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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6 • March 19, 2009

Talk of the Town Tea bags, rubber and bedsheets were only a few of the eco-friendly materials used in the KDNK and CCAH fashion show fundraiser that was, in fact, the talk of the town. More photos on page 9

Wewer Keohane designed this tea bag ensemble elegantly modeled by Carbondalian Ellie Davis. Photo by Jane Bachrach.


Carbondale Commentary What Would A Ute Do? The last time the economy was this bad I was just a kid, more worried about the “Dukes of Hazzard” getting away from Rosco P. Coltrane than about locals losing their jobs. And, while we may have learned more from our mistakes in the ’70s than Boss Hogg ever did, we’re still a long way from the head of the class. In second grade, we took a field trip to the Pitkin County jail. (I swear I could not make this stuff up if I tried.) As we walked single file past the barred cells, I remember feeling nervous and gripping the hands of my classmates a little harder. The occupants were hiding, standing out of view in the darkness of the back of their cells because, let’s face it, wouldn’t you? In my childhood imagination it’s like a scene from “Silence of the Lambs” with a dark, damp hallway and innocent little kids dressed in primary colors gawking at hardened criminals smoking cigarettes while lying on gray-striped mattresses. Looking back, I realize it was more likely to be a drunk driver or someone who got into a fight at the Red Onion the night before. I am still shocked that anyone thought it would be a good learning experience to show a bunch of 7-year-olds the county jail up close and personal like that, but back then the adults were watching the “Dukes of Hazzard,” too. I’m not a county administrator, but I can think of sevBy Jeannie Perry eral school field trips that would have a more positive influence on a child. Places like the dump; where watching large bulldozers bury huge piles of trash under the dirt really enforces the point that we don’t actually “throw” anything away. The Earth is a self-contained unit and the sooner we learn its “reduce, reuse and recycle” system, the easier it will be on all of us. It’s obvious we’ve given ourselves cancer with our short-sightedness and OCD — Obsessive Consumer Disorder. We do everything exactly the opposite of how the American natives did it, and because of that we are jeopardizing our own future with pollution and disease. Tobacco is the perfect example: instead of sharing a pipe at the end of the day with family and friends while watching the stars, we spray the weed with harsh, addictive chemicals and package it in boxes of 20. And now a tobacco company has come up with a new smokeless, spitless product called SNUS. It’s beyond me why anyone would want to addict themselves to nicotine without the calming deep breaths that smoking offers or the disgustingly cool packed jaw of baseballers and cowboys. (I recently quit smoking and considered taking up chewing to curb the craving. Luckily, I remembered that I have this thing about my teeth or, more specifically, about losing them.) Whenever I am faced with a new life choice, I simply ask myself, “What Would A Ute Do?” This works well no matter what size of dilemma I find myself in. From paying more for certain organic fruits and vegetables to shopping at thrift stores, I try to make my choices based on the long run instead of instant gratification. If you find it difficult to imagine what a Ute would do, another trick is to envision what Sarah Palin would do and then do the opposite. In a recession of biblical proportions I think the Ute elders would take into account the welfare of the tribe; maybe even forgoing their own shares in the name of prosperity for all. I find it hard to imagine the chief and his cronies hoarding all the food and shelter while leaving the people to fend for themselves out in the elements. Mainly because they would understand that, in the end, their choices affect the entire tribe, which of course includes them. Recessions are a good time to reflect on the really important things in life, especially if you spend that time reflecting in the pub — one of the few recession-proof places. People will do without many things before they’ll give up their pints and quarts. “Oh yeah, like we weren’t pushing booze before the recession.” – Local waitress. Which when you think about it, helps the local economy by keeping the police busy and the jails full, thus teaching grade schoolers a valuable civic lesson outside the classroom. It’s an ever-learning circle, this thing called life. Until you test out, that is.

Ps & Qs

Our pledge to you... The Sopris Sun strives for accuracy and the highest journalistic standards. Sometimes under deadline pressure a mistake may slip through. Please let us know if we’ve made an error by emailing us at news@soprissun.com or call Trina at 274-1861. In a story last week about the Overlook project, the quotes in the final two paragraphs at the end the story were incorrectly attributed to Joani Matranga. In fact, it was fellow Roadmap Group member Laurie Loeb who spoke to the potential loss of “our sense off peace and tranquility,” and that she doesn’t think that Carbondale residents desire to “be in the midst of a sense of scrambling at all times.” Loeb has stated that the issue is not whether the town will have density at that site, but how much density. The Sun apologizes for the error. 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • March 19, 2009

Letters

The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to letters@soprissun.com or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Celebrating one year of recreating

KDNK success a reflection of all

Dear Editor: Happy anniversary, Carbondale Recreation and Community Center! This past Saturday, March 14, marked one year since the Rec. Center opened. During this last year, the CRCC has sold over 2,600 memberships and seen well over 17,000 people admitted for various programs, activities, events, and daily entrances. Basic memberships aside, the CRCC has also been used for numerous birthday parties, concerts, a film festival, chili cook-off, fashion show and more. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the year however, was when the CRCC was awarded Platinum Status for its LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The CRCC is one of just two buildings in Colorado with Platinum Status, and is the only recreation in the United States to receive the honor. We look forward to the new challenges our second year will bring. Thanks to everyone who helped make this first year a success, and we invite both new and seasoned members to come check us out! The CRCC is located at 567 Colorado Ave. (next to Town Hall). Look for us on the web at www.carbondalegov.org or call us at 704-4190. Sincerely, Carbondale Recreation staff

