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Volume 3, Number 26 | August 11, 2011

Jimenez makes food show final cut By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


Bonedale Buddha sees it all Kate Keleher, 5, was kidding around with her brothers Finn and Patrick (not shown) at the Bonedale Buddha during First Friday on Aug. 5. The Buddha provides a favorite place in the summer time for kids to climb and lick ice cream cones they grab across the street at Peppino’s. Photo by Jane Bachrach

his summer hasn’t been exactly normal for catering company owner Susie Jimenez. For starters, the Food Network chose the Crystal Valley resident as a contestant on its “Food Network Star” show, where the grand prize is a season-long show of her own. Through the weeks that followed (as measured in pre-recorded TV time), Jimenez shared a big house in Los Angeles with other contestants, bantered on-air with such TV food stars as Guy Fieri, had her “bowl licked” by actress Courtney Cox during one segment, and listened over her thumping heart when super-star food entrepreneur Wolfgang Puck said her open-face chili relleno was “memorable” during one of the show’s final episodes. Oh yea, the 31-year-old California native also traveled to the Atlanta Food & Wine festival just last week with a handful of other “Food Network Star” finalists, where she received a taste of what celebrity is all about. “They (fans) were calling out ‘Susie over here’ … It was a little surreal, them calling out my name.” The final name call is the one that counts, and it takes place in the “Food Network Star” concluding episode from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 14, when a panel of three judges will decide whether Jimenez, Vic “Vegas” Moea or Jeff Mauro should start planning their next life as a Food Network cooking-show host. “Win or lose, it’s been an adventure,” Jimenez told the Sopris Sun while taking a brief break during one of her private chef gigs earlier in the week. Friends, fans, well-wishers and everyone else is invited to a party at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village on Aug. 14 to watch the final show and cheer at the appropriate times. The band starts at 5:30 p.m. and the show airs from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP to “It’s cocktail attire,” Jimenez said. “ … no flip flops.” Susie Jimenez flashes a wide, easy smile and describes herself as a people person who likes to socialize and enjoy life. She’s friendly, quick witted and doesn’t always take herself too seriously. During the Fourth of July show while preparing a dish that required fresh lime juice, she told the audience that when she was growing up people made fun of her stubby thumbs. “You know what these thumbs are good for?” JIMENEZ page 12

Carbondale Commentary A mountain by any other name J.P. McDaniel has some nerve petitioning the U.S. Board of Geographical Names to name one of the peaks of Mount Sopris after John Denver. Just so we’re all clear on this — Mount Sopris is not in Aspen, you can’t even see it from there.Why doesn’t she petition them to name one of the Maroon Bells after him? She doesn’t live here, he didn’t live here, and no one I know who does live here wants to see this happen. All I can say is, Wow. I’ve never seen an intent to memorialize someone bring up so much unsavory history about said memorialee. Ever since this story entered the national news scope I’ve learned all kinds of tawdry details about the life of the man that I listen to singing Christmas carols with the Muppets each and every year. (My favorite is the song where Miss Piggy goes on too long:“If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!”) Before all this nonsense, I knew John Denver as a folk singer with a few fanatical fans and a drunk driving record. I didn’t realize that so many people, including me, would get angry at the suggestion of naming a major feature in our daily lives after him. “Do you think it’s the hat? No? A lot of people hate this hat. It angers a lot of people, just the sight of it.”– Buck Russell. There is a group on Facebook specifically formed against By Jeannie Perry this petition titled “Don’t name Mt. Sopris after John Denver.” As in, don’t name any part of the mountain after him; not the peak, not the false peak, not even a meadow of wildflowers where many a hippie has penned lyrics to many a song while high on more than the Rocky Mountains, if you know what I mean. Here are some comments from people who actually have lived here — here, in Carbondale, where we don’t go a day without seeing this majestic mountain: “Johnny boy crashed his Porsche up on McClain Flats and tried to sue the bartender that served him at 9 in the morning. Tool.” – GdC (Carbondale resident for 25 years). *“This stresses me out. I don’t want to come home to the John Denver Valley. I met him a few times at the Windstar Foundation and I honestly think he would be honored at the gesture but would politely decline. He loved the rockies [sic] for what they are not what a piece of paper could make them.” – KS (Carbondale resident for 22 years).“It doesn’t matter how many peaks there are on Mt. Sopris; it is one mountain and it has a name. Find something else to name after John Denver.” – RP (Carbondale native). “Let’s rename John Denver instead.” – CS (Crystal Valley resident for 9 years). J.P. McDaniel claims that there seems to be fairly little resistance to the idea of naming one of Mount Sopris’ peaks after Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., but how would she know? I imagine living in Littleton shields her from a significant amount of the resistance. KDNK has posted a poll on their Web site and last I checked, 75 percent of the people who voted were not in favor of naming any part of Mount Sopris after the man“who once told TV Guide that the highlight of his week was mowing his Starwood lawn in the nude.”*Not exactly what you would expect to hear from someone with “a lifelong commitment to environmental and humanitarian causes.” **And to think, I won’t even mow the lawn in open-toed sandals. Besides the unnecessary nature of this petition, I have an issue with a non-local petitioning to name a local peak after another non-local. Roaring Forkers do not like to be told what to call anything in their backyard by anyone (especially those of us in the mid-valley who pretty much consider Mount Sopris to be ours, and double especially by anyone on the Front Range.)

