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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 19 • JULY 1, 2010

Last weekend's Lobster and Music Festival is one of a number of downtown events this summer that have stirred up complaints from downtown business owners. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Caught in the pincers Downtown businesses say summer events may hurt more than help By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun


he summer event season has stirred up frustration among some downtown business owners. They say street closures and sidewalk markets are inconveniencing their customers and adding more competition downtown when times are already tight. But at the same time, the merchants seem reluctant to lose the vibrancy that such events bring to town, even if it doesn’t directly benefit their bottom line. They’re pushing for better communication from the town when such events are in the works. Business owners hit their boiling point after Main Street was closed for two weekends in a row in early June. First, the Valley Cruisers car show came to town on June 4 and 5, then a bicycle race called the Street

Fight Criterium took over the downtown core on June 12, closing several blocks to traffic throughout the day. On June 12, comments began to fly across the email list of the Downtown Preservation Association. “I spoke to a customer on the phone yesterday who specifically said she would like to purchase a pair of earrings but was not going to come into town because of the closure,” wrote one business owner. Another typed,“What does it take to get the town to communicate in advance and let us help plan things with them?” Still, few of the emails were completely negative. “If out-of-town organizers want to host here, we have to have a more con-

certed effort to get the word out,” wrote a Main Street chiropractor. “I believe these events are of great benefit to the town. … They create a buzz. What’s needed is a little more organization.” “All in all we lost a few costumers and gained a few,” wrote the owner of one downtown eatery. “The street closures add great charm and character to Carbondale; if it were up to me, I would make the entire downtown area a pedestrian mall with environmentally friendly street trolleys.” Chris Chacos, co-chair of the Downtown Preservation Association, said that many of the complaints seem to be stimulated by the recession. “The town has done a lot to try to perk things up. … It comes down to this situation because of the economy,” Chacos said. “Anything that shakes the atmosphere, it’s very threatening. People aren’t just hanging BUSINESSES page 9

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All aflutter for TRTC Dear Editor: I just saw the play “Bernice/Butterfly” at The Thunder River Theatre with my husband and another couple. The play has a small cast and stars Valerie Haugen (Carbondale’s own Meryl Steep), Richard Lyon and Billy Challis.The couple that we brought didn’t realize that Carbondale boasts its own theatre company and couldn’t get over the professionalism of the actors and the quality of the play. “Bernice/Butterfly” was cleverly done, the set design was excellent (as usual) and the actors were fabulous.We are so lucky to have a professional theatre in our own backyard. However, people need to get the word out and come see the plays. Like everything else, TRTC can’t exist without a supportive audience. Thanks Lon for the wonderful performing art that you bring to Carbondale! Go see Bernice/Butterfly. Jill Rathbun Carbondale

Wilderness not about the users Dear Editor: For the past five years, I have visited and re-visited the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal areas as a volunteer, monitoring their condition and introducing them to potential advocates.These are gold-medal quality public lands that deserve preservation with the gold-standard of a wilderness designation. And yet, in the years it has taken to gather the support of myriad stakeholders, some of the Gems have been degraded into elimination. With deep sadness, I have witnessed firsthand the damages of clear-cut logging in the proposed Homestake Wilderness, natural gas drilling in what could have been the Clear Fork Wilderness, and pipeline con-

struction in the potential East Willow Wilderness, all which have occurred within the last 12 months. Nor will I forget the unfortunate abuses of motorized and mechanized recreation that I documented in the since-dropped Sloan Peak area: rutted meadows, de-vegetated slopes, scarred and gouged paths, eroded hillsides and ruined federal property. When people tear down closures to drive on prohibited routes and create illegal new trails, they not only malign the land––they disqualify it from designation. Thankfully, the remaining Hidden Gems are still untrammeled. Despite the tendency of the wilderness debate to center on user groups and their activities, the idea of wilderness designation for the Hidden Gems is not about recreation at all. It is about landscapes, the values they embody, and how we can best protect them. Truth be known, we don’t protect wilderness––wilderness protects us. Wilderness protects clean air, clean water, and the viability of healthy, intact ecosystems in which our communities are based, and on which the quality of our lives depends. Now, the Hidden Gems are depending on us. Representative Jared Polis (Congressional District Two) is gathering input on the proposal. He’s got the economic, ecological and political studies that demonstrate that wilderness designation is the best tool to preserve the Hidden Gems. He needs to hear from people who support wilderness –– both second district visitors and constituents alike. If we encourage him, he will introduce the Summit and Eagle county portions of the Hidden Gems proposal as a bill in Congress. We are facing the last opportunity to steward these lands into the hands of future generations in their current pristine

quality. Please visit Rep. Polis’ website at, or write to and ask him to designate the Hidden Gems as wilderness. Aron Ralston Aspen

Thanks for helping Haiti Dear Editor: I want to send a “thank you” to Carbondale. In March, Tessa Wood and I organized a fundraiser for Haiti at the Church at Carbondale, the benefits of which went to Papaloko4kids, a non-profit organization founded in 1986. The Church at Carbondale was quite understanding of the dire need that was being tended to by our lovely community. They were generous with their space and the time of their employees, as well as letting a bunch of artists have our freedom. That is all much appreciated. The people who came together onstage and in the kitchen made a beautiful melange of flavors, humor, music, and thought-provoking statements. Generally speaking, they uplifted hearts and minds and raised awareness and funds for people in desperate need of both. We were able to give approximately $2,000 to Papaloko4kids.That doesn’t seem like much in the face of all that's needed to rebuild there, but it can buy a lot of bags of rice and soothe the suffering of another human for at least a little while. And it’s certainly more than I could have sent on my own. While I was in Miami recently, I met the vice president of Papaloko4kids who told me the situation there is so much worse than any of us can even imagine. He also spoke of how proud he is to work with this organization and with Papaloko, the artist and musician who founded Papaloko4kids. He saw children four years old and younger living on the streets and he saw adults working with Papaloko4kids find kids like this and give them food and a safe place to take shelter. I am very honored to have been part of this undertaking. I’m honored to be part of this caring community. Along those lines, Papaloko mentioned a number of times how friendly everyone is here. He had such a good time, he said he might even be able to endure winter in Carbondale since everyone is so nice! If you would like to know more about Papaloko4kids, its history, what it’s doing to help now, and how you can help them do that, please go to Carbondale, MUAH! Ellie Davis Carbondale

Thanks for the playground Dear Editor: The Carbondale Community School would like to thank and acknowledge everyone who donated time, energy and resources to help us complete our new school play-


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ground. It was a two-year fundraising effort that involved our entire school community, including the students who chose the design. Special thanks go to the folks at Lowe’s (David Fite, Matt Wutzen, Liz Gabuardi, Michelle Walker, Aaron Walker, Rita Sherman, John Ainslie, Mollie Thomas and Walker Thomas) for a Saturday work crew; to Lowe’s and the Aspen Thrift Shop for generous grants to help pay for the playground; to the Aspen Skiing Company, which donated the old Sheer Bliss lift chairs to CCS that started the fundraising process; and to the following businesses, who went above and beyond to support this project: Maya Construction, Wagner Rentals, TJ Concrete, Planted Earth, Timberwolf Industries, Rocky Mountain Disposal, Jacober Bros. Construction, Cheyenne Landscaping, Western Slope Materials, Roaring Fork Valley Co-Op, Dodson Pipes, Axe Trucking, Gould Construction, and Mt. Daly Enterprise. And a special thanks to all the parents and students at the Carbondale Community School who believed in this project and made it happen! Tom Penzel, principal Carbondale Community School

A gut full of ‘old friends’ Dear Editor: Our June Café Sci speaker was John Cohen, MD. He is an immunologist and former teacher of the year at the CU Medical School in Denver. For more information about his talk, visit Dr. Cohen’s topic was “The Hygiene or Old Friends Hypothesis.” He chronicled the huge increase in allergic diseases like eczema and asthma, and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative LETTERS page 13

