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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 15 • JUNE 3, 2010

Onward and upward

Bridges and Roaring Fork seniors turn toward the future For coverage, see pages 14 and 15. Above: Bridges High School held its graduation with Mt. Sopris in the background on May 28. Photo by Jane Bachrach Left: The ceremony at Roaring Fork High School took place on May 29. Photo by Terray Sylvester

Bike race bound for downtown

A look at the lives of local artists

The roots of the rodeo

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Carbondale Commentary Letters

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Canine carbon footprints Dear Editor: Dogs don’t eat animal products that are fit for human consumption. They eat the waste of the slaughter industry. Of course, this begs the question why you would feed something to your dog that you wouldn’t eat yourself? Dogs, and cats for that matter, can be healthy on a plant-based diet. Thousands of dogs and cats live and thrive on such foods as Evolution diet pet food and V-Dog. If you are not on a plant-based diet, you cannot criticize anyone for their carbon output. Animal agriculture is the number one contributor to greenhouse gases, water pollution, air pollution and soil erosion. An individual on the standard American diet riding a bike has a larger carbon footprint per mile than many SUVs. For example, a 300-calorie hamburger has a carbon footprint of around six pounds of CO2. Compare that to 20 pounds for a gallon of gas and the hamburger’s carbon footprint is equivalent to that of about .3 gallons of fuel. The bike rider will burn around 300 calories in six miles, which equals around 20 miles per gallon. Many newer SUV's get better than 20 miles per gallon. Put two people in that SUV and you are really ahead of the bike rider. The real kicker is that the 300 calories from that hamburger are mostly fat and protein. The body doesn’t use those macronutrients as efficiently as carbohydrates for energy. This means that even fewer calories are available for the bike rider, which raises the carbon footprint even more. I could drive 2,000 miles to Central America in a pickup truck that gets 10

miles per gallon, bring back 2,000 pounds of organic bananas, and the 300 calories in each pound of banana at four pounds of CO2 would still have a lower carbon footprint than the hamburger at six pounds of CO2. In addition, I will be thinner, healthier, and live longer eating those bananas over the hamburger. In conclusion, stop buying puppies and kittens! Instead, ride your bike to your nearest animal shelter or rescue organization and adopt a dog or cat. Then go on a plant-based diet along with your new best friend. You will be doing more for the environment than 99.73 percent of Americans. C.J. Eliassen Carbondale

Limit driver’s licenses Dear Editor: To Denise Anchondo, regarding your hope of granting driver’s licenses to all, regardless of their legality, I offer a cut-andpaste below rather than paraphrasing. This bit is from USA Today, but the same info can be found through nearly any search engine and on many a site. Perhaps many of the unlicensed here are those who would be denied licensing in their country of origin. Think about what that might mean. Licensing offices in all of Mexico’s 31 states, along with the Federal District, where Mexico City lies, said they require applicants to prove their citizenship, preferably by showing a voter registration card issued by the Federal Elections Institute. (Foreign tourists who are in Mexico temporarily can drive using their foreign licenses, the states said. Most U.S. states have a similar exemption for visitors.)

Mexican officials said rules are strictly enforced, especially in southern states that have a problem with illegal immigrants from Central America. “Last week a man came here (with a tourist visa) and said he was working as a delivery man,” said Denia Gurgua, manager of the driver’s license office in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas state. She said she denied him a license because he did not have a visa to work in Mexico. “Our constitution has certain restrictions for foreigners,” she said. U.S. proponents of tougher restrictions worry that having a driver’s license helps legitimize illegal immigrants, making it harder to detect and remove them. There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented people living in the USA. Mexico’s pool of foreign residents is much smaller — about 500,000 people in a country of 105 million, census figures show. People from other countries who visit the USA can use their legal license from country of origin and, like those of us who visit other countries, purchase temporary insurance while traveling through. (When I went to Europe and when I crossed the Mexican border, I purchased insurance to protect myself and the residents of the country I’m a guest in.) Therefore, granting a U.S. license to illegals is moot unless, again, one is trying to find a manner to assist non-legal movement through our nation. Immigration is no longer a simple issue, but legality is currently fairly clear. Patricia Welch Glenwood Springs

I understand CRMS’s concerns about the safety of its students. On the other hand, there is no safe access for residents of all the communities to the south of Main Street (and west of Highway 133) to bicycle or walk from the RFTA park-and-ride, from the Community School, from the upcoming renovated bridge through Satank, or from the Rio Grande bike path to their homes. This involves hundreds of residences in River Valley Ranch, Hendrick Ranch, the upcoming Thompson Park development, Keator Grove, etc. Using Highway 133 or the driveway-pierced sidewalk along the east side of 133 is not acceptable. It is only logical to have a paved – or at least crusher fine – path hook up from Delores to the bike/walking path that goes from Main Street to the front of the CRMS campus. The current right-of-way is unmarked, and is a gravel-strewn rutted surface that is not safe for pedestrians or road bikers. This path could go through the campus on the current alignment, or CRMS could agree to trade the current alignment for a new one on their land but more distant from the dorms. Please protect citizens’ rights to maintain, use, and/or improve use of this important access. It has existed for decades and opportunities to put it to effective use should be expanded, not contracted. Sue Edelstein Carbondale

Wilderness good for big game Dear Editor: Recently some contributors to this paper and others have written to express their LETTERS page 18

Preserve a path through CRMS Dear Editor: I recently read about a proposed compromise in which CRMS agreed not to ask Garfield County to vacate its road right-ofway through the campus, and in return wants an agreement that the right-of-way would not ever be improved.

Carbondalians Veronica Whitney and Charlie Wertheim stole away with The Sopris Sin to Playa Guiones, Costa Rica, in early April. They were married not long later at the Green Wilson Hut in Pearl Basin, not far from Aspen. Courtesy photo

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All-day cycling race coming to downtown Carbondale By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun Carbondale’s streets are set to fill with hundreds of speeding cyclists next Saturday. From 6 a.m. to about 8 p.m. motorized vehicles will be banned from part of downtown as wave after wave of bicycles whiz past the pool, Peppino’s, town hall,The Lift and other locations on a tight course around three downtown blocks. The Rocky Mountain Omnium is returning to the Roaring Fork Valley, and for the first time, part of it will take place in the heart of Carbondale. Last year, the three-day, three-race cycling event attracted a total of more than 400 racers, including a surprise showing by renowned professional riders Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer. This year, event organizers are hoping the turnout will be much the same, and with more than 1,000 spectators anticipated over the course of the weekend, the town and some local businesses hope so too. “I think this will be a big event for downtown,” said Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel, who helped bring the event to Main Street. The cycling will begin Friday June 11 with a 20-kilometer time trial on County Road 109, starting and ending at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. On Saturday, Carbondale will host a criterium, in which successive, roughly hour-long races will be held on a short course downtown. The events will conclude Sunday with an 85-mile race starting in Dotsero. Mitch Hyra, the organizer of the races, described the criterium as the most exciting spectator event of the series. “It’s a pretty wide open flat course so the speed will be super high,”Hyra said.“I like to think of it as a cross between NASCAR and

roller derby; criterium racing tends to be a little bit more elbow to elbow, wheel to wheel.” In previous years the criterium has been held in Glenwood Springs, but this year Hyra decided to move it to Carbondale in part because in Carbondale the race will be able to take place right in the center of town on Main Street, something that hasn’t been possible on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Hyra said he was also lured by Carbondale’s enegetic bicycle culture.Aloha Mountain Cyclery, Carbondale’s Stomparillaz bike crew, D&B Bicycle Adventures and others have volunteered with the event, he said. The excitement could be a good thing for Carbondale businesses, or at least that’s what Jackel and staff at the Carbondale Tourism Council hope. “The whole purpose is mainly trying to help the downtown businesses,” Jackel said. “So we’re hoping this will be successful in that regard. If the businesses don’t see additional business we’ll have to reevaluate.” Jackel said he attended a meeting of the Downtown Preservation Authority to explain the plans for the criterium. Though one or two business owners said they suffer when downtown streets are closed, most were excited about the race. Ultimately Jackel said he hopes that Carbondale can find a way to attract more sporting events and make the most of events that do come to town, such as the Colorado Relay, which drew about 2,000 people to the area when it finished in Carbondale last fall but drew little notice from residents or businesses. The Rocky Mountain Omnium aligns with the long term plans of the Carbondale Tourism Council as well, said Andrea Stewart, marketing and tourism coordinator at the chamber of commerce. She said the races are “exactly the direction”the council is heading.

Two local cyclists, Jason Anderson (front) and Jon Baker, sped through city streets on May 23 during the Aspen Criterium. A similar event is coming to downtown Carbondale on June 12 as part of the Rocky Mountain Omnium. Baker won the omnium last year. Courtesy photo Stewart said the council is almost ready to unveil a new Web site and an event planning and resource guide to attract attention to the town, and help event planners find the services, permits and venues they need to stage an event in the area. And as for Lance Armstrong? Hyra said that last year he didn’t find out Armstrong was competing until almost the night before the race. As yet, he said he didn’t know just

who would turn out for the competition. But even if such big names don’t show, Hyra expects this year’s racers will be gunning to beat Armstrong’s and Leipheimer’s records on the time trial. Last year the pair came in first and second, with times 40 to 50 seconds faster than their opponents. If somebody topples those records, Hyra said, “they would definitely be a hero in my eyes.”

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The Rocky Mountain Omnium comes to the Carbondale area Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12. A time trial starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and runs between the school and Iron Bridge on County Road 109. A criterium race takes place from 9:30 a.m. to about 8 p.m. on a loop from Fourth and Main streets down Colorado Avenue to Seventh Street and back on Main Street. Pro women start at 5:30 p.m. Pro men start at 6:40 p.m. There will be live music. To register and for more information, visit or call 688-0102. Streets will be closed for the race. There will be no car access to the post office during the event, and RFTA buses will pick up passengers down Main Street to the west.