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Carbondale’s socialist government Dear Editor: Boy, you talk about socialistic governments. When you start making the decisions for me as to what kind of bags I use at the stores I would say that is just about as bad as it can get!!! I don’t know who this Nathan Ratledge is, but if he wants to dictate to Aspen and Pitkin County what they can and can’t do that is fine, but stay out of “Down Valley” business. I thought up until now that we had a pretty level headed town council in Carbondale, but why they are letting this guy and Ashley Cantrell, whoever she is, rule them? I am having second thoughts. I have observed the plastic bag recycle bin at City Market and 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 11, 2011

it is always full! And to“reimburse”the stores for them implementing the program, you’ve got to be kidding; they need reimbursed with the prices we pay for groceries in this valley? And what are the towns and cities going to teach us about using other bags instead of plastics. Give me a break!! This is going to be tough on senior citizens where they are on set incomes anyway and no raises on their Social Security or pensions. It is just a stupid tax and that is all you can call it. Why are they not charging the grocery stores for using these plastic bags instead? I think they are the ones that implemented them in the first place! If I remember when they first came in we didn’t really like them because they were so flimsy, but if you didn’t

ask for paper you got plastic because they were cheaper and easier to sack, so this mess is all the consumers fault? Why if you don’t want them used don’t they just do away with bags all together and do like the health food stores do and box groceries in boxes if you don’t have your own bags, that way you remember to use them. As for it not making sense to drive to Glenwood or Rifle to get groceries, just watch us. People do drive to these towns at least once or twice a week because of regular shopping. Go ahead and implement more taxes on us right now while your town coffers are struggling and see what happens. We are Americans and are tired of the ones who think they are so much smarter than the rest of us pushing us around. So I am urging more people that think this will not happen in Carbondale to attend the meeting Aug. 23 to state your displeasure of this “Ordinance”!!!! Joan Cheney Carbondale

You are our gyros Dear Editor: The 40th annual Mountain Fair in Carbondale is a pleasant memory and the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers’ Gyro Booth is retired until next year. Like most of the other booths, we had a great fair serving more than 2,000 delicious gyros with our special secret sauce! A big thanks to the 90 volunteers who helped run the booth — you special people know who you are! Thanks to Alpine Bank and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado for your generous sponsorship. We are also grateful to Marcella Ach for donating our new wonderful tent. All of this support helps bring more to our bottom line and provides needed services in our valley. The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is a not-for-profit organization. We are a grant-funded partner of the Roaring Fork School District and often have referrals from teachers. With offices in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, we provide parenting and nutrition classes, assistance to children and families, health and dental education and work to help families become self-reliant in our community. We have a new series of parenting classes starting in September and our annual Halloween Happening for families is just around the corner. Call 384-5689 for more information or check us out online at or on Facebook. Thanks for eating Mountain Fair gyros! See you next year! Katie Marshall Special Events coordinator The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers

John Denver views? Dear Editor: The proposal and petition with 500 names to make John Denver the name of one of the two summits of Mount Sopris is being sent in by the sponsor from Littleton to the U.S. Board of Geographical Names, according to a Post Independent article on Aug. 2. Even though the article cites two local polls with Aspen and Carbondale 74 percent against this proposal, the sponsor states“Some people aren’t listening. It’s like they have their mind made up before thinking about it.”

Duh, is the sponsor listening? I personally like the idea but the sponsor needs to admit they picked the wrong mountain and get on with their commemorative campaign to honor John Denver. As they are proceeding anyway, we the 74 percent can stop them by being the vocal majority. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names rules state: “Names for features already established in spoken or written form among local citizens ... are given priority.” Furthermore,“Board review of a proposal will be expedited if the proposer furnishes some evidence of local support for a proposed name ... in the form of: newspaper clippings of letters to the editor showing public awareness and endorsement of the proposed name.” What is good for the goose is good for the gander. If anyone wrote a letter to the editor against this idea, make it count by faxing it to 703-648-4549, or send it to Lou Yost, Executive Secretary for Domestic Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-0523, or e-mail him at Reference Pitkin County, CO, Mount Sopris. Yost also told me people should contact the Pitkin County commissioners, as the names board will contact them prior to making a decision on changing a peak on Mount Sopris to John Denver. The names web site is domestic/index.html. Otherwise, get motivated and send a simple note to the above, or be prepared to live with “My what a lovely view of John Denver you have.” Spare us all from that, please. Gary Pax Carbondale

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Sheepdog countdown begins; all eyes are on C’dale Sopris Sun Staff Report Carbondale becomes the North American sheepdog center of the universe on Sept. 13-18 as the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals take over Strang Ranch and parts of town. Highlights at the ranch include the Parade of Qualifying Dogs and Handlers, Double Lift Finals, and Calcutta for the top 17 dogs on Sept. 18. In downtown Carbondale, the annual Cowboy Up dinner/dance at the Fourth Street Plaza takes place on Sept. 16. The following night the annual community barbecue/street dance will set out even more tables this year on Sept. 17 to accommodate hundreds of spectators and contestants the event will attract from across the United States and Canada. The United States Border Collie Handlers Association chose the Strang Ranch to host its national finals last year after Meeker’s Ellen Nieslanik, Carbondale’s Bridget Strang and Alamosa’s Dan Keeton teamed up to hold sheepdog trials at Strang

Next month’s finals will bring in 225 handlers and their dogs as they compete for a total purse of $40,000. ranch in 2010 to prove they could produce the event here. Next month’s finals will bring in 225 handlers and their dogs as they compete for a total purse of $40,000. Sheep (850 in all) are being brought in from the 65,000-acre Raftopoulous ranch in Craig. Other items of note: the finals will be Web cast and sponsored by Serta. Last year’s finals attracted 3,000 viewers, according to the event’s Web site at Aside from the handler/dog/sheep action,

the event at Strang Ranch will also feature arts and crafts vendors and food booths such as Milagro Beef/Louis Swiss Bakery. Daily ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 8-16 and seniors, and free for kids under 7. A six-day pass sells for $40 for adults, $20 for kids 8-16 and seniors, and free for kids under 7. Gate proceeds go to the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Competitions are held in two categories: experienced (open) and younger dogs (nursery). Most of the daily events begin at 7 a.m. The schedule is as follows: Sept. 13 – open preliminary runs; Sept. 14 – nursery preliminary runs, open preliminary runs, open field; Sept. 15 – nursery and open runs continue; Sept. 16 – nursery finals, open preliminary runs; Sept. 17 – open semi-finals, educational demonstrations with Laura Van Dyne, lamb cooking demonstrations and lamb tasting, Calcutta for top 17 open dogs;

