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Volume 5, Number 18 | June 13, 2013

It’s a bird... It’s a plane...

No, it’s Mark Burrows! The Carbondale photographer pointed his camera down at this crowd from as high as 50 feet at last week’s First Friday. To see the final result, and some more First Friday action, please turn to page 5. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Thompson Divide: A ditch runs through it By Barbara Dills Sopris Sun Correspondent (Editor’s note: This is the first in a two part series about the Sandy Ditch and the possible impacts of gas drilling in the area). I’ve done some reporting on the Thompson Divide for The Sopris Sun these past few months, but, as a relative newcomer to Colorado, Nordic skiing at Spring Gulch was the closest I’d been physically to the areas in Thompson Divide currently leased by the gas companies for future development. That changed recently when I got an

early morning invitation from Judy FoxPerry to walk the Sandy Ditch. A few hours later, I was hoofing it up Marion Gulch, water bottle and camera strapped on, to meet Judy, her son Ned, and a few of his former Colorado Rocky Mountain School classmates at the ditch. The Sandy Ditch runs through what is referred to by gasmen, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Forest Service as the Lake Ridge unit. To Judy and her husband Will, who grow hay on land below Thompson Divide that’s been in Will’s family for over 50 years, and to many

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other ranchers and growers in and around Carbondale who raise livestock or crops of one kind or another, the Lake Ridge unit is a primary source of the clean water on which their livelihoods — and lives — depend. I wanted to see first-hand how that water flows, literally and figuratively, from the high-country to ranches, kitchens and restaurants here in the valley. The Sandy Ditch is but one small channel in a complex web of water and watersheds that are threatened by drilling in the Thompson Divide. Similar, larger ditch systems descend from other points in the

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Thompson Divide to sustain ranches and farms elsewhere near Carbondale, including Sustainable Settings and others in the Crystal River Valley. The Sandy Ditch offers a useful example of potential impacts in part because of its fragility, but also because of the devotion with which the Perry’s and others before them have tended it for generations. Judy had given me brief directions to where they’d be working — park here, walk there, follow the creek, two gates, turn right at the ditch, it’ll take you about an




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

Keep the Sun shining; join in the Phantom Ball fun Get your invitation on page 16 “What would Carbondale be without the Sopris Sun?” That’s the question that motivates our dedicated staff and board members to do what it takes to produce this paper each week. But we can’t do it without your continuing support, as donors, advertisers and readers. We hear all the time from our fans that the Sun is THE #1 source they rely on for information about what’s going on around town — things coming up or those just past. And when an issue of local interest or concern arises such as the future of the Gordon Cooper Library building, the placement of solar arrays in the Nature Park or drilling in the Thompson Divide, the Sun provides a forum for discussion the Aspen and Glenwood dailies simply cannot offer to Carbondale. We don’t always bring you the scoop first, but because we are a weekly, we often have time to go deeper. We also welcome your letters and print as many as we can. No matter how you feel about the issues that matter to Carbondale, the Sun brings them to you. There are exciting things on the Sun’s horizon and bigger dreams awaiting. First, thanks to a partnership with Footsteps Marketing, we are in the process of redesigning our website to bring you more local photos and news online. Look for the first phase of that effort to launch sometime this summer. Then, we’ve made a commitment to publish a minimum of 16 pages each week, with a goal of hitting 20 on a more consistent basis when we can afford to. We are also working to assemble a crew of volunteer “town-watchers” to ensure that we report on every trustee meeting and most volunteer board and commission meetings, to capture the highlights for you, as well as bringing you a brief summary of the town manager’s weekly report in the new section “Town Briefs.” If you’d like to help with these efforts, please let us know. Our fearless editor Lynn Burton can’t be everywhere, though he does try! The paper’s size each week depends in large part on our advertisers. A huge thank you to each one of you. But advertising alone will not keep the Sun shining. A full 15 percent of this year’s modest budget depends on direct donor support, from individuals and businesses who appreciate the Sun’s role in keeping our community strong — that’s you. Whatever you can afford helps, and anytime is good: we need donations yearround. So flip to the back page of this issue (page 16) and Puck it up a bit by contributing to the June 21 Midsummer Phantom Ball, the only party in town you can be part of without ever showing up! Thanks! – The Sopris Sun Board: Frank Zlogar, Debbie Bruell, Colin Laird, Jeannie Perry, Laura McCormick, Sue Gray, Barbara Dills and Will Grandbois


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Wake up! Dear Editor: Wake up all you 99 percenters. The 1 percent has done it again. Rise up! The 1 percent has ‘schmoozed’ YOUR town council into voting down the hardworked effort to turn the old library into a family centered blessing by a vote of 6 to 1 within 15 minutes of discussion and in the face of overwhelming support from the living inhabitants of ‘Bonedale. They instead approved a closed door, “lobbying” induced one percenters proposal for (another) art museum. YOUR representatives, in a deluded state (we all hope) have been swayed by the Aspenite mentality purveyors to believing this town needs more money and less lovingness

so as to attract more “upvalley” sterility! RISE UP!! More than 300 supporting documents were acquired by the good mothers and matrons of this community, and duly presented, only to be slapped in the face at the “approval” hearing with a curt rebuff by your local pawns of the 1 percent. It’s YOUR chance now. Those who REALLY cared poured their hearts into the effort and are understandably spent. Rise up! Tell ‘em to insert their museum and all that lobbied mindset, all the way upvalley to the rightful sphincter -Aspen! Insist on family over fame! Get on Twitter and rally! Throw ‘em out! Or, at least let’s get whatever needed done to get things