Student representative to take a seat with town trustees By Kayla Henley and Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun A new member may soon take a seat on Carbondale’s board of trustees. But no, you didn’t miss an election. A group of Roaring Fork High School students is trying to add a slightly younger perspective to the Tuesday night proceedings in town hall. With a student liaison on the board, the kids hope to bridge what they see as a growing gap between the schools and the daily life of the town. “Success would be more information out to the public and having people know what’s going on with our school and what we’re doing,” said Jake Strack Loertscher, one of the five rising seniors spearheading the project. With school letting out this week, the students have just completed an 11th grade civics course that revolves, in large part, around a program called “Project Citizen.” Project Citizen spurs students to work beyond the walls of the high school and to take the phrase “make a difference” to the next level. The basic program is simple. The class splits into groups and then follows a few steps into civic engagement: 1) Find a problem somewhere in the state; 2) Analyze alter-

native solutions; 3) Select a solution; 4) Create an action plan to achieve the needed change. To Ben Bohmfalk, who designed the course, the project is a chance for students to engage with government on its most optimistic level – at the grassroots, where every issue is local and individual action can really make a difference. “To me, this is an important project because people always think about the president bringing change, but local change is actually easier than national change,” said Bohmfalk, who also serves as chairman on the town planning and zoning commission. “We need to step up and make change happen [more] than just complain. With government, as long as it’s somewhat democratic, there’s a place for the people.” And this semester his students have staked out their places on a wide variety of issues. They’ve looked for ways to improve marijuana regulations and they’ve drummed up strategies to ensure that more Carbondale middle school students enroll in RFHS. They’ve proposed improvements to the school district’s sex education program, and a few weeks ago one group drove down to Denver to press the state legislature for tighter regulations on the oil and

gas industry. “We’ve learned a lot about government, how it works and how people with problems take it to the next level,” said Terra Salamida, one of the students who took the trip to Denver. “Even though I’m in high school I can make a difference.” That’s a lesson Strack Loerstcher and the rest of the group – which includes Jessie Stokan, Sonia Cortez, Jordan Hirro and Micah Evonitz – must have taken to heart as well. The student liaison to the town trustees won’t have a vote, but the students do have a few overall goals in mind. Strack Loertscher said they would like to see more people attending school sports matches and other events, such as plays and the senior art show that has been on display at RFHS over the last few weeks. To that end, the students hope to coordinate the school events schedule with that of the town.“We’re trying to get the school and the town on the same page,” Strack Loerstscher said. Strack Loertscher said that to him, the project is a way to respond to the waning attendance at high school sporting events. Gone are the days of packed bleachers, and “that’s something everybody misses,” he said.

“Growing up in this valley, we loved going to Friday night football games and basketball games,” Strack Loertscher said. “For me at least, it was great to see everybody there. I loved walking into a packed gym. I wasn’t even playing and that was something I really looked forward to as a middle schooler going into high school.” “I feel like we have such a small community here in Carbondale,” he said. “People should know what’s going on and stay connected with the town and one another.” The group from RFHS is still working out the scheduling but hope to see a student sitting on the board of trustees within the next few weeks. The RFHS students will also be partnering with the local non-profit group YouthZone to help place students on the boards of various non-profit organizations around the area. They hope Bridges High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School will join their effort as well. Mayor Stacey Bernot said a student trustee used to sit in on meetings, but that position faded away about four years ago. She called the position a “no brainer,” and anticipated it would be a great learning experience for the students. “Let’s try it and see how it goes,” she said. THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 3, 2010 • 3

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GarCo to mail checks to seniors

A bill to help prevent vehicle collisions with wildlife on Colorado roads is scheduled to be signed into law Wednesday, June 9 in Vail. The signing will be a triumph for state representative Kathleen Curry of Gunnison and state senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village, who sponsored the bill. It will also be a triumph for Carbondalian Frosty Merriott, who helped develop the legislation and has been working for its passage since before last fall. Merriott is a town trustee and active with the local chapter of the Sierra Club. “It literally brings tears to my eyes to think of all the human and animal lives this will save over the years and the suffering this bill has the potential to prevent,� Merriott said in a press release from the Western Environmental Law Center, which worked for the passage of the bill. HB 1238, the Wildlife Crossing Zones and Traffic Safety bill, gives the Colorado Department of Transportation the authority to create up to 100 miles of special wildlifecrossing zones. Signs will be created similar to those used in school crossings and construction zones. Nighttime speed limits will be reduced in the wildlife zones and fines will be doubled. The intent is to alert drivers to high-frequency wildlife-crossing areas and, by reducing speeds, to give them more time to avoid collisions.

Garfield County commissioners on May 17 approved a one-time senior benefit of $163. Benefit checks will be mailed to all seniors 65 or older who have been active registered voters in Garfield County for 10 or more years. Payments will be mailed on June 30. In early June, the Senior Advisory Board will present a proposal to the commissioners to broaden the benefit to include seniors who have been legal residents in Garfield County for 10 years or more but who are not active registered voters. The presentation will be made at 8:15 a.m. June 7 during the regularly scheduled commissioners meeting.

Financial aid demand up at CMC The tough economic climate has sent more students to seek financial aid and scholarships at Colorado Mountain College this year, college administrators report. A press release states that even with the higher demand, funds to help students pay for college have been readily available. Gary Lewis, director of financial aid at the college, said his office recorded a 41 percent increase in the number of students completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, for the current academic year compared to last year. That’s over 700 more FAFSA applications than they had received the previous year.

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In the 2009-2010 academic year, the college enrolled roughly 44 percent more Pell grant recipients. The college enrolled 425 such recipients in the 2008-2009 school year. The U.S. Department of Education uses FAFSA information to calculate how much money in grants, loans and work study aid a student is qualified to receive. Pell Grants are need-based and are available to low-income undergraduate students. Not only have FAFSA and Pell applications increased, financial aid counselors are also seeing an uptick in the number of students filling out the college’s “dislocated worker� form, Lewis said. This form takes into account the impact of unusual medical expenses and changes in employment or marital status. But CMC is keeping up with demand. “There is always subsidized or unsubsidized federal loan money for those who qualify. People can apply all year long,� Lewis said. “We have state and federal money, and so far we are meeting financial aid demands.� Financial aid at CMC is available to students seeking degrees in one-year certificate or two-year associate degree programs. The college’s financial aid office awarded approximately $7 million to some 1,100 students in the 2008-2009 academic year.

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Town rethinking comp plan process; citizen task force on hold By Trina Ortega The Sopris Sun The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission is rethinking its process for updating the town’s comprehensive plan and will draft a request for proposals, or RFP, to see what it would cost the town to use an outside consultant. After the board of trustees last week questioned what the comp plan process would entail, the P&Z and town staff will see what a professional planning and facilitation consultant can offer and at what expense, P&Z Chair Ben Bohmfalk told The Sopris Sun. “We really all want to make sure that we end up with a product that has public buy-in,” Bohmfalk said. Additionally, that may mean changing or updating town code to align it with an updated comp plan. “We just weren’t confident the process we had would achieve that,” he said. Nor was Mayor Stacey Bernot, who at the May 25 board of trustees meeting questioned whether citizens on a new task force understood their roles. Eighteen Carbondale citizens had applied to serve on a voluntary citizen task force. Six were high school students encouraged by civics teacher Bohmfalk to get involved at the civic level. P&Z recommended that the trustees appoint all 12 adult applicants and two of the students. However, the BOT did not consider the appointees and sent the P&Z back to the drawing board to see what it would cost to

hire an outside consultant to guide the entire process. “It’s just a brief pause in the process,” explained Bernot, adding that the discussion did not reflect negatively on the idea of a citizen task force. “I just want to be sure … that we’re all clear what the process is,” she said. Originally, the P&Z did not consider using an outside consultant to lead the comp plan process after town staff members stated that, given the deep budget cuts for 2009 and 2010, the BOT likely would not want to shell out for additional expenses. As a result, the P&Z determined it would be more cost-effective to charge town staff and the citizen task force with gathering public input and guiding the process. “If we had a huge planning staff and they were not busy, it could be done. But we don’t have that,” Bohmfalk said. It is common for municipalities to hire private consultants, Bohmfalk says. Rifle and Glenwood Springs recently used outside consultants to update their plans, and Garfield County has been working with the Boulder-based Winston Associates in its comprehensive plan process. Bohmfalk said it has been helpful to participate in this year’s Garfield County comp plan process to see what works well. “One thing they seemed to do right was the ability to quantify or put a number on results,” he said of the questions that asked citizens pointed questions about

where to cluster growth, how to achieve affordable housing, preservation of open space and more. However, he added, there also were criticisms from Carbondale residents that the questions were not open enough and were too narrowly drawn and too scripted. “So we’ll have to see how we can balance those things,” he added.

The town’s planning department is drafting a request for proposals, or RFP, and P&Z will review the draft in the coming week prior to presenting it to the BOT and putting it out for bid locally and regionally. Bohmfalk said as a result, the formal comp plan process is not expected to begin for a couple more months.

Perla Lerma and her first-grade classmates participate in a Frisbee toss during the Crystal River Elementary School field day on Friday. Other games included a tugof-war, a water balloon toss and foot races. The last day of school for students in the Roaring Fork School District was yesterday. Photo by Trina Ortega

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Music to their ears Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced its 2010 Outstanding Music Students, and we would like to congratulate all of them. At Roaring Fork High School, David Ackerman and Michael Hardin were recognized, and Jack Fisher got the nod at Carbondale Middle School. Walter Gorra and Brittany McElfresh from Glenwood Springs High School were dubbed outstanding, and so were Sophia Gamba and Olin Morrison from Glenwood Middle School. Outstanding Basaltines included Drew Bail at the high school and Hannah Flink at the middle school. In Aspen, the kudos went to high school student Kaitlin Gerson and middle school students Max Bryant and Kelsie Gerson. Each outstanding student was awarded a gift certificate from JAS and the Woodwind/Brasswind Music Supply Company.

Little wart-like things No need to panic, or even stress about these little wart-like things; they’re harmless. However, we think it’s our duty to report them to the community. Local vet Dr. Ben Mackin has told us he’s seen more than a few dogs lately with some very small wart-like growths in or around their mouths. As it turns out, in dogs they’re not called warts, they’re called “viral papillomas.” They’re not harmful and not contagious to humans or animals other than dogs, though. So you can relax.

In fact, they aren’t even painful, just a bit unsightly. The only reason we even mention this is that they can be transmitted from dog to dog. So just be aware, and call your vet if you think you see a bump or two around your dog’s mouth. They are mainly seen in younger dogs and puppies.

Happy birthday, Geminis Here are the Geminis celebrating their birthdays this week — or at least the ones we know about: Ken Neubecker, Doug Self, Rock Leonard and Henry Ortiz. Happy belated birthday to Steven Deliyianis, who celebrated his birthday back in January and thought he could keep it under wraps.

Nice set up Roaring Fork High School junior Landon Garvik competed in the Northern Lights Junior National Volleyball Qualifier in Minneapolis in April, where her team won the silver medal. The team accepted a bid to compete in the National Junior Olympics to be held in Reno, Nev. So Landon will be heading to the land of poker and slot machines soon. Good luck, Landon!

