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Volume 11, Number 2 | February 21, 2019
Roaring Fork’s Joe Salinas (pictured) was crowned the winner of Glenwood Springs Basketball Officials Association Sportsmanship Award as the Rams hosted Grand Valley in the final game of the regular season. The girls fell in a foul-heavy fight, then were treated to an immediate rematch in the first round of playoffs but still couldn’t defeat the Cardinals. The boys, however, emerged victorious in a back-and-forth battle and went on to top Moffat County in a home playoff game. They enter the semifinals at Grand Junction High School ranked 17th by RPI and will face 15th-ranked Gunnison at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Photo by Sue Rollyson
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Parenting with presence As usual, our favorite Mexican restaurant was packed. frayed; a dozen people had been subjected to the meltdown for The parents at the table next to us didn’t even flinch as their entirely too long. But, no biggie because it was the best she could kids raced around not just their table, but everyone else’s, too. do. Was I hearing that correctly? Several times the kids got in the way of the servers carrying hot I don’t buy it for a second. I don’t think letting our kids run food out of the kitchen. My husband and I wanted to go over unchecked while they disrupt other people in public is the best we there and shake these parents a little and say, “Pay parents can do. And if it is, heaven help these children attention to your kids!” who one day are going to find out the hard way that Ugh — I am so done with parents letting their the world in fact does not revolve around them. children run wild in public places! This isn’t just my opinion, however. Plenty of Just as I recovered from the restaurant mayhem studies show that young adults who are indulged the other day I went to the library to try to think in childhood suffer from depression and a general in peace and quiet. As I got settled into my work a sense of ennui later on in life. They experience a small child burst into a five-alarm meltdown, and he deep personal crisis when they finally realize that the wasn’t in the kid area. world will not indulge them like their parents did. At first, I truly felt for caregiver in charge — Look parents, I know you are exhausted. I know hasn’t every parent been at the mercy of a meltdown none of our children are going to be perfect all the at least once? We know how toddlers go from cute time. And I know setting up boundaries and conseto scary, totally possessed mini people in two secquences is not always the easiest, but that’s our job. onds flat. It’s like that “Gremlins” movie. It is our responsibility as parents to prepare these My patience and understanding quickly left the little ones to handle the adult world the best they building once the wailing continued on. Obviouscan, and hopefully along the way also teach them to By Judith Ritschard ly the mom didn’t see it necessary to separate this be respectful part of a greater society. howler monkey from the rest of us in the library. Maybe she If we are sending them messages that they always run the thought junior had every right to express himself wherever he show, then what are we really teaching them? pleased (Fine. Outside or maybe in the bathroom would have Let me end by saying that nothing is more certain than the been great!) fact that bringing up kids is hard and often pretty scary and, unWhatever the reason was, after a few minutes I know I was fortunately, these gromets didn’t come with operation manuals visibly irritated. Through my deep groans I said something under attached to their birth certificates. It’s clear that through all our my breath like, “Someone take that child outside.” Meanwhile, best parenting efforts we want one thing: for them to be happy the screams carried on. That’s when a young woman near me and feel loved. asked, “Ma’am do you have kids?” I think she had me pegged But, I think it’s possible to love our children with abandon as someone without kids who couldn’t possibly understand the while still stepping up to the plate and being the ones that call struggles of a mother having to manage a toddler. the shots and not the other way around. It felt good to say, “Yes, in fact I do, and that child should be taken outside.” She seemed a bit put out by that fact that I wasn’t Judith Ritschard was born by the sea in Mexico then transplantbeing more patient and understanding. ed to the Roaring Fork Valley where she turned full on mountain “Well, that mom is doing the best she can,” she assured me. girl. You might spot her in her huarache sandals on her townie So, was I being the impatient jerk here? My nerves were bike trying to keep up with her two wildlings in Carbondale.
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I came across a cross Dear Editor: When driving into Carbondale from Highway 82 the last few winters, I have noticed a perfect cross of snow on the north face of the ridge between Hwy 133 and Avalanche Creek. It is so large (over 100 feet tall) and so perfect that I’ve got to believe it is man-made. I’ve tried, in vain, to find someone who knows how it got there. If any reader can tell me, please call me at 945-0966, or email me at americron@Comcast.net. Hal Sundin Glenwood Springs
Get got outta here Dear Editor: Reading Mutt and Jeff’s column bemoaning the misuse and overuse of the word like (Sopris Sun, Jan. 23), I was reminded of the term that drives me up the wall: got. Most often, got is used as a substitute for the word have. They’re not the same word. Got means acquire. Have means possess. When you buy a car, you got it. When it’s titled and registered, you have it. Nowhere among the many definitions of got does the dictionary list require. You don’t got to go to the doctor. You
have to go to the doctor. Take the common expression I’ve got. Get rid of the contraction and just say I have. I mean, if you break the contraction down, it’s I have got. Does that even sound right? It’s repetitious. Economize the language, like the Spanish speakers do. A chill goes up my spine every time I hear someone misuse got, but it’s so common, I can’t stop myself from doing it. I gotta go. Fred Malo Jr. Carbondale
Back Bennet’s backing of us Dear Editor: The Thompson Divide’s landscape reflects the character and strength of those who live, study, ranch, farm, work, govern and recreate here. The area’s stark beauty suggests openness and honesty; its sharp edges encourage directness; its forests offer solace; its clear skies demand clarity; its mountains require risk. For the past ten years, the area’s residents, ranchers, recreationalists, visitors and local municipalities have been united in a common cause for the Thompson Divide — to recognize appropriate use of these public lands and to protect these
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special areas from inappropriate energy development while respecting existing rights of current operators and leaseholders. Senator Bennet’s proposed legislation gets us there. We, the stakeholders of the Thompson Divide Coalition, appreciate the continued support for current and appropriate activities and benefits of the Divide — ranching, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, identified recreational activities, and preservation of our limited wild lands. We, also, recognize the need to restrict oil and gas development in the identified area now, and we trust that support for these diverse interests and restriction of inappropriate uses are given equal consideration and support 10, 20, and 40 years in the future. Towns and counties around the Divide have publicly supported the preservation of the area’s unique natural qualities and its protection from inappropriate oil and gas development. I urge these community leaders, mayors, town councils, and county commissioners to reaffirm their support of protecting the Divide by supporting its inclusion in Bennet’s legislation. Dorothea Farris Crystal River Valley
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Carbondale one step closer to six new Pickleball courts By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff Eric Brendlinger estimated that “only like two” people from the public attended the Feb. 13 Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commissioner meeting, at which three North Face Park master plan designs were presented. The Parks and Recreation Department director isn’t worried about the low attendance — in fact, he sees it as a sign of a job well done. After all, the meeting wasn’t the first time the department had floated the design options: the plans have been publicly available on the Town of Carbondale website with a four-question Survey Monkey that allowed people to make their preferences known. “We had about 105 responses, and about 73 percent of those preferred Plan C,” he said. “Did we do our job? I think we... did. I think people were satisfied with what was presented.” Plan C, as Brendlinger described it, allows for six dedicated pickleball courts immediately south of the existing tennis courts at the park. Importantly, it also maintains plenty of open space for other uses and parking. “[The goal] was to have a design that didn’t eat up the parking, because parking is paramount, and didn’t eat up too much of the green space so it could be used for other purposes,” he continued, adding that he foresees the remaining area being used for soccer, lacrosse and special events. The Parks and Recreation Commission voted easily to recommend Plan C as its preferred plan to the town trustees for
approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department and the Roaring Fork Pickleball Association (RFPA), which as agreed to fund the project. As the space was always zoned as North Face Park recreational use area, no official rezoning vote was required. “Roaring Fork Pickleball Association has said that they want to fund the design [and] construction of those six pickleball courts; they just needed land
right.’ It’ll have a long-term master plan to make sure everything else we want to do is thought through,” he said.
