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Volume 6, Number 6 | March 20, 2014

Geese alert

The old Highway 82 west of Basalt is maternity row for Canada geese couples that are waiting for their eggs to hatch on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. Late in the day, both the moms and dads escape their nesting duties and peck around along the highway, only two or three feet from speeding cars. Canada geese are monogamous and mate for life, according to websites. Photo by Lynn Burton

ird Street Center taking over PAC3 space By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent


he Third Street Center is making big changes in how it manages its biggest space, the PAC3 performing arts center. Until recently, the PAC3 has been leased to Josh Behrman and his non-profit, Music for the Mountains. Behrman has booked countless shows at the PAC3, including Bruce Cockburn, Steve Earle, David Grisman, the Wailers and Hot Tuna. According to Third Street Center board member Gavin Brooke, the TSC board has decided that it now wants to make that

space “more available and more of an asset for a broader range of uses in the entire community.” Rather than leasing the space to one tenant, the TSC board has decided to manage the space internally and make it available for people to rent for a variety of uses: convention-type events, theater productions and other gatherings. The TSC board also hopes to make more use of the space during daytime hours. The space will be available for people who want to book shows. The TSC board is developing a contract with Behrman that will terminate his current lease and guaran-

tee him PAC3 availability for the next three years or so. “We expect this new arrangement to make more sense financially because we’re looking at a broader diversity of potential users,” Brooke told The Sopris Sun, “but the real emphasis for the board was to put that space to more effective use for TSC and the whole community.” The Third Street Center occupies what was once Carbondale Elementary School; the PAC3 space is the school’s old gym. According to Brooke, the board will probably remodel the PAC3 space and is developing a fund-raising campaign to pay for it.

Brooke said that facilities manager Mark Taylor and previous TSC Director Jody Ensign had been integral to re-visioning a new use for that space. Sarah Moore, previous TSC board member and co-director of the Carbondale Clay Center, is currently serving as interim executive director of TSC until a new director is hired. Taylor will continue as facilities manager of TSC, and the board is considering creating a new position for someone to manage the PAC3 space and other TSC programs. (Editor’s note: For more on this story, see the letter to the editor on page 19).

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

UDC process now gets interesting (Editor’s note: Carbondale is in the process of updating and consolidating land use regulations into a unified development code (UDC). This column from the Planning & Zoning Commission continues a series of updates that will carry on throughout the 16-month process. Visit to sign up for the UDC updates and to view upcoming events.) Will new buildings in downtown be 10 stories tall? Will there be a Walmart on Highway 133? The answer to both questions is “no” but now that your interest is piqued, let’s talk about the new Carbondale Unified Development Code (UDC), the document that will codify answers to our most burning development questions. The P&Z’s last UDC update column in The Sopris Sun left off in January when Clarion submitted the UDC outline to town staff and the Planning & Zoning Commission. The P&Z and staff have spent the last eight weeks reviewing and redlining this outline in preparation for additional citizen input. The goal of the outline is to create the final skeleton, or the bones, of the UDC. This outline contains all the essential features and changes that will need to be included in the updated UDC. Because this outline sets the entire stage for the UDC, it is critical to review the UDC outline with a careful eye toward being an inclusive document. It must contain all the critical components that we ultimately want the new UDC to address in greater detail. The P&Z and staff’s eight-week review process appraised the UDC outline in four sections and provided input on errors or omissions in this initial document. The Planning & Zoning Commission and staff provided significant revisions to the 60-page outline for Clarion, who will revise this

version in preparation for additional input. What’s next? Once revisions are complete the next stage of public input on the UDC outline will begin including review by other town commissions and committees, elected officials and the general public The Planning & Zoning Commission will be looking for these stakeholders to continue to review this UDC outline with some critical questions in mind, such as: Does the outline align with our new Comprehensive Plan? Does the outline represent a new code that will be user friendly, streamlined and tailored to Carbondale and our collective goals? Does the outline include everything that the new UDC will need to address? Does the outline consolidate multiple ordinances in a consistent way? The outline will be available for public comment sometime in April. Sign up for updates at and you’ll be notified when the outline is ready for review. The updates will also provide a schedule of the P&Z public meetings directly related to UDC reviews. After the UDC outline is finalized, Clarion will begin drafting of the new UDC. This is when we put the “meat on the bones!” Clarion will provide the UDC in two to three chapters at a time, which will be reviewed first by staff and P&Z and then provided to our stakeholders for their review. As always, thank you very much for your involvement as we all work together through this extensive and vital update effort. Your care and participation will make this effort a HUGE success!

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Obamacare clarification Dear Editor: Thanks for your March 6 article on Obamacare stories. Although it contained some good info, I’m disheartened that there is still so much false info out there, which the article serves to spread. It is easier to qualify for financial assistance than many people realize. If you do qualify, the government will pay most of your premium, because premiums are so high here in Garfield County. I sympathize with “Janice,” as I also found Connect for Health to be very confusing and time-consuming. It’s quite possible that what Connect for Health told Janice was that she and her husband did not qualify for Medicaid, if they make more than $31,000 per year, NOT that they did not qualify for the subsidy. A family of four making less than $94,000 qualifies for the subsidy, and I’m guessing that the allowable income for this family of six may be more than that. If Janice and her husband make less than $100,000, I hope they give Connect for Health another chance, perhaps with more help from the nice folks at Martin Insurance. Because Janice’s children

qualify for CHP, Janice and her family are exempt from the March 31 deadline for signing up for coverage. “Betty and Norman” think “because we have money in savings, we can’t qualify for any subsidies.” It doesn’t matter if Betty and Norman have millions of dollars in savings; if they make less than $62,000 per year, they qualify for a subsidy. Betty and Norman should take “Rosie’s” advice and “consult with a broker who understands the ACA (as Karen at Martin Insurance does).” Unlike Janice, they need to do this immediately, to beat the March 31 deadline. Thanks for spreading the word. I also want to thank Will Grandbois for all he did for The Sopris Sun, and wish him the best of luck at the PI. Nancy Smith Satank

What is fashionable? Dear Editor: As Fashion Week infiltrateted Aspen and Green is the New Black took over Carbondale we should ask ourselves “what is fashionable?” I personally find caring to be the most fashionable trait in a person. Caring about

one’s self, caring about others, caring about the environment. There are very few things more fashionable than clean water, fresh air and fertile land. One of the most fashionable actions is getting involved in the community. This could be volunteering in an organization, lending a helping hand to a neighbor or participating in an upcoming event, such as the Cornhole Tournament at the Carbondale Recreation Center on April 12 where you will enhance the dynamics of the community by meeting new people as well as raise money for recreation scholarship programs. I plan on getting involved in the community by asking relevant questions to people about issues, concerns and visions they have and seeing how we can help them as a town. The most effective way for me to do this is to run for Carbondale Town Council. If elected to the Carbondale Board of Trustees my goal is to continue leading Carbondale in its path as a role model town for sustainability, lifestyle and culture in the 21st century. By using the guiding principles of health, vitality, prosperity, community and sustainability I hope to be voice for all aspects of LETTERS page 14

Correction Due to an editing error, last week’s Sustainability Page had an incorrect headline. The correct headline is “Clear the Air: Drive Smart, Drive Less.” 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • MaRCH 20, 2014

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2014 Carbondale trustee election

The Questions:

Questioning the candidates By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer

1 What is one of the best or worst decisions the trustees have

made in the past four years?