They’re showing their appreciation Although folks don’t know who “they” are because they wish to remain anonymous, “they” believe that good teachers are

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission has covered up town’s public sculptures with tarps. They’re trying to drum up dollars for the commission’s programs, and will take the tarps off as the donations roll in. Photo by Jane Bachrach so important that they started a teacher appreciation award a few years ago at Roaring Fork High School. This year the recipients of that award are Hadley Hentschel and Laura French,

both science teachers. “They” didn’t pick the recipients, but each of the teachers received an $1,800 cash prize. Congrats to Hadley and Laura! And thanks to “they.” We appreciate you.

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Art in the life of Summers Moore Studio tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at more than 80 local artists By Trina Ortega The Sopris Sun A new wooden sign announcing her gallery was installed at the end of the driveway last week and she spent the past week sorting through large-format color photographs, digital prints, mixed-media sketches and paintings for her first public viewing. Summers Moore is officially on the map. Not only will she be celebrating the launch of her new gallery, Equus, she will be among the 80 or so points of interest in the seventh annual Roaring Fork Valley Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6. During the tour (a fundraiser for the Carbondale Community School) local artists welcome the public into their studios to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how and where their expressive works take shape. Visitors have the opportunity to observe demonstrations, view private collections and purchase artwork during the tour. This year’s tour is dedicated to the late Carol Rothrock, a longtime local artist and CCS art teacher. For $15, participants receive a tour map with studio locations of painters, sculptors, ceramists, photographers and mixed-media artists from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. The tour will take art lovers from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and up the Crystal River Valley and Cattle Creek, and to old Snow-

mass and Missouri Heights. Missouri Heights is home to Moore’s new studio, and this year’s tour is a first for the self-described “green” artist. The studio is a spacious basement on the 17-acre grounds of her home, which she humorously calls the “Labrador Lodge,” a nod to the four horses and three dogs that also share the grounds. The studio originally was meant as a place where Moore’s two young daughters could create art. Moore didn’t consider herself an artist then –– she has a degree in mass communications, and has also worked as a vet tech and, upon moving to Aspen, as a ski instructor. But now the basement studio space is where she spends most of her days, as she says,“playing” with different art forms. “I’ve got so many irons in the fire. I’ll try it all because it’s so much fun,” Moore said, showing off sketches and paintings of horses, large color photographs of flowers and African animals, portraits of children, STUDIO TOUR page 20 Painter, photographer, and digital artist Summers Moore among her varied work in her Missouri Heights studio. She is one of more than 80 local artists who will participate in the Carbondale Community School’s Studio Tour benefit June 5-6. Photo by Trina Ortega

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“THE HAPPENING A CARBONDALE ROTARY CLASSIC” This is our 12th year for this event. This year however please note the following changes:

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The Happening will take place Saturday, July 10 at the Danciger Tybar Ranch Barn located 1.5 miles up Prince Creek Road. The location has been changed so that we can accommodate our huge (over 300 item) auction in the same room with our 500 guests. This is Carbondale Rotary’s major fund raiser for the year and traditionally we raise over $60,000.

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Since 1998 we have raised over several hundred thousand dollars. Twenty percent of what we raise goes back into Rotary International projects around the world. Eighty percent of the proceeds go into our two grant cycles (spring and fall) and scholarship programs. Recipients for this year, 2010, are: CCAH, Carbondale Middle School, Colorado West Mental Health, Crystal River Elementary, Family Visitors Programs, Redstone Community Association, Roaring Fork Family Resources, Roaring Fork High School, Your Friends for Life, Alexandria Aiken, Alli Zeigel, Lauren Emenaker, Chiara Del Piccolo, Emma Kading, Michael Hardin, Drew Gremillion and Monique Rodriguez. Please help us continue our tradition of helping and giving back.

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Ask any Carbondale Rotarian to get your ticket. This event is SOLD OUT every year – do not wait until the last minute or you may miss out! For more information contact Event Chair Lynn Kirchner at 379-4766.


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Western power grid plans for renewable energy Regional carbon emissions could be cut 25 to 45 percent by boosting renewables By Bob Berwyn The Summit County Citizens Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — The Western U.S. could easily produce 35 percent of its electricity needs with solar and wind power by 2017, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reported recently. Using that amount of renewable energy could cut carbon emissions by 25 to 45 percent and wouldn’t require additional infrastructure for the western power grid. The key is making strategic changes to current operations to account for variable rates of production. Large amounts of wind and solar could be added to the grid without a lot of backup generation, according to NREL’s Debra Lew, a project manager for the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study. “When you coordinate the operations between utilities across a large geographic area, you decrease the effect of the variability of wind and solar energy sources, mitigating the unpredictability of Mother Nature,” Lew said. The study is intended as a place for Western utility companies to start planning for large-scale renewable energy production. A loose affiliation of utilities called WestConnect –– spanning Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming –– has an interest in how renewable energy generation

will affect operations. Four of the five states have renewable portfolio standards requiring that 15 to 30 percent of annual electricity output come from renewable energy by 2025. Achieving those goals will require continued energy efficiency improvements, as well as additional transmission capacity for the grid, according to the NREL study. Managing the power grid hour-byhour for peak demand makes the renewable equation more complex, since there is a chance that lack of winds or sunshine at key facilities could result in power shortfalls. But the study shows that wind forecasting is reliable, with forecasting errors falling into the 8 percent range on average. At times, however, localized forecasting errors could lead to large shortfalls in parts of the grid; thus the necessity for increased coordination, communication and planning. The study also points out that photovoltaic systems generate maximum output during peak daylight hours, but that output drops off in the afternoon and evening, when peak loads often occur. Part of the solution is to ensure geographic diversity in the renewable energy portfolio, and to combine local renewable resources with renewable energy delivered by long-distance transmission. Operators already manage variability and uncertainty in the load; the

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Running, love and thunderstorms; Elinor Fish adapts to the valley On any given weekend a lone figure, Elinor Fish, can be found 20 miles deep in the backcountry, far out on the Conundrum trail in the Maroon Bells country. The crisp, thin Rocky Mountain air breezes past her face as her mind wanders from the hectic deadlines at her job at Trailrunner magazine, to her husband, to her one-and-a-half year old son, Reed. But the harder she pushes and the farther she runs, the more refreshed and calm she feels — being out in these mountains and above tree line reminds her of her old home in Alberta. Four years ago, before relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley, Fish was living in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, working in public relatins for Banff Tourism and penning freelance articles on trail running for various publications, often for Trailrunner. She was fresh out of college, having earned her degree in geography while running competitive track at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She had recently changed her running style from short fast sprints to slower, longer races. At the time, Fish was single, and had chosen Canmore for its access to remote mountain trails. Then she got a call from Michael Benge, editor-in-chief at her favorite magazine, offering her a job as managing editor. “What would I do,” she says, describing her thought

process at the time,“move to Colorado?”But a month later she did just that, packing up her life and heading to the Roaring Fork Valley. “Originally I thought I would be here a few years,” she said. “But I’m now married and with a kid. It became a permanent thing. It's awesome.” Adapting to the Western Slope didn’t happen right away for Fish. She arrived alone and with a sense of disconnection from her home up north. She also found that the dating scene left something to be desired. “I read this article in National Geographic Adventurer that said there are no single people in this town," she said. (The article also called Carbondale one of the best places to live in the U.S.) But over her first months she began to notice the similarities between the mountain culture here and in Alberta, and not long after reading the Adventurer article she was set up on a blind date. She recalls being a bit nervous about the rendezvous, but with nothing to lose she went anyway. It should be no surprise that she connected with Rob Russell, an avid outdoorsman runner and competitive mountain biker.They went on another date and another. “It got serious within a few months,”she said. They married in August 2008 and are now raising a family together in Carbondale. Today, Fish says the valley feels like home. “We are really in the heart of the scene. For a trail runner, this is perfect,” she says.

Writing and editing for the magazine keeps her psyched and inspired. “I'm always hearing about people that can do amazing things — crazy fast times and distances,” she said. During lunch break, she often heads out of her office above Carbondale’s Crystal Theater to Red Hill, hiking the steep single tracks with her baby on her back while keeping a strong pace. During her free days, she heads to Leadville, or towards the Front Range to run the trails off of I-70. Fish has dedicated her life to the trail running lifestyle, and is now putting her knowledge to use organizing introductory trail running and wellness retreats for women. Her first course will take place this summer from July 30 to Aug. 1 in Granby. (For more information about it, check out Fish’s Web site, Fish is also training for her first century race, the Leadville 100, happening this August.“I’ve been running trail races for a number of years,” she states. “I definitely scaled back the last two years after my son was born, and now I'm ramping it back up.” To train, she has been running with local strongwomen Joy Womack Schneiter and Sari Anderson, who will be her pacers during the race. Their job is to keep her motivated, which is critical if she’s going to succeed in her first 100. If she can’t run it in less than 30 hours, she’ll be disqualified.

Elinor Fish, managing editor at Trail Runner magazine in Carbondale. Photo by Woods Wheatcroft When it comes to offering tips to aspiring trail runners, Fish points out that sometimes taking along an energy drink can be more important than being in optimal shape. A drink can allow runners to go further than they otherwise think is possible. “What is more limiting than fitness is lack of nutrition on the trails,”she says, then adds, “and respect the weather.” Fish says she learned that lesson the hard way atop Mount Sopris in a thunderstorm. “There were lightning bolts all around me,” she says with a nervous laugh. “We don’t have thunderstorms like that where I come from.”

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Community Calendar

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READING BASH • The Pitkin County Library presents the Splish Splash Reading Bash from 2 to 4 p.m. Water-themed activities, games, refreshments and sign ups for summer reading programs for all ages. More info:

ARTIST RECEPTION • An artist reception and fundraiser for photographer and former Colorado Mountain College professor William Meriwether is held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the CMC gallery, 831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Meriwether is fighting cancer and money raised will help defray his medical expenses. More info: 947-8367.

TRAIL WORK • Roaring Fork Outdoor Vo l u n t e e r s seeks volunteers for two trail work days in recognition of National Trails Day. Volunteers will work on the Highline Trail near Snowmass Village from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will build new trail along lower Elk Creek near New Castle from 8:30 to 5 p.m. More info:, 927-8241.