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Town reports $88K in uncollected building taxes By Conrad Wilson, KDNK News, and Terray Sylvester, The Sopris Sun Carbondale has failed to collect tens of thousands of dollars in building taxes in the last several years, according to a memo from the town’s building department. But many who owe say it’s news to them. The outstanding taxes add up to about $88,500 on 10 commercial and residential projects, states the memo, which was released at the town council meeting Tuesday night. The projects date back to 2006. In all instances building department employees say they’ve contacted the owners or contractors numerous times, in some cases over several years. But some of the building owners interviewed for this article said they knew nothing about it. Town Manager Tom Baker was quick to point out the ultimate responsibility for collecting the taxes lies with the town. “The onus is with us, in the town,” he said. “We usually work in concert with the development community and the construction community as well. But at the end of the day we need to be following up on these things and catching this stuff.” Baker said even though the town has claimed responsibility for the errors, the taxes must be paid. He says a new software system that’s now in place will allow the building department to better monitor the inspection process and should prevent future oversights. Still, it remains somewhat of a mystery how the taxes went uncollected. The shortfall occurred in the town’s use tax collections, which is a 3.5 percent tax levied on all construction materials purchased outside of town limits. Baker said that after a building is complete the town does a final inspection and issues a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). That’s when the tax is paid. But if the contractor never comes to get a CO, the tax goes unpaid, said Doug Dotson, the town’s Community Development Director. Without a CO, Dotson says it’s against town code to occupy a building. “We don’t collect the tax until they come in and ask for

I’m kind of surprised that three years later they say, ‘Oh, by the way, you owe me some money. If they just send an invoice we’ll go ahead and pay it, but if they don’t send an invoice I don’t know to pay them. Bernard Poncelet, property owner the CO,” Dotson said. “So the tax is paid when the CO is issued. So for whatever reason, they did not come and request the CO, or otherwise we would have said you owe this money.” Both Baker and Dotson said the responsibility for the final inspection typically falls on the contractors, and since the town follows up with whoever pulls the building permit, it’s possible building owners might not be aware they owe the town anything. They said that the buildings in question have been inspected and can safely be occupied. In total, eight parties are listed as owing taxes. Three owe more than $10,000, and in one extreme case a developer owes over $29,600. Several building owners named in the memo said they were unaware, or had just learned, they owed the taxes. That’s the case with Bernard Poncelet, who owes $5,399.59 on a renovation at 358 Main Street, according to the town memo. He said he met with the town numerous times while working on the renovation but was never told about the unpaid tax and has never received an invoice from the town. “I’m kind of surprised that three years later they say, ‘Oh, by the way, you owe me some money,’” said Poncelet,

who stated that he received an occupancy permit for the renovation when it was completed in 2007. “If they just send an invoice we’ll go ahead and pay it, but if they don’t send an invoice I don’t know to pay them.” In the memo, town staff wrote they had contacted Poncelet five times. A similar failure of communication may have occurred between the town and Keator grove, LLC, which reportedly owes a total of $10,110.22 on two units and one carport, all on Linden Circle. Though town staff wrote that they had contacted the developer eight times about the outstanding taxes, David Mylar, an attorney for Keator Grove, LLC, said he heard about the outstanding balance for the first time on Monday. “I have no idea who the town was trying to contact,” he said.“I’ve been representing Keator Grove, LLC, for a long time and we’ll either provide evidence to the town that we’ve paid or we'll pay it.” The memo comes at a time when the town budget is already stressed. Sales tax revenue has dropped roughly 20 percent since 2008, and last year the town cut its staff by 15 percent through layoffs and attrition. “Ninety thousand dollars is a lot of money,” said Baker, the town manager. Baker explained that the issue came to light during an annual audit first presented to the trustees on June 15. Auditors working for the town had initially estimated the shortfall at about $55,000, but that estimate climbed as town employees conducted their own investigation. The Sopris Sun/KDNK News did not name individuals listed in the memo who couldn’t be reached for comment.

Next Steps:

The Carbondale Trustees will discuss the unpaid building taxes during their meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 6 at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Main Street.

Height settled, open space still an issue at Village at Crystal River By Chris Van Leuven and Allyn Harvey The Sopris Sun In the 11th hour of the review process for the Village at Crystal River project, the town trustees appear to have settled the question of building heights but are still struggling with questions about open space. Buildings of up to 42 feet will be allowed on some parts of the proposal, which is located on a 24.1 acre parcel that fronts West Main Street and Highway 133. The plan currently calls for as many as 164 residential units and 125,000 square feet of commercial space. Buildings facing Highway 133 could be up to 32 feet tall, the amount currently allowed by the town zoning rules. And residential units along West Main Street, running down the street across from Ace Hardware to the Irish Pub, will be allowed to have 35 feet in height, with an additional three feet allowed under certain design guidelines. “I just want to be clear that the height we decide on here is going to be the height we allow in the rest of town,” said Trustee John Hoffman, who was concerned that a 42-foot height limit, which was only recently permitted for the first time ever in the commercial core, will become the norm in future development applications.

The majority of the town council did not agree with his concerns, however. Mayor Stacey Bernot and trustees Ed Cortez and Elizabeth Murphy said they were comfortable with heights of 42 feet, or even more to accommodate ventilation systems and pitched roofs, for mixed use and commercial buildings in some parts of the project. Open space developed into an issue of paramount importance at Tuesday’s work session, with the town and the developer disagreeing –– to the tune of about 9,000 square feet –– over how much public park space is required. Town code dictates 15 percent of the residential area of a development be dedicated as public park space. That amount is in addition to requirements addressing common open space –– trails, plazas, pocket parks –– which is required with planned unit developments such as the Village at Crystal River. Developer Richard Schierburg suggested that residential units in his development’s mixed-use sites — those with commercial use on the first floor and residential above — not be factored into the open space mitigation requirement, proposing approximately 36,858 square feet of public park space.

Town staff disagreed, however, arguing that all residential units need to be included in the open space calculation. Community Development Director Doug Dotson said town staff has calculated that Schierburg is required to provide nearly 47,500 square feet of public park space. Trustees Ed Cortez and Elizabeth Murphy sided with the town. “This really throws a wrench in the process. It has to do with the density that we’re accepting in this process. The open space that you’re offering is not enough. I count residential on this mixed use,” Cortez said. “I’m not favorable of cash in lieu,” said Trustee Pam Zentmyer,“I'd like to see it get taken care of with open space.” Mayor Stacey Bernot called for flexibility. She was in favor of finding a trade-off that includes common plaza space as acceptable open space, on the grounds that this development brings “more business, more people, more jobs,” she said. The trustees directed staff to calculate total open space mitigation at the amount

recommended by town staff. They agreed to credit towards the open space obligation a 7,000-square-foot plaza that will be privately maintained by the development but open to the public. The remaining open space deficit can be paid for in cash in lieu or fulfilled with smaller open space parcels within the development. The developer’s proposal also includes a roughly 30,000 square foot park. Schierburg said there just wasn’t enough land to provide the amount required for park dedication, plus the requirements for privately maintained common open space as part the PUD process. “If push comes to shove, I’d pay cash,” he said. “I don’t want to have a development that is short on open space, but I want one that will work financially.” “It’s not a deal breaker,” Cortez said, referring to the plan to factor in public park dedication with the plaza area and either cash in lieu or other open space solutions. “If you give us cash in lieu, I’m not giving it back. We need to structure your ideas to be very specific,” he said.

Next Steps:

The Carbondale Trustees will discuss the Village at Crystal River again at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 6 at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Main Street.

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C’dale now home to nine dispensaries Since June 21, three new medical marijuana dispensaries have sprouted in town. Town Finance Director Nancy Barnett said the Herbal Council opened on June 21 and Sopris Medicinal opened on June 28. They’re both located at 345 Colorado Ave. And as of the Sun’s press deadline on Wednesday, MMCC (Medical Marijuana of Carbondale, Colorado) was planning to open on July 1 on North Third Street, she said. The town treats dispensaries just like any other retail commercial operation. Though dispensary owners are advised to pay a visit to the police department to discuss security measures before opening for business. Joey Jones, owner of CMD, or Colorado Mountain Dispensary, Carbondale’s first bud store, thinks the town should stop allowing dispensaries to open. “I honestly think it’s ridiculous that Carbondale allows this many; every week another dispensary opens. It’s hard to build a business plan when there is a new store everyday.” The opening of the latest dispensaries brings the town’s tally up to nine. They are: A.I.R. Medicinal, LLC, on Delores Way; the Doctor’s Garden, The Greenhouse, Mother Earth and Green Miracle Medicinals, all on Main Street; and Sovereign Salud on Highway 133. Derek Edgar from Mother Earth, which has been open for two months, doesn’t think the new dispensaries will be bad for his business. “There is such a demand out there,” he said. “Everyone needs to have their medicine.”

much sooner. That portion is being constructed by the town of Carbondale. “We are working as hard as we can,” said Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel. “We hope to have the paving done this week, after that we have railing, re-vegetation and final earthwork [to complete].” The bike trail is a joint project between Garfield and Pitkin counties and the town of Carbondale. A press release from Pitkin County open space and trails states that the $3 million project is funded through a $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado Grant, a contribution from Pitkin County, $400,000 from Garfield County and $50,000 from the Jelinek family, among other funding sources. “It shows a spirit of cooperation between all three government agencies because it took all three jurisdictions,” Jackel said. Pitkin County first began exploring the possibility of the Crystal River Bike Trail in 1994, Will said. “It’s going to make the trail for users, bikers and pedestrians safer as they’re not walking along the busy 133 highway,” he said.

