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Volume 5, Number 5 | March 14, 2013
Fashion theatre Photos and text by Jane Bachrach
CCAH’s Green is the new Black fashion show, which took place last weekend at the Carbondale Recreation Center, has been referred to as an“extravaganza”and a“production,”but it’s really Theatre. Fashion theatre. And it includes all the elements including scenes, (fashion) lines, music, dance and chorography, makeup, acting and attitude. More photos on pages 8-9. Clockwise from top: Karen Bradshaw, Hamilton Pevec, Molly Irwin, Katie Shank, Melanie Finan, Briar Gorman, Rachael Gillespie, Bill Laemmel and Deborah Colley.
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Schwartz bill crucial to river health By Ken Neubecker Drought. With all the snow we have been getting the past couple of weeks it’s kind of hard to believe we are still in a severe drought. Eastern Garﬁeld, Pitkin and Eagle counties are all still in the grip of what the National Drought Monitor calls “Extreme Drought.” The only level that is worse is “Exceptional Drought,” which is gripping the eastern plains from Texas to South Dakota, including much of eastern Colorado. The long-term outlook through the end of May is for the drought to persist. Last winter’s snow pack and stream ﬂows were some of the lowest on record. This winter is on track to be even worse. The rivers are further diminished by the many diversions providing water for local agriculture, landscaping and the Front Range. The Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers host the ﬁfth and third largest trans-basin water diversions in the state. But Colorado is a dry country, where drought is more common than not. The 20th century, particularly the last 30 years, was wetter than “normal.” Many scientists think we are returning to a drier pattern. Now toss in climate change, along with increased growth and energy demands, into the mix. As the old Chinese proverb says,“We live in interesting times, with a future that promises to be even more ‘interesting.’” This all may sound bleak, but it doesn’t have to be. Colorado’s 19th century pioneers adapted to the dry land they found. With innovative new laws and technologies they literally made the desert bloom. We face greater demands for water with the prospect of having less of it. Last summer the Crystal River was nearly bone dry above Carbondale because of diversions. That doesn’t need to happen anymore. New technologies can help keep water on the ﬁelds and in the streams, but too often the laws, traditions and bureaucracy developed in the 19th century, get in the way. Sen. Gail Schwartz introduced a bill that could help begin making some of the changes we need – SB13-019. This bill could protect water saved through conservation and efﬁcient irrigation, letting it stay in the river. Although some may see this as an unacceptable change from the status quo, this is the kind of change we need if we want to see rivers, farms and communities get the water they need. Colorado’s system of prior appropriation has worked well, to a point. It is a system designed to allocate water in times of shortage, where the ﬁrst to divert have priority.The needs of rivers weren’t recognized as legitimate until long after most of the river was claimed for diversion. Prior appropriation is a system built on the bones of a dry streambed. Here in the Roaring Fork Valley our economy has changed since the 1890s. Now it is based on recreation as much, or more, than agriculture. Flowing, healthy rivers are as important as healthy ranches and communities. Its time we moved our laws out of the 19th century as well. It’s our turn to change and adapt our laws to 21st century values, technologies and needs. The year 2013 looks like it will be another dry one. The Crystal and the Roaring Fork are once again going to be short of water. Let’s work to make years of dry streambeds less frequent, a thing of the past, like the notion that streams only have value in the water we can remove. Special note: The Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Carbondale at PAC3 on March 29. If you support your rivers, help support Trout Unlimited! Details can be found at www.fhtu.troutunlimited.com. Ken Neubecker is a member of Trout Unlimited.
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We need natural gas Dear Editor: I am a resident of Carbondale who – along with roughly 200 million other people in the United States – depends upon natural gas for heating my home and generating much of the electricity that I use. I also recognize that natural gas does so in a way that has much less negative environmental impact on the U.S. and planet Earth than coal, which will remain the main alternative for some decades until serious conservation measures and alternative energy sources are imple-
mented on a national scale. I did not attend the meeting in Carbondale on Feb. 27 regarding proposed gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area, because it was obvious from the hype being generated prior to the meeting that it was essentially a rally for local single-issue preservationists opposed to the project. Based on the reports of the meeting in local daily newspapers, it was indeed dominated by people “crying wolf” about imagined despoliation of an allegedly “pristine” area. There was no indication of a rational concern for the
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conﬂict between their self-interests and the greater interest of the nation in abundant and inexpensive natural gas – particularly among its citizens with lower incomes. Of the 200,000-plus acres in the Thompson Divide, some is rugged, scenic, and as such is not suited for gas development (or cattle grazing or tree harvesting) and should be preserved. Other parts are much like millions of acres of dry, nondescript land throughout the West. I know because I have driven, hiked and bicycled there, and ﬂown over it, and frankly, most of it looks a lot more “exceptional” from the air than from the ground. With appropriate regulatory oversight, certain parts of the area can produce natural gas for the national economy with minimal negative impact on current uses – some of which have more negative environmental impacts than gas drilling. Far from being insensitive to environmental issues, I have had a career as a professional engineer in which I specialized in designing systems for disposing of wastewater and storm water, and incurred a lot of ﬂak for doing so in a way that emphasized energy efﬁciency and discouraged land development in inappropriate areas such as ﬂood plains. One bit of my professional knowledge that I have tried to contribute to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing is to require each“fracking” operation to add a unique chemical marker to the injection ﬂuid. This would encourage more care on the part of operators by providing a positive means of identifying the source of any pollution of usable water supplies that might occur. But anti-fracking zealots disparage such positive suggestions because they might make the process more politically acceptable. For the next such "town meeting," I suggest that our local ofﬁcials propose a tax on natural gas consumption that would have the equivalent impact on their constituents of a national ban on "fracking." That would amount to an increase of roughly $1,000 per year in energy costs for a typical household. Let's see how many Carbondale residents (including approximately 40 percent who are Hispanic) would support that. Alternatively, they might try shutting off the natural gas that heats municipal buildings in winter, and see what would happen. Carl Ted Stude Carbondale
