Page 1










Sopris Carbondale’s

weekly, non-profit newspaper

Volume 6, Number 13 | May 8, 2014

Nicole Ludlow and Brandt Alexander

Lindsay Plant and Myel

Kelly Gerhart and Hendrix van Kesteren

Gina Fuller and Grace

Amanda Durham and Madeline

Katie Workman and Nolan

Lindsay Hentschel, Mykerson and Leander

Laura McCormick Grobler and Quinn Grobler

Happy Mother’s Day


Photos by Mark Burrows, See more on pages 10, 11 and 20

On the SE Corner of Hwy 133 and Main Street in Carbondale

970.963.5880 Only at



A DOZEN ROSÉS! Visit for specials and coupons

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.

Faces through the ages By Terri Ritchie

“How lucky are we for a moment to be part of life's – E.B. White eternal rhyme.” This is the quote that introduced the Valley Journal’s special Mother’s Day edition on May 8, 1997. I peruse this archived issue and enjoy looking at many of my friends as proud mothers holding their babies — some just brand new to the world and others already walking. This edition was brought to my attention as I prepare for my son’s graduation from high school. My photo was a little different in that issue because my son had just recovered from chicken pox and wasn’t able to participate in the group photo opportunity. Carol Craven came to my house so we could participate in this special issue. This year Mark Burrows demonstrated his compassion by generously dedicating his time and talents to capture the special bond that

Weekly in print; daily online mothers have with their children and introduce the children to our community. In the spirit of E. B White’s quote, The Sopris Sun is proud to continue this tradition, reminding us all of just how precious life and motherhood is. There are as many unique stories as there are families. Some arrive at motherhood easily while others may have a more challenging road to get there, sometimes our children are snatched away from us way too early. The faces in this issue show the love of the mothers in our community. It warms my heart to see the next generation stepping into their new roles as mothers. I hope you enjoy seeing your friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and familiar faces around town. Perhaps in seventeen years you will be able to look back on this issue and reflect on how your friends’ families have grown with you in life’s eternal rhyme. Happy Mother’s Day! Terri Ritchie is the proud mother of two young adults, Carbondale resident since 1992 and graphic designer for The Sopris Sun.


Dear Editor: We all know that it takes a village to raise a child, but what we’ve come to learn is that it also takes a village to mourn a child. We would like to thank our family, friends, acquaintances and strangers who have helped us immeasurably in the past four months. We have been so well supported, so well loved and feel entirely blessed to be part of such a special community. Our daughter, Tsukiko, was with us for mere moments, but she taught us so much about love and touched our lives very deeply. Although our hearts are broken, they have grown with all the love coming our way and the experience of being her parents. With much gratitude, Dave and Zuleika. Zuleika Pevec Carbondale

Let’s talk Surls Dear Editor: I’d love to see a conversation started over the proposed Surls’ sculpture slated for the Highway 133 circle. Maybe I have no taste, or maybe I see Carbondale in an entirely different light from the sculpture advocates, but here’s the thing. I simply do not get it. What the sculpture portrays, in my humble opinion, has no connection with the town or the valley. The sculpture may be appropriate and meaningful in Houston, but perhaps not here on the Western Slope. I guess I expected something more in the theme of, say, a cowboy or a miner, a Native American, Richard Sopris pointing at the twin peaks that bear his name, a cow, a trout, a mountain, a river, deer, a slab of marble or a hunk of coal. A potato. A whimsical dandelion twirling in the breeze. Damned if I know. Sure, art is in the eye of the beholder. But

this beholder can’t figure it out. I’m wondering what other town folk think. I’m wondering why such a rush. Perhaps our community should step back, plant a few flowers on the circle and mull this over a bit. Molly Swanton Carbondale

cludes our own Roaring Fork Beer Company that will have kegged beers including dandelion flowers in one lighter type and roasted dandelion roots in their heavier type beer. Wow. Happy ongoing Dandy Days and fun and excitement in Carbondale and the U.S.A. Doc “Dandelion” Philip Carbondale

Happy Dandy Day


Dear Editor: Carbondale, right here in our Roaring Fork Valley, is about to celebrate its 14th annual Dandelion Day on May 10. Because Carbondale is the first town in North America to have their downtown Sopris Park registered as being “organic,” as well as having our town declaring the dandelion as it’s official town flower, we are known as the Dandy Town by countries throughout the world. The dandelion, as being a vegetable plant around the world over the last 500 to 1,000 years, is also known as one of the few plants that is completely edible: the yellow flower has more vitamin A per unit volume than any other world plant; the stem can be eaten or used as a salve for most skin problems; the leaves have more magnesium mineral per unit volume than any other Earth green vegetable; the roots, when grated and roasted, have been know for centuries around the world as the #1 coffee substitute (and with no caffeine). So, Carbondale uses dandelions on May 10 to start the morning at 10 a.m. with a parade down Main Street to the Seventh Street SoprisDandy Park, then your wonder park filled with many dandy booths covering foods, dandelion cookings, clothes, arts and artists, toys, kids games as well as Dandy T-shirts. There will be happy and organic music on the park stage for most of the day. We will also have a world-class compost competition going on along with a wonderful beer booth that in-

Dear Editor: Thank you (The Sopris Sun) for being an important part of the communications network of our community. Lynn (Burton), thank you for your time and energy committed to the awareness of the need for our community to be involved in the their fire district’s future. Jeff Wadley Carbondale

2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

We are collecting Mt. Sopris images for our online gallery.

Help us keep the website fresh:

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.

It takes a village

The Sopris Sun keeps you informed all week long with special content on the web; including breaking news, photo galleries, calendar events and much more.

CCS thanks Dear Editor: Carbondale Community School would like to thank all the Latino businesses that supported our Trash-A-Thon. Every year, students from third and fourth grade pick up trash around town for Earth Day. This year, students in third and fourth grade picked up 47 bags of trash. We asked for pledges at El Señor Taco Show, Mi Casita, Teresa’s Market, El Horizonte, El Pollo Rico, Valley Meats Carniceria, La Tortilleria La Roca and Garcia’s. Some quotes from students who picked up trash are, “It’s fun to pick up trash with friends.” Ashley Torres said “I like it because we can be away from the class room and still be in school.” Teddy Huttenhower: “We hope you can support us next year.” Anthony Rojo 4th grade student Carbondale Community School

Send breaking news tips, photos and suggestions to

970-309-2053 or

To inform, inspire and build community. Donations accepted online or by mail. For information call 510-3003 Editor/Reporter: Lynn Burton • 970-510-3003 Advertising: Bob Albright • 970-927-2175 Paula Valenti • 970-319-5270 Photographer: Jane Bachrach Ad/Page Production: Terri Ritchie CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS Debbie Bruell, President Barbara Dills, Vice President Colin Laird, Treasurer • Frank Zlogar Sue Gray • Denise Barkhurst Honorary Board Members David L. Johnson • Jeannie Perry Trina Ortega • Laura McCormick Founding Board Members Allyn Harvey • Becky Young • Colin Laird Barbara New • Elizabeth Phillips Peggy DeVilbiss • Russ Criswell

Sopris Sun, LLC • P.O. Box 399 520 S. Third Street #35 Carbondale, CO 81623

970-510-3003 Send us your comments: The Sopris Sun is an LLC organized under the 501c3 non-profit structure of the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation.

Dandelion Days schedule; May 9-10 Friday, May 9 in Carbondale • 3 p.m. Garden Tour — See some of Carbondale’s school gardens. Ride your bike or drive; meet at the Roaring Fork High School growing dome at 3 p.m. • 5:30 p.m. Eco-ďŹ lm at the Crystal Theater — “Bringing It Homeâ€? is about the sustainable hemp industry. Q & A after the movie with hemp professionals from Envirotextiles. FREE (donations accepted). • Friday and Saturday evening — At Town. restaurant, enjoy special dishes featuring dandelion greens, house-made fettuccini with fennel sausage, reggiano cream and dandelion pesto, and dandelion greens tossed with  maple vinaigrette, spiced pecans and cranberries.

Saturday, May 10 in Sopris Park • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sustainability Fair and arbor Day celebration — Visit the Environmental Board and Tree Board booths for information, games and giveaways (while supplies last). • 9 a.m. — Yoga with True Nature Healing Arts. • 9 a.m. — The Learning Tent Workshop: Gardening 101 by Fred Pulver. Info for beginning gardeners. • 9 a.m. Crystal River Cleanup — Prizes for unusual and most trash collected. Meet east of the bandstand. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Alpine Angling and Crystal Fly Shop. • 9 a.m. to -2 p.m. Compost Judging — Bring your samples to the Compost Booth. Awards for the healthiest compost! • 9 a.m. to -2 p.m. Compost Giveaway — Visit Merrill’s Family Farm booth for a chance to win great prizes. • 10 a.m. Parade of the Species — Gather at Main and Second Street at 9:45 a.m. Dress as your favorite species, real or imaginary. Bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, wagons, carts, and animals welcome (NO dogs in Sopris Park). NO MOTOR VEHICLES!

