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Volume 5, Number 22 | July 11, 2013
’Gators return Carbondale has been a hotbed of ’gator activity of late, what with Cajun Clay Night coming up on July 12. This bikepedaling alligator was seen heading east toward the Carbondale Clay Center during last week’s First Friday. Photo by Jane Bachrach
Mountain Fair holding lottery for shade this year By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer
aced with escalating costs and at times escalating tempers, Mountain Fair is holding a ﬁrst-ever lottery for 20 shade-tent spaces this year. According to the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ current newsletter, CCAH members who are chosen in the lottery will be charged $100 for a 10'X10' spot to pitch their open-sided tents during the three-day party, while non-members will pay $125.
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Money raised will go toward Mountain Fair creating a “shade structure” or structures that will be put up in years to come to create shade for everybody. “We appreciate how important shade is and we want to be as fair as possible,” said the newsletter. The 42nd annual Carbondale Mountain Fair takes place in Sopris Park on July 26-28 and is expected to attract its customary 15,000-20,000 people. Nobody The Sopris Sun contacted could remember when open-sided tents ﬁrst started popping up around the soundboard
and to the east away from the stage, but in recent years the tents are stuck side-by-side and can obstruct pedestrian trafﬁc from the back of the crowd to the front. Tent-owners leave them set up through-out the fair and bring lawn chairs, blankets and other survival gear while they listen to music, chat, snooze and come-and-go. The spots are so coveted, Mountain Fair set up sort of a “land run” on Thursday nights before the fair and tenters made a mad dash to claim their turf when the signal was given. In recent years, the rush has become “progressively volatile,” Kimberly
said. “Last year and the year before there were some close calls. … There are more people than spots.” The tent area is restricted to behind the soundboard, which is approximately 100150 feet from the stage. Kimberly said it doesn’t cost anything to enter the lottery but you pay if and when you are chosen. Admission to the fair is free. Mountain Fair/CCAH makes money on the arts and crafts vendors, beer garden, T-shirt sales and rafﬂe but Kimberly said costs keep LOTTERY page 5
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All about apples and saving the planet So, two planets are shooting the breeze. One says,“OMG. I’ve just discovered I’ve got people. The other says, “I was just talking to a planet in the next galaxy, he had some. Don’t worry, they don’t last long.” Alan Watts was a popular philosopher back in the 1960’s — back when we still had philosophers. They are still playing his talks on a Boulder radio station, I learned recently. Watts was known as a Zen philosopher. He loved to tell stories and was very funny at times. In one of his talks he was looking to put the human existence in perspective. He said the earth “peoples” — in exactly the same way an apple tree “apples.” Kind of like, well, we are not such a big deal in the scheme of things. Kind of like the planet joke. Anyway, my topic is what to do about our species’ threatening predicament: global warming. Add to that what some people are calling the evil twin: ocean acidiﬁcation. Oceanographers and marine biologists are sick over what is happening to the world’s coral reefs. Essentially, the increase in acidity caused by increased absorption of the greater concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, is “melting” the coral structures made by the coral animals. It’s also affecting the myriad of shellﬁsh. Coral are “keystone” species that are home to hundreds of other species. Oh, what’s another species here or there? Unless, of course, it’s us. The indefatigable MIT professor emeritus Noam Chomsky put a perspective on the problem I hadn’t thought of before. He wrote, “ … who owns the Earth? Who owns the global atmosphere being polluted by the heat-trapping gases …?” He’s talking about the “commons.” The “commons” is all that of this earth that we use to survive and prosper. Let’s add to the above the oceans and the fresh waters, and all the living organisms. Chomsky further states,“Or to adopt the phrase used by indigenous people throughout much of the world, ‘who will defend the Earth? Who will uphold the rights of nature? Who will adopt the role of steward of the commons, our collective possession?’ That the Earth now desperately needs defense from impending environmental catastrophe is surely obvious to any rational and literate person.” Ironically, he points out it is the so-called “primitive” indigenous people of the world, including the First Nations and the Aborigines, who cry out to protect the essential; and it is the advanced and selfstyled “civilized” of the developed nations that are the cause of the destruction.
Government As hunter-gatherers, humans had little need for “government.” With the advent of civilization based on agriculture, and larger stable populations, decisions had to be made for the greater good. Over-grazing a pasture could spell starvation for a community. Governments had to be formed for survival. As little communities grew into today’s nation states, the scale and scope of the governments grew as well. Today we have a common enemy that threatens our survival. As the famous line in the Pogo cartoon goes: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” As much as the fanatics scream out about “one world government,” that is exactly what has to happen. The United Nations, conceived in part by President Franklin Roosevelt, was created in 1945. The new superpower, the United States (the only intact major nation surviving the war) needed a tool to allow it to manage the international affairs. This country badly needs to have an epiphany. (Deﬁnition of epiphany: “an experience of sudden and striking realization,”—Wikipedia). Either the U.S. will take the lead, or it needs to get the heck out of the way. Let the UN and the world get on with it. President Obama recently gave a generally ignored, but major speech on the environment. It was ignored because the major media outlets and commentators think such a speech is of no interest to their viewers or readers, and even if it was, is not acceptable to their corporate owners. As Chomsky wrote, the protestors in Taksim Square, Turkey, or Cairo may be the beginning. In other words, this change is going to have to come from the people. “We the people” need to push our governments. I’ll march; any time, any day. Afterword: Here’s some more Alan Watts going on about apples in his “The Nature of Consciousness, published in 1960: “You don’t need to beat nature into submission. Why be hostile to nature? Because after all, you ARE a symptom of nature. You, as a human being, you grow out of this physical universe in just exactly the same way that an apple grows off an apple tree.” Patrick Hunter is a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and lives outside Carbondale in Satank.
