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Edgar Hernandez, shortstop for the Manzaneros, makes a clean play on a hard hit ball during his team’s Carbondale Recreation Department league game against E.D.G.E. on Tuesday evening (which was the first day of summer). Games are played at three fields around town. The season concludes in early August. Photo by Lynn Burton

Business owners upset

First Fridays expands

Theatre returns

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Carbondale Commentary

John and Mary Matchael of Crystal Glass Studio (left) brought some hometown reading to share when they visited Sue and Ray Hannisian (right) in Hollywood, California a while back. Sue and Ray are from Carbondale and Sue’s son Jared is now managing partner at the Village Smithy. Ray is working on 3-D films in Hollywood and travels around the world teaching 3-D technology. Courtesy photo

Property value declines lead to real losses By Kendall Williams If you’re like me and are a property owner in Carbondale, you have probably been looking with horror or at least bemusement at your Real Property Notice of Valuation recently sent out by Garfield County. Looking at the decrease in value on my statement got me to wondering what the total decrease in value was for all property owners in Carbondale, so I contacted the Garfield County Assessor’s Office. One could use any number of adverbs to describe the collective loss in value for property owners in Carbondale but I will use the term “stark” to describe it. For residential property alone (some 2,318 units) the collective loss in actual value is $352,958,970. You might say, “but that only represents theoretical loss,” and I would respond that this is true to some degree. So the question is to what degree; and what is the overall effect on the people of Carbondale? First off, Actual Value leads to Assessed Value, which determines what you pay in property taxes, which in turn pay for many of the services provided by the town, the county, the school district, fire district, library district and other special taxing districts. There could be a loss in services from some of these special districts due to declining tax collections, brought on by declining valuations. In addition there have been actual realized dollar losses for lenders and homeowners alike from the sale of foreclosed homes. Total foreclosures county-wide for the two-year period between mid-2008 and mid-2010 were approximately 784 with an additional 627 more to date from a year ago, and the Public Trustee predicts another 391 through year end 2011. Carbondale has been hit, along with the rest of the Garfield County. These numbers point to painful losses for property owners and their families, but losses go far beyond the considerable financial losses, and in fact embody the lost hopes and expectations of residents in general. The housing bubble was to a large degree based on expectations, something we can all acknowledge (and I think we would all agree that this was a nationwide phenomenon) but it is also true that real estate markets are local as well, and we should be focused on what caused our own property bubble, and how we can minimize these factors in the future. True, cheap money was a significant factor, and brought many buyers into the market, but other factors such as available supply verses demand, and mandated costs that pushed up prices, were significant drivers in our local housing market, and the expectations of those on all sides whether consumers, producers, or regulators, played a significant role and should be acknowledged. Going back to the nature of the loss suffered by property owners, you might ask: “but are there not winners in this situation?; look at the cheap housing on the market now?” In fact even though there is a lot of affordable property on the market the obvious lack of jobs and the inability of many buyers to qualify for loans largely limits those who can take advantage of these historically low prices. So it is not just the property owner who has lost but the person who might have some expectation of profiting from low prices as well. The whole notion of meeting present and future needs and future aspirations, which after all are based on expectations, and the question of sustainability in the housing market, points to the fact that all the residents of Carbondale suffer when property values take such huge losses. Can you put a number on the loss to each and every one of Carbondale’s 6, 427 residents? No, but you might start with that $352,958,970 and decide if this number has any relevance to you. At least you now have an idea as to the magnitude of the problem and what it will take to balance a current real loss with a realized expectation in the future. And keep in mind this is only two years and does not include the past year or the immediate future. Nor does it include the loss of value to commercial property and vacant land. I have not painted a pretty picture but I believe Carbondale can have a sustainable housing market in the future, one that can build value for those willing to make the commitment to home ownership. It will take a recalibration of expectations on the part of all concerned but it is doable. We better get going because we’ve been fiddling for far too long. Kendall Williams lives and earns his livelihood in Carbondale. He can be contacted at

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Stop the Poster War Dear Editor: In Carbondale, where the 1960s mantra of “Peace, Love, Woodstock, Streets to the People” still seems to resonate, it is pretty sad that many of our production posters for“The Trip to Bountiful” have been ripped down from around town, and many within hours our posting. We always ask businesses for permission. We have seen posters put up right over ours, others ripped down, and at 80 cents a poster — we really can’t afford this petty vandalism. If you are an organization that puts up posters, please talk to your volunteers about decency and working together to help each other in our community. I can say with total conviction, no one at Thunder River Theatre Company has ever torn down a poster from another organization — ever. I can’t even imagine doing anything like that. The Poster War that seems to be happening in our community is very sad. I, for one, have far more important things with which to concern myself, like trying to make our community a respectful place to work. Lon Winston Executive Artistic Director Thunder River Theatre Company Carbondale

Big countries not stepping up Dear Editor: In his recent Aspen Times column, Paul Anderson took to task our U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton for bragging about the poor gas mileage of his pick-up trucks. While Scott’s “fuelish” attitude is unhelpful to the cause of saving the human race from extinction by climate change and energy shortage, shaming him into buying a Prius will not turn the tide. The problem is far too large. Lester Brown, thinker and environmentalist, cites a need to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent. That would only stop the increase in emissions, not reverse the current effects. The United States currently

burns through something like 25 percent of the world’s energy use every day; with only 5 percent of the world’s population. It was decades ago when the world’s human population lived without adding to the big heat trap in the sky. We lived off the local land, rode horses and had outdoor plumbing. Billions of people still do. The main problem with the big meetings on climate change is that the developed countries aren’t stepping up to the plate. No German, French or U.S. politician is going back LETTERS page 14