• 10 a.m. african Dancing and Drummers — In front of the stage. • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Free Light Bulb and Battery Recycling for Homeowners (or renters). Bring your used uorescent, incandescent and halogen bulbs  to the Bright Ideas booth. Batteries also! • 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony — Order of the Dandelion Award and mayor’s proclamation on Arbor Day. • 10:45 a.m. Beer Garden — Roaring Fork Brewing Company: “Dandy Saisonâ€? a late spring saison with fresh dandelion owers for a mellow â€œďŹ‚oweryâ€? avor. “Dandy Pub Aleâ€? nitro pub ale infused with roasted dandelion root to add a nutty, almost coffee like background. Beerworks: “Saison - Rue Premierâ€? with Lemongrass and Grains of Paradise and the “CarbondALE Local Pale Aleâ€? with all Colorado ingredients. • 10:45 a.m. Tree Planting — demonstration in Sopris Park by the Carbondale Tree Board; memorial tree planting for Marge Vermeyen. • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Songwriter’s Showcase — Songwriters and musicians are invited to play their original eco-themed songs on stage in Sopris Park. To sign up, see Songwriter’s Showcase page on website. • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mount Sopris Historical Society Booth — Local history expert professor Darrell Munsell will answer any questions you may have about the history of the Roaring Fork Valley. • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seed and Plant Swap — Bring your extra seeds, bulbs and plant starts to the CRMPI booth to swap with friends and neighbors. • 11 a.m. The Learning Tent Workshop — Natural Skin Care by Morgan Reeser. Learn what to put on the inside and outside of your body to maintain beautiful healthy skin.

Board booth) — Bring a shirt, bag, or other item to decorate (for FREE) with handmade dandelion stamps by Olivia Pevec. Don’t have anything to stamp? Dandelion Day T-shirts and bicycle pant protectors will be available for a small donation. • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carbondale Community School Booth — Get your face painted to raise funds for the CCS Learning Garden. • 12 p.m. The Learning Tent Workshop — Build A Raised Garden Bed with Scott Levine of Permascapes Unlimited. Actual bed building demonstration across the street. Meet at the Learning Tent. • 12:20 to 1 p.m. Music Together with annie Flynn — All kids welcome to join in a music making lesson on Sopris Stage. Instruments provided. • 1 p.m. The Learning Tent Workshop — Herbs of the Roaring Fork Valley with Stephanie Syson and Dawn Vrabel of Dynamic Roots. Growing, harvesting and using weeds, spices and therapeutic herbs that grow in this valley. • 1 to 5 p.m. Music-JaS Band Battle — Students from local schools compete in front of judges (see schedule this page). • 2 p.m. The Learning Tent Workshop — Brewing Local Beer by Chase Engel of Roaring Fork Beer Company. Learn about small brewery and home-brewing methods. • 3 p.m. The Learning Tent Workshop — Raising Composting Worms by Montrose Worm Farm. Why you need to raise worms for your garden, and how to do it. • 4 p.m. The Learning Tent Workshop — Hybrids, Heirlooms and GMOs by Fred Pulver. Learn the differences in vegetable seed and why it matters.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CCaH Kids art Tent — Paint a owerpot or make a card for Mother’s Day. It’s FREE!

• 5 p.m. Booths close — Beer Garden stays open until the beer runs out. Community music jam begins. Bring your instruments and make music together in the park!

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dandelion Day Headquarters (next to the Environmental

More information at:

The annual Parade of the Species will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Carbondale as part of the Dandelion Days festivities. Photo by Jane Bachrach

JAS Band Battle

Dandelion Day features the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Band Battle on the gazebo from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 10. The battle is comprised of 12 school bands or solo artists from Aspen to Silt. The schedule is as follows:

1 p.m. – The New Flex Band (Carbondale Middle School)

1:15 p.m. – Sean Patterson (Aspen Middle School)

1:30 p.m. – The Brink (Waldorf/CMS) 1:45 p.m. – The Flex Band (CMS)

2 p.m. – Black Acoustic (Glenwood, Yampah, Coal Ridge high schools)

2:20 p.m. – Naomi Pulver (Roaring Fork High School) 2:33 p.m. – The Flannel Pockets (RFHS) 2:55 p.m. – Izzy Mata (RFHS) 3:10 p.m. – Jah Love (RFHS) 3:25 p.m. – The No Joes (RFHS/CRMS)

3:45 p.m. – Karyme Meixuerio (GSHS)

4 p.m. – Big Dog & the Midnight Badgers (RFHS/CRMS)

4:20 p.m. – Awards

(Note: This schedule was provided to The Sopris Sun by the Carbondale Environmental Board).

The Perfect MotherÂ’s Day Gift

kids Plant a Flower for

M M!


FREE While Supplies Last

MayÂ’s Special

Happy MotherÂ’s Day!

of Carbondale

(970) 963-6663

)-  .&( , ' )1-+/ 

% %(#)/& ,--"  ,$0. # ,'&$( ,& .#(- always you will have all day access .))/,$-.),$( ,",)/(*), Caves.“ItÂ’s a Day at the Spa” $115

Purchase Instant Gift ,.$3. -!,)')/, -$.

),(!),'.$)( - ,0.$)(-&&   21'*#-*)' ** (  &)(* (  2(  &)%-.)!.# ).*,$("-))& THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 3

Town Briefs

Second EV station coming to town Sopris Sun Staff Report The town of Carbondale has been working with Colorado Mountain College to locate an electric vehicle charging station (EV station) within the Colorado Avenue right-ofway near the Lappala Center. According town manager Jay Harrington’s May 2 weekly report, the EV station will be open to the public and have a two-hour maximum charge time. The town installed an EV station in front of town hall more than a year ago. In other paraphrased news from Harrington’s report: • The Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District mini-grant agreement for $25,000 was received this week for the North Face Bike Park project. Execution of the agreement will require a separate resolution passed by the trustees at their May 13 meeting. • The town submitted a LiveWell mini grant requesting $5,000 to purchase fitness equipment for a Kids’ Summit Conditioning program.  • The town’s Gateway RV Park was officially opened on May 2.  • Landscape bids were released on May 2 for the Highway 133 irrigation and landscape project. The town has received several inquiries about the project. Bids will close on May 14.  • The parks supervisor has brought the

The Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission will discuss whether to ban the practice of hitting golf balls in parks, and other park rules, at its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on May 14 and June 11. Those recommendations will go to the trustees, who are expected to act on them later this summer. Photo by Lynn Burton mow crew on for the season. • SealCo is in town filling cracks with hot bituminous material in preparation for this year’s chip and seal program. SealCo crews will be applying 30,000 pounds of material.  • Contracts are being signed and the process will begin to get the new sales tax

4 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

software ready to go live in August. • Renewal for the group health insurance has begun. MSEC is preparing to present its salary survey to the trustees at its May 20 work session. • The recent 5Point Film Festival was a success with minimal police calls and no major incidents. • Smoldering ashes from a small fire pit behind Steve’s Guitars ignited a piece of plywood that was covering one of the Dinkel Building windows. The doorman at a downtown bar noticed the fire and call police, who put out the fire with the doorman’s help. • Glenwood Springs High School held its prom on at PAC3 on April 26. It went smoothly. • Police Lt. Chris Wurtsmith attended a  USA Pro-Challenge Bike Race planning meeting in Aspen.  • Police officers Michael Zimmerman and Nino Santiago finished their last day of handgun instructors’ class in Grand Junction. Santiago will be attending rifle instructor class the week of May 5-9. • Ordinance officer Gretchen Bell will be changing her work shift in order to cover Saturday events. • Police officer Brian Madden has tendered his resignation and his last shift was scheduled for May 6. The police department is advertising for the position.

Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept.

TUESDay april 29 at 11:18 a.m. police received a complaint from a resident on Latigo Loop who said a neighbor put up a “barking bird house” and that her own dogs were “reacting.” WEDNESDay april 30 at 9:44 a.m. an officer observed a code violation in the 200 block of Euclid. The police report states a vehicle was parked in a front yard underneath a pine tree, was not properly screened and displayed expired license plates. The vehicle’s owner was given a warning. THURSDay april 30 at 1:46 p.m. a woman reported a pickup truck almost hit her while she was walking on County Road 101 on White Hill. “As the truck went by a young man driving the truck spit at her,” the police report states. Police forwarded the complaint to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office but they think they might know who was driving the truck. THURSDay May 1 at 3:41 p.m. police received a 911 call from Roaring Fork High School. Upon arrival, officers determined the call came from the room in which students in detention were studying. “Officer (sic) spoke with the students concerning dialing 911 accidentally or on purpose.”

