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Volume 5, Number 2 | February 21, 2013

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Carbondale Middle School eighth grader Ashley Hall passes the ball to teammate Alexa Fiscus during a recent game. The eighthgrade A Team’s record stands at 5-1 through Tuesday night. They finish the season with a tournament on Saturday. Photo by Gregg&Cath/ Gregg Adams Photography

By Mollie Honan Special to The Sopris Sun he Carbondale Middle School library is a unique place. The styles of its many librarians over the last 10 years blend into an eclectic setup that is both inviting and a little chaotic. Of course, this is a kind view compared to one student’s assessment: “Apparently, the library is falling apart” (Amy Fuentes, a sixth-grade student library aide). At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Carballeira, the fifth grade science teacher, recalls a new student asking, “What is going on in the library? Where are all the books?” This observation is not uncommon among first-time visitors to the school library. Denise Reynolds, the seventh-grade social studies teacher, comments, “It is certainly a welcoming space. It just doesn’t seem to be “full.” What does a “full” library look like though? The Colorado Department of Education’s State Library sponsors Power Libraries: Colorado’s Highly Effective School Library Programs. The program provides a 22-point rubric for schools to rate themselves on a scale from “highly effective” to “ineffective.” The Carbondale Middle School Library CMS LIBRARY page 5


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Four years and counting Four score and . . . well, it really wasn’t that long ago. It was actually in February of 2009 that The Sopris Sun published its first issue as your community-supported weekly newspaper. We’re happy and proud to still be doing it four years later. Late last year, we thanked the 85-or-so community volunteers who, in one way or another, helped put this paper together. On the front cover of this issue, we are thanking the many people who donated to The Sopris Sun last year. Next week, we will be thanking all the advertisers who supported us in 2012. Without all of your support, this community paper could not exist. We would like to add your name, or the name of your business or organization, to at least one of those lists this year because it takes a lot of money to get the paper on the street and into your hands each week. And while we’re at it, come join us at the Pour House in celebrating The Sopris Sun’s fourth birthday next Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. We’ll have music, food and some special door prizes (including an autographed copy of the very first edition of The Sopris Sun). This year’s party will be especially important as we honor three individuals who helped get The Sopris Sun going: Peggy DeVilbiss (who also helped to found the Valley Journal); Liz Phillips (a founding board member); and Trina Ortega (the founding editor). So come join us and bring your friends and families because Carbondale just wouldn’t be Carbondale without its community-supported newspaper. P.S. – We like gifts (donations).


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an insult to ducks Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to the Carbondale Board of Trustees, except for John Hoffmann. Dear Editor: I would call you all big ducklings in a small pond, but that would be an insult to ducks everywhere. The proposal by the Garfield County commissioners, CDOT and residents of Satank to connect Dolores Way with the traffic light at Village Road is sane and practical, (maybe that’s why you won’t approve it?) especially compared to the idea of a right-turn only at Dolores and Highway 133. That intersection is a ticking time bomb as far as safety’s concerned. With the business traffic for Ajax Bike & Sport, American National Bank, NAPA, The Paint Store, etc. and all the soccer moms coming and going twice a day, someone’s gonna lose more than an eye. Yet it’s not a priority for Carbondale, even though all those businesses are inside the town limits. Are you sure you’re not cutting off your nose to spite your Satank? We Satankians get the message loud and clear (even those of us who “only came to town about twice a year.” – Steve Earle). But this plan is sound; the land is already for sale and the light is already there. And there would be no need for traffic to cross the precious Rio Grande Trail except at the light where all the traffic on Highway 133 currently crosses it. Plus, I don’t imagine RFTA will be too happy when their brand-new park ’n ride is in constant use as a U-turn for everyone trying to get to Dolores from the south, but we could ask the Carbondale representative/RFTA board member about that. She just so happens to be mother duck, i.e., the most outspoken opponent of the proposal. What a small pond it is. Jeannie Perry Satank

Concerning those trains Dear Editor: The history of the Crystal River and Roaring Fork Valley is extremely interesting. The stories of the early day builders of these railroads and why they built them add to our understanding and enjoyment of this area. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough space to go into all the details in some other areas like the mining operations in Coal Basin, which was one of the major reasons for the railroad. Not everyone realizes that this wasn’t ordinary coal; it was the best medium-volatile coking coal in the western United States. It was also one of the gassiest, steepest, highest elevations, deepest and most difficult mines to operate in the country, if not the world, and right in our backyard. For anyone interested in the technical details of this mine, and the stories of the miners, I highly recommend “The Mines of Coal

Basin – The Untold Story – 1956-1991: It was never easy” by John A. Reeves. It’s available at the Book Train in Glenwood Springs. Thanks (to The Sopris Sun) for the “Looking Back” snap shots of local history. Bill Grant Carbondale

attention getting Dear Editor: If the recent spell of bitter sub-zero temperatures didn’t get your attention, the heating bills inextricably linked to it probably will. The additional expense leaves many people wondering how to stay comfortable and keep within a household budget. If you’re someone who believes you can’t afford the efficiency upgrades that would keep your heat indoors and save you money, here is some good news. There is a new option for homeowners throughout our region that makes it easy and affordable to reduce the cost of heating your home. Established last autumn, it’s called the Energy Smart Loan. It can be used to fund air sealing, additional insulation, heating, water heating, more efficient windows and even solar energy. Funding Partners, a financing non-profit organization in Fort Collins, administers the LETTERS page 5

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At Roaring Fork High School: a new twist on the three R’s With fresh leadership at the top – Diana Sirko as superintendent for the next 2 1/2 years and Rob Stein to start as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer in July – Sirko and the school board have decided it's time to engage staff, students, parents and other community members in a District Visioning Process. Sirko told the Sun that the goal of this visioning process is for stakeholders in each community – anyone who is “invested in the future and well-being of our children and the future of the valley” – to work collaboratively to define what they believe would make an outstanding school district. In preparation for this visioning process, The Sopris Sun is running a series of articles on the district schools in Carbondale, with the goal of creating a jumping-off place for these upcoming community conversations. For these articles the principal of each school was asked a series of questions: How would you describe your school’s approach to learning? What are the key elements that make your school a great place for kids to learn? What is a dream you have for your school? What are some of the challenges facing your school? This week’s article focuses on Roaring Fork High School. ••• Preparing students well for college, a career and as community members is the primary focus of Roaring Fork High School, according to Principal Drew Adams. In order to successfully prepare students for their future, Adams told the Sun, RFHS is centered around three key principles: rigor, relevance and relationships.

