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Lucas Pulver says that writing songs helps him delve into the nature of humanity, past the typical answers that might get in the way. He calls that process a "great delight." Pulver is one of many local musicians to perform at the Music and Lobster Fest this weekend. Photo by Trina Ortega
Homegrown headliner Lucas Pulver and other local musicians are bound for Lobster Fest By Trina Ortega The Sopris Sun
arbondale “baby” Lucas Pulver has a clear memory of his first musical inclinations: He wanted to be a drummer and was always pounding away on the table to create beats. But with nine kids in the house, his parents, Fred and Dolores Pulver, said a drum set would be too much. Now a singer and songwriter studying music at Seattle Pacific University, Pulver is primarily a guitarist, but he also plays the harmonica and piano. He is one of the numerous local performers set to perform this weekend at the annual Music and Lobster Festival, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and runs all day Saturday in downtown Carbondale.
Billed as a showcase of “some of the best local musicians in the valley,” Lobster Fest highlights more than 100 performers at 11 different venues, including the main stage at the Fourth Street Plaza. “This is our ninth annual locals’ music fest and it’s the best lineup yet,”said event organizer Steve Standiford, owner of Steve’s Guitars. “This valley has a wealth of local musical riches.” With such an abundance of musical talent, it’s no surprise that a number of the performers are young virtuosos, inspired by parents, teachers, mentors, and peers who are active in Carbondale’s musical scene. For Pulver, it took leaving to really appreciate home.
“It’s not only Steve’s Guitars but the whole valley is just musically rich,” he said, listing the Jazz Aspen Snowmass education program as just one treasure for aspiring young musicians. When he was in high school, he took lessons from an internationally known classical guitarist, for example. “This was something I took for granted. Most places in the world don’t have that,” Pulver told the Sun in an interview from Seattle. “Sitting down at Steve’s Guitars and listening to these voices from all over, it just gave me a taste for what’s out there. It birthed in me a desire to get out there, to start playing, composing, to be part of the music community that’s global.” From the very start, the little listening room on North Fourth Street was geared for locals of all ages and abilities to get up and strut their stuff. SONGWRITER page 16
Three break-ins on Main Street
Town short $55K in taxes
Fun in the midst of failure
Carbondale Commentary Our new flag is flying If you didn’t take a close look at the cover, turn back a page and take a gander. Thanks to Carbondalian Chris Hassig, the Sun’s got a new look, and we’re mighty proud of it. For designing the winning flag, Chris will receive a $100 gift certificate to Russetts on Main Street, and we hope he has a great night on the town. We’d also like to honor all the other people who stepped up to the plate and contributed their work to our contest. All told, we received 33 entries from 16 artists, choosing one flag from among all those great submissions was very hard to do. So please turn to page 10 to see all the other entries. To all the artists, and to everyone who voted, thank you. ~The Sopris Sun staff
For Sale: One field of dreams “Before, if you had land you would develop it for property. Now, if you have land you are holding it for 10 to 15 years and wondering what to do with it in between.” ~ Isabel Boria-Segana, consultant The process to decide on the development of one of the last big pieces of commercial property in Carbondale has been dragging on for many years. Back in the ’90s a big box was proposed and supported by many. Put on the back burner by the Town Mothers, it evolved into the Roadmap for development. It was a map that no one could read, with so many detours that no project has ever been proposed from it let alone built. We went through a great period of skyrocketing real estate demand as baby boomers bought second homes for vacations. The worker bees were forced out and down to New Castle. As housing tightened up and prices increased, affordable housing became the mantra for every town in the valley. Well, here we are in 2010 and things are a bit different aren’t they? This town has lived off the construction of high end McMansions for the international elite. Now the economy of Bonedale is in the worst economic recession since the coal mine closed. Globally, things are a little shaky also. Everyday the news brings more questions about the future than it does answers With increased regulation and bankers tightening their purse strings the free wheeling days of mad money might just be over. What the town needed or wanted 10 years ago might not be the fix for the future. It would seem to me a great opportunity to reevaluate what the town does need. How about we ask a few questions: Do we want more residential development? There are hundreds of residential units permitted but not yet built around town. There By Birdbrain are dozens of vacant houses, apartments, and condos that need renters. The June 10 Post Independent listed over 400 rentals between Aspen and Rifle. There are 344 houses for sale at realtor.com for zip code 81623, from a $24 million ranchette to a $129,000 condo. If the economy doesn’t turn around we probably have five years of inventory currently available to buyers. Who is this development for? Is it a given that we are going to have residential units on this property? Who is in the market for these units? This is the last large commercially zoned space at the crossroads. There are thousands of square feet of commercial space currently vacant. What is this going to cost the town? How much in permit giveaways and increased subsidies, sweetheart tax breaks or tax increases? Sure the town needs tax revenue, but it seems we need more vendors than venues. What is the need here? Is this development just for the developer? Does the town need to commit to a future envisioned by a banker? How long will the zoning permits last? Will he be able to turn around sell those if the lots themselves don’t move? It would seem that the town has to make a decision based on whether the glass is half full or half empty. If you think the wonderful days of Prince Bandar and 15,000-square foot houses are coming back within the time frame the developer wants, then the town should grant the zoning change and see what happens. If the town thinks that all the global, national and local challenges occurring these days might disrupt the economy as we have grown to know it, then the town might want to say, “See you later.” Back in 2004, a respected group of authors laid out the groundwork for economic growth and prosperity in a book called “Limits to Growth: The 30-year update.” Since we are basically starting over at about 1990 it might be appropriate. “The growth of our and the world’s economy depends on social factors such as peace, social stability, equality and personal security, honest and farsighted leaders, education and openness to new ideas, willingness to admit mistakes and to experiment, and the institutional foundation for steady and appropriate technical progress.” How we doing on those? Right now I don’t see the customer. If you don’t have a customer, what are you going to sell? Who is the customer going to be? Germans? Russians? Chinese? Retirees? Climbers? Pot entrepreneurs? I am not sure that “If we build it they will come” is going to work here at this point in time, but meanwhile, even the field of dreams is for sale.
