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Volume 10, Number 20 | June 21, 2018

Pat Hunter, on whose property the tree existed for more than a century, poses on top of the fallen trunk with Aspen Tree Service staff Michael Fisher (center) and Don Nalley (top right). In front, Charley Wagner (left) stands with Charlie Trujillo. Photo by Megan Tackett

Luckily, no one was there when the tree fell (but it made a loud noise in several lives) By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff

Doni Nicoll was all set for his and his family’s next chapter. They’re already renting a new home in Arizona, where his wife and daughter have relocated. Their Satank property had a buyer and was set to close Friday, June 15. It had been professionally cleaned and awaiting its final walk-through, scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 1:30. “It was so pretty, we almost felt like not selling it,” Nicoll said with a chuckle. Meanwhile, a little before 1:30, Sarah Murray — the re-

altor managing the sale — received a call a from those buyers. They were still finishing their lunch at Silo and running about 10 minutes late. In hindsight, everyone involved is grateful for that delay. At almost exactly 1:30 p.m. that Thursday, what was purportedly Garfield County’s oldest cottonwood tree fell in the afternoon’s high winds — and crashed right through the roof above the kitchen island of the newly cleaned, readyto-close house. TREE page 3









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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, email editor Will Grandbois at, or call 510-3003.

I’ve got a little list.

Things that never would be missed. Some inventions should be simply jettisoned into the slithy a New York Times magazine article. “Does it stand any chance toves. This column, with allusions to the Jabberwocky and the of a Buddy Holly glasses-style renaissance?” Frankly, I think it Mikado, is about those mimsy gimmicks. should go the way of three-D movie glasses. First among doodads that should never have been developed, I As should a long list of internet-connected concoctions: refrigeragive you the leaf blower. tors, mirrors, mattresses. The Vessyl cup, which tells you What does it do? Blasts leaves from here to there? what you’re drinking. Bluetooth luggage (TSA really Where they sit until someone disposes of them — doesn’t like batteries in luggage). An internet-connected after raking them up. Huh? Wasn’t a rake what was menstrual cup. And the “smart” toilet paper dispenser. needed in the first place? (There is such a thing as too much information.) Or is NIMBY relocation the insidious point? Making Note to manufacturers: Just because it can be the leaves someone else’s problem? Possibly the neighbor net-enabled doesn’t mean it should be. who was awakened by that bellowing blower? How about plastic “blister” packs? That’s not reFor years, that howling, yowling contrivance awoke ally the right term. How about calling them “puncme every Thursday. When I lie me to down to sleep, ture packaging”? Or “laceration wrap”? Every year, I remove two hearing aids, so that’s not easy. Feeling around 60,000 folks dash to the emergency room uffish and offput, I wondered how much bang I was with gashes caused either by the *&%#! clamshell getting for the buck I had to pitch into the HOA fees or by the knives or scissors they grabbed in a fit of that paid the gardener. I checked and learned that at “wrap rage”. (Yep, you can Google the term.) 112 decibels, a leaf blower is louder than an ambulance Most blister packs are made from polyvinyl chlosiren. (By the way, 15 minutes at 100 decibels can perride (PVC), which never really degrades. A few are manently damage your hearing.) Yeah, that stinks. made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which Literally. An odiferous leaf blower releases more takes a mere five to 10 years to break down. That’s air pollution than a car! In 2011, auto researchers By Nicolette Toussaint for something with a useful life of what, six weeks? A at Edmunds’ found that a consumeryear at the outside? grade leaf blower emits more pollutants “than a 6,200-pound 2011 Then there’s glitter. I once bought a white dress lightly embelFord F-150 SVT Raptor.” lished with pearly glitter. It was a wedding dress, so I donned it Chop ’em up and feed ’em to the bandersnatch, I say. only once. For years, I found sparkles in my vacuum cleaner. A few But there’s more I’d abandon to the mome raths. weeks ago, while replacing the old Berber carpeting in that same Like Ko Ko sang in the Mikado, “I’ve got a little list. They apartment, which we still own 28 years later, I found more glitter. never would be missed.” On my list are electric knives. Invented in The stuff’s gonna outlast me, my spouse and our marriage! 1939, they hit the market in the 60s, when companies were lookMade from microplastic, glitter chips are so miniscule they flush ing for things to electrify (akin to how they’re now looking for right through water treatment plant filters. Glitter winds up not things to hook to the internet). When I first saw an electric knife only in our drinking water, but also in clams and shellfish. And, demonstrated at Marshall Field’s, I couldn’t grok it. presumably, in the Pacific Garbage Patch, along with turtle-killing I came, I saw… A chainsaw for turkey? plastic straws, another doohickey we could do the heck without. Like Ellen Lupton, design curator at the Cooper-Hewitt NaI could go on about “diet” tea, motion-activated nightlights tional Design Museum and author of “Stud: Architectures of Mas- designed for the inside of your toilet bowl, fake grass for Easter culinity,” I suspect that the electric knives are mostly ceremonial baskets, flip flops and zippers less than four inches long… But by devices, perhaps with subliminal connotations. now, you’ve got the gist. So if there are jimcracks I have missed, They’ve never cut it for me. I am woman, I am strong. And I’ve send ’em my way. I could write a vorpal sequel. got a cutting-edge collection of cutlery. Why should I juggle a plug or stock yet-another battery? Nicolette Toussaint is a Sopris Sun Board member. The opinions “These days, the electric knife evokes either kitsch sentimental- expressed here are solely her own and don’t necessarily reflect the ity or purist revulsion; and high-end blades can cost hundreds of views of this newspaper. But if you add to her list, you may email dollars, while a good electric knife can be had for $20,” concluded her at


Seeking Higher Ground


The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 500 words via email at or 250 words via snail mail at P.O. Box 399, Carbondale CO 81623. Letters exceeding that length may be returned for revision or submission as a guest column; please include your name, town, and contact information. The deadline for submission is noon on Monday.

Vote your conscience Dear Editor: The Western Colorado Independent Voters candidate forum on June 13 didn’t change my mind about which Democrat to support for Third District Congressman. I still back Arn Menconi, but I must admit, Diane Mitsch Bush was very impressive. This is the third time I’ve seen Mitsch Bush at meet and greets and candidate forums and this is the first time I didn’t get the sense she was selling us a bill of goods. She’s well versed on a variety of topics and her positions were clearly stated and well thought out.

Mitsch Bush is obviously the most qualified of the candidates and has the best chance to beat incumbent Scott Tipton as a three-term state representative who won by wide margins in a solid red district. All this will make it easier for me to vote for Mitsch Bush in the general election. I’m sticking by Menconi because he’s a radical socialist and so am I. “That’s how you lose,” said a friend on the way home. I don’t think so. The wave of the future is the millennial’s and remember how they backed Bernie Sanders in 2016. I voted for

Ralph Nader in 2000 and Jill Stein in 2016 and people have accused me of letting the bad guys win. I don’t cast strategic votes. I vote for the candidate that best represents my beliefs. I vote my conscience. This was the first time I heard Menconi say he was from the Chicago area, as I am. I told him hearing him speak echoed Saul Alinsky, the great Chicago neighborhood organizer who authored the book “Rules for Radicals.” Menconi was flattered. Fred Malo Jr. Carbondale LETTERS page 18

Correction: A story on new restaurants in the June 7 edition of The Sun misnamed the company that bought the Over Easy space. It is, in fact, the Hillstone Restaurant Group.

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“We were supposed to be there,” Mur- wasn’t the only property that sustained ray said. “We could have been killed. heavy damage: “Spur of the Moment,” the name RaeAnn Hunter gaver her beThankfully, everyone’s OK.” Needless to say, no contracts have loved vintage 1964 Jet travel trailer, was another casualty of the tree’s toppling. been signed. “Everybody knows that was my little “Technically, we’re still the proud owners of a home in Satank,” Nicoll baby,” Hunter said. “I was bawling about said, emphasizing that he didn’t mean my trailer — the next day, I couldn’t stop that ironically — except for the tree he bawling about my trailer. It was an emoestimates has a nine-foot diameter that tional thing for me.” derailed what was supposed to be a smooth transaction. “We definitely have a connection The tree crashed through the roof above the with Carbondale and Satank; we’ve kitchen at the Satank residence around 1:30 been there almost five years. We have p.m. June 14 - almost the exact time a final some very solid friends I feel like I’ve walkthrough was scheduled with the realtor had for a lifetime.” and buyers. Photos by Paul Luttrell Those friends and neighbors have helped him maintain his positivity — and the interest of the would-be buyers, despite the damage and delay. “They were pretty touched,” Murray said. “We were there 10 minutes after it happened. Everyone in the neighborhood came out and offered them a place to stay. I think if anything, it strengthened their desire to be there.” Nicoll feels similarly about his neighbors. “The word gets out quick in Satank about anything. That whole community has been amazingly and overwhelmingly supportive,” he said.