Down the line As for the RFPA, board member Jim Noyes emphasized that the group’s next step is to actually fundraise the money necessary to break ground on the project. “We don’t know how we’re going to do it, but we’ve committed to we’re going to do it,” he laughed, adding that the project will require about $225,000 in total. “We have ideas... we will sell court sponsorship signs on the inside of the court; some of this will come from avid pickleball players like myself, and others will go out and sell it to retailers and do-good organizations like Rotary.” Any sponsoring entities would get plenty of exposure for their investment, he continued. “Between May and October, we put in 5,000 player hours, playing only four days a week, only four hours at a time,” Noyes said of RFPA. “These will be the only tournament-quality, dedicated pickleball courts in the Roaring Fork Valley.” Brendlinger sees opportunities to make Carbondale a destination for tournaments, which will add to the tourism and recreation industries. “Pickleball itself is a popular sport — I don’t think it’s a fad; I think it’s here to stay. It’s the fastest growing sport in the United States,” he said. “There’s definitely a following and a desire, and if Carbondale is the town to put some dedicated pickleball
“[The goal] was to have a design that didn’t eat up the parking, because parking is paramount, and didn’t eat up too much of the green space so it could be used for other purposes.” – Eric Brendlinger
to put them on and the green light to do so,” Brendlinger said. “They’re going to go out and fundraise for this process and even potentially bank-finance some of it also, so everything’s off the town’s plate as far as construction costs.” While that certainly fast-tracks the development from a municipal perspective, it doesn’t mean a rubber-stamp approach, either. “Our Parks & Recreation Commission is like, ‘That’s great, but we’re still going to do it
While pickleball is certainly looking at a bright future, it’s been a hit in the Valley for years. This shot is from a 2016 tournament. File photo by Jane Bachrach courts next to tennis courts, we can host some pretty big tournaments. So there’s some economic benefit, too.” There’s also a public benefit. While RFPA would receive guaranteed playtime in return for its investment, the proposed pickleball courts will be public. “I think it’s a good opportunity, really, for Carbondale to build these courts. It’s really a donation of public courts with some guaranteed play time, which would make sense,” Brendlinger said. “People will be able to play on them. People will be able to reserve them through the Parks and Recreation Department; people will be able to just drop in and play on them on a first come, first serve basis. If you show up and all the courts
are taken and it’s not a scheduled other use, then you get a court in an hour. That’ll just be managed like other tennis courts.” Noyes doesn’t have any doubt the courts will be busy once built and open for use. “[Pickleball] was sort of just a local, regional little thing going on until the last 10 years, it started to really get some traction. In the last five years, it absolutely exploded. The only thing keeping it from exploding even more is the lack of courts,” he said, adding that a pickleball court is about a third of the size of a tennis court. The sport also uses custom paddles and a Wiffle ball, which allows for more volleys than in tennis. That makes the game more accessible, too, Noyes contended. And while the uninitiated may perceive it as a phenomenon for seniors, it’s made its way into Basalt Middle School. Currently, limited court capacity has also limited how many people can play and when. Noyes hopes that the new courts will change that. “We can start working with the schools, Super Seniors, Challenge Aspen — all kinds of people who’ve said, “We’d love to learn,’” he said. “This will be a huge, probably one of the most used park district assets that we have, both in town and out of town. The reason for its popularity is it’s incredibly easy to learn to play at a level where you can have fun right away. Pickleball, if you have any eye-hand coordination at all, you can be having fun in a matter of 15 minutes.” But, he cautioned, just because pickleball is easy to learn doesn’t mean it’s easy to play. “The challenging thing about it is you’ll spend the rest of your playing life trying to become good at it.”
Plan C received the overwhelming majority of votes for the North Face Park Expansion, and the Parks and Recreation Commissioners recommended it to the trustees Feb. 13. Courtesy graphic The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s weekly community connector • FEBRUARY 21-27, 2019 • 3
Scuttlebutt Survey says In the fall of 2018, students in grades K-12 in the Roaring Fork Schools completed short student surveys about their teachers and their schools. Overall, results from the recent administration of the student survey were stable from the 2017 administration, with a difference of only plus or minus three percent at the district level. Compared with national benchmarks, the Roaring Fork Schools continue to rank high among other schools that administer the Panorama Student Survey.
Study up Hunters hoping to draw a big-game license in Colorado in 2019 are urged to study up on all the changes in license requirements and fees prior to the March 1 opening of the application period. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved a variety of changes to big game fees in response to the passage of the “Hunting, Fishing and Parks for Future Generations Act” by the 2018 Colorado General Assembly. Changes include processing fees, a requirement that all applicants buy a license prior to the draw and a slightly earlier application deadline. Find out more at vimeo.com/317081778.
Snake charmer Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Program at Spring Valley is offering an 8-week Exotic Pet Management class that is open to the community. The course will focus on the handling and care of a variety of animals including small rodents, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, birds and much more. It meets Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning February 26. More info at 945-7481.
Photo finish Photo Creative Collective, a multi-use photographic studio for the public located at Suite 26A in the Third Street Center, has its formal opening from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Refreshments will be served and door prizes
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Last chance Tickets to the Green is the New Black’s March 15 and 16 shows are officially sold out, but folks can still squeeze in to preview night — 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14. It’s the same dynamic show but with open seating, no bar, and costs just $25. Nab your spot before it sells out too at carbondalearts.com. The Sun has its own line in this year’s show, so it’s not to be missed.
Homeward bound We indicated in last week’s issue that The Sun was working with the Carbondale Branch Library to place its bound volumes alongside those of The Valley Journal and Roaring Fork Review. We’re happy to report that effort was successful. To thumb through papers from 1974 through 2017, all you have to do is ask at the front desk.
