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Mike Kennedy surveys Gus Darien Arena from the chute as he anticipates the opening of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo's 16th season on June 3, 2021. For the full schedule and lineup of events, go to carbondalerodeo.com. Photo by Paula Mayer.

By Paula Mayer Sopris Sun Correspondent “Our heavenly Father, we pause at this time, mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We ask, Lord, that you be with us in this arena of life. We as cowboys do not ask for special favors…” The last time Carbondale rodeo fans heard Branden Edwards’ baritone delivery of the Cowboy Prayer in Gus Darien Arena was Aug. 22, 2019. Like so many other events, celebrations and gatherings, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo (CWWR) was cancelled last summer due to the pandemic. As the Roaring Fork Valley, the nation and the world feels on the cusp of returning to some semblance of life as we knew it, one small step toward that goal will take

place on June 3, when CWWR kicks off their 16th season. “We’re hopeful it’s going to happen,” says Mike Kennedy, president of the CWWR board of directors. Mike is as passionate today as he was in 2005 when he and Dave Weimer took over the running of the rodeo and made it a viable not-for-profit volunteer organization. Normally, planning for the upcoming season would have started months ago: talking to stock contractors, engaging sponsors, and organizing the crew of around 25 volunteers the rodeo depends on. “It’s a big undertaking and if we didn’t have all of those people, we couldn’t do it.” Also key to the rodeo’s success is their partnership with the Town of Carbondale. Central to the rodeo’s mission is preserving the western lifestyle and connecting with the

local community. While competitors come from as far as Arizona, Montana and Texas, the majority are from Aspen to Parachute. This is a local opportunity for friends and family to come out and watch them compete. Historians agree the first American rodeo took place in Prescott, Arizona, in 1888. Cowboys and ranch hands gathered to show off their prowess at roping, riding and working cattle. Today’s rodeos are quite similar, with events like team roping, bull riding, bronc riding, and barrel racing. The athleticism of both human and equine athletes is impressive. Edwards will be back in the announcer’s booth this summer. “There’s electricity in the air. We are excited and impatient. We want to make sure we do it right.” He is looking forward to seeing people he hasn’t seen in over

a year. “It’s all about community. Sitting across from another human being and connecting over something you enjoy. Take a picture of any corner of the crowd and you’ll see a blue collar worker sitting next to a tourist. And for a moment, they’re in the grandstand, watching cowboys and cowgirls work with livestock, preserving the history of the western lifestyle.” The pandemic has been difficult for everyone and the rodeo industry is no exception. For months, their way of life has been on hold. At both state and national levels, the rodeo and agricultural industries are under scrutiny. Those who choose to live off the land and raise livestock, however, are a hardy, resilient group. So tighten up your cinch and hold on, it’s rodeo time!


From the Clinic

by Doctor Maria Judith Alvarez Editor’s note: On April 5, Maria Judith Alvarez Quiroz was featured in a New York Times article called “Emerging From the Coronavirus.” We are proud to share an English translation of her latest column for el Sol del Valle. Obesity and related health problems (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cholesterol and high triglycerides, etc) have become a major issue in the United States. This month’s column is based on a book by Dr. Michael Greger. What you eat is the biggest, most important factor that causes and


When you eat matters

reverses obesity. Nonetheless, it's also important when you eat. This has to do with circadian rhythms — natural daily biorhythms of our body, which occur repetitively every 24 hours. These biorhythms affect our digestion, body temperature, blood pressure, hormone levels, activity of the immune system, the most effective time to take pills for blood pressure (before going to sleep) and the most effective time for chemotherapy. Surprisingly, our gut microbiome (intestinal flora) also has circadian rhythms. When our microbiome is formed by microbes that promote our health, it's also synchronized with our body’s biorhythms. According to Dr. Greger, the circadian rhythms explain the fact that “morning calories don't seem to count as much as nighttime calories.” The “blue zones” are five areas in the world where people live particularly long and healthy lives. One of the takeaways of studying these populations is that we should “have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a poor man.” People who skip breakfast have a higher rate of being overweight and obese. This seems contradictory

Re: Michael Francisco Michael Francisco's hearing was pushed back once again. The new date is Monday, April 26, four months after the incident. I believe the Town of Carbondale is either using delay tactics to slow momentum or is incredibly inept and cumbersome in their due process. Michael is not accepting the recent offer by the town of Carbondale’s prosecutor. He wants a full pardon; a clean record, which he deserves after being racially profiled and unjustifiably arrested in Dec. of 2020 in the Carbondale City Market. It is very important to keep momentum going … do not let the town of Carbondale, the Carbondale Police Department, or Kroger Corporation delay this issue any longer. These three entities need to be held responsible for continuing racial tactics, the undoing of social adherence toward justice for all people, and the deliberate delaying of people's rights to due process. Please help Michael, the health of the community, and the promotion of acceptance for people's rights in society by continuing to cover and publicize this case. Thank you, Sopris Sun. Holly Hardwick Napa, California (Formerly Carbondale) Re: Re: Ascendigo Ranch There have been several letters here over the last few weeks and months regarding Ascendigo's proposed development of a facility in Missouri Heights. In addition to echoing the points put forward in the objections to the development, I am greatly concerned about the change in the zoning laws and the precedent it would set. Ascendigo's development will strain our limited water supplies, increase traffic well beyond what

because if I skip breakfast, I would expect to lose weight due to consuming less total calories per day. However, according to Dr. Greger, you should not only have breakfast everyday, but also — to have an optimal weight and health — it should be the biggest meal of the day with the most calories. In an Israeli study of obese and overweight women, half of the subjects ate in accordance with the king-prince-poor principle and the other half ate the same amount of calories but in a different sequence, poor-prince-king (with the largest amount of calories at the end of the day). At the end of the 12 week study, the king-prince-poor group lost 19 pounds and the poor-princeking group lost 11 pounds. In another study, researchers for the U.S. Army had half of the participants in the study eat only dinner, and the other half eat only breakfast. Each group digested the same amount of calories. The participants that only had breakfast lost two pounds per week in comparison to the group that only had dinner. One explanation for this phenomenon is that due to the circadian rhythms, our bodies utilize 50% more calories

the roads were built for, create road repair needs (without them contributing taxes), heighten hazardous cycling and walking along our roads, increase fire dangers with lack of evacuation routes, interfere with wildlife, and increase taxes on services which residents, not Ascendigo must assume. The area of the proposed development is zoned for 13 residential lots. If a commercial property is permitted to establish itself in Missouri Heights, it creates a precedent for further commercial development: a hotel? restaurants? commercial warehouses? One change in zoning could eventually open the area up to other zoning changes. Could apartment buildings be next? Once a precedent is set, there is no going back. I am a great supporter of the mission and purpose of Ascendigo. I think the work they do is essential and praiseworthy. Our area, however, does NOT have the infrastructure for such a development and is NOT zoned for it. If the zoning of the area is changed to accommodate the proposed facility (at our residents' great financial and change in lifestyle expense), little will be able to be done to stop further commercial development in Missouri Heights. I ask the commissioners to vote “no” on this proposal. Barbara Uboe Missouri Heights Thanks to Black Hills Energy I would like to thank the team at Black Hills Energy for the excellent job they did in repairing our furnace during a very cold spell in Feb. We have been enrolled in the Black Hills Energy Service Guard program for many years. This program offers service on selected equipment

to digest meals in the morning in comparison to at night. Working a night shift interrupts our circadian rhythms. And guess what? Night shift workers have significantly higher rates of being overweight or obese in comparison to morning shift workers. They also have higher rates of diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. The following are nine tips from Dr. Greger to lose weight, synchronized with bodily circadian rhythms: Never skip breakfast. Consume the most amount of daily calories during breakfast, less for lunch and even less for dinner. Sleep during the night and keep active during the day. Sleep between seven to eight hours. Go to sleep at 10 p.m. and get up at 6 or 7 a.m. Avoid exposure to lights at night. Sleep in total darkness. Dine at least two and a half hours before going to bed. Avoid eating in the middle of the night.

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Special spot The short, public trail along the Crystal River is a special spot. A walk next to the river with soaring views of Mt. Sopris. Recently a small shrine was set up in a nook of a fallen tree to honor those lost to COVID. Then a candle was added, really, then a fire. Thankfully, CRFPD was on the scene and snuffed out what could have been a disaster. Very sadly, a casualty of the small fire was a prolific and splendid apricot tree. Was the natural beauty of the place, the rush of Continued on page 20

Correction: In last week’s story “Meet Megan Baiardo,” we mistakenly labelled three tragic losses of life that touched Basalt Middle School in the past four years as suicide. In fact, the two most recent were from other causes. The views expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The community is invited to submit letters up to 500 words to news@soprissun.com. Longer columns are considered on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for submission is noon on Monday. 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • soprissun.com • April 22 - April 28, 2021