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She’d taken that trailer around much of the United States, her husband Pat added, noting that the damage had erased most of the Western-themed “spur” decorations that made it so bespoke. That’s why he so appreciated the Aspen Tree Service team’s willingness to volunteer some time to tackle the main trunk — which remained on the Hunters’ property, from which it fell. He felt that the sooner the tree was removed, the sooner he would be able to transport the trailer to a company in Basalt able to evaluate the extensive damage, thus “removing [his] wife’s anguish.” For RaeAnn’s part, she took it for granted that the more-than 100-year-old tree would always be a part of her landscape — which makes the whole scenario that much more daunting to her. “The main part, it’s so big, nobody can figure out how to move it, really,” she said. “If you look at the 1900 photograph of Satank, that tree is there.” Even Don Nalley, one of Aspen Tree Service’s certified crew members and a 13-year veteran in the business, quipped that it’s “not often” he deals with fallen trees taller than him.

“Usually, this is something we try to prevent,” he said. “If you give us a call, we can come out and look inside your tree a little bit.” Seismographs are just one of the tools available to an expert to try to determine if a tree should be preemptively removed, he explained before adding that although there are ways to gauge risk, “there’s no way to predict” exactly if or when a tree will come down in an incident like the one that happened Thursday. Nicoll is just looking forward to being able to move, well, forward. Removing the tree is the first step, according to the insurance company. “They’re taking very good care of us — the best that they can right now,” he said. “But they said the tree has to be cleared.” Then, the company can send appraisers and begin assessing damage. “The terminology they use for a modular home is totaled,” Murray clarified. “We don’t know if it’s totaled.” Until that determination is made, buyer,

seller and realtor are in a proverbial realestate purgatory. The prospective buyers are currently travelling. “When they return in a week, they don’t have a home,” Murray said. Nicoll is currently staying with a friend in Carbondale. “Plans have changed,” he said, explaining that he had been looking forward to joining his family in Arizona, where he’ll continue his work as a solar engineer. “Now I’m up here, trying to figure out what to do with this property.” It’s been a bittersweet process. “We loved it because we had our chickens, our little patch of land and water rights,” Nicoll said of his Satank home. But the cost of living was making the lifestyle unsustainable, he continued. “I was working two and a half fulltime jobs. I felt like I was just kind of dying behind work,” he said. “We definitely have a lot of connections here, and we’ll still come back here, but we felt like we had to leave if we wanted quality of life.”

A bad month for trees

A second, smaller tree fell earlier June 14, also in Satank. The tree landed on a powerline, though no power outages were reported directly from the incident. In a separate windstorm on June 3, a ponderosa pine notable for its history as a host for bald eagles’ nests in Aspen Glen also fell.

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Bring on the bikers Carbondale will be the overnight host for the 2018 Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC) on Sunday, June 24. The 200+ riders will arrive between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will depart early Monday, June 25. They will be staying in the various Carbondale lodging properties, as well as camping at the Carbondale Middle School. The Carbondale Chamber & Tourism Council will serve as the main contact and have two information booths to assist riders (one at the Middle School, and one at Sopris Park).

The Sun also rises Apparently, if you’re choosing a newspaper name with connotations of rebirth, you go solar. The Colorado Sun was announced this week with a staff of established journalists included some laid off from The Denver Post. The ad-free news outlet plans to “shine light” on politics, business and environmental issues across the state thanks to a partnership with blockchain-based web platform Civil and a kickstarter campaign. Find our more or pitch in at

image has shifted from glamorous to oversaturated and even out of touch, insiders have been turning to Carbondale as a refreshingly intimate alternative.” The story focuses on expanding lodging and dining options and even cites The Sopris Sun. Read more at

Stay tuned It’s official: KDNK is coming to 99.9 FM in Snowmass Village. It’s appropriately the station’s ninth overall signal as part of an effort reach more homes and businesses with community access DJs spinning great music, NPR and local news, and important information like emergency alerts, ski and river reports, and weather warnings.

Bike to work Bicycling is the ticket for a stress-free, car-free commute on Colorado Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 27. Commuting and recreational cyclists can stop by DeRail Park on the RFTA Rio Grande Trail from 7 to 9 a.m. for free breakfast snacks and coffee, and offer giveaways, a prize drawing and “I Biked Today” stickers.

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Carbondale has been discovered… again. This time, it’s Bloomberg calling us “Colorado’s Hottest Summer Playground.” Alex Schechter writes: “A small ranching town with a population of 6,000, Carbondale has been for many years Aspen’s folksy, less-sophisticated little sister. But as Aspen’s

Carbondale Arts is seeking volunteers to help with everything from the Green Team to the Peace Patrol at The 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair taking place July 27, 28 and 29 at Sopris Park. Volunteering is the heart and soul of the fair, with over 300 community

members helping to make this tradition not just possible, but free to all. It is a great way to meet new people and be part of a 47-year-old festivity that brings the Roaring Fork Valley community together! Volunteers can sign up at www.

Elementary Registration is required for 5 Elements Constellations with John Cheney on Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Third Street Center. An inclusive systemic approach that looks at issues that may have their roots in our bodies, work, friends, loved ones and nature, John’s facilitation of 5 Elements Constellations can be particularly helpful for acute health problems, sleeping disorders, and lack of energy. For fees and to register contact Carol Shure at (831) 218-5770 or carolshure@ In depth information on 5 Elements Constellation at John Cheney’s website

Iron women On June 10, three locals became Ironman finishers in Boulder: Margaret Donnelly and Jessi Rochel, who both work for the Town of Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department, and Sara Porter, a teacher at Carbondale Middle School, all successfully completed their first Ironman race by swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles in less than 17 hours. Congratulations, ladies!

Power Punch Parkinson’s Rising Crane Training Center (768 Highway 133) is working with the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies to offer a free boxing class for those tackling the disease. The therapeutic non-contact boxing program led by professional occupational therapist, exercise physiologist and experienced boxers and takes place at 5:30 p.m. Mondays. More info at or 274-8473.

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Through the lens As part of its summer hike series, Wilderness Workshop is offering a free opportunity to learn photography from Boulderite Jon Mullen ( Hike along Hunstmans Ridge learning some killer tips and tricks for capturing that perfect shot from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 23. Register and discover many more summer offerings at

Folks celebrating another year of life this week include: Ty Burtard, Arleen Ginn, Todd Fugate and Ernie Kollar (June 21); Jessica Kollar and Jim Calaway (June 22); Lauren Whittaker, Keith Edquist, Marc Loggins and Felix Tornare (June 23); Ariella Gintzler, Ian Hause and Brian Keleher (June 24); Olivia Pevec, Michael Quint, Mark Burrows (June 25); Emilee Phelan, Zack Ritchie (June 26) and Colton Mesner (June 27).

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SOMETHING TELLS ME IT’S ALL HAPPENING AT THE ZOO Denver Zoo representatives and a few of their animal friends came to visit the Carbondale Library on June 19 for a fun, yet educational show. Caitlin Farnung, one of the presenters, creatively quieted the crowd by making a “shark fin” on her head and asking the children to mimic her with closed mouths (as pictured above). The tour continues on Thursday, June 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rifle Library and at 2:30 p.m. at the Parachute Library. Keep abreast of library programming at Photo by Erin Danneker / www.

Summerfest, balloon bash come together at Crown Mountain Park By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff Crown Mountain Park has a lot to celebrate with the passage of the 7A mill levy increase, and this year’s Summerfest and Balloon Bash is set to be a party to match. “It’s a great time to see the park,” said Park & Recreation Manager Nate Grinzinger. “We’re right around the corner from asking for a bunch of community feedback and this is just a little teaser on what we can be and what we can provide.” Coming right on the heels of the Market Street Block Party in Willits Friday night, Summerfest kicks things off early Saturday, June 23 with a 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. pancake breakfast thanks to the Lions. That leads right into a 7 a.m. balloon launch — combining two previously separate festivals. “Summerfest was a three-untilsunset type of event. The balloons by nature are a morning and night deal, so it fit,” Grinzinger explained.

Hot air balloon tether rides go until 10 a.m., followed by a bit of a break. It’s worth getting swimsuits for the kids, because the kids zone opens at 3 p.m. and an expanded kids foam city at 5 p.m. — and it’s a lovely, wet and messy affair. Meanwhile, the taco competition gets rolling at 3 p.m. as well, with Capitol Creek Brewery, Free Range Kitchen, Plaga Chilanga, Roaring Fork Club, Smoke and more vying for the top title. “I’ve had four chefs guarantee victory,” noted Grinzinger. “I feel like the taco is so much more about who this valley is. Of all the valley food competitions, this could be the best one.” It’s all designed to be free or affordable and family friendly, backed by music from songwriter Kevin Heinz at 5 p.m. and roadhouse rock band Ivory Deville from 6:30 until the 8:30 p.m. hot air balloon glow. If you still want more, come back Sunday for a pancake and tether ride redux.