People power for TD Dear Editor: On behalf of the Wilderness Workshop, we’d like to thank everyone who attended the recent public meetings in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale about the Thompson Divide. Our valley community sent a powerful message that we do not want to see oil and gas development in the Thompson Divide. We spoke of our reliance on the Thompson Divide in its natural state – as the source of our water, the place where we run cattle, the driver of our local economy, an important refuge for wildlife, a popular recreational area. We told the BLM not to “suspend” (prolong) the oil and gas leases there, and instead to let them expire on schedule. The campaign to save the Thompson Divide is gaining momentum and entering an
exciting new phase. Last week, more than 400 people attended the screenings of the ﬁlm “Bidder 70” and brainstormed how to capture all this positive energy and turn it into a citizens’ movement. Please get involved! Do you have creative talents that can help draw attention to the cause? Do you love a parade? Are you up for organizing a rally? Can you suggest new and different ways to get the word out via social media? The Thompson Divide needs you! We want to empower citizens to develop their own fun,creative,bold actions to help take the message all the way to Washington, D.C. To get involved, please sign up at www.wildernessworkshop.org, or call the Wilderness Workshop ofﬁce at 963-3977. Oh, and for all of you who missed“Bidder 70” because of the fashion show – we’re doing an encore screening on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Third Street Center. See you there! Dave Reed Will Roush Wilderness Workshop Carbondale
ccaH gives thanks Dear Editor: Once again the creative community of the Roaring Fork Valley has come together to raise money for an important cause, as well as showcase the amazing talent that exists here. Thank you to all who participated in the CCAH Green Is the New Black Fashion ExLETTERS page 15
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Downvalley non-profits score upvalley bucks
Ray Adams – composer – dies in Colorado Springs at age 60
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Downvalley non-profits scored big as Pitkin County prepares to distribute more than $1.8 million to local agencies and organizations through its Healthy Community Fund grant program, according to a press release. Money for the grants comes from a dedicated property tax assessed in Pitkin County, which includes much of the Crystal River Valley. “The agencies and services that benefit from the financial support of the Healthy Community Fund touch the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands, of residents every day,” said Nan Sundeen, director of health and human services for Pitkin County.
Ray Vincent Adams, long-time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and composer in residence with the Aspen Choral Society, died at approximately 10 p.m. on March 12 at the Parkmoor Village Healthcare Center in Colorado Springs. He was 60 years old. Adams’s demise followed a brief battle with two brain tumors, which were diagnosed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction on Feb. 4. Following the diagnosis,Adams was transferred to The Denver Hospice center in Denver for several days, then to Parkmoor, which is close to the home of a family member. He passed away quietly, with family members at his side and friends nearby. Adams, who had lived in Aspen since the early 1980s, came to the valley in 1976 after graduating from the State University of New York in Fredonia, where he studied conducting and was certified as a music therapist. After moving to Aspen, he studied as a Conducting Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival and School, and participated in Master Classes with such classical music lumi-
carbondale area non-proﬁts receiving funds include: • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program: $3,500; • KDNK: $7,000; • Sopris Therapy Services: $9,000; • Thompson Divide Coalition: $5,000 • WindWalkers: $9,000.
Other non-proﬁts that serve carbondale and a broader region include: • Access Roaring Fork: $5,000; • The Manaus Fund/The Valley Settlement: $15,000; • Roaring Fork School Health Centers: $15,000; A total of 69 non-proﬁt programs received funds from the $1,812,295 the property tax generated in 2012.
naries as Jorge Mester, Leonard Slatkin and Sergiu Comissiona. A year after arriving in the valley, Adams began conducting annual performances of “The Messiah” by G.F. Handel, with a choir of local singers and orchestral backing. After 35 years, “The Messiah” has become the “oldest running holiday tradition in the valley,” according to the Choral Society’s website. Adams also became known for his original compositions of sacred choral music, which were performed by the Aspen Choral Society at diverse venues that included the internationally acclaimed Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival grounds. A benefit concert, tentatively scheduled for late April, had been planned prior to his death, and a celebration of his life also is in the early planning stages. A benefit fund has been set up at all Alpine Banks to help defray mounting medical and other costs resulting from his illness. Those wishing to donate should contact any Alpine Bank and ask for details on how to contribute to the Ray V.Adams Benefit Account.
The other grant recipients include: • ACES: $8,000; • Alpine Legal Services: $20,000; • Aspen Camp of Deaf & Hard of Hearing: $6,000; • Aspen Cancer Survivor Center: $5,000; • Aspen Community Church: $2,500; • Aspen Counseling Center: $126,000; • Aspen High School Project Graduation: $500; • Aspen Homeless Shelter: $22,500; • The Aspen Hope Center: $18,000; • Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance: $20,000; • Aspen Public Radio: $7,000; • Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club: $12,500; • Aspen Youth Center: $18,000; • Basalt High School Project Graduation: $500; • The Buddy Program: $30,000; • Catholic Charities: $15,000; • Challenge Aspen: $7,000; • Colorado Fourteeners Initiative: $4,000; • CMC Go2Work Programs: $3,000; • Colorado State University: $5,000; • Colorado West Psychiatric Hospital: $20,000; • Community Health Services, Inc.: $320,000; • Emergency Assistance Fund for Pitkin County: $40,000; • English in Action: $15,000; • Executive Service Corps: $3,500; • Family Visitor Programs: $70,000; • Feed My Sheep Ministry: $4,000; • Food Bank of the Rockies: $5,000; • Forest Conservancy: $13,000; • Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center: $7,000; • GrassRoots TV: $21,000; • HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley: $40,000;
