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Volume 3, Number 52 | February 9, 2012

Historic house becomes music studio By Angela Paulone Sopris Sun Correspondent


Dave Taylor has transformed one of Carbondale’s most recognized downtown homes into a commercial recording studio. Cool Brick Studios is across the alley from the venerable Village Smithy restaurant, and at the opposite end of the road from the Third Street Center. Photo by Jane Bachrach

he two-story, foursquare brick house sits on a large corner lot just off Main Street, and across the alley south of the Village Smithy restaurant. According to the Mt. Sopris Historical Society’s Survey Report of 2006, “The building is one of the more substantial residential buildings in the center of Carbondale. Its brick construction is indicative of the prosperity of the builders and their long-term investment in the building. It also reflects the prevalent styles and detailing of the period [between 1900-1908]” (from Reid Architects, Inc.). This building is also indicative of Dave Taylor’s success as a music producer, who is now renting the house as his studio space – Cool Brick Studios. Once a law office, the house serves Taylor and his clients with a welcoming environment. Taylor’s oldest daughter, 11, came up with the name for his studio, which has been in place since the end of August. Since the mid-1970s, Taylor has done music production and always wanted his own studio. With his initial radio DJ gig introducing him to production and then moving on to being a musician and doing voice-overs, Taylor said he really wanted to combine all those experiences and utilize them to create an opportunity for audio and video production. “It’s a lot of fun because I get to work with a lot of musicians, especially up-and-coming ones,” he said. Taylor’s main goal is “to be reasonably priced, relaxed and collaborative, working with amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals.” He has been in several local projects so far including a four CD set of educational songs for a Montessori teacher, a variety of video work for Roaring Fork Valley real estate offices and international real estate offices. He is also helping score a movie that was partly filmed in Carbondale. COOL BRICKS page 9

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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.

Tune in, turn off By Steve Skinner Did anyone see that little police blotter item in a recent Sopris Sun about idling? It said that someone called the police because cars were idling in the post office parking lot. The caller was asked by the police if the vehicles had been running for more than 10 minutes. As I understand it, idling is illegal in Carbondale unless you are starting your car cold, then you have an absurd 10 minutes to spew while your heater gets going. None of those vehicles at the post office were starting “cold.” Someone needs to inform the police that the idling ordinance was designed to stop this kind of thing and asking if they had been idling for 10 minutes means they do not know or appreciate the law.

Here’s the exact language: 7.18.010 - Vehicle idling reduction. A. Idling of vehicles wastes fuel, creates pollution and causes premature engine wear and produces harmful effects to the environment. B. No person shall cause or permit a vehicle anywhere within the town of Carbondale to idle except that vehicles may be idled for up to ten minutes after a cold start. C. Vehicle engines shall be turned off when loading and unloading passengers or merchandise except if: 1. A vehicle is in the moving traffic lane waiting to move with the normal flow of traffic. 2. An engine is required to operate auxiliary equipment that is essential to load or unload merchandise or products carried in the vehicle; construction on public or private property; essential public and emergency services, police, fire or ambulance; vehicles repairing a disabled vehicle or preparing a vehicle for servicing; armored vehicles where a person remains inside the vehicle while guarding the contents of the vehicle or while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded; vehicles that remain motionless because of an emergency, traffic or weather conditions or mechanical difficulties over which the driver has no control; vehicles engaged in a parade or race or other such event authorized by the town; or public transit vehicles while engaged in operational activities, including training activities except where idling is substantially for the convenience of the operator of the vehicle. The Sopris Sun encourages commentaries on local issues from our readers. Remember: Keep your commentary local and keep it to 700 words, then dispatch it to or P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Don’t forget to tell us your name, phone number, where you live and any other pertinent information about yourself.


The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.

I live in a town Dear Editor: I live in a town where people say “Hi” on the street. I live in a town where people come together to meet. I live in a town with the best places to eat. I live in a town where you can buy local “Grass-fed Beef.” I live in a town where people pray. I live in a town where children can play. I live in a town where they care what you say. I live in a town that laughs at Tina Fey. I live in a town with ranchers and hikers. I live in a town with bankers and mountain bikers.

I live in a town with artists, musicians and healers. I live in a town with thinkers, doers and feelers. I live a town with magazines about climbers. I live a town that honors “old-timers.” I live a town that has a cool diner. I live in a town that encourages rhymers. I live in a town that has a great college. I live in a town that nurtures wisdom and knowledge. I live in a town that is far from the fray. I live in a town that is filled with clichés. I live in a town with little makeup and hairspray.


I live in a town with Full Moon biking soirees. I live in a town that celebrates a parade. I live in a town with stores that say “Locally Made.” I live in a town with a Fire Department to come to your aid. I live in a town where people volunteer and don’t get paid. I live in a town so full of good spirit. I live in a town, if you play a concert folks come to hear it. I live in a town where you don’t need a permit. To walk, or to talk, or to sit and to kibitz. I live in a town with the best view to see. I live in a town where that is still free. I live in a town that encourages me to be. I live in a town where love is the key. Lisa Dancing-Light Carbondale

Wealth not a crime Dear Editor: President Obama blames the bad economy on the wealthy who are not paying their “fair” share of taxes, not on the 46 percent of the population who pay no taxes while receiving all kinds of benefits from those who do. Since when has it become a crime in America to become successful financially? Isn’t that the American dream, and what separates us from all other countries — individual freedom to succeed and to have economic freedom to do so? Think of the thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs who have made this country the world leader it is. Obama espouses economic equality, just like the socialists and communists have done before him. A failed economic theory that has never worked, in which the most productive are supposed to support the least productive, all under government-supervised outcomes that never are achieved. He wants the government to redistribute the earnings and wealth of our citizens based upon what bureaucrats in Washington think is fair, through manipulation of the tax system. Obama blames all of his woes on the other party, or the past president, and does not take responsibility for his own ineffectiveness as the leader he promised us he would be. His every action is to promote his re-election and the weakening of our country, while promoting the ideas of his past anti-American mentors. Bill Cook Carbondale

