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Volume 3, Number 14 | May 19, 2011

A bridge reborn

Rodeo offering VIP parking By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


John Bender inspects and reflects on the refurbished Satank Bridge following its dedication on May 12. “It’s a fantastic addition to the community,” Bender said. “It’s rare to be able to just stand over a river like this … and it connects the Rio Grande Trail to the (Satank) community.” The 110-year-old wood and steel bridge was near collapse until a grassroots effort to save it took root about 10 years ago. For more about the Satank Bridge, please turn to page 3. Photo by Lynn Burton

hat does it take to become a VIP at this year’s Carbondale Wild West Rodeo? Twenty bucks, a pickup (or flatbed) and the wherewithal to get your wheels to a fence-side slot at the rodeo grounds in time to stake your claim. “The fence perimeter is a front row seat to all the action, and pulling your truck up to the fence and filling it with friends and family makes for a great night at the rodeo,” said Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association Board President Dave Weimer. Weimer touched on the topic of fence parking when he and association board member Mike Kennedy briefed the Carbondale Board of Trustees on the upcoming rodeo season Tuesday night. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo takes place at the Gus Darien arena just east of town and will run Thursday nights from June 2 to Aug. 18. The series is produced by a not-for-profit, volunteer association that says it is committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive by offering a family-oriented event for residents and visitors alike. “We are a small-town rodeo with big time fun for everyone,”Weimer said.“We hope to see everyone there. It’s the place to be on Thursday night.” Approximately 1,200 people attend the rodeo each week. The VIP parking (dubbed as such by The Sopris Sun) was brought on by the fact that for the past few years, early birds have been parking their vehicles along the fence as early as 6 a.m. on Thursdays and even earlier, and Weimer and Kennedy are tired of spending the day keeping them out. “There are so many people wanting to do it (park on the fence) … they’d keep their trucks there all year,” Weimer explained. The new system will operate like a commercial parking lot, with VIP parkers putting $20 into a lock box and leaving their cars as early as Wednesdays. As for this season’s events, they include cowhide races and rescue races on alternating Thursdays throughout the season.“We did the cowhide races a couple of times last year and they are a hoot,” Weimer said before Tuesday night’s trustees meeting. The 2011 Rodeo Royalty will be featured in the Grand Entry again this year, which is at 7:30 p.m. Caitlyn Kinney is this year’s Queen. Heidi Small and Emily Clinco are the Queen Attendants. “The royalty serves as a role model for young women in our town and as in past years, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo will provide scholarship funds to the royalty,” Weimer said. He also noted the rodeo is made possible through volunteer help. To sign up, call Melanie at 379-0809. GUS DARIEN DEED page 5

Educators talk finance

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Carbondale Commentary The Educators’ Roundtable Understanding the complexities of school financing: It can be done With the economy such a pressing factor, the Carbondale Educators’ Roundtable decided our first column would be about public and independent school funding. We asked Shannon Pelland, the finance director for the Roaring Fork School District, to distill complicated state funding laws for public education. She writes, “The majority of funding for public schools in Colorado is based on a complex calculation governed by the state’s School Finance Act. The formula to determine per pupil funding (PPF) for each district takes into account differences in the size of district, cost-of-living and other factors. PPF is multiplied by the number of students in each district to determine Total Program Funding (TPF). The state determines what portion of TPF can be generated by local property taxes and specific ownership taxes from each district, and the state must make up the difference. For the Roaring Fork School District, most of the funding comes from local taxes. In some districts with low assessed property values, most of the funding comes from the state.” Pelland said that in the RFSD, the TPF is $36.3 million. Approximately 83 percent of the budget comes from property taxes, followed by specific ownership taxes (3 percent) and state funding (14 percent of the budget). With property taxes expected to decrease by as much as 30 percent next year, the state will have to pick up a much larger portion of Total Program Funding. This is one of the issues causing a projected shortfall in the state’s budget, resulting in big cuts to education funding. Colorado law permits local districts to collect up to 25 percent (about $9 million for RFSD) more than the amount allowed by the Total Program Funding formula if local voters approve a mill levy override resulting in increased property taxes. RFSD voters have previously approved $4 million in mill levy overrides leaving about $5 million additional that could be approved by voters. For RFSD schools, individual school budgets will see a 42 percent reduction – 12 percent last year and another 30 percent this fall. For all schools, generating additional funds is essential to having extras, as state funding in Colorado is limited compared to other states. We rely on the fundraising efforts of our communities to support additional programs we know benefit kids, and all our schools are enhanced due to parental and community efforts. A public charter school such as Carbondale Community School is funded like the rest of the Roaring Fork School District’s schools. However, 5 percent of the school’s per pupil funding goes back to the school district for its share of district administrative costs. The school’s PPF funding does not support the school’s entire budget, so through grants and fundraising efforts the school needs to raise approximately $1,500 per student in order to continue to operate. Carbondale Community School teachers’ salaries are 90 percent of what RFSD teachers are paid. Grants support the school’s counseling and literacy positions; the school’s art teacher is funded by its annual Roaring Fork Studio Tour (which takes place in early June). Independent schools in Carbondale are funded differently than public schools. For example, Colorado Rocky Mountain School does not receive any government funding. Hence, CRMS meets an annual operating budget of over $5 million primarily through tuition and fees. Full tuition and fees cover 75 percent of the actual cost of a CRMS education, so the school generates the rest of the necessary revenue through its Annual Fund (supported by parents, alumni, grants/foundations and friends of the school), endowment proceeds and summer programming. The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is an independent rather than a private school. To achieve that goal, the school raises hundreds of thousands of dollars per year that are offered as tuition reductions for families who do not have the financial means to pay full tuition. In a typical year, about two-thirds of the school’s operating income is generated by tuition and one-third from gifts, fundraising events and grants. Ross Montessori charter school is part of the Charter School Initiative public school district (a state-wide district). The school is funded though per pupil funding and donations/fundraising. It generates approximately $70,000 per year through fundraisers. We welcome your questions and/or comments. Submitted by Karen Olson, Crystal River Elementary School; Tom Penzel, Carbondale Community School; Jeff Leahy, Colorado Rocky Mountain School; Robert Schultz, the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork; and Shannon Pelland, the Roaring Fork School District.

