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Fundraising made fun BMX for BMS? Self-directed routes could certainly include a few laps at the Crown Mountain Bike Park. Photo by Olivia Emmer. By Geneviève Villamizar Sopris Sun Correspondent
After a two-year hiatus in fundraising, Basalt Middle School (BMS) is excited to launch a new annual event – and it’s not selling magazines. Digging deep, Principal Jennifer Ellsperman references school values to explain their shift in fundraising efforts. “Fundraisers in the past [entailed] a lot of plastic toys that kids would eventually throw away, and a lot of candy and money,” she says, delicately. “It would create this whole frenzy around the prizes. Even though it raised good money for the school, it didn’t really support our values around health and wellness and really turning out students who are good citizens.” Instead of door to door sales – not necessarily a comfortable fit for all kids – BMS is hosting a Bike-A-Thon, May 16 to May 20, tapping the recreation spirit of the valley.
Aligning with Basalt Elementary School’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and Basalt High School’s Color Run, the BikeA-Thon is the brain-child of BMS’s new Parent Engagement Group. A collection of parents dedicated to supporting the school through volunteerism, teacher support and fundraising, they meet with the administration to discuss school needs and how to help support staff and fill gaps in both manpower and funds. Brook Portman is one such parent. “We have a significant biking community here, so it’s a better solution for everyone,” she explains, “and we hit all aspects – the mountain bikers, road bikers, even stationary bikes. It includes introverts, extroverts.” “The children are our future,” says Ellsperman, “and their needs are greater than ever, just like everyone’s seem to be because of the pandemic. We have major academic needs. We have major social-
emotional needs.” Portman also notes that “there is no budget for teacher appreciation, which is critical to teacher retention,” an ongoing issue throughout the region. Listing off housing costs, stagnant salaries, and everdwindling budgets for out-of-pocket classroom costs, the Parent Engagement Group recognizes the toll these take on teachers. Portman also lists the cost of field trips, assemblies and guest speakers that benefit students and expand their awareness and connectivity, building strong future leaders. As such, Portman is excited to attempt ten miles along the Rio Grande with her kids, ages eight and eleven, one of whom has only recently conquered a fear of biking. “We’ll see how we do!” she laughs. Will Ellsperman be participating in the Bike-A-Thon, too? “Yes!” the principal exclaims. “I got out on Saturday to suss out my ride,” she
says, describing popular mountain routes nearby. “There are bluebells all over the place! I’ll probably do a ride with my husband Stephen, and I’ll probably do another ride with all the girls. We have this group text with about 13 of us on it who like to get out and mountain bike. There’s plenty of time; we have a week!” BMS is shooting to raise $10,000 through registration fees. Adults pay $20, youth are $10, and the family or group rate is capped at $50. Register online at bit.ly/ bmsbike for a 1-mile, 10-mile, or 25-mile distance, and choose your own adventure. With several business sponsors on board, the first 150 people to register will snag a sweet swag gift. All registrants are included in a raffle of delightful, locally-sponsored prizes. Post Bike-A-Thon photos online to help spread the stoke. Enlist your friends and family and get out there; spring is calling – and the kids and teachers deserve it.
By Geneviéve Joëlle Villamizar So, COVID has you contemplating chickens? Homebound, several of our friends have taken on a flock and it’s been fun to watch their affection blossom. It was a big step; hens live from five to ten years, so there’s little room for impulsiveness. Still interested? Read on and we’ll share what we’ve learned over the past five years of bringing them into our own lives. Google reveals a breathtaking panoply of breeds. It’s easy to get sucked in or overwhelmed, but not if you start in the right place: Why do you want them? Companionship, entertainment? Eggs, meat? Hone in on our limiting factor, climate, and Google “cold hardy hens.” Winnow it down through pets, eggs, or meat … and then allow yourself an image search. The rest, just like parenting, you’ll learn along the way. I hadn’t had chickens since
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before my daughter, Juniper, but we eagerly adopted a flock from friends unable to keep theirs. These five, feathered females adapted to our ancient coop and caged-in run with ease. A fully-enclosed caged is a must against predators. Death is a cyclical lesson with your chickens, especially if you start with chicks. The learning curve is priceless for raising resilient kids, but it can be steep if you don’t prepare. Purchase new chicks in person. Darling or exotic breeds online are tempting, but the postal service is sketchy with COVID … and often as deadly. Peruse our RF Poultry Peeps group on Facebook for access to local chicken breeders and you can pick them out first hand. The Roaring Fork Coop sources their chicks from Whiting Farms in Delta, and have friendly staff dedicated to the care of chicks in the store. Newborns need a nurturing, controlled environment. They’re vulnerable and will rely solely on you for their first eight weeks of life. Like ferrets, chicks curl up in impossible love knots, and can get smothered in a brooder with corners: think baby pool or ag trough. We mount a red heat lamp, and prepare electrolytes to keep them hydrated. Large-shave pine bedding is sterile. As feisty and messy as chicks are, it inevitably mixes with their food, but is large enough they won’t eat it. Provide chick feed only: its shape, size and protein-balance are specific to their
growth and development. Check on them throughout the day, every day – sickness and death can be swift. And it’s heartbreaking; I can’t describe the sense of helplessness, trying to rescue newborns. As you fall in love with them, there will be many new mysteries to unravel with your birds. We joined a Facebook group, Colorado Backyard Chickens, with over 8,000 voices peeping in. It’s a henhouse of humor and experience. Transitioning to “The Big House” is a blast. Our coop was built with old wood and repurposed materials and is large enough to enter. I truly savor my time in their coop. Being there with them, submissively, quietly, I think I earn trust and acceptance. Every six months or so, watching them, I renovate. Bird dynamics, squabbling over nest boxes, mess levels and seasonal shifts guide improvements. While I would love an automated door for the nights that I’m over-extended or away, letting them in and out keeps me connected to them. That “one last time,” as they’re falling asleep, cooing, murmuring – what a sweet moment! It’s similar to peering in on your own little stinker, deceptively demure. Waking in the morning and releasing all the birds is equally special, connecting with other creatures in the fresh air of winter or summer. I often go barefoot, despite cold, mud, poop or snow.
There’s a viscerality to meeting the birds on their own ground. Every greeting is bolstered by the assurance they are well-cared for, that each bird has enough floor space in the coop, roosting bar turf, and access to food and water. At the “whoosh” of our back door, they flock the chicken run gate. As I work the gate toggle, they freak out even more. And finally, ducking behind the cagedrun door, they explode en masse to freedom and food. In the freedom of a huge-ass chicken yard, they can hunt, peck and forage in their instinctual ways. We’ve named all of our birds. I’ve learned so much from Juniper; she has a natural affinity for them and an attention to details and mannerisms that blows me away. We know their individual dispositions; their friendships. We’ve weathered heartbreak, inflicted death and dissected casualties with curiosity. I’ve prepared and shared the besttasting Thanksgiving rooster ever. Full circle, we’ve even purchased fertile eggs and shared in the miracle of a broody hen hatching her “own” chicks. Watching her raise them (so officiously!) tapped memories of nurturing my own seven-pound Juni, and the fulfillment we females derive from creating and sustaining life; fledging little ones from our nest. Our lives revolve around the girls today. They’re a heady, gateway drug to Life: to environmentalism, stewardship, and connection anew.
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Mutual Respect I would like to address the issue of vaccines today and call for compassion and mutual respect on this issue. I am not a Republican, never have been, and am probably more of an Independent than a Democrat, but I mostly vote Democrat for what that’s worth. I am a person who is hesitant to get the “vaccine.” There appears to be many of us, it is now
being revealed in the media, as the pressure to get vaccinated increases. So, I would like to share reasons to not get vaccinated, and why it should not matter to those who are vaccinated, and why we should be respected. Before that, I would like to say that I am happy for those of you who have chosen to get vaccinated, that you can hopefully feel safe. Reason 1: Having had COVID-19. it is a known fact that natural immunity and antibodies occur in an individual who has had a disease. Even with the flu, one is immune to variants for a long time (years) after having had the flu. It is hard to rely on the promoted idea that we only have a few months immunity from COVID-19 and variants when information keeps changing. For example, we can now enjoy the outdoors without a mask – wow! Reason 2: Having a robust immune system and/or being at an age that is at very low risk. Many of us are young, healthy and not in any of the categories that are at risk, with no underlying co-morbidities, not over 65 years old, not obese, and taking healthy doses of vitamin D (Dr. Fauci reportedly takes up to 9,000 IU/day!), Vitamin C and zinc, known to deter COVID-19. Reason 3: The FDA has only approved the “vaccine” for emergency use. Yes, Pfizer is applying for FDA approval at this time, but the injection is currently only authorized for emergency use at the time. Continued on page 15
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EPIC Performance Center opens By Betina Infante Sopris Sun Correspondent
The Aspen Clinic (TAC) expands its offerings with a new, 2,400 square-foot EPIC Performance Center, which opened on May 10 in Orchard Plaza, next to RJ Paddywacks Pet Outfitter and Jaffa Middle Eastern Kitchen. The EPIC (endurance, performance, intensity & coaching ) Performance Center will offer individualized, small group training sessions, plus one-on-one personal training focused on building functional strength by using kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, battle ropes, resistance band tubing and body weight movements and exercises that help people perform everyday activities more easily. “The intent of the EPIC performance center is to offer group training sessions that complement your sport or lifestyle activity and improve stability, mobility and flexibility.” TAC owner Amanda Wagner told The Sopris Sun. “The program will be different every day so that daily customers can rotate through different workouts during the week. It’s going to challenge you – instead of doing pullups on a bar, for example, you will do them on rings. We will also offer personal training. In fact, our Epic Mama class, taking place now, is helping athletic women that have just had babies regain their core strength before they join our epic training classes.” Unlike the large format classes offered at TAC Fitness, such as TRX, body pump and spinning classes, the performance center classes, initially launched in TAC’s 800 square-foot basement, involve groups of six to 12 people working through specialized programming with exclusive coaches. The idea stemmed from Wagner’s personal desire to exercise with friends who push her to strive and challenge herself. Working out alone, she described, can quickly become stale. As a competitive mountain
biker, Wagner saw the positive difference in her own biking technique after starting functional strength/performance training, yet she’s even more passionate about the strengths and benefits derived from working out within small groups. The EPIC training program has a loyal following because of its personalized, studio feel, and was one reason that TAC was able to successfully navigate COVID-related economic challenges. According to Wagner, TAC saw a significant increase in business in 2019. The fitness boom continued right through the beginning of 2020. Unfortunately, by March, TAC was forced to close its doors and swiftly shift to virtual classes, which TAC now offers regularly as an added benefit for members that travel or simply can’t always get to the gym. TAC retained a loyal customer base throughout 2020 and is now working to make a stronger comeback than ever with the new Epic Performance Center, and by continuing to deliver exceptional customer experience. “I try to ensure my team consistently finds a way to say YES,” added Wagner. Wagner has been looking for a space to expand into for two years, and views the new location at Orchard Plaza as a way to attract greater visibility given the foot traffic associated with Orchard Plaza and City Market. “Just during the building process, we have had at least 10 people walk in and purchase memberships,” says Wagner. What’s next? Wagner wants TAC to be part of community fitness in the mid-valley by working creatively with partners, like Crown Mountain Park, on community health offers and potentially a community sports complex. TAC’s motto is “making the community healthier, stronger and better,” and Wagner ultimately wants to ensure fitness and wellness programs are accessible to all members of the community.
