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Home at last New CCAH Center for the Arts comes to the Third Street Center By Trina Ortega The Sopris Sun


From left, CCAH staff members Amy Kimberly, Ro Mead and Holly Gresset gaze into a bright future. With the arts council's transition to the Third Street Center, the options are wide open. Photo by Trina Ortega

t is nearly three times the space and double the rent, expectations are high and the future is wide open, but the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities has finally come home. Staff members at the nearly 40-year-old non-profit completed the move from 645 Main St. last week into the new CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center, where the arts council will be the anchor tenant. CCAH officially christened its new space last Friday by hosting an exhibition featuring work from the Carbondale Community School’s Artists Studio Tour in the new Ron Robertson Memorial Gallery. CCAH has replaced its former 800-square foot office and gallery space on Sixth and Main with 2,200 spacious, brightly lit square feet in the Third Street Center. The route to the new center for the arts may have been long and crooked, but with its classroom, formal gallery and offices the new center is a dream come true for all of the community members who have worked for it over the years. “We have a real home. We have a center for the arts,” said an overwhelmed but exuberant CCAH Executive Director Ro Mead.“There’s anticipation and apprehension all mixed in together. Are we going to be able to do everything we want to do? It doesn’t seem quite real. It’s so beautiful.” CCAH’s assistant to the director, Holly Gressett, was in a bit of disbelief as well during the week of the move. While answering phones, processing membership checks, and packing up boxes, she explained that when she first joined the staff several years ago, she thought CCAH would be moving sooner. “It feels unreal because we have been anticipating it for so long,” Gressett said. Gressett said the new gallery will better showcase the work of local artists. The community has typically packed CCAH’s little Main Street gallery during Carbondale’s monthly First Friday art walk. But the space was often so full that it was impossible to view the art. And in the Third Street Center, CCAH will be in good company. The center for the arts is located in part of an 11-sided building that was Carbondale’s old elementary school, built in the early 1960s. Eleven rooms, or “nodes,” branch off of a central “round room.” CCAH occupies some of those rooms and its neighbors are other art types: Jill Scher, Pat Winger, Andrea Korber, Karen Trulove and Dave Durrance have set up artists’ studios, and True Nature Healing Arts, Coredination Pilates, and Solar Energy International all have moved into nodes as well. The central round room is defined by arched wooden beams that elegantly converge at a newly constructed LONG ROAD page 8

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Soulsuckers I’ve figured out one of the greatest generational gaps of all time –– at least since the invention of the teenager: Every generation has grief with the younger generation’s music, i.e., Lawrence Welkers hated Elvis, Baby Boomers hated hard rock, and Generation X really hates The Jonas Brothers. (By the way, what is going on with the kids today?! In the ’80s we may have worn parachute pants and bright blue eyeliner, but at least we went out in the sun and ate carbs. And every other one of their bands is named for vampires! VAMPiRE, Vampire Weekend, Vampire Nation –– it’s like a whole generation of pasty-white, skinny little blood-suckers. Scary.) Anyway, the reason for this generational intolerance is that the older generation is only exposed to the top 40 of the younger generation’s music. The next generation always has good music, but it’s not necessarily on the record label’s radar. Those executives sure do love their soft core rock. For example, the Boomers had Jimi Hendrix, the Gen X-ers had punk, and I’m sure these kids today listen to something besides Everybody Wang Vampire Tonight. (Listen to me, I sound like a blue-haired little old lady, “These kids today.” Of course, when my generation gets that old we actually will have blue hair, as in Manic Panic’s Bad Boy Blue.) If I could go back and tell my teenaged self anything, I wouldn’t. Well, except maybe that there is no Permanent By Jeannie Perry Record –– that adults are just tired and using anything they can think of to maintain a sense of order. The time to make mistakes is when you’re young and foolish and not responsible for anything big enough to destroy an entire ocean. Not when you’re old and greedy and all of your soul has been sucked by Big Oil and Gas. “There are three kinds of people: the ones who learn by reading, the ones who learn by observation, and the rest, who have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Unknown. Hey, I’m not advocating peeing on fences, but if you’re gonna do it, do it while your arrest warrants will still be expunged. Trust me, the older you get the more it looks like incontinence rather than civil disobedience. Speaking of aging hippies, I recently got one of those Social Security notifications in the mail. If I retire at 72 (Have you noticed they keep pushing the age back?) as of right now I’d receive enough money each month to feed a medium-sized cat. My generation is small, even for a normal generation, so when I try to imagine us supporting the Boomers I can’t help but see an upside down triangle. Isn’t it obvious the whole system will buckle under the weight and come crashing down like a ride at Lakeside? I’ve been paying into Social Security since I was 16 years old, and for what? I’ll never see anything close to the amount I’ve contributed, yet as far as I can tell there’s no alternative. For such a “civilized” society, we sure are short-sighted; back-up plans don’t really seem to be our strong suit. Take BP’s colossal f$%k-up for example: “Drill, baby, drill” is going to turn into “Kill, baby, kill” when North America’s rain is contaminated by the chemicals they’re using to try to contain all of the oil gushing into the Gulf. Haven’t we been here long enough to wrap our heads around the whole self-contained planet thing? Is it so hard to understand that the Earth is like a self-cleaning oven and we are like old pizza toppings stuck to the bottom? I feel for the next generation. I may not like the mind-numbing pulse sound they call music, but I empathize with the condition of their inheritance. They didn’t ask for a toxic old hand-me-down worn out world anymore than I asked to pay into a governmental relic I’ll never see the return on. Maybe it’s a good thing they’re so pale; they’ll be used to it when we can’t go outside anymore.

