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C-Town, a fund-raiser for KDNK at PAC3 on March 2, brought out all kinds of talented types including (clockwise from upper left): Tricia Mines (of One Hot Mess), Steve Skinner, Andi Johnson, Don Chaney, and Bailey Haines and Soozie Lindbloom (center, of One Hot Mess). Town-wide entertainment action continues this weekend with the Green is the New Black Fashion Show at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Photos by Jane Bachrach

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

We can do better at recycling By Dorothea Farris Fifty years ago we burned our trash, buried our garbage, and took waste to the local “dump.” Today, we create compost for use in our garden, reuse what we might, separate our recyclable items, and have trash hauled away to a “landfill” that meets strict standards and provides opportunities for reuse of construction waste, for creation of compost, for attention to industrial waste, and for energy production. The world of “reduce, reuse, recycle” has expanded. The Roaring Fork Valley now has a window of opportunity to demonstrate that a well-designed region-wide program of waste management can be both efficient and effective. Since 2008, there have been four major studies of waste management programs in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties. Each study indicates that working together as a region, each county and the residents and visitors to the region would enjoy a more successful and sustainable waste management and recycling program. Participants in the studies agreed that there is a need for a financial feasibility study. And, there the idea seems to have died. We who are blessed to live in this remarkable area seem able to accept the responsibility for stewardship of these lands. Attention to the care of the environment also includes a commitment to and responsibility for the waste that is created by our life styles. We can do better. The tri-county region can and should be in the forefront and should serve as a model for regional waste management and recycling programs throughout the nation. Facilities in Pitkin County, Eagle County, South Canyon and Garfield County can work as a unit to foster improved planning and management of solid waste sites and to increase recycling opportunities for the region. A review of the studies leads directly to the next step – a financial feasibility study. If acceptable and beneficial to the jurisdictions involved, a strategic plan that benefits the region can be developed, and implementation can begin. Collaborative leadership will support recycling success, can increase landfill life, can avoid duplication of equipment and activities, and can address the increased needs of a region with diverse recreational, industrial, environmental, and residential needs and concerns. Carbondale is a unique community. It supports the arts, the environment, recreation and small business. It has the opportunity to be the catalyst for the creation of the next step in the development of a plan that addresses a Tri-County Solid Waste, Recycling, and Renewable Energy Strategic Plan. Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley is noted for its commitment to stewardship, its skill in addressing difficult issues, and its leadership in finding resolution to complex concerns. The time is now if we wish to deal appropriately with the waste our worlds create while protecting air, water, wildlife, the natural environment, watersheds, and life styles of ranching, tourism, industrial development and sustainable communities. Dorothea Farris is Community Liaison for Heartland Environmental Services, which operates the Pitkin County and South Canyon landfills.

This photo comes all the way from Ushuaia, Argentina, where Angela Hanley (left), Cal, Harper and Danny Stone (far right) shared their Sun with some Magellan penguins on Isla Martillo on the Beagle Channel. Stone is a teacher at Crystal River Elementary School and is on a year’s leave of absence while the crew travels throughout South America. Courtesy photo 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • MaRcH 8, 2012

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Why I’m running Dear Editor: I am Lorey Esquibel and I am running for one of three open seats on the Carbondale Board of Trustees. I am a 19-year Carbondale resident, 25year Valley resident. I have raised my children in Carbondale, both having been born in the Roaring Fork Valley. Over the last 19 years I have been involved with various community organizations serving on numerous boards including seven years as a town of Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commissioner. I have served as a Board of Director on such boards as the CCAH Mountain Fair, Three Rivers Little League, and Roaring Fork Booster Club. In addition, I served with both the Crystal River Elementary and the Carbondale Middle School Parent Accountability Committees. I am a former small business owner in a construction related business, Western Slope Fencing, and currently I am employed as an accounting manager with a non-profit based in Aspen, Mercy & Sharing (haitichildren.com), which has been working with children in Haiti for over 17 years. My experience during the last 19 years with a wide range of community involvement, as well as my small business experience, makes me an ideal candidate for Trustee. I bring a strong history of successful collaborative leadership from my experience with various boards and a history of understanding of small business perspectives that will serve the community well in the position of Trustee. I am an exceptional listener, an innovative problem solver and a positive leader. I have earned the respect of my peers as a thoughtful and prepared decision maker. Carbondale needs individuals with diverse perspectives sitting in the position of Trustee. The community includes many differing views on what the Town needs and how to fund those needs. The only truly successful way to guide the future of this town so many of us love is through collaboration. As Trustee, I will encourage and support an environment that allows each of us the opportunity to voice those opinions and concerns where they will be respected. In the coming weeks, I hope to have the opportunity either in a candidates forum or in this newspaper to expand on important issues facing the town of Carbondale and what my perspective is on those issues. I would be appreciative of your support and vote and can be reached via email (lorey704@yahoo.com) with your thoughts or concerns. Lorey Esquibel Carbondale

Thanks to the BOcc Dear Editor: As my kids and I were enjoying some tender green beans from Eagle Springs Organic

Farm in Silt (bought at the Carbondale Food Co-op) I was deeply grateful for the Garfield County commissioners’ vote on Feb. 27. I was grateful for the vision and commitment of Ken Sack, CEO of Eagle Springs, who saw a neglected piece of land and turned it into a highly productive, state-of-the-art organic farm. And for Bryan Reed and crew at Eagle Springs who care so deeply about growing healthy food for local consumption. I was grateful for all the citizens who responded to and are part of the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council and sent letters, made calls, and showed up to the rally to voice their value of local farming. It was stunning. I was grateful for the respect and thoughtfulness with which the Garfield Board of County Commissioners considered the information and sentiments expressed to them by their constituents. The Roaring Fork Food Policy Council will continue to build working relationships across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to support innovative food policies and projects for our region. We’re past peak oil, and the climate challenges will only increase. Feeding ourselves locally is something we can do more of. If you would like to get involved with the RFFPC, please e-mail gwen@highlifeunlimLETTERS page 16

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Carbondale home prices hit an eight-year low: Bottom reached? By Nicolette Toussaint Sopris Sun Correspondent

Is that us? The number of foreclosures opened in Carbondale was With local real estate prices at an eight-year low, “peo- 68 in 2009, 95 in 2010, 114 in 2011, and 11 in the first ple can’t find a place in Carbondale under $400,000,” says two months of this year. Not all foreclosure starts lead to Terry Harrington, of Aspen-Sotheby’s Realty. “The prices a sale, and Carbondale saw 11 completed foreclosures in are so good that houses are going quickly, and that, cou- 2009, 20 in 2010, and 64 in 2011. Bob Slade, Chief pled with low interest rates, is really encouraging people Deputy Public Trustee in the Garfield County Treasurer’s to buy.” Department, says that the pace of foreclosure starts “is “Approximately 45 percent of the available listings in about the same as 2010. We are hoping that last year was Carbondale listed at less than $400,000 the high point.” are under contract. Last week, a bankBut foreclosures can take as long as owned property in Carbondale had six two years to come onto the market, so offers competing for it, and the winning a large “shadow inventory” could be bid was over full price,” she said. lurking. That’s good news for sellers, beOver the past 40 years, local real estate Lynn Kirchner trends have started at the top of the valley cause as buyers bid against one anReal estate broker and worked their way down. According to other, they will begin to push prices up. However, bad news hovers on the horia year-end report published by Land Title zon in the form of foreclosed properties that haven’t yet Company, Pitkin County real estate sales totaled $1.27 bilhit the market. lion in 2011, just one-half percent higher than in 2010. So have we hit bottom or not? But local brokers see portions of the market performing A backlog of foreclosures combined with continuing na- far better. Separate studies by Mason Morse broker Tim tional economic and mortgage difficulties prompts Lynn Estin and by BJ Adams and Company broker Andrew ErneKirchner of Amorè Realty to say that “we are a long way mann found that 2011 sales in Aspen and Snowmass were from the bottom at some price points. Prices here were 65 up 13 percent to 15 percent compared to 2010. Single-fampercent over-inflated compared to national figures. We’re ily homes under $2.5 million were most active, up 91 percloser to the bottom at the lower end. Townhomes and con- cent. Land sales remain deeply depressed. dos that were selling for $450,000 are now selling for $150,000 to $200,000, so they are getting back to where carbondale Pattern Carbondale shows a similar pattern: Houses under they should be. But we still have a ways to go before $1 $400,000 are selling briskly. But because existing homes are million-plus properties hit the bottom.” The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports priced far lower than the cost of building new homes, land that nationwide, more people signed home buying con- sales are stagnant. Harrington encourages sellers to drop their initial asking tracts in January than anytime in nearly two years. Even Bill McBride, the economist who first warned of the prices a couple thousand dollars each week. “There’s a housing bubble, says that “housing prices are near the magic price where multiple offers start coming in. At bottom” – except in “areas with a large backlog of dis- $200,000 there are none, and $195,000, we may see several offers within a few days.” tressed properties.”

