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Volume 4, Number 11 | April 26, 2012

Trustees solidify ompson stand By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


Prom night 2012 Saturday night was Prom Night for Roaring Fork High School students and they did it up in fine style at PAC3. Clockwise from upper left: Shaely Lough, Kaleigh Wisroth and Toni Gross; Natalie Olivas and Omar Torres; Dakotah Grett and Yanell Guzman (bottom left and right); and Sharlene Salinas and Trenton Reeds (center). Photos by Sue Rollyson


ithout dissent, the Carbondale trustees on Tuesday night solidified their stand against gas drilling on Thompson Divide, instructing staff to draft a new letter to the Bureau of Land Management explaining the town’s position. “Most folks feel it (Thompson Divide) is too special to drill in,”trustee Frosty Merriott said during a discussion on what to include in the letter. The trustees concerns included impacts to the environment, roads, tourist economy and more. “I think the board should take a strong stance,” said trustee Elizabeth Murphy. The Houston-based SG Interests has applied to the BLM for unitization of its leases on Thompson Divide southwest of Carbondale, which could protect its rights to drill in the future. Trustee Allyn Harvey said the tourist industry’s importance to the economy is “profound” and its success depends on a healthy environment“even in Carbondale.” The trustees sent a letter to the BLM stating their concerns in March 2011. That letter, with points made in letters from Glenwood Springs and Garfield County, will form the basis for Carbondale’s new letter. Town Manager Jay Harrington said he’ll e-mail the trustees drafts of the new letter before their next meeting. Earlier in the meeting,Thompson Divide Coalition member Chuck Ogilby told the trustees his group is pushing for the federal government to withdraw gas-drilling leases from the area. He called the push the “end game” to the current effort to protect Thompson Divide. “That’s where we’re coming from,” he said. In some of the other trustee business from Tuesday night: • Trustees voted 4-3 not to extend the deadline for property owner J&J Newell, Inc. to record its plat for Lot 62 in the Hendrick Ranch PUD. Trustees Pam Zentmyer, Frosty Merriott, John Hoffmann and Allyn Harvey voted not to extend the deadline; mayor Stacey Bernot, and trustees John Foulkrod and Elizabeth Murphy voted to extend it. Trustees approved a sub-division exemption plat for Lot 62 in 2008. A staff memo said the property owner was given extensions in 2008 and 2009 but the plat has not been filed.

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Act II: Let’s have sustainable energy for everyone Every time I see Mitt Romney on the television I think it’s a Just For Men commercial. Then I remember that this is what a modern day Republocrat looks like — good-looking in a dull and easily forgettable way. Watching these talking heads in their expensive suits and sculpted hair, standing on their red-white-and-blue platforms of greed and arrogance, while everyday Americans are unemployed and evicted makes me throw up a little in my mouth. They are an old, tired lot; a worn-out image of what this country used to think it wanted, like a 24x36 inch poster of Cheryl Tiegs in a one-piece. These guys seriously stand up there on stage and act like they have anything to offer us. And it doesn’t matter a bit what they call themselves: Democrat, Republican, Freaky Deaky Mormon Dutch. Not one of them does what they’re hired to do— represent the people. All they are capable of, By Jeannie Perry evidently, is selling us out to corn, drug and oil companies. So, I guess we’ll just have to keep hacking away; the revolution may not be televised, but we’ll be able to see it on YouTube. The online world is like an open-mic night of unbiased, idealistic freaks who share information the way our parents shared STDs. The Internet makes it easy to keep tabs on these jokers, and makes it harder for them to hide behind their wives’ pre-suffragette-sized-skirts, particularly when they’re caught with someone else’s wife. If I ever did want a stranger’s opinion on what I should or should not do with my own body, I cannot think of a less-qualified lot to consult. Asking them to represent my best interest when it comes to health care is like asking Halliburton to recommend the latest renewable energy technology. No matter what your political affliction, we can all agree that the oil will run out before the sun does. Oil & Gas can inject its face all it wants, and put on makeup to hide the wrinkles, but its days above ground are numbered — ha! So, let’s get out of the hearse and jump on the clean-energy biodiesel bandwagon. This is what I’d like to hear come out of one of those Republocrat’s mouths: We are no longer going to send YOUR sons and daughters to war so that large corporations can rake the profits into the pockets of a few CEOs who happen to lunch on endive salad with members of OUR Congress. Instead of promoting joining the Corps, why not invest in training a whole generation to work in renewables? That way, we can really get off the oil (foreign and domestic) and be producers as well as consumers. Switching to renewable energy sources would increase employment, make us self-sufficient and eliminate our need for oil which would end most of the wars we’re involved in. Then, instead of sending our youth to foreign places to rape and kill the locals, we can train them to manage energy sources like solar, wind and torus. In the movie “Thrive,” torus is presented as a free energy source available to anyone and everyone on the planet, once we figure out how the damn thing works. Since energy is arguably the biggest industry on Earth, one can see how free access to clean energy would mean significantly less war and strife. If all the “little people” could use energy the way we use gravity then the giant corporations would be left out in the cold, with no money and no power— pun intended! Coal, natural gas, oil, all the limited resources we’ve been using as though they’re unlimited are on their last song. Just like the clowns on stage trying to convince us they have a new solution for our “fiat”sco of an economy (as if history isn’t about to repeat itself) they’re soft-shoeing their way right into the orchestra pit. Let’s face it, we’re at the end of the scene; it’s time for the next act. We’ll all go get a little snack and come back to watch the curtain rise on Act II: The people of Earth, an evolving species that thinks “digital watches are a pretty neat idea” – Douglas Adams, work on sustainable energy for everyone.

