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Volume 5, Number 15 | May 23, 2013

Rodeos rock The Gus Darien arena east of town is now home to not one, but two rodeos, thanks to the Mexican Rodeo (shown here from May 18). The Mexican Rodeo is organized by well-known horseman Mario Tarin, and will be held Saturdays on June 8, July 6, Aug. 3 and Aug. 24. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo runs Thursday nights from June 6 through Aug. 22. For another Mexican Rodeo pic and related action, please turn to page 13. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Carbondale Commentary The views and opinions expressed on the Commentary page do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The Sopris Sun invites all members of the community to submit letters to the editor or guest columns. For more information, e-mail editor Lynn Burton at, or call 510-3003.

Why digital cinema; why now? By Kathy and Bob Ezra From 1889, when Thomas Edison developed his motion picture film camera, to 2013 with thousands of theatres projecting digital formats, the one constant is movies. They entertain, challenge and inspire us. And they will continue to do so. The shift in the industry from film to digital won’t change the magic of the movies. Digital projection offers filmmakers new creative possibilities. It offers a sharp image and clear sound. It offers us flexibility and the ability to screen the work of local filmmakers. We will be able to host events at a lower rental cost than film, and to consider alternative content. It offers AspenFilm more flexibility when programming the Crystal Theatre for Filmfest and Shortfest. Why digital cinema? Economics. The studios stand to save billions of dollars over time in printmaking fees and shipping costs. The cost of “striking” and delivering one 35mm print is now approximately $1,000 per screen. A wide release typically was 2,500-3,500 prints. The digital model means movies are shipped on a hard drive, reducing that $1,000 to $100 or less. Why now? At some point, keeping a dual inventory of digital and 35mm prints will not be economically viable for the studios. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, 86 percent of screens in the United States and Canada have converted. Internationally, the Asian markets are a leader in digital conversion. But 60 percent of theatres in Latin America are still projecting film. The industry finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place. No studio wants to be the “bad guy” by being the first to go all digital with their releases. This is why no one will say, definitively, when the end of film will come. Some speculate that the availability of film stock will be the deciding factor. Fujifilm, one of the two major suppliers of film stock, ceased production in March. The other major supplier, Kodak, filed for bankruptcy, but is still producing 35mm stock. The total boxoffice grosses from 35mm screens are becoming marginal compared to digital screens. Some studios may find it hard to justify the cost of 35mm prints for their blockbuster titles and may release those in digital only in the future. We have been watching the evolution of digital cinema for several years. We were waiting for the cost of the equipment to come down, and it has. The past $100,000 digital cinema package is now $70,000 or less.We always felt our time to convert would come when 35mm film became difficult to get and when some movies were only available in digital. Although we continue to get film, these two issues are coming up more and more. We are waiting longer for film prints because there are fewer than in the past. Movies like “Chasing Ice” and “Bless Me Ultima” and others are only available in digital. That is the “Why now?” for us. With your support and generosity, we are getting closer to our digital fund-raising goal of $70,000 by May 31. We are optimistic that the quality of digital projection and sound will enhance your movie-going experience.The audience is part of the magic of the movies. You entertain, challenge and inspire us to do the best that we can to bring you quality entertainment. Thanks for the magic and we’ll see you at the movies! Kathy and Bob Ezra own the Crystal Theatre in downtown Carbondale.


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Moments of awe Dear Editor: Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. – John Milton It has been for sometime, now, that I have been meaning to get this letter out to the local community. It is difficult to express in words the gratitude I feel for the tidal wave of support my family and I have received as I have struggled with kidney cancer these last few months. There is no possible way that I can name every individual that has lent a helping hand, in one way or another, but you know who you are. Even though I may not name you here, please receive a sincere THANK YOU.

My family and I will be forever in your debt. I especially appreciate the teachers and employees of the Roaring Fork School District who have so kindheartedly provided my family with TLC and attention during these last few months. Since November and nonstop to this day, the countless delicious meals, the funds, the cards, the visits and the prayers have all made such a difference in my life. I feel so blessed to be a colleague of so many kind souls. I extend a sincere “thanks” to the teachers and staff from RFHS, CRES, CMS and CMC adjunct programs for all that they have contributed. I also feel blessed to be a part of the world of all the wonderful students at RFHS.Thank you to Melissa Reynolds and the Student Council of RFHS for all you have done. You

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put a smile on my children’s faces at Christmas time and for that I thank you. Thank you to Patty Bristol for organizing the spaghetti dinner in April.To all of you who attended, organized and volunteered at the event, I say MUCHAS, MUCHAS GRACIAS! I would also like to express my gratitude to Sharon Moya, Robyn Jackson, Lucia Campbell, Raquel Mancinas, Barbara Mason, Drew Adams, Zamira Fuentes and Emily Bruell for your fund-raising efforts and support, as well as all of the folks involved in those events.The efforts of Rodolfo Calderon and the women and families of the Liga de Futsal Femenino are so greatly appreciated, as well. You are truly kind and beautiful people. Thank you, also, to Jenny Tempest for your kindness and care towards my family and to those who have contributed to my cancer fund.To those of you who have prayed for me and kept me in your thoughts, I can tell you that IT HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE! Thank you to my family, as well, for the unconditional support. I am so grateful for my community. Your prayers, good thoughts, good deeds, and good food have helped me in so many ways. I can’t thank you enough! BLESSING IN DISGUISE Some would say it is absurd that serious illness and disease can be a blessing in disguise. But I believe that everything happens for a reason and there are moments and experiences that become lessons regardless of the circumstances. My experiences and your acts of kindness have helped me develop an attitude of gratitude. I give thanks for everything that happens to me, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than my current situation. There isn’t a day I don’t think about death and how much more relevant it is than it used to be several months ago. But just as present are your acts of kindness, my family, my goals and the wonderful thought of living. This concept of living becomes my focus. A focus on making a difference for others as you have done with me. I will never forget all that you have done. With your support, I have gained the strength to stay positive. It is with your help and your kind gestures that I have gained a better and clearer understanding of how beautiful life truly is. Each day I am learning a new meaning of what it means to live life to the fullest. I thank God for each day I am alive and for the experience of being surrounded by so many beautiful human beings. Ivone Munoz Carbondale