Sept. 18 – opening ceremony, parade of qualifying dogs & handlers, Calcutta for 17 open dogs, lamb cooking and lamb tasting. The 2011 National Sheepdog Finals sponsors include: Alpine Bank, The Pour House, The Sopris Sun, Bravo Fine Catering, Mason & Morse, KDNK, Bank of America, Mountain & Plains Border Collie Association, the Town of Carbondale, Down Valley Septic, Colorado WAGYU (Emma Farms Cattle Company), Premier Party Rental, Western Slope Trailer Sales, Blacksheep Design, Amore Realty Neil-Garing Insurance, Stifel/Nicolaus, Antelope Leather Works, Berthod Motors, Dalby/Wendland, Lassiter Electric, Niesbrouck Farmers Market, Tybar Ranch, Colorado Lamb Council, Crystal River Ranch, Crystal Springs Ranch & Saddlery, Marc and Susan Michie, MRI, Propane Services, Porter Ranch, and Roaring Fork Valley Coop. The event is also supported by funding from the Colorado Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Trustees addressing rampant use of sandwich signs, banners By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Take a wild guess. How many free-standing sandwich-type signs are spread around throughout Carbondale’s downtown and on Highway 133, advertising everything from restaurant lunch times to locally raised meat? If you guessed 44 you either read the memo from town staff to the trustees concerning the issue, or you went out there and counted them yourself. With so many sandwich-type signs and more seemingly popping up each week, town trustees Tuesday night instructed staff to draft a policy to address the issue while the planning and zoning commission drafts an ordinance or amendment to the existing sign code. Staffers told the trustees the new policy, which can be enforced, will address health/safety/public welfare issues, limit them to one per business, and require that they be brought in at night. Wrapping up Tuesday night’s discussion, trustee Pam Zentmyer said the town has spent a lot of money on beautification, but after looking at pictures of sandwich signs and illegal banners that staff has taken in recent days, “what are we doing it (beautification) for?” The sandwich signs, which are not addressed in the town’s sign code, are located primarily on sidewalks, town right-of-way and other public property. The staff memo looked at how Aspen and Glenwood Springs addresses the issue, and at least one trustee said he likes Aspen’s approach. “We could use Aspen’s criteria to clean things up,” said trustee John Foulkrod. Many Aspen businesses are located on the downtown pedestrian malls and employ sandwich signs to attract customers. Its code says: • Sandwich boards must be metal or wood and have a professional finish; • A six-foot travel width must be maintained on sidewalks where they are located; • They shall not be left out overnight;

• Must be permitted; • Are meant to be used for businesses that are difficult to find and for sales; • Only one per business, not to exceed six square feet per side. All five trustees in attendance Tuesday night were sympathetic to the challenges Carbondale businesses face and none indicated they wanted to completely ban sandwich signs. At the same time, the town must address safety issues such as sight lines that the moveable signs might obstruct, pedestrian access to sidewalks and related issues. As for banners, which are usually placed on a businesses property and advertise everything from sales or specials to phone

numbers and other basic information, they are addressed in the town sign code. “The banner situation has been a struggle for enforcement as no permit is required but they are still regulated as temporary signs,” said a staff memo. “They are limited to … no more than 10 consecutive days and no more than 30 days a year. There have been more citizen complaints regarding banners than sandwich signs in the past year. The above standards cannot be enforced until the banner is up and a complaint is received.” Town staffer John Leybourne told the trustees, “ … 99 percent of banners are not in compliance so we could enforce that right now.”

The trustees are expected to discuss a new policy on sandwich signs at their next meeting; a P&Z recommendation is expected before the end of the year. In other business from Tuesday night’s meeting: • Trustees approved liquor licenses or renewals for Main Street Liquors, City Market, Cowboy Up (special event), Festival Las Americas (special event) and KDNK Blues and Brews BBQ (special event); • Awarded a contract to Twisted Tree for landscape work at the intersection of Main Street and Snowmass Drive; • Heard a second quarter update from Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Director Sherri Harrison.

An adult male Rufous hummingbird took a perch at one of Shep and Mary Harris’s busy feeders between El Jebel and Carbondale last Sunday. Hummingbirders up and down the Roaring Fork report fewer beaks in their feeders this summer. Harris said folks are theorizing that wet conditions in the high country produced plentiful wildflowers, which enticed the migrating birds to feed there rather than buzzing down to lower elevations. In any case, Harris said the Rufous migrates up from southern Central America or northern South America in the spring, traveling up the West Coast and flying as far north as Alaska to breed. She leaves her feeders (white sugar only, never honey or raw sugar) out until mid-October to help any late or lost migrants “that might need a quick sugar fix.” Harris can be reached at, or check out Photo by Lynn Burton

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Beth Shoemaker gives her daughter Sadie a big hug downtown during First Friday on Aug. 5. That’s dad Sloan Shoemaker looking on. Photo by Jane Bachrach

The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. SUNDAY July 31 At 12:26 a.m., police officers observed three suspicious males near Gordon Cooper Library. One man allegedly threw a bag into a nearby backyard while a second male took off running. Police pursued the runner and arrested him for possession of marijuana. They also found 15.5 grams of marijuana in the backyard where it was thrown. TUESDAY Aug. 2 At 8:55 p.m., police contacted several juveniles who were making noise at the southwest corner of Sopris Park. They said they’d keep it down. WEDNESDAY Aug. 3 At 8:17 p.m. an officer helped a resident at the corner of Euclid and Weant move a broken limb from the street. WEDNESDAY Aug. 3 At 11:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a downtown bar on a disturbance call. The victim in an altercation did not want to press charges. THURSDAY Aug. 4 At 1:20 a.m., officers were dispatched on a noise complaint at the corner of Eighth and Cleveland. They were unable to locate the noise. THURSDAY Aug. 4 At 2:44 a.m., an officer wrote a ticket for a car parked in a no parking zone in the 600 block of Main Street. THURSDAY Aug. 4 At 2:20 a.m., an officer asked a resident on Crystal Circle to turn down his music. He did.

