years old. My people
Dreaming wasn’t enough
moved freely around the Southwest for centuries, working and living on both sides of the 1848 Mexico/U.S. border on lands that were home to us. This began changing in 1885, with the first American law restricting importation of contract labor, a law that made it more difficult to live and work in the ways we knew. Our situation has only deteriorated since that time. My husband Guillermo emigrated to the U.S. when he was young because he did not have many job opportunities in Mexico. He found work as a machine operator on a potato farm in Idaho. My son and I came to the U.S. on tourist visas in 1988 to join my husband. Leaving our country of origin was difficult and sad. I had to say goodbye to my relatives, my friends and a good teaching job. On the way to Idaho, we visited one of my husband's brothers in Basalt. He convinced us to stay there, offering Guillermo a job on a ranch where another brother-inlaw worked. It was a good offer and we accepted, but that time was very hard for everyone. My son and I were very isolated; we didn't know many people or the language, there were few Latinos in the area and it snowed a lot. A year later, we returned to Mexico for a wedding. We were so happy to be with our family
again, but the trip was a mistake. My son’s and my tourist visas had expired and we were not allowed back into the U.S. I couldn’t stay in Mexico because I did not have my job anymore and we didn’t want to be separated from my husband, nor he from us. He had good work in the U.S. but couldn’t make enough to support us in Mexico. To make things worse, when I applied for a new tourist visa, the immigration authorities discovered I was married to a man with a green card. I had lied about that, fearing I would be refused the visa if they realized that I intended to stay after it expired. Not only was my application denied, but I was told that as punishment for lying to them, I couldn’t reapply for two years. We felt we had no choice but for me and my son to enter the U.S. without permission. Guillermo, my son, and I stayed for a week in Ciudad Juarez thinking about how we were going to cross the border. Finally, Guillermo took me to the Río Grande, and I decided to cross with my son. It was the most terrifying decision I ever made in my life because of the many stories I had heard about people who died trying to cross that river. My husband didn't go with us because he had a green card and would meet us on the other side. With great fear, we managed to cross the river to El Paso, Texas. Once across, the coyote
we hired took us to a church and there we waited for my husband to take us to the airport to return to Colorado. When we landed at the Denver Airport, we were picked up by relatives of my husband whom I hadn’t yet met. Once we returned safely home, Guillermo quickly applied for residency for me and my son under the amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986. The application was accepted. Like it or not, we were here to stay. It was still hard for us to adapt to the climate and the culture. My son always asked me, “When are we going to return to our country, where people speak the same as us?” It was difficult to survive on my husband’s salary (I cleaned houses to help), and I couldn’t be at my father's funeral in Mexico. However, it was also a time of great achievements, because I met people who became good friends and helped me learn English. With a lot of effort and perseverance, I obtained my professional teaching license and I worked for 22 years at Basalt Elementary School. My sons are grown now. I’m retired from teaching, and we have a lovely home in Carbondale. I thank God that I achieved my American dream. Mature Content is a monthly feature from the Carbondale AARP Age Friendly Community Initiative (CAFCI).
LETTERS WATER is the issue Ascendigo’s services are valuable, no doubt, and my compliments regarding their organization. Ascendigo represents a needed resource for the less-fortunate among us. White Cloud on Missouri Heights is not the right property for their large facility. Our community rose to the occasion in 2008 when developers applied to build a large subdivision on Hunt Ranch, 600-some acres nearby on the northside of County Road 102. They painted a pretty picture but, as with Ascendigo, lacked some understanding of the basic facts governing our environment. This is high desert. No rushing creeks, no large stands of trees or snow runoff. Missouri Heights is unique in that respect. As our opposition proceeded, smart leaders took their findings to Colorado Water Court to challenge the subdivision based on potential water use. A very restrictive decision was issued by the high court, limiting the developer’s proposed land use – so they quit. I have lived in this immediate area since 1980 and have been involved with water both domestic and agricultural. After 40 years of dealing with irrigation water, this summer is the first when NO irrigation water is available in my neighborhood. NONE. ZERO. Combine that with hearing about failing wells – the whole dry picture becomes clear. There is not enough water to support Ascendigo’s facility, perhaps now, certainly later. Their original plan for a lake says a
lot, says their proponents don’t have a clue about how scarce the water picture is on Missouri Heights. They own water rights but apparently didn’t get the part about that never being a guarantee water will flow from the tap. Commissioners, please see that a precedent was set by Hunt Ranch opposition over a decade ago, a decade of rising temperatures and increasing drought. Water is scarcer on Missouri Heights now than in 2008. No one anticipates this scarcity ending anytime soon. Don’t allow your constituents' taps to run dry. Vote NO. Susan Cuseo Missouri Heights
Vote YES My name is Malcolm McMichael, I am the Chief Financial Officer for Ascendigo Autism Services. I have lived in Missouri Heights and in Carbondale for over 25 years. I am writing in favor of Ascendigo's proposal to create an educational program ranch on its property on Missouri Heights. I am quite familiar with the property and the area. During my early years in the valley, I lived up the street from the ranch. I used to help a friend feed his horses on that very pasture back in the 1990s. I could walk uninterrupted in many directions across the pastures, now filled with scores of newer homes. I used to snowshoe across the thennon-existent neighborhoods in the unbroken and silent darkness. In addition, I have helped
friends evacuate in the face of wind-driven wildfire up there, and along with everyone else, I have held my breath and prayed each fire season. I also watched as waves of new housing developments appeared and broke up the pastures, bulldozed the pinion and sage, put in their infrastructure, irrigated the brushland for lawns, and struggled to defeat the sun and the wind and the deer and cougars. Many of the homes now displaying signs in opposition to the Ascendigo project did not exist in the 1990s, nor in the first decade of the 2000s. What was not long ago a landscape composed mostly of pasture and brushland interspersed with distant clusters of homes is now a largely unbroken string of luxury and not-quite-luxury single-family home developments in a mosaic of fiveacre parcels; interwoven by winding asphalt roadways. What remains open now is mainly not-yet-developed retired pasture or largeholding private hobby ranches. For those like myself who migrated from the urban and suburban wastelands back east and the West Coast (I assume to the chagrin and dismay of the existing occupants here at the time), the area is breathtaking and precious. Despite all the homes added in the last 20 years, it's still lovely. It is also ever-changing, dynamic, and subject to the same development interests and rights as are underway throughout the valley from top to bottom and rim to rim. So, I understand the opponents’ grieving now for their Continued on page 17
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Larry Day: thriving in the chaos
By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent
Larry Day is a jack of all artistic trades and a master of many. A cartoonist, painter, children's book illustrator, advertising storyboard designer, technical illustrator and arcade game creative designer. Now he can add another title to the list — Carbondale Mountain Fair poster/t-shirt design winner, on the event's 50th golden anniversary, no less. "It was a clear choice." Carbondale Arts (CA) Executive Director Amy Kimberly said of Day's winning design, featured on this week’s cover of The Sopris Sun. Brian Colley, CA gallery manager, said 33 designs were submitted this year. The process begins with design sketches submitted by artists. "We realized it was a lot to ask the artists to come up with a final, finished design and then not be chosen," he said. As Day recalled, the design submission almost didn't happen. Even though he knew about the contest, he was hesitant to submit an entry. When he found out the deadline was extended, he and his wife, Miriam, delayed a trip to Santa Fe by a day to complete his entry. He did not have any design ideas until he thought about
his own experience of attending Mountain Fair, recalling, "It feels like total chaos. It feels like you're swimming in a sea of people and I thought it would be funny to show this sea of chaos and in the middle of it is this couple sitting in chairs relaxing." Of the design itself, Day said there are no references to specific people, except for one. There was a request to place Kimberly in the design, represented by a blue elephant wearing a tiara. He also interspersed a few of his Sopris Sun cartoon characters. Kimberly said, "To me, Larry's poster is the quintessential representation of the socializing aspect. He's captured it — all 50 years of what that socializing meant." Day and his wife had visited Carbondale frequently over the years and decided to move here in 2019, selling their home in Oak Park, Illinois. He continues working in his 30-plus year advertising career, drawing storyboards for television commercials for major companies, like McDonald's, Hallmark and Allstate Insurance, to name a few. In his hometown of Gibson City, Illinois, one of his first jobs was working for a farm implement manufacturer. The job included working with the research and development department to
draw technical illustrations for parts manuals. Of his newspaper advertising illustration career, Day recalled, it was a seven-daysa-week job, and "it was murder." In the 1980s, while working for an advertising firm in Chicago, he was part of a design team that created artwork for pinball machines and video games, in the era before handheld games, for Gottlieb, an arcade game corporation. Around 1995, Day reached out to a children's book agent about doing illustrations. He currently has over 20 picture books published and has collaborated with his wife, an author, on two of them. A few are available for purchase at The Artique gift shop in The Launchpad. He said his cartoon work, which you will frequently find in The Sopris Sun, counts French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé as a significant influence. Regarding Sempé's work, "He loves to work with chaos, and I do also. I think that's one of my philosophical roots — it's to take chaos and to control it," he reflected. "One of the things that has always influenced me, about all my art — has always been a stalwart in inspiration — has been cartoonists," he said. His wife, he said, first noticed that about his work: an attraction
Cartoonist Larry Day carefully colors the 50th Carbondale Mountain Fair poster. Photo by Sue Rollyson. to chaos and refining it. He recalled her saying, “‘You know, when you draw, you start with such chaos and then you start simplifying it. And then you don't only simplify it, but you control it.'" Day added, "My home environment was very chaotic. And I think that's not unusual. I think we observe things in a different way. We see things around the corner. There's an intuitiveness that we have." Of his internal process of creating, Day said, "everything I do is connected by story." He added, "A lot of times, when I was a kid, I would go out and just start drawing
in the neighborhood. It was kind of important to get out of the house and do something for myself. You don't really realize what you're doing; if you're doing something for yourself, you only realize later on how all that adds up." "I've always strived, in whatever I do, to not be mediocre. There's a lot of that. You can tell when somebody should go in a different direction because the one they've been working at, they're working too hard. That's why I think doing different things helps you not be mediocre; it takes you out of that tar pit." Larry Day — mediocre? Never.