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We all claim Randy Dear Editor: The Udall family asks us to live as Randy did. Did becomes does. He lives on because of his ability to drive home and also live the message of how we can participate responsibly in our future, which can appear perilous, brings a power and energy to me daily. I am sure it does to others. Someone said to me,“We all claim Randy.” How true. Over the last 20 years or so, each encounter I had with him — grocery store, Red Hill, Two Rivers Park, the local dump (when we could still visit it), CRMS — all are sharply in my memory. Sometimes I witnessed extraordinary compassion, other times thoughtful wry humor, and usually critical questions. In his writing he delivered some truths we might want to avoid in our daily lives and then with his characteristic joy, he seized today’s moment and demonstrated how to fasten issues into personal behavior NOW. I am the citizen I am in our skeptical times because of Randy. No doubt the brilliance of the night sky and the fragility of spring wildﬂowers in the Wind Rivers wrapped Randy, and the universe said “Thanks.” Adele Hause Carbondale
open and equal for everyone. Take down all the tents except the music mixer and let a bad idea die quickly. Frank Norwood Carbondale
Celebrate the Divide Dear Editor: My name is A.O. Forbes and I have been a teacher in the valley for the past 27 years. I grew up in Aspen, attending schools in both Aspen and Carbondale. I have raised my children here and feel uniquely lucky to have spent so much time here, and to have the connections to this valley that have given me so much. This valley, and all the communities in it are all about relationships, relationships between people that are born out of relationships to the land. As a child, riding my horse with my mother up the side of the Highlands’ Thunderbowl through the aspen on a June morning is for me the essence of this reciprocal relationship between a place I love, and people I love. Aldo Leopold writes so eloquently about the need to revere that connection to place, and to live within that relationship, and to feed it constantly. LETTERS page 13
Dump the tents Dear Editor: In their July newsletter, the CCAH announced a lottery to allow twenty 10'x10' shade tents to be erected by the music mixing tent at a cost of $100 to $125 to the winners of the lottery. Tents would restrict the view of the stage and walking access through the already crowded park for 200 feet across the middle of the park. A very bad idea. As the fair has grown, more and more tents have been allowed to congest the park. The open-sided tents allowed in the past should also be removed. Only about 100 “privileged” people (ﬁve folks per 10'x10' tent) will beneﬁt while blocking the view of the stage and easy movement through the park by the thousands of visitors to the fair. CCAH seems to be concerned with the “fairness” of selection of the “privileged,” hence the lottery, without concern for the thousands inconvenienced by the presence of 200 feet of tents. Sopris Park is a wonderful venue that belongs to the public and the Mountain Fair is a great event that should not cater to an elite few willing to pay for shade. It’s summer! It’s July! Wear a hat! For 42 years the Mountain Fair has succeeded without shade for the few, and there is the danger that this year’s lottery will set a precedent for future years. Keep the park
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Highway 133 design rolls into ﬁnal stretch Open house July 17 By Bob Ward Special to The Sopris Sun Years of planning and discussion between the town of Carbondale and the Colorado Department of Transportation will translate into actual construction this September, when crews begin removing power lines along Highway 133. Electric, cable TV and ﬁber-optic lines should be completely relocated and buried by November, opening the door to a major overhaul of the highway itself in April-October 2014. A third trafﬁc lane will be added in the center of the highway to function as a left-turn lane for both northbound and southbound cars, and a new roundabout will take the place of the existing signalized intersection at Main Street and 133. While they’re at it, crews will also make a series of pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented improvements — adding paved trails and crosswalks to ease travel along the highway and across the highway. “The widening of the corridor and the dedicated left-turn lane is really going to free up trafﬁc, and we won’t have stoppages and bottlenecks,” said Carbondale Public Works Director Larry Ballenger. “Additionally, bikes and pedestrians will have a safer path to walk up and down the highway, and they’ll have safer places to cross the highway.”
In CDOT parlance, the $6.435 million project involves “safety and operational improvements.” CDOT engineers have recommended Highway 133 be expanded to four lanes — a so-called capacity improvement — but locals feared a four-lane highway would bisect Carbondale even more than two-lane Highway 133 already does. State and local ofﬁcials agreed that the two-way, left-turn lane could relieve congestion between Dolores Way and Main Street. When coupled with the various pedestrian/bike upgrades, Ballenger said, the upcoming project should satisfy both trafﬁc engineers and Carbondale residents. “Highway 133 is going to be difﬁcult for pedestrians to navigate no matter what we do,” Ballenger said. “But CDOT has listened to the town, they’ve reviewed our comprehensive plan and they understand how important it is to the town not to have a highway that segments the community into east and west.” An open house from 5-7 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall on July 17 will be locals’ best chance to learn more about the details of the project and ask questions of the experts.
Main Street, prompted state and local ofﬁcials to begin exploring long-term solutions. Aside from expanding the highway, state ofﬁcials have also recommended pedestrian overpasses in certain locations so walkers and bikers can easily cross without interrupting trafﬁc. A recent letter to town ofﬁcials, Resident
dent, not to mention all who bypass Carbondale on their way to Redstone or Paonia. In addition to changing the way drivers turn from one road to another; the roundabout should also serve as an aesthetic entrance to the town, perhaps including a James Surls sculpture. “A roundabout presents the opportunity for a gateway feature by allowing for unique landscaping or artwork at the center,” said CDOT Project Manager Bart Necessary. Perhaps most important, at least in the minds of the engineers, roundabouts reduce accidents. A recent memo from CDOT said crashes in general drop by 48 perLarry Ballenger cent when intersections are switched from stoplights to Carbondale Public Works Director roundabouts, and injury crashes Engineer Roland Weber said “in 20 years drop by up to 78 percent. the volume of trafﬁc on (Highway) 133 Partly for that reason, future roundnorth of Main Street will be comparable to abouts are envisioned where Highway 133 existing trafﬁc volumes on the (Highway) meets Nieslanik Avenue and Industry Way 82 corridor. Several grade-separated pedes- (both of which dead-end at the highway trian crossings are currently being planned from the east in the Roaring Fork Co-Op by local governments on the (Highway) 82 area), and Weant Boulevard. However, corridor, including at Willits, Basalt and the Necessary added, those roundabouts are Aspen Airport Business Center.” tied to future development proposals and Such grade-separated crossings are aren’t part of the 2014 project. under discussion for places like the RoarFor his part, Ballenger said the rounding Fork Transit Authority park-and-ride about will enable safer pedestrian moveon Highway 133, but won’t happen in ment across the intersection, and drivers 2014. The centerpiece of the upcoming will access the various businesses in the project is probably the roundabout, which vicinity just as they do now. will affect virtually every Carbondale resiROUNDABOUT page 7
“… they understand how important it is to the town not to have a highway that segments the community into east and west.”
