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Volume 12, Number 41| November 19 - November 25, 2020

Windwalkers steps up

New sensory trail offers more therapy options By Roberta McGowan Sopris Sun Staff A lot is going on at the valley’s local equine therapy facility. Recently, Wind Walkers in Missouri Heights unveiled its new on-site Discovery Trail, a sensory experience designed to encourage and develop students’ five senses. Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club donated the resources and volunteer labor to set up the entire project. On a warm, bluebird morning, students with a variety of physical, neurological, emotional, behavioral or psychological challenges rode on one of the many calm and comforting horses Wind Walkers keeps on the ranch. With professional staff instructors, students stopped at the nine themed stations each activating a different sense — sight, smell, hearing, or touch… even making music. The goals, Wind Walkers Executive Director Gabrielle Greeves explained, include working on balance and encouraging students to become “modern day explorers” from the back of their horses. On varied terrain with real obstacles, students pick up rings, wind around curves and stop when instructed. An online, fundraising silent auction will kick off at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 with a shop-local theme for the holidays.The auction will end 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Go to charityauction.bid/windwalkers to see and bid on items donated by local artists and businesses, including activities, clothing, hotel getaways and other unique gifts.

Music lets students at Wind Walkers share harmony and comfort while using this hanging xylophone on the new Discovery Trail. Photo by Roberta McGowan

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OPINION By Dan Richardson Mayor of Carbondale It dawned on me the day after my youngest son had his first day of in-person school a couple weeks ago that he had just experienced his first day of high school! What a significant milestone. Now we have two boys in high school, which gives me a sense of urgency to capitalize on any teaching moment I can. COVID-19 and the insane flare-up nationwide and here in the Roaring Fork Valley is one of those moments. In case you haven’t heard, one out of 110 Coloradans are now contagious with COVID-19. Some counties are twice that bad, and nearly every county is trending up rapidly, including ours. The daily number of cases in Garfield County has now

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exceeded the highest levels seen in July. You are more at risk of contracting the virus now than at any other point in the pandemic. The hospitalizations are rising so fast that hospitals are scaling back elective procedures again. As a result, the county is now needing to prioritize case investigations based on age and occupation, and potential outbreaks, schools, and childcare facilities. For many people, the virus is wreaking havoc. Thinking through how to respond to COVID-19 as a parent, let alone as mayor, is a huge challenge and one that has been especially humbling for me. As such, it’s a great opportunity for me to attempt to model for my boys how to work through such an immense crisis, one step at a time, learning as I go. COVID-19 has placed a huge burden on our community, the economy, and schools. One of the more painful lessons I’m learning is that the economy cannot bounce back until people feel safe enough to patronize businesses and restaurants again. We need to have fewer students become ill with COVID so that more students can get back to learning in person. These priorities are interconnected and, therefore, limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the best path to

Escape from therapy Dear Editor: I'd like to respond to several quotes from Mr. Malo Jr.'s View From The Therapy Pool opinion piece. No movie metaphors or homey friend stories, like Joe Friday, "just the facts". Fred: "The polls... say this is a very left leaning country". Me: In '16, polls gave DJT a 5% chance, Joe had a national 10 pointed when election day dawned and 72 million citizens disagreed. Were all Joe's votes from citizens or living voters? Fred: "Trump would have led to a federalist or a corporatist.” Me: Like Pelosi saying we can impeach him anytime we want? Fred: "Trump... bungling the corona virus.” Me: Joe called DJT xenophobic and racist for halting travel from China while Joe's democrats were running a sham impeachment on the President. Fred: Trump's "obvious character flaws." Me: Character? A son is discharged from the Navy for being a coke user. In and out of treatment half a dozen times, divorced his wife to marry his brother's widow, fathered a child with a stripper and had to be sued for child support, this son learned character from his father, like most sons. This shining example of humanity "earned" millions from Ukraine and the wife of Moscow's mayor not to mention one and a half billion from China to "invest.” This character is the son of our supposed president elect. Fred: "I wish the media would ignore Trump.”

returning to normal life. This is a tough message for teenage boys but I hope to demonstrate that a good plan is to envision where our family, community and economy can be six months to a year from now and take the logical steps to make that vision a reality. Everyone has a role to play and the good news is that much of Carbondale is doing its part to move towards a healthier future. I think we all have a pretty good vision of where we want to be, the question is what are those logical steps and how do we take them – collectively? Both the state and county are doing a great job disseminating information and I urge everyone to sign up for emergency alerts from www.garfield-county.com. We are also fortunate to have free access to the Colorado Exposure Notification app, a newly developed tool to notify you if and when you have been exposed to the virus. It is encouraging that 17% of people have opted into the app, a fully secure and private tool, which at this level of adoption could mean an 8% reduction in infections and a 6% reduction in deaths. A tool like this could make the difference between a bearable winter and a disastrous one. The next logical steps can be summed up as the ‘Big 3 in

Me: The media ignored three Arab/Israeli peace pacts, ignored three of the world's top terrorists elimination (Joe's on record for not wanting Bin Laden taken out), they ignored Biden family corruption. And Twitter and Facebarf continue to censure our discourse with a heavy handed liberal bias. Because Fred thinks," He's the anti Christ , the devil's disciple, the epitome of evil", Fred held his nose and voted for "I see encroaching dementia in Biden" and “Biden's a politician... He knows how to speak outta both sides of his mouth". Trump did not divide us, Fred. The Fourth Estate divided us and big tech media beat DJT. We survived eight years of Joe and Barack Hussein; Joe's only half as dangerous. What should worry us all is the elite who now control what we can and can't talk about. Think Pravda. Bruno Kirchenwitz Rifle

Words wanted Dear Editor: Citizens of Carbondale, let’s unite! No, not in the way of a strike or a protest. In a collective, creative way. This has certainly been a year of difficulties, and I am sure that a few words have come to your mind to describe it. Sift through those words and choose one that best fits your feelings. It can be one of sorrow or joy, despair or hope, challenge or solution. Then email that word to kittyr@comcast.net no later than Dec.14. Please, no profanity.

