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Volume 11, Number 27 | August 15, 2019

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By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent My birthday is in August, and with true Leo fashion, I give myself a present every year. I do that because I know I will always get something I like. That way, it is never a disappointing birthday. I started thinking of what might be meaningful for my 66th birthday. Last November, I moved to Carbondale from Minneapolis, and I wanted something that made a statement about my new home. One noticeable thing here is the number of tattoos. Carbondale loves its ink. I have thought about getting my first tattoo for a couple of years and had a design in mind. It was a lioness. In my mind’s eye, she always had a calm and fearless look. It was an image I gravitated to because it portrayed the opposite of my own reality of dealing with the issues of anxiety and depression. That is one thing most tattoo artists will tell you. A tattoo is a form of self-expression. It can serve as a mantra of who you aspire to be. It can also serve as a reminder of how you want to present yourself to the world. In my younger days in the Midwest, I had a 20+ year career in banking. Tattoos were taboo in the conservative work environment, but my banking days are behind me. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to get a tattoo. One day, I stopped into Defiance Social Club at 234 Main St. Tattoo artist Matt. E. Hayes greeted me and I asked questions about tattoos. I asked about where on the body it is less painful to get tattooed. He assured me that fleshy parts of the body and not directly over bones is a less painful process. I had concerns about how sanitary the process is and Matt said they now use disposable, one-time use only tubes, as opposed to the days when tubes were run through an autoclave for sterilization. And, yes, I asked the obvious question for someone of my age — what about sagging skin? He said skin does lose its elasticity as we get older, but that it was my decision on where on my body I would want my tattoo. I talked to my acupuncturist, Dr. Kelsey Cotter of Kelsey Healing Arts in Carbondale, who told me the story of Ötzi the Iceman, whose mummified remains — discovered in 1991 in the Ötzal Alps — had multiple tattoos. Scientists mapped 61 of them. Archaeological evidence revealed that Ötzi, who died in about 3300 B.C.E. Continued on page 6.

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Antibiotics can cure the plague, but not stupidity In early August, my friend Ylice Golden posted that she was “kind of freaked out that Colorado prairie dogs have the plague.” T h o s e infected prairie dogs probably SEEKING HIGHER wouldn’t have GROUND made the news By Nicolette Toussaint at all had it not been for the fireworks show that usually happens after the Colorado Rapids soccer game. The Tri-County Health Department, which has been monitoring infected prairie dogs living near where the Rapids play in Commerce City, cancelled the fireworks because it feared that the prairie dogs’ plague could spread to humans. Although many (possibly most?) Coloradans don’t know it, the plague has been lurking here for more than a century. But for stupidity, it could have been prevented. The four horsemen of the apocalypse that unloosed the Black Death here are named economics, ignorance, denial and racism. Historically, the plague originated in China. It spread via trade routes: The Yersinia pestis bacterium infected fleas that hitchhiked a ride on Silk Route camels. Later it stowed away on rats that infested merchant ships. It first arrived in Europe in October 1347 on 12 ships that docked in Sicily. The resulting pestilence killed one of every four Europeans. In 1348-49, the plague killed about one-third of Britain’s population, so many that it caused a break in international trade and serious labor shortages. In hot demand, the surviving peasantry began


demanding higher wages. The ruling class replied by passing a law making it illegal to pay wages higher than those offered in 1346. That led to the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Similar revolts took place in Italy and other countries decimated by the Black Death. Thus, the plague authored the epitaph of the feudal economic system. Europe suffered waves of plague for the next 600 years. About 50 percent of those stricken survived bubonic plague (which infects lymph nodes), but physicians were helpless. The related pneumonic plague (which affects the lungs and is heralded by sneezing) was invariably fatal. That’s why we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes. The Great Plague of London killed one of every five residents in 1665-66. Shakespeare’s only son died of plague, and the Black Death plays a role in “Romeo and Juliet”. After Romeo has been banished from Verona, a friar is dispatched to Mantua to explain that Juliet is going to fake her death. But the message never arrives; Mantua has been quarantined due to plague. Fake death leads to the real thing, not because of Yersinia pestis, but because of human frailty. The Black Plague arrived in the U.S. via the Golden Gate. Abetted by common human frailties – greed, denial, racism and a disdain for science — it escaped to infect rural areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon and Nevada. The story of how that happened is told in “The Barbary Plague,” a book by veteran Wall Street Journal health reporter Marilyn Chase. Chase relates the story via two public health officers who fought the pestilence. Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun faced outright public hostility when he identified the plague in 1900. California Governor Henry Gage accused Kinyoun of falsifying evidence by injecting germs into dead bodies. The Southern Pacific Railroad, which had used (cheap) immigrant Chinese labor to build its tracks, bankrolled a backlash. The business community launched a personal smear campaign against Kinyoun.

LETTERS Thoughts from the Chief My fellow community members: I want to share with you my appreciation for yet another successful Mountain Fair and to thank all of you for your patience and participation in the event. It has been estimated that we get visitors from all over and they could number in the tens of thousands. The Board of Trustees reviews the code and the needs of its community, businesses and periodically amends the code to achieve a balance fair to all. While the main event at Sopris Park was one of the best we have ever had, we did have considerable noise complaints at private parties and local businesses. The Carbondale Municipal Code 10-9-(10-90) sets forth expectations and limits for all of us, businesses and private property. Those wishing to host music events of any kind should educate themselves about the code, limitations and monitor their own outputs and effects. This also can be easily done by purchasing a decibel meter or downloading an accurate app on your phone and being sensitive to your neighbors. When event organizers monitor their own effect on their neighbors, my officers can attend to other matters. We enjoy our work but we still have a job to do! Our Municipal Code may be found on the Town website for all to review ( Thank you for your time and consideration! Gene Schilling Chief of Police

Why? Dear Editor: Why is it that so many good people from Latin America are leaving their homes, and risking their lives to seek asylum in the US? People are leaving their homes for reasons we can't even imagine. Their children are being recruited to be in gangs, the women are being abused, people are shot for saying no to these gangs. The people are under constant threat of violence from the gangs and drug cartels that are running these countries. What does the US have to do with this?


Quack! Junk scientist! Pfft! Can’t have plague! Bad for business. What? A lab found Yersinia pestis in the body of an immigrant? Well, plague only affects Orientals. “They’re weakened by eating so much rice.” Can’t hurt us White Folks. Of course, the wall that was thrown up around Chinatown did nothing to stop fleeing rats or masticating fleas. It would take federal intervention, a new governor and a second health officer to stem the contagion. U.S. Surgeon General Rupert Blue applied hygiene and science, and the 1900 outbreak that caused 119 deaths was declared “over” in 1904. The 1906 earthquake toppled that proclamation. In 1907, the plague not only reappeared in San Francisco – a city then populated by refugees living in tents – it also cropped up in Oakland. By June 1908, 160 more plague cases had been identified. The 78 who died included whites, not “just” Asians. Between 1907 and 1911, roughly $2 million was spent to kill as many rats as possible – but it was a day late and a dollar short. The disease had already spread to the California ground squirrel, and from them to wood rats, chipmunks, mice, voles, rabbits and…prairie dogs. And now we got trouble, right here in Commerce City. Trouble. That starts with T and that rhymes with P…and that stands for plague. Fortunately, today, in humans, plague can be quickly squelched with antibiotics. No one has died of it in Colorado since 2015. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for stupid. The views expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The community is invited to submit letters of up to 250 words to P.O. Box 399 or 500 words to Longer columns are considered on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for submission is noon on Monday.

