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Volume 11, Number 8 | April 4, 2019

While my guitar gently weeps Steve's Guitars hosted a wide array of singer-songwriters on March 30 for an "in the round" event organized by Jackson Emmer. Three acts shared the stage at a time, taking turns and playing two songs each before handing it over the another group and, eventually, headliner John Satz. Featured artists included Woven Hollow (left), Thomas Phippen (center), Ellen Stapenhorst (right), Laura Miller, Jim Hawkins and Pam and Dan Rosenthal. Phippen, who is perhaps best known in Carbondale as the local beat reporter for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, had sung in public before but never while playing the guitar — and we can't think of a better venue for it. Photo by Will Grandbois

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The views and opinions expressed on the Commentary page do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The Sopris Sun invites all members of the community to submit letters to the editor or guest columns. For more information, email editor Will Grandbois at news@soprissun.com, or call 510-3003.

MTV started it all When I was ten years old my best friend, Allie, and I would the border? wake up early on Sunday mornings to watch FMTV on Channel And why isn’t anyone talking about the fact that we will be 12. fenced in as much as others will be kept out by Trump’s wall? It was a local show featuring music videos from artists like If he continues to run amok like the monster the GOP created David Byrne and Blondie. Then Channel 12 sold the name to a and cannot control that he is, then I don’t want to be on this company in New York for something like $5,000 and changed side. I’m disgusted by The Hunger Games mirror image of our the show to Teletunes. We still watched religiously, and didn’t society; elites sipping champagne cocktails while other souls are think much of it at the time, but looking back, I’d bet that was only trying to survive. I much prefer the credo ‘Live simply that the birth of MTV. They just dropped the F and ran others may simply live.’ with it. And I’ve all but given up on our old-school repIn the beginning, MTV was great. They had resentatives, republican and democrat alike, who cooler, older VJs (now we were eleven) who played look like they’ve been up all night counting lobvideo after video, and it was a brand-new platform byists in sheep’s clothing. Perhaps they can’t sleep for teenage angst, but let’s be honest— reality tv is because their consciences keep reminding them of all their fault. They started it with “this is the true all the ways they won’t stand up to corporate greed story of seven strangers picked to live in a house…” and work for the betterment of us, the American and now it has spread like an STD all the way to people. the White House. As a middle-aged GenXer, I am glad to see some Turning on the television or computer is startyounger freshman representatives tearing it up on ing to make me sick. There is a military-style-killing The Real World: Washington, DC. This is the first video show on TBS with commentators using low time I’ve been able to relate to, or even imagine, golf tones to remark on killing people in alleyways. my representatives actually living a life outside of And Facebook is the new toilet; today’s posts are their wall-to-wall-carpeted lair. I cannot believe the equivalent of writing on the bathroom wall By Jeannie Perry we allowed our air traffic control operators to go back in the day. I’m just glad to be older now, so without pay for even a day, but Mitch McConnell that any evidence of my formative years cannot be found in the still went home to his gold slippers and tiny fish on crackers. social media archives. The very first thing that should happen if the government shuts Have you noticed how old we can sound simply by putting down, is a freeze of all executive and congressional salaries. And, “the” in front of modern words and phrases? Go ahead and try when they do go back to work, they should enjoy the exact same it next time you’re around a youngster— it drives them nuckin benefits as we do; no more corporate kickbacks and revolving futs! Say, “I watched it on the YouTube,” or “Are you on the door policy decisions. Instagram?” If corporations are going to enjoy the same rights as citizens, I do love me some dad humor. And I can’t help but wonder if then they must pay their taxes like the rest of us. And all of those all these images are helping our imaginations run wild, or if the tax monies can go towards our infrastructure, i.e., the water opposite is happening. We are so inundated with information coming out of our taps, the potholes in our roads, the teachers that we have become desensitized. How else could we still go trying to teach our children the importance of being educated out to lunch while our fellow human beings are held in cages at enough to win big on Win Ben Stein’s Money.


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We can do better! Dear Editor: A frequently asked question regarding undocumented immigrants is “Why don’t they get their papers?” Reality proves this to be very difficult due to the way the system is designed and the current backlog of cases. The four women who have taken sanctuary in Colorado created the “People’s Resolution” in order to seek support in addressing the obstacle to legal status that they and thousands of others face. The People’s Resolution offers Colorado an opportunity to lead the nation in devising sane and humane immigration practices. Please go to www.peoplesresolution.org, read the case studies of the four women who have authored the resolution, then sign the People’s Resolution and contact the governor and our legislators requesting that they support it. This is our chance to begin to make our immigration system more humane and for Colorado to lead the way. Our legislators need to hear from us. Ann Johnson Carbondale

Representative government or the Trump alternative? Dear Editor: “There is no collusion!” says Trump Let’s look it up in the American Heritage Dictionary Collusion: a secret agreement between two or more persons for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose. From Latin: colludere: together + ludere to play, deceive, from ludus, game. Conspiracy – a synonym. Last time I checked, most of us could read, understand, and make independent conclusions about information delivered to us in interviews, newspapers, or directly (as in ‘rallies’). Most of us can and are willing to read a 300-page report that was commissioned by our political representatives and paid for by tax funding. We don’t need Classic Comics or Cliff Notes to summarize a report for us. And, I believe, each of us can interpret another’s comments and findings regarding the management of our representative government. Those whom we hire to supervise the management of governance of our nation have the obligation to be open to those who ‘hired’ them. Mem-

bers of Congress and the President were hired by the people who selected them for the office each holds. It is our obligation to review and comment on (through our vote) the actions outlined in the Mueller Report. The Mueller report must be open to the public for review. Dorothea Farris Carbondale

A flower blooms in sunlight Dear Editor: Thank you to Carbondale Arts for putting on such an incredible Green is the New Black fashion show this year and for planting the seed for my involvement. It all started with a flower I made at their Dia de los Muertos celebration. They provided all the supplies and instruction to make them at the event. As I made my flower I could feel the creativity of my mother and grandmother coursing through my veins. They used to make these flowers for their Portuguese festas and school events in California. I was so moved by that experience I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so when I saw LETTERS page 15

CORRECTION: A house ad in the March 28 edition of The Sun contained an ad for our benefit concert without a date or location. The event will, in fact, take place Aug. 12 at the Redstone Castle, but is sold out except for the $1000 suites — contact jcolson@soprissun. com for more on that. Also, we have reason to believe that a help wanted ad on page 13 of the March 21 edition may have been a scam. 2• THE SOPRIS SUN • www.SoprisSun.com • AAPRIL 4 - APRIL 10, 2019