Crystal River bike trail to open soon The first portion of the Crystal River Bike Trail is almost complete. Crews are putting the finishing touches on a 5.3-mile segment that will run beside Highway 133 between Carbondale and the BRB Campground. If all goes as planned, the trail will eventually stretch the length of the Crystal River Valley. Dale Will, director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Program, said that the trail is expected to be mostly complete by July 23. A ribbon cutting for the trail is planned at 1:30 p.m. on that date. A smaller portion of the trail within Carbondale’s borders is predicted to be complete

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Local biz, global buzz Akomplice Clothing markets threads with a message By Chris Van Leuven The Sopris Sun At the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers, next to the out-of-the-way Roaring Fork Marina, sits the headquarters of Akomplice Clothing.The trailers are white and non-descript, and from the outside they may look shabby, but step inside and you’ll see shelves packed with merchandise, from Tshirts and oxfords to scarves, jeans, belts and more. Enter the next room and you’ll find a slew of the latest iMacs, where half a dozen or more youthful workers are busy filling orders coming in from more than 150 locations spread over 20 countries. Akomplice is now six years old, and though it has earned a spot on the international clothing scene, it generally flies under the radar in it’s hometown. It’s one of few companies of its caliber based in the sticks. But then, small town life is in its fiber. Akomplice was founded by brothers Mike and Patrick McCarney from Paonia. Patrick, 26, attended high school in their hometown. Mike attended Colorado Rocky Mountain School. “Everyone’s in L.A. and New York in the industry,”Patrick said.“There is no company that we know of that plays at the same level that’s from a small town.” Akomplice clothing has a clean contemporary style with a street twist. The company logo is an AK-47 assault rifle with a rose spilling from its barrel, and many of the gar-

ments are printed with an edgy, political message. As Patrick puts it,“This is sneaking peas and veggies into your pizza.” Mike began designing clothes at age 13 while living in Paonia. “I had the urge to make graphics mean something,” he said. “I had a dream of a T-shirt, a puppet was cutting the strings of fear.” He teamed up with Paonia artist Tony Braxton, and Braxton made those dreams a reality. The marionette design came to life on the first shirt they sold, just as Mike had imagined it. At 14, Mike started the label Krush, which he generally sold to friends, but which also made it into a store in Hotchkiss. A few years later, while attending CRMS, Mike interned in Manhattan with a clothing company and a record label. Today he does 95 percent of the designs for Akomplice, often working 12 to 14 hours a day. Patrick helps with the design work, but also pours much of his energy into marketing and management. “Basically we both do everything, but we have our specialties,” Mike said. “We’re best friends,” says Patrick regarding his relationship with his brother. “It lets us explode sometimes, but always come back to the same page.” The brothers have leveraged the popularity of hip hop artists over the years, and such big names as Snoop Dogg and Immortal Technique have donned their clothes while performing. “Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan

The Akomplice crew: Front row from left: Matt Masciocchi, Rianna Rollyson, Maeva Moimbe, Maria Mork and Joshua Paigen. Back row: owners Mike and Patrick McCarney. Photo by Chris Van Leuven did a T-shirt collaboration,” Patrick said. “He played at one of our parties. By throwing these big parties, artist fans now become our fans.” But lately, Akomplice has used the music industry less and less and has been gearing more towards environmental awareness.“As times changed, as our line grows, we grow and change,” Mike said. Their latest project aims to battle global warming by encouraging people to paint

rooftops a pale color like beige or white, which reflect more solar radiation back into space. It’s an idea that has gotten traction with some scientists, including U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who has argued that if enough surfaces –– such as roads and roofs –– are painted white, it could have a significant cooling effect on world climate. The Akomplice effort is called The Paint Project. Ten percent of the proceeds go to an organization that paints roofs white.

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The Prince Creek whistle pig family The whistle pig (marmot) family that lives in the hillside about a half mile up Prince Creek Road on the right has recently grown with the birth of several baby whistle pigs. Unfortunately, in the last week the family has once again downsized. The cause? A few drivers who are unaware that the hillside is the family’s home –– and the fact that the whistle pig kids will play in the middle of the street because they don’t know any better. Scuttlebutt’s Wildlife Protector would like to caution everybody who drives Prince Creek Road to be careful. Slow down when you get to the sliced hillside on the right so that you don’t run over these cute, furry kids that play in the middle of the road.

A mutant raccoon If you live in the Crystal Village neighborhood behind City Market, beware of strange noises in the night. Our Scuttlebutt PPP (Prowler Point Person) was tucked in his bed and sound asleep early Tuesday morning when he was awakened at 2 a.m. by several text messages. Shocked by what he saw on his cell phone, he quickly called the police, woke up a friend of his for backup and went to investigate. About six hours later, Scuttlebutt got the full scoop. Our source reported that the messages came from a friend who was shakin’ in her jammies. She’d heard what she thought was “a thief” outside her window and then, filled with fear, she had lain in bed, eventually

becoming too overwrought to wake her housemates, call the police or scream for help. Too afraid to move or speak, she had nothing to turn to but text messages. The police arrived and couldn’t find anything. But the next morning they called her to say her fears were well-founded. Just a couple hours later another resident in the area had reported that a raccoon had ripped the screen off a window. The estimated size of the raccoon? 60 pounds. So, if you hear weird noises in the middle of the night, call Scuttlebutt quick! With that beast, you’ll need all the help you can get, and we’ll put you in the paper to boot!

do it? By finishing fifth in his age group at the Coeur d’Alene, ID, Ironman last weekend. He took 200th place out of 4,500 racers. He’s not celebrating alone, though.

Theresa Gusman took 10th in her age group at Coeur d’Alene and Mark Cook recently finished fourth in his age group in an Ironman in Buffalo, TX.

Happy birthday! We would like to wish Staci Dickerson a happy 50th birthday! The Carbondalian is back home from art school for the summer and will turn 50 on July 2. We would also like to bid a happy birthday to Anna Fredericks who is turning 95 on Independence Day! A happy belated birthday goes out to Felix Tornare who celebrated his birthday last Wednesday. Folks celebrating this week include Jeanie Chestnutt, Dean Harding, Laurie Loeb, Sissy Sutro, Brad Geddes, Herb Feinsig, David Clark, Gwen Ballard and John Stickney.

Iron men (and women) In fact, David Clark has plenty to celebrate these days. Not only is his birthday approaching, he just qualified for the big Ironman triathlon in Kona, HI, in the fall. How’d he

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Last weekend Sopris Park filled students, alumni, teachers, parents and others who’ve participated in the Carbondale school system.They’d turned out for what was likely Carbondale’s first-ever all-class reunion. With a spark of inspiration, what started as a 20-year get together for the class of 1990 became a chance for community members from throughout the decades to come together and reminisce about what’s passed and what remains the same. The Sopris Sun’s Will Grandbois, himself a graduate of the class of 2008, stopped by the reunion to pick up a few perspectives on the past and the present.

Melissa Johnson, Reunion organizer, class of 1990 The Sun: Was this all your idea? Johnson: It was my idea. It was [the class of 1990’s] 20-year reunion, I Melissa Johnson (left) with organized our 10th. So I Destiny Schoon. was going to organize our 20th and Roaring Fork’s such a small high school … I thought it would be really fun if we could get everybody together. I know all the other classes have their reunions each year so I was planning ours and I figured I might as well just invite everybody. So I did! The Sun:Anyone in particular who you’re hoping will show? Johnson: Well, I took all of the RSVPs myself, so I kind of know who’s coming. … We have people all the way back from the Class of 1973 that have RSVP’d. We’ve got some teachers, too, so I’m quite excited.