Rigor Since starting as principal this past fall, Adams has been focused on ensuring that every student at RFHS receives a rigorous education. Staff are constantly analyzing whether students at every level are being sufficiently challenged and what can be done to ensure that every student is working up to his or her potential. All students were

surveyed at the beginning of the year, asking the community via The Sopris Sun. them what they think it means to be challenged and whether they feel challenged in Relationships their various classes, and students will be Adams explained that strong studentsurveyed again this spring. teacher relationships and a positive school RFHS currently offers Advanced Place- culture are a critical part of the RFHS proment Calculus (AP courses are college-level gram. The student surveys mentioned above courses for which students can receive col- included questions about how supported lege credit depending on and respected students felt their score on the final at school. Staff then met AP test) and additional with small groups of stuAP courses are planned dents to go over the results for next year: World Hisof the survey and hold tory, Studio Art and Litfrank conversations about erature. (AP Spanish will what changes could be be offered in 2014-15). A made to help students feel rigorous STEM class (ineven more valued at school. tegrating science, techAdams has also been nology, engineering and working on developing a math) is being developed Link Crew student leaderas well. ship program, in which Adams also revised Drew Adams, RFHS principal juniors and seniors apply to the school’s re-assessment be mentors for freshman. policy (students are now more restricted in Adams has experienced tremendous success their opportunities to re-take a test or re-do with this program at his previous schools: an assignment) in order to hold students more students applied to be mentors than more accountable for their work. could be accepted and the mentors made a strong impact on the school as a whole. “It Relevance creates role models who then lead the Adams said that connecting the curricu- school and it encourages camaraderie lum to students’ needs and interests is es- among all students,” Adams said. sential. Offerings for next year’s elective Adams notes that the small size of RFHS courses at RFHS include: Choir, Drama, is a huge benefit in terms of building relaCreative Writing, Journalism, Video Pro- tionships and a sense of community at the duction, Financial Literacy, Restaurant school. As he describes it, “We are a comManagement & Culinary Arts, Spanish for munity that comes together.” For example, Native Speakers, World Religions, Modern they hold a Thanksgiving potluck each year African History & Culture, and Latin in which everyone in the school contributes; American Studies. and as a show of support and a good luck RFHS teachers also work to make learn- send-off for teams heading to state compeing relevant to students by connecting the titions, graduating seniors and others emcurriculum with the wider community and barking on a new challenge, these special to students’ lives outside the classroom. For guests are invited to walk through a “Tunexample, Adam Carballeira’s Creative Writ- nel of Love” consisting of the entire student ing class wrote short stories that were read body and staff lined up in pairs down the by local actors and critiqued by local direc- halls and out the front of the school. tors; Hadley Hentschel’s Agricultural Biology class grows crops that are used in the Other highlights school cafeteria lunches; Lindsay • Strong student involvement: Fifty stuHentschel’s Journalism class publishes The dents rouse themselves out of bed early for a Rampage, which is distributed throughout 7 a.m. Student Council meeting every ThursPhoto by Jane Bachrach

By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent

day. “StuCo” elects officers, plans school activities and provides staff with a good “pulse” on the school from a student perspective. In addition, about half of the student body participates in a school-sponsored sports program; and a wide variety of nonsports teams and clubs are offered as well, including Speech/Debate Team, World Activist Club, Energy Club and a Gay/Straight Student Alliance. • an outstanding arts program: Student artwork is displayed in an exceptional art show each spring. The high caliber of the school’s arts program is evidenced by the disproportionate number of RFHS award-winners in valley-wide art competitions. • a focus on continuous improvement: According to Adams, RFHS staff is “constantly analyzing what’s been done, how successful it was and what we could do better.” • Helping students in times of need: Adams notes that, “When a student is facing social or emotional challenges we ‘wrap around’ that individual to ensure they’re getting what they need to work through those challenges.” RFHS recently partnered with the Aspen Hope Center to bring a therapist into the school one day a week to work with students exhibiting at-risk behaviors. Adams hopes to expand the program next year. While Adams pointed to the small size of the school as a benefit in terms of building a strong sense of community, he also identified their small size as one of their biggest challenges in that it limits the number of teachers they can hire and the variety of courses they can offer. Another challenge Adams noted is the public perception that students aren’t being challenged and that there aren’t high academic standards at RFHS. In fact, the 65 graduating students last year were offered a total of more than $1.5 million in scholarships and were accepted to many high caliber colleges, including Boston University, Colorado College, Middlebury College, Quest University and New York University. Adams’ dream for his school is that every student will leave RFHS with the skills they need to successfully take their next step in the RFHS page 4

AZ poet visits two C’dale high schools By Barbara Dills Sopris Sun Correspondent Hip-hop meets poetry in Carbondale the week of Feb. 25 through March 1 when Phoenix-based poet and spoken-word artist Myrlin Hepworth visits the Roaring Fork Valley. His visit is sponsored by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. Hepworth will lead workshops at Roaring Fork High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School throughout the week. He’ll be interviewed on the Feb. 27 Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program on KDNK, and be the featured poet at a March 1 First Friday poetry slam at Steve’s Guitars, to which the public is invited. In addition to having competed on three National Poetry Slam teams himself, Hepworth has inspired the words of many young people across the nation, including in Phoenix, where he teaches Creative Writing at Arizona State University’s Piper Center, and

at the Fishtrap Writers Gathering in Oregon. He co-founded and has coached the Phoenix youth team to consecutive appearances at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam in California. He also performs regularly at universities, youth centers, group homes, museums and theaters around the country. Raised in Lewiston, Idaho, the son of an Anglo father and Latina mother, Hepworth’s work weaves the personal with the political. Poetry is his art, but teaching is equally his passion, and he believes that poetry can open new and surprising doors for young people. “The act of personal, reflective writing is cathartic,” he said.“It gives young people access to discover more of who they are and who they want to become. That process, coupled with performance, offers them not only a chance for private exploration but also for the communal experience of validation from their peers.” HEPWORTH page 4

