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Trustees choose town manager By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer

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he Carbondale Board of Trustees chose a new town manager Tuesday night. He’s Jay Harrington, the current city manager in Cortez, Colo. “He seems to have the whole package,” said Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Wednesday morning. Bernot said she was particularly impressed with the favorable comments Harrington received from citizen panels and at public receptions for the final six candidates. “He had tremendous support from panels and a broad based of support,” Bernot said. Harrington was not available for comment. According to information released by the town during the interview process, Harrington has 17 years of city and town management experience, including experience in mountain communities. He served as town manager for Telluride and Pagosa Springs, and as a senior planner for La Plata County. Harrington holds a BA in environmental studies from Saint Lawrence University and a MA in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. Bernot said Harrington has signed a two-year contract with the town and the position pays $114,000 a year. “The board eagerly anticipates his arrival and looks forward to his leadership,” she said. The town manager position opened up when the trustees voted 4-3 last December not to renew former town manager Tom Baker’s contract. Bernot said Harrington is required to give 60days notice to Cortez and she expects him to start in Carbondale in late August. When Harrington steps into this town hall office there’ll be a full plate of projects and issues with which to deal, including: the on-going comprehensive plan process, development reviews for the Village at Crystal River and Thompson Park, drafting medical marijuana regulations and dealing with a slow economy that is producing flat or declining revenues. During the past five months, assistant town manager Nancy Barnett took on added duties and still served as finance director. “The board (of trustees) is really appreciative of how Nancy has stepped in and kept the business of the town functioning,” Bernot said. “I can’t say enough about how she stepped up to the plate.” Bernot said the trustees voted 7-0 to hire Harrington. Trustees made their announcement after an executive session at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting.

Davin Bevan, 18 months, from Silt, had a pretty good perch for viewing the goings on at last Thursday night’s Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. The series continues every Thursday night through mid-August at the Gus Darien arena east of town on County Road 100. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Carbondale Commentary

Behind closed doors I’m a big fan of the kitchen door era. None of this vaulted ceiling, open space, can’t-tell-wherethe-kitchen-ends-and-the-dining-room-begins s#!%. I want a swinging kitchen door. The kind that can really hurt if two people try to use it from opposite sides simultaneously — SMACK! And let’s go back in time with our insider knowledge of politicians’ lives too. There’s too much information coming at us from all sides. I feel like Sarah Palin in that bakery, fielding ‘gotcha’ questions about Paul Revere riding through the night to warn “…the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells.”— no, wait a minute … I don’t feel that confused. Look at the difference between Schwarzenegger and Jefferson’s indiscretions, LH6s, or whatever the latest text abbreviation for adultery is. They both had inappropriate relations with their maids and fathered illegitimate offspring, but with Jefferson it was only discussed behind closed doors. “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” — Alice Roosevelt Longworth. With Schwarzenegger it’s all over the place; I can’t get away from it. And I don’t want to see or hear about Arnold’s illicit affair every time I turn around (especially since she looks like Arnold in drag.) Speaking of keeping it hidden, the banks are at it again. Our economy hasn’t even recovered and they’re setting it up all over again. High-speed banking is the ultimate inside joke. It refers to the super computers owned and operated by the large banks By Jeannie Perry that trade on the stock market at break-neck speed. Break-neck being the operative word, because that’s what you’ll wish would happen to you once you realize all your earnings have disappeared behind Curtain No. 2 to subsidize some CEO’s private island getaway.These guys have no conscience. Seriously, how good can that piña colada taste, knowing that you are an unconscionable thief who stole Joe Schmo’s pension to pay for it? Where have all the scrupulous people gone? I recently saw a MasterCard commercial where the guy uses his check card to purchase a ‘first date finest’ bottle of wine, a ‘homecooked meal’ and a toothbrush — “just in case.” The requisite first date flowers replaced by a toothbrush, just in case he gets lucky and spends the night with a girl he just met?! Again, I’m sure there have always been women who will let a guy steal bases in the first inning, and I’m certainly not judging them, but why do I have to see it in a freakin’ MasterCard commercial?! Is nothing secret or private anymore? It’s just like the modern kitchen — all out in the open for everyone to watch and throw in their two cents. I guess it explains the surge in reality TV. Why pay writers and actors and set builders to build a fictional story, when we’re perfectly happy to watch strangers work, shop and play, day in and day out, in their in-theordinary lives. From what I can gather, young people would rather forfeit their privacy than get a real job. I’ve heard a lot of griping about the Y Generation’s work ethic.“They text on the job and when reprimanded, they walk off the job. … They have no respect for authority or building a reputable work history. … They don’t show up for work on time, if at all.” I say more power to ‘em. They’re obviously adapting to their environment. Generation Y is the first one to be authority savvy; they know that they can work hard their whole life for The Bank only to get squeezed out/canned/laid off just before any retirement benefits they may have accrued would kick in. And by then they’ll be too old to be considered a desirable candidate for a new job. So how can we blame them for doing what they want, when they want? It’s evolution. In a few generations, I think, we’ll see the death of privacy, democracy, and any other old-fashioned “acy.” As well as any worth in a good reputation. As many a politician has proven, they don’t hold their value. I predict all this and that everyone’s thumbs will be smaller.