Anasaziand Mimbre-inspired art from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ann Korologos Gallery, 211 Midland Ave., Basalt. More info: 927-9668,

CRMS GRADUATION • Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s graduation takes place at 10 a.m. on the lawn near the CRMS Barn at 1493 County Rd. 106. More info:

ART CENTER PARTY • The Wyly Community Art Center celebrates from 1 to 3 p.m. the grand opening of its new location in the former Basalt Library, 99 Midland Ave., Basalt. More info: 927-4123,

DIVORCE CLASS • A Parenting Through Divorce Class takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class required to finalize divorces in many jurisdictions. Registration: 963-1010.

BULL WARS • Carbondale Wild West Bull Wars, a bull riding-only event with 45 bulls, comes to the rodeo grounds on Catherine Store Road at 7:30 p.m. $10. More info:

TRAIL WORK •Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers holds a work session from 5:30 p.m. to dusk to build new single track on the Wulfoshn Open Space in Glenwood Springs. Tools, dinner and refreshments provided. More info: 927-8241, RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo runs Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. from June 3 to Aug. 19 at the Gus Darien rodeo grounds on Catherine Store Road west of town. $8 per person, or $25 per carload of up to six people. More info:

FRI. & SAT. June 4-5 CAR SHOW • The Cruisin’ the Rockies car show comes to Carbondale Friday afternoon and Saturday with live rock ‘n’ roll, cruise night, door prizes and more. More info: 945-1008, 945-5074, CHILI & BREW FEST • Snowmass Village hosts the Chili Pepper and Brew Fest with chili competitions and tastings; microbrew tastings; and music with the Wailers, George Clinton, Brett Dennen, and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. More info and tickets:, 925-1663.

FIRST FRIDAY • Shops and galleries on Main Street and elsewhere around town host receptions and events starting at about 6 p.m. See page 21 for details. ARTISTS RECEPTION • The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts hosts a reception for 13 wild women artists at 6 p.m. More info:, 945-2414. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “City Island” (PG-13) at 8 p.m. June 4-10; “Oceans” (G) at 6 p.m. June 5 and “Babies ” (PG) at 6 p.m. June 6. LIVE MUSIC • Bad Willie brings electric blues at 9 p.m. to Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. No cover. More info: 928-8813.

SAT. & SUN. June 5-6 STUDIO TOUR • The seventh annual Roaring Fork Studio Tour takes place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring more than 80 artists from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Maps, $15, available at the June 4 reception and Alpine Bank locations around the valley. More info: 963-9647,

HORSE CLINIC • Skyline Ranch at 356 County Road 101 hosts an open house and free horse clinic with reining, dressage and all-around trainers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your horse or one will be provided. To register: 948-0357. CERAMICS DEMO • Ceramicist Michael Wisner presents a live demonstration of his

CONTRA DANCE • A community contra dance takes place from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Live old-time music by the Last Minute String Band. Fun, non-alcoholic, aerobic. Beginners’ lesson at 7:30 p.m. $8. More info: 9450350, CALENDAR page 11

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June 18-19, 25-27 and July 1-3 (June 17 Preview) Curtain, All Performances, 7:30 p.m. except Sunday Matinee, 2 p.m. Tickets & Information: or 970-963-8200

Community Calendar STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. hosts live music by Eliza Blue. More info: 963-3304, LIVE MUSIC • Already Gone plays live at 9:30 p.m. at Carnahan’s Tavern, 403 Main St. More info: 963-4498.

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TUESDAY June 8 ICE CREAM SOCIAL • Garfield County libraries host ice cream socials while registering people for their summer reading programs. The first 200 children to stop by receive ice cream. The Gordon Cooper Library’s ice cream social takes place at 10

STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. presents the Rooftop Comedy Festival. More info: 963-3304,

June 10 BIZ WORKSHOP • The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center hosts a Do-ItYourself Market Research Workshop at Colorado Mountain College, 0255 Sage Way, Aspen. Tips for figuring out the size of the local market, identifying competitors, targeting consumers and more. More info and to register: 945-5158, JOURNALING CLASS • The Wyly Community Art Center, 99 Midland Ave., Basalt, presents a workshop, Journaling Down Under, with author Elizabeth Welles from 1 to 4 p.m. $55. More info: 927-4123. TRAIL WORK • Roaring Fork Outdoor

WEDNESDAY June 9 ROTARY MEETING • The Carbondale Rotary Club plans its classic event,The Happen-

Volunteers holds a work session from 5:30 p.m. to dusk to build new single track on the Wulfoshn Open Space in Glenwood Springs. Tools, dinner and refreshments provided. More info: 927-8241,

June 11 ART TALK • Author, performer and artist Elizabeth Welles talks about her work at 6 p.m. at the Wyly Community Art Center, 99 Midland Ave., Basalt. Free. More info: 927-4123,

June 12 & 13 HORSE SHOW • The Advocate Safehouse Benefit Horse Show starts at 8 a.m. both days at Aspen Equestrian Estates. Free for spectators. More info: 945-2632.

June 13 SPIRITUAL SPEAKER • Sonny Conley speaks live at 10 a.m. at A Spiritual Center at its new location in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. More info: 963-5516,

MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR · Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St. CLAY CAMPS • The Carbondale Clay Center is now registering for summer clay camps. For more info and schedules:, 963-2529. EMBROIDERY MEETING • The Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets the second Monday of the month. Beginners welcome. Bring a new or unfinished project. More info: Becca, 945-7434. CASTLE TOURS • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle run Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. despite the ongoing renovations. Tickets: Tiffany of Redstone, The crystal Club Café and the Redstone General Store. Adults, $15; seniors, $10. More info: 963-9656 or REFORMERS UNANIMOUS • Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based program for those who are struggling with addiction,

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a.m., June 8. The Glenwood Springs Library’s event is at 1 p.m. June 9. More info:

meets at 7 p.m., Fridays, at Crystal River Baptist Church, 2632 Highway 133. More info: 963-3694 VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP • The Roaring Fork Combat Veterans Support Group, to help combat veterans of all conflicts find relief and camaraderie, meets at 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Circle Club, 123 Main St. More info: (303) 613-6191, ART CLASS • Kahhak Fine Arts and School at 411 Main St. offers classes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Teacher Majid Kahhak has 30 years experience teaching painting classes. More info: 704-0622, SENIOR MATTERS CLASSES • Senior Matters offers a variety of classes and clubs weekly, throughout April and beyond, at its room in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. Acting classes, book club, storytelling class, singing group, tai chi, basket weaving. Free or small fee. More info: 963-2536.

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Roaring Fork Valley walkers go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Roaring Fork Valley. This celebration of life brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back. Teams of citizens will gather at the Carbondale Middle School track for an overnight relay against cancer from 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 to 8:30 a.m. Aug. 14. Highlighting the relay event is the Luminaria Ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. Luminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions. Relay For Life teams are forming now, and interested individuals can participate in the Roaring Fork Valley Team meeting at 7 p.m. June 3 at Saint Mary’s of the Crown Catholic Church. The theme of the evening will be “Fun in the Summer Sun.” At this event, there will be information on the relay and how to form a team as well as prizes and dinner. Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is also available from Katie Erikson at (218) 3493303 or by visiting RSVP for the meeting to Erickson at or (218) 349-3303) or to Ann Keeney at or 948-6122.

Senior Matters will return to this year’s Carbondale Wild West Rodeo to raise funds for the Carbondale Senior Center. The group is seeking volunteers for its snocone concession stand for the third year. Volunteers will “enjoy the thrills of the rodeo while you’re making sno-cones and having fun with a great team of volunteers and community friends,”states a Senior Matters press release. For more information and to sign-up for any Thursday, June 3 through Aug. 19, contact Diane at 963-2536.

Thursday night trail work begins Volunteers are invited to come any Thursday evening in June to help Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) build new single-track at the Wulfsohn Open Space in Glenwood Springs. Work sessions will be from 5:30 p.m. to dusk June 3, 10, 17 and 24. “The new trail, uphill from the main Wulfsohn Trail, will traverse some fairly rough terrain and add to the recreational opportunities for hikers and cyclists already accessing this favorite local park,” states an RFOV press release. RFOV and its project partners — the city of Glenwood Springs and Alpine Bank —-will provide the tools, materials, leadership and dinner. Although volunteers are encouraged to sign up at, pre-registration is not required. Parking will be in the Glenwood Springs Community Center lot, near the community gar-

den. All participants must register. RFOV asks that participants leave pets at home, as they do not make safe project participants. For more information, go online at, email, or call 927-8241.

Teaching peace through yoga Well-known yoga teacher David Sye, uses yoga to promote peace in the world, is coming to the U.S. for the first time this month. He makes a stop in Carbondale on June 12-13 at Creative Sparks Studio at the Third Street Center. The tour is booked, and he will be in Boulder, Basalt, Carbondale, and Denver during the first two weeks of June. He has brought yoga to soldiers in Bosnia and has attempted to use it to bring Palestinians and Israelis together. He is a musician, and in order to drown out the sounds of war while in Bosnia, he used music as an integral part of his unique yoga dance. Sye will lead the following workshops while he is in the area: a Yogabeats workshop, a practice driven by music and rhythms; “The Spontaneous Dance of Life” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12; “Chocolate Meditation, June 12 in Basalt; and “Pure Intelligence with the Ability to Play” from 4 to 7 p.m. June 13 in Carbondale For more information, contact Kendra Wexler at Transformation Yoga, or 618-0206.

Pig roast to benefit YouthEntity YouthEntity (formerly known as Computers For Kids) hosts a Cuban-cuisine-themed

fundraiser, including a pig roast, beer and whiskey tasting, music and live auction from 6 to 9 p.m. June 26 at the Aspen Glen Club, 545 Bald Eagle Way. This year’s live auction features a six-day, six-night African safari with accommodations. View and purchase this and other auction items in advance by visiting Pig roast tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple. For more information or to register for the event, contact Melissa at 379-5608 or or visit A portion of the ticket cost is taxdeductible. To make a general donation, mail a check to YouthEntity, P.O. Box 1989, Carbondale, CO, 81623. Computers For Kids Foundation, doing business as YouthEntity, is a non-profit organization providing real-world learning experiences that develop financial knowledge, cultivate business experience, and build technological skills.

Carnival discount passes available Thrills, chills and a good dose of tummy twisters will be in abundance at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s 2010 Strawberry Days Carnival, sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Mall. The carnival takes places at the Glenwood Springs Mall parking lot June 17-20. Unlimited ride one-day passes are available at a discount in advance for $18 through COMMUNITY BRIEFS page 13


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Community Briefs continued from page 12 June 16 during regular business hours at Safeway (2001 Grand Ave.) and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (1102 Grand Ave.). Unlimited ride one-day passes will be available at the carnival for $25, and individual tickets will be sold for $1 each. Carnival parking is very limited so people are encouraged to utilize the free Ride Glenwood buses. Bus pick up at various lo-

cations and drop off at the Glenwood Springs Mall. The 113th annual Strawberry Days Festival will be held June 18-20 at Sayre (Strawberry) Park. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit or contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589.

