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Volume 3, Number 16 | June 2, 2011

Graduation day 2011

Roaring Fork High School graduated 63 students during a ceremony in the school gym on May 28. As a group, the students were offered $2.08 million in scholarships from schools where they were accepted and from local organizations. For more graduation pics, please turn to pages 12-13. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Comprehensive plan turns contentious on 4-3 votes By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


arbondale’s comprehensive plan process turned contentious at Tuesday night’s trustees meeting as it took two votes – both 4-3 – to appoint a citizen working group to help facilitate efforts to produce a new 10-year land-use document. At issue was whether trustees should include Larry Green and Bill Lamont in a working group that will serve as a liaison between RPI Consulting, town staffers and residents to produce a new comprehensive plan. After the first 4-3 vote, a perturbed Mayor Stacey Bernot asked each trustee who voted

“no” on the motion to approve the working group why they had done so. “What’s the problem here?” said Bernot, who served on the committee that drew up the proposed working group.“What’s the issue?” Carbondale is five months into what trustees expect will be a year-long process of drafting a new comprehensive plan. An important part of that process, said RPI principal Gabe Preston in a memo, will be the working group’s role.“The working group is responsible for establishing direction, written revisions to elements of the plan, and for reviewing draft materials prepared by the community, staff and consultants,” the memo stated. “The working group is the glue that

holds it all together,” Preston said on Tuesday night. Early in the discussion, trustee Frosty Merriott said,“In my opinion, they (Green and Lamont) are polarizing figures in that group.” Merriott said if the town has some “polarizing figures” from the pro-development side such as Green and Lamont, it needs some “polarizing figures” such as former town manager Tom Baker and former trustee Russ Criswell from the other side. “This (the proposed list) appears to be one sided,” he said. (For the complete list, see this article’s sidebar on page 17). The working group members were nominated by a committee comprised of Bernot

and trustee Elizabeth Murphy, P&Z members Gavin Brooke and Ben Bohmfalk, and town planner Janet Buck. After more than a half-hour of discussion on Tuesday night, the first motion to approve the working group called for replacing Lamont with a nominee who didn’t make the final list (Martha Cochran) and adding a 19th member – Colin Laird. Voting no were: John Foulkrod, Elizabeth Murphy, Pam Zentmyer and Ed Cortez. Voting yes were: John Hoffmann, Merriott and Bernot. After several more minutes of sometimes heated debate, a motion was made to approve the working group as originally preCOMPREHENSIVE PLAN page 16

First Friday soars

PAC3 shines

Summer events await

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Carbondale Commentary Sylvester heads out; Burton continues as Sopris Sun editor Sopris Sun Staff Report Sopris Sun editor Terray Sylvester has resigned from the newspaper and is headed to Nepal to pursue educational and other opportunities. Lynn Burton will continue in his role as editor, The Sopris Sun board announced this week. “Lynn Burton has covered Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood Springs as a newspaper editor, reporter and photographer since the early 1980s,” The Sopris Sun board stated this week. “He brings a wealth of newspaper experience to the job in addition to a historical perspective about events and happenings in the Roar-

ing Fork Valley.” Burton and Sylvester have shared editorial duties since January, when Sylvester returned from Tibet following a fivemonth sabbatical from the Sun. This time around, “I’ll be traveling for the rest of the summer, studying Tibetan for two months in Kathmandu and then I’ll potentially help guide a trek or two in the mountains,” Sylvester said.“After that, I may return to the U.S., although I’ll be trying my darnedest to figure out a way to linger longer in Asia. I’ll certainly be reading e-editions of the Sun, and I imagine some of the sweltering monsoon days will


The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.

What a turnout Dear Editor: I was stunned. With everything going on last Thursday night – the opening of PAC3, the Watershed meeting and several other meetings around town – there was still a packed room at the Third Street Center of people passionate about growing, eating and selling local food. The reasons were clear: greater nutrition, less impact on the environment, more connection to each other and to the land. Local food is a win-win-win. It took countless hours and many conversations to put together the Slow is the New Fast series, and I am so grateful to the co-sponsors who helped make it possible. The key sponsor, support system, and conspirator was Rita Marsh of Davi Nikent. Thank you Rita! Also, thanks to Amoré Realty, Kay Brunnier, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, Carbondale Community Food Coop, Eco-Goddess, Carbondale Moms for Moms, KDNK, GreenWeaver, Conscious Global Leadership, Slow Food Roaring Fork,

Solar Energy International, Sopris Sun, Sustainable Settings, and 3/50 Buy Local project (a Roaring Fork Leadership team.) See you at the community gardens, farmers’ markets, school gardens, orchards, food co-op, local farms and town hall this summer. Gwen Garcelon HighLife Unlimited Carbondale

No respect for Carbondale Dear Editor: Why – I would like to know– has Carbondale become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Roaring Fork Valley? We have a gravel pit near Aspen Glen. We have gravel pits on both sides of Crystal Springs Road. We dodged a bullet with the so-called waste transfer station (despite our long-time appellation as“downvalley trash”). Now the huge, international Lafarge company (headquartered in Paris) wants to wrap things up in its existing site (itself an eyesore and a blight on the landscape) and open a brand new, 64-acre gravel pit which, joined with the expanding WSA gravel operation, would create a 1.6 mile long open pit east of

leave me dreaming of taking a dip in the Crystal.” A group of residents formed The Sopris Sun as a non-profit newspaper in early 2009, after Colorado Mountain News Media (CMNM) closed Carbondale’s 35year-old weekly newspaper (The Valley Journal) in December 2008. Trina Ortega served as the founding editor to get the paper off the ground. Burton praised The Sopris Sun founders for giving Carbondale what they said every town needs – a newspaper. “And if every town needs a newspaper to report its goings on, then Carbondale

Carbondale. We don’t get no respect! The colorful welcoming banners in town proclaim Carbondale is “a great place to be.” Perhaps they should read,“a great place to be ... exploited.” The Garfield County commissioners have already approved an expansion of the existing Western Slope Aggregates pit. Now, on June 13, they will be hearing the application from Lafarge, and if that application is approved, Carbondale can boast a 1.6 mile long scar in the earth that will produce constant noise, dust, heavy truck traffic, and in the case of Lafarge, an asphalt plant. Drive (or better yet, ride your bike!) east on Highway 82 about 1.8 miles from the Carbondale stoplight, pull over and take a good long look at the giant hole in the earth that is Lafarge. Take pictures! Send them to your out-of-town friends to show them what we are allowing to happen here. We have all driven past it so many times, we may not even notice it any more. I urge you to take a moment and look at it long and hard. It is an affront to everything our town holds itself to represent: the beauty of nature, respect for our environment, love of the outdoors, clean air, an escape from corporate greed. We pride ourselves on our community arts, our “bike friendly” town, our community gardens, our leadership in solar energy, the almost unlimited recreational opportunities, and especially our sense of civic