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Sexual assault survivor helps others heal #MeToo

EMPOWERed Voice exhibit emphasizes expression By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff Claire O’Leary emanates a warmth that’s immediately evident. But when she talks about being a 58-year-old woman coming to terms with her experiences as a five year old, her gaze goes adrift. It’s just for a moment; she immediately comes back to the present and her smile returns, but that dimmed light in her eyes briefly conveys her pain better than any words could. That said, she’s more eloquent than one who hasn’t experienced incest would expect when talking so openly about a topic often considered so taboo. It took her more than five decades and several career changes to be able to do so. “I was working at Aspen Valley Hospital, and I left my graphic design job … to start a reiki practice,” she recalled. But as anyone who’s started a business knows, self employment isn’t a linear trajectory to success. “A year later, things [were] still kind of wishy washy.” At that point, O’Leary decided to more actively market her services. “I joined a group of women who were taking a class, ‘Writing Your Story,’ for marketing,” she said. “So I write this story, and it’s feeling OK, and all the sudden, I get this flash of a little girl in front of my eyes.” Though the little girl was a stranger — O’Leary didn’t recognize her — it wasn’t the first time she’d made an appearance in O’Leary’s psyche. In fact, she said, she’d seen her several times, but the visions had stopped about a year before this particular incident. “I’d done enough work to know, ‘Alright, time to deal with this,’” O’Leary said. “So I went and grabbed my journal and got into a meditative state and asked the question: who is this little girl? I start writing, and the whole story of my incest at five years old starts being written down on paper. And for the first time in my life, I realize who it was that did this to me.” It’s not uncommon for incest survivors to block out their abuse. Anne Lauren didn’t come to terms with her own history until she was 24. There’s even a name for the phenomenon, she pointed out: Betrayal Trauma Theory, first introduced 25 years ago by Jennifer Freyd of the University of Oregon. “Basically, the idea is that

O'Leary was careful to protect the anonymity of participants when selecting a still from a video of one of Claire O'Leary's past workshops, which inspired incorporating movement intoSunday's performance Anne Lauren's collage work will be among the art exhibit aspect of EMPOWERed Voice. Courtesy photos children who are abused forget about their abuse because they need to bond with their caretakers,” Lauren said. And she definitely needed her abusers to survive, as she was a mere two years old when it started. “My abusers were my father; my grandfather; my uncle.” Once she was no longer dependent on their custody, though, things spiraled downward for Lauren. “I got really sick when I moved out of my house,” she said. “By the time I was 24, I could hardly function: just paralyzing depression. Fatigue … kind of ruled my life. I started going to therapy, and eventually the memories came back.”

Moving forward For O’Leary, the realization of the weight of that early abuse morphed into a full epiphany. “Before, I knew I’d been incested — it wasn’t something new — but it didn’t feel like that big of a deal,” she said. “I’d been incested by my father for two years as a teenager, so that was way more traumatic for me. When I got done writing this story, I’d allowed myself to feel every single thing … I totally had a complete visual for the first time in my life. And I realized, after that, that little five-year-old girl made a decision that in order to be loved, she had to be anything anybody wanted her to be. I totally became the yes girl.” The result, she continued, was that in addition to dealing with inappropriate encounters WITH men throughout her adult life, her business suffered.

“I’m unable to charge an appropriate amount of money for my services because I feel undeserving,” she recalled about her mentality at the time. It impacted her marriage, as well. “I couldn’t speak to my husband and ask for what I wanted. I didn’t even know what I wanted, was the truth. So once I realized this, I was totally able to say, ‘Oh my god. I don’t have to live from that anymore.’ It was a total eye opener for me.” Already a healer at heart, O’Leary didn’t plan to keep her newfound perspective to herself. She wanted to share that empowerment with others, even if it wasn’t immediately obvious to her that her audience would end up being fellow sexual abuse survivors. “I started working with this audience years ago without even realizing that’s what I was doing,” she laughed. At the time — about six years ago, she estimates — she was spending her time offering workshops for women. “I noticed, every time I was doing the workshops, a greater and greater number of sexual assault survivors were showin up in the workshops. So I was like, ‘OK, I guess this is who I’m talking to.’”

Now at 66, O’Leary finally feels like she’s found the right platform for her message: The EMPOWERed Voice, Traveling Exhibit. It’s debuting at the Third Street Center Sunday, April 7, with a preview and art exhibit on the preceding Friday and Saturday, respectively. The full exhibit will portray various survivors’ recovery through art, movement, music and verbal expression in the Round Room. She sought the help of Sacred Heart Healing Arts founder Shannon Jones to assist with the movement aspect, and artists from all over the country have contributed to helping O’Leary realize her vision. Lauren will have two pieces featured: a collage series and a video of herself reading an essay she wrote for Survivor Alliance. “It’s really fun how all of us survivors who have different projects end up connecting with each other,” Lauren said. “I wrote a column for ‘Ms. Magazine Blog,’ and she commented on it, so I … wrote her an email, and that’s how we connected. She asked… if I want to be involved, and I said, ‘Yippidy doo, da, yes I do.’”

Just as it took O’Leary a full eight years from the time she discovered the extent of her abuse to curate The EMPOWERed Voice, it wasn’t until the #MeToo movement for Lauren — now 32 — to feel like she had something to add to the conversation. “When #MeToo happened, I felt like I had so much to contribute. I felt like I had 10 years of experience to share, and my recovery in that moment just became so much bigger than me,” she said. “I started blogging, and through that process, came to find my voice. It’s a way that I compartmentalize my own healing process, because it is such a complex process.” She’s since expanded her blog to Blue&Lavender, “an all inclusive women’s collective focused on recovery for trauma survivors,” according to its website (blueandlav.com). Through Blue&Lavender, she’s able to host a Podcast and Facebook events, and of course other survivors can post their own experiences as well. “I don’t really understand my identity outside of rape, illness and recovery,” she offered. “So this next stage of my life is letting myself thrive and understanding what thriving means for me — trying to understand, then, if that’s not me, then who the hell am I?” O’Leary hopes that The EMPOWERed Voice will help survivors like Lauren answer that question, whether they participate in or simply attend the exhibit. She even launched an I Fund Women crowdfunding campaign to help pay for people across the country to attend future exhibits (tinyurl.com/funding-survivors). She already has another one slated for Paonia in September. “My message is that, to survivors, you can heal from this. And if you don’t deal with it, it will happen over and over again,” she said, citing her own experiences and those shared with her through previous workshops. “I have yet to work with a woman who has actually told somebody about this before I worked with them. It’s really way more common that we don’t share. That’s why I’m talking so much about EMPOWERed Voice. Silence is killing us.”