2 On scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being not important and 10 being

most important): How important is it for Carbondale to own land for a parking lot or parking structure downtown?

3 What should Carbondale do with the sales tax revenues it’s

Stacey Bernot

Continuing to pursue safety improvements to Highway 133 has been one of the best decisions in the past four years. The town has been able to obtain highly sought after resources to enhance this important thoroughfare. The board was able to create successful partnerships with CDOT, Garfield County and our community to see that this crucial project gets completed. We have worked collaboratively with all interested parties throughout numerous public meetings to insure that Carbondale gets a safer highway while improving connectivity along the corridor in a welcoming manner. 1

2 Considering all the needs and

desires of our community I would rank this issue as a 6. Increased public parking downtown is a long-term need. There are a variety of ways we can improve parking for our businesses and visitors such as improving our public rightof-ways. Additionally the board has, and will continue to pursue obtaining land for a permanent solution. The town is aware of the need for permanent public parking, but we will need to make sure we have the financial resources to make it happen. 3 We should utilize up to 50 percent of the revenues from retail marijuana sales to fund programs that focus on overall wellness of our youth. There’s a need in our community for increased support of clinicians and programs that provide access to comprehensive health care, as seen by the recent request from Roaring Fork High School to fund an onsite clinician.

Katrina Byars

1 The bag ban (editor’s note: at City Market) showed strong environmental leadership and overall I think our community is in thriving condition thanks to the countless decisions our current board has considered, and I’m grateful for their service.

2 Carbondale needs parking off of Main Street that allows easy access to local businesses on and around Main Street. With careful planning the parking available now can be increased through creative design. Primary commercial real estate should not be converted to parking, but parking must be a part of all future development plans. Parking spaces should have the dual function with solar panel shade structures. Parking is not an emergency, but something we can plan for wisely in the future — 5 on this scale of importance.

3 This marijuana tax can bring many benefits to our community. Education, including early childhood education, after school programs, restorative justice programs and mental health services can be supported with this funding. We are lacking many human services in our community including a mental health clinic, a detox, low-income counseling services, outpatient mental health programs, after care programs, and teen prevention and support services. Carbondale has needed all of these things for a long time, and marijuana tax is a great opportunity to make a community healthier as a whole. 4 When approaching a monumental project like permanent in-

making on marijuana?

4 Town Center (the subdivision that includes the Thunder River

Alexander (AJ) Hobbs

1 Some of the best decisions the trustees have made in the past four years include keeping the “big box” developments out of Carbondale, investing in the solar arrays at the nature park and being open to the medical and recreational marijuana market.

2 It rates a 5. What is most important is making access to downtown convenient. I personally think a more pedestrian-friendly downtown should be considered. Bike parking, horse stalls and streets that are designated for pedestrian traffic would enhance the vibrancy, energy and charm of downtown. To accommodate this the town can invest in parking in the outer limits and upgrade the RFTA shuttle route to be more extensive.

It should go towards something logical and beneficial for the future of the town. I am an avid supporter of investing in sustainability. Some sustainable investments could be farm subsidies for the local and organic farmers in the area to allow better and more affordable access to quality food, appliance and utility upgrades for residents to decrease water and energy use, and investing in more renewable energy sources. 3

First I must ask: Why is it stalled and who owns it? I think it is more important that the space is properly utilized for the benefit of the community rather than be developed just to be developed. It is a nice piece of property that could greatly enhance the town. Some possibilities for that space could be an outdoor amphitheater 4

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Photo by Jane Bachrach

Theatre Company) appears stalled even though trustees approved a zone-district overlay three or four years ago that was supposed to stimulate development there. What, if anything, should the trustees do to stimulate or encourage development at Town Center?

Photo by Jane Bachrach

Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Carbondale voters have until 7 p.m. on April 1 to cast their ballots in the 2014 municipal elections. Mayor Stacey Bernot is running unopposed. The four candidates for the three trustee seats are: Katrina Byars, Alexander (AJ) Hobbs, Wayne Horak and Frosty Merriott. The Sopris Sun asked the candidates the following questions to answer via e-mail. On a related note, The Sopris Sun article about the March 10 candidate forum can be accessed at; so can the GrassRoots TV coverage of the event.

Wayne Horak

1 I’m a positive person and I’d prefer to discuss a good decision. One of the best decisions made by the trustees was to put the Village at Crystal River (VCR) on the ballot after they couldn’t come to an agreement with the developer to go forward without the PIF. The trustee’s decision gave Carbondale’s residents a chance to voice their opinion on the project. 2 Eight (8). The vibrancy of down-

town depends upon people visiting its merchants and restaurants. While those of us who live in Carbondale are well aware of how great it is to walk or ride a bike, we also host many visitors from the valley, the Front Range and beyond. We need a common area downtown – a gathering place that is our own that can accommodate people and the various methods of transportation. The current gathering place at Fourth and Main Street is not ours. We need to control our own destiny by owning a gathering place (this gets a 10 from me) and the parking area (an 8) that will sustain the great activities that we have come to love. 3 Each of us can speak to our

dreams and hopeful ideas for keeping Carbondale at the forefront, but the thing we must do first and foremost is pay our bills, which allows us to support our various organizations and activities. It’s entirely up to us to raise the revenue necessary to sustain ourselves and the groups, organizations and activities that we have come to love. I’m PRACTICAL and that’s the very reason why I should be elected to the board of trustees. Increased sales tax revenue from

Frosty Merriott

1 I think the best decision the town trustee’s made in last four years was to approve the Crystal River Marketplace with a referral to the Carbondale citizen’s for an up or down vote. The town was threatened with a lawsuit by the developer if we did not approve this project. This decision hedged our bet against a lawsuit while putting the decision in the hands of the voters where it should have been. It was soundly rejected by over 2-1 totally negating the chance of a successful lawsuit. This project was just too big for the town to swallow just to get a new grocery store. The PIF (public improvement fee) would have swallowed up a good bit of the increased sales tax from the development to pay for developer required infrastructure, the approval of a fast food restaurant would probably have put Dos (Gringos) or (the Red Rock) Diner out of business and we did not need the residential that was required as part of this project.

2 I would say the need for land for downtown parking would be an 8+ and should be a priority. We also need some land for open space and some additional space for events like Mountain Fair would be a real plus as well.

3 The sales tax from marijuana should first be designated to cover additional costs incurred to make sure our policies and regulations (as well as the state’s) are implemented fairly and in a timely manner. This means money to the


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WEDNESDaY March 12 at 8:06 a.m. police issued a warning about a barking dog in River Valley Ranch. WEDNESDaY March 12 at 1:48 p.m. police were called about a suspicious odor on Highway 133. An officer responded and could not smell anything “out of the ordinary.” WEDNESDaY March 12 at 2:31 p.m. police were contacted about juveniles shooting “air soft” guns at Staircase Park. Police contacted an adult and issued a verbal warning. WEDNESDaY March 12 at 3:10 p.m. a citizen waved down a police officer and said a manhole was open on the bike path along Snowmass Drive. The officer found the manhole and closed it.