Amy Fuentes (reading The Sopris Sun) celebrated her 10th birthday during the Crystal River Elementary School’s fourth grade camping trip in late May. The 74 students hiked, swam, cooked out, played around and had a great time. Photo by Lorri Knaus

really needs a newspaper,” Burton said. “Because there’s a lot going on here.” Burton said he looks forward to working with a small but talented staff that includes layout/graphic designer Terri Ritchie, advertising sales representative Dina Drinkhouse, photographer/writer Jane Bachrach, “paper boy” Cameron Wiggin and Web master Will Grandbois. The Sopris Sun is located at the end of “the long hall” in the Third Street Center. The newspaper also has distribution drops in Glenwood Springs, El Jebel, Basalt and Redstone. To contact the newsroom, email

and environmental responsibility. Having lived here for almost 13 years, I have a sense of Carbondale as being rather self-congratulatory, and in most cases, rightly so. But our responsibility doesn’t end at the city limits, and what goes on just a couple of miles from town should be as important to all of us as what goes on in the town itself. Can you imagine the outrage if this gravel pit were about to open two miles west of its present site? Say, the parking lot for Red Hill hikers and bikers? Or maybe along the river, at the outskirts of town? The local citizens would be up in arms, complete with pitchforks and flaming torches! So why should the good people of Carbondale be indifferent to the desecration of their valley just a couple of miles up the road? It is so easy to look the other way, and it is so hard to fight the big fights. We are all here LETTERS page 15

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First Friday goes triple treat this month Sun insert maps out Studio Tour By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer (Note: June’s First Friday extravaganza taxes this reporter’s ability to sum up the event in a lead paragraph that runs shorter than a News Brief. Or two. That’s because three disparate strands of the local art world intertwine themselves in such a way that journalistic conventions are rendered nearly useless for a traditional lead paragraph. Confused? Read on because by the end of the fourth or fifth paragraph you’ll either get it, or turn the page and head for Cop Shop. Anyway, here goes). First Friday flows into regular Saturday,

followed by the rest of the year thanks to the following organizations: • Carbondale Community School • Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities • Carbondale Public Art Commission.

Events include: • A reception on June 3 hosted by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities at the Third Street Center that features artists included in the Carbondale Community School Studio Tour. • The Studio Tour itself, which takes place up and down the Roaring Fork Valley on June 4. • Installation of the Carbondale Public Art Commission’s sculptures for the year-long Art aRound Town exhibit. First (Friday) things first.The reception for Studio Tour artists and gallery exhibit runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Live music will be provided by Slightly White

and the Hell Roaring String Band. There’ll also be a live and silent auction, spirits and light fare. The Carbondale Community School Studio Tour is the self-guided variety and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Artists and studios from Glenwood Springs to Old Snowmass will open their doors and invite everyone in for chat and chance to see how they do their thing. Artists include: Charmaine Locke, Soozie Lindbloom, Staci Dickerson, James Surls, Aricia Matesanz de las Heras, Lee Edward Mulcahey, Wewer Keohane and Steve Keohane, Lisa Singer, Kris Cox, David Koffend, Ana Ferrara and Jim Ferrara, Harvey Paparo, Nancy Lovendahl, Travis Fulton, Joseph Fidance, Lynda Helmich, Nicolette Toussaint, Jill Sabella, Carol Murphy/Dara Barth/ Diane Quarles, Andy Taylor, Herb Seymour, Michael Raaum, Trudi Peet, Mike Otte, Barbara E. Courtney, Richard Carter, Evelyn Cabrera, Dawn Blain, Glen Rappaport, Sheri

Gaynor/George Stranahan, Dede Isgrig, Gerry Knapp,William Park, Janine Whiterell/Denna Jackson, Summers Moore, Martin Garfinkle, Bob Boyland, Bob Johnson, David Rasmussen, Marty Schlein, Michelle Zinanti, Diane Kenney, Studio for Arts + Works (S.A.W.), Laura Smith, Gallery 809, Felecia Trevor Gallo, Dawn Ogren, Jill Scher, Jane Ogden, Barry Sheehan and Mary Matchael. “This is a chance to chat with artists about the creative process and purchase artworks directly from them,” said a tour spokeswoman. The tour is a fund-raiser for the Carbondale Community School’s arts curriculum. “With public school arts programs being gutted or eliminated nationwide as a result of budget cuts, the 2011 Roaring Fork Studio Tour is on a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of arts education for children,” the spokeswoman continued. “Art opens up the brain to all kinds of learning,” said Ro Mead, executive director STUDIO TOUR page 16

Members of American Legion Post 100 and the Boy Scouts paid tribute to those who died serving their country during a Memorial Day service at White Hill Cemetery on Monday. After the 21-gun salute, “Taps” and a prayer, the procession continued to Weaver Cemetery and concluded with the remembrance at Veteran’s Bridge on Highway 133. Photo by Lynn Burton

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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.

Town manager ďŹ nalist withdraws Chris LeMay, one of the six ďŹ nal candidates for the Carbondale town manager position has withdrawn from the interviews, according to a press release. He has taken a position with another Colorado municipality as town manager. Shane Hale, the ďŹ rst alternate, has been selected to interview for the position. Hale is currently the town manager in Grand Lake, Colorado, where he has served for the past seven years. He also served as assistant town manager for Poncha Springs, Colorado. He earned a BS in mass communications with a double minor in philosophy and marketing from the University of Southern Colorado, and a MA in political science with an emphasis in public policy administration from the University of Colorado. In 2010, he completed the International City Managers Association Emerging Leaders Development Program. On a related note, a public reception for town manager candidates will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 3 at town hall.

RFPC reviews recreation center The Roaring Fork Planning Commission will review the Mid Valley Recreation

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Center application at 2:30 p.m. June 2 at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel. For more information, go to or call 963-6030.

Clean Energy board elects ofďŹ cers

GarCo commission holds hearing The GarďŹ eld County commissioners hold a hearing to determine district boundaries at the county courthouse in Glenwood Springs on June 20. A map showing the current county commission district boundaries is available at the GarďŹ eld County Courthouse and also on the county’s Web site at garďŹ Information is also available from GarďŹ eld County Clerk and

Recorder Jean Alberico at 945-2377 ext. 1820 or jalaberico@garďŹ Citizens may make comments before the hearing at 109 Eighth St., Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or at Alberico’s email address. New district lines are required every 10 years to ensure that each of the three county commissioner districts are as equal as possible, according to a press release.

The GarďŹ eld County Clean Energy Advisory Board elected Greg Russi as chairman to ďŹ ll the seat vacated by Shelley Kaup, and Carbondale’s Ed Cortez to ďŹ ll Russi’s position. The board is made up of representatives from the nine local GarďŹ eld County government partners in GarďŹ eld Clean Energy. The board meets on the second Wednesday of each month, alternating between Rie and Glenwood Springs. The public is welcome. To ďŹ nd out more about GarďŹ eld County Clean Energy (CLEER) call 704-9200.

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TUESDAY May 24 At 3:42 p.m. on Meadowood, someone called to report a group of males were “smoking and peeing.â€? Police contacted the group of juveniles. One admitted he was about to pee but didn’t because a female saw him. OfďŹ cers gave them a warning.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council meets in Kremmling on June 9. The meeting takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with public comment at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Allington Inn and Suites, 215 W. Central Ave. Agenda topics include the 14-day camping rule. For details, call 876-9008.

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The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Dept. SATURDAY May 21 At 9 p.m., a woman called police to say she was locked in a bathroom in the 400 block of Main Street. When police arrived she was out of the bathroom, but intoxicated. Police gave her a ride home. SUNDAY May 22 At 3:14 a.m. police were dispatched to a domestic violence incident in progress on Highway 133. They arrested a 21-year-old female on counts of third degree assault, resisting arrest and obstruction. She was taken to jail. MONDAY May 23 At 5:42 p.m. police contacted a group of juveniles who were smoking marijuana in Sopris Park. Police conďŹ scated their pot pipe and gave them a warning.