Are we supporting these drug cartels because of our appetite for illegal drugs? Are we hurting these countries with our trade agreements? Should the US take some responsibility for what is happening? Immigration is a very complex issue. That is why it has been an issue for the last 50 plus years. No administration has been able to deal with it. We can elect thoughtful people to office that want to fix the issue, find out why there are so many people leaving their country, their homes, dying in route to get to the US. Is foreign aid directed at defeating cartels an option? How bad would it have to be for you to leave your home like what is happening now? James Gilliam Carbondale

Not the first time Dear Editor: As I read the news out of El Paso and Dayton this week, I was reminded of a similar tragedy that affected our community 18 years ago. On July 3, 2001, a man shot and killed four and wounded three in Rifle. All seven of the victims were Latinos, targeted for that very reason. Even as I write this, I wonder if there may be other mass shootings that will take place before this letter is published. The hatred of the “other” that pulses through our national discourse is playing out in our schools and streets, our synagogues and shopping centers to devastating effect. As I recall that tragedy in Rifle, I also recall the way the community came together in solidarity to stand up for the dignity of human life. Whites and Latinos marched side by side, reminding us all that this community is big enough, and loving enough, for all of us to have a place. The past is not past. We live in a world where violence can surface suddenly. But these events are not without warning. National rhetoric is feeding a culture of fear and hatred. We cannot allow these sentiments to penetrate our communities, to affect the way we treat each other. When we see signs of bigotry and racism surface, we must speak up. It will take all of us, Latinos, whites, longtime residents, and newcomers Continued on page 14

In the Aug. 8 edition of The Sun, we misidentified the woman on the cover, who was in fact Akaljeet Khalsa. Amory Lovins' name was also misspelled, as was Roberta McGowan's in one instance.

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Climate change could threaten Carbondale’s water supply part, to warmer temperatures. By 2050, a typical year in the Roaring Fork Valley is projected to be warmer than the hottest years of the 20th century, which means mild drought conditions even during years with average precipitation. “Just the warming temperatures alone are enough to tell us drought will be a concern in the future and drought conditions are likely to persist for longer,” said WWA managing director Benét Duncan. “What does that mean for the water supply?”

Drought illustrates vulnerability The summer of 2018’s historic drought illustrated a vulnerability in Carbondale’s water supply that surprised local officials. Senior water-rights holder Ella Ditch, which serves agriculture lands south of Carbondale, placed a call for the first time Aug. 8. This meant that because there wasn’t enough water in the Crystal for Ella Ditch to divert the The Ella Ditch placed a call for the first time ever during the drought-stricken summer of 2018, which meant amount to which it was legally entitled, junior the Town of Carbondale had to borrow water from the East Mesa Ditch under an emergency water supply water-rights holders, including Carbondale, plan. Photo by Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Journalism had to reduce their water use — threatening the domestic water supply to roughly 40 homes on a conceptual discussion — it’s a pragmatic the Nettle Creek pipeline. By Heather Sackett discussion,” Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson “We had a situation last summer where we Aspen Journalism said. “It was sobering from that perspective.” were inches away from having to shut down our According to the report, the average water-treatment plant at Nettle Creek because A new climate study and a first-ever call on a temperature since 2000 has been 2.2 degrees there was a more senior call on the river,” tributary of the Crystal River offer a glimpse of warmer than the 20th-century average. Water Richardson said. “When you look at the water the future for Carbondale’s water supply. year 2018 was more than 4 degrees higher than rights we have on paper, most municipalities A Vulnerability, Consequences and the 20th-century average and was the warmest feel confident their water portfolio is resilient Adaptation Planning Scenario (VCAPS) report recorded in the past 120 years. and can stand the test of time, but that was Warmer temperatures are bad news for the paper water. And when it comes to wet water, by the Western Water Assessment found a strong upward trend in local temperatures over watershed because they have an overall drying we were pretty vulnerable.” the past 40 years, which could threaten local effect, even if precipitation remains constant. Carbondale applied for and received an According to the report, Roaring Fork River emergency substitute water-supply plan from water supplies. “This report sort of drove the message home streamflows since 2000 have been about 13% the state engineer. The emergency plan allowed that (climate change) is here and it’s no longer lower than the 20th-century average, due, in for a temporary change in water right — from

agricultural use to municipal use — so that another irrigation ditch could provide water to the town. The East Mesa Ditch Co., whose water right is senior to Ella Ditch’s, agreed to loan the town 1 cubic foot per second of water from Sept. 7 to Dec. 7 under the agreement. However, Carbondale had to borrow the water only until Sept. 28, when the call was lifted on Ella Ditch. East Mesa Ditch is located upstream from Ella Ditch. Both are used to irrigate lands farther downstream on the east side of the Crystal River. The town didn’t pay East Mesa Ditch for the water but paid the company about $5,000 in legal and engineering fees to draw up the water loan agreement, according to Town Manager Jay Harrington.

A wake-up call Although Carbondale has other sources it can turn to for municipal use, including wells on the Roaring Fork, the summer of 2018 and the VCAPS report were a wake-up call. “Nettle Creek is a pretty senior right, and we didn’t anticipate it to be called like it was,” Harrington said. Potential solutions to another Ella Creek call outlined in the report include moving away from Crystal water sources to Roaring Fork sources and providing upstream pumps to the homes on the Nettle Creek pipeline. “I think (the report) gives one of the clearest pictures of where we are heading and what we need to look at as a municipality as the climate changes,” Harrington said. This story originally ran in the Aspen Times and Glenwood Springs Post-Independent as part of Aspen Journalism’s ongoing coverage of water and rivers.

A banner year for local rivers By Roberta McGowan Sopris Sun Staff Despite dire predictions, the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, and Crystal rivers continue to be in great shape for rafting, kayaking, paddling and fishing this season. Rick Lofaro, executive director of the Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC), explained, "The robust 2019 runoff due to the historic snowpack, 155 percent of normal, benefits our river recreation." Commercial white water rafting companies agree. Fishing outfitters report a slower start, but expect a long season. Chris Tatsuno of Elk Mountain Expeditions notes "Although we had age restrictions earlier, rafting today is great." He added the massive snowpack and runoff means "we will have a longer rafting season." James Ingram, owner of Aspen Whitewater Rafting, credits their good season to high and fast water. reported that the total snowfall for the Aspen/Snowmass region 2018-2019 reached 396 inches, up from the average 300 inches. The 2017-2018 season saw only 233 inches which made 2018 the fourth worst drought on record. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management shows the Colorado basin snowpack was at 511 percent of average as of June 3. Fishing outfitters like Alpine Anglers are optimistic about the rest of the season. Co-Owner Jeff Dysart said that early in the season, the water was so high and fast that river debris increased and water clarity decreased. The Roaring Fork River was running too high and fast for their waders and floaters. Dysart "We're now in our peak season, July through September, and we're doing well." He noted that visitors make up 75 percent of clients. Crystal Fly Shop Owner David Johnson noted in their current report about the Lower Roaring Fork River that "Fish are quite happy and hearty after a big runoff and feeding on large bugs." However, other parts of the state may not be so lucky. The Colorado River District, the state chartered public water policy agency, is coordinating water releases to reduce temperatures to benefit trout populations in the Colorado River. The district