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Lisa Dancing-Light shares "Magic" By Raleigh Burleigh Sopris Sun Editor

kids loved it too, the song stuck, and “I could write a whole semester curriculum based on this story.” “Once upon a time in one of the Thirty years later, that seed is most beautiful parts of the world, bearing fruit. With the pandemic as there was a very special mountain.” a creative impetus, Dancing-Light Thus begins “A Song and Story of thought it imperative for herself and Magic Mountain,” a culmination of others to share comfort and peace decades of personal work and artistic during distressing times. “Nothing is exploration by local musician Lisa going to take that mountain down,” Dancing-Light. Beyond the children’s said Dancing-Light. “Something book itself, published on April 22, about [Mt.] Sopris gives me hope.” Earth Day 2021, “Magic Mountain” “Magic,” the talking mountain of consists of a teaching curriculum, a Dancing Light’s story, is inspired by musical, and someday, Dancing-Light her connection with Mt. Sopris. He hopes, an animated television show. tells important stories to people with “a The principle song of the work, special way of listening.” When people referenced in the title, was first forget to listen, Magic falls into a deep written in 1981 and incorporated slumber during which the pristine into a Children’s Rocky Mountain beauty that surrounds him is steadily School preschool class in 1991. Dancing-Light was invited to help destroyed. Dancing-Light lived for 38 years lead an environmental program with up Prince Creek Road with Mt. Sopris a musical basis and, with help from looming close. She describes hiking the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (now Carbondale Arts), the mountain as “a metaphor for life: produced a musical. Artist Mary beautiful, a struggle, painful, exhausting Noone helped to construct a giant, … but the journey was worth every talking mountain out of canvas for the step.” She recalls feeling insignificant on the summit, a humbling experience. stage and “Magic” was born. That first production included “I’ve never taken it for granted.” Her journey to Colorado began then-toddlers Nina Clark, Ki Chambliss, Molly Fales, Vallee Noone, with exploring Grand Lake and the Celeste Powers, Tanner Rollyson, surrounding wilderness as a child. Anna Schwinger, Tarn Udall, and She remembers riding horseback and others. When Dancing-Light shared experiencing the euphoric scent of wet the story with her granddaughter’s balsam and the glistening sight of mica that activated in me teacher atYouthentity a Montessori preschool schist.1 “Whatever Ad English 4.9x7.pdf 4/13/21 11:45 AM in Salt Lake, she was told that their brought an awareness that I craved

until I was old enough to get back here.” She now makes her home in Carbondale, grateful for the conveniences of being in town but always holding dear the experience and inspiration of living so close to Mt. Sopris. A constant during the pandemic has been her communion with nature. In the vein of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” Dancing-Light felt urgency to share “consciousness on how we’re using resources” and “personifying ‘magic’ felt like a good segway.” Crucial to the success of the book was the discovery of illustrator Maggie Fricke who lives in New Castle (maggiefrickeart.com). Although Dancing-Light and Fricke have yet to meet in person, the author says that her illustrator feels like a sister after so much back-and-forth to communicate every detail down to articles of clothing worn by characters, the style of tents, and the flickering presence of an American Dipper to guide the narrative. “Maggie really felt into who Magic was, the personification, the kids — she nailed it.” The two were acquainted through Light of the Moon, Inc., a publishing company based in Carbondale. Dancing-Light will continue to work with Light of the Moon on a spiral bound workbook for her curriculum and a Spanish version of the story. Reading through “Magic Mountain,” one may feel tantalized

Author Lisa Dancing-Light shows off one of her favorite illustrations by Maggie Fricke for "A Song and Story of Magic Mountain." Photo by Raleigh Burleigh. to know the mountain’s great stories. The book itself tells the story of the mountain, but what the mountain tells the people is left a mystery. Dancing-Light says that’s because Magic’s stories are collaborative. Part of the curriculum, written with help from Grace M. Zanni, involves writing stories, scripts, and songs. The book’s “deeper messages are left unspoken,” and require “a special kind of listening.” This approach was derived from the Suzuki method of teaching piano which Dancing-Light practices with her music students. “Listen to what’s between the notes. What waits to be heard?” Her hope is to cultivate

storytellers and curiosity linked to nature. Her musical background is also incorporated into the curriculum’s musical, which borrows songs from her albums Point of Balance (1989) and Sophia Songs (2004). A list of references at the end of the book includes “Last Child in the Woods,” written by Richard Louv, and others espousing the “forest method” of educating children. “I didn’t realize I was part of this movement, but I’ve been learning this way for 30 years.” A live reading event through Garfield County Libraries is scheduled for 3 p.m. on April 22. To learn more, visit gcpld.org/dancing-light

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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is now registering volunteers for trailwork, restoration, and education events in April, May, and June. Space is limited! Registration is at rfov.org

Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, located in Paonia, is seeking four future farmers looking to get a start as participants in their inaugural “grower incubator program.” Each participant will work a 1/8th acre irrigated plot in the North Fork Valley while learning conservation-minded and regenerative practices. Applications are due by May 15, more at ColoFarmFood.org/ incubatorapp

Bears are re-emerging from their dens. Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges residents to be “bear aware” and prevent human-bear conflicts by “bearproofing” their homes and vehicles. Keep garbage in a well-secured location, take out garbage only on the morning of pickup, use a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster, avoid setting out bird feeders and pet food during summer months, clean grills after use, clean-up thoroughly after picnics, pick fruit from fruit trees before it falls to the ground and rots, keep small livestock enclosed with electric fencing if possible, and keep garage doors locked. If bear problems are reported early, CPW can intervene with a wide range of options.

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The Sopris Sun reminds readers that if you’re going to bag your dog’s poop while hiking, as you should, it’s important to complete the process by packing it out. A member of the Roaring Fork Swap group on Facebook shared a photo of half-a-dozen poop bags collected on a single hike up Red Hill. The post garnered over 960 comments in days with consensus, “poop bags are the new cigarette butts .. along with used face masks!”

Now hiring The City of Glenwood Springs seeks to hire a bilingual outreach technician to help build awareness of the parks, trails and open space system and

First Ascent Colorado Mountain College is offering a free youth outdoor leadership program in Leadville this June. The First Ascent Youth Leadership program is receiving applications through April 28. This outdoor experiential course, now in its 25th year, is for current eighth and ninth graders. The course is scheduled for June 20 through June 25. Applications are at coloradomtn.edu/ firstascent

Congratulations, Izzy! Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) senior Isabella (Izzy) Knaus was awarded the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, covering virtually all expenses to attend any school in Colorado. Knaus plans to attend Colorado State University and major in International Studies with a regional concentration in the Middle East. Knaus, one of three RFHS students to receive this scholarship in the past five years, told The Post Independent, “I think a big factor for me in being a member of a community is being able to not necessarily identify with, but be compassionate to and able to connect with people who don’t have the same background as you.”

The Golden Putter In a time of many firsts, Carbondale Arts is hosting the 1st Annual Golden

Happy anniversary! Mt. Sopris Montessori School was founded in 1981 by Mark and Kathryn Ross as a living memorial to Kathryn’s late parents, Elbie and Wilma Gann. Located at 879 Euclid Avenue, the school serves children from 18 months to five years of age. In lieu of the annual Founders Day celebration on April 22, the preschool is selling t-shirts! You can reach Mt. Sopris Montessori Preschool by calling 970-963-3506. Photo by Matthew Talarico, Forget Me Not Media. Putter Golf Tournament on June 19 at 10 a.m. at River Valley Ranch. All proceeds will support art education programming and Rosybelle, the mobile maker bus. The tournament can host up to 130 players for 18 holes and is open to all skill levels. The course will feature regular and alternative scoring options, creativity throughout the course, and a reception at Homestead Bar and Grill.

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They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Sage Dawson, Fred Malo, Kameron Miranda and Mendo Will (April 22); Rosemary Dewers (April 23); Enrique Abarca, Dick Gibson and Holly Tullar (April 24); Hope Sontag and Stephen Shapiro (April 25); Gayle Embrey, Lee Ann Eustis and Susan Jordan (April 26); Donni Cochran, Rachel Gillespie, Wewer Keohane, Sloan Shoemaker and April Spaulding (April 27); Wes Boyd, Julie DeVilbiss, Julia Morton and Judy Welch (April 28).

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The Carbondale Historical Society (CHS) installed a slab from the old blue spruce tree that was planted outside the Thompson House, by the homesteading family, 120 years ago. The annual tree rings are marked with a timeline of events that have since occurred. The bilingual, educational installation by artist John Willams is north of Town Hall at Promenade Park. A dedication ceremony takes place on Friday, April 23, at 2 p.m. CHS needs to finish raising the $1,400 cost of installation. The donating entity and/or benefactor’s title will complete a placard. For the photo, see page 12.

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Containment strategies encouraged, not mandated

By James Steindler Sopris Sun Correspondent

Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Larry Sandoval was granted $2,000 maximum from the commissioners’ discretionary funds to assist with Hubbard Mesa cleanup on the Roan Plateau. People have littered debris ranging from candy wrappers to abandoned vehicles there. Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the district’s state senators notifying them of their strong opposition to confirming James Jay Tuchton to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission due to his alleged political motivations — including support of the reintroduction of wolves. The commissioners expressed their support for a letter from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to CPW vying for the inclusion of its elected officials among the advisory group concerning the reintroduction of wolves.

Human services update YouthZone Executive Director Lori Mueller attended her last Garfield County Commission meeting in that capacity. She and the incoming director Jami Hayes updated the commissioners regarding their continued support of at risk youth and keeping them out of the criminal justice system. River Bridge Regional Center, which conducts forensic interviews with children as part of their work to prevent child abuse, also gave an update. Yampah Teen Parent Program Director Sally Kilton told commissioners, “we have served 23 pregnant and parenting teenagers from Garfield

County this year; we had six infants and 14 toddlers; I currently have three pregnant mothers and we served three fathers this year which is really, really great.” Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, River Center of New Castle and Family Resource Center of The Roaring Fork Valley presented in unison regarding their increased services throughout the year of the pandemic. “We want to come before you and remind the community of the commissioners’ response to the pandemic, making available to our agencies $200,000 to help those in the community that were being financially stricken by COVID,” said Catholic Charities Regional Director Marian McDonough.

Board of Human Services Diane White with Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS) addressed the panel, “I’m here for the approval for the EFT (electronic fund transfers) and EBT (electronic benefit transfers) disbursements for the month of March. Those provider disbursements totalled $256,626; client benefits for food assistance and LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program) totalled $911,186 for a total for March of $1,167,812.” The commissioners approved the request. The commissioners agreed to dedicate a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority cost savings refund from the county’s Municipal Transportation Contribution (Traveler) totalling $81,369 toward next year’s Traveler fund. Before wrapping up the DHS portion of the session, Commissioner Tom Jankovsky expressed, “I just know there’s 15,000 people on Medicaid



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and that’s the highest number I’ve ever seen in this county — it’s 25% of our population. They are receiving 100% assistance for their health insurance, which is a good thing. However, it falls on the backs of the individuals paying for their own health insurance.”