(Feb. 23); Steve Skinner, Kyle Watts and Nuria Moya (Feb. 24); Jayme Sewell, Dottie Dan-
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They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating another year of life this week include: Collin Stewart (Feb. 21); Rachael Schultz and Sophia Clark
After playing a sold-out Belly Up show on Feb. 15, Atmosphere headed to Marble to shoot a “Hateful 8” inspired music video for their song “Earring.” The Minneapolis-based hip-hop duo were dressed from head to toe in western garb and spent the majority of the shoot riding in a horse drawn stagecoach (hand-built and provided by Dan Harris). Photos by Erin Danneker
Woman of mystery Local sleuths are researching mysterious Carbondale philanthropist Mrs. Mary Jane Francis, who lived here around 18801914. Anyone with information, photos or memories of stories can contact the Carbondale Historical Society at 963-7041.
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Brunch to benefit reuniting detained immigrant with her Carbondale aunt By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff
When Natalyn Cumings came across a GoFundMe campaign for Alejandra, she felt empowered to do something beyond click “donate.” The fundraiser wasn’t seeking money for the 22-yearold asylum seeker’s personal use — it was seeking to pay her $20,000 bond so she could reunite with her aunt in Carbondale. She’s currently detained at Eloy Detention Center, an Arizona facility with some of the highest suicide and death rates in the country. “I was late-night scrolling and I saw the GoFundMe page, and there was the link to Carbondale,” Cumings said. Knowing “how amazing our community is,” she decided that hosting a local benefit of some kind would probably be feasible. “The next day I woke up, and I called Stacey [Baldock] that owns The Pig, and I was like, ‘Hey, what do you think about doing some kind of brunch?’ And she didn’t even hesitate.” Since then, Cumings has garnered more than $3,200 worth of committed donated items from local businesses, enough to allow for a silent auction. “This has been one of the easiest events to plan because everyone has just really rallied,” she said. “It’s been really easy and an easy decision to want to do this for this woman. Obviously, the LGBTQ issues are near and dear to our hearts.” Alejandra fled her home in Central America because of persecution for her sexual orientation. Upon arriving in the United States, she was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in late July last year. The Eloy Immigration Court is in the same building as the detention center, which is a for-profit facility run by CoreCivic (rebranded from Corrections Corporation of America). That means in order to support someone through an asylum case, one would have to go through the detention center’s security screenings, which can be prohibitive. That’s led advocacy groups to visit detainees when family cannot.
Butterflies without borders Mariposas sin Fronteras is one such group, and it specifically dedicates its efforts to supporting LGBTQ people in immigration detention. Katie Miles and Carolyn Ferrucci, who organized the GoFundMe campaign that inspired Cumings, met Alejandra through their work with Mariposas. “We volunteered with their program that visits people,” Miles said, adding that the organization spearheads other efforts, as well. “They also do letter writing, they do bond support, they do advocacy work. They have also helped people when they get out of detention with housing, getting on their feet… anything that could be needed, really.” When Miles learned of Alejandra’s five-figure bond, she was disappointed and angry, but not surprised. “I met a few women who had been given bonds of $74,000,” she recalled. “These are people mostly who have never been in the U.S., have no criminal re-
An illustrated portrait of Alejandra instead of a photo, in order to protect her anonymity for safety reasons. By Gaby Hurtado-Ramos cord, have asylum cases, show up for court, there’s not really any reason to believe these people would be a risk. The court gives some of the highest bonds in the country. The way we see it, they’re essentially holding poor people who are fleeing life-threatening violence hostage until they either give them the money or give up and go home.” Going home can mean a death sentence, she continued, citing a recent case of a deported trans woman who was killed in El Salvador after the United States denied her asylum claim. In the system, Alejandra’s options for posting bond are limited. She works, but her wages go toward buying food at the commissary and making phone calls. Miles alleged that CoreCivic pays Alejandra $1.75 per shift. “In accordance with ICE’s National Detention Standards, ICE is authorized to pay an allowance to detainees who participate in its voluntary work program. Congress has not adjusted the allowance rate since the appropriations act for Fiscal Year 1979, which set the allowance rate for the voluntary work program at ‘not in excess of $1 per day.’ ICE ensures detainees who chose to participate in the voluntary work program receive the pay owed to them,” ICE Public Affairs Officer Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe emailed in a statement about the Voluntary Work Program. Another undesirable but popular option for detained
immigrants is to acquire Libre by Nexus’s services. The company “helps secure immigration bonds through indemnifying bonds and by using GPS technology,” according to its website, librebynexus.com. The “GPS technology” refers to tracking bracelets and ankle monitors that clients must wear. “Libre by Nexus also charges a service fee and a GPS installation and tracking fee. Normally the total amount paid is roughly 20 percent of the bond,” the website explains, which includes the fee paid to the contracted bond company. While no collateral is required, in Alejandra’s case, by Libre Nexus’s estimations, she would end up paying about $4,000. But Miles called the company “exploitative” — and the attorneys general of Virginia, New York and Washington have all launched investigations into its practices. That’s why Miles and Ferrucci set up the GoFundMe page (gofundme.com/free-alejandra). “Her family member is very accepting of her, and Alejandra is really excited to reunite with her,” Miles said. “Initially, we reached out to people in Colorado... and it was just so amazing how many not just organizations but individuals that stepped up.” So when Cumings reached out to the two about hosting a brunch benefit at The Pig, it seemed like further serendipity. “I think Alejandra has been so, so surprised, grateful and excited about it. We started talking with her about this, and we didn’t have any idea what it was going to be like to find support in Colorado,” she said. “It’s been really amazing.” The brunch, which will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at The Pig, 1054 Highway 133, is just the most recent in a flurry of immigration advocacy in Carbondale. In December, Sanctuary Unidos hosted a Love Knows No Borders event in recognition of International Migrants Day. Two Rivers Unitarian Reverend Shawna Foster has been an outspoken supporter of immigrants’ rights, visiting Tijuana and San Diego, as well as helping arrange sanctuary for Sandra Lopez for 10 months. “It’s not a political thing at this point anymore; it’s a humankind issue,” Cumings said. “I don’t want to talk about politics much that day; I just want it to be about helping this woman gain her freedom. I can walk down the street and hold my wife’s hand, and I just want to give back however we can.”