Dear Editor: Thanks very much to the local community for supporting KDNK during our Spring Membership Drive. I like to think that the radio station reflects the community. The success of the drive is a beautiful reflection on us all. Because of our supporters, we are now able to continue our mission of providing public access radio that connects community members to one another and the world. Stay tuned! Steve Skinner General Manager KDNK Community Radio

Help Carbondale blossom

Dear Editor: There is no need to tell you that these are critical times for our world’s, personal and local economies, to say the least! There is one important entity, we feel, that is being affected by the town’s reduced sales tax revenues collected this year — the funding for flowers to grow in the numerous concrete planters around our downtown and Rec. Center areas. At this time, those pots are home to numerous little evergreen trees that were planted last fall and were decorated by our school children for the holidays. LETTERS page 12

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Trustees override staff recommendation, OK street closure for clay center By Jeremy Heiman Sopris Sun reporter A significant development in a tussle between local nonprofit event promoters and business owners who want Main street to remain open, the Carbondale Clay Center won the right last week to close a block of the street for its annual fundraising event. After a short debate, the Carbondale Board of Trustees voted on March 10 to approve the clay center’s application for a special events permit, including a license to sell alcohol and a request to close Main Street between Snowmass Drive and Second Street in front of the Clay Center during the one-evening event. The center, a nonprofit community art center established in 1997, has for 10 years raised the bulk of its operating funds through an annual event called Cajun Clay Night. This year the organization is changing the name and theme of the fundraiser. The May 30 event will be an Italian family dinner called La Dolce Vita — Italian for “the sweet life” and the title of a 1960 movie by Federico Fellini. In addition to the catered dinner, it will feature live music and dancing, games for kids and a silent auction of handmade ceramic ware. Lauren Kearns, the Clay Center’s executive director, writes in her application that the event needs the extra room provided by the street closure, but also that the promoters will be trying to replicate celebratory Italian neighborhood dining “… to have people sit and eat together as they often do in Italy, pulling out tables and chairs into the street for a festive family-community event.” The street will be closed from 2 p.m., when volunteers will begin to set up tables for the fundraiser, until about 10 p.m. Clay center staff and volunteers will set up their own street closure and detour signs, as requested by Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling.

Closures questioned Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel said he and Town Manager Tom Baker have been approached by “a couple of local business owners” who told them that their businesses have been hurt by the closure of Main Street for special events such as the clay center’s fundraiser. Jackel, whose department is involved because several of Carbondale’s summer street events got their start through the rec department, refused to disclose which businesses had contacted him. However, one of the business people who complained spoke to the Sun. Sue Van Horton, owner and manager of Russets, at 225 Main St., said there’s no question that the street closures are hurting her business. “What it boils down to is, to keep people from getting to my restaurant is detrimental to business,” Van Horton said. “It’s not fair.” She said she couldn’t really quantify the loss of business because business varies so much, and is affected by so many different

factors. But she does cite anecdotal information. In early December, for example, Van Horton said Russets was experiencing an abnormally slow Friday night. “I’m wondering why we’re so slow,” Van Horton said. A customer came in, she said, and commented, “Gosh, you guys are hard to get to.” It was then Van Horton realized that the street was closed for the lighting of the town’s Christmas lights. “We didn’t even get any Christmas lights down here,” Van Horton said, “and the street lights don’t even work. It’s dark down here.” She said she thinks business would be better if fundraisers and festivals were held in Sopris Park. “We have a beautiful park here in Carbondale,” she said. “The park is for social gatherings. The street is for cars.

Some restaurants benefit Van Horton said she realizes that most of the other Main Street restaurants don’t feel the same effect because they are closer to the center of things. Customers most often like to drive closer to their destination, and Russets is at the far end of Main Street. She said she and her staff have been working long hours to make the business successful. “I’m struggling to make this work,” she said. “And then I have people working against me that I’ve donated money to.” After being contacted by Van Horton and others, a group of senior town staff members decided the solution was to limit the number of street closures, said Schilling. Jackel and Baker recommended to the trustees that street closures for events be limited to one day for the Cruisin’ the Rockies Valley Cruisers Car Show in summer. Schilling said moving the car show was never considered because there’s really no other place big enough to park all the cars. Originally, it was held at Sopris Park, but it quickly got too big for that venue. The trustees directed town staff to try to get nonprofits to move their fundraisers into the Fourth Street Plaza, instead of closing Main Street. “We recognized that we’ve had a downturn in the local economy,” Jackel said, “and we told the board we’d try to move [the events].

Letters support nonprofit events However, a number of Carbondale residents who caught wind of this disagreement have written to the trustees in support of nonprofits that request closure of Main Street for their events. And when it came down to a vote on the clay center event, the trustees sided with the nonprofits. “When they came to the board,” Schilling said, “the board overruled the staff.” In a letter written supporting La Dolce Vita and its street closure, real estate broker Lynn Kirchner writes that the clay center’s event is, “… the kick off party for our town’s ‘Summer of Fun’” and continues, saying, “It is also the major fund raiser for one of Carbondale’s most

Carbondale Clay Center supporters arrive at a past Cajun Clay Night. The clay center will be able to party in the street again this year despite complaints from local restaurants about street closures. Photo by Trina Ortega unique non-profits.” Ro Mead, director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, pointed out that the arts, on the whole, have been good for business in Carbondale. For example, she said, one restaurant owner told her that Friday sales went up by 20 percent when CCAH started the First Fridays gallery tours. “I would like to work with the businesses that are unhappy,” she said, to try to

find a solution. The Carbondale Clay Center teaches public classes and workshops and operates an artist-in-residence program as a bridge between an undergraduate and graduate school for the participants. The center also provides community outreach programs, working with such organizations as the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf and the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital.