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e Real Housewives of Carbondale First of all, the real housewives of Carbondale work (just because you don’t earn a living wage in this valley, doesn’t mean it isn’t work.) The only time we get to wear our velour track suits is on Saturday at the rugby field, dog park, CO-OP, etc. The kind of woman who comes (and stays) Out West is not the same as her East Coast counterpart; like that region-specific Barbie e-mail that went around a few years ago (all I remember is the Carbondale Barbie had hairy legs and drove a Subaru and the Rifle Barbie could kick Ken’s). The real housewives of Carbondale are more likely to be found on a cattle drive than in the drive-through. And the typical Carbondale housewife would trade all the premature gold jewelry and blood diamonds in the world just to have time for a bike ride and a long hot bath o1 n the same day. The West is no place for sissies.* Speaking of sissies, what’s up with these guys we’ve elected to do a job they’re obviously not qualified to do?! “Dear Congress: in the real world, if you do not have your most important project completed in time, you don’t shut down your office ... you get fired.” –TL. These guys are the 1 percent that is 100 percent of the problem. Cutting public funding for things like women’s health care (Planned Parenthood) women’s multi-tasking news source (NPR) and women’s precious time to shave By Jeannie Perry their legs (Sesame Street) is going to solve our national spending habit, really? As usual, these guys don’t consider what the other 99 percent wants; they just sit in their wood-paneled dens with their dead heads and watch the propaganda war machine that is the opposite of unbiased media. I can’t even watch Fox News anymore without feeling like I’ve entered Jeremy Madden’s horrible parallel universe. The anchors all look like Barker’s Beauties — and that’s just the men. It’s like a strange, far away world of war and oil & gas and pancake makeup. And I, for one, don’t want to live there. I want to live in a world of innovation and acceptance. Wherever the real Obama is, where they are using renewable energy sources and where the people who have the most share with those who have the least. (Yeah, I voted for him; and I’d do it again. I took a chance on the guy claiming he was for change, instead of the My Crazy Runs Wide and It Runs Deep ticket.) At least I hope that’s going on in another time plane, otherwise it’s as I suspected all along: Obama’s hooked up in a vat somewhere in Virginia, we’ll use gas until our wildlife refuges are the size of zoos and the 1 percent will have to live behind 6-foot walls with 24-hour security while the rest of us line up each morning for work — oh shoot! The future is now! We’re already there, at the tipping point of revolution. When 1 percent owns 40 percent of the wealth,* it’s like the real housewives of New Jersey — To inform, inspire and build community top-heavy and easily tipped over (even Donations accepted online or by before too many margaritas.) mail. For information call 510-3003 It’s either revolution, or we all move down to Mexico and experience Editor: Lynn Burton • 510-3003 what it’s like to have affordable dental care. I’m so tired of people in this country getting their undies in a bunch Advertising: Dina Drinkhouse • 970-456-7261 about illegal immigrants entering our country and taking our jobs, using our health care and watching our Sesame Photographer/Writer: Jane Bachrach Street. Why don’t we set up a welcome Ad/Page Production: Terri Ritchie center at the border to hand out tax ID Paper Boy: Cameron Wiggin numbers? Real housewives in velour Webmaster: Will Grandbois track suits, with clipboards, welcomSopris Sun, LLC Managing ing newcomers to sign in and sign up Board of Directors: for all the benefits of being a bona fide Peggy DeVilbiss • David Johnson war-mongering, gas guzzling, tax-payAllyn Harvey • Colin Laird ing American. Laura McCormick • Trina Ortega