Brunch for Cause: Fundraising for Alejandra When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 Where: The Pig, 1054 Highway 133 Suggested donation: $20
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Runoff in Colorado River basin likely below average By Brent Gardner-Smith Aspen Journalism
The regional director of the Upper Colorado River Basin for the Bureau of Reclamation told water managers and users last week to expect belowaverage runoff this year, despite encouraging snowfall this winter. Brent Rhees — who oversees the federal reservoirs in the upper basin for the Bureau of Reclamation, including Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge and Blue Mesa — said that although this winter’s snowfall, or “snow water equivalent,” in the upper basin above Lake Powell was now above average (109 percent on Feb. 7) the parched ground left in the wake of a hot, dry 2018 likely would soak up a lot of the resultant moisture in the spring. As such, this year’s runoff is not expected to reach the average level, although storms in February and March could push it up to the 80 percent range. “What we’re suffering from is last year’s dry year,” Rhees told the members of the Colorado Water Congress on Feb. 1. “And so, the runoff that is forecast is not that great. Last year, you all remember, it was the third-lowest on record inflow into Lake Powell. So, it’s not looking really good.” Since Rhees’ remarks, it has been snowing a lot in Colorado, and the snowpack in the Roaring Fork River basin was at 119 percent of average on Feb. 14. But, again, Rhees was looking at future runoff over a thirsty landscape. The inflow into Lake Powell during water year 2018 (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) totaled about 4.5 million acre-feet, or MAF, while about 9 MAF was released from Glen Canyon Dam to run down the Colorado River and into Lake Mead, Rhees said. “So, the math is pretty simple, isn’t it?” Rhees said. “More went out than came in. And so, we saw a significant drop in reservoir elevation.” As of Jan. 1, the Bureau of Reclamation forecast that 6.98 MAF, or 64 percent of average, would most likely flow into Lake Powell, but releases from
Lake Powell are expected to be about 8.6 MAF. “We’re going to release a little bit more than comes in, likely this year,” Rhees said. That means Lake Powell is expected to continue to shrink in 2019. On Feb. 3, the elevation of the reservoir, as measured against the upstream face of Glen Canyon Dam, was 3,575 feet above sea level, or 39 percent full, and held 9.6 MAF. Rhees described several efforts underway or planned to try to keep the reservoir above two threshold levels: 3,525 feet, which is designated as a “triggering” level for certain actions to take place, and 3,490 feet, or “minimum power pool.” That’s the point at which the giant hydropower turbines inside Glen Canyon Dam shut down because the water level has fallen below the level of the intake outlets on the upstream face of the dam.
“So, the math is pretty simple, isn’t it?… More went out than came in. And so, we saw a signiﬁcant drop in reservoir elevation.”
The first ongoing effort to bolster water levels in Lake Powell is weather modification in the form of cloud seeding. Rhees said the federal government’s position on funding cloud seeding has moved from funding only research to funding active operations, too. “That’s good news from my perspective,” he said. The second effort is “drought-response operations,” which will begin if Lake Powell drops to the triggering elevation of 3,525 feet, or 35 feet above minimum power pool (which it is not yet forecasted to do in either 2019 or 2020). But should the reservoir hit 3,525 feet, the drought-response operations will entail releasing up to 2 MAF of water from federal reservoirs in the upper basin, primarily from Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green River, which can hold 3.7 MAF; Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison River, which can hold 829,500 acre-feet; and Navajo Reservoir on the San Juan River, which can hold 1.69 MAF. Rhees said Flaming Gorge is “the one that can have the biggest impact, (but) all (federal) reservoirs can participate in
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A big beach on the banks of the Green River in September 2018, one of the lowest months on record for inflow into Lake Powell. Runoff in 2019 is expected to be better than 2018, but still below average due to dry soil conditions in the area drained by the Green and Colorado river systems. Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism
A diagram showing the intake structures on the upstream face of the Glen Canyon Dam, which forms Lake Powell. Glen Canyon Institute
propping up that minimum power pool of 3,490 (feet).” He also said the releases from the reservoirs would be “indiscernible” to river users and the water would not come down the river in a big wave of water, as some might imagine. “You won’t know, if you are on the river, that it’s even happening,” he said. The third effort to add more water to the river system is “demand manage-
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New plans for RVR get back to local roots By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff The Homestead Bar and Grill opened its doors to a sold-out crowd Valentine’s Day. The restaurant, which is transitioning to the first-ever year-round establishment in the former Pan and Fork space, is just part of Dan and Wynee Coleman’s larger vision for the River Valley Ranch community. “They did great! I sent a bunch of friends, and they said the food was amazing,” Wynee said of the opening, noting that the Colemans were unable to attend due to a family emergency. “I think everything went really well.” Julie Warren and Red Cunningham are the couple, both in business and marital status, behind the new restaurant opening. “They leased that portion from us, and this is really them and we’re 100 percent behind them,” Wynee said. “Dan and I are so supportive. It’s important to our longterm vision that they’re successful.” The Colemans, along with Wynee’s brother and a friend of Dan’s, comprise Crystal Outdoors LLC, which bought RVR Golf in November last year for $3.5 million. While the group’s bigger picture includes potentially developing a hotel on the property, the more immediate focus is on reestablishing the RVR community with the rest of Carbondale — and that starts with the restaurant, Wynee explained. “They’ll have special events there; they’ll be advertising things for the kids, smores in the parking lot — come sledding and have hot chocolate — things that kind of get it back on people’s ra-
The Homestead Bar and Grill was open for Valentine’s Day and will be open 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday going forward. Photo by Erin Danneker dar. I know they have some special events planned around sports and they’re adding televisions. They’ve added a lot of small plates to the menu. I know my friends and I will be using it as our girls night. Keep getting the word out to people, that’s going to be super important,” she said, acknowledging the space has been difficult for past proprietors. But Wynee attributes some of those difficulties around the fact that previous restaurant iterations only maintained seasonal hours, closing the restaurant for months in order to focus on presumably more lucrative catering capacities.
“That patio’s incredible; the view’s incredible. It actually has roll-down shades that unless it’s super cold outside, you can sit outside because there’s heaters, but it’s never been open for people to think about it,” she continued. As for future plans, the Colemans are still in the process of having a conversation with the larger community. And that’s their focus, she emphasized: community. “The hope is that we want to have community conversations about what’s the most important thing to RVR homeowners. Would the community come to RVR for cross-country skiing, do they
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want a dog park, do they want a plot for a community garden? Keeping a championship 18-hole golf course, keeping all those things, but being able to tweak it so it’s financially viable,” she said. One thing that’s not viable? Maintaining the status quo regarding the golf course. “This entire time, whether it was when Hines had it or when the Crowns had it, it was just envisioned as a golf course, and it’s not sustainable as a golf course: it loses money every year as a golf course,” she said. “The people that don’t live there because of golf don’t want to subsidize the golf course like they do at Iron Bridge. If they can’t do it, we don’t have necessarily more brain power than they do, so things have to change in some fashion if everybody wants to keep what they love about it.” The data are there to support her sentiment. The RVR Homeowner’s Association commissioned Billy Casper Golf to do a feasibility and market value report for the course. “It basically says the same thing: it just can’t stay the way it is and keep going,” Wynee said of the report. The Colemans can walk the local talk. They have a decades-long history in the Valley, and in RVR, specifically. “Dan and I bought our first lot there in RVR I think the year after my kids were born. We built houses down there; we’ve seen it go through its growing pains,” Wynee said. “At points, some of the streets there were still dirt! Our main thing is that it’s finally owned by locals who have a vested interest in it being an asset for the community.”
