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Volunteers from River Valley Ranch turned out on a cold Thursday last week to help with the Habitat for Humanity house under construction at Keator Grove on Highway 133. Habitat for Humanity is building the house for the family of Adam Lavender, a former carpenter who is paralyzed from the chest down after a mountain bike accident last year. The RVR crew included Kevin Kreuz, Mike Cassetty, Britton, Ian Hause, and Andy and Felicia Young, and Mike and Vallerie Miller. Photo by Jane Bachrach



Carbondale Commentary The views and opinions expressed on the Commentary page do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The Sopris Sun invites all members of the community to submit letters to the editor or guest columns. For more information, e-mail editor Lynn Burton at, or call 510-3003.

A winter survival kit can save your life It happened over 30 years ago and the experience affected me. of nothing more than a gas station. Travel with me back in time and see what happened. It wasn’t long until the sun went down. Luckily there was enough There were three of us going out in the field for the moonlight to skirt between the steep mesas to avoid day. Ordinary stuff. No problem. Nothing to it. going up and back down again wasting energy and time. Cassandra the local archaeologist and John the cowThe North Star guided me until eventually coming boy were with me and we were in the government Subout where I’d planned at Red Hill. The station was closed urban. It was mid November. The nights were starting to but the phone booth outside worked and I called Socorro get cold in the high desert mountains of New Mexico. so they would know we were OK and where to send help There is no memory of what the assignment was. It before a full-scale search party was headed our way. was probably a rare chance for John to show us an anThe mistake we made was not taking our survival cient site no one else knew about. packs with us that day. We didn’t think we would need John was the caretaker for a big ranch in northwestthem because after all it wasn’t winter yet. ern New Mexico that covered a large area of rolling hills That was a mistake I’ll never make again. John is no and lava mesas covered with piñon and juniper. longer with us on this earth but there’s a picture of the We didn’t take any supplies to speak of other than old cowboy above my desk for memory’s sake. lunch and water we each carried. After all we were going When late fall comes around my survival bag goes By Bill Kight to be back before dark. into the vehicle after refurbishing it to make sure all the The truck was signed out to Cassandra and me from Socorro, so gear and food are in good shape. headquarters knew we had to check back in at the end of the day but With cold Arctic air pushing the temperature down into single digthey didn’t know our exact route or final destination. its as I write this, let me ask you — is there a survival bag in your veIt was mid-afternoon by the time we turned off the pavement be- hicle? tween Quemado and the Arizona border and traveled about 30 miles A gift to my daughters this Christmas was their own fully equipped down a two-track dirt road without seeing another soul. emergency survival bag. We turned the vehicle off and got out to take a potty break and What’s in a winter survival kit? That’s up to you. There are plenty when we got back in it wouldn’t start. Nothing. We tried for a couple of places on the web to buy one or put together yourself but here is of hours to get it going again with no luck. one site: Since we were we were in a “dead spot” with no communication, * government radio we had was useless. This was before cell phones vivalkit.pdf existed. The only thing to do was one of us had to go for help. Good luck if you think you’ll never need it. Being the youngest and in good shape off I went with what little water I had left. Not down the 30 miles of dirt road. Across country With over 35 years of experience in federal land management agendue north for about 13 miles. cies, Bill Kight of Carbondale shares his stories and concerns with That should bring me out at Red Hill, I figured, which consisted readers every month.

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Thanks for the party Dear Editor: Thanks to everyone who came to the Pour House to help me celebrate my 80th.

A special thanks to Skip and the crew for the great job. Martha Collison Carbondale

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What a day Dear Editor: Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Skier Appreciation Day on Jan. 10, is now just a fond memory for me and my friends Jeni Ptacek and Kim Bock, but we had a blast. The snow was great, and I was happy to see a huge crowd filling both parking lots while raising funds for United Way of Garfield County. I’d like to publicly thank Sunlight for making my first-ever attendance at the event such a fun experience. Not only were the allday lift tickets just $20 for all snow lovers, but I stopped at the United Way table and purchased a drawing ticket. Astonishingly enough, I won a $250 VISA gift card that was donated by Alpine Bank! Very handy for replacing my former microwave. I understand that Sunlight management and Phil Long of United Industries have underwritten Skier Appreciation Day for 27 years now, and that the lift-ticket monies for the day are contributed to United Way of Garfield County. I was in really good company, and I look forward to attending the 28th annual event. That way, I can win the new skis next year. Nicolette Toussaint Carbondale LETTERS page 9