reports that low stream flows and warm days are threatening the health of trout in the Colorado River in Grand County. According to the RFC, the Roaring Fork River peaked at 9000 cfs (cubic feet per second) July 1, which made for great river running. Now, the Lower Roaring Fork is at 1430 cfs, returning to a comfortable Class II experience. The RFC covers 1451 square miles, the same size as Rhode Island, Lofaro noted. The Roaring Fork Conservancy was created in 1996 in response to the Two families from Toronto and one from Philadelphia join Elk Mountain Expeditions rafting guides Luke growing disconnect between Lubchenco and Stuart Lacroix. Photo by Roberta McGowan people and their environment. The newly built River Center in Basalt serves as a base for necessary equipment and that their guides meet state standards educational community programming. It also provides needed for experience. In May, Colorado State Senator Don Coram and lab space water quality testing and river research. State Representative Julie McCluskie co-sponsored a bi-partisan While whitewater rafting does carry some risks, Lofaro bill that continued state regulation of the program until 2028. added, "Fortunately, no one died this year on any of the rivers “Whitewater rafting is an important outdoor recreation, we cover." opportunity for many tourists as well as local,” McCluskie said. However, a few incidents did take place this year. Several “It was important to me that we continue to have a licensing rafts flipped in June, but no life- threatening injuries occurred. program in place that would make sure our commercial river Throughout Colorado, the American Whitewater outfitters were properly licensed and that they were providing Association reported 12 fatalities so far in 2019. The association the safest experience that they could for any of our visitors.” statistics show this is above the average annual toll of eight She also hopes visitors choose to go on a trip with a licensed deaths on Colorado waterways each year since 2009. commercial outfitter rather than boating privately. McCluskie In a Colorado Public Radio interview, Dave Costlow of the noted of this year’s deaths, “Less than half of them occurred with Colorado River Outfitters Association said rafting customers commercial outfitters.” should be upfront about their experience level, use caution and As the U.S. Forest Service cautions "Whether a tiny trickle even delay their trip when there are high waters. "They should of a creek, enough to cool your toes, or the vast expanses always be picking a trip that’s appropriate for their skill level,” of beaches, water provides an exciting element to outdoor he said. recreation. Even the most seasoned of water enthusiasts can be River rafting companies must register with the state, pay surprised by changing water conditions. Enjoy your day, but a $400 fee and agree to inspections to insure they carry the remember to stay safe." THE SOPRIS SUN • Carbondale’s weekly community connector • AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 21, 2019 • 3


Visitors to the Aspen-Sopris Ranger Station will see a new face over the next few months: Curtis Keetch will take a break from his position in Meeker to serve as Acting District Ranger here until the position can be filled permanently. Keetch grew up in a small community in southeast Idaho on a family-owned cattle ranch. In high school, he spent his summers helping on the ranch and working as a seasonal Forest Service employee on timber, fire, range and recreation crews. He has been the district ranger on the Blanco Ranger District since 2016.


Lift-Up, a 37 year-old nonprofit known for managing food pantries throughout the Roaring Fork valley, is in need of more volunteers. Lead Pantry Managers are needed to help manage food donations and distribution and key volunteers are needed for 3-9 hours per week to work directly in distributing food. Call 625-4496 or visit for days, hours, locations and to apply.


Excavation starts next week on new pickleball courts in Carbondale, thought they may not be playable until next spring due to concrete cure time. The estimated cost is $275,000, of which around $225,000 has been raised so far. Check out to learn more about the sport or to donate. Meanwhile, the Western Slope Series Pickleball Tournament is slated for Sept. 21 and 22 — register through the Rec. Center by Sept. 18.

Send your scuttlebutt to ON THE ROAD The Colorado Department of Transportation will seek input on transportation issues of importance to residents in the Intermountain and Northwest regions of Colorado during a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. The conversation is part of the agency’s Your Transportation Plan initiative that began earlier this summer to gather public feedback on transportation needs and improvements throughout Colorado. Residents who have a cell phone or do not receive a call can dial 855-710-6230 to participate or listen live online by visiting


Want to participate in Our Town One Table but want to avoid animal products? You’re invited to join Davi Nikent’s whole-foods plantbased table. Reserve your place by emailing and then bring a chair, your plant-based dish to share (appetizer, entree, or dessert) your plate/bowl, cup, napkin, utensils and non-alcoholic beverage.


The American Legion in Carbondale is hosting a family portrait fundraiser Sept. 8 to 10. You do not need to be a member of the Legion, and you can even bring fido! A small donation is requested. More info at (520) 370-2730 or


Roaring Fork School District has named Nathan Markham the new director of financial services, starting in September. Markham is a finance professional with a wealth of experience in budget and strategic planning, risk management, and team-building — and a Roaring Fork High School graduate to boot. Both of Markham’s parents were long-time teachers in the district before retiring. This position was created after long-time Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Shannon Pelland announced her intent to retire last March. Pelland will not be retiring until June 2020 so that Markham can work alongside Pelland for the 2019-20 school year.


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Folks celebrating another year of life this week include: Cara Nieslanik, Mugsy Fay, Jill Knaus (Aug. 16); Jake and Heather Marine (Aug. 17); Emily Good, Jonathan Shamis and Rusty Burtard (Aug. 18); Kyle Bruna (Aug. 19); Sid Smock, Dan Whitney, Katherine Whitney, Eric Skalac and Torrey Udall (Aug. 20); Kevin Schorzman, Jan Edwards and Rick Norman (Aug. 21).