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Quite a few new movies deserve the hype they’re getting during Oscar season. The staggering preeminence of “SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Black Panther” demand repeat viewings. “Vice,” “Roma,” and “Green Book” deliver on their cinematic intentions vividly, and director Spike Lee and actor Sam Elliott are long overdue nominees. Women directed or co-directed all five documentaries nominated this year. But Chloe Zhao, Debra Granik, and Crystal Moselle were among six writer-directors snubbed. Zhao’s rodeo film “The Rider” is unforgettable. The cast of non-actors led by wounded, dreamy horse trainer Brady Jandreau, bring moody authenticity to a poetic depiction of rural life set against a backdrop of the Pine Ridge Ogalala Lakota Reservation. While critics hailed it as nothing short of a masterpiece, the film’s box office earnings barely cracked last year’s top 200. Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” an unflinching look at Pacific Northwest poverty, walks a similar path and was seen by even fewer people. The character study centers on distraught teenager Charley (Charlie Plummer), as he searches for a way out of his dire circumstances. Indie movie stalwarts Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny unbalance the film’s moral compass, portraying a pair of less-thanethical adults who show Charley the ropes. Granik’s “Leave No Trace” explores a similar economic fringe, but differs in that teenager Tom has a close relationship with her father Will. His post-traumatic stress affects every aspect of their life, surviving off-the-grid and navigating well-intentioned social workers. Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie’s impressive breakout role, opposite the superb Ben Foster, drives the film’s emotional rewards. Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” is an uncomfortably up-close-and-personal view of life in the suburbs. Elsie Fisher acts her way through one gut-wrenching tween ordeal after another. The film is charming and compassionate, and you will want to hug the Dad played by Josh Hamilton. Jonah Hill’s delinquent drama “Mid90s” is a dark, twisted love letter to coming-ofage camaraderie amongst skateboarders in desperate need of an intervention, or adult supervision. Laced with dope hip hop on the soundtrack, it is a dangerously fun “skate or die” hangout flick. Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen,” focusing on girl skaters in present-day New York City instead of puberty-wracked boys in LA two decades ago, is even more relatable. The film rides along for fully immersive don’t-try-this-at-home sequences, like skating down the suicide lane in traffic, doing a kickflip on a roof in search of a perfect Instagram shot, or picking yourself up amidst the unspeakable pain of getting credit-carded. You care about the characters and the film feels like it belongs to them. Illuminating the everyday fear of racist policing was up to new directors this year,
as Spike Lee faced criticism for characterizing cops too favorably in “BlacKkKlansman,” focusing instead on mocking the KKK. With “Blindspotting,” director by Carlos Lopez Estrada does the job. The perfectly-paced meditation on racial justice and interracial bromance is written by co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. Inspired by the death of Eric Garner, director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s moving and evocative “Monsters and Men” shows activism can mean risking everything that living under routine injustice hasn’t already taken from you. The final scene of the movie is truly electrifying. “The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr., refuses to stay in its teen movie lane as lead Amandla Stenberg brings ferocious realism to a believable situation. “Sorry to Bother You” looks at oppression more broadly, at the intersections of race and economics in our culture. Writer-director Boots Riley rides his anti-establishment ethos beyond realism into something more sinister, and more hilarious. Documentary filmmakers who miss out on a mention during the international broadcast are counting on movie lovers to go looking beyond the Oscars. “The Bleeding Edge,” directed by Kirby Dick, tells stories of people harmed by poorly regulated medical devices. Kimberly Reed’s “Dark Money” traces untraceable money in Montana politics, exposing corporate influence on elections, and therefore laws. Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” ties Trump critiques together with crises like dirty water in Michigan and teacher strikes in West Virginia, a corrupt country getting what’s deserved. Documentaries about artists like “Quincy,” “Jane Fonda in 5 Acts,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and “Love, Gilda” focus on larger-than-life personalities, having fun hanging out with their subjects, even while treading through rocky emotional terrain. Pass the popcorn because unapologetic B-movie “Upgrade” is a throwback action thriller mixing sci-fi and cult movie aesthetics. The year’s best action film is “Mission: Impossible - Fallout.” Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie scores in his return to the franchise. If you’re looking for escapist action, anchored by a strong female lead, check out Natalie Portman in “Annihilation,” Alicia Vikander in “Tomb Raider,” Claire Foy in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” or Olivia Munn in “The Predator.” The filmmaker risk takers producing unheralded cinema reward obsessive searches for critical perspectives and unsung heroes. Young characters face their challenging realities on the streets or in the great outdoors. Potent explorations of racist policing highlight the victims of systemic injustice. Impactful documentaries with essential messages urge action. Mind-altering entertainments call for popcorn refills. Does it matter who the Oscar goes to?
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Movement is all around us — in the wind, in the trees, by the river — and there are plenty of opportunities to break free from desk life, kick up our heels and join in. At the The Third Street Center, you can find yourself suddenly surrounded by children in brightly colored clothes, laughing their way into Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s popular Folklorico dance classes. Stick around on Tuesday evenings and you can join in on Let’s Just Dance’s Two Step Tuesdays. Hop on in with no experience or check in at the Launchpad on Monday evenings for some lessons. Make your way to Carbondale Community School next for a Contra dance, where you will be taught everything you need to know before the music starts, or let Leeza Nora Monge guide you through your entire African Dance class. And we haven’t even touched on Bonedale Ballet, Youth Dance Lab, Crystal River Ballet, Dance Initiative and more, much less all of the free-form dancing to live music on a Friday night. The choice is yours — just move!
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Community Calendar THURSDAY Feb. 21
BAD CAMPSITE • Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers teaches kids the principles of Leave No Trace and backcountry preparedness from 4 to 5 p.m. at Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.).
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North and South American Songbook, the canon of the Americas popular songs and jazz standards from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.).
POSITIVE PARENTING • From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Carbondale Middle School (180 Snowmass Dr.) hosts a free, brainscience based event for families of all ages with dinner and childcare.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL • A cast of 40 Basalt High School students sing and dance in an upbeat show at Basalt Middle (51 School St.) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 4 p.m. Sunday matinee. $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors at basalthighschoolmusical. brownpapertickets.com.
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MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents “Vice” (R) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, Feb. 27-28 and at 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 24; “A Star Is Born” (R) at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 23; “Green Book” (PG-13) at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23. Closed Feb. 25-26.
FRIDAY Feb. 22
JAZZ REUNION • Josefina Mendez, Mark Johnson, Tim Fox, and Tim Emmons will perform selections from the
YOGA & SOUND • True Nature Healing Arts (100 N. Third St.) offers a $24 restorative yoga and sound healing journey from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with no experience necessary and props provided.