THURSDAY May 26 At 2:35 p.m. police received a report from a man who was with his dog at the Carbondale Nature Park the previous night. The dog started barking uncontrollably at something behind a woodpile near the parking lot. The man then heard a low growling sound. Police said there have been reports of bear hanging around the north end of Carbondale. They contacted the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department.



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PAC3 draws rave reviews from C’dale tune crews By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Bruce Cockburn sounded like Bruce Cockburn. The MarchFourth Marching Band sounded sharp. And there no flats to be heard as PAC3 passed a real-time sound check with stellar scores during its inaugural performances on May 29 and May 30. “I’m blown away (at the acoustics),” said Jeff Dickinson at the Cockburn show on Sunday night. “This was an old gym.” PAC3 (aka the Performing Art Center at Third Street) was born a gym at the Carbondale Elementary School in the early 1990s but has been given a new life as a performance hall, thanks to Josh Behrman and Amy Kimberly, who have teamed to bring Belly Up and Wheeler Opera House-style bands to Carbondale through their new non-profit group Music for the Mountains. PAC3 is one of the final pieces to be put together at the Third Street Center, which itself is the old Carbondale Elementary School and is now a nonprofit center. The big question for the public going into Cockburn’s show was whether the acoustics would produce a sound worth buying tickets for. Cockburn, playing acoustic guitar with a violinist and percussion, answered the folky end of the question when his sound came through as clear as one of his 30 CDs. Actually, inklings of good acoustics started when violinist Jenny Scheinman plucked her fiddle one string at a time John Hartford style, and the notes rang true from the front of the room to the back. Dickinson, himself a mandolin player, planted himself at every corner of the room and in the very back to check out the Cockburn sound. “This is re-

Jenny Scheinman (above) gave folks a hint of how the PAC3’s sound system performs when she drew her bow across her fiddle and sang solo as Bruce Cockburn’s opening act. Cockburn’s apprearance (right) confirmed what the audience suspected: the acoustics are good. PAC3 co-founder Josh Behrman said keys to the room’s sound include acoustical spray that was applied to the ceiling, and padded baffles that line the east and west walls. Photos by Jane Bachrach ally impressive,” he said before scooting back to the front of the stage. The MarchFourth Marching Band put PAC3 to the test the following night. This Portland, Oregonbased consortium brought at least a dozen horns, drums, percussion instruments and bass guitar to town for their unique blend of marching-band-style music that ranges from funk to traditional jazz. PAC3 page 7

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Back Door Consignment celebrated its second birthday on June 1 and is headed into year No. 3 with plenty of spunk and merchandise. “We’re Carbondale’s secondhand department store,” said co-owner Marie Kuen. Back Door Consignment’s retail area covers 1,900 square feet. Offerings include furniture, men’s and women’s apparel, house wares, linens and more. “We’re not a thrift store,” Kuen said.“We’re higher-end.” Unusual items have included a boar’s head and elk head, and deer hide. “Things change almost by the minute.” Co-owner Monk Burkmier also builds picnic tables on premises. “We had some (display tables) but we had a run on them,” Kuen said. “They sold out.” Back Door Consignment is located either north of the Pour House’s back door or south of American Legion Post 100’s back door, depending on your orientation. The store is also the backside of the Churchill Building, which is located on Fourth Street. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. And as Marie and Monk have noted since opening two years ago, “Carbondale is in fact the center of the universe.”

Susie Jimenez, owner/chef of Susie’s Custom Catering, is competing in the Food Network Star competition, which will premiere on June 5 at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the Food Network. Stay tuned.

Did you lose your hive? When KDNK broadcasts its Lost Pet report every day, the hoped for result is usually reuniting dog and cat owners with their

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Diana Alcantara and her Carbondale Middle School ESL class visited The Sopris Sun in the Third Street Center last Friday and asked all kinds of pertinent questions, such as “Where does Cop Shop come from?” and “Do you ever have to report on something that shocks you?” The students read the Sun all year and were eager to learn about how it was put together each week. From left to right: Edgar Reyna, Beymar Silva, Elizabeth Salazar, Alex Salvidrez, Jenny Garcia and Diana Alcantara. Photo by Lynn Burton

They say it’s your birthday pets, or sometimes a tropical bird and on at least one occasion a rabbit. The Lost Pet report soared to new heights, so to speak, over the weekend when a caller reported a lost beehive between 10th and 11th Street. Apparently, the hive split and left no forwarding address. None of the

bees were wearing KDNK pet tags at the time of the bee flee, which could make it more difficult for their owners to claim them. Or maybe not. When the KDNK DJ asked the caller about distinguishing colorings or markings, she replied, “They are yellow.”

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Ron Miller and Joyce Illian have 64 years between them living in Marble (she’s at 29 years and he’s at 35). The pair has lived in a 100-year-old-plus house north of Beaver Lake Lodge since Illian bought it in 1983 but won’t be for long. They plan to move to a small cottage on a hill overlooking the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon in the next week or two and will rent out their house. Good luck, Ron and Joyce, and keep us posted. Astoria sounds like a cool place.

Birthday greetings go out to Elizabeth Salazar (June 5), and Ken Neubecker and Doug Self (June 6). Belated birthday greetings go out to: Sue Hopper, Richard Glassier, Louis Meyer, Joan Lamont, Dorie Hunt, Alex Salvidrez and Chip Munday.

The MarchFourth Marching Band played Belly Up in Aspen last year and have also played such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and Antone’s in Austin, Texas. They are variously described as a “mobile big band spectacular” and “joyous, free wheeling and funky.” Their music blends elements of Balkan, Latin, Caribbean, African, reggae, New Orleans and U.S. funk styles. The band also receives pretty good airplay on KDNK these days. Photos by Jane Bachrach

PAC3 continued om page 5 Reports from the crowd confirm the band’s sound was loud but clear from the front to back of the room. And speaking of back, that’s where the band wants to be in the future. “The band kept saying Carbondale is a cool town and they loved the vibe of the Third Street Center. They all agreed that they want to come back,” Kimberly said. As for other PAC3 notes: The shows demonstrated contrasting seating arrangements. For Cockburn, 11 rows of folding chairs with an aisle

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down the middle seated most of the audience, with a few chairs just inside the front door and a few more off to the left. For MarchFourth, most of the room was open for dancing, with a few chairs at the back of the room. The time it took to reach the bar during Cockburn’s intermission ranged from 10 to 30 seconds, depending on your seat. The ceiling height was more than accommodating for MarchFourth’s trio of stilt-walkers.

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PAC3 continued om page 7 MarchFourth silt-walkers didn’t belly up to the PAC3 bar. They sort of ankled up to it. One of them even gave Bonedaler Peggy DeVilbiss a twirl during intermission. The band features several female vocalists during various times of their set. Out in the audience, the crowd was in a dancing mood. Upcoming acts include country honky-tonker Hayes Carll, who PAC3 co-founder Amy Kimberly said is an up-and-comer who probably won’t be playing gigs Carbondale’s size for very much longer. Photos by Jane Bachrach

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2010... a very good year Two important areas of patient care at Valley View Hospital received the mark of excellence from J.D. Power and Associates. For the third consecutive year, our emergency services are standing tall, having recently been recognized for “An Outstanding Emergency Service Experience” by J.D. Power and Associates

Inpatient Services, including Acute Care, Critical Care and Family Birthplace were recognized for “An Outstanding Inpatient Experience” by J.D. Power and Associates.