The EMPOWERed Voice, Traveling Exhibit TSC Round Room in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. Performance: noon Sunday, April 7 $20 at http://tinyurl. com/EMPOWEReVoiceEvent Preview exhibit 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6

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No experience is necessary — only curiosity — and all supplies will be provided. Registration is required, however, with a cap of eight participants. Visit www.sarahuhl.com/ workshops for full class descriptions, costs, and to sign up.

As has become our tradition, The Sun opted for an online April Fools edition rather than replace a whole week of real reporting. At least one reader appears to have bought the idea of a hostile takeover by our midvalley neighbor (soprissun.com/2019/04/01/ basalt-annexes-carbondale) and commenters found the idea of the town going dark plausible (soprissun.com/2019/04/01/trusteesaim-to-eliminate-energy). Best of all, though, we got some help from the locals for our parody of Marble (soprissun.com/2019/04/01/ invisible-but-not-indivisible).

Pretty pickle The Roaring Fork Pickleball Club put in a strong showing at a tournament in Buena Vista last week. Lorraine Elowe and David Briscoe took home gold for 3.5 mixed doubles, Lonnie Busby and David Briscoe came out on top in 3.5 men’s doubles and Gail Mathieson and Carla Malmquist won the 3.5 women’s dobules with Lorraine Elowe and Joni Busby in second place.

Over the hill Online registration has begun for Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days, which takes place this June 12 through 14 in Paonia and Hotchkiss. Nonprofit, government, business and community leaders from Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, and Pitkin Counties are all invited to attend. To see the complete schedule, register, review lodging options, fill out an application for a scholarship, and get updates, visit westernrpd.org.

Don’t panic A prescribed burn closed to the Lake Christine Fire scar caused some consternation over the weekend as folks spotted the smoke and flames from town. It won’t be the last, however, with burns slated for Cattle Creek, Grizzly Creek, French Creek, Cherry Creek, Braderich Creek, West Divide and Sheep Gulch. Land managers conduct prescribed fires to improve habitat for big game and other native wildlife, and reduce fuels to lesson potential growth and severity of future wildfires.

Every year, the ladies of the American Legion Post 100 Auxiliary bake and box cookies for the National Disable Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Photo by Will Grandbois advice on how to handle a short growing The shirt off your back season, take advantage of available sunlight The deadline to submit a design idea and water, and protect/preserve beneficial infor the 48th annual Mountain Fair is April sects while deterring common garden pests. 10. Just supply a rough sketch around the Then, at 6 p.m. April 16, learn about pollina“Rainbow Connection” theme along with tors, what they do for us, and what we can two work samples and your contact info do to encourage them and provide food and to Carbondale Arts. The chosen artist will habitat. Both classes are free and taught by receive $650 and five t-shirts. An unrelated Abi Saeed, the Agriculture/Horticulture & youth t-shirt design contest is also being held Natural Resources Extension Agent for the this year, with kids invited to submit up to Garfield County CSU Extension Office. three ideas to info@carbondalearts.com by Waterworks April 12. Sarah Uhl will be hosting a series of waGreen thumb tercolor workshops out of her art studio in The Carbondale Branch Library is host- the Historic Carbondale Jailhouse begining two-part series to help you get the most ning May 30 and concluding with a plein out of your garden. At 6 p.m. April 9, get art adventure to Thomas Lakes on June 22.

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Settle up Valley Settlement has added a new interface, content, information at valleysettlement.org. Perhaps the most exciting new feature is Roaring Fork Valley Job Board, where employers can post positions in English and in Spanish. There’s also a space for organizations to post flyers and information about upcoming events, also in English and Spanish.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another year of life this year include: Marilyn Murphy and Dan Hardin (April 4); Judy Schilling (April 5); Adam Rudd and Mark Wolfe (April 6); Paula “Sam” Hunter (April 7); Anais Tomezsko, Sonja Linman, Cassie Cerise, and Beth Simonetti (April 7); Cait Kennett and Trish Anderson (April 8); Steve Tullar (April 9) Marty Treadway and Herschel Ross (April 10).



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Upcoming events promote lifestyle spring cleaning By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff More than 40 Carbondale area businesses are participating in this year’s Spring Into Wellness, an event celebrating the town’s Health Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative starting at 5 p.m. on First Friday, April 5. “We’ve invited lots of businesses who are involved in health and well-being of our community to be involved,” Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing Director Rita Marsh said. Davi Nikent, alongside the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and the Town Recreation Department, is a signature sponsor of the event. In addition to booths and activities, Drs. Greg Feinsinger and Peter Goldstein will be speaking, she added. Local newspaper readers may recognize Feinsinger’s name from his regular column in the Post Independent. He’s been working to convert those columns into a book, “Enjoy Optimal Health: 98 Health Tips from a Family Doctor,” which he recently published. “After I retired four years ago, I wanted to keep my

hand in medicine, so I started doing free consultation one morning a week and I started writing a weekly column for the Post Independent,” Feinsinger said in a KDNK interview. “A lot of people read my columns, asked me why I didn’t write a book. I finally decided to do it six months ago, and there it is.” Over the course of his 42year career with Glenwood Medical Associates, Feinsigner’s perspective about medicine evolved. “We see people cradle to grave … and everybody in between,” he said of his role as a family physician. “I started thinking, ‘Gee, maybe we ought to be preventing some of these illnesses instead of just treating them after they occur.’ In about 2003, I found out that almost all heart attacks are preventable, but it doesn’t happen. I started a stroke and diabetes prevention center at Glenwood Medical.” Much of Feinsinger’s medical advice these days centers on making intelligent lifestyle changes, mostly around diet and exercise. That focus has earned him recognition from Hippocrates Docs, an online community of medical professionals offering nutrition-focused advice and resources for people wanting to make such a lifestyle change.


