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5Point steps up and steps down


Volume 6, Number 11 | April 24, 2014

Spectrum delights

By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


his week’s 5Point Film Festival steps down from the Carbondale Recreation Center’s big screen at times and steps into the community, with an Alpine Angling casting clinic, solar-array bike tour, sidewalk chalk-art session and more. For the seventh year, the Carbondale-based non-profit festival will present all manner of outdoor-oriented films and related programs on April 24-27. This year’s programming has expanded to include more community involvement, according to 5Point organizers. “Participation and involvement are two things we believe in; two things that make a community strong and vibrant,” says the 5Point program, available at numerous locations and also online at “When you can inspire someone to get outdoors … (and) experience their place through their passions, they will naturally want to protect this experience and get involved … for their own adventure.”

The activity schedule is as follows: April 26

8:30 a.m. – Trail run; meet at Dos Gringos and head out with Independence Run & Hike. 8:30 a.m. – Fryingpan River cleanup; join in with the Roaring Fork Conservancy in Basalt (see Calendar section for details). 9 a.m. – Coffee demo; Bonfire Coffee gives a demonstration on exotic brew methods, including the ibrik, flat drip and moka pot. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Adventure art completion; in the recreation center lawn, join CCAH and sculptor Michael Lindsay, and add your own prayer flag. 11 a.m. – Casting clinic; Alpine Angling, Trout Unlimited and Patagonia host a casting clinic and river talk at Sopris Park. Space is limited, so sign up at the recreation center in advance. 2:30 p.m. – Scavenger hunt; join Ragged Mountain Sports for a “mountain pirate” themed hunt starting at the recreation center and ending at the store (located in the Sopris Shopping Center on Highway 133).

April 27

9 a.m. – Gardening; head to Rock Bottom Ranch

Kinsey Romero and crew delighted a Thunder River Theatre crowd with “All that Jazz” from the Broadway musical “Chicago” on Saturday night. The performance was part of the fifth annual Spectrum Dance Collection, which brought together dancers and choreographers from Aspen to Rifle. For more on the two-night show, please turn to page 8. Photo by Jane Bachrach


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


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 or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. The deadline to submit letters to the editor is noon on Monday.

Thanks to everyone Dear Editor: We would like to thank everyone for the cards, food and help with Jim’s service. We are lucky to live where we have so many friends who called or came by. We love you all. The Schausters: Jewell, Jean, Mike, Randy, Alan, Stacey, Jenna, Lauren, Tom, Vicki, Natalie Carbondale

About CR 106 (Editor’s note: This letter was also sent to Colorado Rocky Mountain School). Dear Editor: Either clearly define the section of County Road 106 that goes through your campus so that people may use their right-of-way without feeling like they are intruding, or don’t. But please stop erecting new buildings right on/around the county road and then exclaiming that students are in danger because you built their dorms on one side of the public path and classrooms on the other. And stop petitioning Garfield County to vacate a public access. That land belongs to the taxpayers of Garfield County, and as a non-profit school, you are not included in that group. The Carbondale Town Council, Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission, and CDOT have all recommended no vacation (not to mention countless residents of unincorporated Garfield County) so if the BOCC goes the other way it’s pretty obvious their judgment has been compromised. Instead of waiting another three to five years only to regurgitate this issue, why not open an honest dialogue with your neighbors to solve it once and for all? Jeannie Perry Satank

Re-elect fire incumbents Dear Editor: As a long-time resident of Carbondale, I write in support of the current members serving on the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection Board: Gene Schilling, Mike Kennedy and Mark Chain. During their years of service, these individuals have worked hard to direct and support the community fire district as it has changed and grown. I am confident that these three members can continue to find creative and effective solutions for the challenges that face the board. I believe that these three candidates should continue to serve on the fire board. Jillene Rector Carbondale

Vote for McElwee Dear Editor: We are supporting Gary McElwee for the Carbondale Fire District Board of Directors for three reasons. 1. Gary brings with him a great deal of life experience in management and dedication as a firefighter and EMT.

2. Gary is forthright and will bring a great level of transparency to the management and operations of Carbondale Fire District. He will use good business sense in the operations and will explore bringing needed thoughtful management to the fire district. 3. Gary is passionate and dedicated to bringing the best fire protection to the community while supporting the men and women who dedicate themselves to this community. We support Gary and hope you will too. Holly and Jerry Burden Carbondale

Return fire board Dear Editor: Please return all the current fire and EMT board members to office. Bill and I know first hand about how wonderful they are. They have been here way too often to help both of us. Pat Fender Carbondale

Planet Earth’s open Dear Editor: The old adage “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” may well apply here. Bob Albright from The Sopris Sun has worked with me to write ads for Planted Earth proclaiming the store is open and roaring into spring! Plastering an enormous “For Sale” sign over the store sign on the highway all winter might suggest otherwise, I know. But it’s business as usual, with an emphasis on what most of us are passionate about — gardening! Sara McAllister Carbondale

What’s their mission? (Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to the BLM and Forest Service). As a physician I am observing the large scale experiment being conducted on the health of the people, lands, forests, grasslands, air quality, watersheds and creatures of Colorado and this nation with extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques including fracking. I understand you are requesting public comments regarding this issue in relation to an area near my home called Thompson Divide. I also understand you are requesting any perspectives that have been overlooked as you make decisions regarding existing and future leases. This current experiment reminds me of earlier experiments conducted in America with asbestos, radiation, tobacco and toxic chemicals. I would suggest you both carefully read your mission statements which state: “It is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations” and “The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet

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the needs of present and future generations.” I share your multigenerational responsibility, as do all parents. Although health would seem to be a word easily understood, as we know from these earlier experiments, it can be easily overlooked in states of enthusiasm for substances and methods which seem to promise benefits, but which over time prove to destroy diversity and productivity of public lands and in fact the public health. The current dictum for multi-use of land and resources is unhealthy, if a use destroys health and diversity and a wasteland results. I read your missions to be ones of sustaining and, although proof of toxicity may take decades to prove, risking health is not a prudent decision given your responsibility to sustain. A similarity between your mission and mine seems to be one of standing tall for health. I acknowledge there is much confusion in this nation about the meaning of health and that it can be easily overlooked. Since health is an interest of mine, I will be honored to explain the importance and meaning of health, if you would value the understanding I have gained in my experience. William Evans, MD Carbondale

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Please comment Dear Editor: I attended the public scoping meetings that were held by the BLM in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week. It is difficult to find words to express how inspired I was by my fellow citizens’ passion for our wild places, for our home. More than anything, I am writing to thank everyone who cares enough about this place, about the Thompson Divide, and about each other, to keep showing up and speaking up and writing letters and doing everything they can to protect and preserve our shared way of life. Thank you Carbondale. Thank you Glenwood Springs. Thank you Pitkin County. And thank you to the Rifle sixth grade science teacher who came to testify about the way that gas drilling has impacted his students and to so many other individuals. If you are someone who wanted to be at one of those meetings, but couldn’t because of work or some other obligation, you can still submit a written comment to the BLM. Scoping comments must be received by May 16 and may be emailed to, faxed to 970-876-9090, or mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652 Finally, I want to thank the Thompson Divide Coalition and Wilderness Workshop for your tireless work helping us all be not only united for the Thompson Divide, but informed about what is happening and how we can have an impact. Thank you.  Dawn Dexter Carbondale

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Roundabout sculpture fund-raising under way Installation slated for October By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Houston and Carbondale don’t seem to have much in common. Houston boasts a population of 2.1 million, while Carbondale logs in at about 6,000. Houston sits near the Gulf of Mexico, while Carbondale rests in the Rocky Mountains. Houston is generally hot and muggy, while Carbondale is cool and dry. Houston is home to a National Football League team, while Carbondale must rely on the Roaring Fork Rams for its football ďŹ x. And, Houston probably has more yoga studios than Carbondale. So, what’s one noticeable similarity between Houston and Carbondale? Come October, Carbondale’s soon-to-be roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street will be graced with a 20-foot-tall James Surls sculpture, the 35-foot sister piece of which was installed at a prominent intersection in Houston’s Upper Kirby district earlier this month. Once again, however, there’s a difference between the two towns. Houston’s Surls sculpture cost private donors $800,000, while the noted sculptor is giving the town “Sewing the Futureâ€? at his

cost — $200,000. Jim and Connie Calaway have donated $100,000 for the cause and a team of locals, including Connie, has kicked off a drive to raise the rest. “The Surls sculpture, centered in our new roundabout, is something our community can share with each other and our visitors,â€? said Jim Calaway, a retired oilman and philanthropist. “It is intended to signify growth, has the potential to attract tourism, inspire creativity and add to our community’s sense of place. It will be the signature of our town.â€? According to a hand-out prepared by the fund-raising team, “Sewing the Futureâ€? ows upward from a “standing vaseâ€? that is a metaphoric symbol of the female, giving forth the thread of life in all of its ways. The thread is placed through the eye of three needles, which represent human nature and includes art, science and philosophy. The sculpture’s other three elements include the jewel, the ower and the tree, which Surls has used for years. “All of these elements derive from the very nature that gives us our existence on the earth,â€? Surls said. “The jewel is the equal to and represents the crystal in all its forms ‌ . Parallel to this are the ower and the tree, both of which humans would be hard pressed to live without.â€? Surls, a Texas native, moved to Missouri Heights several years ago and works out of a hangar-like studio near his home. SURLS SCULPTURE page 9

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in Basalt to help with spring planting.

9 a.m. – Backcountry skiing; Cripple Creek Backcountry in La Fontana Plaza leads a backcountry ski tour (meet at Dos Gringos).

10 a.m. – Biking; Aloha Mountain Cyclery leads a group mountain bike ride starting at 10:30 a.m. (meet at Dos Gringos). 11 a.m. – Solar bike tour; CORE and CLEER host a bike tour of Carbondale’s solar arrays (head out from Dos Gringos). 1 p.m. – River talk; Roaring Fork Conservancy river stewards explain the Colorado River watershed at Riverside Park in River Valley Ranch (under the South Bridge, limited to 30 people, sign up at the recreation center).

4 p.m. – Chalk art; help decorate the town and close the festival with Trina Ortega (meet at Thunder River Theatre).




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Meet the Surls sculpture fund-raising team: (left to right, front) Connie Calaway and Sue Edelstein; (left to right, back) Jody Ensign and Mark Kloster. In the center is a scale model of James Surls’s “Sewing the Future.� The sculpture itself will be placed in the center of the Highway 133/Main Street roundabout. Photo by Lynn Burton

Other action

In other non-screen action during 5Point: April 24 at 5 p.m. – Kick-off party and Van Life Rally featuring “livableâ€? vehicles at the recreation center. April 25 at 10 a.m. – Live Enormocast at Bonfire Coffee. April 25 at 10 p.m. – DJ dance party at Phat Thai ($3 cover). April 25 at 10 p.m. – Music at Carbondale Beer Works (no cover); April 26 at 11 a.m. – Dirtbag Diaries at Steve’s Guitars (no cover; lasts 2 ½ hours). April 26 at 12:30 p.m. – Ice cream social at the recreation center (no cover). April 26 at 4:30 p.m. – Tailgate party at the recreation center (no cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. – After party at the Black Nugget ($5 cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. – DJ dance party at Mi Casita (no cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. – Movie star costume party at Carbondale Beer Works (no cover). April 27 at 4 p.m. – Closing party at the recreation center (no cover, lasts 2 ½ hours).