Art Briefs

For the sixth year in a row, chalk art will be a part of Carbondale Fourth of July celebration. Though the Fourth is a month away, it's already time to sign up. Courtesy image

Freedom in Chalk For the sixth year, Chalk Art is returning to Carbondale’s Fourth of July festivities and all budding or full-bloom artists are encouraged to communicate their ideas of freedom through chalk drawings. There are 23 slots for artists to participate. Chalk boards range in size from 2-by-2 feet and 3-by-4 feet. Masterpieces will be displayed July 4 in Sopris Park and then moved to the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center in downtown for at least a full month. Chalk art works by Roaring Fork High School students, who have been expressing their freedom with art teacher Leslie Keery, also will be on display. Reserve your chalk board by calling Annie at 963-9559 . Chalk boards will be delivered starting June 1 and must be finished and taken to Sopris Park on July 4.

Visiting artists’ work on display Anderson Ranch Arts Center presents “Made: Artist Projects at Anderson Ranch,” an exhibition highlighting work made through the long standing Anderson Ranch Visiting Artist Program. The show includes works by artists Enrique Martínez Celaya, David Hilliard, Charles Long, Pattie Lee Becker, Hedwig Broukaert, Peter Voulkos, Takashi Nakazato, Brad Miller, Adam Chapman and Tom Andersen. The exhibition will feature woodblock

prints, ceramics, sculpture, digital media and photography. “Made: Artist Projects at Anderson Ranch” are on view June 1-30 in the Patton-Malott Gallery. This exhibition coincides with the opening of “Mariana Vieira,” a solo exhibition featuring work by photographer Mariana Vieira in the Gideon Gartner Gallery. Anderson Ranch will host an opening reception for both exhibitions from 5 to 7 p.m. June 8 in the Patton-Malott and Gartner galleries located on the second floor of the Dows Barn administration building.

Artists reflect on Aspen art The Aspen Art Museum announces the group exhibition, “Restless Empathy,” which will remain on view through July 18. A free public reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 24. Admission to the museum is free. For “Restless Empathy,” the Aspen Art Museum has invited eight artists — Allora and Calzadilla, Pawel Althamer, Marc Bijl, Lara Favaretto, Geof Oppenheimer, Lars Ø. Ramberg, Frances Stark and Mark Wallinger — to create new projects or rethink existing bodies of work throughout the museum and the town of Aspen itself. “While representing a wide range of practices and frames of reference, these artists share a capacity for creating and exploring empathy in unexpected ways,” states a museum announcement. THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 3, 2010 • 13

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Bridges High School Though the wind tossed some tassels during the Bridges High School graduation, it was also obvious that the onlookers were blown away by the speeches delivered, and the honors and scholarships earned by the graduates. Bridges High School graduated 34 students on Friday, May 28. Co-valedictorian Sophie Sakson delighted her classmates and the audience with a presentation that was part speech, part performance. Then Jacob Russo, who also was honored as valedictorian, tapped his musical talents and serenaded the gathering. Matthew Piccolo earned a spot as saltuatorian.

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Jacob Russo (left) and Matt Groth

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From left: Mireya Gutierrez, Stephanie Antillon, Adrian Hermosillo and Iris Fernandez

Roaring Fork High School These RFHS students had one thing in common last Saturday: They were all graduating. But each of them responded to the big day in a different way. Whether they displayed flags, feathers or other decorations on their mortar boards; whether they sported sneakers or high heels; and whether they gathered in groups or quietly contemplated the day, their individuality was on display. Fifty-seven students graduated from Roaring Fork High School last Saturday, and 25 of them were awarded about $536,000 in scholarships. Three valedictorians –– David Ackerman, Daniel Pulver and Adrianna Romero –– stepped up to the podium during the ceremony to offer their classmates a few words of wisdom. They spoke of the uncertainties all of them are sure to face, both personally and in the wider context of the troubled international economy, the ailing environment and ongoing wars abroad. But they also offered words of encouragement. “I hope you all go through hard times,” Romero said, “that life pushes you until you can’t go any further.” After all, she said, that’s when the true growth and learning begins.

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Place your best foot forward As we approach the warm days of summer, with each step you take you can feel the vibrant earth beneath your feet. Opening and balancing the feet creates a strong, firm foundation from which you can become light, open and resilient. The alignment of the feet ripples up the body and impacts the legs, knees, pelvis and lower back. Doing these simple yogabased foot exercises can balance your foundation and enhance every step you take. For this series you’ll need a chair, a tennis ball, and bare feet.

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“Flointing” the feet

Sitting in a chair, lift the right foot slightly off the floor. Hold the back of the right thigh for support. From your ankle begin to By Sujata Stephens make small, fluid circles with your foot. Slow and easy does it. After five circles, reverse your circling direction. Smooth out the stuck places with easy awareness. Now flex your foot by extending outwards with the heel and drawing the toes back toward your shin. This action lengthens the back of the calf. Now point your foot and observe how this lengthens the front of the shin. Find the place in the middle where the base of the toes and the heel both reach outward and the toes draw back towards the shin. Fan your toes from big toe to baby toe. Looking at the toes helps! This yoga foot alignment equally opens the front and back of the leg and begins to balance the feet,

half way between a flex and a point we call a ”floint.” Now repeat the entire series with the left foot.

Teasing open the roots Much like a pot-bound plant, our feet spend a lot of time encased in shoes. A great way to tease open your foot roots is by rolling the foot on a tennis ball. Stand alongside a wall or your chair for better balance. Imagine the sole of

The alignment of the feet ripples up the body and impacts the legs, knees, pelvis and lower back. the foot as having three parallel lines. The first runs from the big toe mound to the inner heel; the second runs from the base of the third toe to the center heel. The third runs from the little toe mound to the outer heel. Balancing on your left leg, place the tennis ball under your right foot. Slowly roll your foot back and forth along the first line. Apply just the right amount of pressure on the ball to give your foot a delicious massage. You are gently opening tight muscles and connective tissue on the sole of the foot. After five rolls, move the ball to the second line for five rolls and then to the third line for five rolls. Once you’ve completed rolling on your right foot, stand with your feet hip distance apart and parallel – this is mountain pose. Observe how the bottom of the right foot is more open and balanced and

is rooted to the earth below. Repeat the series with your left foot.

Establishing the four corners Each foot has four corners: the big toe mound, the inner heel, little toe mound, and the outer heel. Much like balancing the tires of a car, evenly distributing weight on all four corners of the foot creates harmonious integration of the feet, knees, pelvis and low back. In the standing position, lift the right heel all the way up until your weight is on the big toe mound. Feel the solidity of corner one. Then from the grounding of the big toe mound, reach the inner seam of the foot back to corner two – the inner heel. Maintaining the connection to the earth through corners one and two, lift the toes up to establish the weight into corner three – the little-toe mound. Reach the outer edge of your foot back to anchor corner four – the outer heel. Repeat with the left foot. Inner edge first, then add the outer edge. A shorthand version, which is highly therapeutic, is to lift all the toes up. Feel the even distribution of weight downwards through all four corners of each foot and the simultaneous lightness of the arches lifting upwards. Invite the muscles of the foot and legs to hug onto the bones and up the legs. Keep the leg muscles hugging in and up as you root the leg bones down and spread your toes onto the floor. This exercise creates a natural arch support. You can benefit greatly by doing this one periodically during your day.

Best foot forward Stand in mountain pose with your open and enlivened feet. Feel your legs and feet root deeply into the support of the earth. Rooting down, the torso and crown of the head buoyantly rise upwards towards the sky. As you move into your day, whether its to walk, hike or do more yoga, every step you take can create greater balance and freedom. Sujata Stephens is a certified Anusara yoga teacher with an ERYT-500 rating. She has studied and taught yoga extensively since 1974. Email

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Dear Editor: Doctors of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine have called on all physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid genetically modified (GM) foods. They have also called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies and labeling. Their position paper stated that “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation problems, and changes in major organs and gastrointestinal problems.” For more information about this, go to the Web site of the Institute for Responsible Technology. This bad news is, of course, the horrible threat that GM crops pose to non-GMO crops by uncontrollable contamination, and the threat they thus pose to the planet’s

biodiversity. It is not too difficult to avoid GM foods, although it may add a bit to your food budget. But better to pay a bit more for healthy food now than a ton of medical bills later, for perhaps insoluble problems. Buy organic where possible as no organic foods have GMO ingredients. Avoid nonorganic processed foods containing corn, soy, canola and cottonseed and derivatives thereof as nonorganic forms of these crops are almost all GMO. For a more detailed shopping guide, go to Write to the FDA and to your representative and senators telling them you want a moratorium on GM crops. Mary Boland Carbondale

Vote for Munk and Lundquist Dear Editor: I'm writing as a mother of two young children with some important information about their future, and yours. Very soon, you’ll be getting a ballot in the mail from Holy Cross Energy asking you to vote for two members of the board. I’m asking you to please vote for Dave Munk and Erik Lundquist. Both Dave and Erik understand that a future based on energy efficiency and clean power puts more money in our pockets, and avoids the risk of price spikes from coal and natural gas volatility. Their goal is also to reduce pollution in Colorado, and help create jobs here in our region. There will be a second question about who can vote in elections. Please protect co-op democracy and retain your right to elect board members co-op wide. Vote “no” on the geographic district question. Jenifer Seal Cramer Glenwood Springs

Munk and Lundquist for our kids Dear Editor: As a mother with two young children, I’m writing to urge you to vote for Dave Munk and Erik Lundquist in the Holy Cross elections. How our utility is run will be a key part of what kind of world our children will live in. Erik and Dave (who also have young children) understand that cleaner energy and energy efficiency means not just less pollution, but more local jobs and stable prices. They are a fresh new voice who will listen to your concerns. Also please vote “no” on the geographic district question. Protect your right to vote for all board members. Thank you. Ellen Freedman Basalt

Munk for jobs and the environment Dear Editor: Clean energy and energy efficiency are important for the environment, but they’re equally important for jobs. As we invest in both, we create more opportunity for Colorado. Business as usual doesn’t do that. That’s why I’m voting for Dave Munk for the Holy Cross board by mail-in ballot this week. Dave is a fresh new voice who gets the jobs/clean energy connection. I’m also voting “no” on the geographic district quesLETTERS page 19