Board of Health (BOH) Yvonne Long with Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) gave the monthly COVID update. There are approximately 17,000 Garfield County residents fully vaccinated which is roughly 40% of the population eligible for the vaccine. The department further estimates that 52% of those eligible have received their first dose. Long said they are working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to bring a mass vaccination site to Glenwood Springs — as seen in Grand Junction. The commissioners approved “Resolution 21 Declaring Garfield County Local Guidance Following Statewide Limitation on COVID-19 Restrictions” with some discussion. Commissioner Samson began to read from the resolution, “The Board of County Commissioners sitting both as the BOCC and Garfield County BOH … encourages all Garfield County citizens to continue to follow all five containment strategies that have shown to be effective in slowing the spread…” The other commissioners agreed that they are encouraging and not mandating citizens to follow the state’s containment strategies — including mask wearing. County Attorney Tari Williams brought up the elephant in the room, “Technically we should all be wearing masks in this room right now,” being

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a public forum, and continued “I’m not going to tell you which way to go on that.” Chairman John Martin responded, “I think you can tell the way we’ve gone,” slyly acknowledging they themselves are not complying with public health orders to wear masks indoors. In fact, almost no one wears a face covering during these meetings. There was discussion of moving forward on cleaning up the land east of Walmart in Glenwood Springs. A procurement pitch is expected in the coming weeks.

Public Hearing Garfield County Airport was approved for a private airplane hangar to eventually be converted for commercial use. A limited impact land use permit for an outdoor storage facility for self storage of RVs, trailers, and boats at 87 CR 103, two miles east of Carbondale, was also approved.

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Texas storm impacts local utilities costs

By Olivia Emmer Sopris Sun Correspondent

In February, a once-a-decade weather event occurred in Texas, bringing unusually cold temperatures and snowfall. During this storm, demand for natural gas skyrocketed for both heat and electricity, at the same time as availability plummeted due to frozen gas supply lines and reduced pumping capacity from blackouts. This mismatch in supply and demand in Texas increased natural gas prices around the country. According to a presentation made by Holy Cross Energy’s Vice President of Power Supply and Programs, Steve Beuning, “I believe the dollar amount that Xcel Energy spent on natural gas during those four days was somewhere in the range of $300 million, or approximately four months worth of their natural gas normal purchasing expense.” Higher costs to Xcel Energy (Xcel) get passed down to their retail and wholesale electricity customers, including Holy Cross Energy (HCE). Beuning continued. “What we saw for that month, with this emergency event, was a 478% increase in our power supply costs as that share of their natural gas fuel was passed through to us. So, for the energy that we did purchase from Xcel for the month of

February, instead of that expected cost of around 3.3 cents per kilowatt hour, we actually saw a wholesale energy electricity price of almost 16 cents a kilowatt hour.” But HCE members won’t see this higher cost in their bills. HCE is in a unique position. Most energy co-ops and municipalities in Colorado are bound by long-term contracts that guarantee they will purchase almost all of their energy from a specific energy provider, like Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) or Xcel. In an interview with Drew Schiller, HCE’s vice president of finance, Schiller explained that these contracts exist because energy was traditionally supplied by large, expensive assets, like a coal plant. To make the large investment of building a plant, they had to know they had buyers guaranteed. This model of energy generation is changing quickly. According to Schiller, “Having [purchasing] flexibility is incredibly important in a market where technology is changing, prices are changing. I'd be surprised if you see anyone build a new coal power plant. It doesn't make financial sense. It's a 50-year asset. Technology now in our industry is starting to move in five and 10-year terms. Why would I want to be holding on to something that's going to

last for 50 years? It's the wrong tool in this current situation.” So why does HCE have the purchasing flexibility when other regional co-ops don’t? According to Beuning, it’s “a kudos to the management at Holy Cross back in the 1990s when the generation and transmission cooperative association that supplied us wholesale power went through bankruptcy, and Holy Cross found itself in a position of having to renegotiate its power supply agreements. It was one of the options that we negotiated at the time and we're still living under that contract now and benefitting.” This purchasing flexibility means HCE avoided around $11 million in inflated costs in the month of February. For context, HCE spends between $65-70 million on energy in a normal year. Existing contracts with other energy providers that rely less on natural gas power, meant HCE needed to buy less from Xcel during the storm. Again, Schiller. “We always purchase a little bit every month from Xcel Energy, even though we have the contractual right to purchase from a bunch of other people. And really that just comes down to, we don't exactly know how much we need at any given hour. So we only contract up to a certain point and then we let Xcel, as part of our contract, fill in those peaks

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Holy Cross Energy avoided around $11 million in inflated costs in the month of February thanks to power purchasing flexibility. Other local utilities were not as fortunate. Photo by Raleigh Burleigh.

and valleys between the hour to hour needs.” So while HCE did purchase some expensive energy from Xcel during the storm, it was a lot less than they would have had to if they were contractually obligated to buy most of their power from them. To cover the added expense, HCE is using a “rainy day” fund built up from extra earnings, instead of passing the unexpected costs to their members. According to HCE President and CEO Bryan Hannegan, “For our members that have natural gas coming from Black Hills, or those that have electricity supply coming from Xcel, you're gonna see a little adder on the bill as a result of all this, but if you're a Holy Cross member and you're buying your

electricity from us, you're not.” By contrast, Black Hills Energy (BHE) as a natural gas provider was in a different situation than electricity providers. They have fewer ways to avoid inflated commodity prices. BHE sent a press release on Feb. 15, advising customers to cut back on use if possible. According to another press release after the storm, “We will work closely with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to determine the best path forward to manage the longterm impact of increased pricing for our customers, which will take more time.” According to BHE, February’s storm caused the largest natural gas price increases in the last twenty years. Those price increases have not yet been reflected in their customers’ bills.

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Entrepreneurs bring fresh vitality to the Mid-Valley

By Betina Infante Sopris Sun Correspondent

Adriana Liechti, aka Dri, moved to Basalt determined to build a business that would help other entrepreneurs, and be part of a community that thrives by supporting one another. A lofty goal, but after a few years in the valley, Dri is doubling down despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. In October 2019, Dri launched Craft Coffee House in Basalt with her friends Mitchell Holdsworth and Marshall Mills. Craft swiftly became a welcoming, popular coffee spot with delicious grab and go bites. Much to everyone’s amazement, all who walked in were greeted with a cheerful “Hello” followed by their first name. The personalized, small-town experience delighted customers and positioned Craft at the center of community. Shortly afterwards, Craft began hosting local purveyors, who sold their artisanal baked goods and produce, as well as jewelry, candles, cards, and more, sourced from the community. Dri is adamant about sourcing locally, shrinking the supply chain, and providing makers with a sustainable platform from which to grow. “We had no idea we would sell all of these items – we just grew organically with the community – community is everything,” explains Dri. By the second half of 2020, COVID and a recalcitrant landlord forced Dri to shut down,

rethink her business strategy, and transform a host of challenges into new opportunity – and that takes a village … In December, long-time local Draper White introduced Dri to William (Bill) Guth, a real estate investor and developer in the valley. Guth and two other long-time valley residents, had recently purchased several buildings on Midland Ave (i.e. Former Art of Hair location and the back-alley cabin; Heather’s Savory Pies; and is now under contract with Two Rivers Café). Guth says he discovered Craft when he first began looking at Basalt. “I was blown away with what she (Dri) had created and said to myself: I have to get her to move to one of our properties. The business is cool, hip and is a community-focused anchor establishment.” Guth offered Dri space at 160 Midland Ave (formerly Art of Hair) and sweetened the deal with a five-year lease (renewable for another five more years), competitive rent rates, and financing for renovations and some of the equipment needed to relaunch Craft Coffee. “They want us to succeed, and be the Craft that we were meant to be, because it’s good for the community,” explains Dri. Clearly, community, a vision, and tenacity are propelling change in downtown Basalt. For Guth, helping to grow Craft makes good business sense, and as the new owner of the building that houses Heather’s and potentially Two Rivers, he’s investing in a vision to revive historic downtown Basalt. “Basalt is a charming



Craft Coffee plans to fully open its doors by the end of April with expanded offerings that will include their locallyroasted coffee, food favorites (burrito, soups, salads, avo toast, etc.), juices from Tonic Juicery in Carbondale, and products from many local makers. In the meantime, they are running a pop-up for coffee and juice aficionados. But, this isn’t the end of the story. Dri is taking the community values and philosophies she embraces at Craft Coffee down the road to Carbondale where she’s planning another exciting venture with kindred entrepreneurs. Their energy is infectious! Stay tuned for more news from Craft Coffee House and the new venture in Carbondale.



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town and many people, including my own friends with young children, are moving in. Basalt has got to change. Willits stole its thunder, but it doesn’t have the same soul as historic downtown Basalt. We see renewed interest in Basalt and want to be part of the resurgence of Basalt early, and be influential and a part of the change,” explains Guth. “Change will come over time, working with creative people to inspire new commercial uses – Craft Coffee is a perfect example.” Craft is emblematic of the new waves of young energy and entrepreneurship that are starting to thrive in the mid-valley, and these investors are looking for those businesses and entrepreneurs that can reignite Basalt’s spark. As Guth put it, “they are looking for an element of fun in their strategies. We’re so excited to be part of the resurgence of Basalt that’s full of character and soul.”