Thanks to SkiCo Dear Editor: There are so many reasons to be grateful for the Aspen Skiing Company — for the miracles its groundskeepers worked in December with so little snow, for the patrollers’ dedication to balancing safety with getting terrain open now that we’ve got snow, for another thrilling X Games — that one might overlook the extraordinary work SkiCo does year-round in this community, including through its Environment Foundation, a non-

profit employee organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the regional environment. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers recently received a grant from the Environment Foundation toward its Young Stewards Initiative, a new program that will get hundreds of kids from throughout the greater Roaring Fork Valley involved in conservation projects. Our kids are the future stewards of our public lands — we believe that getting them outside, inspired, and having them experience first-hand what a difference they can make is the best way to ensure this landscape will be taken care of for years to come. We are grateful to the Aspen Skiing Co., its employees and its partner (the Aspen Community Foundation) for believing in our kids, too, and for helping RFOV take care of this beautiful place we are lucky enough to call home. Karin Teague Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Basalt

Support women’s health Dear Editor: The recent brouhaha about funding for breast health programs at Planned Parenthood reminds us of the importance of women’s health issues. The Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Clinic in Glenwood Springs provides health and reproductive services to many of our neighbors, from all walks of life. This bilingual center served nearly 3,000 women LETTERS page 13

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Antler collectors cautioned to protect wildlife Submitted Press Release Because early spring is an especially stressful time for wildlife, Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers are reminding shed antler collectors that pressuring elk and mule deer during this time of the year can create very stressful conditions for big game herds. Many people begin their search for antlers at the same time that deer and elk are most vulnerable to starvation, and managers are concerned that careless or aggressive collecting can severely stress the wintering wildlife, leading to increased mortality. “By late February deer and elk are just hanging on and waiting for their natural food sources to green-up,” said Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie. “Any unnecessary strenuous activity at this time of year can deplete their fat stores which can lead to higher mortality, especially in calves and fawns.” The growth of antlers is one of nature’s more magnificent wildlife displays. Male elk, mule deer and moose grow large racks over the summer in preparation for rutting activity in the fall. The large displays not only attract females, they are also used to joust with other males as they compete for mates. When the rutting behavior ends and winter conditions set-in, survival becomes wildlife’s priority. The harsh weather forces elk and deer to migrate to lower-elevation winter range in search of food, which is often scarce and not very nutritious. By late winter and into early spring, the ungulates depend on fat stores almost exclusively, and it is at

this time that bucks and bulls shed their heavy antlers in order to preserve energy. “If you think about it in human terms, you could say that during the late spring, summer and fall, they eat cereal, but during late winter and into early spring, all that is left to eat is the cereal box,” said Education Coordinator Kathleen Tadvick. In addition to concerns about mortality, human activity can drive wintering deer and elk onto private property where they may cause damage to haystacks or other agriculture products. “Even a small herd can do significant damage,” continued de Vergie. “Elk are smart and when they are pressured and stressed they often enter private lands as they look for food and shelter, causing financial losses to landowners.” Although some people sell the sheds they find, shed gathering has become an increasingly popular social activity for families and groups of collectors. Enthusiasts typically fan out on public lands either on foot, horseback, or motorized vehicles like ATVs,

often searching deep into deer and elk winter range. Excessive foot and horseback activity is a concern to wildlife managers, but they are more concerned about motorized traffic — especially ATVs. “ATVs are a convenient way to travel deep into remote areas quickly, but because they are noisier and faster, people on these maKathleen Tadvick chines need to Education Coordinator be especially cautious to avoid pressuring wildlife,” said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde. “We ask people to follow the law, and be responsible and ethical when searching for sheds – whether on foot, on a horse, or on a motorized vehicle.” Wildlife managers advise that the slower pace of hunting sheds on foot or horseback typically yield better results. People on motorized vehicles often miss sheds while searching on their fast moving ATV’s. Another concern for wildlife managers are the dogs that people often bring along on their shed hunts. Dog owners are reminded that in the presence of wildlife, it is common for

“If you think about it in human terms, you could say that during the late spring, summer and fall, they eat cereal, but during late winter and into early spring, all that is left to eat is the cereal box.”

even the most domesticated pets to revert quickly to their primitive instincts, potentially injuring and stressing deer and elk. Several states currently allow shed collecting, but require that the collector first purchase a permit. Permits are not currently required in Colorado; however, in the Gunnison Basin, where antler shed collecting is popular, there are two regulations in place to prevent disturbance of animals on public lands in big game management units 54, 55, 551, 66 and 67. Collection of shed antlers is prohibited on public lands within those units from Jan. 1 through March 14. From March 15 through May 15, shed antler collection is prohibited from legal sunset until 10 a.m. Collectors should consult sunset tables. In addition, collectors should be aware that various local, state and federal laws are always enforced, and irresponsible shed hunters can face fines for harassing wildlife, trespassing onto private lands, or operating a motorized vehicle where they are forbidden. If you plan to operate a motorized vehicle on public lands, it is strongly recommended to check with the Bureau of Land Management for the latest regulations. Wildlife officers will enforce laws to ensure wildlife populations continue to remain healthy, and encourage collectors to be ethical. Responsible behavior will give collectors, hunters and wildlife watchers the opportunity to enjoy Colorado’s wildlife for years to come. If anyone sees wildlife harassment or other illegal activity, they are asked to contact their local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.

What you might want to know about the 2012 Ride the Rockies By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Ride the Rockies released the route for this year’s six-day bicycle tour on Monday and it includes overnight stops in Carbondale, Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Leadville, Granby and Fort Collins. This is the first time in the history of the 27-year-old event that Carbondale has hosted the bicyclists, although Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Rifle have enjoyed the honor in the past. This being the first time Ride the Rockies has over-nighted in Carbondale, the Sopris Sun decided to put a few questions to tour organizers. Just for the record, Ride the Rockies (a Denver Post event) will put 2,000 bicyclists on the road from Gunnison to Fort Collins from June 10-15, with Carbondale serving as the tour destination on Day 2 (June 11).