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Thanks to the trustees Dear Editor: A systematic 10-year effort to acquire Crystal River historic rail parcels and access by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails (OST) was slowed just a little on March 20 by the Carbondale trustees attention to propriety. The request by the OST and Carbondale biking committee was an attempt to coerce 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • APRIl 26, 2012

trail access up the Crystal by asking the trustees to reverse their votes of support for the Wexner land exchange in order to force access from the Wexners. Even a Pitkin County commissioner registered disapproval of the back-room tactic by open letter. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife manager, a wildlife biologist, and the Crystal River Caucus presented testimony opposing the

OST effort to intrude upon critical wildlife habitat along the rail grade up the east side of the Crystal to Filoha Meadows. The outstanding recreation benefits to the Carbondale community afforded by the generous Wexner land exchange were reviewed and a majority of the trustees rejected the attempt to undermine their support for the exchange. It is apparent that the Pitkin County OST effort to acquire land parcels and access along the historic grade are an attempt to dictate the trail alignment prior to wildlife habitat reviews and vetting. Pitkin County OST may have to live with just open space without the impact and intrusion of trail development. Crystal Valley residents believe that the trail may be appropriately aligned without the loss of watchable wildlife or the view plane of the scenic by-way through shared decision-making. The Carbondale trustees and Mayor Stacey Bernot should be extended thanks for their time, patience, and handling of the twohour ordeal. Bill Hanks, Avalanche Creek

St. Pat’s thanks Dear Editor: Thanks to all that helped to make this year's St. Patrick Day Parade another great time in Carbondale. Jeff Groom for his team of horses and wagon for King Marty and Queen Kathy to ride in.All that had floats, bikes and anything else you could imagine that participated. Betsy Schenck and The Zingers for keeping the music going. The town of Carbondale, American Legion Post 100 and The Pour House for all their help for this year and keeping this tradition going strong. Special thanks to The American LegionLadies Auxiliary for the annual corned beef and cabbage meal, music and fun. Looking forward to next year — March 17. American Legion Post 100 Carbondale

Support CPS reform Dear Editor: Child abuse and neglect resulting in death has been at an all time high in Colorado over the past five years. In fact, 43 children have died under the eyes of the state child welfare system. The causes of these deaths are believed to be because of the lack of concern and poor decision making from Child Protective Service workers placed on these cases. As a concerned group of students from Roaring Fork High School, myself and four other juniors have started a group called PCAA — Protect Children Against Abuse. As a part of this group, we are trying our hardest to make a change to the Child Welfare System here in Colorado. We have started doing this by creating a four-step plan that we think can truly help improve children’s safety. The first step to our plan is to improve the screening and recruiting of CPS workers.This will create better chances for hiring a highly trained and well-qualified employee. The second step is to make caseloads more reasonable for each caseworker. According to a recent study, the average caseworker in Colorado has 24-31 children alone. They should really only have 12-15.