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The Sun: So your class is one of the earliest represented here? Schilling: Yeah. … [But] if you want really early, I saw Dean Roberts. He was 1957, I think.

The Sun: You’re still around Carbondale as police chief. How has the town changed since you were in school? Schilling: Well, the Third Street Center round building was the elementary school.At that point in time, that’s all that was there. And where the rest of the school is now was rodeo grounds. The streets were all pretty much dirt, and I think there was probably a population of about, I don’t know, two or three hundred. The Sun: What got you in the most trouble back in the day at Roaring Fork High School? Schilling: Oh, no. I won’t talk about what got me in the most trouble. Let’s keep those things buried.

Patty Nightingale Bristol Class of 1975 and longtime Re-1 teacher The Sun: What’s your most vivid memory of High School? Bristol: I think it was going to the basketball games. We used to have this huge rivalry with Basalt Patty Nightingale Bristol and everybody used to get crazy. And that was always really fun, especially when we beat them. The Sun: Your daughters have gone through Roaring Fork

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High School. What have you seen change since your time? Bristol: One of the things that’s really interesting is that my class graduated about 50 kids and so did [the class of 2008]. So, in that amount of time, 30-something years, even though the town has grown a huge amount the population of the high school is about the same. There’s so many other alternatives that kids are going to. The Sun: Any advice for either current students or recent graduates? Bristol: I think that you have to have a dream, and that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you need something that you’re really passionate about. I think that’s the biggest thing: Have something you’re always looking for.

Ted Blaul Churchill Class of 1988 The Sun: You attended Colorado Rocky Mountain School for two years and Roaring Fork High for two years. Did you enjoy both? Churchill: I did actually, very much. Strangely enough I was voted Ted Blaul Churchill most conservative in my sophomore class at CRMS and then when I went to public school I was voted most liberal in the class my senior year. It’s an indication of how different the schools were. The Sun: Any advice to graduates or people still at Roaring Fork? Churchill: The reason the reunion works and the reason these things are so important is because it’s really much more about relationships than about success. That’s what you get out of high school.The cool part is being away for a while and coming back to what’s real, which is the relationships. A lot of us still keep together.

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This is our 12th year for this event. The countdown is on… we are only days away from Carbondale’s premier social function and Carbondale Rotary’s major fund raiser for the year. The event this year is Saturday, July 10, 2010 and it will be at the Danciger Tybar Ranch Barn located 1.5 miles up Prince Creek Road. The transition from a nationally renowned breeding facility to locally known events facility will be evident as 500 guests arrive to enjoy an evening of community fellowship, dinner, dancing and bidding on the wonderful silent and live auctions. Auction Items include, but are not limited to a Seven Day Mediterranean Cruise (Valued at $15,000) Six Nights at Triphailme, Ireland (valued at $5,000) and African Photo Safaris (valued at $4,000), Ski Passes, Hotel & Resort Accommodations and over several thousand dollars worth of dining certificates and private party catering! The evening isn’t totally about fun and winning, it’s about raising money which is then granted back into the local, national and international communities that Rotary serves. For those of you who are familiar with this event you know how much fun it is and that it always sells out. For those of you wondering what this is all about, call and ask our Committee Chair & Rotary President Elect Lynn Kirchner 379-4766. There are limited tickets left call today to make sure you don’t miss The Valley’s #1 Fun Event and FUND RAISER for Carbondale Rotary.


Boots on the trail ought to pay up By Sarah Gilman Writers on the Range



My first introduction to Colorado’s 14,421-foot Mount Massive was, quite literally, a pile of crap. Several piles, actually, just off the trailhead where I’d wandered to pee. Some were flagged with toilet paper; others disguised with a thin sprinkling of pine needles. I walked with care. It was a skill that I would have to perfect over the coming summer, as one of 14 grunts hired to rebuild the eroding trail to the summit. And not just because there was poop everywhere. A mountain like Massive, with its expanse of delicate alpine tundra spreading from quintuple summits, requires a light step. Its plants can withstand the extremes of altitude and weather, but tread on them a few times and you’ll soon leave bare earth in your wake. Without roots to hold it, wind and water whisk the soil away, gullying trails to troughs and forcing hikers to walk their edges. This makes new trails until three or four snake beside each other, shedding silt into clear streams. Where snowfields get in the way, hikers skirt their sodden edges to keep dry feet, leaving wide swaths of torn up ground. Throw in the reality that Massive is but one of Colorado’s storied 54 peaks over 14,000 feet –– which collectively receive an estimated 500,000 visitors annually –– and the peak-bagger trend becomes a destructive tide rising over the state’s mountains, an extractive industry in its own right. The Forest Service, faced with these escalating impacts and ever-declining budgets to do anything about it, hasn’t many options. One is to enlist the help of 20somethings who work for non-profits like my employer during that 2005 summer, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Its expertise is building “sustainable� summit trails, single tracks that switchback in steep areas to control the speed of runoff, and that are armored where necessary with rock walls, steps, check dams to catch sediment and berms to channel water away. The work is tough. We’d hike two hours to a work site and try to get six hours in before thunderstorms chased us down again. We’d bag the dirt we dug and use it as backfill on the trail to keep it from suffocating trailside plants. Instead of rolling 200-pound rocks –– and chewing up the tundra –– we’d haul them in a rope litter or “fly� them with

cleverly rigged cable systems. The work also costs a lot. A crew climbing and descending 5,000 vertical feet every day eats tons of food. Trail routes must be planned and mapped by experts, tools purchased and maintained, and the crew trained and paid: The starting wage for us was $80 a day per person; more for experienced workers. CFI estimates that it takes $200,000 to $300,000 and two or three years to build just one sustainable summit route. Expand the lens to all of Colorado’s fourteeners, and CFI estimates that it, the Forest Service and partner organizations shell out something like $1.5 million in funding and donated labor per year to build and maintain summit trails, restore damaged alpine terrain and educate hikers to, among other things, not walk and poop wherever they please. So when the Pike San Isabel National Forest floated its proposal this May to charge fees at the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness’ South Colony Basin, a jumping off point for three fourteeners, it made good sense to me. Since 1996, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, the Forest Service, CFI and others have spent an estimated $1 million and 40,000 volunteer hours compensating for the impacts of the area’s 3,500 to 4,500 annual visitors. Charging $10 per person per trip for day trips, as the Forest Service now suggests, and $20 per person per trip for camping, seems like a relative pittance. After all, an average pair of hiking boots cost a cool $150, and most hikers drop a wad of money on a tank of gas just getting to and from the peaks. If paying for the privilege of climbing rubs you the wrong way –– perhaps rightfully so, since most of these mountains are on public land and hence belong to everyone –– here’s my suggestion for an alternative: Volunteer to spend a few days a season building trails, collecting alpine seeds to revegetate churned up ground, and talking to other hikers about being mindful of what they leave behind. Think of it as an $80 value per person, per day, given back to places we love so much that we tear them apart. Sarah Gilman is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News ( She is the magazine’s associate editor in Paonia, Colo.



Night lights: After dark at the Lobster Fest rides. Photo by Will Grandbois

Businesses want a voice cont. om page 1 on by a shoestring, [they’re] hanging on by a thread.” But recession or no, for Lori Haroutunian, co-owner of the Floral Boutique, the bike race was one unexpected inconvenience after another. On the Friday night before the event, a friend called to tell her the flower store’s delivery vehicle was about to be towed from Main Street to make way for the race. The next morning she arrived at work on what’s typically one of the busiest days of the week to find that no one could drive within three blocks of her store. That meant customers couldn’t pick up deliveries, and it meant she ended up carrying flowers in the rain to her delivery van, which she parked at White House Pizza. “My primary business is deliverybased,” she said. “God forbid I had a wedding that day.”

I don’t think closing down Main Street gets us anything. But I’d hate to see all these events go back to Sopris Park. Frank Norwood Downtown business owner

Jeff Jackel, Carbondale recreation director, said he attended Downtown Preservation Association meetings on “several occasions” to discuss the bike race, which unlike the car show, was coming to downtown Carbondale for the first time. He said the race organizers had distributed fliers describing the event to downtown businesses. He was aware that not all business owners attend the monthly DPA meetings, but he said he doesn’t have time to do more. “We really rely on the DPA to relay the information, and the chamber [of commerce],” he said. “Other than that, those are our only two avenues, short of knocking on doors with every single business, and we just don’t have the time to do that.” Haroutunian said she was aware the bike race had been discussed at a DPA meeting, but that between work and family, she didn’t have time to attend. She had received a flier announcing the race, but she felt left out of the decision-making process. Business owners aren’t just griping about the one-time events. The Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Fourth and Main streets, and the new Main Street market that happens after it, have stirred up complaints as well.