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Hippocrates Docs co-founder Peter Goldstein will focus his presentation on one such resource, his recently launched “Just 1 Thing 4 Health” online series. “We have decades of practicing the wrong eating habits, the wrong lifestyle, and we’ve actually been brainwashed to believe things that are scientifically proven to be untrue and harmful,” he said the same interview. Both Feinsinger and Goldstein share a skepticism of the role money and marketing plays in shaping societally held beliefs about health. “Follow the money,” Feinsinger said. Asked for a specific example, Goldstein didn’t hesitate. “The milk industry itself, for instance, they spend something like a quarter billion dollars a year telling us how important and healthful milk is, but in fact, the research is showing that because of the hormones and antibiotics that are fed to cows, that’s very damaging,” he said. “Girls are reaching puberty at a much younger age because of the milk. I was talking with one of our docs who’s a pediatrician, she’s telling me that we have 12-year-old girls now being diagnosed with breast cancer, and they’re linking it to the milk.” Of course, concierge medicine and lifestyle retreats have become their own form of big business, often commanding four-figure price tags — but thanks to healthminded events like Spring Into Wellness, audiences can access the experts for a fraction of the cost. “Advances in Nutritional Science to Live Healthfully Until 100,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center Saturday, April 6, featuring visiting nutritional specialist and six-time New York Times bestseller Dr. Joel Fuhrman. For the last three years, Fuhrman treked to Aspen for his now-signature Aspen Ski Getaway, as advertised on his website (drfuhrman.com). During that time, he’s presented at the Aspen Institute about his trademarked Nutritarian diet, which focuses on the highest available nutritional density per calorie consumed. Now in its

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Baseball boys clinch first win Lacrosse going strong, soccer finding footing Staff Report After a rough start to the season, the Roaring Fork Ram sluggers pulled ahead in the second inning against the Meeker Cowboys on April 2 (left, photo by Sue Rollyson) and managed to keep a narrow lead for the rest of the game. The 17-13 win is their first for the season, and brings them to 1-3 with no league matchups yet.

“We came up short the first three games where we felt we could have won most of them. This is that increase of confidence where they finally get the win,” Coach Marty Madsen said. "We got a lot of baseball left… we're right there in a good spot to really make this season interesting." The Trent Goscha Memorial Tournament was postponed due to weather and may not be rescheduled. Roaring Fork will host 3-1 Paonia in a non-conference game at 3 p.m. on April 9 before its first conference challenge against 8-2 Delta at 4 p.m. April 11. The lacrosse girls have a shorter season but armaking the most of it, with four winsunder their belt including

Montrose on April 1 (bottom, photo by Kara Williams)b and a bout against Steamboat in progress at press time. a The outcome of that game may affect Roaring Fork's second-place standing in a league that includes big schoolsj like Durango and Grand Junction as they prepare to hoste Battle Mountain at 11 a.m. on April 13. Then, they'llU host Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. on April 22 before endingS their regular season with a home game against currently top-ranked Aspen at 4 p.m. April 30. a Meanwhile, the soccer girls are gearing up for twos of their biggest rivalries of the year. They'll "travel" to Colorado Rocky Mountain School at 4 p.m. April 4, thenh host Basalt at 4 p.m. April 6. With a 1-2 record and noS league games played yet, there's still a lot up in the air —f read more about them in next week’s Sun. t The track team doesn’t host a home meet, but we’ll provide an update before the May 16 championships. p




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Carbondale kids carry on scholarship tradition By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff

The future is looking bright for Lux Andrade and Solana Teitler. Each has been awarded and accepted one of the top scholarships available to collegebound kids in Colorado. “It’s life-changing… I went from not knowing where I’m starting to being able to choose. Andrade said of the Daniels Fund, which offers a full ride anywhere in the country with even housing and transportation costs covered. While her parents didn’t go to college, her older brother, Lorenzo, is attending California Polytechnic State University on a Daniels. Teitler’s older sister, Tavia, was offered the Boettcher the same year, but turned down the in-state full-ride to attend Stanford. For the younger Teitler, however, it just made her choice easier: she’ll be enrolling in the honors program at the University of Colorado’s Engineering School. “It’s such a big relief. After all these applications, the decision is just made,” she said. Andrade, meanwhile, is waffling on her original plan to attend Colorado State University, with acceptance letters from several strong out-of-state-schools to consider. “I’m really tempted to go out and explore,” she said. Regardless, she plans to study social work. “I’ve been involved with mentoring and peer tutoring since middle school,” she explained. “I want to keep helping and nurturing people.” Andrade also plays soccer and basketball; participates in Precollegiate, Links Crew and the Buddy Program and still finds time to work at Stepping Stones and babysit. Teitler is a fellow soccer player, was the class president for Student Council for her first three years before becoming Head Girl and is Editor in Chief of the Rampage in addition to roles in Model UN, Energy Club, the Girls Summit as well YouthEntity’s Design Team and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico.

“I’m running from games to meetings to events, but I enjoy everything I’m doing so it’s not hard to motivate,” Teitler said. “Everyone has to offer something for the school to run, so you just have to throw yourself in and do what you can.” Both girls rejected the notion that you couldn’t get a quality education at a small public school. “Especially with CRMS in town, some people see Roaring Fork as the backup, but this is such a good school,” Teitler said. “Our teachers are so helpful and willing and really care.” Both girls would like to return to that kind of community. “I’d like to come back and use the things I’ve learned to support a place that has supported me,” Teitler said. “There are a lot of great opportunities in our back yard. I’m anything but a city girl, and a lot of engineering positions are in the city. I’ll cross that bridge eventually — maybe after designing it.” For Andrade, the prospect of a prestigious higher education isn’t antithetical to returning to Carbondale — it may be essential. “The price of housing to buy or rent here is very high, but I want to get a job that will let me come back,” she said. “It’s home.” The lack of debt will certainly help with that goal, and the process of filling out applications really underlined what that could have looked like. “It was super daunting and really high pressure,” Andrade said. Other challenges included driving to Denver in the peak of avalanche danger or waiting on family tax documents. Both girls credited the community at large, the school, and particularly Counselor Laura Karnes with making their success possible. “I feel like she moved oceans and was always there for me,” Andrade said. She also called out her brother, who convinced her to apply even though she didn’t think she would get it. That colored her message to others. “Everything’s possible,” she said. “Take the opportunity; it’s there.”

Roaring Fork High School seniors Lux Andrade (left) and Solana Teitler are incredibly relieved to have their college paid for, and despite all their hard work, they're directing all the credit elsewhere. Photo by Sue Rollyson

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This Land … is your land. Local among water appointments Colorado makes bid for U.S. Gail Schwartz of Basalt is among three new Space Command appointments to the Colorado Water Conservation Board announced by Governor Jared Polis, along with Jackie Brown of Oak Creek and Jessica Brody of Denver. Schwartz has spent over two decades serving Colorado in both appointed and elected office.

