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Volume 3, Number 28 | August 25, 2011

Pot talk ignites confrontation Mayor steps in to separate trustees By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer


arbondale’s mayor had to step between two trustees at Tuesday night’s meeting after an angry exchange between the two continued in a hallway during a recess called minutes before. Mayor Stacey Bernot separated trustees Frosty Merriott and Ed Cortez in the area between the town hall kitchen and restrooms, after one hurled an obscenity at the other that was heard by some in the trustee chambers. “They were nose to nose, in essence,” Bernot told the Sopris Sun. Bernot said neither trustee put up much resistance when she physically separated them, told them to go back inside and otherwise calm down. “I was concerned it was going to escalate,” Bernot said. “Me just saying something wasn’t going to dissipate it.” The issue that started the confrontation was Merriott’s motion to readdress the minimum distance medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed from schools, which at present is 1,000 feet. Merriott’s motion failed 4-2-1 and seconds later he called Cortez a “hypocrite” for siding with the majority. On Wednesday morning, Merriott told the Sun that he, trustees John Hoffmann, John Foulkrod and Cortez are all about the same age (mid 50s to mid 60s) and had “probably” smoked marijuana because they all “came up in the same era.” Hoffmann voted for Merriott’s motion, Foulkrod was the final vote and abstained, and Cortez voted with trustees Pam Zentmyer and Elizabeth Murphy, and mayor Bernot. Merriott said Cortez was just “playing politics” and “that’s what frustrated me.” Cortez, who told the Sun he smoked marijuana in his college days, countered on Wednesday morning, “I’m a huge proponent of medical marijuana” but the minimum distance that dispensaries should be allowed from schools is a big debate. “Do we want these establishments in proximity to schools?” he asked. Carbondale is close to finalizing its medical marijuana ordinances after two years of input and review from a citizen committee, the planning and zoning commission and trustees. The town has at least eight medical marijuana disTRUSTEES page 8

Roaring Fork running back Johnny Nieslanik completes a drill during afternoon practice on Monday. The Rams scrimmage Eagle Valley at home at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 and open the season at Hotchkiss at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. Photo by Lynn Burton

Carbondale Commentary Middle schoolers and Michelangelo By Angela Paulone You know it’s that time of year when the commercials advertise all the sales and the stores stock their supplies: crayons, markers, pencils, pens, notebooks of all colors and sizes. Tape, index cards and folders abound by the hundreds. Ahhh, the beginning of the school year. As a teacher of eight years, two of those here in the Roaring Fork Valley, I have the same sense of excitement every year at this time, when all the school and art supplies catch my eye through the stores. Not only are the pens and notebooks all shiny and new, so are the possibilities of this school year. After a summer of reading, learning new skills, working and planning, going back to middle schoolers seems enlivening. With new energy, I can hope to inspire and educate. I can begin anew, reviewing old writing skills with students and begin to incorporate more challenging ones. Part of my teaching philosophy integrates art, and what better artist to emulate than one of the greatest, Michelangelo. Viewing Michelangelo’s most famous work of art, “Il Davide” at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, one can’t help but be impressed. However, a hall lined with the “Prisoners,” sculptures that are a magnificent demonstration of the artist’s belief that he was releasing human feelings, not just creating the forms from stone, has always mesmerized me. Michelangelo was liberating ideas, beliefs, and connections of humans struggling to define themselves. With this in mind, I want to transfer these types of images to my students, using literature and writing. I constantly reflect on how could I better show my students the power of releasing ideas, which they obviously hold within, and how to utilize those ideas, opinions and support of those opinions in life. How can I teach each child that everyone has a story, and his or hers is worth hearing and learning from? Henry David Thoreau once wrote,“A written word is the choicest of relics … It is the world of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.” When admiring the “Prisoners,” struggling to break free from the oppression of matter, one feels the life Michelangelo breathed into his work. Like Michelangelo, and Thoreau who brought life to the written word, my students eventually bring life into their own work. It’s rewarding to see works in progress and final products of a child’s story, of their creation, after seeing the struggle and hard work. They express themselves through writing, discussing, reflecting, asking questions, and this is the beauty of education. I have not only been the artist trying to release my students who struggle to break free from the oppression of their self-doubts, but my students have been the artists carving life out of writing. I have learned that despite their anxieties, misunderstandings, low confidence in their abilities, they try extremely hard to succeed.The possibility of witnessing this again and again in the classroom is the excitement of beginning a new school year. Angela Paulone is in her second year at Carbondale Middle School.

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Frosty, Carly and Shiloh Merriott recently went on a junket to the Emerald Coast of Florida to look into the effectiveness of sandwich board signs. “It wasn’t taxpayer financed,” Merriott said. Merriott reportedly had no trouble finding an “ice cold beer.” Courtesy photo 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 25, 2011


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Why us? (Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the Carbondale Board of Trustees) Dear Editor: I have not followed the debate of the sidewalk sign issue very closely over the last several months. Recently we were visited and asked to remove our sign from the corner of Main and Fourth. We were also given a copy of the new sidewalk sign ordinance. Tonight, at home I was reflecting on this new regulation that the board had developed. I became interested in what the downside of having a sign directing a consumer to a location to purchase a product that created sales tax revenue might be for the public or the town trustees? Upon further reflection, I realized that the new ordinance only affected one single “retail” business in town – Crystal River Meats. We are on Fourth Street, and are not now allowed to direct consumers a half block south to our store to buy locally raised grass fed meats, or to our Saturday Market. Perhaps you could give me your reasoning on these two issues: what is the downside of sidewalk signs, and why single out only one retailer with ordinance? Thank you for your attention to this matter. Jock Jacober Carbondale

Vision is tiring (Editor’s note: This letter was addressed to the Carbondale Board of Trustees). Dear Editor: Trustees: You are exhausted and Carbondale citizens are really tired of hearing about the Village at Crystal River development that is polarizing the town. From my perspective, you are acting out of desperation right now. Please stay focused on long-term vision. You kind of like the project and it kind of makes sense, but you feel as though you need to approve it to move on. Please give attention to Bob Schultz’s three-part synopsis on this project a few weeks ago. This is a dead and sterile project from so many angles, not just a left-leaning knee jerk viewpoint. The revenues you are salivating over will not come to fruition for a very long time, if at all. We will have to walk further to a new City Market in a sea of asphalt for years to come. You as the decision makers can tell the developers to walk, even though it may not speak well to political inaction that is stealing the national headlines right now. Yes, the team and town staff has spent a lot of time and money navigating the process and the process needs to be fixed with assistance from the updated comprehensive plan. During the kickoff public meeting for the comp plan, sustainability was the glaring take-home message. This does not solely mean fancy solar panels, hybrid cars, expensive mitigation fees and tight government regulation. The roots of sustainability are efficiency and common sense; smart growth and community design are offshoots. We have so many vacant commercial

parcels just begging for re-development. These projects take more coordination and creativity, but the payoffs will be worth the effort. Relaxing a few rules and working with local entrepreneurs could create homegrown businesses that can reap legitimate tax revenue that is desperately needed. Dr. Stein’s parcel with the old paint store right across from the Village at Crystal River parcel is a poster child for efficient infill. Approving this VCR development at this point in time is going to start the downward spiral for the type of development that is outdated, easy, faceless and just does not align with bootstrap community principles, ever-changing financial magic shows at the national level and global ecological issues. Please stay focused on long-term vision and don’t let process push you. Jason White Carbondale

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Sheepdog Finals presents “Sweetgrass” at Crystal Theatre Sopris Sun Staff Report The National Sheepdog Finals presents the documentary “Sweetgrass” at the Crystal Theatre Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. “Sweetgrass, ” released in 2009, revolves around the final sheep drive into the Beartooth Mountains of southern Montana in 2003.The film was produced and directed by Harvard anthropologist Lucien Castaing-Taylor and was presented at numerous film festivals. The film was named Best Feature at the 2010 Play-Doc Festival in Spain; received the Audience Award at the 2010 Environmental Film Festival in Florida; and received an Artistic Award of Excellence at the 2010 Big Sky Film Festival in Montana. One critic, Jim Huberman from the Village Voice, said the film is “awe-inspiring … hilariously weird.” Manohia Dargis from the New York Times wrote, “ … Magnificent … wonderful … astonishingly beautiful.” “Sweetgrass,” a title taken from Sweet Grass, Montana, opens at a Montana sheep operation. Much of the film chronicles a trip of almost 150 miles through green valleys, across narrow ridges and past fields of snow. “Sweetgrass” is an unexpectedly intoxicating documentary, “unexpected because it blends high artistic standards with the grueling reality of one of the toughest, most exhausting of work environments,” wrote film critic Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. Turan pointed out the director was invited on a sheep drive by Lawrence Allested, the last rancher in the area to undertake this kind of an annual journey from his ranch in Big Timber to pasture in the U.S. Forest Service’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. When a change in government policy