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In a letter published in The Sopris Sun on June 24, Skip Bell, the proprietor of The Pour House, objected to the handful of vendors selling prepared foods at the markets. “The Pour House and all the other wonderful restaurants in Carbondale … 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,” he wrote. “During the Farmers’ 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.” Frank Norwood, owner of Main Street Gallery and the Framer, raised similar issues. He said that during the car show a local artist set up a booth on the sidewalk just outside his front door. It was an obstacle to his customers, he said, and a source of new, close-range competition. He thought the new downtown market organized by the town recreation department would also be a source of competition, since many of its vendors are artists. “It doesn’t improve business at all, and if anything, it stops people from getting to my door,” he said of downtown events in general. “You pay a premium [in Main Street rent] and then so many people just block it off for you. It’s frustrating.” But still, Norwood thought there must be a way for street vendors and downtown businesses to coexist. “I don’t want to create monopolies, I hate that whole idea, too,” he said. “I don’t think closing down Main Street gets us anything. But I’d hate to see all these events go back to Sopris Park.” It just might take more planning. As he spoke, Sopris Liquors and Wine, which is located on Highway 133, was setting up a tent for the Lobster and Music Festival, just across the street from Main Street Liquors. Some of that planning is in the works. Chacos attended a town trustees meeting on June 22 and stated that DPA members would like more say in which events come to town. “There’s a portion of the business community that thinks the business community hasn’t been involved in decisions enough,” he said. “We’d like to be more involved when [events] are getting planned.” In response, the trustees are planning to discuss downtown events during their July 20 meeting, Jackel said. While talking to the Sun, Norwood suggested a review board of business owners that would vet Main Street events. He thought that with a little more planning the bike race could have followed a different course that would have impacted fewer blocks of downtown. Norwood, Haroutunian and other business owners have also suggested the car show be shifted somewhere else, perhaps to Fourth Street or back to Sopris Park, where it has previously been staged.

The town trustees will discuss the Main Street and downtown events during their meeting at 6:30 p.m., July 20, at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. Business owners and other concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.

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THURSDAY July1 SNOWMASS CONCERT • Firefall plays live rock at 6:15 p.m. on Fanny Hill in Snowmass. The concert will end with a special Independence Day fireworks. More info:, 1-800-766-9627. THEATRE • “The Marvelous Wonderettes” opens at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Kaufman Theatre in Rio Grande park in Aspen. The musical runs through Aug. 21 filled with pop hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. More info and tickets: 920-5770,

FRIDAY July 2 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:, 927-1290.

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FIRST FRIDAY • Carbondale hosts its monthly First Friday festivities with a gallery, walk, live music, artist receptions, sales and more. See page 16. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Secret in their Eyes” (R) at 8 p.m. July 2-8 and “City Island” (PG-13) at 5:45 p.m. July 3. Closed Sunday, July 4. LIVE MUSIC • Bad Willie plays electric blues at 9 p.m. at Rivers Restaurant, 2525 grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. No Cover. More info: 928-8813.

SAT. – SAT. July 3-10 ART FAIR • The eighth annual Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair runs daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Aspen Ice Garden. Art, antiques, jewelry, silver, rugs, porcelain, collectibles. Free. More info:

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TUESDAY July 6 ART EXHIBITION • an opening reception for artists Betty and George Woodman will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Aug. 4. The Woodmans received the Anderson Ranch 2010 National Artist Award. More info: 923-3181,

Fourth of July LIBRARIES CLOSED • All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed for Independence day. PARADE • KIDS PARADE • The 32nd annual Kids Parade takes place at 4 p.m. on Main Street. Line up at 3:45 p.m. at the corner of Second and Main streets. Bikes, scooters, skates, pets, trikes, walkers, strollers and carriages are welcome. BOOGIE IN BONEDALE • Following the Kids Parade the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities hosts free watermelon, kids games and concerts by Jazz Aspen Snowmass students and Euforquesta starting at 4:30 p.m. in Sopris Park. More info: 963-1680, FIREWORKS • The Carbondale fire district presents a fireworks display over White Hill and North Face Park at dark.

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THEATRE • The Historic Cardiff School in Glenwood Springs hosts “Red, White and Tuna: A Fourth of July Reunion” at 7:30 p.m. $15. More info: 366-9397.

July 8 SNOWMASS CONCERT • Beausoleil plays Cajun music at 6:15 p.m. on Fanny Hill in Snowmass. More info:, 1-800-766-9627.

July 9 WELLNESS CLASS • Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs offers a lecture on adult weight management from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. “Small Step to Success” offers tips on avoiding weight gain, including advice on setting smart goals. Free for Cardiac Wellness members. $7 for others. Registration: 384-7159. CLIMATE ACTION • Bill McKibben, author, activist and founder of, hosts

BASALT MUSIC • The Carbondale All Stars play from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Triangle Park in Willits. Business booths. More info:

STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. presents live music with Finders & Youngberg. More info: 963-3304, PIZZA TUNES • Yvette plays local folksy acoustic music from 7 to 10 p.m. at White House Pizza, 801 Main Court. No cover. Drink specials. More info: 704-9400,


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a climate action party at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at Hallam Lake at 3:30 p.m. Learn about climate legislation. Refreshments. Free. More info:, 925-5756. BIKE MOVIE • “Ride the Divide,” a movie about a 2,745-mile mountain bike race in the Rocky Mountains will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at Dos Gringos. Food, drinks, Q&A with the filmmakers. $10. More info:, 319-0538. STEVE’S GUITARS • Steve’s Guitars at 19 N. Fourth St. presents live music with Lindsay Wideman. More info: 963-3304,

July 10 CAST ‘N’ BLAST • The Colorado Division of Wildlife hosts a women-only flyfishing, shotgun and archery clinic at 8:30 a.m. on Grand Mesa near Grand Junction. No experience or equipment necessary. $20. More info: 255-6144.

RODEO • The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo happens Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 19 at the rodeo grounds on Catherine Store Road west of town. $8 per person, or $25 per carload of up to six people. More info: YOGA • Transformation Yoga and Fitness at 104 Midland Ave. in Basalt offers a variety of yoga and fitness classes weekly. Tae Bo, community yoga classes, vinyasa and vino, and more. More info: 309-6911, GLENWOOD FARMERS MARKET • The Glenwood Downtown Market runs from 4 p.m. to dusk in Centennial Park in Glenwood on Tuesdays through Sept. 28. Canned goods, fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, preserves and more. More info: 618-3650. PILATES • Coredination Pilates in the Third Street Center offers mat classes Monday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and Wednesday mornings.

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Community Briefs Singer/songwriter competition For the first time, Mountain Fair will include a singer/songwriter competition. The competition will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Steve’s Guitars. Contestants will be judged on material selection, instrumental performance, vocal performance and stage presence. Six chosen finalists will advance to the Summer of Music Concerts in Sopris Park on July 11 and 18. The winner of the competition will also receive an acoustic guitar from Glenwood Music and get a chance to play at the 2011 Carbondale Mountain Fair and the Aug. 7 Street Concert. Guidelines are posted at To sign up, stop by Glenwood Music or the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities, or call Shanti Gruber, 366-2889.