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Ram grad helping rekindle passion for football in youngsters By Carolyn Williams Special to The Sopris Sun American football hasn’t been most popular sport in town of late, but the newest addition to the Carbondale Middle School coaching staff may prove an extra incentive. As kids picked up their gear for the upcoming season, they were greeted by all six feet six inches and 330 pounds of Trae Moxley, a 2014 graduate of Roaring Fork High School who went on to play football for Colorado State University. This fall, Moxley plans to help out the team as an assistant coach as he works on preparing himself for his own football season. He and head coach Eric Bollock have known each other for many years, as Bollock worked with Moxley throughout his career as his personal trainer. As Roaring Fork High School's football program struggled, Bollock has worked tirelessly to rebuild the Carbondale football program from the bottom up. In addition to his role at the school, he also represents Carbondale for the Mountain West Youth Football League — and he’s already seeing renewed interest there he hopes will trickle up. “I see the football program in Carbondale as one big unit, that starts at the 3rd-grade level and extends up through the varsity level,” he said. “To have long term sustainable success at the varsity level, we have to build it from the ground up. There is no other way to do it if we want Carbondale football to be a powerhouse once again.” Having an example of someone local who excelled in the sport certainly doesn’t hurt. Moxley brings extensive football experience to his coaching position. At CSU, he blocked for an offense that ranked eleventh in the country and first in the Mountain West. The CSU offensive line allowed just 1.0 sack per game his senior year,

a figure that ranked fifth in the country. Upon graduating from CSU, Moxley trained for the NFL combine and joined the new Salt Lake City Stallions of the Alliance of American Football, a minor league football team. The league kicked off its 12-week season with Moxley working in the trenches as an offensive lineman. He then went on to play for the Atlanta Legends up until the league disbanded. This year, Moxley is training with Bollock to prepare for the XFL draft, a new football league aiming to prepare players for the NFL. The season will kick off with a showcase in December, and ideally he will be drafted by one of the eight professional teams participating in the league. Fortunately for Carbondale’s middle school football team, Moxley will be around this fall with some time on his hands. He looks forward to helping the middle school Rams as a full-time assistant coach. Moxley is excited about the opportunity to develop not only the middle school players, but also his coaching abilities. He believes that his future could involve more coaching at some level, and the best way to prepare for his future is to develop coaching skills right here at home with Carbondale youth. Bollock and Moxley bring tremendous experience and enthusiasm to the middle -school Rams. The coaches aim to teach proper techniques to keep the boys safe and develop strong skills that they can build upon over the years. They have designed a practice schedule to minimize the hits the boys would take, and they won’t be practicing in full pads every day. The goal is to teach the boys the proper techniques to play the sport safely. In addition to years of coaching kids at many levels, Bollock recognizes the importance of good equipment to building a strong program. Bollock has done significant fundraising which

has enabled the Rams to invest in new Schott helmets and padding that can be worn over the helmets to help prevent injury. The team also has tackling tubes and a “blaster” that helps kids learn to run with the ball. Smaller push sleds will also help them develop strength and agility. The hope is to have skilled coaches and good equipment to set the program up for years of success. Three additional coaches with experience will also support the team. Bollock continues to push to raise money for the developing program and has become affiliated with the Cowboy Up Fundraiser, a spirited local celebration of western heritage taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Fourth Street Plaza. Middle school football games will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the fall months; interested players should contact

Eric Bollock (above) will have some help from former Ram Trae Moxley (below) as he tries to reinvigorate local football. Photos by Will Grandbois

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at about age 45, had spinal degeneration. The tattoos were organized into 19 clusters and it is believed they demarcated acupuncture points for treatments. Cotter said there is an unproven theory about tattoos on acupuncture points, stating, “There's also the idea that if you have something meaningful on the [acupuncture] point, and you know what the point does for you, it'll increase the psychosomatic or the placebo element of treating yourself.” I told Matt I wanted to give him some general ideas for a design. When I got home, I went straight to my laptop and searched Google Images for lioness tattoos. I came across an image I liked — a lioness head inside a geometric shape. While that was a great start, I still wanted something to personalize it to me. I was searching for something that was totally mine. Then it came to me — my name. Actually, it is my birth surname — Pinette. It is French for little pine tree. The idea I sent to Matt was a lioness head and a small pine tree within a geometric shape. He contacted me when he had a design and I stopped by the shop to take a look at it. He had captured what I was looking for and it resonated with me. This was a commitment and it was one I was ready to make.

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Matt E. Hayes (cover) was tasked with interpreting and inscribing the symbol Jeanne Souldern chose for her first tattoo (above). Photos by Erin Danneker

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It all sounds pretty spectacular and confident, doesn’t it? The self-doubt and anxiety kicked into gear the day before my appointment. And it had nothing to do with the design or the idea of a permanent tattoo. My trepidation had to do with not knowing what the pain would be like. I thought, now what? I had told probably a dozen people I was getting a tattoo and shown many of them the design. My daughter, Abby, was coming from Glenwood Springs to coach me through it, Erin was coming to shoot photographs for the paper, and Will, my editor, was expecting a story from me. What if I cry like a baby because the pain is too much? What if I say, half-way through, I don’t want to continue? Ugh. Had I painted myself into a corner? After going around in a circular discussion in my head, logic finally intervened and I realized it was mostly

my anxiety steering the ship. Sure, there will be some pain, but you won’t have a total breakdown. Employ the techniques you normally use to get through spots like this — meditation, deep breathing, and relaxing music. I got myself to a calmer state and the next day, as scheduled, I met up with my daughter and we went to Defiance Social Club. Matt was waiting there and I read and signed the consent forms. My inner forearm was prepped by Matt washing and shaving the area. I lay down on the table with The Grateful Dead playing in the background. You can also bring your own music if you like. I let Matt do his job. He has 20 years of tattooing experience, working everywhere from Hawaii, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, to several states across the United States. The benefit of Matt’s 20 years of experience is he can move quickly and efficiently. The tattooing process, using black ink only, from start to finish, took a little over an hour. Matt said colors, the size, and intricacy of design will factor into how much time it takes to complete a tattoo. Surprisingly (or not), no emotional meltdown happened. While it hurt, there was never more than a few seconds of pain and then it was moving on to the next detail. Matt told me if I needed any breaks, for whatever reason, to let him know. The process ended with the tattooed area being wiped clean and a layer of Aquaphor ointment being applied to help keep the area moist and to assist with healing. Matt gave me a sheet of aftercare instructions for the first few weeks. He told me to expect pain, similar to a sunburn, that would lessen over the next few days. When my daughter and I left, I was on a bit of a high. It happens naturally that your brain’s response to pain is to release endorphins during the tattooing process. It is one reason why many refer to tattoos as being addictive and why some people seek to be tattooed again and again. When asked about the most common misconception about tattoos, Matt replied, “Tattoos aren’t just for bikers and sailors anymore.” My response is, “Thank goodness for that.”

Weaving together a can’tmiss exhibit By Teka Israel Sopris Sun Art Critic What does the pairing of painting and textiles have in common? Everything, it seems, at the latest dual exhibition at the Carbondale Arts’ Launchpad galleries. This amazing exhibition features three artists. The first exhibit, “Post-Frontier Landscapes,” is by Julia Crocetto, working primarily in textiles including stitching, dyeing, unstitching and utilizing found materials. The second exhibit, “LOOM,” is an astounding collaboration between artist Cate Tallmadge and painter Andrew Roberts-Gray. Crocetto uses the seemingly simple medium of cloth. She manages to twist and turn this simple medium into a phenomenal landscape of art. While her techniques include stitching, dyes and unstitching, the results are truly wondrous. The piece, “Grand Valley I” is a masterpiece. It presents an aerial view of the Grand Valley. The cloth manages to present a depth and complexity that is seemingly impossible from mere cotton and silk. The stitching alone is a complex maze of tiny stitches that make up a larger composition. Additionally, the piece is colored with pigment and acrylic, giving it the layered look of the desert landscape. The effect creates an amazing depth and level of complexity. Crocetto has created stunning works of art each as complex and interesting as, “Grand Valley I.” Many of her works include found objects. As a whole, the exhibit encourages the viewer to engage with nature and the surrounding landscapes, especially the desert. Crocetto states in her artist’s statement that, “textiles have a history of carrying narratives.” It is evident from her works that she is a storyteller in her own right. The works each tell