November’ – 1) avoid social gatherings; 2) wear a mask; and 3) stay at least six feet from others. As we approach the holiday season, it’s critical that Carbondalians limit, if not eliminate interaction indoors with members of other households because we are at a breaking point. By all means, please keep your social connections in healthy ways. And as always, keep washing those hands frequently and stay home if you have symptoms. Lastly, if you need help or support - please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Town, your Neighborhood Hero, Garfield Human Services, lamedichi. info, ColoradoCrisisServices. org, Lift-Up, the Hope Center or others. If it wasn’t crystal clear before this crisis, it sure is now that Carbondalians love to help others. It reminds me of a children’s book we used to read to our boys titled ‘The Three Questions’ by Jon J. Muth. The book’s closing was a good message then and still is for teenagers and for us all: The most important time is now, the most important one is always the one you are with, and the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.

I will gather all of those words and weave them into a poem that will express the town’s vision of the year 2020. Your exact word may be used, a synonym for it or a different form of it. Or it may be used in a way you did not expect. But, hopefully, it will show the spirit of our town. Let’s create a poem together. Kitty Riley Carbondale

A time to be grateful Dear Editor: It's a hard time to find silver linings. However, the ones that are there are well worth finding. At the Nov. 11 RE-1 school district board meeting, it was evident that current conditions are not sustainable and they are looking for solutions. Our district volunteer board members and administration are highly concerned and working hard on our behalf as was evidenced at this 3.5 hour meeting. Thank you all for stepping up to the extra challenges you didn't know you signed up for when you took your positions. Just one of the many unanticipated projects is creating an innovative data site to inform us of case counts by school. This is not available across the state and no minor accomplishment to tackle. Thank you. As well as for students, the teacher's and staff wellness are of great concern. As our Continued on page 12

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Bunker home is a rarity in the Roaring Fork Valley By Roberta McGowan Sopris Sun Staff

Have a need to get away from it all? There’s a property in Missouri Heights on the market that might spark a buyer’s interest. In a few short words, this home, located on a 35-acre property, boasts an area 25 feet underground. The bunker, as it's called, can only be accessed by two entrances, one on the property 30 feet from the home’s exterior and the other is through a hidden panel in the living room’s floor. The bunker maintains a yearround 50˚ F temperature. This residence, built in 2016, is made entirely out of metal shipping containers designed for home construction. The interior walls are magnetic, so specific types of hanging devices are needed. Intriguing? Perhaps. As listing realtor Bryan Cournoyer of Douglas Elliman Real Estate explained, “From modern roof planes to cantilevered overhangs, “Form follows function” is the concept this house was built on.” The property is priced at $1,475,000. And the underground portion at 10 feet wide and 50 feet long, he noted, could be used as a

yoga studio, artist retreat, social distancing or survival space. The property is zoned agricultural/rural which limits the property to one residence, although it can be expanded. The Garfield County Zoning regulations permit a total of 250,000 square feet of equestrian or ranch use construction. With the designated zoning and if the property owner complies with agricultural use requirements, the current annual property tax is $2,175. The property also comes with water rights, its own well and septic system. The home has three stories: upper floor for bedrooms and baths; middle floor for the kitchen and living areas and a lower level with the washer and dryer. The total interior living space (not including the bunker) is 1351 square feet all of which has radiant heating. Cournoyer explained that the owner, an inventor, had hoped to live there, but his circumstances changed. He added the property’s location features a 360 degree view of the Sunlight to Snowmass Village ski resorts and more. Although the name of the company which provided the containers for this specific

residence was not available at press time, The Sun contacted a Colorado-based firm in this industry. Courtney Schriver, office manager, Colorado Container Homes and Local Shipping Containers both located in Kiowa CO noted that while this option may appear revolutionary, it seems to be a growing resource for Colorado residential housing. When asked about the benefits of using steel containers, Schriver responded, “Faster construction, mobility, can be built in a shop and dropped on site, toughness of the steel, fire rating, durability. Using a shipping container for your project really depends on what suits your needs.“ Plus she said, “These are 100 percent custom. Owners can choose colors and finishes just like they would in a standard home build. They can be as involved in the process as they want. “ As far as the history of the company, Schriver said, “Over 40 years of experience in the construction and fabrication business. We have built homes, cabins, man caves, visitors centers and offices.” Go to containerhomesco.com for more information.

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A visitor looks from one end of 50-foot long circular underground bunker to the exterior access. Photo by Roberta McGowan

This hidden floor access panel in the living room leads 25 feet down to the bunker via a steep staircase. Photo by Roberta McGowan

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SCUTTLEBUTT Changing colors With COVID-19 cases surging worldwide and positive test rates at Valley View and Grand River hospitals nearing 20 percent, stricter regulations appear imminent. The state has implemented a more nuanced dial to try to avoid lockdowns, and area counties are being asked to enter the “orange” state even as their metrics trend into the red. Pitkin County will comply this week, but even though Garfield County’s public health services are at capacity, commissioners pushed back at a special meeting. Meanwhile, Roaring Fork School District has launched a dashboard (tinyurl.com/ RFSDCOVID) that shares the current and cumulative numbers of staff and students who have tested positive and the resulting school-directed quarantines. Carbondale Middle School has, incidentally, transitioned the entire seventh grade to distance learning until the Thanksgiving break.

O tannenbaum Christmas tree cutting permits for the White River National Forest are now available from rec.gov, at area vendors, and curbside from White River National Forest offices by calling in advance. Permits are $10, with an additional $2.50 fee if you purchase on-line. Trees must be for personal use and there is a limit of five permits per person. Visit fs.usda.gov for complete details, including vendor locations and the rules and regulations for Christmas tree cutting.

Keep out Winter closures at Avalanche Creek begin Nov. 23. To protect bighorn sheep, dogs are banned valley-wide and humans prohibited north of the road until May 1. The road itself will remain closed to motorized vehicles and bicycles through May 23, and PItkin County will be monitoring the closures.

Hallelujah The 43rd consecutive performance of the Messiah will take place this year as an innovative, “360” virtual choir event. The Aspen Choral Society (ACS) is also planning a virtual fundraiser from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 19. Hosted by ASC Board President Tamela Kenning, it will be simultaneously broadcast on the ACS YouTube Channel and ACS Facebook page and feature a live, online performance by local favorite, singer-songwriter Mack Bailey, as well as a virtual silent auction. A suggested donation of $5 per viewer is appreciated. Visit aspenchoralsociety. org for more information.

In one basket The Holiday Baskets Program has supplied food and gifts to people in need in our valley for almost 40 years. Ten local service agencies refer gift recipients to this program that provides toys, gifts, and City Market cards to 250 families, approximately 1,000 people who live between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. The entirely volunteer-run organization often gives the only gifts families will

receive for the holidays. The need is great this year, so visit holidaystsprogram. com to learn how to adopt or sponsor a family, purchase gift cards or make a donation online. You may also send a check directly to PO Box 2192 in Basalt.