P&Z gives nod to The Overlook By Trina Ortega Planning & Zoning Commission approved one of the last remaining large developments in Carbondale but not before one commission member recommended the application for the Overlook Neighborhood be denied. Commission member Lorey Esquibel made a motion at the commission’s March 12 meeting to turn down C’dale LLC’s proposal to build more than 200 residential units on 13 acres north of Town Hall. The development also will include commercial space and a possible 50-unit hotel. Some residents showed up to voice their concern about the high-density proposal and how it fits with the vision of Carbondale. “The town has approved close to 400 units which have not yet been built out. It would behoove us to look at any sizeable development that comes in as a proposal in light of the entire town,” said Laurie Loeb. C’dale LLC originally sought additional residential units that could be built at the site of the hotel, but the commission agreed that if the hotel is not built, the developer must build a facility that is a “benefit to the community,” said P&Z Chair Ben Bohmfalk. Later in the meeting, some commission members did acknowledge that the large development, of which Carbondale Trustee John Foulkrod is a partner, brings to the forefront the need to ad-

dress the town’s rate of growth. Jeff Dickinson noted that if all of the current developments were populated, the growth would be too much for the town. The short discussion about growth wasn’t enough to keep the commission from approving the Overlook, 5-1, with Esquibel voting against. In her motion to deny, Esquibel cited that street circulation is too narrow, there is not adequate parking, setbacks are too small and the building height variance of 42 feet is too much. However, her motion was not discussed and failed for lack of a second. P&Z will ratify the conditions of approval at its March 26 meeting, and then the proposal moves to the Carbondale Board of Trustees in April. An additional public hearing at that level will take place prior to a council vote. “I’m happy to get out of P&Z,” Foulkrod said after the meeting, adding that his proposal was “rehashed” and under consideration since September 2008. “That was probably the longest in the town’s history.” River Valley Ranch is the only project that’s been bigger, according to community development director Doug Dotson. The next P&Z meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 26 when public hearing also continues on the Thompson Park proposal for annexation and development of 30 to 100 residential units on 10 acres on south Highway 133. The meeting also will be televised on Channel 12. THE SOPRIS SUN • March 19, 2009 • 3


Alpine Bank employs nearly 600 people in western Colorado. While that may be a small number compared to other companies, the loyalty of our employee-owners speaks volumes.

Scuttlebutt KDNK hits $50K again Even in tough economic times, the good in folks comes out. KDNK, Carbondale’s beloved community access radio station, met its $50,000 goal last week in its Spring Membership Drive. KDNK officials kept the goal the same as last year, due to the recession, according to General Manager Steve Skinner. It was affirmation of a great town and the wonderful KDNK volunteers, Skinner said.

Tournament on May 16. Sponsorships are available at many levels, and in light of the economic situation, prices have been reduced substantially. To sponsor the tournament, call Aspen Glen Rotary President Chad Griller at (970) 3661174.

A bunch of crack-ups The KDNK fund drive made national airwaves, too. It started with Steve Skinner, News Director Conrad Wilson and news announcer Steve Cole talking about the shrunken-head Barbie incentive during the membership drive. It turned into a giggling and snorting fest for the trio, who “just couldn’t pull it together,” Skinner said. He sent a portion of the show to a couple of friends via the Internet and “it went viral.” It caught the attention of national radio host Harry Shearer, who played it on his March 15 “Le Show.” Join in the snickering at www.harryshearer.com, about eight minutes in.

Clued in to the falcon

Maybe that’s why Alpine is stronger now than in our entire 35 year history.

Report filed from Brenda Buchanan of the Gordon Cooper Library: The black bird was perching behind the bar at the Pour House … right next to the 20-yearold scotch. Carlos Herrera was the wily detective who spotted the falcon and reported it to the Gordon Cooper Library. He wins a $50 gift certificate to the Pour House. The falcon has moved again. This week’s prize is a gift certificate from Sounds Easy. Keep your eyes open in this weekly contest, where residents are challenged to spot the black falcon statue and officially report the sighting at the Gordon Cooper Library.

Eat pie for Pastor Reeves Pastor Reeves of Crystal River Baptist Church is taking a two-week mission trip to Africa, departing March 31. The congregation is raising funds for this trip by selling Domino Pizza buy-one-get-one -free cards. The cards cost $10 and amount to 16 free pizzas. For more information or to buy a card, call Daryl Reeves at 963-3694.

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Pretty girls and fast horses are invited to try out for the 2009 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. Support the rodeo, be a role model in the community and earn scholarship money. For more information go to www.carbondalerodeo.com or contact Diane Teague 963-6394 or 379-7673. Application deadline is April 15.