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Barrel racing: Carbondale rodeo’s hidden gem By Eva Will and Wes Stokes Special to the Sopris Sun When attending the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, one encounters exciting events such as bull riding, team roping and others, but surely the hidden gem of the night is barrel racing. “Spectators should watch for tight turns and good balance, a rider who is sitting in the middle of their saddle and who speeds up at the end of the run,” said Cherry Cano at the July 14 performance. As at all Carbondale Wild West Rodeo performances, the playing of the National Anthem kicked off the night but this go-round was special. In the packed stands and on the arena floor, a sea of pink gave off a glow. Why the pink? The theme of the season’s seventh performance was“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” and spectators, contestants, announcers and volunteers sported pink shirts, hats, bandanas, belts, boots and more. The night honored breast cancer survivors; 10 percent of the gate receipts were donated to the new Calaway-Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The sun had stretched its way far enough around the world that the rodeo proved the only light in a sea of darkness out on County Road 100. Stadium lights illuminated the arena, setting the stage for barrel racing. After several events earlier in the evening, the arena was cleared and three barrels stood ready for thundering hooves.“There’s a lot of speed and techniques involved in barrel racing,” said one young cowgirl before her run. “One little mistake and your whole run could be ruined.” Barrel racing is a speed event at the rodeo. An appeal is that it is one of the few professional rodeo events open to primarily women. In Texas, some men compete but it’s all about the ladies at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. The task is simple: the contestants must perform a cloverleaf pattern on horseback around the three barrels. This year’s best time is 15.98 seconds; but times can depend on arena conditions. To compete in barrel racing, mandatory attire calls for: blue jeans, a cowboy hat and a long-sleeved button up shirt, accompanied by equally fashionable and practical cowboy boots. A pair of barrel racing events took place on July 14. The junior barrel-racing event – which is open to riders 12 and under – at-

Barrel racing is a mainstay on the rodeo circuit and a highlight of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. A good rider will stay in the center of her saddle and accelerate through the end of the run. Photo by Jane Bachrach tracted six contestants, while the open barrel racing event attracted nine. Preceding her run, Lindsay Soucie (one of the chosen nine) commented on how important it is to have her mind completely focused prior to her run. “It is crucial to be in tune with your horse” in order to strive for the buckle, Soucie said. The buckle is an award presented at the end of the rodeo season to the most accomplished racer. As the event continued, Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” filled the arena from end to end and wafted into the trailer parking lot beyond. Our view of the spectacle was the same as Dianne Teague’s, who was the Colorado Senior Barrel Racing Champion in 2006. “Barrel racing,” she informed us, “has grown to be a more popular rodeo event and sport in recent decades,” an assessment that was proven by the audience’s hearty applause after each run.

After a night of racing, Dani BrownellPatty (who began riding at four years of age) gave this advice to prospective racers: “Ride hard and keep pushing.” Brownelle-Patty has won the season-finale buckle before. She said she loves the crowds and notes, “My favorite part is the adrenalin rush. I love it. (Barrel racing) is fast.” The night came together with a nearrecord-breaking run from Soucie, who presented spectators with one of the most exciting runs of the year with a time of 15.99 -- only .01 off the season’s best. After her run,

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(Eva Will and Wes Stokes are students at Colorado Rocky Mountain School).

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The final Carbondale Wild West Rodeo performances are Aug. 11 (Hawaiian Night) and Aug. 18. Performances take place at Gus Darien arena east of Carbondale on County Road 100. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with slack at 6:30 p.m. and the Grand Entry at 7:30 p.m.

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Soucie commented on how good she felt about winning, because earlier this year her 18-year-old horse, G, was diagnosed with navicular syndrome. Fortunately, 2011 brought their long and successful fight with the disease to a rewarding end, and they won the race. By far the event of the night in our eyes, barrel racing is a spectacle, as new fans and old ones will no doubt agree.

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Send your scuttlebutt to “We want to be counted!!!” they bleated in unison. Turns out these woolies are from a small-farm flock but have big dreams of joining the Raftopoulous flock of 850 range ewes that will be used for the National Sheepdog Finals to be held at Strang Ranch Sept. 13-18. Agnes and Baa tried last week to open an account at Alpine Bank but were turned away because ear tags are not considered valid ID in Colorado. Meanwhile, they have been spotted browsing at Hestia, the Pour House and Bella Mia, and are petitioning to have the pig replaced by a sheep on the sign at down valley Tavern in El Jebel. With just 32 days until the National Sheepdog Finals, Agnes and Baa are cramming. They will be watching the sheepdog demonstration at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo on Aug. 11 and a demonstration between Days Inn and the Comfort Inn on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. These sheep are desperate to be counted among the range ewes and accepted into the Finals flock. They are also thrilled to learn that the movie “Sweetgrass” will be shown at the Crystal Theater on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. “Sweetgrass” is a poignant documentary about the last-ever sheep drives into the Beartooth Range. They are sure that this movie depicting the life of a Montana range ewe will give them the “sheepishness” they need to finally be accepted. Watch for sheep tracks in your neighborhood and remember in Colorado: “If you don’t want them in, fence them out!”

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Agnes (shown here) and Baa (not shown) decided to pool their limited resources and procure a trim at Floyd’s of Mayberry earlier this week. The pair of small-flockers said they want to look their collective best in order to be accepted into the 850-head Raftopoulous flock, slated to play a key role in the upcoming National Sheepdog Finals at Strang Ranch. Photo by Ewe B. Herded

Flock Talk More reports of sightings of Agnes and Baa have inspired a local Sheep World Daily reporter to look into their story … and more was revealed after Agnes and Baa ruminated about the true nature of their quest in Carbondale.

The Sun’s man-about-town points out the handicapped parking spot at City Market closest to the main door is not really meant for folks to use so they can jump out of their vehicle and run to the VCR rental return box right next to the door. “If you can jump out of your car and go running around, you probably don’t qualify for handicapped parking status,” he stated.

Shoe drive under way Sopris Chiropractic and Soles 4 Souls have teamed up for a shoe drive to help those in need. Just drop off your gently used shoes at the Sopris Chiropractic offices at 20 N. Fourth St. in Carbondale or 711 E. Valley Rd., Suite 202A in Basalt (Willits).

