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Volume 4, Number 20 | June 28, 2012

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Flags are flying all over town, including the east end of Main Street, as folks gear up for the Fourth of July. For info on what’s going on next Wednesday, please turn to page 3. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Carbondale Commentary The views and opinions expressed on the Commentary page do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The Sopris Sun invites all members of the community to submit letters to the editor or guest columns. For more information, e-mail editor Lynn Burton at, or call 510-3003.

Wildfire season calls for preparation (Editor’s note: This column is from 2011 but this year’s dry conditions and fire dangers make it even timelier). The fire season has started earlier than ever this year with human-caused wildfires burning homes on the Front Range. But we are only a few months away from the summer thunderstorms that bring lightningcaused fires to our Western Slope. Will we be lucky enough to avoid being driven from our homes by mandatory evacuations? I wouldn’t bet on it. Not if we have learned anything from past wildfire seasons. As a member of an incident management team that is called to help manage large wildland fires, I have had to evacuate my family twice in the last two decades. The first time was in 1994 when the fire the media named ‘Storm King’ threatened to wipe out much of West Glenwood Springs. I will never forget standing on the deck gathering our family together to leave. Amber, too young to know what was happening, had a stuffed animal in her arms. Shandra wasn’t leaving without her pillow. My wife Linn asked me what she should take with her. I looked down at my daughters then glanced at the house for what could have been the last time and I replied, ‘Nothing. We have all that really matters here with us safe.’ At that time 50 firefighters, many of whom were my friends, were still missing. Later our local fire team would have to deal with the agony and heartbreak of losing 14 men and women that day. There are other fires seared into my memory, times when getting people out of harm’s way was no easy task. One fire near Norwood was giving us lots of trouble as it burned mile after mile of heavy timber. It was headed straight for our fire camp. Air attack directed the lead plane to bring in load after load of retardant on the edge of the clearing to buy time while firefighters scurried to move camp to a safe place. In the midst of the chaos the incident commander and I, as safety officer, were manning a roadblock to keep the public from re-entering the forest where private cabins were scattered among the tall pine trees. Before we could stop him, a man in his car raced around the blockade headed straight for his little piece of heaven in the woods, a small mobile home 100 yards down the road.We both ran as fast as we could to try and stop him. The noise of the fast approaching wall of flames sounded like an express train bound for glory. We were on the heels of this crazy man yelling for him to get out as he made it through the front door. We grabbed him and headed for safety. He broke free and stood in the middle of the room frozen like a deer in the headlights. Then he made a choice to grab something important to save on his way out the door. He chose a $19.99 K-Mart blue light special — his radio. If you live in the woods don’t be foolish and unprepared this summer. Be your own rescuer. Have all your priceless photos scanned and saved with any important papers in a small fireproof file box. Keep it and a bag packed with a few essentials close to the front door. Do your part by being Firewise. Call your local fire department or fire district. They will point you in the right direction to help prepare your property for wildfire. Visit one of the many firewise Websites available: and pages/are-you-firewise-program.html. Be prepared. Don’t put firefighters in danger thinking it can’t happen to you. Bill Kight works for the Forest Service and has spent more 30 years helping to manage America’s public lands. Even at an event such as the XIII Gathering of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas in South Dakota (June 15-17) there’s usually time to catch some Sun. From left to right: Mary Wheeler, Dee Searing, Chief David Bald Eagle, Jodi Searing (holding Adina, Chief Bald Eagle’s granddaughter), Josee, (standing, wife of Chief Bald Eagle) and Diana Alcantara at Chief David Bald Eagle’s Ranch on the Cheyenne River, Lakota Sioux Territory, South Dakota. Courtesy photo

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Well done Dear Editor: Another ‘job well done’ by the Carbondale and Basalt Fire Departments meant ‘disaster averted’ for the residents of Fox Run subdivision. Determined to not allow an electrical fire to get out of control on June 21, they responded in record time. There were nine trucks and 40 people, including the forest service, Carbondale police, and Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. What could have turned ugly never did, due to fast response and favorable winds. The men and women fighting the fire knew our homes were safe, which is why they let us remain there. The same could not be said for at least one of us. So we add our thanks to the many others before us who have benefited from their life and property saving skills. You sure have to be tough to do it. And committed, considering all their time and training. They kept us informed, and were reassuring and understanding. It is a humbling experience to come so close to tragedy, and be saved by people you mostly don’t know. So thanks also to everyone in both fire districts for funding the equipment! It sure saved our butts, and though we hope it’s not ever needed, maybe might some day save yours! Fox Run homeowners Indica Way Carbondale

competitors aged 5 to 47 years. The winners in each group are as follows, listed first place to third. For the Grommits (ages 58): Oliver Smith, Ryder Bollock, and Luke Rapaport; for the Skate Rats (ages 9-12): Nolen Johnson, Jacob Power Smith and Jackson Rapaport; for the Lil’ Rippers (ages 13-16): Alfonso Madrigal; and for the Dudes (ages 17-plus): Kyle Olson, Casey Siers and Matt Sexton. Best trick went to Kyle Olson for a monster-sized frontside Graffiti Wall bash. Sponsors for the event included the town of Carbondale, Evergreen Skateparks, Bones, Fat Belly Burgers, X-Games, Casual Culture, and Sidewinders. Thank you so much to our sponsors for helping make the event happen. Be sure to join us next year for the second annual; in the meantime, stay tuned for a possible competition this fall. And if you happen by the Carbondale Sk8 Park, make sure to check out the awesome mural that Chris and Josh painted for the contest! Thank you, The Carbondale Recreation Department Eric Brendlinger Jessi Rochel LETTERS page 16

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Hats off to Chris Johnson and Josh Meyer for bringing back competitive skateboarding to Carbondale. The first annual Bonedale Sk8 Revival was a success. The turnout may have been on the small side but the skills never failed to impress. Four categories were represented by

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Fourth of July parades, pool party and more headed this way Sopris Sun Staff Report Folks in the Roaring Fork Valley know how to do the Fourth of July, with parades, a pool party, F-16 flyover and more. Please remember: fireworks and fires are banned in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties due to extreme fire danger (this includes the White River National Forest and BLM lands). Firework shows in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Aspen have also been cancelled due to dry conditions. Here’s a breakdown of Fourth of July action, as provided to the Sopris Sun.

