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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 12 • MAY 13, 2010

A group of hikers take a break on Red Hill's popular Mushroom Rock formation above Carbondale. The Thompson Divide Coalition is attempting to stave off gas drilling in portions of the landscape in the background. Courtesy photo

Thompson Divide Coalition hits a turning point Director W resigns from cash-strapped organization By David Frey Special to The Sopris Sun

ith no executive director and almost no money in the bank, the Thompson Divide Coalition is facing tough times in its efforts to protect lands west of Carbondale from natural gas drilling.

Board members say they’re becoming more active as a result and are hoping to see an infusion of funds soon. Some say they’re still optimistic they can get legislation this year to protect the land from future gas leases. But it will mean a far less ambitious effort than the one sketched out by outgoing executive director Lisa Moreno, who drafted a budget for more than $400,000 that would include media campaigns and Washington lobbying. As of last week, the group had about $59 in the bank, said board member

Dorothea Farris, a former Pitkin County commissioner who lives on Prince Creek Road, just outside of Carbondale. Is the coalition in crisis? “We could be,” Farris said. “At the end of the next couple weeks, we will have a better idea of where we want to be able to go.” The Thompson Divide Coalition formed in the fall of 2008 to find a way to protect a vast landscape west of Carbondale from oil and gas drilling. The group, comprised of ranchers, landowners, environmentalists and others, is seeking federal legislation to bar future gas leases from about 100,000 acres, and a method for energy companies with existing leases to sell or give away their leases. Some 81 active leases are currently on the ground. The area has seen little energy activity, but neighboring areas, including western

Garfield County and northern Delta County, have seen a lot of activity, raising fears that drilling may come to the area and threaten watersheds and the landscape. The group wants to see protections for the region included in a federal law by fall. Moreno, who drew a $79,000 salary, left the coalition May 3. Since then, board members have been meeting regularly, trying to scope out its future and determine how to staff the organization. That could mean eventually hiring a new executive director or hiring one part-time. The board had also hired a Washington lobbyist, and recently switched from paying him monthly to hourly. As the possibility of legislation nears, board members are asking themselves whether to bring the lobbyist back on or to press legislators on the THOMPSON COALITION page 12

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C’dale may shell out for energy grant

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Who’s hungry? Mankind is the biggest threat to our own survival. In the end it won’t be the hole in the ozone or the islands of plastic in the ocean that extinguish us; we’ll simply breed ourselves out of food and water. Oh yeah, except for the guys who took all of our money and are planning to move to Mars or wherever, to continue their pathologically trashy lives. Have fun with that! Count me out. There’s no way I want to live in a fishbowl in space with a bunch of old white guys who think money is the goal. I’ve had more fun at the dump. Some days it’s hard to remember why we’re here. Especially when it seems all we have time to do is work and shop and sleep. We don’t even have time to prepare our food anymore, everything’s pre-packaged and ready to zap in the microwave. It would be nearly impossible for Americans to reach current levels of obesity if all of our food was self-prepared. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to cook and eat that much corn. But, by first feeding it to the cattle and then eating them pre-prepared and individually wrapped, we free up plenty of time to eat too much. (Never you mind that cows’ stomachs are not equipped to handle a diet of corn, which is why they are constantly administered antibiotics. Yummy!) I think the best thing that could happen to our planet right now would be for a Giant Creature to appear and affect us the way that we affect insects; nothing evil, just consequentially devastating. Imagine the headlines: “200,000 Killed Today When By Jeannie Perry GC Sat Down.” Not only would an unaware Giant Creature keep our overpopulation issue in check, but people would spend more time doing what they love knowing that at any time their entire town could be wiped out simply because of an impromptu GC picnic. Priorities would shift from Wal-Mart and Wall Street to spending more time with family and friends, possibly underground. The focus would be on quality instead of quantity and freeing up all the resources currently used for consumption would be, as my favorite ex-con scrapbooker says, “A good thing.”

Ps & Qs

The following is from an article titled “Hold Steady”* by Deborah Rich and Jason Mark: If we are able to find a way to collectively reduce population, then our current ideal of progress would have to be remodeled. Instead of trumpeting quantity, we would prioritize quality. In economic terms, that means putting greater emphasis on the value of the goods we create rather than simply the number of goods. Wealth creation would be linked to improving what we already have. O’Neill says, Even if we assume a scenario where markets stop expanding (i.e. world economies become completely integrated and there is no more economic or population growth), stock prices could still increase if companies added value to their products by producing higher quality goods instead of a greater quantity of goods. This would be a much better scenario for the planet as well. At this point we are squandering our resources like a panicked fly trying to get out of a closed window. We keep stocking the shelves with crap and we keep buying it, without stopping to remember that by definition Capitalism is choice. Somewhere along the way we got sidetracked by the notion of “having it all.” Now, not only do we not have it all, a lot of us don’t even have our homes or our pensions thanks to some greedy con men from our nation’s Capital (not a misspelling). This is where a Giant Creature would really come in handy because there would be no differentiating between rich and poor, boring and ingenious, morally deficient and integrity driven. The GC would randomly kill many without bias. I know what you’re thinking — too harsh, but random killing is already a major factor in the game of life on Planet Earth: typhoid, tsunamis, terrorists, just to name a few. I think an unbiased feature out of our control would even up the playing field. It seems the people with nothing always bear the wrath of Nature and man scorned.Why should only the ones who can afford to fly around in a private jet wasting fuel survive to eat another cheeseburger in paradise? *


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Village a bad bargain? Dear Editor: We all need to appreciate the time and effort that the Carbondale Town Trustees,Town employees and the P&Z Commission have spent to assure that whatever is eventually built at the former Crystal River Marketplace location will be the best choice for Carbondale. However, there were several items presented at the trustees meeting on April 27 that 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • MAY 13, 2010

I question and wish to address. First, any trade off between building height and open space appears to be a false bargain. If a building is too high for the landscape in which it is to be situated, it is too high. No amount of additional open space would mitigate that problem. Second, to say that delays in approval have cost the town additional revenue misses the point of having an approval process and subverts the approval process. I understand

Sun and snow, and lots of it: That’s what (from left) Mike Suhrbier, John DiCuollo and Allan Porter found when they skied Mt. Mellinthin in Utah’s LaSal range in mid April. Apparently the snowpack was 150 percent of average, so there may still be some good turns to be had. Courtesy photo that this process has dragged on and some may lose patience, but the process is there for a reason (Can we imagine what we would now have if the trustees had approved a bigbox Home Depot as proposed in the past)? Third, I was surprised by the revenue projections for each of the scenarios. The amount of revenue expected appeared to be very small in comparison to the overall environmental impact of the proposal. Certainly, these are hard fiscal times and Carbondale can use additional revenues, but at what price? Personally, I would prefer to see some carefully planned reduction in services or even a tax increase rather than witness the small town character of Carbondale whither away to be replaced by further suburbanization. I would like to know what the revenue projections would look like if the residential units could not be sold or rented and the commercial properties could not be leased because of the current lack of demand for such space. Regarding the environmental impact of the Village at Crystal River proposal, have there been any estimates of the additional traffic on Highway 133 as a consequence of this project? There are already times of the day when the traffic congestion and subsequent air pollution from vehicle exhaust and dust reach objectionable and possibly unhealthy levels. We have, as yet, no local air quality monitoring in place. At what point will we have to build Highway 133 into a four-lane road to deal with the congestion? Steve Hessl Carbondale