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WEDNESDaY March 12 at 10:08 p.m. police contacted a vehicle that was taking up several parking spaces at Fourth and Main. The driver said he was texting.















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Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival returns to TRTC Western Slope poet laureate will be featured

Trommer, Luis Lopez, and Carbondale’s own Bill Kight and Kim Nuzzo. Saturday’s program culminates with more featured evening performances and open mic opportunities. Sunday wraps up with a continental breakfast and one ďŹ nal open mic session. The detailed festival schedule and full Barbara Dills workshop descriptions are available onSopris Sun Correspondent line at, writer and naturalist Karen chamberlainpoetryfestival. Chamberlain, who passed away in 2010 The theme of this year’s event is “Beat the age of 68, was many things to neath the Surface.â€? All activities are many people in the Roaring Fork Valley. open to the public and will convene at To edgling local writers who were lucky Thunder River Theater, the event’s main enough to meet her, she was a mentor, sponsor and host. coach and most of all, cheerleader. MenA full festival pass ($65) covers the tion Chamberlain at any gathering of entire weekend of activities, including poets or writers in Aspen, Basalt, Glenthree workshops and the continental wood Springs or Carbondale and you breakfast. Individual tickets for Friwill hear of her encouragement and supday and Saturday night are $10 each; port and what that meant to someone’s open mic participants will be asked to writing life. contribute an additional $10. WorkIt’s not surprising then, that those closshops and the Sunday morning sesest to her were moved to establish a posion, including breakfast, are $15 etry festival here in her honor. Since it’s each. Many workshops will ďŹ ll ahead beginning in 2011, the festival’s reputa- Aaron Abeyta is a featured performer at the upcoming Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in of the event, so early registration is tion has spread. It now attracts workshop Carbondale. He’s the Western Slope Poet Laureate and an English professor at Adams State Col- encouraged. Financial assistance is instructors and participants from outside lege. Courtesy photo available for a limited number of colColorado, including a teacher this year, lege and high school students; contact Judyth Hill, who hails from far to the Lon Winston at for south in the mountains of Mexico. In rescholarship details. cent years, the festival has attracted over 200 people, many A published author herself, Karen Chamberlain from out of town. not only offered kind words to the emerging writers This year’s festival opens on March 28, with an evening she encountered; in 1981 she helped found the Aspen of featured performances and open mic opportunities and Writers’ Foundation, whose ďŹ rst ofďŹ ce was at her runs through noon on March 30. Featured visiting perkitchen table. She co-founded “Nature Within,â€? a formers include festival favorite and Western Slope Poet summer outdoor writers’ program; served as literary Laureate, Aaron Abeyta, as well as Judyth Hill, Rich Brodcoordinator for the Canyonlands Field Institute erick, Katherine Seluja, Micah Franz, Jared Smith, Lenny Desert Writers Workshop near Moab, Utah, for 10 Chernilia, Barbara Ford and spoken word artist Don years; co-founded the Glenwood Springs Writers’ McIver. Workshop; and was poetry editor for the Mountain Western Slope Poet Laureate Abeyta is a Colorado naGazette for ďŹ ve years. Other accolades include a 1983 tive and professor of English at Adams State College. For Discovery/The Nation Prize, a 1989 Fellowship in Pohis previous poetry collection, “Colcha,â€? Abeyta received etry from the Colorado Council on the Arts, a 1993 an American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award. Poetry Program Award from Poets and Writers MagHe is also the recipient of a Colorado Council on the Arts azine and the Poetry Society of America, and a 2004 fellowship for poetry. He lives in Southern Colorado. Contribution-To-Poetry Award from Sparrows PoSaturday programming at the upcoming festival inetry Festival in Salida. Chamberlain’s autobiographcludes three sessions of writing workshops, one in the ical book, “The Desert of the Heart,â€? which morning and two in the afternoon, with four workshops to chronicles her experiences living as a caretaker at choose from in each session. Writers of all levels, including Horsethief Ranch in the Utah desert for more than high school students, are welcome to sign up. In addition four years, was a ďŹ nalist for the 2007 ForeWord to some of the featured performers, workshop leaders will Magazine Book of the Year Award. Her collection of include poets Stewart Warren, Alicia Parker, F. Reetz. Mark poetry, “Ephedra,â€? was published posthumously by Todd, Debbi Brody, Art Goodtimes, Rosemerry Wahtola People’s Press of Aspen.

A published author herself, Karen Chamberlain (shown above) not only offered kind words to the emerging writers she encountered; in 1981 she helped found the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, whose first office was at her kitchen table.


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The RE-1 school district’s spring break is March 24-28 so watch out for kids running around, biking around, skateboard around and generally getting around.

How long did Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade last? About as long as it takes a pack of green clad kids to hustle east on Main Street to Third Street on a cold, cloudy, windy afternoon. The Sopris Sun’s parade editor was 10 minutes late and missed the whole thing by at least seven minutes, but hopes there were no extravagant floats that were hoping to be photographed and included in the paper this week. From the looks of the folks who rallied at America Legion Post 100 after the parade, the most attentiongetting vehicle was a Jeep convertible flying at least two colorful flags, which might have been Irish but it was hard to tell. In any case, your next official parade opportunity will be the Dandelion Day parade in May.

Dig these writers If you missed last week’s RFHS Rampage student newspaper in The Sopris Sun, you can check it out at The writers and their stories include: Jonny Aranda and Tavia Teitler (share your story), Jacky Jacquez (share your secret anonymously), Kayla Derby (marijuana misconceptions), Fiona Laird (admission hurdles challenge undocumented students), Grace Brown (transitioning to college), Anakaren Jurado (Flappy Bird), Caitlin O’Gorman (Chloe Brand), Roy Benge and Will Masters (student parking) and James Long (students participate in real government).

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RFHS artists take Wall Roaring Fork High School artists cleaned up at the valley-wide Battle of the Walls competition in Glenwood Springs. Top artist awards went to Alyza Ceballos, Riley Marshall and Isabel Mata. Abriah Wofford won a $1,500 scholarship from the Glenwood Springs Art Guild. The guild sponsors the competition. FYI: the RFHS art teachers are Cathleen McCourt and Leslie Keery.

Wait, there’s more Roaring Fork High School freshman Wes Engstrom won first place in last Friday’s Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow competition in Glenwood Springs. The win brings with it a $1,000 scholarship for college or can also be used for music lessons. Engstrom now advances to the regional competition.

The people chose If you’re wondering, here are the People’s Choice award winners in the recent Valley Visual Art Show: First place,

The Carbondale Board of Trustees recognized its Students of the Month on March 11. They are (left to right) Kenny Riley and Blake Novy. Not shown is Lauren Murphy. Photo by Lynn Burton Judy Perry for a sculpture made from Colorado Yule marble, Elizabeth Riecks for a color pencil piece titled “Vision” and Andrew Wiltse for a black walnut piece titled “Within.”

