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By Paige Meredith Not many years past, my wife and I drove slowly around Paonia, our neighboring town over McClure Pass. We were struck by how many churches were there; it seemed like one on every corner. Recently, while reading a great coffee-table book, entitled Elk Mountains Odyssey I got confirmation of this when it reported somewhat humorously about Paonia’s remarkable piety because in fact it had 13 churches for a town of less than 1,500 citizens. This caused me to wonder how Carbondale compares to Paonia. We started naming local churches and could only come up with seven for sure, including one a few miles from downtown, for a population of 6,427 in the 2010 census. Obviously, Carbondale has a different vibe about it than Paonia — for example, the art displays around town. But in thinking about it a little deeper, one can’t help but be curious about what the citizens of Carbondale believe, what their deepest convictions are. It’s not unusual to see what I guess are Buddhist prayer flags adorning a front porch. Quite often The Sopris Sun has notices of local events describing meditation, or prayer walks or drum circles, and so on — all of which are admittedly quite foreign to me. Within the last year or two, my daughter and I attended a public gathering concerning a local issue at which a Native American Elder spoke

and asked the attendees to stand while he prayed to his god. Perhaps not to my great surprise, it seemed that every other person in the room except we two stood to recognize his Great Spirit, if I may use that term. Just recently, a letter to the editor in The Sun was praising the Earth, the living planet and thanking Her for giving All Life to this precious home in the solar system. So what lesson can we take from this eclectic religious environment? Perhaps that the First-Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion is alive and well after over 230 years of testing. This is an amazing feat, considering that historically speaking every previous major religion (and probably the minor ones as well) has insisted on conformity to that particular religion within their cultural and geographical setting. The Greeks had their gods and the Romans had their own which were succeeded by the Roman Catholic Church which ruled with an iron hand for over a 1000 years until the Reformation usurped large parts of Europe and then proceeded wherever it could to do the same thing, that is, to insist that all persons within their geographical boundaries adhere to the same beliefs — for example, England and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the early 1960s, Protestant America was scared to death that JFK would allow the Roman Catholic Church to influence his governance. The underlying idea seems to be that a culture must have a single unifying and, if necessary, coercive religion in order to survive. The same dynamic, but on a smaller scale, I have read, existed among American Indian tribes. If you were a Ute, you believed

what all Utes believed. If Navajo, what all Navajos believed, etc. My point is related to the education system in this country. Of course, early on there was no state or government school system, each community could do as it pleased. Always, I am sure with the minority objecting to the prevailing philosophy. Nonethe-less, for decades and more even within our ever-growing government run school systems the emphasis was on Christian thinking or the vestige of it. For example, prayer in the schools which has been deemed, correctly I believe, unacceptable, or the old McGuffey Reader which taught the alphabet: “A stands for Adam in whom all fell." Knowing what I know now, I believe that those types of things were an unfair government supported imposition of religion on at least some unwilling citizens. So what does all this have to do with the number of churches in Carbondale? One thing is that it seems a large majority of locals have no interest in the Christian religion, which begs the question — what are they interested in? If a person’s religion can be defined something as follows: “that principle or object upon which they organize their values, goals, hopes, even their worship,” then even something as alien to the Christian as Humanism can be defined as religion and everyone in Carbondale surely is religious in some sense. Perhaps this is expressed best in Carbondale by the fact that we have such an abundance of school choices for parents to choose from to accommodate their beliefs: Waldorf, Community School, Marble Charter, CRMS, Bridges, Roaring Fork, and Montessori. Some are private and expensive; some not. And yet I have a very uncomfortable sense based solely on recent accounts in The Sopris

LETTERS An open letter to the Neislaniks

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Dear Editor: I want apologize for the letter I wrote in The Sopris Sun on Nov. 14. You are correct! We should have talked about the situation and not air it in the paper. It is my hope that we can talk these things through, discuss some of the issues we both have and solve them to mutual satisfaction. The letter being published was not the best way to handle this and for that I am sorry. Safety of others is still a concern, as I am sure it is for you also. I am hopeful that we can come to an agreement of how to handle the concerns that we both have. Darlyne Woodward Skyline Ranch

Dear Editor: In a letter from the Paul and Celia Nieslanik Family published in last week’s Sopris Sun, I was justifiably called out for a mistaken assumption I made in my letter in the Nov. 14 issue. Accordingly, I am writing to apologize publicly to Marty Nieslanik and his family, the owners of Nieslanik Beef, for having connected their company to the Nov. 7 hunting incident on White Hill I described in my letter. As a relative newcomer to Carbondale — I have only lived in this beautiful valley for eight years — I was under the mis-impression that all the Nieslanik ranches on White Hill


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Sun that, in one instance, a local public school is repeating the wrongful historical pattern of endorsing a social movement which at least a healthy minority would oppose. The accounts I refer to concerned the Middle School parade and celebration of the LGBTQ culture. I have no problem with this group and its followers standing up for their lifestyle, but I do object if a public school is at least tacitly and perhaps overtly advocating for practices which some many find immoral. My impression is that this seems to be an attempt to subtly impose a worldview — Humanism — on a young and vulnerable segment of the population. I wouldn’t be opposed to a public school celebrating gay rights if there were another public school choice for families opposed to the same. Remember, Humanism is a religion embracing almost total sexual freedom and abortion. For a public school to advocate for Humanistic values is just as bad as a public school to advocate for Christian or Buddhist or Islamic doctrine. How about a public school system that doesn’t meddle in sensitive topics of morality but stresses the ABCs? In spite of the so-called educational innovations and cutting-edge techniques that are almost annually announced and promise to revolutionize education, we perennially have reports such as this month’s, that only 40 percent of students are achieving at prescribed levels in math and literacy; but they are getting really good at marching. Editor’s note: The pride parade was arranged by a student-led club, not CMS itself. It also bears clarifying that charter schools are, in fact, public. The

views expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The are associated community is invited to submit letters of up to 250 words to with Nieslanik P.O. Box 399 or 500 words to Beef by more Longer columns are considered on than family a case-by-case basis. The deadline for submission name. I sincerely is noon on regret this error. Monday.