Thanks for the votes Dear Editor: We would like to thank the voters of the Carbondale Fire District for their votes of confidence in the recent board of directors election. We believe we have been given direction to continue funding employees, equipment, and training that have allowed the district to provide excellent customer service and keep a rating that allows savings in your homeowner’s insurance while managing a budget that is fiscally prudent. We would also like to thank our spouses, friends, and supporters who helped us through this endeavor to achieve our goal. Mike Kennedy Gene Schilling Carbondale

Sew a seed for C’dale Dear Editor: Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to Carbondale residents. How would you like a chance to win $65? We’re looking for candidates who would be interested in adopting one of those downtown flower pots and putting in your own creation to be on display for our residents and visitors all summer and into the fall! The flowers planted will be judged Aug. 1 and the winning display will be awarded $65 by the Downtown Preservation Association (the DPA). All participants have a choice of which pot they would like to adopt and plant with their flowers. Contact Chris Chacos, LETTERS page 11

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Her place on the planet Yampah teacher wins national honor in environmental education By Trina Ortega The Sopris Sun There is a popular children’s book that tells of the many adventures of a frizzyhaired teacher and a bus that can shrink, spin, fly and even launch into space. The tales of “The Magic School Bus” portray students steeped in science, guided by a passionate educator. Carbondale has its own “Miss Frizzle” — curly hair, colorful clothes and all — who shares her love for environmental education with students at Yampah Mountain High School. Susy Ellison’s outstanding efforts in environmental education were recognized last week when she was awarded the national Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award, given annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation. The award recognizes teachers who inspire their students and peers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7. Ellison — who has a background in wildlife biology and 23 years of teaching experience — was selected from more than 80 teachers and will travel to Washington, D.C., in August to meet with environmental leaders. For the past 13 years, she has taught science at the alternative high school, including in its teen parent program. She uses handson lessons and field trips to teach about climate change, gardening, energy efficiency and world hunger, and for her, the lessons are more than just a curriculum. Ellison says she hopes her students and colleagues will become “environmentally literate.”

“You need to understand your place on the planet,” she said. “You need to know where your food comes from and that there are environmental impacts of having a garden.” But Ellison’s lessons aren’t limited to science. The award honors an educator who has integrated environmental education into other subject areas and Ellison does just that, working with other Yampah faculty to develop thematic curricula. While students are learning about photosynthesis and food production with Ellison in the school greenhouse, they are also learning about the history of agriculture and studying dome architecture in math class. And Ellison’s students don’t just learn — they create. Among other projects, they’ve installed solar panels, built straw-bale classrooms, constructed greenhouses, grown vegetables and conducted energy audits. One project in the teen parent program involves working with Solar Energy International and We Care Solar. The teen moms are building two portable solar electric systems that fit into suitcases and provide lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity. The solar suitcases are used by medical relief teams to help deliver babies in developing countries. The two Yampah suitcases will be sent to Haiti this spring. “It’s literally empowering. These students are cutting wood, wiring lights … they’re doing things they never thought they’d be doing,” Ellison said. Not to mention the bigger picture: “You can save lives with 40 watts,” Ellison added.

Environmental educator Susy Ellison works with students in the Yampah Mountain High School greenhouse. Courtesy photo Ellison estimates that she has raised more than $250,000 in grants to supplement the school’s environmental education programs. Some of the money goes toward field trips that take students from the nearby Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute to the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. When she taught classes on alternative fuels, students ventured to the Denver Public Schools bus facility to see its biodiesel fleet. Students also made their own biodiesel fuel. Former student Kenna Crampton recalls how she ran her turbo diesel Volkswagen Jetta on the biodiesel she made. When it was cold, it wouldn’t start sometimes … or at least that was one excuse she used when she was late for class, she joked. Though one of Ellison’s former students has gone on to study climate change in Norway, another works at Solar Energy In-

ternational and another has enrolled in a prestigious environmental education school Prescott College, Ellison says she doesn’t expect her students to become rocket scientists. She just wants them to stay engaged. “They might go home and change their light bulbs, tell their parents to put in compact fluorescents,” she said. “You have to give people reasons to do something, to become activists.” Ellison is looking forward to her Washington, D.C., trip. She gets to make a list of environmental leaders she would like to meet while in D.C. So far that list includes a visit to the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs, where she hopes to follow up on a 2003 research trip she took to Antarctica. She is also looking forward to sitting down with Michelle Obama in the White House garden to talk about how kids can learn by simply being outdoors.

Trustees put up $10,000 for commercial energy improvement grant By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun If the Governor’s Energy Office smiles on Carbondale, the town may get some help cleaning up the carbon footprints of many of its businesses — and the town plans to pitch in to make sure that help becomes a reality. At their meeting on Tuesday evening, the Carbondale trustees decided to contribute $10,000 in matching funds in hopes of securing a grant through the state’s Main Street Efficiency Initiative. Ideally, funds from the grant will be used to reduce the energy demand of Carbondale’s small and mid-sized businesses, and to help them tap renewable energy sources. “For every business that participates, the goal would be a 15 percent [energy demand] cut in the first year,” said Alice Laird during a presentation to the board on Tuesday. Laird is director of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative (G-NECI) and the non-profit organization Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER). “Fifteen percent is actually pretty conservative,” she said. The energy efficiency initiative is funded through federal stimulus money. All told, the Governor’s Energy Office intends to disburse

about $1 million as part of the program. Carbondale will participate in a grant application being drawn up by a coalition of governments, non-profit organizations, and utilities from around the region, including the G-NECI and CLEER, as well as the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, the Aspen-based Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Holy Cross Energy, Excel Energy and the Glenwood Springs and Aspen municpal utilities. “The partnership between utilities and non-profits in the region is a key part of this whole proposal,” Laird told The Sopris Sun. “It’s a collaborative effort where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” The coalition has been seeking matching funds from communities around the region in hopes of securing a total of $250,000 from the Governor’s Energy Office for area businesses. Rifle and the Glenwood Springs utility have contributed matching funds as well. “We’ve found in the past that without a local match, grant applications aren’t as competitive,” Laird said. She assured the trustees that Carbondale would receive at least $10,000 in services through the grant, and likely more. “It will really depend on how actively

engaged Carbondale businesses are,” Laird told the Sun. “A local match [from Carbondale] would enable us to have a very, very focused approach on Carbondale businesses,” she said. “Our goal is to approach every single [small to mid-sized Carbondale] business that has a physical presence — that has a utility bill — and make sure they’re aware of this program.” She explained that the coalition would start by tracking energy usage in participating businesses and using that information to identify relatively simple “first step” measures to improve efficiency. After that, the coalition would perform more extensive energy audits and eventually help businesses finance and install more comprehensive measures for efficiency and renewable energy. Under its Energy and Climate Protection