Trustees scrutinize library RFPs on May 13

By John Colson Sopris Sun Correspondent

Four distinct possible futures for the old Gordon Cooper Library building will again be discussed at the May 13 meeting of the Carbondale Board of Trustees (BOT). Town Clerk Cathy Derby said this week that the agenda indicates the trustees might make a decision on which of the proposals will be selected, but also that the discussion could be continued to a future meeting. The four proposals, as presented during a BOT work session on April 15, include an arts center, a new location for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, an exceedingly non-traditional cafe and gathering spot, and a boarding house or hostel for seasonal workers and visitors to the Roaring Fork Valley. The town-owned library building, located at South Fourth Street and Garfield Avenue, has stood empty since the local branch of the Garfield County Library system moved to a new library building a couple of blocks south of the old one, at Third Street and Sopris Avenue. A plan hatched last year to use the old library building to house the artworks of internationally known sculptor James Surls, who lives just outside Carbondale, was abandoned in January after its proponents were told by potential financial backers that the library site was not appropriate. Two of the four new proposals for using the library came from long-established

local organizations. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH), in partnership with the Dance Initiative (DI) nonprofit umbrella organization, is proposing to use the space as a combined dance facility and arts center. According to CCAH Director Amy Kimberly, if CCAH and DI are selected to move into the old library, the arts center would retain its space in the Third Street Center, probably in partnership with another local nonprofit, the SOL (Stage Of

Life) children’s’ theater group. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, which also currently has an office in the Third Street Center, is proposing to relocate its offices entirely to the old library building with a new visitor’s center to welcome tourists and others to the town. Chamber Director Andrea Stewart told The Sopris Sun this week that, based on suggestions from the BOT, she has been working on a way to engage a staff of volunteers to keep the visitor’s center open on

the weekends, and with the Sunsense solar technology firm about installing solar panels on the roof of the building. She also said she has talked with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) about bringing RFTA’s bike sharing program to Carbondale with the chamber as a distribution point for loaner bicycles. Local entrepreneurs A.J Hobbs and Trevor Brown are proposing to partially occupy the building with a “cafe and commuTOWN COUNCIL page 13

The Roaring Fork Rams soccer team beat Aspen 3-2 last week in their final home game of the year. The Rams finished the season at 12-2-1 and placed third in the Western Slope League. They are seeded #20 in the state playoffs and face Kent Denver at The Academy in Westminster on May 9. Photo by Sue Rollyson




Strategy, Omolene, Impact, Equine Sr. & More!

VAL Next to City Market in El Jebel, 400 E Valley Rd. Ste I/J Open M-F 10-6:30pm | Sat/Sun 11-5pm DELLEY-W IVE IDE RY! Open seven days a week May 1975 Thank you Carbondale for allowing us to serve you for 39 years! It’s been our pleasure to know and to serve you! We’re not getting older, we’re hoping to keep getting better!







We appreciate your wonderful support – thank you! We hope we’ll be seeing you again soon! We are also fortunate to have such talented and extraordinary employees past and present. We would like to thank them as well. Thank You to our co-managers, Charlie Chacos and Jared Ettleson, Eric Chacos, the maintenance trouble shooter, ever reliable and dependable!

OUR SINCERE BEST WISHES FOR A GLORIOUS, HAPPY AND SAFE SUMMER! The Chacos and Jared Ettleson families THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 5


Send your scuttlebutt to

Final Dandy notes As the schedule on page 3 of this week’s Sopris Sun points out, Dandelion Days are May 9-10. The schedule covers most of the action but here are a few last minute tidbits: • Volunteers might still be needed at the Senior Matters bake sale booth. Set up is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and the booth is open until 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Senior Matters, which is located in the Third Street Center. For details, call 970-274-1010. • The tree planting demonstration at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday ties in with a memorial plaque placement for Margaret Mary Vermeyen, who passed away in Fort Myers, Florida on Dec. 7, 2013. She and her family lived in Carbondale for a number of years in the 1970s and 1980s. The tree is made possible through the Kay Brunnier Fund and Carbondale Tree Board. • Drop by and say hi to Laura Bartels and John Chophel Bruna at their Mindful Life booth. Bartels owns GreenWeaver and has lived in these parts for quite a spell but Bruna is a relative newcomer. He’s a former Tibetan Buddhist monk and first visited the Roaring Fork Valley a few years ago when he toured the area with fellow monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery.

Howe medals again Roaring Fork High School long-jumper Taila Howe won her event at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction with a jump of 17-feet, 5 ½-inches on May 3. The jump is the second best in the state 3A classification this season. She hopes to defend her Western Slope League title in the long-jump on May 9-10.

Speaking of track Roaring Fork High School alum Zach Browning (Class of 2011) is now a junior at Colorado State University and is on the 4X400 meter relay team. Browning and his teammates (Robert Wasinger, Trevor Brown and Travior Goodnight) recently broke the school’s 38-year-old 4X400 relay

Clean Energy Bike & Walk to School Challenge. The countywide classroom winner is Grace De La Sala’s seventh grade homeroom at CMS. Bea Underwood Elementary School in Battlement Mesa was the challenge’s first place winner. Co-sponsors were CLEER, RFTA, Berthod Motors, Ragged Mountain Sports, Grand River Health and LiveWell Garfield County.

Check it out Michael Lindsay’s 5Point sculpture “What’s Your Carrot” was still on display across the street from the Carbondale Recreation District as of Wednesday afternoon. The pickuptruck based sculpture might stay there another week before rolling out, Lindsay told The Sun.

Bike race picks Carbondale USA Pro Challenge bike race organizers have chosen Carbondale for stage two of this summer’s multi-day race. On Aug. 19, the peloton will head downvalley and take County Road 100 to Main Street then south on Weant Boulevard to Highway 133 and on to Crested Butte via McClure Pass. The race starts in Aspen on Aug. 18 and concludes in Denver on Aug. 24.

Richard Vottero (left) and Leslie Resnick (right) fight over the remote control of an abandoned TV on Third Street on Tuesday. A sign on the TV said anyone was welcome to it, that it worked and so did the remote control. The TV was still there at noon on Tuesday but gone on Wednesday morning. Photo by Lynn Burton

U9 update

record and placed first in the recent Jack Christiansen Invitational track meet in Fort Collins. Their time was 3:10:92, which is the season’s fastest in the Mountain West Conference. Browning’s brother Taylor runs track at University of Redlands in California.

CCS, CMS place in GCE Challenge Carbondale Community School placed second and Carbondale Middle School placed third in the recent 2014 Garfield

Antonio Hernandez’s U9 Rocky Lions soccer team played two games in Eagle on May 3. They won the first and came close to winning the second, according to one of the soccer moms.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Kay Bell and Kathlee Vance (May 10); Camy Britt and Mark Chain (May 11); Megan Cook, Jimmy Byrne and Betsy Schenck (May 12); Bill Jochems (May 13); and Doc Philip and Gray Todman (May 14).

Kid’s Planting Workshop STORE HOURS Monday-Saturday 8 AM - 6 PM Sundays 10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday May 10th

Hey kids it’s time to plant a pot for Mom! Wouldn’t she love a planter that you create for her for Mother’s Day? Stop in anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM and members of our staff will help you put together this year’s masterpiece. Cost is $10 for materials.

400 Gillespie Drive, El Jebel, CO 81623

What to Expect with Healthcare for next year? Please RSVP to Sarah Kos at 303­433­3375.


Aend a Q&A session with a Cerfied Health Coverage Guide with Connect for Health Colorado at the Carbondale Recreaon Center on May 20, 2014

at 5 p.m. to help answer those quesons that you may have regarding what to expect next year with Health Insurance requirements.

6 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

Community Bicycle Tuning Day by Bonedale Bike Project Sunday, May 11th 10 am to 4 pm Ace Hardware Parking Lot 1 bike per person, first come, first served!

Kids Bike Rodeo & Bikeathlon Join us Monday May 12th at the Carbondale Rec. Center (4-5:30 pm for kids up to 9 yrs olds) (5:30 – 6:30 pm for 10-14 yr olds)     Kids of all ages are encouraged to come and learn about safe bicycling and participate in fun games and bicycle competitions. Give the Bike Obstacle Course a try, or see how accurate you can be with the Paperboy (or Papergirl) challenge! Bring your helmet! …………..Snacks, drinks, giveaways, and prizes!