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CRMS request on CR106 lights Satank’s fuse GarCo hearing Feb. 12 By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Correspondent It might be just outside city limits, but a recent request for Garfield County to vacate a section of County Road 106 is quickly becoming another Carbondale controversy. On one side is Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS), an institution that has coexisted with the town since 1953. On the other is unincorporated Satank, once a competitor for the railroad stopover and now a ’Bonedale neighborhood in all but the legal sense. Between CRMS and Satank is a little less than a quarter mile of County Road 106, which runs through the school campus before intersecting with Dolores Way. CRMS wants that section of County Road 106 vacated, while many Satankers and residents along Dolores Way want Garfield County to keep it on the books. The Garfield County P&Z will consider CRMS’s request on Feb. 12, but has referred the issue to the town of Carbondale for comment. The Carbondale P&Z discussed the issue on Jan. 16. It will go before the town trustees on Jan. 28. CRMS has released a letter detailing its County Road 106 runs through Colorado Rocky Mountain School and intersects application, which is available along with supporting documentation from the town’s Dolores Way at the north end of the campus (bottom photo). The road has been P&Z packet at closed to vehicular traffic for years but is The application explains what the school still open to pedestrians and bicyclists. says was the process that closed the road to The school is asking Garfield County to vehicular traffic in the late 1970’s and early vacate the road through the school prop1980’s. This led to the construction of Doerty. Photos by Will Grandbois lores Way north of the campus, with the school paying part of the cost. CRMS is offering to provide a similar solution this time, feeling as if they’re already by completing the construction of a bike path along Do- being steered away from lores Way from Satank to Highway 133, which will con- the route. Joe White, CRMS’s nect to a planned path on the west side of Highway 133. The school also offers to open the campus to through traf- spokesman at the meeting, said the berm wasn’t infic in the event of an emergency that closes Dolores Way. tended to block, just to guide. “Inviting more of the public through campus just doesn’t create the safest situation for schools,” he said. “We haven’t had any major safety incidents as a result of that public right-of-way, but we feel it’s our responsibility as a school to look after the possibility.” White responded to assertions that having County Road 106 bisect the campus was the school’s fault by noting that recent construction has been intended to unify the Patrick Hunter campus, and that the design was fairly inevitable. The road vacation application, he said, is a fair one. “The alternate Finally, the proposal cites a traffic study that claims less route that we’re proposing … not only is it as good, we than 20 non-CRMS individuals use the road on an average think it’s a better route.” Most of those at the P&Z meeting didn’t see it that way. day; the school does not explicitly rule out continuing to “I think a bicycle path on the side of (Highway) 133 allow the public through the campus at certain times. would be good, but I don’t think it replaces what we have Not satisfied now,” Patrick Hunter replied. Addressing the issue of the Many residents of both Carbondale and Satank aren’t Highway 133/Dolores Way intersection, he continued “We satisfied with the deal. Several turned out at the P&Z on worked really hard trying to find an alternative to what we have now getting on (to) 133. We did a lot of research; we Jan. 16 and spoke. “I’m getting such mixed signals from CRMS that it got shut down. Everybody just said ‘You’re going to have makes me wonder what’s really going on here,” Nancy what you’ve got and that’s it.’ I think the problem’s only Smith told the assembly. According to Smith, CRMS offi- going to get worse, and nobody’s working on a solution.” The intersection of Dolores Way and Highway 133 was, cials indicated that pedestrian traffic would likely be allowed to continue even if the easement was dropped, and in fact, one of the major issues cited by opponents of that the intent was simply to allow the school the right to CRMS’s plan. Satank resident and former town trustee close its campus. The construction of a large berm at the Brad Hendricks observed, “It’s a bad intersection now, and north end of the property, however, has a lot of residents I see scenarios that might make it a lot worse.” Specifically,

“I think a bicycle path on the side of (Highway) 133 would be good, but I don’t think it replaces what we have now…”

he cited the planned roundabout on Main Street that he said will undermine the breaks in traffic that allow folks a chance to turn north at the stoplight-free intersection. Planning & Zoning Committee Chairman Charlie Kees also observed that the County Road 106 easement is highlighted on Carbondale’s 2013 comprehensive plan for potential future development. In the event of development or if one of CRMS’s own parcels were subdivided, some feel a single road in and out might prove inadequate. Members of the public and P&Z proposed alternatives to the CRMS vacation application, including the possibility for daytime access or an alternative right-of-way along the east side of the campus on CRMS property. In the end, the P&Z was divided. Two favored granting the request, four opposed it, and one was undecided. Kees expressed his reservations this way: “As Satank continues to infill … (this is) going to become more and more of an issue. I would hope that if this (road) does get vacated, I would hope that they would continue to allow access. When I look at the plans and see the berm, it doesn’t look that genuine.” The Carbondale Board of Trustees will discuss CRMS’s application for Garfield County to vacate CR106 on Jan. 28, and may or may not vote to make a formal recommendation.

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Snow removal continues on trail Sopris Sun Staff Report Some Nordic skiers have asked the town not to remove snow from the Rio Grande Trail but have been told the trail is heavily used by pedestrians and bicyclists “ … and we must maintain a safe surface for all users,” according to town manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report. On a related note, the town received several requests from different areas asking for snow removal. “Unfortunately, we can only work on one street at a time,” Harrington’s memo continues. In other paraphrased news from parts of the report for the week of Jan. 10-17: • The parks crew has installed 12 “No Dogs in Park and Cemetery” signs. The town also posted a survey on its web-site asking how to best educate residents and visitors about the town’s policy regarding dogs in the parks. • Christmas tree recycling continues through January at the parking lot at Fourth and Colorado. • At the request of the Environmental Board, the town placed an order with GarCo Sewing Works for 1,000 shopping bags, which will be funded through the Disposable Bag Fee Fund (Editor’s note: aka the fee charged to shoppers for paper bags at City Market). • Construction continues on the public works barn. • The first class in adult hockey was held on Jan. 10 with eight participants. A second session was slated for Jan. 17. The new program might be expanded next season. On a related note, youth hockey lessons are continuing with 28 students; the seventeam broomball league is in full swing on Wednesday nights and some Friday nights; men’s basketball started Jan. 12. The adult

volleyball and youth basketball leagues are also under way. • The Doctor’s Garden opened for retail marijuana sales on Jan. 15. Police and a Colorado state marijuana investigator observed “a few potential violations.” One restaurant set up a mobile food cart in the area but police advised him that he needed a mobile vendor’s license to continue selling his tacos. • The police department obtained search warrants for two residences in regard a residential burglary case that occurred on New Year’s Eve. • Police officers attended winter driving training. During the training one of the police cars experienced transmission problems and was taken to Glenwood Springs Ford for repairs. • The building department performed seven inspections. John Plano has been working with several projects nearing the issuance of a building permit. • The Finance Department is preparing preliminary working papers for auditors who will be here at the end of the month. Mountain States continues working on the town’s salary survey. • At its Jan. 16 meeting, the P&Z approved the Trevor subdivision exemption plat, which divides a 7,500-square-foot property between 10th and 11th streets north of Colorado into two lots. This would allow one single-family residence on each lot. “No new development is proposed,” Harrington’s report states. • The planning staff is still fielding several zoning inquiries on various properties. • Screw press (sludge processing) testing at the waster water plant is slated for the week of Jan. 20-24.

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Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept.