“This is going to be the telltale year.”

Smaller houses such as this one are selling well and the bottom in that market might have been reached, according to local real estate agents. Larger, and more expensive, homes are not selling as well and the bottom is farther in the future. Photo by Lynn Burton That price-dropping recipe appeals only to motivated – or desperate – sellers. It tends to leave a bad taste in the mouth of those with better options. In that larger context, most Carbondale homes offered today could be defined as “distressed.” As Harrington puts it, “Why would you sell now, at these prices, if you didn’t have to?” A search of the Multiple Listing Service currently shows that 8-10 percent of Carbondale’s listings are bank-owned homes, foreclosures, or short sales. But sellers are not required to reveal short sales in the listings, and Realtors say the true figure is far higher. Figures from the Aspen Board of Realtors show that this year, through the end of February, 20 out of 21 sales in Carbondale were distressed; 11 were short sales and nine were bank-owned properties. “This is going to be the telltale year,” says Kirchner, who is certified as a Short Sales and Foreclosure (SFS) expert by the NAR. “Lots of inventory has yet to hit the market, and I’m still getting eight to 10 requests for help each week from people who have underwater mortgages.” Harrington, also certified as a SFS expert, agrees. “Because the banks don’t want to get the houses back – and because there’s no real financial incentive for them to work through foreclosure – we are getting more short sales. Short sales are taking over the market.”

Teen busted in pot shop burglary By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Carbondale police arrested an El Jebel male, 16, for allegedly breaking into and burglarizing a medical marijuana dispensary on the night of March 6. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said the department will not release the suspect’s name because he is a juvenile. Surprisingly enough, the teen did not have any medical marijuana on his person at the time of his arrest. “I’m not going to disclose (what he had) at this time,” Schilling said. “But it wasn’t medical marijuana products.” The suspect is a Carbondale high school student but Schilling would not say which one he attends. There are three high schools in and around Carbondale: Roaring Fork High School, Bridges High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School. The alleged burglary took place at 60 N. Third Street, which is located in the alley north of Main Street between Third Street and Second Street. Schilling said police were alerted when a security system was activated during the burglary. He said the suspect used a crowbar to enter the building. A Carbondale police officer apprehended him as he was coming out of the building, which was originally built as a single-family home. The suspect was not armed and did not put

up a fight. “He was cooperative,” Schilling said. Carbondale police were backed up by three Garfield County sheriff’s department deputies and a Colorado State Patrol officer. Schilling said another medical marijuana dispensary was burglarized about a month ago but the incident is still under investigation and he didn’t provide details. State law mandates that medical marijuana dispensaries install security devices that are meant to prevent burglaries and thefts. Carbondale’s medical marijuana dispensaries have showed up in police reports off and on during the past year. In October of 2011, Mother Earth medical marijuana dispensary owner David Edgar, of Basalt, was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana and cocaine to undercover agents. In mid-February, Edgar waived his right to a preliminary hearing before a judge in the 9th Judicial District, according to published reports. Through his attorney, Adam Tucker, he asked that his case be continued to March 27. The agencies involved in Edgar’s arrest last October were the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, the Colorado Department of Revenue and the Carbondale Police Department. One of the eight charges against Edgar is that he sold medical marijuana to someone who did not have a license to buy medical marijuana products. Besides medical marijuana itself, products include edibles such as brownies.

Dan Giese models “Spoon Mask” by an artist known as Spoon Man during last Friday night’s opening of the CCAH show “Re-Imagined Art & Fashion for a Sustainable Future.” The show continues at the Third Street Center through March 23. Photo by Jane Bachrach THE SOPRIS SUN • MaRcH 8, 2012 • 3


News Briefs Trustees review library March 13 The Carbondale Board of Trustees holds a public hearing on the Garfield County Library District’s application to build a new library on March 13. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. For details, go to the town Web site at carbondalegov.org. The 13,000-square-foot library is proposed for the corner of Third Street and Sopris Avenue.

No money for fireworks The Carbondale Board of Trustees decided on Feb. 28 not to pay $15,000 for a Fourth of July fireworks display. The trustees had earmarked $4,000 for a fireworks show in the town’s annual budget. A town official said the $4,000 may be used for activities when the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour stops in Carbondale on June 11.

acES hires Lane The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has hired Chris Lane as its new CEO. Lane spent the last 19 years as vice president of environmental affairs for Xanterra Resorts, which operates concessions in several major national parks.According to ACES staff, he is an avid birder and ski mountaineer and holds a degree in environmental engineering. “(Lane’s) extensive experience in environmental management and corporate sustainability is a perfect compliment to Tom Cardamone’s strong naturalist background,” said Jeff Berkus, chair of ACES’ board of trustees. Cardamone has served as executive director for the Aspen-based organization since

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BLM seeks board members The Bureau of Land Management is looking for people to fill 10 open positions on its resource advisory councils for the northwest and southwest Colorado Districts. Each council consists of 10-15 members. Individuals from the following backgrounds are needed: ranchers or representatives of the timber, mining, energy or commercial recreation industries; representatives of national or regional environmental, historical, archaeological and recreational groups; representatives of academic institutions, local governments, state agencies, and Indian tribes, as well as representatives from the public at large. For more information call David Boyd at 876-9008 or Shannon Borders at 240-5399.

Democrat seeks Garco post Aleks Briedis has announced his candidacy for the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners in District 3. In a press release, Briedis said he is committed to making Garfield County a better place, bringing his vision and experience, as a leader who can move our county forward by creating jobs, and securing the county’s economic success into the 21st century. Briedis said that during his tenure serving the city of Rifle, he has been instrumental in formulating visionary concepts and creating successful and fiscally vibrant projects for his community.

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Former DOW moves The Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Glenwood Springs area office, located at 50633 Highway 6 & 24, has closed and moved to an office at the I-70 Canyon Creek exit approximately four-and-a-half miles west of Glenwood Springs. “We had outgrown our crowded facility a long time ago,” said Area Wildlife Manager Perry Will. “One of the big reasons we're looking forward to the move is because it will help us provide better customer service.” The new building is designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize maintenance expenses through the use of environmentally friendly features and durable construction materials.

Glenwood caverns expands Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the first to offer an alpine coaster in the United States, will continue its coaster craze with the addition of two new roller coasters this spring, along with a Ferris-wheel-style ride. These new attractions are part of the Park’s five-year expansion plan, which was recently approved by the Garfield County Commissioners, and are slated to open in May. “The alpine coaster has been our secondmost-popular attraction since we added it in 2005; the new rides will add to our appeal to roller coaster fans, and to everyone who enjoys thrill rides,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne.“The cave tours are still our number one attraction, and we are in the process of expanding our cave tour routes for 2013.”