long time coming More than a decade ago, growing levels of trafﬁc on Highway 133, especially between the Highway 82 junction and
Brian Colley applied his chalk to Main Street in order to bring attention to Thompson Divide drilling issues on Friday night. Other chalk artists mentioned everything from their favorite football team (the Denver Broncos) to favorite poetry quote (from Richard Brautigan). Photo by Will Grandbois
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Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept. THURSDAy June 27 At 6:43 p.m. police received a report of several gunshots in the Graceland/Crystal River Road area. Investigation turned up no evidence. It is possible that the shots may actually have been ﬁreworks. FRIDAy June 28 At 1:15 p.m. a citizen called police with questions about animal safety at the Carbondale rodeo. Her inquiry was forwarded to a town employee. SATURDAy June 29 At 5:41 a.m. an ofﬁcer found the pink rabbit sculpture at Seventh and Main had been damaged. TUESDAy July 2 An employee at a bank contacted ofﬁcers about three suspicious men hanging out near the back door around closing time. The men turned out to be freelance ﬁlmmakers using the lane barriers of the drive-through for their ﬁlm. They were asked to gain permission from the bank before using the facility after hours.
Phat Thai folks went the minimalist route to outline several bodies for First Friday’s Main Street chalk-art extravaganza. Word has it Friday night’s rains washed away all the chalk and on Saturday morning the street looked as if nothing had happened. Photo by Jane Bachrach
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THURSDAy July 4 At 9:31 p.m. an ofﬁcer contacted several people who were using ﬁreworks. “They discontinued setting them off.”
Lottery continued om page 1 going up and they are always looking for new sources of revenue. This year, for example, the fair will put volunteer entertainers at the park entrances so attendees can contribute whatever they see ﬁt as they come and go. At the same time, the fair is trying to ﬁnd ways not to have to charge admission, even though some people (including some town council members) have suggested charging to get into the park. She said it’s also important for the fair not to sign up sponsors who would pay to hang their banners on the stage. Getting back to the topic of paying $100-$125 for a tent, Kimberly said it’s not so much if friends go together and split it.“It doesn’t seem to be asking that much,” she said. Not everyone is supportive of the shade tent lottery. In a letter to the editor on page two, Frank Norwood said he’d like for the fair to ban the tents altogether. “Only about 100 ‘privileged’ people (ﬁve folks per 10'x10' tent) will beneﬁt while blocking the view of the stage and easy movement Amy Kimberly through the park by the thousands of visitors Mountain Fair director to the fair,” Norwood writes. His letter later continues in part, “Sopris Park is a wonderful venue that belongs to the public and the Mountain Fair is a great event that should not cater to an elite few willing to pay for shade.” Kimberly said she’s not sure what the proposed shade structures will look like or how they’ll be constructed, but pointed to Pickathon outside Portland, Oregon as one music festival that sets them up. They might be made of canvas or nylon. The fair would work with the town and get approval before anything goes in. “We want to make sure it’s a safe structure. … There are a lot of details we haven’t gotten into but we know it is possible,” she said. Hopefully, the structures can be created locally to keep money in the local economy.
“There are more people than spots.”
The Mountain Fair shade tent lottery: Deadline to enter – July 21; Entry forms available at carbondalearts.com or the CCAH office in the Third Street Center. Free to enter, winners pay $100-$125.
Trustees OK solar array at C’dale Nature Park By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer The Carbondale Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to allow a 170-foot-long solar array at the entrance to the Nature Park on Tuesday night, but not before John Foulkrod invoked one of the environmental movement’s most quoted songs. “We’re paving paradise to put up a parking lot,” said Foulkrod, paraphrasing one of Joni Mitchell’s best-known songs. “ … we’re destroying one of (the most) beautiful things we have left in town.” Foulkrod voted against the array. Voting for it were Stacey Bernot, John Hoffmann, Elizabeth Murphy, Pam Zentmyer and Allyn Harvey. Frosty Merriott was absent. The question of whether to let an outside party build three solar arrays in Carbondale in exchange for tax credits as part of an Xcel energy program that will produce free power for the town was ﬁrst put to the trustees in January. Town manager Jay Harrington said that of the 14 solar array sites ﬁrst presented, only three were suitable: the Nature Park (aka Delaney dog park), the Third Street Center roof and the public works building behind Grand Junction Pipe on Highway 133. All three arrays must be built for the project to work. Two locations at the dog park were eventually proposed: At the entrance
(Option B) and on the east side of the 37-acre park (Option A). The town’s environmental board and parks/recreation commission both recommended the trustees go with Option B. A handful of dog park supporters turned out at Tuesday night’s meeting to argue against the solar array, or to argue for Option A. “Site A is not being utilized,” Melissa Sumera told the trustees. “It will only affect the view-plane.” She then said people who go to the park use the entrance as a community gathering center and talk there. Terry Kirk, another dog park user, implored the trustees not to turn a nature park into “an industrial park.” Former trustee Frank Smotherman argued against the array, saying that future boards will be asked to “nick away at this gem … It’s too nice a piece of ground to mess around with.” A sympathetic board of trustees said the choice between lowering the town’s carbon footprint to ﬁght global warning, versus preserving the park as is, is a case of competing goals. “It’s not a decision taken lightly,” said Bernot. Hoffmann later added that the solar array is a step in the right direction, “… even if it’s a step on a beautiful ﬂower in the process.”