Shop local Every holiday season, Carbondale Arts transforms the R2 Gallery into a shop filled with artisanal goods which make up the annual Deck the Walls Holiday Market. It opens to Carbondale Arts members from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 and 12 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20, then the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning Nov. 21. There’s also a special pop-up farmer’s market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Eight shoppers allowed at one time (with an additional eight shoppers allowed in R2 Gallery for Deck the Walls Holiday Market). Masks of course are mandatory.

Fargo The Carbondale Wells Fargo Bank shuttered last Wednesday — ostensibly for a deep cleaning. It was slated to reopen this week.

Veinte Dos Gringos Burritos is wrapping up its 20th birthday celebrations with prize drawings and memory sharing on social media. Visit facebook.com/ doscarbondale to see pictures of the construction, hear about the time Eric Clapton stopped by and more.

The Sun is meant to be a platform for free expression, but we'd prefer to print it as a letter to the editor. Thanks to whoever cleaned up this box at the Ranch at Roaring Fork!

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Heather Lafferty and Kelsey Clapper (Nov. 19); Rosie Sweeney and Mike Metheny (Nov. 20); Crystal Tapp (Nov. 21); MinTze Wu and Lindsay Hentschel (Nov. 22); Casey Weaver (Nov. 24) and Steve Puzick (Nov. 25).

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Geekspeak co-host is here to help By Tom Mercer Sopris Sun Correspondent

Matt McBrayer is the owner, and the sole technician at Roaring Fork Help Desk, Inc., which he established on March 14th (a.k.a.“Pi Day”) , 2015. The business motto is “Your End-to-End Technology Experts,” and based on Matt’s description of his day-to-day work activities, his personal interests, and his growing family, he is living a full life here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Matt and I recently met in a Carbondale park where he brought me up to date on his work and his personal life. Q: How long have you lived in the Roaring Fork Valley? A: Thirty-five years (which happens to be Matt’s exact age). Q: Who are your mom and dad? A: Tom and Sydney McBrayer. My dad, Tom, works part-time at the [Roaring Fork] Co-Op, and my mom, Sydney, is a professional grandparent (Sydney was a teacher in Carbondale for 35 years). Q: I understand that you and your wife, Li McBrayer, have a new baby. Can you tell me about the baby and the extent to which your lives have changed?

A: My wife, Li, is the Operations Supervisor at Alpine Bank in Carbondale. Li is currently on maternity leave and she’s staying home with our baby. Hailey is almost two months old now, and she is so sweet! She is just learning how to smile. Q: What has been your biggest challenge with Hailey thus far? A: The biggest challenge has been learning different ways to console her. I’m still working on the “baby learning curve,” but babies are easier than some of my customers. Q: Can you tell me about your business? A: The business name is Roaring Fork Help Desk, which offers a range of services to small and mediumsize businesses in the valley. The work includes connectivity issues, router configuration, software installation and management, network troubleshooting, security, and training. Q: What systems do you generally work on? A: I work on PCs, Macs, and Linux servers. Q: Did you have special training for computer technology work? A: No, it was all auto-didactic in nature - plus YouTube. I started

The McBrayer family. Photo by Simone Girardot working with “Computers for Kids” when I was in high school. That program is now a part of the “Youth Entity” program in Carbondale. Q: What is the oddest workrelated incident that you have experienced? A: I had a client who was so angry at his MacBook Pro that he threw it like a “throwing star” at a wall, causing $2,300 damage to his

computer. Q: I’ve heard you on KDNK radio. Tell me about that. A: Louie Girardot and I have a program on KDNK called “Geekspeak,” which airs from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. We answer questions and help people with computer issues. Q: Do you belong to any

professional organizations? A: Yes, I’m involved with a group called West Slope Technologists. The group has a total of 254 members. Locally, the goal is to make our valley a “technology hub.” Some other areas in Colorado are already doing this. Q: Other than becoming a part of a technology hub, what do you foresee in the future for Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley? A: Continued growth and a higher cost of living. Q: Do you have other interests that you can tell our readers about? A: I like a wide variety of music, including Punk, Metal, Country, Rock and Classical. I also like going to the shooting range. Q: What’s your favorite TV program? A: I don’t watch much TV anymore. I do like “Mr. Carlson’s Lab” on YouTube. Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie? A: “The Matrix,” starring Keanu Reeves. Q: Who are your favorite comedians? A: George Carlin, Louis Black, and Weird Al Yankovic. Q: Where in the world would you most like to vacation? A: Hawaii, but I have always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis, so maybe I will have to go to Alaska or Sweden, too.

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Basalt booming with new developments

By Roberta McGowan Sopris Sun Staff

The midvalley is bursting at its seams with a variety of commercial and residential construction projects now underway.

Tree Farm The controversial Tree Farm Planned Unit Development (PUD), which was approved by Eagle County in 2017, is still stuck in the appeals process with the Save Mid-Valley citizens group taking their opposition to the Colorado State Supreme Court. According to Bryan Treu, attorney for Eagle County, “They lost at the district court and court of appeals level. They have petitioned to the Supreme Court. We are awaiting the… decision on whether they will accept the case.” The 43-acre, $250 million development broke ground in 2019 with hopes of becoming a mixed-use project across from the Willits Town Center on Highway 82. When totally completed the project, if appeals fail, will include 340 residences and 135,000 square feet of commercial space including 22 acres of open space. The citizen group claimed “The project violates TABOR; the approval violates the state PUD act; Eagle County did not follow its land use requirements in approving the project and the project fails to meet the Eagle County Affordable Housing Guidelines.” The project, which includes Kodiak Ski Lake, provides an on-site underpass to Willits and features a RFTA Express Bus Stop. The Tree Farm developers said the “new community is envisioned to be a model for energy efficient and sustainable design in the Roaring Fork Valley.”

Steadman Next in size, the 65,000 Steadman Medical Office Building in Willits Town Center, planned for advanced musculoskeletal care also will include underground parking.The Steadman Clinic, Orthopaedic Care Partners, Aspen Valley Hospital Hospital and Vail Health have collaborated on the project. At three-stories, the complex will also have an ambulatory surgery and rehabilitation center plus facilities for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. The opening is slated for January 2022.

TACAW The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) has begun construction on its performing arts center, The Contemporary, with groundbreaking in the summer of 2020. The project plans for seating of 240 for concerts and lectures,180 for cabaret, 160 for banquets and possibly 400 standing guests. The opening is planned for June 2021.