Tee up for tourney The Rotary Club of Carbondale/Aspen Glen is seeking sponsors for its fourth annual Childhelp River Bridge Golf

Super skier

David “Bode Miller” Hayes, Carbondale’s local Special Olympic skier, participated in the District Ski Meet held at Sunlight Mountain at the end of February. David participated in both the Giant Slalom and Slalom events with more than 108 other Special Olympic athletes. Unfortunately, David skied a little bit too much like Bode and left the starting gate too early in the Giant Slalom so he didn’t have a qualified run. However, in the Slalom event David had a good clean start, skied very fast on the tough course and brought home a sixth place ribbon. David also participated in the Police Association Ski Races held at Snowmass Ski area on March 13. Congratulations to David in his ski racing adventures.

Happy Birthday

A trip to Alexa’s Closet revealed a family celebrating numerous spring birthdays. Shop owner Donna Maes celebrates on March 21, Terry Hayes on March 22, TJ Hayes on March 30, and Alexa Maes turns 13 on April 6.

Near New to be closed

The Rebekahs will be closing the Near New Shop at Second and Main streets from March 21-28 while the floor in the historic building is refinished. The shop will not take any donations until after March 28. After that date, the shop will resume taking donations during business hours at the front counter. Have a heart — don’t leave your items on the steps overnight. The elderly volunteers have a difficult time lifting heaps of donations left on the front steps.


Couple celebrates a milestone in marriage — their 70th anniversary By Trina Ortega The age-old saying goes something like this: “The best thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother.” And Stephen Janiga has done that for 70 years and counting. On March 14, he celebrated another year of marriage to his mate, Irene, at Heritage Park Care Center. “My father adores her,” daughter Stephanie Janiga of Carbondale said while talking about the adage that has been a guiding force for the Janigas. Even when they were faced with the realities of growing old, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, he has “stayed by her side,” Stephanie said. On Saturday, the other residents of Heritage Park gathered to honor the couple’s milestone and mingle with one another. Heritage Park staff helped Irene sweep her hair up into a bun, and she put on true red lipstick. He wore a khaki colored flat cap and dressed up his cobalt blue dress shirt with a plaid tie. Then the staff at Heritage Park wheeled Irene and Stephen into the cafeteria to celebrate with balloons, cake, nonalcoholic beer and champagne. “You look beautiful,” Stephanie said loudly into her mom’s ear. Over the years, Stephanie has inherited pieces of the family history. She has an old prayer book that belonged to a

grandparent, immigrant papers of some of the relatives, photos, and her father’s paintings. More precious, she also has become the gatekeeper of her parents’ memories. Stephen was born in March 1914 in his parents’ apartment on 125th Street in New York City. Irene was born the following year in December in Queens. Both were children of immigrant families, some of whom came through Ellis Island. Stephen and Irene each were the first in their families to graduate from high school and they were lucky enough to be working at the same place in their mid20s when they met. It was at a Greyhound bus station, and “my mother looked up and saw him and thought he was gorgeous,” Stephanie said. Irene had come from a split family and, after getting to know Stephen, she knew he was the one. “She told him she wanted to marry him because she knew Stephen and Irene Janiga wait for the cake cutting at their 70th wedding celebration he wouldn’t leave,” Stephanie said. on March 14th at Heritage Park Care Center. Photo by Trina Ortega So that the Janigas could work extra hours while they were young, Irene’s Senior Housing. decorated with one of Stephen’s acrylic mother essentially raised the Janigas’ The Janigas retired to Florida in their paintings of a cheetah. Above Irene’s bed two children. 50s and remained there until Stephanie is a photo of her mom; above Stephen’s a “Their families were very poor. I be- arranged to move them in 2006 to Car- photo of him and Irene. lieve that they didn’t want their children bondale, where they could be closer to “I said they had to be in the same to live in poverty, so they worked,” the only family left, their two children. room,” Stephanie said. “They couldn’t Stephanie said, admitting that the strong Their son, David, lives in Denver. be apart. They may not be aware of a Now, both in their mid-90s, they share lot, but I think that they know each work ethic was instilled into her, as well. a room at Heritage Park. The room is other’s presence.” She is a retired teacher and now lives at

News Briefs Safe Routes trail to be established CDOT yard would push the path too close The Town of Carbondale expects to begin work on a bike path and pedestrian trail between Snowmass Drive and Meadowood Drive this year. “We’re hoping to break ground this summer,” said Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel. Rather than following closely along Highway 133 as much of the existing bike path does, the “Safe Route to School Trail” segment will duck behind the Colorado Department of Transportation yard and follow Roaring Fork Avenue. Routing the trail in front of the

to the highway for safety, Jackel said. Where the path parallels Roaring Fork Avenue, an existing sidewalk will be widened for pedestrians and a bike lane will be painted on the street. CDOT will move back a fence behind the agency’s yard 5 feet to allow the bike path to pass between the fence and a row of mature blue spruce trees, Jackel said. The new section will be about onequarter mile and will be paved with asphalt. The trail will be partially funded by a State of Colorado Safe Routes to School grant of $85,647. The town has

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Food Co-op now open Sundays

The Carbondale Community Food Co-op, located at 559 Main St., is now open on Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday hours have changed, as well. The co-op is opening and closing one hour later, to reflect customer preferences. The new Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Carbondale Community Food Co-op is a grocery store dedicated to providing organic, locally grown foods to its customers.

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Public Works has begun cleaning and burning irrigation ditches throughout Carbondale. There may be smoke in some neighborhoods while crews are working on this project. Public Works is asking residents to keep access open to ditches, inspect ditches, and remove any debris and plant growth that has accumulated since last year. The ditches are scheduled to be turned on April 15. For further information, call 963-1307.