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Send in Mountain Fair memories The Sopris Sun is rounding up Mountain Fair memories to print in our July 25 issue. What with 41 Mountain Fairs attended by tens of thousands of folks, there must be at least a few memorable moments. For example, hundreds of people remember String Cheese Incident playing the fair in the early 1990s before they hit it big and a few might even remember them jamming in a tent behind the stage long after the park had closed that night. Rumor has it that one year someone from across the street walked over to the park and ceremoniously unplugged the music for the night. It’s a long shot but someone out there might have taken their kid, grandkid and now great-grandkid to the same face painter over the years. Remember when a certain individual who will go unnamed stole the fair-director’s golf cart about 20 years ago? The ﬁrst and only Pun Pie competition was a funny and for some entries slightly off-color affair. If you have a favorite or even top ﬁve Mountain Fair memory, feel free to e-mail it to email@example.com or mail to The Sopris Sun, Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.
Grett heading to lindenwood Roaring Fork High School graduate Dakotah Grett will play basketball at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Illinois next school year, according to a press release from NCSA Athletic Recruiting. At Roaring Fork, Grett earned a 3.5 GPA and was student body president, and also AllState in basketball for the 2012-13 season.
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A Carbondale Fire District brush truck lines the procession route in Prescott, Arizona following Tuesday’s memorial service for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died ﬁghting a wildﬁre near Yarnell on June 30. Making the trip were: Ron Leach, Jake Spaulding, Dean Perkins, Josh Greene, Paul Herr, Brandon Deter, and Aspen Fire Chief Rick Ballentine. Courtesy photo
Free yoga session Word from True Nature Healing Arts says that their teacher did not show up for last Sunday’s free yoga session at Sopris Park. To make it up to everyone, Deva Shantay and Branden Cohen are offering a free class at their center at 100 N. Third St. For details, call 963-9900.
Renegade Band rehearsal The Carbondale Renegade Marching Band holds weekly rehearsals at Sopris Park Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming gigs in-
clude Mountain Fair and Potato Day. Info: 963-2798 or the band’s Facebook page.
Sopris Run-off returns The 35th annual Mt. Sopris Run-off and Four Mile Fair Run take place during Mountain Fair on July 27. The Four Mile Race starts on Prince Creek Road south of town and runs down hill to Sopris Park. Entrants meet at Sopris Park at 7:15 a.m. to be bused to the starting line (the race starts at 7:45 a.m.). The 14-mile Mt. Sopris Run-off starts at the Emma school house on High-
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Dr. Charles Dassance is distinguished among college presidents. He knows what education can do for communities. And he understands what makes a college great. So when asked to serve as interim president at Colorado Mountain College, he readily agreed. Now he is guiding CMC toward a strong future.
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Carbondale residents Allan Jameson, Silvestre Arvizo, Robert Morrison and Morgan Bell were among the inaugural class of graduates earning bachelor’s degrees across Colorado Mountain College campuses during the spring semester. Jameson, Morrison and Bell graduated with a BA in sustainable studies, while Arvizo graduated with a BA in business administration. College wide, more than 1,000 bachelor’s and associate degrees, GEDs and certiﬁcates of occupational proﬁciency were granted this year, according to a press release.
Dr. Peters joins Red Hill Carbondale native Dr. Oneal Peters has returned to the Roaring Fork Valley to practice at Red Hill Animal Health Center on Cowen Drive. Dr. James Ziegler recently moved back the valley to buy the practice after several years absence.
They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Art Ackerman (July 11); Rebecca Self (July 13); John Tolan (July 14); Don Voltmer (July 15); Diana Alcantara (July 16); and Jason Steinberg, Tony Comer and Eric Brendlinger (July 17).
Roundabout om page 3 “I didn’t know anything about roundabouts before we went into this, but I did a lot of reading,” Ballenger said. “The more I read, the more my mind was placed at ease.” Funding for the $6.435 million project is coming mostly from the state ($5.435 million), with $500,000 contributions from both Carbondale and Garﬁeld County.
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CDOT PROTEST. In the dead of night on July 8, a couple of Satankers hauled the pedestrian-crossing sign from the south end of Highway 133 up to Dolores Way to protest CDOT’s continuing refusal to put a trafﬁc light at the sometimes-busy intersection. The highly orchestrated action took place hours after CDOT told the Garﬁeld County commissioners it opposes such a trafﬁc light. The non-revelation came during discussion on whether the county should approve part of CDOT’s control access plan for Highway 133, which it did 2-1 with commissioner John Martin casting the dissenting vote. Photo by Lynn Burton
• Shoulder widening and addition of a two-way, left-turn lane between Dolores and Main. • Highway 133/Main Street roundabout. • Asphalt resurfacing from Cowen to Dolores, and Main to Meadowood Drive. • New pedestrian path along east side of Highway 133 from Roaring Fork River to Cowen Drive. • New pedestrian path on west side of Highway 133 from Village Road to Main, and from Main to Hendrick Drive. • Stoplight and pedestrian crossing at Snowmass Drive, plus pedestrian crossings at Cowen Drive, the Main Street roundabout and Hendrick Drive. • Utility relocation and under-grounding (scheduled to occur first, in fall 2013).
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Obituaries Cora louise Natal 1923-2013 Cora Louise Natal was born Feb. 11, 1923 on Missouri Heights north of Carbondale, Colorado. Her parents were Fred and Winona Holgate. Cora passed on July 4, 2013. She was preceded by two brothers and one sister, Robert, Owen and Lanore. Cora spent her childhood on Missouri Heights. She attended school on Missouri Heights and graduated from the Carbondale high school. She married Stanley Natal on Nov. 13, 1943. She has two sons, Dennis (Karen) and Ronald (Jan); granddaughters Lisa (Paul) and Heather (Jeff); great-granddaughters Sophie and Natalie; and great-grandsons Blake and Vincent. Cora and her husband raised their sons on the family farm in the small valley of Woody Creek. She and Stan moved to West Bank in the early 1990's. Her husband preceded her in the late 1990's. She moved to Heritage Park assisted living a few years ago, where she spent her last days. A service was scheduled for July 10, 2013 at the Farnum Holt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was scheduled to take place at the Red Butte Cemetery, located at 808 Cemetery Lane, Aspen, CO 81611. In lieu of ﬂowers the family asks that you make donations to the M.S. Society, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter P.O. Box 172625, Denver, CO 80217-2625.