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AmeriCorps volunteer sticks around to spread literacy By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Correspondent

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with folks you might not have seen in the paper before, we caught up with Rachel Baiyor of Literacy Outreach (which presents its annual Spellebration event virtually on April 30 — visit literacyoutreach.org for info and registration). Q: Where did you grow up and what brought you out here? A: I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. I came to Colorado to go to CSU in Fort Collins. My mom used to live in Denver, and we grew up camping and skiing and doing all that, but only to a Midwest extent, so I was really excited to explore something different. I started off studying biology but eventually left with an ecosystem sciences sustainability degree and a political science minor. Q: How did that lead to literacy? A: I started getting connected to some environmental nonprofits, and sort of doing volunteer work and interning. By the time I graduated, I just knew I wanted to go into the nonprofit sector. My boyfriend at the time was living in Edwards, so I moved to the mountains. Then I found the AmeriCorps VISTA position, and it seemed like a great fit. Q: Tell us about that program. A: I call it the domestic Peace Corps. They get a bunch of volunteers with an overall goal to alleviate poverty within that community. And so understanding that poverty is super complex and multifaceted, they've placed these support volunteers at a plethora of different organizations that are helping to reduce poverty from various angles. Q: What does Literacy Outreach do? A: Our mission has always been to teach essential literacy skills. We work with adult learners, and when we

first started back in the ‘80s, our reach was really folks whose native language is English, but were failed by the public education system or have disabilities and never got those basic literacy skills. As the demographic of this valley has changed, it's really expanded to include folks learning English as a second language. People don't realize how pervasive an issue this is. If we could help all 36 million adults struggling with literacy, it would change everything for the whole community, and for generations to come. Q: And you decided to stick with it after your VISTA year? A: Yes, I got very lucky. We secured some funding to transition me just right into a staff role. We have a really small staff so we all do a bit of everything, but I've really taken on a lot of the volunteer recruitment and management, and then also a lot of the grant writing and fundraising event planning things like that. Q: How did the pandemic impact you? A: I kept very steady employment the whole time and my family stayed safe and healthy and we were very blessed in that regard. I did have to start back on antidepressants and go back in therapy, which is probably great for everyone, anyway. I was living in Rifle with roommates that were not my best friends. I felt very isolated and alone and then I was really excited to move to Glenwood for the first time since I've been in the Valley. My sister lives with me now — I convinced her to move out. At work, everything was done in person and on paper and so it was a huge shake up. But we are rejoining the 21st century, I'm happy to see that. If you want to navigate this world and be an active participant in the community, having the internet and knowing how to use it is a vital part. Q: What are your interests outside of work? A: I’m a mediocre skier; I climb mountains slowly; I love to rock climb; I love rafting, I'm not picky as long as I'm outside. I am also a bit of a plant nerd — I've got like 60 plants at home. The one I've been having the most fun

Rachel Baiyor. Photo by Will Grandbois. with is my orchid, it's on its second bloom right now. Q: What’s next for you? A: When I first moved here, I thought I would stay a couple of years and then go somewhere a bit bigger. And then the pandemic hit and it has made me realize I don't think I want to go back to city living, at least not right now. I'm really, really happy in the valley.



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Jess Andrews Quartet with Stone Kitchen performs at Steve’s Guitars at 7:30 p.m. The livestream will be available via the “GrassRoots Community Network” YouTube channel.


Aspen Valley Hospital and Aspen Strong present a community discussion on emerging effects of the stress and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, including anger, anxiety, body aches, “brain fog,” “long-hauler” symptoms, depression, fatigue, and more. For registration, visit https://bit.ly/3aosyOU



Carbondale’s annual Clean-Up, Waste Diversion, and Prescription Drug Take Back Day takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the empty lot next to Town Hall. The American Legion Auxiliary will sell homemade burritos for $7 across the road at the American Legion’s parking lot.


Garfield County Libraries host a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change” with filmmaker Zephyr Elise at 6 p.m. To register for the film, visit gcpld.org/resilient



5Point Film showcases an allnew program with six short films capturing stories from Mongolia to Miami to remote Alaska. Showings take place at Roaring Fork High School at 8 p.m. on April 22 and April 23. Tickets at 5pointfilm.org



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of the documentary “Welcome Strangers” to benefit their legal defense fund. The showing begins at 5:30 and will be followed by a discussion. Registration is at bit.ly/welcomeCIRC



Basalt Regional Library prepares to kick off National Poetry Month with Sandra Dexter presenting her new book, “My Life Song: A Journey Back to Me.” Learn more at basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts the first online educational session related to wolf reintroduction efforts at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required at bit.ly/welcomewolves to join live and ask questions. The webinar will also be recorded to view later.



Garfield County Libraries and Basalt Regional Library host an online discussion about the changing face of the outdoors. Author James Edwards Mills will discuss why minority populations less commonly recreate in our wilderness spaces and what it takes to bridge the “adventure gap.” The event is at 6 p.m. Registration at gcpld.org/gap


Carbondale Trustees and Basalt Town Council both convene their regular meetings at 6 p.m.


St. Mary’s Bloodmobile will be at the Carbondale Rec. Center from 10:30 to 2:30 a.m. A photo ID, mask, and pre-registration are required. The Bloodmobile returns on May 12. To register, visit bit.ly/givingblood


Silt Branch Library hosts a historical scavenger hunt at the Silt Historical Park between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for free! For more info, call 970-876-5500.



Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers invites students in grades five through twelve to help out native pollinators by decorating and installing bee hotels at Basalt Regional Library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is at basaltlibrary.org


Roaring Fork Audubon begins the birding season with a trip to Fruitgrowers Reservoir at 6:30 a.m. To reserve your spot, email jklong_mdi@yahoo.com

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Garfield County Libraries Executive Director Brett Lear joins a bilingual listening session online at 9 a.m. For the Zoom link, visit gcpld.org/news-and-events

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Colorado Mountain College hosts the 2021 Envision Sustainability Conference via Zoom. The event begins with an address by CMC President Carrie Hauser at 9 a.m., continues with presentations by graduating sustainability majors, and concludes with a keynote address by photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride at 11 a.m. Registration is at coloradomtn. edu/sustainabilityconference/


Garfield County Libraries host Maria Pina, Fire and Life Safety Educator for Colorado River Fire Rescue at 6 p.m. This online class is an English language immersion session presented by Literacy Outreach. More at gcpld.org/fire-safety

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Proteger la madre tierra es algo que me apasiona mucho desde niña y tengo la fortuna de tener un trabajo en donde puedo hacer esto a diario, desde ayudar a educar a mi comunidad en temas del medioambiente locales y como tomar acción para afrontarlos, fortalecer el poder político de nuestra gente para proteger el medio ambiente, hasta ayudar a crear y pasar leyes que protejan la tierra y su gente. Este año lo celebro con un gusto por el renovado sentido de urgencia en torno a la justicia ambiental que veo en los miembros de la comunidad, los funcionarios electos y las organizaciones medioambientalistas. La justicia ambiental reconoce la distribución desigual de las cargas y beneficios para las personas afectadas en las decisiones de uso de los bienes naturales, y reclamará por la participación significativa de todas estas personas afectadas en las decisiones relacionadas al medio ambiente. Un ejemplo muy visto en

el estado de Colorado, es como las comunidades de recursos económicos bajos, comunidades indígenas, comunidades latinas y comunidades afro-americanas tienden a vivir en zonas donde existe mucho desarrollo industrial y por ende una calidad de aire y agua pésima que afecta su salud y bienestar. Esto no pasa por casualidad, es por diseño, de una sociedad que no es justa y esta dispuesta a sacrificar a ciertas comunidades. De manera colectiva, muchos estamos trabajando por una sociedad que garantice que todas las personas, independientemente del color de piel, etnia, idioma, país de origen o estatus migratorio, falta de poder económico y político, tengan acceso a aire y agua limpia, fácil acceso a la naturaleza y un clima estable. La semana pasada, la representante Dominique Jackson, la senadora Faith Winter y la senadora Janet Buckner, presentaron una emocionante propuesta de ley en la Cámara de

Representantes, HB21-1266 el Proyecto de Ley Justicia Ambiental para las Comunidades con Impacto Desproporcionado, esta propuesta busca abordar las desigualdades de justicia ambiental a nivel estatal. El proyecto de ley requiere que la Comisión de Control de la Calidad del Aire promueva el acercamiento y la participación de las comunidades afectadas de manera desproporcionada mediante la creación de nuevas formas de recopilar información y garantizar la participación de estas comunidades en todo el estado, utilizando varios idiomas y creativos formatos. Además, el proyecto de ley crea un grupo de fuerza especial para proponer recomendaciones a la Asamblea General con respecto a los medios prácticos para abordar estas inequidades en la justicia ambiental. Este grupo de trabajo creará una estrategia de justicia ambiental para toda la agencia estatal y un plan para implementar

esa estrategia, incluidas las formas de abordar las brechas de datos y el intercambio de datos entre las agencias estatales y la participación de las comunidades afectadas de manera desproporcionada. Esto es solo el comienzo y no aborda todos los problemas de justicia ambiental, pero es un gran primer paso. Los animo a unirse a Defiende Nuestra Tierra y Wilderness Workshop en nuestro apoyo a la propuesta de Ley, que está programada para una audiencia del Comité de Energía y Medio Ambiente de la Cámara el 22 de abril, el Día Internacional de la Tierra. Visite wilderenssworkshop. org/Take-Action para dejarle saber que sus funcionarios electos que es necesario que apoyen esta importante propuesta. ¡Que mejor manera de celebrar el Día de la Tierra que tomando acción sobre la justicia ambiental!

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Osos han estado resurgiendo de sus cuevas. Colorado Parks and WIldlife (CPW) avisa a residentes a estar más atento a los osos y prevenir conflictos entre humanososos al hacer sus hogares y vehículos “oso-seguros.” Mantenga basura en una locación segura, solo traiga basura a la calle en la mañana cuando se recoge, ocupe basureros resistentes a los osos, evite tener afuera alimentadores de pájaros o comida para mascotas durante meses de verano, mantenga parrillas limpias después de uso, limpie completamente después de picnics, recoja fruta de árboles antes de que caigan al suelo y descompongan, mantenga gallinas encerradas con cerca eléctrica y mantenga la puerta de la cochera cerrada. Si un incidente con un oso es reportado temprano, CPW puede intervenir con opciones más amplias.

¡Feliz aniversario! La escuela Mt. Sopris Montessori fue fundada en 1981 por Mark y Kathryn Ross como un memorial viviente para los padres difuntos de Kathryn, Elbie y Wilma Gann, quienes fallecieron en un accidente aéreo en Alaska en 1979. Localizado en 879 Euclid Avenue, Carbondale, la escuela atiende a niñes desde 18 meses hasta cinco años de edad. Se puede contactar a la Preescolar Mt. Sopris Montessori llamando al 970-963-3506.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers está ahora inscribiendo voluntarios para senderos, restauración y eventos de educación en abril, mayo y junio. ¡Espacio limitado! Incripciones en rfov.org.