I have the utmost respect for all the long-time ranchers in our valley, who contribute so much to our community. This includes Paul and Celia’s family. I may take issue with their hunting practices, but I do not question their hard work and dedication to their family, their ranch, or to the land. I encourage everyone reading this letter to support all our local ranchers and farmers by buying their products, as I try to do, at every opportunity. In light of the incident I described in my letter, I chose to air my concerns in The Sun rather than privately because the safety

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Gearing up for Small Business Saturday By Ken Pletcher Sopris Sun Correspondent

Those materials are also available for local online businesses. All of these services are provided free of charge to participants. Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber has been a Neighborhood Champion for about four years. She noted that the “great majority [of local businesses] participate in some fashion,” in the event. This can vary from fully taking advantage of the tools the Shop Small program makes available to simply being open on that Saturday if they usually are not. Stewart stressed the importance of shopping local throughout the year and not only on Small Business Saturday. Amex has cited that 67 cents of every dollar spent locally stays in the community. Stewart adds, “If everyone spent $20 more [here] each year, $1.2 million would stay in the county.” Julie Ivansco owns Sawyer’s Closet on Main Street, which sells new and used children’s clothes and other items. She has participated in Small Business Saturday since the store opened eight years ago. The shop is closed on Black Friday and then holds a big sale on Saturday that draws a lot of customers. One of the most active participants in the event has been Amy Charters of Lulubelle boutique, across the street from Sawyer’s Closet. She said in an email, “We have

The 10th-annual Small Business Saturday is set for Nov. 30, and many local businesses are participating. The event was created by the American Express Company in 2010 during the height of the Great Recession. It was a response to the growth of Black Friday (the major sale event at large retailers the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (its counterpart for online shopping the following Monday) “to encourage people to … bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.” The movement, which Amex has dubbed “Shop Small,” has grown steadily since its founding. It was estimated that some 104 million shoppers took part in the event last year, spending nearly $18 billion. In addition, cumulative consumer spending between 2010 and 2018 has been about $103 billion nationwide. As part of its initiative, Amex sponsors a “Neighborhood Champions” program, in which community organizations such as chambers of commerce act as coordinators and promoters of Shop Small activities. The number of Neighborhood Champions has increased from some 1,400 in 2013 to more than 7,500 last year. The resource center also provides tools on its website to help individual stores create advertising and other online promotional materials.

done something a little different” each year. She has joined in with other businesses to “offer discounts and gifts … for customers to win” and has given out discount certificates with purchases to be used at a later time. She added that this year she is running a contest where customers can win one of several baskets “of our latest and greatest gift items and favorites.”

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"Deck The Walls" opened at the Launchpad last week with plenty of locallycrafted goods. It runs through the holidays with a special Pop-Up Artisan Farmers Market on Dec. 21. Photo By Will Grandbois

Small Business Saturday is not the only holiday activity promoting local encouraged shoppers to buy them for shopping. One of the major events at $20 or more. These can then be used the Launchpad each year opened last for purchases at any of the more than 50 participating local businesses. Friday (Nov. 22). Those establishments include Deck the Walls: Artisan Market is a long-standing holiday tradition restaurants, lodging, health services in Carbondale. The month-long and retail outlets. Businesses, in event showcases artworks and turn, redeem them at the chamber. crafts by more than 50 local artists. Stewart noted that the chamber had Prospective participants must first already sold nearly $17,000 worth of apply, and they are then selected certificates this year. She added, “[The certificate program] is our wheelhouse through a juried process. According to Staci Dickerson of and supports our community.” Carbondale Arts, the intent is to offer a broad spectrum of items that are also The 500-pound gorilla affordable. She added that Carbondale Of course, one issue hanging is “a really amazing central location for a great collection of local arts and crafts.” over all of this discussion is the growing impact of online sales on The event runs through Dec. 28. The Chamber of Commerce also traditional brick-and-mortar stores offers a Gift Certificate Program, a – be they big-box chains or momyear-round initiative to encourage local and-pop operations. The great rise of online shopping, shopping. Certificates are available coinciding as ANNUAL it did with the for any amount, though PLEASE Stewart JOIN US FOR OUR

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Thanksgiving break is the perfect time for kids to participate in our annual holiday cover design contest! Have ‘em put together an 8 ½ x 11” work of art around the theme of “Friends and Family.” Bright colors are encouraged and it’s fine if they use a variety of two-dimensional media, but steer away from glitter and three-dimensional elements. Drop it outside our office (Suite 32 in the Third Street Center) by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 or make sure you mail with plenty of time to arrive (PO Box 399, Carbondale CO 81623). Please write the artist's name, age, grade, school, and parent contact information legibly on the back. Contest winners will have their artwork printed in the Dec. 19 issue.

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One of our board members recently introduced us to Braden Gastineau and The Roaring Cajun — a fully-licensed cajun/ crawfish boil catering company specializing in home frozen delivery. He’s based out of the Rifle Fairgrounds but travels as far as Aspen and Ouray. Visit to learn more.

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A significant number of people experiencing norovirus-like illness in Mesa County prompted the recent closing of Mesa County Valley School District 51 schools. Garfield County Public Health is monitoring the outbreak; and encourages everyone to help prevent the spread of illness. People who are ill should stay home and parents should keep sick children home for 24-48 hours or until all symptoms resolve. You can also discourage the spread of disease by washing your hands often with soap and water or, in a pinch, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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The White River National Forest winter motor vehicle use season began last week and runs through May 20. During the winter season, all wheeled vehicles (including bikes) are limited to plowed routes or designated

Dos Gringos’ nonprofit spotlight and giving program continues, with employee Meet the latest iteration of the Roaring Fork School Board: Maureen Stepp, Vice President Jennifer Jennifer Arnold selecting the Carbondale Scherer, President Jennifer Rupert, Jasmin Ramirez, and Secretary / Treasurer Natalie Torres. Clay Center as this week’s recipient. "It’s all k Incidentally, at the last meeting before the change over, the old board approved a revised volunteer e Bec“Anyone about community, ” Arnold and Lesaid. ob Ezra, d Band an hy at K , ey policy that requires a background check for anyone who will be working with studentsJounsupervised kn can come, everyone is welcome. CCC hn Stic — but not if they'll be within line of sight of staff. Courtesy photo also works with other nonprofits and outreach programs. CCC is evolving and routes open through special order. Winter get behind sightseeing stops including The expanding, this donation would greatly Motor Vehicle Use Maps, available at all Launchpad and Avalanche Ranch Hot benefit the clay center’s future in our ranger stations, identify routes and areas Springs, food and drink suggestions like The community." designated for “over the snow” motor vehicle Smithy’s Santiago Skillet and Roaring Fork travel (such as snowmobiles). Beer Company’s Slaughterhouse lager and They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another trip around the lodging picks of Marble Distilling and The sun this week include: Richard Fuller and Way Home. Discovered again Paul Hassel (Nov. 28); Kat Rich and Naomi Ashlea Halpern of put a new Pulver (Nov. 29); Chuck Dorn (Nov. 30); twist on the standard Carbondale-revealed Pop goes the soda Marcel Kahhak and Sadie Dickinson (Dec. story by calling us the “affordable Aspen.” Someone left two cans of “Sunny Pop” 1); Ted Brochet, Paul Stover and Sierra While a lot of working folks might take issue in the box on our office door, and being the Palmer (Dec. 2); Rochelle Norwood (Dec. with that characterization, they can probably trusting people we are, we tried them. After 3) and Carol Klein (Dec. 4).