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Bike race goes flat, throwing some businesses By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer A bicycle race that was meant to jazz up the town last Saturday ended up on a sour note for several downtown business owners. Not only did the race fail to attract crowds intended to spill over into most bars, restaurants and stores, Main Street sidewalks were pretty much empty for most of the day and racers themselves didn’t appear to get out and spend very much. “We had two bicycle racers all day,” said Pour House manager Sandy Graetz. “And they split an appetizer.” The Rocky Mountain Omnium’s criterium was the second of three races held June 17-19 and was also the most visible. Town trustees authorized race organizer Mitch Hyra to close Main Street from Seventh Street to Third Street, plus Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street, to create a .6-mile course with nothing but left-hand turns. Approximately 150 racers, mostly from the Front Range, competed in 11 categories throughout the day until about 7 p.m. It rained during much of the race last year and attendance was scant. For this year’s event, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce set up a beer garden at Fourth and Main, brought in two music groups to entertain in the afternoon, and hoped for good weather and a good crowd to help boost business. “We got involved this year to promote it and make it a better event,” said chamber director Sherri Harrison. Metal fencing, brought in by a Rifle

company hired by Hyra, lined both sides of Main Street from just west of the Dinkel Building to Third Street. Race monitors, also provided by the organizer, were stationed at several places along the course and helped pedestrians duck under yellow tape to cross the street at both ends of Main Street when the course was clear. Frank Norwood, who owns the Main Street Gallery & Framer at Fourth and Main and lives about three blocks away, said he spent half an hour trying to get to his store Saturday morning. “I tried four alleys trying to get to my store …. I had some stuff to unload and ended up parking across from the library.” The race’s problem was “they cordoned off the whole (down)town,” Norwood said. For example, if a pedestrian wanted to cross at Fourth and Main, they had to walk down a block to Peppino’s, then back up the street. Much of Norwood’s business depends on people bringing in art for framing, and the nearest parking lot was a block away. By 11 a.m., Main Street was virtually empty (other than bicycle racers) and Norwood hadn’t seen a single customer. “I figured nobody was going to get here so I closed up,” Norwood said. “I went home and got a lot of work done … I got a Saturday off.” Monk Burkmier, co-owner of Back Door Consignment, also took most of the day off. “People couldn’t get their car in here, so I closed down.” Back Door Consignment, located across

the alley from the Pour House in the east end of the Churchill building, has no street frontage and is accessed off Third Street. “Saturday is usually my best day. From a business point of view, the race was devastating,” he said. Burkmier said after closing he walked around downtown a bit. “There were maybe 10 or 15 (spectators) at the curves but it (attendance) wasn’t that impressive.” He continued: “The race pretty much shut down Main Street.” Rosie Wettstein owns Main Street Spirits (located at 389 Main Street next to the Main Street Gallery) and said “hardly anyone was here (downtown).” Wettstein said she counts on Saturday business but last Saturday “was like a regular week day.” Like Norwood, Wettstein also had difficulty getting to her store Saturday morning due to road closures. She said a race monitor at the west end of Main Street near Six89 restaurant sent her on a “wild goose chase” down alleys. “It’s not well organized,” she said. At the Pour House (351 Main Street) business was slower than most Saturdays, according to Graetz.“Where were the spectators that sponsors said would be here?” she said. Some of the spectators who did wander into the Pour House were not exactly the kind that bar and restaurant managers like to see coming. “They were coming in with open (alcohol) containers … one woman almost hit me when I took it away from

Music, music and more music at Sopris Music Fest Sopris Sun Staff Report A music festival that started 10 years ago on the back of a flatbed truck on Fourth Street has grown to include numerous venues around town, an official stage and cuisine from local restaurants. “A new feature of this year’s Sopris Music Fest will be local artists,” said event organizer Steve Standiford. “We have asked talented locals like Amber Sparkles to bring their unique and beautiful artistic creations to Fourth Street Plaza and show their art to everybody. The big theme of this gathering has always been local artists and what they create, whether it’s music, art, food, drink or dance ... It's a locals fest.” The event is also a fund-raiser for community access radio station KDNK, which will operate a beer garden during the threeday festival.“Their loyal volunteers and staff will be running the Beverage Garden, which will be well supplied with the help of Sopris Liquor & Wine and New Belgium Brewery,” Standiford said. The festival’s first nine years featured lobsters on plates and in the event’s official name. “This year we are replacing lobsters from Maine with local food folks like the Village Smithy, Gandhi, White House Pizza, Crystal River Beef and others. We want to make the event more green and also hope it helps the local economy,” Standiford said. The main part of the festival runs June 2425. Most of the bands are local, and include all the usual suspects. (See sidebar for the schedule for the Fourth Street Plaza stage.)

Carbondale police posted “No Parking” signs up and down Main Street on Friday night to make sure the street was clear of vehicles for Saturday’s bicycle race. Some downtown business owners say the street was also clear of customers for most of the day. Photo by Lynn Burton her.” Others just wanted to use the Pour House restroom. Last year, during the Valley Cruisers car show that closed two blocks of Main Street on the same weekend, the Pour House saw BIKE RACE page 7

Fourth Street Plaza stage schedule

Friday, June 24 5 p.m. – Frying Pan Bluegrass Band 6 p.m. – A Vision Quest 7 p.m. – Skinner, Girardot, Martin & Capt. X 8 p.m. – All the Pretty Horses Saturday, June 25 Noon – Jacob Russo 1 p.m. – Rick Rock & the Roosters 2 p.m. – Kendall Spyker Band 3 p.m. – Filthy Rich 4 p.m. – Lee Martin Trio 5:30 p.m. – Milemarkers 6:30 p.m. – Poser 8 p.m. – Harding-Copeland Band Poser (above) and the Frying Pan Bluegrass Band (lower right) are two of the featured bands in this weekend’s Sopris Music Fest. Both will play the Fourth Street Plaza stage. Other performances take place in bars and restaurants around town. Other bands performing at restaurants and other venues around town, including Steve’s Guitars in the Dinkel Building, are: Lisa Adkinson, Matt Haslett, Sue Krehbiel, Andrew Wynne, Craig and Lorraine Curry, the Emily Jurick Band, Elements 3, Christoff Brownell, Whiskey Tango, the Fat Belly Blues Band, and at least one DJ. Standiford said the festival ends Sunday on a mellow pace with a piano recital featuring local students at Steve’s Guitars in the afternoon and a bluegrass jam at Dos Gringos at 6 p.m.

Photo by Matt Suby

“These musicians are the lifeblood of our local music scene and they love to share their art,” Standiford said. “Come out and support them all the best you can. It’s good for everyone.” Sponsors for the Sopris Music Fest include: KDNK, the town of Carbondale, Blue Tent Marketing, Dos Gringos, Amore Realty, Otak, Jen Perez, Bill Flanigan, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Alpine Bank, Sopris Chiropractic, Main Street Spirits, InterMountain Waste, Glenwood Music and Village Inn. THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 23, 2011 • 3

News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team up to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Wilderness Workshop sues BLM The Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop has joined three other environmental groups in a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management over what they say were illegal approvals of more than 1,400 gas wells in Western Colorado. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by the law firm Earthjustice on behalf of the Wilderness Workshop, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society, according to a Wilderness Workshop press release. The groups allege the BLM illegally approved the new gas wells without doing any analysis of their air pollution impacts. “BLM needs to slow down and take a hard look at all the air pollution it has authorized in recent years,” said Sharon Buccino of the National Resources Defense Council.” Drilling poses real health risks for western Colorado communities, and the residents need BLM’s protection.” The lawsuit specifically targets three examples where the BLM did not follow proper air quality study procedures: a 2008 proposal by Williams Energy; an Antero Resources project approved in 2010; and a 2010 Laramie Energy plan. Oil and gas development has increased dramatically in the past 12 years. According to state records, in 1999 just over 1,000 drilling permits were issued in the entire state. By 2008, that figure had increased to 8,027 permits. In 2010, 2,037 drilling permits were issued in Garfield County.

