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Bike tour rolls in June 24 By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


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Contestants limber up their horses before every performance of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. The season kicked off June 6 (shown here) and continues at the Gus Darien arena on County Road 100 every Thursday through August 22. For details, see this week’s Sopris Sun Calendar listing or go to Photo by Jane Bachrach


he 19th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado rolls into Carbondale with 1,600 riders from across the United States and foreign countries on June 24. Riders on the 438-mile loop will pedal into town from the east after conquering Independence Pass, then alight for a night of indoor or outdoor camping at Roaring Fork High School before heading up Highway 133 for Paonia on June 25. “Historically, a tour this size spends from $85,000 to $100,000 in each of its overnight towns,” said Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrea Stewart. To welcome the tour to town, Fourth Street will be closed from Garfield Avenue to Main Street starting at 10 a.m. (Main Street will remain open). The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Tourism Council will open their beer and wine garden on the Fourth Street plaza at 2 p.m. Entertainment will go from 4 to 8 p.m. with the No Joes and Tjaar (featuring Pam and Dan Rosenthal, Mark Bruell and guests). There will also be food venders, who were offered a total of five spots on a first come first served basis. Volunteers who’d like to help at the information booth, beer and wine garden, and party set up or take down are asked to call 963-1890 or email Carbondale is the second stop on the six-day tour, which sets out from Canon City on June 23, with subsequent stops in Buena Vista, Carbondale, Paonia and Crested Butte. After a day off in Crested Butte, the tour resumes with stops in Salida then back to Canon City. As for Bicycle Tour of Colorado nuts and bolts, according to the company’s website: • It’s based in Morrison, Colorado; • The tour stopped in Glenwood Springs at least eight times (1995-97, 2000-2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011); • The entry fee ranges from $370 to $425, depending upon when the bicyclist signs up; • Meal packages range from $116 (breakfast only) to $326 (a total of 17 meals).




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.

Wildfire Situation Report: Carbondale, Redstone, Marble By Ron Leach The communities of Carbondale, Redstone and Marble are off to a great summer. Business is good, the tourists are back and we haven’t experienced any large wildfires in our beautiful valley. Here at the Carbondale Fire District, we aim to keep it that way! The fire district’s 2013 wildfire prevention program is very active and very visible. Our Initial Attack engines are out every day patrolling the rural parts of the district, ready to respond to any fire starts. In fact, last week the Carbondale IA engine in Missouri Heights responded immediately to a wild-land fire start on County Road 114, near Colorado Mountain College that was started by a vehicle on fire. The team put out the resulting brush fire just before it got into the sage brush and took off. It was a remarkable stop and a great job by our fire fighters. On Tuesday, June 18, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued its eighth Red Flag Warning in the past 14 days. A Red Flag Warning is a wildfire warning system for high, gusty winds, low humidity, dry fuels and high temperatures resulting in very high wildfire danger for the Carbondale, Redstone and Marble areas. The National Weather Service said: “A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW ... OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS ... LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY ... AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.”

Urging all citizens The fire district is urging all citizens and visitors to our area to be fire safe this summer, report any fire immediately to 911 and to pass the word to family and friends to do the same. No open-burn permits will be issued by the Carbondale Fire Department until at least Labor Day and the use of any fireworks is currently banned in Garfield County. No-burn bans are currently in effect in Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison counties, but that may change soon. The fire chiefs and the sheriffs are communicating and meeting regularly and we are as prepared as we can be to respond to any wildfire situation. However, our goal here at the Carbondale fire department is to prevent wildfire from happening in the first place. On Tuesday, June 25, the Carbondale Fire District along with Pitkin County will be presenting a community wildfire educational meeting at the Carbondale Fire Station beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 8 p.m. The program entitled “Ready, Set Go!” features break-out sessions with experts on defensible space and brush mitigation, emergency communications and evacuation procedures. The meeting is open to the public. More community and homeowner association meetings are being scheduled throughout the district. To schedule a wildfire safety meeting or to get mitigation advice on how to protect your property, call fire marshal Bill Gavette at the Carbondale Fire District at 963-2491. Ron Leach is fire chief for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.

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Last days here Dear Editor: The last days of Gordon Cooper and the beginning of a new library quickly approach. On June 22 we will bid farewell to the Gordon Cooper building, home of the library since 1984. To honor this occasion the Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library are providing cake and lemonade. The library staff is encouraging everyone to come and stock up on books and movies before we close. All materials checked out prior to the closure will be due on July 27. The library staff would like to thank all of our patrons for their patience as we prepare for this move. The library will be closed for four weeks as the staff prepares to open the brand new Carbondale Branch Library. We will open our doors on July 20 with much pomp, circumstance, music, food and fun. Although we are transitioning buildings, the library will still be serving the community through the Summer Reading Program and story time on the road. You can go to our website for more information. We are all so excited at the possibilities and resources this new library will bring to the community. Thank you to everyone for supporting your local library. Mollie Honan Branch Manager Gordon Cooper Library

These are working people trying to protect their thriving businesses, the lands that thousands of people travel from around the world to visit and ultimately their way of life. SG interests must understand that drilling in the Rocky Mountains warrants a great deal of scrutiny. Because of the vast pristine and majestic landscape in the West, the longterm economies that have been created around these lands (tourism, recreation, hunting, agriculture) and our lack of water in the West, a thoughtful planning process must guide our determination of where and how to access oil and gas resources. Some lands will never be compatible with such development because of their importance to the economic well being of current and future generations and to the environment — including wildlife. It would probably make sense for SG Interests to sit down at the table with the Thompson Divide Coalition, negotiate a price for the leases they hold and reinvest in an area that is more compatible with drilling. Protecting lands with unique natural values is not a wrong move, but a prudent one with long-term insight. Trési Houpt Glenwood Springs LETTERS page 18

Ironic Dear Editor: I would like to thank Tim Mutrie for his article published on June 10, concerning NEPA deficiencies in Thompson Divide leases. It is important to be thorough and thoughtful when contemplating drilling in any location. It is ironic that Mr. Guinn of SG Interests (a Houston based oil and gas company with leases in the Thompson Divide area) would claim that the work of protecting unique lands is “politicized” when his company has been donating large sums of money to local and state races in Colorado to back the candidates who will support development over all other interests. Isn’t this the ‘pot calling the kettle black’? Mr. Ludlam, director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association claims the “high concentration of influential aristocrats (in Pitkin County) … just pushes gas development downvalley to people who don’t have the money and power to fight it.” Again, how ironic, when Mr. Ludlum represents one of the wealthiest industries in the world. Don’t we all wish we had the resources to challenge powerful industries impacting our lands? However, in this case, to claim that protection is being purchased by the wealthy is nonsense. Ranchers and business owners in the tourism and recreation industries have taken the lead on the effort to protect lands in the Thompson Divide area.