The film “Sweetgrass” follows a Montana sheep-ranch operation throughout a year, culminating with a 150-mile drive into the Beartooth Mountains of southern Montana. The National Sheepdog Finals presents the film at the Crystal Theatre Aug. 28-29. Courtesy photo meant that the ranch’s permits to graze on federal land were not renewed, the ranch ended up being sold in 2006. The film shows viewers a year in the life of this kind of ranch.The film’s crux is the sheep drive that gets the animals to pasture and the long days and nights spent with them up in the wilderness. “Sweetgrass” includes no interviews or voice-overs. “The only human voices heard are those captured in random snatches of conversation, like one of the ranch hands jok-

ing about why a cowboy’s brain would be worth millions on the open market:‘It’s never been used,’” Turan writes. When the flock reaches the pasture, two men are left to guard them, an old guy and a younger one.At one point, the young one tells his mother on his cell phone,“I’d rather enjoy these mountains than hate ‘em.” Turan concludes his review by writing, “Not only is the Montana landscape beautiful to look at, but the filmmakers have an unerring eye for impeccable compositions and

unexpected vantage points. Everything is done with the kind of restraint that is both the ideal complement to a grand physical setting and a fitting tribute to this disappearing way of life.” The film runs 101 minutes. The National Sheepdog Finals take place at Strang Ranch on Sept. 13-18. Proceeds from the gate receipts benefit the Aspen Valley Land Trust. For more information on the finals, go to

Kids head to school on Aug. 29 Sopris Sun Staff Report Watch out for kids on bikes, kids on skateboards, kids in crosswalks, kids with backpacks, kids scrambling off buses, kids waiting for buses and kids tromping around in clusters because school starts on Aug. 29 at the regular start time. “Please, watch your speed in school zones,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. Students in the RE-1 School District won’t have to wait long for their first day off (Labor Day on Sept. 5) and Christmas break lasts for two weeks – Dec. 19-30. The last day of school is June 7, with high school graduation on June 2. In between, students in RE-1 schools get the following days off: Sept. 5 – Labor Day, Sept. 26 – IDD (teacher training), Oct. 17 – Fall Break, Nov. 11 – Parent/Teacher conferences, Nov. 21-25 – Thanksgiving, Dec. 19-30 – Winter Holiday, Jan. 2 – Furlough Day, Jan. 13 – Teacher Work Day Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Day, Feb. 20 – Presidents Day, Feb. 27 – Parent/Teacher conferences, March 26-30 – Spring Break, May 10-11 – Elementary Assessment,

May 14 – IDD (teacher training), May 28 – Memorial Day. Through the year there are also 21 late days, in which school doesn’t start until 9 a.m. in order for teachers to meet with other school staff members. Those days are all on Monday and are: Sept. 12, 19, Oct. 3, 10, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, Jan. 9, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 23 and 30. The school calendar and other information is also available at As for other Carbondale area schools: Carbondale Community School starts Aug. 29, with a back to school barbecue Aug. 31. For more information, go to compass.ccs. Ross Montessori School started Aug. 24. For more information, go to Marble Charter School, operated by the Gunnison Watershed School District, starts Aug. 29. For more information, go to The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork starts Aug. 30 for grades 1-8. For more information, go to

Members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club motored down from Aspen for a workshop at the Third Street Center on Monday. The workshop, presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, was presented to an appreciative full house. The Cuban band was in Aspen for a concert. Photo by Lynn Burton THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 25, 2011 • 3

News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team up to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief Fridays on KDNK. The Valley Settlement Project is funded by a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Manaus Fund starts new project In its newest initiative (the Valley Settlement Project) The Manaus Fund will be working to improve settlement opportunities for families in the Aspen to Parachute region, according to a press release. In the project’s ďŹ rst phase, information will be gathered to identify strategies to improve family ďŹ nancial success and school readiness for children. In the project’s second phase, The Manaus Fund will use its skills as social entrepreneurs to engage and collaborate with existing organizations to increase available resources, increase service delivery efďŹ ciencies, and improve outcomes for families. “The goal of the Valley Settlement Project is to empower parents to better understand and sustain their children’s development through the end of ďŹ rst grade, to become advocates for their children and themselves, and to make signiďŹ cant social and economic gains as a family,â€? said The Manaus Fund founder George Stranahan, The mission of The Manaus Fund is to achieve a more just society through investments and partnerships, identiďŹ ed by the community it serves. Since 2005, The Manaus Fund has partnered with organizations like LIFT-UP, the Aspen Thrift Shop, Third Street Center and the Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative.

Alpine Bank garners another award The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has named Alpine Bank as Colorado’s second best company for which to work. The society presented its award to Alpine Bank during a ceremony at the Westin Westminster in Denver on July 28. ColoradoBiz magazine was a co-sponsor of the award. In choosing the companies to recognize, SHRM’s looked for ďŹ rms that showed dedication to their employees’ growth and quality of life, among other criteria. The program is modeled after Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,â€? and other statewide Best Places to Work programs administered in other states.

CRD slates seminar The Colorado River District’s annual water seminar takes place at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction on Sept. 15. The public is invited and registration is $25. To sign up, call Meredith Spyker at 945-8522 or e-mail One of the panels will feature a roundtable discussion of Western Colorado’s re-





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sponsibility to meet the state’s looming water supply gap, which is mostly on the Front Range, according to a press release. Professor Mark Squillace will review the Colorado University School of Law’s “Rethinking the Future of the Colorado River� project.

Latino population,� said a press release. Individuals or businesses that wish to help TRTC meet the challenge should send their checks to TRTC, 67 Promenade, Carbondale, CO 81623. For details, call Lon Winston at 963-8200.

TRTC receives grant

Local Rotary clubs are taking applications for a Group Study Exchange team to go to Turkey next year from May 5 through June 5. Team members must be young professionals 25-40 years of age, according to a press release. Travel expenses will be covered by Rotary and the team will be staying with Rotary families in that country. Applications are due by Sept. 10. For information or applications, contact Jeff Wadley 963-1910 or

Thunder River Theatre Company (Carbondale’s year-round professional theatre) has received a $5,000 grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, according to a press release. The company received $4,000 up front and the remaining $1,000 is a challenge stipulated by the fund. “The grant was awarded to TRTC because of their outstanding efforts in embracing diversity, especially their Latino Theatre Initiative, designed to celebrate the

Cop Shop

Rotary clubs offer trip to Turkey

The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department.

SATURDAY Aug. 13 At 5:44 p.m., a bicyclist agged a cop in the 900 block of Main Street and said a “big white truckâ€? had pulled up “right behindâ€? him at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street and started revving his engine. A police ofďŹ cer later contacted the truck driver, who said that he was frustrated because the bicyclist was slowing down a motorist in front of him who wouldn’t pass the bicyclist — and he was in a hurry. The ofďŹ cer gave the truck driver a

warning for road rage. SATURDAY Aug. 13 At 11:32 p.m. a resident called police to complain about “bongo drumsâ€? being played near her house. A police ofďŹ cer contacted a man and woman in front of a Main Street bar, and they agreed to take their drums inside. THURSDAY Aug. 18 At 8:54 p.m., police assisted a GarďŹ eld County sheriff’s deputy who responded to ďŹ ght between a pair of 7-year-olds.

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DID YOU KNOW??? There is an ordinance governing the use of Banners and Temporary Signs within the Town of Carbondale. Town Municipal Code 18.050.080 – Temporary Signs Temporary commercial signs shall be limited to forty square feet and may be displayed up to ten consecutive days, but not more than thirty calendar days in any year. Only one temporary sign shall be allowed facing each adjoining street. Temporary signs in violation of this title shall be removed within twenty-four hours after notification by the Building Official. The Town has recently received numerous complaints regarding Banners and Temporary Signs within the Town limits. The Town Municipal Code categorizes Banners as Temporary Signs. The entire Town Municipal Code is available on the Town’s website at Select the link “Municipal Code� under Popular Pages on the right side of the screen.