WEDNESDay Jan. 15 all day long, officers issued several warnings to owners of vehicles parked facing in the wrong direction. SaTURDay Jan. 18 at 2:29 a.m. after being issued a warning earlier in the evening, two men were arrested for trespassing and second degree tampering at the Carbondale post office. (Editor’s note: at some point during the night a hole was punched through the wall in the PO box area and the following day a 24-ounce Budweiser light beer can was discovered in the trash can). SaTURDay Jan. 18 at 3:39 a.m. an officer responded to a report of shots fired at senior housing, but was unable to locate anything suspicious. SUNDay Jan. 19 at 2:19 a.m. police pulled over a motorist due to lack of a visible license plate. The officer was notified by dispatch that the driver had an outstanding warrant. He was subsequently transported to Garfield County jail.

C’dale celebrates installation of three solar arrays Sopris Sun Staff Report On Jan. 15, Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot untied the ribbon on an array of 356 solar panels that are now powering  the town’s Roaring Fork water treatment facility. “It goes towards Carbondale’s ongoing goals for green energy and offsetting our use,” Bernot said in a press release. “What more appropriate place than our nature park for a living example of what we hope to achieve? This array will offset 100 percent of our historic energy use at this water plant.” The town also installed solar arrays of 76 panels at the Public Works shop on Highway 133 and 208 panels at the Third Street Center.  Together, the arrays will produce 158 kilowatts of electricity, offsetting about 200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Like the water treatment facility array, the Public Works array will meet 100 percent of that building’s annual electrical use. At the Third Street Center, the new array doubled the size of the existing rooftop array, and together they are expected to supply 100 percent of the building’s annual electrical use. All three installations were financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA), so the town has no upfront costs and will only pay for produced electricity, the press release continued.

Bernot thanked the local non-profit CLEER, Garfield Clean Energy (a consortium of local governments), the private firm Hybrid Energy Group, town staff and others who helped the town get the systems financed, installed and operating.

What’s a PPa? The Environmental Protection Agency website says this about solar power purchase agreements: “A Solar Power Purchase Agreement (SPPA) is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains the photovoltaic (PV) system, and a host customer agrees to site (put) the system on its roof or elsewhere on its property and purchases the system’s electric output from the solar services provider for a predetermined period. This financial arrangement allows the host customer to receive stable, and Stacey Bernot sometimes lower cost Carbondale mayor electricity, while the solar services provider or another party acquires valuable financial benefits such as tax credits and income generated from the sale of electricity to the host customer.” CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy provided the upfront analysis for the town to find ideal locations for the solar arrays and to take advantage of the PPA financing model. Although the PPA model has been widely used nationwide for large solar arrays, its financial viability is dwindling due

“It goes towards Carbondale’s ongoing goals for green energy and offsetting our use.”

Carbondale is now home to three new solar arrays, including this one at Carbondale Nature Park north of town hall. The arrays are made possible by a power purchase agreement between the town, Sunsense Solar, Hybrid Energy Group and Excel Energy. The other two arrays are located at the town’s public works office on Highway 133 and the Third Street Center roof. This array will generate enough electricity to power the Roaring Fork water plant (shown in the background). Photo by Lynn Burton to reduced credits and rebates from electric utilities. “It was important that Carbondale take advantage of the PPA model while it was still viable,” said Alice Laird, executive director of CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region). “It wouldn’t have worked if the town had waited even a few more months, so it’s great the town moved forward on this opportunity.” Sunsense Solar, the Carbondale-based solar installer, designed and installed the solar systems. The water treatment plant array was mounted on the east- and westfacing building roofs, along with an inno-

vative ground-mounted structure (Editor’s note: brought on by high ground water at the site) that supports the solar panels on tensioned cables. “We wanted to do something a little unconventional, something in keeping with the creative spirit of Carbondale,” said Katharine Rushton, commercial sales associate with Sunsense. Sunsense also coordinated the agreements between the town government, Xcel Energy and Hybrid Energy Group for the PPA financing model. Hybrid, a Denver firm, provided the SOLAR ARRAYS page 15

MRI still working on solid waste transfer approvals Hopes to break ground this fall By Bob Ward Sopris Sun Correspondent It’s been more than a year since the Garfield County commissioners approved an application for a waste transfer station on County Road 100 east of Carbondale, and little if anything seems to have happened at the proposed site. But Don Van Devander, general manager for waste-hauler Mountain Rolloffs Inc., told The Sopris Sun the company is slowly chipping away at the multitude of tasks that must precede the new trash-sorting complex. The transfer station should take shape this year on the former Mid-Continent Resources coal load-out property. Earlier this month, Van Devander said, MRI received a green light from the Roaring Fork Transit Agency for the MRI driveway that crosses RFTA’s Rio Grande Trail. Within a few months, Van Devander expects to begin construction of a new, 2,500square-foot truck maintenance building and other improvements. “There’s nothing much going on now,”

MRI’s solid waste transfer building looks down on the Rio Grande Trail east of Carbondale, and south of the Gus Darien roping arena and County Road 100. The company hopes to have the facility operational by next fall. Photo by Lynn Burton Van Devander said. “We hope to break ground in spring of this year.” If all goes according to plan, he added, the new facility will open in the fall. The plan calls for trash and recyclable materials from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to be sorted and baled at the site and then trucked to landfills or recycling centers in the region. “This is a whole new line of business for us,” Van Devander said.

The Garfield County commissioners approved MRI’s transfer station in December 2012 after a lengthy public debate. Neighbors along County Road 100 complained that the proposed transfer station was inappropriate for an area that has changed over the last two decades from a mostly rural, large-lot neighborhood to a more densely populated residential area. But commissioners said the MRI site is still zoned for industrial use, and voted 3-0 in

support of MRI’s application. The commissioners did, however, attach many conditions to the approval, including limits on truck traffic in and out of the facility and limits on hours of operation. MRI also must build turn lanes in and out of the complex, and pay a percentage of the cost to upgrade the nearby bridge over the Roaring Fork River on County Road 100 (aka Catherine Store road). “As a resident nearby, I’m not displeased that I haven’t seen much activity over there,” said Ron Speaker, an opponent of the project. Speaker and other neighbors can expect construction activity to pick up this year after the snow melts. As it prepares the site, neighbors have said they expect MRI to be a good neighbor and meet all county requirements related to fire protection, emissions control, storm-water runoff and more. Bill Gavette, deputy fire chief for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, plans to inspect the new fire alarm and fire protection systems in the MRI maintenance building, but none of those appointments have been scheduled yet. “At some point they’ll start working on the building and they’ll submit their plans to the county,” Gavette said. “We’ll have a series of inspections.”