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Wilderness never easy Dear Editor: I am writing to voice my support for the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal. As a 25-

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year resident of the Eagle Valley and one of the original developers of the town and ski resort of Vail, I cannot understate the importance of protecting the wild areas around us from overuse and development. My first experience with wilderness came when the U.S. Forest Service planned a road into the existing primitive area and proposed wilderness that is now, largely, the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Some of us opposed that, and the 10th Circuit Court in Denver agreed that only Congress –– not the Forest Service –– could establish wilderness boundaries. Several years later, the state and federal

A crew of valley folks reported hot weather and great wind for sailing in the Caribbean this spring after they competed in the annual Antigua Sailing Week regatta. From left, Cheryl Murphy, Herschel Ross, John Baker, and Brad and Terri Geddes took third place in their class, competing on a 50-foot yacht. Photo courtesy Art and Lucy Smythe highway departments and the Forest Service wanted to put a highway and tunnel through the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. It was known as the Red Buffalo Tunnel proposal. At that point, Skiing magazine publisher and Vail resident Merrill Hastings hired horses and together we took representatives from the Forest Service and the two highway departments along the route they were planning. That trip established that it would cost much more money than planned in order to mitigate the avalanche paths, and convinced them to build the highway over Vail Pass, where U.S. 6 was already located. I share those stories with you to help illustrate that there are many forces at work against protecting areas like Eagles Nest in the past, and the Hidden Gems in the present. When I first came to the mountains of Colorado, as a soldier in the 10th Mountain Division, massive elk herds spent their winters in the fields alongside the Eagle River. As the towns have developed and subdivisions and commercial developments have spread into those areas, the elk and many other creatures have all but disappeared from their traditional wintering areas. The Hidden Gems wilderness proposal plays an important role in checking this trend, because it seeks to expand existing wilderness down into lower elevations and create new wilderness areas in places that support big game populations in winter and spring, such as elk, deer and bighorn sheep. We need to preserve as much natural beauty as possible for future generations. This shouldn’t be about us old timers. It’s about future generations of young Americans. We have spoiled much of America, and need to preserve as much as we can for them. Bob Parker Grand Junction

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In the face of stagnant home sales, a request to relax deed restrictions in Keator Grove By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun Feeling the effects of the down economy, developers and owners of Carbondale’s Keator Grove subdivision have turned to the town trustees for relief. They’re asking that deed restrictions on the 52-unit development be relaxed and, in some cases, eliminated. They argue that until that happens, dark homes and vacant lots will remain in Keator Grove, where less than half of the units are occupied. Eliminating some restrictions would be “a way to jump start [sales] and get it occupied and turn it into the vibrant neighborhood we all envisioned years ago,” said David Myler, an attorney who has represented Keator Grove, LLC, the partnership behind the development, and the Aspen Skiing Company since Keator Grove, LLC, acquired the property in late 2007. Aspen SkiCo has purchased 30 of the Keator Grove units, originally planning to sell them to local working residents. But on Tuesday night when Myler presented the applicants’ requests to the town trustees, several members of the board –– including Frosty Merriott, Pam Zentmyer and Mayor Stacey Bernot –– said they were uncomfortable with rolling back the deed restrictions. “To unwind our housing guidelines and our restrictions is a pretty big risk,” Bernot said. At least one town staff member wasn’t surprised by the board members’ reservations. “The trustees have never reversed a deed restriction,” housing planner Kay Philip told the Sun. Before the trustees can actually vote on the deed restriction amendment, the planning and zoning commission will have to take it up. The applicants approached the trustees to gauge their response before taking the proposal further. The trustees eventually recommended Tuesday that the applicants proceed to the P&Z. At issue is a development that could have been a poster child for the benefits of deedrestricted housing (often called “affordable housing”), but which has instead languished with little demand for its units. Under the town’s affordable housing guidelines, the developers would have been required to provide eight units ranging in price from about $176,000 to about $416,000. Instead, as Myler described it Tuesday night, the partnership behind the development did a “good deed.” They provided eight units –– all of them two- or three-bedroom residences –– at about $218,000, as well as 30 market-rate units that would be capped to appreciate at a maximum of four to six percent per year. They also agreed to place “resident-owner” restrictions on all 52 units to require that they live in them for at least six months each year. Construction began in 2008 and then, as Myler put it in a letter to the board, “the recession intervened to decimate demand for the completed inventory.” Since then, Keator Grove, LLC, and SkiCo have struggled to attract buyers to the eight units. Before the worst of the recession hit, Philip said 42 people lined up to purchase the eight units priced at $218,000, and all of those units were sold. SkiCo purchased and built all 30 of the units with appreciation caps, but the company still owns all but approximately 12 of those units, according to Myler’s letter. Two of the remaining 14 units have been built, and one of them will be under contract if the resident-owner deed restriction is lifted, said Michele Dechant, a broker with Mason Morse realty. On Tuesday night Myler presented a proposal to eliminate the appreciation caps on the 30 units owned by SkiCo, and to remove the resident-owner restriction on the other 14 units, making them entirely free-market units. He said doing so would expose the units to a broader “universe of buyers.” He speculated that the market is too “soft” at the moment for the units to increase in value once the restrictions are removed.

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Trustee John Foulkrod stated that the town should relax the deed restrictions as requested. He argued that doing so would benefit the people who have already purchased appreciationcapped units and that removing the resident-only restriction would make the Keator Grove units more competitive on the market. “I’ve never been in favor of [the resident-owner] designation, period,” he said. “I think they’re less sellable compared to a free-market unit.” But he was the only trustee who came out strongly in favor of relaxing the restrictions. With arguments that contained strains of Carbondale’s characteristic slow-growth-versusdevelopment debate, Merriott and Zentmyer said they opposed portions of the proposal. “I believe we ought to have all [resident-owner] units going forward personally, philosophically,” Merriott said. “I’m not willing to look at taking off this appreciation cap myself.” Zentmyer agreed with him and stated that since 12 of the units haven’t yet been built and tested on the market, she’s uncomfortable adjusting their deed restrictions. She suggested starting with other, less significant deed restrictions amendments to gauge the reaction of the market. The trustees will take the matter up again after the planning and zoning commission considers it.

PlanecrashnearMarbleclaimsonelife By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun A Gunnison County Sherriff’s investigator described a Marble plane crash that claimed the life of the 39-year-old pilot as “bittersweet:” One life was lost, but the survivors had beaten the odds. Willliam Fritts of Osceola, Mo., was killed when his Beechcraft G35 crashed before 7 a.m. Sunday, June 6, in a heavily forested area of Daniels Hill, east of Marble. According to the Montrose Daily Press, Kelly Schauer, 21, and her mother, Jeryl, 56, of the Tucson, Ariz., area, were aboard the single-engine plane for a sightseeing tour when it crashed at about 8,100 feet. Kelly Schauer climbed from the wreckage, made her way to a cabin, and telephoned for help from an unoccupied house about 200 yards away. Bill Folowell, an investigator with the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Department, said that he rarely has seen anyone survive a plane crash in the area. The Schauers, who were reportedly camping in Marble, were taken to Valley View Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Folowell said. Kelly Schauer has been released.