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Curbside dining coming to town this summer What’s next, valet parking? John Colson Sopris Sun Correspondent Curbside dining will be coming to Main Street in Carbondale this summer, when at least two restaurants — phat thai, 343 Main St., and Allegria, 335 Main St. — erect dining platforms in the parking spaces in front of the two adjacent establishments. The Carbondale Board of Trustees gave its approval for the plan on Tuesday at the trustees’ regular meeting. “We contemplate the design/construction of a contiguous platform the length of our collective storefronts and the depth of a standard parking spot,” stated a letter from the restaurants to the trustees, which was part of the meeting packet on Tuesday. The wooden platforms are to be nine feet deep from the curb outward into the street, and traverse the storefronts of the adjoining restaurants, eliminating several parking spaces on Main Street. The sidewalk would be left open to pedestrian traffic. Town manager Jay Harrington told the trustees that the plan discussed at Tuesday’s meeting is “very similar” to one approved by the town, for phat thai only, a month ago. Harrington, in a memo dated April 22,

alerted the trustees to the fact that Allegria and the Pour House, situated in the same block as phat thai, had both expressed interest in doing the same thing as phat thai. But town staff members told the trustees on Tuesday that Pour House manager Skip Bell recently withdrew his application to be part of the plan. Bell, who was not at the trustee meeting, told The Sopris Sun on Wednesday that his withdrawal from the plan is not necessarily final, and is due primarily to financial considerations. He said the Pour House might still join with the other two restaurants, after he has talked it over with the owner of the business. In the memo to the trustees, Harrington noted that due to the loss of parking spaces and the possibility of controversy as a result, “When adopting the policy (approving the restaurants’ plans), the Town Board indicated they were considering this a oneyear trial period to gauge the success and impacts of street side dining.” According to the application, the platforms would be built over the next month or so and curbside dining would begin in late May. Allegria owner Andreas Fischbacher said the grand opening of curbside dining might coincide with the First Friday events on June 6 and continue until the end of September. “It’s going to liven up the Main Street area,” predicted Fischbacher. In other action, the trustees:

• Approved a “tasting permit” license transfer for the Sopris Liquor and Wine store at 1026 Highway 133, adjacent to the intersection of the highway and Main Street. The business has been sold by former owner Terry Kirk to Carbondale businessman Federico Peña, who also owns the Mi Casita restaurant on Main Street. A hearing on the full liquor license transfer is scheduled for the May 13 trustee meeting. • Agreed to be signatories to a letter to

acting state director Ruth Welch of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), requesting that Welch conduct a special review of a pair of BLM decisions to “suspend” gasdrilling leases in the Thompson Divide held by the SG Interests and the URSA energy companies. The decisions, made on March 31, 2014, extends until April 2016 suspension decisions that were made in 2013. The suspension decisions essentially stopped the TOWN COUNCIL page 13

Trustees don’t toast Doc’s idea John Colson Sopris Sun Correspondent Carbondale’s elected leaders were somewhat amused by a proposal this week that the consumption of beer and wine be allowed at their regular board meetings. But they told the proponent of the idea, long-time local resident and political gadfly John “Doc” Philip, that the idea is not likely to ever become a reality. “Nobody’s having any fun anymore,” Philip lamented to the trustees on Tuesday, arguing that his idea would increase public interest in town meetings. “You’ll get more people to come here,” Philip predicted, gesturing at the nearly empty room where the trustees meet at least twice month.

“We appreciate your coming here, and the overall mission of having more fun,” said Mayor Stacey Bernot, adding that there are state laws against open containers of alcohol in public buildings, as well as members of the public that “have trouble with their sobriety” and might object to people drinking booze at public meetings. “I don’t drink, and personally I wouldn’t feel comfortable with open containers of alcohol at our meetings,” remarked Trustee Katrina Byars. Still, when pressed by Philip, Bernot conceded, “We tend to be thoughtful and try to encourage people to bring things (ideas and suggestions) to us,” adding that if others support Philip’s suggestion the trustees will at least consider it.

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On your mark! Get set! They went! On April 11, Crystal River Elementary School students participated in the second annual Rams Run. Cheering them on, and often running by their sides, were their parents, teachers, principals and other community members. Each grade ran laps to raise money for enrichment and physical education programs. First grader Cole Fenton declared, “Rams Run was awesome. I ran with my friends and my aunt and uncle have to give my school a bunch of money 'cause I ran so far!” Teacher Marty Madsen and the PTO organized the day which was filled with music, encouragement and proud smiles. From left to right are: Emma Charters, Carly Crownhart, Payton Marlow and Sari Anderson. Courtesy photo

5Pointers announced The 5Point Film Festival has announced the recipients of this year’s Dream Project scholarships. The five high school winners will use the $1,500 prize to “embark on their adventures … while giving back to the communities they visit,” according to the festival’s program. The winners are:

• Fiona Laird – The Roaring Fork High School sophomore wants to create an outdoor courtyard at the school where students and faculty can connect. • Liam Kelly – A senior at Bridges High School, Kelly plans to support the greater Carbondale area by buying and training himself in amateur radio emergency communica-

tion systems, and installing a solar array to power his system. • Juliette Moffroid – A senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS), Moffroid will backpack the John Muir Trail, making art prints along the way. She plans to sell the prints and donate the money to trail conservation organizations. • Rotceh Vazquez – The CRMS junior is starting a deaf camp for kids, with a goal of becoming fluent in American sign language. • Nic Reitman – A senior at CRMS, Reitman speaks Russian and will travel to the country of Georgia to work on a trail conservation crew. While there, he also plans to climb Mount Kazbek. The judges in this year’s program were Sandy Burden (Timbers Resort), Richard Fuller (Alpine Bank), Jim Gilchrist (Aspen Community School), Julie Oldham (Dos Gringos) and Julie Schoenfeld (local climber).