Plan, Carbondale is attempting to cut community-wide CO2 emissions by 25 percent below 2004 levels by 2012. So far, Carbondale has taken significant steps toward shrinking the carbon footprints of residences within its limits. The town has not yet made similar progress with commercial buildings. The Main Street grant could help fill that gap. The trustees unanimously approved the town’s $10,000 contribution. Trustee Ed Cortez opted out of the discussion because he sits on the G-NECI board as a representative for the Roaring Fork Regional Transit Authority. The town won’t pay out the $10,000 unless the state approves the grant. The application is due May 17, and Laird expects to hear back from the Governor’s Energy Office by July. The state plans to award only 10 grants.

Next Steps:

For more information on the Main Street Efficiency Initiative, visit For more information on the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative, Clean Energy Economy for the Region and their programs, visit

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The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news department team up each week to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley. Catch the Brief on KDNK at 6:50 a.m. and at 5:35 p.m. on Thursdays, or find it online at

Town revenues leveling off? Recent town budget figures indicate that in April, Carbondale’s declining sales tax revenue may have found a new plateau. April’s revenue, which actually accrued from March sales, dropped 4.3 percent from the April 2009 numbers. That single digit decline is a change. Through much of last year and the first few months of 2010, Carbondale’s sales tax revenue had been showing double-digit declines when compared to the previous year’s data. In February of this year revenue dropped 16 percent off of the February 2009 numbers. In March, revenue dropped 11.2 percent. Since Carbondale sales tax revenue didn’t begin to show the effects of the recession until March 2009, and because the economy hasn’t plunged significantly farther since then, town staff had predicted that sales tax

revenue would begin to show signs of leveling off at a new low this spring. Town finance director Nancy Barnett said that in terms of revenue, the town’s budget is on track. Overall, actual 2010 sales tax revenue to date is only $3,910 below town projections.“Which is pretty close,”Barnett said.

New community garden started Yoga and fitness instructor Frank McSwain Jr. and edible landscape specialist Jennifer Cull are expanding into new terrain for health and wellbeing by leasing community garden plots on a parcel of land near the old Thompson House on south Highway 133. McSwain and Cull are looking for 10 to 15 families or individuals who are interested in garden plots each measuring 10 x 20 feet. The land will be irrigated using the existing ditch system and sprinkler lines near the site.

“The idea is to share in the expense, share in the labor, and share in the joy of growing our own local food,” McSwain said. The 10 x 20 plots will range in price from $250 to $550 for the season, depending on how many families purchase plots. The price also depends on whether the gardener wants the soil fully prepped and ready for planting or if the person wants“raw dirt”with no prepping. McSwain said six families/individuals have committed to the project so far. “If we pool our resources, our talents and our funds, that is going to be the most sustainable way for families to grow their own food,” Cull said. “It’s taking a grassroots approach to community food production.” McSwain expects the plots to be ready and the irrigation to be in place within the next week or two. For more information, call 309-6911.

Trustees weigh implications of “blanket rezoning” for downtown By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun Carbondale town trustees Tuesday night took another look at a proposal to fit higher buildings and increased residential density into Carbondale’s downtown. But some trustees and members of the public questioned whether such a “blanket” rezoning is a good fit. They pointed out that the town would risk duplicating or preempting the town’s comprehensive plan revision, which is currently underway, and some pushed for a siteby-site review process for denser, taller downtown buildings instead. “It seems to me that it’s not an opportune time to be overlaying the zoning piecemeal but that it should be part of this whole forward-thinking vision that we anticipate to come with a new comp plan,” said resident Laurie Loeb, a frequently outspoken critic of the rezoning proposal. Ken Olson, who lives on Garfield Avenue adjacent to some of the lots that could be affected, echoed her statements. He described the proposal as “putting the cart before the horse.” Trustee Frosty Merriott urged for the proposal to be discarded. “I don’t think [downtown height and density] should be changed on an overlay, I think it should be changed on a case-by-case basis,” Merriott said. “I think we should leave this to future boards to decide. I don’t think we should tie their hands.” The proposal, described as a zoning “overlay,” would give developers a new set of options in Carbondale’s Historic Commercial Core zone district. Buildings as tall as 42 feet could be constructed where heights are currently capped at 35 feet, and the proposal would pave the way for increased residential density by doing away with some limits on residential density. The proposal would include measures to mitigate the impacts of the added height and density, impacts such as parking congestion and the potential for tall buildings to cast shadows and obstruct views. In general, the trustees struggled Tues-

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day night to figure out the next step for the proposal. Trustee Pam Zentmyer questioned if sufficient parking would be available nearby. Trustee John Hoffmann said he didn’t feel the taller buildings would be out of place in Carbondale. Trustee John Foulkrod stated that he basically supported the proposal, stating that it aligns with the current comp plan and with goals enunciated by the public in the past, such as concentrating density within town. “I think it’s a good document, I think it creates better space and would improve the vitality of downtown,” he said. Foulkrod moved to approve the rezoning and trustee Ed Cortez seconded. But the mo-

tion failed when only Foulkrod voted for it. Aside from approving the proposal or discarding it outright, Community Development Doug Dotson described a compromise option the trustees might take: Hold onto the guidelines in the rezoning proposal and use them as a template for site-specific reviews if and when a developer proposes a taller, denser building in the downtown commercial core. Foulkrod spoke favorably of that option. “Maybe there are some places this [rezoning] could work, but it may not work in all places,” he said. “It could be a way of salvaging this document.” The Planning and Zoning Commission began to draft the proposal in 2007. The trustees first took it up in August 2009.

Next Steps:

The Carbondale Board of Trustees voted to continue the public hearing on the Historic Commercial Core Overlay proposal to their meeting at 6:30 p.m., May 18, at Carbondale Town Hall.