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Folks take a few minutes to catch up with each other at the Carbondale Farmers’ Market at Fourth and Main every Wednesday through Oct. 5. Organizers say the market features “new vendors and old favorites” plus fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, coffee and more. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Kahhak Fine Arts and School stays open late for First Fridays every month. Speaking of art, the photo above is actually three pictures spliced together. Courtesy photos

First Fridays Coalition expanding event’s scope Sopris Sun Staff Report Come Friday, July 1, expect to see some changes in First Fridays. For one thing, street performers will entertain folks at various corners and other locations around town. There’ll be free bicycle rickshaw rides from venue to venue as well as free bus shuttles, expanded parking and action on Highway 133. To locate all the venues, First Fridays maps will also be available to let folks know what’s happening where. The new look for Carbondale’s monthly celebration of art, gallery hopping, restaurant going, schmoozing and generally hanging out comes from the recently organized First Fridays Coalition. “We are a group of business owners, community leaders, artists and skilled gurus who have drawn together for the purpose of

making First Fridays in Carbondale a kickass event every month of the year,â€? said First Fridays Coalition member Harmony Scott. Scott, who owns Harmony Scott Jewelry Design on Main Street, said the group plans to further enhance Carbondale’s reputation as a base camp for art and adventure, and a place to enjoy galleries and shops, “cuttingedge non-proďŹ ts,â€? good music and “amazingâ€? regional cuisine. “First Fridays in Carbondale highlights our special community and all that we offer,â€? Scott said.“We are here to spread the word.â€? The word spreading and added First Fridays features will be funded by sponsorship packages the FFC is offering to Carbondale businesses and organizations. “It’s now up to local sponsors to join with us as we all work together for the long-












term beneďŹ t of our community and our businesses,â€? said Dave Taylor, FFC member and owner of Dave Taylor Productions on Third Street. “Our intention is to use First Fridays to highlight all that Carbondale offers, and by focusing on this event, we can build excitement and regional awareness of our great town that will hopefully spread beyond that one night of festivities,â€? Scott added. In keeping with the goal of “growing the pieâ€? for the beneďŹ t of everyone in the community, Taylor said, the FFC has designed a marketing campaign to promote First Fridays to the entire valley and beyond through the use of newspaper and radio advertisements, yers and the monthly First Fridays maps. The First Fridays Coalition is made up

of Chris Chacos (Village Smithy), Sheri Gaynor (Creative Awakenings), Sherri Harrison (Carbondale Chamber of Commerce), Amy Kimberly (Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities), Terry Kirk (Sopris Liquor & Wine), Maura Masters (M3 Marketing), Harmony Scott (Harmony Scott Jewelry Design), Andrea Stewart (Tourism Council of Carbondale) and Dave Taylor (Dave Taylor Productions). The new First Fridays push comes after some downtown business owners complained last winter that the non-proďŹ t Third Street Center was siphoning off many if not most First Fridays visitors. Those affected responded by organizing a facilitated meeting at the Thunder River Theatre in April to discuss how the event could work for the whole town.

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Gas prices drop Gas prices out on the highway (133) have dropped 20 cents in the past two weeks to $3.79 a gallon for unleaded regular. Before dropping, the price either irted with, almost kissed or threatened to hit $4 a gallon, stopping just short at $3.99. The drop isn’t exactly a plummet but one local motorist says it’s more than a drip, which means less money down the drain when he ďŹ lls his tank.

Nadell does Food & Wine Jimmy Nadell, owner of Bravo Fine Catering, reports he had the pleasure of creating some fantastic cuisine for Celebrity Cruise Lines at last weekend’s Aspen Food & Wine classic. One dish was Peeky Toe Crab Parfait with a Grapefruit Emulsion, which a Celebrity Cruise Lines spokeswoman described as “a duet of caviar (Tobikko and Aruvga) and micro cilantro. The dish was served in an illuminated ice bowl.

Flood vies for book prize Nancy Bo Flood has been nominated for a Colorado Book Award, which will be presented at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen on June 24 at 1 p.m. Flood was nominated in the young adult historical novel category for her book “Warriors in the CrossďŹ re.â€? Her family has had a home between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs for more than 30 years. Her daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Flood-Spidell, practices at Roaring Fork Family Physicians on Highway 133. Flood and her husband, Dr. William Flood, are currently

working on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Navajo Nation, Arizona.

Joining the Sun Tess Freeman, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School grad (2009) has signed on as a summer photo-intern for the Sopris Sun. She’ll be a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism in the fall. She shoots for the university’s student magazine (Flux), which she says “tells all kinds of stories around the PaciďŹ c Northwest).â€? Her photos are included in the Rocky Mountain Omnium photo spread in this week’s Sopris Sun.

Iowa. He is the son of Peter and Mary Delany of Carbondale. Abigail Lane, a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder has made the Dean’s List for logging a 3.75 or better GPA during the spring semester.

Dusted Folks who were up and at ‘em early Saturday morning report Mt. Sopris received a light dusting of snow down to about the 12,000-foot level but it was burned off by the afternoon.

TRUNK’s the bomb Gilbert joins CMC Foundation Carbondale resident, arts advocate and retired manufacturing executive Peter Gilbert recently joined the Colorado Mountain College Foundation board of directors. He volunteers as board chairman and youth ďŹ nance instructor for YouthEntity, a Carbondale organization dedicated to creating and administering authentic learning experiences for students, and also volunteers with two non-proďŹ t dance organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley and in Denver. Gilbert said he hopes to help support arts programs at Colorado Mountain College and has been appointed to the CMC Foundation ďŹ nance committee, which oversees asset investments of more than $10 million.

Making the grade Andrew S. Delany has been named to the Dean’s List at Grinnell College in

The Sopris Sun’s resident music expert reports that the band TRUNK does a ďŹ ne version of the Runaway’s “Cherry Bomb.â€? He made this observation after attending a major birthday bash on Missouri Heights over the weekend.