MONDAY Feb. 25
100 WHO CARE • A group of local women come together to contribute $100 each to a cause nominated and voted on from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the old RVR Barn (333 River Valley Ranch Rd.).
WILD FILM • The Middle Colorado Watershed Council’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival returns from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue (915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs). $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
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TUESDAY Feb. 26 SATURDAY Feb. 23
MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE • The Marble Museum (105 W. Main St.) provides free admission, snacks, hot drinks, lectures by local historians and live wood carving demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. MONGOLIAN MEMORIES • Mike and Valerie Miller share stories and photos from their 150-mile trek through the remote Altai Mountains in 2006 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). RSVP to roaringforkcmc@ gmail.com. ROCK-A-RAGGA • Suckafish plays The Black Nugget (403 Main St.) from 9 p.m. ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
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NORDURO • Ragged Mountain Sports combines skate and nordic skiing in an “enduro” style race format of three timed segments from 10 a.m. to noon at
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CHOIR CONCERT • Following competitions the previous week, singers from grades 5-12 perform diverse and challenging literature from 7 to 8 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School (2270 Highway 133).
WEDNESDAY Feb. 27
BLOOD DRIVE • The St. Mary’s Bloodmobile will be parked outside the Rec. Center (567 Colorado Ave.) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — bring a photo ID. FOREIGN FILM • Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.) hosts a 5 p.m. screening of “The Motorcycle Diaries.” DOCUMENTARY & DISCUSSION • Colorado Rocky Mountain School partners with Carbondale Middle School (180 Snowmass Dr.) to screen “Like” —
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NATURALIST NIGHTS • Gigi A. Richard, Visiting Instructor for Geosciences at Fort Lewis College, discusses monitoring Colorado’s snowpack at 6 p.m. the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) and the next day at Hallam Lake in Aspen.
Further Out THURSDAY Feb. 28
CLOUD SEEDING • Roaring Fork Conservancy invites you to learn about another facet of water management in the second of a three-park speaker series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The River Center (22800 Two Rivers Rd., Basalt).
FRIDAY March 1
PAIRINGS • Purchase a handmade cup for $25-$100 and fill it with a local beverage of your choice from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clay Center (135 Main St.). INSTALLATIONS • Carbondale Arts presents Jeff Stevens’ “It Was Dark Inside The Wolf” mixed media as well as Saxon Martinez’s “Site 1” with opening receptions for both from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.).
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BLACK HISTORY LIVE • Actor and scholar Becky Stone portrays Maya Angelou at 4 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College’s New Space Theatre on the Spring Valley Campus (3000 CR 114).
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OF MICE AND MEN • Thunder River Theatre (67 Promenade) brings John Steinbeck’s Depression-era drama to life with 7:30 p.m. shows Feb. 21, 22 and 25 as well as March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 with a 2 p.m. matinee March 3. Tickets at thunderrivertheatre.com with a discount for 20 and 30-somethings. THOMPSON TOURS • Check out the Historic Thompson House Museum (located at the end of Lewies Lane and complete with its original contents) from 2 to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday. Free and arranged by the Carbondale Historical Society (carbondalehistory.org). HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION • Free opportunities include: One-hour consultations Monday mornings by appointment (379-5718) about heart attack and other chronic illness prevention through plant-based whole foods lifestyle with retired family doctor Greg Feinsinger, MD. At 6 p.m. Tuesdays, a livestream of Just 1 Thing 4 Health’s interviews with featured doctors. At 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, a Powerpoint presentation about the science behind plant-based nutrition. Finally, at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month, participate in a plant-based potluck. All events take place at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) and are supported by Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing. OFFICE HOURS • Sun Editor Will Grandbois will be at The Sopris Sun Office (520 S. Third St., Room #32) at 8:30 a.m. every Monday taking tips, questions, comments and complaints.
ment of your choice or just your voice for a weekly jam session first and last Sundays at 6 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.) and all other Sundays at the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden (115 Sixth St.)
BOOK CLUB • Join friends and fellow readers to discuss great books at Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month; call 9632889 for this month’s selection.
ration with Carbondale Homeless Assistance, hosts a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. Info: 510-5046 or faithcarbondale.com.
OPEN MIC • Take the stage at Riverside Grill (181 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt) from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Food and drink specials. Free.
WRITERS GROUP • Wordsmiths of all experience and abilities gather at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.
KARAOKE • The Black Nugget (403 Main St.) and Sandman bring you over 30,000 songs to choose from and a quality sound system to release your inner rockstar at 9 pm. every Thursday.
STORYTIME • Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) hosts stories, songs and more for ages four and up at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and three and under at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
RUN AROUND • Independence Run & Hike hosts a run around town Saturdays at 8 a.m. Meet at the store 596 Highway 133 (in La Fontana Plaza) and run various distances, with different routes each week. Info: 704-0909.
WORLD DANCE • Learn rhythms from various countries and cultures for $12 per class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Carbondale Community School (1505 Satank Rd.). LET’S JUST DANCE • Feel great, have fun and dance Tuesdays at The Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). Catch a free lesson at 7 p.m., then from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. it’s open dancing with two-step, swing, waltz, line dance, salsa and more. No partner or experience necessary. $8/person; $14/couple. Questions? Call 970-366-6463 or email email@example.com. BACHATA • Learn a Latin dance with Erik and Claudia Peña presenting weekly classes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). $10 drop-in fee; info at 963-8425.
DRUM & DANCE • Drop by the Carbondale Community School (1505 Satank Rd.) Mondays through March 4 for an African EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN • Staff drum class at 5:15 p.m. and African Dance and sources talk about this week’s paper class at 6:30 p.m. — $15 each. Also, catch and more at 4 p.m. Thursdays on KDNK a World Rhythms Dance Class from 5:30 to (88.1 FM). 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at True Nature (1001 N. SS_qtr_GITNB19_Advertise_DeadlineExtended_2019.qxp_Layout 1 2/18/19 5:55 PM Page BLUEGRASS JAM • Bring the instru- Third St) — $14 with a punch pass.
ROTARY • The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at the Carbondale Fire Station (300 Meadowood Dr.) at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at White House Pizza (801 Main Ct.) at noon every Thursday.
STORY ART • Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.), in partnership with the Aspen Art Museum, invites kids to learn about artists and create masterpieces of their own at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.
YOGA • Get a donation-based introduction to Hatha Yoga from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.).
YOUR STORY, YOUR LIFE • A free facilitated workshop for adults, writing your personal history, one story at a time. Facilitated by Shelly Merriam, historian/writer/ genealogist. First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, (815 Cooper Ave.). Info at 945-5958 or gcpld.org.
MAKERSPACE • Children and teens are invited to design, create, tinker, and play with art and technology to design and create with 3D Pens, make stop-motion animation films, engineer duct tape creations, build their own video games, and more from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.).
