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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 10 • APRIL 16, 2009
Carbon dale Foot print By Jeremy Heiman
ohann Aberger and Lindsay Herlinger have a pretty good profile. This Carbondale couple’s environmental impact is less than half that of a typical American couple. Dan and Holly Richardson and their two boys are in a similar bracket. Their combined lifestyles introduce an estimated 21,618 pounds of carbon dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere annually, or about 5,405 pounds per person. That’s a very low impact. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spews about 21,750 pounds of atmospheric carbon every year. Carbondale residents, in general, are more aware than most Americans of how their day-to-day activities affect the environment. As the 39th annual Earth Day approaches, we thought we’d take a closer look at the effect individuals and families have on global warming and other aspects of environmental degradation, and what steps we can take to reduce those impacts. Two families volunteered to do a basic analysis of their impacts and to talk to us about their environmental footprint (a metaphor for the size of the impact they have on the earth’s resources). We chose two families that are environmentally concerned, live in energy-efficient houses and have very low environmental impacts. Perhaps Johann and Lindsay and the Richardsons will inspire readers to check their own environmental impacts and go on to take some big steps toward a smaller footprint. The families’ environmental impacts were measured using two Web-based calculators. (See sidebar on page 5 for more information.)
Two families take steps to help save the environment The Richardson family in Carbondale isn't afraid to get close to the earth. Their house includes both passive and active solar design, high-efficiency appliances, and high-performance insulation. Shown here is Henry Richardson digging in the dirt while dad Dan hangs out in their front yard. Photo by Trina Ortega
Let the sun shine in Johann and Lindsay don’t have children. Johann is an outdoor education instructor at Colorado Mountain College and Lindsay is a self-employed fine art printer working in Basalt. The two live in a new house designed with energy-saving and resource-stingy features. The house’s orientation takes advantage of passive solar gain. FAMILIES page 5
The Powder Puff Project Enough with the media reporting on Michelle Obama’s wardrobe and etiquette! I don’t care if she wore a velour track suit from Penney’s and gave the queen a big hug and kiss, what has that got to do with the price of oil in China? It’s insulting to me to watch the media suggest that on the world stage women are only interested in the shoes. A long time ago, in a land far, far away, women actually ran the show. Matriarchal societies flourished in both physical and mental health and what happened to change that is anyone’s guess. But what we do know is that the scales have been tipped in the other direction for quite some time now. We’ve been a patriarchal society long enough to start a controlled study and weigh the progress versus the regress. I recently watched a movie about the 1930s film star Frances Farmer; the true portrayal of a woman who was given insulin injections as a form of shock therapy and then told that she was the crazy one. Western medicine has a relatively long history of runBy Jeannie Perry ning head down for the end zone with its latest “scientific” discovery tucked under its arm, only to find out later that the game takes place on a court. Humans in general, Westerners in particular, are short-sighted and quick to leap to conclusions. Unfortunately, those conclusions often lie at the bottom of Wile E. Coyote canyons. (This is what worries me about the DNA testing today, we’re so sure we’ve got it right, but what if we discover at a later date that we were missing a key piece of the puzzle.) Our current health care is masculine and abrasive; all about scrubbing the wound until all the bacteria is gone, good and bad. I think it’s high time we took a more feminine approach. It’s time for a medicine woman’s touch, things like preventative measures and healing energy. We’re taught from a young age to think of masculine as strong and feminine as weak, but it simply is not true. For centuries women have been raising children, planting crops, hauling water, and still finding time to sew and write letters, and yet we are called the weaker sex. What is it men do that makes them stronger, I mean really, what is so hard? Building traffic bridges and mapping out unchartered land may be difficult, but hardly impossible. We’ve been patient, as the fairer sex, we’ve ridden shotgun and waited for them to stop and ask for direction, but enough is enough. It’s time for a more cooperative effort, for both teams to get a chance at bat. It may be a little harder on the men at first because women have already had a gender redefining revolution. Women burned bras and stood up for our right to get paid the same amount to build bridges, but men haven’t truly embraced their feminine side yet, not publicly anyway. Some men can’t even watch another man cry without thinking, “Pansy.” “See that? I thought only a**holes used the word pansy.” –RM The sooner men take to the streets commando-style and demand more personal time, the easier it will be to feel comfortable with their emotions. I’m not saying it will be painless or pretty, and I’m sure there will be holdouts: men so out of touch with nature that they’d rather kill it than empathize with it. But if and when they decide they want to join the powder puff project they can look to Phil Donahue or John Stewart, excellent role models for gender evolution. With health care costs being our largest long-term cause of national debt, doctors sewing up instruments inside their patients, and “super bugs” resistant to antibiotics because of repeated exposure to antibiotics, it’s time to reinvent the wheel. Health, both physical and mental, is the second most important thing in life after love, and while we may not have complete control over sickness, we do have some say in the cure. It’s all about balance: masculine and feminine, yin and yang, chocolate and peanut butter. Nature is full of symmetry, and if we emulate her, our physical and mental health will reflect our whole-hearted effort.
Ps & Qs
The sooner men take to the streets commando-style and demand more personal time, the easier it will be to feel comfortable with their emotions.
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Letters The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.
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Thank you from Moonbeam
Dear Editor: I’m writing to further support the sentiments of Evan Zislis’ letter in the April 2 issue of the Sopris Sun. I absolutely agree with Mr. Z’s analysis of Roaring Fork High School’s “ascension as one of Colorado’s great schools” under the leadership of Cliff Colia, but also with the dedication and creativity of an outstanding faculty. And I applaud the community voice coming through our Sopris Sun calling for support of Roaring Fork students. May I suggest one very easy way for community members to support academics, arts, clubs and athletics through an organization of parent volunteers that is already in place... the Booster Club. To see a list of the type of programs and activities that the Booster Club supports, as well as a list of your neighbors and community businesses who sustain this long standing organization, refer to the Booster Club ad in the April 9 issue of the Sun. Thank you, Booster Club, for encouraging our students’ voices through this sponsorship of the “Rampage.” Please join the Booster Club in their efforts to support the young adults of Mr. Z’s “richly diverse and sustainably inspiring“ community. Marianne Ackerman Carbondale
Dear Editor: I want to thank everyone for the support of my candle business. I am still making my soy candles at home! Thanks, again, for five great years on Main Street! You can email me for any orders at: email@example.com. Dennis Collins Moonbeam Candles
Hello from Mildred
Dear Editor: Hi, everyone! Just thought I would let everyone know it is safe to get out on the highway; since I am old, it is time to give up driving and sell my car. Boo hoo! I enjoy the new paper. Keep up the good work. Congratulations. Mildred Baumli Carbondale
Clean up the banks
Dear Editor: While it was hard to quickly get one’s mind around the banking crisis, now a number of things are becoming clear to many of us. One is that “too big to fail” is too big, period. No private corporations should be allowed to become too big to fail. That is giving them a blank check to
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P&Z denies Thompson Park development, historic house and all By Trina Ortega Even though it’s a proposal that would have preserved a historic residence, on April 9 the Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission came out against annexation and rezoning of the Thompson Park property. The proposal from Cerise Park LLC asked for the 10.2-acre parcel to be annexed by the town with approvals for 4585 multi- and single-family homes. In exchange, the developer was offering to deed the historic homesteaders’ house over to the town. The denial comes as a huge disappointment for history enthusiasts interested in preserving a cultural legacy. In a letter to the editor last week, the Mt. Sopris Historical Society stated that the Thompson house “represents a unique opportunity for Carbondale to own a real public treasure, comparable to the Molly Brown House in Denver or the Healy House in Leadville.” Olivia Emery of A4 Architects, the lead designer for the development, additionally said the historic house and its contents are in mint condition and could “evolve into a place where all of us re-connect with some of the old, simpler ways of living, with the crafts and skills that may be our best future resource.” Emery added that the annexation of Thompson Park would provide Carbondale with a road system that “enhances connectivity,” particularly to Triangle Park and across Highway 133, potential tax revenues from construction, and a logical extension of town where daily automobile use is not a necessity. The P&Z vote was 5-2 against the Thompson Park development near Weant Boulevard and south Highway 133. In his motion against the plan, P&Z member Jeff Dickinson said it had a lot of positive aspects, including the acquisition of the historic property, but there were too many uncertainties. “Do we really know what we’re approving,” he questioned?