Dandy nominations released The nominees for the 2014 Order Of The Dandelion award are: • Stephanie Syson for initiating and contributing to the creation of the Basalt Seed Library. • Illene Pevec for developing school gardens in the Roaring Fork Valley. • Kim Doyle Willie for creating Growing Food Forward to feed hungry people in the area. • Kay Brunnier for the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund, which provides trees that beautify schools and neighborhoods. • Darryl Fuller for his work with the Car-

The Town is collaborating with E-waste Recyclers of Colorado for our e-waste event and Alpine Bank who is offering document shredding in Basalt Center Circle. The Wyly Arts Center will be displaying works of art made from electronic waste in Lions Park. The Basalt Police Department will be collecting Prescription Drugs.

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They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Lee Ann Eustis and Gayle Embrey (April 26); Wewer Keohane (April 27); and Alexandra Jerkunica (April 30). The National Society of Collegiate Scholars welcomes Caitlin G. Kinney as a new member. Kinney is a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Courtesy photo



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The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities celebrates Bob Johnson’s 45 years as a wood furniture maker in an exhibition that starts May 8 at the R2 Gallery. In the same exhibition, Annette Roberts-Gray will show her watercolors.


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Construction of Station 5 (Missouri Heights) Remodel/Addition to Station 2 (Redstone) added residences Remodel/Addition to Station 3 (Marble) added truck bays Remodel/Addition to Station 4 (near Westbank) added residences Construction of training facility adjacent to Station 1 Remodel Operations Facility and add maintenance bay Have regularly upgraded Fire Trucks and Ambulances Have upgraded to a Paramedic Level Ambulance Service Significantly reduced District I.S.O. Rating from a 7-9 to a 5-5, saving tax payers millions of dollars on insurance premiums. • Managed a volunteer staff of 65 supported by a paid staff of 18 • Assisted in starting the Pearlington Mississippi Aid Project • Have seen the Fire District increase from 338 calls for service (1992) to 1250 calls for service in 2013

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The Sharp Family Singers – from Auburn, Kansas – treated the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church to hymns during a sunrise service on Easter morning but there’s more to the story than that. Odalis Sharp (far right) said the family’s 1995 Dodge van broke down last week in Glenwood Canyon while the family was on its way to Nevada to support rancher Cliven Bundy in his 20-year dispute with the BLM over grazing his cattle on federal land. A good Samaritan put the family up in the Hotel Colorado their first night and the Crystal River Baptist Church the night after that. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Sharps were staying in the Methodist church basement. “We took up a collection to help with their expenses,” said church congregant John Stroud. The singers were scheduled to perform live on KDNK on April 23. No word on whether they plan to continue their trip to Nevada this week or head back to Kansas. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Spectrum delivers

Top row, left to right: Candace Crosby and Bailey Barnum, Brianne Jones; middle row, left to right: Jeni Ptacek and Kari Sea; bottom row, left to right: Dance Spectrum Director Peter Gilbert and dancers, and Brandi Donelson and Cipriana Dacuma.

Saturday evening’s performance of Dance Spectrum at Thunder River Theatre lived up to its title and offered the audience everything from clogging to ballet, flying hair to coiffed “do’s,” and choreography from the dramatic to energetic. On this page, The Sun offers you a spectrum that begins during the warm-up (upper right) to the finale (lower left). Text and photos by Jane Bachrach

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More than 200 people packed Carbondale Town Hall on April 16 to tell the BLM one thing: void the natural gas leases in Thompson Divide southwest of town. The meeting also brought out a surprise speaker: Colorado Sen. Mark Udall. Photo by Lynn Burton

BLM extends TD comment period Sopris Sun Staff Report The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on Thompson Divide oil and natural gas leases until May 16, according to a press release. The comment period is part of a process that calls for a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the leases to be released in early 2015. Comments may be emailed to; faxed to 970-876-9090; or mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652. For more information on the process, go to co/crvfo. The EIS will analyze 65 leases issued since 1993 in the White River National Forest, including the 25 leases in the Thompson Divide area that were recently suspended through April 1, 2016.

Fund-raising-team member Sue Edelstein said the idea for a Surls sculpture was hatched by herself and fellow Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) member Sherrill Stone about six years ago. At the time, there were no official CDOT plans for a roundabout on Highway 133 but the two women thought if there ever were one, a Surls sculpture should be placed in the center. The arts commission agreed and voted for the sculpture — if and when the roundabout was built. Upon that vote, Edelstein and Stone drove up to Surls’s studio and made their pitch. “He immediately said yes,” Edelstein told The Sopris Sun. “We shook (hands) on it.” Unknown to Edelstein when she and Stone first came up with their plan, Jim Calaway knew the sculptor and was a supporter dating back to their Houston days. Finally, last summer, the Carbondale Board of Trustees held a public meeting to solicit other proposals or ideas for the roundabout. Nobody else proposed anything for the roundabout, let alone donating a sculpture, and the trustees voted 7-0 to allow the Surls piece. The town’s landscaping plan for the roundabout shows ground-hugging flowers with the Surls sculpture atop a fivefoot base, bringing the entire package to about the same height as the existing traffic light standards – which will go away when the roundabout goes in. With Mount Sopris as a backdrop, Edelstein said “Sewing the Future” will first come into view for south-bound motorists at about the Family Dollar store. She said CPAC has plans for four pads on Highway 133 leading up to the roundabout that will support sculptures in the on-going aRT Around Town program.