Letters continued from page 18 tion. Holy Cross has run well for 70 plus yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;why change how we vote now? David Cramer Glenwood Springs

Meet Dave Munk Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to introduce and endorse Dave Munk to Holy Cross members who may not already know him. I have known Dave for over 20 years and can speak without hesitation regarding his judgment and values. Dave approaches his work with passion and energy, and his career in energy efficiency has prepared him well for this position with Holy Cross. His work with other utilities in various parts of the country has expanded his knowledge of best practices that will benefit our communities. Efficiency is a key virtue in business and in energy, and Dave has built his career on this aspect of the energy utility business. I have resided in Glenwood Springs for over 60 years, and have been active in banking and related businesses for over 50 years. Since I live within the city limits of Glenwood Springs, I cannot be a member of Holy Cross. However, I know the importance of having knowledgeable and capable individuals in decision-making roles in energy-providing entities through my association with the Glenwood Springs Electrical Department while mayor of Glenwood Springs. Although I cannot vote in this election,

I know that Dave Munk will be a tremendously valuable asset to the Holy Cross board of directors, and the region overall. I also know that Dave is a solid family man as he is my son-in-law. I am very proud of his accomplishments in the energy field. Donald L. Vanderhoof Glenwood Springs

Munk for a better future Dear Editor: Right now, kids have more mercury in their bodies than ever before in history. More kids have asthma than ever before. A significant part of the reason for this is the burning of coal to create electricity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to try to move away from this dirty resource, which also adversely affects climate change. Fortunately, you have a chance to help do that by voting for Dave Munk for the Holy Cross board. Dave will steer our utility in the right direction toward cleanerburning energy sources. Please vote for Dave via mail-in ballot. Chris Lane Basalt

Vote for Munk Dear Editor: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not already received your ballot to elect two board members for Holy Cross Energy you will shortly. Please vote for Dave Munk. He brings 15 years of experience working with utilities of all sizes to design and

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implement successful energy efficiency programs. Dave believes delivering the best service means developing strategies and policies that use resources most efficiently while identify resources that reduce environmental harm. In the other race you have two great candidates to choose from and either will contribute greatly to advancing clean energy goals on the Holy Cross board. Last, vote â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? on the geographic re-districting question. It seeks to reduce your ability to shape the future of the Holy Cross board. Jennifer Hamilton Carbondale

Munk will make Holy Cross great Dear Editor: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election time once again for the members of Holy Cross electric. If you pay your electric bill to Holy Cross you are an owner of that company and hold your energy future in your hands. You can determine your future bills, your environment, your power and your democracy. The way to do that is to vote for Dave Munk when you get your mail-in ballot. Dave is a longtime valley resident with a young family and deep experience in energy issues. He is committed to listening to your perspective and increasing Holy Crossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts on efficiency, which save you money, and clean power, which keeps prices stable and our air clean. Please also vote for co-op-wide elections (a â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? vote on the ballot ques-

tion). Board members represent us all, so you should be able to vote for them. There is no disputing that Holy Cross has done well for itself and its members. It is now time to take it the next step: doing great for its members. To do that it needs new leadership. Dave Munk is ideally suited to take that step. Please vote. Artie Rothman Carbondale

Munk for a clean-energy future Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: This letter was originally addressed to Holy Cross customers. Your vote determines the values and policies that guide how we use, conserve, and obtain the reliable electrical power we enjoy. Utility cooperatives such as Holy Cross Energy are at the nexus between electrical power generation and our productive uses of that power. Our good common sense teaches us that for electrical service to remain reliable and affordable, our energy uses must evolve with the future we create. Our collective sustainable energy future will be far more efficient than it is today. It will evolve from the digging, drilling, extraction and burning industries that have powered our world economies since the industrial revolution. It will evolve to an abundant and diverse mix of clean, affordable, renewable and conventional energy sources. LETTERS page 20

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Letters continued from page 19 Holy Cross members will greatly benefit from Dave Munk’s unique qualifications, experience and leadership skills. He works every day with utilities and energy efficiency programs nationwide. He is well versed in the range of efficiency and sustainable energy programs that utilities all over the country have found to be successful. Dave has remarkable leadership skills, backed by knowledge and experience. Dave is a team player and strategic thinker. I encourage you to return your ballot to Holy Cross with a vote for Dave Munk. Cast your ballot before the June 4 deadline. Ken Olson Carbondale

Get out and vote Dear Editor: It’s great to see all the coverage and attention that has come with the Holy Cross director election. Members should be interested and involved — and not only during elections. Your vote counts! The last election was decided by a mere 30 votes. Please consider your options and please be sure to vote carefully to meet all voting requirements: ballot sleeve, mailer envelope with member name printed and signed, plus a stamp. If you need a replacement ballot or envelope, please call Holy Cross at 945-5491, as there is still time

to receive a new one and mail your vote to arrive by June 4. I encourage you to study the Holy Cross newsletter to review all candidate profiles, or find them online at news?id=14. Candidate questionnaire replies are posted at My positions and specific ideas are also posted at While the public dialogue has gravitated toward the topic of green power, I believe that this is an area where Holy Cross is doing well and is actively pursuing reasonable opportunities, particularly with local renewable generation. These efforts should continue and expand as financially sensible opportunities become available. My priorities include expanding and improving energy efficiency programs using best practices from successful utilities around the country, increasing member services and options, and more member communication. These have always been my platform, and these are areas where we can build on Holy Cross Energy’s outstanding foundation of service reliability and low energy costs. Whatever the outcome of this election, I want to thank you for your interest and for taking the time to make an informed vote. Our co-op is stronger for your involvement. Dave Munk Carbondale

Studio tour continued om page 7 digital printouts of more horses and dogs, and colorful abstracts made of feathery strokes and soft-edged geometrics. Moore owns Summers Moore Photography, and has always been fascinated with camera work. Her dad was a photographer who would make the kids pose for hours, and Moore says she “grew up with a camera in my hand.” “There’s something in that art form that just holds me,” she sighed, gazing at the sunlight and shadows on a photo of an elephant. She has been shooting professionally since 2004 and has shown her works in shows around the valley. It wasn’t until 2008 that she started drawing, in part because she likes to experiment. Charcoal, pastel, Japanese ink, paint –– she plays with it all. For instance, Moore got the idea for a series of mixed-media horse “sketches” last year while washing some dishes with steel wool one night. “It makes pretty good movement,” she said. “It’s just play, experiment. I feel like the mad professor sometimes. It makes me smile to try different things.” Her latest adventure is to take her

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sketches, scan them into digital files and “mess with them” on the computer. Then she prints the images onto “yummy, handmilled, raggy paper.” Though Moore has been lucky enough to travel to different continents, photographing orange-ribbed dunes in Africa and blue-crusted icebergs in Iceland, horses in the U.S. have enchanted her for years. The hoofed animal is central to her varied and eclectic artwork, and is the root of her gallery’s name. “The horse is very primary in my work; it has been very therapeutic for me. After my husband died [in 2007], it was they that got me through it,” Moore said. Horses and artwork have provided an outlet in what she calls “a brave new world.” She is grateful for the supportive Carbondale community, too, and views the studio tour as an opportunity to give back. Moore is grateful to the tour organizers for boosting her confidence and encouraging her to be part of a tour that also includes nationally recognized artists. “I’m just a fresh little artist coming into this community with big, round, open eyes,” she said.

The seventh annual Roaring Fork Studio Tour gets under way with an artists’ reception from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, during the First Friday festivities. It will feature a gallery exhibition, live and silent auctions, live entertainment, a cash bar and culinary offerings from Carbondale’s top restaurants. Admission is free and the reception takes place at the new CCAH Center for the Arts in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. The studio tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6. Select studios are open one day only. For details, pick up a map at the artists’ reception, at the Carbondale Community School at 1505 Satank Rd., or at Alpine Bank locations throughout the valley. Maps are $15. For more information, visit

First Friday happenings

The Carbondale Clay Center presents a retrospective featuring the ceramics of Steven Colby. Colby was a resident at the center years ago and is now bound for grad school. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 135 Main St. For more information, visit or call 963-2529. Carnahan’s Tavern hosts the Carbondale All Stars featuring Geoffrey Morris, Dave Johnson, Lee Dudley and Bobby Mason. The rock and blues starts at 9 p.m. at the bar at 403 Main St. For more information, call 963-4498.

Dancing Colours presents “Music in Motion,” featuring photography by Jeff Britt and whimsical art by his daughter, Camy Britt. The show is part of the Roaring Fork Valley Studio Tour. Dancing Colours is located at 968 Main St. For more information, call 963-2965.

Majid Kahhak will paint live from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St. The painting will be inspired by the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, which kicks off June 3. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 704-0622.

The Parkside Gallery at Crystal Glass Studio will display the wood sculpture of Steven Brunelle; paper and clay works by Sara Runsford, which mimic the natural world; and sculpture in a variety of media by Peggy Cloy. A reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 50 Weant Blvd. Wine will be served. For more information, call 963-1401.

This First Friday, Majid Kahhak paints live at his shop on Main Street with inspiration from the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo (top right). The Parkside Gallery will display the works of Steven Brunelle (top left), Peggy Cloy (bottom left) and Sara Runsford (bottom right). Courtesy images

The artists at SAW (Studio for Art + Works) host a group show from 6 to 9 p.m. with snacks and refreshments. SAW will also participate in the Roaring Fork Valley Studio Tour with demonstrations and exhibitions. SAW is located at 978 Euclid Ave. For more information, visit

The seventh annual Roaring Fork Studio Tour kicks off with an artists’ reception and party from 6 to 10 p.m. at the new home of the Carbondale Council on the Arts

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Dr. Elizabeth Flood Spidell Dr. Spidell has joined our practice and is currently seeing patients at our Carbondale office. Dr. Spidell grew up in Glenwood Springs and is happy to be back in the Roaring Fork Valley. She most recently practiced at Mountain Family Health in Glenwood. “Roaring Fork Family Physicians is a true community medical practice, the kind of clinic I imagined myself working in when I chose to become a family physician” she notes. “RFFP exhibits a true commitment to caring for the surrounding community." Dr. Spidell enjoys treating a wide range of patients, with a special emphasis on women and children’s health, as well as minor procedures. We are pleased to welcome her to Roaring Fork Family Physicians. RICHARD A. HERRINGTON, MD GARY D. KNAUS, MD KIMBALL J. SPENCE, DO JOHN T. FINDLEY, MD CATHY A. WHITE, ANP Ivy J. Carlson, PA-C

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Summer: Time to tip our hats to the rodeo’s roots Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal by Charlotte Graham Sponsored by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society When it comes to summer fun in Carbondale, there are plenty of contenders for the title “best,” but it’s hard to beat the enthusiasm of the Wrangler-clad cowboys and girls dusting up Gus Darien’s arena come June.