TAC owner Amanda Wagner opened the new EPIC Performance Center on May 10. Photo by Will Sardinsky.
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SCUTTLEBUTT Youth art Aspen Art Museum’s “Teen Curators” exhibits are on display. Glenwood Spring High School presents “Everybody Has a Story to Tell,” a show curated by Annika Bucchin, through May 14. Meanwhile, Rifle Public Library shows Lily McCann-Klausz’s “What Does Gender Mean to You?” with additional submissions open through May 24. For more info, visit aspenartmuseum.org
and opportunity. The organization will offer at least two partial season scholarships to players that exemplify dedication to self-betterment on and off the ice and who otherwise may not be able to afford the fees. Tryouts will occur in Breckenridge on the weekend of June 25. A trio of elite girls’ teams will be determined at try-outs in Aspen on July 9 and 10. Learn more at mountainselect@ gmail.com
The CU School of Dental Medicine’s Senior Smiles program invites low-income seniors to apply for free dental care including dentures. For more information, contact colette.kuhfuss@ cuanschutz.edu
Talent scout The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is searching for a strong singer with a background in performance to join the troupe. Hours include most weekends through the year. For more info, email email@example.com
Charity golf YouthZone is hosting its first golf tournament fundraiser at the Lakota Links Golf Course in New Castle on June 4. A team of four will cost $400, which includes lunch and supports counseling, court diversion, restorative justice and other programs for youth. Among special prizes, contestants may win a 2021 Honda CRV by scoring a hole-in-one on a designated par 3.
Mountain Select AA The Western Colorado Hockey League launched a new program to support players from the Western Slope with the goal of improving skills
Angela Mills will serve as the next executive director for United Way Battlement to the Bells. Outgoing Executive Director Traci GurleyTomashosky says, “It’s exciting to be passing the baton to such a dynamic and experienced person.” Mills will oversee directing the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers program which leveraged over $190,000 in grants, donations and in-kind support for area nonprofits in 2020.
Innovation at Work Award Mind Springs Health, with offices throughout the Western Slope, was recognized by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, based in Washington, D.C., with the prestigious “Innovation at Work Award” for remaining adaptive in an increasingly complex health care landscape. Congratulations!
Frack no Six conservation groups, including Wilderness Workshop, are challenging the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s 2020 approval of a plan that allows fracking across 35,000 acres in Colorado. The lawsuit alleges that federal agencies violated the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws by failing
Significant modifications to land at the base of Prince Creek Road have not gone unnoticed. The former Four Bar Ranch was acquired by Janus Capital Group founder Thomas Bailey from Thomas Turnbull in August, 2020, adding some 142 acres to his surrounding properties. Locals have been surprised to see the quirky “Porcupine/ Marmot Hill” cutaway steadily destroyed by heavy machinery. Photo by Sue Rollyson. to fully assess the potential for water pollution and harm to the climate, and by refusing to analyze alternatives that would minimize or eliminate harm to the environment. To learn more, visit wildernessworkshop.org
Carbondale traﬃc Work is underway to replace a sewer line along Colorado Avenue in Carbondale. The project is expected to be completed by June 30. A detour of northbound traffic on Highway 133 is anticipated during initial stages. Traffic will be routed through
the Sopris Shopping Center parking lot with access to businesses and residences maintained.
133 delays The first of a series of detours along Highway 133, between McClure Pass summit and Carbondale, will affect traffic near the Redstone Firehouse through May. Travelers can expect full traffic stops of up to 20 minutes during most weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Details at bit.ly/133rockfall
They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Camy Britt, Jimmy Byrne, Megan Cook, Bill Jochems, Pat Noel, Renee Prince and David Taylor (May 13); Debbi Fadli, Paige Gibbons, Doc Philip and Steve Standiford (May 14); Jenny Cutright, Lindsay Dudycha, Kellie Land, Jonelle Luther, Greg Masse, Feénagh O'Donnell, Morgan Williams and Ana Vega Terrazas (May 15); Cynthia Butterfield, Aaron Luttrell and Fred Pulver (May 16); Chris Chacos, Terrie Geddes, Lisa Johnson and Steven Quint (May 17); Gretchen Hofmann (May 18); Peter Frey (May 19).
Colorado Rocky Mountain School proudly celebrates the sponsors, students, parent volunteers, faculty, and project partners for helping to support the CRMS financial aid program. Join us in thanking them for making the 56th Annual Scholarship Work Day a wonderful success! 12 work sites • 127 CRMS volunteers • 889 volunteer hours = $17,000 raised
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Three Roaring Fork School District teachers move up By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent
Three Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) teachers and Carbondale residents move into assistant principal positions this fall. The promotion of three RFSD teachers – Carballeira, Reiley and Hartmann – is proof of the RFSD administration’s investment in creating opportunities for local teachers to lead.
Cora Carballeira and her husband are teachers that live and work in Carbondale. With their three children attending Carbondale schools, they know the community well. Photo by Jeanne Souldern.
Carbondale resident Kendall Reiley said GSES and CRES "are like neighborhood schools, and that's what I really love about both of those schools." Courtesy photo.
Megan Hartmann said moving to BHS is exciting because “in a smaller school, I think there is some power within the tightness of that community.” Photo by Jeanne Souldern.
Cora Carballeira, known endearingly as Ms. Carb, is an eighth-grade science teacher at Carbondale Middle School (CMS) and will become Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) assistant principal this fall. Her husband, Adam, is a teacher at Bridges High School. They have three sons: Talon and Eliot (both students at RFHS) and Lucas (in the seventh grade at CMS). Carballeira and her husband recently purchased a home in Thompson Corner affordable housing in Carbondale. "We're definitely poster people for teachers getting affordable housing," she said. Carballeira holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia and a Master's in Education from Harvard University. She recently obtained an education specialist degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Northern Colorado. A CMS staff member since 2002, she has enjoyed a few breaks during her tenure, especially when her children were young. She also taught General Equivalency Degree classes at Colorado Mountain College. In her time at CMS, she volunteered for many leadership roles, saying, "I'm invested in making this school successful. When there's an opportunity, like 'Who wants to do this?' I'm usually like, 'Oh, I'm in.'" Acknowledging there will be many familiar faces at RFHS, she said, "One thing I bring, that I'm really excited about, is I already know so many of the students and their families." Getting acquainted with incoming RFHS Principal Megan Baiardo, she reflected, "I feel like we're going to be on the same page; I'm really excited."
Kendall Reiley, a fifth-grade teacher at Glenwood Springs Elementary School (GSES), will be the next assistant principal at Crystal River Elementary School. Reiley joins Aimee Brockman, current CRES assistant principal, who will become the school’s principal this fall. Originally from Massachusetts, Reiley visited Snowmass every spring break to ski and visit her grandparents. In 2009, she earned her bachelor's degree in New Hampshire, with a major in environmental studies and a minor in engineering from Dartmouth College. After graduation, she worked in Silverton as a ski guide. She then worked for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), initially as a summer and winter naturalist, then as an educator at Rock Bottom Ranch and later at Basalt Elementary School as an ACES educator. Concerning her ACES experience, Reiley said, "As far as a particular lesson, I am grateful to have gotten to work with Arin Trook (former ACES education director, killed in an avalanche in January 2019). Arin taught me about the importance of stories: listening to the stories of others, weaving them together, and telling your own." Reiley worked on RFSD's teacher housing committee, is involved in the Mountain Voices Project, a community-based organizing group, and was a 2018-19 Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. In 2018, she earned her principal licensure and a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver. She has been teaching at GSES for the past three years and is part of the school’s leadership team. Reiley said she feels empowered by GSES administrators Audrey Hazleton and Lora Smith, adding, "A good school administrator does their best so their teachers can focus on teaching."
Megan Hartmann started as a math teacher at Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS) in January 2008. She will become assistant principal at Basalt High School (BHS). She has a bachelor's degree in math and a certificate in education from the University of Colorado and a master's in applied math from the University of Washington. In May 2020, she received a certificate from the Principal Licensure program at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. After graduating from high school in Chicago, Hartmann started working for Aspen Skiing Company (SkiCo) teaching skiing. In the summers, she continues working for SkiCo by coaching downhill mountain biking at Snowmass. Hartmann currently lives in Carbondale with her husband, John, who works as a ski and snowboard teams coordinator for SkiCo at Buttermilk. Their son, Hunter, is four years old and in the GSES toddler program. Serving as a secondary school “math content lead,” she explained, "The role provides teachers a pathway to becoming teacher leaders. And by providing them with professional development, it becomes an avenue to take on other leadership responsibilities." Her goal as an assistant principal and working with BHS Principal Peter Mueller is to help support systems and strategies for students and staff to succeed. Citing one example of RFSD’s commitment to encourage teachers to become leaders, she said, "We have two in-district assistant principals [with Aimee Brockman and Megan Baiardo] who have become indistrict principals."