These events are FREE and FUN! 970-510-1290

Look around all you want, but you will not find a sign or any indication that County Road 106 runs through Colorado Rocky Mountain School and dead-ends at Dolores Way on the north end of the campus. Garfield County closed the road to vehicular traffic in the late 1970s but now the school wants the county to completely vacate the 1,200 feet of the road that runs through the campus. The county commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday that the vacation request meets the general objectives of the county comprehensive plan. The vote set the stage to allow the commissioners to vote June 16 on whether to actually vacate the road. Photo by Lynn Burton


Town Of Carbondale

Parks, Recreation & Trails

Master Plan Update

Town of Carbondale is seeking proposals from consultant firms to facilitate a comprehensive public process and prepare an update to the Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan. This plan will guide decisions for future development of parklands, recreational facilities, trails and recreation programming. Interested firms who would like to receive a copy of the RFP should contact Recreation Director, Jeff Jackel, at (970) 510-1214 (OR) RFP submittals must be received by Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 7

Hemp movie brings it all home to the Crystal Sopris Sun Staff Report This year’s sustainability-focused Dandelion Days celebration will feature a documentary film on May 9 at the Crystal Theater titled “Bringing It Home,” about industrial hemp. The film was inspired by a father’s quest to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter, who has a rare genetic disorder that causes severe reactions to synthetic chemicals, according to a press release. Hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, turned out to be the ideal material for everything from walls, insulation and paint, to carpet and countertops. In fact there are over 25,000 uses for the plant that has been cultivated by humans for 10,000 years, and continues to be grown in nearly three dozen countries. Since hemp was grouped with marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, it’s been illegal to grow in the United States. But as more manufacturers discover the plant’s versatility and value, the U.S. has become the number one importer of hemp worldwide, and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. The aim of the film, according to its website, is “to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.” The

Dandelion Day committee selected the film for the same reason, and said its appearance in Carbondale is timely. In January, Congress passed the Farm Bill with a provision that legalized the production of industrial hemp

“This is a step in the right direction towards utilizing this crop in a way that improves our economy and creates jobs.” – Jared Polis Colorado Representative

for research purposes in states where it’s permitted (Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia). Upon the bill’s passing, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis (D), one of the authors of the amendment, said “This is a step in the right direction towards utilizing this crop in a way that improves our economy and creates jobs.” The Colorado Department of Agri-

culture wasted no time in launching the Colorado Industrial Hemp Program, offering licenses at $100 apiece to grow up to 10 acres of hemp for research and development. As of last week, 22 applications had been received. Jacqueline Chenoweth, founder of Via Hemp, LLC, located in Carbondale, said she wants to make ecofriendly products from U.S. grown industrial hemp. She spearheaded efforts to get landowners in the Roaring Fork Valley to sign up for the R&D permits by the May 1 deadline. There were no takers, but the idea stirred the imagination of several local gardeners who are interested in organizing to explore the production and processing of hemp as a new local industry. Chenoweth will give opening remarks at the Carbondale debut of “Bringing It Home” and there will be sign-up sheets for those who want to be involved in bringing commercial hemp production to the Roaring Fork Valley. She’ll also have a booth at the Dandelion Day celebration in Sopris Park on May 10.


“Bringing It Home” At the Crystal Theatre On May 9 at 5:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5 and

Bonedale Ballet, a production of Coredination, presented “Carnival of Animals” at its Bridges Center studio for two shows on May 10. Approximately 30 youth and adult dancers expounded upon the theme of “animals” during the 30-minute performance. Photo by Lynn Burton

DANDELION DAY May 10, 2014 Dear Carbondale, The Mt. Sopris Historical Society cordially invites you to visit their Dandelion Day Booth at Sopris Park on Saturday, May 10, 2014! From 11-1p.m., local history professor Darrell Munsell and author of From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America will be on hand to chat and answer questions about our communities’ unique history. Come and find out about upcoming events, opportunities to volunteer and ways to participate in celebrating our rich cultural heritage. Thank you, Carbondale, for your ongoing support and community partnerships.

Mt. Sopris Historical Society 499 Weant - PO Box 2 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-7041

8 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

Thank you to our nurses. Your caring brings compassion to the people we serve.

40-45 years Judith G. Burke Patricia E. Cerise Nancy Frizell Patricia R. Yount

35-39 years Karen A. Miller Donna E. Tasler Patricia M. Trauger Roger F. Yoder

30-34 years Alice M. Brouhard Barbara A. Cebula-McCune Kathleen A. Connifey Cecelia A. Grosholz Berdean F. Madsen Linda G. McFarland Terry J. Nightingale

25-29 years Joyce D. Ball Karen K. Crowley Carolyn M. Fox Cheryl A. Frank Elaine B. Hallett Joy Kor Ida L. Roe

20-24 years Anne I. Andersen Wanda M. Berryman Julie Dunn Katherine M. Falkenberg Joan C. Green Gabriella Haftel Jean-Marie Hegarty Barbara J. Kollar Ann M. Martin Nancy J. Schreiner Camillle S. Schuman Nancy L. Smith Vickie A. Smith Mary K. Wentzel Lori D. Zehring

15-19 years Ruth E. Belda Laura Bradshaw Robyn D. Burns Laurale M. Cross Phyllis K. Figueira Timothy C. Gay Eileen Gielow Eric J. Hanson Krisitine Hanson Kimberly S. Martin Mary S. McCutchan Jennifer A. McPherson Andrea L. Mitchell Lanea J. Orgill Janet Osteen Angela D. Persons Karen M. Schwenk Judith B. Sluga Irma E. Starbuck

10-14 years Susan L. Anderson Amanda M. Brooke Arla G. Carver Lisa M. Collins Nancy Cordero Tina L. Cox Michael Dehan

Jill S. Garling Catherine N. Goodman Claudia J. Gredig Lauren K. Gueriera Brenda G. Hanson Kristine E. Hubbell Lori D. Hubbell Sarah N. Hughes Ann E. Johnson Linda G. Jones Heather J. Knott Michelle R. Krelovich Kathryn B. Laven Michelle M. Long Deborah J. Meader Patricia A. Miely Bonita Nielsen Carla R. Ober Lesa M. Russo Debbie A. Schick-Lawrence Sheryl S. Smith Kristy L. Stark Susan L. Walton Debra L. Wolf Catherine A. Zarlengo Michele R. Zywiec

5-9 years Jodi L. Ahlstrom Elizabeth A. Amlie Becky D. Antonelli Niki Arnhold Autumn L. Bair Karin S. Bannerot Elizabeth Belanger-Shugart Misty L. Betts Cheri L. Bichon Heidi A. Burtscher Sara M. Carter Ellen M. Casey Jeanine M. Cervantes Beth Chow Gloria E. Classen Krystal Cordova Theodore R. Corwin Misty L. Cumings Nolan P. Cumings Wendy K. Doll Tiffany D. Duncan Heather R. Fochesato Douglas W. Folk Molly K. Garland Ashlie R. Gates Kristi A. Gill Aubrey A. Glenn Carolyn E. Hagist Teresa L. Hall Naomi J. Halonen Maureen Hanle Sue Hanson Carol A. Heinrichs Raquel Herrera Sara J. Houston Sandra A. Hyra Tanya Jambor Michele E. Kingman Karlene Lambuth Hans K. Lindbloom Alane C. Locastro Jacqueline D. Lohman Clyde T. McCorkle De Edda McLean Paula McNeil Kelly J. McQueen Ella L. McReynolds Catherine L. Mlnarik Katie Munch

Melissa L. Obuhanick Kyle E. Orcutt Christine R. Page Brandy A. Pannier April J. Parr Katherine E. Passenti Rachelle J. Petaisto Catherine M. Plough Courtney Pollard Danielle Reschke Mirta Reyes Leslie A. Riddel Gail E. Rounce Carrie A. Rousseau Karen L. Sanson Annemarie Schiereck Janiele M. Schumm Connie E. Selzer Bonnie B. Sihler Susan Slater Maria A. Stallings Elizabeth M. Stoffel Jennifer K. Stowe Heather R. Taylor Shelly A. Tellio John J. Van Nostrand Jr. Jessica A. Varela Wendy L. Wampler

Less than 5 years Kristena E. Baakko Tammy E. Baxter Heather I. Beck-Hale Jennifer L. Bedford Emily M. Bennett Melissa D. Benson Megan T. Blanchard Breanna F. Bouris Kimberly B. Bunn Ayla M. Cacho Debra J. Chapman Laurie M. Cohen Jadie L. Corwin Karen A. Courtney-Gerbaz Mary E. Crann Valerie G. Curry Eli M. DeSouza Kristen DiCarlo Gina Dipasquo Pamela Egan Jennifer L. Elias Judith K. Evans Nicole R. Ferrari Katherine Files Joel A. Fisher Diantha R. Fitzgerald Kelly Flynn Lesley S. Flynn Jennifer R. Fotorny Dharam K. Friedberg Ruth B. Gamboa Juana I. Garcia Ashley R. Gilley Jennifer N. Grefe Elizabeth Grillo Leanna K. Harju Wendy Hassock Andrea Hazelton Diane M. Heald Sarah E. Henrikson Jennifer A. Hills Kate Hugo Sandra Hurley Carole A. Inglis. Ashley Jackson Hannah C. Jaramillo Ashley B. Jardine