• Independence Pass Foundation: $18,000; • LIFT-UP: $1,500; • Mountain Family Health Centers: $40,000; • Mountain Rescue Aspen, Inc.: $8,000; • Mountain Valley Developmental Service: $70,000; • Mpower: $3,000; • The Neighborhood Clinic at Woody Creek: $15,000; • Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation: $3,000; • Peak Parent Center: $10,000; • Pitkin County Human Services, Adult and Family Services: $25,000; • Pitkin County Senior Services: $378,195; • Planned Parenthood: $7,500; • Reach Out and Read Colorado: $2,000; • RESPONSE: $35,000; • River Bridge Regional Center: $10,000; • Roaring Fork Conservancy: $10,000; • Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers: $40,000; • Roaring Fork Leadership: $2,500; • Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers: $14,000; • Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Fund: $11,000; • Shining Stars Foundation: $6,000; • Spellbinders: $3,000; • Valley Life for All: $10,000; • Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention: $38,100; • Wilderness Workshop: $9,000; • Your Friends for Life: $5,000; • YouthEntity: $5,000; • YouthZone: $45,000.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (left) greets Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot (right) during his March 6 appearance in Glenwood Springs. Hickenlooper was in town for the grand opening of RFTA’s compressed natural gas fueling station. Bernot is Carbondale’s representative on the RFTA board. Photo by Jamie Bethell/RFTA THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • MaRcH 14, 2013 • 3
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The Leaning Snowman of Eighth Street went staggering around his yard with a beer bottle in one hand and golf club in the other, following last weekâ€™s snowstorms. The storms spawned several other newborn snowmen, including what appeared to be a conjoined couple sporting green bowlers on Sopris Avenue. Photo by Lynn Burton
The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Câ€™dale Police Dept. MONDaY March 4 From 2:31 to 2:52 p.m. police issued a total of four parking tickets in the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street, and N. Third Street. MONDaY March 4 at 7:55 p.m. a person walking a dog contacted a police ofďŹ cer and said she saw something she thought was â€œsuspiciousâ€? on the Rio Grande Trail. The ofďŹ cer checked the trail but only found some deer. TUESDaY March 5 at 11:47 a.m. an ofďŹ cer assisted EMS with an â€œextremelyâ€? intoxicated male on South Second Street. TUESDaY March 5 From 1:37 to 1:49 p.m. police issued three a total of three parking tickets on Main Street, Barber Drive and DeďŹ ance Drive. TUESDaY March 5 at 4:55 p.m. a resident on Crystal Canyon Drive in River Valley Ranch reported a dead deer in her yard. Police responded and said it would be removed the following morning. â€œ â€Ś (she) seemed ďŹ ne with that,â€? the report said.
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A primer: Making sense of Thompson Divide process By Barbara Dills Sopris Sun Correspondent Making sense of the process now under way to determine the future of natural gas drilling in Thompson Divide can be sort of an Abbott and Costello — Who’s on ﬁrst? No, he’s on second — experience. To aid Sopris Sun readers in navigating this house of mirrors, we thought it might be helpful to summarize key points presented at the recent meetings in Glenwood Springs (Feb. 5, called by Garﬁeld County) and Carbondale (Feb. 27, called by Pitkin County). Knowing where things lie in terms of responsibility, accountability, timelines and process might make it easier to understand where the public’s concerns about Thompson Divide ﬁt in and how, when and where to direct them.
Application for Permit to Drill Process Operator Submits APD with Application Fee APD is date stamped
Environmental Assessment started if not completed already.
aPDs A leaseholder’s application for permit to drill, or APD as it’s known, is made to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). After obtaining a lease for mineral rights (in this case, for oil and gas rights), completing an APD is the pivotal step a company must accomplish in order to move ahead with production of oil or gas on public or private lands. When those public lands are designated as national forest, the U.S. Forest Service, as the identiﬁed “Surface Managing Agency,” participates in the approval process. More details on the “who-doeswhat” question follow below. Both SG Interests and Ursa Piceance have pending APDs on ﬁle for wells proposed within the leased areas in Thompson Divide referenced above. Those applications have all been ﬁled in the past 12 months and are currently notated as incomplete or “deﬁcient” by the BLM. (See table on page 7). A key point of contention in the current suspension discussion is why the two companies have waited so long to
BLM and other SMA (if applicable) will post operator name, well name/number, and well location for public information a minimum of 30 days.
APD is reviewed for completeness
BLM or SMA surface review
Within 10 days after receiving APD, BLM send operator a letter notifying whether or not the APD is complete with a list of deficiencies if applicable. BLM or other SMA will schedule onsite.
Conduct onsite (site review)
Operator has 45 days to provide information necessary to make the APD complete or BLM may return APD to operator.
BLM notifies operator of additional deficiencies
The focusing issue The well-attended meeting in Carbondale on Feb. 27 was primarily focused on the issue of whether or not the BLM will allow Thompson Divide leases held by SG Interests and Ursa Piceance to expire at the end of their current 10-year terms — expirations that are slated for either May, July or August, depending on the particular lease. The leaseholders have each ﬁled a formal request for “suspension” (a technical term for “extension”) of their leases, to give them more time to complete their applications to drill in the Thompson Divide area. As background, the 221,500-acre Thompson Divide area covers a wide swath spanning ﬁve counties. Lying to the west of the Crystal River, running south from Sunlight Mountain Resort to McClure Pass, it forms “Carbondale’s backyard,” in the words of local residents. One of the SG Interest leases in question is in Garﬁeld County and ﬁve are in Pitkin County; Ursa’s seven leases are in Garﬁeld, Pitkin and Mesa Counties. SG Interest’s formal request for suspension is dated Feb. 12, 2013. Ursa Piceance sent its letter on Feb. 14, 2013. Both letters are posted on the BLM’s website.
APD ʹ Application for Permit to Drill SMA ʹ Surface Managing Agency (ie. USFS)
Within 30 days of the operator submitting a complete APD the BLM will:
Notice sent to operator Actions that the BLM or other SMA needs to take before making final decision.
Actions the operator could take to enable the BLM or other SMA to issue a final decision.
Operator has two years to take action specified in notice or BLM will deny APD.