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Testing water quality below Grizzly burn scar By Olivia Emmer Sopris Sun Correspondent
The Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC) is a non-profit focused on protecting the Colorado River between the mouth of Glenwood Canyon, at the Garfield-Eagle county line, and De Beque. This 75-mile stretch of river passes through Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute. Recently, the MCWC was awarded a grant from the Colorado River District to help fund water quality testing related to the impacts of the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar. This $50,000 grant is matched by resources from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS will provide real-time data to downstream water users about the quality of water flowing down the Colorado River. “We were concerned with the consumptive-use side of things,” said MCWC Executive Director Paula Stepp. “Consumptive-use regarding the municipalities on the river corridor. What would [post-fire] changes mean for intake for public water and the agricultural community?” Additionally, Stepp cited habitat management concerns as a motivator for detailed water monitoring. This grant ensured that four USGS Next Generation Water Observing System continuous water quality testing locations were installed or enhanced between the east end of Glenwood Canyon and the west end of De Beque canyon. The grant also covers discrete sampling at four sites between Grizzly Creek and South Canyon. Timing was critical for the organizations to capture baseline water quality data before spring runoff and any monsoon events began transporting material off the scar and into streams. Continuous observing systems test water
quality as it passes by, in-stream. According to USGS Supervisory Hydrologist Cory A. Williams, “concentrations of suspended sediment, nutrients, dissolved organic carbon and other naturally occurring constituents from a burned landscape can increase in downstream water bodies after wildfires.” The monitoring equipment measures water temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH and turbidity, and sends it to the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) website. “People downstream will be able to go into the USGS site and they can get warnings of water changes so that they know if they need to do something to protect their intakes,” Stepp explained. “We need to get this water sampling done so that people downstream are aware of changes and can take precautions to mitigate the impact of what those changes would mean to them.” For example, “If you can shut down your intake for your public water, maybe that will save you money, as opposed to having things get within the system... If it's a chemical change or if it's a sediment problem that's coming into your water, the things that you have to do after-the-fact are going to be more expensive than just shutting down for a short period of time.” According to Stepp, most of the towns along this section of the river rely on water directly from the Colorado River, though some have multiple sources. MCWC is eager to provide outreach to regional water managers, to make sure they have access to this new data in hopes it protects regional water infrastructure. Anyone can visit the USGS site and set up an NWIS water alert, which will send automated email or text messages when water quality measurements exceed a threshold for selected criteria at a specific location.
Courtesy graphic. Additionally, a discrete testing location was set up this spring by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) on Grizzly Creek. According to Geological Scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams, program lead, Environmental Remediation & Water Resources at LBL, this testing site will hopefully serve two purposes. Williams’ team studies how mountain watersheds are affected by disturbances, and the Grizzly Creek fire burn scar provides them a proximal location to their primary field site, the East River watershed near Crested Butte, to study wildfire impacts on water quality and nutrient cycling. Additionally, Williams hopes to compare how different forest types’ watersheds are affected by wildfire. The recent Grizzly Creek Fire, Williams Fork Fire and East Troublesome Fire offer an opportunity to collect water quality data from burned drainages with different foresttypes. Williams explained, “What's interesting about those three fires, is they have pretty different
mixtures of forest composition. The Williams Fork Fire was overwhelmingly burning in conifer forests. East Troublesome was a mixture of aspen and conifer, and Grizzly Creek, at least at the highest elevations, is overwhelmingly dominated by aspen forests and its lower elevations, pinyon and juniper. And so we're really interested in doing a cross-site, or cross-fire, comparison to see if forest composition helps control the amount, form, type of nutrients – carbon, nitrogen and metals – that run-off, post fire.” As of May 5, the USGS had not yet seen unusual data from spring runoff due to the burn scar. Again, Williams: “So far, recent rainfall has decreased water temperatures and specific conductance levels, and has increased turbidity levels, with minor changes to dissolved oxygen and pH. These changes follow the typical ranges and patterns we would expect at this time of year and do not appear to show a strong influence from the wildfire.”
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Land use, near and far By James Steindler Sopris Sun Correspondent
Commissioners tackled a light agenda this week and adjourned the public meeting within an hour and a half.
To Boebert on Capitol Hill The meeting began with letters of support for legislation beyond their jurisdiction. Three of these letters were in response to prerogatives pushed by Colorado’s Third Congressional District Representative Lauren Boebert. “We have a very active representative out of the third district who is always pushing amendments and bills,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, “and I’m happy for that because most of those we’re in agreement with.” Boebert introduced the “30 x 30 Termination Act” in response to President Joe Biden’s string of executive orders aimed at protecting 30% of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030. The commissioners each expressed their approval of Rep. Boebert’s bill and agreed to send a letter of support. “I know that one of the problems with this 30 by 30 initiative is that nobody has
addressed conservation and what that definition is,” said Jankovsky. “In my mind, 62% of Garfield County that is public land is already in a state of conservation.” He concluded, “What we’re trying to protect against is that 30% of those lands become wilderness lands and become sterile and we lose the multi-use purpose of those lands.” The second letter was in support of Boebert’s “America’s Infrastructure Modernization (AIM) Act.” The aim of AIM is to repurpose $650 billion from six COVID-19 relief bills. AIM declares the $650 billion should go strictly toward infrastructure including : surface transportation, port development projects, highways and airport improvement projects. Lastly, the commissioners discussed Boebert and Texas Representative Chip Roy’s petition, “Discharge the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act.” If the petition collects 218 congressional signatures then “discharging” essentially expedites it for consideration on the House floor without needing the Speaker’s approval. According to Boerbert and Roy’s memo, the act itself “nullifies President Biden’s job-killing climate
executive orders, overturns the energy leasing ban on federal lands, nullifies the revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline and prohibits future energy moratoriums without approval from Congress.” “I strongly support this,” said Jankovsky, “I’ve always supported the economy and jobs. Our oil and gas industry has been a strong sector in Garfield County for the last 20 years and I’d like it to continue for the next 100.” Each letter supporting Boebert’s efforts in congress was unanimously approved by the board.
Ascendigo Ranch site visit The commissioners heard from members of the applicant, Ascendigo Autism Services, seeking to build a large equine therapy facility in Missouri Heights. Ascendigo is a local nonprofit that strives to improve the quality of life for community members living with autism. The prospective development has met fierce resistance from many residents of Missouri Heights. County Community Development staff requested a continuance to discuss the matter after a site visit by the commissioners. The visit is
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scheduled for June 21 during the regular meeting agenda. “It’s going to be a long one,” said Martin. “We want everybody to have their say.” The chairman added that there will be no time limit for public comment at that hearing. “You may speak until you run out of words as long as it is germane to the discussion here,” he said.
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GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE Garfield County Libraries and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers stream a virtual town hall with the Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance at 6 p.m. For registration, rfov.org
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GARAGE SALE Literacy Outreach hosts a “no-haggle, pay-what-you-can” garage sale to raise funds. Taking place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1118 Westlook Drive in Glenwood Springs, the sale continues on Saturday, May 15. BOUNTIFUL BOUQUETS Basalt Regional Library offers a flower arrangement workshop for adults outdoors at 5:30 p.m. For registration, basaltlibrary.org LIVE MUSIC Steve Cole performs at Heather's in Basalt at 6 p.m. SOUND VIBRATION Zach Cashin leads a one-hour sound journey at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. To register, davinikent.com
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BIRDING Roaring Fork Audubon leads birding on Basalt Mountain, meeting at the RFTA Basalt overflow parking lot. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For birding at East Elk Creek in New Castle at 7:30 a.m., email email@example.com PUBLIC LANDS DAY Colorado Wild Public Lands goes bird watching at Crown Mountain riparian area from 7:30 a.m. to noon. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org This is also the deadline to enter a video contest with a video 30 seconds or less taken covering one of three themes: artistic, people and extreme. Send entry to coloradowildpubliclands@gmail. com for the chance to win a gift certificate. TAI CHI TAC Fitness offers an introductory guide to qi-gong for Health and Wellness at 10:30 a.m. at tacfitness.org PLANT SALE Wild Mountain Seeds sells perennial plant starts at The Source (689 Main Street in Carbondale) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CALLIGRAPHY San Francisco artist Jo Jo Liu teaches Chinese calligraphy for kids online at 3 p.m. More at gcpld.org SOPRIS SOARERS Aerialist students show off flying moves outside The Launchpad at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Both performances are free to attend. LIVE MUSIC Josefina Mendez, Tim Fox and friends perform at Heather's in Basalt at 6 p.m. HUDSON PREMIER COVID caused the Hudson Reed Ensemble to pivot from its fifteenyear history of producing live theatre to film. Their free, original series “Confluence” is available for streaming at hudsonreedensemble.org
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BIRDING Roaring Fork Audubon leads birding at Avalanche Creek at 8 a.m. To
TAI CHI Healthy Living instructor Jake Carroll leads a beginner’s guide to Tai Chi at Basalt Regional Library every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pre-registration: email@example.com BONEDALE BIKE WEEK The 12th Annual Bonedale Bike Week features free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and breakfast snacks from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Main Street. Plus, pick up a photo scavenger hunt list during morning coffee or at Ragged Mountain Sports for the chance to win big at a finale party on Friday, May 21, at 6 p.m. BICYCLE SAFETY RODEO Bring a helmet and give the obstacle course a try at the Carbondale Rec Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by Aloha mountain Cyclery. DIRTY LIMERICK SLAM It’s back! Celebrate this beloved Bike Week tradition at Carbondale Beer Works at 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY MAY 18
ATV DEBATE Gunnison County Commissioners discuss a resolution to allow ATV use at the bottom of Daniel’s Hill for access to the Lead King Loop. Meeting agenda and access at gunnisoncounty.org SUTEY TRAIL WORK Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers builds a trail to connect County Road 112 with the Red Hill mesa from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration at rfov.org JOYFUL PARENTING Basalt Regional Library offers a workshop for parents raising children. Registration at basaltlibrary.org GARDENING CLASS Garfield County Colorado State University Extension offers a weekly introductory gardening class at Demeter’s Garden in Carbondale, south of the Third Street Center. Bilingual classes are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through September 14. For registration, call 970-510-1290 or visit carbondalerec.com
WEDNESDAY MAY 19
BIRDING Roaring Fork Audubon leads birding at Basalt Mountain at 7a.m. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. PRINTING DEMO Screen printer Ali O’Neal demonstrates techniques, converting old textiles into new and vibrant clothing patches, broadcast on Instagram by the Aspen Art Museum at 2:30 p.m. PUMP TRACK TRIALS Kids are welcome to compete at North Face Bike Park in Carbondale from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No registration is necessary. ASK A LAWYER Alpine Legal Services offers a hotline clinic on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 970-368-2246 and visit alpinelegalservices. org for the current schedule of dates by legal topic.