yes to FEC Dear Editor: I am a member of the Sopris Sun board and an occasional unpaid, volunteer contributor to this paper. However, I offer the following thoughts about the Gordon Cooper Library solely in my capacity as a concerned resident of this fine town. The trustees have three worthy proposals to consider for future use of the building. We must come together to make the two most popular ideas — if not all three — happen, and I believe we can do it. I love James Surls’ work, and I greatly ad-

mire the generous contributions Jim and Connie Calaway have made — and, once again, are offering to make — on behalf of Carbondale. However, a James Surls Museum is not the best use of the library property, nor do I feel the museum applicants have adequately substantiated the economic benefits to town. Consider the following: 1) The Surls proposal estimates “10,000 visits a year” to the museum. Its supporters have been tossing that number around as if it means 10,000 additional tourists to Carbondale, wallets open, as a direct result of this project. But it doesn’t. If the visit estimate is accurate (which is open to debate) a good number of those 10,000 visits a year will be local people and visitors who happen to be in Carbondale for all the reasons that currently exist, and local schools that will bring students to avail themselves of the educational benefits. The tourism benefit has been overestimated. 2) The comparisons offered to substantiate the “10,000 visits” number in the proposal need to be examined closely as well. The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas — the closest comparison — is at least 24 years old. Hats off to them for reaching the 10,000 visits mark after building their reputation and programming for more than two decades! The Surls family is only guaranteeing this proposed arrangement for 20 years. Meanwhile, the museum plans to pay rent of only $1 a year to the town. The other closest comparisons listed are two of many museums in the art Mecca of Taos, New Mexico. I would argue that LETTERS page 8

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Town adds second solar array option to dog park By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer The town is now considering one of two possible sites for a solar array at the Carbondale Nature Park following Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting, according to town manager Jay Harrington. Option A as it’s being called was staked out several weeks ago and is located on the southeast side of the park, while the newer Option B is located at the park entrance near where dog-turd bags are currently distributed. Harrington said the Carbondale Parks

and Recreation Commission will discuss the two options and is expected to make a recommendation at its next meeting on June 12. He said the topic has not been slated for a trustee meeting agenda item. The Carbondale Nature Park (aka Delaney dog park) is one of two town parks that allow dogs to run off leash. It’s located about one-quarter mile northeast of town hall and covers about 35 acres. Both options would cover about onequarter acre, although one is configured in three rows of solar panels and the other in two rows, Harrington said. An illustration

will soon be posted on the town website that shows how each array would look. The proposed solar array would contain dozens of photo-voltaic solar panels that soak up energy from the sun and convert it to electricity that is fed into Excel Energy’s distribution grid. Similar solar arrays around town include one at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, which then-Colorado Gov. Bill Owens dedicated when it went on line, one on top of the Carbondale Recreation Center and another on the Third Street Center roof. The Delaney dog park solar array

would be linked to arrays at the town shop on Highway 133 and on the Third Street Center roof. All three were recommended by Sunsense solar, which is negotiating a contract with the town to install and maintain the system. The new arrays are part of a purchase power agreement (PPA), in which a third party will actually buy the panels and make its money back through federal tax credits. The current push for more solar power is linked to the town’s Energy & Climate Protection Plan, passed by trustees in 2006.

CRMS competes in the first U.S. solar RC car race By Meagan Burger Special to The Sopris Sun

soon followed. Davis said he believes it is crucial for students to have A group of Colorado Rocky Mountain School students the authority to experiment, but encourages them to conrecently chose to build a solar powered, radio-controlled sider the results of each design they consider. “Who wants to be the bumper design person?” Davis car during their school’s Interim Week. The week offers opportunities for experiential learning — from outdoor lead- asked. Tanner Oates, a junior, then suggested building a ership in Chile to tropical ecology in Costa Rica — but bumper with holes to reduce the weight and offer better energy absorption. building the solar car turned out to be a Interim week ended three months popular student choice. ago, but the team met many extra times Noah Davis, from Solar Energy Inbefore and after to design and complete ternational, developed the Solar Roller the car. Amid the buzz of jigsaws and program to engage high school students plenty of laughter, students worked with in studying renewable energy and en– Robinson Meng, CRMS chemistry teacher Jim Gaw. ergy efficiency in combination. “They’re great because they never Students at French technical univerCRMS student stop,” Davis noted. sities have raced similar solar radio-conDavis compared soldering solar cells trolled (RC) cars, but this is the first time they have been built in the United States. CRMS students to defusing a bomb, requiring intense concentration and a were among three local high schools that built the cars in steady hand. Robinson Meng said soldering was “almost preparation for a race, held May 18 in Denver at a Na- like a post-war syndrome — every time we’d hear something crack we’d freak out.” But all the hard work was tional Renewable Energy Lab event. worth it. “This is going on my resume — ‘made the first Solar Roller in the United States’,” Meng said. Solutions

Rollers have generated and is working to fund the creation of an online resource allowing students and teachers across the country design and race their own custom-built 1/10 scale solar RC cars. The Solar Rollers will race again on Aug. 11 at the Aspen Science Festival Street Fair at Paepcke Park in Aspen.

“This is going on my resume … .”

Every aspect of the Solar Roller project allows students to create their own solutions to real-world problems. “There was a lot more trial and error than actual research done,” said George Bernard, a CRMS junior. The students did have access to French instructions but created a completely new design. Using delicate solar cells, foam, carbon fiber, critical thinking skills and creativity, the CRMS team constructed the first U.S. solar RC car. The two schools they competed against — Aspen High School and Yampah High School in Glenwood Springs —