Garfield County assists sage-grouse decision The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released an approved record of decision (ROD) on amendments to its northwest Colorado greater sage-grouse resource management plan that reflect contributions from Garfield County. Specifically, staff has partnered with the BLM to develop rules and policies that are “fit-for-purpose” in the county’s highly unique and variable landscape, rather than adopt a “one-size-fits-all” regulatory approach.

Parks and Wildlife addresses Chronic Wasting Disease 26 states are now reporting deer, elk and moose infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, a prior issue that is always fatal. Although there has been no evidence that CWD has yet been transmitted to humans, the Center for Disease Control, along with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, recommend that hunters not eat the meat of a CWDinfected animal. Meanwhile, CPW is rolling out a plan to lower the disease’s prevalence hanging the buck-to-doe ratio, increasing harvest, and issuing more late-season tags, among other tactics. For more info, visit cpw. state.co.us/cwd.

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Gardner, Gillibrand introduce opioid legislation U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have announced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This limit would not apply to the treatment of chronic pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly two million Americans misusing prescription opioids, and each day, 41 people die from an overdose related to these prescription painkillers. This federal legislation is modeled after laws in several states.

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Bennet backs bill to end pot prohibition Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is cosponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Beyond removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances – making it legal at the federal level – the bill also would automatically expunge the convictions of those who have served federal time for marijuana use and possession offenses, and it would reinvest in low-income and minority communities through a community reinvestment fund. It was referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry in February.

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Carbondale crew joins CORE contingent in D.C. By Amy Hadden Marsh Sopris Sun Correspondent Legislative withdrawal of the Thompson Divide from future oil and natural gas leasing got its first congressional hearing in Washington, DC this week as part of an overall hearing on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE). And, Roaring Fork Valley residents were on-hand. Stacey Bernot, former Carbondale mayor, Bill Fales, owner of Cold Mountain Ranch, Mike Pritchard of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and the Thompson Divide Coalition, and current Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson attended Tuesday’s hearing. By the time they return to the Valley later this week, they will have talked to Congressman Joe Neguse, who introduced the CORE Act into the House, Congressman Scott Tipton of Colorado’s 3rd District, and Senator Cory Gardner’s staff. When asked if he thought protection for the Thompson Divide, 200,000 acres south of Carbondale, would ever get this far, Fales said, initially, the Thompson Divide Coalition was naive about what it would take to secure permanent protection. “It was going to take getting a bill, not only working through the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, but to get long-term protection to move through the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate to get a bill signed by the President of the United States, that was not what we were thinking about when we started.” At Tuesday’s hearing before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest,

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Community Calendar THU April 4

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SALSA BASICS • Learn some steps and variations with a bit of styling choreography for $25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at True Nature Healing Arts (100 N. Third St.).

FRI April 5

NATURAL ART • Carbondale Arts presents “National Parks Development” by artist Will Gurley, as well as “Settle Down In A Town Where Nothing Burns” by artist Robert Martin, at the Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.) with a 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception.

SPRING INTO WELLNESS • Practitioners and businesses that support health host open houses, offer springtime specials and share information from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carbondale Rec. Center (567 Colorado Ave.).

RETRO APRES SKI • Ross Montessori School reminds you there’s a lot more to skiing than snow with a $75 21+ benefit from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Aspen Glen Clubhouse (545 Bald Eagle Way).

TRAVELING EXHIBIT • Check out artwork from local and national survivors of sexual assault with a 5 p.m. sneak peek at the Rec. Center and performances at the Third Street Center over the weekend.

COMEDIAN • Ben Roy brings his passionate, ranting approach to The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits) at 8 p.m.; $27 in advance at tacaw.org or $32 at the door.

OPEN STUDIO • The Studio For Arts And Works (525 Buggy Circle) invites you to tour and meet the artists in residence from 5 to 7 p.m. in a free event with beer by donation. KIDS MOVIE • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program invites you to drop your kids off at KDNK (76 S. Second St.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a movie, popcorn, pizza and First Friday childcare. $20 for the first 6-to-12-year old and $5 per additional sibling.

FRI April 5 – THU April 11

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents “They Shall Not Grow Old” (R) at 5:30 p.m. April 5; Aspen Shortsfest at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. April 6-7; will be closed April 8-10 and returns with “Stan and Ollie” (PG) at 5:30 p.m. April 11.


SPELLEBRATION • Literacy Outreach brings its adult spelling bee and silent auction to La Quinta Inn & Suites (124 W. Sixth St., Glenwood) from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

SACRED SONGS • Beginning at 6 p.m., catch a Kirtan concert featuring heart-stirring devotional chants of India and the West coupled with yoga and “the world’s best chai” at True Nature Healing Arts (100 N Third St.). $10-$20 on a sliding, donationbased scale.

THE FIRM • The Carbondale Clay Center (135 Main St.) showcases recent works by Shane Christensen, Stephen Heywood, Michael Schmidt and Brian Jensen with a 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception.

ACOUSTIC TRIO • Birds of Play goes from playing tunes around the campfire to taking the stage at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.) for a 7 p.m. show followed by The Two Tracks at 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER • The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits) hosts a ‘70s themed disco party from 7 to 9 p.m. with music by Boogie Machine. Tickets are $28 at tacaw.org and benefit Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. CONTRA DANCE • No experience or partner is necessary to participate in a wide array of community dances taught by a caller with live music from the Wooden Nickel String Band from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Carbondale Community School (1505 Satank Rd.).

SUNDAY April 7

DOGS & DONUTS • Meet some adoptable pets with lowered fees and eat free doughnuts from 9 a.m. to noon at Sweet Coloradough (2430 S. Glen Ave., Glenwood Springs). EMPOWERED VOICE • The inaugural traveling exhibit brings art from survivors of sexual assault to the Third Street Center with free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the weekend and a $20 live performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. MYOFASCIAL RELEASE • A $45 class teaches techniques intended to assist with athletic recovery and healing from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at True Nature Healing Arts (100 N. Third St.).


BEER DINNER • The Riviera Supper Club (702 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs) hosts a 5:30 p.m. four-course dinner paired with New Belgium Brewing and live music. $99 with proceeds benefiting United Ways Battlement to the Bells’ VISTA project.

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MULTICULTURALISM IN SONG • Accompanied by her accordion, toy piano, and fiery band, Jessica Fichot draws from her French/Chinese/American heritage for a free 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. show at the Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.).


WILD HOPE • Wilderness Workshop hosts a film screening and discussion with Shelley Silber of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and Julie Wille of Women for Wild Lands at 6 p.m. at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) Free with beer and other beverages for purchase.


LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS • Lillian Groag’s comedy of two egotistical stage actresses vying furiously for top billing as they each star in Dumas’ classic play comes to Colorado Mountain College’s New Space Theatre (3000 CR 114) with 7 p.m. shows April 5, 6, 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. matinees April 7 and 14. TAI CHI • All levels are welcome to participate a gentle path to health and flexibility from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Third Street Center. $8/class with a discount for frequency. EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN • Catch the staff of The Sun and special guests on KDNK (88.1 FM) at 4 p.m. first and third Thursdays. OFFICE HOURS • Sun Editor Will Grandbois will be at The Sopris Sun Office (520 S. Third St., Room #32) at 8:30 a.m. every Monday taking tips, questions, comments and complaints.

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Community Calendar HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION • Free opportunities include: One-hour consultations Monday mornings by appointment (379-5718) about heart attack and other chronic illness prevention through plant-based whole foods lifestyle with retired family doctor Greg Feinsinger, MD. At 6 p.m. Tuesdays, a livestream of Just 1 Thing 4 Health’s interviews with featured doctors. At 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, a Powerpoint presentation about the science behind plant-based nutrition. Finally, at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month, participate in a plant-based potluck. All events take place at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) and are supported by Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing. LOVE ADDICTS • Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Holland Hills United Methodist Church (167 Holland Hills Rd., Basalt). MINDFULNESS IN RECOVERY • An inclusive, peer-led recovery support group open to anyone with a desire for recovery — independent of faith and regardless of race, gender or orientation — meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 36 of the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) MINDFULNESS • The Mindful Life Program in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) offers group sessions Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and registration is not necessary. Info: mindfullifeprogram.org and 970-633-0163. DHARMA • The Way of Compassion Dharma Center holds a Dharma talk and meditation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and a silent meditation and Buddha of Compassion practice at 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.).

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SANSKRIT MANTRA • Devika Gurung demonstrates how chant is about more than spirtuality, but also breath and rhythm at 4:30 p.m. Sundays at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). RF INSIGHT • Monday Night Meditation meets from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Roaring Fork Aikikai (2553 Dolores Way) and offers instruction in the Buddhist practice of Vipassana. RFI also offers secular mindfulness at the Carbondale Community School and is working with CMC to provide a class on “Zen and the Art of Dying” — more info at roaringforkinsight.org. MEDITATION • Free silent meditation sessions are held at the Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.) from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (info at 3061015). STORY ART • Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.), in partnership with the Aspen Art Museum, invites kids to learn about artists and create masterpieces of their own at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. YOUR STORY, YOUR LIFE • A free facilitated workshop for adults, writing your personal history, one story at a time. Facilitated by Shelly Merriam, historian/writer/ genealogist. First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, (815 Cooper Ave.). Info at 945-5958 or gcpld.org. WRITERS GROUP • Wordsmiths of all experience and abilities gather at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. STORYTIME • Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) hosts stories, songs and more for ages four and up at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and three and under at 10:30


a.m. Wednesdays. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

WALK WITH A DOC • Aspen Valley Hospital (401 Castle Creek Rd.) invites you to meet in the cafeteria at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month for a short discussion on a health-related topic, such as high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety, etc.

RUN AROUND • Independence Run & Hike hosts a run around town Saturdays at 8 a.m. Meet at the store 596 Highway 133 (in La Fontana Plaza) and run various distances, with different routes each week. Info: 704-0909.

LIFE DRAWING • Bring your own drawing or painting materials to the Launchpad from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April for a non-taught, 18+, $15 drop-in session with live models. Contact staci@carbondalearts.com for more info.

ROTARY • The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at the Carbondale Fire Station (300 Meadowood Dr.) at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at White House Pizza (801 Main Ct.) at noon every Thursday. YOGA • Get a donation-based introduction to Hatha Yoga from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). MAKERSPACE • Children and teens are invited to design, create, tinker, and play with art and technology to design and create with 3D Pens, make stop-motion animation films, engineer duct tape creations, build their own video games, and more from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.). LOSS SUPPORT • The Compassionate Friends of the Roaring Fork Valley, a group for parents, grandparents or siblings who have lost a child of any age, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at The Orchard (110 Snowmass Dr.).

BOOK CLUB • Join friends and fellow readers to discuss great books at Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month; call 963-2889 for this month’s selection. BLUEGRASS JAM • Bring the instrument of your choice or just your voice for a weekly jam session first and last Sundays at 6 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.) and all other Sundays at the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden (115 Sixth St.) OPEN MIC • Take the stage at Riverside Grill (181 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt) from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Food and drink specials. Free.

GRIEF AND LOSS • Pathfinders offers a grief and loss support group every other Monday at 6 p.m., and a caregiver support group every other Wednesday noon. An RSVP is required to Robyn Hubbard at 319-6854. Pathfinders offers support groups from Aspen to Rifle and is located in Carbondale at 1101 Village Rd. Info: pathfindersforcancer.org.

Save the Date THU April 25 - SUN April 28 5POINT • The flagship adventure fest returns with films, discussions and social events at the Carbondale Rec. Center and throughout the community. Tickets and passes are on sale now at 5pointfilm.org.


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The following items are drawn from Town Manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report to staff, trustees and others. WASTE HAULING new policy information is available in English and Spanish at carbondalegov.org. Those affected are encouraged to visit the link and begin thinking about which service level options they prefer, with sign-up in June. A NEW UTILITY FUND is being set up for the trash service, and Finance is also looking at moving to a new online, user friendly payment system in general.

NINJA WARRIORS ages 8-12 will take over the Rec. Center gym from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays in April. Don’t be alarmed. YOUTH SOFTBALL registration for ages 7-15 is due by April 5, with teams on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact wtempest@carbondaleco.net for more info. SENIOR TRIPS continue with an outing to the Museum of the West in Grand Junction on April 12 — register at least a week in advance.

MEADOWWOOD DRIVE reclamation bids will be presented to trustees on April 9. GRADING on White Hill Road, Blue Heron Lane and the boat ramp occupied the streets crew along with ditch cleaning.

WOMEN’S ADULT VOLLEYBALL for teams of four starts April 8 and runs 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays through May.

THE NEW TRAILS on Red Hill are open, and Singletrack Trails, Inc. is expected to construct a downhill bike trail soon. The Town would like to remind folks that if your tire or boot is leaving a print, the trail is too muddy to be using. Hike or ride when trails are still frozen or return when things are dry and you won’t damage the trail. THE PLANNING COMMISSION met again on March 28 to consider Unified Development Code amendments specific to Wireless Facilities, and will recommend approval at the April 9 public hearing. SOPRIS LODGE senior housing will have its Development Improvements Agreement recorded next week. With the building permit finalized, the project should begin moving forward. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES include group fitness and Silver Sneakers instructors (call 510-1280); recreation assistants (call 510-1279); climbing instructors, recreation program assistants and front desk staff (510-1214); seasonal parks maintenance (510-1327) and vegetation management (510-1331).