Hold your stuff If you’re thinking about lugging a bunch of stuff over to Miser’s Mercantile, hold that thought. Sam Hunter reports her store isn’t accepting any consignment items until July 6.

Sculptors alert The city of Aspen is inviting sculptors to submit pieces for display downtown Aug. 130 and there’s one main criteria: the pieces must relate to a bicycle theme or be identiďŹ able as a bicycle. The display will tie in with the upcoming U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge, slated for Aug. 24. Some other guidelines to

consider: ďŹ nished pieces must be no larger than 6’X6’X6’; they should be heavy enough so that people don’t steal them; Aspen encourages sculptors to use recycled materials. Sculptors can offer their pieces for sale but the city of Aspen will take a 10 percent cut. For more information, e-mail Mitzi Rapkin at

Folks are asking‌ So The Sopris Sun is telling. You know the black motorcycle that zoomed around and around and around downtown, leading bicycle racers in last Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Omnium criterium? The guy was not part of the Carbondale Police Department. He was hired by the race organizer. Also, if you’re wondering about the carnival that popped up all of a sudden in the parking lot east of town hall on Tuesday, it’s in town for the Sopris Music Fest, which takes place at various venues around town June 24-26. No word on whether anyone will be performing an impromptu version of the Band song “Life is a Carnivalâ€? at the miniamusement park, but maybe they should.

Hayes celebration of life A celebration of life for Patrick Hayes takes place at the Pour House from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 25.

They say it’s your birthday Birthday greetings for the week go out to: Marc Loggins, Felix Tornare, Brian Keleher, Zack Ritchie, Jim Calaway and Beth Mulry.






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Bike race continued om page 3 one of its best days of the year. After closing Main Street for events several times last year, the trustees decided to limit closures this year so the Valley Cruisers took their car show to Glenwood Springs. “It’s a disappointment not to have the car show,� Graetz said. “People were out and about.� All four business owners said they don’t have anything against bike races and didn’t want to sound negative, “but we need something that works for everybody,� Burkmier said. If the race didn’t work for some businesses, it did for others. Carol Bruno, at Peppino’s pizza at the west end of Main Street, said the races probably helped her business on Saturday.“It was pretty decent. We had a lot of racers,� she said. Bruno said attendance grew later in the day when the professional racers competed. Last Saturday, Carbondale was also up against Strawberry Days in Glenwood and the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. “Carbondale is usually dead on those days,� she said, “so we (the town’s events committee) thought if a bike race were held downtown, maybe it would bring people in.� The Days Inn at the entrance to town on Highway 133 also benefited from the races. “We got our fair share (of racers),� said co-owner Michael Miernicki. “They are a nice bunch.� Harrison stressed that the races are not a chamber event, although it is involved, and downtown businesses voted to hold the bike

race again this year. “It (the race) wasn’t a negative thing for the community, it was a positive thing,� she said. As for next year, some business owners who were adversely affected by the race in-

dicated they aren’t anxious to see it return. Graetz said she plans to express her concerns in the days to come. “We’ll be talking to the town trustees and the chamber ‌ what were they thinking?â€?

(Editor’s note: Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel, who was the town’s liaison to the race, was not available for comment for this story).

Here’s a race view from next to a bar stool in the Pour House last Saturday. Several downtown businesses report the race not only didn’t help attract customers, it actually hurt. Photo by Lynn Burton

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“e Trip to Bountiful” – A nostalgic yet contemporary odyssey By Nicolette Toussaint Special to The Sopris Sun “The Trip to Bountiful,” set in Texas circa 1947, portrays an epic journey. Mama Carrie Watts is, in our current turn of phrase,“seeking closure.” But as she nears life’s end, she’s living under near house arrest. Squeezed into a three-room Houston flat with son Ludie and his nervous, demanding wife Jessie Mae, Carrie has been forbidden to run, to run away or sing hymns. She longs to make sense of her life and losses by returning to her family’s farm in Bountiful – a place where she was born, buried two children and lived with a husband she did not love. Mama Watts is sometimes forgetful, but less doddering than her daughter-in-law supposes. As portrayed by long-time Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) resident actress Julia Whitcombe, Carrie is a woman possessed of dignity and determination, but feisty enough to hide her pension check and plot an escape. Bound by duty and an apartment that’s too small for privacy, the querulous Jessie Mae is the caretaker for a sometimes-childish old woman rather than for children of her own. She longs to paint the town with husband Ludie, but must settle for meeting girlfriends at the drugstore and a weekly trip to the beauty salon – a small indulgence financed by Carrie’s pension check.The querulous and demanding Jessie Mae is made almost sympathetic by actress Valerie Haugen. Caught between these two bickering women is the deflated Ludie, who is quite not

Brad Moore (left) plays Ludie Watts and Julia Whitcombe (right) plays Carrie Watts in the Thunder River Theatre Company production of “The Trip to Bountiful.” The play continues weekends through July 2. Courtesy photo up to playing referee. He’s trying to be a good provider, and in our contemporary turn of phrase, “to stay present.” Brad Moore plays Ludie with an air of resignation. He’s a man poised on a precipice – he confides that he’s newly working after a two-year illness that cost him nearly everything – and he’s working up the courage to ask for a raise. He tells Jessie Mae that she can buy a new dress. But when Carrie announces, “I can’t stay here anymore,” he exclaims, “Don’t tell me that, Mama. I can’t do anything about it. I can’t even make a living.”

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Of course, that’s not the end of it. Mama Watts is determined to return home to the ironically named Bountiful, a “played out” town that is disappearing from both the bus route and the landscape. Author Horton Foote gave us“Bountiful” as a stand-in for home and family ideals writ large. His dramas, which earned a Pulitzer Prize and two Academy Awards, were mostly set in small Texas towns. Carrie’s furtive bus trip home brings her into contact with a series of strangers: Newlywed bus companion Thelma (sweetly por-

trayed by Ariel Gilman), three ticket agents (Tripp Watts, Olivia Savard and Lana Karp), and a local sheriff (portrayed by Gerald Delisser). Nearing the end of her life, Carrie, like Blanche DuBois, must depend on the kindness of strangers to help her toward her destination. Following “A Streetcar Named Desire” in the Thunder River Theatre’s season, “The Trip to Bountiful” invites comparisons. Both plays grow out of the conflict of childless couples whose apartments are invaded by an unwelcome relative. “Bountiful” succeeds on all counts. The formality of manners and language and the costuming evoke an era. The Watts’ apartment – ladder-back chairs, a narrow kitchen, scuffed dressers, a double bed – speaks of hard times. The women wear shirtwaist dresses. Winston’s staging is spare but evocative. The austerity of the bus station – a wooden bench and fold-up ticket counter – is almost a relief after the cluttered apartment. Bountiful itself is conjured up not by props, but by sounds and by Whitcombe’s commanding stage presence. Whitcombe is nearly Carrie’s age, and when her gaze penetrates the darkness, it’s almost enough to make us all believe in her epic destination.