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The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept. FRIDaY March 2 at 11:12 p.m. a bar owner called police to report an assault. The victim told police a man had “head butted” him, causing lacerations inside both lips and swelling to the left side of his face. The victim didn’t want to pursue charges but said he’d contact police the next day to confirm his intentions. SaTURDaY March 3 at 7:50 p.m. a patrol officer in the 300 block of Main Street heard fireworks being shot off. Witnesses pointed to the rooftop at 320 Main St. but the office was unable to locate where the fireworks had been coming from. SUNDaY March 4 at 2:50 a.m. police were advised of horses running loose on Highway 133 just south of town. An officer responded and stayed on the scene until a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy arrived. SUNDaY March 4 at 3:06 a.m. dispatch reported shots fired in the vicinity of Crystal Bridge Drive in River Valley Ranch. An officer searched the area but couldn’t find anything suspicious.

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Send your scuttlebutt to news@SoprisSun.com. pris Sun every month. He won his award for a proďŹ le of student Teddy Benge. Will is the son of Maura and John Masters.

Did you ever wonder? Did you ever wonder why youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sometimes dressed just ďŹ ne down in town but are a layer short when you climb out of your car at the Spring Gulch Nordic ski area parking lot west of town? Well, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the deal and hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the answer to a question some folks have been asking of late. The Spring Gulch parking lot is about 7,757 feet above sea level, which is about 1,500 feet higher than town, reports Mt. Sopris Nordic Council member Greg Fitzpatrick. The highest point at Spring Gulch is a little over 8,000 feet.

cRc now open on Mondays Mayor Stacey Bernot visited Carbondale Middle School ďŹ fth and sixth grade social studies classes on Feb. 29. She told the future voters all about Carbondale town government. Photo by Wendy S. Hayden

anderson team places second A team comprised of Carbondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sari Anderson and Lyndsay Meyer placed second in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s division and ninth overall in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Four ski mountaineering race in Aspen. Their time was 6:28:10. The race boasted a 10,000 foot elevation gain (almost two miles for folks reading this on their couch) and covered all four Aspen ski mountains. The race was sponsored by Helly Hansen, Aspen Expeditions and Muscle Milk.

Masters wins at Mesa State Roaring Fork High School sophomore Will Masters won ďŹ rst place in overall feature writing at the 22nd annual Media Day at Mesa State University in Grand Junction. Will writes for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rampage newspaper, which appears in The So-

Crystal River CafĂŠ on West Main Street is now open for breakfast and lunch on Mondays (6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Folks who know their food say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty good out there. For details go to crystalrivercafe.com or call 704-2612.

Jankovsky nominated for hall of fame Sunlight Mountain Resort General ManagerTom Jankovsky has been nominated for the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, according to its Web site. Other local Roaring Forkers (living and dead) include John Denver and Dr. Barry Mink.A voting panel of 160 hall of fame members and others will decide whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be honored. The new members will be announced in April.

T-shirt design contest returns The Carbondale Mountain Fair T-shirt design contest pays $500 to the winner. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Carbondale Change You.â&#x20AC;?The submittal deadline is April 15. For details, call 963-1680. As always, Carbondale Mountain Fair takes place in Sopris Park the last full weekend of July (July 27-29).

a note from David Special Olympics skier David Hayes reports he had a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;great timeâ&#x20AC;? skiing with the Sunlight ski team at Cooper ski area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My coach Casey had all our skis waxed and I really went fast on the giant slalom and after lunch on the super G.â&#x20AC;? On a related note, Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom Lois reports they appreciates all the condolences following the recent loss of his dog Buddy and they want to thank everyone, but the time is not right for another dog.

Pizza for lunch Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lunch menu for RE-1 schools for March 9-15 â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, March 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Elementary schools: Dominos pizza, spinach salad, fresh strawberries, milk; middle school: Dominos pizza, spinach salad, clementines, milk; high schools: Dominos pizza, fruit and vegetable bar, milk. â&#x20AC;˘ Monday, March 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Elementary schools: spaghetti with meat sauce, bread slice, green salad mix, applesauce, milk; middle school: ham and cheese hot pocket, baby carrots, fruit mix, milk; high schools: hamburger with cheese, fruit and vegetable bar, milk. â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Elementary schools: pepperoni dipstick w/ marinara sauce, steamed broccoli, fresh pear, milk; middle schools: roasted chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, roll, diced peaches, milk; high schools: BLT subsandwich, fruit and vegetable bar, milk. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Elementary schools: beef tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, clementines, milk; middle schools: spaghetti with meat sauce, breadsticks, steamed broccoli, applesauce, milk; high schools: nachos supreme, fruit and vegetable bar, milk. â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, March 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Elementary schools: hamburger, tomato slices, apple wedges, milk; middle schools: hamburger, tomato slices, apple crisp, milk; high schools: Asian BBQ chicken, fruit and vegetable Bar, milk.

They say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your birthday Birthday greetings go out to Ann Harris (March 10) and Vickie Browne (March 11).

Candidate forum March 12 WHO

The Sopris Sun, KDNK and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

WHAT

A candidate forum for the Carbondale Board of Trustees election.

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Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

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The Third Street Center Calaway Room

WHY

Jim Breasted  Town

Trustee !

To arm residents with valuable information before Election Day on April 3. Send candidate questions in advance to board@soprissun.com or bring them the night of the forum.

For details, call 510-3003 or e-mail news@soprissun.com.

Jim Breasted doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow the flock. He will help lead Carbondale to greener pastures!

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Rams conclude basketball season at regionals By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Correspondent After a great run in February, both Roaring Fork High School basketball teams met defeat on March 1, in their first round of the regional tournament. The Lady Rams fell to Denver Science 47-35 after the Knights took a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Though they managed to pull the score closer by the half, the girls couldn’t quite surpass the division’s eighth ranked team. Denver Science went on to defeat Rifle High School in a nail-biting 44-43 squeaker, overcoming a deficit in the first half and leaving the Olathe Pirates as the Western Slope’s only hope at this year’s state title tournament. The ladies finish the season 14-9, their best record since 2008. Graduating seniors include Sharlene Salinas, Kenia Pinela, Kaleigh Wisroth, Kelley Farris, and Samantha Denard. The Rams retain top scorer Megan Gianinetti and assist leader Hattie Gianinetti for next year. Also keep an eye out for juniors Shaeley Lough and Georgia Ackerman, and sophomores Maddie Nieslanik and Autumn Granberry. The boys, meanwhile, fell to La Junta 61-54 in a regional bracket that has since eliminated all of the Western Slope's boys' teams. Rifle suffered a 73-48 defeat to The Pinnacle on Friday, while Olathe met their end against Pagosa Springs. After demolishing Lake County 66-28, the Aspen Skiers lost the next round to Holy Family in the last quarter, ending a strong season 19-5. Roaring Fork, meanwhile, wraps up with a respectable 15-8 record, a performance only marginally below last year's 17-9 season, which culminated in an Elite Eight clash with Jefferson Academy. The Rams were led in points by Dakota Grett and Trae Moxley, in rebounds by Moxley and Trent Reeds, and in assists by Sam Carpenter and Clay Gross. Carpenter dominated in assists. Grett and Moxley will return as seniors next year. Reeds, Carpenter and Gross, along with Thomas Cerise and Shea Nieslanik, graduate in May. “The seniors gave us a great four years, and we’re gonna miss ‘em,” coach Larry Williams told the Sun. “We have two good [returners] to build around, but we have some off season work to do to get back to regionals.”

Sam Carpenter (#5, left) and Clay Gross (#3, right) are both seniors who played their last game for Roaring Fork High School last weekend. Other graduating seniors are Trent Reeds, Thomas Cerise and Shea Nieslanik. On the girl’s side, graduating seniors are Sharlene Salinas, Kenia Pinela, Kaleigh Wisroth, Kelley Farris and Samantha Denard. Photo by Sue Rollyson As basketball players say goodbye to the court, spring sports are already gearing up. The girls' soccer team will host Basalt at 4 p.m. on March 9, then travel to Aspen on March 13. Roaring Fork’s baseball opens with a home game against Hotchkiss on March 17, and the Western Slope track seasons hits the ground running at the Delta Invitational, also on St. Patrick's Day. For girls' tennis, the

first day of practice was Feb. 27. Although official rosters are still forthcoming for most spring sports, they will likely see the return of several fall and winter athletes (several, including Reeds and Gross, participate in all three seasons) as well as a host of previously unseen talent. Stay tuned!