Doug Lyons, and his friend Jacob Pipe, did a little fishing for rainbows at Beaver Lake in Marble on Sunday. The ice was about 10-12 inches, which is plenty thick to support anglers and any fish they might pull out. Not shown here is Lyons’s black Lab Gunner, who gave the two fishing holes a good sniffing a time or two. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Poet Myrlin Hepworth comes to the Roaring Fork Valley Feb. 25 through March 1 for workshops at Roaring Fork High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School, wrapping up the week with a poetry slam at Steve’s Guitars. Courtesy photo

By integrating hip-hop techniques into his approach to more traditional poetry forms, Hepworth makes language — both English and Spanish — come alive for his students. In 2009, the Arizona Commission on the Arts selected him for its roster of Teaching Artists. In 2010, he became the first undergraduate teaching artist for the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University. He received his B.A. in English from ASU in 2011. “The Aspen Writers’ Foundation is thrilled to introduce Myrlin Hepworth to our community. His important and impassioned work with youth gives them the gift of the possible,” said Julie Comins Pickrell, interim managing director of the AWF. “We all want our voices to be heard, but for young people, who are so often disenfranchised, the process of giving voice to an essential part of themselves, of standing up and speaking out,‘This is who I am,’ can be nothing short of life changing.” In addition to workshops in several English classes at RFHS and CRMS, Hepworth is offering two workshops at RFHS on Feb-

RFHS continued om page 3 world, and that their next steps will be significant ones: “I hope we can inspire students to become actively connected with the challenges of the world into which they are emerging, and that one day they will contribute back to their community.”

Daily schedule: Each student has four 80-minute class peri-

ods each day plus 65 minutes of Reach (30 minutes of sustained silent reading and 35 minutes to meet individually with teachers, work on homework or meet with a book club). Classes alternate each day between Gold Day classes and Blue Day classes. Most students take eight courses per semester, including core courses and electives. (Some upperclassmen take seven courses and a study period.)

ruary 25 (a parent-teacher conference day when regular classes will not be in session). A limited number of spaces are still available; Roaring Fork and Bridges High School students should e-mail Debbie Bruell at if they are interested in signing up for either the 10 a.m. to noon or the 1 to 3 p.m. session. Extra credit may be available; students can check with their English teacher to find out what’s being offered. The March 1 First Friday poetry slam will feature several pieces by Hepworth as well as work produced by local students during the week. The remaining slots will be available to poets of any age. The poetry slam starts at 7 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars in the Dinkel Building, with poet sign-up open at 6:30 p.m. In true poetry-slam style, slam judges will be selected from the audience. The event is free, with donations accepted at the door to help cover costs. For more information, call Jamie Kravitz at the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 963-5782 or

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TUESDay Feb. 5 at 11:25 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle going up and down Capitol Avenue with the driver honking its horn. This had been going on for about an hour, the caller said.When police contacted the driver, she said she was trying to get a friend’s attention. The driver did not have a driver’s license, so police cited her for not having one.

Percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch: 49 percent.

MONDay Feb. 11 at 3:31 p.m. police were dispatched to a downtown location concerning a woman with blood on her head outside a bar who was leaving with two males. Police talked to the bar manager, who said he asked her to leave because she could barely stand up. Police were unable to locate the woman.

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C’dale finance director stepping down after 30 years By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Carbondale folks were walking like Egyptians when Nancy Barnett was in her fourth year with the town in 1986. The walk was inspired by the Bangles’ hit song “Walk Like an Egyptian,” which in turn was inspired by the human figures often found in ancient Egyptian reliefs showing arms at 45-degree angles from the body with one palm up and the other down. Some local women, it could have been the Sister Sisters, had gone around town for the KDNK Talent Show, videoing folks walking like Egyptians. They even dropped in on a board of trustees meeting and got them to act out a skit that included an elderly Mary Ferguson fighting with another trustee, others smoking cigarettes and reading newspapers, then everyone walking around the room like Egyptians. “It was hilarious,” Barnett told The Sopris Sun earlier in the month. That particular trustees meeting is just one of many fond memories Barnett will take with her when she retires from her post as finance director on March 1 after 30 years with the town. Much of what’s in Carbondale now was not here in 1982, including the “new” town hall, recreation center, Cowen Center, La Fontana Plaza,RiverValley Ranch and North Face park. “It’s been challenging. There was always something new coming along, but it’s been fun.”

Nancy Barnett’s office in town hall looks out on Colorado Avenue toward brick buildings that sit where the Bonanza Trailer Park once stood. She’s retiring on March 1 after 30 years with the town. Other changes she’s seen since 1982 include commercial buildings where the former sewer lagoons were located on Highway 133. Photo by Lynn Burton Barnett is originally from Dallas and has managed to hang on to her accent. She and her husband, Jim, first moved to Aspen with their sons Craig (12) and Kane (6) in 1980. In 1984 she was named the town’s finance director when the job of treasurer/clerk was split into two positions. Barnett has been going through a lot of papers of late (“I hang on to things”) and

CMS library continued om page 1 has an overall rating of “ineffective.” While there are many steps needed to make this school library highly effective, updating and expanding the library collection is a crucial first step. “The CMS library needs more books because students love to read, and it is hard to read a bunch of different genres when you don’t have a lot of books,” says seventhgrader Kendall Bernot. With Common Core Standards coming to the district, students will be required to read a greater variety of books including more non-fiction. With students looking for more independent reading books and teachers looking for print resources, the library is finding it difficult to keep up with demand. One thing that makes CMS a great school is its focus on diversity. The school teaches grades five through eight and provides intervention and advanced classes. Logistically though, this means the library may be asked to provide books for reading levels three through 10. The library receives requests for all kinds of books: funny, scary, love, soccer, pictures, war, drama, adventure, comics, history and more. Brenda Ramierez, a fifth grader, writes that CMS needs “books that would interest us kids, for example: fiction.” Alondra Payan, a fifth grader wishes that “ … CMS will have Selena Gomez books and cat books.” One of Alondra’s classmates, Abi Garcia writes, “I want puppy books. Also chapter books, or any dogs or puppy books but they have to be cute!” Seventh-grader Hannah Hocking sums up the needs of the collection best: “CMS is in need of new books of every kind because we have MANY readers here.” Carbondale Middle School is committed to finding new fund-raising opportunities to provide books for students, both to meet their interests and supply required texts for research and state standards. The goal for this year is to raise $10,000 to update and expand the non-fiction section at the CMS library in order to meet the demands of Common Core and generate excitement for reading. Toward this end, CMS Principal Rick Holt has procured matching funds for up to $3,000 in donations. The Carbondale Middle School is asking for the public’s help. If you are interested in donating your time, books or money, please contact Carbondale Middle School. As seventh-grader Jesse Campos writes, “Without books we would die from lack of entertainment and imagination.” Mollie Honan is a library aide at Carbondale Middle School.