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ird Street Center reaches energy milestone By Cameron M. Burns Special to The Sopris Sun For the entire week of June 3–9, Carbondale’s Third Street Center became a net electricity generator, getting more than 100 percent of its operating electricity from the sun and using no natural gas for the first time in the building’s history. In short, the building ran entirely on renewables and energy efficiency. Building manager Mark Taylor and the staff of CLEER observed the milestone while reviewing Third Street energy use on the Energy Navigator, a system that records data about energy use in public buildings throughout Garfield County. The achievement is considerable given the hundreds of community members who use the building on a weekly basis and the more than three-dozen tenants. The building was renovated in 2010 with a deliberate focus on being as energy, water, and resource efficient as possible to keep rents low for tenants and be a model of sustainability. Designed to maximize day-lighting and retrofitted with energy efficient lighting, the building also has a limit on the amount of electricity per square foot that tenants can use. Another feature is the 52 kilowatts of rooftop solar panels, available through a solar lease arranged by Sol Energy, a tenant in the Third Street Center. In recent months, the building also had a digital control system added to its boilers to keep them from running when not necessary. Taylor worked with CLEER and Chris Allen of Climate Control Company to get the controls working properly. The result was that during June 3–9, the building also used no gas. “Mark Taylor’s actions in paying careful attention to the building’s daily performance was key to getting to the 100 per-

cent renewable mark for that week,” said Jeff Dickinson, the architect for the building’s green retrofit and who is helping buildings across the county save energy through CLEER’s energy management program. “The revised tenant electrical policy along with the efficiency upgrades is where we’re getting the big electrical savings,” Taylor said. “The tenants’ awareness has been the difference and I thank them.” Taylor hopes to engage building – Mark Taylor users in ongoing efforts to keep the TSC building manager 100-plus percent use of renewables and efficiency going throughout the summer and into the shorter days of fall and winter. “Continuing to make green improvements to the building helps keep operating costs down, and Third Street tenants, visitors, and community partners are a key part of making this possible,” Taylor said. An additional 50.1 kilowatts of solar panels will be added in the coming months, allowing even more clean energy production. Energy efficiency upgrades made in 2012 were made possible by grants from Garfield County ($26,000 for high efficiency heaters) and town of Carbondale ($26,000 also for high efficiency heaters), CORE ($10,000 for the thermostat wiring project), Aspen Ski Company Environment Foundation ($9,447 for weatherization/air sealing), Xcel (a $13,000 rebate obtained by CLEER) and donors to Third Street. The reduced energy usage can be seen in the Energy Navigator kiosk near the front entrance to the Third Street Center.Cam Burns is communications director for CLEER.

“The tenants’ awareness has been the difference … .”

Cam Burns is communications director for CLEER.

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Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept. SUNDAY June 2 At 9:22 a.m. police were informed that the windows of several vehicles along Colorado Avenue had been tagged with what appeared to be spray paint. Upon inspection, officers discovered that the messages, including one saying “Eat the Rich,” had been written in white shoe polish, which rubbed off without apparent damage to the vehicle. MONDAY June 3 At 1:27 p.m. A woman reported that the garbage man had looked into her mailbox while picking up her recycle bin. An officer contacted the driver, who claimed that he had looked in the mailbox to check the address for the home, for which there was no listing. Police issued a warning. MONDAY June 3 At 7:48 a.m. a woman called to report spray paint on the street in front of her residence. Upon arrival, officers discovered the word “slow” written on the pavement at two intersections along Wald Drive.

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Town reconsiders solar process By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer The Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission has continued discussion on a proposed solar array for the Nature Park (aka Delaney dog park) after protests about the process during its June 19 meeting. Acting on the direction of town trustees, P&R chairwoman Becky Moller told the commission and audience at the June 19 meeting that comments could only be directed at whether to recommend a solar array at one of two sites at the park. One audience member reportedly walked out of the meeting after being told the commission would not accept comment on whether or not any solar array should be allowed at all. After the meeting, dog-owner John Toly told the Sun that at the meeting he said “wait a minute” and was eventually allowed to argue against solar arrays being built in the park. Toly said he was “flabbergasted” when told the audience and commission had to restrict its comments to the so-called Option A or Option B. “I said ‘why are we here if we can’t discuss’ (whether to put in an array),’” Toly continued. In an e-mail to the P&R commission on June 20, mayor Stacey Bernot said in part: “… offsetting our energy use with renewables is key in the long-term vision and sustainability for our Town. The water treatment plant (at the park) is a high energy user and has been selected through a vetting process as a potential site for energy offset. … Other sites aren’t available for a multitude of reasons.” Continuing, Bernot told the P&R commission the town is on a tight timeline for the project but that the next step could be many things “ … including but not limited to, moving forward , re-evaluating, or stopping the project … .” The P&R commission will continue discussion of the proposed Nature Park solar array proposal at 7 p.m. on June 26. Town manager Jay Harrington said he expects the issue, and discussion about a related power purchase agreement, to go to the trustees on July 9. The proposed solar array at the Nature Park is part of a purchase power agreement that would include solar arrays on the Third Street Center roof and at the town’s public works on Highway 133. The proposed arrays are part of a stepped up effort for the town to meet its longstanding goal of obtaining at least 30 percent of its energy for heating and electricity from renewable sources by 2015, according to town memos. The arrays would be incorporated into Xcel Energy’s awards program.


AMP Camp Highlights Academy of Music and Performance (AMP) Summer Camp 2013 is a 5-day session for teenage students interested in learning about the music industry. We’re bringing together many of the professionals involved in the valley’s music industry, including performers, songwriters, teachers, audio engineers, and producers.

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Students will explore: • Voice • Songwriting • Music Theory • Playing with a band • Composition

The Academy of Music and Performance is a safe and welcoming place for students to experience playing, performing, producing, and composing music with students their age and similar interests.

Paul Munk was one of more than two dozen contestants in the second annual Bonedale Revival skateboard competition at North Face park on June 15. Others included: Callista Smith, Amber Rouse, Ryder Bollock, Jasper Grimm, Mylo Ornowski, Nolen Johnson, Jeremiah Null, Oliver Smith, Kyle Olsen, Nick Miller, Alex Mill, Shawn Frick, Josh Meyer and Gabe Villarreal. Photo by Lynn Burton

“You need to watch Tony Wagner’s video.”