their own story of nature and convey emotion to the viewer. This exhibit is truly emblematic of the PostFrontier Landscape. In contrast, the exhibit pairing Cate Tallmadge and Andrew Roberts-Gray offers a juxtaposition between weaving and technology. “LOOM” features primarily pairings between Roberts-Gray and Tallmadge that each are focused on women who played an important role in science and mathematics. Each painting was started by Andrew Roberts-Gray and then completed collaboratively. This process resulted in a seamless transition between the pairs of canvases. According to a Carbondale Arts press release, “Ada Lovelace saw the correlation between the punchcards used to program a Jacquard loom and its future application in computing.” This exhibit makes the connection between the loom and technology indisputable. RobertsGray’s painting utilizes layers of circuitry that create complex and repetitive patterns. Tallmadge meets the patterns and continues them into a weave. One piece not only matches the pattern of Robert’s Gray’s painting, but then also has an overlapping dark element, as if a dark powder has covered the composition. The result is a striking piece. Tallmadge creates entire works of art from a loom. The weaving is a complex art piece that has multiple layers and depth. Roberts-Gray’s paintings feature geometric patterns using primarily acrylics. Other collaborations between Roberts-Gray and Tallmadge feature a single canvas with Tallmadge creating a base textile weave and Roberts-Gray layering a bright, geometric shape on top of it. The composition is interesting and unusual. Both the “Post-Frontier Landscapes” exhibit featuring Julia March Crocetto and the “LOOM” exhibit featuring Cate Tallmadge and Andrew

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Cate Tallmadge (top) and Andrew Roberts-Gray (bottom) explain their artistic processes during the gallery opening at The Launchpad. Photos by Teka Israel Roberts-Gray are tied together through the use of textiles. The contrast between the focus on landscapes and nature to technology, science and math is thought-provoking. Both exhibits have strong roots in the patterns and methods of textile

creation. It is a distinction that is subtle and as a result that combination works well. This is a can’t-miss exhibition. The exhibits are on display until Sept. 6 at The Launchpad (76 South Fourth Street).

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Jerlilyn Nieslanik reflects on ranching, Crystal Meadows, changing times By James Steindler Special to The Sopris Sun 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 Jerilyn Nieslanik, the Manager at Crystal Meadows Carbondale Housing Authority and local rancher. Q: Are you originally from Carbondale? A: No, I was born in Fort Collins and then we moved to Glenwood Springs when I was in seventh grade. I have five older sisters and no brothers. I was the boy of the family — probably the orneriest too. Q: What did you do after high school? A: I went to college on a softball scholarship to Mesa State. My father had a Chilton’s Sporting Goods store in Grand Junction and when I was not at school I worked in that store. After three years of college I came back to Glenwood and opened my own athletic store, Ultimate Athletics, when I was 20 years old. Six months later I got married. Q: How did you meet your husband? A: I had met Marty my senior year in high school and thought he was a dreamboat. We met at this party and he told me he had to go change his water. He said he’d be back in three hours. I didn’t know he was referring to irrigating and thought he was totally blowing me off because I would go to our house and turn off the hose and turn it back on in fifteen minutes so… Still, the first summer I came back from college we met again at a softball game and started to date. Q: How has the town of Carbondale changed over the years? A: When I first came here, you didn’t have any stop signs on Main Street, you didn’t have any roundabouts. It was a very close-knit farm community. It was a double edged sword, if you did anything everybody knew about it but they would also come and help you if you needed it. Now I don’t hardly know anybody on the street. There’s not that much of the agriculture part left. It’s more tourism — one of the hot spots to come to in Colorado. Q: What community event do you most enjoy in Carbondale? A: You know it sounds silly, but The

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Jerilyn Nieslanik. Photo by James Steindler Potato Day Parade was one of my favorite things back in the day. I have a great memory of Parker ( Jerilyn’s son) and Grandpa John ( Jerilyn’s father-in-law), he was the Marshal of the Parade, and he took Parker with him and they started out the Parade on their horses. There is this great photo of them both where you can tell John is as proud as a peacock. I also like the Fourth of July Parade. I participate in that every year still with the seniors and it’s super fun. Q: What do you do for a living? A: I manage Carbondale Housing Authority, Crystal Meadows, on Hendrick Drive. Q: How long have you been doing that? A: For 24 years. When I started there were just 16 units and it was a part time job. Now we have 79 units. We grew. Crazy as this is my father-in-law, John, and Dorthy Marshall started that whole thing. They bought the land from Doc Hendrick, that’s why it’s on Hendrick Drive. He sold them that lot for ten bucks as a donation. Q: Is there anything new happening at Crystal Meadows you would like to share? A: It’s not set in stone yet but we’ve been working on a grant from DOLA (Colorado Department of Local Affairs). It’s a remodeling grant to improve windows, boilers, roofs, carpeting, countertops et cetera. The buildings are getting old. The

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first ones were built in 1989 so we need to do an upgrade. We’re going to submit the grant hopefully Aug. 1 and...keep your fingers crossed. Q: Are you the only paid employee at Crystal Meadows? A: We have a maintenance man too — that’s it. So there are two employees for 79 units. Q: What is your favorite part about the job? A: The people. Yeah, they’re just a hoot. There are some strong, strong, strong people there who have been through a lot. Their stories are fascinating. It feels like I’m kind of living life backwards. I’ve gone through the depression era from the first people who were there and now I’m in Woodstock (laughs), I don’t know what the next season will bring. Q: What is your role at Nieslanik Beef ? A: I do the books, feed, do chores and help out however else I can. Q: What is your favorite chore? A: My favorite chore would probably be feeding up at the barn because no matter how many times you do it, if you just stop and look it’s the most beautiful thing you’ll ever see. It’s amazing. In the wintertime, the hay is green and the steam from the cattle’s’ nostrils is coming out and if you stop and listen you can hear them all crunching — oh gosh it’s just cool.