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Funds for weed control Pitkin County is offering a program to help landowners pay for controlling noxious weeds on the properties. The program is available for project areas in the Old Snowmass region and the Crystal River Watershed, and is supported by funds from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Landowners who hire someone to remove their weeds are eligible for up to 50 percent reimbursement from the county. Landowners who do the job themselves can receive a 75 percent reimbursement for their expenses. Up

to $200 is available per landowner. But anyone interested in taking advantage of the program should act soon. A total of $4,000 is available for each project area and those funds will be disbursed on a first-come, firstserved basis. To apply, landowners must schedule a site visit with Pitkin Land Management before treating their weeds, remove the weeds, and then submit an application for reimbursement before the June 1, 2011, deadline. The program targets about 20 weeds, including absinth wormwood, bull thistle, diffuse knapweed, oxeye daisy, tamarisk, chicory, sulfur cinquefoil and others. To schedule a site visit or learn more about the program, contact Pitkin County Land Manager Crystal Yates-White, 920-5214, For application materials, a map of the program areas and other information, visit

CCAH seeks volunteers Meet new people, make new friends and give back to the community. The Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH) is looking for volunteers for a variety of events. On July 4 during the Boogie in Bonedale, CCAH needs people to help set up from 9 a.m. to noon; people to control traffic during the parade; from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.; volunteers to staff the beverage booth from 4 to 9 p.m.; people to tend the gates from 4 to 9 p.m.; and more volunteers to clean up starting at 8:30 p.m. CCAH also seeks two people to clean up after the Summer of Music events on July 11 and 18 and Aug. 7; as well as two gallery hosts for First Friday events at the Third Street Center. And during Mountain Fair from July 23 to 25, CCAH needs many volunteers to fill a variety of positions at varying times. If you’re interested in volunteering, stop by CCAH at the Third Street Center, call 963-1680, email carbondalearts@, or visit

Game licenses available The Colorado Division of Wildlife has announced that a variety of over-the-counter and leftover big game hunting licenses are still available for the 2010 hunting seasons. Overthe-counter licenses go on sale July 13. Leftover licenses will be on sale starting Aug. 10, or Aug. 11 online. DOW reminds residents that Colorado has more than 23 million acres COMMUNITY BRIEFS page 19

Comprehensive Plan Update REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Town of Carbondale, CO The Town of Carbondale is seeking competitive proposals from qualified individuals or firms, interested in carrying out a Comprehensive Plan Update for the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, and a separate proposal for updating the zoning code when the new Plan is adopted. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5:00 PM August 6, 2010. The complete RFP is on the Town Website: 12 • THE SOPRIS SUN • JULY 1, 2010

School's outside for summer: A group of Crystal River Elementary School students recently explored the community as part of a summertime photo journalism enrichment class. With cameras and notepads in hand, they explored Sopris Park, a chicken coop, the Carbondale Farmers' Market, Fatbelly Burgers and other locations. Above, Hannah Feder found a unique angle to snap a shot of her sister, Maddie, hula-hooping in the sun. See page 13 for another student photo.

Business Briefs Backbone Media earns awards Backbone Media, a full service public relations and media firm based in Carbondale, was recently named a Colorado Company To Watch. Over 400 companies were nominated for the award, which is hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Backbone Media was one of 50 winners in the 2010 class. Backbone Media partner Nate Simmons was also just named a 40 Under 40 award recipient by Sporting Goods Business (SGB) magazine. Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes companies that are developing new

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Auctionettes at Anderson Ranch Throughout the summer, the Anderson Ranch center for the Arts will host lively lunch and evening auctionettes. The auctionettes will include original artwork in a variety of mediums crafted by faculty, staff, students and visiting artists at the art ranch. The auctionettes are family-friendly and take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and evenings from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Lunch auc-

industry throughout the state. Typically these companies are growth-focused, privately-held, headquartered in Colorado, employ less than 100 full-time employees and generate $750,000 to $50 million in annual sales. The program allows the state to recognize trend setting leaders that help strengthen Colorado’s economy. 40 Under 40 award winners were selected out of a list of over 300 nominations. The award acknowledges the hard work and long hours Simmons has sustained leading a dual life as both a partner at Backbone Media and serving as the global marketing director at Polartec.

tionettes will take place July 9, Aug. 5, and Sept. 3., and a meal of barbecue and ice cream will be served for $10. Evening auctionettes will take place July 22 and Aug. 19. All auctionettes are free and open to the public and take place in Schermer Meeting Hall on the Anderson Ranch campus. Visit for our full events schedule. Contact Anderson Ranch for more information:, 923-3181.

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Letters continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 2 colitis, and Type 1 juvenile diabetes. In the United States and Canada, the increase in these diseases is seen in rich, not poor, communities, in the north more than the south, and in urban more than rural communities. This does not seem to make sense! Why should people who live a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cleanerâ&#x20AC;? lifestyle be more susceptible to allergy and autoimmune disorders? The Hygiene Hypothesis addresses this seeming paradox. It says that humans have always had a gut and skin full of microorganisms and worms. Historically, we came to terms with these organisms. In fact, they served to train each personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immune system not to overreact to harmless bugs. But, when we cleaned up our environment, we lost some of our â&#x20AC;&#x153;old friendsâ&#x20AC;? and our immune systems became unbalanced. Many people now respond violently and damagingly to gut organisms, skin bacteria, pollens and even foods as if they were the most dangerous pathogens. Dr. Cohen changed forever how I look at the microscopic members of our environment. I now have a new appreciation for our symbiotic neighbors. The next CafĂŠ features Dr. Theo Colborn at 6:30 Wednesday Aug. 4. More on this later. John Hoffmann Carbondale

Thanks for the season Dear Editor: The Three Rivers Little League regular season is over. We were thrilled to have 276

boys and girls on 18 baseball and five softball teams in our league this year. We could not have had the wonderful season we did without the help of our volunteer coaches: Brett Benzel, Mike Bernot, Kevin Brady, Kevin Bruce, Chris Calabro, Bernie Cooper, Colt Cornelius, Mike Dollahan, Mark Erickson, Cheryl Fiscus, Ken Gaddis, Mike Glen, Jerry Glissman, Paul Gonzales, Steve Groom, Matt Haag, Jason Hadsock, Mitch Hagen, Bobby Henderson, Scott Houston, Marc Isgrig, Bob Johnson, Steve Kahn, Matt Lang, Dan Larsen, Jerry Law, Rich Law, Mike McAvoy, Kevin Merritt, Ben Neuroth, Fran Niccoli, Tapio Niskanen, Adam Olson, Jackie Resch, Paul Sabo, Curtis Schwab,Tony Thompson, Dave Townsley and Tina Trulove. We also want to thank all of our field prep people and umpires for their hard work. We are thankful for the many local businesses who sponsored teams and scholarships for the 2010 season: Aspen Elks Lodge #224, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Colorado #65, Architectural Windows & Doors, Aspen Orthopedic Associates, HUB Insurance, Myers & Company, R.A. Nelson, Roaring Fork Club, Eagle Pointe Condo Association, Dr. Adams & Family, Town of Basalt, Wells Fargo Bank, Don Springer, Vail Summit Orthopedics, American Tree & Landscaping, Casey Johnson, DDS, Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;dale LLC, Grounds & Gardens, Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southwest Grill, R&A Enterprises, White House Pizza, Erickson Home Services & Management, Basalt Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, Lambert Construction, The Flower Mart, Greg Divide Fencing, Lib-

erty Home Financial, A to Z Plumbing, Advanced Carpet Care & Restoration, J.C. Electric, KDM Builders, John & Theresa Traul, Harry Mayer Construction and Dr. Lippman Jr., MD. Thank you for your continued support of baseball and softball in the Roaring Fork Valley. None of this would be possible with-

out the countless hours of our non profit volunteers. The time you give can never be overstated enough to the dedication given to our children and this valley Paul Burbidge, President Julie Glen, Vice-President Jenny Cutright, Treasurer Three Rivers Little League

Crystal River Elementary School student Eaton Ward captured this perspective of a rain-ďŹ&#x201A;ecked piece of public art. He was participating in a summer photo journalism enrichment course. (For another photo from the course, see photo, page 12.)

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The Carbondale Study Club: Sewin’ the seeds of civic engagement Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal by Charlotte Graham Sponsored by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society Last month we learned about The Carbondale Roping Club and what local men did back in the good ol’ days to have fun: lots of kissing dirt and heads banged around for their efforts at a good time. No wonder “cantankerous” best describes post-saddle life. But we love ‘em just the same––I’d be a ‘tick ornery too!

Why historians love both men’s and ladies’ stories! Let’s face it, thank goodness men’s ideas of fun are balanced by women’s, eh? I went in search of what Carbondale women considered a good time way back when, and I found a few clues in the Mt. Sopris Historical Society Museum: two scrapbooks from the Study Club of Carbondale, formed in 1898 as part of the Tri-County Federation of Women’s Clubs. The three counties were Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin. Another piece of significant memorabilia is a wall-hung quilt that was made by members of the Study Club. Blanche Holgate stopped by one of my Tea Dates at the museum recently and pointed out all the names of the ladies she knew. Not long later, at the memorial for Mildred Baumli, I learned that Baumli was the last of the study club members. She was also a longtime writer of letters to the editor and a beloved community member. “Last” means gone. End of an era. Who knew? And come to think of it, what do most of us know of this Study Club that existed for over 75 years? How many of us know that it was not only a social club for women but a significant influence in the Colorado community, near and far?