A: We have seen a variety of activities, including wine tours, summer ski jumping, train rides, rodeos and even cow-pie Bingo! Each town has unique activities to showcase and we hope that cyclists can experience it all.

A: It’s There is a wealth of information on our Web site about the logistics of the event, training, nutrition, safety rules and more. Our rider anual will be published at the end of March.

Q: How many applications do you expect for the 2,000 spots? A: We expect roughly 3,500 applications, which will be accepted through Feb. 24. Traditionally, all 50 states are represented and between 12 to 15 countries.

Q: Anything else you'd like to add? A: Carbondale has been on our radar

for a number of years. We look forward to working with the community to make this a great experience for all involved! (Editor’s note: Ride the Rockies answers were provided by Community Relations Manager Elizabeth Norris and Tour Director Chandler Smith).

Q: The route from the top of McClure Pass to Carbondale is on Highway 133. What are the logistics of 2,000 riders sharing a highway with vehicles? A: Ride The Rockies does not involve road closure. Cyclists will share the road with vehicles and obey rules of the road. We don’t have pace vehicles but we do have a number of support vehicles that range from SAG to medical support. We also will travel with eight Colorado State Patrol motorcycle troopers that help to “marshal” the event.

Question: Is there some kind of contest involving the host towns that riders vote on? Answer: Yes, we do a “Best Beer Garden” contest that is decided by the cyclists in a post tour survey. Towns can theme their entertainment/beer garden or come up with creative ways to make it stand out. The prize is a photo and mention on the home page of the Ride The Rockies Web site for a few months before we launch our 2013 site.

Q: Will the riders all leave Hotchkiss for Carbondale at once or are they staggered in flights? A: Cyclists are allowed to leave at their leisure in the morning, but must be on the road no later than 9 a.m. Some cyclists will depart as early as 5 a.m. depending on the difficulty of that day’s stage.

Q: What were some of the activities towns have organized for the riders?

Q: What is the Ride the Rockies Web site address?

Gerry Michael gives Amy Kimberly a hug during opening night for the Valley Visual Art Show on Feb. 3. Michael helped to hang the show, which features more than 50 artists. The show runs through the month at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities gallery, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo by Jane Bachrach THE SOPRIS SUN • FEBRUARY 9, 2012 • 3

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Seven potential candidates have taken out nominating petitions in the Carbondale Board of Trustees election, according to town clerk Cathy Derby. They are: incumbents John Hoffmann and Pam Zentmyer, plus Bill Lamont, Staci Stein, Doc Philip, Laurie Esquibel and Sean Keery. Nominating petitions with 25 valid signatures are due back at town hall no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. Three seats are up for grabs in the April. 3 election.

Carbondale Republicans picked Mitt Romney for their top presidential candidate at party caucuses on Feb. 7. Romney garnered 57 votes, followed by Rick Santorum (23), Ron Paul (12), Newt Gingrich (9) and Jon Hunstman (2). County wide, Romney edged Santorum 244-223.

Fire district accepting nominations The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is accepting nominations in its board of directors election, scheduled for May 8. The nomination deadline is March 2 at 4:30 p.m. Two directors will be elected to serve four-year terms. For details, call Jenny Cutright at 963-2491.

GarCo funds arena upgrades The GarďŹ eld County commissioners on Monday pledged $50,000 to Gus Darien riding arena improvements, said Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot. The pledge comes with a $10,000 match from the town. Bernot said other funding sources are also being sought. The Carbondale trustees have not reached a ďŹ nal decision on riding arena upgrades but possible improvements include covered bleachers and improved lighting, Bernot said. “This multi-use facility will beneďŹ t from needed improvements that will enhance the experience for both spectators and participants alike whether it be cowboys, mutton busters, hockey players, ďŹ gure skaters, barrel racers or 4-H’ers,â€? Bernot said.

Library zoning goes to P&Z The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission holds a public hearing concerning a proposal for the GarďŹ eld County Public Library District to build a new library at the corner of Sopris Avenue and Third Street at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Nieslanik named to committee The GarďŹ eld County commissioners named 12 members to their Land-Use Code Revision Advisory Committee on Monday, including Carbondale’s Mark Nieslanik (manager of the Danciger TyBar angus ranch).

RE-1 picks super searcher The Roaring Fork RE-1 School District board has chosen the ďŹ rm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to conduct a search for a new school district superintendent, according to a press release. The ďŹ rm plans to present a slate of ďŹ ve to six candidates to the board by April 23. The school board hopes to announce a new superintendent on June 1.

CEC wins award Community solar-garden developer Clean Energy Collective has been awarded the Climate Change Business Journal’s 2011 Business Achievement Award for its pioneering work in renewable energy development, according to a press release. Climate Change Business Journal, a business research publication that provides strategic business intelligence on the climate change industry, recognized CEC for developing a new business model for community solar, which can make solar PV ownership available to an enormous customer base of individuals and businesses whose premises or ďŹ nancial circumstances won’t accommodate an on-site PV array. In November 2011, the Department of Energy named CEC the Innovative Green Power Program of the Year. CEC is also a ďŹ nalist for the Renewable Energy World’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards.

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Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. Feb. 1 At 10:33 a.m. police received a report of teenagers smoking pot on Weant Boulevard near the entrance to Bridges High School. An ofďŹ cer said he’d patrol the area. Feb. 1 At 10:30 a.m. a parent reported her 10-year-old son was bitten by a dog in the vicinity of Weant and Sopris. Police were able to contact the dog’s owner. Photographs were taken of the boy’s bite. Feb. 1 At 8:10 p.m. Carbondale assisted an Eagle County sheriff’s detective concerning reports of fraudulent documents being produced on Dolores Way. One individual was arrested and several pieces of evidence were collected. Feb. 2 At 11:08 a.m. police busted two juveniles for allegedly smoking pot near 455 S. Third.


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February with Carbondale Rotary Meetings are Wednesdays 7 AM at the Carbondale Firehouse. Visitors are welcome to come enjoy the programs and see why people actually get up so early to do the wonderful work for the community and around the world that Rotary does.