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Low snowpack, early run-off puts the squeeze on Missouri Heights water Text and photos by Amy Hadden Marsh Sopris Sun Correspondent

Prayers for rain on Missouri Heights were answered last weekend but the storm didn’t quench local water worries. Gay Lewis lives on 42 acres off County Road 102 with her husband, a few dogs, 22 horses and a herd of goats. She’s lived up there for 20 years and says she hasn’t seen it this dry since 2012. “We have good water rights but there just isn’t a lot of water this year,” she said. Lewis’ water season starts at the beginning of May as snowmelt fills the Spring Park Reservoir, a main irrigation water source for upper Cattle Creek land. She has two types of shares: “A” shares and “B” shares. Here’s how they work: “A” shares are direct flow shares, which means they rely on snowpack. They’re used while snowmelt flows through the reservoir in the spring. Those who have “A” shares can get water at the same time the reservoir fills. There are a total of 13 feet of “A” shares. “Normally, you run 73 feet of water into the reservoir, starting in March,” Lewis explained. “The “A” shares then take 13 feet but the reservoir still fills.” This year, however, the reservoir could only take 17 of its usual 73 feet, which meant “A” shares dropped. “We usually get 36 days of water from those shares and this year we got 13,” she said. Those weren’t 13 days in a row. Not everyone with “A” shares could pull water at the same time – there just wasn’t the volume. So, the Middle Ditch, where Lewis’ water comes from, rotated every

Gay Lewis lives on 42 acres on Missouri Heights. Drought has reduced her water and hay crop by over half this year. five days with the Fender Ditch. “Fender got five, we got five, Fender got five, we got five and then Fender got three and we got three,” Lewis explained. Less water means less hay. “We normally get 400 bales and this year, we got 183,” said Lewis. Water from the Middle Ditch, a lateral, or tributary, of the Missouri Heights and Mountain Meadow Ditch, is always shut off after the first cutting of hay season until early July. Lewis’ “B” shares kick in when

the ditch comes on again and she gets another 36 days of water on her fields. “Normally, the reservoir is full and we get extra water,” she said. But, Spring Park Reservoir is less than half full this year, which means Lewis will get a mere five to seven days of water in July — plus any rain that Nature cares to give. That’s why Lewis offered a little rain dance Saturday morning before the weekend’s storm. The water transport system on Missouri Heights is a micro-

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cosm of complicated Colorado water laws. A web of ditches provides water to the area. Five ditches divert water from Cattle Creek to serve the Upper Cattle Creek area. The Mountain Meadow Ditch diverts the most water, which fills Spring Park Reservoir. The Needham, Park, and C & M Ditches each divert more than 10 cubic feet per second from the creek. “Cattle Creek is always a water-tight area,” said Jake DeWolfe, commissioner for the Colorado Division of Water Resources District 5. He added that the creek is taxed as flows drop. “We start turning off junior water rights and it just goes up the list.” By mid-June, all laterals from the Needham Ditch were turned off, leaving enough water for senior water rights, owned by the Strang Ranch, whose rights date back to the 1880s. That means the ranch gets first dibs on however much water is in those rights. If there’s not enough water to fill Strang rights plus all the other rights, the other users give up their water to the Strang Ranch. It’s nothing personal, it’s Colorado law: first in time, first in right. Kit Strang owns and operates the 460-acre sheep and cattle ranch off County Road 102. The ranch also raises sod, a more water-intensive crop than al-

falfa. She said the seasonal water cycle is drier than it was 30 years ago. “There are more people, more wells, more demand on the rivers,” she explained. “A lot of headwaters go to the East Slope.” Then there’s the conundrum of sprinkler versus flood irrigation practices. “Sprinklers are more efficient but they don’t recharge the groundwater,” she said. Gay Lewis agrees. “All the ranches up here have gone to sprinkler guns and side-rolls, which extend the water but there’s no recharge,” Lewis said. Liza Mitchell, education and outreach coordinator for the Roaring Fork Conservancy, said Cattle Creek was hit with a double-whammy this year. “Flows are below average because runoff peaked early and it peaked low,” she explained. That means the timing was early and there wasn’t much water to begin with. The Snotel site on McClure Pass, which measures snowpack and how much water is in the snow, was dry by May 1st. Mitchell added that once water is diverted from Cattle Creek, it’s gone forever. Return flows go into the Roaring Fork River. “Ideally, return flows go back to the stream of origin,” she explained. “But, the West is piped and ditched and pumped so much now that that doesn’t happen.” Even with senior water rights from the Needham Ditch, the Strang Ranch isn’t irrigating all of its hay fields and the first cutting was low. “We got about half of what we hoped for,” said Kit Is it a drought year for the Roaring Fork Valley? Maps from the US Drought Information Center show that extreme drought, in red, has swallowed up the southern third of Colorado and, like a plume of lava, a portion of red reaches dangerously close to the western edge of Pitkin County. Most of Garfield County is in severe drought. The Climate Prediction Center in Maryland stated last week that Colorado’s monsoon season could kick in early, but local conditions continue to dry up. Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield counties along with BLM lands and the entire White River National Forest are under fire restrictions. Mitchell said that even if it rains, the water won’t help stream flows or storage levels. “It will green things up but nothing can change the fact that snow was low and run-off is over,” she said.

Crystal River Caucus brings panel together to discuss trail options By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff Two things were clear after the Crystal River Caucus’ meeting last week at the Redstone fire station: there was consensus among the three invited panel experts that the proposed highway alignment would be preferable for the Carbondale to Crested Butte trail and many of the meeting attendees still have serious reservations about the impacts said trail will have on the Crystal Valley. “If you want to just make this happen, you follow the highway. You get it done quickly; you get it done cheaply; you get it done with minimal impact,” said Mark Beardsley, a stream ecologist from Buena Vista, before adding “I’m coming from the outside, so I don’t know the politics of it.” “That’s a good thing!” shouted someone from the audience. Beardsly joined Gene Byrne, a retired Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist, and Tom Newland, a planning engineer and consultant who has worked with both Pitkin County and the Colorado Department of Transportation, on a panel at the June 14 meeting. Each panelist presented their respective points of view regarding potential impacts on the Crystal Valley of two proposed corridors for the trail as outlined in the draft plan released by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails (OST) in May. One option essentially follows the existing Hwy 133, and the other follows an old railway corridor east of the river. “The highway alignment has little or no impact on wildlife. It keeps humans away from natural forest lands,” Newland, who authored a 2004 feasibility study for the proposed trail, said flatly. “Bighorn sheep use the railway. Social trails will develop off of the railroad alignment into areas currently used for refuge

by animals.” Newland also countered some of the criticisms he’s often heard about the highway alignment. One of those concerns is user safety, he noted, saying the critics contend that the highway alignment would be unsafe because of its proximity to the road and vehicular traffic. So, he scoured the internet to find studies backing that assertion. He failed to find anything that did so.

“One of the concerns that I have is that the county is saying, ‘Here are your choices: A and B.’ What about C? What about ‘no trail?’” – Kate Hudson

“That’s really a perception and not a reality,” he said, though he added that the railroad corridor would actually create possible vehicle conflicts, citing hidden driveways and the more-than 50 properties that exist along the proposed railroad alignment. He also addressed what he called “geological safety” issues. “But the highway alignment would be more easily reopened” if something such as a mudslide occurred, Newland maintained. He recalled a time that a rock-

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slide closed the section of the Rio Grande Trail near Catherine Store. “[It] took three weeks to get the rockslide cleaned and... the trail was basically destroyed” because it “wasn’t along the road,” he said. Additionally, he concluded, the highway alignment offers “pretty obvious” access for emergency services. Byrne, coming from his wildlife-focused perspective, agreed. “You already have a measurable impact where the road is,” he said. “When you move to a whole different corridor — then you start adding your buffer zone to that — it’s a lot bigger impact. It’s better for wildlife to concentrate all of those things.” But for resident Kate Hudson, both alignment options seem to have drawbacks, she said after hearing the panel’s presentations. “One of the concerns that I have is that the county is saying, ‘Here are your choices: A and B.’ What about C? What about ‘no trail?’” she asked before calling the current options a “devil’s choice” of “pick your impact.” Other questions from residents expressed concerns about increased trespassing on private property, access for emergency services and their desire for the county to slow down the decision-making process regarding the trail’s route. As for that timeline, Newland stressed the July 27 deadline for public comment ( and said commissioners will decide on a final plan sometime in September. Additionally, there’s a public listening session at 5 p.m. on June 26 at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. And while that is a faster pace than what many residents wish to see, the actual construction process will take decades. “We’re talking 2030 before the last phase starts its planning process,” Newland said.

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Town Report PLASTIC BEADS that were accidently released from the water treatment plant last year (as mentioned in Aug. 24, 2017 Town Report) have resurfaced with high water and become the subject of fresh debate. Harrington addressed the issue following public comment at the most recent board of trustees meeting, noting: “The same plant is used throughout the country, but we went and modified it so there’s a valve that can’t go out… It was about $70,000 in insurance cost to fix this.” Town staff is reportedly making efforts to clean up the residual plastic where they find it, while a “public notice” signed simply “A Water Elder” encourages folks with solid river experience to pitch in with the cleanup as long as it can be done safely.

From June 8 through the 14, Carbondale Police handled 235 calls for service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note: FRIDAY June 8 at 12:43 a.m. Someone reported a case of identity theft.

year — 1383 vs. 874 as of June 13. For the full pool schedule or to check out information on potential future facility enhancements, visit FRIDAY FIELD TRIP goes to the Glenwood Caverns this week. BIKE LESSONS at North Face Park are still open for registration, featuring pumping, jumping and cornering for ages 6 to 12. There are also skateboard lessons for beginners, intermediates and girls only.