Carbondale The town of Carbondale Recreation Department, Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities, Carbondale Moms for Moms, and the Friends of the Fourth committee organize Carbondale’s family-oriented fun. The festivities begin with the 34th annual kid’s parade down Carbondale’s main street at 10:30 a.m. ‘This is a new time for the parade this year, so do not forget to set your alarms and come in costume, decorate your bike, wear a uniform, play an instrument or perform a routine,’ said Carbondale Recreation Center Director Eric Brendlinger. Parade staging begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Second and Main in the following order: Group 1 (ages 14 and up), Group 2 (ages 9-

13), Group 3 (ages 6-8), Group 4 (ages 5 and under), Group 5 (adults), Group 6 (animals), Group 7 (fire engines). The parade ends in Sopris Park where there will be food, children’s games, a bounce house, kids chalk art, free watermelon, free ice cream sandwiches and live music. New this year is the John M. Fleet Community Pool Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone will be offered the locals discount for admittance.

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Glenwood Springs The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music features the March Fourth Marching Band at 6:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park. It’s free. This 34-member marching band from Oregon wowed a packed PAC3 last year. Get ready for a toe-tapping, hand-jiv-

ing, get-down-and-boogie cross between the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Sgt. Pepper and a circus parade.

Aspen Aspen’s annual Fourth of July parade winds its way through town starting at noon, followed by a community picnic at Paepcke Park on Main Street at 1:30 p.m.

Redstone Kids start spiffing up their parade bikes at the Redstone Inn at 11 a.m. Sometime after 11 a.m., Colorado Air National Guard F-16s scream down Redstone Boulevard from the south (look up quick, because they fly low and are gone in a flash). The parade starts at noon. After the parade, options include heading over to Redstone Park for some hanging out on the cool grass, lining up at the Redstone General Store for ice cream, snapping up a piece of homemade pie across the street at the Redstone Museum, a Ducky Derby at 2:30 pm. on the Crystal River, followed by the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District water games on Redstone Boulevard. (Note: even at 8,000 feet in Redstone, cars heat up when windows are

Rodeo snags accalimed ropers Sopris Sun Staff Report The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo has added the California-based Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls to its lineup for June 28. The international team of trick riding and trick roping performers recently performed at the Queen of England Jubilee Celebration in London. ‘This group of girls is unbelievable,’ said CWWR Board President Mike Kennedy. ‘Everyone who has seen them has been amazed. This is a must see event.’ The girls have also performed on network TV, Olympic exhibitions and NFL half-time shows. They have traveled to 15 countries and have been written up in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post and Cowboys & Indians magazine. Kennedy said their repertoire of tricks includes vaulting on and off horses at a full gallop, dangling precariously from their saddle with their heads just inches from the horses’ hooves, and standing tall in the saddle while proudly waving American flags. Admission to the rodeo is $10 per adult or $30 per carload (six people or less). Kids under 10 are free with an adult. Transferable season passes (six tickets) are available at the Roaring Fork CoOp for $50. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is a non-profit, volunteer association. The performances are staged at the Gus Darien arena east of Carbondale on County Road 100. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., slack is at 6 p.m. and the Grand Entry at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo continues Thursday nights through Aug. 23. For more information, visit

PLEASE HONOR THE FIRE BAN IN PITKIN COUNTY “I implemented the fire ban, with the blessing of local fire officials, because we’ve had a record dry winter followed by an unseasonably dry, windy spring. Even if we get a few rain showers, it likely won’t reverse these severe drought conditions. We’re relying on everyone in the community to use common sense and honor the fire ban.” Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe Disalvo

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Temperatures in Carbondale have been sizzling past 90 with regularity of late and according to the sign at Roaring Fork High School reached 103 at 3:20 p.m. on June 25. Local guages are not in agreement; however, with the Carbondale Fire District Web site registering a high of only 97 on Monday afternoon. There isn’t a thermometer to read at the John Fleet swimming pool. When told about the RFHS temperature sign, a lifeguard in sunglasses and one toe in the water said, “It’s hot but it doesn’t feel that hot.” Of course, she was outfitted in a swimsuit, and was surrounded by water and kids splashing around in water. Over on Second Street, KDNK’s temperature guage in the studio window sits in the sun and is only about 50 feet from the recently chip-and-sealed street with all its simmering black tar. The KDNK temperature guage stood at 108 during the Sopris Sun’s brief survey. In any case, the average high temperature for this time of year is about 81 degrees, according to so all the thermometers are correct in one regard – it’s a lot hotter than normal. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Carbondale police are asking the public to be on the lookout for an older model grey SUV whose driver has reportedly been following children around town. The first incident occurred on the last day of school (June 7) when a group of children riding their bikes to school told their parents the grey SUV had followed them on several occasions. On June 24, one of the same kids was riding his bike down from the upper road in River Valley Ranch when a grey SUV passed him then turned around and started slowly following him, according to an e-mail circulating among Carbondale parents that police chief Gene Schilling verified. The child became nervous and decided to ride to a friend’s house in RVR’s Old Town neighborhood.The vehicle followed the child up Ferguson Drive, then turned the corner and stopped two doors away from the house and looked back at the child as he ran up the porch stairs. The vehicle then drove away. The vehicle could be a Jeep Cherokee or Ford Explorer. Police are asking anyone who sees a vehicle that matches this description to try to get the license plate number and immediately contact them at 963-2662.