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a T-shirt and are asked to donate at least $20. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be a silent auction during the event. For details, call Greg at 319-8531.

Dr. Martha Rideout, one of Carbondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite veterinarians, is headed to Silverton, Oregon, according to the folks at Alpine Animal Hospital. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to wish Dr. Rideout good luck in her new hometown, get on over to the Pour House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Flying with the Owl Creekers The 2014 Owl Creek Chase Nordic ski race from Aspen to Snowmass was staged on Jan. 19 and lots of downvalley folks headed up to compete in numerous categories. They include: Maile Spung, Erin GrifďŹ n, Tami Kochen, Cara Borchers, Meghan Detering, Annause Groeter, Shannon Meyer, Jenny Nelson, Laurie Guevara-Stone, Christi Small, Justin Silcox, Eric Small, Greg Feinsinger, Jason Anderson, Rob Russell, Ian Anderson, David Borchers, Michael Shook, Alex Perkins, Greg Wolfgang, David Johnson and Roger Carlsen.

Good goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RFHSers Roaring Fork High School sent nine speech team members to its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roaring Fork International Speech Extravaganza of Funâ&#x20AC;? on Jan. 18. Those students are: Emily Mata (creative storytelling and impromptu speaking), Alanna Martinez (creative storytelling), Leah Allen (creative storytelling) and Alexa Maes (creative storytelling and contrasting monologues); Emily Mata (impromptu speaking); Victoria Schlueter (humorous interpretation) and Mario Alverde (humorous interpretation); Jackson Hardin (poetry interpretation) and Wendy Avila (poetry interpretation); and Briana Boland (original oratory) and Leah Allen (original oratory). The tournament attracted Platte Canyon, Alamosa, Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Alameda International, Basalt, Aspen, Hayden and Steamboat Springs high schools.

Show Paonia your shorts The Paonia Film Festival is accepting short features for its upcoming festival. The entry fee is $50 and the entry deadline is Feb. 8. For details, see the ad on page 15 (right under the Fatbelly Burgers ad).

almost time to Sisu OK, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got almost two weeks to fret about the Super Bowl and/or start getting into shape for Ski for Sisu. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because both events (one more competitive than the other) take place on Feb. 2. Ski for Sisu, at the Spring Gulch

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Briana Boland (left) took second place in original oratory at the Roaring Fork International Speech Extravaganza of Fun on Jan. 18. Victoria Schlueter (right) won third place for humorous interpretation. Emily Mata (not shown) placed second in impromptu speaking. Photo by Sue Rollyson

The Roaring Fork Conservancy says it is pleased to welcome Christina Medved as its watershed education director. She steps in for out-going Watershed Education Director Tim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe, who worked with Roaring Fork Conservancy for 12 years. Medved is from Cleveland, Ohio and for the past 13 years was the education programs manager and Leaf Pack NetworkÂŽ Administrator at Stroud Water Research Center near Philadelphia.

They say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your birthday cross-country trail system west of Carbondale, is the Mount Sopris Nordic Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major fund-raiser and also a fun-raiser. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with actual skiing from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can get a sponsor to back you or back your own self. The courses are 3, 10 and 12.5 kilometers. Organizers are asking skiers donate at least $15 themselves or through donations. The 12.5K skiers receive

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Planning & Zoning Commission One (1) Vacancy Contact Janet Buck 970.510.1208 for questions or more information. Applications are at Town Hall or Applications are due by February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. 6 â&#x20AC;˘ THE SOPRIS SUN â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ JaNUaRy 23, 2014

Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Ted Kauffman, Tom Adgate, Cindy Weaver and Shelle de Beque (Jan. 23); Phil Harris, Susanne Shrimp and Peggy Chain (Jan. 24); Felina Cruz (Jan. 25); Amber van Berlo, Kristen Graham, Victoria Madden and Karen Olson (Jan. 26); Wally Finley, Elizabeth Ritchie and Laura McCormick Grobler (Jan. 27); Sherry Herrington and Theresa Olander (Jan. 28); and Shane Holmberg (Jan. 29).

Town looking to lease library â&#x20AC;&#x201C; again By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer

no more roadwork ahead!

The last time Carbondale looked to lease the former Gordon Cooper Library building, only three potential renters stepped up. Now that the James Surls Center for Visual Art has decided not to take over the 3,800square-foot building, the town will once again put out a request for proposals (RFP) for potential tenants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been quite a bit of interest in the past week,â&#x20AC;? town manager Jay Harrington told The Sopris Sun. Tuesday night, the town trustees instructed Harrington to draft a new RFP for the building. In a memo dated Jan. 21, Harrington recommended that the trustees consider setting a shorter lease period than before and to also to restrict â&#x20AC;&#x153;major modiďŹ cationsâ&#x20AC;? on the building. A proposed non-proďŹ t designed to operate the Surls visual art center never signed a lease with the town, but the trustees did agree on an initial lease of 20 years with three, 10 year renewals (following public input) after that. The Surls non-proďŹ t also planned to double the size of the existing building. Harrington said he expects to present a new RFP to the trustees in February and that the deadline to apply for the lease will probably be after the next board of trustees is sworn in following the April election. The old library building has sat vacant since the new Carbondale Branch Library opened two blocks to the south in July. Surls surprised everyone when he pulled out of the old library earlier in the month. His architect, John Baker, told the trustees on Jan. 14 that Surls is looking for a new location that will allow for a larger building than the old library building and â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;Ś will function better for art display and education than retroďŹ tting the existing library building.â&#x20AC;? Jim Calaway, who has said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spearhead the fund-raising effort to build the Surls art center, said one possible location is the industrial park immediately north of town hall. Surls, an internationally known sculptor who has a large studio near his house on Missouri Heights, sometimes works on a grand scale. At least one of the sculptures in his studio is more than 15 feet tall. He is currently working on a privately commissioned sculpture for the roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street that will be put in when the Colorado Department of Transportation widens and upgrades the highway starting this spring. As for the other library lease applications last year, one was for a day-care center and the other for a performing arts academy.