Excellence in patient care requires not only the skills of well-trained doctors and nurses, but the integrated teamwork of departments such as laboratory, radiology, admissions and respiratory care. J.D. Power and Associates presents their trophy on the basis of feedback from our patients. This assures us that those we serve are pleased with their care.


Community Calendar THURSDAY June 2 RODEO â&#x20AC;˘ The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo kicks off its 10 week season at the Gus Darien arena east of town (on County Road 100) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. HPC MEETS â&#x20AC;˘ Carbondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Commission meets at town hall the ďŹ rst Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

FRI. & SAT. June 3-4 STUDIO TOUR â&#x20AC;˘ The Carbondale Community Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth annual Studio Tour is June 3-4. The weekend kicks off with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception at the Third Street Center at 6 p.m. on June 3, followed by self-guided tours of artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; studios from Glenwood Springs to Old Snowmass on June 4. Artists and the artwork can be previewed at

FRIDAY June 3 MOVIES â&#x20AC;˘ The Crystal Theatre presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jane Eyreâ&#x20AC;? (PG-13) at 8 p.m. June 3-9; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Win Winâ&#x20AC;? (R) at 5:45 p.m. June 4 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conspiratorâ&#x20AC;? (PG-13) at 5:15 p.m. June 5. CLAY CENTER â&#x20AC;˘ The Carbondale Clay Center opens the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landscape as Inspirationâ&#x20AC;? featuring Ginny Beesley, Sandie Gardner, Susan Muenchen and Sara Ransford from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Info: 963-CLAY. LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitars in the Dinkel Building present s A Vision Quest at 8:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a hot local funk band comprised of some great young players,â&#x20AC;? said Steve.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dance band with electric guitars, keyboard, sax and drums.â&#x20AC;? Info: 963-3340.

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

LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ White House pizza presents the Roaring Fork Ramblers as part of Staciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going away party from 7 to 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Dinkel Building presents Sticky Mulligan at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Straight Shot from 9 p.m. to midnight. WYLY â&#x20AC;˘ The Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt opens the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Distant and Closeâ&#x20AC;? by Basalt High School art teacher Tish McFee from 5 to 7 p.m. Info: CANDIDATE RECEPTION â&#x20AC;˘ A reception for town manager candidates takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at town hall. The public is invited. The candidates are: Elizabeth Black, Jay Harrington, Chris LaMay, John Lyons, April McGrath and Deborah Quinn.

SATURDAY June 4 GRADUATION â&#x20AC;˘ Colorado Rocky Mountain School holds its graduation on campus at 10 a.m. The school is located at the west end of Main Street. ROAD RACE â&#x20AC;˘ The Mountain to Valley 10 mile race goes from the top of Dry Park

Road west of Carbondale to Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs. Racers will be bused to the starting line from the school. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a four-mile race that covers the ďŹ nal section of the 10mile course. For details, go to or call Independence Run & Hike at 704-0909. LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presents The Filthy Rich at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitars in the Dinkel Building presents the Dixie Bee Liners. Info: 963-3340. RIVER FLOAT â&#x20AC;˘ The Roaring Fork Conservancy holds its annual Community River Float at 8 a.m. The starting point is Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs. Rafts are provided by Blazing Adventures and Rock Gardens rafting. Tickets are $15, which includes a barbecue after the ďŹ&#x201A;oat. Info: 927-1290. GOP DINNER â&#x20AC;˘ The Republican Party of Pitkin County holds 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. Info: 970-274-3303 or 9272401. WHOLEBODY BREATHING â&#x20AC;˘ Davi Nikent presents a whole body breathing/cellular health workshop from 9:30 a.m. to

4:30 p.m. at the Solara Early Learning Center, 54 Favre Ln., in El Jebel. Info: 309-7588.

SUNDAY June 5 DANCE â&#x20AC;˘ Aspen Dance Connection and Aspen ECO-Fest present EVOLUTION MOVEMENT at the Wheeler Opera House at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults/$18 for students at AspenShow or 920-5770. EVOLUTION MOVEMENT is a multi-media theatrical dance experience featuring the music and message of John Lennon and the Beatles. Performers include dance instructors from the Roaring Fork Valley Jayne Gottlieb (owner of Jayne Gottlieb Productions) and Heather StarrKallas (owner of Dance Progressions).

TUESDAY June 7 LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presents Greg Masse at 10 p.m. BURLESQUE â&#x20AC;˘ Auditions for the burlesque show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viva la Womanâ&#x20AC;? take place at the Third Street Center from 6 to 8 p.m. The show is July 15-16.

WEDNESDAY June 8 LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ White House pizza presents Til Willis (country singer songwriter) from 7 to 10 p.m. DAVI NIKENT â&#x20AC;˘ Healing prayer meditation for the Japanese radiation crisis takes place at A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center form 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is supported by Davi Nikent. Info: 970-710-9579. CALENDAR page 11




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Further Out June 14 DRUMMING • Colorado Mountain College’s ArtShare program and the Aspen Dance Connection will present a performance by the Maputo Mensah African Drumming and Dance Company, known as Logo Ligi, at the Third Street Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students up to 17. Children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at 947-8367 or

Ongoing 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. FARMER’S MARKET • A farmer’s market takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lawn of Crystal River Meats at 55 North 4th St. The Market features Crystal River Meats (beef, pork, lamb, chicken), Osage Gardens (featuring organic veggies, plants and herbs) Avalanche Cheese and Midland Baking. Info: 963-9996. 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.

Save the date PAC3 • Country honky-tonker Hayes Carll plays PAC3 June 23. Advance tickets are $12 and the day of the show they are $17. PAC3 is located in the Third Street Center. Info: 925-1663 or

The public gets its first look at the new Art aRound Town exhibit with a downtown tour starting at Fourth and Main St. at 5:30 p.m. on June 3. The tour will make 11 stops between Third Street and Eighth Street to view the new sculptures brought in by the Carbondale Public Art Commission for its yearlong show. The sculptors come from New York, California, Kansas, Texas, Michigan and Colorado. The sculptures are offered for sale at prices that range from $8,000 to $38,000. The exhibit continues until June 2, 2012. There are also 17 permanent pieces of public art throughout Carbondale, mostly in the downtown area. Other First Friday action includes an artist demonstration at Collage Creative Collections (1154 Highway 133), a reception at Ravenheart gallery (across from Sopris Park), a reception at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ R2 Gallery, and Clockwise from top: Triple Bond by Bill Wiener, Valkyrie by other events Jack Howard-Potter and Catalyst by John Ferguson. around town. Facing page: Totem by Jud Bergeron

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Roaring Fork High School graduates 63 Traditionally, graduation ceremonies can be overly serious, but last Saturday at Roaring Fork High School students and speakers alike strayed from the norm and added some levity to their special day. Between a game of Mad lib (during which students who came up with correct words were handed bags of Skittles from graduate Dalton Handy) to the speech delivered by guest speaker Joe Markham (who removed items of clothing during his speech then donned a baseball cap and whistle) the event was more joyous than somber.