LIFE DRAWING • Drop in for figure drawing with Staci Dickerson at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Helios Center (601 Sopris Ave.).
LOVE ADDICTS • Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Holland Hills United Methodist Church (167 Holland Hills Rd., Basalt).
YAPPY HOUR • Colorado Animal Rescue’s Yappy Hour at the Marble Bar (150 Main St.) takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and meet a C.A.R.E. dog, with $1 from every drink donated to C.A.R.E. Bring your own dog along as well. COMMUNITY MEAL • Faith Lutheran Church (1340 Highway 133), in collabo-
MINDFULNESS IN RECOVERY • An inclusive, peer-led recovery support group open to anyone with a desire for recovery — independent of faith and regardless of race, gender or orientation — meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 36 of the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.)
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The following items are drawn from Town Manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report to staff, trustees and others. A FARMERS MARKET MANAGER is being sought to replace Ben Armstrong, who is not available this summer. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. THE 2018 AUDIT is underway and should be presented to trustees by June.
MAHJONG MONDAYS meets at 10:30 a.m. weekly at the Rec. Center and is designed to help newcomers learn how to play. SUMMER SEASONAL POSITIONS are being advertised by the parks department. SIGN PERMIT regulations were discussed at a public hearing before Planning and Zoning. The proposal would create a timeframe for the issuance or denial of a permit, a definition of an operational business and set parameters on how long before operation a sign could be displayed. The changes will be reviewed by trustees on March 19. P&Z will review addition Unified Development Code amendments on Feb. 28.
POTHOLES have begun to pop up thanks to the freeze / thaw cycle, with the streets crew doing its best to keep up. Meanwhile, chip and crack sealing bids will go before trustees on Feb. 26. WOOD CHIPS from discarded Christmas Trees are available in the lot across from Town Hall. ARBOR DAY trees are being sought in conjunction with Carbondale’s 25th year as a Tree City. Contact Arborist Mike Callas at 510-1331 or mcallas@ carbondaleco.net for information on donation memorial tree through the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund cost share program.
FIRE MITIGATION will be the topic of a meeting at the Nettle Creek Treatment plant, with the U.S. Forest Service and Carbondale Fire District weighing in to help with source water protection.
DON’T BLOW YOUR TOP — learn how to pressure can for $10 from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Rec. Center.
CRYSTAL RIVER RESTORATION efforts continue to move forward, with public meetings being scheduled for input on two alternatives.
THE GOLDEN PADDLE pickleball league started Feb. 17 with round-robin play from 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays through April 7. BINGO at the Redstone Inn will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21; registration is required. FREE CLINICS continue at the Rec. Center with a noon to 1 p.m. event March 6 with Judy Haynes tackling the question “What’s wrong with my knee?” NEW DUMBBELLS have been ordered for the free weight fitness area at the Rec. Center. REMOTE ACCESS to the water plants is being improved with the installation of a control cabinet at Nettle Creek. That will prompt a two-day closure of the plant, but storage should be sufficient for the customers directly on the line. Meanwhile, issues with a filter at the Roaring Fork plant have been resolved.
100 PERCENT RENEWABLE electrical use by the Town is within reach as Xcel’s Pivot Enger Solar facility comes online. Meanwhile, tree branch clearing for power lines has generated some complaints. ICE MAINTENANCE is now an every-morning challenge due to fluctuations in temperature. A NEW STAFF MEMBER will be joining the Utilities department this week, with background checks pending on another candidate. PRESIDENTS DAY prompted a closure of Town Hall. SPANISH FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT came to Carbondale with a three-day intermediate class. Meanwhile, the school resource office taught classes about sexual assault at the high school and participated in a Restorative Justice Circle.
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From Feb. 8 through 14, Carbondale Police handled 221 Calls for Service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note: FRIDAY Feb. 8 at 11:13 p.m. A 20-year-old man called to complain that the police were harassing him and was subsequently arrested on an existing misdemeanor warrant. SUNDAY Feb. 10 at 3:36 p.m. Following a traffic stop for no front license plate and a defective brake light, a 23-year-old man was arrested on a warrant. MONDAY Feb. 11 at 9:46 a.m. What began as an idling violation escalated to a harassment report. MONDAY Feb. 11 at 3:34 p.m. A report led to an arrest for driving under the influence. TUESDAY Feb. 12 at 7:46 a.m. Police took a report of a possible restraining order violation. THURSDAY Feb. 14 at 3:35 p.m. A fat bike was reported stolen from the park and ride.
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Proposed Sutey management plan calls for winter closure By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff The Bureau of Land Management has announced its intended approach for managing the Sutey Ranch near Carbondale, pending a 30-day public protest period. The BLM acquired the 557-acre ranch, as well as the 112-acre Haines Parcel near Prince Creek, in March 2017 through the Sutey Ranch Land Exchange with the Wexner family. Once a working ranch held by the Sutey family, the parcel was historically used for grazing and includes ditch water rights, water storage rights and historic outbuildings. Much of the property’s western and southern borders connect to the “North Side” of the Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area via existing non-motorized trails. Under the proposed plan for the Sutey parcel, the BLM would maintain irrigated fields to provide critical forage for big game and allow public access between April 16 and Nov. 30 to reduce disturbance to wildlife in the winter. “The acquisition of these parcels has expanded outdoor recreation and access in the Roaring Fork Valley, and acquisition of the Sutey Ranch specifically ensures critical habitat for wintering big game,” said Acting BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Rob Berger. The Haines parcel would be included in the adjacent Crown Special Recreation Management Area with an emphasis on mountain bike recreation. Of the two, however, the Sutey property has generated the most controversy as different recreational groups clashed over potential uses. The Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council, in particular, has lobbied hard for horseback riding to be given priority over addition-
al mountain bike trails. RFVHC Communication Chairman Holly McLain said the organization was still reviewing the 67-page document but was initially pleased with the plan. “The Sutey Ranch is a special place, which the BLM has recognized as a Priority Wildlife Habitat area with recreation use for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers,” she said in a statement. Mike Pritchard, director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, declined to comment until RFMBA’s own review was complete. The document traces most of the elements of its final decision to what was initially designated Alternative 1 — “wildlife and hunting emphasis.” Other alternatives emphasized equestrian access, mountain biking and hiking or no change at all. All called for limiting motorized and mechanized use to designated routes with winter closures, restricted surface disturbance and hunting and hiking access for at least part of the year. Alternative 1 and the final decision differ from other options in allowing limited livestock grazing through a temporary non-renewable permit. The seasonal closures were also not present in the equestrian and mountain biking alternatives. The language on mineral extraction or disposal was something of a hybrid, closing both properties to salable, locatable and non-energy use, but leaving it open to fluid leasing (petroleum extraction), except under Alternative 4A. More information about the proposed plan is available at https://go.usa.gov/xnvM5. Protest submissions need to be received by March 18 and may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to BLM, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, Attn: Sutey Ranch Management Plan.