The historic Thompson residence. Photo by Jane Bachrach “There have been a lot of promises from the applicant, but I think we need things in writing and more information…. All along we’ve been struggling with a lack of detail,” Dickinson also criticized the proposal for its lack of commitment toward solar access and preservation of views. Commissioner Kathy Goudy expressed concern about all of the “radical” changes in the development plan that were brought forward so late in the process. She said the changes affected critical aspects and were contradictory to what had already been agreed upon. She further noted that the changes had not been discussed in a public forum. “When you read through this, there’s too much assumption, too much trust,” she said. “Some of these [changes] are fairly radical.” Commission members were also concerned about the unknown costs to the town for maintaining the historic house, and connectivity with surrounding properties. They thought there should be more affordable housing. Commissioner Charlie Keys commented that the project does not go “above and be-
yond” any of the requirements, especially since the developer is seeking annexation. After the meeting,A4’s Emery expressed frustration with the review that began in September 2008. If the development team complied with every requirement “to the letter,” it would be impossible to build, she told The Sun. She said that computer renderings “addressed frontages, view sheds, architectural scale and character, historic preservation, solar access and density.” “Part of our denial was based on not making a quantifiable commitment to each and every one of these issues. At some point, high density, view preservation and ideal solar orientation conflict with one another,” Emery said in an email. Town planner Janet Buck had recommended support for the development. She noted there are no regulations in the county that can prohibit the house from getting demolished. Commission members Ben Bohmfalk and Lorey Esquibel also voted in support of the project. Esquibel has said the house is a tremendous cultural asset, which outweighs the other considerations.
Although downtown resident Nancy Clough once fought against mandatory historic designation of the renovated barn where she resides, she urged the P&Z to vote in favor so the town can preserve the Thompson house. “I think it’s even more important than affordable housing, although I am pro affordable housing,” Clough said. Following the final vote, Lew Ron Thompson — whose ancestors were pioneers in the valley and owned the historic house — had no comment. He had hoped P&Z would see the value of the house, which he called a “turn-key museum.” Thompson has applied for annexation of the neighboring property that contains an equally impressive historic carriage house. Consultant Mark Chain, who works for Cerise Park LLC, quipped that the Thompson family would receive the OK to annex ahead of his client. At Thursday’s meeting, in addition to the Thompson Park decision, the P&Z agreed to continue the deliberation of a change to the zoning for the historic downtown district. Commission members, with the exception of Esquibel, stated they feel zoning regulations need to be changed to allow for more housing — particularly affordable housing — near downtown. Under consideration is a change in building height (from 35 feet to 42 feet) and higher density residential units.
The Next Step Land use proposals Public hearings/meetings April 23 — the Village at Crystal River (formerly The Marketplace); P&Z; 7 p.m. Town Hall April 28 — the Overlook Neighborhood; Board of Trustees; 6:30 p.m. Town Hall May 14 — Downtown “Overlay,” commercial core rezoning; P&Z; 7 p.m. Town Hall
Seeds planted for a new community garden By Allyn Harvey The waiting list for a community garden plot in Carbondale may soon disappear. The Parks & Recreation Commission signed off last week on the idea of creating a half-acre community garden in a mostly unused corner of the Delany parcel in Carbondale. A cadre of landscape architects and community garden activists came forward with a plan that would allow for about 40 new plots for people to grow vegetables and herbs. The majority of plots would be 20x20; the remainder 20x10. “We’re doing this because we want plots but don’t have them right now,” explained organizer Elizabeth Cammack. There is a waiting list for plots at the existing community garden on the other side of town, in the Hendricks Ranch neighborhood. A group of eight Carbondale residents have been meeting every couple of weeks, including those landscape architects, to put
together a proposal. “They’ve all been donating their time,” Cammack said. The plan, which is not yet in final form, currently calls for the garden to be located on the south side of the Delany parcel, away from the heavy foot and paw traffic that typically heads north and east from the parking lot. There are three options for supplying water to plots — ditch and spring water, treated water and ground water. The favored option of the organizers and parks commissioners was to explore the ground The Delaney open space is popular with dog owners. With last week’s approval of a water option. community garden, dirt lovers soon may be among the users. Photo by Jane Bachrach In the summer, the water table is only a few feet below the surface, and the and a design that will allow the garden to Engineers classifies a vast majority of the town could simply pump displaced water grow if demand for plots exceeds supply. Delaney parcel as wetlands. Agricultural The members will also be tackling is- uses like the garden are allowed, but confrom the treatment plant over to the comsues like parking, truck access and stor- struction of new structures must be lomunity garden plots, Public Works Diage. There was also talk of a greenhouse cated in areas that aren’t considered rector Larry Ballenger said. next to the community garden. wetlands. The organizing group plans to conAll of the plans must be considered in For more information about the comtinue working on its plans, exploring anlight of the fact that the Army Corp of munity garden, e-mail email@example.com. nual fees, the possibility of a greenhouse THE SOPRIS SUN • APRIL 16, 2009 • 3
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Sweet tooth for the Vets
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The American Legion Auxiliary Post #100 in Carbondale delivered over 2000 cookies to the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass on March 28. This is the second year in a row that the ladies have baked and packaged the cookies for the Vets. A special thanks goes out to Tracey Gates and Midge Wampler of Carbondale for baking 70 dozen.
and all the individuals, and businesses who have supported another stellar year of free, community cross-country skiing at Spring Gulch!
Speaking of the rodeo … The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is currently selling sponsorships.Retail businesses can beef up their sales or anyone who simply wants to help to support Carbondale’s nonprofit rodeo can purchase a sponsorship with a one-time investment of as little as $500. Nearly 1,000 people each week attend the rodeo over the 12-week season. Call Dave Wiemer at 618-6824 to discuss the different sponsorship levels.
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Longtime KDNK DJ Dave Frey lifted his ban on playing the Grateful Dead a few Mondays ago. Dave added the Dead to his playlist with a live version of “El Paso,” although the song isn’t actually a Grateful Dead original. It was written and first performed in 1959 by countrywestern star Marty Robbins. “It was liberating — it was very liberating,” Dave said after banning his own ban. Dave’s Dead aversion had to do with the copious amount of playtime Jerry and his cohorts got. So he carved out a Grateful Dead-free refuge whenever he was spinning discs at KDNK. Noting that times have changed, Dave said he would, from here on out, play the Grateful Dead every now and then. Listen to his current show, Eclectasy, every other Monday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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The CCAH Gallery and the Gordon Cooper Library will be showcasing student artwork from Carbondale schools during the May First Fridays. Organizer Ami Maes would like to get as many kids as possible involved. She invites educators to kids organize projects, from music and poetry readings to plays and demonstrations, or anything their school would like to showcase downtown. Teachers can email or call Ro at CCAH (963-1680 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know what your school or classroom will be featuring for the night. The First Fridays student expo will be from 6-8 p.m., and guess what? Free rootbeer floats at CCAH.