They say it’s your birthday Birthday greetings go out to Tripp Adams (Aug. 11) and John Ginn (Aug. 13).

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Community Briefs CMC fall registration under way Registration for fall semester classes at Colorado Mountain College is under way. Classes start the week of Aug. 29, and additional classes start throughout the semester. Full schedules – including credit classes – for the Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley locations are no longer being mailed out. Instead, paper copies of the schedule are available at college centers at 690 Colorado Ave. in Carbondale, 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs, or 3000 County Road 114 in Spring Valley (south of Glenwood Springs). You can also browse online for classes at Continuing education schedules that list noncredit classes will still be mailed to residents in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale in mid-August. For more information about programs, classes or registration, visit call 963-2172 in Carbondale, 945-7486 in Glenwood Springs or 945-7481 at Spring Valley.

Trail project with trail maintenance from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Meals will be provided Saturday morning through Sunday lunch. Oct. 1 – Volunteers will build new trail segments on the Weller Trail, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Independence Pass, near Aspen.The project includes free dinner and refreshments.

Oct. 15 – RFOV and project partners (Garfield County, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Trout Unlimited, and Lower Valley Trails) continue the eradication of tamarisk and Russian olive on several riverfront parcels in and around the Rifle rest area. The project includes a free dinner and refreshments.

REALTORS hold golf tournament The Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS holds a scholarship fund-raising golf tournament at Rifle Creek golf course on Aug. 26. To register a team, call 945-9762. This year’s scholarships went to several area high school students, including Roaring Fork High School graduates Sonia Cortez and Coral Froning.

RFOV keeps on working Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has released the following schedule of projects. For details, call 927-8241. Aug. 20 – RFOV will complete construction of the Tootsie Roll Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Smuggler Mountain in Aspen. Sept. 24-25 – RFOV volunteers and volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will complete Phase 2 of the Hanging Lake

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Aug. 11 ROTARY • John Plano, building inspector and code officer for the town of Carbondale, speaks at the weekly Mt. Sopris Rotary luncheon at Mi Casita. At the Aug. 18 meeting Rotary’s district governor Roger Ptolemy will speak. POETRY • Spoke ’N Word presents “A Midsummer’s Night” couplet poetry slam competition at Carbondale Beerworks at 8 p.m. Bring friends, original work or just a pen to take part in this unique, original Carbondale event. Carbondale Beerworks is located on Main Street, east of the post office. MINE TOUR • Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a Smuggler Mine tour in Aspen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please wear good walking shoes and dress appropriately. It’s free. Info: 927-1290. HIDDEN GEMS HIKE • The Wilderness Workshop stages another Hidden Gems Hike at 7:30 a.m. This one goes to Treasure Mountain near Marble. The hike starts at the Marble mill site and culminates at Treasure Mountain’s saddle. Info:

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

lege instructors discuss the Ziegler Reservoir Ice Age fossil discoveries at the new Ice Age Discovery Center on the Snowmass Village Mall from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 16. Info: 947-8177. ART OPENING • Basalt High School student Jess Wiley shows her work at the Wyly Community Art Center, beginning with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The show culminates the second year of the Wyly Women’s Studio Mentorship, directed by long-time local artist Nancy Lovendahl. Info: ART TALK • Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village presents Theaster Gates and two monks in a free lecture at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required at 923-3181. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the Leonard Curry Trio (bluegrass, folks and rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover. Info: 928-8813.

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Buck” (PG) at 8 p.m. Aug. 12-18; “Midnight in Paris” (PG-13) at 6 p.m. Aug. 1314 and “Bridesmaids” (R) at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15-18.


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SEI BIRTHDAY • Solar Energy International celebrates its 20th birthday at the Third Street Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Main Street presents Dave Taylor in a benefit for Feed Them With Music. GYMKHANA • A gymkhana will be held at the Gus Darien arena east of town at 1 p.m. on Aug. 13 and Sept. 17. The gymkhana is for equestrians seven and older and the events are barrels, poles, flags and a rotating event. Volunteers are needed. Info: 274-3223 or 379-9978. BASALT SATURDAY LIVE • As a part of the Basalt SATURDAY LIVE! summer gatherings, folks are throwing a “Neighbor to Vecino” event from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lions Park. The event includes entertainment by the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, interactive games and art projects, a time to honor several mid-valley residents who exemplify the spirit of compassion and several speakers. ART AUCTION • The Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s annual Art Auction takes place at the Snowmass Village facility. More than 250 works of art by international, national and local artists will be offered Preview all available artwork at Info: 923-3181.

SUNDAY Aug. 14 LIVE MUSIC • The Crystal Club Café in

Redstone presents the Johnny O. Band from 4 to 7 p.m. It’s a fund-raiser for Parkinson’s disease research and tickets are $15. Johnny O plays the blues. Info: 963-9515. YOGA • Award winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Friedman facilitates a song and dance circle for people of all ages and levels of experience at 10 a.m. at the Third Street Center. She practices “Laughter Yoga,” which promotes therapeutic laughter as a method to bring people together and release stress. The event is sponsored by Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist church. Info: SUNDAY MUSIC • Vocalist Jan Garrett performs at A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center at 10 a.m. A love donation is optional. Info: Joseph at 945-8812 or Golden at 963-5516.

WEDNESDAY AUG. 17 LIVE MUSIC • White House pizza on Main Street presents Dave Notor (bluegrass). Info: 704-9400. GOP ROUNDUP • The Garfield County Republicans’ Roundup and Chili Cookoff will be held at Jolley Campground near New Castle. Peter Wallison will be the featured speaker. AREDAY • American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen takes place Aug. 17-21. Speakers include Ted Turner, Tim Wirth and Dr. Sylvia Earle. Discounted locals passes are available at the Wheeler Box Office. Info: FURTHER OUT page 9

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THURSDAY Aug. 18 PAONIA MUSIC • Paonia’s Pickin’ in the Park summer concert series features roots rockers Old California at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 and Nashville’s the Black Lilies on Aug. 25. It’s free. Info: Rob Miller at 970-260-6493.