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Despite what even native Carbondalians were calling the hottest weekend in the town’s history, the 11th annual Mount Sopris Music Fest brought out cool crowds inside and outside last weekend. “It was another fun, volunteer powered, low-budget music fest,” said organizer Steve Standiford (below left in photo). Dozens of musicians played at numerous venues, including Fourth Street plaza here, Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale Beer Works, Phat Thai, Dos Gringos, Carnahan’s, the Village Smithy, White House Pizza, Fatbelly Burgers and Mi Casita.

Shown here (clockwise from top): Hearty Moth, cellist Sarah Graph, Petty Crime and an unidentified guitarist. The music fest was also a fund-raiser for KDNK, which operated a beer tent. Event sponsors were: KDNK, Alpine Bank, Dos Gringos, Sopris Wine & Liquor, Sopris Chiropractic, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, Intermountain Waste & Recycling, Blue Tent Marketing, Main Street Spirits, Otak, Amore Reality, Copy Copy, Village Inn, Crystal River Meats, Glenwood Music and the town of Carbondale.

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The Aspen Writers Foundation and People's Press recently published “Ephedra,â€? a collection of poetry by Rainbow Family update the late Karen Chamberlain. If you’re wanting to hook up with Chamberlain, a Missouri Heights the Rainbow Family for their annual resident, died in 2010 at the age of gathering on July 1-7, you’d better 69. Among her accomplishments, stick out your thumb, jump in your Chamberlain won the 1983 Nacar, hop on a plane or start heading tion Discovery Award. Her poems east via some other conveyance. This have appeared in distinguished jouryear’s get together takes place in the nals such as Orion, The Hudson ReCherokee National Forest in northview and the Nation. She was also a east Tennessee, not far from Bristol, past director of the Aspen Writers Tennessee/Virginia. Foundation, co-founder of the GlenAs usual, up to 30,000 “membersâ€? wood Springs Writers’ Workshop of the Rainbow Family of Living and served as Poetry Editor of Light will converge to play music, Mountain Gazette magazine. A few drum, hang out, meditate, camp, chase years ago, Ghost Road Press pubthe opposite sex, talk about the goodlished her memoir, “Desert of the old-days, peer into the future, walk Heart.â€? around naked, smoke dope, stay on Marty Treadway (shown here) is no Olympic diver but he gets just as wet as guys who are. He did “She was a beloved ďŹ gure in this the lookout for UFOs, narcs and alien his jumping in the Crystal River near Redstone’s north entrance last weekend. Photo by Trina Ortega valley and always supported other narcs, do the Hokey Pokey then whatpoets and artists,â€? said Carbondale ever else it is they do in a different national forest every year since the early 1970s. poet Karen Glenn. To get to this year’s gathering, head north out of Bristol then go right, right, left, secFor information about “Ephedra,â€? go to On a related note, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and Glenn present readings of Cham- ond right, continue 12.4 miles then right, right, left, right, left and left. berlain’s work at Victoria’s in Aspen (510 E. Durant) at 7 p.m. on July 12, and at the They say it’s your birthday Third Street CafĂŠ in the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. on July 13 Birthday greetings go out to Beth Mulry (June 28), John Stickney (June 30), Staci DickFulker looking for votes erson, Jeanie Chestnutt, Dean Harding and Laurie Loeb (July 2), Sissy Sutro and Maggie Roaring Fork High School grad Forrest Fulker is looking for votes for his All Valley Jones (July 3), and Brad Geddes and Dick Allenby (July 4). Resource at The Sopris Sun’s resident geezer has no idea what Belated birthday greetings go out to Colton Mesner (June 27, which for some of you these votes are good for, but the Web site says he is in ďŹ fth readers was yesterday).




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Forest at Risk symposium underscores an urgency By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Contributor A lot has changed since the last Forest at Risk symposium in February 2011, though the well manicured grounds of the Aspen Institute’s Doerr-Hosier Center look as healthy as if we had another record snowpack. Though the circling sprinklers, lush turf and carefully tended aspen strike an odd contrast to the topic at hand, the view from the building’s rear terraces belies the seriousness of the situation. The Roaring Fork River, which averages about 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) at this time of year is running at less than 30. Also telling was the absence of Harris Sherman, U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Sherman was originally slotted as Monday’s keynote speaker at the second Forests At Risk Symposium, held last Sunday and Monday at the Aspen Institute, but left for Denver early in order to oversee ongoing efforts to combat the High Park fire on the Front Range. The remaining speakers, a mix of politicians, business executives, scientists (introduced throughout the day by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter) ran the gamut from cautiously optimistic to seriously grave. A few key points, however, were nearly universal. With the specter of climate change heavy in the room, drought conditions and fires burning across the state, the issue of water entered nearly every presentation, and many speakers echoed a turn-of-phrase from the recent Aspen Environment Forum: living in the new normal. Most of all, presenters stressed the need for large-scale public support and action. ‘Do we realize that water and forests are inseparable?’ queries Yann Arthus-Bertrand in the short film ‘Of Forests and Men,’ which opened the program ‘Restoration & Resiliency: Partnering for Success in Water, Wildlife & Forest Health.’ Frank Lowenstein, Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for The Nature Conservancy, certainly feels water and forests are inseparable. He just returned from Chiapas, Mexico, where a silvopastoral system of grazing has helped stave off the ravages of drought. There, trees shade crops and hold water during a dry season that is two months longer than it used to be. Back at home, Jim Lochhead, CEO of Denver Water and onetime Glenwood

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Springs resident, has learned the hard way how much of an impact forest degradation can have on a water supply. After the Buffalo Creek fire in 1996, massive flooding turned a creek of about 1 cfs into a raging torrent of nearly 10,000 cfs. The cleanup, needless to say, took months. ‘The majority of people on the Front Range don’t really know that they’re dependent on forests,’ said Lowenstein.