Valley Settlement busca cubrir varios puestos en sus equipos de programación. Hay oportunidades con El Busesito, Educación para Adultos, Familia, Amigos y Vecinos, y Aprendiendo con Amor. Si usted o alguien que conoce está interesado en unirse a una organización comprometida con la creación de un valle más inclusivo para todos, visite a valleysettlement. org/es/recursos/empleo/

Todes les residentes de Colorado de 16 años o más ya son elegibles para recibir una vacuna. Residentes del condado de Garfield pueden hacer una cita llamando a Valley View Hospital al 970-384-7632. Residentes del condado de Eagle pueden llamar al 970-328-9750. Residentes del condado de Pitkin pueden llamar al 970-429-3363. Pruebas para el COVID están disponibles gratis a través del Valle de Roaring Fork haciendo citas al rfvcovidtest.com. aprenden prácticas regenerativas con mentalidad conservacionista. Las inscripciones deben ser entregadas el 15 de mayo, para más información visite ColoFarmFood.org/ incubatorapp.


El jueves 22 de abril marca el 51 aniversario del Día de la Tierra, este día fue creado para crear una conciencia común a los problemas de sobrepoblación y sobre desarrollo, la producción de contaminación, la conservación de la biodiversidad y otras preocupaciones ambientales para proteger el equilibrio ecológico de nuestro planeta.


Primer Asenso Colorado Mountain College está ofreciendo un programa gratis de liderazgo juvenil al aire libre en Leadville este junio. El programa de First Ascent Youth Leadership está recibiendo inscripciones hasta el 28 de abril. Este curso experimental al aire libre, ahora en su 25avo año, está actualmente para estudiantes de octavo y noveno grado. Este curso está programado para el 20 de junio hasta el 25 de junio. Inscripciones disponibles en coloradomtn.edu/firstascent.

¡Felicitaciones Izzy! Isabella (Izzy) Knaus de Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) fue premiada con la beca de la fundación Boettcher, cubriendo virtualmente todos los costos para asistir a cualquier escuela en Colorado. Knaus planea asistir a Colorado State University y estudiar estudios internacionales con una concentración regional en el medio oriente. Knaus es una de tres estudiantes de RFHS en recibir esta beca en los últimos cinco años.

Contratando La ciudad de Glenwood Springs busca contratar un técnico de extensión bilingüe para ayudar a construir conciencia de parques, caminos y sistema de espacio abierto y mejorar el cuidado del medioambiente en la ciudad. Para más detalles visite bit.ly/outreachtech.

Caca caos Les recordamos a lectores que si van a empacar heces de sus perros mientras hacen caminatas, como deberían, es importante completar el proceso al llevarlas a un basurero después. Un miembro del grupo Roaring Fork Swap de Facebook compartió una foto de media docena de bolsas de heces colectadas en una sola caminata en Red Hill. La publicacion adquirió más de 960 comentarios en menos de tres días con consenso, “bolsas de heces son las nuevas colillas de cigarro… junto con mascarillas usadas!”

Agricultores en incubación

Estafadores Durante los últimos meses, la policía local ha visto un incremento en llamadas de estafadores acerca del desempleo. Los oficiales trabajarán con las víctimas para poder discutir reclamos fraudulentos bajo sus nombres. Se recomienda contactar a la policía si usted o su empleador recibe una llamada sospechosa. También es recomendado guardar documentos de impuestos que llegan por correo, aun si no fueron solicitados.

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Colorado Farm and Food The Sopris Sun ha actualizado Alliance, localizado en Paonia, nuestro servicio en línea Issuu. está buscando por cuatro futuros Subvenciones de FAB Ahora se puede descargar Inscripciones para la subvención granjeros para comenzar como ediciones previas o actuales de participantes en un programa del 2021 de la Junta de Asesoría The Sopris Sun y leerlos fuera de inaugural de incubadora de Financiera de la Ciudad de Glenwood línea y sin anuncios. También se productores. Cada participante Springs (FAB) serán recibidas hasta trabajará una parcela irrigada de ⅛ de el 10 de mayo. Subvenciones de FAB puede compartirlos con amigues acre en el Valle North Fork mientras están disponibles a organizaciones y familiares. Para ver ediciones aprenden prácticas regenerativas con benéficas, de gobierno y entidades actuales o viejas, visite soprissun. mentalidad conservacionista. Las respaldadas por impuestos para com y haga clic en “Current Issue” inscripciones deben ser entregadas servicios humanos, eventos especiales, en la esquina superior derecha. antes del 15 de mayo. Para más promoción de turismo y otros servicios ¡Sus donaciones ayudaron a información visite ColoFarmFood. públicos. Para más información, visite hacer esto posible! Gracias por su apoyo. cogs.us/FABgrant org/incubatorapp el Sol del Valle • Conector de comunidad • 22 al 28 de april de 2021 • 11

Cuidando los gatos Por Will Sardinsky Traducción por Dolores Duarte

Little One extendió su pata, con las garras saliendo por su pelaje marrón atigrado, hasta que se apoyó momentáneamente en la mano derecha extendida de Keira Clark. Keira apretó el dispositivo que descansaba en su mano izquierda y un agudo clic salió de él. Justo después, colocó un trozo de atún junto a Little One. "¡Buena palmadita!" exclamó Clark mientras su amigo felino lamía su recompensa. Clark, directora de programas de Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) y Colleen Hickman, especialista en felinos, comenzaron a entrenar a los gatos de esta manera en febrero del 2021. Fueron una de las once organizaciones de bienestar animal seleccionadas para formar parte del programa de entrenamiento de gatos Jackson Galaxy Pawsitive Pro de este semestre. Jackson Galaxy, el "César Millán del mundo de los gatos,” dijo Hickman, trabajó con un equipo de expertos en comportamiento felino para desarrollar los protocolos de entrenamiento. Trabajando con estos expertos en comportamiento y utilizando un clicker, un pequeño dispositivo de plástico que hace un clic audible cuando se presiona, el equipo del CARE trabajó para marcar, y posteriormente premiar comportamientos deseables. "Ha

sido una experiencia de aprendizaje tanto para los humanos como para los gatos,” comenta Hickman. En el caso de los gatos más tímidos y temerosos, el adiestramiento consistió desde hacer un clic cuando el gato establecía contacto visual hasta enseñarles a hacer "nose-boop,” es decir, tocar con la nariz un objetivo específico, en este caso un corcho en el extremo de un palo. Hickman explicó que esto puede ayudar a los gatos a ganar confianza y enseñarles que interactuar con los humanos es gratificante. Agregó que con los gatos que ya son más sociables, "pueden hacer algunos de los comportamientos más 'llamativos' si se quiere, como chocar las palmas y pasar por el aro.” Clark añadió que también hay algunas aplicaciones prácticas, como conseguir que un gato entre en su jaula o enseñarle la orden de "lugar,” en la que se queda en el mismo sitio hasta que se le suelta. Mientras un gato negro, Litten, trabajaba en saltar a través de aros y un atigrado marrón, Little One, trabajaba en chocar las palmas y en tocar con la nariz, Clark recordó a otro gato que había trabajado en el programa, Jazz. Al principio no salía de su caja, pero al final de su estancia en el CARE esperaba en su puerta, maullando, pidiendo entrenamiento. "Estos gatos de repente piden atención ... realmente

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El gato Mamba prefiere más descansar que entrenar. Foto por Will Sardinsky podías ver los engranajes girando. Fue realmente asombroso y me puso una enorme sonrisa en el rostro porque la gente piensa que no son adiestrables como los perros, ¡pero sí lo son! ¡Son muy inteligentes! Puede que haya que adiestrarlos de forma un poco diferente [que a los perros], pero son muy adiestrables.” "Se trata de hacer las cosas en sus términos,” señala Hickman mientras Mamba, la atigrada naranja, rechaza un abanico de opciones. "Mientras que un día les puede encantar el atún, al día siguiente eso puede haber cambiado por completo.” Mamba terminó interesándose ligeramente por el queso en tiras y salió de su rincón. Clark reconoció que, independientemente del nivel de rendimiento de un gato durante el entrenamiento, el objetivo final

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del programa no es sólo conseguir que los gatos sean adoptados, sino también ofrecerles estimulación mental mientras están en el refugio. A pesar de que el programa finaliza oficialmente el 30 de abril, Clark y Hickman planean seguir integrando lo aprendido en los últimos meses, en la vida diaria de los gatos del CARE. "El objetivo del programa era dar un paso adelante,” dijo Hickman. "Ya tenemos un programa de crecimiento realmente bueno que nuestro personal voluntario ayuda a llevar a cabo, en el que a cada gato se le asigna un beneficio diario. Se trata de cualquier cosa, desde hierba para gatos, acicalamiento, lectura o acertijos. Pero el entrenamiento es el paso siguiente para llegar a ese sitio mental en el que se les desafía.” "No queremos que esto se detenga, es un beneficio muy grande para todos,” concluyó Clark.