The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District led the response, dispatching eight vehicles and about 30 personnel, according to a press release. By the time emergency personnel arrived on the scene the older woman was outside of the single-engine plane, which had been torn apart as it crashed through the trees, Folowell said. After arriving on the scene, emergency crews immediately spread flame retardant foam on fuel that had leaked from the damaged craft. Folowell said that if the fuel had ignited, the situation could have turned out much worse. He described the accident as “bittersweet.” “We were really fortunate we didn’t [lose] more than one person up there,” Folowell said. “All I can say is it’s a miracle the two ladies survived the accident.” The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, pending an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. KDNK News reported that the NTSB anticipated releasing an initial report within the next week. The full invetigation could take as long as a year and a half. ~Trina Ortega contributed to this story

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Fireboardpostponesnewappointment The Carbondale Fire District directors on June 2 tabled a decision to fill a vacancy on their board until July 7. The directors delayed their decision in order to interview one candidate, Kathy Ortiz, who was unable to attend the June 2 board meeting. The other candidates, all of whom attended the June 2 board meeting, are Bob Emerson, Carol Farris and Joe Enzer. The board’s interviews with the three candidates in attendance were brief, lasting a total of about 10 minutes. Emerson was the board’s attorney until retiring from that position about three years ago. “This would be a small way of giving something back,” Emerson told the board. Farris said she has served on numerous local boards and commissions, including the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission. A former fire board candidate in previous elections, Farris joked that she’s applying for the seat to avoid embarrassment, “so I won’t have to lose (in an election) for the fourth time.” Enzer, who ran for a board seat in May but wasn’t elected, is the only fire district volunteer in the field. When board member Lou Eller asked him whether he could handle serving as a volunteer and board member, Enzer said, “I don’t think it’s a problem

… I’d respect the chain of command and bring a certain perspective to the board on operational issues.” Enzer also said he’s “fair” and “a good listener.” When Eller jokingly asked whether Enzer could “get along” with the board, he replied that it’s “important” for the board to have debates. Ortiz is a longtime Carbondale area resident who owns a catering service. The board plans to interview Ortiz on June 9, and name a replacement to the board at its meeting on July 7. The board vacancy was created when former member Rob Goodwin resigned his seat in May to take the fire district job of deputy chief. The other Carbondale fire board members are Gene Schilling, Mike Kennedy, Mark Chain and Lou Eller. They have 60 days after Goodwin’s resignation to name a replacement. The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District serves an area from Marble to Missouri Heights, and downvalley to the Colorado Mountain College turnoff.

The bears are back The town is reminding residents that “garbage kills bears!” According to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, bears have been spotted in

and around town a handful of times over the last couple weeks. A town press release states that bear visits can be prevented if there is no food for them to find. Garbage, bird feeders and barbecue grills that haven’t been cleaned can all bring bears into town, and problem bears end up relocated or killed. Under a town ordinance enacted last year it is illegal to put your trash out before 6 a.m. on trash pick-up day. The empty containers must be brought in no later than 8 p.m. the same day. Schilling said that so far the town hasn’t issued any citations, instead the town has been keeping an eye out for violations and will send out letters to offenders. “We’d probably have to cite half the town,” Schilling said. The town reminds residents not to approach bears and not to run away. Instead, back away slowly and avoid eye contact. For more information or to report bears in the area call the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 947-2920. For immediate assistance, call the police when bears are present: 963-2662.

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The following events are drawn from the incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. MONDAY May 31 At 11:22 p.m. police apprehended a man behaving strangely on Oak Run Road. They handcuffed him –– reportedly for his own safety –– and took him to Valley View Hospital. It seemed he might have been on PCP. TUESDAY June 1 At 11:20 p.m. a bear reportedly went Dumpster diving at the Comfort Inn after forcing open a wooden shed. TUESDAY June 1 At 1:30 p.m. a bear was reportedly turning over trash cans on Latigo Loop. According to the police, the bear has shown up for three weeks in a row on Tuesday night because residents in the area are putting their trash out the night before it’s picked up. TUESDAY June 1 At 3:02 p.m. police investigated some folks allegedly smoking pot at North Face Park. One man was taken to Garfield County Jail on an outstanding warrant. WEDNESDAY June 9 A statue on Main Street was reportedly knocked over during the night. At press time, the police were still investigating the incident.


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As the solar biz shines brighter, Sunsense turns 20 As the industry has matured, Sunsense has grown. Where Ely used to be the sole staff member, he now pays 12 employees full time and two part time. Sunsense has branched out into larger and more diverse projects as well, such as the 147-kilowatt array at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School completed in 2008, a 174-kilowatt array for an oil and gas contractor in Grand Junction and post-disaster work in earthquake-ravaged Haiti and in New Orleans’ hurricanestricken Lower Ninth Ward. The Sopris Sun’s Terray Sylvester sat down to talk with Ely about his work. The Sun: Carbondale is something of a hub for the renewable energy industry. Was there a seed of that in town when you arrived with Sunsense nearly two decades ago? Ely: It was here before I arrived in the person of Johnny Weiss, Ken Olson and Steve McCarney [who together went on to establish Solar Energy International and its precursors]. They were the faculty at Colorado Mountain College back in the mid to late ‘80s. They did the solar retrofit program at CMC. Of course CMC has just recently picked back up on the solar retrofit thing, but back in the late ’80s it was just a small contingent of people that were kind of on the solar bandwagon and those three fellows really established solar in the valley here in many ways. ELY page 7


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Last weekend, Scott Ely and his employees at Sunsense Solar Electric threw a party to celebrate the business’ 20th anniversary. As they describe it, Sunsense is the longest running solar business in Carbondale, a town known for its renewable energy industry.