Obituary Parker 1946-2013 Parker, a 20-year resident of the valley, passed away on May 15, 2013 at Grace Health Care in Glenwood Springs. He is preceded in death by his mother Betty J. Thornton, and father Fred J. Parker. He is survived by his sons, Brandon J., and Nicholas A. Rolph, both of Fort Collins, Colorado; his daughter Roberta Lee Hickey of Arlington, Washington; brothers Rob, Bill and Dan Parker, all of the Denver area; sister Kathe Del Vecchio of Aurora, Colorado; and four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Parker was an artist, designer, massage therapist, good friend and a loving brother. He served in the Navy and loved life, nature and people. A celebration-of-life party will be held at Marion Gulch at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Top speed The car reaches a top speed of more than 20 mph with combined solar and battery energy, and is almost as fast on solar alone. Speed was an important consideration for the hour-long race, but efficiency was key. The race forced students to decide on a variety of design considerations. “It’s a great experience so far. I’m really glad I’m part of this,” said junior Fremond Mbanguza earlier in the year. On May 18 the green flag waved at 11:30 a.m. to start the one-hour race, which was a long enough period to test the overall energy efficiency of each car and its rooftop renewable energy generation system. The CRMS team arrived in suits, excited to see all their many hours of work come to fruition. From the start, the race was exciting. The race circuit was 50 meters in length and soon all three cars had completed laps of less than nine seconds. While the teams had each conducted testing on smooth tennis courts and parking lots, it soon became apparent that the actual race would not be so gentle on the cars. Impacts between cars were unavoidable as they negotiated tight turns at 20 miles per hour and cars could be seen bumping over lane dividers, banging into one another and even spinning like Frisbees at times. The foam bumpers students installed worked well but could not protect the mechanical systems underneath. The CRMS car incurred damage between the chassis and the solar panel (an area that could not be repaired quickly) and finished in third place. The car was created through SEI’s Solar in the Schools program, a K-12 outreach effort that has received support from the Aspen Science Center and Garfield Clean Energy; while Fiberforge donated state-of-the-art carbon fiber materials. Davis said he is excited about the interest the Solar

Fill ‘er up. This new guy at town hall will fuel your vehicle for free – as long as it’s a hybrid or full-on electric car. Working with CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy, the town installed the electric vehicle (EV) charging station this week as one of its 2013 energy projects. Town Manager Jay Harrington said the state paid $6,000 and the town put up $2,000 for the free-standing unit. The town is giving away free juice partly because the cost for a credit-reader is more than it would make on sales. Note: the charger operates on 240V but will not work with vehicles such as KDNK’s Miles electric truck that uses 110V – even though the EV station has an outlet on the side. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Cops seeking info The Carbondale Police Department is looking for information surrounding a two-car accident that happened at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street at 8:40 p.m. on May 10. The accident sent two individuals to the hospital. If you witnessed the accident, call 963-2662. ••• FRIDay May 3 at 1:18 p.m. police officers issued three citations or warnings to owners of vehicles parked in restricted areas in the 300 block of Main Street. Eric Froelicher, a sophomore at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, paddles to an upstream gate at last Saturday’s Crystal River races at the school. The water was high and the races attracted field of 20 students and adults. Kayo Ogilby won the K1Men’s division, followed by Peter Benedict, Alex Perkins, Chase Edgerton, Kirk Baker and “Mike J.” Ben White won the K1 Junior Men’s division, followed by Kimbrell Larouche, Andy Hatch, Eric Froelicher, Avery Kane, Skye Berman, Waylon Jepsen, Max Jin and Nick Reitman. Meghan Detering won the K1 Women’s division, followed by Ali Wade, Nicole Lipe and Sophie Kornick. In C1 Men (canoe), it was Ogilby, Benedict and Edgerton. For the first time in a few years, the approximately 100-yard course was set at the CRMS bridge. “It was great to have the races again,” said Meghan Detering. “I can’t wait until next year.” Race organizers said next year’s event will be held on May 17. Photo by Lynn Burton

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MONDay May 6 at 11:58 p.m. police received a report of a fire alarm in the area of Second Street and Sopris Avenue. Officers discovered the alarm was coming from a discarded smoke detector in a Dumpster located in the area. “We dispatched the smoke alarm,” the report said.

RFHS recognizes outstanding students, scholars Sopris Sun Staff Report Roaring Fork High School recognized outstanding students at its annual awards ceremony on May 20. Outstanding Student awards are selected by the faculty and recognize the very best qualities of a Roaring Fork High School student: academics, athletics, extracurricular involvement and school spirit. Those receiving the award were: seniors Kayla Henley and Enrique Abarca, juniors Isabel Mata and Paul Roman, sophomores Olivia Savard and Mario Alverde, and freshmen Joselinne Medrano and Robbie Thompson The Distinguished Scholar award goes to seniors who have taken foreign language to level three or higher and have fulďŹ lled two out of three of the following requirements: 3.75 GPA or better, scored 24 or better on the ACT, or have completed two college level courses. Those students are: Georgia Ackerman, Taylor Adams, Mariah Ahumada, Emily Eason, Keegan Fawley, Hattie Gianinetti, Megan Gianinetti, Dakotah Grett, Madison Handy, Kayla Henley, Shiloh Merriott, Jessie Murillo Vega, Feenagh O'Donnell Pax, Hailey Thompson, Michael Wampler and Sarah Wisnoski. The Presidential Award for Academic Achievement goes to students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development. This award goes to seniors Cristian Guzman, Jacob Besser, Jordan Kobielusz and Johnny Nieslanik; juniors Ticah Lerato Burrows, Erika Arias and Stephanie Vega; sophomores


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Abril Mendoza, Misael Ramos, Arnold Garcia and Yunira Gomez; and freshmen Amaranda Fregoso, Matt Wampler, Andy Jaquez and Sergio Vega. The University of Colorado recognizes an Outstanding Musician and Outstanding Junior. Zack Ritchie earned both of those honors. Georgia Ackerman won the Tricia Bader award. Ackerman was the only senior who played three sports during all four years. Johnny Nieslanik won the Fighting Heart award, given to an athlete that never quits, and consistently gives everything and more. Students who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. They are: Seniors: Georgia Ackerman,Taylor Adams, Mariah Ahumada, Araya Ampaiporn, Emily Eason, Hattie Gianinetti, Megan Gianinetti, Omar Gonzalez Torres, Madison Handy, Kayla Henley, Caitlin Kinney, Shiloh Merriott, Jessie Murillo Vega, Feenagh O’Donnell Pax, Hailey Thompson, Michael Wampler, Mia Wedemeyer and Sarah Wisnoski; Juniors: Elide Andrade, Kyle Bruna, Chloe Conrad, Cameron Doherty, Jack Fisher, Mealani Gray, Jane Gross, Taila Howe-Wasilawski, Alexa Maes, Riley Marshall, William Masters, Isabel Mata, Madeleine Nieslanik, Tanner Nieslanik, Natalie Olivas, Ana Perea, Naomi Peters, Zack Ritchie, Paul Roman, Rosa Roybal Maun, Kimberly Vega, Abriah Wofford and Yaritza Zarte; Sophomores: Mario Alverde, Roy Benge, Briana Boland, Emily Bruell, Benjamin Car-




