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Volume 10, Number 53 | February 7, 2019

Sopris Sun seeds

By Trina Ortega

Winter 2009 was probably the worst time to start a newspaper, much less take on the role of editor. Across the country, large daily newspapers like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Denver’s Rocky Mountain News were going out of business and Carbondale’s own Valley Journal suffered the same fate in December 2008. I was working as the Arts & Entertainment editor at the Journal but was let go right before Christmas. I had one son in grade school and another less than a year old. What was a low-paying journalist with no other skills set to do? Only a week or two passed before longtime Carbondale local and former Valley Journal Editor Becky Young got in touch with me to talk about the town’s state of affairs. She said she and some other residents were considering launching a newspaper to highlight all the good stuff

going in on the community they loved, but also to keep tabs on town council and planning and zoning. She asked if I could put together a list of the news stories that were left “hanging,” so to speak, as a result of The Valley Journal’s demise. I started making a list. From aspiring singersongwriters and local business owners to development projects and town budget concerns, there was so much worthwhile news to cover in Carbondale. The list grew. When I sat down with Becky and some of other community members who came together with the seed to start a newspaper, I think the list was at least two pages long. Some readers know the story of how The Sopris Sun was started; others may not, but it’s worth knowing about the grassroots effort that, to this day, is a stellar representation of the strength of the Carbondale community. SEEDS page 14

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Carbondale Commentary

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.

#TenYearTBT (Ps & Qs - February 2009) The latest trend on social media is to post a picture of your- a man who was obviously an integral part of the crazy-historyself from ten years ago next to a current picture, like a big- tapestry of this valley; as if crazy is contagious and everyone’s picture nod to #TBT (Throw Back Thursday.) Reprinted here, afraid to admit a connection. Fear’s a funny thing, (not funny for your enjoyment, Ps & Qs ten year #TBT- it’s true what they ha-ha but funny weird) like a virus you can catch just by being say, “the more things change, the more you want to move to in the same room as someone who’s already infected. Similar to the way you can’t help but read a Cedaredge.” trash mag lying on the table at your doctor’s ofWe’re an old cow town community, not a cute Cattle Creek theme park. fice. While seeing pictures of stars with their $500 pants down does makes me feel better, it also creeps Lately, whenever I run into someone who still me out. Why would we want to know more about has a job and they ask me what I’m doing these the lives of total strangers than we do about our days, I’m honest. I tell them that with the end of neighbors? Does it cure our boredom to read about the Valley Journal and the lack of cashier posistrangers’ misfortunes or does it actually add to the tions in the classifieds, not a helluva lot, actually. cold detachment of an overpopulated world? Either I did join Facebook recently, which takes up a lot of my time… I may have some extra time on my way, reading about famous people’s disappointingly-averagely-dramatic lives does not fill the gap of a hands, but hey, at least I’m not planting homelocal community rag. made bombs around town. And as much as we used to joke about the ValWhenever a member of our community dies, ley Journal and how it should’ve been called What we all feel pangs of loss, sadness, and remorse for what never was and now, what will never be… Your Kids Did This Week, it played an important unless of course, they commit suicide on New By Jeannie Perry part in gluing our town together; without local Year’s Eve in Aspen, then we try to sue their esnews it’s easy to lose sight of the locals. It takes a collective effort to run the village, and the whole tate?! The negativity surrounding Jim Blanning’s death scares me. It’s scary enough that he felt compelled to go village is responsible for the ups and the downs. Only when to such stunning lengths, but the way the town turned on one your community doesn’t band together in good times and bad, of their own is even scarier. With the exception of Johnny Boyd, will you find yourself in an empty town full of fancy dress shops. I haven’t read anything even remotely close to compassion for Most people can’t have everything they want, even in this PS & QS page 14

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Ps & Qs

Letters

The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 500 words via email at news@soprissun.com or 250 words via snail mail at P.O. Box 399, Carbondale CO 81623. Please include your name, town, and contact information. The deadline for submission is noon on Friday.

Reply to P&Z Storage article Dear Editor: Allow me to provide some clarity to the story in the Jan. 31 issue on the storage units and P&Z. First, it is important to note that the applicant did not appear before the town’s P&Z. The county planning commission distributes the applicant’s packet to all of the referral agencies prior to the public hearing held by the County Planning Commission. In the case of the application located at the Planted Earth site, the Town is a

referral agency thanks to an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the county and the Town. The application located at CR 100 and Highway 82 was referred to the Town as a simple courtesy. The 2001 IGA for Development between Garfield County and its municipalities establishes a protocol for referring applications for development in the county to nearby municipalities for review and comment. Carbondale supports this referral arrangement and the opportunity to comment meaningfully on land use changes near town. Accord-

Sarah Johnson joined fellow Carbondalians Mike, Tina, Henry and Emma Ogburn on their sailboat Amel last week in the Exumas. The Ogburns are out on a threeand-a-half month adventure in the Bahamas exploring remote beaches, snorkeling, doing “boat school” with the kids, completing a bit of work remotely, and living the sailboat cruiser life.

ing to the IGA, “major applications”, exceeding 50 residential lots or 20,000 sq. ft. of commercial floor area are referred to the two nearest municipalities, measured along the state highway/interstate. “Other developments” result in lower levels of development, but still represent fundamental changes or variation from the underlying zoning. The IGA specifies that “other developments” in the county are referred to municipalities within two miles of the proposed project. The purpose of the referral is to give the Town an opportunity to alert the county to concerns of the Town and highlight areas where the County’s code is more permissive than the Town’s. The County is not obliged to follow our recommendations; however they do generally take our recommendation seriously and give them weight in their deliberation. The article failed to capture the recommendations the commission offered to the County. In the case of GO Storage, at the Planted Earth, we made two recommendation: 1) Carbondale P&Z asked the County to make the applicant comply with the Town’s strict lighting ordinance, and 2) Carbondale P&Z asked for a line-of-sight study to be performed from several neighborhoods where the improvement would be visible from town (a line-of-sight study was completed for properties on the hill above the improvement but not from town). In the case of the application located at CR 100 and Highway 82, the Town has less influence, but Carbondale P&Z observed that the storage use may be inconsistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and we asked the County to reconcile the difference. In the end, the Board of County Commissioners will have the final say on both LETTERS page 15

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Secondhand stores share the love