Awareness Awareness, it seems, is the crux of the matter. ‘Until now, the environment’s been free. And look at anything that’s free: you’ll abuse it,’ observed Joe Whitworth, president of the Freshwater Trust. The science to combat environmental degradation is out there, he continued. Mike Kaplan, CEO of Aspen SkiCo, used the symposium to announce a new deal to capture methane from a mine near Somerset, a project that will offset 100 percent of the company’s energy uses. Ethan Aumack oversees one the country’s largest restoration programs for the Grand Canyon trust, which is deploying selective tree thinning for 2.4 million acres of ponderosa pine along the Mogollon Rim. Asked whether his methods are safely ap-


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plicable elsewhere, Aumack was cautious: ‘Extrapolation is dangerous, but thinking at landscape scales is critical.’ Kaplan’s add: ‘We’re changing the ecosystem every day. Are we more likely to make a mistake by doing it unconsciously or consciously?’ The problem is, it’s hard to get public support and funding for large-scale action, much less the monitoring necessary to ensure that the benefits outweigh possible side effects. That’s where Whitworth from the Freshwater Trust comes in. He’s working on developing a system that quantifies ecological threats so that they can be adequately pitched to the financial community: ‘The economy doesn’t understand the environment and the environment doesn’t understand the economy.We need a lingua franca.’ Whitworth recently gave a talk on the subject, but the publicity is still far from enough: ‘We are in a race, and we are losing badly. And we don’t have the tools to catch up. Holding the line is losing ground. From here on out, we need to restore our natural ecosystems faster than we destroy them.’ For most Colorado residents, though, it’s hard to think beyond keeping wildfires contained and water in the rivers. If we have another winter like 2011 to give us a reprieve, perhaps we can begin to get ahead.


“Just because our rivers aren’t on fire any more doesn’t mean that they’re healthy … . Even though we can no longer see the flames, our rivers are still burning.” – Joe Whitworth, President, The Freshwater Trust ‘If we accept that the world is changing, why don’t we accept that we have to change?’ – Jack Sahl, Director of Environment and Resource Sustainability, Southern California Edison

‘This is a problem with a solution. … We need more frequent, less intense fire … . This isn’t rocket science. We can do this.’ – Ethan Aumack, Director of Restoration Programs, Grand Canyon Trust ‘We need to fix broken policies as well as support positive policies. And for that we need people. We need a movement. We need you.’ – Frank Lowenstein, Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader, The Nature Conservancy

‘Eudora’s Box’ is funny and heart-warming By Trina Ortega Sopris Sun Contributor As a regular patron to the Thunder River Theatre, I was a bit disoriented walking into the seating area on opening night of Kristin Carlson’s ‘Eudora’s Box.’ The normal entrance was blocked, and seats were positioned on all sides of ‘the stage.’ I was still a bit mixed up at intermission and tried to walk out where the stage fridge was positioned. But it was exactly what Thunder River Theatre Company members Brad Moore (director of ‘Eudora’s Box’) and Lon Winston (set design) intended. The subtle but brilliant rearranging of the audience chairs, along with the deliberate darkness at the opening of Act I, put me in the shoes of a person dealing with Alzheimer’s, which is the basis for the play. ‘Eudora’s Box’ was TRTC’s 2010 New Play Development selection and celebrated its world premiere last week. It continues June 29-30 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain; July 1

with a 2 p.m. matinee; and July 5-7 (7:30 p.m. curtain). The play centers around ‘Pop’ and his three adult children. When Pop is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the kids swoop in to plan his future, including arrangements for assisted living and finances, down to every last penny. Meanwhile, Pop desperately searches for his wife Eudora’s ‘box.’ But his children find it first and upon discovering the contents begin to delve into childhood memories and re-evaluate the person they knew as their mother. It’s a bit scary to admit, but Carlson sheds light on how our own memories of events and people may not be in line with others’ recollection of the same events and people. I fight for ‘my memory’ to be the correct version but, in fact, a sibling or friend may have a more accurate recollection. Scarier still, perhaps the stories of our lives begin to take on a little more fiction as time passes. EUDORA’S BOX page 13






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Tickets: 970-920-5770 The Blend Coffee Company on Highway 133 held its first Thursday Night Throw Down on June 21. On a related note, the Blend’s new summer hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo by Lynn Burton PHOTO: TODD ROSENBERG

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Community Calendar THURSDAY June 28 RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo presents the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls international trick riding and roping performers. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. For details, see the article on page 3. ROTARY • Roaring Fork Rotary meets at Mi Casita every Thursday at noon.

FRI.-SUN. June 29-July 1 TRTC • Thunder River Theatre Company in downtown Carbondale presents ‘Eudora’s Box’ at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets and info: 963-8200 and The play continues on July 5-7. There’s a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 1.

FRIDAY June 29 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (PG-13) at 8 p.m. on June 29-July 5; 6 p.m. on June 30 and ‘Bernie’ (PG-13) at 5:45 p.m. July 1. Closed Wed. July 4. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents Electric Lemon (rock ‘n’ blues) from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. Info: 704-1216. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the Dinkel Building presents music every Friday night. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the Leonard Curry Trio (acoustic bluegrass, folk and blues)

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

from 9 p.m. to midnight. Info: 928-8813. ARTIST RECEPTION • GrassRoots Community TV, the nation’s oldest community access television station, hosts a reception for Simon Denny at the Aspen Art Museum. Denny’s current exhibition, ‘Simon Denny: Full Participation,’ grew out of his research into the history of GrassRoots TV, and an historical broadcast production he restored and preserved dating from the 1970s. The exhibition continues through July 15. Info: 9258000.

ART OPENING • The Glenwood Springs Art Guild is sponsoring two new exhibits July 1 through Sept. 30. Noemi Kosmowski will exhibit her oil paintings at the Flower Mart, 210 6th St., Glenwood Springs, and Judy Milne will displaying her watercolors and pastels at Bullock Hinkey Real Estate, 311 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. The shows are open to the public during business hours. 404-1208.