Ely’s career has taken him all over the solar biz. After dipping his toes in the solar thermal industry for a few years on the Front Range in the early 1980s, Ely decided he liked tapping the energy of the sun just fine. He traveled to Glenwood Springs and enrolled in a class in solar electricity at Colorado Mountain College, and then spent a few years working in various aspects of the


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Still shining: Sunsense owner and founder Scott Ely with the solar array the company Rocky Mountain School. Photo by Terray Sylvester

industry in New Mexico, the Front Range and elsewhere. He founded Sunsense in 1990 in Boulder and then moved it to Carbondale by 1992. Ely says he moved partly because he liked the Roaring Fork Valley, but a girlfriend living in the area probably helped him make up his mind as well. In the early years, Ely spent many of his working hours far off the beaten track, installing solar panels where utilbuilt at the Colorado ity lines didn’t lead –– on off-thegrid cabins, on the 10th Mountain Division huts and elsewhere. As one of the only solar installers on the Western Slope, he traveled up and down the Rockies and recalls that going to work often involved packing his fly rod. “That was why Carbondale was so great,” he said. “It was a great central location for the Western Slope.”

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The Colorado High School Coaches Association has named Roaring Fork catcher Jake Strack-Loertcher to its all-state team as a designated hitter. The Ram junior hit .600 for the season with nine homeruns and 42 runs batted in. A source close to the team reports that another Jake (Jake Broyle) might have been the last Ram baseballer to receive such an honor.

Pianist John Riger lives over on the other side of McClure Pass these days but wants his friends in Carbondale to know he recently released another CD. It’s titled “Watching and Waiting,” and all the proceeds will go to children of those who have died while serving in active military duty. Riger was a supervisor at the Crystal River Fish Hatchery for many years. Old-timers will also remember Riger and his wife, Libby, running the sound system at Mountain Fair in the 1980s. To learn more go to

Bohmfalk bound for D.C. Roaring Fork High School teacher Ben Bohmfalk is headed to Washington, D.C., in a week or two to serve a stint in C-SPAN’s education department. He was awarded one of three annual fellowship to help C-SPAN develop its resources for teachers. Ben will be staying in D.C. on C-SPAN’s dime for about four weeks. Way to go, Ben!

Happy birthday Happy birthday greetings go out to Dick Hunt, Paul Sutro, Eileen Waski, Lynni Hutton and Vince Simonetti.

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Diggin’ those Martinis Carbondalian Karla Bingham enjoyed martini after martini for her birthday earlier this month, but we aren’t necessarily talking about the drinking kind. Karla jetted off to San Francisco to catch a Pink Martini performance. She was joined by her husband.

Off to Hollywood Keep an eye out for the name, Kelsey Freeman, in the credits when you go to the movies. Who knows? You may just see it. Kelsey is a junior at CRMS and she just won first prize in the youth category of a

Mark Fischer’s version of the Cover Up: It’s a nod to the Public Arts Commission’s Carbondale Cover Up fundraiser, which, according to our sources, has raised about $4,000 so far, and will be all wrapped up –– err, unwrapped –– within the next two weeks. As for the cow above? It’s obvious that Fischer, the owner of 689, is milkin’ it for all it’s worth. Photo by Jane Bachrach U.S. EPA film competition. The contest was called “Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice,” and it challenged filmmakers across the nation to draw the connection between the environment and the stuff we consume, recycle or just chuck in the trash. Though 250 people competed, the EPA said

Kelsey’s video offered one of the best depictions of how individuals can make a difference for the planet. Her video is called “Kelsey’s 3Rs.” It was filmed around here, and you can check it out at Keep ‘em comin’, Kelsey!

That’s what Carbondalians Sarah Johnson and Steve Novy will be dubbed on Sunday when the Wilderness Workshop holds its annual membership picnic. The folks at the workshop say Sarah has been “a solid partner … in protecting the public lands of the Roaring Fork Watershed.” The Workshop says Steve has been an “invaluable ally” in the negotiations over mountain bikes in the Hidden Gems, “promoting a spirit of collaboration and quiet conviction that mountain bikers need not take off their conservationist’s hat when they put on their bike helmet.”

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Ely: Renewables finally gaining legitimacy The Sun: What was the motivation for solar installations back then? Ely: Back then it was all off-grid. It was probably more necessity than anything. When you're off the grid, up in these mountain cabins and remote homes that are away from the utility lines, running power to these homes is very costly. It still is. The best solution was either to run a generator and burn fossil fuel in a generator and listen to that growling all day long, day and night and repairing it constantly day and night and whatnot, or putting solar panels up and storing that energy in batteries. The solar just ended up being a very cost-effective way to generate power for your remote home.

their belts and it was harder to sell it. The Sun: How much did prices drop? Ely: It probably came down 30 or 40 percent. It currently has leveled off and we’ll see where it goes from here. The incentives are quite good and we're seeing a lot of activity. The Sun: What excites you in the industry these days?

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Ely: What I think is exciting is the fact that we’re now at a point where I think the renewable energy sector has gotten so much press now that people are seeing that this can be an economic driver. They’re starting to get it. People say, “Well you’re losing jobs if you’re not producing natural gas.” Well, why can’t those jobs be in the renewable energy business, making wind turbines and installing solar panels? Why do they

have to be in fossil fuel to be legitimate? We’ve been trying to build credibility for so many years. Every year that I’ve been in business it’s been a struggle to gain credibility, and so that’s why I’m really hopeful that with this recognition of renewable energy that people will give us the credit that I think we deserve for all the years that we’ve put in trying to fine tune the technology –– trying to do good work.

The Sun: How have you seen the industry change over the years? Ely: Five years ago was really when the grid-tied [solar panels used to offset the electricity demand of homes attached to the grid] market opened up. That was really when Amendment 37 passed and the people of Colorado voted to mandate that 15 percent by 2015, and then that [eventually] increased to 30 percent by 2020. This market really has revved up. Absolutely. The Sun: What effects from the recession have you seen? Ely: Equipment prices came way down. There was less demand and I think the manufacturers had cash flow issues; I think they had a lot of inventory that they had to move. But of course people had to tighten

On a path to the future: The senior class at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School strides to the CRMS barn for their graduation ceremony on Saturday morning June 5. Photo courtesy of Ed Kosmicki/CRMS

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Holly Gresset and other CCAH employees were packing up their former Main Street space last week. The arts council is shifting its shingle to the Third Street Center. Photo by Trina Ortega cupola designed by architect Jeff Dickinson. It will be a shared space for performances and gatherings. CCAH does not own or lease that space but will be responsible for scheduling its events.