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Paul E. Dickerson Jr. July 13, 1934 – March 7, 2009 Paul E. Dickerson of Montrose, Colo., was surrounded by loved ones when he peacefully passed away early March 7, 2009. Born and raised in Pea Green, Colo., to Paul E. Dickerson Sr. and Gertrude Lane Dickerson, Paul (Dick) spent his years in Pea Green until graduation from Olathe High School in 1952. Paul was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and became the pride of Pea Green when, as a young boy, he traveled all the way to California to sing for Warner Brothers. He was a naturally talented thespian and musician … a talent that guided him to Western State College where he proceeded to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and later his Master’s in English. It was while at Western State that Paul met Ann Leigh Foster. In 1954, they were married. Paul and Ann moved to Montrose, Colo., where he became a Junior High School English teacher. After his first year of teaching, he was called to serve his country. After two years in the U.S. Army, the superintendent of the Montrose Schools petitioned the Army to allow Paul, (a shining young educator) to return to teaching. Paul and Ann returned to Montrose to resume his teaching career. Paul was a lifelong educator. He touched many, many lives while sharing his passion for knowledge, learning and the endless possibilities that these bring to one’s life. He was a strong advocate for public education and worked tirelessly throughout the years to help reform the system in order to better serve the students, his first priority. Between 1968 and 1978, the family lived in Denver where Paul worked as an educational consultant for McGraw Hill. He won numerous awards as the top regional consultant. Paul married Meredyth Campbell in 1978. They were blessed with a long and adventurous union … travel, gardening, theater were their passions. Paul was so grateful for the loving and selfless care Meredyth tended to him in his last years of declining health. Paul was a founding member of the Magic Circle Players Theatre in Montrose. He believed in the amazing capacity of theater to bond and create community. He was a favorite actor, director, producer and patron of plays throughout the 48+ years at Magic Circle. He deeply believed in supporting the arts in community. In 2003, he and Meredyth Dickerson were awarded the Lifetime Appreciation Award from the Magic Circle Players. Paul had a great many accomplishments in his life but by far, his greatest was his family. He loved his children and grandchildren with all of his heart and soul. They returned his love equally. He is survived by his wife, Meredyth C. Dickerson of Montrose; children Paul (a.k.a. Tom) of Carbondale, Carol of Grand Junction, Staci of Carbondale and Jon Eric (Jessica) of Montrose; grandchildren Christopher, IvAnn Sara and Hayden of Montrose; his sister, Phyllis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceeded in death by sisters Elaine, Dorothy, and Marjorie, wife Ann and grandson Tyler. Please join in a celebration of Paul’s life on Sunday, March 22, 1 p.m. at the Magic Circle Players Theatre in Montrose. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Magic Circle Players, P.O. Box 1897 Montrose, CO 81402.

Community Briefs Youth spring break trips scheduled The Carbondale Recreation and Community Center is hosting excursions for youth ages 8 and up to get out of town for the day during spring break. A March 30 trip will be to the Aspen Recreation Center, where kids can test their strength on the climbing wall, spin around the ice rink or splash around in the pool. Participants should bring a sack lunch. The trip is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $35. Grand Junction is the destination for the April 1 trip. Join recreation staff for ice skating at the Glacier Ice Arena and Bananas Amusement Park. Bring extra money for arcade games. The van leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Cost is $40. Call 704-4190 for more information and to register.

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Roaring Fork Conservancy presents a free Crystal River Hatchery Tour as part of its 2009 Watershed Explorations series. The tour will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 1. Interested persons ages 8 and up can tour the hatchery, a cold-water facility that raises rainbow, Snake River, and cutthroat trout brood fish. Dress appropriately; the tour will happen rain or shine. Space is limited, and registration is required at www.roaringfork.org/events.


Bonedale Biz Midvalley Bikrim’s Yoga studio turns 12 by Allyn Harvey The Yoga College of India in Basalt and Carbondale celebrated a dozen years of hot yoga last weekend with demonstrations, a fundraiser and a party. Fans and residents of Carbondale were treated to demonstrations Saturday by Bel and Emily Carpenter, first at the studio on Village Lane behind City Market, and then later at the Green is the New Black Fashion Show at the rec. center. Bel and Emily are skilled practitioners of Bikrim-style Hatha Yoga. Both competed in the national championships earlier this year in Los Angeles. Bikrim’s Yoga is practiced in temperature of 100 degrees and above. “The heat supports the natural healing process of the body by increasing our flexibility and releasing tension, while cleansing the entire body,” says the information on the back of the schedule for Basalt and Carbondale. The classes are taught by instructors who have gone through a rigorous 10-week training program. Bel and Emily moved up from Boulder in the winter of 1997 to open a studio in the Roaring Fork Valley. “Initially, Bikrim asked us to come to Aspen,” Emily recalled. “One of his students there had called and said a studio was needed.” After searching around for a home, Bel and Emily started teaching a dozen 90minute beginner classes a week in a small studio in Basalt that has been their headquarters ever since. Shortly thereafter, they also opened a studio in Aspen. After several years in both locales, Bel and Emily sold the Aspen studio and focused their practice on the mid- and lower-valley. “Bikrim’s teacher, Bishnu Ghosh, wanted to make yoga available to all,” Emily said after being asked about the widespread popularity of Bikrim yoga. Bel and Emily’s studios in Carbondale and Basalt currently offer 33 classes a week. For more information, log on to www.bikrimsbasalt.com or call 963-1751. Saturday hours are now 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday’s are noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 963-1375.