SPEAKERS: Feb 8 - Mark Layton - “The Flight for Freedom” Feb 15 - Dr Greg Feinsinger - “The China Study” Feb 22 - Dawn Chase, Marketing Director for RFTA -– Plans for the Future” Feb 29 - Dr. Andy White - “The Importance of Healthy Eyes” For more information about Rotary go to or call our Membership Chair Jay Leavitt at 584-3333 or

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Snowshoe results Up the Crystal on Feb. 4, Redstone’s third annual snowshoe 5K race/run walk attracted 63 participants, including a guy named Charlie Wertheim who ran the fastest time at 17:57. Other top men’s ďŹ nishers were Brian Passenti (19:47) and Ryan Smith (25:57). On the women’s side, Heidi Vosbeck was ďŹ rst with a time of 22:44, followed by Erin Dorr (24:55) and Helen McQueeney (27:08).

Post inks Carbondale Denver Post writer Penny Parker led off her Feb. 7 column with a good-sized blurb about the Carbondale Cash Mob that forms to support local businesses by encouraging members to drop at least $20 at targeted stores and restaurants. “It is a brilliant idea, and we love it here in Carbondale,â€? PR ďŹ rm owner Maura McKenna Masters told Parker. Masters has helped Cash Mob founder Shelle de Beque spread the word. The next mobbing is slated for the Carbondale Food Co-Op in March, so start saving your nickels, dimes and quarters right now.

Watch out A small herd of deer was spotted nibbling along the west side of Highway 133 at dusk on Monday. Be careful.

Rumor alert Here’s a rumor but don’t go spreading it around. Posters were spotted around town last

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week that said “Casting call for Feature Film ‌. Feb. 1 ‌ all ages.â€? Folks who responded said the ďŹ lm is titled “The Frozenâ€? and is about a husband and wife who set out for a snowmobile trip. He dies. She’s in trouble. One tipster said she overheard folks at the Pour House who said a group of “LA kidsâ€? are shooting the ďŹ lm and are staying somewhere up Cattle Creek.

Random review This just in from Sopris Sun correspondent Andrew Cohen: “Thanks and congratulations to the musicians who played at First Friday February 3rd. They included: Peter Chapman explaining how Aspen is the cure for all psychological ills, Brett Moore helping us visualize LA during the ’70’s, Starbear strumming wonderfully in equally wonderful cabana wear, FAQ rapping without expletives, Dreadlock-Becky performing an impressive rendition of Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz,â€? T.J. Vas adding percussion and making sure we know very clearly what happened to him yesterday, and ďŹ nally, local favorites All the Pretty Horses closing the 20-foot barrier between band and crowd in the way-too-big PAC3.â€?

Marble report Sun columnist Charr Graham reports that the nearby ghost town of Gothic had only 18 inches of snow in mid-January (down from the normal 20-25 feet). Marble has no ice rink at Millsite Park due to dry conditions, although all of downtown is “an ice-capade.

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Soozie Lindbloom had the crowd in the palm of her puppet during a recent show at Gordon Cooper Library. Photo by Mark Burrows Sure makes for great sledding parties at the Marble Hub on Saturday and Sunday afternoons,� Graham said. But wait, there’s more from Marble. Slow Groovin’ BBQ (across from the Hub) has a Wii bowling league that starts on Feb. 17.To sign up, call Karen at 963-2504 or Connie at 963-6417.

Here’s the RE-1 school district lunch menu for Feb. 10-16. Feb. 9 – Elementary schools: pizza, spinach salad, strawberry/banana mix; Middle schools: pizza, spinach salad, clementines; high school: pizza, fruit and vegetable bar. Feb. 10 – Elementary: spaghetti with meat sauce, bread slice, green salad mix, applesauce; middle: spaghetti with meat sauce, breadsticks, steamed broccoli, applesauce; high: hamburger (with cheese), fruit and vegetable bar. Feb. 14 – Elementary: pepperoni dipstick with marinara sauce, steamed broccoli, diced peaches; middle: green chili soup with pork, shredded cheese and tortillas, Spanish beans, pineapple and orange mix; high: BLT sub sandwich, fruit and vegetable bar. Feb. 15 – Elementary: beef tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, clementines; middle: ham and cheese hot pocket, broccoli with ranch, fruit mix; high: nachos supreme, fruit and vegetable bar. Feb. 16 – Elementary: hamburger, butternut squash croutons, apple crisp; middle: hamburger, butternut squash croutons, apple crisp; high: Asian BBQ chicken, fruit and vegetable bar.

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Photos that didn’t fit (until now) Editor’s note: Just about every week, the Sopris Sun shoots and receives more photographs than it has room to print. To help rectify that chronic situation, the Sun likes to run a “Photos that didn’t fit” page when we are blessed with a little extra space.

A coat of many layers. Will Laemmel’s dog, Cicada, knew she’d scored a warm spot at the Third Street Center during First Friday on Feb. 3, but then folks started piling on the coats. She didn’t seem to mind. Photo by Jane Bachrach How should this be phrased? Was it a “guilty” party as opposed to a “responsible” party who ignited aerial fireworks on Main Street in front of Carbondale Beer Works to celebrate the resounding defeat of the Village at Crystal River on Jan. 31? In any case, the Sopris Sun knows but ain’t sayin.’ Photo by Mark Burrows.