Basalt Vista This project in Southside brings together Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity, Pitkin County, the Town of Basalt and the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD). RFSD provided seven acres with a total value of $34.2 million. Pitkin County is funding the $3 million infrastructure costs of roads and utilities and the Town of Basalt has lowered fees. Plans call for 27 homes, of which 14 are reserved for Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) teachers and staff and the other 13 for other local workers. Habitat staff, sub-contractors, volunteers and potential homeowners are in charge of the construction.

Stotts Mill Stotts Mill site consists of 4.4 acres between the Southside subdivision and the Rio Grande Trail. Basalt has approved 113 dwelling units and a 4,000 square-foot daycare center. Council recently approved the first of the two required readings to extend the vested rights for a year. However, council members have required a construction schedule be presented in time for the second reading.

Workforce Housing The Willits Workforce Housing Project on 10 acres is designed to meet the affordablehousing needs of the Basalt community and the Aspen Skiing Company, which will take on the role of owner/operator. This proposed project supports the creation of additional childcare capacity by including community housing units that would be deed restricted in perpetuity as affordable housing for those working in Basalt - with the first priority going to Basalt childcare professionals. Plans include 43 Residential Affordable Housing Units consisting of 150 bedrooms. Certificates of occupancy are expected in early 2021. Continued on page 12

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In addition to growth in Willits, a development is planned across the highway. Courtesy graphic.


The Sopris Lofts are taking shape on one side of Colorado Avenue, with big changes for the Sopris Shopping Center down the line. Photo by Will Grandbois

Construction surge coming to Carbondale

By John Colson Sopris Sun Correspondent

Carbondale is in the midst of a rather significant development boom along Highway 133 and in sections of the Town core, some of which has been in the Town's developmentalreview pipeline for a couple of years. According to Town documents and officials, Carbondale in the coming year or two can expect to see more than 357,000 square feet of new commercial and retail space along the highway and in other parts of town, as well as more than 350 new residential units amounting to roughly a 15 percent increase in households.

The ‘planning story map’ In an effort to acquaint local citizens with the current state of the town's development scenario, Planning Director Janet Buck and others have put together an online document, called the Planning Story Map, that was uploaded to the town’s website last week — visit carbondalegov.org to check it out. Further information on the Town's philosophical approach to development and growth is available by reviewing the Comprehensive Plan, passed in 2013. Citing that plan, Buck conceded that the current crop of projects either under review or under construction represents a considerable increase in the level of development activity, but said it is in keeping with the Comp Plan and other town processes, procedures and documents. Importantly, Buck continued in a phone interview, “The overall philosophy is, there was a decision made that Carbondale doesn't want to sprawl.” The goal, she said, is to keep development within Carbondale’s existing boundaries as far as possible, in part by working with Garfield County to avoid having large projects built just outside the Town in the county's jurisdiction. At the same time, she noted, “historically, Carbondale has been seen as such a nice place to live” that it has attracted growth in both the commercial and the residential spheres. In particular, she said, there is a constant lament to be heard both in government circles and among the populace: “We need housing!” She pointed out that this has prompted pressure for approvals of residential complexes with smaller units than were common in the past, higher density in the Town proper, and such innovations as “live-work” projects where living space is provided above commercial or retail spaces. The heaviest concentration of new development, according to the Town, is slated for the Highway 133 corridor, and includes projects that are either in the review process or under construction.

Under construction Perhaps the most notable of the projects under construction is the 1201 Main mixed use development, situated on the east side of the highway between Colorado Avenue and East Main Street. The project includes 27 residential units and 3,000 square feet of commercial or retail space. On the other side of the highway, just south of the recently opened new City Market, gas station and bank businesses, is the Main Street Marketplace, which ultimately will contain 115 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail or commercial space. This project has been mentioned as possibly being home to some of the “live-work” spaces referred to above. Also under construction are the second phase of the Thompson Park subdivision (27 homes), generally located on the west side of Highway 133 at the intersection of Wendt Boulevard and Lewie's Lane, just south of the Ross Montessori School; and the Red Hill Lofts, 30 residential condos along Dolores Way in the Kay PUD on the north side of town, adjacent to the Rio Grande Trail bicycle and pedestrian corridor. A fifth residential facility, the Sopris Lodge senior living center (73 units), perched along Rio Grande Avenue, east of Town Hall along the Rio Grande Trail, is nearing completion.

Still under review Several other projects are working their ways through the Town's review process, starting with the Eastwood LLC self-storage facility at the northern end of town. When finished, it will create more than 73,000 square feet of storage space, plus an apartment for an on-site manager. The project is on a two-acre parcel of land tucked between a tire store and an electric utility power substation. Others still undergoing review include the Carbondale Center Place, a mixed-use redevelopment of the Sopris Shopping Center and storage units situated at the intersection of the highway and Colorado Avenue (76 residential units, 10,000 square feet of commercial and 68,000 square feet of storage); a planned new bakery in a redeveloped historic home at 234 East Main St.; and a new lumberyard, Builders FirstSource, on Lot 5 of the Carbondale Marketplace site along Highway 133. And there are a few other known projects that are not the Town's review process yet, including a proposed new ANB Bank building on a portion of the Carbondale Marketplace development site (the bank has an existing building further to the north along the highway), and a planned new 10-unit multifamily project on 12th Street, off Colorado Avenue.

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GOVERNMENT BRIEFS East Ridge Chairlift green-lit The White River National Forest has approved construction of the East Ridge Chairlift at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Sunlight proposed the new quad chairlift to provide better access to the intermediate and expert terrain in the East Ridge area. The project also includes constructing catwalks at the top of the lift for access to the Rebel and Grizzly trails as well as installing a vault-style toilet. The majority of the project is on private land. Less than five acres would be disturbed on the White River National Forest, including clearing a 2,000-foot linear corridor for the new lift, clearing and grading for the top terminal, and installing supporting infrastructure. Ten of the lift’s towers would be on the White River National Forest. Sunlight Mountain Resort operates on the White River National Forest under a special use permit. The new lift and associated disturbance would occur within Sunlight’s permitted area. Sunlight expects construction to be completed for the 2021/22 ski season.