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back to attracting quality people rather than tourist dollars. Let the lobbying crowd get a billionaire to build ‘em their own self-absorbed edifice elsewhere, and let’s give the good families of the community a really nice thing. Moonbeam Jones Carbondale

Lock the door? Dear Editor: I wonder how many business owners, workers, future entrepreneurs and just folks in general feel about locking the door on Carbondale? I lived in Aspen from 1970 until I opened The Pour House in 1984. Yes, I saw Aspen turn into the very opposite of what I moved there for. The 1970s and the early 1980s were something very special. The problem was that no one visualized or seemed to care what was to come. I feel that Carbondale has learned from Aspen’s mistakes. Yes, we are the subject of many laudatory articles from National Geographic to Outside magazine and many more. Carbondale has a core-group of citizens looking at our future with great insight. We have so much to offer in the realm of the arts, music, outdoor activities and much more. Do we deny this to the rest of the world? I don’t know when Mr. Burrows arrived in Carbondale or what his circumstances are, but I see Carbondale growing in a positive, productive, responsible manner. We business folks don’t want irresponsible growth either, but we do want to survive and prosper. Join us Mr. Burrows and work for positive growth, rather than voicing all the negativity. Thanks for listening. Skip Bell, manager The Pour House Carbondale

Drink up Dear Editor: Lemonade day is coming up on June 29 and there will be plenty of kids throughout the valley attempting to make their first “paycheck.” Putting up a lemonade stand is more than making a few dollars. It is about learning the cost and operation of the stand, how to make a good product and the importance of marketing and customer service. By registering for Lemonade Day at Alpine Bank or at, your child will learn the basics and get excited about starting their business. This is the second summer that my kids will be out there perfecting their stand. They talked about it over the winter and how they could improve it. So, whether you are thirsty or not, I urge you to stop and buy a cup of lemonade on Lemonade Day Roaring Fork Valley and boost a kid’s entrepreneurial spirit. Aimee Conrardy Basalt

Thank Rep. Tipton Dear Editor: At a town hall meeting in Glenwood Springs last week, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was

asked if there are appropriate places to drill and inappropriate places to drill for oil and gas. Rep. Tipton’s response: “Yes.” I am happy to hear our congressman agrees with this statement. On Colorado’s Western Slope, we value our public lands for more than just what’s underground. Many areas, such as the Thompson Divide, already support a vibrant local economy through existing uses – ranching, recreation, hunting and riding. Areas like the Thompson Divide are, therefore, appropriate for protection and inappropriate for development. Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced legislation in the Senate to protect the Thompson Divide. At the same meeting in Glenwood, Rep. Tipton agreed to consider supporting this middle-ground solution and to introduce similar legislation in the House. Support from Rep. Tipton would acknowledge his respect of special places inappropriate to develop. Keeping the Thompson Divide as it is presents a unique opportunity to promote our rich agricultural heritage, to grow our vibrant recreation-based economy, and to protect Western Slope watersheds and wildlife habitat. It’s an opportunity to establish a legacy of representing the diverse interests that exist in his congressional district on Colorado’s Western Slope. Please join me in thanking Rep. Tipton for his willingness to listen to, and helpfully act on, the community’s effort to protect the Thompson Divide, our rural economy, our water, our wildlife and our way of life. Dorothea Farris Carbondale

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ompson Divide continued om page 1 hour and a half — great directions for longtime locals. As it turns out, there were a few additional decisions to be made at forks in the trail or the road as I ascended, but luckily she had mentioned that Ned and the boys would be taking a four-wheeler up to transport chainsaws and other heavier tools for their ditch maintenance work that day. Their light tracks in the dirt and grass were welcome breadcrumbs as I made my way up, and a good two hours and fifteen minutes after my start (forget matching Judy’s pace!), I met her and the group, shovels in hand, coming around a bend in the ditch, under a lovely stand of aspens just beginning to leaf out.

Ditch history The Sandy Ditch was built by local homesteaders in 1885 using horses, mules, Fresnos (dirt scrapers), a digging tool called a grasshopper (due to its shape), and a whole lot of manual labor. It predates the Forest Service. The ditch gathers water from snowmelt runoff and springs at the headwaters of Yank Creek in the Thompson Divide. This runoff only lasts for about two months, slightly more or less depending on the year. Completely gravity fed, and regulated and diverted where needed by a series of head gates, the ditch water irrigates the Perry’s hay fields starting the beginning of May. Last year, due to the drought, the ditch was dry by the end of May. This year, Judy says it looks like it will provide them with irriga-

Homesteaders dug Sandy Ditch in 1885 and it runs through what is now called the Lake Ridge unit southwest of Carbondale. In a good year the ditch provides water for irrigating hay during May and sometimes into early summer. Photo by Barbara Dills tion at least until mid-June. In an unusually wet year like 2011, they can get water from the ditch all the way to the end of June. When they have water into June, they know they will get a good first cutting of