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John Hoffmann made a few remarks at the Satank Bridge dedication on May 12. Hoffmann was one of the early volunteers who stepped up to help with a logistical plan to help save the bridge, then helped lobby elected officials and the state for support that eventually saved the bridge from demolition or collapse. Photo by Lynn Burton

Folks converged from the north and south side of the Roaring Fork River for the Satank Bridge dedication. Speakers included Garfield County Commissioner John Martin. Photo by Lynn Burton

Satank Bridge officially ready for the next 100 years By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer

If you ask John Hoffmann about a darkest moment in the eight-year effort to save the Satank Bridge, you might be thinking about the crane that was shipped in from Sweden to move the bridge, but fell over and broke in half in Grand Junction. Or when the price tag on the project swelled from a little over $100,000 to more than $900,000. Or as years went by, bridge splinters continued to fall into the Roaring Fork, and it looked to some that the whole effort might be a lost cause. If you try to get those answers from Hoffmann when talking about the Satank Bridge rehabilitation project, good luck. For a dark moment, he’s most likely to point to the“glorious” cottonwood tree that once shaded part of the bridge but had to be removed in order for cranes to lift the structure from its abutments. “I never doubted (the bridge would be saved),” he said a few days after the May 12 dedication ceremony. “We knew it would take a long time.” The “long time” officially ended on May 12, when several dozen county officials, construction workers, volunteers, local folks

and friends of the bridge gathered to officially dedicated the 110-year-old bridge and wish it well in its new non-motorized life. “This bridge is going to be here for a while,” Hoffmann told the gathering as they sipped coffee and munched on pastries at the north end of the bridge.“We created a bridge that’s going to stand, useful and proud, for the next 100 years.” The wood and steel “through truss” design was patented by Caleb and Thomas Pratt in 1844, according to a placard the Colorado State Historical Fund has placed at both ends of the now pedestrian/bicycle bridge. The Satank Bridge is the last timber truss bridge still in use in Colorado. The 100-foot bridge crosses the Roaring Fork River just downstream from the Highway 133 Bridge. It connects Satank and the west side of Carbondale to the Rio Grande Trail and Highway 82. Hoffmann compiled a chronology of the important events that took place leading up to the bridge dedication and read them to the crowd. Highlights included: • 1900 – Garfield County builds the Satank Bridge at a cost of $2,325. • 1990 – The bridge received its last coat of paint to make it presentable for the Dennis

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Hopper/Kiefer Sutherland movie‘”Flashback.” • 1994 – The bridge was closed to vehicles. • 1998 – The bridge was catalogued as a historic structure for CDOT and the Colorado Historical Society. • 2002 – Hap Ellsworth, a retired bridge inspector, gave the bridge three years to failure. The Carbondale Trails Commission (CTC) requested an engineering study from Garfield County. The town of Carbondale applied for an assessment grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund for $9,400 with a $1,200 match. • 2004 – Carbondale received a $91,000 rehabilitation grant with a $31,000 match. • 2006 – The town obtained a $90,000 bid to rehabilitate the structure, a $20,000 bid for a crane to set the bridge on new abutments and $10,000 bid for new feet and endpins. “We figured to find additional funding to offset the rest later,” Hoffmann said. • 2007 – Garfield County asked Carbondale to build wing walls on the north shore; the town obtained a bid for $60,000 to do the job. Garfield County agreed to take over the project. • 2010 – A crane was used to lift the bridge off its abutments and disassemble it on the north side of the Roaring Fork. Useable components were transported to a Garfield County

shop; metal components were tested for strength; new timbers and decking were used to replace rotten wood. • 2011 – On Jan. 5 the rehabilitated Satank Bridge was lowered onto its rehabilitated abutments by Gould Construction and Pioneer Steel. Bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, anglers and others have been using the bridge since it was set back into place in January. Among its most popular uses, is the connection of the west side of Carbondale to the Rio Grande Trail. Pedaling from the south, bikers can head upvalley or downvalley from the north side of the bridge. Pedaling from the north, the bridge gets bikers through Satank and into Carbondale. “This (bridge) is a huge amenity for the county, the town and Satank,” Hoffmann said. “And it’s just a beautiful spot to go to.” Hoffmann readily admits he wasn’t the primary volunteer who helped save the bridge and put it back into service.There were lots of others who volunteered ideas, expertise and actual labor. “There was Bill Spence … Thane Lincicome … Bob Lucas … Charlie Moore … Tom Joiner … Tom Bleskan … There were a lot of people in town who put in a lot of free labor.”