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A switcheroo at Keator Grove Dear Editor: Editor’s Note: This letter was originally addressed to the Carbondale Board of Town Trustees Please allow me to state up front that I personally do not believe in “affordable” housing as a feasible government tool. Such an artificial intervention of government into the private sector of business invites fraud and misdeeds by the developers, builders, buyers, sellers and anyone else involved in the “affordable” housing business. That said, it seems that the developer, Keator Grove, LLC, is manipulating the recession and the lack of interest in its units in question to change the rules with which they entered into the “affordable” housing realm. The Keator Grove, LLC, claim that unless the zoning is changed, the units will remain dark and unsold, ignores the reality and the facts. The claim is merely opportunistic. The developer entered in good faith with the town to build affordable housing with a drastic change in zoning density. The developer benefited from being permitted to build an intensely dense housing project by agreeing to the resident-owned restriction, which benefited the town to offset the impacts of density. Now after receiving their benefit, they wish to change what was agreed to by the town and the developer, solely to their advantage and not to the town of Carbondale. These units were not selling before the recession and if you ask anyone who is trying to sell a free-market home or condo, real estate is just not selling. Nothing is selling. The Keator Grove homes were built to give workers a home they owned, not to be landlord investments in man camps. I do think that if employers were permitted to
purchase them, guaranteeing that only employees would be permitted to rent them, the needs of the town and the valley would be met as intended by the original zoning. Finally, why doesn’t the developer consider putting the unsold units into the affordable housing lotteries? Theresa Dwyer Carbondale
Downtown markets unfair Dear Editor: At the risk of offending some people, I am going to state my feelings about the “Farmers” Market and the new Flea Market. I have no problem with the concept of a Farmer’s Market or a Flea Market. I do have a problem with those entities turning into a food court.The Pour House and all the other wonderful restaurants in Carbondale are brick and mortar businesses who are here all year long, paying taxes, employing local workers, contributing time, energy and money into local non-profits, schools, and many other worthwhile activities. During the Farmer’s Market practically every parking place in the core area is occupied by the vendors, most of whom come from the other side of McClure Pass. I continually have customers tell me they had to park a block away to dine at The Pour House or go shopping. On the west side of the Dinkel Building we have a food wagon that, in my humble view, does nothing to add to the character of Carbondale. Are the food LETTERS page 15
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Town trustees support sales fee at Village at Crystal River By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun The Carbondale town trustees have voiced support for a plan that would add a 1 percent fee to purchases made at the proposed Village at Crystal River development, a mixed-use project on the west side of Highway 133. Revenues from the fee would be put toward infrastructure improvements on the site and in the surrounding area. If approved, the fee would be charged at what might end up being Carbondale’s only large grocery store. The fee is being considered in conjunction with a rezoning request that would pave the way for the Village at Crystal River. The 24-acre development would add 164 residential units and a total of at least 100,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer, Richard Schierburg of the Denver-based Peregrine Group Development, LLC, estimates that the infrastructure for the development will ring in at about $6.5 million. He predicts that slightly less than half that sum would be needed for offsite improvements, including a new bike trail, landscaping, and intersections on highway 133 and West Main Street. The remaining expense would pay for water and sewer lines, streets and other infrastructure within the development. To help foot the bill, Schierburg has proposed a 1 percent “public improvement fee” (or PIF) to be assessed on purchases made in the development. The PIF must be approved by the town, but it would be a private fee to help the developer pay expenses, said Carbondale Community De-
velopment Director Doug Dotson. Schierburg has also proposed a property tax on the residential units on the property, and potentially some of the commercial units. On Tuesday, he said the fee would not be levied on the big new grocery store proposed for the property. Schierburg suggested the tax be capped at a maximum of 30 mills, which would equate to about $1,100 per year on a $500,000 residential unit, Dotson said. At Tuesday’s meeting, Schierburg arrived with a real estate representative from City Market, who said that if the development is approved, the company will likely move its store from its current 40,000-square-foot location at Highway 133 and Main Street to a new 60,000-square-foot building in the Village at Crystal River. (See sidebar.) Schierburg and the City Market representative, Joel Starbuck, explained that the PIF would be assessed at the store, and that it would likely be charged as a straightforward 1 percent of the total cost of a purchase. Trustees John Hoffmann and Pam Zentmyer objected to adding a fee to groceries in Carbondale. “Why do we need a PIF on our only grocery store?” Hoffmann asked.“It seems horribly unfair to the people in this town.” Trustee John Foulkrod questioned whether the PIF would drive shoppers away from the store, thereby cutting into what could be a major source of sales tax revenue for the town. But Starbuck said he expected the PIF would “really have no effect” on sales at the new store.
In an interview with the Sun, he explained that Carbondale shoppers will be forced to choose between paying the fee or driving out of town to another store, and most customers will likely shop at home. In a more metropolitan area where another grocer might be located just down the block, he said the PIF might have more of an impact on sales. He also asserted that the revenue from the fee would benefit shoppers by supporting public infrastructure. That’s a line of thought that some trustees voiced as well.
Mayor Stacey Bernot said that with the trustees have tried to balance “community character” with commerce, and that the added infrastructure needed to preserve such character entails added costs for a developer. “I’m in support of the PIF,” she said.“Development has to spread the costs in some way shape or form.” Trustees Foulkrod, Merriott and Ed Cortez also said they supported the fee and the mill levy. The board has not yet taken a formal vote on the Village at Crystal River Planned Unit Development.
The Carbondale Board of Trustees will next discuss the Village at Crystal River Planned Unit Development during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 29 at town hall, 511 Colorado Ave. On the agenda: building heights and open space concerns, among other topics.
City Market likely to move to Village at Crystal River During the town trustees meeting on Tuesday night, Joel Starbuck, a real estate representative with the Kroger Company, announced that City Market will likely move its Carbondale store into the Village at Crystal River, if that proposed development becomes a reality. City Market is a subsidiary of Kroger. Starbuck stated that the existing store, which was created by combining two separate stores that formerly occupied the space, is inefficient to operate. He said that City Market has held off on remodeling it for years while the development on the west side of Highway 133 has worked its way through the town’s approval process. The new store, he said, would resemble the City Market in El Jebel, though it would be slightly smaller. “What you see in Basalt is really close to what you’ll see up here,” he said. Perishables –– fruits and vegetables, and deli and bakery items –– would be the focus in the new store, he said. A City Market gas station might also be built on the property.
Police pursuing suspects in Main Street robberies By Veronica Whitney, El Montañes, and Terray Sylvester, The Sopris Sun Carbondale police say they have a lead in three break-ins that happened downtown over the weekend. Police Chief Gene Schilling said his department has identified suspects and is gathering information to file charges. But with the investigation pending, he declined to provide further details. One break-in occurred on Friday night, and two others took place early Sunday morning, Schilling said. Deportes Jenny, on Main Street, lost several thousand dollars in stolen merchandise on Sunday morning, said owner Teresa Garcia. The thief also took $10 in coins and caused $200 to $400 in damage at the Carbondale Food Co-op located next door. No significant theft was reported on Friday night at La Perla at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street. When a man tried to rob La Perla, he was surprised by the owners, Tomasa Quintero and her husband, who had been alerted at 3:45 a.m. by the alarm company. Quintero said they saw somebody moving inside the store when they arrived, and they saw that the glass front door had been broken. Then a man ran out of the store, she said. “I called the police and my husband ran after him, but he got away,” Quintero said Sunday afternoon at her store, which now has a temporary wood door.
“When we walked in the store there were several bags — similar to large garbage bags — full of brand pants and shirts,” Quintero said. “He was going to take everything. He also tried to open the register, but failed.” Garcia was distraught to see about $300 in cash and a lot of her merchandise missing –– including jewelry, sunglasses, pants, shirts and dresses –– and more of it ruined by the thief’s blood, who broke a glass door to get in. The thief also apparently took the time to eat a package of cookies from the store, said Garcia’s son, Alan Mendoza. Garcia said she plans to add more security measures to her shop. This is the third time the store has been robbed since she opened about five years ago, she said. After the first two thefts, in which she said she lost more than $27,000, she outfitted her windows with bars and installed a metal screen to cover her door at night. But she had recently expanded the store and hadn’t yet added such protection to the new space. “This is the third time they steal from my store,” Garcia said. “It is very sad. I’m very disappointed, and it is hard to believe we have to take all these security measures.” More blood and broken glass littered the floor of the food co-op and the walkway in front of it. The perpetrator had smashed the front door and then rifled the register area, leaving splatters of blood in drawers and business files. But manager Avtar Perreault said the coop got lucky: The thief searched two desk
drawers but stopped short of opening a third, which contained two days’ worth of revenue, or about $1,000. The burglar also left behind the store’s computer and stereo, and left all the merchandise untouched. “They must not have been into organic food, I guess,” Perreault quipped, shaking her head as she cleaned up the mess on Sunday morning. “There’s lots of yummy stuff in here.” She said she didn’t plan to add any extra security to the door or windows, but still, the break-ins have made her wonder. “I think the underlying sentiment in Carbondale is that businesses don’t have to worry,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s a myth that we should feel safe.” Several other robberies have been attempted in downtown Carbondale over the last few months. On the night of June 4, someone smashed a window at True Nature Healing Arts next to the food co-op, said Valery Kelly, the yoga studio’s business manager. She said nothing was stolen. And in late March,The Village Smithy and The Green House medical marijuana dispensary both reported attempted break-ins, but Schilling said nothing of value was stolen from either business. Schilling said that’s an above average number of break-ins in Carbondale, but he didn’t see it as a significant trend. “They [burglaries] go up and down and right now they’re up a little bit,” he said.