Q: What do you like to do for fun around Carbondale? A: Being that I work full time in town and ranching is a full time job I don’t go out and do anything that much fun in Carbondale. I ride my bike to work (laughs). My fun is when I come home and work in my flower bed. It’s very’s calm, it’s quiet. I just come home and enjoy home. Q: Tell me about raising a family on the Nieslanik Ranch? A: It’s the one thing in Carbondale that hasn’t changed (laughs). Everything else can change around you but you come home and it’s like okay, this is still the way it’s supposed to be. I mean how lucky are we, I have a grandson now who is going to get raised here. He comes home to the same home my son, his dad, came home to. My kids, my family is the best thing I’ve ever done. Q: Where is your favorite place to watch the sunset from? A: Right from my home looking at Mount Sopris. My dad always said it’s a little slice of heaven up here. If you know someone who should be featured in Our Town, email

‘Skeletonized’ scrub oak should bounce back By James Steindler Sopris Sun Correspondent If you take a jaunt, ride or drive up around The Crown this year you may notice several football-field sized, sections of Gambel Oak which at a glance appear to be turning brown. Stumbling upon this sight caused one good samaritan some concern. While Will Fisher was running a (literally) breathtaking 19-mile loop around The Crown he could not help but notice the abundance of discolored oak brush. Fisher documented his observations and put them out to the virtual world of Facebook via the Roaring Fork Trail Conditions’ page, in hopes for answers. Fisher’s post triggered some discussion and proliferated an uncertainty of what could be causing this strange, surely out of season, phenomenon. Some onlookers suggested a fungus, others a disease and one seemingly satirical assertion was that the brush is “infested with lazy parasites.” Taking a closer look at the affected shrubbery one will see that the leaves are not turning color, but are indeed infested by a small worm like creature. Doug Leyva, a Timber and Fuels Program Manager for the National Forest Service, classified the species as an Oak Looper (Lambdina Punctata). Leyva has a degree in Forestry and is a certified Silviculturist — a specialist dedicated to the development and care of forests. On any given oak tree in one of the affected areas there are countless numbers of loopers lurking and gnawing away at its leaves leaving a skeleton behind. Standing still in the vicinity one can hear the Oak Loopers feasting and slithering in unison. When pushing through the thick of the affected brush dozens of loopers will fall on a passerby creeping down the back of their neck inducing moments of panic. It feels like being in a “Stranger Things” episode. While overlooking one of the leafless groves Leyva observes, “’s spreading up over the top there. You have some varying shades; from the very top of the ridge there’s dark green, then you can see it get, what we say, skeletonized, on the leaves that are coming down to where those loopers have really been active.” The Oak Looper is a native species to North America and according to Leyva should not cause serious concern just yet. Loopers are present every year. As Leyva puts it,“ If you look around enough in the oak brush you’ll find some every year but the populations will ebb and flow — they’ll spike some years.”

"One of several large sections of scrub oak on The Crown where the leaves have been ravaged by Oak Loopers this season. An Oak Looper is about the size of a cuticle but that does not stymie their collective appetite." hoto by James Steindler

That said, Leyva has not seen this extreme of an impact by the Oak Looper in his 15 years with the Forest Service. Leyva said it is hard to determine what exactly caused the population increase this year but it could have something to do with an early spring. When there is an early spring the Looper has more time before the next frost to continue to spread and multiply. Hilary Boyd, a Wildlife Biologist with the Bureau of Land Management office in Silt, isn’t ready to give answers just yet but said, “something happened this year for them to have a population explosion.” The Oak Looper is merely a defoliator, meaning it only goes after an oak tree’s leaves, not the trunk of the tree. Therefore, the skeletonized leaves will fall in the autumn and green leaves will still flush out in the spring. Luckily, Gambel Oak is a hardy host. As Leyva points out, “When [The] Lake Christine [Fire] came through last year we had a lot of top die back on the oak brush and they leafed back out.” Gambel Oak is often the target of prescribed burns throughout the Roaring Fork Valley because it is so pervasive. By contrast, the Spruce Budworm — a close relative to the Looper — has caused experts concern within the area. According to the Colorado State Forest Service (Colorado State University) website, 3,800 acres of forest were affected

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within Garfield County in 2017 by the Spruce Budworm. Because Spruce trees are coniferous they will not replenish foliage every spring like the Gambel Oak. Leyva says a big concern with Spruce Budworm is when they attack “the smaller trees which then don’t have the ability to come back as easily.” Similar to the Oak Looper, the Spruce Budworm lays its eggs by letting down a long strand of webbing which often leaves its larva on young trees near the forest floor. If the Oak Looper were to continue to come back in the same location with such ferocity year after year, it is possible to begin to see some “die back.” However, Leyva does not think this will be the case and that this is just one of those years where the Looper population has spiked. Hilary Boyd has worked in her position with the BLM office for five years. In that time, Oak Loopers have not been on her radar… until now. In fact it is the talk of the BLM office in Silt; everyone from the receptionist to the fuel manager are intrigued and raring to dig for answers. Personnel from their office have collected samples and begun research. While these little creatures may seem off putting and more destructive than usual this year, they are a natural part of our ecosystem. That said, it’s worth keeping an eye out next summer to see if the defoliation is equally as extensive.

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HAPPY FEET • Dance Initiative invites you to discover the Franklin and Gyrokinesis methods of improving foot function with Nikki Alstedter at 5:30 p.m. at the Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). $25 per person; email peter@ for more info. BUILDING COMMUNITY • Coventure (201 Main St.) hosts networking at 6:30 p.m. followed by a free 7 to 8 p.m. panel discussion with Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs and Justin Lewis, Founder of Roaring Fork Technologists. CONSENSUAL IMPROV • Thunder River Theatre Company’s troupe performs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on its home stage (67 Promenade). $15 at

FRIDAY AUG. 16 THE HOOT • KDNK Community Radio's free outdoor concert returns from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Fourth Street Plaza. DUELING BANJOS • Natalie Spears and Jonathan Vocke play at 7 p.m. at Marble Distilling (150 Main St.). FOLK • The David Burchfield Trio takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.)

FRI AUG. 9 - THU AUG. 15 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents “The Farewell” (PG) at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-22, “The Biggest Little Farm” (PG) at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16, “Maiden” (PG) at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 17

and “Echo in the Canyon” (PG-13) at 5;30 p.m. Aug. 18.

SATURDAY AUG. 17 DOG DAY 5K • Colorado Animal Rescue invites you to a run/ walk open to all ages and friendly on-leash dogs beginning at 8 a.m. at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood. Register at coloradoanimalrescue. org. COMEDY • Marble Distilling (150 Main St.) brings in four comics — David Rodriguez, Courtney Baka, Alison Rose and Casey Flesch — to entertain you beginning at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover.

SUNDAY AUG. 18 OUR TOWN ONE TABLE • An outdoor summer potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. — reservations at SWAGGER ROCK • The Outer Vibe takes the stage at 8 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.).

TUESDAY AUG. 20 SONIC MEDITATION • Pranavam Das (Lipbone Redding) an evening of breathwork , chanting and sonic healing, followed by a deep guided meditation with live music beginning at 6 p.m. at True Nature (100 N. Third St.) $20 at truenaturehealingarts. com.