THURSDAY MAY 20
BIKES OF WRATH Way of Compassion Bike Project hosts socially responsible gathering with a bike mechanic demo and screening of “The Bikes of Wrath” at 7 p.m.
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SPRING FOR JOY High Country Sinfonia is back with live, in-person concerts on May 21 (at Basalt United Community Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m.), May 22 (at Carbondale’s Sopris Park bandshell at 5:30 p.m.) and May 23 (at the Aspen Art Museum at 11 a.m.). Admission is free, with a suggested donation of up to $20, masks and physical distancing will be required.
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Cambiando la Ley de Extorsión en Colorado Assemblea General de Colorado aprobó el proyecto de ley 21-1057 acerca de la prohibición en contra de extorsión de inmigrantes por abordar en acciones legales. Bajo la ley actual, pasada en el 2006, es considerado extorsión criminal el amenazar a reportar a la policía el estado migratorio de otra persona para inducir a esa persona a darle a uno dinero u otro artículo de valor. Bajo la nueva ley, conocida como HB21-1057, se agrega una porción a la ley actual prohibiendo amenazar a reportar a la policía el estado migratorio de alguien para inducir a esa persona a hacer algo contra su voluntad o abstenerse el desempeño de un hecho legal. ¿Qué significa el cambio hecho por la Assemblea? Y, ¿Por qué es importante aclarar la ley? “Esta ley es sobre seguridad pública. Si valoramos la seguridad pública
y queremos asegurar que los crímenes son enjuiciados, entonces es esencial asegurar que víctimas de crimen, sin importar su estado legal, nunca tengan que preocuparse de reportar crímenes a fuerzas policiales por miedo de venganza por el perpetrador,” dijo Rodríguez, demócrata de Denver, durante el debate antes de la votación final del proyecto de ley. Como la ley está escrita ahora, es un crimen ganar financieramente por amenazar a reportar a la policía el estado legal de alguien. Sin embargo, no es ilegal amenazar a reportar a la policía el estado legal de alguien para cubrir un crimen. ¿Ve la importancia de cerrar esta escapatoria legal? Aunque es ilegal beneficiarse financieramente por amenazar a reportar el estado legal de alguien, no es ilegal amenazar a reportar el estado legal de alguien
ofrece una clase introductoria de jardinería en Demeter’s Garden en Carbondale, al sur del Third Street Center, comenzando el 18 de mayo. Clases bilingües son de 6 p.m. a 7 p.m. cada martes hasta el 14 de septiembre. Para más información, llame 970-510-1290 o visite carbondalerec.com.
Mientras tanto, la biblioteca pública de rifle muestra “¿Que Significa el Genero para ti?” por Lily McCann-Klausz, con aplicaciones recibidas hasta el 24 de mayo. Para más información, visite aspenartmuseum.org
para cubrir un crimen. Actualmente, esta forma de extorsión es usada por perpetradores de violencia doméstica, abuso de niños, tráfico sexual, labor forzada y robo de salario para prevenir que víctimas reporten el crimen o busquen ayuda. Aunque dentro de Alpine Legal Services no practicamos la ley criminal, sentimos importante poder informar a nuestra comunidad de las acciones legislativas del estado que afectan el trabajo que hacemos. Parte de nuestro trabajo incluye ayudar a víctimas de crimen. Al ser firmada por el gobernador, esta ley hará crimen amenazar a reportar a la policía el estado legal de alguien para cubrir un crimen. La extorsión será considerada una felonía de clase cuatro, cuya penalidad lleva la posibilidad de dos a seis años en prisión, y una fianza de hasta quinientos mil dólares.
El expandir la definición de extorsión criminal en Colorado es importante. El cambio ayudará a mejorar la seguridad pública de aquellos que enfrentan estas realidades sociales regularmente en todo el estado. Según la Oficina del Censo, 9.7% de los 5.7 millones de personas en el estado son considerados extranjeros. Esta nueva ley cerrará la brecha en la ley actual, con la esperanza de ayudar a que todos se sientan seguros en hacer lo correcto sin intimidación. Milton Antonio Mendez (“Tony”) es un abogado licenciado frente a la barra de Colorado quien practica con Alpine Legal Services. Para ver si califica para servicios de parte de Alpine Legal Services, por favor contacte el número 970-945-8858.
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Música en vivo High County Sinfonia ha regresado con conciertos en vivo y en persona el 21 de mayo (en Basalt Community Methodist Church a las 5:30 p.m.), 22 de mayo (en Sopris Park de Carbondale a las 5 :30 p.m.) y el 23 de mayo (en Aspen Art Museum a las 11 a.m.) la admisión es gratis con una donación sugerida de $20. mascarillas y distanciamiento social serán requeridos.
Sopris Soarers Estudiantes de trapecista demostraran movimientos de vuelo afuera de The Launchpad a las 5 p.m. y 6:30 p.m. el sábado, 15 de mayo. Ambos eventos serán gratis.
Venta de garaje Literacy Outreach anfitriona una venta de garaje “no-regateo, paga-lo-que-puedes” el viernes, 15 de mayo, para recaudar fondos para apoyar habilidades de literatura en el valle. Tomará lugar de 7 a.m. a 2 p.m. en 1118 Westlook Drive en Glenwood Springs. La venta continuará el sábado, 15 de mayo.
Clase de jardinería Garfield County State University
Venta de plantas Wild Mountain Seeds venderá plantas adaptadas localmente para jardines en The Source (689 Main Street en Carbondale) de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. el sábado, 15 de mayo.
Semana de bicicleta El 12avo anual Bondale Bike Week destaca café, té, chocolate caliente y aperitivos de desayuno gratis de 7 a.m. a 9 a.m. en la esquina de Fourth y Main Street en Carbondale. También puedes recoger una lista de búsqueda de tesoros en la mañana durante el café o en Ragged Mountain Sports para una oportunidad de ganar grande en la gran fiesta el viernes, 21 de mayo, a las 6 p.m.
Carreras de BMX Carreras ocurren cada jueves en Crown Mountain Park comenzando a las 6 p.m.
Arte joven “Curadores Adolecentes” de Aspen Art Museum ya está en exhibición. Hasta el 14 de mayo, Glenwood Springs High School presenta “Todes Tienen una Historia que Contar,” un show curado por Annika Bucchin.
Sonrisas con edad El programa Senior Smiles de la escuela CU de Medicina Dental invita a personas de mayor edad y bajos ingresos a aplicar para un cuidado dental gratis incluyendo dentadura postiza. Para más información contacte email@example.com
Consultas médicas gratis La Clínica del Pueblo ofrece consultas médicas gratis en Third Street Center el tercer sábado de cada mes, incluyendo este sábado 15 de mayo. Las consultas son proveídas de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. Para citas, consultas y preguntas, contacte a Judith Alvares al 970-989-3513.
Nos dice La Alianza para la Nutrición Segura y Abundante (SANA), "Queremos agradecer a todos nuestros voluntarios por todo su trabajo y esfuerzo para ayudar a nuestra comunidad. Sin ustedes este trabajo no seria posible." Foto de cortesía.
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en Spring Valley el viernes, Las bibliotecas del condado 14 de mayo. Observadores se de Garfield y Voluntarios del reunirán en la esquina de Fourth Aire Libre de Roaring Fork Street y Colorado Avenue a las transmitirán una asamblea 6:30 a.m. Para unirse, envíe un pública con la Alianza de correo electrónico a jklong_ Restauración del Cañón de firstname.lastname@example.org. También Glenwood a las 6 p.m. el habrán dos observaciones de Pregúntale a un abogado Alpine Legal Services ofrece una día jueves, 13 de mayo. Para aves el sábado, 15 de mayo, clínica de línea directa todos los inscripción visite rfov.org a las 7:30 a.m. Para Basalt miércoles de 5 p.m. a 7 p.m. Tener cita Mountain, el encuentro será en no es necesario, llame al 970-368- Senderos de Sutey el estacionamiento de exceso de 2246 y visite alpinelegalservices.org Roaring Fork Outdoor RFTA Basalt. Para inscribirse, para el horario actual de fechas por Volunteers construirá un envíe un correo electrónico a tema legal. sendero para conectar County Road 112 con la mesa de Red email@example.com. Para Hill el martes, 18 de mayo, de East Elk Creek en New Castle, Caligrafia Artista de San Francisco Jo Jo Liu 4 p.m. a 8 p.m. Inscripciones en envíe un correo electrónico a stephanieg obertpitt@yahoo. enseñara caligrafía China para niñes rfov.org. com. Para Avalanche Creek el en línea a las 3 p.m. el 15 de mayo y domingo, 16 de mayo, a las 7:30 para los adultos el 22 de mayo a la Observación de aves Roaring Fork Audubon a.m., envíe un correo electrónico 1 p.m. Para más información, visite firstname.lastname@example.org guiará una observación de aves a gcpld.org el Sol del Valle • Conector de comunidad • 13 al 19 de mayo de 2021 • 9
Introduciendo: Cuidado Urgente Después de Horas
Por James Steindler Traducción por Dolores Duarte
¿Te lastimaste? ¿No puedes esperar hasta el lunes? ¿Sabes que te va a costar un brazo y la mitad del otro (ojalá no sea literal) una visita a la sala de emergencias (ER)? Bueno, el Cuidado Urgente Después de Horas de Valley View (AHUC) podría ser la respuesta. El AHUC ha abierto sus puertas para atender las lesiones que se encuentran en la zona gris, entre "oh, maldición, tenemos que ir a urgencias" y una visita de atención médica primaria. Desde principios de año, el personal del AHUC ha estado curando lesiones y enfermedades leves en su ubicación dentro del Hospital Valley View. El AHUC comparte la entrada principal de emergencias, pero al entrar, te encuentras con señalización y pantallas de vídeo en el mostrador que dirigen a la gente con dolencias menos graves al AHUC. El horario de atención es de lunes a jueves, de 5 p.m. a 11 p.m., viernes de 3 p.m. a 9 p.m. y sábado a domingo de 12 p.m. a 8 p.m.