Sahn Taekwondo adds Grand Master to staff Sopris Sun Staff Report

Sahn Taekwondo at the Carbondale Recreation Center has added Grand Master Richard Hodder to its teaching and instructional staff, according to a press release. “As a competitor for 30 years, Grand Master Hodder won gold medals for 13 consecutive years at the Colorado State Taekwondo Association Championships and won gold in the two U.S. National Championships in which he competed,” said Carbondale Sahn Taekwondo director Cedar Rose Guelberth. Hodder began his study of martial arts in 1964. Currently an 8th Dan black belt in taekwondo, he also holds Dan level rank in judo, shorin ryu, shin goju ryu, hapkido, kali and traditional oriental weapons. As an internationally known clinician, and having instructed for more than 45 years, he has trained thousands of students through out the United States, including Colorado. “Grand Master Hodder is uniquely suited to the challenges of training a variety of groups and individuals,” said Guelberth. “His work includes training ages from young children to seniors, and abilities including those seeking a good workout and individual self-development, to highlevel competitors, as well as those with physical disabilities, injuries, behavioral, and learning challenges.” Hodder trains federal and local law enforcement officers, along with military and security personnel. He is also head of taekwondo for the United States Korean Martial Arts

Federation and president of the World Weapon Federation. Hodder has trained and coached hundreds of students to become successful competitors, winning gold, silver and bronze medals at local, state and national taekwondo championships. His students have gone on to become martial arts Instructors of note. “More importantly his students have become well rounded, responsible, accomplished, involved citizens that see it as their responsibility to pass on the lessons of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit learned in taekwondo,” Guelberth continued. The Sahn Taekwondo network includes schools in Silverthorn, Breckenridge, Leadville and Carbondale. Master Sean Cavins is the owner, Chief Master and head of instruction at Sahn Taekwondo. “The overriding goal at Sahn Taekwondo is to teach students responsibility and excellence using mind, body and spirit together,” Guelberth explained. “The focus of training is to build a more peaceful world with bravery, wisdom, love and friendship. This is accomplished through knowledge of self and acceptance of others.” Sahn Taekwondo of Carbondale offers classes for children through adults, of all abilities, on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carbondale Recreation Center. In addition to the weekly program, Sahn Taekwondo offers workshops including self defense programs open to the general public.

For information regarding classes at Sahn Taekwondo, call 948-8774.

Grand Master Richard Hodder (right) has joined Sahn Taekwondo, which offers classes at the Carbondale Recreation Center. To the left is Carbondale Sahn Taekwondo Director Cedar Rose Guelberth. Courtesy photo THE SOPRIS SUN • MaRcH 8, 2012 • 7


Fashion show returns with two nights of fun Submitted Press Release Building community through art, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) offers one artistic production that both brings together the valley-wide community and helps support local arts education. The 4th annual Green Is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: Back to the Future will be held March 9-10 at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Ticket prices range from $15 for students to $100 for the special Gala. “This year’s show journeys through the visions of our future from the 1920s to the world we know today,” said Amy Kimberly, CCAH executive director. Featuring fashion that sparks the imagination, created from recycled and sustainable materials, designers and artists, locally and globally, come together to create a dynamic, alluring, thoughtprovoking and highly entertaining event. A major fundraiser for CCAH, the fashion show raises money for year-round arts programming in the midvalley area, especially in schools, and provides unfettered opportunity for artists, designers, musicians and community to create their art.“Most importantly, it reminds us all to honor our Earth and environment,” said Kimberly. The Gala, on March 9, includes a dessert

reception, martini bar, fashion show, raffle and dance party with DJ Harry from Boulder. Tickets to the Bonedale Bash on March 10 are a little less expensive, but promise an experience that is just as inspiring and fun. “CCAH is involved in some amazing arts education projects. Art has proven time and time again to create better learners. Our schools do not have the budget to offer as much art as is wanted or needed, so CCAH helps,” said Kimberly. Some CCAH-sponsored art programs include free elementary school classes in its Carol Rothrock classroom, in-school drama program at Carbondale middle school involving over 50 students, a marionette project with high school students that will teach them about Africa, and an all-school collaboration with the Carbondale Public Art Commission and the Carbondale Clay Center that will create a sculpture to be part of the town's permanent sculpture collection. CCAH continues to work with valley-wide retailers, reaching to both ends of the Valley this year.The Glenwood Sewing Center, which works to teach sewing skills to women so they can make a living, is partnering with Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to make fabric shopping bags that

can replace plastic ones. Artist Olivia Pevec and Darren Broome of Aloha Mountain Cyclery in Carbondale are collaborating on a new line of funky, functional bike-wear. BJeweled in Aspen, Á La Carte in Glenwood Springs, lulabelle and the Community Food Co-op in Carbondale will all be involved in this year’s show either presenting lines of their owns or offering support back stage. The“Back to the Future”theme of this event will explore what our world would be like,now and then, based on films and books. Fashion and environment dominate the journey. “Think Jetsons meet Avatar peppered with cutting edge fashion, design and collaboration,” said Kimberly. High fashion, as well as wearable art, will grace the runway with multimedia backgrounds, music and theatrics. First prize is $500 (and experience on the fashion show runway!) for both the Functional Fashion Forward Design and the Creative Couture categories in this year’s Collage Designer Challenge. The challenges are sponsored by Collage! Creative Collections in Carbondale.All pieces in both challenges will be hand-made by the designer, and constructed from sustainable materials. For ticket information go to carbondalearts.com.

Dana Ganssle goes through her moves one more time before this week’s Green is the New Black Fashion Show at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Textile industry blooming on the Western Slope By Trina Ortega Sopris Sun Correspondent Just down the road and around the corner, a revolution is taking place. There’s a natural fibers exporter bursting at the seams with orders from around the globe. Two small factories will open this year to produce soft goods on the Western Slope. There’s a small group of clothing designers that have formed the Carbondale Sew-Op collective and are looking for a permanent space to set up shop in Carbondale. And you no longer have to drive to Grand Junction or Denver to find unique fabrics — smack dab in the middle of this little town, there’s a retail store selling yarn, fabric and sewing notions. The resurgence of fabric arts on the Western Slope is more than a fad. With business booming and popularity spreading, the textile industry has become part of this region’s economic vitality. “It’s a really vibrant scene that is growing out of here. We’re just lucky enough to have hit upon this incredible energy,” says Amy Large Bags from $3-10

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Kimberly, director of Green is the New Black Fashion Show, which takes place March 9-10 (see related story this page). The show includes the work of nearly 50 designers and clothing purveyors from not just the Roaring Fork Valley, but across the state and nation and boasts a two-night run, a trunk show and youth show. “Opportunities in the arts have strengthened. People are not getting rich off this, but these opportunities are available now. And I think that it has been very fulfilling for people,” adds Kimberly, who is director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.

collage Keeps It Local Sewing used to be a part of home economics in Colorado until the mid-’90s. Carbondale resident Pat Wanner remembers moving here during that time, when sewing rooms and cooking stations were pulled from the valley’s schools. “We were just astounded,”says the owner of Collage! Creative Collections on Highway

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133. “I grew up on a farm. We sewed all our own clothes. Then to come to Colorado and experience them pulling all of that out of the schools, it was really frustrating.” So Wanner structured her entire business to support the arts for young people. Collage debuted nearly one year ago, and Wanner works with area artists to sell handmade soaps, knitwear, baby blankets, ceramics, journals, leather goods, and more, in addition to offering classes in felting, knitting and soap-making. Working with locals to buy and sell goods makes the economic world go ’round, she says. “We need to have the products available here, so people can shop local and support local.” Wanner says the business is doing well, with people thirsty for cottage industry arts. “Sewing, knitting, felting, anything that is hands-on, that’s practical, usable art; things you could wear or use in your home.” Her customers run the gamut from moms buying their children sewing lessons, to teenage girls making their prom dresses, to elderly folks

who want to be part of a knitting group. “When people are making something handmade, they just do it for the pure joy of doing it. They do it because they love it,” Wanner says.“To know your child’s walking around in a knit hat that you made — it just feels so good to be able to say, ‘I made that,’ instead of‘I went to Target and bought that.’”