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hay. That hay feeds the cattle that become the beef you buy from Crystal River Meats or consume at any number of restaurants and events. No water, no hay. This water not only provides critical moisture for their hay crop, what isn’t absorbed by the vegetation seeps into the ground, becoming groundwater that eventually feeds the spring the Perry’s rely on for their house and drinking water. Surface water rights like the Perry’s are complicated affairs and provide no guarantees in terms of volume or water quality. Simply stated, they come with land and are passed along accordingly. The Perrys — Will, his brother Robin and their families — exercise water rights inherited from their father, Bob Perry, who consolidated his and neighboring rights after buying an old homestead along Thompson Creek road west of Carbondale in 1951 and subsequently purchasing some of the adjoining properties. To keep these rights — and to keep water flowing in the Sandy Ditch — requires constant maintenance of the mile-and-a-halflong ditch itself, pretty much year-round. As Judy and I walked along the well-worn cattle trail that follows the ditch, she described what maintaining their rights means in practical terms. “The ditch has been here, it’s been in use, for some 125 years and we’re keeping it going. Nobody but us is going to take care of it. I ski up here a couple of times in the winter just to see what the snowpack’s doing. There are places the wind really builds the snow up into the ditch and we

have to watch for any [snow drifts] that could cause problems in the spring. We come up more frequently starting around the end of April and beginning of May to try to catch it when it’s just ready to ‘turn on,’ so to speak.” She adds, laughing, “And ‘turning on’ in this case means melt.” She explained that if there is a snow or ice plug in the ditch when the melt starts, they have to break it up so it doesn’t cause the water to flood out over or through the wall of dirt that holds it in. Or occasionally a rock will roll in that takes serious effort to get out. On the day of my visit, Ned and his friends worked on the head of the ditch where there was still snow. They also were cleaning up the banks wherever they had caved in or vegetation needed to be cleared that could Judy Fox-Perry impede the flow. Judy pointed to a pile of rocks and dirt next to the trail. “I dug all this out a week and a half ago,” she said. “The water was all the way to the top, spilling over, so I had to clear that debris out. . . . And then there are the cows. Once they are brought up here to graze, the cattle walk the ditch and sometimes push it down. So we have to watch for that, too.” Judy’s not complaining. “It’s a legacy, it’s a way of life. Will’s father worked hard to put all these water rights back together,” she said with admiration, adding, with a smile, “It’s not a bad job to have to come up here.”

“The ditch has been here, it’s been in use, for some 125 years and we’re keeping it going. Nobody but us is going to take care of it. …”

(Next week: Natural gas drilling’s possible impacts on ranching).

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Jamie Ramge was one of 38 students to graduate from Colorado Rocky Mountain School last Saturday morning. The commencement took place under blue skies on the lawn west of the CRMS Barn. William Brown and Matt Bowers were the speakers; Monica Rhodes gave the Charge to Seniors. Looking on is Head of School Jeff Leahy. Photo by Ed Kosmicki

The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept. THURSDAY May 30 At 11:31 p.m. police contacted the occupants of a SUV parked at the White Hill cemetery and discovered three people under the age of 21 smoking marijuana. Officers confiscated a bong, pipes and the vehicle’s keys, issued warnings to the smokers, and gave them rides home. The keys were later released to the vehicle’s owner. THURSDAY June 6 At 12:06 p.m. the loss prevention officer at City Market reported two young males stole about $50 worth of makeup and ran from the store. Police were unable to locate the pair. FRIDAY June 7 At 11:44 p.m. police received a report of several loud people playing disk golf at Gianinetti Park. An officer arrived and told the diskers the park was closed and to go home. FRIDAY June 7 At 10:10 p.m. two women observed an intoxicated woman crash her bike as they left a restaurant. They attempted to assist the woman but she became combative and struck one of them repeatedly. The woman then ran away north along Highway 133. Officers who responded were unable to locate the woman and impounded her bike.

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then they re-appear one day, this one in the girls bathroom just as Lisa was, well, she damn near got bit on the arse. She’s thinking braised alligator tail with an onion ginger chipotle marmalade, look for it as a special any day now. It’s fresh, just like everything at Lisa’s Third Street CafÊ.

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First Friday’s highlight was the community portrait on Main Street, organized by Carbondale community access radio station KDNK. Above left, Carbondale Fire District Deputy Chief Billy Gavette straps in photographer Mark Burrows before loading him onto Ladder (truck) 81; KDNK station manager Steve Skinner looks on, coveting Burrows’ bullhorn. Above, here are some of the best the Roaring Valley has to offer. Right, the fully extended Ladder 81 tops out at 50 feet; Gavette dropped the ladder down to about a 45-degree for the photo printed here. Far right, Jenn Kauffman (from One Hot Mess) heads east with her bass after the crowd dissolved. Photos by Jane Bachrach and group photo by Mark Burrows.

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Send your scuttlebutt to tive attitudes toward the American form of government. There were 207 Boys State participants from around the state.

Bicycle Tour of Colorado rolling in The 2013 Bicycle Tour of Colorado rolls into town with 1,600 cyclists on June 24. They’ll be camping out, and taking showers, at Roaring Fork High School, and also partaking of a beer garden downtown and other activities later in the afternoon and evening. On the music front, the No Joes will open for Tjaar (featuring Pam and Dan Rosenthal, Mark Bruell and guests). The tour covers 438 miles and Carbondale is the second stop.

Strawberry Days picks local bands Glenwood Springs throws Strawberry Days at Sayre Park on Grand Avenue June 21-23 and several Carbondale bands are included in the music lineup. They include: The No Joes (second place, Strawberry Days Battle of the Bands) is comprised of Matthew Palomino, Carly Rosenthal, Ryan Myler and Lyle Luckett. They just finished a three-song EP at Cool Brick Studios. They take the stage at 1:30 p.m. on June 22. All the Pretty Horses (third place battle of the bands) take the stage at 11:30 p.m. on June 22.

Rebekahs reopen Friendship Park The Rebekahs have reopened Friendship Park (located next to the Near New Store on Main Street) after sprucing it up with new flowers and grass. They invite everyone to picnic and otherwise enjoy the park, but not to bring their dogs in or tie them to benches while they shop in order to ensure that park remain “poop free.”