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Six teams competed in the first-ever Model Off held on First Fridays at SAW and Land+Shelter. Designers of all sorts were given a pile of random items with which to construct a “device” that would statically place a marble in 3-dimensional space as far as possible from the target. The winning team was a group of landscape architects from Bluegreen. The crowd pleaser award went to Terri Ritchie and her two kids, Elizabeth and Zack. Prizes included a bottle of scotch, candles, chocolate and Peeps. “The event went really well. We were surprised by just how big the turnout was and hope to do it again sometime. The SAW shop was especially packed, even for a First Friday,” said Andi Korber, who helped organize the event. The models are a little fragile but Andi said they’ll try to keep them on display through the month. The gallery exhibition, “Before It Was Pretty,” continues.
Stacy Mendoza of American National Bank brightened a cloudy day with balloons at the town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. The popular event is organized by Carbondale Parks and Recreation. Photo by Trina Ortega
Families’ environmental choices show success continued from page 1 pounds of CO2 every year. Their other vehicle is a 1992 Nissan pickup. That vehicle is estimated to get about 18 mpg. But the Richardsons only drive it about 1,000 miles a year, so, according to the EPA calculator, it only belches out about 1,135 pounds of CO2 a year. Combine that with the emissions from the Subaru, and, by driving less, the Richardsons are producing less CO2 with two vehicles than an average person emits with one car.
Getting into hot water
The home of Johann Aberger and Lindsay Herlinger features active and passive solar design to lessen their energy consumption. Photo by Peter McBride “We’ve got huge windows on the south face,” Johann said. The windows are double-pane Low-E windows, which are very good at keeping heat in during the winter and heat out in the summer. The architect designed the house with concrete slabs on both the first and second floors, where they are warmed by sunlight during the day. The concrete holds the heat and radiates it into the living space throughout the night and day to contribute to heating the house. Their house is equipped with appliances that have the Energy Star rating from the EPA, indicating they provide the greatest gains in energy efficiency and waste the least water. It has solar electric, or photovoltaic, panels on the roof and plumbing for solar hot water panels. Lindsay and Johann have put off installing the hot water panels. “We’re hoping subsidies come along to make it economical,” Johann said. Since they moved in this winter, Johann and Lindsay have taken further steps to reduce their use of resources, such as air drying their laundry, landscaping the yard with native plants, and composting their vegetable scraps and yard waste.
Shedding light on the situation But while Johann and Lindsay’s house allows for a smaller carbon footprint than the average American couple, some improvements could be made, Johann admits. “We have a ridiculous chandelier that has about 20 light bulbs in it,” he said. “It looks like one of those Gary Larsen monster’s eyes.” The house has about 60 bulbs altogether, he said, and only about one-third of them are low-energy fluorescent lights. Because each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed in the United States produces 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide, they could make gains by replacing more of those bulbs with compact fluorescent lights, which produce the same illumination as standard incandescent bulbs with about one-fourth the electricity. They have landscaped their yard with low-water plants, but 20 percent of their yard is lawn. That lawn, however, may not be permanent.
“I’m really hoping to get rid of our lawnmower,” Johann said. The vehicles the two own add considerably to their footprint. They are actually worse than average in fuel economy. That’s a big issue, because gasoline usage is directly proportional to emission of climatealtering carbon dioxide. Burning a gallon of gasoline puts 19.6 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. Johann’s 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup truck is rated at 15 miles per gallon city and 17 mpg highway. Lindsay’s 2002 Toyota 4Runner, with an automatic transmission, is rated about the same. Johann estimates they each drive about 10,000 miles annually. With the mileage of the Nissan rounded to 16 mpg, the pickup puts out 12,763 pounds of CO2 a year, according to the EPA’s carbon footprint calculator. Lindsay’s 4Runner, with its gas mileage rounded to 17 mpg, puts out an estimated 12,012 pounds of CO2. Overall, on the Low Impact Living calculator, Lindsay and Johann’s base score was 72, and they reduced it to 45 by checking off other household conservation measures. Examples of extra projects that can help lower a person’s score include using LED light bulbs, installing sink aerators and insulating a hot water heater. A participant’s score factors in his or her geographic location.
A family of four Dan and Holly Richardson scored a 64 on the basic Low Impact Living questionnaire and reduced their score to 47 through additional conservation projects they undertook while finishing their house. Dan is senior energy consultant for Schmueser Gordon Meyer and Holly is a teacher at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. Their two sons are 3 and 5. The older son is in kindergarten at the Waldorf School and rides to school with Mom every day. Dan takes the bus or bikes to work. Transportation is important in the Richardsons’ footprint calculations, as well. They drive a 2000 Subaru Legacy about 10,000 miles annually. At an estimated 22 miles per gallon, the Subaru puts out 9,282
Dan and Holly’s house is about a year old. Dan designed it and did some of the construction work himself. It has a 1.6kilowatt photovoltaic system on the roof, and two 4x10-foot solar hot water panels. “That type of system should handle 80 percent of your domestic hot water needs,” Richardson said. With two kids, they need a lot of hot water.The Richardsons run the dishwasher seven times a week. Dan estimates they use the stove more than 10 hours per week. They wash about five loads of clothes a week, and they’ve been using the dryer for most of them but
only temporarily. “Our clothesline isn’t set up yet,” Dan said.“Once we do that, we’ll stop using the dryer.” That will make a big difference in the electricity usage. The Richardsons don’t have a lawn yet, but they expect to. When they do, Dan will mow it with a non-motorized push mower. Dan and Holly’s house also has passive solar heating, with a high south windowto-floor ratio — the area of south-facing windows is equal to 11 percent of the total floor area of the house. All appliances are Energy Star rated. These two families have done their homework on how to lead environmentally responsible lives, and their success is reflected in the results shown by the footprint calculators. But all the choices we make have impacts. “We have all Energy Star appliances, a well-designed house for passive-solar gain and an efficient layout, great insulation, a wood burner, etc.,”Johann wrote in an email message. “We tried to build the most ecologically responsible house we could afford. With that said, is any new construction ecologically responsible? That’s debatable.”
How much ‘sole’ do you have? Measuring your carbon footprint By Jeremy Heiman The World Wide Web makes available a number of calculators that can be used to try to get a handle on our personal environmental impacts and what we can do to reduce them. With these calculators, the user types in data on a family’s various activities that use energy and resources — house size and efficiency, commuting habits, vehicle gas mileage and such. Most of the calculators return a numerical score that approximates a family’s environmental footprint. We looked at several of these calculators and found some of them more useful than others. The two we used for our cover story are a carbon footprint calculator from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/e missions/ind_calculator.html and an environmental impact calculator from Low Impact Living at http://www.lowimpactliving.com/pag es/impact-calculator/impactcalculator. The EPA calculator shows the person’s carbon footprint in terms of pounds of carbon dioxide introduced into the atmosphere by the person’s lifestyle. The Low Impact Living calculator’s readout is a number representing the person’s impacts in comparison to the average person in a particular region. None of the calculators are comprehensive. Neither the EPA nor Low
Positive sticker shock. Richardson points out that his high-efficiency gas boiler is rated higher than the “Most Efficient” model. Impact Living ask if the family reuses products, if they choose to take a mug to the coffee shop rather than accepting paper or foam cups or if they use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. Many lifestyle choices go unexamined in all of the calculators, and some use only estimated data to achieve conclusions. But it’s important to remember that energy use can be affected by habits and behavior as much as by house size and light bulbs. Ken Sheinkopf, a columnist for Solar Today magazine, underscores that point: “You can put in adequate levels of insulation, buy highly efficient kitchen appliances, and plant trees to channel winter winds and block summer sun, but if you don’t practice an energy-saving lifestyle you can wipe out the energy savings,” he writes.