"El AHUC de Valley View podrá tratar a los pacientes de forma más rápida y accesible,” dijo Ben Peery, Director Médico de los Servicios de AHUC. Peery expresó que los costos, que normalmente serían astronómicos por una visita a emergencias, serán significativamente menores para los pacientes. Parte de la razón por la que las facturas de urgencias suben tanto se debe únicamente al hecho de que la atención se prestó en la sala de emergencias. Cuando alguien acude al ER, se le proporciona un grado especial de atención y recursos, independientemente de la gravedad de su lesión. Entonces esto se refleja después en la factura. "Durante muchos años, los pacientes han acudido después de horas [a emergencias] para ser atendidos por fracturas menores, laceraciones y enfermedades... así que reconocimos que había una necesidad,” declaró Peery. "Podemos reducir el costo porque el nivel de atención no requiere una evaluación
por parte de un equipo de emergencias." Al mismo tiempo, como la sala de emergencias está justo al lado, si un paciente llega con una enfermedad que sí merece atención de emergencia, seguirá estando en el lugar adecuado. "Ha habido casos en los que los pacientes llegan y les decimos: 'Espere, tiene que ser atendido por el departamento de emergencias.’” Muchos de los pacientes que han visto hasta ahora no tienen un médico de cabecera. El personal del AHUC anima a esos pacientes a concertar una cita de seguimiento con uno de los proveedores de atención médica primaria del hospital. En el caso de pacientes que no tienen seguro, "creemos firmemente que se están beneficiando,” dijo Peery, "y no tienen que consumirse por una factura médica de una visita a emergencias por una condición no urgente.” Según Peery, están atendiendo a más gente los fines de semana y "durante los días laborables, la mayor parte de nuestros pacientes son
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atendidos entre 5 p.m. y 8 p.m." A medida que se corre la voz, más pacientes llegan. "Casi todos los consultorios de atención médica en el valle tienen espacios disponibles para ver a los pacientes con problemas de atención urgente,” dijo Peery, "pero obviamente, como van las cosas, a veces los pacientes no pueden acomodarse en esas horas.” En el AHUC, "las familias vienen a ser atendidas fuera de horarios, y realmente estamos tratando de llenar ese vacío,” concluyó. En realidad, esto fue obra de nuestro actual director general, Brian Murphy, MD,” dijo Peery. "Este nuevo servicio es el resultado de una gran colaboración a través de Valley View y proveedores independientes de la comunidad.” detalló Murphy, “... su trabajo y liderazgo son fundamentales para crear esta oferta para servir mejor a nuestra comunidad.” Aspen Valley Hospital también ofrece atención médica después de horas en su sede de Basalt.
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Doble sacrificio, con doble recompensa
Por Crystal Mariscal Sol Corresponsal
Doble sacrificio, es lo que hace una madre soltera. Es por eso que con mucho respeto y como manera de honrar a las madres solteras, les comparto tres historias que al igual que a mi, les van a motivar y hacer ver las cosas desde una perspectiva diferente. 1. Unos años atrás, en Mexicali, una jovencita de dieciséis años se convirtió en mamá. Su primer trabajo fue barriendo una estética. Pronto aprendió a hacer cortes de cabello solo viendo y practicando en una muñeca. No solo venía de una madre soltera, sino también de una abuela que eligió ser madre soltera por la violencia que vivía. En el 2005 tiene a su tercer hijo (quien es parte de la comunidad LGBT), y su pareja fue deportado, así que terminó convirtiéndose en madre soltera. Pese a haber nacido en este país, tuvo que lidiar con las barreras del idioma. Sin dinero para la renta, comenzó a buscar trabajo sin éxito por no tener experiencia y no haber estudiado. Comenzó como conserje de una escuela. De las 8 a.m. a las 11:30 a.m., ella asistía a la escuela, y de las 3 p.m. a las 11:30 p.m. era su horario de trabajo. En su corazón guarda el sentimiento de haber estado ausente por el trabajo. En el 2014, al ya tener su GED, comienza a trabajar para Literacy Outreach, una organización local. Ella es Brisa Morales, quien ahora es ella quien motiva a sus estudiantes a no darse por vencidos. ¿Cuál es tu sueño? Tienes que tener metas claras, para poner tu esfuerzo en una dirección, eso no solo se lo pregunta a sus estudiantes, también lo sigue poniendo en práctica. Algunos ya tienen negocios propios, el trabajo que soñaron o títulos universitarios. “Los sábados, mientras me tomo mi café,” Nos cuenta, “Analizo mi vida y nunca pensé que esta vida existía, donde no soy solo una sobreviviente; por sobrevivir económicamente al día día, tengo el trabajo que siempre desee, quiero regresar a la escuela. Vivimos en un país de oportunidades y como madres tenemos que ignorar lo negativo, enfocarnos en salir adelante y estar siempre aprendiendo algo nuevo. Gracias a mi mamá que siempre ha estado a mi lado apoyándome y por no soltarme de su mano, por enseñarme que la familia es lo primero.”
La recomendación que nos da Morales es: encontrar un tutor/ mentor, las suyas son Martha F. y Gina W. 2. Al quedar huérfana tuvo que tomar el trabajo de madre de sus hermanos, sin saber que la vida la estaba preparando para ser madre soltera años después. Esta es la historia de Norma Teran. Su hijo ve el mundo con otros ojos, desde los ojos de un joven con capacidades especiales. “Yo no veo diferencia entre mis hijos,” dice Teran. “Todos somos únicos. Hay mamás que se encierran en ese diagnóstico dado por el doctor y no disfrutan a sus hijos.” Agrega, “Si regresara el tiempo, pediría ser la mamá de él otra vez, porque si no me hubiera perdido todo lo que él me enseña. Y no es que tengas un hijo ‘regular.’ Todos tienen los mismos derechos y solo nos queda enseñarles los mismos valores que se nos fueron enseñados. El ahora tiene 21 años y estamos orando a Dios para ver que sigue en su vida después de terminar el año de transición. Dicen que tener un hijo especial te hace especial, pero no. Mi familia es perfecta; mi hija, mi hijo y mi nieta.” 3. “Me convertí en madre por decisión propia, ya tenía una carrera, así que sentía que era el momento para ser madre.” Esta es la historia de Beatriz Soto. “La vida no siempre se ve como la planeaste. Por ejemplo, yo ahora después de haber sido madre soltera estoy casada y tengo un hijo (hijo de su esposo) de 20 años. Mi madre quedó viuda muy joven, convirtiéndose en madre soltera de tres hijos, pese a que siempre trabajaba. Después de quedarse sola fue cuando vi todo su potencial, se levantó de una manera increíble, donde te das cuenta que no necesitas de un hombre para sacar a una familia adelante. Recuerdo que llevaba a mi hijo a medio turno al Head Start porque no podía pagar una guardería, la alarma de mi celular me indicaba cuando ir por él a la escuela y llevarlo al trabajo, así que sentia que tenia que esforzarme al doble, para no fallarle a mi jefe, a mis clientes, a mi hijo y no fallarme a mi. Gracias a las niñeras que tenemos en nuestra comunidad es que muchas madres podemos salir a trabajar, hacen una labor social increíble al apoyarnos. Sobre la falsa percepción que hay sobre las madres solteras creo que no somos una carga, eso es una narrativa falsa, sino que somos un lugar para invertir, tenemos dos o tres trabajos para salir adelante.” Si pudieras decirle algo a la Beatriz que esperaba a su hijo ¿qué
Brisa Morales (derecha) y su familia. Foto de cortesía. le dirías? Contesta, “Tenía muchos nervios de fallar, así que me diría no tengas miedo vas hacer una excelente mamá. Le doy gracias a mi hijo porque yo soy exigente conmigo, y al celebrar sus logros pequeños me ayuda a poner en perspectiva que vale la pena celebrar los pequeños logros. Necesitamos estar bien nosotras emocionalmente, para ser mejores madres. Ponerme en prioridad, ser mamá no es solo sacrificio, vamos a invertir en nosotras.”