Macie Brendlinger considers her options at the Jan. 28 Western Slope Bouldering Series competition at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Courtesy photo Alexa Maes received a Certificate of Excellence in poetry interpretation at the recent Colorado state high school speech tournament. Others earning honors included: Emily Eason (fourth place in solo acting), Jesse Murillo (sixth in solo acting), Jacob Besser (sixth in impromptu speaking, 10th in creative storytelling), Emily Bruell (ninth in one-on-one value debate), Wendy Avila and Cindy Pena (eighth in duet drama), and Jesse Murillo and Angel Cruz (11th in duet humor). Photo by Sue Rollyson

Roaring Fork’s Trae Moxely (center) hangs tough under the basket in the Rams’ 59-45 home-court win against Gunnison on Jan. 28. Roaring Fork followed the victory by defeating Glenwood Springs 71-68 after trailing by 15 points on Jan. 31. In that game, Moxely put in 25 while Dakotah Grett added 20. Roaring Fork continued its winning streak with a 69-57 victory over Hotchkiss on Feb. 3. Next up for the Ram boys: Basalt on the road at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10. On the girls side, Roaring Fork defeated Hotchkiss 53-49 on Feb. 3 and take on Aspen at home at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. Photo by Lynn Burton THE SOPRIS SUN • FEBRUARY 9, 2012 • 7

Mark and Jeanie Clark were part of a record field during Ski for Sisu at the Spring Gulch Trail System west of Carbondale on Feb. 5. Organizers report a total of 133 skiers, ranging from 4 to 69 years old, logged a total of 1,300 combined miles in five hours in the Mt. Sopris Nordic Council’s annual fund-raiser. Three women skied 62.5 kilometers each: Collette Newell, Jennifer DiCullo and Laurie Gueyara-Stone. In the kilometer-years skied category (which multiplies the distance skied by age), Gueyara-Stone skied 2,875 K-years, followed by Susy Ellison at 2,800, Howie Mallory at 2,512 and Richard Wells 2,415. Event co-organizer Pat Bingham said all the numbers aren’t yet in, “but we're fairly certain we'll break all previous fundraising records.� Photo by Greg Fitzpatrick

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Cool Bricks continued om page 1 The production style Dave uses is a creative process of listening to what someone wrote and performed and making it the best it can be. Sometimes he just records the performance; sometimes he records different parts and puts them together, or sometimes he does both. This effort also requires a decent amount of hardware and software, professional microphones and a passion for it all. Taylor still produces in analog as well as digital. His work is geared toward acoustic and semi-acoustic performers: “You know, the singer/songwriter, duo, trio kind of musicians.” Taylor said he is also willing to provide CD and DVD duplications, help with cover artwork and marketing, and overall, tries to be helpful through the whole process. His best advice for the amateur artist is “When it comes to music, there’s no such

thing as good and bad. Practice. Find a studio that you can afford and a producer you can work with. Play as much as you can: in front of people, on the streets, wherever you can. There’s no bad venue. Do it because you love it, not because you think you’re going to get famous. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough.” Taylor’s future goals are to “do well enough here to pay rent, to continue to work with new artists and talent and to continue to write and produce my own music.” He has lived all over the country through the years, mainly settling in New York, Aspen and more recently Carbondale; Taylor has rooted himself in this “very creative community.” His new studio space is great: “Instinctively, I knew it was where I needed to be — the house has a good, warm vibe.”

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One wall at Cool Brick Studios provides clues to Dave Taylor’s past, which includes a stint as music director for a New York City radio station. There’s a Barnum & Bailey award, honoring Taylor for riding an elephant in a circus parade, a photo of Taylor with Who singer Roger Daltry and autographed photos of rockers such as Chuck Berry. Photo by Jane Bachrach THE SOPRIS SUN • FEBRUARY 9, 2012 • 9

Community Calendar THURSDAY Feb. 9 SPECIAL SCREENING • The last 20 minutes of the film “Thrive” is presented at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. A discussion takes place afterward. The screening is presented by A Spiritual Center, Davi Nikent, HighLife Unlimited, GreenWeaver, Sustainable Settings and True Nature Healing Arts. Info: ROTARY • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at noon at Mi Casita.

FRIDAY Feb. 10 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Descendants” (R) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1016 and at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-12. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the Dinkel Building presents The Matt Flinner Trio at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern in the Dinkel Building presents Christoph Brownell at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents Hell Roaring String Band at 7 p.m. RFHS HOOPS • The Roaring Fork High School boys take on Aspen at home at 7 p.m., while the girls face Aspen at 5:30 p.m. PHOTO SHOW • Colorado Mountain College hosts a reception for “The Child’s Eye” at its Rifle Center from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit features images created by Carbondale-area youth. From 5 to 6 p.m., George and Patti Stranahan will conduct a

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walking tour of the 80 black and white photographs they donated to the college more than a year ago. An RSPV is requested but not required. Info: 947-8380.

SATURDAY Feb. 11 “HOT TO TROT” • Windwalkers presents its annual “Hot to Trot” Fundraiser at 6 p.m. at PAC3 in the Third Street Center. The evening includes music from Ric Rock & the Roosters, a catered dinner, live and silent auction cash bar and kids’ activities. Info: 963-2909.

and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. through April 23. Reservations: 945-9699. GET HAPPY • As part of World Happy Day, there’ll be a free screening of the documentary “Happy” at Nepal restaurant on Highway 82 at 6 p.m. The film takes viewers from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia to explore the secrets of our most valued but little understood emotion.

MEDITATION • HighLife Unlimited hosts a community meditation at the Third Street Center from 4 to 5 p.m. Meditation experience is not necessary. The suggested donation is $5. Info: 963-9182.


LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern in the Dinkel Building presents Whiskey Tango at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents Ed Barber at 7 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • The Carbondale All Stars – featuring Geoffrey Morris, Dave Johnson and Lee Dudley – appearing at Vic’s Route 6 Grill House, in West Glenwood Springs at 9 p.m. Info: 230-9284. VAUDVILLE • The Glenwood Springs Vaudeville Revue returns with a winter show and pub-style dinner theatre Friday

Eligible electors of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District interested in serving on the Board of Directors may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance form from the District Designated Election Official (DEO) between Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8 am and Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

The District will hold an election on May 8, 2012. Two directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms. To obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form or if you have questions contact : Jenny Cutright, Designated Election Official Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District 301 Meadowood Drive Carbondale, CO 816323 (970) 963-2491 The Office of the Designated Election Official is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


ROASTING GENE • Friends, family and co-workers roast Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling for his 60th birthday at the Crystal River Café conference room at 4 p.m. No gifts, please, but piggy banks will be available to donate to Schilling’s favorite non-profits: Roaring Fork Booster Club, Carbondale Middle School after-school programs, the Family Visitor Program, Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, and the Mt. Sopris Rec. Riders Snowmobile Club. The Crystal River Café is located at 1374 W. Main Street (just west of Highway 133).

LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Tony Furtado (Americana, Celtic, folk and indie rock/pop) at 8 p.m. Info:

SUNDAY Feb. 12 THEATRE • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents the Roaring Fork Chamber Players and The Hudson Reed Ensemble in “Sounds Like Shakespeare!” at the Third Street Center at 4 p.m. A total of 16 performers will be singing, acting and playing music from several plays. Seating is limited. Donations will be accepted. Info: 963-1680.

LIVE MUSIC • White House pizza presents Mike Waters (Acoustic electric wizardry) from 7 to 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Dan Rosenthal hosts open mic nights at Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. All talents are welcome. ROTARY • Carbondale Rotary meets at the firehouse Wednesdays at 7 a.m. FURTHER OUT page 11

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PARTY WITH THE SUN • The Sopris Sun celebrates its third birthday at the Pour House from 5 to 7 p.m. There’ll be food, live music and fantastic door prizes. Come one, come all. Bring the kids. Tie up the dogs out front. Donations, which will help ensure the Sun keeps shining, will be accepted during the party and always at

LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Juno What at 8 p.m. Info:

TWILIGHT SNOWSHOEING • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts twilight

Hold the Presses snowshoeing from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Emma Open Space. Snowshoes are required. Info: 927-1290.

SPECIAL SCREENING • Davi Nikent presents the documentary “Healing: Miracles, Mysteries and John of God” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Calaway Room. Admission is $10. LECTURE SERIES • The Frontier Historical Society in Glenwood Springs presents Susan Marie Frontczak in her role as Eleanor Roosevelt in “What We Are Fighting For” at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library (413 Ninth Street). The presentation is part of the society’s Winter Lecture Series.

Ongoing MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy, located at 26 S. Third St.

BILINGUAL STORY TIME • The Gordon Cooper Library hosts a bilingual story time Saturdays at 11 a.m. Fun will be had with stories and songs in Spanish and English. It’s open to all. Info: 963-2889. BONFIRE STORY TIME • Betsy’s Barefoot Books invites children of all ages to a series of family story times featuring local children’s authors at Bonfire Coffee from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. every Friday through February.

SELF DEFENSE • Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts holds self defense training at the Santa Fe Ballet space in the Third Street Center Thursdays at 7 p.m. Info: 274-0870.

GORDON COOPER • The Gordon Cooper Library presents activities for kids from kindergarten through fifth grade from 4 to 5 p.m. on

Tuesdays, and toddler and infant story time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Info: 963-2889.

FREE CLASSES • True Nature Healing Arts offers one week of free classes to Roaring Fork Valley residents who are first time students to TNHA. Info: 963-9900.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS • Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists meet at the Third Street Center Sundays at 10 a.m. Child care is provided. Info:

MUSIC CLASSES • All Valley Music Together enrollment for Winter Bells Music classes continues. This is music and creative movement for parents with their young children (infants to 5). Info: 963-1482.

BASALT LIBRARY • Story time returns to the Basalt Library Mondays at 10:15 and 11 a.m. for Book Babies. Preschool story times are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., with Toddler Rhyme Time at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

P&Z tours library site The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commissions will conduct a site tour of the new Gordon Cooper Library site at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9. The site is located at the southwest corner of Third Street and Sopris Avenue.

S.A.W. holds reception S.A.W. holds a reception for ceramic artist Albert Avi Arenfeld from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 10. Arenfeld produces functional wares for daily use, according to a press release. He current travels and exhibits with the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. S.A.W. (Studio for Arts and Works) is located at 978 Euclid Ave. For details, e-mail

V-Day crafts The Gordon Cooper Branch Library offers a class for creating Valentine’s Day cards and crafts from 4 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9. All ages are welcome; it’s free. For details, call 963-2889.

HEARTBEAT meets The Glenwood Springs Chapter of HEARTBEAT (Support for Survivors After Suicide) meets at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs (824 Cooper St.) at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. For details, call 945-1398.

Carbondale Community School taking applications Carbondale Community School is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year through April 13. An open house is slated at the school from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 16. The school is located at 1505 Dolores Way in Satank. The phone number is 963-9647. The Carbondale Community School is a public charter school of the Roaring Fork School District, offering a “progressive integrated curriculum” according to school officials.

Sun booking ads in fashion show program The Sopris Sun is booking advertisements in the program for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities upcoming Green is the New Black “Back to the Future’” fashion show. The deadline to reserve ads is Feb. 24. For details, call 927-2175 or e-mail The Green is the New Black fashion show takes place March 9-10 at the Carbondale Recreation Center.

RFTA accepting wildlife comments The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) is accepting comments on its five-year wildlife monitoring report for the Rio Grande Trail through Feb. 24. The report is available at Comments can be e-mailed to For more information, call 384-4971.

Professor discusses parallel universes Colorado Mountain College Associate Professor Joe Reining discusses parallel universes and time travel at the Spring Valley Campus New Space Theatre at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. For details, call 945-7481.

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Community Briefs Smart phones for seniors

Valley View Auxiliary offers scholarships

Senior Matters offers a class in smart phones (including iPhone, Android and their “operating platforms and applications�) at the Third Street Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. For details, call 379-6599.

Applications for the Teeney Jeung Memorial Health Sciences Scholarship are due April. 13. For details, call 384-6651. On a related note, those interested in the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary’s Colorado Mountain College health sciences scholarships is invited to call 384-6656. The application deadline is April 13.

Humanitarian nominations accepted Nomination petitions for GarďŹ eld County Humanitarian Service awards honoring those who give their time and efforts to residents of GarďŹ eld County are due March 2. Nominees can submit a form and at least three letters of support to www.garďŹ or all 456-3271.

CCAH offers photog classes The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities offers “Nature Photography for Kids� with Karen Lanier on Fridays through March 23 and April 6 through May 25. The cost for each session is $95. It’s for kids kids 9-11. For details, go to or call 963-1680.