LIVE MUSIC • White House Pizza presents the Tippets (bluegrass bombshells). Info: 704-9400.

LIVE MUSIC • CCAH kicks of its free Summer of Music series at Sopris Park with folk singer Chuck Prophet. Info: 963-1680 or FREE YOGA • True Nature Healing Arts offers free yoga in Sopris Park from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. All levels are welcome. Info:

WEDNESDAY July 4 FOURTH OF JULY • Fourth of July celebrations take place up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, although all ďŹ reworks displays have been cancelled due to dry conditions and related ďŹ re dangers. See story on page 3 for more details. ‘LEVITATING MASS’ APPEARS • A helium balloon resembling artist Mungo Thomson’s 340-ton boulder ‘Levitating Mass’ is the main attraction at Aspen’s Fourth of July parade. The real ‘Levitating Mass’ recently went on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The parade starts at noon, followed by a community picnic at the Aspen Art Museum.



COMEDY • Jack Green presents Cardiff Tuesday Night Comedy Night at the Cardiff schoolhouse every week through the summer, fall and into the winter. Tickets are $7.17. Info: 618-0199.

MONDAY July 2 JAM SESSION • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street hosts an old-time jam session with Dana Wilson from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday. All abilities are welcome.

TUESDAY July 3 G’WOOD MARKET • Glenwood’s Downtown Market at Ninth and Grand takes place from 4 p.m. to dusk. There are vendors and live music. Info:

LIBRARIES CLOSED • GarďŹ eld County libraries are closed for the Fourth of July but reopen on July 5. FARMER’S MARKET • The Carbondale Farmer’s Market returns to Fourth Street Plaza each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 3. There are new vendors and old faves, plus free entertainment. ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at the Carbondale Firehouse on Highway 133 Wednesdays at 7 a.m. Info: 927-0641. FURTHER OUT page 11

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ANDERSON RANCH • Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass presents Enrique Martínez Celaya at 12:30 p.m. Celaya is trained as both an artist and a scientist and brings a unique perspective of his background to his art, which includes painting, sculpture and photography. Info: 923-3181.

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The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Summer Music series at Sopris Park kicks off with folk signer Chuck Prophet at 6 p.m. on July 1. It’s free. For details, go to

Co-housing sessions continue

POETRY READING • The Third Street Café in the Third Street Center hosts a reading of the late Karen Chamberlain’s poetry Friday, July 13. Readers include Kim Nuzzo, Kristin Carlson, Valerie Haugen and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. A reading is also scheduled for Victoria’s in Aspen (510 E. Durant) at 7 p.m. on July 12. The readings are organized by Karen Glenn and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation.


Architect Doug Graybeal will present a second information session about a proposed Roaring Fork Valley co-housing development from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 11 in the Third Street Center. The housing project is aimed at active older members of the community.

Nia stages Colorado Springs benefit Nia dance holds a benefit workshop for evacuees of the Colorado Springs wildfire at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet space in the Third Street Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on June 30.

THEATRE ASPEN • Theatre Aspen presents ‘Avenue Q’ from July 21, ‘How I Became a Pirate’ July 10 through Aug. 18, and ‘The 9 Steps’ July 25 through Aug. 18. Info:

MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy, located at 26 S. Third St.

VAUDEVILLE • The Glenwood Vaudeville Review’s all new summer show is staged in Glenwood Springs at 901 Colorado Avenue. Shows take place Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. There’s a pub style menu and full bar. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $16 for kids. Through June, kids under 16 are half price. Info and reservations: 945-9699 or

UTE EXHIBIT CONTINUES • The Aspen Historical Society presents ‘Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People’ at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum (620 W. Bleeker)

through the summer. Kids 12 and under are free. DANCE CLASSES • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is offering classes for ages 4 through high school at the Third Street Center this summer. Info: or 925-7175. MUSIC CAMP • Mountain Laurel Music Preparatory holds summer music camps in Carbondale on July 9-13 and 16-20. Info: 970-710-1573 or 963-1680. GROUP RUN • Independence Run & Hike stages an all-abilities run Saturdays at 7:45 a.m. Info: 704-0909. AAM • The Aspen Art Museum presents ‘The Residue of Memory’ and ‘Full Participation’ by Berlin-based artist Simon Denny through July 15. Admission is free. RED BRICK • The Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen presents ‘Reclaimed’ featuring Staci Dickerson, Cindy Hansen, Alicia Matesanz de las Heras, Michael Lindsay, Mary Mansfield, Patricia Neeb and Susan Olsen. Info: 429-2777.

Firefly and orchid walks return Roaring Fork Conservancy offers firefly and rare orchid walks at Filoha Meadows north of Redstone from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on July 2, 5, 10 and 12. Registration is required at

Calling citizen science volunteers The Roaring Fork Conservancy is looking for volunteers to sign up for its Hot Spots for Trout temperature monitoring project. We’re apparently talking water temperature here, and not the temperature of the trout themselves. “The combination of low snow pack, high temperatures and minimal precipitation are already having a significant impact on local ecosystems,” said RVC Education Coordinator Sarah Johnson. “Many people will notice that the wildflowers are smaller, the hiking trails dustier and the rivers are lower.” Johnson said the impact of these conditions on wildlife can be significant, as fish and other aquatic life have no escape from rising water temperatures as stream flows drop. If you’d like to monitor water temperatures on local rivers, go to, call Heather Tattersall at 927-1290 or e-mail

Cast ‘N Blast held in Gypsum The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife holds its women-only Cast ‘N Blast fishing/shooting seminar in Gypsum on July 14. For details, call Kasi Rishel or Karla Ferguson at 947-2920.