Emily and Bel Carpenter performing at last weekend’s fashion show. The Carpenters’ Bikrim Studio offers 33 yoga classes a week. Photo by Jane Bachrach.

Sunburst encroachment issue is finally settled

Finally. The Carbondale Board of Trustees has ruled on how to deal with a business that constructed a car wash vacuum cleaning system partially encroaching on the town’s Buggy Circle right of way. The board voted to allow Sunburst Car Care to leave the vacuum where it is, and to issue Sunburst a lease for the area where the equipment encroaches on right-ofway property. The business will be billed $500 per year for the lease. Dave Roberts, manager and a partner in Sunburst, said during the revamping of the car wash, he brought in a representative of the company that sells the vacuum systems to assist with planning. The expert paced off the space he estimated would be necessary for the installation, Roberts said, and told him where to place the machine. Roberts admitted he did not check to see whether the machine would be within the property lines. The town has dealt with numerous encroachments in the past, and has levied lease payments ranging from $1 to $1,300 per year. Trustees floated motions to assess an annual lease payment of $1,300, $100, $900, and one proposed no lease at all. All failed. Finally, a motion for a $500 annual lease fee, put forward by Trustee Ed Cortez, was approved. Roberts left without a word.

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Education RFSD unsure how budget cuts will affect schools By Trina Ortega A proposed $48 million cut in the state’s education budget for the 2009-10 school year will not affect the $300,000 given to Roaring Fork School District for a state pilot project to close achievement gaps between low socio-economic and minority students and other students in the district. But RFSD Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said the district is still waiting to see how the cuts will impact the district in other areas. “It’s pretty much up in the air,” she said. “We are not looking at increasing class size or laying off teachers.” In February, the RFSD Board of Education stated it does not want the per-pupil funding to be decreased as a result of the state cuts. According to Shannon Pelland, the assistant superintendent of business and finance, the recommended cuts that are most pertinent to RFSD are a reduction in mineral lease funds; supplements to reduced price lunches; funding of full-day kindergarten; and Read to Achieve funding (at Basalt Elementary School ). School board members have directed Pelland to draft a resolution to Gov. Bill Ritter in support of reducing full-day kindergarten funding instead of reducing per-pupil funding. Pelland also will be contacting Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, about the cuts. “Until final decisions are made, it will be difficult to know the exact impact to our district,” Pelland stated in an RFSD community bulletin. The district’s participation in the project to close the achievement gap was launched in fall 2008 and aims to

raise student scores in the Colorado Student Assessment Program. The Colorado Department of Education hired a consulting firm last May that visited RFSD to conduct a Comprehensive Appraisal for District Improvement (CADI). The CADI examined current practices to address achievement concerns of the state and the district. RFSD was one of six districts identified last year for the “Closing the Achievement Gap” initiative. Other districts working on the initiative are Yuma, Summit, Eagle, Greeley and St. Vrain. The demographics of the participating districts reflect a growing number of immigrant students whose first language is not English, Haptonstall said. The district will receive $300,000 a year for three years to make gains on the scores. Haptonstall said the goal for the first year is to reduce the gap by 10 points. There is a 40-point difference in Anglo and Latino scores in RFSD, according to Haptonstall. One focus has been on enhancing individualized instruction while minimizing the number of teaching standards. “There are 50 ways to teach something but if we know these three really work, we need to focus on those,” Haptonstall said. To gauge the success of different strategies, a set number of students in each school have been targeted for additional review. At a February board meeting, Haptonstall reported that some schools already are seeing gains based on the preliminary classroom reviews. “The input that I’ve gotten is really good,” she told the Sun.

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The Green is the New Black Fashion Show was a colorful collage of eco-friendly fashion, materials and models that blew away the packed audience March 14 at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. The event was a fundraiser for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and KDNK and will return next year. Featuring, from left to right, the clothing lines of Farland Fish, Bill Laemmel and Free Time Hats. Braids by Sara Plesset and makeup by Joy Rosenberg. Photos by Jane Bachrach.

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Film festival by, for, and about women benefits Safehouse and Cancer Fund By Trina Ortega A unique traveling short film festival highlighting women as leaders in society and illustrated through 10 short films by women filmmakers will help raise funds for the local nonprofit Advocate Safehouse Project. The 2009 Lunafest Film Festival, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, makes its return to Carbondale on March 21 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn. Lunafest donates 100 percent of proceeds to charity: 15 percent to the Breast Cancer Fund and the remaining 85 percent to Advocate Safehouse. “Lunafest is designed so that one person can easily make a significant difference in the lives of women. Whether that person is a filmmaker who tells an untold story, a host who raises funds and awareness for a cause, or an attendee who leaves with a new perspective, each is a catalyst for impact,� said organizer L.A. Bailey, whose company Stroller Strides is hosting the event for the second year. Advocate Safehouse Executive Director Julie Olson says Lunafest is a unique fundraiser for her organization, which provides services for domestic violence survivors and their children, including a 24-Hour Help Line, transitional housing, weekly women’s support groups, and volunteer advocates. “Lunafest is also just an uplifting film