Thirdly, we suggest that more than one caseworker be assigned to each case depending on the severity of the case and the number of children involved. This would lessen the possibilities of poor decision-making and allow second opinions and discussions. Lastly, increase the pay for caseworkers. This might cost the state a lot of money but it is truly beneficial to not only caseworkers but also to children. We kindly ask for the support of the community in helping us make a change. Like our page “PCAA” on Facebook and get in touch with us at Everybody wants to be able to say that they saved a child’s life and you can do so by supporting us! Shaeley Lough Roaring Fork High School

Fire thanks Dear Editor: On April 9 there was a house fire in Swiss Village. I have some “THANK YOUs” to the folks that kept that fire in check. Thanks to James and Denise Watson for their quick action that may have kept the fire from spreading. This valley is most fortunate to have great fire departments with fire fighters who are committed, skilled, and ready to serve their community at any time day or night. I was impressed with how quickly they responded, and how well they managed the fire. Our fire fighters don’t always get the credit they deserve. My appreciation and support go out to the firefighters who give to their community every day. Sharon Hagedorn Swiss Village

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High schoolers debate European Union’s future Sopris Sun Staff Report Two acclaimed experts from Europe are coming to Carbondale to debate and discuss the future of the European Union (EU) with students from Roaring Fork High School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) and Aspen High School. Consul General Beverley Simpson from the United Kingdom and Philippe Le Guen, Director of the l’Association Jean Monnet, will speak to the perspectives of the Euroskeptic and European integration, respectively. The panel will comment on questions and points made by students and offer perspectives to enlarge our understanding of Europe. “Our goal,” said Roaring Fork High School social studies teacher Ben Bohmfalk, an organizer of the event, “is to provide a range of perspectives on the challenges facing Europe. Europe’s economic crisis threatens to derail the U.S. recovery, and the decisions made in Europe today affect all of us. Europeans are faced with two stark alternatives: go forward more unified or more divided than they are today.”

The evening — April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at eignty to solve the Euro crisis?” Students from Roaring Fork High School, Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale — is sponsored by the Roaring Fork CRMS, and Aspen High will join students from other Colorado Cultural Council (RFCC) communities to debate a in Carbondale; the Colquestion that will enorado European Union hance their knowledge of Center of Excellence in European politics, ecoBoulder, Colorado; and nomics, and history. the Center for Education Community members in Law and Democracy are invited to listen in, in Denver, Colorado.The ask questions, and proevent is free and open to vide feedback to stuthe public. dents. Following the “I am delighted the student event, everyone Roaring Fork Cultural Ben Bohmfalk will then have an opporCouncil can host this event at the Thunder River Theatre,” said tunity to interact with panelists about the unRFCC co-chair Jim Calaway.“Events like this derlying issues and solutions to the European mirror my own belief in the importance of K- financial crisis. Beverley Jayne Simpson became Her 12 education as it applies in the wider world.” The topic for debate: “Since it's inception, Majesty’s Consul-General to Colorado, the 27 member nations of the EU have vol- Wyoming and New Mexico in November untarily given up some national sovereignty 2011. Prior to her arrival in Denver, Simpson to fulfill the goals of peace and prosperity. served as Deputy Consul-General in Erbil, Should member states give up more sover- Northern Iraq; and Deputy Consul-General

“…Europe’s economic crisis threatens to derail the U.S. recovery, and the decisions made in Europe today affect all of us.”

in Chongqing, Southwest China. She has been a member of the British Diplomatic Service for 22 years and been posted all over the world including Australia, the Caribbean, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia, India, and at the United Nations in New York. Philippe Le Guen is the Director of the Jean Monnet Association, a non-profit organization whose main objective is to revive and transmit the memory, work, and teachings of Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union. The association, located in Paris, organizes training activities and provides information on European construction at the Jean Monnet House. Mr. Le Guen has a master’s degree in modern languages from the University Diderot of Paris and a graduate degree in Human Resources and Training. He received the 2011 European Citizenship Award from COJEP International, a French-Turkish organization working on the issues of democracy and human rights, as a reward for his involvement in the process of making alive the concept of European citizenship.