Bureau of Land Management graphic. ﬁle — and complete — these APDs, when the Aspen Times editorial. During the rethey have had almost the full term of the cent presidential campaign, he was quoted as saying, “… you can’t just sit on this (a leases (nearly 10 years) to do so. The companies argue that they are up lease) for 10, 20, 30 years, decide when you against their lease expiration dates due to want to drill, when you want to produce, a combination of bureaucratic delays and when it’s most proﬁtable for you. These are weather. The weather is a factor because public lands. If you want to drill on public the APDs cannot be completed until a site lands, you use it or you lose it.” The Carbondalereview is complete, and based Wilderness BLM regulations prevent such visits when there is Workshop environmental group further snow on the ground at asserts that these parproposed drilling sites. ticular 2003-initiated Those opposing lease leases in Thompson suspensions (i.e. asking the BLM to let the leases exDivide were illegally pire) — including many Barack Obama issued to begin with who spoke at the recent President of the United States because the BLM and Forest Service failed town hall meeting in Carto complete the rebondale — say that the companies have had plenty of time to make quired NEPA (National Environmental application for and to begin drilling opera- Policy Act) assessments before approving tions as required, and that their failure to them. According to Wilderness Workshop take the necessary actions within the allot- staff attorney Peter Hart, the leases should ted timeframe should not be rewarded by be cancelled altogether on those grounds. “There is recent precedent for such an granting these extensions. As a March 1 editorial in The Aspen Times noted, “SG In- action,” Hart says. “In 2009, the BLM canterests didn’t see ﬁt to explore for natural celled leases held by Encana in the Thompgas in Thompson Divide during the ﬁrst son Divide that were issued under the exact half of the lease’s life, when gas prices were same circumstances as the leases SG and high. Yet now, as prices are the lowest they Ursa would now like suspended. In that have been for years, the company contends 2009 decision BLM said the leases were it is interested in drilling and has taken pre- “void ab initio” or invalid from the beginliminary steps to do so. Ursa recently ac- ning because BLM failed to undertake reqquired its Thompson Divide leases from uisite environmental analysis prior to another company. Certainly it knew the issuing the leases.” Scott Fitzwilliams, the White River Narisks it was taking acquiring leases that were nearing the 10-year expiration pe- tional Forest supervisor, disagreed with Hart’s assertion at the Feb. 27 meeting at riod.” President Obama seems to agree with Carbondale Town Hall. “They are valid
“… you can’t just sit on this (a lease) for 10, 20, 30 years … ”
leases. At least to this point we haven’t been told by a judge that they’re not,” Fitzwilliams said. “And so to deny access to a valid lease, the decision space becomes a bit more narrow.” There does seem to be agreement among the parties that a formal environmental assessment of the sites is still in process. SG Interest’s Feb. 12 letter to the BLM requesting the suspensions states, “A suspension of production and operations would serve the interests of conservation by providing additional time for: 1) BLM to conduct a leasing decision NEPA analysis on the Leases; … .” The point of contention here is whether or not the delay in completing the environmental analysis invalidates the leases.
Unitization To further complicate and already complex process, there’s the issue of“unitization.” According to the BLM, Antero Resources (Ursa’s predecessor, from whom the company acquired their leases in Thompson Divide) submitted a proposal to the BLM in August 2012 to “unitize” its seven leases in the area, known as the “Wolf Springs Unitization Proposal.” Combining leases under unitization would simplify and streamline the drilling application process; accordingly Ursa only has one APD pending for the seven combined leases. As of May, 2011, SG has also pursued unitization of its leases into what is referred to on BLM maps as the “Proposed Lake Ridge Unit,” although it has since ﬁled six separate APDs. According to the BLM, APDS page 7
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Envelope please This year’s Valley Visual Art Show expanded from the CCAH’s R2 Gallery to Bonﬁre Coffee in the Dinkel Building. Hundreds of folks took in the show, which featured dozens of local artists. As of about a week ago, about 13 pieces had been sold. As for this year’s People’s Choice award, ﬁrst place went to Staci Dickerson for her painting “Grace.” Miles Philips was awarded second place for “Guitar” (which in fact was a solid body electric guitar). Eric Allen was third for “Crystal Current” (a photograph).”
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as of sometime in 2012 For the ﬁrst time ever, Marble now has public restrooms in Millsite Park near the west end of the quarry load out area. The winter edition of the Marble Historical Society’s “Marble Chips” newsletter (print version) reports the restrooms were made possible by many private individuals, plus Marble Charter School, Marble Crystal Chamber of Commerce, Marble Community Church, Crystal River Heritage Association and Gunnison County. Contractors who donated time and services were Duane Piffer, Mario Villalobos and Dave Adams. Colorado Stone Quarries paid for the septic system’s installation and made a monetary donation. The much needed and soon-to-be appreciated restrooms were installed last year. The newsletter’s history section notes that on Jan. 20, 1912, Mrs. Curley was arrested “again” for bootlegging. She had two barrels
Carbondale Community School recently displayed models built by seventh and eighth grade students for their annual Architecture Fair. Students were given the task of designing a passive solar, strawbale, 2,000-square-foot house. They learned about construction practices, concepts and skills to consider when designing a sustainable building. For the ﬁnal project, they designed their own buildings, using various materials, energy-efﬁcient designs, multiple math skills, and a scale of 1.25 inches to 3 feet. Shown here are (left to right): parents Karl Hanlon and Sheryl Barto, seventh grader Zoe Hanlon, parent Greg Pickrell, and seventh graders Lauren Murphy and Morgan Hollenback. Photo by Gregg Adams Photography of whiskey and one barrel of beer in the Main Hotel. Mrs. Curley could not pay the $900 ﬁne and was taken to jail. For more on the Marble Historical Society, go to marblehistory.org.
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The nominees for the 2013 Garﬁeld County Humanitarian Service awards are: JoAnne and Ed Anderson, Mimi Baldwin, Diana Banks, Christine Bergstrom, Paul Carlson, Tish Filiss, Marsha Hutson, Debbie Martin, Nancy Rayﬁeld, Ida Lynn Roe, Twila Stephens, Larry Sweeney, Gabe Wooley and Tom Ziemann, Lucas Curry, Diane DeFord, Mary DesOrmeau, Lisa Detweiler, Jackie Herrera, John Hier, Mary Meisner, Karen Peppers and Jill Ziemann. The winners will be recognized at the Grand River Health Ballroom in Riﬂe during a banquet at 5:30 p.m. on April 8. For ticket info, go to Garﬁeldcounty.com or call 309-6036.