Meth-lab queen speaks Lynn Riemer, affectionately known as the “Martha Stewart of Meth Labs,� will be in Eagle County to present “Adolescent and Community Training on Drugs� Feb. 14-16. Each presentation discusses inhalants, marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, methamphetamine (“meth�) and more.The talks take place at Battle Mountain High School from 6

Johnson leads human ecology class More than 35 contractors, designers and builders attended GarďŹ eld Clean Energy/CLEER and Energy Smart’s “EfďŹ ciency Programs for 2012 in the Region,â€? at the Third Street Center on Feb. 1. Representatives from all the local utilities and related programs described opportunities and incentives to help build business and offer efďŹ ciency options for their customers. Utilities represented included Xcel Energy, Source Gas, Holy Cross Energy, Aspen Electric, Franklin Energy, and Glenwood Springs Electric. “It was a great opportunity for local contractors to hear it straight from our utility partners,â€? said Erica Sparhawk (pictured), program manager with GarďŹ eld Clean Energy/CLEER. “There are rebates and incentives available throughout the valley. Now’s a good time for local contractors to take advantage of them.â€? Courtesy photo to 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 and at Eagle Valley High School from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15.

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Five youth and family organizations have formed a resource for parents at The organizations are: Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, Family Visitor programs, Kids First, the Buddy Program and Youth Zone. For details, call 274-9023.

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Sarah Johnson teaches a non-credit book discussion class titled “The Future of Nature: Reading on Human Ecology� at CMC in Carbondale starting on Feb. 21. The class revolves around Barry Lopez’s “The Future of Nature� from Orion magazine. For details, call Colorado Mountain College in Carbondale.

Conservation nominees sought The Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominations for exemplify land stewardship. The award is presented by the Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) and Peabody Energy. The prize brings with it $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, according to a press release. For details, e-mail info@

CARBONDALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Now Accepting Applications For the 2012-2013 school year Application Deadline: April 13 Progressive integrated curriculum Small, multi-aged classes (K-8) • Outdoor education Encouraging inquisitive, independent and self-motivated learners

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Letters continued om page 2 in 2011 – 91 percent had no applicable form of health insurance and this clinic was their primary health care provider. We are very grateful for this resource. Although Komen has reconsidered and will continue to help Planned Parenthood, the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation hereby raises its voice in continuing support of this fine organization. At our Sunday gathering in Carbondale, we collected nearly $500 from members and friends for donation to the Glenwood Health Center for use within our community. Sue Edelstein Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation Carbondale

Gathering thanks Dear Editor: My heart feels lighter! I hope yours does, too. Thank you all for gathering with us last Thursday evening at The Gathering Center for a lovely program of music, poetry and prose focused around reconciliation, forgiveness and love. Many thanks go to Pastor Doug Self of The Orchard, who offered his magnificent facility for Hearts Healing. There were many organizations that were instrumental in making this happen and we are most grateful to them and their participants: The Gathering Center at The Orchard, A Spiritual Center, Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, Crystal River Baptist Church, Davi Nikent, HighLife Un-

limited, St. Mary’s of the Crown, and Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists. The Jerry Alcorta Band of The Orchard Life and Jimmy Byrne from the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists excelled in their craft and provided beautiful musicianship and magnificent and poignant musical selections for the program. The whole room was on its feet dancing and belting out “Get Together” at the end of the program. A huge thank you goes out to the following restaurants for their most gracious and generous donations of incredible food: Big Mama’s Catering, City Market, Dos Gringos Burritos, Eco-Goddess Edibles, El Horizonte, El Pollo Rico, Gandhi, Hestia/The Goat, Mi Casita, Red Rock Diner, Russets, The Pour House, The Village Smithy, Uncle’s Pizza and White House Pizza. And special thanks for help with the set up to Bravo Fine Catering and for help with the clean up to Dancing Pickle Catering and gang, and Derek Panter. Our poster, restaurant list and all things “graphic” were created by Caroline Metzler at Coyote Creative Graphic Design ( Thank you so much, Caroline for all of your help. I believe the posters around town helped to bring awareness to opening our hearts to healing and love, and the Hearts Healing gathering itself created yet another avenue to beginning to think about reconciliation and forgiveness. My hope now is that we can move forward, together, as one community to honor each other in love and in the vision for Carbondale.

I feel truly blessed to live in this very precious community. Thank you all! Oni Butterfly Carbondale

Pets getting fed Dear Editor: As we count the blessings of life, many of us count among those blessings the companionship of our animals and the joy that they bring us. For quite a few of our friends and neighbors, though, being able to keep and feed our pets has proven to be very challenging lately for economic, medical and similar reasons. Knowing this, Colorado Animal Rescue started the CARE Pet Food Bank in September 2011 with the goal of providing healthy, nutritious pet food to individuals and families who need some assistance during difficult times. In just our first four months, we have distributed over one ton of dog and cat food to help feed well over 100 pets throughout Garfield County and neighboring communities in Eagle and Pitkin county. We could not have accomplished this without the numerous donations that we have received of pet food and money from many people in our area, nor could we have gotten the program off the ground so quickly and successfully without the ongoing support and incredible donations from our business friends at Aspen Wags at the Aspen Animal Shelter, R.J. Paddywack’s in El Jebel, The Carbondale Co-op, Petco in Glenwood Springs and Blue Tent Marketing. To all of

you, our sincere thanks. We currently distribute pet food once a month at locations in Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale and we are looking at adding additional locations as need and volunteers allow. Our schedule for 2012 starts on Jan. 7 and all the dates, distribution times and locations are included at and other locations. You can also call CARE at 947-9173 for further information. The Pet Food Bank is entirely supported by volunteer efforts with the guidance of our wonderful staff at CARE, and we would love for you to join us. Leslie Rockey CARE Executive Director William Lukes Program Coordinator

What a night Dear Editor: The huge bonfire with a large crowd gathered round. Songs led by Jimmy Byrne and Lisa Dancing-Light. Everyone following Rita Marsh’s instructions to a tai chi style dance welcoming the light. Bursts of laughter and enchanted stares while watching OM Puppet Theatre’s shadow puppets tell the story of Lin Yi’s Lantern. Four-hundred home-baked cookies lining the walls of the Calaway Room before they were gobbled up. Third Street Center overflowing with nearly 200 adults and children from up and down the Valley. LETTERS page 15