‘Things are changing’ Burgeoning local designer Olivia Pevec thinks that perhaps individuals are becoming more conscientious about their purchases. “Clothes are cheap now, and they’re being made in factories all over the world. But that’s something that people are starting to realize maybe that’s not really the way it should be. Maybe we shouldn’t be buying our clothes through slave labor. Maybe we shouldn’t be supporting an industry that doesn’t have any community spirit in it.” Pevec sees it as a natural cycle, though, with more production coming back to the TEXTILES page 13

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Rev. Melanie Dodson Hughes (left) is the new pastor at Carbondale Community United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Dr. John Hughes (right) moved to the Roaring Fork Valley three years ago. Their son, Elijah, 3, is also shown here. Courtesy photo

CCUNC welcomes new pastor Submitted Press Release Carbondale Community United Methodist Church (CCUMC) welcomes the Rev. Dr. Melanie Dobson Hughes as its new pastor, effective March 1. Rev. Hughes has shared the pulpit at CCUMC with interim pastor Rich Stoakes since the first of the year. Rev. Stoakes, a retired pastor from Rifle, had been serving the Carbondale church since July of 2010. “I look forward to being in ministry with Carbondale Community United Methodist Church,” Hughes said. “A warm and welcoming community, CCUMC is part of the progressive, grace-filled, and service-oriented Methodist tradition. “The church is now eagerly discerning how we might serve others in the town of Carbondale and beyond, and we extend a heartfelt invite to all area residents to our Sunday 10:30 a.m. worship,” she said. Rev. Hughes moved to the Roaring Fork Valley three years ago with her husband, Dr. John Hughes. He owns and operates Aspen Integrative Medicine in Basalt. They have a 3-year-old son, Elijah. She previously served as associate pastor at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona from 2002-2006. While there, she founded and directed Dayspring Youth Ministry, serving more than 100 active youth. Rev. Hughes completed her Doctor of

Theology degree at Duke University Divinity School in September of 2011. She has also written and published articles in various religious publications. While earning her master’s degrees in divinity and theology at Duke from 1998 to 2001, she also spent a year studying, teaching and serving as a student pastor as part of a Duke Divinity exchange program in Bonn, Germany. Hughes completed her undergraduate studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and English in 1997. She also taught and did mission work in Utila, Honduras, through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Established in 1887, CCUMC is located at 385 S. Second St. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday, with children’s Sunday school and childcare for younger children. Adult Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. The Lent/Holy Week schedule is as follows: • Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., through April 4, Lenten Prayer Service, based on the book “The Awkward Season.” • MaundyThursday Service,7 p.m.,April 5. • Good Friday Service, 7 p.m., April 6. • Easter Sunday, April 8, 7 a.m. Sunrise Service on the lawn behind the church, followed by a community breakfast at 8 a.m. and Easter Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY March 8 LIVE MUSIc â&#x20AC;˘ PAC3 presents the Kyle Hollingsworth Band at 7 p.m. Euforquestra is the opening act. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Hollingsworth recently wrapped up a tour with String Cheese Incident. Info: 925-1663 or pac3carbondale.com. ROTaRY â&#x20AC;˘ Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at noon at Mi Casita, 580 Main Street, Carbondale. aRT IN BaSaLT â&#x20AC;˘ Ann Korologos Gallery (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Western Roundup: 4 Western Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;), Toklat Gallery (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Cooney Hand Carved Bowlsâ&#x20AC;?) and the Wyly Art Center â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bayard Hollinsâ&#x20AC;?) host openings from 6 to 8 p.m.

To list your event, email information to news@soprissun.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at soprissun.com. View and submit events online at soprissun.com/calendar.

WHEELER â&#x20AC;˘ The Mountains to Mesa Home Builders Association presents Sirius/XM nominated singer/songwriter of the year Liz Longley at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets are $20. For details, call the Wheeler.

music in the Roaring Fork Valley, on channels 12 and 82 throughout the week. The hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Highlights include bluesman Buddy Guy at the Hotel Jerome.

LIVE MUSIc â&#x20AC;˘ Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern in the Dinkel Building presents Benyaro (an acoustic soul and roots rock duo) at 10 p.m. Info: 963-4498.

MUSIcaL GEaR SWaP â&#x20AC;˘ GrassRoots TV presents the ďŹ rst annual Great Western Slope Musicians Gear Swap at PAC3. For info about booth space or swapping gear, call 925-8000.

LIVE MUSIc â&#x20AC;˘ Rivers in Glenwood presents Fifty/50 (classic, modern and original rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no cover. TRTc â&#x20AC;˘ Thunder River Theatre Company presents Anton Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cherry Orchardâ&#x20AC;? March 8-10 at 67 Promenade. Info: 963-8200.

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ccaH FaSHION SHOW â&#x20AC;˘ The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents its annual Green is the New Black fashion show on March 9 and the Bonedale Bash Fashion Show on March 10. Both events will be held at the Carbondale Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Tickets for the March 9 gala are $100 and $50 ($45 for CCAH members); Bonedale Bash tickets are $30, $25 for CCAH members and $15 students (limited). Info: carbondalearts.com.

LIVE MUSIc â&#x20AC;˘ Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern at in the Dinkel Building presents Simpler Times at 10 p.m. Info: 963-4498.

FRIDAY March 9 MOVIES â&#x20AC;˘ The Crystal Theatre presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Iron Ladyâ&#x20AC;? (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 9-15 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hugoâ&#x20AC;? (PG) at 5 p.m. Mar. 10.

THE WHEELER â&#x20AC;˘ Los Lobos plays the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Tickets are $55 and $45. Info: 920-5770. WYLY aRT cLaSSES â&#x20AC;˘ Wyly Art Center in Basalt offers the class â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drawing for People Who Think They Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;? with Jill Sabella March 10 and 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $50 (10 percent off for members). Info: 927-4123.

SUN.-SAT. March 11-17 MUSIcaL MOMENTS â&#x20AC;˘ GrassRoots TV presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;40 Rock,â&#x20AC;? a look at 40 years of

Aspen Historical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time Traveler series continues with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Soul of Buttermilkâ&#x20AC;? at Bumps restaurant at Buttermilk at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Info: Christine Benedetti at 925-3721, ext. 102.

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WORM FaRMING â&#x20AC;˘ Rock Bottom Ranch in El Jebel presents a workshop on worm farming from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. RSVP at 925-5756.

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MONDAY March 12

GaRDEN MEETING â&#x20AC;˘ The Orchard holds a public meeting for its new Good Seed Community Garden on Snowmass Drive at 7 p.m. Info: garden@theorchardlife.com.

caNDIDaTES FORUM â&#x20AC;˘ A Carbondale Board of Trustees candidatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; forum takes place at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Send your questions in advance to board@soprissun.com. The forum is presented by The Sopris Sun, KDNK and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. For details, e-mail news@soprissun.com.

LIVE MUSIc â&#x20AC;˘ White House pizza on Main Street presents My Countrymen followed by Greg Masse (March 21) and Steve Skinner (March 28). THE WHEELER â&#x20AC;˘ Tiempo Libre, from Cuba, plays the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Tickets are $45. Info: 920-5770.

BELLY UP â&#x20AC;˘ The Southeastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite funk institution, Yo Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Fat Booty Band, plays Belly Up in Aspen at 10 p.m. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an all ages show with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Info: 544-9800.

FOR REaL aRTISTS â&#x20AC;˘ The Glenwood Springs Art Guild presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Become an Artist in Residence at State and National Parksâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Church (1630 Grand Ave.) in Glenwood Springs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. Info: 404-1208.