BOND REFINANCING from 2004 and 2006 on the rec. center was approved by the Board of Trustees and should be completed by the end of July.

SNOWMASS DRIVE work is well underway with clearing and grubbing, earthwork and saw cutting of existing pavement all in progress. Road closures continue during work hours.

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Carbondalian Will Lennox sifts the high water line along the Crystal River for tiny, plastic beads. Photo by Amy Hadden Marsh

WATER PRODUCTION continues to rise. The Town has been able to top off the White Hill tank daily, allowing the Roaring Fork and Crystal wells to shut down for brief periods between cycles. Total average production from all the plants running is 1.88 million gallons, with the crystal well at 0.65 mgd, Roaring Fork at 0.71 mgd, and Nettle Creek at 0.54 mgd. The plants are presently set at 74 percent production.


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TRASH AND RECYCLING cans from downtown were moved to Gus Darien Arena to accommodate rodeo needs.

SATURDAY June 9 at 1:31 p.m. Following a traffic stop for failure to obey a traffic control device, a 27-year-old man was arrested for driving without a valid license and driving under the influence of alcohol.

DUST CONTROL was required alongside grading on several streets, and crews also patched Meadow Wood Drive, ground sidewalks with heaved panels and leveled bricks. THE COLORADO MUNICIPAL LEAGUE is meeting in Vail, with Carbondale represented by Harrington, Mayor Dan Richardson and Trustee Lani Kitching.

SATURDAY June 9 at 5:58 p.m. A report of an assault led the arrest of a 32-year-old man for felony menacing and violation of a restraining order.

CARBONDALE POLICE assisted with Strawberry Days. Officer Bell attended a week-long class for School Resource Officer.



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Roaring Fork Housing Authority sought to increase affordability By Justin Patrick Special to The Sopris Sun A group of forward-thinking citizens is in the early stages of creating a potential Multi-jurisdictional Housing Authority (MJHA) for the Roaring Fork Valley to address issues related to affordable housing. An MJHA is different from a county or city housing authority because it can reach across various governments and boundary lines to create solutions for a larger but interconnected geographical area, such as the Roaring Fork Valley. The model became a legal possibility in Colorado in 2006, but only Summit County has elected to both create and fund such an entity. An MJHA would likely be funded, after a citizen referendum approved it, via a sales tax, property tax, construction improvement fee, or some combination of the three. The sales tax would be half a cent, the property tax five mills, and the construction improvement fee $2.50. A portion of the money would cover the administrative expenses of the entity, while the rest would go to tackling the affordable housing problem in the valley. Though it’s unclear how much would be raised here, Summit County’s MJHA reported $306,179 in revenue in fiscal year 2018. The funds could be used to directly subsidize housing units for renters or buyers, ease developers’ costs, or be used creatively to explore other options. Bill Lamont, a local retired citizen and former RE-1 school board member, is spearheading the effort. For years, he and David Myler, who sat on the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority for 12 years, have been brainstorming solutions to the affordable housing problem. Lamont cited a recent visit to Valley View Hospital, where an employee confessed to him that he commutes from Loma every day, as a perfect example of the extremes that workers must face to get to their jobs. Lamont

believes the effects are lamentable. “When people commute two or three hours a day, they don’t get to spend time with their family, volunteer in the community, participate in school activities,” he said. “It’s a good idea for people to live relatively close to where they work.” Ultimately, he said, frustrated employees relocate elsewhere, oftentimes just as they are peaking in their professional abilities.

“It’s a good idea for people to live relatively close to where they work.” Although Lamont says that many have pointed the finger at Aspen as the villain in this saga, he credits the ski town with handling affordable housing better than most. He cited the fact that Aspen took advantage of a real estate transfer tax (a practice now no longer available to townships, but one that is grandfathered to Aspen) to build over 3,000 units of affordable housing since the 1970s and continues to look for ways to house its workforce. Other towns have affordable housing requirements built into their codes (such as 20 percent in Carbondale), but there still seems to be real angst among middle and lower income earners about the affordability of long-term residence in the valley. To accumulate some hard data, Lamont — with the support of an initial grant — commissioned a needs assessment survey. The survey asks detailed questions


about household locations, incomes, number of occupants, long-term goals of residents, and seeks to acquire other data useful to determine the magnitude of affordable housing requirements. Approximately 1,500 residents have completed the survey since it was offered earlier this year. The needs assessment is available at For now, Lamont is focusing on the logistics of creating a potential MJHA. He organized three task forces and sent dozens of invitations to specialists and concerned citizens to set the foundation for what he perceives as inevitable public scrutiny if the plan makes its way to the ballot. The Development Task Force will seek developers’ input on identifying impediments as well as incentives to creating affordable housing. The Land Use Task Force will rely upon the expertise of developers to identify areas suitable for developing workforce housing. Local architects will be asked to produce artistic renderings of dwelling types. Lastly, the Affordable Housing Task Force will identify current affordable housing requirements in various places in the valley and suggest ways to streamline the zoning code to fast track projects. Lamont knows they will face some tough questions marketing the proposal. “Where are you going to put this housing? Not in my back yard,” will be the common response, he said. But despite some locals’ distaste for the idea of more development, Lamont argues that the advantages of creating workforce housing will outweigh the disadvantages. “By the time we’re ready to go to the citizens to talk about a housing authority, we can show progress about where development should take place, density should take place, how to clean up affordable housing requirements, and present ideas from developers. All of these task forces are in anticipation of the questions citizens will ask.”

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Take a tour of Marble’s past By Alex Menard Marble Hub & Marble Museum

Time travel is now available right here in the Crystal River Valley. If you come to Marble on Sunday, June 24 anytime between 1 and 4 p.m., you can step back in time about one hundred years. The Marble Hub and Marble Historical Society are presenting the Living History day, where you can see scenes from old Marble reenacted. This free and easy walking tour takes you to 20 historic sites in Marble, seven of which are on the national register of historic places. At each spot, a historical character will explain the significance of the place and some dramatic action will happen. You will travel through time to meet teachers, miners, a banker, a minister at the community church, an artist, a bootlegger in the town jail, the Marble quarry master, the fire chief , the town doctor, marble carvers, masons and others. Start at the Marble Hub, the visitors center on Main Street across from Slow Groovin’ BBQ. There you will receive a map of the route, which you can walk at your own pace and experience the twenty different scenes. This event is designed for ev-

eryone, kids and dogs included. In fact, if you wish to come in character and in historic costume, you are invited to interact with the historic figures. Following the event, at 5 p.m. you are invited to a community dinner party served outside at the Marble Hub. This will feature a gourmet Mexican taco plate. For further information call 963-1141 or visit the Marble Hub website at

Some of the characters you’ll encounter at Marble Living History Day: (clockwise from far left) Pastor Jon Stovall at Marble Community Church, Geno Hill and Glen Smith outside Marble High School and Rebecca Branson drop spinning at the Marble City State Bank. Photos by Lynn Burton

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A Wes-side story of a ‘homeless’ man By Jerimie Richardson Special to The Sopris Sun

Editor’s note: A version of this story ran in the June 10 Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Last June 3, Wesley Paul “Wes” Bright, 45, a homeless man, was accidentally struck by a truck crossing Highway 133 in Carbondale between Village Road and Dolores Way. Bright’s neck was broken and he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was three days shy of his birthday. “Homeless” isn’t exactly the correct label for Bright. Carbondale has many multi-million-dollar homes with spectacular views of Mount Sopris, Bright’s home was in a hollow underneath the bridge at the intersection of Highway 82 and 133. Bright was a resident of Carbondale in all but address for the last decade of his existence. His parents, Dennis and Pauline Burlingame of Lineville, Iowa, visited the town where their son lived and died on the anniversary of his death. “We just wanted to get a sense of the place,” said Dennis, Bright’s stepfather, 67, a retired nurse. The Burlingames, who’d had no contact with Bright for the last 25 years of his life, requested letters asking about their son in the obituary that was published in the PI. While here, the Burlingames met with Lt. Chris Wurtsmith of the Carbondale Police, as well as a former waitress at the Pour House who would often have coffee with Bright. They also received letters from other Valley residents who knew their son as “Wes” a flawed human being with a severe drinking problem who could also be a sweet and charismatic man.