TOWN OF CARBONDALE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area Alternative Transportation Feasibility Study The Town of Carbondale is seeking professional services from a planning, design and engineering team to determine the feasibility and costs associated with constructing pedestrian and bicycling improvements between the intersection of State Highway (S.H.) 82, S.H. 133 and County Road (C.R.) 107, which provides access to the BLM’s Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). The Town invites experienced consultants to submit a response to a Qualifications-Based Selection via a Request for Proposal (RFP). Proposals will be accepted at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 81623, until 5:00 P.M., July 23rd, 2012. All documents associated with this solicitation will be available from the Town of Carbondale Procurement Manager, Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM), and on-line at after 5:00 P.M., June 25th, 2012. Any questions regarding this Request for Proposals should be directed to the Town of Carbondale’s Recreation Director, Jeff Jackel, (970) 510-1214, OR Town of Carbondale Procurement Manger, Cooper Best with SGM, (970) 384-9049, A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be held at the Town of Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO 81623 at 2:00 PM, July 10th, 2012. Proposals (from primary consultants) will not be accepted from any firm or person not in attendance. Interested parties are encouraged to conduct a site visit prior to the conference. A short list of qualified firms may be selected based on the criteria stipulated in the RFP documents to interview with the Town, at which time a sealed cost proposal for professional services will be required to be submitted. The Town reserves the right to accept a qualified proposal and accept or reject any portion of, or all offers received in response to this solicitation and to waive any irregularities as may be in the best interest of Carbondale without disclosing the reason therefore.

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Get the Facts About the Airport Master Plan Pitkin County and Airport Director Jim Elwood Invite You To Take a “Behind the Scenes” Airport Tour Call 429-2852 to make arrangements

Some Facts to Consider about a Possible New Terminal A new airport terminal is being considered in the 20-year Airport Master Plan. Overcrowding, inefficiency, and meeting safety and security standards are among the challenges facing the current building. The design and size of the new terminal have not yet been determined. 80,000 square feet is the amount of space that could be reserved on airport property for a potential new terminal. The actual terminal could be smaller.

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‘Foodshed mapping’ under way

Purchase your team entry before July 7 and receive $100 off the $600 registration fee. That’s the word from the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce golf tournament slated for Sept. 15 at Aspen Glen.‘Don’t wait, there are only 10 spaces left,’ said chamber director Andrea Stewart. Ball Drop prizes include $1,500 cash, an iPad, gift certificates and more. The chamber is also signing up hole sponsors for $150. The golf tournament is part of a weekend that includes the chamber’s annual business conference on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. Booth fees are $250, which includes two tickets. For details, call 963-1890 or visit the chamber’s booth downtown at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays.

CMC students hit the streets of Carbondale in early July to help the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council conduct a ‘foodshed mapping’ that will locate home gardens, fruit trees, backyard chicken coops and more. The project will help RFFPC assess goals for expanding local agricultural capacities, according to a press release. ‘The RFFPC thanks you in advance for helping the students in the Sustainability Studies program as they gather information from home gardeners and take visual assessments,’ said a RFFPC spokeswoman.‘We will all benefit from this project as it helps us create a stronger local food system.’

Call for artists The Carbondale Mountain Fair Local’s Gallery returns with a large booth for artists to display and sell their work in a collaborative environment. New this year, all local artists will be in one area. The fair will create, promote and highlight the ‘Carbondale Avenue.’ The cost to participate is $50 per artist and CCAH receives a 15 percent commission. Space is limited and the booth is juried. For details, go to, e-mail or call 963-1680.

Gang session slated The Basalt Police Department, in conjunction with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and its Threat Assessment Group (TAG) specialists, hold a community education session on local gang issues at 5:30 p.m. on June 28 at the Basalt Library (14 Midland Ave.) For details, call 927-4316.

Aspen/PitCo offer grants The city of Aspen and Pitkin County are now accepting grant applications from area non-profits for funding in 2013, according to a press release. Non-profit organizations that are dedicated to strengthening the quality of life in the Roaring Fork Valley are eligible to apply. For details, call 920-5040.

If the Airport Master Plan is approved, there will be an extensive public process to determine exactly what kind of terminal we need and how big it should be. There would be an open procurement process for architects, designers, and landscapers, etc. A new terminal proposal would undergo a rigorous local review with the goal being a much more efficient facility which is in keeping with our local character.

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Justine Cranford (left) and Natalie Mills (right) jumped off their bikes and took to the rocks just upstream of the Catherine Store bridge last Thursday. The suntan boulders are located off the Rio Grande Trail. Photo by Lynn Burton

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Town of Basalt is accepting proposals from qualified consultants for IT Consulting, Management and Maintenance of the Town’s Computer Hardware and Software Systems. Proposal Packets may be picked up at the Town of Basalt, 101 Midland Avenue, Basalt, CO 81621, or obtained on line at Proposal deadline is July 3, 2012.

‘Eudora’s Box’ But as Pop questions: Is that really so bad? At one point or another, each sibling deliberates this. Early on, the judgmental and controlling older sister, Faye (played bravely by Summer Thomas), sighs, ‘Nothing is ever how we remember it.’ Thomas plays the role convincingly, creating an abrasive sibling whom we despise most of the time but can sympathize with in her struggle to forgive those who have ‘betrayed’ her. ‘Can’t the little lies we tell ourselves be as good as truth?’ she pleads. G. Thomas Cochran’s portrayal of Pop is tender, sad and comical at times. We fight with him as he screams at the kids, ‘I’m right here, talk to me to my face.’ We laugh

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with him as he describes his neighbor friend yelling at him as though he’s deaf (he wears ear plugs nearly the entire time). We respect him as though he’s our own wise ol’ Pop as he explains that he needs Eudora’s box to put the ‘missing puzzle pieces’ of his brain back together. Jeff Carlson plays Richard, the middle child, a son who constantly seeks his father’s approval, and his repugnance upon hearing intimate details about his parents’ loving relationship is both hilarious and relatable. Sophie Sakson, however, steals the stage in her role as Lucy, the youngest child and Pop’s ‘favorite’ (at least on the surface).