ROTaRY â&#x20AC;˘ The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at the Carbondale Firehouse on Highway 133 Wednesdays at 7 a.m. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaker is a member of GarďŹ eld Search and Rescue. The remaining speakers this month are Dr. Herschel Ross (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advances in dentistry that beneďŹ t your healthâ&#x20AC;?) on March 21 and Skip Kinsley (â&#x20AC;&#x153;BeneďŹ ts of smart oil and gas explorationâ&#x20AC;?) on March 28. Info: 927-0641.

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THURSDAY March 14 NaTURaLIST NIGHTS â&#x20AC;˘ The Wilderness Workshop and other groups host another Naturalist Night with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forest Restoration for Resilient Forestsâ&#x20AC;? by Dr. Tony Cheng at the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. Info: 963-3977.

Hold the Presses gone ($8 per person). Betsy Schenck and the Zingers will provide the entertainment. Info: 963-2381. Pac3 â&#x20AC;˘ The Boulder band Grant Farm, featuring former U.S. ďŹ&#x201A;at-picking champion Tyler Grant, plays PAC3. Info: pac3.com.

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SATURDAY March 24

SPELLEBRaTION â&#x20AC;˘ Literacy Outreach and CMC present their annual Spellebration spelling bee to support adult literacy programs at Aspen Glen at 6 p.m. The entry deadline for teams is March 9. Info: 945-5282.

FOOTBaLL BENEFIT â&#x20AC;˘ A beneďŹ t concert for Carbondale youth football programs takes place at PAC3 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The musical lineup includes local band All the Pretty Horses, and from Madison, Wisconsin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beautiful Buzz and Happy Ashtray. Tickets are $10 at White House pizza and Dos Gringos burritos. Info: 945-1206.

SATURDAY March 17 ST. PaTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DaY â&#x20AC;˘ The American Legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day parade on Main Street in Carbondale takes place at 2 p.m. Parade forms are available at: The Pour House, Carbondale Town Hall and Recreation Center, and American Legion Post 100 at 97 Third St. The American Legion Auxiliary will serve corned beef and cabbage from 4 p.m. until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

SATURDAY July 21 HOT TUNa â&#x20AC;˘ PAC3 presents Hot Tuna, featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. Both are founding members of Jefferson Airplane and have been playing together for 50 years. Info: pac3.com.

Ongoing ccaH â&#x20AC;˘ The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities continues the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re-Imaged Art & Fashion for a Sustainable Futureâ&#x20AC;? from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Artists include Wewer Keohane, Amber Sparkles, Mary Katz, Candee Resnick, Janet Nelson and others. The show runs through March 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 963-1680.

aDULT BaND â&#x20AC;˘ Tami Suby, director of the Glenwood High School and middle school bands has started an adult beginning band that practices at Roaring Fork High School on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Info: 319-8791.

cLaY cENTER â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Cohorst: 2012 Resident Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? continues through April 4 at the Carbondale Clay Center, located at the east end of Main Street. Info: 963-CLAY.

WEEKLY RUN â&#x20AC;˘ Independence Run & Hike in La Fontana Plaza stages group runs every Saturday at 8 a.m. All are welcome. Info: 704-0909.

MaYORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S cOFFEE HOUR â&#x20AC;˘ Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy, located at 26 S. Third St.

S.a.W. FEaTURES aNDERSON aRTISTS â&#x20AC;˘ S.A.W., located at 978 Euclid Ave., features Anderson Ranch artists in the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Forces.â&#x20AC;? The show opens from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 9 and features: Doug Casebeer (ceramic and sculpture), Liz Ferrill (print and painting), John Lloyd (sculpture), Ralph Scala (ceramic), Jason Schneider (wood), Andrea Wallace (photography), Mariana Vieira (photography), Bradley Walter (ceramic). For details, call email lea@tylerware.com or call 970-355-9058. BaSH RETURNS TO BaSaLT â&#x20AC;˘ This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basalt BASH takes place at Lions Park from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 10 and features a leprechaun gold hunt for kids, live music with the Hell Roaring String Band and a menu that includes corned beef, cabbage and cold brews. For details on the monthly Basalt BASH, call 704-3165. LaKOTaS PERFORM IN câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;DaLE â&#x20AC;˘ The Crazy Horse Singers, a traditional Lakota drumming group, and the Lakota Youth Dancers perform at the Third Street Center from noon to 1 p.m. on March 14, and also at the Old Thompson Barn at River Valley Ranch from 7 to 9 p.m. Lakota Elder Grandpa Eli will also conduct a question and answer session. Donations will be accepted. For details, go to www.sol-tribe.com. HOTHOUSE DESIGN PROJEcT cONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ The Hothouse Design project continues at the Third Street Center from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on March 8. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panel discussion is all about starting creative business ventures and features Paul Spencer (energy/community planning entrepreneur), Kelly Alford (graphic design entrepreneur) and Mark Joseph (product design entrepreneur). For details, call Andrea Korber at 366-1582. aWaKEN YOUR UNTaPPED MIND â&#x20AC;˘ Davi Nikent presents the workshop â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy Awareness: Awaken Your Untapped Mindâ&#x20AC;? at the Solara Learn Center in El Jebel on March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., March 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 618-5879. cMc aND RSVP OFFER DRIVING cOURSE â&#x20AC;˘ Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and RSVP offer a four-hour driver safety program March 19 and April 14. The is $14 fee. For details, call 384-8747. SNOWMaSS ROTaRY HOLDS POKER TOURNaMENT â&#x20AC;˘ The Snowmass Village Rotary Club holds its second annual Texas Hold â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Em Poker Tournament at the Snowmass Village Conference Center (next to the Silvertree hotel) on March 9. Registration is at 6 p.m. and the dealing starts at 7 p.m. The donation to play is $100 and you must be 21 or older. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buy-in for $50. For details, call Martha Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe at 379-6577. cOMMUNITY MEDITaTION â&#x20AC;˘ Community meditation takes place at the Third Street Center from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 12. Donations are accepted. For details, go to highlifeunlimited.com.

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Community Briefs Farmers market vendors wanted

YouthEntity Receives 75K grant

The application deadline for the Carbondale Farmers Market is April 1. For details, go to carbondalefarmersmarket.com. The market takes place at Fourth and Main on Wednesday from June 13 through Oct. 3. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

YouthEntity announced on March 7 has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Daniels Fund for its “I Am Financial Knowledge” program for students in grades 4-6 and 8-9. YouthEntity’s programs include YouthChefs, ProStart business consulting and WebEntity.

Garden plots available The Orchard is offering plots in its new Good Seed Community Garden. The garden will include 39 plots in two sizes: 4X10 feet and 4X20 feet. The cost is $25 and $40 respectively. Plots will be assigned the week of March 25 through a lottery. Gardeners will be asked to contribute 10 percent of their crop to Lift-Up for Feed My Sheep. For details, c-mail Garden@TheOrchardLife.com.

Volunteer Day in Basalt The Basalt Regional Library hosts Volunteer Day from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 14. Interested non-profits can reserve a table by calling Barbara at 927-4531, ext. 8. The library is located at 14 Midland Ave.

RE-1 webcasts budget talks The RE-1 School District will webcast its March 14 budget discussion to Carbondale Middle School and Basalt Elementary School on March 14. An exact time was no available at press time.

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Valley View Hospital’s Community Health Fair begins with pre-draws for blood drawing only (no appointment needed) at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on March 7 or March 21 from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Blood draw testing includes cholesterol, cardiac risk, blood sugar, kidney and liver function for $45. Prostate specific antigen is $35; blood count is $20; and colorectal kit is $15. Fasting 12 hours before the blood draw is required. For more information call 384-6651.

Ride the Rockies grants

The 12th season of the Jim Calaway Honors Series at Colorado Mountain College concludes with two concerts from the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet. The March 16 concert takes place at the Spring Valley Campus at 7:30 p.m.; the March 17 concert takes place at the Aspen campus at 7:30 p.m. with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. The quartet is from Argentina. Tickets are $20. To reserve tickets, call 947-8367. Courtesy photo

The deadline to apply for the Ride the Rockies/Denver Post Community Grant is March 16.The program is for nonprofits that provide services for low-income children and youth recreation. Grants are for $5,000. For details, go to ridetherockies.com.

carbondale Rotary offering grants Carbondale Rotary Community Service Grant applications are being accepted. The program is for non-profits who need financial help to carry out work benefiting the community. For details, go to rotarycarbondale.org.