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Ever heard of Mulford or Kiggin? We’re not talking a law firm or vaudeville duo. We might be talking about a couple of long-forgotten towns or settlements. Here’s the deal. A reader reports leaving a meeting in Carbondale on Monday and decided to check the weather forecast on his smart phone. “El Jebel” usually comes up first, but this time “Mulford” was first to pop up on his screen. “I’d never heard of it before,” he tells the Sun. The reader immediately sped home and conducted an Internet search for Mulford, which showed up in Wikipedia as a census-designated place (cdp). He then learned the most populous cdp in Colorado is Highlands Ranch and the least populous is Fulford in Eagle County. Mulford was not the only cdp near Carbondale. When mapping Mulford, Cattle Creek showed up as a different place — Kiggin. “I go by Cattle Creek several times a week and never heard of it referred to as Kiggin,” he said. “So I ask you dear reader, regardless of how far back your roots go in this valley, have you ever been to Mulford or Kiggin?” If so, let The Sopris Sun know how those places got their name.

Attention time capsulers The Mount Sopris Historical Society is still looking for small items to place or even cram into a time capsule that will be installed at the new Carbondale Branch Library in July. Acceptable items include pictures, documents or anything of cultural significance or a story to tell. For details, call Will at 963-1268 or e-mail

The Roaring Fork High School class of 2003 celebrated its 10-year reunion on June 15. The day started with rafting through Glenwood Canyon with Whitewater Rafting LLC, and many laughs were had. Later, there was a barbecue at Sopris Park, followed by a night at the Black Nugget where Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert got everyone dancing and singing along. “It was a great day,” reports one participant. Courtesy photo

Carbondaler inducted into CMC hall of fame

They say it’s your birthday

Copi Vojta is one of five individuals recently inducted into the Colorado Mountain College Alumni Hall of Fame. Vojta, class of 2009, graduated from the school’s professional photography program, and is photo-editor at “The Flyfish Journal.”

Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Arleen Ginn, Todd Fugate and Ernie Kollar (June 21); Ernie’s daughter, Jessica Kollar, and Jim Calaway (June 22); Marc Loggins and Felix Tornare (June 23); Brian Keleher (June 24); and Zack Ritchie (June 26).



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This 2013 Tesla Model S turned heads as it was getting juiced at the town hall electric-car station on Sunday morning. According to the Tesla website, the sedan sells for a little more than $60,000 and can go about 260 miles on a full charge, which takes about 9 hours at a cost of about $10 in electricity. Photo by Lynn Burton

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New group taking a close look at education Preparing for school visioning By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent “What did you love most about school?” members of the newly formed Our Children, Our Schools (OCOS) group asked passersby — young and old — at June’s First Friday event. Kids’ responses ranged from “creating a giant paper pirate” to “camping in Moab” to “learning how to write haikus.” Numerous adults spoke of a specific teacher who had a significant impact on their lives. Our Children, Our Schools member Aaron Garland told The Sopris Sun that the group decided to conduct these brief interviews because they want to get people thinking more about education and what makes school inspiring and worthwhile. The ad hoc group of community members involved in OCOS began meeting in November to talk about how to create positive changes in Carbondale’s public schools. In December, when the school district announced its plan to embark on a district-wide visioning initiative, the group decided to focus its efforts on engaging the community to participate in this process. As group member Beth Shoemaker ex-

plained, “We want to elevate the level of conversation about education in our community so that when the district begins their visioning process we have some ideas about what’s possible and what we want for our kids.” The district’s visioning process includes community meetings scheduled for August and September in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Basalt during which professional facilitators will moderate conversations about what community members want for their children’s education. As OCOS member George Stranahan described the community’s participation in this process, “It’s OK for us to wish upon a star about what we want for our kids. It’s up to the district to figure out the mechanics, logistics, finances and legalities to move ever closer to these dreams.” While OCOS is focused on the district’s visioning process for now, group members emphasize that OCOS is not part of the district. Members include people connected with all the different schools in Carbondale. According to OCOS member Erin Rigney, one reason parents from the

Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, Ross Montessori School and Carbondale Community School are all interested in the visioning process is because process is because many of those people are planning on sending their children to Roaring Fork High School.

project in which they are given an ambitious goal: “Create a device that captures natural energy and transforms it into something that’s useful for people in some part of the world.” The video begins with students’ initial pessimism — “I can’t do that ... I am totally going to fail … ” — then follows them through the learning process, including the mistakes they make along the way, and ends with students’ impressive presentations of their devices to the public. The school depicted in the video is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school — the same type of school that Glenwood Springs Elementary School is in the process of becoming. In response to pressure from a group of Glenwood parents pursuing an Expeditionary Learning – George Stranahan charter school, the school district approved the conversion of GSES Blog established into an EL school last April. Does that mean OCOS is advocating for The OCOS website includes a blog for the EL model in Carbondale? Not according people to participate in an online conversation about education as well as links to to Shoemaker, who explained that OCOS is short videos about innovative ideas and ap- just trying to get people thinking “out-of-theproaches to learning (see www.carbondale- box” about what’s possible for our kids. “EL is just one model we should learn about because it gets students involved in The 12-minute video currently highreal world projects that make learning lighted on the group’s website features a public school in Portland, Maine. The video meaningful and exciting for students,” follows eighth grade students as they em- Shoemaker said. bark on an in-depth four-month learning SCHOOL GROUP page 17

“It’s OK for us to wish upon a star about what we want for our kids. It’s up to the district to figure out the mechanics, logistics, finances and legalities to move ever closer to these dreams.”

I, the poet Mahmoud Darwish, was there at the culvert in Tripoli where that brutal, murderous, madman Muammar Gaddafi bled out. His last words, spoken in my ear were, “I loved my people, my fellow Libyans, and I thought they loved me back. But now, at the moment of my death, the faces of those multitudes that I harmed pass through my mind, and I am filled with remorse. If I could, I would make amends by buying each a luncheon special at Lisa’s Third Street Café. They would forgive me and I would die in peace and not like this, like a dog.”

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Earth’s water is too precious a resource to waste Here’s how to save some By Sue Gray Sopris Sun Contributor Water is the lifeblood of the planet and many experts are warning of imminent water shortage due to climate change, overpopulation, increased use for manufacturing in developing nations, and wasteful systems and habits in developed nations like ours. In addition to household use, water irrigates farmland, provides recreational opportunities and supports a broad range of wetland plants, birds, fish and other animals critical to the balance of our ecosystem. Water for municipal, agricultural and industrial use comes from many sources: underground aquifers, rivers, streams and springs. Here in Colorado and in most of the West, our water supply depends upon annual snowmelt. And our lives and livelihoods depend upon our water supply, so sustainable practices are rapidly becoming imperative to our survival.