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Consejo de diversidad formandose en Garfield Por Raleigh Burleigh Traducción por Dolores Duarte
Los comisionados del condado de Garfield, en una sesión de trabajo el día 4 de mayo, dieron la bienvenida a la concejal de New Castle, Crystal Mariscal, para ayudar a llevar a cabo una promesa de campaña hecha por el comisionado Mike Samson. La idea de formar un grupo/ coalición de alcance latino del condado de Garfield (o consejo de diversidad) surgió a finales de 2020 con los aspirantes demócratas Beatriz Soto y Leslie Robinson "dando a los votantes la impresión de que sólo ellas podrían trabajar en esto,” dijo Samson. Afirmando que la comisión, tal como existe, podría hacer lo mismo, "creo que eso les sorprendió.” "Estoy muy contento de trabajar en esto con Crystal,” inició el comisionado Tom Jankovsky. "¿Qué tipo de comisión estamos buscando? ¿Cómo se va a reclutar?" "¿Cuál sería el propósito general, Crystal?" preguntó el director John Martin. "Para funcionar como una sola comunidad,” respondió Marsical, "tenemos que trabajar como una comunidad unida. Para integrar a toda la comunidad, debemos
entender las necesidades de toda la comunidad.” Todo esto derivó en un diálogo informal en el que, en primer lugar, se debatió la composición del grupo. Mariscal propuso ponerse en contacto con representantes de cada municipio para identificar un grupo de líderes latines, dispuestes a reunirse una vez al mes. Jankovsky sugirió que, además de contar con representantes de cada municipio, se debe incluir también a personas de habla hispana que viven en la zona no incorporada del condado de Garfield, "para tener una apariencia de representación equitativa.” El director del condado, Kevin Batchelder, se sumó para comentar que los comités asesores "abarcan toda una gama, desde la junta de la feria con un gran presupuesto hasta la Comisión de Servicios Humanos, que no es nombrada por los [comisionados del condado de Garfield], pero que van de la mano con el condado de Garfield.” Batchelder aclaró que un conjunto de estatutos cubriría detalles como el número de funcionarios y el proceso para nombrarlos. Más allá de los detalles de los reglamentos, Jankovsky afirmó:
"Nos gustaría tener la opinión de la comunidad hispana sobre lo que está pasando. Hay asuntos de los que no nos damos cuenta de que están ahí.” "Supongamos que esto ya estaba hecho y funcionando antes del COVID,” coincidió Samson. "Creo que esto habría sido una gran cosa.” Dirigiéndose a Mariscal como hipotético miembro del comité, continuó: "Es tu comunidad la que parece tener algunos problemas aquí con lo que sea. No estamos seguros de entender cuál es el problema, así que tal vez tú puedas ayudarnos a definirlo y darnos algunas posibles soluciones para resolverlo. Así es como me imagino este tipo de consejo asesor. Y creo que Tom se lo dio en el clavo, sé que no entendemos totalmente los problemas que afectan a la comunidad latina.” "Puede ser.” Intervino Martin. "Puede que estemos compartiendo los mismos problemas y no nos demos cuenta". "Claro que sí. Diferentes organizaciones no lucrativas ya lo han hecho,” continuó Mariscal, "pero creo que es el momento de que el condado haga algo.” "Lo primero como junta es hacer una resolución y decidir
un propósito.” Martin dirigió: "Reglas y regulaciones y a quién reportan... cosas rutinarias del gobierno.” Entre una serie de preguntas: dónde reunirse y cómo, qué tipo de presupuesto se asignará al grupo, cómo será la participación del personal y cómo se informará a los comisionados. "Es estupendo que la gente se reúna. Como haciendo malabares con una pelota, ¿a quién se la entregan?" "Tienes que organizarte para ser organizado,” sugirió Samson. "Establezcan un grupo y reúnanse con nuestro personal para empezar a organizarlo..." Mariscal fue designada como la persona indicada para empezar a organizar. "Asegúrate de seleccionar a personas que realmente muestren los grupos que representamos,” pidió Martín. "No sólo activistas. Necesitamos gente con los pies sobre la tierra y miembros de la comunidad.” Martin también pidió que Mariscal considerara cómo este grupo interactuará con los grupos comunitarios ya formados. Mariscal ofreció que se les podría invitar a presentarse ante la comisión. Martin dejó claro que este grupo consultivo haría recomendaciones con la autoridad final perteneciente a
los comisionados. "Esto es para ayudarnos a entender y tomar decisiones adecuadas.” "Esto va a ser impactante,” dijo Mariscal. "Quiero que las soluciones salgan de ese comité, quiero que los tres comisionados sean de mentalidad abierta con corazón abierto para los temas que les llegarán. Sean conscientes de que vendrán cosas difíciles y duras.” "Eso es lo que se quiere,” dijo Martin, refiriéndose al gobierno. "Quieres cosas realmente desafiantes para discutir". "Mi intención es integrar a la comunidad. Esta es mi lucha,” continuó Marsical, destacando la diversidad que existe dentro de la población local hispanohablante, entre familias de primera y segunda generación, así como personas de diferentes países y culturas. "No se trata de una sola caja, ni de una sola idea.” "Inglaterra y los Estados Unidos están divididos por un idioma en común,” reflexiona Martin. "Eso no es exclusivo de los hispanos.” "Gracias a todos por este comienzo,” dijo Samson. "Lo último que te diré, Crystal, es ¡buena suerte!" "Estamos intentando cambiar al mundo,” concluyó Mariscal. "No es fácil."
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Season D sports extend into June
By Jeanne Souldern Photos by Sue Rollyson
At the beginning of April, the Colorado High School Activities Association forwarded a statement to all member schools that they were in consultation with the Colorado Office of Civil Rights to extend Season D sports and events.
As Season C sports concluded, two weeks ago, practices for Season D sports began the following week. The first games and meets were held last week. Student-athletes, many of whom participate in multiple sports, changed gears quickly to accommodate their packed athletic calendar. Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) Season D sports include track and field, baseball, girls lacrosse and girls
soccer. RFHS varsity head coaching staff are Ryan Erickson (track and field), Marty Madsen (baseball), Chelsea Robson (girls lacrosse) and Jeff Mohsenin (girls soccer). In 2020, all spring sports were canceled due to the pandemic, but 2021 will see the addition of games and meets. The extended season concludes with girls lacrosse competing in their final regular-season game on June 15.
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Bear-roping and jewels at Four Mile B&B By Tom Mercer Sopris Sun Correspondent
I am certain that I have driven past Four Mile Creek Bed & Breakfast more than 100 times, often at the maximum allowable speed limit. However, that changed recently when I stopped in to visit with owners Jim and Sharill Hawkins. My visit resulted in much more than learning about their business. Rather, I met two interesting, unique people who share a love of creating a space that reflects their interests, skills and artistic talents. The main house at Four Mile Creek Bed & Breakfast was built by the Earnest family in 1926. The moment one steps through the front door, it’s apparent that this is not “just another bed and breakfast.” The living room and dining room are filled, floor-toceiling, with a tastefully displayed collection of antiques and oneof-a-kind items. Make no mistake, this is not random clutter. Each item draws one’s attention, and each has its own accompanying story. When asked where the displayed pieces were found, Jim replied that most of them had come from auctions, thrift shops and garage sales. An 1892 Hazelton Brothers upright piano in beautiful condition occupies most of one wall in the dining room. A very old typesetter’s “type bank” sits nearby. The type bank is essentially a tall wooden chest with very shallow drawers from top to bottom. Many years ago, typesetters would have stored individual moveable type letters in each shallow drawer. As Jim reached out to open the top drawer, I expected to see rows of the individual letters that were once required for printing. Instead, I saw a collection of unfired antique bullets that dated back to the Civil War. The drawers below the bullets held an enormous collection of buttons, some of them nineteenth-century vintage. An antique telephone sat nearby, and I half-expected it to ring at any moment. Two fireman’s helmets are among the many items. Both helmets were Jim’s, and he wore them during the 24 years that he spent working for the Denver Fire Department. Jim says that his current title is “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.” Sharill has found her own uses for vintage objects. She expresses
her considerable artistic talent by designing and creating folk-art jewelry. She gives new life to colorful old tin items, transforming them into beautiful, wearable earrings, brooches and necklaces. Sharill currently has nine galleries that consign her work or buy her jewelry wholesale. It was a mutual friend in Denver that first introduced Jim and Sharill to each other in 1983 when they were both attending a meeting to create a new fine art cooperative gallery in Denver. Their relationship took root, flowered, and Jim and Sharill were married in 1987. Eventually, they moved to Colorado’s Western Slope. Jim (born in Wyoming) and Sharill (born in Iowa) started their bed and breakfast business in 1997 and are now in their 25th year of operation, offering three cabin units that can accommodate a total of 10 guests. They have many repeat guests, and have hosted people from 70 different countries including Russia. Their business is open year-round with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Jim is a musician, so a unique feature of the business is that he and musician friends often perform music on a stage in the barn, adjacent to the main house. The list of performers has included Tom Paxton, Jackson Emmer, Let Them Roar, Stray Grass and Joe Jenks. Jim is a songwriter, having recorded four compact disks with his musical partner Fred Hamilton. His favorite guitar is a Larrivee D-03 from the early 2000s. In addition to the stage, there is a magnificent hat collection in the barn, including everything from classic western styles to sombreros. Jim admits to having a collection of between 50 and 75 hats. The barn is also home to a neon sign from the old Rex Hotel in Glenwood Springs. When asked how he had come by it, Jim explained that the sign was previously in The Glenwood Springs Historical Society’s collection, but they had nowhere to display it due to its size. Jim has restored three of its four sides, and repaired the original neon light feature. The fourth side was left in its weathered state. Jim’s most remarkable story has nothing to do with music, collections of Civil War bullets, or hats. In July, 2016, Jim found a
Sharill and Jim Hawkins, owners of Four Mile Creek Bed & Breakfast. Photo by Tom Mercer. two-year-old bear on his property that had gotten its head stuck in a clear plastic jug. The bear wasn’t injured, but Jim knew that the bear would die if it could not eat or drink, so he acted, hoping to save the bear’s life. Jim got a rope around the animal’s neck, and despite injuries inflicted by the frightened bear, he managed to tie his end of the rope to a tree trunk. He then contacted the Department of Wildlife and asked them to help the bear. Jim went to the hospital and explained what had occurred to the receptionist, but she did not believe him. In the end, the bear survived, and Jim got his stitches and quite a bit of notoriety as a “bear-roper.” Jim’s current job as “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” is much safer work than bear wrestling.