RFOV sets summer project schedule Submitted Press Release Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will once again launch a summer season of trail maintenance, restoration and expansion projects as the non-profit organization has done for the past 16 years. From Aspen to Glenwood Springs, hundreds of volunteers will pick up shovels and pulaskis to improve, restore and even reroute many of the valley’s favorite trails. “By the time the summer is over, hundreds of individual volunteers as well as many organizations and company employees will have spent thousands of hours helping to make many of our favorite trails more enjoyable for hiking, biking, and walking,” said David Hamilton, executive director of RFOV. Thursday evenings during May, RFOV will host public work-evenings in Glenwood Springs to add to the Wulfsohn Trail. On National Trails Day, volunteers will be the first to build a new world-class trail system on the recently acquired Sky Mountain Park (formerly the Droste property) that borders Aspen and Snowmass Village. Also in June, volunteers will help create a public space on the old Basalt Bridge by building benches, platforms and planters.

Other projects include: • A long weekend project partnering with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to improve the trail on the route up to peak from Capitol Lake, and an overnight project will continue work started last year on the Arbaney-Kittle Trail in Basalt; • The Smuggler Mountain Trail project will see its third summer of volunteers, working to turn the old road system into a trail, a project that will include native planting, seeding and other restoration techniques; • Anderson Lake Trail restoration to turn the old road to Anderson Lakes into a singletrack trail; • During the end of the summer and into the fall, RFOV volunteers will move on to the old road to Anderson Lake, where they’ll help create a new trail by seeding, covering and bringing in slash to turn the old road into a single-track trail; • Later in the fall, it’s back to the Glenwood Springs area in to rebuild sections of the first three miles of the popular No Name Trail, and to continue efforts along the Colorado River to eradicate the invasive tamarisk and Russian olive. More information is available at or 927-8241.

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Fire board candidates lay out their views By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Three candidates are running for two seats on the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District board of directors. They are incumbents Bob Emerson and Lou Eller, and Kathy Ortiz. The Sopris Sun submitted questions via email to the three candidates. Emerson replied question-by-question, while Eller and Ortiz submitted a letter-to-the-editor style written response. We start with Emerson.

Bob Emerson Question: Background: how long in the valley or Carbondale, job/profession/etc. Boards you serve on or served on. Anything else you want to add. Answer: Here since 1976; attorney for Alpine Bank; former attorney for the fire district. Q: Are you on the fire board now and if so for how long? A: On the fire board for two years. Q: Are you a fire district volunteer and if so for how long? A: No. Q: Why are you running? A: To continue to provide service to the district. Q: How do you view the role of the board? A: To establish and set district policies.

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Q: What are one or two of the challenges you see for the fire district in the coming years? A: Sufficient revenue and personnel to maintain service levels. Q: What can the fire board do about it? A: Be fiscally responsible and produce good planning. Q: Do you have any projects you'd like to tackle or for the board to consider? A: I am on the long range planning committee to develop a new master plan. Q: Should the fire board increase communication between itself and the public? If so, how? A: The public can access the district Web site, which has current information about the district. We encourage the public to attend board meetings.

Kathryn “Big Mama” Wright Ortiz I have lived in the district since 1980. I completed EMT-B through Colorado Mountain College and the fire department, and my company has worked with the fire department for the last 16 years providing assistance on numerous fires. I am neither a volunteer or a board member of the district at this time. I am now at a time in my career and life to give back to the community and hope to work with the board members and the fire

department administration. I believe I am a good fit with the fire department, as growing up in upstate New York my father and grandfather have over 80 combined years as volunteers; my mother and grandmother both initiated auxiliaries in two districts. The board uses local community members to guide the department on decisions to maintain and improve the district. I see the dropping of property values in the district, as a long-term challenge. Keeping up the quality of the equipment and training is an ever-rising cost. The board will have to make smart decisions to get the most for the taxpayer’s money. This year with the lack of moisture it is very important to educate the residents of the fire dangers we could expect; any fire could be potentially devastating. The board meetings are all open to the public and I encourage all district residents to attend as often as they can. Having started a successful catering company in the Carbondale area I understand the logistics of running a business and believe I can make smart decisions for the taxpayers of the district. I ask for your support on the upcoming mail-in ballot election; please return by May 8. If you have any questions for me please feel free to contact me either via e-mail ( or give me a call at 618-6443. FIRE BOARD ELECTION page 10