By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff

When you walk into Ragged Mountain Sports, it’s easy to get drawn right into the racks of skis or casual wear featured in the center of the shop. That is, unless you’re a dog person. If that’s the case, you likely won’t make it past the couch on your right, where Shire is probably posted up for his shift. “Laziest employee we have,” co-owner Tyler Vaughan quipped about the mellow canine, who at the time was lounging in front of the counter. Vaughan, too, maintains a carefree quality — but that doesn’t mean he’s low energy. Quite the opposite, in fact. He speaks easily but quickly and is just as quick to laugh. It’s hard to be stressed when your livelihood is all about sharing what you love. And that’s exactly the mission behind Ragged Mountain Sports, and in more ways than one. As a consignment store for outdoor gear, the shop is able to create an economic opportunity that makes the mountains that much more accessible, Vaughan noted. “We’re taking stuff and we’re putting money back into people’s pockets,” he said. “One of the most rewarding aspects of the job is with kids stuff, because the kids grow out of it so fast that this has really turned into a recycler for families. They’ll sell their stuff, they’ll get money on their account, and then they can come it and buy skis that are 10 centimeters bigger. We can’t all afford to buy skis every time somebody grows a couple of inches.” Of course, reselling gently used clothes and gear also makes a positive environmental impact. Vaughan estimated that Ragged Mountain repurposes 50,000 items a year. “We kind of joke about what happened with all this stuff before Mountain Ragged existed,” he said. But the impact in the Valley is serious business. “It’s a ton of stuff that, instead of making it to the landfill, is making it to families. I think they say that a resold jacket adds a life of like three to five years to a piece of clothing.” However, Vaughan, Aisha Wienhold and Steve Denny (the husband-and-wife duo that make up the remaining ownership at Ragged Mountain) made an early pact regarding the kinds of brands they’ll accept. “We focus on not selling fast-fashion brands and selling high-quality brands,” Vaughan said. “Also the brands that are making an environmental statement, like Patagonia, Outdoor Research, North Face… all these companies are making a huge stand for the environment, and we’re just giving that extra life… I think in the beginning, we did get a little bit of flack about not taking certain brands, like Gap or Old Navy… but I think over the years, it has got less and less intense with people trying to drop stuff off that is outside our ballpark.” That doesn’t mean that if an aspiring consignor comes to Ragged Mountain with brands or items outside the store’s realm that there aren’t other options, he continued. “There’s also great consignment shops in the Valley as well that can take that kind of stuff, like Backdoor Consignment and Misers,” he said. “We just try to do

Ragged Mountain Sports features a welcoming cast of characters, from co-owner Tyler Vaughan to mascot Shire. LuLu’s Thrift Shoppe, also in the Sopris Shopping Center, is a charity-minded and often-overlooked stop for clothes and more. Photos by Laurel Smith our best job of educating everybody on what stuff we sell and why and make [that] statement and then also [inform] some people where they need to go just to keep stuff out of the landfill.” It’s a formula that’s clearly working. In September of 2017, Ragged Mountain Sports expanded, taking over the immediately adjacent space in the Sopris Shopping Center. “Right before the expansion, we were doing everything we’re doing in the back room over here, we were doing behind the desk. The walls were closing in a little bit, so the expansion allows us to have a room to check stuff in,” Vaughan said. “It also allowed us to have a kind of utility room, and it can become a sales room. It helps us shuffle the seasons from winter to summer and helped us get out of some storage units.” While Vaughan and the Ragged Mountain team are content in their newly renovated space for the foreseeable future, there is plenty of room for further growth in the store’s educational and donation programs. “One of our main goals is our educational courses, like skate-ski clinics,” he said. “We want to do uphill skinning clinics. Keeping our rentals going for the community, so we’re going to do nordic skiing and stand-up paddleboards in the summer.” And those programs don’t have to exist in a vacuum, Vaughan said. In fact, they’ve already partnered with the Bike Project to ensure Crystal River Elementary third graders all had bikes for the school’s big field trip, an overnight bike

trip to Rock Bottom Ranch. Aaron Taylor, Bike Project founder and Way of Compassion director, sees plenty of overlap in the entities’ missions. “There were many students who would not participate either because they may not have a bike or they don’t know how to ride a bike,” Taylor said. “We said, ‘We’re going to give you the bike for the field trip.’ Then over the trip, they found out they got to keep the bike. They’ve created a culture around giving and kindness,” he added about Ragged Mountain. CRES isn’t the only school to have benefitted from Ragged Mountain’s attention. “We just did a big climbing shoe donation for Basalt High School because they just got a new gym,” Vaughan said. “I just think that we rely so much on the community, and it truly takes a village to create a store like this. Without our few thousand consigners, we wouldn’t have the inventory to build the community around Ragged.”

A business of giving Deborah Herrell, owner of LuLu’s Thrift Shoppe, 570 Highway 133, maintains that generosity is a core value in the secondhand culture, and she, too, puts her money where her mouth is in that regard. “Not only does everything get reused, it’s a business of giving; that’s what it’s about,” she said. “Our mission statement

is that we assist others in moving from poverty to prosperity and from despair to dreams.” Sometimes, that means simply making someone’s day by providing a welcoming space with an interesting inventory. “I actually go across the state and pick up the majority of my donations. That’s why I have such unusual donations,” Herrell said. “I like to think of us as the happy store. Every single customer is greeted; we know half their names. Half of them come in and give us a hug. Everyone who works for me can say what our specials are in Spanish.” And, sometimes, lifting someone out of poverty is more even more personal, like when Herrell used a percentage of her store’s profits to help a local man whose daughter had undergone an expensive heart surgery. “They needed rent money, so I paid his rent,” she said. Currently, she’s focused on sending Kenyan girls to school. Herrell is no stranger to the Ragged Mountain crew. “When I first opened in Carbondale, I was in that plaza, then I moved down to where I am now.” Herrell often sends people with outdoor gear to her former neighbors, and they’ve donated to her shop as well. “People all over the valley that work in the business, it’s a small culture, so we all kind of know each other.”

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Roaring Fork Restaurant week continues through Feb. 10 with deals at restaurants up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. In Carbondale, $20.19 will get you elderflower gin martinis for two at Allegria; beer, salad and a burger at Beer Works; a cocktail and charcuterie at Marble Distilling; a margarita, soup, grilled chicken and a churro at Mi Casita; spring rolls, curry and rice at Phat Thai; an appetizer, entreé and glass of wine at Roosters; burgers for two at SILo or a set of salads at the Smithy — among other options. The Way Home opted for the second-tier of $40.38 for a three-course prix fix, while Allegria offers a family style dinner for three at the same price point. More info at putaforkinit.swiftdmp.com/#go-carbondale.