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News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team up to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Tracksters advance; baseballers don’t Roaring Fork High School will send at least four athletes to this week’s Class 3A state track meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. On the boy’s side, Zach Browning and Taylor Browning (both seniors) will compete in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. The Rams also send a team for the 4X100 relay but the names were not available at press time. On the girl’s side, Taila Howe (a freshman) will compete in the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Adrienne Ackerman (a senior) will compete in the 300-meter hurdles. Meanwhile, the Roaring Fork baseballers out slugged Manitou Springs 11-10 in the opening round of the 3A District Four tournament on Friday but fell to Holy Family the next day 17-1. Roaring Fork ends its season with a 16-5 record.

Trustees select manager committee The Carbondale Board of Trustees appointed the following people to their Town Manager Interview Committee at their meeting on May 17: Mark Chain, Ramona Griffith, Joan Cheney, Laurel Lamont, Andrea Korber, Colin Laird, Dan Richardson and Erin Rigney. The town is closing in on selecting a new town manager and has whittled the initial list down to five finalists.

CMC looks at budget cuts Colorado Mountain College is looking at spending cuts of $10 million in a draft budget presented to the college board at its monthly meeting in Glenwood Springs on Monday. Most of those cuts will occur in planning for future construction projects, according to a CMC press release. The proposed cuts are brought on by decreases in state funds and property tax revenues, the press release said. CMC employees are also looking at a salary freeze. The budget cuts will not affect the college’s plan to offer four-year bachelors degrees in some fields of study. The CMC board of trustees will vote on the $55 million budget in June.



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The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. TUESDAY May 10 At 4:20 p.m., police received a report of someone possibly cutting wood at Bull Pasture Park at the south end of town on Highway 133. Officers were unable to locate any woodcutters. TUESDAY May 10 At 11:40 p.m., during a rainstorm police observed a woman laying in a gutter near the swimming pool. They took her to an address she said was her home. The residents said she did not live there but would take care of her. WEDNESDAY May 11 At 11:12 p.m. an officer stopped a car for speeding on Meadowood. When the suspect’s car stopped, the driver jumped out, ran to the other side of the car and hopped in the back seat. Police noticed symptoms of intoxication. The suspect failed a roadside sobriety check then refused a chemical check for possible DUI. He was then taken to Garfield County jail. THURSDAY May 12 At 1:10 p.m., a police officer issued a ticket to a vehicle that was parked in the wrong direction on Garfield Avenue.

The Crystal River Civic Commission officially opened the historic Marble State Bank Building on Monday and will use it as a visitor’s center and community gathering place. Named “The Hub,” the civic center will offer wi-fi, a public telephone and other services. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Hub will be open seven days a week. Photo by Lynn Burton

Gus Darien deed continued om page 1 One of the rodeo-related topics brought up at Tuesday night’s trustees meeting had to do with a deed restriction on the Gus Darien arena. When the old Carbondale Roping Committee transfered the property to the town of Carbondale 20 years ago, a deed restriction was attached to limit the types of uses that were permitted on the property. The deed restriction expires in June and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association would like the trustees to address that issue. Weimer indicated the association would like for the property

to be restricted mostly to equine related uses. Laurie Loeb was the only member of the public to comment on the rodeo at Tuesday night’s meeting. Loeb said she took some people to the rodeo last summer and was a bit surprised at the prayer that was offered up before the performance. For this year, she requested that the prayer be “non-denominational.” “I don’t think that it’s appropriate for (a denominational) prayer for town owned property … and with the eclectic nature of the audience.” Weimer replied, “I don’t have an answer at this point.”