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When it comes to conservation, sometimes kids know best By Trina Ortega An earth mobile, egg-crate birdhouses and a play structure constructed out of cereal boxes are among the projects local students created to show how they care about the environment. Their work is on display at the second annual Carbondale Kids Reclaim The Earth organized by Building For Health Eco Center. The event will be from 4:306:30 p.m. Earth Day, April 22, at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. “We thought it was important to let kids show us why Earth Day is important to them,” said project manager Becki Braun of Building For Health. “It seems like kids these days understand the need for recycling and caring for the environment more than the previous generation.” Students from Mt. Sopris Montessori, Crystal River Elementary, Carbondale Middle and Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork will participate. The exhibit opening will include live music, recycled clothing fashion display and student artwork. Refreshments will be provided at this pro-earth celebration and education. The mission of Kids Reclaim The Earth is to encourage environmental awareness in Carbondale’s youth and provide an opportunity to display their ideas and work. According to Braun, residents of all ages can participate in creating a sustain-
able and healthy environment. Young people are often great teachers when it comes to spreading that message. “They have that engrained in their heads. They can really help teach their parents and the adults who are around them,” she said. Participating schools have incorporated the projects into their academic studies. Middle school youth have been studying water and energy conservation and created 3-dimensional models to show how homeowners can conserve water. The preschool at Crystal River built a kid-size
playhouse out of cereal boxes. Older CRES students designed birdhouses out of milk and egg crates. The Mt. Sopris Montessori created an earth mobile with maps on it. Waldorf students will play classical music and show off their recycled fashions. For further details, call 963-0437.
CRES presents ‘Update Earth!’
its Sustainable Living Series, designed for people who have an interest in green living and want to learn more. To register, call 945-7486 or 963-2172. For the final workshop, green living consultant Lynn Ruoff will teach “Planning an Organic Garden” from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave., followed by “Hands-On Organic Gardening,” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 at the Lappala Center, 690 Colorado Ave., in Carbondale.
Third-grade students at Crystal River Elementary School invites the community to attend their annual Earth Day performance, “Update Earth!” Students have been learning about the importance of slogans such as, “reduce, reuse, recycle” and “going green.” Celebrate Earth Day with the CRES students at this free performance that begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at CRES on Snowmass Drive. For more information, contact Amber Henke at 384-5637.
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nual Earth Day Expo on Saturday, April 18, at the Community Center at Fourth and Main streets in New Castle. This free, community education event will feature interactive and informational displays, advice from local experts, children’s activities, giveaways and free refreshments. The Earth Day Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits will range from test drives of electric dirt bikes and scooters, to a working model of a tankless hot water heater, to solar electricity demonstrations. Everyone can ask questions and learn from Garfield County’s largest gathering of environmental educators and experts. For more details, call 984-0502.
First Earth Day highlighted citizens' environmental concerns to Congress By Sue Gray Community Correspondent
Welcome! sulphur dioxide Hello! carbon monoxide The air, the air Is everywhere — “Air,” from the musical “Hair” . Here in the pristine Rocky Mountains, it’s hard to imagine schoolchildren being kept inside at recess because of toxic air. Only those of us who grew up near a large city or industrial area in the late 1960s and early ’70s remember the dreaded “Smog Alert” that kept us cooped up inside, sometimes for several days, when atmospheric inversion prevented factory smoke and car exhaust fumes from dispersing, causing a thick layer of dirty air to remain trapped over cities and suburbs. At the time, a grassroots environmental movement had already begun to address the concerns of citizens affected by poisons being wantonly dumped into our air, water and soil. Books like Silent Spring by Rachel Carson published in 1962, alerted the public to the danger of a continued attitude of negligence toward the health of our natural environment. Neil Young’s song “After the Gold Rush” featured the line: “Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s.” Across America groups of concerned citizens formed to battle oil spills, polluting factories, toxic dumps, pesticides, and loss of wildlife habitat. But the government was slow to respond to requests for environmental protection legislation. Most of the members of Congress remained unaware of or uninterested in the problems that pollution was creating for their constituents. The exception was Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who had been closely following the environmental movement’s grassroots efforts. The disparity between growing public outrage and lack of concern by politicians led Nelson to begin formulating ideas to bring Congress’ attention to the people’s desire for change. Impressed by the efforts of community organizers working to solve their local pollution problems and inspired by the “Teach-ins” staged by anti-Vietnam War demonstrators on college campuses, Nelson proposed a nationwide environmental “Teach-in” to be held on April 22, 1970 — the first Earth Day. Denis Hayes was appointed the national coordinator in charge of organizing rallies across the nation and
explaining Earth Day to the media, who treated the idea almost as a joke. Newsweek called it “a bizarre nationwide rain dance.” Time magazine said it “had aspects of a secular, almost pagan holiday” and questioned whether the movement was just a fad. But Hayes replied: “If the environment is a fad, it’s going to be our last fad.... We are building a movement, a movement with a broad base, a movement which transcends traditional political boundaries. It is a movement that values people more than technology, people more than political boundaries, people more than profit.” Environmentally conscious Americans were thrilled to have a forum to express their desire to protect the earth. Twenty million people — 10 percent of the population — participated in Earth Day events that ranged from neighborhood clean-ups to large gatherings involving speakers and musicians. Aside from events organized by Denis Hayes and his team, thousands more were generated at the local level by community volunteers, teachers, students and city council members. Some demonstrations tended toward the theatrical, especially on college campuses. In Omaha, Neb., student demonstrators wore gas masks to signify the smog problem. Protesting auto emissions and oil spills, California students cut up their oil company credit cards and one hundred students in Tacoma, Wash., rode horses on the freeway. Fulfilling Nelson’s desire to get politicians involved in the anti-pollution campaign, 22 senators participated in the day’s events. So many representatives
Top left: the unofficial Earth Day flag by John McConnell. Above: Paul Hassel of Silt designed this T-shirt for a Colorado Public Interest Research Group Earth Day celebration in 1989 in Fort Collins. were scheduled to give Earth Day speeches that Congress was adjourned. Summarizing the hopes of America’s fledgling environmental movement, Nelson gave a speech in Denver in which he said: “Earth Day may be a turning point in American history. It may be the birth date of a new American ethic that rejects the frontier philosophy that the continent was put here for our plunder and accepts the idea that even urbanized, affluent, mobile societies are interdependent with the fragile, life-sustaining systems of the air, the water, the land.” As a result of Earth Day 1970, concern for the environment skyrocketed among the public. In 1969, only 1 percent of the American population thought protecting the environment was important, but by 1971 that number had increased to 25 percent. It was also an eye-opening experience for the nation’s politicians, and it wasn’t long before regulatory legislation was introduced. In July 1970, President Nixon formed the Environmental Protection Agency and within 10 years, several pieces of legislation had been enacted including the Water Pollution and Control Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act,
In 1969, only 1 percent of the American population thought protecting the environment was important, but by 1971 that number had increased to 25 percent.
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Clean Air Act. While air pollution in major cities is still a problem, smog alerts have decreased dramatically. For instance, in 1977 Los Angeles had 121 stage one smog alerts. The number dropped to 66 in 1987, one in 1997, and there have been no Stage One alerts since 1997. Gaylord Nelson died in 2005, but his legacy lives on in a robust environmental movement that continues to address issues of importance to the health of our planet and human survival. Denis Hayes is now the honorary chair of the board of directors of the Earth Day Network, which promotes environmental action worldwide and is active in 170 nations. For Earth Day 2000, Hayes spearheaded a campaign focused on global warming and a push for clean energy. As our knowledge and understanding of earth’s sensitive organic systems has increased, Earth Day has grown into a global celebration. Earth Day 1990 generated worldwide recycling efforts and for Earth Day 2000, the Internet was used to link 5,000 environmental groups in 184 countries. Earth Day celebrates our common environmental values and this coming April 22, we will again come together to appreciate our successes and focus on ecological issues that affect us all, regardless of race, religion, nationality or political affiliation. To find out how you can participate, visit the Earth Day Network: www.earthday.net.