Look closely and you might spot Brad Reed Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s T-shirts at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Nelson (shown here) designed the T-shirts with his wife, Ann, and Dan Giese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mission of the Straighten Out the Rainbow campaign is to help prompt a conversation about straightening out our perceptions, our fears and our inequality â&#x20AC;Ś particularly concerning homophobia,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. For more information, please turn to this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 23 Calendar item. Photo by Jane Bachrach


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Touchdown! Bronco tributes and related icons have been sprouting up since Denver beat New England on Sunday for a trip to the Super Bowl. If you’d like to submit a photo for consideration in The Sopris Sun print or online version, send them to Keep in mind: the resolution should be 300dpi/5 inches wide. (In other words, point-and-shoot pics usually work; cell phone pics usually don’t). Photo by Julie Albrecht


Those wishing to run for a Carbondale Board of Trustee seat at the regular election of the Town of Carbondale on April 1, 2014, may pick up Nomination Petitions beginning on January 31, 2014 from the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue.

In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, ALL CHILDREN RECEIVE A


There are four Board of Trustees seats up for election: 1 Mayor (four-year term) 3 Trustees (four-year terms)

All candidates must be a qualified elector of the Town, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and must have resided in the Town of Carbondale for one year immediately prior to the date of the election.

Petitions must be returned to the Town Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

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Letters continued om page 2 Grateful Dear Editor: I am grateful for all of the snow. As I travel up and down our beautiful valley, I am so thankful for all of the beautiful snow that we are receiving. What an epic year. Aside from the beauty, I am so thankful for the prosperity the snow brings to all of us who live and work here. I am also reminded of how all of this snow will give us abundant water for the year to come. I think that it is only fitting to thank Jehovah Jireh, our provider who supplies all of our needs and causes the rain and the snow to fall on everyone of us. Jim DeBerge Carbondale

Snow polo was wonderful Dear Editor: A wonderful event took place in Aspen on Dec.19-20. The Aspen Valley Polo Club hosted the Piaget World Snow Polo Championships. This event brought a delightful experience to downtown Aspen, exposed a new sport to many people and helped generate business for many shops, restaurants, hotels and other businesses involved

with the event production. Top ranked polo players from around the world competed on a beautiful snowy day. In addition, money was raised for the Aspen Sister Cities whose mission is to share ideas and cultures through international exchange. The event also raised money for Sopris Therapy Services and Horses for Heroes programs, which provide rehabilitation programs for children, adults and disabled veterans through equine assisted therapy. Not only did the event bring business to Aspen, it also gave proceeds of ticket sales to charitable organizations. We would like to thank the St. Regis Hotel, Piaget, Aspen Valley Polo Club, Audi, Jenni and Gavin Guinan, and Marc and Melissa Ganzi for putting on a first-class event and the city of Aspen for allowing the use of picturesque Wagner Park. Our organization benefitted greatly from this event and we are very grateful to everyone involved.  Patricia Horwitz Executive Director Sopris Therapy Services Horses for Heroes Carbondale

Maddie Nieslanik scrambles after a loose ball in Roaring Fork’s 67-22 win over Aspen on Jan. 17. The Rams were paced by Autumn Grandberry with 28 points, followed by Nieslanik’s 13. The boys were nipped by Aspen 36-33. Next up: the girls and boys face Cedaredge at home at 5:30 and 7 p.m. respectively on Jan. 24, and Moffat County at 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 28. Photo by Sue Rollyson

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Jan. 23 FUND-RaISER • Starting at 8 p.m., Carbondale Beer Works holds a fund-raiser for the Straighten out the Rainbow campaign, whose mission is to help prompt a conversation about “straightening out our perceptions, our fears and our inequality, particularly concerning homophobia,” according to a press release. A T-shirt designed by Brad Reed Nelson will be offered, with $4 from each sale earmarked for buying copies of the book “It Gets Better, Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living” for schools and libraries; $1 from each beer sale will go to the “It Gets Better” project. Hannibal Brown will provide the music. “In light of the cruel Russian anti-gay propaganda laws … (the) T-shirt boldly protests the assault on human rights, while still supporting the Olympic athletes and the (Winter) Games,” the press release continues. NBC ski analalyst and 1984 medalist Christin Cooper said she will wear the T-shirt, but not on the air. U.S. and Canadian men’s ski teams have received the T-shirts and confirmed they will wear them. LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Terapin Flyer on Jan. 23, followed by Head for the Hills on Jan. 28 and Agent Orange on Jan. 31. Info: VVaS OPENING • CCAH holds an opening reception for the Valley Visual Art Show from 6 to 8 p.m. The show includes 60 Roaring Fork Valley artists and will be up until March 7. CCAH’s R2 Gallery hours

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are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice award. Info: 963-1680. KOROLOGS PHOTO OPENING • The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt hosts a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for the photography show “Photo Five.” The photographers are Michael Fain, Sandra Lee Kaplan, Tom C. Korologos, Kathryn Rabinow and Gayle Waterman. Each will show at least 10 works. The show’s images are as varied in vision and methodology as the artists themselves. From Gayle Waterman’s extreme close-ups of weathered surfaces to Sandra Lee Kaplan’s five-foot by six-foot rendering of the largest cow in the world, the photographs speak to the infinite possibilities of photographic expression. Fueled by a love of travel and unique places, Tom Korologos’ photographs capture special moments of clarity and beauty he encounters. Michael Fain’s images blend the representational with the abstract through some of the more arcane aspects of Photoshop. Kathryn Rabinow finds a unique perspective in both obvious and unexpected places — from flowers, trees, sunsets and animals to fabulous food and abstract manipulated images. “Photo Five” opens on Jan. 16 and continues through Feb. 10. The Ann Korologos Gallery is located at 211 Midland Ave. Info: 927-9668. aRT WaLK • The Basalt Art Walk stops at Korologos Gallery, the Wyly Community Art Center and Toklat Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.

aSC • A Spritual Center in the Third Street Center presents the study group “Science of Mind and Beyond” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Info: 970-989-8104. ROTaRy • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

FRIDAY Jan. 24 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Dallas Buyers Club” (R) at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24-30 except Jan. 26, which will show at 2 p.m (captioned) and 5 p.m. only, and “Inside Llewyn Davis” (R) at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 24-25. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday night. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works in the old post office presents the acoustic duo Josh and Ananda at 8 p.m. No cover.