Andrew John Sakson 1958-2013
Andrew John Sakson, 55, passed away on July 6, 2013. Drew was born in Trenton, New Jersey on June 8, 1958 to John Andrew Sakson III and Hope Haggerty. Drew moved to Aspen 19 years ago from Miami, Florida. Drew was first and foremost a loving father who chose the Rocky Mountains, the most beauti-
ful place in the world to raise his children. He was a longtime community member and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities president when First Fridays began. His community involvement included fundraising for the Third Street Center and the Thunder River Theatre Company. Drew was proud to have placed mortgages for many valley residents. He was known for his generosity, humor, exuberance and gregarious personality. He took immense care of friendships and was known tenderly as Uncle Drew by many. He lived his life by the catch phrase "Another day in paradise!” and it showed. Drew is survived by: his son, Jake; daughters Sophie Ann and Andra
Cabrini Sakson; stepfather Albert McGann; brother, John Sakson; stepbrothers Tim, Dan and Patrick McGann; sisters Sharon Sakson and Sandra Palombi; stepsisters Erin Kleinman, Megan Cumpston and Kate McGann; and 31 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother. There will be a public memorial for Drew on Saturday, July 13 at 4 p.m. in Sopris Park in Carbondale, followed by a celebration of Drew’s life at American Legion Post 100 at 97 Third Street in Carbondale. In lieu of ﬂowers, contributions may be made to the Drew Sakson Children’s Beneﬁt Fund c/o Alpine Bank.
Randy Udall memorial fund established In lieu of ﬂowers or other gifts, a memorial fund has been established in Randy Udall’s name. Any donations to the fund will support Youth in Action. Randy loved to support young people pursuing their dreams, whether it was writing a check to support a young artist, loaning a vehicle for a mountaineering trip, or editing a script for a documentary. This fund will continue to support such talented and striving youth. Donations can be made to the Randy Udall Memorial Fund and sent to Alpine Bank-Carbondale, 350 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO 81623. Udall, 61, died while on a solo backcountry trek in the Wind River Range of western Wyoming in late June.
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Community Calendar THURSDAY July 11 STORyTIME ON THE ROAD • The Carbondale Branch Library is taking kids’ storytime on the road at 10:30 a.m. This special ﬁreﬁghter-themed storytime will be held at the Carbondale Fire House at 301 Meadowood Drive. After storytime, there will be a tour of the ﬁre station, time permitting. Info: 963-2889 or gcpld.org. THEATRE • Theatre Aspen opens “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” for a run that continues through Aug. 17. Info: theatreaspen.org and aspenshowtix.com. ROTARy • Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita on Main Street at noon every Thursday. Info: 963-6663.
FRI.-SAT. July 12-13 MINDFUlNESS WORKSHOP • The key to living a meaningful and happy life is to live in alignment with your own inner values. A workshop with John Bruna will teach just that at the Third Street Center. A free-will donation is asked. Info: 379-6779.
FRIDAY July 12 CAJUN ClAy NIGHT • The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street holds its annual Cajun Clay Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Pick out a hand-made bowl, ﬁll it with gumbo from chef David Stassi then take it home. Electric Lemon will provide the music. There’ll also be a six-foot-long ‘gator cake, crazy-costume contest and more. Adult tickets are $55 in advance/$65 at the door; kids 6-16 are $20/$30 (youth tickets do not include bowls). Tickets and info: 963-2529 or
To list your event, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is noon on Monday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at soprissun.com. View events online at soprissun.com/calendar.
email@example.com. 963-2529 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Mud” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. July 12-18 and “The Sapphires”(PG-13) at 5:30 p.m. July 13. lIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents the Matt Flinner Trio at 8:30 p.m. “Flinner continues his reign as perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today,” said Jazz Times magazine. He plays in a variety of styles, including bluegrass, jazz and Celtic. Tickets are $15. Info: 963-3304. WORMAN SHOW OPENS • The Ann Korologos gallery in Basalt presents “Deﬁnitely Dinah!,” featuring new works by painter Dinah Worman, from 5 to 7 p.m. Based in Taos,Worman works with pastel and oils and critics say her landscape paintings are “instantly recognizable for their clarity, depth, and quality of light.” Her painting “History of a Field” was chose as Best of Show at the 2013 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale at the National Western Stock Show. The Korologos gallery is located at 211 Midland. Info: 927-9668. Wyly OPENS • The Wyly Art Center in Basalt opens the show “Betsy Chafﬁn: Daily Fragments” from 5 to 7 p.m. TOKlAT OPENS • The Toklat gallery in Basalt presents “Cathy Schermer, New Works – West Meets East” and “Silver Queen Minerals: Old Rocks.” HUNKER UP • The Redstone Art Center in Redstone hosts an opening reception for aerial photographer Rob Hunker from 5 to 7 p.m.
STRANAHAN OPENS • CMC’s ArtShare gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs opens a show of George Stranahan’s blackand-white photos from 6 to 8 p.m. Info: 9478367 or cmcartshare.com. lIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday night Info: 963-3304. THEATRE • Theatre Aspen continues“Fully Committed” through Aug. 15. Info: theatreaspen.org and aspenshowtix.com.
SATURDAY July 13 BBQ • The Wilderness Workshop hosts “Uniﬁed for Thompson Divide: BBQ by the River” from 4 to 7 p.m. at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. There’ll be music from All the Pretty Horses and the Deﬁance String Band, BBQ from Crystal River Meats, and a chance to learn about the impacts of drilling for gas on Thompson Divide. Two Rivers Park is located on the Colorado River at the east end of West Glenwood. lIVE MUSIC • The Academy of Music and Performance (AMP) holds its ﬁnal student performance of the summer at PAC3 starting at noon. Info: amp-carbondale.com. RFCC • The Roaring Fork Cultural Council presents two speakers talking about their endeavors in Africa and Pakistan at the Thunder River Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Both are devoted to building schools for children and women so that they may be able to alleviate a life of poverty, ill health and illiteracy. Twesigye Jackson from Uganda is president of The Nyaka Aids Orphan Project. Silby Stainton is from the Marshall Direct Fund, which invests
in the education of children and young women. Info: roaringforkculturalcouncil.com. SECOND SATURDAy • Basalt holds its monthly Second Saturday bash downtown and elsewhere from 5 to 8 p.m. SMART PHONES ETC • Senior Matters offers a smart phone class from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center, and a computer class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Both are in room 33. The suggested donation is $5 for each. Info: 379-6599. THOMPSON HOUSE TOURS • The Mt. Sopris Historical Society gives free tours of the Thompson House Museum on Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. Info: 963-7041.