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SCUTTLEBUTT Holy Cross election Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a nonprofit member-owned electric cooperative, concluded its annual Board of Directors election on June 10. Ten individuals were nominated for three seats on the board: two representing HCE’s northern district and one representing the southern district. In the northern district, Kristen Bertuglia was reelected with 31% of the vote and Keith Klesner was elected to his first term with 16% of the vote. In the Southern District, incumbent Robert Gardner was re-elected with 44% of the vote.
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The Local’s Passport Following the success of last year’s Carbondale Comeback Passport, Carbondale Arts is raising funds for the 50th Mountain Fair by selling a valley-wide booklet of discounts and special offers. For $35, you can get over $300 in savings
while supporting local businesses. The Local’s Passport is available for purchase online at carbondalearts. com or at The Launchpad.
Study music Garfield County Libraries hosts polka musician Mike Schneider to teach children about the accordion through story and music. This online show is free as part of the Summer Reading Challenge and will be available to everyone throughout the week of June 21. Meanwhile, award-winning songwriter and musician Steve Weeks created "an interactive romp filled with music, humor and games for young kids and their families." This online show is available throughout the week of June 28. For more info, visit gcpld. org/summer-reading.
Creative stimulus Governor Jared Polis on Monday signed two new laws to support creative arts and events industries with $33 million as part of the “Colorado Comeback” state stimulus plan. This includes funding for performance-based film incentives, cultural facilities as well as event hosts.
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Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) reminds the public that face-coverings remain required on public transportation through Sept. 13, per federal mandate. Masks are also required indoors at transit facilities like Rubey Park. RFTA is working to meet the demand for courtesy masks and requests that people continue to carry personal masks.
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Crystal Theatre readies for 'reel' lovers
By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent
The first sign of the Crystal Theatre's reopening was a literal sign, one on the marquee announcing, “Reopening soon. End of June.” After a 15-month closure, theater owners Kathy and Bob Ezra wanted to spread the welcome news to passersby during June's First Friday event. The Ezras closed on March 13, 2020, three days before Governor Jared Polis closed theaters statewide. They anticipated a reopening by the end of summer, then the end of September, and then by the holidays. As the prospects for a speedy reopening dwindled, they offered patrons a way to continue watching curated films by purchasing tickets through the website for online viewing at home. Bob said film distributors offered independent theaters a way to engage moviegoers by having them order from a select group of film offerings to be viewed online. Then, in mid-June 2020, they announced virtual movie ticket sales. Bob said it was not that large of a moneymaker; instead, it was a way for theaters to "stay in the game." They also sold theater concessions at a walk-up window.
"Some people probably really craved the popcorn too – they came every week," Bob said. The end of June reopening will be a “soft opening,” Kathy said, "To get everybody used to being back and comfortable being back." She added, "I wish we could just throw a big party and have 125 people [seating capacity] in there, but we still can't, so we're looking at just kind of entering slowly." For now, they will reopen with a capacity of 50 people. Admission will require proof of vaccination, like a CDC vaccination record card, shown at the ticket window. Only fullyvaccinated patrons will be allowed admittance, and there will be no online ticket sales. A sign posted on the theater window states, "If you have a medical exemption and are unable to be vaccinated, contact us." When asked how the vaccinated-only policy will be enforced, Kathy shared, "We really trust the honesty of our patrons." Other safeguards put in place include a fully-vaccinated and masked staff; four medical-grade air purifiers in the auditorium; daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces; and hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes available in the lobby. The theater will be open Friday through Monday. Kathy said that
is "subject to change, as we get rolling." But, she added, "The more people who get vaccinated, we'll look at increasing the seat count and maybe increasing the number of shows." The reasoning behind the current policy is, Kathy reiterated, "Right now, the safety and comfort of our patrons in returning to the theater is the highest priority, so we're just easing on in. We're hoping everyone will be patient, with us and with each other." The Ezras took over management of the Crystal Theatre in July 1985. The first film they ran was the cult classic, "The Breakfast Club". The film slated for the theatre’s reopening is “Dream Horse,” starring Toni Collette. Anticipating people are longing to return to the in-theater experience, Bob said, "It's like going out to a restaurant versus eating at home. You can eat at home, so why do you go to a restaurant? You can watch movies at home, so why do you go to a movie theater?" Bob relayed a recent encounter, saying, "The other day a guy stopped to tell me, 'My wife and I said things will be back to normal when you reopen.'" The Ezras anticipate seeing that gentleman and his wife at their ticket window soon.
Bob and Kathy Ezra took advantage of the theater's closing to do some painting and sprucing up. "The reopening will have the freshness of a new beginning," Bob said. Photo by Sue Rollyson.
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GARFIELD COUNTY UPDATES
Fire, on and oﬀ the agenda
By James Steindler Sopris Sun Correspondent
Garfield Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) had a couple of short sessions during the first two public meetings in June.
The public speaks The BOCC addressed public comments not on the agenda for the first hour of the June 7 meeting. A number of community members brought up wildfire management issues including the sale of fireworks and overall preparation. In April, the board ruled that fireworks are not to be used over the summer, except for the month of June (May 31 through July 5) so as not to singe the freedom of patriotic expression. However, the county has not moved to outlaw the sale of fireworks at any time. Some attendees argued that trusting folks to purchase but not use fireworks is naive, and an extra measure to ban sales is warranted considering the current level of fire risk. Community activist Debbie Bruell inquired what the county is doing to educate the community about fire prevention and response. Bruell believes there is not enough information coming from the county. “We would really like to hear more communication from you about what can be done and
what is being done — that's my main point,” she said. Martin responded, “I think that’s a good point to make, and we’ll work on that and try to beef that up for you.” Bruell went so far as to ask the commissioners if they support a fire ban in unincorporated lands. Chairman John Martin explained that the local fire districts and sheriff ’s department would have to initiate a request for a ban, and that the BOCC cannot simply act of its own volition in this matter. He added, “The federal agencies set their own fire bans, we don’t tell them what to do in their federal lands, only in the private lands and unincorporated areas is the fire ban good in the county.” Commissioner Mike Samson brought up that state law designates a county sheriff as the county’s fire marshall. He suggested that Bruell speak with Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, “about some of your concerns.” Bruell indicated that she would do so.
Increased fire concern Colorado River Fire Rescue (CRFR) Chief Leif Sackett and CRFR board member Levy Burris addressed the BOCC during the public comment (not on the agenda) portion of the June 14 meeting. “CRFR is looking into the possibility of a ballot measure this fall for a mill levy increase for fire protection,” said Sackett. “Over the
last four or five years we’ve had a steady decrease in our budget,” he continued, “in 2017 we took close to a $3 million hit and it’s stayed level.” “We know that there’s never a good time for a tax increase,” Sackett acknowledged, “the public said no last May when we did this.” Last year, CRFR pitched for a single tax increase, whereas, “this time we’re looking into the possibility of a phased-in approach over time — so an increase in 2022, 2024 and 2026 to help ease that burden on the taxpayers across the board.” Burris said that CRFR depends on funding to continue to be effective. Sackett added, “The big thing as we move forward, we’re at a point that if it fails we’re looking at closing another station, selling more apparatus and layoffs.” Burris indicated that each of the municipalities they’ve met with so far have been supportive of increased funding. “The possibility for some terrible fires again this year, I’m not telling anyone anything new, is extremely high — just extremely high,” said Commissioner Samson. Later in the agenda, the commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to extend the fireworks ban to June 14 through July 5, effectively outlawing the use of fireworks for the duration of this summer season in unincorporated Garfield County.
On Sunday, June 13, Wetern Slope Veterans Coalition celebrated the expansion of their Glenwood Springs resource center in patnership with Garfield County. The resource center also serves Pitkin and Eagle county veterans and "anybody passing through," president of the board Greg Rosenmerkel told The Sopris Sun. What began as providing weekly coffee and doughnuts has grown to include recreational space, computer access and a resource desk open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many local organizations were in attendance and the Western Slope Memorial Day Riders rolled in with a $4,000 donation. Photo by Raleigh Burleigh.