found the minutes from an early 1980s trustees meeting that said interest rates on CDs were 11.8 percent and construction loans were at 23 percent. “Now you’d be luck to get a half-percent (on a CD),” she said. Carbondale’s population is now about 6,000 but was around 1,700-1,800 in the early 1980s. Actual coal miners, some with eyes still ringed with black after a shift at Coal Basin, walked or staggered in and out of the Black Nugget bar at Fourth and Main. The town didn’t have 24-hour police protection but one of the handful of police officers was on call around the clock. Carbondale was not only growing in the early 1980s but also reeling from financial irregularities and related problems that resulted in the town manager and other town staffers being fired. That’s when then-planner Davis Farrar was promoted to town manager. “He was an excellent city manager,” Barnett said. “He was the right person at the right time.” Soon after Farrar took over, the trustees were asked to certify what were known as industrial revenue bonds to be used to build the shopping center where City Market is located. When asked whether there

was any opposition to the bonds’ issuance, Barnett replied “I’m sure there was.” Town hall back then was the faux-brick, metal framed building on Second Street that is now home to radio station KDNK. As the town staff grew, doors would be cut through walls to create small offices. “It was like a maze in there.” When town staff prepared to move to the new town hall in the mid-1980s, Barnett and then-townclerk Suzanne Cerise headed up to the attic and tossed years of water bills, utilities bills and related records into a waiting dumpster below. A few years before the dumping, building inspector John Palmer rushed in one day after a snow storm and told everyone to evacuate because the roof might collapse.“The trusses were (bending) the wrong way.” Other changes since the early 1980s that Barnett mentions: town residents voted to consolidate the independent Carbondale Sanitation District, which provided sewer service to the town but not water, into the Carbondale town government; the town replaced the Interstate-70 style street lights up and down Main Street and on Weant Boulevard with the antiquish ones we now enjoy. And did we mention the town almost defaulted on the bonds it took out to pave the streets in the early 1980s, and in cigarette-smoke-filled rooms Farrar, Barnett, other staffers and trustees went line item by line item through budgets to keep that from happening? “There was no ban on smoking back then.” When asked what she’ll miss about working for the town, Barnett said it would be the day-to-day contact with the people she works with. But, she knew it was time to retire when she and Jim were on vacation for two weeks in Florida over Christmas, and “I wasn’t quite ready to come back.” The Barnetts have no plans to move away from their “envelope” style house they built near Highway 82 in the 1980s. She doesn’t have any immediate plans, other than maybe getting back to painting oils like she used to years ago. March 1 is Barnett’s last official day on the job and she’s working up until then to complete more than one project. “It’s 30 years later (than when I first started). You wake up one day and realize 30 years have gone by.”

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Oysters climb to the top The CRMS Oysters are regional champs following last Saturday’s climbing meet in Grand Junction. The competition was fierce, with 113 climbers from 11 Western Slope high schools vying for coveted invitations to the state championship. The strong showing was led by Karla Vlatkovic, who won the overall girl’s division. She was backed by Lea Linse and Libby Kasmer, who tied for sixth. Cleo Ulatowski was eighth, Cheyenne Peterman ninth, Lexi Smith 10th and Mollie Podmore 12th. The boys were led by Sammy Martin, who took second place. Nikken Daniels placed fourth, followed by Luc Browning in fifth place. The squad at the state finals will be rounded out by Jamison Orr, Jackson Carter and Vladimir Funes. Word has it that hopes are high for the Oysters to bring some state championship hardware back to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus.

Kids, adults climb the wall The Carbondale Recreation Department held its annual climbing competition at the recreation center on Feb. 15 and the results are as follows: girls youth, Emma Jacobson (first); boys eight and under: Gabe Serson (first), Mylo Ornowski (second), Max Brooke (third) and Ben Jacobson (fourth); female division: Libby Kasmer, Elsie Osenga and Cheyenne Peterman; men’s recreational: Evan Sale, Porter Biggs, Nathan Flessner, Rick Pratt and Dan Feuerstein; men’s intermediate: Taylor Woodward, Karl Gunselman, Nate Osenga and Alex Curtiss; men’s advanced: Raleigh Gambino, Jameson Orr, Vladimir Funes and Alan Jameson.

Dos Gringos cuts it in Cup Challenge Boden’s Butter of Aspen, and Dos Gringos of Carbondale, placed first and second respectively in the recent CORE Cup Challenge. The challenge was getting restaurant and coffee shop customers to use reusable cups for coffee and other drinks instead of disposable paper and Styrofoam cups. The first and second place winners each exceeded 50 percent of drink sales in reusable cups. “We’ve always been mindful of reusable products, but we still found the week to be very impactful,” said Nelson Oldham, owner of Dos Gringos in Carbondale. “Our staff did a great job of encouraging people to bring their mugs and use our mugs in house. We found the reusable cup program got people thinking about using other reusable to-go products as well.” The Reusable Cup Challenge was co-sponsored by Waste Free Roaring Fork. Other Carbondale participants included The Blend.

Students of the Month runs next week Due to time management problems at The Sopris Sun, the Students of the Month photo will run in next week’s edition.

Garfield Clean Energy exposed A project by Garfield Clean Energy and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park received global exposure recently when they were featured in a case study by Florida- and Netherlands-based Lighting Science Group Corporation. Lighting Science designs, develops, manufactures and markets LED lighting solutions that are environmentally friendlier and more energy efficient than traditional lighting products, according to a press release.