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Police arrest store owner Carbondale police arrested Theresa Garcia, 54, on April 23 on a warrant alleging she committed two counts of attempted theft of $20,000 or more, according to a Carbondale police press release. The alleged thefts took place on May 12, 2011, when she reported an armed robbery. Police took Garcia to the Garfield County Jail on April 23 where her bond was set at $10,000. Garcia owned Deports Jenny at 569 Main Street Main Street (across from Peppino’s Pizza). It was known to passersby for its yellow sandwichboard sign posted near the sidewalk. The store has been shuttered and closed, and the sign removed, for more than a week. Garcia’s name has been in local newspapers off and on for two years. In June 2010 burglars hit her store, the Carbondale Food Co-Op and two other COP SHOP page 10

Coach steps up to help save RFHS girl’s tennis By Kyle Bruna Rampage Staff Writer It is no secret that there have been budget cuts in schools everywhere including Roaring Fork High School. As well as academic cuts, such as teachers and support staff, there were athletic cuts. Girls’ tennis was among the sports that were cut at RFHS this year, and the athletes who played tennis were no longer going to able to participate in the one sport they love: including a large number of senior girls whose only sport was tennis. “The programs were not cut, they were combined,� says RFHS principal Cliff Colia. The tennis team was supposed to be combined with the Glenwood High School tennis team. The problem was that the Glenwood team is already very large and thus would not be able to accommodate all of the Lady Ram tennis players. Another problem was that many of the girls do not have any form of transportation so they would not be able to make it down valley every day in time for their practice. “Theoretically, we were combining teams, but what it really meant was that the girls at Roaring Fork would not be able to participate,� explains Colia. Tennis coach


Eileen Waski then approached Colia. “Coach Waski said that she would do anything she could to make sure that the program could keep going,� adds Colia. Coach Waski offered to volunteer her time to coach the team without pay. “I love tennis, I love the girls, that is more important to me.�says Waski. She also says that she spends a lot of time bonding with the girls and really getting to know them instead of just being a coach. “It’s really cool that our coaches are taking time to coach us for free,� says RFHS junior tennis player Mariah Ahumada. “This season our team is really strong and we are going to do really well.� “They have been improving every year by leaps and bounds, and I hope this is the year where both the kids in the program, especially the seniors and the coaches, get some recognition by being able to participate at a higher level,� says Colia. Colia not only expects the tennis girls to do well and win games but also to exceed in sportsmanship and teamwork as well. (Editor’s note: This article was originally printed in the April issue of the Rampage, Roaring Fork High School’s newspaper).

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If you got up to Strang Ranch last September to watch amazing sheep dogs do astounding things, circle May 9-10 on your calendar. Strang Ranch is hosting a sheepdog trial on those dates and it’s a qualifier for the National Finals in the Open and Nursery dog divisions. Handlers will be coming to the ranch from around Colorado plus Utah, North Dakota, California and Oregon. For more info, go to On a related note, Strang Ranch will host the first Colorado West Hunter Jumper Association horse show May 5. There’ll be classes for all levels of English riders. For details, go to

Don’t forget Carbondale Wild West Rodeo royalty tryouts for the 2012 season are May 7 at the Gus Darien riding arena east of town.The application deadline is May 1. For details, call 720-936-9732.

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Check out the OM OM Theatre is showcased in the 5Point Film Festival with an all-ages performance at 11 a.m. on April 28. Word has it there’ll be shadow puppetry, masks, musicians, dancers and larger-than-life puppets. It’s free for those 13 and under and takes place at the Carbondale Recreation Center.

Flash mob headed in? Rumor has it a flash mob will hit downtown Carbondale during First Friday on May 4. The last flash mob to strike presented some kind of skit opposing the Village at Crystal River development last October. On a related note, lulubelle will stage a fashion show downtown during First Friday.