penter, Erik Carrillo, Yazmin Castillo, Juan Clemente, Kayla Derby, Wyatt Farris, Emily Fisher, Emily Fuller, Jackson Hardin, Jessica Hardin, Kristen Joiner, Ruby Lang, Eduardo Meraz,Ariel Murphy, Laura Needham, Olivia Savard, Victoria Schlueter, Chering Sherpa and Tanner Spence; Freshmen: Leah Allen, Isabella Bailey, Chloe Brand, Grace Brown, Maura Fawley, Nicole Ferry, Cole Hollenback, Chally Korn, Fiona

Laird, Joseph Lang, Valerie Loertscher, James Long, Lorena Marcelo, Felisiano Martinez, Emily Mata, Joselinne Medrano, Colin O’Gorman, Naomi Pulver, Carly Rosenthal, Jimmy Serrano, Lucille Stevens, Robert Thompson, Kelly Walgren and Justice Wofford. Each department – such as math, history and English – also recognized outstanding students on Monday. That list was not available at press time.

Last October, Roaring Fork High School Art III students were charged with the task of creating a piece of sculpture that focused on pop culture – and was made with a pumpkin. Only four of the 30 pieces survived the rotting process long enough to be included in the school’s annual show, held May 20-22. Photo by Lynn Burton


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Digital Cinema Fund-Raising Campaign. Tickets are $12 (sorry, no passes). For details on the campaign, see the ad on page 10.

The Carbondale Food Co-Op is looking for a bumper sticker of its own. If you can put into words what the coop means to you via a catchy slogan or design, send it to in a PDF format or take it to the store on Main Street by June 15. Use two colors. The winner receives a special basket of co-op goodies.

CCaH offers adult workshops The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is offering adult workshops in handmade art journals, small tool making and more. Wewer Keohane presents “The Business of Art: An open forum” on June 26. For details, go to or call 963-1680. CCAH is also signing up kids for summer art camps.

This just in The winners at The Sopris Sun scavenger hunt booth at Dandelion Day were Izzy Knaus (9), Madeline Luchs (4), Dianna Montoya (8 1/2), Harper and Cal Stone (6 and 4) and Yoseline Melendez (9). Each received a gift certificate from Peppino’s Pizza. The hunt revolved around kids locating the eight planets and sun itself (which was pretty much right at The Sopris Sun booth).

School record set The Roaring Fork High School boys 4X400 relay team of Michael Skinner, Jose Lopez, Trevor Dusza and Keegan Fawley set a school record at the recent state track and field championships in Lakewood. They bested their previous record by four seconds and topped a two-year-old school record held by Zack and Taylor Browning, Raleigh Burleigh and Tommy Adgate. The new record time is 3:35:72. At the Western Slope meet, Taila Howe set a new school record with a leap of 17’ 1” in the long jump. The effort earned Howe a gold medal in the event.



Project Graduation winners

Lisa Bernhoft, Marcia Provost and Vickie Browne won the Project Graduation raffle and will enjoy prizes donated by: The Redstone Inn, Avalanche Outfitters, The Redstone Castle, The Hair Bar, Sopris Chiropractic, Jobody Pilates, The Pullman Restaurant, Carbondale Animal Hospital,

The winner is Sopris Sun editor Lynn Burton comes out from behind the newspaper’s new Canon camera, paid for with a recent Rotary Club of Carbondale Community Grant. The club awarded more than $90,000 to 48 other non-profit groups. Photo by Terri Ritchie Beijin Tokyo restaurant, Madd Fox Boutique, Carbondale Car Care, Bonfire Coffee, Nicole Cavarra, The Face Place, Kristina Bingaman, Joy Blong, Salon Sublime, Phat Tai, Casual Culture, Eagle Crest Nursery, Russets, El Pollo Rico, Beaver Lake Lodge, Slow Groovin’ BBQ, Outwest Guides, RPS Rentals, Pixie Byrne, The Skin Clinique, Nieslanik’s Beef, The Goat Deli, and Dancing Colours. Project Graduation gives Roaring Fork High School seniors a safe place to party on graduation night.

Jennifer Sellers of Glenwood Springs has won the 2013 Carbondale Mountain Fair poster contest. The fair board received more than 65 entries, including 20 from Rifle High School students. The People’s Choice award is a tie between Chris Ford and Richard Moquin. The entries are being displayed at the Third Street Center Round Room through June 7.

Friendship Park closed for fix up Friendship Park next to the Near New Store on Main Street will be closed for three weeks for sodding, mulching, path renovation and wheelchair ramp access. Donations are being accepted through Alpine Bank at The Seven Star Rebekah Lodge Friendship Park account, Box 1104, Carbondale, CO 81623.

They say it’s your birthday

Go Beatle at the Crystal The Crystal Theatre invites folks to dress up in their favorite Beatlemania fashion for a special showing of “Across the Universe” at 7:30 p.m. on May 29-31, and a 4:45 p.m. screening on May 31. The film is a finale for the theatre’s

Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Patti Hall (May 24) and Tom Mercer (May 24); Charlie Cook (May 25); Sue Hopper (May 26); Richard Glasier, Louis Meyer, Joan Lamont and Dorie Hunt (May 27); and Alex Salvidrez (May 28).

Early Deadline for Crews will be closing the two middle lanes in order to remove the center median, this work is needed to acilitate the lane shift.

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Paving next to SH 82 of the new lanes continues. Crews are building up a platform adjacent to the highway to hold the temporary lanes.

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Speeds on SH 82 will be reduced from 50 mph to 35 mph for the duration of the project. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on the Aspen side of the airport terminal traffic circle. Expect slight delays. During construction, pedestrians must use the signaled crosswalk at the intersection of SH 82 and the airport.