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New District Ranger already a familiar face in the forest By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff You’d be hard pressed to find a District Ranger with the same balance of personal connection and broad experience that Kevin Warner will bring to the role. He takes over the Aspen / Sopris Ranger District on Dec. 2, having overseen Renewable Resources and Planning for the White River National Forest, served as Douglas District Ranger in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest and worked plenty of winters for Aspen Skiing Company. And though his story actually starts in Kansas, he took frequent ski trips to Colorado and knew roughly where he wanted to be after he graduated with a degree in exercise science. “I took a road trip and drove around Wyoming and other places but ended up coming here,” Warner recalled. He took a job driving a bus for Snowmass Village, but ended up finding a new career path through the woman who would be come is wife — Stephanie, a Valley native who was already working as a wilderness ranger. “I tagged along on a trip with her that first summer and couldn’t believe she got paid to do that,” he observed. Warner decided to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Management at Colorado State University. The couple got married while they were in Fort Collins, and after a summer of graduate work in Alaska and a winter at

Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming, they returned to the Roaring Fork Valley. For five years, work alternated between the Forest Service in the summer and SkiCo in the winter. Being far down the totem pole, he didn’t encounter any conflicts. Indeed, he sees the experience as great context for the oversight of one of the district’s biggest leaseholders. Around the same time Aspen and Sopris Ranger districts were combined, Warner landed his first permanent seasonal job as a wilderness crew lead. And while there was no guarantee of winter work, it ended up being a full-time gig. “I went to the ranger at the end of that first season looking to stick around over the weekend, and from that time I’ve worked straight through,” he said. He did a stint in the supervisor’s office helping with an administrative building shuffle before the opportunity opened up almost on the Mexico border in Arizona. It was a big move for Kevin, Stephanie and their two daughters, but worth it. “The Forest Service really values diversity of experience,” he explained. “You’ve got to be willing to put yourself out there.” After three years there, he jumped at the chance to return to White River National Forest service overseeing timber and fuels, wildlife and fish, botany, invasive species, range management, soil, water and air for the whole forest.

The move to District Ranger is ostensibly lateral, but offers a holistic, hyper-local perspective. “You’re responsible for all the resources and everything that happens in that geographic area,” Warner said. “You get the opportunity to work more directly with the communities and the partners. “This district specifically actually has a little bit of almost everything the forest service does,” he added. “You’ve got cows, timber, ski areas, recreation, mining.” He praised the staff and outgoing ranger Karen Schroyer and doesn’t anticipate any huge changes. And while staffing has been a progressive problem for the agency, he sees partnerships filling the void. “One of the most amazing things about working here is that you have communities that are willing to put some resources on the table,” he said. He specifically cited RFTA’s shuttle to the Maroon Bells, one of the highest-use areas in the 750,000-acre district. With ever-increasing crowds, he expects that the permit system being tested near Conundrum Hot Springs may be applied elsewhere upvalley. Marble’s off-highway vehicle woes will require a different approach. And there are different challenges in the Thompson Divide — where oil and gas development will remain a possibility barring a permanent withdrawal — although he noted that the Forest Service

If Kevin Warner isn't in the office, you might try looking for him on the Lyle Lake trail. Courtesy photo. has “great relationships with everyone working back there.” That multi-use mandate is playing out in his own favorite stomping grounds up the Fryingpan, with water diversion, recreation and timber currently coexisting. “We try to make choices that not only match those set at the larger level, but also to make sure that local folks get the best bang for their tax-payer dollar,” he said. “Stop by the office. We’re open 8 to 4:30 almost every day, or you can call 963-2266.”


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CAFCI is engaged and getting results By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent Carbondale was formally presented with its AARP Age-Friendly Community certification last week at an event held at the Third Street Center organized by the Carbondale AgeFriendly Community Initiative (CAFCI) — an ad hoc caucus of senior citizens whose goal is to “strengthen seniors’ voices and contributions to Carbondale.” The AARP Age-Friendly Community distinction is awarded to communities that have committed to becoming more age-friendly under criteria established by AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO). Carbondale’s official “AARP Age-Friendly Community” designation was issued in July. Bob Murphy, AARP Colorado director, and Roberto Rey, AARP Colorado associate state director of multicultural outreach, were there for the formal certification presentation to Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson. Approximately 160 people attended the event. Commenting on the large turnout, Murphy stated, “Look where we are this afternoon — we’re engaged!” Murphy told the audience they have a tremendous economic impact, stating that seniors, as a group, comprise the third-largest economy in the world, only behind the United States and China. The staggering statistics of the country’s Baby Boomers (those born from 1946 to 1964) population should come as no surprise. Murphy said Colorado’s aging population is the third-largest demographic in the United States. In Colorado, the fastest-growing age groups are age 75+ and 85+.