Dry times Currently, half of the world’s population lives on 25 gallons or less daily, but the average American uses over 85 gallons of water each day and 50 gallons of that is wasted. With Colorado experiencing multi-year drought, most residents understand the necessity of conserving and using water wisely, but may not be aware of all the ways we waste water on a daily basis. Here are a few simple ideas to cut down our household water use from: • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month. • Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month. • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month. • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full to save up to 1,000 gallons a month. • When buying new appliances, look for the EPA WaterSense Label for items that save 20 percent or more without sacrificing performance. • Wash your car, your clothes and yourself less often. • Keep a bucket in the shower or near the kitchen sink to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use it to water indoor and outdoor plants. • Eat seasonally and locally. Learn more about water use in food production at • More than fifty percent of residential water in the West is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape (planting drought tolerant species) can reduce landscape water use by 60 percent or more. • Use drip irrigation rather than overhead watering. Water in the cooler hours of the day and apply a thick layer of mulch

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to your garden to minimize evaporation. • An average of 14 percent of the water we buy is lost through leaks. Check pipes, hoses, and faucets regularly. A small leak can waste thousands of gallons of water over a short period of time.

Fixture fixes Much of the water wasted in the home is due to inefficient plumbing fixtures. An outdated showerhead can waste 7,200 gallons a year. Federal legislation passed in 1992 requires all U.S. plumbing manufacturers and importers meet or surpass the following standards for water efficiency: showerheads: 2.5 gallons per minute; faucets: 2.5 gpm; toilets: 1.6 gallons per flush. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace it with a more efficient model. If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device (such as a brick or rock) in the tank.

One step further Our rivers and riparian wetlands are vital to our lifestyle and local economy. When water levels drop, the temperature rises, fish become stressed and die off in large numbers, then a whole host of problems ensue for both wildlife and people. Conserving water at home keeps more water in our rivers.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 20 ROTARY • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita on Main Street at noon every Thursday. Info: 963-6663.

FRI.-SUN. June 21 - 23 STRAWBERRY DAYS • The 116th annual Strawberry Days festival takes place at Sayre (Strawberry) Park in Glenwood Springs. Info:

FRIDAY June 21 PHANTOM BALL • Everyone is welcome to celebrate the Summer Solstice at The Sopris Sun’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dreamâ€? Phantom Ball. For details, see the full page ad in this week’s Sopris Sun. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Sapphiresâ€? (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. June 21-27. S.A.W. RETURNS • S.A.W. (Studio for Arts + Works) hosts its ďŹ rst summer open house and reception at its new location at 525 Buggy Circle from 6 to 9 p.m. A total of 21 artists/designers are represented at S.A.W., which was formerly located on Euclid Avenue. Down Valley Tavern will cater the event. There’ll also be an outdoor screening of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusadeâ€? following the reception. Info: NICE SHOW OPENS • The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt is hosting a special two-day guest exhibit this weekend by noted artist Don Nice. Titled “Views from Above,â€? it features watercolors inspired by ights over the rivers and landscapes of the Roaring Fork Valley. The exhibition opens with a reception

To list your event, email information to Deadline is noon on Monday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at View events online at

for the artist on from 5 to 7 p.m. The Ann Korologos Gallery is located in the clock tower building at 211 Midland Ave. Info: 927-9668. PHOTOGRAPHY • The Redstone Art Center hosts a reception for photographer Michael B. Askew from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, Askew will offer digital photography classes from 2-4 p.m. on June 22-23. Also from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 21, author Nancy Addison will sign copies of her book “How to be a Healthy Vegetarian,â€? and give cooking classes on June 22-23. THEATRE • Thunder River Theatre Company presents “Passionate Collaborators: Burns & Allenâ€? 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. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for kids. Info: or 963-8200. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is truly an American original. Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks has deftly blended elements of swing, jazz, folk and country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes calls “folk jazz.â€? The lyrics of his songs range from the simply sublime to the sub-

limely ridiculous. Hicks’s irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back 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: LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the Leonard Curry trio from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover.

PIE DAY • The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary’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.

SATURDAY June 22 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: 963-7041.

Canyon Boys at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Info: 963-3304. BIRDING • Roaring Fork Audubon hosts a ďŹ eld trip at the Ranch at Roaring Fork. The trip is limited to 10 people. Info: Linda at 704-9950.

SUNDAY June 23 YOGA • True Nature Healing Arts offers free yoga in Sopris Park Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m. Info: 963-9900. LIVE MUSIC • Aaron King Yoga plays PAC3 at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Luminaries at 9 p.m. From Venice, California — a hotbed of music, spirituality and culture — comes this consciousness-expanding hip-hop band known as the Luminaries. With a range of sounds spanning classic rock to feel-good boom-bap, to neo-soul mashed with supercharged funk-rock, the Luminaries cover the full spectrum of light and frequency. The outcome is that audiences are left feeling empowered, inspired and ďŹ lled with a sense of sheer love as they walk away from this ecstatic experience. Tickets are $15-$27. Info: SPIRITUAL MATTERS • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center meets Sundays at 10 a.m. Today’s speaker is Angelique Fowler on (ďŹ fth 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.

LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents the Blue

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Healthy Eating Saves Big $$$ in Healthcare Glenwood Medical Associates is hosting a series of talks by local Christina Gore detailing how to change to a plant-based diet. Take advantage of a new growing season to learn how eating vegetables, fruits, grains and beans can dramatically lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.

Free & Open To The Public Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, June 27 in the Glenwood Medical Lobby

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The Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting a meeting for citizens to weigh in and voice their opinion regarding whether appropriate, and if so, WHERE to locate a proposed Solar Power Array at the Carbondale Nature Park to offset the power usage at the Roaring Fork Water Treatment Plant. The 33 acre Nature Park (referred by many as the Carbondale Dog Park) was selected as a potential location for this solar photovoltaic electric generating system as it provides a location where solar panels can both be mounted on the roof of the high energy-use Water Treatment Plant, and also ground mounted near the building in reducing high energy Xcel Electric demands of the facility. The proposed installation of this Solar Power Array is linked and supports the goals of the Town’s 2006 Energy & Climate Protection Plan which calls for providing 30% of our energy from renewable sources by 2015. If you’re unable to make the meeting but would like to view, comment, and get additional information on the proposed site locations of the solar array at the Nature Park, please go to the Town’s Website, where you will find the Survey Link under current events. If you have any concerns on the long term feasibility of this project as to the regards of the dog park users, please let us know by emailing:

Community Calendar TUESDAY June 25 GW MARKET • Glenwood’s Downtown 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.