Familiar face Much of the Valley knew Wes by sight if not by name. For years, he could be seen in all weathers panhandling out on the concrete island in the middle of 82 near the Carbondale turn off, often in the company of his best friend and “gig brother from another mother,” a bearded, wizard looking fellow homeless man and Wisconsin transplant 20 years Wes’s senior known as “Hawk.” “Hawk” (whose real name was Ronald Honkan) passed away at Valley View Hospital on June 6, 2016, Wes’ last birthday. He took his friend’s death pretty hard. In the summer of 2016, an unusually dejected Wes could often be found sitting on bundles of firewood out front of the Carbondale 7-11, drinking “moonshine” out of a repurposed plastic sports bottle, telling his favorite stories about Hawk and chain smoking Pall Mall’s. Seated in a booth at the Red Rock Diner, not far from where Wes died, Dennis Burlingame smiled at the mention of his step-son’s choice in cigarettes “We have a few packs of those,” said Burlingame “We found them in

his backpack the coroner sent us.” an outstanding warrant, the local police Those who took the trouble to know would wait for cold weather before taking Wes took a liking to him and showed him him into custody. Like some homeless, Wes made poor life choices, sinking great kindness, the tab for his coffee and meals at the Pour House was deeper into his alcoholism and occasionally serving short often picked up by the bar’s stints in jail. other patrons. Wes never reSaid Lt. Wurtsmith, “I quested this charity and was have known Wes for most always willing and able to of my 23 years at Carpay his own way. Somebondale P.D. and we have times, he would even use always had a friendly/ his own meager bankroll decent relationship, even to help others. I personally when I had to arrest him.” witnessed him cheerfully give up bus fare to Glenwood Springs to a fellow Difficult upbringing homeless couple. “We got Pauline Burlingame, to get these people home, now 69, thinks back Jerimie,” said Wes with to the tumultuous time the hard won voice of a of her son’s birth. Wes Wesley Paul “Wes” Bright lifetime of smoking and never knew his biologidrinking, smiling to reveal cal father. “Disappeared his missing top front teeth. when I told him I was pregnant,” said a

Shunned by some As is often the case with the homeless, not everyone Wes made contact with was a fan. He was banned from at least one local bar due to his lax hygiene and spoke of being bullied and shoved to the ground by a bouncer. The homeless are among our most vulnerable citizens, living in the

rueful Burlingame. Pauline lost her clerical job at Look magazine when the magazine found out she was pregnant out of wedlock, the job loss a casualty of life in conservative early 1970s Iowa. Pauline and her son lived on the family farm with her mother and her brother Gene for many years. Wes was very happy and content on the farm and Pauline

“I have known Wes for most of my 23 years at Carbondale P.D. and we have always had a friendly/decent relationship, even when I had to arrest him.” – Lt. Wurtsmith hardest parts of a hard world. One of Wes’s defense mechanisms against hostility was personal myth making, which the Burlingame’s say began when was a boy in their lonely little part of Iowa. Wes would sometimes yarn and falsely claim he was an ex-Navy SEAL who’d been wounded during the first Gulf War, or in his darkest, drunkest moments snarl “The cops know better than to f$%k with me.” The truth was that Wes was cordial, even friendly with the police. If Wes had

thought he would choose to live there forever. When he was about 10, Wes was placed in special education classes. “I fought with the school about that for years,” says a still angry Burlingame,“ I told them Wes was no dummy and could learn anything given time but they didn’t listen to me. I think because I was a single mother.” His classmates taunted the boy, calling him “dummy” and “retard.” Frustrated, he dropped out of high school in the tenth grade.

Moments from Wes’s youth. Courtesy photos

Adding to the young man’s troubles was his contentious relationship with his new stepfather. Though she was an attractive woman, Pauline never dated when Wes was a boy. “I’d been burned,” says Pauline Burlingame. Wes was 14 when his mother married Dennis. “As you get older your outlook changes,” said a thoughtful Dennis Burlingame.“If I had it to do over I would have been less strict with him about the smoking and other things.” Wes became an angry and resentful kid. It was also around this time that his lifelong troubles with alcohol began. Teenaged Wes lived with family members for a time before ending up in foster care and eventually walking off the Job Corps site in Utah. The last time Pauline Burlingame saw her was son on a Mother’s Day in the mid ‘90s. She remembers “Wes walked out the door without saying anything or even looking at me.” A short time later, Wes drove to Colorado with two Iowa friends looking for work in the logging industry. The two friends soon returned to Iowa. Wes once told me he spent his first year in Colorado living in his car up in Summit County.

Knowing Wes I first encountered Wes while working as an overnight cashier at the Shell station in Aspen in the summer of 2005, Wes was camping out on Aspen Mountain then. As mentioned before, Wes was an alcohol and cigarette enthusiast. Over the years I managed to cadge jobs selling beer and cigarettes up and down the Valley. As such, Wes and I became friendly. It was while working at Carbondale 7-11 in the fall of 2016 that I made a short cellphone video of Wes discussing being struck by a truck crossing 133, just 18 months before he passed away. The Burlingame’s received a hospital bill for this accident. Lt Wurtsmith confirmed that Wes was struck by automobiles twice, in Carbondale alone, before the fatal coup de grace in the summer of 2017. Sitting in the far corner booth of the Red Rock Diner, Pauline Burlingame watches the video on my laptop. It’s the first time she’s seen or heard her only child in decades. In the video, Wes looks a good deal older than his mother looks now. The price of hard outdoors living, but he seems happy. Said Burlingame “From all the nice things I’ve heard it sounds like Wes was maturing.” While driving the Hogback for RFTA the Sunday night this story first ran in the PI, I drove Justin Schaaf, a homeless man and good friend of Wes. “I was bummed to find out Wes wasn’t really a Navy SEAL.” Said Schaaf. “I believed that. Because one time, these guys tried to jump me and Wes helped me. He was my good friend.”

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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 21

BASALT BAKE OFF • Put your cookie and cake baking skills to the test in a 3 to 4 p.m. event at the Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.) in a fresh imitation of the The Great British Baking Show for grades five and up. WORK NIGHT • Join Carbondale Arts to pull some weeds and plant some shrubs from 4 to 6 p.m. at DeRail Park (located at The Rio Grande Trail and Highway 82). Bring your own gloves and tools if you have them. GROUP RIDE • Grab your mountain bike and meet at Aloha Mountain Cyclery (580 Highway 133) at 5:30 p.m. then head up Prince Creek, descend through to Ginormous before heading back to the shop. CHALLENGE ASPEN FUNDRAISER • Enjoy a signature cocktail and live music by Harris Jackson & Friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Marble Distilling (150 Main St.) while supporting the Challenge Aspen Bariloche Marathon runners. Visit or call 923-0578 for more information. SOLSTICE SOUND BLAST • Experience a combination of healing modalities with Shari Billger at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) at 8:30 p.m. – frequency plus intention equals healing! Energy, sound healing and issue repatterning assists you in this goal. There will be individual and group healings. Solstice Sound Blast Vibrational Healing with Shari Energy exchange: $33 Register by emailing shari1551@aol. com or 719-332-3947

To list your event, email information to Deadline is noon on Monday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted.

FRI to THU June 22-28

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents “Mountain” (PG) at 7:30 p.m. June 22-28; “The Rider” (R) at 5:15 p.m. June 23 and “RBG” (PG, captioned) at 5:15 p.m. on June 24.

the music of Zolopht, sample food, soak in a mobile hot tub, toss bean bags, draw on the sidewalk and more from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Willits Town Center.

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TUBETOP BLUES • Ivory Deville plays at 8:30 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.).

RODEO BENEFIT • Support teen safe space Patrick’s Place with team roping, cattle sorting, kids games, raffles, a silent auction and more Gus Darien Arena. Email for more information.

DANCE PARTY • The Goonies play 80s hits from 9 to 11 p.m. at The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits). $14 in advance at or $19 at the door. JAM FUSION •• Amorphic Amorphic plays plays from from99 p.m. ‘til ‘til almost almost midnight midnight at at Stubbies Stubbies Sports Bar (123 (123 Emma Emma Rd., Rd., Basalt). Basalt).


PIG ROAST • YouthEntity (455 S. Third St.) holds its tenth annual benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. $150/ea.

FRIDAY June 22

TRANSIT TALK • Breakfast with Will Toor, Transportation Program Director at Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and discuss the status of electrifying/ decarbonizing Colorado’s transportation system, outlook and action steps from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). MEET THE ARTIST • Jocelyn Audette presents her paintings of the Fryingpan River from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the CMC ArtShare Gallery (802 Grand Ave.). BLOCK PARTY • Dance in the street to

FILM BENEFIT • An evening of films from the 2018 Orvis Down the Hatch reel as well as several local selections at 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. happy hour at Bristlecone Mountain Sports (781 E. Valley Rd. Basalt). $20 cash or check benefits the Roaring Fork Conservancy. LOCAL MUSICIAN • Don Marlin plays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Marble Distilling (150 Main St.) with no cover. ACOUSTIC DUO • Missy Anderson plays at 8:30 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.). DJ • A 21+ party at The Black Nugget (403 Main St.) from 9 p.m. to midnight. with no cover.


SUMMERFEST • Balloons, bubbles, tacos and more come to Crown Mountain Park. See page 5 for more info.

SUNDAY June 24

MOVEMENT CLASS • Movers explore spontaneous movements and stillness, following inner impulses in the present moment from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). Suggested $5 donation. LIVING HISTORY • Meet the ministers, masons, bankers and bootleggers of Marble past from 1 to 4 p.m. on a walking tour of 20 historic sites beginning at the Hub (105 W. Main St.) MUSIC IN THE PARK • The Songs from the Road Band plays an extra Sopris Park concert at 3 p.m. to welcome folks from Bicycle Tour of Colorado, who will be spending the night in Carbondale.


MUSICAL ROMP • National family music performer Steve Weeks presents music, humor, and games from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as part of children’s Summer Reading Program at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.). CALENDAR continued on page 13

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Community Calendar WESTERN ART • A 5 to 7 p.m. artists reception of the Western Experience at the Ann Korologos Gallery (211 Midland Ave., Basalt), which highlights the interaction of man with western plains as explored by painters Terry Gardner, Simon Winegar, Nathan Solano, and Sean Wallis. RADICAL CIVILITY • Join Aspen Public Radio and special guest Joshua Johnson of WAMU’s 1A for an exploration of engaging others with civility in an age of rancor and divisiveness at 6 p.m. at The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits). $20 members for $25 non-members.