TABOR refunds coming The Town of Basalt has announced that unclaimed refunds from the Town’s 2019 TABOR

rebate will be sent to the state of Colorado’s unclaimed property fund, commonly known as the Great Colorado Payback. The Town will transfer those funds on Nov. 30—$35,681 to 95 property owners. The transfer of the funds marks a successful ending to the Town of Basalt’s efforts to correct an error in how it had previously adjusted its property tax mill levy rate for both commercial and residential property. Town staff discovered the error while preparing the 2019 budget and quickly brought it to the attention of Council and the public. The Town then refunded just over $2 million to taxpayers.

Judges halt Sunset mining The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked further construction for a coal-mine expansion in the Sunset roadless area of Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest. The injunction prevents Mountain Coal, a subsidiary of Arch Resources, from further destruction of the roadless forest at the base of Mount Gunnison in the West Elk Mountains until a challenge from conservation groups is resolved. The roadless designation protects 5,800 acres of pristine aspen forests and giant spruce that provide habitat for goshawks, black bears, elk and the imperiled

Canada lynx and Gunnison sage grouse. For years, conservation groups have battled an exemption to the U.S. Forest Service’s 2012 Colorado Roadless Rule for the North Fork Coal Mining Area, which allowed roadbuilding related to coal mining. In June, Mountain Coal Company defied the court order and bulldozed a nearly milelong road through aspen groves and scraped two drilling pads as part of its expansion of the West Elk coal mine. The injunction puts at least a temporary end to that.

Bennet pushes suicide prevention Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced the Suicide and Crisis Outreach Prevention Enhancement Act, which would increase funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) program from $7.2 million to $20 million per year, provide greater flexibility for participants to raise awareness of the services they offer, and collect vital statistics to help understand and reduce disparities. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of state and local crisis centers linked through a 24/7 toll-free number (1-800273-TALK or 8255) that connects

callers throughout the United States to immediate crisis care. Trained counselors assess callers for suicidal risk, provide emotional support and crisis counseling, and offer referrals to behavioral health and emergency services when necessary.

Gardner mitigates space weather U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) applauded the signing into law of their bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s ability to predict severe space weather events and mitigate their harmful impacts on Earth. A severe space weather event, such as a solar flare or coronal mass ejection, has the potential to seriously disrupt the electric power grid, communications networks including cellular phones and GPS, satellites, and aircraft operations. The Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow (PROSWIFT) Act directs the federal agencies that study and predict space weather to coordinate with the private sector to assess the potential impacts of space weather on the United States, and determine what new research and technology is needed to improve the ability to forecast space weather events and mitigate potential damage.

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What happens if the Pitkin County landfill closes?

By Olivia Emmer Sopris Sun Correspondent

About half of Carbondale’s trash is hauled to the Pitkin County landfill, according to the Town’s hauler, Mountain Waste. The rest goes to Glenwood Springs’ South Canyon landfill. The Pitkin County landfill, if no changes are made, could close in three years, but a modest expansion is likely to be approved that would add seven years to its life span. According to Cathy Hall, Solid Waste Manager for Pitkin County, the experience of Jackson Hole provides a good corollary. Their landfill closed and became a transfer station, ultimately doubling their rates. “Just municipal solid waste (MSW ), the compactor trash trucks coming in, would go to probably over $100 a ton.” Town of Carbondale Public Works Director Kevin Schorzman said that a motivator for choosing single hauler trash service was increased waste diversion, through recycling. “That was partially in recognition that the landfills are a limited resource here in this valley and so they wanted to do what they could to extend the life of those [landfills].” Schorzman believes that being midway between two landfills protects the Town from impacts. “Now it doesn't mean that if Pitkin County landfill closes that the costs aren't going to go up at South Canyon or Rifle [landfills], because it's a supply and demand kind of situation, but I would suspect we would be better off than, say, Aspen would be if all of Aspen's trash had to be hauled to Glenwood.” In an interview with Pitkin County’s newly hired Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Diversion Specialist, Michael

Liz Mauro of the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center stands at the working face of the landfill's trash heap. Photo by Olivia Emmer Port, he noted that “over half of what we bury in the landfill is construction related debris. According to a study we did a few years ago, about 35 percent of what we bury in the landfill from construction could be recycled.” Nationally, approximately 35 percent of landfilled waste is C&D material. While the county launched a new C&D recycling program this fall, it will only apply to unincorporated Pitkin County and to new projects, so the landfill won’t see the full effect of the program for some time. The program features waste tracking technology as well as enforcement and fines. While some contractors are interested in diverting C&D, common hurdles include: space on job sites for recycling containers,

time constraints, and costs of manpower. In addition to improving C&D diversion for existing recycling streams, Port also hopes to expand the types of materials they can recycle, for example, drywall, a challenge in a state with locally-mined, cheap raw gypsum. Another way the landfill can save space is by increasing compostable material diverted from the trash. In 2016, Pitkin County landfill did a study that showed 22 percent of MSW could be composted. The compost program has since been expanded, and the landfill hopes to re-audit next year. While opportunities to divert remain, the lifespan of the Pitkin County landfill remains a concern. A larger expansion being explored could add 40 years, but is less likely

to be approved than the smaller expansion currently on the table. The South Canyon landfill west of Glenwood Springs currently takes in 100135 tons of trash per day. According to King Lloyd, Landfill Superintendent, “At the current volumes that we're receiving right now, we have a disposal area that's permitted that will give us 15 years. But we'll be going to the county the first of next year with expansion plans that will probably take us out close to 100 years at current levels. Now, if we become a regional landfill, and the [Glenwood Springs] City Council decides to accept trash from a broader area than we do now, then that's going to change drastically.” For comparison, the Pitkin County landfill currently takes in approximately 165 tons of trash per day. If the Pitkin County site fills up, the valley community will need to decide what to do with upper and mid valley waste. Pitkin County landfill could become a transfer station (cost estimated at $8M), accepting material that is then hauled to regional landfills, but maintaining all of its diversion programs like compost, etc. Mountain Waste has a 35 acre property on Catherine Store Road, across from the Carbondale Rodeo grounds, that is permitted for a transfer station; but building a station there would be expensive and may not make sense if Pitkin County ultimately builds a transfer station. Despite the challenges with C&D debris and its effect on the landfill’s lifespan, just this week Pitkin County announced that it is ranked number one in the state for county landfill diversion, at 38 percent, ahead of Boulder County’s 37 percent and ahead of the state’s average of about 16 percent.

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New ways of doing things in the arts By Tom Mercer Sopris Sun Correspondent

I have been fortunate enough to perform music in the Roaring Fork Valley for close to 30 years, and there have always been private parties, community celebrations, and nightclubs that have provided entertainment for their guests. However, things have changed.