A decade in the making The move marks a triumph for the arts council, whose supporters have been dreaming of an arts center for more than a decade. The journey began with dreams for a new building on the south end of town. The real work began when CCAH became the beneficiary of a 2.7-acre parcel donated by The North Face company (which had hoped to establish its headquarters in Carbondale in the late 1990s), and the board of directors began a formal effort to relocate. In collaboration with Thunder River Theatre Company, then-CCAH Executive Director Thomas Lawley embarked on what appeared to be an impossible pursuit: raising about $1.5 million to construct a performing arts center on the 2.7-acre site on Meadowood Drive not far from the fire station. But the goal was too ambitious for the time, and the campaign failed. Still, many longtime CCAH members and volunteers say the work in those early 8 • THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 10, 2010

days helped CCAH evolve. “People have been working on this for a long time,” said Bob Schultz, a former CCAH board member who has supported the arts council since the 1980s, when he first volunteered picking up trash at the Carbondale Mountain Fair. The arts council took its next step toward its future home when it accepted a piece of property at Second and Main streets in a three-way land trade with the town of Carbondale and the Roaring Fork School District. The school district acquired CCAH’s 2.7-acre parcel. But the arts council was destined to move again. After much deliberation by the board of directors (some of who wanted to stay on Main Street), CCAH sold the property at Second and Main two years ago. Fortunately, says Mead, CCAH managed to cash in on the value of the land before the recession hit. That sale allowed CCAH to start an endowment fund that will now go toward paying the lease at the Third Street Center.

‘A Blessing in disguise’ Schultz insists the CCAH’s winding path to its new home has been for the best. Arts council page 9

Arts council continued om page 8 “The end point is great, even though the route was crooked,” he said. “Nobody thought it would turn out this way, but it makes so much sense in retrospect,” Schultz continued. “The previous version [on Meadowood Drive] — that thing was going to be dark all the time. This place is never going to be dark. It’s a blessing in disguise that [the potential Meadowood Drive arts center] never got built.” The capital campaign is not yet complete –– for example, the new classroom space still needs tables and chairs –– and staff and board members are juggling it among their other duties. The arts council must maintain its usual annual influx of donations and grants and continue to try to attract new memberships, which have doubled to 500 since Mead took over. But the great thing about this capital campaign, according to CCAH board president Joe Scofield, is that a range of community members have responded. “We’ve had a good mix of large donors and people who have given $20 and $50. Everyone has been involved,” Scofield said.

Focused on its mission Instead of worrying about rising rents or getting kicked out of a building, “the focus now gets to be on what [CCAH’s] purpose is,” Scofield said. And that presents a new challenge. The arts council must figure out how to balance a wealth of ideas for new programs against its staff resources and responsibilities to the community, said Amy Kimberly, who handles events and outreach for

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CCAH and directs Mountain Fair, CCAH’s largest annual fundraiser. Named after the late Carol Rothrock, the new classroom will help the non-profit reach a “totally different part” of the community, Mead says. She and Kimberly envision classes for youth, Latinos and the valley’s adult community. Meanwhile, Kimberly talks about school performances and dances, and Schultz dreams of coffeehouse concerts and writers’ workshops like an upcoming session with nationally known author Pam Houston. As Scofield says, there is no shortage of creative ideas. “Our workload is going to increase. We want to be sure we don’t burn ourselves out. We just want to make sure we can be as successful in growing the CCAH Center for the Arts as we have been in getting there,” said Kimberly, who joined the arts council in 2004 and will manage the round room. She said CCAH plans to gauge the community’s desires and then hire instructors on a contract basis to create a full slate of offerings. “The beauty of CCAH is that we can respond to the community needs; we’re not government,” Kimberly said. “A lot of it is just reaching out to see what people want.” If the overflowing studio tour celebration on June 4 was any indication, the new Center for the Arts will be a popular place. “It makes us so complete,” Mead said. “It’s a little scary. I think that my eyes, right now, are so big. My appetite is so big. But it’s like full circle, coming home.”



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$125K given to Third Street Center The Third Street Center has named its community room in honor of Connie and Jim Calaway in recognition of the $125,000 gift the local philanthropists made to the center’s ongoing capital campaign. “Non-profit organizations and artists contribute a lot to the community,” Jim Calaway said in a press release. “Connie and I are delighted to help provide them an exciting home base.” The contribution is the largest the center has received from individuals. With it, the center is less than $150,000 from its $1.875 million capital campaign goal. The room, which can seat 150 people, will be used for a variety of special events and presentations. The Third Street Center is located in the former Carbondale Elementary School and will be a home for local non-profit groups, artists and others. Following his retirement as Chairman of Edge Petroleum in the late 1980s, Calaway has focused on contributing to non-profits, both as a fundraiser and a donor. He served as Chair of the Society of Fellows and a Trustee of The Aspen Institute, and is currently Chairman of the Institute’s Lifetime Trustees. He credits the Dalai Lama with expressing the tenets that guide his life and his giving. “The Buddhist ideal is to live modestly so that you can give to the common good,” Calaway said. “We are encouraged to cherish all living creatures and to do something kind every day.”


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Community Calendar THURS. & FRI. June 10-11 STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. is the downvalley venue for the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival at 8 p.m. both nights. $15. More info: 963-3304,

THURSDAY June 10 BIZ WORKSHOP • The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center hosts a Do-It-Yourself Market Research Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at Colorado Mountain College, 0255 Sage Way, Aspen. 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. DIVORCE CLASS • Alpine Legal Services offers a Do It Yourself Divorce Class at 5 p.m. at the Pitkin County Court House in Aspen. Participants receive documentation and information to manage their own divorces. Small donation requested but not required. More info: 920-2828. LEGAL ADVICE • Volunteer attorneys working with Alpine Legal Services offer private consultations on divorce, renter’s rights, powers of attorney and other matters at 5 p.m. at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Bring all pertinent documentation. Small donation requested but not required. More info: 920-2828. GREEN DRINKS • People interested in environmental issues meet to socialize at

To list your event, email information to Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted.

5:30 p.m. at Sky’s 39 Degrees in Aspen. More info: 429-1831. RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo happens Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. through 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: 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, MOVING INTO HEALTH • Valley View Hospital offers a series of presentations and exercises for cancer survivors and patients from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Food will be served. RSVP by calling 384-7575. LIBRARY BOARD MEETING • The Garfield County Library Board meets at 6 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library in Silt. For ADA needs, call 625-4270 prior to meeting. LIVE MUSIC • The Frontier Historical Society presents singer/songwriter Melody Hartman at 7:30 p.m. at the Cardiff School in Glenwood Springs. More info: 945-6247.