Carbondale’s original roping club Thanks to a loose organization of local ranchers formed in 1948 called the Carbondale Roping Club, today’s Carbondale Wild West Rodeo has some pretty deep roots. How do I know? My Wednesday “tea dates” at the Mt. Sopris Historical Society museum lead to fun discoveries every week! For one thing, the museum’s front door faces the field that was once the Carbondale rodeo grounds, near what is now the Bridges High School building. This being the beginning of rodeo season, I just had to find out what the story was behind a big ol’ carved-wood plaque (an amazing work of art) that I see all the time that reads, “Carbondale Roping Club.”

Remember TV’s “Bonanza”? Remember how that show started? Four men ride up to the forefront, each astride a fine horse. That was the vision that popped in my mind when I read the names of the Roping Club members and saw, at bottom left, the Four Fenders: Bud, Harold, Ray, and William. “Hey,” I realized, “I know one of them!” William told some tales when I interviewed him for my book. Now 83, Bill is also featured in a color photo in the museum with one of the founders of the Carbondale Roping Club, Bob Perry. The photo dates back to 1952, when they won first prize in the“Head and Heel” competition in Tonopas, near Steamboat Springs. Bill still lives close by, so I got the history straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. The fact that I was two minutes late was immediately noted by Mr. Fender as I entered his home. The fact that I had in my hot little hands the aforementioned carved plaque was all that saved my butt from getting booted out the door. “I had to take a roundabout way,” explained this quick-thinking scofflaw. As I handed the pilfered plaque over to him along with the first prize photo, the tiniest bit of benevolent light broke through from one eye. He nodded me to sit. Something told me he was a “horse whisperer” before there ever was dreamed up such a name.

Lasso some more stories:

The first thing Bill asked me is if anyone has a photo of the rodeo grounds pre-World War II. So all you readers, take note, if you’ve got one, let me know. Then he leaned back in his recliner as he read down the list of names.Which ones were ropers and which were donor members, he remembered them all. “Bob Perry and Darcy Brown were the ones who really got the Roping Club going,” Bill said. “We had saddle bronc, bareback, calf roping and steer roping. They furnished the stock, fed ‘em and all.” With a little bull tossed in amongst the steer stories, Bill described how the first arena was made by a circle of cars. “I remember once when John McKay, on a white horse, went through those cars,” he recalled. He pointed to the wood fence seen in one of the photos,“While working for the Forest Service, I helped haul those aspen poles down off Sopris.” There was once a racetrack all around the arena where they had “walk, trot, run” races, Bill said, adding,“‘Shorty’ Wall always won!”

One cowgirl in the Crowd Only one woman participated in the roping club events: Nancy Perry Shaffer.Though back then she was just Nancy Perry – and she was only 15. “Nancy was the fourth in line of our children,” said her mother, Ruth “Ditty” Brown Perry. “She loved to ranch, still does.” Ditty was born into the D.R.C. Brown ranching family in Aspen. She would later marry Bob Perry whose family ranched in the Steamboat Springs area. So it stands to reason that their daughter would be riding, roping calves and competing in rodeos at so tender an age. Today, two of Ditty’s great-grandsons, Bruce Turnbull, 9, and his brother Duncan, 12, take part in the break-away calf roping and dally ribbon roping events, and have been practicing for the past couple years. That’s at least one tradition that lives on in spite of the significant social and physical changes that have come to the valley over the past four to five generations “When the school wanted the land for a football field, the rodeo grounds got moved to where it is today,” Ditty said. “They have a special place for the seniors to watch. Oh, it’s great fun!” The Roping Club began with a few ranchers letting off steam after a hard week of field work. Rodeoing was a time for them to play, have a good time with friends and family and fine tune their horseman’s skills. “Not to mention their fist skills,”added Bill at the end of our visit. But that’s another story! The rodeo is much the same today – minus the part about the fists. But like everything else, times were different then. For more on the roots of the Carbondale rodeo, visit

Make a point to stop in at the museum of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society at 499 Weant Blvd. and check out the photos and plaque (now back in its place). The photos are full of great memories of “the good ol’ days” of summertime in Carbondale. And for more tales of times past, peruse a copy of Charlotte Graham’s book, “Memoirs of a River .. Up the Crystal.”

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Above: The Carbondale Roping Club was the precursor of today’s Wild West Rodeo. It’s commemorated on a plaque in the museum of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society. Photo by Charlotte Graham Right: Half a century ago, races, roping, riding and more used to take place near present-day Bridges High School. Courtesy photo

Bull Wars, mutton bustin’ and bandits Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo rides again Rodeo press release The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo kicks off its eighth season today, June 3. It runs Thursdays until Aug. 19. “We are a small town rodeo with big time fun for everyone,” said Association President Dave Weimer. “We hope to see everyone there. It’s the place to be on Thursday night.” This year Amanda Payne of the One Arm Bandit and Company performing group will return for a special performance. On June 10, she’ll ride into the arena to round up some buffalo, mustangs or longhorn cattle. Then she’ll put them on a trailer. That’s right, “on,” not “in.” It’s a unique attraction. “For a small town rodeo, we have been lucky to have the One Arm Bandit to entertain us for the past four years,” said Mike Kennedy, vice president of the rodeo association. “When the bandit is in the arena, the whole place goes crazy.” The Carbondale rodeo will also collaborate with the Berentis Rodeo Company for a one night only Bull Wars

Event at 7 p.m., June 5, at the rodeo arena. It’s a bull riding-only event, and will feature 45 bulls and 35 to 40 riders from around the Western Slope. It also includes an up-and-coming division for riders 12 to 15 years old. Admission is $10, but since large prizes and a buckle will be in the offing, the event will likely attract some top contenders. “Bull riding is called the toughest sport on Earth,” said Jerry Berentis, a professional stock contractor and a member of the Colorado PRO Rodeo Association. “It’s insane to watch and I am excited to bring it to Carbondale for the first time.” And mark your calendars: on July 17 the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo” will return for the fourth time. This event is a benefit for the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer response group. The rodeo series is produced by a not-for-profit, volunteer association committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive.

Saddle up for the rodeo:

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo returns for another season of family fun tonight, June 3, at the rodeo grounds east of town. Photo by Shorty Williams/Sopris Photography

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo runs Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. from June 3 to Aug. 19 at the Gus Darien rodeo grounds on Catherine Store Road east of town. Admission is $8 per person, or $25 per carload of up to six people. Additional passengers are $5 a head. Children under 10 are free. Carbondale Wild West Bull Wars, a bull riding-only event with 45 bulls, is coming to the rodeo grounds at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Admission is $10 at the gate. For more information about the rodeo, visit the rodeo’s Facebook page, follow it on Twitter, or log onto

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ons Roaring Fork High School Project Graduation i t a l gratu 010! n o C F2 O S S PROJECT GRADUATION is a community effort to keep our high school seniors off the streets and safe on this CLA important night, and is completely supported by the generous donations and volunteer efforts of these businesses and individuals.

On behalf of all the Roaring Fork graduating class, those who know and love them, and the Carbondale emergency responders... “THANK YOU!” A4 Architects Crystal Valley Dental Assoc. Cici Kinney Jeannette, Diego & Heriberto Rubio Ace Hardware, Carbondale Cynoski LLC Laura Kirk Wayne & Susan Rudd Art & Carolyn Ackerman Dancing Colours L&L Cabinets, Inc. Mary Russell John & Marianne Ackerman Grace De La Sala La Maison Russets Skip & Susan Ackerman Patrick & Cathy Derby Jennifer Lamont Jeffrey & Laurel Sabo Ackerman Log & Timber, LLC Michael & Diane Doherty LaMorte and Company, LTD Salon Sublime James & Florence Adams Domino’s Pizza Ron Leach Sheri Sanzone Karen Adams Dos Gringos Burritos Jesus & Patricia Lopez John Sebesta Jean & Steve Alberico Down to Earth Gardening Marti & Carly Madsen Seven Star Rebekah Lodge #91 Dr. Albrecht - Headache & Back Center Dru Handy Custom Painting, Inc. Main Street Spirits John & Terrie Short American Legion Post 100 Robert & Lisa Dupre Joe Markham & Cindy Nett Sara Short American Legion Women’s Auxilary #100 Eagle Crest Nursery Andrea Marsh Skin Clinique Aria Salon Eagle's View Restaurant Barbara Mason Sopris Marketing Group Ashley Arndt Earthworks Construction Co. Joan Matranga Spuds, Subs, N' Suds Artists' Collective Kathleen Enman & Ronald Lane Michael & Barbara Maxson St.Mary of the Crown Alter Rosary Society Aspen Glen Club Sarah Everill Carly Merriott John Stroud Aspen Skiing Company Silveria Fabela MG Landscaping & Sports, Inc. Studio 2 B&H General Contractors Fatbelly Burgers Mi Casita Sunlight Mountain Resort Be Jeweled LLC Fireplace Company Vesela Mihaylova Tache Trim Cynthia Beck Silvia Flores Moes Southwest Grill Telephone Systems Consultants Bernardo Benitez & Angelica Rochin Robert & Amy French MR Maintenance & Repair, LLC Jennifer Tempest Berthod Motors, Inc. Ernie & Carol Gianinetti Mt. Daly Enterprises The Pour House Bethel Party Rental Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge & Pool Myers & Company Karen Thompson Joy Blong Glenwood Post Independent Nail Spa Thrift Shop of Aspen, Inc. Barbara Brines Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Napa Auto Parts Thunder River Theatre Company Betsy Browning Maria & Ruben Gomez Tyler Nicholson Town of Carbondale Café Ole & Dos Gringos Gran Farnum Printing RW & DA Nix Town of Carbondale Rec. Dept. Patti Cappa Grana Café Mel Olivas Paul Treadway & Tina Ortega Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection Dist. Grand Junction Pipe & Supply Pacific Sheet Metal, Inc. Trident Federal & Gene Schilling Carbondale Center LLC Garvik Construction, Inc. & Ken Garvik Peppino's Pizza Michelle Tucker Carbondale Mountain Fair Grow Store Lilia & Aureliano Perez Tyler Stableford Photography Carbondale School Bus Drivers Habitat for Humanity - Restore Brenda & Greg Peters Uncle Pizza Scott Carter Gwen & HP Hansen Tansyn & Travis Peterson Valley View Hospital, Community Relations Genoveva Casas Dan & Carolyn Hardin Doug Pratt Village Smithy Restaurant, Inc. Maria Casas Harmony Scott Fred & Delores Pulver Christy Villalobos City Market John & Julie Hawkins Duane & Lisa Raleigh Larry & Terri Wainwright Claddaugh Pub Sandy Henderson Flor Ramirez VR Walton Kay Clarke-Philip John Henderson & Angela Kincade Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course Wells Fargo Bank & Foundation Cobble Creek Landscaping, Inc. Lindsay & Hadley Hentschel Red Rock Diner & Bob Olenick West Sopris Creek Builders Colorado Mountain College Foundation Antonio & Mary Hernandez Redstone Art Center White House Pizza Comfort Inn & Suites Richard & Sheryl Herrington Redstone Castle Xi Gamma Tau Sorority Marilynn Cook Hestia Restaurant Redstone Company Store Ralph Young Copy Copy Holy Cross Energy Redstone General Store Youth Zone Mark & Barbara Courtney Home Stitchery Redstone Inn Brad & Nancy Zeigel Eugene Covello, DDS Tim & Ruby Honan Melissa Reynolds Zeta Epsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi Cowen Center Convenience Store Hunter Electric, Inc. RFHS Booster Club Zheng Asian Bistro Carol Craven Impressions of Aspen, Inc. RFSD Family Resource Center Nicki & Larry Zugschwerdt Kathy Cristler Innermountain Distributing Patricia Richards Crystal Dreams Brittany Johnson Dave & Terri Ritchie And Thanks to everyone who Crystal Glass Studio, Inc. Janet Johnson Roaring Fork Cabinets, Inc. purchased Raffle Tickets and/or Crystal River Grass Fed Beef David & Sandra Joyner Roaring Fork Family Physicians put cash in the Project Graduation Crystal River Liquor Mart Claudine Jones Tstee Roaring Fork Valley Co-op jars around town. Crystal River Spas Joy Bong Massage Therapy Chad & Jennifer Roeber Crystal Springs Builders, Inc. Gegory & Diane Kapaun Maria Romero