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“A Trip to Bountiful” runs June 24-26, June 30, July 1 and 2 at 67 Promenade. For ticket information, call 963-8200.

Community Briefs Recreation Department gets new Web site

Permaculture workshops offered

The town of Carbondale Recreation Department has a new Web site with online registration options at Classes starting in the next two weeks include swimming and skateboarding. Programs have limited space and a ďŹ rst come-ďŹ rst served policy.

Special Olympic fund-raiser set The Special Olympics’ local team (the Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos) holds a fund-raising dance and auction at the Eagles Hall in Glenwood Springs (312 Seventh Street) from 5 to 11 p.m. on June 24. Tickets are $20. StraightShot and Fifty50 will perform. Uncle Pizza will provide the food. Auction items include an autographed guitar from John Oates. For details, call 303-358-8777.

The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute holds a workshop on medicinal and culinary herbs with Mary O’Brien and Jerome Osentowsky on June 25. For details, call 927-4158.

RFOV chops thistles Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers chop thistle at the Moore Open Space in Aspen on June 25. Volunteers are needed to help remove several species of invasive weeds, including plumeless thistle and hounds tongue. Work begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m., concluding with a free lunch for all volunteers. Tools and instruction will be provided. To volunteer, call 927-8241. Based in Basalt, RFOV has engaged more than 13,100 volunteers on 140 large-scale projects during the past 15 years.

Obituary Emilie Jane Phillips 1920-2011 Emilie Jane Phillips ("Mums"), 90, of Basalt, Colo. passed away on June 14, 2011. She was born in Wilmette, Il, on Aug. 24, 1920 to Thomas and Emilie Long Mickey. Emilie married Wendell O. Phillips on June 8, 1944 in Corpus Christi, Tex. She is survived by sons Michael (of Michigan), Jeffrey (of Colorado), David (of Ohio), Russell (of Mexico), Scott (of Ohio), and her daughter Wendy (of Basalt), sister Helena (of Denver), 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Lyons Ridge Road in Carbondale.

Obituary James “Jim� Luttrell 1932-2011 Lt. Col. James Luttrell (U.S. Air Force, retired), 79, formerly of Carbondale, Colo., passed away on May 5, 2011 in Kingsland, Texas. Jim was born to Elmer and Mary Luttrell of Cedarville, Ohio. He graduated from Cedarville High School in 1950, earned his BA from Wilmington College in Ohio and MA from the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, Jim received a note from Uncle Sam saying, “I want you!� He enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Ellington Field near Houston, Texas for officers training. After his training he received his Wings, Lieutenant’s Bars and his bride Eve Davis all on the same day of April 20, 1956. While moving up the ranks in SAC he served in Vietnam from 1966-67 flying B52s. Jim and his wife raised three sons: Bob, Mark and Paul and in 1971, 15-year-old Sue became part of the family. On retirement from the Pentagon and the Air Force in 1974, the family moved to Carbondale. He spent the next 25 years with his second career in real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley. Jim served as mayor of Carbondale from 1992-94. Jim will be remembered as a good father, loving husband and kind to all. Upon retirement from his second career, his wife Eve said, “I gave you the first 40 years; the next 40 are mine, so we are going back to Texas, and really retire.�The next 12 years were spent peacefully sitting on the back porch watching the birds, squirrels, deer, wild turkey and the beautiful sunsets across the lake with his wife of 55 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Eve, of Kingsland; three sons, Bob Luttrell (and Karen) of Marble Falls, Texas, Mark Luttrell (and Maureen Nuckols) of Carbondale, Paul (and Amy) Luttrell of Carbondale, Sue Williams (and Homer) of Granite Shoals, Texas; and three grandchildren: Dan Luttrell (and Brandi) of San Antonio, Texas, Aaron Luttrell of Carbondale and Adam Infascelli of Glenwood Springs. A celebration memorial with time to remember Jim will be held at the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District headquarters, located at 302 Meadowood Dr. in Carbondale on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. This event will be a potluck so please bring a favorite dish to share with all of Jim’s friends and family. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the Carbondale United Methodist Church, 382 S. Second St., Carbondale, CO 81623.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 23 FILM RETURNS • “The Economics of Happiness” returns to the Third Street Center’s Calaway room at 7 p.m. The film shows the effects of globalization and illustrates local movements that are combating it.

FRIDAY June 24 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents“Midnight in Paris” (PG-13) at 8 p.m. June 24-30 and “African Cats” (G) at 6 p.m. June 25-26. “DREAM LIKE A CHAMPION” • Dick Durrance presents the inspirational talk “Dream like a Champion” at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Durrance, a photojournalist whose images have appeared in National Geographic magazine, was nominated in the National Speakers Association’s Rising Star competition. Topics he’ll cover include opening your eyes to analyze the facts around you and opening your mind to embrace the ideas around you. Durrance’s talk is presented by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Info: 963-1680. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s in downtown Carbondale presents Christof Brownell at 10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the debut performance of Abyssal Creatures (electronic pop) form 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover.

FRI.-SAT. June 24-25 THEATRE • Camp Chair Productions presents Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park at the Cardiff School in South Glenwood Springs at 7:30 p.m. The play continues July

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1-2. For tickets, call 945-6247.

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guests from Denver. Info: 379-2136.

FRI.-SUN. June 24-26

LIVE MUSIC • Singer/songwriter Andrew Wynne plays Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building. Info: 963-3304.

MONDAY June 27

THEATRE • Thunder River Theatre Company continues its run of “The Trip to Bountiful” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.“The Trip to Bountiful,” by Horton Foote, tells the story of an elderly woman who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is consistently stifled from leaving Houston by her daughter-in-law (portrayed by Valerie Haugen) and an overprotective son (portrayed by Brad Moore). The cast is rounded out by Ariel Gilman, Gerald Delisser, Lana Karp, Olivia Savard and Tripp Watts. The production is directed and designed by Lon Winston. Thunder River Theatre Company is located in downtown Carbondale (west of the Dinkel Building). Ticket info: LIVE MUSIC • The Sopris Music Fest kicks off with live music at various venues around town.