FRIDAY 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: 9274123,

GHOST NIGHT • The Frontier Historical Society presents the ghosts of Linwood Cemetery –– Doc Holliday, Louisa Schwartz, and others –– at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Cardiff School in Glenwood Springs. More info: 945-6247. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (R) at 8 p.m. June 11-17; “Babies”(PG) at 6 p.m. June 12; and “City Island” (PG13) at 5:45 p.m. June 13. LIVE MUSIC • General Dixie and the Bad Habits play live bluegrass at 9 p.m. at Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. No cover. More info: 928-8813.

SAT. & SUN. 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.

SATURDAY JUNE 12 ACES WORKSHOP • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies hosts a discussion with Ute elder Loya Arum exploring the Ute spiritual connection with the earth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toklat Lodge near Aspen. More info and reservations: 925-9157.

SUNDAY 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, WILDERNESS PICNIC • The Wilderness Workshop hosts a picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the East Maroon Portal near Aspen. Grill food provided, bring a side dish or desert. Live music by the Last Minute String Band. Free for members. More info: 963-3977.

MONDAY June 14 SUSTY CAMP • Sustainable Settings at 6107 Highway 133 offers Susty Camp for kids 8 to 12 years old from June 14 to 18 and June 21 to 25. Learn the rhythms of a farm: planting, animal grooming, renewable energy projects, and more. More info: 963-6107 or SUMMER READING • The Pitkin County Library in Aspen presents children’s music from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library in Aspen. More info: 429-1900. GARDENING CLASS • The Colorado Mountain College Lappala Center offers Organic Gardening Basics from 6 to 9 p.m. More info and registration: 963-2172.

WEDNESDAY June 16 ROTARY MEETING • The Carbondale Rotary Club holds its weekly meeting at 7 a.m. at 300 Meadowood Drive. On the agenda: the Glenwood Vaudeville Review. CALENDAR page 11

“Professional Theatre at its Finest” Lon Winston, Artistic Director

A Two-Part Invention By Nagel Jackson

“… the stuff of great literature.” - The Denver Post

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Community Calendar More info: 379-1436. FARMERS’ MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at Fourth and Main streets. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, bread, prepared food, live

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music and more. More info: BASALT MUSIC • Monkey Luv plays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lyons Park in Basalt. Business booths. More info:

GRANT WRITING 101 • Colorado Mountain College offers Grant Writing 101 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Lappala center. Advance registration: 963-2172. GREEN DRINKS • Hestia at 348 Main St. hosts Green Drinks, a mixer for environmentally minded folks, from 5 to 7 p.m. More info: 704-9200. DIVORCE CLASS • Alpine Legal Services offers a Do It Yourself Divorce Class at 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Court House in Glenwood Springs. Participants receive documentation and information to manage their own divorces. Small donation requested but not required. More info: 945-8858. LEGAL ADVICE • Volunteer attorneys working with Alpine Legal Services offer private consultations on divorce, renter’s rights, powers of attorney and other matters at 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Bring all pertinent documentation. Small donation requested but not required. More info: 945-8858.

the James H. Smith North Open Space on the Roaring Fork River with the Roaring Fork Conservancy from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your own boat. Advance registration:, 927-1290.

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PIZZA TUNES • White House Pizza at 801 Main Court presents Matt Johnson and other folk with stubble from 7 to 10 p.m. No cover. Drink specials. More info:, 704-9400.

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,

June 18-19 STRAWBERRY DAYS • The 113th Glenwood Strawberry Days Festival takes place at Sayre Park. Parade, live entertainment, art festival, kids fest, free strawberries and ice cream. More info:, 945-6589.

June 18 MEETING & MUSIC • CCAH holds its annual membership meeting and party along with a concert by The Redtones in Sopris Park. Meeting and mixing starts at 5:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Free food and drink. STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. hosts the Hell Roaring String Band. More info: 963-3304,

SUMMER CLAY CENTER • The Carbondale Clay Center offers various clay classes and camps for kids and adults. Registration and more info: 963-2529, WOODCARVING CLASSES • Vickie Branson is registering for woodcarving classes (beginners to advanced) from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Marble Gallery in Marble. Cost is $25 per session plus materials. More info: 963-5883, 963-7117. OPEN MIC • Rivers Restaurant at 2525 S. Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs hosts open mic night with Jammin’ Jim Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. No cover. Food and drink specials. More info: (970) 928-8813. GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs, Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. More info: 704-0909, SUMMER ART CLASSES • Registration is open for classes at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Classes start June 7. Pottery, visual arts, silversmithing, guitar, voice, piano, theater, dance and more. More info: 945-2414,

THEATRE CAMP • The Thunder River Theatre Company is registering for the 2010 Summer Drama Camp for kids six to 14 years old. Two sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 thru 30, and Aug. 2 thru 13. Scholarships available. More info:, 513-833-7961. AVSC DAY CAMP • The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club offers weekly day camps for kids 9 and older. Hiking, climbing, rafting, field games, track, biking and more start June 7. More info:; 205-5101. RUGBY PRACTICE • The Glenwood Defiance Rugby team trains at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No experience necessary. More info: 319-9068. SNOWMASS RECREATION • This spring and summer the Snowmass Village Recreation Department offers various programs including youth baseball/softball, T-ball, climbing, British Challenger Soccer Camp, coed softball, volleyball, summer camp, plus tennis, skateboard and swimming lessons and more. More info: snowmassrecreation .com, 922-2240.

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DON’T TEACH BEARS NEW TRICKS Bears have been seen in and around Carbondale Early Prevention Early prevention keeps bears from making a habit of visiting neighborhoods. We CAN prevent repeat visits!

REMOVE ITEMS THAT ATTRACT BEARS: • Garbage • Bird Feeders • Pet Food • Barbeque Grills • Fruit • Compost TOWN CODE: No Garbage Before 6AM on Collection Day The Town of Carbondale passed an ordinance prohibiting placement of trash for pickup before 6:00 AM on collection day, and empty containers must be brought in no later than 8:00 PM the same day. The smell of any food may attract bears. Keep garbage indoors until the morning of trash pick-up and keep outdoor barbeque grills clean and odorless. It is best to keep windows and doors securely locked, especially at night. If a bear enters your home, open doors and leave the bear an escape route.