Fire restrictions (as of June 18) Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for: Glenwood Springs Garfield County Eagle County Pitkin County Surrounding BLM lands White River National Forest Meaning: • No fireworks • Burn permits are canceled • Campfires only in
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Comp plan update gets rolling By Raleigh Burleigh Sopris Sun Editor
with an update to the plan. “Typically comprehensive plans are updated every ten years,” said Planning Director Janet Buck. “This is a check in because there's been so much change. There's elements that we want to take a closer look at.” Buck’s request for proposals (RFP) issued in February reads like a love letter, “Carbondale remains unique in its diversity, its compassion and generosity, the quirkiness, the artistic and intellectual creativity, the celebrations and gatherings, and desire to be good stewards of the land and environment.” The RFP garnered five applications from which architecture and engineering design firm Cushing Terrell was chosen. Cushing Turrell was founded in Montana in 1938 and has 13 offices, including one in Denver. They boast a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and are known locally for assisting with Basalt's 2019 Master Plan Update. Cushing Terrell was granted a budget of $75,000, excluding separately contracted translation services, to work toward the preparation and adoption of an update with the planning horizon of 2030.
Carbondale, like the rest of the world, is changing fast. As the town grows and adapts, it’s incumbent upon local government to guide development in a way that is beneficial overall and true to the place’s characteristics and history. In 2013, the town adopted a new comprehensive plan. This document, painstakingly crafted with diverse input and public participation, has since guided the approval process for new developments within town limits. Since 2013, there have been major improvements to Highway 133 — most notably, the roundabout; Carbondale was designated as a “Creative District” by the state and “agefriendly community” by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); and new codes were adopted including a unified development code and the International Green Construction Code. Having now seen the comprehensive plan in action for eight years, Carbondale Trustees determined it appropriate to check in with the community and decided in January to proceed
There are six target items identified for the update, as outlined in the RFP. First — the recognition that since adopting the 2013 Comprehensive Plan and 2016 Unified Development Code, the majority of new construction has occurred along Highway 133. The downtown area, meanwhile, hasn’t changed much. Second — the industriallyzoned northern portion of downtown was the subject of unresolved debate during the drafting of the 2013 plan. The town wishes to reconsider changing the zoning to mixeduse to compliment the rest of the downtown area. Third — now an AARP “agefriendly community”, the town wishes to deepen its age-friendly goals, like bike mobility. Fourth — with an entire chapter dedicated to multimodal transportation in the 2013 plan, there’s a continued desire to improve pedestrian and bike connections and clarify questions that arose from the recent Eighth Street planning process. Fifth — the town wishes to consider the possibility of redeveloping neighborhood zones for high-density.
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New and old development west of Highway 133 in Carbondale. Photo by Raleigh Burleigh. Other updates pursued by Cushing Terrell will be current projections of population trends and the employment and housing forecast; modernized maps using a GIS format; and consideration of new (and removing obsolete) zone districts created by the 2016 Unified Development Code. The RFP also demands that public outreach be “robust” and include “[a] diverse crosssection of citizens, landowners, business owners, organizations, non-profits, elected officials, town boards and commissions, developers, employers, etc.”
“It’s a community-wide plan,” Buck explained. “Inclusivity is probably one of the most important elements of a comp plan. How do we reach the quieter voices?” To this end, Cushing Terrell is preparing an online survey to be released along with inperson outreach at First Friday celebrations on July 2. The survey will remain open through Aug. 6 and an additional public outreach event will occur later in the process. Stakeholder interviews will also inform recommendations.
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STRAWBERRY SPIRIT Participating businesses and residences in Glenwood Springs will decorate the city with strawberries to honor the annual festival. Special prizes will be awarded to the best displays. For more info, visit glenwoodchamber.com/berryspecial EQUITY Aspen Film and Aspen Institute Arts Program present “LFG”, an inside account of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's ongoing fight for equal pay, available via streaming at visit aspenfilm.org MOUNTAIN-TOP MUSIC Rodrigo Arreguín performs at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park at 4 p.m. GARDEN CONCERT Robin Lewis performs at True Nature’s Peace Garden at 5:30 p.m. LATIN FUSION Josefina Mendez Quintet performs at Basalt Regional Library at 6 p.m. JAS CAFÉ Cyrille Aimee performs at the Aspen Art Museum at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Tickets at axs.com STREAMIN’ STEVE’S The Green House Band plays at Steve’s Guitars at 7:30 p.m. GrassRoots will simultaneously stream the concert live on YouTube.
SATURDAY JUNE 19
BIRDING Roaring Fork Audubon leads an expedition at Harvey Gap Reservoir, meeting in the parking lot at 7 a.m. To join the trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org STEWARDSHIP DAY Wilderness Workshop, the Bureau of Land Management and Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association work on trails in the Crown Mountain Recreation Area beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is at wildernessworkshop.org YARN CLUB Come knit or crochet in Sopris Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. BIKE TOUR BikeThere leads a town tour of Carbondale starting at North Face Park at 10 a.m. Registration is recommended at GarfieldCleanEnergy.org/BikeThere SOLSTICE CELEBRATION True Nature Healing Arts offers a day of free community events beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing on Sunday. Details at truenaturehealingarts.com VIRTUAL AQUARIUM Garfield County Libraries hosts Denver Downtown Aquarium for a virtual meet-and-greet at 2 p.m. Registration at gcpld.org VAUDEVILLE REVUE Don’t miss the spring show, concluding this weekend, with original hits like “This Girl is on Pfizer”. Doors open at 6 p.m. More at gvrshow.com JAS CAFÉ Laila Biali performs at the Aspen Art Museum at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Tickets at axs.com
SUNDAY JUNE 20
QIGONG Dr. Michael Sweeney of
the Red Threat Institute leads a free class at True Nature at 3 p.m. YOUNG POETS Basalt Library invites teens to explore poetry at 3 p.m. SUMMER OF SOUL Jazz Aspen Snowmass presents a drive-in screening at Snowmass Town Park at 8:45 p.m. Tickets at AspenFilm.org
MONDAY JUNE 21
TEEN FLY FISHING Basalt Library offers a three-day, morning workshop with Roaring Fork Conservancy for middle school students interested in fly fishing. For details and registration, visit bit.ly/teenflyfish S.T.E.M. CAMPS Aspen Science Center hosts workshops for preschoolers from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. through June 25, and for ages seven to 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details and registration, visit aspensciencecenter.org PAINTING WORKSHOP Children are invited to help a local artist create three public art installations at Basalt
The ARTery, nonprofit VOICES’ new tiny, mobile art/theater space (modeled by Program Developer Gabriela Alvarez) will debut at the Wednesday Night Live kick-off at The Arts Campus at Willits on Wednesday, June 23. Musician Natalie Spears and the Roaring Fork Drawing Club will help create a low-tech, scrolling picture mural called a “crankie” with passersby. Courtesy photo. Library at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required at basaltlibrary.org
TUESDAY JUNE 22
OUTDOOR CONCERT House of Joy performs at Basalt Library at 10:30 a.m. VIRTUAL PIG ROAST YouthEntity’s annual pig roast fundraiser will be held virtually at Youthentity.org with a three-day online auction and raffle, plus delicious multi-course takeaway dinners available with the purchase of an online ticket. Learn more at youthentity.org
WEDNESDAY JUNE 23
BIRDING Roaring Fork Audubon explores North Star Nature Preserve, meeting in the parking lot at 7 a.m. To join the trip, email email@example.com WACKY WEDNESDAY Basalt Library welcomes elementary school students to work on animal-related crafts at 2:30 p.m. Details at basaltlibrary.org FAMILY S.T.E.M. NIGHT Aspen Science Center staff and interns invite families to a night of bilingual activities at 6:30 p.m. Info and registration at aspensciencecenter.org WED NITE LIVE Join The Art Campus at Willits’ Wednesday Night Live kick-off with performers scattered throughout Willits and downtown Basalt from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. THURSDAY JUNE 24 BIRDING Roaring Fork Audubon climbs Green Mountain, meeting at the parking area south of the Independence Pass winter gate. To join the trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org GOOGLE GROWTH Basalt Library hosts Google’s executive productivity advisor at 10 a.m. to share advice for emails, voiceto-text typing and calendar management. Details and registration at basaltlibrary.org VEGETABLE TASTING Rock Bottom Ranch teaches about the journey of a seed to an adult plant at Rock Bottom Ranch at 10:30 a.m. Registration at aspennature.org BLOOD DRIVE Rifle Library hosts St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, visit gcpld.org
FRIDAY JUNE 25
TRAIL TOUR Roaring Fork Outdoor
Volunteers leads a fishing trip at American Lake, meeting at the trailhead at 9 a.m. Registration at rfov.org
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OVERNIGHT TRAIL BUILD Roaring
Fork Outdoor Volunteers takes a crew up Avalanche Creek at 8:30 a.m. to return on Sunday afternoon. Registration at rfov.org
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by Dra. Maria Judith Alvarez En 2017, mucho antes de COVID, el Dr. Robert Pearl dijo en su libro, "Maltratado", que el sistema médico estadounidense se basa en tratar más que en prevenir enfermedades, lo que resulta en sufrimiento innecesario, muerte y altos costos. Las vacunas son un ejemplo de lo que debería ser nuestra atención médica: la prevención de enfermedades. En su libro del 2017, el Dr. Pearlman señaló que: “Extender
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Agradecemos su apoyo para este nuevo proyecto.