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Carbondale Efficient Building Program changes pending By Jeremy Heiman Architect Jeff Dickinson of Biospaces, Inc., told the Carbondale Town Trustees recently that residential buildings are almost equal to the transportation sector in responsibility for emissions of carbon dioxide in the United States. Efficient buildings save carbon, energy, water and money. With those facts in mind, the trustees may soon tighten the town’s Efficient Building Program that has been in effect since 2007. Newly proposed buildings are currently judged on such factors as insulation, heating and cooling efficiency and their draftiness. There’s also a mandate for larger houses to install solar electric systems. Right now, builders must include renewable energy on new homes of 3,000 square feet or larger. The regulation is meant to support Carbondale’s energy plan, which calls for 30 percent of the energy consumed in town to be generated by renewable means by the year 2012. Those building new houses are given the option of paying a fee in lieu of installing photovoltaic systems. The amendment under consideration would drop the threshold to 2,500 square feet. At the trustees’ April 7 work session, Town Manager Tom Baker pointed out that efficiency is good for the local economy, because money that would otherwise
be sent to utility companies outside the state instead circulates at home. Mayor Michael Hassig observed that Carbondale is trying to accomplish two goals with its energy plan: reducing emissions through efficiency and substituting renewable energy for fossil fuel energy. Hassig argued that the board should discuss that “philosophical question” when it is at the point of approving the changes. Trustee John Foulkrod, whose “Overlook” development proposal will come before the trustees at some time in the near future, complained that all the mandates of the energy efficient building code fall on new development, with no requirements for existing houses. “I don’t like the premise,”Foulkrod said. None of the homes proposed for Overlook would be affected, as the largest proposed is about 1,800 square feet. Trustee Ed Cortez said he was uncomfortable with the mandatory nature of the renewable energy section and called for incentives to encourage more photovoltaic energy production. Hassig, defending the code, argued that the incentive for installing photovoltaic systems is built in. Those who invest in solar electric systems currently are getting an annual return on their investment of about 8 percent, he said. This return is reinforced by the ongoing inflation of the cost of utility-based energy, which
has been around 2 percent, recently. Foulkrod also assailed the inclusion of mandatory photovoltaic systems. “… [T]here’s a certain amount of people who are going to say ‘screw it, I’m not going to build in Carbondale,” he said. Hassig admonished him for endorsing libertarian ideology. “At what time does your right to do whatever you want trump your responsibility to recognize we live in a world with
Relay For Life kicks off The Roaring Fork Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will host a Kick-Off celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church in Carbondale. The Kick-Off is a chance to sign up to walk through the night in honor of cancer survivors or to remember those who’ve died from cancer. Participants may register a team or become a team member. Refreshments will be served. Those who cannot make the meeting, can sign up online at www.roaringforkrelay.com, click on Sign Up and follow the prompts. For further information, contact Betty Bradley, team
limited resources?” Hassig asked. Later in the discussion, Trustee Frosty Merriott, who has installed a photovoltaic system on his own house, pointed out that appraisals have already shown the value of the energy code. “If you build your house right,”Merriott said,“it’s going to appreciate more with energy efficiency and renewable energy.” The trustees are expected to formally consider the issue at their April 28 meeting.
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Recession workshops offered A three-part Thursday night workshop series titled “Job-Seekers: Compete Better and Survive in the Recession” will be presented by Colorado Mountain College academic, career and student success counselors. The free workshops begin Thursday, April 16, with “Coping Strategies for Stress in Today’s Marketplace,” in which participants can learn about how they experience and deal with stress. Workshops take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the CMC Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave. To sign up or for more information, call 384-8748.
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Ute elder shares stories about first Coloradans in the Crystal Valley By Trina Ortega When Northern Ute elder Clifford Duncan speaks to children about his ancestors living off the land in the Crystal River Valley, he seems like a grandfather telling stories to his family. He shares Ute mythology stories about animals and the earth and humankind’s connection to them. Now the valley’s modern-day inhabitants — both adults and children — have a chance to learn about Duncan’s family history at his presentation, “Nanama” (Together as One), at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Gordon Cooper Library. “Nanama” will focus on personal memories and stories of the area and the connection that his people had with the mountains. His mother’s family lived in the valleys of the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers prior to 1879, the year the Ute people were removed to reservations, opening up Western Colorado to non-native settlers and homesteaders. The talk is an extension of Duncan’s “Brother of the Bear” Program he has been presenting to schoolchildren in Western Colorado. Through a grant from Colorado Humanities, the Crystal River Heritage Association of Marble is working with Duncan to share the tradition of Native American storytelling. Duncan will be visiting 10 regional schools, including Carbondale Community, Crystal River Elementary, and Marble Charter. There still are openings for additional schools to host Duncan. Project Director Charlotte Graham of Marble said Duncan creates a campfire setting when he visits the schools, then takes the children on a journey back in time. He wears traditional ceremonial regalia that he
Northern Ute elder Clifford Duncan will share stories around the “campfire” with valley residents and schoolchildren. Photo by Charlotte Graham has beaded and created himself. He plays the flute and drum during the presentations, as well.
As a way to educate others about the Utes’ identity and traditions, “Clifford is talking and wanting to come out more now,” Graham said. “He’s basically coming to teach Colorado children about the first people of Colorado. “The thing I’ve noticed that is so impactful for children is this is the first time they’ve ever seen a real Indian,” she said. The Utes lived communally with nature, and Duncan tries to impart on audiences how important it is to live more connected with the earth instead of the material world. Marble resident Doug Whitney said Duncan has taught him to learn about his own roots. “I’ve been steered to find out about my own tribe, which is Celtic,” Whitney said. According to Graham, Duncan has conducted numerous lectures, discussions and ceremonies for Colorado universities, schools, museums and civic groups. He has worked with the Dalai Lama on sacred ceremonies, and has opened a U.S. presidential inauguration. Duncan also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management regarding Ute ceremonial sites in Colorado. The library presentation is a collaboration between the Mt. Sopris Historical Society and the Gordon Cooper Library. The event is free, although donations will be accepted. The presentation will include time for questions and answers. Duncan requests there be no video recording. For further information, call the Mt. Sopris Historical Society at 963-7041. Educators can contact Graham at 704-0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the school presentations.
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Community Calendar To list your event, email information to email@example.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted.
THURSDAY, April 16 CANCER FUNDRAISER • Relay For Life of the Roaring Fork Valley will hold the Kick-Off 2009 “Tails for a Cure” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church in Carbondale. Sign up for the fundraiser at the kick-off or at www.roaringforkrelay.com. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraiser will be Aug. 7-8 at RFHS. Call 963-0601 for info. Contact Betty Bradley at 704-9963 or email ChairMtnGranny@gmail.com for details. YOGA • “Anusara Yoga Level 2,” taught by certified Anusara teacher Sujata Stephens, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning April 16 at Pyramid Peaks Center, 65 N. Fourth St. For information and registration, call Sujata, 384-2524. MUSEUM PRESENTATION • The Aspen Art Museum will host design architect Shigeru Ban at 12 p.m. April 16 at the AAM. Presentation includes a viewing of the conceptual site and building models, tours, and a Q&A. Additional presentations will be at 6 p.m. April 16 and noon April 17.
FRIDAY, April 17 HEALTH SCREENINGS • Mountain Family Health Centers conducts free health screenings in April. Call 945-2840 for complete schedule. This week’s screenings: Glenwood Springs – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10, Rite Aide; Aspen – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15, Aspen Community Health Services. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre shows “Gran Torino” (R) at 8 p.m. and “Frost/Nixon” (R) at 5:30 p.m. April 17-23. COMEDY SHOW • Ross Montessori School presents an evening of adult comedy with Mark Thomas’ Comedy Mercenary Productions, food, drinks and silent auction at 7 p.m. April 17 at The Church at Carbondale. The “Annual Fun-Raiser” benefits Ross Montessori, a public charter school. Tickets and more at 963-7199.