WEDNESDAY June 26 CULTURE CLUB • The Carbondale Culture Club continues its lunchtime presentations from noon to 1 p.m. FARMERS’ MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers’ Market takes place downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 2. MOVIE NIGHT • The Third Street Center hosts a bike-in movie night on the south lawn at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own blanket. ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at the ďŹ rehouse. Info: Ken Neubecker at

Save the Date FRI.-SUN. June 28-30 MUSIC FESTIVAL • The 12th annual Mt. Sopris Music Festival takes place at venues all over town June 28-30. ConďŹ rmed bands as of press time include Sector 7G, Spore Favore, the Steve Skinner Band, Mile Markers, the Pretty Horses, Poseur and others other musicians. Related events include free lessons and instrument repair. Info:

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FRIDAY June 28

BEAST FUND-RAISER • The DeďŹ ance Community Players present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beastâ€? fund-raiser at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue (901 Colorado Ave., Glenwood) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Info: 945-2174.

SAT.-SUN. June 29-30 CALLING ALL DEAD HEADS • Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra will be performing at State Bridge Riverside Amphithe-

ater in Bond (north of I-70 between Glenwood Canyon and Eagle) at 9 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Info:

everyone to beat the heat while celebrating Independence Day with an ice cream social at local libraries. Info: 963-2889.

MON.-WED. July 1-3


ART CLASS • Lisa Singer Art presents “Collage & Mixed Media: Acrylics Unleashed,â€? at the Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt. Info:

LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 at the Third Street Center presents the Carolina Chocolate Drops at 8 p.m. Their 2010 Nonesuch debut, “Genuine Negro Jig,â€? garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year. Tickets are $40/$45. Info: or 925-1663.

TUESDAY July 2 COOL OFF • GarďŹ eld County Libraries invites

Ongoing PLEIN CONTINUES • “Plein Air: Fresh Paintâ€? continues at CCAH’s R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center. The artists include: Brian Colley, Staci Dickerson, Joshua Fallik, Marcia Fusaro, Majid Kahhak, Nancy Lewis, Judy

Milne, Mary Noone, Jill Sabella, Jane Seglem, John Taft, Liz Thele, Tom Torge and Lillian Wyant. Info: 963-1680. CROWN MOUNTAIN • Crown Mountain

Recreation District in El Jebel offers numerous programs and events through the summer, including the Brandon Lloyd Football Camp June 27-28 and British Challenger Soccer Camp July 8-12. Info:

Hold the Presses CLAY CENTER SHOW CONTINUES • The exhibition “Longing for Repetition,â€? featuring a mix of functional and sculptural ceramics, continues at the Carbondale Clay Center until June 28. For details, call 963-CLAY. BASALT LIONS HOST GOLF TOURNEY • The Basalt Lions Charity Golf Classic takes place at Ironbridge golf club starting at 1 p.m. on June 26. It’s for foursomes, twosomes and singles at $125 per player. For details, call Ryan Beckman at 319-9163. KEOHANE TALKS ART ON JUNE 26 • Wewer Keohane gives a CCAH workshop on learning the ropes of a professional artist at the Third Street Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The registration deadline is June 24. For details, go to RIVER BRIDGE OFFERS FREE CLASS • River Bridge Regional Center offers the free class “Ten Things Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuseâ€? at 520 21st St., Glenwood Springs, from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 25. Register at WRITER ExPLAINS HOW TO WRITE A BOOK • New York writer Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer ďŹ ves a one-day titled “Writing That Successful Bookâ€? at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen starting at 10 a.m. on June 22. The cost is $75. For details, call 925-7740.

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SONS OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 100 18th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Valley Youth Saturday May 18, 2013 at River Valley Ranch Special thanks to course sponsor River Valley Ranch and Alden, Dale, Candice and staff. Golf course donors Aspen Glen Aspen Golf Battlement Mesa Glenwood Springs Ironbridge Lakota Canyon

Meeker Golf Ranch at Roaring Fork Rifle Golf River Valley Ranch Roaring Fork Club

Community Briefs Please submit your community briefs to by noon on Monday.

Wildfire meetings slated The Carbondale and Pitkin County fire districts hold a wildfire educational meeting for the public at the Carbondale fire station from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 25. For details, call 963-2491.

Chalk art entries accepted Artists of all ages are invited to the 10th annual Chalk Art Challenge at the Carbondale Recreation Center. The theme is “What Freedom Means to Me” and finished pieces are due at the center by July 2. Pastel chalk and boards are available at the center. For details, call 963-9559. The pieces will hang at the center for three months.

RFFRC needs gyro volunteers Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is looking for volunteers to help staff its gyro booth at Carbondale Mountain Fair (July 26-28). Shifts are three hours and families are welcome. For details, contact Katie Marshall at or 384-5689.

Vols needed for Ashcroft project

Hole sponsors Aloha Mountain Cyclery Alpine Bank American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Aspen Elks #224 Aspen Skiing Co Black Nugget Carbondale Car Care Carbondale Insurance Crystal View Carpets Custom Concrete and Design Dan Coleman Construction Domino’s Pizza Dr. Kent Albrecht El Jebowl Holy Cross Energy

Hughes Excavating Inter Mountain Waste IRMW of Colorado Joe & Gerry Zamora Marty & Kathy Mountain Party Rentals Mountain Coastal Construction Orrison Dist. Redstone Inn Rickie Lift & Haul Shawn & Kim Sopris Engineering State Farm/Todd Fugate Wine Time

Donors Ace Hardware Beijin Tokyo Breakfast in America Casual Culture City Market Cowen Center Electric Mountain Lodge Main St. Liquors Mike Shook

Peppino’s Pizza Pour House Red Hill Animal Health Red Rock Diner Rock Canyon Coffee The Goat Timbo’s Pizza Two Rivers Bas & Café

And of course special thanks to American Legion Auxiliary without whom this would not have been possible and all the great food. Special thanks to Heather at Juniper Sports for bag tags & repair tool. Special thanks to #arb Hansen for being the eye in the sky on hole 16.

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Phillip and JoEllen Maynard celebrate their 30th anniversary on June 22. The Maynards report that they met at the Black Nugget in 1983 when Phil was working at Mid-Continent and JoEllen was working for the Forest Service. They were married in Las Vegas and their daughter, Mariane, graduated from Roaring Fork High School in 2002.