Speaking of parks Users of the Carbondale Nature Park (aka Delaney dog park) were pleasantly surprised to see a 10-foot fairway mowed on each side of the dirt path around the park late last week. Beyond the new fairways, the rough can go has high as a foot or more so don’t forget to bring your 9-iron just in case. As always during the summer, unofficial tall grass turding rules are now in effect, which means you only have to look for about five seconds but must then

Calling all artists

Folks in the neighborhood of Seventh and Main report it has already happened. Less than a week after the 2013 Art aRound Town exhibit went up, someone has already climbed up on the larger than life size “Pink Rabbit” and had his photo taken. The Sopris Sun wants to know what you think of the sculpture. Just log onto Photo by Lynn Burton pick up any and all droppings you see no matter whose mutt produced them.

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orado Boys State at Colorado State University-Pueblo on June 2-8. He was sponsored by American Legion Post 100 and will be a senior at Bridges High School next school year. The purpose is Boys State is to identify young leaders and instill in them construc-

KDNK and CCAH invite folks to dive into 50 album covers and “embellish, paint, sculpt, college or delve into multi-media” to create their own piece of album art. Pieces must be finished by Aug. 10 and will hang in the KDNK Community Room until being auctioned off as a joint fundraiser. For details, call 963-1680.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Eileen Waski and Lynni Hutton (June 15), Vince Simonetti (June 16), Mike Strang and Taylor Carney (June 17), and Jennifer Bauer (June 19).

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Town trustees shoot down CCAH liquor license application Prairie dogs next? By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer The Carbondale Board of Trustees turned down a CCAH application for a Fourth of July special-event liquor license on Tuesday night; about an hour earlier someone joked about shooting prairie dogs at Hillcrest Cemetery on White Hill. The trustees’ liquor license denial came as a surprise on a 4-3 vote. As for the prairie dogs (or other rodentlike mammals), nobody will be officially shooting at them but town staff is looking at taking action after residents expressed concern over the cemetery’s infestation following Memorial Day ceremonies. First, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH). Carbondale’s best known non-profit applied for a special event liquor license to sell beer and wine at Sopris Park — as it has done for seven of the past eight Independence Day celebrations — to help kick off its Summer Music concert series. “This helps offset the costs of putting on the event,” said the CCAH liquor license application cover letter, signed by director Amy Kimberly. “ … Events like this bring community, tourists and good times together to enrich the town.” Town-planned activities for the Fourth of July include the annual kid’s parade down Main Street at 10 a.m., which spills over into Sopris Park, and a band from noon to 1 p.m. CCAH’s liquor license called for alcohol to be available from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mayor Stacey Bernot was first to question whether the trustees should issue the liquor license, saying she likes the fact that Potato Day is dry. “I don’t think we have to have alcohol at all events,” she said. “It

would be nice to have a couple of events Trustee John Hoffmann said that this that are dry.” She pointed out that last year, has been a tough year for non-profits, the alcohol was not served in Sopris Park. “ … trustees should be consistent in their policy (it) was awesome … (with a) family focus.” and they should let the non-profits know Trustee Elizabeth Murphy echoed ahead of time what the policy is. Bernot, asking “ … (why) every event has Bernot responded by saying she hears to be surrounded by alcohol” then said she from people who say Carbondale events would not be opposed to not seeing alco- focus on alcohol. “ … and that bums me hol served “at this event.” out.” She then pointed out the issue wasn’t Next up was trustee Frosty Merriott with CCAH but rather in keeping the who asked why non-profits have to serve Fourth of July alcohol free. alcohol “ … at Harvey countered that every event we the trustees need to have a have.” He referred policy discussion, in part to the death of to determine what “dry two local teens in dates” they want. Then, in a drunk driving 2014, the policy could be accident, the mes“the law of the land.” sage sent to teens After a brief comment when they see alfrom Zentmyer, trustees cohol sold at pubvoted on Murphy’s molic events, and tion to deny the license. then said “ … I Voting against the CCAH think we need to liquor license were Murchange the way we phy, Bernot, Foulkrod and think about it.” Merriott. Voting against – Amy Kimberly Murphy’s motion were Trustee John Foulkrod pointed Zentmyer, Harvey and out that bars and Hoffmann. liquor stores alThe meeting started at ready sell alcohol, and a beer garden like 6 p.m. and Kimberly was there until 6:30 the one CCAH proposed was competition p.m., but told The Sopris Sun she had to for those businesses. “Give them (busi- leave in order to attend a class she is taking. nesses) a day,” he said. “I had no idea this would suddenly be an Trustee Pam Zentmyer then called for a issue,” Kimberly said. “Boogie in Bonedale “bigger conversation” on the issue of alco- is eight years old” and at all but last year hol at public events. CCAH had a special event liquor license for Trustee Allyn Harvey said he liked the it. “We have always had good relations with discussion that was taking place but was the town.” not ready to deny the liquor license. In his report to the trustees, Police Chief After some back and forth, student-rep- Gene Schilling said he had found no resentative Jesse Murrillo said there should records “that would cause me to recombe a limit on the number of liquor licenses mend denial … .” that are issued, but “ … (the trustees) Kimberly estimated the denial will cost should start after this one.” CCAH about $400 to $1,000 in lost rev-

“I had no idea this would suddenly be an issue, … We have always had good relations with the town.”

enue, but that money isn’t the issue. “The bigger issue is how this was handled … it seems rather random.” She said CCAH puts on four concerts in its series but that the Fourth of July is the only one where they serve alcohol. Kimberly stressed that she does want to sound negative and that an “awesome” fire show will end the night on July 4. “I expect to see families out there having a good time.” On a two related notes, after the trustees denied CCAH’s liquor license for Sopris Park, they approved a special use liquor license for the Carbondale Clay Center and it’s Cajun Clay Night, scheduled for the clay center. Later still, the trustees voted 6-1 to allocate an extra $2,400 to the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to offset costs for a beer garden for the upcoming Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Zentmyer cast the dissenting vote. During the discussion, she said giving the chamber money for the beer garden would be “funding a fundraiser” outside the town’s annual budget process. “We don’t do that for anyone else.” After the vote, Zentmyer told chamber of commerce director Andrea Stewart “ … it’s nothing personal … it’s philosophical.”