At its Jan. 30 meeting in Glenwood Springs, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees unanimously voted for a 0 percent increase in tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Contributing to the decision was news that the college should receive an additional $1 million in state funding, as was support of taxpayers through ballot measure 7D also gave them the confidence to hold tuition flat in the upcoming year. Trustees also unanimously approved an increase of 3.5 percent in board and 5 percent in room fees for 2019-20 and a $28/credit hour Learning Materials Program fee as well as resolutions honoring philanthropist Jim Calaway and longtime adjunct faculty Mike Wadyko.

Don’t get rad The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now offering a Low-Income Assistance for Radon Mitigation program for homeowners around the state. Homes that test higher than the EPA’s action limit of four picoCuries per liter of air, and qualify as a low-income household, may be eligible for a free radon mitigation system. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that is present in high levels in nearly half of the homes in Garfield County. Kits are available to everyone free of charge at the CLEER office at the Third Street Center. More info at colorado.gov.

American classic The Aspen Music Festival and School has announced its 70th anniversary season, which runs June 27 through Aug. 18 with more than 400 events. Under Music Director Robert Spano and a theme of “Being American” it includes works by Gershwin, Ives, Barber, Bernstein, and Copland, including Appalachian Spring as well as contemporary American and immigrant composers and settings of the poetry of Whitman, Melville, Dickinson and Poe. For tickets and more information, visit aspenmusicfestival.com.

Feel the love Drop into the Carbondale Branch Library anytime during business hours from Feb. 12 through 14 to make your your

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own handmade valentines. All craft supplies will be provided free and open to all. For more information call 963-2889.

The lion’s share The McBride Africa Internship returns to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya this summer for its seventh year in a row with eight students from the Roaring Fork Valley. The internship is the brainchild of John and Laurie McBride and it represents their deep commitment to Valley youth as well as to this archetypal yet vanishing world in Africa. This year’s students include James Blazier, Miles Elliot and Daniel Sherry of Basalt High School; Eryn Brettmann, Kendall Clark and Eva McDonough of Aspen High School. Cassidy Meyer of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Elan Bouchet of Bridges High School. The group will leave on July 14.

Money matters Alpine Bank Wealth Management Officer Melissa M. Knutsonhas just received her prestigious Certified Financial Planner certification. On average, it takes 1,000 hours of study to complete the coursework and then pass the seven-hour exam. CFP professionals also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold the CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards. Knutsonhas, who joined Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs in 2016, actively serves Wealth Management clients from Aspen to Battlement Mesa.

Gracie Palomin and Hayden Nicamen were crowned Winter Homecoming Queen and King last weekend as the Rams took on Basalt, with the boys coming out ahead 64-40 while the girls lost 57-49. They’ll host Cedaredge at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Photo by Sue Rollyson

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another year of life this week include: Kaylee Dunham and Kelly Rinick (Feb. 7); Michael Kinsley (Feb. 8); Sara McAllister (Feb. 10); Sydney Courier McBrayer, Linda Criswell, Georgia Chamberlain, and Anne Goldberg (Feb. 11); Sam. Hayes, Gene Schilling, Raleigh Burleigh, Faith Magill and The Sopris Sun (Feb. 12).


Our Town

Our Town: John Ackerman By John Colson Sopris Sun Corespondent I had to go back to school, and I found Lotus Education Institute in Glenwood Springs. It explained that it took six months, 500 hours of class work and other tasks, including putting together a “vision board” mapping out goals. For instance, my vision board had pictures of the Carbondale Acupuncture Center.

The Sopris Sun is conducting a series of interviews with folks you may not have seen in the paper before – a sort of introduction to your neighbors. This week, we caught up with John Ackerman, who recently became a massage therapist after more than 30 years working for Ackerman Log and Timber first under his brother Skip, and later as the head honcho. His wife, Marianne, has been featured in Our Town in the past, and the couple have three kids in their 20s.

SS: And the Acupuncture Center has worked out well for you? JA: There are three [massage therapists: Sandy, who works downstairs, Pixie Byrne, one of my mentors, and me. I’m newly minted. There’s a certain kind of collaboration that goes on here … we all work well together, and we get along together; we respect each others’ business, and there’s occasionally a referral from the others in the building [including acupuncturist Dave Teitler, who founded the Center, and another acupuncturist].

The Sopris Sun: How long have you been in the valley, and how did you come to move here? John Ackerman: Essentially, I followed in the footsteps of my brothers and sisters, who came out here in the early ‘70s. I grew up in Michigan, and I started coming out here to visit and work in the summers, and at one point I decided Carbondale was my home. In 1985, I moved here permanently and worked with Skip at Ackerman Handcrafted Log Homes. I’ve lived in Carbondale the whole time, even when I was living 27 miles up the Fryingpan River, at Skip’s property next to DeHaven Ranch Carbondale was always The Town, was always home.

SS: Are most of your clients also your friends?

SS: What was logging like? JA: The Forest Service had a rule: they wanted only ‘rustic logging’ there. We used no machinery whatsoever, other than chainsaws and hand tools. We had a bay horse to skip the logs out to the logging road, and Skip had a truck to take them from there. It felt good, plenty of fresh air, exercise, youth, all those things made it an exceptional experience.” SS: At some point you took over the business, correct? JA: In 2005 or 2006, Skip decided he was moving on, so I took the opportunity to buy the tools and the business [Skip and Susan Ackerman have been living primarily in Mexico]. SS: And a couple of years ago, things changed? JA: The business was doing well, but I

knew I was getting older, and it’s a smallniche company. And in a small-niche company you’re not just an owner sitting behind a desk, you’re a working owner, out there every day with your crew, making sure everything is done well. As I got closer to 60, my body was telling me, we should be done with picking up the heavy end of a log. SS: Your decision was not driven by accidents? JA: I had had some close calls with chainsaws, but nothing bad, and we had a really good safety record.

chugging right along; he’s ambulating, he has his mental capacity. So I know I have that genetic piece for longevity, and I knew I needed to make a change, move into a field, a whole new career, that allowed avenues for learning, for educating myself. SS: And you already had been looking at massage therapy. JA: I saw a lot of massage therapists as a logger, and I realized that I really appreciated the positive, honest approach that the practitioners showed. And I thought, maybe I could learn some things, process this, and be one of these people.

SS: What else? JA: A couple of things. For one, I have a 93-year-old dad, Art Ackerman and he’s

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JA: Some, but I’ve learned you need to move outside your friendship circles, which is a great thing, because you meet more people, and you get to work on different bodies. Everybody is different, every massage is different. I’m continuing to learn, to educate myself. I’m building a business, so I’m looking for ways to market myself — ads in The Sopris Sun business directory, and I’ve just put together a basic website [www.carbondalemassage. com] SS: And you are happy with the change in your life? JA: I really like it. I’m kind of tethered here. Spiritually, I’m anchored here. I can go to other locations, but that cord always snaps me right back. And in Carbondale, we have a real visible, vibrant community of body workers and healers, so there’s an attraction in that respect.