SUNDAY July 14 lIVE MUSIC • The Carbondale Summer of Music, presented by CCAH and the town of Carbondale, presents Bluegrass Bonanza featuring Steamboat’s Old Town Pickers and Carbondale’s Hell Roaring String Band. The OTP has performed at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Fest and elsewhere throughout the state. It’s all free and takes place at Sopris Park beginning at 6 p.m. yOGA • True Nature Healing Arts offers free yoga in Sopris Park Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m. Info: 963-9900. DAVI NIKENT • Betsy Bowie explains tension and trauma releasing exercises at the Third Street Center at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through July 21. Info: 379-3486.
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Community Calendar Monday night jazz jam on its patio at 7 p.m. The sessions are open to jazz musicians of all levels. Shoes, dress pants and a collared shirt are required. For more information visit the â€œRoaring Fork Valley Musiciansâ€? Facebook page or contact Zack Ritchie at 987-9277. FIlM â€˘ Aspen Film presents the documentary â€œBlood Brotherâ€? at 7 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium. A Q&A with the ďŹ lmâ€™s director, Steve Hoover,â€? will follow. Tickets are $20 and are available at aspenshowtix.com.
TUESDAY July 16 lAUNCH PARTy â€˘ A launch party for â€œThe Pour House: A Colorado Saloon,â€? a new photography book by Roberta McGowan, takes place at the Main Street bar/restaurant at 5 p.m. A percentage of sales will be donated to the American Diabetes Association in memory of the late John C. Martin. Info: 319-1110. lIVE MUSIC â€˘ The Redstone Art Center presents free jazz with the Redstone Hysterical Band (John Riger, Bruce Imig, Jeff Andrew, Stephanie Askew and Michael Askew) outdoors on the grass from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. READING â€˘ GarďŹ eld County Libraries presents â€œCharlie The Noise Guy: Eat My Dustâ€? 10:30 a.m. at town hall. Charlie Williams is an underground comic and a vocal sound im-
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pressionist, better known as â€œNoise Guy.â€? You wonâ€™t believe your ears! Info: 963-2889. GW MARKET â€˘ Glenwoodâ€™s Downtown Market takes place on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Thereâ€™s live music starting at 5:30 p.m., plus locally grown produce, honey, artisan wares and more. Credit and debit cards accepted, along with EBTs. Info: 618-3650.
WEDNESDAY July 17 lIVE MUSIC â€˘ The Basalt Chamber of Commerce free Summer Music series (sponsored by Alpine Bank) presents Brad Manosevitz & the Flying Tourettes of Berzerkerstan from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lions Park in downtown Basalt. Itâ€™s free. Info: basaltchamber.com. CUlTURE ClUB â€˘ The Carbondale Culture Club at the Third Street Center continues its lunchtime presentations from noon to 1 p.m. with singer/songwriter/pianist Lisa Dancing Light and ceremonial performance artist Fred (Lightning Heart) Haberlein who will present â€œHopi Prophesy:You and Me.â€?Info: 963-3330. FARMERSâ€™ MARKET â€˘ The Carbondale Farmersâ€™ Market takes place downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Wednesdays through Oct. 2. ROTARy â€˘ The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at 7 a.m.onWednesdays at the ďŹ rehouse. Info: Ken Neubecker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date FRIDAY Aug. 2 DONâ€™T WAIT, JUST TEll ME â€˘ PAC3 presents NPRâ€™s â€œWait Wait, Donâ€™t Tell Meâ€? guest Paula Poundstone at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Info: pac3carbondale.com.
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CHAMBER MUSIC â€˘ The Basalt Regional Library presents its Thursday Chamber Music Series, featuring students from the Aspen Music Festival and School, at 5:15 p.m. through Aug. 15. Itâ€™s free. Info: 927-4311.
SAT.-SUN. July 20-21 DANCE â€˘ The Spectrum Dance Festival takes place at PAC3 Saturday and Thunder River Theatre on Sunday. On Saturday, Battle 2 the Drums (a two-versus-two break-dance competition for a
$1,000 prize) starts at 3 p.m. with the ďŹ nals at 7:30 p.m.Admission is free. On Sunday at Thunder River Theatre, the Dance Initiative presents the Zikr Dance Ensemble, billed as Coloradoâ€™s most innovative company with guest artists from the Colorado Ballet offering a spectrum of works from different world cultures along with original and contemporary dance theatre. Performances are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; kids are free when accompanied by an adult. The performance is made possible through support from Alpine Bank. Info: danceinitiative.org.
Ongoing PlEIN CONTINUES â€˘ â€œPlein Air: Fresh Paintâ€? continues through July 19 at CCAHâ€™s R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center. Info: 963-1680. MAyORâ€™S COFFEE HOUR â€˘ Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy on Third Street.
RODEO CONTINUES â€˘ The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series continues at the Gus Darien arena on County Road 100 east of town at 6 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through August 22. Adults are $10, a car load (up to six people) is $30, kids 10 and under with an adult are free. Info: carbondalerodeo.com.
Hold the Presses RFFRC SEEKS FAIR VOlS â€˘ Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is looking for volunteers to help staff its gyro booth at Carbondale Mountain Fair (July 26-28). â€œIt takes 100 volunteers to make and serve thousands of gyros to the hungry crowds that descend on Sopris Park,â€? said a RFFRC spokeswoman. Shifts are three hours and families are welcome. Kids eight years old and older can help with beverages. For details, contact Katie Marshall at email@example.com. ASC SlATES SPEAKERS â€˘ A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center has slated for following speakers or programs for July: for 10 a.m. presentations: Cindy Solano (hand analysis) on at 10 a.m., July 14; an outdoor service at Bobâ€™s in Marble at 10:30 a.m., July 21; Candice Oksenhorn (meditation, oils, ayurveda from the Chopra Center), 10 a.m., July 28. For details, call Golden at 963-5516.