SAT.-SUN. Jan. 25-26 CIRQUE D’SOPRIS • CCAH presents a show of “youth design, daring, dance, acrobatic feats and more” at Roaring Fork High School at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 26. Carnival food will be available at intermission. Tickets available at Info: 963-1680.  COLLaGE WORKSHOP • Lisa Singer gives a workshop titled “Collage & Mixed Media: Acrylics Unleashed” at the Wyly Community Art Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s for students 17 and older. Info: 927-4123.


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SUNDAY Jan. 26 COMEDy NIGHT • Heather’s in Basalt presents Sunday Funnies at 8 p.m. on Sundays. Todd Hartley hosts the weekly laugh fest. As of right now, the slate includes Gail Mason, Michael Robinson, Chris Kelley and Steve Skinner. Audience participation is rumored to be allowed. No cover.

TUESDAY Jan. 28 WINTER WORDS • As part of its Winter Words series, the Aspen Writers Foundation presents poet Richard Blanco at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen at 6 p.m. Blanco read his poem “One Today” at President Obama’s second inauguration. He will discus the themes of cultural identity that inCALENDAR page 10



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aaM OPENING • The Aspen Art Museum opens its 2014 Young Curators of the Roaring Fork show titled “Escape; Artworks by 14 High School Artists” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. The show continues through Feb. 2. In conjunction with the reception, the AAM and YCRF are also presenting the music of the sixpiece Roaring Fork High School Jazz Band beginning at 4 p.m., following the Escape public reception. Info:

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Community Calendar spire his work and his vision for poetry in the nation’s consciousness. He will sign copies of his book “For All of Us” at Explore Booksellers after the presentation. Info: 920-5770. KaJX • Three physicians discuss heart health on KAJX from noon to 1 p.m. KAJX-FM is found at 91.5 (Aspen), 90.1 (Basalt), 88.9 (Carbondale), 89.3 (Glenwood) and 88.9 (Eagle and Rifle).

WEDNESDAY Jan. 29 NaTURaLIST NIGHTS • ACES and the Wilderness Workshop present “Songbirds as Indicators of Healthy Riparian Ecosystems” (with Dee Malone) in the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. It’s free. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood hosts open mic nights with Dan Rosenthal from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Info: 928-8813. ROTaRy • The Carbondale Rotary meets at the fire station Wednesdays at 7 a.m.

Save the Date MONDAY March 3

SPECIaL SCREENING • The Sopris Sun presents the Humphrey Bogart class “Casablanca” at the Crystal Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Fedoras and trench coats are encouraged. It’s a fundraiser for Carbondale’s non-profit community newspaper. Info: 510-3003. Regular ticket prices, no passes.

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Further Out

FRIDAY Jan. 31

MUSIC aT THE LIBRaRy • The Basalt Regional Library will present the Grand Junction mariachi band Noche de Mariachi, conducted by Javier de los Santos, in concert at 5:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Info: 927-4311.

FRIDAY Feb. 7 FaT FRIDay • Sopris Liquor & Wine presents the second annual First “Fat” Friday, according to a Carbondale Chamber of Commerce press release. The downtown parade starts at

4:30 p.m. The parade entry fee is $25. A winning trophy will be awarded. The entry deadline is Feb. 5. Info:

SUNDAY Feb. 16 LIGHT IT UP • The Light It Up Blue fundraiser for Autism Speaks and the Extreme Sports Camp for Autism takes place in Aspen at 6 p.m. The music lineup includes John Popper and Brother’s Keeper, with special celebrity guest Jacqueline Laurita (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”) and actor Michael Chiklis. Tickets are $250 at


SATURDAY Feb. 22 RIVER BRIDGE FUND-RaISER • “Imagine 2,” hosted by celebrity chef Susie Jimenez, takes place at The Orchard from 6 to 10 p.m. Event-goers will be treated to wine and beer, live music by the Starletts, dancing and silent auction, as well as a delicious culinary experience by Susie’s Spice It Up, Bravo Fine Catering, The Pullman, Town., Phat Thai, Allegria, Gandhi India’s Cuisine and Tempranillo. Proceeds benefit River Bridge Regional Center, a child advocacy center based in Glenwood Springs, serving Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. Info: 945-5195, or Tickets:

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MayOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy. KDNK • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program on KDNK broadcasts Crystal River Elementary School students’ narratives, with such titles as “When I Broke My Arm” and “When My Uncle Died” from 2:55 to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Feb. 10. Tune in at 88.1 FM. LINX • The Linx Networking group meets each Tuesdays at 7 a.m. in the AspenSotheby’s real estate office on Midland Avenue in Basalt. Info: Keith Edquist at 928-8428. CaNCER CONSULTaTIONS • Valley View Hospital offers free lung cancer evaluations

on Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 384-7707.   DHaRMa TaLK • John “Chophel” Bruna facilitates a meditation and dharma talk at the Third Street Center on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Info: MUSIC TOGETHER • All Valley Music Together classes are under way. For details, go to or call 963-1482. TaI CHI • Martin Finkelstein presents “Tai Chi Principles and Theory” at the Third Street Center a 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 948-7379. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works hosts open mic nights with Patrick Fagan Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

FaIR ENTRIES DUE • Arts and crafts vendor entries for the 43rd annual Carbondale Mountain Fair are due by Feb. 28. Any artist or craft person exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art (not manufactured, not imported) is eligible to enter. Any community service, civic or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art is also eligible. Criteria for judging include quality and uniqueness of items. Applications are available at For more information, call 963-1680 or e-mail Mountain Fair will take place at Sopris Park on July 25-27. As usual, 15,000 to 20,000 people are expected to attend what is generally considered to be the Roaring Fork Valley’s best party.