Frozen members party at the Pour House Local members of “The Frozen” cast and crew do some partying at the Pour House at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 to celebrate the film’s release in DVD. Parts of the psychological thriller were filmed in the Pour House and Crystal River Valley locations last February. For details, call JoEllen Maynard at 945-0604.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Brian Leasure (Feb. 22); Mark Cook, Kris Kreft, Sue Drinker and David Lucas-Jones (Feb. 23); Steve Skinner, Jeff Dickinson and Kyle Watts (Feb. 24); Dottie Daniels and Neill Taylor (Feb. 26); and Tim Whitsitt (Feb. 27).


Community Meeting on Thompson Divide Natural Gas Leases The public is urged to join Pitkin County Commissioners at a community meeting to voice concerns about the potential for natural gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area on Wednesday, February 27th at Carbondale Town Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Officials from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Wilderness Workshop, Thompson Divide Coalition, and Pitkin County Government have been invited to discuss the issue and take public comment.

Roadside Gallery offers a snapshot of Americana Sopris Sun Staff Report

It’s a ride down memory lane when talking to Marty Garfinkle, fine art photographer and owner of the Roadside Gallery at 320 Main Street. Having lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 35 years, he’s spent most of them on the road on one of his dozen Harley Davidson motorcycles, taking pictures and exploring the two-lane highway towns across America. “I’ve shot at least 10,000 frames over the years,” he said. An attorney from Brooklyn turned small-business owner (Mountain Lids hand-crafted knitwear in the 1970s) turned photographer in semi-retirement, Garfinkle’s photographs take a nostalgic look at the colorful American road signs and funky folk art quickly disappearing alongside the mom-and-pop owned diners, cafes and coffee shops that used to dot the countryside and welcome travelers looking for a home-cooked meal and a comfortable bed. Most of the images now on the walls and in the many racks at the Roadside Gallery were taken by Garfinkle on his travels. In 1990, he published Sturgis (North Dakota) Motorcycle Mecca, a collection of black and white “people shots” from the early days when he followed the motorcycle rally circuit. Other shots at the Roadside Gallery include eclectic café and bar, and hotel and motel signage from places like the Busy Bee

Marty Garfinkle opened Roadside Gallery on Main Street 13 years ago. Inside, the gallery offers not only Garfinkle photos from across the U.S., but Library of Congress pictures from the 1930s as well. Photo by Lynn Burton Café in Phoenix, Lum’s Chop Suey in Bakersville, Buck-A-Roo Bar in Seattle, Sandman Motel in Reno and the Lookout Mountain Tourist Lodge in Chattanooga. There are also scenic vistas, historic buildings, and a special collection documenting days spent riding the iconic Route 66. Now using digital photography exclusively, Garfinkle, who is admittedly not technologically savvy, has kept up with the

latest equipment and contrivances to display and sell his art. “It used to be that you had to know film to be a photographer, but it’s not like that anymore,” he told The Sopris Sun.

Printing The Roadside Gallery has a complete instore, high-tech printing facility that creates an assortment of photo sizes from a mod-

est 8- inch x 10-inch picture to a mega 44inch x 96-inch print that will cover large wall spaces on a variety of media from semi-gloss and matte paper to fine art photographic rag paper and satin cloth. A digital capture of an original watercolor painting, for example, can be printed and stretched on canvas to create a photorealism art piece. “All the great photographers like Ansel Adams and others manipulate their images. We’re artists not photojournalists,” said Garfinkle. Besides his own images, Garfinkle recently brought in a selection of prints from the Library of Congress’ public domain catalogue including Dorothea Lange’s striking Depression-era photos. Shawn Tolle is a master printer who has been at the Roadside Gallery for 13 years, helping photographers and artists with complete digital services from restoring a vintage family photo for a Valentine’s Day surprise gift to taking a photograph and manipulating it to fit a different medium like coasters, greeting cards, plaque-mounted sculptures and light boxes. “We offer a complete printing process that you won’t get from an instant photo processing booth. We take mediocre images and make them look great,” Tolle said. Prices start at $8 for a coaster then go from there. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on weekends by calling 963-9332 or visiting

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FRIDAY Feb. 22

KDNK DINNER • KDNK hosts a fundraising dinner at the Pullman in Glenwood Springs starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $88.10. Info: 963-0139 or

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Impossible” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-28 (except Feb. 24 showtime is 5 p.m. only) and “Promised Land” (R) at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 23.

OPEN MIC • The Blend, at 1150 Highway 133, hosts an open mic night from 6 to 9 p.m. The mic is open to just about everyone, including poets, performers and signers. There’ll also be specials on wine and espresso. LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Greensky Bluegrass at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15/$20. Info: TWILIGHT SNOWSHOEING • Staff members at the Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Pitkin County Trails and Open Space, lead a snowshoe tour of the Emma Open Space from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet at the Emma School parking lot. The tour is free but reservations are required at 927-1290 or ROTaRy • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita every Thursday at noon.

THURS.-SAT. Feb. 21-23 COMEDy • The 2013 Aspen Laff Festival takes place at the Wheeler Opera House with eight shows featuring Marion Grodin, Colin Quinn, Tammy Pescatelli and Nick Griffin, Bobby Slayton and Robert Hawkins, Jake Johanssen and Troy Walker, and Christopher Titus and Rachel Bradley. Info:

THEaTRE • Thunder River Theatre Company in downtown Carbondale opens Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at 7:30 p.m. The play continues Feb. 23, March 13 and March 7-9, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets: $22 adults/$11 students at Info: 963-8200. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents the Carbondale Mile Markers from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. LIVE MUSIC • Colorado Mountain College presents Honey Don’t at the Rifle campus at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22. The campus is located at 3695 Airport Road. Info: 625-1871.

SATURDAY Feb. 23 LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents percussionist Lyn Byers from 6 to 9 p.m. No cover.

SyMPHONy SWING • Symphony in the Valley hosts its “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” swing-era dance at the Orchard on Snowmass Drive at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75, which includes which includes a buffet dinner and cash bar. Info:

SUNDAY Feb. 24 TRUU EVENT • Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist (TRUU) at the Third Street Center presents a program titled “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with Amy Rowland, Lon Winston and Valerie Haugen at 10 a.m. Info: aSC • A Spritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Barry Chapman at 10 a.m. Info: 963-5516. JaMbOREE • There’ll be an oldtime jamboree from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center featuring students from the Roaring Fork High School choral class, guitar students from Glenwood Springs High School, the Zingers, Slide Whistle; song-leader Sue Schnitzer, students from the RFHS Grapes of Wrath Book Club; and Jack Green as Casey, the preacher from “The Grapes of Wrath.” Topping off the afternoon there’ll be local square dancers do-si-do-ing. The program is free and sponsored by the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, CCAH, The Carbondale Community Bread Oven, and CRMS. Feel free to wear your overalls. It’s part of the library district’s community Big Read, which

features John Steinbeck’s Depression-era classic “The Grapes of Wrath.” MEDITaTION WORKSHOP • True Nature Healing Arts on Third Street offers a meditation workshop with Branden Cohen from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $25. Info: 963-9900.