Needing some photos and videos The organizers of the recent Love and Oneness party are looking for photos and videos of the event. If you have any, call 963-2138.
They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: John Nieslanik (March 15); Brian Kelso (March 16); John Foulkrod (March 17); and Julie Oldham and Jeff Kelley (March 20).
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APDs continued om page 5 there has been no ruling on either unitization proposal; they are both still under review.
The counties’ role As both Garﬁeld County Commission Chair John Martin and Pitkin County Commission Chair George Newman pointed out at the start of their respective meetings, the counties have limited say in ﬁnal decisions regarding the requested lease suspensions or the approval or denial of any APDs. The counties and other local municipalities are allowed to offer input, however. The Carbondale Board of Trustees and the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners have each submitted formal statements to the BLM and other agencies and government ofﬁcials opposing suspension of the leases. Pitkin County even took out a full-page ad in The Aspen Times on President’s Day, displaying a letter addressed to First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, both of whom were in Aspen for the holiday, asking for their help in protecting Thompson Divide. Garﬁeld County has yet to ofﬁcially weigh in. The counties do have jurisdiction over county roads within their boundaries, and accordingly they have a major voice in access route decisions. For example, Four Mile Road out of Glenwood Springs is one route favored by SG Interests for access to proposed drilling sites south of Sunlight Mountain Resort, and the county could deem that route to be inappropriate. Another possible route would be through Carbondale via Highway 82 and Highway 133, then west on Main Street to Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and up Thompson Creek Road. As commissioner Martin points out, by law leaseholders must be provided reasonable access to their leased rights. Therefore, although there might be opposition to heavy truck trafﬁc on any or all of the proposed routes, should the leases be extended and the drilling applications approved such that drilling operations move forward, local and state jurisdictions will have to work with the energy companies affected to provide appropriate access, or face possible legal challenges that could be expensive.
Final decision The ﬁnal decision on the suspensions themselves lie with the BLM, but this decision, as well as all decisions on APDs, must reﬂect input, and at some stages full approval, from the Forest Service. In a nutshell, the BLM is responsible for everything below ground (drilling and “downhole” considerations, including impacts on air and water quality) and the Forest Service is responsible for impacts to the surface and surface users because the leases fall within the White River National Forest. Such surface considerations include the potential impact of roads, well-site construction and drilling operations on forest ﬂora, fauna and recreational use, as well as their impact on the rights of local ranchers who lease land from USFS for grazing purposes, many of whose grazing permits go back decades. As far as the APD process outlined in the BLM’s ﬂow
Bureau of Land Management graphic. chart on page 5 goes, that agency is obliged by NEPA to do an Environmental Assessment (EA), which plays a key role in its decision to approve or deny an application. The Forest Service has the same obligation as to when drilling will occur on national forest land, as is the case in the Thompson Divide. Generally one or the other of these agencies might take the lead on the NEPA analysis when a national forest is involved, but both must approve the EA. To date, none of these required NEPA assessments have been completed. The SG Environmental Assessments will be conducted by the USFS and will include “at least one formal, well-advertised opportunity for public comments,” according to the BLM’s website. Then there is the state of Colorado. The BLM permitting process is independent of the state process, which is overseen by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Oil and gas companies must ﬁle separate APDs with the COGCC from those submitted to the BLM for each site. The COGCC then does its own review, usually completed within 75 days depending on site access, which includes an hydrology review; any onsite portion of the review process is coordinated with the BLM and USFS so they are all there at the same time. All three agencies — the BLM, USFS and COGCC — provide opportunity for public review and comment.
Meanwhile, there is the matter of the BLM and USFS NEPA assessments mentioned above, whose completion also depends on access to the site. So at this point, it appears Mother Nature — and the snow pack in Thompson Divide — will play a key role in the timing of any APD decisions.
Meanwhile The Thompson Divide Coalition’s offer of $2.5 million to purchase the leases from SG Interests and Ursa Piceance, ﬁrst put forward in early 2012, remains on the table. The coalition has made it clear that it welcomes negotiation with the leaseholders on the terms. At the Carbondale Town Hall meeting on Feb. 27, it was unclear whether either company plans to take TDC up on that invitation. Gov. John Hickenlooper appeared in Snowmass last week and indicated his support for the Thompson Divide Coalition’s approach. “I think it makes perfect sense and I think it’s doable,” Hickenlooper said. His support went even further with this comment: “If the local community is willing to raise $21/2 million, maybe the state government should match it.”
Timing As far as timing of the various decisions goes, Steve Bennett, the BLM ﬁeld manager in Silt — or his superiors in Washington, D.C. — could make a decision on the lease suspension requests anytime now. Or they could just let the clock run out on the leases, allowing them to expire according to the original terms, in May, July and August, depending on when they were initiated in 2003. The APD approval process is involved, as the ﬂow chart shows. The required “onsites” (site reviews) noted in the chart will have to wait until the snow melts. Once the onsites are complete, the BLM will determine if any other deﬁciencies remain in the various applications, which the applicant then will have 45 days to address.
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A Carbondale legend From graceful and elegant to primitive and shamelessly barbaric, the ﬁfth annual Green is the New Black fashion extravaganza has ofﬁcially, by The Sopris Sun’s standards, become a legend. With two sold out nights, CCAH has done it again, providing audiences with a lavish production that embodied artistic creativity, vision and entertainment for all. Top left: Monica Viall. Top right: Katie Hedley. Middle left: Elizabeth Riecks. Middle right: Ryan Gannaway and Laura Stover. Bottom: Melanie Finan and Macy Carolin McHatten. Photos and text by Jane Bachrach
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What you didn’t see If you thought you saw it all during Friday and Saturday night’s performances of Green is the New Black fashion show, you’re wrong. So, on this page, The Sopris Sun gives you a peek at some of the more amusing and revealing moments that we captured a few hours before the doors opened to the public.
Top left: The weaver’s face was shrouded throughout the performance so her identity wouldn’t be known until the ﬁnale. However, whispers in the audience said “That’s Ro Mead!” It’s true, here she is during rehearsal. By the way, Ro received a standing O both evenings. Top right: Rochelle Norwood creates Jenna Bradford’s exotic hairstyle.