Community Briefs Voice, songwriting classes at CMC Local musician Karen Mills-Cochran is teaching four classes this summer at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center. Mills-Cochran has taught in schools as well as teaching private lessons for more than 20 years. “I’ve shared music with people through a cappella singing and the process of writing songs, as well as playing some beautiful tunes on easily played folk instruments for a long time,” she said.“Over the years, I’ve come to recognize making music as a force that promotes health and happiness.” “Introduction to A Cappella Singing” began June 8 and continues Tuesdays through June 29. “Celtic Songs for Recorder” begins tonight, June 10, and takes place Thursdays through July 1. In July, Mills-Cochran will instruct “Introduction to the Art of Songcraft” (Tuesdays, July 6-27) and “Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer” (Thursdays, July 8-29). Each course meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact CMC at 945-7486.

Time to sign up for youth soccer The Carbondale Soccer Club is now registering boys and girls for the U6 through U18 divisions (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) for the fall season. Registration forms are available at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, area schools and online at The deadline is June 15. All players are encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid wait lists as team rosters fill up. For more information, call 704-1838. Additional opportunities for kids to improve their soccer skills are offered through the Challenger British Soccer Camp on Aug. 2-6 and Aug. 9-13 at Triangle Park in River Valley Ranch. The first weeklong session is a recreational camp for ages 3-16 featuring a daily regimen of foot skill development, technical and tactical practices and daily

tournament-style play. For the more advanced player wanting to take his or her play to the next level, there will be a second competitive camp Aug. 9-13 for ages 9-17, focusing on fullsided strategy and higher-level technical development. Sign up online by June 18 and 26 for respective weeks and receive a free British soccer replica jersey. For more information and to sign up, visit the Web site at

TRTC to stage ‘Bernice/Butterfly’ “Bernice/Butterfly: A Two-Part Invention” marks the end of the Thunder River Theatre Company’s 15th season. Originally commissioned by the Denver Center Theatre Company in 2002, the play is described as timely, funny, gentle, touching and poignant — a lovely piece of theater. TRTC’s Valerie Haugen and Richard Lyon star in this clever and ironic look at another side of American life. Billy Challis rounds out the cast. Artistic Director Lon Winston directs and designs the play. The Denver Post called the play, “...the stuff of great literature” and The Boulder Weekly said “Bernice/Butterfly” is “...a play that makes you laugh as well as think.” The play previews on June 17 and opens June 18, continuing June 19 and 25-27 and July 1-3. Tickets and information are available online at or by calling 963-8200.

Live music, lobsters coming to town It started with a flatbed trailer for a stage back in spring 2002. Now thousands of crustaceans later, the Music & Lobster Fest will celebrate its ninth year with nearly 100 local musicians performing at 12 separate venues in downtown. Organized by Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars, the Carbondale Music & Lobster Fest will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, and continue through Saturday, June 27. “We wanted to recognize our local music COMMUNITY BRIEFS page 13

GARBAGE KILLS BEARS Bears that make repeat visits to neighborhoods may need to be moved or euthanized. To keep your family and the bears safe, please remove any attractants, and follow these guidelines until the bears hibernate in winter. Bears are 90% vegetarian and rarely hunt or kill animals, however they are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Do not approach any bear, especially cubs. For additional information, call the Division of Wildlife: 947-2920. Call the Carbondale Police Department if you see a bear anywhere in town: 963-2662.

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The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo kicked off last Thursday, June 3. In the calf roping competition, Todd Collins (left) stayed focused despite his wayward hat. His partner, Jim Stoner, must have been glad he did. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Backstage at the ballet: Ballerinas Isabel Mata (left) and Megan Nieslanik danced in the Crystal River Ballet School’s end-of-the-year show on June 5. The performance was “Alice,” based on Lewis Carroll’s “Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.” Photo by Jane Bachrach scene and have a fest that would showcase only local musicians,” Standiford explained. The main stage will be at the plaza at Fourth and Main streets, where the fresh Maine lobsters also are served. Live music is free during the event. Tickets for a full lobster dinner are available at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, Glenwood Music, Butch’s Lobster Shack and Steve’s Guitars. Other food options include White House Pizza, a burger booth featuring Crystal River Beef and a dessert table. The festival is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Green Sprouts Foundation, which also hosts the Green Leaf five-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs at 8 a.m. Saturday starting at the Carbondale recreation center. The Kiwanis Club will serve an organic pancake breakfast that morning, and Green Sprouts will host a beverage garden at the plaza for the weekend. Other attractions include amusement rides for kids in the dirt parking lot across from Town Hall at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue, a farmers’ market on Saturday morning, some antique vendors, massage tables, ice cream and more. For more information, call 963-3304 or email at

Digital Media Club for students What began as a forum for Web design students to swap ideas has evolved into an opportunity for digital entrepreneurs to network with each other. Colorado Mountain College Web design instructor Roy Brandt launched the Digital Media Club this spring as a way for his students to learn from each other outside the classroom. But as the group, has grown participants have used the club to share leads and find clients, even in a down economy. The group isn’t just for his students. Brandt is encouraging anyone with a background or interest in Web design or e-marketing to attend the free monthly meetings, which alternate between Aspen

and down-valley CMC locations. “The group gets students connected to people who need their services, and it gives students continuing education,” Brandt said. “It’s a symbiotic relationship.” For more information, contact Brandt at 930-1262 or or visit

Artists sought for anniversary show The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is seeking artists for its 125th Glenwood Springs Anniversary Exhibit. The center will be accepting arts and crafts in many media to celebrate Glenwood Springs 125th anniversary. Artwork must focus on Glenwood Springs. Applications are due July 10. The 125th Anniversary Exhibit runs from July 30 through Aug. 30 in the main gallery at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. For more information, or to request an application, contact Christina at 945-2414.