Celebrating Nurses Week - May 6-12, 2014

Kimberly A. Johnson Mary Beth Keil Colleen M. Kelly Keturah L. Kerst Joanne Knupp Audrey R. Korner Ashleigh Krehbiel Kerrie E. Kuhl Heather W. LaMarque Jennifer B. Lang Pascha L. LeBarron Kristen M. Levey Ann D. Lewis Shana S. Light Rebecca A. Lundin Anneliese Mangrum Natalie A. Markuson Krispen Maske Mijanou Matel-Holzman Patricia McCall Dianne R. McGinnis Shannon C. McMahon Anakaren Meraz Danielle Moriarty Sandra G. Morris Jessica T. Morton Jennifer A. Nelson Megan Nix Shannon L. Ochoa Norine E. Oelerich Sherri Opdyke Elizabeth H. Owen Emily E. Oyler Deborah Pelkey Chelsea A. Peterson Katherine Pomeroy Lee Ann Prentiss Kristin S. Price Cari B. Rohe Mandy M. Rooks Angela Rosol Jessica Ross Shay A. Salaz Darrell W. Sarver Dawn R. Sculco Margaret A. Seymour Sophia D. Shackelford Anita I. Sheetz Cecilia J. Silfverskiold Sandi M. Spencer Katherine M. Spry Shawna Stoltzfus Sara C. Striefel Bobbie Sulsar Crystal K. Torres David M. Turner Melody A. Turner Sheila S. Van Valkenburg Stacy Vidamour Anna C. Villalvazo Sarah A. Weatherred Angela S. Weeks Dylan T. Weller Heather M. Westcott Ann B. Wilcox Deborah L. Willet Cynthia Wizeman Catherine A. Wontor Sarah M. Wood Kathy Young Jessica M. Ziegler

Happy Mother’s Day 2014 Photos by Mark Burrows,

Janae Huck and Jaida

Shelley Kirkpatrick and Declan

Kelsey Clapper and Brianna

Jennifer Murillo and Ayla

Amy Gray and Tessa

Kim Bunn and Thorpe

Lauren Burtard and Cash

Wenonah Recio and Sarita Blue

Ximena Acevedo and Nahuel Madewell

Laura Gabriel and Mitzie Janet

Lindsey Kahn and Lucy

Alicia Broadhurst and Kaleb

Suzanne Stephens and Harbour Grace

10 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

Roxana Nevarez and Ashton

Kara Arvidson and Scout Marie

Anais Scher and Emma Grace

Jessica Hennessy and Shelby

Katy Tischler and Christopher

Becky Gorden and Kaiden

Emily Albers and Isabelle

Erin Williams and Peyton

Marcia Villarreal and Emma Rose

Susan Chism and Clara

Michelle Smith and Kilian

Zulieka Pevec and Tsukiko

See more photos on page 20 and online at

Susan Rains and Carter

Eugenia Acevedo and Paulina

THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 11

Community Calendar THURSDAY May 8 HISTORIC GaRDEN TaLK • Master gardener Sue Gray will explain how Carbondale’s pioneer families sustained themselves and the importnace of growing heirloom vegetables at the Mt. Sopris Historical Society (on Weant) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: JOHNSON OPENING • CCAH hosts an opening reception for furniture maker Bob Johnson from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Third Street Center. The show is a 45-year retrospective of Johnson’s work, and also includes water color artist Annette Roberts-Gray. Info: 963-1680. BIRD WaTCHING • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a guided tour to view herons, bald eagles and ospry at Aspen Glen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Registration is required at 927-1290. POT WORKSHOP • YouthZone Carbondale holds a “Marijuana and the Teenage Brainâ€? workshop at the Third Street Center at 6 p.m. ROTaRy • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

FRI.-SAT. May 9-10 DaNDELION DayS • The 2014 Dandelion Days kicks off on Friday with a tour of Carbondale school gardens at 3 p.m. and an eco-ďŹ lm at the Crystal Theatre at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Parade of the Species starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street (line up at 9:45 a.m.) followed by sustainable activi-

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

ties in Sopris Park until 5 p.m. Info: aRT SHOW • Whimsical Women of the West hold their “Joy of Springâ€? art show at Four Mile Bed and Breakfast (up the road to Sunlight Mountain Resort) from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There’ll be: ďŹ ber art, jewelry, folk art, container gardens, baskets, pottery, yard art, plants, vintage fabric, collectibles, ďŹ ne art and food goodies. Info: 945-4004.

FRIDAY May 9 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Grand Budapest Hotelâ€? (R) at 7:30 p.m. May 9-16 except on May 11 showing is at 5 p.m. only. Also showing “Bringing It Homeâ€? at 5:30 p.m. (captioned) on May 9. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday night. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Electric Lemon (rockin’ blues) from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. Info: 928-8813.

SATURDAY May 10 PRINCE CREEK CLEaN UP • Volunteers are needed for the BLM-sanctioned Prince

Creek clean up from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at McIntyre’s red barn south of Carbondale. Trash bags and soft drinks will be provided. Info: Roz or Tom Turnbull at 963-2888. SPECIaL CONCERT • Symphony in the Valley presents “Beethoven to Broadwayâ€? at the Wheeler Opera House at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Info: 920-5770. BaSaLT LIBRaRy • The Basalt Regional Library Foundation presents the Hudson Reed Ensemble’s production of Noel Coward’s “Hay Feverâ€? at the Library starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at intermission. Tickets are $35 in advance or at the door. Info: 927-4311.

SUNDAY May 11 SPECIaL CONCERT • Symphony in the Valley presents “Beethoven to Broadwayâ€? at Glenwood Springs High School at 4 p.m. Admission is $10. Info: 920-5770.

MONDAY May 12 HIGHWay 133 OPEN HOUSE • The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce hosts an opening house to explain upcoming Highway 133 construction, at Sopris Shop-





E N ! Nourish your heart, mind, and spirit.


8 am – 6 pm


8 am – 2 pm


Band E L T T BA   10

ping Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There’ll also be music and light appetizers. Info: 963-1890.

TUESDAY May 13 TWO-STEP TUESDay • The Roaring Fork Social Dancers present Two-Step Tuesdays from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Admission is $7 and partners or experience are not necessary. Info:

WEDNESDAY May 14 ROTaRy • The Rotary Club of Carbondale presents sculptor James Surls (speaking about plans for a local art museum) at the Carbondale ďŹ re station at 6:50 a.m. Coming up on May 21, Sharon Ragglo and Jackie Skramstadt (from Mind Springs Health); May 28, Dr. Aki (lung cancer facts). For program suggestions e-mail CULTURE CLUB • The Carbondale Culture Club presents Larry Gottleib (author of “The Seer’s Explanationâ€?) at the Third Street Center at noon. Admission is free. Coming up May 21, singer/pianist Vid Weatherwax; May 28, Rachel Connor (program director for (co) Studio Education: Connecting the Hand and the Mind. 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. CALENDAR page 13

KEEP THE SOPRIS SUN SHINING Your financial support is a critical part of our community news effort DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Donate online at


Visit True Nature’s booth

@ DANDELION DAY this Saturday!

 "   Come out early for DANDELION DAYS activities starting @ 9am

     "" 100 N 3RD S T • C ARBONDALE • 970.963.9900

12 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

GREAT DIVIDE Send a check made out to the Sopris Sun LLC, P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, 81623 or Take out an ad for your business by contacting: Bob Albright (C’dale to Aspen) 970-927-2175 • Paula Valenti (Glenwood Area) 970-319-5270 •

Community Calendar continued om page 12 Further Out

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. LIVE MUSIC • The Glenwood Springs Connumity Concert series presents The trumpet ensemble Les Tompettes de Lyon at Glenwood Springs High School at 7 p.m. Admission is free with the purchase of a

membership for next season. Info:

WEDNESDAY May 21 RaM JaM PERFORMS • The Ram Jam Band will present a concert in the band room at 8 p.m. during the Roaring Fork High School art show. The concert will feature the legendary minimalist composer Terry Riley’s “in C.” This rarely performed work is a real test of the players’ stamina and musicianship and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the

Ongoing MINDFULNESS GROUP • The Mindfulness group holds weekly sessions at 7:30 p.m. next to the Blend on Highway 133. Info: 970-633-0163. WEEKLy RUNS • Indepedence Run & Hike holds runs Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Info: 704-0909. LINX • The Linx Networking group meets each Tuesdays at 7 a.m. in the Aspen-Sotheby’s real estate office on Midland Avenue in Basalt. Info: Keith Edquist at 928-8428. 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 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.

landmark piece. Riley composed “in C” in 1964. The juxtaposed elements of East Indian, jazz, and western avant-garde music result in a unique form driven by interlocking repetitive patterns. When first released, the work’s impact was to change the course of 20th century music. It has influenced composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams, and the music of rock groups including The Who, Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream and many others. The piece normally runs about an hour in length. The audience is encouraged

to make themselves comfortable and bring pillows or beanbag-type chairs in to the performance area.