Middle left: Neptune (aka Bill Laemmel) threatens this photographer during a brief run-through of a scene. Middle right: Photographer Mark Burrows practices modeling poses on the runway in preparation for next year’s show, when his desire is to be in front of the camera rather than behind it.
Bottom left: April Clark, in the red helmet, organized a version of the Harlem Shake, which was videotaped and will be uploaded to the Internet. Bottom right: Models Katrina Byers, Angelina Rossi, Ananda Banc and Matte Curry goof off for the camera.
Photos and text by Jane Bachrach
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Community Calendar THURSDAY March 14 OUT OF THE BOX • CCAH hosts an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for Outside the Box. The show, which continues through April 19, includes innovative, unique two and three-dimensional works of art for the home. Local artists include Chad Steig, Shannon Muse, Erica Epperson, David Rasmussen, Frank McGuirk, Jill Scher and Jason Schneider. Info: 963-1680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. POETRY IN aSPEN • The 2nd annual Irish Poetry Night is sponsored by the Aspen Poets’ Society and Ed Foran at Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar (510 E. Durant) from 7 to 8 p.m. There’ll be readings of W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, John O’Donohue and others, plus a wee bit of traditional Irish music. It’s free and open to the public. Info: 379-2136. ROTaRY • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita every Thursday at noon.
FRIDAY March 15 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Life of Pi” (PG) at 7:30 p.m. on March 1521 and “Promised Land” (R) at 5:15 p.m. on March 16. “Life of Pi” — the Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Musical Score — is a drama about a ship wreck and young man who ends up sharing a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. “Promised Land” is a drama that revolves around a small town dealing with the natural gas industry. LIVE MUSIc • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents local boys
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Dan Sheridan and Bobby Mason at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIc • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents Mark Mussmeier (rock/soul) from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. Info: 704-1216. LIVE MUSIc • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Josh Rogan (original rock and blues) from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover.
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ST. PaT’S DaY • The American Legion Post 100 once again hosts a St. Patrick’s Day parade and post-parade feast. The parading begins at 2 p.m. at the corner of Seventh and Main then turns left on Third Street. The American Legion serves up traditional corned beef and cabbage starting at 3 p.m. ($8 per person). There’s no fee to enter the parade but registration forms are available at town hall. Info: 963-2381.
cIRcUS • Clark and Barnes’s Magic Land Circus rolls in to PAC3 at the Third Street Center for performances at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Witness with your own eyes how Zaida the human pretzel girl can turn herself into a human knot. Then there’s the amazing and super-fast juggler Johnny Rocket. Sponge Bob and others will also appear in this familyfriendly event. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for kids 2-14 when purchased in advance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 19 (you get one free child’s ticket for every advance ticket purchased). All ticket prices are higher at the gate. Info: 956-229-9177.
LIVE MUSIc • Carbondale Beer Works hosts a St. Patrick’s Day party with an open mic from 7 to 9 p.m.
LIVE MUSIc • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents Alan Vigil (solo acoustic) from 6 to 9 p.m. No cover.
LIVE MUSIc • Steve’s Guitars presents Old You at 8:30 p.m. Info: 963-3304.
WaLDORF FUNDRaISER • Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork hosts their annual Hands and Heart Fundraiser. Dancing to bluegrass music by Acoustic Mayhem, local organic food prepared by Pan and Fork Supper Club, cash bar featuring Rabbit Hill Winery and High Country Kombucha; rafﬂe, silent auction and games beneﬁting the programs of the Waldorf School at 5 p.m. at The Gathering Center at The Orchard. Tickets: $55 single, $100 couple at wsrf.ticketleap.com. Info: 963-1960. BaLLET • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents “Encore!” at the Aspen District Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25/$54/$74. Info: 920-5770.
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MONDAY March 18 THE ORcHaRD • Steve and Wendy Backlund, members of Senior Leadership at Bethel Church in Redding, California, will be at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, at 6:30 p.m. to share a message of hope, victorious mindsets and joy in the Kingdom. Info: Sue Parker at 404-1981. JaM SESSION • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street hosts an old time jam session with Dana Wilson Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Bring your banjo, guitar, mandolin, ﬁddle, spoons or washboard; all skill levels are invited. Info: 704-1216. POKER • The Black Nugget hosts Texas Hold ‘Em at 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY March 20 ROTaRY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale presents Australian ﬁlmmaker Kirsty Stark at the ﬁrehouse at 7 a.m. On March 27 it’s Brad Bankhead (CMC VP of student affairs); April 3 it’s Club Assembly; April 10 it’s the Buddy Program. The club meets at the ﬁrehouse at 7 a.m. every Wednesday. Info: Ken Neubecker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY March 21 LIVE MUSIc • The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen presents Sam Bush and Del McCoury. Info: 920-5770. Upcoming shows include the Greencards (Americana) on March 23. FILM • Davi Nikent presents the documentary “The Five Awakenings” at 7 p.m. at the Third Street Center. The suggested donation is $10.
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LIVE MUSIc • String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth band plays the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Info: 920-5770.
SATURDAY March 23 LIVE MUSIc • Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band brings their original funk to PAC3 in the Third Street Center at 8 p.m. Deeply rooted in funk and fully committed to the ongoing evolution of the genre, the Booty Band has a sound that is unique yet has the power and soul to create lasting melodies and seismic rhythms. Tickets are $12/$17. Info: 379-5403 or pac3carbondale.com. POKER RUN • Join Colorado Animal Rescue at Sunlight Mountain Resort from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for its annual Poochie Poker Run. Purchase a hand of poker for $10 or two hands for $15. Play for your chance to win one of three awesome prizes. Bring the whole family; lots of animals to visit with and live music. Info: 947-9173 or coloradoanimalrescue.org.
FRIDAY March 29 FLY FISHING • The Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited presents the 2013 “Fly Fishing Film Tour” at PAC3 in the Third Street Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with part I at 6:30 p.m., followed by intermission and give aways at 7:30 pm. then part II at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $13/$15, which includes food, a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are available at Alpine Angling in Carbondale,
Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood and the PAC3 website. LIVE MUSIc • Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra performs a special acoustic set at 8 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Info: 920-5770.