Richard Vottero was cleaning up inside the food co-op on Main Street after it was broken into on Sunday morning. Photo by Terray Sylvester
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News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news department team to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK at 6:50 a.m., 7:50 a.m. and at 5:50 p.m. on Thursdays, or online at KDNK.org.
Ralph Ball memorial service A memorial service for Ralph W. Ball (1919-2009) will be held at 11 a.m, Saturday, June 26 at the Prince of Peace Chapel in Aspen. A longtime midvalley resident, Ball was a Denver oil and gas attorney, skier, outdoorsman and a lover of life.
Body identified as suicide victim
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A body found at the intersection of County Road 100 and Lions Ridge Road last Wednesday, June 16, has been identified as an 86-year-old man from Snowmass Village. Deputy Coroner Thomas Walton said the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound by the side of the road not far from Catherine Store. The body was reported between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Since the death has been identified as a suicide, the Garfield County Sheriffâ€™s Office has closed its investigation, Walton said.
RFTA summer service starts The Roaring Fork Transportation Association started its summer service schedule on June 19. The Woody Creek shuttle and Maroon Bells bus tours have resumed operation and regular Music School service will begin June 29, with buses offered before and after performances. Until then, RFTA offers modified service to the music school. The free Aspen shuttles, including late-night service, are back in operation, but the Galena Street shuttle will not be operating this year due to budget cuts. All service between Aspen and Snowmass Village is free this summer. For detailed route and schedule information visit rfta.com or call 925-8484.
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GarCo energy study released Energy consumers across Garfield County spent a total of $219 million on energy in 2009, states a press release from the Garfield New Energy Community Initiative (GNECI). According to a press release from GNECI, the group has recently completed an energy inventory that assessed a full-year of consumption of electricity, natural gas, propane,
gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel by Garfield County homes, businesses and governments, and cars, trucks and planes. The inventory did not comprehensively measure the energy use of the natural gas industry. Countywide, consumption of electricity in 2009 amounted to $70 million, natural gas totaled $20 million, and propane totaled nearly $5 million. These figures come from actual sales data from the electric and natural gas utilities and propane dealers serving Garfield County. All together, this utility energy represented 46 percent of total spending on energy. Governments within the county â€“â€“ towns, schools, libraries and the county itself â€“â€“ spent a total of $5.7 million on energy in 2009, GNECI said. GNECI is using the inventory to establish energy efficiency targets and using it to guide the efforts underway to save energy and money for households, businesses and local governments. â€œThis is a significant amount of money that could be used to fuel our local economy in many other ways.The savings from energy efficiency can be very tangible economic development,â€? said Greg Russi, vice chair of the GNECI Advisory Board and a New Castle town council member. For more information on the energy inventory, visit GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.
Water Creek Fire still burning The Bureau of Land Management announced on Tuesday that the 170-acre Water Creek Fire on the Roan Plateau near Rifle had stopped growing, though it remained active.About 50 firefighters were monitoring the flames, weather and the moisture in the vegetation, but they were mostly letting it burn. The flames play a natural role in clearing dead and downed timber and stimulating new forest growth, the BLM said. Smoke from the fire was visible this week in Carbondale and the surrounding area. Several BLM roads on top of the plateau were closed. For more information, visit blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html.
Cop Shop The following events are drawn from the incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. TUESDAY June 15 At 4:06 p.m. police found a man behaving strangely in the town impound yard. He asked to be given a ride somewhere but couldnâ€™t name a location. Once in the patrol car, he started to shake and tense his muscles. Eventually he was taken to Valley View Hospital.
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TUESDAY June 15 At 7:17 p.m. dispatch received a call from a man who might have been intoxicated and whose wife might have been hitting him. Officers were unable to clear up those questions because they couldnâ€™t find the
manâ€™s residence on Colorado Avenue. WEDNESDAY June 16 At around 5:40 a.m. police received several calls from a resident of Sopris RV Park. The man said he was an illegal immigrant and wanted to return to Mexico. He threatened to commit a crime so the police would have no choice but to arrest and deport him. The Carbondale police referred the case to the Garfield County Sheriff. WEDNESDAY June 16 Someone found a bag of animal intestines in the portable toilet at Triangle Park in the late afternoon.
Town staff examines possible use tax shortfall By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Carbondale’s town staff is looking into whether thousands of dollars in use taxes might not have been collected in 2009. The board of trustees discovered the possible shortfall while discussing the town’s annual financial audit on June 15. Town manager Tom Baker told The Sopris Sun he’ll update the board on his findings concerning the possible shortfall at the board’s June 29 meeting. “Right now, we’re not jumping to any conclusions,” Baker said. The shortfall figure the town trustees discussed on June 15 was $55,000, but that number is “hypothetical,” he continued. “The board [of trustees] is taking this quite seriously,” said Mayor Stacey Bernot. Carbondale collects a use tax (also called a “sales and use tax”) of up to 3.5 percent on construction materials purchased outside the town limits. In the past, the town collected the tax when it issued a certificate of occupancy (CO) or when the building permit was issued. For some reason, the town did not collect the tax on a handful of construction projects in 2009. Baker said town staffers will look at each building permit issued in 2008 and 2009 to determine exactly how much in use taxes was not collected. Baker said he’ll also come up with a procedure to make sure future taxes don’t go uncollected and will present it to town trustees on June 29. The town will also contact property owners who did not pay the
tax, he said. Baker was reluctant to speculate about the town’s ability to collect the tax if these property owners challenge it. “But I think we do (have recourse),” he said. In the past, property owners were allowed to submit specific bills that showed the amount of money paid for construction materials, or use a town formula. Baker said part of the collection problem might have come from property owners who were not required to obtain a certificate of occupancy upon completion of their buildings, because they did not take out a mortgage on it.As a result, if the property owner didn’t pay the tax at the time he pulled a building permit, there was no follow up at the CO level. Baker said it’s “unlikely” that many construction projects avoided the use tax, because of the construction decline in 2009 from the previous year.“There were only two or three new home starts in 2009,” he said. The town hires an outside accounting firm to audit its financial records each year. This year’s firm was McMahan and Associates. Highlights of the audit include: • The town made “significant” expenditure reductions in 2009 and cut the number of town employees by 15 percent, either through layoffs or attrition. • In 2009, the town’s sales tax revenues dropped 15 percent compared to 2008. • The town received $947,355 in mineral leasing/severance tax distributions in 2009, of which less than 20 percent was included in the 2010 budget.
July Health and Wellness Classes Valley View dietician Lisa Paige offers weekly sessions on eating for wellness. Free to Valley View’s Cardiac Wellness members, $7 for non-members. Classes are 10:30-11:15 am in the Cardiac Rehab & Wellness Center, using a comfortable lecture and discussion format. Preregister by calling 384-7159.
Adult Weight Management • July 9
Two of three Americans are at an unhealthy weight. This class will present “Small Steps to Success” to avoid future weight gain.
Reading Food Labels • July 16
Just when you thought you understood food labeling, it changes! Understand the facts behind food labeling and be in control of your portions.
Eating Out Strategies • July 23
Americans love to eat out! Learn to enjoy restaurant eating without sabotaging your healthy lifestyle diet.
Make Snacks Work for You! • July 30
An active life needs to be fueled and snacks are the way to keep you in action. Learn what makes a healthy snack and how timing your snack actually helps you lose weight.
Carbondale’s entire 2009 financial audit is available for viewing on the town’s Web site, carbondalegov.org. The trustees are scheduled to discuss the shortfall in use tax collections during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 29 at town hall.