Although a far cry from Spain’s running of the bulls, early this week the Sun caught Carbondale’s version (the running of the calves) as Ted Nieslanik (white shirt) and Matt Nieslanik (plaid shirt) helped fellow rancher Tony Gross sort his cattle on Missouri Heights before moving them to summer pasture. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Jazz Aspen/Snowmass brought some of the best young musicians from Colorado to Sopris Park for Band Battle 2011 on May 7. This week, JAS judges bestowed the following Outstanding Student awards: Jason Barnes, Wes Neimer, A.J. Gray, Travis Provost, Jarod Cowen, Walter Gorra, Trent Johnson, T.J. Kaiser, Obidiah Jones and Zack Ritchie. Outstanding High School Band honors went to the Glenwood Springs High School Jazz Band; the Outstanding Middle School Band award to the NoJoes; Outstanding High School Garage Band to Vision Quest; and Outstanding Middle School Garage Band to Gunslingers. The Best Original Composition award went to Lisa Atkinsom, while the Outstanding Teacher honors went to Tami Suby. The Aspen Community Foundation awarded its 2011 Carolyn Powers/JAS Scholarship for continuing music education at the college level to Erin Daniel (Aspen High School) and Walter Gorra (Glenwood Springs High School).

A Carbondale guy whose back seat was covered in hay after his horse-owning girlfriend made him tote a few bales down to the pasture when her truck was broke reports the following. The nozzle on the vacuum at the car wash can be removed and hay removed from that, when it gets clogged up while cleaning out the car. But wait. There’s more. And when the vacuum doesn’t suck up all the hay? You can blast it out with a blower. That was the girlfriend’s trick. It’s almost mind blowing that anyone would load hay into the backseat of their four-door Toyota, and even more mindblowing that it’s news vacuum nozzles are removable. Such is life for some in Carbondale.

New farmer’s market

Gas prices below $4

Here’s a sneak preview of one of the sculptures that will be installed as part of the Carbondale Public Art Commission’s Art aRound Town exhibition starting June 4. Submitted photo

For the past three weeks or so gasoline prices (unleaded regular) in Carbondale have either flirted with $4 a gallon, almost kissed $4 a gallon, come within a whisker of $4 a gallon or threatened to hit $4 a gallon. For a few hours during the Co-op’s annual sidewalk sale on Saturday, gasoline plum-

meted to $3.89 a gallon. In any case, as of Monday afternoon gasoline prices at all four outlets on Highway 133 were $3.99 for unleaded regular. If you really want to pay more than $4, Catherine Store on Highway 82 can fix you up.

There’s a new farmer’s market next to Crystal River Meats on Fourth Street every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (There’s no word on whether the produce and such actually comes from new farmers or old farmers). For details, call 963-9996.


They say it’s your birthday

Check out the lifeguard-style chairs in front of Crystal River Spas on Main Street. A guy or gal with enough sunscreen, drinks and magazines could spend the whole summer in one of those.

Birthday greetings go out to: Patti Hall and Tom Mercer (May 24) and Charlie Cook (May 25). Belated greetings go out to Greg Masse, who turned 39 on May 15.






Several groups team up for ďŹ rst ever Camp Bonedale Sopris Sun Staff Report Last summer, Creative Spark Studio founder Sheri Gaynor attended the Summer Activities Expo and ended up asking herself, “Why are we competing for kids and families? Why aren’t we collaborating to create an amazing summer program offering unique and varied programming for children?â€? From that observation a new idea and program was born. It’s Camp Bonedale, an offshoot of Creative Spark Studio that will work with the Carbondale Recreation Department and several other entities to provide summer activities for kids 10-14 years old. Those activities include: • Wheel throwing, tile making and a “Clay Scrambleâ€? at the Carbondale Clay Center; • “Amazing Fun Stuff,â€? “Forces of Nature,â€? and “School of Hip-Hopâ€? at Access Roaring Fork; • Sewing recycled clothes at Creative Spark Studio; • Drama camp and puppet theatre at

the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities; • Dirt bike jumping at D&B Bike Adventures; • Fitness camp at Paris Athletic Gym. • Climbing and an open gym at the Carbondale Recreation Center. “The concept was implemented with great support from the Carbondale Recreation Center and our Camp Bonedale partners,â€? Gaynor said. Besides providing kids with safe and healthy programs, Camp Bonedale has another purpose. “It’s been shown repeatedly that in times of distress, working together creates a deep sense of community. Camp Bonedale has been created as a celebration of community collaboration and partnership,â€? Gaynor said. The Carbondale Recreation Center, through director Eric Brendlinger, was instrumental in getting Camp Bonedale out of the idea phase and into the activities-production mode. “He (Brendlinger) attended our ďŹ rst open community partnership meeting,â€? Gaynor said. “We made a deci-