GOLDEN PADDLE PICKLEBALL wraps up from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7. Base Camp Cycling is also finishing its final week of stationary bike training. CIRCUITS & CONDITIONING is a new fitness class at 6 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with targeted resistance training and high intensity interval training. It’s included with a membership or daily drop-in. PICKLEBALL AND TENNIS courts are now open at North Face Park, although a high school team will be using them from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in April.

From March 22 through 28, Carbondale Police handled 216 calls for service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note: FRIDAY March 22 at 9:14 p.m. When police stopped a car off Highway 133, the driver got out and fled. The 23-year-old was later IDed and charged with obstructing government operations. SATURDAY March 23 at 11:03 p.m. Following a traffic stop for running a stop sign, police arrested a 35-yearold woman on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. SUNDAY March 24 at 1:22 a.m. A speeding stop led to the arrest of a 42-year-old woman on suspicion of DUI. MONDAY March 25 at 2:05 p.m. Police took a report of an accident involving a car and a kid in a motorized cart.

SOCCER FIELDS are slated to open this week, weather permitting. Soccer nets were also installed in North Face Park for early practice.

TUESDAY March 26 at 4 p.m. Someone called to complain that someone was driving on the track at the Middle School.

DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERT training over the next two weeks will make Officer Brandyn Rupp the town’s second staffer so certified, after Sgt. Robb Whindam.

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‘Despair and complacency are equally unwarranted’ Carbondale braces for turbulence with water management By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff Carbondale Town Trustee Heather Henry is remaining optimistic in the face of some pretty dire numbers from the Western Water Assessment (WWA). WWA, an applied research program through the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, compiled a report for the Town of Carbondale as part of its work addressing vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities in the face of climate variability. “It can be overwhelming; it can be shocking; it can be hard to think about,” she said in the April 2 public meeting about Carbondale’s drought planning and adaptation. “But I’m going to borrow a little phrase I heard recently from [Rocky Mountain Institute’s] Amory Lovins: Despair and complacency are equally unwarranted. As you listen to this presentation and listen to the action steps that came out of this workshop, kind of keep that in mind.” The 47-page report is available on the Town’s website, and WWA Research Integration Specialist Seth Aren presented its conclusions to about 30 people at the Third Street Center meeting. In the wake of last year’s drought — and the still-seared memory of the Lake Christine Fire — the Town was primarily concerned with water management, he said, so that was the area of focus of the endeavor. “I want to put drought in context,” he said, adding that definitions are important when discussing an issue as complex as climate change. “When we think about a water budget, that means the amount of water that comes into our system here in Carbondale and the amount that’s exported. A basic water budget is precipitation minus evapotranspiration, and you get runoff from that. By evapotranspiration, I mean evaporation from soils — sun

and temperatures evaporate water from soils — and then transpiration of water from plants. When you take that away from precipitation, you have your runoff.” During a normal year, he continued, the Roaring Fork River sees about 30 inches of annual precipitation. After evapotranspiration, that leaves about 12 inches for runoff. “You almost have a double whammy with drought. During severe drought, we may have 20 inches of precipitation,” he explained. “And instead of 60 percent lost to the atmosphere, we have 70 percent — so that leaves only six inches for runoff.” That “double whammy” is the result of below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures. “Since about 1990, there has been a really strong warming effect. Since 2000, temperatures are over 2 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average, and the last few years in particular have been the warmest years on record,” Aren said, adding that there has been a 13-percent reduction in the Roaring Fork River streamflow in the 21st century. The lowest-recorded streamflow occurred in 1977, but 2002, 2012, 2013 and 2018 comprise the next-lowest four years, creating more of a trend than an anomaly. “By having higher temperatures, there is an increase in evaporative demand,” he continued. “What that means is that the atmosphere is warmer and dryer, so the atmosphere is going to exert more pressure on drying water from soils or transpiring water from plants. So the hotter that atmosphere is, the less water is going to go to the landscape.” In response to that news, Town Manager Jay Harrington highlighted the need for Carbondalians to reconsider the future of public spaces’ aesthetics. “What do we want our town spaces to look like: do they all have to be green?” he posed. That’s just one broader question in a mosaic of monetary commitments that the Town has already made to increase its resilience to climate-induced changes regarding water management, ranging from $416,000 for a hydroelectric plant at Nettle Creek to $55,000 for storm water

Western Water Assessment's Seth Aren addressed a crowd of around 30 people about the Roaring Fork Valley's environmental status in the context of climate change and drought. Photo by Megan Tackett drainage improvements. And like Henry, Harrington, too, is optimistic. “We’re pretty fortunate: love or hate dams, but to have one upstream that can release down is pretty valuable for us long term. We’re looking at the Roaring Fork and saying, ‘that could be a very major water source,’” he said. It’s just the beginning of an ongoing conversation, Henry emphasized. Reduced snowpack and earlier peak river flow will result in a changing tourism industry, which will inevitably impact the local economy. Additionally, extreme weather incidents and longer wildfire seasons will put stress on existing infrastructure. “Our firefighters locally were helping to fight Lake Christine. We were left with a pretty skeleton crew here in Carbondale… we were very vulnerable,” she said. “When you tugged on one piece of it, it was amazing how many threads would get woven out of that.”

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Y2K and the stimulus package From the archives of The Valley Journal and Sopris Sun April 5, 1979 “Grandma Hughes” reflected on 60 years raising a family in the Valley. As a small girl in 1910, Martha Hulda Gross she had left her home in Germany and accompanied her brother and uncle on the Liner “President Grant” to Ellis Island, then train to Glenwood Springs. “Life was hard, but never starved,” she said. In other news… NICOR mining purchased percent interest in the Snowmass Coal Company Thompson Creek from Anschutz Coal.

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April 6, 1989 The Valley Journal celebrated its 15th anniversary with side-by-side comparisons of how some of their first subjects had changed. Jan LaMore and Rick Herrington had become parents while Jorie Devilbiss grew from a baby to a teen, Jean Holgate and John Fleet had

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left their positions with the town but their legacy remained strong, and Jim Darien had hardly changed at all. Of course, there was also a list of those who are gone altogether like Marian Jacobs and Joe Corthell. The cover sported a picture of H.P. Hansen reading the Roaring Fork Review with Laurie Loeb’s late monkey Monkiss. In other news… A group of local parents were planning to found the alternative elementary “Mountain Sage School.”