TUESDAY Feb. 26 aFRICaN DaNCE • The Aspen Dance Connection presents Bao Bao African Drum and Dance at 7 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School. Tickets are $15/$18 for adults and $5 for students (kids under five are free). They are available at Dos Gringos and Dancing Bear trading post in Glenwood Springs. Food and African wares will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Info: 927-0641.

WEDNESDAY Feb. 27 ROTaRy • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at the firehouse at 7 a.m. every Wednesday. Info: Ken Neubecker at

Save the Date THURSDAY Feb. 28 PaRTy WITH THE SUN • The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s community supported non-profit newspaper, celebrates its fourth birthday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pour House on Main Street. There’ll be fun, music and food; everyone’s invited. Bring your own party hat. Info: 510-3003. CALENDAR page 11

Long Day’s Journey into Night A discussion of Eugene O’Neill’s timeless masterpiece – family tragedy, forgiveness and a glimmer of hope WITH THUNDER RIVER THEATRE’S Lon Winston

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FRIDAY March 8 aNDy TayLOR SHOW • Korologos Gallery in Basalt hosts an opening reception for “Andy Taylor: Current Works” from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hold the Presses POETRy SLaM HITS STEVE’S • The Aspen Writers’ Foundation hosts a poetry slam and spoken word performance featuring Phoenix-based Myrlin Hepworth at 7 p.m. on March 1. Poets sign in at 6:30 p.m. Judges will be selected from the audience. aMERICaN LEGION SERVES UP SPaGHETTI • American Legion Post 100 (located at 97 Third St.) hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 1. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. ROTaRy GRaNT aPPLICaTIONS aLMOST DUE • The Carbondale Rotary Club is taking grant applications from local non-profits. Last year, the club granted more than $44,000 to 25 organizations. For details, call Lynn Kirchner at 379-4766, Jim Noyes at 389-9997, or visit The application deadline is March 8. Funds for the grants come from the Carbondale Rotary Club’s annual Happening dinner/dance and auction fundraiser, slated for Saturday, June 8. THEaTRE aSPEN’S aNNUaL GaLa • Theatre Aspen’s annual gala takes place at the Hotel Jerome on Feb. 23. For ticket information, go to

Ongoing VVaS CONTINUES • The 33rd annual Valley Visual Art show continues at the Third Street Center and Bonfire Cofffee through March 1. Info: the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities at 963-1680.

The bao bao roster includes: adjei abankwah (director of Bao Bao) who was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble for 11 years and is an accomplished musician and composer. Mohammed alidu (the talking drummer) was born into the Bizung lineage of talking drum chiefs of Northern Ghana. David akramah Cofie (story teller) studied theater at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon. Habib Iddrisu. Ph.D. (assistant director of Bao Bao) is a traditionally trained dancer and musician, born into the Dagomba/Dagbamba Bizung family of court historians and musicians in Tamale in Northern Ghana. Vida Tekpor lived and performed in London for several years and now resides in New York City and in addition to her role as a singer and dancer, she designs and manages costumes.



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CLay SHOW CONCLUDES • The Carbondale Clay Center show “Seeing Red” ends on Feb. 22. This exhibition features the work of

Steven Colby, Diane Kenney, Peg Malloy, Alleghany Meadows, Lisa Pedolsky, Elizabeth Robinson, and Alex Watson. Info: 963-2529.


STRaNaHaN CONCLUDES • “George Stranahan: Looking Back” continues at the Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Info: 927-4123.

the Carbondale Community School on Feb. 25: drumming is 6 to 7 p.m. and dance is 8:30 p.m. The cost is $15 each or $25 for both. Please bring your own drum.


aRT TaLK • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents a panel discussion titled “How to go from ‘Starving Artist’ to ‘Artiste’ (that’s French for successful) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Panel members include Dick Durrance (photographer), Wewer Keohane

(mixed media), Nancy Lovendahl (sculptor) and Ashley Todey (arts management). Info:

Sopris Sun Staff Report Bao Bao African Drum and Dance performers who come to Roaring Fork High School on Feb. 26 live across the U.S. but come together once a year to perform, teach West African drumming and dancing, and storytelling in Colorado and Wyoming. All the dancers originally performed in the Ghana National Dance Ensemble before moving to the United States, according to a press release. The performance in Carbondale will feature 12 dancers/drummers and 20 different drums, including the Photo by Lili May Wong “talking drum.” “At the end of the show, everyone is encouraged to get up and dance to the music,” said organizer Fran Page. The Aspen Dance Connection is bringing the Bao Bao to the Roaring Fork Valley and performances are scheduled at schools from Aspen to Rifle. The Carbondale performance starts at 7 p.m.; African food and wares are available for sale starting at 6:30 p.m. Aspen Dance Connection will present master classes for all ages and abilities at

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RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE NOW for the GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK Fashion Show Program The program will be inserted in the March 7 issue of The Sopris Sun, and will be given to all event attendees March 8-9. Ad sizes available include: 1/2 page, 1/4 page and 1/8 page.

DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 22. CONTACT BOB ALBRIGHT OR LINDA FLEMING: or 970-927-2175 or 970-379-5223 THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • FEbRUaRy 21, 2013 • 11

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Dandy Days needs dandy vols No word on whether the first crocus has powered his way to the surface but they can’t be far away. Neither is the next planning meeting for this year’s Dandelion Day. The meeting itself is Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. while the day itself is on May 11 in Sopris Park. For details, contact Candace Goodwin at or visit

Town sculpture exhibition. The deadline for entries is Feb. 28. For details, call Carbondale Town Hall at 963-2733.