FULL MOON CRUISE • Grab your bike, a light and maybe a costume and be at Sopris Park at 9 p.m. for a moonlit ride around town. FOREIGN FILM • “Like Father, Like Son” — exploring the emotional bonds of family and fatherhood — screens at 5 p.m .at the Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.). BLUES SOUL • The Basalt Summer Series features Janiva Magness from 6 to 8 p.m. at Triangle Park in Willits. WILD CARD • Join Women For Wildlands and Letter To Congress Project at 7:30 p.m. at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.) for a full screening of the outdoor dance film “Letter To Congress: A WILD Sanity” followed by a mini-creative writing workshop to help you find your wild words for public lands.

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Ongoing DAM FILMS • The Arts Campus at Willits and Aspen Film have partnered to bring cinema that celebrates dance, art, and music to the Roaring Fork Valley. Films showcase great performances, performers, musicians, and artists every Monday night in the summer. $8 for Aspen Film members, $11 in advance at or $13 at the door. RAGTIME • Theatre Aspen (470 Rio Grande Pl.) presents an epic musical set in 1900s New York with shows through August. YANKEE TAVERN • Thunder River Theatre Company presents Steven Dietz’s fierce, funny and mind-bending dramatic thriller about conspiracy theories at 7:30 p.m. 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 with a 2 p.m. matinee June 24. Directed by Dani Kopf and featuring Bob Moore, Brittany Dye, Christopher Wheatley and Brendan Cochran, it runs $15 to $20 with tickets at or 963-8200. PARENT CHILD CLASSES • Waldorf on the Roaring Fork (16543 Highway 82) present classes for parents and children 0-1.5 on Wednesdays June 20 thorugh July 25 and parents and children 1.5 to 3 on Thursdays June 21 through July 26; siblings up to kindergarten age welcome. Info and sign up at HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION • Free opportunities include… One-hour consultation about heart attack prevention,

plant-based nutrition, other medical issues. Call retired family doctor Greg Feinsinger, M.D. for appointment (379-5718). First Monday of every month catch a powerpoint presentation by Dr. Feinsinger about the science behind plant-based nutrition, 7 to 8:30 p.m., boardroom Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). Fourth Monday of every month, plant-based potluck 6:30 p.m. Calaway Room, Third Street Center. All events supported by Davi Nikent, Center for Human Flourishing. More information at RODEO • The nonprofit, volunteer Carbondale Wild West Rodeo returns at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Gus Darien Riding Arena on Catherine Store Road. FARMER’S MARKET • Sample wares from a small, eclectic blend of local farmers, producers and artisans Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fourth Street Plaza. HIGH NOON • Bring your compliments, complaints and ideas to Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois at 12 p.m. Thursdays at the Pour House (351 Main St.). EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN • Staff and sources talk about this week’s paper and more at 4 p.m. Thursdays on KDNK (88.1 FM). BRIDGE • The Carbondale Bridge Club hosts duplicate bridge (not sanctioned by ACBL) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Third Street

Center (520 S. Third St.). $6/per pair. Contact Marlene for more info: 928-9805. SENIOR MATTERS • The nonprofit Senior Matters, based in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.), offers numerous programs for senior citizens, including: tai chi with John Norton at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; tai chi with Marty Finklestein at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Alaprima Painters at 11 a.m. on Thursdays; the Senior Matters Book Club at 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month; and the Roaring Fork Brain Train. Info:; Diane Johnson at 970-306-2587; and Senior Matters, Box 991, Carbondale CO, 81623. SENIOR RADIO • Diane Johnson talks about senior issues and services on KDNK at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. RUN AROUND • Independence Run & Hike hosts a run around town Saturdays at 8 a.m. Meet at the store 596 Highway 133 (in La Fontana Plaza) and run various distances, with different routes each week. Info: 704-0909. MAKERSPACE • Children and teens are invited to design, create, tinker, and play with art and technology to design and create with 3D Pens, make stop-motion animation films, engineer duct tape creations, build their own video games, and more from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.).


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Hoist a beer to cheer Thunder River Theatre’s ‘Yankee Tavern’ Review by Nicolette Toussaint If one were going to finger the culprit most responsible for conspiring to create a compelling theatrical evening, Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) veteran Bob Moore would be the guilty party. As Ray, the resident conspiracy theorist at a down-at-the-heel New York bar, he’s the driving force behind TRTC’s latest play, Yankee Tavern. That’s not an easy task when playwright Steven Dietz has given the character wads of words to discharge. Ray is the loosest of cannons, arguing with radio talk show hosts and shooting off sequential conspiracy theories that indict all the usual suspects, from the government to big oil to the media, from foreign terrorists to the Saudis and the Bushes. Motormouth know-it-alls like Ray are obnoxious, but Moore manages to make Ray funny and endearing. Dietz’ play, an entertaining quasi-thriller, is set in a seedy knock-off “Cheers.” It’s a place where everybody knows your name, perhaps because there are so few customers. Grad student Adam, played by TRTC veteran Brendan Cochran, has inherited the bar from his father, who committed suicide – probably – on the day following the World Trade Center attacks. Ray, who was dad’s best friend, now lives as a squatter in the defunct hotel above the bar — that is, when he’s not helping himself behind the bar. Aside from a mys-

terious, silent stranger named Palmer, it seems Ray is the only customer. The play’s theme – what to believe and who to trust – is introduced by Adam’s fiancé, Janet, who grills Adam about the many save-the-wedding-date cards that have been returned as undeliverable by the Post Office. She discovers that Adam added fake friends to the guest list. The ensuing squabble turns out to be an opening salvo in an unraveling of trust between the young lovers who may, or may not, have the same goals and who may, or may not, make it to the altar. Janet would like Adam to sell the bar and get on with married life. Aside from completing his thesis, Adam’s goals are yet to be revealed to the audience, and perhaps also, to his fiancé. Although Dietz left the characters of Adam and Janet a bit sketchy, Cochran and Brittany Dye, a relative newcomer to the TRTC stage, make their roles work. Christopher Wheatley, who plays the morose-looking Palmer, arrives early on, orders a beer for himself and another for a persistently absent buddy, then keeps his lips zipped for almost all of Act I. But in Act 2, Wheatley projects with power, delivering a gripping tale replete with nefarious details about finding — or planting — the ID of one of the 9/11 assassins. Palmer turns out to be a spook offering some spooky insights: we’re all prey to


vicarious grieving after a tragedy. We’re all fodder for conspiracy theories once we stumble across things that don’t fit together in a world that’s too complex to fully understand. Thunder River Theatre Company, under the able stage-direction of Dani Grace Kopf and the artistic direction of Corey Simpson, turns in a first-rate production. The staging and lighting are top-rate; the acting is strong. The only change this reviewer would suggest to would be in Act 2, where Janet delivers lines from the stage corner facing the theatre entrance. Because Dye doesn’t always project, the drama of her monologue — whatever it was about — is probably lost to many theatergoers located to her sides or behind her. Just four characters must carry all the play’s action, and they do, building emotion and suspense along the way. Without spoiling the plot — which is intriguing, if far from seamless — suffice it say that the second act moves “Yankee Tavern” from the realm of comedy into international thriller territory. The playwright recycles a stock of suspicious incidents in connection with 9/11: the spike in short-selling of United and American Airlines stock following the attacks; the notion that Building 7, the other New York City skyscraper to fall on September 11, was deliberately demolished to protect secrets held within,


and a man who claimed to have notarized advance knowledge of the hijackings. The playwright’s point isn’t to credit or discredit these theories, but to indict our credulity and laziness in responding to them. Yankee Tavern successfully walks a thin line between encouraging us to reject outlandish conspiracy theories while also delving into our growing convictions that the government is dispensing less than the whole truth. TRTC has been nominated for four 2018 Henry Awards for exceptional regional theatre, including one for Bob Moore’s character portrayal of the furniture salesman in “The Price.” Well earned. This reviewer would finger Moore in a New York minute for an award for his role as Ray. TRTC’s second-night audience seemed to share that view, giving “Yankee Tavern” a hearty standing ovation.