April 8, 1999 Lula Volckhausen responded to a reader’s letter encouraging folks to avoid purchasing hybrid seeds as the threat of Y2K loomed. “You’ll just get one crop and then die of hunger, because they don’t produce seeds,” it read. Volckhausen wasn’t sure the two issues were correlated, but was concerned about the fresh proliferation of genetically engineered crops — particularly the possibility of sterile crops crossbreeding with and outcompeting others (a somewhat ironic possibility). In other news… Maasai warrior John Nemarrau Ole Tome visited the Valley on a quest to raise money to build a school in his village.

to experience meals at Pyramid Bistro and Limelight Hotel and can attend a number of lectures. This year, instead of a culminating talk at the Aspen Institute, Fuhrman will address a Carbondale crowd. To make his Nutritarian philosophy readily accessible, he’s distilled it down to a simple formula: H = N/C, where H equals health, N equals nutrients and C equals calories. That is, health can be measured by the ratio of nutrition per calorie. “I’ve been doing this for almost 30 years now, and I think when I was writing the book ‘Eat to Live,’ you’re looking for ways to put in graphs and diagrams ... so you translate what you’re discussing.” The formula was a natural extension of that intention. Fuhrman contends that in addition to prevention, nutrition management can reverse chronic illness, and it’s a cornerstone of his message — but he also acknowledges that it’s not always an easy path. “We feel weak and fatigued and you can even get depression and anxiety just from trying to stop eating junk food,” he said. “I offer people a supportive system … I even have a retreat where people who are severely addicted people can stay there for two to three months. They need time to be away from their triggers to understand how they’re self sabotaging their life.”

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Carbondalians were considering how best to make use of the federal stimulus package intended to combat the great recession. The prime possibilities revolved around energy programs like using the gravity-fed Nettle Creek line for hydro-electric power (which is in now in the process of becoming a reality) and transportation improvements to highways and airports. Mayor Michael Hassig was hesitant to go too far out on a limb. “The debt is staggering and it represents a kind of intergenerational warfare,” he said.

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that OZ was this year’s theme I thought about how I t could make the flowers out of newspaper and create a whole line using different techniques. It was, after n all, The Sopris Sun’s 10th Birthday in February and I thought it would be a great project to celebrate their , milestone. e I am so thankful for all that helped fold, cut, shred, . weave, curl, sew and give suggestions for how to cren ate my line. A special thank you to Lee Beck and John Colson for their clothing donations; Nicolette TousI saint for her dressmaking skills; Carol Fabian for pae per curling; Barbara Dills for beautiful flowers; Jenny u Tempest, Linda Fleming and more who shared sugges- tions at just the right time to iron out a design problem. I especially want to thank my daughter Elizabeth - for her designs, beautiful flowers and lion’s tail and to a my husband Dave for putting up with a house full of s newspapers in various stages of development. It was a lot of work but seeing the whole show - come together March 14-16 was incredible. Cark bondale Arts put on an amazing extravaganza. They I pulled out all the stops. From the storytelling, cho- reography, projections, music selection, performers, y models and of course the incredible designs the audid ence was spellbound from start to finish. Thank you to my incredible models: Katy Parr (Dorothy), John Ackerman (Tin Man), Christine Helling (Scarecrow), Thomas Tomezsko (Lion) and especially Sun reporter Megan Tackett (Glinda) for bringing the magic. A special thank you to The Sopris Sun’s Editor Will Grandbois for his paper folding, moral support, inspiration for the lion and the thoughtful article in the March 7 issue. Will, along with The Sopris Sun staff and board put their brains, heart and courage into this hometown paper each week. There’s no place like home and I appreciate all you do for this community! Terri Ritchie

Legal Notices Unclassifieds PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for the purpose of considering a Minor Site Plan Review and a Conditional Use Permit in order to convert the basement of an existing single family residence into an Accessory Dwelling Unit. The property is located at 182 Sopris Avenue (aka Lot 1, Kiernan Subdivision Exemption). The owner is John S. Henderson. The applicant is Angela Henderson. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 7:00 p.m. on April 25, 2019. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application may also be reviewed on the Town’s website at www.carbondalegov.org Janet Buck Town Planner

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License to drive Dear Editor: As our state legislature heads toward the end of the 72nd Regular Session, I hope that they will prioritize expanding access to driver’s license access for undocumented Coloradans to improve the safety of all and boost our economy. While the state legislature passed legislation in 2013 to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, the legislation’s goal has not been fully realized due to a lack of proper funding. Originally, the legislation provided funding for six DMVs, but now only four DMVs throughout Colorado provide this service. Without a long-term fix, it could end up being just one. Thankfully, the Senate recently passed SB19-139, which would provide the much needed additional funding. In order to qualify for a driver’s license, applicants must provide proof of residency for the past two years or demonstrate that they have paid taxes and currently in Colorado. Additionally, some may not be aware, but the program is entirely cash-funded through the fees that applicants must pay for the licenses. When all drivers on Colorado roads are licensed and insured, it makes our roads safer. And without the ability to drive legally, undocumented Coloradans are limited in the size of their economic impact, particularly in rural areas where public transportation is scarce. Despite this hurdle to more gainful employment, Colorado state immigrant workers contribute over $140 million in state and local taxes and possess over $3.2 billion in spending power. With the bill’s passage, those numbers will go up even more. I look forward to the substantial economic benefits we will enjoy thanks to this bill and hope that the House of Representatives will follow the Senate’s example by sending the bill to Governor Polis’ desk. It’s time to make sure all Coloradans have access to driver’s licenses. Jon Fox-Rubin Carbondale

Reverend Shawna Foster is announcing her departure from the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists effective June 30. "My resignation is difficult because you all are wonderful, caring, and loving people who worked very hard to make this a generous ministry position," she wrote in a letter to members. "I have learned so much about what a healthy congregation and ministry looks like because of this community." Foster has been heavily involved outside of the congregation, offering immigration sanctuary at her parsonage, attending national rallies, and blessing bikes and animals. A letter from the TRUU Board explained that Foster was leaving to pursue a full-time position, while expressing hope that "we’ll soon be able to see this as an opportunity for our congregation to grow an even more vibrant community socially and spiritually, and enable us to pursue our greater purpose, which is to build community, find meaning and work for justice." File photo by Jane Bachrach

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