KDNK’s winter membership drive continues KDNK’s 30th Anniversary Winter Membership Drive continues through March 1. For details, tune into 88.1, 88.3 or 88.5 FM or go to and click on “donate.”

RFHS looking for mentors Roaring Fork High School is looking for adults who will help mentor and tutor students in math and English from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. The school is also looking for volunteers to help with book clubs. For details, contact Drew Adams at

Women’s auxiliary selling raffle tickets The American Legion Post 100 Women’s Auxiliary is selling raffle tickets to raise money to buy a new tent for the legion. Tickets are $5 each and the winner receives two nights for six people at Electric Mountain Lodge. Tickets are available at the post, which is located on Colorado Avenue near town hall.

5Point’s Dream Project is under way The deadline to enter the 5Point Film student grant Dream Project program is March 1. The five area high school students who are chosen will received $1,500 to conduct their “dream” project. Past grant recipients have volunteered for an orphanage in Haiti, worked at a clinic in Kenya, created an outdoor program for their respective schools and volunteered in remote parts of Chile. “All we require is that they are prepared to learn, lead and have a positive impact,” said program organizer Crosby Nordblom. For details, go to

CCS accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year Carbondale Community School is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. The deadline is April 5. There’ll also be an open house for the K-8 school, located in Satank, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21. For details, call 963-9647.

CPaC still accepting public art entries The Carbondale Public Arts Commission is accepting applications for its Art aRound

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Andy Lietz of Sunsense Solar (left) and Charley Hill, lead pastor at The Orchard (right), hold a couple of old incandescent stage lights in front of the church. The Orchard joined the Garfield Clean Energy Challenge as part of the Carbondale Fall Efficiency program and replaced 86 of its old inefficient lamps with LED lights, and had 273 SunPower solar panels installed on the church's four roofs. Photo by Cam Burns

CARBONDALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Now Accepting Applications For the 2013-2014 school year Application Deadline: April 5 Progressive integrated curriculum Small, multi-aged classes (K-8) • Outdoor education Encouraging inquisitive, independent and self-motivated learners

Open House You are invited to meet our teachers, view student portfolios, and tour our facilities.

Thursday, February 21st from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Ahora Aceptamos Aplicaciones Para el ciclo escolar 2013-2014 Un Curiculo activo basado en las experiencias de la vida Clases pequenas que combinan ninos de diferentes edades Grados Kinder - 8 • Educacion y actividades al aire libre Desarrollar estudiantes independientes v motivados

Exposicio Noche de la escuela abierta. Estan invitados a conocer nuestros maestros. Jueves, 21 de Febrero de 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fecha limite para aplicationes: 5 de Abril

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TRTC stages O’Neill masterpiece; opens Feb. 22 Sopris Sun Staff Report Thunder River Theatre Company, named Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2012 Outstanding Regional Theatre, presents Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece “Long Day’s Journey into Night.â€? O’Neill is the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and four Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Post calls the play “ ‌ a magniďŹ cent and shattering play — a stunning theatrical experience.â€? O’Neill wrote the play as an autobiography and asked his wife not to publish it until 25 years after his death. She published it almost immediately, and it won his fourth Pulitzer Prize, albeit posthumously. The play has become far more universal than O’Neill’s life. “It is a very honest, sometimes funny, grueling look at the play’s dysfunctional family, and what has happened to them and how they struggle to come to terms with the life they have been handed,â€? said TRTC Artistic Director Lon Winston. Thunder River’s creative team is focusing on themes recognizable in all families. Alcoholism, drug addiction and abusive dialogue are all metaphors in the play. But so is tenderness and deep devoted love. “This is not to say that all families are dysfunctional, but there are things in the play that we will all recognize,â€? Winston continued. “Though an American classic, it is also interestingly contemporary.â€? The central theme of the play is — Can you ever escape the past? Is that even possible? At one point in the play, Mary Tyrone says to husband James, “I can forgive, but I can’t forget.â€? The characters often use the word “remember.â€? The play’s family is constantly blaming each other for the life they are living and the predicaments in which they ďŹ nd themselves by digging up the past. This tactic helps them to avoid the present. Positive moments usually end with an accusation. Denial and evasion play a major role early on, but by the end of the

Thunder River Theatre Company presents “Long Day’s Journey Into Night� through March 7. From left to right: Nick Garay as Edmund Tyrone, Owen O’Farrell as James Tyrone, Valerie Haugen as Mary Tyrone and David Pulliam as Jamie Tyrone. Courtesy photo play, they actually talk. People say vitriolic things, followed by an apology and a profession of love. “Devoted love is powerful in the play,� Winston said. The cast includes Owen O’Farrell and TRTC’s Valerie Haugen as James and Mary Tyrone. Newcomers to the TRTC stage are David Pulliam and Nick Garay as the Tyrone sons James Jr. and Edmund. TRTC’s Jennica Deely is Cathleen, a family servant.

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The play opens Feb. 22 and continues Feb. 23, March 1-3 and March 7-9. Preview is Feb. 21.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $11 for students and are available at or 963-8200. Thunder River Theatre is located in downtown Carbondale, west of the Dinkel Building.

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Obituary Marie T. Reidland 1919-2013 Marie T. Reidland, 93, daughter of Slovenian immigrants Frank and Marie Gaspare McKenick, lived most of her life in the Chicago area. She worked in her parents’ west side grocery store and later in the business world. In 1948 she married Russell Reidland, with whom she had two daughters, Kristine Garcia

(Richard Garcia) of San Clemente, California, and Linda Romero Criswell (Russ Criswell) of Carbondale. She is also survived by grandsons Abraham Romero and his wife, Leora Rosenbaum, and Thomas Romero, all of whom live in Colorado. Marie loved reading, singing, listening to talk radio, writing letters, doing crossword puzzles and walking. She never had a drivers’ license. She will be remembered for: her prodigious memory (being known as “the one who reminds

the elephants”), her helpfulness to family and friends, and the time she provided information leading to the conviction of a gangland counterfeiter. She once appeared on Chicago radio, singing “Just a Gigolo.” Marie was a devout Catholic. She moved to Carbondale several years ago after the death of her husband and embraced her new life in the West, filling her letters to friends back home with stories of cowboys, offbeat local celebrations and bears that walk through town.