Come join Alpine Animal Hospital for a community event to say goodbye and thank you to Dr. Martha Rideout. January 30 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At the Pour House in Carbondale.

The Town of Carbondale has a

“Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance” All residents and business owners must remove all snow and ice from public sidewalks on the front and side of abutting properties. The snow must be removed within 24 hours of each snow. Please do not remove snow from private property to the street or public right-of-way. THANK YOU! THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • JaNUaRy 23, 2014 • 11

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ative zones,” and ways to connect the “zones” through signage, art, the entrance to Main Street and entrance on Highway 133. The state of Colorado is establishing “creative zones” as a way to promote economic development. Carbondale hopes to be included in 2014. For details, call 963-1680.

Sopris Liquor & Wine presents the second annual First “Fat” Friday on Feb. 7, according to a Carbondale Chamber of Commerce press release. The Mardi Gras parade on Main Street starts at 4:30 p.m. and kicks off February’s First Friday events. The parade entry fee is $25 and the deadline is Feb. 5. A coveted winner’s trophy will be awarded. Last year the parade attracted more than 25 entries and hundreds of spectators. Info:

Gift of Learning series begins As part of its Gift of Learning free seminar series, Colorado Mountain College counselor Craig Farnum presents “What’s in Your Backpack?” at the college’s Lappala Center at 5 p.m. on Jan. 27. Farnum will look at the ways attitudes, values and beliefs influence how people evaluate others and situations. The Lappala Center is located at 690 Colorado Ave. For details, call 963-2172.

Visit Ross Montessori Ross Montessori Charter School (grades K-8) offers tours from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Thursday through April 24. To RSVP, call Randall Lavelle at 963-7199. “We look forward to meeting you and sharing this incredible 100-year-old school of thought with you,” she said.

Rebekahs’ join Senior Matters The Rebekahs’ Lodge and Senior Matters are embarking upon collaboration at the lodge’s Near New store on Main Street. The upshot? Senior Matters will help staff the thrift store on Wednesdays. “It’s a winwin endeavor with additional revenue for both non profits,” said Senior Matters Program Director Diane Johnson. “The Rebekahs’ support the community with grants and scholarships and Senior Matters with programs and activities for seniors.” On a related note, Senior Matters will offer

Pitkin County accepting compost The Carbondale Board of Trustees recognized eight Students of the Month on Jan. 14. They are, front row left to right: Chelsey Serrano, Isabella Ulrych and Cynthia Ayala; back row left to right: Drake Timroth, Mario Alverde Jr. and Juan Hernandez. Not pictured: Kenny Riley and Arlette Gallardo. Photo by Lynn Burton classes this spring on cell phones and computers, bicycle safety, art and also provide tax assistance. A spring art show is also in the works. Current programs include Tai Chi at the Third Street Center Monday through Thursday, and the Zingers singing group at Heritage Park from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. For details, call Johnson at 3062587 or e-mail

Creative planners meet Jan. 27 The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities holds a creative plan update meeting at the Third Street Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. DHM and Land+Shelter will facilitate the meeting. The first round of meetings is titled “Wayfinding and Connectivity” and will include identifying “cre-

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center and city of Aspen Environmental Health and Sustainability Department are working together to encourage residents of Aspen and Pitkin County to compost their food scraps. The center now allows free drop off of food waste for residents and households. Commercial entities must pay $45 a ton with a $12.50 minimum. “This is strictly for food waste, not yard waste,” said a Pitkin County spokeswoman. “Compostables must be free of plastic bags, packaging and other trash. Cooked food, coffee grounds, meat and fish are acceptable and encouraged.” For details, call 429-1831.











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Nünt’z kill Meeker and six others at the agency (Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Ute history, the Meeker Massacre and its aftermath). By John Hoffmann Special to The Sopris Sun On a cool Sept. 27 in 1879 Nicaagat, intent on maintaining peace between Nünt’z (Utes) and the Maricat’z (white people) near the present day town of Meeker, found Major Thornburgh and his detachment on the Williams Fork, a day’s ride off the reservation. That evening Nicaagat spoke to Thornburg. Thornburg was receptive to the thought that it would shatter the peace if he were to bring his soldiers onto Nünt’z land. Nicaagat asked Thornburgh to come with only a few soldiers to see that there was no problem at the White River Agency (reservation) but the major was dissuaded by his esteemed guide from Rawlins, Wyoming. Joe Rankin, dressed in a fresh buckskin suit with elaborate fringing, was suspicious of the motives of Nicaagat. The next day 190 men and 25 supply wagons marched forward toward the White River Agency. Thornburg thought to cross the Milk River, a major obstruction, and camp his troops nearer to the agency for quicker support. At the agency, Quinkent, an elder of influence, hearing of the soldiers coming, talked to Meeker. He asked for a paper to take to Thornburg saying not to bring his soldiers onto Nünt’z land. Meeker refused. Quinkent then asked that Meeker go with him to meet the soldiers to tell of the peace in the camps. Again he was refused.

Colorow, a round-bellied Nunt’z who had made himself known by visiting settlers in North and Middle Park and asking to sit in on meals with them, also visited Thornburg. Colorow also pressed the importance of not bringing soldiers onto the land given to the Nünt’z by Washington, D.C. Again the scout Joe Rankin made Thornburg doubt. Thornburg marched on the morning of Sept. 30. As the orderly line of soldiers approached and began crossing the difficult ford at Milk River and onto agency lands, a young Ute fired his rifle. It was impossible for Thornburg to stop the solders from returning fire and in a heartbeat; a son of Cana’vish fell. As the conflict increased, Nicaagat took aim and fired a shot. Thornburg rose in his saddle and fell to the ground. Losing their leader threw the troops into confusion until the 25 wagons broke out of the canyon and circled in a defense formation. All the soldiers and their horses were brought into the wagon fort. About 50 Nünt’z had gone to meet the soldiers, a few had fallen. The Nünt’z, knowing that soldiers would ride out for reinforcements when dark arrived had an awful job ahead of them. One by one they shot the horses, exploding the fort in mad confusion as they bucked and reared. But soon all were dead. Now, only a few of the Nünt’z needed to stay and fire occasionally at the wagons to keep the soldiers pinned down in their hole. The next day a detachment of black soldiers arrived and also had their horses shot out from under them. The Buffalo Soldiers took on the duties of leaving the fort to haul water from the river and drag the bloated stinking horse carcasses out of the wagon fort and burying them. Seeing they were not there to fight, the Nünt’z left the ‘To-Maricat’z’ (or black

faced/white soldiers) alone to do their work. Twenty-five warriors had returned to the agency the day of the attack. They then killed the seven white men there. Then they set about breaking their carniv (teepee) to take their women and children to a winter camp. The three Maricat’z women were brought along as hostages, protected by the Nunt’z women as they moved southwest. The Maricat’z each became Piwa’n to a man and were encouraged to submit by the women of the People. (Next week: Shooting stops; the end is near).