SAT.-SUN June 25-26 HORSE SHOW • The Crystal Springs Ranch Summer Classic Horse Show is staged at Crystal Springs Ranch. Contestants are expected from all over the Western Slope and points are awarded by the Western Colorado Hunter Jumper Association. Admission is free and food is being catered by Desert Sky.

SATURDAY June 25 LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s presents

LIVE MUSIC • The Sopris Music Fest continues at various venues around town. PIG ROAST • Youth Entity holds its annual pig roast at the Aspen Glen Club from 6 to 9 p.m. There’ll also be a live auction and live music from the Manuel Molino Trio. The menu includes authentic Cuban cuisine with roast suckling pig infused with mojo garlic oil. Tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple. To reserve tickets go to Info: 963-4055. LIVE MUSIC • Pianist/singer John Riger plays Fin’s in downtown Glenwood Springs every Saturday night through the summer. LIVE MUSIC • The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation presents country singer Michael Martin Murphy at Glenwood Springs High School at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets are $50 and are available at 384-6000. Proceeds go to support local schools.

SUNDAY June 26 HIDDEN GEMS HIKE • The Wilderness Workshop hosts a Hidden Gems hike up Perham Creek (Assignation Ridge) just south of Carbondale at 8 a.m. Info: POETRY • The Hotel Lenado in Aspen presents a poets’ night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There’ll be an open mic for poets and special

TREE TOUR • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies conducts a tree identification tour at Hallam Lake from 4 to 5 p.m. To RVSP, e-mail or call 925-5756.

TUESDAY June 28 FLOAT TRIP • The Roaring Fork Conservancy offers a guided float trip through the James H. Smith North Start Open Space east of Aspen from 5 to 8 p.m. Acceptable water craft include canoes, kayaks or duckies. Staff from Pitkin County Open Space and the conservancy will point out wildlife and discuss recent restoration activities. Life jackets are required. Info: 927-1290. MORNING BIRDING • Rock Bottom Ranch in El Jebel offers birding tours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on June 28 and July 19. Info: 927-6760.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 FARMER’S MARKET • The Carbondale Farmer’s Market at Fourth and Main St. continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s music, new vendors and old favorites, plus fish, prepared food, flowers and more. The market is sponsored by American National Bank and runs through Oct. 5. LIVE MUSIC • White House pizza presents Tom Edman (classic bluegrass) from 7 to 10 p.m. FURTHER OUT page 11


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Further Out June 30

MEADOWLANDS RIVER TOUR • The Roaring Fork Conservancy leads a guided river walk along the Roaring Fork River and Castle Creek on Meadowlands open space from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Benedict Music Tent in West Aspen. Register at Info: 927-1290.


RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo continues its season at the Gus Darien arena east of town (on County Road 100) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate.

FARMER’S MARKET • The Fresh Fridays Farmer’s Market is held behind the Redstone Company Store every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Info: 963-3408. SAILING • The Aspen Yacht Club holds sailboat races at Ruedi Reservoir on Sundays through the summer. The club’s facility has vehicle parking, boat storage, a mast raising yard arm, club house, camping lawn, volleyball court, fire pit, beach, 60 boat slips, rigging dock & concrete launch ramp, porta potties and two rescue boats. Info:

Save the date July 5, 7, 13

FIREFLIES & ORCHIDS • The Roaring Fork Conservancy takes folks on a firefly and wild orchid tour of Filoha Meadows (between Carbondale and Redstone) from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration is required at Info: 927-1290.

Hold the Presses THURSDAY June 23

LIVE MUSIC • Country rocker Hayes Carll brings his band to Carbondale to play the PAC3 June 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance at Dos Gringos or $17 the day of the show. Info:

SATURDAY June 25 ART OPENING • The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt hosts an opening reception for Colin Poole from 6 to 8 p.m. Poole is well known for his hyper-realistic landscape and plein air paintings. Poole will give a demonstration at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 25.

TUESDAY June 28 ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY • Kenny Frost talks about Ute Indians at the Aspen Historical Society’s Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Frost, a Southern Ute, is the great-great grandson of the medicine man Nanice.Admission is free for AHS members; $8 for non-members. The museum is located west of the Castle Creek pedestrian bridge. Info: 925-3721.

The Carbondale Clay Center was packed for their “Pairings” fund-raiser on June 16. The event featured more than 700 ceramic cups from more than 80 local and national artists. Photo by Jane Bachrach


Crystal Springs Ranch

Town of Carbondale Volunteer Boards & Commissions

Established 1983

Planning & Zoning Commission

1 Alternate opening

A detailed description of the Planning and Zoning Commission is available on the Town website, / Municipal Code / Title 18 Zoning: 18.60.020.

Board of Adjustment & Appeals

1 Opening

A detailed description of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals is available on the Town website, / Municipal Code / Title 18 Zoning: 18.60.025.

Parks & Recreation Commission

1 Opening

For further information, please contact Jeff Jackel, 963-2733, ext 214.

Tree Board

3 openings

See the Tree Board website for further information,

Environmental Board

Summer Riding Camp

Monday-Friday • 10am-3pm • June 20 - August 19, 2011 Children learn the fundamentals of riding, horse care, and vaulting (gymnastics on the moving horse), while having fun and making new friends. Campers should bring a sack lunch & beverage Sessions: $95 per day or $425 per week

Call or email: Kathy Weiss (970) 963-1505 • Lynn Bopeley (970) 379-3446 • Crystal Springs Ranch 1609 County Road 112 • Carbondale, CO 81623

2 Openings

A detailed description of the Environmental Board is available on the Town website,

Historic Preservation Commission

2 Openings

A detailed description of the Historic Preservation Commission is available on the Town website,

Carbondale Public arts Commission

3 Openings

A detailed description of the Public Arts Commission is available on the Town website,

Applications will be accepted until July 8th, 2011 APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT CARBONDALE TOWN HALL Or on the Town Website Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Carbondale! THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 23, 2011 • 11

Criterium turns heads all day


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Photo by Jane Bachrach

Photo by Lynn Burton

The weather was clear and sunny for this year’s Rocky Mountain Omnium’s criterium, held downtown on June 18. There were 11 races, which started at Fourth and Main, then looped to Colorado Avenue and back again via Seventh Street. Homespun bikes took over the streets for a couple of laps after the final race (photo 1). Camron La Pointe (photo 4) checked out the action across the street from the Dinkel Building. Colin Osborn (in black, photo 8), a Colorado Rocky Mountain School grad, took second place in the 17-member SM3 class. 5