CAFCI is led by co-chairs Niki Delson and Judie Blanchard and includes an organizing committee consisting of 12 seniors, also known as CAFCI Leaders. Delson noted, “CAFCI is built on relationships–between ourselves and the greater Carbondale community.” Delson said one member benefit of being an AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is being eligible to apply for AARP’s annual Community Challenge Grant program, which the AARP website notes, “fund[s] quick-action projects that spark change across the country.” While Delson notes those grants are highlycompetitive more importantly, AARP will advise CAFCI of multiple grant opportunities from other organizations. In addition to speakers, the assembly included 21 organizations providing information on topics, such as senior programs available through Garfield County, sports conditioning and martial arts programs, legal services, and educational and volunteer opportunities. Senior Matters, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is acting as CAFCI’s fiscal agent. Senior Matters Director John Hoffmann recalled CAFCI members started off meeting in each other's homes. The group now has its Sunday meetings in the Senior Matters office at the Third Street Center. Hoffmann reiterates, “it's been so wonderful to have an advocacy group, especially a grassroots advocacy group, come up and utilize the senior center," Hoffmann noted, “It's good to have an ad hoc grassroots group that is operating separately from Senior Matters.” Reflecting on what CAFCI brings to the mix, Richardson said, “Really, what they're doing is they're just broadening all of our

Seniors and others turned out in droves to participate in CAFCI'S community assembly, which included the Town's AARP certification ceremony. Photo by Jeanne Souldern perspectives. In this case, about age-friendly initiatives, but it's part of a bigger narrative, as well.” Delson cited a few of CAFCI’s accomplishments to date: 1) creating a senior services webpage on the Town of Carbondale website; 2) performing a walking audit of every priority corridor and presenting those results, which ultimately led to the Town Trustees hiring an outside consultant to look into traffic, bike, and pedestrian issues on Eighth Street; and 3) a walk with Heritage Park residents, many of whom use walkers or use wheelchairs, to identify an area where two donated benches will provide a place to rest or visit. They will be installed, as weather permits, this spring. At the community assembly, CAFCI organizers asked attendees to complete a survey listing three challenges that “might keep you

from being able to live in Carbondale from infancy through old age?” CAFCI Leader Nicolette Toussaint said the initial review of responses revealed three predominant concerns: 1) walkability - snow clearance, sidewalks, and night lighting of sidewalks; 2) connections to RFTA and the Carbondale Circulator; and 3) affordable housing, including single-level and senior-care housing. For more information about CAFCI, go to or call 366-6460. Carbondale Town Planner Janet Buck, when asked about the event turnout, said, “I see this as a great opportunity to create infrastructure and a built environment not only for our aging community now but for generations to come.” She added, “I look at this room, and I see people who created change in the ’60s and ’70s. I’ll be curious to see what they do now.”

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Cheryl Cain, assistant to the director for the Roaring Fork Valley chapter, says part of their job is to “get folks interested and comfortable with asking for help because that's going to be a process too.” She adds, “When we say we're going to come, we need to show up. That's often what I hear from seniors is, ‘Boy I have tried to get this done for a long time, thanks for showing up because people would tell me they would come and then they wouldn't come.’” Cain says they are meeting with local groups and visiting senior meal sites, to get the word out about what they do. They are looking for seniors who need help and volunteers who are willing to provide that assistance. Carbondale Town Trustee Lani Kitching is the Town liaison to the senior community. She says part of her role is “to focus the services that are available [for seniors] in the right direction.” Kitching also spoke about the growing senior demographic in the area and cited recent research by The Colorado State Demography Office (CSDO), which provides demographic and economic information for regions, counties, and communities in Colorado. Kitching made note of how quickly the complexion of the state is changing with its ever-increasing aging population. A 2016 CDSO report cites that by 2030, Colorado’s population 65+ will be 125 percent larger than it was in 2010 growing from 555,000 to 1,243,000. That growth will translate into greater demand for services, like those provided by A Little Help. As Kenyon says the building of relationships between seniors and volunteers is vital to success — “It's not about the tasks we accomplish when we visit seniors - it is about the connections we make while we are there.” Visit for more information and contact or 404-1923 to receive services or volunteer.

By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent One morning recently, Crystal Meadows Senior Housing resident Elizabeth Blake got the help she wanted and needed. It came from A Little Help volunteer Amy Throm who cleaned Blake’s stove and kitchen. Blake, who has heart problems and relies on an oxygen tank, explains the difficulty she sometimes encounters when performing household tasks, saying, “I find myself getting breathless very quickly.” Blake says that Crystal Meadows Executive Director Jerilyn Nieslanik was instrumental in getting her and nine other residents connected with volunteers to assist with household tasks that may be difficult with age, illness, or injury. Nieslanik said Mary Kenyon, A Little Help Roaring Fork Valley Director, attended a recent lunch at Crystal Meadows and told residents about A Little Help’s services. From there, they set up the recent Service Day. In 2018, while Kenyon was working as the Pitkin County Aging Well Coordinator and Eagle County Healthy Aging Consultant, she recognized gaps in services for seniors, especially in the Midvalley, Crystal Valley, and more rural parts of the Counties. Kenyon contacted A Little Help’s main office in Denver and inquired about starting a local chapter. The nonprofit started in Denver in 2005 when a group of neighbors joined together to help older adults in their community. In

Crystal Meadows resident Elizabeth Blake talks with volunteer Amy Throm about the work she needs done. Photo by Jeanne Souldern August of this year, the Roaring Fork Valley chapter had its inaugural service event with a group of 16 volunteers helping 20 seniors at their homes. Seniors pay for services through memberships. Kenyon explains, “A Little Help is a ‘pay as you can’ organization that recommends seniors start with a donation of $5 to $10 per month and see how much they use the services and adjust from there.” She says 8 percent of the organization’s operation costs come from senior memberships. The remainder comes from donations and grants. The Roaring Fork Valley chapter started with monetary donations from Alpine Bank, Pitkin County Senior Services, and a handful of private donors. They also received a donation of buckets and garden tools from Builders FirstSource.

Nieslanik says of the membership cost, “It's a very inexpensive program for the seniors to have help at their fingertips.” A volunteer chooses which tasks they can do and when. Requests are posted on the website’s HelpConnect board, where registered volunteers, who have had background checks, can accept tasks. Once the volunteer accepts the task, they call the senior and set up a mutually convenient time. Many of the jobs can be done in an hour or so. Recent requests have included rides to doctor's appointments or the grocery store, computer assistance, moving a washer and dryer, organizing tax documents, and putting a bed together for a sick spouse coming home from the hospital.