Wilderness Workshop, in partnership with the Forest Service, is hosting a restoration project to remove barbed wire fencing along the roads and in the meadows and forests near Ashcroft on June 22. “People who have spent time in the upper Castle Creek Valley around the ghost town of Ashcroft and the Pine Creek Cook House will likely have noticed many old barbed-wire fences,” said a Wilderness Workshop spokesman. “Vestiges of old grazing and permittee operations, these disused fence lines now deteriorate and fragment wildlife habitat.” Volunteers will meet at the Ashcroft parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. A free barbecue follows. To RSVP or for more information, visit or call 963-3977.

Lake Ridge hike slated for July 29 Wilderness Workshop leads a five-to-six-mile hike to Lake Ridge Lakes in the Thompson Divide starting at 8 a.m. near Carbondale on July 29. This is a moderate hike. The area is threatened by natural gas development. For details, go to or call 963-3977.

AAM offers art workshops The Aspen Art Museum holds its “ART(E) SUMMER WORKSHOP” at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities in the Third Street Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 8-12. It’s for kids 9-11 and is taught by artist/writer Kay Rosen. Scholarships are available. Info: 925-8050 ext. 24.

Story time heads to town hall Gordon Cooper Library’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.


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ompson Divide drilling clouds Sandy Ditch future (Editor’s note: This is the second in a twopart series about natural gas drilling’s potential impacts on Thompson Divide water. The article continues its look at the Sandy Ditch, and Will and Judy Perry’s ranch west of Carbondale). By Barbara Dills Sopris Sun Correspondent The Sandy Ditch — and, by extension, the Perry’s hay crop and livelihood — could be impacted in a number of ways should gas company SG Interests be permitted to proceed with drilling in the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Ridge unit. The most obvious and immediate impact would be on the volume of moisture making it to the ditch and on down to the Perry fields. If SG were given the green light to move forward, an extensive network of access roads would be built into that remote area to enable large trucks to haul the equipment, water and chemicals needed during both the well-pad construction and the gas extraction phases. Not only would roads and truck traffic affect delicate wildlife habitat, they would stir up dust and dirt that would then settle on the high country snowpack, absorbing sun, raising temperatures and affecting the evaporation and transpiration rates that determine the volume and timing of spring runoff. It’s a delicate balance — if rising temperatures cause the snow to melt too early, for example, the water could already be gone when it’s needed to irrigate the crops down below. The roads required for gas development would be entirely different in character than the current two-track access roads in the Lake Ridge unit that are utilized from timeto-time by hunters, cattlemen and occasionally by the Perrys when they need heavier equipment for the ditch work as they did on the day I hiked up Marion Gulch (recounted in last week’s article). These new roads would need to be much

wider, graded to accommodate semi-trailertruck sized vehicles in large numbers driving up to the Lake Ridge unit through Four Mile Road in Glenwood Springs or through Carbondale on Highway 133 and Thompson Creek Road. Another potential impact of drilling on the Sandy Ditch would be to the quality of the water itself. In June 2011, the Roaring Fork Conservancy completed a yearlong scientific study known as the Thompson Divide Baseline Water Quality Study, commissioned by the Thompson Divide Coalition. This study concluded that leased areas such as those in the Lake Ridge unit “contain baseline waters which are healthy, uncontaminated, and support significant populations of aquatic organisms.” Given the surface level spills and underground leaks that have been documented and have wreaked havoc elsewhere in the country where similar fracking (hydraulic fracturing) methods to those proposed for Judy Fox-Perry Thompson Divide have been employed, there is no guarantee that the pristine water sources the Perrys and others rely on wouldn’t be polluted in the process of drilling for and extracting natural gas. Similarly, well-pad construction and any pollution to the ground water in the Lake Ridge unit would damage and taint the productive meadows that have provided summer pasture for numerous Carbondale area ranch operations for generations. In the worst case, grazing in that area would cease, putting most local cattle ranchers out of business.

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ompson Divide continued om page 13 ranch near Carbondale. Will and Judy’s hay crop currently feeds the Jacobers’ (Crystal River Meats) cattle, primarily on their passage in the fall from grazing lands in the Thompson Divide high country to winter pastures lower down in the valley. Until sometime in November, the Jacobers’ cattle are pastured in Will and Judy’s fields to feed off the first cutting of hay as well as what grows subsequently but isn’t enough to warrant a second cutting. The manure from the cattle in turn fertilizes the fields; the Perrys do not apply any other fertilizers. It’s a pretty simple, clean cycle: water, hay, cattle, manure. As mentioned earlier, if the Sandy Ditch runs too early or too dry, no water for irrigating means no hay for Will and Judy Perry, and by extension, no hay from their operation for Crystal River Meats. As Judy pointed when I met with her a second time at their house, “If there is dust on that snow, it could mean no more Fatbelly Burgers.” And if the water from the Sandy Ditch that is available for irrigation should be polluted by fracking fluids or other byproducts of gas development, the question arises: who would want to buy — or eat — that beef? Sandy Ditch water becomes Yank Creek or Edgerton Creek water, which eventually makes its way into the Crystal River. In fact, all the water that flows toward Carbondale from the Thompson Divide eventually makes its way into the Crystal River, which then joins the Roaring Fork before flowing into the Colorado. Thousands of people ultimately could be affected by chemicals that escape the fracking process in the Thompson Divide.

The Last Word I wanted to give Judy a chance to sum up why she thinks Thompson Divide is so worthy of protection, and she did it eloquently. We were sitting in the sun on her back patio, lilacs blowing in the breeze, birds celebrating the day in song. “I grew up in a generation when the ocean was too big to pollute, and the sky was limitless and the pollution would blow away. But all that’s been proven untrue. This notion of fracking smacks of the same thought pattern. We can’t find out in 20 years that ‘oops,’ this is really bad stuff. If we don’t have the sense or the courage to do the right thing now, we’ll find we can’t clean up these watersheds. These aquifers simply aren’t cleanup-able. It’s for the grandkids, for all the grandkids of the world, that we need to fight these fights and make sure that we’re looking at things from the long-term perspective. I just feel so lucky to have lived this life here. And I feel responsible to do right by the future generations.” And with that, a ruby-throated hummingbird stopped in mid-flight above our heads, suspending itself there with buzzing wings until we acknowledged it, as if to say, “Yeah, that’s right. It’s for me, too.”

Ned Perry cleans the Sandy Ditch earlier in the month. To keep scarce water flowing, ditch maintenance is a year-round job. Photo by Barbara Dills

Alpine Animal Hospital Staff would like to thank the community and our supporters for assistance with our recent event “Celebration of the Pet”.

A special thank you goes out to the following participants who donated time, or donated products for the silent auction.

The animals that benefit from Helping Hoof and Paw thank you as well.