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Conoce a Megan Baiardo, la futura directora de la RFHS

Por Jeanne Souldern Traducción por Dolores Duarte

Lo primero que percibes de Megan Baiardo es su sonrisa y su trato cálido y amable. Después de una larga conversación, te quedas con una idea más clara de quien tiene 20 años como educadora y administradora, es además segura de sí misma, considerada y dedicada a los estudiantes a quienes atiende. En marzo, el Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork (RFSD) anunció que Baiardo había sido contratada y que asumiría sus funciones como nueva directora de la Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) en agosto. El anuncio fue recibido con críticas por algunos miembros de la comunidad de Carbondale, no por quién fue contratado sino por quién no lo había sido. Las cartas al editor, que aparecieron en The Sopris Sun, expresaron su preocupación por la decisión del RFSD, señalando la necesidad de continuidad y estabilidad dentro de la comunidad de la RFHS, dado el hecho de que la escuela ha tenido varios directores en poco más de tres años. Baiardo espera aliviar algunas de esas preocupaciones al llegar a la posición con cuatro años de experiencia en liderazgo en el RFSD, como asistente del director de la Basalt High School. Cuando el puesto quedó disponible en la RFHS, Baiardo reflexionó: "esta es mi oportunidad de estar en la comunidad en la cual se van a graduar mis hijos y en la comunidad de tantas personas con las que interactúo diariamente.” En 2017, cuando su marido Jonathan consiguió un trabajo de ingeniería eléctrica

en Aspen, se mudaron a Carbondale, donde sus dos hijas, Gianna y Lili, asisten ahora a la escuela primaria Crystal River. ¿Por qué Carbondale, en lugar de cualquier otro lugar del Roaring Fork Valley? "Nos gustó el centro de Carbondale y la forma en que se aparta de la carretera, no pasas por él, sino que te detienes en él,” dijo. Al mudarse a Carbondale, Baiardo recordó: "Sabía que quería estar en un liderazgo que es más administrativo que el del entrenamiento de instrucción, así que solicité el trabajo de subdirectora en Basalt.” Trabajar en la Basalt High School no ha sido fácil. En su primer mes allí, la comunidad escolar se enfrentó al suicidio de un estudiante. El verano siguiente se produjo el incendio de Lake Christine. Y, en su segundo año, otros dos estudiantes perdieron la vida trágicamente. Según Baiardo, el tema de salud mental de los alumnos es primordial en las escuelas. Explicó: "Creo que se está abordando de forma maravillosa. Nuestro trabajo no ha terminado, pero veo el apoyo a nuestros estudiantes en ese ámbito en esta comunidad, y estoy asombrada. Y ha mejorado desde que empecé hace cuatro años." Parte del crédito, dijo, se debe a los apoyos del Departamento de Educación de Colorado, que proporcionan fondos para un especialista en prevención que trabaja con los estudiantes de la RFHS. Además, Aspen Hope Center proporciona un médico de tiempo completo en las tres escuelas secundarias. Explicando la importancia de relaciones sólidas con el personal, Baiardo dice: "Las

Megan Baiardo, residente de Carbondale y asistente del director de la Basalt High School, pronto empezara como la nueva directora de Roaring Fork High School en agosto. Foto por Jeanne Souldern. tres cosas más importantes en las que te tienes que enfocar con el personal son crear confianza, ofrecer transparencia y ser abierto a la comunicación. Esas tres cosas son fundamentales para una relación de trabajo sólida en la que los profesores se sientan apoyados". Al reflexionar sobre su trayectoria educativa personal, Baiardo se enfocó en ingeniería geológica cuando estaba en educación media. Durante su primer y segundo año de universidad, participó en la Sociedad de Mujeres Ingenieras (SWE). La SWE, una organización educativa sin fines de lucro fundada en 1950 es la mayor defensora mundial de las mujeres que trabajan en ingeniería y tecnología. Estudió en la Universidad de Wisconsin, en Madison, y obtuvo una licenciatura en

enseñanza media de ciencias de la tierra y el espacio. En 2005, completó su maestría en currículo, instrucción y evaluación a través de un programa acreditado en línea en la Universidad de Walden en Minneapolis. En cuanto a dejar la Basalt High School, Baiardo dice que es el momento adecuado. "He trabajado lado a lado con [el director de la Basalt High School] Peter Mueller y hemos hecho cosas muy buenas. Simplemente sentí que era el momento de trabajar como líder en mi propia escuela.” Baiardo se ve a sí misma como una pieza integral para liderar, junto con muchos otros, el futuro de la RFHS, diciendo: "Yo sólo quería la capacidad de empezar a tener mi propia perspectiva y trabajar con mi propio equipo.”

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Anillos de abeto azul cuentan nuestra historia común Por John Williams Traducción por Raleigh Burleigh

Carbondale Historical Society ha instalado una pieza del abeto azul plantado fuera del Thompson House, casa de la familia pionera, hace 120 años. Los anillos del árbol son marcados para demostrar grandes momentos históricos que ocurrieron durante la vida de ese árbol. La instalación educativa por artista John Williams está ubicada al norte de Town Hall en Carbondale, en Promenade Park. El Sol del Valle aportó con una traducción del texto que se ve al escanear un código QR en el sitio. Dice lo siguiente.

Una historia breve de Carbondale y los ríos Crystal y Roaring Fork En julio 1865, Horace Greeley, un editor para el New York Tribune, dijo famosamente, “Vaya al oeste, joven, y crece con la nación.” Miles de Americanos siguieron su consejo y viajaban al oeste en búsqueda de oro, tierra fértil para cultivar, o simplemente para huir del destrozo de la guerra civil. Las montañas rocosas de Colorado fueron el último lugar en ser colonizado por los inviernos difíciles y terreno rudo. El oro fue encontrado en las sierras cercanas a Denver y Boulder, tanto como en Leadville, Silverton, las montañas San Juan, y Aspen. Cuando venas largas de carbón y mármol de alta calidad fueron descubiertos en la parte superior del valle Crystal River, las tribus indígenas de Ute (Nuche/Noochew) fueron desalojados del valle.

Desde 1881, colonos han llegado a la parte más baja del valle Crystal River. En 1887, el pueblo de Carbondale fue establecido y dividido en lotes. En octubre de ese mismo año, llegaron los trenes Denver & Rio Grande Railroad y Midland Railroad, desarrollando estaciones en Carbondale, así asegurando su existencia como pueblo. Se incorporó en enero de 1888. Minas de plata en Aspen, de carbón en el área de Redstone, y granjas y tierras fértiles para sembrar papas han ayudado a Carbondale a ser exitoso. Desde 1960s, al aumento del turismo, con áreas de esquiar, excursionismo, hacer rafting, pescar y cazar, más el crecimiento de la comunidad han sostenido la población del pueblo y su economía. Con la llegada del siglo XXI y tecnologías digitales, hemos visto aún más crecimiento y cambio. Debido a su tenacidad, flexibilidad, auto-suficiencia, y amor al comunitario, hemos aguantado acequia, guerras, depresiones y un par de pandemias. Juntes, superáramos toda tormenta.

Toques de árboles proveen pistas sobre el clima del pasado El estudio de anillos de árboles es llamado: dendrocronología El uso de registros de anillos de árboles para decodificar la historia del clima de la tierra es llamado: dendroclimatología Cada año durante la primavera y principios del verano, mientras que crece un árbol rápidamente, un anillo ligero de nuevo crecimiento es agregado a su tronco. Un anillo más delgado y oscuro forma durante el otoño, cuando el crecimiento es

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más lento. Porque el clima afecta a cuánto crece un árbol y que tal gruesos son sus anillos, científicos han usado anillos de árboles para aprender sobre el clima del pasado. Durante años en que la temperatura y lluvia son ideales para una especie de árbol, crecen más rápido y sus anillos son más anchos. Otros años, cuando está muy caliente o frío o demasiado húmedo o seco, los árboles crecen más lentamente y sus anillos son mucho más delgados. Científicos que estudian el clima recolectan datos de muchos árboles para entender bien Sopris Sun Ad 4.9x7.pdf 1 4/12/21 el clima del pasado porque el crecimiento


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Bonedale's Environmental Bill of Rights

By Geneviève Villamizar Sopris Sun Correspondent

Of course a town like Carbondale has an Environmental Bill of Rights! (EBOR). But I sure never knew it until I began to volunteer on the Environmental Board last year. Intrigued, I wanted to learn more, so I reached out to my peers in town circles. I discovered “EBOR” to be the heart project of a trustee, supported by a fellow trustee skilled in “process and protocol,” and guided by an up-valley colleague who had just drafted a similar charter for Aspen. With his Southern accent, candid spirit, and gift at storytelling, Frosty Merriott is a Pied Piper who makes things happen. He was instrumental to the wildlife fencing we see all along Highway 82. With the metrics proving it a success, wildlife fencing has gone up all over the state. As a Carbondale Trustee in 2017, Merriott felt his term limit looming. He loves this town and the environment means a lot to him. He grew up in northern Louisiana, fishing and “crawdadding.” His extended family gathered for Sunday dinners “at Mammy’s,” the home of his grandmother who put four kids through college selling eggs and milk, and renting out her acreage. “They wrung the chicken’s neck.

Dinner was from the garden — peas, turnip greens.” As a kid, he could see the Milky Way every night from his backyard. “Some people in the city never see stars.” “I was the strongest environmental voice on the Board [of Trustees],” says Merriott. “I was concerned when I left there could be a let down on that, and felt like the more tools we could leave a board, the better off that board would be.” Creating an environmental bill of rights to guide town values and actions would be significant, and public input would be the only way to garner buy-in and have the community willingly support its stated values. Merriott sought an ally. Trustee Heather Henry is skilled in facilitation. Before she co-founded Connect One Design, where she works as a landscape architect, she was the sustainability director with an internationally renowned firm. She is an excellent, witty writer: communication tools intrinsic to rallying diverse perspectives. “It takes some nuance,” she admits. “We wanted a lot of people to have a say in this document. It needed to have just that right kind of language and power to be a policy statement, and show we care about all of these aspects, but not try to solve them in this particular document.” Merriott and Henry recognized

that while the town had many guiding documents such as the Unified Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan, there were gaps. For example, the town mission statement from 2004 felt antiquated to Merriott, who says “climate change wasn’t really in the conversation back then.” Henry adds that “There was a sense that the Comp Plan didn’t wrap up in one place a lot of the things we were talking about,” and not just among town staff and boards, but the overall “community vibe,” she says. “There were so many pieces of the environmental puzzle floating around, so it felt like the right time to bring it all together.” Strategizing, Merriott worked with Tom Dunlop, who, as director of Aspen/PitCo’s Environmental Health Department at the time, had written their Ecological Bill of Rights. ingBased on existing charters, they built the EBOR upon the town’s existing guiding documents. Through several meetings with a multitude and diverse stakeholders, Henry conducted the public process for the EBOR and integrated that feedback into its rough draft. She also submitted the EBOR to other town boards, commissions, and staff for additional feedback. “Push, pull; wrestle with it here and there,” Henry chuckles.