Jake Strack-Loertscher and Adrienne Ackerman focus on his Skittles. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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During the graduation ceremony, students handed out flowers to friends, family and teachers. Pictured here is Wendy Adame. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Cici Kinney was one of a number of folks taking photos, although her method was somewhat different than others. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Joe Markham began his speech wearing a yellow tie and white dress shirt, and ended it wearing a T-shirt, baseball cap and whistle. He used what he said were the ashes of his recently deceased dog as a way to get across to the graduates the message that we should all be more like dogs because they are non-judgmental and give unconditional love. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Bridges High School graduates 26 Bridges High School graduated 26 seniors during a ceremony at the school on May 27. The class emcees were James “Leo” Caudill, Jacob Hiltner, Taylor Luck and April Snelson and the class speakers were Tia Koski and Ryan Lake. Steve Beaulieu was the class speaker. Guest speaker was Amanda Boxtel. A music number was performed by Allison Bower, Maggie Riley, Andrew Morley and Drew Bair. From top, clockwise: the senior class mugs for photographer Jury Jermone, Alex Guenther, April Snelson, Amanda Boxtel, Tia Koski and Kirstie Smith. Photos by Lynn Burton


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Community Briefs Gymkhana club starts June 11 A local gymkhana club is forming and will compete at Gus Darien arena at 1 p.m.on June 11,July 16,Aug.13 and Sept.17. The club is for equestrians over seven years old and the events are: barrels, poles, flags and a rotating event. Check-in time is noon. Volunteers are needed. For details, call Mike Goscha at 274-3223 or Steve Groom at 379-9978.

“Hidalgo” shown at the Orchard A fund-raiser, organized by high school student Sasha Williams, to help Third World countries produce clean drinking water takes place at the Orchard (110 Snowmass Drive) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 4. The film “Hidalgo” will be shown and refreshments will be served. There’ll also be a raffle. The suggested donation for entrance is $3 to $5. “Hidalgo” is set in the 1890s and revolves around a cross-country horse race in Arabia. For details, call 963-4073.

RFOV tackles Droste Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will work with Pitkin County Open Space, the town of Snowmass Village and the city of Aspen to conduct a volunteer trail work day on June 4 at the recently acquired Droste open space in Snowmass Village. The work day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes lunch for volunteers. Volunteers will complete the construction of a 1.3-mile trail on the Droste land, which will become part of Snowmass Village’s single-track system. To volunteer, log on to, email, or call 927-8241.

CCAH offers booth space The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is accepting applications to the local’s booth at Mountain Fair. Participating artists help set up and break down the booths, and they work approximately two shifts during the weekend.

The cost to participate is $50 per artist; CCAH takes take a 15 percent commission. Space is limited and the artwork is juried. For details, call 963-1680.

Volunteers needed for Omnium The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers at the beer tent on June 18 during the Rocky Mountain Omnium bike race, which runs June 17-19. The following positions are open: • Set up – 10:30 a.m. to noon; • Bartenders – noon to 7:30 p.m. (three shifts); • Security – noon to 7:30 p.m. (three shifts); • Break down 7:30 to 9 p.m. For details, call the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at 963-1890.

Senior Matters needs volunteers Senior Matters needs volunteers to staff their snow cone concession booth during the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, which takes place Thursday nights at the Gus Darien arena starting on June 2. For details, call 963-2653. On a related note, Creative Spark Studio offers a visual storytelling workshop to seniors from 10-11:30 a.m. on Mondays from June 6-27. The workshop will help participants create an artistic memory journal. The class fee is $25; scholarships are available. The registration deadline is June 4. For details, call 618-0561.

Strawberry Days searches for “Idol” Strawberry Days throws its own version of “American Idol,” with preliminary auditions at Glenwood Springs Middle School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 14. The competition is for ages 15 and up.The top 10 performers will audition on June 18 in front of crowds at the FamilyFest Stage at Sayre Park. The winner will perform later that night on the main stage to help kick off the night’s headliner band from Las Vegas. For details, call 945-6589.

High winds knocked over this spruce tree at Fourth and Euclid on Sunday morning. No injuries were reported. A passerby on a bike counted the rings on the tree and determined it was about 50 years old. Photo by Lynn Burton

CONGRATULATES OUR 8TH GRADE GRADUATES MOVING ON TO THE FOLLOWING HIGH SCHOOLS: Brianna Young – Eagle Valley High School Cameron Stover-Donaubauer – Aspen High School Cole Hawkins – Animas Charter School Cole Pates – Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy Had Deane – The Forman School

THE FOLLOWING ALUMNI AS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS OF 2011: Joshua Darling Kidd Martin Baran Liesl Bellack Loren Creer Mackenzie Cole

Max Ramge Orion Mount Paul Struempler Sarah Rosenthal Shira Mailes

Summer Hilty Tait Anderson Taylor Luck Josh Fitzpatrick Cooper Marshall

Halia Frantzich – Glenwood Springs H.S. James Nurlu – Glenwood Springs H.S. Malia Machado – Aspen High School Mikaela Liotta – Glenwood Springs H.S. Miles Petterson – Eagle Valley High School Rhianna- Borderick – Aspen High School

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Letters continued om page 2 for pretty much the same reasons, and we have a duty to protect the area that drew us here in the first place. If we want to be proud of where we live, and be proud of what we have done to preserve it, we have to take a stand. We have to say “NO” to the exploitation of the Roaring Fork Valley, and“NO”to yet another gravel pit defacing our land, and “NO” to corporate greed that has no respect for everything we love about our valley. Please contact your county commissioners, please contact your local newspapers, and please attend the Garfield County commissioners meeting on June 13. This is not someone else’s problem, it’s OUR problem, and only we can preserve the integrity of this place we all call Home. Let’s demand some respect! Sue Coyle Carbondale

Let’s rodeo Dear Editor: The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is excited to bring you another great season of rodeo. Last year we invested in arena improvements including a permanent shed for the Senior Matters refreshment stand and new livestock chutes that improve event flow. This year also brings changes that will result in a better event. In addition to the new $20 fence-parking fee, the admission price for adults has increased to $10/$30 for a carload up to six people. These changes were necessary to ensure the continuing financial stability and reflect the increased cost of producing the rodeo event. Like the old prices? You can buy a book of six tickets for $50 at Sopris Liquor and Wine. In addition, two new events were added this year: cowhide races and rescue races. Cowhide races were a hit last year – be sure to catch them and all the fun this year at the rodeo that starts Thursday, June 2 and continues for a 12week season until Aug. 18. Board of directors Carbondale Wild West Rodeo

Vote for Gilman Dear Editor: You have likely received a ballot in the mail from Holy Cross Energy for the annual Board of Directors election. I am running for a board position in the Northern District and ask for your support. I know utility elections seem pretty mundane and unimportant but I promise you – this actually matters. Just seven people in

Western Colorado get the final say in important decisions that directly affect us all. It is critical that board members have in-depth knowledge about the needs and usage of the members to pave a well-informed path forward. I understand as well as anyone how important affordable, reliable and clean electricity is to you, your families and businesses. I have worked one-on-one with hundreds of homeowners, business owners and tenants to reduce energy usage and save money. I’m also a local small- business owner with experience making difficult financial and planning decisions, and would be able to represent the best interests of the members. The strength of Holy Cross and its board have everything to do with the board’s members, so I hope you will consider voting this year. I look forward to working with this great community to help make it even better. Please visit for more information, and don’t forget to mail your signed ballot by June 4. Megan Gilman Eagle-Vail