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Please Note: All scheduled work subject to change due to weather and other conditions. Stay tuned. We’ll do our best to keep you informed. Questions? 920-5206

Town Briefs RV park beautification continues; garden fills up Sopris Sun Staff Report Now in its second year of operation, the town’s RV park at the intersection of Highway 82 and 133 is booked for Memorial Day weekend, according to a memo from town manager Jay Harrington. “(and) … we are ramping up maintenance and beautification at … the park,” Harrington continued. Carbondale’s RV park is adjacent to Gateway Park, which includes the popular boating launch site below the Highway 133 bridge. The Public Works Department is also scheduled to roto-mill the RV park access road. “The road is in poor condition and needs to be rebuilt,” Harrington’s memo said. The majority of the prep work will be performed in-house. In other notes from Harrington’s recent weekly update: • All 46 Community Garden plots at the Third Street Center have been reserved. Topsoil from Planted Earth has been delivered and gardeners are now building their raised garden plot beds. • GMCO will begin this year’s chip and seal program on May 28. The town will be applying approximately 41,861 square yards of material this year, with 24,042 square yards of streets in old town and 17,819 square yards in River Valley Ranch. • Staff met with engineers to discuss a new 5-10 year capital improvement plan. Town staff also reviewed the new Comprehensive Plan to gain a better understanding of the direction outlined in the plan. The Comprehensive Plan weighs heavily on pedestrian/bicycle/vehicle safety and multi-mobility. It also discusses infrastructure maintenance and management as a priority, and em-

phasizes enhancements of the public realm including the Highway 133 corridor as well as town right-ofways and parks. • The town’s lighting consultant, Robert Sardinsky of Rising Sun Enterprise, will have the Gus Darien riding arena RFP light-bid proposal ready for submittal to prospective electrical lighting contractors the week of June 3. Work is planned to get under way in September following the 12-week rodeo series. • Lifeguard class training has begun with13 teenagers signed up. The pool opens to the public on Memorial Day weekend. • Skateboard lessons began with nine kids registered. “Start Smart Baseball and “Start Smart Soccer” began the week of May 13-17 with 14 kids participating. • Building inspections have increased considerably and the Building Department is anticipating a busy summer. • Officers assisted with traffic control for Dandelion Days and were present in the park patrolling for dogs. Two citations were issued for “dog in park” at Sopris Park. Additional citations have been issued this week for “dog in park” and “dog off leash.” • The police department is advertising for an open police officer position and has received two applications. • The finance department has been working with new software applications and smoothing out the details. • The Public Works Department continues to coordinate with new library construction. There have been a few elevation issues between curb, gutter and asphalt. The contractors and engineers are working their way through it.

After upgrading the irrigation system in its parking lot, the River Valley Ranch golf course recently planted $7,300 worth of trees to replace those that were cut down by the course’s previous owner last year. The 13 trees include: locust, skyline honey locust, Ohio buckeye and Canada red chokecherry. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Letters continued om page 2 Marfa and Taos offer much greater yearround appeal to tourists than does Carbondale, which is often difficult to reach by car during winter months, our proximity to Aspen not withstanding. On a different point, suitability to the site. James Surls’ work is monumental. It deserves to be displayed in an exceptional building, created specifically for sculpture.Whereas the library is wonderfully suited as is for an infant and toddler focused childcare center — a use that will add $30,000-$54,000 in annual rental revenue to the town coffers along with other economic benefits to the community. Barbara Dills Carbondale

No brainer, No. 2 Dear Editor: Choosing the James Surls Museum for the Gordon Cooper Library space is a no-brainer. We need more visitors to our great town and this is the only suggestion that will bring them and much needed revenue with them. It will put Carbondale on the map as important to the visual arts and could attract other galleries to town, making this a real destination for true art lovers and collectors. Yes, we are a family town: we love our kids and grandkids, but using the library for a family day-care center will not increase revenues nor bring new visitors to town nor put us on the map as the most unique town of its size in the state and beyond. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our town and James Surls is an exceptional artist with the backing to make the

museum a true center of culture for our wonderful town. There are many other places that could serve the other wonderful suggestions for the space, but the Surls Museum is the only one that will make our town even more unique than it already is. We urge the city officials to make this important decision for the future of Carbondale. Wewer and Steve Keohane Carbondale

Seniors thanks Dear Editor: A word of appreciation to all those who took the time and effort to make bake, create and buy all the goodies donated to the Senior Matters booth at Dandelion Days in Carbondale. Our efforts in keeping programs running and active for the most important people in this wonderful valley and in our lives, our “Seniors,”is a goal that we take pride in.Your hands help us make this happen. This also goes out to the many volunteers that took their time to come out and spend the day working with us at our booth. Once again, thank you all. The Senior Matters staff Third Street Center, Room 33 Carbondale

Children are our future Dear Editor: A few years ago, Davi Nikent hosted Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, author of “Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive” (and founder of Integral City Mesh-

Taking Care of our Land Stewardship A CHOICE Conventional unsustainable use of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium that pollutes our streams and rivers. Toxic herbicides and pesticides that threaten and poison life.

works Inc. and TDG Holdings Inc.) for a morning seminar here in Carbondale. After a brief tour of the town and readily assessing the energy of our community, Dr. Hamilton urged us (the city manager and I) to focus on the children of the community as they were/are the present strength and the future. I support the FEC proposal as it is an innovative cog in the wheel of nurturing families — parents and children. Rita Marsh Board Co-chair Davi Nikent Carbondale

CCS thanks Dear Editor: On behalf of the Carbondale Community School (CCS) we would like to say thank you to our community, valley artists and sponsors for their strong support of the 10th annual Roaring Fork Studio Tour. Last Saturday, artists from Aspen to Glenwood welcomed the public to their studios. The tour is the primary fund-raiser for CCS, funding all of the arts programming at the school. The Roaring Fork Studio Tour would not be possible without the commitment of our sponsors. We would like to extend a special thanks to Alpine Bank, who has been a Gold Sponsor for most of our history. We would also like to thank our Silver Sponsor, 19th Street Diner in Glenwood Springs, and our Bronze Sponsors: Personal Rehabilitation Center, Mitchell & Co, Sopris Engineering, LLC, and Alchemy Audio Visual.