Bonedale beer ready The Roaring Fork Beer Company in Carbondale will officially open its tasting room doors at 1941 Dolores Way on March 28-29, serving up Freestone Extra Pale Ale and Nitro Pub Ale, plus seasonally inspired brews, according to a press release. Tickets to the opening, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and includes a pig roast and food from Craft Catering, are $30 and are available at the brewery. Sopris Liquor and Wine also holds a tasting on March 21.

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Save the date This year’s official town portrait is slated during First Friday on June 6. Last year, an estimated 400 people filled Main Street from Fourth Street to about Phat Thai.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Julie Oldham and Jeff Kelley (March 20) and Skip Ackerman (March 25). Belated birthday greetings go out to Denise Barkhurst (March 13).

Fire flares at library Sopris Sun Staff Report Fire fighters responded to a small fire at a Carbondale Branch Library restroom on March 15, which was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, according to a fire district press release. The fire was reported after the library closed. A library source told The Sopris Sun that it appears someone deliberately set something to smolder inside the changing table in the family restroom at or just after the library’s 5 p.m. closing. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling would not confirm or deny that arson is suspected, only that there are “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the fire. Library materials suffered little or no damage. The Carbondale Police Department is in charge of the investigation.



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Carbondale’s upcoming election is a mail-in ballot with voter service polling centers as well. Election Day itself is April 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with voter service polling centers (formerly known as “polling places”) at Carbondale Town Hall, the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs and Garfield County Rifle Branch Office. Dates and details from the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office are as follows: • March 10-14 – Garfield County mailed ballots to all eligible registered voters inside the Carbondale town limits. • March 25 – The last day to request a ballot (aka “absentee ballot”) for voters who will be absent for the election and want to receive a ballot in the mail. This request must be made in writing to the Carbondale Town Clerk or the Garfield County Elections Department in the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Also, March 25 is the last day voters who did not receive a ballot may ask for a replacement ballot to be mailed to them. They must make this request in person at Carbondale Town Hall or the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. • March 10-april 1 – Voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail may request a replacement ballot in person at Carbondale Town Hall, and the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, or by phone, fax or e-mail. • March 11-31 – Any voter may surrender their mail ballot and cast their vote on an ADA accessible electronic voting machine during normal business hours at county clerk’s offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle. • april 1 – Election Day. Ballots may be cast at Carbondale Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Garfield County Courthouse or Garfield County Rifle Branch Office.

Other notes: Ballots may be dropped off: • From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 1 at Carbondale Town Hall, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29; • At the Garfield County Courthouse 24/7 drop box on Eighth Street, at other locations inside the courthouse during normal business hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 1; • The Garfield County Rifle Branch Office (144 E. Third St.) from 8:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 1.




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Photos that didn’t fit Photos seem to pile up at The Sopris Sun so every now and then we run the ones we didn’t have room for in previous weeks. From top to bottom and left to right: The Carbondale Clay Center during the March First Friday, Sopris Liquor and Wine’s first place float at the First Fat Friday parade in February, Jimmy Byrne at a Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist program at the Third Street Center, and deer grazing north of Carbondale Photos by Jane Bachrach and Lynn Burton

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Sunsense Solar wins second Intelegant Award for Excellence Sopris Sun Staff Report The Carbondale-based Sunsense Solar has won another SunPower Intelegant Award for Excellence, this time for its solar photovoltaic project installed on the roof of the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, according to a press release. “We feel honored to have won this award and we are proud to have been a partner with the General Services Administration (GSA), The Beck Group and SunPower to provide a high profile project with a high quality solution,” said Sunsense Solar president and owner Scott Ely. When approached with the opportunity to design a solar power system as part of the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse modernization project, the design team at Sunsense saw only one solution to ensure maximum energy production despite the limited roof area and a newly constructed canopy. “SunPower E Series solar panels with efficiencies of 20 percent were the perfect fit,” said a SunPower spokesperson. Sunsense Solar worked closely with SunPower engineers to craft a design that met both the building’s net-zero production targets as well as its strict aesthetic requirements. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse modernization project not only preserved an iconic landmark in Grand Junction but also converted it into one of the most energy efficient and sustainable hisJim Fredenburg toric buildings in the country. The building carassistant project manager ries a LEED Platinum certification and is the first with The Beck Group site net-zero energy building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The knowledge, experience, creativity, professionalism and patience this team brought to the table was a major factor in the success of the Aspinall Project,” said Jim Fredenburg, assistant project manager with The Beck Group. The SunPower Intelegant Award recognizes residential and commercial dealer installations that exemplify SunPower’s commitment to excellence in aesthetics, quality, workmanship and customer satisfaction. This is an annual award open to the nearly 400 SunPower dealer partners throughout the United States. Sunsense Solar received SunPower’s Residential Intelegant Award in 2010 and has now been honored with the Commercial Intelegant Award. Sunsense Solar, established in 1990, is a SunPower dealer specializing in engineering, procurement and construction in Colorado and adjoining states. The firm works in both commercial and utility markets, and has also designed and installed several community solar gardens.

“The knowledge, experience, creativity, professionalism and patience this team brought to the table was a major factor in the success of the Aspinall Project.”

The best place to view the new solar array on the roof of the Wayne Aspinall/U.S. Courthouse federal building in Grand Junction is from the air. Sunsense Solar was recently recognized for the design and installation of the 123-kilowatt photovoltaic array. Courtesy photo THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • MaRCH 20, 2014 • 9

Community Calendar THURSDAY March 20 CCaH • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities opens “Dream On: When the subconscious takes on art” at its R2 Gallery at 6 p.m. The show features John Cohorst, Brian Colley, Lisa Ellena, Deborah Jones, Wewer Keohane, Frank Norwood, Johanna Mueller and Philip Hone Williams, and is curated by Colley. Info: 963-1680. BIG EVENT CONCLUDES • Carbondale Community School’s 16th annual Big Event concludes at the recreation center at 6:30 p.m. The theme is “Into Africa!” Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Info: 963-9647. JEWELRY OPENING • “Six Years of Jewelry and Metalworking at CMC” opens at the Colorado Mountain College Aspen center from 6 to 8 p.m. Info: 618-2944. ROTaRY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

FRIDAY March 21 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Saving Mr. Banks” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. March 21-27 except March 23 which will show at 2 p.m (captioned) and 5 p.m. only. “The Book Thief” (PG-13) shows at 4:45 p.m. March 21-22. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents David Jacobs-Strain and Michelle McAfee at 8 p.m. Strain is a fierce slide guitar player who has shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Boz Scaggs, Robert Earle Keen,

To list your event, email information to Deadline is noon on Monday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at View events online at

night will feature Mary Reilly (spiritual astrologist), Annie Flynn (pianist), Pam Davis (crystal singing bowls) and more. Admission is $20. Info: Golden at 963-5516.