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Students from Roaring Fork High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School joined together for a day of activities during CRMS’s annual Field Day on the school campus. They ate lunch and had opportunities to play tennis, soccer, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, basketball and more. CRMS seniors Eduardo Salvidrez and Wes Stokes had been working with RFHS Principal Clifton Colia and CRMS staffers to coordinate the day. A movie night at RFHS is planned for the end of the year. Courtesy photo Dennis Webb wrote a story last week about Robynn Woodward, which the Associated Press picked up and circulated around the U.S. What did Woodward do that was newsworthy? Technically she did it in 1983 at age 11, when she put a message in a bottle and sent it off a New York river. Lo and behold, a couple of brothers happened upon the bottle while fishing in the Raquetter River in upstate New York over Easter weekend.The brothers looked up Robynn Woodward on Facebook and got in touch.

The message Woodward put in that bottle 29 years ago said in part she wanted the finder to write her, “I’m boared.” She moved from Buffalo, New York to Carbondale six weeks ago and works at Birch Tree Animal Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

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leaving for North Carolina Emily Fahey is leaving the Basalt Regional Library after 3 1/2 years and is headed to the North Carolina coast. In remarks posted on the Web site. She said in part,“I feel very privileged to have worked with my follow employees … .” Good luck, Emily.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY April 26 5POINT • The 5Point Film Festival takes place at the Carbondale Recreation Center and other venues through April 29. info: EllISON SPEAKS • Susy Ellison presents “Taking Science to the Extreme: Artic Research Adventures at the Gordon Cooper Library at 6:30 p.m. Info: 963-2889.

To list your event, email information to Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at View and submit events online at

niga. The show continues through May 4. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. Info: online:

Basalt from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The fee is $40. It’s sponsored by Davi Nikent and members of the Full Moon Fire Circle. Info: 963-1874.

SUNDAY April 29 NATURAl BIRTH • Karen Bradshaw gives a series of natural birthing classes starting at 10 a.m. today, and continuing Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. in May. Info: 970-274-8473.

Ongoing STUDENTS SHOW WORK • Figure drawing students of Ida Burnaman show their work at the Lappala Center on Colorado Avenue through May 3. The hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. S.A.W. SHOW CONTINUES • “PICTURES EAT LOVE: Work by Chad Stieg and Olivia Pevec”continues at 978 Euclid. Info: 355-9058.

BIKE TOUR • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a Pitkin County open space bike tour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It begins in downtown Basalt. Info: 927-1290.

A SPIRITUAl CENTER • Richard Lyon speaks at A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center at 10 a.m.

CCAH SHOW CONTINUES • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities show “FIVE” continues through April 27 at the Third Street Center. Info: 963-1680.

MONDAY April 30

ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita on Main Street.

lIVE MUSIC • Dana Wilson hosts an oldtime jam at Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street at 7 p.m.

AVlT SHOW • The Aspen Valley Land Trust’s eighth annual “Living on the Land” art show and sale continues at 831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Fifty percent of all sales supports local land conservation. Info: 963-8440.

FRIDAY April 27 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. April 27- May 3 and “Jeff Who Lives at Home” (R) at 5:30 p.m. April 27May 1. ART OPENING • The Aspen Art Museum’s Young Curators of the Roaring Fork’s 2012 exhibition, titled “Re,” opens with a free reception at 4 p.m. The exhibit features local high school artists and was curated by high school students, including: Ticah Burrows, Nicole Cardenola, Julia Williams, Rene Nieblas Feenagh O’Donnell, Sara Pearson, Daniel Peña, Elizabeth Ritchie and Jessica Ruiz Zu-

SATURDAY April 28 lIVE MUSIC • Matt Miller, a baritone guitarist and original vocalist, performs at Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street. There’s no cover. RIVER ClEANUP • The 14th annual Frying Pan River Cleanup starts at Lion’s Park in Basalt at 8:30 a.m. Info: 927-1290. DREAMER SYMPOSIUM • An “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at town hall. Donations will be accepted. RSVP at 963-9182. Info: lAKOTA CEREMONY • A Lakota ceremonial protocol workshop takes place in

TUESDAY May 1 AlE TASTING • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents a Monty Python Hold Grail ale tasting at 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY May 2 ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at the Carbondale Firehouse on Highway 133 Wednesdays at 7 a.m. Info: 927-0641. VAllEY DIVAS • The Valley Divas, women’s networking group, meets at Konnyaku from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. The cost is $12, which includes appetizers, a house drink and tip.