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Any reference to the 2019 U.S. House of Representatives impeachment hearings of President Donald J. Trump seems to echo the 1973 and 1974 U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Watergate hearings. Those investigations probed the attempted burglary of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C., during June 1972, the year of Nixon’s re-election efforts. The investigation into the burglary revealed that high officials in the administration of then President Richard Nixon had ordered the break-in and then tried to cover up their involvement. Additional crimes were also uncovered. These reflections in particular resounded in the Roaring Fork Valley. Two people now living here were closely involved as attorney staffers in the United States Congress through the sweltering summer of 1974. Lee Dale of Missouri Heights, worked for the United States House of Representatives Watergate Committee, and Barry Schochet of Aspen, was on the Senate side. One might remember that summer as when the rubix cube was invented, and “streaking” became what many called an epidemic. It was also the time of Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle,” and “Annie’s Song” by John Denver. No one even imagined the internet, social media, myriad television and radio options and cell phones — except for the flip versions in the original Star Trek.

Now and then So, what do these Valley locals think of what’s going on now? As they each explained, much is the same, but, at the same time, it’s an entirely different world. Take Schochet. Fresh out of law school, he was an energetic addition to the team led by Sen. Sam Ervin of North Carolina, chair of the Senate Select Committee to Investigate Campaign Practices which was to include Watergate. Schochet smiled broadly as he recalled his interactions with the North Carolinian who called himself “just a simple country lawyer” with a big, lazy sounding southern drawl. But don't let first impressions fool you. “Ervin was the top constitutional expert in Congress and one of the smartest men I have ever met,” said Schochet. He recalled that the 1973 Senate hearings started about a burglary and moved quickly into the “dirty tricks” Nixon was accused of using. On the other side of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. House of Representative Judiciary Committee inquiry became impeachment hearings in 1974. That’s where Dale served. Already a practicing attorney, Dale was plucked out of a Denver law office by committee chair Rep. Peter W. Rodino, Jr. of New Jersey to serve as staff counsel. He recalled being chosen because of his lack of interest in the Watergate hearings that had already taken place in the Senate. The official transcript of the second session of committee hearings details a squabble between Rodino and committee member Rep. James Mann of South Carolina over whether the committee should bring in additional witnesses, particularly former CIA officer Howard Hunt.





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Former U.S. House Staff Counsel Lee Dale reflected on the historic Watergate hearings. Photo by Roberta McGowan

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The 1973 Senate Watergate hearings were the kickoff for the legal career of staff attorney Barry Schochet, here pictured in the back row, third from the left. After haggling and voting, Rodino gaveled request denied. But Hunt was eventually called. Mann stated, “We have built our country on the Constitution,” he said on the first day of debate. “That system has been defended on battlefields and statesmen have ended their careers on behalf of the system and either passed into oblivion or immortality.” His oratory led to his increasingly prominent role in the hearings. Notably, Mann spoke some of the most quoted lines of the day, “We would strive to strengthen and preserve the presidency,” he said. “But if there be no accountability, another president will feel free to do as he chooses. The next time there may be no watchman in the night.” Both Schochet and Dale agree that the Congress and the country were much less divided by partisan issue than is the case today. Schochet called today’s divisions “a dark turn.” In the hearings in the Senate and the House, both Nixon and former President Bill Clinton feared they might face a Senate majority of the opposition party. Trump, if the House votes for impeachment, will be on trial in the Senate with his own party in the majority. Schochet surmised that GOP legislators are concerned about being primaried if they vote against the president's interests. Dale’s role centered primarily on Charles Colson, Nixon’s director of the Office of Public Liaison, and former CIA officer Howard Hunt. Colson pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Pentagon Papers case and spent seven months in prison. Hunt was convicted

of burglary, conspiracy and wiretapping and served 33 months in prison. The Committee approved three articles of impeachment against Nixon, for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of the U.S.Congress. However, the full House did not vote on impeachment. Before that could happen, Nixon resigned in August 1974. Schochet had his own take on the present day impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, “As before, the Democrats have made a big mistake by not allowing the Republican party to be in the process and not allowed to call witnesses” in the House’ inquiry sessions. However, in the just concluded committee public hearings, the GOP was allowed to call two witnesses: Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, the National Security Council’s former senior director covering Russia and Ukraine. Both testified. Neither of the Republicans wanted to blame the president who appointed them for any misconduct. Both insisted that they didn’t see him do anything illegal, but they also validated testimony from other witnesses Schochet felt that the current impeachment processes will not strongly influence the public’s overview. He also surmised most Americans, as much as 80 percent, were not watching the televised hearings. Neither Schochet or Dale has been tuning in the current impeachment inquiry, although they both occasionally view news snippets. The main question remaining: While the president’s actions may have been wrong, are they impeachable?

To save money, and have a safer and healthier home, remember these three tips: 1. Have a certified professional inspect and service your wood-burning unit annually. If you smell smoke in your home, something may be wrong. It’s important to clean out dangerous soot build-up to help keep it working properly and avoid chimney fires. 2. Burn dry, seasoned wood. Wet, green, painted, treated wood, and trash should never be options. Start with chemical-free fire starters and dry kindling. Maintain a hot fire and don’t let it smolder. 3. Upgrade to an efficient, EPA-approved wood stove or fireplace insert. Modern wood-burning appliances are more efficient, emitting less smoke and carbon monoxide to keep your home warmer, your fuel bill lower, and your family safer. By burning wise, you can reap all the warmth — and none of the cold reality — of your wood fire. Acostarse frente a un fuego crepitante suena bastante atractivo en estos días fríos y cortos. ES LA TEMPORADA DE LEÑA EN CARBONDALE OTRA VEZ. AQUÍ HAY 3 CONSEJOS DE LA JUNTA AMBIENTAL DE CARBONDALE. 1. Para seguridad, deje que un profesional inspeccione su estufa de leña y el conducto de humo. 2. No queme mas madera seca. Mantenga un fuego caliente y evite la combustión lenta que produce humo nocivo. 3. Actualicé a una estufa o chimenea de madera aprobada por la EPA. Reduzca las emisiones, queme menos madera, tenga un hogar más cálido y sea seguro. ¡Gracias!

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What a great way to start your Thanksgiving and a great holiday tradition to run with friends or family. If you are single come out and meet others. Go for a 5K two-lap run or a 2.5k one-lap run or walk. Carbondale Recreation and Community Center hosts the foot race, and Aloha Mountain Cyclery hosts the bike event from 8 to 10 a.m. at North Face Park on Meadowood Drive. Go to and for information.

Jennifer Swanson shows you how to create a chunky knit blanket for cold winter nights without using knitting needles or crochet hooks from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Art Base (99 Midland Spur, Basalt). $35 for members and $45 for non-members; contact or call 927-4123. Yarn is not provided; the list of supplies is online.