The band I currently work with has only performed a single live show this month, and that performance was an unpaid benefit for a local business. Believing that nearly all live performance opportunities may have been similarly affected, I decided to compare notes with a few other members of the performing arts community in order to learn more about how the Coronavirus has impacted their respective arts. I have known Louisa Joy Wise since we were in the same first grade class in Central Illinois. Louisa is now a well-known musician living in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne supports a vibrant music scene, and Louisa states that the city has been described as “having more musicians per capita than anywhere on the planet, save Nashville.” Louisa has toured in Australia, The United States, and Ireland, and she has a number of CD’s to her credit. However, her most recent album of original music, which is a finalist

for the Music Victoria Best Album award in the folk category, could only be released on her website and Spotify because the release coincided with a COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne. Regarding musicians, Louisa says that “All physical work for us has stopped, except for occasional online performances and online teaching.” I also checked in with Jackson Emmer, a popular musician here in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. His most recent live music performance was in late September at the Basalt Farmer’s Market, which Jackson describes as “outdoors and welldistanced.” He adds that he enjoyed the opportunity to play music for people in-person again, pointing out that he had only played three inperson concerts since the beginning of the pandemic. When asked about the emotional costs of the COVID-19 virus on performing artists, Jackson acknowledges the negative impacts of the pandemic experience while managing to reframe it in a positive way. Jackson says, “I’ve been performing online regularly since the pandemic began. It doesn’t have the same energy as being in a room full of people, but I enjoy finding ways to make it special, regardless. Nothing compares to the thrill and community-building of live performance, but until that becomes widely feasible again, I plan to make

Louisa Joy Wise performs as a house concert in Carbondale when such things were possible. Courtesy photo the most of our digital platforms. Since March, I have taught music lessons and workshops, taken on more projects as a producer and audio engineer, and moonlighted at a local arts non-profit. Staying flexible, adaptable, and curious has helped keep me afloat during this wacky year. I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.” Robert Crew and I grew up in the same neighborhood, and we have been friends since high school when we played together in the same band. Robert now works as a recording engineer at the Hacienda Post studios in Burbank, California, where he records foley effects for animated productions created by Cartoon

Network, Disney, and Netflix. He is also an excellent musician, and has toured with Rita Coolidge and Spencer Davis. He was still performing live shows with Karen Tobin in California on a monthly basis when Los Angeles shut down the performance venues Robert says that he is “a part of a community of players who have enough technology at home that we can do a session without being in the same place as the other players.” The contributing musicians play one part at a time, and the project is mixed down at a remote location. Robert recently contributed “bass, guitar, ukulele, vocals, and keyboard tracks” for a remote project in progress here

in Colorado. Robert points out that “This is a boom time for finishing home recording projects and having virtual concerts.” He notes that he even has a friend whose online business is writing and recording custom songs tailored to specific occasions. Two long-time friends, Barbara Kingsley and Stephen Ambrose, are both actors living in Astoria, New York City, and both are members of the Actors Equity Association union. Barbara has appeared onstage in many theater productions, television shows, and in the film The Straight Story. Just prior to the appearance of COVID-19, both she and her

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By Geneviéve Joëlle Villamizar After I write this, I’ll be guiding five fourth and fifth grade girls in fresh snow. On walkabout, we’ll focus not on the cold, but the stories we encounter in whiteness, letting the natural world fill and propel us for an afternoon. Binoculars will fuel curiosity. How does puffing up feathers warm a bird? Do we mimic that mechanism in human life? Are deer doing anything differently, compared to summer behaviors? Why? How come frozen tree branches don’t shatter? How come crabapples and other berries don’t freeze solid? Again — why? Artemis is the Greek goddess of wildness, traipsing through forest and river, mountain and meadow. She embodies all that the sporting culture reveres: wild animals and

the hunt; natural landscapes of field and stream; and not only killing game, but protecting it, as she does chastity and childbirth. There is a primal profundity to Artemis, through the cycle of life and death. Artemis as metaphor is a powerful learning opportunity for modern girls — a gender that has long struggled for entré into the hunt. Somewhere along the way, modern women lost their role and voice in the rugged outdoors. Literature of the day and marketing machines pushed women with their fantasy-driven focus on sensationalism and domination. We’ve watched a similar culture erupt since 2016, mirroring the “men’s club” loss of integrity and ethics that bravado brought to angling, archery, and hunting. With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ glass-shattering role as the first brown-skinned and female vice president, I hold high hope that outdoors women and minorities will leverage their voices and conviction to undo the ravages of the current presidency. For that, we need leaders! Women have always held a presence in the great outdoors, with many legendary, uncelebrated proponents for wildness and its preservation. With Trump’s attacks on our environment and our public lands, outdoors organizations such as Artemis or Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, have had to galvanize engagement in advocacy and

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Artemis from page 11 process-driven, allowing emotions and feelings to play out openly. And within this dynamic, we perform better and achieve more. Those uncelebrated women, long been involved in wildness and wilderness? Many grew up immersed in observation, participation, knowledge, and an ethical reverence for flora, fauna and the interconnectedness of them both. Whether large or small, charismatic or ordinary, these women dedicated their lives to nurturing and preserving the aspects in nature that moved them. Mardy Murie (1902-2003) and her husband brought about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while other men chased exploratory firsts and accolades. Rachel Carson tethered health and environment. The national monument that President Trump stripped - Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument? Former President Clinton had been compelled to create it by author/editor Terry Tempest Williams and “Testimony: Writers Speak On Behalf of Utah Wilderness.� Hallie Dagget was the

first woman to secure a field position with the National Forest Service (NFS) in 1913. She earned her trailblazing role through a lifetime of hunting, fishing, riding, trapping and shooting! As the first female director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mollie Beattie oversaw the reintroduction of wolves in the northern Rockies and 15 new national wildlife refuges. The “Maroon Belles,� locals Joy Caudill, Dottie Fox and Connie Harvey founded the Aspen Wilderness Workshop and doubled the protected area of the Maroon BellsSnowmass Wilderness — and on and on! Through dedicated leadership, these pioneering women are foundational to wildness and public lands. I hope that Vice PresidentElect Kamala Harris operates through her conscience, too, proving that women in power successfully, ethically, achieve more for the outdoors. As with many of these champions for wildness, Joy Caudill’s love of wilderness grew from a childhood spent playing it. It is a snowy day today. I’m going to take five elementary school girls outside.