Fund-raising team members Connie Calaway, Edelstein, Jody Ensign and Jay Walker Lodge Director Mark Kloster spoke enthusiastically about the Surls sculpture placement during a recent meeting in Edelstein’s art-packed home in River Valley Ranch. Calaway and Edelstein are focusing on large donors, while Ensign and Kloster will reach out to other community members. At least one donor is already on board at the $20,000 level. The community will get it first good look at a “Sewing the Future” scale model during the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce’s Highway 133 construction open house at Sopris Shopping Center on May 12. The push will continue during June’s First Friday celebration, at which time a new lineup of aRT Around Town sculptures will be unveiled. Surls himself is scheduled to discuss the sculpture, and his thoughts on public art, during upcoming Rotary club meetings and other gatherings. Beyond bragging rights, and giving town residents, tourists and others an intriguing piece of sculpture to enjoy and contemplate, the fund-raising team said the placement should have a positive economic benefit for Carbondale. “It’s called ‘art tourism’,” Edelstein explained. “People will go out of their way to see art.” For example, she said she knows of a Dallas group that is coming to Colorado and is planning its stops around a Vail museum, the Aspen Art Museum and a private collection. “This will bring people off of Highway 82,” Edelstein concluded, with the implication those people will stick around and eat in Carbondale restaurants and support other businesses. For more information on the Surls sculpture fund-raising project, e-mail

e Sopris Sun announces summer internship program RFHS, Bridges students eligible Sopris Sun Staff Report In keeping with The Sopris Sun’s commitment to support the journalism program at Roaring Fork High School, The Sun is offering two paid summer internships to qualified 2014-2015 juniors or seniors who attend either of Carbondale’s two public high schools (RFHS and Bridges). Interns will be assigned discrete projects they can complete in the summer with weekly supervision and support from Sopris Sun board and staff members. In the process, they will gain experience in both print and online journalism. Such projects may include writing, photography, working with social media, and other website-focused activities. These internships will provide income to students while also enhancing student resumes and enriching the youth-focused content in The Sun and at Interns will be expected to work a total of 50 hours over the course of the summer (defined for this project as the period between June 9 and August 22); individual schedules can be adjusted to accommodate family vacations and other pre-arranged commitments. Interns will be paid $10/hour for a maximum total stipend of $500 each. Interns will work with an assigned mentor/supervisor identified by The Sopris Sun’s board, with regular, weekly check-ins at mutually agreed upon times. All prospective (2014-2015) juniors and seniors at Roaring Fork High School and Bridges High School are welcome to apply. Application details are available for download at The application deadline is Monday, May 5. Awards will be announced sometime before May 12. Any questions can be directed to Debbie Bruell, Sopris Sun Board President, 379-0214 or by writing to These internships are made possible by generous funding from The Thrift Shop of Aspen.









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Community Calendar THURS.-SUN. April 24-27 5POINT • The 5Point Film Festival takes place at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Dozens of outdoor-oriented films and other activities. Info:

THURSDAY April 24 CRES ART SHOW • Crystal River Elementary School holds its annual art show at the school from 5 to 7 p.m. DAVI NIKENT • Swami Kenananda presents a meditation and satsang program from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Third Street Center. It’s free. Info:

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

$30 in advance and $35 at the door. COUNTRY DANCE • Someone is throwing a big country dance at the Masonic Temple in Glenwood Springs (901 Colorado Ave.) The spinnin’ and grinnin’ goes from 8 to 11 p.m. Info: G’WOOD ART • Outdoing Glenwood Springs Art Center Director Gayle Mortell shows her art collection at a reception at 6 p.m. Info:

HUH? • CMC presents a free workshop on listening at the Lappala Center at 5 p.m. Info: 963-2172. ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

FRIDAY April 25 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (R) 7:30 p.m. Apr. 25-May 1, additional showings Apr. 26 at 5:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Apr. 27. Also showing “The Monuments Men” (PG-13) at 2 p.m. (captioned) on Apr. 27. lIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents The New West Guitar Group. Info: 963-3304. BENEFIT • Davi Nikent is hosting a benefit for Kevin Badalian that will include yoga and vibrational healing in the Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m. The donation is

HOUSING • The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council presents the forum “Affordable Housing: Options and Resources for People with Disabilities” at the Third Street Center from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

SATURDAY April 26 lIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents World’s Finest. Info: 963-3304. TAI CHI • Folks up and down the Roaring Fork Valley celebrate World Tai Chi Day at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs (on Grand Avenue) at 10 a.m. Come on out. MUD PUPPETS • Carbondale’s own Out of the Mud Theatre brings their larger-





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than-life puppets to the Carbondale Recreation Center for a performance during the 5Point Film Festival’s Youth Adventure film program. The hours are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free to those 13 and under. Info: lAFFERTY SPEAKS • Author and former Carbondale school teacher Linda Lafferty speaks at the Carbondale Branch Library at 3 p.m. She’ll discuss her most recent “House of book Bathory,” which partially takes place in Carbondale, is available on Kindle International. Lafferty’s other books are “The Bloodletter’s Daughter” and “The Drowning Guard.” THE 11TH STEP • The Mindfulness in Recovery 11th Step retreat takes place at Carbondale Community School in Satank. The fee is $50; scholarships are available. Info: 970-633-0163. E-ART • The Wyly Community Art Center opens its electronic waste art show at 10 a.m. Info: 927-4123. SHRED THIS • Alpine Bank accepts paper materials for shredding from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Basalt Center Circle. The town is also accepting e-waste during the same hours at town hall.