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LIVE MUSIC • Steve Skinner and his newest band take the stage at Steve’s Guitars on Friday, April 17. Louie Girardot (Lizards, Natives) plays bass and sings harmonies. Captain X (The Chambers Brothers, Natives) holds down the rhythm section with steady, funky and fresh drums. Steve Marker (Garbage) plays soaring guitar lines and adds dynamics to the mix. Skinner’s daughter, Riley, will open with original songs. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. KAHHAK ART • Majid Kahhak will be displaying two landscapes in the Aspen Valley Land Trust’s “Earth Day: The Art of Conservation,” April 17-19, Eighth Street and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Call AVLT at 963-8440 for more info. Majid also paints live on April 25 at the Taste of Spring annual fundraiser for the Carbondale Chamber, from 5-8 p.m. at River Valley Ranch Barn. His painting(s) will be auctioned that evening. UTE PRESENTATION • Ute elder Clifford Duncan will present the talk “Nanama” (Together as One) at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Gordon Cooper Library. “Nanama” will focus on personal memories and stories of this place and the connection that his people had with the mountains. Free. No video, please. For further information, call the Mt. Sopris Historical Society at 963-7041.
SATURDAY, April 18 GAME DAY • Play board games at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library as part of National Game Day. Different level board games will be set out for play on April 18 and April 25. Call 963-2889 for details. PARK CLEANUP • Volunteers are needed for the second annual Open Space Poop Patrol from 8:30-10 a.m. April 18 at the Delaney Open Space Park. For more information or RSVP, call Bill Lukes at 9638025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. COMPUTER RECYCLYING • Recycle
your old computer equipment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at Computers for Kids, 455 S. Third St. There is a tax-deductible fee — which helps to cover the costs of the processing, refurbishment and recycling — to drop off equipment. For more information, contact Computers For Kids at w w w. c 4 k f o u n d a tion.org or 9637259. COMPUTER WORKSHOP • In the Build Your Own workshops, elementary through high school students build a computer and take it home. The cost of the workshop is $30 per student and includes the computer, a flash drive, lunch and a Tshirt. Computers for Kids is located at 455 S. Third St. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18. For information and registration, contact Computers For Kids at www.c4kfoundation.org or 963-7259. HEALTH FAIR • The Valley View Hospital health fair will be held from 7-11 a.m. April 18 at Roaring Fork High School. Additional fairs will be April 25 in Glenwood, and May 2 in New Castle/Silt. For
more information, call 384-6651 or go to www.vvh.org. The Carbondale Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast is $6 and includes pancakes, eggs, ham, orange juice and coffee.
DREAM GROUP • Gain personal insight as well as collective understanding while learning the universal language of the dream world in a group setting in Dream Groups held every third Saturday of the month through May at True Nature Healing Arts, 549 Main St. The next group meets April 18. Call Robyn Hubbard at 319-6854 for information and preregistration.
DRUMMING • A beginners’ African-inspired drumming workshop will be on April 18 and will focus on intro to the djembe, the three fundamental strokes, rhythmic sensibility, fluidity exercises, and an African-inspired multi-part rhythm. Intermediate workshops will be May 16 and June 13. All events take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carbondale Community School on Dolores Way. Advance registration is required by calling Laurie Loeb at 970-963-2798.
EARTH EXPO • Children and adults are invited to learn more about conserving natural resources and saving money during the third annual Earth Day Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Community Center at Fourth and Main streets in downtown New Castle. Free. For questions, call 984-0502. CITIZENSHIP DAY • A free Citizen Workshop for lawful permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Road. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Call (303) 727-8032 to register. For more information, visit www.communityintegration.net or email email@example.com. KAHHAK FOR EARTH • Majid Kahhak will be displaying two landscapes in the Aspen Valley Land Trust’s “Earth Day: The Art of Conservation” on April 18-20 at Eight Street and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. A portion of all sale proceeds will be donated to the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Call AVLT at 963-8440 for more info.
SUNDAY, April 19 SPELLBINDERS • Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders presents a storytelling performance for ages 3 to 103 from 3-4 p.m. April 19 at the Aspen Chapel. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are
free. For more information www.spellbinders.org.
LIVE POETRY NIGHT • Join the Aspen Poets’ Society, Ink in a celebration of National Poetry Month from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Hotel Lenado, 200 S. Aspen St., Aspen. Live music by John Hatanaka and musical guest Stephen McLaughlin plus a special open mic session. Open to all poets and listeners. For info, call 309-4828.
MONDAY, April 20 CONTROLLED BURN • The Carbondale Parks Department will be burning the pastureland at the Carbondale Nature Park the week of April 20–24, weather permitting. This controlled burn may be delayed by inclement weather until the following week STUDENT VOICES • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program and Tomorrow’s Voices present student perspectives on the importance of place, sustainability and the need to preserve and protect wilderness. Broadcasts are 4-4:30 p.m. on KDNK Community Radio, 88.1, 88.3 and 88.5 FM and at kdnk.org. The schedule includes Sustainability, Hannah Goulding, Kate Eason and Kate Muir, April 20; Literature of Place, Jack Stokan and JR Ackerman, April 27; The Need to Preserve Wilderness, Noelle Chiarelli, Jade Johnson and Jake Wilker, May 4.
TUESDAY, April 21 LIVE JAZZ • Steve’s Guitars hosts Tuesday Night Jazz for those wanting to jam or listen to the best jazz players in the valley. Jams begin at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays at Steve’s, 19 N. Fourth St.
WEDNESDAY, April 22 STORYTIME • The Gordon Cooper Library hosts Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Lap sit for infants and parents is at 11 a.m. Fridays. The library is at 76 S. Fourth St. Phone 9632889 for further details. KIDS’ DENTAL CLINICS • Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers will provide free dental varnishing clinics for children under 13 in the Roaring Fork School District. Parents can make an appointment (between noon and 5 p.m.) in English or Spanish for the following clinics: • Glenwood Springs Elementary School — April 20 and May 4. Call Lisa at 3846055. Llame Neyma al 384-5616 por español. • Carbondale Bridges Center —April 29. Call Cheryl at 384-5746. Llame Astrid al 384-5796 por español. • Basalt Elementary School — April 30. Call Pam at 384-5855. ENERGY REP NEEDED • Carbondale citizens wishing to serve on the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board can send a
resume with a statement of interest to: EAB, Town of Carbondale, 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale, CO 81623, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information regarding membership is posted on the Town website: www.carbondalegov.org.
RFSD MEETING • The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting at 4 p.m. at the District Office, 1405 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays. EARTH DAY • Building For Health Eco Center of Carbondale is celebrating the second annual Carbondale Kids Reclaim the Earth from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Earth Day, April 22, at the Carbondale Recreation Center.
PIZZA TUNES • White House Pizza presents live music by Till Willis, a country singer/songwriter from Ouray, from 710 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call WHP at 704-9400.
Thursday, April 23
P&Z MEETING • Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall. Public hearing scheduled for The Village at Crystal River (formerly The Marketplace).