Todd Snider, Taj Mahal, Bob Weir and Del McCoury. McAfee blends edgy pop and bluesy bluegrass with instrumental virtuosity. Tickets are $15. Info: 963-3304.

FUND-RaISER • Eclectic Studio in Willits hosts a fundraiser for the Shining Stars Foundation from 4 to 7 p.m. There’ll be live music, refershments, a silent auction and more. The Shining Stars Foundation helps bring kids with cancer, life-threatening diseases and disabilities to the Roaring Fork Valley. Info: 390-5110.

LIVE MUSIC • The Wheeler Opera House presents The Company Men, featuring music from the past six decades. Tickets are $35. Info: 920-5770. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Missing Link from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover.

SNOWSHOEING • The Thompson Divide Coalition and the Western Slope Conservation Center lead a snowshoe/cross-country ski trip atop McClure Pass. The purpose is to explain the importance of winter snowpack and safe backcountry travel. The tour is free but RSVPs are required. For details, e-mail

SATURDAY March 22 LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents Boston-based singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert at 8:30 p.m. Info: 963-3304.

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LOVE BLaST • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center Calaway Room hosts Cosmic Love Blast at 6:45 p.m. and is part of ASC’s Great Awakening. The

aSC • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Golden Sha (“Living in the New Energies”) at 10 a.m. Coming up on March 30: Rob Wergin (“Joyful Easy Healing”). Info: 963-5516.

TUESDAY March 25 MOVIE DaY • The Carbondale Library shows the film “Babe the Gallant Pig” for grades K-5 at 4 p.m. Popcorn will be served and there’ll be a prize drawing for the Beat the Winter Blahs finishers. Info: 963-2889. TWO-STEP TUESDaY • The Roaring Fork Social Dancers present Two-Step Tuesdays from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Admission is $7 and partners or experience are not necessary. Info:

WEDNESDAY March 26 BRIDGE • The Carbondale Bridge Club meets in the Third Street Center’s Senior Matters room from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday. All duplicate bridge players are welcome but you must bring a partner. Admission is $3. Info: Diane Morgan at 963-0425. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents Paula Nelson at 8:30 p.m. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood hosts open mic nights with Dan Rosenthal from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Info: 928-8813. ROTaRY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale presents Ken Robinson (Roaring Fork Liquors) at the fire station at 7 a.m. Info: amy CALENDAR page 11









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CLaY CENTER • “Pairings” continues at the Carbodale Clay Center, featuring the work of: Ginny Beesley, HP Bloomer, Birdie Boone, Doug Casebeer, Brooke Cashion, K Rhynus Cesark, John Cohorst, Steven Colby, Victoria Christen, Naomi Cleary, Mark Cole, Staci DeBolt, Louise Deroualle, Justin Donofrio, Matthew Eames, Lisa Ellena, Sanam Emami, Donna Flanery, Anne Goldberg, Angus Graham, Sam Harvey, Kenyon Hansen, Bryan Hopkins, Diane Kenney, Kristin Kieffer, Steven Lee, Forrest Lesch Middelton, Jessi Maddocks, Peg Malloy, Frank McGuirk, Alleghany Meadows, Brooke Noble, Jill Oberman, Beth Robinson, Kendra Sparks, Mike Stumbras, Alex Watson and Brandon Whitacre. Info: 963-CLAY.

KOROLOGOS GaLLERY • Andy Taylor’s “Fields & Hedgerows” continues at the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt through April 10. Info: 927-9668. MaIN STREET GaLLERY • Main Street Gallery and the Framer presents new outdoor/wildlife paintings from nationally-known artist Daniel Loge. Info: aaM • The Aspen Art Museum presents “Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two” through May 18. The show is the first museum show for the New York-based painter and spans the years 1995 to the present. It’s organized the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and was presented there last year. Admission is free.

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FRI.-SUN. March 28-30 POETRY • The Thunder River Theatre Company’s fourth annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival takes place March 28-30. Info:

SATURDAY March 29 CaBaRET • The Wheeler Opera House presents “Music , Joy, Dance – An Evening at the Cabaret!” at 8 p.m. The show is produced by the Fort Collins based High Performance Dance Theatre, which includes RFHS grad Teri English. Tickets are $25 and $20 at 9205770, or at the door.

SUNDAY March 30 DEaD aLERT • The Wheeler Opera House presents Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star

Orchestra. Tickets are $31.50. Info: 920-5770.

FRIDAY April 18

Info: 925-8050. BONFIRE • Carl Zoch and Sarah Uhl present “On the Road” at Bonfire Café in the Dinkel Building through April. LINX • The Linx Networking group meets each Tuesdays at 7 a.m. in the Aspen-Sotheby’s real estate office on Midland Avenue in Basalt. Info: Keith Edquist at 928-8428. BONEDaLE BaLLET • Coredination holds Bonedale Ballet rehearsals at the Bridges Center on Sopris Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and noon on Saturdays. For details on other Coredination offerings, call 379-2187. LIVE MUSIC • The Hotel Colorado hosts a Monday night jazz jam in its lobby at 7 p.m. The sessions are open to jazz musicians of all levels, semi-formal attire encouraged. Spectators welcome. For more information visit the Monday Night Jazz Facebook page or contact Zack Ritchie at 987-9277.

FLY FISHING • Costa and Trout Unlimited present the 2014 “Fly Fishing Film Tour” at the Carbondale Recreation Cener. Tickets are $15, which includes the films, food from Mi Casita and a cash bar. They are available at Carbondale fly shops, the recreation center and Last year’s show was a sellout.

DaVI NIKENT • Weekly meditation and dharma talks with John Chophel Bruna continue Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Info:

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TEEN OPEN MIC • The Carbondale Library hosts a teen open mic night at 6 p.m. This is a chance for teens to share their music, poetry, comedy, creative writing and just about anything else. Sign up for a 5-10 minute slot at the start of the night. Info: 963-2889.

MaYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Car-

bondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy. COFFEE WITH BaSaLT MaYOR • Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt sits down over coffee and discusses issues with the public every other Wednesday morning. For details, check out the town website. CaNCER CONSULTaTIONS • Valley View Hospital offers free lung cancer evaluations on Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 3847707.   MUSIC TOGETHER • All Valley Music Together classes are under way. For details, go to or call 963-1482. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works hosts open mic nights with Patrick Fagan Mondays at 7:30 p.m. TaI CHI • Martin Finkelstein presents “Tai Chi Principles and Theory” at the Third Street Center a 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 948-7379.

DaVI NIKENT • The women’s empowerment through creative expression 2014 Women’s Circle is now taking place. Info: 618-8334.

STUDY SPaNISH IN SPaIN • Colorado Mountain College is offering a Spanish course in Spain this summer. Students will start off with a four-day orientation session in Madrid, then head to Valencia for the four-week immersion. The course runs June 17 to July 19 and the cost is $2,850 (which includes airfare). Applications are due on April 1 and scholarship money is available. For details, contact Lauren DeAre at 319-5817 or

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Community Briefs

Please submit your community briefs to by noon on Monday. Cowboy Up celebrates Carbondale’s Western heritage and supports local non-profits. Last year’s beneficiary was Access Roaring Fork. Previous beneficiaries include Wind Walkers, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Sopris Therapy Services. For details, call 309-3319.