Thanks to school administrators Dear Editor: I want to thank our Re-1 and Re-2 high school administrators for supporting our Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts by giving us time during their school day. With the support from the Glenwood Springs Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Fund and Quality Inn and Suites we were able to bring Mike and Cassandra Harris, investigators who work on crimes against children cases with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, to speak at our local high schools. This husband and wife police team has been active in their fight against sex offenders who prey on children/teens through the Internet and cell phones. Thanks to the following schools we reached 2,194 students: Roaring Fork High School, Bridges High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Coal Ridge High School and Rifle High School. While Childhelp River Bridge’s primary focus is to respond to, investigate and treat child crime victims, we are also committed to preventing these crimes from happening in the first place. Thanks to our school community for helping us educate and bring awareness to our youth on this important issue. Susan Ackerman, Director Childhelp River Bridge Glenwood Springs

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Studio Tour continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 3 of CCAH.â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it is not given the importance it deserves. Arts education improves reasoning, logic and abstract thinking. The more art we can give our kids, the better learning opportunities they have â&#x20AC;Ś and it feeds their fabulous souls.â&#x20AC;? As for the Carbondale Public Art Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art aRound Town unveiling, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst new exhibition of street sculpture since 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We waited so that we could mount a ďŹ rst-class show,â&#x20AC;?said sculptor Mark Harris, the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair. The public is invited to join the artists on a walking tour of the new work on June 3 at

5:30 p.m., starting at the corner of Fourth and Main Street. The 11 new sculptures come from artists spread from New York City to San Francisco, including two from the Roaring Fork Valley: Michael Lindsay of Carbondale and Bill Weiner of Aspen. The artists were chosen by a jury headed by internationally-renowned sculptor James Surls, whose studios are on Missouri Heights. For the ďŹ rst time, the call for artists to apply was placed on CafĂŠ, a national site seeking applications for public art. CafĂŠ yielded 94 applications for the jury to evalu-

Comprehensive Plan continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 1 sented to trustees that includes Green and Lamont, but adding Laird, Cochran and Oni ButterďŹ&#x201A;y (who the nomination committee had interviewed). Voting for the motion were: Cortez, Murphy, Foulkrod and Bernot. Voting against were: Zentmyer, Hoffmann and Merriott. Following the vote the trustees exhaled, shufďŹ&#x201A;ed their papers and took a ďŹ ve minute break. Early in his remarks before the ďŹ rst vote, Merriott said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left Lorie Loeb and Russ Criswell off his list of nominees, implying the two are known for their anti-big box retail stance and related slow growth stands. He said some on the proposed working group are known more for their â&#x20AC;&#x153;talking skills than their listening skills.â&#x20AC;?

Merriott said that Green, an attorney, is who heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hire if he were a developer and Lamont is who heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want for his negotiation skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want advocates (on the group),â&#x20AC;? he said. Green, an Aspen Glen resident who owns property in Carbondale, was a town trustee in the 1980s while Lamont is a retired urban planner from Denver who serves on the Re-1 school board and GarďŹ eld County library board. Bernot and Foulkrod were Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two biggest supporters. Bernot said that for one thing, Green brings â&#x20AC;&#x153;buy-inâ&#x20AC;? from property owners who might not be interested in participating in the process. She also said that if Green is at one end of the political spectrum, working group member Dale Will

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ate, compared with a handful when a regional call was last issued in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The quality of the work was terriďŹ c and the choices were not easy,â&#x20AC;?said Sue Edelstein, the art commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jury manager. The Carbondale Public Arts Commission is a town-appointed group charged with administering the street art program and the 1 Percent for Art program. Jane Ogden, right, a print maker, is one of dozens of artists who have opened their doors for the Carbondale Community Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio Tour on June 4. A tour map is included in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sopris Sun insert. Courtesy photo

(Pitkin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open space director) is at the other end. Foulkrod said that environmental board member Jason White is also at the other end of the spectrum from Green. As for Lamont, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only person heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll advocate for is his grandchildren,â&#x20AC;? Foulkrod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He comes from a pretty good place.â&#x20AC;? Before the second vote, which authorized the working group 4-3, trustee Zentmyer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support Larry Green,â&#x20AC;? while trustee Hoffmann said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been approached by others with â&#x20AC;&#x153;red-ďŹ&#x201A;agâ&#x20AC;? warnings against Green and Lamont. Merriott then took a shot at Foulkrod, who was sitting to his right, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Foulkrod) has it where he wants it.â&#x20AC;? Bernot said she took issue with Merriottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

remark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I withdraw my comment,â&#x20AC;? he replied. Although the discussion was tense and heated at times, there were a few moments of borderline levity. One came when a trustee asked Brooke and Bohmfalk why Laird, who is active in community affairs, did not make the ďŹ nal list of 18. The answer? He was excluded due to his â&#x20AC;&#x153;age demographic and gender.â&#x20AC;? (Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Laird appears to be in his 40s and when last seen sported a beard). When asked why there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many nonwhite, non-males on the committee, Brooke and Bohmfalk said the nominating committee contacted prospects from that group but they cited â&#x20AC;&#x153;lack of time.â&#x20AC;? Also, females in general â&#x20AC;&#x153;disproportionatelyâ&#x20AC;? reported they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time for the working group.

Carbondale Community Housing Lottery 620 Bridgewater - $238,803 Open House: Sunday, June 5, 3-5:00 p.m. Application Deadline: June 14, 5:00 p.m. Lottery: June 20, 12 Noon Mountain Regional Housing, 520 South Third Street, #23

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Sopris Sun Staff Report With gasoline at $4 a gallon, this might be the year to stay in town for all your summertime entertainment. Between June 2 and Oct. 7-8, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a rodeo series, free music, a major bike race, an aerial circus and more. The following schedule was compiled by the Carbondale Recreation Department.

The comprehensive plan working group, approved by the Carbondale Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, is comprised of: Jeff Leahy (Colorado Rocky Mountain School), Trevor Canon (south of Main Street), Matt Hamilton (River Valley Ranch), Patti Brendlinger (Hendrick Ranch), Jose Luis Rico (Colorado Meadows), Larry Green (Aspen Glen), Mark Beckler (Glenwood Springs), Andrea Chacos (River Valley Ranch), Tom Penzel (Hendrick Ranch), Brad Ziegel (north of Main Street), Ivonne Munoz (Satank), Jason White (Crystal Village), Bill Lamont (River Valley Ranch), Dale Will (south of Main Street), Beda Calhoun (north of Main Street), Andy Taylor (south of Main Street), Gavin Brooke (south of Main Street), Ben Bohmfalk, Martha Cochran, Colin Laird and Oni ButterďŹ&#x201A;y (residency not available).