Give an animal a home for the holidays! Adoption fees waived on all animals (donations appreciated).


Friday, Dec. 6th from 4:30-6:30 Get your Christmas photos with your pets!


Bring fun stuffers to help us fill the shelter animal's stockings . (treats, toys, donations!)


Let C.A.R.E. treat you to some yummy holiday food for all you do for our furry friends.

PROFESSIONAL POOCH PORTRAITS! Saturday, Dec. 7th from 12-4 pm


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Looking to have fun and give back? We’re seeking volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at City Market.

DEC SPEAKERS Come join us every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Carbondale Fire Station Guest Speakers Lynn Kirchner Carbondale Homeless Coalition December 4 Abby Mandel Cocoa Tree Chocolates December 11 *Preview Dec 5th/opening Dec 6th **2pm Matinee dec 15th

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Thanksgiving morning, Deva Shantay will present a community yoga class that focuses on releasing blocks to happiness. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at True Nature Healing Arts (100 N. Third St.). Visit for tickets to this free community event.





Support’s Junior Achievement's mission to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential and enjoy bingo, fun, food and drinks from 6 to 9 Carbondale Beer Works (647 Main St.). Email kristina.freeman@ja org. with questions.


The annual Rockies Craft & Gift Show includes a diverse selection of stone and gemstone jewelry, mineral specimens and crystal from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado (526 Pine St. Glenwood Springs).


“The Need To Grow,” a story of solutions about a race against the end of farmable soil screens from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). Admission by donation. Go to for information.


The Mount Sopris Nordic Council is gearing up for a great year of community supported cross country skiing. Council members receive a free beer or a glass of house wine. Join in from 6 to 8 p.m. at LIGHT UP THE BOULEVARD the Pour House (352 Main St.). Go to Marvel at Redstone’s Annual Grand for information. Illumination as the community celebrates Christmas 2019 and the holiday season. HOLIDAY POP UP The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m, kicked off Enjoy a perfect evening for holiday by Santa and Mrs. Claus joining carolers at shopping or treating yourself from 6 the Redstone General Store. The caroling Batch (358 Main St.) with light procession with Santa and his elves continues complimentary snacks, warm drinks to the Redstone Inn. Capping the evening and, of course, beer and hard seltzer. will be a bonfire and music at 6 p.m. For more information, contact cheers@ or 963-5870. FILM SCREENING



The Town of Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department and Carbondale Arts invites everyone to light up Carbondale and welcome Santa. The trees on Main Street will be lighted when Santa reaches the Fourth Street Plaza. Enjoy carolers, free hot chocolate and cookies from 5 to 8 p.m. For details, call 963-2733.

Hear Travis Bush, frontman for the Americana rock band THUNK from 7 to 10 p.m. at Marble Distilling (150 Main St.) His music is influenced by country, rock and bluegrass. No cover. FIRST FRIDAY FUNDRAISERS The Carbondale Clay Center Cup Auction FRI NOV. 29 - THU DEC. 5 and the KDNK’s Labor of Love combine for a single event. Interesting and handmade MOVIES items will be offered. Pre-register online The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents and receive a complimentary drink ticket “JoJo Rabbit” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29- at the door. Bidding from 5:30 to 8:30 Dec. 1 and Dec. 3-5; “Linda Ronstadt: The p.m. at Coventure (201 Main St.). Sound of My Voice” (PG-13) at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30 and “Fantastic Fungi” (NR) at 5:30 AMERICANA SINGER/SONGWRITER p.m. Dec. 1. Closed Dec. 2. May Erlewine combines traditional folk roots, old-time country swing, soul and SUNDAY DEC. 1 even rock and pop sensibilities in her HUMAN DESIGN emotionally-charged music. Show starts at Vibrational Healer Shari Billger combines 8:30 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth many modalities based on birth information St.) For tickets, contact sguitars@sopris. to give you a unique explanation of your net or 963-3304. “wiring.” $88 includes a personal chart; visit for tickets and more ENERGETIC ALT ROCK information. Listen to Echo Monday with a holiday f lair beginning at 9 p.m. at Carbondale Beer Works (647 Main St.). MONDAY DEC. 2 TUTOR TRAINING


Help build a stronger community and make new friends by learning how to volunteer with Enlgish in Action from 2 to 4 p.m at the Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave. Basalt). RSVP to or 963-9300.

The Feeding Giants acoustic trio performs covers as well as many originals ranging from classic country, classic rock, indie folk rock and Americana from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Patina Bar+Grill (1054 Highway 133).



The Philosophy Club says sad songs are nature’s onions. Bring a sad, sad song to the meeting of the group, which welcomes people who have big conversations about the meaning of life, society and the surrounding ideas and ideologies.The gathering is 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.) and the club regularly meets the first Tuesday of each month. Information is available at or 927-4311.

Bring the family for a warm and joyful winter celebration with children’s crafts, delicious food, live music, puppet play, an enchanted story and the Winterfaire store. From 10 a.m. to 3 the Waldorf School (16543 Highway 82). Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance at or $25 at the door. Kids under age 3 attend at no cost. For more information, call 963-1960.




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11:30 am - 12:30 pm Third Street Center

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A carefully juried show, open to artists and craftspeople in the Valley, continues at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.), offering a chance to take home thoughtful and well-made local and regional goods. HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL

The Carbondale Clay Center (135 Main St.) features local and national ceramics for appreciation and sale. HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION

Free opportunities include a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Greg Feinsinger about the science behind plant-based nutrition at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, free one-hour consultations for heart attack and other chronic illness prevention by appointment Monday mornings (call 379-5718) and a plant-based whole-foods potluck at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month — all at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). WALK WITH A DOC

Aspen Valley Hospital (401 Castle Creek Rd.) invites you to meet in the cafeteria at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month for a short discussion on health-related topics such as high blood pressure, asthma, and anxiety. BLUEGRASS JAM

Bring the instrument of your choice or just your voice for a weekly jam session first and last Sundays at 6 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.) and all other Sundays at the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden (115 Sixth St.) LOSS SUPPORT


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

Free silent meditation sessions, The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.) from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 3883597 for more information. DHARMA

The Way of Compassion Dharma Center holds a Dharma talk and meditation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and a silent meditation and Buddha of Compassion practice at 8 a.m. Saturdays, the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). Devika Gurung demonstrates how chant is about more than spirituality, but also breath and rhythm at 4:30 p.m. Sundays, The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). RF INSIGHT

Monday Night Meditation meets from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Roaring Fork Aikikai (2553 Dolores Way) and offers instruction in the Buddhist practice of Vipassana. RFI also offers secular mindfulness at the Carbondale Community School and is working with CMC to provide a class on “Zen and the Art of Dying” — for info. MINDFULNESS

The Mindful Life Program in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) offers group sessions Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and registration is not necessary. Contact or 633-0163 for more information.