Carbondale consignment icon returns under new name Sopris Sun Staff Report For years, dating back to the 1980s, Construction Junction served as the go-to place for used building materials, tools, appliances and furniture. When Marti Bauer and Susie Villiere retired a few years ago, the operation didn’t work out with the new owners. The old Construction Junction building sat vacant for two years but guess what? It’s back with a new name (Reynovations Warehouse) and a new owner (Bobby Reynolds), but the concept is the same: offer used building materials, tools, appliances and furniture at good prices. They also take items on consignment. “Construction Junction was sorely missed in the community,â€? Reynolds said. Reynolds looked around for a different building for Reynovations Warehouse, but settled on the old Construction Junction site. “It’s been two years since the old Construction Junction closed, but people were still stopping by.â€? Reynovations Warehouse is located in Roaring Fork Village on Buggy Circle, just south of the carwash. The store, with the overhead doors that are almost always open in the summer, covers half the original space at about 3,000 square feet. “We hope to take over that space too.â€? Reynolds, who owns a construction company, will operate the store with his son, Tyler. His wife, Melissa, is a math teacher at Roaring Fork High School. Both Bobby and Melissa moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in the 1970s, he from Vermont and she from Arizona. Bobby had been reading about skiing out west as a teenager and wanted to get away from Vermont’s icy snow conditions. “It was Aspen, baby,â€? he said. “I was a ski bum.â€? Bauer and Villiere have been a big help in getting the reincarnation of their original concept back into play and have given Reynolds a lot of good advice. “They’ve been awesome ‌ they are so behind me on this deal.â€? Reynovations Warehouse is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.





Community Calendar THURS.-FRI. May 19-20 BIKE WEEK • The fourth annual Bonedale Bike Week takes place through May 20. Events include a bike-in movie on Fourth Street at 8:30 p.m. on May 19, and a parade and rafe at Sopris Park at 6:30 p.m. on May 20. The closing party takes place at Carbondale Beer Works May 20 at 8 p.m. Info:

FRI.-SAT. May 20-21 WHIMSICAL WOMEN RETURN • The Whimsical Women of the West Spring Show takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21 at Four Mile Bed & Breakfast outside Glenwood Springs (ďŹ ve miles up the Sunlight road). Twenty artisans will show their work. There’ll also be a raw food demonstration by Mary Whalen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 21. Info: 945-4004.

FRIDAY May 20 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Conspiratorâ€? (PG-13) at 8 p.m. May 20-26 and “Win Winâ€? (R) at 5:45 p.m. May 21-22. LIVE MUSIC • Konnyaku restaurant in La Fontana Center presents Dwight Ferren (acoustic folk rock) starting at 6:30 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars presents Carrie Elkin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Beth Quist Band at 9:30 p.m. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s in the Dinkel

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

Building presents Rick Rock & the Roosters at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the Currys (bluegrass and Celtic rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover. LIVE MUSIC • John Livingston and Kevin and Melissa Glenn of the Frying Pan Bluegrass Band plays the Limelight Lodge in Aspen from 6 to 9 p.m.

SAT.-SUN. May 20-21 BIKE-A-PALOOZA • Aloha Mountain Cyclery holds its second annual Bike-APalooza all day both days. The store is located at 580 Highway 133. Info: 963-2500.

SATURDAY May 21 LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s presents Hood Ratz at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars presents All the Pretty Horses with Trick Pony as opening act. Info: 963:3340. PALEONTOLOGIST SPEAKS • The Roaring Fork Cultural Council presents Dr. Kirk Johnson (chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the paleontologist in charge of the excavation in Snowmass) at Thunder River Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Info: 987-4492. BIKE RIDE • The 17th annual Ride for the Pass is open to the first 600 riders who sign up at

The 10-mile ride goes from the Highway 82 winter gate east of Aspen to the ghost town of Independence near the summit of Independence Pass. The elevation gain is 2,500 feet.

SUNDAY May 22 HORSE CAMP • The Natural Horsemanship Ranch Camp with Susan Gibbs takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1698 County Road 103 outside Carbondale. Info: 7041234 or

MON.-TUES. May 23-24 STUDENT ART EXHIBIT • The Roaring Fork High School student art exhibit takes place in the school’s auxiliary gym from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Info: 384-5767.

MONDAY May 23 CHARITY CLASSIC • The Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament takes place at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt. The entry fee is $150. Info: 927-4031.

TUESDAY May 24 LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s presents Greg Masse at 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY MAY 25 LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s presents Yvette MacEachen from 7 to 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works presents Dave Taylor (blues/country) at 7 p.m. Proceeds beneďŹ t Feed Them With Music.

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SUSTAINABLE DISCUSSION • A discussion on sustainable economies takes place at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. The session is a follow up to the May 12 film “The Economics of Happiness.” The discussion is presented by HighLife Unlimited, a social business nurturing the capacity of groups and communities to generate collective wisdom and action, with support from the Davi

June 4 LINCOLN DAY DINNER • The Pitkin County Republican Party host its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Inn at Aspen at the base of the Buttermilk Ski Area. Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents the 3rd District, will be the keynote speaker.Tickets are $75 or $700 for a table of eight. At 970-274-3303 or 927-2401.