fest,â€? Olson said. “Especially with what is going on in the economy lately, Lunafest is wonderful way to take one’s mind off of the day to day issues. Also, Lunafest is a celebration of women.â€? Bailey said this year’s event is geared toward this year’s economy. A combo ticket option will allow participants to attend the reception and view the 4 p.m. or the 7 p.m. showing. All reception tickets must be purchased in advance. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and will be available for $20 at the door. A reception will be at 6 p.m., with the screening of the films at 7 p.m. The LUNAFEST films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. Out of the 600 films reviewed, nine were chosen for the 2009 Lunafest. They are: • “Big Girl,â€? 14 minutes, directed by Renuka Jeyapalan. This Canadian filmmaker has made two other award-winning shorts. “Big Girl,â€? about a 9-year-old competing with mom’s boyfriend for attention, has won awards at festivals in Toronto, Berlin and Houston. • “Fim-de-Semana (weekend),â€? seven minutes, directed by Claudia Varejao. The first short film from a Portugese filmmaker who also directed the documentary “Wanting.â€? • “Sarah in the Dark,â€? 11 minutes, di-

rected by Jennifer Halley. Synopsis: The little voice in Sarah’s head has been let loose for too long. • “Red Wednesday,â€? 11 minutes, directed by Nazanin Shirazi. A finalist at the USA National Film Festival. • “Grappling Girls,â€? 13 minutes, directed by Lisa Blackstone. A Minneapolis native filming women who wrestle. • “34x25x36,â€? seven minutes, directed by Jesse Erica Epstein. This Boston native’s “The Guaranteeâ€? was named best short film at the Newport International Film Festival. • “Kaden,â€? eight minutes, directed by Harriet Storm. A San Francisco State University MFA in filmmaking student focuses on the feelings of a transgender individual. • “My First Crush,â€? animated, almost four minutes, directed by Julia Pott. This British director has made a playful, animated film about awkward moments and first romance; this was her graduating film at Kingston University. • “The Ladies,â€? 13 minutes, directed by Christina Alexandra Voros. Sisters Vali and Mimi reflect on their craft, the importance of family and their creative spirits.â€? • “Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mother Said),â€? five minutes, directed by Jessica Sison. The documentary directorial debut by an Asian-American filmmaker already has won awards at four film festivals in California, Oklahoma and Oregon.

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Lunafest Film Festival Who: Stroller Strides What: Lunafest Short Film Festival to benefit Advocate Safehouse and the Breast Cancer Fund When: March 21 Times: 6 p.m. pre-event reception; 4 p.m. matinee; 7 p.m. screening Where: CRMS Barn Tickets: $15; $20; $30. Available at Advocate Safehouse Project, 945-2632, ext.104

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Daily Planner MARCH 20-26 • MOVIES “Revolutionary Road” plays at the Crystal Theater on Main Street in Carbondale, 7:30 p.m. MARCH 19-20 • BABYSITTER TRAINING Carbondale Recreation Department offers the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course for boys and girls to become certified babysitters. For ages 11 and up; cost is $40 (includes handbook and first aid kit). Session 1 is 12:30-5:30 p.m. March 19-20. Another session will be 12:30-5:30 p.m. June 11-12. MARCH 19-20 • JAZZ CONCERT The Boston-based trio Montage Music Society will provide two nights of jazz, tango and amore for the Jim Calaway Honors Series concerts on March 19-20. The trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 19 at Colorado Mountain College’s West Garfield Campus, EnCana Academic Center, in Rifle. A second concert will be at 7 p.m. March 20 at CMC’s Spring Valley Center in Glenwood Springs. Tickets are $15/adult, $10/student 17 and younger, and $5/fulltime CMC student with ID. For tickets or information, call 947-8367.

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MARCH 20 • LIVE MUSIC Steve’s Guitars presents the world-inspired music of Erika Luckett at 8:30 p.m. For more about the artist, visit www.erikaluckett.com or www.stevesguitars.net. MARCH 21 • FILMS/BENEFIT LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues and highlighting women filmmakers, will be hosted by Stroller Strides on March 21 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn. Proceeds from LUNAFEST benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Advocate Safehouse Project. Tickets are $15 for the PreEvent; $20 at door and $30 (advance only) for the evening show with reception. Call Advocate Safehouse Project at 945-2632, ext.104, for tickets and info. MARCH 21 • DREAM GROUP A monthly dream group is held every third Saturday through May at True Nature Healing Arts, 549 Main Street. — Participants share dreams and the group responds through association to the imagery and symbols "as if it were their own dream. Have fun learning the universal language of the dream world. Call Robyn Hubbard at 319-6854 for information and to pre-register.

MARCH 21-22 • BIG READ Garfield County Libraries continues its Big Read events (focusing on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Faclon”) with a free Literary Night at 6 p.m. March 22 at TRTC and a Black & White Gala at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The Gordon Cooper Library hosts the WhoDunIt Mystery Scavenger Hunt and the “Find the Falcon” contest weekly through March. For full details and more events, call 625-4270 or log on to www.garfieldlibraries.org. MARCH 21, 25-26 • DRIVER SAFETY Colorado Mountain College and High Country RSVP is sponsoring two AARP Driver Safety Programs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25-26 and one fullday session from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 21. Both will be at the CMC Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Cost is a $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For more information or to enroll, call 384-8747.

cerlo m e j o r. B o t h workshops run from 6-8 p.m. Childcare is $5/family/workshop. For egistration/information, call Katie Marshall at 384-5689 or kjmarshall@rfsd.k12.co.us.