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In consideration: cutting down a rather large tree Is the “idea” of something, the romance of it, enough reason to hold on to it? We have a cottonwood, center stage of our back yard. It’s a Winnie the Pooh sort of tree, with a rather large trunk — wide enough in girth to hold a small door, maybe even with a small den beyond it … filled with honey jars, of course. That’s my fantasy, anyway. When a summer breeze ruffles her 1 million shiny leaves, they twist and spin upon their stems, creating a glimmer across her entire being. You can bask in this glimmer. You can bask in the whisper even, as they go about their glimmering. This is our cottonwood at its magical best. There’s a flip side, of course. When her swelling buds shed their winter coat of a bazillion bud scales, the gooey particles litter our patios and sift into the grass. The dogs track them inside, all over the carpets and wood floors. The resin gums up our patio furniture. It sticks to our heinies even, gumming up the furniture inside, too. Her red tassels are the next wave of detritus, fluffy crusts that carpet the entire property. I sweep the mess every three or four days,


knowing very well it’s not over. Spring whisper of her million leaves will build to showers will cause a downpour of twigs a roar. Gusts from nowhere whip through her in a fury. Her entire and branches. Autumn canopy lurches first this will bring car-sized piles way, all her leaf tops a of leaves. Each year I mad dull olive. Her contemplate: How canopy then arcs that much would it cost to way, the underbelly of remove her? What her leaves flashing an would that feel like? angry silver-white. Such Then I remember displays are impressive. my dream of a swing, Mostly though, our made perhaps from the cottonwood “just is.” Her old snowboard leaning against the garage wall. presence is a comforting constant we might take I picture my sweet for granted. That magnifidaughter Juniper’s feet cent furrowed trunk of and hair swinging free, hers thrusts from the giggles flying in the earth, 50 years in the makwake. Thoughts of reing; her massive branches moval disperse, like By Geneviève Joëlle morning clouds over in all directions cooling Villamizar the days of our summers. Mount Sopris. Pete might sit beneath, And like the ocean, the cosmos, life, even — our cottonwood without thought for our provider as he ebbs and flows. She too has her moods strums guitar. Sweet Juniper might tear and cycles. across the shade-laced turf, dancing. And She can be ferocious. At times that I might soak it all in — the man, the child,

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the tree — crossing my fingers my baby doesn’t peal out on a dog turd. Life without our cottonwood … this tree consumes a lot of water and casts a yard-filling shadow. Our poor vegetable garden can’t compete with either. But what about the redwings and robins that fill her branches, I wonder. What about their music and liveliness? Some consider cottonwoods a “trash tree,” one more reason I go back and forth on cutting her down. Am I a tree snob? A honey locust has tiny leaves you don’t have to rake. A maple has showier fall color. An oak has better branching for the swing. A crabapple attracts more birds and even has flowers. But we have a cottonwood. That’s our reality. She is high maintenance. She is competitive. And yes, she generates a lot of crap. But do I consider tossing the cats out with the kitty litter because the box needs daily cleaning? Beyond all her madness, our dear cottonwood has her blessings. Inside her core there’s a mother lode of honey and she’s definitely worth keeping.

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Letters continued om page 13 These images and more fill my head, even a few days after my children, my partner and I have returned home from the amazing experience many of us had Sunday night in Carbondale. My congregation, Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist, partnered with the TSC to host this evening celebrating the return of light, and to join our voices with people across centuries and throughout many cultures, who have lit fires, sung songs, and danced with joy in honor of the Winter Solstice. I shouldn’t have been surprised that so much magic appeared on a beautiful December night. As the part time minister for TRUU since last August, I’ve been realizing just what an amazing place this area is.



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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an election will be held on the 8TH day of May, 2012, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At that time, 2 directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms. Eligible electors of the District interested in serving on the board of directors may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance form from the District Designated Election Official (DEO): Jennifer Cutright, Designated Election Official 301 Meadowood Drive Carbondale, CO 816323 (970) 963-2491

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Rotary thanks Dear Editor: The Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario wishes to thank

ceptance form is not sufficient, the eligible elector who submitted the form may amend the form once, at any time, prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012. The deadline to submit a Self-Nomination and Acceptance is close of business on Friday, March 2, 2012 (not less than 67 days before the election). Earlier submittal is encouraged as the deadline will not permit curing an insufficient form. Affidavit of Intent To Be A Write-In-Candidate forms must be submitted to the office of the designated election official by the close of business on Monday, March 5, 2012 (the sixty-fourth day before the election). NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, an application for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with the designated election official no later than the close of business on Friday, May 4, 2012, except that, if the applicant wishes to receive the mail-in ballot by mail, the application shall be filed no later than the close of business on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District /s /Jennifer Cutright, Designated Election Official Signature

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Thank you so much for making my ministry in the area so meaningful, and for supporting the wonderful Third Street Center (such a cool idea, with so many amazing tenants!). See you all next year for our second annual Winter Solstice Sunday. And let there be light. (Editor’s note: The Sopris Sun received this letter in December). Gretchen Haley, minister Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Carbondale

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the patrons and volunteers who supported the “Mr. Christmas” Roaring Fork Rotary Christmas Tree Lot in Glenwood Springs this holiday season. A very special THANKS goes out to Community Thrift Treasures for furnishing the space for our lot, and of course to Mr. Christmas himself, Michael Carter, for providing the trees and wreaths sold. Your support and patronage was invaluable. We hope to see all of you again next year! Revenues from our winter fundraiser will fund Colorado Mountain College scholarships for low-income, promising local graduates from the Aspen-to-Parachute Classes of 2012, as well as other Rotary International and local projects. (Editor’s note: The Sopris Sun received this letter in December). Trinity Delgado, President Jim Coombs, Public Relations Chair Roaring Fork Rotary/ Club Rotario

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