A passion for coffee Bonfire owners bring European flavor to downtown By Jane Bachrach Sopris Sun Staff Writer

It’s Friday, Aug. 12, three days before opening. A customer opens the door and walks into Bonfire. Looking bewildered, he pauses, then blurts “Wow … you really cleaned this place up. We’ve been waiting for this for 10 years!” Watching the boyish-looking man behind the counter make a pour over, is like watching somebody create a work of art. As he slowly pours the steaming water over the ground coffee, his eyes remain on his art piece while he calls your attention to the texture, size and color of the grind that rests delicately in the artisan coffee brewer atop the ceramic coffee mug. His focus remains fixed on the steaming water as it is soaked up by the rich-looking grounds. He continues to speak enthusiastically about the importance of the climate and regions in which the beans are grown, and the role that the farmer, grinder and roaster play in the process involved from the harvested bean to cup. He talks about the different brewing methods used in pour overs and how they vary slightly, but how each brings out a different quality. As the last drop of water seeps into the ground coffee, his work of art is complete, and he has produced the most perfect cup of coffee that he can create.

Bonfire owners Charlie Chacos (left) and Jared Ettelson (right) opened their doors with a soft opening last week but business started picking up immediately. Photo by Jane Bachrach Charlie Chacos has a passion and appreciation for coffee, and how much work goes into making the perfect cup, which is what Chacos strives for. It’s this kind of passion and interest in the coffee experience that should make his new café, Bonfire, a unique addition to Carbondale. Bonfire opened quietly last week, which is exactly how Chaos and his partner, Jared Ettelson, wanted it. The quiet was shortlived however, because by day two, the new café was crackling. “Cafes are communal gathering spots and our name comes from what we want this place to be — a gathering spot that is warm and inviting.” This European style café, located in the

Dinkel Building on Main Street, in the space previously occupied by the Lift, has undergone a major facelift.“We worked really hard to clean it up and accentuate the natural attributes of the space, brightening it and making it more welcoming,” Chacos said. “We wanted to create an experience that is more European. The Italians in particular have a real appreciation for coffee and food and that’s where the Italian influence comes from. “The history of espresso is Italian, as are fresh ingredients, and simple ingredients that taste really good, and that’s what we offer,” he added. Breakfast options include bagels, a bagel breakfast sandwich, a Bonfire brioche and pastries. All eggs are fresh and cooked to

order. Lunch includes an American-style baguette sandwich and traditional Italian paninis made with fresh ingredients. At dinner, Bonfire currently serves what’s on the lunch menu but they are working on a light bruschetta menu that will be available soon. Wine and beer are also available, and of course, a number of coffee experiences are just waiting to be tried from open to close.

The embers were smoldering Chacos was looking for something different to do when he and Ettelson, who coowns the Village Smithy with Chacos, stumbled into the owner of The Lift and they started talking. Chacos’ idea for BonCOFFEE page 9

Main Street’s Fig & Lily: A marketplace for the senses By Nicolette Toussaint Sopris Sun Correspondent The foodie faithful can now orient their sights to the east end of Main Street where a new culinary Mecca called “The Fig & Lily” has opened. Proclaimed a “marketplace for the senses,” the Fig & Lily offers gourmet foods, floral arrangements, specialty tablewares and gifts. Here shoppers will find delicacies such as Tuscan olive oil, salami flavored with pinot grigio, tangerine-fig balsamic vinegar, hibiscus vinegar, peach chutney and shallot confit. If you happen to have a sweet tooth, you might try the red pepper and ancho chili jam, the Meyer lemon curd or the persimmon-pumpkin fruit butter. The Fig & Lily’s temptations also include Jonboy caramels, flavored with molasses and ginger, fleur de sel, or absinthe and black salt. Shop owner Tanya Baldwin says that what distinguishes her shop from competitors in nearby towns are two things: a drive to find the “best of the best” and a dedica-

tion to customer service. For example, the Fig & Lily will not only create handsome gift baskets, they will also deliver them anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley – from Glenwood Springs to Aspen – for no additional charge. The Fig & Lily is a local, bricks-andmortar outgrowth of Cadeau Aspen, a gift and floral service that Tanya Baldwin and her husband, Randall, a professional chef, started about a year ago. The Baldwins, who live in Carbondale with their two small children, wanted both to expand and to be able to work closer to home. “There’s a nice vibe here in Carbondale,” Tanya explained. “Like Aspen, there’s an eclectic mix of second home-owners and locals, but here, there are more locals. There’s less of an off-season here, and part of the point of our move to this area was to be able to work and live in a small place. Here, I can ride my bike to work.” Baldwin studied interior design and architecture at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and has lived in Colorado for about 20 years. She grew up in Portland,

Maine, in what she describes as a “cooking family.” A walk through the Fig & Lily quickly reveals how she has married a culinary background with studies in floral design. The shop, its merchandise tastefully displayed in a peaceful setting, includes a floral section, and it will soon offer a section devoted to fresh cheeses and cured meats as well. “We have searched for the last three years for the produce we offer. We have tasted and sampled it all,” said Baldwin. “And 95 percent of what we offer comes from family-owned farms and orchards. People craft amazing things without using fillers or preservatives.” The Baldwins are also “trying to bring in as much local produce as possible.” As examples, Tanya points to a basil vinaigrette made in New Castle, marinade from Durango, 34 Degrees crackers made in Boulder, Happily Ever Aspen granola, and Two Haute Cowgirls confections made here in Carbondale. (Tanya reports that the two cowgirls are quite real; one lives in Denver, the other here in Carbondale.)

In addition to food and flowers, The Fig & Lily will be offering specialty tablewares and luxury gifts such organic his-and-her towel sets. Baldwin reports that she’s already filling requests from shoppers seeking hostess gifts and welcome baskets for renters. The Fig & Lily is located next door to home furnishings retailer La Maison. The two shops share a common roof and an uncommon design orientation. Baldwin, a former interior designer who has always wanted to run a shop, says that the space, with its open beam ceilings, cement floors and sunny south-facing windows, was “just what I had dreamed of.” Tanya’s dream arrived on Main Street in July, and it is now being discovered by foodies from up and down the Valley. Private chefs are starting to call, including one who cooks for Victoria’s Secret and the Redskins football team! The shop is continuing to expand, and future plans call for the Baldwins to also offer cooking classes and catering services. The Fig & Lilly’s address is 201 Main St. The telephone number is 510-5135. THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 25, 2011 • 5


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Flock Talk As summer is winding down, fewer kids are flocking to the pool but Agnes and Baa have been sighted working on their farmer’s tans. The small-flock ewes that are hoping to hook up with the“big flock”for the National Sheepdog Finals Sept. 13-18 at Strang Ranch have steered cleared of the water, but say “we love the lifeguards!”That’s a good thing, since sheep don’t float — they plummet! Apparently, these girls are on a ram-page: they checked out the grazing where “village development” threatens to demolish their greener pastures.“The grass is always greener on the other side, until they build a strip mall on it,” Baa bleated sadly. Agnes and Baa were also incensed to see a dog make the front page of the Sun last week! They felt fleeced! They certainly don’t care how ewesful the dog might be. “What about those blue-collar sheep out there working their tails off so a dog can show off lying down,” cried Agnes. “That is really not that hard — we do it all the time! All this dog promo has really gotten under our wool. It’s not a dogsheep trial; it’s a sheep-dog trial!” In response, the ewes have shaded up, and sheep sightings around town have dwindled. Keep your eyes pealed for wooly tracks.They can’t have gone far. The National Finals are only 19 days away and counting but Agnes and Baa are no farther along in their quest to become range ewes (only tanner). It’s possible they were rustled, but that is unlikely — it’s more likely they have just been culled.


Agnes was recently spotted hanging with the lifeguards at the Carbondale swimming pool. Photo by Sheep World Daily Sheep spotters are hoping the gals resurface at the Crystal Theater for “Sweetgrass,” a movie about sheep herding in the Montana high country showing Sunday, Aug. 28th at 2 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. “We want to help these girls get to the Finals,” said one spotter.“So if you see a trail of sheep pellets, don’t just put them in your garden — report it to the Sun!” A special sheep spotting phone bank is standing by, ready to take your call.

Potato Day update This year’s Potato Day is Sept. 24 and the theme is “A Fashion Extravaganza for 2011: Potato Sack is the New Black.” Some

spudders are reportedly interpreting this to mean it’s time to start stitching together your favorite potato sack fashion creation, while others are wondering “Where does one find a potato sack in this day and age? Is a burlap bag the same as a potato sack?” Anyway, for the 102nd version of Potato Day there’ll be a parade (starting at 10:30 a.m.), barbecue, live music, farmer’s market, Tator Trot and Bareback Bonanza. If you’d like to volunteer, call 963-3744.