Las vacunas previenen el sufrimiento humano y salvan millones de vidas
los beneficios de la inmunización a todas las personas en todo el mundo para 2020 evitaría un estimado de 20 millones de muertes, la mayoría niños, e incalculable millones más sufriendo de ceguera, parálisis y sordera". Las inmunizaciones involucran vacunas que movilizan nuestros mecanismos de defensa naturales, dando como resultado anticuerpos que previenen enfermedades, sin hacernos experimentar la enfermedad. Veamos algunos ejemplos de historias de éxito de la inmunización. Antes de que las inyecciones DPT estuvieran disponibles, miles de estadounidenses de todas las edades morían anualmente de difteria, tos ferina y tétanos. Antes de que la vacuna contra la polio estuviera disponible en la década de 1950, miles de personas anualmente murieron o sufrieron parálisis de por vida por polio paralítica. Antes de que la vacuna Hib estuviera disponible en 1987, había miles de casos al año en los EE. UU. que causaban
meningitis, retraso mental y muertes. Antes que la vacuna MMR estuviera disponible, miles de niños y adultos morían anualmente de sarampión o sufrían de déficits neurológicos permanentes como sordera; muchos niños y adultos padecían paperas; y la rubéola (sarampión alemán) causaban muertes fetales y defectos de nacimiento. Hay muchas más historias exitosas con otras vacunas, como la influenza y el herpes zóster. Hay dos vacunas que previenen el cáncer: una es la vacuna contra el VPH, que previene el virus de la verruga transmitido sexualmente que es la causa del cáncer de cuello uterino y que también puede causar cáncer de boca y garganta a través del sexo oral. La segunda es la vacuna contra la hepatitis B, porque la hepatitis B crónica causa cáncer de hígado. ¿Son seguras las vacunas? La respuesta es sí, mucho. Las personas pueden tener efectos secundarios leves como fiebre e irritabilidad en los niños y dolor local o, a veces, generalizado
en los adultos. La incidencia del lado grave de los efectos, como las reacciones anafilácticas alérgicas, son extremadamente raros – alrededor de uno por millón de los vacunados – y son tratables. Una buena analogía del riesgo frente al beneficio con las vacunas es cuando se está usando cinturones de seguridad en su automóvil: muy rara vez alguien que está en un accidente automovilístico en el que su automóvil se va al río y se ahogan porque no pueden quitarse el cinturón de seguridad. Sin embargo, es varias veces más propenso a morir en un accidente automovilístico por no usar cinturones de seguridad. Veamos las vacunas COVID. Los científicos han estado estudiando los coronavirus durante 50 años y han estado investigando vacunas desde el brote de SARS en 2002. Así que, aunque es sorprendente que las vacunas COVID fueron creadas tan rápidas, no empezaron de cero. Se han administrado más de 285 millones de dosis de COVID en los EE. UU. hasta
ahora, aparentemente sin muertes y con muy pocos efectos secundarios graves. Las vacunas COVID son muy eficaces para prevenir infecciones, y más aún para prevenir enfermedades graves y muerte, aunque no al 100 por ciento. Conocemos los efectos secundarios de no vacunarse, más 600.000 muertes en los EE. UU. Las muertes y la discapacidad por COVID están disminuyendo y la vida está volviendo lentamente a la normalidad. La única forma que vamos a conquistar completamente la enfermedad es alcanzar la inmunidad colectiva, lo que probablemente implica inmunizar al menos al 80 por ciento de la población de los EE. UU. Desafortunadamente, vivimos en una era de teorías de conspiración e información errónea en Internet. Para obtener información confiable basada en evidencia, visite los sitios como los CDC, OMS, Harvard Med, Mayo Clinic y WebMD.
bambú de BikeThere por participar. Las inscripciones son requeridas en GarfieldCleanEnergy.org/BikeThere
fresas durante el fin de semana del 18 de junio. Para más información visite glenwoodchamber.com/berryspecial
Feria de artesanía
La feria de artesanía de 10,000 Pueblos Internacionales anfitriona una venta del verano en la iglesia Good Shepherd Lutheran en Glenwood Springs el viernes, 18 de junio, de 11 a.m. a 6 p.m. y el sábado, 19 de junio, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Todos los ingresos beneficiarán directamente a les artesanes.
El Centro de Ciencia de Aspen está inscribiendo a niñes de 3 a 13 años de edad a clases de STEM. el acrónimo STEM significa “ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas” en inglés. Para más detalles acerca de campamentos bilingües de una semana, visite aspensciencecenter.org
CHISME DEL PUEBLO Miércoles: noche en vivo El nuevo pequeño teatro móvil The ARTery de VOICES, una organización sin-fines-de-lucro, hará un estreno el miércoles 23 de junio por el evento “Miércoles: noche en vivo” de The Art Campus at Willits en Willits. Música Natalie Spears y el club de dibujo de Roaring Fork ayudarán crear un mural de imágenes de desplazamiento con baja tecnología, llamado un “chiflado”, con la ayuda del público.
Creatividad estimulada El gobernador Jered Polis firmó dos nuevas leyes el lunes para apoyar artes creativas e industrias de eventos con $33 millones como parte del plan de estímulo del estado “Colorado Comeback”. Esto incluye fondos para incentivos cinematográficos, facilidades culturales además de anfitriones de eventos.
Noche de S.T.E.M en familia El personal e internos del Aspen Science Center (Centro de Ciencia de Aspen) le invita a familias a una noche de actividades bilingües el miércoles 23 de junio a las 6:30 p.m. Para más información e inscripciones visite aspensciencecenter.org
Consultas médicas gratis La Clínica del Pueblo ofrece consultas médicas gratis en Third Street Center el tercer sábado de cada mes, incluyendo este sábado 19 de
junio. Las consultas son proveídas de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. Para citas, consultas y preguntas, contacte a Judith Alvares al 970-989-3513.
Cuidado del corazón El Centro de Corazón y Vascular de Valley View está ofreciendo cirugías de corazón abierto y procedimientos cardiotorácicos con la introducción del Dr. Stephen Jones, un cirujano altamente experimentado. Para más información o para hacer una cita, visite vvh.org/heart-vascular-center o llame al 970-384-7290. El equipo cardiovascular también está disponible para cuidados de emergencia.
Clases de danza Dance Initiative ofrece una serie de clases de danza en español para niñes los sábados por la mañana durante el mes de junio en el césped situado en la parte trasera de la biblioteca de Carbondale. Todas las medidas de seguridad en torno a COVID deben ser respetadas por los participantes. Gratis y abierta al público, esta serie es parte del Desafío de Lectura durante el Verano en las bibliotecas del condado Garfield.
Atrasos: 133 El trabajo de mitigación de desplazamiento de rocas en la carretera 133 continuará en el sitio Nettles (punto de milla 60.3) y en el sitio Penny Hot Springs (punto de milla 55.2). La
Por Larry Day mayoría del área de estacionamiento de Penny será designada para equipo, reduciendo estacionamiento disponible para visitantes de las aguas termales hasta agosto. Viajeres deben planificar de acuerdo con la posibilidad de retenciones de tráfico de hasta 20 minutos por sitio, de lunes a viernes, de 8:30 a.m. a 6:30 p.m.
Organizadores de la serie de eventos BikeThere están haciendo la llamada a dueñes de bicicletas divertidas, Pregúntale a un abogado originales y únicas para que muestren Espiritu de fresas sus “ruedas estrechas” en el BikeExpo Alpine Legal Services ofrece del condado de Garfield, el cual será Alpine Bank, la Asociación una clínica de línea directa todos los dado a cabo en el parque Centennial de cámara de resort de Glenwood miércoles de 5 p.m. a 7 p.m. Tener cita en Glenwood Springs el sábado Springs y negocios locales junto con no es necesaria, llame al 970-368-2246 26 de junio. Exhibidores recibirán organizaciones invitan a la comunidad y visite alpinelegalservices.org para el una calcomanía personalizada de a decorar Glenwood Springs con horario actual de fechas por tema legal. el Sol del Valle • Conector de comunidad • 17 al 23 de junio de 2021 • 9
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By Carlos Herrera Montero En el anterior artículo hablamos sobre la obra poética que existía en la época precolombina. La llegada de los españoles en 1492 y el inicio de la conquista (siglo XVI) desde más o menos 1520 a 1570 es el proceso de exploración, conquista y colonización en el denominado Nuevo Mundo. Fue realizado inicialmente por España y Portugal y posteriormente participaron otras potencias europeas como Gran Bretaña y Francia. Este proceso genera una serie de transformaciones socioculturales que alteran de manera definitiva el destino de los pueblos latinoamericanos y resulta en la asimilación cultural de la mayor parte de las poblaciones indígenas y
Escrituras en tiempos de conquista
su sumisión a las potencias conquistadoras. Hoy en día, hay diversos países que mantienen las herencias coloniales forjadas por esas naciones y hacen que los pueblos latinoamericanos sean una variada amalgama de todas esas culturas. Durante la época de la conquista, la literatura se compone de todas las crónicas, diarios, cartas y escritos producidos por los primeros exploradores y conquistadores españoles. Trataba temas de viajes, descubrimientos de nuevas tierras y nuevas culturas, descripciones antropológicas y geográficas que presentan esta nueva tierra como un paraíso terrenal lleno de maravillas. Veamos por ejemplo en la obra de Hernán Cortés, “Cartas de Relación” (cartas que le mandaba al rey de España), su asombro al llegar a Tenochtitlan en 1519 (hoy día, Ciudad de México), el cual refleja la posición de los españoles ante el nuevo mundo: un espacio sin límites, caótico, primordial, virginal, misterioso, ambiguo y milagroso, con potenciales e inacabables riquezas (oro).