FRI.-SUN. March 29-31 POETRY EVERYWHERE • The third annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival will be held at Thunder River Theatre March 29 – 31, honoring the inspiring life of Karen Chamberlain, who passed away in September 2010. Performers include Western Slope Poet Laureate Art Goodtimes, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Trinity Lafey, Jared Smith, SETH, Uche Ogbuji, Kit Kalriess Muldoon, Roseanna Frechette, Eric and Jacob Walter, MD Friedman and more. Performances and open mics will take place Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday workshops include Uche Ogbuji’s Poetry from the Heart's FarFlung Places, Contemporary Music and Poetry: Creative Connections taught by Rick Kempa, Writing the Political Poem with Debbi Brody, and Stewart Warren’s Collaborations: the muse everywhere. Sunday morning’s continental breakfast is followed by a gourd circle led by Goodtimes. Info: thunderrivertheatre.com.
SATURDAY March 30 LIVE MUSIc • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen Jr. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30/$35. Info: pac3carbondale.com.
aNDY TaYLOR SHOW • Korologos Gallery in Basalt presents “Andy Taylor: Current Works.” WHITE DOG SHOW • The new White Dog Gallery on Weant Boulevard presents New Orleans artist Dianne Parks, who paints scenes from her hometown. Info: thewhitedoggallery.com or 510-5391. LENTEN YOGa • Pastor Melanie from Carbondale Community United Methodist Church on Second Street leads a Lenten yoga class from 8:45 to 10 a.m. on March 17 and 24.
or cmcartshare.com. TNHa cLaSSES • True Nature Healing Arts offers classes in second chakra (creativity and sexuality), metta, tantra, meditation with a sweat lodge, and more. Info: 963-9900. PILaTES, BaLLET & YOGa • Coredination, A Movement Studio in the Third Street Center offers group and individual mind-body classes in pilates, ballet and yoga for all ages and levels. Info: 379-2187.
cLaY cENTER • The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street presents Sarah Moore and K Rhynus Cesark. Info: 963-2529.
MONTESSORI TOURS • Ross Montessori Charter School (K-8) conducts weekly tours for potential parents Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. To reserve a spot, call 963-7199. Enrollment continues through April.
GERDES cONTINUES • Colorado Mountain College’s ArtShare gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs presents photographs by Scot Gerdes through April. Info: 947-8367
BEER RUN • Independence Run & Hike stages a four-mile beer run Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and a group run Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. Info: 704-0909.
Hold the Presses “BIDDER 70” RETURNS • For fashionistas and others who missed it the ﬁrst time around, Wilderness Workshop presents an encore screening of the documentary “Bidder 70” at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. on March 20. Admission is free. BIG EVENT RETURNS • Carbondale Community School presents its 15th annual Big Event (THE BIG INVENT) at 7 p.m. on March 20-21 at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Admission is $15 for adults/$5 for children 12 and under. For details, call 963-9647. SOLaR cELEBRaTION • Sunsense Solar and CLEER celebrate the Orchard’s recent energy efﬁciency upgrades at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 21. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. RaTBIKE FacE! • The Gear Exchange stages the RatBike Face! mountain bike race at Sunlight Mountain Resort at 3:30 p.m. on March 23. Registration is $20. Proceeds beneﬁt Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.
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Student council dives into blood drive The Roaring Fork High School Student Council, in conjunction with St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, hosts a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 20. Donors receive a T-shirt; you must be 16 or older to have your blood drawn (a photo ID is required). The drive takes place at the school, located south of the ﬁrehouse on Highway 133.
cRES opens house Crystal River Elementary School holds a pre-school and kindergarten open house at 6 p.m. on April 4. Class tours are offered on March 7 and 21. To sign up, call 384-5620. Registration day is April 9, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
details, call Greg Fitzpatrick at 319-8531. The proposed closures pertain to Sen. Mark Udall’s wilderness bill. Refreshments will be served.
First ascent program accepting applicants Colorado Mountain College’s First Ascent leadership program is accepting application through April 1. For details, call Paul Edwards at 947-8329.
Learn some wilderness First aid The Colorado Mountain Club offers a wilderness First Aid course at the Aspen Fire District’s Aspen Business Center ofﬁce from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 23-24. For details, call 303-279-3080 ext. 2.
New community garden taking root
Alpine Bank recently named its Pays for A’s winners for the second quarter. The are (top, left to right): Alicia Crandell (loan administrator), Roy Benge (Roaring Fork High School) and Molly Rose Hemmen (Ross Montessori School). Below (left to right): Grace LaMont (Carbondale Middle School), Simone LaMont (Carbondale Middle School), Leah K. LaMont (Ross Montessori School) and Ian Bays (vice president). Courtesy photo
The new Third Street Community Partnership Garden holds an organizational meeting at town hall at 6:30 p.m. on April 3. Applications for the plot lottery are available at the Carbondale Recreation Center or at carbondalerec.com. Applicants must live within the Carbondale town limits. The April 3 meeting will be translated into Spanish. For details, call Tami Stroud at 618-3117 or Elizabeth Cammack at 963-0151. The new community garden will be located on the south side of the Third Street Center.
Town torches ditches on March 18 Carbondale dispatches squads of workers to clean and burn irrigation ditches throughout town starting on March 18. “Be advised,” said a town press release, “there may be smoke in your neighborhood when the crew is working near your home.” The town plans to open the ditch system ﬂoodgates on April 15. For more information, call 963-3140.
Red Hill council meets in joint session There’ll be a joint meeting between the Red Hill Council and town of Carbondale at town hall at 6:30 p.m. on March 21. The topic will be design alternatives on the Red Hill trail system. For details, call Otak at 303-296-3304. “Your feedback is essential,” said a spokesman.