June 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Carbondale Community School Studio Tour June 2-Aug. 18 (Thursdays) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo June 5-Aug. 28 (Sundays) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Team roping series June 15-Oct. 5 (Wednesdays) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carbondale Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market June 17-19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rocky Mountain Omnium bicycle race June 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Performance in the Plaza June 23-26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amusement Carnival June 23-26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sopris Music Fest July 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Performance in the Park July 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Happening (Rotary) July 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Performance in the Park July 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; GrassRoots Games July 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Performance in the Park July 29-31 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carbondale Mountain Fair Aug. 5-8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; American Crown Aerial Circus Aug. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; KDNK Blues & BBQ Aug. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Festival de las Americas The June 18 leg of the Rocky Mountain Omnium takes over downtown as racers in several stages pedal east on Main Street, left on Third Street, left on Colorado Avenue and left on Sixth Street on a continual route. Riders average 35-miles an hour. Sopris Sun ďŹ le photo

Sept. 13-18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; National Sheep Dog Finals Sept. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cowboy Up block party Sept. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Citizen Appreciation block party Sept. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Potato Day Oct. 7-8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest


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HUMAN SERVICES GRANT APPLICATION FOR 2012 PLEASE BE ADVISED that the Board of County Commissioners for Garfield County, Colorado, is accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in receiving Garfield County Human Services funding for fiscal year 2012. Application forms can be picked up from Dawn Burgess, Grant Administrator, Garfield County Administration Office, Administration Building, 108 8th Street, Suite 213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or can be requested by calling Dawn Burgess at 970-945-5004 or email at Completed applications must be received or delivered to the Garfield County Administration Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. Any questions or comments should be directed to Dawn Burgess. THE SOPRIS SUN â&#x20AC;˘ JUNE 2, 2011 â&#x20AC;˘ 17

Memories of Marble’s very own “Heartbreak Hotel” Up the Crystal By Charlotte Graham Sponsored by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society Last time we met here we were hobnobbing with Hattie Thompson in the Roaring 20s. Time flies in the Sopris Sun’s history column world. Now, the year is 1956. Ponytails and poodle skirts. Ducktails and blue suede shoes. Even upvalley Marble had heard of Elvis Presley. The rock ’n’ roll king’s first million-record hit song; “Heartbreak Hotel” had blasted off the charts.

Since my baby left me Wade and Wilma Loudermilk had built Beaver Lake Lodge. Readers will remember from the Marble Memorial Airport story in Memoirs, Vol. 1, that Wade had all the right excavating equipment to build the airstrip. The family would come up from the Phoenix area to escape the summer’s heat. They rented out horses and guided Jeep tours besides housing and feeding their guests. Business was running at a good clip when they began to host annual visits for Baylor University’s summer geological field course. There just so happened to be a male majority of the 30-35 students in attendance from early June to mid-July; the odds of which did not go unnoticed by the Loudermilk daughters — college-aged Raquel and her high-school sister, Kareen. Pretty much the only two girls in Marble at the time, they decided to share their summer social largess with Raquel’s USC sorority sister, Ann Smith. They invited her to come to work with them. “We were the slave-labor force, “ said Kareen. “It was a lot of hard work but we didn’t mind. We had a lot of fun.”

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Dear John It became a common event those summers that the postman would leave “Dear John” letters at the lodge for the boys staying there. After all, in teen time, June to July was oh, so long. “the bellhop’s tears keep flowing, the desk clerk’s dressed in black.” “We would have big bonfires every night,” Kareen said. “That was our entertainment in those days. There would be a guy with a guitar and we would sing songs. “Heartbreak Hotel” was a popular request. I remember one lovesick guy who was a newlywed. He wouldn’t change his watch from Waco (Texas) time where his bride was.” While Raquel and Ann played the field, Kareen caught the eye of young man named Ben. Ben Man was a third-year geology student that summer of ’56. Spurred by the competition, it took Ben nearly three years of long-distance letter writing and courting before the couple became engaged over Christmas of ’58 in Marble. They wed at the Marble church the following October. “I always wanted a fall wedding up here,” said Kareen. “Turned out it was the earliest snowstorm in history that Oct. 3. Our best man and minister were stuck on Loveland Pass due to the snow. They did finally arrive and I’ve never heard the end of it about my wanting a fall wedding.” Last October, Ben and Kareen Man returned to Marble and celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Redstone Inn with friends and family. All Kareen’s stories were corroborated by Ben, sister Raquel and Ann Smith.

If your baby leaves you Actually, I first heard about “Heartbreak Hotel” from the delightful storyteller and lifetime Marble resident June Blue back in 1997. It was certainly an honor to meet itty-bitty June with the waist-long silver hair. The Blue family home was, and still is, adjacent to Thanos Johnson’s place and across the road from the little cabin with the broken-hearted reputation. June told me during a visit with her one time that, “every spring, there was a lot of activity over there, like musical chairs, people moving out, others moving in … winters here are long, you know … and tiring! The losers ended up at ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’” By the early ‘70s, the cabin was absentee-owned and suffered the indignities of neglect. Occasionally, bargain-priced paint would be slapped on, such as the time it was covered with highway-stripereflective-yellow. It glowed in the dark. Made it much easier for inebriates to find their way home at night, I’m told. Alas, for years and years it sat lonely, abandoned and forlorn.

“Heartbreak Hotel” is located just east of Beaver Lake Lodge. Teens used to sing Elvis Presley’s first million-selling hit around a bonfire in back of the place in the 1950s. Photo by Lynn Burton

A legend waits “Heartbreak Hotel” has a new owner and like other ladies of a certain age, has had a flattering facelift. Now a sparkling bride-white paint job dresses up new windows, roof and porch, but alas, there are no

new tales to tell. I’ll watch and await the next chapter of this legend. For more on this story, get a copy of “Memoirs of a River … Up the Crystal, Vol. 1,” at the Mt. Sopris Historical Society Museum.

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Beds in the lodge and its cabins were stacked to the rafters and they still ran out of room. They had another cabin down towards the Crystal River across from the old Marble jailhouse and their horse stables. It isn’t clear if they sometimes used the pokie and paddocks too. But even that wasn’t enough. The Loudermilks then rented a small cabin east across the road from the lodge. None of the accommodations had running water or indoor toilets. Rows of metal bunkbeds were the only adornments. Ann was quite the artist, so she painted a sign to put over the door of the cabin closest to the lodge, thusly christened “Heartbreak Hotel.” Later on, folks would arrive at the lodge and ask to be booked next door at the Heartbreak. “They really thought it was a hotel,” Kareen said. Those poor fellows stuck down at the decidedly unromantic cabin next to the horse stables felt left out and pouted. So Ann penned another sign for them: “Leper Colony.”

“We eventually had to take the ‘Leper Colony’ sign down as it scared the tourists,” Kareen told me,“but we got a lot of mileage on the jokes about both places.” “and though it’s always crowded, you still can find some room, for brokenhearted lovers to cry there in the gloom.”


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Get out and observe the bird migration — now By Mary Harris Sopris Sun Contributor How lucky can we be? All we need to do is be aware and we can witness one of nature’s miracles unfolding right in front of us. No need to spend thousands of dollars traveling to Africa to see a bird migration. It’s happening right in front of us, right now. Just get outside, go for a walk, or if you live where it is allowed, put out some black sunflower seed and oranges and you’ll get more rewards than you can imagine. These hungry birds have flown from as far as Argentina and Chile to nest with us in the Roaring Fork Valley. While it can take time for the birds to find you and return with their offspring, have patience. Right now I have over 30 gorgeous yellow, black, and bright orange Western tanagers gobbling up the oranges I put out every morning. The brilliant Bullock’s orioles, black-headed Grosbeaks, catbirds, yellow warblers, and more, are part of the flashy show we get every day. If you cannot feed in the summer, take heart because winter-feeding is even more important for our birds. Of course, not all birds will come to your feeders, but it’s not that difficult to find the other beautiful show offs and perhaps watch their courtship behavior. Our large impressive nesting birds (including the great blue herons) are feeding babies right now. After two years of abandoning their nests due to disturbances on

springs have been so cold and rainy that their eggs had time to hatch before there was much action on the Rio Grande Trail. Once the eggs hatch, usually around midMay for the herons in our valley, most birds will not abandon their nests. We hope this is giving them time to adapt to the humans in their territory. If you are interested in learning more about the Roaring Fork Valley’s amazing birds, mammals, plants and insects, or yard feeding, join us or find another organization to help get you started. We all have a limited number of springs and summers in our lives, so take advantage of every one of them. How many do you have left?