Ps & Qs

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Letters

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Thanks from CMS Dear Editor: I am a teacher at Carbondale Middle School, and I want to publicly thank the organizations and individuals who made this school year one of the most successful in my career. Steve Kaufman’s after school program called “Second Shift” enabled me to give additional instruction to students who were falling behind in math. Thank you to Steve and his staff for creating a program that supports students’ learning beyond regular school hours. Local volunteer extraordinaire Dave Kolquist spent countless hours in my classroom teaching math and modeling positive social behavior and effective communication skills. Dave and his wife also donated materials and expertise for a culminating project in which students applied their math skills to construct golf clubs. If our valley had 100 volunteers like Dave the achievement gap would likely disappear. Many people and business deserve thanks for their support of extra curricular projects at CMS. My success with the Energy Champions, a group of dedicated students who met regularly after school to conserve energy, was made possible by Alice Laird at CLEER, Charley Haupt at New Energy Technology, and Auden Schendler at Aspen Skiing Company. Finally, the CMS climbing wall is nearly complete due to the help of local businesses Ernie Kollar engineering, Pacific Sheet Metal, Grizzly Electric, and parents Tom and Laurie Stevens. To make the wall usable the school now needs to raise $2,000 for padding. Donations may be sent to “Carbondale Middle School Climbing Wall.” Undoubtedly, students benefit when people and businesses get involved in their local schools. I encourage anyone who would like to be a part of the 2011/2012 school year in any capacity to contact me or Carbondale Middle School. Thank you for your support! Michael Logan Carbondale

Sports thanks Dear Editor: The Roaring Fork Sports Foundation would like to thank the following local businesses for their support of the Kick-Off Classic golf tournament to help benefit studentathletes in the Roaring Fork Valley. The golf tournament was held on June 4 at Aspen Glen. Thanks to the staff at Aspen Glen for once again putting on a flawless event. To Twirp Anderson, thanks for allowing us to utilize your auctioneering skills. A special thanks goes out to the following apparel sponsors: Glenwood Insurance Agency, MRI, Drs. Rob and John Murray, Alpine Bank, McDonald’s, and Carl J. Ciani Agency. Thanks to Moe’s Southwest Grill for donating the food grilled on the course.Thanks to the following booster clubs for their help on the course: Roaring Fork Ram Parents, Basalt Longhorn Parents and Glenwood Springs Demon Parents. Thanks to the many local golfers that participated in this year’s tournament. Without the support of the local community and businesses that were hole sponsors and or do-

nated items for the silent auction the event would not have been a huge success. Thanks again and congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners Jake Strack-Loertscher (Roaring Fork High School) who will be attending Northeastern Junior College in the fall, and Nick Ciani (Glenwood Springs High School) who will be attending Colorado State University in the fall. Best of luck to both of these student athletes on their collegiate endeavors. Alicia Crandell Carbondale