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PLANT FOODS WORKSHOP • Learn how shifting your choices can lead to improved health, more happiness, greater mental clarity, better sleep and less stress from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). $45 includes presentation, snacks, resources and recipes; register to 340-9009 or ardishoffman@

WEDNESDAY AUG. 21 WATERCOLOR FOR WELLNESS • Join local artist Sarah Uhl for this hands on, play workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. at True Nature (100 N. Third St.) No experience necessary; supplies provided. $85 at

ONGOING MIXED MEDIA • Carbondale Arts (76 S. Fourth St.) presents “LOOM” — an exploration of the relationship between weaving and the evolution of the modern computer by Cate Tallmadge and Andrew Roberts-Gray — and “Post-Frontier Landscapes” — a solo exhibition by textile artist Julia Crocetto. NATURE RECONSIDERED • A national exhibit of ceramic art at the Carbondale Clay Center (135 Main St.) PING PONG • Senior Matters (520 S. Third St. Suite 33) offers a table tennis club for adults from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Contact Marcel Kahhak at 963-5901 for more information. HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION • Free opportunities include a PowerPoint presentation by Retired Family Physician, Dr. Greg Feinsinger about the science behind p l a n t- b a s e d nutrition, on the f i r s t Monday

of every month at 7 pm., as well as Monday morning free one-hour consultations by appointment for heart attack and other chronic illness prevention through PlantBased Whole Foods Lifestyle. (Call 379-5718.) A once a month Plant-Based whole foods potluck for anyone interested in plant-based living is the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. All events take place at 3rd Street Center, 520 S. Third St. 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. MINDFULNESS IN RECOVERY • An inclusive, peerled 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: and 970-633-0163. DHARMA • The Way of Compassion Dharma Center holds a Dharma talk and meditation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on 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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COMMUNITY CALENDAR 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 two-step, swing, waltz, line dance, salsa and more. No partner or experience necessary. $8/person; $14/couple. Call 970366-6463 or email billypat4@ PUNCH PARKINSON’S • Rising Crane Training Center (768 Highway 133) offers free boxing / fitness classes for folks with Parkinson’s from 11 to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. More info at 274-8473. 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.). 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. RODEO • Catch the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 22 at the Gus Darien Arena on Catherine Store Road. CASTLE TOURS • Experience life in another time with a tour of the elegant, beautifully-preserved home of Alma and John Osgood (58 Redstone Castle Ln.) at 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets at FARMERS MARKET • Get fresh produce and other goods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25 at the Fourth Street Plaza. ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL • Enjoy world-class classical music performances — orchestra, opera and chamber — with many events a day. In addition to fully free events, it’s always free to sit on the lawn outside the Benedict Music Tent. 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. 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 SUNSET YOGA • River Valley Ranch hosts complimentary classes at the first tee box from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings throughout the summer. SANSKRIT MANTRA • Devika Gurung demonstrates how chant is about more than spirituality, but also breath and rhythm at 4:30 p.m.

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Sundays at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). 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 306-1015). TAI CHI • All levels are welcome to participate a gentle path to health and flexibility from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with John Norton. Marty Finkelstein offers a 5 to 5:30 course for beginners before his 5:30 to 7 p.m. class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes take place at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.).

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

ALAPRIMA • A watercolor painting group meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). 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 9632889 for this month's selection. 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. 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 topics, such as high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety, etc. 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 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.) THOMPSON TOURS • The house (301 Lewies Ln.) is open for tours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. $5 for ages 13 and up, info at KARAOKE • Stubbies Sports Bar (123 Emma Rd.) 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. 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 963-8425. 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.


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TOWN REPORT From Town Manager Jay Harrington's weekly report to trustees, staff and others. A SAFETY INSPECTION of parks and facilities was conducted by CIRSA, prompting work at the Skate Park and Pool. THE POOL SCHEDULE changed a week early due to lack of available staff. Overall, visitorship remains down from last year. OUR TOWN ONE TABLE takes place this weekend. Reserve your tables at jwall@carbondaleco. net then bring food, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” decor and chairs beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Officer Bill Kirkland took to his bike to wrangle loose cattle in front of the Rec Center. Photo by Jillene Rector

COP SHOP From Aug. 2 through 8, Carbondale Police handled 238 calls for service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note:

police arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

FRIDAY AUG. 2 AT 9:29 P.M. After a traffic stop for lack of tail lights, the driver was cited for driving without a valid license and the passenger for minor in possession of marijuana.

An officer arrested a 27-year-old man on two outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled substance.

MONDAY AUG. 5 AT 1:26 P.M. Following a report of a car theft, police found the vehicle.

SUNDAY AUG. 4 AT 10:21 A.M.

TUESDAY AUG. 6 AT 12:00 A.M. A 26-year-old man was arrested

SATURDAY AUG. 3 AT 12:39 A.M. A stop for failing to stop at a stop

sign led to a driving under the influence summons for a 29-year-old man.

SATURDAY AUG. 3 AT 9:11 P.M. Following a stop for a defective

vehicle and failure to drive on the right,

SUNDAY AUG. 4 AT 2:49 A.M.

A disturbance call led to the arrest of a 29-year-old man on charges including felony theft, felony forgery, harassment, obstruction of telephone systems and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.

MONDAY AUG. 5 AT 4:44 A.M. Upon investigating a domestic

disturbance report, police arrested a 38-year-old man on charges of menacing, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and harassment.

on charges of felony false imprisonment, felony criminal mischief, assault, harassment and obstruction of telephone services. WEDNESDAY AUG. 7 AT 11:26 P.M. Police arrested a 38-year old man for violation of a restraining order.


NEW MARBLE BASES for art were installed on Third Street. CHIP SEALING wrapped up last week. Streets crews also patched asphalt on the side roads along Highway 133 and filled potholes around town. BID PACKETS are out for fabrication and installation of Red Hill trail signs. They’re available at and due to Town Hall by 3 p.m. Aug. 19. 2020 BUDGET work has been finalized.

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Tree Board - 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm Historic Preservation Commission - 1st Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm Board of Adjustment - meets as needed Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Trails Commission - 1st Monday of each quarter, 6:00 pm

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THE STEIN PROPERTY revised development plan has been refined over the last few months, and staff anticipates that a new application for Major Site Plan review will be submitted by the end of August. PLANNING AND ZONING will consider a subdivision for the townhome units under construction on the lot behind Ace Hardware at the Aug. 15 meeting. WATER LINE FLUSHING is under way throughout River Valley Ranch, with staff using the water from the hydrant to flush the sewer collection system where appropriate.


The Town of Carbondale is currently accepting applications for vacancies on Advisory Boards. There are currently open seats on the: • Public Arts Commission (CPAC) -1st Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm •

SALES TAX revenues were up 6.4 percent in July over last year, leaving 2019 4.7 percent ahead of 2018 thus far. Lodging taxes were up 4 percent and bag fees were up 7.5 percent in July, as well.