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RETREAT • Mindful Life presents an 11th step retreat at Carbondale Community School from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Info: 970-633-0163.

SUNDAY April 27 POETRY • The Aspen Poets’ Society holds its monthly poetry night at Victoria’s Espresso and Wine Bar at 6:30 p.m. Info: 379-2136. ASC • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Golden Sha at 10 a.m. Info: 970-812-2120.

MONDAY April 28 TRANSFORMATIONAl DEADlINE • Today’s the deadline to register for the upcoming Transformational Healing: Integrated Therapy workshop at the Third Street Center. Info: 303-442-1684.

TUESDAY April 29 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: GARDEN MEETING • Good Seed Community Garden at the Orchard holds a CALENDAR page 11

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ClEANING THE ’PAN • The Roaring Fork Conservancy holds its annual Fryingpan River Cleanup in Basalt starting at 8:30 a.m. Info: 927-1290.

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Community Calendar membership meeting at 6 p.m. RETIREMENT TIPS • A workshop on retirement planning takes place at the Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m. Info: 928-0585.

WEDNESDAY April 30 ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale presents Anika Klemmer (the Rotary’s exchange student from Germany) at the fire station at 7 a.m. Info: lIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood hosts open mic nights with Dan Rosenthal from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Info: 928-8813.

Further Out THURSDAY May 1 JOY • Davi Nikent presents Elizabeth Hare and “Steps to Transformation: An Experiential Journey to Joy” at the Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY May 3 CARNEVAl BAllET • Coredination, A Movement Studio presents the ballet “Carnival of the Animals” at the Bridges Center on Sopris Avenue at 2 and 6 p.m.

THURSDAY May 15 MlP • The five-week Mindful Life program course is held at the Third Street Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 15, 22, 29 and June 5, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 7. The fee is $250. Info: 970-633-0163.

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lINX • The Linx Networking group meets each Tuesday at 7 a.m. in the Aspen-Sotheby’s real estate office on Midland Avenue in Basalt. Info: Keith Edquist at 928-8428. VAUDEVIllE RETURNS • Glenwood Vaudeville Review returns with a spring show on Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There’s a full bar and pub style menu from Juicy Lucy’s, Daily Bread and 19th Street Diner. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $16 for kids (show only). Reservations at 945-9699 or CCAH • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities continues “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. ClAY CENTER • “Pairings” continues at the Carbodale Clay Center. Info: 963-CLAY. MAIN STREET GAllERY • Main Street Gallery and the Framer presents new outdoor/wildlife paintings from nationally-known artist Daniel Loge. Info:

MINDFUlNESS GROUP • The Mindfulness Group is a casual gathering that supports meditation and mindful practice, and builds a community to connect with it. Each evening begins with a meditation, followed by a group dialogue to share experiences in living a mindful life. Donations are accepted. The weekly group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1154 Highway 133 (next to the Blend). Info: 970633-0163, or 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. Info: 925-8050. BONFIRE • Carl Zoch and Sarah Uhl present “On the Road” at Bonfire Café in the Dinkel Building through April. 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 • Carbondale Beer Works hosts open mic nights with Patrick Fagan Mondays at 7:30 p.m. 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. DAVI NIKENT • Weekly meditation and dharma talks with John Chophel Bruna continue Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Info: MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy.

CANCER CONSUlTATIONS • Valley View Hospital offers free lung cancer evaluations on Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 384-7707.   MUSIC TOGETHER • All Valley Music Together classes are under way. For details, go to or call 963-1482.

Hold the Presses FAIR POSTER ENTRIES DUE • The deadline to enter the Mountain Fair poster contest is April 25. For details, call 963-1680 or go to POETRY SlAM • The Carbondale Branch Library holds a teen poetry slam at 6 p.m. on April 28. For details, call 963-2889. GAllERY DEADlINE MAY 1 • The deadline to sign up for the


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Community Briefs lotería night The Carbondale Branch Library hosts lotería nights at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Described as “the quintessential Mexican game,” lotería is fun for all ages, cultures and languages. There’ll be beverages, face painting, music, prizes and appetizers. For details, call 963-2889.

TSC seeks restaurant tenant Third Street Center is seeking RFPs (requests for proposals) for its existing café space, according to a press release. The lease would begin Aug. 1 for the 1,024 square foot space. Proposals are due on May 23. For details, visit the TSC website at or call Sarah Moore at 963-3221 to schedule a tour.

It could sell out Opera anyone? Tickets for the Opera of Colorado Young Artists performance of “Barber of Seville” at the Third Street Center on May 22 go on sale April 25. “The ‘Barber of Seville’ is filled with some of opera’s most famous tunes. This is a comedy not to miss,” said a Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities press release. The show starts at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit or call 963-1680.

Build your boards JVA Consulting and HighLife Unlimited present the workshop “Transform Your Organizational Culture” at the Third Street Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 2. For details, call 963-9182.