Olathe sweet corn, with members providing salads and desserts of cakes, cookies, brownies and pies that reportedly tempted even the most diet conscious AYC Members. Rounding out the event, All the Pretty Horses provided the music. “The combination of great weather, great food and live music made the 2011 Aspen Yacht Club Regatta one of the best club parties this year,” said AYC Commodore Dave Faulkner.

Remembering Josie Schultz

Taekwondo news

Folks are invited to celebrate Josie Schultz’s life in the lot on Fourth Street between Steve’s Guitars and Crystal River Beef from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. Food and drinks and will be provided. Brief comments will be made at 4:45 p.m., followed by live music.

Fourteen Carbondale Sahn Taekwondo students recently traveled to Breckenridge for the quarterly Belt Promotion test. Katie BoHanna, 10, was awarded the Traveling trophy. The following students were promoted to the next rank: Kelvin Requeno, Chandra Bohannan, Katie Bohannan, Robin Requeno, Jose Pedro Felix, Jaime Lopez, Stacey Marquez, Moises Camargo, Helen Salas, Kayte Marquez, Mark Kazasch, Rodrigo Camargo, Asher Owsensby and Briseyda Camargo. Instructor Cedar Rose Guelberth was promoted to International Kukkiwon 2nd Dan Black Belt. Taekwondo classes are offered at the Carbondale Recreation Center.

Ruedi Regatta results Here are the results from the Aspen Yacht Club’s annual Club Regatta, held at Ruedi Reservoir on Aug. 20: Margot Pendleton of Basalt won the PHFR Class and the Oscar Haberman Trophy, Terry Bannon (in full pirate gear) of Carbondale won the Cruising Class, and Courtney Sheeley of Aspen took the Sunfish honors. After the races, 85 club members and guests enjoyed a gourmet meal prepared by Bruce and Sara Upton. Menu highlights included: lake trout and salmon grilled to perfection for fish tacos, locally harvested elk fajitas with grilled vegetables, black beans and rice,

They say it’s your birthday Birthday greetings go out to: Danielle Rozga (Aug. 25), Julia Tallmadge (Aug. 26), Joanne Howard (Aug. 27), JoEllen Maynard (Aug. 28), Tyler Treadway (Aug. 29) and Lynn Kirchner (Aug. 30).


Dance for Kids

August 27 4pm Due to the overwhelming popularity of our sold-out kids show in July, we have added an ENCORE kids-length performance featuring selections from ASFB’s repertoire including Jiři Kylián’s playful Stamping Ground and Cayetano Soto’s charming Kiss Me Goodnight. Kids of all ages will delight in the light-hearted and humorous movement showcased in this kid-friendly, hour-long matinee.

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A yoga instructor is teaching the boys soccer team some basic asanas this year during two-a-day practices. The yoga is part of a program to reduce injuries. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Carbondale area school bus schedule The following Carbondale area school bus schedule was provided by the RE-1 School District. For more information, call 384-5982. Bus Number: C-24

Route Name: Missouri Heights/Crystal Valley Mobile Home Park AM Stop

AM Time*

CR 103 & CR 112 CR 103 & CR 105 CR 103 & Old Orchard Rd CR 100 (Firehouse) 5000 CR 100 4362 CR 100 4208-4210 CR 100 3971 CR 100 3911 CR 100 CR 100 & Lionsridge (Kingdom Hall) CR 100 & Catherine Store (Cerise Ranch) CR 100 & Equestrian Way CR 100 & Willow Lane CR 100 & Rose Lane 0534 CR 100 Crystal Valley MHP RFHS CMS (in back) CRES PM Stop

Depart CRES Depart CMS Depart RFHS Crystal Valley MHP 0534 CR 100 CR 100 & Rose Lane CR 100 & Willow Lane CR 100 & Equestrian Way CR 100 & Catherine Store (Cerise Ranch) CR 100 & Lionsridge (Kingdom Hill) 3911 CR 100 3971 CR 100 (3947/3891) 4208-4210 CR 100 4362 CR 100 5000 CR 100 CR 100 (Firehouse ) CR 103 & Old Orchard Rd CR 103 & CR 105 CR 103 & CR 112 Bus Number: C-28

6:57 6:59 7:01 7:08 7:12 7:14 7:15 7:17 7:18 7:20 7:21 7:22 7:25 7:26 7:27 7:34 7:38 7:42 7:46

7:57 7:59 8:01 8:08 8:12 8:14 8:15 8:17 8:18 7:20 8:21 8:22 8:25 8:26 8:27 8:34 8:38 8:42 8:46

PM Time 3:22 3:27 3:37 3:41 3:45 3:46 3:47 3:49 3:50 3:52 3:54 3:56 3:58 3:59 4:02 4:06 4:10 4:11 4:12

Rte 1 (HS/MS ONLY) Ranch @ Roaring Fork (all grades) 8th & Garfield (HS only) 8th & Cleveland 8th & Merrill Village Rd & Wheel Dr RFHS CMS Rte 2 (ELEMENTARY ONLY) 8th & Cleveland 8th & Merrill 8th & Morrison (before intersection) Village Rd & Wheel Dr CRES PM Stop

Rte 1 (ELEMENTARY ONLY) Depart CRES 8th & Cleveland 8th & Merrill 8th & Morrison (before intersection) Rte 2 (HS/MS ONLY) Depart RFHS Depart CMS 8th & Garfield (HS only) 8th & Cleveland 8th & Merrill Village Rd & Wheel Dr Ranch @ Roaring Fork (all grades)

7:37 7:39 7:40 7:41 7:50

8:05 8:17 8:20 8:22 8:23 8:30 8:32 8:37 8:38 8:40 8:41 8:50

PM Time 3:22 3:27 3:29 3:30

3:37 3:40 3:45 3:48 3:50 3:53 4:00

Bus Number: C-394

Route Name: RVR/Crystal Village/Satank/Prince Creek AM Stop

1051 CR 111 CR 111/Red Barn turn around RVR Drive & Ferguson Dr N Bridge Dr & Settlement Ln Holland & Vitos Way Hendrick & Catherine Ct Hendrick & Greystone

AM Time* 6:54 6:55 7:01 7:02 7:03 7:04 7:06

Depart CRES Village Rd & Wheel Dr Red Rock Diner Trail & Village Rd (RFTA) Depart RFHS Depart CMS Red Rock Diner Trail & Village Rd (RFTA) 2551 Delores Way (Paint Store) CR 106 & Mesa (Satank) Sopris Ave & Pine St (Satank) Remax Parking Lot Midland Point & CR 109 (turnaround) 5889 CR 109 CR 108 & CR 109 Main St & Crystal Rd Hendrick & Greystone Hendrick & Catherine Ct Holland & Vitos Way N Bridge Dr & Settlement Ln Crystal Bridge Dr & RVR Dr 1051 CR 111 CR 111/Red Barn (turnaround)

7:09 7:10 7:11 7:12 7:14 7:18 7:19 7:20 7:24 7:27 7:28 7:30 7:35 7:37 7:44 7:47 7:50

8:09 8:10 8:11 8:12 8:14 8:18 8:19 8:20 8:24 8:27 8:28 8:30 8:35 8:37 8:44 8:47 8:50

PM Time 3:22 3:25 3:27 3:37 3:39 3:43 3:47 3:48 3:49 3:52 3:56 3:57 3:59 4:02 4:05 4:07 4:09 4:10 4:12 4:18 4:20

Route Name: Marble/Redstone/Hwy 133

AM Time* 7:05 7:17 7:20 7:22 7:23 7:30 7:32

PM Stop

Bus Number: C-48

Route Name: Town Route/Ranch at Roaring Fork AM Stop

Midland Point & CR 109 (turnaround) 5889 CR 109 6195 CR 109 CR 108 & CR 109 Main St & Crystal Rd 2551 Delores Way (Paint Store) CR 106 & Mesa (Satank) Sopris Ave & Pine St (Satank) Remax Parking Lot RFHS CMS CRES Sopris Ave & 4th Ave (Bridges HS) RedRock Diner Trl & Village Rd (RFTA) RFHS CMS CRES