“Twenty-five warriors had returned to the agency the day of the attack. They then killed the seven white men there.”

The 34th annual Valley Visual Art Show opens in CCAH’s R2 Gallery at the Third Street Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 23. The show features artwork by 60 Roaring Fork artists and includes sculpture, oil, acrylic, watercolor, mono prints, clay prints, photography and multimedia. Shown here is Mark Simpkins painting “Prince Creek Road.”

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BMS students hold food drive for LIFT-UP Sopris Sun Staff Report The competitive spirit heated up recently at Basalt Middle School when the entire school rallied to support a student-organized food drive for local food pantry LIFT-UP. By the last day of the drive, the tables in teacher Mary Bright’s seventh grade advisory class overflowed with nonperishable items from 12 different homeroom classes. Nearly 500 items were donated overall. The impetus for the food drive originated in classroom learning, according to a press release. Students reading the book “Kokopelli’s Flute,” by Will Hobbs, were challenged to pick a real-world problem from the book and design a solution. Brittney Goscha, Chace Maytham, Jesse Lopez and Ruth Ramirez chose hunger as their issue. “This project made me think about the people in our community and how they might feel to be hungry,” said Maytham, who noted that they received far more donations than expected. “It’s good to donate food to a good cause.” Additional student projects in the literacy-

based class tackled issues ranging from drought to poverty to gun violence. For the drought project, students discovered that Basalt Middle School uses approximately 37,000 gallons of water per quarter. They’re in the process of making recommendations to lessen that usage. Students focusing on gun violence recently appeared on radio station KNFO with David Bach to raise awareness about how to prevent gun violence. “In my experience, it won’t mean a thing if there isn’t a real world application,” said their teacher Mary Bright. “They surprise me every quarter with the projects they choose based on the book. I’m proud of the way they work together to bring attention to the problems they’re passionate about. It’s true for all the groups. They really want to find a solution.” All food items will be donated LIFT-UP, which helps communities from Aspen to Rifle through food pantries, soup kitchens and thrift stores. LIFT-UP served more than 30,000 people in 2013.

Seventh grade students Jesse Lopez, Chace Maytham, Brittney Goscha and Ruth Ramirez collected almost 500 nonperishable items during their Basalt Middle School food drive for LIFT-UP. Courtesy photo


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capital to cover the cost of the installations. As a private business, Hybrid can take advantage of the federal tax credit and accelerated depreciation of equipment that would have been unavailable to the town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This third-party ownership of the system dramatically lowers the cost of produced solar electricity for the town,â&#x20AC;? the press release states. Instead of purchasing electricity from Xcel Energy, the town will purchase the electricity produced by the solar electric systems, potentially saving as much as $200,000 ($10,000 per year) over the course of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20-year contract with Hybrid Energy Group. GarďŹ eld Clean Energy and CLEER also worked with Sunsense and the town to connect the three solar arrays to the GarďŹ eld Energy Navigator. The Navigator is a public website that displays live and monthly energy data in graph form for more than 100 public buildings from Carbondale to Parachute. To view the solar output from the new arrays, visit www.GarďŹ, click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carbondaleâ&#x20AC;? and then click on the desired building. For live data, select the â&#x20AC;&#x153;day,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;weekâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;monthâ&#x20AC;? buttons. Hybrid Energy Group, LLC was founded in 2005 to facilitate investment in renewable energy systems that â&#x20AC;&#x153;beneďŹ t the environment and offer attractive returns to

Legal Notices ORDINANCE NO. 1 Series 2014


NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on January 14, 2014.

This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours.

investors,â&#x20AC;? according to its website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;HEG believes that clean energy production is one of the most important and challenging opportunities presented to our society today, and development of economically viable renewable energy sources is a compelling and productive avenue for achieving energy independence and reducing carbon emissions,â&#x20AC;? the website states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We concentrate on solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, implementing a ďŹ&#x201A;exible development strategy to build a portfolio of clean energy assets that beneďŹ t our environment, enhance our energy security, and provide attractive returns to investors excited about renewable energy investment opportunities.â&#x20AC;? The HEG management team is comprised of: George L. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woodyâ&#x20AC;? Beardsley (president), Thomas Platt (vice president) and Ted Ramsey (director of energy services). Sunsense Solar was established in 1990, according to its website, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;has grown into one of the premier solar electric design and installation companies in Colorado.â&#x20AC;? Sunsense provides turnkey services for solar electric systems of all sizes and speciďŹ cations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunsense goal is to proactively build a long-term, sustainable business based on quality, consistency, credibility and service to our clients.â&#x20AC;?

adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on January 14,2014.

THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE _________________________ By: s/s Stacey Bernot, Mayor

ATTEST: __________________________ s/s Cathy Derby, Town Clerk

Published in The Sopris Sun on January 23, 2014. ORDINANCE NO. 2 Series 2014


This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE _________________________ By: s/s Stacey Bernot, Mayor

ATTEST: __________________________ s/s Cathy Derby, Town Clerk

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JOIN THE AAM 2014 YOUNG CURATORS OF THE ROARING FORK Curators Natalie Bustad Erin Cheung Ashton Collett Abbey Corcoran Emily Ecclestone Aliya Gilman Ally Lasser Eva Pearson Kayla Soufer Lindsey Webster

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