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husband were rehearsing a one-act play for the Estrogenius Festival, which was to open in April of 2020. On March 15, 2020, they were given the option of withdrawing from the festival or going ahead with COVID precautions in place. Barbara says that the performance was to be staged in a very small space in a basement venue with poor ventilation, so they withdrew. Two days later, all of the Broadway Theaters announced that they were closing. As members of the Actors Equity Association union, Barbara and Stephen can only perform in theaters that are approved and in compliance with their union’s standards, and at this time, those theaters and many of the businesses that depend on the Broadway theater industry are closed. Barbara believes that “The creative spirit will find a way to create, even if it’s in another field.� Currently, Barbara is writing, doing film auditions, readings, workshops, and performances via Zoom, so she is clearly adapting to challenging circumstances. The message that emerges from the responses that I received from performing artists from Melbourne, Australia to New York City is clear. All have experienced some disappointments and lost opportunities, yet they have persisted. They are exploring new modes of expressing their talents and their love of the performance arts through innovation and ingenuity. I, for one, hope to internalize and adopt some of the flexibility and openness to change that these performance artists have demonstrated so well.

Basalt from page 6 Mini-Storage Expansion In addition, council is considering extending the vested property rights of the Basalt-Mini Storage Expansion Project Extension for an additional year. Of the 80,000 square feet approved, one 20,000-square-foot building has been completed with the construction of a second building is expected to start in 2021.

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Fork mobile home site. Twenty-four residences plus 24,000 square feet of commercial space are planned. As broken down by category, the project will include 11,500 square feet commercial/office space, 3,000 square feet of restaurant and 6,000 square feet of non�profit space. Utility and Street Work to start early 2021. The housing portion will include rent-controlled, free market and high end river cabins. Plus, the town will buy a one-acre site for $1.2 million and also an open space corridor. Additional smaller projects are under construction or awaiting planning approvals.

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Superintendent Rob Stein said, it’s like the analogy of putting on an oxygen mask before you do so for the child. If our education team goes down our schools go down. We can't afford to lose any teachers, custodians, staff, etc at this time. Don't be surprised if we do. We haven't had a sufficient substitute teaching pool in years and it's only worse now. Thank you teachers and staff for your compassionate teaching, concern, cleaning and additional workload. My husband and I recently asked each of our son's teachers how we can support them. No one asked for anything. However, they were all concerned about their students and very appreciative to be asked. So consider a way to express gratitude. Not just because it's Thanksgiving but because they are there

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Across 2. Artist on Main Street. 4. Male deer. 6. Dickens pen name. 7. Town near Avon. The Shaw Cancer Center is located here. 10. Catch an otter or beaver. 11. Davy, Clinch, and Slim Beauty are examples of fly fisherman's _____. 12. Seventeen-mile-long trail that starts near Thomas Lakes trailhead (2 words). 14. Cholesterol-lowering drug. 15. Southwestern tribe. 18. Grip tightly. 19. Yummy stuff at the top of the milk jar. 20. Built the Redstone Castle.

21. Low-carb diet. Down 1. There's one in Paepcke Park and one in Sopris Park. 2. Knockout (abbrev.) 3. Layton ___ practiced his craft in Glenwood Canyon before climbing in the Dolomites. 5. Baskets and ____ are important parts of ski poles. 6. Willow ____, source of salicin (a chemical similar to aspirin). 8. Monument fashioned from Yule marble. 9. Layers of rock. 13. Indefinite article. 16. ___ it out (don't litter). 17. Lightning ____. Fred Haberlein, valley muralist. 18. When you ____ dance, your footwear becomes a percussive instrument.

Across: 2. KAHHAK; 4. STAG; 6. BOZ; 7. EDWARDS; 10. TRAP; 11. KNOTS; 12. HAYPARK; 14. STATIN; 15. APACHE; 18. CLING; 19. CREAM; 20. OSGOOD; 21. KETO. Down: 1. GAZEBO; 2. KO; 3. KOR; 5. GRIPS; 6. BARK; 8. WASHINGTON; 9. STRATA; 13. AN; 16. PACK; 17. HEART; 18. CLOG.

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OBITUARIES

Wesley Pate Horner

William Lamont, Jr. Dec. 23, 1933 - Oct. 17, 2020

Bill passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and wife of 65 years. He was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to Marie (Fry) and William Lamont Sr., an immigrant from Port Glasgow, Scotland. Bill attended Gage Park High School where he was a three-sport athlete and met the love of his life, Joan Kette. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder on a football scholarship and received a BA in geography in 1956. In 1959, he received his master’s degree in urban planning from the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Illinois. He was a member of ROTC in college and retired as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers Reserves. Joan and Bill were married in 1955 in Chicago and raised their three children in Boulder. Their home was a gathering place, and Bill’s warmth made everyone feel a part of the clan. Bill was fortunate to pursue his passion for public service and community in a highly successful career in city planning. As the planning director for the city of Boulder from 1967 to 1972, he and the team were the architects of the Boulder Open Space Program, the Pearl Street Mall and several affordable housing neighborhoods. In 1983, Bill answered Denver Mayor Federico Pena’s call to “Imagine a great city” and Bill, as part of the “Freddy and the Dreamers” team, set in place the rebirth of LoDo, located Coors Field and Elitch Gardens within the city, launched DIA, supported the development of Cherry Creek Mall and adopted neighborhood plans for every neighborhood in the city of Denver. He was an adjunct professor and director of the College of Architecture & Planning at the University of Colorado Denver from 1972 to 1976. In private practice, Bill worked with rural communities

grappling with the boom/bust cycle of resource extraction and reclamation of superfund sites. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2002. Off the clock, he continued his commitment to making a difference by serving as a high school and small-college football referee throughout Colorado during the 1960s and ’70s. Ever the athlete, he also played softball on team “Nebbish,” which won the Boulder city championship in 1973. Upon retirement, Bill and Joan moved to Carbondale in 1999 to be closer to their three children and seven grandchildren. There, his passion for community kept him busy. He was elected to the local school board, formed the Garfield County Library District and as a board member, built or renovated six libraries. He ran for town council and initiated a regional housing study to address housing affordability. Bill was awarded the 2019 Pioneer Planner Award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association. Participating in the lives of his grandchildren brought him his greatest joy. He coached Little League baseball and attended all the kids’ plays and sporting events. He summited Mt. Sopris six times, toured Europe with Joan on guided bike tours, rode Ride the Rockies twice and hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim at 80. His most gratifying project was being a Precollegiate mentor to 12 first-generation students, motivating them to pursue higher education. They are all attending college today. Bill is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughters Leslie (Lance Luckett) and Laurel (Eric Gross); and his son, Will. He is also survived by his former daughter-in-law Jennifer Lamont and seven grandchildren: Lamont and Foster Gross; Lyle and William Luckett; and Grace, Simone and Leah Lamont; and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Martin. A celebration of Bill’s life will occur when we can gather. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley: hchotv.org or the Roaring Fork PreCollegiate Program: www.rfprecollegiate.com