7:54 7:55 8:01 8:02 8:03 8:04 8:06

AM Stop

AM Time*

PM Stop

PM Time

Marble Church (turn around) 215 W Park (Marble General Store) 620 W Park (Crystal River Tours) Juniper Court (Marble) CR 3 & Serpentine Trail Hermit’s Hideaway CR 3 & Chair Mountain Hwy 133 & Redstone Ranch Acres Hwy 133 & Crystal River Park Redstone Inn 460 Redstone Blvd (yellow) 13199 Hwy 133 Swiss Village 12388 Hwy 133/Avalanche Crk Rd 11408 Hwy 133 Hwy 133 & Red Dog I Rd Hwy 133 & Red Dog II Rd 7202 Hwy 133 (BRB) 6107 Hwy 133 (Sustainable Settings) RFHS CMS CRES Depart CRES Hendrick & Barber Holland & Vitos Way Depart CMS Depart RFHS 2508 Hwy 133 6107 Hwy 133 (Sustainable Settings) 7202 Hwy 133 (BRB) Hwy 133 & Red Dog I Rd Hwy 133 & Red Dog II Rd 11408 Hwy 133 12388 Hwy 133/Avalanche Crk Rd Swiss Village 13199 Hwy 133 460 Redstone Blvd (yellow) Redstone Inn Hwy 133 & Crystal River Park Hwy 133 & Redstone Ranch Acres CR 3 & Chair Mountain Hermit’s Hideaway CR 3 & Serpentine Trail Juniper Court (Marble) 620 W Park (Crystal River Tours) Church turn around

6:46 6:47 6:50 6:52 6:53 6:55 6:59 7:10 7:12 7:13 7:14 7:23 7:25 7:26 7:27 7:33 7:34 7:35 7:37 7:43 7:45 7:50

7:46 7:47 7:50 7:52 7:53 7:55 7:59 8:10 8:12 8:13 8:14 8:23 8:25 8:26 8:27 8:33 8:34 8:35 8:37 8:43 8:45 8:50

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pensaries and the trustees recently extended a moratorium on new dispensaries to July of 2012. At Tuesday night’s meeting, trustees talked about various aspects of medical marijuana licensing and zoning, and Merriott said he wanted to make a motion to look at a 500 foot minimum distance from schools rather than 1,000, and the distance could also be handled on a case-by-case basis so that (for example) a medical marijuana dispensary could not be located in front of a school bus stop. After comments by Zentmyer and Murphy, Merriott said medical marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, a lot of people use it and “I’ve been smoking it for 40 years … and I’m OK.” As a medical marijuana cardholder, Merriott said marijuana saves him from having to take “one or two pills a day” for back pain. Hoffmann agreed with Merriott and said, “ … alcohol is a much greater threat to our children … marijuana is fairly innocuous as far as I can see.” Then things turned nasty. After the vote, Bernot suggested trustees talk about medical marijuana again when their heads are clearer. Merriott took exception and told Bernot, “I did not self medicate before I came.” Bernot quickly apologized, then Merriott shot back at Cortez (who was sitting on the opposite side of the trustee table) “You’re a hypocrite.” There was a bit of rumble from Cortez’s corner but before he could say anything Bernot slammed her gavel on the table two or three times and said it was time for a recess. Bernot, Murphy, Cortez and Foulkrod quickly left the room. Merriott left the trustee chambers through the kitchen door a minute or two later and crossed paths with Cortez.

“We (the trustees) are way out of step with the public on this.” Frosty Merriott Carbondale Town Trustee

Cortez told the Sun he confronted Merriott in the kitchen for calling him a hypocrite. A witness said part of the ensuing exchange more or less went: “Don’t get in my face,” Merriott. “I’m here,” Cortez. That’s when Bernot came out of the restroom, saw what was going on and intervened. Cortez’s parting shot to Merriott was “You should resign.” He told the Sun, “I will not be insulted in public … He (Merriott) was way out of line.” After the meeting, Merriott said the citizen committee and P&Z both recommended a 500-foot minimum distance for medical marijuana dispensaries from schools. “We (the trustees) are way out of step with the public on this,” he said. It’s believed that none of the dispensaries in operation are in compliance with the 1,000 foot rule but they are grandfathered into the current ordinances and allowed to operate. Foulkrod said “500 feet or 1,000 feet, who cares? I think we’ve reached a compromise. Everyone (the trustees) can live with it, but not Frosty. What difference does it make?” He questioned Merriott using political capital on the issue. “There are better battles to pick than this one.”

3:22 3:29 3:32 3:35 3:38 3:42 3:52 3:55 4:00 4:02 4:03 4:04 4:05 4:10 4:17 4:19 4:20 4:22 4:25 4:29 4:34 4:35 4:37 4:38

Thank you to CITY MARKET and CRYSTAL RIVER SPAS for sponsoring this ad. *Second time listed on AM stops is for Late Start Monday pick times

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Congratulations to Susan Gibbs on the birth of her "kids" -- Pete (right) and Repeat (left). They are pygmy goats, born to Fudgie “under the shed” at 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 14. They weighed in at four pounds each. Photo by Jane Bachrach

BLM to round up wild horses near Meeker Sopris Sun Staff Report The Bureau of Land Management is planning a wild horse gather in September to return the population southwest of Meeker to an appropriate level that keeps the horses and the range healthy, according to a press release. “We are committed to maintaining a thriving natural ecological balance, which includes managing for a healthy wild horse herd in the White River Field Office that’s in balance with other uses,” said BLM White River Field Manager Kent Walter. Beginning on Sept. 20, the BLM will gather wild horses within the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area, a 190,000-acre area the BLM manages. The gather will be completed by Sept. 30. “Wild horses are not native wildlife and have no effective natural predators, so these gathers are needed periodically to keep the wild horse herd at a level that the range can sustain,” Walter said. “Since 1980, we have gathered wild horses within this area more than a dozen times, which has kept this wild horse herd and the range healthy.” The appropriate management level identified for the population in this Herd Management Area is a range of 135-235 wild horses. Wild horse populations grow about 20 percent annually, typically doubling in about four years if unchecked. The BLM signed a decision earlier this month to reduce the estimated population of 382 wild horses to 135. To help reduce the growth rate of the herd, mares released back on to the range will be given a treatment that delays fertility, and BLM will adjust sex ratios of the herd to 60 percent studs and 40 percent mares. “This should help decrease the frequency the area needs to be gathered,” Walter said. Additionally, the estimated 78 wild horses that have moved outside the boundaries of the Herd Management Area and are east of Highway 139 will be gathered and removed. Horses removed will be taken to the BLM’s wild horse facility in Canon City. The majority will be available for adoption. The wild horses not adopted will be placed in long-term pastures. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM manages, protects, and controls wild horses and burros as part of its overall multiple-use mission, according to the press release. BLM encourages those who are interested in providing good homes to wild horses or burros to visit For more information, call the BLM White River Field Office at 970-878-3800.

Coffee cont. om page 3 fire had been brewing for a while. “I have been pretty passionate about coffee for six to eight years, and we thought something was missing in the coffee market in Carbondale.” He said that he thinks there are other good coffee houses in Carbondale, but felt there is a lot more to coffee than what was being offered, which is where he and Ettelson saw the opportunity to create a different experience. “Coffee is a lot more complex as far as brewing methods, levels of expertise and different coffees,” he said.