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"Tiene esta ciudad muchas plazas tan grandes como dos veces la ciudad de Salamanca, toda cercada de portales alrededor, donde hay cotidianamente arriba de sesenta mil ánimas comprando y vendiendo, donde hay todos géneros de mercadurías que en todas las tierras se hallan, así de mantenimiento como de vituallas, joyas de oro y de plata, de plomo, de latón, de cobre, de estaño, de piedras, de huesos, de conchas, de caracoles y de plumas; véndese tal piedra labrada y por labrar, adobes, ladrillos, madera labrada y por labrar de diversas maneras…”
Otros exploradores, como Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, que exploró de 1528 a 1536 la costa sur de lo que hoy es los Estados Unidos – desde Florida pasando por Alabama, Misisipí y Luisiana – y se adentró en Texas, Nuevo México, Arizona y el norte de México hasta llegar al golfo de California. Viviendo con los nativos locales y aprendiendo sus lenguas, escribió “Naufragios y comentarios”.
En esta obra relata:
“...esta es la manera en que ellos curan a una persona: cuando se sienten enfermos, llaman al doctor. Después de haber sido curada, le dan no sólo todo lo que tienen, sino que también buscan por cosas que sus parientes le puedan dar al doctor. Lo que el doctor hace es que corta algunas cicatrices donde tienen dolor, y luego chupan alrededor de ellas. Las cauterizan con fuego, algo que es considerado muy beneficioso por ellos. (Yo he experimentado con eso, y funcionó bien conmigo). Después de esto, soplan en el lugar que les duele, y con esto, creen que el mal ha salido.” La conquista estuvo caracterizada por la subyugación de los pueblos nativos por medio de prácticas crueles e inhumanas. Algunos de los mismos conquistadores, describen y denuncian las maldades cometidas por los españoles. El sacerdote Bartolomé de las Casas escribió varias obras, pero la más famosa es “Brevísima Relación de la Destrucción de las Indias”
donde relata las atrocidades que cometían los conquistadores: “...Otra vez, este mesmo tirano fue a cierto pueblo que se llamaba Cota, y tomó muchos indios e hizo despedazar a los perros [darles de comida] quince o veinte señores y principales, y cortó mucha cantidad de manos de mujeres y hombres, y las ató en unas cuerdas, y las puso colgadas de un palo a la luenga, porque viesen los otros indios lo que habían hecho a aquellos, en que habría setenta pares de manos; y cortó muchas narices a mujeres y a niños...” Hubo también escritores criollos que prontamente tomaron la lengua española para expresar una nueva perspectiva del mundo. Entre ellos: El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Gómez Suárez de Figueroa), conocido como el “Padre de las letras hispanoamericanas”. Con gran belleza conjuga su sangre quechua con la influencia española para crear grandes obras literarias como “La Florida del Inca”, “Historia General de Perú” y su obra más conocida: “Comentarios Reales de los Incas”. En sus obras da a conocer la riqueza de la cultura inca con su formación académica y pensamiento europeo. “Estas y otras semejantes pláticas tenían los Incas y Pallas en sus visitas, y con la memoria del bien perdido siempre acababan su conversación en lágrimas y llanto, diciendo: «Trocósenos el reinar en vasallaje, etc.» En estas pláticas, yo como muchacho, entraba y salía muchas veces donde ellos estaban y me holgaba de las oír, como holgaban los tales de oír fábulas” "Con todas las huacas habla el inca" por el poeta Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala en "Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno" (1615). Cortesía de Wikimedia Commons.
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escribir “Primer nueva crónica y buen gobierno” donde muestra la visión nativa del universo andino y presenta la sociedad peruana y la historia y genealogía de los Incas. Por ejemplo, en esta obra, leemos: “La primera coya, llamada Mama Uaco fue muy hermosa y morena de todo el cuerpo y de buen talle. Dicen que fue gran hechicera, según cuenta su vida e historia que hablaba de los demonios, esta dicha señora hacía hablar a las piedras, y peñas ídolos guacas. De esta señora comenzaron a salir reyes Ingas ...” Todas estas obras y hechos son parte de las influencias que delinearon el posterior desarrollo de la actual cultura y literatura latinoamericana.
"Flores y Cantos" is an original series celebrating Latin American literature by Carbondale resident Carlos Herrera. Read this story in English online at soprissun.com or scan below to visit the page.
O también Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, indígena descendiente de nobleza inca que se crió con españoles y llega a
Manténgase inforMado: nuevo sisteMa de notificación de la ciudad El sistema de notificación de la ciudad de Carbondale ya está en funcionamiento. Vaya a la pestaña “I Want To” en www.carbondalegov.org, donde podrá inscribirse y elegir el tipo de información sobre la ciudad que desea recibir, incluidos los comunicados de prensa, los eventos especiales, los cortes de agua, las oportunidades de empleo, las vacantes para voluntarios y juntas directivas, el desarrollo de la comunidad y la información sobre Carbondale en español. Esta es una gran oportunidad para mantenerse informado y al día sobre todas las novedades de Carbondale. consuMo de alcohol en negocios y eventos especiales perMitidos El consumo de alcohol está permitido SOLO dentro de los bares y restaurantes con la correspondiente licencia. El consumo de alcohol NO está permitido en el Fourth Street Plaza Park, o en el cierre de la calle más allá de los límites de los locales con licencia. Gracias por mantener la seguridad en Carbondale.
recolección de residuos de jardinería El próximo día de recolección de desechos de jardinería es el 19 de junio y está disponible cada dos sábados de 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. hasta el 18 de septiembre. El lugar de recolección está ubicado en la calle Fourth y Colorado Ave. Se permite dejar recortes de hierba cortada, los residuos de jardín y las ramas de no más de 2 pulgadas de diámetro. No se permite el uso de bolsas de plástico. Este servicio se ofrece únicamente a los residentes de la ciudad de Carbondale. Para ver el horario completo de recolección, visite el calendario de la ciudad en www.carbondalegov.org. Mercado de agricultores (farMer’s Market) en el centro de la ciudad El mercado de agricultores del centro de la ciudad está abierto durante los meses de verano. Compre a los agricultores, productores y artesanos locales todos los miércoles de 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. El mercado de agricultores está ubicado en la calle Main y S. Fourth y estará abierto hasta el 29 de septiembre.
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actualización del plan integral La primera oportunidad de participación de la comunidad para la presentación de la actualización del plan integral de la ciudad iniciará el 2 de julio, fecha del programa del próximo primer viernes del mes. Esto incluye una nueva herramienta de sitio web en línea para interactuar y participar con la comunidad y los proyectos de Carbondale. Mantenga a los perros con correa Las leyes de correa están en efecto en los parques públicos de Carbondale para la seguridad de su perro y de todos los que los rodean. Gracias por mantener a su perro con correa.
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Convirtiendo parques de casas móviles en propiedad comunitaria de residentes
Por Jon Fox-Rubin Gerente de Proyectos de Innovación en Vivienda,
Traducción Por Jacqueline Castro
Uno de los programas más antiguos de viviendas asequibles en la nación es el Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA), el cual administra más de 3,000 unidades de renta y propiedades restringidas por escritura. Otro hecho es que el 60% de trabajadores en el condado de Aspen/Pitkin viajan diariamente desde afuera del condado hacia sus trabajos. Lo que es menos conocido es que hay pequeñas autoridades de vivienda dispersas a través de la región – en Rifle, Carbondale y en el condado de Garfield – los cuales manejan unos pocos cientos de unidades y proporciona cupones de sección 8 a inquilinos de bajos ingresos calificados. Mucha gente puede que no piensen en
soluciones de viviendas asequibles que están “ocultos a plena vista”: es decir, las 3,000 casas móviles en más de 50 parques de casas móviles entre Parachute y Aspen. Juntas, todas estas unidades y otras viviendas de mercado libre – ambas en renta o a la venta – constan del sistema de vivienda asequible de nuestra región. Este sistema de alojamiento está desconectado y es muy desafiante de navegar para quienes no tienen una vivienda segura y protegida. Una de las vulnerabilidades de nuestro sistema de alojamiento que ha sido destacada por la pandemia de COVID es la venta de al menos tres parques de casas móviles en nuestra región a corporaciones fuera del estado (Kings Crown en Rifle, Apple Tree en New Castle y Glenwood Caverns en el condado de Garfield no incorporado). Cada vez que un parque de casas móviles es vendido, las rentas tienden a aumentar dramáticamente (p.ej. 30% a 70%) el cual reduce su asequibilidad y afecta a las familias más trabajadores de nuestra región. Históricamente, estos parques de casas móviles han jugado un papel muy clave en nuestra vivienda asequible desde finales de los años ‘50 y los principios de los años ‘60, antes que el
primer programa del gobierno fuera comenzado en Aspen en los años ‘70. Curiosamente, estos parques de casas móviles han sido ligeramente regulados (en mayor parte por el estado de Colorado) y no han requerido algún subsidio del gobierno, con la excepción de pocos que están en el condado de Pitkin y ahora administrados por APCHA. MANAUS, una organización de justicia social local y sin fines de lucro, ha estado dirigiendo un proyecto de innovación de alojamiento desde el otoño del 2019, con la meta de fomentar la equidad de alojamiento a través de la organización de la comunidad y un diseño centrado en el usuario. MANAUS se asoció con GRID Impact, una organización de impacto social global, en este proyecto, el cual comenzó con entrevistas de residentes a través de la región. Sus experiencias fueron incorporadas en el diseño de los dos talleres de diseño introducción por el usuario en febrero del 2020. Estos talleres destacaron un número de ideas innovadoras que valen la pena. Una de esas ideas fue la formación de comunidades de propiedad de residentes, donde los residentes de los parques de casas móviles puedan opinar en cómo
las tierras deben ser administradas y operadas. Como la casualidad lo tendría, legisladores del estado estaban promulgando una legislación que de hecho apoya esta idea. Para junio del 2020, varias nuevas leyes del estado fueron pasadas que definen mejor los derechos de inquilinos y les proveen una oportunidad de organizar y comprar sus tierras. Cuando el dueño de un parque de casas móviles intente vender, debe dejarles saber a los inquilinos y, a la vez, los inquilinos tienen 90 días para organizar, formar una cooperativa, obtener financiamiento y enviar una oferta vinculante. Hay una organización nacional sin fines de lucro llamada ROC-USA que ha ayudado a miles de parques de casas móviles a convertirse en comunidades de propiedad de residentes. Uno de los socios de ROC, llamados Thistle ROC está localizado en Colorado. Thistle ROC ha ayudado a cuatro parques de casas móviles a convertirse en propiedades de residentes desde el 2018 y está en el proceso de ayudar a muchos más. La belleza del modelo de propiedades comunitarias de residentes es que toma las necesidades en gestión del
propietario y obtiene ganancias del costo de estructura. Los resultados con rentas sostenibles y estables además de reglas y regulaciones decididas por los residentes. Las rentas tienden a aumentar del 1% al 2% por año (después de la compra, como ha sido documentado por ROC USA) en los parques que se han convertido en propiedades de residentes a través de la red de ROC USA. Los desafíos más grandes para el éxito en formar una comunidad de propiedad de residente son que tomaría tiempo y cooperación entre inquilinos para poder armar una oferta, a menudo un aumento pequeño de renta es requerido e idealmente el vendedor necesita ser alentador del proceso. MANAUS se ha asociado con Thistle ROC localmente para ayudar los pocos parques de casas móviles en nuestra región de tres condados para organizar y explorar la idea de convertirse en comunidades de propiedad de residentes. Estamos esperanzados que tengamos uno entre nosotros dentro de un año. Si vives en un parque de casas móviles y quieres explorar la posibilidad de convertirlo en una propiedad comunitaria de residentes, por favor contáctame ( Jon@manaus.org).