FRI.-SAT. May 30-31 GRaDUaTIONS • Bridges High School holds its graduation ceremony at the school at 4 p.m. on Friday; Roaring Fork High School holds its graduation ceremony at the school at 1 p.m. on Saturday; Basalt High School holds its graduation at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Town council continued om page 5 nity events gathering space” based on a “radical” and nontraditional business model, according to the proposal’s application. Hobbs, who is a newly elected town trustee, recused himself from the discussion at the April 15 meeting. But Brown described the cafe as a place where patrons can pay what they can, rather than a price on a menu, for whatever amount of food they order, as a way to minimize food waste. The cafe also would post its monthly expenses on a thermometer-style display, showing customers how the establishment is doing at meeting its costs as a way of involving the consumer in helping the business stay afloat, among other novel ways of doing business. The fourth proposal, by local resident Jim Breasted, is to turn the library into a lowcost, publicly owned hostel for travelers, seasonal workers and others unable or unprepared to pay the high cost of lodging, or housing, when they first arrive in the valley. Breasted said one idea is to affiliate the Carbondale facility with the Hostel International USA organization, which has facilities throughout much of the U.S. The BOT meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., and the full meeting agenda is to be posted on the town website,, by May 9.

Happy & Blessed

MOTHER’S DAY from the management & staff at The Pour House

Bring mom in for that special meal on her day! FLOWERS FOR ALL MOMS

351 MAIN STREET, CARBONDALE • 963-3553 •

THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 13

Mother of two (and a “mom” for all moms) By Jane Bachrach Sopris Sun Staff Writer This Sunday the entire country will be focusing on moms as we celebrate Mother’s Day and show them our gratitude and appreciation. For Carbondale mom Janine Cuthbertson, every day is a Mother’s Day of sorts as the focus of her work involves making every mother’s day a little easier. Being a mom herself to daughters Aria and Tahlia, 7 and 5-years-old respectively, Janine understands the daily routines, challenges and joys common to all mothers. She also understands the need for moms to connect with other moms. So, four years ago and after a few months of research, Janine gave birth to her first online community naming it “Carbondale Moms for Moms.” Born on April 1, 2010, Janine’s creation was no joke and the website has grown beyond just Carbondale. According to the Carbondale Moms for Moms website, “Carbondale Moms for Moms is building a stronger community by offering connection, information, support and inspiration for local mothers.”

The conception Janine conceived her idea after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. After organizing a relief effort to help quake victims, she realized how difficult it was to find and recruit moms to volunteer. There was only one local e-mail list that someone gave her. “I wanted moms because I found an orphanage in Port-au-Prince that needed help and I wanted to send them items for the children rather than money,” she told The Sopris Sun. She figured that local moms would have the kinds of items that were needed. Following the relief effort, she started thinking that there’s got to be a better way for Carbondale moms to connect with each other. There were no resources so she decided to create one.

The pregnancy After some research, Janine found there

had five sites.

adolescence and teens Today, just four years later, there are 16 online communities in the U.S., each run by a local mom. There are currently about 755 moms in Carbondale and 8,000 nationwide. Janine is about to launch her first international site in Australia, which will bring the total of Moms for Moms online communities to 17. The Australian site, she quipped, is called “Mums for Mums.”

The site itself There is no fee to become a Moms for Moms member. Each site contains everything from information on activities for kids such as summer camps, to forums, discussion groups and childcare exchanges. “The content is constantly evolving as kids get older,” she said.

adulthood Janine Cuthbertson and her daughters (left to right) Aria and Tahlia at the May First Friday. After launching the Carbondale Moms for Moms website four years ago, a total of 16 operate in the U.S. and is about to launch in Australia. Photo by Jane Bachrach were some online communities for moms. “These nationwide websites had thousands of moms but the problem with them was that they were too anonymous,” she explained. Few moms posted photos or used their real names and the websites were not geographically oriented. She said what makes her website different and unique is that “it’s geographic and hyper local and community oriented. All of the information is relevant to the Carbondale community so the level of trust on Moms for Moms is high.”

Birth Just two months after Haiti, Janine launched Carbondale Moms for Moms. She initially invited the 45 moms that were on the

original e-mail list to check it out. Janine said the immediate response was so positive and moms were so grateful that they had a way to connect with each other in the Carbondale community, that word spread quickly.

Infancy Because the response was so good, Janine wanted to launch more websites. So, within a month she launched Moms for Moms online communities in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs. In six months she launched Bend, Oregon and Whitefish, Montana websites. “Then a mom from Rifle asked me when there were going to be more downvalley. So we launched Rifle. I wanted to run them on my own but I was too busy. So I found mothers in each one of those communities to run the sites.” At one year she

Smith, Kennedy, Schilling win fire-board seats Most ballots ever By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer With five candidates running for three Carbondale Fire Board seats, challenger Carl Smith far-out distanced the pack with 974 votes; incumbent Mike Kennedy logged the next highest total at 917. In a battle between the other two incumbents, Gene Schilling edged out Mark Chain by five votes (875-870) for the third seat; Gary McElwee netted 863 votes. In all, the bottom three candidates were separated by 12 votes. Election official Jenny Cutright said voters cast 1,720 ballots of 8,231 that were sent out. The election comes six months after Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District residents shot down a mill levy hike ballot measure, which could have doubled property taxes, by a 2:1 margin.

Smith (a former fire district staffer and retired firefighter) and McElwee (a former district volunteer) campaigned together on a platform that included more board transparency and better financial planning. Smith often pointed to his long-time experience as a professional fire fighter in Aurora and later for the Carbondale Fire District. He also campaigned on his Facebook sub-account and on Twitter, joined the Google’s Carbondale group, went door-todoor and recruited three others to do the same. He relied on input and ideas from his wife Vickie, and his three daughters. “It was a family affair, ” Smith told The Sopris Sun. He laughed when he told The Sun “ … one guy said he was voting for me because I look like Willie Nelson … I tried to keep my sense of humor (through the campaign).” Smith also said the vote “sends a message” on such issues as transparency, finan-

14 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

cial planning techniques such as objectives based budgeting and fiscal responsibility. Moving forward, Smith referred to his work on a state-wide emergency medicine and treatment committee that makes recommendations to the Colorado Department of Health. On that committee, he has opinions and ideas but when a vote goes against him, he does not then try to subvert the process. “That’s not my style. … I vote my conscience but if the vote goes against me I accept that.” Wrapping up, he said “thanks” to everyone who voted. “ … (the voters) clearly gave us direction.” Kennedy has served on the fire board for 20 years. He told The Sun it was nice to have a bigger election turn out than in previous years. “People took a lot of interest … People realize we’ve put together a good fire district … they know we can continue to do

With the help of her husband, Mike, Janine figured out the business side of things. “Each site is run as an independent business so all the advertising and promotion are done locally,” she said. Each online community generates revenue through advertising and promotions. Janine refers to her advertisers as “partners,” as all advertisers have to give back to the website by providing something that will benefit Moms for Moms members; items such as tickets to a local event, coupons or discounts. The only requirement for advertisers is they must be local. If someone wants to start a Moms for Moms online community they must first sign a licensing agreement with Janine, or Moms for Moms Communities. The licensing agreement entitles them to the “business in a box” training guide, the brand and use of the site. It also includes having 24/7 access to support from Moms for Moms communities. Janine gets paid a monthly fee by each community owner. Janine’s goal from the beginning has been “to give the gift of connection to mothers.” Stay tuned. Our guess is there’s a lot more to come from this mom.

that in the future.” He is proud of the district, especially its performance in the past 10 years, which saw dramatic growth and increased demand for services. “We’ve made a lot of positive changes and people appreciate the service … we owe it to our paid staff and dedicated volunteers that make it operate on a daily basis.” One task for the new board, Kennedy said, is to educate the public on what the district does. “People would be surprised about what goes on … it’s pretty complicated … the amount of training that goes on … it’s a constant challenge.” On the subject of transparency, Kennedy said he could count on one hand the members of the public who have attended a monthly board meeting in the past few years. “We’d be happy to see them. They can go to our website for (meeting) minutes … we’d love for them to take a bigger interest.” Fire board member Gene Schilling was unavailable for comment.

T.G.I.F.F. (ank God It’s First Friday) Spring is here and it was obvious on First Friday as adults and kids came out of the woodwork to celebrate. Between the pillow fights at Fourth and Main, lulubelle’s annual fashion show, C.A.R.E. doggie adoptions and other kid activities at the Family Block Party outside at the Village Smithy, Carbondale was rockin.’