Senior Matters tax day

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Senior Matters of Carbondale’s free Tax Assistance Day takes place at the Third Street Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 14. RSVP volunteers will prepare and file 2011 income returns for people with an annual income of $55,000 or less. For an appointment call 963-2536.

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J. Robert Young Scholarship offered The J. Robert Young Scholarship is offered to public high school graduates in the Alpine Bank service area. Applicants must have a 2.75 or higher grade point average and seek a business related degree. The scholarship is for $1,000 for students who attend college in Colorado. Applications must be postmarked by March 30.

An eight-week session of clay classes begins at the Carbondale Clay Center on March 14.Various classes meet Tuesdays through Thursdays. For details, call 963-CLAY.

RE-1 School Board member Matt Hamilton holds office hours at the Third Street Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 13. Appointments are not necessary. The sessions take place at the Healthy Mountain Communities office near the Third Street Café. School board member Richard Stettner holds office hours at Basalt Elementary School from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on March 8. For an appointment, call 384-5800.

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Volunteer Day at the Basalt Regional Library on the 14th of March from 5 to 7 p.m. Your community needs you!

The Carbondale Trustees reviewed several large-scale land use applications over the last four years. I was committed to listening to public comment and bringing concerns forward to applicants. I will continue to listen to the desires of our community and act in accordance with what I hear. Carbondale deserves representatives willing to pay attention to citizens’ concerns.

Please vote to re-elect Pam Zentmyer for Carbondale Town Trustee. Look for your mail-in ballot arriving shortly after March 12th.

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Textiles continued om page 8 is to make sure materials are sustainable. “We want sustainable; I use the word sustainable — that which comes from the earth and returns to the earth with little to no manipulation by man or chemical. That’s sustainable to me,” Filippone says. Largely regarded for its hemp and hempblend textiles, the company stocks more than 90 fabrics, such as the elegant hemp-silk charmeuse that kicked off “green” weddings in high-end apparel lines, 100-percent hemp canvas, hemp cashmere, muslins, linens and the company’s new hemp fur with a recycled plastic pop bottle backing. “It’s finally to the point where the market’s ready for us to be able to fill in a lot of these gaps. We’ve been wanting to do these high-end fabrics,” says Summer Haeske,Filippone’s daughter in charge of national sales for EnviroTextiles. That’s a huge statement from the 30-yearold, who made the decision 10 years ago to stay in the industry. Taking on the task to introduce hemp to new clients, Haeske had to pitch it as a cutting-edge, sustainable material at large industry trade shows. She’d get laughed out of meeting rooms. “For years, there was such a stigma. You couldn’t go anywhere without getting put down or treated like a total joke. There were many trade shows where I’d be in the bathroom crying, trying to pull myself together to get enough strength to go out and approach the next person,” Haeske said.

United States. Individuals may not be making their own clothes, but they’re starting to buy more U.S.-made goods. “So things are changing and there’s a lot of potential. I love it. Imagine if we all were wearing clothes that you hadn’t seen everybody else wearing. Maybe we don’t have as many clothes in our wardrobe, but it lasts, and it’s made by someone you know,” Pevec says, noting that small-time designers can now find“micro-factories”that are willing to produce their goods at smaller runs. Two such micro-factories are poised to open on the Western Slope within the year. Glenwood Springs designer Doreen Herriott, who will present a clothing line in the fashion show, is affiliated with the opening of the GarCo Sewing Works in Rifle that is expected to be up and running in springtime.

EnviroTextiles Setting the Example Meanwhile, EnviroTextiles, based out of Glenwood Springs, is opening a factory in Palisade, Colo. With a 25,000-square-foot building already secured, employees hired, and its first order (a hemp-cotton blend sock), the natural fibers company is aiming to start up its machines in six to eight weeks. Soft goods produced in Palisade will be made from hemp, hemp blends, agave and a readily available U.S. material source: alpaca. EnviroTextiles specializes in eco-friendly, sustainable, and bio-degradable products and exports to nearly 70 countries. Even more important than a USDA“certified organic”stamp, company founder Barbara Filippone’s mission

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Demand rose. And some of those same companies whose representatives made fun of her now have hemp in their product lines.“After that, it just kept flowing in, we didn’t have to go look for it; it’s just coming and coming and coming. Mom and I were like,‘It’s finally time. It isn’t going be fight or struggle.’” Filippone has fought hard for hemp, pushing for state legislation to allow industrial hemp farming and is hoping the current House Bill 1099 is successful in prepping the grounds for its reintroduction as an industrial crop. Haeske says the “infrastructure” is in place: There are farmers who want to grow it; there are processing facilities that can take it; and there are buyers for the end product.” The time is ripe, but she says some leaders still are uneducated about hemp and marijuana, which are both from the cannabis species, but contain different levels of THC, the compound in marijuana that gives the user a high. Although Filippone made her name in the hemp industry, she is sought the world-over for her expertise in economic development and programs that advocate corporate and social responsibility. She has worked in China, Mexico, Romania, Poland, Korea and more to launch sustainable businesses that provide high-quality products but also look after its employees and are accountable — environmentally and socially — to the towns in which they’re located. “I’m going to set an example for American corporations. I’m going to create the

model of how it’s supposed to be, where the head officers of a company have salary caps, where a percent must go into a social program — meaning if the kids in Palisade don’t have computers in the school, you buy them,” explains Filippone, who operates an office in China and has enforced model working standards.

Need for Product Transparency Filippone is also making headway on product transparency. She believes all products should be labeled with what they contain, what was done during processing, and how the employee benefits. “Just like what you have on your food product is what our product comes with. Wouldn’t you rather read that than see a USDA organic sticker, because that organic sticker tells nobody anything. Education, education, education. The only way we can educate the consumer is through that,” Filippone says, pointing to the poster-size label on the wall of the Glenwood Springs headquarters and showroom. Another unique aspect on the EnviroTextiles labels: Below the country where its products are manufactured, it states “EARTH,” which is important to Filippone. She says Americans need to stop scrutinizing China and recognize that it was greed that drove U.S. manufacturing overseas. With new ventures like EnviroTextiles’ factory and Collage on the rise, some of that manufacturing appears to be coming back. Sometimes it takes a revolution.

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The Green Thumb Guide

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Falling in love with the old Fender home