Sakson has a natural presence and transforms her character into a sexy woman facing the reality that she may not even ‘know how to love.’ Sakson has a natural presence and transforms her character into a sexy woman facing the reality that she may not even ‘know

how to love.’ Despite her promiscuous behavior and still-innocent view on life, we love Lucy for her optimistic attitude, honesty and accepting nature. Nyle Kenning plays Lucy’s lover, Jarod, and their on-stage chemistry creates some steamy moments that should make Sakson’s real-life parents and significant other a bit nervous. ‘Eudora’s Box’ is a funny, heart-warming and heart-wrenching play featuring remarkable local talent (the playwright, acting and production). For tickets, visit For an interview with Kristin Carlson, go to

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VISIT BASALT & EL JEBEL At the confluence of Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers FRIDAY June 29 PEARSON SHOW CONCLUDES • ‘ME & Younity’ by Sara Pearson concludes at the Wyly Community Art Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, go to or call 927-4123.

THURSDAY JUNE 28 RIVERSIDE GRILL, BASALT • Salsa night has returned, every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free classes are given until 9 p.m. BASALT OFFICE & ART • Kick off the summer with friends and neighbors at Basalt Office & Art Supply’s second annual open house. It’s a festival of food, fun, games, and giveaways. Prizes from local

faves: Iota, Timbos, Basalt Printing, and more. COOKING DEMONSTRATION • The Kitchen Store of Basalt will be hosting a live cooking demonstration featuring a ‘Spring & Summer Rolls’ demonstration from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The charge is $10 per person at 207 Basalt Center Circle.


CORKY WOODS • Corky Woods specializes in a variety of ‘GREEN’ products for the home. It’s located in Basalt on Midland Avenue, right next to Two Rivers Café.

SUNDAY JULY 1 BASALT SUNDAY MARKET • Locally grown produce, local artists, cooking demonstrations and

more. Meet and talk with local growers, ranchers, artisans and healers. Take home some of the finest local foods available, as well as arts, clothing and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TUESDAY JULY 3 FLY TYING CLASS, BASALT • Frying Pan Anglers offers a fly tying class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $10. For details, call 927-3441. 6 WEEKS TO A HEALTHIER YOU • Meet once a week on Tuesday nights with Dietitian/Nutritionist Susan Drake. The program includes 6 Nutrition and Behavior Modification Classes, individualized plans and goal setting, 1 personal training session, 3 months food logging/behavior

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UPCOMING EVENTS: JULY 9 will feature a party following the Aspen Valley Marathon, which will end in Basalt.The party starts at 10 a.m. Jayne Gottlieb will present one of her acclaimed plays in Lions Park at 7 p.m. that night. JULY 14 will bring ‘Second Saturday’ activities to Basalt. Join us on Midland avenue from 3 to 8:00 p.m. for food, festivities and fun. To list your Basalt or El Jebel event, e-mail it to by 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Salmon: poach, broil or put it on the barbie With its beautiful orange-red color and distinctive flavor, salmon lends itself to multiple preparations. One that I won’t discuss is croquettes, as I had my fill of those in grade school cafeterias. For all preparations, I first rinse skin-on salmon filets under cold water, gently rubbing to remove any loose scales and feeling for bones, which can be pulled out with small pliers. The easiest and perhaps most elegant way to cook salmon is to poach it. Poaching salmon in champagne or white wine is popular, but I’ve not been able to detect any contribution from the cooking liquid in the taste of the fish. I poach in salted water, perhaps with a squirt of lemon juice, while sipping the champagne or wine. Bring an uncovered pan of salted water to a slight simmer and gently slide in skinless pieces of salmon, skinned side down. The water should just cover the fish. Regulate the burner so that the water never boils, but barely simmers. Depending on the thickness of the salmon, poaching may take about 10 minutes. Check for doneness by probing with a fork By Chef George Bohmfalk to see that the meat flakes. When the fish is done, carefully lift it from the water with a spatula and turn it upside down onto paper towels to drain. The fat layer on the skinned side will have turned dark gray, and you can easily scrape off this edible but unattractive matter with a spoon. Poached salmon is delicious hot or cold. Hollandaise sauce complements it perfectly, but when I’m too lazy to whip up a batch, mayonnaise with a squirt of lime juice is an excellent stand-in. I often break it into pieces over a green salad. My favorite salmon style, a runner-up for easiness, is broiled. I can’t be very specific about time or distance from the broiler element, because broilers vary considerably in their heat output. But the broiler should be red-hot and the fish about three to five inches from it. Salmon can be broiled with skin on or off. I believe the skin adds a bit of flavor in cooking, and removing the skin is much easier after broiling than before. While the broiler is heating, cut the salmon into serving pieces. Rub a little squeeze