Abaxis Animal Health Aloha Mountain Cyclery Alpenglow Chiropractic Bark Busters Bayer Animal Health Bethel Party Rental Boehringer Ingelheim Butler Schein Animal Health Canine agility demonstrators Kim Arnold, Laura VanDyne, Beverly Beck and Bill Lukes Canine Country School Carbondale CO-OP Colorado Animal Rescue Dechra Pharmaceuticals Dos Gringos Restaurant Emergen C Francis Photography Frias Properties Gameready Equine Heska Hills Pet Nutrition Juicy Lucy Restaurant Luitpold Pharmaceuticals

Merck Animal Health Merial Animal Health Mrs. Barr’s Natural Foods Nordic Naturals Novartis Animal Health Nutramax Nutro Osmia Platinum Performance Purina Dog Food RJ Paddywacks Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council Skyline Kennels The Barnyard Trail Dog Treats Upper Crust Bakery Vetoquinol Virbac Animal Health VPI Pet Insurance West Paw Designs Whitehouse Pizza World By Tail Inc. Wysong Pet Food Zoetis Animal Health Abaxis Animal Health

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Just plein fun There was a wealth of inspiration available to artists who participated in the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ Artist Paint-Off & Lemonade Social at the historic Thompson House on June 11. The assignment was for artists to paint a scene of their choice on-site in a limited amount of time. For three hours on a perfect summer evening, there was something memorable for artists and onlookers alike, including a birthday cake to celebrate what would have been Hattie Thompson’s 157 birthday (far right), unencumbered views of Mountain Sopris, the opportunity for snake handlers to reach down into the grass to pick one up, and more. Paintings created during the event are available for sale with proceeds going to CCAH and the Mt. Sopris Historical Society. Text and photos by Jane Bachrach

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C’dale caterer founds national association for chefs By Cameron Scott Sopris Sun Correspondent Owner of a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen named “King Kong,” primarily used for feeding up to 1,000 firefighters during emergency responses to wildfires. Owner/operator of Bravo Fine Catering, Aspen Culinary Artistry, and The Aspen Diet. Recipient of a Life Time Achievement award in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Miami. Executive chef and father, Jimmy Nadell has spent nearly 30 years in a state of constant evolution in the Roaring Fork Valley. Like many of us, Nadell arrived to pursue his passions (skiing and cooking), which led to working as an executive chef in establishments such as the Caribou Club, Motherload and The Smuggler, and opening and operating two Italian restaurants in Carbondale in the late 1990s (Trattoria Roma and Bistecca Toscana). His credits include appearances appeared on Aspen Plum TV’s “Morning Noon and Night Show.” And like many of us, he is constantly thinking about the possibilities of what’s next. In 2002, “what’s next” for Nadell started when he talked to Rick Garced (founder of the United States Sommeliers Association) and asked what he thought about a national association that would endorse chefs and standardize the industry through education, membership and certification. Encouraged, Nadell delved in further, hiring the law firm of Whitsitt and Gross to look into the legality of creating an accreditation program for chefs. “They said there was no reason to not pursue the accreditation process,” Nadell told The Sopris Sun. With a green light from the law firm, Nadell began to spend more and more time thinking about how to build an association that would create benchmarks for being a chef and at the same time support chefs by offering essentials such as group health insurance, retirement options, and hands on cooking

seminars and vacations. Now, four years later, Nadell and 11 employees have finetuned an on-line accreditation and certification program and call it the United States Chef Association ( While there are other professional associations for chefs, such as the American Culinary Federation, “The purpose of the United States Chef Association is to offer defined criteria for the placement of chefs while striving to support them in the careers,” said Nadell. With 200,000 culinary school graduates a year, 2.7 million chefs working in fine food, plus another 2 million chefs cooking at fast-food establishments, the industry is one of the “last large unsupported groups of professionals in the United States,” said Arthur Piubeni, USCA’s COO (chief operating officer).

Advancing education The United States Chef Association is “a membership trade association for all culinary enthusiasts, intended to rapidly advance your culinary career through education, membership and online certifications” explains a letter from Jamie A. Prough, the USCA’s executive secretary. The USCA requires on-line testing for each level of membership as an executive sous chef, executive chef, and master chef, and there is mandatory recertification every three years. Other membership benefits include “great” discounts on culinary cruises, vacations, group rate insurance, gourmet hard-tofind food, chef apparel, chat lines, job search, culinary gadgets and special USCA culinary events. The USCA also sends out a monthly newsletter letter to members that includes member profiles, recipes, featured sales on products, articles on food and health, and updates on new trends in the chef industry. “Our mission is to help chefs and promote them and their careers and goals in a trackable manner,” said Nadell as he explained the difficulties of hiring and being hired in the current chef industry. “If you are working in a kitchen and some-

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Bravo Fine Catering owner Jimmy Nadell started the United States Chef Association four years ago. Chefs were one of the last large group of professionals lacking an association until Nadell started the organization. Photo by Jane Bachrach one is hired, it can be hard to know who they are, what they know, and what kind of experience they have. Likewise, if you are a restaurant owner interviewing 12 chefs, a USCA certification will offer an important and professional extra credential that shows the dedication and knowledge of an individual.” While the USCA is just beginning, both Nadell and Piubeni are looking toward the future. “We are currently building out the backend of the USCA,” said Piubeni, “working within the industry to get the word of the USCA out to as many culinary institutes as we can while continuing to increase our membership base. With our people-first perspective, we are hoping the USCA legitimizes the chef industry in new and exciting ways.” Added Nadell, “Hopefully we are creating some talk and stirring up the chef industry. As a local caterer, starting the USCA is a dream come true.”

School group om page 8 Education models When asked what models he thought the district should consider adopting, newly hired assistant superintendent Rob Stein told The Sun that it’s not quite time to be choosing models. The first step in the visioning process, Stein explained, is to ask the community to think about what outcomes we want to obtain: What do we really want for our kids; what do we want our graduates to know and be ready to do and engage in? As Stein explained, “It’s not about giving the community a menu of different options (of educational models) and having them pick what they feel like ‘eating.’ Instead, we need to know what nutrients are important to us before we start choosing entrees.” Once the community has defined what they need and want for their children, Stein said, then it’s the appropriate time to research different models and practices that are achieving those kinds of outcomes. Stein noted the unique nature of our district’s visioning process. He told The Sun that there are many examples throughout the nation of schools being re-organized or re-invented by a charismatic leader or entrepreneur who sees a need for change and steps up to make it happen. There are also examples of schools that are forced to change after being designated as a “failing school” by a state education department. However, Stein knows of no other district that is achieving good test scores and yet is actively engaging the community in a process that could lead to fundamental change. Stein has been impressed by what he referred to as our district’s “incredible willingness to be self-scrutinizing ... just motivated by the idea ‘we can do better’’” Shoemaker concurs, “We have a great opportunity to talk about what we want in education, and the district is listening.”