Join friends and fellow readers to discuss great books at Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month; call 963-2889 for this month's selection.

Senior Matters (520 S. Third St. Suite 33) offers a table tennis club for adults from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Contact Marcel Kahhak at 963-5901 with questions.



A free facilitated workshop for adults, writing your personal history, one story at a time. Facilitated by Shelly Merriam, historian/writer/ genealogist. First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Glenwood Springs Branch Library, (815 Cooper Ave.). Visit or call 945-5958 for information.

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

Independence Run and Hike hosts a weekly Group Run on Thursday nights. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the store, 596 Highway 133 (in La Fontana Plaza) during Daylight Saving time and at 6 p.m. during the darker months for a 4-mile loop around Carbondale. All paces are welcome. Call 704-0909 for more information.

This presentation is geared toward: Small-medium sized businesses/non-profits who have the skills to do their own marketing but lack the capacity or time to execute it. Those companies or organizations who know what they want to say but can’t keep their team’s messaging on the same page. Businesses/non-profits who want help organizing their messaging. Attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of a thoughtful plan of action for marketing, a 3-month calendar they can build on, a better grasp of the platforms they utilize and what others they should consider.

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The Compassionate Friends of the Roaring Fork Valley, a group for parents, grandparents or siblings who have lost a child of any age, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at The Orchard (110 Snowmass Dr.).


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Winter Explorers holiday break camp

December 30, 31 | January 2, 3 9AM - 3PM Grades K - 6th $85 / $65 per day Explorers will discover a winter wonderland as they examine animal tracks, build a snow cave, make winter art creations, learn winter survival techniques, and investigate how the natural world copes with this harsh season!

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An inclusive, peer-led recovery support group open to anyone with a desire for recovery — independent of faith and regardless of race, gender or orientation — meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) LOVE ADDICTS


Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Holland Hills United Methodist Church (167 Holland Hills Rd., Basalt).

Rising Crane Training Center (768 Highway 133) offers free boxing and fitness classes for folks with Parkinson’s from 11 to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 274-8473 for information.

The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at the Carbondale Fire Station (300 Meadowood Dr.) at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays.

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GOVERNMENT BRIEFS River District leverages federal grant funding The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will award more than $300,000 in grant funding to the Colorado River District to assist with stakeholder outreach and continued analysis of risks facing water users in the Colorado River Basin. The $315,721 WaterSMART grant will assist the River District with three projects related to water supply needs in western Colorado. Specifically, the funding will support analysis of the secondary economic impacts of a potential demand management program, the continuation of the Colorado River Risk Study, and the initiation of an education and outreach effort to solicit feedback from western Colorado waters users on demand management.

CDOT awarded $18M Colorado will receive more than $18 million for several federal grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. The purpose of the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment,

and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. The grants include $1,788,312 for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and $400,000 for the Snowmass Village Shuttle.

More states sign on to faithless electors case Twenty-two states have signed on to an amicus brief that underlines the urgency in Colorado’s petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an unprecedented decision issued in August in Baca v. Colorado Department of State. The 10th Circuit decision states that Colorado cannot remove presidential electors if they fail to cast their ballots in accordance with state law, which requires presidential electors to cast their Electoral College ballots for the candidate who won the most votes in Colorado. Because the 10th Circuit's ruling impedes Colorado's ability to enforce state law and has the potential to undermine voters across the nation, Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case and protect Americans' fundamental right to selfdetermination.

Want to get involved? Public lands renewable energy goes before committee Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet’s (D) legislation to incentivize responsible renewable energy development on public lands and allow local communities to reap the economic benefits recently received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2019, S. 2666, would streamline the permitting process for renewable energy development on public lands and establish a revenue sharing mechanism to ensure local communities receive a percentage of the revenue created by these projects. Specifically, it would use upfront planning and careful siting to identify appropriate areas for wind, solar and geothermal energy development and incentivize development in these lower-conflict priority areas; direct agencies to provide staffing resources to ensure project permitting moves forward as efficiently as possible as well as distribute certain revenues derived through this Act by returning 25 percent to the state where development takes place, 25 percent to counties of origin, 15 percent to more efficiently processing permits and 35 percent into a fund for conservation of fish and wildlife habitat.

PILT improvements heard The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources recently held a hearing on legislation that would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program and provide greater parity to small counties who receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding from the federal government. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is a cosponsor of both pieces of legislation.. The committee discussed S. 2108, the Small County PILT Parity Act, which would create four new population tiers so that eligible counties could receive a higher annual PILT payment. The committee also heard testimony on S. 430, a bill to extend the Secure Rural Schools program, which ensures that counties with swaths of tax-exempt forestlands can provide essential services.

Contact your elected officials about the issues that matter to you Senator Michael Bennet 261 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-5852

Senator Cory Gardner 354 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-5941

Congressman Scott Tipton 218 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-4761

CO Senator Bob Rankin 200 E Colfax, 346 Denver, CO 80203 (303)866-5292

Watershed review requested U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called on the Government Accountability Office to review the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Watershed Protection Program — an important tool for post-fire recovery in the West. Recently, Colorado and Utah received EWP funding following fires in 2018 that damaged

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watersheds and led to unprecedented evacuations. However, communities often face hurdles and added burden when attempting to use EWP to support recovery efforts. A GAO review would help improve EWP to more effectively serve communities across the West as they recover from devastating wildfires.