FRIDAY Aug. 26 THE ORCHARD • An art and music jam event takes place at the Orchard (formerly the Church at Carbondale) from 7 to 10 p.m. The event brings together visual artists and musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. Info: 970-366-6140.

SATURDAY Aug. 27 COWBOY GOLF • A non-traditional golf course will be laid out at Dallenbach Ranch up

Hold the presses the Frying Pan for the “Cowboy and Cowgirl Golf” benefit for HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley from 2 to 8 p.m. Spectators are also invited to enjoy the barbecue and support the hospice. Tickets are $75 for golf and barbecue or $25 for spectator golf and barbecue. Smoke Modern BBQ will cater the event. RSVP by Aug. 15. Golf starts at 2 p.m. and cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Info: 927-6650.

GARRETT PERFORMS AT ASC • Vocalist Jan Garrett performs at A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Garrett is listed in Rolling Stone’s “Who’s Who in Rock & Roll.” She toured with John Denver, Steve Martin and the Dirt Band, and is also a certified laughing instructor (according to a press release). She calls Sunday’s program “Rich Intelligent Music with a Universally Uplifting Message.” Admission is free but donations will be accepted. For details, call Golden at 963-5516.

FRIDAY Sept. 2

CHAMBER HOSTS COMP PLAN UPDATE • The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce hosts an update on the town’s on-going comprehensive plan process for the business community and economic development advocates at town hall on Aug. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes a presentation on demographics, growth projections and economic information; and draft vision statements and works-in-progress goals. A question and answer session wraps up the update. For details, call 970-382-9886.

ART SHOW • The 16th annual Redstone Labor Day Weekend Art Show opens with a reception at the Redstone Inn from 6 to 8 p.m. The show continues Sept. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. respectively. Info: 704-9963.

Ongoing MILL SITE TOURS • Tours of the historic Marble mill site are offered Fridays through Sundays at 1 p.m. Info: 704-9482. STONE CARVER’S EXHIBITION • The 15th annual Stone Carver’s Exhibition is held at the Redstone Art Center through Sept. 30. Colorado sculptors include Madeline Wiener, Kathi Caricof and Steve Kentz. Info: 963-3790. CLAY CENTER SHOW CONTINUES • The Carbondale Clay Center presents the nationally juried show “Atmospheric Fired 2011,” featuring more than 40 ceramic artists. The Carbondale Clay Center is located at the east end of Main Street. Info: 963-2529. NETWORKING • The Linx networking group meets Tuesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at the Light real estate office in downtown. Info: 390-8401. FARMER’S MARKET • The Carbondale

Farmer’s Market at Fourth and Main St. continues Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s music, new vendors and old favorites, plus fish, prepared food, flowers and more. The market is sponsored by American National Bank and runs through Oct. 5. CMC SHOWS GRANT • Native Colorado artist Lanny Grant will exhibit many of his studio paintings of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Canadian mountain scenes at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery in Glenwood Springs in August and September. A signature member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Grant often works in remote areas, where he makes numerous sketches and oil color studies to help him create the larger studio paintings. An opening reception is set for Friday,Aug. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the college’s ArtShare program at 947-8367.

BACK TO SCHOOL TIE-DYE • The Gordon Cooper Library shows students how to tie-dye Tshirts for back-to-school wear at 10 a.m. on Aug. 25. Space is limited and the deadline to register and pick out a T-shirt size is Aug. 13. For details, call 963-2889. The class is free.

BELL PRESENTS “NEW WORK ON DECKS” • Stanley Bell presents “New Work on Decks” at Radio Boardshop from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 12. Other artists collaborating in the show include Amber Sparkles, Carly Sewell, Andrew Huffman, Hanna Boone and Drury Brennan. Bell said his work intermixes hallucinatory fragments of the urban landscape with the surrounding atmosphere and environment. “These paintings have taken the form of detailed, colorful, microscopic visions of energy amidst clouds, bridges and buildings, attempting to describe energy physically, graphically, and symbolically.” CLAY CENTER PRESENTS BURLESON • The Carbondale Clay Center presents Mark Burleson in a solo exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. The show was rescheduled due to shipping problems earlier in the month. For details, call 963-2529. The Carbondale Clay Center is located at 135 Main St.

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BLUES MUSIC • KDNK’s Blues & Barbecue takes place in downtown Carbondale. For details, go to

MONDAY Aug. 29 SLOW FOOD DINNER • The “Summer Harvest Social,” a benefit for Slow Food Roaring Fork, takes place at Six89 on Carbondale’s Main street. Featured chefs include Alex Seidel (Fruit in Denver), Frank Bonanno (Mizuna in Denver), Mark Buley and Mark Zitelli (BB’s Kitchen in Aspen), Rob Zack (EightK at the Viceroy in Snowmass), Bryce Orblom (restaurant Six89 in Carbondale) and John Chad Little (the Pullman in Glenwood Springs). A cash bar (with silent auction) starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $96.89 for Slow Food members and $126.89 for nonmembers. Reservations: 963-6890.

Come Watch Sheepdog Demos with Top Handler Jim Swift!

Before he competes at the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals in Carbondale next month, the Western Slope’s own Jim Swift will be showing us how he and his amazing border collies work together to gather, drive away, sort, and pen these wily sheep. Meet Jim’s dogs, learn what this exciting activity is all about, and find out how it’s all done! Food and drinks will be available so come down and enjoy! Call (970) 210-1125 for more information!