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Garden plotters meet The Good Seed Community Garden holds a membership meeting at the Orchard on Snowmass Drive at 6 p.m. on April 29. Plots start at $25. For details, e-mail

Red Hill still needs help The Red Hill Council, in conjunction with the BLM, continues its volunteer trail work days on May 3 and May 24. Meet at the Red Hill parking lot at the intersection of Highway 133 and County Road 107. For details, e-mail

Orchard hosts health initiative The Orchard hosts a six-week series on healthy lifestyles and Biblical principles starting on May 4. The program is based on Rick Warren’s “The Daniel Plan,” which concentrates on “faith, food, fitness, focus and friends,” according to a press release. “We know that our habits control our lives,” the press release continues. “ … the ‘Daniel Plan’ helps the individual to face the truth about themselves and their relationship to God, food, their purpose in life and to other people.”

lIFT-UP concludes drive The local food-pantry LIFT-UP concludes its Feinstein Foundation Challenge to Fight Hunger fund-raising drive on April 30.

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CDOT finds apparent taker on Hwy 133 construction project By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer After the first round of bids came in too high for CDOT’s Highway 133 construction project, the second round attracted more interest and an apparent low bid from a Grand Junction company. “The apparent low bidder was United Companies … and CDOT is in the process of awarding the construction contract to United Companies,” CDOT resident engineer Roland Wagner told The Sopris Sun. Wagner said he expects construction activities to begin in mid to late May; the construction contract has a Nov. 14 completion date. On a related note, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host an open house to explain the project at Sopris Shopping Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 12. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the town and United Companies will be on hand to describe the project and it’s impact on traffic, businesses and related issues, and to field questions. Literally years in the making, the project will see Highway 133 reconstructed to three lanes from Dolores Way to Main Street, construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street, an asphalt overlay between Cowen Drive and Dolores Way, an asphalt overlay between Main Street and Meadowood (south of Main Street), new signalization at Snowmass Drive, new trail connections between Hendricks/Sopris Drive and Main Street and between Main Street and Dolores Way on the west side of Highway 133, plus pedestrian crosswalk improvements and lighting improvements. Funding for the project breaks down as follows: • CDOT — $7.319 million; • Town of Carbondale — $675,000 (roadway improvements, and roadway lighting and water line improvements); • Garfield County — $500,000 (roadway improvements); • RFTA — $100,000 (trail improvements near the Village Road park-n-ride lot). Last fall, the town of Carbondale and a federal mineral lease district partnered on a utility relocation project in conjunction with the current construction plan, according to Wagner. Wagner said the first round of bidding in March attracted less than three bids and they were more than 10 percent over the CDOT engineer’s estimate. “In a case such as this, where less than three bids are received and the bids received are more than 10 percent over the engineer’s estimate, the bids are rejected at the table and we do not disclose the bidding contractor information or their bid prices per Colorado Statue. This allows for competitive re-advertising of a project,” Wagner explained. The new bids were opened on April 17 with five bids received. Wagner said that CDOT would like to thank the Project Leadership Team “which provided valuable input into the context sensitivity of the project,” town staffers Larry Ballenger, Janet Buck and Jay Harrington “for their timely coordination,” mayor Stacey Bernot and the town trustees for their “input, support and resource allocation” and “to our Garfield County, RFTA, town of Carbondale and FML district funding partners.”

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host an open house to explain the project at Sopris Shopping Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 12

Town Council om page 5 clock on 25 leases, issued in 2003, that were set to expire last year, according to the letter. The letter maintains that the BLM ignored or subverted its own rules in granting the suspensions. • Approved special event liquor licenses for two upcoming events — Dandelion Days on May 9-10, and The Shindig, a fund-raiser for the Mt. Sopris Historical Society, to be held at the historic Thompson House on Aug. 9. • Approved a change in the town’s computer software for collecting and managing sales tax receipts from local businesses, from the Caselle system that has been in place for one year, to a new system called MuniRevs. Town finance director Renae Gustine told the trustees that the MuniRevs system is better suited to the town’s needs. “It will save us money in the long run,” Gustine said. “It will make us more efficient. We can get better reports (submitted monthly to the town board) than we have been.” She also said the local business community has complained about the difficulty of submitting sales tax payments and information under the Caselle system, and that businesses are in favor of the switch to the new software. Sales tax revenues are the single largest component of the town’s annual income. Gustine said she cannot say yet how much staff time will be saved by using the new software, but that she will know more after the new system is up and running in August. • Elected Trustee Allyn Harvey as the new mayor pro-tem, replacing Trustee John Hoffmann, who has been mayor pro-tem for a year. The mayor pro-tem presides over trustee meetings when Mayor Stacey Bernot is not able to attend the meetings.


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Spring is springing at the Wyly Art Center Sopris Sun Staff Report With the springing of spring, there is new energy at the Wyly Community Art Center. The focus is shifting from indoor art to outdoor landscapes and sculptures, and the excitement of summer is on the horizon with summer art camps rolling out for the kids and many new intensive workshops for adults of all levels.

Expanding landscapes David Warner is an accomplished large-scale landscape painter from Carbondale. He will give a free art talk on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. and will discuss what he has learned from the history of contemporary art that brings artistic relevance to bear on his landscape painting. Warner will display examples from a variety of artists and expand on his internal dialog, which informs his own

work, according to a press release. He will also ponder that which elevates a landscape painting from picture to art. The May 9 talk is a prelude to his landscape painting class “Making Landscape Painting Relevant: Mountain, Woods, Water” on May 17-18. Participants will paint the local landscape as a starting point for artistic expression by looking beyond representational and stylized conveniences.

Young artists Since January, The Wyly has partnered with Basalt Middle School (BMS) to implement its second year of the Young Artist Studio program. Wyly Board President Nicole Gogolak cotaught the classes with BMS art teacher Guinevere Jones, in which students integrated the visual arts and music by interpreting a song in mixed media on to

an actual guitar. Basalt High School joined the project in March with art teacher Sunny McLaine in the lead. Two Old Hippies, formerly of Aspen, donated the guitars as canvases. The art pieces will be displayed at The Wyly for the month of May. A public reception will take place on May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Wyly.