Was it the potential for smelly situations? Was it all the tails and paws underfoot? The exact motivation wasn’t quite clear, but at the trustee’s meeting Tuesday night trustee Ed Cortez griped that there were more than a few too many dogs in Sopris Park on Dandelion Day. “We have an ordinance that no dogs are allowed in Sopris Park and it is being completely taken advantage of,” he fumed. “We either amend it or we enforce it. That’s all I’m saying.” Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot pointed out that dog rules should be enforced. Town staff and trustees discussed whether more police should be assigned to events to keep an eye out for canines, and wondered whether event sponsors should pay the extra wages. But in any case, one fact was clear: A few too many species had spilled over from the Dandelion Day Parade of the Species. “I think the problem is that they’ve got that parade and then all the animals just go into the park. Maybe they should just have [Dandelion Day] at the dog park,” quipped trustee John Foulkrod. “This time there were more dogs than I had ever seen,” Cortez said.“This time there were at least 15 to 20 dogs in the park.” “And a goat,” added the mayor.

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Roaring Fork’s Alex Rascon chalks up a second inning strike out against the Aspen Skiers in El Jebel on Monday. He recorded 13 strikeouts and held the Skiers to two hits in the Rams’ 7-2 win. Both teams are headed to postseason action. The Rams will play Bennett at 12:40 p.m., May 15, at Eaton. Photo by Lynn Burton



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Lots of Carbs And Carbondalians expended a lot of energy last weekend trying to get to the finish line first — and last. Either way, the good news is that there were no motorized vehicles involved. Paris Vaffe took first place in the annual Dandelion Dash on Saturday morning. He closed strong, beating Post Independent reporter John Stroud in the final seconds of the race. Noah Davis of Solar Energy International took last place in the slow bike race held that afternoon in Sopris Park, which meant he won. Down the road apiece to the west, about 30 Carbondalians participated in the 18 hours of Fruita, which started Friday at midnight and finished Saturday at 6 p.m. According to Scuttlebutt’s expert on the local biking scene (our consultant whose wheels are always spinning) the mountain bike endurance race is “18 hours of grueling pain chamber.� He also reported the following: Aloha Bike owners Darrin Broome and Nick DeGross were the only racers that wore Hawaiian shirts and DeGross got honorable mention for racing a cross bike; Adam Carballeira completed a lap (seven miles) on a tall bike; and Carbondale’s wacky bike crew, the Stomparillaz, won the team spirit award.

Flyin’ off the shelves Or, in this particular case, Dandelion

Day T-shirts were flyin’ out of the Carbondale Environmental Board booth in Sopris Park on Dandelion Day. Congratulations to the winner of the Dandelion Day design contest, Evelina Sutra, a seventh grader at Ross Montessori School.

Environmental award We would like to send a high five to Missouri Heights resident Susie Ellison. The Yampah High School teacher received the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award, given annually by the National Environmental Education.

Save the date It’s a ways out, but mark your calendars: From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, in Sopris Park, there will be a reunion for all graduates, students, teachers and parents of students who attended Carbondale schools at any time. Melissa Johnson is organizing the event, which will include activities for the kids. The cost to attend is $20 per adult, $10 per child. You can send your payment to Melissa at 3594 Larkspur Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 or, for instructions on paying online, email her at Melissa is in need of volunteers for last minute planning, set up and clean up, so please contact her.

These raging bulls Happy birthday to these ’Bonedalians who are celebrating this week: Doc Philip, Cynthia Butterfield, Terrie Geddes and Beda Calhoun.

From left: Andy Wiley, Eduardo Rubio and Yajayra Sandoval were honored as students of the month by the board of town trustees Tuesday. Photo by Terray Sylvester

It was indeed a battle The auditorium at Roaring Fork High School spilled over with musical talent last Saturday during The Battle of the Bands marathon. The judges included Steve Standiford and Bobby Mason. They had a tough decision to make, but when all was said and done the final results were as follows: Best High School Band: Jazz Aspen Snowmass All-Stars with students from Roaring Fork and Glenwood high schools, and Colorado Rocky Mountain School;

Best High School Garage Band: A Vision Quest, from Glenwood High School; Best Middle School Garage Band: No Joes, from Waldorf School On The Roaring Fork and Ross Montessori; Best High School Musician: Lisa Atkinson, Glenwood High School; Best Middle School Band: Talitha Jones & Sophie Dasaro, Aspen Community School. ~ By Jane Bachrach. If you’ve got any Scuttlebutt, send it her way.

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A dandy ‘bandy’ day Photo by Jane Bachrach

Judging from last Saturday’s activities, Carbondale’s reputation as a quirky, eclectic and creative community is well-deserved. Dandelion Day, a celebration of a “weed,” has blossomed into an organic sustainable event, with highlights that include the Parade of the Species, a composting competition, a slow bike race and a growing number of vendors who sell “whatever.” But while adults and kids were digging their fingers into soil and cotton candy in Sopris Park, other folks were diggin’ the music across town at Roaring Fork High School. There, over 20 student bands from around the valley were competing in the annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Band Battle. All in all, last Saturday was a day in which Carbondale was unquestionably “Carbondale.” ~By Jane Bachrach

From top: Six-year-old Sierra Bower gives her fingers a good lickin,’ while the Parade of the Species included many creatures, such as two dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) and several domestic goats (Capra aegagrus hircus). The dandelions were played by Solana Teitler (left, whose flower was blooming) and Renee Bruell (right, whose flower was in the puffy stage). Right: Angela Buffo leads off the parade at the head of a troupe of African dancers. Photos by Lynn Burton

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Makin’ music at the JAS Band Battle Clockwise from upper left: Paul Streumpler (left) and Pablo Gorra of the JAS All-Stars; Raya Wasson of the Yampah High School band; Ryan Mylar of the No Joes; and Dylan McGuire of Arch Angel. Photos by Jane Bachrach

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Community Calendar THURSDAY May 13 DIVORCE CLASS • Alpine Legal Services sponsors a Do It Yourself Divorce Clinic at 5 p.m., at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Small donation requested but no one will be denied services for inability to pay. More info: 920-2828. THURSDAY NIGHT BAR • Alpine Legal Services offers free, 15-minute consultations with attorneys starting at 5 p.m. at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Ask about divorce, custody, renter’s rights and other legal matters. Bring pertinent documentation. More info: 920-2828.

FRI. – SAT. May 14 & 15 ASPEN PLAY • Camp Chair productions and the Aspen Historical Society present “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen,” a play by Michael Monroney, at 7 p.m. at the historic Cardiff Schoolhouse in Glenwood Springs. $15. Tickets and more info: 945-6247.

FRIDAY May 14 SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE • The Mt. Sopris Montessori School hosts an open house beginning at 10 a.m. Classroom tours, Q&A with faculty and current student/parents, refreshments. Now enrolling students 18 months to six years of age. Reservations: 963-3506. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Oceans” (G) at 8 p.m. May 14-20; “Date Night”(PG-13) at 6 p.m. May 14-15 and“The Ghostwriter” (PG-13) at 5:15 p.m. May 16.