A cement worker puts the final touches on a Carbondale Branch Library sidewalk this week. The Gordon Cooper Library closes on June 22 and the new Carbondale Branch Library opens on July 20. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Letters continued om page 2 The new minority Dear Editor: Did anyone notice that it has been reported that in the next 10 years, the new minority will be white people in the USA. This will include citizens of Europe. American born white citizens will be the new minority, thanks to our government who continues to let every person become a citizen without the vote of the American people’s say so. Something to think about. Jane Spaulding Carbondale

Thanks to school employees Dear Editor: Dr. Tesoro and Dr. Kauffman of Sopris Chiropractic understand and appreciate how much effort employees of our valley schools put into our children’s education. To say thanks, we are proud to offer complimentary chiropractic and massage therapy services during our 10th annual School Appreciation week. We invite all school employees from Glenwood to Aspen to come in and get some care for yourself now that school is out — on the house. School Appreciation Week runs until June 21 and appointments can be made in either our Carbondale or Willits locations by calling 927-9204. Thank you for a school year well done. Dr. Scott Tesoro Dr. Ashley Kauffman

From FEC Dear Editor: We, the authors of the Family Enrichment Center proposal would like to extend a sincere message of gratitude to our enthusiastic supporters. We would also like to thank the town trustees for their consideration. You all helped to shape our proposal into a well-formed vision based on our community’s need. We recognize the trustees were faced with a challenging decision and our community continues in its struggle to address the childcare needs of working families. It is our earnest desire that the trustees follow through with their word — to further the discussion of how to best serve this valuable aspect of our community. We look forward to hearing from them soon.

Currently we are evaluating and determining our next steps. For the time being, the mission of the Family Enrichment Center proposal lives on as inspiration for our community. We will keep you posted of changes and progress via our facebook page, In the meantime, may all of our good intentions carry forth and inspire right action. In Gratitude, Frances Lewis Heidi Cox C.P. Kanipe Kathryn Camp

Compost theft hurts Dear Editor: I’d like to say to the people who stole our Plant A Row To End Hunger compost piles at both the Good Seed Community Garden and the Third Street Center — shame on you! (You actually used a bucket to scoop all our compost at GSCG — greedy and stealth)! We worked hard getting that donated and shoveled by hand. Your thoughtless, selfish acts have delayed volunteers by at least four days in planting 400 starters and seeds in at least 10 gardens that are meant to provide food for our seniors, children without school lunches, shut-ins, and our mobile food pantries. You have affected getting food to hundreds of people. Is it really more important for you to have great compost in your gardens than to feed the needy? If you see piles of dirt and compost, don’t just remove the signage and take it for yourself without asking. Somebody(s) had to put the sweat, time and gas into getting it. We feel violated in our gardens. When you steal, somebody else is paying for your pleasure. It just ain’t right! You might think about donating some of your time this summer, to help weed, water or deliver the produce that you have now delayed. Karma is a powerful thing. Next time think before you take. Kim Doyle Wille Founder Plant A Row To End Hunger Carbondale

Roaring Fork High School grads Trae Moxley (left) and Dakotah Grett (right) were starters for the White team in the recent Colorado All State tournament for 1A-5A schools at Adams State College. They were on the winning side, defeating the Blues 97-71. Photo by Wendy Switz

Sustainability: Are we up for the challenge? Thanks to the American Warfare State Yet! and its need for fresh meat, I left the counIt falls in that category of something try for three years in the late 1960s. When for others to worry about. Very few peoI ďŹ nally got back to my hometown Seattle, ple get up in the morning, look at their I was amazed by the new freeways and the smiling children and think: We are makendless, 24/7, streams ing this world into hell of automobiles. I on earth and your lives thought: This cannot aren’t going to be be good thing. worth a damn. It so much easier Sorry for the harsh to see the changes words. I like Noam By Patrick Hunter after a break. Seattle Chomsky’s view: If was no longer a quaint little city on the space travelers looked down on the planet water; it now stretches almost from Ore- they would wonder what the hell are those gon to Canada. I grew up traveling around people doing down there? Aren’t they the city on buses and trolleys. You could going to start doing something about it? still do that, but it was a tiny part of the But then Chomsky gives us an equal transportation. That was the beginning of chance of wiping out humanity with numy environmental concerns. clear war. Seen the news in the Middle Why was it not a good thing? You’ve East lately? Don’t let “bomb, bomb, bomb heard of CO2? Not only are all sorts of ‌ bomb Iranâ€? McCain get anywhere near vehicles a huge source of CO2, but their the switch. proliferation encouraged sprawling develA national magazine recently touted litopment, which in turn accelerated the in- tle Carbondale as a great place to live. As crease in transportation, just like it one local wrote: “Time to NIMBY up.â€? happened in this valley with the four-lan- And “Let’s establish a status quo that reing of “Killerâ€? Highway 82. And that was ects change without growth.â€? Another a big reason for my wife and I to move to letters-to-the-editor writer replied: stop Carbondale. the “negativity,â€? and instead, “work for Most readers know about CO2 in the positive growth.â€? The recently completed atmosphere, but it is invisible and fails to master plan for Carbondale projects a make a very noticeable effect on our doubling of the population in the next few daily lives. years. We have local government ofďŹ ces

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named “Community Developmentâ€? not “Community Improvement.â€? People talk about “sustainable growthâ€? or “smart growthâ€? or, in this case, “positive growth.â€? Do we really have any idea what these words mean? Well, I’m in the ďŹ rst camp. I believe in limits, as do thousands, if not millions, who have taken a hard look at this planet. Estimates vary, but you could say that we are using the earth’s resources at rate that exceeds 120 percent of capacity. Since billions of people are living at very low standards of living, our Western lifestyle might be 150 percent of total resources. The inertia to continue our comfortable but destructive life style is enormous. We have had this mantra drummed into us all day every day of our entire lives. So the question for the future of humanity is can we change? Do we say “noâ€? to increasing the population of Carbondale, or this valley, because we want all the good stuff to ourselves? No, we do it because it’s time (long past time), to make a commitment. In the Boy Scouts they fostered the idea of leaving a place better than we found it. We aren’t going to be able to do that, but maybe we can cut the losses. If this community can stake a ag that says we are going to do the best we can with what we have, others will take note.

The paradigm of endless growth could start to change because we will make it so, not because we have exhausted our planet. This will be the hardest thing the human race has ever done. Are we up to the challenge? Patrick Hunter is a longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident and lives in Satank.

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