Summer art camps The perfect way to prepare for Basalt’s Lemonade Day is in the Wyly’s “Lemonade Stand Building” workshop, which runs June 9-13 with Guinevere Jones. “Sculpture is Easy,” with visiting artist Bill Gruenberg, follows from June 16-19. The Wyly partners with the Aspen Writer’s Foundation again this summer for the “Art of Books and Words” from June 23-27. Printing on paper and fabrics will

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be sure to please children again this year with “Printmaking: Art, T-shirts & more” from June 30-July 2 with Penny Greenwell. In the ever popular summer art camp “sCREATURES: Art & Nature,” from July 7 – 10, Hilary Forsyth and Garry Pfaffmann teach kids how to invent their own creature and its habitat, and write about their invention in their own journals. In May, Danielle Howard will be back for her monthly “Creativity, Wine, Women and Wealth” on May 21 at 6 p.m. New programs and information are constantly being shared on the Wyly website at The Wyly Community Art Center is located at 99 Midland Spur, downtown Basalt. For more information and full schedule and to register go to, call 927-4123 or e-mail 

We have some fun activities for youth through adult. You can check it out online, pick your copy up at Basalt Town Hall, or we would be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

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

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Kids swarm at Easter egg hunt Photos and text by Jane Bachrach

It probably took less than five minutes for the hundreds of kids that descended on Sopris Park last Saturday morning to gather the thousands of eggs that covered the grass. For these kids, any Easter egg hunt on Sunday would have a lot to live up to. Judging by the joy and excitement written on the faces of the hunters and gatherers, the annual Easter egg hunt, organized by the Carbondale Recreation Department, was a huge success. Besides the hunt and the opening of each kid’s stash of goodie-filled eggs, the white Easter bunny that danced on stage and entertained kids beforehand and played “Easter Santa” afterwards added to the fun. Some of the kids included Mackayla Bryan (top left), Amy Garcia (pink ears), and Alex Brodhurst (admiring one of his new-found eggs).

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Teen pot use up; panel discusses the issue By Evan Zislis Special to The Sopris Sun Over the past three years, there has been a 50 percent increase in marijuana use among local teens, according to YouthZone, a nonprofit organization working with adjudicated youth from Aspen to Parachute. In recent presentations to county commissioners, YouthZone reported that teens of the Roaring Fork Valley are using marijuana over 20 percent more than teens in other parts of Colorado, and nearly 50 percent more than the national average. In response to reports from the medical community in 2013, along with surges of minor in possession charges among juveniles, YouthZone approached Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) to request a task force to help raise awareness of this issue. As a result, participating members of RFL, with YouthZone, BeHeard TV, and True Media Foundation, hosted a panel discussion on April 17, entitled “Marijuana and the Teenage Brain.” With approximately 180 people in attendance at Carbondale Middle School plus 90 people participating via live Internet broadcast to Rifle and Glenwood Springs high schools, the event was the kick-off to a series of discussions designed to help educate families about the effects of marijuana on the teenage brain. Dr. Jonathan Birnkrant, MD, a pediatrician and local youth and adult psychiatrist, cautioned that young people under the age of 18 are 2.4 percent more likely to develop psychosis and schizophrenia with regular use;

these risks are exacerbated when individuals possess a combination of specific genotypes. Shelly Evans, executive director of Community Health Initiatives and certified addictions counselor, provided several indicators to help parents discern if their children may be using. She cited stereotypical signs, including: bloodshot eyes, uncontrolled giggling, the “munchies,” as well as social indicators such as anxiety, paranoia and hanging out with others who also may be using. She warned, however, that parents should not over-react to signs of use or respond dramatically. She recommended calm discussion and thoughtful curiosity over interrogation. Michael Zimmerman, a law enforcement and school resource officer with the Carbondale Police Department, discussed evidence of marijuana use among youth. Zimmerman admitted that law enforcement officers and school officials feel “behind the eight ball” in terms of reconciling the disparity between the danger of teen marijuana use and cultural norms that treat marijuana as relatively harmless. Zimmerman reports that efforts are currently concentrated on helping adults to use marijuana reasonably and responsibly, and assisting communities in keeping marijuana substances (in all forms) out of the hands of young people. Frankie Grundler, executive director of A New Path (a Carbondale-based substance recovery program) shared his personal experiences using substances. He advised families to help their teens by encouraging them to try

new things and discover what makes them truly happy. James Leonard founded the Doctor’s Garden marijuana dispensary for medical use in 2010. He is a Carbondale local and graduate of Occidental College with a degree in urban and environmental policy. Leonard said his dispensary far exceeds state mandates regarding standards of operation for industry dispensaries. Working closely with law enforcement, Leonard affirms his resolve that marijuana and young people don’t mix. Offering to help parents identify questionable substances that may be found at home, Leonard is committed to a collaborative approach, but emphasized that parents need to take a proactive role in ensuring that marijuana (in all forms) is kept safely out of the hands of minors. Broadcast by youth members of BeHeard TV, the 90 minute panel discussion will be edited and made available for future video presentations. For more information on the harmful effects of marijuana on the teenage brain, and to get involved, join the discussion at and visit YouthZone online at or call 945-9300.

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Evan Zislis is a member of the Roaring Fork Leadership civic project group charged with organizing this event, along with Stephanie Wheeler, Travis Stewart, Lori Mueller, Julie Kiefer, Alice Hackney and David Gray.

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