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The dress code for the modern Western guy By Rob Pudim/Writers on the Range High Country News First of all, I am not an expert in how Western women should dress, although after wandering around Denverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Great Western Stock Show this winter, the only rule I could see was that whatever a woman wears is supposed to be tight. Second, given that 99.9 percent of the men in the West do not qualify as cowboys, a group rapidly disappearing from the West, we should probably not wear cowboy clothes any more. John Wayne movies notwithstanding, real cowboys decades ago probably sported more dirt and dust than anything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d care to emulate. Despite this, I realize that some guys still want to dress in what they think of as Western style, and there do seem to be some rules about how to do it right. The first tip is to wear a shirt that has pearl snaps instead of buttons. The shirt can be plain, plaid, striped or even embroidered â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the more garish the better. They say the snaps prevent you from being pulled off your non-existent horse if the shirt gets caught on a branch. The bright colors are so somebody sees you dangling from the mesquite. The second rule is you have to wear Wranglers, because the seams that might chafe you on a horse are on the outside of your leg. The legs must also be way too long and bunch up on your boots so that when you get on your imaginary saddle, your pants wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ride up above your boot tops.

They say the snaps prevent you from being pulled off your non-existent horse if the shirt gets caught on a branch. The bright colors are so somebody sees you dangling from the mesquite. This leads naturally to the third rule, which decrees that your boots must cost an arm and a leg because they are made from ostrich, eel, elephant or snakeskin. Fourth, you have to have a big belt and a giant buckle announcing that you won first place while bullthrowing or maybe hornswoggling in an obscure local rodeo. Strangely, cowboy hats are now optional. However, if you do wear one, it has to be expensive and black. You have to wear it all the time, and should you, God forbid, take it off, remember to put it down rim up. As for accoutrements, bolo ties seem to be optional, and actual horses are unnecessary. Few Western males have one because horses are mostly owned by teenage girls, and the upkeep is the responsibility of their impoverished but doting parents. It is cheaper to maintain a Rolls-Royce than a horse. All of the above is your basic Western look. Over time, however, variations have emerged:

Ivy league West: If you are from an Eastern college and do not want to be confused with a local, choose a button-down shirt, tweed jacket, new jeans with a frighteningly pronounced crease and cowboy boots. Oh, and carry a book. Santa Fe artistic: You wear a jacket or vest with a geometric pattern and silver buttons. Ideally the jacket or vest should be made from an Indian blanket or Chimayo rug but the Pendleton blanket alternative is more common and cheaper. A ponytail in any color including gray and a watchband sporting chunks of turquoise are nice additions. Texas good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boy: Put on a bolo tie, big white hat and large belt buckle to mesh with a substantial beer belly. Your Wranglers, attached somewhere under your gut, should look as though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re held in place by magic. Wear your belly proudly: You won it by making a longtime commitment to beer and barbecue.

Saturday night buckaroo: Just dress like the early cinema cowboys Roy Rogers or Gene Autry and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pack a gun. You should look all hat, no cattle, as they say. Real cowboy: Maybe some men on the professional rodeo circuit are cowboys, but most of the real ones are drifter ranch hands barely paid more than the minimum wage. Most dude ranch hands are Easterners or guys from the Midwest who grow mustaches and put on twangy accents to pick up girls. Guys who really grew up on a working ranch donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have anything to do with horses and cows: They like ATVs or motorcycles. I read somewhere that the first cowboys were Native Americans forced by the Spanish to take care of their herds. Others were blacks riding herd for a white master. Many were poor uneducated white kids. The real cowboy outfit these days, is probably a gimme baseball cap, J.C.Penney or Wal-Mart shirts, worn jeans and lace-up trappers or ropers. Western duds are really all about practicality: If a horse pulls up lame or you have to walk a long ways, high-heeled, pointy-toed boots are not what you want on your feet. Nor do you want to find yourself walking in horse hockey with those pricey Tony Lamas. Rob Pudim is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News ( He observes the West and writes about it from Boulder, Colorado.





Wade in the Water: A weekend at the artposium Tailgate

by Cameron Scott

Photo by Copi Vojta/ “Half empty/half full… who cares. It matters how much water is in your glass. Because everything changes when there is not.” – Craig Childs For three days of spring, the Steam Plant in Salida filled with patrons and presenters for the 2010 Colorado Art Ranch Artposium: Wade in the Water. As a poet and part time fly-fishing guide, this particular artposium gave me the opportunity to not only spend half of the weekend

“hack-camping,” which consists of sleeping in the back of a pick-up in a tilted gulch on National Forest land (generally such situations ensue only after you’ve forgotten your tent and you’ve spent all your lodging money on gas), but to spend the other half of the weekend ruminating on water in the West. Intended to promote conversations on the intersections between art and science, land management and social issues, the Colorado Art Ranch is a nomadic organization that takes up residence for a few days at a time in various towns around the state. Its events are a chance for visual and literary artists to connect with scientists and policy makers. On the second morning of the event, I popped into the artposium to hear Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbes weave together a unique presentation of history, law and poetry. I was fresh from fishing for an hour on the Arkansas River, and I found the river in the judge’s words: “I call the green-backed cutthroat trout, / I call the nymph and hellgrammite, / I call the hatch to catch a wind, / I call upon the mountain track; / I call the scarlet to the jaw,” he read from his poem “Colorado Mother of Rivers,” which he had written in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Colorado’s instream flow law. Not long later, it was time for lunch. How often do you get to sit and eat with a Colorado Supreme Court justice? Navigating through the crowd, most of which had wandered outside to eat in the sunshine, I

plopped down across the table from Justice Hobbs. Not 200 yards away, the Arkansas, the fourth longest river in the United States, was rushing through the town’s white water park. Kayakers were paddling, dogs were chasing sticks and a single raft was floating by with fly fishermen pressed against lean bars, very seriously casting dry flies among the chaos. What trout would stick around long enough, let alone rise for the floating elk hair caddis through the murk of run-off, is no trout I’ve ever known. But then again I’ve seen trout do some strange things. In a moment of possibility, I began to feel, well, saucy. “Justice Hobbs?” I asked. “Hmm,” he said over his ham sandwich. Like most questions I have been pondering for a very long time, it came out in broken pieces, gasps and thrusts – poorly articulated. But in the end, it revolved around the ongoing legislative fight over whether recreational river users can walk, wander and/or float through private land. Justice Hobbs smiled and put it together. “Some things involve trespass,” he pondered.“As Martin Luther King proved, sometimes you have to go to jail. … Something may not be just, but it bends towards justice.” I would like to imagine that at that moment the table fell silent. That across the state from the wide open sage-filled ranches to the bustling metropolises of the Front Range,

The Disappeared The sun beats down on you because you are all that’s there walking the salt floor. The sun explodes, pours through cracks. The sun pushes you off course, silver mirages fill the landscape. The sun is all there is, and yet, you go to the driest place on earth to find water. Everywhere you can see the absence of water: meaning it was there. Nests of dried kangaroo rats, solitary side winder skins. The sun saturates you the color of sand dunes. Your mind stretches back to where the sand came from. You are walking on mountains. Rivers of wind. Echoes of rivers. Everywhere you look, dendritic patterns, a hydrology of shapes, water maps. Who are you? You try to find your way, but always have the feeling you are disappearing. Then suddenly: on the outer edges, a dragonfly comes at you, startling as a comet.

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Editor’s Note: After penning more than a year’s worth of great columns, Deerfly Diaries columnist Sue Melus has turned to other endeavors. When Cameron Scott isn't flyfishing he's typically flyfishing. When he isn't writing poetry he's writing poetry. His work has most recently appeared in the Burnside Review, Ghost Road Press, Marginalia, Mountain Gazette, Perigee, and Sugar Mule.



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S.O.U.L. COOKING CLASSES - Sustainable, Organic, Unprocessed & Local. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $40 includes lunch. Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn, Paonia. June 9th: Chicken in the Pot: free-range chickens braised with delicious sauces. June 16th: Chinese Dim Sum: dumplings, steamed dishes & other goodies. 30% off rates for participants. Dava 970-527-4374. YARD HELP WANTED High schooler needed to mow lawn, weed-wack & do yard work. 4 hours/week through summer, in town. Responsible, conscientious & detailed. $10/hour. Call Denise 379-9127.

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