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by James Steindler In honor of May as Mental Health Month, The Sopris Sun is running a series of personal columns by regular contributors. Mental health is an inextricable part of the human experience. If one’s psychological well-being goes unchecked, it can lead to depression and conflict – and on a macro level, even war. Perhaps its drawbacks are the root of all evil and psychotherapists should rule the world. I’ll leave those questions to the philosophers; this story is about my personal experience with this omnipresent struggle.
Medicine for my mind
Throughout life, I have been well taken care of and was gifted with a loving and supportive family. I remember going to my first therapist appointments with my twin brother when my parents were getting divorced. I relished the opportunity to unload information onto a stranger, but they didn’t have the answers… at least, not for me. I didn’t realize that constantly worrying was irregular. I remember, as a little kid, if my parents were running late I would begin to assume the worst had happened. As I got older, I fretted over any semblance of responsibility I faltered on and mentally dissected almost every human interaction I’d have. I continued seeing counselors, often at my father’s insistence, throughout adolescence and college. Every session was helpful but the results wouldn’t stick. I went through years of assuming that long bouts of depression were normal and I was simply poor at handling them. I told myself it was the seasons and I could live with being melancholy during the winter months; but that wasn’t always the case and depression would creep up
even on bright summer days. In college, I’d spend several days at a time in my room, doing my best to avoid roommates or any human contact. All the while, ignoring a pleading bladder until I could lurk my way unnoticed to the communal bathroom. Alcohol didn’t help and caused bigger problems than it could cure. While it was a great fix the night-of, the following days left me somber and despondent. Then it just seemed easier to isolate rather than venturing out to face my thriving peers. The funny thing is, people thought I was elated with life and, to be fair, I often was. My family knew I struggled, but most of my friends were unaware. According to the internet, the late Robin Williams said, “all it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.” That quote resonated with me because I felt like I was living two different lives – one amongst people and the other on my own. I remember our entire high school gathering after a classmate hung themself. I thought, “what if we had shown up for him like this before?”
I was disturbingly envious of the attention he received but told myself I would never do the same. Now, I’d be lying to say the finite ponderance has been completely beyond my imagination since. For me, I imagined a specific bridge and the shallow body of water below and I wondered if the grieving attention of others would be gratifying after death. After college, things seemed to get better overall. I buried myself in meaningful work and put others’ problems before my own. When I was depressed, it was because I wasn’t doing a good enough job and needed to try harder and sleep less. While this was a great strategy for ignoring my own problems, it didn’t make them go away. For long stretches, I considered myself worthless and undeserving of the job I had and the love people showed me. When I’d take part in achieving a good outcome for a client or a loved one, that gratification snapped me back into positivity for a stint of time. Given that I worked for the Public Defender, our clients were hardly afforded favorable outcomes. When I was 28, I decided to stop taking my happiness for granted. I left that amazing job to chase my own
shooting star. The transition came with trial. That I was doing it for myself, in retrospect, I think was a great first step. I started seeing a counselor again. He recommended a generic drug called citalopram. While I knew medication worked for some people, I hadn’t considered that it could help me too. I was prescribed citalopram – a mild antidepressant – at the end of 2019. It was just in time for the pandemic, which I undoubtedly would have endured with far more anxiety without what ended up being my magical daily pill. Thanks to a personal revelation that my brain too is highly complex, and could benefit from science, my quality of life has improved substantially. After taking this drug, I don’t worry about the little things nearly as much. I don’t dread social situations or think that I’m less worthy than those around me. My reading comprehension even improved – before I was distracted with a nervous mind and had to reread everything. I’m happier than I have ever been and I believe it’s due to a combination of following my heart and taking my mental health seriously.
LETTERS Reason 4: Underlying conditions. There is not sufficient data on the effects the “vaccines” may have on pregnancy or auto-immune issues, to name a few of the underlying conditions folks may be hesitant to risk further complicating. Reason 5: On the CDC website is a section called VAERS, where people enter adverse reactions to receiving vaccines and it is not comforting. Some people allege that false info is being added there. Although that may be so, I would imagine there are plenty of people who don't even know about or take the time to report there. At this point, I would like to say the reason I say “vaccine” is because only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has some of the actual COVID-19 disease, the other two (Pfizer and Moderna) use gene therapy. So, in scientific terms, they are not technically a vaccine. It is theorized that the use of the term is to begin to normalize the idea of gene therapy for use in future “vaccines.” But that is another conversation. I hope that this clarifies the stance of the vaccine hesitant, nearly 50% of the U.S. population at present. The notion that we are irresponsible does not correspond to many of us. If we are concerned enough about our health to take vitamins, stay healthy and take supplements, study scientific information about gene therapy and the lack of information on long-term effects and thus prefer to wait, we should not be made to feel irresponsible. The argument that it is for “the greater good” is also not relevant. If you have been “vaccinated” and do not feel safe, what is the point? You are just as likely to catch COVID from another vaccinated person as a non-vaccinated person. You will not get a worse reaction from an unvaccinated person. We respect your decision and applaud your response to needing to feel safe, and we hope you can respect ours. Graciela Medina Carbondale
Re: Climate action
Continued from page 2 The Sopris Sun published a piece by Will Hodges on April 29: Tell Governor Polis to enact his own climate action roadmap. SB21-200 would set the Air Quality Control Commission up as project manager, a hot topic among environmental activists across Colorado. According to Kim Miller, CEO of the outdoor company Scarpa North America and a member of Governor Polis’ outdoor recreation advisory council, “It’s creating a lot of angst, I’ll say it like that…” Hodges goes on to state, “The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives the world only a 50% chance of staying under 1.5°C of warming if we reach carbon neutrality by 2050 (we’re at 1°). For a 66% chance of averting catastrophe, we must be at net zero by 2036.” Polis is set to veto climate legislation that would otherwise effectively protect Colorado citizens, families and communities from environmental deterioration. Perhaps Colorado citizens should revisit his ability to protect them. Polis’ roadmap, provided in January, ensures that established goals, specific to sectors, would be enforceable to limit pollution. Polis should support his initial plan by implementing his ambitious roadmap that concludes, “Greenhouse gas emissions would be cut 26% below a 2005 baseline level by 2025; 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050.” Take action to ensure elected officials are held accountable, protecting Colorado’s future, by supporting SB21-200. Protecting public health is a top priority which the Governor has a professional responsibility to address. Consequences of dirty air and climate change continue to deteriorate quality of life and Colorado natural ecosystems, not to mention associated human health-hazard. Take action by emailing governorpolis@state. co.us or calling 303-866-2885. Christopher Dickson Fort Collins
Lately, denigrating law enforcement officers seems to be the “woke” thing to do. This holds true for most of the letters about the City Market snafu with Michael Francisco. I think most of the blame goes to the store's hyper-sensitive gas jockey and the manager who managed to call the police instead of managing the situation. There was no reason to call the police, but since they were called, they did what City Market asked. This is where Mike misdirected his anger at police and should have been smarter. I've found that arguing with cops, DAs and judges is counterproductive. You never win. The police were just doing their job. If any racial bias was on display, the facts point to City Market. They and they alone should be the ones apologizing to Mr. Francisco. Police do a dangerous and thankless job, protecting and serving the public faithfully. They deserve our thanks and respect. Bruno Kirchenwitz Rifle
Re: Ascendigo Ranch It’s not about AUTISM… It’s about FIRE and WATER This concerned Missouri Heights resident wants to know why our Garfield County officials would consider risking their current constituents’ security for an entity that hopes to build an incompatible facility in an unsuitable location. Since 1980, I have lived in Missouri Heights and witnessed more fire and less water become undeniable realities for those of us who reside here. Both conditions are intensified by steadily increasing winds. Currently, our winds are serious enough to make some outdoor activity unpleasant if not impossible. Residents are praying we don’t have another fire this summer.
In this local climate, Ascendigo is applying to build their 126-acre camp with campers including children. Safety is paramount with any camp. Why would Ascendigo put their own clients’ safety in jeopardy? The potential adverse effects of this Ascendigo camp are many, but the most threatening are risking water security (already strained) and increasing wildfire danger. Those are the facts. Susan Cuseo Missouri Heights
Re: re: Ascendigo Ranch We are writing regarding the controversy surrounding the Ascendigo project in Missouri Heights. On one hand is a proposed ranch and outbuildings maxing out at 45,000 square feet that would provide much needed services and joy to people with autism and their families. On the other hand is land zoned for up to twenty-one single family houses. At a conservative 4,000 square feet per house, that totals 84,000 square feet. Taking into consideration construction and environmental impacts to the land, we’d go with the ranch. Cathy O’Connell and Fred Venrick El Jebel
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Redevelopment proposed By Todd Hartley Sopris Sun Correspondent
A big rumor about a hot topic in downtown Basalt was quietly confirmed at Tuesday night's Basalt Town Council meeting, but anyone tuning in late to the proceedings is likely to have missed it. "We should make sure people are aware that, while we can't provide a lot of detail – we don't have a lot of detail at this point – we know that we've had a formal application filed for redevelopment of the Clark's Market grocery store," said Mayor Bill Kane just minutes into the meeting during the mayor's comments, "which is an enormous sort of breakthrough for us and the town. The building has sat vacant for way too long and is kind of a missing hole in the heart of our downtown community, so that's welcome news." The announcement means that the large one-story building, a longtime Clark's Market and, more recently, a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, will be redeveloped by a group headed by local developers Tim Belinski and Andrew Light. It's the same ownership group behind the 22-residential-unit Basalt River Park development, which is set to break ground, also
in downtown Basalt, any day now. "We can't take positions. We're going to have to evaluate exactly what is being requested and evaluate the proposal in the normal land-use process," Kane continued, "but I think it's great news for the town, and I'm sure we'll all be working to come to some amicable review and approval for that project. So, exciting stuff happening with projects this summer. It's going to be a pretty busy summer, and we're going to be working hard." Should the Clark's Market redevelopment find approval quickly, it could mean that the Basalt River Park development, the actual Basalt River Park and the Clark's Market makeover might all be under construction simultaneously. That would, indeed, make for a busy, hard-working summer in downtown Basalt. It would also leave undecided the fates of Jimbo's Liquor and popular taqueria BLT, both of which are housed in the Clark's Market building. While most will welcome the news that the space may soon cease being vacant, the announcement effectively puts to rest the dream of redeveloping all of Basalt Center Circle as a planned unit development. Such an idea, which would have
required a lot of cooperation, was floated in 2019's Basalt Master Plan but has long been stymied by the complicated ownership situation of the parking lot and the various businesses involved.