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A different kind of sporting

While The Super Bowl was the most watched competition over the weekend, there were plenty of local opportunities for folks to show their mettle. After more than a year of lessons, the Roaring Fork Fencers Club is now offering open bouting at 5:30 p.m. on select Mondays — Feb. 25 being the next — at Carbondale Branch Library — more info at RoaringForkFC.com (photos by Laurel Smith).

Also, on Feb. 2, the area’s annual Iron Fly competition took place at The Tipsy Trout. Competitors were provided with secret and “funky” materials that must be used in each fly (photos by Jennifer Johnson). Meanwhile, participants at this year’s Ski for Sisu were subjected to soaking rain and gale-force winds as board members “circled the wagons” to keep base camp intact — a perfect display of the event’s spirit (photo by John Armstrong)

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Talking with your kids about sexual abuse

Perpetrators of child sexual abuse are often related to the victim By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent “That could never happen to my kids,” is precisely the attitude that makes children more vulnerable to sexual abuse, according to Meghan Hurley, the Mental Health Coordinator of River Bridge, a regional child advocacy center located in Glenwood Springs. As Hurley told about 50 parents at a presentation at the Waldorf School last month, sexual abuse is very prevalent and happens to kids of all backgrounds — including the children of very competent and conscientious parents. According to Hurley, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by the time they’re 18. “We can’t prevent child sexual abuse any more than we can prevent car accidents,” Hurley said. She aims to convince parents that it could happen to their own child, and therefore they need to have ongoing conversations with their kids that give them the tools to identify inappropriate interactions and to feel comfortable telling their parents if they experience any such interactions. Through her two-hour presentation, “Ten Tips Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse,” Hurley provides parents with effective language and strategies for having those conversations. She has developed two versions of the presentation—the one she presented last month, focused on how to talk with young children, and one focused on how to talk with your teen children about consenting sexual relationships.

The tactics of offenders Hurley began her presentation explaining that parents often talk to their children about “stranger danger.” They may warn their children, “Never get into the car of a stranger.” However, she noted, less than 10 percent of child sexual abuse victims are abused by a stranger. While we need to teach our children to beware of strangers, Hurley explained, parents need to know that child sexual abuse is typically committed by someone the family knows and trusts — such as family members, friends, or caretakers – and happens within the home of the

Child victims often simply hope the abuse will stop. And when it doesn’t, they think their parents will be mad at them for not telling them earlier. victim or perpetrator. Offenders don’t want to scare their victims, they want to befriend them. Most perpetrators want frequent access to their victims, so they will purposely develop trusting relationships with the families. Once they have a trusting relationship, the child will be less likely to identify any part of their interactions as inappropriate and less likely to tell their parents about something that doesn’t feel right. Also, parents will be less likely to believe their child. Perpetrators typically “groom” a child first. They often identify something a child desires or needs — such as more attention —and make it a point to fill that need. They may use games to desensitize the child to the abuse, talk with the child about keeping that part of their relationship a secret, or manipulate the child into thinking that telling

their parents would upset them.

Talking with our kids Many parents don’t talk to their children about sexual abuse because they believe their children are too young to begin talking about sex. “But this conversation doesn’t have to do with sex,” Hurley said, “it has to do with abuse. And abuse does not need to go into kids’ minds as what sex is.” Parents need to teach their children the real names of their private parts, Hurley told the parents, and explain that it’s not OK for anyone else to touch their private parts, talk about private parts, show them their private parts, or show them pictures of private parts. And if anyone does “break these rules,” we want them to tell us about it.

One thing that keeps kids from talking to parents about sexual abuse is a sense of shame. If kids have no words to talk about something that they’re experiencing, they’re more likely to think that it’s something they shouldn’t talk about with their parents. Parents also need to stress the message, “If anyone ever does this, I want you to tell me about it,” rather than, “Never let anyone touch you there.” Victims often panic when it happens. They may feel like their legs have “turned to jello” and they freeze in fear. Children then may feel like they’ve let their parents down by “letting it happen.” “Grown women are often unable to say, ‘No! Stop. Don’t touch me there,’” Hurley said, “so how can we expect young children to do so?” Child victims often simply hope the abuse will stop. And when it doesn’t, they think their parents will be mad at them for not telling them earlier. Parents need to find opportunities to have recurring conversations with their kids about some key messages, including: “You are the boss of your own body” and “Secrets are unsafe.” These don’t have to be heavy conversations, Hurley explained. You can play tickling games with your child until they ask you to stop, then say, “Okay, I’ll stop now, because you’re the boss of your own body.” We can honor a child’s request not to sit on Santa’s lap because “you’re the boss of your own body.” The impact that sexual abuse has on a child, according to Hurley, has much more to do with the how the child and adults respond to the situation than the extent of the abuse itself. As a licensed social worker who has worked with child sexual abuse survivors for the past 15 years, she shared stories about children’s ability to “bounce back” from traumatic experiences. When a child tells their parent about the abuse, and when the parent praises the child for coming forward with the information, reports it to the police, and reaches out to a place like River Bridge that provides services for children who have been sexually abused, children can be incredibly resilient.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s current five-year Big Game Season structure expires at the end of 2019 and the agency is now gathering input to develop the succeeding fiveyear plan. Once approved in July of 2019, the new season structure will go into effect from 2020 through 2024. To provide the public with an opportunity to participate, CPW is hosting a meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Feb. 8, at the Carbondale Town Hall (511 Colorado Ave.). “We’ve already seen quite a bit of participation at these meetings throughout the region,” said District Wildlife Manager John Groves of Carbondale. “This is your opportunity to let us know about your preferences for dates seasons begin and end, the number of seasons for each species, season overlaps and breaks between seasons.” To see the current Big Game Season Structure, visit the CPW website.

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county’s ongoing investment in local infrastructure, communications towers at Sunlight and Lookout mountains are being replaced. A wireless broadband improvement project is aimed at improving service for residents in rural areas of Garfield County who have little to no access to broadband. At the Garfield County Landfill, a relocation of the scale house, increased septage capacity, and a wastewater treatment facility feasibility study are on track for 2019.

Sylvan Lake State Park updates management plan After a two-year process, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Sylvan Lake State Park is in the final stages of updating its management plan and is asking the public for input. When approved, the 10-year plan will provide direction on resource protection, visitor use and future management activities at the popular park, located 10 miles south of the Town of Eagle. CPW has initiated a 30-day public comment period via an online form. In addition to the new management plan, Sylvan Lake’s dam has undergone major reconstruction, limiting access since early 2018. For more information about Sylvan Lake State Park, visit cpw.state.co.us.