Farmer’s market accepting applications The Carbondale Farmers’ Market is accepting applications for the summer/fall season, which will run on Wednesdays from June 18 through Oct. 1. For details, go to Applications are due on April 10.

Ross tours continue Tours of the Ross Montessori Charter School continue on Thursdays through April 24. To make an appointment, call 963-7199.

Basalt teaches sport of fencing The Basalt Recreation Department offers fencing classes for folks in fourth grade to adult on Saturdays in April. The cost is $65, which includes equipment. Register at

attention playwrights Writers from Aspen to Parachute are invited to enter the Thunder River Theatre Company’s playwright contest. The winning play will be featured in TRTC’s 2014 New Play Development Series. Entries must be original, never-produced, full-length plays, and must be no longer than 90 minutes in length and feature seven or fewer characters. Public performances are scheduled for Oct. 26 at 2 and 7 p.m. The entry deadline is Aug. 1, 2014. For details, go to

C’dale library offers Internet 101 The Carbondale Branch Library offers Internet 101 at 9 a.m. on March 21. The class will offer hands-on training for adults who have basic computer skills and are new users to the Internet. For details, 963-2889.

Library district launches new site The Garfield County Library District has launched a new website that allows easier access for smart phones and tablet users as well as an array of other new features. Check it out at or call 625-4270.

Women’s financial series slated RESPONSE presents a four-part Women’s financial empowerment series at the El Jebel Community Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 1, 8, 15 and 22. The total cost is $55 and scholarships are available. The course is created and facilitated by Danielle Howard of Wealth By Design. For details, call 920-5357 or go to

Library offers genealogy classes The Basalt Regional Library offers classes in genealogy data bases HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 26 and 1 to 3 p.m. on March 26. SoL Theatre Company’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” played to good crowds during three performances last weekend. On the left (playing Fern) is Savannah-Lee (aka Giddy) Carricarte. On the right (playing Wilbur the Pig) is Maizy Post. Photo by Asha Ironwood

Cowboy Up looking to partner Cowboy Up Carbondale is accepting applications for this year’s event beneficiary. Applicants must be a 501c3 and be able to provide volunteers that support their organization.

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The Basalt Rec. Dept. has partnered with a Grand Junction company to teach the wonderful sport of Fencing! Coming in April on Saturdays we will be offering classes for grades 4th-5th, 6th-7th, 8th-9th and 15 years old to Adults! The sport develops agility, strength, speed and cunning. Because of the speed of its actions, fencing is considered the fastest martial sport. But, most importantly, it’s fun!

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This funding source could allow programs to get seed money to support the needs of this important segment of our community. Supporting the overall health of our youth and families is an investment in our future that will only enhance our community.

4 There are several commercial properties throughout town that are undeveloped or are prime for redevelopment. The town has, and will continue to work with all property owners on projects that comply with zoning. We will continue to work within our vision for the town in hopes projects will increase our vitality and enhance our quality of life. There are a number of factors that influence a project’s viability and our community has worked to clarify our expectations so that property owners and developers have a better understanding of our vision for the future.

Katrina Byars cont.

frastructure in the downtown core it is important to be wise, to think long range, and to work with property owners and developers to infill this space with the kind of high quality development that will best serve the community. I think we will have a lot of development proposals to consider in this area in the near future and I hope to see strong mixed-use development with local businesses like the Carbondale Food Coop in mind. It is also vital that we integrate high quality affordable housing, intelligent parking and green open spaces into our plans to keep the heart of our town vibrant. The town should invest in downtown property whenever possible.

Alexander Hobbs cont.

for music and performance or a town marketplace where local goods can be traded and sold. I think the trustees should incentivize a development that meets the community’s goals.

Wayne Horak cont.

the sale of marijuana, or from any source, needs to be applied to a prioritized list of uses that include putting a few dollars back into the savings account. Let’s try to purchase the plaza at Fourth and Main so that it is ours forever. Let’s increase bike access and pedestrian access, put some money in an “opportunity loan fund” to help finance small, sustainable businesses wanting to relocate to Carbondale, or put some money into the re-purposing of the old library building. Let’s invest in us again. Call me PRACTICAL by addressing our most immediate challenges as quickly and thoroughly as possible while keeping our sights set on all the great things we can be. Practical is increasing the town’s sales tax revenue by helping its merchants survive then hopefully thrive. Practical is doing these things in a manner that retains our funky charm and renowned uniqueness keeping us the envy of the valley and a really grand place to live. PRACTICAL is really important to Carbondale right now!

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town for administration and some to ensure adequate enforcement. After that I think additional realistic education to keep both alcohol and marijuana out of the hands of our young people would be appropriate. After that a conversation on funding towards an additional SRO (School Resource Officer) would make good sense.

4 My understanding of the Town Center property is that this is mostly under the control of a citizen of Carbondale who has tentative plans drawn up. Part of this plan could be a boutique hotel and restaurant. I don’t think there is anything we can do to hurry this along but we should be ready to facilitate the plan when it comes forward.

4 I’m not sure that it is the job of

a trustee to encourage development on any particular piece of property in town.

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Letters continued om page 2 the people to include them in the legislative process. We are all different but I hope to see us unite on our common passion for living in this beautiful area and protecting and progressing in a way that is smart and logical for current and future generations. Just remember the definition of “fashionable” is a current trend in culture. Let’s make sure things like caring for one another and the environment becomes more of a norm and less of trend. I look forward to meeting with people and doing what is in the best interest for the town on a local and global scale. Let’s walk the walk and create a positive ripple that spreads to our neighbors. If you would like to donate to the campaign it is greatly appreciated, however I kindly encourage you to contribute to a nonprofit or cause that supports the community in lieu of my campaign. Here are a few of my favorite organizations: Carbondale Community Food Coop, Thompson Divide Coalition, Roaring Fork Education Foundation. Alexander (A.J.) Hobbs Carbondale

Why Wayne Horak? Dear Editor: I am one of six children from a family whose father abandoned the family when I was 8 years old, leaving my mother to cope as a single mom. At the time, my brothers ranged in age from 12 to 3 years old. We were immediately thrust into the role of making the house payments, paying the taxes, putting clothes on our

backs and food on the table. I, along with my older brothers, began delivering newspapers (the only job available to underage children) and we were able to obtain multiple newspaper delivery routes to make ends meet. I came to Carbondale to take a course in solar installation from SEI in 2006. Carbondale had such a profound effect on me that I made the decision to move here. Two weeks after finishing the course I packed up my tools and belongings and moved to Carbondale. I’ve spent the past eight years being involved in the community and have served on the Carbondale Historic Preservation Commission and as a board member of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society. If I am elected I will work to preserve the way of life that convinced me to move here. It’s something that I believe is in danger of being lost. The Carbondale that we all love needs to be preserved and I believe that I can be a good steward of its ideals while we move along toward the future. It is imperative that the town takes the necessary steps to direct its destiny and create a sustainable, acceptable economy to thrive while retaining its charter and charm. I will: • Work with trustees, town staff and community to build a more financially sustainable revenue base for the town. • Preserve the character, charm and uniqueness of Carbondale. • Foster an improved economic climate with the community ideals as a guiding principle. • Work to keep City Market in town without a PIF and with an upgraded store.