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The Green Thumb Guide

Designed gardens going the way of the dinosaur The past two years as I’ve chilled on work, focusing on our daughter Juniper, I’ve stayed connected to my ďŹ eld through classes, tours and the like. And during this sabbatical, I’ve watched my chosen ďŹ eld (garden design) go the way of the dinosaurs. Don’t get me wrong. Gardening is as robustly trendy and popular as ever. Grama and grampa still do petunias and tomatoes. Kids still earn their Green Thumb badge growing sugar snaps and sunowers. Gen X and Y are the new backyard farmer growing hip food slowly. Urbanites do it in pots, window boxes and on green roofs. So it sounds like most of us still want gardens, right? Hmmm. Blogs and clients hint at a different vibe. Between the lines, you’re asking for a sense of place paired with a bit of nature. You want your spot in the sun and trees, where you can kick it and entertain both yourselves and your friends. You want a comfy setting to reect who you are, what your tastes or style is, and you want it to be “Low Maintenance!â€? Screw the weeding and deadheading, the mulching and the pruning. When I interview you, your favorite colors or owers hardly enter the conversation.

Getting Grounded By Geneviève JoĂŤlle Villamizar Back in the day (do I sound prehistoric?) design was all romance and blossoms. I got clients excited based not on the drawn plan, but during the ďŹ nal design walk through. I would wave my arms, gushing and oozing over the bells and whistles (the views! the owers! such fragrance!) I also used my pen to tell the story, to paint the picture of their future lives in this fabulous new Eden so that if they later found themselves staring at a bird’s-eye view of colorful blobs, they

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could refer to the write up and be like “Oh, yeah, the owers.â€? Back in the day, it was about the garden. Today, we’re busy. We want to smell the roses, not futz with them. A whole new ďŹ eld has evolved, overlapping mine, that’s often referred to as “Exterior Design.â€? Some garden designers have even changed their title to reect this. I know of ďŹ rms that even have interior designers on staff to hone the non-landscape details. The gardens are less “gardensâ€? and more of a green backdrop, the touch of nature that works on our subconscious. So I get it now. For a few years, I didn’t (and wouldn’t) and I’m sorry. Sorry to all the clients that now pay a gardener to maintain my romantic notions! The last few years, our garden too has gone the way of the dinosaurs. What isn’t making it without my attention is now “extinct.â€? (I have a lot of brown areas in the beds!) As the green survivors stretch and yawn through the long spring, Peter and I go overdrive instead on the decks and patios. We put more effort into crafting our outdoor summer home over a few weekends than we put into the garden all summer. We get excited over how to arrange the furniture, place the art,

hang lights. Let me be honest though – my sense of place still needs a complexity of plants. I go ape $%*t over my pots and annuals. I switch it up every year, starting seed, buying plants and composing my paradise. I might be a romantic but I’m lazy, so we infuse the economy and hire out the gardening now. It’s August. Ahhhh, sabbatical. My containers are a Garden of Eden. Callibrachoa, African daisies, owering yucca – they match our furniture. Really! Red, fuchsia, aqua and green; aqua, salmon and burgundy, all! Flowing, spraying, cascading mounds of romance! We laze on the sunny sofa in a pile of pillows, watching our toddler toddle. The water fall burbles. The birds it and the bees buzz. We grill antelope sausage and drink garden-mint mojitos. We’re deďŹ nitely diggin’ this shift in the garden scene. Hmmm‌maybe that table needs some dinosaur art? Genevieve is a valley mama, still trying to squeeze in a bit of writing and design. She can be reached at Genevieve@

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Not all garden vegetables harvest the same By Linda Halloran Special to the Sopris Sun

After all the work planting in early spring and the weeding and watering of mid-season, garden work at this time of year makes a shift to time spent harvesting. The cool season greens have been finished for a while, and the heat-loving plants are getting ready to roll. While most gardeners put a great deal of thought and energy into soil prep and planting, knowing when to harvest for peak flavor, how to sustain production and to handle the fruits of your labor to maintain freshness and flavor are equally important. Some general rules apply to harvesting almost all vegetables. If possible, harvest in the cool of the morning or late evening and chill produce quickly. For quick maturing vegetables like summer squash, beans and peas, pick every day to keep them from getting too large. Continual harvest will also promote additional growth and fruit set. Most vegetables are annuals and their mission in life is to produce seed. By picking before that happens the plants will continue to produce. Some vegetable varieties should be rinsed off before storing, while others

need to be dry. Beans, peas, basil, broccoli, cauliflower, chard and okra will hold longer in the refrigerator if not washed. Excess water on the surface can lead to mold, and with beans and basil can cause them to turn black. Greens can be rinsed, but excess moisture should be removed. Tomatoes (the holy grail of gardening) should be picked for peak flavor, but color is not the only indicator of ripeness. With many of the heirloom tomatoes, waiting for a bright red color may ensure harvesting an overripe, mushy fruit. Tomatoes are ripe when a light pressure on the surface yields slightly. Squeeze a really green tomato first to get a baseline. In very warm weather (90 degrees or higher), pick tomatoes slightly under ripe and let them finish up inside at a lower temperature, which will help the texture. Broccoli heads should be harvested when the bead size is still consistent and the head has not gotten too loose. Once the main head is cut the plant will continue to produce side shoots that can be harvested. Pick cucumbers at any stage of development before the seeds become hard and the skin begins to yellow. Sweet

peppers are usually picked when they are fully-grown and mature – firm to the touch and green. For the colored varieties leave them on the plant until they turn, which doesn’t always happen with our short season. Pick beans after the dew is off the plants, and they are thoroughly dry. Avoid letting them get too big and tough. Carrots can be pulled when the roots are at least 1/2 inch in diameter or allowed to get larger. Beets can be harvested at any size, but with most varieties beets larger than 3 inches may become woody. Because summer squash develop very rapidly after pollination, they can easily get too large over night. We have all probably encountered one or two monster zucchini in our gardening careers. Summer squash should be harvested when small and tender. Most elongated varieties are picked when they are 2 inches or less in diameter and 6 to 8 inches long. Patty pan types are harvested when they are 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Consider harvesting the male squash blossoms, which do not develop into fruit, as a summer delicacy. They can be chopped and sautéed,

stuffed or dipped in batter and deep-fried. For more detailed information on vegetable harvesting and storage visit the Colorado State University extension office at If you feel the need to get out in the garden and plant, there is still time for late summer growth for a fall harvest. As day length shortens, the time needed for crops to mature increases by about 10-14 days for each week for planting dates after early August. For germination success with most of those cool season crops, the soil temperature needs to be below 70 degrees. Cool the soil by using shade cloth or watering for a couple of days. Even better is to try to plant during the cool, rainy spells we get at this time of year. With the help of row covers, once the weather turns cold, leaf lettuces, spinach, Asian greens, radishes and kohlrabi planted now can be harvested into late fall. Linda Halloran’s column runs the second Thursday of the month. She coordinates Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s Organized Gardening Learning Center.