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by Jon Fox-Rubin Housing Innovation Project Manager, MANAUS
One of the oldest affordable housing programs in the nation is the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA), which manages over 3,000 rental and deed-restricted ownership units. Another factoid is that 60% of the workers in Aspen/ Pitkin County commute from out of the county to their jobs. What’s lesser known is that there are small housing authorities scattered throughout the region, in Rifle, Carbondale, and Garfield County, which manage a few hundred units and provide Section 8 vouchers to qualified, low-income renters. Many people may not think of a “hidden in plain sight” affordable housing solution: namely, the 3,000 mobile homes in more than 50
Housing solution: resident-owned mobile home communities mobile home parks between Parachute and Aspen. Together, all of these and other free-market housing units – both rental and for sale – comprise our region’s affordable housing system. This housing system is disconnected and challenging to navigate for those among us who don’t already have safe and secure housing. One of our housing system’s vulnerabilities that’s been highlighted by the COVID pandemic is the sale of at least three mobile home parks (Kings Crown in Rifle, Apple Tree in New Castle, and Glenwood Caverns in unincorporated Garfield County) in our region to out-of-state corporations. Every time a mobile home park sells, the rents tend to increase dramatically (e.g., 30% to 70%) which decreases their affordability and hurts our region’s hardest working families. Historically, these mobile home parks have played a key role in our region’s affordable housing since the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, before the first government program was started in Aspen in the ’70s. Interestingly, these mobile home parks have been lightly regulated (mostly by the state of Colorado) and haven’t required
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any government subsidies, with the exception of a few that are in Pitkin County and now managed by APCHA. MANAUS, a local social justice nonprofit, has been running a housing innovation project since the fall of 2019 with the goal of fostering housing equity via community organizing and user-centered design. MANAUS partnered with GRID Impact, a global social impact organization, on this project, which started with interviews of residents throughout the region. Their lived experiences were then incorporated into the design of two user-centered design workshops in February of 2020. These workshops highlighted a number of innovative ideas worth pursuing. One of those ideas was the formation of resident-owned communities, where residents of mobile home parks could have a say over how their parks were being managed and operated. As serendipity would have it, state legislators were promulgating legislation that would indeed support this idea. By June 2020, several new state laws were passed that better define tenants’ rights and provide them with an opportunity to
STay iNformEd - NEW ToWN NoTifiCaTioN SySTEm: The Town of Carbondale notification system is now live. By visiting the “I Want To” tab on www.carbondalegov.org, you can sign up and choose the type of Town information you want to receive, including press releases, special events, water outages, employment opportunities, volunteer and board openings, community development, and Carbondale information in Spanish. This is a great opportunity to stay informed and up to date on all things Carbondale.
organize and purchase their park. When an owner of a mobile home park intends to sell they must let the tenants know and in turn the tenants have 90 days to organize, form a co-op, obtain financing, and submit a binding offer. There is a national nonprofit organization called ROC-USA that’s helped hundreds of mobile home parks become residentowned communities. One of ROC’s partners, called Thistle ROC, is based in Colorado. Thistle ROC has helped four Colorado mobile home parks become resident-owned since 2018 and is in the process of helping several more. The beauty of the residentowned model is that it takes the owners’ need for management and profit out of the cost structure. The result is sustainable and stable rents going forward and rules and regulations decided by the residents. Rents tend to only increase at 1% to 2% per year (after purchase, as documented by ROC USA) at parks that have converted to resident-owned through the ROC USA network. The main challenges to success in forming a resident-owned community are that it takes time and cooperation among tenants
to put together an offer, often a small rent increase is required, and ideally the seller needs to be supportive of the process. MANAUS has partnered with Thistle ROC locally to support a few mobile home parks in our tri-county region to organize and explore the idea of becoming resident-owned communities. We are hopeful that we’ll have one in our midst within a year or so. If you live in a mobile home park and want to explore the possibility of becoming a resident-owned community, please contact me ( Jon@manaus.org).
In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Thistle ROC’s work throughout the state, there's an article by the Durango Herald about the Animas View MHP Co-op called "Residents buy Durango mobile home park from corporate owners". Another recent article, this one by the Ft. Collins Coloradoan, tells about Hickory Village, a 205-unit park. It's called "Fort Collins' Hickory Village mobile home park is for sale. Its residents want to buy it." Hickory Village's new Co-op has also attracted a financial commitment from the city of Ft. Collins to support their purchase effort.
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ComprEhENSivE plaN updaTE: The first community engagement opportunity launching the Town’s Comprehensive plan update will kick off July 2 at the next First Friday. This includes a new online website tool to interact and engage with the community and Carbondale projects. Thank you for remembering to keep your dog on a leash in our public areas. Leash laws are in effect in Carbondale for the safety of your dog and those around them. Dogs are NOT allowed in any Carbondale Parks except for Glassier Park, Hendricks Dog Park, and the Carbondale Nature Park. Dogs may be unleashed in these three parks ONLY.
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How is a living world story sustained? Watershed elders in conversation
By Will Evans Special to The Sopris Sun
Roger Brown was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1935. He grew up in the town of Swampscott, attended Dartmouth College and moved west shortly after graduation. He has lived in Eagle County, Colorado since then. His adventure and environmental documentaries have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally. He has four Emmy Awards to his credit and is the author of “Requiem for the West”. In the 1970s, Roger led a coalition of public outrage against the Denver Water Board’s plans to dry up the Vail Valley in order to grow more eastern slope cities. A Denver Water Board bond issue was defeated and President Jerry Ford signed the Eagles Nest Wilderness Bill that included the larger, rather than the smaller, boundaries. However, in spite of dozens of studies and cleanup efforts, Roger concludes the Eagle River is dying as a result of overdevelopment. William Evans was born in Colorado in 1941 and was gifted a childhood in nature with lakes, rivers, forests and ridges. In his early 20s he experienced the consequences of unnecessary violence. He was trained as a medical doctor and also trained by indigenous nations who believe it is their responsibility to maintain balance. In 1975 he had a pivotal conversation with Jonas Salk who awakened in him an appreciation of the importance of balance with the words: “We will continue to look for disease to treat when some of our disease is our ignorance of how to evoke and maintain a healthy balance.” This conversation has been edited for clarity and length. Roger Brown: The town where I live now is handing out subdivision permits and building permits all over the place and there ain’t no water. Will Evans: Are they also handing out well permits? RB: The whole water thing is a farce – water quality in the Eagle River isn’t what it used to be and the quantity of water is insufficient to dilute the toxins. I was listening as you explained that people who cooperate are more likely to survive. Let me tell you what happened in our valley. I have a strong connection with nature and, in 1970, I became upset with the Denver Water Board and its plans to dry up the Vail Valley. Lots of folks were already upset with transmountain diversions, they were just sold on the idea that the Denver Water Board (DWB) command structure was too
John Wesley Powell's 1890 map of the western United States depicts political boundaries drawn around watersheds. Courtesy of the U.S. Geographical and Geological Survey. big and powerful to fight. To me this was a moral issue, not a legal one, and I pushed ahead with a campaign of public outrage. The DWB was operating on antiquated law. Former governor Dick Lamm agreed with me and became a partner in the effort. So we had consensus all the way to the top in Colorado and eventually Washington. I was not part of any command structure, I was just willing to speak out and the press picked up on it. Cooperatively, we stopped this transmountain diversion. It seemed our minds were one. What I failed to realize was that local developers didn’t see the issue as a fight to save the Eagle River, they saw it as
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a fight to save water for development and for snowmaking – which was becoming increasingly important. I watched developers urbanize the upper Eagle Valley beyond what any of us could ever imagine. They went nuts with development here. They didn’t see the big picture, they were caught in tunnel vision. Clearly, we need a healthy, commonmind relationship aligned with Source and a healthy consciousness about nature’s and our right to clean, fresh water. WE: Indeed, we are at a pivotal moment and the West is about to pay the price of ignoring John Wesley Powell’s warning to America in 1890.