Yankee Tavern showtimes When: June 22-24 and 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee on June 24 at 2 p.m. Where: Thunder River Theatre (67 Promenade, Carbondale) Tickets: or 970-963-8200

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER Town of Carbondale Did Not Provide Consumer with Lead Tap Results Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this situation is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. We routinely sample water at consumers’ taps for lead. After the sample is analyzed we must timely notify the consumer of their lead sample results and certify to the state drinking water program we notified all consumers using the required language. We failed to complete these requirements. We also failed to notify you of the violation/situation in a timely manner. What does this mean? What should I do? Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is

stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother's bones, which may affect brain development. How to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead in Your Water • Run your water to flush out lead. If it hasn't been used for several hours, run the cold water tap until the temperature is noticeably colder. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. To conserve water, remember to catch the flushed tap water for plants or some other household use (e.g. cleaning). • Always use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula. Never cook with or drink water from the hot water tap. Never use water from the hot water tap to make formula. • Do not boil water to remove lead. Boili11g water will not reduce lead. • Test your water for lead. Call us at the number below to find out how to get your water tested for lead. • Get your child's blood tested. Contact your local health department or health care provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure. This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. Typically, lead enters water supplies by leaching from lead or brass pipes and plumbing components. New lead pipes and plumbing components containing lead are no longer allowed for this reason. However, many older homes may contain lead pipes. Your

water is more likely to contain high lead levels if water pipes in or leading to your home are made of lead or contain lead solder. Visit for more information. *Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.* What is being done? Letters have been mailed to homeowners that participated in Lead and Copper sampling. The problem was resolved in January 2018. For more information, please contact Mark O’Meara at or 970-963-3140, or 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale, CO 81623. *Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.* This notice is being sent to you by: town of carbondale - coO 123167 Date distributed: approx june 20th ( with ccr ) Este inforrne contiene informacion muy importante sobre su agua potable. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

CARBONDALE TOWN OF 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report For Calendar Year 2017 Public Water System ID: CO0123167 Esta es información importante. Si no la pueden leer, necesitan que alguien se la traduzca

We are pleased to present to you this year’s water quality report. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Please contact MARK O’MEARA at 970-510-1351 with any questions or for public participation opportunities that may affect water quality. General Information All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1800-426-4791) or by visiting Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV-AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk of infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. For more information about contaminants and potential health effects, or to receive a copy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and microbiological contaminants call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (1-800-426-4791). The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: • Microbial contaminants: viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. • Inorganic contaminants: salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. • Pesticides and herbicides: may come from a variety of sources, such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses. • Radioactive contaminants: can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also may come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health. Lead in Drinking Water If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems (especially for pregnant women and young children). It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home’s plumbing. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. Additional information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or at Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has provided us with a Source Water Assessment Report for our water supply. For general information or to obtain a copy of the report please visit The report is located under “Guidance: Source Water Assessment Reports”. Search the table using 123167, CARBONDALE TOWN OF, or by contacting MARK O’MEARA at 970-510-1351. The Source Water Assessment Report provides a screening-level evaluation of potential contamination that could occur. It does not mean that the contamination has or will occur. We can use this information to evaluate the need to improve our current water treatment capabilities and prepare for future contamination threats. This can help us ensure that quality finished water is delivered to your homes. In addition, the source water assessment results provide a starting point for developing a source water protection plan. Potential sources of contamination in our source water area are listed on the next page. Please contact us to learn more about what you can do to help protect your drinking water sources, any questions about the Drinking Water Quality Report, to learn more about our system, or to attend scheduled public meetings. We want you, our valued customers, to be informed about the services we provide and the quality water we deliver to you every day.

Our Water Sources Source

Source Type

Water Type

Potential Source(s) of Contamination



Surface Water




Surface Water




Groundwater UDI Surface Water




Groundwater UDI Surface Water




Groundwater UDI Surface Water




Groundwater UDI Surface Water


Terms and Abbreviations • Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) − The highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water. • Treatment Technique (TT) − A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. • Health-Based − A violation of either a MCL or TT. • Non-Health-Based − A violation that is not a MCL or TT. • Action Level (AL) − The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment and other regulatory requirements. • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) − The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) − The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) − The level of a drinking water disinfectant, below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. • Violation (No Abbreviation) − Failure to meet a Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulation. • Formal Enforcement Action (No Abbreviation) − Escalated action taken by the State (due to the risk to public health, or number or severity of violations) to bring a non-compliant water system back into compliance. • Variance and Exemptions (V/E) − Department permission not to meet a MCL or treatment technique under certain conditions.

• Gross Alpha (No Abbreviation) − Gross alpha particle activity compliance value. It includes radium-226, but excludes radon 222, and uranium. • Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) − Measure of the radioactivity in water. • Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) − Measure of the clarity or cloudiness of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the typical person. • Compliance Value (No Abbreviation) – Single or calculated value used to determine if regulatory contaminant level (e.g. MCL) is met. Examples of calculated values are the 90th Percentile, Running Annual Average (RAA) and Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA). • Average (x-bar) − Typical value. • Range (R) − Lowest value to the highest value. • Sample Size (n) − Number or count of values (i.e. number of water samples collected). • Parts per million = Milligrams per liter (ppm = mg/L) − One part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000. • Parts per billion = Micrograms per liter (ppb = ug/L) − One part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. • Not Applicable (N/A) – Does not apply or not available. • Level 1 Assessment – A study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system. • Level 2 Assessment – A very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.

Detected Contaminants CARBONDALE TOWN OF routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The following table(s) show all detections found in the period of January 1 to December 31, 2017 unless otherwise noted. The State of Colorado requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination. Therefore, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old. Violations and Formal Enforcement Actions, if any, are reported in the next section of this report. Note: Only detected contaminants sampled within the last 5 years appear in this report. If no tables appear in this section then no contaminants were detected in the last round of monitoring. Disinfectants Sampled in the Distribution System TT Requirement: At least 95% of samples per period (month or quarter) must be at least 0.2 ppm OR If sample size is less than 40 no more than 1 sample is below 0.2 ppm Typical Sources: Water additive used to control microbes Disinfectant Name

Time Period


Number of Samples Below Level

Sample Size

TT Violation



December, 2017

Lowest period percentage of samples meeting TT requirement: 100%




4.0 ppm

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Lead and Copper Sampled in the Distribution System Contaminant Name

Time Period

90th Percentile

Sample Size

Unit of Measure

90th Percentile AL

Sample Sites Above AL

90th Percentile AL Exceedance

Typical Sources


09/21/2017 to 09/21/2017







Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits


09/21/2017 to 09/21/2017







Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

Disinfection Byproducts Sampled in the Distribution System Name



Range Low – High

Sample Size

Unit of Measure



Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)



1.2 to 5.5




Total Trihalome thanes (TTHM)



6.7 to 7.7




Highest Compliance Value

MCL Violation

Typical Sources



Byproduct of drinking water disinfection



Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

Total Organic Carbon (Disinfection Byproducts Precursor) Removal Ratio of Raw and Finished Water Contaminant Name



Range Low – High

Sample Size

Unit of Measure

TT Minimum Ratio

TT Violation

Typical Sources

Total Organic Carbon Ratio



1 to 1





Naturally present in the environment

*If minimum ratio not met and no violation identified then the system achieved compliance using alternative criteria.

Disinfectants Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System Contaminant Name


Number of Samples Above or Below Level

Sample Size

TT/MRDL Requirement

TT/MRDL Violation

Typical Sources





TT = No more than 4 hours with a sample below 0.2 MG/L


Water additive used to control microbes

Summary of Turbidity Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System Contaminant Name

Sample Date

Level Found

TT Requirement

TT Violation

Typical Sources


Date/Month: Sep

Highest single measurement: 0.48 NTU

Maximum 5 NTU for any single measurement


Soil Runoff


Month: Dec

Lowest monthly percentage of samples meeting TT requirement for our technology: 100 %

In any month, at least 95% of samples must be less than 0.1 NTU


Soil Runoff

Radionuclides Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System Contaminant Name



Range Low – High

Sample Size

Unit of Measure



MCL Violation

Typical Sources

Combined Uranium



1.5 to 1.5






Erosion of natural deposits

Contaminant Name



Range Low – High

Sample Size

Unit of Measure



MCL Violation

Typical Sources




0.04 to 0.07






Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits




0 to 0.24






Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories




0.3 to 0.82






Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits




0 to 0.81






Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines

Inorganic Contaminants Sampled at the Entry Point to the Distribution System

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Cryptosporidium and Raw Source Water E. coli Contaminant Name


Number of Positives

Sample Size

E. Coli




Secondary Contaminants** **Secondary standards are non-enforceable guidelines for contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin, or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in drinking water. Contaminant Name



Range Low – High

Sample Size

Unit of Measure

Secondary Standard

Sodium Total Dissolved Solids



2.9 to 17.8






346 to 395




Unregulated Contaminants*** EPA has implemented the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) to collect data for contaminants that are suspected to be present in drinking water and do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA uses the results of UCMR monitoring to learn about the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and to decide whether or not these contaminants will be regulated in the future. We performed monitoring and reported the analytical results of the monitoring to EPA in accordance with its Third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR3). Once EPA reviews the submitted results, the results are made available in the EPA’s National Contaminant Occurrence Database (NCOD) ( Consumers can review UCMR results by accessing the NCOD. Contaminants that were detected during our UCMR3 sampling and the corresponding analytical results are provided below. Contaminant Name



Range Low – High

Sample Size

Unit of Measure

***More information about the contaminants that were included in UCMR3 monitoring can be found at: Learn more about the EPA UCMR at: or contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or

Violations, Significant Deficiencies, Backflow/Cross-Connection, and Formal Enforcement Actions

Violations Name


Time Period

Health Effects

Compliance Value

TT Level or MCL



10/01/2017 - 10/31/2017




Additional Violation Information *Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.* Explanation of the violation(s), the steps taken to resolve them, and the anticipated resolved date:

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Big business, humongous home From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal June 22, 1978 The Town of Carbondale decided to begin enforcing an old policy restricting out of towners from using the municipal dump. With only nine months of operative life remaining on the facility and an estimated half of usage coming from outside town, trustees felt their hands were tied. Negotiations for a new site were underway, but disagreements continued to hang up the deal. (The Town no longer operates its own hauling service or dump at all.)