Terry Kirk and his colleagues at Sopris Liquor & Wine are going to be more comfortable and more profitable this summer. Sopris Liquor & Wine completely upgraded the store’s lighting, including LED lights and motions sensors in the coolers (the coolers are dark until customers approach them). Sopris Liquor & Wine qualifies for rebates from Xcel Energy and Garfield Clean Energy. They are participating in the Garfield Clean Energy Challenge. And Terry, Joe, Barb, and Johnny are Energy Heroes! You can be an energy hero, too! Call Rob or Erica at CLEER today (970-704-9200) to get started. Find out more at Be an Energy Hero. THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 11, 2011 • 11

Jimenez continued om page 1 she asked the crowd. “Squeezing limes,” which she proceeded to do in preparing the aforementioned dish that former “Friends” star Courtney Cox could not get enough of. When asked about her thumbs during this interview she joked, “Maybe I should market silicone (thumb) attachments” to other foodies who aspire to duplicate the “Jimenez squeeze.” Beyond the laughs, there is also a serious side to Jimenez. For example, she takes part in the Aspen School District’s “Girls to Women” conference for eighth graders, where role-models explain to young girls

what it takes to be successful. “As a child I didn’t have a mentor … but I took cooking and turned it into a career,” she said. Some of that childhood did revolve around helping her mother and grandmother in the kitchen, and working with the whole family in California and Oregon fields picking cherries, peaches and other crops. “My dad came here 40 years ago (from Mexico) …

Susie Jimenez

now he tells me I’m an icon of what someone can do (here.)” Jimenez shares a house with her husband, Doug Lyons, about mid-way between Carbondale and Redstone in Swiss Village. She describes her husband as the quieter of the two, who is most happy when bow-hunting for deer, wild boar, caribou and other big game. “You name it, he brings it in,” she said. When “he brings

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it in” she cooks it up, with her own culinary flair. “One magazine wants to use my (wild game) recipes … hunters want me to go with them (to cook) … .” Cooking for hunters may or may not be in Jimenez’s game plan after Sunday night’s final “Food Network Star” show of the season. She plans to have a booth at the Labor Day Jazz Aspen festival, and also go on a book signing tour with other finalists from the TV show. Beyond that? It looks like we’ll all just have to wait and see.

CMC accepting board applicants Colorado Mountain Junior College District is accepting applicants to run seats on its board of trustees. Each potential candidate must be an eligible elector and reside within the boundaries of the district in which they submit their candidacy. The four districts with seats up for election are District 2 (Roaring Fork School District RE-1 Director Districts B, C, D and E), District 4 (Summit County School District RE-1), District 5 (Steamboat Springs School District RE-2) and District 6 (Lake County School District RE-1 and Eagle County School District RE-50J Director District A). Petitions are available from the college’s central services offices in downtown Glenwood Springs. Petitions, with at least 50 qualifying signatures, must be returned to the college’s central services by Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. The election will be held Nov. 1. For details, call Debbie Novak at 947-8365.

P&Z holds Gateway hearing The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission holds a public hearing on annexation and zoning on Aug. 25 for the Gateway River RV Park, located at 640 County Road 106 (formerly known as the Sopris RV Park). Copies of the annexation and zoning application are on file at town hall and may be examined during regular hours. The Aug. 25 P&Z meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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This old jalopy (have you ever seen a new jalopy?) was a major head turner downtown at the Aug. 5 First Friday. Other downtown action included a bluegrass band, rock band, balloon twister, art demonstrations and more. The next First Friday is Labor Day weekend. Photo by Lynn Burton


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering an annexation and rezoning request for property owned by the Town of Carbondale. The Town of Carbondale is the applicant.

The property is located at 640 County Road 106, Garfield County, CO 81623. The property was previously known as the Sopris RV Park and Campground. The property is currently referred to as the Gateway River RV Park. The site is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of SH 82 and SH 133, north of the Roaring Fork River. SH 82 is the north boundary, SH 133 is the east boundary and the Roaring Fork River fronts the south boundary. The west boundary is bordered by the RFTA railroad rightof-way. The property is approximately 7.74 acres.

The application also includes an amendment to the Townʼs Municipal Code to add a new Campground/Open Space Zone District to the Townʼs zoning code (Title 18). The property would be rezoned to the new Campground/Open Space Zone District.

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:30 p.m. on September 13, 2011. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Janet Buck Town Planner

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Thomas Steyer, billionaire philanthropist and champion of renewable energy, will speak at the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) conference in Aspen Aug. 17-21. Steyer helped to defeat California Proposition 23 last year, a ballot initiative that called for the suspension of state’s 2006 global-warming law, which aims to reduce the California’s emissions of greenhouse gases down to 1990 levels by 2020. Steyer will be joining Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation, in an armchair conversation titled “Lessons from Prop 23” at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, and an evening conversation with Ted Turner on “The Business of Philanthropy” from 8 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 19. For more information, visit

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CHURCH MUSIC DIRECTOR. Carbondale Community United Methodist Church is seeking a director of music for a 40-week season from Aug. 24, 2011, through May 29, 2012. This person will direct a small chancel choir and vocal groups to sing during Sunday worship services. Duties include leading Wednesday evening choir rehearsals for 1.5 hours, and directing during Sunday worship. Compensation is $6,000. To inquire, contact Pastor Rich Stoakes at (970) 404-0307. GET THE WORD OUT IN UNCLASSIFIEDS! Rates start at $15. Email *Credit card payment information should be emailed to or call 948-6563. Checks may be dropped off at our office at the Third Street Center or mailed to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Call 618-9112 for more info.

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