WOMEN’S HISTORY ART SHOW • The Basalt Regional Library presents “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.” Info: 925-5858. WYlY • Wyly Community Art Center presents “The Long View: New Landscapes by Bayard Hollins” through April 27. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Info: 927-4123. ClAY CENTER • A show featuring resident artist Tony Wise continues at the Carbondale Clay Center. Info: 963-CLAY. VOICES FOR CHANGE • Lisa Dancing Light and Annie Flynn present Voices for Change at Steve’s Guitars from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday evenings through May 21. The suggested donation is $10 per session. Info:


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Hold the presses lovins speaks at TRTC CLEER and others present Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute at 7 p.m. on May 17 at Thunder River Theater in Carbondale. Lovins will speak about RMI’s latest ground-breaking project, “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era.” The book maps pathways for running a 2050 U.S. economy 158 percent bigger than today’s but with no oil, no coal, no nuclear energy and dramatically lower costs. Tickets are $15 (students are free) and available at or at the door if they are still available. For details, call 704-9200. CLEER is Clean Energy Economy for the Region. Other sponsors are the Rocky Mountain Institute, Alpine Bank and Thunder River Theater.

last call for Mother’s Day pics To sign up for Mother’s Day photos for The Sopris Sun’s May 10 issue, e-mail Beth White at All kids must have been born in the past 12 months.

COREmmuter Challenge kicks off at WHP The COREmmuter Challenge kicks off at White House pizza on Main Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 26. Free food will be served. The COREmmuter Challenge runs through May 18. For details, go to

Basalt detours coming From April 30 through May 4, the intersection of Midland Avenue and Two Rivers Road will be closed for construction and detours will be in effect. For details, call 927-4723.

ZION 1 plays PAC3 PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents the hiphop/electronica/dub/reggae band ZION 1 at 8 p.m. on April 27. After PAC3, ZION 1 is off to the Forecastle Festival where they will share the stage with the likes of Galacitca, Girl Talk, Flying Lotus and others. Tickets are $15 at

Basalt garden club meets The Pardon My Garden club meets at the Basalt Library at 5:30 p.m. on April 26. Also at the library, ABC Story Times returns on April 30.

Sol holds auditions The Sol Theatre Company holds auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28 at the Third Street Center. For details, call 720-936-9732.

Comp plan input being taken Input for the Carbondale Comprehensive Plan is being taken until May 4 at

5Point returns this weekend Sopris Sun Staff Report If Carbondale isn’t the center of the outdoor film universe this week, it’s about a light-minute away. Major names appearing at the 5Point Film Festival include Jon Turk and Erik Boomer, who will discuss their 1,485-mile, 104-day Arctic journey around the world’s 10th largest island by ski, kayak and foot. They appear in Program II at 7 p.m. on April 27. Then there’s Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin. In Program V, they’ll present the story of their historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Menu, in the Garhwal Himalaya. That presentation takes place at 7 p.m. on April 28. Carbondale local Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk became the first climbers to summit the Southeast Ridge of Cerro Torre by fair means last January. Kennedy will discus the climb in Program I at 7 p.m. on April 26. The festival takes place at the Carbondale Recreation Center and other venues around town on April 26-29. Dozens of films will be presented. For details, see the ad in this Sopris Sun or go to Other festival highlights include: An opening reception for photographer Ben Moon at Phat Thai starting at 5 p.m. on April 26; The kick-off festival celebration at the Carbondale Recreation Center at 5 p.m.