And they’re off! From left: Former Carbondale mayor Michael Hassig, Mayor Stacey Bernot, Alpine Bank President Richard Fuller and George Stranahan of the Manaus Fund sliced the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening celebration of the Third Street Center on Saturday. Photo by Will Grandbois
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Auxiliary awards $30,000 in scholarships The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary awarded $30,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing careers in health care this spring. The organization awards Teeny Jeung Scholarships for graduating seniors and Health Sciences Scholarships for continuing students. In addition, scholarships support selected nursing students at Colorado Mountain College. This year’s recipients are: Teeny Jeung Memorial Scholarship: Whytny Coller, Ivan Montes, Alexa Aitken and Chiara Di Picolo. Health Science Scholarship: Codi Anderson, Ella McReynolds and Anna Walker.
CMC Nursing Scholarship: Monica Rodriguez, Sharla Gallegos, Devra Young and Mary Pacheco
The Auxiliary supports these scholarships and other health education projects from the proceeds of their Heart to Heart Gift Shop at Valley View Hospital, Pie Day, and their annual raffle.
Tobacco Cessation Classes Create a personalized plan to stop smoking using the Quit Smart Program from Duke University. Small group classes are taught by Sandy Hyra, RN. There will be two additional sessions, to be scheduled by consensus of the participants. All three sessions must be attended. Individual classes available upon request. Fee $35.
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Second floor conference room at Valley View Hospital. For an questions, contact Martin Gaither at 970-384-7702 or email: email@example.com
for cancer patients and survivors
Wednesdays in the Cardiac Rehab Education Room at VVH
Yoga can provide benefits for patients undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy, patients in remission or in hospice or palliative care. Taught by Nova LoverroSprick, yoga therapist and cancer survivor.
Meditation/Relaxation Yoga provides deep relaxation and breathing to help the body heal from cancer treatment. Supports healthy immune system and heart function, and lymphatic drainage. For those currently or recently in treatment. Vibrant Health Yoga helps those not currently receiving cancer treatment to regain strength, flexibility and stamina without overtaxing the body. Contact Nova Loverro-Sprick at 945-9515 or Integrated Therapies at 384-6954.
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There ain't many places where you might catch sight of some calf roping while on your way to the market, but Carbondale is one of them. Photo by Mariah Schipp
Gettin’ voicey It seems like folks just can’t hear enough “Voices of the American West.” That’s the title of a collection of interviews and photos compiled last year by Redstone-resident Meredith Ogilby and Corinne Platt, from Ophir. The book has been awarded a silver medal for best regional non-fiction from the Independent Publisher’s Book Award, and it’s also been nominated as a finalist in the non-fiction division of the Colorado Book Awards. Meredith herself was invited to participate in a panel of authors at the Aspen Summer Words Festival on June 21. Way to go, Meredith!
Climbing high And in other literary news, Sopris Sun contributor Chris Van Leuven has just completed his first book. Any day now, “Yosemite Sport Climbs and Top Ropes” should be hitting the stands in a bookstore near you. It was published by SuperTopo, a popular maker of climbing guidebooks and it offers info on over 200 of the best bolted climbs in the Yosemite Valley. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Sun next week, Scuttlebutt hears that more big news about Chris is coming down the pipeline …
Dog Park Update The ground is dog-gone soggy in the Delaney Nature Park these days. One of Scuttlebutt’s most trusted sources has informed us that the town is flood irrigating the 36-acre patch of land. So two-legs are advised to bring proper footwear –– and maybe a swimsuit and a slip and slide.
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We’ve been informed that Laura Wright, who graduated from Roaring Fork High School in 2006, has added another diploma to her collection. On June 13 she graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minors in Spanish and global and urban ministry work. She also hauled in a slew of other honors. She received a Cochrane Endowment and became a member of the Alpha Kappa Sigma and Ivy honorary societies. With college successfully completed she plans to stay on in Seattle and work with at-risk kids. She’s also looking forward to pouring more time into her hiphop dance ministry.
Happy birthday to … … Brian Keleher, Beth Mulry and Zack Ritchie. And a big congratulations to Laurie Loeb, who turns 70 on July 2!
The season ain’t over yet Think the slopes are getting a little bony (i.e. rocky) in the backcountry these days? Well, the skiing seems to be mighty fine in Alaska. A little more than a week ago, Carbondalian Lou Dawson and a crew of intrepid climbers skied from the top of Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Lou reported feeling “incredibly worked” after braving 60 mph winds during his roughly 13-hour summit day. No kidding. For more on the climb, check out Dawson’s blog at wildsnow.com.
Cruiser time The Moonlight Cruiser crew says: “It’s time to git on yer bike and ride!” The next twowheeled full moon extravaganza will meet at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, at Sopris Park. It’s a chance to roll around town with about 200 of your closest friends.
Carbondale (art) Cover Up raises a projected $12,000 By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun The Carbondale Cover Up wrapped up last week with major unwrappings all over downtown. Confused? Well, so were some townsfolk who didn’t understand why the Carbondale Public Arts Commission covered up more than 30 pieces of public art in order to raise money for the Art aRound Town program. The covering up must have done the trick, however, because the commission raised $7,000 in donations through last week with another $5,000 in pledges. The cover up was designed to accomplish two goals. First, it raised funds to continue the Art aRound Town program. By covering up the dozens of pieces of public art, the project also raised awareness from folks who are so used to the art they don’t even notice it anymore. The Carbondale Public Art Commission is a six-member volunteer group appointed by the town council, with liaisons from the town, general public and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. The commission chooses artists who loan the town sculptures to place on public property, and administers public funds used for the Art aRound Town program. With decreased town funding though, and increased competition from other towns inviting artists to show their work, the commission found itself having trouble doing what it’s meant to do –– showing public art. So, the commission discussed the situation and decided to cover up the art to entice donors to uncover it. For every $500 raised, the commission unwrapped one of the sculptures. The donations ranged from several hundred dollars to 11 cents. That donation was sent to the town water department with a family’s water bill. Inside the envelope with the donation was a smaller envelope with 11 pennies and a plastic gold coin. A note said the donor was 4-year-old J.P., and he wanted to contribute because the commission “needs the money.” Now that the commission’s fundraiser is over and all the art is uncovered, the next decision will be how to use the money. Commission members have said they want to increase the honorarium paid to artists who show their work in order to keep attracting quality artists. The commission would also like to purchase more art for the town’s permanent collection. The current lineup of public art, which is now easily seen at numerous locations downtown, will be up until next May. Until then, donations can still be sent to town hall at 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale, CO 81623, attention Carbondale Public Arts Commission.
Wooly gratitude: Artist Jill Scher finished installing her wool sculpture just a few hours before the grand opening of the Third Street Center. It honors those who donated to the center and is located just inside the main entrance of the building. Photo by Jane Bachrach
Non-profit highlight July is packed with CCAH events, here are just a few... JULY 2 First Friday, 6-8 p.m. JOIN US FOR R2 GALLERY’S INAUGURAL SHOW Exquisite paintings by Andy Taylor, Well-known painter and long-time local favorite. CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center, 520 South 3rd, #9. Gallery open Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
BOOGIE IN BONEDALE Carbondale’s July 4th Celebration 4 p.m. Kid’s Parade, Main Street, Carbondale 5 p.m. Jazz Aspen Student Music Recital, Sopris Park 7 p.m. Euforquestra, Sopris Park 9 p.m. Fireworks, White Hill Sponsored by CCAH and the Town of Carbondale KIDS ACTIVITIES AND FREE WATERMELON (Sponsored by lulubelle clothing and The Nest) Enjoy food by Mark Fischer, sodas, beer, wine and Mango Margaritas
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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 24 PAWS TO READ • Healing Partners presents “Paws to Read” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday through Aug. 12 at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library. Fifteen-minute reading practice sessions with two trained dogs. More info: 963-2889. ENERGY STAR BUILDING • A training for builders on the costs of sustainable, energy-efficient construction will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Garfield Re-2 Administration Building in Rifle. Free. More info: 704-9200. RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo happens Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 19 at the Gus Darien rodeo grounds on Catherine Store Road west of town. $8 per person, or $25 per carload of up to six people. More info: carbondalerodeo.com. TRAIL WORK • Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers holds a work session from 5:30 p.m. to dusk to build new single track on the Wulfoshn Open Space in Glenwood Springs. Tools, dinner and refreshments provided. More info: 927-8241, rfov.org.