Ongoing KID’S SHOW • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents its “Kid’s Art Show” at its R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center through May 31. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • T Ray Becker (original Americana and acoustic slide guitar) plays Carnahan’s every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Carnahan’s is located at Fourth and Main. Info: 963-4498. CMC SHOW CONCLUDES • “Viewpoint X3,” featuring the work of Wewer Keohane, Lynette O’Kane and Laurren Whistler, continues at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery through May 25. The gallery is located 831 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

Info: 947-8367. MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy, located at 26 S. Third St. ZINGERS SING • The Zingers singing group gets together at the Third Street Center every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Info: 945-7094. GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. Info: 704-0909. AL-ANON MEETS • Al-Anon for friends and families of alcoholics meets at the Orchard Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Info: 963-3514.

Save the date June 3-4

STUDIO TOUR • The Carbondale Community School’s eighth annual Studio Tour is June 34. A percentage of the funds raised will go to the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, which will match those funds to provide free art classes at the Third Street Center. The weekend kicks off with an artist’s reception at the Third Street Center at 6 p.m. on June 3, followed by self-guided tours of artists’ studios from Glenwood Springs to Old Snowmass on June 4. Artists and the artwork can be previewed at

A momma fox and one of her young ‘uns warily observe what’s going on near their den on Missouri Heights over the weekend. Photo by Jane Bachrach


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Dr. Kirk Johnson “Dinosaurs in Snowmass” Dr. Kirk Johnson, vice president of research and collections and chief curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, is leading the Snowmass Ice Age fossil excavation. He will take a break from digging to detail what has been found, and its significance. The search has yielded eight to ten American mastodons, four Columbian mammoths, a Jefferson ground sloth, four gigantic bison, two Ice Age deer, snails, iridescent insects, and plant matter that is still green after more than 45,000 years.


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Community Briefs Rodeo accepting sponsors

CCAH seeks board members

The 2011 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo series is accepting sponsors for the upcoming season, which runs through the summer at the Gus Darien arena on County Road 100. Sponsorship levels range from $400 to $4,000, according to a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a sponsorship, you receive consistent exposure during the rodeo season to a weekly average attendance of 1,250 spectators who are residents and visitors to our valley,â&#x20AC;? said a rodeo spokesman. The deadline to sign up for a sponsorship is May 30. For details, call Dave Weimer (963-4513) or Mike Kennedy (379-3907). For details, go to


Christopher Cameron â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camâ&#x20AC;? Moore 1965-2011 Christopher Cameron â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camâ&#x20AC;? Moore, 46, of Carbondale, Colo., died in his home on May 10, 2011 after a valiant struggle with esophageal cancer. A loving, generous man, Cam lived life with passion. Born Jan. 10, 1965 in Invercargill, New Zealand, Cam moved to Denver with his brother Sean and parents Christopher G. (Kit) and Clara Combs Moore while he was still in a pram. When he was 6, his sister Ellie was born. Soon after, the family moved to Montrose. Naturally athletic, he played football and tennis in high school. After his dreams of being a professional tennis player were quashed by a car accident, he attended Ft. Lewis College in Durango. From there he went to the University of California at San Diego where he could surf between classes. Returning to Colorado in 1989, Cam moved to Denver and attended the University of Denver. In the summer of 1992, he and Lilas Rajaee married. Later that year Cam received a BSBA in finance and real estate. For the next several years he remodeled condominiums in the Capitol Hill area of Denver. His marriage ended in 2004. He pursued what he found meaningful in life. He loved adventure and was always ready to try a new career, a new environment, a new challenge. A scratch golfer, in 1998 Cam focused his attention on golf, playing in several pro-qualifying tournaments.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will elect three new board members at its annual meeting/barbecue on June 17. CCAH Director Ro Mead said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now is one of the most exciting times in our history. We are settled in our new space and have new and stimulating directions to explore.â&#x20AC;? The three new board members will be mentored by the outgoing board members for six months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are interested in interacting with a dynamic group of people and be part of our great organization, we have a place for you,â&#x20AC;? Mead said. For details, go to or call 963-1680. COMMUNITY BRIEFS page 11