Coffee 101 Chacos’ interest in coffee was ignited when he was doing research and attending conferences to educate himself on different coffee systems for the Village Smithy. That’s when he “just got into it,” and it’s his knowledge, interest and experience that makes Bonfire unique for downtown Carbondale. “We start with the appreciation of what is involved in the preparation of the coffee that we receive. We appreciate the amount of work that has gone into just one cup of coffee. From the farmer to the roaster to the barista, it’s a farm to cup awareness of the quality,” Chacos said, adding the fact that coffee is grown in tropical zones and 3/4 of the world’s coffee comes from Central and South America. Most of the other coffee is from Africa and Indonesia. Chacos said that most roasters work with an importer who provides samples of the beans. The roaster is important because that person purchases the green bean from the farmer, so he has to select quality beans or

Artful touches are part of the coffee experience at Bonfire. Photo by Jane Bachrach raw coffee Chacos said. “Coffee is somewhat like wine, in that all the natural aspects of the region where it is grown will affect the flavor profile of the resulting coffee,” he said. The roaster is like a wine blender or beer brewer in that he selects and checks for defects. Once he gets the beans he roasts them, which is a science in itself. The latest trend involves roasting coffees lighter, which brings out different characteristics and flavors. “You want to highlight the qualities of the bean,” he said. “We are primarily using coffee that is roasted by the Defiant Bean in Glenwood Springs, but we will also offer other coffees from guest roasters on a weekly basis.” From the bright orange aprons worn by the staff, to the education (if you want it) you’ll get from Chacos and the employees, to the fine cup of coffee or assortment of coffee beverages you will sip, you’ll walk away illuminated, just like Main Street has been. Expect the flames to grow.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Aug. 25 CCAH • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities hosts a VIP reception and concert featuring Sybarite 5 at PAC3 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the reception and concert are $75; concert only (which begins at 7:30 p.m.) is $35. Sybarite 5 is a New York-based group of string musicians who have gained a reputation for juxtaposing the likes of Stravinsky with Radiohead, and Dvorak with Led Zeppelin. Info: 963-1680. ROTARY • Mt. Sopris Rotary holds its weekly luncheon at Mi Casita at noon. On Sept. 1, marketing professor Robert Blattberg will speak. LIVE MUSIC • Mountain Music Movement presents Mystic Roots at the Hunter Bar in Aspen. The band’s current recording, “Cali-Hi” topped out on the iTunes reggae chart at No. 4 and Billboard reggae chart at No. 13. The band serves up original music in a reggae/hip-hop/dancehall style with rock/funk/ska overtones. On Aug. 27, Mountain Music Movement and the Hunter Bar present Java Starr, DJ Centerfold, the Coughee Brothaz and MC Devon.

FRI.-SAT. Aug. 26-27 THEATRE • Camp Chair Productions presents the adult comedy FUDDY MEERS at the Cardiff School House in south Glenwood Springs at 7:30 p.m. The play features Cindy Hines, Mike Banks, Nick Garay, Jack Green, Chip Winn Wells, Bob Willey and Cassidy Willey. The plot revolves around a amnesiac who awakens each morning not knowing who she is, and continues when she is kid-

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napped and a strange journey unfolds. Reservations are recommended at 945-6247. The play continues Sept. 1-3 and 9-10.

FRIDAY Aug. 26 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Tree of Life” (PG-13) at 8 p.m. and “Buck” (PG) at 6 p.m. Aug. 26-Sept. 1 (no 6 p.m. show on Aug. 29). Special Showing of “Sweetgrass” (NR) at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 and 5 p.m. Aug. 29. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Missing Link from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. Info: 928-8813. 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: 970-3666140. MAD TEA • The Third Street Café hosts the Mad Tea Party at 7:30 p.m. Costumes are required; some will be available on site for sale or for rent by the Carbondale SewOp. Tickets are $40. Info: 903-9822. FOSSIL WALK • Colorado Mountain College instructor Garry Zabel leads a tour of the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site on the Rim Trail from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For details, call 947-8177.

SATURDAY Aug. 27 NATURE WALK • Roaring Fork Conser-

vancy hosts a guided nature walk at Filoha Meadows between Carbondale and Redstone from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the same time on Sept. 10. Attractions include rare orchids, thermal hot springs, bighorn sheep, bats, riparian habitat and beavers ponds. The walks are free and take place rain or shine. Registration is required at 927-1290 or visit FOOTBALL • Roaring Fork High School hosts Eagle Valley in a preseason football scrimmage at 7 p.m. The season kicks off at Hotchkiss on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. All games, in fact, are at 7 p.m. The season concludes Nov. 4 at home against Aspen. DIVERSITY DAY • St. Stephen’s church holds its annual Festival of Diversity at Sayer Park in Glenwood Springs from noon to 8 p.m. Food from around the world will be served until 7 p.m. Music includes the Defiance String Band. Info: 945-6673. COWBOY GOLF • A non-traditional golf course will be laid out at Dallenbach Ranch up 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.

Golf starts at 2 p.m. and cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Info: 927-6650. SHERIFF’S GOLF • The Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary hosts a foursome scramble golf tournament fundraiser event at the Battlement Mesa golf course in Parachute on Aug. 28. The cost is $90 per person. Proceeds benefit the Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary. Info: 970-665-0214. BALLET • At 8 p.m., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents the season’s last chance to see the company’s newest program featuring the choreograpny of Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto and Ji Kylian. The performance takes place at the Aspen District Theatre. For ticket information, call 920-5770.

SUN.&MON. Aug. 28-29 DOCUMENTARY • “Sweetgrass,” a documentary about the last-ever sheep drive in the Beartooth Range in Montana, plays at the Crystal Theatre on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. The screenings are a fund-raiser for the National Sheepdog Finals; tickets are $10.

SUNDAY Aug. 28 FESTIVAL • Club Rotario presents the ninth annual Festival Las Americas at Sopris Park starting with breakfast at 9 a.m. The Defiance String Band other groups will perform. There’ll also be international food, games, salsa dance lessons and more. Info: 947-1776. POETRY • The Hotel Lenado in Aspen hosts a poetry night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. CALENDAR page 11

Slow Food Roaring Fork and

Chef Mark Fischer of Restaurant Six89 Invite you to the Eighth Annual

SUMMER HARVEST SOCIAL Monday, August 29th Redsto Coloradnoe,

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A benefit dinner for Slow Food Roaring Fork Featuring locally produced food prepared By an array of Colorado’s best chefs Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver Frank Bonanno, Mizuna, et al, Denver Mark Buley & Mark Zitelli, BB’s Kitchen, Aspen Rob Zack, EightK at Viceroy Snowmass Bryce Orblom, Restaurant Six89, Carbondale John Chad Little, The Pullman, Glenwood Springs Cash bar and Silent Auction: 6 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m. Restaurant Six89; 689 Main St., Carbondale $96.89 for Slow Food members; $126.89 for non-members Including dinner, wine, and tax

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Reservations: 970.963.6890 • Directions: Information: 963-0205 or

Community Calendar Dave Taylor will sing. There’ll be an open mic for poets. The troupe River City Nomads will also perform. Info: 379-2136.

MONDAY Aug. 29 SLOW FOOD • The “Summer Harvest Social,” a benefit for Slow Food Roaring Fork, takes place at Six89 on Carbondale’s Main

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street. 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 non-members. Reservations: 963-6890.

Society presents a three-person, vaudevillestyle performance covering 130 years of Roaring Fork Valley history at Willoughby Park (just uphill from the old Lift One) at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 (free for AHS members).



ASPEN HISTORY • The Aspen Historical

LIVE MUSIC • White House pizza presents

Further Out

Karen King with Eric Schaudies (groovy covers). Info: 704-9400. OUTDOORS • Roaring Fork Conservancy and others present a tour of the old Lixiviation Works at the Holden/Marolt Mining Museum in Aspen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s free but registration is required at Info: 927-1290.

Save the date

FRIDAY Sept. 2

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.

SATURDAY Sept. 10 GOLF TOURNAMENT • The Womens Auxiliary of the American Legion in Carbon-

dale hosts its 11th Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament at the Ranch at Roaring Fork at 8 a.m. (a shotgun start). Each team is comprised of four players and each player can bring only one club to share with his/her team. The cost is $40 per player. Prizes will be awarded for 1-3 place and a barbecue will follow at the American Legion Post 100 at 97 Third Street. Info: 963-2381. There’s also a raffle with the grand prize of a round of golf for four at Aspen Glen.

Ongoing MILL SITE TOURS • Tours of the historic Marble mill site are offered Fridays through Sundays at 1 p.m. Info: 704-9482.

plus fish, prepared food, flowers and more. The market is sponsored by American National Bank and runs through Oct. 5.

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.

CMC SHOWS GRANT • Native Colorado artist Lanny Grant exhibits many of his studio paintings of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Canadian mountain scenes at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery in Glenwood Springs through September. 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.

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,

FRIDAY Sept. 9

LEON • PAC3 presents Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Leon Russell at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $35 and $40 the day of the show, and are available at Dos Gringos and Russell, a singer/songwriter/pianist, is coming off a CD and tour with Elton John, but his history in the music business dates back to the 1950s when his band played backup for Jerry Lee Lewis. In the early 1970s, he fronted Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen band. A few years later he played piano and sang with New Grass Revival for a few months playing with them at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

SATURDAY Sept. 17 STREET DANCE • Carbondale’s annual Community Appreciation Night street dance/barbecue takes place downtown from 4 to 10 p.m. There’ll be free barbecue and music from the Sirens. For info, go to

Hold the presses MUNRO BOOK SIGNING IN BASALT • Sandy Munro holds a book signing at the Basalt Library on Aug. 29 for his People’s Press book “Finding Uri.” It starts at 5:30 p.m. Munro’s father was a U.S. pilot shot down in World War II, and the book chronicles his search for details of his father’s life. VERA DIEMOZ CELEBRATES HER 100TH • Vera Diemoz celebrates her 100th birthday at St. Stephens Church in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 1885 Blake St. Please, no gifts.