FRI.-SUN. June 25-27 THEATRE • The Thunder River Theatre Company presents “Bernice/Butterfly: A Two-Part Invention” by Nagle Jackson at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at 2 p.m. Sunday at 67 Promenade. Tickets and more info: 963-8200, thunderrivertheatre.com.
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FRIDAY June 25 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents“City Island”(PG-13) at 8 p.m. June 25 and“Mother and Child” (R) at 8 p.m. June 28- July 1. Closed Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27. LIVE MUSIC • Cottonwood Acoustic plays bluegrass, blues and 70s rock at 9 p.m. at Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. No cover. More info: 928-8813.
at 9 a.m. Boys, girls and co-ed adult divisions. $85 per team. More info: 309-6100, firstname.lastname@example.org. SCHOOL REUNION • A Carbondale reunion takes place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sopris Park. Food, kids’ activities. Adults, $20; children $10. Send payment to Melissa Johnson, 3594 Larkspur Drive, Longmont, CO 80503. More info: email@example.com.
SAT.-SUN. June 26 & 27 ANNIVERSARY PARTY • The Backdoor Consignment Store at 50 N. Fourth St. celebrates its anniversary with live music and more on Saturday. Ten percent discounts and 10 percent of all sales donated to The Sopris Sun both days. More info: 963-3380.
SATURDAY June 26 RUNNING RACE • The GreenLeaf Running Race (formerly the LobsterCrawl) starts at 8 a.m. at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Five- and 10-kilometer events, organic pancake breakfast, green farmers market. Proceeds benefit the GreenSprouts Foundation. More info: 309-7907, greenleafrun.com. SOCCER FUNDRAISER • A three-onthree soccer tournament to raise money for Kenyan students starts at 10 a.m. at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel, with registration
POTLUCK BONFIRE • Sustainable Settings at 6107 Highway 133 hosts a community potluck and bonfire from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring a dish and an instrument to play for an evening of family fun. More info: 963-6107 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ACES WORKSHOP • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies presents a nature writing workshop with Karen Chamberlain from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Toklat Lodge near Aspen. More info: 925-9157.
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SPIRITUAL SPEAKER • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents guest speaker Michael Abdo at 10 a.m. More info: 945-8812, 963-5516, aspiritualcenter.org. LIVE POETRY • The Aspen Poet’s Society presents a live poetry night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Lenado in Aspen with featured poet Phil Ellsworth, live music by Adam McCabe and Mike Powers, and an open mic for poets. Drink specials. More info: 379-2136. STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. presents Sambadende. More info: 963-3304, stevesguitars.net.
SUSHI & CANDLES • A sushi and candlemaking workshop takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen for students grades 7-12. Free. More info: 429-1920.
MONDAY June 28 SUMMER READING • Cody Landstrom, a magician, performs feats of magic from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen. Free. More info: 429-1920. AFRICAN DANCE • An African Dance workshop with master drum and dance instructor Fara Tolno of Conkray, Guinea, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Community School. $15. More info:404-0305.
TUESDAY June 29 COMMUNITY MEETING • From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Third Street Center, The Alliance for Regional Synergy presents “Living Community: Practicing the arts of democracy,” a workshop to explore techniques for creative and effective collaboration in families, board rooms, town halls and elsewhere. More info: 963-9182, email@example.com.
FARMERS’ MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at Fourth and Main streets. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, bread, prepared food, live music and more. More info: carbondalefarmersmarket.org. MAIN STREET BAZAAR • The Main Street Market and Artist Bazaar runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays on Main Street. Vintage retro-wares, books, music, veggies, preserves, clothing, live music and more. More info and to reserve a booth location: 8044190. NATURALIST WALK • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts an interpretive tour of the flora and fauna at the Roaring Fork and Castle Creek Open Space in Aspen from 4 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Registration and more info: 927-1290. BASALT MUSIC • James and the Devil plays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lions Park in Basalt. Chicken dinner offered by Basalt High School. Business booths. More info: basaltchamber.com. PIZZA TUNES • White House Pizza at 801 Main Court presents King Hippos Acoustic from 7 to 10 p.m. No cover. Drink specials. More info: whitehousepizza.com, 704-9400.
THEATRE • The Thunder River Theatre Company presents“Bernice/Butterfly: A twopart invention” by Nagle Jackson at 7:30 p.m. at 67 Promenade.Tickets and more info: 963-8200, thunderrivertheatre.com.
NATURALIST WALK • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts an interpretive walk among the hot springs, orchids, bighorn sheep and beaver ponds of the Filoha Meadows Open Space in the Crystal River Valley from 9 to 11:30 a.m., rain or shine. Free. Registration: roaringfork.org/events, 927-1290.
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BOOGIE IN BONEDALE • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities hosts a kids parade followed by fireworks and concerts by Jazz Aspen Snowmass students and Afro-Caribbean barnyard funk band Euforquesta, starting at 4 p.m. in Sopris Park. More info: 963-1680, carbondalearts.com.
AFRICAN DANCE • African and Caribbean dance classes with live drummers take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 30 at the Carbondale Community School. All levels welcome. More info: 379-8422.
NATURALIST WALK • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a guided walk from 7 to 9 p.m. among the orchids, hot springs, bighorn sheep, fireflies, riparian habitat and more at the Filoha Meadows Open Space. Free. Advance registration: 927-1290, roaringfork.org/events.
Ongoing ROTARY MEETING • The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club holds its weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursdays at the Aspen Glen Club featuring a local speaker. More info: 948-0693. LEGAL SERVICES • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. More info: 945-8858, 920-2828. SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. More info: 945-1398, or firstname.lastname@example.org. ACOUSTIC CARNAHAN’S • Singer/ songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahan’s Tavern (formerly the Black Nugget), 403 Main St. More info: 963-4496. SENIOR MATTERS CLASSES • Senior Matters offers a variety of classes and clubs weekly at its room in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. Acting classes, book club, storytelling class, singing group, tai chi, basket weaving. Free or small fee. More info: 963-2536. ART CLASS • Kahhak Fine Arts and School at 411 Main St. offers classes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Teacher Majid Kahhak has 30 years experience teaching painting classes. More info: 704-0622, email@example.com.
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Community Briefs Market, music continue Wednesdays The new Main Street Market & Artist Bazaar, held at the Fourth Street Plaza, began June 23. The market will continue every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. More than a dozen artists and home, garden, food and drink vendors will be selling their distinctive goods. From 5 to 8 p.m., a local musician will perform on the Main Street Market center stage. The Carbondale Recreation Department, organizers of the Market, hope that local citizens and visitors will enjoy a wonderful Wednesday evening in colorful downtown Carbondale, eating in local restaurants and taking advantage of a“convenient and fun way to shop for fresh foods and unique crafts, along with mingling with friends and neighbors,” states a recreation department press release. For information on the Carbondale Main Street Market & Artist Bazaar, or to sign up as a vendor, call the recreation department, 704-4114.
SEI offers teacher training Solar Energy International will offer a three-day intensive workshop for educators, focusing on relatively involved hands-on projects that can be used as ongoing school programs. The workshop“Advanced Renewable Energy for Educators: Bigger Hands-On Projects!” will be held June 28-30 in Carbondale. In this workshop, which is a fully accredited graduate-level teacher training course, participants will split up into small groups to work on a different project each day. Projects include building a solar suitcase PV system for
shipment to a developing village, creating a model passive solar village complete with a renewable grid, and a natural building project. To register, visit solarenergy.org or call 963-8855.