Into the rabbit hole of research I go There’s no way to better describe it than in the words of an unidentified Study Club member, circa 1898: “The Women’s Club was … not the mere banding together for a social and economic purpose. It became at once, without deliberate intention or concerted action, a light-giving and seed-sowing center of purely altruistic and democratic activity. Women widest apart in position and life have both found much in common, and acquaintance and contact mutually helpful and advantageous. “Club life teaches us that there are many kinds of wealth in the world––the wealth of ideas, of knowledge, of sympathy, of readiness to be put in any place and used in any way for the general good.These are given and no price is or can be put upon them, yet they ennoble and enrich whatever comes within their influence.” Thus, the first board of the club was elected: president, Mrs. Eugene Grubb; vice president, Mrs.W.M. Dinkel, and as secretary, Mrs. E.E. Sweet.The twice-monthly meetings are lovingly recorded in the scrapbooks. Menus seemed to have the most creative im-

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portance and the evolution of meeting programs from 1899 up through 1975 were great fun to peruse.

Commitment: The backbone of this club Through the club, women had the opportunity to dress up, have formal luncheons, enjoy entertainment and the company of other ladies, learn about all sorts of fascinating subjects and do good works in the community.This 1931 entry gives an idea of why the TriCounty luncheons were so anticipated in the late 1890s. “The majority of us lived in log cabins, with dirt roofs, and the furniture consisted of a small cook stove, a homemade table, a cupboard for dishes made out of store boxes, a few chairs and beds. “We dreamed of the future when we would have carriages and the telephone that we might be able to talk with each other from our homes. We never dreamed of automobiles in those days. We lived quite a distance apart and it was a hardship for us always to be present at club.”

From dirt floors to flying around the universe One Glenwood Post headline from May 1963 that caught my eye––“Hattie Cooper Awaits Flight of Astronaut Son”––also answered my question about the name of Carbondale’s library. The article, which contained information from Jane Spaulding (Mildred Baumli’s daughter), goes on to say that it took Hattie just as long to travel from Carbondale to Oklahoma to be with family during the space flight, as it did for her son to orbit the earth 22 times. Needless to say, her fellow Carbondale Study Club members were bursting their buttons with pride. By the late ‘70s the club dissolved. Some precious part of local women coming together for the good of themselves and their community slipped away.Yet surely offshoots formed from the early seeds of their efforts––offshoots such as Mt. Sopris Historical Society, such as the Third Street Center. No wonder there is such a deep-rooted sense of community here. I overheard one Glenwood Springs friend tell another after attending the grand opening of the Third Street Center a few weeks ago: “That Carbondale community is tight!”I’m a Marble-ite but it still made me proud to hear that of our mountain valley neighborhood. What will future historians see of contributions of this generation? One “for sure” is that adage: Some things change. Some don’t. For instance, have you noticed? Jane Spaulding has taken over the position of her mother, dispatching wide-open, heart-felt missives to the editors of local papers. When I see them, it gives me a smile as I, too, loved and miss Mildred. May we all be so committed to our beliefs, living life with an infectious giggle, such as hers. Aho! And happy Independence Day, valley neighbors! For more on this story, go to

Keepsakes from the Study Club of Carbondale: An article on the namesake of the Gordon Cooper Library (above) and two of the club’s scrapbooks. Images courtesy of Charlotte Graham

Carbondale Study Club c. 1920. Mrs. Zimmerman, Vi Patterson, Nell Wilson, Carliss Quackenbush, Edna Smart, Kate Robison, Stella Pings, Irene Bennett, KateTandy, Martha Witchey, Emma Sylvester, Mrs VJ Brown, Frances Guest, Marie Mow

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Weight limit: 50 lbs The rodeo ain’t just for grown ups By Kayla Henley Sopris Sun Student Correspondent

the arena, nothing but a mere flash of white with coal black heads and legs. It is only seconds later before the kids slip of their mounts and tumble onto the dusty ground while the crowd gasps and cheers. At the end of the event on Thursday night, the kids and their parents proceeded out of the arena, most of the young riders wearing broad grins. Unlike many other events, no rodeo experience is required for the calf scramble. If the kids can run, then they can compete.A group of 30-40 kids are let into the arena and form a line facing the announcer’s box while Mike Land gives instructions. Meanwhile 10 calves are mingling in a group at the far end of the arena with ribbons tied to their tails.The kids’ goal is to run the calves down and collect the ribbons. The first three kids who return their ribbon to the rodeo queen are the winners. After a short warm-up directed by bull fighter Clint Hopkins, which consists of jumping jacks and—if mud is present— pushups, the kids are released and they charge the calves, scrambling them about the arena. For a few seconds, kids are seen holding tightly to the calves’ tails attempting to grab hold of the bright ribbon, while others are racing back to the rodeo queen. Bailey Griebel was competing in the calf scramble for her first time. Her mom, Cody Griebel, cheered her on as she raced the other competitors. Griebel’s family recently moved

On a crisp summer evening last Thursday, spectators from throughout the valley came to Gus Darien arena to watch the third Wild West Rodeo of the season. While the crowd cheered, skilled cowboys and cowgirls got a chance to enjoy what they do best. But they weren’t the only ones in the limelight, local kids also got a piece of the glory. Three of the nine events at each rodeo are designed only for youngsters. Mutton bustin’ is for kids less than 50 pounds, the calf scramble is for 5 to 10-year-olds, and steer riding is for those 16 years old and younger. The steer riding had a fantastic streak last Thursday as young riders held tightly to their steers, which bounded and bucked to the perpetual voice of the crowd. Mike Land, the emcee, described each run with wild disbelief as each rider surpassed the previously set scores. Racing out of the arena to claim first place in the season standings so far was Colt Rohrig, followed by Jose Cano, who’s in second, and Colten Fritzlan claiming third. The mutton bustin’ is a speedy event in which children are placed on the backs of sheep. As a precaution, the kids are well padded and wear helmets. Holding fast to a fistful of matted wool, the kids do their best to stay on as the frenzied sheep bolt around

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Mutton bustin’: the only event at the rodeo with a weight limit for riders. Photo by Larry Williams from Ridgway and attended their first Carbondale rodeo last week. Being a ranching family themselves, Griebel took a liking to the rodeo and stated,“It’s a great culture to carry on.” After the event, Bailey reunited with her mom and said—slightly out of breath—that it was hard but the best part was getting to chase the calves even though she hadn’t

claimed one of the ribbons. She’d taken a liking to the rodeo and said she would compete again if given the chance. Cody Griebel commented, “I hope she does it again, it looks like she had fun.” She was probably speaking for many parents when she quipped with a smile, “I hope she sleeps well tonight.”

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First Friday happenings

A. Beadles Fine Art at 225 Main Street hosts an opening reception for its July exhibition, which features Colorado artists Jenny and C. Gregory Gummersall. The artists will be present, as will refreshments. For more information, call 963-3329 or visit

Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern presents Pineapple Crackers. The Hawaiian punk and reggae starts at 9:30 p.m. at the bar at 403 Main St. For more information, call 963-4498.

The Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities hosts an opening reception for an exhibit by Andy Taylor from 6 to 8 p.m. at its new space in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. Taylor was an early CCAH board member whose paintings feature expansive landscapes of the Colorado Plateau as well as smaller, more intimate scenes. For more information, visit or call 963-1680. Majid Kahhak will paint live from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St. His painting will celebrate Independence Day. Beverages and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 704-0622.

Clockwise from bottom left: Mosaic mirrors by Seattle artist Angie Heinrich at The Parkside Gallery; a painting and a photograph of the American West â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from a unique perspective â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on display at A. Beadles Fine Art; and jewelry made of glass, driftwood, silver, bronze and gold at the Parkside Gallery. Courtesy images

Novel Tea Books at 449 Main St. hosts a book signing by local author Mary Peace Finley at 5:30 p.m. Finley will be signing copies of her new childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Midnight Ride of Blackwell Station.â&#x20AC;? For more information, call 963-2617.

The Parkside Gallery features jewelry by Carol Martin, Nina Morrow and Colby June made of glass, driftwood, silver, bronze and gold, as well as Zetamari mosaic artworks by Angie Heinrich. A reception with wine and 20 percent discounts lasts from 6 to 8 p.m. at 50 Weant Blvd. For more information, call 963-1401.