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LIVE MUSIC • Rivers Restaurant at 2525 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs hosts classic rock by The Frustrations starting at 9 p.m. No cover. More info: 928-8813. STEVE’S BIRTHDAY • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. hosts singer/songwriters Dan Sheridan, Frank Martin, Carolyn Golbus, Olivia Pevec, Matt Johnson, Bobby Mason and other surprise guests to celebrate Steve’s 60th birthday. Starts at 8 p.m. More info:

SATURDAY May 15 MS WALK • The Walk MS 2010 benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is held in Glenwood Springs. More info: (970) 2418975, ext. 12. GREENHOUSE CLASS • The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt offers a workshop on solar greenhouse design and management from 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Site selection, design and construction, and more. $75. Reservations: ORGANIC BEE KEEPING • Sustainable Settings hosts an intermediate and beginner

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organic bee guardianship class with Corwin Bell from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning May 15. $75 per class. Limited space. More info: 963-6107.

p.m. the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt offers a workshop on grafting to propagate and grow hardy, bountiful fruit trees. $75. Reservations:

GARDENING WORKSHOP • A workshop on building garden beds takes place at Rock Bottom Ranch, 2001 Hooks Spur Rd., Basalt, as part of the eco-gardening series offered by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. More info: 927-6760.

WORKERS COMP CLASS • From 8 to 9 a.m. at the Glenwood community center, the Glenwood Springs Chamber hosts a session on worker’s compensation and related issues as part of the Pinnacol Worker’s Comp Seminar. More info and required pre-registration: 945-6589, joni@glenwood

GOLDEN LUAU • The Children’s Rocky Mountain School celebrates its 20th anniversary with the Golden Luau from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St. Pig roast, silent auction, cash bar, and fun for kids. Adults, $25; kids, $10. Tickets and more info: 618-6635. STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. hosts Gregory Alan Isakov and Jacob Russo at 8:30 p.m. $15. More info:, jacobrusso.

SUNDAY May 16 GRAFTING CLASS • From 9 a.m. to 4:30


COUNSELOR COURSE • The University of Colorado Denver hosts an online information session at 6 p.m. about master’s degree programs in Glenwood Springs in counseling psychology and counselor education. More info: Marlinda.hines

WEDNESDAY May 19 ROTARY PRESENTATION • The Carbondale Rotary Club hosts Lynn Dwyer with part one of the workshop Western Colorado Gardening: Challenges and Opportunities at 7 a.m. at 300 Meadowood Drive. More info: 379-1436. PIZZA TUNES • White House Pizza at 801 Main Court presents the sweet vocals and rippin’ guitar of the Porchlights from 7 to 10 p.m. No cover. Drink specials. More info, 704-9400. CALENDAR page 9


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May 20

DPA MEETING • The Carbondale Downtown Preservation Association meets at 8:30 a.m. in room 1 at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. Public welcome. Refreshments. DIVORCE CLASS • Alpine Legal Services sponsors a Do It Yourself Divorce Clinic at 5 p.m., at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Small donation requested but no one will be denied services for inability to pay. More info: 945-8858. THURSDAY NIGHT BAR • Alpine Legal Services offers free, 15-minute consultations with attorneys starting at 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Ask about divorce, custody, renter’s rights and other legal matters. Bring pertinent documentation. More info: 945-8858.

May 22 EDIBLE LANDSCAPING • From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute offers a workshop on low-maintenance edible landscaping suited for the local climate. Also offered Aug. 14. $75. Reservations: BLOCK PARTY • The Snowmass Village Community Block Party is held from noon to 4 p.m. at the shared parking lot on Owl Creek Road. Family fun and BBQ, kid’s activities, live music. Bring a picnic blanket. More info: 923-3181. CLAYOPOLIS • The Carbondale Clay Center at 135 Main St. becomes “Clayopolisâ€? for Carbondale Clay Night 2010 start-

ing at 5 p.m. Clay Olympics, toga contest, music, food and more. More info: 9635259,

May 26 ROTARY PRESENTATION • The Carbondale Rotary Club hosts Lynn Dwyer with part two of the workshop, Western Colorado Gardening: Challenges and Opportunities at 7 a.m. at 300 Meadowood Drive. More info: 379-1436. HIVE DYNAMICS • A workshop on maintaining a healthy hive takes place at Rock Bottom Ranch at 2001 Hooks Spur Rd., Basalt, as part of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ practical beekeeping series. More info: 927-6760. TIBETAN ODYSSEY • Tibetan musician Jamyang Yeshi tells a tale of his journeys out of Tibet, of a family separated by politics and of the power of music at 7 p.m. at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at 100 Puppy Smith St., Aspen. More info: 925-5756. PIZZA TUNES • White House Pizza at 801 Main Court presents Yvette playing live folk music from 7 to 10 p.m. No cover. Drink specials. More info:, 704-9400.

May 29 GARDENING WORKSHOP • A workshop on companion planting for increased productivity and resilience takes place at Rock Bottom Ranch at 2001 Hooks Spur Rd, Basalt, as part of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ eco-gardening series. More info: 927-6760.

THEATRE CAMP • The Thunder River Theatre Company is registering for the 2010 Summer Drama Camp for kids six to 14 years old. Two sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 through 30, and Aug. 2 through 13. Scholarships available. More info:, 513833-7961. AVSC DAY CAMP • The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club offers weekly day camps for kids 9 and older. Hiking, climbing, rafting, field games, track, biking and more start June 7. More info:; 205-5101. RUGBY PRACTICE • The Glenwood Defiance Rugby team trains at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No experience necessary. More info: 319-9068. SNOWMASS RECREATION • This spring and summer the Snowmass Village Recreation Department offers various programs including youth baseball/softball, Tball, climbing, British Challenger Soccer Camp, coed softball, volleyball, summer camp, and tennis, skateboard and swimming lessons and more. More info:, 922-2240. INTAKE • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs and Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. More info: 945-8858, 920-2828. SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a

loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. More info: 9451398, or TEA DATE • Charlotte Graham hosts tea dates Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mount Sopris Historical Society Museum at 499 Weant Blvd. Chit chat and share stories. More info: 704-0567 or (970) 306-8771. ACOUSTIC CARNAHAN’S • Singer/ songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahan’s Tavern (formerly the Black Nugget), 403 Main St. More info: 963-4496. CHOIR PRACTICE • The Aspen/Glenwood Community Chorus practices at the United Methodist Church from 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays, at 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs, and from 5 to 7 p.m., Sundays, at the Aspen Community Church at 200 E. Bleeker Street in Aspen. No audition required. More info: 925-3685. CASTLE TOURS • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle run Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. Adults, $15; seniors, $10. More info: 9639656 or REFORMERS UNANIMOUS • Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based program for those who are struggling with addiction, meets at 7 p.m., Fridays, at Crystal River Baptist Church, 2632 Highway 133. More











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Community Briefs

Art Briefs

CRMS plant sale Saturday

TRTC series spotlights new plays

CRMS presents ‘Beach Memoirs’

Thunder River Theatre company’s next free outreach event is its annual New Play reading series. The featured play this year is Kristin Carlson’s “Eudora’s Box.� The staged reading will take place at 7 p.m. May 14-15 at Thunder River Theatre.The event is free to the public. A “talk-back� will follow the reading. Carlson is a member of the resident company of TRTC. She holds a master of arts degree in performance studies and is a Colorado Artist in Residence. Two of her short plays — “The IQ Test� and “The Interview� — have been featured in the Playwrights of the Western Region Showcase. Her one-act play, “Physics for Poets,� was sponsored by the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities and produced by Colorado Mountain College Theatre. “Eudora’s Box� will be directed by Lon Winston, and the readers include Jeff Carlson, Valerie Haugen, Jennica Lundin, Billy Challis and Winston. For further information visit or call 963-8200.