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Former Carbondale trustee and current Environmental Board member Frosty Merriott spearheaded efforts to draft the town's Environmental Bill of Rights. Courtesy photo. “There were several versions before we ever voted on it. When there are questions or feedback, it leads to good results because all those involved generate buy-in.” Carbondale’s EBOR was voted in unanimously. It now hangs in Town Hall. But what does Carbondale’s Environmental Bill of Rights even do? “There hasn’t been a clear path on how to use it,” Henry acknowledges. Between the last presidency and Carbondale’s COVID efforts, the EBOR has languished. This is where you come in.

Carbondale is updating the town comp plan this summer. Merriott encourages citizens to be a part of that process at a time when Carbondale is changing at warp speed with traffic surges, views and wildlife disappearing, dog poop bags squatting at every turn in the trail, and neighbors fighting over politics and progress. This year, we Bonedalians have an opportunity to use Carbondale’s Environmental Bill of Rights as a filter to move from, “Who approved that!?” or “When did that pass?” to guide what we want our futures in Carbondale to look like.

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A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARDOF OFTRUSTEES TRUSTEES OF TOWN OF CARBONDALE A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OFTHE THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE ESTABLISHING AN ENVIRONMENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS ESTABLISHING AN ENVIRONMENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS WHEREAS, as residents and visitors of the Town of Carbondale we recognize that we are part of a larger ecosystem that includes not only our fellow mankind but also the soils, waters, air, plants, and animals; and WHEREAS, we must interact with this ecosystem in ways that allow those systems to maintain sufficient functional integrity so that they may continue providing; and WHEREAS, we recognize that tourism is a main economic driver for Carbondale and that it is financially prudent to protect our natural resources; and WHEREAS, we must keep and improve the intrinsic value of clean air, clean water, open spaces, the stars at night, wildlife, appropriate development and an innovative and passionate citizenry; and WHEREAS, The PURPOSE of this Environmental Bill of Rights (EBOR) is as an overarching guide or filter through which we pass Carbondale’s environmental and ecological decisions and policies; and WHEREAS, the MISSION of this EBOR is to uphold the existing ethos of our environmentally and ecologically-minded community by maintaining, protecting and restoring the physical and natural environment for our residents and visitors, now and for future generations; and WHEREAS, this EBOR should empower all the employees, residents and visitors of Carbondale alike to act in a manner consistent with the EBOR; and WHEREAS, in furtherance of these rights the Town of Carbondale must have plans, codes and practices that place environmental protection as a top priority; and WHEREAS, it is essential that the Town of Carbondale leads by example with our actions, town owned assets and enforcement of codes, and to encourage grassroots and volunteer efforts to pursue the Mission of this EBOR. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE BOARD OF THE TRUSTEES: To establish this Environmental Bill of Rights to ensure that Carbondale’s healthy ecosystems and natural resources continue to flourish, are sustainable, and support healthy individuals and thus a healthy community now and for future generations to come. Residents and visitors alike shall have the right to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Breathe clean air and enjoy clear vistas. A clean, safe and plentiful drinking water supply provided from sustainable sources. A sustainable energy future based on renewable energy sources. Protection and rehabilitation of riparian areas and healthy ecosystems which protect native wildlife. Clear growth boundaries supporting density and preservation of surrounding open space. Comprehensive waste diversion and disposal systems that do not degrade the environment. Sustainable car-alternative mobility options. A healthy, fertile landscape managed holistically and safely. Views of the quintessential Western night sky without the interference of unnecessary artificial lighting. Noise levels appropriate to a bustling small community.


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The Carbondale Environmental Bill of Rights (EBOR) is an outgrowth of the Carbondale Mission Statement and a project undertaken by Heather Henry (current Trustee), Frosty Merriott (former Trustee), Julia Farwell (then chair of Environmental Board) and Tom Dunlop (environmental consultant and firefighting bulldozer driver) The EBOR is envisioned to be a tool in assisting with growth in Carbondale along with the Climate Energy and Action Plan (CAP), the Carbondale Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code (UDC). John Frost Merriott CPA • Sierra Club Member since 1977 • Currently Carbondale Chamber of Commerce • Ex. Board Member, Carbondale Environmental Board THE SOPRIS SUN • Your weekly community connector • April 22 - April 28, 2021 • 17

Earth Day, cats and birds

Special to The Sopris Sun By Nancy Peterson

The celebration of Earth Day marks a key victory of the modern environmental movement in the United States in 1970. Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin envisioned the very first Earth Day, harnessing the energy of student anti-war protests to raise public consciousness about air and water pollution. Nelson persuaded Republican Representative Pete McCloskey of California to serve as his Earth Day co-chair and they enlisted a young activist, Denis Hayes, to organize campus teach-ins. That first Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and subsequent passage of groundbreaking environmental laws. Unfortunately, these actions haven’t prevented climate change, which, according to the National Audubon Society, threatens the existence of two-thirds of North American bird species and is the biggest threat facing birds today. I became an avid birder in 2017 after retiring and moving to Carbondale. Before that, I was the Community Cats Program Manager for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization.

Now, I’m passionate about cats and birds. Protecting the Earth extends to all animals who share our planet. Unfortunately, many cat and bird advocates refuse to find common ground, which benefits neither birds, cats or the humans who care about them. I want to acknowledge that cat predation is real; some cats kill birds. However, estimating the number of birds killed by cats is problematic. First, the data on cat predation usually involve studies of prey brought home by owned cats known to be hunters and are mostly based on very small samples, usually in urban or semi-urban settings. Second, according to a 2020 paper by Rowan et al. published in the Journal of Applied Animal Ethics, accurately estimating the number of outdoor cats in the USA and how many of them hunt, catch and kill birds is a dubious undertaking. Further, estimating actual numbers of owned and unowned cats is difficult. For example, survey estimates of the number of owned cats, conducted over several years by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Pet Products Association, now differ by more than 15%. Rowan et al. state that there are no reliable estimates of the numbers of unowned cats. However, they say it’s possible

to estimate the overall outdoor cat population, owned and unowned, by considering average cat densities in different landscapes. Using this methodology, they estimated that there are between 35 and 59 million cats outdoors at any one time. Loss et al., in a 2013 paper, estimated the number of birds killed yearly by cats to be between one and four billion. However, Rowan et al. state convincingly that this estimate is too high. Nonetheless, this number has been cited more than 600 times in scientific papers; and, whenever outdoor cats and birds are d iscussed in the general media, that estimate has been accepted as an “established” fact. The debate about outdoor cat numbers and the numbers of birds killed by cats hasn’t protected birds or cats. However, advocates in both camps want fewer outdoor cats. How to accomplish that is a very contentious issue. Nonetheless, you can take actions to protect cats and birds: • Keep owned cats safe indoors 24/7. Cars, coyotes, bobcats and other predators kill cats. Poisons and other dangers lurk outdoors as well. Learn how to transition cats indoors and create a stimulating environment at bit. ly/catsindoors • Restrict owned cats’ outdoor time. If you can’t keep them indoors 24/7, keep them in at

Jenny the cat is kept responsibly separated from birds. Photo by Nancy Peterson.

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dawn and dusk when birds are most active, especially during spring and fall migrations, nesting, breeding and fledging season. Train your cat to “walk” outdoors on a harness and leash. Create a “catio,” a screened-in patio, for your cat. Grow native plants in your garden that provide nectar, fruit, seeds and host larvae for birds (be careful not to attract bears). Offer feeders with seeds, suet, nuts and water sources for birds, especially in winter, and clean feeders and baths regularly to keep birds healthy. Create habitat for birds with bushes, trees and leaf and brush piles.

Refrain from cutting back tree limbs during nesting season. • Mount roosting boxes in winter and nesting boxes in spring. • Reduce pesticide use in your garden. • Buy plants that don’t contain neonicotinoids. • Prevent window strikes by treating windows to reduce reflectivity and transparency. • Close curtains and reduce outdoor lighting when it’s dark to avoid disorienting birds since most migrate at night. • Learn how to protect birds at feeders from cats at bit.ly/ feedingbirdsnotcats Let’s celebrate Earth Day every day by making our small part of the world a safer place for birds, cats and the people who love them.

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This summer, you will see them training in Carbondale and Aspen. They are members of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club's (AVSC) Nordic National Comp program and range in age from about 15 to 20 years old. This yearround training and racing program includes on-snow training from November through April and conditioning during the summer and fall months. Morgan Arritola, a 2010 Olympic crosscountry skier, reached out to AVSC Nordic Program Director and National Comp Head Coach August Teague, someone she knew from the skiing community, about a job. AVSC had an opening for a Nordic ski coach, and within two weeks, she was hired. Arritola rented out her house in Oregon and moved to Carbondale in February. She says, "it instantaneously felt like home." Arritola said that she and Teague share coaching values — "it's not all about winning medals.” Rather, it’s important to help students “realize that they can do even more than they think they can." Some of the best ambassadors for the AVSC program are the athletes themselves. Eske Roennau, born in Denmark, moved here with his family when he was in third grade. Currently a sophomore at Aspen High School, he joined AVSC in middle school and is in his second year with the National Comp program. He would like to continue racing through college, preferably at an East Coast school.