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Going Caddyshack in the Buttermilk boonies There was a time, back in my prime, I remember walking the Now, it just so happens that I have moved from the back of my road along the North Fork of the Gunnison with a fishing buddy truck to a floor to an actual house located in the sage-brush scruband Scout, the dog I think of whenever I think of dogs. lands of the Roaring Fork Valley where little rodents with brownThis was when Scout, too, was in her prime. ish smoke-gray dappled cinnamon-buff fur are Prime meaning all the years between 29 and 31, turning the ‘lawn’ and ‘garden’ to Swiss cheese. where it seemed like I could fish endlessly all day, Similar to Scout, I have never suffered from ‘cute and upon finishing up a day of endless fishing I animal’ syndrome. Not that I don’t feel empathy for could go do it again without a moment’s hesitation. all creatures great and small, but I just don’t think And Scout, well, this particular day, after fishing they are very cute. Especially not when they are digfrom the wee hours of the morning until the hazy ging under fences and knocking off the tender little dust scorching hard light of missing dinner and garden starters. While I am not the Bill-Murraydrinks, we were walking along Highway 133 when going-to-war-trying-to-protect-a-golf-course type, I a ground squirrel suddenly took off in front of her. am trying to grow some vegetables for the kitchen Being the single-mindedly obsessed and addicted table. huntress she was (and maybe still is, though, like me, When my partner turned up from a Wal-Mart exshe seems to be a little less obsessed and addicted pedition with a B.B. gun (as in hand-held pistol) with than she once was), Scout took off after the ground extra spring clips, but no B.B.’s, with a second Walsquirrel. Back and forth and forth and forth they cut By Cameron Scott Mart run scheduled for sometime in the distant futhrough the dirt and broken sageture, I took matters into my own brush of a landslide, the ground squirhands. Because while I’d glimpsed a rel always a foot or two ahead, until few coyotes and foxes skirting the a moment of absolute brilliance when property boundary, natural predators Scout determined where the ground just weren’t making much of an imsquirrel was going and cut it off by pact. It was time, as there comes a time throwing herself horizontally through in everyone’s life, to become a predathe air, impacting against a rock, and tor. I put on my fishing shirt, grabbed snatching the ground squirrel right a long-handled spade, and began to before it darted into its burrow at the creep around though the sagebrush foot of the rock. She trotted back to and grass stalking my prey. me and dropped it at my feet. Luckily, no one saw me. And I hope no one has seen me since. ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘in the supermarket of love, there is always While I might look ridiculous, I am deadly, and have perfected a carnage.’ I scratched her behind the ear, the ground squirrel scam- method of ground squirrel eradication that is swift, humane and pered off, and that was that. top secret. Most of all it is effective. Happy hunting. Until now.


While I am not the Bill-Murraygoing-to-war-trying-to-protect-agolf-course type, I am trying to grow some vegetables for the kitchen table.

Noche a la Vida Topos You are my neighbor, but so are ground squirrels who we tempt with peanut butter and sunflower seeds into figure 4 traps. But somehow the ground squirrels always escape the suspended block of wood that gives them just enough shade to enjoy their meal. I would like to send you a ground squirrel, and another, and another. The kale they grind down to nubs, the blossoms of peas which disappear in the night. Neighbor, you kindly remind me of paradise. But I still ask, in the garden, why must there always be love and carnage? – Cameron Scott


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Letters continued om page 2 Thanks from EverGreen Dear Editor: EverGreen Events would like to thank the students and faculty of Roaring Fork High School for great participation in the ďŹ rst-ever Locker Clean-Out event on June 7. During the ďŹ nal day of school, by providing collection bins and volunteer guidance, we recovered paper, co-mingled containers, plastic bags, clothing, pens, pencils, books, notebooks, binders, folders and other school supplies for re-use, recycling and compost. Some materials were given back to faculty for unprepared students next fall, but more three-ring binders are available to any group for reuse purposes. Simply e-mail the EverGreen Events staff at Collections@EverGreenEvents.Net if you would like any. We appreciate the chance to give these resources a new life, and for including future Carbondale leaders in a successful diversion program. David and Alyssa Reindel Carbondale

Football camp a success Dear Editor: A total of 90 enthralled valley kids from Rie to Aspen were treated to a two-day

football camp hosted by NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd of the New England Patriots (formerly of the Denver Broncos) The camp was organized by the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, and Mitch Levy of Basalt Youth Football. Participants were treated to FUNdamentals, skills and drills, and games and personal coaching from Brandon, with a large portion of proďŹ ts being donated to Basalt Youth Football. Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to make this camp the success that is was. Thank you to our sponsors The Viceroy Snowmass and Cuvee Bistro for your generous donations. A huge thank you to Mitch Levy and the mass of coaches from Basalt Youth Football who worked each day of the camp with such enthusiasm and a constant smile on their face – your energy helped the kids have an experience of a lifetime. A great big thank you to Brandon Lloyd, for donating his time and energy for this camp. Thank you being such a class act, humble and forever smiling, you left such a huge positive impression on camp participants. Brandon donated a signed AFC Pro Bowl jersey that will live at Cuvee Bistro in Basalt, to be rafed off during the New




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England Patriot’s Monday night football game Dec. 10. All proceeds from the rafe will beneďŹ t Basalt Youth Football. Drop by to purchase a ticket. Please visit our Web site at to see some of the photos and videos that were taken during the camp. Chris Woods Executive director Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District El Jebel

Bedrock is back Dear Editor: You may remember that in February the GarďŹ eld Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted against allowing Bedrock Asphalt to operate on land immediately adjacent to Eagle Springs Organic Farm in Silt. Commissioners Martin, Jankovsky and Samson all expressed concern that the asphalt plant would adversely affect the ability of the farm to successfully operate its business. Then they stood together in afďŹ rming the existing code that disallows any land use that impedes existing business or agricultural operation. Now Bedrock is back at the table, ask-

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ing again for a land use change permit to allow a ‘contractor’s yard’ that would include some ‘processing,’ a ‘recycling processing facility,’ and ‘some crushing activity of the stored asphalt and concrete.’ This is the kind of harmful industrial activity from which the code is set up to protect existing agricultural operations. Eagle Springs management has already reported adverse effects from the substantial dust deposited on their crops (even inside their greenhouses) from Bedrock’s moving of land to build roads on the site. If this dust were to include toxic chemicals from asphalt processing and storage their recently audited, and exemplary, USDA organic status would be at risk. The Roaring Fork Food Policy Council encourages citizens to weigh in with the GarďŹ eld County Planning Commission, and suggest that they not recommend this application to the BOCC for approval. Let’s not go through this again. With the climate stakes as high as they are, this occurs as a time to draw a line in the sand to protect our ability to feed ourselves locally and protect our agricultural assets. Gwen Garcelon Roaring Fork Food Policy Council Carbondale


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