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would still have the ticket in my wallet. The day before the game, I went to San Francisco to take advantage of the sea food and Chinese cuisine. I toured China in 2003 and asked where I could get the best Chinese food. Everyone replied San Francisco. They were certainly telling the truth. Touring Alcatraz Island reminded me of when the Raiders did better recruiting parolees from prison than they ever did in the NFL draft. This was my first trip to the Oakland Coliseum. I always heard it was one of the worst venues for visiting fans. I was pleasantly surprised, because I did not see any Raider fans torment any Bronco fans. The only close call was when Amari Cooper got hurt and and a Bronco fan from Longmont sitting behind me yelled, “Get up you ****, this is football.” Five rows of Raider fans turned around, and I thought, “Oh boy; here we go.” After realizing he wasn’t in Denver, he apologized and all was forgiven. NFL stadiums have been doing a great job of watching for fans getting out of control. The game should be fun, even if you’re sitting by an opposing fan.

By Jimmy D’Annibale I can’t believe it’s been two years since I took pen in hand (literally — I write everything longhand, much to the chagrin of my editor). The last piece I wrote was “A Raider Fan in Bronco Country,” which to my surprise was awarded best sports column in our category in the Colorado Press Association’s annual contest. I said at the end I’d fill you in on my trip to Oakland. I started my pilgrimage with a 25hour train trip. I learned when Amtrak says it’s a 10-minute rest stop they don’t mean 11. While reading about a point of interest, I turned around and saw my train slowly pulling away with my luggage and ticket. I never felt such pure terror and panic since Trump was elected to office. Thank God this happened in Sacramento, where there’s local train service to San Francisco, or I

Across the pond Last year, I thought it would be a blast to go to London and see the Raiders play the Seahawks. This journey started in Iceland. It’s a beautiful country, but very expensive

A reverse British invasion seems to be taking place on the football field. Courtesy photo — $15 for a pint of draught Bud. When I told some friends I was flying to England to see the game but didn’t have a ticket, they all said, “are you crazy?” Four hours before the game, I still was without a ticket and I thought how right they were. My concierge Zardroco at my hotel said, “give me another half hour.” The football gods smiled on me. He got me a ticket on the 50-yard line in a corporate box, with all the food and libations you can handle and a private bathroom — and at my age, that may be the most important thing watching a sporting event. I have to say the English love American football. I can honestly say

it almost had a Super Bowl atmosphere — and I attended two Super Bowls in the ‘90s. Since the Raiders were the home team, all of London was Raiderthemed, but Seahawk fans dominated the city and the stadium. I heard boos when the Raiders took the field (like I’m not used to that), I knew it was really a Seattle home game. One of the proudest moments of my life, being an American, was when they played our national anthem. I had tears in my eyes seeing the whole stadium stand up and sing our song. Not one person was sitting or kneeling. The same was true for the British national anthem.

I even witnessed the fans at Wembley making an attempt to do “the wave.” It was more of a ripple, but it sure was fun to watch. It was a great experience even though I’m spoiled for life with those seats. I highly recommend any football fan put this on their bucket list. Leaving England I flew to Paris. I was glad I got to see Notre Dame again before the devastating fire. I can only imagine how the Parisians must have felt. Well, maybe my next article might be about going to see the Dr. Phil Show and “Hamilton,” the play. I’d like to dedicate this column to my buddy Martin. Go Broncos! Go Raiders!













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issues I raised have the potential to affect members of our community more broadly, not only on White Hill, but elsewhere in the Roaring Fork Valley. I’m grateful that we have a truly local paper where differing views can be expressed openly and honestly. Barbara Dills Carbondale

Virginia ‘Jinny’ Moore

Thanks given Dear Editor: Warm sun on my face Colorado blue sky day I’m thankful for that JM Jesse Glenwood Springs

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Jan. 14, 1943 - Nov. 18, 2019 Virginia M. Moore, 76, died on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. Jinny grew up in Denver in a large, boisterous family notorious for their caroling, camping, and Canadian ways. She graduated from Kent School for Girls in 1961, attended the University of Colorado briefly, then joined the Peace Corps in 1965 and lived in Bandipur, Nepal, with her second family. This experience infected her with a travel bug that she carried for the rest of her life. Jinny married Robin Perry in Starwood, Aspen, in 1969, had three daughters, and was an avid skier, backpacker, and Red Onion regular. But life is full of surprises, and she moved to Denver in 1979 as a single mom to work in real estate and acquire her teaching degree. In 1989, Jinny moved to the San Luis Valley to teach high school English. There, she met and married Jose Candido Gomez (Candie), whom she described as a Latin Kenny Rogers on a Harley, and who turned out to be the love of her life. Jinny earned her Master’s in Education at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO and eventually moved to Farmington,

NM to teach English at San Juan College. Jinny retired in Mancos, CO, where she was an activist with the Great Old Broads, a member of the Mancos Valley Chorus, and a relentless adventurer. Everywhere she went in life, her easy-going demeanor and sharp sense of humor endeared her to all. From high tea in Victoria to her fifteen minutes of fame on CNN Chile during local protests, Jinny thrived on meeting new people and visiting new places. For the past three years, Jinny lived at Heritage Park in Carbondale, CO. She is survived by her brothers Mike Moore, Charley Moore, Hugh Moore; her sister Dorsey Moore and sisters-in-law Ann Moore, Jane Moore, and Clara Moore; her daughters Jean Perry (Clint Wilfley), Sarah Perry, Annie Perry (Peter Davies); her grandchildren Mattie, Rew, and Willow; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Jinny is preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ruth Moore, brothers Kit Moore and Tim Moore, nephew Cam Moore, and her husband Candie Gomez.

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Dear Editor: Regarding the lack of food available at the food banks for Thanksgiving. I know of many in the community that can’t afford turkeys and I’ve called food banks from Aspen to Rifle and no one has any turkeys. Lift up now just concentrates on a Christmas gift, which is nice, but it’s a long time until Christmas for hungry families. If people in the community could purchase an extra turkey and take it to a local food bank it would be a little thing that could be a big blessing to a hungry family. I know turkeys are on sale, but people living on limited income many times spend their money on groceries at the first of the month and can’t afford the minimum purchase required to get the low price. I would appreciate it if the community would know of need. Thanksgiving isn’t too late. A church in Rifle was giving out food baskets but got so many requests they have had to turn people down. Nancy Bernard Glenwood Springs



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Dec. 1 – “ Palm Up, Empty Hand” In the Christian tradition, this Sunday is the first of four Sundays in Advent. The Season of Advent is about the holy practice of waiting. In this service I will share why some of my best teachers in the practice of waiting, have been the feral cats in my neighborhood. Religious Exploration with Ana Chynoweth Guest Musician Ellen Stapenhorst Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist

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