Getting Grounded

Photo by Lynn Burton

I’ve learned not to get attached. Easy to intellectualize, not so easy to put into action. ioned about the maples, so utterly un-Western, that they spurred the whole redesign in I’ve been looking at houses and fell in love with the Fender home, on Sopris and my mind of the new yard. Even the orchard would have a pastoral whimsy to it when Fourth Street. It’s held a spot in MANY of our hearts over the years. Built in 1913, it’s I revitalized it. I didn’t know who owned this place, but I shared my imaginings of her in one of my a small brick-and-shingle Craftsman bungalow that allows for the expansion of your columns – in a dress and apron, tending the ancient lilac on the north side of her porch, dreams — you can live a simple life here in the heart of downtown Carbondale. It needs a new roof, but that would let you open up the children’s rooms with sun- and the overgrown spirea on the south side. I sat between these two and absorbed filled skylights. It needs all new wiring and plumbing, but that what I hoped to be my future: teenagers with turquoise or dredded lets you introduce a less consumptive lifeblood. The kitchen is hair, leather jackets, Chuck All-Stars and piercings, exuberant at their release from the charter school; a new friend that already lived tiny, but adding a small, attached garage would let grandma (honacross the street to have coffee with; my others, Lyndsay and Joestly) live with you, above the expanded kitchen and garage. hanne with little Nil, sharing our side fence with Juniper; Dave’s reThere are supposedly asbestos issues and I worry about leaded model with the fun grain silo as an office; the brand-new library up paint, but that can be taken care of, too. It all can. And it should be. I hate to think of this home being replaced with a structure of the street. It felt like my own dream coming true. lesser soul. Yep. I’m salty enough to want certain parts of CarMy friend across the street has a black locust in his yard. The bondale to stay Carbondale. Fender home used to have one, too. I never knew these existed until a still night years ago, when I smelled it. Its intoxicating aroma had When we made an offer contingent to the sale of another me circling around on my bike, eyes closed, sniffing. There it was: house, I began to dream. I would visit every day. Some days I’d sit on the front porch in the winter sun and tell this home how much I looked up into an ancient canopy of blackened branches, festooned in thousands of wisteria-like blossoms hanging in the we wanted her and hoped she would choose us. My friend Kelly took “before” photos of Juniper and me frolmoonlight. I basked in it, grinning like a fool. It so moved me I wrote about it. icking in the orchard (yes, I did just use the word “frolic”), by the By Geneviève Joëlle tool shed, on the porch and next to the largest European MounIt’s dead now. My designer’s mind sees a monument carved from Villamizar its trunk, celebrating her past, standing in its place, with a row of tain Ash in town. It’s so huge and old it’s mostly dead wood, covered in a brilliant orange lichen that probably started growing when the Fenders first new locusts along Sopris Avenue. The two elms on the front street are also dying. I moved in. imagined two carved sentinels there as well, and two smaller trees planted close to My office would be in the southwest corner near the ash. My yellow truck with its them – maybe Japanese Tree Lilacs, Hawthorns or even apple trees grafted from the monks-robe maroon logo would be parked by the old garage. The path to my garden old ones in the orchard. But someone else has made a better offer and the Fender home may never be mine. design office would start between the two lovely old multi-trunk maples, curving between Annabelle hydrangeas, heritage roses and peonies. There’s something so old fash- Nonattachment … nonattachment, she whispers.

What’s it all about? Join us to reflect on your life’s mission. This Sunday, March 11, 2012, 10 a.m.

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the regular municipal election for the Town of Carbondale, Colorado will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The details and information pertaining to said election are as follows:

James Edward Von Brewer

This is a Mail Ballot election. You may return your voted ballot by mail (do not forget to include adequate postage), or you may hand deliver your ballot to the designated drop-off location listed below.

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Beginning March 13, 2012, ballots may be dropped off at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue M - F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday April 3, 2012, ballots may be dropped off at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. QUALIFICATIONS OF PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE Every person who has attained the age of eighteen years, is a citizen of the United States, has resided in the State and municipal election precinct for thirty days immediately preceding the election, and is a registered elector. OFFICERS TO BE ELECTED Voters will elect three (3) Trustees at large, from the entire Town. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve four-year terms: NAMES OF CANDIDATES FOR TRUSTEE: Bill Lamont Sean Keery Pam Zentmyer John Hoffmann Doc Philip Allyn Harvey Jim Breasted Stacy Stein Lorey Esquibel Red Cunningham THE BALLOT WILL ALSO CONTAIN ONE BALLOT ISSUE: Shall the Town of Carbondale approve Ordinance No. 12, Series of 2011, which ordinance would require grocery stores larger than 3,500 square feet in size to cease the distribution of disposable plastic bags and instead offer disposable paper bags for a fee of twenty cents per bag to all customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting goods purchased? _____YES

_____ NO

Further information may be obtained at the office of the town clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or by calling 510-1206. Cathy Derby Town Clerk Published in The Sopris Sun on March 8, 2012

Born in Chicago, Illinois, and traveled the world. He was a highly recognized architectural design engineer and a world renowned photographer with exhibits in America and several foreign countries. Jim proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp with a tour of duty in Korea. Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural designs can be found in many cities and states including Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami as well as many homes here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Jim was the senior architect involved in designing the Iowa State College campus. Jim was a member of the American Society of Architects, American Society of Planning OfďŹ cials, Photographic Society of America, American Legion, the Libertarian Party as well many local organizations. Jim loved the outdoors, camping and shooting until he was over 75 years old. He lived life to the fullest, photographing lots of the images he enjoyed seeing in their natural environment. Jim was a private guy, though he loved to talk to anyone about many topics on which he was knowledgeable since he was so well read and traveled. Family and friends will truly miss him. God Bless you JVB on your continuing journey. A celebration of his life will take place at the Pour House in Carbondale in a few weeks; details will be published and posted in advance.

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Information may be obtained from, and Petitions or Remonstrances may be filed with the Town Clerk, Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 81623 Published in The Sopris Sun on March 8, 2012.

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Letters continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 2 ited.com or join the Facebook page at Roaring Fork Valley Local Food. Or come on March 21 at 5:30 p.m. to the Basalt Library for our next meeting. And please join us in expressing your thanks to the GarďŹ eld BOCC. We all remain in this together. Gwen Garcelon Dawne Vrabel Roaring Fork Food Policy Council

Bag the bags Dear Editor: On April 3, voters in Basalt and Carbondale will be deciding whether or not to ban plastic grocery bags (and place a 20-cent fee on paper bags) in their communities. The Community OfďŹ ce for Resource EfďŹ ciency (CORE) has been working over the past year with local grocers, citizen groups and elected ofďŹ cials to draft the proposed ordinances now under consideration. With the beneďŹ t of a recent Patagonia Environmental Grant, CORE is building a campaign to promote awareness and broaden support for regulating disposable

bags across the region. Our immediate goal is to inform and encourage voter participation in support of the bag bans in Carbondale and Basalt. We would be grateful to any of your readers that are interested in assisting us. If you are able to volunteer your time (making phone calls, knocking on doors, writing letters to the editor), or would like to become more informed yourself, please contact us at core@aspencore.org. Jason Haber Community OfďŹ ce for Resource EfďŹ ciency

Pleased with plan Dear Editor: Roaring Fork Audubon was pleased to read that RFTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildlife biologist, Jonathan Lowsky, decisively recommended an earlier seasonal closure for the Rock Bottom Trail to protect the native wildlife that rely on the ever-diminishing wintering grounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially the riparian habitat. After reading the comments by Lowsky regarding bird populations along the trail, which said â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś population trends are not de-

clining and may be increasing,â&#x20AC;? we contacted him to clarify his statement. Lowsky informed us that, according to his data, the bird population and density trends are, for the most part, NOT statistically signiďŹ cant and that this is due to the relatively small annual sample size for each species and the short duration of the monitoring period (ďŹ ve years). He believes that after another four to ďŹ ve years, it will be possible to determine population trends. We also would like to point out that studies prior to the trail being opened were not accepted by RFTA and that these studies would establish a meaningful measure with which to gauge current survey results. We feel it is important that the RFTA board consider these interim bird survey results as preliminary and recommend that they proceed cautiously, and not make decisions to reduce wildlife protections based on data, which, according to the researcher, is not statistically signiďŹ cant. In addition to the earlier closure recommended by Lowsky, we encourage the RFTA board to extend the trail closure for an additional two weeks to mid-May. This would give the Great Blue Herons the time needed

to hatch their eggs and would also enable songbirds to begin establishing territories without human disturbance. Finally, we feel that it is essential for RFTA to publicly comment on the BLM Resource management plan regarding the Crown. Given that RFTA manages the lands immediately adjacent to areas of the Crown, where there is increasing impact from social trails in winter as well as in summer, RFTA has an opportunity to conserve this habitat. Because of the vital importance of this habitat for wildlife, we encourage you to recommend that seasonal closures on the Crown coincide with Rio Grande Trail closures so that our wildlife truly â&#x20AC;&#x153;get a break.â&#x20AC;? All closed areas should have physical barriers similar to those used to close the Rio Grande Trail through Rock Bottom Ranch. Clear and educational signage should be installed at all portals to the Crown BLM lands, explaining the rationale behind the closures and clearly stating closure dates. The Roaring Fork Audubon Society Board Delia Malone, board member

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