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School Theatre Department presents Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs�May 14-15 at the CRMS Barn. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. “Brighton Beach Memoirs� is part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn. “This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states, ‘If you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here,’� states a CRMS press release. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under, and are available at the door. For more information, contact CRMS theatre director Jeff Schlepp at or 963-2572. CRMS is located at 1493 County Road 106, one mile west of Highway 133.

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School Garden Program will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at the school greenhouse, 1493 County Road 106. CRMS students have been taking cuttings and starting seeds since December to prepare for the sale. The result is an overflowing greenhouse with an assortment of plants. All varieties have been selected for their suitability to the climate of the Roaring Fork Valley. There are more than 35 short-season tomato varieties, 15 types of peppers (both hot and sweet), artichokes, arugula, cucumbers, lettuces, squashes, melons, raspberries, sorrel, and more. The valley’s historic Red McClure seed potatoes also will be available, along with German Butterball and Dakota Rose. Herbs include 26 different culinary varieties and 10 types of basil. Annual and perennial flowers are also available. Prices are reasonable and many varieties sell out, so arrive early. A complete plant list is posted on the school’s Web site, Any remaining plants can be purchased from 5 to 6 p.m. May 16-20.

Pitch in with Prince Creek Cleanup The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) is looking for volunteers to help with the Bureau of Land Management’s annual Prince Creek Cleanup from 8:3011:30 a.m. May 15. “These areas provide great multi-user recreation opportunities, including some really fun trails. But they get abused in the

process and need your help to keep them clean and safe,� stated Kirk Hinderberger, who sits on the board of the mountain bike association. Volunteers will meet and sign in at 8:30 a.m. at McIntyre’s red barn at 1625 County Road 111 (Prince Creek Road). Volunteers should come dressed in pants, sturdy work shoes and leather gloves. For information, call 963-2888.

RFCC presents primer on Islam The Roaring Fork Cultural Council (RFCC), in partnership with Colorado Mountain College and the Thunder River Theatre Company, will present a two-hour primer on Islam from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 20, at the Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade in Carbondale. The primer will be facilitated by Bo Persiko, a valley resident who holds a master’s degree in divinity from Gettysburg College and has taught religion for 15 years at CMC. He will present a brief overview of Islam and then lead an in-depth question and answer session. The Cultural Council has organized the primer to follow up on the February presentation, “The Muslim World View,� by Dr. Nabil Echchaibi. RFCC chairperson Jim Calaway explained, “We wanted to provide a forum for those who want to know more about the history and evolution of Islam, the impact Muslims have on the world today and the goals of radical Islam.� Admission is $6 and can be paid at the door. For more information, visit

Business Briefs Bluegreen garners TOP grant

Bluegreen was recently recognized by the city of Aspen Transportation Options Program (TOP) for its excellence in providing environmentally friendly transportation options to Bluegreen employees. Bluegreen is the recipient of the 2010 Alternative Transportation Grant to augment funding for an already-suc-

cessful alternative transportation program under way at the landscape architecture firm. The grant monies will be applied to systems that reduce vehicle trips, improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and minimize energy consumption in the Roaring Fork Valley. Visit Bluegreen in downtown Aspen or on the Internet at





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Letters continued om page 2 DPA Chair, at 379-9096.The town will water all the pots all summer, but individuals need to initially purchase and plant their own creations first! Come on, please help beautify your downtown this summer! Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Happy spring time! Carol Bruno and Chris Chacos DPA Co-chairs

Disin“gem”uous Dear Editor: I find the Hidden Gem proposal disingenuous. The Wilderness Workshop’s Web site claims that their only intent is to protect our national forest from mining and gas drilling and that federal wilderness is the ONLY designation possible. These statements are untruthful and downright deceitful. There are plenty of non-wilderness designations that would prevent the natural beauty from being damaged by mining and gas-exploration AND still leave our lands open to ALL forms of recreation. Examples would be management prescriptions 1.32, 3.31, 3.32 (Backcountry Recreation) in the White River’s Forest Plan. These are details that the Hidden Gems campaign conveniently forgets to mention in any of their literature or presentation. I would like to urge everyone to do a little more research on their own to see that there are other solutions than outright wilderness designations. If the Hidden Gems Campaign’s real intentions were to stave off development in our forests, they would be presenting this information. Unfortunately, they are serving their narrow interests by excluding the rest of Colorado through their dishonesty. I urge everyone to do a little research and NOT support the Hidden Gems! Mary Fagan Basalt

The public supports the Gems Dear Editor: Some opponents of Hidden Gems do not like recent poll results that show overwhelming support for this citizen-initiated proposal. Rather than critique the substance, however, they attack the messenger. That is their right, but it doesn’t change the substance. The poll was conducted by RBI Strategies and Research, an established Colorado firm with a track record of more than 20 years of conducting or overseeing polling in the 2nd Congressional District. Their scientific survey found both widespread support for the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal and that the majority of supporters felt strongly in favor of protection. In other words, the support was both broad and deep. Supporters outnumber opponents two-toone, with the poll showing that most of that opposition is not very strongly felt. This indicates that the loud voices that so stridently oppose the Hidden Gems are a minority within a minority. Congress reserved the power to designate wilderness to itself, and for very good reason. Much of what we now know as wilderness was what the Forest Service formerly called “primitive areas,” and their bias towards developing these lands is precisely why Congress felt the need to intervene, passing the Wilderness Act in 1964 after nearly 10 years of debate. The law was crafted to allow activities such as grazing, horseback riding, hunting,

wildlife management, insect control, and fire fighting and mitigation. The Wilderness Act is part of multiple use management of public lands as spelled out in both law and regulation, allowing for a range of uses and activities while preserving the lands’ essential naturalness. In passing the Wilderness Act, Congress specifically acted to remove decision-making authority about wilderness designation on public lands from land management agencies. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are part of the executive branch, not the legislative branch. Because wilderness designation is a Congressional prerogative, it is in the hands of a representative body that represents the people. The history of wilderness, nationally and in Colorado, is one of citizens petitioning elected leaders to protect cherished landscapes. Many of Colorado’s most iconic places have been designated wilderness in this manner — from the ground up by local citizens who care deeply about the lands that surround them. This too is the history of Hidden Gems, a landscape worthy of this highest legal regard. Pete Kolbenschlag Campaign Director Hidden Gems campaign