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Computer workshops let students get in touch with their techie side
By Jane Bachrach Community Correspondent The “Build Your Own” workshops hosted by Computers for Kids do not refer to Legos; believe it or not, they refer to computers. Kids today. It’s hard to imagine that, with some guidance, a 10-year-old kid can build his or her own computer. It is mind boggling… for some of us. Computers for Kids, or C4K, will be holding an interactive workshop in English and Spanish, for elementary through high school students during which they will build their own computers from a kit prepared by C4K. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and is open to students who need a computer to use at home to support their education. “From kids teaching kids how to build their own computers, to groups of students solving problems for businesses in our communities through Partnering for Success, C4K is making a tremendous difference in the lives and homes of hundreds of young people,” said Adriana Ayala, the pre-collegiate director for the Roaring Fork School District. During the workshop, C4K’s student technicians will begin by giving an introduction to computers and then will assist the kids as they build their own computer to take home after the workshop. One student participant was quoted as saying: “I loved this and if there wasn’t a limit, I would build another one.” C4K believes that Internet access is an important part of the educational process and without it, the computer’s value as a tool is diminished. Because of this, Sopris Surfers and ROFINTUG have stepped up to the plate and have offered low-cost Internet access to workshop participants and their families. The cost for the workshop is $30 per student, which includes one flash drive per participant, refurbishment and a C4K T-shirt for graduates. Parents are encouraged to attend and there is an additional $20 charge for a sibling to participate. Payment is required prior to the BYO workshop, and organizers ask for payment in cash or check to P.O. Box 1989, Carbondale, CO 81623. Participants or parents may also pay in person during business hours at C4K at the Bridges Center at 455 S. Third St. (the old middle school). To register, call 963-7259.
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Student John Taylor gets into the guts of a computer at a recent C4K Build Your Own workshop. Photo by Klaus Kochen
Community Computer Recycling Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 Come and recycle your old computer equipment on April 18 at Computers for Kids in Carbondale. The C4K student team will assist with unloading and processing donations. There is a tax-deductible fee to drop off equipment, which helps cover the costs of the processing, refurbishment and recycling of the equipment. Computers for Kids recycles 90 percent of the equipment that is donated in an environmentally responsible manner. The other 10 percent of the computers are refurbished by student technicians and distributed to local students through the Build Your Own workshops.
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Taste of Spring is a delectable way to support the business community Sun staff report More than 60 local restaurants, caterers, breweries and vintners will be part of a “true tasting” of food and wine for the Carbondale Chamber’s “Taste of Spring” on April 25. This year’s event is going back to the roots of the Taste of Spring, said chamber Director Sherri Harrison, and will offer affordable ticket prices for businesses and individuals. “It’s going to be a really fun social networking type event,” Harrison said. Majid Kahhak will paint live and the painting(s) will be auctioned that evening. The evening also will feature live jazz music by Rob Dasaro and Chris Harrison. New this year will be wine education presentations in the barn. The 20-minute presentations will be given by Lance Hanson of Jack Rabbit Hill, Ron West of Varaison Vineyards and Linda CerfGraham, wine director at Russets. Appetizers and tastings will be provided by Big Mama’s Home Cookin’, White House Pizza, Smoke Modern BBQ, Peppino’s Pizza, Ella, Bravo Fine Catering, Aspen Glen Club, Zheng Asian Bistro, Dancing Pickle Catering, Pan & Fork Supper Club, Russets Restaurant, Vicco’s Rock Creek
Grill, Cuvee World Bistro, Desert Sky Creative Catering, The Redstone Inn, Smiling Moose Deli and more. Wine and beer tastings will be offered by Jack Rabbit Hill, Varaison Vineyards, Left Hand Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Wine Source and Stone Cottage Cellars. Alpine Bank is providing souvenir wine glasses for all attendees. The Taste of Spring is one of two major fundraisers for the chamber; the other fundraiser is the fall business conference. Harrison urges the community to purchase tickets soon, as the event typically sells out. It’s a fun way to support the chamber. “The chamber membership offers so many free and low-cost benefits that are helping local businesses right now,” she said. The Taste of Spring takes place from 5-8 p.m. April 25 at Destination Holdings Real Estate at the River Valley Ranch Barn. Tickets are available for $75 at the chamber office at 981 Cowen Drive, Sounds Easy in the Sopris Plaza, Alpine Bank at 350 Highway 133 or by charging via phone at 963-1890. For more information about the chamber and the Taste of Spring, visit www.carbondale.com.
The Taste of Spring will offer an affordable way to sample some exquisite dishes by Carbondale chefs. Submitted photo
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Letters continued from page 2 avoid the consequences of their actions by blackmailing the rest of us. Another is that the recent behavior of top management of these huge banks in making tremendous short-term profits from irresponsible lending and leaving the rest of us with the bill is actually criminally fraudulent. Our conclusion is that there is now only one solution, and that is for us (our government) to temporarily nationalize the banks, clean them up and then sell them off piecemeal as smaller banks. At the same time, new regulations should make it impossible for any bank or other private corporation to become “too big to fail.” I cannot think of anything more important for us to spend our time on right now. As public understanding of all this increases, public outrage and rebelliousness is going to reach dangerous proportions. I already know young people who are tearing up their credit card bills. An action group has already been formed. And demonstrations across the country are planned. For more information, go to www.anewwayforward.org. Mary Boland Carbondale
Fashion Show alive on DVD Dear Editor: Thanks to the whole town for making
Green is the New Black a wicked success! So many people from models to designers to wranglers to choreographers, photographers and hairstylists — we made it happen together. The tricky thing about a show of that nature is that if you are in it, you don’t get to see it. Here is your chance to know what all the buzz is about! Green is the New Black fashion show is now on DVD, accompanied by a 12minute documentary about the sustainability of fashion called “Fashion’s Footprint.” Keep those memories alive! This is something we can all be proud of! Hamilton Pevec firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean your bird-feeders Dear Editor: There is a salmonellosis outbreak occurring in the valley right now. There has been an incredible eruption of pine siskins this winter, larger that anyone has seen in years and because of these conditions at feeders there seems to be an epidemic of salmonellosis striking the birds now. Salmonellosis is a general term for any disease in animals and people caused by a group of bacteria known by the Latin name Salmonella. Birds can die quickly if the Salmonella bacteria spread
throughout the body. Abscesses often form in the lining of the esophagus and crop up as part of the infection process. Infected birds pass the bacteria in their fecal droppings. Other birds get sick when they eat food contaminated by the droppings. Salmonellosis is the most common bird-feeder disease, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Health Research Center. Responsible folks who feed birds need to clean feeders on a regular basis all the time but with this outbreak it is imperative that you clean and disinfect feeders now. Use one part of liquid chlorine household bleach in nine parts of tepid water (a 10 percent solution) to disinfect. Make enough solution to immerse an empty, cleaned feeder completely for two to three minutes. Allow to air dry and don’t resume feeding for at least two weeks to allow the birds to disperse. Birds do get sick and disease is one of many natural processes affecting wild species. Sick birds do show up at feeders, and other birds can get sick as a consequence. Just because bird feeding is not problem-free does not mean that it is bad or should be stopped. It does mean you have an ethical obligation not to jeopardize wild birds. What is called for is intelligent
bird feeding. Follow the precautions described above, and you can continue to enjoy feeding healthy wild birds. Linda Vidal Carbondale
Easter egg hunt thanks
Dear Editor: The Carbondale Recreation Department would like to thank all of the Easter egg hunt sponsors for their generous donations to our annual Easter egg hunt. It was a huge success. Over 250 kids participated in the hunt. Thank you to White House Pizza, Peppino’s Pizza, Walmart, City Market, American National Bank, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Sandy’s Office Supply, American Legion Post 100, American Legion Auxiliary, and The Floral Boutique. I also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped out with this event: Mark Loertscher, Don Wisdom, Bea, Damien, Dianna Nye, David Hayes, Camy Britt, Jenny Manowen, Jennette Augburn, Monique Rodriguez, Robbie Johnson, Cody and Matthew Wampler. I couldn’t do it without you. I am looking forward to next year! Sincerely, Chris Loertscher Recreation Coordinator
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Clay Center show highlights residents’ work
Sun staff report Ceramicist Mark Harro’s “loose style” relates to his natural surroundings. He uses the earthy medium of clay to mimic the movement in nature, especially the geography of his home state of Alaska. “Raised in Alaska, I lived in a coastal environment where nature was never still. In a place where mountains meet the sea, where glacier-fed rivers flow, where abundant wildlife always exists, it is a world that is always moving and undulating in a special harmony,” Harro says. Hailing from up north, Harro joined CCC as a 2008-09 nine-month resident in September 2008. Harro says he uses clay as a medium to create both utilitarian and sculptural forms. He is one of the three resident artists whose work is on display this month at the Carbondale Clay Center. The exhibit also features Lauren Mabry and Alex Watson. Mabry creates functional pots and vessels. She comes to Carbondale most recently from Fort Collins, where she attended the post-baccalaureate program at Colorado State University. Lauren completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kansas City Art Institute in Spring 2007. In fall 2009, she’ll enter the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Watson holds a BFA from Utah State University. Most recently, he had been teaching ceramics and kiln-building in and around Richmond, Mass. Watson focuses his ceramic artwork on wood-fired stoneware and has also taught workshops on topics such as Cone 6 Soda Firing. Harro recieved a BFA from Montana State University in spring 2008. Harro stays busy at the center teaching KidSculpt, leading workshops, and sculpting in his studio. The gallery is at 135 Main St. For hours and more information, call 963-2529 or email email@example.com. ••• Also this weekend, the clay center will hold a “PaintYour-Own Ceramic Gifts” workshop for all ages. (Children must be accompanied by an adult helper.) A Mother’s Day Drop-In session where participants can paint a heart-shaped bowl will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 and on April 25. Kids and partners can also make a baby hand/footprint gift for mom by scheduling an appointment (with two days’ notice). Appointments will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 963-2529 for details.