Save Thompson House Dear Editor: I recently toured the remarkable Thompson House on the urging of a number of locals including Skip Bell. I was so impressed with this local treasure, a veritable turn-key museum, that I think everyone in town should visit, particularly the children. I understand that the future of this treasure is in doubt, and it seems to me that it would be a terrible shame for Carbondale to lose this opportunity to safeguard this part of the town’s heritage for future generations. I don’t know the particulars of the real estate development surrounding the Thompson House that is presently before the town, so I can’t comment on whether I think it should be approved simply to save the house, but clearly the house should be saved, if at all possible, even if the development for reasons of density or design is not approved. Craig R. Rathbun Carbondale

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Ross hires Sonya Hemmen as new Head of School Sopris Sun Staff Report

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If Saturday’s bicycle racers were in cars, they’d be breaking the speed limit. But they aren’t, so they get to pedal as fast as they can at the Rocky Mountain Omnium criterium. The race travels Main Street, Colorado Avenue, Seventh and Third streets. The alley behind the Dinkel Building will be open for deliveries. Sopris Sun file photo

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Criterium turns downtown into bike racing central By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Look for racers to hit 20th gear down Main Street, and speeds of 35-40 miles per hour, during this Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Omnium criterium. “The criterium is the NASCAR of bicycle racing,” said race organizer Mitch Hyra. “They’ll be breaking the (vehicle) speed limit.” Saturday’s criterium is the second leg of the three-day omnium, which features a time trial from Colorado Rocky Mountain School to Iron Bridge on Friday and a road race at Dotsero on Sunday. If the entire event is sort of a three-ring circus, the criterium in Carbondale is the center ring. Besides Saturday’s races, the Chamber of Commerce is operating a beer garden all day at Fourth and Main and also serving up free music. An announcer will keep folks appraised of the action from a race trailer at Fourth and Main. All the while, even though Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the races, pedestrians will be free to cross after looking both ways. “There’ll be plenty of time to cross the street,” said Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel. “We hope to see hundreds of people downtown.” After Friday’s time trials, racers and everyone else will be treated to a Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities concert at Fourth and Main featuring Smooth Money Gesture. This is the second year Hyra, a Glenwood Springs resident, has brought the race

to Carbondale after staging the event for two years before that in his hometown. He first got a notion to move the criterium out of Glenwood Springs after being relegated to the town’s “shoulder areas” in 2009. He thought about holding races on Missouri Heights but switched to Carbondale in 2010 after talking with Jackel. “He (Jackel) said they’d love to have it in Carbondale,” Hyra said. “I said ‘great.’ If you can secure the roads we’ll bring the racers. Carbondale made it easy.” Hyra and Jackel both stressed the race isn’t costing the town of Carbondale any money and is made possible through volunteer efforts. Actually, the town might make a little money.“We’re charging $4 per shower at the recreation center,” Jackel said. Upwards of 350 professional and amateur racers, mostly from the Front Range, are expected to stay in local motels or camp out. Hyra said many will be riding $8,000 carbon-fiber bikes that weigh about 15 pounds. There will be 12 races on Saturday, ranging from 40 minutes to 70 minutes (with one five lap race), starting at 8:30 a.m. A men’s professional race is scheduled to conclude the day’s events at 6:40 p.m. Professionals average 23-30 hours a week training, while serious amateurs can spend 20 hours and beginners four to eight hours. Hyra said some racers will compete in the criterium on teams while others will be pedaling solo. CRITERIUM page 5