RB: Tell me more about that. WE: John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran, was a foundational figure in American geology, a scientist, explorer and environmentalist. He was director of the United States Geological Survey and head of the Bureau of Ethnology for The Smithsonian. In 1890, he explained to the Senate and House committees on irrigation that the lands west of the hundredth meridian receive far less precipitation than lands in the wetter East. Powell advised growing commonwealths around watersheds and using water only in that district on appropriate land and nowhere else. Based on his experience and travels in the Western United States, he brought with him a map depicting a perspective of potential watershed democracies. Powell understood about balance and the consequences of not respecting the limitations of water in the West. Today he would be appalled at the diversions in the “Arid Regions of the United States” feeding enormous, out of balance growth in urban centers far exceeding the local water source carrying capacity. Powell knew diverting from a watershed violates Nature’s law of balance. No one listened to him. RB: Today, we are at a tipping point. Not only with water but with our climate, and I fear for my children and grandchildren. Again, almost no one is listening, except it seems children are figuring it out. Streams and rivers give us visible currents to follow in a life full of mostly invisible currents. WE: Yes, paddling into a convergence of complex currents can be a learning experience. RB: I entered a tepee in Montana and am only now beginning to comprehend what was happening in there. WE: Well, John Wesley Powell left us a complex legacy. He used mapmaking as a form of knowledge and a form of power, however, his motivation and intentions were in contrast with the circular current you experienced in the tepee. Author Evan Pritchard tells us the Mi'kmaq people on the East Coast say, “Wisdom is power, not a power to create or destroy, but only to sustain. Still, it is a great power, the only one that doesn’t corrupt. If you have it, you can avoid complications.” RB: We certainly need a massive dose of wisdom now, because our power to sustain is failing – no wonder Greta Thunberg and the kids are angry. WE: I’ve noticed a pattern over the years, people controlling water in the West do not seem to be responsible stewards of the Source they appropriate. I’ve always known water is life, what
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A Living-World Story Circulating Source Water and A Living World Story are active programs of Sustaining Tomorrow Today in collaboration with Sustainable Settings. Donations and support are needed to continue the flow of Source Water Celebrations and Watershed Wisdom Circles. Tax-deductible contributions by check minimize processing fees and can be mailed to Sustainable Settings, 6107 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO 81623. IMPORTANT: Note “Sustaining Tomorrow Today” on the memo line. As an alternative, a tax-deductible credit card contribution can be made by email to email@example.com or by calling 970 963-6107. (Leave a message if no one answers, this is a working farm). Again, specify your gift is on behalf of “Sustaining Tomorrow Today” and “A Living World Story”. has taken me time to learn is how for many thousands of years indigenous people sustained themselves. How they achieve the unity of a common mind. If we enter our watershed with the power to sustain, we may see the potential for healing rather than being caught in a fight. If I am focused on looking for enemies, I tend to keep seeing one after another. Foremost will be enough balance for our minds to see Source as one – each of us holding a unique view of the big picture. RB: It was helpful for me when you explained how America fell from a land of abundance where you could drink the water virtually everywhere into a story of scarcity
and toxicity. I remember, over two weeks in 1975, watching you learn to kayak big water in the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River – you were learning how to regain your balance by rolling back up and also learning how much is enough. With similar attentiveness, I have been listening as you explain how indigenous people cultivated enough cooperation to pass a balance with water to their children and grandchildren – these people sustained a living world story here for ten thousand years. WE: Yes, an example comes from the Haudenosaunee, Iroquois or Six Nations, who believe the world cannot be taken for granted.
A spiritual communication of acknowledgment and thankfulness must be given to align our hearts and minds with nature. Today “the words spoken before all else'', their Thanksgiving Address, opens and closes all Six Nations ceremonial and government gatherings. They invite us to share in this protocol so that our concentrated attention might help us rediscover balance, respect and oneness with nature. RB: Your book, “Circulating Source Water”, explores human relationship with source and the current dilemma of disconnection we face not only with water but natural resources in general and with each other. WE: I think that is the challenge of our time, Roger. We will either heal enough to become a watershed of sanity and health, in a living partnership with nature, or abandon our children to senseless violence. As we learn about balance, some of us will remember how much is enough and see the reality of our watershed’s carrying capacity. RB: The way we are today ultimately seems totally selfdestructive. Are we going to destroy humanity and maybe the rest of nature in the process? It is that simple in my mind. WE: Indigenous people tell me this is not the first time humanity has faced a calamity. Many of them also tell me they know peaceful ways to create agreement, collective consciousness and a common mind, which allows them to move together toward balance and responsible, healthy ways to keep the salmon and buffalo running. RB: Yes, I know. That was where I was in Montana, actually sitting in a few of those talking circles. WE: That is how they did it, how they kept a collective agreement to hold the balance in the Columbia River Basin and over the plains – their minds were one. They didn’t kill everything off – like we have. RB: So that is what you mean when you contrast the power of cooperation and a common mind versus a command structure? WE: Yes, one of the elders who taught me this was a Haida who recently died, his name was Kawaan Sungha. He explained, “We have an opportunity to focus all our activities toward a sustainable society.”
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Sitting in circles around a central fire, talking, and listening is ancient. Words are powerful medicine. Words can be either healing or wounding. Collectively, our words become our story. Each watershed is a living commons for the biotic community dwelling there. Council is an ancient circular form of communication within a community. This has been the tradition not only of indigenous people, but also held a place of respect in classical Greek culture. Physicist David Bohm suggested that council, or dialogue, is a stream of meaning, flowing among and through the people participating. Celebrating and listening to the living world story of a watershed is healing. Often people invite me to painful discussions. “Discussion” has the same root as “percussion” and “concussion,” which really means to break things up. Discussion emphasizes analysis, where there may be many points of view and where everybody presents a different one, analyzing and breaking apart the subject. This has its value, but it is limited… You may agree with some and disagree with others, but the objective is to win the game. In a discussion this is frequently the case – win the game. In a council, however, nobody is trying to win. Everybody wins if anybody wins. When we enter council, a different spirit enters. There is no attempt to gain points, or to make a particular view prevail. Unity is created out of the chaos of everyone’s agenda by keeping alive the values of trust, balance in sharing, helping one another and giving back to source. With respectful listening and speaking in a field, with the intention to inhabit a living world story, we can create a common mind. In a watershed wisdom circle, each new voice adds a tributary to the river of meaning and responsibility. A watershed wisdom circle is built on gratitude for source water. The central glue that holds it all together is celebrating water with gratefulness – it brings people and their relationships with nature together. Action grows out of celebration. Going into action from celebration empowers us with seeing a bigger picture. This means seeing healthy opportunities in every person and situation, even when
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we are experiencing what appear to be opposing perspectives at the start. Cooperation grounded in celebration is how we learn to enter a council. Each watershed is a living community striving for balance. We have the opportunity and power to contribute our stability and stature to the collective balance – that is how a living world story is sustained. We are mostly water, circulating source water is the foundation of our balance – that is the liquid paradox of living water. RB: Most people are dying – trapped in the singular focus of survival and unable to hold a paradox. Fear holds them captive in tunnel vision. WE: That is true, but not totally complete – if I view the Crystal River to be a living flow from Source, I accordingly approach it with respect, celebrating the gift we are given. I understand many people approach water in the West as a contest, a fight. I paddle – touching the water respectfully – matching its power. Only rarely is my intention to paddle harder or faster than the current. Blending with water is a dance with a wild, loving partner – a confluence of joy, celebration and danger. Our local watershed wisdom circle affirms our relationship with source water. Water is Life. We share a common acknowledgement and respect for Source. When people are respectful of circulating source water, they begin experiencing clarity and begin traveling toward balance. We can celebrate water, making it the best we can – as clean and healthy as we can. We can build a living world story with a viable, ecologically-sound source watershed for those who live here, including the animals, the birds, the fish, plants and pollinators. We can be an example of a living world in this valley. RB: Yes, it is possible. No one before has ever explained to me how abundance became scarcity in the way you have. Our story of a living world is as meaningful to me as what I learned from Thoreau, Emerson and the joy of watching children awaken in connection with nature.