MARCH 25 • YOUTH FITNESS Dodgeball & Derivatives at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center will help third- and fourthgraders burn energy and explore the creative derivatives of the traditional game. Class takes place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning April 1. $25. Call 704-4190 to register.

MARCH 22 • MOVIES The Redstone Art Foundation presents free movie “Alfred Stieglitz: the Eloquent Eye” at 7 p.m. in the Osgood Room. Open to the public. For further details, call 963-1389.

MARCH 25 • RFSD MEETING The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education will hold its regular bimonthly meeting at 4 p.m. at the District Office, 1405 Grand Ave., Glenwood .

MARCH 23-27 • SPRING BREAK The Snowmass Village Recreation Center offers a weeklong Recreation Camp, March 23-27, including climbing, sports, gym activities and pool fun, for kids ages 6–14. Call 922-2240 to sign up.

MARCH 25 • WATER TOUR The Roaring Fork Conservancy presents the free tour “From the Source to You: Basalt Water Tour” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with the Basalt Water Department. Space is limited and registration is required at www.roaringfork.org/events.

MARCH 25 • PARENTING WORKSHOP Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is offering free parenting workshops March 25 at Glenwood High School. A workshop taught in English will be “Respect, Responsibility and Routine, The 3 Rs for Good Behavior.” It explains what routine can do for you and your children. Theworkshop in Spanish is “7 Secretos, Que tanto conoce a su hijo?” Esta la clase le enseña como ayudar a su hijo en su casa, y como aprender a cono-

MARCH 25 • LIVE MUSIC Audie Darling will be playing Acoustic American folk from 7-10 p.m. March 25 at White House Pizza.

MARCH 25-26 • SCHOOL EVENT Carbondale Community School presents its annual Big Event, “Waves of Migration” on March 25-26 at the school. Tickets are available at Sounds Easy. Call the school at 963-9647 for full details.

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Now the Downtown Preservation Association (DPA) members unanimously feel that having flowers blooming in these pots this summer are one of the vital and visual ingredients that contributes significantly to the charm and ambiance of our community’s downtown. To make a long story short, with the generous help of Lori Haroutunian, owner of the Floral Boutique on Main Street, Tony Coia, the floral specialist with Public Works for Cabondale, and members of the DPA, there will continue to be glorious flowers and colors emanating from all of those planters along Main Street and beyond! The DPA’s membership wants to use all dues for 2009 to go towards funding these summer flowers downtown. However, even with this DPA contribution and the huge discount and contribution from the Floral Boutique towards this project, we’re still going to be short of what the final costs will be. Many of the DPA members have volunteered to contribute extra funds, some giving a small amount over time. Sort of investing in a lay-a-way plan for their town, and for future enjoyment and personal satisfaction. Thank you! Thank you, for your help! If there is anyone else out there that loves summer flowers and would also like to contribute to the “Flower Fund 2009,” please send your contributions to: The DPA, Ron Robertson or Chris Chacos, cochairmen, 320 Main St., Carbondale, CO 81623. You’ll have another reason to be proud to be a part of this special community when you see all those glorious flowers showing off for you, your families, and our visitors this summer. Thanking you in advance for your help in contributing to the beauty of your community. With grateful appreciation, Ron Robertson and Chris Chacos

Carbondale rocks Dear Editor: Congratulations to everyone who helped create this wonderful local newspaper. It is so great to have our paper back. Maybe this is what Obama meant when he said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Speaking of change, how about the Green is the New Black extravaganza on Saturday night? The KDNK/CCAH Fashion Show wowed those of us privileged enough to be there! It was over-the-top awesome, smart, powerful,

loaded with talent and creativity, sauciness, humor, wit, stunning visuals, cool moves and overall hipness with all ages included. Special thanks to CCAH and KDNK superstars for making this happen. As an artist, I so appreciate this community as a place that “gets” what making art is all about. We live in a veritable hotbed of creative ferment! Wow, does Carbondale rock or what? Diane Kenney Carbondale

Finding a cure for MS Dear Editor: I live in Glenwood Springs, own Paradise Day Spa, and I am one of millions of people who have joined the movement to end multiple sclerosis, and I’m writing you to ask for your help in changing the lives people living with MS in this community and across the country by announcing the following letter. Every hour someone is diagnosed with MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Many have trouble imagining what their lives would be without the ability to move, but I know the effects of MS; my stepdaughter’s mother has M.S. MS Awareness Week was March 2-8. I encourage people to join the movement to end MS and help people with MS move their lives forward. Paradise Day Spa is raising money for the National MS Society and bicycling in the MS 150 in Texas next month. We are conducting a raffle and donating the profits from any new client service to MS through April 15 with Deb, Magdalena or Trish. Go to www.paradiseday-spa.com for more information on services. We would like to thank the following for donation of prizes for the drawing, which will be held April 15, 2009: Paul Meyers Photography, Bighorn Toyota, CtoC Construction, Deb and Aly@Paradise Day Spa, Making New Waves, Juicy Lucy’s, Ski Sunlight, Zheng’s, China Town, Glenwood Chamber, Glenwood Midas, Professional Auto Body and Mountain Paint and Decorating. Enhance your Looks for MS and buy raffle tickets at Paradise Day Spa in Glenwood Springs. Call for appointments at 928-9782. Deborah Korbel Glenwood Springs

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