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8 Photo by Lynn Burton

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10 Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Help your kids learn all summer long By Penny McDill and Yuya Miranda Summer lies ahead. What can we do to keep our children growing physically, spiritually and mentally in a healthy environment? Schools provide space and resources to nurture the students during the school year as teachers give their best attention to each child. Teachers spend time planning classes and preparing props to make classes fun and interesting. Now parents, it’s your turn to keep the pace going. It is your opportunity to become creative and have fun with your child. Growing up does not take breaks. Having fun doesn’t necessarily mean enrolling in summer camps. Whatever you choose to do involve your child in lots of conversation and questioning. Here are a few simple ideas to try this summer. How about getting to know the stars? You can take a late night walk to Sopris Park and find the summer constellations, which are different than the winter ones. You can even create your own constellations from a group of stars. How about a special “Project”? It could be woodworking, knitting, growing a vegetable garden, or maybe writing a “My favorite recipes” book. You could come up with some summer challenges such as: Who can make the longest flying paper airplane; who can make the highest tower of balancing rocks; who can surprise the family with the best magic trick? Does your child know the rules for playing marble games, chess or Scrabble? Run outside and play Red Rover, Kick the Can, Mother May I, or Hide and Seek. Have fun playing some of the games you enjoyed as a child with your own children. Tell them about the adventures you had as a child.

Gordon Cooper Another fun creative idea for summer, which may keep your child busy and learning, is writing stories. The Gordon Cooper Library is running a summer program honoring young writers. Using the theme “One World, Many Stories,” the library is encouraging kids to read and write this summer. This program is seeking all kinds of stories from all age groups. Create funny, serious, creative, or mysterious stories. The sky is the limit. Illustrations are encouraged, but not

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Sunflowers and geology How about building a sunflower house? Find an area in your yard where you would like to build a sunflower house. Dig an outline for the shape of your house (an oval or circle works best.) Plant sunflower seeds around the outline. As the sunflowers grow, the plants become the walls of the house. As the flowers mature and get heavy, they will bend into each other creating the roof. Finally, as the seeds ripen, birds will come and enjoy them. We live in an amazing geological area. Use the library to find out more about geology and what made the formations that we see everyday. Look at the geology around you and try and guess how things got to be the way they are. Wonder at how the canyons could have formed in so many layers. Wonder how the round river rocks got to places where there is no longer any river. When you take a hike, stop and build some fairy houses along the way. Make small beds from branches, balance the rocks to make a table and gather some small berries for the fairies that just might come along in the night. Summer is also time to make new friends. There are no school walls during summer. It could be a good opportunity to get to know your neighbors from other schools. Maybe offer an invitation to play at the park, or to make cookies or share ice cream. Playing chess, making puzzles, drawing, playing games outside, sports, getting to know the stars, hiking, getting involved in challenging projects, writing stories, cooking, making new friends — you name it; summer offers infinite opportunities. All the time is yours. Make the best of each day. Penny McDill is former assistant principal at Crystal River Elementary School. Yuya Miranda, is lead teacher at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.

Letters continued om page 2 to tell his fellow citizens to lose the key to their car, turn off the air conditioning and put a chicken coop in the back yard. Paul’s frustration with Rep. Tipton’s denial is understandable, but we all live in a glass “hot house.” Patrick Hunter Carbondale

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required. The library has graciously offered a wall to display the stories throughout the summer. At the end of August, the library will publish one story from each age category on the Garfield County Public Library Web site and bind selected stories into a book to keep in the library for everyone to enjoy. Call the Gordon Cooper Library for more information at 963-2889.

Dear Editor: In a boast reminiscent of Joe Namath, former (and later fired) Dallas Cowboy coach Jimmy Johnson guaranteed to a

stunned Dallas media a victory over the San Francisco 49ers prior to the 1994 NFC Championship game. In like manner, to be true to our pot-stirring hippie past, we, the little guys, the workers of Aspen and Snowmass, will win the battle in the four National Labor Relations Board charges currently being arbitrated against the Aspen Skiing Company. Three are now being determined in Washington. The fourth charge, 27-CA-21890-001 [filed by a current SkiCo employee in April] is being investigated by the Denver NLRB now. LETTERS page 15

Keeping it real boosts taste, cuts waste When I first became inbe amazed by the difference. If terested in cooking, one of you like the flavor and idea of the spices my wife and I lemon salt or pepper, finely often used was lemon pepgrate some fresh lemon peel per. We thought it was very into whatever you’re making, exotic and added great depth along with plain salt or pepper. and flavor to our dishes. Make your next batch of chili Other staples included with fresh or dried peppers, not garlic powder, garlic salt, a canned chili powder. Try not onion powder, and Parmesan to get mad over what great, cheese in the tall green can. bright flavor you’ve been missLike most home cooks in the ing all these years. 1970s, we went through Before refrigerating inexpenmany cans of cream of sive bunches of fresh parsley or mushroom soup preparing cilantro, remove the strangling our gourmet delights. To rubber bands or twist ties, trim make “homemade” salad By Chef George Bohmfalk and rinse the stems, and plunk dressing, we bought packthe bunch into a glass of water. ages of dried stuff, stirred their mysterious These fresh herbal bouquets will keep for a contents into mayonnaise, sour cream, or but- week or longer and taste infinitely better than termilk, and thought we were really cooking. their costly bottled dried flakes. America became obsessed with convenAnd you can end your dependence on ience after World War II, and the home food canned “cream of whatever” soups. Most industry was a major focus. Many conven- cream soups are surprisingly easy to make iences are great: I am happy to have garlic from scratch. For 1 cup, cook 1 tablespoon powder for my barbecue rub, and I don’t re- of butter or oil with an equal amount of flour ally want to grind my own mustard. But for just a minute. That’s a “roux,” which you some of our modern food items are a mixed can also buy in a jar, but you’re already ahead blessing that, much like TV dinners and of the game. Whisk in 1 cup of milk until processed cheese, sacrifice flavor and econ- smooth and creamy, and you’ve created the omy for convenience. “mother base” of white sauces, called My mother’s recipe for caramel sweet rolls bechamel (besh-uh-mell) in French. To make became a family heirloom, and our dispersed it cream of mushroom, toss in about half a clan now regularly makes them across the cup of chopped fresh mushrooms (no cans!) country. The central ingredient is Pillsbury hot and a little salt and pepper. It’s ready in five roll mix, which I dutifully bought and used minutes, and its pureness will improve your for years. One day I wondered what made casseroles immeasurably. that mix so special and read the ingredients: I bet you can figure out how to make flour and dried yeast! cream of onion, celery, or just about anything In a daring move, I made a batch using all- else you may want. You can make your soups purpose flour and a package of yeast, and, thicker or richer by using less milk or substipredictably, they turned out great. I started tuting cream or half-and-half. There’s nothexamining other packaged products, like pan- ing to it, and you don’t get overdosed on salt cake, waffle, biscuit, cornbread and cake and preservatives. mixes. I found that I could replicate those The next time a recipe calls for something convenience items very easily and inexpen- dried, powdered, canned or otherwise presively and have many fewer boxes and pack- served, ask yourself whether a fresh counterages cluttering the pantry. part is available. Whip up a batch of Fresh mushrooms, cilantro, ginger and a cornbread, biscuits or pancakes from scratch. wide variety of chili peppers weren’t found in Your dishes will taste better, cost less, you’ll ordinary supermarkets 15 years ago. Garlic, have less packaging to recycle or throw away, onions and other less perishable produce have and you’ll feel better about both the making always been around, but we are enticed to buy and the eating. For real. unappetizing jars of minced garlic and bags of frozen onions in the name of convenience. Recipe Note: Rather than routinely using powders and Make your next batch of chili with fresh or preserved forms, invest a few seconds in dried peppers, not canned chili powder. chopping up fresh garlic and onions. You’ll