The downside of increased tax revenue A smidgen of unwelcome news passed by unnoticed early in the council meeting but became a subject of discussion later in the proceedings when a town staffer inadvertently showed a little too much enthusiasm for a mixed blessing. Two minutes into the meeting, during the consent agenda, the council unanimously and without debate consented to a special-event permit for the 44th annual Basalt Half Marathon & Relay, which will be coming to town on June 6, and the VALE board grant awards from the town's tobacco tax. The awards, seven worth $10,000 and one worth $2,500, will be going out to "Basaltserving, non-governmental organizations" A Way Out, Inc., Access After School, Aspen Strong Foundation, Focused Kids, Response, The Buddy Program, YouthZone Truancy Task Force and YouthZone. Although the awards were
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The vacant former Clark's Market space in downtown Basalt could soon be gone. A proposal to redevelop the building, which is also home to Jimbo's Liquor and popular taqueria BLT, was recently filed with the Town of Basalt. Photo by Todd Hartley. passed with no discussion during the consent agenda, the robust tobacco tax's two-edged-sword nature sparked some dialogue later when town Finance Director Christy Chicoine mentioned it during an otherwise routine breakdown of Basalt's first-quarter financial statement. "One really strong point, besides, of course, our sales tax numbers coming in higher than anticipated, is really looking at our tobacco tax," said Chicoine. "The tobacco taxes continue to be very strong." "Hey, Christy, can I interrupt?" interrupted town councilman Gary Tennenbaum. "I'm not excited that the tobacco tax is doing so well. The
goal of the tax was to get people to stop smoking." "I would like to endorse Gary's comment," said Kane. "It's a little depressing that tobacco's doing so well." Chicoine and the rest of the council agreed, but faced with the reality of the situation – a tax that garnered 42 percent of the revenue expected for the year in just three months, according to Chicoine – they acknowledged that the VALE grant awards were going out to good causes that might, ultimately, help curb tobacco use. "Because we see this, it's an indicator of a bad thing, but hopefully we can set our focus on these grants that can make a difference," said Chicoine.
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Tobacco tax boosts services to support regional youth By Raleigh Burleigh Sopris Sun Editor
All Carbondale trustees were present at the regular meeting on May 11. Items on the consent agenda included accounts payable. Items of considerable expense were $50,360 for trash services, $17,329 for Crystal River restoration work and $7,500 for the second quarter payment to Garfield County Housing for management of Carbondale’s affordable housing. Also on the consent agenda, The Black Nugget was granted permission to install a temporary outdoor patio and Matt Gworek and Laurie Loeb were reappointed to the Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission. During “trustee comments,” Erica Sparhawk updated the board that she is actively working with Colorado Communities for Climate Action and recently testified in favor of Senate Bill 260, a major transportation bill costing an estimated $5.3 billion over 11 years. In the vein of transportation, Marty Silvertsein asked when the full board would next meet with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to discuss improving services within Carbondale. Mayor Dan Richardson thanked town staff for their work and announced that the town received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs toward funding a micro-hydro project. Next, two special event liquor licenses were granted. KDNK was approved for the Mr. Roaring Fork event taking place at the Fourth Street Plaza on June 5 at 6 p.m. Mountain Fair was also approved for booze, restricted to Sopris Park, on the weekend of July 23. In other news, it was announced that Sopris Sun contributing
artist Larry Day will design this year’s poster and t-shirt. The majority of Tuesday’s meeting focused on how best to direct funding from a tobacco tax approved by voters in April 2020. This tax went into effect in June 2020, adding $4 to the cost of a pack of cigarettes and imposing a 40% tax on other products containing nicotine. The tax has already raised about $250,000 to be directed toward cessation and prevention efforts, as well as sales enforcement and education. Tasked with helping the town effectively spend those funds, a team of local specialists presented to the board. The group included Roaring Fork Schools Family Services Director Anna Gahl Cole, YouthZone Executive Director Jami Hayes, YouthZone Assistant Director Keith Berglund and Stepping Stones Assistant Director Jonathan Greener. They began by describing the role of “risk factors” and “protective factors” and presented data on how those dynamics look in Carbondale. Risk factors are conditions that increase an individual’s propensity toward substance abuse, delinquency, dropping out of school and/or acting violently. Protective factors are the opposite, things that encourage and support positive development for youth. Recognizing that the Roaring Fork Valley already has a strong network of organizations working on these issues, it was recommended that the town direct revenue from the tobacco tax toward continuing the funding of a Youth Advisory Council that compensates its participants, ranging from 12 to 19 years old. Additionally, it was suggested to invest in and develop a Youth and Family Advisory Council to further inform the issue.
Town Manager Jay Harrington chimed in to explain that the tobacco tax is beginning to decline, trending toward reaching $365,000 for 2021. Silverstein broached that help for smoking cessation should be considered for all people, regardless of their age, and made available to anyone in Carbondale. The group was asked to return with a fiduciary structure and one agent responsible for managing the funding within a specific budget. Mayor Richardson expressed comfort at spending the full $250,000 as seed funding to attract other communities for a regional approach. Cole thanked the town for “going big” on this problem and for asking good questions. She expressed appreciation for the relationship of accountability and collaboration. “If we can’t do this here, then I’m sad for the world.” Next on the agenda, Trustees received a recommendation from the Planning Commission to hire multidisciplinary architecture and engineering design firm Cushing Terrell as the consultant for the 2013 Comprehensive Plan update. The supplemental document will address downtown, north of Town Hall, climate action, age-friendly design and multi-modal transportation, among other elements requiring deeper analysis. Community events are currently planned for July and October, with small group meetings in late August. Asked about Spanish-language outreach, town staff clarified that the budgeted $75,000 does not include translation services, these would be independently contracted. Lastly, Trustees amended the town’s mask mandate to more closely align with the state’s requirements. Until the state removes its order,
masks are required indoors with 10 or more people whose vaccinated status is unknown. The mask order remains in place for schools, nursing homes and child care centers. Private businesses can impose rules that are more strict. The town also terminated its emergency declaration, first implemented on March 17, 2020. Meetings will continue over Zoom until further notice, while improvements are made at Town Hall to allow for a hybrid in-person/ virtual approach. All town meetings are available for review on the YouTube channel “Town of Carbondale Board of Trustees.”
From weekly staff report P&Z on April 29 reviewed an application for a 7-unit townhome project on Twelfth Street. The public hearing was continued to May 13. Sales tax revenues for April are more than 30% above 2020. Year to date revenues are more than 26% over 2020 and nearly 35% above 2019. Carbondale PD handled 476 calls for service between April 23 and May 6. Sgt. Randy Rodgers retired after a long tenure with the town. It was common to see him doing push-ups with kids and handing out protein bars. He will be missed. The Town Arborist planted two Mesa Glow bigtooth maples in Hendrick Park. Colorado Avenue sewer project is underway. Northbound Highway 133 traffic is detoured through the Sopris Shopping Center parking lot until approximately May 20. The entire project is anticipated to be complete by June 30. Drought conditions persist. Seasonal river flows are below average with water demand increasing.
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Introducing: Trail Notes By Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Special to The Sopris Sun
The season for volunteer trail work has begun! In collaboration with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), The Sopris Sun will keep readers updated about ongoing projects, trail conditions and opportunities to volunteer outdoors! Registration for upcoming work days is at: rfov.org
Pinch Points Numerous “social trails” are appearing on the front side of the Red Hill trail complex. These trails stem off designated trails and are causing significant soil damage and erosion. Additionally, rocks loosened along social trails present safety hazards to cars and trail users below. Please, avoid using these social trails! If you are unfamiliar with the routes of the designated trails on Red Hill, consider joining RFOV on May 20 for a tour event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Recent Trailwork On Wednesday, April 28, RFOV, Wildland Restoration Volunteers and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up to repair sections of the Hanging Lake trail that had been damaged during last summer’s Grizzly Creek Fire. The Hanging Lake trail was closed since the beginning of the Grizzly Creek Fire (August, 2020) and just reopened on May 1. The crew removed numerous large boulders on a section between Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock and reconstructed 15 steps that had been damaged by a landslide. On April 30, RFOV and student volunteers from Roaring Fork High School fixed a drainage issue on a riverside trail that parallels the Crystal River and is accessed by either Graceland Drive or North Bridge Drive.
The student volunteers provided maintenance on a drainage ditch that was flowing into the trail, helping to limit water flow and mud on the tread surface.
Upcoming Trailwork On two upcoming Tuesdays (May 18 and May 25), RFOV partners with the Red Hill Council, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to construct several miles of new trail for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders at the recently finalized BLM Wildlife Area at Sutey Ranch. This former ranch is located on the north side of Red Hill, off County Road 112, and will connect to the greater Red Hill trails complex. Trailwork is appropriate for volunteers with diverse skills and abilities and will focus on the construction of new trail tread and the clearing of corridor obstructions. Sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the evenings listed above. Plus, local restaurants and breweries are providing refreshments.
Recommendations Check out the aforementioned trail that runs along the Crystal River in Carbondale. There you’ll find the shell of an old Model A Ford Coupe around the base of one of many apple trees found on the trail. These cars were manufactured and sold between 1927 and 1931, one of the Ford Motor Company’s earliest successful vehicles. Though rusted and disheveled, this relic provides a rustic appeal on the trail. Come visit and inspect work completed by the Roaring Fork High School Buddy Program!
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and Wildland Restoration Volunteers joined the U.S. Forest Service to repair sections of the Hanging Lake trail that had been damaged in a landslide during last summer's Grizzly Creek Fire. Courtesy photos.
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