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Volume 6, Number 11 | April 24, 2014
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 5Pointﬁlm.org. “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).
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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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 WRNFleases@blm.gov, 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 donâ€™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, whatâ€™s one noticeable similarity between Houston and Carbondale? Come October, Carbondaleâ€™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 Houstonâ€™s Upper Kirby district earlier this month. Once again, however, thereâ€™s a difference between the two towns. Houstonâ€™s Surls sculpture cost private donors $800,000, while the noted sculptor is giving the town â€œSewing the Futureâ€? at his
cost â€” $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. â€œThe 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. â€œIt is intended to signify growth, has the potential to attract tourism, inspire creativity and add to our communityâ€™s sense of place. It will be the signature of our town.â€? According to a hand-out prepared by the fund-raising team, â€œSewing the Futureâ€? ďŹ‚ows upward from a â€œstanding 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 sculptureâ€™s other three elements include the jewel, the ďŹ‚ower and the tree, which Surls has used for years. â€œAll of these elements derive from the very nature that gives us our existence on the earth,â€? Surls said. â€œThe jewel is the equal to and represents the crystal in all its forms â€Ś . Parallel to this are the ďŹ‚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. â€“ Backcountry skiing; Cripple Creek Backcountry in La Fontana Plaza leads a backcountry ski tour (meet at Dos Gringos).
10 a.m. â€“ Biking; Aloha Mountain Cyclery leads a group mountain bike ride starting at 10:30 a.m. (meet at Dos Gringos). 11 a.m. â€“ Solar bike tour; CORE and CLEER host a bike tour of Carbondaleâ€™s solar arrays (head out from Dos Gringos). 1 p.m. â€“ 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. â€“ 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 Surlsâ€™s â€œSewing the Future.â€? The sculpture itself will be placed in the center of the Highway 133/Main Street roundabout. Photo by Lynn Burton
In other non-screen action during 5Point: April 24 at 5 p.m. â€“ Kick-off party and Van Life Rally featuring â€œlivableâ€? vehicles at the recreation center. April 25 at 10 a.m. â€“ Live Enormocast at Bonfire Coffee. April 25 at 10 p.m. â€“ DJ dance party at Phat Thai ($3 cover). April 25 at 10 p.m. â€“ Music at Carbondale Beer Works (no cover); April 26 at 11 a.m. â€“ Dirtbag Diaries at Steveâ€™s Guitars (no cover; lasts 2 Â˝ hours). April 26 at 12:30 p.m. â€“ Ice cream social at the recreation center (no cover). April 26 at 4:30 p.m. â€“ Tailgate party at the recreation center (no cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. â€“ After party at the Black Nugget ($5 cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. â€“ DJ dance party at Mi Casita (no cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. â€“ Movie star costume party at Carbondale Beer Works (no cover). April 27 at 4 p.m. â€“ Closing party at the recreation center (no cover, lasts 2 Â˝ hours).
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Jacob Barlow scores on a penalty kick in Carbondale Blue’s 9-5 win over Silt last Saturday in the ﬁeld behind the Bridges Center. Midway in the second half, the Blue’s coach hollered at his players to slow down the pace because they did not have any substitutions. Photo by Lynn Burton
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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
CARBONDALE and RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION GENE SCHILLING
22 years as a Director Current Board President 30 years as a Dept. Volunteer
20 years as a Director Current Board Vice-President 25 years as a Dept. Volunteer
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Community Thrift & Treasurer Inc. Jackets Chaquetas
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.
SINCE 1992, THE FIRE DISTRICT HAS ACCOMPLISHED:
The Roaring Fork Conservancy is having their river cleanup from 7am- 9:30am
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bondale Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission, which makes Carbondale a Bike Friendly Community. Voting takes place at dandelionday.org through May 7. The award will be presented at Dandelion Day on May 10.
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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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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 WRNFleases@blm.gov; 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 blm.gov/ 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 email@example.com.
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 www.soprissun.com. 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 soprissun.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: 5pointﬁlm.org.
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: shantivan.org.
To list your event, email information to email@example.com. 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 soprissun.com. View events online at soprissun.com/calendar.
$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: firstname.lastname@example.org. G’WOOD ART • Outdoing Glenwood Springs Art Center Director Gayle Mortell shows her art collection at a reception at 6 p.m. Info: Glenwoodarts.org.
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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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: email@example.com. GARDEN MEETING • Good Seed Community Garden at the Orchard holds a CALENDAR page 11
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 gvrshow.com. 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: mainstreetgall.com.
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, email@example.com or mindfullifeprogram.org. 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: wayofcompassion.org. 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 allvalleymusic.com 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 carbondalearts.com. 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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