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a proposed bike park at North Face Park on July 21. The town has applied for a $60,000 GOGO grant from the state to fund the park, after a previous grant application was denied, in part because more community support was not indicated on the application. For details, see the advertisement in this weekâ€™s Sopris Sun.
The Colorado Department of Transportation holds an open house to explain the proposed Highway 133 design on July 17. A session for town staff and elected ofďŹ cials takes place from 4 to 5 p.m.; the public session is 5 to 7 p.m. CDOT plans to start construction the Highway 133 improvement project next in April 2014 and complete it in October 2014.
library district holds ďŹ nance meeting The GarďŹ eld County Public Library District board holds a meeting with the ďŹ nance committee at the Silt Branch Library at 4 p.m. on July 11. For details, call 625-4270.
Valley View holds blood drive Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs holds its monthly blood drives from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.This monthâ€™s drive is July 16. Info: 384-6657.
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CMC informs students Colorado Mountain College will present two new student early registration workshops, on July 18 in Carbondale and July 23 in Glenwood Springs. First-time college students planning to attend CMC this fall are requested to attend one of the orientation workshops. Students must sign up for the workshop of their choice by calling 963-2172 in Carbondale or 945-7486 in Glenwood Springs. Both workshops begin at 5 p.m.
RFOV goes 14ers Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers stages weekend-long trail-work projects on Maroon Peakâ€™s lower slopes July 26-28, and Sept. 6-8. Meals will be provided; a $35 deposit is required. For details, call 927-8241.
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Pitkin County distributes broadband survey Pitkin County is part of a regional effort that could greatly improve local and regional broadband service. Community members are urged to complete a short survey to help build a good information base for a plan that will help the region leverage
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Bike park open house slated The Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department is holding an open house to explain
Senior Matters in the Third Street Center begins its Chatter Box series with dentist Garry Millard at 10:30 a.m. on July 25. Heâ€™ll explain the dental services available to seniors at Mountain Family Health Centers in RiďŹ‚e. For details on Mountain Family Health Centers, call 945-2840.
Crystal Caucus meets The Crystal Valley Caucus meets at the Church at Redstone. The night starts with an ice cream social at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Agenda items include: SG Interestâ€™s decision not to drill in Coal Basis (an SG representative has been invited), the White Banks Mine, Coal Basin restoration activities and wind/alternative energy in the Crystal Valley.
Letters continued om page 2 To that end, I invite all to come to an event at Two Rivers Park on July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate our reverence for the land we live in, the land that raises our families, feeds our souls and gives us sustenance in every way imaginable. The landscape that we will celebrate is the Thompson Divide. Please come, eat, listen to music and let’s discuss, and celebrate, our connections to this beautiful place. Come, and help us collectively speak to the future of a place that we all love. A.O. Forbes Carbondale
We need drones Dear Editor: Imagine an elderly pedestrian stranded at a busy intersection.The drone ﬂies over, sees the problem, and immediately dispatches a signal to the nearest Eagle Scout. Or think of the ease with which we will ﬁnd lost cats. Those charity runs to end breast cancer? Tape-to-tape coverage.They can even do trafﬁc reports. Not only that, but there if there is an abandoned vehicle blocking a lane, consider it cleared. Now, the critics will say this is just another example of Big Brother, but they’re wrong. This is the ultimate Big Brother! Each drone will be paired with one disadvantaged young man of color, and, like always, about once a month, they will get together, and have a blast. Jose Alcantara Carbondale
What’s up with Four Mile? Dear Editor: I gathered with other interested people to listen to Scott Fitzwilliams, Supervisor of the White River National Forest, speak on the status of oil and gas leases in Four Mile Park. The BLM was meeting with SG Interests (the company holding the leases for development) and other stakeholders to begin collecting data to conduct an environmental impact statement on the leases. This is the beginning stage for moving the process forward to approve or deny drilling in this portion of the Thompson Divide region. I would like to thank Scott for meeting with us for a very informative discussion. I learned some important facts: The Forest Service has informed the Garﬁeld County commissioners it will NOT build an alternate route from East Divide Creek for trucks carrying equipment, water, chemicals and ancillary facilities to drill sites in and near Four Mile Park. So, if drilling is approved up Four Mile, the trafﬁc will move up Four Mile Road, unless the county commissioners take formal action to remove this county road as an ofﬁcial haul route for oil and gas development (which they have not done to date). The Forest Service has reminded the county commissioners that the commissioners are the only ofﬁcials with authority to close Four Mile Road to oil and gas trafﬁc. Why haven’t they taken formal action on this issue when they continue to assure the public that they are committed to doing so? The Garﬁeld County Commissioners keep telling the public they oppose oil and gas industrial trafﬁc on Four Mile Road. Are they being honest with us? Let’s look at their actions: The commissioners are spending millions of taxpayer dollars to improve Four Mile Road; they built a bridge that cost in excess of $1 million into the Oak Meadows Sub-division, where SG Interests holds a lease
to drill (under normal circumstances, this bridge would be unnecessary); against overwhelming public opposition, they approved a contract to blast the mountain near Black Diamond Road and straighten the curve (this is a beautiful geologic feature and a natural trafﬁc calming device and the new design accommodates faster speeds and industrial trafﬁc; they approved a contract to pave all the way to Sunlight Mountain Resort. Why is the county making these improvements? Who will beneﬁt? It is my opinion that through action taken by our county commissioners, we as taxpayers are paying to open this area up for oil and gas development. Now is the time to become involved. The BLM has begun the process to identify what values need to be protected should development move forward. Please attend a gathering from 4 to 7 p.m. on July 13 at Two Rivers Park to learn more about the issues. Trési Houpt Glenwood Springs Former Garﬁeld county commissioner