Rodents During trustee comments early in the meeting, Bernot said rodents or prairie dogs are “wreaking havoc” on Hillcrest Cemetery, which is surrounded by private property and just outside the town limits to the east. The cemetery is minimally maintained, and Bernot and others fear headstones will start falling over due to the rodents burrowing and tunnels if the town doesn’t do something about it. Town manager Jay Harrington told the trustees that vacuuming the rodents out of their holes, as Foulkrod suggested, is not efTOWN COUNCIL page 15

Town Briefs Rotary donates $3,600 for defibrillators Sopris Sun Staff Report The Mount Sopris Rotary Club raised $3,600 for two automatic external difribulators, which they will present to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling during their weekly luncheon at Mi Casita restaurant on June 13.

In other town memos from June 3-7:

The Garfield County commissioners are scheduled to discuss access onto Highway 133 from Dolores Way at their meeting on July 1. The commissioners were slated to discuss the issue on June 10. Many Satank residents have suggested that CDOT put in a traffic light at the intersection, in part because vehicles stack up in the morning and afternoon when kids are dropped off or picked up at Carbondale Community School. Another possible solution residents suggested is a roundabout to the south at La Fontana Plaza. Motorists who are unable to turn left out of Dolores Way could instead loop to the north via the roundabout. CDOT and Garfield County are considering other options as well. Photo by Lynn Burton 8 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • JUNE 13, 2013

• Sales tax revenues for the town were 5.1 percent below last year for April. • The streets department is working with GMCO to finish the 2013 chip seal program. • A contractor was scheduled to replace the sanitary sewer service to 55 Fourth St. in the alley behind the Black Nugget starting June 10. • The Carbondale Historical Preservation Commission met with representatives from History Colorado concerning the development of a survey plan for Carbondale. • The building department has issued the River Valley Ranch restaurant has a conditional CO for the bar and dining area only. • John Plano has been working with architects on the 319 Main Street building and a large remodel of 55 N. 4th (the old Crystal Meats location). • The water plants are all stable operationally. • Officer Chris Wurthsmith and Police Chief Gene Schilling attended the FBI Command College in Denver and a lot of excellent information was presented.

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ART(E) SUMMER WORKSHOP July 8–12 | 9 am–3 pm at Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) Third Street Center 520 South 3rd St # 9, Carbondale Kids ages 9–11 create playful works of art using English and Spanish words and phrases inspired by the artwork of artist-writer Kay Rosen— featured on the site of the New Aspen Art Museum! Call the AAM at 970.925.8050 x 24, or visit for details on all our workshop programs. WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS The Aspen Art Museum offers need-based scholarships that cover workshop tuition for children of full-time residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. For an application, please visit workshops, or call Annie at the AAM at extension 24.

The AAM’s education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund. Additional support is provided by Mary and Patrick Scanlan, the Marcia and Philip Rothblum Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries. The Colorado Creative Industries and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for Art(e) Bilingual Workshops is provided by the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation for Latin American Art. Scholarships for AAM Summer Workshops are funded by Cari and Michael Sacks.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 13 BUDDY PROGRAM • The Buddy Program hosts a Mentor & Mingle session at Dos Gringos from 5 to 7 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • The Fabulous Thunderbirds play the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets are $35/$40. Info: PLEIN OPENING • “Plein Air: Fresh Paint” opens from 6 to 8 p.m. at CCAH’s R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center. Info: 963-1680. RODEO CONTINUES • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series continues at the Gus Darien arena on County Road 100 east of town at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with slack at 6 p.m.; the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through August 22. Adults are $10, a car load (up to six people) is $30, kids 10 and under with an adult are free. Info: ROTARY • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita on Main Street at noon every Thursday. Info: 963-6663.

FRI.-SUN. June 14-16 OLD WORLD ART SHOW • Classical oil painter Tamara Simmons will be featured in a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Redstone Art Center. There will be an open house and free demonstration on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Info: 963-3790.

THURS.-SAT. June 13-15 BOOK SALE • Friends of the Library hold a book sale at the Basalt Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.

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FRIDAY June 14 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Sapphires” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. June 14-20, also showing “The Croods” (PG) at 5:30 p.m. LIVE COMEDY • Mark Lundholm plays PAC3 at 7:30 p.m. From humble beginnings on the streets of Oakland as a homeless criminal and mental patient, to a world-renowned entertainer, Lundholm’s humor is a wild ride of challenges, changes and second chances. No cover. Info: LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the Rock Dogs from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. PATIO CONTAINER DESIGN • Crystal Gardens designer Shirley Pierce teaches you how to design an annual floral patio container. Bring your own container or purchase one at the gallery. Annual flowers will be available for purchase in design packages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Redstone Art Center. Info: 963-3790.