Ross Montessori School announced on June 14 it has hired Sonya Hemmen as its Head of School. Hemmen replaces Mark Grice, who served as Head of School for the past six years, according to a press release. Her first day on the job was scheduled for June 15. “Sonya Hemmen was enthusiastically and unanimously recommended for the position by a search committee made up of teachers, parents and board members,” said school president Charlie Cook. After a rigorous and thorough process, Hemmen was selected from a group of 23 applicants. For the past eight years, Hemmen was principal at Glenwood Springs Elementary School where she improved test scores, increased enrollment and created a strong sense of community, according to Cook. She is fluent in Spanish and said she is “excited” to help Ross Montessori expand its Latino enrollment. “Sonya has many of the critical components we were looking for in our new Head of School, but what impressed me the most about Sonya was her respect for and focus on the child,” said Ross Montessori teacher Kelly Klotz, who spoke on behalf of the search committee. “Every reference stated that her number one priority is the children. Sonya is not yet Montessori trained, but the way she thinks about education and the way she thinks about children aligns with the Montessori philosophy. I couldn’t be more excited about her joining our community and leading our team of educators.” Ross Montessori School is a public charter school that serves 220 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Cook said it offers an authentic Montessori education combined with Spanish language instruction, outdoor education, art and music. Ross Montessori, located at 407 Merrill (north of Carbondale Town Hall), is open to students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Re-1 School District didn’t renew Hemmen’s contract in March, prompting protests from Glenwood Springs Elementary School parents and other supporters.

Celebration of life for Patrick Hayes Sopris Sun Staff Report A celebration of life for Patrick Hayes will be held at the Pour House in downtown Carbondale from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. There will be a cash bar. Patrick passed away in Naples, Fla. on Oct. 31, 2010. He was born on Feb. 27, 1947.

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Ruby Fuller (left) handles a corn snake while Morgan Needham (right) shows a dwarf boa constrictor at Sopris Park last week. The girls were taking part in the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Rock Bottom Ranch’s summer snake program. For details, go to aspennature.org/programs. Photo by Lynn Burton THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 16, 2011 • 3


Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. WEDNESDAY June 8 At 2:40 p.m., a citizen called police to report a couple having sex in a vehicle at Clearwater and Main Street. The citizen also said an exchange of money or drugs had occurred. Police responded but could not locate the vehicle in question. WEDNESDAY June 8 At 10:50 p.m., police responded to a group of juveniles in a yard on Third Street and advised them to quiet down.While they were there, police heard a loud adult party across the street and also asked them to keep it down. WEDNESDAY June 8 At 11:51 p.m. police arrested a couple and charged them with domestic violence. THURSDAY June 9 At 12:36 a.m. police responded to a disturbance call at a downtown bar. They encountered a man whom they described as “intoxicated, loud and argumentative.” THURSDAY June 9 At 10:47 a.m. police responded to a house on Wheel Circle and explained to a resident the town’s ordinance that limits the number of dogs she can keep on her property. THURSDAY June 9 At 3:12 p.m., police assisted the Carbondale Fire District with a river rescue.

The Carbondale-based Clean Energy Collective officially opened its new solar array at the Garfield County Airport on Tuesday. Dignitaries included former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (now director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University). From left to right: Scott Ely, president of Sunsense Solar; Paul Spencer, president of Clean Energy Collective; and Raffi Agopian, CEO of Martifer Solar. The solar farm, which offers solar panels to individual buyers, is the largest in the United States. Photo by Chrissy Leonard.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Adjustment and Appeals for the purpose of considering an application seeking relief from the minimum 10-foot side yard setback in the River Valley Ranch Residential Low Density P.U.D. zone district to accommodate a permanent roof on a pre-existing trellistopped pergola at a single family residence. The applicant is Jack Palomino; the owners are Steven Wolff and Lynne Feigenbaum. The property is located at 606 North Bridge Drive. The legal description is Section: 3 Township 8 Range 88 River Valley Ranch Phase IV, Block A, Lot 62, Town of Carbondale, County of Garfield, State of Colorado. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2010. Copies of the proposed application are on file in The Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. John Leybourne Published June 16, 2011 in the Sopris Sun Town of Carbondale