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VISIT BASALT & EL JEBEL At the confluence of Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers

Bennett Bramson speaks at chamber lunch Feb. 27 Bennett Bramson of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty speaks at the Basalt Chamber of Commerce’s “Learn & Lunch” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27. RSVP at 927-4031 by Feb. 25. In other basalt area action: • The Basalt Chamber of Commerce

hosts “Cookies & Coffee” at its caboose on Midland Avenue/Two Rivers Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday. • The Wyly Community Art Center on Midland Avenue presents “Looking Back” by photographer George Stranahan through Feb. 28. For details, call 927-4123. • Rock Bottom Ranch presents the par-

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ent/child series “Nature & Me” from 10 to Sybarite 5 String Quartet. For details, call 11 a.m. on Mondays through March 18. For the library. • The Basalt Lions Club bingo night details, go to • Local author Paul Andersen gives a takes place at the Eagle County Building in journalizing workshop titled “Writing Your El Jebel at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. The cost is Own Story” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 20, $10. For details, e-mail rbeckman@guildFeb. 26 and March 6 at the Basalt Library. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk. • The Basalt Library’s computer help class takes place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. • Penny from Colorado Workforce assists individuals in job searches and with unemployment problems at the Basalt Regional Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 26. The Linx networking group recently • The Basalt Library presents the awarded funds to non-profits. From left to right are: Diane Welter (Friends for Life), Karen Peppers (Feed My Sheep), Rosie McSwain (Tom’s The Town of Basalt Police Department offers Door), Emma Bielski pet licensing. Pet licenses cost $10.00 for al(Advocate Safehouse), tered animals or $20.00 for unaltered animals. Dog licenses are mandatory and current vaccination certificates are required. Cats Robin Tolan (Youth need no license, but Owner must have current vaccination information on file. Zone), Ryan Beckman (Linx president JulyPlease call the Police Department at 970-927-4316, December, 2012). or visit, Basalt Municipal Code, Courtesy photo Article VII, Sec. 7-132 for further details.


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Dealing with cat-scratch fever in Fishtrap, Oregon Among my many responsibilities as the Fishtrap Eastern Ore- companied by endless attention and petting, and the sink surgon Wallowa County Writer In Residence, perhaps the biggest rounded by a three sided mirror — no coincidence. one, and the one I have the most trouble with, is taking care of Yin, on the other hand, an incredibly cautious short-haired two cats. That the number one word in most thesauri in regards black cat, has made me work hard for her affection. If cats were to trouble is “problem,” and that the history of ever ninja like in their behavior, she is the ninja-est. the word “trouble” finds its roots from Old Nevertheless, after more than two months of getFrench in “troubler,” and was influenced by the ting used to me, and as long as I don’t have comLate Latin “turbidus,” as in confused and turbid, pany, she also greets me, and is even louder in her more than fits. enjoyment of affection than Humphrey. To simplify many complex stories from this past The problem I have suddenly found myself unyear, and shorten an overly long and ever lengthenprepared for this time around is that both ing narrative full of fur-ball-hearted-quail-andHumphrey and Yin are “outdoor” cats. Meaning chipmunk-killing, new abodes, and ever expanding they spend their time sleeping beneath the outhorizons, cats (and more often than not their ownbuildings and porches of the property, or inside the ers) have forced me to wander the steep sided and enclosed front porch of the house that has a small poorly maintained path of cat acceptance. hand rigged entrance made out of a piece of siding It all started when I house sat at the same place and a partially cracked window where they have acI am presently house-sitting (an abode on the edge cess to water and food. And the Wallowa Mounof Forest Service land, owned by two incredibly By Cameron Scott tains are wild. So wild there are still wolverines that warm-hearted potters, which includes various outlive here. Not to mention a smattering of resident buildings, sheds, kilns, and a spacious pottery stubobcats, foxes, cougars, owls, and coyotes. Most dio). Other than feeling responsible for two cats I had no desire to days I feel like I’m in an episode of Marty Stauffer’s “Wild Amerfeel responsible for, I spent an enjoyable three weeks teaching, writ- ica” with deer for neighbors and so many animal tracks in the ing and exploring the darkly wooded and canyoned drainage on snow I can’t keep track. the north side of the Wallowa Mountains, otherwise known as As the February days here lengthen and warm and the snow Hurricane Creek. When it was time, I happily up-rooted, said “so melts (think March in the Roaring Fork Valley), the cats have spent long” to my feline companions, and wandered on down the road. less and less time in the enclosed porch area. Then over a week But now, somewhat caught in a repeating wheel of cat sam- ago I had the distinct feeling that Humphrey had vacated the premsara, here I am again, this time for almost four months. And while, ise. The ninja cat Yin was still around, but as the days passed it belike a George Harrison song, I keep telling myself “All things must came obvious only one cat was eating from the food, and while Yin pass …” I find myself enjoying the company of the two cats. still greeted me when I got home, Humphrey was nowhere to be Humphrey, the more playful and social of the two, is a long-haired found. Even a week later I remain hopeful that Humphrey is just white cat who waits for me to wake up or arrive home from work, out “cattin,’” a phenomena described to me by his owners and and then sprints into the house when I open the door, b-lines for other cat owners as a cross between “Spring Fever” and “Bieber the owner’s bathroom sink, and drinks from the tap in a head- Fever,” an affliction that besets pop-crazed teenyboppers when tilted tongue-smacking manner. That his forays indoors are ac- their judgment is tossed to the veritable wind.


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Of quail picking through grass and all other gentle creatures, where is the orange Tabby? Gone back to the barn to nap; at dusk his eyes reflect the truck’s harsh lights. In the dead of night, I have trod on the wet guts of some small animal walking to the bathroom or removed the headless corpse of a sparrow or chipmunk in the harsh light of morning. What concern am I to him, besides a scratch beneath the chin? Oh, how I love the Tabby— eat of everything, and in turn am also eaten—

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ORDINANCE NO. 4 Series 2013

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO, AMENDING CHAPTER 3.02 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE (DISPOSITION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY) NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on February 12, 2013.

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 Published in The Sopris Sun on February 21, 2013.

ORDINANCE NO. 5 Series 2013

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO EXPANDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM REGARDING MEDICAL OR RETAIL MARIJUANA FACILITIES TO MARIJUANA CLUBS NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on February 12, 2013.

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

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NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on February 12, 2013. 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

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