SATURDAY June 15 THOMPSON HOUSE TOURS • The Mt. Sopris Historical Society gives free tours of the Thompson House Museum on Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. The museum is located directly behind the River Valley Ranch tennis courts in the historic Thompson House. Info: 9637041. PHOTO SHOW CLOSES • Gayle Water-

man shows her abstract photography at Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt through June 15. SK8 RETURNS • The Bondale Sk8 Revival skateboard competition returns to North Face Park. It’s for skaters 5 and up. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. and there’s a $10 fee. Parents of skaters younger than 18 must sign a waiver. The competition starts at 10 a.m. Info: 510-1292. Event sponsors include: Casual Culture, White House Pizza, Coalatree, Radio, the Town of Carbondale, Sidewinder Sports, Alpine Bank, T-Bones, Grind for Life and Peppino’s Pizza. RAFTING TRIP • A Spiritual Center is sponsoring a rafting trip on the Upper Roaring Fork River. The Cost is $47 per person. Meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Snowmass Intercept lot. Info: 923-4544.

SUNDAY June 16 YOGA • True Nature Healing Arts offers free yoga in Sopris Park Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m. Info: 963-9900. AWF • The Aspen Writers Foundation kicks off its six-day program on China at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Meadows campus. Passes start at $175. Info: 920-5770. SPIRITUAL MATTERS • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center meets Sundays at 10 a.m. Today’s speaker is Michael East (Baha’i), followed by Angelique Fowler on June 23 (fifth dimensional lifestyle and energy cleaning) and Jodi Powell on June 30 (naturopathy and homeopathy). Info: 963-5516. LIVE MUSIC • Jammin’ Jim hosts an open mic at 5 p.m. at the Black Nugget. No cover.

MONDAY June 17 GLENWOOD IDOL AUDITIONS • The 116th annual Strawberry Days festival welcomes Glenwood Idol. Open to talented amateurs ages 15 and up, auditions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School. The top 10 performers earn the right to perform again on June 22. Info: 945-6589. JAM SESSION • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street hosts an old time jam session with Dana Wilson Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Bring your banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, spoons or washboard; all skill levels are invited. Info: 704-1216. POKER • The Black Nugget hosts Texas Hold ‘Em at 7 p.m.

TUESDAY June 18 LIVE MUSIC • The Redstone Hysterical Band kids off a free summer music series at the Redstone Art Center at 6:30 p.m. The band plays everything from jazz to R&B, rock, pop, gospel, country, samba “and more!!” The band is comprised of: Jeff Andrews (guitar), Stephanie Askew (vocals), Michael Askew (drums), Bruce Imig (bass) and John Riger (keyboards). Other dates are: July 2, 16, 19; Aug. 6, 20; and Sept. 3, 17. LIVE MUSIC • Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, and Jeff Crosby & the Refugees, perform at PAC3 at the Third Street Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15. Info: GW MARKET • Glenwood’s Downtown CALENDAR page 11

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Community Calendar Market takes place on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. There’s live music starting at 5:30 p.m., plus locally grown produce, honey, artisan wares and more. Credit and debit cards accepted, along with EBTs. Info: 618-3650. LIBRARY • Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Gordon Cooper Library for Music & Games at 4 p.m. The program is part of the Tuesdays @ the Library series. Info: 963-2889.

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and wellness coach Kate Carie-Eakins. FARMERS’ MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers’ Market takes place downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 2.


YOGA/GARDENING • Senior Matters hosts a yoga and gardening workshop with Shannon Jones at the Third Street Center on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. from June 19 through July 24. The fee is $13 in advance and $15 for drop ins. Info: 970-306-2587.

CULTURE CLUB • The Carbondale Culture Club continues its lunch-time presentations with classical pianist Elizabeth Gauger

ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at the firehouse. Info: Ken Neubecker at

Further Out FRIDAY June 21 THEATRE • Thunder River Theatre Company presents “Passionate Collaborators: Burns & Allen” on June 21-22, 28-30, and July 4-6. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except 2 p.m. matinees on June 30 and July 4. The play is based on the work of comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen, and was conceived, developed, and will be performed by Valerie Haugen and Lon Winston.

swing, jazz, folk and country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes calls “folk jazz.” The lyrics of his songs range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous. Hicks’s irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laidback vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit will make most who listen fans for life. He’s a snappy dresser, too. See him onstage at PAC3, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Info:

STRAWBERRY DAYS • The 116th annual Strawberry Days festival takes place at Sayre (Strawberry) Park in Glenwood Springs. Info:

PIE DAY • The Valley View Hospital Auxiliar’s Pie Day is held at the First United Methodist Church (824 Cooper Ave.) from 9 a.m. until the pies are gone. Proceeds go to scholarships and supporting the Connie Delaney Medical Library.

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LIVE MUSIC • Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is truly an American original. Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks has deftly blended elements of

BIRDING • Roaring Fork Audubon hosts a field trip at the Ranch at Roaring Fork. The trip is limited to 10 people. Info: Linda at 704-9950.

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Ongoing DRESSAGE • Healthy Horse Boutique invites the public to dressage shows at Barbara McElnea’s Les Corbeaux Farm (located at 6059 County Road 100 outside Carbondale) at 9 a.m. on June 19, July 10 and Aug. 17. It’s free for spectators. Info: CCAH ART CAMP • Registration is under way for Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Summer Art Camps. Info: 963-1680. WYLY SUMMER ART CAMP • Registration is under way for Wyly Summer Art Camp, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 17-20. Kids will create sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and

Bill Gruenberg. Info: 927-4123. ART SHOW CONTINUES • “Art in a Song: Synesthesia” continues at the Wyly Art Center through June 27. Info: 927-4123. RENEGADE BAND REHEARSAL • The Carbondale Renegade Marching Band holds weekly rehearsals at Sopris Park Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming gigs include Independence Day, Mountain Fair and Potato Day. Info: 963-2798 or the band’s Facebook page. MUSIC TOGETHER • Classes for infants, toddlers and young children take place at Music Together in Carbondale and Aspen. Info: or 963-1482.