After leaving the pro circuit he worked with his dad on various construction projects. He adored his father and was like him in many ways: compassionate, gentle, funny and able to put people at ease. From a musical family, Cam wrote several songs and cared deeply about guitar and singing, which he took up in early 2000 and found comfort in until shortly before his death. Cam was a non-conformist and though he put in his time in mortgage finance, international shipping, market trading and product sales, he was happiest at physical pursuits. Cam moved to Carbondale in 2006 and really found his life there. In addition to building his own house, he skied, and rode his mountain bike and motorcycle. He loved the community and the opportunity to raft, play hockey and golf, ride his dirt bike and be with friends. An accomplished cook, Cam liked to host barbecues and movie nights. In Carbondale he met and fell in love with Michelle Girard. Together they traveled to Belize, Arizona and Hawaii; they married April 22, 2011. Good-humored, sensitive and devoted to family, he liked to tease and protect his younger sister and was a terrific uncle to his seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kit Moore. He is survived by his wife Michelle, his mother Clara, brother Sean (Melissa) Moore, sister Eleanor (David) Wrench, nephews Tucker and Cortland Moore and Christopher and Ryan Wrench, and nieces Devin and Tanner Moore and Katie Wrench. He leaves 13 loving first cousins, six aunts, six uncles and numerous devoted friends. A June memorial is planned in Carbondale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley in Basalt, P. O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621.


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Common Ground

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Community Briefs continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 10 High school graduations: May 27-28 Graduation ceremonies for Bridges High School are May 27 at 4 p.m. and for Roaring Fork High School on May 28 at 4 p.m.

Town manager candidates hit town Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a reception for town manager candidates at town hall from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 3. The candidates are: Elizabeth Black, Jay Harrington, Chris LaMay, John

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Lyons, April McGrath and Deborah Quinn. On June 4 the candidates will be interviewed by three panels: town council, town staff and community members.

EIA looking for volunteers English in Action is looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with adult immigrants to help them learn English. The next training is May 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Basalt Library. For details, call 963-9200.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are using twitter,â&#x20AC;? she asked? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe my dad is now an ofďŹ cial twit.â&#x20AC;? She was having way too much fun with this. I was trying to explain over the phone to my oldest daughter DeAnza why I was using social media as a communication tool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps me at my job,â&#x20AC;? I said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all your fault because you ďŹ rst got me started using Facebook to better keep in touch with you and your sisters.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just send me a copy of the certiďŹ cate you get from the classes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking to become a twit,â&#x20AC;? she said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to show it to everyone.â&#x20AC;? The upcoming classes are being held by Colorado Mountain College. Lasting one day, Social Media Planning and Tracking Social InBy Bill Kight teraction are being taught in Glenwood Springs in the coming weeks. They are designed to teach students how to better use social media such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m interested in TweetDeck and HootSuite, software that schedules and tracks social interactions. Social media are changing the way land management agencies interact with the public, especially when there is a large incident such as a wildďŹ re. People hungry for instantaneous information start tweeting one another about a ďŹ re that is close to their homes. They want to try and be in control of their own destiny and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame them. Public Information OfďŹ cers (PIOs) on ďŹ res are hamstrung with how they get information out to the public and media. Typical media releases can take hours to get approved and for that reason are becoming more and more obsolete. One solution over the last few years has been the Inter-


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Jim Harris (right) shakes hands with Wally DeBeque at the old DeBeque house on May 14. Harris and others gathered at the house (located 235 S. 3rd St.) for a Mt. Sopris Historical Society fund-raiser where DeBeque, 89, grew up. De Beque now lives at the Ranch at Roaring Fork but told well wishers about the times he spent maintaining the tennis court his dad built at the house and planting the towering pine tree that stands at the west side of the property. He also talked about the railroad siding that ran alongside what is now Weant Boulevard and touched on other bits of Carbondale history. Photo by Lynn Burton

sion as a collective to take out a two page spread in the Summer Recreation Center catalog to reach a broader target audience, in an effort to make it easier for families to find summer opportunities.” Creative Spark Studio, located in the non-profit Third Street Center, opened last June as a non-profit arts and social services organization serving the needs of individuals and families through counseling, expressive arts therapy practices, equine therapy, personal growth workshops, classes and retreats. “We partner with other non-profit organizations and local businesses to foster our commitment to community collaboration,” Gaynor said. Gaynor herself is a licensed psychotherapist and registered expressive arts therapist. Beyond Camp Bonedale, another big event is brewing at Creative Spark Studio. To celebrate the Studio’s first year and obtaining its non-profit status, a body-ofwork show from George Stranahan’s The Child’s Eye program will be shown at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities R2 Gallery in July. “George (Stranahan) and I have been working with at-risk youth for many years and we’ve been working with several organizations since Fall 2010, and the kids have gathered some amazing images, sharing their view of the world,” Gaynor said.

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