The tour would be nothing without the participation of our valley’s artists. We are blessed to live in a community with so much talent and artistic vitality. Thank you to all the Studio Tour artists! We also appreciate our Restaurant Sponsor, Tempranillo, who provided an amazing array of tapas for our gala as well as the food and beverage donors: Synergy Fine Wine,The Maxwell Company, Western Slope Supplies, Just Janet’s Catering and Premier Party Rental. We are also indebted to the hundreds of local businesses and people who contributed to our silent auction. Finally, we would like to recognize our many parent volunteers at the Carbondale Community School. Your tireless commitment to the Studio Tour and our school is much appreciated! Laurel Tesoro 2013 Studio Tour Chair Tom Penzel CCS Principal

Poetry fest inspires Dear Editor: Anyone that enjoys poetry and community would enjoy this (Karen Chamberlain) festival. It is a great opportunity to learn about, share and hear poetry. It celebrates the humanity that is at the heart of all good writing. I have gone to this festival the past three years, and every year I walk away feeling inspired. I recommend this event to you and your readers. Airica Parker Fort Collins

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By Sue Gray Sopris Sun Contributor

Wouldn’t you like to have a beautiful healthy flower or vegetable garden with very little work? Organic methods that avoid adding herbicides or pesticides are a good start, but a truly sustainable garden is one that mimics nature and requires little help from humans.

From ground up Great gardens start with healthy soil. In nature, soil is created from dead plant matter piling up over years, which feeds the microbial life that is vital to soil health. Fungi, bacteria and worms process organic matter and add nutrients to the soil. One of the best ways to preserve the health of your soil is to leave it alone. Tilling or turning the soil over with a shovel every year destroys its structure, killing worms and microorganisms, evaporating moisture, and turning loose moist living soil into hard dry dead clods of dirt. Soil is a living organism, so don’t murder it with a shovel or tiller. Chemical fertilizers disrupt the microbial process and make plants dependent on artificial substances for their nutrients. Really, the only thing you need to do for your soil is to add mulch and compost. Mulch is not only good for your soil, it means you’ll spend less time feeding, weeding and watering. Layers of leaves, straw, grass clippings, wood chips, pine needles, and even paper improve soil as they decompose by feeding microorganisms. Mulch also conserves water by preventing rapid evaporation, and a four-six-inch layer will discourage most weeds. Compost is organic matter that’s been given the time and ingredients to produce nutrient-rich living soil. The ingredients needed to make compost are water, air and organic matter like garden waste and kitchen scraps* from fruits and vegetables, eggshells, nutshells, coffee grounds, shredded newspaper and even dryer lint! Things that shouldn’t be added are meat and milk products. You can make a simple compost pile in your garden or purchase a commercial composter. Spread compost under perennial plants or work it gently into the soil before planting seeds to add nutrients that were depleted by last year’s crops.

Good seeds Open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-genetically modified (GMO) seeds will produce consistent vegetables, herbs and flowers every year, and provide you with viable seeds for next year’s crop. Planting your own seed or that of other local gardeners will eventually produce a hardier plant, adapted to your area’s climate. Seed libraries such as the one at the Basalt Library are a great place to get locally grown vegetable and flower seeds for free.

Water conservation In our dry climate, conserving water is essential to sustainable gardening. In addition to mulching, use drip irrigation, water in the early morning or evening, and plant native drought-tolerant plants in your landscaping.Another method

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is to create a “rain garden,” which utilizes natural rain catchment techniques by contouring the land.

Pesky pests Every insect is drawn to a particular plant by its smell, so planting huge blocks of one crop is like a giant billboard advertising the pest’s favorite meal. Intersperse carrots, lettuce, beets, beans, onions etc. to confuse pests. Companion planting deters pests by putting an undesirable plant next to a desirable one. For example, marigolds apparently smell bad to many insects and will keep them away from your food crops. Companion planting charts are available on the Internet.

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The ideal garden would be one that persists year after year with little interference by the owner, where vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers reseed themselves and thrive in a cooperative environment. This is “permaculture” or “forest gardening,” which utilizes whole system methods and lets nature do most of the work. Fortunately for us, we have a premier learning center right here in the Roaring Fork Valley — Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI), which offers tours and classes. Sustainable Settings Ranch also pro-

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vides educational opportunities for gardeners. Learning to work with nature in a sustainable way will reduce your workload, create a healthier environment and reward you with abundant food and flowers.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY May 23 BIKE WEEK • As part of Bonedale Bike Week, Aloha Mountain Cyclery on Highway 133 stages a digital scavenger hunt from 5 to 8 p.m. Info: 963-2500. LIVE MUSIC • The All Glenwood Bands and Percussion Ensemble performs at Two River Park at 5 p.m. A barbecue fund-raiser will also be held to buy instruments. FORGIVENESS OPTION • A Forgiveness Option workshop is held at CMC from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $55. Info: 1-248882-1978. ROTaRy • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita on Main Street at noon every Thursday. Upcoming programs include: Rotary exchange student from Taiwan Annie Lin (May 16). Info: 963-6663.

FRI.-SAT.May 24-25 RFHS PLay • Roaring Fork High School’s ACTOURS presents “That’s Life” (a collection of short plays and songs) at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $6 for adults.

FRIDAY May 24 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Oblivion”(PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. May 24-28; “The Company You Keep” (R) at 5 p.m. May 25-26 and the Digital Fundraising Finale showing of “Across the Universe” (PG13) at 7:30 p.m. May 29-31 additional show on May 31 at 4:45 p.m. Tickets $12, sorry no passes. LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street


To list your event, email information to Deadline is noon on Monday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at View events online at

Center presents the Tommy Malone Band at 8 p.m. at PAC3. Singer, guitarist, songwriter Tommy Malone has always been a fresh breath in the world of Americana rock music. For over two decades Tommy has enjoyed a successful career as the guitarist and singer for the legendary SUBDUDES. Tickets are $10/$15. Info: LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday night. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Crested Butte-based Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert plays Glenwood Adventure Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring a canned food item for Lift-Up and the tram ride up and down is free. BIKE WEEK • The Bonedale Bike Week’s Pedal Parade rolls out from the Carbondale Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. A party follows from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. SOCCER • The Coaches vs. Players fundraiser for the Carbondale Soccer Club takes place at the Carbondale Middle School field. Gates open at 5 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 5:20 p.m., U6/U8 exhibition games at 5:30 p.m., U6-U14 skill drills at 6:15 p.m., Coaches vs. Players game first half 7 p.m., second half 7:45 p.m., closing ceremony at 8:20 p.m. Tickets are $5, which includes a raffle ticket. Dinner options are available. Volunteers should call 948-5853.