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State Dems push popular vote bill through committee Democrats on the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted to advance Senator Mike Foote’s (D-Boulder) SB19042, which would enroll Colorado in the National Popular Vote Compact, awarding Colorado’s electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the majority of the national popular vote, as opposed to who wins the majority of the vote in Colorado. Bob Hardaway, Law Professor at Denver University, argued that the electoral college system “gives large and small states disadvantages and advantages equally in lieu of an untested, unknown, previously rejected idea.” The final vote was along party lines to allow the legislation to move forward.

Gardner endorses Trump Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a Republican senator who vocally opposed Trump in 2016, told Independent Journal Review on Jan. 30 that he’s endorsing the president because it’s the “right thing to do for Colorado.” Colorado Democratic Party Spokesman David Pourshoushtari was quick to respond: “After our country just went through the Trump Shutdown, which caused 15,000 Colorado workers to have to go without pay for three weeks, Cory Gardner really thinks endorsing Donald Trump is the ‘right thing to do for Colorado’? Given that Cory Gardner has a 90 percent voting record with Donald Trump, it isn’t surprising, but it also shows just how out of step he is with Colorado.”

By Niki Turner Rio Blanco Herald Times It took two rounds of voting to name a successor to the District 57 house seat vacated by Representative Bob Rankin. Perry Will, Area Wildlife Manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Glenwood Springs, secured the majority vote during the House District 57 Republican vacancy committee meeting on Feb. 5 in Meeker. In the first round, Will and Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District Zachary Parsons each received three votes, with former Rio Blanco County Commissioner Shawn Bolton and Colorado Board of Education Third Congressional District member Joyce Rankin each receiving zero votes. In the second round, Will received four, Parsons two, and zero again for Bolton and Rankin. The vacancy committee was made up of six Republicans from the three-county district, including Vice-Chairman T. Wright Dickerson, Garfield County Republican Chair Carrie Couey, Secretary David Smith, Moffat County Republican Chair Corrie Ponikvar, Chair Phil Vaughan and Rio Blanco County Republican Chair Logan Hill. Each nominee spoke for eight minutes, then responded to a round of questions from the committee members for 12 minutes, followed by a two minute wrapup before the vote. By a card draw, Will was the first to speak, describing “a little over 40 years in state service” as a game warden, 13 of those as supervisor in Glenwood. “I have common sense in spades,” he said, describing his familiarity with water rights, oil and gas, agriculture, federal land management, access to public lands, advocacy for sportsmen and landowners and more.

Rankin, seeking to fill the seat her husband has held since 2012, highlighted some of the programs she has developed during her four years as his legislative aide, and spoke about her involvement with campaigns in Garfield County. “I know the job better than anyone else,” Rankin said. “The person who wins must begin their winning campaign tomorrow for the 2020 election. I know the capitol and I know this district.” Parsons, the youngest of the nominees, told the committee he believes it’s “time to pass the torch” to the next generation, something he says the Democrats have already done “in terms of the number of

“It will be like drinking from a fire hose, but I’ve done that before.” young people serving in the legislature.” “Millennials will be between 25 and 40 in 2020. If we don’t stand up as the GOP and show them what the future needs to look like, the socialists and the Democrats will.” Bolton, who said he made up his mind early Tuesday to pursue the nomination, shared some of his experiences and accomplishments as a two-term county commissioner and his accomplishments on a national level through the National Association of Counties. “I’ve built a lot of relationships at th

capitol. To say it’s a mess over there is an understatement. Even if it’s a good bill, if it’s brought by a Republican it’s going to get killed on a party line.” Committee members asked questions of each nominee about “new monstrosity legislation introduced by the Democrats,” the potential for wolf reintroduction, the governor’s proposal to move to renewable energy by 2040, the current proposal to move Colorado to a popular vote in national elections, what committee assignments they would like to receive and how they plan to campaign to hold the house seat for the Republicans in the 2020 election. Will said he would consider the water rights easements bill a top priority. Regarding wolves he stated, “The lion population is robust; the bear population is robust. We don’t need another predator. There’s not room in Colorado any more, even if you did like wolves, there’s not enough room for them. It wouldn’t be fair to them.” Asked about protecting the energy industry and “reining in” the governor’s thoughts about green energy, he said, “We can do energy development and still maintain our wildlife resource and all of that. Obviously I’d be an advocate for that if it’s done in a proper manner, and I think it has been.” Heading into a legislature that’s already in been in session for more than a month, Will acknowledged he faces a steep learning curve. “It will be like drinking from a fire hose, but I’ve done that before.” He believes he’ll be able to gain support from Democrats and Independent voters on issues, and to secure the seat in the 2020 election, and is willing to “work across the aisle” to protect the interests of rural Colorado.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Feb. 7

COMEDY CONTEST • Local comics compete for a chance to perform during the Aspen Laugh Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Silver City Aspen (410 S. Galena St.).

FRIDAY Feb. 8

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents, A Star Is Born (R) at 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sun, Feb 8-10 and Wed & Thur Feb 13 & 14, The Favourite (R) 7:30 p.m. Fri Feb 8, 5:00 p.m., this show is captioned, Green Book (PG-13) 4:45 p.m., The Mule (R) 5 p.m. Sun Feb 10. Closed Mon & Tue, Feb 11-12. BIKE TO WORK • Don’t let the winter weather stop you — stop by the Carbondale Park and Ride on your two-wheeled commute from 7 to 9 a.m. for fat bike demos and bacon. SMOOTH TUNES • Marble Distilling hosts Feeding Giants from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. PARTIAL REVIVAL • TIERRO with Bridget Law — a founding member of Elephant Revival — plays at 8 p.m. at The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits). $15 in advance at tacaw.org or $20 at the door.

SATURDAY Feb. 9

SKI SPREE • Sample morsels from top area restaurants for just $10, then get dazzled by a fire and ice show with a full day of festivities at Sunlight Mountain Resort (10901 CR 117). SAFETY SEMINAR • Carbondale Fire (301 Meadowwood Dr.) partners with a high school senior for a public meeting with information to keep the community safe from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

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HONOR JAZZ • Enjoy live music from over 80 top student musicians and vocalists from schools all across the Western Slope from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School (2270 Highway 133). LIP SYNC • Up to 20 individuals, teams or businesses battle it out from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Batch (358 Main St.) in Carbondale Arts’ inaugural event — sign up at amy@carbondalearts.com. BLUES • George Kilby Jr and the Phil Wiggins Trio take the stage at 8 p.m. at The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits). $17 in advance at tacaw.org or $22 at the door.