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Trustees keep slogging through ompson annexation By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer The town trustees discussed the Thompson Park annexation and zoning application again on Tuesday night and continued the public hearing to July 12. Thompson Park, proposed by Frieda Wallison of Snowmass, is a 10-acre parcel that partially borders Highway 133 at the south end of town and includes the historic Thompson House, which Wallison said she will donate to either the town or Mount Sopris Historical Society. Last year, the Thompson family donated the house’s contents, some of which are more than 100 years old, to the Mount So-

pris Historical Society, which has said it hopes to operate the two-story brick structure as a museum. The property, which abuts River Valley Ranch, is surrounded by Carbondale but has never been annexed into the town and carries a Garfield County zoning of A/R/RD (agricultural/rural/rural density). Wallison seeks to gain approval to build 45 housing units. Part of her proposal includes dedicating the approximately 1.5acres the Thompson House sits on to the town for a park. She originally presented her development application to the town more than a year ago. Town planner Janet Buck presented the

trustees with six points for discussion on Tuesday night. The trustees made it through three points before continuing the hearing: park improvements for the developer to complete (which includes a phasing schedule), Thompson House maintenance and transportation impact fees. The trustees discussed the development application for about two hours on Tuesday night. Wallison attended the meeting with her representatives Michael Hassig and Mark Chain. Annexation into Carbondale is the first issue for resolution. After that, Wallison has one year to submit a master plat for the property.

Upcoming issues for consideration include phasing and vested rights, according to Buck’s six-point discussion list. In other action Tuesday night, the trustees: • Approved a special event liquor license for the Carbondale Rotary Foundation’s “Great Balls of Fire” event; • Approved a liquor license renewal for Six89 restaurant; • Approved a liquor license approval for the River Valley Ranch Master Association; • Approved a draft intergovernmental agreement with the Garfield County Library District for a new library planned for the corner of Third Street and Sopris Avenue.

Droste Mountain Park opens June 28 Sopris Sun Staff Report

Roaring Fork High School graduate Jake Strack-Loertscher (second from left, back row) played on the White team in the four-team Colorado All-State basketball tournament June 11 at Adams State College in Alamosa. Roaring Fork basketball coach Larry Williams (far left) was one of the coaches. Courtesy photo

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Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, naturalists, open space supporters and trail enthusiasts are expected to gather near Snowmass Village on June 28 between 3 and 6 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the Droste Mountain Park Open Space. The party, which will be held in the Town Park Gazebo adjacent to the Snowmass Village Recreation Center, will combine a ribbon cutting ceremony with live music, refreshments and guided tours up to the ridge running the length of the property, according to a press release. “We’ve just put the finishing touches on a new trail leading from the Snowmass Village roundabout up Hidden Valley to the top of the ridge,” said Pitkin County Open Space

and Trails Steward, Gary Tennenbaum. “People can literally park in the Rodeo lot and either walk, run, mountain bike or ride a horse from the lot onto the new open space. It’s magnificent up there.” The 845-acre Droste Parcel was purchased last winter for $17 million in a partnership between Pitkin County, the city of Aspen, town of Snowmass Village, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Great Outdoors Colorado. The purchase eliminated the possibility that the property could be developed into a subdivision for which it had zoning approvals. An interim management plan is in place that makes it possible to open the property on a limited basis to the public. The plan can be viewed online at aspenpitkin.com/openspace.

Criterium continued om page 3 Races start at the west end of Main Street, then follow a .6 mile course that takes bicyclists north on Third Street, west on Colorado and south of Seventh Street before connecting with Main Street again. Attendants will direct traffic from both ends of Main Street. The alley north of the Dinkel Building will be open for delivery vehicles. As for Friday’s 20K time trials, they start at 6:30 p.m. near Colorado Rocky Mountain School and go west on County Road 109 to Iron Bridge. Sunday’s 50K and 80K road race heads north out of Dotsero and returns. Hyra, 49, has lived in Glenwood Springs for eight years and has been a bicycle racer

for 18. Originally from Wisconsin, he got started bicycle racing as a way to stay in shape as a ski racer. “It got to be where I couldn’t just roll off the couch and beat the young punks anymore,” he joked. Both Hyra and Jackel would like to build the Rocky Mountain Omnium to become one of the state’s premier races and turn it into a regional event that draws racers from around the state and beyond. Hyra points to the cycling festival that takes place in Durango and wonders why the same thing couldn’t happen here. “Carbondale is a unique community,” he said. “I think it could happen here.”