SAT.-SUN. May 25-26 BIKE-a-PaLOOZa! • Aloha Mountain Cyclery on Highway 133 presents its fourth annual Bike-A-Palooza! from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There’ll be free food and drink, music, road and mountain bike demonstrations and plenty of bike-centric fun. Info: 963-2500.

SATURDAY May 25 LIVE MUSIC • The band 3 Dollar Dewey (featuring Geoffrey Morris, Dave Johnson and Lee Dudley play at the annual Riverside Grill crawfish boil starting at 5 p.m. in Basalt. TEaCHING aBRaHaM • An on-line “Teachings of Abraham” workshop and potluck dinner is presented by A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center at 2 p.m. The suggested contribution is $10. Info: 963-5516.

SUNDAY May 26 SPIRITUaL MaTTERS • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Rick Davis (“Life’s Journey”) at 10 a.m. Info: 963-5516. LIVE MUSIC • Jammin’ Jim hosts an open mic at 5 p.m. at the Black Nugget. No cover.

MONDAY May 27 MEMORIaL Day • American Legion Post 100 holds Memorial Day ceremonies at White Hill and Weaver cemeteries, and the Highway 133 bridge. Info: 963-2381. JaM SESSION • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street hosts an old time jam session with Dana Wilson Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Bring your banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, spoons or washboard; all skill levels are invited. Info: 704-1216. LIVE MUSIC • Colorado acoustic rock artist

Andrew Wynne will be performing his original songs and a selection of classic cover tunes at the Black Nugget at 4 p.m. Info: 963-4498. POKER • The Black Nugget hosts Texas Hold ‘Em at 7 p.m.

TUESDAY May 28 MOVIE Day • Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Branch Library the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. to enjoy popcorn and a movie. This program is part of the Tuesdays @ the Library series.

WEDNESDAY May 29 CULTURE CLUB • The newly founded Carbondale Culture Club continues its lunch-time presentations at the Third Street Center Calaway Room from noon to 1 p.m. To reserve a time to perform, call Lisa at 963-3330. ROTaRy • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at the firehouse. Info: Ken Neubecker at

Save the Date FRIDAY June 7 GROUP PHOTO • Everyone from Aspen to Parachute and beyond is invited to group up for a community photo in downtown Carbondale at 6:30 p.m. during First Friday. Community access radio station KDNK is in charge of arrangements and the picture will be downloaded on the station’s website. Info: CALENDAR page 11

DIGITAL CINEMA Fundraising Campaign is Almost Over! • ONE WEEK LEFT! Check out the video on the website or on facebook at crystaltheatrecarbondale. • Donate: - at any Alpine Bank: “mention Crystal Theatre Digital” - at the theatre: 427 Main, Carbondale - by mail: Crystal Theatre, 251 Euclid, Carbondale, CO 81623.

• Fundraising goal $70,000 by May 31, 2013. For more info, updates and perks, visit: or 963-1745

Grand Spring Fling Weekend May 25th and 26th

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A SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY CLASS MAY 27TH 9 - 11am All regular classes that day are cancelled. Pitta Dosha is the physical manifestation of the element Fire in the body and can become excessive during the hot months of summer. Join Kerry Kleisner for Yoga + Ayurveda: A Summer Practice and leave with some great tips for keeping this dosha in check all summer long. 100 N 3RD S T • C ARBONDALE • 970.963.9900 NON-PROFIT 501(c)(3)

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Wild West Rodeo Series kicks off at the Gus Darien arena on County Road 100 east of town at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with slack at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through August 22. Adults are $10, a car load (up to six people) is $30, kids 10 and under with an adult are free. Info: GONG BaTH â&#x20AC;˘ A gong bath with sound healer Richard Rudis takes place at the Third Street Center from 7 to 8 p.m. on June 6. Admission is $20. Info: 618-5879.

Hold the Presses Purple Star at PitCo Courthouse Adam McCabe gives a presentation on the Purple Star veterans suicide prevention program during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen at noon on May 27. McCabe said 22 life-sized silhouettes with a purple star ďŹ&#x201A;ag and American ďŹ&#x201A;ag will represent the number of military veterans who are losing their life to suicide each day. Following the ceremonies, Aspen Elks Lodge #224 will throw a community picnic.

Renegade band rehearses The Carbondale Renegade Marching Band rehearses in Sopris Park at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. All instrumentalists are invited to join the â&#x20AC;&#x153;zanyâ&#x20AC;? group, which will play at upcoming events such as Independence Day, Mountain Fair, Potato Day and more. For a taste of the fun (complete with costumes, dancers and silt-walkers) check out the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page. For details, call Laurie Loeb at 963-2798 or e-mail

RFOV meets at Indy Run & Hike Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers hosts a get-together to explain its summer projects at Independence Run & Hike from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 29. Other meet-and-greets will be held the same day. For details, go to




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NEW SHOW â&#x20AC;˘ Gayle Waterman shows her abstract photography at Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt through June 15. MUSIC TOGETHER â&#x20AC;˘ Classes for infants, toddlers and young children take place at Music Together in Carbondale and Aspen. Info: or 963-1482. SCULPTURE SHOW CONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents its annual sculpture show at the Third Street Center. Sculptors include: Thomas Barlow, Joe Burleigh, Doug Casebeer, John Doyle, Mark Harris, Connie Hendrix, Michael Lindsay, Nancy Lovendahl, Susan Olsen, Tai Pomara, Lisa Singer, Sherrill Stone and James Surls. The show continues through June 7. Info: or 963-1680. â&#x20AC;&#x153;HEaLINGâ&#x20AC;? CONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healingâ&#x20AC;? continues at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs. Info: aaM PRESENTS FOLK aRTIST â&#x20AC;˘ The Aspen Art Museum presents folk-artist Rob Pruitt in his ďŹ rst North American solo exhibit. PHOTO SHOW CONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ The Nugget Gallery at 415 E. Hopkins in Aspen continues the photo show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discovering Community.â&#x20AC;? MayORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE HOUR â&#x20AC;˘ Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy on Third Street.