AVSC athletes play a game of soccer to remain strong until next winter. Photo by Jeanne Souldern. There are life lessons learned about adaptability, adversity and dealing with disappointment, as well as success. Roennau said the program taught him, "dealing with your losses is super important, not just in Nordic but also in real life." Eva McDonough, a senior at Aspen High School, has been part of the National Comp program for two years. She started with AVSC in fifth grade and has committed to Bates College in Maine and will be skiing there. She said the program helped her with goal-setting, "Our coach never pressures us to have result-based goals or anything like that. It's always focused on the process." Lola Villafranco, a junior at CRMS, was in the eighth grade when she started with AVSC. She said the program has helped her learn about herself and how to manage her personal life, between school studies and the physical endurance needed to maintain a training and racing schedule. She said

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the river, and the unimpeded views of Mt. Sopris not enough? Leslie Lamont Carbondale 350 Roaring Fork Want to know the best thing you can do today to address climate change? Call or email the seven members of the Colorado Energy and Transportation Committee and urge them to pass SB21-200, the Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice Act. It isn’t everything we would like to see but it includes some important pieces. Mainly, it provides some teeth to the greenhouse gas reduction goals the legislature passed two years ago. Too few Coloradans know we have one of the most proactive climate plans in the country. In 2019, the state legislature passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap. It set out to reduce the state’s CO2 and methane by 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050 and directed the relevant agency, the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), to find ways to cut emissions from the oil and gas, electrical generation, transportation and building sectors. Of course, it lacked enforcement mechanisms. When the AQCC released their plan, environmental groups universally panned it as vague and full of rosy assumptions. Two years in, we are no closer to our goals. SB21-200 will require the AQCC to implement the emissions reductions measures by next March. It imposes a per ton fee on CO2 and methane for the first

time, the revenue from which would fund staff within the Department of Public Health and Environment tasked with finally consulting the lower-income and minority communities living downwind of oil refineries, coal plants and fracking wells. To be sure, neither the bill nor the Roadmap go far enough. They grossly underestimate the emissions of fugitive methane from oil and gas operations, which is 80 times as potent as trapping heat as CO2. And they fail to recognize the immense synergies that come from a more rapid phase out of oil and gas production. Doing so would eliminate the emissions from the oil and gas sector, including its under-counted methane leakage, as well as the emissions from gas-fired power plants. Call or email the committee members today and support SB21-200 and call for even stronger climate action: • Faith Winter - faith.winter.senate@ state.co.us, 303-866-4863 • Kerry Donovan - kerry.donovan. senate@state.co.us, 303-866-4871 • Rachel Zenzinger, senatorrachelz@ gmail.com, 303-866-4840 • Brittany Petersen, brittany.pettersen. senate@state.co.us, 303-866-4859 • Dennis Hizey, dennis.hisey.senate@ state.co.us, 303-866-4877 • Don Coram, don.coram.senate@state. co.us, 303-866-4884 • Ray Scott, ray.scott.senate@state.co.us, 303-866-3077 Will Hodges Carbondale PRESENTED BY



Terry Ann Reed March 24, 1933 - April 7, 2021

Terry Ann Reed – teacher, entrepreneur and trailblazer for more effective and humane solutions to incarceration – passed away on April 7 after a stroke. Terry received her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and Master’s in teaching from Harvard, where she met her husband, Robert Tyler Reed. They married in 1957 and moved to New Canaan, Connecticut. During her first career as a teacher, Terry and Ty taught at the Iranzamin International School in Tehran, Iran, in the early 1970s. That stint was one of a number of overseas adventures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Terry found her life’s calling when, after receiving her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a minister asked her if she would counsel inmates. When she realized how high the rates of recidivism were in Connecticut’s judicial system, she developed a groundbreaking intervention to help offenders successfully transition from prison back into the community. In 1984, she founded the nonprofit

Family ReEntry in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a mission to “break cycles of violence, crime and incarceration by providing clientcentered interventions and support services to empower and strengthen individuals, families and communities.” As Family ReEntry gained widespread recognition, Terry was invited to speak at conferences across the country. The program also garnered bipartisan support from the Connecticut legislature. Upon Terry’s retirement as executive director, the state of Connecticut’s General Assembly gave her an official proclamation recognizing 15 years of tireless service. Family ReEntry has since grown to encompass eight municipal regions and judicial geographic areas in Connecticut and influenced prison reform in other states. Following Family ReEntry, Terry was co-director of the Stamford Counseling Center. She provided grief counseling in the aftermath of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina. After moving to Sarasota, Florida in 2004, she developed a family counseling program for a local nonprofit serving individuals with a history of homelessness, incarceration and substance abuse. Terry loved life and people. She had a quick wit and a huge heart and will be greatly missed by many, including members of the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, which she attended when visiting family. Terry leaves behind her son, Dave Reed, of Carbondale; daughter Lesley Reed, of Vashon, Washington; brother Jay Schabacker (Nancy); daughter-inlaw Krysia Carter-Giez; son-in-law Dennis Levin; three grandchildren, Lily Reed, Durga Reed and Sage Levin; and a step-grandson, Shawn Levin.

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Charles Anderson Parker III, age 86, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Denver, Charlie was the son of the late Charles Anderson Parker Jr. and Ruth Ellen Parker. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Alice Parker. They were longtime residents of New Canaan, Connecticut, where they raised their family before retiring in Carbondale in 2012. Charlie loved nothing more than his family. He leaves behind his two daughters, Alice Renee Delmolino and her husband Michael Delmolino of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Trisha Bell and her husband Matthew Bell of Colchester, Connecticut. He will be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren Parker John Delmolino, Haley Lauren Delmolino and Allison Even Bell. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia Ann Dormady. Charlie proudly served in the United States Air Force. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Business, he earned his Chartered Financial Analyst credential and pursued a career in finance and investments. Early in his career, he was with the investment firm H.C. Wainwright where he was instrumental in the advancement of supply side economics. Prior to retirement, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Continental Insurance and served on many boards including Trust Company of the

West, Horace Mann Insurance, Pace University, and the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Charlie was known for his engaging storytelling, intellect and generosity. He loved time with family and friends, reading and Colorado. His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren grow up and supporting them in their life ambitions. He had fond memories of hosting and attending conservative think tanks with influential academics and world leaders. The family plans to have a celebration of his life at a later date. Charlie was very proud to have been instrumental in the conservative movement of the Reagan Era. If you wish to make a contribution in his memory, please consider making a donation to either the Manhattan Institute or the Reagan Library. To send online condolences please visit redgatehennessy.com.


By Bill Kight At the April 13th Carbondale Town Trustee meeting, my participation via Zoom was to exercise my right to petition and my right to freedom of speech. My family lives in the Cleveland Place development to the west of Eighth Street and south of the Rio Grande Trail, where it crosses Eighth. For full disclosure, I often park one of our cars on Eighth Street — especially when guests come — letting them have one of our two allotted spaces in front of our townhome. We are a real neighborhood, packed in as densely as permissible, and where we know most of the folks on our street by name. It’s safe enough that kids play in our street because only residents or visitors use it since it is not a through route like Eighth Street. As a person interested in history,

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it was important to try and figure out how our neighborhood got to the point that we felt it necessary to write a letter that most of us signed addressed to Carbondale Trustees: “Cleveland Place HOA strenuously objects to the current recommendation for the Eighth Street Corridor Project … We specifically oppose the inclusion of nine-foot sidewalks on both sides of Eighth Street and the complete loss of parking on the west side of Eighth Street.” Apparently in 2016, the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Commission (BPTC) developed a map of bicycle and pedestrian corridors. Fast forward to the spring of 2020 when the BPTC started guiding the review of potential options supposedly to improve multimodal use and traffic calming on Eighth Street from Main Street to Village Road. At a meeting on January 4, 2021, BPTC gave direction to Alta Planning and Design (Alta) to refine two final options for consideration at a meeting on March 1. Plan A maintained parking on both sides of Eighth Street, and Plan B eliminated parking on one side of Eighth Street. Somehow, I missed a few narrow windows for input opportunities to comment on these plans during this five-year period, like a booth at First Friday and virtual Zoom meetings. Perhaps during this last year my worries were on surviving a global pandemic.

Obviously, I need to pay more attention to such things as traffic calming, multi-modal mobility, and nine-foot sidewalks. My opposition to “Plan B” that would eliminate parking on one side of Eighth Street was primarily because it didn’t make sense. Why would you get rid of any existing parking? It is estimated that some 50 parking spaces on Eighth Street would be eliminated. The number doesn’t matter when there is no plan whatsoever as to where those vehicles, mostly work vehicles, were going to go as an alternative. The second question is: What is the purpose of a project that would negatively disrupt so many people? All of us in the hood who wanted to speak at the town trustee meeting had registered to do so. When it was my turn toward the end of the public comment period, my speech took about 70 seconds. I figured the three-minute time limit had been ignored way too often and brevity was needed. Some three hours into the Zoom meeting, the decision was made not to pursue Plan B. The ability to park our vehicles on Eighth Street was preserved. The next day after heading home from work, I parked my car on Eighth, got out and said hello to one of our neighbors. Having watched the virtual trustee meeting, he told me “thanks for speaking up.”

Kumi joined other pedestrians and cyclists for a leisurely tour of Eighth Street's mature trees. Photo by Lisa Dinardo. Then he said something that made me feel good about where we live. In this day of polarized, negative dialog and purposely untruthful politics, it was refreshing. “Our town politics actually worked,” he said. Yes, this time.

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Our official representatives, the ones we elected, decided to reject Plan B and accept Plan A. They listened to us. Thank you, Mayor Dan and trustees Heather, Ben, Luis, Marty, Erica and Lani.


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Down 4. The redwinged ___ thrives in cattail marshes. 5. Everything stays the same. 6. On the double! (Spanish) 7. Doc ___, famous gambler buried in Glenwood Cemetery. 8. We hear them honking overhead (2 words). 9. Kissing ___, a rock formation at Colo. Natl. Monument. 13. ___ Benson in the Jerry Lewis comedy Don't Give Up the Ship. 14. ___ Creek Falls, roadside wonder. 16. Hunky-dory. 17. Neighborhood near Cedaredge. 19. Short for ukelele. 21. Jab. 23. Yes, an acorn is a kind of __. So is a pinyon seed.

LEGALS ORDINANCE NO. 4 Series of 2021 AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO, APPROVING A COMBINED PRELIMINARY AND FINAL PLAT FOR PARCELS 3 & 4 OF THE THOMPSON PARK SUBDIVISION NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on April 13, 2021. This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at www.carbondalegov.org or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours.

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