Top left, clockwise: Julie Martin and Dandelion (a CARE dog up for adoption); Jazz Mackin; Tag Speaker and mom Lisa Speaker; Genevieve Vickers; Rio Sewell (in cowboy hat); pillow fighters.

Photos and text by Jane Bachrach

THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 15

Community Briefs

Please submit your community briefs to by noon on Monday. The May pole was a main attraction at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork’s annual Mayfaire celebration on May 3. Photo by Barbara Dills

Hwy 133 construction kick-off event May 12 Everyone is invited to the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce’s Highway 133 construction open house at Sopris Shopping Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 12. Representatives from the town, CDOT and United Companies will be on hand to show displays, explain the project and answer questions. Rick Rock and the Roosters will provide the music; the chamber will provide the snacks. Word has it James Surls will also be on hand to explain and discuss his “Sewing the Future” sculpture, which is slated to be placed in the roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street. Construction on the 1.9-mile stretch of Highway 133 will start this month and continue into the fall.

UDC dates coming up There are two important dates in Carbondale’s on-going unified development code (UDC) process: the P&Z will discuss the annotated outline on May 29 and the public is invited to comment; public comments to the P&Z are due on June 6 (send to or on a form at the website The UDC (aka a new zoning code) is meant to replace the town’s current zoning code, according to town officials. The trustees are expected to act on the UDC later this year. The outline is posted on the town’s website and is available in paper form at town hall.

RFOV seeks Crystal volunteers Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is accepting volunteers for its Crystal River riparian trail project, slated for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17. For details, e-mail On a related note, RFOV undertakes evening projects at the Wulfsohn Mountain open space in Glenwood Springs on May 8, 15, 22 and 29.

CCS offering wilderness First aid workshop

RFL accepting applications Roaring Fork Leadership is accepting applications for its Class of 2015. The deadline is May 13. For details, go to

The Carbondale Community School is offering a NOLS/Wilderness Medicine Institute Wilderness First Aid course on June 7-8. The fee is $220. For details, call 963-9647.

BBC presents business workshop

CCS slates plant sale The Carbondale Community School Garden Club holds a plant sale from 3 to 4 p.m. on May 22-23. For details, call 963-9647.

The Bonedale Business Cooperative hosts a business strategies workshop at the Third Street Center from 9 a.m. to noon on May 16. The main presenters will be Intentional Solutions

MINDFUL LIFE PROGRAM Carbondale Events Meditation Retreat, Saturday, 4/19 Mindfulness in Recovery 11th Step Retreat, Saturday, 4/26 Mindful Life Program Course, 5/15 - 7/7 Weekly Mindfulness Group, Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm s at see u y e m o C Da elion d n a D 0th May 1 ark sP Sopri

and JVA Consulting. Other presenters will be Roaring Fork Leadership, Roaring Fork Business Resource Center and chamber of commerce. To RSVP, go to the Bonedale Business Cooperative’s Facebook page.

FRC parenting workshop offered The Family Resource Center offers a free parenting workshop in English and Spanish at Basalt Elementary School at 6 p.m. on May 13. The topic is “how to help your children solve their own conflicts so you don’t have to be a referee.” To RSVP, call 384-5692 or e-mail

Junior tennis league forming The Colorado Roaring Fork Junior Team Tennis League is forming for players 18 and younger. Matches are scheduled for Fridays on June 13 and 20, and July 11, 18 and 24. For details, call Diana CordovaElliott at 927-4693 or e-mail

Whimsical Women of the West

Celebrate Mom and Spring Mother’s Day Weekend Yard Art

Transform Your Life

Fiber Art Plants Jewelry 970-633-0163

Carbondale Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of POLICE OFFICER

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will enjoy working in a TEAM / Community Policing environment. Starting salary is $45,731. Ability to work shift work, weekends and holidays a must. We offer an excellent benefit package. Spanish speaking preferred. Must possess a Colorado POST certification or be POST certifiable. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have or ability to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license and no felony convictions. Applicants must complete background checks, complete physical agility test, and participate in a ride-along program. Send application, resume and references to Carbondale Police Department, 511 Colorado Ave., #911, Carbondale, CO 81623 or to Lt. Chris Wurtsmith, Deadline is May 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

16 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

Vintage Fabric

Folk Art


Container Gardens Baskets

Food Goodies


Fine Art

Opening Reception Friday, May 9th 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10th 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A percentage of sales will benefit Literacy Outreach

On the grounds of Four Mile Creek Bed & Breakfast 5 miles up Four Mile Road on the way to Sunlight. For more Information Call (970) 945-4004

Shopping | Dining | Culture | Recreation

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

At Basalt thri stores, every donation finds a home S. Michael Jundt The Basalt Thrift Store, a local non-profit, now in its sixth year of business, doesn’t just stop at selling your donations in its store. After realizing the abundance of donations that get dropped off, executive director and founder Jullia Pratt was determined that the excess goods not go to waste. “It was really a moral dilemma,” says Jullia. “When we met with the other thrift and consignment stores in the valley it became apparent that we all get so much donated that there was no way it could all be sold through our stores. As well, there isn’t a warehouse large enough to accommodate the amount of goods and more just keeps coming.” Jullia continues, “The sad part was, there was no outlet to absorb the overflow of goods, and the majority was being sent to the landfills.” After researching the problem, Jullia located several facilities that specialized in transporting used goods to other countries for continued use. Within months, Basalt Thrift had its own textile baler. “The baler,” says Jullia, “condenses approximately 85 lawn and leaf size trash bags of clothes and fabric into a 1,000 pound bale. When we have 40,000 pounds of goods we forklift it all onto

a semi trailer and prepare to ship it overseas.” The loads are made up of more than just textiles. Basalt Thrift also sorts housewares and pairs together shoes, and accumulates books, toys, belts, backpacks, purses and more. “We’ve worked with the local school children in our “Soles for Africa” campaign,” says Jullia, “which ships thousands of pairs of shoes to select villages where the local kids can attend school but are required to have footwear. When children understand the impact they can have in choosing to recycle even one item it’s a wonderful eye opener for them.” Basalt Thrift is currently keeping in excess of 500,000 pounds of good, useable items out of local landfills each year, and recycling another 500,000 pounds that they send to salvage agencies. “We want you to know, says Jullia, “that the goods you donate to us get used, if we don’t sell Jullia Pratt them through the store we find them a home Basalt Thrift Store somewhere in the world, they are not simply thrown away.” You can learn more about Basalt Thrift’s organization by visiting: or by visiting their showroom located on South Side Drive in the Basalt Business Center.

“The baler condenses approximately 85 lawn and leaf size trash bags of clothes and fabric into a 1,000 pound bale. When we have 40,000 pounds of goods we forklift it all onto a semi trailer and prepare to ship it overseas.”

Basalt Recreation 2014 Spring/Summer Activities Guide is NOW AVAILABLE. Wehavesomefunactivities foryouththroughadult. 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. Just call us at 970-927-8214 x400 or you can visit our website at

MOTHER’S DAY SALE 15% off all dresses through May 13th You can also register online. START PLANNING YOUR SUMMER ACTIVITIES TODAY!

927-6488 Mon-Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 Down the Block k frro om Big O T Tiiress, Basalt Business Center "Non-Prrofit Supporting Local Sustainable Agriculture e"


Ice Cream

Open daily Basalt’s Only Ice Cream Shop

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

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

Coffee with the


• 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.

The next Coffee with the Mayor is:


Wednesday, May 14 – Starbuck’s in Willits - from 7 to 8 AM And at Saxy’s in downtown Basalt from 8:15 to to 9:15 AM. THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 17

School district releases reading scores Classifieds By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent The Colorado Department of Education released third grade reading scores on the TCAP, Colorado’s mandated standardized test. In the Re-1 district, 360 third graders were tested and 74 percent scored proďŹ cient or advanced, which is 2 percentage points higher than the state average. The one Re-1 elementary school to show a decline in third grade reading scores was Crystal River Elementary School. Superintendent Diana Sirko emphasized that these results are “just one data point with one group of studentsâ€? and other preliminary data suggest signiďŹ cant gains among CRES students overall. The declining score could be related to the fact that there is a signiďŹ cantly higher percentage of second language learners and students from low-income families in this year’s CRES third grade class compared to last year’s. Although 88 percent of Anglo third graders at CRES this year scored proďŹ cient or above, Sirko was reluctant to discuss the disaggregated data, emphasizing instead the importance of academic achievement for all students regardless of their background.