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BIRTHDAY BRUNCH • The Sopris Sun celebrates a decade of independent newspapering with a sold-out brunch at A Way Home (689 Main St.). CLASSIC JAZZ • Josefina Méndez and friends take the stage at 4 p.m. at The Temporary. $15 in advance at tacaw.org or $20 at the door. VEDANTA DOCUMENTARY • Learn about the life of Swami Chinmayananda from 2 to 7 p.m. at True Nature (100 N. Third St.).

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ART DEMO • Marilyn Hendricks presents walks each participant through making a pair of earrings as part of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s free demo series at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1630 Grand Ave., Glenwood).

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screens “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” — the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis — at 5 p.m. NATURALIST NIGHTS • Nature Conservancy Colorado River Program Agricultural Coordinator Aaron Derwingson discusses securing water for people and nature at 6 p.m. the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) and the next day at Hallam Lake in Aspen.

Further Out THURSDAY Feb. 14

ANTI-VALENTINES • Check out Chad Steig’s art, enjoy a house-made hearty ramen bowl from Carousel 42 and don’t worry about whether or not you have a sweetie from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Batch (358 Main St.). Reserve your spot for $25 at 510-5934.

FRIDAY Feb. 15

YOUTH POETRY SLAM • A two-week Poets-in-the-schools course culminates with a spoken-word showdown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.).

Ongoing CERAMICS • The Carbondale Clay Center (135 Main St.) presents “You’re Still One of Ours” — featuring works from Colorado State University graduates. HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION • Free opportunities include: One-hour consultations Monday mornings by appointment (379-5718) about heart at-

tack 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. 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. 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. THOMPSON TOURS • Check out the Historic Thompson House Museum (located at the end of Lewies Lane and complete with its original contents) from 2 to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday. Free and arranged by the Carbondale Historical Society (carbondalehistory.org). CALENDAR continued on page 11


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OFFICE HOURS • Sun Editor Will Grandbois will be at Blue Spruce Coffee in the Third Street Center at 8 a.m. every Monday taking tips, questions, comments and complaints, and will be available in the office around the corner thereafter. EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN • Staff and sources talk about this week’s paper and more at 4 p.m. Thursdays on KDNK (88.1 FM). VALLEY VISUAL ART SHOW • Check out a wide array of 2D and 3D art from 50 local artists in an unjuried display of the area’s full range of talent at the Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). WINTER ART • The Ann Korologos Gallery (211 Midland Ave., Basalt) continues its “Seasons of the West” series with a group exhibition of the moods of snow as captured by Peter Campbell, Ewoud de Groot, Michael Fain, Simon Winegar, Dan Young and others. IMPRESSIONS IN INK • The printmakers of Carbondale’s Creative District show their work at the CMC ArtShare Gallery (815 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs). 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 Fri-

days, 10 a.m. to noon at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, (815 Cooper Ave.). Info at 945-5958 or gcpld.org. LIFE DRAWING • Drop in for figure drawing with Staci Dickerson at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Helios Center (601 Sopris Ave.). LOSS SUPPORT • The Compassionate Friends of the Roaring Fork Valley, a group for parents, grandparents of 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.). 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. 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. 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. KARAOKE • The Black Nugget (403 Main St.) and Sandman bring you over 30,000 songs to choose from and a quality sound system to release your inner rockstar at 9 pm. every Thursday. WORLD DANCE • Learn rhythms from various countries and cultures for $12 per class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Carbondale Community School (1505 Satank Rd.). LET’S JUST DANCE • Feel great, have fun and dance Tuesdays at The Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). Catch a free lesson at 7 p.m., then from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. it’s open dancing with twostep, swing, waltz, line dance, salsa and more. No partner or experience necessary. $8/person; $14/couple. Questions? Call 970-366-6463 or email billypat4@ gmail.com.

YAPPY HOUR • Colorado Animal Rescue’s Yappy Hour at the Marble Bar (150 Main St.) takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and meet a C.A.R.E. dog, with $1 from every drink donated to C.A.R.E. Bring your own dog along as well. COMMUNITY MEAL • Faith Lutheran Church (1340 Highway 133), in collaboration with Carbondale Homeless Assistance, hosts a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. Info: 510-5046 or faithcarbondale.com. 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. DRUM & DANCE • Learn some African rhythms in a six-week series open to all ages and levels. Drumming from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.; dance from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays — $150 for everything or $15 drop-in per subject per day.

BACHATA • Learn a Latin dance with Erik and Claudia Peña presenting weekly classes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). $10 drop-in fee; info at 9638425.

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.

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).

YOGA • Get a donation-based introduction to Hatha Yoga Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.).

Pork Butchery Demonstration Tuesday, February 12 | 6PM - 7:30PM $40 members \ $50 non-members Are you curious about where different cuts of pork come from? Join ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch to explore pork production from start to finish. We will butcher a side of a heritage breed pig into primal cuts, as well as more familiar cuts you might see at the butcher shop or farmers’ market. The evening will include a discussion of pork husbandry, butchery best practices, and cooking ideas. Participants will have the optionto purchase a variety of pork cuts including bacon, chops, tenderloin, sausages, shoulder roasts, and more. Beer and wine included and provided during demonstration.

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Town Report The following items are drawn from Town Manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report to staff, trustees and others. NORTH FACE PARK master planning continues with an open house presentation of preferred designs at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 during the regular Parks and Rec. meeting at Town Hall. RED HILL TRAILS have new signage at intersections and the trailhead, encouraging the public to use the new trails and become familiar with the designations. The downhill only bike trail is still under construction and Single Track Trails will mobilize in March and April to complete it. Bikers will need to descend the normal route and exit at the BLM trailhead until the downhill bike only trail is completed. The hiker specific trail “Ruthie’s Run” and the “Lower Three Gulch” trail are complete and open to the public. MEMORIAL TREE DONATIONS are being sought for Arbor Day 2019. It’s Carbondale’s 25th year as a Tree City USA member and 11 trees are available through the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund cost share program — more info at 510-1331 or mcallas@carbondaleco.net. MULCH will be freely available at the lot across from Town Hall once Christmas Tree chipping is finished — likely this week. CHIP SEAL bids are due by 11 a.m. on Feb. 12. POTHOLE PATCHING joined snow and ice removal in keeping the streets crew occupied. Meanwhile, the Town Arborist worked on holiday lighting maintenance and removal of other season decorations. ICE HOCKEY for ages 6 to 9 and 9 to 14 culminates on Feb. 7. Tournament play has begun for adult broomball and youth basketball for boys and girls from third to sixth grade.