Trail riders clued in on trail closures The Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Association explains the Red Table Mountain summer trail project at the Glenwood Springs Ramada Inn at 5:30 p.m. on March 15. For
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Rams close out season at home and away By Celeste Comings Sopris Sun Correspondent
Another year in the books for both the Roaring Fork boys and girls basketball teams. For the boys, their home court boost lasted through Friday night but they lost to Faith Christian on Saturday afternoon. For the girls, it was a long bus ride home from Eaton after a very close loss on Friday night. But the playoff loses mark the end of the season for both teams.
Girls The girls traveled to regional play to square off against Eaton, who was hosting the tournament. The game was a close one, back and forth, and was only decided at the sound of ﬁnal buzzer. In the end, the Rams were handed a 51-48 loss. The ﬁrst quarter ended with Eaton up 10-9.
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Dakotah Grett drives the lane in Roaring Fork’s district championship game loss to Faith Christian on March 9. Photo by Sue Rollyson
Come learn about the basics of small scale animal husbandry right here in the Roaring Fork Valley, and learn what is available right here in our own back yard! Whether you want to raise food for your family or offer your restaurant clientele something truly special this is you chance to meet with the like-minded.
Sophomore Emily Fisher came off the bench knocking down a 3-pointer and led the Rams with ﬁve. Maddie Nieslanik had the other four points. Megan Gianinetti got into foul trouble in the second quarter and Roaring Fork lost control of the boards. Fisher sank another trey and Nieslanik picked up four more points (she had 12 on the night). Eaton started to pull away and the Rams went to the locker room down 32-22 at half. Megan Gianinetti came off the bench with force to start the third quarter, scoring 10 of Roaring Fork’s 12 points, and bringing them to within eight at 42-34. All of Giannetti’s 17 points came in the second half. The Rams continued making up ground in the fourth quarter, taking the lead 44-43. With just under a minute in regulation the girls were down 49-48. Eaton got fouled twice to go to the free-throw line and connected on all of them.The Rams lost 51-48 in the ﬁnal seconds. Overall, Kirk Cheney was impressed with the season.“This group of kids can be so proud of what they have done in resurrecting this program. They are a great example of what hard work and camaraderie will do for a team.” This year’s girl’s team was the ﬁrst to go to the district tournament since 2006. Four players will not return next year: Megan Gianinetti, Hattie Gianinetti, Shaeley Lough and Georgia Ackerman are seniors. Coach Cheney said he is going to miss the seniors, but is looking forward to next year and excited about the players who will be returning.
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Blue and gold balloons bobbed on the Highway 133 bridge, marking home territory for the boys team who hosted a state 3A regional tournament. The crowd that packed the bleachers in Roaring Fork High School’s gym was loud on Friday night in a thrilling triumph against Middle Park. The Rams played excellent basketball, with everybody contributing to ultimately gain a 7249 win and a ticket to the regional championship game. They knew the true test still lay ahead, taking on Faith Christian, the three-time defending state 3A champions. The Eagles brought a less-than-impressive 16-10 record, and a lowly No. 21 ranking, to the tournament. Nothing for Ram fans to worry about, right? Wrong. Here’s the story that made the rounds among RFHS supporters on Saturday. State rules prohibited two of Faith Christian’s starters from playing the ﬁrst half of the season because they transferred to the private school later in the year than is allowed for full participation. As a result, most of the Eagle
losses came in the ﬁrst half of the season when those two players were on the bench. When those two starters were allowed to play, the Eagles started piling up wins. In Saturday’s game, Roaring Fork put up a valiant effort against the Eagles. But defensive specialist Israel Leveya got into early foul trouble and was benched. Right behind him, Trae Moxley was hit with a technical then another foul, and the team’s point deﬁcit grew to 25-16 at halftime. In the second half, the Rams’ defense let the Eagles out rebound them, which led to several second chances to score. In foul trouble and despite their best efforts, the Rams ultimately lost 55-33. The season was suddenly was over. After the game, head coach Larry Williams said, “It was a disappointing end to an otherwise great season.” It is also a tough pill to swallow, especially for seniors Dakotah Grett, Trae Moxley and Israel Leyva. “They have left a legacy for the younger players to ﬁll,” Williams said. “We can look back with pride on all they accomplish … I’m always looking forward to next season.” The boys ﬁnished their season with a 20-4 record, and were Western Slope league and district champs.
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Vets talk humane livestock production at Willits Sopris Sun Staff Report Dr. John Kuck and Willits Veterinary Hospital host a workshop focused on local livestock production – ranging from raising rabbits to beef, poultry, pigs, sheep and goats – starting at 9 a.m. on March 16. The daylong series of lectures, which also features Dr. Stacey Byers, concludes at 3 p.m. with a happy hour. The cost is $25, or $10 for just the happy hour. Producers, restaurant owners/managers and the public are encouraged to attend and learn what is available in the Roaring Fork Valley. Byers, from Colorado State University, is a specialist in the discipline of food-animal medicine and surgery. The lecture schedule is: beef/dairy cattle, 9-9:50 a.m.; small ruminants, 10-10:50 a.m.; rabbits, 11-11:50 a.m.; swine, 1-1:50 p.m.; poultry, 2-2:50 p.m. Whole Foods will supply coffee and bagels in the morning. Four Dogs Wine & Spirits will serve wine and beer in the afternoon. The event will be held in the old winter farmer’s market space near Whole Foods Market, 850 E. Valley Road, Basalt. For more information, see the advertisement on page 13. •••
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Letters continued îˆ‡om page 2 travaganza. Whether you were a designer, dancer, model, sponsor, technician, stylist, volunteer or audience member, your participation was a part of the whole â€“ and the whole was phenomenal. There are so many individuals and businesses that went above and beyond to make this happen that I urge all of you to visit our website at www.carbondalearts.com so we can acknowledge everyone in the proper manner. Without these important folks, CCAH could not provide the arts education in our schools or make creativity something easily accessable to our Roaring Fork community. The coolest thing about an event like this is all money raised goes right back into our community. I see the youth inspired by the adults and that affect goes on for years. I see friendships grow and businesses begin from this experience. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities depends on the generosity of this community to do what we do. We donâ€™t take it lightly, though. We take your investment and use it wisely. So, thank you for believing in the power
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