Theatre auditions announced The Thunder River Theatre Company is holding auditions for its opening production of the 2010-2011 season: Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House,” which won the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Pen Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. This year Ruhl was nominated for a Tony award for “In the Next Room.” TRTC member Sue Lavin will be directing the local production. She has also directed “The Complete History of America, abridged,” “Quilters” and “Eleemosynary” for TRTC. Auditions will be held at the theatre at 5:30 p.m. on June 27, and at 6 p.m. on June 29. There is one wonderful Latina role, and TRTC encourages anyone interested to audition. Call Sue Lavin, 947-9194, for an appointment and more information.
Boogie in Bonedale on July 4 The July Fourth Boogie in Bonedale begins with the annual kids’ parade at 4 p.m. July 4 down Main Street. There will be free watermelon and kids games at Sopris Park, followed by the Jazz Aspen Snowmass student concert and the Afro-Carribean band Euforquestra. The event is part of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanties’ free summer concert series that opened June 18 with The
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Redtones. Live music takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer at Sopris Park and the Fourth Street Plaza. On July 11, CCAH presents The Clumsy Lovers at Sopris Park. For the full schedule and more information, visit carbondalearts.com or call 963-1680.
Safehouse awarded $20,000 The Advocate Safehouse Project has once again been honored by the Aspen Community Foundation, this time with a $20,000 grant, Advocate Safehouse Executive Director Julie Olson announced June 14. The grant will be used for operational support. Over the past four years, the foundation has granted $90,000 to the Advocate Safehouse Project. Over the same time frame, the Advocate Safehouse has also received $33,750 from individuals or groups who manage their contributions through the
Aspen Community Foundation’s donor advised funds program. The Safehouse promotes healthy relationships free from violence through education, advocacy, empowerment and safe housing. “The grant from Aspen Community Foundation will give us additional resources to provide services to survivors of domestic and /or sexual violence in Garfield County,” Olson said. The Advocate Safehouse Project is one of 10 domestic violence safehouse programs on the Western Slope, and is the only program in Garfield County offering comprehensive and confidential services for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and their children. Advocate Safehouse also offers educational outreach on “healthy relationships.” For more information about the Advocate Safehouse Project, call 945-2632.
New tavern to offer ‘real’ Italian Drew Scott, former chef of Elevation in Aspen, is fulfilling his vision of the ideal restaurant––“good food in a casual spot without any pretension.” Scott and his wife, Bonnie, will open the Downvalley Tavern this summer in El Jebel where the Blue Creek Grill was formerly located. Scott will offer a modern interpretation of simple, southern Italian food, including light salads, assorted bruschetta, cured meats and pasta dishes.The menu also will include a few
hearty entrees. Most of the pork will be cured in-house. According to a press release, Downvalley Tavern will not be a “red sauce” or “cream based” American-Italian restaurant. Peasant ingredients used in rural areas of Italy are the basis of Scott’s dishes. “I love creating meat and fish dishes, but vegetables should not be an afterthought,” he explained. Downvalley Tavern will also be open for lunch with salads, soups, and paninis.
Letters continued îˆ‡om page 2 booths at the market inspected by the health department? I know everyone at the markets is supposed to have a sales tax license, but is there a way to verify their sales? Our businesses are required to keep invoices and records to verify our tax returns â€“â€“ are they? I donâ€™t want this to sound like â€œsour grapes,â€? but these are hard times and every lost sale is an important one. Thank you for listening. Skip Bell, proprietor The Pour House Restaurant
Help a pet find its â€œforever homeâ€? Dear Editor: Drive up to the CARE animal shelter outside of Glenwood Springs with your children and take a look around. Next ask if you can take a dog for a walk and see what its true story is and then maybe go into the cat room and play around with themâ€“â€“just remember some can be very feisty but most are playful. And if you canâ€™t adopt a pet, then fill out a form and foster one until it can find its forever home. So please help them because they are still mammals, just like us, and they need a loving home. Belle Faith Raleigh, Age 9 Carbondale
Good deeds done with dirt Dear Editor: This spring the Downtown Preservation Association (DPA) was informed by the town of Carbondale that there were no funds available to purchase any flowers to put into the
20-some pots along our Main Street and along Colorado Avenue! The DPA decided to ask the residents of this fair community if some of them could help out with this dilemma, and were there businesses and individuals who would be willing to adopt one or more of these flower pots to fill them with their own flowers purchased at a discount from either of our two local nurseries, Planted Earth and the Eagle Crest nursery in El Jebel. Your response was fantastic! The townâ€™s plant specialist Tony Coia and the public works crew removed all the evergreen bushes that had been in those pots over the winter. Now, local volunteers have just about completed their planting in those pots, in which the town first provided some nice potting soil. While shopping or dining downtown this summer, please drink in the marvelous variety of plant colors and the interesting choices of plants â€“â€“ and even some vegetables that have been donated for your summer enjoyment in our downtown! Around Aug. 1 an impartial panel of judges will choose two winners, one winner from a commercial provider and another winner from the general public. Each winner will receive a $65 check from the DPA. Though the DPA actually feels that every participant is a genuine winner for stepping up to the challenge. Weâ€™re very proud of all of you. Thank you! We would like to acknowledge who these community-minded citizens are. Thank you: Kim Briscoe of Mason and Morse Realty;
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Some eco-tips for event season Dear Editor: In between mud season and summer comes the non-stop event season in the valley. The volunteer and amorphous Green Team is still in full force, but the demand is overwhelming these days. Here are just a couple of tips to spread the word so hopefully folks will attempt a green event on their own. You can get a flyer at carbondalegov.org by clicking â€œplan a green eventâ€? in the lower right-hand column. In the mantra,â€œreduce, reuse, recycle,â€? re-
ducing and reusing come before recycling and composting for a reason. Strive for less in general or throw in a cup, plate and utensils and wash them when you get home. Try getting in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle (glass is fragile but is healthiest) and a reusable coffee mug in your backpack. Ask for a discount for BYOC (bringing your own cup). Bike, bus, walk, skate, unicycle or carpool to the party. While planning an event, if you have to go the disposable route consider recyclable and/or compostable, plant-based supplies.Try ordering supplies or paying for event support from Evergreen Events: evergreenevents.net, 987-3140; or Building For Health: 963-0437. For disposal, plant and paper-based compostable supplies must be taken to a commercial facility. Please contact South Canyon Landfill, 945-5375, near Glenwood Springs. Please let them know community composting needs to remain because the program is endangered. It is very important that the compost is not contaminated with trash. Do it right or not at all. Please consider working on the Green Team for Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 2325, by calling CCAH at 963-1680. For general eco-friendly information and networking contact me 379-4303. Green events may seem trivial in the larger waste picture, but the extended education is infinite. We are green but growing. Jason White Carbondale
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From semi-pro teenage bands like the JAS All-Stars and recitals with students of local music teachers, to middle school bands, young rockers, teenage standup comics, theatrical plays with teenage casts and more, Standiford has always welcomed young artists. As a result, he has witnessed many of Carbondaleâ€™s musical babies grow up and stride confidently onto larger stages after honing their skills at the guitar shop. â€œOur open stage was very inviting to those young musicians who were hungry to play a â€˜real-worldâ€™ music venue. I knew the best way to get these young musical students to practice was to book them for a gig,â€? he said.â€œRiley Skinner amazed the audience with her version of â€˜Time Warpâ€™ at about 8 years old, and now sheâ€™s performing at the Wheeler Opera House and venues all over the country and Ireland.â€? Standifordâ€™s own daughter, Shannon Oâ€™Gara Standiford, is also among those up-andcoming musicians, and Standiford recalled one creative local two-year-old who once took the stage to belt out a â€œcompletely original and unintelligible song with great enthusiasm.â€? Among the ranks of other young musicians playing this weekend: Slightly White, which closes out the festival on Saturday; Sophie Dasaro and Talitha Jones; The 3 Joes; Arch Angel; Jacob Russo and Lisa Atkinson. Pulver, now 20, has performed at Steveâ€™s before and played Lobster Fest last year. While attending Roaring Fork High School, he performed with his classmates and also with his mentor and music teacher, Mark Gray (who still teaches at Carbondale Middle School and the high school and performs regularly at Steveâ€™s). The two formed a group called OGYG, or Old Guy Young Gun. Gray will perform with Pulver at noon on the main stage and at 1 p.m. at Steveâ€™s Guitars. Pulver said he expects the duo will play some covers as well as some of his originals. Describing his music as mostly guitar- and rhythmically driven with â€œfolky tinctures,â€? Pulver began writing songs when he started high school, although it took a couple more years to â€œget serious,â€? he says. Songwriting is a means of expression for Pulver, and he often poses many questions in his pieces. One song, â€œReturn Againâ€? (which can be heard on his blog songsforhumans.com), is about paths. He sings of two peopleâ€™s lives intersecting before they separate at the â€œclassic fork in the road.â€? He ponders the â€œwhat-ifs.â€?What if theyâ€™d stayed together? What if they meet again? Another, â€œDiscontent,â€? delves into what Pulver calls the â€œtendencies of humanity.â€? â€œA lot of my influence has come from really asking those questions about life and not settling for the typical answer that you might get about the nature of things and why we are here, what is the purpose of humanity, what is the use of all these desires that are just churning inside each and every one of us,â€? said Pulver, whose work has also been influenced by his spiritual upbringing. His songs are laden with his own questions. They reveal that he too is in the midst of what is sometimes a painstaking process to figure out lifeâ€™s dilemmas. â€œBut itâ€™s also just my great delight to look for answers, unraveling these great mysteries,â€? he added. â€œLeaving it with these questions hanging in the air gives the listener the opportunity to fill in the blanks with their personal experience in hopes that the song may speak to them in a personal way.â€?