Perry Will to be sworn in on March 5 Staff Report The Republican State House District 57 Vacancy Committee met on February 5, 2019 in Meeker, Colorado and selected Perry Will to fill the house seat vacated by Bob Rankin. Perry Will has served the past 43 years as an employee of the State of Colorado and is currently serving as a supervisor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Prior to attending the vacancy committee, Perry conducted due diligence to verify the details of retirement from the State of Colorado. Will initiated the process to retire from the State of Colorado immediately following the vacancy committee appointment. Perry has had multiple conversations and communication with Colorado Parks and Wildlife human resource specialists and Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) representatives. Since Federal law and Colorado statutes state that a retiree may not retire until the end of a calen-
dar month, Perry’s retirement from the State of Colorado will become effective on March 1. The same laws and statutes prohibit Perry from starting new employment until Saturday, March 2, 2019 or else jeopardize 43 years of service credit and his PERA retirement benefits. Will will be sworn in to the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 5. He will arrive at the Colorado State Capitol on February 19, meet state legislators and staff and will observe committee meetings and the proceedings of the Colorado Legislature during the days prior to his swearing-in. Will states “I understand the importance of my appointment to the Colorado House of Representatives and look forward to serving. I appreciate the understanding and patience of the residents of House District 57 and the leadership of the Colorado State House of Representatives as I comply with Federal law and Colorado statutes regarding retirement.”
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The original Sutey cabin dates to 1909. Courtesy photo
Highlights of the proposed plan for the Sutey Ranch Balances seasonal protections for wintering concentrations of wildlife with access for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking Protects wintering big game by seasonally restricting human disturbance between Dec. 1 and April 15 Provides important forage for wintering big game by maintaining irrigated fields Reduces conflicts among recreational user groups by designating seasons of use (hiking and equestrian from April 16 to Nov. 30; mountain biking from June 1 to Sept. 30) Identifies the Sutey Ranch as a reserve common allotment for livestock grazing (could be temporarily used under specific circumstances) Guides subsequent implementation decisions that will address development of equestrian parking facilities, designated trail locations, and a mountain bike access route to the adjacent Red Hill SRMA
Highlights of the proposed plan for the Haines parcel Becomes part of the adjacent Crown Special Recreation Management Area emphasizing mountain biking Continues the seasonal livestock grazing that had been occurring when it was in private land by adding it to the Prince Creek Grazing Allotment Continues the seven-mile trail system the BLM designated in February 2018, including designating new trails and closing existing trails that trespass on private land.
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‘An Irish mind and a Hungarian body’ From the archives of The Valley Journal and Sopris Sun Feb. 22, 1979 “Killer 82” claimed another victim as a petition for more controlled intersections circulated. A discussion was already underway about the possibility of having the highway bypass the town entirely, increasing safety but potentially affecting the economy. Early plans only called for two lanes, regardless, and the Highway Department maintained the more traffic lights might only lead to more accidents. In other news… Carbondalians were looking forward to seeing 88 percent of what would be a total solar eclipse — “the last one in the United States until the year 2017.”
Feb. 23, 1989 Carbondale Senior Housing was ready to welcome its first resident after years of work by local activists. Dorothy Marshall, one of the major proponents of the project, showed the space off to The Journal and excited soon-to-be tenants. Base rent was $265 at the time, with a maximum of $515. “It’s like moving back to civilization,” said one woman, who was making the move from the Manor II complex in Glenwood Springs. Although the apartment was small, she pointed out that, “I’m not going to be giving wild parties. I gave up drinking and smoking a long time ago… I have an Irish mind and a Hungarian body.” In other news… Bill Smith, “the last of the Carbondale railroad men,” died at the age of 92.
Feb. 18, 1999 While a group of Basaltines researched the possibility of joining Pitkin County, Marblities and Redstonians were mostly content with their membership in Gunnison
and Pitkin, respectively. Each community had the distinction of being closer to another county seat that their own, but Basalt was actively trying to do something about it. Trustee Jacque Whitsitt was leading the charge, with hopes that joining an existing county would be easier than forming a new one. Redstone also had at least one resident that wouldn’t mind a change, with an editorial in The Aspen Times referring to the community as the county’s “bastard stepchild” — which The Redstone Reporter took exception to. Those reached in Marble, meanwhile, praised Gunnison County’s services despite the four-hour winter drive to Gunnison itself. “They’re not in our business, only for big things,” Becky Costa said. “I’m sure glad I’m not in Pitkin County. We used to live in Aspen and we moved here because it’s much more relaxed and quieter.” In other news… Carbondale officially approved the dandelion as the Town flower.
Feb. 19, 2009 The second-ever edition of The Sopris Sun profiled Riley Skinner as the Colorado Rocky Mountain School senior prepared to open the John Oates songwriting series at the Wheeler. Her song “Migrators” had been selected by Broadcast Music, Inc. as one of three local competition winners, alongside pieces penned by Aspen’s Obadiah Jones and Glenwood’s Erica Arensman. It wasn’t her first time on the stage, however, as she’d performed in a rock opera composed by her dad, Steve, when she was about 6 years old. Since then, she’d had a chance to hone her songwriting in a formal course at CRMS and had recorded a tune with her dad before leaving to study abroad. In addition to music, she was pursuing photography, reading and writing, anthropology — “something that gives me the opportunity to travel,” she said, “…
Rosie McNally and Dorothy Marshal graced the cover the The Valley Journal in 1989 as they celebrated the opening of Carbondale Senior Housing. and an opportunity to spread my wings and take flight on more adventures in life.” In other news… RFTA would soon be able to bring buses back to downtown following the removal of recently-constructed bulb-outs in front of the pool.
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AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO APPROVING A MAJOR SITE PLAN (INCLUDING ALTERNATIVE COMPLIANCE), CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, AND VARIANCE TO MAXIMUM FRONT YARD SETBACK FOR LOT 1, CARBONDALE MARKETPLACE SUBDIVISION NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on February 12, 2019. This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at www.carbondalegov.org or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE _________________________ By: s/s Dan Richardson, Mayor ATTEST: __________________________ s/s Cathy Derby, Town Clerk Published in The Sopris Sun on February 21, 2019. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for the purpose of considering an amendment to the Unified Development Code (Title 17 of the Carbondale Municipal Code). Specifically, the amendment is related to Wireless Communication Facilities, including but not limited to Section 4.2 Table of Allowed Uses, Section 4.3 Use-Specific Standards, Chapter 17.05 Section 5 Development Standards, Chapter 17.08 Section 8 Definitions, etc. The applicant is the Town of Carbondale. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 7:00 p.m. on March 14, 2019. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application may also be reviewed on the Town’s website at www.carbondalegov.org Janet Buck Planning Director Published in The Sopris Sun on February 21, 2019.
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