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Send your scuttlebutt to Scuttlebutt@SoprisSun.com. Thermal Horse Show Circuit winning not only the Circuit Grand Championship, but also the Circuit Reserve Grand Championship on Karibou and Samos. This makes four years in a row Stephenson has won the Grand Circuit Championship in the Amateur Adult Hunters.

Don’t bet on grizzlies For folks who climb, scamper or hike around on Mt. Sopris here’s a question. Have any of you seen what appears to be a grizzly bear up there? No word on whether the mystery bear was ďŹ shing at Thomas Lakes (like the Hamm’s bear?), attempting to summit Sopris, lurking about in aspen groves, trail snifďŹ ng or just breathing in the cool air. In any case, a rumor is making the rounds that a grizzly might have been spotted on Sopris but the Colorado Division of Wildlife is downplaying the possibility. “There have been no known grizzlies in Colorado since 1979,â€? said DOW spokesman Mike Porras. That particular bear was shot dead by a bow hunter in southwest Colorado (the San Juans), which pretty much conďŹ rmed the existence of at least one grizzly in the state back then. Porras said it’s unlikely but possible that a grizzly could have migrated down to Sopris from the Wyoming border, and even more unlikely that a self-sustaining grizzly population exists in the Carbondale area. It’s more likely that someone could have seen a really big black bear (700-800 pounds) and mistook it for a grizzly. “People sometimes over-estimate the size of bears when they see them,â€? Porras said. Black bear can sometimes be honey or cinnamon colored, and look like a grizzly. Black bear have larger ears than grizzlies (not that most folks can rely on ďŹ rst-hand comparisons). Grizzlies’ backs are humped rather than sloped like a black

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The John M. Fleet swimming pool is attracting a steady stream of soakers these days, including Emely Mejia (foreground) and her brother Nelson (behind). The lap pool’s water temperature is kept at 84-86 degrees according to the town Web site, while the wading pool is 88-90 degrees. Photo by Tess Freeman bear. Their nose is more concave than a black bear (if you’re that close, you might be in trouble). And the clincher – grizzlies are more aggressive than black bear although they are less likely than a black bear to do one thing: chase you up a tree.

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Stephenson returns Kathy Weiss Stephenson, owner of Crystal Springs Ranch & Saddlery, has returned to her Missouri Heights horse ranch after spending the last ďŹ ve months at her other ranch (Crystal Springs West) in Thermal, California. Stephenson ďŹ nished the 2011 Winter

Doug and Rebecca Self (nee Cheatheam) celebrated their 45th anniversary on June 12. They met in 1963 in Plainview, Texas and married three years later in Rebecca’s hometown of Childress, Texas. Through many jobs, camping and hunting trips, and extraordinary circumstance, Doug and Rebecca moved to Colorado in 1976 and started the Church at Redstone. In 1990 they started the Church at Carbondale (now The Orchard), where they celebrated their anniversary with family, friends and members of the congregation.

They say it’s your birthday Birthday greetings go out to: Vince Simonetti (June 16), Mike Strang and Taylor Carney (June 17), Jennifer Bauer (June 19), Arleen Ginn, Todd Fugate and Ernie Kollar (June 21) and Jessica Kollar (June 22).

Service for Jim Luttrell June 25 A memorial service for Jim Luttrell will be held at the Carbondale ďŹ re station in the afternoon of June 25 (probably 2 to 5 p.m.). Luttrell, a former Carbondale mayor, died on May 5. An obituary will be printed in The Sopris Sun on June 23.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 16 CARBONDALE CLAY CENTER • The Carbondale Clay Center hosts “Pairings” from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring more than 700 cups from 80 local and national artists. Numerous brands of spirits, wine and beer will be poured into the cups, which will be offered for sale for tastings. Other beverages and chili will also be available. The Carbondale Clay Center is located at the east end of Main Street. Info: 963-CLAY. GORDON COOPER LIBRARY • The Gordon Cooper Library presents “Bugs, Bon Appetit” as part of its Read Every Day teen summer reading program. It starts at 4 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars presents Hymm for Her. Info: 963-3340.