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Letters continued om page 14 If you are a SkiCo employee and have testimony of current [within the last six months] additional federal labor law violations, contact the Denver office of the United States National Labor Relations Board. All evidence and testimony is confidential. Note that SkiCo partners with the Aspen Art Museum, Audi, American Express, Bud Light, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Helly Hansen, Sentient Jet and Sprint. Pay attention, Aspen Skiing Company. Try listening to the Roaring Fork Valley commu-

nity, being less hypocritical concerning a living wage for your employees and learn to be more socially responsible. “We will win the ballgame,” Jimmy Johnson exclaimed days before the victory, “You can put it in three-inch headlines: We will win the ballgame.” Dallas won. Ditto for little guys everywhere and the community of the Roaring Fork Valley. Lee Mulcahy Aspen


Thanks RFHS Project Graduation is a community effort to keep our high school seniors safe on the important night of graduation, and is completely funded and supported by the generous donations and volunteer efforts of these businesses and individuals. A sincere THANK YOU on behalf of the Roaring Fork High School graduating class and those who know and love them. 2011 National Sheepdog Finals A4 Architects Ace Hardware, Carbondale Art & Carolyn Ackerman John & Marianne Ackerman Skip & Susan Ackerman Tom & Susan Adgate Kent & Vicki Adney Jean & Steve Alberico Alpine Bank, Carbondale Rosi Alvarado American Legion Post 100 American Legion Womens Auxiliary American National Bank, Carbondale Aspen Skiing Company Avalanche Ranch Ricardo Ayala B&H General Contractors Bank of Colorado Basalt Printing & Copying Berthod Motors, Inc. Bethel Party Rental Doug Bristol Patty Bristol Betsy & Brian Browning Deborah Burleigh Joe Burleigh Bob & Robin Burns Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District Carbondale Car Care Carbondale Center LLC (Cowen Center) Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Carbondale Insurance Service Carbondale School Bus Drivers Casual Culture CCAH Chris Clingan Jamie Clingan Cobble Creek Landscaping, Inc. Colorado Poolscapes, Inc. Comfort Inn & Suites, Carbondale Confetti Design Dr. Eugene Covello Crystal River Café Crystal River Liquor Mart Crystal River Meats Crystal River Spas Crystal Springs Builders, Inc. Crystal Valley Dental Associates Dancing Colours Studio Dominos Pizza, Carbondale Down to Earth Gardening Genie Dries Dru Handy Custom Painting, Inc. Eagle Crest Nursery El Horizonte Restaurant Lorey Esquibel Lee Ann Eustis Shelley Evans Rosanne & Alex Evonitz Factory Surplus Frank Taverna Realty Paul & Linda Froning Garvik Construction, Inc. Ken & Robin Garvik General Construction Group

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Wildfires spotlight community spirit, cooperation They are salt of the earth. Most are descendants of ancestors who survived the Dust Bowl when many did not. Tough, tenacious, proud individuals. One thing they are not is perpetuator of the solitary Marlboro man myth or the hatchet-carrying Carrie Nation woman. They stand strong by standing together. And so it was they stood side-by-side fighting the Shell and Brice fires earlier this month in southeast Colorado. Some with hoses staffed the volunteer fire department engines. Others with their own dozers created a wider fire break next to the dirt roads that led to their ranches. That’s the only way to survive in their part of the world that some call isolated. But Kim, Colorado is anything but isolated. It is community: rugged, rural but a very real downto-earth community. The people who live in that part of southeast Colorado know that in order to survive they have to stick together. The way they say the word “neighbor” is not lower case. It’s with a capital “N.” So when our incident management team

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the place we came to help with rolled into town to help fight stronger working relationships. their fires they were suspicious and rightfully so. Were It would have been easy to overwhelm a community of these strangers going to take less than 70 souls with our things over or were they over 258 people who ended up going to work with them? on the Shell, Brice and Mesa de We already had a taste of what we were getting into. Maya fires. Instead, we respected the The week before we arrived work they had accomplished in Kim, the southeast Coland shadowed their Type 3 orado town of Hohne had Team for a day so we could adhosted us in their high just to the appropriate response school. It served as our Inciwhile incorporating them into dent Command Post (ICP) our organization. while we managed the Bear Local women had been and Purgatoire Fires. By Bill Kight cooking for all the firefightMany of our team members come from small rural communities ers, getting up early to prepare homeacross the West. They know the ins and outs cooked meals to die for. We kept that of how to show the proper deference to these arrangement with “The Ladies of Kim” for people’s culture. It’s summed up with one as long as we could. Everyone was invited to our morning word – respect. The way we treat people has become a briefings and we shared all our information hallmark of our Rocky Mountain Incident with the locals explaining what we do and Management Team. Our job is to work our- why, answering their questions and addressselves out of a job in such a way that we leave ing their needs.

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Our success was measured by what happened the last night our team was in town. A party was thrown for us in the bay of the Kim Volunteer Fire Department station. Once again the women of Kim fed us. Speeches were made and the team presented the fire department with a traditional gift of an engraved Pulaski, the legendary tool of wildland firefighters. I hadn’t planned on doing all my columns on fire but it looks to be one of those summers with many fires burning across the West. You may never have occasion to go to Hohne or Kim, Colorado. They’re not on any list of five star destinations. But if you ever pass through their town on your way to somewhere else, do one thing for me. Put your hand over your heart for a few seconds as a silent salute to what real American community is all about.

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