What: The ninth annual Carbondale Music & Lobster Fest. Who: More than 50 local acts brought to you by Steveâ€™s Guitars and the town of Carbondale. When: Friday and Saturday, June 25-26. Where: Downtown Carbondale. Why: A fundraiser for Greensprouts Foundation. Events: Eleven venues, a lobster dinner, a farmersâ€™ market, carnival rides for the kids, 5K and 10K GreenLeaf foot races, and more. Tickets: Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, Glenwood Music, Butchâ€™s Lobster Shack, and Steveâ€™s Guitars. Info: 963-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Night â€˘ June 25 7:30 p.m. â€“ Jacob Russo 8:00 p.m. â€“ The Tippetts 9:00 p.m. â€“ All the Pretty Horses Saturday â€˘ June 26 Noon â€“ Lisa Adkinson 1:00 p.m. â€“ Lucas Pulver 2:00 p.m. â€“ Jimmy Byrne 3:00 p.m. â€“ Riley Skinner 4:00 p.m. â€“ Steve Skinner
5:00 p.m. â€“ Eric Gross & Rich Huttenhower 6:00 p.m. â€“ Sue Krehbiel & Frank Martin 7:00 p.m. â€“ Dan Sheridan 8:00 p.m. â€“ Birds of Paradise THE LINEUP page 17
THE LINEUP (continued from page 16) The Lift
Saturday • June 26 Noon – Jimmy Polowchena 2:00 p.m. – Brian Bixler 3:00 p.m. – Devon Alves 4:00 p.m. – Carolyn Golbus & Gary Baines
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Saturday • June 26 2:00 p.m. – Tyller Gummersall 6:00 p.m. – Tyller Gummersall
Sophie Dasaro and Talitha Jones. Photo by Jane Bachrach
Saturday • June 26 6:30 p.m. – Gigi Love 7:30 p.m. – The Tippets
Town Plaza at Fourth and Main streets Friday Night • June 25 6:00 p.m. – 3 Joes 7:00 p.m. – Rick Rock & The Roosters 8:00 p.m. – The Monkey Band Saturday • June 26
Noon – Lucas Pulver 12:30 p.m. – Bobby Mason 1:00 p.m. – The Crowlin Ferlies 1:45 p.m. – Riley Skinner 2:00 p.m. – The Frank Martin Band 2:45 p.m. – Carolyn Golbus 3:00 p.m. – Acoustic Mayhem 3:45 p.m. – Jimmy Polowchena 4:00 p.m. – Tjaar
4:45 p.m. – Tyller Gummersall 5:00 p.m. – Arch Angel 5:45 p.m. – Jimmy Byrne 6:00 p.m. – JAS All-Stars Band 6:45 p.m. – Dan Sheridan 7:00 p.m. – Steve Skinner & The Lobstermen 7:45 p.m. – Sophie Dasaro & Talitha Jones 8:00 p.m. – Slightly White
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Saturday • June 26 11:00 a.m. – Jimmy Byrne Noon – Brian Bixler 1:00 p.m. – Brad Manosivitz
Saturday • June 26 6:30 p.m. – Elise Helmke
Carnahan’s Tavern Friday • June 25 9:30 p.m. – TRUNK
Saturday • June 26 9:30 p.m. – Cynical Smiths
Friday • June 25 10:00 p.m. – Pineapple Crackers
Steve Skin ner. Photo by Jane B achrach
Saturday • June 26 10:00 p.m. – Acoustic Mayhem
Friday • June 25 7:00 p.m. – Jimmy Byrne
Saturday • June 26 11:00 a.m. – Elise Helmke 2:00 p.m. – The Tippets
The Back Door Consignment Store Saturday • June 26 Noon – 3 Joes 2:00 p.m. – Walter & Pablo Gorra
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TRTC season-closer finds the fun in failure By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun With characteristic good feeling and humor, the Thunder River Theatre Company delighted its audience last week during the opening night of its latest production. The crowd chuckled, guffawed and occasionally gasped –– with pleasure, it seemed –– through Friday evening’s performance. And that’s somewhat surprising considering the play is a two-act meditation on failure. To close its 15th season, TRTC is staging “Bernice/Butterfly: A two-part invention,” by Nagle Jackson. It’s a piece with Colorado connections. Jackson reportedly wrote it for the Denver Center Theatre Company specifically to highlight the skills of two of that company’s members. But with Thunder River resident actors Valerie Haugen and Richard Lyon in the leading roles, “Bernice/Butterfly” also displays the capabilities of Carbondale’s own local troupe. Haugen, and then Lyon, each deliver one-act monologues. Alone on the stage they carry the play and the audience through all the mood swings of two people who have watched their worlds collapse and are helpless to do anything about it. Billy Challis also plays a key role in one scene of the production. The curtain rises on the first act to reveal Haugen perched on a red vinyl stool at the counter of a neon and chrome diner somewhere near the center of Kansas. She plays Bernice, who, the audience soon learns, has been slinging hash browns, omelets and griddle cakes in this greasy spoon for all of her adult life. As Bernice interacts with her customers –– who don’t actually appear as actors in the play, though from Haugen’s performance, you’d almost think they did –– the audience learns that this small burg is on the verge of collapse. It is the victim of departed jobs, new highways that skip the heart of town, and an aquifer drained to a puddle by big agribusiness. It seems likely that it will soon wither up and vanish, desiccated
like the spectral neon bars of the diner’s sign which, in a particularly well-tuned bit of stage design, Bernice flips on just before her first unseen customers begin to filter in. In Haugen’s hands Bernice is a tumult of emotions. Wistful and vacant, she falls in and out of reveries, but she’s also tough, bawdy and occasionally vicious with her customers. She’s clearly the victim of circumstances mostly beyond her control, but her struggles are fascinating, touching and occasionally just funny. And the same and more can be said of Lyon’s role. He plays Randall, a professor who has just been given a prestigious award and is delivering his acceptance speech. But as it turns out, Randall’s a philosopher whose specialty lies in shattered dreams and self-loathing, and his monologue is a somewhat systematic examination of failure –– his own, to be precise. Randall is a wreck. But with Lyon’s energy inside him he’s a very appealing one. Lyon swells in stature as the professor’s audience applauds his most incisive arguments, and then, as his voice cracks into a timely squeak, he shrivels into a tired fop of an old man who’s watched a couple of sharp mistakes snatch most of his hopes away from him. Which is why in his speech, Randall lingers on the theory of the butterfly effect. It posits that in a finely-tuned and complicated system, a tiny cause can translate into outsized, all-encompassing effects. As Randall puts it,“Can the flapping of a butterfly’s wing in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, in May of 2000 eventually cause tropical storm Angelina in the Azores in 2001? … Yes, you bet your booty, yes!” And that’s part of the reason TRTC’s executive director Lon Winston chose “Benice/Butterfly” in the first place. In the midst of international financial meltdowns, he thought audiences might appreciate a play that offers an intelligent and tender glimpse of two people forced to adapt to overwhelming circumstances in a world that really couldn’t care less about them.