FRIDAY June 17 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Water for Elephants” (PG-13) at 8 p.m. June 17-23 and “African Cats” (G) at 6 p.m. June 17-18. THEATRE • Thunder River Theatre Company begins its run of “The Trip to Bountiful” at 7:30 p.m. Subsequent performances dates are June 18, 24, 25, 26, 30 and July 12 with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. “The Trip to Bountiful,” by Horton Foote, tells the story of an elderly woman who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is consistently stifled from leaving Houston by her daughter-in-law (portrayed by Valerie Haugen) and an overprotective son (portrayed by Brad Moore). The cast is rounded out by Ariel Gilman, Gerald Delisser,

To list your event, email information to news@soprissun.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at soprissun.com.

Lana Karp, Olivia Savard and Tripp Watts. The production is directed and designed by Lon Winston. LIVE MUSIC • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities kicks off its Summer of Music series with Smooth Money Gesture at Fourth and Main at 7 p.m. It’s free. Subsequent shows will be staged at Sopris Park. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday night. Info: 963-3340. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s in the Dinkel Building presents TRUNK. LIVE MUSIC • Jim Hawkins and Jacob Russo will perform at the historic Cardiff Schoolhouse, 4018 Sky Ranch Drive in Park East, Glenwood Springs, at 7:30 p.m. Hawkins, a business owner, writes songs that draw on his experiences growing up in the west. Russo, 19, won last year’s Carbondale Mountain Fair songwriting contest. Tickets are $8 at the door. Organizers suggest that audience members bring flashlights, as there are no lights on the path to the school. Info: at cardiffschoolhouse.com. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Skinner, Girardot, X and Martin from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover charge.

SATURDAY June 18 BICYCLE RACING • The Rocky Mountain

Roaring Fork Valley Co-Op starting at 7:30 a.m. They’ll also be serving coffee.

SUNDAY June 19 VALLEY PREMIER • The valley premier of the documentary “Learning from Water to be a Man” is presented at the Third Street Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.The evening begins with a song from Paul Frantzich. Carbondale resident Will Evans produced the film, which features a conversation with oral historian of the Haida people Woody Morrison. Omnium’s criterium takes place all day in downtown Carbondale. The Chamber of Commerce will operate a beer garden with live music featuring Dwight Ferrin from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and A Vision Quest from 3 to 7 p.m. STRAWBERRY DAYS • The 114th annual Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs hits stride with a parade at 10 a.m. Other weekend events include music in Sayre Park and arts & crafts booths. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s presents James Burke & Co. at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Pianist/singer John Riger plays Fin’s in downtown Glenwood Springs every Saturday night through the summer. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Fifty50 (classic rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover charge. CAR WASH • Boy Scout Troop 235 out of Carbondale is holding a car wash at the 4,4),9: +6569: :765:69: 79,=0,>

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FLOAT TRIP • The Roaring Fork Conservancy offers a guided float trip through the James H. Smith North Star Open Space east of Aspen from 5 to 8 p.m. Acceptable water craft include canoes, kayaks or duckies. Staff from Pitkin County Open Space and the conservancy will point out wildlife and discuss recent restoration activities. Life jackets are required. Info: 927-1290.

WEDNESDAY June 22 FARMER’S MARKET • The Carbondale Farmer’s Market at Fourth and Main St. continues its summer season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’ll be music, new vendors and old favorites, plus fish, prepared food, flowers and more. The market is sponsored by American National Bank and runs through Oct. 5. LIVE MUSIC • White House pizza presents David Harlan (Dave Mathews/Keller Williams) from 7 to 10 p.m.

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FILM RETURNS • “The Economics of Happiness” returns to the Third Street Center’s Calaway room at 7 p.m. The film shows the effects of globalization and illustrates local movements that are combating it.

June 24 “DREAM LIKE A CHAMPION” • Dick Durrance presents the inspirational talk “Dream Like a Champion” at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Durrance, a photojournalist

whose images have appeared in National Geographic magazine, was nominated in the National Speakers Association’s Rising Star competition. Topics he’ll cover include opening your eyes to analyze the facts around you and opening your mind to embrace the ideas around you. Durrance’s talk is presented by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Info: 963-1680.