SUPPORT GROUP â&#x20AC;˘ Hospice of the Valley presents a grief and loss support group in Basalt the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. ZINGERS â&#x20AC;˘ Betsy Schenck leads the Senior Matters Zingers sing-along group at Heritage Park Care Center on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Info: 963-2167. BEER RUN â&#x20AC;˘ Independence Run & Hike stages a four-mile beer run Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and a group run Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. Info: 704-0909. BaLLET FOLKLORICO â&#x20AC;˘ Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico Program Director Francisco Nevarez gives adult classes at the Third Street Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays. The cost is $12 per class/$40 per month. BILINGUaL STORy TIME â&#x20AC;˘ Gordon Cooper Library presents a bilingual story time for kids 1-5 years old Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Info: 963-2889. MUSICaL STORy TIME â&#x20AC;˘ The Gordon Cooper Library presents Musical Story Time at 4 p.m. on Mondays. Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Info: 963-2889. TaI CHI â&#x20AC;˘ Senior Matters in the Third Street Center offers tai chi with instructor John Norton at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $40 per month or $7 per drop in. Info: 274-1010.

The Carbondale Police Department and the State Division of Liquor Enforcement will be hosting an


for people or businesses that give away alcohol, people who host private parties, special event groups or coordinators, and employees from venues that may host special events. LICENSED LIQUOR ESTABLISHMENTS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. The training will occur in Community Room 2 at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue on May 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For any questions, call 963-2662.

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Community Briefs Pirate auction items announced The Roaring Fork Rotary Foundation’s annual “Pirates of Carbondale” Happening is slated for June 8 at the Orchard and major live auction items include: a seven-night stay on Maui for two (airfare included), fivenight stay for two in Costa Rica (airfare in-

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cluded), Napa wine country VIP tour, Zulu Nyala Africa trips, and a Remington bronze reproduction. Tickets are $125. For details, visit

Chip and seal operations slated The town of Carbondale will begin a

chip and seal operation, weather permitting, on May 28 The project includes the following streets in River Valley Ranch: Pioneer Court, Settlement Lane, Harris Drive, Holland Thompson Drive, Lambert Drive, Ferguson Drive, Boyd Drive, Sebree Place, Bridgewater Place and Jacon Place. After the completion of the first phase, the project moves to the following streets: Seventh Street (Cleveland Avenue to Highway 133), Cleveland Avenue (Eighth to Seventh street), Lincoln Avenue (Eighth Street), Euclid Avenue (Weant to Highway 133), Garfield Avenue (Seventh Street to Highway 133), Glassier Drive (Seventh Street to Weant), and Grace Drive (Seventh Street to Weant). Please do not park on any of these streets during the project. For more information, call Larry Ballenger at 510-1217 or 618-7254.

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Independence Pass opens The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to open Highway 82 over Independence Pass at 2 pm. on May 23.

RFOV wrapping up G’wood work Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers continue work on the Scout and Forest Hollow trails outside Glenwood Springs on May 23 and 30.

Deaf Camp looking for volunteers

High Country RSVP holds a free Medicare 101 Group Education Session at the Gathering Center on Orchard Drive from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 30. Insurance brokers will not be presenting the information. For details, call 384-8744.

The Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is looking for volunteers for work days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 25-26. Tools and gloves and will be provided. Volunteer opportunities include cleaning, office work and organization, as well as grounds and building maintenance, painting and gardening. For details, call 923-2511.

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Colorado Mountain College’s 20132014 draft budget is available for viewing at any CMC location or at (choose pull-down menus for “About” then “Board of Trustees”

CORE’s Energy Smart rebate program is drawing to a close. The program offers up to $500 for several efficiency projects including equipment upgrades and more. For details, call 925-9775.

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Sometimes a four-wheel-drive vehicle comes in handy … and sometimes it really doesn’t. Such was the case at the Third Street Center on Sunday night, when this truck’s operator failed to successfully drive up and over a parking-lot boulder that didn’t require such capabilities from a truck. On a related note, TSC denizens report a veritable spate of motorists ramming into the boulders, which were recently placed there to protect the parking lot sprinkler system and grass. Photo by Lynn Burton

then “Budget & Audit.” For more information, call 384-8535. The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget at its June 17 meeting at the CMC campus in Leadville.

Horsin’ and playin’ around Carbondale was alive with activity on May 18-19 and folks with cabin fever emerged from their hibernation dens to take advantage of the spring weather. From horsin’ around at the hunter-jumper show at Strang Ranch on Missouri Heights and the Mexican rodeo at the Carbondale rodeo arena, to ridin’ piggy back at the Roaring Fork Co-op customer appreciation day on Saturday, there were plenty of offerings to take advantage of. On Sunday evening the Band of Heathens were playin’ around at PAC3, where fans welcomed back their favorite band from Austin, Texas by dancin’ around to some incredible music. Text and photos by Jane Bachrach

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NOTICE OF VACANCY Basalt Town Council The Basalt Town Council is accepting applications for appointment to the position of Council member to serve until the next regular election to be held in April, 2014. To qualify for consideration, an applicant must be a registered elector in the Town of Basalt, and have lived within the Town limits for a period of twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the appointment. Interested persons are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to: Council Vacancy – Town of Basalt, 101 Midland Avenue, Basalt, CO, 81621 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 or submit electronically, to Letters of interest should include the applicant's full name, residence address, mailing address, daytime phone number(s), and birthdate. Letters should state your reason(s) for applying for the position and any pertinent experience. For additional information, contact Town Manager Mike Scanlon at the Basalt Town Hall, 927-4701, or Please indicate 'Council Vacancy' in the subject line.

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia congratulated students of Basalt Elementary School for their academic gains and hard work last week. Garcia was in the Roaring Fork Valley to honor Summit 54, Summer Advantage and the RE-1 School District and to present a proclamation from Gov. John Hickenlooper, recognizing their combined efforts to reverse summer learning loss through the Summer Advantage program. Photo by Alex Irvin

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