Tryouts held for talent competition The Garfield County Fair Board has fresh ideas for this year’s event Aug. 4-7. In addition to highlighted CPRA and demolition derby events, professional bull riding will be part of the 2010 Garfield County Fair. The fair will also host the Garfield County Fair Talent Competition this year. Auditions are open to non-professional singers in two age groups: Youth (less than 16 years of age as of Aug. 1, 2010) and Adult (anyone over 16 years of age). All auditions will be performed a cappella and will be held July 10 at the Event Hall at the fairgrounds. Chosen singers will move on to perform with an instrumental accompaniment taped track of their choice Aug. 4 on the fair’s grandstand stage and again on Aug. 7, when judges will select a winner. For more information about the 2010 Garfield County Fair or Talent Competition, email or call (303) 726-9070. THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 10, 2010 • 13

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How to let the garden be a labor of love I’ve read that gardening should be a labor of love, not a love of labor. Last year, in preparing for a summer of pregnancy, I labored for love, trying to fix all the things that were driving me crazy in my garden. We made two huge pushes, in the spring and the fall so that, in theory, I wouldn’t have to do anything this year. It would be ready. All I really have to do is learn how to relax in it. Am I capable of that? Sitting in the hot tub, I’ll catch Peter roll his eyes at me shaking his head, and I know I’m busted. As my eyes flatten, staring off into an unfinished area, he can see my mind working, planning, “fixing” things still! Accepting our grounds as is truly has its challenges. A garden is never done. This spring though, it is what it is and I’m taking a break. Those Sunset agastache didn’t make it through the winter? Wow, guess I’ll have a hole there this summer –– and I let it go. No running off to Eagle Crest to buy seven more. And then planting them. And then worrying over them. And then … My mint died this winter, too. So last week I picked mint from our neighbor’s yard, which was cool. I muddled it in

Getting Grounded By Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar crushed ice with sugar, topped it with sparkling water and a slice of lime and grabbed a fashion magazine. Then I went to lie out on our patio sofa, reading in my garden. That’s right. I was in my garden, instead of working on my garden. And not only that, I was relaxing on –– actually using –– the furniture we invested in three years ago. Finally. (Though I was fully aware that the west garden could really have used a sprinkler.)

Despite all our trees, it does get pretty hot on some of our patios, so mid afternoon the dining room deck becomes prime real estate. It sits way above the ground in the canopy of old aspens. Leafy boughs surround the whole space like a tree house. In a nod to pregnancy and daydreaming it became one of my nesting targets in April. I dragged out an old wicker set and a ton of throw pillows, arranging a cozy corner nook. Now I find myself just curling up and zenning out when the sun is so hot even the rabbit brush looks beat, no to-do list in my mind, just the trill of Volkswagen hummingbirds and chattering feeding finches. Peter fixed the cracked teak tabletop, and we eat out there more than ever now. From our perch I’ll often stare at the unfinished arbor over the pasture fence gate. It’s right in our view plane –– planned that way of course. I started it last summer with a buddy and we got caught up in other things, never finishing it. My favorite shovel mocks me, sticking out of the concrete we poured for one of the arbor posts. Chewing on a sandwich though, it’s enough to imagine the silver

I went to lie out on our patio sofa, reading in my garden. That’s right. I was in my garden, instead of working on my garden. lace vine cascading down from the pergola top like a bridal veil. And that’s all I need. I don’t need to make it happen this summer. I don’t even need to cut the damn shovel out. I actually have stopped to smell my flowers –– my daffodils, my iris, the crabapple blossoms. I have fallen asleep in the sun by our pond, ignoring the fact that it still leaks. Amidst one million awkward dandelions gone to seed I have sat in the overgrown grass and rolled around with our dogs. I feel free. In a few weeks, Juniper will be born and we’ll do all these things together.







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The Green Thumb Guide What’s growing in the garden? By Jon Ray Gardner

Spring got off to a slow start for gardeners in the Roaring Fork Valley this year, with gray skies, cool temperatures and some late snow. Now it appears that summer has arrived all at once. Freezing temperatures at night seem a distant memory and warmth and light are available in abundance. At Thompson Creek Gardens CSA, we are glad to finally see the garden gaining some momentum. It doesn’t take a master gardener to grow fresh food. It just takes air, water, sunshine, good soil and some true care and attention. Give it a try. At this point, it’s all fair game. With this warm weather you can plant everything you have in your seed collection. We put our corn, beans and squash in the ground about a week ago, and our greens are growing strong under a light row cover. Besides moderating temperatures, row cover keeps greens from getting too much sun. Less sunlight means bigger leaves – just what you want from your basil and spinach. Broccoli, cabbage, chard, cauliflower and onions are in the ground and growing, and peas are reaching for their second or third string on the trellis. We have heard that nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) can be planted once all the snow is gone from Basalt Mountain.

Take a look. We think you will agree we are well in the safe zone. If you started planting early you may already want to plant a second –– or third –– crop of carrots, beets, salad greens and radishes. Potatoes are coming up and growing quickly. Now that our big old apple tree has fully leafed out here at the garden, we find a few moments of rest in its shade. During the haste of spring prepping and planting, don’t forget to sit and listen to your garden now and then. At ours, the birds are very chatty, especially a red-winged blackbird who favors a fence post at a far corner. The crickets chirp a steady, meditative drone and the babbling water in the ditches provides a welcome substitute to the white noise of all the things left undone and still to do. Jon Ray Gardner is a student of all things green and growing. He owns and manages Thompson Creek Gardens, community supported agriculture for the Roaring Fork Valley, and a landscaping business dedicated to sustainable practices called Elemental Gardens. Contact him at or 319-3128.

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Tips from the garden gurus look at them. • Budget-conscious home farmers can place three or four water-filled milk jugs around each tomato plant instead. For super cold-sensitive crops, combine both milk jugs and Reemay cover. And careful with your compost • Don’t forget to check the source and ingredients of the compost you choose. Be aware of residual pesticides from the composted product or potential for high salts. Support sustainable sources! • Back To Nature Cotton Burr Compost loosens our tight clay soils, and unlike Karen Walker's garden on Wheel Drive caught our eye this peat moss, remonth. Her veggies are green and growing and her blossoms moistens readily are fit to burst as well. Think your garden is great as well? and has a high Tell us about it or send us a photo: nitrogen, phosphorous, potasPhoto by Terray Sylvester sium content.

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This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE By: s/s Stacey Bernot, Mayor

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The property is further described as follows: a parcel of land situated in Section 34, Township 7 south, Range 88 west of the 6th P.M., Town of Carbondale, County of Garfield, State of Colorado.

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