DODGEBALL takes place after school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 8. ROSYBELLE MAKER BUS programming for early release Wednesdays starts back up in February. The free offering runs from 2 to 4 p.m. LEARN TO PRESSURE CAN from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Rec. Center; register in advance for $10. SMALL CELL WIRELESS sites are being researched by Planning Staff in light of new federal and state regulations on wireless communication, with an April 14 deadline for local governments to adopt design standards. THE WATER PLANTS on Nettle Creek and the Roaring Fork are both operational after the backwash recycle pump was replaced on the former and the chlorine analyzer was calibrated and certified for the latter, with the potential for additional capacity down the line. SNOWPACK is at or above average for this time of year. AN LED LIGHT switchover at Town Hall is two thirds complete and the lobby floor has been refinished. A CITY MANAGERS CONFERENCE has Jay Harrington in Glenwood Springs through the second half of the week. CONDITIONAL OFFERS were made for two maintenance position applicants and one police officer candidate.

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From Jan. 25 through 31, Carbondale Police handled 196 Calls for Service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note: FRIDAY Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m. A student contacted police regarding a PayPal scam she encountered while trying to purchase X-Games tickets. SATURDAY Jan. 26 at 11:43 p.m. Following a traffic stop for failing to stop at a stop sign and a defective tail light, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. SUNDAY Jan. 27 at 1:47 a.m. An attempt to stop a vehicle traveling 50 miles per hour on Main Street led to a 17-mile pursuit down County Road 100 and a short foot chase leading the arrest of a 29-year-old man on charges including accident involving damage, driving with a restrained license, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, speeding 40+ over the limit and vehicular eluding. MONDAY Jan. 28 at 1:36 a.m. A speeding stop led to a driving under the influence summons for a 25-year-old woman. MONDAY Jan. 28 at 12:59 p.m. Following a traffic stop for speeding 38 in a 15 mph school zone, officers issued citation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, minor in possession and possession of a second degree forged instrument. MONDAY Jan. 28 at 5:16 A.M. Responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, police arrested a 48-year-old man for driving under the influence and also issued a trespass warning.


Carbondale board ready for adjustment duties, “The BoA considers variances from the [Town’s] development code. This covers relief from zoning parameters such as building height, how far a building should be from the property line (setback), parking requirements, etcetera.” Buck adds the Board considers appeals of administrative decisions related to land use. Buck provided the Board with an introduction to the Planning Department, followed by an overview of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan and the Carbondale Unified Development Code (UDC). She ended with a review

second alternate. The meeting agenda included the election of a Board Chair and Vice-Chair. Matthew Gworek was elected Chair and Mark Chain was elected Vice-Chair by unanimous roll call votes. The bulk of the BoA agenda focused on training and preparing a new slate of Board members for their responsibilities and possible situations they may encounter during their tenure. Planning Director Janet Buck and Town Attorney Mark Hamilton provided the background information and training. As Buck describes the BoA’s

By Jeanne Souldern Special to The Sopris Sun The all-new member Carbondale Board of Adjustment (BoA) met for the first time on Jan. 30. The members may be new to the BoA, but all bring some level of expertise from having served on other Town boards. The Carbondale Board of Trustees recently appointed seven BoA members; Meredith Bullock, Mark Chain, Russ Criswell, Jeff Dickinson, Ann Gianinetti, Matthew Gworek, and April Spaulding. Spaulding serves as first alternate and Criswell as

of the land use application process and how citizen applicants appear before the Board at public hearings. Language in the UDC regarding BoA participation strives to have five Board members in attendance at all meetings. The UDC states, in the event fewer than five persons “are available to serve due to absence, conflict of interest or otherwise, members of the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission shall be special alternate members of the BOA to hear matters in such circumstances as special alternate members.”

Hamilton covered legal topics, which included disclosure, conflicts of interest, recusals, and bias. Any Board member who has a question about a potential conflict scenario is instructed to contact either Buck or Hamilton. When the question of a conflict arises, Buck underscores, “We would rather have people err on the safe side and check in if there is any question.” Buck is eager to start the work. “I am excited about the new Board of Adjustment,” she said. “It is an impressive group of people and I look forward to working with them.”

Carbondale department’s old gear is another’s treasure By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District has once again arranged to donate gear to a fire department in Puerto Arista, Chiapas, Mexico with help from local Mike Carter. Expired “bunker gear” — including jackets, pants, boots, flashlights and helmets — had been piling up in the basement of the firehouse before Chris DeMeyer made it his mission to find a home for it. “I just wanted to make sure it would get into hands that would use it,” he explained. “We’re all kind of brothers and sisters, but some firefighters don’t have the tools we’re so fortunate to have.” According to Fire Chief Rob Goodwin, much of the gear is perfectly serviceable, but non compliant with National Fire

Rather than taking up room in the basement, this gear is headed for use in Mexico. Courtesy photo by Chris DeMeyer. Protection Association standards, making it legally problematic to use domestically. “Everything has an expiration date,” he observed. But Mexican agencies aren’t held to the same standards, and

can thus make use of old gear, medications and the like. In fact, Carbondale Fire once donated an ambulance to the same department, which DeMeyer believes is still in use. Carter was involved in that

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effort too, and turned out to be DeMeyer’s best bet for getting the gear across the border despite several more formal organizations dedicated to that mission. When he returns from India — attempts to reach him for comment there

resulted in time-difference phone tag — he’ll be making the trip down south almost immediately. Don’t worry, though, the fire department still has plenty of old gear for the kids to use on Independence Day.