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Valerie Haugen (pictured), Richard Lyon and Billy Challis star in the Thunder River Theatre Company’s production of “Bernice/Butterﬂy: A two-part invention.” It’s a tale of two people whose worlds have been tilted askew. Photo by Terray Sylvester
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The Thunder River Theatre Company presents “Bernice/ Butterfly: A two-part invention” by Nagel Jackson on June 25-27 and July 1-3 at the playhouse at 67 Promenade. Performances start at 7:30 p.m., except on Sundays when the curtain rises at 2 p.m. Tickets and more information: 963-8200, thunderrivertheatre.com.
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Achiote: A brief history of a sultry spice A few years ago, I ordered a dish at a maica and to dubious benefit, as a sunscreen, Mexican restaurant purely to find out what insect repellent and as a treatment for heart“achiote” was. The sautéed shrimp came out burn. Some cultures believe it will ward off in a lovely red coating with a nice, slightly evil spirits –– and with evil spirits, it’s probtangy, slightly smoky flavor. ably best to hedge your bets. The dish was very good, but But when it comes to flaI still hadn’t learned much vor, folks tend to disagree. about this spice that sounds Like myself, some believe it so appealing. does contribute unique and Achiote is Spanish for subtle smoky flavors. Others annatto, and annatto are the maintain that, like saffron, litseeds of the achiote tree, tle more than color comes to Bixa orellana, which no one the table. But while saffron seems to call an annatto fans who swear by its special tree. The small trees may be flavor must pay sky-high native to Brazil, but they prices for that precious flower have spread widely through part, achiote lovers can enjoy America, the Central this seed for nearly nothing –– Caribbean, and parts of it’s also known as the poor Asia, especially the Philipman’s saffron. pines. Ancient Aztecs came By Chef George Bohmfalk Here in Carbondale, I’ve up with the name we use, found achiote paste for about calling the tree achiotl. Perhaps before the $2 at Teresa’s Market on Main Street and seeds were used as a flavoring, Central and Valley Meats in Red Rocks Plaza. It is usuSouth American natives ground them to a ally also available at Garcia’s and Tortilleria colorful powder that they used as body La Roca. You may find achiote elsewhere as paint and lipstick, leading to an alternative whole or powdered dried seeds. If you get name for the tree: the lipstick tree. seeds, it’s easy to grind them in a spice or cofThe tree produces beautiful pink-purple fee grinder. You can make achiote oil in minflowers, which then develop into heart- utes by heating the seeds or powder in a shaped spiny fruit pods that turn red when neutral oil, such as safflower or canola, to ripe. The fruit itself is extract the color and flainedible; the magic is all vor. Use it for sautéing or in the seeds. in a salad dressing. Though the first use My favorite use of of achiote was likely as a achiote is in a Yucatan body ornament, at some preparation called pibil, in point, cooks discovered which fish, poultry, or that a pinch of ground pork is marinated in annatto seeds give a achiote, chili peppers, garlovely, yellow-to-red lic, bitter orange juice, and color to dishes, such as other yummy flavorings, rice and stews. Over the wrapped in banana leaves, years, annatto became a and baked, at least origicoloring agent of choice, nally, in a stone pit. A finding its way into chedwhole small pig is often dar and other cheeses, used, resulting in the fabumargarine and oils. No one is sure why nat- lous dish, cochinita pibil. If you ever see this urally white cheddar became the quintessen- on a menu, order it at once. tial orange cheese; some suggest that the At home, I marinate chicken, pork chops coloring was used to disguise inferior ched- or a firm white fish such as tilapia or catfish dars over a century ago. in an achiote mixture, then grill, broil or As undyed margarine looks unappetiz- bake it, basting a few times with the remainingly like lard, early margarine manufactur- ing marinade during cooking. To make the ers added annatto to make their product marinade, whisk or stir together a teaspoon more closely resemble butter. In response, the of achiote paste or powder, the juice of a lime butter lobby pushed through laws that for- or lemon, a fourth of a cup of orange juice, bade such coloring at the factory. Using a a bit of minced garlic, salt and pepper and a legal loophole, manufacturers began to in- little chili powder if you want some heat. A clude a capsule of liquid annatto with their half hour bath in the marinade will impart tubs of pale margarine. Some senior citizens nice achiote color and flavor to the meat. may remember helping their mothers by stir- And if my experience here in the Roaring ring this natural dye into softened margarine. Fork Valley is any indication, you will be free Achiote has also been used, mainly in Ja- of insects and evil spirits as you tend the grill!
Some cultures believe it will ward off evil spirits — and with evil spirits, it’s probably best to hedge your bets.
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REMOVE ITEMS THAT ATTRACT BEARS: • Garbage • Bird Feeders • Pet Food • Barbeque Grills • Fruit • Compost TOWN CODE: No Garbage Before 6AM on Collection Day The Town of Carbondale passed an ordinance prohibiting placement of trash for pickup before 6:00 AM on collection day, and empty containers must be brought in no later than 8:00 PM the same day. The smell of any food may attract bears. Keep garbage indoors until the morning of trash pick-up and keep outdoor barbeque grills clean and odorless. It is best to keep windows and doors securely locked, especially at night. If a bear enters your home, open doors and leave the bear an escape route.
GARBAGE KILLS BEARS Bears that make repeat visits to neighborhoods may need to be moved or euthanized. To keep your family and the bears safe, please remove any attractants, and follow these guidelines until the bears hibernate in winter. Bears are 90% vegetarian and rarely hunt or kill animals, however they are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Do not approach any bear, especially cubs. For additional information, call the Division of Wildlife: 947-2920. Call the Carbondale Police Department if you see a bear anywhere in town: 963-2662. THE SOPRIS SUN • JUNE 24, 2010 • 19
Legal Notices PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The applicants/owners are Robert O. Naegele III and Ashley Mosher Naegele (7th Street Partners, LLC) and Jose Elmer Rascon and Norma E. Rascon.
zone district boundary between the common property line between 282 N. 7th Street and 296 N. 7th Street, such that the two lots at 282 N. 7th Street will be zoned Residential High Density and the property at 296 N. 7th will be zoned entirely under the Lincoln Avenue East Planned Unit Development.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for the purpose of considering a Subdivision Exemption, a Rezone, an Infill Development Permit, and a Vested Property Right to Construct a Single Family Dwelling.
Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 7:00 p.m. on July 15, 2010.
If both the Subdivision Exemption and Rezone are approved, the Infill Development Permit is required to construct a new single-family dwelling on the new lot created at 282 N. 7th Street.
The purpose of the Subdivision Exemption is to divide a 0.197 acre parcel at 282 N. 7th Street into two lots, with each lot exceeding 3,000 square feet (the minimum lot size for a single family dwelling in the Residential/High Density Zone District). One lot will contain an existing duplex. The new lot would allow the construction of a new dwelling unit.
Copies of the proposed application 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.
The property owner has requested an extended Vested Property Right for the new single family dwelling in the event the structure is not constructed within one year of the Infill Development Permit approval.
The purpose of the Rezone is to adjust the existing
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