“Food can solve all of our issues not only in Carbondale, but worldwide.” – A.J. Hobbs, Board of Trustee Candidate Forum March 10, 2014

Good news Ukraine,we’ve got a load of Carbondale grass-fed beef heading your way! TOTAL TOWN OF CARBONDALE BUDGET: 2014 Expected Revenues ................ $ 14,889,116 2014 Planned Expenditures ............. $ 16,400,122 Estimated Shortfall ......................... ($ 1,511,006)

• Aggressively address infrastructure needs (streets, treatment plant, sidewalks, parks and parking). • Ensure that the town’s voice is heard by the contractor who is required by the state to develop a traffic plan for Highway 133 during the construction. • Fight drilling in the Thompson Divide. I ask for your vote to create a more sustainable town both environmentally and economically. Wayne Horak Carbondale

Thanks to SoL Dear Editor: We’d like to give a big thanks to the SoL Theatre Company for their wonderful production of “Charlotte’s Web” this past weekend. Thank you to director Jennifer Michaud and stage manager Dani Kopf for working their magic on our kids — pulling these diverse, young actors together into a cohesive whole, inspiring them to work hard, helping them find the courage to express themselves with confidence and drawing something special out of each of them. Congratulations to all the actors who worked so diligently on their parts and played them so well together. Thanks too to all the folks who came out to the shows to support SoL Theatre and our valley’s children. Jennifer Michaud summarized the story so well in the program: “What greater les-

son can we convey to our kids, to show a little kindness and tenderness to those around us, to reach out to someone in need of a friend and make a connection, and to allow that friendship and love to transform us into something beautiful?” The “regular people” and “plain old animals” of Somerset County are transformed in the story by the love and friendship between Charlotte, Wilbur, Fern and the others. Thank you to SoL Theater for pulling our children together in our little town of Carbondale to recreate this story and help all of us regular people rediscover the magic of that message. Marc and Debbie Bruell Carbondale

We the undersigned Dear Editor: We, the undersigned tenants of Third Street Center, are writing to show our gratitude and appreciation for Jody Ensign as she moves on from the position of executive director. Jody has served as the executive director of Third Street Center since it’s opening in 2010. Jody’s dedication and service in the creation of a thriving, successful community of tenants, and in a facility serving a wide array of public and private events for our larger community of Carbondale deserves many thanks. She has always been present, aware of and supportive of tenant and the public’s needs, providing patient, kind and encouraging help for all. Her positive energy and her LETTERS page 19

“...having seen him at the debate and read up on his ideas, I don’t get the sense he would be out of place on the town council.” – Allyn Harvey, Glenwood Post Independent Monday, March 17, 2014

Sales tax revenue is the 500 lb Gorilla in the room! Without it, Cardondale’s beloved Non-profits and art community will be hurt. I’m Wayne Horak and I have PRACTICAL real world experience and PRACTICAL ideas for Carbondale. Go to my website, to learn more.


This loss includes the town’s expectation that our sales tax revenue will increase despite knowing that HWY 133 will be under major re-construction in 2014.


Food isn’t the priority right now. Our town, our beloved non-profits, our favorite art organizations, and our aging infrastructure all depend on sales and use tax revenue. We have lived off our savings account for 6 years & the money is all but gone.


I’m Wayne Horak and I will work tirelessly to build a more financially sustainable revenue base for Carbondale using the community’s ideals as a guiding principal. PRACTICAL IDEAS based on real life experiences! 14 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • MaRCH 20, 2014


trustee To Learn More Please Visit: Paid for by “Bonedale for Wayne Horak Trustee”


Wes Stewart

Katie Parr (Molly Briggs designer)

Folk seem to agree: Every year, CCAH’s Green is the New Black fashion show gets better. This year, the onscreen graphics and video, the models, the fashions and the show’s concept all worked together to create one amazing extravaganza. The show had a Lewis Carol twist to it, as the theme was “Down the Rabbit Hole.” One audience member was overheard to say the production was so professional, and engaging, it should be taken out of Carbondale’s recreation center and “put on Broadway.” From the hair and makeup, to the theatrics, style and fashion, if you weren’t able to take the trip “down the rabbit hole” yourself, check out these pages for a nibble from the carrot that was dangled in front of the sell out crowds last Friday and Saturday night. Text and photos by Jane Bachrach

Olivia Pevec (as the Caterpillar)

Angie Davlyn

Rebecca Shank THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • MaRCH 20, 2014 • 15

Left to right: AJ Hobbs, Rochelle Norwood, Chloe Burton, Charlet Abernathy and Deb Colley

Noreen Steiner (R2 Designs)

Lil’ Skirts

Left to right: Angie Davlyn, Raul Lopez and Danielle Morse (Akomplice)

Janine Cuthbertson (Cyndi Buck)

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Amy Kimberly (Ananda Banc/the Wild Cards)

Left to right: Laura Stover (designer); Chloe Brand (designer)

Emily Marshall (Sustainable Settings)

Left to right: Melanie Finan and Wendy Stewart (Deborah Lindquist designer)

Left to right: Elizabeth Reichs (Indie Attire) and Bill Laemmel (Cougar Couture) Katie Shank (Christie Interlante/Hottie Flash) THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • MaRCH 20, 2014 • 17

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

The Aspen Clinic opens post rehabilitation center Submitted article The Aspen Clinic is a health and wellness resource center that was created in November 2011 to help individuals in the Roaring Fork Valley with their health, and recently opened a fitness and post rehabilitation center. The Aspen Clinic (TAC) helps individuals manage their health by focusing on the whole person (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual). TAC provides health resources, creates educational awareness and facilitates community engagement. TAC also encourages the following questions: What is my main health issue; what do I need to do to address it; why is it important for me to do this? The Aspen Center’s philosophy is simple: It is easier to maintain good health than regain it once it is lost. Many medical problems are completely preventable and if disease is detected early, many times is treatable. Only 5-10 percent of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90-95 percent has onset in the environment and lifestyle. Many

of the leading causes of death in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties can be prevented with healthy behaviors such as seeing one’s physician regularly, managing stress, getting adequate sleep/physical activity and nutrition. The Aspen Center empowers and helps individuals to take charge of their health by providing them with edu-

“The Aspen Clinic gives individuals the tools to take control of their health and their life, no matter what their goals are.” Amanda Wagner TAC Executive Director cation one needs to make informed choices about their health. TAC acts as an extension of the individual’s physician/provider. TAC emphasizes personal health engagement, behavioral change and a comprehensive perspective to achieve life-changing results and optimal vitality. The clinic does this by health coaching, care coordination and

care management. “The Aspen Clinic gives individuals the tools to take control of their health and their life, no matter what their goals are,” said executive director Amanda Wagner. Starting on April 2, the Aspen Clinic is offering “12 Weeks to a Healthier You,” a program where TAC and Amanda Wagner the individual works with dietitian Susan Drake for a comprehensive 12-week lifestyle and weight management program. “Studies show one can improve health — blood pressure, blood glucose, energy levels and more — by losing 5 to 10 percent of body weight, improving sleep patterns and managing external stressors. This and more can be accomplished in 12 weeks with participation and focus.” For more information, call 970-279-5412.