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Upon the shuttering of The Valley Journal (the same company that publishes the Post Independent and Aspen Times), Becky and a few other residents had gotten together to address a big problem: How would citizens know what was going on if there was no launched The Sopris Sun with about newspaper? This group — which later 6500 bucks in the bank. Those early became the founding board of direc- donations from people like Emma Dantors and included Barbara New, Russ ciger and Russ and Linda Criswell, and Criswell, Peggy DeVilbiss, Jody Ensign, local businesses were critical, too.” Criswell took on the task of gatherAllyn Harvey, Colin Laird, Patty Phelan, Liz Phillips and Becky in those first ing newsboxes (ironically from the commonths — set about the monumental pany that had owned The Valley Jourtask of launching a new nonprofit news- nal), cleaning them, repainting them and paper, supported by individuals and putting them at key distribution spots around the mid-valley. Jody Ensign took businesses. My list of stories in the balance must on the task of selling ads. The volunteer have made an impression on The Sopris board of directors addressed organizaSun founders because it only took an- tional issues, administrative duties, and other week or so to get offered the job kept hitting the pavement to inform the of editor. I was offered the equivalent community about the newspaper and of half-time wages. I estimated it would gather more funding. Harvey and I stayed up into the early take about 60 hours to get the newspaper produced each week, especially in morning hours that first deadline, writthe beginning. They flat-out acknowl- ing and editing stories. Young handled edged that. I said, “OK. What have I got the graphic design, created ads and also burned the midnight oil to lay out all the to lose?” Harvey had left his position as the stories and get the files to press. When I managing editor of The Aspen Times saw the first issue, I was filled with pride less than one year prior and “still had a and humility. That feeling blossomed lot of newspaper ink in my blood,” as he when I would hear other Carbondalians says. Young phoned him as well to see if brag about “our” newspaper. On a personal and professional levhe could help. “Becky and Russ were already in el, the editorship was a job and an opfull motion by then, and they certainly portunity (albeit a lot of hours for little deserve credit for really launching this pay). But it was more than that. It was thing. Becky had design ideas in mind, a chance to make history, although I and Russ was already raising money,” didn’t think of this at the time. As newsHarvey recalled. “Literally five weeks papers were dying, here was this bold SS_qtr_FashionShow_Advertise_2019.qxp_Layout 1 1/31/19 12:53 PM Page 1 after The Valley Journal closed, we little town launching its own newspa-

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valley. Some would say that’s because we don’t really know what we want, an affliction that’s unique to affluent people who’ve lost a little bit of their soul— lost, traded, forsaken, whatever you call it when you compromise yourself for money. This valley has given everything it has, and it’s still not enough. I honestly think they (they know who they are, and all I can say to them is: stop the Willitification of our town!) won’t be happy until the whole valley looks like a life-sized Lego land full of parasol and picnic supply stores. The developers will always be there… waiting in the wings like wolves in hard hats, so what’s the rush? Why not slow down and take the time to do it right, i.e., hold off building more retail space until we have fewer empty storefronts around town. Let’s put our boots up on the desk, lean back with our hands behind our heads and think this thing through. With a little planning and preservation our town could remain a great place to be, free from the likes of angry waiters and mad bombers. Maybe Carbondale doesn’t want to be like her rich up-valley stepsisters. We’ve been the butt of the valley joke for so long, that to build brand-new three-story townhomes called Bonedale on the grave of a trailer court feels like betrayal. Not only betrayal to the spirit of this old cow town, but also to its crazy cast of characters. And let’s not kid ourselves; this will always be a cow town, no matter how much they try to dress her up like Little Bo Peep.

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per as a nonprofit. Among other media outlets, the Los Angeles Times sent a reporter to Carbondale to write a story about the founding of The Sopris Sun. That story was picked up and published in newspapers across the nation, bearing headlines such as “Fine, We’ll Just Publish the Newspaper Ourselves.” More importantly, helping get The Sun off the ground was about the importance of community journalism. Who else would tell our stories? It was a chance to make sure that the long list of stories about Carbondale and its people didn’t die on the vine. Harvey, who ended up serving nearly three years on the Sun’s founding board of directors, feels similarly about the role of newspapers. “I think at our third anniversary fundraising party, I remember we had this screen with a video montage going of all the covers of The Sopris Sun. I lost my breath a little bit watching it — seeing these covers and these pictures of kids, people, animals, events in our community and the moments we captured, just with that front page.” Ten years later, I am proud to look back on the growth of The Sopris Sun. Over the years, it has been managed by a range of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers, a board of directors that have worked to ensure there is funding for an editor, a part-time reporter, a graphic designer, a salesperson and a staffer to distribute each week’s paper. The list of stories about our sweet little community is far longer and more involved than two pages these days. I’m just grateful we have a newspaper to tell those stories.

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Letters from page 2 applications so there will be public hearings with both the Garfield County Planning Commission and the BOCC. If you’re concerned, those public hearings are your chance to be heard. Michael Durant Chair, Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission

13 reasons why Dear Editor: I’d like to thank with much appreciation all the library staff for their wonderful and enthusiastic work helping host the Masked Suicide Awareness Rally that happened Jan. 30 at the New Castle Library, Goofballs Party supply for their generous donation of masks last minute and those 13 wonderful people who were able to attend. I want to thank them the most, and I feel that it is no small coincidence that I now have “13 reasons why” I will passionately continue to hold these rallies over the next year. I hope to evolve in my role of opening these conversations with the community and be witness to the positive waves of change starting with these 13 ripples. Such an amazing experience for me and, I pray that they got more out of their experience than I did. God bless them and this valley. For those who missed it. I am solidifying dates now for future events and I will be back soon! Elizabeth Walgren Silt

A letter to the the community As read at Jim Calaway’s memorial: Rosalyn and I were deeply saddened to learn of Jim Calaway’s passing. Jim served two appointments during my administration and was instrumental in helping build The Carter Center. We always will be grateful for his friendship. Jim’s success in business allowed him to help many in the communities where he lived throughout his life. His work with Colorado Mountain College, many other valley institutions and across the country will serve as an inspiration for generations to come. Rosalynn and I wish that we could be with you today as you celebrate Jim’s life and accomplishments. Jim’s commitment to education, the arts and the health of humans and animals alike are all evidenced in the legacy of generosity he leaves behind. We hope that your warm memories and the love and support of the many people whose lives he has touched will be of comfort to all those gathered here today. Jimmy Carter

Forrest for the trees Dear Editor: Carbondale’s Eizabeth Forrest is a fine arts expert, a graduate of both the Jesuit Loyola Marymount University and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Anybody who knows her do tell her to contact me because I do need her for my future enterprises in the art world. I have not heard from her in years. Make it pronto! Emzy Veazy III Aspen

Polis passes the buck Dear Editor: So Gov. Jared Polis wants local governments to take over regulating the oil and gas industry. That’s bad news for Garfield County. There’s no way Moe, Larry, and Curly are gonna restrain their patrons. The industry can pollute, sicken and

kill people, destroy the environment and the climate to its heart’s content and there’ll be no one to do anything about it. Fred Malo Jr. Carbondale

The Natural Resources Management Act Dear Editor: Colorado owes it to our surrounding western states and the nation to preserve the cleanness and cohesiveness of the last large tracts of virgin lands in our nation. Bills like S. 47 will fund the preservation of lands that are valuable to wildlife. Because the lands are lower elevations of wild lands, pressured by development, we need to help preserve them in the public interest. Google` S. 47 to learn of the pros and cons. Call Sen Gardner’s staff at (202) 224-5941 to express your view. John Hoffmann Carbondale

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