The Sheepdog Finals are coming

DANCE AUDITIONS SLATED • Dancers of all levels are invited to audition for a new company at the Glenwood Springs Center of the Arts on Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m. For details, call 945-2414.

For six action-packed days, the top 250 qualifying border collies from the US and Canada and their handlers will square off with Colorado’s capricious range yearlings to determine the 2011 National Sheepdog Champion and Nursery Sheepdog Champion.

Food and Craft Fair Downtown Concert, BBQ & Street Fair Spinning, Lamb Cooking & Painting Demonstrations Celebrate Colorado’s Ranching Heritage Lots of opportunities to volunteer

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Community Briefs dren who complete the bike rodeo will be eligible to win special prizes. The Glenwood Kiwanis are serving a $5 meal of hot dog or hamburger, with chips and cold drink at the event. Last year’s fair was attended by approximately 1,300 locals from Aspen to Rifle.

AVLT seeks sheepdog volunteers Aspen Valley Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help at the National Sheepdog Finals at Strang Ranch Sept. 13-18. Volunteer shifts are 7 to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. daily. Duties include ticket taking, selling tickets, parking and more. Volunteers receive a day pass for each shift worked plus event entry on the workday. For details, go to and click on “National Sheepdog Finals. For more information, call 963-8440.

Spellbinders hold training session Spellbinders holds a three-day training session on Sept. 6, 8 and 13 at Eagle County Community Building in El Jebel. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $50 and all materials are provided. No additional commitment is required, according to a press release. Space is limited. Spellbinders is a nationwide organization whose local goal is to provide an oral storyteller for every elementary school classroom in the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information, call Brenda Stern at 927-3275.

Recreation brochure available The Carbondale Recreation Department’s fall program brochure is available at Fall offerings include pre-school soccer, youth flag football, outdoor club trips, basketball, skateboarding lessons, dodgeball, climbing wall classes and competitions, adult volleyball, basketball and broomball leagues. There’s also teen and senior specific programming. Fitness classes include power and hatha yoga, indoor cycling, core cardio and zumba. Specialty classes include taekwondo, Fit Club, ski/snow sports conditioning, Busy Girl Bootcamp, Weekend Warriors and periodization cycling training. For more information, call 704-4190.

Holy Cross Preschool holds open house Holy Cross Preschool holds an open house on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Parents and guests are invited to meet the staff, take a tour and visit with director Alicia Stanley. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 945-5304.

VVH holds health/safety fair Valley View Hospital holds a health and safety fair for kids and teens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 10.

David Santini of Carbondale (right) and his niece, Lauren Hancz, of Boston, show off the rainbow trout they reeled in at the River Valley Ranch fishing hole on Aug. 13. They were taking part in RVR’s “learn to fish day,” which attracted more than 20 young anglers and their handlers. Photo by Lynn Burton The fair offers something for all young people, from newborns to adolescents. It’s sponsored by Valley View Hospital, State Farm Insurance, Berthod Motors and the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis. Its purpose is to provide safety resources for area children, with an emphasis on child passenger safety and bike helmet use. Certified child passenger safety car seat technicians will attend the fair to inspect and fit car seats. There will also be a variety of activities and informational booths to introduce kids to wellness concepts and to entertain them in the process. Door prizes will be awarded at a 1:30 p.m. drawing. Chil-

Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills an estimated 1000 people each day. “Because an AED was used to revive me, I am alive today.”

Wyly offers art classes Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt offers several late summer classes, including “Softies! Create a Rabbit, Bear or Hedgehog Friend” for ages 8-11 Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. starting Aug. 31. The cost is $85 (members receive a 10 percent discount). For details, call Brian Colley at 927-4123.

Volunteers sought for disabled veterans Sopris Therapy Services is seeking volunteers for its Horses for Heroes program for recently disabled veterans. The program is on Sept. 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a training session on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. at Aspen Equestrian Center. (Highway 82 and County Road 100 – behind Catherine Store). Sopris Therapy Services also has several other veterans’ programs and other volunteer opportunities to work with children and adults with disabilities. For details, call 704-1037 or 948-1002.

Aspen’s Clapper Aspen’s own own Tommy Tommy Clapper could after couldhave have been been a a statistic statistic after suffering sudden cardiac arrest last suffering sudden cardiac arrest last April while dining at Little Annie’s. April while dining at Little Annie’s. Tommy survived because a bystander Tommy survived because a bystander took action by calling 9-1-1 and took action CPR by calling 9-1-1 and arrived. performing until paramedics performing CPR until arrived. You,paramedics too, can make You,difference too, can make the between life deathbetween by the and difference knowing whatby to do life and death and doing it quickly. knowing what to do

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Letters continued om page 2 During the summers, the students in the program travel together for a month-long summer service-learning experience. Their mission is to develop community leaders who are committed to working for social and environmental justice and sustainability. The first of these experiences focuses on domestic issues, specifically those affecting the Rocky Mountain West. The students hear from a variety of perspectives concerning pressing questions related to energy production, transmission, and consumption, as well as resource management and environmental and human impacts of strategies of preservation, conservation, and various approaches to development. As they gain first-hand experience of the complexity of these issues, students grapple with the ethical dimensions of the decisions we face as communities and as a society. The Thompson Divide area was selected because of the need for protection from oil and gas development. There is currently a unitization proposal with the BLM, proposed by SG Interests, that would lead to development of 18 leases covering most of 32,000 acres in the area. BLM will make a decision by the end of the year as to the future of these leases. Thank you to Bruce Gordon, Jane Pargiter and John Eaton for their generosity and time, in providing a unique experience for the students, and for bringing more awareness to the Thompson Divide Coalition. For more information, please call 970-355-4223 e-mail to Laurie Stevens Carbondale

Sick of bag deal Dear Editor: I am sick of these so-called do-gooders telling me how to live. Now they want to charge me for every darn plastic bag I haul my groceries home in. They say it will cut down on bag use. Baloney! If I don’t get the free bags, I’ll have to buy plastic bags to use for what I recycled in the free grocery bags. (trash, cleanup, etc.) How is that cutting down on anything? This is just another way to get us to pay a tax to support programs we can’t afford and may not even want. This needs to stop now. Come on people. It’s time we stood up for our rights. Refuse to buy from stores that charge for plastic bags. I’ll go downvalley before I buy from stores in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale. If Glenwood decides to charge, I’ll go to Rifle. This is the last straw! Linda Hayes Glenwood Springs

Support the bag tax (Editor’s note: This letters was sent to the town councils in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Snowmass Village and Glenwood Springs). Dear Editor: I am writing in support of a tax and eventual ban on single-use plastic bag and water bottles. In the near term Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale are considering ordinances to this effect and I support these initiatives wholeheartedly, here’s why. Resource consumption: The United States

International Trade Commission reported that 102 billion plastic bags were used in the U.S. in 2009. An enormous amount of fossil fuel resources are required to make those bags. Pollution: Hundreds of thousands of marine animals die every year when they eat plastic bags mistaken for food. Possibly the most famous example of this problem is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area twice the area of Texas where the concentration of plastic particles reaches 40 times the concentration of plankton in some areas. Human health: Plastics contain hundreds of additives. Two of the most dangerous are bisphenol A and phthalates, which are both endocrine disruptors, meaning they alter, inhibit, or mimic the functioning of human hormones responsible for development, sexual traits, fertility, and many other health factors. You can find more details and information at and Obviously, it would be much better if people would responsibly use reusable bags and a fee or ban would be unnecessary. But, that is not the case and we can’t afford to continue to use the ocean and the earth as a garbage can for our wasteful and needless consumption. Please attend the council meetings in all towns in support of these upcoming ordinances. Gina M. Murdock Aspen

Tipton is anti-environment Dear Editor: The U.S. House has taken over 100 anti-

environment votes this year. While largely supporting this pro-polluter agenda, Rep. Tipton has accepted $3,500 in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies and $10,500 from mining companies. Tipton’s $14,000 in dirty energy money made up 15 percent of his total PAC contributions in the first six months of the year. [FEC] Congressman Tipton has sided with big oil and dirty energy interests at every opportunity during the 112th Congress, voting to protect their unnecessary subsidies while working to block the EPA’s ability to hold these corporate polluters accountable. Instead of working to protect the water we drink and air we breathe here in Colorado, Tipton is voting again and again to let corporate polluters off the hook while accepting tens of thousands of their campaign contributions.” Tipton by the numbers (from the League of Conservation Voters): Tipton voted six times to protect tax breaks for big oil this year; Tipton voted 19 times against efforts to combat climate change; Tipton voted 45 times against programs and funding to keep our air and water clean; Tipton voted 32 times to defund or weaken the EPA. Tipton voted 20 times this year against investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Pete Maysmith Director, Colorado Conservation Voters Denver


Terry Kirk and his colleagues at Sopris Liquors recently undertook a major lighting rennovation. They changed the lighting system by adding LED lights in the coolers, motions sensors to the doors (the coolers are dark until customers approach them), and installed every efficient lighting throughout the main showroom. Sopris Liquors received rebates from Xcel Energy and Garfield Clean Energy. They are participating in the Garfield Clean Energy Challenge. And Terry is an Energy Hero! 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.