Hold the Presses WHITE DOG HOSTS CONCERT • White Dog Gallery on Weant Boulevard hosts Kentucky artist Mark Whitley for a concert and opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 14. The show goes up on June 13. Info: Alan Weaver at 510-5391. FREE BIKE TUNINGS • The Bonedale Bicycle Project offers free bicycle tunings to the community at the Third Street Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 16. One bike per person and first come first served. “Come and get your clunkers running smooth,” said a BBP spokes-man. COWBOY BALL • There’ll be a Cowboy Ball at Riverside Middle School in New Castle from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on June 14. The caller is Pat (Tognoni) Danscen and she’ll call contra dances, square dances and other fun dances. The school is located just off Castle Valley Boulevard and Alder. Info: 984-3352 or 366-6213. ASPIRING ARTISTS CLASSES • Gerry Michel holds his Aspiring Masters art classes at Kahhak Fine Art and School in the Dinkel Building from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Donations are OK. Info: 948-7033. EXPORT YOUR STUFF • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office along with other organizations present “Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace” at the CMC Blake Center in Glenwood Springs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on June 19. RSVP by June 18

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Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is looking for volunteers to help staff its gyro booth at Carbondale Mountain Fair (July 26-28). “It takes 100 volunteers to make and serve thousands of gyros to the hungry crowds that descend on Sopris Park,” said a RFFRC spokeswoman. Shifts are three hours and families are welcome. Kids eight years old and older can help with beverages. For details, contact Katie Marshall at

Wilderness Workshop kicks off its summer hike schedule with a trek through the proposed Assignation Ridge wilderness area June 15, and birding hike into the Hay Park proposed wilderness area on June 16. In all, the non-profit environmental group will lead 20 hikes throughout the great White River National Forest region during the summer. The season concludes with an overnight hike to Lake Ridge Lakes on Sept. 28-29. All hikes are free but you must register in advance. For details, go to

Learn about immigration law A lawyer from Northwest Migrant Education discusses the Colorado Asset Bill, SB 90, state drivers licenses, the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and more at the Gordon Cooper Library at 6 p.m. on June 19. The free program will be presented in Spanish with an English translator. For details, call 963-2889.

Library offers Alex Project The Gordon Cooper Library is offering the Alex Project through Aug. 6. The program is designed to build connections between teens and adults through a shared love of reading. Registration takes place through June 15. For details, call 963-2889. COMMUNITY BRIEFS page 15

Keith Edquist brushed paint on Crystal River Spas’ toucan last Friday and told The Sopris Sun about how the bird came to perch there in the first place. Edquist, who now lives in Glenwood, was working for Crystal River Spas owner Doug Boyles and living in Carbondale in 1994 when the building at the west end of Main Street was first constructed. It turned out the porch beam came in three feet longer than it needed to be, so Edquist told Boyles he’d carve something out of it. “The toucan was suggested by the beam shape,” Edquist said. “And it seemed to fit well with water and spas and people in swim suits.” The carving was done with chisels and gouges, mallets, rasps and sanding. “I still have the same carving tools today and sharpened up a feature or two with them before painting it last week. It was just like yesterday being up there and working on my own work. I wouldn’t have changed a shaving on the carving and the paint flowed right where it should to complete the picture.” Because the toucan was not painted at the time, few people knew it was there, sunning, for almost 20 years.

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Edquist pointed out that he missed adding Crystal River Spas’ finally-completed sculpture to the 2103 Art aRound Town exhibit, which opened the day before. “I decided that painting this on First Friday was a good idea, just to add to the day’s events.” He said it was also fun to realize two decades had gone by, that it was time to paint the bird, “And as I told my momma after seven years getting through CU (Colorado University) ‘nothing good happens fast.’” Today, Jake Boyles and Joan Langer own Crystal River Spas. Is that the end of the story? Not quite. Edquist said that about a year ago he wanted to reestablish his ties with Carbondale so he joined the KDNK board of directors for starters. Driving by Crystal River Spas on his trips to Carbondale he kept glancing over at the naked toucan. “Jake says he remembers me carving it then (1994) … Crystal River Spas is going stronger and bigger than ever. I was happy to do this for my good friends there — still.” Photo by Lynn Burton

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I like to go fishing with daddy. I went on a boat with him in Yellowstone and we caught six fish and two we got to take home and eat. It was special because he was fighting a trout and his line broke. I got to drive the boat the whole way back. Thank you daddy for taking me on the boat (and mommy of course). JT (Age 7 – Carbondale)

Dear Sopris S un: I like to go fishi ng with my Dad . One time we went on a boat in Chinle. My lin e broke becaus I almost caught e a shark. My D ad didn’t get mad he said: “Good , Job!” I love you dadd y! David F. (Age 7 – Carbo ndale)

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Dear Sopris Sun: Dear Papa Cha Cha, we love you so much. Thank you for taking us rafting and camping and all the other fun stuff you do with us. We are all so excited for this season of rafting with you and our new boat the S.S. Mike. Love, the Cha Cha Family: Emmet, Suzannah and Ruby

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Dear Sopris Sun: I love my dad (Jimmy Byrne) because he’s playful, generous, fun and active. He takes me snowboarding, skateboarding and throws me on the couch --“weeeee....ooff!” I love my dad because he teaches me guitar and piano, and he spends a lot of time with me. And he is kind and takes good care of my mom and brother. Have the most scrumdidiliumptious Father’s Day, dad!! River Byrne (Carbondale)