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What a wonderful raffle Dear Editor: With spring come thoughts of graduation. Those thoughts bring to mind several wonderful days spent in Redstone. Last year I bought tickets for Roaring Fork High School’s Project Graduation raffle and I WON (I have not won anything since I was 12 years old!) what I consider to be the grand prize: the coveted “Redstone Package.” My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a hike on the East Creek Trail followed by the redeeming of our first “package” gift certificate for a delicious dinner at the Crystal Club Cafe and a “package” overnight stay in a cozy room at the Redstone Inn – a delightful change of pace, a get-away! In October I redeemed another certificate for my first ever facial at Crystal Dreams Bed and Breakfast and Spa. It was an amazing experience — bliss! In all my adult life, my face has never felt (or looked) so good. I then spent a fun-filled afternoon searching out holiday treats and gifts for many on my list (in addition to time spent meeting friendly people and taking in all these establishments have to offer) at the Redstone Art Gallery, Redstone Country Store and Redstone General Store. Again, my "Redstone Package" paid the way. What a time I had! What an incredible prize! To the town of Redstone I extend a hearfelt thanks for supporting Roaring Fork High School’s Project Graduation and generously sharing all that your little piece of heaven has to offer. To the rest of the valley I say, buy a raffle ticket or five. You could be a winner! Nicki Zugschwerdt, together with her cast of community volunteers and all the terrific businesses who support the cause, have worked magic for years with Roaring Fork’s Project Graduation: hours of fun-filled entertainment that keep our graduating seniors safe and happy and thoroughly enjoying themselves on their celebratory night. Thanks to everyone! Jenny Tempest Carbondale

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Thompson Coalition: professional or ‘grassroots’? continued om page 1 issue themselves. Above all, the board may need money to buy existing gas leases from energy companies. “We will need money,” Farris said. “We don’t know yet how we will resolve the lease issue.” The tough times for the Thompson Divide Coalition appear to stem from differing views over how the organization should be run. Should it be a professional campaign, with a paid staff and visits to Washington legislators? Or should it be a bootstraps effort by volunteer board members? “I think the organization is at a crossroads where they’re going to have to decide how they want to go about achieving this goal (of protecting the area from gas drilling),” Moreno said. The board had never adopted a budget, she said, and her last task before leaving was to draft what became an ambitious budget, along with a fund-raising plan to pay for it. Then the money ran out and Moreno quit to pursue a graduate degree in social work at the University of Alaska, where she had been previously accepted but deferred admission. “We knew for a while that the finances were getting down to the cupboards-arebare point. I had been letting them know for months that we would be getting to this point by now. The budget wasn’t something they wanted and the fund-raising plan was-

I think the organization is at a crossroads where they’re going to have to decide how they want to go about achieving this goal (of protecting the area from gas drilling). Lisa Moreno outgoing executive director, Thompson Divide Coalition n’t something they approved either. I was hoping I could stay until August and have a more supportive and casual transition for the organization, but if there’s no money coming in the door and no plans for it, then there’s no way I could stay.” Board member Judy Fox-Perry said that budget was probably too ambitious. “It was way beyond our anticipated fund-raising, what we know we could raise,” she said.“If we could have raised that kind of money, we would have a slick operation, but this is a grassroots operation.” Despite the financial hard times, though, several board members said they remain

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optimistic. An anonymous donor has put up $75,000 if the organization can come up with another $75,000 to match it. If that money comes through, board member Marj Perry said, “that will be more than enough for absolutely everything” except buying back the leases. “Right now the board is really active,” Perry said, “and if we stay this active we could almost not need an executive director. Then again, everybody’s got a busy life.” Perry said the board could probably limit the use of paid staffers by relying on help from legislative staffers. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Rep. Ken Salazar all have been supportive, she said. “I don’t really feel it’s a crisis,” Perry said. “I feel like we have a lot of energy and we’re being really active and we’re really close to our goal.” At the recent 5Point Film Festival, board members were at a table in the entrance handing out free brownies in an effort to get people to sign a petition in support of the legislation. The coalition is wrapping up a four-year water study for the Thompson Divide area.

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The study is meant to establish a water quality baseline, so that in the event that drilling happens, they can compare the current water quality to any contamination that might happen. In some ways, Moreno said, the Thompson Divide Coalition has been a success story. In the past year, with minimal fundraising efforts, the group managed to raise more than $200,000. And though money has been tight from time to time, she said, she never missed a paycheck. She left, she said, with all the bills paid, and a little money left in the bank. The group needs a fund-raising plan, though, if it’s going to accomplish its goal, Moreno said. Its current hard times should serve as a wakeup call for board members, and for the community, to decide how much of a priority protecting the Thompson Divide is. “Whether you’re ranching or running a business,” Moreno said, “everybody’s busy. It’s very easy for somebody to believe somebody else will take care of it. I guess it’s time for the community to realize, nobody else is going to take care of it.”

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A year in the life of a French Bonedalian By Kayla Henley Sopris Sun student correspondent

When she first arrived, Hardy admitted that she was anxious about attending a new school thousands of miles away Imagine being 17 years old, going into your senior year from her home, in a different land with a different culture. and traveling halfway around the world to attend school in a She said she was wondering all the while how the year would small town that speaks a language other than your own. ensue. But on a positive note, she was very excited to have the opportunity to improve her English, a language she had alCould you do it? Roaring Fork High School’s Violette (Vee-oh-let) Hardy ways wanted to learn fluently. Hardy quickly found the U.S. school system easier to addid just that this year and is enjoying the experience. Hardy was born in Valence, located in the southeastern part just to than she had expected. She said frankly,“You get more choice with your classes and the teachof France and because of her passion for ers are more willing to help you.” traveling, she decided to come to the United Her experience at RFHS has motiStates for her final year of high school. vated her to pursue her passion for “I really like it here, it’s just so different writing and traveling. Hardy plans to from my school in France,” Hardy said attend a journalism college back in thoughtfully. “The people here remember France and will attempt to discover a your name; they all know you; they all care job that combines her love for traveling about you — the people in general are just and languages. She also intends to rereally nice. … I appreciate them and I think turn to Carbondale for a visit, hopeit’s easy to make friends here.” fully next summer. Hardy heard about Carbondale With the school year dwindling to through a program organized by Rotary International. She was allowed to select Violette Hardy its last few weeks, Hardy’s departure is three countries in which to continue her edRotary exchange student approaching. She will finish out the school year at RFHS and return to ucation as a foreign exchange student. France this June. She seemed aware Hardy’s first choice was the United States, her second Canada and her third Spain. Rotary narrowed it that time is swiftly passing and reflected on the highlights of to her first choice, and then selected a specific location for her experience, stating that what she enjoyed most was,“defher stay in the country. And with that, Hardy wound up in- initely the people.” “The people are so much nicer here, and more tolerant,” tertwined in the society of Carbondale, attending Roaring Hardy said passionately. “I feel like everyone’s really generFork High School (RFHS). Originally, Hardy had planned to embark on her journey ous, and that’s the thing I’m going to remember from here.” Hardy has enjoyed her stay in Carbondale and while last year, as a junior, but because it was too much of a last-moment decision, her trip was postponed for her senior year, bonds of friendship are a critical part of life, they do have a price: It is never easy to release them. “I get attached pretty which worked for the better, according to Hardy. “I felt like I was more mature to go this year, I don’t regret easily to people, and I’ve met so many people that I will never forget,” she said. it at all,” she said.