Carbondale’s crusade against single-use plastic hits a snag By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff An expansion of Carbondale’s plastic bag ban is on hold after the managers of several affected businesses raised concerns about communication. While the Environmental Board had reportedly taken the town’s temperature on the possibility of including non-grocery businesses in the ban, word didn’t make it to the top at every establishment. That prompted one head honcho to contact the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, with the resulting story eliciting surprise from several other business leaders and consternation among the trustees. “We’ve gone forward thinking that everyone had been really reached out to, and it didn’t seem like that was accurate,” noted Trustee Ben Bohmfalk. “If it’s in the best interests of the town and environment and all that, we can pass something even if there’s opposition… but I want to really understand how the businesses are feeling about it.” Trustee Heather Henry took full responsibility for the situation and defended the environmental board. “Absolutely, there was never an intention to leave anyone out,” she said. “I think our E-board really… did the best they could in terms of their volunteer time.” Kiko Peña of Sopris Liquor and Wine didn’t see that as enough. “I think that lack of communication led to a bunch of misinformation that

I think you need to make a decision today,” he said. Peña already offers only paper bags at the store, but would be obliged to charge for them under the proposed ordinance expansion — as would any other retailer over 9,000 square feet. And while many customers are content reusing a box to carry out their purchases, he believes a fair number of Latino customers would prefer not to call attention to themselves with something so obvious. “I’m six years ahead of this plastic bag curve, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “I personally feel for all my efforts I’m being penalized… If you’re going to do that, let’s go all in. Everybody, all sizes.” Chris Peterson, managing partner of Ace Hardware, came to a similar conclusion by applying Rotary’s Four Way Test: is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will and better friendships and will it be beneficial to all concerned? “I would go so far to say that the ordinance itself fails this test, which is why we did not opt in,” he asserted. “Is this a problem for the Town or not? Can a fox not choke to death on a bag from a small store?” Ace is now in the process of running through its back inventory and converting to single-use plastic free. He encouraged the Town to rewrite the ordinance with fewer exceptions and to make a point to reach out directly in the future — though Mayor Dan Richardson didn’t see the latter as

particularly practical. “If we tried to contact every stakeholder with every resolution, we would be in the communication business instead of the governance business,” he said. For her part, Henry opted for a different ethical framework — the idea that actions should be taken to benefit the next seven generations. “This is one baby step in a bigger process that the trustees have committed to to really look at how we can make a difference,” she said. “The fee structure is one that I think, frankly, overcomplicates a lot of things.” Bohmfalk saw some fee as essential to the mission. “I don’t care where the fee goes, but I think there has to be some disincentive or we’re just going to have stacks of paper bags instead of plastic,” he said. Regardless, the majority of trustees weren’t inclined to proceed without further community feedback and, potentially, formal consulting.

In other actions, trustees…

Agreed to discuss a potential change to the current limit of three rabbits per household. Declined to weigh in on potential changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. Wished Angie Sprang well in her new position as Town Manager in Green Mountain Falls. Approved a liquor license transfer for Rhumba Girl Liquors.

Patrick Hunter made the best of the criticism leveled toward the E-Board and even brought a prop he'd found on the way. Photo by Will Grandbois

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The Full Moon Drug Bust From the archives of The Sopris Sun and Valley Journal AUG. 16, 1989 A single evening of busts resulted in more drug arrests in town than in the preceding three years. The reaction was, according to Pat Noel, divisive, “with some lauding the police for taking action against what is perceived to be a serious problem in the community while others decry the dangerous and offensive methods of importing federal spies into our midst in an attempt to solve a local problem. But no matter what the reaction to what some now call ‘The Full Moon Drug Bust’ (I can see the T-shirts now), a fragile peace that has reigned for many years between those in the community who use drugs and those who don’t has been broken.” And that loss of innocence, at least in Noel’s estimation, came without any real progress against the cocaine epidemic in the community. In other news… Eagle County Sheriff ’s deputies wrapped up a 63-hour “sick-out” to protest commissioner’s refusal to approve overtime payments to two employees.

AUG. 17, 1989 The “Fat Tyre Classic” — a series of trials geared toward mountain bikes and sponsored by Life Cycles and Coors beer — was looking to expand in its fifth year. Competitors in Sopris Park would face the “cheater-totter,” “the fresh squeezed,” a ditch run and some unannounced hazards. Then there was bike polo featuring the two guys who ostensibly dreamed the idea up, and plenty of rides up Prince Creek including “the Mt. Sopris Pilgrimage” — a challenge to ride to Thomas Lakes, cimb the mountain and return to town all in one fell swoop. In other news… John Robin Sutherland was slated to perform alongside the Telluride Chamber Players at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

AUG. 12, 1999 Town officials were mulling some sort of occupancy limit as more and more large groups of roommates began to emerge. The story included a photo near Wheel Circle, where parking had become a problem as a presumed result of the crisis. Said Town Planner Mark Chain, “I have been getting complaints on large numbers of people living in residential units for years, but it has definitely stepped up just in the last few months.” While some trustees were open to tackling the issue, others were concerned about violating civil liberties. Mayor Randy Vanderhurst, for his part, viewed restrictions as unenforceable – and thus not worth implementing. In other news… A fire destroyed a residence and three businesses near Buffalo Valley: Canyon Cleaners, Architectural Furniture and Sarver Plastering.

AUG. 13, 2009 Planning and Zoning was preparing to discuss the Comprehensive Plan against the backdrop of the Village at Crystal River Marketplace proposal. Calling for up to 300 residential units, a 60,000-foot grocery store and other commercial space on 24 acres along the west side of Highway 133, the development was currently under review by P&Z. The Highway 133 corridor as a whole was mixed up in the discussion, with the potential for clashing traffic lights on Nieslanik Avenue and Industry Place. (Corridor improvements later replaced the light at 133 and Main with a roundabout and added a central lane on the highway, while Village at Crystal River was shot down by voters and the property is just now being developed.) In other news… A crew of five British coaches had just wrapped up a week-long camp teaching “real football” — soccer — to local kids.

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working together to foster a community of inclusion, that recognizes the humanity of us all. Alex Sánchez, Executive Director Valley Settlement

Not my media Dear Editor: The liberal drive-by media has forfeited the right to be called journalists. They have devolved from reporting news, to supporting political agendas. They don't report , they opine. They slant or omit facts to suit their message. Their bias-rot reeks to the heavens. They are humanity's slime, charlatans all. Bruno Kirchenwitz Rifle

Do words matter? Dear Editor: Of course, words matter. A command of and an understanding of the language we use are essential in a society where we are free to express our thoughts. A review of our history makes clear the societal impacts of words. A review of Hitler’s speeches and statements emphasize the evil world he envisioned. And those who recognized that evil would not, or could not, comment nor act to prevent the horror that followed his rhetoric. And the lessons learned from that conflict — that we are all one on a very small and delicate planet — seem to have been forgotten or lost. Trump sits in our White House although the majority of Americans did not vote to put him there. He is recognized

as a bully who cannot tolerate those who do not promise loyalty or allegiance to him and his racist, nationalist, bigoted, anti-immigrant, uneducated, antiAmerican views. Our elected officials, those chosen to work for all people of America seem unable to debate, discuss, or make decisions or act on the behalf of those for whom they were hired to work. Words and chants at rallies are laughed at and praised – “Lock Her Up”, “Send them Home”, and “Shoot Them” are dismissed as humorous shouts of participation. Some of us remember the reassuring words of President Roosevelt when he sought to comfort and unify a nation at war; we recall words of true leadership from favorite authors and poets, intellects, patriots and neighbors. It is written that President Kennedy believed in the power of words — both written and spoken — to set goals, to change minds, to move nations. It is written that he consistently took care to choose the right words and phrases that would send the right message. “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” challenged every American to contribute in some way to the public good. That leadership is missing today. Fear to speak out or to engage in meaningful discussion leads to a society that communicates only to strangers waving signs and wearing hats and shirts to send messages via tweets and shouts and gun violence and manifestos of hatred. We are better than that. Dorothea Farris Carbondale





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