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parties and skiing brought me to my new home in 1979.” Housekeeping and nanny work paid the bills for a time. Then, in 1984, Claudette Carter took Brenda under her wing in the landmark consignment store Gracy’s in Aspen. From there, Brenda followed her manager, Susan Harvey, to Susie’s, a new consignment store. There, Brenda’s knowledge of recycle, up-cycle, second hand, resale and consignment continued to grow. Now, says Brenda, “I own my own crazy, fun consignment shop in the heart of Basalt.” Having upgraded her location twice, Brenda’s Heirlooms has become a staple on Midland Avenue in what used to be the old post office. Her store’s branding is funky and eclectic and laced with high-end finds. There, women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, art, home goods, furnishings and gifts nicely fill the 2,800 square foot showroom. “The stories are endless,” says Brenda, “the goods never stop flowing and the fun is contagious. I’ve always wanted to write an account about the pieces that have traveled the valley and the stories they hold in their fibers. I have seen so many wonderful items resurface time after time.” In an economy where consigning goods has become

a necessary win-win for both buyer and seller, Brenda McCartney shines brightly with 28 years of experience that, as she says, “has been a pure joy and good fortune. I do a job that I love . . . and I’ve never had to work a day in my life.”

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Community Briefs continued om page 12 Story time heads to town hall Gordon Cooper’s story time for kids will be held at town hall at 10 a.m. on June 27 while the new Carbondale Branch Library prepares to open. The story time is for kids 15 years old and their caregivers, and includes arts/crafts and songs.

GED rules changing Colorado Mountain College reminds students that GED rules are changing. The exist-

ing GED test will be replaced by a computerized test in January 2014. “The shift means that students who have passed one section, or more, of the current exam must pass every section by the end of this year (Dec. 31, 2013) or lose the points they’ve already earned,� said Diane DeFord, adjunct instructor and retired associate professor of developmental studies at Colorado Mountain College. In other words, anyone who has only partly completed the old test by year’s end will have to start over from scratch in January, if they want to earn their GED. For details, contact any CMC campus.

Town council continued om page 8 fective. Relocating rodents takes a lot of time and money. In Harrington’s experience, the main ways to handle the problem is through poising or shooting. Bernot told the Sun that shooting is not an option. She said that staff will make a recommendation to the trustees later this summer.

Other meeting news includes: • Roaring Fork Resource Center Executive Director Randi Lowenthal and Board President John Stelzriede presented their quarterly report. Highlights included a description of the types of businesses currently taking advantage of the Center’s advisory services and a report on the positive status of the Carbondale Revolving Loan Fund, which is administered by the Resource Center. • The trustees discussed RFTA’s request for improvements to the intersection of 4th Street and the Rio Grande Trail, which has been identified as a safety concern for trail users. The trustees voted 5-2 to accept the town staff’s recommendations for signage changes at that intersection and no other changes to the current yield requirement for trail users. (Hoffmann and Zentmyer were the “nayâ€? votes: Hoffmann prefers a 4-way yield; Zentmyer advocated for a 4-way stop like that at the intersection of the Rio Grande Trails and Eighth Street.) The trustees voted unanimously to move the memorandum of understanding proposed by CORE for the Regional Water Conservation Plan to the consent agenda at an upcoming meeting. The final MOU will incorporate provisions for termination and dispute settlement previously recommended. (Barbara Dills contributed to this report.)

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THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • JUNE 13, 2013 • 15

Instructions for participating in the Phantom Ball

Phantom Ball Invitation Celebrate the Summer Solstice With The Sopris Sun You are invited to a Phantom Ball An event that doesn't really happen at all You sponsor the food, decorations, and more But never have to leave your front door No costumes to rent, no babysitters to hire Because the gala doesn't actually transpire It's all pretend, it's all in fun It's just to keep the Sopris Sun Shining over Carbondale Through rain and snow and even hail

1. On the form below check the box of the items you’d like to “provide” or the “guest” you’d like to be. You can choose more than one, just be sure to total your contribution amount at the bottom of the page. 2. Mail the form along with check or money order to The Sopris Sun PO Box 399, Carbondale, CO 3. To use a credit card or Paypal, go to: 4. Look in the June 27th Sopris Sun issue to see your contribution to the Phantom Ball. Remember! This is not a real event. It is simply a fun way to support the Sopris Sun; Carbondale’s non-profit weekly community newspaper.

Decorations $25 - soft moonlight string lights $50 - fresh garden flowers $100 - water fountain

Food and Drink $25 - fruit & cheese plate with ale or cider $50 - roasted crab and asparagus with Champagne $100 - grass-fed local rib eye steak grilled with Tequila and lime


2013 Phantom Ball theme; A Midsummer Night's Dream “If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream,”

$25 - drum circle $50 - slam poets $100 - fire dancers $250 - Love potion

Guests $25 - Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote and Mustardseed ~ Titania’s Fairy Court $50 - Lysander ~ a young man of Athens $50 - Demetrius ~ a young man of Athens $50 - Hermia ~ a young woman of Athens $50 - Helena ~ a young woman of Athens $75 - Oberon ~ the king of the fairies $75 - Titania ~ the Queen of the Fairies $100 - Puck ~ a mischievous fairy PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY!



NAME : Required for acknowledgement in The Sopris Sun

Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $2,500 to ensure continued coverage of local news and events in the Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s non-profit community newspaper.


For our records only, will not be shared


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