The people here remember your name; they all know you; they all care about you – the people in general are just really nice. …

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The mystery of the free-range karma tomato

Our tomato harvest stunk last summer. We purchased “starters” that a friend grew, thinking her mojo would help us. We planted them on the south side of our home against a concrete foundation. I said prayers and dug big holes, working compost into the loosened soil. I watered them deeply every few days, talking to them, touching them. After a summer of care we maybe harvested four big ones and a salad’s worth of little cherries before Jack Frost got the rest. I didn’t feel so badly about my first attempt in the mountains though. Word on the vine was that everyone had cultivated a lousy tomato season: “They can’t give them away at the farmer’s market!” someone joked. Funky weather seemingly took its toll … but not on all tomatoes. I’ve been thinking about a friend’s “freerange karma tomato” from last summer. A stray seed from his trash had wandered just a bit. Wedged between asphalt and fake stucco, near a downspout, of course, it had taken root. Come summer’s peak, voila! They all shared in a sun-ripened roma. Not believing him, we went out back and he showed me the miracle – and there it stood, all chubby and proud! It was a husky, by Geneviève Joëlle healthy plant draped in panicles of green fruit. Villamizar What are the odds for a tomato to thrive on its own like that? It would have taken perfection — timing, temperatures, moisture — to make it that far! Our Seedling Hotel seems pretty perfect to us. It stands mere feet from not one faucet but two. The soil-less mix has water-retaining gel crystals. We have heat beds for ideal germination and growth. It’s in a huge southern window with lights on a timer. We both do the bulk of our work right there in the dining room, so we’re pretty much there most of the time. Ideal, “perfect” conditions to us, yet we’ve still lost seedlings to a lapse in watering — off by just that much! I picture that thin wafer of a tomato seed, in all of its karma, absorbing random offerings of water and swelling within its husk. I imagine that tiny, almost see-through root stretching down as the first false leaves unfurl upwards — all so vulnerably rammed in

Getting Grounded

If you could...what would you?

I imagine that tiny, almost see-through root stretching down as the first false leaves unfurl upwards – all so vulnerably rammed in that urban crack. And no one’s watering it regularly. How on earth did it make it? that urban crack. And no one’s watering it regularly. How on earth did it make it? Two aspects make tomatoes difficult here. One, our short mountain season conflicts with the long growing season they need. Tomatoes can’t take frost, or even a series of days below 55 degrees. So, two, we have to start them inside for eight to 12 weeks to get a plant far enough along in maturity to flower, fruit and ripen before the next frost. Now of course, tricks exist that let us plant our starts earlier than mid-June. Black plastic or raised beds — especially if they’re built of stone or block — can warm the soil. Hoop houses or lean-tos of double-layer sheet plastic warm the air. To moderate temperature fluctuations, milk jugs filled with water may be placed around plants, or waterfilled barrels may be stacked on the north wall of a greenhouse. We do these things though and still struggle to get ripe fruit before the first frost. This karma tomato, between a parking lot and strip mall wall, had none of these benefits! So what gives with the free-range tomato? There’s no way it could have sprouted before the soil warmed enough in late May or early June. How did it start from seed that late, avoid any lingering frosts or bouts of cool days, and in a brief window of opportunity, grow up, flower, set fruit and ripen? Free range it was; karma it must’ve had! Wandering in the garden of samsara? Develop your awareness and tomato karma at

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Competitors from around the region took to the water Friday and Saturday for the 46th annual Crystal River Kayak Races, hosted by Colorado Rocky Mountain School. “This race is considered one of the oldest of the school’s traditions,” said CRMS kayaker Lane Errickson, who placed first in last weekend’s senior women wavehopper competition. “We eagerly anticipated having our friends come and enjoy the river that literally runs through our backyard.” Though open to all, the competition served as the final event of the High School Whitewater Cup Series, and after the weekend races had drawn to a close a new “River Meistra” and a new “River Meister” had been crowned. This year, the Miestra honor went to junior woman Lauren Burress, a selfdescribed “transient kayaker.” Cully Brown of Durango, who competed in the cadet division, took the Meister title. The Miestra and Miester honors go to


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competitors who demonstrate good spirit as well as all-around river skills by turning in strong showings in three disciplines: freestyle, downriver and slalom. Burress and Brown won every downriver event of the 2010 race series and last weekend they continued to shine. Brown turned in the fastest downriver time of the competition, paddling from the bridge at River Valley Ranch to the bridge near CRMS in 12:22. Burress took the winning spot in the junior women’s downriver competition with a time of 14:57. Peyton Heitzman of CRMS took second place in the overall series standings for the junior women division. Meanwhile, Nico Tonozzi of Glenwood Springs High School took second in the junior men’s downriver competition. CRMS paddler Ethan Cranmer took third in that division, edging out his schoolmate Paul Struempler by only four seconds.

on site and an additional 15 parking spaces in the 8th Street right-of-way to provide a total of 42 parking spaces.

Variance from Section 18.50.050.E.2.b. which requires that all required off street parking spaces serving nonresidential uses to be connected with a public street by a driveway which extends to a point not less than twenty feet within the property lines. The property is located at 1340 Highway 133, and is also known as Lot 2, Block 26, Town of Carbondale. The applicant/property owner is D & A Associates (Gary D. Knaus, M.D. and Richard A. Herrington, M.D., partners). Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO

“Transient kayaker” Lauren Burress shows her stuff during the 46th annual Crystal River Kayak Races held over the weekend in Glenwood Springs and at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. She was named the 2010 “River Meistra” for turning in strong showings all season. Photo by Kathleen Burress

at 7:00 p.m. on May 26, 2010.

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. Janet Buck Town Planner

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Information may be obtained from, and Petitions or Remonstranceʼs may be filed with the Town Clerk Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 81623

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