June 25-26 HORSE SHOW • The Crystal Springs Ranch Summer Classic Horse Show is staged at

Crystal Springs Ranch. Contestants are expected from all over the Western Slope and points are awarded by the Western Colorado Hunter Jumper Association. Admission is free and food is being catered by Desert Sky.

Tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple. To reserve tickets go to youthentity.org. Info: 963-4055.

June 25

HIDDEN GEMS HIKE • The Wilderness Workshop holds one of its Hidden Gems Hikes up Perham Creek (Assignation Ridge) south of Carbondale at 8 a.m. The hike is described as a “moderate and short but steep” assent to the top of Assignation Ridge with stunning views of Mt. Sopris. Info: whiteriverwild.org.

PIG ROAST • Youth Entity holds its annual pig roast at the Aspen Glen Club from 6 to 9 p.m. There’ll also be a live auction and live music from the Manuel Molino Trio. The menu includes authentic Cuban cuisine with roast suckling pig infused with mojo garlic oil.

June 26

Ongoing RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo continues its season at the Gus Darien arena east of town (on County Road 100) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate. FARMER’S MARKET • The Fresh Fridays Farmer’s Market is held behind the Redstone Company Store every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Info: 963-3408. SAILING • The Aspen Yacht Club holds sailboat races at Ruedi Reservoir on Sundays through the summer. The club’s facility has vehicle parking, boat storage, a mast raising yard arm, club house, camping lawn, volley-

ball court, fire pit, beach, 60 boat slips, rigging dock and concrete launch ramp, porta potties and two rescue boats. Info: aspenyachtclub.com. CMC SHOW • The Colorado Mountain College Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs hosts an opening reception for Basalt artist Michael Raaum from 5 to 8 p.m. The show features 28 abstract impressionist paintings and continues through July 27. Raaum is a full-time counselor and art instructor at CMC’s Aspen campus. The gallery is located at 831 Grand Ave. Info: 947-8367.

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LIVE MUSIC • The 10th annual Sopris Music Fest takes place at venues all over town from June 23-26. Highlights include more than a dozen bands, an open mic night, bluegrass jam session, piano recital, art exhibits, locally produced food, a beer garden and more. Sponsors include: KDNK, the town of Carbondale, Blue Tent Marketing, Dos Gringos, Amore Realty, Otak, Jen Perez, Bill Flanigan, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Alpine Bank, Sopris Chiropractic, Main Street Spirits, Inter-Mountain Waste, Glenwood Music, Village Inn, Steve’s Guitars and a lot of musicians playing for their friends and neighbors.

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Criterium “Street Fight” Bike Race Saturday, June 18th Downtown Carbondale

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For six action-packed days, the top 250 qualifying border collies from the US and Canada and their handlers will square off with Colorado’s capricious range yearlings to determine the 2011 National Sheepdog Champion and Nursery Sheepdog Champion.

Although it looked to some motorists as if these cattle were headed into 7/Eleven for their early morning coffee on June 10, cowhands steered the herd around the store and west on Main Street to summer pasture. The cattle drive was over before the commuter drive began. Photo by Julie Albrecht

Food and Craft Fair Downtown Concert, BBQ & Street Fair Spinning, Lamb Cooking & Painting Demonstrations

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The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance is sponsoring mobile dental clinics for area handicapped and uninsured seniors during the week of June 19. The program will provide dental hygiene care and referrals to area seniors at a low cost (on a sliding fee scale). Services will include dental exams, ďŹ&#x201A;uoride varnishes, dental cleanings, and cleanings of partials and dentures. The fees for care range from $35 to $112 based on the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to pay. Clinics will be held at the Pitkin County Senior Center on June 22 and Grace Nursing Home in Glenwood Springs on June 23-24. For details, call Judy Martin at 945-9191, ext. 3061 (for GarďŹ eld County) or Patty Kravitz at 920-5432 (Pitkin County).

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