“There is a distinct correlation between poverty rates and achievement,â€? said Chief Academic OfďŹ cer Rob Stein, “but it doesn’t have to be that way.â€? Through his involvement in the Aspen Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career initiative, Stein has been examining high schools that are getting “game-changing scoresâ€? with low-income kids. Stein told The Sopris Sun that these schools focus on the whole child; they emphasize character development; they have “a strong identity and a strong mission;â€? and they use student data very thoughtfully. While these schools are not narrowly focused on increasing students’ test scores, high test scores is an “ancillary effectâ€? of these other elements. “We have to move from an either/or to a both/and kind of thinking,â€? Stein said. According to Stein, the community can have schools that are engaging and inspiring students (a desire which was voiced strongly at the district’s visioning meetings) while also providing academic rigor and ensuring that all students are gaining fundamental academic skills. The district will conduct a comprehensive review of CRES this month, evaluating everything from the sense of community to the social/emotional support provided for each child.

The applicant is Crystal River Club LLC. The property owner is Realty Capital Management LLC.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering a Subdivision Plat Amendment to modify Lots 2 and 4 through 10 of Block JJ, River Valley Ranch.

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on May 27, 2014.

Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours,

The property is located at Block JJ, Crystal Springs Townhomes at River Valley Ranch according to the plat recorded June 19, 2000 as Reception No 565152.

Service Directory

Submit to by Monday 12 p.m. Rates: $15 for 30 words, $20 for up to 50 words. Payment due before publication.*

FOR SALE BY OWNER. Carbondale Condo. 2 BR, 1.5 baths. Clean, modern, new carpet. W/D, A/C, 2 sunny decks. $261,900. 970-963-9371. HELP WANTED. Coordinator for KDNK Labor of Love Auction. Organized, outgoing, motivated team player to help organize and solicit donations and help plan the event in November. KDNK is committed to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. Interested applicants should contact or call Steve Skinner at 963-0139. HELP WANTED. Town of Carbondale, Accounting Clerk II/HR Assist. $20.74$28.00/hr. DOQ. For application and job description visit Deadline 5/9/2014. MISSING since 04/24/14, Siamese Cat – 11 yr. old neutered male, gray points, short hair, blue eyes. Thompson Creek Road (CR 108) Carbondale, Crystal River Ranch. Reward! No questions asked. Please call Ginny Harrington 970-318-0076. You must dial 970. OUTDOOR WRITERS WANTED. The Sopris Sun is looking for volunteer writers to tell about hikes, bike rides, ďŹ shing and other local summer-time excursions. Experience not necessary. For details, e-mail Lynn Burton at *Credit card payment information should be emailed to or call 948-6563. Checks may be dropped off at our office at the Third Street Center or mailed to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Call 618-9112 for more info.

8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

John Leybourne Planner

Published in The Sopris Sun on May 8, 2014. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees

for the purpose of considering the adoption of an ordinance which would amend Chapter 18 (Zoning Districts) of the Carbondale Municipal Code. The proposed ordinance would affect the location, zoning and establish conditions of operation of Medical Marijuana Facilities as defined in the Ordinance. The applicant is the Town of Carbondale.

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on May 27, 2014.

Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

John Leybourne Planner

Published in The Sopris Sun on May 8, 2014.



A CRACKED WINDSHIELD is NOT SAFE for you and your family DAVID

ZAMANSKY Owner Operated

Construction Kick-off Party: May 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Sopris Shopping Center in front of ItÂ’s My Party. Project details, refreshments, giveaways & live music. Hosted by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.


Grab and Go Local Grass-fed Beef Burgers

500 Buggy Circle, Carbondale, CO


234 Main Street

By the Locals For the Locals

Joslyn Mitchell Independent Consultant

Locally raised beef and produce


220 Main St, Carbondale | 970-963-1569 |

See Thundercat at

CARBONDALE ANIMAL HOSPITAL (970) 963-2826 Find us on Facebook


Support The Sopris Sun while The Sun supports your business!



303 Main St. • Carbondale • 963-3940 • OPEN 7 DAYS

18 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • May 8, 2014

Mon., Tues., Thurs., Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 10:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Remodels, Additions, and New Construction

Service directory ads start at just $40.

Quality, affordable service since 2002

[970] 618-0035

Contact #PC"MCSJHIU at 970- or

One thing for sure: Mother Nature does bat last By Patrick Hunter

One of Carbondale’s best-loved events is the Dandelion Days festivities coming this Friday and Saturday. Dandelion Days is one of those rites of spring events that help us change gears for the new season. That means go to stretch Lycra clothing and gear shifting instead of insulated parkas and carving turns. (And different helmets.) We also start thinking about things growing, like planting gardens. The essence of celebrating dandelions is avoiding the use of toxic chemicals that kill dandelions. A decision is made that bright yellow flowers with big leaves in a grassy yard beats the potential harm to our health from the chemicals in Weed-B-Gon. This is an environmental decision. Environmental consciousness covers not only our personal health and wellbeing but also the health and beauty of our natural surroundings. We see ourselves as part of a much larger whole that is completely integrated. Scientifically, the atoms that make up our bodies have been around for millennia. Those same atoms could have been in many different organisms over time. When we eat a carrot, some of those atoms become part of us. To take a step further, there is a whole school of “ecopsychology” that believes that humans have an intrinsic need for nature and the environment. People have pets and house plants and landscaped yards. Studies show that people in hospitals heal

better when they see the landscape outside the window in their room. People experiencing various personal issues can improve by spending time in the natural environment. Taking time outdoors can demonstrably improve some peoples’ thought processes, such as increased creativity. When we see or hear of environmental issues such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or burning forests in the Amazon, or fishing trawlers that kill millions of animals indiscriminately, or see massive spills of coal ash into our rivers, we are affected at a deeper level. I know I feel a gut wrench when hearing of another forest fire. All of this is part of the reason I enrolled in the Colorado Mountain College Bachelors (BA) of Sustainability Studies program. But at the beginning, I had only a vague sense of what “sustainability” meant. Historically, according to Richard Heinberg: The first known European use of the word sustainability (German: Nachhaltigkeit) occurred in 1713 in the book “Sylvicultura Oeconomica” by German forester and scientist Hans Carl von Carlowitz. Later, French and English foresters adopted the practice of planting trees as a path to “sustained-yield forestry.” In 1972 some researchers from MIT published “The Limits to Growth,” a landmark book that examined the consumption of resources and why that could lead to a collapse of our civilization. In 1987 a commission of


the U.N. produced the Brundtland report that defined sustainable development as development that “meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” One day I was sitting in class when a department head walked in and announced that many of the students were calling the degree program “sustainable studies” instead of “sustainability” studies. (Me in-

Nature does not “care” who are the winners or losers. Nature is the home team and “she” does not strike out. cluded.) Right: it wasn’t our studies that should be long lasting, but how human society could continue. Oh! This is a preamble to my own recent epiphany that the most important thing about the word “sustainability” is that it is either all or nothing. A thing is either sustainable or it is not. It’s like being semi-pregnant — you are, or you are not. There is no 25 percent. This game is for all the marbles. This goes beyond environmentalism. The environmentalist can be happy with marginal improvements. Flourishing, un-poi-


soned dandelions, vegetarianism and saving endangered species are all good and are important, but the stakes are really different. There is a website blog by a college professor named Guy McPherson called “Nature Bats Last.” It is not for the weak at heart. It is a compendium of scientific studies that make it clear how big a problem we are up against. Nature does not “care” who are the winners or losers. Nature is the home team and “she” does not strike out. A recent bestselling book is called “The Sixth Extinction.” We are in it — the sixth extinction that is. Species of plants and animals are now dropping like flies. In the Permian Extinction (about 250 million years ago) around 80 percent of all species on the planet disappeared. (Like Noah and the flood.) That means we humans, and maybe dandelions, are descendants of the things in the 20 percent that survived the Permian. We humans could have been something really different. Or maybe not at all. (Ever bruise your tailbone, speaking of evolution?) It took millions of years for nature to restore the diversity of life before the extinction. Global warming is driving this extinction. How bad will it be? When you a see a bunch of very happy dandelions in the yard, remember — we are in this thing together. Patrick Hunter is a Colorado Mountain College Sustainability Studies student and member of the Citizens Climate Lobby. He lives outside Carbondale.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2014-2015 School Year

A truly unique preschool that offers small class sizes and a teacher/student ratio of 1:6

Call 970-963-2524 for more information or to schedule a tour. THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • May 8, 2014 • 19

Keila Olave and Caleb

Elly Harder and Luna Schachter

Courtney Jaynes and Sosena Karitu

Jessica Garrow and Hazel Parenti

Mallory Wallace and Sawyer

Diane Whalen and Isabella

Megan Noonan and Charlie

Tracy Bethell and Luke

Dana Ellis and Aven

Tricia Mines and Abigail

Carly Passchier and Kinsall

Pema Sherpa and Yonden

Happy Mother’s Day


Photos by Mark Burrows, See more moms and their children at

14 05 08 newest  
14 05 08 newest