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Wes Horner passed away in Bozeman, Montana on October 27. He was 95. Wes grew up in Roanoke in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and spent his summers on the family cotton farm in Georgia. After overcoming polio as a child, he lived by the motto, “When you have your health, you have everything.” After his recovery, he became an accomplished rock climber, and he loved hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. He was very disciplined, stretched every morning, and remained extremely active throughout his life. Wes was a naval officer in World War II, and then got his master’s degree in geology from C.U. Boulder where he was also a mountain guide for the Recreation Department. Wes worked as a geologist for a few years before becoming a high school science teacher. His teaching jobs took his family from the Fountain Valley School near Colorado Springs, to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, to The International School of Brussels, to Santa Fe Preparatory School in New Mexico, along with other places. Wes taught Chemistry and Physics at CRMS in the 1960s. He also set up and taught

the school’s first blacksmithing program as an evening activity, led many student camping trips, and had a wonderful lifelong community of friends among the faculty and students. Wes instilled a love of the outdoors and creativity in his three daughters. He was very inventive and loved working with his hands. Whether he was splitting wood, blacksmithing, building furniture, or playing his harmonica, he was bold and delightfully childlike in his approach. He wasn’t afraid of making mistakes or looking foolish- he knew that it was all part of the learning process. Wes had a very active mind and studied Zen Buddhism. He loved to read — especially anything to do with science. He had zero tolerance for ignorance, cheating or laziness and was fiercely protective of the environment. Wes loved the finer things in life like great food and wine, beautiful scenery, and stimulating conversations with friends. Wes believed that we should make the most of our lives for the short time that we are here. Wes was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Vance (V.V.) Horner. Wes is survived by his five grandchildren, one great grandson, three son-in-law, two grandson-inlaw, and his three daughters: Cindy Kahn of Santa Fe, NM, Sally O’Neill of Bozeman, MT, and Pam Porter of Carbondale. Wes will be remembered for his strength, honesty, creativity, courage, humor, kindness and his great love of rocks and the mountains. There will be a memorial service next summer in Carbondale, Colorado. Wes loved Canyonlands and donations in his memory may be made to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

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LEGALS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Commission for the purpose of considering an application for Major Site Plan Review, Subdivision Exemption, Conditional Use Permit (ground floor residential and self-storage facility) and Alterative Compliance (landscaping) for properties located at 1201 Colorado (Sopris Self-Storage) and 900-958 Highway 133 (Sopris Shopping Center). The proposal is to develop a mixed use project on the westerly portion of the property along Highway 133, and construct an additional self-storage building directly to the west of the existing storage buildings. The existing self-storage facility will remain in place. The property would then be subdivided to place the self-storage development on one lot and the mixed use building on another lot. The applicant is Carbondale Center Place LLC. The owner is Stein Properties, LP. Said Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 10, 2020. You may watch a live streaming of the meeting on You Tube. Search Town of Carbondale meeting December 10, 2020. Please be aware that you will experience a 15-30 second delay. If you would like to submit comments regarding this application, email your comments or letter to msikes@carbondaleco.net by 4:00 pm on December 10, 2020. This email or letter will be entered into the record. If you would like to comment during the meeting, email msikes@carbondaleco.net with your full name and address by 4:00 pm on December 10, 2020. You will receive instructions on joining the meeting online prior to 7:00 p.m. Also, you may contact msikes@carbondaleco.net to get a phone number to listen to the meeting, however, you will be unable to make comments. Wifi will be available in the lobby of Town Hall and a phone will also be available in the lobby for the public to listen to the meeting. Please email Janet Buck at jbuck@carbondaleco.net or call 970/456-3036 by 4:00 p.m. the date of the public hearing if special accommodations are necessary to participate in the meeting. Copies of the proposed application are available on the Town’s website at www.carbondalegov.org. Please contact msikes@carbondaleco.net if you are unable to view the application on the Town’s website and would like to request an alternate method of review. Janet Buck Town Planner

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for the purpose of considering a Major Site Plan Review. The property is a parcel located at 156 N 12th Street Carbondale Colorado, also known as Section: 34 Township: 7 Range: 88 Subdivision: COCO PALMS ESTATES Lot: 1 and 2. The property is approximately 16237.5,215 sq. ft. and is zoned Commercial Transitional. The applicant proposes a 10-unit residential development for individual ownership. The Applicant and Owner is Almdin Holdings, LLC. You may watch a live streaming of the meeting on You Tube at 7:00 p.m. on December 10, 2020. Search for Town of Carbondale Planning Commission December 10, 2020 meeting. Please be aware that you will experience a 15-30 second delay while viewing the meeting. If you would like to submit comments regarding this application, email your comments or letter to msikes@carbondaleco.net<mailto:msikes@carbondaleco.net> by 4:00 pm on December 10, 2020. This email or letter will be entered into the record. If you would like to comment during the meeting, email msikes@carbondaleco.net<mailto:msikes@carbondaleco. net> with your full name and address by 4:00 pm on December 10, 2020. You will receive instructions on joining the meeting online prior to 7:00 p.m. Also, you may contact msikes@carbondaleco.net<mailto:msikes@carbondaleco.net> to get a phone number to listen to the meeting, however, you will be unable to make comments. Wi-Fi will be available in the lobby of Town Hall and a phone will also be available in the lobby for the public to listen to the meeting. Please email Janet Buck at jbuck@carbondaleco.net<mailto:jbuck@carbondaleco.net> or call 970/456-3036 by 4:00 p.m. the date of the public hearing if special accommodations are necessary to participate in the meeting. Copies of the proposed application are available on the Town's website at www.carbondalegov.org<http:// www.carbondalegov.org>. Please contact msikes@carbondaleco. net<mailto:msikes@carbondaleco. net> if you are unable to view the application on the Town's website and would like to request an alternate method of review. John Leybourne, Planner

PARTING SHOT

As the season drew to a close, hunters in Missouri Heights used binoculars to scan for possible targets. Photo by Roberta McGowan

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