June 23, 1988 Hoping to increase the popularity of the John Fleet Municipal Pool, Town officials rechristened it “The Beach.” Staffers donned tropical attire, picnic tables and umbrellas were added to the grass and actual sand was considered — but the filters couldn’t take it. The pool had, incidentally, just had its first year breaking even thanks to attendance and camps, and thus garnered more support for improvements like a snack bar and wading pool. Coupled with the rebranding, it made for a then record $1,541 on opening day.

June 25, 1998 The North Face was reportedly considering Carbondale as the site for its

new corporate offices, though calls to the San Francisco-based company were not returned. According to rumors, anyway, they were close to buying the 36-acre Smith property south of town. Mayor Randy Vanderhurst had previously made mention of negotiations with a major national company — calling it “better than a longshot” — and it seemed likely that the outdoor gear manufacturer was the one in question. If so, it was expected to bring 100 jobs paying anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 to town and boost the local economy. (North Face eventually abandoned the idea but supplied the property that became the eponymous park.)

June 19, 2008 A building permit was issued for the town’s largest house yet. At 14,760 square feet, the Perry Ridge home would be almost double the size of its neighbors, prompting residents to call for a cap similar to (but likely lower than) Pitkin County’s. Under the existing rules, however, it was deemed compliant — although the Design Review Committee initially mistook it for a main house with an accessory dwelling unit. Roughly 10 other lots in River Valley Ranch were estimated to be capable of holding a house that size, leaving plenty of room for a new record.

Obituary Oliver Nimmo June 21, 2013 – May 30, 2018 Oliver was born in Denver to Harlan and Tamara Nimmo on June 21, 2013. Oliver died on May 30, 2018 in the wee hours of the morning. He was 22 days short of being 5 years old. Oliver was born with Hirschsprung’s Disease which affected his intestines, robbing them of the nerves they needed to perform proper peristalsis and exposing him to a myriad of potentially lethal situations. He died from one of those complications: a huge infection that hit hard and fast and seemed to come out of nowhere. The end was peaceful for him; he was with mom and dad he felt no pain and he was not afraid. Oliver was careful. He was careful with his body; he moved gently. He was careful with his thoughts, he took time to form them. He was careful with his words, we often had to wait for them. He was careful with his smiles — if you got one, it was special. He loved to fish and chop vegetables with his dad. He loved to bake and dance to Disney music with his mom. He loved to jump on the trampoline with his brother. “Casper! I don’t want to fight, I just want to wrestle!” – Oliver to Casper one afternoon on the trampoline in 2018. He had his mom’s hazel eyes and love for dancing and music. He had his dad’s middle name, big toe and long legs. He had his brother’s heart. Favorite quotes: “Mom! I can talk in my head… Can you hear this?” – Oliver talking to Tammy in the car. He then looked out the window and “spoke” in his head to

see if I could hear him. “Oh Man!” – His favorite phrase as a 2 year old. “He’s going to make a great WWF wrestler!” – Oliver talking proudly about Casper after watching him “play” with dad. “Mommy-O… I need you…” – From his bedroom Oliver, you are missed so much… words cannot describe. We love you. We know you are in a place where you are surrounded by love we cannot imagine. We will all be together again. Rest easy little buddy. A celebration of Oliver’s life will be held at The Orchard in Carbondale on his birthday, June 21, at 2 p.m.

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Legal Notices

Does Carbondale need more housing?


Dear Editor: The Carbondale Board of Trustees is considering a proposal from Cerise Park, LLC, to build 40 residential units in Thompson Park, the area between the Ross Montessori School and North Bridge Drive. Carbondale does indeed need more affordable, i.e., income-based housing (for teachers, policemen, artists, town employees, etc.), but not the 32 units of market rate housing that the Thompson Park developers envision. The estimated price of the market rate units begins at $650,000 and extends to many hundreds of thousands of dollars more for single-family homes. I suspect these residences will compete with comparably priced houses in River Valley Ranch, many of which are currently available; indeed, the international boutique real estate firm Engel & Völkers will be the representative for the newly constructed properties. Just because a developer purchases some land and decides to build homes doesn’t mean this venture is needed or desirable. The developer has claimed that this project will help ameliorate the dearth of moderate priced housing in our community. On the contrary, it will add to the inventory of high-priced housing for sale as second homes to the nouveau riche who have discovered Carbondale. The Trustees have an obligation to preserve the character of this unique town. S. Wolff Carbondale

Thank you for a job well done Dear Editor: High Country RSVP tax volunteers did an amazing job this year filing federal and state income taxes for 452 seniors, persons with disabilities and low to moderate income from Aspen to Parachute, and in Eagle and Craig. RSVP tax volunteers served 946 hours meeting with clients in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute/Battlement Mesa, Craig, Eagle, and Carbondale. And they had amazing results! Through RSVP’s tax program, RSVP clients received a total of $324,561 in federal and state refunds with an average refund of $729.35. That’s great news for our clients and our community! If you see one of our tax counselors, please make sure and thank them! They worked tirelessly to help the people of Garfield County! Thank you RSVP volunteers Carl Vogt, Kathy Vogt, Bob Spuhler, Emil Cima, Ron Kokish, Gail Zalutsky, and Penelope Olson! If you would like to learn more about High Country RSVP and how you can become a Senior Corps volunteer call Mary at -947-8462 or visit our website at Patty Daniells Program Director


EMMA GROUP, LLC dba ROOSTERS 348 MAIN STREET CARBONDALE, CO 81623 HAS REQUESTED THE LIQUOR LICENSING OFFICIALS OF CARBONDALE TO GRANT A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE TO SELL MALT, VINOUS, AND SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS FOR CONSUMPTION ON THE PREMISES AT 348 MAIN STREET CARBONDALE, CO HEARING ON APPLICATION TO BE HELD AT: CARBONDALE TOWN HALL 511 COLORADO AVENUE CARBONDALE, COLORADO DATE AND TIME: JULY 10, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M. DATE OF APPLICATION: JUNE 1, 2018 BY ORDER OF: DAN RICHARDSON, MAYOR APPLICANT: MLADEN TODOROVIC Information may be obtained from, and Petitions or Remonstrance’s may be filed with the Town Clerk Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 81623. Published in The Sopris Sun on June 21, 2018. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees to consider a correction to the Town’s Old Town Residential District Boundary. This correction concerns the following properties: 326 South 3rd Street, Section: 34 Township: 7 Range: 88 Subdivision: ORIGINAL TWNSTE CARBONDALE Block: 6 Lot: 10 THRU:- Lot: 12 and 246 Sopris Avenue, Section: 34 Township: 7 Range: 88 Subdivision: ORIGINAL TWNSTE CARBONDALE Block: 6 Lot: 8 AND:- Lot: 9 and 242 Sopris Avenue, Section: 34 Township: 7 Range: 88 Subdivision: ORIGINAL TWNSTE CARBONDALE Block: 6 Lot: 6 AND:- Lot: 7. The above properties were to not be included in Ordinance NO. 5 Series of 2008 and will be corrected to the original Residential Low Density Zone District.

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Said Public Hearing will be held at the arbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on July 10, 2018.


Copies of the correction are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 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 Planner Published in The Sopris Sun on June 21, 2018. TOWN OF CARBONDALE ORDINANCE NO. 7 SERIES OF 2018 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF INDEBTEDNESS IN THE FORM OF A LOAN FROM ANB BANK FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFUNDING OUTSTANDING TOWN BONDS AT A LOWER INTEREST RATE; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF THE LOAN AGREEMENT AND DELIVERY OF A NOTE TO EVIDENCE THE DEBT; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION OF THE REFUNDED BONDS; AND PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE DEBT FROM A PLEDGE OF THE TOWN’S RECREATION SALES AND USE TAX REVENUES AND PROVIDING OTHER DETAILS IN CONNECTION WITH THE LOAN. NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on June 12, 2018. This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE __________________________ By: s/s Dan Richardson, Mayor ATTEST: __________________________ s/s Cathy Derby, Town Clerk Published in The Sopris Sun on June 21, 2018.

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THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE __________________________ By: s/s Dan Richardson, Mayor ATTEST: __________________________ s/s Cathy Derby, Town Clerk Published in The Sopris Sun on June 21, 2018. TOWN OF CARBONDALE ORDINANCE NO. 9 SERIES OF 2018 AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO IMPOSING IMMEDIATE FIRE RESTRICTIONS NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on June 12, 2018. This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE __________________________ By: s/s Dan Richardson, Mayor

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THE GOOD SEED COMMUNITY GARDEN is accepting registrations for organic gardeners who would like to start or continue gardening with GSCG located at 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale. For sign-up packets and to enroll, contact Theresa (970) 963-8773 at The Orchard or Cindy Weaver (970) 319-1520. *Credit card payment information should be emailed to or call 970-274-1076. Call 510-3003 for more info.

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This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours.

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