on April 26 with food from restaurant Six89, beer from New Belgium Brewing and wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem; Program II at 7 p.m. on April 27 with emcee Aaron Garland, followed by a DJ dance party at Phat Thai; Program III: All-Ages Adventure Series at 11 a.m. on April 28 followed by a free ice-cream social and community picnic (includes book signings, and “climbing for prizes”); Program IV at 2:30 p.m. on April 28, then “Campfire Stories: Wakeup Calls” at Steve’s Guitars from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and Program V with emcee Chris Davenport at 7 p.m.; Program VI at 3 p.m. on April 29, which celebrates the film festival winners. One film highlight should be “Jane’s Journey” on Saturday. The 11-minute film chronicles Dr. Jane Goodall’s 25-year mission to study chimpanzees in Africa. Following that film, the 22-minute “The Last Great Unknown” takes viewers into some of the Grand Canyon’s most remarkable features. The filmmaker, Rich Rudow, is expected to attend the screening. “The Equation,” on in Program V on Saturday night, is a world premiere by Jeremy Collins that focuses on botanist Julian Desvaux’s mission to find the Breathing Orchid, which is said to be a life-giving elixir in floral form. Collins is expected to attend the screening.

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I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley 30 years. I have been associated with the fire department for nearly 20 years as a volunteer fire fighter, served 15 years on the volunteer pension board and the past 12 years on the board of directors. I also served eight years on the Spring Valley Sanitation District board. I am seeking a fourth term on the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District board of directors to help the district prepare for an uncertain financial future, prioritize capital expenditures and handle an increased demand for service. These will be the biggest challenges facing the district in the next four years. The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District staff and volunteers have worked very hard to earn the level of community respect they receive. You see them behind the scenes at community events providing for a safer environment by offering advance planning, medical and fire

services. I encourage everyone to attend a district meeting, tour the main facility or just visit your local fire station and introduce yourself and meet your local emergency responders. It has been my honor to serve as a community representative on this board.

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Ballots for the mail-in fire board election went out April 16-20. If you did not receive a ballot or lost it, call 963-2491 for a replacement ballot. Ballots can be mailed to the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, 300 Meadowood Dr., Carbondale, CO 81623, or returned in person during regular hours Monday through Friday, and until 7 p.m. on May 8. There are five members on the fire district’s board of directors. The three board members who do not face reelection this year are Gene Schilling, Mike Kennedy and Mark Chain.

Cop Shop continued om page 4 The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Dept. stores and made off with more than $1,000 in cash. At the time, she told The Sopris Sun her store had been robbed two other times since she opened in 2005. In May of 2011, Garcia reported to police that she’d been robbed in front of a restaurant in the Sopris Shopping Center. At the time, police said she gave conflicting reports of the robbery and an arrest of the alleged robber was never made. On Sept. 6, 2011, Garcia told police that two men had entered her store just before noon, bound her and put her in the Desportes Jenny bathroom, then robbed the store. For about a year, a Desportes Jenny taco wagon was located in the parking lot east of the store. On Dec. 18, 2010, police received a report that two males

took off with the wagon’s tip jar at 12:17 a.m. Police found the empty tip jar a short distance away but no arrests were made. Desportes Jenny was a general merchandise store, which sold food, clothing, jewelry and other items.

In other police news: SATURDAY April 14 At 10:26 p.m. a citizen on Colorado Ave. called police and reported someone had “flicked” a cigarette on the ground. Police were unable to locate a suspect. MONDAY April 16 At 1:26 a.m. a police officer observed a man walking on Highway 133 who “appeared to be wet and cold.” The man requested a ride to El Jebel, which was given.

C A L L Some Carbondale Community School students adopted a stretch of Highway 133, went out there and cleaned it up last week. They are (left to right): Maizy Post, Maya Wexler, Lilly Webber and Leah Jenkins. Photo by Mark Burrows

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4.28 2:30pm FEATURE JANE’S JOURNEY Almost 25 years ago, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall gave up her career in order to devote her entire time and energy to the mission of saving our planet. She is shown among her beloved chimpanzees in Africa, as well as on her travels around the globe, spreading her message of hope for future generations.

4.28 7:00pm PROGRAM V Special Presentation: Renan Ozturk + Jimmy Chin Pursuing Passion without flinching. Reach into the soul of why we do what we do. Tonight it’s all about living life authentically, living life creatively. It’s also about growing old but never growing tired. It’s about inspiring others and being inspired. Tonight is a celebration of everything that is beautiful – it’s just a matter of changing your perspective.

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