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Burlesque was repulsive Dear Editor: My boyfriend and I went to the so-called burlesque production at the PAC3 on June 29. He’d seen it in previous years and said it was fun and not too raunchy. Let’s just say that this group of local women have changed their MO since previous shows. It wasn’t just raunchy, it was repulsive. We left during the third number with a very bad taste in our mouths. I’m not a prude or a religious nut, but I do have a sense of decency. The “madame” MC wasn’t funny or seductive, just nasty and disgusting. The ﬁrst skit was a 1-900 number type monologue with graphic details about lesbian bedroom practices. It was nothing short of pornographic. The second skit was a very talented hula-hoop artist with real talent. I could hardly believe she’d afﬁliate herself with the others. Skit number three was such a poor display of bad taste that we couldn’t take any more. It’s hard to imagine that donors to this“performing arts center”would sign another check. Gina Shaw Basalt
Farewell friends, welcome vols Dear Editor: The wave of the future is here with the NEW Carbondale Branch Library.Among the exciting changes is the establishment of a new volunteer program offering additional opportunities for community participation. Historically, the Friends of Gordon Cooper Library provided materials and volunteer assistance, conducted semi-annual book sales, hosted One Book/One Town, and raised independent funds to support a new library.The principal mission of the Friends group has been met with the creation of the new library. With the addition of the revised volunteer program, the Friends of Gordon Cooper Library will cease to be a formal organization. The new volunteer group will continue to support the library’s programs and objectives. The Friends will host a volunteer open house and reception at the new library from 5 to 6:30 pm. on July 31 to thank all Friends and to welcome new volunteers. Jane Hart Carbondale
AMP Camp Highlights
Academy of Music and Performance (AMP) Summer Camp 2013 is a 5-day session for teenage students interested in learning about the music industry. We’re bringing together many of the professionals involved in the valley’s music industry, including performers, songwriters, teachers, audio engineers, and producers.
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Students will explore: • Voice • Songwriting • Music Theory • Playing with a band • Composition Support and Behind the scenes aspects of successful bands and musical events • Lights & sound • Stage production • Promotion The Academy of Music and Performance is a safe and welcoming place for students to experience playing, performing, producing, and composing music with students their age and similar interests.
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Surls sculpture goes on display at new C’dale library James Surls (below), Garﬁeld County Library District Facilities Manager Jerry Morris (left) and Surls assistant Tai Pomara (not shown) installed “Me as Nine” at the new Carbondale Branch Library on Monday. Surls describes his pine and steel sculpture as a metaphor for a vast, cosmic ﬂower, in full blossom for the beholder. “All things great and small spin from a center …,” Surls said. “ … all matter is in a constant state of movement … .” The sculpture is on loan from Locke Surls LLC. The library itself opens on July 20. Photos by Jane Bachrach
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Korologos, Wyly, Toklat open women’s shows on July 12 Sopris Sun Staff Report Friday evening, July 12, is “ladies night” in Basalt, as three of the town’s art venues are slated to host openings for women artists.
Korologos The Ann Korologos Gallery in the clock tower building will host the opening reception for “Deﬁnitely Dinah – Dinah K. Worman New Works”from 5 to 7 p.m.The Taos artist’s landscape paintings are instantly recognizable for their clarity, depth, and quality of light. Her work in both oil and pastel ranges from representational to imaginative variations on the theme of the human relationship to the landscape. Her oil painting History of a Field was chosen as “Best of Show” at the 2013 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, National Western Stock Show. Says Worman, “I am looking for two things. I want to see the ‘bones’ of the landscape found in the openness of an arid climate or the stacked ﬁelds of cultivated land. I also love the compositional elements of a cluttered, close scene that allows me to treat
the landscape much like a still life.This is especially true of my aerial views and large foreground pieces. I’m looking for the compositional elements of both of these types of landscape paintings rather than the beauty of individual objects.” Worman has been featured in articles in Southwest Art, The Pastel Journal and The Artists Magazine as well as in several books including Art Journey America: Landscapes and Art Journey: New Mexico. The exhibit is on view until July 22. Ann Korologos Gallery is located at 211 Midland. For more information, call 927-9668 or visit korologosgallery.com.
Wyly Wyly Community Art Center’s opening reception for “Betsy Chafﬁn: Daily fragments” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 12. The exhibition features contemporary paintings and works on paper by the popular local artist. For Betsy Chafﬁn, art has been a longstanding passion. Her work is included in pri-
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Chafﬁn writes,“The abstracted forms and markings are distilled from observing my natural surroundings — the river, mountains, trees, the sky. The work is an expression to my responses to place, memory, experience.” The exhibition continues through August 29. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wyly Community Art Center is located at 99 Midland Spur in Basalt. For more information, call 927-4123 or e-mail email@example.com. “White Barn” by Dinah Worman vate collections throughout the United States. Her art has evolved through participation in workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center conducted by some of the country’s leading artists, as well as participation in residencies at Anderson Ranch and the American Academy in Rome. Chafﬁn lives and works in SnowmassVillage and on Spring Island,South Carolina. In addition to being an accomplished artist, she was instrumental in the founding of Anderson Ranch Arts Center and is a vital part of the national art community.
Toklat Toklat Gallery presents “Cathy Schermer, New Works — West meets East” and Silver Queen Minerals “Old Rocks.” Schermer shows a series of encaustic monotypes on Washi with mixed media element, using native birds and natural birds and natural found elements in a traditional Japanese scroll design. Silver Queen Minerals specializes in Colorado minerals and mining memorabilia. Toklat Gallery is located at 231 Midland Ave. The phone number is 927-1437 or e-mail toklatgallery.com.
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Kids & critters jazz up the Fourth Carbondale didnâ€™t need Roman candles and other aerial displays to be entertained on the Fourth of July. Between watermelon and red-white-and-blue eye candy on Main Street and in Sopris Park during the day â€” and the sweet sounds of Acoustic Mayhem and Fishtank Ensemble ďŹ‚oating from the stage during the evening â€” the Fourth was one big bang, even without ďŹ reworks. Photos by Jane Bachrach
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