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Federal judge slaps petroglyph vandal with $10,000 fine A tourist from North Carolina received a chastening lesson during a guided fishing trip on the Colorado River. Trenton Austin Ganey’s group had stopped at a beach below Glen Canyon dam, leaving Ganey, 29, free to hike up to a petroglyph known as the “Descending Sheep Panel.” Alone there, Ganey scratched “TRENT” in big letters into the panel, which features rock art from 2,000 to 8,000 years old. His act had dramatic – and swift – consequences: Park rangers quickly discovered the vandalism and confronted Ganey when his group docked at Lee’s Ferry. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake ordered Ganey to pay $10,000 restitution and sentenced him to 60 By Betsy Marston months supervised probaHigh Country News tion and 100 hours of community service.

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At 23, Kathleen Vernon is definitely young for her job as Albany County coroner in southeastern Wyoming, but she seems born to do the work. Her mother was a homicide detective in California, her father was a special agent for the BLM, and “the walls of her childhood home were decorated with framed pictures of blood spatters, taken by her mother using her own blood as a study into different types of blood patterns,” reports the Casper Star-Tribune. Vernon, who

A board of health in Kennewick, Wash., suddenly reversed itself and voted against endorsing a colon-cancer awareness campaign after some people complained that the billboard’s bluntly worded question “What’s up your butt?” was in poor taste. beat her Republican opponent in the last election by just 400 votes, has had her work cut out for her: Eight deaths required investigation during her first 12 days in office. And because she makes just $23,000 a year, Vernon still works two part-time jobs – conducting surveys for the University of Wyoming and administering security for a business. Yet being a coroner is what she loves best, despite murders, tragedy and gore. Her job’s main downside turns out to be practical: “I’m not really sure that I could live the rest of my adult life on this level of compensation.”

Nevada Critics reacted with distaste to a new exhibit called the Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana Hotel on the Strip, with one calling it “a gratuitous paean to criminality and a crass depiction of Italian-Americans.” The interactive show certainly dramatizes organized crime – whacking visitors in a hail of gunfire noise if they fail to kill somebody fingered by the Mob boss, praising them if they witness a crime yet keep their traps shut. But public relations director Spence Johnson points out that mobsters have legitimate ties to the desert city: They may have committed heinous crimes, he told, but “they played an important role in the development of Las Vegas.”

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‘Bear problem’ is really a human problem Bears have been with us as long as humans can remember. Where they used to roam and hunt for food is where we now live. To put it bluntly, we have taken over their home and greatly reduced their habitat. By and large, bears have adapted to this invasion trying like most wild animals to avoid human contact. Can’t say I blame them as we can be a rather peculiar lot. When we go to places in the woods where bears are now forced to live and forage for their food you would think we would be smart enough to figure out how to co-exist. You would think with all the information land and By Bill Kight wildlife management agencies have made available to us year after year that we would by now have learned how to behave in bear country. Here are a few attempts at educating people in leaflet form or on-line: “Bear Camping Requirements,” “Camping and Hiking in Bear Country,” “Black Bears at a Glance,” “Food Storage and Sanitation Order,” “Notice Advisory, Bear Incident/Encounter in this area,” “Living with Wildlife,” etc. etc. etc. Sadly for bears people aren’t paying attention. Over the last few weeks bear encounters have escalated into a bear attack in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness that proved to be, for the attacking bear, a death sentence carried out successfully by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers a few hours after the attack. After track-

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ing the bear with dogs the bear was put down with assistance from a USDA Wildlife Services agent. It doesn’t take too much imagination to figure out what happened but allow me to reconstruct a simplified sequence of events that probably caused this incident.

Over the last few weeks bear encounters have now escalated into a bear attack in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness that proved to be for the attacking bear, a death sentence, carried out successfully by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers a few hours after the attack. Someone feeling exempt from common sense and too lazy to take their garbage out the morning of pick up puts it near the curb the night before in anything but a bear proof garbage can. A bear making nightly rounds with an acute sense of smell finds the garbage can and enjoys a free meal. The bear has now become habituated to human food.

On the way back to its wilderness home the bear stumbles upon a campsite with food left unattended and unsecured. Instead of placing the kitchen area downwind and 100 yards from the sleeping area, it’s right next to the tent. No bother to hang a food and garbage cache by rope high in a tree 100 yards from their campsite and kitchen area. Finished tearing through the pack with the food carelessly left outside the tent, the bear smells the scent of desert coming from a nearby tent. With sharp claws tough enough to tear the door off a hard sided camper the bear makes a few swats at the thin fabric. Now inside the tent and using its fine-tuned sense of smell, not its poor eyesight, the bear starts biting into another pack at the foot of a sleeping bag and keeps biting and tearing at anything in the general vicinity, eventually biting into the sleeping bag with a human inside. In our reconstructed scenario what was inside the tent? It could be an empty package of freeze dried food, candy, a midnight snack, toothpaste or even Chap Stick or lip balm. Anything that gives off a scent to a bear thinking it’s food becomes fair game. Sometimes we humans have a warped sense of reality. We think we are exempt from rules made for other people. Things like what I’ve described won’t happen to us. We’re special. You tell me, do we have a bear problem or is it a human problem? Bill Kight is an outdoorsman who has spent over 30 years helping manage America’s public lands. He is currently community liaison for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District and member of Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team A.

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August: When words never seemed enough I remember writing once that August was the weary month, the month reduced to take-out containers and a few fortune cookies, the month of waiting for time to become a wide open sea. Back then August was also the month where rivers and the names of bug hatches would run out of my mouth as a pre-recorded string of sounds. The month when I would watch myself through the eyes of strangers watching back. The month where the sound of receipt paper would make me cringe. August was the month, ultimately, where words never seemed enough. Out here, August has always been the month by Cameron Scott of lowing river flows. Too many days in a row of work. And when I was a kid, the start of school. Now it just seems like the start of school for all of my friends who are teachers, who pack away their climbing ropes and clean out their rafting coolers. I asked my roommate this week if I could get away with a poem for most of my outdoor column. “I don’t know,” he said. “I get half way through reading your poems and get lost.” Perfect, I thought, for August.


“Thirteen Ways of Looking at August” I. Thunderstorm: If it strikes on Hell Roaring Ridge it strikes again on the Frying Pan. And now only sparrows flit above the river. Some carry sedges in their beaks, they fly beneath the bridge worrying about the next generation. (How wonderful to worry about the next generation.) II. This year there were only three months of summer: the first of them threw out water, the second threw out more water, the third month began to dry out but was quickly abandoned for school. III. Under a bare sky these endless days of summer. Under a storm these endless days of summer. Beneath the sky, these endless days.

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X. Of the wind through aspens which is never still. Of the water that slips over rocky shelves in thin braids, running down windows in thunderstorms. Both are woven together like strands of rug. XI. A puffball mushroom bigger than two fists and two feet, a bushel of nettles tied with twine. All I can think of as we return to the truck is won’t you be mine? XII. Two hundred yards away I can see the river through the thick brush. Dusk is an inlet which thickens like fog. XIII. Even if the summer suddenly came back to life it would be like a dry fly drowning or nymphs dragging across the surface of the water until one of them gets smacked by a trout. Which is kind of good. A nymph dragging across the surface of the water that gets smacked by a trout. Hope your August was as lucky. – Cameron Scott

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