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Clay Center explores the connection between computers and clay By Jessi Rochel Special to The Sopris Sun This holiday weekend the sparks won’t just be flying from barbecues and fireworks, they’ll also be in the air at a unique exhibit at the Carbondale Clay Center –– creative sparks, that is. Nineteen artists will be showcased during July at the Clay Center as part of Digital Clay: A Juried and an Invitational Exhibition of Ceramics. The show features artists who incorporate digital technology into the creative process, including local ceramicists Casey Coffman, Holly Curcio and Kelly McKibben. The work of about 16 other national and international artists will also be featured in the exhibition. An opening reception for the show will kick off at around 6 p.m. at the Clay Center at 135 Main Street. Food and appetizers will be served. Digital Clay was juried by ceramicist Mark Burleson, an assistant professor at Georgia State University, and K Rhynus Cesark, artistic director at the Clay Center. The two artists met at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass during a digital clay class last summer. The class not only sparked a friendship, but also the idea for a show that would combine ceramics and digital technology. “I wanted to create a dynamic, unusual show,” Cesark said. While clay is the primary medium of all the pieces in the show, each piece simultaneously demonstrates how digital technology can come into play at any time in the creative

“It’s so left brained, it’s not even funny,” by Holly Curcio (right), and a vase of whistles by Daniela Hellmich (left) are among the works featured in the Clay Center exhibit, Digital Clay. Courtesy photos process—whether as part of the initial concept, actual design or final installation. Examples include artwork that incorporates photography—photos of the ceramic work that are then sold as part of the product—as well as computer-generated decals that are fired onto the work as surface designs. One artist, Daniela Hellmich, utilized cutting-edge design software to create a totally computer-generated piece. She took a tool normally intended for industrial application and turned it into a tool for clay. The artwork ranges from functional to

sculptural to conceptual to abstract. “It’s a unique show for even the ceramics community to see,” Cesark said. “It’s hard to avoid embracing the digital impact in all areas of art. Whether it’s photos of artwork for cataloguing purposes, or using it to cut time off processes, the digital aspect is creeping into all art.” Local artist Holly Curcio will be displaying one of her playful, shrine-like hangings in the show. Entitled,“It’s so left brained, it’s not even funny,” the piece is a whimsical narrative made from clay, paper and string. She has

also created other hangings that include such quirky accents as ceramic wind-up toys. “It’s basically a 3-D painting made with ceramic materials,” Curcio said. The digital angle in Curcio’s work comes in the form of computer-generated decal designs. She begins by printing a black and white computer image on decal paper using a laser printer. Because there is iron oxide in the ink, Curcio is able to transfer the image to the clay once the decal paper has been soaked in water to separate its layers. The image is then fired onto the clay in a kiln. “It’s a fake tattoo-type process,” she explained. Curcio began her stint as a two-year resident artist at the Clay Center in September 2009. Like many artists in the area, she came to the area to study at Anderson Ranch. Originally from Massachusetts, she attended graduate school at Arizona State University. When she’s not in the studio, Curcio hikes and gardens and teaches summer ceramics at Colorado Mountain College. She also enjoys painting, which is evident from the surface detail on her ceramics work.

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Digital Clay: A Juried and an Invitational Exhibition of Ceramics opens around 6 p.m., July 2, at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street, during Carbondale’s monthly First Friday festivities. The show will remain on display through Aug. 4. While most of the artwork is for sale, some is simply on loan for the show. For more information, call 9632529 or visit

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Summer and suddenly – bugs So much happens so quickly this time of year. One times, tie a fly on the end of her line and leave her alone to minute you’re cursing the last of the falling snow, the next catch fish. You can pull up beside the Colorado or Roaryou’re watching the big muddy surge of local rivers –– then ing Fork river and stand beside a pool suddenly erupting suddenly: bugs. with fish at dusk, and that makes this hatch Maybe, like me, you’ve been fly-fishing nearly as coveted as the salmonfly. our local rivers since January, riding the Ultimately, the reality that we don’t have roller coaster of aquatic insect hatches: salmonflies in the Roaring Fork Valley midges to little black stoneflies to blueleaves locals to obsess over the green drake winged olives to caddis. And maybe unlike hatch. Like any addiction, you pay for your me, you were one of the lucky ones this pleasure: following the hatch for more than spring floating down the river, fly rod in a month as it moves upstream can make hand, getting caddis stuck between your you a zombie, fried by too many nights of teeth because you were grinning so much. “lightning rounds” in a row. It doesn’t help Regardless, we are entering the height of that in Glenwood, chili cheese fries are the the summer insect hatches: flies on the winmeal of choice for post-hatch benders, and dows, pill bugs in the grass, ants up your that late-night Carbondale only offers, if shorts, a bee or two bouncing off your arms you are lucky, a dewy concoction of cold as you mountain bike through the wild by Cameron Scott leftovers –– and that beers in Basalt someflowers, a few butterflies ambling through how become six bucks a pop. And it doescrowds of strung-out music festival patrons. And in the n’t help that dropping down into the canyon near the thoroughfares of Colorado’s major rivers, Pteronarcys and airport in Aspen demolishes a pair of waders in under a Ephemera, the salmonfly and the green drake, emerge from season. What I’m saying is this: you should probably fill their underwater worlds to begin the most visible cycle of out a liability waiver during the drake hatch, and not the their lives. least because of your diet. The salmonfly is the bug of scoundrels. I mean, seriEvery summer, until these two hatches occur, there often ously, the fact that a two-inch-long orange bug with black appears to be enough water for even the most voracious, wings has found its way underneath your shirt is enough crusty and fish-headed of us to regularly find peace and to make you crazy, never mind the fact that the biggest fish solitude, whether that means not running into another anappear out of nowhere to dominate the feeding lanes and gler all day, or knowing that there isn’t another fisherman actually tear apart the surface of the river to get at them. within miles of where you are. Additionally, a host of unnamed sources have admitted the But keep in mind, once the green drake hatch starts, not salmonfly hatch has caused divorces, fist fights, boat jams, only are you potentially dealing with overworked halfdrunken odes, deer-flattened cars, and middle-of-the-night starved zombies, but some nights there is nary an inch of changes in travel plans. And as rumor has it, the flies taste river to spare. good deep-fried in tempura batter with dab of wasabi and Yes, seemingly overnight fishing in the valley starts to a side of dipping sauce. feel like wrong direction singletrack riding. Along these same lines, the green drake, the working So to all of you water-dirtying, skunk-cabbage-stompman’s bug (or girlfriend’s mayfly), is an instiller of wild, ing seventh son of seventh suns, I say this: I would welbleary-eyed repetition and discipline. As much a part of the come you, but I have the feeling that, like me, you’ll already summer as backyard barbecues and lawn mowing, with be out on the water. So bring a couple of cold ones to make the green drake hatch you can drive home after a 12-hour peace with whomever you are bound to run into this sumday of work, pick up your significant other, grunt a few mer. Salude!


Of Dogs and Men Back from chest high marsh grass, willows leaning over water. Window rolled down, Scout curled on the seat beneath my fly rod. Tonight, like other summer nights, I drive home among tourists and drunks, flicking off brights to one lone headlight, until I pass a cop car.

I should know better, and I do, Scout bounding out across the floodplain, and me, too, chasing a drake hatch past dusk. And when the officer thrusts his head through open window, fly rod pressed against dash, he’ll only smell sour breath, cold fish, and wet dog. All of us lost in our niches of disregard. – Cameron Scott

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retired CEO Alexandra Yajko as the next chief executive officer of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. Spencer, who previously served three and half years as the director and vice president of at the Vail Valley Foundation, will head up the college’s fund-raising affiliate, which administers approximately 90 privately funded scholarships and provides fund-raising support for the college’s capital projects and other endeavors. To date, the foundation has raised more than $34 million to assist the college and its students. Since the state legislature has recently allowed CMC to offer up to five bachelor’s degrees, Spencer will also oversee CMC’s accreditation process. He hopes CMC will be offering the first of its new degrees by fall, 2011.

Buddy Program honored The Buddy Program has been selected as a finalist for a 2010 Award for Excellence from the El Pomar Foundation. Just three Colorado non-profits are selected as finalists. The winner will be announced in November. The Buddy Program unites adult mentors with children and teenagers, in order to help the kids become positive members of their communities.

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