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The people behind the puzzles
By Ken Pletcher Sopris Sun Correspondent
As The Sopris Sun moved into its second decade, it began taking on more features and other aspects of a firmly established newspaper. In the past couple of years, weekly puzzles and cartoons have become an established tradition. When these features were introduced in 2019, the only stipulation that former Sun editor Will Grandbois made was they had to be done locally. Enter Stan Badgett, creator of the “Your Big Backyard” crossword puzzles, and Suzie Brady, of “Suzoku” fame. “Both approached me as volunteers [in 2019],” Grandbois noted. He continued, “When the pandemic ramped up, I approached them about contributing more regularly and on a paid basis. I strongly felt that the paper needed to be more than sad and scary news about COVID – that people stuck inside needed content to uplift and entertain as well.”
Stan Badgett You can’t get more local than 50-year valley resident Badgett – a former coal miner, as well as educator, writer and artist. He is best known for his books focused on mining (“Digging in the Dark”; “Tenuous”), but he has also earned renown as a poet, teacher and talented painter, especially of wall murals for homes in Aspen. Plus, he is a former columnist for The Sun. Badgett said that he has been doing crosswords, “Pretty much forever. I’m a word guy. Everything connected to words is fascinating to me.” He added, “I’ve been creating crosswords
off and on my whole life.” In the classroom, he had students making them too. Badgett loves the outdoors and all things west, and that has come out in his crosswords. As he put it, “I’m a localist and have had a lot of different experiences in the valley. When I sit down to do a puzzle, I think about the neat things I’ve seen. I want people to appreciate our stomping grounds!” Thus, one working on his crosswords might learn that Morrison-Knudsen used to haul coal through Carbondale, or that Lenado is the ghost town above Woody Creek. Or, more generally, that wapiti is another name for elk.
Stan Badgett. Image by Chris Tribble, Versatile Productions.
Suzie Brady Brady, though much newer to the valley, has made her presence known here. A native of Summit County, she moved to the area five years ago to enter the theater program at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley Campus. She has appeared in numerous Sopris Theatre Company productions (“Uncommon Women and Others”, “The Nerd”) as well as at Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company (“The Women’s
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VOICES Project” [sound technician], “Tribes”). In the summer of 2020, this “ambitious history nerd” began exploring her other passion by becoming an intern at Aspen Historical Society (AHS). That morphed into a full-time position there in the fall. She recently completed her training as a Certified Interpretation Guide. However, her “second job” (as she put it) is as a creator of Sudoku puzzles. She got the bug for them early and quickly took to them, quipping, they have “nothing to do with math.” She would work on the “Concepts Sudoku” puzzles published in the Summit Daily on bus rides during high school, noting, “I wanted to be the next [puzzle writer] Dave Green.” In 2018, after moving to New Castle and not having access to a paper with puzzles, Brady decided to start creating her own. Thus, “Suzoku” was born. Brady’s first puzzles began appearing sporadically in early 2019. She explained, “It was originally the bragging rights that came from having the puzzles published, that was my main incentive,” adding, “It makes me feel good to contribute to a community thing.” With the request for more in early 2020, Brady began producing “Really, really difficult puzzles. After all, [readers] had all week to do them.” She had to cut back her output after starting at AHS in July, but her efforts were supplemented by Badgett’s Your Big Backyard. Brady creates her puzzles using an online template, filling in all of the numbers and then deleting them as needed. She explained, “I
Suzy Brady. Photo by Eliza Greenman Burlingame.
make them to challenge myself.” Sometimes she can create one in 15 minutes or so, or it can take hours. One format that she has become partial to is the “jigsaw” design, in which the individual nine-number squares in the matrix resemble jigsaw puzzle pieces rather than the standard square blocks. Brady’s attitude on her puzzles has been simple: “I won’t send [The Sun] a puzzle if it doesn’t work.” She continued, “It demonstrates respect for the readers. You have to believe somebody will enjoy it.” Current Sun editor Raleigh Burleigh has maintained these features as consistently as possible. In most weeks, one or the other puzzle has run. “Depending on space,” he noted, “we’d love to see more of these kinds of creative contributions.”
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perceived loss of undeveloped space and an unofficial dog park. Driving up to the ranch, I pass a number of mammoth private riding arenas totaling hundreds of thousands of square feet. I also pass a commercial equestrian ranch and public event business; a nonprofit educational therapeutic riding program’s ranch; and a rental event facility in a former schoolhouse. The parcel is not far from a community college campus with residential dorms for 1,500 students plus five soccer fields; from budding agri-tourism operations and commercial equestrian boarding operations; and from a number of popular hiking trailheads. In other words, uses similar to or in excess of Ascendigo’s already exist in the immediate vicinity, and are already woven into the fabric of the community. Just as Ascendigo’s will be. The opponents say they want to keep it “rural.” I can understand that. I have already done my grieving along those lines years ago. Yet the fact is, one way or another, this land will be developed, and the deeded water rights will be used – just as it was with the former hay ground and potato fields on which many of the opponents’ houses now sit. Opponents also say they would prefer a private luxury residential development to Ascendigo’s proposal. I do not understand that. I imagine a couple dozen 5,000+ square foot luxury homes, plus garages and ADUs, sited to maximize each home’s own view-plane, deploying outdoor lighting as they wish, and using water as they can. That strikes me as highly impactful on the landscape, quiet, and dark night sky, along with fire risk and water usage. I wish the opponents could see that Ascendigo is likely to be a far more thoughtful
and accountable neighbor than a conventional real estate developer might be. Ascendigo is based in this community, and reliant on this community. Ascendigo is here for the long haul. Ascendigo is motivated by its connection with the community, by its mission, and by its obligation to its clients to be thoughtful, accountable, responsive, and – above all – safe. We are motivated to design and site our structures thoughtfully, in harmony with the landscape and in consideration of the neighbors’ concerns. We are motivated to devote a significant portion of the parcel to contiguous open space. We are motivated to implement programs that are consistent with the rural and agricultural heritage. We are motivated to implement and maintain comprehensive fire safety measures. We are motivated to use the water efficiently. We are motivated to be mindful of our impacts on our neighbors. And we are motivated to keep our promises. The fact is, Ascendigo’s proposed educational ranch program is fully consistent with the uses, rights, community, concerns, and cultural legacy of the area. I encourage the Garfield County Commissioners to approve the request. Malcolm McMichael Carbondale
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Carbondale Historical Society celebrates "Our Hattie" By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent
Sue Gray, executive director of the Carbondale Historical Society (CHS), called it "a small gathering to celebrate our Hattie." On the evening of June 9, the group gathered in the side yard next to the Thompson House Museum to celebrate Hattie Thompson Holland's 155th birthday. Hattie was one of pioneer Myron Thompson's eight children, of which seven moved from Missouri to Colorado. Gray said many settlers came to Carbondale seeking rich farmland. Like the Thompsons, many made their living with crops of wheat, barley, hay and, most of all, potatoes. The Hollands also raised sheep and cattle. CHS began honoring Hattie, on her birthday, in 2019; however, last year's event was canceled because of the pandemic. This year, it was a private invitation-only event, consisting mainly of Carbondale Historical Society donors, current and former board members, and Thompson family descendants. Many people don't know that Hattie was married three times, Gray said. First, at age 18, there was a marriage to an Aspen attorney named Charles Jones, who she divorced a year later. "He filed the petition for divorce, and she did not show up in court, so about a month after the divorce was final, she married Oscar Holland," Gray explained. The Hollands married in June 1887. The original Thompson-Holland homestead was a modest one-story house built by Myron and presented to Hattie and
Oscar as a wedding gift. As the Holland's fortunes grew, so did their home, with the addition of a second story and an enclosed porch. Hattie lavishly decorated the interior with furnishings, ordered from catalogs at the Dinkel Mercantile Company and transported to Carbondale via the Rio Grande Railroad. Hattie's third husband, Edward Tiffin, was from the Midwest. Gray explained, "He didn't want to move here, and she didn't want to move there, so they had a longdistance relationship for about three years, and then she finally filed for divorce." When Hattie was granted the divorce, she had her last name restored to Holland. In August 1944, she died as Hattie Holland and was buried next to Oscar, in the Holland family plot in Missouri. "So apparently, he was the love of her life," Gray added. Updates to the property include Paul Luttrell working his handyman magic to clean and fill the pond and repairing the waterfall to make it operational again. John Williams restored and painted the pond's lighthouse replica last year, and Luttrell recently installed the light fixture. Gray explained the lighthouse is a replica from one at the Lighthouse Lodge in Wisconsin, a favorite vacation spot of the Hollands over the years. Always civic-minded, Hattie took over Oscar's seat on the board of directors of the Bank of Carbondale after his death in 1920. Although Hattie and Oscar had no children, many of her nieces and nephews enjoyed visiting the Thompson House. Lewis Ronald (Lew Ron) Thompson and his wife, Jackie, continue to live on
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Carbondale Historical Society members and friends share birthday cake and laughs during Hattie's 155th birthday celebration. Photo by Sue Rollyson
the property next door to the Thompson House Museum. Lew Ron's father, Lewis Thompson, was bequeathed with Hattie’s fortune when she died in 1944. Lew Ron, Jackie and their children are the last of the Thompson lineage currently living in Carbondale. Their son is living on the property in the former Holland carriage house. Gray anticipates next year's celebration will be open to the public. The theme will be “Hawaiian” because Hattie enjoyed visiting the islands and brought back Hawaiian music albums and many souvenirs. Gray shared, "We're going to honor her love of Hawaii with a Hawaiian luau." Gray shared other exciting CHS news,
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