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Economy may slow down but there’s no stopping spring growth
While it seems the whole world has slowed in response to global economies, spring’s tide of arrival has not. The aspen started blooming almost a month ago, here on the valley floor. At happy hour, with the sun falling behind Sunlight Peak, they glow a silver so pretty — one last reminder of snow we won’t see for many delicious months. It’s humbling heading into “the season,” as we green people call it, not knowing what’s to come. The annual landslide of work and then calm for the high heat of summer? Or stillness, a freeze, so to speak? Who knows? Somewhere along the way, though, my spirit began by Geneviève Joëlle jumping for joy, not just Villamizar at the thought of
spring, but of a slow season, a chance to linger in my gardens. For once! Not since I turned this into my career, have I been able to actually take my time to garden pleasurably. Somehow it turned into writing deadlines, client demands and the crushing task of planting 3oo more plants. The economy may lurch a bit, but my cottonwood tree is as far-reaching and solid as ever. Have you ever noticed a cottonwood in tassel? Watch them this year. I’ve made it a date. The buds are tight today, but I expect them to dangle their brilliant red fluff just in time for our Arbor Day. I’m going to celebrate Arbor Day this year. I’ll probably have time. Will you join us? School kids are being recognized for the glorious tree renderings they submitted for the town’s first annual Arbor Day Poster contest. As we plant trees in their honor, we’ll teach you how to plant the right way for your own yard. How cool is that? You know, it may have even been their paintings that have triggered my childish delight. Such fanciful color and form, just like a simple garden. I’m waiting
for the flush of neon green in my beds. I have no dazzling crocus or daffodils, but perennials are timidly unfurling. My excuse for not planting bulbs has always been that the season rains on me from the treetops: spring flowers. We grumble and curse at the Siberian Elms every year — their dried up tan wafers, just like the aspen fluff, are like spring has barfed on us! They’re everywhere! But slightly just before that: look up, my friends! The elms are bowers laden in Bells of Ireland, acid green popcorn lacing every branch! And those are blossoms, not leaves. This year, I am going to plant bulbs. No more rationalizing a dread of digging hundreds of tiny holes amidst thick root systems. What else might I do? I plan on savoring every idyllic moment of spring; be gone, the grunting sweaty annual assaults. I’ll wear coconut sunscreen, pretty skirts and muddy work boots — the new chic in Depression Era gardening. I’ll savor the aroma of sun and dirt on my skin and rejoice in one more day without work. Happy gardening, fellow claspers of the trowel!
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Other RFHS athletic competitions are: Girls soccer — April 16 at Vail Christian, 4 p.m. Boys baseball — April 18 at Cedaredge, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Girls tennis — April 23 at Cedaredge, 4 p.m.
Carbondale offers youth baseball/softball The Carbondale Recreation Department is taking registrations for the summer youth baseball/softball leagues. The age groups for baseball are 7-8 (Coach Pitch), 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. The age groups for softball are 8-10, 11-12, and 13-15. Costs for coach pitch are $75 and for baseball and softball $80. Registration deadline is May 1. Anyone interested in coaching or umpiring can contact Chris at 704-4115.
Adult softball leagues forming
Crystal River Elementary School third-graders took a field trip to Snowmass Ski Area on April 10 to learn about avalanche awareness and snow safety. Students were treated to a ride up the gondola, where they learned how avalanches occur and how the ski patrol works to prevent them. Then students watched how avalanche victims can be rescued by specially trained rescue dogs, when patrolmen buried volunteer teachers. Students had a picnic lunch, hiked around the ski area and took a ride on a ski company snow cat. Photo by Annie Metheny
Boys track continues to place
The Carbondale Recreation Department is taking registrations for the summer adult softball leagues. Coed Competitive and Coed Recreational leagues are played on Mondays beginning June 1 and the Men’s League is played on Tuesdays beginning June 2. Cost per team is $480. The registration deadline is May 15. There will be a mandatory captains meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Carbondale Town Hall. For more information, call 704-4115.
Turkey season began April 11 Colorado’s spring turkey season offers hunters one of the most unique experiences in the field. From late April through mid-May, turkeys are at the height of their mating season. The hens are calling for the toms, and the toms are on the move looking for mates and putting on their displays of wild machismo. The 2009 spring turkey season started April 11 and continues through May 24, although dates vary in some units. Over-the-counter licenses can be purchased for most units in the state; but some areas are limited. Check for limited areas in the 2009 turkey hunting brochure.
The Roaring Fork Rams Track Team competed in the Glenwood Springs High School Demon Invitational last weekend and the boys took third place overall, behind Glenwood and Eagle Valley. Tyler Thompson continued to soar into first places in the long jump and triple jump. Bryan Salinas took first in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 200. “He has a great chance of making it to state in both events,” said Coach Hadley Hentschel. The boys 4x200 team won and have a good chance of advancing to state, as well. The boys 4x100 relay took second place. Thrower Jon Araujo had a fourth place finish in discus and sixth place in shot. “Our young distance crew did great,” Hentschel said. “No top finishes, but lots of improvement and personal bests.” Hentschel said one of the upcoming stars is Adrianne Ackerman. As a freshman, she consistently finishes in the top 10 in the 300 hurdles and top 15 in the 100 dash. She is looking to take up the 100 hurdles this week in Rifle and is expected to excel in that, too, according to Hentschel. The Rifle meet is at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18.
Under new regulations set by the Colorado Wildlife Commission, all annual fishing, combination fishing/small game licenses and habitat stamps are now valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. All 2008 annual fishing licenses expired on March 31, 2009. “The new spring start is a great reminder that not only is it time to purchase your 2009 license, but April is also one of the best months to head to your favorite lake, stream or river,” said Scott Gilmore, DOW education coordinator. “Some of Colorado’s best fishing takes place in early spring.” Anglers should consult the 2009 Colorado Fishing Brochure for the latest information pertaining to current regulations, license fees and bag and possession limits. Brochures are available at Division of Wildlife offices and license agents statewide. Anglers may purchase 2009 licenses at Division of Wildlife offices and license agents statewide. Licenses are also available online at www.wildlife.state.co.us or by calling (800) 244-5613.
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