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, meet in an informal setting with Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt for coffee and a chat.

Coffee with the

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You may walk in and vote at Town Hall on Election Day. OR,

To Vote by MAIL in the April 1, 2014 Basalt Municipal Election, you MUST apply for an Absentee Ballot with the Town Clerk, even if you have registered previously as a permanent mail-in voter. For more information on the above, please visit and look for Election Information, or call Town Clerk Pam Schilling at 927-4701.

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This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts, make comments and catch up on what’s happening in Basalt. All issues and topics welcome.

The next Coffee with the Mayor is:

970-927-4384 144 Midland Avenue, Basalt, Colorado 81621


• Ideas for downtown redevelopment? • Thoughts on marijuana laws? • Questions on the river project?

Wednesday, March 26 – Starbuck’s in Willits - from 7 to 8 AM And at Saxy’s in downtown Basalt from 8:15 to to 9:15 AM.

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Letters continued om page 14 ever-present willingness to answer questions, large or small, has been a warm support to all. She demonstrated a tremendous capacity to handle the issues and varied opinions of tenants while holding a gentle and neutral ground. As Jody explores future opportunities for her next endeavor, we wish her the very best and offer our support and highest recommendations. We know that wherever she lands next, there will be yet another community grateful to have her kind and supportive leadership. Signed: A New Path (Frankie Grundler and staff), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorice (Francisco Pacao Nevarez-Burgueno), Carbondale Chamber of Commerce (Andrea Stewart), CCAH (Amy Kimberly, Laura Stover, Deborah Colley, Pam Taylor, Sue Drinker), CLEER (Alice Laird), CORE (Mona Newton), Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing (Rita Marsh), Extreme Sports Camp (Deb Sullivan Gravelle), GrassRoots Network (John Masters), GreenWeaver Inc. (Laura Bartels), Jaywalker Lodge (Lenny Beaulieu), JVA Consulting (Angie Davlyn), Lisa Singer Art Studio (Lisa Singer), Manaus Fund (George Stranahan, Tracy Bethell, Ellen Freedman), Mindful Life Program (John Bruna), Roaring Fork Development Corporation (Colin Laird), Senior Matters (Bill Dunn and board), SoL Energy (Ken Olson, Kelly Kirby, Mike Bouchet, Joe Villacci), SoL Theatre (Jennifer Michaud), Solar Energy International (Kathy Fontaine, Sandy Pickard, Noah Davis), The Sopris Sun (Barbara Dills, Debbie Bruell), Third Street Center (Mark Taylor), Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist TRUU (Sue Coyle, Kathy Feinsinger), Valley Life for All (Gary Bender Ro Mead), Wilderness Workshop (Sloan Shoemaker), Youth Zone (Erin Donovan)

thing that makes our community of Carbondale special. The TSC board would like to extend a note of gratitude to everyone that contributes to the success of the center from the tenants, to the community, to the town, to our incredible donors, to the staff of the center.  We wanted to take a moment to extend a particular note of appreciation to Jody Ensign. Jody has left the helm of TSC after four years as executive director. We greatly appreciate Jody’s commitment to the TSC over that time period. Jody was instrumental in moving the center forward after construction to the fully occupied space that it is now. She was a tireless advocate of the center and our community beneďŹ ted greatly from her efforts. Going forward, TSC will focus on establishing a team to move the center into a new phase that will focus ďŹ rst and foremost on supporting the needs of current tenants. That includes expanding fund-raising and development for the center, reducing its debt burden, and managing the previous PAC3 performance and event space to increase overall use of the space. Mark Taylor will continue as facilities manager. Sarah Moore, previous TSC board member and co-director of the Carbondale Clay Center, is currently serving as the interim executive director of the center until the search process for new staff is completed. An active search for a new executive director is under way. Thank you, Jody. And thank you to all that make the Third Street Center an active and vibrant part of our community. Signed, the Third Street Center board: Laura Kirk (president), Amy Barr, Stacey Bernot, Gavin Brooke, Kathy Feingsinger, Frankie Grundler, Richard Hart, Alice Laird, Frank McSwain, Lisa Raleigh, Kat Rich, Sloan Shoemaker

Thanks to Jody

What a show

Dear Editor:Â The Third Street Center (TSC) is a remarkable community asset adding to every-

Dear Editor: After seeing the CCAH fashion show Friday night, I was thinking about how the town

has changed in so many ways yet it still has the ability to come up with amazing events. Starting with Potato Day, which was the one annual big event until the Mountain Fair was added to the roster in 1972 and then Pat Noel and John Palmer’s brilliant invention of the  Spring Talent Show in 1978 that grew from humble beginnings at the old and VERY dilapidated Crystal Theater into the spectacular Berry Garage theme variations and now the fashion show! There is a thread that runs through all of these events and it is the ability of each generation in our little burg to create them and make them grow and maintain the spirit of fun and all the volunteers through the decades coming together to create something magical that keeps us coming back for more! Lastly, I want to say huge kudos to the CCAH group! You made this old Boneburgian proud!  Wick Moses Carbondale

Library thanks Dear Editor: The GarďŹ eld County Public Library District would like to thank the Carbondale Fire and Rural Protection District for their fast action and successful efforts in dealing with the ďŹ re at the Carbondale Branch Library last Saturday night. SpeciďŹ cally, we want to thank "ďŹ rst in" ďŹ reďŹ ghters Paul Luttrell, Paul Herr and Jake Spaulding. They performed an excellent mop up of the building and minimized the damage. Also on the call were Aaron Luttrell, Ray Sauvey, Matt Cole, ďŹ re marshal Bill Gavette and chief Rob Goodwin. We also would like to thank ďŹ rst-on-thescene Carbondale Police Department ofďŹ cer Robb Windham, as well as library staff members John Steuben, Maura Masters, Sue Schnitzer and Jerry Morris who came in after hours to assist with the clean-up efforts. Town Manager Jay Harrington also stopped by to make sure everything was taken care of for us. Our thanks to all of these

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The Ross Montessori Charter School and Mark Ross Montessori Foundation has filed an application with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to develop a new school location. The property is located at 1539 and 1599 Highway 133, Carbondale, Colorado.

A public meeting for comments will be held at 5:30PM on March 31, 2014 at 407 Merrill Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado to discuss the proposed project and to provide the opportunity for public comment. Published in The Sopris Sun on March 20, 2014.







Information may be obtained from, and Petitions or Remonstrance’s may be filed with the Town Clerk Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 81623 Published in The Sopris Sun on March 20, 2014.

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