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A blue heron flies low over Carbondale Nature Park a couple of weeks back. The bird took off from the north end of the park, reached an altitude of 10-15 feet then cruised about 200 yards to the pond next to the water treatment plant. Photo by Lynn Burton the Rio Grande Trail and two years of what we believe were inexperienced breeders moving in, only to have their babies eaten by a golden eagle, we are cautiously watching the heronry that now has at least three babies getting bigger by the day. With their lightning quick, accurate

aim, and sharp bill designed to stab fish out of the water, great blue herons have evolved to use their bill as protection. According to heron researchers, the birds could also take your eye out before you know what’s happening. Luckily for the herons, the last two

Did you know that each baby robin in the nest requires 14 feet of earthworms a day to survive? So, if there are 6 baby robins in the nest, it means 84 feet of earthworms a day are required, and figuring each earthworm is about 4 inches long that means each baby robin needs 42 earthworms a day! And when you learn that earthworm experts discovered each worm has 10 hearts and is both male and female, that means each baby robin consumes 420 earthworm hearts a day. Hmmm…no wonder a robin’s song is so heartfelt. Mary Harris is president of the Roaring Fork chapter of the Audubon Society (


Come join us in welcoming Summer to Carbondale at RAVENHEART on First Friday June 3, 5-8 PM. Featuring a new artist Max Damone's colorful oil paintings, new turquoise jewelry by Tommy Singer and a fun and colorful selection of Native American crafts. STOP IN AND CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH A GLASS OF FINE WINE AND, AS ALWAYS, HEALTHY DELICIOUS TREATS.


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PETA hates “Tenderloin;” columnist comes unglued California Never at a loss for novel ideas, the animal rights folks at PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, want the mayor of San Francisco and other city leaders to change the name of the city’s Tenderloin District to the “Tempeh District.” Tempeh, for those who prefer hamburgers and are unfamiliar with it, is a “cruelty-free” meat substitute made from fermented and firmed-up soybeans. Other suggestions from PETA, according to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, were “Granola Flats” or “Seitan’s Lair,” the latter a wheat product. PETA spokeswoman Ashley Gonzalez argued that a vegan name would better reflect the philosophies of locals, but while that might be the case, there’s a historical problem, reports The New York Times. The Tenderloin doesn’t allude to an expensive cut of meat or even the sleek muscle on the leg of a lady of the evening; it refers instead to the bribes given to unscrupulous cops by the operators of bordellos and other illicit businesses.“It wasn’t like they were giving them steaks,” said Randy Shaw, who hopes to open a museum in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. “They were giving (the police) cash.” So PETA unveiled another initiative, promising to pay for any man’s vasectomy if he would also agree to neuter his cat or dog.

would foil a police raid, they were sadly mistaken. The 4-foot alligator stayed quietly in his water-filled tub while narcotic-control cops confiscated 2,300 marijuana plants valued at $1.5 million, reports the Press-Enterprise. One man was arrested but the docile alligator got to go to a desert sanctuary.


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To say that former Sen. Alan Simpson, 79, of Wyoming doesn’t mince words is putting it tepidly. On MSNBC’s Hardball TV show recently, he blasted presidential hopefuls from his own Republican Party because of their positions on social issues: “Who the hell is for abortion?” he asked. “I don’t know anybody running around with a sign that says, ‘Have an abortion, they’re wonderful.’ They’re hideous. But they’re a deeply intimate and personal decision, and I don’t think men legislators should even vote on the issue.” Simpson didn’t stop there, attacking potential presidential candidates from his party who oppose gay rights and declaring that he won’t stick with Republican “homophobes” who hypocritically indulge in affairs while giving speeches about moral values. You can find a small cache of Simpson’s quotes through the years on the Web; here’s a pithy example: “An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug, thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts in speech or on paper, some style.” And here’s a more recent quote from during the time Simpson was working on reforming the federal budget: “The country is gonna go to the bow-wows unless we deal with entitlements, Social Security and Medicare.”

By Betsy Marston It’s always a treat to read a newspaper columnist when she or he comes unglued, and if you were reading the Telluride Watch lately, you High Country News had the pleasure of either sympathizing with Rob Schultheis’s outrage Montana or chortling at his discomfort. What sent Schultheis over the edge? Mentally lazy AmeriAnother straight shooter when it comes to controversial issues is Montana State Rep. cans “who don’t bother to read, write or think.” His first example: Over half of PrinceAlan Hale, a Republican who hails from the tiny town of Basin. Hale unabashedly backs ton students polled recently believed that the quote, “We hold these truths to be drinking while driving and opposes efforts by some of his fellow legislators to put teeth self-evident, that all men are created equal,” came from the Communist Manifesto. And in the state’s notoriously permissive DUI laws. Passing sterner driving-under-theone student at a different college hilariously thought that the civil rights movement got a influence laws became big news this year after several “high-profile drunken driving big boost from Martin Luther King’s speech, “If I had a hammer.” This is exactly the kind deaths,” reports the Missoulian, but Hale, citing the needs of far-flung taverns that bring of ignorance, he says, that led to the election of “fanatics and sleazoids” to Congress, and locals together, calls reform a mistake: “These DUI laws are not doing our small businow these congressional representatives are busily cutting school lunches for poor kids, nesses in our state any good at all. They are destroying them.” Unfortunately, reform took among other destructive acts, all of which led the columnist — using all caps, though he a hit earlier this year when it was revealed that one of the leaders, Republican State Sen. apologizes for the indulgence — to demand of Tea Party adherents: “JUST HOW STUJim Shockley, was arrested in January for drinking while driving. As if to illustrate how PID ARE YOU PEOPLE?” lightly the law now treats drinking drivers, Shockley’s fine for getting caught with an open beer was a paltry $51.


If pot growers in the Southern California town of Hemet thought their “watchgator”

Betsy Marston is a blogger for High Country News.

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PUBLIC NOTICE The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners is required by CRS 30-10-306 to make sure that each commissioner district be as nearly equal in population as possible based on the most recent federal census of the United States.

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The hearing to discuss and determine commissioner district boundaries based on 2010 Census numbers is set for Monday June 20, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. during the regularly scheduled board meeting at 108 8th St., Room 100 in Glenwood Springs.

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A map showing the current commissioner districts with 2010 population numbers is available on the homepage of the Garfield County website Information is also available from Jean Alberico, Garfield County Clerk and Recorder at 945-2377 ext 1820 or Any citizen may make comments prior to this hearing by contacting the County Clerk. Comments may be made in writing to the Clerk's email address or mailed to 109 8th St., suite 200 Glenwood Springs, Co. 81601. Any person desiring to express his or her opinion or give testimony regarding commissioner districts may appear at the above date, time and place.

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